At The Greyhound Family Reunion

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Bunny here at the keyboard to share my most excellent weekend adventure.

Friday night, I had a little suspicion that something might be up because I saw Mom bring in the bag that our things go into when we take trips, and she started putting things in it.  Then on Saturday morning, she and Dad both got up early and really moving around.  More things went into the bags and the bags went out to the car.  Mom brushed my teeth and Flattery’s, sprayed us with canine cologne and put our fancy collars on.  At that point, I knew that something was up.

Sure enough, soon we were out in the car and headed off to parts unknown.  It became obvious that we were going to be driving for a while, so Flattery and I both laid down and enjoyed the ride while Mom and Dad talked along the way.  Flattery managed to behave herself most of the time, and we seemed to be making great time.

Lorelei's Good Side -- Tales and Tails

Lorelei’s Good Side

When Dad stopped the car, Flattery and I knew where we were.

We were back up near the Quad Cities Greyhound Adoption kennels.  You never forget the smell of the place that helped you get your start in life.  As I looked around and saw all the other Greyhounds there, I knew we’d come for the annual reunion.  My tail started wagging like crazy, and Flattery was very curious.

Beth the Beautiful -- Tales and Tails

Beth the Beautiful

Every year, they hold a reunion and it’s always great fun to go and see other Greyhounds and the humans who love them.  We always bring things with us for the hounds in the kennel who are still waiting for homes.  The reunion is a good fundraiser for them as well as a great chance for us to socialize with our friends from the kennel.

Donations -- Tales and Tails

Donations

I always go to the reunion with hopes of seeing some of my littermates who were adopted through the group.

Unfortunately, every year, I have been disappointed on that front.  That is, every year until this one.  I was surprised and delighted to see that my sister Gizmo was at the reunion this year.  Her human is a great guy and he’s wanted to come every year, but his work has been in the way, but this year, he took the day off so we could meet.  Gizmo was just as sweet as I remembered and it was wonderful to be able to catch up with her.

Bunny and Gizmo -- Tales and Tails

Me and Gizmo

Flattery also got to see her sister at the reunion.  Her sister’s name used to be Frenchy, but now she goes by Karma.  I could definitely see a family resemblance, but I hear that Karma is much calmer than Flattery.  Her whole family was lovely.  Their previous dog had passed away last year and her boy did a bunch of research and told his family that they should adopt a Greyhound next.  That’s how they came to meet Karma, which I think is a pretty awesome story.

Flattery and Karma -- Tales and Tails

Flattery and Karma

Flattery and I both were thrilled to meet our sisters again and we feel really lucky that we were able to.  It gives us hope that we might see our other littermates again one day.  It’s nice to know that they got as lucky as we did.

Besides all the socializing we did, we also got to do some shopping.

There were plenty of things that we could buy.  I chose a few treats for us to sample later.  We also got a few samples of some nice dog food.  Mom and Dad got reunion shirts this year because Flattery’s name is on the shirt.  Every year they do a new shirt that has the names of all the hounds who got adopted in the past year on it.  It’s a nice way to remember the start of your new life together.  Flattery and Frenchy both had their names listed on this year’s shirt.

Heartthrob Biggie -- Tales and Tails

Heartthrob Biggie

Flattery did a little shopping of her own.  Perhaps shopping is a loose term.  She actually jumped up into a bin of toys, grabbed one and tried to take off with it.  Dad had to buy it since she got it slimy in a matter of seconds.  She was pretty proud of her new acquisition.  Aside from that, she was very calm and reserved, and most people were surprised after hearing the stories about her.  All I can say is that her reputation precedes her and that my humans are going to have to get much quicker with the camera to record her exploits.

All too soon, the reunion was over.

It felt like the time just flew by.  We had so much fun sniffing old and new friends and chatting.  The weather was perfect and we were really enjoying being outside with all our friends.  It was also wonderful to see that so many other hounds have been adopted and are living happy lives.

Trooper -- Tales and Tails

Trooper

Sometimes people are surprised that so many of us can get together and not have any problems.  We Greyhounds are very social and used to living with others of our own kind.  Most of us are very easygoing.  You don’t hear growls or grumbles at a Greyhound reunion.  You do see a lot of hounds lounging around, though.  Greyhounds aren’t party animals, we have Greyhound cocktail hours.  It’s always a great time when we get together to see each other.

We’re already dreaming about all the fun we’ll have next year.

Dreaming of Next Year -- Tales and Tails

Dreaming of Next Year

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  • rottrover

    Bunny!! I can’t believe your sister’s name is Gizmo! Now THAT is interesting!

    Love,

    Bart

    • It is a great name, there’s no doubt about it!

