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 am honored to be Dogster's Daily Diary pick today! Mom has kept my diary since I was adopted. She wanted to have it as a tribute to all the special events in my life. There have been many so far and I know there will be many more to come.
I won second place in the PetzLife photo contest for Best Smile! It was officially announced today. It was a very tough contest. Bella Beau was the winner. She was a little Yorkie who must have had a LOT of Facebook friends! No matter how hard we tried (My Facebook friends)we just could catch her. I did manage to close the gap a little bit from being 400 votes behind to 275 votes behind. I will be receiving $100 worth of dental care products for winning second place. I could really use that. Bella will be featured in several magazines. One magazine will be Cesar's Way. Mom is a dog trainer and doesn't agree with his training methods so in a way that is good I didn't win first. Still it would have been exciting to see me as an advertising model!
I am so sad to say that my grandpa passed away last Sunday afternoon. It has been a long road. Mom got a call from Hospice a week ago, Wednesday, telling her he had taken a turn. Mom spoke to him on the phone and it seemed to comfort him some. Daddy took a half day off work on Friday and we all went down to visit grandpa one last time. We stayed with him for over 2 hours. We sat with him and talked with him. Mom asked the activities director if there was a priest available to give grandpa the last rites sacrament. Within 20 minutes the priest came. Mom knew that grandpa would have wanted that. We left knowing we wouldn't see him again. I was glad mom and dad let me go too. This week has been hard on mom. On Monday they had to go to the funeral parlor to make arrangements, then mom ordered flowers and then they went to the nursing home to pick up grandpa's things. I stayed home and my pet sitter came to let me out for potty. Tuesday was something called the Wake and Thursday was the funeral. Dogs were not allowed at either of these so I had to stay home. My old pet sitter does over night stays so she came and stayed with me and the cats. Mom and dad took a hotel room since we live an hour and a half away from the church and funeral home. Mom said it was a small attendance but a very nice service. Now grandpa is at peace and back home. I will miss him very much.
My friend Rosco is staying with us for a week. He is very nice and I like him a lot. We have fun hanging out together. Mom is glad to have something fun to focus on.
My friend, Cella,did have her leg amputated on Tuesday. I hope they got all the cancer. She is doing well but did have some set backs. They think she can go home today. Paws crossed.
Today is the last day of the photo contest I am in. I am still in second place. I am over 200 votes behind the leader. The contest ends at midnight. I will most likely get second place.
My typist is behind again. I kept bugging her to put in my entry so she finally agreed. It has been a hard winter. It has been very cold and we have been getting a lot of snow. In fact more is expected on Monday. I am so ready for spring. Last Sunday was a nicer day. It was sunny and in the 40's. Mom noticed that there was a Greyhound Adventures walk at Horn Pond, so mom and dad took me! My corn had been bothering me, but at the moment it is OK. I was SO happy. I got to see so many friends- Brutus, Johnny B, Cella, Lux and many others. The path had some snowy and slippery spots but we able to walk around the entire pond- 2 miles. Mom held on to daddy when it got slippery. It was so much fun!! WE did get some bad news on the walk, however. My good friend Cella has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. It is a bone cancer that greyhounds get. In fact 1 in 4 gets it. Cella's mom and dad are meeting with a doctor today and Cella is scheduled to have her leg removed on Tuesday. I feel so bad for her. Loosing a leg will be hard, but not as bad as loosing your life. Most greyhounds do just fine on 3 legs. Please keep Cella in your prayers.
After the walk we went to NH to visit Grandpa. He was in a very bad way. He had fallen a couple of days earlier and his wheel chair had fallen on top of him. He didn't have any broken bones but he was all bruised. He didn't really wake up when we were there. He is so thin now- just bones! I did bring some joy to some of the other residents, however. They like coming up to pet me. After the nursing home we made a quick visit to Petco for some food and supplies. It was a busy day!
On Wednesday mom got a call from hospice that grandpa wasn't doing well. They don't think he will live much longer. They have said this before several times and he always bounces back. We plan to go and visit him today.