45 thoughts on “972. Ray died in his sleep during the night

  1. Oh, Maddie! I wish I could give you a hug right now. I am so sorry. What a heartbreaking way to wake up. I loved reading about cute little quirky Ray. Dog lovers lose too many in our lifetimes. They just are not around long enough. XOXO

  2. Oh I’m so very sorry to hear this! Please accept my deepest condolences during this difficult time. You were a wonderful Mom to Ray!

  3. Oh, Mattie. I’m so, so sorry to hear this. I can’t imagine your pain right now. You let us love him and his shenanigans. Thank you. Take care.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss, With my Deepest Sympathy.
    You have been so very kind.
    Stephanie’s friend Madelyn’s
    Mom. & Sharkey’s Grandma,
    Ray was a Treasure.

  5. Mattie, I have no words, but Robinson Jeffers did.

    The House Dog’s Grave (Haig, an English bulldog)

    I’ve changed my ways a little; I cannot now
    Run with you in the evenings along the shore,
    Except in a kind of dream; and you, if you dream a moment,
    You see me there.

    So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front door
    Where I used to scratch to go out or in,
    And you’d soon open; leave on the kitchen floor
    The marks of my drinking-pan.

    I cannot lie by your fire as I used to do
    On the warm stone,
    Nor at the foot of your bed; no, all the night through
    I lie alone.

    But your kind thought has laid me less than six feet
    Outside your window where firelight so often plays,
    And where you sit to read–and I fear often grieving for me–
    Every night your lamplight lies on my place.

    You, man and woman, live so long, it is hard
    To think of you ever dying
    A little dog would get tired, living so long.
    I hope that when you are lying

    Under the ground like me your lives will appear
    As good and joyful as mine.
    No, dear, that’s too much hope: you are not so well cared for
    As I have been.

    And never have known the passionate undivided
    Fidelities that I knew.
    Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided. . . .
    But to me you were true.

    You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend.
    I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures
    To the end and far past the end. If this is my end,
    I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.

  6. I’m so sorry to hear that Mattie! He was so fortunate to have you to take care of him all these years. Milt and I will toast him tonight when we have dinner. Of course you know what we’ll say. “Up Yours Ray! Thank you for being a such a good companion for our friend Mattie.”

  7. Oh, Mattie. I am so, so sorry to read this. You gave Ray an extraordinary home and so much love. He was a happy guy, Ray version. The loss of him is huge. Grieve that loss however is right for you.

    Sending you an embrace from California.

    All my understanding and love to you.


  8. I am so sorry to hear this sad news, Mattie. That little fellow was so loved. You made his last years truly happy. It’s all a dog could have wished for. Sending you big hugs from chilly Canada.


  9. Dear, dear Mattie. What terrible news. I’m so sorry. I know how much you loved this little rascal. He was lucky indeed the day you walked into his life..as were you. Hugs, thoughts and prayers coming your way. ❤️

  10. OMG, I’m so sorry, my heart goes out to you. I wish there was something I could say to ease your pain but I know there isn’t so please know you’re in my thoughts 💔

  11. So sorry to hear such sad news. Ray was very lucky to share his life with you. I hope your many wonderful memories comfort you at this very sad time. Thinking of you.

  12. Hi Mattie, I was so sorry to hear about your beloved dog Ray. No words can express how you must be feeling. Milt and I toasted Ray at dinner by saying “Up Yours you adorable companion to Mattie. May your memory continue to fill Mattie’s heart with love.” Our best wishes to you, Frieda and Milt


  13. So very sorry to hear the sad news about Ray. He was very special and so are you….a great match.
    I hope in time, your memories of Ray will heal your
    heavy heart and bring only smiles to your face.
    Thinking of you with love. 🤗

  14. I’ve been off WordPress for a while but had a premonition about Ray just now and was sad to see your post confirming what I’d feared :,( He was a one of a kind fella, I fell in love with him through your descriptions and pictures of him. He reminded me a lot of my tuxedo cat, Bakki, who passed 5 years ago. So sorry for your loss and happy to see you’re doing better (with the unfailing help of pie).

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