      Bunny

  • Jen

    I think that was the perfect collar to wear to a Greyhound cocktail party 😉

    Looks like a fun get together, and I’m glad Bunny and Flattery each got to see one of their sisters!

  • I’m glad you and Flattery were able to reconnect with your sisters! We always enjoyed attending the Greyhound picnics in Arizona. The first time there, we couldn’t believe how quiet everyone was! 😉

    Beautiful photos of everyone in your post ~

  • Sue Dyer

    What a perfect day. So many beautiful hounds.

    I love the one of Flattery with Karma. Flattery’s eye’s are so wide with amazement:)

  • Mac and Maisie

    What a great idea for an event. At our old kennels they have a Dog Show in the summer but our mum says we’re not allowed to go until we start respecting dogs that aren’t greyhounds. We always get so curious when we see other hounds that look like us though, it would be nice to meet some family members.

    Mac and Maisie

  • It’s great that you and Flattery met up with your sisters. 🙂

  • alasandra

    We are so glad you got to see your sisters. Our Grandma has a cat named Gizmo,

  • Sara Blair

    What a fantastic day! Glad that you BOTH got to see your sisters.

  • What a fun day! I love those sleeping pictures as the end – it shows that you had a blast 🙂

  • genjiscorner

    A greyhound family reunion. What fun. Everyone looks so happy to be with their new families.

  • harrispen

    What a fun time for both of you. We had our reunion at our rescue a couple of weeks ago and it was great!

    Millie & Walter

  • Hazel

    Bunny darling, I really like the blingy pink collar that you wore with your usual royal hautere. So glad you got to see your siblings.

  • Those kinds of get togethers are so much fun. We have our annual “Bring-your-hound-to-the-farm” picnic next weekend. Always lots of fun.

  • Roxy

    How fun, that would be a great time! You both looked marvelous too.

  • Casey the Boxer

    What a grreat time! Reunions are lots of fun. I’m so glad you and Flattery got to see your sissies again! And yeah, Flattery sounds like my kind of shopper. 🙂

  • Two French Bulldogs

    What a big day to meet your friends and sissys. Your collars are beautiful.
    Benny & Lily

  • jan

    What a great idea to all get together and compare notes. I wish Poodles would have a reunion near where we live.

  • Emma

    How cool is that! I would love to see my parents and puppy siblings but they are on the other side of the Atlantic in the UK and Scandinavia. Maybe Bailie will be able to see some of her family since they are still in the US. It is fun to be with lots of others that are your same breed, that much I know!

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    That looks like a lot of fun, and I like the idea of a donation table! There’s an idea I might pinch for Brambleberry!

    The picture of Bunny and Gizmo is lovely – they really look alike!

    • The donation table is a great fundraiser for our adoption group. Most people are really excited to do a little to help the hounds still waiting for homes!

      • Jay of The Depp Effect

        I’m still learning how to do the whole fundraising thing. Any ideas I can pick up are welcome! Thanks! 🙂

  • georgia little pea ratatouille

    Have I been away THAT long? You have a new sister? Some catching up to do obviously! You’re as gorgeous as ever Bunny, and that jewelled collar. J.e.a.l.o.u.s. X

    • I guess you have. This post might explain a little more. http://talesandtails.com/?p=10067 Flattery has been here for two months now and she keeps us all entertained!

      I’ve been enjoying your latest posts about your travels! That collar really is a work of art, but a girl has to be spiffy when she goes to visit!

      Bunny

  • Kim–Life at Golden Pines

    What great fun you had!! It MUST be the season for reunions–This weekend we are headed down towards Roanoke for a “Rocky Creek Scottie” reunion, it’ll be great fun for us too!!

  • It’s so wonderful that both of you got to meet your sisters. Bunny – you and your sister are like twins. Wow!!! The resemblance of Flattery and Karma is less obvious, until I really gaze at it for a while.

    What fun!!!!!

  • Jodi

    I think that’s very cool. I know that Sampson’s mother’s owner kept tabs on some of his siblings. I’ve always wanted to get them together. He was only 8 weeks old when they left each other though, I often wonder if they’d remember.

  • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    What a wonderful time! So many beautiful dogs. It is great that greyhounds are so easygoing and you can have all of them together like that, with no issues.

  • Such a cool idea. Does Bunny actually know Gizmo is her sister? Love Bunny’s collar, particularly stunning.

  • Lori – What Remains Now

    Greyhound gatherings are one of my favorite things! How cool that both Bunny and Flattery got to see their sisters. Flattery…smooth move with the toy.

  • Words With Wieners

    Oh Bunny, how wonderful for you and Flattery to see your sisters again; and to mingle with all the other Greyhounds at the reunion. Maybe you’ll get to see more family next year.
    Ha! No surprise that Flattery got up to some mischief. I think I’d be surprised it she didn’t.