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  1. For those GT'rs that have been around a while you won't want to miss this Sunday the 24th. November 24 was Rocket's birthday. Last year when he crossed over in October, his birthday was changed to "Spoil Your Hound Day." It was just a day to do something with your hounds like a special walk, or get them a special treat like ice cream or fries etc. Rocket would be proud to give other hounds any excuse to have food that was no good for them. Rocket's French Fry Day in April is also National French Fry Day. We love you and your beautiful wife Lexie forever Rocket! Never forgotten.
  2. I would not believe anybody but a specialist if they said a greyhound had a knee issue. I presented an 18 month old greyhound that I had seen take a bad step and scream and was totally lame in his hind leg to an emergency vet (name available on request). Said evet quickly diagnosed his knee being torn up and referred me to a specialist and sent us on our way. When I called the specialist I explained that the dog already had some sort of issue with the other hind leg and I feared he might go completely down waiting 2-3 weeks for an appointment. Therefore they expedited our visit. When I presented the dog to the orthopedic specialist (name available on request) in about 30 seconds he told me "Well, there is nothing the wrong with his knee. I don't know what's wrong with him but I will find out." About 10 minutes later he returned and said his leg was BROKEN. It was a tibial crest fracture. It turns out that it is EXTREMELY RARE for a greyhound to have any knee problems due to their wonderful strong leg muscles etc. Clearly the e vet that sent him home with a broken leg missed that lecture in vet school. So my poor guy suffered for a week with basically an untreated broken leg until the kind and skilled and, dare I say, knowledgeable specialist was able to see him and diagnose it. So if a vet told me a greyhound had a knee issue I would automatically think that vet was not the sharpest knife in the drawer and would try to find one that was actually knowledgeable.
  3. As a K9 Handler I would NOT call Amelia an aggressive dog. I would however say that she is a little dog aggressive and so I would not allow her to freely interact with other dogs without being muzzled. And of course if she is muzzled than the others would need to be muzzled also. No biggie! Just muzzle her as appropriate. I can assure you she won't care as long as you don't use it as an excuse to baby or feel sorry for her wearing it. I doubt if she can be changed and I personally wouldn't try because IMO there really is no reason to. She is just being a dog. Some dogs are snarky with other dogs. Some dogs are dangerously aggressive to other dogs and attack them brutally. So you can see that Amelia is well on the "good" side of the spectrum. The other reason I would not try and change her is that it could interfere with the engagement and relationship you have and I would not risk damaging that for something as minor as Amelia's snarkiness. If she was aggressive she would have brutally attacked them or at least done significant damage so fear not she is still a very good girl. The level of snarkiness you described above IMO is just dog communication. To me it would just be a minor management issue-thats why they make muzzles.
  4. Sounds to me like you are probably right and that it is a cyst or growth or something. If its a bleeder growth of some sort or a ruptured cyst though it should probably be removed so I would definitely try to find a competent vet to examine it. Hope she gets better soon!
  5. More good news! greyt! A broodie is the perfect companion for Bella!!!! The broodie will show her confidence and believe me Bella will notice. Winnie is already doing that by laying on the 'scary' bed. Let me know how long it is before Bella decides it's not scary after all hehe.
  6. Glad to hear such good news! The Rescue Remedy won't hurt even if she doesn't need it. That is one of the great things about flower essence therapy. If they don't need a particular remedy it won't hurt anything. Just the opposite of homeopathy where it could cause the individual to "prove" the remedy. So rest assured it won't hurt her and sounds like it will really help her. One thing I wanted to comment regarding the lawnmower backfire. When they react like that it causes a great deal of those fear chemicals like cortisol to be dumped into their blood stream. It takes at least a day or so to clear out and in bad cases can take weeks. They will be fine but are likely to be more nervous than normal for a while right after the incident. So don't worry if sometimes it looks like she has regressed-just give her time and opportunity to let those fear chemicals work out of her system. Giving her the yummy treats whenever she does something positive and even for no reason other than looking at you and engaging with you is one of, if not the, best thing you can do to help her! Clearly you have already established a 'connection' with her and you know what she needs better than anybody. Always try to communicate to her that you will protect her and that she doesn't have to worry as long as you are around. It will make a tremendous difference. For e.g. if she is afraid of an approaching dog or human don't coddle her, but do let her retreat behind you if she is more comfortable doing that etc.The result will be that ultimately she is fearless about going for walks or of approaching scarey people or dogs because she has learned that you will protect her if necessary-and over time she will learn that. And when she begins to exhibit this confident behavior reward and you will increase it even more. If you try and force her to be social with them you will just increase her fear and make ie an even more negative experience. Always set your dog up for success. Arrange activities etc. so they always associate them with something positive and good. I think all is well and this will ultimately turn out to be a match made in heaven Enjoy your new princess and keep in touch Thanks for sharing!
