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.
Yesterday, mom and dad took me to a Greyhound Adventures walk!The walk was being held at Minute Man Park. That is the closest location they go to. It is only about 20 minutes away.At first mom and dad had to coax me downstairs.I was sleeping in my bed and didn't want to go.Once I got there, however, I got very excited! So many of my friends where there: Riley, Robin, Johnny B, Cella, Lux and Mr.Spock. I also made a new friend named Trent. He was just adopted a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful fall day.It was a bit chilly so I wore my fleece coat. It was nice and sunny though. The fall leaves are pretty much gone now.There was still one really colorful tree so mom took a picture.
I just had an interesting visit and I still don't quite know what to make of it all. Rosco's mom, Katherine, came to visit me this morning. She came to see ME, not mom and dad! She also didn't bring Rosco with her! She had papers with her and had me lie down and then stand up and then lie down again. She kept giving me treats which was nice. She felt my legs, hips and spine, she stretched me in all these different positions. She also gave me a lot of attention. Mom and dad watched the whole time. Most of it felt very good. Then she found an area around my scapular and 6th cervical vertebrae which hurt me some. I was able to let her know it hurt because I winced. She said that maybe that area is a bit tight since I have a corn on the opposite foot and may be compensating when I walk. She suggested that mom give me some massages. Mom explained afterwards that Rosco's mom needs to practice on dogs because she just got certified as a doggy physical therapist --CCRT (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist) . That is so cool. She said I did very well and she may be back to see me again. I was happy to help her and the treats were a pretty sweet deal too!
There was a big street fair in our town on Saturday. Mom and dad went and left me at home. They thought there might be too many kids and that I would be uncomfortable. Later, they had to go back to the street fair to drop something off at one of the booths. They decided to bring me along. I have been to many dog events but this was different. We got to walk right in the middle of the street. There was music playing and lots of people. There were some dogs too. I was looking all around. I was there for only about 5 minutes and that was long enough. I got to see it anyway.
Yesterday I got to visit grandma in the rehab place. She is starting to walk again with the walker and she doesn't feel any more pain in her hip or leg. She sees the doctor today and might go home on Thursday! She saved me some of her turkey sandwich! That was yummy! It was a very nice day and warm outside so we got to take her into the courtyard. There were some fall flowers blooming and some white butterflies flying around. The sun was warm. We stayed outside for a while and enjoyed the nice day. Grandma's lunch was coming so we brought her back to her room and said our "goodbyes". As we were waiting for the "room that moves" to open up it's door, a worker asked daddy if I could visit one of the patients there. I got to meet a nice woman and practice being a therapy dog. I am getting more comfortable with the room that moves now. I still hide behind daddy's legs while it is moving but I walk right in now. It still feels strange but I know it won't hurt me. On our ride back home daddy saw a turtle trying to cross the highway. She was on the side of the road and had not wandered into traffic yet. Daddy turned off at the next exit and mom and dad got out of the car and rescued her. If daddy hadn't seen her, she would have been run over. It was a very busy highway and there was a barrier in the middle of the road. Even if she had made it across she would have become stuck in the middle because of the barrier. Mom and dad let her go in the river near our old house. She was happy to be safe. She came out of her shell, looked around and dove right into the water! She was lucky!