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River (Jt Red River Blu) 9/18/11 - 3/28/16


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Today I managed to visit River's greyhound-data page a little more than a month after losing him. There I discovered that an incredibly kind person had added a note about how he had passed and how much we loved him. It brought tears to my eyes to remember the joy and happiness he brought us, which now mostly overwrites the terrible pain of losing him. To whomever added the note, thank you so much for your kindness. And to those who helped us in the dark hours of his crisis, thank you for your words of advice and support. It has all meant so much to us.

 

I wish to share with the world how much we loved him.

 

Though he was shy at first, River never met a person he didn't like. "Sweet" truly was the best word to describe him; he was quiet and gentle, and had such soulful eyes that reflected the depth of his love. He had mastered the adorable bitey-face and was quick to employ it when he wanted attention. Rawr rawr rawr said he! Out in the yard he thought he was a horse, trying to pass between our legs but getting stuck because he was so exceptionally tall. His ears were amazing to watch; perked up and bouncing like a coyote on walks, or half cocked when listening to you. But they were best when he was asleep; he'd be out cold, but one ear would be straight in the air like an antenna, listening to what was going on. He loved to have them rubbed and tugged and itched, and would put his ears in your hand if you dared start petting somewhere else. He loved scritches and brushings, leaning so heavily into them we thought we might fall over ourselves. And the grunting! That's how you knew you'd found the right spot.

 

River adored chasing squirrels. Fortunately he was so inept at it that we knew he’d never catch them, so we let him have his fun because it brought him so much joy. He’d go bouncing across the yard like the squirrels were there to play, and I’m pretty sure they knew he was no threat as well.

 

He would have been an excellent Drama student. We hear he’s infamous for coming off the hauler and crawling under a picnic table to collapse until he could be coaxed out with water and a little food. He also excelled at going kersplat in the cool sand after a good run at playgroup, worrying everyone for a moment until he’d pop back up and want to go again. Our lovey, overdramatic dork.

 

River’s favorite pastime was laying in the grass under the sun. He would bask in its glow when it was cool, or in the shade when it was warm. He got so excited any time it snowed and would romp through it like the puppy he was. This year’s big snowstorm was a late Christmas present for him; he forged his own trails through the snow, alternately pushing like a ship and bouncing like a bunny to make the trail he wanted.

 

But the most beautiful part of River was his soul. He had a quiet way of expressing his love, be it sitting with you when you were sad, or giving you a big toothy smile when you got home from work. It was the look in his eyes that said over and over, "I love you. I love you."

 

On his last evening we took River for a beautiful walk through the grass at sunset, amongst the flowering cherry and pear trees to enjoy a breath of the wide wide world. We followed his slow pace wherever he wanted, his ears perking up at a skittering leaf or his nose catching the scent of someone who had been there before. He was at peace with the world. We spread out his bed for him inside and he lay down with a big sigh that said, "Thank you. I'm done." We lay with him for awhile, and sang him nonsensical songs about how much we loved him as he passed.

 

Thank you for everything you gave us, sweet boy. Our hearts are in pieces missing you, though you've sent reminders that you'll never be truly gone. Run free through the grass until we meet again.

 

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I'm so sorry for your loss. There is nothing like a big goofy boy to leave you with lots of happy memories. He was one of Rocket's brothers from another mother, who left way too soon.

Run free, River. :f_red

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Your River will always be flowing in your :heart What a grand boy. I am just so incredibly sorry for your loss. He was much too young. :grouphug

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A beautiful tribute to a beautiful boy.

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.

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Hugs to you in your loss.

 

Rest well, good boy.

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So very sorry for the loss of your handsome River.

Remember all those good times and smile.....

 

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I am very sorry for your loss :f_white

 

He was a lovely boy, and that was a lovely tribute you wrote for him. How sad to lose him at such a young age! Reading your words it is clear just how much he loved his life with you, and how he lived each and every day to the full.

 

Run free, brave River! :gh_run2

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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How you loved him! Your tribute was so eloquent, expressing perfectly how unique and special he was. And those eyes..... I'm so sorry you lost your precious River.

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Far too young :( I am so sorry for your loss.

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I'm so incredibly sorry. He was so very young--he should have been with you for far longer. Your tribute to him is wonderful.

 

Godspeed River.

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I love that part about how you talk about how he expressed love. My Lizzie did that same thing, the look in her eyes always said everything. Hugs and sorry for your loss.

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