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New England Pet Expo

September 19th 2012 7:25 am
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Saturday was an incredible day. We left early in the morning and drove for about an hour. We ended up at a place I had never been before. The doors hadn't opened yet so we all stood outside and socialized. A lot of humans wanted to pet me but I wasn't that comfortable with it. I was more interested in the other dogs. We did see two humans I knew. They were from Greyhound Adventures. I let them pet me. Finally the doors opened and we went inside. Mom had to show my vaccination papers and give them a registration form. Them we got to go inside. Mom started filling out a raffle entry at the entrance but daddy came and told her to forget it and to walk inside and over to the the left. Mom let daddy finish the raffle entry and did as daddy said. I went with mom. Shorty Rossi from the TV show Pit Boss was there sitting at a table! Mom ran and got in line. Daddy came back and took me because the isle for the line was kind of narrow. Mom didn't have to wait too long because the line was short. That is why daddy came and told her. Mom met Shorty and talked to him. She had her picture taken with him and bought a T-shirt. After that we started to look at all the booths. It was strange because everything was inside a building! There were rows and rows of booths with all kinds of pet related things. We were looking at a booth when the man at Casey Jones Bones came up to mom. They actually knew each other form many years ago! When mom knew him he was a chemistry grad student and worked out at the gym she worked at. They hugged each other and talked for a while. I have a box of Casey Jones Bones in our cabinet. Mom and dad bought them for me as a gift when they went on vacation. I have eaten most of them. Next we went to Greyhound Friend's booth for a while before looking at all the other booths. We listened to some of the talks too. Shorty gave a welcome speech, there was a talk on pet first aid and CPR, a talk on breed specific legislation, a parade of breeds and a talent show. Mom and dad recognized one of the dogs in the talent show. She was a special needs girl who had been on Pit Boss. She had wanted to meet Shorty and had adopted a pit bull puppy from him! That so so cool! Mom's favorite talk, however, was the one given by Shorty. He talked about how pit bulls are good, sweet and loyal dogs and it is the people who should be blamed, not the dogs. Shorty asked the audience which breed was responsible for the most dog bites. Mom raised her hand and Shorty called on her!!!!! Mom said Golden Retrievers. Shorty was impressed because mom got it right. That made mom's day. Finally it was time for the costume contest. Mom and dad had left my costume in the car so they wouldn't have to carry it around with them. It was nice to go outside for a bit and relieve myself. Mom and dad took me to a quiet area and dressed me. People going by started taking my picture. The contest was different from others I had been in. This one was judged by how many people clapped and cheered. Mom's friend, Jen, was supposed to come with her kids to cheer for me but she didn't show up. There were about 20 contestants in the contest (2 were cats)! I made the top 5 but that was as far as I went. The winner had their family and friends there so they won. That was OK with me. Being in the top 5 out of 20 was pretty good. I was a tired dog when we got home. It was a fun day and one I will remember for a long time.

 

Happy News!

September 11th 2012 10:09 am
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In my last diary entry I mentioned that a little Yorkie was lost on the river trail. I am happy to say that she has been found and is back home with her brother. When mom, dad and I were walking up the street we saw her in the yard. She seemed happy and was playing with her toy. I am happy that she is OK.

On Sunday we went to the Pet Rock Festival. I think this was my 4th time going there. I was so excited to see all the dogs. We went and saw every booth. All the booths are placed around a 1/4 mile track. Mom guessed that there were at least 50 booths and probably more. First we did the outer circle and then we did the inner circle. In all it was 1/2 mile to see everything. I played with some other dogs in the water park. They has swimming pools to wade in. There were a lot of other greyhounds this year. I said "Hello" to every one of them. Mom got to hold a rat that a lady was carrying around. Mom has had many rats and misses having one in her life. With Ben and Charlie around, it wouldn't be safe to have one at our house. Mom and dad got some food and we ate in the shade. We were there for over two hours. It was another fun day!

 

My Costume Debute

September 9th 2012 7:30 am
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It has been a busy couple of weeks. I am happy to say that I am fully recovered from my illness and feeling fine. Mom is behind on my diary again so we will go back to last week.

