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Last Day of GIG 2014

April 29th 2014 5:26 am
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Sorry I couldn't post the last day we were in Gettysburg. The Internet kept going down at the hotel so we didn't have any service. On Saturday mom got up early to do an art class with greyhound artist Linda Evens. The class started at 8 AM. Mom took me out to do my business and then she left for class. She made a nice picture which is now hanging where the old one was. daddy and I arrived at the expo center around 9:30 and daddy dressed me for the costume contest! Mom was still in class. Daddy grabbed my grass skirt (I was a hula dancer) and noticed that mom had tired the ends together where it went around my waste. Daddy untied the ends and picked it up by only one end. The tie slid right out of my skirt! Daddy ran and got some duct tape to hold my skirt on! Mom was afraid something like that would happen. I was relieved to see that mom made it to the contest area before it all started. She always does the costume contests with me. I didn't win again this year but it was fun. There were a lot of great and creative costumes. After the contest we went to an awesome lecture by Dr. Couto. He knows everything about greyhound physiology. In many ways we are not dogs! We are so different that most other dogs! Often time other vets who don't know about out breed can make big mistakes. For example- we run very fast for short sprints. then we sleep all day. We don't have much energy. Then we go to the vets and they hear we have a heart murmur. They take x-rays and learn we have a big heart. All the signs point to heart disease. Many healthy normal greyhounds are on heart medication that shouldn't be. Other cool things about us: Our blood gets super thick after we race. The lactate in our blood goes so high it becomes "Incompatible with life." When we race we take a deep breath and then hold our breath while we run! We are strictly anaerobic! We also have high red blood cells, low white blood cells, low platelets and test low on thyroid levels. That is all normal for us! Many healthy greyhounds are also on thyroid medication. You can see how that would confuse vets who don't have a lot of experience with us. After the lecture, we went back to the hotel to get lunch. Daddy bought me a cheese burger. I ate every last bit of it. We had a quick lunch and then went back to the expo. I went back to the Greyhound Friend's booth and rested. Later dad took me to day care and mom, dad, and Thor, Teddy and Ripley's parents went and play miniature golf. After they went out to dinner. After mom and dad came back from dinner we went to a social event at the Hauser Winery. They had a band concert! I enjoyed listening to the music. What a fun day.

When mom got up Sunday morning I knew we were leaving. Mom started packing all our stuff. I was very sad. I wanted to stay longer. I wouldn't even eat a cookie. Mom and dad did take me to one final event though. It was a fun run. I ran down to the end, turned around and went back to the start. Everyone was calling to me and some people had to catch me and bring me back! I was just playing with them. It was a long drive home. I am back now and eating dog food again. It is good to be home but I wish vacation could have been a little bit longer. Mom said not to worry. We have our hotel room all ready for next year!

 

GIG 2014

April 25th 2014 6:39 pm
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Wednesday was a very exciting day! We left to go to Greyhounds In Gettysburg! I knew something was going on when mom and dad brought up the suitcases. I was very excited this morning.It was a long drive.We left our house at 8:22 and arrived at 4:30 this afternoon.Mom and dad always stop at several rest stops so we can stretch our legs and do our business. One of the rest stops was right after we reach Pennsylvania. When I got out of the car I saw another greyhound.His name was Argos.He was going to GIG too.In fact my mom just made friends with his dad on Facebook!!Small world.We traveled together on the highway for awhile but then daddy had to stop to get gas for the car.I am here in my hotel room now and I am relaxing.Daddy is taking a nap because he is tried from driving.Mom and dad will be going out to dinner soon. Mom will give me my dinner before they leave. I will try and make a diary entry every day we are here.

Thursday we got up early and went to the outlet malls.They rolled out the red carpet for us greyhounds.I wore my costume so they gave mean extra raffle ticket. Mom got a really nice tote bag. We did some shopping at the malls as well.I got a new costume and mom got some new sneakers.Daddy got a shirt and some sleeping shorts. After shopping mom and dad took me back to the hotel room.I was OK with that as I was a bit tired any way.While I rested mom and dad did a horse back riding tour of the battlefield.Then they toured the Jenny Wade house.Jenny was the only civilian to be killed during the battle. Mom and dad came back to the hotel and we ordered Chinese take out. I got a big bowl of chicken! I ate every last bit of it. Then we packed up some blankets and chairs and went to the bonfire! They told stories about dogs that served during the civil war.It was so much fun! After the bonfire mom and dad brought me back to the hotel and then they went back and toured a haunted mansion!Mom said the energy made her,daddy and several others get dizzy!

Today the vendor shopping started.WE walked around looking at all the booths.Mom bought some things. I got a new winter coat! Greyhound Friends was there! I was happy to see Louise and Donna.I went right behind the booth and laid down on a blanket.Louise and Donna let me stay and rest.Mom and dad finished shopping and listened to a lecture. After the lecture I had an appointment to talk to the pet communicator.I told her I wanted to eat people food on vacation.Mom doesn't understand why I won't touch my dog food when we come here.It worked! I got a bacon, cheese and egg sandwich for lunch!! For super I got hotdogs! After a full day of vendor shopping we came back to the hotel for a bit and then headed off to a social. I like the socials.I like getting attention from people and meeting all the other dogs. After the social we came back to the room and mom and dad went to the banquet.Tonight they are doing another ghost tour but dogs can't go to that.I will just get some rest for another big day is planned for tomorrow.

