A New Beginning
August 15th 2009 7:28 am
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I was happy to see them. Sarah took good care of me and the cats, but I am glad mom and dad are home. They took me for a long walk down the trail by the river. After that we all hopped in the car. I had no idea where we were going. We ended up at the Vets!!!! I wasn't too happy about that. You can imagine my relief when mom just dropped off my track injury record to be put in my medical file. Mom also left some brochures and business cards for any one needing dog training. After the Vets we drove to the car wash!!!! What the heck?? The man at the car wash gave me a dog bone. That was nice. I was a bit scared going through the car wash. It made lots of strange noises and these big flapping sheets were slapping the car. Next these huge blue roller things were hitting the car, followed by hard rain and several huge blowers. I did well, all things considering. I don't want to go back there any time soon. It is nice to back on my regular routine. Mom said that next vacation, I might get to go too. They have an event called "Greyhounds In Gettysburg" every year. We might get to go.
August 10th 2009 5:45 pm
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Don't worry, it was last October. I first want to update you about yesterday. Yesterday was Sunday. We didn't go on the Greyhound Adventure walk because it was too far away this time. Mom and dad had a lot to do because they were leaving for vacation the next day. They brought me to the fenced in soccer field to run. Mollie, Kiera and a new dog came too. The new dog was an Australian Shepard named Daisy. She had just been rescued and only with her new human a week. We had fun playing. Mollie and Kiera's mom gave us water and Kiera and Daisy got into a fight. No one got hurt. They both tried to drink from the bowl at the same time. After we ran, we went for a little walk.
August 8th 2009 3:11 pm
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On Thursday, mom showed me a new kind of collar. It was called a Gentle Leader. It is like a halter that horses wear. Mom had to adjust it and readjust it so that it fit me. She had bought a large size because it went by weight. Being a greyhound, I'm built a little different from most dogs. I am tall and weigh 70 pounds, but I have a smaller head. The large was a bit too big. By the time mom finished adjusting it, there was a long strand of nylon collar hanging down my face! Mom took me for a walk. At first I didn't like the feel of the nose band. I pawed at it and tried to get it off. I am getting used to it now. Mom has an easier time walking me now. I used to pull sometime. For the most part, I walk with a loose leash, but there were times I would pull. Mom was afraid it was hurting my windpipe because I would pull so hard that I would cough.
August 2nd 2009 3:15 pm
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Today I got to go on a Greyhound Adventure to Spy Pond in Arlington, MA. It was a smaller group than usual- about 16 to 20 dogs, but we had a lot of fun. I was so excited to see everyone. My friends Aiken, Johnny B, and Louise were there. We couldn't go into the pond because they had bad algea in the water. Mom said it could make us sick. We had a nice walk. We didn't find any spys though. I don't know why they call it Spy Pond? On our way home, mom and dad stopped at a pet store. I had never been to this one before. It was on our way home. Mom and dad bought me dog food, a new raw hide bone and a cookie. It was good! Daddy stopped in at a store called Debra's Natural Gourmet to get lunch for him and mom. Mommy stayed in the car with me. After that we drove for awhile and then we stopped at another store! This one was a hardware store in our town. This store had won the most dog friendly business at the Farmer's Market yesterday! I got to go inside with mom and dad. It was interesting. I saw things I had never seen before. Daddy bought a new welcome mat for in front of the house. Our old one was "Icky" (That's what mom said!). Finally we made it back home. I crashed on my bed, then I moved to the rug. Mom and dad left to go grocery shopping.I slept. After mom and dad came home and put the groceries away, they told me to get back in the car again. We ended up at my friend, Oscar's house! I got to play and run around the back yard. We had fun. I watched Oscar chase a ball. I haven't tried it yet. Daddy was trying to get me to chase it, but I wasn't too sure. It was another fun day with lots of exercise. My bed feels very good right now!
