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New puppy on the way

Friday, July 16, 2010

OK, so not REALLY a puppy -- unless 5 1/2 years old is considered such -- but we do have a new adoptee on the way from Florida. A greyhound male, his current name is Thomas, but we will make a slight change and rename him to "Tomas", as I have a son named Thomas and don't want friends to get confused.

If all goes well, we'll meet our adoption coordinator, who is doing the transport, late next Wednesday. Our lonely little girl Gigi I think will be quite happy to have a playmate again!

  
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SQUIDGEYCHEEKS 7/17/2010 1:32PM

    We had a retired racing greyhound and he was a wonderful companion. He made more noise dreaming than he did when he was awake... never managed to frighten the postman, he always waited for a pat and a biscuit! Enjoy your new pup, they enrich your life and give unconditional love

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JIMDAB 7/16/2010 9:14PM

    Wonderful news!

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LALMEIDA 7/16/2010 9:16AM

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PMAY0313 7/16/2010 8:04AM

    I love all puppies!
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Another four-legged loss!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We said goodbye to our oldest and first greyhound Glitter this morning. We knew she had bone cancer since early May, and had been fighting an autoimmune disease since March, but in spite of it all, she put on a brave face to the end. Last night she had a seizure or a stroke and we pretty much knew this was going to be it. We got our goodbyes in, and thankfully the meds used to end her life were quite swift.

So now she has crossed the rainbow bridge to see her littermates as well as her "brother" Gator (our male greyhound who passed suddenly in April).

Thanks for all of the wonderful memories Glitter!

  
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LOVEROFANIMALS 7/1/2010 9:51AM

    Oh..I'm so sorry to read this about the loss of your reloved and loyal Greyhound. And to lose 2 so close together...that is rough. I'm sure our Rondo (our first grey) welcomed them with open paws. Bless their souls. emoticon

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JIMDAB 6/29/2010 6:38PM

    So sorry to hear that news. My thoughts are with you.

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MISTER_BIG 6/29/2010 4:37PM

    I feel for you. Every time I lose a dog I swear I'll never get another because it just tears me up when they die, but after a few months I can't stand being dogless and end up with another.

A friend of mine recently lost a cat and was having troubles adjusting. Another friend made him go out and get another cat right then and there. He said that while you can never replace a beloved pet, you can honor their memory by inviting another pet into your heart to help speed the healing process.

With me, it's inevitable that another dog will eventually share my life. If you're that way too, maybe you should consider rescuing another right away. There are plenty of dogs in the world who need people like you.

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MF4STRINGS 6/29/2010 12:35PM

    My condolences. I have a friend who takes in rescued greyhounds, They are sweet and gentle dogs and a joy to live with. From the photo above she appears to be a sweet one. I know it's not easy to be with a loved pet when the time comes but thank you for sharing this with the team.

Kind regards, MjF

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Goodbye to an old friend

Monday, April 05, 2010

Last Saturday (4/3) ranks right up there as one of the toughest days I've ever endured. My wife and I made the decision to put our 11 year old male greyhound Gator to sleep. Even as I write, I can feel the emotions building up.

It was not a hard decision in one respect -- he had been very ill for 2 days, and the blood work the vet ran confirmed his kidneys were failing. My wife and I had always vowed we'd never make any of our dogs suffer just for our own selfish reasons. And we did not waiver. But that made it no easier to say goodbye.

We know Gator is in a happier place after having crossed the rainbow bridge and now pain free. He was a gentle giant (90+ lbs -- big for a greyhound), yet he thought he was a lap dog! My wife and I looked at picture over the weekend from when we got him almost 6 years ago to pictures taken recently, and it made us both laugh and cry.

So as I sit here and tap away, with a tear trying to escape, what I want to remember was the joy and happiness our boy Gator brought to us. So make sure today if you have a pet, give them a hug and tell them how much they mean to you.

  
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MARYANNGI 5/31/2010 2:39PM

    Just remember all of the fun you had with Gator. Thanks for reminding me to give my Rottie Sasha her daily hug.



