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  1. We just wanted to let everyone know that registration is now open for The Grapehound Wine Tour®, July 21-26, 2020. For those not familiar with the event, The Grapehound Wine Tour is a gathering of sighthound owners hled at wineries in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York near Watkins Glen. The event features wine-tasting, brew pubs, music, greyhound vendors and a Sunday walk to nearby 215 ft. Taughannock Falls. We will be taking steps to avoid large gatherings of people in closed spaces this year, and instead, we will be emphasizing well-spaced outdoor activities. Wineries are working hard to create personal wine tasting experiences without any crowds. We also wanted to announce that we have a great new purple logo three-ply cloth mask which is a classy but economical way to stay safe when you go out and about. You can register and see our new Grapehound logo mask here: https://shop.grapehounds.com/products
  2. You may see and order one of our new Walking the Dog ladies V-neck shirts here: https://shop.grapehounds.com/products/walking-the-dog-shirt All proceeds go to transporting and vetting the Florida greyhounds. Larry
  3. We hope everyone is home staying safe from this nasty corona virus. We also hope you are using some of the time taking some long walks and enjoying some time with your hounds. Susie and I find that our greyhounds and our walks are one of the bright spots in our daily routine. (I tell people that our life is so boring, staying at home hasn't changed our life much at all!) First, at this early date (and we are still months away) we plan to hold the Grapehound Wine Tour® as planned. The only reason we would cancel the event is if we are asked to do so by local or state authorities. Greyhound groups depend on the money we raise. We think that after these widespread "stay at home" orders expire, everyone is going to be readyby mid-summer for some time with greyhound people, some wine buying (especially some wine buying) and some greyhound shopping. We're adding Boundary Breaks Winery as our Wednesday night venue for Early Birds. It is a gorgeous winery with a view of Seneca Lake. Other host wineries again will include Atwater Estate Vineyards, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Catharine Valley Winery, and Fulkerson Winery. This is a critical time in the world of greyhound events. As you know, these events--- whether it's Greyhounds in Gettysburg®, Mountain Hounds, The Grapehound Wine Tour®, Beach Bound Hounds, or Greyhounds Reach the Beach® -- raise tens thousands of dollars to help bring ex-racing greyhounds from the racetracks and find them homes. This process of greyhound adoption is not cheap. Groups most often have to pay for transportation and vetting, including shots, deworming and dental cleanings, and that's not counting if a dog is not in perfect health. When you combine the stresses of this global pandemic on these events along with the fact that some Florida tracks are closing their doors early due to the virus, this creates what has been described by one greyhound official as a "perfect storm:" many dogs in need and not as much money available to help them. You know, even without this pandemic, greyhound events are getting smaller or slowly going away. Remember Greyhounds Rock Fredericksburg? Some probably don't. It's gone. Beach Bound Hounds is closing after their event this year. Last year their event was washed out by a hurricane. They did everything right and their event still had to be cancelled. The event held by the Greyhound Gang in Kanab, Utah, is not being held this year. The managers of most events (and I speak mainly for myself) are getting older and the times are more challenging. Harder to find suitable venues, harder to get liability insurance, harder to find volunteers willing to do the hard and laborious task of staging a major event. So what can you do? We know some folks are really financially strapped right now and it's all they can do to get by. We understand that. But if you can help your favorite greyhound group or your local SPCA, now is the time to help. They can't hold the find raisers or picnics which they usually use to support their adoption efforts. So, please support them if you can. The need for homes for dogs does not just go away because we're afraid of a virus. But if you can financially help support your local adoption groups or your favorite events, please do so. Your support will help us to help more greyhounds. Another fun thing thing you may wish to do to help the hounds is to buy one of our specialty greyhound shirts to show off in your neighborhood when you walk your hounds. Our first shirt this spring is about to be rolled out for sale. It's a gorgeous blue shirt called "Walking the Dog," perhaps a most appropriate name for a shirt at this time in history, since walking our dogs is one of the things most of us can still do outside the home. This shirt is cute as a bug. We'll be sending more information in a day or two on this shirt in our monthly email. Look for it. If you're not on our email subscription list, you can add your name at www.grapehounds.com (Look for the the words 'Sign up for email updates...' ) Another thing we're doing is having a drawing for those who'd like to get a shirt but can't buy one at this time. We're going to give away five shirts in your size for free through a drawing. If you have ever bought one of our shirts in the past, then you're eligible for our drawing! More details in our next email. So, please stay safe and hug your hounds as we try to get through this corona virus thing together. Look for our email about the first shirt in a series of fun shirts we'll be offering this spring to pick up people's spirits and help the greyhounds. We think we all need a bright spot at a difficult time and we need to help our adoption groups and help the hundreds of hounds which need homes. Above all, please do what you need to do to stay safe. Larry B., President The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc.
