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I Won A Raffle Basket!

June 12th 2010 11:22 am
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When we went to the Whisker Walk last week, mom and I entered in the raffle. They had so many great gift baskets. Mom bought 15 chances to win. Mom didn't think we had won anything because she didn't get a call, but on Wednesday the phone rang! It was the Sterling Animal Shelter. They told mom that I HAD won a basket!! To make it even better, I won the basket that I really, really wanted! It was the "Wilderness Dog" basket! Mom had to work this morning so daddy and I drove to the shelter to pick it up. We saw lots of puppies and lots of people! A lady asked daddy if he was there to adopt another dog. He said he came to pick up my basket. The lady went inside a brought it out to us. She also gave me a blue ball and some dog cookies!!! Daddy wouldn't let me open my basket until mom came home. The first thing she gave me was my special toy that I really wanted. It is a badger with squeakies in it. It doesn't have stuffing so it is the kind you can really shake and shake. The fur is so soft and almost feels real. I am cuddling with it right now! I also won a cool ball with a fake fur tail, a rope toy with a ball in the middle, a rubber squeaky fish, a reflective collar and leash, a bandana and a matching coat (which is too small for me so maybe my friend Kiera can wear it)I am such a happy dog today! It isn't even my birthday. I have been very lucky in raffles lately!


The Whisker Walk!

June 7th 2010 7:51 am
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Friday night was the last night for my medication. I have been only on short walks all week. My toe is slowly starting to feel better. On Saturday I went to the pet store with mom and dad. The store was out of the kind of cat food that mom usually buys for Ben and charlie. I did get a great cookie and flossie though. That always makes me happy.
Yesterday was the Whisker Walk at the Lancaster Fair Grounds. It is about a 30 minute ride in the car to get there. The weather didn't look too good. It was cloudy and heavy rain was predicted. The fair was rain or shine so mom and dad decided to take me anyway. We got there early so we were in the second row of the parking lot. Mom made me wear my rain coat just in case and she had umbrellas for her and daddy. I was still limping a little bit so mom told me I couldn't do the actual walk. Walking around the fair grounds would be more than enough walking for me. I was fine with that. Despite the weather not being the best, there were still a lot of dogs and people there. We got to walk around and get free samples and see all the booths and rescue groups. One booth was selling pet deodorizing products. Daddy recognized the smell of it! It was the same stuff they had given mom and dad at Ben and Charlie's old vets. The stuff worked better than anything mom and dad have ever tried before and daddy had been trying to find it in all the pet stores and even Online! Daddy was happy and we bought 2 bottles plus laundry detergent to get the smell out of my beds and blankets. The products were heavy so we made a quick trip back to the car to put the stuff in the trunk. The rest of the fair was very nice. I even got to meet a donkey and a mule! I also made friends with a couple of Great Danes and saw my greyhound friend, Lilly. We stayed about 2 hours in all. Mom entered the raffle drawing but it doesn't look like she won anything. My paw did OK and I was happy that I got to go. On the way home, we took a detour to go to the other pet store we sometimes go to. It is called Especially For Pets. Mom wanted to see if they had the cat food. They did! (but not very much of it) Mom grabbed 8 cans. While mom was buying the cat food, daddy and I were talking to a girl at a table. She gave me free samples of a new food called Addiction. Mom buys me canned Addiction which has bison in it. This was dehydrated packets that you mix with water. The girl at the table said it was like eating a raw diet. Mom made me one of the packets last night. Mom and dad thought it smelled awful, but I LOVED it! It was a meat I had never had before- some animal from a place called Australia. Anyway, I told mom to get me more. I hope she does.
I really hope I can run again soon. This toe of mine is a real pain! More later!


Happy Memorial Day!!

