Sunday, August 29, 2010

A sad day and a heavy heart.

Reyna standing in the kennel at GDB with a sad look on her face.

Today was recall day for Reyna. This day never gets easier and Reyna was no exception. We spent most of the day with her hanging around the house, then we went for our last walk together. We went out to lunch, and then around 3pm we headed over to San Rafael. We checked in with the kennel staff, then we took Reyna back to the kennel. The moment she stepped into the kennel, this sadness took over her. I felt so bad. She just sat there hanging her head with the most sad expression on her face. She was confused and scared and it was extremely difficult to see her like that. All of our other pups were happy and wagging their tails when we brought them back. It was like they were sort of excited. Not Reyna. It was clearly sadness and confusion. We all took turns going into the kennel to say goodbye to her. Why are hellos so easy, and goodbyes are always so hard? We want Reyna to do whatever it is she is meant to do. We will leave that up to her, and we will be happy with whatever path she chooses.

Judi and James say goodbye to Reyna.

Judi and James in the kennel with Reyna.  Reyna is giving Judi a kiss on her face.

James and Reyna in the kennel.

James and Reyna saying good bye in the kennel.

Myself and Reyna as I say goodbye in the kennel.

Reyna and I in the kennel together as we say good bye.

My son, Tyler, gives Reyna one last hug good bye.

Reyna is in Tyler's arms and he his kissing her cheek as they say good bye in the kennel.

Reyna looking at us with a sad, confused look on her face.

Reyna sitting in the kennel with the door shut.  She is looking at us like she is so confused.

This photo says it all. Just look into those eyes :(

A close up of Reyna's face while she is in the kennel.  Sadness is in her eyes.

Tyler says his final good bye to Reyna.

Tyler bending down putting his hands through the kennel bars saying his final good bye to Reyna.

There really isn’t anything else to say other than this was absolutely the most sad recall I have ever experienced. All our love Reyna…..we loved you with all we had for the time you were with us. Now it is time for the next phase of your journey.


  1. My heart is heavy with you. I'm so sorry that it was so difficult--your photos say it all. Reyna is so sweet and sensitive. Hopefully, the staff and volunteers will give her lots of love and attention. She's smart, I'm sure she will adjust quickly. The first days are probably the hardest, so I hope they will fly by for you.

  2. Rocco and I will be watching her on the phase reports! Good Luck Reyna!

  3. I am in tears right now. Thank you so much for doing what you do. *hugs*

  4. Aww man my eyes are all watery now. :(( Good luck to miss reyna