Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Goodbye Blair


In the spring of 1999 we were ready to adopt our second greyhound. We asked Denise to give us a project dog. She had just gotten in a load of dogs and one of them was a mess. She was a brindle female who was terrified, scraggly, and smelled horrible....just what we were looking for. We took her home and began her rehabilitation. After several trips to the vet, the mother of all baths, and plenty of TLC, she became the best dog we could ever have hoped for. She grew into the friendliest, most affectionate, and loyal dog we could imagine. For ten years she has been our faithful companion and our best friend. She taught us never to judge a dog by the cover. The worst one in the yard may actually turn out to be the best one. It took a long time, but eventually she even became a good ambassador dog, representing the breed at many meet and greets. Recently she became very ill from complications related to her age. Yesterday we had to let her go. We are heartbroken, but trying to stay positive. She lived a full, happy life as a member of our family and we are grateful for all the years she was with us. We love you Blair, we miss you, and we will never forget you. Rest in peace.

13 comments:

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Dogs really are a member of the family and it hurts just as much to let them go.

gyeong said...

My condolences. Sounds like your 'project dog' turned into a great girl. I'm sure she was glad to spend the best years of her life with you.

Hiking Hounds said...

I'm so sorry. She sounds like a very special girl.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

So sad to hear about Blair. I love that you asked for a project and she rewarded your kindess by being a great dog. You obviously brought out her best. Take care during this tough week.

Annoying Koala said...

Godspeed, Blair.

alex said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
I know it is so hard to let that piece of your heart go!
Not only did Blair benefit from finding you, but so many future hounds benefit from what you learned from her! (including one particular lil' spook, I think :)
Rest in Peace Blair.

Zan said...

I'm so sorry to read of Blair's passing. She was a very special dog. You were clearly the perfect home for her and allowed her the shine brightly. My condolences on your loss.

Angela said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your special "project". It's funny how we think we are going to change their lives (and we do of course), but they change our lives so much more than we ever imagined. I'm glad you found each other and had 10 beautiful years together.

Stowe and Maria said...

Thank you all for your kind words. It means a lot to have the support of our fellow greyhound people. We know that most all of us have gone through this before, and having a little help means a lot. Thank you all.

Michelle said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. Godspeed, Blair.

Dave Mosick said...

Jen, Loki , and I send you all our heartfelt condolences

Danielle said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. How wonderful that you found one another and cared for each other so long!

Aragon greyhounds said...

My thoughts are with you.

When I lost my first greyhound I wondered how I could go on she was such a part of my soul. I guess the only positive part of their leaving is they enrich our lives and teach us about ourselves and humanity. They then leave and open a new spot in our home for the next dogs to continue that lesson.