Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mish Mash Update


This is Chase. He is a six year old Greyhound who stopped racing last May. He is able to reach 42 miles a hour in three seconds and if he were to take off after a squirrel, he would be dangerously gone.


Greyhounds are only allowed to race from age 2-5. I'm told 25,000 greyhounds 'retire' each year and 18,000 are adopted, meaning the remaining 7000 are put to sleep. So there is a great need for rescue. I am still surprised JB and I have adopted a greyhound, a breed we know so little about, and I'm very glad. 


Chase is an elegant and unfamiliar dog. His skin is thinner than mine. His legs are unbelievably foldable. He is smart and peace loving and he could not be more gentle. He cannot be off leash unless he is in an enclosed space. He sprints and then he sleeps.


We met Chase because I had a dream that I had a dog named Chase. When we saw his name in Pet Finder, we drove to Connecticut to his foster family.




Chase needs a little extra medical attention but so what? JB and I can do that. It's already nice to have him around. He has lived a life of strict routine as a race dog, and he is not going to have strict routine with us. But we will come to know each other and love each other and I think it will be very good. (Wieneke: these pictures are for you xo)


 This is my friend Tracie performing near me last week at a combination bar and music shop not far from my house. Tracie is one of the five or so singer/songwriters in my Big Yellow writing group. JB and I and a few other friends clapped and clapped after every song. It is very cool to have friends who are musicians. 


I would like sympathy. THIS is the stairway I must climb, to the TOP floor, to see a client. I am too old for this. Quite a job, don't you think? :^)


In contrast, this is the view from my kitchen window. Until Chase arrived last week there were five robins hanging in the bird bath and around and about. I've loved watching these and other birds so much. But not a peep in the last week..... 


Once a year I pull out my watercolor and paint something. I copied this restaurant scene from a magazine ad. When I wrote down what I wanted to do on vacation this summer, I wrote "Paint A Tree." So I painted this tree. 


THIS is where I currently am again. Back in Provincetown. For a lost weekend with JB and Chase. ♥

Been a good week or so. I'm happy for that!

love
kj

50 comments:

  1. Wow,,,I think I AM healed of the Blogger Bug.
    Astonishing!
    (I love that word.) And your amazing header!!
    So much beauty and joy here,,,I love Chase and that he chased you in your dream. I love your tree,,which really looks quite good to me!
    I love that you have music and musicians in your life, and the Big Yellow.
    And I am very sorry you have to climb those steps! I hope not really often, as my knee throbs thinking about it.
    I had a really really good comment for your previous post,,,,but it wouldn't post, and now I've forgotten it.
    Something about the words nuggets and turds sounding interchangeable to me,,,,I dunno,,,

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    1. Thank you babs. I've climbed those stairs once a week, but I'm trying to arrange for this client to come to the clinic instead.

      Nuggets an turds: yes, I kind of get it!

      So glad blogger decided to behave

      Love
      kj

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  2. well, hello mr. chace! what a soft landing you have had mr. doggie and I'm glad for you very much. I hope you get fat and soft and happy happy happy. Who wouldn't be with someone who paints such a lovely tree and who climbs mountains to help people.
    Your friend Mim

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    1. My friend Mim:



      Your friend kj

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  3. Oh, what a lovely dog he is. Thanks so much for the story and the pictures, Karen. As doglover I always want to know about the pets of my blogfriends. So I hope you will post about the adventures of Chase another time. Chase is one lucky fellow and I know that he knows ;-)
    Those stairs! Whahahaha! Every step 10 grams bodyweight? Think about that too.
    Love your headpicture.

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    1. Wieneke, I will keep you updated on chase and I love your interest!

      Yes I think of weight loss climbing those stairs but my poor lungs :-)

      Love
      kj

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  4. oh, so glad you found chase. how good you are to give him a loving home. your painting!! Hey, you are quite good. enjoy your weekend in Provincetown. hugs, suki

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    1. Suki, it's nice to have an animal companion around, as you know xo

      Ptown says hello--a magnificent weekend for me.

      Love
      kj

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  5. Chase is gorgeous! He has such wisdom and kindness in his eyes. I'm so very glad you found each other.

    Your watercolor sketch is beautiful! I would love to sit under that tree.

    I also love the view from your window. Beautiful zinnias!

