Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Towards the end of playdate, the squeaks get too heavy to carry and dogs start to list.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

"Mom! It said it was gonna' bite back!"

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

The subject of yesterday's post playing with her sister. Breeze is on the left, Dru on the right. I (and Breeze) thank you for all the well wishes regarding her health.

Monday, January 23, 2012

BREEZE UPDATE

Test results are in - NO CANCER!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

"Don't worry, I've got you. Just hold on and we will get you to shore."

Greyhound Rescue to the rescue.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

The Santa toys decided to fight back with a shock and awe campaign. The first wave involved direct and kamikaze attacks to the nose of the Greylandia forces. Many attacks were quite successful as they were completed with needle point accuracy.

Friday, January 20, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

RJ's in for a bit of a surprise.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

"I said move! Move, cadet! Let's go."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

GOING BLACK

If this site could go black today, it would be.


I know it is a little bit away from my usual non-political fun dog posts, but this legislation has far reaching consequences. Believe me when I tell you I am all for protecting copyright laws, I'm a photographer. However, the SOPA legislation is not the way to do it. Please write your representatives and let them know you do not support censorship. If you aren't aware of the legislation you can read more at Wikipedia (they're black today, but have links to further information and how to contact your representatives). Or just Google it. Actually that's a pretty good idea, because right now you can Google it. You may not be able to if this legislation passes.


From an interview with Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia. I think he sums it up quite nicely.

‎"CNN: I think a lot of people are still confused by the debate over these piracy laws. Can you explain your position in a clear, succinct way? Why are you so opposed to these (anti-piracy) laws that you would blackout your website?"

Wales:... Within our community we're very strong defenders of copyright. We have very strict rules about obeying copyright and we don't link to materials that we know to be copyright infringement. That isn't really the issue. The other side will try to paint this as anybody who's opposed to this must be making money off of piracy or be in favor of piracy. That isn't true. The issue here is that this law is very badly written, very broadly overreaching and, in at least the Senate version, would include the creation of a DNS (domain name system) blocking regime that's technically identical to the one that's used by China. I don't think that's the right way the U.S. needs to go in taking a leadership role on the Internet."


PS The graphic above was created by a friend of mine who said anyone who would like to use it may. No copyright infringement here. Feel free to snag it off my page and use it on yours if you like.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

BREEZE UPDATE

I had assumed that today's procedure would similar to the last one. The vet would sedate her, I would hang out with her until they were ready to take her into to the operating room and would walk her to the back room. Then I would wait at the office until she was done. You know what they say about assuming.

I found out very quickly, it was to be a full day project and I was to leave her there.

Alone.

Now here's the thing. If it had been Willow or Dru, no big deal. It wouldn't bother me at all to leave them for the day. Breeze, aka Momma's Girl, on the other hand, ugghhhh, not happy. With all her fear issues...

And, also, apparently mine. Someone has separation anxiety. And it isn't just the one with the fur coat and 4 legs.

I was a wee touch stressed. And that, perhaps, is a bit of an understatement. I felt, however, I concealed it rather well. I am proud to say I didn't throw my arms around her and begin bemoaning the change in plans.

The vet tech, who was sweet enough to try to calm Breeze down with a massage, took her leash to lead her to the operating room. That didn't go well at all. Breeze planted. So I walked with them to the back room. At the doorway she planted again. And then growled.

That's right, growled.

I almost looked to see if Willow was hovering nearby trying to steal Breeze's bully stick. That's the only time I hear her let loose that low throated warning.

I suggested that I lead Breeze into the back room. The vet tech was in complete agreement.

It was immediately after we cleared the doorway that I realized I was putting her into a crate. Now, I understand I shouldn't have been surprised. I honestly don't know why I was. How else are they going to keep a dog safe before and after surgery and away from the other animals? Duh.

I just hadn't thought the pre and post op arrangements through. Logically it makes sense. But when I closed that door on her and walked away, I was almost in tears. She gave me the most pitiful look I have ever seen and I just kept thinking about how many days she spent in tiny, stacked cages before she came to me. I am a bit embarrassed to say illogical won out over logical by a large margin this morning.

Trying to get back on logical's good side, I decided I wasn't going to sit at home and fret so I headed into the office. Might as well get paid while fretting and we are quite busy getting ready for the gem show. (WOOT!)

I bolted out of work around 3:30 when I found out Breeze was ready to go home. And after a long day at the vet, some of the results are in. The vet found not 1, but 3 masses that concerned him enough to remove them. They have been shipped off for testing with results expected sometime next week. Her dental went well with no extractions. Yay!

As for the toe. It's broken. Granted it is just a tiny hairline fracture, but it's still broken. Damn it. Apparently having an 80 pound boy greyhound use your toe as a landing pad is not a good thing and should be avoided at all costs. So she has it wrapped in the soft bandage club that the other two girls have so much experience with recently. The vet said it should heal much faster than the others, since it is not as severe.

We are now home and she is curled in her corner bed snoring away. The proud owner of a very clean mouth, stitches in her right leg, staples in her butt, and one bandaged foot. She looks a bit like a Frankenstein greyhound.

I swear I am going to figure out how to build a bubble wrap suit for them to wear.

ANOTHER VET VISIT

Today we are off to the vet.

Again.

This time around it is for Breeze's surgery. She is having the mass removed from her rear haunch (please no cancer) and, while she's under, getting a dental done.

Our timing couldn't have been better for this trip. This weekend, we had a friend's dogs visiting and in the melee of greeting when we returned from a meeting, one of the dogs landed on her toe. She's been limping since. So it looks like we will be adding x-rays to the laundry list of maladies. I am really hoping we are not doing another greyhound broken toe. Though she is not favoring it as badly as Dru or Willow did when they broke theirs.

It's a really good thing I have pet insurance.


Monday, January 16, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

"Mine. All mine, mine, mine, mine."

Sunday, January 15, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Guess who is going to loose that toy the minute he puts it down? She has some toy envy issues.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Siamese twin greyhounds are a little annoyed at being likened to a cat.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

This is what I am accustomed to seeing at greyhound playdate.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

All around the mulberry bush, the greyhound chased the squeakie.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

The newest form of dressage, al la greyhound.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Yet more evidence that the GTC should consider those red light cameras as RJ just skipped through the light. His defense - "It was still pink."

Monday, January 2, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Places to go. Dogs to see.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

WOOT! Look out 2012, here we come!!!! Wild eyed in a dead on sprint and just a little crazy.