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A Tiny Celebration.

Tiny, Greyhound, Blue Greyhound
This is Tiny (Renner’s Gift)

 

Mention his name in Greyhound racing or Greyhound pet owner’s circles in New Zealand and you’ll get a variety of responses.  Racing people will talk fondly of watching him race, pulling his trainer around and wonder how he’s doing.  Pet owners, if they’ve met him, will talk of his lovely nature, amazing good looks …. and size.  Pet owners who haven’t met him will invariably ask if he is as big as they’ve heard 🙂  Tiny is ‘world famous in New Zealand’, as we say here.  An icon in the small, tight knit world of Greyhounds.

I don’t know if Tiny is the biggest Greyhound to ever race in New Zealand but I haven’t heard of any larger than him.  He raced at between 42 and 44 kgs and now tips the scales at close to 50 kgs.  When Tiny retired from racing a couple of years ago he moved from the South Island up to the North Island to live with his lovely new owner, Chris.  Here are a couple of photos I took at a Greyhound run in September last year when I first met Tiny.  He made a lasting impression on all the people there and made sure to say hello to everyone and have loves.

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Tiny and Casey, who is on the small side for a female Greyhound at 23 kgs.

 

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All the hounds at the run adored Tiny and he always had at least a few following him wherever he went.

A month ago, at the far too young an age of 6 1/2 years old, Tiny was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in his left hind leg.  A heartbreaking double whammy for Chris, who hasn’t been well herself.  There was a huge outpouring of grief, sympathy and love for Tiny and Chris from the Greyhound community.  A BBQ was held a couple of weeks ago to honour and celebrate Tiny, to allow people to meet him and friends to wish him well.  There were lots of people and hounds there, Tiny enjoyed himself and some tears were shed.  I was gutted to not be able to get to the BBQ, so when Chris’s daughter asked on Facebook if anyone could take some photos of Tiny for Chris I was quick to put my hand up.

I met up with Chris and Tiny on Friday afternoon for a photoshoot at a park near a harbour.

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Tiny arrives for his photoshoot in style in his Greyhoundmobile. Chris had to buy a bigger car when she got him!
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Tiny caught me on the hop when he had a little run!
Tiny caught me on the hop when he had a little run!

On the way down I was visualising being able to capture some tender moments between Chris and Tiny.  What I hadn’t bargained on were some people at the park having a couple of remote controlled little planes that sounded very much like a lure!  Tiny heard the noise in the distance and that was the end of any lovey-dovey stuff 🙂  But I got lots of photos of Tiny being Tiny and I think that is what was important to Chris.

Are we off to the races?
Are we off to the races?

We wandered around the park a little and down to the harbour.  All the while Tiny kept his ears pricked for where the lure sound was coming from.  When we decided Tiny had had enough Chris walked back over the park to get her car and I held onto Tiny.  He started tugging at the very flimsy lead I’d put on him (see above photo) and I thought seeing as the afternoon was all about Tiny I’d just follow him.  So off we went at quite a cracking pace and I soon realised where he was taking me.  He’d figured out where the lure noises were coming from!!  Then he saw the little planes in action and OMG, it’s one of the few times I’ve been glad I weigh considerably more than 50 kgs!  He bucked and bounced, twisted and turned.  Luckily I’d grabbed hold of the control loop on his collar as soon as I realised what his intentions were, that little lead wouldn’t have held him.  He sure took some holding but it made his afternoon 🙂  Any aches and pains were forgotten and I think he was reliving all his glory days in those few moments.

 

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Tiny has the lure in his sight!

It was a pleasure and privilege to spend the afternoon with Tiny and Chris.  To spend time with him and see him as he sees himself.  He isn’t a dog stricken with cancer who is going to be robbed of a long, happy retirement with an owner who thinks the world of him.  He’s TINY, a larger than life dog, who is going to live life to the fullest for as long as he can.  Chris is facing the toughest decision a pet owner has: when to let Tiny go and run pain free.  My heart aches for her but I know she will do right by Tiny and not let him suffer.  Much aroha to you both xx

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What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

Helen Keller.

