Saying goodnight to 2011


There it is, 2012 looking right at me. What ever happened to 2011. Seems just like yesterday that Crystal and Minnie danced in the New Year. It was a pretty good year for us. Some heartbreak and lots of happiness to keep guiding us through.


Clancy left us for the Rainbow Bridge the end of the July. He’s been with us for a long time and it was so sad to let him go. Little did I know he would lead a small pack with him.


Roxy left for the Rainbow Bridge in October. She was a heart breaker. She reached her 15th birthday just like the 9 year-old puppy that joined us. We will forever miss that little girl.


Perhaps the one loss that still gets me was my Buddy. He was my constant companion, the best dog that ever lived. We miss him every day.


Barney made a surprise appearance in our lives after having lived in another home. We had fostered him in 2004 and 2005 and when his family moved out of state last February, Barney came back to the gardens. He celebrated his 13th birthday with us in December and he is such a happy camper. Welcome back to the gardens Barney.


The biggest surprise of 2011? Had to be the red head. We sure didn’t see this one coming. He has brought such joy to our lives.

We love each and every one of our greyhounds and I can’t imagine life without them. When they come home they are usually around 4 to 5 years old. They are always quiet and well-mannered… and they are couch potatoes. It’s easy to have a big pack of greyhounds because they are so good.

Bringing home a puppy added a whole new spice to our life, its been fun and more than anything, Timber helped us get through the heart break.


So, as 2012 greats us, we welcome it with our eyes wide open and bright.

We’re sending good wishes for a healthy and happy 2012 to all of our old friends, to our new friends and to those we love.

Here’s to a good one. All of the paws at Greyhound Gardens.

11 Replies to “Saying goodnight to 2011”

  1. To lose three in six months – that’s tough. Let’s hope 2012 is kinder. And Slinky, you are such a lovely girl. Happy Lights, eh? Let me know how they work! Happy New Year! 🙂

  2. It has been such a pleasure to spend time with you and the Garden Gang in 2011…through good times and bad. Thank you for being such a lovely Blogville friend. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2012!

  3. I’ve loved every minute of the year with the Hounds of the Gardens! Your photographs always inspire me and the love for the hounds shines through in everything. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2012 brings along and sharing it with you! P.S. Bunny says even just one eye is swoon-worthy!

  4. I am sorry to hear about all of your loss this year. Your dogs are beautiful. All Greyhounds are of course, but I have never seen one quite like Timber – awesome. Happy New Year! ?

  5. My goodness, you have had a very rough year. I’m so glad that your “surprises” came along to lift your heart. I’m new to your blog but I am stunned by your photos. They’re spectacular.

    Thanks for your kind words over at my blog. You’ve had so much loss this past year yet you keep such a wonderful and loving attitude. I hope that I can emulate you.

  6. It’s been of tough year of laughter and tears. I love reading your blog and seeing the pictures of your beautiful greyhounds. I have passed on the Liebster Award to you. You can go to my blog for the simple requirements. Congratulations! All the best in 2012!

  7. Happy New Year to you and all the gang. 2011 was a sad year for a lot of us, wasn’t it. Here’s hoping 2012 is full of nice surprises for a change. I’m about 16 of your posts behind and I’m really looking forward to relaxing and catching up with what I’ve missed. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos and your life with your awesome hounds.

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