'It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart
with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be
dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.' (unknown)
If you would like your greyhound to be remembered here, please email a picture and write up to Susan Anderson.
Goldie (Ranger Linda)
7/24/98 - 12/7/13
Goldie was a very special greyhound. She will be missed and will always remain in our hearts.
Dee & Donna Brower
Bella Bingo Nanc aka Nanny
5/8/02 - 8/26/13
The amount of love and happiness that you brought to our lives the past three years is immeasurable. I can't believe you were 8 years old before you got a forever home. You were truly a blessing from above and will always be our princess. Rest in peace Nanny.
Kelley Norris and Rick Rothfuss
Ranger Steve aka Stevie
9/11/98 to 8/18/13
We were blessed to have been able to share the past 13 years with you my friend. You were an amazing companion that could always make us smile no matter how bad the day was going. Rest in peace Stevie.
Kelley Norris and Rick Rothfuss
Bow (Bow Follow Me)
March 2003 - October 2013
"We lost the bestfriend we have ever had to lung cancer.
Our bossy little Bow was the best dog in the world. She changed our lives and us,
she made us better people.
Bowsy, you were loved more than we could ever tell you.
I know you're in heaven running free with the sun on your back.
We miss you so much...but I know we will see you again someday
kisses and hugs my sweet baby girl." Rachael & Dave Niemira
Rico (Risky Thunder)
May 8, 2009 -
June 19, 2013
Rico was our beloved pet for one year and two weeks. He was only four years old when we were told he had cancer. Devastated, but so happy we had our time with him. He came to live with us after we lost our Cisco and Skye our remaining female was thrilled to have his high energy join our family. We miss his morning wake up call around 7:00. We will miss his excitement when a leash was lifted to take him on a walk and the oohs and ahhs we got whenever we took him anywhere. He was just a huge bouncy ball of love and we were absolutely thrilled to share his short life with him. Lisa ODonnell and Kevin Tousey
8/9/10 - 7/15/13
Although he was only with us for 4 months, the past 4 months have truly been the happiest doggy months we've had in a very long time. He brought us so much happiness and joy, words cannot describe. We are feeling an enormous loss, like the loss of a child, since he was our child, our little boy. We loved him so much and are so fortunate to have had the experiences we did with him. From introducing him to our home in Morgantown, our neighbors and friends, the farmers market, my parents and their dog, Ollie, to taking care of Miss Katie, traveling to our cabin in North Carolina, and more recently just last week we at the beach splashing in the waves with him, to yesterday going for a swim with him in the river close to home. Heckle was truly our center and he was loved by everyone he met. Miss Katie met him at the Rainbow Bridge and they are together again.
Chris Wade & Jamie Jacobs
Chance (MH Last Chance)
01/13/2006 – 07/15/2013
Chance drew his last breath last night pain free at last. He had suffered nine months with lower back pain. Chance was always a perfect gentleman; he was his sister-Lilly’s savior, brother, protector and companion for over four years. He showed her that it was ok to trust people and that she was is a place where there was only love and kindness. He always let her eat first and was gentle in everything he did. He loved being out in the public and people in general. If you happened to stand still in his vicinity it wouldn’t be but a second before you were being hugged by Chance. Chance loved water more than anything; a swimming pool, lake or puddle he would jump right in holding his head high enjoying the moment. May he run free & fast and find that perfect spot of water. See you soon my sweet fuzzy big man, Mommy loves you! Donna Campbell & Lily
April 3, 1998 - June 3, 2013
I just wanted to let you know we helped Trip cross on Monday, June 3rd. He was such a joy thank you for introducing us to our BIG sloppy kisser. He was defiantly my heart dog and was 15. My heart is full with the memory of my boy. Meg Chrislip
Lindsay (Whytell Lynn Ann)
9/30/2000 - 5/31/2013
Lindsay was a sweet and loving girl who adored her mom. She was a
good big sister to Ari (Eragon) and will be dearly missed by all who loved
her. The Obojski family was fortunate to have enjoyed her company
for eight years.
We are heart broken to have lost Santa. Our sweet boy from Guam that blessed us by coming home with us that Sunday in December from the GAO brunch. One year later to have cancer and have his rear leg removed by the wonderful Dr. Sparks, and the loving care given to him by all the staff atTown and Country Vet's in Warren, Ohio. Thank you to Dr. Hammer, his oncologist, for his guidance through the chemo process. Santa lived an additional 29 months cancer free and the only reason he is now running free, with four legs is because his back caused him so much pain that he could not go on in this life. Thank you to all of you that were at his side at his time and whom also loved him so very much. Santa, you gave us more than we could ever have imagined.
Truly missed by Jude and Richard Rossell, Carmella and Gidget.
