Thursday, September 8, 2016

Blur of Fur - Maddie

I also got some nice photos of Maddie at the Blur of Fur.
Like Riley, Maddie also did not see what all of the fuss was about and had little interest in the flirt pole or squawkers.
I am really not sure why. She readily chases plastic and fur lures that move.  But she too was not going to run away from me.  So again, I ran down the middle and called her to me.
Nice recall!

Silly hound!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blur of Fur - Riley

Back in May, I took Riley and Maddie to Southeastern Greyhound Club's Greyfest.  Each greyhound has the chance to run across an arena against a radar detector and a photographer takes photos of the hounds as they run.
 It is so funny because at the far end of the arena, there is a flirt pole with a lure and squawkers making nose.  All of the greyhounds were going crazy except Riley and Maddie.
Riley seemed interested, but she was not going to run away from me so I ran down the middle of the arena and just called her to me.

Go Riley Go!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CKC and DCA Trial - Maddie

No QQs for Maddie and I at this trial. We appear to have a little dry streak looming. Maddie was perfect except for one weave pole error each day. On the first day, she ran by the weave poles in Standard being silly.  On day two, she skipped the first two poles.  And the third day, she popped out early at the end.  But she also did weave perfectly each day in the alternate class.... just wish she could do it twice in one day a bit more frequently.

Monday, August 29, 2016

CKC and DCA Trial - Riley

Riley Bridesmaid has been the bomb!  Two more double qualifiers!  She ran clean 5 out of 6 times.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NDTC Trial - Maddie

QQs eluded Maddie and I at the Nashville trial. The weave poles continue to be our nemesis.

Maddie is otherwise running so well!  We are close to qualifying frequently and consistently.

Monday, August 22, 2016

NDTC Trial - Riley

Riley and I finally earned another double qualifier so we could properly celebrate her third Master Agility Championship.Recall that I miss counted Riley's QQs and learned of her MACH a month later when I received the certificate in the mail. It was a great trial to MACH because the ribbon is so gorgeous!
In total, Riley qualified 5 out of 6 times, earning two double qualifiers.  She is making 10 years old look really good.

Monday, July 25, 2016

MOTC Trial - Maddie

Maddie double qualified on the first day..... the only day that did not get videoed, of course.  She is being silly again and running by weave poles a lot.  She never does in training so I go to trials with all of the confidence that she will nail them in competition and then she doesn't.  Hopefully it will subside soon.

Maddie now has 7 double qualifiers and 5 of those count towards Nationals.  I believe we need 2 more QQs and 200 more points to be officially qualified.  We have until November 30th, I believe, so I feel good about our position.
At this trial, we camped in a tent in a barn.  The girls and I are pretty experienced at this and have been doing it for years along with several friends.  In the middle of the night we awoke to rain pouring down on the metal roof.  It was deafening!  So I checked radar and was not thrilled to see what we were in for.
All those severe thunderstorms headed right for us.  Again, thankfully we were under a roof.  I considered whether to pull the van in and load the dogs into the van, but it was already pouring down rain so I decided it was best for us to stay put. The storms were quite loud and Maddie was nervous. She does not have any noise issues (and I want to keep it that way), but she is not fearless like Seven and Riley are. So I sat up with her for a couple of hours just keeping her calm and reassuring her that the storm was no big deal.... even though I was a little worried about it.  We survived and I think all in all Maddie handled it great.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MOTC Trial - Riley

In June, we competed at the MOTC trial in Tennessee.  I was hoping for a double qualifier so we could grab a bar and a MACH ribbon for Riley's 3rd Master Agility Championship that I skipped over, but it did not happen.  Always one little thing.
But Riley ran great! I had toyed with the idea of retiring Riley. We don't have any goals, she's 10 years old, and sometimes in practice she seems a little disoriented.

But she was so much fun to run and appears to still be having a great time so we will continue for awhile longer.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Bikejoring in New Zealand

How awesome is this!?!?!  Christina Rock, from New Zealand, sent me a picture of herself and her greyhound, Ali, bikejoring.  I had to know more!

Christina got started when she was fostering Harry, an unnamed, unraced, untrained Greyhound that was available for adoption via Southland Greyhound adoption last July. He was young, full of energy, and in need of an active job. Christina had seen my post about bikejoring and knew there was a local sled dog club (Southland Sled Dog Association) that maintained and groomed trails for Canisports (canicross, bikejoring, and skatejoring). The club is very welcoming of all dogs including the non-Nordic breeds.  I am so jealous!
Christina started Harry on canicross (cross country running with your dog) and bikejored him a couple of times.  Thankfully, he was adopted by a lady who is equally active so he continues his active lifestyle.

So Christina eagerly awaited another foster greyhound with similar energy levels to Henry.  In comes Ali, a 3 year old ex-racing greyhound, who she has since adopted.  Ali has really taken to bikejoring!

Ali wears a Front Range Ruffwear harness, a straight shoulder harness. It keeps her back free when she is galloping and distributes weight really well when she is pulling.  The harness is attached to a bungee line, made by a local musher, that is connected to the front of the bike.  You can peddle the bike to help the dog out and use the brakes when you need to slow or stop the dog or to stop the dog from darting off the trail.

Christina was nice enough to use a GoPro on a recent outing.  The first clip is Ali following a pair of huskies.  Christina said she was pulling like a “beast” so she gave her a break after this clip. 

After walking half of a kilometer, Ali had settled into a more moderate pace.

In total, the run was 2.5 kilometers.  Top speed was 29.7 kmh or 18.5 mph for us Americans. 

Recently, Christina and Ali competed in a local sled dog scarper where they have canicross, bikejoring, and relay races open to all breeds.  Ali outperformed a number of huskies in her class on a 2.8 km course with an average speed of 17.3 kmh (10.7 mph).  Go greyhound!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Everyone has had another birthday.  They are all in the same week.  Riley and Seven turned 10 and 8 years old on June 28th and Maddie turned 4 years old on July 2nd!
We got an update on our favorite foster from two years ago. We saved and fostered Jai, a Shar-Pit mix. I saw this picture and just could not get her off my mind.
It broke my heart that she followed her owner OFF LEASH to death's door and he just left her there! There are no adoptions at this county shelter... the dogs have to be pulled by a rescue if they are to be saved. I asked Road Trip Home if they could look at her that I would foster and pay for everything if she passed the temperament test. Thankfully she did and Animal Welfare Society in Maine agreed to take her.  We fostered her for about a month and then she transported from Georgia to Maine and was adopted a couple of weeks later.  Her adopter sent me some pictures and an update on her new happy life.  I shared Jai's history with her.  Then recently, out of the blue, Jai's adopter sent me a few more photos and reiterated how much they love her.

Warms my heart!  I just couldn't be more happy for Jai!
And then on a sad note... my sister's greyhound, Peanut, passed away at the age of 13. She was just one of the dearest of all greyhounds and just such a perfect match for Denise.  My sister would take her to a farm almost everyday.  She would stick close to Denise while she did barn chores. She loved running in the pastures and wading in the ponds. When it was hot, Peanut would stand in a wash rack asking to be hosed off. She didn't swim much, but she loved floating in a life jacket or on a raft in a pool. She would lay on concrete barn aisles, wasn't bothered by flies, and happily accepted butt scratches from my sister's horse, Lester. She was an excellent playmate to her mixed breed dog. So many great pictures, videos, and memories. Here is Denise's tribute to Peanut: