Archive for December, 2010

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2010 Wrap-up

December 27, 2010

Another year is almost gone, and to 2010 I have to say, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!” Three of our babies gone this year – Our brave Whitey, our very first greyhound Palu, and our gentle Apollo. I’ve learned more in the past year than I ever wanted to know about osteosarcoma, but I am at least grateful that the “What to Expect” blog seems to be helping some others in our same shoes.

Our pack has been reshaped again and again this year, losing both of our 3-leggers and our oldest member, and adding Tigger and Eyore. I love everyone in the current crew, of course, but it’s not our best mixture in terms of personality matches. The pecking order hasn’t fallen into place quite as well as it has at other times, and we often have little snips and snarks around here these days. So much shuffling, and no one really knows their place yet.

I still look around for dogs who have been gone 2 years. My beautiful Tanner. When I call their names to come in from the yard, I need to stop and think about who is alive and who is not.

It’s almost impossible now for me to go about my days without reminders of days I wish I could forget. Today on the way to a home visit, I drove past the clinic where Whitey and Apollo’s amputations were done. To go to the post office or Dairy Queen, I need to drive past the clinic where I raced with Sly, as he stopped breathing in my car. Dear little Sly, gone over a year now. I still turn my head as I drive past and try not to look at the building.

But I dearly love my Eyore and my Tigger. Tigger, so wiggly, with so many silly reminders of Sly. And Eyore, the first greyhound I’ve ever known who reminded me in the least of my heart-boy Crisco. Sometimes I feel like he is channeling Crisco for me, even to the look on his face. Each one breaks my heart, and the next one puts it back together in a different configuration.

My greatest hope for 2011 is for no one to leave our pack. No osteo. I could really use 12 months of absolutely no excitement.

I will remember 2010 for the closing of Dairyland Greyhound Park, and the tragedy of the 32 Ebro hounds. I hope that 2011 brings more and more track closing, but with safety nets in place for the hounds who will be displaced.

In 2010, MNGR took in our 100th hound since we began doing adoptions in Minnesota. The economy has made for a slow year of adoptions and donations, plus some sad relinquishments, and I hope that 2011 brings forever families to many of our hounds — ESPECIALLY DEAR BEAUT who has waited so long. I hope that 2011 is the best year yet for MNGR!

In our furless family, 2010 brought our new daughter Maisy from Beijing. And 2011 will hopefully bring another little one from China to join our family. I hope that Poppy will be happy and healthy and love being a member of our “pack.”

Wishing a wonderful 2011 to all our greyhound friends and families.

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Need some gift ideas?

December 1, 2010

Here’s a shameless plug for shopping that benefits MNGR (and features my own art and designs, incidentally).

For “stocking stuffer” jewelry and prints, check out our Etsy Store!

A few examples of what you’ll find there….
Prints:

Necklaces:

Pins:

And in MNGR’s CafePress Shop, you’ll find a huge selection of designs on t-shirts and other merchandise, including this:

Remember, purchases from both of these stores help the waiting hounds at MNGR!

They all send you holiday Thank Roooooos!