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Cella's Birthday Party!

May 27th 2015 3:36 pm
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I went to my friend, Cella's Birthday Party last Saturday. She turned 10! I had SO much fun. All my friends were there: Cella the birthday girl, her brother, Johnny B, My half brother, Fast. His adopted siblings, Minion and Riley, my friends Robin, Lucy, Thor and Ripley Rose. This was a special birthday because we were also celebrating that Cella has been cancer free for a whole year. She lost one of her legs to osteosarcoma. It hasn't slowed her down at all though. She can still run really fast! Her mom and dad put out a pool for us to play in. I like their yard. It has wooded areas to explore. They had a delicious cake and cookies. I was able to spend sometime indoors but mostly I chose to be outside. Everyone was on the deck. It was a greyt party!!

The vet from Greyhound Friend's just called mom. I have to go for a dental cleaning on Tuesday, June 9th! Yikes!!!! I have never had one before. My brother Fast had one and they pulled out some of his teeth. Thor had some teeth out too! I hope I don't have that happen to me. Mom wants to get it done soon so hopefully we can keep my teeth healthy. Daddy brushes my teeth and I also get dental spray. Greyhounds just have bad teeth for some reason.

 

Greyhound Friend's Spring Open House 2015

May 16th 2015 3:38 pm
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What a fun day I had today! Mom, dad and I went to Greyhound Friend's Spring Open House! It looked like it might rain but we got lucky. There was only a few sprinkles. It wasn't too hot either as it remained pretty much overcast. It was comfortable. Daddy set up my exercise pen and mom got me a bowl of water. Daddy took me around to meet other greyhounds and visit the vendor booths. Mom stayed and worked at the silent auction and raffle table. At 1 o'clock they had "Ask The Vet". Daddy took me and asked about my corn. She suggested that I go to see Dr. Poling and he will remove it. I will have it removed in the next few months. It may grow back but this vet said it might not because it was hard. The Vet was Dr. Pam. She is going to clean my teeth next month! I will have it done at Greyhound Friend's. I am not too happy about that but she has done a lot of greyhound's teeth so she knows about the anesthesia. After that they did the memorial bricks. that is always sad as they read off names all the greyhounds that have recently gone to the Rainbow Bridge. My friend, Ninja, was one of them. Then we watched the parade of adoptable dogs. I hope they all find homes this weekend! I know a few did!!! After that they had the dog show. They had a new event this year. It was called musical rings. They had 9 dogs and 8 rings. You walked in a circle and they played music. When the music stopped you had to stand in the ring. Mom and I played. We came in 6th. Mom said I did very well for my first time. I got a ribbon and a milk bone. Mom decided to have me enter the oldest dog. My friend, Teddy, was entered with me. Teddy got 2nd place and I got 3rd. It was a pretty yellow ribbon. Right after was left the ring, mom started to put on my costume for the costume contest. I was a party animal!! Everyone knows how much I love parties! I won first place. I got a blue ribbon a milk bone and a squeaky soccer ball!! It was getting towards the end of the day so they drew the raffle. Mom bought me 12 tickets. Mom always buys them for me, because I am a lucky dog! I won myself a new bowl! It says "I Love My Dog" on it. I ate my dinner out of it tonight. I love my new bowl. My old one has a chip in it. I also won mom a pair of sweatpants that has greyhound pictures on the legs. Mom loves them and is wearing them right now!! I'm going to sleep well tonight.

 

Teddy's birthday Party!

May 9th 2015 7:18 pm
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I had a fun day today. We went to the pet store in Waltham this morning. I helped pick out a birthday present for my friend, Teddy. He turned 10! Mom also got food and dog cookies. After the pet store, daddy drove us to the hardware store in our town. Daddy had to buy a new filter for the air conditioning. The hardware store lets dogs go inside. I like going there.

In the afternoon we went to Teddy's party. First the humans had a meeting. It was about meet and greets for Greyhound Friends. There were lots of other dogs at the meeting so I had fun. After the meeting we all got to go play out in Teddy's backyard. I knew a lot of the dogs there. Of course Thor and Ripley were there because they are Teddy's brother and sister. Other friends included Trent, Johnny B, Cella, Robin and Minion. There were a few others as well. We got dog cookies and got to play in the pools!

 

A Fun Weekend!

