A New Beginning

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Gettysburg Or Bust!

April 27th 2011 6:23 pm
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We leave for Greyhounds In Gettysburg tomorrow! Mom has been packing all day! I even have my own suitcase! It is small because I don't have much clothes. I am bring my light fleece jacket, my heavier fleece coat and my raincoat. I may not need them, but just in case. We are supposed to have wireless internet at our hotel. Mom will help me keep a log of my adventure. Right now I am a bit bewildered. I am not sure what to make of all this packing!

 

I Caught A Quail!

April 21st 2011 7:50 am
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The lady came back to our house on Monday to let us know how much our house is worth.She was afraid of Ben! She liked me though. Mom and dad didn't think it was enough so we won't be moving any time soon. I hope the dog park gets approved for our town. Then I will have room to really run! At least I have a small yard and nice hiking trails near my house.

GT is home and doing well. Once again, thank you everyone for your prayers. They really helped! Mom and I were hoping that we could visit him today but his mom thought we should wait a little longer. He needs more time to heal and rest.

This morning I caught a quail! Mom didn't even see it because it was hiding in the brush near the rail trail. The rail trail is the small trail that runs parallel to our street (not the long river trail).I smelled it and then I saw it! Mom just thought I was going over to the brush pile to sniff. Boy was she wrong! I grabbed it in my mouth and held on for all I was worth! The quail was flapping it's wings really hard and slipped my grip! It flew away and I was left with a mouthful of feathers! It scared mom half to death! Mom sang the song "Bird Dog" as we finished our walk. She said it is a very old song that was popular before she was born. Mom said we can go on a long walk this afternoon on the River Trail. Maybe I will find another quail!

 

I Made A Donation!

April 18th 2011 8:53 am
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On Friday, two strange people came over our house. daddy worked from home that day because he had a dental cleaning and also needed to get his car inspected. Shortly after mom came home from work, the two people came. It was a man and a woman. They walked all around our house- inside and out. The woman was writing things down on a clipboard. I was curious so I followed them. Mom told me they were going to figure out how much our house is worth. Mom and dad would like to find a new house with a bigger yard for me. It would be nice to run. After the people left we went for a long evening walk. It was nice but I didn't see anyone I knew.

On Saturday I made a donation! Most of you must have heard about Patrick, the pitbull from NJ? He had a really bad mom who almost starved him to death. He was also thrown down a garbage shoot and left for dead. Luckily he was rescued just in time and is now recovering in a shelter in NJ. He is now a famous ambassador against animal abuse and he had many pages on Facebook. Mom joined a couple of his fan pages. This weekend people from all over the country made donations to their local shelters in Patrick's name. Mom thought it would be nice if I made the donation for Patrick. I gave up some of my new tennis type balls and the cats gave a few cans of cat food and some food bowls. We selected Buddy Dog as the shelter to donate to. Mom is doing a walk for Save A Dog in May and is getting sponsors now: http://www.saveadog.org/pledge11.asp?user_id=1353 That is her sponsor page in case anyone would like to sponsor mom. Anyway, we also donate to Greyhound Friends every year too. We thought it would be nice to give to Buddy Dog. We went to the shelter and the woman behind the desk was very happy to receive the items. She thanked me, mom and dad very much. It felt good to help. I remember what it was like to be in a shelter.

Yesterday was a quite day for me. Mom and dad went to a place called Worcester, MA to a vegetarian festival. I couldn't go to that- although I do enjoy vegetarian dog food once in awhile! Mom and dad took me for my long walk when they came home. We walked down the river trail. I met a Chocolate Lab along the way. He was still a big puppy but very friendly. We had just reached the rocks when I saw two people and a dog walking towards us. It was Copley!!! I was SO happy. I got to walk back with Copley. I am so happy the weather is better now and I can see him again.