P.K. (Pain Killer)
October 12, 2010 - April 30, 2013
Although we only had a brief time together, I enjoyed watching you become my loyal sentinel. Nothing happened in the house without your thorough investigation. Andy and I are missing you.
Lena (Longshot Lan)
5/25/05 - 5/21/13
Lena and her sister, Maddie, were known as the "landsharks" when they were at GAO. Small red girls who had lots of energy and spunk. Lena enjoyed her retirement with the Bracher family for almost 6 years. She will be dearly missed.
Zildjian (LTD Allthatjazz)
9/21/01 - 5/19/13
Zildgian was known at GAO as Roscoe and was quite a character. He
went to live with Michele Peters in May 2007 along with Dan (Coach Irv).
He later added a greyhound sister, Bayou and brother, Reimer (Cloud at GAO), great dane, Thor and cat, Willis. He will be missed by all including
Michele and Rocky Porterfield.
Luca (Power Vallie aka Loverboy)
07/14/04 - 4/27/13
Our beloved Luca went to be with his sister Jilly on April 27, 2013, just 1 year and 2 weeks to the day that Jilly went to the rainbow bridge. We have our hearts full of memories and love but such a huge hole without our Luca and Jilly. Luca was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia on Monday the 22nd and went to the Rainbow Bridge just a few days later. He leaves his litter mate sister Lilly and his sister Molly at home along with mommy and daddy, Michael and Nancy Jones.
WS’s Wintergreen (Gummie at GAO; Teaberry at home; aka T-bone; Tea; Mr. T; T-bird)
6/18/2002 – 4/10/2013
The morning routine was to feed you and let you out. Then you would follow me up to the bathroom to be with me while I showered and got ready for work.
On Sundays during tax season you would come with me to the office. You loved it when you walked in and a rawhide was lying on your bed. And you loved greeting the customers – everyone still asks “how’s your dog?”
When you rode in the car you stood on the back seat, your long neck stretched between the seats over the console, your head just inches from mine. You loved taking in the sights as the world passed by.
I’ll take your ashes and bury you under the willow tree next to Prince, our first greyhound. I don’t know if I get any points for rescuing two greyhounds but if they let me into heaven I know I’ll see you there. And we’ll go for a long, long walk. Dave Clark
Rudy (Pike's Rudy Poo; aka Bart)
9/26/98 - 3/16/13
Rudy was one special greyhound who enjoyed every bit of his 14+ years, especially the last nine he
spent with Kristen, Brian and Rusty (other dog in pic). He will be dearly missed but joined his GAO
brother, Spud and Bum at the Rainbow Bridge.
Bruno (Chic's Charley)
May 25, 2003 - February 1, 2013
Our sweet Bruno left us after a brief illness. While Bruno wasn’t your typical Greyhound – he didn’t roach or roo, we couldn’t have asked for a sweeter boy. Bruno had kisses for everyone, except cats. For whatever reason, he had no love for them. He enjoyed keeping the yard free of squirrels and groundhogs and was so pleased with himself when he would catch one. Bruno will be greatly missed. Chuck, Julie and Mia the greyhound
Kane (Dia's Kane)
7/28/00 - 2/5/13
Today I had to say good-bye to Kane- my sweet Kanernators. He was a gentleman until the very end. I love him so very much and will miss him terribly. Today I feel as though my life will never be the same without him.
Amy Christopher, Jenna the greyhound and Puppy the cat.
Leo (RJ's Leo)
9/24/2003 - 1/29/2013
He was a very, very sweet dog and we were privileged to have him.
Brian and Sherry Kelly
Leicia (Lore of Ruckus - known as Lori at GAO)
8/30/00 - 1/15/13
Leicia was dearly loved by Pam Cyphers and will be missed by all who knew her. What a gentle soul.
Alan (Nikos Warlock)
February 2006 - January 2013
Alan was beloved by the Frasca family who will be forever grateful to have
had him in their lives.
Merlin (Boc's Say See Ya)
3/23/08 - 12/15/12
Merlin brought so much joy to our lives. He loved going for walks, meeting new people, and sunbathing on our back deck. He played like a giant puppy, enjoying fetch, tug-o-war, and running around with our JRT. Merlin learned from our other dogs to give kisses and beg for treats. He was always interested in what was going on in the kitchen, hoping for a dropped (or tossed) carrot bit or two. Merlin was a big guy with a big heart who will be missed by all who loved him. We have a cold spot where your head should be resting, and we have an empty spot in our hearts. Thank you, Big Guy. The Swasey family
Maisey (Deputy Dust)
9/11/04 - 12/29/12
I said goodbye to my sweet Maisey today. She was always a good girl, a chow hound and loved to play. Even after she was diagnosed with bone cancer, she still managed to run and play with her toys enjoying life until the very end. I will always picture her running in the yard or being comfy on the couch. We will miss you dearly. Your Mom (Pat Taylor) and your brothers(Seamus and Max) I hope you are somewhere running on all four legs and pain free.
