Many of you know that this past month my family and I had to say goodbye to our 14-year-old lab Riley, which proved to be one of the most difficult things we have had to endure. Although it was a very sad experience, we took comfort in the fact of knowing that his life was incredibly comfortable from beginning to end. He never once had to worry about a roof over his head, a family to love him or where his next meal or treat was going to come from and he definitely helped himself to a lot of treats! Unlike the dogs that we get at the center, many of them have not had this luxury and unfortunately some have had terrible lives before coming to us. Some have been abused, some have been left outside, and many of them have not received the love that they so unconditionally give back to us. Yet with the help of so many volunteers, fosters and adopters, these dogs do end up in a loving homes.