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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.

 

A Run with Gill at Gates Pond

March 20th 2011 9:11 am
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Yesterday was a wonderful day! Mom and dad took me for a long walk on Winter Street. I haven't been able to go there for most of the Winter because of all the ice. Now that Spring is here, I can go for my walks there again. The river trail still has ice and snow. It will be another week or so before that is ready.

When it came time for my evening walk, mom and dad had me get in the car! At first I was afraid I might be going to Boston again! Mom told me not to worry and that I would like where we were going. I laid down on the street and tried to relax. When the car stopped, I looked out my window and I knew where I was! It was Gates Pond, the Hudson, MA reservoir! Less than a minute later, Aunt Carla drove up with Gill and GT!!! We got to take another long walk around the pond. It is about a 3 mile loop but mom said I probably went 4 or 5 miles! Parts of the trail were muddy but most of the snow was gone. Only a few spots still had snow. Daddy let me off leash with Gill. We ran and sniffed and had a wonderful time! GT had to stay on his leash because he gets scared of people. I stayed close to mom and dad for the most part. If I went too far, mom would call me and I would come right back. We were about half way around when Gill asked me if I wanted to race! I said "Sure!" We took off like rockets! We ran up the trail, turned around and ran back to our humans. We did this 3 or 4 times at full speed! I think I won!!! It was fun!! I felt bad for GT because he couldn't run with us. We met some other dogs and humans on the trail too. One was a German Shepherd Puppy named Zoe. She liked to lick me in the face. I was sad when daddy put the leash back on. I knew we were almost back to the car. Gill got leashed too. I had so much fun! I slept very well last night!

 

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!!!

 
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