Eight years ago, Greyhound Pets of America/Tampa Bay’s
Volunteers set up a tent at a local craft fair to promote
adoptions of retired racing dogs. We were immediately
drawn to the group of amazingly beautiful, graceful, elegant
dogs in need of good homes. One pup particularly stood
out to us....GENIE! We remember clearly, how she patiently
and proudly stood, as we were told her story. We learned
that she was 11 years old, newly retired after 5 years
of running, and 5 years of breeding. Captivated by her
big brown beautiful eyes, “bunny soft” coat,
and wonderful smile, my husband announced "SHE BELONGS
IN OUR HOME!"
That day proved to be the luckiest of our lives,
as Genie actually saved my husband’s life! About
two years after her adoption, Genie had a regular Veterinary
appointment one Sunday afternoon. That night, at 3:30
A.M., Genie urgently rattled her tags, nudged and woke
me up. She NEVER does that! I though she might be sick
from the shots, and rushed to take her outside. To my
shock, she led me to my husband, passed out at the other
end of the house. He had an internal bleeding problem,
and had hemorrhaged to the point that Doctors say he was
ten minutes from death. I would have slept through it
all, if it weren't for our miracle dog, Genie!
We truly believe that Genie CHOSE US to be HER
family! She had a definite purpose at the end of her magnificent
racing career that she was destined to fulfill! Genie
was MEANT to be Our Miracle!
This past May 8th, our Genie turned an amazingly
healthy & happy 19 years YOUNG. A Greyhound’s
normal life span is 10 – 13 years!!!! Genie is a
true ambassador for greyhound adoptions, and proof positive
that older pets in need, deserve loving homes! At every
event Genie attends, she amazes all! She continues to
be very energetic, bright-eyed, loving, smart, and gorgeous!
We are truly proud of our little girl, and she is loved
more than words can ever express!
by: Neena & Tim Derf
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