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For the last couple of weeks, I have been trying to help Wally's partner Bill decide what to do with their greyhounds Charlie and Reggie. As recently as a week ago, it was hoped that Wally would still recover. Bill and Wally had owned Charlie and Reggie for 3 years, and had been together as a couple for much longer. Friday morning, Wally passed away from complications following acute pancreatitis. Donations in lieu of flowers are being directed to greyhound adoption...

 

Wallace Bowden, Jr. - Obituary

 

Tuesday morning at 11:30, I will be bringing one of my hounds to the cemetery for the graveside service: I offered, since I thought, from what I know of Wally (through Bill), he would have liked that. Bill was very touched. Those who are home at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, if you'd please incite a group roo... I imagine that Wally will be escorting Braden and many of the other hounds without forever homes across the Rainbow Bridge then.

 

Bill, obviously, is having a very hard time. I would like to collect some messages of sympathy and encouragement for him: I'll print them and include them with a card. He's lost his life partner and has made the very hard choice of giving up his greyhounds, knowing that he cannot provide the attention and time they need. If you'd like to be included in the messages, please e-mail your thoughts to merriandra@verizon.net . Thank you. :crying

Meri & the Dorg
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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Will you print the messages here, or should we also email?

 

My heart aches for Bill. I can't imagine his pain and sorrow.

 

Wally, my hounds don't roo, but at 11:30 on Tuesday I will tell them your story -- that you left too soon, and that a good man and two good dogs loved you and will miss you forever. Godspeed.

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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My condolences to Bill and the rest of Wally's family. My dogs don't roo, but we'll all have a moment of silence in Wally's honor at 1130 on Tues.

 

Godspeed Wally, I'm sure you were greeted by a lot of wonderful greyhounds as you made your journey.

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, Phoenix, Okie, Casey, and Ellie the Galga; with Aggie, Alexa, Bear,Cody, Gianni V., Missy B, Babette, Bernice, and BooBoo at the Bridge

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Guest Adrianne

I am very sorry to hear this. I followed the story, and I was hoping he would get better so he could be reunited with his beloved hounds. My condolences to Bill and the rest of the family.

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Guest Gingergrey

My deepest sympathies to Bill. Three losses is just too much to bear. Never give up hope. You are putting your hounds needs first, and that is commendable.

Hugs to you. Know that we are thinking of you. :bighug:f_red

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Godspeed Wally. I am sure my Anna will be delighted to roo to the heavens Tuesday morning! The thought of Bill's losses is heartbreaking and I pray that he is able to keep in contact with whomever opens their hearts and home to Charlie and Reggiie. What an unselfish act.

Linda, Mom to Fuzz, Barkley, and the felines Miss Kitty, Simon and Joseph.Waiting at The Bridge: Alex, Josh, Harley, Nikki, Beemer, Anna, Frank, Rachel, my heart & soul, Suze and the best boy ever, Dalton.<p>

:candle ....for all those hounds that are sick, hurt, lost or waiting for their forever homes. SENIORS ROCK :rivethead

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I am sorry to hear of Wally's passing. Our thoughts are with Bill as he goes through this very difficult time.

Kyle with Stewie ('Super C Ledoux, Super C Sampson x Sing It Blondie) and forever missing my three angels, Jack ('Roy Jack', Greys Flambeau x Miss Cobblepot) and Charlie ('CTR Midas Touch', Leo's Midas x Hallo Argentina) and Shelby ('Shari's Hooty', Flying Viper x Shari Carusi) running free across the bridge.

Gus an coinnich sinn a'rithist my boys and little girl.

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Guest Mom2Shiloh

Although I only know of Wally from those who knew him, and only know Bill so far through my daughter's interaction with him concerning their Greyhound Boys, I am deeply saddened by the passing at such an untimely age of a man who obviously shared many of my most deeply-held values. For Bill to so unselfishly care for the well being of their beloved Greyhounds at a time of such deep personal tragedy speaks just volumes about them both. I am so very sorry for your loss Bill, and the loss of the rest of Wally's family. I wish there were something I could do or say beyond the mere words, but be assured that you are and will continue to be, in my prayers. I am equally sure that Wally was met at Rainbow Bridge by many of our 'kids' who have gone before, who recognize his loving spirit and will help watch over those he had to leave behind -- for a little while.

 

May God Bless and Comfort you, with my sincere sympathy.

 

Carla Benoist (Meri's mom)

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