Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy birthday rainbow kids

Every month, greyhound birthdays glitter the calender.

April has been a very sad month. Every birthday is being celebrated at the rainbow bridge without us.

Duncan was one of the those dogs, you know, a foster. A foster that celebrated his last five years with us because I failed fostering. He was a great dog. Beautiful and playful and oh so loving.

Today he would have celebrated his 12th birthday if the evil cancer had not taken him away from us last May.

Oh, Mr. Pasha. He was such a delight. His family moved to another state when he was 12.5 years old. He was pretty weak in the legs when they moved, but for the next 13 months he wandered around the acre, just sure that the girls were there for his benefit.

He was such a playboy.

His 15th birthday is April 26.

And then, there was Barbie. One afternoon we got a call from the local Humane Society. Her human had left her there to be euthanized.  Crime, a bite. She was such a sweetheart. They called us because we volunteer with greyhound adoption.

She pranced all the way out to the car wagging her tail. She was 10 years old when she came to the gardens and she was immediately the boss.

Her 15th birthday was April 16. Cancer got the best of her too.

But perhaps the most memorable, is Bentley. I met Karen because of he and Murphy. I had these two beautiful black hounds that needed a home together. Karen had an acre. Bentley was one of the most regal dogs. He was a true gentleman and he was my first experience with osteosarcoma.

His 14th birthday was April 7. He was far too young to leave us at 7 years old, but his hold on our hearts is still just as strong.

Our life is so much richer for all of the greyhounds that have crossed our threshold and for all of the wonderful people that we have met because of the greyhounds.
Yup, Itsa greyt day.i

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houndstooth said...

Those Bridge birthdays are so bittersweet! I have one coming up in May, and I still miss her like crazy!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tribute to your beloved friends. It makes me sad, but at you were there to ease them over the bridge and that is so special.

So, happy birthday to my own rainbow kids Prince and Zsa, Zsa, they would be octogenarians in dog years. They were the dogs I had in my teenage years. Opie is the first dog since that time.

Thanks for reminding me to remember them too.

Your Pal,
Opie's Mom

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I tend not to remember rainbow birthdays, I have enough trouble remembering their birthdays when they're with me, and people's birthdays. Actually, I have trouble remembering anything!

It's a good reminder to remember those who were so much loved who have left us though. They are better imprinted on my heart than my brain, like most things! Thank you.

Kristin G. said...

Thank goodness for the memories that you hold for all your beloved pets. You've impacted the lives of so many hounds, and they are lucky to have had you. I'm sure you feel exactly the same about having had them. xoxo

FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Hi Y'all,

That was a beautiful post. Sad, but happy because you made their lives so much better, even if cancer shortened them.

Have a blessed Easter,
BrownDog and his Humans

Sage said...

What a great memorial to such sweet sounding dogs. I know they touched your heart--it's good to have a Bridge birthday celebration!

IHateToast said...

we have our own sad month for birthdays. our pets have died within days of my husband's birthday, so we get excited when one gets through his birthday month.

happy birthday to all your past loves.

What Remains Now said...

What a beautiful tribute to your sweet houndies.