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  1. Sounds good to me. I agree that as has already been said, if you have had her for a month this is probably her getting more comfortable with her new life, and seeing what boundaries she might be able to push. I can still remember at this stage coming into the living room and finding my old dog Doc sitting on the chaiselongue (forbidden territory because there wasn't room for both of us on it), looking very pleased with himself! I was hard put to it not to laugh but instead look stern and tell him no, this rule wasn't going to change. I wonder if for the incident where your OH was lying on the ground, and also perhaps when he squealed at the table, she was simply trying to incite play? To complicate the issue, some greyhounds will also do "happy growling" - Doc was one of them. Usually it would be when he was being petted. It was a breathier sort of sound than a normal dog growl, more like a cat purring, and his eyes would look soft and loving, but nevertheless the first time he did so it gave me quite a turn! Anyway, best play safe while you are all still getting to know each other.
  2. Sounds as if it could be accurate to me - Pilot is 32 generations back, on that record, Fleece only 27. Five generations into forty years allows eight years for each, which is feasible. Indeed, sperm preservation would require reliable long-term refrigeration which only became available later in the nineteenth century: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refrigeration
  3. I clicked on this because Ken had a recurrent wart/sore on his nose which turned out to be one of the symptoms of muco-cutaneous lupus.* But it didn't look like that, and his main symptom was raw, inflamed nailbeds, which I take it Vonnie doesn't have? There are quite a few potential causes for a sore nose in a dog, including bacterial and fungal infections and even sunburn! Yes do get the vet to check it out, and maybe put some soothing cream on meanwhile - though that would need to be one it's safe for her to ingest, as inevitably she'll try to lick it off. *Which once we had got it diagnosed by a veterinary dermatologist proved easy enough to treat, and keep at bay.
  4. Those photos of Ken on Greyhound-Data I took when he was four and first came here - he is now eight and already very grey, not just his face but his legs and shoulders and all. From another past thread on Greytalk I gather that's often a characteristic of descendants of Molotov, a prolific American sire who was his grandfather.So these days I often call Ken my silver fox If you look up my old dog Doc on greyhound-data - there's a link in my signature - he was Irish again and one of the comparatively few dogs descended from Wilby, rather than Pilot. He was a brindle and a quite stunningly handsome chap! Both of them can count I'm Slippy amongst their ancestors.
  5. Nadine, I am so sorry. Please pass on my condolences to your sister, too. Run free, pretty Fibi - taken much too soon
  6. I use a baby wipe, once a week; works well and is gentle. Neither of my two ever seemed to get very dirty ears! I tend to associate those with lowerslung dogs with dangling heavily furred ears, like spaniels. Some UK greyhounds used to be very sensitive when first adopted about having their ears handled, because their tattoos would be checked whenever they raced, not that gently. Probably less of an issue now that they are all microchipped. Doc in particular grew to l-o-o-v-e having his ears handled and would groan with pleasure as the babywipe did its work. Silly boy!
  7. Yes, please let us know how the poor chap's doing! I forgot to mention that last year Ken somehow managed to fracture a wrist bone; that needed heavy bandaging initially, which our vet insisted on checking and changing it every three days or so, for the same reasons as greysmom. We had I think two changes and then it came off, because she was worried that even with these precautions it was beginning to chafe him. After that we were able to cope with no bandage, and me restricting exercise and preventing him jumping around. But whether that's feasible for Gré will depend on just which bone is broken, and how badly I guess.
  8. Can I second the recommendation to find a veterinary dermatologist? Ken suffered, off and on, with swollen and bleeding nailbeds for too long. Our vet and I initially thought they were just prone to infections and would put him on antibiotics, they would clear up and then after a few months flare up again. His nails never fell off but he also sometimes had a sore spot on his nose. Then the vet at the practice changed and the new one sent us to see their specialist dermatologist. She took scrapings but ended up diagnosing something called muco-cutaneous lupus by a process of elimination - as KF_in_Georgia says there are a cluster of conditions that can affect nails, and nailbeds. Our specialist says the muco-cutaneous lupus is one she has seen quite often in greyhounds and whippets here in the UK. The good news is, it's easy to treat - a short course of steroids to get his paws and nose back to normal, and now just twice-daily doses of nicotinamide (vitamin B3) and oxytetracycline (an antibiotic). Those aren't expensive, are simple to give as pills, and keep him in fine form.
  9. I wonder if applying manuka honey could help? That promotes granulation of open wounds and so speeds the healing process; it has antiseptic properties too. I'm just not sure how well it could work under a close, heavy dressing. Do discuss it with your vet; it was mine who put me onto its use originally.
  10. Is there a physical reason why his/ her feet are sensitive - e.g. allergy, infection? Or have they been roughly handled in the past? With Ken I suspect it was a bit of both. I don't think he got the best of treatment while training/ racing - he came into the rescue with flat feet and bleeding and swollen nail-beds, it was thought as the result of neglect and infection. The nailbeds responded to antibiotics, but then kept on flaring up again after I adopted him. Eventually a dermatology specialist diagnosed muco-cutaneous lupus - his nose was also affected - which mercifully is easily kept under control with vitamin supplements and antibiotics. Understandably therefore he was very sensitive about having his feet handled, and as he is a black dog with black nails I was also nervous about using clippers on those, as I had with Doc. I didn't think he would bite me - he is a sweet-tempered creature - but like you I felt it was key to build trust. So I actually left his nails alone for the first couple of months, then got a dremel, then we went through a process of desensitisation involving numerous treats. Sit on bed with him (in the evening = relaxed and sleepy after his dinner), touch feet, get him comfortable with lots of praise and treats. Accustom him to sound of dremel running, ditto. Introduce using the dremel, just a touch or so at first, more treats. It took a while, and I tried not to stress about the state of his nails meanwhile. It probably helped that I needed to bathe his feet sometimes, when we thought the nailbed flareups were down to infections. Soon enough he began to associate me handling his feet with making him more comfortable, and was able to relax.
  11. My old dog Doc coursed and killed a squirrel once on a walk in our local park. The death was very quick - he grabbed it by the neck and shook it like one of his stuffed toys. That broke its neck and it died instantly I think, though it was still twitching a bit when I ran up myself. I think Trev probably did exactly the same with his rabbit. Like Trev Doc surrendered his rabbit to me straight away - didn't want to maul it or anything. Like you, I told Doc off but was not actually cross with him - as you say, it's a basic instinct, reinforced by thousands of years of selective breeding. In a funny sort of way while sorry for the squirrel (a silly young one who kept running across the grass, instead of up a tree) I felt privileged to have seen that instinct kick in. Doc was so swift, and so effective, and of course so pleased with himself afterwards. I think you can anticipate Trev wanting to check out that particular bush again on future walks for quite a while! But it sounds as if it may have been a largely opportunistic kill; how strong would you say his chase instinct is, in general? Some greyhounds have a much stronger one than others - Ken's is quite weak, compared to Doc's. But Ken too would grab and shake a rabbit or squirrel if he found one in a bush, I expect. Even with Doc I was able to work on this; we had reached a point where I could just scan the horizon for squirrels on walks; if I saw them first I had time to say "Doc!" and get his attention before he went into chase mode. But that morning it was raining heavily, and he spotted it first.
  12. Such happy houndies, nothing like getting out and about again!
  13. She is looking up at you so hopefully in the second photo! Suggested caption: "So, I can keep this one, can't I?"
  14. what a sweetie! Welcome home, Cletus!
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