Joey came to us on February 29, 2004. Bentley had just be diagnosed with osteosarcoma and we put the word out that we wanted a special needs dog.
Joey was labeled as a spook dog. He was terrified of everything including he own shadow. His trainer in Florida loved him so much, that she put him on a hauler and sent him to Oregon, to a state where she knew he would have a chance at adoption.
Joey loved the gardens. He quickly learned to play like the other greyhounds.
He relaxed in the sun.
And he loved running with his friends.
He was on of the most beautiful dogs I had ever seen. In the beginning, he was jet black. His eyes were chocolate brown and he always had this innocent puppy look about him.
He loved just hanging with his friends on the acre. It took him nearly five years before he ever trusted us enough to let us scritch his ears, but he was so happy amongst his friends and we were willing to let him take all the time he needed.
In December he was diagnosed with a progressive sarcoma on his ribs. We spent the last seven weeks giving him his favorite treats, giving all of the ear scritches he wanted and lots of time on the acre to enjoy his favorite turf.
Tonight we said good bye. He was growing so tired and he told us it was time.
We will mis you forever sweet boy. It was such an honor to watch you grow from a shy, scared boy to a confident older dog. You were the best of the best.