Sunday, 30 September 2012

I have put a couple of recent cards up on my PurplePoppy Crafting page. Here are some recent photos of the flowers still showing in my dad's garden. It's so nice to see colour this time of year, as we enter autumn. Polly and Maggie in dad's garden the other day.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

I have added the LOs from the last scrap album I have done of Song to my PurplePoppy Crafting page.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Well on checking my photos, I had actually put all up, except this one.



I now have the info about Polly's racing career. Her name was Stanton Polly and she had 114 races. She had 16 wins, 25 2nds and numerous 3rds. In fact her last race on 26th December 2011 she was placed 3rd. Polly's dam's sire line is the same as Song's. Her dam was Timmies Stapler and her sire was the Australian Champion Brett Lee. Her dam had 37 offspring, of which 6 were of the same litter as Polly.

This is Polly's dad Brett Lee (17th January, 1999 - 29th August, 2010)



Champion. WORLD RECORD 28.88 Angle Park 515m. Won Australian Cup, Golden Easter Egg, Adelaide Cup, Maturity, W'bool Classic, SA I'state Chall, Geelong Guineas. Multiple track records. A True WORLD SUPER SIRE. To purchase his semen you'd have to pay £4,800.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a photo of Polly's dam Timmies Stapler, but here's Polly's dam's sire Staplers Jo.



This is Dempsey Duke, Polly's dam's sire sire.



This is Frightful Flash, Polly's dam's dam's sire.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

I have put some recent Christmas cards onto my PurplePoppy Crafting page. I am not making many this year, but have bought from the Retired Greyhound Trust. Well Polly is really settled already. She loves going over to my dad's. Her and Maggie get on fine and Maggie even tried to run with Polly yesterday:) Dad's flower border still has some colour. Red Hot Pokers doing well. Pampas Grass doing well. Maggie wanting in on the photos. Polly yesterday evening. Well I have had Polly for a week now. The kennels said to let them now nafter that time if I wanted to keep her. I phoned the kennels yesterday. What do you think I said? :) LOL I have a load of photos now, so I will put some more up over the coming days. Hope you are all doing well. Remember to hug your hounds.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Please check out the video over on the right and keep up to date by checking out Sue's blog at http//suzyssanctuary.blogspot.co.uk (couldn't get the link to post). You can click on Suzy's Sanctury over in My Blog List. Scottish Coast to Coast Walk The Southern Upland Way The Southern Upland Way is Britain's first official coast to coast long distance foot-path. It runs 212 miles from Portpatrick on the south-west coast of Scotland to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard. . The Way provides a real challenge for the experienced walker. Travelling the entire 212 mile length of the Southern Upland Way will take you through an enormous variety of scenery and may provide a challenge that will give you a tremendous sense of achievement on completion. Many of the longer sections can be very arduous and would perhaps be difficult for some to manage in a single day. People normally take about 12 to 16 days to complete the route in one journey. So that's the official information I found about the walk, the boys will be doing it in 10.5 days Thurs 20th Travel up to Scotland Friday 21st Portpatrick to New Luce - 23.5 miles Saturday 22nd New Luce to Bargrennan 18.5 miles Sunday 23rd Bragrennan to Dalry 23.5 miles Monday 24th Dalry to Sanquar 27.5 miles Tuesday 25th Sanquar to Wanlockhead just 8/9 miles today to allow for some recovery time Wednesday 26th Wanlockhead to Moffat 20.5miles Thursday 27th Moffat to St Mary’s Loch – 21.5miles Friday 28th St Mary’s Loch to Galashiels 26.5miles Saturday 29th Galashiels to Lauder – 14.5miles Sunday 30th Lauder to Longformacas – 16miles Monday 1st LongFormacus – Cockburnspath 17 miles **** Finish **** Approx 218 miles. Please follow their adventure on Sue's blog or on facebook "walkingthebeat" www.facebook.com/pages/Walkingthebeat/198976570113858. You can also click on the video over on the right and that opens in the web site. Anyone who would like to donate a few pennies can do so my visiting their website walking the beat and following the link to the just giving page, any amount no matter how small will be very gratefully received and every penny will go to greyhound gap! The boys arrived in Scotland at 7.50pm last night and had time to visit the local pub for a quick drink! todays walks is Portpatrick to New Luce - 23.5 miles Each day Sue will hopefully receive photo's and updates from Marc so we can follow them on the walk! Please spread the word to all your friends and family.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

I have put a couple of photos on my PurplePoppy Crafting page. Here's maggie this morning, showing that she can roach just as good as any Greyhound:) Polly in her bed that's left at my dad's.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Some more photos from dad's garden Monday.
 
 
Actually looking at the camera.

 
Me and my gang:)

 
Found out Polly's racing name, so I will be posting about that asap.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Well Polly is still being good.  She's got use to the fact she has a bed in my living room and another in my bedroom.  She's not got up onto my bed...yet:)
 

 
This is her first Roach.

 
At my dad's yesterday.  She seemed to enjoy wandering round the garden.

 
Definitely liked laying in the sun.

 
Was happy to meet Maggie.

 
Glad mum brought treats.

 
So many smells to investigate.

 
What's over there?

 
Polly kept asking Maggie to play, but I think Maggie thought she was too old for that.
 
