Aug 292013
 

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting some of the sweetest, gentlest, cutest dogs I’ve ever encountered! Michael and I had planned on going to the greyhound fair at the Sellwood Dog Supply store but ¬†Michael had to take care of something last minute so I went by myself. I am so glad I did. My heart was stolen by two of the dogs I got to meet!

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The Oregon Greyhound Adoption team was there with a bunch of dogs that are need of loving homes. There were about five dogs at the fair and unfortunately none of them were cat-friendly otherwise I would have left with one of them! I fell in love with two of the dogs I met that day.

The first was Dean. He was a¬†gorgeous brindle greyhound. Dean is 75 pounds and 3 years old. He was probably the sweetest, most lovable dog I’ve ever encountered. He struck me as the kind of dog that just wants lots of cuddles, kisses and hugs. He was glued to my side and would nudge my hand for pets just like Fat Kitty does!

DEAN

DEAN

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Look at that face! How could you NOT love that face?!

The other dog was Jered. Jered was another sweetie but about 8 years old or so. Jered was a little grumpy when the other dogs got too close to him but he was still very sweet. I think he is just the kind of dog that needs to be the only animal in a house and gets undivided attention from his humans.

JERED

JERED

 

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Jered never got sick of me petting him and scratching his ears. He was so cute. I was at the adoption fair for over an hour. I asked a ton of questions and got to spend time with the dogs. I didn’t want to leave! According to the adoption counselors greyhounds are giant couch potatoes. After they are “retired” from racing they don’t want to run like they used to. I asked how often I need to take them outside to run and she said once a day for like 10 minutes. Seriously, they are couch potatoes. They sound more like cats than dogs!

Some of my concerns are about our lifestyle. We’re looking for a dog that can go hiking with us and they said a greyhound was a maybe on that. She wasn’t sure what kind of endurance they have–which makes sense because when they were racing, it wasn’t like they were running 30 miles at a time. Not that Michael and I hike for super long distances, but I’d be concerned about the dogs. Also, she wasn’t sure if they’d be good dogs to run with me (even if I’m only doing a few miles at a time).

So with the lifestyle concerns on top of being worried about my kitties, I’m starting to wonder if they would be the right breed for us. I haven’t crossed them off the list entirely, but I have serious doubts. When Michael and I get back from vacation I want to go to the humane society and see a bunch of different dogs all at once and see what kind of feelings I get then.

When I was done checking out the dogs, I went home and made pesto with the basil from my garden. I wanted to do that at the end of every summer that we’ve had a garden and just haven’t gotten around to it. I finally did! And I’m so glad. It’s delicious.

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I found a few different recipes online and decided to try this one. It was great! I had TONS of basil I needed to use.

Fresh Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 cup

Calories per serving: About 280

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.

Notes

From: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fresh_basil_pesto/

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It didn’t take long to make this recipe. I doubled it so I could freeze most of the pesto for this winter. After making the pesto I made lunch–a turkey and pesto sandwich on gluten-free bread Michael bought at Costco (it’s surprisingly good).

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Awesome sandwich! And I used up 90% of my basil. Mission accomplished. The only downside to making pesto is that it is REALLY high in calories. I use it sparingly. I love to use pesto on sandwiches and in pasta dishes but again, it packs on the calories so it’s not something I eat often.

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Lisa Eirene – has written 1847 posts on this site.
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  10 Responses to “Greyhounds & A Yoga Winner”

  1. Greyhounds ARE couch potatoes – super lazy, sweet and awesome! I’ve only ever met one full-size Greyhound out hiking though. On the other hand, we’ve had our Italian Greyhounds (also rescued) with us on hikes of up to 16 miles and 4000+ feet of gain with no problems. We take them running too, but I notice that they get tuckered out fast if they have to run on leash – they’re sprinters, so they prefer to run, stop and sniff, then run more; they don’t do as well with long, continuous running.

    Runner’s World posted an overview of dog breeds for running: http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/breed-apart (the Vizslas I know are GREAT hiking and running dogs).
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    • Thanks for the tips! I love Italian Greyhounds, too. I have a friend that has two and they are more like cats than dogs, but so cute! Great to know about the hiking and running with them. Does your Italian do well with other animals?

  2. Some friends of mine had two greyhounds–Lucky (female) and Kagan (male). They were HUGE couch potatoes. And so sweet!! They used to lie on the floor during big parties and people would just have to step over them. It was very funny. They are both gone now but everyone who met them loved them.
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  3. We have a Catahoula-mix (the Catahoula breed is the result of Native Americans breeding molossers and greyhounds). We love her, but she is very very active.

    The good thing is she is a great hiking and running dog (or so we have been told). She is a little too young to run long distances so we have started running a block and walking two. She should be all set in the next 3 months for longer distances.

    As for hiking, she did great on a 3 mile hike when she was 4 1/2 months. Plus we walk her anywhere from 2 to 5 miles a day (because she needs it).

    The rescue we got her from said she would be a great dog for an active couple (and I truly believe them). The one thing I would caution is that because she is a running/hiking dog, she has a lot of energy all the time.
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  4. Oh gosh those are some BEAUTIFUL dogs!!
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  5. Our black lab was great at walks – if you just kept the leash short, like 6-8 inches, he would keep your pace no matter what. He loved trail hikes, until he was about 10 – I took him on a 2 mile walk, and he was so tired at the end that I had to carry him into the car – and he weighed 80 pounds!

    We miss him this summer since he passed away – some of our favorite times were hanging out outside with him. :(
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  6. LOVE the greyhounds.
    Im supercautious after our last doggie debacle but am looking into rescuing one…
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