Category Archives: Therapy dog

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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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???

Australia’s National Adoption Day

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National Adoption Day is coming up on Sunday 29th!

GAP SA is joining with Australia’s adoption programs for National Adoption Day!

As part of National Adoption Day, GAP SA are holding a celebration of all things greyhound here at Angle Park! We will have greyhounds available for adoption on the day as well as a bouncy castle, face-painting, footy themed fancy dress competition for those bringing their greyhounds along and stalls with dog food, treats and toys. The event kicks off at 11am and goes until 3pm here at 55 Cardigan Street, Angle Park with food and drinks available courtesy of the Regency Park Rotary Club. National Adoption Day is the first time Australia’s adoption programs have all come together to promote an adoption day of this type with the Boy from Oz and greyhound lover Todd McKenney the official ambassador of the day.

For more information please call 8243 7124 or visit our website for more information on GAP SA.

If you are interested in adopting on the day, please go to the website –http://gapsa.org.au/adopt/application-to-adopt/ – and fill out the adoption application. This will help to fast track the adoption process on the day.

When: Sunday, 29 April
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm

              Meet Ollie at Adoption Day

                                                
GAP SA Ambassador and Port Power star Ollie Wines will also be appearing at National Adoption Day as part of the festivities and is looking forward to meeting all of our greyhounds and followers on the day.

Ollie will be at the event from 12pm to 1:00pm.

You will also have to keep an ear out for Ollie on the radio advertising the day on station 5AA!

Who knows, I might even take therapy dog Rassilon along to show him off.

Who knew?

My laser engraver died, but I have plenty of other computer toys to keep me going. Well, I was looking through the programs that are on my computer and found one that looked like fun.

The problem was, it is already installed on the computer, so I have no instructions to go with it. But when you use computers a lot, you can usually work things out. (It’s the same with mobile phones).

Anyway, I made this up yesterday. Unfortunately the first piece of music I selected was copyright, so YouTube wouldn’t publish the video. Which is strange, because I downloaded the piece from YouTube. But they make the rules, and sometimes, they look like idiots.

Anyway, here is my first try with AVS Video Editor(Of course it’s about Rassilon).

(P.S. I don’t use mobile phones a lot, but I do change phones regularly, which is how I get to use so many. I am NOT a phone addict, I can put my phone down).

Guess who’s asleep.

well deserved rest

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.

freezer

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.