sasha_feather: horses grazing on a hill with thunderheads (horses and lightning)
DSCF3746

[Abbie, a black greyhound with a gray face, looking alert. She has a dusky pink bowtie around her neck.]
sasha_feather: sirius black from harry potter films (sirius black)
Oct 10 2005
I had a lovely weekend at home. It involved a night-time chicken-catching expedition: picture Sasha crawling around on a haystack, wearing an odd assortment of warmish clothes, clutching a flashlight in one hand and prowling for sleepy chickens. We gave a few hens away to a kid who wanted some (for his birthday) to round out his flock. My weekend also involved fun digital photography, banana bread, fudge, chinese take-out, clothes-shopping with mom, and general recovery and escape. Ack, I want to move back home.

Oct 11 2006
Some of my favorite science fiction and fantasy stories deal with connections between humans and animals, notably David Brin's Uplift series, Tamora Pierce's Wild Magic, and the books I am reading right now, Robin Hobb's Assassin trilogy.

Oct 12 2007
I am writing a lot today-- it is going well. I'm having fun with my story, and I think I might be able to actually finish it at some point, maybe even this weekend.

Today's word count so far is: 1,933
Total word count for story: 5,036 (10 pages in Word) [this is before I gave up writing fiction]
Things I'm learning:

--Some days it just goes better than others, but there is no way to predict which days these will be, which is like a lot of other stuff in life.
--It's easy for me to write about horses. The visual and sensory details are all right there in my mind, they are inherently interesting to me, and it puts me in a good mood.
--I lack practice in writing. This is what I need to work on: just building up some experience and confidence. This is also very similar to a lot of other stuff in life.

Oct 10 2008, writing a long entry about my abusive job:
Still. I'm coughing now, the mouth sores came back, and I'm punchy with exhaustion. I want out. Now.

Oct 10 2009
Maybe last week? I finally changed my OK Cupid profile to say "bisexual". [I now prefer "queer"]

About 2 or 3 months ago I changed my facebook profile to say "Looking for: Friendship" only and eliminated the "interested in" portion. (This also has the nice side effect of reducing dating ads in the sidebar.)

Oct 10 2010
--I really do have a lot on my plate. I am responsible for 3 studies and helping out with a 4th. I also write and edit papers (which I enjoy). The hardest, most exhausting part is talking to people I don't know, which I have to do a lot of lately, and that will get easier with practice. I am learning new software, learning to read medical charts, asking questions constantly.
--I am very sensitive to criticism
--I was very burned by my last job
--It's still a new job. I do really enjoy it! But I'm currently putting most of my energy into the job and need to rest and do self-care a lot. I'm pretty good about leaving on time and not going in on my day off. I don't make enough money for that.

Oct 12 2011, writing about a performance
Mostly what I got out of this show came during the panel and Q and A at the end: the panelists talked about how people of color don't have the luxury of leaving behind their families or their faith when they come out, because those institutions are so necessary when navigating a white supremacist society. Communities of faith, nor queer communities, aren't going away, and interstitial, compromise spaces are needed.

Oct 9 2012
I was super anxious at work today. Sometimes I get this fear/feeling that I am bad at my job, and I am going to get reprimanded or fired or something, and it makes me not want to go to work at all--self-destructive tendencies, etc.

I guess it's a good thing I have therapy this week.

Oct 8 2013
I am happy to be working again. So far work is not very social, and I stare at a computer too much. I will have to look around for people to talk to and places to walk. I don't know why sitting at a desk is so hard on my body.

Oct 9 2014
I met a very lovely Greyhound today that I will hopefully get to adopt. She is an almost-3-year-old girl, black, a bit timid. She has a playful side that I think will come out once she settles in. [personal profile] were_duck came along to meet her.

Oct 11 2015

Today is unseasonably warm. I'm farm sitting. It's quiet and peaceful, perhaps a bit lonely but at least there are plenty of animals around, and also the internet.
sasha_feather: beautiful gray horse. (majestic horse)
Cute little milestone.

Abbie laid down in the creek to cool herself off. She oh so carefully sat her haunches down, then experimentally, slowly sat down into "sphinx pose" with her head just above the surface.

She zipped around the narrow side park, running in loops. Someone walking along the bike path on the other side of the creek stopped to admire her run.
sasha_feather: white woman in space suit (Astronaut)
Flat Out Bolli (her racing name) hails from Mobile, Alabama originally. She is a small black Greyhound with some white on her. She has a cowlick on her neck that makes it seem like she has a mohawk. She will be 3 in December. She is super chill and is already napping on the rug on the living room floor. She is interested in toys.

