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My Dear Friend, Keira

July 1st 2013 7:43 am
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Things have been kind of quiet lately. No big doggie events to go to. Mom says there will be more later this Summer. It has been very hot outside. I have been spending most of my time in the air conditioning. I do enjoy running in my yard early in the mornings though. I have been going to the pet store and we did visit Grampy in New Hampshire since my last entry. Last week was the first Farmers Market. We were able to walk from our house. I met a whippet and another greyhound there! I really enjoyed that! I also now have a new pet sitter. She is very nice and I liked her. She promises she won't forget about me.

Today I learned that my good friend Keira has cancer and will be going to the rainbow bridge today. I am very surprised because I just saw her a few weeks ago. She came over with her dad and went out into the yard with me. She was one of my very first friends after I got adopted. In fact I had my very first play date at her house. Keira didn't like other dogs very much. She and I always got along fine though. She was a good friend and I will miss her very much. Run free at the bridge dear friend.

 

I Was Forgotten!

June 9th 2013 2:59 pm
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It was an interesting weekend!! On a positive note Mom and I both ended up winning art work in a free give away!! I have some friends on Facebook who have a Facebook page called The Houndies Stall. They sell donated items, many handmade, to help a dog rescue in England. They were trying to reach 250 likes so they were asking people to share. If you shared you were entered into the free giveaway! Mom won the first week and I won this week!!! The art work I won has an Egyptian theme and my name will be written in Hieroglyphics!! Isis, being a Goddess has her very own Hieroglyph! I can't wait to see it. Mom's is beautiful too. It is a greyhound next to a cherry tree in blossom.

Yesterday mom and dad went to a Star Trek Convention in Boston. Mom had always want to go to one. She has been a big fan all her life. Mom didn't pay extra to meet the stars or get autographs but she did see them all. Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) Said hi to mom!!! Mom was grabbing on to daddy as she was so excited. She also saw Micheal Dorn (Worf), Brent Spinner (Data) and George Takei (Sulu), Oh and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troy, Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar) and Levar Burton (Geordi LaForge) Mom bought a Tribble. It actually squeals and shakes like the real ones. Mom asked my pet sitter, Sara to take my for my mid day walk. Mom even E-mailed her the day before to remind her. She never came!!! When mom and dad came home, the check was still on the center isle! Mom felt sick to her stomach knowing that I had to hold it for over 12 hours!!! Mom was almost in tears!! She let me out right away! Boy did I have to GO!!! I was OK though. Mom is looking for a new sitter. This lady is a friend of dad's. They used to work together. Mom feels bad about that, but my needs have to come first. This is the second time she has forgotten me.

Today was the Whisker Walk. It is another annual dog fair that we always go to. I had SO much fun!!! We did the walk and saw all the booths. Greyhound Friends had a booth so we visited with them for a while. My friend, Fast was there. I got a lot of cookies and other free goodies too. I met a pitbull who is a real heroine! She saved her owner from being hit by a train. She dragged her unconscious mom to the side of the train tracks and then got hit herself. She lost a leg and had internal injuries! She is OK now though. She led the walk. We only stayed for 2 hours because it was very hot!!! Mom didn't want me to over heat. I was fine with that. We saw every thing. I am tired now. It was a fun day!!

 

Greyhound Friend's Open House

May 19th 2013 5:22 am
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Yesterday was an exciting day! Mom let me out into the yard like usual for me to do my morning business. Mom was at the sink when she noticed I was acting strange out in the yard. I usually take a morning run but I usually run large loops around the whole yard. This time I was making tight circles. Mom didn't have her contact lenses in yet so her vision was a bit blurry. She realized that I was chasing something! Mom ran out in her slippers! I was chasing a baby bird! The bird could almost fly. It could skim a few inches above the ground. I was just having fun. The bird was fast and I was playing. Mom caught the bird and brought it inside. It is in a cardboard box right now in mom and dad's bedroom. Mom called a friend who has experience rehabilitating birds. He gave her some suggestions on what to feed it. Today mom and dad are visiting this friend because he has an animal sanctuary and is doing a fund raiser. He will take the bird and care for it until it can fly and live on its own.

