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  1. There's some helpful advice + photos here. I have always understood that you want to see/ feel just a hint of hip bone when you run your hand over the dog's back, and the last couple of ribs. Look also for a 'condition line' running across the ribs at low level - it's very visible on the photo of the healthy-weight fawn dog whose photo is top left on the link. Sounds to me like a bit of portion control is probably in order, going forward! On the other hand, muscle weighs more than fat so if he was sitting around in kennels before you adopted him, and is now getting more walks, he may have been building muscle. If you are in doubt, ask your vet - in my experience, UK vets are usually pretty good on what a greyhound should look like, having come across plenty in vet school. Mine have always been happy for me to go in and get one weighed in passing and free of charge, and even throw in the odd treat = "happy" vet visit, which will help make future ones less fearsome. Of course, Covid may well have changed that.
  2. Not something I have needed to do myself - hopefully someone else has and will be able to chip in, but be aware that there are relatively few UK-based members of Greytalk. Here is a link to the official UK government advice, you do have to have the health certificate. You could try asking around some other vets, to see if any offer a better deal.
  3. What a handsome chap! And settling in so quickly. I wish you many happy times together.
  4. You might have a greyhound if, as the pair of you take a walk, passers-by call out "where's his jockey?"
  5. Greyt story! This picture in particular of Lewis crashed out on board with his toy is just
  6. Ouch - that must have been quite a shock to both your systems, as well as your wallet! Hope she is feeling fully recovered this morning.
  7. I am so sorry for your sudden loss. She was clearly a very sweet, very special girl. Run free dear Rosie!
  8. If you Google 'lady greyhound brooch' and/ or 'lady greyhound pin' and then click on 'images' many many different designs will be shown as photos, with links to the webpages those come from. I hope you will be able to identify your design, and maybe even somewhere to buy a new one!
  9. I am so very sorry for your loss of your sweet boy. Run free, dear Aiden!
  10. I am so sorry for your sudden loss. She was clearly a very special girl, who enjoyed a wonderful life with you. Run free sweet Petunia!
  11. At two weeks your home is still very new to him, he is learning about his new life and what's expected of him; with mine I've found it takes a month or so for them to realise "I am home!" (and then, usually, feel confident enough try a bit of boundary testing - e.g. jumping on the furniture....). It could take longer than that if he is a shy boy, and even if he isn't you can expect to see new aspects of his character emerging as he settles in and develops a bond with you. I would continue to work on the alone training, taking care to be as calm as you can yourself as you come and go because he will pick up on your stress otherwise. It sounds good to me that you have outdoor space available as an alternative, if need be, and that he enjoys hanging out there. It's not usual to leave a greyhound out of doors in the UK or the USA, but your climate is different! And your adoption group suggested that solution, after all. As I understand it, many Australian racing greyhounds spend much of their time out of doors so it may be that he feels most comfortable right now sticking with what he is used to. Just make sure it is secure, as well as the precautions you mention - you wouldn't want him jumping out, after a passing cat, or someone coming and letting him out by accident, or even stealing him. That said - as he settles in he will probably become more comfortable with being inside, with or without you. So again, work on the alone training, and also on encouraging him to enjoy indoors when you are around - set him up a nice comfy bed where he is at no risk of being stepped on, but can observe what's going on, and reward him for staying there with kindly talk ('Are you liking that bed now? That's right! Good boy!') and the odd treat. I expect sooner rather than later he will realise what a much nicer and more interesting place indoors is to be!
  12. I am sorry you are having to deal with this, it must feel very worrisome. If you are in England or Wales (Scottish legal system is separate, and rather different) check out a solicitor called Trevor Cooper who is a specialist in dog law and often mentioned on rescue forums. There is lots of information on his website, or if you don't find an answer there you can contact him.
  13. What a good idea! And the photos both of the walks and of Buddy are lovely. I wish you much fun and lots of success with this project It is nice and practical too, with the information about steps, loos, route lengths etc. The only suggestion I'd make is that it'd be nice to have the map show the walking route as well as the location. This *is* possible to do, using Google My Maps - not sure about Mapbox.
  14. What a lovely girl - many congratulations!
  15. Truly an excellent adventure, Aiden! Nice to see you enjoying your nap, too.
  16. Yes, the cable car ride is only a few minutes - it would have to be the London Eye if you want a champagne experience, MerseyGrey. I have been up in that at sunset and it was sensational, even without champagne. No dogs allowed however, except assistance dogs. Our three were all very chilled about the various modes of transport, with Tiger in particular wanting to lie down and stretch out whenever there was an opportunity. All of them were tired by the end of the day - when the smallest dog happily jumped into her owner's bike basket for a ride home!
