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Now Where Were We?

You know something?  The longer you stay away from writing and reading blogs the harder it is to get back into it:(  But finally I’m taking the plunge and hopefully I can remember how to do this.  All I’ve done in the past 7 months or so is delete spam comments. So, what have we been up to since September last year?  Well, we’ve had some adventures, misadventures, dramas, stripped lots of wallpaper, done lots of painting, and I’ve been very busy working this year up until a week or so ago. I’ve also taken zillions of photos and recently lashed out and bought Lightroom 4 which I need to learn to use properly so I can organise my photos tidily instead of having them all over the place.  And that won’t take minutes, it will take days! Our latest adventure is bringing home our first foster Greyhound!  Say hello to Riley … Riley Greyhound Riley has been with us for just over a week.  He’s only a baby, he will be 2 in May, and very lacking in confidence, but he’s also very brave and curious and sometimes I can almost see him take a deep breath and just do stuff:)  People worry him the most, if I change my clothes he thinks I’m someone he doesn’t know and scuttles away until I sit down and then he’ll come up and give a big sigh of relief and have a cuddle:)  He’s a funny boy:)  He doesn’t know how to play, isn’t interested in soft toys and not real food motivated yet.  But he’s slowly coming out of his shell and a lot of that is thanks to Frankie:)

Riley Greyhound
The camera loves Riley!

Beryl and Frankie thought it was quite cool to have a new Greyhound visit but weren’t thrilled when he didn’t go home, especially Beryl!  They both thought he was a waste of space for the first few days but a couple of evenings ago Riley had a run around the front lawn with Beryl and she decided he might have his uses after all. Riley at home-5

Greyhounds Riley and Beryl
They both look like they are enjoying themselves:)

Yesterday morning Frankie gently initiated Riley into the joys of playing ‘bitey-face’, it was so cute.  No photos as I didn’t have a card in my camera.

Riley Greyhound
He can do all sorts of things with his ears:)

Late yesterday afternoon Riley bravely thought he would join in with Frankie and Beryl playing their usual ‘let’s see how much pain Frankie can take’ game.

Greyhound playing with her masochistic brother
Frankie is such a masochist!

Riley at home-1-2

Riley Greyhound
That looks like fun …
Riley playing
Oh, ok, hmm, it’s quite physical
Riley deciding not to play
I might just go back to watching for a while longer!

But he quickly decided he’d better try and work out the rules!  Which Beryl usually makes up as she goes along. This afternoon Frankie got Riley playing chasie on the front lawn while Beryl was having a Princess nap on my bed.  Riley was running around with a silly grin on his face having a great time.  Frankie enjoyed having a game with someone who wasn’t trying to make him look like a Bloodhound! Why did I finally decide to foster after dithering about it for many months?  One reason is I’d love another Greyhound but didn’t know what my guys would think of an addition to the family.  And I tell you what, adding another dog makes you appreciate the ones you’ve got!  They are so easy in comparison, and it’s also quite stressful for me wondering how the dynamics are going to change and keeping a watchful eye on all interactions instead of being able to leave Frankie and Beryl to it.  Beryl hardly left my side the first few days Riley was here, I think she was worried I was going to trade her in:) Also I wanted to help GAP in some way.  Riley needed a quiet place to learn about the big wide world out there before going to his forever home and my place certainly qualifies:)  I’ve got my fingers crossed that our first flurry into fostering will be a success  for Riley and he leaves here a happy, well adjusted chap.  Whether we carry on is in the lap of the gods right now. Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit about Riley … if anyone is still reading our blog:)  And I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter break. Oh, and here are a couple of photos of Frankie and Beryl … because it’s not all about Riley!

Gotta love a cute head tilt:)
Gotta love a cute head tilt:)
My Princess
My Princess

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23 Responses

  1. jet
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    We are still here, and we are fostering our first greyhound too! I totally agree that the foster makes you appreciate the dogs you have. Mouse is a pretty easy dog because she loves her crate so much, but she doesn’t understand anything I say to her yet!
    jet recently posted..Introducing Mouse (Foster Greyhound)

  2. Lori - What Remains Now
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    How cool! Riley is a handsome young hound. Looking forward to hearing about all your adventures. Stripping wallpaper…yuck!…my least favorite thing to do.
    Lori – What Remains Now recently posted..Creating A Life Worth Living – Part 13

  3. Welcome back! Bitey face sounds like great fun. Bettina would love it. Blue would run away.
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  4. Declan
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    Well no one could be more delighted than us to see you back! And it is great news that you are fostering. Riley is a very lucky chap…..and so are the family that gives him his forever sofa. Lovely to see you here. We’ve missed your photos too! Love Deccy xxx
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  5. Leslie
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    Welcome back! We have missed you and the pups. And now 3 pups!?! Riley is a handsome fella, isn’t he? Good for you for taking him in.

