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Thursday, February 11, 2016

So this blog is about our 13 and nearly 3/4 year old greyhound Gigi. She has been part of our pack and lives since April 2008 (almost 8 years!). The average life span for a greyhound is 12-14 years. Which leads me to where things are at today. She is starting to show signs of aging: she gets me up at least once during the night to go outside, some pee accidents in the house, thankfully near the front door on tile which is really easy to clean up, appetite slowly decreasing, legs shaky at times.

In spite of all that, she is still a very happy girl. But these signs are reminding me / us that her time is coming to cross the rainbow bridge. Maybe it's weeks, maybe months. It has been 6 years since we've had to deal with one of our puppies crossing. The first -- Gator -- was sudden (April 2010), and we barely had time to say goodbye. It was tough! Glitter, our very first greyhound, crossed in June of 2010 but we knew well ahead of time that it was coming so we got to celebrate her life and spoil her rotten.

So we need to start that celebration process. I already spoil her! Oh and I'm going to start working in our kitchen in the afternoons, as this is when the accidents have been occurring, and I think what is happening is that she tries to find me to go out (I am upstairs in my office), she can, and she HAS to go. So with me being in the kitchen, she'll be able to find me and I won't have to clean up the pee accidents as much! starts the celebration for my sweet princess Gigi!

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    It is never easy saying goodbye to one of our pets. They show us unconditional love and only ask for some of our attention in return. They become closer to us than family members. My elderly dog, Little Girl, has arthritis in her hips and rear legs and the past few days I have had to help her up and hold her under her belly as she tries to walk until she gets her legs going. It hurts my back to do this but I'll live with pain, as she is.

    As you with Gigi, I too sense the end is near for Little Girl. When the time comes, she'll find plenty of friends across the bridge. Until then, lots of extra attention, just as you'll give to your beloved Gigi. Hoping she keeps you company for a long time. emoticon

    1810 days ago
    I hope you have many more days to celebrate Gigi and all the love she has given you over the years. She can join our beloved Samantha in that wonderful playground, when she's ready. In the meantime, give her lots of love!
    1811 days ago
    I can definitely relate to your situation. Enjoy your time with Gigi. She is a gift to you and your family.
    1811 days ago
    So sorry. I wish they could live as long as us! I will pray you have a long while to go with her.
    1812 days ago
  • RIRA218
    Enjoy your last days with her. Celebrate her love for you. Best wishes and hugs.
    1812 days ago
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    I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, 'No, I won't do it, I won't behave his way anymore. I'm lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving,' and then you do it.
    ~Leo Buscaglia

    Make today the greatest day of your lifeā€¦..
    emoticon Until tomorrow!

    1812 days ago
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