  7. I have had 10 greyhounds so I am familiar with them. It sounds to me that she just hasn't settled in and needs TIME. You are correct in the massive change that has been thrust upon her. It would be like somebody taking you to a different planet! I had a male name Goldie that was far worse than your girl. He was so scared and terrified of everything. I had to feed him in a back bedroom generally in the dark because he was too scared to eat near other people or dogs in another part of the house. He would hide back there until I went and got him and made him leave with me. He would cower in his kennel when approached. It was plain sad. I would go back to the bedroom and harness him up and TAKE him with me on walks and even to MAKE him sit with me on the sofa or the living room etc around family loving on him and heavily rewarding him constantly. I also gave him Bach's Rescue Remedy 4 drops once or twice a day. After a few weeks there was noticeable improvement. He did much better as time went on and wasn't so scared all the time anymore. Then I adopted an extremely dominant and even aggressive-to people and dogs- greyhound. Slim had been starved nearly to death and was found in a pen with other starving dogs including at least one rottweiler-which he frankly had to fight in order to get any food at all to survive. Anyway Slim didn't really care one way or the other about Goldie and was NOT aggressive to him. However Goldie could not help but notice Slim's outward shows of confidence and aggression to other dogs and people on walks or that would come to the house or even the squirrels outside. Gradually Goldie began to take an interest in the squirrels etc and stopped behaving fearfully pretty much all together. He seen Slim confidently go to people and get treats and figured he would try it! Things like that. Then the next thing you know Goldie became markedly confident and outgoing! Even his bark changed. When I first got him and he was so fearful he would basically have a little squeak of a bark. After being with Slim a while he barked a big deep man dog bark. It was amazing. So said all that to say this. IMO she probably just needs more time. I would insist she walk with me etc but I would reward heavily with prized high value rewards(cheapie rewards don't work) when she did. I would not get a new dog just yet as she has had enough changes in a short period of time. But after she starts to improve in a year or so a very confident and outgoing dog may very well help her. NEVER CODDLE, SOOTHE, OR REWARD HER WHEN SHE IS EXHIBITING FEARFUL BEHAVIOR OR YOU WILL INCREASE IT. Only reward and praise her when she does something positive to push through it. For e.g. if you make her sit beside you for a few minutes. Don't reward her if she tries to leave etc. MAKE her sit there for a short time at first then increase longer time. After she does it then praise and reward. Don't use the food to lure her outside for a walk etc. TAKE her outside on the leash and then when she complies then reward her. She will learn that going out is a good thing and eventually will want to. Be very careful you do not reward fearful behavior. Do not correct it either. That would only make it worse. Just IGNORE any behavior you don't want and it will eventually extinguish itself. Now I'm not saying she can make the amazing leap that Goldie did and I'm not saying she won't either. But she hasn't even had a chance yet. Honestly it took probably 2 or 3 years before Goldie went from basically a spook to being a confident, outgoing happy dog. However he improved all along the way and it created such a loving bond between us! The whole experience was a blessing. It's all good. Just give your girl a lot of time with few demands. BTW after 2 years I was able to quit giving him the daily Rescue Remedy because he didn't need it anymore. Normally that is not given for such a long period of time but I figured it was an extreme case and required extreme measures hehe so I did give it to him everyday and I do believe it helped. Also my first greyhound Ivy required nearly a whole year before she came out of her shell and blossomed into the angel that she was. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen- to watch her go through that. It was like watching a rose blossom. She was never fearful etc and was friendly but she was always reserved-would trance etc- and then one day, after around a year, it was like a rose opening up and she just blossomed into the most beautiful loving confident hound! You wouldn't want to miss that journey if that is where your girl is ultimately headed. I would encourage you to give her a lot more time. Something tells me that you have not caught even a glimpse yet of her true beauty! Please keep in touch and let us know how she is doing.
