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Dog Park Grand Opening

August 9th 2014 3:21 pm
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What a good day I had today! First I woke up to find that my diary was one of the daily picks once again! Thank you Dogster for that honor. We left the house early this morning as mom, dad and I had to work at the MayDOG booth at the Farmer's Market. It was the perfect day. Not too hot and a slight breeze. Today was they day they were opening the new dog park. Mom and dad have been working to get a dog park in our town for the last 5 years. It was a long time coming, but today was the day. The grand opening was at 1PM so we worked the farmer's market until noon. Mom signed up 8 people for memberships. She also sold several dog toys and got some donation money. My friend Granite came to help out. She is a Burmese Mountain Dog. She knows how to pull a cart and walked around the market with her dad a few times to generate interest in our booth. I got to meet some very nice people and their dogs too. I also let several children pet me. I am getting better with kids all the time. Granite had a special cooling blanket to help her keep cool. Let she me wear it while she was walking around, pulling her cart. I liked it. After the farmer's market we went over to the hardware store to buy some dog food. They sell it there. They are cheaper than the pet store. They don't have the fancy flavors, but they do have the basic ones. I like going there because dogs are welcome. I got a cookie! After that we headed home to rest for a few minutes, and then it was off to the big grand opening. Kate Hogan who is our local representative in congress came to cut the ribbon. They had a nice speech. They thanked mom and dad and the other volunteers and board members. Fred Levy was there to take photographs. He has taken several of me over the years. My favorite one is with me and Santa Claus. I was SO happy to see my friend, Rosco there. It was nice having another Greyhound to hang out with. About 10 dogs came to play in the park. I was the very first dog to walk into the park! That was SO cool!!! It was a nice shady area. They had a water station there so I was also the first dog to take a drink. I still love my yard the best but it is nice to have a new,fun place I can go and play with other dogs.

 

A Concert!

August 3rd 2014 11:15 am
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It was a quiet week for me last week. Mom's granddaughter came to stay with us. The humans went on trips during day so I had a pet sitter come in midday to give me a potty break. On Wednesday night mom decided to take me along to the band concert they had in the local park. She thought I would enjoy spending some family time. I didn't mind the actual concert but there were a lot of kids running around. That always makes me a bit nervous. Mom's granddaughter is fine. She is nice and calm. Some of the other kids though were too hyper. A few kids did come up to me and they pet me. Mom said it was good to get positive experience with kids. I did OK but I was more and happy to leave.

The pet therapy place called mom and wanted me to retest. I was supposed to retest today. Mom thought about it all week and sent the lady an E-mail saying that she didn't think it was in my best interest. Mom didn't like the idea that I shut down like that. Mom has worked too hard to build my confidence. There is another organization that works with groups of dogs. That would be a much better fit for me. I feel more comfortable if other dogs are around. I tend to be more willing to meet people then. They aren't taking applications right now, but mom will keep checking and put my name in when they do.

 

A Disappointment

July 20th 2014 5:52 pm
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I didn't pass my therapy pet test. I was doing very well until the last part of the test. I had to go into a room where the people were making loud noises, dropping things, running around etc. It was just too much stimulation. I froze from stress and statued. After that I wouldn't go back into the room. Mom was a bit upset because she used to work in a nursing home and I have been to the nursing home many times to visit grandpa. Nursing homes are always pretty quiet. There may be an occasional dropped pan or crying patient, but it is not chaotic. Mom didn't think the test was fair. Anyway, I won't be testing again. I am a sensitive dog by nature and mom and dad both don't think it is fair to me to put me through that again. I will just do meet and greets and represent the greyhound breed in other ways. Mom and dad are VERY proud of me. Especially considering how far I have come over the past 5 1/2 years. I did very well on all other parts of the test so mom said I did very well.

 

Greyhound Friends International Day!

July 20th 2014 4:55 am
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Yesterday was Greyhound Friend's International Day. It was an all day event so we had to leave the house early. They had speakers from all over the world to discuss greyhound issues. Some of the speakers were from Argentina, Spain, Ireland and of course the United States. Dr. Couto came! He is the world's leading expert on greyhound physiology. I got to meet him. He even petted me! What a thrill. Mom talked to him about the new vaccine coming out for osteosarcoma. Right now the vaccine is being used in dogs that already have the disease. It isn't a preventative yet. Dr. Couto said they think they have found the gene that causes it, so a cure might be coming soon. I hope so. Many of my friends were there- Johnny B, Cella, Thor, Teddy, Ripley and my half brother, Padfoot. Padfoot had a new brother! He is a brindle Galgo (Spanish Greyhound). It was a nice day. It was cloudy but that was good as it kept it cooler. We were under a tent anyway. I didn't want to leave when it was over.

 

I Was In The Paper!

July 18th 2014 11:41 am
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My picture was on the front page of our local paper last week. The paper is called the Beacon-Villager. We are a very small town and not much happens. Still it is quite the honor to be on the front page. I was in a costume parade at the Farmer's Market a couple of weeks back. They took my picture! Here is the link if you would like to see it:
http://maynard.wickedlocal.com/article/20140711/NEWS/14 0719497

I got a bath today! Daddy worked only a half day. Then he drove us to Dirty Hairy's Dog Wash. I had to have a bath and nail trim because on Sunday I have my pet therapy testing. I smell like peppermint! I am a bit nervous about the test. Wish me luck!

