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.
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!
I had another fun day today. We went to Greyhound Friend's Fall Open House. As usual we worked at the Silent Auction and Raffle table. Dady set my exercise pen for em. At first the humans who predict what the weather is going to be said it was going to be a nice weekend. Then at the last minute they decided to make it rain! Mom and dad were setting up the silent auction table when all of a sudden it started to pour! I got wet! Mom and dad were trying to save some of the items from getting ruined. A couple of the framed prints did get water damage. It happened so fast that mom and dad couldn't get everything in time. Later the sun did come back out for a bit. We didn't get more rain, but it did stay mostly cloudy. I still had fun. My brother Padfoot came. Do did Robin, Gill and Skylar. I enjoyed socializing. We didn't get as big a turn out as we had hoped but it still went well. I wore my new costume in the costume contest. I was a "MUTTical DOGter!!! BOL!!! I was surprised that I was the ONLY one in the contest. I won a toy, a blue ribbon and a milk bone. I am happy I won, but it would have been more fun competing against other dogs.
I went to the New England Pet Expo yesterday! What fun I had! I remembered it from last year and I got all excited as we pulled into the parking lot. We got there right when it opened so we didn't have to stay in line very long. I used that time to greet all the other dogs waiting with me. Mom had to drop off copies of my vaccination records and then we were allowed inside. We made sure we visited every booth. One booth had 2 greyhounds in an exercise pen and I made friends with them right away. Daddy had a hard time getting me to leave! We visited a few booths and then it was time for the first talk. It was about cat behavior. Mom and dad have had a slight issue with my cat brother, Ben. He sometimes marks doors in the house. The talk was very disappointing as the man talking really didn't have a clue about cat behavior. There was, however, a woman in the audience who was a cat behaviorist. She was able to help mom and dad. After the talk we went back to where we left off and continued to see all the booths. They had rescue groups, treat palaces, toys, collars, leashes- every thing you can imagine. It was all indoor too! I saw my brother, Fast. It is always nice seeing him. We went to a couple more talks later in the day. I got a "Pawdicure" that is a fancy way of saying I got my nails trimmed! Not the highlight of my day! I also got acupuncture! I never had that done before. It was very interesting! It didn't hurt at all. I was very relaxed. I looked like a porcupine when the doctor was finished! She worked on my back, hind legs, kidneys and gall bladder. I would do it again! On our way our daddy bought me a special cup cake! It was such a fun day!