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Last weekend!

February 28th 2014 5:53 am
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My typist is behind again. I kept bugging her to put in my entry so she finally agreed. It has been a hard winter. It has been very cold and we have been getting a lot of snow. In fact more is expected on Monday. I am so ready for spring. Last Sunday was a nicer day. It was sunny and in the 40's. Mom noticed that there was a Greyhound Adventures walk at Horn Pond, so mom and dad took me! My corn had been bothering me, but at the moment it is OK. I was SO happy. I got to see so many friends- Brutus, Johnny B, Cella, Lux and many others. The path had some snowy and slippery spots but we able to walk around the entire pond- 2 miles. Mom held on to daddy when it got slippery. It was so much fun!! WE did get some bad news on the walk, however. My good friend Cella has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. It is a bone cancer that greyhounds get. In fact 1 in 4 gets it. Cella's mom and dad are meeting with a doctor today and Cella is scheduled to have her leg removed on Tuesday. I feel so bad for her. Loosing a leg will be hard, but not as bad as loosing your life. Most greyhounds do just fine on 3 legs. Please keep Cella in your prayers.

After the walk we went to NH to visit Grandpa. He was in a very bad way. He had fallen a couple of days earlier and his wheel chair had fallen on top of him. He didn't have any broken bones but he was all bruised. He didn't really wake up when we were there. He is so thin now- just bones! I did bring some joy to some of the other residents, however. They like coming up to pet me. After the nursing home we made a quick visit to Petco for some food and supplies. It was a busy day!

On Wednesday mom got a call from hospice that grandpa wasn't doing well. They don't think he will live much longer. They have said this before several times and he always bounces back. We plan to go and visit him today.


Too Much Snow!!!

February 15th 2014 3:41 pm
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It has been snowing way too much lately. Daddy had made a track for me with his snow blower. During the last storm it wouldn't start. Daddy shoveled the deck and stairs but my track was way too big to do by hand. I was up to my elbows in snow. Now it is snowing again!!! I don't know what I am going to do?? If I jump into the middle of the yard I sink up to my belly!!! This is way too much snow. Guess what it is doing right now? You probably guessed it- it is snowing!!

I am in a photo contest on Facebook. It is for a company that makes dental products for pets. The company is called PetzLife. The winner will be featured in magazines! I really want to win. Currently I am in second place. The leader has been going crazy getting votes. She has over a thousand votes!! I have over 600! Mom noticed though that since she reached 1,000 the tally isn't going up any more. Mom hopes there is a limit and that future votes won't count. That would give me a chance to catch up and maybe tie for first place. Maybe then the company will choose the winner. We shall see what happens.


February 2nd 2014

February 15th 2014 3:29 pm
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Greetings to my pup pals. I had shifted my diary to mom's computer when we heard that Dogster was going to be shutting down. Now we learned that it isn't. Here is an entry I made on Feb. 2nd. It has been a while since I have written in it. It is winter and things have been quiet. My corn has also been a problem so I have been laying low. Mom did do day care for my friend, Rosco. He spent several days with us. He has a personality very much like mine. Mom said it was like even having another dog in the house. He has good manners and stays off the furniture. We get along very well too. I was sad when he left. He was sad too. Mom says he will be back again so not to worry. I saw and old friend on Friday. His name is Brutus. I played with him in the fenced in yard at Greyhound Friends when he was at the kennel looking for a forever home. His dad’s name is Stu. Brutus will be spending some time at our house too. It was good to see him again. Mom got a call from the animal control officer. They changed the laws so now mom can only have 2 dogs per day in day care besides me. Mom tried to apply for a kennel license but she couldn’t get one because of the zoning laws. That is going to limit mom’s income potential. Mom does have a dog training client this week so she hopes she will get more training clients to make up the difference. She is also going to be doing some Reiki and maybe even personal training at our house now that she has a complete gym. I won a new collar! Bark Magazine was having a holiday give away. We entered every day. The first prize was a glow collar and I won it!! It is very pretty and has jewels on it. Going to see grandpa today. Sometimes he just sleeps. Other times he can talk but he doesn’t always make sense. It is sad.


