Tuckered puppy


The Daily Dog Challenge today was “Portrait With A Story” Take a photo of your dog today that tells us something about him or her. Barney was perfect. This is so him. He’s not the old man of the pack, but close since he turned 13 in December and is completely toothless.

Nine times out of ten, this is how he sleeps. Tongue on the topside, paw over the nose.

For me?

Minnie, Barney, Skirvee

1. Provide a link to your post from last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge so we
can refresh our memories.

The Pet Blogger Challenge, 2011

2. What do you consider the most important goals you set out in last year’s

I really didn’t have any goals last year, Itsa Greyt Day is still just a
personal blog. A place to show-off my gorgeous hounds and share their daily

3. Have you made progress toward those goals, or have your goals changed
over the past year?

My goals have changed. I still hope to share how wonderful retired greyhounds are as pets, but this year I’ve really grown to love pet photography. I am going to explore this avenue a little more.

4. Has your opinion of blogging on a schedule or as the spirit moves you
changed? Which are you doing now? Do you still worry about lost traffic,
momentum, etc?

I still blog nearly every day. Since the blog is really for us, I don’t worry about losing traffic. I do however really appreciate the people that stop by and leave a comment.

5. Are you generating income from your blog? Has this changed since last

I am not generating any income. I did put the calendar from the greyhound adoption group I volunteer for and was pleasantly surprised to find out that the group may have generated some sales from that. If you purchased one, thank you from all of the hounds.

6. Have your likes and dislikes about blogging changed since last year?

I still love my dog blog as much as the day I started. I looked back at some of my original posts this morning and they still make me laugh and make me cry.

7. Overall, are you pleased with the progress you made in 2011?

Yes, my photography continues to improve and I haven’t forgotten any of the dailystories.

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2012?

I don’t know, but it will be fun to look back.

A new sheriff in town

Come to momma

I have to lead the post by saying I finally got everything migrated to my new computer. I can’t say that it was painful because Apple makes it as easy as possible. It was daunting however. Trying to find all of the preferences and make sure everything loaded correctly was nerve-wracking, but I did it.

Crystal and Timber

This has become a completely normal sight and sound in the house now. They’ve even gotten lazy. Crystal lays on a cushion and Timber lays on the floor beside her while they growl and bark and bite at each other.

The meld

Sometimes they become so entangled, I worry about the jugulars but they are so gentle with each other. Timber is amazing with her. He’s far more gentle than she is.

This behavior pretty much drives the rest of the dogs crazy. Since the greyhounds thrive on a pack mentality, I could never let them all play.

Enter Sheriff Barney

Barney is the fun police and when he has had enough of their horsing around he does his best to shut them down.

Yup, there is a new sheriff in town.

Saying goodnight to 2011


There it is, 2012 looking right at me. What ever happened to 2011. Seems just like yesterday that Crystal and Minnie danced in the New Year. It was a pretty good year for us. Some heartbreak and lots of happiness to keep guiding us through.


Clancy left us for the Rainbow Bridge the end of the July. He’s been with us for a long time and it was so sad to let him go. Little did I know he would lead a small pack with him.


Roxy left for the Rainbow Bridge in October. She was a heart breaker. She reached her 15th birthday just like the 9 year-old puppy that joined us. We will forever miss that little girl.


Perhaps the one loss that still gets me was my Buddy. He was my constant companion, the best dog that ever lived. We miss him every day.


Barney made a surprise appearance in our lives after having lived in another home. We had fostered him in 2004 and 2005 and when his family moved out of state last February, Barney came back to the gardens. He celebrated his 13th birthday with us in December and he is such a happy camper. Welcome back to the gardens Barney.


The biggest surprise of 2011? Had to be the red head. We sure didn’t see this one coming. He has brought such joy to our lives.

We love each and every one of our greyhounds and I can’t imagine life without them. When they come home they are usually around 4 to 5 years old. They are always quiet and well-mannered… and they are couch potatoes. It’s easy to have a big pack of greyhounds because they are so good.

Bringing home a puppy added a whole new spice to our life, its been fun and more than anything, Timber helped us get through the heart break.


So, as 2012 greats us, we welcome it with our eyes wide open and bright.

We’re sending good wishes for a healthy and happy 2012 to all of our old friends, to our new friends and to those we love.

Here’s to a good one. All of the paws at Greyhound Gardens.

What? Another teenager!


I cannot believe that we have another 13 year old in the house. How does this happen?

And the reality is, Barney celebrated his 13th birthday on Tuesday NOT Friday. Since I’m the one that can’t seem to get out of my own way this week, I think I’m in deep, deep dog doo doo.

