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June 24, 2013


Just saw this a few minutes ago. What a tragic heartbreak but please remember he had 6 good months with both of you to love him, and 3 months with his vision restored. Not long enough, of course but then it never is long enough no matter how much time our beloved family companions are with us. Enjoy your new life, little Bentley, until Mom and Dad are with you again.

Dear Steve and Alayne,
I am so very sorry for this big loss. The last 6 months of Bentley's life were probably equal to 16 years of complete and utter happiness for him; his little happy-dance every morning proves that! You made that possible for him, you gave him the peace and happiness every furry creature deserves.
Thank you so much for all the things you do, and as always - be kind to yourselves.

Greetings from an unusually warm winter in Bloemfontein! If it carries on like this, we're liable to have a white Christmas this year, wouldn't that be something!

Just got back from vacation to see this. I'm so sorry for your loss of Bentley. Such a sad blog and no real chance to prepare. I've been there and that is the hardest.

I am so sorry about Bentley. I lost my beloved standard poodle, Holly, from the same illness. It was horrific. It haunts me still. You two do such wonderful things for the animals, bless you.

Dear Steve and Alayne,

I am SO sorry for your loss of little Bentley. Thanks to you, he had six months of utter happiness.

Debbie Burke

How heartbreaking... I wish he had more time to be happy with you.

I am so deeply sorry guys and deeply grateful for the what you do, giving all those dogs (and others!) some happiness in their lives.

What a delightful little chap Bentley was, he will be missed.

I'm sitting here in tears after reading what a valiant effort everyone made for sweet little Bentley. I was an R.N. for 30 years and we lost one patient due to D.I.C. and it was just heart-rending to watch..there's really nothing that can reverse it in time. My heart goes out to all of are SUCH extraordinary and loving people to care so deeply for each of your rescued companions..
Judy Royer

I was so shocked and saddened to read this today...

My heart goes out to you both and to little sweet bigger-than-life Bentley.

Oh I just read about Bentley and have tears in my eyes also. I am so sorry. But oh the joy you gave him in his short time with you and the joy he gave you and us the readers. RIP dear Bentley. So sorry Steve and Alayne

Sweet Bentley. My heart broke a little reading this, and my thoughts are with all of you.

So sorry to hear about that handsome boy Bentley.

I am sitting here with tears in my eyes. I know you and Alayne (and us, as well) are heartbroken that Bentley has left us way too soon. You gave him the most wonderful 6 months of his life and the opportunity to see again and enjoy the world around him. You gave him love and you were loved in return. He will always be around you, and he's dancing his jig at Rainbow Bridge. Rest in Peace, darling Bentley!

Oh my Sweet Lord, Steve and Alayne - I am shaking as I try to type my words of solace and sadness. You are valiant and constant defenders of our furry friends and suffer so much when you lose them. I am so sorry and feel your pain - yet you go on , helping the least of them- who are, in truth, the best of God's creation! Thank you (Owen and Suzi are thriving, thanks to you and your loving care) Much love to you and all your critters.......

My heart breaks for your loss. Oh my, I am so sorry. Thank you for giving him an awesome chance in life. I wish it didn't end so soon. God bless you.

I remember the first time I ever heard of Rolling Dog Ranch was when I read an article about another little yorkie, I believe her name was Spirit. She had been abused, got to you guys then to her forever home when she was lost. I cried and cried, have been a fan since. Now Bentley .. my heart breaks again.. Thank you for loving him so! Many tears tonight for your loss and this dear Yorkie!

So very sorry, my heart aches for both of you. Bentley knew love and what it was to see again! Godspeed sweet boy. Keeping you & Alayne in my thoughts & prayers.

I am in tears..........absolutely heartbreaking......sweet little guy

As soon as I saw the caption I started to cry. I love these animals like my own. It is heartbreaking when one of them has to leave you both I know. But
be comforted as you both gave him love and caring and those will be the memories he took with him. God Bless You Bentley.God Bless to you both.

Alayne and Steve,
It warms my heart to know that sweet little Bentley found such love and happiness with you. Sending hugs & love as you grieve this loss.