After the bird rescue we got into the car and daddy drove us to Greyhound Friends. As we were driving down the road to Greyhound Friends, we noticed a car from Vermont in front of us. They were driving slow so daddy thought they might be going to the kennel too. Sure enough, they turned down the driveway. We later realized that the car from Vermont belonged to Linda Evens! She is the greyhound artist we met in Gettysburg! That was SO cool! We worked the Silent Auction/Raffle table again this year. Daddy set up my exercise pen and mom and dad made a tent with my blanket for shade. Mom got me fresh water and daddy brought in a bunch of comforters which we donated to the shelter. The neighbor was giving them away in a "Free" pile so mom grabbed them all. They are always looking for bedding to be used at the kennel. Mom and dad worked hard to set up the tables. Daddy took me for a walk around the grounds. When he got back, he watched the table and mom and I walked around. We went to the different booths. Mom talked with Grammie from Grammies Jammies and Cindy Maxwell's Mom. (Cindy is a greyhound and we are all friends on Facebook.) After that mom went and talked with Linda Evens and her husband. They both remembered mom and Linda even remembered mom's name! Mom wand I went back to our booth and mom talked daddy into buying another piece of Linda's art. She bought "Moving Mountains" which has 100 hidden greyhounds in it! Mom found about 50!
Soon players from the New England Patriots football team arrived. They were giving autographs in exchange for a donation. Mom took pictures of them but we didn't get an autograph. They did a ceremony at the memorial garden. That is always sad because they read names of dogs that went to the rainbow Bridge recently. They read Troy's name! I still can't believe he is gone. He was such a dear friend. His mom was sad too and was crying. Then they did a parade of adoptable dogs. I hope many find homes this weekend. After that it was time for the dog show. Mom kept track of the events so she would know when to get me ready for the costume contest. When they announced oldest dog, mom got me ready. I was a Hawaiian Hula Dancer! I was up against a dig dressed as Eore and a flower. I won!!! I got a blue ribbon, a squeaky bear toy and a milk bone! By now it was getting late in the day. They announced on the loud speaker that the food vendors had left over sausages and if any dogs wanted a free sausage to come over and get one! I wanted one, so mom went and got one for me. It was yummy!!! I really enjoyed it. They did the raffle drawing- we didn't win anything. That was OK because there were only 2 prizes mom was interested in. We only bought 6 tickets. Mom and dad helped to pack up for the day. We talked with Aunt Carla for a bit and headed home. We stopped off at the pet store and bough a few things. Once we got home, mom and dad went outside to work in the yard. Daddy mowed the grass and mom pruned bushes. It was a greyt day!

 

I Was In A Research Study!

May 12th 2013 11:38 am
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Yesterday we drove to NH to see Grandpa. He is still in the rehab facility. He seemed a lot stronger than the last time we visited, but he is still too thin. He plans to go home on Monday, which is tomorrow. We will visit again in a couple of weeks and mom will be calling him often to check in on him. I saw another dog as we pulled up to the rehab facility. It was a doberman. He wasn't very friendly. Other than that we had a quite visit. He went down to the sun room. Another patient and her family came in, but they didn't stay too long. We went to the pet store when we got home and did our weekly shopping. Mom got me a butterfly cookie! I ate it!!

I went to Tufts animal hospital this morning. They took blood and urine samples to be used in a study on blood coagulation in greyhounds. My friend, Ninja and his dad, Jeff, came too. Ninja and I were able to get our exams together. That made it nicer. I think mom and dad enjoyed talking to Jeff too. They gave me a pretty red bandage and Ninja got a green one. They gave use lots of treats. It didn't hurt. I hope that they will be able to help other greyhounds from this study. I am honored to have been able to help. After the study we went to Petco. Mom and dad got another litter box to put in the downstairs bathroom. Afterwards mom and dad went into the dollar store. Mom was looking for a costume for me for Greyhound Friend's Open House next week. Guess I am going as a hula dancer!! I will tell you all about it so stay tuned!!

Mom and dad decided I deserved a treat so they took me to the dog park this afternoon. It is the one in Weston, MA. I can go off leash there! There are beautiful wooded trails, streams and large wide open fields! The weather was perfect! Spring is in full bloom. Mom says it is the prettiest spring ever. I think I agree. There were lots of dogs and their people there. I kept mom and dad in sight the whole time. It was a nice treat. When we got home we all went out to the back yard. I helped mom weed the garden. Daddy is weed whacking because the lawn mower charger doesn't work. He hopes to get a new one tomorrow.

