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.