Bridge ~ Jacy's Page
Loving Memory of Jacy
came to HCGA after being retired. She never made it passed
her maiden races. She didn't have it in her to chase that
mechanical thing. When she arrived, she immediately went into
a foster home and began her new life. As she waited for her
forever home, she learned to live the good life.... the couch
potato life. All she knew was kindness and love and what it
felt like to lick a cat or two. The track people knew her
as Jacy, but in her foster home, she was affectionately called
"Booger". Why Booger? Because she was a silly fur
baby and had a funny way of doing things that just made you
laugh. After her spay, Jacy became very ill due to complications
and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Jacy was one special girl
and will be forever missed, but she will live in our hearts
this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet
goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they
can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm
the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health
and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and
strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days
and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except
for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to
them, who had to be left behind.
all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly
stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent;
His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group,
flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and
have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally
meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted
again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again
caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting
eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent
from your heart.
cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Rainbow Bridge is a virtual home for your departed fur baby too.
Sep 1995 - 12 Apr 2006
was returned to HCGA several years ago just before Christmas
as a result of a divorce. What I didn't know at the time was
that Kiowa adopted me upon his return to HCGA. I fostered Kiowa
for several weeks and he was the ultimate "good dog".
He did nothing wrong. He was placed in an adopted home several
weeks later and was returned to me for misbehaving within a
few days. Inappropriate potty breaks in the house, barking and
hollowing at night, keeping the household awake were just a
few of the complaints. The was not the Kiowa I knew. I figured
he didn't like the household for some reason.
while in foster care Kiowa was the ultimate "good dog".
After a month, another home (previous greyhound adopters) was
found. I thought this was the perfect home. Kiowa was returned
within a week for very similar behavior as listed above. Again,
this was not the Kiowa I fostered. After picking him up from
the adopters, I looked at Kiowa and said "What am I going
to do with you?" He looked me straight in the eye and seemed
to say "I like living with you. Why do you keep putting
me with people I don't like? If you let me live with you, I
promise I'll be good until my time comes!" I looked back
at him and told him "OK, if you will remain the "good
dog" you've been before, I'll let you become part of the
"pack" at my house and love you until your time comes.
Kiowa kept his end of the bargain. He was always the "good
dog". No problems of any kind. I also kept my end of the
held Kiowa in my arms while he crossed to the Rainbow Bridge.
Kiowa will be missed by both his humans and his canine friends.
DeeDee born in 1996 and passed away 2-20-06 . DeeDee was a
former brood matron who was still looking for her forever
retirement home. She had been in foster care at the Torrey's
home since she came into the adoption program.
Torrey formally adopted her before she passed away, so she
could cross the Rainbow Bridge fulfilling her search for her
own home. DeeDee was a very sweet and lovable girl who will
be deeply missed by all that had the pleasure of meeting her.
November 1, 1993 - January 16, 2006.
was 12 yrs, 2 months and 15 days old. He was originally adopted
out by GPA SA years ago. He was returned to HCGA after GPA SA
closed. Gipper was almost 9 years old at that time. He was returned
because his adoptive home had too many stairs for him to go
up and down getting to the yard and this hurt his back. I volunteered
to foster him because of his age and shortly thereafter knew
he would not leave my house. He still was able to run and play
with the other greyhounds and enjoy life. When we moved to the
country, he enjoyed the extra room to run and play and he even
felt in charge of the cows in the pasture, barking at them if
they were too close to his fence. Gipper was the senior greyhound
at the house and the other greyhounds paid him the respect he
was due. Whenever a new foster greyhound came to the house,
Gipper would go to the foster crate and give him fits (barking)
telling the foster that he was in charge here and that he/she
(foster) had better tow the line. Gipper's back legs finally
gave out on him. He couldn't walk out to take care of business
any longer. In honor of Gipper, I have named my home workcenter
the "Gipper Greyhound Adoption Center"!! Gipper is
missed by both his human and canine family. ~ Bill and Kathy
(previously known as Daisy) passed away on Friday, February
3, 2006. She developed bone cancer which took her from us
in a very short period of time after it was diagnosed. We
adopted Cheyenne on Christmas Eve 1998. She gave us many years
of joy, but God called has called her home. We will miss her
dearly. ~ Tim & Jana Stevens
26, 1992 - Jan. 28, 2006
28, 2006 saw the passing of another great soul to the rainbow
Franco, aka Rapido Franco. Born July 26, 1992, Franco
saw a long racing career, retiring at the age of five. He went
into one home and later came home to us at the age of nine.
