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Back many years ago I joined this forum under the name of TannersDad. I had just adopted Tanner in 2002 and he was about 18 months old. Adopting Tanner spawned many great things and I have seen over 500 greyhounds come through my house into their new homes.. Through it all, Tanner was always the gentleman and a big goofy baby boy. He fell in love with some foster dogs, and some he was glad to see leave. He was such a cutie and I could tell him at any time it was time to go to bed and he would trot off down the hall to the bedrooom, only to come peaking out when I didn't follow him. He was always smiling and loved everyone. He was my big baby boy. Last night he had was not feeling well, threw up his food from breakfast and typical stomach discomfort. By morning I realized it was more than that. Nothing I could do would help him. Called and took him in this afternoon for xrays etc. The xrays confirmed what I had suspected. There was a mass or blockage causing the abdominal pain and other issues. Due to his age, and other health issues, we decided surgery was not the way to go. I made sure that he had plenty of drugs and sedatives and he and I snuggled on his bed for a while together as he finally was sleepy.. So many old time Greytalk members knew Tanner.. And through him, so many more hounds found new homes.. And as I sit here typing feeling that its the end of an era... Maybe its just the beginning of another one. In the last six months I have lost three amazing hounds. No, its not fair, but its something that we all will have to experience at some point. Well hopefully not three so close. Through Tanner, I have made some amazing friends, and have had some wonderful times. Our lives have become enriched by our knowledge and love for the Greyhound. Thanks to Tanner, I have been able to be a part of this amazing community..


Tanner is peaceful and has joined his first love, Belle. He also has joined with Dimples and Tyrone who passed away earlier this year, as well as Pumpkin and Toby who passed away two years ago.. Its hard losing one.. Each one leaves a mark on your heart and I am feel fortunate that Tanner was the beginning of what has been an amazing and rewarding experience in the Greyhound Community.

<b>These of course are just my humble opinions and in no way express the thoughts or ideas of the management, staff or members of this or any other board.. </b>
James River Greyhounds, Richmond VA
Homer, Gunnar and Scarlett,... Bridge Kids, Belle, Toby, Tanner, Pumpkin, Dimples and Tyrone, Willis, Duncan, Clea,Cable and Gracie

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Dammit Gil I'm sorry. My first was also "Tanner" and I've always felt kind of close to you because of that. I so wish I was there to mourn with you.


Run with the angels Tanner. You are so very loved.

My sweet angel Tanner-"Showoffs Magic" 79D-82695. DOB 7/22/99. Gotcha Day 6/20/05. Bridge Day 3/11/10. Big Beautiful Brave Angel Norm-"Showoffs Storm" 89B-83263. DOB 8/16/99. Gotcha Day 3/24/06. Bridge Day 4/20/13. Angel Girl Bree-"Breezy Betty" 201A-93631. DOB 2/05/01. Gotcha Day 5/11/10. Bridge Day 10/07/11. She reached the beach.... Maci-"CF's Owhatanite" 44H-29320. DOB 10/05/04. Gotcha Day 10/11/11. Greta-"Greta's Milam" 90B-54582. DOB 9/17/10. Gotcha Day 11/30/12. Bridge Day 03/30/17. Ben-"P Kay Key Train" 63A-61271. DOB 6/2/13. Gotcha Day 12/26/15.

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Ah, Gil! You've written so eloquently of your relationship and your shared life with Tanner. His loss will send ripples as wide as the circle of his friends' hearts.


:bighug :bighug :bighug


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My heart sank when I saw the title of your post.


I'm so sorry, Gil. Sending the biggest hug ever.


Godspeed, special boy.

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Gil, I'm so sorry for your loss of Tanner. What a lovely tribute to him, I'm just so sad for you that you've had so many losses and now Tanner. But he's left such a wonderful legacy, and was loved so much.

Jan with precious pups Emmy (Stormin J Flag) and Simon (Nitro Si) and Abbey Field.  Missing my angels: Bailey Buffetbobleclair 11/11/98-17/12/09; Ben Task Rapid Wave 5/5/02-2/11/15; Brooke Glo's Destroyer 7/09/06-21/06/16 and Katie Crazykatiebug 12/11/06 -21/08/21. My blog about grief The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not get over the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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Gil, was so sorry to hear the news of Tanners passing. My heart goes out to you. Run free Tanner. No matter what user name you have, to me you will always be TannersDad and I will forever remember Tanner.

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Tanner is the perfect example of how our dogs enrich our lives...

Because of Tanner, Gil got involved in gh adoption and because of that I found a forever friend.

Love you Gil! So sad...


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Tanner was such a joy, and such a wonderful adoption ambassador. Since he brought you into the greyhound world, there are a whole lotta people who have many reasons to be grateful to Tanner. When you feel you can, I would love to see the pic of Tanner in his "coat of, ummm, many 'colors'."

Missing my sweet girl Scout. My snuggler, my chow-hound, my kissy girl.
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So strange not living in Atty World. I was a love struck handmaiden to your every whim.

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Oh Gil, I'm so sorry. It is incredibly difficult to lose one of our dogs and to lose three in such a short period of time it just too much.


I was just talking about you today. Some folks we met in the park asked if I knew you when they stopped to admire our dogs.

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Amazing how one dog can touch so many lives and change them for the better. Farewell Tanner...........


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Oh, Gil, I'm so sorry you lost your precious gentleman Tanner.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Tanner sounds like he was a very special boy. Godspeed Tanner! flowers_yellow.gif


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I remember you as Tanner's dad too, and I'm so sorry for your loss. :grouphug Even if it's to be expected, it hurts.

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Oh Gil, I'm so very sorry. Tanner was always such a cool guy :f_red

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I am so sorry. It is hard to see so many of our old-timers saying goodbye; but then it is only because they were with us so long that they became old-timers and that in itself is a gift. Godspeed, Tanner...

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