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From www.hendersonvillenews.com

 

May 12. 2007 9:52PM

 

Animal advocate memorialized with dogwood

 

Millicent Smith worked diligently with greyhound rescue organizations and

tirelessly acted on behalf of the animals.

 

The Hendersonville resident realized her strong bonds with animals of all

kinds from childhood, which lead her to get involved.

 

Smith was especially involved with the plight of the retired racing

greyhounds, realizing that those who didn't find homes would be disposed of

after they had raced their hearts out for their owners/trainers, said friend

Peggy Brann.

 

"Millicent gave so much of her heart and life to greyhounds and their

people, gave without thinking for one moment what the personal or financial

cost would be," Brann said. "There was always a way for Millicent."

 

Eight years ago, Smith had a desire to do something so that all greyhounds

could get together and have fun. She set out on a mission to provide a place

for the hounds to run and socialize out of harm's way, Brann said. She

orchestrated an agreement with the Fletcher Parks and Recreation Department

to use a baseball field at Fletcher Community Park eight months a year.

 

Strong friendships have resulted in these weekly meetings, and each year new

greyhounds join in the fun, Brann said.

 

"Imaging Technologies of Asheville was so impressed with this humane effort

that they created and donated a beautiful banner which is proudly displayed

every Saturday at the park," Brann said.

 

Smith discovered in 2006 that she had terminal cancer. She died March 18,

just one month away from her 51st birthday.

 

"Following the funeral, her many friends and their greyhounds gathered at

her home in Hendersonville to pay final tribute to this remarkable woman,"

Brann said. "We could think of no better way to honor Millicent than to

plant a tree in her memory at Fletcher Park. No other tree would do for a

native North Carolinian than the official state flower, complete with the

word "dog" in it."

 

A red dogwood tree was planted at 10 a.m. Saturday.

 

"We would like to think that Millicent and her greyhounds will always be

present when we have our fun run," Brann said.

 

 

 

 

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That's a very nice tribute. Wouldn't it be amazing if that was the same day that this lucky cat ended up in Hendersonville, as published on the BBC News Front Page website yesterday?

 

 

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Beautiful tribute for a beautiful woman.

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