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About LisaB

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    Grey Pup
  • Birthday 08/13/1962

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    Bettendorf, Iowa (IA/IL Quad Cities)
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    I am a homemaker, community volunteer, and greyhound adoption freelancer. My husband, Kevin, is a Family Physician (D.O.); we have no skin-kids. We were blessed to share our lives with two wonderful Cairn Terriers, Roxanne and Lucille, for fourteen years before our first Greyhound, Sweetie, came to live with us in the fall of 2005. We've since adopted three more, two have gone to the Bridge, and our fifth will be joining us on Memorial Day 2016.

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  1. Hi! All will be well! Our 13-yr-old, Sweetie, just had her left eyeball removed on October 15th. She had a teeny, tiny growth inside her eyeball that you could only see in a darkened room with the light just right. We and our regular vet had been just watching it for at least a couple of years. This spring, it started getting bigger, but still didn't seem to be bothering her. As it got larger, she must have been losing vision, and starting compensating for it. For example, she'd pause and tap the doorframes with her nose before going through. In late Sept, early Oct, it started looking "bulge-y" and soon after that, looked red, like it was full of blood. Took her to see the ophthalmologist, who--for a substantial fee--looked, measured pressures, and confirmed that it would need to come out and that my regular vet should do it because he'd be too expensive. SO...that happened. And he DID insert a prosthetic, silicone eyeball form so that it wouldn't take on a concave shape as it healed. Recovery was smooth, even though she HATED the cone. But as stated by others...it's mandatory. One rub or swipe at it could do damage. I mostly kept it on her except when all four of our houndies were napping AND I was in the room. Or if she was going outside by herself, just to give her a break. The lab results were that she had a ciliary body adenoma--a benign neoplasm. Whew. I cried when the doc called with those results because I'd convinced myself it was some horrible cancer that was in her brain and going to be a death sentence. Anyway...that had caused secondary glaucoma which was blocking proper lymph drainage. There were also changes to the optic nerve head because of the swelling, etc. Diane...I'd be interested in hearing your story about the prosthesis...because...the one trouble she has had might be related to that. Last week, she had a little drainage from the inside corner of the incision, and I thought it might be just like the regular stuff, if there was still a tear duct there. But then one evening it looked a little bit swollen (like the size of a pencil eraser, right there at the corner); but then the next morning, it wasn't swollen, but I'd already made an appointment. Well, sometime on the way to the vet that morning, it started oozing some blood. SO, both the regular vet and surgeon looked at it, decided to put her on antibiotics for two weeks and watch it. Which we're in the middle of now. It hasn't drained at all anymore, or looked swollen. But they said that if it doesn't stay good, they may need to go back in and check the prosthetic. I haven't been on GreyTalk much in a long, long time...I don't remember how to post pictures. Are you on Facebook? There are a few there. My user name there is Lisa Collins Blechle--send me a friend request if you'd like, but most of my pics are Public. It was pretty jarring to see her when she first came out of surgery, but we got used to it, and now she's just our same ol' sassy, demented, self...our one-eyed wonder dog!
  2. Hi, all! I came to this discussion via Jennifer's post on Facebook...love all the learning! :-) You may know this, but just in case you don't... Stacy Junk passed away this last fall. Here is an obituary . I just thought that, when communicating with others in the industry in pursuit of info, you'd want to be aware.
  3. Hi, Guys! We brought home a new family member on 7 July...Dragon...whose racing name is Kiowa Dragonfire, dob 13NOV2008. He's our fourth retired racer. You've analyzed the others for me. I'm eager to see how much I've learned and if my thoughts match yours! Thank you!
  4. Came looking for input/reassurance for the switch. We finally have a Costco within reasonable driving distance (just under an hour), and we will (fingers crossed) be adding a fourth houndie to our pack on Sunday. So I am in the process of switching to ND from TOTW. HUGE $aving$, even counting the membership fee and the extra gas money. Thanks, all for your input...even 2+ years later, it's helping! :-)
  5. Ups and downs, highs and lows...wow--for SURE! I'm delighted and honored to call you both "friend." Congratulations!
  6. OMG, the snow frolicking is hysterical! I gotta get out there and meet that boy!
  7. I'm so happy to see you being such a wonderful grand-dog-ter, Millie!
  8. LisaB