21 Responses

  1. Jodie
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    A beautiful blog Sue thank you for providing such a strong and candid snapshot into what makes Tiny so lovable….. onions

    • Greyhounds CAN Sit
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      Thanks Jodie. It was a very bittersweet afternoon for me and I had a few onion moments writing about it!

  2. Sue
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    What a wonderful tribute to a handsome lad. I hope the time he has left is filled with happiness for him and Chris.

    My friend has a large boy and he is the most gentlest of giants I have come across.

    Hope you, Beryl, Asher and of course Fabulous Frankie are ok.

    Hugs
    Sue, Polly & Honey
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    • Greyhounds CAN Sit
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      Many thanks Sue. Chris will make sure Tiny enjoys himself 🙂 I love the big boys! We are all doing well, I will visit soon xxx

  3. Terri
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    Beautiful photos Sue. I hate cancer with every beat of my heart. It robs us.

    Your photos are beautiful and she will enjoy them for the rest of her life.

    • Greyhounds CAN Sit
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      Thank you so much Terri. You more than most know how unfair, brutal and unforgiving cancer is xx

  4. Hal Elliott
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    Sue,

    I always enjoy your photos, but I grieve with you today. I have lost four beautiful kids to Cancer. My thoughts are with you.

    • Greyhounds CAN Sit
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      Thank you Hal. I sympathise with your many losses. I too have lost quite a few dogs to cancer and also my Mother at a young age. It is such a heartbreaking disease.

  5. Deb
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    That is gorgeous…beautiful memories. Much love to you all from another member of the dreaded club. No one will ever forget you Tiny man <3

    • Greyhounds CAN Sit
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      Thank you Deb. Yes, Tiny is very unforgettable 🙂 He certainly made my afternoon with him memorable!

  6. Lauren Miller
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    Beautiful, beautiful post! <3
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  7. Marie
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    Beautiful words … beautiful pictures … and you Sue are a beautiful lady for doing this for the family 🙂

    • Greyhounds CAN Sit
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      Oh thank you so much Marie. It was an honour to be able to take some photos for Chris.

  8. Chris (Tiny's Mum)
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    Dear sue thank you so much I will never be able to thank you enough for that afternoon and this blog was a real tear jerker and words are hard to find. just amazing thank you xx

    • Greyhounds CAN Sit
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      I will never forget that afternoon, Chris, for all the right reasons. You are such a brave, loving lady. It was a privilege to meet you properly and I hope we can get together in the future under happier circumstances. So glad you like Tiny’s blog post xxx

  9. Maureen Irvine
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    Tears again….. Beautiful photos, Sue, and memories that will stay with Chris (and many others) forever… Much love to Chris and big hugs for Tiny…

    Maureen, Solo, Krissy and Tess xxxx
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    • Greyhounds CAN Sit
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      Thank you Maureen. I know Chris and Tiny will appreciate your love and hugs xxx

  10. Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential
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    I’m glad you’re back with new amazing pictures and such a beautiful story. I’m sure Tiny will always be remembered as the adorable and amazing dog he is.
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  11. Susan
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    As you know, Po (natalia bale) going thru same down here with Karen & our beach walk was fantastic, but sadly Po not as comfortable nor mobile anymore- see photo of Kevin carrying her back to car.
    Thanks for sharing Tiny /story and every hound and family seem to have their stories, I think it’s time for another book- either of pics ( we all have soooo many) or just a carry on from one John and Mo put together! Xxx you and Paula , Sue, could fill your own with pics!

  12. Karen
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    Much love to Chris and Tiny.
    We’re going through the same with our greyhound Po. We held Po’s Walk last Sunday in Christchurch and 34 hounds and their humans came to celebrate our girl. Tears and laughs. Won’t be long now and dreading the moment.
    Enjoy every second and build precious memories x