Monthly Archives: May 2012


Ray of Light
Ray of Hope
Ray of Love
Ray Charles Fleming

We know that there’s a little angel in every dog, but in the case of Ray there was a lot of angel in this little dog. Blind from birth, Ray spent the first year of his life in a sterile, outdoor environment. Not much fun for a little angel. But this dog angel found his own human angel in Denise, who discovered and adopted him then recognized that Ray truly had a gift. An administrator at Chico State’s Health Center, Denise brought Ray to work with her. There, Ray brought such comfort to students that they began to schedule appointments to see him. Staff loved him too. No one who knew Ray escaped being touched by his spirit. Certainly not us at the Canine Connection. He was one of our beloved students, learning how to gaze up toward Denise, without sight, but surely knowing she was gazing back at him with adoration. Yes, we loved Ray too. And so our hearts hurt when we learned that Ray was taken from this earth too soon. But our hearts our bigger for having known and worked with Ray and Denise. They inspired us. Thank you, Denise, for sharing Ray with us and others. Thank you, Ray, for bringing so much to so many. May the light shine warmly on your soft, golden fur at Rainbow Bridge. To learn more about Ray, see this Chico News and Review article . RIP Ray.