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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!



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!

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