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Photo Shoot

April 8th 2012 10:14 am
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I hope all my pup pals are having a very Happy Easter, Passover or Spring Celebration today! Thank you everyone for all the wonderful Easter Eggs in my special gift box!

Mom, dad and I went to the pet store near our house yesterday. I thought it was going to be a regular shopping trip but I was wrong! Mom got all the food and then we went into a section of the store that I had never been in before. Mom was looking at the fish supplies for the tank we won in the raffle last week. Mom only bought a thermometer as she didn't care for any on the decorations there. A few minutes later the manager of the store came in. He wanted to take pictures of me with the dog food I had won in the St. Patrick's Day contest. He wanted pictures for the store's newsletter. Mom and dad knew about it!! We all had to pose for the camera with the dog food bags. Later, when mom was on the store's website there I was right on the home page!! It was a picture of me in the St. Patrick's costume announcing that I had won. Mom will put it on my dogster page. Later that morning mom and dad got the fish tank all set up. Mom and dad went to another pet store that specializes in fish. They got nice decorations and got the filter and the bubble wand working. Mom is still waiting for the heater. It was out of stock and was back ordered. It should arrive early this week. Then mom has to do something called "cycling" to make sure there is good bacteria in the tank to keep the fish healthy. It may be a week or two before we can get the fish. After the tank was set up, we all got into the car again. Daddy drove me and mom to Grampy's house. Daddy went to his mom's house to pick up things he had stored there. Grandma is selling her house soon. Mom and I had a nice visit with Grampy. Mostly I just slept but mom brought two cookies for me to eat. I was careful not to leave too many crumbs on Grampy's rug.

 

Easter Palooza!!

April 1st 2012 5:33 am
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Yesterday was an incredible day! After my noon walk we all got into the car and drove to a pet store that I had never been to before! It was a Pet Source just like the one we go to every week but this one was much bigger. Daddy had a hard time finding a place to park the car. When we got inside there were lots of people and all kinds of animals. Most were dogs but there were even cats, guinea pigs, fish and rabbits! There were tables set up all over the store with different samples, services and raffle baskets. We walked around a bit and suddenly I saw the biggest rabbit I have ever seen! This rabbit was about 6 feet tall and taller than daddy! Mom said it was the Easter Bunny. Next thing I knew, I was standing in line to get my picture taken with him! Yikes! This was one bunny I wasn't going to chase!! Daddy had to pick me up and put me on a platform next to this giant rabbit. To add insult to injury, mom put bunny ears on me! I was a little nervous but after a few pictures I relaxed. Mom and dad were happy and I took some good pictures. I wasn't afraid after that. This bunny didn't smell anything like a bunny. He smelled like a human! The photographer told us it would take a few minutes for the photos to be developed on the computer and to come back in 20 to 25 minutes. Mom decided it was a good time to get our shopping done. They were offering 20% off everything in the store. On our way to shop I got some treats. My favorite Carnivore Kisses were being displayed. Despite being a little stressed I ate them. Next I got my nails trimmed. The lady trimming the the nails were very nice and I stayed calm. We got our supplies and went to the checkout line to pay. As we were standing there a man on a microphone said he was going to announce the winner of the St. Patrick's Day contest I was in! Mom was excited. He said there was one very clear winner and was excited about it. Next thing I knew he said "The winner is Isis!!" I won!!! I had to go up with mom to the man and everyone clapped for me. I won 3 giant bags of dog food for Greyhound Friends! Thank you to all my pup pals here on Dogster that voted for me!! The fun didn't stop here though!!! Mom and dad got raffle tickets. We actually got a lot of raffle tickets. We got 10 tickets for having my picture taken with the Easter Bunny, 3 for the pet food we bought and 5 for me winning the contest. The raffle prizes were nice but nothing that mom really wanted. Mom put most of the tickets in a 20 gallon fish aquarium, a gift basket with a large dog bed and she put one ticket in a supply of wild bird food. We hung out at the store while various contest went on. The children had an Easter egg hunt. They had a cutest bunny contest and critter races for small animals. Next they announced the fashion show. Wouldn't you know it, mom started dressing me in the exercise costume that her friend Jen had made for me. If you remember I won with this costume at Greyhound Friend's fall open house last year. Other dogs were dressed up too. I had to wait for them to call my name and mom and I had to walk the runway! It was a bit embarrassing. The things we do for our humans!! Anyway, I tried to be a good sport about it. There were about a dozen contestants. I ended up winning the funniest costume! I got another huge gift basket! I was very happy when mom took the costume off. What a relief!!! The next and final event of the day was the drawing for the raffle. When they choose the winner for the giant aquarium, it was mom!!! Looks like we are getting fish!! We didn't win the dog bed but that was OK. I have a really nice one that I love. Mom told dad that she thought she put one ticket in the bird food. Seems that she did, because she won it! It was a comical ride home! The truck of the car had the aquarium stand in it, the back seat floor was filled with bags and mom was sitting in the front seat with a huge aquarium in her lap! What a day!!!

