A blast from the past

Have digital camera, will photograph dogs. The digital Canon Rebel hadn’t even been released. Digital cameras were still in their infancy. I was so proud of my Canon 10d. Loved that camera to pieces and I was always out in the backyard with the camera and the doggies.

I originally wrote this post on May 9, 2009. The photos are all from 2003 to 2004. Blender is the only greyhound we have left from the original pack. Wow, so many things have changed.

I love looking back at some of my old photos, they remind of all of the joy our dogs bring us every day.

Celebrity Sightings at the Garden Bistro

Lucee

Lucee Fields from The Flying Nun

Phoebe, Edie, Blender and Murphy

Phoebe Quaid, Murphy Harris, Blender Glenn and Edie Shepard, cast of The Right Stuff

Village puppy

And last but not least, Puppy Nicholas from The Shining.

Pillars of Strength

Pillars of Strength

There is a blog that I follow called Romping and Rolling in the Rockies. It is a beautiful blog about a pair of labs and their human and their life in the Rocky Mountains. The photography is beautiful and their stories are wonderful.

Not to long ago, K the chocolate lab was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. I know all to well the heartbreak that KB is experiencing every day. But her strength is amazing as she and K enjoy every day to the fullest.

We have lost far too many dogs to this evil disease and the hounds of Greyhound Gardens send white light and strength to K and KB.

Bentley

Bentley left us first. Osteosarcoma in the right hind leg just above the hock. He had bounced from his first home and it was thanks to he and Murphy that I met Karen. This boy was a true testament to spirit and dignity.

Phoebe

Phoebe was 11 years old when we brought her home. She was found roaming the county roads. A spirited old lady to the end, she had chondrosarcoma,

a tumor on her ribs.

Gracie

Gracie broke our hearts. We adopted her at 10 years old and I can’t even begin to describe what a wonderful hound she was. Our friend described her as a classy dog. We only had her for 14 months before osteosarcoma of the right shoulder swept her away from us.

Barbie

Barbie was turned into the Humane Society to be euthanized at 10 years old. They knew we did greyhound adoption and called to see if we would take her because they felt she was much to sweet. A tumor just above the right eye took her much to soon.

Cleo

Cleo was a hoot and a half. She was 10 years old when she bounced from her home and came to the gardens belonging here from day 1. One day she just quit eating, so completely abnormal because everyday thirty minutes before meal time she would announce it was time. There was never any peace in the house until I fed them.

We gave it the 24 hour rule and took her into the vets. An ultrasound revealed a belly full of tumors. We had just a few days after diagnosis.

Fonzi

Fonzi was my very first greyhound. I adopted him when he was two years old and he is responsible for changing my life forever. At 10 years old he developed a tumor on his spine. A few days after diagnosis I had to say good-bye.

Duncan

Duncan was six when he was bounced and came to the gardens for being aggressive. OK, he did have a grumpy side but he was also a very sweet and oh so beautiful. We lost him at 11 years old to osteosarcoma of the shoulder.

Sadly, these are only about 1/2 of our bridge babies. Most of the rest of them all made it to be glorious seniors.

An end to cancer would be a gift to all of us.

Painting the town red

Inaugeral Red Hat Society - 2005

In 2005 I decided that the ladies of the gardens needed to form their own Red Hat Society. The ladies over 10 wore red and the girls under 10 wore pink. All of the girls got their hats in Photoshop

Phoebe will forever be the Grande Dame.

Red hot Houndies - 2007

By 2007, the ladies became much more organized and internet savvy. They discovered Bow Wow Bonnets and each lady ordered at hat made especially for her.

They officially named their charter the Red Hot Houndies.

Fast forward to 2011. We live with party animals, what can I say. The girls ordered a few new bonnets and are ready to show them off.

Roxy, currently the queen
Blender
Jori
Talley
Jillian, the party girl
Slinky
Flo, the fun police
Minnie
Crystal
Cinderella

Isn’t it time your girls joined a Red Hat Society?

Party time at the Pet Blog Hop!

It’s time for the Saturday Pet Blog Hop!

Please join us, it’s simple.

The Pet Blog Hop hosted by Life with Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume. Many, many thanks to the hosts, the Pet Blog Hop rocks.

Please join us, the rules are simple:

  1. Follow your three hosts
  2. Check out some of the our fellow bloggers, leave them a comment and tell them you are visiting from the Pet Blog hop
  3. Add your blog to the Linky
  4. Copy and paste the html code into your html editor

 

A trip through memory lane

In 2005 I built our first web site for Greyhound Gardens. In 2009 I updated it. Technology has changed so much since then, I’ve taken the plunge and I’m updating again. The plan is to integrate the blog into a new and improved website with another new look.

Good grief, what I have I started. I have hundreds of pages to re-create. My mind has once again gone to the dogs.

I’m currently taking a trip down memory lane. I’m revisiting all of the greyhounds that have gone to the rainbow bridge since 2004. It’s a happy sad. I don’t think of them as often as I used to, but I have never forgotten them, forgotten the pleasure they brought us or forgotten the laughs they gave us.

This is Phoebe. She was 11, nearly 12 years old when she came to the gardens. This girl was a hoot. She dumped a quart of heavy whipping cream on the kitchen floor, de-feathered a down blanket and permanently dis-figured a first generation iPod.

She was going to be a puppy forever, until that damn cancer beat her down at 14.

Stay tuned, we’ll be moving to new digs soon. (Sheesh, I hope so anyway.)

November

Bentley • April 7, 1997 – April 6, 2004

November is National Canine Cancer Awareness month.

As I thought back, I realized that the evil beast has taken way to many of our babies.

Phoebe • October 1, 1991 – November 27, 2005

Gracie • September 15, 1994 – March 25, 2006

Cleo • December 22, 1995 – March 28, 2008

Fonzi • October 4, 1999 – February 10, 2009

Barbie • April 16, 1996 – October 13, 2007

Duncan • April 22, 1999 – May 14, 2010

And so, as I looked a little farther, I learned that one in three dogs will be diagnosed with canine cancer.

The National Canine Cancer Foundation is raising money for research grants to help find a cure.

Who knows, maybe if we can find a cure in canines, we can find a cure in humans.

December 5

Phoebe was our introduction to the world of seniors. 11 years old and Phoebe was found wandering on a country road.
When presented with her leash, Karen never batted an eye about bring Phoebe into her world. Phoebe provided us with hours  and hours of clever antics. She proved that being a senior meant nothing more a bigger number for her age.