Happy Holidays!

December 17th 2013 9:13 am
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Greetings to all my pup pals. Sorry I haven't made an entry for some time. I will do my best to catch you all up. My typist has been very busy and very stressed over grandpa. He is not doing well. We continue to visit him almost every weekend and he no longer has his mental capacity. Sometimes he doesn't even know us. His mental decline has been rapid and continues to get worse. Last weekend we went to visit. I am always a big hit with all the patients there, so mom wanted to do something special since it is almost Christmas. Mom dressed me in my reindeer antlers and jingle bell collar. I walked around the nursing home spreading holiday cheer to both the residents and the nurses. Grandpa didn't pay much attention to me. That made me sad. He wasn't having a good day. We didn't stay long as they were predicting a big snow storm. Mom and dad wanted to leave early to try and avoid it. When we left, it was cloudy out but not snowing. By the time we reached the highway, it started. We were over an hour away from home. The snow started to get worse and worse. Mom and dad were getting scared. At one point daddy couldn't even see where the lanes were in the road. We were going only 25 miles and hour. Daddy was considering stopping and getting a hotel for the night. He kept driving though and gradually it got better and better. Mom said we must have hit a snow squall. Eventually the snow was just very light and the roads were clear again. By the time we made it to our town, it has started snowing heavy again. We got home just in time!

Mom's doggy day care is going well. My friend, Rosco spent a few days with us. Mom normally doesn't take dogs over night. She will take greyhounds though. We had a lot of fun. Rosco was here for 4 days. He was the perfect house guest and I loved having him here. I got really sad when he left. His mom said he will be able to stay with us again some time. I hope it is soon.

I wasn't able to march in the Christmas Parade this year. This was the first year I didn't march. It was a cold rainy day and my corn was bothering me. I was limping a bit. Since I was in pain and the weather was bad, mom and dad decided not to march. It was just as well because no other dogs even showed up. I would have been the only one! Mom and dad got to watch the parade. It was much smaller than usual because of the weather, but mom still enjoyed it.

I hope all my friends have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


My Birthday Party

November 11th 2013 3:09 pm
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Oh, what a day I had yesterday!! Mom and dad gave me a birthday party! My birthday isn't for another week but mom and dad have to go to something called the Natural Living Expo. They won't be home next weekend so mom and dad celebrated with me yesterday! I am going to be 7! I had two cakes. One was a human cake and one was for dogs. Just between you and me, I think out dog cake was much better than what the humans had. Mom and dad bought me blue and yellow balloons so all my doggy guests could see the pretty colors. Mom and dad made human food too for all the human guests. My friends Thor, Johnny B, Cella and Bella came. So did my brother, Fast and his doggy brother Riley (No blood relation as Fast is a greyhound and Riley is an Australian Shepherd!) 11 humans came too. Everyone sang "Happy Birthday" and us dogs all joined in at the end. I got some lovely gifts too. It was so much fun sharing my special day with my family and friends. I am glad everyone had a good time. Very tired today after all the excitement. Just resting and eating some left over cake.


My Amazing Meal!

November 4th 2013 5:38 am
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We all went to visit Grandpa in the nursing home on Saturday. It has been a stressful time for us all. The nurse informed Mom that he was now under Hospice care. His defibrillator for his heart had gone off on Friday afternoon while he was in bed. He said it felt like a lightning bolt going through him. The nurse said they plan to disconnect the defibrillator on Tuesday so if his heart stops again, he can go peacefully. He was happy to see us. Mom and dad brought him some warm clothes because he is always cold. They also went and bought him some new pants as all of his pants are now too big and literally falling off him. Mom bought him a Red Sox sweatshirt and he was so happy he cried. The nurses are trying to make his last days as happy as they can. He really wanted MacDonald's french fries and a shake for supper, so one of the nurses went out and got it for him. When his regular supper tray arrived, his nurse asked mom and dad if I could have it! She said they would just throw it away anyway. Mom and dad said yes. The nurse put the tray on the floor and I didn't know what to do! There was a huge piece of turkey with gravy on a slice of bread, mash potatoes and squash! I wasn't sure if I was supposed to leave it or if I could have it. The second mom said "OK", I dove right in. I cleaned my plate! Then for desert the nurse gave me an uneaten hamburger. We had a really nice visit with grandpa. We don't know if it will be the last one or not.