 

Gumba

July 9th 2014 6:33 pm
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Good news! Mom just heard from Pets and People foundation.They are the ones that are going to test me to become a therapy pet.They had some cancellations so I can get tested soon. The test will be July 20th and close to our house! Wish me luck!

This past weekend was a bit crazy. Our neighbors moved on July 5th and left their cat behind. He was so sad and crying all the time. He was clearly in distress. Mom thought that maybe his parents would return for him as they left food, water and his litter box outside. By the end of Sunday he was still there. Two people were cleaning the apartment. The woman came outside so daddy asked about the cat. His name was Gumba and his family couldn't take him. Gumba's mom had to move in with her parents and her father was allergic to cats. The woman said she was trying to find a home for him. Mom said she would help too. Mom posted it on Facebook and it went viral! Gumba became a Facebook celebrity overnight! He had 1,000 shares! Mom was getting so many calls, e-mails and messages that she couldn't think straight. She finally contacted a rescuer who came on Monday night to get Gumba. Mom was able to lure him into our house with a can of salmon cat food. Mom put me in the weight room because Gumba was a bit afraid of me. Gumba is now at a no-kill, no-cage shelter. They have received 5 adoption applications for him already! A woman called today and said her daughter wanted to adopt him. Mom told her to have her daughter fill out an application with the shelter and she said she would! A man knocked on our door today and wanted to give mom money for cat food to help Gumba! Mom thanked the man and suggested that he make a donation to the shelter. He said he would. I guess this sows the power of social media! Wow!

 

A Visit With Friends

July 5th 2014 8:05 pm
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What a fun day today! Mom, dad and I went to visit My friends Thor, Teddy, Ripley and their mom and dad this afternoon. Riley and his dad were there too and I got to meet a new friend named Ginger. Ginger wasn't a greyhound but she was very nice. We got to play in the back yard. We had so much fun!! Teddy tried to get fresh with me but I let him know that I wasn't that kind of girl. I think he likes me a lot. I like him too, but only as a friend. Some other people came too that I didn't know. They were all very nice. I make friends easily. There was a little boy who came. I did very well with him. I wasn't afraid! Mom was very proud of me because I am usually afraid of children. I got to play in the swimming pools too. They had 2 of them! I only have 1 pool but I am an only dog so I guess I really only need one!! It was a beautiful day! I hope we can go back and visit again sometime.

 

Happy 4th Of July!!

July 4th 2014 7:13 pm
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I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July! It was very rainy here today. Mom and dad had hoped for good weather so all the guests could be out in the back yard. Daddy was going to grill and mom wanted to play croquet and lawn darts. Hurricane Arthur had other ideas. About 20 people came. We all had to stay indoors but everyone still had a good time. Later my friend, Rosco came with his mom. I was happy to have him here. It is nice when there is another dog around. I got lots and lots of attention. I also got veggie hot dogs for dinner. One even had a bun with it. I like bread a lot. Mom says once in a while it is OK. The neighbors just shot off some fireworks. I know that scares a lot of dogs. I don't like the noise, but I am not afraid of it either.

I am honored once again to be a daily diary pick. Thank you Dogster.

 

Lake Waban

June 29th 2014 11:45 am
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What an adventure I had this morning!! Mom and dad took me to the Greyhound Adventures walk. We started the walk at Wellesley College and walked around Lake Waban. It was such a beautiful day. We walked through marshes and forests and fields! Most of the walk was around the lake. There were a few places where we could all go in and take a dip to cool off. It was one of the most beautiful walks I have ever been on. We did encounter a loose dog but thankfully one of the walk leaders was able to call his humans and he was returned safely. It was a long walk. I was tired but really had a lot of fun. SO many of my friends came- Lux, Mr. Spock, Thor, Teddy and Ripley and Ozzie. After the walk we went to Pet World which is a really cool pet store in Natick. Mom bought me some yummy dog food, cat food and some treats. I got a cookie shaped like a fried egg (Just like Hanks from Galgos del Sol´╗┐) Of course I ate it!! Later mom bought me a frame for my certificate that I got at Greyhound Friends. Now I just have to get daddy to hang it for me on my wall. The other really cool thing that happened today was that I was selected as a daily diary pick on Dogster. That means my diary is being featured today!

 

Costume Parade!

June 28th 2014 5:23 pm
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Today was the first day of the Maynard Farmer's Market. You can imagine my surprise when mom started dressing me in one of my costumes! They had a costume parade! It was for anyone who wanted to dress up. Mostly it was children, but there were adults to. I was the only dressed up dog although they did say dogs were welcome. We got there just as they were headed out of the parking lot, so we jumped into line. We walked through town, down to the park and then back again. Everyone was taking my picture, pointing and looking at me! I felt famous!! A few people even called my name!!! A newspaper reporter came up to daddy and asked for my name and daddy's name. We might be in the paper! You never know!!! Wouldn't that be something!! It was hot at the Farmer's Market and I was panting quite a bit. Mom suggested that daddy take me to the pond to dip my paw pads. I ended up going right into the pond up to chest! The water felt so good!! It was too deep to lie down in so I stood there for about 5 minutes to cool down. That felt SO good. Later mom and dad went for the orientation for me to become a therapy pet. I couldn't go- only mom and dad. Next we have to schedule my test. I am not sure yet when that will be. The test we wanted to do is full. Mom wrote and asked them if they could still squeeze me in. If not I may have to wait until a future date. We shall have to wait and see.

 
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