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Happy New Year from Tucson Jett Greyhound 2013/12/31

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Just pet me while I lie here

Just pet me while I lie here

(written by Jett Greyhound)

Where does the time go? My new year resolution is that I write every month.

Lots of good things have been happening.

Calvin & Jett look out the window

Calvin & Jett look out the window

Sometimes different dogs stay with us. Not only do we have Saffron (an older female) and Carter (my brindle buddy) but this older beagle named Calvin has hung with us on three different occasions. He barks a lot and so loudly but when he’s not barking we are good friends. Karyn takes us all for a walk at the same time and he pulls us around.

I have met all kinds of people. Myself and some other greyhounds went to La Frontera’s United Way kick off. Most of the employees were in awe of me and because I like to get cozy wherever I am, I laid down on the carpet and people knelt down to pet me, as it should be. I also met the AZ legislator Linda Lopez. She found me amazing. I met Jeanette Mares from Ben’s Bells Project too.

Angy & Linda Lopez meet Jett

Angy Shearer & Linda Lopez meet Jett

Then I went to Pima Air Museum again because a dog named Jett belongs there.

There was some Hounds for the Holiday contest and one of the judges Barbara Brown said she never kissed a greyhound so we obliged. I stopped by her place of business and she kissed me. Now she can cross that off her bucket list.

Kissy with Barbara Brown

Kissy with Barbara Brown

Lots of people have come by for lunch or dinner and of course, I got a lot of loving. I like the magic thing that Lizzie does to my ears. Every time she does — I have an eargasm.

Happy New Year to you and dog bless all the dogs still eating 4D meat and stuck the South Tucson dog track. We have our paws crossed that you get out of there and into a loving home like mine so very soon.

Tucson Greyhound Jett’s Sleepover with Donut 2013/08/18

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Jett & Donut relax

Jett & Donut relax

Written by Tucson Jett Greyhound

I went to a sleepover! Usually dogs sleep over my house but I got to go to someone’s house to sleepover. The only other time I slept over someone’s house was at Greyt Escape but there were lots of other dogs around.

You see, my human Karyn, wanted to be dog-free. I find that hard to believe that she didn’t want me and Girlfriend around as she claimed she wanted a break. She was supposed to go away but that fell through. She still figured out how to be dog-free for one night.

I know she must have missed ME very much. Girlfriend, probably not so much. I — Jett — did not miss Girlfriend.

The reason I didn’t miss Girlfriend is because I had a sleepover with my “real” girlfriend Donut and her person Judith. I just happen to live with Girlfriend, the other dog who lives with me. Pay attention. It’s not as complicated as it sounds unlike some mobile devices.

Anyway, Donut has a big backyard and we played there a lot in the early morning and sometimes I sniffed without her. Then we traded dog beds. I chewed bones. I played with toys. I like going there. Maybe I will get invited back another time? I got lots of loving. I wasn’t ignored like I am at my house.

This week was my “Gotcha Day.” I have been living with Karyn for 3 years. I came here when I was 4.5. I was the only dog at that time although some greyhounds stayed with us after their spay or neuter. Then a year later Girlfriend came along. I still pretend like I’m the only dog. Girlfriend thinks she is the alpha but she’s just the bitch.

I am looking forward to my next greyt adventure.

Love you

What you see is what you Jett

Tucson greyhound Jett: school daze 2013/01/01

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The following was written by Jett Greyhound

Hi fans. I went to middle school in December and met with the most amazing class ever. These 6th graders were super bright. They asked my Karyn all the right questions about dog racing. If these kids governed the world, there would be no dog racing and no animal cruelty.

While visiting the school I was still limping. I have some debris deep inside my paw pad. It’s a big OWIE. We have been to my lovely veterinarian and even to that fancy specialty place and so far no solution except to amputate my toe. Cha-ching! Those are my Karyn’s sound effects.

The students all wrote me notes too. I will share some:

Jett, I hope you never have to go through that racing again and get better!

Dear Jett, you are the cutest dog ever!!!

I hope your paw heels (sic) and your life has many adventures ahead.

Dear Jett, I know that you can’t read but I hope that you live long and live happy with your owner. You are a really nice and cute dog!

