A New Beginning
May 5th 2010 4:03 pm
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We had a very hot weekend last Saturday and Sunday. It felt more like mid summer than early May. Mom and dad took me out to my yard and there was a strange round plastic thing filled with water. I was confused at first. I went over and sniffed it and took a drink. This was the biggest water bowl I had ever seen. I lifted my front paw up a few times but I wasn't sure that it was OK to go in it. I had been in these things a few times last year at different doggie events. I knew it was OK then because other dogs were going in them. Daddy put his hands in the water and splashed around in it. Mom and dad kept telling me it was OK. I finally put my front 2 paws in it and then my back feet. The cool water felt good on my paws. I stood there for a minute, got out and went back in again. I went in and out of the pool about 10 times. It was fun. Then I took my front paw and slashed a bit. We didn't go for our long walk until later in the evening. It was just too hot. Mom said it was 90 degrees. I'm not sure what that means but I was panting a lot. On the evening walk mom and dad took me to a nature trail near our house. This is different than the river trail we usually walk. This one is all in the woods. We kind of got a little lost. Daddy told mom to take the orange trail which did eventually meet up with the white trail, but then the white trail went around a pond. Mom and dad didn't want to go around the pond because the mosquitoes were already really bad. Mom took another trail instead which had no markings on it. We ended up in back of the elementary school. Daddy kept trying to keep the mosquitoes off of me and he was getting bitten too! They didn't like mom and she was fine. Mom says me and daddy are sweeter than she is.
April 27th 2010 3:38 pm
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The men came a little before 9 am this morning. I watched them put up the fence through the living room window. It only took them about 2 hours. It looks very nice. Mom says I can't use the yard until tomorrow. There is concrete that needs to harden. Daddy was afraid I might hit the fence before the concrete was ready. It is raining out too. The rain didn't start until this afternoon so I was able to get my long walk in with mom. When we got home from the walk, mom let me explore my yard a little bit. I had to stay on the leash today.
April 26th 2010 5:55 am
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Mom and dad took me for a long walk down the river trail on Saturday. It wasn't too hot and it was very nice. We stopped to sit on the rocks and watch the river before we turned around to go back home. On our way back home we passed my friend Copley's house. Copley's mom and dad were outside doing yard work. Copley was in the back yard and they invited me to a play date!! I was so happy!! They have a big back yard too!! Copley and I ran and ran. He could keep up with me pretty good too!! He isn't a full greyhound, so I was still faster, but he did great!! Copley's mom brought out a bowl of water for us. Well, I tired myself out and then we had to walk home!!!! Mom kept teasing daddy that he should carry me!! I was tired but it wasn't too far. I crashed on my bed when we got home. Later in the evening daddy went to his annual "end of year" skating party. Mom decided to stay home with me and the cats. She gets a bit bored at the party and doesn't know the other people there that well. It was a good thing she stayed home. After daddy left I started to feel sick in my tummy. I got sick about 4 times while daddy was gone and twice after daddy got home. I couldn't eat my supper either. Mom thinks that either I ran to hard or I ate grass that might have had lawn chemicals on it. I don't know either, but I sure didn't feel well. The next morning I felt a little better. My tummy was making strange noises and I still didn't feel much like eating. Mom put my bowl down and I didn't eat it at first. Mom was getting worried now and went upstairs to talk to daddy. My hearing is very good and I heard her talking about bringing me too the vets!! I figured it was time to eat after all and cleaned my bowl. Mommy was very happy. I kept it all down and felt much better. Later in the afternoon some people came over to watch a DVD and eat food. Mom's friend, Lisa, asked if she could bring her dog (and my friend) Kiera over. Mom said "yes". It was nice having another dog over. After the humans ate and finished watching the DVD, we all went for a walk down the river trail. I walked with Kiera and it was very nice. I ate a good supper last night and finished my breakfast in record time this morning. I'm glad I am all better now. Despite getting a little sick, it was a nice weekend. Mom says my fence goes up tomorrow!!!