  8. My heart is breaking for you. Perhaps he will send you a sign to reassure you. Your love was so strong he could never leave you. He may teach you from the other side. Love is energy and therefore it cannot be destroyed by death or anything else. Your Algy is spirit. Only his body died. But the Algy you loved is completing his journey on the other side and while he can't be with you in body any longer he will be with you in spirit. Be open minded and look for the signs he may send you. And don't doubt them-they ARE real. He will teach and guide you. Until we meet again.. You say that all you have left are memories but this is not so. You see, when I took leave of my earthly body I left a little something behind for you. You can't touch it, hold it or examine it, for what I left behind is far too uninhibited for confinement. I left in your tender care a piece of my soul. I placed it right next to your own which is quite fitting as we were always side by side in our earthly life together. I love you too much to have left you with nothing but memories that tend to fade and grow cloudy as the years go by. I love you too much to have vanished without a trace. How selfish it would be of me to remove love and light from your life. I understand your tears, each one you shed is testament to your love for me and I am honored and humbled. But don't forget the good things we shared - remember and smile. This is an honor for me as well. When you need me I will be here. Close your eyes, relax, take slow, deep breaths and picture me in your mind. Shut off the world and your notions of what you think death is and give me a chance. Look for the subtle signs I send you. Don't stop being proud of me, I am a friend to be proud of, I am still your friend and soul mate. Don't memorialize the death of my body but instead honor and celebrate my never-ending life for it is eternal and forever as is my love for you. Until we meet again... (Only part of a very long heart felt poem by Terri Oronato) The Way In the darkness I turned to go; my last day's done; I'll miss you so. No time even to say goodbye or to lock the tears spilling from your eyes. That's when I heard you call my name; I knew right then I must turn back to help ease your pain. Since I've no voice with which to speak, its whispers in your dreams I'll make. Ease your heart and rest your mind, my time with you was the best of kind. I couldn't have asked for a better friend, we've shared our journey to the very end. There's one final thing you need to know, I'll whisper in your ear before I go....."I'm leaving first to find the way...so I can lead you back here with me on your last day." -(SLong)
  9. racindog


    My deepest sympathy.
  10. Until we meet again.. . You say that all you have left are memories but this is not so. You see, when I took leave of my earthly body I left a little something behind for you. You can't touch it, hold it or examine it, for what I left behind is far too uninhibited for confinement. I left in your tender care a piece of my soul. I placed it right next to your own which is quite fitting as we were always side by side in our earthly life together. I love you too much to have left you with nothing but memories that tend to fade and grow cloudy as the years go by. I love you too much to have vanished without a trace. How selfish it would be of me to remove love and light from your life. I understand your tears, each one you shed is testament to your love for me and I am honored and humbled. But don't forget the good things we shared - remember and smile. This is an honor for me as well. When you need me I will be here. Close your eyes, relax, take slow, deep breaths and picture me in your mind. Shut off the world and your notions of what you think death is and give me a chance. Look for the subtle signs I send you. Don't stop being proud of me, I am a friend to be proud of, I am still your friend and soul mate. Don't memorialize the death of my body but instead honor and celebrate my never-ending life for it is eternal and forever as is my love for you. Until we meet again... (Only part of a very long heart felt poem by Terri Oronato)
  11. racindog


    When I seen Lexie's name in the topics my heart stopped and then flat sunk when I seen my worse fear was true. Thousands have admired her. She was so much more than 1 individual dog. Therapy helping people; super model; doting wife to Rocket; and especially BFF to all of her GT family. Her crossing over is profound on many levels. Of course she & Rocket are together as is fitting. It does make me happy to think how happy they are. I am sure she will always be a presence not just here on GT but in my life. I so admire her-she did it right. And I will never forget the Rocket-Lexie romance and marriage which it was a blessing to be a part of. They both had so much love-not only for each other-but for all of us as well. Love is energy like everything else and cannot be destroyed even by death. Only her body died. The real Lexie is a very special spirit that I am sure will continue to be a presence. Thank you so much Lexie! We love you and always will. "Some animals...leave a trail of glory behind them. They give their spirit to the place where they have lived, and remain forever a part of the rocks and streams and the wind and sky." - Marguerite Henry "Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality." ~ Emily Dickinson
  12. No worries! Been feeding raw for years-all kinds-and never a problem. Use common sense preparation for e.g. I clean the counters with Chlorox clean up after I fix their food etc. but that is pretty much it. Their bowls get washed in my dishwasher with my regular dishes. I don't feed chicken raw though because I really don't trust chicken. Feed everything else though including lots of turkey. One thing to be careful of is to make sure you feed the raw and the dry in separate feedings a couple hours apart. Raw goes through their system pretty quick. It is supposed to. That is why they don't get sick from it. It is pooped out before it can hurt them. On the other hand the dry food is designed to stay in their system in order to give them the opportunity to extract as many nutrients as possible from it because it is so much less nutritious than the raw among other things. If you feed it together it could cause an issue by slowing down the digestive process for the raw food and keeping any pathogens in their system long enough to maybe cause something. Now honestly- you might be able to feed it together forever with no problems. Or you might not. I just know that when this info was presented to me I thought it sounded reasonable and adopted the practice and in ~20 years of raw feeding have never had a problem. Raw is clearly the best IMO. You should see how beautiful my dogs teeth are! But anyway you can bring them right back in your home and they will not contaminate it.
