Happy Birthday to Tiger Jack Burke
Tiger Jack Burke was whelped on November 6, 2007 to his proud mother
“Heathers Fastball” and his father “Moose is Loose.” He spent his youth
growing long legs and preparing to sprint at 45 miles an hour after
a mechanical bunny while living at the Greyhound track in Jacksonville,
Florida. He ran in a lot of races until an injury (broken front left
toe) forced him to retire.
With his career cut short of
expectations, he was shipped to Michigan to be with his owner, Jackie
Nevison in Hillsdale, MI. He and his pushy sister Lady Wolverine stayed
with her for close to a year until Jackie (85 years old) felt she could
no longer take care of him.
She contacted www.Greyheart.org
and Jack was moved to a foster home in Macomb, MI. He was four years
old; about a year out of racing and was being sent to a place he didn’t
know, with a family he didn’t know, but they loved him as they fostered
him and he learned to become a dog.
Jack loved his foster home
and his foster family (the Priors, who have fostered dozens of
greyhounds) But six months later he had not been placed in a forever
home like all the others who came to Greyhart at the same time and was
either being stuck with the stigma of being ‘older” or just not well
adjusted to living in a house. Six months was a long time to go
un-adpoted and some wondered why nobody wanted him, but I did.
He came to my home to visit with his foster parents, Scott and Shelia.
It was warm outside and when he entered he ignored the bowl of water I
offered in favor of the open toilet. It was the first time I spoke his
name in his presence when I said: “Jack, get outtta there!” He left the
toilet bowl and has never had an urge to go back.
outside and he checking things out and relieved himself with one of
those marathon Tom Hanks, League of Their Own pisses (if you’ve seen the
movie, you’ll understand.) It ruined some beautiful lilies, but a short
while later he began to warm up to me, but had to leave with his foster
parents. I told them I had to think about whether or not I wanted him
but it was a lie. My mind was already made up. A few days later we began
sharing a home.
Today Tiger Jack Burke, a greyhound named
after a popular wrestler from Michigan n the 1920’s is six years old; or
about 42 in dog years. He’s in such great shape he could play a dog
half his age in a movie.
Part of that reason is his life
partner Anita Wood, aka Needa. The anniversary of their first meeting is
tomorrow. It came after she was shipped via the 28 hour express from
Florida to Michigan. She had barely settled into her foster home when I
got a call. . .yada yada yada. . .4 days later she had found her forever
I cannot imagine life without either one of them.
Today is his special day; one he will never know or understand, yet
every day we are together, is special.
So raise your glass and
toast with us. Here’s to another 10 years together Tiger Jack Burke;
hoping we set a new record in the stretch of life for a greyhound.