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4th Of July At Onset Beach

July 5th 2009 8:19 am
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Yesterday was the 4th of July. Mom says it was an important day in history, what ever that means. It started out like any other Saturday. We went to the Farmer's Market again and got some fresh berries, vegetables and a big long loaf of bread. Mom and dad came back home and started getting ready to go to a picnic. Daddy loaded up the car and mom finished making pasta salad. We left the house around 11:30 in the morning. It was a long drive- about 1 1/2 hours.I just laid on the back seat of the car and snoozed. We got there right at 1 o'clock. There were already a lot of people there. I was a bit scared. Daddy unloaded the trunk and pulled out my brand new exercise pen. Mom and dad set it up in a shaddy place. It was nice! I had a safe place to be and I could still see every thing going on. Mom filled my water bowl and I also had some cookies and biscuts to snack on. I was just settling in when I saw Mollie and Kiera! I couldn't believe it!! My two best friends were at the picnic too (with their mom and dad of course)!! We all sat together. Mom and dad ate a lot of food!!! Everyone there was eating a lot of food. After mom and dad finished eating, we went for a walk. It was me, mom and dad, Mollie, Kiera and their mom and dad, Susan and Victoria (They are friends of mom and dad). We went to a little beach and met another dog. It was the smallest dog I had ever seen! I sniffed her to make sure she was a dog. She was! I went into the water and splashed around a bit. After the beach we went into town. There was a live band playing at one of the shops. Mom loved it. I wasn't too sure about it. We had a nice walk around the town of Onset. Mom said we were close to a place called Cape Cod. We left the town and went back to the little beach. I wanted to go into the water again and I was literally at the end of my leash!! Dad is a good dad and her took off his shoes and socks and waded out into the water with me. I went up to my belly! Kiera came into the water too, but not as far. Mollie stayed on the beach. We went back to the party and I was glad once again to have my pen. A lot of people came by to see me. They asked mom lots of questions about me. I was glad to be at the party and still feel safe. I took a nap in the grass. We left at 6 and drove back home. It was a nice day. Mom and dad left to go to see some fireworks at NARA Park. They told me that I couldn't go this time. Mom said there would be lots of people and loud noises. That didn't sound like fun to me. I stayed home with my cat brothers

 

I Got A Bath!

June 28th 2009 6:09 pm
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Saturday started out pretty normal. I usually always go places with mom and dad on Saturday mornings. I thought we were just going for a walk, but we ended up at a Farmer's Market down the street. There were white tents set up and lots of people selling food. Mom and dad bought lots of berries and kale. Lots of people wanted to pet me. I am still a little shy about that. After the Farmer's Market we all hopped into the car and went to my favorite pet store. I was surprised to see lots of cars, people, dogs and more white tents! They were having a small pet fair and the pet store. Mom told me that the money raised was going to Save A Dog. I thought that was cool. We walked around and looked at the things in the tents. Then we stood in a line for a while. Next thing I knew, I was brought over to a mat and two strange people were trying to get me all wet! Mom and dad were there too, telling me it was OK. They got me wet and put shampoo on me and started to scrub me. It felt good actually. I started to relax a bit. At first I was afraid of the hose, but after a while I was OK with it all. They dried me off with something called a shammie cloth and then I shook and shook to get more dry. I was still a bit damp when we went into the pet store. Mom bought me food, a new raw hide bone and a cookie. On our way back home, mom noticed a yard sale that was just a few houses away from ours. She wanted to take a look and also meet some neighbors. There was a man there in a bunny suit!! I'm not kidding! He was a big white rabbit. Mom and dad had their orange "Got Carrots" shirt on. A woman at the yard sale took a picture of mom and dad and the rabbit man. They were supposed to E-mail the picture to mom but they haven't yet. That was one rabbit I had NO interest in chasing. I was at the end of my leash and as far away fom him as I could get!!! After we got home I was ready to take a nap on my bed. Mom and dad left for while to go to lunch and see a movie. When they got home, it was back in the car again! This time we ended up at Petco. Mom and dad bought me an exercise pen. Now I can go to the 4th of July picnic with mom and dad. We are going to a place called Onset Beach near Cape Cod. Mom said I'll be able to go walk on the beach. When we got home for Petco, mom and dad took me for a nice long walk through our town. It was a busy day.

