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Boston!

March 17th 2011 2:35 pm
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Today was one of the biggest days of my life! After breakfast, mom got my harness on and had me hop in the car. She told me that this was the day we were going to Boston. I had no idea what "Boston" was, but I could tell that mom was both excited and anxious. I was both happy and surprised when we ended up at Aunt Carla's house. We went inside for only a few minutes and then Aunt Carla put the leash on Gill. We walk over to Aunt Carla's car. I was a bit confused when mom asked me to get inside. After a short hesitation I got in. I sat in the back seat and Gill rode behind me in the rear compartment. Mom and Aunt Carla drove to the Especially For Pets store in Action where we met two other women. I recognized one of them as Julie. She has come to all my birthday parties. Then we drove for a long time. We went into this tunnel under ground where there were lots of cars. We parked the car and I was finally allowed to get out. It smelled funny and was kind of dark. I just followed Gill, my mom and Aunt Carla. I had no idea where I was. Wouldn't you know it- we ended up in one of those moving rooms!!! Mom calls them "elevators". All I know is that you are in one place, you walk through the door, it closes and then the room moves! When the doors open you are in a totally different place! Sure enough the doors opened and we were in some fancy building with slippery floors! From there we found a door to the street. Guess what? I was in Boston! It was a very strange place! Big tall buildings everywhere. No trees or grass, loud noises and lots of cars and people. I didn't really like "Boston". Mom said it was a city! We walked for a short ways and then I saw other greyhounds. Mom had made a sign and she was carrying that, her bag and holding on to me. I just kept close to Gill. He seemed to know more about this "Boston" thing. We met the other greyhounds and people. They all had signs too. Mom told me that the Irish greyhound breeders want to sell greyhounds to China. China is not a good place for any animal. They have no animal protection laws there and it is a place where people skin dogs alive and eat them!! My Irish brothers and sisters would end up in a terrible place and suffer a horrible death. I don't want that to happen. So we stood there with our signs and passed out fliers. I met some very nice people. I even met Christine Dorchak! She is the head of Grey2K USA. She has helped to stop greyhound racing in many states including NH where I was born and raced and MA where I live. I met her greyhound Zoe. It was an honor to meet Christine. She knows mom and they talked a lot. I met a really nice man who loved dogs. His dog just died and he was very sad. I could tell. I let him pet me. We stayed in Boston for about 2 hours. I was glad when mom and Aunt Carla decided to leave. I was tired and I really don't like Boston. We stopped at a park so I would have some grass to relieve myself. Then we went back the the fancy building with slippery floors and into the room that moved. I don't like the room that moves but I knew I had to go into it to get back to the car. Gill didn't seem to mind. I hoped right back into Aunt Carla's car! I was happy to get back to Aunt Carla's house. She let me run around the big back yard with her other greyhound GT and all the Italian Greyhounds. I had fun. I was a bit hot so I rolled around in some of the left over snow. I ever laid down in it for a few seconds. Aunt Carla got us all a big bowl of cool water. That tasted SO good! GT was very friendly to mom. Mom used to walk him when he was the kennel at Greyhound Friends. He remembered her. I am very happy to be home now. I hope I helped my Irish bothers and sisters. I hope Ireland doesn't sell any dogs to China. We can only hope!

 

Sleep Over!

March 14th 2011 2:42 pm
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Wow! What a busy weekend I had. On Saturday I had a sleep over at my boyfriend, Gill's house! Daddy had to be in a skating show at MIT. He is one of the teachers/coaches there. He teaches Ice Dancing to the students. Every year they put on a performance. Daddy had to skate in 4 dances! He had to get there early to help set up and have a dress rehearsal and help clean up after. Mom and dad asked my usual dog walker if she could take me for my evening walk, but it was short notice and she couldn't walk with me. My Aunt Carla invited me to stay at her house to hang out with Gill and his brother GT! Since mom and dad were getting home very late, I spent the night. Mom brought my bed, my duck and my food. Aunt Carla has a huge fenced in yard and I got to run and play outside ( thankfully the pool was still covered so I didn't go swimming this time!). I did miss mom and dad, but I ate my supper and had fun. Mom and dad picked me up early the next morning. They were both still tired and they said they missed me. I was happy to see them too. I got a final run in the yard and mom gathered my belongings. I got out to the car and decided that I would rather stay with Aunt Carla! I refused to get into the car. Mom and dad had to coax me in. I finally got in. Daddy said our next house will have a bigger yard for me.

