Sunday, May 1, 2011


Since the days have gotten longer the sun comes in to my guest room in the morning.  Astro has been going in and enjoying the sun each morning and Zephyr joined him.
All went smoothly and Zephyr didn't have any trouble from his second chemo treatment and low white blood cell (WBC) counts this weekend.  YEE HAA!!!  :-)  He was tired for a couple days, especially Friday, but that was it, no fever, etc.  Saturday his energy was already increasing and he and Astro did a few laps and wrestle sessions  around the yard in the afternoon.  The Dr. called early Saturday with his blood test results from Friday.  The WBC was 3,600 and I think the neutrophils were 2,300 (could be wrong on that one).  For comparison, the first time he dropped to WBC of 900 and neutrophils 72, and two weeks ago he was at a normal level of 9,600 for the WBC count.  Holy crap, no wonder he got sick the with the first chemo treatment!  I think being on the prednisone and the slightly lower dose of Lomustine helped.  I decided not to take Astro lure coursing on Saturday though.  On Friday Zephyr was pretty tired and I was worried about leaving him for the day even though a friend was going to check on him.  Once Zephyr got up Saturday morning I could tell he was already feeling better.  So, later in the day I took Astro to town with me to Warner's Nursery.  It's a really nice nursery with green houses and a great pond with Koi and turtles that the dogs love to watch. 

Mary and Ketzel in Rally.
Today was our kennel clubs Conformation, Obedience, and Rally match.  A match is like an official practice with judges, etc.  I was there helping out for the day.  We always have the match at this time of year and it never fails that winter returns for the day of our match.  Although, at least this year it didn't snow or rain on us and the sun was out most of the day.  It was just windy and cold, with the wind chill it was probably in the low 40's.  Brr, when your standing there for six hours you get very cold.  Most of us didn't wear our big winter coats and regretted it.  I did bring my wool hat though.  Other than that it was a really fun day and I think everyone had a lot of fun.  A lot of people come up from Phoenix for our match because it is already too hot for shows down there.

Cristine and Whip.  It was Whip's six month birthday today.  Happy birthday Whip!

Liz and Angel in Conformation.

Liz and Cory in Rally.

Best Puppy in the match was a super cute baby Pug.  I love this picture.  She was so happy with her little one.

Best in Match was an Old English Sheepdog.  His owner was also super happy.
It was a good weekend for everyone.  We are supposed to have really nice weather this week with less wind and temps. in the 70's.  Can't wait!  I'm sure the boys and I will get out on some nice walkies.


jet said...

my neighbours had two old english sheepdogs growing up. I got to look after them when they went on holidays. They were very cute! Very stinky when due for a bath though ;)

Sue said...

Glad things are going so well.

Love the mix of dogs at your rally.

gyeong said...

Glad Zephyr is doing better. Pugs are the conformational antithesis of a greyhound, but so darn cute!

houndstooth said...

I'm glad to hear that things went better for Zephyr this time. Hopefully that means that he'll sail through the next ones, too! It sounds like things went well at rally, too.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

So pleased Zephyr is getting so much better so quickly:)

You asked about Rally Zoom, it's Rally without any sits or downs, ideal for Greyhounds:) And a few different stations to make it more interesting. Lots of fun. Your Rally day did look a bit chilly with everyone wearing coats! Great photos.

4-legged Wiums said...

That looks like a fun day! Thank you for visiting our blog, we are now following yours - we love following greyhound blogs!
Great news that Zephyr is on the mend - he is such a handsome hound! (they both are!)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I'm glad Zephyr continues to do well!

Suzanne said...

Glad to hear he's feeling better!