This Greyhound page is in honor of Kim Hrabe and many others like her who have done so much for the Greyhounds and the families that love them. We only knew Kim for a short time but her wonderful spirit touched us for a life time.
Gabbie Dodge (photo on right); Born in Georgia. Trained in Missouri. Raced in Wisconsin. Retired to her forever home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Gabbie came home with me on a Sunday morning October 17th 2004. So we just crossed our first year point. It has been an adventurous and wonderful year for both Gabbie and me. Gabbie is my first doggie. I have been a cat person all my life so there has been much to learn about K 9’s, not to mention greyhounds. Greyhounds, being of the sighthound family, require some special care. The average greyhound racing career is 2-5 years. During their life on the track they socialized only with other greyhounds, lots of them, and they encounter very few people. When they come to their adoption home the tables are completely turned. Their new adopted life could best be compared to moving to another planet, almost everything they will encounter will be a brand new experience for them. Greyhounds however, are amazing in their ability to adapt quickly and gracefully to their new environment. They take to all the TLC like a dry sponge to water, quickly bonding with their new family. Gabbie has been my traveling companion this past year. She hit the road with me just 4 months after moving in. Winter was spent in Arizona. We returned home for a brief stay then headed off for Colorado for June and July. August we were back home again in time for the Minnesota Ren Fest.
On this special page I will be sharing some of the new Greyhound art, photos of Gabbie and some of her Greyt friends across the country. There will be Greyhound info, trivia, stories, recipes etc... Gabbie is even thinking of displaying some of her artistic creations, mostly sculpture i.e. K9’s & incisors on plastic water bottle and freeform collage with corrugated cardboard. Nose water on thermal pane, is coming along nicely too. Although that medium might be harder to market.
Gabbie will be taking e-mail. She will try to answer as many as she can with her busy schedule. Gabbie@LegendaryCreations.com
This was my first meeting with little Gabbie (in the cat food section at Petco). Gabbie left the track only a few days before. She was very intrigued with all the sights, sounds and smells of this new, undiscovered world.
This was the big day! Sunday morning, October 17th, 2004, 10 AM (Petco-the cat food section). Pictured on Gabbie’s right is Kim Hrabe, President of GPA MN. On Gabbie’s left is Jen Kelly, Gabbie’s foster Mom. These ladies are angels who have wonderfully impacted the lives of so many Greyhounds and many, many families.
Gabbie’s 2nd birthday party, November 11th. She has been in her new home now for almost a month. Gabbie had never seen flowers before. She wanted to eat them.
Gabbie and Miss Kittie, become fast friends!
Before Gabbie could come home with me, she had to undergo the usual adoption medical procedures. This gave me a couple of days to go shopping. This was only the first haul!
Gabbie, her first day in her forever home, enjoying her very first big, soft, fluffy pillow. And, her very first squeaky toy (her adoption gift from auntie Jen).
One of our many long walks along Minnehaha Pkwy. Gabbie finally caught her first bunny. It was a little chilly so Gabbie is sporting her new red coat. Greyhounds have very light fur coats and only about 3% body fat, so the rule of thumb is: if you need a coat, they need a coat.
Gabbie’s frequent visitor, Miss Kittie.
Gabbie’s Favorite Breakfast
This recipe is for a 54 lb. little lady... a very active, energetic little lady. You can add, subtract or embellish portions as appropriate to your hound.
1 cup of their usual kibble.
4 oz. of chicken breast cut up into small pieces.
1/4 cup Better’N Eggs, or any egg substitute.
1/8 cup diced tomato's... no salt added.
1/8 cup cooked rice.
chopped baby carrots, 2 to 3 carrots.
chopped broccoli flowers, 2 to 3 small heads.
1/8 cup shredded mozzarella / cheddar cheese.
1 crushed up doggie vitamin.
1 teaspoon of Dream Coat (pet section of the health food store) Gabbie loves the taste and the smell.
I precook chicken breasts or ground beef for use during the week. Rice is also pre-made for convenience. I have used both fresh and canned diced tomatoes. Canned is convenient; no skin to deal with. If you use canned, make sure it is salt & spice free. Some brands require a little more dicing to make the pieces smaller. Baby Carrots & Broccoli are also chopped up nice and small for better digestion. They can be steamed in 1/4 cup water in the microwave separately or mixed in with the rice, tomatoes and chicken and heated together in the water. Heat in microwave for 1 approx. minute. Egg substitute is also made in the microwave and scrambled. I cook it at 50% power so I can control the consistency better.
Kibble and shredded cheese are placed in the bowl and the rest is mixed together at the same time so the kibble doesn’t become soggy. The cheese will melt nicely. It not only smells great but looks wonderful with the variety of food colors. A little extra chicken is nice so your attentive audience can have a little hors d’oeuvre while breakfast is being prepared.
The Ancient Breed of Nobility
Legendary Hidden Creation series
A dynamic addition to the Hidden Creations series. Truly a breed of nobility and antiquity, the Greyhound, of eastern origins, can be traced back as far as 6000 B.C. Revered by the Egyptians, admired by the Romans and Greeks, honored and protected by aristocracy for centuries. The grace, power and the beauty of this ancient purebred hound is right before us today to revere, admire, honor and protect.
This work was inspired by my own newly adopted, retired racer, Gabbie. She also modeled for parts of it. There will be more Greyhound art coming soon.