August 1st 2009 5:55 pm
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We go to the Farmer's Market every weekend, but today was different! Mom was running all over the house gathering things up and brining them to the car. I knew something was up. We all hopped into the car and daddy drove us there. We waited for a few minutes and then Mollie's mom and dad came. Daddy set up my exercise pen and mom filled my water bowl. I knew we would be there for a while. Mom set up a little table. Mom just became a certified dog trainer. She already has two doggie clients and wants to get more. She had brochures and business cards to hand out to people. Mom and dad were also helping out Mollie's mom and the MayDOG group. They are all working hard to bring a fenced in dog park to my town. Today was a big day. Another trainer, who knows mom, was holding a safety workshop for kids and dogs. MayDOG was also announcing an award to the most dog friendly business in Maynard. It was a 3 way tie! Daddy made the announcement and handed out the awards! He did a good job. Mom met a lot of people and gave away 15 brochures and some business cards. They also had a raffle basket, so mom bought 6 tickets. We were there for 3 1/2 hours. I didn't mind. My pen was in the shade under an apple tree. I also had a rooster keeping me company! He was in a cage beside me. I had my blanket and mom bought me 2 peanut butter cookies. People came over and pet me and mom and dad came over to make sure I was OK. I met other dogs and watched everything going on. After we left, mom and dad brought me home and then they went to see the new Harry Potter movie at the IMAX theatre. Mom told me dogs couldn't go. That was OK, I was tried anyway. When mom and dad got home, there was a message on our answering machine. I had won the raffle basket!!! Mom and dad grabbed a quick bite to eat and then we drove to Mollie and Kiera's house to get my prize. We also went for a long walk with Mollie, Kiera and her mom (about 3 miles). It was so much fun!! When we got back home, mom opened all my goodies. I have a new squeaky pepper, a dog bowl, a bandana, some treats, a poop bag holder that goes on my leash, and a gift certificate for a free dog wash! COOL!!! What a great day I had! I'm tired now!!
July 31st 2009 3:17 pm
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Mom has been slacking on my diary! This should have been written last Sunday!! It has been a busy week so I guess I will cut her some slack. I met a woman last Sunday named Sarah. She used to work with daddy years ago. Now she is a pet sitter. Mom and dad are going to take a short vacation the second week of August. They were looking to find a boarding place for me to stay. Daddy had won 2 free nights stay at a place called Best Friends in Sudbury, MA. Mom and dad went to check out the place. Mom said there was NO WAY I was going to stay there. Considering my past, living in a small cage at the race track, mom said I would never be in cage again, no matter how big it may be. The other thing mom didn't like was that the dogs are allowed to go to the bathroom inside! I am fully house trained now. Mom doesn't want me getting the idea that it is OK to go inside. That being said, Sarah will be taking care of me while mom and dad are away. She will be sleeping here at night and will take me for walks 3 times a day. Her dog, Bella, will also be staying over. I also met her on Sunday and we got along just fine. Bella sure likes to eat though! Sarah will also take care of Ben and Charlie, water the plants and take out the trash and bring the mail in. She took notes on where everything is and then Bella and I went for a nice walk together.
July 26th 2009 8:55 am
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Saturday started out like any other. Mom, dad and I made our usual journey to the Farmer's Market down the street. At this point, I had no idea what an incredible day it would be. We got home from the Farmer's Market and mom and dad started making lasagna again. this time they made 2. After the lasagna was cooked, mom started gathering up a whole bunch of stuff. We all got into the car and drove a long time. We were on the road for about an hour. I could smell the lasagna in the trunk of the car. Mom told me that we were going to the MARCnic. It is MARC's annual picnic. MARC stands for the MA Animal Rights Coalition. Mom and dad are members. They are a group that loves all animals. Daddy parked the car and mom got me out of the car. There were already a lot of people there, and a lot of dogs! I was both nervous and excited all at the same time. We got to the house and Steve, who is one of MARC's founders made sure all the gates to the back yard were closed. They were! Mom let me off the leash. I ran to the other dogs and we sprinted all around the yard! It was SO much fun. Daddy brought my exercise pen and mom and dad set it up for me. They left it open so I could go inside if I felt stressed out and needed time to chill out. I did go in a few times, but stayed out most of the day. Some of dog friends went inside with me too! At Steve and Helen's house (Where we had the MARCnic) there is an animal sanctuary. They have goats, chickens, ducks and turtles. They also have a dog and cat. The yard was all fenced in so I could be free and off leash. It worked great except for the two times I was able to escape! The first time some people left the back gate open. It led to a huge field. I walked right out of the yard. Mom and dad were hot on my heels. They called and called me, but I was having too much fun. Mom and dad are very clever though. Daddy started to run AWAY from me. I chased him! I got caught!!! By this time, it was time to eat, so all the food came out. I spent dinner time in my pen. Mom had brought a big bone cookie for me. I ate half of it. After dinner, mom and dad put the leash on me and we walked all around that big field. It was fun. A little later a friend of mom and dad's named Maynard, organized a walk around the same field. I thought mom and dad were going on the walk, but they decided to play badminton instead. BORING! I can't hold a racquet! I decided to join the walk. I went with all the people!! Mom and dad got their badminton stuff and realized that I wasn't anywhere around. They panicked and started to look for me. A woman told my mom and dad that I had gone on the walk! Mom and dad ran all over the field looking for me. Dad went one way, mom went the other. Mom caught up with the people on the walk. They were all standing there pointing at me in the tall grass. I was fine and still with the group of people. The group told mom that they enjoyed watching me run and go nuts in the field. Mom wasn't amused! Daddy caught up to us with the leash! We went back to the yard. Mom and dad did play horse shoes and badminton for a bit, but they kept checking in on me. One of my Dogster friends, Lydia was there with me. She heads the group called "Tofu Pups". It was fun meeting her in person. She has a lot of energy!! It started to get dark and they built a bonfire. All the humans sat around it. I stayed away from the fire and hung out with some poodle friends. One started to get fresh with me. He was fixed but he was still interested. I wasn't! I put him in his place. I was a tired, happy dog when we left. What a great day!