He taught us just how wonderful it could be to adopt a senior
in his ways one moment, and as playful as a pup then next.
was quite the character
Affectionately known as Cranky
Frank because of the way he kept all the younger dogs in line.
He was so charming
loved to stand in front of someone and
just look at you with those eyes, until you got out of your
chair, so he could climb into it.
was a spry old thing
Franco was also known for his table
his mom came home from work one evening, and Franco
didn't greet her at the door. She found him standing in the
middle of the dining room table, unable to get down due to poor
depth perception (and cataracts). We speculated that he had
been playing with the cats, chasing them, and somehow ended
up on the table.
and his mom were the most perfect match from the first moment
they met, he was never far from her side
more time together
would never have been enough time. ~ Linda
Franz and James Morris
3-05-93 to 12-12-2005
Celeste affectionately known as "Momma".
Celeste was the only female offspring born to the union of
an Australian import, Best of Blue, and Elipse. She was granddaughter
to the famous Kunta Kinte. She sustained a racing ending injury
on 12-10-1994 when she fell and fractured her right front
leg. Her breeding career then started. She had at least 9
litters and 49 offspring. She was retired from breeding and
placed with HCGA on 2-25-2005 at the age of 12. Upon arrival
to HCGA, it was noted that she had a malignant mammary tumor,
which was successfully removed.
She was quickly adopted by Ray and Patsy Massey where she
brought joy in ways that only she could. She was absolutely
delightful. We are so lucky to have shared our home and love
with her. We were blessed with her presence.
She entered eternal rest on 12-12-2005 with a cancer ravaged
body and impending massive stroke. Celeste
will be greatly missed.
August 1, 1994 - September 24, 2005
passed away at the age of 11 years due to renal failure. We
adopted her from HCGA in December 1997.
Adelida was a small blue grey who was always wagging her tail.
She loved to run in the backyard with her younger greyhound
brothers. She seemed to forget when running, that she was
old enough to be their grandmother. Addie was also a self
- appointed "guardian angel " to our Schnauzer,
Mitzi. Mitzi went blind about 6 months prior to her passing
in January. When Mitzi was outside, Adelida would follow her
around to make sure she was OK and could find her way back
into the house. She seemed to sense her help was needed. Adelida
was the sweetest greyhound that we have had the pleasure of
owning. We miss you Addie, but know you are now at peace.
Thank you Patsy and Ray for bringing Adelida into our lives.
suffered a stroke at the age of 14 on June 5, 2005 (one day
after her birthday). Although she was a bit "shaky"
when she would stand in one place, she could keep up with the
other dogs when they decided to play chase. June came from the
Corpus Christi Race Track and raced until she was 2 years old.
June and I spent many weekends at the Texas coast socializing
with the locals and from time to time, other retired greyhounds
that lived on the island in Key Allegro. She enjoyed the boat
rides in Little Bay (she would insist that I bring her pet bed
and purple bear). She especially enjoyed the walks we would
take at various marinas. She met many friends, who would fall
in love with her beautiful black coat and her soft brown eyes.
She especially loved little children (perhaps because she was
able to see them at eye level). June loved to take rides in
my old Ford Bronco that was equipped with a long bench seat.
She would sit right next to me and when we would stop at an
intersection, I would either hear a roar of laughter from a
group of guys or an "aaaaawwww" from the ladies. Either
way, June and I took it in stride. June also had the opportunity
to fly with me one weekend. It took her a good 30 minutes to
get used to the new sounds and motions of an airplane, but after
that, she was right at home like she was in the ol' Bronco!
I miss her dearly, especially when she would meet me at the
door after a long day at work. She had a way of making me forget
everything. Thank you Juney-June for being such a greyt friend.
You will live in our hearts forever...Vincent S. Granato
1, 1990 - September 6, 2005
passed away at the age of 15 years after suffering a stroke.
She was the first greyhound that we adopted from HCGA in May
1993. Molly was born in Florida and ended her career at the
Corpus track. Thanks to Patsy and Ray she was given a chance
to enjoy life after racing. Molly
was always the lady in charge, even until the very
end. When it was time for our nightly walk, she would push our
other greys out of the way, in order to be the first one out
the door. She now joins: Megabucks, Kasey, Glory, Davey and
Mitzi (the Schnauzer) at Rainbow Bridge.
you Molly for starting us on our Greyhound Adventure.