There are more but I don’t need to share all of them. Sharing is not my favorite activity.

I have been to this school many times and the kids remember my name. Today I went in an elevator. It was an elevating experience.

Life has been hectic at my house because there never seems to be any down time for my Karyn. She is always on the go. We had Saffron stay with us. Saffron’s person and Karyn are friends and Saffron stays here a lot. She is an old gal but kind of fits right in. As you can see in this photo below she is making herself cozy. We thrive on cozy.

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Then some black and white dog stayed here for one day. He was a nice dude. And now some black dog with tuxedo markings have been staying here. I don’t know his story but he’s a bit grabby when it comes to treats. Girlfriend barely tolerates him.

So there you have it. I hope to get to the computer more often but Karyn hogs the keyboard. Hey hounds, are any of you missing a toe (or a digit as the specialist guy said) and if so, what is life without a toe?

Tucson greyhound Jett goes to middle school 2012/03/20

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Jett greyhound goes to school

Jett greyhound goes to school

Jett Greyhound here…

Life is good. I went to middle school last week. One teacher we know teaches a class on kindness to dogs, dog racing, and adopting a greyhound. The teacher Ms. V. also showed the classes two youtube videos. I have good experience and I am the star of the show.

As part of the lesson, the kids have to ask thoughtful questions about dog racing and about greyhounds. Some of the questions were:

“Why does the government allow animal cruelty?”

“Does Jett have many friends?” (Yes – Donut, Saffron, Anabel, Carter, Opa, Riley)

“How often does Jett get a bath?”

“How fast do greyhounds run?”

My human Karyn talks to the class and as she does I wander around the room licking the kids or rest on my bed. These kids were the best. This time I saw something in the corner that I was curious about. There was a dog that looked just like me looking at me but I couldn’t find him.

Karyn told the class that I only get 2 or 3 baths a year and generally don’t have the dog smell that other breeds do but that my feet smell like Fritos. So of course all the kids wanted to smell the bottom of my paws. They also spent a lot of time looking at my tattoos.

The kids then wrote notes to me and Karyn read them to me when we came home. Here are some of the notes:

“Jett, you are big and awesome.”

“Jett, I will never go to a race track.”

“Jett, I am glad that you are safe.”

“Thank you for bringing that cute Jett.”

“When I grow up, I’m going to get a cute dog like Jett.”

So there you have it. I can tell you I was pooped but am always happy to go and help the class learn about greyhounds.

I’m a good boy. Remember…What you see, is what you Jett

Happy Birthday Tucson Greyhound: Jett 2011/12/19

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Is this how the Bee Gee's got started?

Written by Tucson greyhound Jett

Hey hound dogs and your love slaves…

Today is my birthday. Well, Happy Birthday to me! We’re gonna have a party, party.

I guess not. Those lyrics don’t apply to me.

Anyway I am to be 6 years young on December 19, 2011. Whoopeee! SIX!

I am one lucky dog or so my human Karyn reminds me. I am lucky because I survived greyhound racing. Unlike some of my would be friends and ancestors who break their legs and hocks, who are electrocuted, who have heart failure, who collide and tumble on the ground, and who are put to sleep which means they don’t wake up ever — yes, I am one lucky dog.

My human said that December 19 is special to her in another way too because in 2009, that was when the Phoenix Greyhound Park closed its doors forever. I raced there and then raced in Tucson too.

Yes, I am forever lucky.

I would like to thank Jenny at Greyhounds-2-Go who took me in and then let my Karyn adopt me. Four paws up to Jenny! Here’s a photo of Jenny at the Greyhound Fall Festival. One of her dogs broke her pelvis racing. That must have hurt really badly. The hound is fortunate that Jenny rescued her.

Hugs to Greyhounds-2-Go

Jenny rocks!

The top photo of me was taken at the school where I go sometimes. The teacher Ms. Vigo teaches a class on animal compassion and animal cruelty. Karyn tells them about dog racing and how to adopt a greyhound. The kids are fun and ask the best questions. Then we have a love fest.

In the top photo, the kids knew it was my birthday so one girl brought a party hat for me to wear. I also got some presents. The Bee was too big for my skinny head but I humored them. Somehow I cannot see myself as a bumble bee. Buzz off.

