A Tribute to Julie (Liberal Julie)

Today we have received the sad news that Julie (Liberal Julie) has crossed the bridge. Her loving family have written a beautiful tribute to her . What could we add to such a lovely piece except to say how terribly sorry we are for their loss and to thank them for the wonderful home they gave her.

A little over 9 years ago, we visited Dillymore in search of a new friend. Kevin and Sally met us at the gate and, as we made our way in, the first thing we saw was a beautiful black girl who, apparently, had only arrived the previous day. She had a smile as wide as her jump was high… she was bouncing up to our head height as she seemed to be saying, ‘pick me, pick me’!!! We laughed as Kevin told us her name was Julie and she had just turned 4.
After big hello’s, fuss and cuddles, we had a walk with her and were hooked. She had, in fact, picked us and the following day, we collected her and took her home. There began our adoration of greyhounds.
Julie has seen our son and daughter grow from children into adults, she’s camped with us, moved house with us, helped us through the grief of losing friends and parents and just all round enriched our lives. Three years ago, on 20th December, we took home a mate to spur her on in her old age… along came (Burgess) Beano. At 2 years old, he was boisterous, bouncy and a ‘typical teenager’. In her usual dignified style, and after realising he wasn’t ‘just for Christmas’, Julie taught him some manners and how to behave and he repaid her by respecting her as if she were his Mother.
Last year, she battled with a stage 3 sarcoma. We hoped for another Christmas with her… her favourite time – I’ve never known a dog enjoy presents as much as her!! She blessed us with that and stuck around for my husband’s 50th Birthday (she always was a ‘Dadda’s Girl’ at heart). But last week, with hearts heavier than we could contemplate, we had to say goodbye. Julie filled our home with her big personality and gave us more giggles and happy memories than we could ever list. She was loved and adored by all who knew and met her… even those that weren’t particularly dog lovers.
Sleep peacefully beautiful girl. We are so grateful that you chose us for your forever home. Those 9 years passed far too quickly but we’ll keep you in our hearts, always xxx