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To The Man Who Started Our Adventure


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Although not a greyhound, it is with a sad heart that I post a goodbye.

Bill Sharpsteen, founder of GCGA in Clearwater, has left us here to go be with all our rainbow babies.

 

He let us adopt Macho. He was there as we battled osteo and made sure he came to say goodbye on Machos last day.

 

We didn't always see eye to eye, but his heart was so big and the greys were his babies. Each one was his. He remembered every one that he adoped out, and shhh..he did have his favorites.

 

Goodbye dear soul, please tell our Macho hello. You guys were bestest buds. He was your posterchild. Thank you for giving us that love. Thank you for supporting us when we adopted Moonbeam, Hattie, and Keiva..even though they weren't from you.

 

I am sorry you left so soon, but have no doubt you are running with the Greys and taking care of each of them all over again.

 

I have been told your group will live on, I am not sure of the plans...but know there are big shoes to fill.

 

Run with the hounds! Miss you and thank you.

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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I'm sorry to read of Bill's passing. I'm sure he was met by many thumping tails and cold noses.

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 sorry to hear this.

 

Godspeed, Bill.

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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I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but will be attending his celebration of life service in Clearwater with a couple of my fellow Gold Coast Greyhounds of Gainesville volunteers to pay my respects.

I believe I read that due to his founding of Gold Coast Greyhounds, he was able to find homes for about 5,000 greyhounds, and he personally fostered nearly 400 hounds himself.

Rest in peace. The hounds did indeed lose a best friend.

Rita, mom to Dakota (Dakotas Dream) & Wish (Kiowa Wish Wish) and my angels

Toby (Sol Marcus) and Robin (Greys Robin Hood)

Forever missing our beloved Robin and Toby

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France

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The Memorial Service info is posted on the GoldCoast FaceBook page.. Well behaved hounds are welcome,also

Yes, I am bringing Dakota with me to the memorial service as he is a GCGA alumni hound.

Rita, mom to Dakota (Dakotas Dream) & Wish (Kiowa Wish Wish) and my angels

Toby (Sol Marcus) and Robin (Greys Robin Hood)

Forever missing our beloved Robin and Toby

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France

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Fsugrad.. We will be there with Hattie, Moon, and Keiva... If ya wanna meet up! We won't miss this for anything.

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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  • 2 weeks later...

MachosMom, I am going with a couple of GCGA friends. I'll be the one in a royal blue sundress with my 'date' Dakota, a GCGA alumni cowdoggie. :) Maybe I will see you there!

Rita, mom to Dakota (Dakotas Dream) & Wish (Kiowa Wish Wish) and my angels

Toby (Sol Marcus) and Robin (Greys Robin Hood)

Forever missing our beloved Robin and Toby

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France

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Guest normaandburrell

What a lovely tribute to bring the dogs to the memorial. We never met Bill but have heard much about him and what he did for the hounds.

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