 

Paws In The Park

May 6th 2013 9:29 am
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Mom and dad played a dirty trick on me last week. We got home from Gettysburg Sunday afternoon. On Monday morning they brought me to the vet! I actually don't mind going to my vet too much. They are very nice there and give me treats. I prefer seeing Dr. Caviness but this time I saw Dr. Rogers. She is nice too. It was just my annual exam. They did some blood work to check my immunity. It was high enough so I didn't need any vaccines this year. Dr. Rogers said I was too fat! Can you believe that? I weighed in at 70 pounds. That is exactly what I weighed when I was adopted. Mom says I have to cut back on my cookies and walk more. Other than that, I am healthy.

Yesterday was a fun day. We went to Paws In The Park. It is an annual event held to raise donations for Buddy Dog. We have gone every year since I was adopted. They have food and vendor booths, games, demonstrations and raffles. The weather was perfect and it was a great turn out! We saw most of the booths and then it was time for the group walk. It is only about a mile walk but it is very pretty. All the flowers are coming out and the leaves on the trees are budding too. After the walk we ran into Aunt Carla, Jeff, Gil, Skylar and two of aunt Carla's Iggies. We chatted for a bit and I hung out with Gil and Skylar. By now it was noon so mom and dad went to check to see if there was anything they could eat. A Thai place was there and had some vegan options, so mom and dad had lunch. They started to play some dog games. Daddy tried the dress up contest again. He didn't do very well dressing me. He thinks mom would have done better because she dresses me in costumes a lot. Later they did a dog/human look alike contest. Daddy decided to enter that one with me too. The lady with the microphone saw me and daddy and told daddy to bring me in the ring. She kept telling daddy that she was saving him for last. The crowd cheered for who they thought looked most like their dog. When our turn finally came, mom yelled as loud as she could! (and mom can yell really loud!!!) We won!!! Daddy selected a toy for me. A lady came up to mom and asked her if we belonged to her. She said "yes" The lady said "He really does look like his dog"!! Mom got a kick out of that. Another woman said that daddy and I have the same smile!! Mom told dad and he thought it was funny too. We watched a Frisbee demo with border collies and mom and dad ate kettle corn. After that it was getting too hot. Daddy took me to the swimming pools to cool off a bit. After that I took daddy to the Greyhound Friends booth and laid down on one of the blankets. Fast was there with his mom. I always enjoy hanging out with Fast. We hadn't planned on volunteering that day, but we helped out with the booth anyway. Mom watched some of the other dog games. She was hoping for the longest tail but they didn't do that one this year. We stayed until it was almost closing time. I didn't want to leave. I had so much fun. Mom told me that Whisker Walk will be in June. I will look forward to that!

 

Home Again!

April 28th 2013 8:06 pm
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Arrived home safe and sound from Gettysburg. We are exhausted but had SO much fun. Our room is already booked for next year! The ride home was long and uneventful. There were a few spots of slow traffic but nothing major. A couple of the rest stops had special Canine rest areas! One even had 2 fire hydrants! Being a girl, I don't use fire hydrants but I could tell the boys enjoyed it. I ate a good supper which made mom and dad very happy. I didn't eat much at Gettysburg. There was just too much excitement and socializing to do. I basically ate cookies the whole trip!! I was on vacation after all!!! Grandpa's cat seems to have integrated with Ben and Charlie-FINALLY!!! She is out and about the house. That is a good thing. She is being pretty nice too.

 