May (Ask May)
April 10, 2006 - December 2012
May was beloved by Leigh Strawbridge who thought she was one of the prettiest greyhounds she had seen. May was a good girl and like a mother
to Leigh's little dog. She will be greytly missed.
June 12, 2004 - October 29, 2012
Phoenix-my sweet boy. Your time with me was far too short and your passing so unexpected. I imagined you growing old in my care but that was not to be.
From the day you came into my life you were such a gentleman. You were undemanding, easy going and just plain silly. The simplest things made you the happiest: a good meal, a car ride and best of all- the chance to bound off the deck and chase after a tennis ball. You just never learned to give it up!
My life has been enriched by your presence. I will hold you in my heart as I have Ivy and Amy. I hope they were waiting for you as you crossed "The Rainbow Bridge". Thanks for all you gave to me. Gracie and I will miss you. Valerie Romer
Moe (San Tan Givememo)
5/27/05 - 10/31/12
I will never forget when we picked up out of the crowd for greyhounds.. he was the loudest most crazy dog... Susan Goryanec Anderson said I will guarantee you when you get him home he will be so quiet... Well didn't go just like that.. but I will say Up until Moe entered my life.. I did not like dogs .. He changed me.. Greyhounds are such great dogs. great friend... I will miss talking to him everyday... Peter & Vicky Richmond
June 1, 1997 - October 1, 2012
The stars were shining brightly
on that June of '97
when a cute and sassy brindle girl
appeared on Earth from heaven
She ran and sprinted round a track
until she retired on one day
then came to live at GAO
who from that horror took her away
On the day we met, so many dogs
were in cages and in crates
but peering into just that one
I saw my destiny and fate
We looked into each others eyes
and my stomach gave a whirl
because I knew I was looking at
a dog I'd call, "My Girl"
We took her to her brand new home
with cushions everywhere
because she was my princess
all soft things were bought in pair
The things in life all new to her
on a silver platter served
because those were the things
that she so very much deserved
Ice cream cones were such a treat
to end a hot and muggy night
and I'll be darned, those silly cones
were good to the last bite
Or walking through the leaves in fall
kicking through the fallen piles
the way she'd burrow into them
always left me with a smile
Those gosh darn ATM machines
with the keypads that would ring
but they never had the goodies
like you got from Burger King
A favorite of my little girl
'cause she'd look at me pie eyed
is when I'd say her favorite words,
"Hey Tater - go for ride"
It really didn't matter much
what destination we would make
to a park or seeing Christmas lights
or just a ride around a lake
But now my girl has gone away
to a Rainbow Bridge, they say
and I can only sit alone
until I meet with her someday
I now just have a vacant place
that once contained a heart
a common pain I always felt
whenever we would part
But thinking of these memories
and the fun that we both had
sort of makes me feel better
and maybe just a bit less sad
A little gift my brindle girl
had given to her Pops
was a love so unconditional
that even time itself can't stop
I close with just a single line
and it's really nothing new
a line I always whispered
"My little Tater I Love You"
Jeff & Janet Gliha
4/2/2001 - 8/16/2012
Phoebe and her sister, Bailey (Peso Drive) were the sweetest girls! Both
white and brindle with lots of personality! While they had different homes, they did get to be together every so often. Bailey passed away last year
and Phoebe joined her at the Rainbow Bridge this year. She will be missed by her family, Dave and Patti Watson and her greyhound brother, Reilly.
Heaven got an angel today...
Our beloved Madonna (Racing name: Ranger Bonnie) peacefully "Crossed the rainbow Bridge" today.
She was a loving part of our family for over 10 years of her 14 year/9 month Greyhond life.