    Happy weekend to you, JB and Chase.
    xoxoxo

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    1. Angela, you see chase correctly. He is smart and sweet. He is self reliant in his own way: no doubt from his life and career at the racetracks

      I just brought cut zinnias into the house, Angela. So festive, like your latest painting

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  6. Oh my, Chase IS a handsome boy! I have to climb three flights of stairs to go to the Bed Room. Yes, I DO live in a tower.
    **happy smiles** Deb

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    1. Good exercise oh dancer!

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      kj

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  7. That Chase is a real sweetie. Our son and dil have a Greyhound x Irish Wolfhound named Wally, recently adopted from the University. Amazingly gentle critter, compared to his brother, the very bouncy Ollie (Portuguese Water Dog).

    Lovely watercolour piece. I wish I could ten per cent as capable.

    Heads up for Emily. Big increase in the market of avocados. (See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/23/avocado-nafta-consumption-booming_n_1907430.html)

    Blessings and Bear hugs.

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    1. Hello rob bear! Why not draw a tree yourself: you might be surprised! (Like me)

      Thank you for the compliment. Xo

      I will pass your info on to Emily. She is threatening to report me to the ASPCA due to the size of chase :-)

      Love!
      kj

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  8. They used to do mass slaughters of retired greyhounds, and I'm thankful for the rescue organizations. They are such gentle, loving dogs. And yes, thin-skinned - they get nicked easily. Have you noticed that when they try to sit, their rears don't reach the ground because of how their legs are made?

    (Also, you may well already know this, but they do best with elevated food and water bowls because it's hard for them to eat that low to the ground. They have them at pet supply places.)

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    1. Oh shudder, cs. So sad, treatment of do many dogs throughout the world.

      Yes, we have elevated bowls. And I understand chase will need a winter coat. A new dog experience for me :-)

      As soon as chase sits, he ends up lying down :-)

      Love
      kj

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  9. aw chase, this is the best happy ending story ever. i'm so glad for you all kj. i love the robins in your birdbath too, i've never seen one so close!
    i'm sorry about the stairs, i hope you don't have to do them too often. and how fun you got to see your friend play again! i remember how pretty her music was.
    enjoy your time on the coast. i bet the light is gorgeous right now!

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    1. Lori, I couldn't believe five robins in one birdbath!

      How I wish you had been with me this weekend! The light and sky was. Spectacular !

      Please come some time! :-)

      Love
      kj

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  10. Hey there, Chase! Good job planting your name into Kj's subconscious so she would know you were ready to come home. As for those stairs, Kj, my right knee is not happy with me, and so whoever was at the top of those stairs would have to be very patient. Creak...creak...snap...crackle...pop. haha.
    Here's to another good week - xox

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    1. Pam, hahaha, my knee too! Really, my whole body!

      How are you, prudie1, now that the cooler weather comes and Halloween beckons?

      Love
      kj

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    1. Hello Andrea! Thank you. I think he really is kind.

      Ps I almost made it to you this fall. Plans begun but not completed :-) but someday

      xo

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  12. that face is irresistible. i can't believe you dreamed about a dog named chase and then found a dog named chase - clearly it was meant to be.

    hope you enjoyed your weekend - how wonderful to be able to get away with jb and your new pup.

    ps - you changed your header photo again - it's gorgeous!! (i'm still pissed at blogger b/c i can't do the same without paying them...arrggghh.) but thanks so much for trying to help♡♡

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    1. I wish I could help you change your header, but at least it's a very good header!

      Had a good weekend. Amanda. Are you writing? I do want to finish. And them hope I like it!

      Love
      kj

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  13. Lucky Chase...Lucky YOU two. Unlucky robins.

    About the stairs and age? They'll keep you young and fit.

    Yes, it is SO COOL to have live music in your life. Wish I could play.

    Sending love and SEE YOU SOON (and can't wait to meet JB),

    S

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    1. Yes yes Sharon , see you soon!

      The stairs kill me!

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      kj

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  14. Chase is adorable! You seem to have such a settled and peaceful life! I am envious you have a client that you GO TO, as opposed to a desk job. I am envious that you have a weekend that is no longer lost. I am envious that you can paint a tree that actually resembles one as opposed to the shrubby looking things I manage to crayola on occasion. I don't have to be envious of musician friends, because I have that :)

    Love you!

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    1. Annie, I love you too. Xo

      I have a good life most of the time but that doesn't keep me from treading water or getting lost. I like my job a lot because I don't work in an office unless I want to.

