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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Learning to Treasure

November 27, 2011
Learning to Treasure

  Today was the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Husband Mike was up, getting ready to take resident greyhounds Ava and Alex on a morning romp with their Sunday morning playgroup.  Lucky, our latest foster, had a sore foot from a misstep yesterday so, knowing we wouldn’t be able to hold him back from running with the hounds and risking further aggravation, I told Mike to go on without us and I would just give Lucky a walk around the neighborhood and work on his leash manners. The neighborhood streets of Sacramento seemed quiet in the damp, grey and foggy morning...

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Okay Lucky, You Win!

November 26, 2011
Okay Lucky, You Win!

I take the responsibility of fostering greyhounds very seriously.  I want them to be the best they can be so that when they find their forever homes there is no chance of them ever having to be uprooted again.  I want them to have good leash manners; I want them to never counter surf; I want no unwarranted barking (squirrel sentinel notwithstanding); I want no ripping the squeaky heart out of toys (dream on); and I want no furniture lounging.  The last rule is just in case their new owners actually don’t allow dogs on the furniture.  Really?  Can...

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Thanksgiving Thankful with a Twist

November 26, 2011
Thanksgiving Thankful with a Twist

I received this today from a friend and just had to share it!  She has two greyhounds, Harmony and Harley.  Too cute! Today is Harmony’s birthday, she is eight years old.  Harley turned five a few weeks ago.  In keeping with the season, I would like to give thanks for just a few things… I’m thankful that I have greyhounds instead of kids.  If Harmony and Harley were human children, I would be worrying about whether or not I should have enrolled Harley in pre-school or waited another year.  He’s a little immature, but his social skills are good. ...

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The Legend of Lola

November 15, 2011
The Legend of Lola

Lola arrived in California with a group of racing greyhounds out of Phoenix, Arizona at 2 ½ years of age.  She was tested as cat safe and adopted by a family.   Legend is that the family started lure coursing her “for fun”.   After about 18 months with this family, prey drive fully awakened by her coursing, she killed the family cat.  The family immediately turned her back in to the greyhound placement agency. She was then taken in, along with another greyhound, by a retired woman in the gold country of California, where she and her companion had free...

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Welcome To My Grey World

October 28, 2011
Welcome To My Grey World

This is a new site dedicated to all retired racing greyhounds everywhere, and to the people who love and care for them.  I will share my experiences; from adoption, to working with rescue organizations, to people with and without greyhounds, with whom we have come in contact, thanks to our greyhounds. Please share our journey and celebrate these amazing, unique creatures.      

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