  4. Oops, sorry I am just seeing some of the questions here. The E-booklet will go out tomorrow, Friday, July 19th. Just a lot of loose ends to check with wineries, and they are so busy this time of year they don't always get back to you when you call or email them. One thing we're trying to do differently this year is to list all the wineries or brew pubs that have entertainment on an evening so that everyone has some evening options which they can find all in one place. So on Friday on our calendar, for example, we'll list all the places we have found which welcome the dogs and offer music. Another thing to mention is that Kent Roberts will be with us this year! He'll be signing shirts for people from 11AM-12PM on Friday morning in the social tent at Catharine Valley Winery, our host this year. As Tricia indicates, temperatures will moderate in new York after our mini-heat wave this weekend. Temps are predicted to run from 78 degrees on Tuesday to about 81-82 degrees the rest of the week. Mostly sunny all week with 40% chance of showers on Thursday. Usually the temps for our event are much cooler in NY than in the mid-Atlantic area (PA, NJ, Maryland) where we live. I know it was hot yesterday when I drove to Baltimore to pick up our wine glasses! Trudy, I hope you'll stop down and look us up. That's so cool that you're in Syracuse during the event. There's a gathering at Rasta Ranch Winery on Wednesday evening with music and food. That's the popular hippie-60's winery. The main event will be at Catharine Valley Winery (4201 St NY St Rt 414 Burdett, NY) on Friday and Saturday, July 26-27. The main host winery (with vendor and social tents) is four miles north of Walmart in Watkins Glen. It's also a straight shot south on Rt 414 off the NY thruway at Seneca Falls. We do have some Woodstock shirts left over if some folks didn't order one but would like one for Kent to sign. Can't think of anything else right now, so look for the booklet tomorrow. I'd better get back to editing right now! Larry
  5. Hey man! Far out! We have our new 2019 Grapehound Wine Tour® custom shirt available online. The theme of this year's event is a commemoration of the 50th annversary of Woodstock. The shirt was designed by greyhound artist and caricaturist Kent Roberts. The design shows a greyhound wearing a garland of flowers driving a VW mini-bus decorated with hearys and flowers. He is accompanied by a way cool bunny flashing the peace sign and another greyhound standing next to the minibus wearing bell bottoms and playing the guitar. The design is printed on a lavender shirt in universal or ladies cut styles. Peace, man! We are custom ordering shirts for everyone who wants one for the next couple weeks, so by ordering now you can get the size, style and printing you want. Once our order is placed in early July, we'll only have various left-over sizes available and you can't be assured we'll have your size and style unless you order in advance. We won't be printing this shirt again so this is a one-time opportunity. Get more details here https://shop.grapehounds.com/products/see-no-evil-ladies-cut-gildan-t-shirtin-lavender-small-only or see the image below for a first glance...
