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Secret Santa

December 12th 2015 3:10 pm
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????? Something strange happened today. Mom and dad took me to Petco. It was a Petco I had never been to before. I always love going to pet stores so I was very happy. When we went inside we saw Calvin and his mom, Cathy! Mom and Cathy talked for awhile and daddy took me over to stand in line. There were about 4 dogs ahead of me. Mom had put my jingle bell collar and reindeer antlers on me, so people kept coming up to me to pet me. I liked that too. As we moved up in line I saw my brother, Fast's, human mom. I sniffed her and recognized her. Then I saw Santa Claus! He knew me! He called out my name a few times. Then I had to go stand with him to get my picture taken with him. He seemed familiar but I couldn't put my paw on it. I was a little nervous and was shaking a bit, but I got my picture taken. Afterwards I was standing next to daddy and mom left with my brother's mom. Next thing I knew, my brother, Minion and Riley were there! It was the strangest thing. Mom kept telling me that I KNEW Santa and that he was at my birthday party a few weeks ago. I honestly do not remember seeing Santa at my party. Santa did seem a little familiar.......


Parade Dog!

December 6th 2015 4:25 pm
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I am a very tired but happy dog tonight. This morning mom and dad took me to Boston so I could walk in the annual Jingle Bell Walk!! The walk was a very special Greyhound Adventures walk. Most of us dogs dressed up in holiday apparel. Many of the humans dressed up too. Mom put Christmas lights and red garland around my harness! The lights had this big battery pack so mom took her hot glue gun and glued a little Santa Claus on top. It looked so cute, like Santa was riding on my back! I also wore my jingle bell collar and reindeer antlers and my very special holiday Grammies Jammies too! Greyhound Adventures collected donations to Greyhound Initiative. Dr. Couto works for them trying to find a cure for Osteosarcoma. My cover photo is a picture of me and Dr. Couto. Mom and dad donated. It was a very nice day. The temperature was very warm for this time of year. It was 50 degrees. I was very comfortable in my light jammies. We walked all around Boston Commons and the Boston Public Gardens. I would say about 50 other greyhounds attended. Every greyhound got a jingle bell to wear. We ring our bells for all the greyhounds that went to the Rainbow Bridge this past year. I rang my bell for them all but especially for Robin and Sally Bumbles.
After the walk we went home for a very short time. I was tired but mom told me that today was also the Maynard Christmas Parade! I march in it every year with MayDOG. I couldn't miss it!! I wore the same thing in the parade. There were lots of people watching this year. They all loved my outfit. I got my picture taken by a lot of people. It was fun! Mom said I was a real trooper because she knew how tired I was. I walked the whole parade! We saw Santa afterwards and he waved to me! That made me feel special. It was such a good day! I am very tired though so it is time for bed!!


My 9th Birthday Party

November 22nd 2015 5:36 pm
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Yesterday, Mom and dad threw my a birthday bash for my 9th Birthday!Mom got things ready early that morning, She brought down the dog beds from upstairs and brought up extra chairs from the basement. Mom and dad started making some food in the afternoon. At 4 O'clock the first guest arrived. It was Carolyn and Johnny B. Johnny B's sister Cella couldn't come this year. She caught a bat and the bat had rabies! Even though Cella has had all her shots, she still is under quarantine at her house for 2 more weeks.
What a fun party I had! I couldn't believe all the friends who came to celebrate with me. So many friends came, both dogs and humans. Johnny B, Rosco, Thor, Ripley, Teddy, 2 Rileys (one is a Greyhound and one is an Australian shepherd), Minion, My brother, Fast, Calvin, and Bryndel. My human friends included Kasha, Katherine, Julie, Mark, Kathy, Ron, My pet sitter, Margaret, Caryn Amy, Jeffrey, Bryndal's mom,Patricia and his dad, Barbara and Mike, Veronica, Carolyn, Zacharia and of course mom and dad. I got a whole table full of gifts! Lots of treats, some toys, a new collar and a new Jammie from mom and dad. We all had cake and cookies and everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to me! We all got to play in the yard. Calvin had fun doing zoomies!! Minion peed on mom's exercise machine and Calvin peed on top of it! Daddy and Kathy cleaned it up and didn't tell mom right away! Thor stole some cake! I think he got 4 slices!It was a great party!!


Today is my Birthday!!!

