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Debbie Safran
I'm just your average crazy-dog lady...
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Hello friends, family, and fellow supporters! We are getting ready for the Chase Away 5K on October 12, and hope you'll be a part of the fun. I know October 12 seems a long ways away, but it takes time to build momentum. Plus, sadly, summer always goes by way... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at The Houndie Times
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When Ellie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, I went full-on into "active" mode. (Well, after my initial meltdown, of course.) I read, I researched, I reached out. I designed a booklet/ fundraiser for which I raised $5000 for the OSU Greyhound Health and Wellness Program. With each passing milestone—6 months, a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at The Houndie Times
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My Italian homework was, "Write a story about someone you admire." Coincidentally, we had tickets-in-hand to meet such a person the following weekend. So it was pretty easy to write...well, with the help of a good Italian/English dictionary, of course. I'm not at all fluent, so please exuse any and... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at The Houndie Times
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A few weeks ago, this was posted on the RunVermont "Why I Run" blog. I wanted to share it here, too. My first “Why I Run” essay was easy: I was running to raise money for canine cancer research (a cause, sadly, close to my heart). Now the question is:... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at The Houndie Times
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This isn’t exactly the entry I hoped to write. Dingo’s first chemo appointment was on Monday, and I wanted to dispel all myths about dogs and chemo. Because it really isn’t nearly as hard on dogs as it is on people. I’m not saying it’s fun. Spending a whole day... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at The Houndie Times
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Here we are again. Osteosarcoma. We’ve been down this road before, of course. But this road sucks. This time, it’s Dingo. I feel terrible, not only because – well, obviously – he’s such a great dog. But also because Dingo is George’s dog. Ellie taught George how wonderful greyhounds can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2012 at The Houndie Times
We have nine blueberry bushes on our property. One is half dead, two don’t produce anything, and one produces very little… but even so, there are plenty of blueberries to be had. And there were even more, once Ellie decided to become the Protector of the Blueberries. She took her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at The Houndie Times
So here I am, sitting in my kitchen-less house and wondering if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. Several months ago I started an online “companion animal” nutrition course. The whole thing was inspired by Ellie, as I spent years wondering if I was feeding my little wonder-girl... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2011 at The Houndie Times
It was a crazy winter, followed by a crazy spring. We haven’t had many Sundays as a family together when the weather was nice—so, we decided to take advantage. George leashed up the dogs, and we headed up our street (for those unaware, our street is uphill, on a dirt... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2011 at The Houndie Times
So – I’m thinking of adopting a Saluki. “Um, why” you might ask—and it’s a perfectly logical question. George’s response was, “We named our house ‘Greyhound Manor’, not ‘Random Assortment of Sighthounds Manor’!” Katie was not your typical greyhound. But she looked like your typical greyhound, and every time I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at The Houndie Times
Shortly after Ellie was diagnosed with cancer, I learned of a really interesting online college that offered a professional certificate in holistic companion animal wellness. Of course, we had a lot on our plate at the time, so I wisely decided to not add “one more thing” to it. A... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2010 at The Houndie Times
On October 15, 1999, my dear friend Kristel convinced me to take home little Ellie Boo Hound. She and Katie got along so well, and, as Kristel pointed out, “You do like the little brindle girl-hounds!” We spent at least an hour picking out collar colors – and then she... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2010 at The Houndie Times
George was right. “When Ellie starts to decline, it will happen quickly.” We saw gradual changes in May, and I could tell this summer would be her last. And when she started having trouble standing on her own at the beginning of this month, I knew we were in trouble... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at The Houndie Times
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George and I, with the dogs – of course – just got back from our first Grapehounds. Neither one of us are what you would call “wine connoisseurs” (we buy our wine based on (1) label art and/or (2) if it’s from a city in Italy we visited), but spending... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2010 at The Houndie Times
The other day, Vishna, Dingo, and I went out for a morning walk. (Ellie stays behind 95% of the time, as she’s an old-lady tripod who never liked to walk anyhow. Why push it.) First half – totally uneventful, which is exactly how I like it. I used to love... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2010 at The Houndie Times
I like giving back to the community and helping those in need. Once I learned about retired race dogs, it didn’t take long for me to adopt Katie Greyhound and fall in love with her, the breed, and the cause. I promoted greyhounds everywhere, to everyone who appeared even mildly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at The Houndie Times
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Every 6 months, since Ellie’s osteosarcoma diagnosis 3.5 years ago, I have had to ask: How much artemisinin do I order? [For those unfamiliar with artemisinin, it is a Chinese herb – also called “Artemisia annua”, “Qinghao” or “Sweet Wormwood” – that is highly effective in treating malaria. Oddly, it’s... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2010 at The Houndie Times
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Well – it’s official. George has converted. No, not to Judaism, but to Dog Lover.[When we first met, he was afraid of dogs – including Katie Greyhound. His fears lessened somewhat when he fell for my little Ellie, and he became an official Greyhound Person we brought home Dingo. Now... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2010 at The Houndie Times
One of the first things George and I did when we purchased the house was install a fence. That was the point of buying a house with land, right – to give the hounds a yard. We trucked off to Home Depot, where I had my typical “box store breakdown”,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at The Houndie Times
- originally posted November 2009 - Wow! We made it!!!! November 1 was the three-year mark since little Ellie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. November 6 was three years since her amputation… and today is her 13th birthday!!!! I told Ellie, shortly after her surgery, that if we made it to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2010 at The Houndie Times
- originally posted August 2009 - Hello and happy August! We here in Vermont are so excited that summer finally decided to show up, just in time for Back to School sales and Labor Day :-(In any event - as many of you already know, George and I got married... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2010 at The Houndie Times
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- originally posted November 11, 2008 - Hey all: So November 1 marked two years since Ellie’s OS diagnosis, November 6 marked two years since her surgery... and today is her 12th birthday!! We celebrated not with cake, not with ice cream, but with a trip to the vet for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2010 at The Houndie Times
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- originally posted July, 2008 - Hi all: It’s been a while since the last Ellie-update… she’s just having a ball, doing all of her normal “Ellie-things”… which of course pleases us to no end, but makes for kind of a boring story. Alas, now we have one to tell!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2010 at The Houndie Times
- originally posted February 25, 2008 - Hey all: It’s been a while since the last Ellie update... Not sure if you’ve noticed or not <grin>. And it’s of course not actually *quiet* here, as Ellie has become quite the Bark-o-Matic! But she’s still doing great and we’re about to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2010 at The Houndie Times
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- originally posted November 11, 2007 - To paraphrase Jennifer Trynin (and if you don’t know who that is, you really aren’t missing much… though I do like hearing her whine, “It’s tooooo bad you’re such a loooooser! It’s tooooo bad you’re such a lost cause!”) “One year down, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2010 at The Houndie Times