Finding comfort after losing family dog

Next with Kyle Clark. 9NEWS @ 6. 9/13/2016

KUSA – I don’t think I truly understood just how much so many of us miss our dogs.

Until now.

As I said yesterday, over the weekend my pug of 13 years passed away after a prolonged battle with both diabetes and cancer.

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Ralphie – named after the University of Colorado mascot – was one-eyed and blind when he died.

His disabilities didn’t define him however.

After I wrote about him, many of you wrote me to tell me about your “Ralphie.”

I’ve been touched beyond words, but few of the messages have been more powerful than one sent by Sarah Pindell-Ridgeway.

Sarah, as many of you know, was the mother of Jessica Ridgeway. Jessica was murdered in 2012. Her abduction back then garnered international headlines.

Sarah remains one of the most remarkable women I have ever met.

Monday she told me Jessica likely welcomed Ralphie “with open arms and a treat.” (I’m not going to lie. I sat crying at my desk after I read that).

She then sent me pictures of two dogs her family lost over the years.

I miss ole Ralph. He was my companion for more than a decade.

But I am comforted by the fact I’m not alone in this. Dog lovers get it. I now get it.

Thanks for all of the kind words. I really appreciate it.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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