Closing Down the Site

November 2, 2008

Hello everyone. Just a quick note to let everyone who has enjoyed Bob & Ruby Speak Out know that since the death of Ms. Ruby I didn’t think it would be right to keep the blog going. I have moved all of our post to the new blog that Ms. Fran and I have started. We hope that you will stop by and keep in touch.

Our new blog site is located at

Thanks and say goodnight Ms. Fran



I’m still here.

October 14, 2008

Hi folks. I, Mr. Bob is still here. Just finding it a little difficult to get back into the writing thing without Ms. Ruby. My Folks say that we are going to be going to some of the local Greyhound Rescue places and get me a new friend. I do miss my kind.

The folks have been really great. They are very understanding when I don’t want to play with my squeey toy or run a couple of extra laps in the yard. I did go out with them today and do some supervision of their garden work. Rough job, but someone has to do it. Helps keep me busy.

Don’t give up on me. I’m getting back into my groove and with the prospect of finding a new friend will put the spark back into me. Then look out.

Thanks for your understanding,

Love to all,

Mr. Bob

Me, Mr. Bob!

Me, Mr. Bob!

Cats do have a use after all.

September 30, 2008

This is just what I, your humble writer need to read today. Brought a big shiat eating grin to my face. And I just love true stories.

My Son the Vet

How proud of your children are you?

One Sunday, while counting the money in the weekly offering, the pastor of a small Florida church found a pink envelope containing $1000. It happened again the next week.

The following Sunday, he watched as the offering was collected and saw a little old lady put the distinctive pink envelope in the plate. This went on for weeks until the pastor, overcome by curiosity, approached her.

‘Ma’am, I couldn’t help but notice that you put $1,000 a week in the collection plate,’ he stated.

‘Why yes,’ she replied, ‘every week my son sends me money, and I give some of it to the church.’

The pastor replied, ‘That’s wonderful, how much does he send you?’

The old lady said, ‘$10,000 a week.’

The pastor was amazed. ‘Your son is very successful; what does he do for a living?’

‘He is a veterinarian,’ she answered.

‘That is an honorable profession,’ the pastor said. ‘Where does he practice?’

The old lady said proudly, ‘In Nevada.
He has two cat houses in Las Vegas and one in Reno.’

No that's a good one.

Now that's a good one!

Thank you all for your kind words.

September 17, 2008

My people and I would like to thank all of our family and friends who have written notes of condolence on the passing of our Ms. Ruby yesterday. The thoughts do help to lighten the grief. I find myself looking all over the house checking for her. I guess it just hasn’t really sunk in that she has crossed over the bridge.

I would like to share some of the words of condolence…

From Doc S in CA:I lost my best little dog 1 year ago last week. He was a great Border Collie. Say what you will about cats and dogs. They are refreshing. I will hope to get another Border Collie soon, maybe Australian Shepherd.. sometime this next year. Looking forward to seeing you.

From Doc Chuck in WA: I very well know the hollow spot left when you have to let a dog or cat go. The grief is as great as losing any other member of your family. They quickly enter your heart and take a piece of it with them when they go.

The only recovery is to bring in another dog right away.

From our new friend in Salisbury, Rebecca: I am so very sorry about your dear Miss Ruby!! I am only glad I was privileged to have met her and pet her. She was a love.

From Deena in Salisbury: How fortunate Ms. Ruby was to have had such a devoted companion as Mr. Bob and people who loved her dearly. Had sad for those she has left on this side of the Rainbow Bridge. I know they will miss her deeply. I too, will miss reading her witty postings or hearing Mr. Bob as he told of her antics. She was truly a regal lady.

From Peg and Smitty in AR, who I have never had the privilege of meeting but are friends of my people: Dear Mr Bob,

We were so saddened to hear of yours and your family’s loss. Ms Ruby must have been a wonderful companion and friend. Your words spoke eloquently of the love you all shared for such a special lady.

Our thoughts are with you all as you move forward with beautiful memories and the hope of someday reuniting with her.

From Uncle Don, Aunt Betsy, Stephine, Matthew, Cocoa and Poppy in VA: Rich/Pat and Bob – We were all so very sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. All any of us can hope for in life is to hopefully bring a little joy and happiness into the lives of those around us, and from that point of view, Ruby could certainly go to her rest knowing that her life had been a success. She brought so much sunshine and comfort to you all and to everyone she touched – certainly to all of us up here, including her distant cousins, Poppy and Cocoa. In turn, it seems that you all brought much comfort and love to her as well – she didn’t want to leave, regardless of her discomfort. Despite the tough beginnings she faced as a racing greyhound, she lived the bulk of her life in the caring, warm surroundings that she deserved and held on to until the very end.

