A New Beginning
September 19th 2011 9:07 am
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Yesterday was a great day! It was Greyhound Friend's Fall Open House. Mom, dad and I always work the Silent Auction/Raffle table. It is a long day but I enjoy meeting all the other greyhounds. Mom and dad bring my exercise pen for me to stay in since they have to work at the table. I don't mind because I have a safe place to relax. It was a sunny day so mom and dad hung one of my blankets over the pen to provide me with shade. They use clothes pins and clips to keep the blanket over my pen. It works out well. Mom and dad took turns taking me for walks around the fair. Daddy took me to the large enclosed yard for me to run. I really didn't feel like running that much so I just jogged along with daddy. There were lots of great stuff in the auction this year. Mom bought raffle tickets and put my name on them because I am the lucky one in the family! After a short award ceremony, the dog show started. Mom put me in the baldest butt category! I must admit that my butt is a little bald. It is a greyhound trait and lots of us have it. I always have some hair, but this summer I got pretty bald. Mom decided to enter to see how I did. There were 3 of us entered and thankfully I got 3rd place! the boys were balder!! After baldest butt, mom got me into my new costume for the costume contest. Not many dogs entered this year. Usually there are lots of entries. It was only me and a dog dressed as Lady Gaga! I was dressed as a professional athlete (which I was - I am now retired)I wore one of mom's exercise tops and matching pants. Mom's Friend, Jen, sewed a hole for my tail in the shorts and put a velcro strip on the top to make it easy to get on and off. Mom also put my booties on my back feet to look like sneakers and I had ear phones and an Ipod shuffle! The judges couldn't decide so both me and Lady Gaga won first place! I got a blue ribbon and a long yellow stuffed dog! Mom was very proud! After the contest, we went back to the table because it was almost time to draw the winners for the raffle and auction. Mom bought me a few more tickets. Two of the items in the raffle were highly desired! One was a gift basket that had a beautiful Grammy's Jammies fleece jacket, a stuffed gorilla and a bag pf peanut butter crunchies. The other hot item was a blue stuffed greyhound. Lots of the kids wanted the stuffed greyhound. Several people put in between $20 and $40 worth of tickets in JUST the blue dog or the gift basket! I had about 5 tickets in each one. The first prize drawn was a dog collar and leash. I had a couple of tickets in that one but I didn't win it. The second prize drawn was the gift basket. I couldn't believe my ears when they announced that I had won it!! (It was actually daddy doing the announcing!)I got the beautiful jammies! The next prize drawn was the blue dog. Guess what? I won it!!! Louise Coleman runs Greyhound Friends and she was trying to win the blue dog for her granddaughter. She was one of the many who had put a lot of tickets in that prize. Mom asked me if it was OK with me if we gave the blue dog to Louise's granddaughter, Sophie. I said "Yes" because I was happy I won the gift basket. Mom gave the dog to a very startled Sophie and Louise was very grateful. Well, my winning streak just wouldn't stop! I also won a chew toy, a greyhound calendar, and a T-shirt for mom!! I won 5 things in the raffle! Mom and dad couldn't believe it and daddy was a bit embarrassed because he had to keep announcing my name! We finished up with the auction (Mom got out bid on the two items she had bid on- thank goodness!!) Mom and dad talked and decided to buy me 2 lottery tickets since I was on such a lucky streak! After mom and dad brought me back home, they did just that! I couldn't pick the numbers so mom and dad used my birthday and a few other numbers to make up the required amount. My ticket is hanging on my window by my bed where my ribbons are hung. I will find out if I won on Tuesday. If I win I will buy myself a house with a big fenced in yard! Last night and this morning it was cold outside so I got to wear my new jammies. I look good in it. Daddy had taken lots of pictures but last night his computer drive which had the pictured stored crashed! That wasn't so lucky!! I think the pictures are lost. That is OK though because lots of other people took pictures and posted them on Facebook!