A New Beginning
March 17th 2011 2:35 pm
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Today was one of the biggest days of my life! After breakfast, mom got my harness on and had me hop in the car. She told me that this was the day we were going to Boston. I had no idea what "Boston" was, but I could tell that mom was both excited and anxious. I was both happy and surprised when we ended up at Aunt Carla's house. We went inside for only a few minutes and then Aunt Carla put the leash on Gill. We walk over to Aunt Carla's car. I was a bit confused when mom asked me to get inside. After a short hesitation I got in. I sat in the back seat and Gill rode behind me in the rear compartment. Mom and Aunt Carla drove to the Especially For Pets store in Action where we met two other women. I recognized one of them as Julie. She has come to all my birthday parties. Then we drove for a long time. We went into this tunnel under ground where there were lots of cars. We parked the car and I was finally allowed to get out. It smelled funny and was kind of dark. I just followed Gill, my mom and Aunt Carla. I had no idea where I was. Wouldn't you know it- we ended up in one of those moving rooms!!! Mom calls them "elevators". All I know is that you are in one place, you walk through the door, it closes and then the room moves! When the doors open you are in a totally different place! Sure enough the doors opened and we were in some fancy building with slippery floors! From there we found a door to the street. Guess what? I was in Boston! It was a very strange place! Big tall buildings everywhere. No trees or grass, loud noises and lots of cars and people. I didn't really like "Boston". Mom said it was a city! We walked for a short ways and then I saw other greyhounds. Mom had made a sign and she was carrying that, her bag and holding on to me. I just kept close to Gill. He seemed to know more about this "Boston" thing. We met the other greyhounds and people. They all had signs too. Mom told me that the Irish greyhound breeders want to sell greyhounds to China. China is not a good place for any animal. They have no animal protection laws there and it is a place where people skin dogs alive and eat them!! My Irish brothers and sisters would end up in a terrible place and suffer a horrible death. I don't want that to happen. So we stood there with our signs and passed out fliers. I met some very nice people. I even met Christine Dorchak! She is the head of Grey2K USA. She has helped to stop greyhound racing in many states including NH where I was born and raced and MA where I live. I met her greyhound Zoe. It was an honor to meet Christine. She knows mom and they talked a lot. I met a really nice man who loved dogs. His dog just died and he was very sad. I could tell. I let him pet me. We stayed in Boston for about 2 hours. I was glad when mom and Aunt Carla decided to leave. I was tired and I really don't like Boston. We stopped at a park so I would have some grass to relieve myself. Then we went back the the fancy building with slippery floors and into the room that moved. I don't like the room that moves but I knew I had to go into it to get back to the car. Gill didn't seem to mind. I hoped right back into Aunt Carla's car! I was happy to get back to Aunt Carla's house. She let me run around the big back yard with her other greyhound GT and all the Italian Greyhounds. I had fun. I was a bit hot so I rolled around in some of the left over snow. I ever laid down in it for a few seconds. Aunt Carla got us all a big bowl of cool water. That tasted SO good! GT was very friendly to mom. Mom used to walk him when he was the kennel at Greyhound Friends. He remembered her. I am very happy to be home now. I hope I helped my Irish bothers and sisters. I hope Ireland doesn't sell any dogs to China. We can only hope!