  6. The fourteenth annual Grapehound Wine Tour® kicks off on Tuesday, July 23 for those who wish to start their wine tasting early. We call them Early Birds. We have thirty-four wineries, five brew pubs and one gorgeous distillery signed up to participate with us this July. The event kicks off on Thursday, July 25th at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards with a Welcome party from 5PM to 8PM. WE serve the hors d'oeuvres, hazitt has the wines (and do they!), and a food truck (the Little Red Wagon) will be serving tasty wraps and other foods for dinner. Friday (July 26) the festivities move to the main venue at Catharine Valley Winery where they have a beautiful view of 400 foot deep Seneca lake from the hill of Seneca Lake, along with a cool summer breeze. There we will have all our greyhound vendors in a big vendor tent sellings coats, beds, collars, leashes, T-shirts, dog treats ... well let's just say "...and a lot more!" We'll also have a big social tent where you can hang out with like-minded greyhound people and sip a glass of wine from your lawn chair. Hang out for an hour or an afternoon. Seneca Lake isn't going anywhere. On Saturday (July 27) at Catharine Valley Winery we'll continue our festivities with our Blessing of the Hounds at 2PM, then our greyhound ice cream social at 3PM with free ice cream for the people and free vanilla frozen yogurt for the hounds. At 4PM we will close out all the tremendous values in our Silent Auction. On Sunday (7/28) the fun continues at 10AM with our easy one-mile walk to the tallest waterfall in the Northeast, 215 ft. Taughannock Falls. People love to have their portrait taken with their hounds in front of the falling water. At 11AM folks may congregate at Fulkerson Winery which always volunteers to be our Sunday send-off winery. Or you can continue by touring around the lake at wineries of your choice until you have to head back home to the real world. (Ugh!) The Grapehound Wine Tour® is an event where you set the pace or set no pace, it's up to you and your hounds. Tour the lake or hang out with us at Catharine Valley. Go to twenty wineries or to six. We don't care! You could not visit all the wineries in a weekend if you tried! Make it your weekend, at your pace! Bring the husband or leave him at home, get some girlfriends and hang out with us! There are still plenty of rooms available, including cabins and hotel rooms within the area. The great hotels in Ithaca are a greyt option this year because Catharine Valley winery is closer to them than any other group of great dog-friendly, pet-fee waiving hotels! Plus they are next door to a huge Wegmans and a Walmart for all your travel needs. They are all listed on our Hotels page at https://www.grapehounds.org/hotels--ny-.html Whoever you bring, dogs or humans, we are glad to see you and hope to show you and your greyhounds a greyt time. You can keep up with all the plans for this year's event at www.grapehounds.org or on our Grapehound Wine Tour® facebook page. And you can enjoy your weekend knowing that all the money we earn for the event wil be donated (after expenses) to area greyhound adoption groups and to the Humane Society of Schuyler County. We hope we see you at Seneca Lake this summer! (Jeff and Trudy: Come back to NY and see us for Grapehounds! We miss you guys! Come back to New York!)
  7. Our fourth annual Winter Houndstm event takes place at Geneva Ramada Lakefront (41 Lakefront Drive, Geneva, NY) February 22-24. Room rates at this gorgeous lakeside resort hotel are $105 a night with pet fees waived. Can you believe it? They even have a dining room overlooking the lake. Some folks come a day earlier on Thursday Feb. 21 to start some wine tasting early. We'll have over forty wineries participating on three different area wine tours (which include not just wineries but brew pubs and distilleries too). If you can't stay the weekend but want to do a little mid-winter shopping or need a coat for your pup, stop down to the Geneva Ramada on Saturday February 23 and do a little shopping! Kris' Koats will be there selling all sorts of coats over the weekend. Harleys Barkery will be "in the house" selling some greyt dog treats. And check out our new 2019 Winter Houndstm shirt! We have a few shirts left in small. medium and XL. Check out the event and the new shirts here: https://www.grapehounds.org/winter-hounds.html See you at the Geneva Ramada!
  8. Thanks to all the hounds and humans who attended Greyhounds Reach the Beach® last weekend. We had nearly 500 people registered and earned between $9,000-$10,000 for greyhound adoption through registrations, T-shirt sales, and our Silent Auction. We won't know the exact amount until all our bills are paid. Each year this event gets harder to manage due to the lack of appropriate spaces, buildings, spaces or locations to host activities. It's also a challenge becasue of the expenses related to the Dewey Beach location. The Town charges all the vendors a $109 annual business license fee, even though our vendors are only in town for a few days. They also want people to buy a Dewey Beach dog license, even though the state statutes are clear that if your dog is licensed in your home state, no additional dog licenses is needed "anywhere in the state." They want us to buy a "permit" for any outside activities. When these onerous fees are added to the very few very available (but expensive) locations that in Dewey Beach, it is a real challenge to use this location to host the GRtB event. Next year the new ballroom will be finished at the Hyatt Hotel. Anyone can rent it ... for $20,000 per day. Yes, that's not a misprint...they want $20K per day. They rent it to rich brides from the Washington D.C. area who want a beach wedding. It sure won't be the greyhounds who rent it, that's for sure. So, all things considered we are thrilled to have our fourth consecutive successful GRtB event since rejuvenating the event in 2015 and once again raise thousands of dollars for greyhound adoption. We are especially happy to say that one of the many greyhound adoption groups whom we support with our donations is the largest Delaware-based adoption group, Greyhound Pet Adoptions of (Newark) Delaware. Our parent corporation, The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc., is headquartered in Delaware and our volunteers are almost all Delaware residents or have Delaware roots. We are also registered to do business in all three Delaware Counties and we are members of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to all who agree with us that when it comes to Greyhounds Reach the Beach®, "It's all about the greyhounds."