Today I went to Horn Pond in Woburn with Greyhound Adventures. Horn Pond is one of my favorite walks! I made sure that I greeted every single dog there. It was a beautiful day. It started out cool so I wore my fleece jacket. By the end of the walk it had warmed up to the point that I didn't need it any more. We saw ducks and geese. Lots of flowers are starting to come up. We had about 30 greyhounds on the walk. It was nice seeing all my friends. What a wonderful weekend it was!

 

St. Patrick's Day Contest

March 24th 2012 6:56 pm
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My picture is finally posted on a contest web site. I guess the pet store couldn't decide who the winner was so they are having people vote. Here is the link to the voting page: http://www.petsource.biz/constantcpics/WEBSITE_TEST/DRESSPET IRISH-2012.html
All the names are listed in alphabetical order along the left hand side of the page. You will see a row a shamrocks with names in them. If I win, I will be donating $175 worth of dog food to Greyhound Friends! Greyhound Friends is such a wonderful organization and they have found many dogs wonderful forever homes. Mom thought it would be nice to donate the food if I won and I agree! Thanks in advance to all my pup pals!!

For a voting link,please go to "Comments" or copy/paste the link above.

 

My Friend Went to The Rainbow Bridge

March 19th 2012 9:04 am
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It is with a heavy heart that I write my diary today. Yesterday I lost a very good friend. You may have remembered that I had asked for prayers last year for Aunt Carla's Greyhound, GT. He had a raging infection in his abdominal cavity and had to have major surgery. He pulled through and was doing well until about a month ago. He started to have problems breathing and was coughing up blood. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and was put on antibiotics. He seemed to be doing better until Saturday night. Aunt Carla came home to find him in respiratory distress. She rushed him to Tufts Veterinary Hospital at 3 in the morning! The doctors put him in an oxygen tent but he still couldn't breath! They made the decision to put him on a ventilator so the machine could breath for him. Aunt Carla called my mom and mom and dad rushed down to Tufts yesterday afternoon. GT was sedated and in ICU. GT's doctor was still hopeful. Mom and dad both said prayers and gave him Reiki. It was hard seeing him like that. I wasn't allowed to go but mom kept me posted on his condition. Last night around 8PM, Aunt Carla called to say that GT had just passed away. I felt him go and let out a howl that scared mom and dad. I will miss my friend. We will all miss him very much. You can see GT in 2 of my video's.

On a happier note, I was in another contest again. I haven't heard who the winner was yet. The pet store near our house was having a "Dress Your Dog For St. Patrick's Day" contest. I don't have anything green except one bandana that has watermelons on it. That wasn't very St. Patrick's. Mom and dad bought me a head piece that had shamrocks sticking up like antenna. I looked more like a bug than a dog. They also bought me a shamrock necklace. Everyone at the store made a fuss over me and took my picture. They said I was the best one they had seen all day and that most dogs just came in with green collars on. I am competing against 3 or 4 stores so we shall see. Daddy took pictures so I am sure they will be posted on my Dogster page soon. Mom and dad are too upset right now to think about it.

