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» Happy Birthday Kt's Thurles, Still racing at 5 years old
Hilda
 Posted: Sep 11 2011, 10:18 AM
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Yep, the ole man is still shakin' a leg as Dave the Announcer at Southland says.
Thurles turned 5 years old today & finished #224th race yesterday....in 8th place, but we don't care. Sometimes when I watch him "trail" in his races, he has this look on his face like: I know what my future has, I'm just giving these pups a chance to race a little longer, like I'm doing". Then he comes off the track, barely panting & sometimes ready for the cool tank & sometimes fighting to get back on there & run some more.
I have never seen him drag back to the shed to cool off, he's always got a brisk walk, not one that drags me, but one with vigger. Then out in the cooling pen, he walks with confidence.
He's going to be a fun pet.
Here's some pictures taken of him over the year since I committed to him....as a matter of fact it was on this date 9/11/2010 that I told Cheryl, tell Ed I'll take him. I got home that afternoon & looked Kt's Thurles up on Greyhound Data & found that it was his birthday.
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This is the very first picture of Thurles that Cheryl took for me...#8 is my favorite number also.
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One in the cooling shed back in the winter.
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In the dogtruck going back to his kennel after a race.
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He raced against Philip Glass that night & ran in the lead until Philip got him at the finish & he came in 2nd. But we didn't care.

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Another favorite by Rachel Hogue...in the #8 of course.
I love the sequence of this one...he hadn't seen me on the rail...
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Then I spoke to him, look how he perks up.
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This one is a favorite too. He finished 2nd that night, it was soooooooooo cold...and we both were so excited, you'd thought he'd won a million dollars!
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I thought last Monday was going to be his last race, then he surprised me with a first place which graded him back up to B. So hopefully, it'll only be a couple of more weeks now.

I love me some Thurtles!!! Happy birthday big guy!!! :cheer: :blkgrey: :cheer:
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 Posted: Sep 11 2011, 01:18 PM
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:bday: Thurtles :bday:

You are one awesome pup. Love the pictures.


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Thanks, ya know Cheryl said he was an awesome dog, I just didn't how awesome!

Here's some casual pictures in the cool down pen after a race back in the cooler months.

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He's always checking "p-mail" after his races.

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Then showing his goofy side.

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Cheryl took some "non-racing" pictures of Thurles yesterday...he has got the most beautiful face. He could hear the lure squeaking, then the dogs barking in the next race...and then that's us chillin'.
(IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v398/snowy8/Thurlesme91011.jpg)

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