Monday, January 28, 2008

Not Your Typical Saturday Night

Nope, not at all. I have to say though, many fond memories flooded my head as I was preparing for our first ever Greyhound pajama party! Yep, you read that right! Remi, Sugar, and Lucy invited their Greyhound buddies Rosie, Lindsey, and Bella over for an old-fashioned pajama party.

It was great! Just as I remember those I attended as a teenager. We didn't have a seaonce nor did we make prank phone calls but the Greyhounds were just as happy to jump into their jammies for their version, while we all enjoyed the movie "Pretty Woman" and some great food, if I say so myself.

The problem with having a Greyhound pajama party is this - all they want to do is sleep! Check it out!

Perhaps next time we'll invite some boys over and have a co-ed pajama party. Don't you think that would excite the girls a bit? Maybe they would get off the couch or off their dog beds long enough for the popcorn! And they totally missed the ice cream!

Silly dogs, we'll just have to keep them up to midnight the next time so they can truly experience a real pajama party with all the necessities (perhaps I'll make some Frosty Paws for them). Just like the ones I remember so well!

I must put in a plug for the jammies. I purchased them from . All proceeds benefit greyhound adoption groups. If you decide to order from them, check with Polly,, before placing an order to see what prints she has available and what sizes. She can send you a PayPal bill as well so you don't have to snail mail your order. Well worth it, I say, and much as I hate to say it, I hope we have a few more cold nights so the girls can enjoy their jammies before the season is over.
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Monday, January 21, 2008

Last Weekend

I've been remiss in mentioning our field trip to the Birmingham Race Course last Saturday. We, Southeastern Greyhound Club, go over once a year usually the 2nd or 3rd weekend in January. This year we had 68 people signed up to go. We met at Cumberland Mall and then met the West-side folks at the first Alabama Rest Center on I-20. Unfortunately I overshot the reststop and had to drive about 20 extra miles to get off and get on exits to turn around. OMG, I won't be doing that again!

Anyway, we then took our caravan from the Rest Center to the track getting there right on time to start our tour of the Adoption Kennel and then the one of the Racing Kennels. Then, on to watch weigh in and then up to our Skybox to watch a few races.

The highlight, of course, is getting to see the dogs race. Oh, and that they did. Here are a few pictures. Just an awesome time watching the Greyhounds do what they love doing!

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Oops, It Did It Again!!

Snow again! Twice in one week - who would have thunk it? The girls really aren't all that thrilled about it. Actually, Remi and Lucy love it but Sugar could do without it. She'd rather be inside where it's warm!

Here Remi and Sugar are smurfing the snow. They are really eating it. Brr, it's got to be cold! But they didn't seem to mind all that much!

Here Lucy is just being Lucy!

It's almost all gone now but now they are forecasting freezing rain for in the morning! This is Accuweather's forecast for Tuesday:

High: 47°F RealFeel®: 46°F

A bit of rain or drizzle, freezing on surfaces early; mostly cloudy

Ergh!! I've got Spring fever something fierce! Come on Spring, hurry!!
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

It finally snowed! Yeah!!!! And the girls enjoyed it so much. Well, I say that and I think they did but check out this shot. They aren't dummies - they were under cover and weren't getting wet by those big bad white very wet snowflakes!

It really was quite beautiful as you can see by this picture. Unfortunately I had a meeting to get to so I didn't get to stay home and enjoy it. Instead, I was driving in it. Not so bad, not like others were thinking it was going to be. There were only 6 people at the meeting! I should have stayed home!

