Max (Iowa Rainey Day)
8/4/04 - 1/11/18
I adopted him at just past 10 years old, so he was always my old man. He came in having been alpha dog in his last home, and initially put Logan in his place. Then they switched roles as Max got older, but Max always knew how to game the system and stick up for himself when it mattered.
Max loved, loved, loved walks. I was so proud of him, he walked 2,655.60 miles in the just over three years, according to the Walk for a Dog app. Not bad for an old guy. And he never stopped: the night before he passed he went for 1.67 miles, and 1.29 miles that morning. I was always afraid he would end up too old for his favorite activity, but he never let that happen, and I am so happy we had a brief warmup in the weather so he was able to get out. We even got a weekend park walk last Sunday.
What else? Peanut butter! His favorite - he had to have a smear of it on a plate every night, except for special nights when he got to clean out a jar. If I made a PB&J sandwich he would be standing in the kitchen, drooling. Made pilling him easy - just add PB. And bones - he loved those filled femur bones from the pet store. Back yard patrols. That was Max’ job, and he took it seriously. Of course he would wait until I was in bed and then cry to go out. Then he would patrol the entire perimeter of the fence. He kept that up to the end as well, even going out in 5 deg F nights for his patrol. Ears - he had those great big bat-type ears, and held them straight up whenever he was looking at something interesting. He was a good dog…
Rob Sieg and Logan
Rosy (Lamorge Redfish)
2/12/07 - 11/6/17
Rosy (formerly known as Redfish) became a member of our family in June 2014.
She quickly caught on to the routine of our household and learned to navigate
the stairs and the kitchen floor and even how to sit. She soon figured out that
the rattle of the leash meant a walk, the opening of the dishwasher meant there were dishes
that needed to be licked, that sweet potato treats followed the weekly nail
clipping and tooth brushing, that Belle could be an annoying little "sister", and mom should
never be left alone. Even though the nightly announcement of "bedtime"
was always met with disappointment that the day was over (and sometimes
a bit of gryhound mischief) there was always the promise of doing it all again
tomorrow - until there wasn't. Rosy left us suddenly in the early morning November 6, 2017.
Rosy learned a lot in her short time with us and we learned about unconditional greyhound love.
Our hearts are broken - and mom is sometimes left dangerously unattended!
The Holcombs - Keith, Lynne, Dylan, Luke, Audrey, and Belle
Annie (Storybook Legend aka Bookie)
1/13/08 - 9/27/17
Our dearest Annie introduced us to the world of greyhounds 6 years ago and
for that we are forever grateful to her. She was a quiet grey whose favorite
activities were sleeping, resting, napping, and taking siestas. She was an amazing
big sister to her greyhound sister, Mia, and her 2 human brothers. We are
comforted by the fact that she is now free from pain and suffering after fearlessly
battling kidney and liver disease. We miss you and love you, baby girl. It was an
honor to have you as part of our family.
Mom, Dad, Ty, Benny, and Mia
Finnigan (JC's Powerful D aka Baby D)
10/09/2005 - 09/14/2017
It was August of 2010, we were helping with a load of new arrivals at
the kennel and GAO received more dogs than expected. We offered to take a foster
until crates were available. Little did we knolw that "Baby D" as he was known would walk
out of the kennel and into his forever home!
We named our second greyhound "Finnigan" after much debate. He was so affectionate and gentle
right from the start. Fun loving, goofy and playful, he was the perfect addition to our family.
He had a new greyhound buddy, Charlie, and non-greyhound friends, Scout and Abby to run and
play with too.
Our Finny boy got me through some of my darkest days when I battled breast cancer, providing comfort and his constant love. Loyal and living, it was difficult this past year ot see him slow down and have trouble
getting around only knowing our time with him would soon end.
You gave us your heart, our Finny boy, and now you can run free with your greyhound firneds Charlie and Carly, and your buddy Scout. We will forever love you and will miss you everyday, our sweet boy.
The D'Alessandro Family
Snickers (Freak N Cute)
June 2009 - October 2017
Our sweet, silly, CRAZY brood mom, with a heart on her back, became our 4th greyhound
in July 2015.
Not a day went by that we didn't laugh at you and your antics, Snicks! From your ever ready to race
stance at the door, to your body slamming anyone/anything in your way, when it involved
food, treats or being first in line for anything your heart desired.
We were not ready for you to leave us as suddenly as you did - don't think you were ready either.