My boyfriend, GT comes home from the hospital tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing him. He has been through so much. Mom said we find out how much our house is worth tonight. The house mom and dad looked at last week with the big yard is still available and has dropped to a price we can afford! I don't know if we can buy it though because we have to sell our house first. We shall see tonight.

 

GT Update

April 14th 2011 1:09 pm
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My boyfriend, GT, had his final surgery today. Everything looks good and there is no sign of infection. He may be home as early as Sunday. Thank you for keeping him in your prayers. Mom and I may go to visit him on Monday if he is up for it. I won't be able to run in the yard with him yet, but it will be nice to see him.

Mom took me on a nice walk down the river trail today. It was a very beautiful day. It rained yesterday so I made it a point to walk through the puddles to cool my paws off. Mom wouldn't let me drink the water though. Mom says we leave for Gettysburg in two weeks.

 

Trails and Hikes

April 11th 2011 10:59 am
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What a Pawsome weekend weather wise! I took my walk later in the day on Saturday because mom and dad had get their snow tires off their cars. Boy, was I glad we waited! Mom had planned for us to take the nature trail. We were walking down Winter Street when I saw two people and a dog up ahead. I couldn't believe my eyes!! It was Copley!!! I hadn't seen Copley since my birthday party! I almost pulled daddy off his feet. Plans quickly changed and I got to walk with Copley down the river trail. We went passed the rocks this time. Copley and I had a lot of fun sniffing everything. He has a good nose too. Our moms and dads talked in human language and Copley and I caught up in our own way. I was sad when we ended up having to part ways. I hope I see him again soon.

On Sunday we went hiking up Mt. Misery. I don't know why they call it that but that is the name. I had a lot of fun. We didn't exactly climb a mountain but we did explore the wooded trails all around it. There were a lot of hills to climb though. Mom said that climbing hills is good for your butt. I don't know about mom, but my butt is just fine thank you! We did meet a husky puppy on the trails. He was nice. We also met a black lab as we were heading for the car. It was a nice change of scenery and a good workout.

My boyfriend, GT was back in surgery this morning. His incision was very ugly and he was oozing fluid. The doctors were afraid that there was more tissue damage and wanted to check. They still haven't diagnosed anything and cancer is still a fear. Please continue to pray for him. Mom was hoping to visit him in the hospital today with aunt Carla, but I don't think he will be up for it. We are waiting now for any news. Mom took me for a nice walk on the river trail. It was hot outside. I was panting. Mom wouldn't let me drink from the puddles. I was glad to get home to my water bowl. Mom said she will bring water next time.

The mail came and we received our information package from Greyhounds In Gettysburg! Mom was reading it over. She likes to plan our activities. I am getting excited. I hope that GT is home and OK by the time we leave.

Mom got a call from Aunt Carla. Aunt Carla was crying on the phone and want me and mom to come for a visit. We jumped in the car and mom drove us. I had fun running around the yard with Gill and the Italian Greyhounds. It was hot out so Aunt Carla brought out a big bowl of cool water. Mom and Aunt Carla sat on the deck and enjoyed the sun. I would go from the yard to the deck to the yard again. Mom said it was 73 degrees out! Aunt Carla is visiting GT tonight at the hospital. She we let us know any news.

 

Diary Pick Of The Day!

April 8th 2011 7:38 am
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Wow! My diary was chosen as the pick of the day! I am so excited and very honored! Thank you Dogster.

I saw lots of different animals on my long walk tonight. Dad came home early from work so he was able to go with me and mom. We walked down the river trail again to the rocks and back. I also saw something else that was very strange. There were two people riding one bicycle! I never saw anything like that before! It was very long. Mom called it a tandem bike. The two people were trying to ride it on the dirt trail but the tires were too narrow. They had to turn around and go back to the pavement. We saw two beavers in the water. They were carrying sticks in their mouths. One of them slapped his tail on the water and dove under. It was fun watching them. Next we saw the alpacas. They live there so we always see them. They are very curious about me. I touched noses with one of them once. When we got to the rocks we saw two ducks and two swans. One of the swans was nesting. On our way back we saw a chipmunk and a cat. We didn't see any other dogs though! I always look for other dogs to meet. It was another nice day.

