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 ligamentย 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 9ยฝ 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…

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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… ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Here I am, keeping an eye on things… ๐Ÿ™‚

Mac just loved the lawn! :-)

Mac just loved the lawn! ๐Ÿ™‚

This is handsome Wizard...

This is handsome Wizard…

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Beautiful Nellie... :-)

Beautiful Nellie… ๐Ÿ™‚

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

We all had a lovely time on the bush walk… ๐Ÿ™‚

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… ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

My beautiful sister, Krissy, tired out at the end of the weekend… ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Me, waiting with Dad to say good-bye to people… ๐Ÿ™‚

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

What a beautiful setting it was… ๐Ÿ™‚

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….. ย somewhere! I like my warm blanket ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Krissy got the hang of relaxing very quickly :-)

Krissy got the hang of relaxing very quickly ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

She's such a little fashionista :-)

She’s such a little fashionista ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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

As I said before – she’s very good at relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Now this is what I call serious comfort :-)

Now this is what I call serious comfort ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I demonstrate the proper use of a pillow :-)

I demonstrate the proper use of a pillow ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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… ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Krissy chilling... :-)

Krissy chilling… ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Ready for bed... :-)

Ready for bed… ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

‘Bye for now from Solo and Krissy ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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… ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Our first time sharing a bed! It went very well ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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… ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Krissy approves of the garden! Here she is having a Happy Roll! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

I decided it was time I got into the picture! ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a great time in the garden! We did lots of separate sniffings, then some communal sniffings, then someย play together – then we did a big zoomie around the house. Mum and Dad made sure to keep out of our way then! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let's play! :-)

Let’s play! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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

Solo and Krissy ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Krissy!

Well, she’s here! ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a three-hour drive to a cafรฉ alongside a state highway in order to pick up my new sister, Krissy, from the GAP NZ van, which was transporting several hounds to their new homes around the island. Mum took a few photos of us at the cafรฉ, after she put warm fleeces on both of us, as it was cold, wet, and windy there!

Here are Krissy and I after we'd just met. She is a cute wee thing! :-)

Here are Krissy and I after we’d just met. She is a cute wee thing! ๐Ÿ™‚

Krissy is wearing one of my coats, which is a bit big on her. Mum’s going to make her one that fits her better! ๐Ÿ™‚

Whole Dad's waiting for his coffee, we have a peek round the corner to see what's happening there... :-)

While Dad’s waiting for his coffee, we have a peek round the corner to see what’s happening there… ๐Ÿ™‚

After the long drive home, Mum and Dad let me show Krissy round the garden. I think she liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚

C'mon, Krissy - there's lots to explore! :-)

C’mon, Krissy – there’s lots to explore! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let's look over here..... :-)

Let’s look over here….. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krissy and Dad getting to know one another... :-)

Krissy and Dad getting to know one another… ๐Ÿ™‚

Krissy tired out. I graciously allow her to sleep on my beds! :-)

Krissy tired out. I graciously allow her to sleep on my beds! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here's me and Krissy coming back from our walk with Dad this morning... :-)

Here’s me and Krissy coming back from our walk with Dad this morning… ๐Ÿ™‚

Both Mum and Dad have reported that we walk well together. Mum finds it endearing that, if I stop to sniff something, then Krissy comes to sniff the same spot with me… ๐Ÿ™‚

We’re still working on sorting out our personal space as far as the beds go, but we have no problem with sharing and swapping between our feed bowls and waterย bowl.

Krissy is five years old – that’s just two years older than me. She has never been a house dog, and has been inย kennelsย since she retired from racing at the end of last year. Obviously she is on a huge learning curve, with everything very new to her. She has already tackled theย outsideย open steps up to the house on her own (clever girl!) and she makes it up and down the wooden stairs inside the house with lots of help from Mum and Dad. I also help, too, by running up and down the stairs beside her, to show her how it’s done.

Mum says she is a quick learner – like me! – and she is getting used to toileting arrangements. Even though she has never been house-trained, she was good as gold through the night, and I showed her the ropes as far as morning toileting goes. I’m very happy to help my new sister! ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning, Krissy picked up one of my soft toys, and we had a brief game of tug with it. It was great fun, and we made Mum and Dad smile! Of course – typical! – Mum didn’t have theย cameraย handy when we were playing!

Keeping an ear open... :-)

Keeping an ear open… ๐Ÿ™‚

As you can see, I'm keeping an eye on Krissy, too! :-)

As you can see, I’m keeping an eye on Krissy, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, that’s the Solo and Krissy report for today! I hope you enjoy sharing these moments with us! I’ll keep you posted…

WOOFS from Solo!

Exciting news!

It’s been a bit quiet around here lately… We have all been doing the usual things (which for me involves lots of walks, lots of zoomies, and lots of sleeping on the sofa!) Mum and Dad have both been busy doing writing things on their computers – and they have obviously been up to other things on their computers, as well. I happened to look over Mum’s shoulder the other week (if I stand on the sofa behind her seat, I can just see the screen) and guess what she was looking at? OTHER DOGS!

At first I was really worried, because why would she want to look at photos of any other hound but me? But then I got sort ofย interestedย in the photos in spite of myself – there were some very pretty lady greyhounds on her screen…

Well, it took a little while for things to be sorted out, but it’s now official. Mum and Dad are adopting a second greyhound from Greyhounds as Pets NZ! We haven’t met her yet, but she is a very pretty little black and white girl called Krissy! She is two years older than me, but she and I have the same father! And her birthday is one day afterย mine!

Here are a couple of photos of her…

Meet Krissy! Isn't she cute? :-)

Meet Krissy! Isn’t she cute? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Krissy resizedShe looks like a cheeky little minx, so I’ll probably have to let her know who’s Top Dog around here. But Mum says I have to be nice to her, as she’s never lived in a home before, so Mum’s looking to me to set her a good example. (Well, we can hope, Mum…..)

The other bit of exciting news is that it’s my birthday today! I am three! We haven’t had a special celebration today, as it is Krissy’s 5th birthday tomorrow, and she is still in kennels at the moment. We will be picking her up onย Sunday, so we have decided that we will have a jointย birthdayย celebration next week, and my Dad is going to bake us a special cake!

Krissy has been living in the South Island, and she came over on the ferry just yesterday, with two other hounds who have found their forever homes here in the North Island. She’s probably wondering what on earth’s happening to her right now, but hopefully she’ll be happy once she’s settled in with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a picture of me wearing my birthday silk tie for my walk this morning. Don’t I look smart?

 

And here I am having a zoom round the garden the other morning – it was a bit chilly so I’m wearing one of my new coats that my Mum makes…

zoomzoomzoom! :-)

zoomzoomzoom! ๐Ÿ™‚

I know - red is definitely my colour... :-)

I know – red is definitely my colour… ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, it’s time for a nice nap before bedtime…

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‘Bye for now….. ๐Ÿ™‚