Busy Busy…

I have not been a very good poster lately – and I apologize. I have had a lot going on. We got our new dog Colby last weekend, been busy with all the WordPress 2.7 update/compatibility issues, preparing for Evan’s 2nd birthday, re-organizing my office space and development environment, getting ready for holiday travel, and just trying to take a break. I also have started the process of updating my web site Jappler.com from the ground up. I am not sure when you will see the new version – but it is in the works.

Colby is doing good. Triscuit was my first dog ever so there are a lot of things I thought all dogs did – but I can definitely see a lot more of Triscuit’s personality vs. generic dog vs. Colby and that has been pretty cool. Colby hangs out with me in my office for most of the day and like his sister Triscuit – is not a fan of the dog crate. I have been working with him on that as well as teaching him how to go up and down the stairs, how to walk on a leash, that the window is glass and not a hole for him to jump out of (windows really confuse him), and how to take treats from my hand. It has been both rewarding and sad to see him in action. Rewarding because he is such a good dog that is so curious about everything…and he loves just being around you. Sad because he is four and does not understand treats, toys, or a treats/peanut butter in a kong. I will be sure to work on that.

I have not seen him run yet in a sprint, but I am sure in the next few days I will be able to get him to do a sprint in the yard (he was an excellent runner and I want to see him in action).

Other than that – life has been pretty crazy/hectic. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will be able to take some time off and really enjoy just being. 😉

New Greyhound…

Well – it was a month ago yesterday that my beautiful girl Triscuit died. We started the adoption process (application/class/etc) that goes into adopting a greyhound. Yesterday after completing a “greyhounds and kids” class that we were required to take (because of the strong pack mentality of greyhounds fresh off the track). We go next weekend to the greyhound kennel to meet some dogs…and one in particular – a brother of Triscuit: Ricky He looks pretty much exactly like Triscuit which I initially did not know if I could handle, but then thinking about the possibility to have one of her family members – I knew it was right. I hope we like each other and that in a few weeks we would have the honor of having him in our home.

from the train.

On my way into work I thought about how better to allocate my time so I can fit in time to relax. (sad, I know) I ended up thinking I could save some time at night by blogging on my way home on the train…so here I go.

The last few days have been challenging. Ava, my foster greyhound that I took in, is causing me to break out in hives. I had been taking benedryl to control it but that left me extremely drowsy and unable to work.
I got a perscription today from my doctor to help with this and hope that I can go through the weekend without having an allergic reaction.

Other than Ava giving me hives, she has been a wonderful dog. She snuggles, is very personable, plays fetch like a champ, and gives my own greyhound a run for her money. Triscuit is trying to figure out the fetch concept and has made me laugh in the process.

Anyone looking for a low maintenance dog breed that will come into your home pretty well trained…consider a greyhound.
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Need a Date? Get a Dog!

About three months ago, my girlfriend and I adopted a retired greyhound. She is absolutely wonderful (the dog 😉 ) and we are very happy we adopted her. There were plenty of things we did not expect since this was our first dog, such as her love for hotdogs and the fact that she sleeps more than our cats, but of everything…her ability to attract all kinds of people blew me away. During our afternoon walks, I have had people approach me by foot, people pull over from the road, and people yell at us from cars at traffic lights…all to comment on how beautiful she is. I did not know many of our neighbors until I started walking my dog, then all the sudden I have become famous. “Oh, so this is Triscuit…we have heard about her.” “Was she abused?” “Have you seen her race?” The questions are endless and everyone wants to stop and chat. Triscuit even has a group of dog friends that like to visit with her when they are out on their walks. For tonight’s take home assignment, watch the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode where Larry has issues with the “stop and chat”.