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Our chattering, tail-wagging, curious and beloved Kipper (RD's Kiper) was euthanized Wednesday 9/23 due to osteosarcoma. DH and I are trying to process the pain and grief of losing too soon a great little happy soul who shared our lives and love of travel.

Kipper logged more than 70,000 actual driving miles with us around the U.S., and he both loved it and was a joyous companion who had friends and admirers scattered throughout the lower 48 states.

 

Kip travel

Kip desert

Kipper was a shy foster with no intent, chosen because he was not a personality I would fall in love with. DH and I planned to choose our next hound together when he returned from a trip. At the kennel, Kipper was a mostly bald, bony-framed, white and brindle boy who bordered on spook in the early days.

But Kipper’s extreme shyness masked a curious, playful, chattering, tennis ball-loving, tail-wagging and happy hound, particularly around stuffies and, after two long and difficult years of daily training and socializing to ease his fears, around humans he considered “his."

 

Kip beach smile

Kip ball

Kip pounce

Even in those tough first years, Kipper loved travel. He loved the car; he learned in one weekend that he loved hotels and the delicious treats humans brought every time they left the room. He was afraid but also deeply curious; this allowed him to view the truck as his giant safe crate, from which he could see and smell the world.

 

KipperSlurp

Kip Ft Rob

Kip ETS

We never thought a shy dog would be our perfect traveling companion, but Kipper was. He had many fears and anxieties but was always, unfailingly, a glass-half-full hound, greeting every morning with bright eyes and happy chatter and a big, deep bow.

He will be deeply missed. We are grateful to Operation Greyhound for rescuing him and allowing us to share his life.

 

Kip beach

Kip play

Kip stretch run

Kip run pop

 

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Dash (Mega Batboy), & forever missing Kipper (RD's Kiper, 2006-2015) & Souldog Dune (Pazzo Otis, 1994-2008)
"..cherish him and give him place with yourself for the rest of his but too short life. It is his one drawback. He should live as long as his owner."
James Matheson, The Greyhound: Breeding, Coursing, Racing, etc., 1929

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I'm so very sorry. Your pictures show a very special guy.

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oh, i'm so sorry you lost your precious kipper way too soon. from your lovely tribute, it is clear that he found exactly the right forever family, and his life was enriched immeasurably because of that. i can't imagine how much you will miss your perfect little traveling companion, your sweet "glass half full hound".

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So very sorry for the loss of your special boy.

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'm so sorry for your loss...such a beautiful tribute

Jan with precious pups Emmy (Stormin J Flag) and Simon (Nitro Si). Missing my angels: Bailey Buffetbobleclair 11/11/98-17/12/09; Ben Task Rapid Wave 5/5/02-2/11/15; Brooke Glo's Destroyer 7/09/06-21/06/16 and Katie Crazykatiebug 12/11/06 -21/08/21. My blog about grief The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not get over the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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I'm so sorry for your loss.

 

Godspeed, special boy.

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'm so very sorry. Your precious boy had to leave much too soon.

 

Godspeed Kipper.

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Missing Cora (RL Nevada 5/99-10/09), Piper (Cee Bar Easy 2/99-1/10), Tally (Thunder La La 9/99-3/10), Edie (Daring Reva 9/99-10/12), Dixie (Kiowa Secret Sue 11/01-1/13), Jessie (P's Real Time 11/98-3/13), token boy Graham (Zydeco Dancer 9/00-5/13), Cal (Back Already 12/99-11/13), Betsy (Back Kick Beth 11/98-12/13), Standard Poodles Minnie (1/99-1/14) + Perry (9/98-2/14), Annie (Do Marcia 9/03-10/14), Pink (Miss Pinky Baker 1/02-6/15), Poppy (Cmon Err Not 8/05-1/16), Kat (Jax Candy 5/05-5/17), Ivy (Jax Isis 10/07-7/21)

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

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What a wonderful smile on your friend Kipper. I am so sorry for your loss. :grouphug Such a special hound, a Cobblepot kid *and* P's Raising Cain. No wonder your hearts are so broken. :grouphug

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I'm so sorry you've lost your beloved Kipper. Your tribute is just beautiful.

 

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Always in my heart: Frostman
Newdawn Frost, Keno Jet Action & Chloe (NGA racing name unknown), Irys (galgo), Hannah (weim), Cruz (galgo), & Carly CW Your Charming

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This brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful boy Kipper was. I am not sure what it is as I mourn the loss of all pups posted here but your pictures show what an incredible boy he was and what being owned by a Greyhound is all about. When I return from my business trip I am going to

take my boy on an extra long walk and hold him close.

 

I am truly sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy.

 

Run free Kipper, 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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This is a wonderful tribute. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Sorry for butchering the english language. I try to keep the mistakes to a minimum.

 

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