R.I.P. Toppy the Greyhound

Posted: February 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

We adopted Should Be Top Dog 10 years ago from the Plainfield, CT Dog Track. He was two years old at the time and had been removed from competition. We shortened his track name to Toppy and loved and enjoyed him for 10 years. He passed away today and to honor this magnificent, gentle, and graceful dog who ran like the wind, I offer this post. Rest in peace Toppy.

  1. j says:

    Oh my, Joanne, he was absolutely beautiful. And so are you for rescuing him and giving him 10 wonderful years with you. xo

  2. trixntraces says:

    Hounds are a special kind of love. I lost my precious wolfhound at only 2 years old to a neurological disease. So many retired greyhounds don’t live long after their careers, or can’t adapt to home life (or just get the wrong family). Toppy was lucky to be so loved, and you, to have that particular hound love in your life. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you. I’m sorry you lost your dog so early. Toppy lived a very good 10 years here after his early retirement from racing. We are very lucky to have had the pleasure of having him in our home. He was well matched for our family and brought us much joy with his unique ways. I appreciate your visit and sharing about your dear wolfhound.

  3. dani says:

    i am SO sorry for your loss, Joanne. When I lost my cat Jazz, the kind veterinarian who had taken care of him in his final weeks sent me a card about the Rainbow Bridge. I’m sure you know the poem. Even if your beliefs are different, I hope the promise of reunion will bring you some comfort ~

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge…
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them; who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    I love you, bunny, and I am so sorry for your loss. *hugs to wrap around your heart until the sadness lessens*

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