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Special treat day today

The day started out expensive. I went to buy some new glasses, I have to have bifocals, but the main part of the lens will be almost plain, with the reading lens being the bifocal  insert. As they will be used for driving, I added transition lenses that go dark in the sun. As a result, I was relieved of almost $500.00 for them.

Then I applied to join the lawn bowls club, when approved (on Monday), that will be about another $400.00. in club fees and Bowls SA fees. And even though the application hasn’t been approved yet, (but it will be), I am signed up to play a game next Saturday. The problem is, I have brand new bowls that I have NEVER rolled, and it has been 20 years since I played. (I bought the bowls and a bag, and typically, they were not cheap).

Anyway, the good bit.

The bowling club in in the area behind the football oval, so as I was driving out, I stopped and took a big gamble. I let Rassilon out the car with no leash and easy access to 2 busy roads, so he could have a run on the big oval.

I took him onto the oval and let him stretch his legs, which he did and enjoyed to the max, even wanting to play and have me chase him.BUT THEN…he ran under the fence away from the oval.

Now, this is the fantastic bit. He had his exercise, the ducked under the fence and went up to the car and stood there for me to catch up and let him in. He DID NOT run away, he just went to where he was comfortable.

I was so proud of him right them. He had the perfect chance to run away, but prefered just to go to the car.

Rassilon just keeps making me proud of him. When we go to the college next week, he may be allowed off his leash, as we will be with Abby and Bella again, 2 dogs he knows and gets on with.

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Leash not needed, but he wears it inside the hospital.

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How greyhounds cope with the cold

After quite a nice day when the plumbers and tiler came to fix some taps, and Rassilon got to meet people and get patted, the weather started to cool down.

During the night I remembered that I hadn’t taken Rassilon’s breakfast out of his freezer, so I dragged myself out of bed into the freezing house to get it. (Yes, he has his own freezer).

I put it on the draining board to thaw out, and while I was there I checked the thermometer. It read 4.3 degrees. It was no wonder I was cold.

But what about poor Rassilon? He doesn’t have the layer of fat I do to keep him warm. But as it turned out, he didn’t need it.

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And when I got out the bed, he did his usual trick of stretching out and making himself comfortable, not worrying that I can’t get back in the bed because there is a dog hogging it all.

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It’s all about the greyhound.

I was asked to write some notes about what I do on therapy visits. I have a relative in Scotland that wants to get into therapy dog work. Well, I thought this would be easy and quick. Luckily I have qualifications as a freelance writer, because once I started to write something, that would remind me of something else. So my quick note turned into 3 pages. The journalism meant I was not worried about typing for a long time, and was able to put the thoughts into an understandable format.

Let’s hope it helps him decide, and he gets involved. There is nothing nicer than meeting someone and brightening up their day. But some people wouldn’t like it, because the dog is the main attraction, not the handler.

Rassilon is so popular in the hospital we visit, we can (sorry to say), get away with a few things that aren’t allowed by Therapy Dog Service or the hospital, like barking or being let off his leash in the garden. But by doing a bit more than needed and working with the staff instead of to a timetable, we have gained that freedom.

(Remember, I used to work in a hospital with the nurses, so I know what they do, and I will try my best to help them get their job done)

One thing we do for example, the official time of the visit is 90 minutes, but I don’t think there has been too many days when we have stayed less than 120 minutes. On one occasion we were at the hospital for 210 minutes.

So when Rassilon puts in such an effort to work and meet people for that long, well, he deserves to have a few luxuries, like his own blankets, fresh meat, snack treats or MY BED.

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Grey dogs can jump

Hospital visiting day again. Boy that comes around quickly. Of course, I forgot to take Rassilon’s dinner, so I had to buy him a sausage roll. He didn’t complain about that. After I finished my sandwich, I took him out into the garden for a wee, then because the garden is fully enclosed and there were only a few people outside, I broke the rules and let Rassilon off his leash.

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Free to roam, and well away from me.

Well, everyone was fascinated at how quick he was racing around the garden, and ripping lumps of grass up with his big claws, then one of the nurses that was having dinner, put her hand out to him, so in typical Rassilon style, he decided that getting patted was better than running around.

As he was running and I was walking, I got into a gap between a bench and a tree, where he should have run, but I was now blocking it, so, still going fast, he went OVER the bench, the first time I have seen Rassilon jump, and he cleared it easily.

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Over the bench. Grey dogs can jump.

Of course it doesn’t take much to tire out a greyhound, so next week we will save the running until AFTER the visit, because he was too worn out today. He did a good job, and some people might be happy with it, but I know he can do much better.

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Worn out, and we haven’t even started visiting. 

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I’m not homophobic.

I like my house.

Lifestyle conscious hippy greyhound.

On a night when the scenery out the back of the house is so colourful, I was faced with the sad realisation I have a lifestyle conscious hippy greyhound, just after I said, “You wouldn’t eat this”.

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I don’t think the photo conveys the vividness of the colours completely.

I had prepared something for tea earlier on, and I just have to put it in the microwave to heat it up when I am hungry. It is Mac and Cheese with added tofu cubes and extra cheese to bulk it up.

I cut 6 slices of tofu and grilled them, then cut 3 slices into cubes and added it to the bowl with some extra cheese. Later in the evening I was wondering what I could do with the 3 remaining slices of grilled tofu.