I plan on changing her name; I don't really like "Bolli" as a nickname. Taking name suggestions in comments!

Photo Album at Flickr
sasha_feather: dog looking over a valley (dog and landscape)
Last year we didn't need dog boots; but this year has been much colder.

The first pair we tried were the only ones in stock at a pet supply warehouse, and turned out to be a total piece of crap product. They were similar to this "fashion" boot and dissolved after one go-round at the park. (I did like the cord tightening design). I returned them for store credit.

Next we tried Muttluks. These do seem to be a good product, but they don't stay on Sorcha's feet. It's possible we have the wrong size, I suppose, but I think the real problem is just that she runs really hard at the park and they fly off. Plus she doesn't have much fur for the boot to grab onto (little friction). So we lost one boot within the first week; it's buried somewhere in the snow. I tried affixing rubber bands on but that still doesn't help. Some people recommended putting on vet wrap around her ankles before each trip to the dog park, which I haven't tried, because it seems like too much work.

Next I tried the rubber balloon style PAWZ. These are made to be disposable after a few uses, and they have to be since the dog's claws pierce the rubber. They offer a barrier to salt and water, but no insulation from the cold (and it's been seriously cold here). They take three hands to put on-- two to stretch the rubber and hold the boot, one to hold and position the dog's paw. They also come off when my dog runs. The package of 12 didn't last all that long, and to keep buying them all winter is not a good financial choice for me.

Next, at the recommendation of my local independent pet product seller, I bought some "Ultra Paws" boots. These are "guaranteed to stay on" (I'm skeptical). They are much easier to put on, and probably would work well for most dogs. However, my dog, a greyhound, has really high toes. I tried them just on her back feet today and after a pretty long run/walk at the park, she had scraped bloody her two middle back toes from rubbing them on the boots. I plan on returning them.

I would rate the Muttluks highest out of all of these, but I am still unsatisfied and am unsure how to protect my dog's feet from the cold. I know that Greyhound-specific products exist, and I may try those.
sasha_feather: beautiful gray horse. (majestic horse)
In the GPA newsletter, there's a link to the site greyhound-data.com, where I found this data on my dog:

She ran in 84 races between 2005-2007
She won 19 of them
8 offspring are listed, and they all appear to be from the same litter, born May 2008. I don't know if she had other puppies or not. She came my way in early 2012, so what she was doing in between there is a mystery to me.

Sorcha (SE's Double Take) was born 21 Dec 2003.

my dog

Mar. 25th, 2013 04:33 pm
sasha_feather: ken watanbe with a horse and dog (ken wantanbe with pets)
Here is another cute picture of my dog, which is reminiscent of that luck dragon in the Never Ending Story.

cut for photo )

Once I get approved for the dog park email list, I'm going to send this note about my dog getting bitten today.

angry note )
sasha_feather: ken watanbe with a horse and dog (ken wantanbe with pets)
One day at the park, we lucked out and encountered a bunch of other Greyhounds all at once. Here is a picture of Sorcha right in the middle of of three others; she is the white one, grinning to split her face. One of the fawn colored ones is called Gracie; I don't know the other fawn or the brindle. Not pictured are a black one named Hal, and a Whippet named Bucky.

A pack of greyhounds
sasha_feather: Janelle Monae against a blue background (Janelle monae)
Today at the park, Sorcha met her doppleganger!

Wendy and Sorcha

Wendy is another 8 year old Greyhound who looks almost exactly like Sorcha! Wendy was born a few months earlier. They are both white with dark spots on their skin that shows through their white hair. They both have fawn spots on their ears, but Wendy has more of that which is the main distinguishing feature. They are even the same size. I think Sorcha has a little more condition (ie fat and muscle). I should really get some cards to hand out at the dog park for moments like this, so I can find these people again.

Sorcha

Jun. 21st, 2012 09:52 pm
sasha_feather: ken watanbe with a horse and dog (ken wantanbe with pets)
You are probably all going to rebel against me for this but I'm going with the opposite of the poll results and have been mostly pronouncing my dog's name like "Sorsha". I have reasons: When I say it Sor-cha like the word "porch", no one understands what the fuck I'm saying. They invariably say "What?" and then half the time they think I'm saying "Dorcha." One kid thought I was saying "Norcha". (IDEK). She has a soft and lady-like personality, which the soft sound of Sor-sha seems to go with. I know that animals don't really have gender, but if she did have gender she'd be femme. It took a while of hanging out with her to settle the name in. The spelling won't change.