  13. Great! I would say she is well on her way to her best life thanks to you. That is wonderful that you are treating her with the flower essences because they are effective for many dogs(and people). I would think that perhaps just time will be the thing that can help most now. Of course there is always a chance that her genetics may keep her frightful but I would not believe that at this point. You should have seen Goldie, that little male I adopted that was sooo terrified- it was sad. And slowly and surely he just improved and improved and ultimately was super stable and out going with a lot of confidence. So you just never know but one thing is sure they deserve the best chance we can give them to move past their current issues and it sounds like she is progressing slowly and surely and is quite blessed to have landed in your care. Don't know if you have ever read any of Patricia McConnell's (PhD) books but they are certainly enjoyable and I am pretty certain that would be a super good source of info for you on this. She is highly respected on a worldwide level. "The other end of the Leash" is a classic and there are booklets addressing specific topics as well. One that would probably be useful to you is "The Cautious Canine." I think Amazon carries them to. The website has videos and articles that would probably be helpful as well. http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/ As far as the harness I have not used a spook harness so I'm not sure what would work best for you. I would probably get this one because I have purchased from Majestic before and I know them to have very good products of very high quality: http://www.majesticcollars.com/harness.htm Keep in touch. We would love to hear how she progresses. I'm thinking she is really very special!
  14. I would be extremely concerned that it might be an abscessed tooth and would have that ruled out first and immediately. Teeth roots are close to the brain and abscessed teeth have killed humans and animals. The level of pain she was in is concerning as abscessed teeth are extremely painful. I also know from personal dental experience with my teeth that sometimes the antibiotics cannot clear certain dental infections because of poor blood supply to the infected area. Perhaps it was abscessed and the infection has 'moved' to somewhere the antibiotics can't be effective? I don't know. I do know however that an abscessed tooth is extremely serious-they can kill quickly. I would be consulting with a bonafide dental specialist(see links) immediately by phone or email and seeing what THEIR recommendation was for proceeding. One of them will help even if not in your area. I know some and the legitimate certified ones are are caring professionals. Be careful you don't fall victim to one of the general practice vets that claim to be dog dentists as there are quite a few that do. This is problematic for many reasons. Your pictures are excellent and maybe you could email them for them to look at. Whatever you do do it asap IMO. Also, admittedly, I would perhaps be over reacting but I am like a mother hen when it comes to my dogs and that attitude has served me well. https://www.avdc-dms.org/dms/list/diplomates-map.cfm#US_NC https://www.avdc-dms.org/dms/list/fellows.cfm
  15. First do whatever you have to in order to insure that she doesn't get away because that could be a death sentence. They make special harnesses called spook harnesses that they can't slip out of. I had one hound that I used to use TWO collars & TWO leashes with when I took him for walks so I could be sure he never got free. Second she most likely is behaving that way from genetics and lack of experience in the real world and not mistreatment of any kind. It is classic behavior and not uncommon. You didn't mention her age but she sounds like a young lady and that could be part of it too. I adopted a young male once that was so terrified but I also had a very calm and confident and outgoing male too. The nervous one steadily improved until years later he was outgoing and confident as well! Never would have thought it could have happened but with love and time it absolutely did. Even his bark changed from a little high pitched squeak to a big dog low wolf. I also gave him a few drops of Bach's Rescue Remedy everyday until he got a lot better. Bach's Rescue Remedy is a flower essence that is safe and has been effective in my experience for helping them get their energy balanced so they can become more stable. If it was me I would just make my objective for every walk to be something the dog associates good things with. Carry lots of really good treats and randomly feed them to her at different times during the walks if she'll eat them. And reward her when you pick up her harness and say some key word and banter in a squeaky voice and then when she gets back as well. Hopefully she will eventually make the connection that good things happen on walks and that