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More Adventures At Horn Pond

August 31st 2009 5:45 am
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The weather cleared up by morning so I got to go back to Horn Pond with Greyhound Adventures. A lot of dogs came this time. I think Horn Pond is a favorite walk for a lot of us (dogs and humans). It is very pretty and quiet. One thing I was very glad about was that the Indian statue was gone. It stands in the woods near the little beach we go to. It scares me every single time! I don't know what happened to it. Only the base was there. Everyone went into the pond. We cooled our feet and splashed around. Some of the dogs actually laid down in the water. Beau taught us to do that. He does it in every lake or pond we go to- even in the winter time! Louise laid in the water with Beau. Mom got a picture. After the dip in the pond we continued on our walk. A huge swan was standing on the bank. He looked like he meant business. We all kept our distance. Mom got a picture of him too. We went a little further and then took a new trail that I had never been on. It went through some woods. It was fun! I liked exploring new trails.
Later in the day dad arranged a play date for me with Oscar. This is the yellow Lab, Oscar, not the Greyhound, Oscar! We were happy to see each other. I ran fast circles around the yard. I was making everyone dizzy. I even let Oscar's dad pet me for the first time! That made him very happy. I have been over Oscar's about 4 or 5 times now and I would never let Oscar's dad pet me. Oscar's mom could, but not his dad. I warm up to women faster than men. Mom thinks that more men handled me at the track, so I don't trust them as much. We were getting ready to leave when I got a second wind and did another fast sprint around the yard. I had a fun weekend!

 

Rainy Saturday

August 29th 2009 5:56 pm
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We had to wear our rain coats to the Farmer's Market this morning. We also drove in the car. The market was very quiet. Only a few people were there. After we got home and dried off a bit, it was time to hop in the car again. Daddy drove us to the pet store near our house. We were doing another Meet and Greet for Greyhound Friends. Johnny B's mom was there but she didn't bring Johnny. It was because of the rain. I thought I was going to be the only greyhound, but after a few minutes, Troy and his mom came. Oscar came too but he went home with his dad. Mom put my blanket on the floor and Johnny B's mom provided water. It was fun hanging out with Troy. The pet store was kind of quiet. Mom said it was probably due to the rain. I did very well at the Meet and Greet and I actually greeted some people and let them pet me. I was behind a fence so that made me feel comfortable. I am not shy if I am in a pen. When I am just on my leash, that is a whole other story. Maybe in time I will be comfortable enough to let people pet me when I am on my leash. Troy knows how to sit. I have a hard time with "sit". My hips don't work like that. Mom showed off a bit and showed everyone that I knew the "Leave it" command. They were impresed. I was actually taking treats from Troy's mom and Johnny B's mom. That was a mile stone in itself. I was also getting a lot of petting from Johnny B's mom. I even let a little girl come behind the fence to pet me. A lady with a love bird came over to us. The love bird sat on daddy's shoulder! After the Meet and Greet, mom and dad did pet food shopping. I got some treats (the same kind Troy had) and a big peanut butter cookie! Was that good!!!!
We came home after shopping, put the pet food away and then mom and dad wanted to get food for them. They were going to leave me home, but I wanted to go. They let me come. It was a cool day so I could wait in the car. I enjoyed going for a car ride. I did very well waiting for them. Mom and dad ate, we watched a scary movie, and then mom and dad took me for a nice walk. The rain had pretty much stopped. It was still misty. We wore our rain coats just in case. After our walk, we got in the car again and went to Petco in Hudson. It is only about 15 minutes away. We needed cat litter for Ben and Charlie. The pet store near our house is too expensive. Mom also wanted to get me a no pull harness. I still don't like my head collar very much. She thinks I might like the harness better. The pet store near our house had them but again, it was too expensive. We got to Petco and went inside. Mom went to the harness section. They had all the sizes except the one I needed! Wouldn't you know it! Daddy went over to see the ferrets. A store worker let mom and dad pet one. They look like they would be fun to play with. They smelled funny though. We did get cat litter so that was good and then we came home. It was a busy day. Mom got on line and ordered my harness. She is getting me a purple one to match my purple leash. I look good in purple. Mom says we might go to Horn Pond tomorrow if the weather is nice. Troy's mom also said I can come over for a visit and play with Troy and Oscar some time soon. That will be fun.

 

My new video!

August 28th 2009 6:06 am
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I am really starting to play with my toys now! I had never had a toy at the race track, so I didn't know how to play when I first came to live with mom and dad. They bought me lots of toys but all I would do with them was hoard them and keep them close to me. I liked them and was proud of them, but I didn't know how to play. I kept watching Ben and Charlie playing and I finally figured it out. Daddy caught me playing with the recorder on his digital camera. The toy I am playing with was the green pepper that I won in the raffle basket!

