January 29

The Kids

Posted by lori . 23 Comments


Some folks who read What Remains Now have noticed that I often feature pictures of three lovely Greyhounds with the “Daily Inspiration” quote.  What you may not know is that for most of my life, I wasn’t a “dog” person; I was a “cat” person (still am).  For 18 long years, I  repeatedly ignore the pleas of my daughter (and husband) to add a dog to our family.  Then, my lovely daughter grew up and went off to college.  I promptly got a dog.

I would feel worse about this if I didn’t know it is a fairly common occurence among women dealing with “empty nest” syndrome.  My treachery did NOT sit well with my daughter, but she has since forgiven me (I think).  So, let me introduce you to the “kids.”


Freedom is our dominant dog.  She keeps everything in line and in good working order.  She’s confident, a little pushy and my special sweetheart.  Freedom is a brindle dog and has no hair on her neck, chest, stomach or butt.  It’s not real noticeable because her skin is “brindly” looking.  She also has an adorable bent ear.  Whenever anyone meets her, they always try to straighten out her ear.  Her racing name was Free Spitfire and she was a horrible racer.  Freedom is 4 years old.


Casper is my sweet boy.  He’s a good second to Freedom’s lead.  Casper is playful, sweet and funny.  I call him my bloggin’ buddy because he likes to come in my studio and nap while I type.  Casper is the king of passive-aggressive behavior.  He rarely challenges Freedom head-on, but he always gets what he wants.  One day, I’ll capture his signature moves  on video.  Casper is everyone’s favorite.  His racing name was Try N Ryan and he was a lousy racer too.  Casper is 3 years old.


Nikki is the newest addition to our pack.  You couldn’t find a sweeter or better dog than Nikki.  One of my nicknames for her is “Licky Nikki” because she likes to give kisses.  Nikki stays apart from much of the action and hasn’t come into her own yet.  Nikki’s racing name was Silver Nikita and she was a good racer…75 races, 8 wins and 9 seconds.  Funny thing…I never see Nikki run.  Freedom and Casper will race around the backyard, but Nikki just meanders around and grazes on grass.  Nikki is 4 years old.


Twinkie is our grande dame.  She’s 16 years old and, when she’s awake, she’s still a feisty gal and can hold her own in a three dog home.  My favorite “weird” thing about Twinkie…she snores, loudly.  She also doesn’t like to have her picture taken.

All the pictures in this post (with the exception of Twinkie’s picture) were taken at Dewey Beach, DE by Nathaniel of Balance Photography.

Daily Inspiration


If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.

James Herriot

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23 Responses to " The Kids"

  • Bassetmomma says:

    Your fur babies are beautiful! How nice to find a little something out about each one. Twinkie sure is a grande dame!

  • Thank you! It’s great to put faces and personalities to the names. They make a terrific looking bunch, each of a different colour. I guess Nikki is over racing…been there, done that. Good to meet you finally Freedom, Casper and Nikki! Oops, Twinkle too 🙂

  • Sue says:

    Lovely to get to know your dogs (and cat:)).

    Great quote and so true.

  • Haopee says:

    Freedom, your ears look awesome!

    Wow, all of them were previous race hounds? I was wondering where you got them. May I know?

    Anyway, Twinkie snores… wow, it doesn’t get better that that. I’ve rarely heard a cat snore.

    You have a wonderful pack and we hope to hear more about “your daily inspirations”.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  • What a wonderful post, beautiful pictures and a great quote. This was such a nice start to my Sunday… We love coming to your blog.

    pawhugs, Max, Bugsy, Knuckles and HH

  • Declan says:

    Hey great to see the kids hogging the limelight! Twinkie looks just like KC, though maybe a bit fluffier. We live in James Herriot( or James Alfred Wight – Alf to his mates!) country. Mum occasionally wanders around saying things like “nah then Veterinary” or enquiring if a dog has “flop bot” like Tricky Woo. And she wonders why people think she’s barmy. Hehe! Deccy x

    • lori says:

      How kind of you to say “fluffier.” My daughter and I loved reading James Herriot stories when she was young. We spent alot of time boo-hooing over those tales.

  • Nice to meet you all! Isn’t is funny how they all have their different personality traits, sounds alot like my house – minus the cat, who is also beautiful.

  • Kat says:

    Lovely post. It’s nice to get to know your babies a bit better.

  • Patty says:

    I enjoyed reading the descriptions of your dogs and looking at their beautiful photos. You have a very young pack….fun!

    My Jack had a bald belly. He was my first greyhound, so I thought that was normal. Scout came along and she is very hairy, so that confused me. Joey has just the right amount of hair. LOL

    • lori says:

      I forgot to mention in the post…when we got Nikki, she was all hairy. It kind of grossed me out at first because I was used to a thinner coat and bald spots. Now, I’m used to it. I call Nikki my little black bear. Casper is just right, like Joey. Once again, another Joey and Casper likeness.

  • Oh they are so beautiful
    Dachshund Nola

  • Penelope says:

    What a beautiful bunch of fur kids! We thinks yous is one locky Mommy to be owned by such a loveable bunch!

  • Oh, my goodness, your greys are GORGEOUS!!! I adore Freedom’s bent ear – and Caspar’s floppy ones!! And Nikki has the most lovely eyes.

    We had a brindle girl who was the same character as Freedom; sweet as the sweetest thing in the world but bossy with the other dogs. She was my first PAT therapy dog and she was brilliant at it.

    Twinkle looks like a sweetheart too. Funny thing – I was just the same, a cat person most of my life. But then I became allergic to them, and my boys grew old enough, and so .. a greyhound came into our lives. And then another. And then another. Funny how that happens, huh?

  • Kari says:

    What beautiful kids

    Stop on by for a visit

  • houndstooth says:

    Okay, I admit it, I’m a Casper fan, too, but I think all three of your hounds are gorgeous! I didn’t realize they were all so young yet. Our second Greyhound, Hawk, was a pretty good racer, but after he came to live with us, he always had to have a tennis ball in his mouth when he ran. I never understood how he raced for so long without one. After we got Blueberry, we had to quit letting him run with her because he would never give up. He’d run until he hurt himself. Bunny loves to run, too, and just decided that racing in the house with Kuster is a great winter game. Heaven help us!

    • lori says:

      I knew Kuster wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation to play with Miss Bunny for long. Especially with her throwing out the invitation. Secure the delicate collectibles.

  • mayziegal says:

    Oh, I LUVED getting to know everybuddy better! You sure do have four super adorable 4-leggers living with you. I bet they make you smile ALL the time. That’s what mom says is the BEST thing about having furries around. I wish I could run with Casper and Freedom. Brudder Ranger won’t hardly run with me at ALL!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  • Kristin G. says:

    They’re all beautiful! Love the eyes!!

  • Pauley James says:

    It is nice to meet you all! Our kitties do not like to be photographed either.

  • Madi and Mom says:

    Twinkie you have your hands full keeping the three long legged greys in line!! You are a handsome family
    Hugs Madi

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