Ironically as she was slowly "falling asleep" we all noticed a rabbit run across our backyard, as if to say "follow me Maddie". We will miss her dearly, as will Ricky and Lucy. We were all so blessed to
have had her in our lives. Cathe and Dennis Farkas
Meadowmist Lady Emma CGC, TT, TDI
(formerly known as SMA’s Jeansgirl)
8/17/07 - 6/20/12
Emma was my first and only greyhound. There may be no such thing as a “perfect” dog, but Emma came close. She earned the Canine Good Citizen title, the Therapy Dog International title, and passed the American Temperament Test. However, her only interests were her daily walk, biscuits, and sleeping on the couch. She had a long and very healthy life, passing away just short of her 15th birthday, leaving a huge, gaping hole in my heart. Words cannot describe how much that quiet, gentle girl is missed… Marge Brady
Outlaw (Skiddy Outlaw)
There are no words to express how hard it is to say goodbye to a family member who has meant so much. You'll always be our miracle puppy dog. Your time with us was short but you will be forever loved, forever in our hearts and forever missed. Janet & Mike Boleyn
Toby aka Photon Remission
September 06, 2000 - July 07, 2012
Thanks for being a part of our family during this grand adventure we humans like to call "Life". Good luck and safe travels now that you are starting a new adventure in whatever form it may take, you will always be with us. You enriched our lives the last seven years and we couldn't have wished for a better friend. Goodbye old friend. Bill & Stacey Geiger
Ruben (Whata Spirit)
May 6, 2000 - May 2012
The hot August day I adopted him, the power went out in most of the east coast! I took Ruben home and had 9 wonderful years with my first greyhound. He was by my side from the moment I took him home. He was great with obedience classes, knew how to do many tricks and even did pet therapy dog work with me for various hospices and nursing homes I volunteered with. He was my constant in all my times of change. My life will forever be impacted because of that sweet, wonderful pup.
A few day shy of his 12th Birthday he crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Brigit Zaksek, Preston the greyhound and Sampson (rat terrier/IG mix).
Cisco (Krafty Ichor)
9/10/99 - 5/24/12
We were so lucky to have him come live with us when he was 7 1/2 years old and our greyhound Skye who is now 9 was thrilled to have an older brother. After racing 118 races he was happy to sleep all day and enjoy plenty of snacks. Cisco was gentle and loved everyone and was happiest when he could rest his head on your lap or go on long walks. He slowed down this past year, but still enjoyed sharing his bed with his sister Skye or one of our four cats. We were blessed to have him for five years. The O'Donnell family.
Nancy’s Jill (Jilly) Nov. 2004 – April 2012
Jilly came to us by sheer accident, Luca picked his sister out of all the females at GAO and so it was written we adopted this very beautiful gal Jilly. It took a very long hard road to get Jill to trust me (as she didn’t like women or at least me) but within 6 months just laying with her and talking with her and reassuring her we broke the anger she had with me. It took us years to get to Jilly but when she started to act like a normal fur baby it was a great sight, seeing her play tuggy, with a stuffy, or just playing with us made me cry and filled us with such warmth that we did something right for her. Last year Jilly went through some back and neck issues and little did we know then, that a year later we would be saying our goodbyes to our sweet special little girl. She suffered a brain tumor and up until that Wednesday showed no signs of having a problem and by Saturday it was time to let her go. She passed away with her daddy and mommy right next to her telling her to run free, run to the bridge and play like you’ve never played before. She brought something very special to us and we could never repay her for everything she has taught us and we will always have a hole in our hearts.
Nancy Ann & Michael Jones (Luca, Lillith, & Molly the greyhounds too)
Lady (Br's Nonstoplady)
7/8/01 - 5/18/12
Lady has left us, she was the most loving, sweet dog we've ever had. A part of my heart is gone, I hope to see her again when I pass too.Thanks for letting us adopt her it was only 3 short years. Cindy & Ted Hatfield
2/1/2003 – 4/23/2012
My beautiful Dee Dee “Popsicle” crossed over quickly and unexpectedly due to a splenic rupture, leaving my heart forever broken. We were SO blessed that she was part of our lives since 2006. She came home after our greyhound Katie died in surgery and she helped my human and canine family heal. She was a strong and determined girl, but also a kind, gentle, sweet soul who brought us so much happiness. She helped Prince (Guam greyhound) adjust to being in a home and helped my collie Magic when he crossed over last July. I miss my “Poppy” so much. The emptiness is unbearable. Linda Tesar
JoJo (KBS Quick Talk)
12/17/03 - 3/22/12
Our sweet happy boy was diagnose with bone cancer at only 8 years old. He will be terribly missed. He loved to run, dig and roo and he brought great joy to our lives. Rest in Peace baby.
Chuck & Julie Tortora
Princess (Commanche Princess)
1/27/2007 - 4/1/2012
Princess (black and white girl) was a tiny girl who looked like the Phantom of the Opera with her
crazy coloring. She loved her brother, Brody (formerly Carlos) and her family. She left us way too
soon and is running free at the Rainbow Bridge. She will be deeply missed by Rebecca & Rafael
Gonzales, her human sister, Cheri, and Brody.
Bailey (Quick Like a Fox)
2/13/01 - 4/2/12
Bailey, known as Dean at the kennel, was a track record holder at Geneva Lakes who was greytly loved by his family. After a long battle with osteosarcoma, which he fought brilliantly with the help of Dr. Couto at Ohio State, Bailey gave kisses right up to the end. He remains in the hearts of the Corrigan family forever.
