In Memory of Aspen

Our deepest sympathies to CalGAP editors Roger and Sharyn Deeringer for their loss of regal Aspen.

From Sharyn:

When it is time to let go?

Having just lost our sweet girl, Aspen, I wanted to share with you my thoughts. First, I could not have gotten through this with out the support of some wonderful friends who offered needed medical counsel. A special thanks goes to Katie Fisher for directing Roger and me to Dr. Eich and Dr. Christina Goulard for introducing me to Dr. Annie Forslund.

Dr. Annie Forslund allowed all of us – including Sears, Neo, Static – to say good-by to Aspen in our home as Aspen rested on her favorite bed. By coming to our home, Dr Forslund allowed us to cradle and gentle stroke Aspen as we sent her off to the Rainbow Bridge. Our pack didn’t have to deal with the uncertainty of Aspen leaving the house and never returning. The passing of a pack member they understand; disappearance leaves them uncertain. All of us had the opportunity to say good-by.

Dr. Forslund also provides pre and post emotional support to help pet owners deal with these difficult decisions. Being a greyhound owner, she truly understands our emotional attachment to our wonderful greys. When you are faced with the decision of letting go, please visit Dr. Forslund website at We can’t thank Dr. Annie Forslund enough, nor express how grateful we are for her services.

How do you decide when it is time to let go?

With tears in my eyes, I share this poem with you. The question I ask of myself when having to make this heart wrenching decision is, “Am I keep my precious baby from the Rainbow Bridge for my greyhound’s sake, or I am keeping my sweet greyhound here for me.”


Author Unknown

I didn’t want to go at first, I fought with all my might!

But something seems to draw me now to a warm and loving light.

I want to go! I really do! It’s difficult to stay.

But I will try as best I can to live just one more day.

To give you time to care for me and share your love and fears.

I know you’re sad and are afraid because I see your tears.

I’ll not be far, I promise that and hope you’ll always know

That my spirit will be close to you wherever you may go.

Thank you so for loving me, you know I loved you too.

That’s why it’s hard to say good-bye and end this life with you.

So hold me now, just one more time, and let me hear you say,

Because you care so much for me, you’ll let me go today.

5 thoughts on “In Memory of Aspen

  1. It is so difficult to say goodbye to our four legged friends, having done this recently I still mourn. Aspen was a beautiful grey, you can see her beauty in her eyes. You were blessed with her love, and she with yours. She is at peace, and left you with many happy memories. I am truely sorry for your loss.

    Another greyhound parent here

  2. To the Deeringer Pack:

    Wes and I are deeply saddened by Aspen’s passing. She will be missed, and I know the heartache you are feeling. I am feeling the same heartache here. We love our Grey’s.. they are our family, and our life. Rest peacefully sweet Aspen.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Aspen. She was a beautiful girl. I understand the heartache you are feeling – I just lost my darling Wire Fox Terrier, Emma, this morning.

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