Happy 5th Birthday, Cousteau!

On January 4, 2011, this little (okay, BIG) bundle of love and energy came into our lives. It was Lily who decided to take him home from the kennel that evening, and after “fostering” him for a few months, we all agreed he was meant to be part of the family. Cousteau, of course, knew all along that he’d be staying with us forever.

Cousteau in Tomales Bay

We didn’t pick his name, but after getting to know him these last few years, I can’t imagine anything different. He is curious, adventurous, spontaneous, and probably has ADD. He sleeps most of the day, and then suddenly becomes distracted by toy, after toy, after toy. Most importantly, he has been there for me during some tough times, and I always know I can lean on him at the end of the day.

And today, Mr. Cousteau turns 5 years young. Happy Birthday, Cousteau. We’re lucky to have you!

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Happy Birthday Lily! 11 years young today!

Lily, April 2012

Lily at the back door, getting ready for playtime in the yard. April 2012

On March 25th, 2002, Miss Lily Ann McCollister was born. With her white fur, tan spots, perky ears, and beautiful (and now toothless) smile, Lily continues to bring incredible joy to our lives. She may be turning 11 today, but she has incredible spirit, and still loves exploring all that the world has to offer.

Meg with Lily & Cousteau

Lily and Cousteau “circling” Mommy while on a hike in Tomales Bay, Mar. 2013

Family photo while hiking on Ring Mountain, Jan. 1, 2013. Clockwise from top left: Jake, Meg, Lily & Cousteau

I will always be grateful for KCREGAP (Kansas City REtired Greyhounds As Pets) for matching us with our little girl. Both Lily and Cousteau are so much fun, and we’ve continued to be involved with greyhound rescue ever since. If you are thinking of rescuing a dog, I highly recommend considering a greyhound. Nicknamed the “40mph couch potatoes,” they are gentle, loving creatures. After hard lives on the track, they simply want a human to love and a soft pillowly surface to sleep on (which is typically most of the day!). Please visit www.kcregap.org if you live in the Kansas City area, or www.greyhoundfriendsforlife.org if you live on the West Coast. Both of these groups do incredible advocacy work for greyhounds, and they always have greyhounds in need of a forever home.

We’re so excited to celebrate Lily’s 11 years today. She is a spoiled little girl, but she’s so darn cute, we just can’t help ourselves. Happy Birthday Lily!

For Aunt Kathie

Aunt Kathie is Lily and Cousteau’s “Aunt” in Kansas City. Kathie is a greyhound rescuer, REGAP volunteer, and foster mom. She was Lily’s foster mom before we adopted her, and she has since adopted the name “Aunt Kathie” since she sat for our kiddos often when we lived in Kansas City.

Well, Lily and Cousteau have been running around the house “naked” lately (meaning, without their collars), and Aunt Kathie wasn’t very happy about that. SO, being the good mommy that I am, I have put their collars back on.

Aunt Kathie, this one’s for you!

For those of you who are not familiar with greyhounds, they are absolutely the sweetest and most loving dogs I’ve ever known. They have very difficult lives while in the racing industry, yet still make amazing companions despite their hardships. Please consider rescuing a retired racer. You can visit your local greyhound rescue group, or visit one of the following groups we’ve worked with: Kansas City REGAP www.kcregap.org, and Wine Country Greyhounds www.winecountrygreyhounds.com.