Greko, my best boy...
by Dee Ann L.
(Port Huron, MI)
I lost my Greko April 15, 2011. When I got Greko, he was a 3 month old, fawn colored Boxer puppy. He was so cute, and all legs. And the very best dog we've ever had. He was my best friend from the start. I can't even begin to express how much I miss him. The house seems so empty and quiet. When I get up in the morning there's nothing at the foot of my bed to trip over and no race to the front door. Because of Greko I was never alone. My husband worked out of state a lot and my kids were back and forth between our home and their father's. I could have had a lot of lonely times, but I didn't thanks to Greko. Always by my side. Or more like it, under my feet! In 2006, Greko was diagnosed with Horner's Syndrome. Horner's Syndrome is cranial nerve damage. He somehow damaged a nerve that was connected to his brain that controlled the right side of the body. This caused awful seizures which resulted in lots of medication. The doctor gave him 6 months. Well, I was blessed with 5 more years. When he was first diagnosed, my sister in-law said the nicest thing to me. She said, "love goes a long way and we all know how much you love Greko". And I did.
Just over a year ago my Husband brought home a Pug who wasn't wanted. As hesitant as I was about having another dog, we took her in. "Boo Boo" instantly found her spot in our household and her and Greko quickly became best friends. She was always washing his face and where one was the other was, all the time. She misses him too. I've seen her take many walks out to Greko's resting place. I think she checks it out and makes sure everything is o.k. This seems to be a daily ritual of hers. It's heartbreaking for me. We all miss him so much.
My son found Greko in my bedroom all stretched out on the floor like he was sleeping. I hope to God that it was peaceful. I know he is with my Dad now. And all the other dogs we've been so lucky to have growing up. Annie, Maggie and Chubby just to name a few. I think Greko's favorite thing in the world (beside pizza!) was to run. He could run and run and run! I like to think thats what he's doing right now.
I still cry a little every day. I'm sure I will for a lot of days to come. He was and always will be my very best friend.
R.I.P. Greko, you'll always be my best boy, Momma loves you..