Sales were up 7% on Black Friday. Rather than fighting the crowds I checked for online deals and found some very bizarre items including a Haunted Voodoo Love Spell Ring, Poop Fossil Jewelry and a Parasite Wood Carving (those parasites are amazingly talented). I didn’t buy any of these things.
On my Black Friday we had a houseguest named Vlad, increasing the number of dogs in our home by 50%. Vlad, a 2 year old 13 lb. Italian Greyhound (IG) who is currently up for adoption, needed a babysitter over the holiday and we volunteered.
Here’s a picture of one of his favorite things – jumping on his person’s back. (I almost posted a picture of Vladimir poopin’ but thought that might be disrespectful to a certain world leader.)
Vlad is happy, confident, smart, energetic, sweet and deaf. In preparation for his arrival, I researched living and communicating with a deaf dog. We used hand signals (there’s a standard canine sign language) and a flashlight to call him from the back yard at night. He’s fine as long as he can see you.
IGs are called velcro dogs because when they’re not running or playing they want to be next to you. We were concerned that with only two laps and three dogs, one wouldn’t have anybody to stick to. We quickly found out that the number of laps was irrelevant because each evening all three dogs sat next to me.
Feeding time required supervision with so many mouths to feed. Vlad was easily distracted showing signs of CADD (Canine Attention Deficit Disorder) and sometimes needed a little coaxing to finish his meal.
It was fun having him visit but even with Vlad as a distraction, I can’t get my mind off of the weird gifts I found online. Do you know anyone who could use a Kangaroo Scrotum keyring?
May the farce be with you!
P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about Vlad and other Italian Greyhounds available for adoption in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana go to midwestigrescue.com. For information about Italian Greyhounds or adoptees in other parts of the United States go to italiangreyhound.org.