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I Got Stuck!

December 17th 2012 8:53 am
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It was a quiet weekend. On Saturday mom and dad had a lot of shopping to do. I usually go with them to the pet store but they said they had to go to a lot of stores and I would have to wait in the car. It was better that I stayed home. When mom and dad got home I sniffed them to see where they had been. They had my friend, Fast's, sent all over them! I couldn't believe it! Mom explained that they went to the pet store in Framingham. We have been there before but it isn't our usual store. They were having a short notice meet and greet for Greyhound Friends. Fast and his mom, Barbara, where there. Mom said she was very surprised to see them there too. Anyway, to make up for it, mom gave me the biggest cookie I had ever seen! That night daddy drove me and mom around our town to look at all the Christmas Lights. We sang Christmas songs too. That was fun.

On Sunday we were supposed to go visit Grampy in NH but the weather was too bad. It was snowing and raining ice pellets. The roads weren't good so we all stayed home. Mom and dad hung pictures on the walls. It was a good day to do that. We had freezing rain over night. I got stuck outside this morning! Mom let me out like always. I made it down the deck stairs to the yard OK, but I couldn't get back up! The stairs were covered in ice. I tried to climb them but I kept slipping. Mom saw me shaking and ran up to get daddy out of bed. Daddy came outside to help me. He put my harness on and tried to lead me up the stairs. It was just too slippery. He tried to pick me up but I wouldn't let him. Mom told daddy to lead me out the gate to the driveway and then to the side door to the house. Mom then realized that the entire driveway was all ice and those stairs weren't any better than the deck. Mom ran down the basement and got a tool that breaks up ice. Daddy had to use the ice breaker thing to get the ice off the steps and the deck. It was still freezing rain out too. I was glad I had my winter coat on. My coat was soaked by the time I got back in. Mom wiped the rain off my head. I'm glad to be back inside where it is warm and dry. Daddy is working from home today because there are a lot of accidents because of the ice.


Jingle Bell Walk

December 10th 2012 11:01 am
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I went to Boston yesterday with mom and dad! Greyhound Adventures was holding it's annual Jingle Bell Walk in the Boston Commons and Public Gardens. This walk is special for several reasons. First we get to all dress up in our holiday attire. I wore my reindeer antlers and a Christmas bandana. Secondly we pay tribute to all our brothers and sisters who went to the Rainbow Bridge this past year. I lost two VERY good friends- GT and Sonie. Last, it is the biggest walk of the year with about 100 dogs attending. Daddy drove us into Boston. We parked at a parking garage underneath Boston Commons!! It was dark inside the garage, like going into a tunnel. Daddy found a really good parking space. When I got out of the car, there were two other greyhounds getting ready to walk too!That is when I really got excited! You could take the elevator (Also known as the room that moves) or the stairs. I chose the stairs. As we got to the stairs I saw Brutus behind me! I remembered him form Greyhound Friends. We played in the big yard together once. It was nice to see him again. He looked good. We walked up the stairs and came out in the Commons. We did have to cross the street to get to the meeting place, but there were lights to help you cross. I like this part of Boston the best. I had only been to the city once before- for the Irish Greyhound Protest. It was smelly and noisy and I didn't like it at all. This place had lots of grass, trees and squirrels. We met at the swan boat dock. Johnny B and Cella where there with their mom and dad (Carolyn and John)I hadn't seen them since my birthday party. Lots of dogs started to arrive. Most where greyhounds but not all of them were. There was a pitbull in a wheel chair cart. There were also some other breeds too. The walk leaders came and gave everyone a jingle bell. I really liked my bell. They also took donations that went to help the Ohio State University Greyhound Health and Wellness Program. They are doing research on osteosarcoma which is a type of bone cancer we get. 1 in 4 greyhounds get this cancer! Daddy gave a donation and the money was matched by The Greyhound Project! We had such a nice walk! We walked along a path. People stopped and watched us. It was like a big greyhound parade. We walked all through the Public Gardens and the Boston Commons. We ended the walk on top of a big hill with a huge statue on top. We took a group picture but there was so many of us, you could hardly see everyone. Mom met a Facebook friend on the walk. Her name is Leslie and she had a black greyhound named Lex. He was very nice. 3 Of the bells had black dots on them and the dogs with those bells won prizes. My bell didn't have any dots on it. I didn't care because I loved my bell and I wore it the rest of the day!On our way back to the car mom and dad made me get in the room that moves. I will never get used to it. It feels strange and when the doors open you are in a different place!

