It's fun to have logo art to represent all of our hounds, past, present, and future and unite them despite different backgrounds. As our pack has thinned and grown we have clearly shifted more to Ibizan Hounds. We still love Greyhounds but it was time for a second design to tie in with the direction we are going. We LOVE it! It represents both smooth and wire, and features half-brothers Nova and Finnegan
Art by Dezzoi C. Scott
Aziza makes her debut as a royal Hound of East Fairhaven
Aziza made her debut as a royal hound with our group, The Hounds of East Fairhaven, at the Georgia Renaissance Festival. Our group is an educational reenactment group that is on cast and part of the entertainment at 3 festivals. We are breed ambassadors and spend time teaching history and all about the breeds that we represent. A dog has to be rock solid in temperament to be successful at festival. They encounter literally thousands of people of all ages, ethnicities, dog experience, and sizes as well as cannons, explosions, whip snapping, fire events, camels, horses, sword fighting, chariots, crazy costumes, wheelchairs and other assistive devices, other dogs, and other crazy things for hours on end. I am so incredibly proud of how confident, curious, enthusiastic, sweet, playful, and all around wonderful she was. People could not believe how young she is because she was so well-mannered. She even fell asleep in the lap of a countess that she had just met and watched one of the jousts calmly. She did the overnight in the hotel well, also, and made best friends with a Borzoi. She's 16 weeks old.
Nahala Heron and Hound I Speak for the Trees, "Aziza"!
She'll be with us April 16th! We are so incredibly excited! You can "meet" her on her page: Aziza!
We haven't been terribly active for a while now. In a little over a year and a half we lost 3 beloved boys to cancers, battled constant soundness issues with Delilah, and had Lorelei diagnosed with Symmetrical Lupoid Onchodystrophy (SLO) and severe dental issues. She had surgery and lost over half her teeth and all of her toenails. Finding out that dear Sadie (Ninetytonothing, Lucius' littermate and our former foster) was also battling Osteo at the same time as the boys was painful as well. She, and her human family, are part of our family. Needless to say, travel and participation in activities took a backseat both time-wise and financially. We did work the Enchanted Chalice Faire last year but missed Carolina for the first time in 8 years as HoEF members (we have been attending for 14 years). We're hoping that 2016 sees a return to lure coursing, Renaissance festivals, and other exciting adventures!
Delilah and Lorelei have, of course, been retired due to soundness but we hope to get Nova out to run as a veteran (how can that be!?) and maybe Finn in singles this year. All of this goes to show that sometimes living with a pack of dogs can be painful, frustrating, and full of loss and missed opportunities. However, the supreme joy and light that they bring us everyday makes all of the bad days worth it. We greatly miss our lost boys and losing them so close together was devastating. But our current hounds bring us laughter, joy, fun, happiness, and "YAY" everyday and slowly the humans and the hounds are healing. Sometimes life knocks you down but the trick is to get back up and keep running. We're all in pursuit of that dream bunny here at Masquerade Hounds and one day we'll catch it.