At this point, Rassilon dragged himself out of bed and wandered into the kitchen mooching for something to eat, so I held up a slice of tofu with the comment “You wouldn’t eat this”.

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This was the third slice!

I stand corrected.

(This week in the hospital Rassilon had a white collar with pink patches and unicorns on it. People commented on the pink for a male, so I jokingly said, he was comfortable will his feminine side. I didn’t realise he was a hippy).

 

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He’s just showing off now.

We went to Unley today for a therapy visit, and as expected, it was 2 hours traveling for a 1 hour visit, but we stayed an extra hour and made it worthwhile. I wouldn’t mind going back there again, it was so relaxed, there was no set schedule, we just had to hang around and people would come and see Rassilon if they wanted.

Rassilon had a good time, and I even let him off his leash. There weren’t a lot of people in the centre because of the cold, wet weather, but Rassilon went up to those that were there and got his pat, but he only went up to someone if they spoke to him first. He didn’t just push himself onto people.

One woman was sitting on the arm of the settee and patting him, so he made it easy for her, he climbed up onto the settee and sat beside her so she didn’t have to bend over. Another woman commented that he was leaning on her as she patted him, so I explained about the greyhound lean. Of course, Rassilon takes it further and does, what I am naming, the “Rassilon slouch“.

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Belly resting on knee, The Rassilon Slouch.

When we got there it was all new, so when someone made a noise in the kitchen, Rassilon was interested.

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New noises in a new place…very interesting.

Of course, Rassilon either gets used to things quickly, or has a short attention span, so he tried being a dog for a while, well it was something new.

A dogs place.

Don’t know about this dogs on the floor rule.

So we had a fun run on the slippery floor, before he decided that “this dog stuff isn’t for me”.

After he tried being a dog for a while, he realised, he didn’t like it, so…No dogs on the furniture, especially the 2 week old leather settee, Rassilon thought that was a stupid rule and decided not to accept it.

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I’m not a dog, so I sleep on the settee.

(The staff saw him and actually thought it was good that he climbed up, and they didn’t complain about him being there, like me, they thought it showed how relaxed he was being there).

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Bath Time

One of the drawbacks of owning a greyhound is that you have to modify their diet to include oil. It might be oil with their meals or a tin of oily fish every few days, Rassilon LOVES sardines, but doesn’t complain about tuna.

Greyhounds don’t produce body oil, which is why you have to add it to their diet, to help keep their coat in good condition. The benefit of this is, they don’t smell like ‘ordinary’ dogs, and there is nothing for dirt to stick to, so greyhounds are generally cleaner than other dogs, so they don’t need a bath as often.

Well today was Rassilon’s 6 monthly bath. He gets a wash weekly, because I want him looking good (and smelling nice) when we go visiting. But for a deep clean, it’s 6 monthly.

Things started off well. Rassilon was resting on the bed (there’s a surprise)  when I called him, and he came right into the bathroom without a leash or even me touching him. I had to pick him up and put him in the bath, but he just stood there while I washed him and conditioned him with the typically expensive doggy products.

But the good part was when I was finished and looked at the bath. You can see why they can go so long without a bath, and it is probably only things they roll in or rub against that will cause a smell.

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The film on top of the bath is conditioner residue, but you can see the bottom of the bath…CLEAN

Of course there is a downside to washing ANY dog. Perhaps do it in a vinyl floor covered area.

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Which way did the wet dog go???

Guess who’s asleep.

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Lots of pats, means lots of sleep.

Rassilon is off with the birds, but he deserves it today. He did an excellent job in the hospital and met close to 100 people JUST TODAY.

The funny part was, when we had finished the visit and had just been to get the car park ticket so we could get out for free, we walk back to the car, but we have to go right through the hospital.

Obviously we were stopped by more people that wanted to pat Rassilon, then the staff that know Rassilon wanted him to say goodbye, so he did, and we carried on, but only as far as the endoscopy unit, where all the nurses came out to the hallway.

“We’re not complaining, we just wanted to have a pat”, so Rassilon had to stop again and got pats from the units nurses, plus a few from people walking past.

When we got home (about an hour later than we are supposed to), we went to bed. I slept for about 30 minutes, but Rassilon hasn’t got out of bed, not even to go for a wee, (nearly 7 hours now).

Well, when a greyhound needs about 20 minutes exercise a day (some like more but GAPSA recommended 20 minutes minimum), and Rassilon was at the hospital walking around and getting patted for 180 minutes, he will want to sleep. I’m not complaining. He did an excellent job today, and I am really proud of how we worked.

In the meantime, I have been rearranging furniture and playing with my sticker maker. I now have the Seal of Rassilon on the side windows of the car, I have some cool additions to my crash helmets, (greyhounds of course), and I did something special, for the special boy.

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Yes! Rassilon has his OWN freezer with all his food in it. Mince and Chooky Foots.

I had been making some keyrings, but the laser engraver had a fit and died. Luckily I have plenty of other computer toys to keep me occupied. I had promised to make some keyrings for my great niece and nephew before the engraver died, so at least I managed that. And the engraver wasn’t too expensive, so I will probably get another one, because I still have LOTS of disks and key chains.

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42? It means a lot if you know Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Now I think it is time for a coffee, and go and join Rassilon in bed.