Thursday, September 06, 2012

Stella & Chase


Dear Stella, 

We've put your bed back out.

On Friday a tan colored greyhound named Chase will come to live with us. It has been lonely since you left us last December, and we hope we are able to offer Chase all the comfort and safety you found with us. And we hope he is able to give us even half of what we got from you.

We miss you, Stella. I keep hoping you are alright without us. I know you have had something to do with our adopting Chase.  

Two months ago I had a dream about a dog named Chase. I woke up and thought, 'that's a cool name."  I was surprised a month or so later when there he was, a dog named Chase listed on the Internet through Pet Finder. We drove to Connecticut to meet him. 

I think Chase has had it easier than you did, Stella. He is five years old and he just stopped racing in May. We're told he'd not been mistreated: well adjusted greyhounds run faster. He's been in a foster home since he left the track. Not like you, abandoned and so sick on the streets for a month or two before you were finally rescued. And another two months before we found you in the shelter and you came home with us. 

Your broken back and your preference to quietly hide didn't stop you from healing. I hope that's how it will be with Chase, with his epilepsy and irksome back foot. 

I can't imagine he will be as easy and soulful and graceful as you, my beloved Stella. From the first day, you never asked us for anything, you waited and watched so patiently. For seven years you were always so gentle and grateful. I hope I will love Chase too, Stella. We are ready. But I will never ever lose one molecule of the love I have for you. You live in my heart. 

Please keep an eye on us, He may need your help. We might too. 

And yes, I know: maybe we will rescue one more shelter dog. One more wonderful dog who deserves kindness and love. We just might. I know you will find that dog for us too. I went to the shelter to look today. I just may go again next week. 

Please give my love to Rosie. And Nicki. And to my Dad. I look for you in my dreams, Stella. I look for you everywhere. I will never forget you.




26 comments:

  1. She's smiling.
    Gentle soul smiling from lofty places.
    Beautiful girl is happy,,,,,
    ♥♥

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    1. It feels abit weird, babs. I've been crying and I never saw it coming xo

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  2. This is just so wonderfully sweet, kj. Stella must have been an amazing dog.

    Our dil has a rescued sighthound — we think a Greyhound background, but also shows signs of an Irish Wolfhound.

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    1. Rob-bear, Stella was an old soul. She was not able to be a zippy as I imagine chase the boy will be :-)

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  3. Smlies here too.......
    Stella will be happy for you 2 and for Chase!
    The other dog will present itself hen the time is there.
    I know you will love Chase with all the love you have and that you will never forget Stella and that your love for her will never fade.
    It is good you welcome a new dog in your home. In your lives. You have so much to offer.
    Oh! and this is so exiting too!!!
    Can't wait to meet him and read his adventures from now :)
    love M

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    1. Good thing hearts expand, huh, marianne

      :-) ♥

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  4. Good to have a new dog around. I look forward to read the stories and see the pictures of your new friend Chase.

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    1. Thank you, wieneke. Did I ever tell you how much Marianne laughed by how I pronounce your name?

      I am always so glad to wake up to your visits

      Love
      kj

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    2. Wieneke aka Whineky08 September, 2012 03:31

      Yes, you did and I had to laugh too. But you can call me sweetiepie instead ;-)

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  5. Rescue dogs are the best of the best. They know how fortunate a home is to have and be kept in. Good luck and seriously i hope you don't have to live up to the new pals name and CHASE it all over the 'hood. You'd never keep up with that long legged hound even if it has a gimpy foot.

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    1. Yes about rescue dogs, mark. I wish every one would consider a rescue dog. But there can be no chasing chase. Greyhounds cannot be off leash unless fully fenced in. They reach 40 miles per hour in 2 seconds. Can't be left on runs for the same reason

      Xoxo
      kj

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  6. Wonderful news for you and JB....and for Chase. Stella DID have something to do with you all finding one another. She will live on in your hearts forever.

    Welcome Chase!

    ♥ R ♥

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    1. Thank you robin. Maybe Stella made sure I had that dream in the first place :-)

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  7. Wonderful and awesome chase. I sure your Stella can enjoy a lot in his new and nice Chase. I like it too much.

    Illinois German Shepherd Puppies for Sale

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    1. Thank you for your visit, marks

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  8. Awe, Stella is doing the Happy Dance in Heaven. Welcome Home Chase.
    **happy smiles** Deb

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  9. Deb, when I think of stella in heaven I keep wanting her to know we hated that she had to go. I know better, but I still think it xo

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  10. I love the name Chase, and more, a tender heart for the broken. Beautiful, you.

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  11. Amy, my thought as I read your comment is I am so glad to have met you. I love what you say


    kj

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  12. Kj, You have more than enough love in your heart for another dog or two. Stella is thrilled I am sure and I know she is good. Chase will have his own set of issues like my Bella, Zeus was a totally different dog than her, but they have one thing in common, sweetness and a lot of love to give. Chase is lucky to have a good home, lucky you if you can have two. Kisses to the new boy. xoxo

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    1. Thanks aillion, Annie . What a reassurance you give me. I had my (surprise) cry last night and now chase is here and he is very sweet

      The pace officially picks up!

      Love
      kj

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  13. i read your post, kj, and then i read the title of your blog again and i am showered in a pool of light. love and hope such as this - there is such possibility born into the world through people like you)))

    best with your new housemate))

    xo
    erin

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  14. Aw Erin who writes like an angel, thank you.when I let go of the shore I look around and I am hardly alone

    Love
    kj

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  15. Chase is going to keep you hopping – this is just wonderful.

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  16. kj, this is one of the most beautiful posts I've ever read at any blog...and will stay with me. You told us so much in this letter to dear Stella. She knows, and her love glows for you and from you. xo

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