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  1. How long has your son had Shamus? How often does the GF stay over? Girlfriends are replaceable, dogs are not...so I applaud your son for saying that Shamus is here to stay! It could be that he just needs more time to settle in. Or the dog could be cold. Does he use a crate at night? Where does Shamus sleep?
  2. You were all lucky to have found each other. He was a special dog. I especially enjoy the photo of the three pups lined up, going for a walk. Run free, faithful friend. 💔
  3. Gabby, the airedale puppy, had a negative fecal test today. Hurray! We will still do more more dose of panacur next week and test again in about a month just to be sure its really gone.
  4. This is correct. The policy renews based on the date the policy was first opened, even if those dogs are no longer with you. We had an increase on our policy this year, then moved a few miles away to a different zip code and saw a second increase. We have the most expensive plan ($100 deductible with 90% coverage) so we pay $150/mo for our two dogs.
  5. In my situation, ignorance was bliss. I didnt know about Greytalk until after I adopted Grace. I lived in a second floor studio in downtown Seattle. I adopted a dog right off the track who hadnt been fostered. I didnt know how she did with cars, stairs, elevators, noise, small dogs, non-greys, etc. When we got to my apartment, it was just me and Grace. We went to the grass patch a block away to pee, then went to the back door. I said to her -lets go girl- and walked right up. I didnt hesitate, and she went right up. We also had no idea if shed have separation anxiety. She was fine, and turned out to be my heart dog. She was perfect. On the contrary, my brother lived in Manhattan and for the first few weeks he had his grey, he had to carry him up and down three flights of wooden interior stairs. After a few weeks, he decided that he hated being carried so learned to do them on his own. He and his girlfriend had to work as a team at first, one at the bottom and the other at the top...hes only go up unleashed at first. Once he figured them out, he was fine.
  6. If the panacur doesnt clear them up this round, Im going to move Tess to the advantage multi/Drontal plus rotation, every two weeks. Ive been spraying wondercide in the spots where they have pooed, every time I pick up (twice a day or when I see them go - we have a dog door). I hope the panacur worked for the puppy. We will know on Tuesday.
  7. Well this is fun. We have had Tessie since Labor Day of 2017. She had hooks when we got her. Treated with Panacur several times, had two negative fecal tests in December and February. Haven't tested since then, since her bowel movements have been fine and since she had not one, but two negative fecals. We also faced a winter in Denver, plus moved to a new house. I took her in for her annual appointment last week and she tested positive for hooks. Not a huge infestation, but "a handful" (I think maybe 3-4) on the slide....so I think that's maybe a 1+ or 2+??? We also just got an airedale puppy. Gabby was born 7/1/18 and is from a breeder in Arkansas (hot and humid). Her first fecal at 9 weeks old was negative. With Tessie's positive hook test, we took another sample in from Gabby this week and that one was positive. She's now 11 weeks old. We are treating both dogs with two doses of Panacur. If that doesn't work, we will try the Advantage Multi/Drontal protocol and see where that lands us. I also just ordered Wondercide for the yard. With a puppy and a dog door it's impossible to keep them from pooping in the yard, though we will try to reduce it as much as possible and clean up as quickly as possible, with a minimum of twice a day.
  8. We moved three miles to a new zip code and our rates increased by $5 per dog. Ill still keep them insured though.
  9. Marvi-o-cart 🤣 I hope starvin Marvin and you are doing well!
  10. Hi Robin! Great to see you. Beau, Teddy and Chloe are your pups that I remember best. Im sorry for so much loss, but also happy to see youve adopted new puppers too.
  11. Ooohhhhh if its not to late I really need a new sig.
  12. Fenway battled chronic kidney disease for many years. He ate well up until the last week, and then his appetite really shut off. For a while he ate regular dog food with lower protein amounts, towards the end he ate royal canons prescription diet, both kibble and canned. That last week I could still get him to eat lunch meat, fast food hamburgers, boiled hamburger meat, I cant temeber what else I tried but I spent a lot of money on human food that last week. His body was simply done. Wednesday he was lethargic and not eating. I took him in for blood work and urinalysis on Saturday. His numbers were so bad that they wanted me to hospitalize him. I declined, took him home, and gave sub q fluids. We let him go the next day. Without question, I knew it was time. My friend is an e-vet and was working that day, so we drove him out to see her. He got violently car sick all over the waiting room. It was time. I was afrisid Id have a hard time knowing. I knew.
