Slatex Craig "Murphy" (August 1, 1998 - April 27, 2007)
It is with great sadness and regret that I have to inform you about the recent loss of our wonderful Slatex Craig "Murphy." He had a problem with the regeneration of his red blood cells. Being the calm boy that he was he didn't appear sick, until the last few weeks of his life. He never complained!! We adopted him with the help of Catherine McGovern and Joy Riley on a rainy Saturday afternoon on March 2, 2002. He taught us more about love than any other dog we have ever had. There will never be another Murphy, for he was push button from the get go.
With the prompting from Madeline Meixner, we had him certified with Therapups. He became a Therapy Dog. He really loved the Children's Hospital the best. Everyone tht ever met Murphy remembers him with affection and always noted what a gentleman he was. He never met a stranger and his tail was always wagging. Once we introduced Murphy to Jeff Foxworthy's mom, a personal friend of mine. She was so impressed by his gentle and kind personality. She would have loved to have owned him. When she heard of his passing she called to tell of how said it had made her. She sent a lovely sympathy card also. Murphy had this affect on everyone who came in contact with him.
At a past Greyfest a lady came up and wanted to take pictures of him because she stated, "He looks as if he were painted by an artist." He was a beautiful white/fawn/brindle and he actually pranced with his head held high. I really think that if he had not been a racer he could have been a show dog. He was entered in the first ASFA National Greyhound Specialty's Fun Conformation Match, Senior Dog Class, on March 18, 2006. He placed a proud 2nd in his class. At any Meet and Greet people would want to take him home with them and couldn't keep their hands off of him. He loved it.
One last funny point - Murphy was so intelligent that he actually would hike on the toilet and come pretty close to a dead ringer with his aim. He cracked us up and kept us laughting. He knew that this is where those human counterparts went and he was darm near human.
I have a large hole in my heart and will never get over loosing my boy. We do have Lady Sugarplum. We adopted her with the help of Patty Winters on May 14, 2006. Murphy was so very good at helping to rehabilitate her as she was a handful and she still is! Ask anyone at SEGA. He did his job and then it was time for him to go to the Rainbow Bridge. I stroked his face and told him that he could go as he quietly slipped away with his head on his favorite stuffie.
Sincerely and sadly missing Murphy,
Judy, Roscoe, and Lady Sugarplum Cross