      You don't kid me: I KNOW you can paint a tree

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      kj

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  15. Hi Kj:-)

    Although life is pretty miserable I am ok...getting hurt on the job isn't for the faint of heart;-)

    I am glad about chase!

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    1. Ah Chris, take care, feel better . I miss you

      Love
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  16. Sweet Chase. I didn't know you had a dream about a dog with that name? Did you tell me and I forgot? Most likely!

    That tenement sadly reminds me of my youth in Boston. And I lived on the top floor! Sadly, we didn't have anyone like you to come and help us.

    Great tree painting! You really should do artsy stuff more often :)

    Ah, P'town. magical light.

    Miss you!
    xo
    Lo♥

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    1. Hello there mystery woman :-)

      Been off today and wonder what you're up to. Zoom zoom , yes?

      Take care xoxo

      Guess who

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  17. Chase looks adorable - a kind of love me love me - am I doing okay? unsure look that I'm sure you & JB will replace with an " aren't I adorable?" look before long!

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    1. Yes, a whole new world for him, Kay

      Love
      kj

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  18. kj,
    This is wonderful to see!
    Chase looks cautiously happy. He has a gentle, adorable face.
    This is a nice story - that your dream led you to adopting Chase, I'm very happy for him!
    A neighbour of mine went down somewhere in the States twice to adopt rescued greyhounds, they were fine animals, and companions, with a gentle presence. One was named Gryphyn.
    I like your watercolour painting!
    Thanks for your thoughtful comment today, it was appreciated!
    Brenda

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    1. Brenda, I never thought I'd be enjoying greyhound stories . Thank you for yours

      Love
      kj

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  19. I love chase already! That 700 have to be put to sleep makes it clear to me they have to forbid this whole dog racing........
    When I worked in the shelter we had a lot of greyhounds and whippets. which were all used for poaching. Very gentle dogs though but never could be trusted without a leash and sometimes difficult to place with cats. But I always loved their gentle spirit.... So special about these breed....
    Well I know he will have a happy retirement with both of you!!!
    Hope to meet him in person one day.
    Those stairs.......poor you!
    But both dog and stairs will keep your condition high dear ;)
    Glad you are in Ptown enjoy every moment there dear. How does Chase find Ptown? And he doesn't mind being in a car?

    All is well here:)

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    1. Marianne, 7000! I'm glad we've adopted chase. He is fine in the car except he rolled off the seat twice while soundly sleeping :-)

      I certainly hope you meet him too! And I your beloved animals xoxo

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    2. I have the feeling we will dear, either way ;)

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    3. Yes I know 7000 I forgot a 0 there :(
      Well that are 7000 to much!

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  21. PS love that bowl of flowers and glass balls!

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  22. That's a gorgeous animal. I'm also a rabid dog person. And I'm curious of this "Big Yellow writing group."

    Also dropping by to say thanks for the support you gave to my short film. Posted a link to your blog on my latest rant. Many thanks!

    http://irrex2.blogspot.com/2012/09/friends-of-dog.html

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    1. Hello Jeff. You are most welcome.
      Our mutual special person baino was relentless. I couldn't say no and I'm glad I didn't. I wish you so much success. What the hell: go for it full throttle

      My big yellow writing group is about 5 singer/songwriters and 7 writing writers and we meet for a weekend writing retreat once or twice a year. It is run by nerissa Nields of the nields, who are worth checking out

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      kj

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    2. And check them out I shall!

      Thanks again!

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    3. Jeff, the writing that takes place in the big yellow house is almost magical!

      xo

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  23. Chase looks like a super sweet friend to have around and he looks super friendly in the photo of him lying down.Has kind eyes like my Wolfy...Your writing group sounds like fun and your watercolor looks beautiful.Big Hugs friend,Cat

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  24. It's been so long since I visited here. Lovely to see snippets of your life once again and Chase looks extremely happy. Talk about landing on his feet! He couldn't have found two more adoring owners.

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  25. You're a better old tree-painter than I, that's for sure.

    You chose a great way to get a dog. I'm not sure at the moment that I will ever have another one after the traumas we've been through with our last two, but I sure the heck would get some kind of a dog that needed a home rather than one that was being sold so someone could make money. I hope Chaise is everything you could ask for, and that he will be able to say the same about you, and I have confidence that he will.

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  26. Catching up on Chase, having read your most recent, very scary and so tender post. He is so beautiful, kj, and one lucky dog.

    As for those stairs? Your commitment is telling!

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