We will remember and miss you eternally our DIVA!
Andrea, Marty & Mackenzie Jeric
July 2002 - August 2017
I remember when I met Skye, she was kind, energetic and happy.
She loved everyone she met on our walks thru Ohio City, and gave a gentle kindness
to every dog, cat, and neighbor we saw along the way.
She jumped over couches, and ran through the cemetary at the end of our street.
She woke up with us on Sunday mornings, lying on her back and ready to play...
...giving us kisses with her wet nose and reminding us of our need to make the most of each day.
Later on in life, Skye was Lisa's shadow......never leaving her side with her grey frost...
watching as we left...and greeting us when we returned in the front window of our family home in North Olmsted.
Skye's leaving is a hole in our hearts,
but she gave so much when she was here with us that we will always remember.
Lisa O'Donnell & Kevin
Jit Black Bear
9/1/07 - 7/21/17
He's gone. He valiantly fought osteosarcoma for 10 months, braved surgery
and chemo, and through it all remained his sweet and lovable self.
will miss you forever. Have fun with Comet, Frankie and Moose.
Susan, Mike, Nuppie, Harrison, Chick and Bully (the other Bash Brother)
Pace (Ale Powerfulpace)
4/11/07 - 7/21/17
Our dear Pace, who was a greyt advocate at Meet and Greets, and our darling boy, walked over the Rainbow Bridge after being diagnosed with cancer. We're sure he is eating a big bowl of food and playing with his greyhound friends. We feel blessed to have been the guardians of such a sweet boy who was the calming force of our neighborhood dogs and a loving companion to all of his human friends. Dale, Linda, Brian.
Oliver (Coors for the Win)
October 17, 2006 - June 19, 2017
We will miss our handsome boy Oliver, who was a Christmas present six years ago.
(Herbie unloaded him from the truck, not knowing he would come home with us.)
Oliver brough much "comfort and joy" and became one of the family quickly. He loved
to sing (roo) and guard the house and ride in the car and swim and run and lie under
the oak tree watching the cars go by. Oliver made such a presence with his markings,
large size, and perfect conformation.
Basically a shy dog, he became a very polite dog. Over time, he acquired four girlfriends:
Patches, Mary, Becca, and now Junebug. He was a gentleman to all.
Thank you, Linda, for Oliver. As he approached his time to go, he showed an understanding,
love, and readiness that we hope we can also have at the end of our lives. He actually
Marilyn Evans, Daryl Humpal and Herb Balogh
Elf (Regall Triwizard)
8/3/04 - 5/23/17
Today I said goodbye to my beautiful friend and companion, Elf. Regall Triwizard ws born in Missouri and raced two times in Hollywood, Florida until I had the wonderful opportunity to adopt him in 2007. What a blessing he has been to me. Thank you Lord for giving me the opportunity to know and love this beautiful greyhound. LeeAnne (Martin) Heath
Proverbs 30:31 - the greyhound who is girded up of loins; a he goat also, and the king, against whom no one rises up.
BB’s Aid fka Razzle)
6/28/03 to 3/6/17
Lilly gained her wings and has crossed the Rainbow Bridge to join Chance and the multitude of those who have proceeded her. Lilly rescued me eight years ago; it was love at first sight! She is now running free like the wind again. Run and play my love, your Mommy loves you forever and ever. One day we will all be together again. Donna Campbell
Lucy (Sweetlucy Walker)
1/19/02 - 3/19/17
We adopted Sweetlucy in 2008 when she was 6 years old and had spent several years racing and having pups. At the kennel, a bold and independent girl from the start, Lucy snatched a rawhide right out of our hands and immediately jumped in the car as if to say, "What are we waiting for? Let's go home!" Lucy was always the dominant dog in our house which she demonstrated by taking the best spot in any room or on any couch or bed, or alternatively, by standing over the other dogs while draping a paw across their faces! She was polite when people approached on walks, and allowed herself to be petted, but she definitely didn't crave attention. She was one aloof girl, and knew how to give a withering look. She stopped to sniff everything on walks, she loved to ride in the car, and would spend summer days on a warm dog bed under the patio umbrella. She preferred savory snacks to sweet, and would go without rather than accept a piece of banana, a blueberry or an apple slice. We let Lucy go today at 15 years and 2 months old when degenerative myelopathy finally made it too hard for her to get around. We miss her terribly but couldn't have wished for a more peaceful ending for her, at home with her family surrounding her. Thank you Sweetlucy, for the wonderful years we had with you. Brodie (greyhound), the Pug and the cats all miss you, too.
