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Happy Birthday, Iberia... (No, I Haven't Forgotten...)


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I never will... 17 years ago today, you were born; I don't know where, but a man named W.D. Collins was your owner. He's at the bridge with you, of course; someday we will all end up there, if we try to live our lives right! And that's what we do, try our best, because we have some really important, beloved friends waiting... You are my first greyhound at the bridge, and then of course Frank (and I hope you two are best of friends again, no regrets or sadness) and finally there's my little redhead girl, Chelsa, whom I am sure Frankie's introduced to you. But today is your day; and mine, our special holiday. I am really sorry that this year (and I am quite sure it's the first time) I missed your June 10 remembrance post... I was very sad when I realized almost a week later that I'd forgotten. It's just that I can't believe it's really been 9 years this year, since you've been gone. Please forgive your forgetful old Momma; or maybe it's just that I would rather remember days like your birthday, or your Gotcha day (Feb. 1st and I can never forget that day; me and Tiff speak of it now and than, with very fond memories...) She was just three; but she says she was thinking to herself that she wished she had a doggie, and then all the sudden she looked out the window and saw two ladies with a huge red dog, coming up to our house... I am sure she'd heard us talking about you coming to meet us, and that's how the thought got in her head, but I always let her believe that you came just for her, because she wished for you.)

 

Me, I will always remember our special days; your 4th of July and my 8th of July birthdays, the celebrations always kind of ran together. It was a really long time after you left before I could keep back the tears; OK, I'm lying; I still can't... I am typing whilst blinded by a shower of them right now. We had a happy day; we went to the Lumberjack breakfast like always, and Friday we're going to take a drive out to the rock quarry to do some target shooting like we used to. I don't think I want to go to the fireworks tonight; but I sure do remember how you amazed me by happily strolling thru the park and looking up at them, no fear; and the time we were in the motorhome, me, you, and Frankie, lying on the big bed and looking out at the sky together with fireworks all around. It was so peaceful and you guys snuggled with me, actually liking the experience.

 

In the context of time, I know that we did not have all that long together. 2 birthdays; and then I lost you just a little under a month before it would be our third together. But the impact you had on my life has remained so strong that time is irrelevant and all I know is that you have just as big a piece of my heart, maybe even more, than those who have passed since. You gave me a gift that changed my life forever; you made me feel important and special, and worth fighting for. I never felt small or insignificant or lonely when you were at my side and the hurts just didn't hurt as bad. You were the catalyst that started me on a better path, even if it took me awhile to get there. Life has not always been kind to me; when I met you, I wondered if I even deserved it to. You told me that I did. And you, and Frank, and Chelsa, and now Jewels and Nonnie, have continued to lead me to happier times, along with Gene and Tiff.

 

Thank you, my old friend... I will still get teary-eyed when I try to put into words how much I love and miss you; but I remember you with pride and happiness and gratitude at being lucky enough to have known you. You are always going to be my first greyhound love. Have a Happy Birthday up there, my Redhead... I'll be along soon enough; when it's time, and then we can talk about old times, catch up on what's happened in the in between, and watch the fireworks together again, from the other way around...

 

I love you, forever and ever;

 

Your Momma

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Happy Birthday Iberia! We'll never forget you and the love your mom has for you. Celebrate with your friends Loca and Phene.

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Xavi the galgo and Peter the cat. Missing Iker the galgo ?-Feb.9/19, Treasure (USS Treasure) April 12/01-May 6/13, Phoenix (Hallo Top Son) Dec.14/99-June 4/11 and Loca (Reko Swahili) Oct.9/95 - June 1/09, Allen the boss cat, died late November, 2021, age 19.

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Love you forever, sweet thing. Hugs to your momma who is missing you today and always.

 

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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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  • 2 weeks later...

A beautiful post for a beautiful friend.

Tessie, PK's Cat Island 12/9/13
Gabby the Airedale 7/1/18
Forever missing Grace (RT's Grace, 18156/23B), Fenway (not registered, def a greyhound), and Jackson (airedale terrier, honorary greyhound)

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Oh my. *bawling over here* the love, and the words, just, *speechless* *sniff* Iberia was so lucky. :wub::grouphug

Mom to Macho (JS XtremeMachine 1/12/2007 -8/17/2012 ... Gotcha day 9/2/2011. I miss you BigMan)
Moonbeam (Ninos Full Moon 11/1/2009, Gotcha day 9/2/2012), Hattie (Kiowa Hats Off 4/14/2011, Gotcha day 10/13/2012), Keiva (JS Igotyourbooty 1/12/2007, Gotcha Day 1/8/2014)
Jimmy (Blu Too James 06/26/2014, Gotcha day 09/12/2015)
, a shepard mix named Tista, some cats, and some reptiles.

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