Monday, March 24, 2008

Home of the Life Size Crocheted Greyhound

I would like to introduce AerieDesigns to all those who may not already be familiar with Lenora's amazing work. The ultimate in crocheted greyhound art! I can't even imagine how long it must take to crochet one of the life size greyhounds, or how long it must have taken to actually DESIGN THE PATTERN. Wow! I just LOVE the snoods and sweaters too. A wonderful resource for all those crocheters out there!!

I really admire Lenora's dedication to such a worthy cause - a portion of every purchase is donated to benefit greyhound adoption. By collecting all of Aerie Design's crochet patterns you are supporting greyhounds!

If you don't crochet (like me) but love the designs, sometimes patterns can be found in Greyhound Adoption Fundraising auctions. Items made with Aerie Design patterns can be sold to raise money for non-profit dog rescue ONLY. For more information visit Aerie Designs's Blog and Website. To buy some of these amazing patterns and products, visit her Etsy Store.

Classic Hound loves Aerie Designs!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Apparently I'm a Kooiker...

I took this test to find out which breed of dog matches the type of human I was really fun! Select the "Game" tab on the left hand side of the screen at gone2thedogs. Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Dewey and the Babe

My little guy and I have a routine we do every morning (really our whole day is about routines!) - I read the paper while Rowan plays. Lately he has been infatuated with Dewey. Throwing the ball for Dewey is a sure fire way to stop Rowan from crying. I took these pictures the other morning, trying to take advantage of the sunlight streaming in through the front window.

Friday, March 14, 2008


We're official! Handmade4Hounds is an Etsy Street team 11 members strong! Check out our Etsy Badge on the bottom of the page for a sample of our work. We'll be opening a shop soon with the majority (if not all) of the proceeds going to greyhound adoption groups.

Here's our mission statement: We have two primary goals: promoting the support of independent artists and to raise money to support Greyhound adoption. Many programs are in desperate need of funds in order to continue serving racers. Handmade4Hounds is a team of immense creative energy on a mission to invite people to open up their hearts and homes to this special breed of dog. Our members support a wide variety of Greyhound Adoption programs in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and Ireland.

Please visit our BLOG and WEBSITE for more information!

More coming soon from our new Etsy Street Team!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

How cool is this!

I suppose there are a few instances when being short and squaty come in handy!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Who's Happier? You or Fido?

This is a fun and inspiring quiz. I don't want to give anything away, but we could all stand to learn a few things from our 4-legged friends (the kind that wag their tails and lick our faces).


Have fun measuring your contentment and happiness!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Meet Jaguar the Greyhound!

Jaguar!, originally uploaded by ClassicHound.

Doesn't he look handsome? He looks so confident and relaxed in his new Chocolate Blossom tag collar. Jaguar also happens to be Classic Hound's March photo contest winner! Which means that he and his family will enjoy a $20.00 gift certificate to use towards any Classic Hound purchase. Find out more about the photo contest here.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Dewey's Story

This is the incredible story of how Dewey came to be. He is a sporty dog who enjoys a game of fetch now and then. He's working on his obsessive compulsive urinating habits, but knows that he will one day prevail against the urge to pee on every verticle object he comes across. Above all else, he loves quick runs in the morning and a good kong to chew on at night.



We were driving through the Deschutes National Forest for a family camping trip the night Dewey was rescued from the wilderness. 4 separate cars were caravaning to our family's favorite camp spot in central Oregon. My mother and brother were traveling together as the lead car when Dewey was first spotted. He appeared out of nowhere, literally, and darted across the road and into the headlights. "What the heck is a Chiwawa doing in the middle of the woods?!?" my mother exclaimed completely astounded. Mom stopped the car and when she and Lane jumped out and called out to the pitch black night, they heard nothing. Nothing at all. They pleaded for the little guy to come to them, when suddenly the sound of little dog toenails scraping against the asphalt could be heard, and very suddenly this little dog jumped right up into my brother's arms.

Dewey's poor nose was crusty and dry and his sides sunk in. He inhaled someone's leftover chicken sandwich and quickly slurped up some fresh water. He was so grateful and well behaved, we all found it impossible to believe that someone had abandoned him. Perhaps he somehow got loose, and was now lost. He had no collar or identification. We checked with rangers for a report of a lost dog, but none had been made. We camped for a full 10 days, and no one seemed to be missing this adorable little dog. It seemed that he truly had abandoned in the middle of the woods.

It only took us about 2 seconds to decide what to do with this dog. That whole week of camping he went everywhere that we did - he even slept in our tent. We were more than willing to keep him for our own.

Where did he come from? Why was he all alone in the wilderness? WHAT kind of dog is he? These are all questions that will never be answered for us. We lovingly refer to him as a Chiweagle - a Chiwawa Beagle Mix. Of course, we don't really know if this is true, but he sure looks the part!

Since he has become a member of our family, he has traveled with us on a x-country roadtrip and move from Oregon to New York. He's made friends in West Glacier, barked at buffalo and prairie dogs, visited Mt. Rushmore, and gobbled up some of the best BBQ chicken in Youngstown, Ohio. He spends many weekends with us in Connecticut to visit family, and absolutely loves life no matter where he goes. Now he's adjusting (extremely well!) to life with a baby in the house. He's a fantastic little dog! And we are so happy to have him in our family. Especially since he's practiced some self control, and only lifts his leg when out on walks! :)
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