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Hello, Sunbeam

February 24, 2012
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Hello, Sunbeam

My morning started at 6:45 a.m. with Tanner, my foster greyhound who is recuperating from a broken leg, stealing my slippers.  That means it’s time to feed the beasts.  I staggered into the kitchen to mix various foods and medications for 3 dogs, according to their needs and conditions.  After eating I let them out, again monitoring who goes when, due to Tanner’s leg injury.  Can’t let him and alpha Alex out at the same time because they will play too rough. While Mike takes the dogs for a morning walk, I vacuum all floors (due to the dogs),...

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Lola and Her Mini-van

January 31, 2012
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Lola and Her Mini-van

Early on in our venture with greyhounds one thing became clear.  We needed a bigger car.  Since Mike had a big SUV company car (and yes, it is justified because he hauls around mass quantities of camera equipment) that could only be used for work, I had an aging Toyota Corolla.  That was fine with me.  It got me there and back, it had long been paid for and that’s all I cared about. Indeed, when we adopted 1st grey girl Lola, she hopped into the back seat of the Toyota looking totally dignified, and off we went.  But...

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A Day in the Trenches: From Pristine to Triage

January 12, 2012
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A Day in the Trenches: From Pristine to Triage

    Husband Mike and I live in what was a nice, small, open design, contemporary house.  Both the house and the yard were completely remodeled six years ago.  We worked so hard for the better part of a year to transfer this outdated, over-painted rental into our dream home.  The house was redone in very pale to white colors, very light hardwood floors and acid washed, polished concrete floors.  The yard was sculpted with strips of grass, paved areas and different textured rock areas with a water feature, fruit trees, berry bushes, etc.  Truly lovely. Less than a...

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To All the Boys

December 24, 2011
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Santa's Dress Rehearsal with Ava, Lucky & Alex

What a wonderful year this has been. It’s been full of walks in the park, a road trip with Alex and Ava, and a total of five foster dogs, all unique and all wonderful in his own way. And yes, they were all males. Some I’ve written about, and some stories are yet to come. Thank you my boys, for allowing me to be a part of your universe.   Newton:  My first love. We struggled and learned together. And it was challenging.  It was so very hard to see you move on.  But what a wonderful life you...

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Greyhound Zen

December 18, 2011
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Greyhound Zen

Today is Sunday, December 18th.  I walk around the neighborhood with three greyhounds and see decorations everywhere.  In the yards, lights on the houses, Christmas trees in the windows . . . and everyone seems to be in a good space, greeting us as we go by, smiling, asking about the hounds . . . it is truly the holiday season. I come home, unleash the dogs and look around.  Just leashes, dog toys in every room, dog beds in every room, one sneaker and one bedroom shoe (Lucky!!!) on the couch, and a huge Great Dane crate in...

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Ava Meets The Man

December 16, 2011
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Ava with her best bring on the guilt look

Ava is our neighborhood socialite, welcoming committee and greeter, all in one.  In the park, she seeks out little kids whose faces are just the right height to slip in a few doggie kisses.  The kids think she loves them.  I suspect she just knows kids always smell like food and usually have a few crumbs of cookie or cheerios or even milk on their face. She loves to visit with the lady who thinks she’s a deer.  Doesn’t seem to mind a bit that the woman doesn’t know she’s a noble greyhound. A block from our house there...

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The Neighbor and the Deer

December 4, 2011
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The Neighbor and the Deer

I usually take the dogs out for a long neighborhood walk at least once a day, teaching them to stay off people’s lawns and frequent the leaf and yard debris in the street gutter for sniffing and marking. A while back we were making the rounds, when we came upon an elderly lady sitting on her front porch.  There was a younger woman doing work in the yard.  As we neared, the lady pointed at us and said, “Oh look.  There’s a deer.  I haven’t seen a deer around here ever.”    The woman in the yard asked if the...

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