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  1. I've had pretty average weight greyhounds. My male were Hobbes at 73lbs, Wally was 68lbs and Cole is 70lbs. My 2 females were average too, both 60lbs. My heaviest foster was 90lbs, and he seemed huge to me. I had another foster that was straight off the track and quite lean who weighed 82lbs. He was much taller then the other one but a much different body structure. I couldn't even imagine 102lbs for a greyhound.
  2. Very neat! My husband is a pilot and recently brought me home a trading card from the Ottawa airport. Apparently all the airport dogs are getting them across Canadian airports to collect. I hope he finds a greyhound one day.
  3. I've owned 5 greyhounds over the last 12 years and fostered 17 straight off the track within the last 2. Most important thing is Relax. If you're stressed and anxious they will be too. When you first bring your dog home make sure it eliminates before going inside the apartment. Once you bring the dog in, keep it leashed to initially explore around the apartment( first 10 minutes or so). If you have a male watch for signs they may mark on furniture. (Sniffing a spot and then going to lift a leg). If you see it, say No and move the dog away and outside. From personal experience it only usually takes a couple days for them to figure out house breaking as long as you set them up for success. In the beginning I do a lot of short bathroom breaks. They go out a lot more frequently then I would an established hound. They go out pretty much any time they've been sleeping and then get up or if I notice any pacing. Always praise for doing their business outside. Utalize the crate if you can't actively watch them. Most greyhounds will not ask to go out when they need to, as they've never been required to. Pacing, whining, panting and not settling down to sleep is very common and normal the first day or two. I'd say the vast majority of the fosters I had wouldn't lay down initially until put in the crate, also expect some noise and whining the first couple nights. If you adopt a dog that is fostered already they probably will be far more comfortable in the home environment then a dog straight off the track. Keep walks really short and try to keep to quieter areas at first. Less is more in the beginning. I've often seen with new adopters, that they will bring the dog all over the first couple days, so impressed how their brand new dog is handling city life. Then two to three days later they can't get the dog to leave the apartment and can't understand what happened. Simply the dog was overwhelmed and once they figure out what will happen once they go out, they put the breaks on. On that note don't overwhelm the dog inside either. Let sleeping dogs lie, as the saying goes, let it come to you for affection. Go about your normal routine as best you can and give the dog space to just figure things out on its own. Some will be velcro hounds that follow you everywhere and then some hide out in the crate and want nothing to do with you and then there everything in the middle of that. All will settle with time and patience. Everyone's day will be different but this is basic routine, obviously you'd adjust it for your schedule and your dogs needs. Get up, go outside with dog to potty right away, feed breakfast, get ready for the day, potty/walk again, go to work, (possibly use a dog walker midday if long work day), potty break/walk when you get home, feed dinner, potty break/short walk before bed. The majority of greyhounds don't have SA. If you do have a long work day it's something you should discuss with your adoption group so they can find you a dog that is more comfortable being alone from the start. To help a dog out though have lots of comings and goings in the beginning and don't make any fuss about it. I've found just jumping in to my regular routine works best although I know a lot of people like to take off the first few days to week to get the dog adjusted to home too. I will say it's easier for me as I have two resident greyhounds that show the fosters the ropes and also just the familiarity of another greyhound being around helps with the transition to home life. Good luck and do post when you get your hound
  4. Personally I like 2 better then 3. I've been fostering greyhound for about a year and a half now, so I often have my 2 and a foster at home. I know it might not be a fair comparison as the fosters are always in a transition and not settled into home life yet, but I find it easier with just my 2. Some of the fosters I've been very tempted to keep despite this, lol. I don't find much difference at meal times and for the most part they've all got along fine. The biggest thing for me is walking 3, I know lots of people do it successfully but I find walking 2 is pleasurable, 3 is a chore. I don't have time to do 2 separate walks and untangling leashes is a pain. I also don't have room in my car for 3 dogs which is probably the biggest reason I didn't foster fail with a third. I could buy a bigger car but that's another expense along with more food and vet bills. You could always try fostering to see if 3 dogs would be a good fit for your home.
  5. I completed renamed my first 2 greyhounds. This was before I was aware they actually knew their names. My 3rd dog I had planned to rename as the adoption kennel had her name down as "risk" and that wasn't happening, lol. But when I got her paperwork, hand written on the top was "Corinna". She definitely responded to it and it was clear that is the name she was being called. I liked it and kept it. My 4th greyhound Honey, knew her name very well. I wouldn't personally name a dog Honey but it does suit her perfectly so I didn't really consider changing it. My 5th was called Colt and knew it. I just changed it ever so slightly to Cole. I just think it has a nicer sound to it and he didn't seem to notice the change.
  6. Here is Cole as a 3 year old, with significant white on his face. Not as noticeable as she's a lighter colour Honey was completely white faced as a two year old.
  7. Great news! I lost my first to hemango, and although not confirmed, most likely lost my second greyhound to it too.
  8. greytluck


    I'm so sorry for your loss. Having lost a seemingly healthy greyhound in matter of hours, I know the tremendous pain you must be going through. Hugs. Run free River.
  9. She's 7 and has the kindest disposition. If I could have 3 dogs she wouldn't be leaving, lol.
  10. My foster Rico's Tihance. She's a beautiful broodie, inside and out. My boy Cole,looking as handsome as ever. multi image uploader
  11. greytluck


    I'm so sorry for your loss.
  12. I think space guarding is a very difficult thing to manage with kids around even in the best of homes.
  13. It could just me a matter of him getting used to kids and will relax in time or maybe not. I do think there are other greyhounds that would be more comfortable around kids to start with though. If I was you I'd want to get a greyhound that is happy around kids to begin with then have positive interaction with your grandchild to reinforce that attitude.
  14. I had greyhounds before I had children and my kids have always lived with a greyhound or two since. I never adopted a new greyhound when my kids were toddlers but the two I had were both very good with the kids. I constantly reminded the kids of the dog rules and always closely watched them around the dogs and never had a single issue. Now the kids are 5 and 8 so past that stage but we've adopted 2 hounds in the last year both of which would be fine with toddlers I'm sure.
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