Mani's and Pedi's

Every girl loves a mani and pedi, right?  And that also includes Jam.  Upon her return to Second Chance Greyhounds, her nails were outrageously long.  I've been working to get them back down to a manageable state by trimming them every week.  She is so good - she just stands there and never says a word.  That, people, is priceless and is exactly what you want.  I have had one in the past who was just a bear when it came to mani's and pedi's and I have one now who is the same.  So, Jam's acceptance of the "procedure" is quite refreshing.  We will have them back to the proper length in no time. 

Here is Jam after her latest mani/pedi, playing with the frog.  She loves to play with toys!!

Retirement is Good!!

I'd say that Jam takes retirement quite seriously and I can tell you she enjoys every minute.  She wakes up, is fed, goes potty, sleeps all day, plays with toys, then it's dinner time, she eats again, she goes potty, she sleeps again, she plays, she sleeps, she wakes up, and then the cycle continues. 

Would you not agree that life is good if you're a retiree?? 

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Blackberry Jam

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I've come to the conclusion that Jam is as sweet as Blackberry Jam.  She truly is.  She gets along well with my pack, goes out to potty when everyone else goes, will ask to go out if she needs to, sleeps beside my bed on the "foster bed" (I call it that because all fosters seem to gravitate to that one bed - out of 11 others in the house - I don't know why).   She is unassuming, doesn't ask for anything, and just goes with the flow.  She would do well in a home with other Greyhounds as she doesn't care much for being alone.  Or with a family that is home quite a bit, perhaps someone who works from home.  But what a sweetie - I tell you, sweet as Blackberry Jam!!

Jam is Back!

Jam has been returned to us to be re-homed and I offered to foster her.  She has settled in nicely, after a few hours of getting acclimated to where she was.  She ate her dinner well, and has had romps in the backyard with my four Greyhounds.  She seemed to just love it, being in the backyard and running with other Greyhounds.  This may just be what she needs - some Greyhound love!  We shall see - stay tuned for more updates.

11/25/2013

What a great weekend it was!

First, we went to a meet and greet at one of my favorite stores called Dog City Bakery in Sandy Springs and I had a fabulous time.  I met this great family and I really hope they like me a lot, because I liked them so much.  Also at the meet and greet were some of my greyhound friends and we all had tons of cookies and an extremely yummy un-birthday cake for all of to share.  It was so good.  Then after we got home, FM told us it was Turkey Neck Night!  What a great way to end a perfect day.

Sunday the FPs made us wear our coats and we knew something special was going to happen.  It was a romp at Burger Park.  The humans were huddled in shivering groups, but the rest of us had a fantastic time running and chasing each other.  I did two lengths of the park on my own.  It was just wonderful. 

Chase, Talos and I practicing our sit. Note Talos is very naughty.  I am the perfect one in front.

Chase, Talos and I practicing our sit. Note Talos is very naughty.  I am the perfect one in front.

Trying on a little Christmassy collar in the store.

Trying on a little Christmassy collar in the store.

Turkey Neck Night - YAY!

Turkey Neck Night - YAY!

11/16/2013

Yay! Today we went out in the car.  First we went to Dog City Bakery and I saw Olive and Lily again (they are Boston Terriers), but more importantly I got some yummy treats because I sat when the lady asked me.  I am one of the fastest and most automatic sitters my FPs have ever seen.  It works, is all I can say.

Then - what a treat!  Daisy, Spirit, Rolli and I took the FPs for a long walk by the river. Everywhere I turned it was full of wonderful smells and I could just have sniffed my way round the whole place.  First I would find an excellent stinky rotten smell, then Daisy would find one and I'd have to rush over and leave mine behind.  Then Rolli and Spirit found a different one and we all four went to investigate.  This was our whole walk, dashing from one smell to the next.  It was like a dream come true. Just when we got back to the car, I met a cute human girl called Isabelle. She was collecting large leaves but put them down to say hello to me.  I loved her. She tickled me in just the right place behind my ears and then stroked me lots.  She was very pretty and I enjoyed leaning in for a while until the FPs said it was time to go home.

Here we are getting ready to go for our river walk.

Here we are getting ready to go for our river walk.

Rolli takes the lead, with me close behind.

Rolli takes the lead, with me close behind.

What was that noise?

What was that noise?

Me with my new friend Isabelle and her Dad.

Me with my new friend Isabelle and her Dad.

11/15/2013

This week was fun.  My birthday was Monday.  On Wednesday I went with Daisy, Spirit and Rolli to our play place at A Day in the Country, and on Thursday we each had a yummy raw turkey neck for dinner out on the deck.  I finished first!  Unfortunately none of the others left any, but I did double check, just in case. Tonight I played with squeaky toys for the first time in my foster house.  So of course out comes the camera and I had to pose for FM (she takes for EVER to take a photo) and I gave her two poses, which I'm calling my character series (part one).  One is pensive, one is alert.  Which one do you like best?

