McGrath was adopted on 02/94 by Jo Anne Leegant and Jan Egger. McGrath our 13 ½ year old red-fawn greyhound, went to the Rainbow Bridge on Friday morning, February 27, 2004. For more than a year, he had experienced a neurological problem which caused his rear legs to slowly collapse when he was standing still. When it first started, his legs would work again when he started walking; by the end, there were times that he could barely walk at all. He had to roll his body back and forth to get up the momentum to get up out of bed. But he never gave up and he never gave in; he kept on trying. When I tried to lift him gently, to help him in and out of the van or up the stairs, he resisted. He was independent; he wanted to do it himself.
Up until his last few days, he managed to complete his favorite walk around the woods twice a day. The times that I left him at home, as I thought it was too much for him; he was visibly upset. He wanted to be with the rest of us. He knew that when he could no longer walk in the woods, or even around the block, we would keep our promise to him and let him go while he still had his dignity. And we did. It was the right time for him to go, but it could never be the right time for us. We miss him so.