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» Thurles from serious racer to...., big ole 5 yr old puppy, retired!
Hilda
 Posted: Dec 11 2011, 03:49 PM
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If you ever get a chance to "pre-adopt" a racer, and you're close to their track where you can go watch them race & be a part of their life during this stage...do it! It has been a huge adventure & I wouldn't change it for anything. Watching Thurles change from serious racer to big ole puppy in the past few weeks has been so much fun!!! Here are some pictures of the past year.

Here's the first time I saw him race, of course wearing my favorite #8.
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A super exciting night, this was a race against another of my favorite, Philip Glass. Thurles lead the entire race & lost it to Philip at the wire.
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This was always one of my favorite times, letting him see me on the rail, cheering him on at the post parade. He always did this little jump up like it was his shout out.
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Focused racer
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During weigh in. I loved this time because I got to see him before the race, he was relaxed & eager to get weighed in, get psyched for racing.
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I loved going over there during the very cold months;
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And during the warmer months, cooling down.
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This picture was taken the week before he retired. My last time to walk him to the cool shed & sit w/him wondering WHEN he would retire.
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THEN 2 weeks later, he's the relaxed, retired, silly puppy...finding the futon
(IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v398/snowy8/121011_1103Thurles-1.jpg)
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Loving the back yard
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Finding a forgotten toy & bringing it in the house & sharing the futon with your best buddy.
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 Posted: Dec 11 2011, 09:15 PM
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 Posted: Dec 11 2011, 09:40 PM
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Actually, you could also tell from the pictures the time it took for my hair to grow out. ha ha ha
Cold weather I had short short hair, by the time he retired in November, my hair was 6 inches longer! he he he
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 Posted: Dec 17 2011, 11:14 AM
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Looks like he is settling in very well.
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 Posted: Dec 20 2011, 10:31 PM
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HE BARKS!!!

I noticed the other night he was outside barking at the traffic going by. He sounds like Gogh did when he barked.
Tonight when I got home...oh it just melted my heart...everyone was standing at the baby gate waiting on me, wiggling, whining & suddenly Thurles started barking!!! He was glad his momma was home!!!
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 Posted: Dec 20 2011, 11:15 PM
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