I can't believe it's November already! I am so far behind, and I realized I hadn't let you all know about Clareese!
Clareese came to Indiana on Saturday, October 5th. I was a little hesitant about taking a foster at this time as I was leaving for Dewey on the following Tuesday. This would only give her 3 days to get settled in before I left. I was trying to make things easier for my family as Sadie was going along with me, but then I was worried about Bowser being by himself. Hubs said that he needed some company and since Clareese is also Bowser's litter mate, I figured it would be no big deal. The fact that I have always had a thing about finding one of my dogs litter mates some day, made the decision to bring her here even easier.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Chewy.com for providing the hounds with some yummy treats to sample! This time around I chose Orijen Regional Red Freeze Dried Dog Treats. These treats are made from wild boar, lamb and beef. No other ingredients. Made without preservatives, these treats are grain-free as well as low calorie. Each high-protein treat only has 5 calories.
At first I wasn't sure that Bowser and Sadie would like them. Being freeze dried, they do have a bit of a different texture to them. So I sat the bag down to try to get a picture and Bowser was trying to get IN the bag!
Awww, look how nice they are posing! It's amazing what happens when you put a treat on tope of your head! Otherwise, they would not look up at me. I would say these Orijen Regional Red Treats get a paws up rating from the hounds here!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Bill Russell found his forever home. This guy is such a sweetheart. If we hadn't already adopted Bowser, I would have snagged him up myself. But, someone else needed him more than we did.
Bill has got this super big comfy chair that he sleeps in at night.
Bill also has lots of kitty friends at his new home. Inside and out. We all know that greyhounds can be a bit different with outside cats, but not Bill. He has equal love for the inside and outside cats at his new home. The outside kitties even walk with them.
Here is Bill with his new brother, Ulrick. Some of you may remember that Ulrick was a foster of mine as well. You can read his story here.
Right after they decided to give Bill a try at their house, they had to help move their grandson to college. I volunteered to house/dog sit for them so they didn't have to upset their routine. Here is Bill asleep with his head in my lap. He is a sweet boy.
Ulrick lost his brother, Mo, to osteo. They were devastated. Ulrick started showing signs of depression. He wasn't eating or playing like he normally did. He needed a buddy.
Bill is wondering who that handsome boy in the mirror is! Here's to hoping Bill will bring them some much needed joy in their lives.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
At fostering, that is! We finally made it official and signed the papers on Bowser. I love this picture of him. I like to think of him asking "Really. Really, you love me and are going to keep me?"
With his markings, it's hard to see if his eyes are open or not. I purchased this collar from CollarTown before we decided to make it official. It was too cute to pass up. Does this mean I have a collar addiction?
I always hate to use the term "foster failure". I never really consider it failing, it is sometimes just meant to be.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
My group, GPA Tri-State, is celebrating 10 years of finding homes for retired racers! I am so lucky to have been owned by the group's very first adoptee, KD Tom Sawyer.
While I am so excited for our group, I am finding myself a bit sad these days. I've been walking down memory lane a lot and thinking of my boy. Here are some of my favorite photos of my boy.
Tom and Dixie. This picture was taken shortly after Dixie's arrival.
Love that face.
Birthday boy. He almost made it to his 13th birthday.
Being goofy. He had the covers all wrapped around him.
He was such a tolerant boy. I love this picture of him in the hat.
While Tom was shy and quiet, he loved my grandson, Geoffrey. He would go out of his way to lay close to him.
One of the very last pictures I took of Tom. My first, my most special boy. The one who started it all...
Thursday, July 25, 2013
I came home a bit early from work on Monday, muzzled the pups and let them out to do their business. They took off like a shot around the corner of the house, as usual. Next thing I know, Sadie is screaming. This is not the normal GSOD, but scream after scream. I run over and she is holding her left front leg up. Well, crap. I put the boys back in the house and off to the vet we go. Luckily, they were still 40 minutes away from closing time.
All of my greyhound friends know how stoic these pups can be. The vet poked, prodded and manipulated. Only found one spot in her shoulder area that appeared to be tender. We left there with Novox as I already had a supply of Tramadol in the medicine chest.
Monday night was horrible. Up and down all night long. She would just stand and cry. If I sat in front of her, she would lay her head on my shoulder and practically fall asleep. When she did lay down, she wouldn't put her head down at all. Poor thing. Every time her head would start to fall, she would wake up. Needless to say, I got no sleep. Today, she is finally feeling better. Thank doG!
Last November, Sadie went through some issues with her neck. She was limping and any greyhound owner knows what fear goes along with that. She also developed neurological problems. I was so distraught about it at the time, I never wrote about it. I think I felt like if I put it in words, it would be real. We had a series of x-rays done and it was found that Sadie has several discs in her neck that are degenerated. It was absolutely awful. I left my vet's office with the words "there is nothing else we can do here for her". I sought advice on facebook from friends and fellow greyhound owners and we decided to give chiropractic a try. While I can't say that was totally the reason for her rebound, I do think it was a combination of meds and chiropractic. Whatever it was, I'll take it.
Anyway, what happened out there in the yard to my girl? I honestly don't know. I rarely leave the dogs out unattended, especially when I have fosters. I was standing on the porch and just couldn't see what was going on. Upon later inspection, I found her right rear leg muddy. Did she slip and one of the boys catch her leg? Did they run into her, tackle her, so to speak? I just don't know. Keep my girl in your thoughts and prayers. Send white light, whatever you have, our way.