401(Grey) Investor

Foster Family

Susan Allen Broersma

Cindy Matar

Andra & Glenn Crandell

Cindy Matar


Sunday July 29, 2018


Sunday July 29, 2018


I finally have gotten to the point where I don’t just tolerate foster mom’s snuggling, but I hold still, enjoy it, and reciprocate the snuggle!! Major progress from my first week with her a couple months ago when I would run away when she held even just a hand out towards me. Oh and also, I am basically off all of my happy meds and am feeling/acting great without them.. Foster mom slowly weened me down to the tiniest dose of the anxiety medicine I was taking with meals over the last 4 weeks. Next week will be my first week med free! Hopefully I’ll get lucky and she’ll replace them with treats?? Maybe?? Please?


Monday July 23, 2018

I live life upside down



Monday July 16, 2018

Mid-afternoon playtime

Aka this is the time of day when the resident beagle and I get a little bored and we need some attention, so we bug foster-mom while she's working long enough until she plays with us!!

For anyone who's met me and is watching this now.. SURPRISE!! I am normal! See, told you! You wouldn't have guessed that my tail could perk up so much if you'd only ever seen me at the meet-n-greets. In public and in new places with new people, I am very shy. Meet-n-greets are sadly not my favorite activity. My shyness makes people think I'm not friendly or that I'm always scared, but I promise this is far from the truth! I just take a little time (a few days of treats and feeding me, is all) to warm up to humans. I am 100% normal at home with my foster-mom, her beagle, and her cat. My ideal environments are 1) at home with my humans and furry friends snuggling and being lazy, and 2) in a small yard getting other dogs to chase me so I can show off how fast I am. I love all types of dogs too, I don't discriminate! And I make friends VERY easily.

If you are looking for a greyhound who is dying to meet new people, quickly embraces strangers like family, and is bouncing off the walls with excitement while you're out and about, then unfortunately I am not the pup for you. If you want a loyal, loving, relaxing companion who just wants to snuggle all day, I'm your girl (as long as you have another pup at home, I do prefer having a buddy).


Saturday July 14, 2018

Penthouse crate


I had a play date with the resident beagle’s best friend who is a Swiss Shepherd. He was nice enough to share his crate with me when I wanted a break from playtime.


Friday July 13, 2018

Morning tug-o-war


Thursday July 12, 2018

Rollin rollin rollin rollin


Sunday July 8, 2018

Foster Mom has no concept of personal space

Luckily it doesn't bother me


Sunday July 8, 2018

Lazy lazy lazy Sunday



Saturday July 7, 2018

Lots of fun at today’s Meet n Greet


I’m back at my foster mom’s home now, as she is back from her vacation. I really enjoyed my vacation though because I was in a home with 6 other dogs and a huge backyard to run around in! The dream!!


I got sooooo much love today at the Meet n Geeet and was pretty tired towards the end of it, so I just plopped on the cold floor.

I did really well today at PetSmart - I was shy around most people because I have a little social anxiety, but I spent a lot of time with one family who liked me and I slowly opened up more to them. There’s a huge difference between how I act around strangers and how I act towards the humans that I’m familiar with that I can trust. I just take some time before I want to be loved on!!


Wednesday June 27, 2018

Vacation


Alpina is vacationing with me this week while her foster mom is away. She loves her stuffies.


and she has mastered the art of roaching


never enough stuffies.

Alpina is very sweet but also very standoffish. If she is standing and you try and approach her she will retreat but if you turn your back on her she was get closer. She has been seen smiling twice, a big toothy greyhound smile. I have had her outside with fireworks going off in the neighborhood and she did not seem to react. I will monitor this more tomorrow and Wednesday when they will actually be closer and possibly visible. She has done very good with our dogs and our dog guests and does not react to our bird.


Wednesday June 27, 2018

I met my Italian cousin today!!!


Meeting Apollo felt like home!!! Except a lot tinier..

I love meeting members of the superior greyhound breed. We are so amazing and so wonderful and so humble.