GIG- Day 3

April 27th 2013 2:58 pm
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Today at GIG!
Mom got up early because she had signed up for an art class with Linda Evens. She bought a print from Linda yesterday and was very excited about the class. 16 other women took the class too. Mom had fun. She now has a nice piece of art work that she created herself. Daddy and I met mom after her class. We walked around for a bit and visited some of the booths. We were just killing time until the costume contest. It was a great turn out. We counted at least 22 dogs in the contest. We paraded through the arena and went out side to the pavilion for the judging. The judges just went around with clip boards. It wasn't as formal as last year where each dog walked before the judges and was announced. We were towards the back area and the judges didn't really even give us much attention. Unfortunately we didn't win anything this year. There were some really good costumes that didn't win too. Oh well, guess the judges were looking for something else. After the contest mom and dad stopped at the food wagon to get some sweet potato fries. I hung out with them and kept them company. We took a little walk around the pond and explored a bit. After that we went to a lecture called "Why does my hound do that?" It was fun. The next activity was that you could participate in some of the recreation the Allstar center offered. One activity was miniature golf. Daddy bought tickets for mom and dad.They took me to the dog babysitting area. I was fine with that because I like being with other dogs any way. What I didn't like was that they required a muzzle!! Ugh!!! I was a good sport about it and found a blanket to sleep on. Mom and dad had fun playing and they weren't gone too long. We then went to a lecture on Galgos. They are Spanish Greyhounds. They have it rough in Spain. When they can no longer hunt they are discarded or killed. If we adopt a new family member it will be a galgo. We walked around a little more after the lecture and waited for the raffle drawing. No luck in the raffle this year. There were thousands of tickets so the odds weren't in our favor. When we got back to our hotel room we found out that we had to move rooms. Mom noticed that the toilet wasn't flushing this morning. Daddy called a maintenance man and he said he would fix it. He left us a note saying he couldn't fix it and we had to move all our stuff again!!! I'm tired now and need a nap. Mom and dad are going out to dinner. Tonight we are going to a beach party! I will write about that later.

Just came back from the party!! It was awesome! So many party animals! There were balloons and music. We all wore lei's and had fun socializing! I saw lots of old friends and some new ones too. As soon as we get home, daddy will put them in a photo album for me. We had a really fun time.

 

GIG- Day 2

April 27th 2013 4:14 am
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Yesterday was such a fabulous day!! We got up, mom and dad showered and got dressed and took me for my walk. Then we had to pack up all of our things! The hotel we were staying at messed up our reservations! When mom and dad first made it our reservations it was way back in January. After that the hotel was bought by new owners. They brought in all new staff and many of the reservations got messed up- including ours. Our hotel is two hotels in one! One side is the Eisenhower which is where we stayed the first two nights and the other side is the Aspire which is where we are now. We had to check out of the Eisenhower and then go and check in at the Aspire.The Aspire said our room wouldn't be ready until noon so daddy put all our things back into the car. After that we walked over to the Allstar for the festivities. First we had to register. It was very organized and much better that last year. Mo and dad got greyhound wristbands to wear. We checked in early so mom and dad took me the the off leash play area. The rule there is that all dogs have to wear muzzles. I don't like wearing muzzles at all but rules are rules. There was only one other dog to play with but I went in with mom and dad. I rubbed on the fence, I rubbed on the ground, but I couldn't get the muzzle off. I really didn't feel much like playing.WE went back inside and sat in the lunch room until the doors opened.A nice man came and told us we could go in. All I can say was WOW!! You should have seen the rows and rows of booths. It was beautiful!! We went to all the booths!! Mom signed up for an art class (that is today) and she met the artist ho will be teaching it. Mom was looking thought her art work and found one with 3 greyhounds running in front of the pyramids!! Mom made a rule with herself that she would look at everything before buying anything. She had worked hard to save up her spending money. After looking at everything mom knew what she would buy. She had always wanted a greyhound statue and found the perfect one. It is heavy!! It is made out of concrete. Mom paid for it and they put a bag over the statue's head with mom's name on it. Next mom and dad did the raffle entries. The winners will be drawn today! Wish us luck!! Next, mom went back to buy the art work and last she bout a really cool papermache/wire greyhound that looks like me!!! Then she bought something special for my Facebook boyfriend, Lucien, who lives in England. Then she was out of money!! BOL
It was now after noon so we went back to check in to our new room. I didn't want to leave but mom promised we would be back. We checked in and brought our stuff to the new room. WOW!!! It was a much nicer room! It even had a flat screen, high def TV!! We rode back to the Allstar with the car so mom and dad could pick up mom's statue.A nice lady held my leash so mom could help daddy. The statue is sitting in the back seat on the floor behind daddy! It fit perfect. After that we went to some talks. we walked around again and daddy bought my a rack for my leashes and coats. Then we saw one more lecture and the place closed for the day.