  13. Yes, thoroughly check for compromised kidney function. We ultimately had to get a dog door for Fenway once his kidney disease progressed.
  14. We hated the whistle we had. Stopped paying monthly for it. Wasnt accurate at all. It would tell us a dog was out of the whistle zone when it was not. Tested the tracker several times and it couldnt locate the dog just blocks from home on a walk.
  15. I live in Denver and Tessie came to me through FORG (friends of retired greyhounds). Frank found his people through GPI in the Seattle area. I used to live in Seattle and Grace came through GPI. So many connections in the Greyhound world. I love it.
  16. Well hello brother! I see good looks run in the family. I will have to make sure we follow you on insta!
  17. The letter idea is cute. Keep doing what youre doing. Archie sounds like a sweet old man. Thats quite a bit of activity for an old guy, too! Just make sure its not too much, as he could be sore and painful.
  18. Welcome! I lived in a studio in Belltown Seattle when I first adopted Grace. Then moved to a townhouse - no yard - in Beaverton. I didnt know better at the time, so went to dog parks and they lived to tell the tale. My current grey, Tessie, is not a good candidate for dog parks. She is unpredictable around small dogs and very, very fast. Shes never been to a dog park, and I dont know that Ill ever take her. You will figure out what you are comfortable with.
  19. Home security is a major concern of DH. Weve had dog doors in all our houses for the last 6.5 years and have had no break in attempts. A locked 6 ft privacy fence with a Beware of Dog sign is hopefully a deterrent. We are also thinking of posting a sign that says Smile, You Are on Camera even if we dont actually install cameras. We have an elderly Airedale and a Greyhound right now. We have had everywhere from the 11x17 size to 11x23. Our current door is cut into our swinging human door and is the Hale brand 11x23 size with a double flap. We have it set as low to the ground as possible, due to our old man. If we were not concerned with elderly dogs needing the accommodation, we would have installed an 11x17 higher off the ground. We have had one cut into the house, one in the swinging door, and an insert in a slider in the past. The only one i didnt care for was the slider insert. We have never had anyone inside uninvited. We worried about a raccoon trying to get inside in San Diego, but they never did. None of our four dogs have ever brought in anything theyve killed (they dont kill much, one rabbit, one bird, one squirrel and one possum that was playing dead and not actually dead). The convenience outweighs the security risk for us. Especially with our last pup having kidney disease and needing frequent bathroom breaks.
  20. Tessie lied in her cat test. She was so shell shocked coming off the hauler that when she met the kitty she didnt react. Off she went to a foster home with a kitty. She woke up the next morning and went woah, what *is* you? And promptly chased the cat around the house. She is decidedly NOT cat safe. Shes not even cat trainable. She had to find another foster home that day.
  21. Thanks everyone. Ill look into all of these once we are moved and unpacked tomorrow.
  22. We are moving to a new house and its time for new beds. Please tell me your favorite beds and why. For a variety of reasons, we will not be getting slumberballs again. We will check our local Costcos for regular and bolster beds. Love those. In my 10+ years of dog ownership, those are still my favorite. Any other recommendations? Would love to stay under $100 as we have found that even the pricier beds dont last forever. Thank you! I did try a search for this topic, however you cant search the term bed. Too short. So here we go again!
  23. I agree! Im not worried about the $250 or $500 visits. Im not even worried about the $2000 visits. Im worried about the $8k surgery or the $10k amputation. Thats what I have insurance for. If i pay then more than they pay me, great! That means healthy dogs. Its paid for all three of our insured dogs monthly rates with just the policy we have for our 12 year old Airedale.
  24. gracegirl


    Im so sorry for your tragic loss, Pam. What horrible people to do that to a dog.
  25. Healthy Paws just reached via email to see how our elderly Airedale is doing after his dental surgery. Their customer service is on par with Nordstrom and cannot recommend them highly enough!
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