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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.