It is with great sadness that I am writing about the passing of our sweet greyhound Deli. Deli was truly the best dog I could have ever asked for and she is greatly missed. It has been almost 8 years since Deli found me, but I can honestly say that is wasn't nearly long enough. I have many wonderful memories to remember her by, but nothing will take the place of seeing that big silly "smile" greet me as I came through the door or being able to scratch her ears and get a loud groan.
Deli had a very questionable past since her owner identification number had been blotted out years ago. The story goes that her owner told her trainer to have her put to sleep, but her trainer snuck her out and gave her to some people at the track. Before giving her away, the trainer had made her owner identification number unreadable so that she couldn't be traced back since the trainer would get in trouble for having given her away. The family that took her kept her for about a year, but then gave her up for some unknown reason. As luck would have it, I met Deli at a pet adoption fair at Wills Park in Alpharetta. There was no doubt in my mind that she was the dog for me from the moment I saw her. Thankfully it was meant to be and we got to spend quite a few years together. I know I am lucky to have found such a wonderful companion and she was lucky to have lived to the ripe old age of 13.
Unfortunately, in early June Deli was diagnosed with Lymphoma. I chose not to put her through chemotherapy but instead to put her on steroids and let fate run its course. She managed to fight and hold on for about 4 weeks, but in the end there was nothing else that could be done. On Sunday, July 15th, Andrew and I knew it was her time and let her go.
This is my farewell to my beloved Deli Belly. I hope there is a wonderful place in heaven for dogs like her and that she is able to run free again.