    Moto Hot Rod

    Like PrairieProf, I'm having a hard time grasping the fact that Hot Rod is gone from this earth--even having had the privilege of being there for his passing. Now, reading everyone's post here, I feel like I really need to tell you about the amazing woman we all know here as 'greytgrandma'. Her son got his own home with a fenced yard and fulfilled his long-time dream of adopting a greyhound. But this wonderful houndie Hot Rod also became the conduit for her jumping right into the WHOLE new world of greyhounds. She started helping us at the adoption kennel by sewing crate blankets and then becoming a dedicated, dependable, enthusiastic Meet & Greeter--where I have no doubt that he inspired MANY, MANY adoptions--to now helping with long-distance dog hauls. I don't think she'd disagree that she was pretty shy & quiet at first, but I have been really tickled to discover how smart, talented, and funny she is--in person and through her photography and posts and crafts, gardening and culinary skills. That she got blessed with a wonderful daughter-in-law who is a great wife and dog-mom is no surprise--just rewards for how much GOOD she puts out into the universe! I am deeply indebted to Hot Rod, the ultimate chill-hound, for bringing a GREYT forever-friend into my life. He may have only run three races, but his HUGE impact-- here in our neck-of-the-woods and world-wide online--as the catalyst for SO many good things--make him every bit as much a champion as the richest stakes winners! Hug your hounds. Adopt another one. Go buy a big box of Milkie Bones and take them to your local shelter. Celebrate all the good...I'm gonna try. And let's keep supporting everyone working so hard to defeat these damn cancers. Love you, Hot Rod. And you, too, Vic. Big Hugs.
  9. Got your FB messages...anything you need, any time you need it, just call.
  10. Whew! I am so happy that everybody knows the news now! Even though the reason Millie needed a new home is very sad (and we won't talk about it, so don't even ask; it's nothing even slightly bad--just sad) -- the fact that she is in a most perfect, super-duper, awesome, really great place makes me SO SO SO happy!!! She IS a wonderful girl, and I even heard that YOU were RUNNING and PLAYING in the yard with her and Ms. Angie today, Mr. Hot Rod!!! Someday Grammy is going to get pics of that, too, and then you won't be able to be called THE most laid-back houndie ever! ;-)
  11. LisaB

    Jc's Havok

    There's nothing I can say to you, Cully, that I didn't say on the phone last night. But to anyone else reading this (and I know a lot of you already know this)--don't breeze past those black, scarred, bare-butt, half-tailed houndies at the adoption kennel without taking a minute to look into those beautiful, golden-brown eyes and introducing yourself. You could be missing out on a pearl like Havok. He wiggled his way into my heart early-on when he arrived at the shelter, but I was still holding on to that notion of "only two dogs," (and there was another guy in my heart, too, who ended up breaking that resolve shortly thereafter). As frustrating as it was to see him stay at the shelter for a year, it was just as thrilling to see him go to Cully's "five-star home for houndies" when the time was eventually right! He was a brilliant Ambassadog at Meet'n'Greets. F***ing Cancer!!! See you again, someday, Havok! Love you, sweet boy! (Cully, I watched those couple of videos on his Greyhound-Data races page again; couldn't help but think it's how he's doing now--full-tailed, full-stride, pain-free and full of himself and the world--and looking greyt in that red #1 silk!)
  12. Just checking in. You know I'm here--and can be there--if/when you need it.
  13. Sorry I just found this; hoping I can alleviate some worry for you. Your description sounds exactly like what our Moody has been having. The first was back in 2009; had the ones earlier this year removed and tested. Diagnosis is HAMARTOMA, rather than hemangioma. Check it out. Just found another one on him today. Just leaving it alone, if it breaks open, keeping it clean and putting a little antibiotic cream on it, and putting a t-shirt on him. They "re-absorb" and all is well. We're supposed to go have them looked at again if their nature changes or frequency greatly increases. (I have pics, but I'm not sure I remember how to post pics here; I do remember that it was kind of "involved.")
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