The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-08-21

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Easy Listening....

This is not a high energy group.  Ginger, for example, has the gusto of damp paper.

Napping Ginger

And Ventura ...

Peace and quiet

... Is also about getting shut-eye.

As you can see they are both prepping for the Olympic Synchronized Nap Team (2012...)

So far I've only found two things that faze Ventura; my backyard for which I've found no solution and thunder- For which I have.

Ventura loves the Easy Listening Music Choice station (1838)  on Verizon FiOS...

He really gets his mellow on for Burt Bacharach. Thought you might want a heads up on that with  Hurricaine Irene coming this week end.

Burt seems to do wonders, just FYI....


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ventura Factoids

He barked for the first time today.  Greyhounds don't bark much apparently but on a walk this morning a dog came up and was all barking up in his  face and he barked back.  It was quite the bark actually.

ventura sleeping

He sleeps with his tongue hanging out.

While Ginger only needs a tiny sunspot to be happy...


He needs a big one...


But he loves 'em just as much.

He's loves Ben as much as he dislikes stairs which proved helpful...


He followed Ben to his room the other day then refused to come down for oh, let's see -  Hours.  It finally occurred to me he wasn't motivated at all to come down so I sent Ben downstairs and away from Ventura.  

It took Ventura about another twenty minutes but down he came and in my life, Swear!  I've never seen anything like it.  

It looked and sounded like a horse galloping through my house.  Even Ginger was impressed, she looked at me like, The hell?

And speaking of Ginger, while she looks like this in the car....

ginger goes to the vet

He looks like this...

The interesting thing about the two of them is, he follows her lead.  He wants to go where she goes and never in my life did I anticipate being able to walk her and another dog; I must do a video of the two of them outside, she's different.  More confident, less ... Spastic.  She's always been the dog in the neighborhood who couldn't get along with other dogs.  As she's aged she's mellowed but walking with Ventura has given her a confidence I've never seen.    

He's unsure still and will stop dead sometimes but walking with her he just goes where she goes, following.  When she walks, he walks.  When she stops, he stops....  He also doesn't like my backyard but going out with Ginger he's learning it's okay.  

It's so funny to see, like a doggie version of  The Odd Couple; two totally different souls who work well together.     


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Heart meltingly adorable

I can't remember if I told you how I got Ginger so here goes, in 1999 I filled out an application for a retired racing greyhound.  I went through an interview, met the Greyhound Lady, a few greyhounds and was approved.

Soon Greyhound Lady called to say my dog was picked, an eighty pound male, and he was coming up from Florida - Any day now.

About two days later Ben walked up the street with Ginger under one arm, her crate under the other; she wasn't working out in her current home and a neighbor gave her to Ben because she knew we were looking for a dog.


She wasn't what I expecting by about minus seventy pounds but the day she crawled up the bottom of my shirt and peeked at me out the top it was all over.  I called the Greyhound Lady to explain.

I never gave up on the Greyhound topic and with Ginger mellowing recently, I started thinking about someone like this guy...

Meet Ventura...

I met him through Greyhound Friends of New Jersey and took him home yesterday although that wasn't the exact plan....  And since we'd gone to his foster home just to meet him, we were unprepared to take him home - In fact we pretty much had to shove him in and than stuff him between the seats to fit in my van.

See, big as Pandora is she's lousy with seats and there's no room for a seventy-five pound dog to stretch out ...Much less  a seventy-five pound  long-legged dog with a healing fracture in one of those long legs.

 We worked it out though - On the way home we stopped at Petco, took out a seat, bought a Greyhound-sized muffin and Voila!

Happy stretched out greyhound. 

Although he was pretty happy in the store because...

He and Ben got tight


As to Ginger, she snapped at  him once and he chased her under the coffee table last night.  Once.  
Besides those two things it's a lot like this....

She ignores him and he doesn't look at her.

We have a few things to work out like, Ventura, was it necessary to mark my ottoman as your territory?

Apparently, I need to learn a thing or two about male dogs that I hadn't anticipated.  Other then that, he's  mad-sweet.

Ventura on Gingers bed

And curled up on Ginger's muffin he's heart-meltingly adorable.


Walking buddy

It's week 11 on Nutrisystem and it's a no harm, no foul week (i.e. no loss no gain - Steady as she goes at 14 pounds).  And while I haven't bellied up to any Smörgåsbords this week ( or this summer) I haven't moved enough either.  I've always got a good reason (the heat - it has been over a hundred degrees a lot -  the humidity, I'm tired.... There's something else I need to do) for not moving but the bottom line is ...  Well, my bottom.  Which remains impressive.

I've worked out a solution.

His name is Ventura.

He's a 75 pound four year old retired racing greyhound with a healing broken leg that needs to go for walks a few times a day.  My nineteen year old minipin, Ginger doesn't want to walk far these days plus if she doodies in the house well, it's nothing a snack bag can't pick up.  Ventura on the other hand, no. Just no.  No snack bags for Ventura.

His doody is an event of garbage bagean proportions.

I've never been so motivated to leave my house and walk which sounds like a great exercise plan to me.

Not that greyhounds need miles and miles of walks; they are more like nappers that wake up to sprint 45 miles per hour.  

And then go back to sleep.  

In week 8 of the Mindset Makeover I read: There are lots of small ways to increase your activity throughout the day. The key is to think about how you can make anything you do more active, whether it's for 10 minutes or even 10 seconds.    And that is so true.  

I need to get the walks going slowly at first because I haven't been that active and Ventura needs to get them going slowly as his leg heals.  Eventually we can both get healthier.

I think we can both accomplish wonderful things while walking.

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*This post was sponsored  by Nutrisystem who is providing me with the food and program materials in exchange for blogging. 


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