On Sunday we drove to Grampy's house to bring his cat Blackie home. Grampy is doing OK and has visiting nurses come to help him out. He also has physical therapy. He isn't allowed to drive just yet. We stopped off at the pet store to get food for Blackie and I also got some treats and a huge donut cookie! Just like a kid, I licked all the frosting off the cookie before I ate it! It was yummy! I got to run in Grampy's yard too. I think Blackie was happy to be home again. Mom and dad helped do some chores- laundry, cleaning Blackie's litter box, vacuuming and putting out Grampy's recycling. They also took Grampy out to dinner to get him out of the house. I had to stay home with Blackie. It was a fun weekend.

Something is up for later this week. Mom was telling me about it. The Irish greyhound breeders want to sell racing greyhounds to China! China is NOT a good place to be a dog! They eat dogs there and mom said there are no animal protection laws! Mom, Aunt Carla and a bunch of others are going to Boston to protest on St. Patrick's Day! I think I am going to Boston too! So is Gill! I have never been to a city before. Mom is making a poster. It looks pretty good so far. I will be sure to let everyone know what happens- stay tuned!!!

 

It Has Been A Stressful Time

March 10th 2011 6:14 am
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Mom hasn't had much time to write my diary for me lately, but things are getting better now. We have had a guest in our home for the last month. Grampy's cat Blackie has been staying with us. We call her Aunt Blackie. Now I don't even pretend to understand cats! We just speak a whole different language. Blackie, however, baffles me more than Ben and Charlie. I kind of have them figured out- at least a little- and we get along pretty well. Blackie is a whole different story. She hisses, growls and screams anytime any of us gets close to her! We don't even do anything to her! The best part is that she will be going home this Sunday. Grampy had been discharged from the nursing home (at least for now) and is back home. He has the assistance of visiting nurses and rehab coming to help him. Mom and dad took Blackie for her annual check up at our vets to help Grampy out. He won't be driving too far at first and he needs a walker to get around now. It will be nice not going to nursing homes.

I had a meet and greet this past Sunday. It was at Pet Source in Lexington. Johnny B, Sonie and Bronson were there with me. It was a slow day. Not that many customers came in. The last time we were there it was very busy. You just can never tell. I had fun socializing with my greyhound friends though and there are always treats involved!

The weather is getting better and a lot of the snow is gone. We can go back into the back yard again. I did a little running this morning. It felt good to stretch my muscles. I have to get in shape for Gettysburg.

Well it is time for a nap. More later!

 