  9. For many years, since Nittany has managed the event, the Allstar Center has kicked out the greyhounds first thing Sunday morning. This year they were excited to be able to continue the event throughout the day on Sunday. The biggest benefit may be for day-trippers who can only come out on Sunday.
  10. Over the years we saw Advantage, Advantix and other topicals become less and less effective. We would treat our four hounds and we'd still see ticks attached a week or two later. We switched to Seresto collars last year and we didn't see a tick all summer. That is very remarkable, as we live in the middle of a forest with brush and tall grasses here in the piedmont of SE Pennsylvania. Every walk we'd bring one or two ticks home on our dogs and have to pick them off. We walk our dogs about a mile every day. Cost The Seresto collars are far most cost effective too, as they last eight months and cost about $52 each. (I pay around $40 each with various coupons or offers.) Thus even at at full retail they cost an average of about $6.50 a month. Compare that to about $15.50 a month for Advantix (and the Advantix doesn't always work!). Reactions We have not heard of any greyhound reacting to these collars, which was our main concern when we began to use them. And we ask people constantly, especially the adoption groups which use them for all their dogs. No one has seen an adverse reaction from a greyhound. I also don't like topicals which work by being absorbed into my dog's system. Dawn If you are seeing fleas and ticks, wash your dog and soap him up with Dawn dish detergent (unscented basic version), which is gentle for the animals (even baby birds coated in oil) but an effective flea and tick killer. (In fact, when we used to see a tick attached, before we used Seresto collars, we soaped up the spot with Dawn and the tick died and fell off in a few hours.) Rinse your pup well after washing, towel dry him,and let the dog completely dry off for a couple days; then add the Seresto collar. Keep the collar adjusted tight enough to just fit one finger underneath it. It needs to contact the neck consistently. Fleas For flea infestations, you cannot just put a collar on your dog. I saw one fellow post elsewhere that he put a Seresto collar on his dog and kept finding a couple live fleas on his dog every day so the "collars don't work." In fact, his carpets and dog beds were likely teeming with generations of fleas and he hadn't addressed the problem. The collar was likely killing dozens of fleas but the dog was just continually reinfested. If you're finding a couple fleas on your dog, there are probably hundreds in the bedding and carpet of your dog's home. The dog beds (and maybe your beds) have to be washed and the carpets need to be treated thoroughly with sprays or powders or you may have to hire a pest service. You likely will have to treat a couple times to get all the pests after they hatch. Just putting a collar on your dog won't kill a total flea infestation. And if you are seeing fleas on your dog, please assume they are everywhere in your dog's home surroundings and on your other animals. These Seresto collars are the best flea and tick preventative we have found and we've had greyhounds -- both our own and fosters -- for 12 years. They use Imidacloprid for flea protection and Flumethrin for tick protection. Not only do ticks not attach, they drop off almost as soon as they climb on to the dog. They make your dog's whole body a tick repellant. The medications in the collar are completely topical (external) and the collar makes your dog and his bed repel ticks for months. Many greyhound groups use the Seresto collars exclusively. If your topicals or holistic preparations aren't working, give these great collars a try. This is a video demonstrating how the collars work:
  11. The Grapehound Wine Tour® will be held on Seneca Lake in New York from July 26-29, 2018. Registration is now open. We have held this event every year since July of 2006. It has grown to be the third largest greyhound event in the US, but it feels like a smaller event. Grapehounds is a different kind of event where much of our time is spent hanging out with our beautiful greyhounds, sipping wine and meeting new people. The wineries just love these dogs. Yes, we have a bunch of great vendors from all over the country who come every year, but this event is really about the people and our greyhounds and relaxing in the midst of some beautiful wineries. This part of New York is drop-dead gorgeous. There are lakes and waterfalls all over this region. Better yet, there's