The thing dog owners hate.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 in Life in North Dakota

I have been putting off writing this post. Winchester is gone. Damn it.

The most handsome brindle Greyhound ever. Winchester

We know how this goes. We love them and love them and love them and, still, we confront the grand defect: lifespan which doesn’t mesh with ours. Winchester was eleven years old. I had delusions that maybe we could get to fourteen. Fourteen would not be enough.

Winchester greyhound the most beautiful brindle greyhound

I’m missing his big personality. And big feet. The morning snorting. The way he danced before meals – rocking back and pawing enthusiastically. His good nature. How he met me at the door always with a stuffed animal in his mouth. And if he couldn’t find a toy he’d bring a dirty sock from the laundry basket, a tin can he’d stolen off the counter, or a throw pillow from the sofa. How he’d stand on the edge of the deck on his tip toes and smell the air putting his nose as high as could. His floppy ears and how they were so, so soft. How he refused to stay out of the garden. How he shake a hamburger  before he ate it. How he hated to be left behind. He was a really good dog.

Winchester the most beautiful brindle Greyhound

Winchester. Winnie. Greycott Willful. September 2003 – October 2014.

17 Comments

  1. Pam Rubinstein
    November 5, 2014

    Sarah,

    I know how you feel. I lost Katie a couple of months ago at the age of 13. Way, way to soon.

    There is a poem by Rudyard Kipling that speaks to our broken hearts.
    It is called The Power of the Dog. I’ll write the first verse. Look it up it is beautiful.

    There is sorrow enough i the natural way
    From men and women to fill our ay;
    And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

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  2. Kelly
    November 5, 2014

    It’s so hard, and I’m so sorry. They get so deep in your heart and then they leave too soon.

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  3. Teresa Glover
    November 5, 2014

    Sarah,

    I am so sorry for your loss. There really aren’t words to describe the void they leave behind. I am glad you shared your favorite memories of Winston. His antics brought a smile to my face, but made me sad, too, as his beautiful life is over. He was a handsome dog and his spirit will live on in all the many beautiful objects you have created for us. It is not enough, I know, as he has taken a piece of your heart with him.

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  4. Sue Carter
    November 5, 2014

    Sarah,

    So sorry to hear this sad news. No matter how many, there are never enough years with our family members, I am sure Winchester is running free at the Bridge waiting until he meets up with you again.

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  5. Louise Gagné
    November 5, 2014

    Sarah:

    I am sorry that you have lost your dog Winchester. Dogs are such wonderful, precious beings. I am sure that he was very happy with you and had a very good life.

    Louise Gagné

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  6. Michelle Tetreault
    November 5, 2014

    Damn it. It does suck. That empty feeling. Winchester was so handsome and your words are so sweet. You were both lucky to have each other.

    “Don’t cry because it’s over, Smile because it happened.” ~Dr. Seuss

    Hugs,
    Michelle

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  7. Carol Kopp
    November 6, 2014

    Very sorry for your loss. Your beautiful Winchester was lucky to have you in his life and be so loved. Hugs from all of us here at Racers Rest.

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  8. Yes I Know My Dogs Look Funny
    November 6, 2014

    I read myself in there. Got one turning 11 in December. I tell him every day that he needs to live to 19 (and then tell myself I’ll settle for 14). SO sorry for your loss.

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  9. Michelle
    November 6, 2014

    I am so sorry about Winchester. We never have them long enough…

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  10. Sue Muir
    November 6, 2014

    So very sorry to read of the loss of your handsome, lovely boy. He sounds like a such a wonderful character. My guys are 8 and 4. I’m hoping for at least 14. Anything less is unacceptable.

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  11. Hazel Bluhm
    November 17, 2014

    I sympathize with you and your grief. I’m so glad that you took such good care of that boy for his lifetime. We understand your feelings!

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  12. genjiscorner
    November 18, 2014

    We all hope for 14, but 11 is too early. Thanks for sharing the handsome fella with us.

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  13. Betsy Browder
    November 25, 2014

    I am so sad to learn that Winchester has left you and want to share a little quote that means the world to me when I think of those who have gone ahead…..
    I hope it will bring you a little comfort.

    What we have once enjoyed
    we can never lose;
    All that we love deeply,
    becomes a part of us.
    -Helen Keller

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  14. Alicia Howell
    November 25, 2014

    Dear Sarah,
    I am so incredibly sad to read that your Winchester has passed on to Heaven. I know there are no “right things” to say in such a time of grief as your love for Winnie was only known to you and those hidden places of your soul. I do want you to know that I will be thinking if you and Winnie in my prayers and hope you find a bit of comfort in knowingly that The pieces of art inspired by Winnie will live on and continue to bring joy to all who view them. Your memory box that you made for my Ava gives me daily comfort and captures the beauty of my dear friend and I am very grateful to you for that. You are my in prayers.

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  15. Delia
    November 26, 2014

    So sorry for your loss! You’re beautiful writing and pictures are very heartwarming and make me smile for my senior girl lost earlier this year. This is a beautiful post.

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  16. Jennifer
    November 26, 2014

    I know this is far after the fact, but I saw the post of your recent work on Facebook, and it led me here. Today, my birthday, I held our 14-year old grehound, Lucy, as we said good bye for the last time. She was our first (we adopted three more), and she had an excellent life (I hope), and her health was failing fast, but there is no age where it is okay. We lost one at 6, and 14 is perhaps easier, but it still hurts. My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your handsome Winnie. Lucy’s favorite squeaky toy was the same monkey that he’s holding in one of the photos. I suspect they would have enjoyed each other’s company.
    I’d love to keep Lucy’s remains in one of your beautiful urns, and look forward to finding one!
    I’m glad I found your post on this difficult day.

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  17. Catherine Jensen
    December 17, 2014

    Hi Sarah, my heart is breaking for you and the loss of your beloved hound. Dogs are just this amazing gift that we only get to hold for such a short time. And surely sight hounds are the greatest gift of all. We’ve had IGs for years and a few years ago we adopted our first whippet, Patrick, also a red brindle. And the souls of these dogs just speak to you like nothing else can. They become as necessary as breathing because they become so entwined in our hearts. I call Patrick the Gandhi of dogs because he is the MOST passive aggressive dog I’ve ever met and I know that you know exactly what I’m talking about. The miracle is that when you’re ready there will be another fabulous grey out there just waiting for you to find him or her so they can fill up your heart again.

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