November 16th 2015 6:01 am
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I turn 9 years old today!! Seems like just yesterday when mom and dad adopted me from the race track! Time sure does fly by. Mom gave me one of my favorite cans of dog food this morning. Then she let me wear a bandanna that say's "Today is my Birthday" It is pink with a cupcake on it.Later tonight mom and dad are taking me to the pet store so I can pick out a present and get a big birthday cookie!! On Saturday I am having a huge birthday party!!! I am SO excited!!!


An Adventure at Minute Man Park

October 18th 2015 12:22 pm
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Yesterday mom and dad took me to 3 pet stores!!! At he last store I got 6 boxes of cookies!!! That store has the best cookies of all the pet stores. Mom and dad like to stock up so I won't run out.

Today I went on a greyt adventure with Greyhound Adventures. We went to Minute Man Park. It is close to our house which is even better. It was a bit chilly but beautiful bright sunshine. SO many of my friends were there. I saw Lux, my nephew Bryndel, Trent, Calvin, Riley and many more. Mom guessed there was 40 to 50 greyhounds there today. There were also 4 Galgos which are Spanish Greyhounds. Two rescue workers from Argentina came on the walk with us. We even saw people dressed in colonial clothing giving tours at one of the houses. They came out and talked with us. My leg did just fine!! I was able to walk the whole way!! On our way back we stopped for a short rest. I saw that Calvin had a really cool collapsible bowl for his water. I joined him for a drink. On our way home, mom and dad stopped at another pet store and bought me one for my very own!!! I will take it on all our walks from now on. When we got home mom and dad went outside to do some yard work. I went out with them for a bit and helped. I really need a nap now!


A Big Scare!

October 1st 2015 9:55 am
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I gave mom and dad a big scare. At first mom noticed that I wasn't coming upstairs during the night.I usually love to go up there to sleep. Then she noticed that I was hesitating climbing the steps to the deck after I had been out in the yard. Yesterday I was noticeably worse and was limping on my right hind leg and holding it up. This morning I needed daddy to help me get up the stairs to the deck. Mom called the vet and I got an appointment. Mom and dad's biggest fear is Osteosarcoma. It is a bone cancer that many greyhounds get. In fact 1 in 4 greyhounds get it! Usually it means amputation of the limb if there is any hope in stopping it. Worse case is death. Mom couldn't go the vets with us because she had to go to the dentist. Daddy took me. They took X-rays. One I had to lie on my back for. I didn't like that one at all! The vet poked around and I told her where it hurt. I have a pulled quadriceps muscle in my leg. I have pain medication to take. It may take a while to heal. The vet said it can take a long time, but at least I know I don't have cancer. That is a relief. Mom wasn't so lucky at the dentist. She has to go back next Friday to get her crown replaced. The dentist saw a bunch of decay under the crown when he looked at her X-rays. No fun!



September 26th 2015 6:57 pm
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I had a lot of fun at Woofstock! Lots of interesting booth this year. I was so excited! My Vet hospital had a booth! I recognized one of the vet techs. I thought he was going to take my blood!! Instead he took my picture with mom and dad. I like that much better. He said he would E-mail it to mom later so I will post it then. Aunt Carla came with Dolly and Jeff came with Skylar. We walked around for a bit with them. We also listened to a good band that was playing. I got some dog treats too! They are banana and peanut butter! After Woofstock we went to the pet store to get food. I got a big cookie. I was thinking it was just about as perfect as a day could get UNTIL...... Mom and dad had me take a walk into town. I ended up at the dog wash! I got a bath!!!!! I was shedding out my old summer coat so I did need one. I just don't like getting one! Afterwards I did get a really cool Halloween bandana. After dad paid I walked home as fast as I could. Dad let me lead the way home. I knew just how to get there too!


A GREYT Weekend!!!

September 21st 2015 7:18 am
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I went to the New England Pet Expo on Saturday with mom and dad. I had such a good time! I met Hercules from the TV show Pit Boss!! He was very nice and gave me a kiss!! Wow!!! His Dad, Shorty gave a talk. We walked all around and saw all the booths. I even got a chiropractic adjustment. Those always feel good. I also got to chat with a pet communicator. I got a new ID collar and a real yummy dog treat. Later I got to work at the Greyhound Friend's booth. My brother, Fast, was there as well as Minion, Lux, Ozzie, Bryndel and Riley (He isn't a greyhound though) I later found out that Bryndel is my nephew!! I had such a good time I didn't want to leave!!! I also got to meet a strange lizard called a Chilean Iguana!! I saw lots of dogs too!! Everyone was nice and I got lots of pets and attention. Mom went to some of the talks. She got to have a big spider called a tarantula crawl on her and she got to hold a snake called a ball python. She also petted a bearded dragon and a blue tongue skink! It was quite a day!!!

