Ralph, beloved service dog of Lindbergh High senior, dies

A family tells their service dog, Ralph, goodbye

“Bye, Bubba,” said Pete Henrotay, as he left the grave site where he and his family buried their dog, Ralph.

Pete’s daughter, Carli, grew up with Ralph, who went to school with her every day since the fifth grade. She is now a senior at Lindbergh High School.

“Ralph was my partner in crime,” said Carli, in a January interview with Fox2 News. “It was hard to bend down and Ralph was there to help pick things up.”

Carli has Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, a disease that hardens the muscles in her body. Ralph was her support dog.

Lindbergh High School secretary Laura Carr told Fox2, “Ralph was going to be honored at graduation ceremonies because he has been here all four years. He has earned his doggie diploma.”

On Tuesday, the Henrotay family buried Ralph in Memory Park Cemetery in Twin Oaks. Ralph had been recently diagnosed with cancer.

The family had gotten him through Canine Companions. “It took two and a half years for us to get Ralph,” said Lori Henrotay, Carli’s mother. “This year he helped a lot of special needs kids at Lindbergh High. He was such a friendly dog.”

 

Story Credit: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/ralph-beloved-service-dog-of-lindbergh-high-senior-dies/article_26b466f3-be0f-5113-9706-ff58adee3c58.html

 

Published by carlilyn.blog

Hi, my name is Carli Lyn. I'm a little sassy & a little smart-assy. I'm a 25 year old grandma who loves to sleep, drink tea, & watch TV. I'm an avid (okay, crazy-obsessed) St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. I am a crazy obsessed dog mom to my two little girls- Patience & Graci. I'm the pickiest eater you'll ever meet. The only healthy habit I have is drinking 8+ cups of water a day. I love Target. I love planners & pens. I love organization and anything HGTV. Oh also, I have a rare genetic bone condition- Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva &I have really cute little big toes.

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