In Loving Memory
This page is dedicated to the memory of beloved animal companions who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. If you would like to submit a photo and/or small tribute to your greyhound or other pet, please send it to GREATinfo@great-greyhound.org. Memorials will remain on this page for one month. Out of respect for the bereaved family, no tributes will be posted without their express permission.
2/1/05 – 11/18/13
Lori was the best dog ever and I know I speak for all of us she was the only one we could go to and cuddle and tell her what’s wrong without her interrupting us and then she would comfort us. Whenever the family was gone for even an hour we would get home and she would always greet us with a smile and a dance; she was the happiest dog I knew and will ever know. Lori brought my dad out of depression for the longest time and truly made him happy. Whenever she thought she wasn’t getting enough attention she would grab this stuffed bunny and would throw it around until she had 100% attention from all of us. She was the best dog we could ever have and I wish I would’ve stayed with her the hour or so before she died. She was the happiest, bubbliest, and most hyper but yet laziest dog ever. She would ALWAYS come looking for leftovers when we were eating and she loved to play with me and Cole. The things she loved the most were long walks around our neighborhood. My mom was probably the one she danced for the most but the one she probably cared about the most was my dad. I could NEVER wish for a better dog. You’re our forever dog and we are your forever family. I Love You, Loriloo.
With lots of love your forever sister: Trish and the rest of your Forever family:
Pam, Lamar, Cole Willis and Monica
LNL Lido Elaine
4/3/03 - 10/24/13
I first met Roxy at an adoption event for rescue groups. At first, she was aloof and wanted nothing to do with me. After I brought her home, she warmed up quickly and settled in nicely. She loved long walks down the trails of the neighborhood and she was always fascinated by squirrels. At the park, she would walk the perimeter and would chase the labs who were trying to fetch. She was always on top of them before they knew what hit them! She never stole the ball, but was only interested in the chase. When excited, her beautiful salt and pepper ears would stand at attention.
She loved her Sunday car rides to the local fruit stand and her frequent trips to the hardware stores. Everyone seemed to be fascinated by her, since she looked more like a dalmatian than a greyhound. She was always the center of attention when out in public, and she enjoyed every minute.
Before writing this, I re-read the write up that her foster mom had provided. The first line said, “Roxy has a sweet soul”. She couldn’t have been more correct. I miss her sweet spirit and her love that never wavered, even through the hard times.
Cancer took you from me before your time. Play and nap until we meet again at the rainbow bridge, my sweet girl.
Much love, Your mom-
1/19/99 – 10/10/13
When I picked up Bette from the greyhound farm, at first I did not see her in the top crate. While most of the greyhounds had carpet remnants for their bedding, Bette had the “old fashioned” shredded newspaper. I looked again at the names on the tapes and found her with only her head visible in the middle of a huge pile of shredded newspaper.
I was her first foster mom; actually there was not a second! Her first meet-and-greet as a foster dog was at an adoption event at the Florida State Fairgrounds, and she literally barked the entire time. GREAT volunteers Kim & David Thorpe took her on numerous walks for me, trying to determine her needs. We never figured it out; she had a grand time anyway, proving that some greyhounds DO indeed bark!
Bette joined my family consisting of my son Johnny and our greyhounds Sir Guy, Angel and Merlin. She loved to travel and take walks, going to Greyhounds Reach the Beach (Dewey Beach, DE), Sandy Paws (Jekyll Island, GA) and Mountain Hounds (Gatlinburg, TN) numerous times. Bette Boop patiently (most of the time) lived with many foster dogs during her time with us.
Thank you to all who have expressed condolences, and special thank yous to those of you who took care of Bette when I took trips when I was unable to take my dogs.
Miss Bette, you are very missed! Johnny and I are so blessed to have had you with us since you were 6 years old.
Susie (left) and Bailey
MPS Meryl Sue
10/1/00 – 7/28/13
I'm afraid to say that today on July 28th we lost our dear greyhound, Susie (MPS Meryl Sue). She has been acting strangely at night, getting up and panting and pushing up the gate to get out of our bedroom. I knew she seemed "off." This morning when I got up, she was lying on her bed in the living room and she was just heaving for her breath. So many respirations. I brought that to Jim's attention, and our vet told us to come ASAP. Poor Susie had fluid build-up all around her heart, and the Dr. said that she was struggling to get her breath. She also said that she thought she saw evidence of a tumor at the base of her heart, and she said that is usually cancer. Then her lymph nodes were swollen, which is also a symptom of cancer. The Dr. said she could put a big needle in the chest and withdraw the fluid, but it is a dangerous procedure, and it would probably fill up again maybe in an hour or just days. I asked her what she would do and she said if Susie were hers, she'd put her down. So we decided not to run her around to Cardiologists nor put her thru that dangerous procedure (which could also cause severe bleeding). Given her age, we decided to let her go so she doesn't suffer any longer.
We adopted Susie on July 8, 2009 and she would have been 13 on October 1. I know you guys keep track of all your greyhounds you so beautifully get ready for their new homes, so I wanted to let GREAT know about our darling Susie. She had a beautiful spirit and loved to play, especially with our new home and a FENCE. Bailey is here and probably wondering where her cousin is, as our the little dogs too, I'm sure. We were with her when she passed and I got on the floor and whispered in her ear the whole time of the process, while poor Jim was behind me crying like men usually don't. We loved her so much.
Thank you to you and GREAT for giving us the honor of having Susie for these years, and for our Bailey, who turned 13 in March. All our best to you and all at GREAT.
Alanna and Jim Watson
11/13/01 – 7/21/13
Zorro passed away from bone cancer on 07/21/2013; we were with him until he took his last breath. With a heavy heart we left him but we knew he was no longer in pain.
ICU Zorro was born to Elway Drive and Angel’s Swingin on 11/13/2001; a beautiful boy full of life, love and speed in Abilene, Kansas. The first part of his life may not have been great but Paul and I spoiled him since we adopted him on 03/29/2007. He joined a family with Joe (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Foxy (Corgi) which grew into Ace ( Greyhound), Olive (Pit/lab) and Pepper (lab), Poppy (Lab). We lost Joe first to cancer.
Zorro was a gentle giant who loved stuff animals, ice cream on Sunday and his kiddie pool. He will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts . He made our lives so much fuller and more complete, teaching us the true meaning of love.
Love You Until We Meet Again,
Paul , Mary, Foxy, Ace and Olive, Pepper, Poppy
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