In September of 1995, we adopted our first greyhound, Emma, from Greyhound Pets of America/MD, Inc. She was a beautiful dark brindle and, weighing in at 72 pounds, was as big as most of her male friends. She lived with me, my husband, Michael, and our little terrier-mix, Daisy. Back in her day, Emma was the greyhound ambassador of Harford County. She loved going to meet and greets in an effort to raise public awareness about greyhound adoption. We attended parades, did home visits with potential adopters, gave talks at elementary schools, visited nursing homes, and volunteered at countless meet and greet events throughout Maryland. Once a year, Emma and I vacationed at Dewey Beach, Delaware for the annual Greyhounds Reach the Beach. It was our special time together, and I will cherish those memories in my heart forever. A little over a year after she came to live with us, we adopted our second greyhound, Grace, and Emma became the matriarch of the canine family. Her passive, gentle nature was adored by all who knew her and, because of that special little girl, many a greyhound was adopted. Sadly, we had to say good-bye to Emma on March 15, 2001 following a six month fight with osteosarcoma.
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