Some of you may recall our continuing battle with cancer affecting Hawk, one of our Greyhounds. This isnt about him. We have four Greyhounds: Hawk, our eldest; Nissan; Lisa; and our baby, Saber (the red menace). We adopted Saber about a year and a half ago as younger company for Lisa, who is a real firecracker. Hawk and Nissan are both over ten years old, and are slowing down a bit. Lisa and Saber bonded quickly and deeply - they can usually be found sleeping in an intertwined "puppy pile". Theyre two peas in a pod. Last week, we took Hawk in for his bimonthly post-chemo checkup (he was clear) and dragged Saber in just to get him Avid chipped. Our Doc gave him a once-over, and noticed a mild heart murmur. He didnt feel it was much to worry about, but started him on a low dose of a bronchodialator/diuretic anyway. This morning, my mother-in-law went out in the back yard for a smoke, and the hounds followed. I heard a thunk and a yelp, so decided to investigate. Saber was down against the fence, wild eyed and gasping for air. I determined that he had a pulse, but wasnt moving any air and his tongue was rapidly turning blue. I started artificial respiration out there in the back yard, in the rain wearing my robe. It was too slippery outside, so I picked him up and carried him inside to continue. I dont know if I was successful in getting an airway. He died in my arms after about five minutes of revival attempt, gasping for air until he lapsed into unconsciousness. We took him up to our vet to be posted, and their preliminary feeling is that it was a stroke. Well know more at the end of the week when the labs are back. We have a private (i.e. not group) cremation scheduled for next Saturday. Weve been bracing ourselves for Hawks death ever since he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma; we never thought we would lose Saber first. The one thing that I take comfort in is that I had just finished giving him a big back scratch, hug and kiss before he went outside this morning - if I had yelled at him for barking or shoved him away for being pesky, I dont know how I would deal with it. Remember to cherish your pets every day - for they will be gone before you know it Go gently into the arms of the Goddess, Glory Saber.