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RILEY (April 1998 to April 2010)

Here’s Riley, the original Golden Doodle for Brighter Pathways. In fact,he was an “unofficial” Doodle before these dogs became considered Designer Breeds because of their no/low shedding and hypoallergenic qualities.  Riley was my K-9 Soul Companion and fellow life traveler for 12 years, bringing joy and comfort through bleak times and joy and laughter in brighter times.  
Riley:
In Memoriam
VALARIE

Don’t you just love it when people dress up their dogs like people?  My name’s Valarie because I was born near Valentine’s Day 2 years ago–and because Larie (my human big sister) selected me as the pick of the litter!  I am very precocious and beautiful, if not quite as well-behaved as the rest of the troop.  I think I’m Dr. M.’s favorite!

From Alfred, Lloyd Tennyson’s poem, “In Memoriam,” the most famous lines are probably these:

   I hold it true, whate'er befall;

   I feel it when I sorrow most;

   'Tis better to have loved and lost

   Than never to have loved at all.

The last two lines are usually taken as offering a meditation on the dissolution of a romantic relationship. However the lines originally referred to the death of a beloved friend of the poet’s, who died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage.  Indeed, the poem, originally titled  "The Way of the Soul,” took Tennyson 17 years to write and was finally completed in 1849.  The poem is truly an account of all Tennyson's thoughts and feelings as he coped with the grief and loss of a loved one over such a long period.  

The stronger the bond, the more painful the grief. . . . And we are left to find comfort with our memories and pictures.


Riley was the first Brighter Pathways dog to receive Animal Assisted Training (AAT) certification and earn his patches.  Here here is looking ever-so-handsome in his special therapy vest (circa 2008).   

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We love you,

Riley!