Scott and Tracy Weiss
Echo (Smokey Black)
3/23/03 - 1/29/17
We were lucky enough to meet Echo when he was 10 years old and in need of a new home. Echo was such a graceful, sweet and polite dog, and he moved in to our house like he'd always lived here. Learning the stairs at 10 was tough, bu he did it, though he never learned to like them. He was with us for less than four years, but we miss him as if we'd known him forever. He loved desserts, lying in the sun, wearing coats both in and out of the house, and he loved to let us know it was close to dinner time, even when dinner was several hours away. He would start whispering from where he was lying down, but in no time, he was standing, barking loudly several inches from your face! (Okay, so polite with one exception!) There is such a vacancy in our hearts and in our house. Thank you Echo, for the time we had with you. Sweet Lucy Walker, Brodie (greyhounds), the Pug and the cats all miss you, too.
Scott and Tracy Weiss
Matt (Run It Up Matt)
6/8/09 - 10/25/16
Matt passed away unexpectedly on Oct 25. He was an amazing, handsome boy who was loved by everyone who met him on his daily walks in the neighborhood or Metroparks. His daddy was sure to brag about Matt to every person who came along and there was never a shortage of wonderful things to say about Matt the greyhound breed of dog.
We are certainly sure he is over the rainbow bridge, laying in a lush grassy field just sniffing every scent the wind blows past him. He will enjoy barking and chasing deer adn squirrels who keep him quite busy just like they did in Bob's backyard. Lilly and Ivy will also deeply miss his company and play dates. Until we meet again, Mr. Matt, we all love and miss you.
Bob Sypek and Donna Campbell
Bentley (Petro McPrince)
April 19, 2008 - September 1, 2016
More like feeling my heart has been shattered. My beautiful boy Bentley passed away last night. Words can't even define or express the pain and loss that I feel. It feels like some cruel nightmare that I can't wake up from. Bentley was the sweetest most laid back dog that was loved everywhere he went, and every one would always comment and tell me how handsome and sweet he was. Bentley was my spec...ial boy he was always by my side no matter what even when I wasn't feeling well or was having a ruff time with my arthritis he was always there to make me feel better. I'm grateful for the time that we had together and proud to be his mom. I knew that day that I went to GAO it was him that choose me, of all the dogs a spent time with that day he was first one to come right up to me and look me right in the eyes as if to say mom let's go home. I will miss the bounce in step when he got his cookies, laying next to the stove while I cooked, always listening to my problems, the way he nudged my hand with his nose when he didn't want me to stop petting him,and rubbing his paws when we watched TV on the couch. Bentley I will never forget you and how special and much you ment to me. Mommy loves you very much and you and your beautiful spirit will never be replaced. You will always have a special place in my heart love and miss you always my beautiful boy. Danielle Gunn
Fin (aka Addy, Fin Addiction)
5/17/16 - 8/26/16
Some of our favorite memories of sweet, gentle, sensitive Fin:
How he somehow became the alpha dog, turning the tables on his brother, Bondo, and stealing sofa time; the ability
to clearly distinguish the sound of a banana being gently separated from the bunch, despite high levels of ambient noise and long distances; escorting cars up the driveway with his brother, one greyhound on each side of the car; sleeping on the sofa, flat on his back, legs sticking straight up, feet in the air; slurpy kisses.
We were privileged to have him in our family for seven years. After weeks of limping and only a couple weeks after receiving a diagnosis of osteosarcoma, we decided to end his pain. His brother and human family miss him. Dave and Doreen Vieitez and Bondo
7/23/06 - 8/27/16
A sad today in our home as we said good bye to Scotch. He fought hard for a year against Hemangiosarcoma which is a rapidly growing, highly invasive variety of cancer, occurring almost exclusively in dogs. Scotch made us laugh everyday - many times! He will forever be in our hearts!
John & Kelly Myers & Flora
Cecil (Jiminy Cecil)
5/18/07 - 08/22/16
One of the only true roman nosed greyhounds at GAO, Cecil was beloved by
Lori, Geno and Jet. After cyberknife treatment for his bone cancer, Cecil had 9
good months to spend with his family. He was truly, deeply loved.
Bonnie (Smart Alex)
4/18/2012 - 03/29/2016
Bonnie had a fabulous racing career with 135 races.
