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October 13th 2012 5:03 pm
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I was used as an advertising model again! Mom got an E-mail from my favorite pet store. When she opened the E-mail there I was in the costume that I had won the Monster Bark contest a few years ago. I'll post a picture of it.

Today we went to Woofstock. This was the first time we had ever been. It was close to our town so it was only a short drive. I got all excited when I saw the other dogs. We paid the admission and went in. Mom was drawn to the raffle table. She bought some tickets and put them in the things she wanted to win. daddy noticed a big sign on the fence that said "Costume Contest"! Mom had checked the website to see if they were having a costume contest but it was never posted that they were. Mom made daddy drive all the way back home to get my costume! Daddy was a little mad at first, and he never gets mad at mom. We were back to Woofstock in plenty of time though. It took less than an hour. We walked all around the fair and saw all the booths. They were most of the same booths we have seen before at other events, but it was still fun. Dirty Hairy's had a booth. That is where I go to get my bath. Also my vet was there. I'm glad I was feeling well. We also stopped at a greyhound rescue called Amazing Greys. I liked seeing all the other dogs the best. Finally it was time for the costume contest. Mom dressed me up in my Isis costume. Everyone kept thinking I was Cleopatra. I don't know why they always think that. One lady thought I was Nefertiti. And older woman kept petting me and messing up my wig! Mom kept trying to fix it and the woman would mess it up again! There were a lot of other dogs in the competition. I would say there were at least 10 or 12. Some had really cool outfits too. I couldn't believe it when they said I had won! I got the best prizes ever!! I got a really nice dog blanket to sleep on, 4 different toys and a huge metal can to keep all my dry kibble in! I liked the big can a lot. Ben is always ripping up my dog food bag and spilling my kibble all over the floor. Now it will stay safe and fresh. The can even says "Dog food" on it! I like my new toys too!

We stopped off at the pet store after Woofstock to get food for the next two weeks. Next weekend will be very busy so mom wanted to stock up on food. When we got home mom and dad went out into the yard. Of course I went along too. Daddy started to dig a big hole in the ground. I helped daddy dig! I did a good job. Daddy dug a very deep hole and he put a plastic pail in the hole. Mom told me the pail was for my dog waste. There are special enzymes that will break it all down into harmless substances. You add water, enzymes and my contribution to the pail. I though that was pretty cool! Daddy took some of extra dirt and fill in under the fence where there were holes. Mom and dad wanted to make the yard safe so Ben could go outside. Ben always tries to get outside every chance he gets. With the high fence and supervision, now he can go outside sometime. He was a happy cat. He stayed in the yard and walked all around. I went into a play bow and chased him a bit. I was very gentle and knew I was just playing. We touched noses. It was such a fun day!

Later in the week mom got a phone call from Buddy Dog. I won a dog feeding station in the raffle! Mom said she would pick it up within the next few weeks and they said they would hold it for her in the office!


My New House!

September 29th 2012 7:17 pm
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We moved to the new house yesterday. Mom and dad had to get up very early. They took me, Ben and Charlie to our pet sitters house. She took care of us while mom and dad moved. Mom told me they got professional movers to help them. I guess it was a hectic day from what they are telling me. When they came to get us, all of our stuff was already in the new house. Daddy's mom and his sister were there helping mom organize the kitchen. There were SO many boxes. I found my bed and laid down to watch. Mom and dad worked late into the night and most of today as well. The boxes are disappearing and things are finding their places. Mom hoped to be mostly unpacked by the end of tomorrow. Knowing mom, it probably will get done. Today we did take a walk over to the farmer's market. There was a lady trying to pet me. I kept trying to let her know I was uncomfortable. She just wasn't getting it. Mom even told her, but she kept persisting. Why do humans do that? Later in the afternoon we went to Petco. I got a pooper scooper for the back yard. Mom and dad also bought a privacy box for Ben and Charlie. It is supposed to be for a litter box, but the cat food is inside instead! In the old house there was a cat door to the basement so mom put the cat food on the stair landing so I wouldn't eat it. Here there isn't a cat door and mom doesn't want to put one in the door. Well, I ate the cat food today! I knew I wasn't supposed to but I did. Now I can't!! The cats can go right through the hole in the box. Oh well. Guess I will just have to eat my own dog food. I love running in my new yard. It is great!! I'm glad mom and dad bought me this house!


I'm On Facebook!

September 25th 2012 1:40 pm
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Mom made me a Facebook page! Wow! I was surprised to see how many other dogs have their own pages too. It is nice because I can talk to my friends right away. Don't worry, mom is still going to keep my diary- always!! If any of my pup pals is on Facebook- PLEASE friends me!!! or just search for Isis Langlois

Mom and dad are having the floors and carpets done in our new house before we move. Daddy had to meet the cleaning company yesterday so our realtor gave him the keys! Last night mom and dad sneaked back to the house and brought me with them! They opened the gate to the back yard and led me through. Mom said that my face lit up like a Christmas Tree. The minute she took my harness off, I bolted!!! I ran and ran! Oh, happy doggy!! I can't wait until I can run there all the time. I did my business in the yard and mom praised and praised me to let me know that it was OK to do that. I got to go inside the house too for a few minutes. I only went downstairs because mom and dad have to get carpet treads on the stairs first so I won't slip. The stairs are just wood and slippery. We met some of our new neighbors too. There are dogs across the street!! I think I will like our new house!


Greyhound Friend's Fall Open House!

September 23rd 2012 11:52 am
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Yesterday we went to Greyhound Friend's Fall Open House! Usually we always work at the silent auction and raffle table, but this time mom and dad felt they couldn't make the commitment. We are moving to our new house on Friday and there is still so much more work to do. Mom and dad have been busy packing all our stuff and throwing out what we don't need. It was a beautiful day and I knew where I was the moment we pulled in the driveway. The field was full of cars. There where more people and dogs there than ever before. They had a huge yard sale going on. This was the first year they did this. Mom found a dinning table and chairs that she wanted very much. Daddy reminded her that money was too tight because of the move. Mom was sad but agreed that the timing just wasn't right. Mom and dad took me to see the vet there. A vet volunteers her time every open house to answer questions. My neck has been bothering me for the last week or so. Mom noticed that I kept scratching at my collar. She looked and saw that I have a rash on my neck where my collar goes. I haven't worn my collar now for about 4 days. Mom put all my ID tags on my harness. I always walk with my harness any way. It keeps me from pulling and doesn't cause me to choke. I love my harness and I will actually put my head right into it when I go for my walk. The vet thought it was something called a "hot Spot" Mom and dad are getting me some aloe vera cream. Next we walked around and looked at all the booths. Mom finally got to meet Cindy Maxwell. She is mom's Facebook friend. She is a greyhound! Cindy walked right up to mom and said "Hi". Maybe I should have a Facebook page too? Soon the dog show started so mom got me ready for the costume contest. Once again everyone was taking my picture. This one was judged by judges. I won! I got a really cool squeaky soccer ball, a milk bone, a big blue ribbon and a $15 gift certificate to Petco! I am going to buy a pooper scooper with my prize money. It will come in handy for mom and dad to clean up my new yard. I have enough toys and I want to keep my yard clean. We entered the raffle but I don't think we won anything this time. That is OK. I had a fun day.


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!!!!

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