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The Last 4 Days!

December 22nd 2014 1:40 pm
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I have had an interesting time the past few days. Thursday. my friend Rosco came to spend the day with me. What fun we had! We ran and played out in the yard. I was sad when his mom came to pick him up. On Friday Daddy had the day off work. It was also grandma's 91st Birthday! That afternoon we went to grandma's house for a visit. Grandma saved me some of her chicken! I wasn't quite sure whether or not I could eat it or not. I waited until Grandma went to the bathroom before I ate it! I didn't want to eat anything I wasn't supposed to. We had a nice time. I had to ride twice in the "room that moves". I am getting more used to it, but I still don't like it much. I would rather climb the stairs. On Saturday mom did a lot of house cleaning. I knew something was going to happen. Sure enough. On Sunday we had a huge Yule party to celebrate the Solstice. we had about 35 people over the house! NO dogs came! I had to hang out with humans the whole night. I did get lots of attention though, which was nice. Mom and her friends sang carols. Two people brought guitars. It was a fun party. After the guests left we opened Yule presents. I got my favorite peanut butter cookies! Yummy!! I thought today was going to be a relaxing day. I was wrong. Mom and dad took me the groomers for a nail trim! I just don't like getting my nails trimmed. Glad that is over with!


Jingle Bell Walk AND a Parade!

December 7th 2014 12:59 pm
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What a day I have had! I think I will sleep for a week. We left the house early this morning and daddy drove us to Boston. We parked the car in a dark underground garage. It was kind of scary at first but when I jumped out of the car, there was Mr. Spock and his dad. A few minutes later my half brother, Padfoot and his brother Lupine were there. I felt much better after that and it was so good to see them. Mom dressed me in my jingle bell collar and reindeer antlers. Even mom and dad had antlers. Mr. Spock and I took the room that moves and Padfoot and Lupine took the stairs. We met above ground in Boston Common. Padfoot beat us to the Commons. We all walked across the street together into what is called the Boston Public Gardens. There we each got a new jingle Bell. We all met the swan boats are kept. Other friends started to show up. Lux, Trent, Ozzie and Robin all came too. Everyone had their holiday attire on. Channel 7 news was there. They took videos of me with a huge camera. Mom says I might be on the news tonight! We shall see. Mom and dad made a donation to the Greyhound Health Initiative.That is where Dr. Couto works. They are trying to find a cure for Osteosarcoma. Mom got a little card from them to keep in her wallet. The card tells how Greyhounds are different in their blood work from other dogs. It is a good thing to have. Then the walk started. We walked all through the gardens and the commons. It was so much fun. 85 Greyhounds came! This was the 10th annual Jingle Bell Walk. We finished up on a hill where there is a big monument and took a group a picture. I was tired, happy and planned to spend the rest of the afternoon sleeping. Was I wrong!

We got back home and I had a 2 hour nap. Next thing you know, mom is putting my harness and coat back on. Daddy drove us to where the Farmer's Market is in the summer. Mom put my jingle bell collar and reindeer antlers back on. From there we took a short walk to a huge parking lot. When I saw everyone, I knew what was going on. I have marched in parades before. This was my 4th parade. Daddy brought me over to the our group and then he left me with mom. Daddy had to go work at a ping pong tournament. Mom and I marched with MayDOG which is the Maynard Dog Owner's Group. We had a marching band in front of us and a marching band behind us. I was fine. I think our whole town was there watching. People lined the streets and mom waved to everyone. I pranced along, right in the middle of the road. I knew when to stop and when to start. 2 Girls carried our banner. It was fun, but I was tired afterwards. Mom and I watched the rest of the parade come back to the parking lot as we started to head for home. I saw my friend, Santa and he waved to me! It was nice to see him again.

I am going to crash now!


I am wearing shorts!

December 2nd 2014 6:11 am
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I have shorts on!! I have a hot spot on my leg and I have been licking it a lot. The skin got all red and irritated. Mom bought me some medicine and it is helping. The medicine smells like model airplane glue! It is just for hot spots. She had to put my muzzle on me for the past few days because I wouldn't leave the spot alone. I really hate my muzzle and I was doing everything I could to get it off. This morning mom and dad decided to put on my shorts from one of my costumes. At first I just stood there looking at mom with blinking eyes. She just laughed and went upstairs. I followed her. I guess wearing shorts is better than wearing a muzzle. Mom says That when my hot spot gets a little better, she will see if I can leave it alone.


My 8th Birthday Party!

November 23rd 2014 7:34 am
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I had my 8th Birthday pawty last night! What a fun time I had! SO many of my friends came. We had a full house. I got so many wonderful gifts and treats. Thank you everyone. Thank you Johnny B, Cella, Lux, Rosco, Robin, Riley, Fast, Minion, Enzo, Flint, Gill, Mr.Spock, Thor, Ripley and Teddy and everyone's mom and/or dad! We all got to run in my yard and we had dog cake and doggy cookies shaped like greyhounds. I have never seen the house so full with both dogs and people. Daddy counted 15 dogs that came to my Pawty and there were about the same number of humans. A few of my human friends came without dogs too.

We did almost had a disaster at my pawty last night! Holly the Honktapus was almost deaded! My friend, Flint, had pulled her out of my toy box. I didn't think too much about it at the time. Then mom noticed that Holly was bleeding stuffing on the floor. She jumped up and rescued Holly. The wound was minor and we got to her in time. Thankfully Rosco's mom (Katherine Orcutt) is a skilled surgeon and was able to operate on Holly. She is recovering now and I am keeping her close to me. We expect a full recovery.


Happy Birthday To Me!

