News, good and bad

Yes, people, I’m still alive.

Although there have been times the past few days when that felt a bit dubious. The bad news is that I’m currently entertaining a host of bugs in my lungs, and my old friend legionella pneumophila is back. Yup, that old ‘walking pneumonia’ again. The cough is evil, I’m as tired as if I’ve run a marathon, and my lungs are, according to my doctor, making some pretty dire crackling noises. Antibiotics, rest, plenty of fluids. Yes, I know the drill.

The good news is much better. On Thursday afternoon the Husband and I are driving up to Townsville for a Very Important Appointment. At 9.30 on Friday morning, we’re being introduced to our new fur baby, to see if he likes us. He’s a retired racing greyhound, 3 years old, glossy and black and a little shy. We have passed our initial phone interview with the Greyhound Adoption Program of Queensland, and now we just have to be thoroughly sniffed and hound-assessed; for our potential generosity with treats, likelihood to let him sleep on the bed, ability to provide him with all the luxuries and comforts an extremely beautiful and graceful retired athlete could want, and willingness to provide endless strokies and pats. I’d say we were ready… We are disregarding his kennel and racing names, both of which don’t suit him at all, and His Magnificence will henceforth be known as Mouse (sleek, long pointy nose, beady eyes, etc). More photos will be available as of Friday.I’ve already made two dog beds, and a third will be needed (although possibly little used) for the bedroom. We have the bowls, lead and car clip, toys, treats, dental chews, kibble, wet food, and engraved name tag. We’ll need to get him fitted for a harness for walkies and for greater security in the car, he comes with his own ‘official’ Greenhound* registration collar, and I will of course be making him a variety of elegant coats for cooler weather, as his body fat is so low, and his skin and fur are very thin. That bit’s going to be fun – I feel something quilty coming on!

*Greenhounds are greyhounds which have passed a stringent assessment for socialisation, good behaviour around small animals and children, low prey drive (ie, they don’t chase small fluffy things), low aggression and territoriality, etc. They are awarded a numbered and registered green collar which they must wear at all times. Greyhounds must always be walked on the lead, since they can reach speeds of 65kph/40mph within three paces. Non-assessed greyhounds must wear a muzzle in public because they are trained to chase.

He’s going to be one spoiled puppy. I hope we can live up to his expectations!

96 thoughts on “News, good and bad

  1. Crumbs Kate – take care of you – those bugs sound very nasty indeed. Good luck with Mouse.

    • katechiconi says:

      This is my second time around with this bug, which never totally quit my system the first time. I think the answer is not to get the flu in the first place! And thanks for the good luck wishes, I really hope he likes us!

  2. Well, looking forward to meeting Mouse properly, but sorry to hear about your illness. I hope you’re planning to take things a bit easier than you usually do…..

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m forced to take things slowly as I’m desperately short of breath, but it hasn’t stopped the doggy-trinket collecting. I’m so looking forward to Friday!

  3. Kerry Davidson says:

    Sorry to hear you’re feeling so rotten, but I’m sure Mouse will have you distracted from at least some of it when he comes home with you. He’s going to love living with you.

  4. knettycraft says:

    I’m so sorry about the ‘bad news’ and hope you’ll get well soon (to have lots of energy for cute Mouse). ❀

  5. glamjam1 says:

    Get well soon Kate. Sorry you’re unwell and looking forward to many mouse pics πŸ’œ

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello! How are you doing yourself? Haven’t heard from you for ages. How about a F/T some time soon?
      I’ll definitely be taking a LOAD of Mouse photos, so brace yourself πŸ™‚

  6. Oh my goodness Mouse looks so beautiful and I’m sure he will be excited to get to his new home and all those comforts. Take good care of yourself to shake off those nasty bugs. xx

  7. Awww …. Welcome Fur Baby …. u will be well loved :)) of this I am very sure .
    As to your Nasty Bug πŸ›… please take care my friend β™₯️

    • katechiconi says:

      All I need is a cold, wet nose (his, not mine), the pitter patter of greyhound feet on the floor, and the contented sigh of a comfy hound. The perfect medicine….

  8. Jonathan said you need to now get a mouse & name it DOG πŸ˜‚

  9. tialys says:

    You are expecting the dog bed in the bedroom to be ‘little used’ . Excuse me while I 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

    Mouse is beautiful and will make you feel better.

