All Ralfie really wanted was a family. He communicated this to me when I visited the Animal Defense League in November 2009. He came quietly to the side of his cage where I was standing while the other dogs jumped and barked insanely. I walked on. In January 2010 his handsome little picture was posted in the newspaper. I had to see if our discerning Lab, Jessie, would accept him. With husband and dog I once again visited the shelter. Somehow Ralfie knew not to smell her, look at her or bark at her. He was going home with us. After settling in, he was like the kid brother, claiming her bed at naptime. Ralfie loved to take walks with his family. He loved to sniff the neighborhood park. He loved to stalk the neighbor’s chickens on the other side of our back fence. He didn’t crave attention like our big dog, but stayed ever so close to my husband. He would notice if a pizza delivery vehicle passed by, pulling at his leash to follow. Sometimes the smell of a passing pickup truck would catch his attention. He always seemed to be remembering someone. Jessie our Lab, still looks for him at the neighborhood park. She misses him and so do we. The vet said he was probably about 6 years old when we adopted him. We had him for 3 years. His little body just wore out. Our vet helped us fight the good fight for his kidneys, but his little back legs wouldn’t work anymore. Ralfie had loved someone before us, but I hope he waits for us at the Rainbow Bridge. I think he knew this family really, really loved him. He was released from his worn out little body on July 1, 2013. Such a sweet, stoic and brave little boy.

Funeral Home:
All Paws Great and Small Crematory
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX
US 78220

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