Here the girls are way back in the back corner (you can't even see them it's so dark) sniffing and playing. It was really nice that they were able to see snow. Sugar grew up in Colorado and raced there as well so she has seen it but Remi is an Alabama dog and Lucy a Florida dog, so they were due to see some of the white stuff. Maybe we'll get some more this winter! I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Pin It

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I'm Curious

Well that title is pretty loaded, isn't it? I'm curious about alot of things (thank goodness), but on my way home yesterday from work I was driving along approaching a 2-way stop sign. I stopped, looked to my right (as I was taught in driver's ed class back in high school) and was about to look to my left when something caught my eye. It was a big beautiful doe running full stride across the road on my right. I wondered how it could move so fast across the pavement since their hoofs aren't particularly made for such a surface. I imagine they perform much better on the surface of the forest. Nonetheless, she was running pretty fast and, of course, she did not look both ways before crossing! :) I did, however, and after marveling at her and her majestic self, I proceeded across the road to continue my journey home. I was very cautious as I was afraid she'd come barreling out of the woods toward me! Been there, done that and it ain't fun!

I'm curious though, do you suppose a deer could out run a Greyhound? I'm going to say no. We all know that the Greyhound is the second fastest land animal having been clocked at speeds up to 45 mph. Second only to the Cheetah who has been clocked at speeds up to 46 mph. That would be a good, competitive race, don't you think? I think the Cheetah would win if it were a long distance race because the Greyhound is a sprinter, however, if a short distance it would definitely be a close race.

BTW, it looks like the ole deer can only run 35 mph. Not even a challenge for the Greyhound! Actually I know some Greyhounds who took down a deer not so long ago. It wasn't a pretty sight and it shows they are no doubt slower than the Greyhound. Pin It

Monday, January 14, 2008

In The News

I just have to say how disturbing the news is of late. In particular, last week was absolutely a heinous week for brutal killings, or so it seems. There was the case of the missing hiker from Buford, Meredith Emerson who was found beheaded, her body and head found in different places in the woods of Dawson County. The man charged with her death, Gary Hilton, is also accused of killing a north Florida woman whose body was found in December in the woods of the Apalachicola National Forest. She had also been decaptiated. There are many details of both murders which are very similar and which link Hilton to both. He will be charged with her death as well.

Also, North Carolina officials have named Hilton as a suspect in the slaying in October of an elderly couple. Avid hikers John, 79, and Irene Bryant, 84, were last seen alive on Oct. 20 in the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. Her body was found bludgeoned three weeks later while John Bryant remains missing and is believed dead.

In each case, officials have placed Hilton in the vicinity. Further, each of the victims' ATM cards were used, and the bodies were recovered in state or national forests.

Then there was the disappearance of Cayle Bywater who was last seen with her dog at Memorial Park in Athens on the afternoon of Dec. 29. Her dog was found and her glasses were found a few days later but no Cayle. Her body was found in a lake in Memorial Park on Friday, January 11. An autopsy performed on Saturday confirmed she had drown. The authorities have determined there was no foul play and no link to Hilton.

Then the man from Idaho who believed he bore the biblical "mark of the beast" actually used a circular saw to cut off one of his hands, then he proceeded to cook it and then he had the foresight to call 911 before he bled to death. The man, who is in his mid-20s, was placed in protective custody at a mental health center. Do ya think?

And then there was the Vietnamese man who has admitted throwing his four young children off an Alabama bridge. The children ranged in age from a few months to three years. Two bodies of the youngest of the four have been recovered. Divers and search teams continue to search the bayou shoreline for the remaining two bodies.

Oh, and I can't forget to mention the man in Texas who killed and mutilated his girlfriend. Officers found what they thought was her ear boiling in a pot on a stovetop at the crime scene, and a hunk of flesh on a plate, impaled on a fork at the kitchen table. Authorities say it is unclear whether McCuin consumed any part of the woman's body.

I think the country has gone mad! I can't recall a more horrific news week. It honestly makes you not want to turn on the TV or read a newspaper. All I can say is it is all very disturbing. I am more than ever convinced I need to purchase a handgun for protection. Not to worry - when I do I plan to attend a gun handling class in my county that is specifically for women!

What else are we to do, I ask? That and perhaps put Prozac in the water system around the entire country! :) Now, that's an idea worth pondering. Pin It

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Oh My doG!

And people actually think I'm nuts for buying jammies for my Greyhounds? That ain't nothing compared to this, What an absolute hoot! But you know, it's probably fun for the people and definitely for the dogs. I might have to check into it. :) Pin It