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.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday- be it Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. We celebrate Yule and it was pawsome. Christmas day was quiet, but Christmas night we had some friends come over to watch the Dr. Who Christmas Special! I was so happy because my friends, Thor, Teddy and Ripley came over with their mom and dad. It was fun hanging out with my friends. I was sad to see them go. Today I noticed a new puppy across the street. I got all excited and wanted to meet her. Mom and dad took me over. She was a cute tan and white pitbull. Very sweet girl about 3 or 4 months old. She is just visiting for the weekend though. I was hoping she would be staying.
I have had an interesting time the past few days. Thursday. my friend Rosco came to spend the day with me. What fun we had! We ran and played out in the yard. I was sad when his mom came to pick him up. On Friday Daddy had the day off work. It was also grandma's 91st Birthday! That afternoon we went to grandma's house for a visit. Grandma saved me some of her chicken! I wasn't quite sure whether or not I could eat it or not. I waited until Grandma went to the bathroom before I ate it! I didn't want to eat anything I wasn't supposed to. We had a nice time. I had to ride twice in the "room that moves". I am getting more used to it, but I still don't like it much. I would rather climb the stairs. On Saturday mom did a lot of house cleaning. I knew something was going to happen. Sure enough. On Sunday we had a huge Yule party to celebrate the Solstice. we had about 35 people over the house! NO dogs came! I had to hang out with humans the whole night. I did get lots of attention though, which was nice. Mom and her friends sang carols. Two people brought guitars. It was a fun party. After the guests left we opened Yule presents. I got my favorite peanut butter cookies! Yummy!! I thought today was going to be a relaxing day. I was wrong. Mom and dad took me the groomers for a nail trim! I just don't like getting my nails trimmed. Glad that is over with!
What a day I have had! I think I will sleep for a week. We left the house early this morning and daddy drove us to Boston. We parked the car in a dark underground garage. It was kind of scary at first but when I jumped out of the car, there was Mr. Spock and his dad. A few minutes later my half brother, Padfoot and his brother Lupine were there. I felt much better after that and it was so good to see them. Mom dressed me in my jingle bell collar and reindeer antlers. Even mom and dad had antlers. Mr. Spock and I took the room that moves and Padfoot and Lupine took the stairs. We met above ground in Boston Common. Padfoot beat us to the Commons. We all walked across the street together into what is called the Boston Public Gardens. There we each got a new jingle Bell. We all met the swan boats are kept. Other friends started to show up. Lux, Trent, Ozzie and Robin all came too. Everyone had their holiday attire on. Channel 7 news was there. They took videos of me with a huge camera. Mom says I might be on the news tonight! We shall see. Mom and dad made a donation to the Greyhound Health Initiative.That is where Dr. Couto works. They are trying to find a cure for Osteosarcoma. Mom got a little card from them to keep in her wallet. The card tells how Greyhounds are different in their blood work from other dogs. It is a good thing to have. Then the walk started. We walked all through the gardens and the commons. It was so much fun. 85 Greyhounds came! This was the 10th annual Jingle Bell Walk. We finished up on a hill where there is a big monument and took a group a picture. I was tired, happy and planned to spend the rest of the afternoon sleeping. Was I wrong!
We got back home and I had a 2 hour nap. Next thing you know, mom is putting my harness and coat back on. Daddy drove us to where the Farmer's Market is in the summer. Mom put my jingle bell collar and reindeer antlers back on. From there we took a short walk to a huge parking lot. When I saw everyone, I knew what was going on. I have marched in parades before. This was my 4th parade. Daddy brought me over to the our group and then he left me with mom. Daddy had to go work at a ping pong tournament. Mom and I marched with MayDOG which is the Maynard Dog Owner's Group. We had a marching band in front of us and a marching band behind us. I was fine. I think our whole town was there watching. People lined the streets and mom waved to everyone. I pranced along, right in the middle of the road. I knew when to stop and when to start. 2 Girls carried our banner. It was fun, but I was tired afterwards. Mom and I watched the rest of the parade come back to the parking lot as we started to head for home. I saw my friend, Santa and he waved to me! It was nice to see him again.