    • katechiconi says:

      … Mainly because he’ll totally ignore it and sleep on our bed instead.

      • tialys says:

        Aha! That’s going to be allowed is it? Well, let’s hope you have a very big bed, a not overly sensitive nose and an ability to ignore head shaking and overly dramatic position changing in the middle of the night. Mind you, some people are as bad. πŸ˜‰

      • katechiconi says:

        I already have one of those (except for the head shaking, that is)…. It’s a biggish bed… But I do plan to at least start the night with Mouse on his own bed. The Husband may have to negotiate for space when he comes in at the end of night shift, I fear…

  10. Mouse sounds fabulous. I have a lurcher who is also black and super elegant (unlike me!) And I love her to bits. It is obvious that mouse is making you feel better already which is great. I presume that for the first few days it will not be you doing the walking of him – they take a lot of exercise. I shall look forward to more photos

    • katechiconi says:

      Apparently two 30 minute walks a day is sufficient, although I’d like to make it longer when I’m feeling better. I’m told I should expect Mouse to sleep a LOT, and that his bursts of high energy will be short and mainly confined to doing zoomies around the back yard for 10 minutes while we fall around laughing at his antics…

  11. I always wondered why I saw so many greyhounds with muzzles on, but that makes sense. Every day’s a school day!
    I hope Mouse will be the perfect medicine to speed you back to full health.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s daft really, since there are breeds much more likely to need muzzles, but the law in Australia says a greyhound must be muzzled in public unless it’s certified. They’re great big softies and mostly get on very well with other animals, including cats, but the thinking is that they’re bred to chase prey. Luckily Mouse is officially a Good Boy and doesn’t need one.

  12. Omg… my previous comment… re the porch swing… I almost said -easier to sweep up dog hair from under- the vibe must have been in the air… not that I imagine greyhounds shed much… points for Mouse. Well done and best wishes to you β™‘

    • katechiconi says:

      Greyhounds have very little oil in their fine coats and don’t shed massively, nor do they need baths much, also plus points. However, he IS black, and as you know, that shows up somewhat… We’ll be bringing him down on our trip to NH early next year, so I look forward to introducing you πŸ™‚

  13. Lynda says:

    Urgh… sick again? I’m so sorry to hear this, Kate. Pneumonia is the pits. 😦

    I’m excited you are getting a dog, and a very lovely dog too! Just the kind of company you need to keep you entertained and get your mind off of being ill. I can’t wait to see all the fun and lovely things you create for this pup. Get well soon… you’ll need the energy! ❀

    • katechiconi says:

      Less sick again than sick still, I’m afraid, but I have hopes the antibiotics will zap it again, as they did 2 years ago.
      I’m definitely going to be a mad dog lady and talk to Mouse all day long. And he’s going to be so well dressed and comfortably accommodated!

  14. mlmcspadden says:

    I do hope that this round of meds will kick that nasty bug out of your system for good! and what a lovely fur baby. I know you’ll love having him.

  15. craftycreeky says:

    Ooh you look after yourself Kate. Mouse sound lovely, interesting to read about the greenhound, sounds a good system, my friend had a retired greyhound and it killed two of the neighbours cats that happened to walk across the garden :-/

    • katechiconi says:

      Luckily many cats are indoors animals here as they’re considered a danger to native wildlife. But I agree, the Greenhound certification is a really good plan. It also gives the Program a chance to assess what kind of home would suit each dog; some are quiet and need a peaceful home and some are boisterous and playful and would enjoy children and other animals.

  16. Oh, and I thought you were on the mend when we chatted the other day. So exciting that things ended up happening so fast with mouse. I guess since he’s only three he wasn’t a very successful racer. What a lovely addition he will be to your family… and we need to see pictures of the dog beds.

  17. Nasty stuff that legionella pneumophila, glad your on the mend and with a new fur baby almost here (love the name Mouse) I see healing, health and lots of walks and smiles around the corner for you πŸ™‚ Excited for ‘family’ pics

  18. Sandy says:

    Get Well Soon!

    Mouse is moving to a wonderful home.

    The information about the Greenhound program was so very interesting. I have to say it’s a great system and will make people aware and responsible ….we know someone who lost a pet rabbit that had never thought about greyhounds and rabbits??? What more can I say…….