After I was sick, I got very stinky. I usually don't have a strong doggy odor but I was so smelly that mom and dad took me to Dirty Hairy's for a bath. I had been there before so I was more relaxed. The water felt good and I enjoyed the attention. Mom and dad scrubbed me down and even used conditioner. I was all shiny and smelled wonderful again. Mom and dad had the lady trim my nails so that they would be ready for my up coming costume contests. My nails still had hot pink polish on them from my contest in May when I was the Play Boy Bunny. The lady used the drummel to remove the old polish. I got a new purple bandana to add to my collection. I pranced when I left the shop.
On Sunday mom and dad noticed a lost dog sign on a telephone pole. One of our neighbors had recently adopted two little Yorkie terriers. I don't think this woman knows a lot about dogs because once when we were walking past, one of them escaped her and almost got hit by a car. She told us that both of them had escaped down on the River Trail. She went after the one who was the most active thinking the other one would stay close. She caught him, turned around and the other one was gone! That evening we went for a walk down the trail to search for her. Mom brought an extra leash. We told everyone we met to please be on the look out. We searched until it was almost dark. Sadly we didn't find her. Mom was worried because there are coyotes and fisher cats around in the woods. The woman said that her dog was also dragging a long purple leash that could have easily become tangles in the branches. We can only hope someone found her and gave her a good home. Very sad.

It was daddy's birthday on Friday. Daddy took the day off work. He called the fire department to come out and inspect our smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. We have to do this before we can sell our house. The whole firetruck came over! It was wild! Mom took me out for a walk while they did the test because the loud noise bothers my ears. Mom said it bothers her ears too! After they inspected our house, they said they were on their way to inspect the house we were buying!

Saturday was the Greyhound Rescue Of New England's fund raiser. It was almost near Aunt Carla's new house. It was a small event but we still had fun. Aunt Carla was there! It was so good to see her. We hung out at her booth. She furminated me for free! That felt good. I didn't have a lot of dead hair because of my bath, but she still got some off. We went for a nice walk along a river. My friends Gill and Skylar where there too. I had fun socializing with all the other greyhounds. The weather looked like it was going to rain so they started the doggie games early. I was in the costume contest. This was my first time competing with my new costume. It was a bit disappointing because there were only 2 other dogs in the contest- and they were dressed alike as a team. I still got to put on my costume and everyone was taking pictures of me. They gave both me and the other two dogs first prize. I got a blue ribbon and a squeaky orange pumpkin toy. Next they held the raffle. Mom put my name on the tickets again. I won a stuffed blue elephant. Come to find out, it wasn't a dog toy, so I gave it to mom. She loves stuffed animals as much as I do. It was a nice day.

Today we are going to the Pet Rock Festival. I will have more to write about that later.

 

Feeling Better Today

August 26th 2012 4:17 pm
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I am much better today. Mom gave me my medicine and it helped my tummy feel better. I was able to eat some breakfast. Mom didn't give me my usual amount, only about half. It was just right. I also had a yoghund treat which is frozen yogurt made for dogs. It has the good kind of bacteria in it. I was able to go for a nice little walk this evening. Not too far but it was just right. I am glad to be feeling more like myself. Mom and dad rented a fancy vacuum cleaner for the day. They cleaned the upstairs hallway where I was sick. It looks really good now and the stains are all gone. It smells a lot better too!

 

Sick In The Tummy

August 25th 2012 12:16 pm
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I started to feel real bad on Friday morning. I knew mom and dad were sleeping but I couldn't hold it much longer. I started to cry and cry hoping they would hear me. Mom got up. She was half asleep but she took me out. I ran to where the enchanted forest used to be. It is now a big field where they cut all the trees down. I walked real fast trying frantically to find the right spot. Mom was glad I went in the field because she couldn't have picked it up anyway. I felt a lot better and we went back to the house. Mom gave me breakfast thinking it was just a one time thing and I did eat it all. About 2 hours later I had to go again....and again...and again. I went about 9 times in one day. Mom didn't give me any dinner and I didn't want any anyways. Last night I started to vomit. It was just bile because I hadn't eaten anything. I also started to pant because my tummy hurt. I was drinking water and mom checked me for dehydration. I was OK. I made it through the night OK but this morning I threw up again. I was still panting. Mom checked to see when the vet opened and they opened at 8AM. Mom called right away and got me an emergency appointment. She got daddy out of bed and we went to the vet. I had to have an x-ray done to make sure nothing was blocking my intestines. The x-rays came back OK. I had to get fluid under my skin because by now I was dehydrated. I got all this medication that I have to take. I also got a shot to settle my stomach. When I got home I fell asleep. Mom says that is the best thing for me to do. I can try to have dinner tonight if I feel up to it. We shall see. I'm not panting anymore but I am still tired. Please say a prayer for me and think good thoughts.

 

So Much To Tell!

August 14th 2012 12:35 pm
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Mom is behind on my diary again. This time she has a very good reason which I will explain once I catch you up on everything.