My Grampy Has Been very Sick

February 11th 2011 11:14 am
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That is why Mom hasn't had a chance to write my diary for me lately. The last time we visited him in the nursing home, he was very weak. A few days later mom got a call that he had fallen when he had tried to stand up. Thankfully he was OK. A couple of days later mom tried to call him but she wasn't getting an answer. She got worried and called the nursing home to make sure everything was OK. It wasn't! Grampy was in the hospital in Intensive Care! He had congestive heart failure and kidney failure. The nursing home never called us to tell us. Mom was very angry. Last weekend mom and dad went to visit him. I wasn't allowed in the hospital so I stayed at Grampy's house. I stayed with grampy's cat, Blackie. She doesn't like me very much. She hisses at me and runs away. I don't chase her or anything! When mom and dad got back from their visit we headed home. You can imagine my surprise when Blackie came home with us too!!! She has been staying in the computer room to get adjusted. I guess I have a new sister! Grampy had surgery 2 days ago. They put a new pace maker into his chest to help his heart. Today he is going to another nursing home. Mom says we are going to visit him tomorrow. She will call in the morning to make sure I can come. Mom and dad took Blackie to the vets to make sure she was healthy. Mom got the results back today. Her blood work was all perfect. Mom has been trying to introduce her to all of us. Blackie saw Charlie and started to come out of the room. Then she saw me and ran back under the bed! I don't know why she is afraid of me. Later mom let Ben into the room. Ben and Blackie hissed and growled at each other. I really don't understand cats at all. If it was another dog, we would be all tail waggy and happy to meet each other. Dogs are much more civilized than cats. Charlie is annoying too. He follows me everywhere I go and keeps rubbing up against my legs. Mom laughs, but I really don't think it is funny! Now I have to put up with 3 of them!!! Help me!!!

 

Visiting Grampy

January 22nd 2011 6:39 am
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We have been getting a lot of snow here the last couple of weeks. There really isn't any place left to put any more. One storm was over 18 inches! Both mom and dad stayed home that day. A couple of days later we got another storm. This one had snow followed by ice pellets! That made everything slippery. Yesterday we got about 6 more inches! I like running in the soft snow as long as there isn't too much of it. If it is too deep and crusty, I don't like it. Mom had made paths for me in the yard. I run up and down the paths. With all the tall snow banks I have a hard time finding a place to do my business. Also mom can't take me for long walks because of the ice. Mom has a bad back and she is very afraid of falling. I can understand that. I hope Spring comes soon!

Last weekend we went to visit Grampy. He wasn't at his usual house! Mom explained to me that he is very sick and not doing very well. He has a bad heart and his kidneys aren't working like they should. He is also very weak. Grampy is staying in a nursing home/rehabilitation center. I had never been to one before. Mom said that some dogs work in these places. They visit the old and sick people that live there. I must admit the place kind of smelled like a Vets office. There were long hallways with lots of rooms. We finally found Grampy. I recognized him but he was attached to this strange machine that made hissing noises. Mom said it made oxygen for Grampy to breath better. I got used to it after awhile. Daddy brought my blanket for me to lay down on because the floors were hard. There were other strange objects in the room. Mom told me they were wheel chairs and walkers.I did fine actually. I wasn't too uncomfortable and was able to lie down and relax. We visited for awhile. Grampy was happy to see us. It was a long drive in the car to get there. When we left I met another dog. He was little terrier mix. I was happy to see him at first, but then he just kept barking at me! I didn't do anything! I gave him calming signals and ignored him. Still he kept on barking until we left. Mom says we will go back to visit again soon. I hope Grampy gets better. I like his house better.

 

Kong Goodies

January 11th 2011 8:36 pm
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On January first mom received an E-mail saying that I had won the Kong give away raffle in The Great Greyhound Book! I have been waiting patiently for it to arrive. When mom got home from work this noon time, a huge box was waiting outside the front door. Mom brought it inside and opened it for me. I was on my bed downstairs and helped her to unwrap my prize. I must say I was overwhelmed. So many new toys and treats! I didn't know where to begin! I got a new black Kong. Mom squirted some of the peanut butter stuffing inside for me. That was so good. I really enjoyed licking it out. When we got back from our noon walk, mom put another chew treat inside the Kong. I was able to get most of it but a piece stuck inside and I couldn't get it out! I carried the Kong upstairs to my other bed to work on it there. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn't get the rest of the treat out. Mom tried too. She tried for half an hour and even she couldn't get it out! Now daddy is trying! I think it will be stuck in there forever!!! Mom said she isn't going to put that kind of treat in there again. Anyway, I want to say Thank You to Kong. I'm a very happy dog! Mom took a picture of me with all my goodies.