    • katechiconi says:

      I think greyhound owners have to be aware too, and just never walk them off-lead. They’re sighthounds, and if they spot something small and fluffy in the distance, many of them will just take off. It’s one reason I want a harness for him, so if he’s brought up short on the lead, there’s no pressure on his neck. Many dogs will chase, but most of them don’t do it at 65kph!

  19. Glad you are on the mend, even though it has been a slow process. Wonderful news about your new companion! A loving home with treats and toys and dog beds is just what Mouse needs.

  20. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    So sorry to hear about your pneumonia, get well soon !! And how great to hear about Mouse, I am sure he’ll be spoilt rotten by you and your husband. He couldn’t have wished for a better home !! They are lovely dogs!! I look forward to hear all about him and to see lots of pictures !!

    • katechiconi says:

      I hope he’s not too nervous and feels comfortable and settled very soon. They are lazy dogs, who love a snooze, followed by a sleep, with several naps in between, so I’ve made a priority of beds for him πŸ™‚

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        They want your best sofa or couch and your bed πŸ˜€ but they are so sweet and gentle. Maybe he’ll be nervous at the beginning cos he doesn’t know what is happening to him but he’ll settle soon. And food always works miracles with dogs, always !!

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh, I know it! I expect we’ll find ourselves sleeping on the extreme edges of the bed whilst the hound sprawls in the middle. I can’t help feeling, though, that he’s going to look very decorative on my brightly coloured rug!

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:


      • Steph says:

        Good decision.
        My family laughs at the number of beds my whippet has (ok, there may be 5, not counting a nest on the couch and occasional use of the human bed).
        But sleeping occupies most of her days. She moves to different beds according to her need for sun and shade, being outside and in, and her whim!

      • katechiconi says:

        The way I see it, I like a comfy bed myself, and I’m not all skinny and bony, so his need will be even greater. He has a bed in the living room, another in the bedroom (in addition to ours, of course) and the sofa in my sewing room. I expect we’ll be needing one on the covered deck too, as I’m not sure how well he’ll cope with clambering onto a swinging seat…

  21. I’m so happy for your addition to the family and so sad you are having lung difficulties. I understand that only too well. Keep resting for now so you have more energy for your new, beautiful baby mouse.

    • katechiconi says:

      You of all people understand how tiring it is not to be able to breathe properly… Mouse is going to need only moderate walkies, but he may need to make do with shorter ones till I’m back up to speed.

      • Sounds like a good plan to me. Many dogs are very intuitive and Mouse may very well figure out why you are walking slowly all by himself. Keep resting. It’s the key.

  22. Dayphoto says:

    What a wonderful dog! I’m so glad you and he have each other. YAY!

  23. Elaine says:

    Feel better soon! Can’t wait to hear & see more about Mouse ~ Best of luck!

  24. magpiesue says:

    Wow! Such exciting good news! Too bad about the other side of the coin. 😦 I hope your body can conquer that quickly. Maybe the new hound will help speed recovery. I can just see your favorite bright colors against his sleek black coat!

  25. What a lucky dog Mouse is! I hope he helps you knock that nasty bug out for good — you’ve had quite the time with it.

  26. claire93 says:

    glad to hear you’re on the mend, and what exciting news about Mouse!

  27. Best wishes for improved health asap, and a happy fun life with Mouse!

  28. Best medicine ever!! Good luck with being chosen and bringing home your new baby. At least by three years old they are developing a few brains so you have a good age to work with. Both my furries sleep with me and we get along just fine – all joined up they probably make a greyhound. 1 x pudgy Shitzu/Poodle + 1 x Maine Coon = 1 x Greyhound? πŸ™‚ And I have to say that I like Queensland’s rules about Greyhounds. The only time Siddy was ever in danger was from an unsocialised GH who fancied he had himself a rather larger and shorter eared rabbit to devour. ……. The owner had no control, the dog was unmuzzled and determined and I had to throw myself into the fray. Moments of excitement!!

    • katechiconi says:

      The bed could get a *bit* snug at times, since I have a family-sized Husband occupying one side of it, me on the other, and a just-about greyhound-sized slot down the middle. I’m sure we’ll both end up on the edge…. Mouse will never be off the lead in public places, and I may carry a muzzle for scenarios where he might be tested by many small fluffers, like dog parks, or passing houses where the owners do not confine their cats. There’s no point asking for trouble, it’s not fair on him.

