04 March, 2006

My babies



A picture of my pretty girl, Miss Graceful, whom we call Gracie. We have had her since she was three, and now she is fourteen and a half! When we first got her, she had been mistreated, and her former owner had returned her to the kennel, and exchanged her for a "better" dog. Can you imagine! Apparently she had spent nine months cowering in a corner and being terrorized by that person's other smaller dogs. When we first met her it took us an hour to get close enough to catch her, she was so shy and scared. It took about six months before she could believe that being petted was a good thing, she would just suffer through it, and try to get away. Gracie was our second greyhound, and she benefited greatly from having had an older and more outgoing sister. She has become much, much more relaxed and confident, and now she is a completely different (and completely spoiled) dog, although she seems to like it best when having our other dog close by.


Our number two dog is called Pippi, as in Longstocking, because sometimes her ears stick out in a Pippi kind of way. She is a very playful and mischevous little thing, and very affectionate. In the picture she is on a daybed in my workroom, which she now considers hers. Finding the most comfortable and soft spot to lounge is her special talent. Usually in a sunbeam. And she of course prefers our down comforter. Pippi has a lot of toys, which she likes to spread out all over the floor of our house. She is only three, so has an incredible amount of energy. She loves the snow, which she had never seen before we moved to Massachusetts, and goes completely crazy whenever we have a good snowfall. She makes me laugh a lot.


Otherwise, I am not quite done with Birch yet, as I am having to fix a mistake which happened about four rows down. My handy, dandy crochet hook has been a constant companion throughout this project, as it seems to be very easy for me to make mistakes when knitting lace!

11 comments:

  1. Touching post about your dogs ... but I wouldn't share it with my husband as he HATES people mistreating animals ... gets really angry even hearing about it! Cari of Dogs Steal Yarn (http://dogsstealyarn.com/) also has two greyhound ... lovely dogs too. It is just a blessing for these mistreated animals to be able to find a loving home like yours.

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  2. Sighthounds are such handsome dogs, and yours are no exception! Bless you for taking on a frightened animal and showing them that life can be good.

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  3. They're gorgeous! I love when they wear coats, I think it's really funny. Pippi has such unusual markings. I don't think I've ever seen a greyhound that looks like her.

    Kudos to you for helping Gracie with her problems. It is so hard trying to make them believe that you really do mean well. She probably can't believe how wonderful her life is with you.

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  4. gracie is so cute with the sweater!!! is the snowy shot a recent one? all those snow. so pretty!

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  5. Your dogs are so cute! I love grayhounds-such sweet dogs.

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  6. Pippi does look like a beagle a little bit. Lucky can sometimes look like a German Shepherd (another way of hiding?). Thank you for your comments on my knitting, they weren't too much at all. I actually found them very helpful. I'm planning a long post in a day or two and I'll talk about your advice in it. I just wanted to let you know that I wasn't offended. :)

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  7. Gracie and Pippi are lovely & lucky to have a loving, patient family.

    Thanks for your comments about the new blog!

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  8. What wonderful dogs!

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  9. Awww...what cuties! Miss Graceful is lucky indeed to have found such a loving home. Pippi Longstockng was one of my favorite childhood books and I think that is a fun name for a dog whose ears stick out.

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  10. pippi is a bit coquettish. me thinks if my omo weren't such a lazy schmo and looked up into the screen, he'd be a smitten boy. can dogs have an internet relationship? it would be much better for the overpopulation.

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  11. Poor Gracie! You wonder what people are thinking sometimes. Our Charlie was declawed and then left outdoors to fend for himself. He still hasn't really gotten over his fears, 12 years later. But thankfully he and Gracie have patient families who work with them and help them feel safe. :) Pippi looks like a fun little sister and hopefully helps Gracie relax and play.

    Sorry to hear your lace is misbehaving. :)

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