On Sunday mom and dad had to go back to grandpa's house to get some items before the house goes up for sale. I couldn't go because there was no room for me in the truck. The funny thing is that dad got a Penske truck. My biological dog father was Flying Penske! Mom tried to get a truck discount since I am Flying Penske's daughter which gave the rental guys a nice chuckle. When mom and dad came home with the truck, mom took some pictures of me standing under the part that say Penske!


Fun At Day Care

October 19th 2013 7:45 am
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Sorry I haven't updated in a while. Mom has been stressed over Grandpa. He is back at the rehab place in Dover, NH and will have to move into a nursing home. Right now mom is trying to get him Medicaid to help with his bills. It is a lot of work and a lot of stress.

Life for me has been fine. My corn feels much better and I can walk pretty normal now. I got married on Facebook on October 4th to Lucien Witty who lives in England. Of course I will never get to meet my new husband but I know I would like him.

Mom's doggy day care is starting to do very well. Thursday and Friday this week we had 3 other greyhounds here. Well, one was actually a lurcher (Greyhound mix) We had a lot of fun. One greyhound named Thor, comes twice a week. We have become good friends. He follows mom all around the house. He is always bumping into her!! BOL. We also have Petey the chihuahua 3 times a week, Pancho and Chiqui, two terrier mixes, once a week and Bella comes occasionally too. It is nice to have friends over and have someone to play with during the day.

I am a bit sad that summer is over now. I have to wear my jacket on the cool mornings. It was a wonderful summer and we all enjoyed our new big back yard!


Greyhound Friend's Fall Open House

September 30th 2013 6:52 am
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I just found out this morning that my diary was selected as a daily diary pick! I am honored! Thank you Dogster.

I did receive my new bed right on time. I have been in it ever since!! It is so comfortable. My half brother, Fast and his mom brought it to me. I got to have a nice visit with my brother too.

Mom has started a doggy day care at our house. I really love having other dogs here to play with. Petey comes 3 times a week. He is a chihuahua. He is very cute but a bit barky. We have fun together though. On Tuesdays mom has too small mixes named Pancho and Chiqui. Last week Chiqui decided to pee all over mom and dad's couch! Mom wasn't happy. She had JUST let us all outside 10 minutes earlier to do our business. Everyone had gone to the bathroom so mom thought everything would be good. The couch got professionally cleaned and deodorized on Wednesday! Mom wasn't too upset because the couch and chair really did need to be cleaned anyway. Now there is a plastic cover on the couch. On Thursday, Thor came for the first time. I was so happy! He is a greyhound! In fact mom used to walk him when he was at Greyhound Friend's. It was nice having him. Even Petey liked him and so did Ben,my cat brother. Thor will be coming twice a week. I met a new dog today named Bella. She is a Silky Terrier. Very cute. I am not sure how often she will be coming.

My corn is still bothering me a bit. I don't like walking on hard surfaces. Mom keeps putting medicine on it and she even used a drummel tool to wear it down some. Soft surfaces like grass feel much better. I hope it goes away soon.

Yesterday we went to Greyhound Friend's Fall Open House. Once again we worked the silent auction and raffle table. It was a beautiful day. We hoped for a big turnout but not that many people came. They said that Saturday had quiet too. I hope Greyhound Friend's made enough money. They had an ex Patriots football player come to sign autographs. Mom and dad didn't get one. They don't watch sports. I did see a lot of friends there though! Johnny B and Cella, Lux, Cindy Maxwell and her sister SallyAly, and Thor!! I was in the costume contest. I was dressed as a belly dancer. I came in second. daddy said I probably didn't win because I have won every costume contest there for the last 4 years! I think they thought someone else should win for a change. I was OK with that. Mom hung up my new ribbon.My corn was bothering me so I wanted to stay in my exercise pen most of the time. I had a nice cool, shady place in the grass. I didn't win anything in the raffle either. I am happy that I won my bed last week.

