Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Love always finds a way.... Updated 4/8/14

If they were to write about
The Story of my Life
They would have to mention you
In every page they'd write....... 

(A story of Love, told by Bully)
Updated for Nelson's 4th gotcha day 4/8/14.... Originally posted 10/5/10

We had been together all our lives. We grew up together, we trained together, we raced at the same track our entire careers.  We even raced against eachother a few times and when we retired, you guessed it, we retired together.  This coming February we will be nine years old. (update in 2014-we turned 12 on February 12th, and Nelson passed away on March 16th)

When The Momma first heard of us it was September of 2009, we were down in Houston on a farm that was closing.  We were 7 and we needed a new home.  You know how the story ultimately ends, but it was not a direct path that we took to be where we are now, and it was not together as we had always been.

We lived on a farm that separated us at mealtime which was customary.  We didn't like it though, so after we were done eating, Nelson would dig his way under the fence to my side.  They refilled the hole but we had a lot of spare time to re-excavate each time. We think that this deterred people from wanting to adopt us, we seemed to be troublemakers and we were big rambunctious boys who loved to jump!  But we just wanted to be together.

A group called Fast K9's took us in to find us a home. Miss Cat would come to take one of us to a meet and greet at the local petstore every week or so.  She decided whom would go with her by taking whichever of us that DIDN'T knock her over!

But try as she might, there was no home to be found for us there.

After that we went to GALT in North Dallas.  With the horrible economy there was not much hope of us being adopted together.  Fast K9's had already tried.  No one could see two hounds being adopted together when adoption numbers had dropped so low already, so we were to be separated.

This is where The Momma comes in, she came to look at the both of us, she desperately wanted to adopt us both.... Unfortunately a lady from GALT called The Momma while she was there with us to tell her that we both had approved applications to other people.  The Momma couldn't have either of us, she was too late. Sad and heartbroken, she left, but not before telling the lady to let her know if either adoption fell through. Luckily, a few days later she got a phone call saying that Bullys potential adopter had chosen another hound! So, I said goodbye to Nelson, he was to go to another home too.

I settled into my new life, loved my houndie brothers and sister and my new little human sister too. I saw a few fosters come thru and helped show them the ropes.  I celebrated Christmas with my very own presents and I had my 8th birthday party.

I really missed my brother, who wouldn't?  It would be at least 5 months until we heard of him again.

April of 2010 came around, thoughts of Nelson were far from The Momma's mind.  She was still a fostermomma for GALT so when she got a call from Jennifer, the GALT foster coordinator, it was really nothing new.  Miss Jennifer asked her if she could foster for a short while, just a week.  Daddyman was going out of town for 2 weeks though, so The Momma apologized and said it would not be a good time to bring in a new foster.  Plus we had 6 greyhounds in the house already! Just then The Momma got another call beeping in and asked if she could call Jennifer right back....

She finished her call and was about to hit redial when she glanced at her computer and noticed a new email from Jennifer... She clicked on it, curious.... It said that Nelson could find another place to vacation for the week.....

It took a second to sink in.....

The Momma called the lady back as fast as she could.  I guess she was worried that they may find someone else to take Nelson if she didn't call back fast enough!

"If he comes to my house he is never going to leave!"

She was joking though, she thought that Nelson's owners were going on vacation and that, naturally, they would want him back once they came home.  It was then that The Momma found out that Nelson had been returned to the group, he had horrible separation anxiety.

"When is he coming over?"

April 8th, 2010 was the day that Nelson came "To visit". Of course, he was here to stay.
Happy 4th gotcha day my Brother, I miss you so much <3
April 8, 2014

Here are pictures taken on that very day.... the moment we saw eachother again....We were wearing muzzles because The Momma did not know how we would act towards eachother....

we fell right back into step

Then side by side forever more.....

Nelson still had a little bit of separation anxiety, but it was not so bad when I was with him. We just wanted to be together.....

The Momma is friends with the nice lady from the Fast K9's group that we used to knock over every week. When The Momma told her that we were back together again for good, Miss Cat cried.

