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He came to me in December, three days after Ringo died: a big, handsome lunk of a brindle boy who had been the kennel pet at a kennel at the Twin River track. Being a kennel pet meant that they loved him so much in his racing kennel, that when he was done, they kept him around. He was a blockhead, constantly nudging your hand upward for more petting, following you with solemn eyes, scared of his own shadow. I didn't want to call him Lucky. After all, I had already owned a greyhound named Lucky: Lucky Omen, my first osteosarcoma boy, who taught me so much. I tried calling him Josh. It suited him, but he never listened. All you had to do was say "Lucky" and he was at your side in a flash.


It took him more than a month to acclimate to the house and our pack. I wasn't sure he was happy here. I thought he might like a quieter place, fewer hounds and more one-on-one time with his person. But he was happy enough, bounding around with his nose in the snow, looking up at me, soulfully, for treats, sleeping next to my bed every night.


Nine days ago, he simply stopped eating. Two vets and a week later, he had dropped 12 pounds, was panting all the time when standing, had dark, mucousy stools, and looked... vacant. I knew it was time. He ate chicken and egg noodles last night, but that was his last meal. He threw up this morning, all bile. It was his liver, in failure, probably caused by cancer. I had scheduled an ultrasound for this morning, but I already knew what it would tell me. Lucky's time had come: this morning he crossed to the Rainbow Bridge.


From the time the needle went into his vein until the moment his heart stopped, it was less than half a minute. Quiet. Easy. Just like Lucky.


Sleep easy, sweet boy.

Edited by RhodyGreys

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with Little Lee from Eetaly (Raider Retire), Freya FooFoo (Writers Block), Brodie (never raced), and "foster" JJ (Rossmore Judith). Missing Bravo, Chickie, Nico, Meri Carol, Lucky II, Ringo, Mylie, Bull, Geordie, Shae-Leigh, Stretch, Dustin, Cooper, Lucky, and Heidi.

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I am so very sorry for your loss and the short amount of time you had with Lucky. May you have peace in your heart knowing you gave him a great home.

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This is so sad, my heart is breaking for you. How selfless of you to do the kindest thing for your Lucky. You will miss him terribly, but his memories will keep him close to you. grouphug.gif

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I am so sorry for your loss. Lucky sounds like a wonderful pup. He is a special Angel now.


My thoughts are with you.

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Oh I am so sorry you didn't have more time with him....



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Meredith, I am so sorry for the loss of Lucky. Take comfort in knowing that your sweet boy is at peace, pain free and running once again with the wind.

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I'm so sorry he couldn't stay awhile longer.


Godspeed, Lucky.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Lucky had, in the end, what he deserved - a home & a family of his own. You made him lucky & I hope his gratefulness will ease your pain somewhat. Godspeed Lucky! flowers_yellow.gif


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I am so sorry for your loss. He was blessed to spend his final days with you.


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:f_red I am sorry he had to leave, I bet there was a special job waiting for him.


God speed to you Lucky, knowing how much you are loved and will be missed


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I'm so very sorry. :cry1 I wish he'd had much more time with you.


Godspeed Lucky.

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Not near enough time....but enough time to know he was in a home that loved him very much. I'm so sorry. Some things just don't make sense.


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