Well I am in my bed and think it is time for a nap. I will write more later.


New England Pet Expo

September 22nd 2013 4:29 am
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I just got back from the New England Pet Expo!! It was fun. My corn was acting up again so I had to wear a bootie to help me walk comfortably. The expo is indoors and the floors are hard. This is one of the biggest pet fairs of the year! They have SO many booths, speakers and other events. Shorty Rossi from Pit Boss was there again this year. His dog, Hercules was sick and at the vets so he couldn't come. Mom was second in line to meet him!! Last year mom was distracted by a raffle table at the entrance to the expo and had to wait in line. This year she went directly to where shorty was! we listened to some of the lectures. One was about teaching your dog to walk on a loose leash. The trainer was terrible and mom got SO mad. She was jerking dogs around the stage and even recommended choke and prong collars. Mom literally wanted to slap her! She didn't of course. We also watched a first aid demo which was good and of course went to Shorty's talk. I got to hang out at 2 greyhound adoption booths!!! The first one was called Greyhound Options Inc. They had a brand new dog bed. I walked right into the booth and made myself at home in the bed! The people working the booth got a kick out of it and told mom and dad that I could hang out there for a while. When mom and dad returned they literally had to pick me up out of that bed. They were raffling the bed off, so mom and dad bought me a ticket. Next I got to hang out at Greyhound Friend's booth with my brother, Fast. I had so much fun that I didn't want to leave!!! When we got back home our neighbors were having a plant sale. Mom wanted some mums for the front of our house. The neighbors had rabbits! daddy took me to see the rabbits not thinking that I could get my needle nose through the fencing!! Daddy learned real quick that I could!! Next thing anyone know I had a mouth full of rabbit fur!!! I basically just pulled the fur out of his skin. He has a bald patch now! Mom checked him over and I didn't draw any blood. Mom told the neighbor that if the bunny had vet bills that we would pay them. I am in the dog house!!!! Mom said it was really kind of daddy's fault in a way. He didn't think I could reach the bunny. Mom was holding 2 big mums at the time and was talking to the neighbors. I am just too hard wired to be trusted around bunnies. After a short rest, mom and dad went to dinner and then daddy had to go to his mom's house to help her with a computer virus. On our way home from visiting daddy's mom, mom and dad were joking that the answering machine would be flashing and that there would be a message that I had won my bed. Sure enough!! The guy was SO funny on the machine. He said "Isis indeed won HER bed". Then he said that my brother's mom had it and would be dropping it off today. I am is such a lucky dog!!! I get my bed around noon time!!!


It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times

September 10th 2013 1:00 pm
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The last week and a half have been a mixture of good times and bad times. Last Thursday,mom came home from work to find a message on the answering machine.It was from Grandpa. He had fallen late Wednesday night and had broken his hip and hit his head. He tried to reach his phone by his chair but ended up pulling it out of the wall jack. He had to crawl into the kitchen to get to that phone to call 911. Luckily the ambulance came quickly. They brought him to Exeter Hospital which is near his house. Mom talked with him on the phone. he was in good spirits. He had to have 5 stitches in his head and had a small bleed in his brain. The doctors there wanted to do surgery to repair his broken hip but they were afraid to operate considering grandpa's poor health. Grandpa has a very bad heart and kidneys. The anesthesiologist even called mom to say that he was uncomfortable operating. He suggested grandpa be transferred to a Boston Hospital with better equipment and more experience. Mom agreed. Mom and dad planned to drive to NH to visit grandpa on Saturday night after we went to Greyhound Rescue Of New England. Now for some good times!

