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First Day Of GIG

April 29th 2011 4:19 am
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I woke up my usual time this morning- around 6:30. I slept well during the night and was quiet so mom and dad could sleep. Mom got up and checked the computer to see what the temperature was outside. It was 55 so I didn't need my jacket. Mom took me out to let daddy sleep a little longer. We left the motel room and I immediately saw 2 other greyhounds! I almost pulled mom off her feet. After a few minutes, more and more greyhounds appeared. There were at least 10 of us! I was so excited! I had to introduce myself to each and every one! We had a virtual play date! This is one time I wish leashes didn't exist! After socializing and doing what a dog has to do, mom brought me back in for breakfast. Mom said I will have even more fun later!

After mom and dad ate breakfast and took their showers we got into the car. Daddy drove us to a parking garage. This one was better than the one in Boston. It was smaller and didn't have a room that moved. Mom, dad and I walked through the town of Gettysburg. Mom made me and daddy stand by a huge statue of someone called Abraham Lincoln. I was scared of it but mom told me the man wasn't real! We took a lot of pictures as we walked. We went to one of the battlefields that had other statues and cannons. I liked that because it was all grass. On the way back to the car there was a store that had dog treats and a water bowl. I got a treat. We came back to the motel for a little while to rest. We leave for the main event in about a half an hour. I will report more later.

We left a little before noon to go to the main event. When we got there I couldn't believe my eyes! There were greyhounds everywhere! There were many tents set up in a section of the parking lot of The Outlet Shoppes Of Gettysburg. I wanted to get to socializing but mom said we had to register first. We had to stand in line for a few minutes, so I just socialized with the other dogs waiting to register. We got a huge goodie bag with all sorts of things inside. Mom and dad had to wear badges around their necks like a collar. Next we went to all the booths. There were so many wonderful things to see. Mom said she wanted to look at everything before we chose what to buy. That made sense. I was greeting every dog I saw- and there were lots of them! Mom and dad took me to talk to an animal communicator. Her name was Jean and she was very nice. She understood me! I told her that I was very happy with mom and dad and that I would be interested in trying to become a therapy dog someday. I made it very clear that I wouldn't work with children. Mom already knew that but I wanted to be sure. Mom had Jean tell me not to be afraid of people. She talked with me for a long time and I really likes her. I even tried to go back to her tent after we left! Mom bought me a beautiful soft blanket! I LOVE it!! I also got a new purple collar. I got many complements on it. Mom and dad also bought me this cool bone! It had a peanut butter cookie on the outside and peanut butter filling on the inside of a real bone (I am actually working on that bone right now as I dictate to mom). I also got a squeaky plush bone. Mom met a Facebook friend in person today. It was the first time they have really met. Her name is Tracey and she has a greyhound named Gino. He is very nice. It was time for the greyhound games. Mom, Tracey and Gino went ahead. Daddy and I were talking to some people so we lagged behind. Mom wanted to try competing in the first game which was dressing you greyhound as fast as you can. Daddy and I were too late and we missed it. That was OK with me! The other games were bobbing for treats in a bucket of water and wagging your tail. I didn't try those. I don't eat treats often in public and I also don't wag a lot! Mom and dad were hungry so we walked to the shoppes to get them a sub sandwich. Daddy went inside to order and mom and I found a table outside. I got to hang out with some greyhounds at the next table. Mom and dad ate and then we went to a seminar talk. The talk was on the second floor. There were some hounds there that didn't know how to climb stairs. I am an expert now, but it took me a long time to get used to it so I understand how they felt.I tried to show them how to do it and climbed right up to the top. They couldn't follow. We were early and another talk was going on. Mom and dad took me to the end of the hall to wait. We waited near the entrance to one of those rooms that move! Well you can imagine my surprise when the door opened and two greyhounds walked out! They were the ones that couldn't climb the stairs! A few minutes later the door opened again and out came more greyhounds! This just kept happening!! All these dogs kept coming out of that moving room! Some also went inside and disappeared. Next it was time for the talk so we moved closer to the door. I met a black male named Cairo! He looked like me. I thought it was funny that he was Cairo and I was Isis! We found seats in the front row. Guess who was talking? My new friend the animal communicator, Jean! She remembered me and actually told a couple of stories about me from earlier in the afternoon! I approached several people during the talk to get petted and attention. After the talk daddy gave me a choice of using the stairs or going into the room that moved. I was brave and chose the room that moved! I walked right in. We ended up on the bottom floor near the exit door. Mom and dad were very proud of me. It was late and everyone was leaving for the day. Daddy drove us back to our motel. Mom and dad left me to nap and went out to have dinner with Tracey. They weren't gone very long. When they came back, they put my harness on and we went to a greyhound social that was being held at one of the larger hotels in town. There were a lot of dogs and their humans at the social.I made the full rounds several times. I didn't want to miss anyone! Tracey and Gino came too. I rested on several of the dog beds that were laying on the floor. I laid with several of my new friends. Tracey brought me and Gino a bowl of water. that tasted good! It was warm inside the gathering room. We stayed a little over a hour. We were all tired. We came back to our motel and mom gave me a can of dog food. I am exhausted! Time for bed! Until tomorrow!

 

Arrived In Gettysburg!

April 28th 2011 4:42 pm
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We left early this morning before 8AM. I didn't realize that we would be in the car for so long. After we rode for about 3 hours, mom and dad stopped at a rest stop. It felt good to walk around and stretch my legs. Then it was back into the car again. We got some very heavy rain storms. It got so bad that daddy had a hard time seeing. Many cars pulled off to the side of the road. We continued on but very slowly. We also passed an accident. It looked like a truck had skidded off the road. I hope no one was hurt. Once we arrived in PA we stopped at a second rest stop. This one was nicer and had really green grass. We arrived at our hotel just before 4 o'clock. I even got to go into the hotel lobby to check in! After we got our room keys, I turned around and saw two other greyhounds! We were very happy to see each other. There are 9 greyhounds staying here tonight. There will be a lot more arriving tomorrow. Mom got me all settled into our room with all the comforts of home. I have my bed, some toys, food and water bowls and even a bone and treats. Our room is very nice. Mom and dad just back back from diner. They drove around Gettysburg and found all the places we needed to find. Mom and dad ate at a very nice restaurant that looked like it did during the colonial days. it was called the Dobbin House Tavern. The fun starts tomorrow! I will say good night for now!

 

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!

 
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