July 19th 2009 5:59 pm
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Mom and dad took me to the pet store closest to our house today. It was getting late and they didn't feel like driving to the one we usually go too. The pet store was having a big sale and was giving away Doggie "Ice Cream" It wasn't really ice cream, but it was frozen and very yummy. I got one! I also got a cookie and a new raw hide bone. I met a whippet puppy. Whippets are small versions of greyhounds. He was cute. Later mom and dad took me for a long walk around town. We found a some blackberry bushes. Mom and dad used one of my poop bags to put the berries in! Don't worry, it was a clean bag! They got quite a few. After berry picking we walked through town. They have a little park there and it is fenced in. There wasn't any "No Dogs Allowed" signs, so we went in. Mom closed the gate and I was able to go off leash. I stayed right with mom and dad though. Dad and I saw 2 cats. They ran away. After the park we walked by the river. Dad let me go in the water. I went right up over my belly! I could almost swim!!! I have never actually gone swimming before. Greyhounds aren't very good swimmers. Maybe some day I'll get a chance to try it- with mom and dad there just in case. Anyway, the water felt good and I got to cool off. I really enjoyed my walk
July 18th 2009 8:05 pm
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We went to the Farmer's Market this morning. I did much better today with all the people. Mom and dad bought lots of fresh produce. We walked to the market which is right down the street from us. When mom and dad got home, mom started to work in the kitchen. Mom and dad made something called a lasagna. They said they had to go to a pot luck event. They told me that I couldn't go this time. Dogs weren't allowed. I was a bit disappointed. Mom gave me a peanut butter stuffed Kong to keep me busy while they were gone. I do love peanut butter stuffed Kongs. When they got home we went for a walk. We ended up at Mollie and Kiera's house! When we got there, Mollie was waiting in the yard with her mom. Mollie was so happy to see me that she pulled her mom to get to me. We were all tail waggie and ready to play. I got to play in their back yard for awhile. Kiera was in the yard waiting for us. I had fun. We ran and played while our moms and dads sat and talked. Humans just don't know how to have a good time like we do! After we left, mom wanted to check out a public garden that was just down the street. Wouldn't you know it, we found a trail! It was just like the small trail next to our house that was once a railroad track. We walked the whole trail and took some side roads back home. We got to see new neighborhoods. It was a nice walk. I'm tired now. It was a wonderful evening.
July 12th 2009 6:02 pm
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Today started off as a quiet day. Daddy had to work and play at a ping pong tournament. Mom went the gym to workout and then she spent the afternoon home with me. She gave me my new rawhide bone. Daddy came home early in the evening and mom said that he was home in time to go to the MayDog walk with Mollie and Keira. The walk was at 7 pm and it was going to be at the site of the proposed dog park. I wish our town would let us have the dog park soon! It is a big 13 acre field. We got there almost at the same time as Mollie and Keira. We were all very happy to see each other. We were leaping and playing. Our leashes kept getting in the way! Soon, some other dogs and their humans came too. Mollie was the only dog there who wasn't black! There were 6 dogs and 8 humans on the walk. We walked through the field. The grass was high and I was leaping and jumping through it. There were lots of wild flowers too. I had a blast! So did all us dogs. I don't think the humans had as much fun as we did. After the field, we continued our walk along the road and around a neighborhood. It was nice. I did a nice loose leash walk for mom. A man on the walk knows Victoria Stillwell. Mom watches her show on Animal Planet all the time. She inspired mom to become a certified dog trainer!! Mom just graduated and is ready to get clients. Her web site is: www.siriusdawg.com. Anyway, this man is going to ask Victoria to come and speak for MayDog!! That would be awesome. Mom would love that!! I'm tired now. It was a good walk.
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