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Riley... a memorial of sorts by alphamalezulu4 Riley... a memorial of sorts by alphamalezulu4
This was a photo I took of my best friend in the world, Riley. This was a couple years back. We were testing the new camera at the time and he was tired of me taking photos of him. I got this one and it just hit me so hard on so many levels. He looks sad... he looks alone... he looks lonely. He had two friends all the time with him. And he always made sure to keep the peace whenever they started to get on one anothers nerves. He was the alpha male if I ever saw one.

He had such charisma and personality. he lived up to his name for sure. And he was always a joy to see as you walk through a room.

He died with family and those he loved and loved him back. He's now elsewhere... running in fields of gold and green, standing on hills with wind in his face, always on a new adventure with friends once long gone.

I will see you again my best friend, very very soon. And I will be able to be with you for so much longer and we can play together once again... I miss you Riley. I love you and I'll see you again very soon buddy. Like I said, I hope you're really enjoying being where you are and I can't wait to hug you again.
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Quierro Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Well now hes in dog haven with lassie,air bud,balto....
Happy valentines day!
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Sofera Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your puppie died too! Im sorry :( I know the pain!!
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Yeah I still think about him constantly. I love him so much and although I have a new dog to fill a small void, it doesn't replace him obviously wasn't meant to. But I still miss and wish I could see him again by my side like he used to be all the time. :hugs: I'm sorry for your loss hon. Rainbow Bridge. We'll see them both there one day.
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Sofera Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Funny how you mention the rainbow bridge, I was given a page about the rainbow bridge, its so sweet! Made me cry a little~
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
I don't remember who told me to read it but I started bawling. What made me calm down was the day after this happened, my Mom told me of a dream she had, of Riley standing on this hill top with the wind blowing in his face. He was smiling and looking at her, as tho he was saying "I'm OK and I'm going to be alright and have some fun." After a little bit, he turned and disappeared. It's funny you should comment on this when you did. Yesterday I was really really depressed and I was thinking about him all day.

I really miss him. People don't understand just how much of an impact and how important he is to me. Honestly, I want him back. One way or another however, I want to be with him again as soon as possible. I'm not entirely happy with him not around.

All I can believe is he'll be waiting for me at that bridge when I show up. :lonely:
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Groovygoddess Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
aww This is a great photo of Riley! Seems to capture everything and more... :hug: to you my brother, I love you!:hug:
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Thanks Sis. I love you too :hug:
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Groovygoddess Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
I need to convo with you! :D :hug: Hopefully soon I can email you...or note you or something. LOL Love You more! :hug:
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
no you don't. I love YOU more! :hug: :manhug:

And that's cool. Note me or email me.
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Groovygoddess Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
:giggle: Mom is paying you to say that, right??? :giggle: And okay! You win this time! :lmao:

And I'll try tomorrow morning...right now before class I'm trying to catch up on some of these 500 replies...:faint: it's like the ocean, you turn around for a minute and "splash" :giggle:

Still love you! :glomp: tag you're it!
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Mom told me I had to watch after you on all counts. But thankfully she said I didn't have to watch you take a shower. All tho, you DO need to take one. You stink! No problem on the replying thing. I'm used to not getting responses or communication from women lately... yeah. You know what I mean. As for the ocean metaphor, I say grab a surf bord and some sex wax and hang ten.
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DarklightMedia Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
my sincerest condolences on your loss. I lost my buddy McDoogle in August this year. Really hard to lose a pet. Hope you'll be ok.
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Thanks Chris. I really appreciate it. It sounds silly to some, but this is a loss that's going to be really hard to recover from. He was that much of a facet in my life. And brought so much joy not just to me, but everyone around him. I am hoping that I see him soon tho, as I know I will. I wish more people could have known.

My condolences on your loss as well too. I hope you're holding up ok man.
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DarklightMedia Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
I'm doing ok - thanks. September was the worse (the month between dogs) - had trouble getting through most every day... no motivation... weighted down with depression. Once the new pup came along, I had so much to occupy myself that the sadness went away pretty quickly... motivation and joy has returned. I still miss my old pal, but I'm feeling tons better. This kind of mourning/loss probably only sounds silly to those that haven't had a dog as an everyday friend. Best wishes to ya :)
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Well I'm glad things are looking up for you man. I wish you well with the new pup too. And I wish you the best as well.:)
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PatCarlucci Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
He looks exceedingly diplomatic.
He also looks like he aims to please... a sure sign of a great dog (erm..... best friend).
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
yeah. he was always there for everyone.
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
That is a pretty good poor pup dog face if ever I saw one. I can see why you miss him.
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Yeah he had a lot of character even in his facial expressions. His eye brows late at night looked like his eyes were open till you walked up to him and startled him... oh man... the wrath you would get lol. Thankfully he always let me come up to him and just laid there. And you could always tell he was smiling because of the end of his lips would curl upward and make dimples lol.
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds like you really enjoyed having that dog around, which is a good thing.
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Oh yeah... Like I said, he was my best friend.
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PK-CT-FLUX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
awe he was a cutie
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Yeah he was. Best pup I was ever united with. And he had pretty good taste in women too. Anytime he'd see an attractive one walk by, he'd just watch as they went by till they were out of site. If they were unattractive, he'd bark at them lol.

I always loved driving around with him too. Took him everywhere I could. Thanks for chiming in :hug:
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Puttycad Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Sorry to hear about your loss mate, sounds like he had a great life though. ;)
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alphamalezulu4 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
I hope he feels that way. Thanks man.. a lot. I appreciate it
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Puttycad Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
No probs buddy!
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