Bunny here at the keyboard to share the beginning of one of the most exciting adventures we’ve started here.
Most of you know that we’ve been a bit sad here since Blueberry left us. She was an important part of our family. The truth is we all are, but you don’t realize how important someone is to you until they’re gone sometimes. Blueberry was the chief merrymaker of our family and the one who brought us laughter. I guess it’s no wonder that it’s been so serious at our house.
When we were up at the kennel this week, we met a certain little Greyhound that Mom and Dad really liked, and I admit, I liked her a little, too. They kept thinking about her and talking about her and finally, they decided to go back up and bring her home to join us.
That’s right, I have a new sister, and her name is Flattery.
Her racing name is KC Flattery Wins, for my Greyhound friends who might want to see if they’re related to her in some way. She went to the track, but never raced. Apparently, she refused to eat there and got herself into pretty bad shape at the track, so they retired her and sent her to our friends at Quad Cities Greyhound Adoption. We’d like to thank them for taking such good care of her for us. She’s been with them since last fall, put on fourteen much needed pounds and has grown in one beautiful coat. She is a bit infamous there as being a very picky eater, but so far, she’s eating okay at our house now that she’s settling in.
It was pretty cute when we got there. One of the kennel ladies was taking her out of her crate to go outside and take care of business before we left. She heard Mom and Dad and one of her favorite kennel people talking in the office while Mom was filling out the adoption paperwork and she ran over, jumped up and said hello over the Dutch door. She was pretty happy to see us again and didn’t want to go outside, but she finally did. They gave her a lovely new collar and since she’s so young and bouncy, Mom got her a new harness to wear, too. It’s just a little extra insurance.
We decided to take a little detour on the way home.
Mom and I read about a shop in historic Galena that’s for pets in Celebrating Greyhounds magazine. They even have a Greyhound who runs the shop. Well, I suppose, her humans think they run it, but she visits the store and hangs out to greet people. We thought it would be fun to stop, stretch our legs a little and do a little shopping, as long as it seemed like Flattery could handle it.
So, we stopped in Galena. Flattery was curious about everything, but not nervous or bothered by it. So, we decided to walk down the street to the shop and see what happened. Flattery handled everything very well. We got to the store and went inside. Unfortunately, the resident Greyhound was off for the weekend, but we did a little shopping and had a cold drink. Flattery did pretty well. Okay, she was guilty of shoplifting one little cookie, but really, they were right there at nose level and she didn’t know you have to pay for them first. Mom bought us a bag of them and nobody in the store really seemed to mind.
After we made our purchases, we walked back up the street, admiring the scenery and atmosphere, along with the people. Of course, if you’re a Greyhound, you can’t go anywhere and not have people want to pet you. Flattery and I made a big impression. A lot of people were very surprised to learn that it was Flattery’s first day as a pet. She was very calm and composed and let people pet her. She was a fantastic ambassador for our breed. We were all very proud of her.
We found another pet boutique on the way back and stopped in there, too. Flattery laid down on their big cushy rug and made herself comfortable. Mom and Dad figured she’d had enough shopping and we finished making our way back to the van. We put our packages inside and took a quick walk along the riverside. It was very picturesque and Flattery even walked up and down some stairs without much trouble. Normally, I’d tell you about the fun history of Galena, but I’ve already been telling you all about Flattery, and I don’t want our post to get too long. I’ll just say that I think Flattery enjoyed her very first adventure with us and that we’re looking forward to a lot more adventures.
After that, we were all ready to head home.
Flattery met Morgan first. Morgan was a bit crazy, but she settled down some and we three girls took a walk together with Mom and Dad. That went pretty well. Flattery also met Küster and the two of them were both very excited to meet each other. Mom says there’s no way she’s turning two black tornadoes loose in the house, though. I think this is wise.
Flattery was a little intimidated by the Infidels and their barking the first night, but by the next day, she was feeling a lot more confident. She found the toy box and has a deep love of toys. She’s also tried out the bed, the couch and even my fancy pink bed. There hasn’t been a single accident, either. Flattery was definitely ready for a home of her own. I hope you’ll join us in welcoming her home.