Starlight passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by friends and family.
Before John and I knew her, she was a track dog and raced in Florida under the name Phlash Princess. She later came to Mass. and continued to race until the age of five, when John and I were lucky enough to adopt her and bring her home. She was a very happy dog with lots of energy and an exuberant spirit. Her favorite thing of all to do was run with her friends, and run laps in the backyard chasing her squeaky toy. She also enjoyed meeting people, especially children, as she always acquired a very gentle demeanor in the company of them. She loved to ride in the car and this past spring we took her to enjoy a family vacation in the Berkshires.
Star was a celebrity! Twice she was written up in the Boston Globe....once in 2002 in an article promoting a Greyhound Friends open house, and again in 2003 when she became a registered therapy dog and participated in a program where children would practice their reading skills by reading to her. Since patience was her strong suit, the children would not feel discouraged whenthey mispronounced a word! In the last year of her life, she decided she'd like to help more greys like her find homes, so she participated in several "meet & greets" for Greyhound Friends of Hopkinton. During these mom would talk to potential adopters about the breed while she would turn on the charm and show them what loving personalities greyhounds have.
Run free, Starlight....as you did on this earth until almost