A tribute to some of our favorite people and whippets. All have shared a part of our lives.
Our best friend Fred Bunn with "Dottie"
February 23, 1909 to December 23, 2005
Fred Bunn was a very dear friend to Regina and I since we first met him some 14 years ago when we acquired our first whippet from him. Fred just passed away at 96 years of age. Fred lived in South Florida for most of his later years and enjoyed a great life. Fred gave up his last three whippets a few years ago when he was forced to move to an assisted living facility due to his age and health problems. Fred was a true friend to all who have known him. We will miss Fred and our frequent visits with him. He was charming to be around, had a great memory about his life and all of the things that he was able to do during his 96 years. I know Fred will be enjoying his dogs who have long since gone to the Rainbow Bridge now that he has passed on to join them. We will miss you dear old friend.
Dixie Chick" came to us out of a very large rescue effort here in Florida, where we assisted in finding homes for over 40 Greyhound and Greyhound Whippet mixes from a breeder who had become a hoarder. Dixie was about a year old when she came into our family as a foster pet. At this young age, she was experiencing severe pain due to hip dysplasia. We decided to have surgery done on her left hip which was worse than the right. Due to surgery complications, she endured a tough few months of additional surgeries and rehabilitation. Her hip never healed like intended but she was not as painful as before. Dixie would still run with all she had and loved every minute, but would usually pay the price at night. Dixie spent over two years in our home before going to a great home down in St. Petersburg Florida, with a very nice family.
Unfortunately for us, her competitive nature of running with the other whippets to the point of exhaustion of her hips and painful nights. We tried not allowing her to run with the others, but that wasn't fair to her either as she loved playing and running. This forced us to consider a new home that would allow her to still exercise and run but not to the magnitude of our home. Dixie is a true example of why we do rescue, bringing us happiness and love for the short time we have with them but also bringing us sorrow when we must do something that is in their best interest. She is also the perfect example of how a rescue can steel your heart. We still regret letting her go and have an empty spot in our hearts and our family. But we know she is better off in her new home, where she is loved dearly by her new family. We never intended on Dixie going anywhere else but with us. To this day we still miss Dixie's wonderful disposition, fun personality, and loving spirit. She could brighten up the worst of days. She was always the life of the party, being able to play for hours.
Hootie was one of our rescues that we became attached to on day one. Regina called when she picked him up and informed me that he might be a keeper. This beautiful blue whippet was one of the most loving animals to ever come into our home. He was a wonderful boy with the female whippets but had issues with the males. He was a wonderful runner, being lean, graceful and fast. He enjoyed running and playing with any of the females, but chose to become best friends with Kat until Dixie came on board. He never had interest in chasing the lure, he just enjoyed running on his own terms.
We kept Hootie as part of our family for about 1 1/2 years, trying to manage the fights that would occasionally break out between he and another male. Most of the time Hootie was fine with the other males, lounging with them in the house or on the grass. But there was always that chance of disaster. Then the disaster came. A fight broke out between Hootie and a couple of the other males, ending with us rushing Hootie to the emergency vet clinic. We had to make that tough decision to find Hootie a suitable home, for Hootie's sake. Hootie has happily been living just north of us in a home where we had placed another rescue female a couple years prior. He is loved dearly by his new owner, gaining a spot in the bed as a plus. Before Hootie joined his new family, the female rescue, Lexi, had always been a very quite and shy whippet. When Hootie arrived in his new home, all changed and Lexi became a very outgoing whippet who loves her new best friend. A happy ending for all involved. We still love and miss Hootie and will always consider him part of our family. We visit him on occasion and he lets us know that he still loves us as well.
Zorro was one of Fred Bunn's last whippets who we assisted in placing to some good friends in Central Florida where he currently resides.