Today, however, I came across a German magazine called "Partner Hund". They describe themselves as "Das Magazin für Hundefreunde" or "The Magazine for Dog Lovers." Image my surprise when I found, in a section of their August issue entitled "News from the dog world", a short article about Rilley. Judging by the pictures, they must have pulled the story that was written by Isabel Teotonio of The Toronto Star (June 1, 2013 - Saturday Edition) off a newswire service and written their own, condensed version. Their story was called "Second Life for Rilley".
The interesting thing is that, despite The Star being a major Canadian newspaper, we never imagined it would be a conduit to his story appearing as far away as Europe. As for the article itself, it was simply a very brief synopsis detailing the diagnosis, prognosis, clinical trial at the University of Minnesota, treatment and the promising outcome (with a bit of little-girl-loves-her-furry-"brother" thrown in to tug at the heart-strings).
It's just too bad that they didn't try to contact us directly, I could have impressed them with my (very rusty) ability to speak German. Well...maybe not...perhaps in the end it's best it didn't come to that. (I had to use a translation website to help me read it...some of those German words are long!)
If you can read German there is an online version of the magazine, simply follow this link: