We’re baaaaaack! (And we have some news.)

We’re here, we’re here! It’s been a quiet year, especially as I wasn’t allowed to do zoomies because I’d torn the cruciate ligamentΒ in my knee… But I’m much better now, and … we have some exciting news…

Here’s a little collage showing the newest addition to our family… She is a black greyhound, called Tess, and she is 9Β½ years old. As soon as we saw a photo of her on the adoption page, we fell in love with her, and, literally days later, she came to live with us in her Forever home…

Tess has been with us for almost three weeks now, and she has settled in perfectly: we love her to pieces and hope she can enjoy a long and happy life here with us, Krissy and Solo…

πŸ™‚

 

The Out-takes (or, Now You See Me………)

When she was looking at another friend’s funny photos recently, Mum was reminded that for every good photo she gets of me or Krissy, there are quite a few that don’t make the cut. She thought it might be fun to post a few of them here….. πŸ™‚

 

This one was so nearly good…

 

 

OOPS!

OOPS!

 

A definite OOPS! :-)

A definite OOPS! πŸ™‚

 

I think Mum was actually trying to photograph Krissy's new coat :-)

I think Mum was actually trying to photograph Krissy’s new coat πŸ™‚

But I look good in that one!

 

Oh yeah... Good shot of my muscled derriere, Mum...

Oh yeah… Good shot of my muscled derriere, Mum…

 

Ummmm.........

Ummmm………

 

Actually Mum... that's not half bad! :-)

Actually Mum… that’s not half bad! πŸ™‚

 

Abstract wet tail flick!

Abstract wet tail flick!

 

What the.....

What the…..

 

Er, Mum...? What's with you and all these headless shots?

Er, Mum…? What’s with you and all these headless shots?

 

Mum, Mum, Mum... That's the ceiling. Hello? We're down here...

Mum, Mum, Mum… That’s the ceiling. Hello? We’re down here…

 

And finally - my sister Krissy (well, her nose, anyway!) :-)

And finally – my sister Krissy (well, her nose, anyway!) πŸ™‚

 

So, it's 'bye for now from me...

So, it’s ‘bye for now from me…

 

..... and 'bye for now from Krissy xxx

….. and ‘bye for now from Krissy xxx

 

Have a great week, everybody…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greyhounds as Pets NZ Winter Wonderland Weekend!

Last weekend our little village was host to a wonderful group of greyhounds – most of them adopted through Greyhounds as Pets NZ. Our Dad helped organize the weekend with Victoria, our GAP area co-ordinator from Hamilton. Because we live quite a long way from any of the monthly GAP get-togethers, we decided to ask whether people from other parts of the area could come up here to us for once! And boy, did they come! We even had guests from as far away as New Plymouth, which, for non-New Zealanders, is a loooong 8-hour drive away from here. πŸ™‚

Colville Farm (http://www.colvillefarmholidays.co.nz/) graciously allowed us to book up most of their accommodation, and they proved to have the perfect setting for our weekend get-together. The weather was simply glorious for mid-winter, and the sun shone down on us all weekend.

Our friends who had a long distance to travel came up on Friday evening, and everyone else arrived Saturday morning. We had a lovely bush walk in the afternoon, followed by afternoon tea, then evening food (boy, was there a lot of food!), poetry, and musical entertainment throughout the evening. Most of us hounds (20 of us! plus 1 poodle!) were so tired out we slept through most of the evening, and just let the Humans get on with it…

Sunday morning we all met up on Colville beach and went for a nice brisk walk. Then back to Colville Farm for mid-morning tea and more food, then everyone began to wend their way home…

What a wonderful time we all had! Here are some photos Mum took of the weekend…

OOW! Look, Mum! Hounds are coming! :-)

OOW! Look, Mum! Hounds are coming! πŸ™‚

Krissy making new friends...

Krissy making new friends…

Krissy and two of the boys spot a goat... :-)

Krissy and two of the boys spot a goat… πŸ™‚

Here I am, keeping an eye on things... :-)

Here I am, keeping an eye on things… πŸ™‚

Mac just loved the lawn! :-)

Mac just loved the lawn! πŸ™‚

This is handsome Wizard...

This is handsome Wizard…

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Beautiful Nellie... :-)

Beautiful Nellie… πŸ™‚

We all had a lovely time on the bush walk... :-)

We all had a lovely time on the bush walk… πŸ™‚

According to Mum, afternoon tea was yummy! I thought we hounds showed great restraint... :-)

According to Mum, afternoon tea was yummy! I thought we hounds showed great restraint… πŸ™‚

Spud

Throughout the evening, we hounds did what hounds do best... We slept :-)

Throughout the evening, we hounds did what hounds do best… and there were 20 of us inside! We all slept πŸ™‚

Sunday morning on the beach - here's me and Krissy with Dad, waiting for everyone else to arrive :-)

Sunday morning on the beach – here’s me and Krissy with Dad, waiting for everyone else to arrive πŸ™‚

Group photo of most of us on Colville beach. Me and Krissy are on the right, with our Mum :-)

Group photo of most of us on Colville beach. Me and Krissy are on the right, with our Mum πŸ™‚

My beautiful sister, Krissy, tired out at the end of the weekend... :-)

My beautiful sister, Krissy, tired out at the end of the weekend… πŸ™‚

Me, waiting with Dad to say good-bye to people... :-)

Me, waiting with Dad to say good-bye to people… πŸ™‚

What a beautiful setting it was... :-)

What a beautiful setting it was… πŸ™‚

Well… it’s back to the old settee now.