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11/10/13

Hi everyone,

Well, I need to update you on how great I'm being! :-) 

I no longer wake the room early in the morning and for the past week we have all been getting up around 8am.  It's SO relaxing.  I don't know why I didn't think of it before. 

Also, I don't try to eat out of other dog's bowls until I hear my name called.  This takes quite a bit of self discipline, but I'm getting good at it. 

Also, when the FPs eat off trays on their laps in front of the TV, I am SO much better at not asking for a taste.  I have noticed they have tastes of each other's but for some reason that's OK.  Sometimes I slip a bit and get a bit too close, but when they say no, I do go and lie down with my back to them and stick my nose under my back leg so that I can't be tortured by watching them eat.

It's been a fun week of outings and playing in the yard with my foster sibs.   When I go out, people say how beautiful I am and I love meeting anyone and everyone.

Last night I felt so relaxed that I just had to lie on my back and do some air ballet for my FPs.

This morning I ran a lot with Spirit for the first time in the yard.  We ran up the back steps, through the shrubbery, through a special place he calls his dog cave, out onto the grass and back up the steps again - 3 times.  It was brilliant! 

When we go in the yard, we hear other dogs barking, but we don't bark at all.  There's one bark that goes on and on and on.  We just ignore it.

One thing that took me by surprise is that these humans try to roo.  No kidding!  I couldn't believe it the first time when FD (Foster Dad) started making this strange warbling noise and right away Rolli, then Daisy and Spirit all joined in.  I just lay there on a blanket and waited for it to finish.  Then they did it again the next day.  I tried two little mini howls but that was all.  Well,  last night I thought, I might as well join in.  It was so much fun. Everyone joined in and I loved it.  We were like the Von Trapp Greyhound family, with my Foster Dad as Julie And-"roos".

Please rub my tummy!

Please rub my tummy!

Me rooing (Rolli's nose left)

Me rooing (Rolli's nose left)

11/4/13

Well everyone, I've had a very fun few days!  On Saturday I went to a Romp with lots of other greyhound buddies at Burger Park  It was fantastic! Then yesterday the FPs took me to the Petco Meet and Greet in Marietta.  Fonzy and Cabo and Spirit and Rolli and Daisy were all there.  We met some great people.  Maybe one of them will adopt me?

Last night I had a sleepover with my foster siblings at A Day in the Country.  I was really good and "didn't make a peep all night" I overheard Mrs. Storck say to my FM.  

Now it's bedtime and my FM has decided it will be cold tonight so we all have to wear these pajamas.  Daisy lent me a pair.  I kind of like them.  Rolli looks really handsome in his green pajamas.  He's my best buddy here, though Daisy and I have run a couple of times together and she's pretty cool, too. 

 

I like my borrowed pajamas!

I like my borrowed pajamas!

What was that noise?  Last look out the screen porch door before bedtime.

What was that noise?  Last look out the screen porch door before bedtime.

These two humans gave me loads of hugs and pettings at the Meet and Greet. They were really nice.

These two humans gave me loads of hugs and pettings at the Meet and Greet. They were really nice.

10/31/13

Catching up.  Who knew retirement could be so busy?!  Where do I start?  Well, Wednesday all 4 of us went to A Day in the Country, which I highly recommend, because it’s got a lot of greyhounds to play with and a big yard and kind humans.  There was an extremely forward hound called Winston who got a bit too familiar, so I reminded him I was a lady.  But other than that I had the best time.  The FPs picked us up end of the day and I slept like a log.

Today we went to a dog park called, guess what?  Burger Park!  A very cool name and we had a blast.  It was a massive field with trees and almost no dogs except us. I ran with Daisy and then with Rolli and then we all ran with another dog who was quite fast as other dogs go.  Her name was Frida and she was black, too, but not a greyhound. Her Mom really liked me a lot.

I’m getting to know the Foster house pretty well and today I discovered two whole new rooms in it.  There is an upstairs!  Wow – I hadn’t even realized.  I’m pretty good at stairs, if I say so myself, but this was the first time FM moved the gate to let me go up. I checked it out fully and there are two rooms but no dogs or food, so really nothing to report.  Good to know it’s there, though, and it gave me some stairs practice.

Me and Daisy with FD at Burger Park

Me and Daisy with FD at Burger Park

I love Burger Park!

I love Burger Park!

Running is thirsty work!

Running is thirsty work!

10/28/13

Woke up in the dark again.  Just one or two little noises.  “No, Jam!  Quiet.  Go back to sleep!” Gave the quiet thing a try.  Fell asleep and woke up later. They liked 7am much better.