Later last night people came over. Mom and dad were having a Reiki group. I greeted everyone who came over. I knew some of them. I got to have Reiki too. It was a greyt day!


Maynard Christmas Parade

December 3rd 2012 11:26 am
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I marched in the Maynard Christmas Parade on Sunday. This was my 4th parade. I guess you could say I am a professional by now. Mom, dad and I walked over to the start point. There was a helicopter flying over head as we were making our way to the big parking lot where the parade starts and finishes. My friend Santa Claus was in the helicopter. He waved at me! I was happy to be on the ground walking. We found the other dogs and joined them. We are called MayDOG. It stands for Maynard Dog Owners Group. I knew a couple of the dogs from last year. Mom put on my reindeer antlers and I also wore my holiday bandana. We watched as the groups before us started to leave for the parade. There were some old cars, a couple of marching bands, the militia with muskets and a few other groups. Then it was our turn. There was an excellent turn out this year. The streets were lined with people. A lot of people took my picture and remarked about my reindeer antlers. Some said I looked like a deer. I was calm through the whole parade. Mom enjoyed the music from the marching band that was ahead of us. I must admit they played very well. Mom saw some people she knew and waved to them. It was fun. I didn't know it at the time but my pet sitter, Sarah, video taped us as we marched by. You can see the video on my Dogster page! There were a few times where we had to stand and wait. The parade was the biggest one yet and it was so long that the front met the back at Nason Street and Main Street (We do a loop around) We marched back to the start point and then we got to watch the part of the parade that was behind us on the way home. At the end of the parade was my friend Santa Claus. I had just seen him the day before when I had my picture taken with him. He must have been staying in our town over the weekend. We are good friends now. I know he will bring me something really good for Christmas.


I Saw Santa Claus!

December 1st 2012 7:45 pm
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I won a book this week! There was a contest on Facebook to win a book called "Comet's Tale". It is a story about how a disabled man adopted a greyhound and the greyhound went on to become a service dog and saved the man's life. Our friend Christine Dorchak from Grey2KUSA (Zoe's mom),was holding the contest. Mom really wanted to win the book. She entered, daddy entered and then mom entered me since I have my own Facebook page. There were 5 winners picked. I couldn't believe it when I won!! It is a signed copy too. Since I won the book and I really can't read, mom has been reading it to me. It is such a nice story. We are about half way through the book now.

Today was a very special day. After lunch we all got in the car and went to the pet store near our house. I thought we were just getting our usual food and supplies. Boy, was I wrong! My friend, Fred Levy was there! He is a photographer that we know very well. I like him because he always makes a big fuss over me every time he sees me. We are even Facebook friends! After I greeted Fred, mom took me around to the other side of the counter and guess who was there! It was Santa Claus himself! I couldn't believe it! Two years ago I met a fake Santa Claus. Mom said he was one of Santa's helpers. I could tell he wasn't the real Santa because his beard was half falling off!! I really do think this was the real Santa!! He was SO nice. He let me sniff him and he petted me. Mom put my reindeer antlers on me. These were the ones she got from Petco. I looked just like one of Santa's reindeer. I think I am now an official reindeer! Santa and I had our picture taken. I told him what I wanted for Christmas too! It really came out nice! Mom and dad just ordered another, bigger print. Mom already has a frame waiting for it.


A Hike At Minute Man Park

November 26th 2012 6:30 am
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I hope everyone had a safe and fun Thanksgiving! My grandmother and aunt Ruth were supposed to come to dinner at our house but Grandma got sick and went to the hospital. She came home but she had to go back in again. They are running tests. I hope she is OK. She is 87 years old! Mom and dad went to a friend's house instead. Dogs weren't invited so I had to stay home with the cats. Mom gave me some cookies as my Thanksgiving treat. Mom and dad were home with me a lot this weekend. That was nice. On Saturday we went for a hike at Minute Man Park. I have been there many times before. At first I thought it was a greyhound adventure. I was looking for other greyhounds but I didn't see any. I had to walk with a group of humans. I did meet other dogs along the way. I enjoyed that. We walked the same path that I usually do with the other greyhounds.
Mom put up the Christmas tree and some of the light in the windows this weekend. She wanted to string up the lights outside but she got sick after doing the hike. It was a very cold and windy day. Daddy had been sick and mom was fighting it off. Being out in the cold for an hour and a half was too much for her. Mom is all stuffed up with a headache. She is home with me today. I hope she feels better soon.