Whitey (JBK Whitie)
7/1/2003 - 4/1/2012
Whitey and her brother have lived together their whole lives. They were returned to GAO
by their first owner and adopted by the Buttolph family in 2009 so they
could stay together. Whitey developed a tumor on her spine
and when it was the right time Kelli, Jeff, Kayden, Kelsey and GoGo let her
run free to the Rainbow Bridge. She will be deeply missed by all.
Phoenix (America Strong)
February 2000 - January 2012
At first, I must admit I had my heart set on another greyhound, but I trusted Linda when she told me "Strong" is the one. He came home in October of 2002 and after some rough patches and training classes (for me, really), we built an inseparable bond. Phoenix was my first greyhound. But soon, others, like his best friend Mokie, followed.
He was a kind, gentle soul with a stubborn streak that made me smile. Every single day, until a few weeks from the end, whether sun, snow, rain, he enjoyed a walk at The Whetstone Park of Roses. His favorite bit was to meditate in the brook.
No story of his life would be complete without the mention of his favorite thing in the universe: toast! I miss him tap dancing the kitchen each morning, angling for my breakfast. I love him, always, and miss him terribly. He brought such peace, joy, and beauty to my life and I am forever grateful.
Remember him as he was: happy, surrounded by love. Gracie Lakshmanan
200? - January 20, 2012
If Missy had a tombstone, it would say "I never met a couch I didn't like."
She will be deeply missed by the Brobeck family and her greyhound sister, Sarah.
Moe (Movin Avenue)
3/14/03 - 1/20/12
Moe was a wonderful girl who gave a lot of love to Betty & Jack Pullium.
She will be dearly missed.
Huey (Coyote Ridge aka Guru)
2/13/01 - 1/10/12
It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you that Carl and I said goodbye to our beloved Huey (Guru/Coyote Ridge) yesterday afternoon. We were so very fortunately to have him in our lives and will cherish his memory. We miss him dearly. His last day was a good one. He had two good meals, lots of treats, a walk with Hudson and Chloe as well as a walk with just Carl and me, a long car ride with the windows unrolled (his favorite), and he ate the cream cheese frosting from two red velvet cupcakes. Our time with Huey was too short, but I would feel that way if he had lived to be 101. He was such a wonderful companion.
Jennifer Potter and Carl Zimring
Firefly (Switzler's Firefly)
April 2002 - December 2011
ONE OF HARDEST DAYS OF OUR LIFE. HAD PUT OUR BABY FIREFLY DOWN DUE TO A LEG BREAK BROUGHT ON BY BONE CANCER. RIP BABY LOVE YOU
Vince & Suzanne Anello, Ajax and Firefly's daughters Solo and Nasdaq.
Vinny (Dr. Vinnyboombah aka Shrek)
April 2007 - December 2011
We adopted Vinny in October 2010 a three year old silly, playful, energetic youngster that loved to play and run. You knew how he loved you because when you pet him especially under his chin his teeth chattered something fierce and he looked at you like hearts were beaming out of his big brown eyes. Sadly after only 14 months with us we lost our Vinny to bone cancer. Our hearts are heavy as he was only 4 years old and we didn’t nearly get enough time to love on him as we all had wanted. I know he is with Mr. Biff in heaven and they are both together running and playing and he will be missed by his family. We love you Vin Vin! Kevin, Diana, Sebastian and Passion.
Norm (Hey Bird Dog) July 19, 2000 - November 15, 2011
We lost our Norm to Osteosarcoma in November. He was a wonderful companion who brought happiness to our days. He now joins his brother, Buster, in the journey over the Rainbow Bridge. We miss him dearly.
- Bryon, Trish, Kyle & Zachary Callahan
6/15/01 - 11/18/11
"We wanted to share with you all that willow crossed over the rainbow bridge on friday.
She was a greyt racer and mom, and we feel lucky to have had her in our lives.
This pic was taken the day before we had to put her down.
it was our last walk to one of her favorite spots."
Eddie Ostrander and Rachel Thomas
OZ (Grey's Finnegan)
February 2000 - November 2011
"With a heavy heart I must say goodbye to my longtime
friend and companion, OZ. He passed away yesterday.
May he rest in peace." Jeff & Suzie Burroughs
Kirby was adopted at 5 months old by Kelley & Rick Norris.
"Rick and I lost the Kirbysaurus today. In the end, he beat the osteosarcoma and had no mets in his lungs, but lost the chronic renal failure battle. Thanks for all the good thoughts. Dr. Couto and Dr. Dyce were there with the three of us at the end. He was loved his whole life."
Shane Who (July 1999 - November 2011)
I adopted Shane Who in June 2003 (I think the year is correct). He had just come in on the hauler from Kansas.