May 31st 2010 3:09 pm
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Hope all my doggie pals had a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. It has been a rough week for me this past week. Daddy noticed that I was limping pretty bad when he took me for my Sunday night walk. My left front foot hurt really bad. Mom and dad thought it might have been from a combination of things- a lot of running, the pool incident and spending the day at Paws In The Park. Mom and dad both checked me all over. They didn't see anything obviously wrong. I seemed to be better Tuesday but by Wednesday I was limping again. Mom called the vet and she took me to see the doctor Wednesday afternoon. The doctor looked at my feet, legs and shoulder. Then she took me in the back room and took an x-ray. Nothing was broken so that was good. She said it was a soft tissue injury and it was one of my toes. She gave mom some medicine that I have to take everyday for awhile. It actually tastes pretty good. The medicine seemed to help right away. I started feeling good again. Mom was taking me only on short walks and things were good- until Friday night. We walked past Copley's house and Copley and his mom and dad were JUST coming out the door! Of course I got all excited and was jumping around a bit. We went on a walk with Copley and probably went a bit further than I should have. Still I was OK. My toe was a bit more sore but still not too bad. On Saturday dad told me to get in the car. We drove a short ways and I realized I was at Kiera's house! As I got out of the car a noticed a human walking up the street towards me. It was MOM!!! She had just left work and was meeting us. We went inside and I got to see Kiera and her mom and dad (Lisa and Marc). We were there for a waffle party!!! More people came but I was OK because Kiera was there with me. When there is another dog around, I am very social and not as shy. Mom and dad let me go into Kiera's yard to take a break from all the people. Kiera and I saw a squirrel. We got all excited. I think I jumped around too much again. After the party we went to the pet store for food, cookies and a rawhide bone. We went home after that, but by the time my evening walk came around, my toe was sore again. This time mom could see it was very swollen. I could hardly walk. Mom does this thing called Reiki. It helps people and animals heal. All I know is that it feels strange at first. Once you get used to it though, it is quite nice. I limped over to mom and laid on the floor and I asked her for Reiki. She took my paw into her hands and did 20 minutes for me. It helped a lot. Mom says I am on restricted activity. That means no long walks. Yesterday I only got to spend time in my yard. That would have been dull but mom and dad were doing yard work so they were there with me. Today was Memorial Day. Mom wanted to do something special so we went on a picnic to the little park near our house. Mom and dad drove me there in the car. Mom tied 3 leashes to the picnic table so I could move around a bit. The picnic was fun but the mosquitoes came out! Mom and dad forgot the bug spray!! Mom was OK- they don't bite her! They were after me and daddy though so we ate our food and went back to the car. Mom wanted to get some plants for the yard so daddy drove us to the plant store. They let dogs walk around inside so I got to help mom pick out plants. Even though I can't do much physical activity, mom still made sure I had an interesting day. Mom says she will give me more Reiki tonight. Right now it is time for my evening walk. I only get to go around the block! That's OK. I want to get better in time for the Whisker Walk on Sunday. That is the biggest doggie fair in the area! I don't want to miss it!!!


Paws In The Park

May 24th 2010 7:47 am
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Yesterday was another fun day. Mom and dad took me to Paws In The Park in Sudbury. It is an annual doggie fair that helps to raise money for a no kill shelter called Save A Dog. They have a group walk, lots of booths to sell you things, free samples and lots of games and activities. Paws In The Park was at a different place this year. It was at the Wayside Inn. I think I liked the new place better. I was all excited seeing all the other dogs. I was almost pulling daddy to get to the fair! Once we got there though, I realized that there were a lot of humans standing around as well as dogs. I was so focused on seeing all the dogs, I hadn't noticed all the humans. I didn't want to go close to the booths so daddy kept me along the side where there activity rings were. Mom did some shopping. Mom got some new cat toys for Ben and Charlie. She also bought me a velcro reflective collar. I can wear it when I go for my night time walk and won't have to put on my full reflective vest. Mom and dad thought it was a good thing to buy. We got about half way around the fair when the walk started. I like doing the walk! It was very pretty. We went by an old mill with a water wheel and walked along a stream. When we got back to the fair, mom and dad went back to look at the rest of the booths. One lady was selling dog beds. Daddy bought me one! It is very nice. The lady let us keep it at the booth so we didn't have to carry it around. It was getting hot so mom and dad took me to the wading pools. I went in several of them and got a drink. One of the pools was exactly like mine! Mom said that this is the best pool for me. She doesn't want me going in Aunt Carla's pool again. We watched a frisbee demo and then mom and dad took me though the agility course. I was pretty good at it. The only thing I wouldn't do were the tunnels. They were kind of too small for me anyway. Soon after that they started the doggie contests. Daddy entered me in the longest tail competition. My friend, Lily, was there competing against me. She is a greyhound too. She was there with her mom working at the Greyhound Friend's table. The judges had a hard choice between me and Lily but they decided I was the winner! I got a cool green toy alligator. Mom and dad and I decided it was about time to leave. We went to Greyhound Friends booth and offered to watch it for a few minutes to give Sandy and Pat (the humans) a break. Lily stayed at the booth with me and we both laid down together on Lily's bed. I was getting tired. Sandy and Pat came back after a few minutes and we went back to pick up my bed. On the way home we stopped off at the pet store to pick up some things and then we came home. Daddy put my new bed on the floor and took up my old bed to be washed. A little while later mom and dad took me for my walk. We walked past Copley's house and I started to go up the drive way. Copley's mom and dad were there so they let me go into the yard. The neighbor's German Shepherd, Roxie, came over to play too. I walked into the yard and there was a baby rabbit sitting right there in front of me! I couldn't believe it! Roxie and Copley saw it too. I was still stuck on my leash so I couldn't chase it. Roxie went after it and so did Copley. Copley ran right into the patio table. The rabbit escaped under the shed. daddy finally let me off the leash but it was too late. The rabbit must have been scared to see 3 doggie noses poking under the shed. Roxie left and went back home and Copley, Copley's dad and I ran around for a bit. I was tired when we got back home. I stretched out on my new bed and fell asleep.


