Wednesday, July 7, 2010

It was sort of a rough weekend

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July weekend. I wish I could say we did but.....

We had agreed to meet up with some friends to watch the fireworks at Great Meadows at 7:30 p.m. I fed the dogs dinner, made sure they had been out, then crated them with some chew toys - thinking that would be the safest place for them to be. I asked my eldest son to stop by (he was at a friends house) to check on the dogs around 10:30 p.m. (Realizing that the sun doesn't set until around 9:00 p.m.) We then received a phone call asking where had we left Hero when we left the house? "In the crate of course, why?".
Well, what he found was the front of Hero's crate dismantled- the picture above shows it after we had reassembled it- (pictures for the blog actually weren't my first thought when I arrived home- sorry) and Hero upstairs. This meant that Hero not only busted out of his crate but jumped the 3 foot baby gate at the family room door. Hero? My Hero ?, who on an activity scale of 1- 5 is a -1?? He was uninjured except for the top of his nose being rubbed a little raw and his gums being a little bloody. (As I write this it would no longer by visible in a picture.) While we assume it was the fireworks, my son said he did not see or hear anyone blowing off fireworks in our neighborhood by the time he got home. Needless to say ,next year I stay home (though I really hate the idea of leaving Doug responsible for all 4 kids alone- especially in a huge crowd). I guess what I'm saying is the 4th of July is NOT my favorite holiday!
Then Monday we said Vaya Con Dios to Mackey. Also not my favorite thing!!
Who would have thought that we could become so attached to him in only 9 days?
We already have one of the best greyhounds ever, I guess it was God's plan that we let someone else have this one.....

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I've been a bad, bad, blogger

We have had a new house guest for a whole week already and I am just now getting around to posting about it. (100 lashes with a wet noodle are definitely in order),
Of course, those of you on Facebook have already seen these videos/ pictures. Somehow a quick post to my Facebook Wall has just seemed easier than trying to put together a coherent Blog post lately, sorry.
So coherent or not, without further ado...
Introducing Kiowa Talk Mystic (aka Mackey).
This is a short, no-fail, type foster, because he already has a family who is excited about adopting him after July 4th.
I guess it is a good thing, since there are an awful lot of people over here, who would be tempted to foster fail with this fellow. In fact, there is still talk of hiding him in the closet when the time comes to deliver him.

He picked up the idea of fetch almost immediately:

And he did wonderfully at the dog park even though it was really busy with dogs of all shapes and sizes. (Yes, that is another greyhound you spy in the mix- our friends Harper and Sara came to the park to play too.)

The one thing he has been less good about is the "no fosters on the furniture" rule. Check out his
very slow "woe is me" walk when he is removed from the sofa.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all the service men and women who defend our country and this very precious thing called freedom. Happy July 4th, one and all !!!!!!!