Mom and dad went out for dinner. When they came back we got into the car and drove into town. We went on a special doggie ghost tour! Our tour guide was very good. I listened to all her stories and followed right behind her when we walked along. We didn't see any ghosts but one lady got some orbs on her camera. daddy took pictures too. We will see what comes out when we make the pictures bigger.
More tomorrow!!

 

GIG 2013 : Day 1

April 26th 2013 5:06 am
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GIG Day two: Sorry I didn't write my update yesterday. We were just SO busy!! Mom and dad got up around 7:30. Mom took me out but it was quiet. Most of the dogs hadn't arrived yet. Both mom and dad went to the little gym down the hall and did a workout. It was a nice little gym- did the trick. They had it all to themselves. Mom did upper body and abs. After that we went exploring the grounds.The Allstar expo center is only a short walk from our hotel. They let us inside. We could see volunteers stuffing the goodie bags for today. Next we drove into town. When we arrived on Wednesday, mom had found flyers about a special greyhound ghost walk. Daddy stopped by and got us all tickets for tonight! That will be so much fun!!. After that we drove to the outlet malls to walk around. Some of the stores already had their signs up allowing dogs to go in. I love going into stores. Usually the only stores I am allowed to go into are the pet store, the hardware store and the groomers!!! We shopped for about an hour and then daddy got lunch for him and mom. They got veggie sub sandwiches. After that we played miniature golf. I helped keep score with daddy. I just couldn't seem to hold the club right,so I decided not to play. I wouldn't want to show up mom and dad anyway! BOL! By now it was a little after 1PM. The downtown shopping had already started. This is where they allow dogs to shop in the downtown Gettysburg area. It was fun. We met some other dogs and their humans. We even started seeing people we know!! The leaders of my Greyhound Adventure's group where there!! I recognized them right away. We stopped and chatted for a while and I made sure to say hello to every single dog. We continued to shop for awhile and I dragged mom and dad into any store that I could!! After that we were a bit tired so we drove back to the hotel for a short nap. After our nap it was back to the Outlet Mall for the official shopping. By now there were lots of dogs around. What Greyt fun!! There were Greyhounds, Whippets, Galgo's, Lurchers and even some little Italian Greyhounds. Mom saw her friend, Tracy, so we caught up with her. I remembered her dog, Gino, right away. Tracy was there with her boyfriend, Kurt, and their new dog Copper. Copper is only 3 and still very much a puppy. He had a lot of energy.Well we all shopped a bit more and then it was time to head for the "After Shopping Welcome Reception" . It was at a winery. We drove all these crazy back roads to get there. They were going to have a food truck and had said there would be vegan food for mom and dad. They were also selling greyhound etched wine glasses. Mom and dad don't drink things with alcohol, so mom just bought the glass. Mom and dad went to the food truck but the only food they could get was a salad and sweet potato fries. By now it was packed full of dogs and humans. There were hundreds of people there.We saw more people and dogs we know. Pat Hall from Greyhound Friend's was there and our friends Judy and Bill came with my friend, Claire. They had a new girl fresh off the track. Her name was Ginger. We stayed for about an hour and then mom and dad took me back to the hotel(They got a little lost going back!! BOL!). Mom gave me dinner. I ate most of it. Then they went out to dinner in town. I'm still tired this morning. Today is going to be another busy one. I may not get a chance to update. I will try my best so be patient!!

 

GIG 2013- Arrival

April 24th 2013 2:36 pm
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We have arrived in Gettysburg! It was a long drive. We left our house at 8:30 this morning and arrived at the hotel around 5. We ran into 2 areas of slow traffic. One was construction and one was an accident. We made 3 stops at rest stops to stretch our legs. The hotel is beautiful. we are staying at the Eisenhower for 2 days and then transferring to the Aspire which is the same building but a different area. Our room is very nice! Daddy is Taking a nap right now. I'm tired too. Our room has a sliding door that goes out to a patio!! We even have our own chairs!!Mom likes our room because the hotel gym is right down the hall!! The gym is small but it will work fine. I haven't seen any other greyhounds yet but the lady at the desk said there are some all ready checked in. I'll have mom take some pictures. Mom is getting hungry. She is going to wake up daddy in a bit so they can go out to eat. I have my bunny and my pepper with me. They are my two favorite toys. More later!!

 
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