A New Beginning

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Summer Weather

April 25th 2009 5:09 pm
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I got to see an old friend on Friday. Mom had taken me out for my evening walk. I looked down the street and there was my friend, Vito the pit bull! He saw me too and we both got very excited. It was hard to play because we were both on leashes. Vito's dad has a new job and his schedule changed. That is why I haven't seen him in awhile. He looked good. We got to play a little. Our neighbor was out in her yard and she enjoyed how excited Vito and I were to see each other.

Today was HOT!!! It got up to 90 degrees! It is still April! Mom and dad took me for a nice walk along the river. All the plants were blooming and lots of great smells. I didn't get to go to the pet store today because mom and dad stopped in after mom's eye exam. It was on their way home. They said that they had a special treat planned for me to make up for it. Once it got a little cooler, we got into the car and daddy drove me to my friend Oscar's house. We played for about an hour. I got some running in. Oscar's mom had to keep filing the water bowl. We got hot playing. I really like Oscar, but he tried to get fresh with me a few times. We are both fixed and although Oscar is 10 years old, he tried to get his "groove on" with me! I put him in his place. I am a lady after all and I demanded respect. Men!!! Any way, I had a lot of fun. I am crashed out on my bed right now. Mom said I have another surprise tomorrow! I can't wait!!

 

Play Date and New Friends

April 19th 2009 8:51 am
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Saturday was a nice warm Spring day. Mom and dad took me for a long walk down the river trail across the street. We went far. After my walk, we all jumped in the car and daddy drove us to the pet store. Mom bought food and I got my cookie. They were having an agility class in the training ring. Mom wants to enroll me in the class at some point. I also got my nails trimmed at the pet store. It was only $5 and it went to a shelter.

Today was the best! Daddy knows a lady from work who lives in our town. She has a dog named Oscar. He arranged a play date for me. They have a large fenced in yard. Oscar is 10 but he sure can run! I was still faster, but he kept up pretty good. We ran and played. I met Oscar's whole family. Two little human children live there. I was a little bit shy of all the strange humans. They were very nice though. I was glad That mom and dad were there. We even played with a tennis ball. A little while later, another dog joined us. His name was Dublin. He was smaller than me and Oscar, but he was very nice. All three of us played. It was fun! We all ran side by side. I played for an hour and a half! I am SO tired now! It is so nice to have good doggie friends. Now I have Oscar and Dublin as well as Mollie and Keira to play with!

 

Running like the wind!

April 12th 2009 6:13 pm
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Oh what fun I had today!! Mom and dad took me to this large field. Daddy said that people play soccer there. When I got out of the car, I looked behind us and there were Mollie and Keira walking down the road with their mom. I was SO happy to see my two friends. We went into the field and daddy let me off the leash!! I ran and ran and ran! The field was huge so I could really stretch out and get up to top speed. I ran like the wind! Mollie, Keira and I had a great time playing. Daddy video taped me, so you can see it on my Dogster page. My first sprint was the fastest but it didn't get on film because mom had to run back to the car to get the video camera. Mom only has two legs and she isn't very fast!!

 

Great walking trail

April 11th 2009 7:43 am
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It is right across the street and we didn't even know it! Daddy was home with mom and me on Thursday because he had to get his wisdom teeth out!! Ouch!! Mom was home because she wasn't feeling too good either. Both parents took me for a walk across the street. I go there sometimes to a little park area. There was a dirt road so we started to walk down it. It ended up being a nice long trail by the river. There were lots of people walking dogs and jogging. We couldn't go too far because daddy had to get to his dentist appointment, but the next day we went again and went further. Daddy thinks the trail is about 6 miles long! Maybe someday we will do the whole thing. I really like it- great smells, no cars and other dogs to meet. After our walk yesterday, I got to go to the pet store. I got my cookie and some rawhide bones. I ate my cookie in the car. Mom was happy about that because I won't ususally eat treats unless I am home and in my "place". That is my bed. It is a sign that I am becoming more comfortable (or maybe it is just that I really LOVE those cookies!!) BOL

 

I was on TV- well at least my tail was!

April 5th 2009 6:46 pm
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It was another wonderful weekend. On Friday two starnge men came to our house. They were doing an energy evaluation to see how energy efficient our house was. They hooked up a big fan to the door and blew the air out. It made a lot of noise. They walked around for a couple of hours. I stayed on my bed. They seemed nice. Daddy took the day off so he could be home when they came. He came with mom and me to my obedience class. I did better this time. I was more relaxed and had fun playing with all the puppies. I got a cookie too! Mom said that was the last class that I have to go to. She will train me at home. I like training at home better. I am more relaxed there.

