Written by Nicole

This special dude is my Littlest Man, Raj’aa. Raj’s names roughly translates to “hopefulness” and that’s exactly why I got him, because I was feeling hopeful about my new life ahead at the time. I rescued him after being stationed in Georgia with the Air Force… I wanted some “balance” in my life because at the time, I had three German shepherds. Obviously a smaller dog was needed to balance them out!

Raj was a six and a half year old Bassett Hound/ Border Terrier Mix, which explained his crooked feet and precious beard. He was the smallest of my dogs, though don’t be fooled by his short legs, he still weighed in at a solid 27 kilos! He was a little tank of a dog, keeping up with his larger pack mates without trouble and more then holding his own at play! The fact that he was technically crippled from the deformation in his legs never stopped him or slowed him down for a second; the vets alway told me he’s something of a miracle.

In October 2018 Raj had surgery in to remove a mass removed from his groin area, during the surgery it burst but luckily the surgery continued successfully.

On 20th of January 2019 Raj passed away. You can read the details of the incident here, where it was originally posted on Facebook the same day. It also includes one of my favourite clips of Raj bouncing in the snow.

Raj was the sweetest, silliest, most cuddly dog of the pack. He was always happy, always smiling and always wanting to be in your lap. He was often the favourite of visitors because you couldn’t help but fall for his ugly-cute face. Raj had long been the only dog regularly permitted to sleep on my bed, mostly because he was the only one who slept politely at the bottom of it and didn’t steal every inch of space there is. He was also the dog I spend the most time exasperated with, because he had a penchant for getting in to things he shouldn’t. Lucky for him, it was impossible to scold that face very seriously. He was the cat’s favourite dog, because he gave good snuggles and let them use him as a rubbing post. Raj made me smile every time I look at him, everyone did, you just couldn’t help smiling back at a face that smiled so big at you!

Always in my heart – Raj