 

Happy New Year

January 2nd 2011 6:04 pm
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A very happy New Year to all my pup pals out there! 2011 should be a greyt year!. It started off really great for me! You may remember telling you that I am in an Online E-book called The Great Greyhound Book. Proceeds from this book are going to help 10 different greyhound rescue groups. In the back of the book, there was a give away contest. The winner would receive a Kong gift basket worth $100! The drawing took place Dec.31st. Mom entered me for the drawing and then she forgot about it. New Years Day, mom went to check her E-mail and had an E-mail from the woman who made The Great Greyhound Book. Guess what? I won the gift basket!!! I LOVE my Kong, especially when it has peanut butter in it! I can't wait until it gets here. Mom says I am very lucky at winning things. This is the 3rd basket I have won in 2 years! I have also won 2 costume contests. Mom says she is going to let me buy lottery tickets!!

Mom also gave me some exciting news! I am going to Gettysburg,PA in late April/early May. They have a big greyhound event there called Greyhounds In Gettysburg. They have all sorts of greyhound events and activities. Mom and dad registered me and we even booked our hotel room! I have never been in a hotel before! Money raised from this event will also help greyhound rescue. It will be a long car drive. Mom says about 7 or 8 hours. They will stop at rest stops so we can all stretch our legs. It should be a lot of fun.

Grammy is all moved in to her new apartment. It is in an assisted living community. She now lives only a half hour away. We went to visit her tonight. Mom and dad says that I could go and visit. It is a big building and grammy lives on the 4th floor. Mom and dad tricked me. They got me into the strange room that moves. I am not sure what it is exactly but I know I don't like it!! You push a button and the door opens. It looks like a room and when everyone gets inside the door closes. Then the room moves!!! It feels like the floor is moving and it is scary! When the door opens again you are in a totally new place!!! How does that happen???!!! Mom said it is an elevator. I don't really understand it. We had a nice visit. Aunt Ruth was there too. Grammy's place is small but very nice. I explored it and gave it a good sniffing. After the visit mom and dad made me get into that room again!!! I didn't want to go. Daddy had to pull me in. Once I was in, I walked around and around in circles. The door opened and we were back where we were when we came in. I was OK after that. Mom said there might be moving rooms in our hotel! I hope not!! I think these rooms are dimensional portals or something. I learned that on Doctor Who!

 

Merry Christmas

December 25th 2010 1:31 pm
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I hope Santa was good to all my Pup Pals out there.
Yesterday I spent the day with mom and Grampy. We left the house early in the morning to get there. Daddy dropped me and mom off. He had to go to his mom's house to help her get ready to move. Grammy is moving the Monday after Christmas to a new home. Daddy took her to get a few things and help her pack. It was nice spending the day with mom and grampy. Mom brought all the comforts of home. She brought my bed and a toy, my food and water bowls and treats. I got to play in grampy's big back yard. It was a quiet day, but very nice. Daddy joined us about 5PM. Later, mom and dad left to go to a candle light Christmas Eve service at the church mom used to go to when she lived at grampy's house. Dogs aren't allowed for some reason, so I stayed with grampy. I was very good.

Today was Christmas! I got presents! They were wrapped in pretty paper and had bows on them. I was having trouble opening them, so mom helped me. I got a new collar! I'm wearing it now! Mom said she will wash my other one. I also got a toy plush ball from Santa Claus and 3 boxes of Boston Baked Bonz treats! If you dogs out there have never tried Boston Baked Bonz, tell your mom and dad to Google it! They make the best treats I have ever had! Mom and dad got me Peanut Butter cookies, apple muffins and ginger snaps! Yummy!! They are all organic too! We took a walk down Main Street this afternoon. Mom mailed out my dog license registration for next year. I need my license to drive after all! You know-- "Go Greyhound and leave the driving to us!" BOL!!! Merry Christmas!!!

 

I Got Caught Shop Lifting!