So it’s ‘bye for now from Krissy…

And ‘bye for now from me…..

A few thoughts on relaxation…..

We like it!!!

Yes, I am under there..... somewhere :-)

Yes, I am under there….. Β somewhere! I like my warm blanket Β πŸ™‚

Occasionally we will share the settee - but we really both prefer to stretch out on our own :-)

Occasionally we will share the settee – but we really both prefer to stretch out on our own πŸ™‚

 

Krissy got the hang of relaxing very quickly :-)

Krissy got the hang of relaxing very quickly πŸ™‚

 

Go away, Mum, we're trying to sleep! What do you mean, it's YOUR settee? :-)

Go away, Mum, we’re trying to sleep! What do you mean, it’s YOUR settee? πŸ™‚

 

She's such a little fashionista :-)

She’s such a little fashionista πŸ™‚

 

As I said before - she's very good at relaxing :-)

As I said before – she’s very good at relaxing πŸ™‚

 

Also she's a bit of a show-off! I shall have to keep an eye on my little older sister :-)

Also she’s a bit of a show-off! I shall have to keep an eye on my little older sister πŸ™‚

 

Now this is what I call serious comfort :-)

Now this is what I call serious comfort πŸ™‚

 

I demonstrate the proper use of a pillow :-)

I demonstrate the proper use of a pillow πŸ™‚

 

I thought you might like a close-up of the famous greyhound grin... :-)

I thought you might like a close-up of the famous greyhound grin… πŸ™‚

 

Krissy chilling... :-)

Krissy chilling… πŸ™‚

 

Ready for bed... :-)

Ready for bed… πŸ™‚

 

As you can see, we hounds take our relaxation very seriously. And now, if you don’t mind, we’re going to relax some more. πŸ™‚

‘Bye for now from Solo and Krissy πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter’s here…

It was a lovely crisp, clear winter’s morning yesterday. Mum wandered round the garden and took some photos…..

Apple

Apple

 

Cabbage Palm

Cabbage Palm

 

Grapevine

Grapevine

 

Peach

Peach

 

Fig

Fig

 

Cabbage Palm and Bottle Brush

Cabbage Palm and Bottle Brush

 

Lemon

Lemon

 

Grapevine

Grapevine

 

 

Cabbage Palm

Cabbage Palm

 

Damson

Damson

 

Lemon

Lemon

 

Here's me and Krissy, back from our walk with Dad :-)

Here’s me and Krissy, back from our walk with Dad πŸ™‚

 

Me and Krissy posing for the camera :-)

Me and Krissy posing for the camera πŸ™‚

 

Well, it’s dinner time now. ‘Bye!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy’s at home…

Yes, she hasn’t been here a week yet, and Krissy’s certainly settled into the relaxed routine we have here. Here are a few pics my Mum’s taken this week…..

She IS sort of cute, isn't she? :-)

She IS sort of cute, isn’t she? πŸ™‚

I taught her about beds (the Human kind), She jumps up in the mornings to say hello to Mum and Dad, then she gets straight down again, I have no problem with that – more room for me! πŸ™‚

 

Here we are, discussing the Humans. I'm giving Krissy a few tips... :-)

Here we are, discussing the Humans. I’m giving Krissy a few tips… πŸ™‚

Our first time sharing a bed! It went very well :-)

Our first time sharing a bed! It went very well πŸ™‚

Off for our first morning walk together...

Off for our first morning walk together…

On the beach with Mum - got our leads tangled! :-) As you can see, Krissy has a much thicker coat than me - probably because she lived in the South Island, where it's much colder!

On the beach with Mum – got our leads tangled! πŸ™‚ As you can see, Krissy has a much thicker coat than me – probably because she lived in the South Island, where it’s much colder!

Birdwatching on the beach. After this photo, Krissy woofed at them! :-)

Birdwatching on the beach. After this photo, Krissy woofed at them! πŸ™‚

Here's Krissy checking out the garden in the sunshine...

Here’s Krissy checking out the garden in the sunshine…

Lots of things to sniff...

Lots of things to sniff…

Still checking stuff out... :-)

Still checking stuff out… πŸ™‚

Krissy approves of the garden! Here she is having a Happy Roll! :-)

Krissy approves of the garden! Here she is having a Happy Roll! πŸ™‚

I decided it was time I got into the picture! :-)

I decided it was time I got into the picture! πŸ™‚

We had a great time in the garden! We did lots of separate sniffings, then some communal sniffings, then someΒ play together – then we did a big zoomie around the house. Mum and Dad made sure to keep out of our way then! πŸ™‚

Let's play! :-)

Let’s play! πŸ™‚

 

So – that’s it from us for now! Catch you later!

Solo and Krissy πŸ™‚