Kenzo The Christmas hound! :)

Saturday, December 29, 2012
KenzoThe Reindeer with his Mum :)
We just received these gorgeous photos from Kenzo (Awesome Voyage) and his Mum Pat  -thanks a million guys!
 Look what mum made me wear, how undignified for a handsome chap!!
But it was worth it -I got loads of presents! :)
Liver treats YUM!

Christmas babies :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Binty Flaherty and her 8 babies :)
Our friends Clarkie and Jen emailed us with awesome news -they have Christmas babies :)
These 8 cuties (5 boys and 3 girls) were born on Christmas morning and are first NZ-born pups of champion Australian racer Prince Diablo, and Thrilling Louie's daughter Binty Flaherty. Mum and babies are doing well :)

And of course, some photos of Mum and Dad:

Binty winning in Wanganui
Gorgeous Dad, Prince Diablo :)

You can see Prince Diablo's sire page here -he sounds like an awesome doggie!

Update 29/12:
We were just sent this cool video of Prince Diablo -  very impressive, do have a look:

Rest home visit :)

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Cobby (Cawbourne Snowy) is a natural  -  gentle, calm, polite and loving.
Residents absolutely adored him. I handled him myself as handlers must be with dogs at all times -
but I must say, he would have done this all on his own. He just KNOWS what to do :)
On Thursday this week, our area's Canine Friends(Feilding) organized a visit to a local retirent home.
To ensure that both residents and dogs have a great time , only current Canine Friends dogs and dogs holding CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Certificates are allowed to take part in such visits.
As always the Nightrave pack was in, and this time, represented by Cobby (Cawbourne Snowy, CGC Bronze) and Lucy (Nightrave Ferret, CGC Gold).

Lucy has also been invited to become a Canine Friend, and take on rest-home visiting as an ongoing part of her career. She has been pleased to accept! Cobby is likely to become a Canine Friend next year.

Everybody ! (you can click on pictures to see full size)
Lucy and her friend Mitzi
Our local paper was there too and they took some photos - the photographer was SO impressed with Cobby's posing skills!! No surprise there :) Cobby posed and posed! :)

Update from our foster boy Alex (Cool Idol)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Cute Alex
We just heard from Evan, Bridget, Uriel and Isabella from Palmerston North, who adopted our foster boy Alex (Cool Idol) in June this year. We love hearing about our foster doggies in their new homes -thanks a million for your lovely update guys!
They wrote:
Alex, he is one fantastic dog!  From the initial shy boy we had, day by day we see new aspects of his comical personality.
There is the ‘teenage’ Alex; sleeping all day, always thinking of food and trying to raid the pantry, acting before thinking and doing things at 100 miles per hour! Then there is the Alex that loves playing with little kids, always gentle with our 2 year old Isabella and allowing her to tuck him in at nights and provide him with soft toys to cuddle up with. He refuses to run anywhere near small children and always seems to look out for them. :)
With Isabella
 Alex also loves plays, walks and runs with our teenage son Uriel - which is always handy for whenever he ‘discovers’ extra food. But it is with his (little) big sister that he is happiest with, Jessie our Shetland Sheepdog. She rules Alex, keeps him inline and takes his bed whenever she wants, leaving him to try and curl up on hers. He is always out to impress her, which Jessie uses to her advantage when she cunningly incites Alex to chase the cat and watches with her tail wagging when he gets told off!
Alex and his sister Jessie The Sheltie :)
  Quickly he has become a little celebrity in our family and area with everyone wanting to know about him. He can still be a little guarded when meeting new dogs and cats, but very quickly he becomes their willing servant! We can’t wait to see a few of his races on DVD, it is hard to imagine that this big softie had any sort of a different life!
Many thanks Fatima for all your advice and support you gave us with Alex !
I did warn Bridget that all the family will scream and cheer when they see Alex's racing DVD :). This dog was an awesome racer and looked amazing on the track.
For those of you who have not ordered  your greyhound's racing DVD yet - here are the details on how to do it:
Please order it if you can - it is truly incredible to have a chance to see your dog doing what he/she loves. Just a tip: I personally would order winning races only, as camera seems to focus on winning doggie the most.

Look at Lindy (Dream On Cyrus) :)

Monday, December 10, 2012
Queen Lindy Lou :)
Jan from Napier just sent me these gorgeous photos of her girl Lindy (Dream On Cyrus) -thank you so much Jan!
 Lindy was an amazing racing greyhound  -she also had a litter of puppies after her racing career :) I think our good friend Clarkie whelped that litter  - i will doublecheck that (watch this space! :)

Her new Mum Jan says:

My Lindy is absolutely perfect. She is a very quick learner. She knows "wait" which is what I used when I open her car door before going for walk and for when I want her to wait inside while I go out to the car (we have no garage, car parked on road). It only took a couple of days for her to work that one out but on the odd occasion when I open the gate I see her head poking around the corner of the porch lol . She also knows "What does Lindy want" means she is going to get a treat but only if she takes me to her treat bag in the laundry. lol lol And she also knows if she is lying on her bed and I decide to give her a treat she musn't get up when she hears the zip of her bag open, so she waits patiently on her bed, ears perked and looks just sooooooooooooo cute when I come out of the kitchen to her.

My grand daughter's partner's wee boy keeps thinking Lindy is cold as when she is gooey and happy her wee teeth chatter away and the sides of her mouth shake and quiver. :)  There is a couple of times a day, most days, when she goes crazy and this is when we play with Lambie. It only lasts a few mins each time and this is just what Greyhounds do.

We met Chester (Ginger Biscuit) today and after talking to Chester's parents we worked out it was Chester I saw at the Horse of the Year show back in 2010. Chester's Dad said he sort of remembers me as I was there for quite a while AND came back for more pats. HAHA!

My grand daughter bought a 3 month old Shitzu, Riley, the day I got Lindy and they are becoming good friends. When Lindy is fed up with him she gives him a little nip on the ear but he doesn't always take any notice. Lindy just loves meeting small dogs on our walks, very social but she does not like big dogs at all and gives a few barks to tell them to stay away I think. Not sure so what I am doing is when I see one I get Lindy to run and I talk to her all the time, distracting her and the last couple of times it has worked :-) But when she met Chester the greyhound she was fine.  :)
Lindy and her little friend Riley

To sum up, I love LindyLou more every day. She is just so gorgeous. Absolutely perfect for me. She has fitted in perfectly.  She is great with children in fact she is just little miss PERFECT :-)
We often get stopped when walking as people want to pat her or ask me questions about her so I tell them all about retired racing greyhounds   :-) 

Update 17th December: we just heard from Clarkie and yes, he has whelped Lindy's litter :) AND -he owns three of her puppies, who are being trained for racing. He sent us the picture of one of them, Polar: