Our friends Kim and Andy's greyhound TJ, the dog that I loved as if he were my own, was sent to Heaven on October 1. Four weeks ago ... it feels like yesterday. A friend of ours said it best, "the world is a little quieter and the light is not so bright."
Here he is, already up (with a little bit of help) the day after his surgery
Look at that smile, right after his stitches were taken out.
Getting a drink, after working a long day at our GRF benefit in 2011.
I have so many stories I could tell about TJ. What I remember most is that he loved people, and how he was such a clown.
Working with other Therapy Dogs, at the Santa line at the mall.
Gathering toys while at a Greyhounds Rock planning meeting.
TJ, and his friend Oscar, at GRF's event in 2011.
TJ touched thousands of hearts in his time on earth in his work at schools, hospitals, festivals, fairs, and other events ... and so many of our hearts are breaking now that he is gone.
Blessing of the Hounds, 2011
Blessing of the Hounds, 2010
My favorite photo of TJ.
Those of us who love TJ are channeling our grief into energy and working hard on the final details of this weekend's 8th annual "Take a Bite Out of Canine Cancer" benefit. We are dedicating it to the memory of TJ, and my sweet boy Daniel, and all the other dogs who lost their battles with cancer in 2013.
Fly free on your angel wings, TJ ... your work here is done.