So how do you summarize your first Greyhound experience? Zack was amazing, he was confident, but could also be stubborn. My two most favorite activities with him were when we would walk, and at the end of the day when we were winding down. With his ears laid back along his neck, he would look at me with his “liquid” brown eyes. I would get down on the floor, to pet him, talk to him, and sometimes even to sing (either low and soft or loud and boisterous) Zachareee, Zachariii, Zachara ha ha ha ha”. So I have taken the liberty to tweak the words to the song “My Way”, and have essentially re-titled it “Zack’s Way”.
And now, the end has come
And so I have faced the final curtain
Without my friend, I am numb
I'll state his case, of which I'm certain.
He lived a life that was full
From racing to walking the trail ways
But more, he did much more than this
And he did it his way.
Critters, he killed a few
But then again, too few to mention
We did what we had to do
And saw it through without exemption
I planned each car ride
Each step along the parkway
And more, much more than this
We did it his way.
Yes, there were times, I'm sure he knew
I was less than patient, so he withdrew
But through it all, when I was in doubt
He would come to me to pet his snout
We faced it all and we stood tall
And did it our way.
He loved, a bone or a rawhide
Yet his appetite became so confusing
But now, as tears subside
I find the memories oh so amusing
To think he did all that
And might I say – in a shy way
Oh no, oh no, not my Zack
He did it in a confident way.
For what is a Retired Greyhound, what have they got?
If not to give up racing, to live on our plot
You could say they have it made
Yet so many new things to be afraid
Let the record show,
He became a couch potato
And to the end he did it … HIS WAY!
Yes,…. hiiisss waaay.
Thank you Greyhound Pets of America, the GPA-Wisconsin chapter, our adoption coordinator Tonia Powers, and Joan Regnery (foster home).
Rest in peace Zack (aka Fast Zack)
Best Wisconsin Greyhound 2009-2020
“The very best place for a good dog to rest, is in the heart of their guardian.”