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Passed the Test

Well, CC did it again! She passed her Therapy dog test (on her first try) & is now officially in training. Our first in hospital visit will be on Nov 1.



Cecilia passed her Canine Good Citizen test today with flying colors. In 2 weeks, we have an appointment to have her evaluated to be a therapy dog. She needs to pass a preliminary screening and have 3 hours of (flawless) evaluation/execution in the field. The lady I’ll be evaluating under runs the therapy dog program at Kaiser hospital here in town. Very exciting!



Cecilia Gets Discovered – Living the CA dream

I was out walking with CC yesterday, when we were approached by Stephanie Squier, a photographer. She wants to do a photoshoot of CC for free… she’ll give me the photos for personal use, then make the proofs available for sale as stock photos.

We decided to wait a little while while we complete her Therapy Dog status, at which time she’ll be able to wear the special vest & patches signifying her status. Both Stephanie and I think that this would be a good photo for the portfolio.

Talk about a good life: CC is truly living the California dream. Is this the beginning of her modeling career… what next, movies?


Unicorns & Rainbows

I just looked at my last few blogs and realized that I probably sound unhappy. Not true! Things are good for me right now. I am having an fun and relaxing summer. My health is good. Friendships are great. Work is looking up. I went on a couple of fun dates recently. Nothing much to complain about.

Oh, and my dog continues to ROCK!! I am just bonkers about her. I am planning a party next week: a “Retirement” party for CC (since she’s a retired racing greyhound.) I’ll be serving Greyhound cocktails (that’s vodka and grapefruit juice.)


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Little Friends

CC is a very friendly dog. She gets along with adults, children, and other big and medium-sized dogs well. The other day I took CC to the dog park & she made quick friends with the large dogs at the park. Then an owner brought a mop-like little white dog to the park. This teacup-sized dog must have been a pomeranian/poodle mix or some such ridiculousness. It just looked too much like a bunny rabbit or stuffed animal to me. I didn’t want to take any chances that CC would see this little guy as an easy target. I lunged for CC’s collar and took her home right away.

Today, I took CC with me over to Matt’s house. Matt and I worked, while CC and Butter (his labrador) had a play date. Neither of us were really paying attention when CC came in the house & immediately found Neptune, the family cat. But CC was perfectly friendly with Neptune. The cat wasn’t amused with the slobbering monster greyhound towering over her, but nothing bad happened.

Maybe I can take a deep breath and calm down a bit when it comes to CC making little friends. Her “prey drive” isn’t super high. Thank goodness!


Grinning and Cockroaching Greyhound

OK… I know I’m a little transfixed on my new dog. So sue me!

Greyhounds are weird dogs. In this photo Cecilia is displaying 3 ways in which greyhounds are weird.

  1. They can sleep with their eyes open, like a cat. In this photo, CC is actually asleep.
  2. Greyhounds sometimes sleep in this “cockroaching” position.
  3. Normally when a dog displays his/her teeth, it’s a sign of aggression. Not so with GH’s. With GH’s this is a sign of happiness and contentment. Below, she’s doing what is called “grinning” among GH owners.

So this photo shows that Cecilia is a happy dog, totally comfortable in her new environment. I think that’s pretty darn cool. We’re only 4 days into bonding & her whole new life.

CC - a Cockroaching & Grinning Greyhound


CC Outings & Firsts

I took Cecilia to the Torrey Pines Glider Port and to the Del Mar dog beach yesterday. She loved both!

Here are some photos.

CC beachdog


Name = Cecilia / CC


So I decided to call my dog Cecilia “CC” for short. She has 3 theme songs:


Ex-Racing Greyhound’s First Day As a Pet

Yesterday was my girl’s first day as a pet. Previously, she was raised in kennels with other working dogs, or kenneled at the Greyhound Adoption center. She did extraordinarily well. We didn’t have any problems worth mentioning. She didn’t try to get up on my furniture, she didn’t potty in the house, she ate all her food. She’s just a bit disoriented by the sounds of the neighborhood, which include a daily piano lesson, a baby crying, and basketball court nearby. The squeaking of sneakers on the pavement must remind her of a squeaker toy, because she seems to get excited and wants to go out to investigate and play.

