Sunday, March 25, 2007

Parades and sewing

We participated in this year's St. Patrick's day parade in Fredericksburg. All the dogs got dressed up. It was absolutely freezing. You can see more pictures on Gyeong's blog but here are my three dogs...they got more dressed up once Amanda showed up with some handmade coats and hats..but they are still cute.
And of course everyone else was cute too!

Here is Louisa Mae, Rita Mae, and Earl Gardner posing so dogs don't do you can see.

We decided to make some coats for our next few events this Spring. We will be attending an Easter festival on Monument Ave in Richmond in a few weeks as well as an Environmental Fair on Earth Day weekend. Amanda is quite a skilled seamstress so she offered to help teach us how to make coats. Now for those of you who know realize this is an interested proposition. I have never sewed anything beyond a few stuffies who needed emergency amputations and incisions during my stint as a vet tech. I have never operated a sewing machine and terms such as bobbin and backstitch as as foreign to me as brain surgery. This all became increasingly more clear to Amanda when she realized my scissor situation was below par since my opinion is that anything with two blades and a handle will cut anything I need..from shoestrings to hair to dead skin to paper to honestly whatever needs cutting..the possibilities are endless. How was I to know that fabric scissors are completely reserved for that purpose alone. I was clueless. ;-) But luckily Michelle has a new found interest in sewing and has practiced and become skilled. Another friend, Nancy came over and had rusty skills but skills nonetheless. The remaining task of cutting fabric went to Nancy's daughters who needed community service hours and love the greyhounds. Which left me to...well..I can't honestly say I did anything but get in everyone's way, keep a seat warm, take pictures and a few moment of comic relief. oh..and I provided the house. but enough of my are some pictures of Amanda and Michelle skillfully making some beautiful coats (did I mention we were making 9?)

And of course the finished products..the girls get pink (modeled by Dana) and the boys get blue (modeled by Booyah). I think 'we' did a great job!

So hopefully 'we' will have them all completed soon. For some responsibilities ended when they left. They took all the pieces to complete the coats. They sized up the situation and knew I was a lost cause. But we had a lot of fun! We had 6 greyhounds here for the afternoon so I enjoyed that!
Oh and to answer a previous commenter's question..Dante will kill the balloon when he catches it. The V-day balloon survived and is still floating well in the living room. The mylar ones seem more durable. The standard rubber ones..he pops immediately and looks for more. ;-)
We are also starting construction on a new patio. Again..I use we loosely. Someone has to keep the house clean and the dogs washed while the hole is getting dug..right? I give moral support. ;-)

Monday, March 12, 2007

Dante's balloon fettish

Ok..this is my first attempt with this technology. I am taking a cue from another gh blogger (needle nose). Dante loves balloons. Alot. This is a bit old b/c you will see Hank in the background. He is so confused.

Sunday, March 4, 2007


We don't have any fosters and the weekend has been pretty I decided to make a blog entry all about my dogs and how cute they are! Enjoy the pics!

Shiloh resting after a run
Shiloh and Dana enjoying some sunshine

Dana strikes her pose!

Dana likes to hide behind the storage shed and bolt out...
I wish the lighting had been better...what an image of the stride!
And of course the 2nd stage of running that makes greyhounds so amazing...
Then we introduce a stuffed dog ..
And now we start the Dante hour... ;-)
"Throw the ball..throw the ball...don't you understand me...throwing the stupid ball!!!!""She threw the ball..woooooohooooooo!"

And the finale..Dante is a 'under the blanket' dog. Which is funny when something happens that leads to him shuffling out of the blanket to look around. If it is worth getting up from his cocoon, he will..but he usually sits like this and then goes back under the blanket.