I'm No Michael Phelps!

May 22nd 2010 6:34 pm
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I spent the day with Auntie Carla today! Mom and dad had to go to Earthfest in Boston and couldn't take me with them. I wouldn't be allowed on the subway and there were way too many people and too much noise for me. Mom and dad thought I would have a lot more fun staying with my boyfriend, Gil, his brother GT and all the Italian greyhounds. Auntie Carla was happy to have me come over. We got there a little before 10. Mom and dad helped me to settle in and let me go outside and run with Gil. I was having fun. Mom, dad and Auntie Carla came outside to watch us. The swimming pool cover was off now and the pool was filled with water. I ran over to it and without hesitation, I plunged right into the pool!!! It is important to know here that I had never even seen a swimming pool like this before. I don't know what came over me, but in I went!! I immediately went right under the water and had to doggy paddle my way back up for air. Greyhounds are not known for their swimming ability! Just the opposite! We are lean with no body fat and are paws are very small. We are great at running, but swimming- not so much!! I made it across to the opposite side of the pool. This kind of pool was called an infinity pool, but the water wasn't all the way to the top yet. I managed to get my front legs over the edge, but I got stuck there. I couldn't pull myself out! The humans ran over to me! Daddy grabbed my collar and managed to haul me out of the water onto the edge of the pool. Because of the way the pool was set up, there was a little moat of water that ran along the edge on the ground. It wasn't like they could just lift me down to the ground. Aunt Carla slid her body to the end of the pool and made a bridge with her body. Mom had my back legs and daddy had my shoulders and head. They slid me across the edge of the pool onto Aunt Carla's lap. From there I could slide to the ground!! Mom and dad were happy that I did remain calm and didn't struggle or fight them. I was shaking a bit from it all. Once I got all 4 feet on the ground again, I shook myself off and ran around a little. Then I went back to the pool again!! This time I thought better of it! Auntie Carla filled the doggy pool with fresh water. I think I'll stick to that kind of pool from now on. The rest of the day went well. I didn't go near the pool again. Mom and dad left and I had a fun day with Gil, GT and the iggies. Aunt Carla gave me a greenie and a milk bone for snacks. They were good. I got to nap in a nice bed and play with Gil and GT. Mom and dad finally came back to get me. A part of me didn't want to leave, but I'm happy to be home now. Guess I won't be trying out for the Olympic Swim Team any time soon!!


What A Greyt Weekend!!!!