  29. anne54 says:

    Walking Mouse will be a great incentive to get those lungs better (if you needed another incentive ~ feeling rotten is probably the best one!) I know that Mouse will instantly fall in love with you both too. πŸ’œ

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, I hope he loves us and feels secure and happy with us really quickly. We’re already walking around the house imagining him there. And I *think* I’m feeling slightly better today, just a bit less wheezy and tired.

  30. Steph says:

    Dogs are the best doctors, so you are in good hands (paws).

    Sighthounds are fantastic companion animals! I have a whippet – @resting_whippet on Instagram.

    My brother-in-law just asked me and my partner what gives our lives meaning (he’s a post-doc, I think existential crises are de rigeur).
    Partner: “Helping people”.
    Me: “My dog.”

    • katechiconi says:

      I think I’d have to use both those answers; I get a lot of satisfaction and happiness from making the fundraiser quilts, and this chance to save Mouse from an otherwise very bleak fate and bring a furry companion into our lives was one I couldn’t pass up. I need the company, he needs the home = partnership made in heaven, I reckon. I’m really looking forward to experiencing some of those classic ‘greyt’ moments, like zoomies, roaching, bowing, etc.

  31. nanacathy2 says:

    Oh Kate so sorry you are under the weather. Hoping the doc gets you better soon.
    Super news to be welcoming Mouse into your lives. I am sure he will love you and will do more good than the meds.


    • katechiconi says:

      He’ll certainly stop me getting too introverted and selfish πŸ™‚ We have his three comfy beds ready, a stack of freshly washed bandannas, his Kong, a squeaky pig, a provisional harness we hope will fit, a brand new 6ft lead, food and water bowls… well, you get the idea. Not excited at all, noooooo πŸ™‚

  32. KerryCan says:

    I am going to choose to focus on the fabulous news of the new pupster (although I am sorry to hear about you being sick and do hope you’re feeling better by now!) What a beautiful face Mouse has! He sounds wonderful and the whole Greenhound designation is so interesting–how sensible. I hope you all have a long, happy, fun life together!

    • katechiconi says:

      The recovery is slow but happening, and is completely overshadowed by the excitement of Mouse’s impending arrival. We’re beginning to realise that some of our habits will need changing, particularly relating to keeping doors closed and putting food away *immediately*!

      • KerryCan says:

        Yes! That’s a big dog, probably always peckish, and tall enough to reach countertops easily! Oh, the things you’ll learn!

      • katechiconi says:

        I plan to manage his appetite by feeding twice a day, and it’s probably no bad thing that I’ll have to put things away… Apparently their tails are also know as ‘coffee table dusters’!

  33. chrisknits says:

    What a sweet face! Enjoy your new family member.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m looking forward to learning and interpreting all the facial expressions, but I suspect the first one I’ll come across will be the hopeful one that says “Treat…?”

  34. Kate, I’ve been traveling so I’m behind. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been ill. I know how exhausting that can be. I am delighted to hear about your soon to be new pup. He sounds like a charmer, and you two sound like the perfect indulgent puppy parents ever. I can’t wait to hear more. I hope you are felling better soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      Getting better is a bit slow, but the excitement of our new fur baby is compensating! We have a four hour drive to collect him, and the appointment is 9.30am tomorrow, so we’ll travel up tonight to be fresh and alert rather than tired and bleary-eyed when we meet him.

  35. kymlucas says:

    He sounds just lovely. Hope your lungs are also sounding lovely by now.

  36. Dogs’ kennel and racing names are often hilarious. I’ll have to ask you quietly what they were so we don’t embarrass Mouse in public.
    I am so sorry the bugs are back. Lungs and breathing are essential.

  37. rutigt says:

    A Greyhound!!! How cool!!! We had one once, years ago. We got him as a adult and he had not been well treated at his earlier home, so we had some work to do. He was wonderful. I miss him. He and the cat became good friends and they both slept in our bed. Good luck with your Mouse!

    • katechiconi says:

      They’re very affectionate and snuggly, aren’t they? He loves sleeping on our bed, he keeps trying to lie on my feet when I’m cooking, he sticks his head into my hand for stroking. Plus, he’s really beautiful!

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