Mom said that she is going to organize some dog walks for MayDOG (Maynard Dog Owners Group). That should be fun!

Please keep my new boyfriend, GT, in your prayers. He was rushed to the emergency Vets yesterday and had surgery today. The Vets don't know exactly what is wrong with him yet. He has muscle trauma, swelling and a fever. The mystery is that everything that is wrong is on the inside! The doctors removed dead tissue today and sent a sample to the lab. He is in the ICU and I am very worried.

 

Communing With Nature

April 7th 2011 11:18 am
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It has been nice weather for the last two days. Yesterday it was about 54 degrees. Mom and I took our walk on the river tail. We made it all the way to the rocks this time! It was still muddy in places, but the snow is all gone. The whole trail was passable. Mom sat on the rocks for a few minutes and we enjoyed looking at the river. We met another woman and her dog, but the woman didn't want to let us greet each other. Mom tried to explain that I can't always meet other dogs.

Today we went for an extra long walk! Mom didn't want to do the river trail again so she took me to another trail. This one is a one mile nature loop trail that is also close to our house. We have to walk about a mile to get to it. It was very peaceful in the woods. Mom followed the white marks on some of the trees. She told me that is how we stay on the right trail. Some trees had orange marks but we didn't follow those. Lots of wonderful, wild smells in the woods. Things are starting to come back to life after the long Winter. Mom and I saw some Downy Woodpeckers! They were pretty! Today it was even warmer. It was about 56 degrees. Mom just wore her sweatshirt. We walked for about an hour! I am tired now. I had a lot of fun, but it is good to be back home.

 

My Adventure to Minute Man Park

April 4th 2011 9:25 am
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I am so glad that the weather is getting better. Yesterday, mom and dad took me to a Greyhound Adventures walk at the Minute Man Park in Lincoln. It is only 20 minutes from our house. It was a nice sunny day with no clouds in the sky. The wind was cold but it was 50 degrees out. About 30 or 40 dogs came! I got to see some old friends who I haven't seen in awhile. Louise, Zero and Brutus where there! Johnny B and Sonie came too! We went on an hour walk along the trails. I had a lot of fun. Daddy said that I greeted every single dog who was there. I think he was right! After the walk, mom and dad went to the visitor's center to try to find a garbage can. There weren't any at all! Mom, dad and I were going to visit Grampy in NH and mom and dad didn't want to have to transport my bags in the car for over an hour. Mom and dad think they stink. They don't bother me at all! I guess humans just don't enjoy good smells like we do! Mom and dad stopped at a place called McDonalds. We didn't buy anything there. Mom said the food they sell isn't healthy. Daddy deposited my bags in their garbage can! From there we went to NH. Mom and dad were hungry so I had to wait in the car for a few minutes while they had lunch. It was nice out and they left the windows open a bit for me. There was a nice cool breeze. I just napped. They weren't gone long. Mom says that soon it will be too hot for me in the car. After lunch we went to the pet store. I like this pet store. They sell these peanut butter cookies there. Mom and dad can't find them at the stores where we live. When we visit Grampy we always buy a couple of bags. Mom also bought cat food for Aunt Blackie, a cookie for me and a long pork stick. When we went to pay for the things we bought, the lady behind the counter asked daddy if he wanted to round up the bill to the nearest dollar to help a greyhound rescue!!! The only problem was that it would only be a penny! Mom asked if we could donate a dollar instead. The lady said that we couldn't because it didn't work like that. Mom looked around and grabbed a lollipop treat for 39 cents. That way we could at least give 60 cents to the greyhound rescue! While we were line people were asking about me. Since we were in NH, everyone knew about the race track I used to run at. I felt like a local celebrity!
I had fun at Grampy's! Mostly I ate my goodies and napped. I also got to run in Grampy's yard. Mom and dad came out with me and played with me. I was running and jumping all around. Grampy watched from the window and he was enjoying me having fun. It was a wonderful day!