My car, Mini Lee, is a hatchback & racing greyhounds view the hachback lid as a starting gate. So her training would tell her to jump out never to be seen again, without a lot of new training to undo the old training. To solve the problem, I bought a harness and a 2-sided clip leash & clip it to the tie-down loop that is exposed when the back seats are folded down. This way she can’t get very far as I maneuver to get a handle on the leash.

Anyway… this dog loved the car ride. She didn’t seem to be at all frightened. (Apparently, the racing greys are fairly accustomed to driving since they get transported around for races.) She loved the windows and the speed. She kept slobbering on my shoulder trying to view and sniff out the window. Totally, flippin’ adorable. I can’t wait till she is lead-trained enough that I feel comfortable taking her to different parts of town for walks. People are totally drawn to her, she’s the center of attention wherever we walk, though some kids thought she was a doberman pincer when they saw her from afar. I corrected them and invited them over to meet her.

Yesterday was quite an adventure for her. She met a few other types of dogs. Racing greyhounds don’t usually have the opportunity to meet any other type of dog. So she was particularly interested in meeting other dogs. She met a golden retriever, and a pug up close (butt sniffing = meeting)… and she saw a pit bull, boxer, cocker spaniel, and cock-a-poo. Boy she thought that little white fluffy dog was pretty interesting… but I wasn’t ready to have her meet anything that looked that much like a rabbit!

Speaking of rabbits…she’s definitely got a significant prey instinct and is very, very interested in bunnies. She saw a bunny on the grass this morning while we were taking an early-morning potty break. She looked back at me as if to say “Please, mom! Let me go get that bunny!” I told her “No, that’s work! You’re retired now. Let’s take a break from chasing bunnies for a while.”


The dog formerly known as BW’s Celeste

I took the plunge. After spending several hours over yesterday and today, I fell in love with this dog. Can you blame me? Look at her face! Such a sweetheart. Her personality is awesome and she doesn’t have any “issues”: i.e. she’s already calm and balanced.

Her temporary name at the Greyhound rescue kennel was Tonks (named after a female character in Harry Potter.) Her racing name was BW’s Celeste and this link shows her racing history. And boy is she strong! I’ve got some work ahead of me in order to teach her how to walk to heel. She almost tore my shoulder out of socket trying to tug me along. I’m very grateful for all those episodes of The Dog Whisperer that I’ve been watching. I used the first two walks today to project calm assertiveness and display my pack leadership skills. She’s getting the idea.

BW's Celeste


Dog update

I returned to the kennel today to discuss the issue & change of heart. They were understanding. The circumstances of my visit today were completely different, and I bonded well with one of the dogs that I had discounted yesterday. But, given the change of heart, I decided to take this a bit more slowly. I will view this new girl (Tonks) in a couple of different circumstances and may take her to a couple of different locations. I’m going to go back tomorrow to take her our in the morning, when she’s likely to be in a state of high arousal and most amped-up.


Dog Instinct

Yesterday (the 4th of July) I went to the Greyhound Adoption Center and met several dogs. I was down to 2 dogs: a girl and a boy.
The girl was super sweet on me, was already house-trained, lead-trained, and would easily jump into my hatchback. She was about 60 pounds. The boy was also sweet on me, but was straight off the track, weighed right around 75 pounds, and didn’t want to jump up into my hatchback.

So… I was very interested in the girl. But, there was a problem: the girl had a couple strikes against her. She got into a tussle with another dog at one house, and was returned to the shelter. Then she was adopted into a home with no other dogs, but there was another issue: she has the sleep startle issue that some GHs have… only she has it a bit worse than others and she apparently bit the 2nd owner.

I wasn’t super-worried about it at first. The Adoption Center saw me interact and figured that I’d be a fine owner, so we filled out some paperwork. But I didn’t want to take the dog home last night due to fireworks. As I thought about the situation over night, I became increasingly worried that I’ll fail as a dog owner for this dog. I haven’t had a dog before, and I just don’t want to let this dog down. So, I had a change of heart on adopting that particular female dog because of her history.

I still really like Greyhounds and will continue to search for the right dog. I just think that these 2 weren’t right for me.


Dog update

OK… so Cat was already adopted. But I will meet my new dog soon. I had my home inspection yesterday, and should be able to pick out a doggie of my very own on Saturday.

However, since it’s the 4th of July, I’m thinking that I won’t bring her home with me on Saturday…. there will be fireworks and loud sounds and I don’t want the dog to be scared on the first day in a new home.



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