10,000 tears

On January 8, 2006 we adopted a puppy, a nine year old puppy.

Photo by Jeffrey Yen

In November 2005, we lost two of our senior girls. Oddly enough, both of them had these great overbites that they sported proudly.

I have managed the Oregon Greyhound Adoption website since 2005. In December that year, this picture showed up in my e-mail. This cutey was a newly retired broody. And, she had an overbite.

When we walked into the kennel, Donna told us we could have any dog we wanted. Karen opened her kennel door and Roxy buried her head in her chest. There wasn’t any point in looking any further, Roxy was our girl.

During the summer she would lay in the pool for hours.

And then she would walk back and forth along the back of the house to dry off. To this day, the paint remains scarred from her pacing back and forth.

Once retired from racing and raising babies, Roxy became a true lady of leisure.

She was also the hostess with the mostest, happy to share her bed with just about anyone.

She loved to go for car rides. Hiking was a favorite activity even at nearly 12 years old. She tired easier, but she was a trooper.

Rain or shine, Roxy loved to go. She walked across most of the covered bridges in our area.

Roxy treasured the acre. She wandered for hours sniffing the air and in her younger years, she was constantly on alert for those pesky squirrels.

She definitely had a look about her. It was her roost and she ruled it.

This was typically a look I got at bedtime. She liked her half right out of the middle and if I didn’t get ready for bed fast enough, this was the look.

Roxy was an original member of the Red Hot Houndies, and she wore her red hat proudly.

She was a card carrying member of the Double-Digit Gang.

In June when she started to have some weakness in her hind-end, we signed her up for hydrotherapy. She was a trooper in the water and looked forward to her weekly swimming lessons. Hydrotherapy didn’t fix her, but it did buy her a little more time.

BC’s Roxanne • September 17, 1996 to October 15, 2011

Tonight, I have cried 10,000 tears. Roxy turned 15 last month. 15 is getting fairly old for a greyhound. Age was creeping up on her. Her eyes were still bright, but they were tired and her body just wasn’t keeping up with her mind.

We’ve always lived by the rule that it is better too be a day too early than an hour too late. She quit having any desire to eat this week, she was telling us she was ready.

Roxy went to the Rainbow Bridge this morning with dignity and grace. We will miss our glorious little lady, our Foxy Roxy more than words can ever express.

26 Replies to “10,000 tears”

  1. I’m sure so many humans out here know how you feel; my mum certainly does. I guess it’s the price you pay for the years of happiness, joy and unconditional love. You know it’s worth it or why would everyone go back and do it all over again, but it doesn’t stop it hurting like hell. We’re all thinking of you here. Deccy x

  2. thank you for sharing roxy’s story. i know roxy is with your others…waiting. molly and i send big hugs to you all, human and hound.

  3. So very sorry to learn of your loss in the passing of Miss Roxy. What a wonderful and very full life she lived while she was on this Earth. May she rest in peace and free from any pain. Until you two meet again may her memory live on. With sympathy, The Comiskey Clan

  4. I’m adding my tears to your 10,000. I knew as soon as I saw the title of your post. Roxy sounds a lot like our Lilac, determined to get the most out of life in her retirement. She led a fabulous life with you, enjoying more time than a lot of hounds do who retire right after racing, but there’s just never enough time. I am terribly sorry for your loss!

  5. What a life she must have had! I was reading the remembrance posts in Greytalk this week and there have been so many hounds cross the bridge already. Your girlie gives me hope. I feel your pain my friend.

  6. I am so sorry – I believe every day after they turn 10 years old is a blessing and you are very lucky to have had 1,825 blessed days.

    No matter how long they are with us it is never long enough.
    My heart goes out to you.

  7. Beautiful, there is never enough time. I lost a pup of 17 years 2 years ago, I still feel for her, she was amazing. I have recently gotten a new pup, who is also amazing in her own way. I am already feeling the loss of her, I don’t know about doing it again but I am going to make the best of it. Many feel your pain and loss.

  8. I am so sorry to hear about Roxy! From your stories of her, I felt I almost knew her. My hound, Argos (aka Figs Lone Case) sends you licks as well as my good thoughts.

    And there never is enough time. At least she went in peace, knowing she was loved right through and past the end.

    Jen

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss. No matter what their age, they are never with us long enough! Thanks for always sharing so many beautiful memories and photographs.

  10. A very beautiful, loving tribute to Roxy. I heard about Roxy through Houndstooth’s post today and just wanted to stop by and say how terribly sorry I am for your loss. From the photos you shared, it looks like she had the most wonderful, joyful life with you.

  11. I’m so sorry to hear that you lost Roxy. I think I lost track of your blog for a little while. What a wonderful life you gave her. I’m sure she know how much you love her.

  12. I am crying with my own 10,000 tears today. I didn’t know Roxy had passed until I read it on Tales and Tails. I was shocked. I am so sorry for your loss. I have so enjoyed your pics of Roxy, even more so seeing her in her younger days. Thank you for sharing her personality and zest for life with us. Seeing her and reading your tribute to her just makes me want a Greyhound all the more.

    I bet if she could talk now she would say her last years with you were the best. And I have no doubt that would be true. I am so sorry for your loss. 🙁

  13. Gosh darn it! I am so sorry. But, she had a wonderful life from the gifts that you gave her. You are wonderful with the greys and we love our hounds so much. How wonderful she was 15 when she passed. I can only hope my Persephone reaches double digits. She is 5 right now… Big hugs to all and how lucky your are to have such a wonderful companion waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge…

  14. Ladies so sorry to hear about Roxy. I have known your sorrow and tears. Don’t even want to think of the day I have to say goodbye to Gili. I share your tears.
    Carol & Gili

  15. Oh my…I’ve been out of the loop on Facebook and just read the news. Sooo very sorry to hear of Roxy’s passing but man-oh-man, she had the best home a girl could ever had. The tribute you have given her above is truly touching and I know that Roxy will forever be in both of your hearts. May time speed your healing…we love you both! J&G

  16. What a beautiful, sad, uplifting story… I am still sniffling as I type this, and I am so sorry for your loss. Roxy looks absolutely beautiful in all the pictures here, and I can tell that she was loved so much. Thank you for sharing her story…

    Maureen (about to adopt an ex-racing grey in NZ)

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