April 23rd 2010 4:40 pm
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We had an interesting day today. It started out like any other. Mom came home from work and took me for my noon day walk. It was nice outside and I enjoyed it. Mom gave me a cookie when we got back and I took it to my bed to enjoy. Mom rode her exercise bike and took a shower. Mom had just got out of the shower when this terrible loud noise was blasting through the entire house. It was high pitched and hurt my ears. Mom ran downstairs in just a towel and was looking all over the house! She even ran down the basement. I didn't know it then, but it was the smoke detectors! Mom was checking for a fire in the house. There wasn't any fire, thank goodness, but the sound wouldn't stop. It hurt my ears so badly that I started howling. My cat brother , Ben, also started crying!My other cat brother, Charlie, just looked scared. Mom ran back upstairs and put some clothes on. I kept howling, Ben kept crying and the smoke detectors kept screaming. Mom put my harness on me and put me in the car. Then she ran back inside and started pulling down the smoke detectors and pulling out the batteries. After she pulled the batteries out of the second one, they all stopped. What a relief!! Mom went out and got me from the car. It was chaos for a few minutes. I hope that doesn't happen again!!!
April 15th 2010 11:39 am
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Spring is in full bloom here. The leaves are coming out on the trees and flowers are blooming every where. So many wonderful smells being carried on the wind. Last Sunday I went to a Meet and Greet at a pet store in Lexington, MA. My good friends Johnny B, Sonie, Troy and Oscar where there. I also met a new friend named Benny. He was a big boy! I hung out with Oscar most of the time. We shared a nice comforter. After the Meet and Greet, mom and dad took me for a nice walk on the Minute Man trail. It was only a short drive away. We walked a new part of the trail that we hadn't walked before. I really enjoyed that. I have been going on a lot of long walks along the river trail. Mom took me there again today. we did about 2 miles because we were gone over 45 minutes. On the way back home, we passed a little pool of water that was along the side of the road. Mom let me go in for a dip!! It was SO refreshing!! I was jumping around in the water and then I shook myself all over mom!!!! She didn't mind though. I get my yard on April 27th. Only a week and a half to wait!! I don't know much about the passing of time, but mom says it will be soon. Mom and dad are getting me a wading pool of my very own. That way I can take a dip when I get hot outside!! I think it is going to be a fun summer. My picture appeared in an article about greyhound racing on Facebook. The article was about the race tracks closing in New Hampshire. That is the race track I use to race at- Seabrook . Here is a link to the article:
April 5th 2010 7:49 am
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It was just me and mom on Saturday. Daddy had to help run a ping pong tournament at MIT. He is one of the coaches for the club. It was such a beautiful Spring day. Mom and I walked the Assabet River Trail. We went down to the rocks and took a rest there before we headed back. We sat for a while and enjoyed the river. I started to get hot on the way back home. The trail is a dirt road (cars do go on it but they don't go on it often) and there were lots of puddles from the flood rains we had last week. I enjoyed walking through the puddles to cool my paw pads. Mom even let me take a quick dip in the river. When we got home,we jumped right into the car and mom drove us to the pet store near our house. Mom told me that the pet store would be closed on Sunday because it was Easter. We went inside the store and there was my friend Kiera and her mom and dad, Lisa and Mark. What a surprise!! They were shopping too!! Kiera got excited seeing me and had an accident in the store. Her mom had to clean it up. Mom chatted with Kiera's mom for a bit and then we bought our weekly supplies. We got dog and cat food, 2 raw hide bones for me, a flossie and of course my cookie. Daddy still wasn't home by my evening walk, so mom took me to Winter Street. We met a nice man and his dog and stopped to talk for a few minutes. The man and dog were working on a large machine that mom called a backhoe. It was big and noisy. The dog was riding inside it with the man so I guess it was OK.
