Posts Tagged ‘Hedwig’

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It’s a BOY!!

June 21, 2017

On June 10th T1, T2, Heddie, Simi-Ruthie, and I drove to Greyhound Central to meet new dogs. We had one in particular in mind–a gorgeous white and red 4 year old male. That’s usually how it goes–you see a dog online, apply for it, get put on a waiting list after you’ve been vetted, and you go meet dogs but usually not the one you saw online. Because by the time you’ve been vetted that dog is already reserved or the adoption group just doesn’t feel it would be a good match.

Cassiopeia was not the dog we saw online.

Crookshanks and Hedwig were not the dogs we saw online. In fact they were so hot off the tracks that their photos had never been posted!

I was very surprised when they said we would be meeting the dog we have applied for. I thought it was a good thing as the Chief had at least seen his picture.

But when we met him, he was kind of shell-shocked meeting Simi-Ruthie and Heddie. It was 90 degrees and the dog wasn’t panting. His tail wasn’t tucked but it wasn’t wagging either. I asked T1 if she had shared some of her Percocet with him (she got her wisdom teeth out on the 8th). He wasn’t feeling the vibe and neither was I.

They brought us out another boy. One we really weren’t considering because his picture didn’t “speak” to me and because he was still a “juvenile” at 3 1/2 years old. Simi-Ruthie did not like him approaching her head on but he just rolled with it and was like “okay, you’re the boss.” Our adoption coordinator got us to just walk around and eventually the two of them ignored each other. Hedwig walked just fine with him.

After seeing the first dog again, and being just as underwhelmed, they brought the second dog back out again. Simi-Ruthie lay down with her back to him–a sign that she was alpha and unconcerned by him. He lay down as well with his back to her. Hedwig will lay down at any chance and had been laying down for quite a while. They asked us if we wanted to see any females. I laughed. Simi-Ruthie would have no part of another female in the house.

After asking the important question: “What do you think the Chief will say?” the girls and I unanimously decided this gorgeous 3 1/2 year old solid red (with 3 white feet) boy would be coming home with us.

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Introducing Bailey, f.n.a. Precocious Bale, whelped on 11/24/13.

The Chief renamed him Bailey though the girls and I were tossing around Baelfyre from Once Upon a Time or Beowulf. The Chief would have none of those “fluffy” names.

We call him Bailey Boy. I guess it helps us remember there is a new male in the house. He is my first ever male dog. Same for the girls. The Chief had one or two males growing up.

He has been a dream. No marking in the house. Getting used to our schedule. No separation anxiety. Simi-Ruthie has to still wear a muzzle around him but even she is getting not so aggressive. Yes, she barked and barked until I sat with her on the couch so that she could sit on top of me so that he understood I was hers.

Heddie has bonded to him immediately. When we were inside filling out paperwork, his foster mom took him out for a potty break and Heddie stood up and howled for him just like she used to do whenever parted from Crookshanks. Sniffle.

I tried taking him into a pet store the other night to get his nails ground but he was having none of that. We take him for his first check-up in the morning–I hope he does better. We’re bring Heddie with us for moral support.

We can’t wait for the Chief to meet him. Maybe he won’t feel so outnumbered.

**Hedwig (Kiowa Packers) and Bailey (Precocious Bale) have a shared great, great, great grandsire named Downing. Downing was whelped in 1975 and was a champion dog. So neat that they are cousins of the same generation!**

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Osteocarcinoma Bites!

March 30, 2017

We are once again saying good-bye to a beloved pet. Crookshanks belongs to Thing I and she is the Chief’s favorite (don’t tell her littermate Hedwig that!). We found out in January and made the decision to do palliative care (again). This time she seems to be in more pain as it is a front leg. They had just turned 8 and we had just celebrated 5 “Gotcha Days”. Five years is not enough time.

Hedwig will not be lonely. We adopted (rescued) an 8 year old borzoi last June. She came with the name Ruthie but we call her Simi-Ruthie. Simi is a loveable but deadly demon in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. (No, my girls have not read them–only her young adult Chronicles of Nick series. And I have told them they need to be married before they can read them!) Simi can indeed be a little demon.

Otherwise, given how much Crook and Heddie suffer from being separated from each other I would be worried about her.

We had photos taken. I am glad we did. Thing I is a mess. The Chief may be a bit misty-eyed. I will be the one to go into the room with her and be with her to the end.