We had to tell her 'NO' a few times at the table, but she soon got the hint and went and layed down.  We were having lamb, so you can't blame her for trying.  Unlike Song and Maggie, Polly doesn't seem to like yoghurt.  We always let the dogs lick out the pots, but Polly didn't want hers.  Maggie was happy, as she got two:)
 
Only problem I had was when I came to put Polly back in the car to come home.  She dug her feet in and didn't want to leave.  Eventually got her in, only for her to not want to get out at this end.  Sure she will soon realise we go over three times a week.
 
Left Polly for about 10 minutes this morning and she was fine. 
 
Well I hope you are having a nice week.  Don't forget to hug your hounds.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Thanks for all your lovely welcome message to Polly. She has settled in very well.   It definitely helps her not being an anxious dog like Song was.  I took her out more or less every hour up to 10.30pm last night.   I had intended on taking her out about midnight, but I fell asleep in my reclining chair and when I woke at around 1.30am Polly was fast asleep in her bed. She slept through till I got up just before 7am.   She's not had any accidents indoors (such a change from Song who was terrible for about three months). Her dinner last night of complete dog food with a tin of sardines in tomato sauce added went down a treat.  She loved her breakfast of two Weetabix with a milk/water mix.

We went a leisurely walk round by the village pond.   She wasn't bothered by the ducks, until one decided to flap it's wings a lot and quack.   She pulled to get nearer to it, but when I said 'NO' she stopped, looked at me and then walked away.   I don't think she wanted to harm it, just to have a closer look.   She was muzzled, so she couldn't do anything anyway.   We also saw two cats and again she wasn't bothered.   We didn't meet any dogs, but tomorrow she will be meeting Maggie for the first time.

I have read other blogs where they've been talking about their 'Heart' dog.  I've never really understood that until now.  I cannot express how attached I am to Polly already. I've never felt like this about a dog.   It's like we are in tune with each other.

This was Polly when we got back from our walk.   She flopped down and gave a terrible sigh.  Don't think she's use to going long walks.



Here she is play bowing:)

Enjoying her bed.

Cuddling up to her teddy and doggy.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Miss Polly is in the Building:)

Guess what I did this afternoon;) Yep, I went and collected Polly:) She's been taking everything in, eaten all her dinner and is finally laying down, although by the door and not in her bed. If I move, she is by my side in the blink of an eye:) I am trying not to fuss her much, as I don't want her becoming clingy.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Sirius Died 11th September 2001

A HEROIC "TAIL" “Sirius” was a yellow, 4 1/2 year old Labrador retriever. He specialized in explosive detection. Dave Lim started training him in March of 2000 & was assigned to the World Trade Center in July 2000. They were responsible for searching all vehicles that entered the WTC as well as unattended packages & vehicles. They also worked with many VIP's including ex-President Clinton & Gov. Jesse Ventura. Sirius as all other K-9's in their unit lived at home with Dave Lim’s family as a pet on off hours & days off. On Sept. 11th, 2001, Sirius & Dave were in the B-1 level of #2 WTC at their office when they felt the first airplane hit the building. At first, Dave told Sirius, "I think they got one by us fella. You stay here & I'll be right back." He later said, “I never should have doubted my dog.” After Dave assisted in rescue & evacuation operations, he was trapped on the 4th floor of #1 World Trade Center till 3:00 PM. After he got out, he attempted to return to the sub-grade & rescue Sirius. Firemen who informed him that the area that Sirius was in was inaccessible turned him back. The Port Authority lost 37 Police Officers & Sirius that day. Doctors would not allow Lim to search at Ground Zero because of the emotional toll it could have taken on him. But he kept tabs on the rescue effort, checking in periodically to ask whether they had made it to the kennel area. “I grieve for those I knew. I grieve for those I never knew. But I grieve the most for the best partner a cop ever had. Sirius is still waiting for me," said Lim. In the first few months, rescuers had to build a road over it to get to another area. When they found his jacket, Lim knew they were getting close. And, on January the 25th, workers at Ground Zero recovered the remains of Sirius believed to be the only canine to die in the attack on the World Trade Center. “I've been waiting to find him," Lim said. “I fulfilled my promise to him because I came back and I took him home.” The remains of the bomb-detection dog were found beneath the debris of Tower Two, in the Port Authority's basement kennel. Workers immediately called Lim to the scene when they found Sirius. They carried out the remains with full honors, complete with a prayer and a salute. "There was a flag over his bag and I carried him out with another officer, John Martin,” Lim said. "Everyone saluted. All the machinery was stopped -- the same thing that is done for human police officers and firefighters. I thought it was very nice." The Port Authority has listed 37 of its police officers as missing or dead as a result of the attack. Lim believes that number should be 38. “He was my partner,” Lim said. "We got really attached to him," he added. “I still step over the spot where he used to sleep in my room because I forget he's not there." He found consolation in the fact that his partner died instantly. It appeared that the kennel collapsed. Sirius' remains were cremated at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Westchester County; N.Y. Lim collected the ashes and will keep them in an urn at home until April, when he plans to hold a memorial service. Taken from http://www.ronburns.com/sirius/

Saturday, 8 September 2012

I took these photos this afternoon over at my dad's.