Earlier this week I eluded to a special visitor coming to see the twins.
The story starts something like this. Years ago, after fostering between 60 and 70 greyhounds, I wanted to see what the racing side of greyhounds was all about. What better way than to own my own dog. A racing kennel outside of Portland that also bred greyhounds took a chance on two nutty women and sold us our first racing greyhound.
That single purchase gave us perhaps some the dearest friends we have ever had. They are the people that make racing a good thing. They love every one of their racers as much as if not more than most pet people do. And their dogs are treated with the kindness and respect that some pets will never have.
So, there were two fawn sisters that had retired, but Paul loved. They were his retired pets. When it came time for Paul and Nancy to move the racing kennel to Alabama, Paul asked if we would take the two girls, because more important than anything else, Paul wanted to know where they were going, he wanted them to stay together because even in the racing kennel, they were side by side and he wanted to see pictures.
Three years ago, with much sadness in his heart, Paul handed over Jillian and Slinky’s leashes to us.
Three years ago.
Of course, Paul has seen a million pictures of his girls, but they have only had Karen and I. When I got a call that Paul and Nancy would be in Oregon for a couple of days, we were ecstatic and I was fairly certain the girls would crawl out of their skins when they saw Paul.
Of course, the girls were excited to see Nancy.
But they just could not get enough of Paul. They knew him the minute they got to the back door.
By the way, Paul had to wait ten minutes before he could see them because Timber insisted on being admired first.
Paul couldn’t move. And later that evening after Paul and Nancy had gone, it was so sad to watch the girls run out the back door to see if he was still there.
We had two happy girls. I have no doubt that they love us, but the bond between two retired racers and their trainer is so awesome.
Well, that was until he went to trim their toenails. It took them a little while to forgive him for that.
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