My Big, Goofy Foster

January 1, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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 Marathon in Tanner Land, or Try Four Greyhounds Once So You’ll Appreciate Those Who Have Four Or More Regularly

December 12, 2011
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
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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Bad Boy Alex, the Barn Burner

December 8, 2011
Morning tussle with Bad Boy Alex

In response to a request from good friend Jo, this is the story of Bad Boy Alex, the Barn Burner.  Settle in folks, this could take a while. If you’ve read my past blogs, you know about first greyhound, Lola and second greyhound, Ava.  But you don’t know about third greyhound, Alex, generally referred to as Bad Boy Alex. When Lola died our whole household grieved.  She was our first and she owned a little piece of our soul.  I think we all figured it would be a while before we were ready to adopt another.  But Ava was...

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The Neighbor and the Deer

December 4, 2011
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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Fostering Indie, or, Not On My Watch

December 2, 2011
Fostering Indie, or, Not On My Watch

2ndinstallment (If you haven’t read it, you might want to read If You Can Survive Your First Foster before beginning this.) So, we arrive home with our first foster, Indie.  He’s a handsome beast – young, slim,  proud.  I introduce him to Alex and Ava in the back yard and they’re all pretty receptive to each other.  Ava gives me a look that seems to say, “Really?  Another dog to raise?”  They all proceed to mark every bush in sight 2 or 3 times (note to self not to eat the kumquats from the lower bushes).  I wonder, is...

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If You Can Survive Your First Foster . . .

December 1, 2011
If You Can Survive Your First Foster . . .

  “Mike, I think I’d like to foster a greyhound.” Mike’s face literally turned grey as he sputtered, “But we’ll end up with 50 greyhounds!”  He just knew I’d never be able to let go of any dog we had nurtured and bonded with.  And (trust me on this) there is no way not to become attached once you have accepted, struggled and loved these dogs through their first few weeks of home life. Indeed, after talking with Barbara Judson, Adoption Coordinator for Greyhound Friends for Life (GFFL), I learned there’s a term for people who take in a...

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