Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Old Age

Riley is settling into being an old dog......... okay, not really! I just love how funny and silly she is. She makes 9 years old look really good. I saw a couple of hounds recently that were younger than Riley, but I thought she looked younger and fitter than they did.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

One Run Wonder

Maddie did not have as good a weekend as her sisters. She only ran clean one out of 6 attempts. But it was a super nice run!

We definitely need to get back into agility class which we are on October 7th. Not enough excitement on my field to challenge her like a trial does. Class on chilly evenings with an audience should help. Lately, she has been flying out of chutes and tunnels like a cannonball and running past whatever the next obstacle is. That is our most common problem. Until we are back in class, we will be practicing lots of tunnels to weave poles and chutes as the second to last obstacle. Silly hound!

09-28-2015 Update! Maddie QQed yesterday! Of course, there is no video evidence of this, but she did! Ran really well both days!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Kicking Butt at 9

Riley also did very well! She earned two double qualifiers! I am just so happy she feels great!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

On A Roll

Seven is on a roll with 7 double qualifiers in a row!  Here are the three perfect days from the last trial.

The only thing though is that her right wrist appears to be causing some problems now. Several times now, she has pulled up acutely lame and then appears fine a few minutes later. Just like her left wrist. It is disheartening, but we have been dealing with the left wrist for 3 years now... nothing appears to have changed in that time. It does what it does. Hopefully she will keep trucking along.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Another Chiweenie

Maddie liked the last Chiweenie (Chihuahua X Dachshund mix) foster so much that we got her another one. Charlie was only supposed to be here for 4 days, but that turned into 3 weeks.  But last Thursday, he finally headed off to Animal Welfare Society in Maine.
Charlie was relentless and tireless. He also grabbed skin and ears. He would bounce off sleeping greyhounds as if he was running bases for a home run...... have I mentioned how nice my greyhounds are?
Super nice!
 And yes, he is humping Seven's head.... don't worry, I saved her!
So Charlie did not get to play inside very much. We took it outside and he and Maddie had a blast.
She could easily avoid his nips and grabs.
And take him down a peg or two when he needed it.

Have a great life, Charlie!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Spinning Greyhound

Riley loves to spin! It is one of the many things that makes her so freakin adorable! She loves to dig and spin on the lake beach of one of our hikes.
First, the digging warm up. Next, comes the spinning.

Zoom zoom!

And this is the face she makes when I am trying to pick up her poop.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Alan the Galgo

Alan is a Galgo living in Spain. Most greyhound lovers know about the plight of the Spanish Greyhound. They are bred for hunting and coursing, but when the hunting season is over thousands of unwanted galgos are left on the streets or worse. Many are thrown down wells, buried alive, or hung from trees. The suffering these hounds endure is horrific.
Alan was found hanging from a tree along with four other galgos. He and a puppy were rescued in time and taken to an animal shelter.  Unfortunately, he was attacked by another dog and sustained serious injuries. Thankfully, he was then saved by The Association Galgoleku and adopted soon after by Isabel.
Alan was only about a year old when he was pulled down from the tree so you can imagine he was very frightened. But with love and patience, he has gained his confidence and has even learned to do agility.
This video makes me cry everytime I see it.  First, you see Alan doing agility when he was still very fearful and in need of a lot of encouragement. And then a year later you see the tremendous progress he has made!  It is very touching.
I have been meaning to post this for probably a year now. I tried to touch base with Isabel to see if she had any updates, but I did not hear back.  Hopefully she will see this and know that I did not completely forget.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Maddie and Mattel

My friend, Amy, and I found a 10 week old chiweenie (Chihuahua X Dachshund mix) in a parking lot for a walking trail.
We had just finished walking our greyhounds when this little nugget comes running down to us. We scooped her up and looked around for someone that might be missing her and found no one. So I took her home.
I named her Mattel.... toy company name for a toy sized dog. Her nails were really long... especially for her age... and she was covered in fleas. Plus who just loses a 5 pound, 10 week old puppy. Yet she seems too young for someone to have tired of and dumped already.  

The next day, I took her to the vet. We got her started on her vetting and scanned her for a microchip.... none of course.  I also returned to the park 3 times over two weeks and no lost dog signs were posted.  I was confident that whoever lost her, did not deserve her back and we could find her a much better home.

 We placed her through Road Trip Home who transported her to Animal Welfare Society in Maine. She will be ready for adoption in a week or so.  I am sure she will get adopted on the first day.
Maddie was amazing like she always is with fosters, but she was very good with the very under sized rascal.

I had a lot of fun watching them play.

And after two weeks it was time to say goodbye. Good luck, Mattel!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CKC Trial - Maddie

No Double Qualifiers for Maddie, but she ran well. Just had some silly errors and she blew past the weave poles 2 or 3 times coming out of a tunnel. We will get some next time!  Here are her best runs:

Monday, August 17, 2015

Precious and Nearly Perfect

Riley did great at her first trial as a 9 year old.  She was clean 5 out of 6 runs earning two Double Qualifiers! Maybe a third agility championship is in her future as well. Here are her runs:

I honestly have stopped counting Double Qs for a little while.  I am not sure how many she has and I deleted the column from my spreadsheet.  If she gets 3 or 4 more, I will see where we are.  I just don't want to obsess about it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

First MACH3 Greyhound

Seven easily knocked out the 60th double qualifier at our first agility trial in 2 months earning her 3rd Master Agility Championship!  That makes her the first greyhound ever to earn a MACH3!

Seven actually had a perfect weekend earning 3 Double Qs.:

On to MACH4 I suppose. We have had some trouble with her bad wrist here and there, but so far we just get through the rough patches and continue on. I do hope it will hold up a few more years. Agility is definitely Seven's favorite activity.... well catching and eating the baby rabbit might edge out agility, but hopefully we will have no more opportunities for that!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blur of Fur

I finally got around to purchasing Maddie's Blur of Fur photos.  We did this back in May! At our annual greyhound gathering we put a radar detector on all of the greyhounds and determine the fastest dog.
 At one end of the huge, stadium horse arena they have squawkers and a flirt pole to encourage the greyhounds to run their fastest.
 Maddie usually loves the flirt pole and will readily chase a lure, but she really had no interest in what was going on at the far end of the ring.  She thought the dogs running one by one was interesting, but otherwise she just wanted to play with me and tug on the leash.
 Such a silly hound!
So when it was time for Maddie to go, I just ran down the length of the arena to the other side and about 75% of the way, I called her and took off running again.

 And she ran her little heart out to me!  Everyone thought she looked very fast!
Unfortunately, I should have run towards the radar detector.  I forgot all about that so she was running on an angle away from it and did not get a good reading.  Next time.....  For now we had to settle for fastest looking.