This next photo is Ms. Vigo and her class and me. It was a great day and I hope they keep inviting me back. I am happy to go to other schools and visit people who need cheering up. While I am kind and on my best behavior (I don’t mark in inappropriate places), I do not own a pet therapy vest.

Jett Greyhound visits the school.

Forgot my homework

It does appear that Karyn has invited some of her friends over on Monday so I just might be getting some dog treats. Jett Greyhound can never have enough dog treats.

My life is very interesting and have many canine friends visiting. More about that later.

What you see is what you Jett.

Love ya, the Jett-Setter

Tucson greyhound: Jett turns 5 and tangos with Anabel greyhound 2011/01/28

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Jett Greyhound here

I turned 5 years old on December 19, 2010. That was my birthday. I heard through the greyhound grapevine that I’m supposed to be lavished with presents but that did not happen. My human did make me chicken soup with smashed carrots and rice and I ate that for four days. It was heavenly. I was supposed to get a new collar but that didn’t happen either. My human said I’m getting one soon.

Then another hound came to stay for awhile. His name was Carter and he was a cool guy after we growled at each other a few times. I was trying to dominate him and he wouldn’t let me. He stayed for 8 days while his foster mom went to Texas. When he left, Karyn stood at the door weeping and I whimpered.

Foster greyhound Carter finds comfort

A few hours after he left, Mary Jo came. She is Karyn’s best friend. She’s fun. I slept with her every night. She didn’t mind and we cuddled. Lots of people came to visit when she was here. The house was full of laughter and pets and treats.

After she left it was kind of depressing but my Karyn is just so busy, so unorganized, and so forgetful.

A couple weeks ago Auntie Glenda came and brought her two greyhounds Beamer and Anabel. I think Karyn forgot to take photos. Beamer is a big boy and marked in the living room. Not cool Beams! Then we all went outside. I think I’m in love with Anabel. She’s a fiery wench. She and I did the tango two times until Beamer broke it up. Chill Beamer! You live with her. I’m only trying to make some time with her.

I would like Anabel to come and visit again and leave Beamer at home. We must tango some more.

Our clicker trainer came to a halt because Karyn was too busy but I think we’re going to start up again. The other day on our walk Karyn couldn’t keep up with me and missed the curb and fell. She dropped the leash and I started off without her. Fortunately, for her I know “Jett COME!” and I came back and she grabbed my leash. I just stood there counting the minutes until she could get up. She was saying some bad words as she tried to stand up. Her elbow was bleeding too.

But she’s a trooper or so they say, and we finished the walk instead of turning around, as the show must go on.

I’m hoping to have some new adventures soon and perhaps I’ll meet you too.

Love and tail wags

What you see is what you JETT…greyhound

Tucson Greyhound: Jett loves Donut, Saffron, and the real bed 2010/12/01

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Donut & Jett

Jett Greyhound here.

I’ve had an exciting month.

We have lots of visitors but mostly 2-legged but recently we had some 4-legged visitors for me to play with.

First there was Donut Greyhound. She’s a sweetie, a wild girl. Wild girls are fun. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Her person is Judith and she’s a friend of my person, Karyn.

Judith brought Donut and we hit it off right away. I have a double backyard and we played and played and played. She was rough and tumble. We played and played some more.

Donut looks a bit like me except she’s petite and has blue brindle patches. That’s her and me in the top photo. Don’t we make a cute couple?

Then we came inside and Donut found every one of my toys that I don’t play with and brought them into the living room to play with them. Of course, then I found the toys interesting and wanted them.

Karyn and Judith talked, talked, talked while me and Donut rested.

Then they left and I whined. Karyn calls me Whiny Boy. What’s a little whiny between friends?

Someone from another continent was living here for awhile. She was afraid of dogs but learned to love me. She called me, “Jett, LEAVE IT!”

A week after my rough play with Donut, I started limping and Karyn was beside herself. We went to the vet and I got Metacam and after six days the limping stopped. Then we went to another vet and found out I have the Valley Fever antibodies inside me. My titer is 1:4. I’m borderline, whatever that is. Anyway for now, I’m just being monitored and well taken care of.

