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Elvis came into our lives 2 years ago. I was forwarded an email from Greysandmoregreys about two seniors looking for a home because they were retiring from blood donor duties at a vet in Alabama. The group (all breed) placing them was being very particular about where they went. They had never been pets. They had never lived in a home. At 10 and 12, they were finally retiring. Ken and I immediately knew they had to come live with us. We were approved to adopt both of them and I went to pick Elvis and Casino up Sept 12, 2006. They had lived in a large concrete run and their 'yard' was a large concrete pen. In a fairly urban area, there was no grass to be found. They both rode home nervously but melded in with the pack instantly once they were home.


Elvis and Cas on their second day home...



It was clear that Elvis and Casino had a special relationship. They lived in the run at the vet office and over the years, Elvis had become Casino's guardian and protector. He lovingly watched over her until she went to the Bridge due to Osteo 4 months after coming home...just a couple weeks after turning 13. After Casino passed, Elvis mourned for several weeks. And then, he started relaxing. He started doing things a dog should do. Sniff the breeze. Roll in the grass. Doze in the sunshine. His favorite spot was just in front of the kennel building that gets full sun all morning long. He would lay out there as long as we'd let him. He also loved to watch the goats and the donkeys in the pasture just beyond our back fence or wander among the trees sniffing squirrel trails in the natural area. His favorite game was to hang out down by the kennel building and turn a deaf ear to my calls...I'd walk all the way down there from the house and as soon as I'd reach him, he'd take off running toward the house. He'd slow down until I almost caught up with him and then take off running again, making sure he always won the race. He'd stand at the stairs with the most tickled expression on his face as if to say "What took you so long? I've been waiting." It was a game he played with Ken and I almost daily.



We ran our last race together yesterday. It wasn't fast, but he still won.


Such a sweet, gentle soul. He sacrified his youth so that countless pets could receive his life-giving blood and go home to their families. And when he finally had his chance to be a pet, he took nothing for granted and seemed forever grateful. I only hope I was able to give him enough in his last couple years. He deserved so much and asked for so little.


The simple things in life gave him the greatest pleasure. A ray of sunshine. A soft bed. A face rub.


We miss our boy. :brokenheart







Godspeed, Elvis. You earned your angel wings here on earth. I hope you are racing the wind with Casino by your side...

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So handsome, and a character besides.


I'm sorry he didn't have longer with you, Heather and Ken.


Godspeed, sweet boy.

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I am so sorry for the loss of handsome Elvis. No matter how long they stay, they never stay long enough.



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I am so so sorry to hear of Elvis's passing. I read your post about the surprise you got at the vet visit, my heart goes out to you and your family. It sounds like you gave him two wonderful years of what he wanted to do, be safe and sound in a loving home. I adore his nickname.


Run free Elvis, run free sweety.....Elvis has left the building.

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What a beautiful tribute!!

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What a wonderful tribute for a wonderful boy. He knew he was loved. My condolences. Cindy


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I'm so sorry. :cry1


I'm glad he got some time to learn about retirement. I wish it had been longer.


Godspeed Elvis.

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I'm crying with you as I read your post and look at the pictures. You gave him the greatest gift, a family and lots of love. Prayers for you and your family.

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What a very beautiful tribute. He obviously was a very special boy. He now runs with Cas and the other angels and I'm sure will watch over you. God speed handsome boy :gh_run


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How happy he was with you! I wish it could have been longer. Casino and Elvis together again. :f_white



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

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Heather, I so sorry. Know that you gave Elvis everything he needed and a whole lot more than he ever wanted or expected.


Run with the angels sweet boy.

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Heather and Ken, I am truly sorry for the loss of you boy. I don't know if you remember that I asked you his racing name in his other thread.. I did so because something in his face reminded me of my Quinnie... it turns out that his story reminds me of my beloved Quinnie too... there is truly something special about these older brindle boys... my heart is breaking for you today...


Run free, sweet Elvis...

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I am so sorry for your loss. Elvis was a very handsome guy. Its nice to know he knew what love and a home met before he went to the bridge. Bless you for giving him that chance.

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I am so sorry. :( Godspeed precious Elvis. I can just picture Elvis and Casino running and playing~then stopping to look down and make sure Mom and Dad are ok. :grouphug:f_red


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