A New Beginning
October 6th 2010 11:33 am
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Greyhound Friend's had their annual Fall Open House last Sunday. Mom, dad and I worked at the silent auction/raffle table again this year. We arrived around 11:15 to help with the set up. The first thing that mom and dad did was get me all set up in my exercise pen. It was a cool day- in the 50's- so mom made sure I had my fleece on to keep warm. Dad brought out the items and mom laid everything out on the tables. There was a slight problem, however. All the clip boards listing the items and bids were in one pile, and all the auction items were in another. This is a 2 day event so some people had already placed bids on some of the items from the day before. There were about 6 different greyhound prints being auctioned. All the bidding sheets just said "greyhound print"! Since we didn't work on Saturday, we had no idea which prints went with which bidding sheet! Mom was all stressed out! Daddy finally had to call the people on the lists and ask them which print they had bid on! Hopefully we got it right! Mom and dad had lunch there. they had hummus and veggie wraps. Mom said they were very good. At 2pm the dog show started. Mom wanted to enter me in the prettiest eyes contest. She got me out of the pen and we went over to watch the dog show. daddy stayed and watched the auction table and sold raffle tickets. Mom didn't bother to enter me it the youngest dog because I am almost 4 now. I also didn't do the longest tail contest this time. I can win the longest tail if I compete against other dog breeds, but against fellow greyhounds, I don't have a chance. My tail is 21 inches and the winner was a whopping 24 1/4 inches!! The Find Your Twin contest was coming up so mom started to look around to see if any other dog looked like me. there weren't many black greyhounds there this year. Then mom noticed Annie. She was smaller than me but she was black with a greying muzzle, had the white tuxedo bib, white paws and a white tip on her tail. She was also the same age as me! Mom asked Annie's mom if she wanted to enter the contest. She said "yes". There were 6 pairs of "twins" that entered. We won!!!! I couldn't believe it! I got a blue ribbon, a dog biscuit and a toy piggy that squeaks! Next was prettiest eyes. There were 8 dogs in this contest. I only got 6th place. Mom said the judges were blind!! BOL!!! As soon as I got my ribbon mom and I jogged back to the table to get my Halloween costume on for the costume contest. I wore the same costume that I wore when I won the pet store contest (Isis goddess of magic- see my photos). Oh I forgot to mention that mom had painted my nails purple again on Saturday!! I was good about getting into the costume except for the hat! I just don't like wearing it. Mom manged to get it on my though. As we headed for the ring I heard people making comments and giggling about my costume. There were 5 dogs competing. The 5th place dog wore a super hero cape. 4th place was a pumpkin. It was a store bought costume and mom says the judges like things more original and creative. 3rd place was one of the shelter dogs looking for a home. He was dressed as a female impersonator! He wore a dress and a wig. Now it was down to 2 dogs. Mom was nervous because my competition was dressed as a Boston Red Sox fan. Most people in my state are Red Sox fanatics! The announcer said "second place- Red Sox fan!" I won!!!!! I got a huge blue ribbon, a box of dog cookies and best of all a $50 Gift Card to Petco!! Mom and dad are taking me shopping this weekend. I was happy to get out of my costume when mom and I returned to out table. Mom hung up my ribbons to show them off. After the dog show was over, daddy took me to the big fenced in field to run. I got to run with Butler and another dog. That was fun. A little while later mom went to visit another booth. It was called Grammies Jammies. Cindy Maxwell's (she is a greyhound)grandmother makes the Jammies. They are a light fleece coat. Lighter than my fleece. Mom bought me one for when it was between 50 and 60 degrees. My fleece is good for 40 to 50 and under 40 I wear my winter jacket. I was still cold so mom put it on my. I don't really need pajamas! Grammie came to see me in it! Everyone liked it. At the end of the day the raffle items were drawn, the auction items auctioned and after mom and dad helped to clean up, we went home. It was a long and fun day!