However, I don't really care what my dog gets called, and neither does she. You all can go on saying her name however you like, both in your own heads and when you meet her. I am not fickle in most things, but I'm fickle in this. She also gets called Princess Buttercup (after the Princess Bride), Buddy (my standard name for all animals), and Dear.

I had the day off today so we went to the park twice. We met a little black Greyhound named Zoe.
sasha_feather: ken watanbe with a horse and dog (ken wantanbe with pets)
I am fickle and super inconsistent about how I say my dog's name. I should probably stick to something because I've now had her for 7 weeks. Weigh in! (I think "pronunciation" is the right spelling but I don't want to edit the poll.)

Poll #10792 Name pronounciation
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 40


Which pronounciation do you like best?

View Answers

Sorsha
9 (22.5%)

Sorcha (said like porch-a)
12 (30.0%)

Sorka
17 (42.5%)

ticky box
2 (5.0%)

Dog update

May. 2nd, 2012 07:39 pm
sasha_feather: Horse Patronus from Harry Potter (patronus)
Sorcha and I go to the dog park every day. She is pretty timid and likes it best when there are not a lot of other dogs there. She also likes it when she has multiple people paying attention to her. Today was the Best! Day! Ever! because we met another Greyhound. The other dog is called Zeebee and is a brindle. A young couple are her humans and they've had her for a bit over a year. The dogs ran together and then we walked a lap around the park. Sorcha seemed much more secure having another greyhound and several humans around her. She ran quite a bit and smiled a lot. We also talked to a guy and his dog that we met there the other day, and an older couple who used to have a Greyhound, so she got lots of attention.

I took a couple of rather bad photos and posted them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sasha_feather

It was very hot and bright out today. My browser widget says it's still 74 degrees F! Now Sorcha is on the sofa with me, laying on my feet.

It's nice; even when I come home from work feeling like crap, I go for a walk with the dog and I feel better. I also talk to all kinds of people when I am walking her. I've met some neighbors with dogs, for instance, and people at the park. I talked to some Hispanic guys at the soccer fields yesterday and I think one of them had a prison or gang tattoo on his face (something by his eye? lol I'm so innocent). My roommate's boyfriend talks to me a lot more now that the dog is around. Dogs get people to talk, even me.
sasha_feather: Simon from Firefly, laughing (Simon)
There were hardly any dogs at the park today in the late morning when we went, so I decided to let Sorcha off the leash. She did great! She walked beside me for a little bit, and then when she saw other dogs she galloped off to them. She is really beautiful when she runs. She did come back to me which I was relieved about. She snapped and growled at the other dogs when they sniffed at her, but the other dog owner was like, "Oh, she's just putting them in their place." And Sorcha cozied up to that woman and wanted to get pet. I think Sorcha likes people more than other dogs. This woman was like, "Are all Greyhounds *so soft*??" I said I didn't know. It's true her coat feels like rabbit fur.

We also went to the vet for a quick check-up paid for by GPA. This is called a CVI and is required by state law to make sure I'm not getting a puppy mill dog apparently. Even though she's 8. She weight about 59 pounds. It's hard to imagine this couch-loving, people-loving dog in a big barn in a crate all day long. She is napping right now, stretched out on the sofa in "roach pose".
sasha_feather: ken watanbe with a horse and dog (ken wantanbe with pets)
I think I've settled on Sorcha. I go back and forth between pronouncing it as it looks ("Sor-cha-cha-cha") and like "Sor-ka".

We went to the dog park again and she growled/snapped at almost every dog there except for the Whippet. I suspect that she was nervous and overstimulated. Also, she was on leash. She does well with the two neighbor dogs who are very gentle. We also met the neighbor cat through the door, and the cat spat at her and clawed her ear! Oh no! She is now sleeping on the couch and laying on the Papazzan chair.

Sorka doing "roach pose"

Here she is doing "roach pose"-- on her back with all four feet in the air.

Sorcha is 8 years old. She was a racer for a few years, I think in Dubuque Iowa, and then she had puppies. Greyhounds can live 12 to 15 years or so.

dog!

Apr. 20th, 2012 10:02 pm
sasha_feather: ken watanbe with a horse and dog (ken wantanbe with pets)
My life feels so much more right now that I have a dog. She was dropped off at my house at about 7:45 this evening. Her name is Susie but that is probably going to change. Thorin Oakenshield? Neko? Feel free to make suggestions.

SE's Double Take aka Susie

A nearly all-white greyhound sleeping on the grass. She has a little light brown (fawn) color on one ear. This photo is from the adoption folks.

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