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About David

I adopted a GAP greyhound when my Doberman was put to sleep. Owning a greyhound is different to owning another breed, but worth the effort.

Shopping day

Saturday, time to go and have a coffee, get Rassilon some pats and do some shopping.

Unfortunately, this week it was dog food shopping. Rassilon’s freezer was icing up (I don;t know why), so I let it run out and I went to buy him some more food. And yes, Rassilon has his own freezer. It was a Christmas present a couple of years ago, so I could have room in my freezer.

I am living on frozen food at the moment as I want to empty my freezers. When my mother left, I bought her big freezer, which came filled with food, so added to my chest freezer, upright freezer, bar sized freezer and the fridge/freezer…I can survive for a while yet on frozen food.

But today was shopping for Rassilon to restock. I didn’t get his chickens feet, because they are at another shopping centre, but I did manage to go wild enough.

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Not quite 3 weeks worth, and no chickens feet yet.

That will do Rassilon for 20 day’s. He gets 2 meals out of each packet of mince, and I get the cheap mince because of the extra fat, as greyhounds need fat in their diet for their skin. The sardines are also for his coat, and he loves his sardines. The devon (also known as Fritze) is just a treat for when I go out.

On the bright side, I got 2 loaves of bread and some drinking chocolate.

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Rassilon just likes to go out, then, straight away, turn around and come back in

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No, it’s not just them.

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Apparently I am not the only one…

I have just priced Rassilon’s new collar. It is going to cost $45.00. $20.00 for the HANDMADE plain black 2″ Martingale collar, which is getting made right now, When it arrives I will take it and get “RASSILON” embroidered in gold letters on it. If I get all capitals it will be big enough to fill the height of the collar, The embroidery is another $25.00.

But it’s Christmas, and Rassilon deserves to be spoiled, and it will be easier for people in the homes and hospitals to see his name.

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What will Rassilon put up with?

Greyhounds are not the ‘huggy’ type dog. It takes their owner time to build a relationship with the dog to a point where the dog trusts the owner isn’t going to hurt it while grabbing it around the neck.

Today in the hospital, Rassilon met someone that loves dogs, misses hers and doesn’t know the traits of greyhounds, so she gave Rassilon a hug.

Now I knew he really hated every moment, but he was the perfect gentleman, and stood there while the woman hugged him.

Her room mate got a kiss, and they both wanted photos with Rassilon, so I was ready with a camera and will drop the photos off tomorrow morning before we go to the nursing home at Woodcroft. (Out first visit there).

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Greyhounds don’t really like hugs from strangers

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Obviously I am not the only greyhound owner to have to put up with this.

 

 

 

 

Early Christmas celebrations

There is no particular reason Rassilon needs dark glasses.

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2 Irishmen were looking for work when they saw a position vacant notice that read “Tree Fellers Wanted”

                                                One turned to the other and said,                                                “It’s a pity Murphy isn’t with us or we could have gone for that”.

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How greyhounds vary

After a couple of horribly hot days, it has cooled down. In fact the storm is close by. We had some rain and the temperature is plummeting from todays forecast of 34 (it was closer to 39 here) to tomorrows forecast  of 21.

But how does this show variety in greyhounds. Well I have spoken to people who have greyhounds that are terrified of storms, someone told me recently her dog will go into the master bedroom and then into the walk-in wardrobe and curl up in the back corner as far away from the door as it can get.

 Rassilon, on the other hand was standing outside in the thunder and lightning. There is no rain at the moment, just thunder and lightning. Does that bother Rassilon? He does his best wolf impression and toughs it out.

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Thunder and lightning? Worry me?…I say HA! to thunder and lightning

(Do you notice how he gets the reddish shade on his shoulders from the sun?)

Of course, having cooled down, it is back to the natural home of the greyhound...BED. Unfortunately, he likes mine.

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There are no covers on the bed because it has been too hot for them.

When he is asleep in the bed, if there is a really loud clap of thunder, Rassilon will raise his head to see what the noise is, then he goes straight back to sleep. But if I were to turn on a ceiling fan, he would be a trembling wreck in another room or outside

(P.S. The rain has finally started, so I am going to go and stand in it)

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A man dies, goes to Heaven, and sees St. Peter. There are many clocks surrounding him so the man asks, “What are these clocks for?” St. Peter replies, “These are lie clocks, they tick once for every lie you tell. Here we have Mother Teresa’s clock. She has never lied so the clock has not moved. Honest Abe has only lied twice in his life, so it has only ticked twice.” The man then asks, “So where is Donald Trump’s clock?” St. Peter replies, “Oh, that is in Jesus’ office, he is using it as a fan!”

 

Breaking the heat barrier.

Therapy Dog Service has a rule that tf the temperature is over 34 celsius, visits will be canceled, so the dogs aren’t stuck in a hot car. I have told them that because Noarlunga Hospital is so close, I can run the car for a while to get the air conditioner right, then drive down to the hospital so I do’t have to worry about the temperature. Which is lucky because today we would have cancelled the visit if I was to be a stickler to the rules.

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Just before leaving home.

We got to the hospital and had a really good visit. Rassilon wasn’t his absolute best, but it was so hot,  I couldn’t blame him for that. He was panting, but it was the heat, and he was not stressed at all. In fact, he went above and beyond with his visiting. Even convincing someone who didn’t want to pat him, to pat him. 

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She was worried the gloves would scare Rassilon. He showed her they didn’t.

Again, Rassilon was patted by more staff than patients, but everyone wanted to pat him, and he was happy to be patted and to make people feel better. When they are in bed and not well, having Rassilon come in and stick his nose into their hand made a few people feel special.

On then way out we passed the big indigenous mural that hangs in the main hallway of the hospital. There is a story behind this, but to be honest, I don’t know what it is. But it brightens the place up.

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Physics Anyone?

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Tissues at the ready…

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This is so much like my story with Rassilon, that it is difficult to read without remembering the early days.

From the start I got Rassilon on the foster to  adopt plan, so when I went to pick him up, I really had no idea of what I was going to get, and my first sight of him left me wondering if this would all work out.

But, as I have said before, after 3 days I contacted GAPSA and told them they weren’t getting him back. and things just keep getting better.