Fostering

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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Tanner Puts His Foot Down

January 21, 2012
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Tanner Puts His Foot Down

              Tanner is my foster with the broken leg.  His hock was shattered racing in Mexico.  Consequently, he had surgery to put in a metal plate and fuse the bone.  He came out of the hospital with a splint and extremely limited activity.  He had to be crated at all times, except to go outside to relieve himself. After 5 weeks, the splint came off and he was left with a slightly open wound that was healing.  He had to be in a head cone for a week to stop him from licking...

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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  We worked so hard for the better part of a year to transfer this outdated, over-painted rental into our dream home.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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My Big, Goofy Foster

January 1, 2012
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My Big, Goofy Foster

  After our first foster, who was with us for four months, and I might add they were the wet, muddy winter months, we went almost immediately into picking up our second foster.  That foster was only with us for a few weeks before being adopted right here in the neighborhood by a greyhound owner that I used to run into in the park.  But more about that later. When that foster was adopted, I said to Mike, “You know, I’ve got a few projects I’d like to get done.  I think I’ll wait a while before taking on...

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The Opposite of Zen, The Crumpled Crew, and Happy Holidays to you!

December 28, 2011
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The Opposite of Zen, The Crumpled Crew, and Happy Holidays to you!

  Christmas day started so well.  Husband Mike was actually home, a situation that almost never happens.  Being a TV news photojournalist, he always works on every holiday.  He warned me before I married him so I don’t complain.  However, this year his regular weekend days off coincided with the Christmas holidays, so we were very excited about being together. Unfortunately, my girls, Lori, who lives in Philadelphia and Jenna, who lives in Napa, could not be here for the day.  So Mike and I decided to make the best of it and have a wonderful day cooking an...

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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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Indie, Installment 3: Devil Dog and Crazy Lady

December 23, 2011
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Indie, Installment 3:  Devil Dog and Crazy Lady

This is the continuation of the story of my first foster, Indie.  It could easily have been titled, My first and Last Foster, but I’m too stubborn (not necessarily in a good way) for that.  If you haven’t, I suggest you go back and read the first two installments before going on to this one. Devil Dog meets Crazy Lady So now I have his attention.  He no longer tries to keep me out of my own house.  In fact, he eyes me with rapt attention any time we are going in or out of a door, wondering, I’m...

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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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The Marathon in Tanner Land, or Try Four Greyhounds Once So You’ll Appreciate Those Who Have Four Or More Regularly

December 12, 2011
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The Marathon in Tanner Land, or Try Four Greyhounds Once So You’ll Appreciate Those Who Have Four Or More Regularly

  As I wrote in my last blog, THIS Is Why We Do It, this past week we took in Tanner, a racer from Mexico with a broken leg.  And he is a sweetheart.  He’s doing well. He can’t get enough food.  That seems to be his main focus right now.  He’s pretty emaciated, so that’s not a problem.  He gets what he wants.  However, to the other three hounds, it is very much a problem.  They keep looking at me as if to say, “Hey!  What’s up with the gimp?  He can’t even chase a squirrel and he...

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THIS Is Why We Do It

December 10, 2011
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THIS Is Why We Do It

We live in a small home with the two resident greyhounds, Ava and Alex, and one foster greyhound, Lucky.  We are at capacity.  We have always said no more than three.  Can’t be done.  So today, we added Tanner.  For a short stay.  Really. Tanner broke his leg on a racetrack in Mexico, ended up in Los Angeles, then was transported by the tireless staff of GFFL to UC Davis for surgery to repair the broken leg and treatment of the major infection that had set in. Barbara Judson put out a call for foster families within striking distance of...

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