Friday, February 27, 2009

Rory - An Agility Greyt


Rory
07/01/1997 - 02/24/2009

I am sad to report that Sharon Smith's "C-ATCH 3 Subtle Breeze OAP MJP ChSN ChST ChJU ChFH ChCL ChWC PJ1 PS1 NAC NJC TDI" (Rory) passed away at the age of 11. He fought meningitis for a year and a half and even felt well enough to compete in agility periodically during that time. However, Rory was recently diagnosed with lymphoma and despite every effort, he did not respond to treatment.

Sharon adopted Rory after he was returned to the adoption group by 3 separate adopters due to separation anxiety. Sharon persevered with Rory and he repaid her by being a wonderful agility partner.


Sharon believes that Rory is the most titled agility greyhound to date and I think she is right. They competed at events organized by AKC, USDAA, NADAC, and CPE. Each has its own titling system. I only do AKC, so I couldn't begin to explain the titles from all the venues Rory succeeded at, but he was quite successful. His agility career did not begin until the age of 7.


I got to meet up with Sharon and Rory at a Harriman, TN trial and a Nashville, TN trial. It was so much fun to have several greyhounds at one agility event. Rest in peace, Rory. Hopefully you and Travis are causing some trouble in heaven. Hang in there, Sharon.

9 comments:

Snobound said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of this accomplished athlete. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Thanks for sharing the news and some wonderful photos of Rory here.

greytblackdog said...

Godspeed Rory. What an amazing life.

BrittBeah said...

Wow, Rory sounds like a fighter. This has been such a sad few weeks loosing so many hounds at once.
So sorry to Rory's family.
How amazing of a story to have such an acomplished pup that only began his career at such an advanced age.

IHateToast said...

rory sounds like he was a wonderful furfriend to sharon. i'm sure her heart is broken. i'm sorry for her loss. he was very handsome. i hate pet death.

Stowe and Maria said...

We are very sorry for Sharon's loss. Rory sounds like a tremendous hound. Our Cameo was a real cutie and she and Rory are probably meeting up and finding a soft place to rest together. He is in good company now.

Stephen said...

Rest in peace, Rory, run in joy...

Ridlon Tails said...

Sorry to hear of Rory's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon. =(

Anna said...

So sorry to hear about Rory. What an amazing agility dog! Thanks for sharing his story.

May he run in joy with all those greyt hounds who have gone before him.

His family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Joy and Samson said...

It was exciting to see Sharon and Rory earn their CPE C-ATCH title at our local CPE trial in Indiana. A roar of applause and cheers with tears seeing Rory clear his last jump with victory. Truly an amazing dog, and I enjoyed greeting him each time I met him. So glad I got to shake his paw. Thanks for the glorious memories, Rory and Sharon!