Friday, April 18, 2008

The Mailman Cometh

I love to get mail. I always have. When I was a kid I couldn't wait to go to the mailbox to see what was inside. It was like a mini-Christmas everyday, especially when my name wasn't on any of those bills.

Catalogs. Magazines. Val-U-Pac coupon decks. Whether it's things that I've asked for or things that people think I might want, I welcome the afternoon trip to the mailbox to see what's inside our 13 x 9 black box. Even now, one of the most exciting parts of vacation is coming home and going through all the mail that piled up while we were gone. I guess you could say I have a bit of a mail fetish.

So, you can imagine my delight in receiving multiple packages this week that included several greyhound related treats for me and the girls.

First, for moi. I treated myself to a couple of pendants from my favorite greyhound artist, Sarah Regan Snavely. I've had my eye on her Etsy store for the moment she would post these new pendants, since they seem to always be gone by the time I find them. Not this time. The early bird gets the pendant.

Sarah's work truly captures the beauty, spirit and special essence of the greyhound. I'm saving my quarters to hopefully one day have one of her sculptures. I can't wait to wear these to all of the exciting greyhound outings on our calendar over the next two months.

Next, for the girls - personalized tag collars. I'm a believer in the double-collar method. One for the tags (non-martingale) and a martingale when they are on the leash. I do this out of convenience for myself since I have several collars for the girls, and like to change out their martingales whenever we leave the house. But I am a responsible greyhound owner and they must have their tags on them at all times, so they wear their tag collars around the house 24-7.

These personalized collars have their name and my cell number so if they ever escape, lose their tags or are too scared for someone to get close to them, they can easily see the number of who to call. Where someone can then release me from the mental hospital because I'm sure Kev will have me admitted if they were to ever go missing. I purchased these as a part of a fund raiser for SEGA, but these collars are really easy to find just about anywhere.

I don't expect any more surprises via the mailbox anytime soon. I've not reached the point where I order things online just to receive packages. I'm not on a first-name basis with my UPS man. Such behavior often leads to bad surprises in the mailbox. But that's the best part of getting the mail. You never know what might be inside - good or bad.

Seka Update: We got a great report from the vet yesterday. Seka's healing nicely and she's been given the all clear to participate in the May 3&4 coursing trial at Old Mill Farm in Cartersville, GA. Seka says thank you to everyone for all of the good thoughts and hair growth well wishes.


Patti said...

Seka's neck looks really good! I'm sure she's looking forward to coursing again - it becomes quite addictive for them and for us. So, if you already have some addictions (ie mail, Greyhound collars, Greyhound "things") - beware!!

The pendants are quite fetching, btw. I love Sarah's work as well and also wish one day for a sculpture. Perhaps after I win the lottery . . .

pattysea said...

Love, love, love the pendants!!!
You deserve the treats after the week you'd had with Seka.

Happy to hear the good report on Seka. Emily and her friend, Claudia, viewed this site today.
They felt terrible about Seka's injury.

gyeong said...

We have some of Sarah's tiles hanging in the house. Like many others, saving up for one of her sculptures.

We also do the double collar method. I like the jingle of the tags. Helps me keep track of where they are even if I can't see them.

Lookin' good Seka.

Anonymous said...

when i go to the u.s., i'm getting some snavelys and some prints (i hope) from jen. i don't want to order o'seas or have them worry about the packing.

might add collars to the shopping, too.

now you can tell people that seka is a vampdog!

Kim said...

Treats in the mail sound very cheery! I'm glad that Seka is doing so well and that you all have such fetching neckwear. :)

Lauralee said...

Seka's neck looks so much better! I am thankful her hair is starting to grow back and she is doing well.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Seka is looking great! I'll admit I'm excited about my mail right now too. I just placed a few orders on Friday and can't wait to get my packages!


Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

I HATE paper mail, ick. I hate a paper trail of any kind, mail, reciets, whatever. Matt SAVES every scrap of paper he gets, ugg, I once bought him a paper shredder for his birthday :-)

nice *tags* you got yourself, I'm a little shocked that you didn't die of envy from my new purse though:-) lol..and Seka's neck looks really good!

Trina said...

I love mail too..sadly we are on a first name basis with the UPS guy. We are online shoppers for everything!
I hate tags jingling..I love the embroidered collars. ;-)