no concentration of top notch wineries anywhere in America like the Finger lakes of New York. In recent years we have added many brew pubs and distilleries to our "tour." You honestly could not see all our participating wineries in four days if you tried. Early Birds can start touring as early as Tuesday, July 24th this year. On Thursday evening we have a greyt Welcome event at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards with music, hors d'oeuvres and lots of beverage choices. Vendors open on Friday morning and wine tasting continues around the Lake. On Friday evening we have a big concert in our social tent. (Did we mention the wine tasting thing?) On Saturday, more wine tasting with vendors open in the morning and a Blessing of the Hounds, an ice cream social and the end of our big Silent Auction Saturday afternoon. This year we have a Scottish band coming to participate in the Blessing event. On Sunday morning we walk a fairly level one-mile walk to Taughannock Falls, the tallest waterfall in the Northeast, taller than Niagara Falls! We do portraits of people in front of the falls. Then, Fulkerson Winery hosts us for a going away event on Sunday afternoon. Our website is here: www.grapehounds.com Our motto is, "Wine and greyhounds: what's not to like?" Don't wait too long to book your hotel room. Things are filling up. All proceeds go to greyhound adoption groups in NY and the mid-Atlantic states. We hope to see you there.
  12. Check out the great picnic event in Florida sponsored by Freeway's Greyt Escape, April 28th, at Rainbow Springs State Park near Ocala. http://www.freewaysgreytescape.com/springpicnic.html The story of Freeway is pretty amazing. http://www.freewaysgreytescape.com/about.html
  13. For those of you staying at Sleep Inn (and there are a lot!): The Sleep Inn will email you a room confirmation about five days out which will confirm your stay. It will also have an inappropriate pet warning: Please note: Pets allowed until Memorial Day 2018. Pet Fee: $25.00 per pet 2 max Please know that this pet info does not apply to GRtB folks, as all our pet fees and dog limits are waived. They just can't reprogram their email computers for a couple days of our event.
  14. OK just a few updates on Greyhounds Reach the Beach® with just a week to go. Where does the time go? The weather is looking spectacular a week out with no rain in the forecast and 70-degree temperatures. There will be nine vendors inside the Sleep Inn headquarters location including Joe Bushman and Andrea Guttman, Long Dog Leather, the art of Linda Evans, Commins Greyhound Coats, Grey Drive, Something Special Pet Supplies and more! Plus Cave Bird Coffee will have free coffee samples inside from the unbelievable coffees Glen roasts from around the world. Then of course there are all the vendors in the huge vendor tent: Midwest Greyhound Adoption is back with all their great products, beds, etc., VAGA is back, Greyhound Love is back, Gretwear is back all the way from Kansas, Houndstown, Wetherby Martingales, Fast Dog Foodies, Classy Couch Potatoes, on and on. Then we have some great new vendors from all over. Some will be in the hotel, some in pop-ups around the big tent. We couldn't squeeze them all in our ginormous 140 foot long wedding tent. Vendors will start selling in many cases by 10AM Thursday.​ We are doing bag raffles this year with some amazing stuff, including a lot of great gift certificates from area restaurants. We'll start raffling off these gift certs on Friday so people can use them on the weekend! We also have a great Silent Auction with deals on Seresto flea/tick collars, wine with classic art greyhound labels, gift baskets, too much to list. Raffles and auction will be at the speaker end of the big vendor tent behind Sleep Inn.​ We're doing our first tours of the area with your greyhound aboard. The first two tours sold out so the great folks at Sun Otter Tours hope to add a third tour on Friday afternoon. Get your name in to them if you'd like to be inclued. The tour shows you the old city of Lewes (found in 1631), then scoots over to the beach at cape henlopen for a nice walk then finises up with a delicious a la carte lunch at Crooked Hammock Brewery. https://www.sunotter.com/greyhound-adventure/​ Registration for GRtB closes this Saturday (9/30), so don't wait if you haven't already registered. Advance registration is cheaper than registering at the event, so don't wait. No need to buy separate dog licenses for your hounds if you register for the event and list them when you register. They're all covered under our blanket dog license agreement with Dewey Beach. No hurricanes this year, just mild fall days, so register! you don't have to fret about the weather.