My Birthday Party!

November 17th 2012 5:40 pm
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Mom and dad gave me a birthday party today! Mom left this morning and came back with 4 balloons. Two were blue, one was yellow and one was green. Mom picked all the colors that dogs can see. A little while later a man came to the door. I recognized him. It was Rob who is the president of MayDOG (Maynard Dog Owners Group). He had a box for mom. He gave her the box and left. Wow did that box smell good! I followed mom and the box into the kitchen but she put it in the refrigerator. Daddy came home a little while later and he had a box! This box smelled good too. That box went in the refrigerator too. Then mom and dad started making lasagna. Now I knew something was up. Sure enough, a couple of hours later people and dogs started coming to the house! They had presents for me too! My doggy friend Johnny B, Kitty and Zoe came. A dog named Cella came to. She is Johnny B's new girl friend. Johnny B's sister Sonie went to the rainbow bridge. I miss her because we were good friends and she always let me steal her cookies! Johnny B's mom and dad adopted Cella. Some human friends came too! One was Zoe's mom Christine Dorchak! She is the president and founder of Grey2KUSA! She is helping to shut down all the greyhound race tracks in the United States and also over seas! She is a very special friend. We all got to run and play in my new big yard. We had a lot of fun. Soon it was time for food. All the humans ate their food first and we dogs had to wait patiently. Finally it was time for the cake! We got served first. Everyone sang happy birthday to me. Daddy cut up big pieces of cake for all of us. I tried to get Zoe's cake at first! Mom called to me and I realized I had cake of my own. I grabbed mine off my plate and carried it off. I tried to eat it in one bite but it was too big. We all had seconds. Wow was that ever good! Then the humans had their cake. I think ours was better. Next I got to open my gifts. I got lots of yummy cookies, and a stuffed tiger. Then mom opened my gift from Johnny B and Cella. I got a $25 gift certificate to Pet Source! Wow, what an awesome gift. There was something else in my bag and mom started laughing! It was a stuffed cow. I couldn't believe it! It is exactly like the stuffed cow mom has! Yes, mom has a dog toy! Mom has a thing for cows. Daddy bought it for her for her birthday last year. Mom went upstairs and got her cow. They were twins. Everyone got a kick out of it. Now I have my very own! I was sad when everyone started to leave. Kitty didn't want to go home. Her mom, Donna, put her leash on and Kitty just laid down on the blanket and wouldn't get up. Donna tried for 5 minutes to get Kitty to leave. Finally Donna showed Kitty some cake and then she got up. Zoe stayed for a little while longer. I was glad. I really like Zoe. WE did a protest once together in Boston. We were trying to tell the Irish government not to sell greyhounds to China. Finally Zoe had to leave too. What a wonderful day. I think I will have sweet dreams tonight.


Today Is My Birthday!

November 16th 2012 12:18 pm
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I turned 6 today! Mom and dad bought me special treats. They are called Boston Baked Bonz. I got pumpkin muffins and peanut butter crunchies! They are both my very favorite in the whole world. I had to laugh because Ben and Charlie both had to go to the vets this morning! Nothing serious-just their annual check up. I just thought it was funny because it is my birthday. Mom cleaned the whole house this afternoon. I think I may be having a party tomorrow. I know something special will happen when mom cleans like that. Usually people and sometimes dogs come over. I will let everyone know what happens!


My New Coat

November 7th 2012 4:44 pm
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My new sweater coat came from England today! Wow, that was fast! Mom didn't know how long it would take to get here. Even though I can't have it until Christmas, mom let me try it on. It was so soft and comfortable. It fits me really well too. I think it was made just for me! Mom put up a picture of me wearing it. Check it out on my page!

Today 2 men came. They made a lot of noise. I stayed upstairs most of the day. The cats stayed upstairs with me. When the men finally left I went downstairs. There are doors up in mom's "Reiki Room". Mom and dad both do something called Reiki. It is energy healing. I have had it done to me. I like it and it makes me feel better. Mom is making a special room so she can help people (and animals) heal. She needed doors to create a safe, secure and private place. The doors are called French Doors and they have little windows in them. That way the room still feels open and airy, yet creates what mom calls a sacred space. She will have candles and angel statues in the room. The men are coming back tomorrow to finish putting up the doors. I hope they finish fast!

This afternoon the weather got bad and it started to snow! I'm not sure if I like it or not. There wasn't enough to play in yet!


