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A Dog's Best Friend JENNIFER BLECHER writer ERIC BARRY photographer Wellesley's Kathy Mahoney devotes her time to help give greyhounds a good life. Kathy Mahoney many long-married couples come to such an intimate under- standing of each other's personalities that when a spouse is greeted at the door with the phrase, "You'll never guess what I did today...," the other spouse is not actually surprised by the conclusion of the sen- tence. Such is the case with Wellesley residents Kathy and Bob Mahoney. When Kathy greets Bob at the door with the aforemen- tioned expression, Bob knows it's time to make more room in his house and in his heart, because Kathy has brought another rescued greyhound home to stay. There have been eight greyhounds in total, the most recent a calm, wide-eyed, dark beauty named Dana, and they represent a crucial part of Kathy's life that she never saw coming. It all began in 1995, when Kathy's twelve year-old daughter Alana read an article in Dog Fancy magazine about a woman named Louise Coleman. Coleman had founded Greyhound Friends, a nonprofit organization located in Hopkinton that is dedicated to saving race- track greyhounds and placing them in loving adoptive homes. Inspired by Coleman's story, Alana decided that she wanted to adopt a greyhound. Like many a parent before her, Kathy smiled, nodded, and delayed the decision as long as she could. Alana, like many a child before her, decided to take matters into her own hands. She presented her parents with a poem titled, "The Last Race Home," which featured stanzas like: "Now I have a family. Now I have a home. Now I have a bed. Now I have a bone." Well, let's just say it didn't take long for Pops the greyhound to arrive at the Mahoney household. Kathy, who just weeks before Pop's arrival barely knew what a grey- hound was, found herself sharing her home with a tall, skinny dog that 92 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012

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