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.
Thursday was a sad day. We went to grandpa's burial. Grandpa's burial was nice. The priest said some nice prayers and two men from the army folded an American flag and gave it to mom because grandpa was in world war 2. I was happy I had the chance to attend. I couldn't go to the actual funeral because they don't allow dogs in the church. This was at the cemetery. They couldn't bury grandpa right away because of all the snow and frozen ground. I am going to miss my grandpa. Mom and dad stopped by his house afterwards to check on things and make sure the furnace was turned off. I got all excited, went inside and realized that everything in the house was gone. No furniture at all! It was then I realized that grandpa wasn't going to come back home again.
I got to visit 2 dear friends on Saturday. Both have recently been ill and needed surgery. Cella got what every greyhound fears the most- Osteosarcoma. It is a type of bone cancer that greyhounds get. In fact 1 in 4 of us gets it at some point in our lives. Cella had to have one of her front legs amputated. She is still undergoing chemotherapy to hopefully kill off any remaining cancer. Her brother, Johnny B had blocked saliva glands. He had to have several glands removed. He still had a swollen neck. Both of my friends are doing well. Cella is getting along just fine on 3 legs. She has to hop when she walks but it doesn't slow her down much. Johnny B is on exercise restriction for a while longer. Mom and dad did some Reiki healing on both of them. Cella really enjoyed the Reiki. She feel asleep. I was happy to get a chance to visit them. I got some yummy treats too!!
Spring is officially here but you would never know it! We have had a few pleasant days but most of the time it is still very cold. I really wish I could go out in my yard without wearing a sweater or jacket. They are even calling for more snow over the next few days. I really hope we don't get any. If the storm goes further out to sea, we might escape it.
Yesterday I went to the Greyhound Pub! Aunt Carla told mom about it. The owners of the pub are volunteers at Greyhound Friends. They were having a special Yappy Hour event. Greyhounds were welcome at the pub! Mom and dad don't usually go to pubs because they don't drink alcoholic beverages but they decided to take me. They were having a special birthday celebration for all the Greyhound Friend volunteers who were born in March. That is mom!! It was a new experience for me too. I had a,lot of fun! A lot of my friend's came- Gil, Skylar, Kitty, Rosco, my brother Fast and many others! Mom got to visit with Aunt Carla and Daddy got to visit with Jeff. We stayed for about 2 1/2 hours. Mom and Aunt Carla got pineapple juice. They had dog beds in the back so I took one to lay one. Later a bunch of people came in to watch a soccer game. They yelled really loud and some of my friends didn't like that. It didn't bother me all that much. Ky told mom that I had come a long way. It is true. I am not very shy any more. I am a very confident dog now. I go up to people to be petted. Daddy said we might go back again some time. We shall see. I hope we do because I had a lot of fun.