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Stuck on Impulse aka Honey 8/15/18 TOYS!!!

Hey everyone, Honey here with the most exciting thing since one of the boys knocked a bag of treats out of foster mom's hand so they spilled all over the floor!  Oh my goodness......,

 here it is.....,

this might be bigger than peanut butter---

 are you ready???


TOYS!!!!!!
I can't get enough of these things!

This one squeaks when I bite it and makes the perfect pillow when I need a nap!


Do you think if I sit on them like eggs they will hatch more toys?
 
  Wow!! Really, where have these things been all my life? Do you know about these? They are so amazing! I never knew there were such things! There are soft ones and crinkly ones and squeaky ones and bouncy ones and just so many of them!  I had seen the resident hounds pick them up and bite on them sometimes but I never understood until I finally gave it a go for myself. Boy oh boy toys are GREYT!!



Okay I need to go make sure I have plenty of toys on each bed before time to sleep-- I wouldn't want to wake up without at least one in reach!  Tail wags and nose kisses, Honey

Stuck on Impulse aka Honey 8/14/18 Out and About


Hey there everyone, Honey here!  I took a daytrip up to Greyhound Central the other day and met some nice folks but I didn't find my perfect match just yet. Foster Mom says that just gives me more time to hang here with her and learn more new things and be even more ready to dive in to my forever home when I find it. She said she wanted to give me some lessons in socialization. (I learned that means I get to go on field trips!) My first adventure in socialization was to the family vet. All the people there were very nice but I found some other things there even more interesting than the people!


I could hear meowing through this door. Foster mom said despite my super
cute ear pose and begging face she would not let me visit the cat.

 


FM said that funny looking guy in the fence is called a "goat" and he lives here at the vet office. I called out to him but he wouldn't come over to play with me. How rude of him!

My foster sister and I went on another field trip to try and meet some other dogs who aren't greyhounds. We went to this great place called a pet store. There were nice people there who petted me and asked FM questions about me. There were so many new smells I could hardly take them all in. I met another dog called a "lab," she was not even a year old yet so really she was just a puppy. FM tried to take our picture together but we were too busy sniffing each other to take time to strike a pose.  Then I saw the strangest things. FM said they are called "guinea pigs" and I most definitely may not have one. They just looked like they would be so much fun to chase and play with but FM was too afraid I might hurt one. She can be such a party pooper sometimes! The good news was before we left the nice lady at the register gave me a cookie. I love cookies so much I almost forgot about those guinea pigs.....almost.



I could watch this show all day long!


That was a fun field trip, I hope we get to go again!
 

Well that's all the time I have for now. Until next time, love and nose kisses! Honey










Artex Oyster: 8/11/18 - Heartworm Treatment 101

Hi Everyone! Oyster here. I wanted to give you all an update on how I'm doing with my heartworm treatment. For those of you that don't know how it works, let me give you a little introduction. Normally, when a pup is on heartworm prevention he would get one tasty beef chew like the one below or possibly a hard chewable tablet once a month. Instead, I have to take a pile of pills EVERY DAY for a couple months. My foster mom makes it easier on me by wrapping them in something yummy. Still, it's a lot to deal with.  I'm staying positive because I know foster mom cares about me getting better. In a couple months when the pills are done, I have to get a series of injections to kill off any adult worms present. I'm not excited about this, but I am a tough boy ready to take on anything. I don't want any of my other canine friends to go through this too, so please make sure you are giving preventatives to your pups every month. My condition is 100% preventable. There are many different options available, so ask your Veterinarian about which type is best for your canine pal.

P.S. Did you know you can get practically a lifetime supply of preventatives for the cost of heartworm disease treatment? It's a no brainer!



Another thing that's kind of a bummer is I cannot exercise...AT ALL...for months during my treatment. Having a raised heart rate can create risks in my treatment process, so I can't go outside to walk more than just to go potty. I can't play and run, climb or jump. I guess the lucky thing is that I'm a greyhound and a couch potato by nature. Still, I don't like missing out. Since I can't have physical exercise, foster mom tries to do mental games with me to expel my energy. We are doing wait training, quiet time training, and hide and seek with treats/kibble. It's a great way for me to learn the ropes of living in a home too.  Anyway, I wish this wasn't how things have to be, but I'm told if I play by the rules now, I can go on to live a happy, healthy life and eventually be able to romp and have a blast like any other pup!

In the meantime, I'm working on perfecting my sad eyes to get sympathy and lots of treats. How am I doing? Foster mom says she can almost hear Sarah McLachlan playing in the background whenever I look at her. #nailedit!


Finally, I close with some interesting facts about heartworms:

1) Dogs contract heartworms from mosquitos. If you live in an area with lots of them, preventatives are essential!
2) Heartworms are NOT contagious to people or dog to dog. Part of the lifecycle must go through a mosquito for the worms to mature to adults
3) Heartworms can make their way into cats sometimes by mistake, but it is very rare. The dog is the preferred host.
4) There are different stages of heartworm disease progression. If left untreated, heartworm disease is fatal. 
5) Doxycycline (the blue pills in the photo) is an antibiotic used to kill a bacteria the worms need to survive and reproduce. We give it ahead of the injections to sterilize existing worms, so the load can't increase. 



Thanks for reading and until next time!

-Oyster


Myth See All: 8/10/18 - School's In Session

Myth here.

I have had such a busy week. Foster mom has been putting Einstein and I through the paces in this home training course.  I'm doing so well, I thought I'd share some of my achievements. First off I graduated from staying in the crate to learning to use a dog bed properly. I learned you shouldn't put your butt on the wall while on the bed. It's really not comfortable.


