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Goodbye Doc (Barefoot Doctor) 20/08/2001-15/04/2015


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I’m sorry to say that I had to let my dear old chap go yesterday. His back legs had been getting weaker and weaker, and then last weekend his digestion started playing up. I could see he was beginning to go downhill fast, even though he remained his usual smiley self, and the vet agreed with me that it was much better to take action before he began to feel miserable or we had a real emergency. So yesterday he enjoyed two very wobbly little walks, a sardine lunch, a tripe stick and some time in the sunshine on the lawn. Then the vet came and put him gently to sleep on his own bed, with his head pillowed on his favourite teddy bear and me stroking him. He left us very peacefully, even contentedly.
Doc (Barefoot Doctor)
20 August 2001 – 15 April 2015
‘The Best Greyhound In The World’





The house feels very empty today, but I know I did the right thing. Somehow I have never felt consoled by the idea of a Rainbow Bridge - instead we had developed a more matriarchal theory, as you can see below. The collar mentioned is the one he's wearing in the photo - now tucked away inside my desk.


Sun and Moon and Stars

(Doc's last collar)


Sun and Moon and Stars

That's what I gave you

Every day you wore them

Hanging round your neck.


"The Lady up there loves all animals," I would tell you sometimes.

'Especially the greyhounds. They are Hers.

You are Hers.


So some day you can go to Her:

I will be there to see you off, I promise.

Then slip off this collar, to keep as my memento."


So run to Her now, dear.

Run to join Her pack.

Join them as they chase past the moon and then the sun and through the stars

Barking and joyful and free.



Clare with Tiger (Snapper Gar, b. 18/05/2015), and remembering Ken (Boomtown Ken, 01/05/2011-21/02/2020) and Doc (Barefoot Doctor, 20/08/2001-15/04/2015).

"It is also to be noted of every species, that the handsomest of each move best ... and beasts of the most elegant form, always excel in speed; of this, the horse and greyhound are beautiful examples."----Wiliam Hogarth, The Analysis of Beauty, 1753.

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It is always a blessing to know that you did your best for them. I'm so very sorry that it was time to say goodbye to your beautiful Doc :grouphug

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I'm so sorry it was time, but you gave him the most loving gift. Beautiful poem.

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I'm so sorry that it was time to say goodbye to Doc. He had a wonderful long life with you and a peaceful, loving end. Beautiful poem.



When a relationship of love is disrupted, the relationship does not cease. The love continues; therefore, the relationship continues. The work of grief is to reconcile and redeem life to a different love relationship. ~ W Scott Lineberry

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I will add Doc's name to the list of Bridge Angels. :grouphug


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I'm so sorry to see you had to say goodbye to Doc. What a beautiful picture of your handsome boy. The lovely poem is moving and very special. Rest well sweet boy.


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Fiona - Aug 29, 2001 to May 5, 2014-----Bailey - March 22, 2001 to Jan 20, 2015

Zeke - June 1, 2004 - Jan 26, 2016----Callie - July 14, 2006 to July 27, 2019

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From all of your posts, I have always thought that you and Doc had a very special bond. Your poem is beautiful. A day too soon is better than a day too late. Still, I am so sorry that it was time to brighten the skies with Doc's beautiful star. :grouphug

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:f_white :f_white Run free Doc.

Tin and Michael and Lucas, Picasso, Hero, Oasis, Galina, Neizan, Enzo, Salvo and Noor the Galgos.
Remembering Bridge Angel Greyhounds: Tosca, Jamey, Master, Diego, and Ambi; plus Angel Galgos Jules, Marco and Baltasar.

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