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Corey ~2001 - June 24, 2013


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Corey, my mixed breed boy, was a dog who was perfect in many ways. He was naturally well-behaved, rarely got into trouble, was unobtrusive and would quietly settle in a corner so that you could easily forget he was there. But if you made eye contact, spoke a word to him, he'd be at your side in a flash, nudging at your hand and expecting to be loved and petted. He was a dog who actually seemed to like close contact and being hugged, scooting as close to you as he could get, and laying his head on your chest.

I first met Corey when I was in vet school. I had a part-time job feeding dogs at the research lab, and he was one of a group of dogs involved in a non-invasive study looking at the effect that normal doses of NSAIDs have on kidney function. All the dogs in the study were happy, friendly, outgoing dogs....except Corey. He alone was shy and timid, would cower in the back of the run instead of coming up to jump all over you. So at the end of the study, when they were trying to find homes for all the dogs, Corey came home with me.

In the beginning, he was afraid of stairs, doorways, got carsick on his first ride. But he adjusted quickly, and was an easy, low-maintenance addition to my home. I was prepared for more work and effort, as my other dog at the time was a very demanding, fear-aggressive/reactive Italian greyhound named Casey, and this was my first experience with 2 dogs in the home. Corey made it a very smooth transition. He respected Casey and knew to give him his space.

Corey got along well with most dogs he met, although he wasn't always fond of puppies. When I adopted my first greyhound Willow, Corey showed her how to play, and they continued to have wild and crazy play sessions up until the last few months. As I got more involved in greyhounds, lure coursing, and amateur racing, Corey often came with me to events and everyone who met him became fans and we almost considered him an honorary greyhound.

On Memorial Day of 2008, Corey had emergency surgery at the UGA vet school and was diagnosed with a form of intestinal cancer called a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). Two years later, he had a recurrence, a second successful surgery, and was started on a new anti-cancer medication called Palladia. He bounced back from both surgeries quickly and never looked back.

Last spring, I removed a small, innocuous-looking growth from the skin under his neck that had been there for a while with no change. The biopsy report came back a type of carcinoma. Since margins were clean and the growth had been so slow-growing, we didn't pursue it further. In February, when I did Corey's yearly exam, I found an enlarged lymph node in front of his right shoulder. Aspirates indicated it was carcinoma, and digital x-rays done at the oncologist's office on Valentine's Day showed very small metastatic nodules in his lungs. We had been so focused on monitoring his original GIST that both the oncologist and I were taken by surprise by the progression of this 2nd cancer.

Corey continued to act fine over the next few months, but his appetite gradually decreased over the past month, and the swollen lymph node in his shoulder started to become painful. On Monday, when he wouldn't eat anything except for deli ham, and he didn't even want to get up to go outside, I knew it was time.

Corey was a dog who never acted his age, and he recovered so well from his previous brushes with cancer that I always expected him to live to a ripe old age. Of course, I never knew for sure how old he was, but given the estimate of around 2-3 when I adopted him in 2004, he was at least 11-12 years old. Hard to believe my snuggly little buddy is gone. Nine years wasn't nearly long enough.

Here are some of my favorite photos of him through the years. Sorry I had trouble narrowing them down further.

Taken in the first few days after I brought him home.
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Titan, a boxer belonging to one of my vet school classmates, was Corey's best friend when we were in school.
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Playing with Willow
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Sitting on my friend's greyhound Jose, trying to get her to pet him. :lol
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Visiting the Myrtle Beach Barc Parc during BBH in 2010.
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Myrtle Beach Barc Parc - BBH 2012.
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On the beach at BBH 2012. Never thought that it would be his last BBH. :(
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Enjoying the Dog Wood Park in Jacksonville.
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Playing with a Rhodesian ridgeback at a race meet in Camden, SC.
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Last summer cut...
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Visiting Sandy Creek Park in Athens, GA, a trail that we used to hike with Casey when I was in vet school.
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Our last photo together.
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Run free, Corey! 'Til we meet again.

Jennifer &

Willow (Wilma Waggle), Wiki (Wiki Hard Ten), Carter (Let's Get It On),

Ollie (whippet), Gracie (whippet x), & Terra (whippet) + Just Saying + Just Alice

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What a beautiful boy. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Miss Cosmo was a lady. And a lady always knows when to leave.

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I'm so sorry ... :grouphug

 

Rest in peace, Corey :brokenheart

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That fabulous feather-tail! He was a good looking boy, and it sounds like he truly found his best place with you. I'm sorry he didn't get to stay longer.

 

Godspeed, Corey.

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Oh Jennifer, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Corey. :grouphug:grouphug

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Jennifer, I'm so sorry for your loss. Corey sounds like such an awesome dog, he was so lucky to have you.

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What a great little guy. I'm so sorry.

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A beautiful and moving tribute. The pictures are awesome. What a beautiful boy-and that tail...so gorgous. You can really see from the pictures just what your tribute said-a perfect, fun loving and devoted friend. I too adopted one of the UGA "x-dogs". UGA when I worked there always put the love of the dog first. Lady wasn't supposed to leave there except via the incinerator but we cut the tag out her ear and I took her home. Who knows how many others besides your Corey and my Lady found their forever home because the UGA Vet School put the dog ahead of the "rules." I am forever grateful to them as I know you are too. I hope Corey sends you a sign to comfort you. I know he will be with you always. My deepest sympathy. :grouphug

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What a beautiful tribute to your beloved Corey. I'm so sorry for your loss. :grouphug

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What a fine eulogy for a beautiful happy dog. So sorry to read of your loss.

Run free at the Bridge, Corey - you'll find loads of friends waiting there including my last Angel who's been there since 2009.

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Jennifer, I am very sorry for your loss. That was a great tribute to a pup who obviously held a very special place in your heart.

 

Run free Corey, run free sweetie... :gh_run

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I'm so sorry. I loved seeing all the different pics of so many nice memories you have with him.

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I'm so sorry. He was an incredibly cute little guy. He shouldn't have had to leave so soon.

 

Godspeed Corey.

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