The keeper of my heart

Danny Bleu

Today was the hardest goodbye of all. I said goodbye to my Danny Bleu, keeper of my heart.

We’ve been together since 2004. He actually came to me to work on a little house training and socialization. He was only supposed to stay for a month or two for Rayetta, the president of the greyhound group I volunteered for.

I remember the day he came home so well. He hopped out the back of the truck and it was love at first sight for both us. He was the most beautiful greyhound I had ever seen. He was steel blue with amber eyes.

Back in the day I drove a 1970 Volkswagen bus. Instead of seats, it had a cot and Danny Bleu loved to ride on the cot, it was perfect for him. That damn bus backfired all of the time, but it never seemed to phase Danny. As long as he was with me, he was happy.

He was an awesome ambassador for greyhound adoption. He was regal, kind and the perfect greyhound.

He was also one of our universal blood donors. He was an amazing blood donor, they could hook the needle up and he would stand there until they got what they needed.

Fall was a favorite time of year and he would happily munch on the apples as they fell from the trees.

He loved to go on road trips. We often took him with us and everyone would ooooh and aaaah over his beauty.

He and I had a thing at bedtime. I would sit my fresh glass of ice water down on the table by the bed and he would eat three cookies and have a drink of my water. He was never one to sleep on the bed with me though, even though I really wanted him too.

Danny was the keeper of my heart, but he knew how to share it with all of the other dogs as they joined our family. He knew that deep down, he was my heart dog no one would ever come between us.

Danny Bleu

As I said my last goodbye to him, I gently held his paw to my heart and promised him that he would always be the keeper of my heart.

Danny Bleu aka Great Blue • May 29, 2001 to December 19, 2013

16 Replies to “The keeper of my heart”

  1. I don’t have anything left. I’m sad for you and Karen. I’m so sorry. I don’t know how you do it. What a beautiful pup Danny Bleu was. Stunning. Sure sounds like retirement suited him. Run free now Danny Bleu.

  2. So sorry to read about Danny Bleu. He’ll have loads of pals to play with at the Bridge until you go and fetch him. I know my song will be flirting with him as he is such a handsome lad.

    Sending hugs to you.

  3. Any loss is hard, but losing your heart dog makes it that much worse. And losing two so close together makes it that much harder. We lost three this year. And one was my heart dog. Let’s hope that 2014 is an easier year for both of us.

  4. Words just can’t express the pain I feel for you guys. I’m so sorry. Sending you all our thoughts and love. – Walter, AJ & Lily

  5. My heart goes out to you and Karen. What a handsome guy… Danny Bleu!! You and Karen are gifts for the Greyhounds. I am so happy when any Grey up for adoption gets to make their forever home with you. If I were a Greyhound, it is where I would want to live. Much love and MANY Hugs to you.

  6. What a beautiful remembrance. You are in our prayers. GodSpeed Danny Bleu, my Dynamic Henry and a thousand thousand others (both four- and two-footed) will greet you as you reach the far side of the Bridge. He will be there for you when your time comes; until then, hold him in your heart as he holds you in his.

  7. I remember Danny Blue well. I would have taken him but I had 3 greys at the time. He certainly was a beauty. I am so sorry for your loss..

  8. So very sorry, Terri. Know that others have been there and share your pain. Peace and comfort to you as you remember this beautiful boy.

  9. When I saw the update about him on Facebook, my heart fell. I am so terribly sorry! I’ve always admired his handsomeness, and he reminded me a bit of our Blueberry. Some dogs just shouldn’t have to leave us.

  10. I’m so very sorry! What a stunning boy. You’ve had such a tough year — I know that Danny Bleu and all of your Bridge dogs are waiting to see you again in the future —

  11. What can I say that others haven’t already? Nothing really. My heart has ached for you both with each dog you’ve so reluctantly said goodbye to this year. It’s been a bad year. To lose Danny Bleu, well, it can’t get any worse can it. We suck the bad times up because we know that eventually the tears of sadness will turn to smiles of happy memories. It’s why those of us who love and lose our precious dogs always get another. The good times we share outweigh the heartbreaking time when we have to let them go. Love and hugs to you both.

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