Quinn Jose (then just Jose) was a greyhound I (Karyn) fostered several years back. He was a big black hunk of love. Had I been better off financially I probably would’ve foster failed like I did with my second greyhound Lily but I so couldn’t afford a third dog. Heck, I couldn’t even afford a second greyhound.
I wrote a personal ad for him and sent it along to the meet & greet. I don’t remember what it said but I’m sure I praised his attributes. I wanted him to get adopted ASAP because I was getting ready to go on a vacation and wanted to accomplish that before I left.
As it turns out, Cheryl Bennett was at Petsmart buying dog food and she saw Jose and his personal ad and fell in love. She found him goofy and loveable. She filled out the application. I took Jose to her house. She had about 6 or 7 dogs already. I don’t remember what they were but I do remember I think 2 Airdales, 1 Saint Bernard, 1 Scotty, and 1 Beauvier which I had never heard of. I think there was another dog but now cannot remember. Maybe there were 2 Scotties?
While at her house Jose lifted his leg on the chair. I was mortified; Cheryl and her family not so much. She introduced him to her dogs one by one. I was stressed out and overwhelmed but Jose seemed to take it in stride.
The hard part was for me to leave him there and I cried all the way home.
However, he was in the best possible home with the best possible adopter who went on to give tirelessly of herself to various greyhound and Great Dane rescue efforts.
Fortunately, I saw Quinn Jose last week and I knew he was not long for this earth as he was painfully thin and refusing to eat. He had sarcoma. I am thankful that I got to pet his bony body and whisper in his ear and say my goodbyes. Quinn Jose went to the Rainbow Bridge this past Thursday (Sept. 6). I hope he is free of pain now and running and playing with Painter and Lily and Gordon and Buddy and Slim and all the greyhounds who have gone on before him.
It is so hard to lose a pet or any dog or cat that has touched your heart.