Magic Jet JC CD RN

July 24, 1996 - January 5, 2010

Our family has always loved dogs. We were introduced to greyhounds at a meet-and-greet at Wegmans and fell in love with the breed. Magic came into our lives in December of 1998. He was 2 1/2 years old and had just been 'retired' from racing at Hinsdale Greyhound Park in New Hampshire.

He was an eager, happy dog who adjusted well to life at home. He rarely barked and enjoyed standing quietly while people scratched him around his head and neck. He did retain one trait from his days at the track: he ate his food with frightening speed. Greyhounds are sighthounds but Magic must have had some Bloodhound genes in him because when no one was home he diligently searched throughout the house for any type of food related products left out in the kitchen, dining room or living room. The garbage always had to be securely hidden.

Since greyhounds are natural athletes, I decided to investigate the dog-related activities sponsored by the AKC (American Kennel Club). Magic willingly travelled with me as we went to numerous classes and competitions throughout Western New York.

He loved to run and easily earned the AKC lure coursing title: Junior Courser (JC).

Obedience competition proved to be more challenging for Magic. This was probably due to my own inexperience in the sport rather than any failing on Magic's part. But, after numerous obedience competitions (including one second-place finish) Magic earned his AKC obedience title: Companion Dog (CD). While we were training for our obedience competition, the AKC introduced another obedience related sport called Rally, he successfully earned a title at the Novice level (RN). And yes, greyhounds can be taught to sit.

In his senior years Magic enjoyed resting comfortably in his chair in the living room. It seemed as if he slept about 20 out of 24 hours, but he was always ready for his daily walk at 4:30 PM regardless of the weather.

Magic had many wonderful years with our family and will be greatly missed. His AKC title truly describes him; he was our best Companion Dog.

-Ed Heyman and Family

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