 

Meet And Greet

March 7th 2012 7:59 am
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Mom got her tickets in the mail on Saturday! They came the day after her birthday! Mom said that was a great birthday present. There was a note included with the tickets. They wanted a picture of mom with the tickets to be posted on Facebook. Mom included me in the photo. She said that without me, she would never have won. Mom put it on my Dogster page too!

On Sunday we went on a meet and greet. I got to see Johnny B and Sonie. We haven't been on a meet and greet for a while because of mom and dad's schedule. I had fun. I met a new friend named Hanna. She came with her mom. Bronson stopped by for a while too. It was good to see him. We got some donations for Greyhound Friends, but the best part was that we got to meet a couple who was interested in adopting a greyhound! They came just to see us. They asked a lot of questions. I hope they do adopt.

The weather is getting nicer now. Mom hopes all the snow melts. It is already up to 50 degrees outside. Tomorrow they say it will be the the 60's. Mom has tomorrow afternoon off, so we have a long walk planned. Spring is coming fast. We were very lucky this Winter. We really only had the one snow storm.

 

Mahna Mahna update!

February 29th 2012 6:18 pm
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Mom was up in the computer room when she started screaming. She came running downstairs and almost scared me half to death! She was jumping all around and screaming. Then she ran to the cookie box and gave me an extra cookie for no reason at all. She kept saying "Thank You" to me. Seems that everyone whose video made it into the main video won tickets! Mom and Dad will see John Edward when he comes to Boston in November.

 

Mahna Mahna Contest

February 29th 2012 10:28 am
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Some of you may be wondering about my new video of me singing the Muppet's song "Mahna Mahna". Mom took it to enter a contest. The world renown psychic, John Edward, was having a contest. He used to have a TV show called Crossing Over that mom used to watch years ago. She sent my video to John and he included it in the final video! If you would like to see it, it is on YouTube. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nvtJmKhZ9o&context=C381fa6dA DOEgsToPDskI4q6LmBCH6YdAPIAhzH9Zj
I come in at about the one minute mark. I also appear at the very end. The whole video is very funny and I think you will enjoy it. There are other dogs in the video too, but I am the only non-human actually singing!
Mom was hoping to win tickets to see John when he comes to Boston. I don't think the winners have been announced yet so mom still hopes that we won.

 

Aunt Carla's Party!

February 20th 2012 12:58 pm
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Mom has two heads! At least she does when she takes me out for my walks! It is the darnedest thing! Mom came home with daddy one day and she had two heads. I couldn't stop staring! I even jumped up a little to get a better look and a sniff. Mom says it is just a hat. It took me a while before I believed her. Mom says that a lot of people are wearing animal hats. Mom had a cow. It still freaks me out sometime. Mom says that two heads are better than one!

On Saturday we went to Aunt Carla's house. She was having a house warming party for her new house. It was a long drive but it was worth it. I had been there only once before but I knew where I was. There were lots of cars and lots of people. I knew quite a few of the humans there. Most smelled like greyhounds and they volunteer at Greyhound Friends! I got to play in aunt Carla's big back yard for a while. Mostly I hung out inside with the other guests, Gil and Fast. Fast is fast!! We had a good run around the yard. I can see why his name is Fast. I was interested in the food table but mom told me to "Leave it". I did. I'm good about that. Louise Coleman came to the party. She started Greyhound Friends many years ago. She said "Hi" to me. We had a fun time.

Today was what daddy called a "Holiday". He said it was to honor presidents. Because of that he didn't have to go to work. Mom only had one class to teach so she wasn't gone very long this morning. In the afternoon, mom and dad took me to the dog park in Weston! There were lots of dogs there today. I did a little running but not full out. My leg was still sore from last night. I got a cramp in my bad leg (The one that I broke on the race track)and it hurt! Mom rubbed it and it is OK now, but still a little sore. I enjoyed being off leash though and played with a few other dogs. Mom, dad and I walked all around the 3 big fields. I got to sniff and explore but I kept mom and dad in sight the whole time. Walking back to the car, mom and dad let me stay off my leash. I love having the freedom. I stay right with them. I even walked back to the car and jumped right in. I'm tired now. I got my cookie when we got home.