Shane passed away today, November 1, 2011. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his right shoulder. He had if for about two months and that was all.
He was my hero and my fine boy. He was simply the best! I don't know what I will do without him. Mary Ann Congrove
Kimmie lived with us for 8 wonderful years. We loved her to the ends of the earth and back, but in the end, love couldn't save her from the dreaded cancer.
Rest in peace, Kimmie, and play at the Rainbow Bridge with your big brother Buckeye. You will live in our hearts forever.
Laurie, Dave, Becky, Cory, and Raymond, and
Blue, Samantha, and Scout
Gator (Kc Tator Tot)
9/17/99 - 11/1/11
Gator was deeply loved by Ed Offord who adopted Gator in August 2005 until his death in August 2009. Linda Perko, Director of GAO always held a special place in her heart for Gator so she
kept him for her own when he was returned. Gator was lucky to have such wonderful people in
his life and will be missed by the many volunteers at GAO as well as Linda.
Ribbon (November 2000 - October 2011)
Leonard Sopata lost his beloved Ribbon to bone cancer 2 months after her amputation
surgery at Ohio State. She will be deeply missed.
Eddie Girl (2006? - October 2011)
"She was truly a very special greyhound, not just because of being trans gender, but she was not one of our typical greyhounds. She was a great watch dog and we always felt safe with her around. I feel as though I lost part of me, she was always with me, sleeping on me to walking with me as I mowed the grass, at times I thought I had the back end of a dog as part of me, I turn my head and there she was."
Eddie Girl was loved by the Trettel family.
Babe (Minnow Magic) - no picture
7/16/02 - 10/18/11
Babe bloomed into a beautiful loving family dog. She greeted all the grandchildren when they came to visit. She new another walk was coming her way along with her neck scratched. Babe was a best friend to all of us. She was so proud that she learned to bark and growl like the 2 labs that she lived with. She learned to run and they all chased each other around the yard. I feel blessed we had her in our family and we could give her years of good times.
Crystal (Crystal Chrysler aka Chrissy)
6/21/02 - 10/25/11
Jennifer and Jeff Buchanan adopted Crystal in January 2011. She was one of
the 3 Crystal sisters at the kennel. She lived with Archie and Honey Pot the
greyhounds (see Honey Pot further down this page) and had a wonderful 9 months before she ran to the Rainbow Bridge.
Cosmo (Crystal B Cosmic)
5/28/01 - 10/2011
Meg & Bruce Chrislip adopted Cosmo in 2005. They had his mom, Daisy, as well. He will be dearly missed by his family
and greyhound brother and sister, Trip and Hope.
Honey Pot (1996 - 2011)
Honey Pot was a spinner and a talker; she did each in brief bursts. She was never any one thing for long. Most often, she was boss, pointing where she wanted to go. But even then, after a while, she'd retreat to her crate, preferring it seemed to be alone, wanting you to go on with your life, as she had trained you to do. She was always an "elder" dog, wise and generous. A gift.
Honey Pot is fondly remembered and sorely missed by her mom and dad (Jennifer and Jeff) and her "brother" and "sister" (Archie and Crystal
Sophie Easter Strayer (Sugarloaf Sofie)
Sophie was a wonderful addition to our family. Her happy go lucky spirit was infectious, and even our two cats loved her. She will be greatly missed.
Charlie (Rooftop Dexter)
8/20/06 - 4/16/11
On 4/4/09 our family brought home our first greyhound. Our lives were forever changed!! Charlie (Rooftop Dexter) was a happy, sweet, kissable, energetic boy who loved to play, squirrel watch under his favorite tree, and snuggle with everyone!
Early Saturday morning April 16, 2011 our sweet boy suddenly crossed the Rainbow Bridge leaving a huge void in our lives. His lust for life will truly be missed by his greyhound brother Finnegan (JC's Powerful D), Scout and Abby (his non-greyhound buddies), as well as his human family- Jim, Jeanine, Jimmy, Rachel, and Amy D'Alessandro.
WE LOVE YOU OUR SWEET BOY!!!
Scooby Doo Jedlicka will be dearly missed by his dad, Doug. He went
to the Rainbow Bridge on April 18, 2011 after being diagnosed with cancer.
Walter (JD RayGun)
7/26/00 - 3/14/11
Walter will be dearly missed by his mom, Michelle Rodriguez and Boston Terrier brother, Gomez.
Moose (WJS Night Snow aka Fabian aka Jack)
7/29/2004 - 2/24/2011
Moose was that greyhound who was just a happy boy. He loved to go for rides in the car,
loved to go for walks and loved to lay on the couch and let you pet him. You'd never know he
was almost completely blind.
Shortly after finding a mass on his spinal cord, we let Moose go to the Rainbow Bridge where he was met by Comet and Frankie (both on this page). He will be truly missed
by everyone who knew him.
