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Oh how I hate to start a thread in this forum...it means one of my precious babies has left me. Today, Ken and I knew it was time. Sweet Cas was ready to make that journey to the Bridge. So with sad hearts, we held her and kissed her and loved her as she crossed over.....


Casino started out life much like other greyhounds...getting to chase the bunny around the big oval. When her racing career was over she started a second career as a brood mama. She gave life to 12 puppies in two litters. And after she had raised her last pup, she still had another career ahead of her....not on a couch (yet), but as a blood donor at an Alabama vet clinic...continuing to give the precious gift of life to other beloved pets. While she was there, a very special angel took her under her wing. Her name was Kate and she was determined to find Casino a home when her blood donor days were over and she could start her final career as a pampered pet....truly retired!


Fast forward to last September when an email popped into my inbox from a friend (greysandmoregreys) asking if I knew a group who could take in two senior blood donors in Alabama (Elvis was her kennelmate at the clinic and was also retiring from blood donor duty). When I opened the attached pictures, I knew that these precious greys didn't need an adoption group. They already had a home...with us. We applied and were approved...oh happy day! We quickly made arrangements to pick them up in Alabama.


Elvis and Casino came home and blended in with the pack like they had always been here. I still have a hard time imagining them not being here. Casino, at 12 years old, was a spunky brood mama! Making sure the fun never got out of control in the house ;) She enjoyed meandering around the yard and sunning herself by the front gate so she could watch the cars drive by. She decided that sofas and beds weren't her 'thing,' but she picked out two favorite spots in the house: in front of the TV and in front of my closet doors :lol We celebrated her 13th birthday just a few weeks ago.


She had corns on three of her four feet...most we were able to get rid of, but a few just wouldn't go away. When she started limping again a couple weeks ago, I took her to the vet to have the corns hulled. She had three on that one foot. When the corns were gone, but the limp got worse DH and I were feared the worst....and it was the worst. Osteo had invaded our sweet Cas' shoulder.


We spent the last week spoiling her, loving her, cherishing every moment. In the last four days we watched as a knot grew on her shoulder...and we knew our time with her would be short. Our brave Cas was so strong...that broodie spirit shining through...


Sweet Cas...I'm so sorry that your final career...the one you worked so hard for...was so short. You deserved years to enjoy being a pet. My heart breaks that we had to squeeze all of that time into 4 way too short months. You taught me so much...I just can't believe you are gone :cry1 :cry1 You gave so much of yourself to so many people and animals...I hope we gave you the retirement you dreamed of. I know we certainly tried. Godspeed, my sweet baby Cas....


The first pic I saw of Elvis and Casino...



With her new Dad, the night they came home...



Her favorite daytime sleeping spot...



Chillin' in the yard with Elvis



And with the Caesar



And a few days ago...


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Heather and Ken,


I know it is never easy, and there are no words to fill the empty spot, or take away the pain, but you did give her the greatest gift of love, the gift of letting go while there is still a quality of life. You gave to Casino as she gave to others, the total gife of love with no questions asked or needed.


:bighug to you during this difficult time.

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I'm so sorry Heather & Ken. What a wonderful tribute. I'm so happy you were able to have a great week with her.

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I'm sure they were four wonderful much loved months. I'm sorry it wasn't longer for all of you, but she has so much to enjoy now. Sending prayers.

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{{{{{{{{{{Heather & Ken}}}}}}}}}}


I'm sorry she couldn't stay longer with you.


Godspeed, beloved girlie. Find a soft place to sleep in the sun, and send your momma and daddy a dream so they know you're safe now.

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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I am so sorry. Bless y'all for making the last chapter of her life the the very best chapter.

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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I'm so sorry her time with you was so short but she was so loved. Bless you both.



Jack, in my heart forever March 1999-Nov 21, 2008 My Dancing Queen Jilly with me always and forever Aug 12, 2003-Oct 15, 2010

Joshy I will love you always Aug 1, 2004-Feb 22,2013 Jonah my sweetheart May 2000 - Jan 2015

" You will never need to be alone again. I promise this. As your dog, I will sing this promise to you, and whisper it to you at night, every night, with my breath." Stanley Coren

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Farewell Casino. Run free sweet girl.


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