May 4th 2015 10:39 am
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What a fun weekend I had. Daddy took the day off from work on Friday. Mom and dad took me to the off leash dog park in Weston. I really love going there. They have lots of wooded trails and huge fields to run and play. We go over streams too. There is even a pond that you can go swimming in if you want to! It was a beautiful Spring day! Not too hot and not too cool. It was a bit quiet as it was a work day for most, but there were still other dogs and people in the park. I was very good being off my leash and stayed close to mom and dad. After our walk, daddy drove us the the pet store. I got a couple of boxes of my favorite kind of cookies. Mom also got a new fish for the aquarium.

Saturday was more quiet. Mom and dad went to a vegetarian food festival in NH. I was glad about that because it gave me a chance to rest before Sunday. My friend, Margaret, came and let me out for potty while mom and dad were gone.

Sunday was Paws In The Park! This was my 6th year going there. I got a new red bandana and a goodie bag when we registered. A girl tried to get me to play a hot dog game but I wouldn't. You had to put your nose in the water to get the hot dogs! We walked around and went to the booths. I found Greyhound Friend's booth and made myself at home. After a short rest it was time for the group walk. I always enjoy that. It was starting to get a little warm outside so I went back to Greyhound Friend's booth. I stayed there while mom and dad looked at the rest of the booths. My brother, Fast, was there so I stayed with him. When mom and dad came back we left. I thought I could sleep the rest of the day, but I was wrong.

We took a short rest and then went to a party! It was all the people from mom and dad's church. I knew most of them. We got to have a cookout! We also got to take a walk through the woods. It was nice. Daddy got my blanket from the car. Daddy put me on a long leash that was tied to the wall. That gave me room to walk around a bit. I got a hotdog and some chicken. It was really yummy! I also got a lot of attention from everyone. When it came to time to go home, I didn't want to leave. Mom said maybe we could do it again sometime.

 

A Trip To The Vets

April 29th 2015 10:02 am
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I had to go to the vet at 10:40 this morning. When mom got up this morning I wouldn't come downstairs to go out to potty. Mom thought that was strange but I do this sometimes. I have a will of my own and can be a stubborn dog. Mom fed all the other animals and did her morning chores- I was still upstairs. Mom went back upstairs and I was standing there with my head tilted to one side. I weakly shook my head. Mom knew something was wrong. My right ear looked funny. Mom looked inside my ear and it was covered in blood!! Mom called the vet right away. Mom and dad managed to coax me downstairs to potty. Mom then gave me my favorite breakfast to get me to eat something. I did eat most of it but not all of it. Mom doesn't know what happened. I did get into a tussle with Thor yesterday. I was in my bed and he stepped on me! That lead to a lot of snapping and snarling. Mom checked over both of us dogs and we both seemed fine. There wasn't any blood on the floor or carpets. Also I seemed fine at supper time. Daddy noticed my head was tilted a bit last night but I seemed fine otherwise so he wasn't concerned.

The vet took a swab of my ear and put it on a slide.Then he cleaned my ear out with a warm antibiotic solution. I yelp a couple of times. he found a puncture wound in my ear.It seems that Thor did bite me! He put some antibiotic cream in my ear and gave me some treats. Mom has to use the cream twice a day. he said it should heal just fine and I will be OK.When I got home, I finished my breakfast.I am resting in my bed now.

 

The Paranormal For Paws

April 28th 2015 12:57 pm
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Mom and dad took me to The Paranormal for Paws last Saturday. They raised money to help no kill shelters. I met a lot of nice people and some other dogs. Mom and dad's pagan group had a table there. I hung out there for a bit while mom and dad went to a talk. The talks were in a tent and it was it a bit cold. I got to meet Shannon Sylvia! She was on Ghost Hunters International. I used to watch that show with mom!I actually went to Shannons talk. Dad got my blanket from the car. When the wind blew, the tent made noise. I didn't like that much. That is why for the second talk, I stayed at the table. I also met a nice animal communicator who talked to me for a bit. I told her about the nightmares I had from when I was at the race track. Mom gets upset when I have them as a yelp and cry. I told the communicator that I was very happy now!

Mom found out something new about me! I really like strawberries!!

 

April 21st 2015 7:25 am
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I went to the vets yesterday! Nothing wrong, just my annual physical.I was happy to see Dr.Caviness. He gave me treats. I don't usually take treats in public and I never take treats when I am stressed out. I ALWAYS take treats from Dr. Caviness!!! Mom thinks that is so strange. The vet techs tried to give me treats too but I wouldn't take them! I took treats ONLY from Dr. Caviness!!! he said I am in excellent health but I may need a dental soon. Mom and dad are now going to brush my teeth twice a day instead of once to see if that will help.I also got my nails trimmed.I wasn't happy about that.Dr. Caviness did give me a chiropractic adjustment though.I really look forward to that. It feels so good. My sacral area was tight.It feels good now!!!

