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  1. I agree with greysmom's advice and would also suggest that you may find a slip leash helps with getting her out of her bed. Something like this. Here in the UK at any rate it would be what is used in greyhound kennels to move dogs from the kennel to the paddock, or whatever. It was what my adoption group suggested for Tiger, who had been returned from one home for bed guarding, and then bit me too, a week in. (I had failed to read his body language and realise how nervous and insecure he was feeling about beds, following life in a small and rather chaotic home where he wasn't given the space h
  2. What lovely news! Wishing you all many happy years together!
  3. Rather than leaving his collar and lead on I would invest in an inexpensive slip lead, like this. That's what the greyhound kennels advised me to do with Tiger, who came to me with a reputation for bed guarding. The kennels explained that it was something already familiar for him, as it's what they use in greyhound kennels for turnouts, etc. It worked very well, though I haven't had to use it for a while - advice was to form a large loop, approach in a confident manner, drop over dog's head and tighten which talking in a cheery tone: "let's go, Tiger!" It worked a treat for us, while he w
  4. It's also a "blue moon," according to this article, i.e. the second full moon in a calendar month! Who knows what we might see tonight? Tiger says he really doesn't care, provided it doesn't try and get between him and his dinner!
  5. Just to say, the OP may even find that the group can offer holiday kennelling themselves - this is standard for the Greyhound Trust and some other UK greyhound adoption centres. Of course, Covid may have changed that. But do ask; the suggested donation is normally very reasonable, and my guys have always loved being back with their own kind, even if the conditions are more spartan than at home! And for me it's very reassuring to know that my dog's being cared for by people who know and love greyhounds so well. Re the nipping: my first dog Doc would nip when he played, and we also had the
  6. Looks like a greyt break, Tiger and I feel quite envious!
  7. In similar circumstances my vets have given me an old saline drip bag or so - these are nice thick plastic and big enough to slip over a bandaged paw. Cut the top off, then cut a row of five or six little slits an inch or so down, and thread through those something with a bit of give (they gave me some bandage I think, but strips cut from an old pair of tights also work) that you can tie in a bow when it's on. It's a bit clumsy but does work. You could also try to find a paw boot made for a big dog with fatter paws than a greyhound. Would need to be pretty loose not to risk the bandage co
  8. Sounds to me more like him waking up from a very vivid dream. Doc my first greyhound in particular had very vivid dreams when he first came to me. I can remember one occasion where he woke up howling, and couldn't be consoled for a couple of minutes - it was scary, as you say. Felt heartbreaking, too. At the time I thought it might have been him recalling some trauma from his racing life, but now I think it was more likely to be part of the process of him settling in to a new life. Must be frightening sometimes to wake up somewhere so different to your old kennel and kennel mates. I would
  9. My dear Ken, enjoying himself in the park last November - I used this shot as my 2019 Christmas card: Very sadly he had to leave me in February, still aged only eight: I wrote him a tribute here. I had a red brindle before him, my first greyhound Doc; when he died I can remember telling the adoption kennels that I wasn't ready for another brindle, not wanting to find myself out on a walk and looking down at a brindle back that wasn't Doc's. Hence Ken, with his gleaming black one! When I went to find a successor to Ken, I ended up with a brindle once more - this time
  10. I think it looks like a sebaceous cyst too. Don't squeeze, as Macoduck says, but I don't think it would hurt to try applying a warm damp compress (a wrung-out flannel or similar) for a few minutes, maybe several days running, to see if that encourages it to open up and drain. And/or to try dabbing on a little witch hazel, using a ball of cotton wool.
  11. Could they be sebaceous cysts? I can recall Doc having these occasionally. There is a summary of the various kinds of skin lumps and bumps dogs can get here; seems pretty comprehensive, and helpful, even if it is on a dog food manufacturing website not a veterinary one!
  12. Good luck to you and Grace! Doc and Ken both grew to be okay with having their nails clipped, but I ended up acquiring an electric grinder for Ken because it was so difficult to see how much to cut away with his dark nails. Hopefully once Grace's are back under control you will find regular sessions with the grinder prove adequate. If not, are you anywhere near your adoption kennels? If and when those reopen to visitors the staff would I am sure be happy to clip them in return for a small donation. Ours used to set up a "nail bar" at its open days and always did a brisk trade, using those guil
  13. No, but Ken my old greyhound had recurrent problems with swollen and bleeding nail beds in particular, and would also develop a sore patch on his nose. They would go away when treated with antibiotics, and we assumed initially that he was just prone to infections, but when we eventually saw a specialist dermatologist, she diagnosed mucocutaneous lupus, which affects areas of damp tissue - nail beds, nose, lips, etc. It was an immune issue but one that could be sorted out quite easily, initially with steroids to sort out the inflammation and then a tetracycline antibiotic. He was on the latter
  14. That's greyt news - well done Skelly! Thanks for the update.
  15. Regular exercise and supplements are important, I agree. So too is keeping them warm, and letting them lie soft - i.e. cosy supportive beds, out of draughts. Plus a housecoat or greyhound pyjamas maybe for winter nights, if your heating goes off then. Glad they are enjoying the sardines Other kinds of oily fish will be popular and helpful, too.
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