Añejo Mockingbird

Used to be this place was mostly about music and pop culture, but it's slowly morphed into a launching pad for finding our foster greyhounds new homes. So be it. We love the hounds and are more than happy to use our modest little blog page to reach out and snag some attention for these greyt dogs... Oh, we'll still post the occasional odd music review or rant at the state of the Redskins from time to time, but they'll hafta take a back seat to the dogs 'til further notice

Location: Pennsylvania, United States

Music geek who appreciates everything from power-pop to indie-rock and most everything in between. I especially dig Reggae and its predecessor, Ska.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bubba part 2

Bubba's been with us for almost a week now and is progressing nicely into home life. He's doing very well with his bathroom etiquette - only a few minor accidents so far. He's also been doing nicely on stairs and I don't think he'll have any problems navigating up and down floors when he gets to his forever home. He's learned how to sit and we're just starting to teach him "lay down" - and I think he'll pick it up quickly. He's also learned "NO!" over the past week as his curiosity has sometimes gotten the better of his manners. At two years old he's still coming out of his puppy phase, which has shown up mostly with him wanting to chew on things and steal dirty clothes and laundry. We've been giving him rawhides and such to chew on and toys to play with (and he loves both), but potential adopters will have to keep a close eye on him the first week home and I'm strongly suggesting the use of a crate whilst he's home alone 'til he learns all of the house rules - he's crated here at home while we're at work and he's not had any problems with it at all. Don't let all that talk about mischief scare you away though, because Bubba's a quick learner and is an absolute sweetheart.
Bubba's been doing well on the leash. We've been confining him to walking him on the right hand side since he'll zig-zag in front of you relentlessly if you let him out ahead of you. He's also been for a jog for a distance of approx 2 miles and did fine. He'll make a pretty good jogging companion for those that like to run. And along that line, he'd do well in an active household. Those who have fenced-in yards for games of fetch and the like, or those who like to do a lot of walking or jogging will find Bubba to be an eager participant in those activities.
We've not formally cat-tested him yet, but I'm thinking he may be cat-trainable, if not completely cat-safe. So far he's been intensely curious about our cat, but hasn't yet gone after her. Drop Denise a line if you'd like to meet Bubba or leave a comment if you've got any questions about this very nice and very strikingly beautiful hound who is deserving of a nice forever home. All in all, he's really doing well and will make someone a fine companion.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bubba Blue

This is Bubba, who's anything but Blue. In fact, he's a hoot and a half! This playful, friendly boy has been keeping us entertained since he arrived Sunday afternoon. Bubba Blue loves his toys and stuffies - he grabs as many as he can and brings 'em all into whatever room suits his fashion. He then proceeds to toss 'em into the air and catch them and throw them up again, and again, and again, although sometimes he takes a break and wanders off to grab a piece of dirty laundry, or sometimes a shoe - because he likes a little mischief to break up the drudgery and monotony of playtime, don'tcha know :-)
When he's not charming the socks off of you (or stealing your shoes!), this intelligent boy is busy quickly learning the ropes of what's expected of him post-racing career. He's learned the basics of the "Sit" command, he's not had an accident in the house since his arrival (high five!), and he's been up and down steps a few times with good results. Going down is easy for him - going up he's needed a little encouragement, but he should easily pick that up after a couple of more times at it. Bubba is getting along fine with his big foster brother Coastal, and loves the kids as well.
As noted earlier, Bubba is inquisitive and occasionally mischievious, which shows up with him grabbing clothes, shoes, and other interesting things, and counter-surfing here and there. It's all minor stuff and he's learning "No!" rather quickly, and we don't anticipate any real problems with any of the above.
In short, Bubba's been doing fine so far. Coming up, we'll be doing some more leashed walks this week to get him acclimated to that. We'll also cat-test him later this week, so check back for an update in a couple of days.