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Disco, Fth Ricochet 5/27/05 To 6/9/15


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We made the heart-wrenching decision to send our beloved Disco to the bridge this morning. His pain was too great and his health too grave for our hearts to continue. We missed him immediately.

 

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Disco came to us shortly after we lost Dylan in 2007. His journey home was told in the book ”Are You Sitting Down?” by Nancy Dunne and Janet Shaffer. He instantly filled our home with joy and Punk-dog goofiness. We only had two greyhounds, Dancer and Donner, at the time and he was the youngest dog in the house, hence the nickname Punk-dog.

 

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There was an affability in his essence and an insouciance to his nature that made him fit well into our home. Never once did he bother our grand old dame Dancer. He looked at the ‘Tzus and cats without a second glance and him and Donner became almost pals. He was instantly at home, and into our hearts.

 

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He quickly learned the bed. And he needed to sleep touching me, in some way. However, his favorite move was finding the perfect place to sleep once he was on the bed. Kevin told me that he watched the process one morning. Disco jumped on the bed and sniffed me as I slept. Disco then turned a circle, looked at me, turned another circle, started to lay down. He suddenly realized he wasn’t close enough to me, after all it was a king size bed. Disco stood, turned again, and simply flopped down. On me! Kevin said I was breathing deeply, I gasped, stopped breathing and then started again. That continued until the bed became too high for Disco to jump on anymore.

 

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In the yard, Disco was pretty chill most of the time. Often, instead of taking care of stuff, he would flop in the sun. I really had to make him get up and go. And dig!! He drove me crazy! Digging is something that I cannot abide. Not because I have a green thumb. or plants. or anything. Everyone knows my motto: If God wanted me to have fancy plants in my yard, he would put there and make them thrive. Just because digging is annoying, or whatever. Anyway, Disco would dig, I would yell and fill in the hole; and he would bat those limpid pools of love at me and I would forgive.

 

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He loved to run the fence to protect us in case of untoward advances from the innocent people waking or biking down the street. Because, you know, we barely survived the last time that happened.

 

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Oh, the birds. Yes, birds are deadly, and horrid, and sneaky, and want to steal, and probably taste good. But, they are stupid. In fact too stupid to remember when 20 minutes ago, that big black stripy dog chased them from the yard and threatened to turn them into pillows. So they would settle back into the yard, and the process would take place, again and again, until the season was over. Disco never caught any, but he sure loved to try.

Over the years, we lost friends from our home, and Disco cuddled and missed them. The first Chinese Crested arrived and Disco looked and said WTH?? And with that, Freddie was home. 2011 brought the great economic crisis and everyone endured. Disco didn’t care that sometimes the treats were simply leftover bread instead of Breath Busters. He just inhaled them and loved and loved. That was Disco.

 

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August of 2012 was the worst. Disco got sick, very sick. Emergency Vet for a week sick. We visited him every day, sometimes twice. We brought him home and 3 weeks later, he was back for another 3 days. $12,000.00 later, we had our goofy punk-dog back. Letpo and pneumonia. At the time, Disco was the only dog in the house who was UTD. He was the Million Dollar Dog.

 

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At some point, he hurt his tail. We took him to our regular Vet and he spent the day. Our Vet is a Doberman person. We found out what happens when you send a greyhound to a Dobie Vet. ;) He became Stubby-Nubby. Or Big Sexy. Or Handsome Stripy. He nicknames were endless, as was our love for him.

 

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Danger developed an eye issue in March, 2014. Off to the eye Vet we go. I took Disco along for moral support. While the Vet was looking at Danger, who was trying to blend in with the wall, he was also loving on Disco. Because how can you not love a big handsome, stubby tailed, stripy boy? The Vet felt a lump on Disco’s throat. He showed me and I made an appointment with our regular Vet. It was a large, well-rooted growth of some sort, in a very hard place on which to do surgery. It was not interfering with his breathing or eating. We discussed options and decided to watch it and love him. There wasn’t much we could afford to do. He was comfortable and clueless and that’s it. His zeal and happiness continued to exude from him.

 

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Over the years, he limped in the rear. Once again, it came and went. Some tramadol and he was on the mend. Last year the limp became more pronounced, and we added Rimadyl as needed. And he seldom needed it. He loved and loved, as did we.

 

Discussions were had and decisions were made. And we loved him. The last month, he slowly lost the use of his right hind leg and we increased his meds. Monday morning when I came home, he could barely get up and the edema had started. Kevin and I talked, and we knew.

 

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The price of unconditional love, of total forgiveness, of non-judgmental acceptance is the cost of loving a dog. When the bill is due, when the time comes, and your heart crumbles into a million tiny pieces, you do what is best for the dog. It is never easy. Sadly, it is part of the bargain, which we all make when we love an animal. There is forever, a hole in our heart. Nevertheless, along with the heartbreak, there is also the mending and the expanding of the heart. Because we know that another dog will come along and scratch the surface and move in to take another honored place in the hallows of our ever growing hearts.

 

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Our handsome, stubby-nubby, big sexy, stripy, million dollar, stud muffin, punk dog is now pain free and running at the bridge with so many of our other family members.

 

 

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Wendy and The Whole Wherd. American by birth, Southern by choice.
"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup!"
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Oh Wendy....so very very sorry for your loss.....

 

He was so beautiful....loved his coloring....

 

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Oh Wendy. I'm so very sorry :(. He and Danger are together and playing again. He was a stunning boy.

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~ Forever and Always missing and loving Steak, Carmen, Ivy, Isis, and Madi.
Don't cry because it's ended, Smile because it happened.
Before you judge me, try to keep an open mind, not everyone likes your taste.

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Oh Y, I am so very sorry. A wonderful tribute for a wonderful dog. :wub:

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Michelle...forever missing her girls, Holly 5/22/99-9/13/10 and Bailey 8/1/93-7/11/05

Religion is the smile on a dog...Edie Brickell

Wag more, bark less :-)

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I'm sorry. I knew how your story would end and I read every word and it was a shock all the same. I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye to each other.

 

Godspeed, handsome.

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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 wish there was something I could say to make it less painful, but sadly there is not. I cant only say what you already know. Holding them close with open hands is the heart contract we make with them, love them, care for them and then kiss them goodbye when they leave us. Hugs to you and Kevin from The Miami Hound House. <3

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I am so sorry. Your eloquence once again brought me to both tears and smiles. Never. Enough. Time.

Missing my sweet girl Scout. My snuggler, my chow-hound, my kissy girl.
It never thunders at the Bridge, and your food bowl is ALWAYS filled.

So strange not living in Atty World. I was a love struck handmaiden to your every whim.

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Oh Wendy, I'm so very sorry. I was just thinking about him the other day and was wondering how he was doing. Godspeed Disco.

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I was shocked and saddened to see this. Wendy, I am so very sorry for your loss. Hugs.

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I'm so sorry for your heartbreaking loss of your beloved, and very handsome, boy. :grouphug

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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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What a beautiful tribute. I smiled when I read about the birds and the fence running. Our Iceman must be Disco's soul mate in that regard. My heart goes out to you.

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