May 16th 2010 5:36 am
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We took our weekly trip to the pet store on Saturday. Mom bought me some new jerky treats. They have something in them called Glucosamine and Chondrioton. Two different vets recommend that I be on these because of my broken foot. Mom doesn't want arthritis setting in the future and sometimes when I run really hard, my foot hurts. I don't mind. The treats are really good! When we got back from the pet store, daddy took me for a walk. Mom stayed home and put the groceries away. Daddy and I walked by Copley's house and Copley's mom and dad were in the yard. They invite me for a run with Copley in the back yard!!! Oh Happy Dog!!!!! We had so much fun. I even went right up to Copley's mom and dad to thanks them. They were happy because I am shy with people until I get to know them. Copley and I both drank together from the water bowl. Copley's mom thought it was cute. When I got home mom had a special surprise for me!! On my bed was my cookie, my flossie and two of my new treats!! It wasn't even my birthday!!! Mom and dad left a little while later. Mom told me they were going to a very special dinner. Mom and dad and a lot of other people were celebrating! Greyhound racing has officially ended in New England!!! Only 7 more states to go and it will be ended in the United States!!! Grey2K USA was hosting the dinner. Mom and dad are supporters. They don't want any other greyhounds to suffer at the track like I did. Isn't that GREYT!!?? Daddy won a T-shirt and a tote bag in the raffle! Mom said the food was really good too.

Today we went to Greyhound Friends Open House. Mom, Dad and I worked at the silent auction/raffle table. Mom and dad set up my exercise pen so I would have a safe place to hang out. Last year we had a tent, but this year we were in the full sun. Mom and dad had an extra blanket in the car so they hung it over my pen and made me a personal tent so I could have some shade. Daddy took me to the big fenced in yard to run. My good friends, Johnny B and Sonie were waiting to go in too, so we got to go in the yard together! I did most of the running. Mom also entered me in the longest tail competition and the youngest hound competition. I took 4th place in the youngest hound. I am 3 years, 6 months old (I mean young!). I only got honorable mention in longest tail. My tail was only 21 inches. The winner's was about 24 inches. My boyfriend, Gil had a 23 inch tail and got 4th place. I still got a ribbon and dog bone. Mom hung my ribbons up on my exercise pen. Daddy took me for lots of walks so I got to see all the other dogs and also get a break from the crowds. The open house went very well. A lot of people came. We learned that it costs $1,300 a day to keep the shelter open!! They really need donations. Louise who runs Greyhound Friends said that this open house was the best they ever had! I agree!! I won a huge cookie and a gift basket in the raffle!!! I was surprised because I didn't even know I had entered!! I think mom entered for me. Mom was also the top bidder in the silent auction for a greyhound statue. It is displayed in the book case down stairs. Mom really wanted that. Mom's friend, Carla, (Gil's mom) made a hand painted slate for us!! It is really cool. Mom and dad hung it in the living room. I'm really tired now. What a Greyt weekend it was.


Special Play Date!

May 14th 2010 6:50 pm
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Yesterday was a wonderful day! I saw a toad when I went for my noon walk with mom. It sort of startled me at first. I wasn't sure what it was. I sniffed at it and it hopped away. Daddy came home from work a little early. He told me to get into the car. Dad, mom and I drove for a little while and ended up at a strange house. Gil's mom, Carla, came out of the house! I thought that was kind of strange. Mom and dad were trying to get me to go inside but I wasn't too sure about it. I finally went in. Gil was there. There was also another greyhound that I hadn't met before. Mom told me his name was GT. He was barking and barking. It took him awhile to settle down. Gil's other brothers and sisters (The Italian Greyhounds) also came out to say "Hi". There were two cats there too!! Carla let me and Gil go out into the backyard to run. We had a lot of fun. You can see the video on my Dogster page. They had a swimming pool on the side of the house. It is a lot bigger than my pool! It was still covered with a liner but I had never seen that before. I tried to run on it! Was a surprise that was! I didn't fall in or anything but I was careful not to go near it after that. After I got a short rest, I got to run with GT. He is very nice too! Daddy made a video of that too. It is in my video book. We had a nice visit. Mom says I will get to spend the day with Gil and GT in a week. Mom and dad are going to something called "Earthfest" in Boston and they will be gone for most of the day. They thought I would have more fun playing with Gil and GT than just going for a walk with my dog sitter. They are right about that!! I am very excited. It felt good to run with other greyhounds. As you watch my video of me running with Gil, watch how I fake him out!!! He was starting to pass me, so I made a quick turn and took off in the other direction.!! I'm tricky like that.


Beach Run!!