And then I have to go to work at noon. Yes, work… I am a full-time employee now as a reading para-educator.

Life is definitely changing for us.

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Greyt News!

January 18, 2015

Back in my earlier days of consistently writing for Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop, the owner of that blog–the fabulous Mama Kat–took notice of my sweet grey Cassie. We exchanged a few comments about our mutual love and affection for these graceful and loveable dogs. When I saw her Instagram feed explode this week with pictures of their adventures in fostering a retired greyhound, I was ecstatic!

Check out her IG account: @mamakatslosinit

Buzzfeed.com posted so many adorable pictures and very valid reasons on why everyone should adopt one of their own in a posted “30 Reasons Greyhounds are Gentle Giants…”

And now I will blow up my feed with a few pictures of our current greys, Crookshanks and Hedwig. They turned six on Dec. 3rd and we adopted them three years ago on January 14th, 2012. Enjoy!

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Heddie

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Crook being stingy and not letting her sister have a bed

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Crook giving me “crazy eyes”. “Not another picture, human or I will come get you!”

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Heddie taking a break in one of the kennels. They rotate where they take their naps all day long. Greyhounds can sleep up to 18 hours a day. Having choices seems to make them happy.

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Crook

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Apparently I wasn’t showing them enough attention so they plopped on the hard floor without cushions to make sure I saw them.

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Right after we picked them up from the kennel for boarding while we were in Hawaii. I missed them so much and they missed us! Not a great picture but it captures the energy in the truck.

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Heddie “captured” a “rabbit” at the Faire and was doing a great bow.

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Heddie greets a special visitor at the Faire. We work three weekends out of 5. The greys love all the attention they get from patrons. It is a great way to educate the public about greyhounds and adoption.

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Crook demonstrates that even the most royal of hounds can get a little goofy. She was in a full-on cockroach for a patron.

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Much more regal. I love Crook’s custom martingale collar by Needlenose Neckware. I looked for current shop information but her FB page hasn’t been active since 2013.

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crazy eyes again… this time in a cockroach

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Sweet sisters. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone that they’re naked (without collars) or we’d get in trouble and have tons of people messaging me about how unsafe it is to have them without their collars.

 

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Christmas Greetings 2012

December 12, 2012

This year I decided to cut down and instead of a separate letter I just had it printed on the back of the family photo card I had printed up. I used StoryBook Creator software. I don’t plan to send out as many because I don’t receive as many. I did have plain no-letter photo cards done up as well.

Greetings! We hope this finds everyone healthy and surrounded by loved ones.     

The Chief was home for Thanksgiving for the first time in a long time but that means he will be shipping out mid-December. We’re making the most of it by celebrating earlier. He’s still sailing Chief and busier than ever.    

T1 finished 6th with straight As and attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in D.C. She joined a new team for spring and fall soccer and has really grown as a player. This fall she is starting work on her Silver Award for Cadette Girl Scouts and she auditioned for and earned a spot in the Junior All County Orchestra on viola.    

T2 won 1st place in the science fair and just missed straight As. We are all excited that for 5th grade she has teachers her sister did not and the year is off to a great start. We can’t believe it is her last year of elementary school. She is still playing soccer and is enjoying Junior Girl Scouts–earning her Bronze Award this summer. T2 had another “mystery illness” that sent us back to Children’s National but like last time we have no answers just recovery.    

If you haven’t already heard, our family grew with the addition of Hedwig and Crookshanks, sisters who will turn 4 on Dec. 3rd. These sweet greys picked the girls at first meeting and it has been wonderful ever since! They made their debut at the Renn Faire in May. T1 also made her debut as Mistress Roo.    

We also celebrated the arrival of another nephew, Flat Stanley, in January. The girls love playing with their cousins and the more the merrier!    

2012 has been a year of highs and lows. I am responding well to new medication for my psoriatic arthritis; our nephew had major surgery at 4 months old; my dad had surgery and was in the hospital for a month in June; T2 had her mystery illness; and my mother is currently in treatment for breast cancer. Several family members have unstable job situations. But Mom is doing good and everyone else has recovered and we all still have jobs. Each and every day is precious and not to be taken for granted.    

Lessons learned this year: you are never so high as when you are on your knees in prayer; God is faithful; Bible camp isn’t just for the campers; and it is never a bad thing to put your family first.    

God Bless and much happiness in 2013!

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