Our Beloved Jon Cabarrus
On April 18, 2020, Jon, 72, reached the end of a valiant 16-year battle with myelofibrosis and then a debilitating stroke following the 2017 Tubbs fire. Words cannot express our sadness on the loss of this good man. He left his much-loved wife, Judy, two daughters Jennifer and Denise, two grandsons, Bowen and Hayden, and greyhounds Cici, Gracie, and Nigel. Jon must have been lonely up in doggy heaven, because Nigel joined him about a month after his death.
Jon and Judy met their first greyhound at a GFFL Meet and Greet in Berkeley in 2009 and it was the beginning of Jon’s passion for this breed. They adopted Leeta in 2009, Clair in 2010, Cici in 2012, Jaden in 2013, Gracie in 2015, and Nigel in 2017. It will come as no surprise that more than one of these dogs was a foster fail!
When GFFL moved our dogs up to Windsor, we knew that there was a fairly large greyhound community in Sonoma County, some with GFFL dogs and some with Wine Country Dogs. I remember coming up and meeting with Jon, Judy, and Ilene to plan the first GFFL entry in the Human Race. I knew then that we would have great support for our dogs up here.
Jon was a tireless advocate for the dogs and it helped that he was retired and had the time, passion, and energy to devote to the group. He loved doing the dog transports and Meet and Greets – both in Santa Rosa and frequently in Napa and Sonoma. He also did most of the home visits in the Santa Rosa area and helped with many of the adoption meetings. He continued to attend the Meet and Greets in Santa Rosa even after he was wheelchair-bound. He was also always on hand to welcome new dogs coming into the program. One can only imagine his frustration in not being able to help more with the dogs, but he never, ever complained. Although he tired more easily towards the end, he was always upbeat and cheerful.
Jon once told me that he was an introverted guy before getting involved in greyhound rescue and adoption. But he was so enthusiastic about talking with people about the joys of adopting a greyhound that his shyness disappeared. Everyone who met him is a witness to his loving kindness to both animals and people. He is greatly missed.