  17. Yes! I lead walks for my local Women's Institute - with Tiger, and before him Ken, as mascot - and a while back we did a lovely one from Paddington Basin along the towpath of the Regent's Canal to end up in Regent's Park, with a couple of other dogs coming along too. It's a beautiful park with a very nice cafe, though dogs aren't allowed in the formal parts such as the stunning Queen Mary's Rose Garden. We are really lucky in London, with good public transport links to lots of wonderful parks and more and more nice walking trails too - it makes arranging the WI outings a lot of fun! With Covid we have faced restrictions - no group outings, no non-essential travel on public transport - but now happily things are opening up again. For the next one we're going to walk a section of the Wandle Trail and then explore Beddington Park, which is big and beautiful, and includes a Tudor manor house (now a school), an eighteenth-century dovecote, and a Victorianised medieval parish church. So dog-friendly is it that when I went to check it out Tiger was even allowed inside the church with me to check out the William Morris screen! Volunteers were running a cafe with tables in the pretty churchyard which will make a nice coffee stop at the end of our walk. For the time being I'm happy sublimating my travel urges into arranging day outings like this. We are lucky to have so much on our doorsteps to explore, and it feels too much of a hassle to arrange anything longer/further away when as MerseyGrey says I could well end up needing to cancel/ reschedule. PS TIger wants you to know that last month on one especially exciting recent WI outing he and two other adventurous dog friends rode on a train, inspected art installations along The Line walk, flew high above the Thames in a cable car, and finally caught a Thames Clipper boat home!
  18. A spoonful of raw porridge oat flakes (straight from the packet) sprinkled on top of a meal works well here. Beet pulp (a byproduct from sugar beet processing) is also helpful - and included in many dry kibbles. Both are a good source of fibre, and liquid-absorbent. But I would always expect a second poo on a walk to be a bit runnier, because exercise gets everything moving.
  19. It's your day, sweet Jagger - celebrate it however you want!
  20. It's early days, but it sounds as if she is settling in really well with you. As time goes on, this behaviour may well die away - having her very own human is a novelty for her, and she is also still learning to feel secure within your household routines. My Tiger from early on chose to take himself off to another room for some quiet time quite regularly, from early on. Ken and Doc, his predecessors would do so more occasionally. They are all different characters!
  21. The Kew greyhound I'd say looks rather like Popeye, in that photo - it's partly the angle, showing off his big chest. I remember taking a front-on snap of his twin at Hampton Court together with Doc, both managing to look quite dignified! They're very 1950s, I agree they look a bit cartoonish now but really rather endearing.
  22. Just released by the UK's Royal Mint - a commemorative coin featuring all the Queen's Beasts, shown below in a rather monstrous 10-kilo gold version. That's already sold, but smaller versions can be had. More details in this article from today's Guardian. I've always been very fond of the Queen's Beasts, a set of sculptures designed by James Woodford to stand outside Westminster Abbey at Elisabeth II's coronation in 1953. The originals are in Canada, but there are sets at Hampton Court and Kew - view of the Greyhound of York at Kew below.
  23. Shouldn't be a problem, but you may need to teach your adoptee how to 'do stairs,' if s/he hasn't encountered them during kennel life. Mine have always cottoned on very quickly, with the aid of a few treats, but you should find more detailed advice if you search for 'stairs' within the training and behaviour section of Greytalk.
  24. I agree with the advice to take any food change slowly; a spoonful of porridge oats (straight from the packet) sprinkled over each meal is another good way of firming things up. But it is normal for poos to get softer as a walk continues, as others have said. Exercise loosens things up! I expect the Dogs Trust wormed him prior to adoption but it might be worth checking - worms are one of the things that can make a dog skinny and his poos loose. Tiger eats Autarky White Fish and Potato, a grain-free food made by Dodson & Horrell. He had had a bout of pancreatitis prior to me adopting him and so the kennels asked me to keep him on a grain-free food. He does well on it, anyway. My first greyhound did very well on Gusto, the Dodson and Horrell economy range. Their digestions differ, just like ours, so be prepared to experiment a little. You could also add a little extra protein to help put weight on - a raw whole egg, a small tin of sardines once or twice a week. That would be instead of the tinned dog food.
  25. Agree with MerseyGrey, make an appointment to get it checked out next week, because there are lots of things it could be, and try not to worry too much meanwhile! One thing she didn't mention was thyroid glands - he will have two of these, symmetrically placed either side of his throat. I'm sorry to say that when my old greyhound, Ken, developed a lump on one of these it turned out to be a thyroid tumour. These are not always bad news, some are benign but again something you want to get checked out (usually via a needle biopsy) swiftly. Ken's alas was an aggressive one and though we whipped it off as swiftly as possible, the cancer had already got into his bloodstream and we only had a few more months together. I find UK vets are usually in fact quite greyhound-savvy - apart from anything else they are usually exposed to a fair few in vet school - but you will find some handy greyhound-specific health information here
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