A Trip To New Hampshire

November 6th 2012 8:33 am
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Mom entered me in another Halloween costume contest again. This one was on Facebook so I didn't have to do anything. Mom just submitted a picture of me and asked people to vote. I got 71 votes and I won! The contest was in England so I won 20 British Pounds. Mom said it was about $32. Mom bought me a hand knitted coat with the prize money. My coat has already been shipped from England. I don't know how long it will take to get here. Mom wants it to be a Christmas present. Daddy worked from home on Halloween to greet the trick or treaters because mom had to work. At our old house we were lucky to get one kid. I was shocked to see all the kids that came to the door. Daddy guessed it was about 20. He was happy to see so many.

On Sunday we went to NH to visit with grampy. I always like visiting him. I knew where I was the moment we pulled into the driveway. I walked right in and made myself at home. Mom brought me kibble and cookies. I made a mess on grampy's rug again. He didn't mind though because daddy vacuumed all the crumbs up. Daddy took me out to grampy's yard and I ran like a crazy dog. Since I have my own yard to run in now, I am in really good shape! Mom says I don't have any fat on my legs any more. I am solid muscle. I like to exercise but I am glad I don't have to race any more. It is much more fun running when I want to.


Monster Bark!

October 28th 2012 2:57 pm
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Mom and dad brought me to Monster Bark today! The pet store near our house has it every year. It is a big costume contest. I actually won it back in 2009. The weather wasn't very nice because we are having a hurricane come tomorrow and the next day. Mom said there will be a lot of wind and rain. It won't be too bad by the time it gets here.(at least we hope not)Daddy thought that maybe there wouldn't be many people or dogs because of the weather. Boy was he wrong!! It was packed! First we had to go to the registration table. There mom filled out a paper and we had to pick things to donate to the charity organization. This organization helps deaf people by training service dogs. Mom and dad donated 3 items. Then we went to the cash register to pay for the donated items. Then we had to go to another table where we got our number and raffle tickets. Because mom and dad donated 3 items we also got a goody bag and a plastic container for the cat food. Daddy ran the goody bag and plastic cat food container out to the car. We found a quiet place in the store and mom and dad put my costume on. Mom's friend Jen, who made my costume, came to wish me luck. Her daughter, Anna, came too. It was getting really crowded inside the store. People and pets kept coming in to register. The man who manages the store announced that photos needed to be taken, so mom, dad and I made our way to the photo line. I had wings on so mom held them up and out of the way because there wasn't much room. I finally got my pictures taken. Mom said they will be E-mailed to me later. After the pictures we went outside because the store was just too crowded. Jen had to leave so we said "Goodbye". Next they had a trivia question competition to kill time while the last minute entries registered. Mom answered some questions and got prizes ( dog shampoo and 6 cans of dog food) Finally we had to line up for the costume contest. Mom and dad couldn't believe it. There were 45 dogs and cats in the contest! This was the biggest costume contest I have ever been in! We paraded around the shopping center. People from some of the businesses in the shopping center were the judges. After we came back to the pet store, we each got to go up in front of everyone and individually show off our costumes. We were number 13 so after we went up, mom took my wig and head piece off so I could relax a bit. I appreciated that. Finally it was time to announce the winners. They had several categories like funniest, most creative etc. Then they said they were going to announce the grand prize winner. The store manager said that the winner was.... "Isis"!!! I couldn't believe my ears!! Mom and I walked back up front to get congratulated. I won $100 gift certificate to the store!! Next they drew the raffle prizes. Mom was shocked to learn she won the Nature's Miracle gift basket! What a day!!! Mom and dad undressed me and we took the Nature's Miracle gift basket to the car. Then we went back inside the store to spend my winnings. We got all sorts of pet food, kitty litter, fish supplies and two of the biggest cookies mom could find. She said I deserved them. I spent almost the entire prize money but I still have 6 dollars left. We went back home and mom and dad went through everything. Mom and dad had to go to Buddy Dog to pick up my raffle prize from Woofstock. They are a no kill shelter not too far from our house. I won a dog feeding station in their raffle. There were some dog and cat food we couldn't use in my goody bag (Ben is allergic to chicken)and they had some potty pads in the Nature's Miracle gift basket. I decided to donate those to Buddy Dog. I love to give back, especially to shelters and charities that help other animals. Mom said they were very happy. Especially for the pads. I am now passed out on the floor of the computer room. I will post some pictures as soon as we get them.

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