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Street Waltz (walter) 5/13/96-11/15/06

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It's taken me almost two weeks to write this. Walter has gone to the



Diagnosed with Osteosarcoma 8 weeks to the day we had to take him in. The

tumor had grown immensely on his front leg and he was in so much pain. I

gave thanks on Thanksgiving that he was no longer in pain.


For those of you who never met him, he was a huge, lovable, lug of a

Greyhound who never met a stranger. Actually, he introduced himself to

strangers, often while they were not looking. He'd lean on the back of the

legs of people shopping for other things at Petsmart during booths, and

would move from one admirer to the other for hours. Booths were what he

lived for. He even made friends with a man in Moses Lake on a road trip by

peeing on his shoe.


I was able to take him to Abilene in 2004, where he was purchased by the

Casalinos of Colorado, and raced in that great state. Evelyn Casalino

mentioned that he was one of her husband's favorite dogs, always coming to

his side when he was working in the kennel. He carried that love of people

on to his retired life, first with another family, then with mine.


I extend thanks to everyone who has played a part in getting Walter to me.

Originally, we had gone with our small dog to meet Oregon (now Karen's Rico)

who tried to eat her (literally. Moira walked him in to the store on his

back legs...mmm snacks!!). Walter had just been returned and after a

cursory sniff, he and Sophie ignored each other. A love match. :)


Thanks also to our friends who helped out at his last booth in November

(Tanis and David, Bev, Julia and Kevin, for letting Walter rest during the

booth, and Maryanne and Marblehead--thank you for stopping by). I had to

get him out in public one last time. He was exhausted after that, but he

was so happy.


Even during the flood on 11/7, he was a goofball. I had let Walter and Rosy

out to potty on the one small patch of grass that had appeared after the

waters started to recede, he took off around the side of the house into the

2 foot deep water like he was going to swim the channel. Then gave me his

goofy grin as he came back to the deck after deciding it was a little too



The snow today prompted me to write. Walter loved the snow, perhaps from

being raced in Colorado. He would run in the snow, burying his nose then

flipping the snow in the air and catching it. I will miss that forever.


There is a very large hole in our hearts and our home. It's so quiet here



Run free, big guy.

We love and miss you.




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I'm so sorry your handsome lad couldn't stay longer.


Run with the wind, Walter.

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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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You had a wonderful boy Janice, and he had a wonderful family. :grouphug


Godspeed handsome Walter :gh_run

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If you get the chance to sit it out or dance.......... I hope you dance! Missing our littlest girl.

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I'm so sorry to hear your news. :( OS is such a monster. I pray for the day when it'll be stopped for good. I'm sure Walter was met at the Bridge by tons of our Bridge angels, and is once again running like the wind. May you always feel his loving spirit with you in your heart. :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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Thank you for sharing your memories of Walter. He was a such lucky boy to spend his life with you. I am so sorry for your loss.


I do hate cancer. It robs us, like a thief, every day.

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:f_pink Janice...I'm so glad you posted about Walter, he was a fabulous ambassadog, and great big love! So very sorry about the os, it's a terrible disease.



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Janice it is with tears that I write this. My prayers are with you, Walter 's love was well returned by you, and he has left a footprint on your soul that will always be there. :bighug

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I am so sorry. Walter was a beautiful boy. I just don't understand why so many of our beautiful dogs fall prey to OS. It scares me.


Run free of pain, Walter...

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I'm so sorry. :cry1

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I am so sorry...my deepest sympathy. Walter is running fast and free with all of our Angels at the Bridge. You are loved and missed sweetheart. :grouphugf_yellow


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