You will always be #1 in our hearts. ~ The
December 1991 - 12 May 2005
or "Ma Belle" as I called her, came to HCGA in July
2001 right around the 4th of July Holiday. Her and her sister
Unique Essence were picked up by the SA Pound and we were called
about them. Ma was full of fleas and ticks and was heartworm
positive. I told Patsy I would foster Ma Belle. When they spayed
her they also pulled all but four (4) of her teeth. They left
the four canine teeth. Ma's heartworm treatment had to be delayed
until she gained some weight. That took six weeks. Having only
four teeth never stopped Ma from eating. That was one thing
she loved to do. Ma went through her heartworm treatment with
no ill effects and was pronounced healthy toward the end of
October. During heartworm treatment I decided that Ma would
remain at my house for however long she had left. Her time came
yesterday. Ma is credited with 39 races, however, I suspect
there were more. She had an untold number of puppies. She was
the matriarch of our family for almost 4 years. We'll miss Ma
Belle as now there is no one to keep the younger greyhounds
we have in line. Bill & Kathy Torrey
and Wilma Morris
April 9, and just after midnight April 10, the Rainbow
Bridge received two more Angels, Maddie (aka See Ya
Madame X), and Wilma (aka JIT Wilma Bday). They had
been turned out on the beautiful spring evening while
their father cut grass and were attacked by a swarm
of Africanized bees. Maddie, the beautiful black greyhound,
will be remembered for going to work with her adoptive
parents, Jane and Scott Morris, at their antique store
in New Braunfels. She would nap behind the counter between
customers. Wilma, the gorgeous, white, ticked brindle,
will be remembered as the mischievous escape artist
and shoe fiend, going through shoes like other girls
go through rawhides. Maddie and Wilma were very loved,
and their loss leaves a tremendous hollow in the hearts
of all who knew and loved them. They will be forever
loved and forever missed. Jane and Scott Morris
crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Valentine's Day 2005. He was a
beautiful, sweet natured, super intelligent boy who could open
doors and garbage cans with little to no effort! He enjoyed
being an "only dog" but not being a lonely one so
he suffered from moderate separation anxiety when he was left
alone in the house. This of course, caused him to get into trouble
on more than one occasion. It took the purchase of 4 different
types of garbage cans before one was found that he could not
open even though he was still trying. He tried very hard to
be a "lap dog" even though all he could get in a lap
were his head and shoulders. He went out for his morning "business"
trek at 7 am on the 14th and somehow broke his left rear femur.
The x-rays showed a number of malignant tumors in that leg and
the options for treatment and quality of life for him were not
good so that heart wrenching decision to help him cross the
Rainbow Bridge was made. He will be MISSED by many people for
a long time. ~ Peggy
beloved Chancellor, who filled our lives with love and joy,
crossed the rainbow bridge on Dec. 28, 2004 at 8 years young.
A strong, sweet boy who loved to follow Mom around the house
and loved to play with his stuffies. You entered and left
our lives unexpectantly, we are forever grateful for the time
we had together. Goodbye our little Chancey boy, we love and
miss you dearly. You will live in our hearts forever. ~ Shelley
& Gene Fox and your fursister Elisse.
Copper Penny was born October 1, 1989 and passed away May 28,
2004 at the age of 14 years and 8 months. She was a big money
winner in Memphis and retired as a brood matron at the age of
10. She was adopted by Ray and Patsy Massey. She was ehrlichia
positive and was counted "out" by 2 different vets
on 2 different occasions. Instead of putting her down, she was
brought home on both occasions and made a complete recovery
back to normal as normal could be for her. She had a strong
will to live and was a real little fighter. Penny had a unique
and spunky personality. She remained bouncy (even though wobbly)
to the very end. Special thanks to Bill and Kathy Torrey who
were taking care of all the hounds while Ray and Patsy were
on a much needed holiday. Out of respect for her, they loaded
her up and took her to the vet where she was cremated because
they knew that is what Ray and Patsy would want. Penny was quite
an old "pistol" and will be greatly missed by all
who had the pleasure of knowing her.
became very ill Thursday night, 8/26/04 and by Friday could
no longer stand or even lift his head. He had been healthy,
but a little weak and shaky because of his age. He died Friday
afternoon at the age of 14 yrs., 3 months. J.R.'s racing name
was JRJ SQUARE ANGLE. He won the $10,000 Puppy Stakes at the
Corpus Christi Greyhound Race Track when he was 21 months
old. He raced until he was close to 5 yrs. old, having to
retire when he blew a shoulder muscle. J.R. won many races
and his picture is on the "WALL OF FAME" in the
private dining room at the Corpus Track. We loved him very
much. ~ Joyce Quinn
you would like us to post a memory of your departed hound
on Jacy's Page, e-mail HCGA a picture (or snail mail one to
us) of your beloved fur baby. Please mark it for our Rainbow
Bridge, include a picture and your fur baby's name with a
short bio. E-mail is best method of delievery.