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.
Today is my 6th Gotcha Day! Wow time sure flies by! It is hard to believe that it was 6 years ago today that mom and dad came to the kennel at the Seabrook racetrack and took me home. So much has happened in my life since then. I have loved every minute of my retirement.Yesterday my friends Thor and Rosco came over to visit with me. Mom turned it into a little minnie Gotcha Party for me. We had extra cookies to celebrate!
Here is my very first dogster diary entry- just a look back. Amazing how far I have come:
For the first 2 years of my life, I only knew the race track. My days were spent in a kennel with many other greyhounds. The routine was always the same, and I learned that routine and was very comfortable with it. Although I was bred to run and I do love to run, I just wasn't able to win any races. My best race was 3rd place and after that I just didn't do well. The next thing I knew, I was in a rescue shelter with other greyhounds. The routine there was similar to the race track so that was fine. People would come to the shelter to see us and take us for walks. On Feb. 1st, 2009, two people came and walked me. They spent a lot of time with me and I thought they were nice. They talked a lot to the woman who ran the shelter and then they left. The very next week they came back. Then a very strange thing happened. They made me get into this strange thing they call a car. I wasn't quite sure about it. The next thing I knew, I was leaving the shelter and riding in this car "thing" with two people I hardly knew. From that moment on, my whole world changed! Needless to say I was a bit confused, uncertain and scared! Thankfully they had a very large crate waiting for me. It was very much like he ones at the race track and the shelter. It was a place I could feel secure. It is quiet where I am now. There aren't any other dogs there, although there are 2 cats. I like cats and I don't chase them or anything. One cat is cool. I like to watch him play and run around. The other cat, I don't like so much. He stares at me! I growl at him sometimes. I don't chase him or anything, but I don't like how he stares at me. My new mom and dad are giving me lots of love and attention. I like that! I never got a lot of attention at the race track. I also like watching something called TV. It is a box with people and animals inside. I see a lot of dogs inside the box. The routine is all different now, but I am slowly getting used to everything. I have met some new dogs when we go for our walks everyday. They look different from me! I had never seen a dog that wasn't a greyhound. I have a new, best friend named Molly. She's nice. We played together yesterday and today we have a playdate at her house. Mom says I'll be able to run because she has a fenced in yard. My new mom and dad gave me some toys. I have never had toys before either. I like to carry them and bring them into my crate with me. Mom was laughing this morning because I brought some of the cat's toys into my crate. She told me that those toys weren't mine! I didn't know! She told me they are too small and if I ate them, I could get sick. Mom put the little toys where I can't reach them. It will take time, but I am getting more comfortable. One thing I do know, is that they love me.
We are having something called a blizzard today.I don't like it very much.this morning I couldn't get out int my yard because the snow was piled up against the slider door.Daddy had to go outside and shovel a path for me. When I went out a few minutes ago the snow was back up to my tummy again. It is still snowing! Will it ever stop? I am glad to be warm and in my bed right now.
I went to a very special meet and greet tonight. I had no idea why mom and dad asked me to go for a ride after dinner. We usually go places when the sun is out. This time it was already dark. We ended up at a building. I could hear music coming from inside. The sign on the door said "Sound Hounds" on it. It was a benefit fund raiser for Greyhound Friends! A whole bunch of school children were playing music. They had their own bands! It was a little bit loud and noisy, but I was OK with it. There were two other greyhound ther. One was named Max and the other was Nova. They were very nice and I felt comfortable hanging out with them. Daddy brought my blanket to lie on, but I just stole one of the dog beds. BOL! Mom says I always do that! Nova had a very sad story. She wad adopted but had escaped several times from her home. She was then adopted by a mother and daughter. The mother and daughter left Nova outside and starved her! It made me and mom want to cry. When Nova was rescued she only weighed 30 pounds! Now she is around 60 pounds. She was a very sweet girl. I am glad they saved her in time. Now she has a wonderful new mom who takes excellent care of her. I made some new human friends tonight too. A lot of people came to pet me, including some children. I wasn't even afraid. I did very well. One little boy was especially nice. I think his dad is going to get him a greyhound of his very own. He was a very calm and gentle little boy. I enjoyed spending time with him. Another older man made friends with me too. I did enjoy the music they played. It was a little too loud, but that was OK. Later, we all went up to the front of the room near the stage. Nova's mom, Kathy, talked about Greyhound Friends and about greyhounds in general. She told them Nova's story. Then mom took the microphone and talked about me for a bit. Then Cindy talked about Max. I had a lot of fun. Even though it was crowded and noisy, I did very well. Mom and dad were proud of me. daddy took some pictures so I will try and post them soon. I hope they raise a lot of money for Greyhound Friends.
I am sad to have learned that my Friend, Sally Ally Bumbles went to the rainbow bridge this afternoon. I will miss her. Aaaarrrrrrrrrrrooooooo! Run free at the bridge my friend!