Today was my weekly walk with Greyhound Adventures. We went to a place called Great Brook Farm in Carlisle, MA. What fun I had!! I had so much energy! I was jumping and leaping like a crazy dog! The walk was in the woods and large open fields. A lot of my friends were there and I was so happy. We started walking and all of a sudden I saw these two huge animals! It was the strangest thing! There were people sitting on their backs! Mom said they were called horses. I wanted to chase these horses. A lot of my friends wanted to chase them too. We saw lots of horses today. By the end of the walk, they didn't seem so strange any more. I had a really good time. I hope we go back. Later in the day, daddy took me for a ride in the car with him. I was a bit disappointed because we ended up at a gas station so daddy could put gas in mom's car. We came right back home again. That was OK because I got to spend time with daddy, and when we got home, daddy and mommy and I went for a nice long walk. It was a good weekend.

 

A Rainy Day At Horn Pond

June 21st 2009 11:36 am
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We have been having so much rain lately. I don't like wearing my rain coat as it is! Mom was afraid the walk to Horn Pond would be cancelled this morning, but I kept my paws crossed and we were able to go. I love Horn Pond. It is fun because you can go into the pond and there are lots of fun things to smell and see. About 20 other greyhounds came too! My friend Johnny B was there and so was Aiken. It rained lightly the whole walk but not hard enough to ruin things. The swan's babies had grown a lot since our last visit. They were all swimming in the pond. When we got back to the car, Jen (One of our walk leaders) handed out treats. I got a yummy bone. Mom told me we would go back on a nicer day. I had a lot of fun any way!!

Later, mom and dad took me back to the skate board park so I could run. It was still raining a little bit so we rode in the car. Daddy played with me while mom blocked the hole in the fence. I got to run and jump and play. It felt good to run!!

 

My Friend, Troy

June 20th 2009 5:45 pm
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We went to the pet store near my home today. I thought we were just doing our usual weekly shopping, but I was wrong. When we got there we met another greyhound named Johnny B and his mom. I knew Johnny B from my Greyhound Adventures group. My mom held Johnny B's leash while his mom went back to the car to get some things. Next thing I knew, I was partcipating in a Meet and Greet. We had a table, posters and everything. The Meet and Greet was for Greyhound Friends where mom and dad volunteer. A few minutes later, my friend Troy and his mom showed up and joined us. We were there for 2 hours and met some nice people. We even got some donations. Dad had brought my blanket so I would have a soft place to lie down. I liked Johnny B's bed better and Johnny B liked my blanket, so we switched!! When Troy joined us, we just shared and laid down together. My blanket is pretty big. My parents and Troy's mom arranged a play date for me after the Meet and Greet. They have a fenced in yard. The yard wasn't very big, but Troy and I had fun playing. We got along great! I had fun. The best part is that Troy is practically my neighbor. He lives just down the street. When we got home, mom and dad were hungry so they went out to get food. After they ate, they got me back in the car. This time we went to the usual pet store. We bought food and I got a new raw hide bone! My brother, Ben's birthday was last Sunday and the pet store had sent a coupon for a free birthday gift. Ben got a new mouse! I also got the best cookie ever!!! What a yummy cookie!! I kind of made a mess of mommy's car but she didn't care. When we got home, daddy brought the food into the house and mom stayed outside with me. Daddy joined us and we went for a nice walk. Mom and dad had noticed a fenced in area near the school. No one was ever there. Come to find out, it was a skate board park. It was empty, so we went inside. I got to run around with daddy. Daddy isn't very fast, but I still had fun. After our jog, we finished up our walk. When we got home, I got my new raw hide bone. It was a nice day!

 

Spy Pond

June 14th 2009 5:59 pm
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My Greyhound Adventure's walk wasn't cancelled after all!! It was still raining a bit but mom and dad took me to the walk any way. We all had our rain coats on. By the time we arrived, it had pretty much stopped raining. Our walk was at Spy Pond in Arlington, MA. It was a nice walk on a paved bike path. Only about 15 other dogs were there with their people. It was a small group because of the weather. After the walk we went to a very small dog fair in Sudbury, MA. It was held at Best Friends. They do dog boarding and training. I had won 2 free nights of boarding there, so mom and dad wanted to check it out. We took a tour of the facility. Everyone was very nice, but mom didn't want me to go there. When mom and dad go on vacation, they might have a dog sitter come to take care of me and the cats. Daddy knows a woman who does this now that she is retired. I am retired too, so we should get along great! After the dog fair, daddy drove us to the food store. He went inside and mom stayed in the car with me. After the food store we went to a place that sold strawberries. They had just been picked and were very sweet. Mom and dad bought two quarts of them. Finally we got to go back home. I was tired by this time. Mom and dad had lunch and then went out to work in the garden again. I watched them from the window. After a short rest, mom and dad told me I was going for another walk! We got into the car and went to a local ice cream stand. we met 2 other dogs and their people there. Mollie was supposed to come with her mom but they never came. Daddy called Mollie's mom on his cell phone and she had forgotten about the walk! Daddy had to lead us instead. We had a nice time. I don't know how, but we ended up on the trail that is across the street from my house! We walked 45 minutes and finished back at the ice cream stand. It was a busy day! I think I'll take a nap now!