November 16th 2014 6:10 am
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Today is my Birthday! I am8 years old! Wow, time sure does fly by! My party will be held next Saturday! I am so excited! Mom and dad got me a special doggy cake as well as a human cake. A lot of my friends are coming- both dogs and humans. I wish all my friends from around the world could come too but mom said that would be really hard for all of them to fly to our country. I just want you all to know how much I love you all. Thank you for sharing my special day with me!!


Special Cookie

November 9th 2014 2:21 pm
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We had a house guest stay with for a week during Halloween. She was very nice. Mom met her on Catster years ago. She lives in a place called Maryland. While she was here, she would sometimes let me out in the morning and even fed me so that mom could get a little extra sleep. Our house guest went home last Sunday. I went to the airport to help drop her off. I had to share the back seat with her, but it was OK. I still had enough room to lay down comfortably. After the airport daddy drove us to see Grandma. Grandma is home now. She walks with a walker but is getting along fine. Daddy tried to fix her computer. It wasn't working right. Hopefully he fixed it. Daddy is good at that.

Yesterday we went to 2 different pet stores. We don't go to the one near our house as often now because it is more expensive then the new one we go too. The best store is called Pet World. It is in about 30 minutes away so mom buys 2 weeks worth of food so we don't have to shop every week. Mom and dad bought me a very special cookie. It was so big that I wasn't quite sure what to do with it! It looked like a pie! It had pink frosting on it and said Happy Birthday. Mom said it was an early birthday present. It took me 15 minutes just to eat it! I barely had room for my dinner!



October 31st 2014 5:58 am
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We had no internet access yesterday.In fact we had no home yesterday! Me and the cats had to stay at our old pet sitters house all day.Mom, dad and our guest, Debbie had to drive around and go places. Some how we got some nasty bugs called bedbugs in our house. Mom was getting bit everyday! A woman came with her beagles who are trained to sniff out the bugs. She found some! They either came from an antique table mom bought or from Mom's granddaughter's house. Yesterday men came and heated up the whole house to 135 degrees. That killed all the bugs. We weren't allowed inside because it was so hot!! On a fun note, at noon time mom, dad and Debbie picked me up and drove me to the river trail that we used to walk when we lived at the old house! I had SO much fun. I hadn't been there in almost 2 years. I sniffed everything!! Mom also bought me a special cookie.I didn't mind staying at the pet sitters house.Ben didn't mind either. Charlie hid in the closet and never came out until mom made him get in the cat carrier!


A Walk At Minute Man Park

October 20th 2014 1:23 pm
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Yesterday, mom and dad took me to a Greyhound Adventures walk!The walk was being held at Minute Man Park. That is the closest location they go to. It is only about 20 minutes away.At first mom and dad had to coax me downstairs.I was sleeping in my bed and didn't want to go.Once I got there, however, I got very excited! So many of my friends where there: Riley, Robin, Johnny B, Cella, Lux and Mr.Spock. I also made a new friend named Trent. He was just adopted a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful fall day.It was a bit chilly so I wore my fleece coat. It was nice and sunny though. The fall leaves are pretty much gone now.There was still one really colorful tree so mom took a picture.


An Interesting Visit

October 13th 2014 8:44 am
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I just had an interesting visit and I still don't quite know what to make of it all. Rosco's mom, Katherine, came to visit me this morning. She came to see ME, not mom and dad! She also didn't bring Rosco with her! She had papers with her and had me lie down and then stand up and then lie down again. She kept giving me treats which was nice. She felt my legs, hips and spine, she stretched me in all these different positions. She also gave me a lot of attention. Mom and dad watched the whole time. Most of it felt very good. Then she found an area around my scapular and 6th cervical vertebrae which hurt me some. I was able to let her know it hurt because I winced. She said that maybe that area is a bit tight since I have a corn on the opposite foot and may be compensating when I walk. She suggested that mom give me some massages. Mom explained afterwards that Rosco's mom needs to practice on dogs because she just got certified as a doggy physical therapist --CCRT (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist) . That is so cool. She said I did very well and she may be back to see me again. I was happy to help her and the treats were a pretty sweet deal too!


The Turtle!

September 29th 2014 7:41 am
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There was a big street fair in our town on Saturday. Mom and dad went and left me at home. They thought there might be too many kids and that I would be uncomfortable. Later, they had to go back to the street fair to drop something off at one of the booths. They decided to bring me along. I have been to many dog events but this was different. We got to walk right in the middle of the street. There was music playing and lots of people. There were some dogs too. I was looking all around. I was there for only about 5 minutes and that was long enough. I got to see it anyway.

Yesterday I got to visit grandma in the rehab place. She is starting to walk again with the walker and she doesn't feel any more pain in her hip or leg. She sees the doctor today and might go home on Thursday! She saved me some of her turkey sandwich! That was yummy! It was a very nice day and warm outside so we got to take her into the courtyard. There were some fall flowers blooming and some white butterflies flying around. The sun was warm. We stayed outside for a while and enjoyed the nice day. Grandma's lunch was coming so we brought her back to her room and said our "goodbyes". As we were waiting for the "room that moves" to open up it's door, a worker asked daddy if I could visit one of the patients there. I got to meet a nice woman and practice being a therapy dog. I am getting more comfortable with the room that moves now. I still hide behind daddy's legs while it is moving but I walk right in now. It still feels strange but I know it won't hurt me. On our ride back home daddy saw a turtle trying to cross the highway. She was on the side of the road and had not wandered into traffic yet. Daddy turned off at the next exit and mom and dad got out of the car and rescued her. If daddy hadn't seen her, she would have been run over. It was a very busy highway and there was a barrier in the middle of the road. Even if she had made it across she would have become stuck in the middle because of the barrier. Mom and dad let her go in the river near our old house. She was happy to be safe. She came out of her shell, looked around and dove right into the water! She was lucky!

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