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It has been a hard year for my husband and I...I had a terrible car crash (a drunk driver hit my van from the rear) and dislocated and broke my hip, collar bone, eye socket and I had a very serious brain bleed and then while I was in the hospital for two weeks, my Greyhound Barney died. After my oldest Greyhound Duke turned 14 years old, his health soon went down hill and we had to put him down. Now my DH and I only have one Greyhound left, Scotch (Commander Gent) who is 12 years old.


I finally wrote memorials for Barney and Duke and wanted to post them here at GreyTalk.


Remember to hug your hounds and your family everyday and be happy to have one more day with them, because soon they may be gone.






In Loving Memory of

BelsBarneyRubble (Barney)

5/1/96 – 2/9/05




Barney first came into Gene and my life when Recycled Racers got a call in late April of 2004, asking the group to take an unwanted 8 year old Greyhound in Canyon City, Colorado. Barney was not originally placed by Recycled Racers but Sandy Johnson, the adoption coordinator, agreed to claim him, have his vaccinations updated, have his health checked and teeth cleaned, find a foster home for him, and then place him permanently, which of course cost Recycled Racers a chunk of money.

I talked to Sandy later and she explained Barney's predicament and I said that my husband Gene and I would drive to pick Barney up. Soon after picking Barney up, Gene and I talked about adopting Barney. He was so calm, sweet and gentle and won us over during the long drive back to Denver. We had originally told Sandy that we were just going to foster Barney, since we already had two other male Greyhounds, and didn't think we were in the market for another one. But after one week of fostering Barney, I called Sandy up and begged her to let us adopt him. Barney got along great with our other two senior Greyhounds (Scotch who turned 12 in 5/05 and Duke who turned 14 in 5/05). Gene and I just couldn't let someone else adopt this sweet Greyhound. Barney happily lived with us for 9 months; he had no health problems and was so energetic and full of life.


In February of 2005, I was hit by a drunk driver and put in the hospital for a few weeks with a broken hip, broken collar bone, broken eye socket and serious brain bleed. My husband didn't tell me until a week after I had surgery because he didn't want me to be upset, but he had to put Barney to sleep a day after my surgery. What had happened was so difficult for me to deal with, a few days after I went into the hospital, Barney had collapsed and couldn't get up or move and was unable to eat. Gene and Sandy Johnson took Barney to the vet and the next day were told by the vets there that Barney was dying most likely of a tumor in his spine. My dear husband had to make the decision to put Barney down. I can only imagine how awful and alone Gene must have felt at that point in time. Gene stayed with Barney and held him during the euthanasia process. I so wished that I could have held Barney one more time or that I could have been there to whisper in Barney's ear that it was alright and that I loved him and would never forget him.


I will never forget when my husband told me about what had happened to Barney. He hugged me and started sobbing and asked that I forgive him for putting Barney down. It broke Gene's heart to lose Barney and it broke his heart even more to tell me when I was so sick. I leaned over from my hospital bed and held Gene and told him he did what had to be done. I love Gene for being so strong to handle Barney's illness alone and for being so concerned about my health and waiting until I could handle the awful news.


We will never forget you Barney. Even though you were only with us for 9 months, it felt like you lived with us for years and years. Barney has recently been joined by his friend and house mate Duke at the Rainbow Bridge. Good bye sweet Barney.




In Loving Memory of

Aquila Billybump (Duke)

5/5/91 – 6/17/05




Duke was 10 years old when he was returned to Recycled Racers because his owners had divorced and neither wanted him anymore. My husband Gene and I agreed to foster Duke until he could be placed. Of course, after a few days in our home we could not let him go and we ended up adopting sweet old Duke.

Duke was calm, sweet, comical and so lovable. It is hard to believe how his original owners could have let him go. He was handsome, house broken, quiet and he loved everyone he met, including cats, small animals and children. We will always remember how Duke would smile, showing his front teeth and how he loved to romp in fresh snow with our other Greyhounds. Duke lived a few months past his 14th birthday and we loved every day with him.


I would totally encourage new adopters to think about adopting an older Greyhound if one is available. Senior Greyhounds are truly the best kept secret of Greyhound adoption.


We will never forget Duke, a.k.a. Hubba Bubba. Duke joins his house mate Barney and his brother Dare at the Rainbow Bridge. Good bye sweet Duke.


Marnie and Gene Grosz

and Scotch the Greyhound

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Guest DundeeToddsMom

I'm sorry for your losses, what a beautiful tribute to beautiful greys.

