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Tess (R's Prairie Fire) August 27, 2003 - June 3, 2014


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Last week our sweet grrl Tess crossed the rainbow bridge to meet her friends and wait for sister Grace and her parents.

 

Little Tess (her kennel name) raced as R's Prairie Fire, where she had a respectable career before retiring to Pennsylvania. We met Tess at the Keystone Greyhounds booth at GIG when she tricked me into thinking she was petting her soon-to-be sister, Grace. From then on they were a matched set, double trouble, the Brindle Babes.

 

Everybody loved Tess, but she was her own dog to the end. Well-behaved and gentle, she maintained a stubborn streak that more often than not got her what she wanted, whether it be getting everyone out of bed in the morning, cutting a walk short by taking a sun bath, commandeering 2/3 of the backseat of the car, or getting extra treats and a cuddle. She had a ruff as soft as a bunny and her only concession to advancing age was one white whisker.

 

Tess was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last December. We chose to forgo all treatment except pain management, and she continued to live a full, happy life. Two weeks ago the tumor began to grow. On Sunday, Tess did her final Keystone Strut. By Monday even the promise to go to the park couldn't get her off the bed and we knew it was time to say good-bye. As my friend Lee (the author of Greyhounds for Dummies) would say, "better a week too soon than a day too late."

 

"Gone but never forgotten. Loved forever. Run free with those who have gone before you. Greet all those that will follow."

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I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl.

 

Godspeed, sweetheart.

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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So very sorry for the loss of your Tess.

Remember the good times....

 

Nancy...Mom to Sid (Peteles Tiger), Kibo (112 Carlota Galgos).   Missing Casey, Gomer, Mona, Penelope, BillieJean, Bandit, Nixon (Starz Sammie),  Ruby (Watch Me Dash) Nigel (Nigel), and especially little Mario, waiting at the Bridge.

 

 

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I am so very sorry for your loss. I do hate cancer. It is the thief who robs us, everyday, of those we love.

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I am very sorry. :grouphug:grouphug:grouphug

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>

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I'm sorry you had to say goodbye to your beautiful girl.

 

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

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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I'm so very sorry. She was too young to have to leave.

 

Godspeed Tess.

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One white whisker. A beauty mark :wub: I am so very sorry for your loss of your most beautiful girl. :grouphug

Godspeed Tess.

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What a wonderful, unique dog she must have been. I'm so sorry you lost your precious Tess.

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