Mike & Susan Anderson, Nup, Harrison and Chick
November 1999 - January 2011
Well, 9 1/2 years ago we made our first visit to GAO. The kennel still had the old earthen floor. This was the place where Russell found us, his forever home. He walked over to us and stayed, only interested in what we were doing. He was TRULY a special boy! He will be GREATLY missed. Russell was a therapy dog at the Cleveland Clinic. He received the HIGHEST grade on his therapy dog test and served his community for almost 2 years.
He was reunited with his litter mate Rawhide, who passed 6 months ago (see lower on this page). During his last visit to "camp" he met Baby, and brought her home with him. Now she must carry the torch!
2/24/00 - 1/26/11
"If it wasn't for GAO we would never have known how much a greyhound could bring to our lives. We loved that boy so much and he touched SO many people. He had this thing for people in wheelchairs, which was one of the things that made me fall in love with him 8 years ago. He was simple but strong, lovable but mischievious and so so smart. I can't tell you how much of an outpouring of sympathy we've already gotten from friends and family. He could not have loved or gotten more love than any dog or human could ever imagine. I thank you for bringing him into our lives!" Denise
Daisy Gudat (Hazard County)
Daisy will be dearly missed by Sandy Gudat and Grant, her greyhound brother.
Here she is in her favorite spot.
Matt came to us April 22-2004 and left us on December 10-2010. He was a fantastic dog, and as anyone knows who have lost a Greyhound, a particular one cannot be replaced. This was Matt! He left with a piece of our hearts. He would have been 12 on Dec.29th. We will miss him terribly.
Daryl Humpal, Marilyn Evans and Herb Balogh and his sister Patches
(greyhound) aka D's Firefly.
Zulu (Shata Betsy)
February 17, 2004 - December 14, 2010
Zulu was a strong and beautiful girl who recently welcomed Bali (now Sherman) into her home. She will be greytly missed by her family, Katie Maher & Chris Smith.
August 12, 1997 - October 23, 2010
Beloved by two families, Sugar was just as sweet as her name. Her last day was spent cuddling with
her mom. She had a lifetime full of love, treats, soft beds and greyhound companionship.
Roo (1997 - 2010)
Our hearts are heavy, the best dog we have ever known has passed on, RIP Roo, you will be missed, our house is not the same, nor will it ever be. All we can do is remember you for the happy joyful boy you were until the end, you lived a long healthy life of 13 1/2 years, I hope you were as happy with us as we were with you. Rick Parker & Lisa Gillen
Coach (aka Guy aka CM Disguise)
September 2000 - August 2010
Guy and Annie came back to the kennel in the summer of 2008. Mark and Lily Hopp came to the kennel that summer too. Lo and behold they fell in love with two beautiful dogs who wanted to stay together. So, as first time greyhound owners, they adopted both Guy and Annie. They picked them up at Canine Fun Days and renamed them Coach and Prada. Coach loved walks and his stuffies and his sister loved him.
During Canine Fun Days weekend two years later, Coach began having seizures, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and the difficult decision was made to let him run to the Rainbow Bridge. He will be greytly missed by his entire family.
Biff (WJX Plexico)
April 2001 - August 2010
Biff came into our lives in March of 2005. He showered us with so much love and joy each and every day. He was a smart boy who knew that, to us, he was so much more than a dog, but a member of our family and part of our pack. He was the King in our castle. There are so many wonderful memories and stories to tell but the picture I decided to place here tells it all. That was taken during the lure coursing event at CFD in 2008, it is hard to believe that two years later we would lose him to cancer. Biff LOVED to run, he was a magnificent site, graceful, agile and passionate about every step. We know he is saving a place up there for us, until we meet again my best friend and beloved companion Mr. Biff!
