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Old 04-03-2005, 04:43 PM
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This is the story of my boy ralph.

when i was 12 my dad came home with a ratty looking thing. turned out his friend who bred them had to get the pups homes asap at only 3 weeks old due to the ill health of the mother.
so he was given to me. i was struggling at school with bullying and having no friends and ralph was my friend. he slept in my bed and i bottle fed him every couple of hours. i wouldnt let anyone else do it.
we grew up together and whenever i had a bad day id come home and take ralph out for a long walk, often stopping to tell him why worries. he was there for my first boyfriend, first broken heart and first kiss!
he cared as much for me as i did for him. when he was 3 my dad bought a little female to breed ralph as he was the typical old fashioned rotty that wasnt seen much any more. roxy had a litter of 9 pups although one died. we brought ralph in to meet his kids and he jumped and hid from them, imagine a rotty scared of his own pups.
when i met serge he was a bit scared of ralph but we showed him! and soon he was hooked. we bought our own house and ralph had his own bedroom!
when i found out i was pregnant i was a bit scared, i was only 21 and wasnt working. but i grew to be happy about it, i couldnt wait to show ralph my baby and for her to grow up with ralph.by this time his back legs were starting to stiffen a bit. at 8 months pregnant ralph started to limp on his front leg, we put it down to having the extra weight from his back legs being stiff. one day i was giving him a hug and i felt a lump on his shoulder, it felt like he had dislocated his shoulder, took him in for an xray to see and left them to it.
i got the call in less than an hour, they said it was cancer, that the x rays showd it had spread a lot and there wasnt anything t be done. i couldnt go my parents were telling me no you cant risk the baby, but ralph IS my baby! so grudgingly and because he was already under for the x ray he was pts alone. a arranged for his cremation and he now sits on my shelf at home.
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Old 04-03-2005, 05:36 PM
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Ralph sounds like he was a great friend to you!! I'm sure he knew that you loved him and would have been with him at the end if you could!! I'm so sorry for your loss!!
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Old 04-03-2005, 06:32 PM
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thanks, he really was. i have never been a real people person and always used to feel uncomfortable around people, my dogs and horses were who i wanted to be with so thats what i did. i still dont regret losing the few friends i did have through my unwillingness to go to clubs and parties and saying id rather ride my horse!
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Old 04-04-2005, 12:14 AM
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Raph and BRonki..heroes of the hearts..cancer is worse than any four letter word uttered..it stole "the one that loved me most" ..i hope there are angels up there putting kisses in both dogs ears for us until we can.
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Old 04-04-2005, 08:11 AM
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Ralph's story just made me cry. It's a wonder how some people don't understand how attached you get to your pets. All of mine have been and are my family. Ralph truly was your best friend though it all. I just know he looks down and watches over all of you.
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