Saturday was a rainy day. I have a rain coat but I hate it. It is too small and doesn't cover my whole back. It also slides off of me. Mom and dad wanted to take me for a long walk but it was too wet. I went out to do my business and then I wanted to go right back inside.

Sunday was a bright sunny day. Mom said we were going somewhere special. Around 8:30 am, we all got into the car. We rode for a long time. We went to Boston! Daddy drove the car right through a big, long, dark tunnel. I wasn't scared though. We finally stopped in a large parking lot at Castle Island. It is on the south side of Boston. When I got out of the car, all my Greyhound friends were there. I was so happy to see them all. A man was there with a big camera. He was filming a news segment for NECN. It was about us Greyhounds and our need for forever homes. The state I live in is closing all the racing tracks. I am very happy about that. I like being in a family much more than I liked racing. As a result of the tracks closing, a lot of my brothers and sisters will need homes. That was what the news story was about. We had a nice walk around Castle Island. I got to go onto the beach again and dip my paws into the water. One of my friends laid down in it!! Not me! It was much too cold. After the walk, mom and dad took me around the Fort that was there. It is called Fort Independence. I saw too strange animals running around. I thought they might be rabbits! I got to meet them and they were actually dogs! Go figure! I was tired when I got home. I slept while mom and dad went to Greyhound Friends in Hopkington, MA. They volunteer there and walk greyhounds looking for homes. There is a small shop there, and mom and dad bought me a new rain coat and a new reflective vest for my night time walks. They fit me much better!!! Mom and dad watched the NECN news on TV. They had recorded it on the DVR. Mom and dad saw themselves but only my tail was on the news!!! Mom went to the computer and found a slightly different version of the story on the Internet. She downloaded it. Guess what?? There I was on the video!! I didn't make the TV version but I did make the Internet version. Mom and dad took me for another long walk tonight. We went on a nature trail that is close to our house. I am a happy tired doggy tonight. I wonder what other adventures await me??

 

My adventure to New Hampshire

March 29th 2009 6:29 am
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Friday was a beautiful day. It was 60 degrees. Mom and I went for a long walk around the block to stretch our legs and enjoy the nice weather. We were walking down the street when I startled and jumped sideways into the road! A car almost hit me, but it was able to swerve in time. Mom almost had a heart attack!! It happend so fast. I still get jumpy at times. It is a trait of my breed. Mom took me back home by the trail and after an hour rest, we headed off to my obedience class. I played with the puppies and had a lot of fun. I still won't take treats except at home. We worked on the "leave It" command and since I wouldn't take the biscut anyway, I was the best in the class!! Actually that is a command I am very good at. Mom trains me at home. Mom can put a treat on my paw and I will not touch it if mom tells me not too.

Saturday I had a great adventure! Mom, dad and I drove an hour to New Hampshire. We went to a Petco there and had what is called a Meet and Greet with other greyhounds from the Seabrook race track . That is where I was adopted from. We also meet to tell people how wonderful we greyhounds are and to please adopt those who need forever homes. I saw some friends that I used to race with. Apple Tree was there. It was good to see her again and I hung out with her. She is almost my twin. We were there about 2 hours and I met a lot of nice people. I got lots of attention and petting. Mom bought me some bones to chew. People gave me treats, but I wouldn't take them. Mom put them in her pocket and I ate them last night when we got home.
After the Meet and Greet we went to grammy's house. It was the first time I met her. She is daddy's mother. I went into her house and even climbed a few steps. I explored her house a little and then settled down on the rug to rest. After mom and dad ate lunch, we went over to the neighbors house. She has a large fenced in back yard. I got to run off the leash. I ran and ran and got to stretch my muscles. I didn't quite get up to top speed, but I was very close. What fun I had. Daddy threw a ball for me and I chased it. I didn't bring it back yet, but that was OK. After my run we all got back into the car. Grammy came with us so mom sat with me in the back seat. We went to a park called Odiorne State Park and took a nice walk. It was near the ocean. I got to see it!! We couldn't go all the way down to the beach because it was too rocky, so after the walk, daddy drove us to another beach called Wallis Sands. I loved the way the sand felt on my feet and I got close to the water and the waves. I met some other dogs there too. The air smelled nice and salty. After the beach, mom and dad dropped grammy off at her house and we went to visit my grampy. It was the first time I had met him too. That is my mom's father. He has a fenced in yard too!! I was too tired to run a lot but I jumped and played and had fun. We spent some time in grampy's house. He has 2 cats. I was very nice to them. They weren't too sure about me though! I fell asleep in the car on the ride home. What a fun day I had!!

 

I climbed my first stairs today!

