Ten years ago Maria and I decided to get a dog. We just wanted a family dog that we could play with, take for walks and have fun with. Nothing more, nothing less. We spent months talking about different breeds of dogs and couldn't find the right dog for us. One Friday night, Maria sprung the idea of adopting a retired racing greyhound on me. I told her she must be nuts. Those are racing dogs and there is no way we can handle that kind of dog. They are big dogs, hyperactive, need to walk twenty miles a day, will eat ten pounds of dog food a day, and are impossible to handle. She told me facts about greyhounds, that they are none of the above, and after a night of discussion, she broke me down. I agreed to go look at them and we made an appointment to see Denise the following day and look at the dogs she had up for adoption. We arrived at her home the following day and adopted our first greyhound, Cameo(Hope's Camelot). I didn't know what we were going to do with this dog, but Cameo led the way. She turned out to be the greatest dog I had ever known. She was friendly with everyone, wonderfully behaved, and a perfect companion for us. She showed me that greyhounds are the greatest of all dogs. Because of Cameo, we adopted our second greyhound eight months later. Then two years later we adopted our third. Because of Cameo we began showing up for meet and greets and letting her be the great ambassador dog she always was. Because of Cameo we began fostering greyhounds in our home and have fostered thirty five greyhounds to date, one of whom, Snoops, became our fourth dog. Remember, we just wanted one dog...one family dog. Cameo changed the course of our lives and we are greytful for that. Cameo is also the reason for this blog. Recently Cameo became very ill, and today we had to let her go. It is a very sad day for us, but we are taking heart knowing all the great work for her breed that Cameo did, and how happy she has made us over the last ten years. It has been an honor being a part of her family. Because of her, many other greyhounds have also had a second chance at life. We love you Cameo, we miss you, and we will never forget you. You will always be the greatest.
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