    That picture of Frankie at the end is gorgeous. We are still crushing on the big lug.
    Leslie recently posted..B&W Sunday – Bella doesn’t “get” props

  6. Trina
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    Welcome back! Riley is handsome!!!! I love that Beryl makes up her won rules..we say that about Cali all the time!
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  7. genjiscorner
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    That was quite the sabbatical. Welcome back. I forget how acclimated our kids are until we get a foster who knows absolutely nothing about home life. Glad he is learning and coming out of his shell. Beautiful gratuitous portraits of your kids.
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  8. Solo Irvine
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    Welcome back! Riley is such a handsome boy! It’s interesting to read about the dynamics of fostering, most especially from your point of view!

    Gorgeopus photos, as always! 🙂

    Big WOOFS from Solo and his Mum 🙂
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    • Solo Irvine
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      GORGEOPUS!!!!!???? As you can see, my paws don’t fit the laptop keyboard very well….. *ahem*
      Solo Irvine recently posted..Silly Sunday…

  9. Lilli
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    It’s so nice to hear from you 🙂 And Riley seems such a cutie I’m sure he finds his forever home 🙂

    -Lilli-
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  10. Crystal
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    So nice to hear from you guys again!
    Crystal recently posted..We’re Back!

  11. Karen Friesecke
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    Nice to see you back! I missed all the NZ summery beach pictures that remind me summer will be back in my hemisphere.

    Riley looks like a lovely boy and kind of has ears like Beryl’s. Good luck with your fostering adventure!
    Karen Friesecke recently posted..Daily DIY Pet Pattern – Make A Shrinky Dink Pet Tag

  12. Sue
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    You have made my day:) I really missed your blog posts about Beautiful Beryl and Fabulous Frankie. I know you posted on FB, but it’s not the same:)

    I am in love with Riley and I think he well may be a keeper:)

    I love the photos of the trio, but the one of FRankie tilting his head is just perfect. Polly was swooning here:)

  13. Human Rescues Dog
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    Riley is TO DIE FOR!!! Are you sure you’re not gonna keep him? 😉 I would love to foster, but I dither about it too, for a thousand reasons, including lack of space and fear for my two dogs in case the foster dog is aggressive or something. But looking at these beautiful pictures just made me reconsider 🙂
    Human Rescues Dog recently posted..7 Things Dogs Can Teach You About Success At Work

  14. Welcome back!! We too haven’t blogged in a very long time, and with a human pup on the way very soon, it probably will be a while longer before we do too!
    Riley is such a cutie, you will find it so rewarding fostering him! Snoopy was scared of eeeeeverything when we adopted her originally too.
    Helen, Snoopy, Rocky and Jerry recently posted..Wordless Wednesday – Rocky and the balloon video

    • Greyhounds CAN Sit
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      Wow Helen, congratulations!! I hope the birth of your baby warrants a blog post:) A couple of photos will do. How exciting for you all!

  15. houndstooth
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    It’s so good to see you posting again! Riley is adorable! One thing I learned through fostering was that the dynamic is always different when you bring a new dog in. Some fosters fit in really well with our current pack and some didn’t. They were very good with all of our fosters, but they definitely had their preferences. I do think that they did a good job of teaching our fosters the ropes, regardless of what our foster dogs needed to learn. As cute as Riley is, I can’t imagine he’ll be a foster for long!
    houndstooth recently posted..Murphy Strikes Again

  16. Fatima@Nightrave Greyhounds
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    Awwww we missed this blog! I just saw your update now and was so glad 🙂
    Fatima@Nightrave Greyhounds recently posted..Our amazing racing puppy Hannah (All The Milk)

  17. Fatima@Nightrave Greyhounds
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    Oh sorry -forgot to say that pictures , as always , are just gorgeous!!! 🙂
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  18. Jay from The Depp Effect
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    I’m SO glad to see you posting again! Sorry to have brought you such a sad story in my own blog for your return, but at least you didn’t read about Mr T until you could also read that he was safe and doing extremely well!

    Riley is absolutely beautiful – I do love the brindles! How lucky you are to have a ‘pig dog’ to teach your greyhounds bite inhibition and let them play rough while remaining polite himself. I wish we did!
    Jay from The Depp Effect recently posted..I made a big mistake and I feel terrible!!

  19. Georgia Little Pea
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    You horrible woman, went away and deserted us and let us wonder what happened to you, Beryl and Frankie for SEVEN months?!!! Harrumph. It’s a good thing you’re all okay.

    Your house must look terrific by now! I’m just going to see if Riley ends up being permanent 🙂

    Welcome back Sue. Please don’t disappear like that again X
    Georgia Little Pea recently posted..Rainy day rambling.

  20. Trude
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    Well at least you’ve returned with a bang, Sue! These photos are gorgeous! Riley looks so handsome. Being around younger pups definitely makes you appreciate how behaved your own are, don’t they? 🙂
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  21. Caron
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    Yay, It’s so great to hear from you!! I missed you! I have to admit I’ve been a little slow in my blogging lately too. Riley sounds like a sweetie and is beautiful. I love his markings.
    Caron recently posted..The Luckiest Day