 

Party Animal!!

June 14th 2009 5:03 am
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Yesterday we went to the pet store closest to our house. Mom and dad wanted to do some work in the garden and didn't have much time. They were going to a party at my friend Mollie and Kiera's house. Their mom was going to be teaching everyone to make seitan. When we got there we saw a lady sitting at a table talking to another lady. Dad got curious and saw that she was a pet psychic giving free mini readings. He told mom and mom thought "Hey, this should be fun." Mom went to get my dog food and cookie and waited for the psychic lady to finish with the woman she was giving the reading too. While we were waiting, guess who came into the store? It was Mollie and her mom, Lisa!! I was SO happy to see my friend. Lisa asked my mom if she wanted to bring me to the party too!!! I was invited to my own doggie party with Mollie and Kiera!!! A few minutes later, another greyhound came into the store. It was Troy!! My mom knew Troy's mom. We are going to have a play date sometime soon. Next it was time for my reading. She picked up that I was sensitive and shy and that I hadn't been with mom and dad all that long. She also said to be careful about I ate. Well, a few days earlier I had found a pen on the floor. While mom and dad were upstairs, I chewed up the pen! I even swallowed some of it. Mom said that wasn't good for me. Next the psychic talked about my cat brother Charlie. Charlie has been with our family longer than I have. Mom told me that when Charlie was adopted, mom, dad and Ben lived in a rented house in another town. Charlie never liked that house and didn't feel comfortable there. The psychic lady said it was because of bad energy and something to do with a canary that lived in that house. Well the couple who rented the house before mom and dad did have a parakeet, and they were going through a divorce. Mom and dad found that pretty interesting! We left the pet store, mom and dad did their gardening and then it was time for the PARTY!!! I got to run around in Mollie and Kiera's yard and hang out with them while the humans made this seitan stuff (Mom said it is also called wheat gluten). Mollie's mom left the basement door open so we dogs could come in and out as we pleased. We had water and everything. It was fun!! Later in the evening, we dogs joined the humans upstairs. We all had a fun time. Kiera had a new hedgehog toy and she growled if I got too close. I didn't want her toy. I have my own hedgehog at home. We left the party and went back home for the evening. When we got home, my tummy started feeling bad. I ended up throwing up. Guess what came out? Part of the plastic pen I had chewed up and a bunch of grass. I ate the grass to help get rid of the plastic pen. I don't think I should eat pens anymore. I didn't feel much like eating supper, but I was fine this morning. Mom gave me duck stew. I ate it all- even my peas!! I was supposed to go on a walk this morning with Greyhound Adventures, but it is raining outside. Mom thinks it will be cancelled. She said their is something else we can do later. I'll close for know and write more later.

 

Dog Park!!

June 12th 2009 5:41 pm
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Daddy took a vacation day and mommy always has Friday's off. They wanted to do something special for me!!! Since we don't have a dog park in my town yet and we don't have a fenced in yard where I can run free, mom and dad wanted to bring me some where that I could go for a run. The nearest fenced in, off leash dog park was in Salem, MA. It is almost an hour away. We all got into the car this afternoon and daddy drove us there. I got all excited when I saw the other dogs. It was a very nice park. I met a lot of really nice dogs and mom and dad met some really nice humans. I had a blast running around. No one could keep up with me! They tried hard though!! There were water bowls there and chairs for all the moms and dads. We were there about an hour. It was so funny-- daddy was sitting in a chair and a pug named Diesel jumped right onto daddy's lap! Daddy laughed and didn't mind at all. Diesel did this twice! Diesel's owner was laughing too. It started to sprinkle and then rain so it was time to leave. Daddy drove us to another park called the Willows. I had to stay on leash. It is a nice park too. They have arcades and food places. We walked out to a pier overlooking the ocean.There were people there trying to catch fish. We also got to go on a small beach. Mommy collected a couple of shells. I got my paws wet in the salt water. We saw a couple of other greyhounds so we went to meet them. They were from our Greyhound Adventures group! We visited with them for a few minutes. After the Willows, daddy drove us to another parking lot. We got out and walked a short distance to a restaurant. It was called Rawbert's Organic Garden. It is one of mommy and daddy's favorite places to eat. They had two outside tables on the sidewalk. The table we sat at had a little "cubby" spot for me to go into. I could see everything but it was almost like a little crate for me. I had the building on two sides of me, then the open door on the other side, the table was in front of me. Mom and dad had supper and I watched everything going on. I got comfortable enough and laid down and rested. After mom and dad ate they took me back to the dog park again. I was too tired to really run. I socialized with the new dogs there but I didn't have any more energy to run. I am a sprinter, not a marathoner. I am very fast but I can only run for a short time. I get tired quickly. We stayed about 20 minutes the second time and then we took a walk through the rest of the park. The fenced off part for us dogs is only a part of the park. There were pretty walk ways with benches too. It was a fun day!! I'm going to sleep in my bed now!