​ We have a shuttle from the hotel and back to Revelation Craft Brewing Co. on Saturday night, 5-9PM. Shuttle also runs from the Beach House in Dewey to Revelation too, all evening. Very cool. Muzzles suggested on shuttle.​ E-Booklets were emailed to everyone registered on Tuesday night. We updated and included a ton of new dog friendly restaurants and pubs in Dewey, Rehoboth and Lewes. Let us know if you did not receive yours. admin@grtb.org​ We still have some of the gorgeous deep purple event shirts with Linda K. Evans design in a unique six-color screen print, even in long sleeves this year. But I wouldn't wait to order. They usually sell out the first day of the event anyway and this year's combination of deep purple and Linda K. Evans design is pretty special. It'll get comments wherever you go. https://shop.grtb.org/products/official-2017-grtb-universal-cut-short-sleeved-t-shirt-to-be-shipped-to-your-home Dine for the Greyhounds Plan to eat at Crabby Dicks and they will give 15% of your bill to greyhound adoption (doesn't count booze or specials). Use the coupons we have for you at the registration table or see one of the adoption groups benefiting from the offer, Del GPA, Forever Home Greyhound Adoption, or God's Greyts. What a great way to have fun and help the hounds.OK, too much stuff to list everything. I can't type anymore! It took 48 pages to describe this year's event in the E-Booklet. Just load the hounds into the mini-van and plan to come to the beach. Have fun. See friends. We'll see you there!
  15. Oh, a few more things... Forever Home Greyhound Adoption will be babysitting greyhounds during the day at Sleep Inn. Thursday-Friday-Saturday. Just bring your muzzle (they will have extras). There will be vendors at Sleep Inn Thursday all day, Friday all day, Saturday, all day, and Sunday 10-1PM. Not all vendors will stay for Sunday; There are so many vendors at Sleep Inn we cannot fit them all in our big vendor tent. So some vendors will be in the big vendor tent, some will be inside the hotel, and some will be outside the hotel in pop-up tents. It will be a vendor extravaganza! ​We are updating our E-Booklet with restaurants that have outdoor seating and are dog friendly. You won't wnat to mis that list since eating is as much a part of GRtB as greyhounds!
  16. Just wanted to mention to everyone that we encourage folks to check the Updates page at www.GRtB.org for information about what's going on at Greyhounds Reach the Beach® this year. We'll be posting our full schedule online, speakers, etc as we are finalizing our preparations. You can also sign up for weekly email updates on the home page at www.GRtB.org. With running three greyhound events and all the normal stuff of life, I find I have less time to check the other great websites out there like Greytalk or others for questions or concerns people post. We've got some great speakers planned, a ton of classic vendors at the Sleep Inn, a greyt Beer N Biscuit Mixer Saturday night, and even a greyhound walk on the beach Sunday with a group photo from an aerial drone. The E-Booklets will go out about September 25th to all those who are registered, so that will have everything about the event. You can also ask questions at admin@grtb.org Just three weeks to go! We look forward to seeing you all at the beach! Larry B.
  17. We have a girl who has so routinely eaten things like wash cloths or socks that we have to keep her muzzled with a poop guard when we're not supervising her. I saw a foot long squeak toy which we knew she would not try to swallow disappear down her throat. Fortunately we see or realize that she had swallowed these things so we were able to get her to urp them up using hydrogen peroxide, which is a life saver (or maybe a $5,000 surgery vet bill saver). So much easier to have her throw up once than to see her go through gastro-intestinal surgery which is expensive and dangerous. We use the hydrogen peroxide when we see her swallow something but you need to do it within the first hour or two. It can take ten minutes or so for the dog to react to the hp, though some dogs I am sure react pretty quickly. Signs of an intestinal blockage could be vomiting, lethargy, refusal to eat or drink...
  18. Yes, please ask your vet about using the Seresto collars. They seem to have almost none of the drawbacks of the topical preparations like Frontline or the old tick collars which irritated the dogs skin with their chemicals.