Yesterday I went to Greyhound Friend's Fall Open House. Mom and dad had a tent so they could stay in the shade. It was a very windy day so mom made sure to tape all the silent auction sheets down so they wouldn't blow away. I had my exercise pen but daddy took me for frequent walks so I could socialize with all the other greyhounds. At lunch, daddy got me a sausage sandwich! Later I played some doggy games.I got 5th place in Musical hoops. 2nd place in oldest dog and 3rd place in find your twin with Max. I wasn't in the costume contest this time because mom didn't have time to come up with anything new. I am going to Woofstock next Saturday though so I will do that costume contest if they have one. I will wear my Party Animal costume. We sold lots of raffle tickets and my friend Calvin and his mom won a TV!! My friend Thor's mom and dad got a lot of things in the Silent Auction. It was a fun weekend!!


GRNE and Pet Rock Festival

September 14th 2015 6:26 am
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What a fun weekend I had!! On Saturday we went to Greyhound Rescue of New England's annual walk and fund raiser! Mom raised $100 to help the rescue.She also set up a little table to do Tarot readings for people. It was a beautiful late summer day. Not too hot. We walked along the river and saw turtles and a blue heron! We walked all the way to the end of the trail and walked back with some friends I made along the way. I was very hot and thirsty when we got back. Grammie of Grammies Jammies (her real name is Jean) had a water bowl for me. I drank it all down. Mom entered me in 2 of the Doggie Games.I won 3rd place for the prettiest eyes and won the costume contest. I also won mom and dad 9 free games of miniature golf in the raffle! Mom and dad love to play. Mom did a tarot reading too!!! The woman enjoyed it and told mom she was very professional. Mom donated the money to the rescue. Maynard Waltha came too. He had fun and hung out with me and my friend, Gil.

On Sunday we went to the Pet Rock Festival outside of Worcester,MA. It was a cool, drizzly day. Pet Rock was at a new place this year. Mom and dad didn't like the new place very much. The parking was very disorganized and all the food was up on this huge hill.Mom's back has been sore since last Thursday so she had a hard time with the hill. I had a lot of fun. I made friends and took a rest in the Greyhound Friend's booth. Mom got a massage which helped her back. A vet said my weight and condition was perfect! That was a nice compliment. Lots of my friends were there too- Gil,Skylar, Teddy, Ripley Rose, my brother Fast, Minion, Riley, Calvin and Lucy!


Slow Summer

August 31st 2015 11:14 am
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Hi Friends,
Sorry I haven't written in my diary for a while. It has been a slow summer with not to much exciting happening. I have been doing the usual dog things like sun bathing in the warm summer sun, going for walks and enjoying the air conditioning. I did go to the Farmer's Market but later found out it was a trick! Mom and dad just wanted me to get my nails trimmed!! I also attended the one year anniversary of the opening of the Maynard Dog Park. That was fun. I got to play a bit with some other dogs. I really don't like the dog park all that much though. They have all this wood chips in the park and they hurt my feet- especially where my corn is.It was fun to go though.

A few weeks ago my friend, Rosco, came and stayed with us for a couple of weeks. His mom went on a cruise in Europe. It was nice having him around. We get along very well and he is good company. I enjoyed our walks together. I was sad to see him leave.

Yesterday was a very fun day. Mom and dad took me to auntie Carla's house. Mom and dad did Reiki for an auntie Carla's Italian Greyhound, Dash. He is getting a bit older now and having digestive and other health issues. He really enjoyed the energy work. Later more people and dogs came! I was happy to see my brother, Fast and his sister Minion. Also Gil, Riley, Atlas, Skylar and a whole bunch of Italian Greyhounds came. It was quite a pack! We had a lot of fun.

Mom says there are lots of dog events in September because the weather gets cooler. That will be nice. I don't like to stay out in the heat very long- especially being a black dog.

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