 

I'm Starting To Play!!!

June 9th 2009 8:02 am
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Mom and dad saw me last night. I was playing with my stuffed bone with the leopard print (it looks like my cat brother, Ben!) I was in a play bow with my tail wagging and I was tossing it and shaking it. Mom and dad were so happy. They told me what a good girl I am. I never had toys to play with at the race track so I didn't know how to play with them. I have been watching my cat brother's Ben and Charlie. They play all the time. Mom said that Charlie didn't know how to play when he first got adopted either. He learned by watching Ben.

 

Whisker Walk

June 7th 2009 12:16 pm
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Saturday was a nice day. Mom and dad took me to the pet store to get some supplies and food. I got my cookie which I always look forward to. When we got home we went for a nice walk to a different neighborhood. Mom has a hurt knee so she had to walk slowly. She did OK. When we got home, mom got on the computer. All of us are micro chipped and she gets E-mail alerts from the company about lost pets in the area. Most of the time the lost pets are no where near us, but this time there was one in our town. Mom started to read it and called to daddy. It was my friend Rudy who was lost!! He is the beagle who went on the walk with me, Mollie and Kiera. Mom didn't know his mom's phone number so weren't positive it was him, but mom said how many beagles named Rudy can there be in Maynard. (we live in a small town) We all jumped in the car and searched for about an hour until it got dark. When we got home, mom called Mollie and Kiera's mom and found out Rudy's mom's last name. From there she went to the white pages and found the phone number! (mom can be very clever when she wants to be) Mom called and found out that Rudy was safe and sound and back home. Some workers had gone to their house to get rid of some ants. They didn't close the gate right and Rudy escaped. He came back home after having an adventure. Mom was happy that Rudy was OK. We had a nice walk while looking for him too!!

Today was a big day. We went to a huge (and I mean HUGE) pet fair called The Whisker Walk. It was held at the Lancaster Fair Grounds which isn't too far from our house. I was a bit overwhlemed by all the dogs and people. We went to all of the booths and got a lot of free samples. We did the walk at noon to help raise money for MayDog (to get a fenced in, off leash dog park in my town) Other people walked for other pet related charities. I got to go in 2 swimming pools to cool off. That was fun! I also tried out an agility course. I didn't do too bad!! I did very well on the weave poles and jumping the hurdles. The tunnel was too small for me. We stayed for 2 1/2 hours! I'm tired now!! One of my samples was a sting ray tail! Mom thinks it stinks! I think it is kind of strange but I like it. Kind of tastey. It is supposed to be good for my teeth. Going for a walk in a few minutes. I'll write more later.

Back from my walk. What a surprise! I thought I was just going for a walk around the block or around the neighborhood. You can imagine my surprise when daddy told me to get in the car. We ended up at NARA park where the dog day jubille was a couple of weeks ago. There wasn't a doggie event going on, but we had a nice walk through the park. We saw people swimming, walking, jogging and even playing baseball and soccer. We did see some other dogs too and a family of geese with their babies. The older geese hissed at me when I walked by. They were protecting their babies. I wouldn't hurt them. It was a beautiful evening. What a nice surprise.

 

I Caused A Traffic Jam!!

June 5th 2009 8:10 am
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Yes, it is true!! Every Tuesday and Wednesday mom an dad come home late. On those nights I have a dog walked named Debbie come over to take me out for a walk and so I can do my duty. Tuesday night went fine but Wednedsday was a different story! Debbie often takes me across a busy road for my walk. This is the road that had that great trail I wrote about in my other diary entries. I love going there and I have been there many times. Well, for some reason I got really scared! I stopped right in the middle of the road and became a statue! I stopped all the cars!! Poor Debbie didn't know what to do! She finally got me out of the road and from there, all I wanted to do was go back in the house. She waited for 15 minutes and tried to take me out again. I wanted no part of it! I had to wait until mom and dad came home to do my duty! Last night, Daddy took me back across the road on purpose. He didn't want me to be scared to go across. I did fine! I don't know why I got scared. We Greyhounds are funny like that sometimes.

 
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