 

I Went To College

August 24th 2009 7:36 am
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Yesterday was Sunday which means it was Greyhound Adventure's day! Mom said the walk was close enough to our house, so we could go. The walk was at Wellesley College around Lake Waban. As usual, I was all excited to see my friends. Aiken was there, and so was Louise and Johnny B. My new head collar was bother ing me and I was rolling around in the grass, trying to get it off. I was also rubbing against mom and dad. It wouldn't come off. Mom knows how to put it on right. Once the walk started, I settled right down. It was a beautiful walk. At one point, I got to go into the lake. That was refreshing. We came to a place that had funny looking trees. I think some one had made them funny looking. Mom and dad took pictures of them. The walk was a little shorter than usual because it was so hot outside. We did stop for several rests and water breaks.
When we got back home, mom told me to get some rest. I had another walk with Mollie and Kiera later in the day. Mom and dad went to Mollie and Kiera's house for a garden party that their mom was having. I wasn't invited to that. That was OK. I was kind of tired.
Mom and dad came home from the party, rested up a bit and watched a movie. After that we got back into the car and went to Mollie and Kiera's house. We were all happt to see each other. Another dog named Finnagan, joined us for the walk. This was a different Finnagan from my white boxer friend. He was a ridgeback. He had been very sick and he was skinny. He didn't have much energy and was able to walk only a short way. His mom only did half the walk and then she turned around and went back home. As we were walking, we past a house. A man was sitting on the steps talking to a lady. The lady turned out to be Victoria. She is a friend of mom and dad's and also a friend of Mollie and Kiera's mom and dad. We visited at the house for a few minutes. He has a dog too. I got to meet him. Victoria joined us for the rest of the walk. We all went back to Mollie and Kiera's house and went inside. The humans had home made, soy icecream made from cherries from the garden. I played and hung out with Mollie and Kiera. It was a very fun day! Mom said that next week she is going to buy me a no-pull harness instead of the head collar. I might like that better.

 

Meet And Greet At Petco

August 22nd 2009 3:32 pm
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Mom and dad got up late. Well, mom got up at the usual time, walked and fed me and the cats, but she went back to sleep. When they got up, mom and dad were jumping in the shower and acting kind of crazy. Mom said they slept too late and we were going to be late. We took the car to Farmer's Market. Daddy was shopping and mom was in the grass with me talking to a man. He was asking questions about me. All of a sudden I saw another greyhound! I couldn't believe my eyes. I startled mom a bit when I went over to greet him. Mom talked with his human for a while. They live close to us. It was nice meeting another greyhound in my town. After the market, mom and dad put the veggies away and then we all got into the car. We drove by the dog wash place and went to Petco. We were going to a Meet And Greet for Greyhound Friends. Troy was there. I also met two other new friends. One was Oscar, Troy's new brother, and a very handsome man named Gill. I liked Gill and he liked me. We are about the same age. Mom said we may be able to go over Gill's house sometime and I can run with him in his yard. I would like that. They had a pen set up for us at the store. Mom brought us water and daddy brought in my blanket. I did very well today. I even let people pet me outside the pen. Mom was proud of me. She said I did very well. I wanted to show Gill what a brave girl I was. Gill was so relaxed that he laid on the floor right near the entrance. We all got a free cookie from the Petco Staff. Petco donated lots of bags of dog food to Greyhound Friends. We met a lot of nice people. Some of them were interested in possibly adopting. That would be great. It really started to rain hard while we were there. By the time we left the rain had stopped and the sun was out. We were almost back home when it started to rain again. Not very hard. Mom wanted me to do my business so she brought her umbrella to hold over us. I never got to pee because it started to really pour. We went back inside. Mom grabbed a towel and dried me off. After lunch, the rain had stopped again so we went for a nice walk. It was a bit cooler after the rain and the roads were wet so it cooled my paws. We went for a medium size walk. it was nice. I had a good drink when we got home. So did mom and dad. They went outside after to pull grass and weeds from the garden. I took a nap! It was a busy day

 

Play Date with Bella

August 20th 2009 3:18 pm
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This actually happened last weekend. Mom is behind in her writing again. On Saturday we went to the Farmer's Market. Mom stopped off at the dog groomers to bring them some brochures and business cards for her dog training business. We saw Lisa (Mollie and Keira's mom) there. Mom and Lisa chatted for awhile. They moved to a shady spot because it was hot. Later we went to the pet store near our house to buy food and cookies. Mom also left her cards there too. It was really hot that day and I didn't feel like walking a lot. It was a good day to chill with the central AC!

Sunday was cooler. especially in the evening. Mom and dad had to go to Sarah's house to drop off her check for when she took care of me and the cats. She invited me to play with her dog, Bella in her back yard. We had a lot of fun. I was running and jumping around. Bella is an Australian Shepard and she tried to herd me. She really couldn't catch me. One of Sarah's cats was in the yard. She jumped up on a table in the yard. I saw her and walked over to greet her. The cat wanted to play and took off running. The chase was on! The cat went into some bushes. It was a short chase, but Bella and I had fun. We were only playing. After that I was tired. I had a fun time.