I also moved from sleeping at night in the crate to sleeping in foster mom's room with the other dogs. The lesson here - hurry to the room and grab the most comfortable bed!  Foster mom calls it a slumber ball. I'm going to need one of these in my forever home. Just saying.


Believe it or not there was a course on waiting. I don't quite know why we need this one but I've had to repeat this class a few times. Foster mom says we have to wait at every door. Geez does she not know I have to pee in the morning. Waiting isn't the first thing on my mind and yet she insists. My bladder and I are working it out.


I thought cooking class was going to be a breeze. Not!!! Despite our daily efforts, foster mom won't let us help in the kitchen at all. She always says she doesn't need our help. She said in order to pass this class we had to stay completely out of the kitchen. That's just absurd!  I'm going to speak to those nice folks at GEGR and see if I can go to a different school. Did I mention how much I love food?  I could whip up gourmet hound meals if she'd just give me a chance.


There's even a class on Overcoming Your Fears. It's really called Stairs 101 but I like my title better. Us pups found out that this is one of those self teaching classes. You just have to do it and practice makes perfect. These are not my most graceful moments but I make it happen. After all I have to get to the slumber ball first. It's called goals!


Here's another one of my least favorite classes. It involves that crazy wait word again.  After we eat or when foster mom comes home she says we have to calm down and wait to come out of the crate. I used to want my belly rubs so badly that I would rush to get out of the crate. Now I wait like a proper lady should.

So now you know that I've been working really hard for my furever home. I'm ready for graduation day!! Foster mom says that's the day I pick out my furever family and they take me home to live with them. I'll show off all of my home training skills. I've got my cap and gown. All I need is my diploma.🎓


CG's Einstein: 8/9/18 - Bunny Patrol

Einstein here.

My toes got a good rest and I'm back to tell you some more about me.  Foster mom reports that I'm a good boy in the house.  I get along with all of the other pups.  I like to play tag with the only other boy pup.  He gets me, then I get him. You know how it goes.


Foster mom thought I could use some help with my leash manners.  She took me for a walk at night all by myself.  I was a little nervous at first but I was getting the hang of it.  There was a lot of turning around and it seemed like I was going in circles. And then it happened!


Just as the sun was going down, I thought I saw a bunny rabbit!  I wasn't sure but I gave it my full attention.  Is it? Could it be?


I did see a bunny rabbit!! It ran across the street right in front of my eyes.  I readied myself to give chase but foster  mom wouldn't let me. She said I don't have to chase the bunnies any more. I had to settle for just watching it run away. That was different.


I'm not sure that letting the rabbit go was a good idea but the treats I got for staying by foster mom were worth it.

I wonder if I'll see any more rabbits on our walks? I'm ready. Maybe my forever family will take me out for rabbit watching. That would be fun.

I feel a nap coming on. I need to dream about rabbits. See ya later.


Stuck On Impulse aka Honey 8-9-18 Getting Comfy!

Hi everyone, it's me Honey!  I told you I was learning a lot in my foster home so foster mom said I should tell you about what I'm learning. First of all people are my favorite, better than other hounds, maybe even better than treats, oh I just love the people, all the people!! I want to stay near them and keep my eye on them in case they hand out treats or feel like giving some ear rubs. Here I am hanging out in the kitchen watching foster dad make dinner.

I hope he lets me taste test!

My foster siblings told me there are way better places to lay down that are more comfy than the hard kitchen floor. They said there are even better poses to lay in. When you live in a house you aren't in a kennel all the time so you can really stretch out.  Here I am on the rug trying this stretch out idea.

Foster mom said something about yoga.... is that anything like yogurt?


Am I getting it right now? I asked. Well, halfway... they said. Halfway? What could be better than this? Then they told me about beds! When you lay on a bed it's all soft and cushy and you can really get that stretch and roll. My foster brother rolls all the way over on his back and calls that pose a roach. I haven't quite got the hang of it like he does yet, but I sure am enjoying the practice! What do you think?? 
Paws up who's loving retirement so far? THIS GIRL!!


I'm going to practice my roach pose some more now, maybe I'll get it perfected in time to show it off to my forever family when I meet them. Foster mom says I have more to learn too so I better wrap up my blog time. Hugs and nose kisses and see you soon!  Honey

CG's Einstein: 8/9/18 - Intros Are in Order

Hi Everyone, I'm Einstein.

It's been an exciting week with so much happening and I decided it was time to introduce myself. My foster mom said she would do it but it's taking forever. So I'll just tell you all about Einstein. With a name like Einstein, I'm certainly smart enough. Ok, we got that out of the way.

I'm a bright 4 year old pup from a race kennel in WV. I came last Saturday with 9 other pups to start my journey into retired life. I was assigned to a foster home first to learn the ropes. I'm not alone though. My friend Myth is learning with me. We have two resident hounds to help us out. Boy is it a lot to learn. Don't worry though, I can do it.


That first day was very long so when we arrived at foster mom's house she just pointed us to our crates. I was tired and a bit camera shy. 

Foster mom said I have to learn all kinds of house stuff but that I'm a fast learner. It's the name.  I've learned that all my business goes outside. No accidents in my crate or the house. I discovered all kinds of good things in the kitchen but foster mom says I can't help myself to what's on the counters. I'm not sure this rule makes sense. My food bowl is up there. Why can't I just get it myself. I think this one should still be open for debate.

Well there's a lot more to tell but learning how to use this keyboard thing is hard. I'm going to rest my paws for now. Come back soon and I'll share some of the cool stuff I'm learning.

Foster Mom, I need another one of those pawdicures. My toes hurt.