Road trip for Barney and Timber

Barney

We were freezing and socked in here in Salem. The beach on the other hand promised sun. Still working on those calendar images we loaded Barney and Timber up and headed out for the beach.

It was beautiful. Two dogs at once, on the other hand was mildly impossible. Timber was so excited. We worked it the best we could and we had a blast.

Outrage

Timber

It all started the day big red came home. Life immediately became unfair and cruel.

Moose

Moose had to go in for the evil dental. He didn’t get to eat breakfast and dinner, well it was skimpy at best.

Barney

And poor, pitiful Barney. It’s his weekend for the calendar and he was thrown into a bathtub.

Seriously, is a white fluffy coat worth all of this humiliation.

The skinny on da skinny dog

Timber

When my friend Jeff called and asked if we would be interested in a one-year old borzoi, I seriously thought he was kidding.

I didn’t know very much about borzois. I knew they were sight hounds. And I remembered back to when we got our first greyhound. My youngest daughter Holly, now 25 really wanted a borzoi.

We didn’t give it much more thought, Jeff was kidding. Two weeks later he called again and asked if we had thought any more about adopting Timber.

As a puppy he traveled from Florida to Oregon to be with a family that really wanted him. What they never expected were the allergies he brought with him. The family had greyhounds and the husband didn’t suffer, but when Timber entered the scene they got a whole lot worse. I have never suffered from allergies, but I remember how miserable my ex-husband was during certain seasons. In everyone’s best interest, they were looking for a home for Timber.

We drove out to Estacada Friday morning to meet him. Estacada is an hour long beautiful drive through foothills of the Cascades. We talked a lot about what we were potentially about to do. We’ve never taken a dog commitment lightly and we weren’t about to start now.

I asked how big he was and Jeff said about 70 lbs. I’m thinking cool, he’s about the size of a greyhound. We’ll have a kennel for him, in hind sight, I really meant he can have the kitchen.

First night at home

We picked him up Sunday afternoon at 3. The rain was coming down in buckets. One by one we let each greyhound out to meet their new big baby brother in the pouring rain. Poor Timber was soaking wet and maybe a little overwhelmed. He found safe harbor on the cushion in the kitchen. Karen slept on the floor beside him all night just to make sure he wouldn’t be lonely.

Good morning Greyhound Gardens

I called my boss first thing and said I would be working at home to be with the new baby. I sat at my desk, I tried to work but when I turned around and saw this face… well let’s just say that another 8 hours of vacation is gone.

Barney and Timber

Barney is one of our taller dogs.

Crystal and Barney

Crystal is the smallest.

Talley

What do the greyhounds think? Ahhh, just another day, another dog. Fortunately for them, we have fostered so much in the past that they are used to the revolving door at Greyhound Gardens. It’s been a long time since we fostered, you’d think they would have forgotten.

Timber

Timber has found the acre to be quite amusing. He has friends and a lot of room to stretch his legs. He gave our three little old men a run the other day. They were fine. I nearly had a heart attack.

Timber

On the fourth day, Timber discovered the couch.

Welcome home Timber.

Just for grins and giggles, I’m going to put in one more plug for picking Flocko’s calendar image. I will do a random drawing and send the winner a copy of the Greyhound Gardens 2012 calendar.

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Best holiday ever

Thanksgiving day, 2011

I had a window on Thanksgiving day, a window with something other than clouds and rain and wind. We were out of bed in a flash to enjoy the sunrise.

Minnie

Minnie couldn’t believe her eyes, what on earth was that bright ball?

The turkey

I do have a bit of a confession. I was married for 22 years and I never once cooked a turkey. For the last 10 years, I’ve avoided the topic until this year when Karen decided she wanted to do a turkey for dinner. In my best enthusiastic voice, I reassured her that it was a grand idea.

Hind-sight being 20/20, it really was a great idea. Karen spent a great deal of time in the dreaded kitchen and the whole meal was fabulous.

Buddy

Buddy on the other hand, was really annoyed that he had been baby-gated out of the kitchen. Seriously, what was Karen thinking. Buddy is one of the official taste-testers.

Crystal, Talley, Buddy

Who wants the drumstick?

Crystal, Talley, Buddy

Clearly, Buddy thought that since he is the senior member of the pack he should have it. Plus, he’s the tallest of the three, a definite advantage.

The reality is, nobody got the drumstick, but they all got a little bit of turkey with their kibble for dinner.

Crystal and Barney

A fabulous meal that took all morning to prepare was gone in a flash and we couldn’t believe how much we ate.

Flocko

The best that we could do at that point was to waddle into the bedroom and settle down for a happy nappy.

Moose

Of course, no meal is complete without a little desert with our whip cream.

Timber

And did we have left-overs for breakfast you might ask?

Nope, we scrambled out of bed to meet Timber. A one-year old gorgeous, energetic and playful borzoi. I have a few other photos of him here.

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Holy smokes it’s hot

Barney

How hot you might ask?

Jillian

It’s so hot, that it takes too much energy to bark at the cats next door. It’s just better to sit and watch them.

Guess we’ll just enjoy the Saturday Pet Blog Hop in front of the air conditioning. Please join us.

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Barney goes to the beach

Barney at Cape Kiwanda

We broke away for a field trip to the beach last night. It felt so good to get away from purging. We’ve never taken Barney on a field trip and he was a joy to travel with.

Prancing in the sand

I really hoped for a fabulous sunset, but the clouds were messing with my head.

Playing in the surf

The weather was perfect. I don’t ever remember a summer so wonderful out there.

Of course, Barney was totally jealous of the lab that got to run free. Even at 12 years old I wouldn’t trust one of our greys off-leash, it would be just our luck that they would chase a seagull down Highway 101.

Oops a sneaker wave

But according to Barney, if he had been off-leash, he would have never gotten caught in the wave that rolled in.

Eew mommy, eew

Yes, when you have dogs, it’s a dirty job and someone has to do it. Karen has been delegated to the position Chief Super Dooper Pooper Trooper. (And I thank her very, very much). When I am out shooting da doggies, I try to make sure the yard is completely picked up, but sometimes, the camera spots the treasures before I do.

Now some of the dogs perceive these little presents to be a delicacy, a snack… perhaps desert or hors d’oeuvres.

And others… well, I think Barney says it all.