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It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Pookie Booth at a dog event. The last time may have been as far back as 2006! Yesterday’s SCAS Adopt-A-Thon was the perfect setting to get back in the groove. We were happy to set up behind our friends Gary & Lexy of Natural Instinct Dog Training. They had all sorts of fun taking dogs through the agility course. Looks like Ollie is photo-bombing at the bottom of the pic! She was such a good girl.

Setting up Gary's tent.

Setting up Gary’s tent.

We still had all our booth supplies in 3 bins, had 2 chairs and a tent. Once we got a new banner made, we were set. Lots of volunteers were on hand to help carry stuff from the car and set up the tent. I’d forgotten how! The volunteers for Seminole County are a dedicated and caring bunch. Most people may not even think you could volunteer for the “dog pound” but you can – and you should – they are the best!

Manning the Pookie Booth

Manning the Pookie Booth

We had brochures from all those years ago but at our old rate. So I just took a pen and started changing it. No sense wasting them.

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This was an adoption event so lots of rescue groups were on hand. Lots of different breeds and even a parrot rescue were in attendance. I’m sure some love connections were made. It was a bit strange being at an event and not having one of our dogs, especially Sam. He was known far and wide for being the cute little thing in our famous Pookie Kissing Booth! He must have given out millions of kisses. He took his job seriously until he hit his teens and his age started catching up to him. We have no one to fill those paws.

Sammy Dean at 16, shortly before we lost him to bone cancer.  never met a face he didn't kiss!

Sammy Dean at 16, shortly before we lost him to bone cancer. never met a face he didn’t kiss!

There were lots of cute pups… little pups, medium pups and biguns! We were set up near a swimming pool loaded with ice. The ice mostly melted but the dogs enjoyed splashing in the cool water. It’s easy here in Florida for dogs to overheat, even if it feels comfortable to us. I’m always watchful of this and ready to jump into action.

A recent track rescue greyhound partakes of the pool.

A newly off-the-track greyhound partakes of the pool.

Some of our faves from the day:This girl is an Australian Cattledog / Blue Heeler mix! Only about 15 pounds and just a doll! Good thing she had a home.

Most Adorable Mini!

Most Adorable Mini

Buddy is one of my regular clients. He knew if he sat good for me he just might score a bite of my sandwich. He did.

Most Likely To Get A Bite

Most Likely To Get A Bite

This tall drink of water is Rachel. She’s also a retired racing Greyhound. I talked with her foster daddy for quite a while. I was pushing him toward keeping her. She’s really a lovely girl. Greyhounds are lovely dogs.

Most Likely To Be Seen On The Fashion Runway

Most Likely To Be Seen On The Fashion Runway

I didn’t even catch this boy’s name but I was a victim of love at first sight. His momma was carrying him around and she said that’s pretty much his favorite thing to do, be carried around. Look at that FACE!!!

Most Likely To Melt My Heart

Most Likely To Melt My Heart

Little Fu-Man-Chu (name I’m calling him) wasn’t impressing his brother. He said he’s capable of walking around on his own, thank you very much!

Most Likely To Roll His Eyes At His Bro

Most Likely To Roll His Eyes At His Bro

Godfrey is one of the SCAS dogs needing to find his forever family. How has this adorable boy NOT been adopted?! I’ll tell you why… people are stupid. Yep. Just stupid. Godfrey came into the shelter injured. T.E.A.R.S. of Seminole County paid to have all his medical stuff done. He’s now healed and ready for a home. His foster dad told me people are afraid he’s going to cost a ton of money… that makes no sense! His leg has been fixed. Problem solved. Any pet, at any time, can potentially need costly medical expenses. His person has just not seen him, yet. So let’s help Godfrey find his person! He’s a cool boy.

Most Likely To Demand A Belly Rub

Most Likely To Demand A Belly Rub

Our next event will be in a few short weeks. Come see us at the 11th Annual Doggie Arts Festival! Join us for one of Winter Park’s most beloved events!

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*Poster art by Shari Sherman

This family & pet friendly event will be held Sunday, April 13th in North Central Park, Park Avenue and will feature pet-related artists, vendors, & adoption organizations. Proceeds benefit the Sebastian Haul Fund – helping Central Fl greyhounds reach their new families.

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When in the line of work we’re in you form differing relationships. Some clients we see only once a year. Some several times throughout the year. We have some clients who’ve been with us from the very beginning, some 17 years ago. Children have grown up and gone to college while we’ve cared for their puppies who became old. We go through divorces, births, deaths, sickness and many, many joyous events. Then there are those that go above and beyond any descriptive word.

