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    Very sad that Riley is no longer roaming on this side of life. He's brought joy to many of us in the forum who did not get the chance to meet him in person.

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    I can only imagine the hole he has left in his passing. Tom, you were the best human for Riley, what a gift for you to have found eachother and shared so much together. My heart goes out to you in your loss.
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    Sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity to meet Riley briefly on a visit to the store a couple of years back. He was friendly and clearly a unique member of the crew. My condolences.

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    Dear Tom and Darcy, I am so sorry and sad for loss... Condolences to you all... xoxo


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    Sorry to hear.

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    I'm so sorry to hear this. My condolences to Tom and the entire TB family.

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    My heart breaks for the entire Tom Bihn family.

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    I was given this prayer by Beth Norman Harris many years ago by my (then) boss when my Dalmatian passed. It still brings tears to my eyes....

    Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

    Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

    Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

    When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

    Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

    And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest -- and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
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    Tom, I'm so sorry for your loss, may you find comfort. I'll make a donation from me and my kittens (and the current foster kittens) to my local humane society in Riley's memory.
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    This is such sad news: I am so sorry to hear that Riley is gone. I know he will always be in your hearts

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    I'm so sorry to hear about Riley.

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    Heaven can't be heaven without dogs. Deepest condolences from the Badgers.

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    Heartfelt condolences on the loss of dear Riley. Thank you for giving him the best life.

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    I'm so sorry for you loss. It never gets easier. xoxo

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    I'm so sorry to hear about Riley. When we lost our gentle giant, Amos, a friend gave us a print of this essay:

    Where To Bury A Dog

    There are various places within which a dog may be buried. We are thinking now of a setter, whose coat was flame in the sunshine, and who, so far as we are aware, never entertained a mean or an unworthy thought. This setter is buried beneath a cherry tree, under four feet of garden loam, and at its proper season the cherry strews petals on the green lawn of his grave. Beneath a cherry tree, or an apple, or any flowering shrub of the garden, is an excellent place to bury a good dog. Beneath such trees, such shrubs, he slept in the drowsy summer, or gnawed at a flavorous bone, or lifted head to challenge some strange intruder. These are good places, in life or in death. Yet it is a small matter, and it touches sentiment more than anything else.

    For if the dog be well remembered, if sometimes he leaps through your dreams actual as in life, eyes kindling, questing, asking, laughing, begging, it matters not at all where that dog sleeps at long and at last. On a hill where the wind is unrebuked and the trees are roaring, or beside a stream he knew in puppyhood, or somewhere in the flatness of a pasture land, where most exhilarating cattle graze. It is all one to the dog, and all one to you, and nothing is gained, and nothing lost -- if memory lives. But there is one best place to bury a dog. One place that is best of all.

    If you bury him in this spot, the secret of which you must already have, he will come to you when you call -- come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel they should not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he is yours and he belongs there.

    People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper pitched too fine for mere audition, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them then, for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing.

    The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.

    by Ben Hur Lampman

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