Kevin, Diana and Sebastian DiRienzo
(Biff also served as our model for the Canine Fun Days page - we all mourn his loss)
Buster (Crime Buster) 8/1/99 - 8/9/2010
Buster came into our lives in May 2002 and was a silly boy who loved to play, be loved, and give love in return. We lost him to a cancer yesterday just a few days after his 11th birthday. It's amazing how much his sweet face
and disposition changed our lives. He'll be greatly missed, but forever in our hearts. Bryon, Trish, Kyle & Zachary Callahan
Rawhide Stevens (1999 - August 2010)
About a year ago, we found Rawhide, awaiting adoption in St. Louis. Rawhide was the brother of our 10-year-old greyhound, Russell. Rawhide was with an adoption group that was trying to find a home for him. The adoption representative from St. Louis drove Rawhide to Cleveland, the next weekend. He has been a wonderful addition to our family!!! What a sweetheart. :) He and Russell have been very happy being reunited. Rawhide had a stroke Friday night (8-6-10), and it progressed rapidly. We took him to the vet. Saturday (8-7-10), and we made the difficult decision to put him down. He was deeply loved, and will be GREATLY missed. It has been an honor and a privilege to have Rawhide. Eric & Mary Stevens
Bella (Flying Taco Time), October 1, 1998 - July 10, 2010
Bella came to us several months after we lost our first greyhound to bone cancer. She was just what we needed - a sweet, beautiful, gentle senior girl with a very motherly heart. When our little dog, Lady, ran around the yard like crazy, Bella would chase her and bark at her to make her settle down, just like the little mommy she was (Bella had over 30 puppies in her lifetime). She would get so excited to go for walks around the neighborhood and she loved to give big sloppy kisses and chin nibbles. We lost our sweet Bella far too soon to cancer after not quite three years with her. We miss her dearly and hope she is resting peacefully in heaven, free of pain. Amy, Bill, and William Feeman
6/18/98 - 7/12/10
After Jolene's first owner passed away, Cherie Damron welcomed this wonderful
girl into her home. She was a sweetheart who will be dearly missed.
Cool Rebel (7/22/05 - 6/21/10)
Our beloved Cool Rebel (known as George to his trainer) never made it to his
forever home. His neurological problem was too great to overcome after only
being at the kennel for 2 months. After sharing a milkshake with his favorite volunteer, Carli, he gently ran to the Rainbow Bridge to meet the rest of the GAO greyhounds who have gone before him. We'll miss you, Rebel.
Annie (Argon Annie)
9/30/97 - 3/10/10
My sweet , sweet baby girl was with us for only 4 short years but I will never miss her big grin. She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in December of 09 and managed to stay with us until 3-10-10. RIP sweet baby girl .
May 3, 2003 - May 7, 2010
Beloved and forever remembered by his family
Karen, Mike, Brendan and Winnie Sanders
2001 - 2010
I am sorry to say that Darcy was put down very suddenly yesterday (Thursday) afternoon due to a brain tumor. She was fine in the morning when I saw her before I went to school, but when I got home my Mom (Kathy) was in the driveway with Darcy panting and unable to stand in the back of her car. She couldn't move her back legs, and when we said our tearful good byes at the vets she could barely move at all. She was only eight years old, and we had only had her for five years, which was far too short. Darcy left behind a mom (Kathy), a dad(Jeff), a sister(Me), a little brother(Sam), and three cats (Bindy, Gus, and Sally). But of course, the cats only thought of her as a smelly addition to the household.
We are missing Darcy greatly, and still can't get our heads around the fact that she is gone. We were glad she got to see you and all those other dogs on the walk on Sunday, and that we had so many nice days for her to be outside.
1997 - 4/15/10
He will be greytly missed by his family, Rhonda and Jerry Harrison
Bailey 10/12/97 – 2/28/10
Bailey came to us after five years of racing. He was very anxious and fearful of many things. Bailey became my sweet love, my protector and the most affectionate dog I ever owned. When he joined my family in 2002, I wrote this about him: “Compassion and caring makes hearts smile so big that the fear and loneliness seem to disappear”. When we were together we were never scared or lonely.
Bailey and his litter mate sister, Katie, who left me in 2006, will forever be loved.
Monarch ~ "Monarch Ruckus"
May 13, 2001 - February 19, 2010
Where to start about our precious Monarch? She was a strong girl who wasn't afraid of anything. While other healthy four legged dogs quivered at the site of stairs or slippery floors, she would just barrel on through. She was dealt a bad hand when it came to her health (lost a leg, had mutant corns, and laryngeal paralysis), but that never stopped her from being one of the happiest dogs we've ever met. We will miss her smiling face every time we walk into the room and her chattering teeth when you went to give her love or play with her. She was such a happy girl that during the holidays her happy tail would knock multiple Christmas ornaments off the tree. Even up until the end when her leg injury prevented her from walking, she was in great spirits. She was eating heartily, loving the extra treats from friends (Yummy McDonald's Hamburger from Mike & Susan Anderson), and happily wagging her tail when you came in the room. Our house will never be the same without her. She will be missed but NEVER forgotten. We love you baby girl! --John & Sydney McFarland
Lena ~ "Pearlene Walker"
April 24, 1999 - January 31, 2010
Lena was an amazing dog! While she was only with our family for 5 months she made a huge impression on our lives. She was always patient and good about learning new things. She was a trooper learning how to go up and down stairs at the age of 10! She was also one treat crazy girl! We always had to be on the defensive for the other girls when we gave out treats, especially pig ears. If we weren't watching she would skillfully steal the other dogs' delicious treats. She will always be missed and never forgotten. --John & Sydney McFarland