March 29th 2010 1:58 pm
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Mom is behind in my diary again. I know she has been busy. I have been going on some very fun walks. Last Sunday mom and dad got me into the car.We drove to new place. When I got out of the car my doggie boyfriend, Gil was there with his mom and dad!! I almost took daddy's arm off because I was jumping around from so much joy!! Gil's brothers and sister were there too. They are Italian Greyhounds and look like miniature versions of me and Gil. They were very nice and all greeted me. We all took a long walk around a lake. The walk was about 2 miles long. Gil and I had the best time! We met some other dogs too. It was very pretty around the lake. I also had 2 nice walks with my other friend,Copley. He is a Greyhound mix. He looks a lot like a full Greyhound though. On one walk we went into our town. Copley's dad had to buy grapefruit juice so we tagged along. The other walk was down the river trail across the street. I had so much fun. It is raining today so I haven't wanted to go out. Mom makes me go for potty, but I don't really want to. The river in our town is under a flood watch! We just saw it on the news. I hope our town is OK!!! I love our town and the river runs right through the middle of it!! The fence guy comes tomorrow to give mom an estimate. Mom and dad and our friend, Lisa got all the little pine trees removed from the yard. Mom and dad also got the satillite dish pole out of the ground. Mom is very glad that it is gone. I am so excited about my yard. I hope it won't cost mom and dad too much money.
March 21st 2010 11:43 am
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Mom said that yesterday was officially the first day of Spring. It has been nice weather all week. Yesterday it was over 70 degrees. Cooler today, but still very nice. Mom and dad took me on a long walk down the trail across the street both yesterday and today. We went to the bridge and back. I like sniffing all the new smells. On Friday mom and I even saw a butterfly!! Yesterday, after the walk we went to the pet store.Then mom and dad did a strange thing. Mom tied 3 leashes together. We all went in the back yard and mom tied me to the satellite pole so I could be outside with them. Mom and dad started digging all the plants up and dad took the satellite dish off the pole. Mom told me that a man is coming over on March 30th to give them an estimate on a fence. They are going to fence in the yard for me! They are taking all the plants out to give me more room to run.They are going to plant grass for me too. I will have an "L" shaped yard/run when they are finished. It will be small but it will be all mine and I will be able to run around a bit. Today we are going to the hardware store to buy grass seeds. Mom wants to get something durable because I really dig into the ground when I run.Mom and dad are also going to remove the pole. Mom really hated the dish. She said it was ugly. We have Fios now any way so we don't need the dish or the pole any more. Next weekend, Kiera's mom is going to help mom and dad dig up the small pine trees in the yard. Mom is going to donate the trees to the town's Spring plant sale to help the community. I can't wait to get my yard. As soon as it is ready, daddy will take a picture of me in my yard and I will post it here on Dogster so everyone can see it.
March 2nd 2010 12:53 pm
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It has been a long wet winter. I don't like the rain or the snow- at least when it is falling. When there is a storm outside, I do my business and come right back inside where it is warm and toasty. Finally the weather is getting a bit warmer and the days are getting longer. Mom and dad took me to a special adventure on Sunday. First we made our usual trip to the pet store. I got my cookie. From the pet store we drove for a little bit and stopped at a dirt parking lot that I had never been to before. It had a lot of good smells and lots of other dogs had been there. We walked up a wooded path. There were 2 humans and a dog with very short little legs. Mom calls them Corgi's. We greeted and continued to walk on the trails. There were lots of trails and woods. I had a fun time sniffing around. Some of the trails still had ice on them, so we couldn't go on them. We still found a lot of paths that we could walk. Mom and dad said they will take me back there and we can explore more once all the snow and ice is gone. On our way back to car we met another nice dog and his people. It was fun. We came back home and rested a bit. Then mom and dad put my harness on and we went to my friend, Oscar's house. I hadn't seen Oscar since I hurt my foot. It felt good to run in his back yard. I ran and ran and ran. Poor Oscar tries to chase me, but he will never catch me!! We played a game around the shed- around and around it we ran. I had a lot of fun. Today it was in the 50's. I didn't have to wear my fleece when I went on my noon walk with mom. It felt good not to have to wear it!! I'm looking forward to Spring!
February 8th 2010 8:41 am
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Yesterday was my one year anniversary that I came to live with mom and dad! I have come a long way in one year! I was very shy and timid and wouldn't even leave my crate at first. I would only walk up and down in front of the house on my street. Now I can say I have been in a parade!! Wow!! I have traveled to other states, had a birthday party, been on play dates, meet and greets, pet fairs and even won a Halloween Costume Contest. I also go on long walks with mom and dad wherever they want to go. Mom and dad say they are very proud of me. I think I have left my old life behind now. I like being part of a family.
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