  19. The best prices I have seen are in the low $40 range, maybe $41-$42 per collar for large dogs. Chewy.com, Amazon and Ebay are good options for better prices. The $42 price tag might sound high if it were a two or three month treatment (especially when you have four dogs) but these things are supposed to last for eight months. That's only $5.25 a month for a protection program that 1) does not put toxins into your dog's system, 2) does not irritate or burn your dog's skin, and 3) actually works to keep crawly critters off your dog! So many ticks these days seem immune to the chemicals in Frontline or other topical preparations. We have had our Seresto collars on for a couple weeks now and have not had even one tick on our four dogs. And they are always sniffing in the tall grass on our walks. My wife and I have found several ticks on us during the same period so I know the ticks are active and omnipresent. And I have found no significant complaints from greyhound owners I have polled about the dog's tolerance of the collar or the collar's efficacy. I think these Seresto collars are the real deal!
  20. OK, glad you got it to work. Thanks for letting us know! Larry
  21. This is some information from a website (www.biomedcentral.com) with papers on various parasitic issues: https://parasitesandvectors.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1756-3305-5-91 "There is, in turn, a significant merit in keeping our guard up against these nematodes even when other parasites are attracting attention and interest. Therefore, the aim of this article is to review the most important features of roundworms and hookworms affecting companion animals, along with critical and focused appraisals on the importance of their pathogenicity, epidemiology and control methods in veterinary and human medicine. "... As for roundworms, hookworms have a complex biological cycle, in which different sources and ways of infection are possible. The most important infectious stage is represented by filariform larvae present in the soil, which infect a suitable host by actively penetrating the skin (especially for Ancylostoma spp.) and/or via the oral route (i.e. Ancylostoma spp., Uncinaria spp.) [7, 13, 22, 27]. "...The real truth is that pets are exposed to roundworm and hookworm infections throughout the year and for all their life. Specifically, parasitic burdens, egg output and infection rates are higher in puppies and kittens but it is nowadays established that patent intestinal infections occur in dogs and cats of all ages [41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50]. "... In summary, there are major factors making roundworms and hookworms the most common endoparasites in pets all over the World. First of all, the possibility of puppies and kittens being infected by their dam by transmammary and/or transplacental route/s is a powerful host-finding strategy. Also, pups have daily thousands epg counts for T. canis and animals often shed millions of hookworm eggs for weeks, thus causing a high environmental contamination. Ascarid eggs can survive for years in extreme environmental conditions, thus are available for ingestion at any time. Infected paratenic hosts are ubiquitous, being a constant source of infection especially for cats, given their hunting instinct."
  22. The twelfth annual Grapehound Wine Tour® will take place July 20-23 near Watkins Glen, New York. Early Birds who want to spend the week exploring the waterfalls and lake shores of the area -- and of course taste area wines -- may arrive as early as Tuesday, July 18th to pick up their wine glasses at Atwater Estate Vineyards and start their wine tasting adventures. Our weekend begins on Thursday night with our welcome event, some some great tyacos from Global Taco and wood fired pizza from the Pi truck, some great wines, and maybe a little musical entertainment. We don't have boring speakers and we don't make you stand around at our event for the whole weekend. Instead we provide plenty of shady spots where you can plop down on the grass in your own lawn chair with a pillow for your hound -- with your friends and a glass of wine -- and just hang out and look out over the lake on a lazy summer afternoon. (Or you can tour some great NY wineries and find a nice chardonnay...) Starting Friday morning, once again we'll be headquartered at beautiful Atwater Estate Vineyards on a high hill looking out over Seneca Lake. The main event will feature a big vendor tent, wine tasting and a Friday evening concert featuring a theme of some fantastic music from the 70's and a live auction. Here's a sampling of some of the music we'll be playing in our big social tent overlooking Seneca Lake. Click on one of these links to listen to one of these tunes and you'll be instantly transported back to those crazy seventies! The Three Degrees/When Will I see You Again Yvonne Elliman/If I can't Have You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPfv314ooOo Led Zepplin/Stairway to Heaven Odyssey/Native New Yorker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx9N0p9Lu30 