Me: it has been pointed out by my typist that I haven’t told you anything about me.  As I am naturally modest, she is going to help.  Here’s her bit:

 “Jam is a sweetheart.  She has fitted in very quickly with our three hounds and with us both.  She is our shadow going around the house while everything is new and a walk from the sofa to the door and back is worth getting up for. She is definitely a chow hound.  Occasionally she tries to beg for or sniff out food on counter edges or low tables.  A couple of times she’s given grumbly little growls to protect her food or treat, but was quickly corrected.  She corrects really well. Toys: she isn’t much into toys, but likes to chew on an antler or bully stick. Outside: she enjoys exploring and running in the back yard.  She walks well on leash.  She is so very loving, obedient (though needs to be told “here” more than once sometimes unless you have a treat) and inquisitive, and has been great with next door’s 4 year-old and with children at the meet and greet.  Jam will very occasionally jump up on you in a kind of hug jump (both paws on your shoulders) in affection.  She’s only done it a couple of times and only to me.  We don’t encourage it, and she’ll go down right away if told, but a new family might enjoy it.  She hasn’t jumped up at strangers or children and is quiet, friendly and good with visitors to the house.  Jam is a gem and enjoys people so much, that she will be a joy for any family.  She also loves the company of other dogs.”

Beautiful Jam

Beautiful Jam

10/27/13

Woke up in the dark again. Little noises.  Mumble mumble 5am mumble.  Foster Dad takes me out.  Talks a lot about something.  No idea what, but he seems to mean well.

Breakfast.  My bowl is apparently second from the left.  It has a big ball in it to slow me down eating.  These people have no idea about the urgency of completing a meal.  But, I’ve decided to pay attention to house rules.  This morning I ducked in only twice to just have a little try of Daisy’s food but was immediately targeted by vigilant FM who is a very scary person.  I like her cuddles though.

A Walk by the River.  Oh boy.  This is just the best, leafiest, squirrelest, sniffiest place on Dog’s earth.

In the afternoon, a cute little human came to our house and he and his Mom sat with my FM on the front porch making a big mess with large orange colored balls.  They were cutting and scooping them out.  I tried sniffing what it was but there was nothing good to smell. Best part was me and my foster sibs got to be on the porch, which I had only previously seen through the window.  FM had put a fence up across the front and it was so much fun, sniffing around, running into the house and back out of the house to sniff and look and be petted more, and back into the house again, and out again, and again with nobody stopping me!

A walk near the Chattahoochee River - what's that I see?

A walk near the Chattahoochee River - what's that I see?

There is so much to discover in those leaves.

There is so much to discover in those leaves.

10/26/13

Hi again!  So, I’m in my kennel (crate they call it) and I need to go out.  Everything is dark.  I can hear lots of different breathings. Somebody in this place must hear me.  So I do some little noises.  Like a bark-ette.  I hear mumbling “mumble mumble 3am mumble.”  No clue what that means but a sound is a good sign. So then I give the single “I need to go potty” bark, which everyone must know.  Except these people.  They need training, obviously.  Foster Mom takes me out. It’s lovely moonlight and stars outside.  I think I’ll do this again tomorrow. Back to kennel.  Eventually the rest of the room gets up. 

Breakfast.  My rule is, I get my breakfast and everybody else’s.  Well, someone’s been watching that program Intervention too much.  Next thing I know, I am not allowed to eat from the other bowls.  That FM, who seemed so nice and friendly last night and shared a starlit walk in the yard with me, doesn’t give an inch. Not good, but I’ll work on her.

Then teeth and ears cleaned (no problem for me) and out into the car.  A most favorite place.  I love car rides. My first morning and already I am riding along with my new foster siblings on an adventure.  I love my foster sibs.  Rolli is like a film star.  Daisy is a bit standoffish, but older girls can be like that.  Spirit is warming up.  I’ve managed to rest my head on his back twice.  We go to a ginormous meet and greet.  I’ve done these before.  Piece of cake.  Look cute, show off my newly bathed and glossy black fur. Be friendly.  Hey, this is who I am.  It’s a walk in the park for me.  Daisy slides under the meet and greet table to snooze, but I love this. People and dogs just everywhere.  I love the people and get lots of compliments.   Loads of greyhounds.  It’s a greyhound and people party!  

Bully Stick time!

Bully Stick time!

Spirit's back is such a comfy place!

Spirit's back is such a comfy place!

Looking for a New Home - October 25, 2013

 

Hi everyone, here I am at my new foster home.  Arrived after dark tonight. I miss my Mommy but everyone is very kind here.  This new place is very interesting.  I explored it as much as I could.  Then I had dinner.  This was my second dinner but the FPs (Foster Parents) didn’t know and I was certainly not going to tell them.  They have lots of beds here, so I’ve decided to relax before bedtime. More tomorrow.

 

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3/3/13

Jam Kushy Kush is a great dog and is doing well with all her commands as well a few extras: lap, sit pretty, sleep, paws up and leave it. She enjoys the inmates and has just a wonderful personality. She brings out smiles and laughter in everyone around her; she'll make a great pet. Jam Kushy Kush is calm, sweet and loving with a young puppy, playful side, too. She loves to play with squeaky toys and to chase people. She's kind of shy about playing with other dogs though she gets along great with them. She's never shown any kind of aggression issues and corrects easily if she occasionally pulls or jumps up in excitement. This little girl just wants to please everyone and will do anything for your love and praise.