With all our love and affection

From my Brother-in-Law Patrick in CO: I’m very sorry to hear about Ruby. I wish there was something I could say or do to fill in the void she left but unfortunately only time can help. Below is stanza from a poem written by Lord Byron about his dog which I feel is very fitting to all dogs – no matter what breed.


Near this Spot
are deposited the Remains of one
who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
and all the virtues of Man without his Vices

From Carolyn in FL: I am so sorry to hear about Ms Ruby. It is so hard to lose a beloved pet. I am very sad as I know you are.

From a friend in NY: Please accept my condolences of the passing of Ms. Ruby. I know how much you both cherished her. She is in peace and in a much happier place. She will always be with you, you were the loves of her life. She wouldn’t want you to weep for her because she is in doggie heaven and eating donuts & bacon and eggs and all the things she loves. God Bless!

From our neighbors: I had no idea Ms. Ruby was having problems. We are so sorry to see you lose one of your family. Please call on us if there is something we can do to help you at this time. Ms. Ruby was as sweet as they come and we will miss seeing her. I’m glad she knew the love and total commitment that you two and Bob gave her in her later years. May God be with you and draw you near Him at this time.
Bob & Pam

From Doc Dave in WA: Sorry to hear about Ms. Ruby.
Give my BEST to Mr. Bob and his People.

From Dr. John; Sorry to hear of your loss Richard.

My people and I would like to thank all who have offered kind words. Thanks to all, and sorry if I missed someone who has sent kind words.

Love to all,

Mr. Bob

Sweet dreams and God’s speed Ms. Ruby.

Say good night Ms. Ruby…

September 16, 2008

Then God sent the Greyhound to live among man and remember.
And when the Day comes, God will call the Greyhound to give
Testament, and God will pass judgment on man.

I have the sad task to tell the world that one of the Greyt Greyhounds now belongs to the Ages.

Ms. Ruby, Crossed over the Bridge today after a short and valiant fight with osteosarcomas. What the doctors at first thought was a pinched nerve in her neck that was causing a limp was in fact cancer. Over the past few days she developed a rapid swelling of the right lower leg. Her doctor took an x-ray and determined that she had a pathologic fracture. It must have been extremely painful but she really didn’t show it. Only last night did she whimper a bit. She was a real trooper.

After much research and discussion it was felt that the best thing to do was to put her to sleep. She was a fighter to the very end. And ever was she brave. The doctor had to give her enough eternal sleep medication for a 300 pound dog. She finally gave in and pasted gently into eternal sleep.

Her people were with her the whole time. I can’t image how saddened they must be with her passing. I have lost my best friend and companion. The house is strangely quiet without her. It was so strange to go out after dinner without her. I feel so lost.

I am just glad that she did not suffer. She was a true lover. Everyone who met her fell in love with her. If our people went to Burger King without us, they always wanted to know where we were. Now we will have to tell them that our Ms. Ruby has passed.

I can’t write anymore. My people need me.

Good night sweet Ruby…


Mr. Bob

Ms Ruby decked out.
Ms Ruby decked out.DOGS’ PRAYER

A Dogs’ Prayer

I ask for the privilege of not being born…

not to be born until you can assure me of a home

and a master to protect me,

and a right to live as long as I am physically able to enjoy life….

not to be born until my body is precious

and men have ceased to exploit it because it is cheap and plentiful.

– Anonymous –

Make a Fast Friend….

Adopt a Greyhound

Just a qucik note..

September 3, 2008

I’m sorry to report that Ms. Ruby is under the weather. Somehow she has developed a pinched nerve in her neck which has really put a crimp in her style. Because of the problem she has not been able to do much typing or web surfing.

To add to our problem I had to get our person to write this for me because I hate to type. If I had to type this it would have taken me a week. So, hey, thanks person.

Please keep Ms. Ruby in your thoughts. She has a real hard time going down stairs and we had to ask our good friend Randy from Advantage Builders in Salisbury to build a special ramp for her. Thanks a million Randy. Ruby really enjoys using it. Now she can continue to go out and lounge by the pool.

Ramp by Advantage Builders...

Ramp by Advantage Builders...

We hope to be back soon.

Mr. Bob

Oh, how true it is… In Washington

June 25, 2008

Well, Mr. Bob once again has to thank the great cartoonist Wiley Miller, creator of the Non Sequitur comic strip. He has said in on panel what millions of Americans truly believe….

The real site should be Washington, DC, not the boardroom. Thanks again to Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

And that’s all we have to say!

Ms. Ruby & Mr. Bob