March 22nd 2009 5:50 pm
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I had another great weekend. On Saturday I got to go on two nice walks with mom and dad. We went across the street and walked through a different neighborhood. There was also a wooded trail that we did. I met a nice collie mix and her owner. I also went to the pet store to buy food. Mom and dad bought me a cookie and a new squeaky toy. It looks like a hedgehog and is now a favorite of mine.
Today I went with mom and dad to daddy's skating club. Mom took me to the park again while daddy skated. Mom and I had an hour walk in the park. I did much better with the bicycles and joggers. Mom and I walked much farther than the first time. We went through a tunnel! It was a little scary at first, but I did fine. After the tunnel, mom saw a set of stairs. They were broad and flat steps and not too high. With a little encouragement, I climbed the stairs! There were about 10 steps in all. I didn't have any problem at all! On our way back, mom took me to the stairs again to see if I could walk down them. I did!! Mom was so happy!! Granted they were easy stairs, but I did it!! Mom was so proud of me! When we got home, we had some people come over. They were friends of mom and dad. They really liked me. One of them, Susan, came on my walk with mom. We went down the trail by the house. It was nice.
Mom says she wants to keep up with my diary on Dogster to document all the progress I am making in my recovery from the race track. Mom is very angry about how the racing industry treated me. She found out that they had injected me with steroids to keep me from going into heat while I was racing. They also fed me rotting meat and made me live in a tiny cage with only newspaper for bedding. Of course when I was at the track, it was the only life I knew. Now I know there is a wide wonderful world out there. I have come so far in such a short time. Mom says I am very smart. I like to learn and explore new things. I love my new life. I am happy now that mom and dad came to Seabrook that afternoon and found me. I am a lucky dog. Mom and dad tell me they are lucky humans. I hope Ben and Charlie (my cat brothers) feel lucky too! I'm not too sure they feel that way, but we get along OK.

 

My First Obedience Class

March 20th 2009 5:26 pm
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Mom said that today is the first day of Spring. It seemed a little cold to me. I still had to wear my jacket. Mom took me outside for my walk at 5 and at 6 she told me we were going out again. She put me in my jacket and told me to hop into the car. Mom drove me to the pet store where I get my favorite cookies. This was the first time that daddy wasn't with us. Mom took me to the back of the store where they have an enclosed area. She let me go in. Mom's friend (who is also learning to be a dog trainer) was there with a puppy. Mom let me off my leash so I could get comfortable. I played with the puppy. It wasn't long before more and more puppies came. I played well with them all. I was bigger than all the others and older too. I was very gentle with all of them and had fun. After a while, we had to get our leashes on again and a class started. I was a bit nervous and scared and didn't feel comfortable taking any treats from mom. I do very well at home. Mom is teaching me all kinds of things using a clicker. I know "leave it", "drop it", "down", "place", "focus" and "touch" commands. I also walk on a loose leash. I feel safe and comfortable at home. I didn't feel safe enough here. Mom was very understanding. I got to play with the puppies again before we left. Mom bought me a cookie. When we got home mom worked with me and the clicker. I did great! Mom said she will continue to work with me at home but I still have to go to the classes. She has to because it is part of her course requirement.

 

Another Greyhound Adventure!

March 15th 2009 4:37 pm
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Mom and dad took me on another great walk today with all my greyhound friends from Greyhound Adventures. A lot of dogs and their people showed up. Mom guesses about 40 or so dogs. This one was a long walk around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA. I had SO much fun. I saw some old friends and made some new ones. At one point we came to a little beach that led into the lake. I got to go right into the lake! The water felt cool on my toes. I was tired when we were through but it was a fun time. After the walk daddy had to go skating. Mommy and I napped in the car while we waited for him. We went to Petco after that and I got some new treats and Pedi Paws to trim my nails. Now I am fast asleep dreaming about my fun day!! I know there will be many more adventures to come.

 

More changes

March 13th 2009 5:12 pm
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Things are getting better healthwise. The antibiotics that the doctor gave me are working. I'm glad about that.
Last night mom took me for my nightly walk. I thought that was strange because usually both dad and mom take me. Daddy stayed inside the house. I knew something was up, but I wasn't sure what. When we came back in, I went over to my crate, only to discover that it was gone! My bed was there and all my toys and my blanket, but no crate. I was a bit confused at first. I even let out a few whines to show my confusion. Mom and dad gave me lots of praise and treats. I finally went to my bed. At least it was in my "spot" It didn't take me long to forget about the crate. Mom can pet me more now and she doesn't have to crawl inside to reach me. Today I am fine with it being gone. Mom says now I am a full fledged family member. Today mom took me for a nice walk in the neighborhood. We went down the wooded trail and came out on a side street. It didn't take me long to recognize where I was. It was the same walk I did with my friend, Vito, only this time we were walking it in the opposite direction. Mom told me that I did a perfect loose leash walk. She was very proud of me.

 
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