Today Marks 3 Years…

Today marks 3 whole [long] years without my best friend, and I’m just can’t believe it.

Ralph was my frist service dog, and best friend from the second I got placed with him in May 2004. I didn’t know it then, but Ralph was every thing I didn’t know I needed. Ralph was so much more than just a service dog for me, but for everyone around me as well. Ralph was always the slowest of the bunch, but for me, he was perfect.

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Two years after being placed, Ralph started going to school with me, and from then on he stole the hearts of my classmates and teachers.

When Ralph started getting ‘slow’ he stayed in the office and worked with other students with disablities and it was the best of both worlds- I got to keep my best friend with me, and he got to help others.IMG_1375

“If heaven wasn’t so far away, I’d pack up my bags & go for a day…”

Ralph was set to walk across the stage and get his “doggie diploma” but unfortunately cancer had other plans for my sweet boy. I lost his three years ago today to that awful disease, and not a day goes by that I don’t miss him.

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If only I had just one more day, I’d take him to do all his favorite things, and visit all of his favorite people. I’d snuggle him endlessly and show let him meet all of my new friends. But I don’t have that choice, but I just want [him] to know- I think about you everyday, I still love you with my entire heart, and one day, I will see you again, and I can’t wait. Just keep watching over me, Bubba. I love you forever & miss you for always- it’s been a long three years, but I know you’re in a better place.

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