Lindbergh student’s beloved service dog passes away


SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KPLR)– Some sad, but not unexpected news to pass along.  Ralph, the service dog who helped Lindbergh High School student Carli Henrotay, has passed away.

On her Facebook yesterday, Carli posted a collage of photos with Ralph and wrote, “Thanks for being my best friend for the past ten years. I’ll love you forever bubba. RIP Ralphie.”

We brought you Ralph’s story in January. Carli has Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), a disease that hardens the muscles in her body. Ralph, Carli’s support dog, made her life a little easier.  He came to school with her every day and was a big part of the Lindbergh experience. They had even planned for him to be part of the graduation ceremonies when Carli graduates this Spring.

But Ralph was recently  diagnosed with cancer and was given between two weeks and two months to live. He made it close to those two months.

Carli’s family knows that Ralph could never be replaced, but Carli is in need of another support dog. Unfortunately, the wait for another one is between six months and a year and a half.