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Old 12-06-12, 07:33 PM   #1
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Doggy heartbreak

In October, I fostered a 6 year old greyhound, Rudy. He wasn't working out at his foster home. He had no idea about walking on a leash and his housetraining lacked. After a week & half, something clicked. He became an excellent leash walker- no more full-race launches to get to whatever he felt the need to see. Rudy turned into a clean, excellent pet. We took hour long walks all over. He went into a new home with a family that loved him.

His new owner called me yesterday. Rudy was diagnosed with lymphoma and has about 2 months left. The adoption group head took him back. Her husband just died before Thanksgiving.

Rudy is coming back here to live out his days. Our apartment is the closest he had to a permanent home. It's the best for him, but it's going to be hell watching this 85 lb goofball fade out.



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Old 12-06-12, 07:35 PM   #2
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Awwe........buy him a new bone...seriously.
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Old 12-06-12, 07:38 PM   #3
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darn no more sad post now im super bummed
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Old 12-06-12, 07:58 PM   #4
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Such a sweet face. So sad. I'm sorry.
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Never saw an out of control Greyhound and there is plenty around my area.They make excellent pets but they do need long walks.
Do those critters even bark?
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The good news is that most greys trot into a new home and live happily ever after. About 1/2 the owners get a second hound in a year. This is just a case when the slot machine of life came up a row of lemons.

He is the least food motivated dog I've ever seen. Didn't care much about chow, that's why he's a little underweight. Lives for his walks. He was standing in front of me when he jumped straight up and caught me on the chin. Almost laid me out. Greys can clear a 6' fence from a standing start, only they don't know it and don't much care to do it.
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...Do those critters even bark?
Rudy is a rare one. He barks when there's someone at the door. It's a deep bass WOOF! that no one in there right mind would challenge.
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Dogs will eat any chow with a dash of Parmesan cheese on it.
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Awe! Poor puppy.



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Well, at least he has someone who loves him.
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Thank you for taking him back and giving him the love that he needs during his last days. I'm sure that helps out the previous owner too, for watching him go might be just too much on her plate, bless her heart. You are a good person. Just look at those eyes and that should tell you.
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I hate when they get sick, I've lost several of my dogs over the past few years, all rescues, I have a pit mix I've had for 13 years, who is getting bad, she's starting to get dementia and when she gets too bad we will have to make the decision to put her down
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He couldn't have any better hospice care. Thank you FM
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Thank you for taking him back and giving him the love that he needs during his last days. I'm sure that helps out the previous owner too, for watching him go might be just too much on her plate, bless her heart. You are a good person. Just look at those eyes and that should tell you.
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Feel for you, had to put 2 of our dogs down this year, they just have a way of creeping into your heart don't they?
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Greyhounds are the sweetest dogs... and it's good that you are there for him to say goodbye.

This was my "Dollar" looking his regal best... and then literally minutes before his heart stopped beating any mine broke.


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Just My Dog
by Gene Hill

He's just my dog.
He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds;
my other ears that hear above the winds.
He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea.

He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason
for being by the way he rests against my leg;
by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile;
by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him.
(I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not
along to care for me.)


When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive.
When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile.
When I am happy, he is joy unbounded.

When I am a fool, he ignores it.
When I succeed, he brags.


Without him, I am only another man.
With him, I am all-powerful.

He is loyalty itself.
He has taught me the meaning of devotion.


With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace.
He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.

His head on my knee can heal my human hurts.
His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and
unknown things.


He has promised to wait for me...
whenever... wherever--
in case I need him.
And I expect I will-- as I always have.
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That is so sad to hear and that poem is beautiful.

Hugs & kisses to the puppy
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That's so sad, and so good for you to give him a loving home for the rest of his days.
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I'm so sorry. Thank you for taking him in and giving him comfort in his last days.
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Just My Dog
by Gene Hill

He's just my dog.
He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds;
my other ears that hear above the winds.
He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea.

He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason
for being by the way he rests against my leg;
by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile;
by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him.
(I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not
along to care for me.)


When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive.
When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile.
When I am happy, he is joy unbounded.

When I am a fool, he ignores it.
When I succeed, he brags.


Without him, I am only another man.
With him, I am all-powerful.

He is loyalty itself.
He has taught me the meaning of devotion.


With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace.
He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.

His head on my knee can heal my human hurts.
His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and
unknown things.


He has promised to wait for me...
whenever... wherever--
in case I need him.
And I expect I will-- as I always have.
I wish people wouldn't chop onions while I'm trying to read. Thanks
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+1, I wasn't prepared to run into Minnie this evening. That poem was all about her! Anda con Dios old friend!
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Put Rudy down this Saturday. He had a good run. We just walked & and fed him whenever he wanted. As a special treat, I let him get a squirrel in the park. Picked Squirrel-boy off the tree 6 feet in the air. When Rudy-dude stopped eating and going for walks I took him in.

When you have pets you have to accept that you are going to see them get old. Part of life. Sucks though.
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Put Rudy down this Saturday. He had a good run. We just walked & and fed him whenever he wanted. As a special treat, I let him get a squirrel in the park. Picked Squirrel-boy off the tree 6 feet in the air. When Rudy-dude stopped eating and going for walks I took him in.

When you have pets you have to accept that you are going to see them get old. Part of life. Sucks though.
I'm sorry to hear. Glad that Rudy had a good run during that time and a good home.
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Put Rudy down this Saturday. He had a good run. We just walked & and fed him whenever he wanted. As a special treat, I let him get a squirrel in the park. Picked Squirrel-boy off the tree 6 feet in the air. When Rudy-dude stopped eating and going for walks I took him in.

When you have pets you have to accept that you are going to see them get old. Part of life. Sucks though.
I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad you could make his last weeks a happy time for him.
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