 

Please Boycott Sketcher Shoes

February 6th 2012 3:35 pm
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I have a favor to ask all my pup pals. Did any of you see the Sketcher's commercial during the Superbowl last night? I am very upset by it. The commercial showed Sketcher's mascot, a french bulldog named Mr. Quiggly, running a race against greyhounds at the Tuscon Arizona race track. Mr. Quiggly won the race because he had Sketcher's shoes on! The Tuscon track is one of the worst greyhound tracks in the United States as far as abuse goes. The commercial made it seem like it was fun and happy. That isn't the way it is! I am asking that all my friends here on Dogster please consider boycotting Sketcher's shoes. I was so upset that I wrote a letter to Mr. Quiggly himself! Here is what I wrote:

Dear Mr. Quiggly,

My name is Isis. Actually my name wasn't always Isis. I used to be called Rosey Rosette when I was a racing dog at the Seabrook Greyhound Race Track in NH. I just wanted to express my deep disappointment that Sketcher's chose to show that terrible commercial during the Superbowl last night. It seems you have had a very pampered life. You are, after all a celebrity. I wasn't as fortunate. I was forced to race 14 times before I broke 4 bones in my left hind foot. My foot still bothers me today and always will. I was kept up to 23 hours a day in a tiny cage with only shredded paper for bedding. I never got to play with a toy and I never got good food to eat. The food they gave me was called 4D meat. It was rotten and not fit for human consumption. It was all I got to eat so I had no choice. Thankfully I was adopted when I was 2 1/2 years old. Adjustment after the race track was hard at first. I had never seen a bicycle, a TV, the inside of a house or even a dog of another breed! It took me 6 months to learn to play with a toy! I also didn't know how to climb stairs! I am grateful that I have a patient, understanding new mom and dad. They worked very hard to help me be the dog I am today (I am 5 now). Mom and dad changed my name to Isis so I would feel like a goddess! I love my new name and my new life. I was one of the lucky ones. Most injured greyhounds are killed because they can't make money any more. Some are even left to starve in their cages. It makes me very sad to think that my brothers and sisters are still out there having to suffer like I once did. It hurt me to see that commercial last night. Greyhound Racing is not a sport. It is not fun. It is very cruel. The Seabrook track closed down and I am happy about that. I want to see all the other tracks close down too. Could you PLEASE tell the people at Sketchers not to ever show that commercial again. I would be most grateful. Thank you very much.

Sincerely, Isis

 

Greyhound Adventure!

January 31st 2012 12:59 pm
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I had a fun weekend. I can't believe it is almost February and we still really don't have any snow on the ground. It has snowed a couple of times but we only got about an inch or so each time. Within a few days it was all gone. The only snow left is where daddy put it in a pile. Mom and I were able to take a long walk on Saturday. We did part of the river trail on the wooded path. I like that. Mom can't walk me on long walks sometime because she has a bad hip now. The doctor says she has something called arthritis. Sometimes she is OK and Saturday and Sunday were both good days. On Sunday we all got in the car and daddy drove us to the Minute Man Park. I knew where I was right away. Then I saw the other greyhounds! I got all excited. I hadn't been able to go on a Greyhound Adventure in a while. Most of the walks are too far away. This one was nice and close so mom and dad wanted to surprise me. I saw Johnny B, Sonie and Louise! I made it a point to say "Hi" to everyone. Daddy made me walk slower though so mom could keep up. I walked in the middle of the group this time. Usually I like to be out in front. Daddy jogged with me for a while so that was fun. It was great seeing all my friends. Mom says that once daddy is finished with skating we will be able to do more walks. Johnny B's mom is also going to do a meet and greet near our house so I will be able to go to that too.

 
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