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HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 4/28/2010 8:26PM

    I hope you find comfort in the memories you shared with Gator...I lost a dog a few years ago and the loss is still painful... emoticon

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DBODDER 4/20/2010 9:52AM

  It is amazing how our pets can become so ingrained in our lives, even tho we may try to not let it happen. Any time we contemplate ending a life, it is not easy. However, as you said weighting the hurt that Gator was going to have to suffer so that you could feel good was not fair to him. I hope you have found some peace from then to now, and I bet you will find another to shower with all of the same love. But one will never totally replace the other, but will bring you the joy that you had with the first Gator...

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TOASTIE 4/5/2010 9:07PM

    I'm so sorry for you -- and yet happy for the great years you had together. You'll have memories to last you forever.

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PUTER98 4/5/2010 5:21PM

    Your loss is felt by everyone here. I am sure you will keep him in your heart for all time.

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CLCCOOL 4/5/2010 3:00PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. He looks alot like my friend's greyhound Amanda, she is a sweety! I learned awhile ago to make sure that everyone I love, knows it. But, I will give my dog an extra hug today.

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KAYWEB555 4/5/2010 2:26PM

    Those are some of the hardest days ever. My heart goes out to you and your wife. For me the only way to fill the empytness was to get another dog. Never forgetting or comparing one with the other. Took both of my furbabies for a walk in Memory of your Gator! So they got fitness in today a day earlier in the week for them. Thanks for sharing your sorrows, bless you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle and fitness plan.

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LKOPACK 4/5/2010 12:31PM

    Hi,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My husband and I put our cat of 19 years to sleep on 3/28/10 and it was one of the most difficult things we had to do. May the memories help you and your wife through this difficult time.
Laura K.

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JIMDAB 4/5/2010 11:59AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss and applaud your strength. I went through the same thing myself recently with my Lab, Gus. In retrospect I know that I waited too long to do that. subjecting him to needless pain because I couldn't stand the thought of losing him. I will always regret that. Once again, sorry for your loss Patrick.
Jim

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FREDANNA 4/5/2010 10:57AM

  You have my sympathy. We know that some people would say that they are "just dogs (or cats)" but soehow they are so much more. And when we've had them for years...

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MRE1956 4/5/2010 9:51AM

    Sorry about your loss.....Gator looks like a real sweetie in that pic.....

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MUGSYMOM 4/5/2010 9:40AM

    Oh my gosh...I am crying right along with you, my friend. Two weeks ago my hubby and I decided to let our little JudyRose be in peace, too. It was by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do. She went blind last summer and steadily has gone downhill. I didn't want to let her go because I loved her so so much and then a friend asked me if I thought JudyRose was happy the way she was...no I really didn't think she was. She wasn't eating or drinking for the last week beforehand and when we brought her to the vet they said she was in kidney failure and that she didn't have long. I let her go while she was in my arms...so peaceful. I write this to you now while shedding more tears. It is so darn hard to lose our beloved pets. We still have another mini schnauzer at home with us...and you are so right - love those pets and tell them so each and every day! If you haven't read it - try looking at the RainbowBridge.com...great poem and neat website for grieving those furry friends of ours. Take care and God bless.

Maryann

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THERAPIST2 4/5/2010 8:30AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Good Monday....

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Good Monday -- 50 minute workout at the gym, ate well throughout the day, etc.

  


2010 off to an interesting start!

Monday, January 04, 2010

4 days into the new year and I have yet to get into the gym for a workout! Sigh! Weather has been brutal the past two days, still cleaning up from the water issues in the basement, recovering from NYE, and just when I thought I'd get some downtime yesterday, my wife's car got a flat tire!

Plan to get to the gym for a much welcome workout today! I did finish 2009 with my best swimming session of the year -- 50 minutes of laps, and was able to complete 30 laps in that time. Aiming for 60 minutes / 36 laps in 2010 (that is a mile in the gym pool).

  


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