a.k.a., Zack, a.k.a. Zackers. Zack is my retired Greyhound (born
June 3, 2005) that I had the fortune of adopting on February
11, 2008. Zak is my second "Greyt Boy". Maxwell
G. Hound was part of my life for 9 years when he died
peacefully in my arms in November of 2007. He was almost 12
years old and is now at peace on Rainbow Bridge .
||Here's Isaac's first
visit to the cranberry bogs! He's going to be a Pine Barrens guide
like his mom soon!
THE FIRST DAY
Isaac at GREYHOUND
ANGELS in Pennsauken in late January 2008, I knew we
were destined to be together! So, after what seemed like an
eternity, I brought home my 2 1/2-year old bundle of joy on
February 11, 2008! The drive home was uneventful other than
a few "puppy poofs" that I'm sure were nerves! Isaac
was interested in the scenery, and for the most part was relaxed.After
a quick walk up and down the street, we went inside to meet
Alex d'Catt, (with Isaac muzzled, just to be safe), but it was
very close to love at first sight!
This photo, taken a bit later,
shows Isaac "thinking about" the couch to get closer
"It's NOT a squeaky toy!"
"How did they get in that box?"
Isaac was curious about every sight,
sound and scent in my little house! Here he is watching TV! He
wasn't interested in the fuzzy babies yet - too many things to
My boy is curious
about everything! He's already responsive to my "Ssst"
correction for the forbidden areas, but almost opened a cabinet
where the "cookies" are! This is one smart kid!
When I took him out
in the fenced rear yard (on lead, since it's pretty big and partially
wooded), he acted like a kid in a candy store - hopping up and
down, smelling everything, then coming back to me to smile and
Later in the day,
I decided to let him blow off some steam, since he hadn't rested
for a moment since we got home. I took off the leash (again, my
yard is fully fenced with six-foot stockade) and his joy brought
tears to my eyes - he ran in big circles, though never far from
me, then to the door, then back to me. I tried to get him to run
a bit more, but he was more interested in going back inside his
watches while Isaac enjoys his first meal. He's got a real good
I work from home;
so put a soft blanket near my desk, and within fiive minutes,
my velcro boy was fast asleep.
||The rest of my kids had to meet
their new family member, so came over right after dinner. Left to
right, my Piney son-in-law Tanner, Alex d'Catt, my amazing daughter
Amanda (Piney Jr.), and my grandson Tyler (Piney III). Isaac was
gentle and friendly to all! He took a small piece of a "cookie"
from Ty's hand, oh-so gently, after which Ty told me, "I LOVE
my Uncle Isaac"!!
I wish I lived closer
ANGELS, in Pennsauken NJ, so I could help out walking
and caring for these GREYT dogs! But then again, maybe it's
better I'm 50 miles away - it would be too tempting to bring
home another love! As I look over at Isaac now, sound asleep
just a few feet from me, he has such a look of contentment on
his face, and yet I can't believe how lucky I
am that he chose me to be his mom! I can't wait to take him
on his first Pine Barrens adventure!
and her Dad Ira of GREYHOUND
ANGELS should be blessed for the endless hours they
devote to their greyhounds, arranging for transportation to
their kennel - from Florida, Kansas, West Virginia and more,
caring for these wonderful animals, arranging adoptions - the
work is borne of love, but it's hard work. Their many volunteers
also are "Angels", giving of their time to help these
wonderful dogs find their "forever homes!"
was so impressed with all the information they supplied to me,
including track records, ownership transfer papers, vet records,
etc. Isaac had already been given his shots, wormed, neutered,
micro-chipped and more. My previous greyhound experience was
nowhere as comprehensive and professional as this. I can't say
enough about the love and dedication these wonderful people
Angels is raising money for a "real" greyhound farm,
with a place for these kids to run, instead of being indoors,
requiring walks several times daily for exercise (again - thanks
to those volunteer ANGELS!)
you possibly can, go to their website
and donate a few dollars. Any amount will be appreciated!
take a look at their "ADOPT
ME" page - I dare you!
Maxwell G. Hound
Jan. 1996 - Nov. 17, 2007
Piney Hound will always be in my heart!
Think about adopting
a greyhound - thousands die needlessly every year, and they are wonderful
dogs - quiet, sensitive "couch potatoes". They have so much
love to give and ask little in return. They are gentle, kind and clean,
and their manners are better than those of some people! They require
little maintenance - even if you don't have a fenced-in yard, a brisk
walk will keep them happy. There are greyhounds right now at racetracks
across the country that will be "put to sleep" needlessly!
Help him or her...please? Wherever you are, there are agencies that
are looking for loving families for these wonderful dogs - find one
and adopt your "best friend". You won't regret it!
P.O. Box 307, Barnegat NJ 08005
Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
Barnegat Chamber of Commerce
Forked River Mountain Coalition
Natural Resource Educational Foundation/Lighthouse Center
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