So sorry Barnman. We love you big guy… Happy 13th birthday and on to the 14th.

Forever our Buddy

da Budman

Thirteen years ago they sat in the lounge at race track. It was time to name the new litter of pups heading off to training camp. Winnie Whiskey, Ritchie Rum, Kooky Kahlua, and our very own Barry Bourbon. All eight pups where named during Miller time.

On March 6, 2004 we wandered over to an adoption event. We had just adopted Joey and Talley and we wanted to say hi. The most beautiful fawn boy with a black mask was standing there, waiting for someone to love. He’d been in a home and there was some story about a bite, but we didn’t care, there was an instant connection.

Rayetta smiled her coy little smile and said she was running a special, adopt two, get one free. We took a quick walk around the parking lot to talk it over, walked back in and took the leash.

Buddy took to the acre like it was his and he was sharing it with us. He was home from the very first day.

Buddy, Danté, Danny, Barney

The more dogs we fostered, the more he took it upon himself to make sure they knew how to act like “dignified and stately” greyhounds.

Danté went to one of the best homes ever, Danny became a garden hound and Barney went to a home for six years, but now he’s back. Buddy did a pretty good job fostering those hounds.

Back at the farm

Thanks to Buddy, we met the most wonderful people. We became friends with the kennel owners that raced Buddy. They loved him as much as we did and were always delighted when we took him to the farm for a visit.

Buddy was a wonderful ambassador for greyhound adoption. Who wouldn’t fall in love with such a sweet, sweet dog?

Buddy aged so gracefully. Just enough silver in his muzzle to give him that dignified look. He was totally toothless, but it never bothered him. He had a healthy appetite until the very end.

About six weeks ago, Buddy had a serious episode of laryngeal paralysis. We made an emergency run to the vet clinic; he couldn’t breath. I was scared and he was really scared. Our vet was so wonderful and she pulled him through. We knew when we brought him home that afternoon that this was something that he would have for the rest of his life.

He was just one week shy of turning 14 and we opted not to do the surgery. Instead, we would do our best to keep him calm and cool so that we didn’t exacerbate another attack. He did great for six weeks.

This morning he went out for his first potty break at 5:30 am. It was time for breakfast and he ran from the back acre to the back door ready for breakfast. He began struggling to breath. We had sedatives here and promptly gave them to him, but it didn’t help.

I loaded him in the car and raced to the emergency vet calling them on my way to tell them I was coming. When we brought him home after the first time, I promised him it would never happen three times.

Karen followed me over as soon as she got the other dogs in the house. We held him close to us as we told him how much we loved him and that he was the best boy ever.

Buddy aka Barry Bourbon • November 7, 1997 to December 12, 2011

Our hearts are shattered in a million pieces tonight as we miss our boy.

Udder budder boy, you will be forever our Buddy.

Oh woe is the assistant


This is the post where I humbly thank my assistant from the bottom of my heart. I have to, it’s bloody cold out there and we’ve got to get the calendar finished. Without Karen, well, they’d all be couch potato shots. Cute, but not beautiful.

Whenever we go away from the property, we have to keep the dogs on leash… they’re greyhounds and although they may love us if there is a squirrel or a rabbit or a blowing piece of paper we quickly become yesterdays news and they are off and running.

My day job involves Photoshop, so if I can take a leash out without it looking obvious, you will always know the dogs are off leash courtesy of Photoshop.

If it’s a great image of the dog and the leash is in a horrible place the poor abused assistant gets 50 lashes with a wet noodle.


The assistant has to be capable of multi-tasking, leash out of the way, dogs eyes pointed to the light source and for pete’s sake get out of the picture frame. Getting out of the frame is usually the least of my worries, I take no pity, I take no prisoners… it’s Photoshop to the rescue.


“Go long” I frequently bark out orders for Karen to get the wiggles out of da doggie. This just happened to be Timber’s first real outing with us, his leash manners were a tad bit challenging, but in the end he was doing fabulously.


Karen finds herself if some really uncomfortable places. This was on the trail, a somewhat narrow trail. Karen had to move herself much farther into the bushes for this to work.


And then there are the times when da doggie cooperates, Karen cooperates and I take one look at the scene and the background sucks. Sometimes I have a skinny second to change my position and make it better, sometimes we just have to go with what I get.


Cold feet, cold hands, cold ears… they are all part of the assistant’s gig. For what ever reason, I stay warm behind the lens.


Of course, I also have the best seat in the house. I love the laughter, moments like these last a lifetime, but they make laugh first thing in the morning for a month.

A million thanks to my most wonderful assistant.

Time for the Saturday Pet Blog Hop.

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