She was sent to GAO for retirement on 3/12/16.
After a brief illness she ran to the Rainbow Bridge but
not before knowing that we all loved her very much.
Jack (Jack Attack)
September 27, 2007 - January 5, 2016
How lucky we were to know your joyful spirit and good cheer
for the last three years. Mary and Dave
"Percy" (Soldiers's Memory)
06/26/2003 - 12/30/2015
Percy was the most wonderful introduction to the world of greyhounds.
I adopted Percy during my first year of veterinary school.
He stayed with me through graduation, internship year
and new jobs, engagement, marriage, and the purchase of our first home.
He was always such a great companion and loved going everywhere with us- a walk by the DC monuments,
a hike in the park, a stroll on the beach, or a trip to the vet hospital for work!
We loved absolutely everything about our black and white boy.
We will never forget our best friend, King P.
Liza Nusinovich Fisher & Dan Fisher
Chatter (Gabe Chaturanga)
7/28/08 - 11/30/15
Chatter, also affectionately known as Room Service, because she saw no reason
to come and get a treat when she knew you'd eventually bring it to her so
she could enjoy it while resting on her bed. She would, however, quickly get up to greet
visitors as she was sure everyone came for the sole purpose of petting her.
When they stopped, she would gently paw at their feet to let them know she hadn't dismissed
them yet. Her endearing ways won our hearts. Dave & Annette Brobeck
08/22/03 - 11/24/15
Romantica left us and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Our home seems so empty without our exuberant Romy to greet us, wake us, and love us. We will always love you, sweet girl. The Krafts.
Get Around Sue - (Suze)
10-10-2002 to 11-15-2015
Today our beloved Suze crossed the bridge. Suze turned 13 on October 10th and lived with us
for 5 1/2 years after retiring from racing and her momma duties.
She was always first to let us know it was
dinner time and she loved the attention everyone lavished on her.
We adored her. Ours is a very sad house tonight. Don & Beth Cooper
Kona (Potrs Wake Up)
5/21/03 - 11/24/15
Kona died peacefully with his family right there talking to him and holding him.
Thank you for honoring us with his love over the past 9 years. Adrienne and Kevin Dickson
Popper (Popping Crease)
May 23, 2006 - Oct. 21, 2015
Popper didn’t know a stranger. He loved meeting new people and had lots of two- and four-legged friends in the neighborhood (including some other greyhounds). After he was adopted from GAO in 2009, he went to work as a greyhound ambassador and attended many meet-and-greet events. He also served as a big brother to two foster greys. Eating treats was one of Popper’s favorite pastimes, and he enjoyed the occasional doggieice cream, ice cube, marrow bone, steak, hot dog, chicken breast, carrot, apple ring, banana, blueberry, watermelon, pizza crust, pumpkin, yogurt, peanut butter…you get the idea. He sometimes ate better than his humans! Popper loved car rides, playing in the snow (and eating it), running at the dog park, and going for walks. He would stop and sniff everywhere! Only when bone cancer developed in his front leg did the walks turn in to “let’s go lay in the grass” outings instead. Cancer took him quickly…he was with us less than two months after he started limping. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge at home, lying in the backyard with his humans while he enjoyed the sunny fall day. We are better people for having known Popper. His unconditional love and companionship are greatly missed. Until we meet again, sweet boy…
-Art, Karen & Ethan Axelrad
BECCA (Rooftop Rebecca)
March 11, 2006 – November 16,2015
Becca was a Greathound that truly loved to run. In Beccas 7 years with us she had a very rewarding life. She had canine compaions to keep her company at home. She participated in straight line racing at greyhound fun days & LARK. She participated in LARK lure coursing. And most recently she Visited the elderly in nursing homes. Becca was released from her suffering after being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) which had metastasized to the lungs. Mary Walter.
Tommy (Risky Loan Fox)
5/17/07 - 9/21/2015
I wanted to let you know that Tommy was diagnosed with cancer
a couple weeks ago and we had to make the difficult decision to let him go
peacefully yesterday morning.
He was such a wonderful dog and is definitely
the reason I have so much love for greyhounds now.
6 years with him was not nearly enough and our hearts are aching..
He is missed terribly.
Thank you for allowing him to be a part of our lives and for all that you do for these wonderful dogs.
Elise and Eric Roque
April 9, 2003 - August 2015
We had Peaches for almost four years. She was the smartest dog!
She knew exactly what we were saying, practically human.