 

Acorns and Olive

April 2nd 2011 12:10 pm
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There are some times that I wish I could talk with words the way humans do. It would make things easier. Mom took me for a walk on Wednesday. She wanted to take a long walk as it was a nice day out. I wanted to take a long walk too- until I stepped on an acorn and it got lodged in my left hind foot! That is the foot that I broke on the race track. It is different now. My vet said it is more splayed out. It hurt but I tried not to complain. I didn't know how to make mom understand that it was in my foot! I decided I would try to get mom to take the shortest route back home. Thankfully it worked. Mom encouraged me to keep going but I stood still before White Ave (shortest walk) and refused to move. Mom gave in. Mom told me she didn't understand why I didn't want to go for a long walk and seemed a bit disappointed. I was happy to get home and lay down on my bed. Luckily Mom is pretty intuitive and sensed something wasn't quite right. She checked my feet and found it! Oh it felt so good to get that stupid acorn out of my foot. Mom showed it to me.

On Thursday we went for a longer walk. We did the river trail until the place that still had snow and mud. On our way back home we met our neighbor, Olive! Usually I walk by Olive's house and she always barks at me from the window. She is very friendly and always wants to play. Sometimes I think she is going to break the window! We got to play for a few minutes on our leashes. It would have been more fun to be off the leash but considering we were playing in the middle of the road, that wouldn't have been the best idea. Olive was very happy to be going for a walk too.

No long walk yesterday! It was April first and Mother Nature played a very mean April Fools joke on us! It snowed! It also rained! Yuck! I stayed in most of the day. One good thing about April snow is that it doesn't stay around very long. Today it is beautiful and in the 50's. Most of it has already melted. Mom, dad and me just got back from a very nice long walk. Mom says I will be having an adventure tomorrow! Can't wait!

 

Surprise Play Date!

March 28th 2011 2:44 pm
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It was a slow weekend for me. With the weather getting nicer, mom and dad have been taking me on long walks. On Friday, mom took me to the enchanted forest at noon to do my duty. She has to be at work early that day so we don't have time to go for a long walk. I went into the woods and there was a white cat crouched down in the leaves. He didn't seem too happy to see me. I don't chase cats so he didn't have to worry. Mom encouraged me to continue along the path so I did. I did my duty and when we went back, the cat was still there. I think he was watching me the whole time. I wanted him to know I was friendly and wanted to play, so I did a play bow. I don't think he understood because he arched his back and hissed at me. I just don't understand cats!

Nothing exciting happened over the weekend. I went on walks with mom and dad and made my weekly trip to the pet store. Today was Monday and nothing exciting ever happens on Monday- except today! I was ready to go for my walk down Winter Street but mom took me to the enchanted forest instead. She told me we were going on a trip later in the afternoon. Sure enough, around 3 o'clock, mom put my harness on and told me to get into the car. I was really hoping I wouldn't be going to Boston again. I was really happy when we arrived at Aunt Carla's. I practically pulled mom to the front door. I got to run and play with both GT and Gill! I think GT is my boyfriend now. Gill doesn't seem to be that interested in me anymore. Mom was there to help Aunt Carla clip Maya's nails. Maya is an Italian Greyhound. She is my friend too. She really hates having her nails done and has to take medicine to keep her calm. Mom had to hold her while Aunt Carla did her nails. She was squirming and struggling to get away. I even showed Maya that it didn't hurt! I let Aunt Carla clip my nails too! We visited for about 2 hours and I got to run outside a lot. It was fun. I didn't want to leave. Mom had to pull me back to the car! Mom told me that I could go back again soon to play again. It was a nice surprise for a Monday afternoon.

 
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