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She Was Thin And Scared But Today Marcie Is A Certified Therapy Greyhound
Marcie’s Story

Marcie Ran Into our Hearts and Lives

In May of 2008 we had to put our 14-year old lab/hound mix, Charlie, to sleep. We already had two beautiful greyt girls – Lucy, a champion red brindle, and Sally, a silly fawn who never made it to the track. A month or so later I was cruising the greyhound sites – come on! We all do it! – and there was a picture of what looked like a bold, beautiful black greyhound who had been returned to GSGA after her owner had an accident. She was 5 ˝ years old at the time. Her racing name (her racing “career” consisted of three races) was Viva’s Mystique.

I contacted Stuart via email (we are in Clovis), and after lots of exchanges my sister and I drove up to Walnut Creek in September while my husband stayed home with our girls. After meeting the family Stu and his wife brought out this skinny little black dog, who immediately took to my sister, sitting beside her while we talked, nudging her arm for attention (she continues to do this whenever she feels like proper attention is not being paid to her). She has a crunchy nose (canine lupus), a leaky eye (we thought it was a blocked tear duct, but had that cleared and it still runs), really long nails (still a work in progress), and stained teeth. We brought her home anyway! She was scared of my husband, had no interest in the other dogs (they didn’t care), and wasn’t entirely housebroken.

Today, Marcie (we are the Peanuts Gang) is a certified therapy dog who visits a local hospital and rehabilitation facility weekly! Outgoing and gorgeous (of course, I might be biased), she brings me joy every day. We lost our baby (Sally) suddenly in January, though, and will soon, inevitably, be gearing up for new addition.

This story was submitted by greyhound owner Jennifer and Marcie aka Viva's Mystique