She went on many RV trips, walked on beaches and had a great
four years with us. We miss her so much. Bob & Jan Durica
Mary (TZ Paper Lace)
4/22/2004 - 07/20/2015
It is so hard to say goodbye to a great dog. Having our sweet
little Mary from Iowa for only nine months (though it seemed like minutes), we lost her to bone cancer.
She loved her home and was happy lying on the couch watching Wheel
Fortune and Jeopardy. She was a big help in the kitchen, loved sitting outside with her nephew, Oliver (Coors for the Win), loved
swimming in her pool, and loved showing off her many coats.
Mary was a very special girl, and everyone that met her just seemed to sense it in her.
People smiled when they said her name. Mary loved everyone, especially the patients at the nursing homes. She loved life and it was very hard to let her go. She was a gift from above, and in spite of us being ourselves, Mary loved us anyway.
Mary walked home with a broken leg to be at home at the end.
There's the song, "Down the lane walks Mary; Hair of Gold and lays in the green, green grass of home."
May we all meet again...Marilyn Evans, Daryl Humpal, Herb Balogh
Billy (Cruise So Sad)
03/17/03 - 07/07/15
Billy finally succumbed to old age but he fought the good fight as long as he could. He was a quiet, majestic sould who made new friends on every walk. The kids in the neighborhood rushed to greet him whenever we were out and, of course, he loved every minute of it. He brough much peace to our lives and he is sorely missed.
Alan & Donna Lauer
Zoom (Go Bon LaZoom)
7/19/04 - 05/29/15
Our beloved Zoom passed away on May 29. We will never forget his beautiful smile and his "monkey" looks! We are sure he's running free with all of his friends and eating lots of treats! We will always love you Zoomer!
Cullen and Kristina Triner
11/11/07 - 7/8/15
Sarah was quite a character. We're positive she could tell time because she knew exactly when meals and snacks with pills stuffed inside were scheduled. If they weren't delivered when expected, she was sure to tell you by standing there staring until you got with the program. She excitedly greeted us with her helicopter tail and a paw hug every morning; she raced to the door when we arrived home and met us with much enthusiasm even if we'd only been gone a short time. Sarah's expressive and loving personality will be greatly missed.
Annette and Dave Brobeck
Prince (Prince Eugon)
5/3/2002 – 6/20/2015
Prince travelled across the ocean from Guam and waited 13 months at GAO for a family of his own. I am so grateful and thankful that he waited for my family. He came home on 5/16/2010. He was strong, but vulnerable; majestic, but fearful. Prince was a momma’s boy - a beautiful, gentle boy with a beautiful heart who was kind to his canine family and all humans he met. I hoped for a miracle so that he could have more than five years with his family. He deserved that and more, but the miracle was not to be found. He received his angel wings in my arms on June 20th at his home – the only place he liked to be.
My dear, sweet Prince – your heart touched mine in a special bond that will travel through time always united, always together. Thank you for gracing my life with your kind and loving soul.
I will forever miss and love you.
December 2, 2003 - June 14, 2015
Hi Linda--it is with sadness that I am writing this to let you know that our Mazie left this world on Sunday the 14th after battling renal failure and crippling arthritis. We take comfort in the fact that she will now be able to play again, pain free, with her sister Evelyn and meet the brother who preceeded her, JAMS Broadway, AKA, Odie at the Rainbow Bridge. We still have our beloved Jesse who just turned 10 who has been missing his sister and have just left a message for Susan to let her know that we are looking for another member to add to our family, especially for Jesse, who has never been an "only dog!" We have been adopting from you for over 10 years and are so thankful to have had each experience with each greyhound we have owned, as they have all been filled with laughter and unconditional love. Even with the heartache, especially at the end, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Sincerely, Erin Saunders
Caesar (MB Cedar Key)
3/25/08 - 04/22/15
Caesar was a pistol. His personality was energetic, hilarious, and a little bit bossy. He was the king of the house and he knew it! He was our big, tough man--even though the smallest mouse could scare him. We liked to joke that his first love was food and that we came in a close second. He would greet us with kisses every time we saw him and he never passed up the chance to munch on a good ice cube. Caesar stole our hearts the moment we found him. He brought our family together unlike anything else could and taught us what it's like to love something more than we love ourselves. His best friend, Rankin, was there with him every step of the way and misses him every day. Your family loves you, Big Boy. And you will never be forgotten. Love, Your Family (The Riddle's)