Goodbye to a Dear Friend

We’re all very sad at the moment because our dear friend Owain (aka Owen Bowen) has died.???????????????????????????????

Some of you may remember he lost one of his back legs early last year. It turned out he had an aggressive bone cancer that caused his leg to break, and the vet only gave him a few months to live. But Owain loved life and he was determined to hang on for longer than that. With the devoted care of his humans Jan and Alain and the loving companionship of his sister Mollie, he fought on for over a year.

Pack walk in bluebells

Owain was always a powerhouse of a dog. In 2008, under the name ‘Alaskan Mist’, he won so many races he was crowned Midlands Greyhound of the Year. When his racing career ended he spent several years languishing in kennels with very little exercise, which must have been a miserable existence for a hound with so much energy and lust for life. Then Greyhound Rescue Wales took him in and he found his forever home with Jan and Alain, where he soon grew fit and strong again. It was a joy to see him racing up and down the valley behind Three Cliffs Bay. I never had a hope of keeping up with him, but Pearl used to give him a run for his money!

He would often come round to ours for play dates, or to stay when Jan and Alain were away. We’ll always remember that warm, happy summer when the three of us used to hang out in Annabelle’s front garden.

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I know I was jealous of his and Pearl’s budding romance, but all that seems petty now. I just wish we could have that summer back again – if I’d known what was going to happen I’d have spent less time sulking and more time appreciating his kind, gentle presence.

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Goodbye, O-Bo, we’re going to miss you. We know you’re in the Land of Eternal Summer now, racing through the meadows, but we can’t help wishing you were still here to race with us.OBo

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26 Responses to Goodbye to a Dear Friend

  1. raisingdaisy says:

    We’re so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life Owain had, we’re glad you all had so many happy years together. Sending Havachon hugs to you.

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  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    So sorry to hear it. At least it sounds like Owain’s final years were very happily spent.

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  3. fredrieka says:

    dance and run among the rainbows.

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  4. So sad to hear about your friend, Owain. Hugz to you guys ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ

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  5. Eileen says:

    I’m so sorry. He’s beautiful, and I know he had a wonderful life with you.

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  6. He was a very special dog and we were lucky to know him. His humans gave him the best life and we always loved having him over to visit.

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  7. Eileen says:

    Sorry, I read too quickly and missed the fact that he wasn’t yours. Anyway, he looks like a special angel.

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  8. What a beautiful creature. I’m sorry for your loss. I’m sure Owain was a wonderful friend, and that he was happy to have you and his companions to bring sunshine to his days.

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  9. He was beautiful, wasn’t he? His family miss him very much, and so do we.

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  10. What a wonderful tribute to a dog who was clearly a dear companion to you all-how lovely that you all had each other and some very wonderful memories to boot!

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  11. Thank you! We’re still finding it hard to believe he’s gone – Pearl and I still prick up our ears when his name is mentioned, and we look for him every time we go to Mollie’s house.

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  12. Now I feel very sad. What a brave thing he was. RIP Owen Bowen 😦

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  13. He was very brave – a truly great-hearted Greyhound

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  14. I am sorry to hear that. A nicely written tribute.

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  15. I’m so sorry for your loss. 😦
    RIP Owen…

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  16. Thank you. Dogs just don’t live long enough, and O-Bo’s life was shorter than most.

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  17. I am so sorry to hear about your dog, that is one of the hardest things to go through- I’m afraid we too, will go through this too soon. I dread the day. 😦 thinking of you during this time.

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    • Thank you. Owain wasn’t ours, but he belonged to close friends and we considered him part of our extended pack. we often used to look after him and take him for walks. He was a very special boy and his humans miss him very much. I hope you don’t have to go through the same thing too soon.

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  18. pollymacleod says:

    Hello, sorry this is a bit late, I’ve only just found your site. I have tears in my eyes after reading your post, you’ve written it so lovingly. My daughter and I co-own two Lurchers, one from a pup and the other is a rescue.

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  19. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. It’s always good to meet someone who appreciates the loveliness of Lurchers!

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