Category Archives: Rassilon

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”.

red sky

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”.

tofu

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).

 

SETI-radio-telescopes

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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.

New place new noise

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.

I'm not a dog

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).

OGA_LOGO

Greyhound Bird dog

Today was go for a drive day. Se we went to Seaford for some shopping, then we stopped off at Old Noarlunga so Rassilon could stretch his legs.

We walked across the Princess Diana memorial park and down to the river where all the birds were hanging out.

Down stream

Looking downstream towards the beach

up stream

Looking upstream towards Noarlunga.

Rassilon got his first chance to see wild birds close up.

First view of ducks

But as with most things for Rassilon, the novelty soon wore off, just leaving me with a great photo opportunity.

Just ducks

This might just get made into a poster print.

Having seen the birds, and sniffed everything and had a pee, I think Rassilon enjoyed himself today. And now, he is back in bed.

But it’s the same dog!

Wednesday, visiting day. Well it is for a while. Apparently there is someone new in the southern area that has joined TDS, so she might be given some visits that I normally do. And I think that would be a good thing for Rassilon. It will give him (us) a rest.

I was reading through the TDS paperwork, and to stay a member of TDS you have to do one visitation per month. Well Rassilon and I have been doing 2 a week, sometimes 3 a week for over 12 months, with just a couple of weeks off when I couldn’t drive.

But today was a strange day. Rassilon was more at home getting patted by the staff at the hospital than by the patients. However, when we went into one ward, we had a special time when we joined the patients for afternoon tea. They had cooked some quiches earlier and we ate them. I was given one, but by the time I asked what was in it, it was in Rassilon.

After we finished the visit and I did the paperwork, because I am invited every week by the hospital, I was given a free flu vaccination. General visitors don’t get it, but because the hospital askes me in, I was given it, because, apparently, I am classed as a contractor.

On the way out to the car a woman ran up to us. I thought she wanted to pat Rassilon, but it turned out her husband was a patient in the hospital, but was away from his room having physio when we went by, so he missed Rassilon. So I said we would go back and see him. Well it took us about 10 minutes just to get through the nurses station.

One nurse had been scared of dogs, but a few weeks ago she was encouraged to pat Rassilon, which she did, with ONE finger. Today, it was both hands. Then Rassi decided to lie down on the floor, so another nurse was sitting on the floor beside him patting him. Then we got to go to see the patient, and we stayed there for a while.

Now, this morning Rassilon had a bath. I did it today because the sun was out and quite warm but not too hot, and there was a breeze blowing, so I thought he would dry off quickly. When I let him out I took some photos. These 2 photos are taken in the same light with the same camera less than 1 minute apart, but look at the difference in colour.

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This is close to Fawn/Brindle

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This is not even on the colour chart.

This is what he looks like most of the time. But it isn’t fawn / brindle. It isn’t light / brindle and it’s not blue / brindle. That is why he gets so much attention from other greyhound owners, because he is such a unique colour. And he can quickly change colours, just like in the 2 photos.

Rassilon, a cross between a Greyhound and a Chameleon.

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.

After bath

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.

after bath downside

Which way did the wet dog go???