2013 Pet Memorials

Bea (aka “Reko Quantaya’s”)

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Unfortunately, we didn’t have Bea long enough but were blessed for the short time that we did. Bea’s original owner decided to drop her off at a kill shelter in AL after having her for ten years. Advising they no longer wanted her, to put her down, she then came into GPA LA/MS. Jason and I knew we probably wouldn’t have her long but didn’t care. We only wanted to give her the love and attention that she deserved.

Bea fit right in with the Ruffino crew. Tolerating Memphis (our special one) and allowing Jelly to cuddle with her from day one. Although a senior, she had her regular play time. Each day at the same time she wanted her toys to play. She also made it very clear when she wanted to eat, which was several times a day. She would stand in the doorway looking into the kitchen (even if nobody was in there) until someone fed her.

As always, our pets are unique in their ways; she brought us much joy and laughter. Bea was a special old lady that will be sorely missed by all. We are forever thankful for her.

Vegas, CGC Ruffino (aka “Whatever Blair”)


It is with a heavy heart that I share our baby Vegas has passed. Vegas has won hearts instead of races the last ten years. When we started this journey a decade ago, I thought we had rescued her. It didn’t take long to realize “Vegas” had rescued us.

She was a protective watchdog, breaking the stereotype about Greyhounds. Vegas ruled the house and made sure everyone knew it; I loved her protective spirit. If you were sick, she would lay next to you and not allow the others to come around. When Maw Maw came home on hospice, Vegas did not want the nurses touching her…Maw Maw wasn’t crazy about that, either. As most know the dying do not always cooperate with the predictions of doctors and nurses; you never know exactly when death will occur. The night before Maw Maw passed away, Vegas kept walking into her room and whining, refusing to come back to bed until I got up to get her. I took the next day off and was able to be with her when she passed; of course, Vegas was by our side as well.

Vegas has provided comfort to many, working countless meet-n-greets and pet therapy in schools, hospitals, and assisted living facilities. We were the most fortunate having an in-house, everyday therapy dog.

I want to thank GPA-LA/MS for bringing Vegas into our lives, Sister Studio for the priceless photo (below), and Covington Veterinary Hospital for making her final months as comfortable and meaningful as possible. Just last week she caught this frog (9/26/11) and was so proud!

Our pets are members of our family. The qualities of a beloved pet are hard to match in human form. Animals provide a source of unwavering love, affection, and companionship. Truth is that all losses, animal or human, are very painful and can be devastating.

Vegas was truly a gift and will be sorely missed by her family. We are forever thankful for her.
-Ruffino Crew

Toby Too
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My beautiful baby boy, there are no words that can explain what you meant to me or express the sorrow and grief I am overwhelmed with because of your absence. You had a larger than life presence that has left an emptiness that will never be filled. My love for you is endless and will last an eternity. If my love could have healed you, you would have lived for ever. You were a feisty, vibrant, exuberant, happy, handsome boy and the smartest dog I will ever meet. You were the child I never had. A part of my heart is with you to stay, until time rolls around and brings me your way. RIP My Toby Too – November 17, 2000 to July 22, 2013.

Toby’s Box
Your box is on my nightstand
But I know that you’re not there
You’re curled up on the sofa
Or laying on the stairs
Outside you’re chasing birds and rabbits
or just staring at the squirrels
When I go to sleep at night
you’re in my bed as well
Your box is on my night stand
But I know that you’re not there
Because you’re in my heart
I can see you everywhere
~Tesha Davis (Toby’s Mom).