Best Tricks: Singing!, Give "Paw", "Leave It", "Down", "Place", "Touch", "Focus", "Wait & OK"
Arrival Story: We adopted Isis from the Seabrook Greyhound race track in Seabrook, NH. The adoption center is located right at the track and is called REGAP (Retired Greyhounds As Pets)
Bio: Isis's racing name was Rosey Rosette. Her "call name" was Betty. The call name is what they actually call the dog so that when racing fans call and shout their racing name, it doesn't distract them from the race. Betty just didn't fit her and she didn't really respond to the name anyway. We changed her name to Isis after the Egyptian Goddess. The breed originated in Egypt and Greyhounds were worshiped. We thought the name suited her. Isis ran a total of 14 races all in Seabrook, NH. She ran the summer of 2008. Her best race was her first race where she placed 3rd. She never broke her maiden race. In October of 2008, Isis suffered from a fracture of her left hind foot coming around the second turn on the track. The track Vet put her into a splint. After her recovery she was put up for adoption. Her sire was a grand champ who was raced 36 times and had many 1st places. Isis is a calm, gentle dog who loves cats (much to the relief of our two cats, Ben and Charlie). She is welcome addition to our family.
Greetings to all my pup pals. Sorry I haven't made an entry for some time. I will do my best to catch you all up. My typist has been very busy and very stressed over grandpa. He is not doing well. We continue to visit him almost every weekend and he no longer has his mental capacity. Sometimes he doesn't even know us. His mental decline has been rapid and continues to get worse. Last weekend we went to visit. I am always a big hit with all the patients there, so mom wanted to do something special since it is almost Christmas. Mom dressed me in my reindeer antlers and jingle bell collar. I walked around the nursing home spreading holiday cheer to both the residents and the nurses. Grandpa didn't pay much attention to me. That made me sad. He wasn't having a good day. We didn't stay long as they were predicting a big snow storm. Mom and dad wanted to leave early to try and avoid it. When we left, it was cloudy out but not snowing. By the time we reached the highway, it started. We were over an hour away from home. The snow started to get worse and worse. Mom and dad were getting scared. At one point daddy couldn't even see where the lanes were in the road. We were going only 25 miles and hour. Daddy was considering stopping and getting a hotel for the night. He kept driving though and gradually it got better and better. Mom said we must have hit a snow squall. Eventually the snow was just very light and the roads were clear again. By the time we made it to our town, it has started snowing heavy again. We got home just in time!
Mom's doggy day care is going well. My friend, Rosco spent a few days with us. Mom normally doesn't take dogs over night. She will take greyhounds though. We had a lot of fun. Rosco was here for 4 days. He was the perfect house guest and I loved having him here. I got really sad when he left. His mom said he will be able to stay with us again some time. I hope it is soon.
I wasn't able to march in the Christmas Parade this year. This was the first year I didn't march. It was a cold rainy day and my corn was bothering me. I was limping a bit. Since I was in pain and the weather was bad, mom and dad decided not to march. It was just as well because no other dogs even showed up. I would have been the only one! Mom and dad got to watch the parade. It was much smaller than usual because of the weather, but mom still enjoyed it.
I hope all my friends have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Oh, what a day I had yesterday!! Mom and dad gave me a birthday party! My birthday isn't for another week but mom and dad have to go to something called the Natural Living Expo. They won't be home next weekend so mom and dad celebrated with me yesterday! I am going to be 7! I had two cakes. One was a human cake and one was for dogs. Just between you and me, I think out dog cake was much better than what the humans had. Mom and dad bought me blue and yellow balloons so all my doggy guests could see the pretty colors. Mom and dad made human food too for all the human guests. My friends Thor, Johnny B, Cella and Bella came. So did my brother, Fast and his doggy brother Riley (No blood relation as Fast is a greyhound and Riley is an Australian Shepherd!) 11 humans came too. Everyone sang "Happy Birthday" and us dogs all joined in at the end. I got some lovely gifts too. It was so much fun sharing my special day with my family and friends. I am glad everyone had a good time. Very tired today after all the excitement. Just resting and eating some left over cake.
We all went to visit Grandpa in the nursing home on Saturday. It has been a stressful time for us all. The nurse informed Mom that he was now under Hospice care. His defibrillator for his heart had gone off on Friday afternoon while he was in bed. He said it felt like a lightning bolt going through him. The nurse said they plan to disconnect the defibrillator on Tuesday so if his heart stops again, he can go peacefully. He was happy to see us. Mom and dad brought him some warm clothes because he is always cold. They also went and bought him some new pants as all of his pants are now too big and literally falling off him. Mom bought him a Red Sox sweatshirt and he was so happy he cried. The nurses are trying to make his last days as happy as they can. He really wanted MacDonald's french fries and a shake for supper, so one of the nurses went out and got it for him. When his regular supper tray arrived, his nurse asked mom and dad if I could have it! She said they would just throw it away anyway. Mom and dad said yes. The nurse put the tray on the floor and I didn't know what to do! There was a huge piece of turkey with gravy on a slice of bread, mash potatoes and squash! I wasn't sure if I was supposed to leave it or if I could have it. The second mom said "OK", I dove right in. I cleaned my plate! Then for desert the nurse gave me an uneaten hamburger. We had a really nice visit with grandpa. We don't know if it will be the last one or not.
On Sunday mom and dad had to go back to grandpa's house to get some items before the house goes up for sale. I couldn't go because there was no room for me in the truck. The funny thing is that dad got a Penske truck. My biological dog father was Flying Penske! Mom tried to get a truck discount since I am Flying Penske's daughter which gave the rental guys a nice chuckle. When mom and dad came home with the truck, mom took some pictures of me standing under the part that say Penske!