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[*] posted on 7-28-2020 at 03:18 PM
Baja Dog in the House




I am missing Baja a lot and I check this site frequently hoping for vicarious escape. I’m sure I’m not the only one so let me share a happy Baja story -



Say hola to a new member of my family. My daughter graduated from college last year. As captain of an NCAA D1 cross country and long distance track team she set a goal to adopt a retired race dog. She loves Baja and knows it quite well.



After some research and a few visits to the Greyhound Adoption Center in San Diego her heart was set on a retired Caliente racer from Tijuana. His racing name was Fiesta Natural.



I cannot recommend this organization enough. A no-kill shelter, non-profit, all volunteer. Pay them a visit and you will either leave in tears or with a new best friend -

https://houndsavers.org/about-houndsavers/

The tattoos in his ears prove he was fast early in his career and won quite a few races but stopped trying to win for some reason so they retired him early. He is a lucky one to retire so young with no injuries or diseases. The adoption center named him Kirby and it just seemed right. We brought him home to Carlsbad and realized he had never been in a house before. Stairs were new to him. Everything was new to him. All he knew was life in a crate... and racing. We have a crate for him but the door is always open.



My daughter is now applying to medical schools while Kirby watches her and follows her everywhere. I can’t imagine enduring this pandemic without this sweet boy. I didn’t know much about greyhounds and had fears that they aren’t smart or social.

After having this dude in the house for the last 9 months I can’t say enough about how sweet, goofy, graceful, clumsy, smart, social, alert, aloof, loyal, etc. - just a new best friend who is always happy to see you come home. He loves riding in the back seat of my truck and I can’t wait to take him on a big Baja trip when people stop acting like this virus is fake.



I can’t wait to see him run free in a safe environment.
I’m thinking of the spit to the lighthouse in Bahia de Los Angeles at low tide. This boy is freaking fast. Scary fast.
45 mph fast. I loves him and am so happy to finally have a Baja dog in the house. Be well.





[Edited on 7-28-2020 by BajaNomad]
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[*] posted on 7-28-2020 at 04:22 PM


Thank you, for this wonderful story about Kirby.

Enjoy the time with him, even you can't be in Baja right now.
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[*] posted on 7-29-2020 at 06:07 AM


Super cool!
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[*] posted on 7-29-2020 at 06:10 AM


Those photos are priceless! Welcome to the world of fun, Kirby!

If he ever needed to wear a mask, from the top photos, I see he has it down! NO sharing the virus coming from him.

Beautiful story, beautiful dog. Congrats to you and Kirby on hitting the jackpot.




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[*] posted on 7-29-2020 at 07:43 AM


:cool:



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[*] posted on 7-29-2020 at 08:09 AM


excellent post!
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[*] posted on 7-29-2020 at 08:43 AM


Good on you folks for adopting a retiree! My long legged girl loves to run off leash with me following on wheels. The fastest steady pace I have clocked her at was 28 mph. I think she could go a bit faster for a short burst, but 45...no way!

I use a "Sport Dog" training collar to keep control of her, and it has been a life saver! It beeps when i turn it on, and she is happy to come to me to put it on, because it means we are going outside. I use it as a hearing aid that helps her hear my commands out to 500 yards.

https://www.bing.com/aclk?ld=e83uv9pUVVLWBe2HoAYis0HTVUCUwYk...




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[*] posted on 7-29-2020 at 09:28 AM


Heart-warming .... muchas gracias :saint: :coolup:



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[*] posted on 7-29-2020 at 10:04 AM


Home run. Ball is out of the park! Continued pura vida.



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[*] posted on 7-29-2020 at 11:20 AM


Pretty dog.





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[*] posted on 7-30-2020 at 07:16 AM


Great story
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[*] posted on 7-30-2020 at 08:04 AM


retired racing dogs are used as cadavers at veterinary schools. when a buddy was in school he showed me a photo of a huge walk in freezer full of hanging greyhounds. this was in the late 70s....not an image easily forgotten.
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[*] posted on 7-30-2020 at 09:44 AM


bajadogs....

I have tears in my eyes after reading this!

Thank you for your positive, inspiring story, and excellent photographs.





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[*] posted on 7-30-2020 at 12:44 PM


Beautiful story, thanks for sharing.

When ever they put on an RV/boat show or Home and Garden show at the Fair Grounds here in Bakersfield they usually have a booth with retired Greyhounds looking for a home.
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[*] posted on 7-31-2020 at 04:51 PM


Thank you--I love stories of the dogs of Baja. Lovely photos, too.
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