Run free Barney & Duke :gh_run ..do a lap at the bridge with my Angels Sweet Dundee and Buster..

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Guest argolola

I am so sorry for your losses and all you and your husband have been through. Please take comfort in knowing that your greys had wonderful lives with you and had blessings that some hounds will never know.


God bless.

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Guest lakelandgreys

You are so brave to write these memorials. I cannot image what you have been through. I am so sorry for you loss. :grouphugf_yellow

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Guest marnie

Thank you so very much. I am finally working again at the Recycled Racers adoption kennel and I hope to soon meet a Greyhound that we can add to our family.


But since Scotch is 12 years old, it has to be a Greyhound that is very calm and gentle. I told my boss Sandy at Recycled Racers that we would be available to foster any old greys who happen to be returned. That is how we got both Duke and Barney, so I hope that we are lucky again and can foster then adopt an older returned Greyhound.

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It's so good to see you posting, I hope you are doing well. You and your dh have certainly been through horrible times but my what strong souls you are and bless your hubby for having the courage and strength to do what was best for you and your hounds.


I loved seeing pics of Scotch and Duke always made me smile and then Barney, can the cuteness meeter get any higher!


I would like to send a cyber hug your way to help heal your broken hearts and to thank you for adopting such wonderful senior hounds. No matter what their ages are we really never get to have enough time with them do we.


Stay strong and the tribute to Duke and Barney was just lovely.

Praying for all the missing greys!

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Guest FullMetalFrank

I am so sorry for your losses; thank you very much for the reminder to cherish each day with family including hounds.

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I'm so very sorry for the loss of your boys. :grouphugf_yellow

...............Chase (FTH Smooth Talker), Morgan (Cata), Reggie (Gable Caney), Rufus
(Reward RJ). Fosters check in, but they don't check out.
Forever loved -- Cosmo (System Br Mynoel), March 11, 2002 - October 8, 2009.
Miss Cosmo was a lady. And a lady always knows when to leave.

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I'm so sorry Marnie. this has been such a difficult time for you and Gene. Your boys were deeply loved and I know you miss them.

I'm so glad to hear that you are back at Recycled Racers, that is such an improvement. Please give Foxy's brother Scotch a hug and a scritch for me.


Janet, Foxy, Jake and Jet :f_white:gh_run:f_white:gh_run

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Janet & the hounds Maggie and Allen Missing my baby girl Peanut, old soul Jake, quirky Jet, Mama Grandy and my old Diva Miz Foxy; my angel, my inspiration. You all brought so much into my light, and taught me so much about the power of love, you are with me always.
If you get the chance to sit it out or dance.......... I hope you dance! Missing our littlest girl.

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I am so sorry Marnie. Beautiful tributes.

Wendy and The Whole Wherd. American by birth, Southern by choice.
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I'm so very sorry....


(it's good to see you here, again, though. Hope you are feeling better)

Missing our Raisin: 9/9/94 - 7/20/08, our Super Bea: 2003 - 12/16/09, our Howie: 9/17/97 - 4/9/11, our Bull: 8/7/00 - 1/17/13, our Wyatt Earp: 11/22/06 - 12/16/15, and our Cyclone 8/26/05 - 9/12/16

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I am so sorry. :(:grouphugf_yellow:f_red


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What lovely and touching tributes you wrote about your beloved boys. I'm so very sorry for your loss of these gentle seniors. :( I know, in time, they'll send Scotch a new friend to keep him company and to help heal wounded hearts. Seniors really are the best kept secret in greyhound adoption. :beatheart

Jeanne with Remington & Scooter the cat
....and Beloved Bridge Angels Sandee, Shari, Wells, Derby, Phoenix, Jerry Lee and Finnian.....
If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven
and bring you home again.

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Guest Valliejo2001

Marnie~ I am so very sorry for what your Hubby and you have been through. It breaks my heart.







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Guest FoxyandDodgesMom

I'm sitting here crying....those were so sweet. I'm so sorry for your loss. You have been through so much. So glad that you were there to help these boys. Give your dh a big hug, he's a really good daddy and you are a terrific mommy too!

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I'm so very sorry for the loss of your precious ones, Barney and Duke. What beautiful tributes for your sweet babies :grouphug:f_white:grouphug:f_white



Michelle...forever missing her girls, Holly 5/22/99-9/13/10 and Bailey 8/1/93-7/11/05

Religion is the smile on a dog...Edie Brickell

Wag more, bark less :-)

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