Here is a very sweet video that our dear friend Miss Janine Kressler made for us a few years ago..... It is titled
"For Nelson, From Bully"
It touches on a fear that The Momma always had.... that we would not always be together...... The Momma has not been able to watch it since Nelson died :(

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Brother 2Bother!

Hey there! Bully and Nelson here to give you a little update. We are mostly on Facebook now in case you were wondering where we have been. If you stumbled upon this blog while looking for The Momma's new website please go here

yeaaaa thats right! The Momma made our blog title her new company name, isn't that awesome! Go check it out. She has watercolor paintings of us there :)

Hope you have a greyt day!!!
Bully and Nelson

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thundershirts, A Trial.....

We are both terrified of thunderstorms.... The Momma thinks it is because of Hurricanes Ike and Rita.  We were living in Houston at the track we raced at when they came thru the area.  Maybe that is why, or maybe we have always been afraid... we are not telling, we just don't like thunder!

Well The Momma has tried a few things, melatonin seems to take the edge of the fear away if we are given the melatonin in time. In Texas during springtime storms pop up out of nowhere so sometimes it is too late to give pills and have them kick in in time.

What usually happens when a storm gets noisy is we begin to pace the house, shaking, drooling and whining.  We cannot be consoled by petting or hugging or being near The Momma or anyone else.  We only want to hide in the hallway where there are no windows.  So The Momma drags two beds in the hall for us and we stand on them to do our whining, shaking and drooling. If the storm is at night and lasts for 5 hours..... The Momma is up with us the entire time.

Well when The Momma found out about Thundershirts she was at the point where she would try anything (before going to prescription meds) and decided to give them a try.  We got them a few days ago and today we had our first storm come thru.

We had a TON of people ask us if they worked when we posted about them on Facebook because their dogs are afraid too.... so we decided to post our experience :)

Last night we ate wearing our shirts, to associate them with good things.  This morning The Momma knew the storms were forecasted so she went ahead and put them on us early and we ate wearing them again and got extra treats when she put them on us.  The storm that came thru was not bad at all, The Momma counted maybe 2 times that she heard thunder but we had some periods of high winds and heavy rain and the storm was also noisy just because of that.  Nelson laid on the sofa the entire storm (something he rarely does even when it ISN'T storming) with almost no reaction to the two thunderbooms. 

Bully was laying on his bed in it's normal spot during most of the storm, when the thunder sounded he stood up, walked over to The Momma and whined a few times.  He did not go to the hallway, and he did not start shaking or drooling.  after the two thunderbooms were done and a few minutes had passed he went back to his bed and laid down.

So what have we learned? We are not yet sure of the full effectiveness of the shirts just yet.  This was by no means a typical noisy Texas storm.  BUT The Momma sees that they do have a calming effect. Nelson in a Thundershirtless situation would have FLOWN off the couch and into his panting hiding routine at the first sign of thunder.

We have storms forecasted on Sunday too, we will report their effectiveness during that storm as well...... The Thundershirt site says that most dogs have an immediate calming response when the shirt is put on and usually a few more times of wearing it during stressful situations can increase the effectiveness.  We shall see! As of right now we are optimistic!

-Bully and Nelson

(B&N are wearing size large, they weigh 76 and 78 pounds and have a chest measurement of 32 inches, if they were much larger they would probably need the size XL)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Star Wars Trilogy

the good three, not those stupid prequels!

Cast of Characters
Obi-Wan Kenobi....... Stepper
Luke Skywalker......... Bully
Princess Leia.............. Fiona
Han Solo.................... Nelson
Darth Vader............... Cabby
Lando Calrissian......... Streamer

we had the streaming links posted here but it seems it may have been causing some people trouble with loading our page!!! We want everyone to still be able to come here without issue so we have changed the imbedded videos to outside links to each movie :) each link will take you to JibJab.com for viewing!

-Bully and Nelson

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Kung Fu Fighting



Round 3

our favorite! Awesome moves Bully!


-Bully and Nelson, Snow Boys