About missing Dewey Beach.

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 in Life in North Dakota, Living with Greyhounds
About missing Dewey Beach.

This year was the first of many that I have not attended the Greyhound Reach the Beach event in Dewey Beach, Delaware. It is one of those “not to miss” Greyhound events. It’s like a  pilgrimage for Greyhound lovers worldwide. The mark on the calendar each October, the weekend before Columbus Day.

I think I’ve been every year since 2003 minus 2007. I think. But this year there was no 2.5 day drive across the upper midwest, no flurry and hurry to get ready for the event. I missed seeing all the friends, people and hounds that I only see once a year. All the people that share the passion of Retired Racing Greyhound.

Instead I went to Minot, North Dakota. I was gone four nights instead of the nine to ten nights for Dewey Beach. Here’s the problem with going to Dewey Beach: four nights is pushing maximum on the dog care front. Currently my Dad checks in on them. But the nights are a problem for Winchester.

And that is the worst of it: My Winchester is getting old. He can’t “hold it” like he used to – needs that 4 AM backyard break.

I need to find someone who can stay overnight if I’m going to go to far events. Everything is far away from here.

11 Comments

  1. Claudia Hardie
    October 28, 2012

    Sarah~
    I’d do it in a heartbeat, ANYTIME! Though, I’m a ways away in Mpls. I recently had to give up my beloved greyhound (along with 2 others) d/t the break up of a LTR. Easily the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. She/they was/were my oxygen. Not sure how I’m able to survive w/o them; been existing on fumes…
    BTW, your works are priceless!!
    Greytfully Yours,
    ~Claudia Hardie
    hardiecn@gmail.com
    (253) 324-1781

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    • Sarah Regan Snavely
      October 28, 2012

      Thank you, Claudia! I’d take you up on it if I wasn’t so far away! I’m so sorry you had to give up your greyhound and others. Breakups are difficult without the loss of the four-legged hounds too. I’m in a similar boat – end of LTR, no more dog care. Oh well, change is good. There is another Greyhound in your future! Thank you so much for your offer!

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  2. Carolyn Davis
    October 28, 2012

    I think I got it right this time. The Star City Greyhound Adoption group from Roanoke, Virginia missed seeing you in Dewey this year. We understand your situation because we have all been there. Wishing you the best with Winchester. Hope to see you next year.

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    • Sarah Regan Snavely
      October 28, 2012

      Thank you, Carolyn. I missed seeing you all too! So many folks I only see at Dewey Beach! And the weather looked great too!

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  3. Christine N.
    October 28, 2012

    Sarah- You never have to explain yourself. You did what you felt was best for your greys and I, for one, respect you for it. We have your lovely website to shop and drool over and for that, I thank you! Spend the time with your inspirations and we will still love you; even if you cannot make it to Dewey.

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    • Sarah Regan Snavely
      October 28, 2012

      Thanks, Christine. Must appreciate every moment we have with these guys. Thanks for the support.

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  4. gyeong
    October 28, 2012

    Poor Winchester. All my guys are double digits now, so we’re starting to run into the ‘can’t hold it as long as I used to’ issue to. Maybe you can start a big MidWest Greyhound event, and everyone will come to you 🙂

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    • Sarah Regan Snavely
      October 28, 2012

      I’d love a big Greyhound event somewhere in the middle. Great idea… hummmm…..

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  5. Michelle
    October 28, 2012

    I got to go for the first time this year. I was hoping you would be there. I still hope to own a piece of your art someday. I am very lucky that I have someone at home who can care for my dogs while I am gone. My Tom is 12 1/2 and needs to be let out about every 4-6 hours, so I can totally relate.

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  6. Teresa Glover
    October 30, 2012

    You were very missed at Dewey this year! But after reading this I totally understand. I lost my Thalion this year to osteo so I know how precious every day is with them as they age. Winchester looks like such a dignified older gentelman. Hug him tight.

    Teresa

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  7. Kathy Sondej
    November 8, 2012

    Sooo missed you, Sarah…you are always the light of the event…
    But how you to be thinking of your hounds first..far more important …and Winchester looks definitely happy because of your decision…..( actually I’m in the same situation with the 4 am scenario..only it’s ME, not my hounds..hahahahah)

    Ps how do I contact you for purchasing items that I would have bought in Dewey…2013 is toooo far away…

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