Tavares/Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAORTc5dj3Y McFadden & Whitehead/Ain't No Stoppin Us Now Sweet/Fox on The Run You'd better pack your dancin' shoes! This will be a Friday evening to remember with food, music, wine, and fun, all with a sunset view of Seneca Lake. On Saturday we'll have some breakfast, shop the vendors, go to our Blessing of the Hounds at 2PM, our ice cream social at 3PM and the close of our Silent Auction at 4PM. Then it's off to dinner! On Sunday we will walk through a deep ice age canyon to 215 foot Taughannock Falls at 10 a,m., one of the tallest falls in the Northeast! Then we'll be hosted by Fulkerson Winery all Sunday afternoon with wine tatsing and wood fired pizza. Or you can tour around the lake and catch some new wineries. Our event brings hundreds of greyhound lovers from as far away as Chicago and Georgia to help many small NY adoption groups to bring greyhounds from the Florida race tracks and find them forever homes. The Grapehound Wine Tour® is not the nation's biggest greyhound event, nor does it have the most vendors. It doesn't have any speakers. But it has the most fun per square inch of any greyhound event in America. Just ask anyone who's attended ... or just ask a greyhound! There are still rooms available but don't wait too long to reserve one. Registration is now open and we hope you'll plan to join us to have some fun this July on the shores on Seneca Lake! https://www.grapehounds.com/home.html
  23. The best remedies for hookworms seem to be to clean the yard of feces every day to try to prevent reinfection. That said, it's an uphill continuous battle in a war which can never really be won. You can always kill hookworms .. until the next infection. We treat with fenbendazole (Panacur), 8 grams per dog (60-80lbs.) for three days in a row, wait two weeks and treat again. The second treatment kills the worms leftover in egg or larval form from the first treatment. As far as we know this should take care of any hookworms in the dog. I don't do another hookworm test, as it costs less to just pay to treat the worms again than to constantly test for them ($) and then pay for treatment (more $). And there's no downside for treating the dog with fenbendazole. Hookworm eggs are very difficult to kill, so reinfections are very hard to prevent The hook worm eggs will over-winter in soil in cold climates and survive in hot summer soil. Please don't think nature will clean your yard. To be sure, you would probably need to remove all the old soil in your yard and bring in new soil to clean all hook worm infestation. Then of course you'd fail as soon as an infected dog pooped again in your back yard (inevitable) or you spilled a handful of the infected soil as you hauled it out the gate. The bad news is, in fact, that there is no approved protocol for killing hookworm eggs and larvae in soil. Thus dogs can be reinfected by 1) licking their fur and ingesting hookworm eggs; 2) licking their paws and ingesting egg infected soil; 3) eating infected stools on the ground (that's why cleaning the yard is key); 4) stepping on an infected stool and licking the infected paw or having eggs migrate through the skin; 5) migrating through a dog's skin or paws when they lie down on infected soil; 6) eating a portion of an infected rabbit or mouse or another small animal; We would like to think that the hooks will be gone if we keep our yard clean of feces, do two three-day courses of fenbendazole two weeks apart, and regularly use Heartgard (ivermectin and pyrantal pamoate) which is supposed to control hooks (and other internal parasites) on an ongoing basis. This protocol should usually work. However in recent years we have anecdotal reports that dogs who are regularly treated with Heartgard have continued infections from Hookworm. This has prompted some dog owners to speculate that the mild doses of ivermectin and pyrantal in Heartgard are merely innoculating the hookworms against the anthelmintic medications and not killing them. This possibility, combined with the fact that dog feces are always around -- and the fact that we can't really disinfect our back yards, let alone all our walking trails, our friend's yards and the parks we visit -- hooks will remain a constant battle.
  24. Twenty ticks!? Holy cow, that's a tick farm! You know, we've just found Frontline to be less effective in recent years. We see tick after tick attaching even a few days after application. The instructions on the Seresto collars say to tighten the collar so that you can insert two fingers between the collar and your dog's neck. We have our collars behind their normal Martingale collar on their neck, closer to the tail. We want the medication to spread via the natural film on the dog's skin backwards to the rest of their body. The collars take 48 hours to really be effective but last for eight months. Reports on their effectiveness seem to be stellar, with no adverse reactions and very high rates of effectiveness.
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