A week ago Saturday I went to a Meet and Greet. It was at Especially For Pets in Sudbury. I hadn't been on a Meet and Greet for awhile so it was fun. Mom, dad and I were all alone for the first half. I met a new greyhound friend named Jaguar. He was an older boy but very handsome and in good shape. We hit it off. Later Troy and his mom joined us. It was good seeing Troy. He is such a good friend.

This past Saturday we all went to visit Grampy in NH. It was Old Home Weekend in Grampy's town. We were also there to celebrate Grampy's birthday too. Before going to Grampy's we stopped at the pet store where mom used to work. She didn't see anyone there she knew but that was OK. I got a huge cookie on a rawhide stick. Mom and dad also stopped for lunch at a new cafe in a town called Exeter, NH. It is not far from where Grampy lives. The Cafe is called The Good Karma Cafe. They had outdoor seating so I could join mom and dad for lunch. It was a nice day but not too hot. The patio area was very nice. The waitress brought me a huge bowl of water and mom gave me my cookie. I didn't eat it though. It was a new place and I didn't feel comfortable eating. I did make friends with the people at the next table though. I kept asking for petting and scratches. Mom said I was being a pest but they didn't seem to mind. Grampy was happy to see us. I got to run in his yard. I also ate my cookie on Grampy's rug and made a mess. Daddy had to vacuum it. Mom and dad didn't take me to the festivities in town this year. First it was very hot out by this time and second, I was very stressed last year. Instead I stayed and kept Grampy company. Mom and dad weren't gone long. Later the humans went out to dinner. I had to stay home this time. That was OK. I had a nice visit

Sunday was a strange day. We left a little before 10:00AM and daddy drove us around in the car. We didn't actually go anywhere much. We did go to a store and daddy ran in to get food and we did make it to the pet store. After that daddy kept driving by our house but we couldn't go inside. There were a lot of cars parked in our driveway. I didn't understand why we kept driving by. Finally we went to another farm stand and daddy got corn. Even after that we couldn't go home yet. Finally we did. We drove around for two hours! I knew some people had been to our house because I could smell them. I didn't know them. Mom and dad left my harness on me and took a quick shower. Then we were back in the car again! This time we went to Greyhound Friends! They were having a party for all the volunteers. I made myself right at home on the dog beds and made my rounds saying "Hello" to everyone. I knew most of the humans there. My friend Fast was there too. It was good to see him again. Later that night Daddy got a phone call. The people who had been in the house made an offer to buy it! The offer was too low so mom and dad did something called a counter offer. Anyway, today I learned that our house has been sold! We are under contract now and the closing will be in September. Mom is very excited. That is why she is behind on my diary. When we move to the new house I will have a huge fenced in back yard that I will be able to run in anytime I want! I am excited too!!!!

 

Dog Park!

August 2nd 2012 3:22 pm
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Thank you all for the cakes. It isn't my birthday but I sure do love cake!

Daddy had a vacation day from work yesterday. It was nice out so mom and dad took me to the dog park in Wayland, MA. It is about a 20 minute drive from our house. I have been there a few times before. Mom and dad let be off leash the whole time. I was very good and stayed close to mom and dad. If I got too far ahead, mom would call me and I came right away. I met a whole group of nice dogs. I even got to go in a pond to get a drink and cool my paws. I was glad that most of the walk was in the woods. It was cooler. The large open fields where I usually run was too over grown with grass and bushes. I still got plenty of good exercise. When we got back to the car I started to walk into someone yard. Mom and dad called to me and I realized it was time to leave. I jumped right into the car. On the way home we stopped at a farm stand to get corn. I was a happy tired dog!

Daddy had today off work too. Mom just had to teach an exercise class. It is very hot outside today so I couldn't go on a long walk. Mom says it will get cooler soon. Mom and dad spent the day painting and working around the house. Mom and dad have been doing a lot of that lately. Also a lot of strange people have been coming over. I know because I can smell them. Mom says not to get my hopes up, but we may be moving to a new house. We are trying to sell ours. The new house will have a big back yard for me to run and play when ever I want. I am keeping my paws crossed.

I was the daily smiler today on Thebark.com. They said it was supposed to be yesterday, but I am featured today.

 

I'm The Daily Smiler!

July 30th 2012 10:53 am
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I hope all my pals have been having a safe summer. Things have been quiet for me lately. Mom and dad went on vacation a few weeks ago. Sarah our pet sitter stayed with us at my house while mom and dad were away. I like Sarah a lot and she takes good care of me. I still really missed mom and dad though. I ma glad they are back home.

