First thank you so much, to be so surrounded by love, prayers and well wishing is something I hold dear. Now, for the bad news. I am NOT going into full details, suffice to say that the ultrasound showed Lymphatic Cancer, with is inoperable, it's already into his brain. He's home now, on steriods, for how long, maybe just tonight (if he's not showing signs of perking up and eating or anything nasty and his wonderful vet, who's day off it is tomorrow, said to ring and she'll come in for his crossing) or it maybe 2 weeks t0 6 weeks. Until his quality of life isn't there. But I am not going to dwell on the sadness, instead I'm going to let Rakins pass on his message to you. Hi everyone, first thank you all so much, I am sending you all big soft doggy kisses and a whole world full of unconditional love. And a wee message for all. First, briefly, I was born wild, my fur Mom raised two youngsters in the country side. How she did it I don't know. Then I was captured and put into a doggy prison, for no crime at all! I was on death row, until a wonderful lady rescued me and found me my Mom and my forever home. Wow!!!!!!!!! And what a life I've had since finding my forever home. I've been on road trips, my first was when I was only four months old and, oh dear, thanks to devouring some KFC whilst crossing the road with my Mom - yep I got it down before she could do anything - suffered a little bit of a tum ache, but I had FUN FUN FUN on that road trip and even managed something impossible - got my older Big Bro to get his paws wet!!!!!!!!! And if you knew my Big Bro, you'd realize just how much of a miracle that is!!!!!!!! I've run free on beautiful beaches, swum in the wide ocean. Climbed cliffs with my Daddy in the Pine Forests. Mom was too pudden hearted to climb the cliffs, but hey Daddy and I weren't and boy was that FUN!!!!!!! I've strolled along shopping centers and, it would be false modesty to say I didn't attract attention for I'm a very handsome boy, I graciously, with a tail wag and big smile, accepted all the compliments that came my way. I've been on boat rides, in taxis and oh so many, many things I've done in my three and a half years of life. I've LIVED LIFE TO THE FULL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've LOVED AND BEEN LOVED UNCONDITIONALLY!!!!!! I've teased the two sybaritic cats, well a dogs gotta do what a dogs gotta do hasn't he - but NEVER hurt them - and truth be told, Maeve is a femme fatale and teased me too! I've NEVER been sulky, resentful or hurtful. I LOVE everyone and NEVER NEVER have I had a chip on my shoulder. I've always been truthful and let Mom and Dad know what I wanted or didn't want. I'm respectful of others dogs, cats and even humans. I've played soccer like no other boy could play and been the very best I could be! And that, my dearest friends,this is my message to you all. Live life in the NOW, no regrets about the past, no chips on your shoulders because you didn't have a brilliant start to life - hey that silver spoon stuff is rubbish - you make you life what YOU want it to be. And moi, hey I want to be HAPPY!!!!!!! Is there any other choice? I mean, think about it. So love unconditionally, love life, have fun and - above all live in the NOW. Eat Your Deserts First!!!!!!! The only thing love will fatten is your soul. So, please do not mourn for me, instead, take my message of love and spread it all over the world. All those wonderful prayers which have come my way are truly a blessing which now must be shared around. Hey, I'm a nosey parker, so I'll be watching you all when my time comes to cross to the Summerland, across that Rainbow Bridge and if you don't remember my message, then I'll still LOVE you. Be the best you can be in life and don't ever let anyone tell you you cannot rise above the mire. I'm proof you can! I'm not going to get all morbid, I'll just say, Adieu, we shall meet again, some day. Ra "Rakins Kismet. Friends, I do need some space right now, Rakins and I need to Eat Our Deserts together. But I will not disappear, I'll be back, maybe tomorrow, maybe in a day or two, but I'll be back very soon. Mary K Rakins Mom.