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Dory "bow Dreamer" April 28 2002- June 3 2014


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We put Dory to sleep today. Yesterday we brought her to the vet as her pesky limp had gotten much worse over the weekend. The vet X-rayed her and found cancer in her shoulder... He told us she was in a lot of pain. She masked her pain so well over the past months I decided that we should send her to heaven when she was still happy. The vet came to our house and sent her away... She was calm and content.


When we got Dory, my parents didn’t want to care for a dog without me. At 8 years old, Dory was the perfect fit. I knew that there was a possibility she might only live a couple of years. I think it’s because of this attitude that I was able to appreciate and cherish every single wonderful memory we made.


Dory was the single most positive influence in my life. Walking together, twice a day, every day, I enjoyed so many things. People would always stop to talk to us. Kids ran up to us to pet her. Walking around the neighbourhood, we met other greyhound people, we meandered in garage sales, we got lost and got found- a lot. I can’t count the amount of magical encounters that we had with deer, coyotes, and all the other wildlife I didn’t even know thrived here. Just the act of getting outside on a routine, sometimes in ridiculous weather conditions I would never face alone, made me feel free and happy. I get home from school every day at 3 o’ clock sharp. It’s going to feel odd not heading right back out the door with Dory a few minutes later.


The car was one of her favourite places. I think it was because being in the car meant she could go anywhere.

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This was us at the GRA picnic

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Camping each year was a week of pure paradise for Dory. She seemed to be five times as energetic then, hiking, swimming, and sniffing everything until we packed everything up again to head back to the city.


At the Pinery

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Hiking at Algonquin

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Would you believe it? She learned to swim!

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Walking everywhere was one of her favourite things.

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The coldest winter wouldn't scare off this feisty gal. She loved all weather, except the blazing heat...

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Seeing her like this always warmed my heart.

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Sometimes she was just plain adorable..

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This was her favourite vantage point in the house. She was the most excited to see my dad come home late each evening and would watch here for his car to pull into the driveway. I know how much he will miss her running into his arms.

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As a racer, she ran 138 races, had 30 puppies, and 6 grand puppies. After all of this, she still came to us at 8 years old brimming with life and energy.


I will miss you, Dory, at the end of every meal when I have a little bit of meat left on the bones I was eating, and I won’t be able to scrape them off and put them in your bowl. In the morning, when I eat a yogurt cup, I’ll remember how you would always take it, the cup fitting right over your skinny nose, and run to your bed to lick it clean. When I get home from school, I’ll expect to see you there waiting for me. When I bring my backpack upstairs and sit down on my desk, I’ll no longer hear your gallop up the stairs, into my room, where you wouldn’t sit down before I gave you a kiss. On thunderstormy days I’ll hope that you don’t have to be scared of it, now that you are above the clouds. Every time I open the back of the van I’ll miss the way you would jump in before it was even open all the way. I’ll miss how you would stay downstairs as I went to sleep, but sometime in the night you would come up into my room, so I would see you sleeping contentedly in the morning at the foot of my bed. I’ll miss your velvety ears, the clack of your toenails, your eyebrows that said, “Walk? Car? Chicken?” with a single twitch. I’ll miss kissing you square between the eyes. In the winter, after a fresh snow, will you find a way to frolick in it again?


On Saturday, when I had to carry her outside and upstairs because she could no longer walk, I asked that if she had to die then, that she would die quickly. God answered my prayers. The day before she was put to sleep she still gobbled down a steak dinner and sat in her spot in the hallway where she could watch both the fridge and the front door. Dory never “had cancer”. She was always Dory, and in the end, she died of cancer. But it didn’t take away her life.


Somewhere a greyhound angel is sleeping....

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What a beautiful tribute to a well-loved girl! She had a fabulous life with you. I'm so very sorry she couldn't have stayed forever.

Godspeed Dory. :f_white

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What wonderful memories Dory has left you with to help during this most difficult of times. Godspeed Dory and hugs for you and your family. She was truly loved and cherished.

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That was a beautiful tribute to your girl. I'm very sorry that Dory had to leave.

 

Run pain-free Dory. :f_pink

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What a beautiful girl :wub: . I'm so sorry for your loss.

 

Godspeed, sweetheart.

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That was beautiful, and it's easy to see how much Dory was loved, and what a wonderful time she had with you and your parents. I'm so very sorry that you had to say goodbye to your beautiful girl :grouphug

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That is probably one of the most heartfelt and beautiful tributes I have ever read. And seeing the pictures, watching you grow up into a beautiful young woman with Dory says more than any words.

 

I am SO very sorry she had to leave you. The love you shared with her is like none other.

 

 

sending you and your family many, MANY hugs.

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Your tribute to beautiful Dory was by far the best I have ever read. The love that you show for her is amazing and she for you and your family.

 

Rest well Dory! The special gift you gave will live on forever in their hearts.

 

 

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That was a beautiful tribute for your beautiful Dory. I am so very sorry. I love your observation - she had cancer but it didn't take her life. Hugs to you and your family.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. :grouphug

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What beautiful insight you have. I am so sorry you had to say "see you later" to your friend. Someone once told me that missing someone is a way of keeping them with us, even when they are not. I know that Dory will always be close by you, nestled in your heart. :grouphug

 

Godspeed good girl. No more worries about the thunderstormy days. f_yellow

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The love you shared shines through in every word of your wonderful tribute. It's clear that the two of you were meant to be together, and you expressed that so eloquently. My heart is aching for you---how you will miss your precious girl. I'm so sorry you lost your sweet Dory.

 

And the pictures are beyond beautiful!

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Dory was the single most positive influence in my life. Walking together, twice a day, every day, I enjoyed so many things. People would always stop to talk to us. Kids ran up to us to pet her. Walking around the neighbourhood, we met other greyhound people, we meandered in garage sales, we got lost and got found- a lot. I can’t count the amount of magical encounters that we had with deer, coyotes, and all the other wildlife I didn’t even know thrived here. Just the act of getting outside on a routine, sometimes in ridiculous weather conditions I would never face alone, made me feel free and happy.

This is the ultimate of what we wish for in a life with dogs: to get lost, and get found.

 

All our sympathy to all of Dory's family and friends.

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Ellen, with brindle Milo and the blonde ballerina, Gelsey

remembering Eve, Baz, Scout, Romie, Nutmeg, and Jeter

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Oh no :( I was so saddened to see Dory's name here. I always admired your amazing maturity and sense of responsibility in being a young dog owner. You gave Dory the best 4 years of her life (you can see all of the wonderful adventures she had). Dory was the perfect companion for you, I know how hard it is in the beginning with constant reminders of your pup everywhere. With time you will forget this sad day and remember the happy times.

 

Hugs!

 

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