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Elsie Is Gone

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Some of you know that Elsie had subcutaneous hemangiosarcoma and had given me lots of support and encouragement. I wanted to let you all know what transpired last night.


We're in the process of moving to Wisconsin --left MS on Tuesday, closed on our house in WI today... lots if upheaval for all involved, mostly for the dogs. We went to bed early yesterday because of the long day we'd had and the long day ahead of us. We kept hearing one of the dogs sneezing, but didn't think much of it. Around 9:30, HannaH started whining and carrying on like nobody's business, but we ignored her for a while, thinking it was just the strange place, she'd calm down in a few minutes. She didn't calm down, if anything, she got more agitated. Tony turned on the light to take her out for a walk, and said "You'd better get up!" I got up to the sight of a considerable amount of blood on the carpet, the walls, the sheets, etc. Elsie was lying near a large spot of blood on the carpet, her muzzle coated with blood, licking blood off her paws, which were covered. I imagine at that point, she had lost more than a pint. I immediately grabbed the phone book, looked up vets, found one with a picture of greyhounds and called. I knew I wasn't going to get anyone but assumed there would be an emergency number. There was, I called and drove Elsie there. The vet said she had started to bleed out from her cancer, and had probably scratched her nose because of the discomfort, causing the bleeding on her muzzle. The blood sprayed around the room was caused by her sinus cavities being filled and her sneezing out the blood. I could tell she was exhausted, body and soul, and made the decision to help her to the bridge. The vet gave her the shot to calm her down. She lifted her head and looked at me and sighed a huge sigh...almost like in relief. Then she just put her head down and closed her eyes. A couple minutes later, the vet gave her the shot to end her pain. She breathed three huge breaths, then died. She is being cremated privately and her ashes will be returned to us early next week.


We will miss her terribly. The others seemed to know as soon as I got back to the hotel without her, that Elsie was gone forever. Cole is a mess, though I don't know if it's Elsie's death or if he's not feeling well. There's an obvious difference in the pecking order as HannaH is now challenging everything Winter does the way she did Elsie when we first got them. Winter will put HannaH in her place soon, I'm sure, and all will be back to "normal". I know we only had Elsie for a short while --just over a year-- but from day one with her, she was so special to me...like she took out my heart and put hers in its place. I keep looking for her, but knowing she's at peace and running free helps a lot.


Thank you all in advance for your messages of sympathy and support -- knowing I had this community to turn to has helped as well.




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My heart is breaking for you. :brokenheart I'm so very sorry that you lost your baby girl. Know that she's free of suffering and whole again at the Bridge. May you always feel her loving spirit with you in your heart space. :beatheart Godspeed, sweet Elsie...

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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Oh Chris I'm so sorry. What a horrible time for it to happen. I wish there was something I could do to ease your pain. :grouphug:f_pink

Godspeed sweet Elsie :gh_run2

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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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How heartbreaking. I'm so sorry. May God bless you and dry your tears.


Please take comfort in knowing that you gave your sweet girl a wonderful life.

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Godspeed sweet Miss Elsie....I am so sorry. :f_pink


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:grouphug :grouphug :grouphug

Standard Poodle Daisy (12/13); Greys Hildy (Braska Hildy 7/10), Toodles (BL Toodles 7/09), Opal (Jax Opal 7/08)
Missing Cora (RL Nevada 5/99-10/09), Piper (Cee Bar Easy 2/99-1/10), Tally (Thunder La La 9/99-3/10), Edie (Daring Reva 9/99-10/12), Dixie (Kiowa Secret Sue 11/01-1/13), Jessie (P's Real Time 11/98-3/13), token boy Graham (Zydeco Dancer 9/00-5/13), Cal (Back Already 12/99-11/13), Betsy (Back Kick Beth 11/98-12/13), Standard Poodles Minnie (1/99-1/14) + Perry (9/98-2/14), Annie (Do Marcia 9/03-10/14), Pink (Miss Pinky Baker 1/02-6/15), Poppy (Cmon Err Not 8/05-1/16), Kat (Jax Candy 5/05-5/17), Ivy (Jax Isis 10/07-7/21)

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I am so sorry. :candle:grouphug

Greyhound angels at the bridge- Casey, Charlie, Maggie, Molly, Renie, Lucy & Teddy. Beagle angels Peanut and Charlie. And to all the 4 legged Bridge souls who have touched my heart, thank you. When a greyhound looks into you eyes it seems they touch your very soul.

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I'm sorry. (What small words those are for such an overwhelming sorrow.)


Godspeed, Elsie girl.

Star aka Starz Ovation (Ronco x Oneco Maggie*, litter #48538), Coco aka Low Key (Kiowa Mon Manny x Party Hardy, litter # 59881), and mom in Illinois
We miss Reko Batman (Trouper Zeke x Marque Louisiana), 11/15/95-6/29/06, Rocco the thistledown whippet, 04/29/93-10/14/08, Reko Zema (Mo Kick x Reko Princess), 8/16/98-4/18/10, the most beautiful girl in the whole USA, my good egg Joseph aka Won by a Nose (Oneco Cufflink x Buy Back), 09/22/2003-03/01/2013, and our gentle sweet Gidget (Digitizer, Dodgem by Design x Sobe Mulberry), 1/29/2006-11/22/2014, gone much too soon. Never forgetting CJC's Buckshot, 1/2/07-10/25/10.

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Oh Chris I am so sorry. Thank you for the year of tremendous love you gave to Elsie. :f_pink

Missing my sweet girl Scout. My snuggler, my chow-hound, my kissy girl.
It never thunders at the Bridge, and your food bowl is ALWAYS filled.

So strange not living in Atty World. I was a love struck handmaiden to your every whim.

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