May 10th 2010 5:33 am
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What a greyt day I had yesterday!! Mom, dad and I went to New Hampshire to visit grammy and grampy. We took daddy' s new Prius to save on gas and be greener. First we went to grammy's house. I wanted to go to the neighbor's yard and run right away but daddy said we had to go inside grammy's house first. We visited awhile and then mom, dad and grammy left to get lunch. I had to stay at grammy's while they were gone. I didn't like that part, but they weren't gone very long. After lunch grammy called the neighbors but they weren't home. Grammy said we could still use the yard. That made me happy. I ran and ran and had a fun time. Daddy filmed me on his camera. I hope to put it up on Dogster soon. Mom wanted to take me for a walk on the beach because it was still the "off" season. We all got into the car. Mom sat in the backseat with me so grammy could sit in front with dad. We drove to the beach we went to last year but there all these horrible signs up saying I wasn't allowed! That really makes me mad!! Grammy knew of another beach called Pirates Cove. It is a private beach and we could go there. It was even bigger and nicer than the other beach anyway! There were about 6 other dogs there too with their people. It was a windy day but the ocean was calm and the sky was bright blue. It was cool so I had to wear my fleece, but I didn't care. I walked on the sand and even walked into the ocean. I tried to drink the water once but it tasted funny. A lot of the dogs were running free and it was frustrating being on a leash attached to daddy. Mom and daddy looked around and realized the beach was pretty much enclosed. Along the beach were private houses with walls and on the other side was the ocean. There was only one small opening to the parking lot. Mom and dad decided to let me run free!!! Oh what fun!!! I was a bit tired from my run in the yard and the walk but I didn't let that stop me. I was having too much fun. I ran and ran. Everyone on the beach stopped to watch me run! I didn't go too far and came back to mom and dad. It was nice to be free but I still stayed close to my family. I was sad when we had to go.
After grammy's we got back in the car and drove to grampy's house. I got to run a bit in his yard too. We visited with grampy and then mom, dad and grampy went to have dinner. Once again I had to stay at grampy's house. Oh well, I was tired anyway. I slept on the ride home. Last night I dreamed about running free on the beach. Mom and dad said in the fall they will take me back again. I will like that!


Playing In My Yard

May 7th 2010 1:47 pm
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Yesterday morning it was cool and I felt invigorated! The minute mom let me out of my harness I took off in my yard and ran and ran. Mom was having fun watching me. I would run up to her and play bow. Mom would do her human version of a play bow back and I would take off again. Mom sat in a lawn chair and watched me. Then I did something I have never done before! I started digging in the dirt! Mom likes it when I do doggie things. It shows I am recovering even more from my life at the race track. Dirt was flying everywhere. I think I killed some of the grass mom and dad was trying to grow. Mom didn't care because it is MY yard!! I had fun.

When daddy got home from work, we all went on a family walk together. We tried to go on the river trail but the mosquitoes were just too bad. Daddy forgot the bug spray!! We left the trail and walked on the residential street instead. We came to one lawn and there was a wild rabbit sitting there. Mom and dad noticed it first. Then, sure enough, I saw it. Oh I wanted to chase that rabbit SO badly!!! That is the animal that I was bred to hunt!! Mom kept telling me that the rabbit was a friend. Maybe it was, but it took every thing within me not to lunge at it! The rabbit ran off and I was a bit frustrated. Mom and dad told me I was a good doggie. I did get a cookie when I got back home!


Hikes and Swimming Pools

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.

The next day was just as hot. Once again we went for our walk in the evening. This time we went in the car. We went to the place that I had walked with my boyfriend, Gil. This time mom and dad had awful smelling bug spray. They sprayed me too. Mine was especially for dogs. A few minutes later another car arrived. I couldn't believe it! It was Gil and his mom!! The Iggies came too. They are Italian Greyhounds and they are Gil's brother and sisters. We were joined by a few more dogs and people. In all there were 8 dogs and 6 people. We walked around the lake and even got to go for a dip. Gil walked right in and laid down in the water. I stood in the lake and took a drink, but I didn't lay down. The Iggies wouldn't go in at all. We had a Huskie dog with us too. She kept going in the water every chance she got. It was a lot of fun. We walked about 2 miles.

Monday I went to the Vet. Nothing bad, just a check up. The vet said my teeth looked really good. I did have to get a shot and I also got my nails clipped. I don't have to go back for a while. I'm glad about that!!!

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