You would think that is enough for one month but oh, no.  It was cold here and Karyn turned on the heater and the noise frightens me. I didn’t want to come into the house. Karyn and Phyllis, the clicker lady, and I are working on it.

Then another greyhound came to visit – Saffron. Karyn had a beading bee and some of her friends sat around the table making these shiny things, eating, and laughing.

Loren brought Saffron. She was a pretty little thing but unlike Donut she didn’t want to play. Darn!

Saffron liked to hang out with the people. So being the good host, I hung out with her.  Here’s a picture of Saffron on the couch and me on the rug.   

One of the best things about this whole month is – on Monday night it was really really cold and Karyn put me on her bed. She put me on there once before and I was scared and jumped off. This time I buried myself under the covers and stayed and stayed and stayed.

Now I am also known as a Bed Hog.

Signed by — What you see is what you Jett…Greyhound

Tucson Greyhound – Jett’s Stream – Life is Greyt Now 2010/09/30

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Jett lounging at Greyt Escape

Hey world and Tucson – posted by Jett Greyhound

Life is greyt here.

Unlike the previous greyhound who lived here, the Drama Queen, I don’t chew stuff. Instead I just move things around especially things that smell like my person Karyn.  She calls me The Decorator.

So much has happened since I blogged last time. I am supposedly exuberant…whatever that means.

One day Karyn took me to this cool place where I met a lot of greyhounds. Then another day she took me again but left without me. At first I didn’t like that but I liked the dogs and Michelle and felt right at home at Greyt Escape. I even got to counter surf some cheese and bark at the javelina from afar. Man, they are ugly. When Karyn came back for me, I did the happy dance.

Another day Karyn came to give me a big hug and put her arms around me and started crying. I thought maybe she hurt that hole in her heart. She rocked me gently and said, “Baby boy, I am so very sorry that you raced 150 times.  Let the good times roll. I’m going to spoil you rotten.”  I can hardly wait!

I’ve been meeting lots of people. There’s an endless parade of people who come to visit us.

Now I am doing clicker training. She clicks this thing and I come and then I get a treat. What’s not to like?

Here’s a little secret. I am the perfect height to put my head on the dining room table. People who don’t have dogs won’t like this story.  Anyway one day Karyn was starting to eat a Chipotle bowl but got up to get a drink. When she turned around I had stuck my entire face in the bowl. She yelled, “LEAVE IT!”  I backed away from the table but there were incriminating lettuce strands sticking out of my mouth. I was this close to getting some of that chicken.

Fortunately, my lovely person Karyn laughed.  Ha ha ha. She has the best sense of humor.

By for now.

What you see is what your JETT.

Tucson Greyhound: Jett’s Stream – Hello World 2010/08/22

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Jett Greyhound: Hello World!

Hello Tucson and the World

I am Jett Greyhound. I am a retired racing greyhound. I use to race around the dog track here in Tucson.

My person has a lot to say about that and none of it is good. She uses cuss words that I am not allowed to repeat. I am a good boy and a gentleman so I won’t repeat them.

Anyway, she refuses to talk about my racing name, how many races I ran which she says the industry data is not up to date so it’s a moot point, whatever that is.

My person Karyn says the only thing that matters is — I am here now in a home with three soft dog beds.

Wow!

I heard through the greyt vine that I have big paws to fill as Karyn recently lost her almost 13 year old greyhound Lily, aka Drama Queen.  My person said she had a big hole in her heart and I was here to fill it.

A hole in the heart sounds painful.

I can fill the hole and make Karyn feel better.

We’re going to have a great life together. You’ll just have to wait and see…

Today I went to the Save More Animals adopt-a-thon at a nice hotel in a carpeted ballroom. I got microchipped. Karyn almost fainted when she saw the vet insert a long needle into me. As for me, Jett Greyhound, I didn’t feel a thing. My god-mama Cynthia made me feel so brave.

That was my debut out and I met a lot of people, kids, and lots of dogs, like more greyhounds and found out I was really popular with the Golden Retrievers. I stuck my needle nose into their inner circle.

That’s me in the photo. Aren’t I a handsome boy?

BFN

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