Last night after mom got home from work we got in the car and daddy drove-- no where! Daddy almost hit two racoons that darted out in front of the car. Mom and dad were glad they were OK. Daddy didn't want to hurt them. Anyway, daddy drove for awhile and then we ended up back home!? I was a bit confused. Mommy explained that she had a new dog training client and she wanted to find their house before she had to go there in the morning. Mommy wants something called a GPS. Daddy said maybe soon.

Mommy says I have to work tonight! I am going to help her train two dogs. I have to walk up and down the street with daddy while mom works with the dogs. Doesn't sound like hard work. It is a lot easier than running a race.

 

Mom And Dad Came Home

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.

 

I Was Injured

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.

Mom and dad left around 10 this morning. They put suitcases in the car. Mom said they would only be gone a few days and that she would miss me. I wanted to go, but they didn't allow dogs at the motel. Sarah is staying with me, Ben and Charlie now. Mom brought her lap top on vacation. The motel has internet access- very slow!! Mom got an E-mail from her friend Christine. She runs an organization called Grey2K. They are trying to end Greyhound Racing in the United States. Mom had entered me in a photo contest for a calendar. Mom gave Christine my history. She looked me up and found out that I had been injured on the race track last October 8th. I fractured a lot of bones in my left hind foot coming around the second turn. That was why I was retired. I had to be in a splint for awhile. The track where I raced (Seabrook, NH) just closed to live racing. I am the last recorded dog to be injured at that track. I hope that all the tracks close very soon so no other dogs have to be hurt

 

Pampered Pooch!

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.

Today was Saturday which meant our usual trip to the Farmer's Market. Mom bought bread, berries, corn and a purple pepper! We drove to the Farmer's Market in the car because mom said we didn't have much time before my appointment. I had no idea what appointment I had, but sure enough, after the food was put away, we were back in the car again. We drove for a while and ened up at Dirty Hairy's Dog Wash. I had won a free dog wash in the raffle last week. I was the only dog there when we went in. I got the royal treatment! Dad lifted me into the tub and they put a collar around my neck so I wouldn't jump out. Mom and dad wore water proof aprons and they gave me my bath. The water was nice and warm. It felt good. I was a little nervous, but I really enjoyed it! Mom got me wet and then I got a medicated treatment for my dry skin. Mom and dad scrubbed me good. It felt wonderful. Next was Green Tea shampoo, followed by Green Tea Conditioner. Then mom and dad towled me off. Daddy lifted me out of the tub and onto another table to be blow dried. A nice lady came and trimmed my nails. A little girl helped mommy brush me. Everyone was SO nice there. I liked them very much. I even felt comfortable enough to let them pet me. I smelled really good too. The little girl really liked me and gave me a pink bandana! I'm still wearing it now. After my spa treatment, daddy took us to Petco down the street. Mom bought me a new Gentle Leader. This one was size medium and it was blue. She was going to get me a matching leash but the leashes there were too expensive. Mom said that was OK because next we were going to my favorite pet store to buy food for the week. Mom said the leashes there were more reasonably priced. Also it was my cat brother, Charlie's, Birthday. He turned 4. Mom had a coupon for a free Birthday present for him. We got to my favorite pet store called Especially For Pets. I had to use the bathroom before we went in. They have a nice big field out back. Daddy saw blackberries all over the place. Mom picked a lot of them and put them in one of my bags (It was a clean one!) We went into the store and bought food, a new leash to match my new head collar and my cookie. They had a cat rescue group there. We got to see the cats. They let me look too because I like cats. Mom fell in love with a kitten. He was all purry and kept smiling at mom. Daddy had to remind her that we have a full house. He liked the kitten too, but we couldn't bring him home. We got all the way home and mom remembered the coupon for Charlie's present!! She forgot all about it! Mom felt bad. Daddy got a call from a friend of his. He invited us all over. On the way to daddy's friend's house we passed another Especially For Pets. Of course, mom had left Charlie's coupon at home!! Daddy suggested that maybe his friend, Andrew had a computer and printer and that we could print out a new coupon. We got to Andrew's house and went inside for a bit. Andrew plays piano. He played for us. Daddy played some too. I laid on the rug and enjoyed the music. Later we went for a walk. We ended up at a fenced in soccer field AND a fenced in football field. I got to go in both and run and play! Daddy and Andrew ran around with me. It was fun. It was a bit hot outside and I was panting a lot. We went back to Andrew's house and I got some water. Andrew let mommy print a new coupon for Charlie. We left Andrew's house and drove to the new Especially For Pets store. We got Charlie his birthday mouse and I got another cookie!! We stopped off at an organic farm stand and then headed home. After a rest, mom, dad and I went for a nice evening walk. It had cooled down some and it was a nice evening. We mailed some letters and daddy went into the bank to deposit a check. Then we walked home. What a busy day!! I'm crashed out on my bed and Charlie is playing with his mouse! What a great day!!

 

Adventure At Spy Pond

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!

 
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