MEMORY OF Cheyenne:
It was July of 1997 and that morning, my wife and I decided the time was right for a dog. My wife had only three conditions. 1.) It had to be a calm dog. 2.) It couldn't shed. and, 3.) No Drooling. So off we went to the Greyhound rescue. When we arrived, we were greeted and met a few dogs. My wife had always wanted a greyhound. But none of them "did it" for her. We were told how to care for greyhounds and how they should be crated when left alone at first. So as we were returning home, we decided to stop at the Humane Society, to see the prices of crates there. Of course we had to look at the pups just to see if they had any greyhounds. As we were walking through the kennels, my wife noticed a kennel that appeared to be empty except oft the big brown eyes and gray and white ears peering out from behind the dividing wall. She noticed the name -"Cheyenne" and called, "Come here, Cheyenne," as she held out her hand to the gate. But that made Cheyenne retreat even further back into the kennel. I continued walking two kennels down at wouldn't you know...It was a greyhound. I called to my wife to come see. As she met me at the greyhound's kennel, we looked back to Cheyenne's and we saw her nose peering out of the gate at us. As my wife went back, Cheyenne again ran to the back of the kennel and peeked from around the wall.
Well, my wife was no longer interested in the greyhound. Cheyenne was it. This was the dog that "did it". I reminded her about the 3 conditions - no shedding, no drooling and a clam temper. Well...she doesn't drool - she seems very calm...... "well it won't be that bad,"
I can tell you the shedding was well worth it for such a beautiful and smart animal. Cheyenne became our only spoiled child. She was the best thing to happen to us. She was the most intelligent, kind, sweetest dog we've ever had. When one of us got sick she stayed by our side until we got well. She guarded our home and kept us safe. But most of all, she was our best friend - always giving unconditional love.
In the summer of 1991, we again found a dog - er... a.... I found a dog that was listed on the SFSH website. His name was Thunder. I toyed with the idea of getting Cheyenne a little brother. A couple of weeks went by and he was no longer listed. But while walking through the Humane Society about a month later, I saw him again, and brought him home.
Cheyenne and he got along wonderfully. In the fall of 2004, Cheyenne had a cold that she just couldn't shake. At least that's what we thought. When her nose started bleeding, we took her to the vet. After numerous tests, they diagnosed her with a nasal carcinoma. They gave her 2 months. We were devastated. We helped her fight and took especially good care to feed her right and get her the best of care. Four month's later, the vet couldn't believe how great she looked. But suddenly, a month later, she became very weak, and couldn't find the energy to eat. On April 21st 2005, she decided that she was too much of a burden to us and she decided to go to sleep. Cheyenne will always be with us. Everybody always says they have the best dog and in a way I guess they do. But I've had a few dogs, and I've loved every one of them. I have to say, there was only ONE Cheyenne. The best dog we've ever had. We miss her everyday..and always will.
Rick Jones & Kim Saiswick