Our Adventures With Retired Racing Greyhounds, Truly, Maggie and Walker

Friday, March 26, 2010


One of my favorite events of 2009 was SEGA's Greyfest, held October 31 at a lovely, private, horse farm.  The day was chilly and it was drizzling.  Tim, Sawyer and I packed Truly and Maggie in the car and we headed east.  All the way there, we were thinking the event would surely be canceled.  We couldn't turn back, though, because we didn't want to miss it if it wasn't canceled. When we arrived, we were happy to see that Greyfest was a "go" even if was wetter and colder than we all would have liked.

We had never been in the company of so many hounds or hound families before!  I bought some greyhound art, Truly and Maggie got new, waterproof coats (they were shivering!), we had a delicious barbecue lunch and we witnessed our first "Blur of Fur!"  We had never seen anything like it.  The hounds are held on one end of a straight track.  At the other end, someone sounds a squawker (squirrel call) and swings a fleece toy hanging from the end of a pole.  The hounds are released, one by one.  As they run the track toward the squawker and toy, their speed is determined by a radar gun.  We didn't think Truly or Maggie would care to run and were pretty skeptical of the whole thing. 

Oh, my!  We were so wrong.  As soon as the squawker sounded the first time, both of them went INSANE.  It was very difficult to handle them.  So, they got a chance to run.  Truly did a great job.  He ran 31 miles an hour.  Maggie was a different story.  When it was her turn - she took off - in exactly the wrong direction.  This helps us understand why we were lucky enough to adopt her when she was only 2 years old.  She a great racer, as long as she doesn't get distracted.  She gets distracted a lot.

We've never seen Truly run like this!

Look at him go!

There's little Maggie!
Now she running in the right direction.

 Everybody needed a jacket.

It's Halloween - we had to have a costume contest.


 Remember Octo-Mom?

 Oh, he's so bad!

And the winner is . . . Wilma Flintstone! 
All of this fun and fellowship supports greyhound adoption.  SEGA's spring Greyfest is coming up April 17. We'll be there!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hounds in the Parade

A lot of new friends brought their hounds to Macon today for the Cherry Blossom Festival parade.  Since I was participating, yes, you can be sure rain was involved.  But the greyhound lovers would not be deterred!  Despite the sprinkles of rain, chilly wind and overcast sky - it was a great day to promote Greyhound adoption.

What a good lookin' group!

Getting organized 

She's very tired

Tim, Sawyer and I send a great big thanks to our new human friends - Andie, Darrell, Allison, Beth, Vic, Alex, Mia, Betty Jean, Laura, Tom, Laura's Dad, and Russ.  And of course, thanks to our new hound friends.  Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Greyhounds and the Cherry Blossom Festival

Calling all Greyhound families – Save the date!

The SEGA application for the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival Parade has been approved!

The parade will be held in beautiful downtown Macon, Sunday, March 21st at 3 p.m. on Cherry & and Mulberry Streets.

For the first time ever, we’ll be able to promote Greyhound adoption on a HUGE scale at one of middle Georgia’s largest events. We hope to have lots of hounds and hound families marching in the parade. Gather all your hounds and join us!

The parade organizers insist that each marcher complete a liability waiver.  If you and your hounds can march with us, contact me at lynnwmc@yahoo.com, and I'll send you the waiver form.  Once I know you're participating, I'll be able to share the exact time and location we must all report.

This will be a great day for the hounds! Please let me know if you have questions, suggestions, etc.

Stay tuned for lots of photos!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

February Snow Fall in Middle Georgia

It was Friday, February 12, 2010.  As luck would have it, the Human Kid was out of school on holiday.  Other local schools not already on holiday had declared a snow day.  Early in the afternoon, the flakes began to fall and continued to fall throughout the afternoon and evening.  About 3:00 p.m., we couldn't stand being inside any longer.  We put on our coats and put the Brindle Kids in their coats.

We went out into the 1-1/2" of snow for a walk around the neighborhood.  First, we wanted to get photos of the Kids.  As you can see, they were utterly dismayed by the coats and hoods.  They were so dismayed they they spent all of their time entangling their leashes.  In fact, they spent sooooo much time tangling themselves that by the time we had a couple of photos, we were so cold that we decided to ditch the idea of the walk and go back inside.

This was the BEST kind of snow day.  It was beautiful for a while. . . and gone the next day!