about us

People kept telling me I should write a book about my dogs but I thought I’d join the blogging world instead. So this is a blog about life with my three dogs, Frankie, Beryl and new boy, Asher, and our friends. I used to do some clicker training, Rally O with Frankie and Beryl and CGC with Beryl, and she passed her first assessment:) These days we tend to just chill although I keep meaning to get stuck in and train Asher to do something apart from sit!

 

We used to live in a small town called Feilding, in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand.  In April 2012 we moved about 30 minutes south to an even smaller town called Foxton which is only a 10 minute drive to the beach:)  And we’re loving it!  If you find Palmerston North on the map you will see Feilding just above and Foxton just below.

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Frankie is a muttley dog I bought from a rescue society when he was approximately 10 months old and he was delivered to me in Feilding on December 22nd, 2008. Nothing is known of his previous life except he was found wandering on the streets of a small country town, extremely thin and miserable. He was on death row in the pound when he was rescued. This is what he looked like when he came out of the pound.

Pretty Skinny
Pretty Skinny
No Joy
No joy or life in his eyes

Luckily for me/us, he has turned out to be a very easy going, loveable, exasperating, happy, handsome man. A few weeks after I got him, not looking too bad at all:-)

Soon after arriving

New Zealand pig dog

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 He’s not at all spoilt, lives a very rugged life and probably wishes he was back roaming the streets of Taumaranui …. not!!!!

I fell for Beryl when I saw this photo on the GAP website …

Beryl GT

 At the time I was only toying with the idea of getting a Greyhound but that look of mischief proved irresistible to me and I immediately put the wheels in motion and filled out the paperwork and waited. I was devastated when I looked at the website a few days after and saw she’d been reserved, I thought someone else was getting her:-( But that evening I got the phone call to say she was mine, whew!! I was VERY lucky to get her as she’s cat friendly and I don’t have a cat and generally the dogs are (successfully) chosen to fit the applicants home, you don’t choose your dog, lol! I took Frankie out to the GAP kennels to meet her and while he kind of approved of her he was more interested in going to check out the boarding kennels to see if any of his mates were there. He has been boarded there a few times.

Does Frankie approve of Beryl?
Does Frankie approve of Beryl?

Beryl was spayed a few days later and went to stay in foster care with friends over Easter to recuperate. I visited her every day and on Easter Monday we all went for a walk to our wonderful local park so she and Frankie could say a decent hello. To cut a long story short, instead of going back to her carers for a couple more days recuperation they all came round to my place and Beryl stayed. So April 5th, 2010 is Beryl’s Gotcha Day:-)

Settling in ... quickly!
Settling in … quickly!

Within a couple of days she had learnt (with Frankie’s expert tuition) how to jump onto my bed and the couches! Um, we don’t have a lot of boundaries in my home. My dogs are my mates and as long as they’re not destructive or possessive and are reasonably well mannered then nothing needs to change. Frankie has taught me to put technological stuff he can chew well out of reach (but it took 2 destroyed mobile phones, 1 remote control, 1 landline phone. Then him wounding another mobile and replacement landline, I’m a slow learner) But it’s been a while since he’s destroyed anything so my management skills are improving.

In April of 2013 I decided I’d foster a Greyhound who was very shy. Riley stayed for about 2 months before the perfect home turned up.  I fostered 6 more wonderful boys, the last one being Asher who Beryl said must stay!

Thanks for reading about us and if you’re considering adopting a dog please think about whether a Greyhound would be suitable for you!

4 Responses

  1. Thom Williams
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    Hello
    We just love your web site – it’s gorgeous! A little background. When we lived in a small town in Florida (USA) – a very small town, we had some neighbors that lived about a half mile away that had a retired Greyhound. About twice a week he would run away from home. Literally every time he ran away he came directly to our house and would end up just sitting out in the backyard with my Dad. It was the cutest thing. His family initially worried, but then it just got to be a joke and they always knew where to come find him.

    So I am Thom Williams, my wife and I are the only husband and wife team that do professional animal communication and Reiki for animals. We have clients all over the world, including a few in your beautiful part of the world. We would love to exchange links with you, we know our clients and friends would just love to see your web site and find the information of value.

    Just send how you would like your linking information displayed and we’ll do the same.

    Thank you
    Thom

  2. Brenda
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    Hi,
    My son found your blog, your pictures are beautiful! We have 2 greys. It looks like your Beryl has a short tail, so does our Lilly. We never did find out what happened. Thanks for creating such a lovely site about the best dogs in the world.

  3. Noah Sparrow
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    Hi there,

    Hope you’re well.

    I came across your site earlier when I was searching for ‘Greyhound racing’.

    I work for a company for called Blue Note and we have a number of professional sports journalists that would love to feature an article on your site.

    I am currently working with a client that is running some greyhound racing articles and I thought this might be a great opportunity for us to work together.

    Let me know if this interests you and I will be able to provide you with more information.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  4. Cindi
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    Hi, love your website! I live in Fairport NY and saw your website when I was Googling QUIRKY GREYHOUND BEHAVIOR! We have a retired racer named Nya who raced in Florida for 3 years and she has some of the quirkiest (and silly) behavior we’ve ever seen! I also saw your Grey in your website and was wondering if it’s the hound on the cover of the 2016 Celebrating Greyhounds magazine. I know it’s unlikely, but the black and white Grey in your website looks so much like it! I signed up to be a subscriber, but wanted to send you a side note to say hi and ask you about your Grey.
    Cindi Smith
    Fairport, NY

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