Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Loonie has found her forever home!

A wonderful family came to meet Loonie, including their other greyhound, Kirby, on Friday and they decided she was a perfect match for them.

Loonie went home with them and I've gotten some wonderful updates over the weekend and we even got to have a little reunion at the Petsmart Meet n Greet on Sunday.  It was amazing to see how happy everyone was.

They plan to send me an update for this blog, so stayed tuned, and we are planning a greyhound playdate in the near future!  SO FUN.

In the meantime, here is a quick last video I took of Loonie having a 'racing' dream--i couldn't resist posting it.  Yes, her eyes are open, one ear looks uncomfortable, and it is hard to see, but she is breathing heavy and her cheeks are moving as if she's winning the race!

And a really wonderful photo from her new family:


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Loonie cat test

Here is our cat test.   As you can tell our cat didn't want to play and loonie didn't care about the cat.

The latest state for Loonie?

The state of BLISS.

This was from this morning after her morning walk and breakfast.  She has figured out how to get into the big, cushy, awesome beanbag bed...
(Yes, that is my curtain in the picture)

Yesterday was her first day home alone.  She was crated for short time while we all had to go to work and school and did really well.  No signs of distress and she wasn't complaining when my son walked in from after school.

She's getting into the routine at the house...and even decided it was bed time when i went to bed around 9 or so...Chris grabbed her around 11 for a quick potty break and she came back to up join me for bedtime after.

I'll try and post some more video soon, she is so is so darn cute!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Quick update on Loonie

Just posting something quick to show how well she's adapting to the retired life.

We call this 'zonked' out.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Meet Gina's Loonie

Lucky for us, Denise needed a foster family this weekend.

Meet Gina's Loonie.  We call her LOONIE, but she definately isn't looney in any way.   She's from Alabama and is about 20 months old.  She's a tiny little fawn and is a bit timid since this is all new to her.  She didn't really get the snow that we got last night, except that it made her cold..so she's sporting some jammies in all these photos.

We picked her up Saturday and she is doing so well.  She loves to go for walks and behaves so well on the leash.  She's not having any issues with eating, she's just a bit unsure of everything around her.

We are confident we can put some weight on her.  She even just started taking treats from our hands.  At first we had to put them on the floor.

She sleeps great in the crate at night, but so far has needed to get up early to go tinkle.

She wants to be where ever we are in the house, and loves to cuddle with Ziggy.  You can get an idea of how small she is here...knowing our ZIGGY is one of the biggest greyhounds we've ever met!

Here she is getting comfy, and keeping an eye on everything going on in the family room:

I should have known better, but i left my coffee on the coffee table and she couldn't resist a lick or two or three, but she's pretending she didn't have any.   "WHAT?  ME?  I DON'T CARE FOR SUGAR FREE VANILLA CREAMER, IT MUST HAVE BEEN THOSE LITTLE HUMANS YOU HAVE RUNNING AROUND"

Here she is after our walk this morning...we went for a nice brisk walk in the woods and even meet some of the neighbors.  I think she can get used to being retired.

We brought our cat up to meet her last night, but our cat isn't very willing to meet new dogs.  So she protested.  Most of the time the cat was in Chris' arms, and Loonie continued to lay on the bed, completely uninterested.  Once Chris put the cat down, she ran to hide in the basement.  Loonie, got up to see what was sprinting across the room, but then laid right back down.


Monday, August 26, 2013

A wonderful family is interested in Robin

We had a wonderful family come by yesterday to meet Robin.  They even brought some parents to help ask questions and meet her.

If all works out, Robin will be going to her forever home with them this coming Saturday!  Congrats to all.

Here are a couple more shots of Robin--who was really a pleasure to have in our home.  At least we get to have her for another several days.  I can only hope our future foster greys are just like her.

Robin, and Ziggy, getting some lovin' from my son, Avery.  NOTE:  Ziggy hates the camera.
Robin enjoying one of her favorite places to nap--although we try to keep her off furniture and she'll get down when told--she snuck in the sun room and this is what i found.

Robin about 2 hours after meeting her new family and being SO VERY GOOD.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Meet our new Foster Grey--Robin

We got a call to see if we could foster another dog last week...i guess that means were were GREAT at it our first time around.  If you missed it, please see the update on Calamari (Phineas) below.  We are so happy we can do something to really help out.

The rescue group got 10 dogs from the track.  WOW, 10!  And then there was one dog that was turned in from her owners, Robin.  Her racing name is Philis Rollin Robin according to her official paperwork.  Robin's family was unable to care for her. I've been told they were moving around a lot due to work and decided it was unfair to her.  When the rescue got her it was determined that she needed some dental work and shots and the rescue group took care of all that.

So, we decided to take her in as our foster.  School is starting for us soon and this seemed to be a really easy foster for us--a dog that has already adapted to a home environment--no need to teach them about stairs, glass doors or windows, watch for counter surfing, etc.

Robin met our greyhound Ziggy...i told him he'd fall in love with her...and they hit it off.  Here she is getting comfortable. This picture really shows how gorgeous she is, but what you can't tell is how soft she is--especially her ears.  Speaking of her ears...look how perfectly they fall!  This photo even shows how light in color she is.  She's listed as a 'red' on paper, to me she's a very light red.

Please ignore the muzzle, we had that on her in order to safely introduce her to our cat.  But, the cat decided as soon as she saw any dog that she didn't know getting out of the car, that the basement was the best place to be and the muzzle came off soon after this photo.  The cat is now behind the basement door.  Robin has no clue there is a cat in the house.

Here is a close up of her sweet face, you can't tell from this photo, but she has a short white stripe down the center of her nose, close to the tip.  ADORE-ABLE!

We were right.  Robin didn't need any help with the stairs, doors, or anything.  She's enjoying the yard and wandering around the house.  She did have trouble eating her kibble.  We theorize that she may have been getting canned food because the kibble his shooting right out of the sides of her mouth and going all over the floor.  Ziggy wanted to help her with all the kibble on the floor. She's a bit hesitant at eating, unlike ANY greyhound we've ever known.  But I bet she gets the hang of it quickly.

We decided not to crate her the first 2 nights.  She did great shut in our bedroom and shared the beds with Ziggy just fine.

On Sunday we took Robin to the Meet-N-Greet event at the Hanover Petsmart.  Those are so much fun!  In this picture, you can see her white stripe on her nose.  :)

Can i have a cookie?
Robin, in the bright red collar, and her new Grey Friends waiting for a cookie
She got to meet some new grey friends and all the people walking by.

We did find out that Robin would rather sit in the middle bench seat then in the way back of the car.  She climbed on over during the ride home from Petsmart and made herself right at home!  I think Robin has some experience in a car.

Sunday evening we had a some family over for dinner.  We ate out on our deck and she socialized really well.  Most of the time, she napped in a corner as all greyhounds typically do.  She met my 2 Year Old nephew and there wasn't any issues with her and little kids.  She wandered around the food and acted pretty good...i think she wanted a burger!

Here is one last picture of Robin until my next update...apparently here she is all 'stressed' out after i left for work this morning.  Note to self, straight out the rugs!

If you are interested in meeting Robin, please call Denise at 304.229.4944