I am so sorry, how very sad. I am in tears. I am sorry for your loss. I'm glad you could be with him and help him for the time you could.


I was shocked & heartbroken when I saw the blog about Bentley and couldn't help but tear up - sad that he left, but happy for the wonderful treatment he received and that he was able to see again. As always, thank God that all of you are there for these beloved animals!

With tear-filled eyes..I send you much love and a big hug....I am very very sorry...*precious* little Bentley.... This beautiful little soul was very fortunate to have you in his life and his in yours......xox

Rest in peace Bently. The Farm gave you the best six months of your life.

Dear Steve and Alayne, Just remember that your Bentley could SEE you and know how much you loved him beyond a shadow of a doubt. We had our little Milli for only 5 months but understand totally what an impact Bentley had on you because Milli did the same to us. Aren't we the lucky ones to have these amazing little wonders touch our hearts!

So, so sorry for your loss. Bentley went out on top, having found great love (and vision!) in your care. Thank you for giving that to him and for all that you do.

I'm so sorry. Thank you for giving him 6 good months. Thank you for risking heartbreak each time you take in a new rescue and dare to love them. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us!

Through your blogs I feel I know these little guys. When you lose one, my heart aches. In this case, for little Bentley but also for you and Alayne.

I am so sorry about Bentley...I cried all the way through your post....I don't think I ever missed a post...I feel like all the animals belong to all of us and I don't think I am alone

I am in tears here, reading about Bentley. I'm so very sorry, Steve & Alayne.

Run free Bentley. The last six months of your life were the best.

I cried reading about Bentley. What an adorable little guy. I am so sorry for you both. The wonderful thing is that he was able to spend the last of his life seeing you. How wonderful for him!

I am so very sorry and feel heartbroken. May you all feel the love that Bently bestowed upon you. May sweet Bently play in the sunshine. Hugs to you all. And thank you for loving these sweethearts. Gwen

Thank you so much for loving this sweet dog. At the end of his life he knew he was loved. We had to let our 17 year old go in 6/14. I know exactly what you mean about not seeing him jump around in the morning. What I would give to hear his toenails click across the floor. May Bentley's spirit live on!

Oh, that's heartbreaking. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss.

Thank you for being there for Bentley.

Rest in Peace, Friend.

This is so sad to hear about the loss of sweet little Bentley. ((HUGS)) to you both for loving him and trying so hard to save his life.

I am so sorry for your loss of this sweet adorable boy. We are sending you all our love at this sad time.

I am so sorry for your loss. My tears are falling as I type this. At least he did not pass alone, but felt your love in his final moments.

Sending prayers to Steve & Alayne. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of Bentley. Your dedication to the RDF boys and girls is inspiring. Bentley will remember your love and devotion. He will be waiting in heaven to see you one day. God bless you both and the ranch.

My heart is crying with you...

So heartbreaking. I am lost for words. Just know I loved Bentley although I never met him. We love you and Alayne for the selfish work you do 24/7 and the heart aches that you two experience with no time to grieve because so many of the other RDF residents are waiting for you. God Bless you all--TRULY!!

Too soon gone.

I am so sorry, prayers for comfort go up for everyone at RDF. This breaks my heart every time it happens; I can't imagine how hard it must be for you all. RIP, Bentley, you were loved by many.

what happiness he gave you as only a dog can do having put my 15 yr old Bichon down a wave of sorrow came over me feeling that loss that never has gone away. We will see them again and I am sure his spirit is around you. God Bless you wonderful people

Bentley was a sweety. he gave you a million laughs and grins and you gave him a great 6 months. Always remember that.

Every one of these type of posts gets me! I'm so sorry for your loss. Bentley looked like a great little dog. Thank you for what you do.

I'm sooooooooooo sad.

I'm so, so sorry. It's even worse that it happened so shockingly quickly. Certainly his last six months were the best of his life, thanks to you. It's too bad he couldn't have come to you sooner. That emptiness where a bouncy happy dog used to be is a terrible thing. I'm glad you have the others to comfort you.

I'm so sorry for your loss, it never gets any easier does it? It's incredible that you both do the work you do, day in and day out. Thank you so much for taking such exceptional care of all these animals.

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