Saturday daddy drove us to Uxbridge, MA where they were having the fund raiser for Greyhound Rescue Of New England. Mom and dad raised $365 in sponsor money for the walk! It was a beautiful day. I was SO excited!! I love being with my fellow Greyhounds. Mom registered us for the walk and got a goodie bag and a T-shirt. Grammy of Grammies Jammies was there. Mom wanted to get me some new jammies as my other one is getting old. Grammie was doing a fund raiser herself- to help a greyhound named Chevy. Chevy was attacked by 3 dogs. After the attack he got a bacterial infection is his leg and needs surgery. They are trying to raise money on Facebook with an auction. Grammie said that if anyone mentioned Chevy, she would donate 50% for his operation. Mom found me new jammies and of course mentioned Chevy. After that we walked around and looked at the different booths. We saw Auntie Carla, Uncle Jeff and Donna. Everyone was talking to mom about Grandpa. At noon a reverend gave us all a blessing and we started the walk. It was such a nice day that we walked the whole two miles. Not everyone walked the whole way. I was glad we did. The walk was by a river and we saw turtles. After the walk, mom signed me up for the pet games. She entered me in the prettiest eyes and the costume contest. Then she took a look at the raffle table and bought some raffle tickets. Mom and dad ate some lunch and we rested in the shade. Soon it was time for the contests. I got a 4th place for prettiest eyes. Mom said the judges were blind!! BOL!! I got second place in the costume contest. I wore one of my older costumes as mom couldn't think of anything new. After the contest, Diane, the president of GRNE came up to mom and gave her a basket full of stuff. She was the 3rd highest sponsor collector and won a prize!!! Next it was raffle time. Mom put tickets only in the things we really wanted to win. Grammies Jammies had a gift basket with another pair of jammies, a blanket and a cool toy. You can imagine my surprise when they called my name! I won!!! I also won a stuffed bear which wasn't a dog toy. I gave it to mom. Then it was time to head back home. I was tired. Mom called the hospital about grandpa. The nurse said that he was going to transferred to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston that night!!! They planned to do the surgery right away! Grandpa said not to drive all the way to NH because he didn't know when they would be taking him to Boston. Since it was daddy's birthday, mom and dad went out to dinner to try and relax.

Sunday was the Pet Rock Festival. Mom called the hospital and was told the surgery was postponed so they could do more tests. It wouldn't be until Monday. Mom and dad decided to take me and then visit Grandpa that night. Daddy kept his cellphone with him in case the hospital need to contact them. I always love going to Pet Rock.We walked all around and saw the different booths. The booths are lined up around an outdoor track. There is an inner ring and an outer ring. Mom and dad did all the outer ring booths first. Then they did the inner ring. That way they don't miss anything. Mom and dad saw a lot of people they knew. I was on the lookout for other greyhounds. I found some too!!! Greyhound Friend's had a booth along the inner ring. We hung out there for a bit. I saw my half-brother, Fast. We had a good visit. I stayed at the booth while mom and dad grabbed a bit to eat. Mom and dad love Pet Rock because everything is vegan or vegetarian. usually mom and dad have to bring their own food to eat. After they ate we took a last walk around the track. Mom wanted to get to the hospital to see grandpa, so we headed home with a quick stop to the pet store along the way.

I stayed home while mom and dad visited grandpa. Dogs aren't allowed in hospitals unless they work there. Mom and dad visited for an hour and a half. The surgery was scheduled for 6:15 AM on Monday morning. Mom wished grandpa good luck and didn't sleep all night. The operation was postponed Monday and scheduled for today. they wanted to do another echo cardiogram and check on grandpa's head. Grandpa called this morning to say that the surgery was postponed again! He is getting frustrated and he wants it over with- one way or the other. Mom tried to tell him that the doctors want to give him the best chance of making it through surgery as possible. Grandpa is 86 and very weak. His spirit is strong though. I have never seen mom so stressed out. Mom is going to call grandpa's nurse to get more information. Grandpa isn't good understanding medical stuff.Please say a prayer for grandpa. I will keep you updated.

In other news, mom has started a doggy day care in our home. We have Petey 3 times a week. He is a chihuahua. Sometimes we have Chiqui and Pancho. They are terrier mixes. Mom loves it and so do I. I get to play with dogs all day. It is fun.

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