December 12th 2010 1:46 pm
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It was a nice weekend. Mom wanted to make something called a Christmas Kissing Ball. We used to have a hanging plant outside of our house but it died because it is almost Winter now. Mom looked up how to make one on the internet. Mom took a bag with us on our noon walk and started to collect all these pine cones! I tried to help her find some. I didn't know she wanted so many of them. We got home and daddy got home from skating a short time after. Mom decided making the kissing ball was going to be too much work after all!! This is after we had collected all these pine cones!!! Anyway, after we went to the pet store we started to check out places that sold Christmas trees to see if they had any. The first place only had trees. Next mom and dad checked out the grocery store near the pet store. I waited in the car. Mom said they had one left but it was dried out and the pine needles were falling off. Mom remembered a place down the road so daddy drove us there. Sure enough, they had trees, wreaths and kissing balls! As daddy pulled the car up mom saw a kissing ball that had purple ribbons and decorations on it! Mom got all excited! We got out of the car and daddy said we could buy it. This one was nice and in very good condition. Daddy went inside to pay for it. Mom and I walked around outside looking at all the other Christmas decorations they had. Daddy asked the lady inside if dogs were allowed in and she said "yes". Mom and I went inside to look around. They had all of these beautiful plants called poinsettia. Mom was looking at all the different ones. They all looked alike to me, but then I don't see the same colors as mom and dad does. Then mom saw a poinsettia that was very different and unique. It is white with a pale pink in the middle. Mom bought it. I was eager to get home because my cookie and flossie was still in the bag with the pet food. Mom hung up her kissing ball and was happy. I was happy that she was happy.

Today we had a meet and greet at the Pet Source in Lexington, MA. Pet Source is the pet store I always go to, but this was a different store. The lady said they have 4 Pet Sources. I had been to this one a couple of times before. Johnny B and Sonie were there with their mom and dad. We got the table all set up and put down the dog beds. Mom thought it might be a slow day because the weather isn't very nice. It is raining and very cold. Boy, was she wrong! We were there for a little while when Bronson and his family came. Then another greyhound who I have never met before came. I can't remember her name. Next a lady came who was VERY interested in adopting one of us. She had seen the flier and had made a special trip just to meet us. We all did a very good job at charming her. I know my homeless brothers and sisters out there would love to live with this nice lady. Then another greyhound named Billy came with his family. There was a small boy that belonged to Billy. I was very brave and let him pet me. He was quiet and gentle so I liked him. We got a lot of donations too! Anyway, this is where I got caught! The table and our dog beds were next to where the raw hides, bones, pigs ears and other yummy things were displayed. Most of them were wrapped up so you couldn't eat them. There was, however, a box of bully sticks that was open. I went to sniff them and they smelled really good. Mom and dad both told me "leave it". I did. I was good.... until they weren't looking! Mom and dad were talking to people and.... I took one! Mom and dad both noticed about the same time. I was lying on Johnny B's bed munching away at the bully stick! This was something that couldn't be eaten too fast either. Luckily daddy paid for it. It cost $2. Mom and dad weren't very mad. I'm glad about that. Since I worked so hard meeting and greeting people, they said that I deserved it. Mom said though that I should ask next time and can't just take things like that. I'll try to remember!

 

Dogster Daily Diary Pick!

December 11th 2010 5:45 am
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I just got the E-mail this morning that my dairy was selected to be featured today! Wow! What an honor. Mom has worked hard typing my diary for me. It is a record of my life since I was rescued from the Seabrook Greyhound Track almost 2 years ago. It has been a fun and wild adventure and I have come such a long way. Before mom and dad rescued me, I only knew the race track and a tiny cage. That was my whole life. I had no idea that there was a big wide other world out there! Mom and dad want me to have a rich full life to make up for the first 2 1/2 years I spent at the track. I think they are doing a great job! I hope you enjoy my diary!

 
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