It has been a hot summer so we can't go for long walks. The pavement gets too hot for my feet and I get over heated easily. I did go to the Farmer's Market on Saturday. There were a lot of dogs there. I got to meet them all. After the market I ended up at the groomers to get my nails trimmed. Nothing exciting. Some times when I walk with daddy late at night we see a skunk or two. I still want to chase them but daddy won't let me.

Daddy found a nice house for sale in our town. It has a huge back yard that I could really run in. Mom and dad even made an offer on it and put our house up for sale. Mom was excited but now it looks like we might not buy it. The house itself is perfect. Mom says it is her dream home. The basement, however, is a nightmare! The house has 5 sump pumps to keep the water out. Problem is the basement is STILL wet and now there is mold growing. Mom and dad are now talking with the seller to see if it can be fixed. If not, we won't be able to buy the house. Mom is kind of sad but she said mold can make us sick. I don't want to get sick.

A few weeks ago mom sent my picture in to a web site called The Bark. They post pictures of dogs smiling. Mom got an E-mail saying that I made this weeks smile list! On Wednesday I will be the daily smiler! What an honor. Here is a link you can copy and paste to see me:
http://www.thebark.com/content/weekly-smilers-7-30-12

That's all the news for now. I will write again soon.

 

4th Of July Picnic

July 4th 2012 3:50 pm
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I hope all my pup pals are having a fun, safe 4th Of July today. Please tell your humans to keep you in the house during the fireworks tonight. Loud noises can scare us!

Mom, dad and I went to a picnic today! We left a little late and ended up running into 2 detours. Mom thought they were because of parades. We were only 30 minutes late however and things were just getting started. We didn't miss much. Daddy set up my exercise pen and mom filled my water bowl. Dad got the chairs from the car and then mom and dad went to get food. Mom brought me two cookies so I would have a treat too. Mom and dad's friend, Marie, came. She brought her Spanish greyhound (galgo)to the picnic too. His name was Rico. The yard was pretty big and most of the dogs were off leash so mom let me run and play with him and the other dogs for a bit. Then she put me back in the pen. Marie didn't want to walk around with Rico so mom told her that he could stay in the pen with me. I was OK with that and everything was fine for a while. Rico had never been in a pen before and he started to get upset. I was laying down on the ground eating my last cookie. Rico started to paw at the pen. Then another black dog came over. Rico went into a play bow and started bouncing around. He clearly did not know how to behave. I got nervous with all the energy and I corrected Rico. The humans thought we were fighting but no harm was intended. It was all display as I demanded respect and peace in my pen. Marie removed Rico and everything was OK after that. A while later mom let me out of the pen and let me go off leash. I always stay close to mom and dad and I had already had a good run. I walked around a bit and laid on the cool ground by my humans. Mom and dad took me for a walk and then let me go off leash in the yard again. I saw Rico a few times and we were very friendly with each other. I do like him. Mom explained he had never been in a pen before. All my other greyhound friends know how to behave. He is from Spain so maybe he just didn't understand.
It was a fun day. Glad to be back in my bed though. Happy 4th Of July everyone!

 

I got Blessed!!

June 24th 2012 2:51 pm
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Mom found an article in our local paper that said there would be a pet blessing today at a local church. Mom and dad have never been to this church before but the article said it was open to everyone. We got into the car and daddy drove us there. There were all kinds of animals being blessed. Mostly dogs but I was surprised to see how many cats came. Mom and dad wanted to bring Ben and Charlie but they would have been too frightened. Some of the cats were on harnesses and walked around like a dog. I got to meet a couple of them and we touched noses. There were also a pair of chickens that came and some parrots. The service was very nice. The minister played guitar and people sang songs. It was outside in the hot sun and I started to get too hot. Daddy took me into the shade so I could stay cool. We were still close enough to hear the service. After the main service was over we all got in line to be individually blessed. Mom recorded my blessing on her camera so you can find it in my video library. Especially For Pets was there giving out treats so mom got me some. The offering for the blessing went to two different organizations. One of them was Heifer international. Mom and dad didn't want to donate to them because they send cows and other animals to people in 3rd world countries. Mom explained to me that it seems like a good idea on the surface but if you know anything about raising animals for meat or food you quickly realize that this does more harm to the people and the animals than it does good. I myself was exploited by the racing industry so I personally know how it feels. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. The other organization was Buddy Dog Humane Society so mom and dad donated to them only. I got a red ribbon on my collar after I was blessed. Mom said she will hang it in my window.

 
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