 

Grandpa's Burial

April 12th 2014 7:34 am
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Thursday was a sad day. We went to grandpa's burial. Grandpa's burial was nice. The priest said some nice prayers and two men from the army folded an American flag and gave it to mom because grandpa was in world war 2. I was happy I had the chance to attend. I couldn't go to the actual funeral because they don't allow dogs in the church. This was at the cemetery. They couldn't bury grandpa right away because of all the snow and frozen ground. I am going to miss my grandpa. Mom and dad stopped by his house afterwards to check on things and make sure the furnace was turned off. I got all excited, went inside and realized that everything in the house was gone. No furniture at all! It was then I realized that grandpa wasn't going to come back home again.

 

Visiting Friends

April 7th 2014 5:58 am
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I got to visit 2 dear friends on Saturday. Both have recently been ill and needed surgery. Cella got what every greyhound fears the most- Osteosarcoma. It is a type of bone cancer that greyhounds get. In fact 1 in 4 of us gets it at some point in our lives. Cella had to have one of her front legs amputated. She is still undergoing chemotherapy to hopefully kill off any remaining cancer. Her brother, Johnny B had blocked saliva glands. He had to have several glands removed. He still had a swollen neck. Both of my friends are doing well. Cella is getting along just fine on 3 legs. She has to hop when she walks but it doesn't slow her down much. Johnny B is on exercise restriction for a while longer. Mom and dad did some Reiki healing on both of them. Cella really enjoyed the Reiki. She feel asleep. I was happy to get a chance to visit them. I got some yummy treats too!!

 

The Greyhound Pub

March 24th 2014 9:01 am
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Spring is officially here but you would never know it! We have had a few pleasant days but most of the time it is still very cold. I really wish I could go out in my yard without wearing a sweater or jacket. They are even calling for more snow over the next few days. I really hope we don't get any. If the storm goes further out to sea, we might escape it.

Yesterday I went to the Greyhound Pub! Aunt Carla told mom about it. The owners of the pub are volunteers at Greyhound Friends. They were having a special Yappy Hour event. Greyhounds were welcome at the pub! Mom and dad don't usually go to pubs because they don't drink alcoholic beverages but they decided to take me. They were having a special birthday celebration for all the Greyhound Friend volunteers who were born in March. That is mom!! It was a new experience for me too. I had a,lot of fun! A lot of my friend's came- Gil, Skylar, Kitty, Rosco, my brother Fast and many others! Mom got to visit with Aunt Carla and Daddy got to visit with Jeff. We stayed for about 2 1/2 hours. Mom and Aunt Carla got pineapple juice. They had dog beds in the back so I took one to lay one. Later a bunch of people came in to watch a soccer game. They yelled really loud and some of my friends didn't like that. It didn't bother me all that much. Ky told mom that I had come a long way. It is true. I am not very shy any more. I am a very confident dog now. I go up to people to be petted. Daddy said we might go back again some time. We shall see. I hope we do because I had a lot of fun.

 

Daily Diary Pick

March 10th 2014 2:38 pm
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I am honored to be Dogster's Daily Diary pick today! Mom has kept my diary since I was adopted. She wanted to have it as a tribute to all the special events in my life. There have been many so far and I know there will be many more to come.

I won second place in the PetzLife photo contest for Best Smile! It was officially announced today. It was a very tough contest. Bella Beau was the winner. She was a little Yorkie who must have had a LOT of Facebook friends! No matter how hard we tried (My Facebook friends)we just could catch her. I did manage to close the gap a little bit from being 400 votes behind to 275 votes behind. I will be receiving $100 worth of dental care products for winning second place. I could really use that. Bella will be featured in several magazines. One magazine will be Cesar's Way. Mom is a dog trainer and doesn't agree with his training methods so in a way that is good I didn't win first. Still it would have been exciting to see me as an advertising model!

 

RIP Peace Grandpa

March 7th 2014 8:13 am
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I am so sad to say that my grandpa passed away last Sunday afternoon. It has been a long road. Mom got a call from Hospice a week ago, Wednesday, telling her he had taken a turn. Mom spoke to him on the phone and it seemed to comfort him some. Daddy took a half day off work on Friday and we all went down to visit grandpa one last time. We stayed with him for over 2 hours. We sat with him and talked with him. Mom asked the activities director if there was a priest available to give grandpa the last rites sacrament. Within 20 minutes the priest came. Mom knew that grandpa would have wanted that. We left knowing we wouldn't see him again. I was glad mom and dad let me go too. This week has been hard on mom. On Monday they had to go to the funeral parlor to make arrangements, then mom ordered flowers and then they went to the nursing home to pick up grandpa's things. I stayed home and my pet sitter came to let me out for potty. Tuesday was something called the Wake and Thursday was the funeral. Dogs were not allowed at either of these so I had to stay home. My old pet sitter does over night stays so she came and stayed with me and the cats. Mom and dad took a hotel room since we live an hour and a half away from the church and funeral home. Mom said it was a small attendance but a very nice service. Now grandpa is at peace and back home. I will miss him very much.

My friend Rosco is staying with us for a week. He is very nice and I like him a lot. We have fun hanging out together. Mom is glad to have something fun to focus on.

My friend, Cella,did have her leg amputated on Tuesday. I hope they got all the cancer. She is doing well but did have some set backs. They think she can go home today. Paws crossed.

Today is the last day of the photo contest I am in. I am still in second place. I am over 200 votes behind the leader. The contest ends at midnight. I will most likely get second place.

 

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.

 
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