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.
????? Something strange happened today. Mom and dad took me to Petco. It was a Petco I had never been to before. I always love going to pet stores so I was very happy. When we went inside we saw Calvin and his mom, Cathy! Mom and Cathy talked for awhile and daddy took me over to stand in line. There were about 4 dogs ahead of me. Mom had put my jingle bell collar and reindeer antlers on me, so people kept coming up to me to pet me. I liked that too. As we moved up in line I saw my brother, Fast's, human mom. I sniffed her and recognized her. Then I saw Santa Claus! He knew me! He called out my name a few times. Then I had to go stand with him to get my picture taken with him. He seemed familiar but I couldn't put my paw on it. I was a little nervous and was shaking a bit, but I got my picture taken. Afterwards I was standing next to daddy and mom left with my brother's mom. Next thing I knew, my brother, Minion and Riley were there! It was the strangest thing. Mom kept telling me that I KNEW Santa and that he was at my birthday party a few weeks ago. I honestly do not remember seeing Santa at my party. Santa did seem a little familiar.......
I am a very tired but happy dog tonight. This morning mom and dad took me to Boston so I could walk in the annual Jingle Bell Walk!! The walk was a very special Greyhound Adventures walk. Most of us dogs dressed up in holiday apparel. Many of the humans dressed up too. Mom put Christmas lights and red garland around my harness! The lights had this big battery pack so mom took her hot glue gun and glued a little Santa Claus on top. It looked so cute, like Santa was riding on my back! I also wore my jingle bell collar and reindeer antlers and my very special holiday Grammies Jammies too! Greyhound Adventures collected donations to Greyhound Initiative. Dr. Couto works for them trying to find a cure for Osteosarcoma. My cover photo is a picture of me and Dr. Couto. Mom and dad donated. It was a very nice day. The temperature was very warm for this time of year. It was 50 degrees. I was very comfortable in my light jammies. We walked all around Boston Commons and the Boston Public Gardens. I would say about 50 other greyhounds attended. Every greyhound got a jingle bell to wear. We ring our bells for all the greyhounds that went to the Rainbow Bridge this past year. I rang my bell for them all but especially for Robin and Sally Bumbles.
After the walk we went home for a very short time. I was tired but mom told me that today was also the Maynard Christmas Parade! I march in it every year with MayDOG. I couldn't miss it!! I wore the same thing in the parade. There were lots of people watching this year. They all loved my outfit. I got my picture taken by a lot of people. It was fun! Mom said I was a real trooper because she knew how tired I was. I walked the whole parade! We saw Santa afterwards and he waved to me! That made me feel special. It was such a good day! I am very tired though so it is time for bed!!
Yesterday, Mom and dad threw my a birthday bash for my 9th Birthday!Mom got things ready early that morning, She brought down the dog beds from upstairs and brought up extra chairs from the basement. Mom and dad started making some food in the afternoon. At 4 O'clock the first guest arrived. It was Carolyn and Johnny B. Johnny B's sister Cella couldn't come this year. She caught a bat and the bat had rabies! Even though Cella has had all her shots, she still is under quarantine at her house for 2 more weeks.
What a fun party I had! I couldn't believe all the friends who came to celebrate with me. So many friends came, both dogs and humans. Johnny B, Rosco, Thor, Ripley, Teddy, 2 Rileys (one is a Greyhound and one is an Australian shepherd), Minion, My brother, Fast, Calvin, and Bryndel. My human friends included Kasha, Katherine, Julie, Mark, Kathy, Ron, My pet sitter, Margaret, Caryn Amy, Jeffrey, Bryndal's mom,Patricia and his dad, Barbara and Mike, Veronica, Carolyn, Zacharia and of course mom and dad. I got a whole table full of gifts! Lots of treats, some toys, a new collar and a new Jammie from mom and dad. We all had cake and cookies and everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to me! We all got to play in the yard. Calvin had fun doing zoomies!! Minion peed on mom's exercise machine and Calvin peed on top of it! Daddy and Kathy cleaned it up and didn't tell mom right away! Thor stole some cake! I think he got 4 slices!It was a great party!!