I share an unspoken bond with Tracy and her greyhounds. When we first met she only had the male, Elect. I had the pleasure of walking him daily while she worked. Not long after meeting, she found her house and wanted a friend for him. I was invited along to the GPA (Greyhound Pets of America) office to help them find that friend. We found Jelly.

Jelly (white) & Elect (brindle).

Jelly (white) & Elect (brindle).

I spent so much time at their house I felt like a roommate. Tracy had given me the go-ahead that it was fine with her however long or however much I wanted to hang with her pups. She traveled frequently. I would make her house my base of operations. I’ve watched many a movies with greyhounds at my feet. I’ve eaten many meals with them and that’s where we termed the phrase – “Jelly Sandwich” or “Jelly Soup” or “Jelly Salad” depending on what I was eating. Scottie knew where he could find me if I said I was going to take a “Jelly Nap”. Their momma had health difficulties and there were several times when we weren’t sure when she would be coming home. She knew the one thing she never had to worry about was if her dogs were being cared for as I would be there no matter what.

Jelly & Elect.

Jelly & Elect.

Our friendship and bond has endured even though she and the dogs have moved away a few times. During one stint in another city Elect died. She was devastated as was Jelly. Not long after, Lennon came along. When Tracy moved back I finally got to meet him and our old routines began again. More Jelly Sandwiches.

Jelly & Lennon

Jelly & Lennon

As with everyone, our lives are ever changing. Tracy fell in love and moved up North to marry. It was wonderful seeing her so happy! We kept in touch, of course. Then towards the end of last year, the unthinkable happened. Jelly, who was now a senior greyhound developed a limp. Bone cancer. The news felt like a kick in the gut. The worst part was not being able to be there to help or hug or anything. It progressed quickly. Jelly was given peace to be with her beloved Elect. Tracy was left with a huge hole in her heart.

Her Dad also loved Jelly very much. He was her caretaker for a long time, too, during one of her illnesses. Here is what he wrote:

Hi Tracy
I remember Jelly
 
* When she had a loaf of bread in her mouth
* When she (with style) flipped your bed spread on to your bed
* When she would prance around (look at me)
* When she taught Elect how to jump into the SUV on the way to CA
* When she just loved going for food without having to wait
* When she loved to go in the kitchen, and look around the corner to see if I noticed
* When she ripped the new bed
* When she loved to play and bark
* When she was always aware of the bunnies in your yard
* When she was the last one to wake up
* When she did not like the rain
* When she always lead both boy dogs around (she was in charge)
* When she would leave what she chewed up in the middle of the floor (see what I did)
 
Jelly made life a better place.
Love Daddy

Jelly did make life a better place. Tracy is a friend I love and cherish. I hope her heart is not hurting quite so much these days. I hope she likes the song I chose for our Jelly.

“You Saved Me” ~ The Winery Dogs

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Have I mentioned how absolutely wonderful our pet sitting clients are? Well… they ARE! I’ve known Charlotte for several years from her work with our friends at The Doggie Door. She’s a greyhound gal. Greyhounds happen to be on our list of favorite breeds. I met her new hound last weekend as I signed her up to be part of the official Pookie pet sitting family.

Maggie May, retired Greyhound

As I was leaving that day into Hurricane Isaac, I mentioned my next stop was the barn. That was all Charlotte needed to hear! She grabbed her keys and away we went. We fed, mucked stalls, stored water and prepared the barn for possible high winds. She met my special girls and fell in love – as all do. Having help and company was much appreciated.

Today she brought her husband, Tom for an impromptu Fall Cleaning Day! We’d made note last week that the barn needed a good cleaning out once the storm danger was past. They weren’t shy about getting to work.

Tom & Charlotte sweeping up.

They came bearing gifts for the girls, bananas… that’s the best! We got a lot done. All the old hay inside the perimeter of the barn is picked up. Sorry rats, no more free bedding. Found a massive fire ant hill in the storage stall. That won’t do. They will die. Cleaned up some donation stuff for JM Horse Rescue and before we knew it the morning had flown by. I believe I even heard Charlotte say, “Horse poop doesn’t smell bad.”

Tom, Cass & Charlotte

The highlight of the day was watching Cass and Becca run, really RUN! I put my helpers behind the safety of the gate and got the girls moving those hooves. I run with them (sort of) using the whip to urge them along. The sound of it is all they need and we’ve got a Kentucky Derby! Seeing them run is awesome. Seeing them happy is even better. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of our helpers, too.

Becca, Charlotte & Tom

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