My friend,Thor is here today.We have fun together. I like having doggy company.

Mom says we are going someplace special on Saturday. It is a surprise so I don't know where it will be.All mom said was that it was some place I have never been before and that other dogs will be there.I am excited! I love surprises!!

 

Happy Spring!!

April 7th 2015 1:05 pm
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I know I haven't posted to my diary for quite some time. It has been a long, cold winter. I have mostly have stayed inside napping and trying to stay warm. So glad to see spring is finally here! The snow in my yard has almost all melted now and the days are getting a bit warmer. I have been able to go outside and do a bit of sunbathing. I really enjoy that. I also have started to be able to dig holes again. Mom and dad aren't too happy about that though! Mom and dad put flea and tick preventative on me the other day- a sure sign of spring!

My friend, Rosco, has been spending the week with us. It is nice to have the company. I also enjoy sleeping in his bed!! That is OK, because he sleeps in mine too. We share! We also share food with each other- although I will admit, that I do try and steal his cookies whenever I can.

Looking forward to all the doggy fairs coming up soon. Welcome Spring!!

 

It's my Gotcha Day!

February 7th 2015 5:24 am
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Today is my 6th Gotcha Day! Wow time sure flies by! It is hard to believe that it was 6 years ago today that mom and dad came to the kennel at the Seabrook racetrack and took me home. So much has happened in my life since then. I have loved every minute of my retirement.Yesterday my friends Thor and Rosco came over to visit with me. Mom turned it into a little minnie Gotcha Party for me. We had extra cookies to celebrate!

Here is my very first dogster diary entry- just a look back. Amazing how far I have come:
For the first 2 years of my life, I only knew the race track. My days were spent in a kennel with many other greyhounds. The routine was always the same, and I learned that routine and was very comfortable with it. Although I was bred to run and I do love to run, I just wasn't able to win any races. My best race was 3rd place and after that I just didn't do well. The next thing I knew, I was in a rescue shelter with other greyhounds. The routine there was similar to the race track so that was fine. People would come to the shelter to see us and take us for walks. On Feb. 1st, 2009, two people came and walked me. They spent a lot of time with me and I thought they were nice. They talked a lot to the woman who ran the shelter and then they left. The very next week they came back. Then a very strange thing happened. They made me get into this strange thing they call a car. I wasn't quite sure about it. The next thing I knew, I was leaving the shelter and riding in this car "thing" with two people I hardly knew. From that moment on, my whole world changed! Needless to say I was a bit confused, uncertain and scared! Thankfully they had a very large crate waiting for me. It was very much like he ones at the race track and the shelter. It was a place I could feel secure. It is quiet where I am now. There aren't any other dogs there, although there are 2 cats. I like cats and I don't chase them or anything. One cat is cool. I like to watch him play and run around. The other cat, I don't like so much. He stares at me! I growl at him sometimes. I don't chase him or anything, but I don't like how he stares at me. My new mom and dad are giving me lots of love and attention. I like that! I never got a lot of attention at the race track. I also like watching something called TV. It is a box with people and animals inside. I see a lot of dogs inside the box. The routine is all different now, but I am slowly getting used to everything. I have met some new dogs when we go for our walks everyday. They look different from me! I had never seen a dog that wasn't a greyhound. I have a new, best friend named Molly. She's nice. We played together yesterday and today we have a playdate at her house. Mom says I'll be able to run because she has a fenced in yard. My new mom and dad gave me some toys. I have never had toys before either. I like to carry them and bring them into my crate with me. Mom was laughing this morning because I brought some of the cat's toys into my crate. She told me that those toys weren't mine! I didn't know! She told me they are too small and if I ate them, I could get sick. Mom put the little toys where I can't reach them. It will take time, but I am getting more comfortable. One thing I do know, is that they love me.

 

Blizzard of 2015

January 27th 2015 1:40 pm
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We are having something called a blizzard today.I don't like it very much.this morning I couldn't get out int my yard because the snow was piled up against the slider door.Daddy had to go outside and shovel a path for me. When I went out a few minutes ago the snow was back up to my tummy again. It is still snowing! Will it ever stop? I am glad to be warm and in my bed right now.

 
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