Monday June 25, 2018

Resident hound stole my crate


I need to stop accidentally dropping kibble from my dinner in my crate... the resident hound always inspects inside after meals to scavenge for my leftovers. But then he falls asleep in it!! Ridiculous. At least I have my big bed back now, yawn.


Sunday June 24, 2018

Stop and smell the wine


Been spending lots of time outside on the balcony while the weather has been nice. Sometimes Foster Mom joins but she never shares her wine. Woof.


Friday June 22, 2018

My ears have a mind of their own



Friday June 22, 2018

Fast and (not at all) Furious!!!

Note from Foster mom -

While this might look like a normal playdate, this is HUGE progress for Alpina. Her first two weeks living with me she was very skittish about everything, including our dog park. She would do her business super quick, then pace around looking anxious and uncomfortable, and then she'd hover by the door we came in from hoping to go back inside. She was not playful whatsoever.

Now she is basically a new dog (inside my apartment and in our park). She loves to outrun my beagle (not difficult...) and she initiates play with the other dogs in my building who are in the park with us. So wonderful to watch her transform.

Inside my apartment she shows more and more of her personality each day - she's quite bouncy and playful. She now lets me hug and snuggle her without pulling away from me. She likes getting petted now, whereas before she'd move away from me as soon as I tried to touch her. So much improvement.

Still have not experienced ANY separation anxiety, and I credit that to having my dog and cat with her at all times when I am gone. I truly believe she just needs a buddy and she'll be totally fine.


Friday June 22, 2018


I could get used to this view.... but I don’t want to because I’m still waiting for my forever home!!!


Wednesday June 20, 2018


Thursday June 14, 2018


Thursday June 14, 2018

No sep anxiety with good company


The resident hound kept me company all day while foster mom was at work and I didn’t make a peep. Slept the whole day. But now she’s home sooooo it’s playtime!!!!!


Thursday June 14, 2018

Sometimes I feel like the resident beagle thinks he owns the place!!


Seriously??? He steals my bed and leaves me to squeeze into his tiny donut bed. Is anyone going to do something about this!??? Clearly I am very bothered..... I mean, look at me, I am in utter distress here.


Thursday June 14, 2018

Update from Foster Mom


Lots of progress being made with Alpina - it’s day 4. From the start I’ve experienced no separation anxiety with her, and she is not a Velcro dog with me. If anything, she’s the opposite - she has taken a while to warm up and let me love on her, still has a long way to go. She likes to be around me (i.e. follow me into the bathroom or bedroom) but then I’ll go to pet her and she will shy away. This morning she let me love on her for several minutes for the first time, so that feels like major progress. Until this morning, she would not look me in the eyes (generally submissive behavior) but now she’ll let me hold her head in my hands and rub her behind her ears.

She shows a little bit more of her personality every day, which is playful and adorable. After being in the crate for a couple hours, when I let her out she’s as playful as ever (tries to get my beagle to wrestle with her, throws toys around, and is generally very happy!!). Other than that, she’s just like any greyhound - sleeps most of the day, loves her crate, very food motivated.

I think she just needs a buddy (or more!), some consistency, and patience until she becomes more warm and loving towards people.


Monday June 11, 2018

Love having a buddy to terrorize..I mean, *play* with


In less than a day here at Foster Mom 2.0’s house, I’ve found that my favorite thing to do is to slowly take the resident hound’s toys one by one from his toy bin, and hoard them in my crate. Then he tries to steal them back and then I get to play with him. He’ll never get them back - that’s what he deserves for always stealing my bed. Luckily I love hanging out in my crate...with all of his toys muahahah.


Monday June 11, 2018


Walked in, said hi to the resident beagle, sniffed the resident cat, found my crate, got cozy, and now we sleep. Zzzzzzz.

And the cat is totally boring, by the way. Boooo.



Monday June 11, 2018

Foster Home 2.0!


Heading to my new foster home today! Heard this place has a dog and a cat....excited for the company!!


 
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