will really help her moto and stress level. It takes TIME though. Don't rush things, placate her by talking to her in a squeaky voice and work on getting her as engaged with you as she can by feeding treats to her etc. If you can keep her properly engaged with you she won't see or react to a lot of the things that may scare her now. Three months is not that long and I wouldn't necessarily expect to have good engagement in such a short time. You want to get her to FOCUS on you; to learn that focusing on you brings treats and rewards and good things. And she will learn in so doing this that she doesn't need to be concerned with other things going on in the environment as long as you're there and that will really help. She will learn, if you develop good engagement, to almost be oblivious to other things in the immediate environment. Keep the dog focused on you and they won't see something to get upset about. All the stuff in her world is new to her; she hasn't been exposed to it all before so just give her some time. Three months is not long. I really believe things will work out for you two because she is lucky to have such a caring owner and love always wins! Enjoy your girl. Watching her grow and mature will be like watching a beautiful flower bloom. It is priceless. And since you are her foster once she improves and learns these things it will be easier for her to transfer them to a different human as well. BTW it goes without saying do NOT reward her for frightened behavior or it will encourage her to be that way and get much worse. You act calm, confident and neutral and show her and lead her through frights. Only reward her when she is NOT reacting to something in fear. Once she overcomes something then reward and celebrate the victory. Walking with you even if apprehensive is rewardable imo as long as she is not trying to flee or is out of control. A lot of dogs won't eat if they are too scared so if she will accept your treats at a reasonably quiet and uneventful time on your walks that is a good sign for sure
  16. Well Jaxson is the most good lookin' Letter Carrier I've ever seen! He looks so dapper in his new outfit!!!!!! Very cool hound!
  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!! beautiful lady!
  18. According to Dr. Katherine E. Queck, Fellow, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry they should be brushed EVERYDAY and she recommends using Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Dog & Cat Toothpastebecause she said she was aware of a study that showed its effectiveness- that it actually carries oxygen below the gum line. She also likes Ora-Vet gel. I use Ora-Vet gel on 1 dog and brush the other dogs teeth and also squirt on Petz-Life Oral Care spray occasionally because I know from personal experience it surprisingly is also very effective. She also said if you use the Ora-Vet then not to brush afterwards or you would brush it off. This regimen keeps my dogs' teeth beautiful, thank God.
  19. This! Macoduck is spot on. Hope Iggy starts improving rapidly. Let us know how she's doing.
  20. I always believe that 'if it works don't fix it." I am a BIG believer in Springtime's Fresh Factors and other products. THEY WORK. They are also SAFE. I wouldn't even consider switching to an Rx product or any other. There's no need. IMO nothing is better or more effective than the SAFE EFFECTIVE products Springtime offers. And that applies to allergy issues to, not just musculoskeletal stuff. I take Springtime products myself. I do sometimes supplement an older dog with microlactin from Swanson Vitamin company. I have found it to be an effective and safe(its a dairy product) anti-inflammatory that is marketed for dogs as "Duralactin." Much cheaper to get the non-trademark product from Swanson. It is tasteless and I get it in 500mg capsules and just sprinkle the contents from a capsule on their food twice a day when they are fed. The actual Duralactin tabs are kind of big and kind of hard so it might be objectionable to some dogs anyway.
  21. Attended some lectures on dental care by Dr. Queck, a fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry at Mountain Hounds in 2018. In a nutshell her main message was to caution us to take note of who we allowed to treat our dogs. She said that regular vets receive little to no dental education-just a few hours- and as a result they simply cannot provide a high level of care. She said they have no knowledge of how to perform established dental procedures e.g. root canals and that as a result if they see a "problem" tooth or multiple teeth they simply extract them all even when it is not necessary because that is as high as their skill level goes. She also cautioned that the extraction itself was actually a serious procedure that given their lack of dental knowledge could result in problems. I am very grateful for Dr. Queck's honesty because as a result I located a simply wonderful actual veterinary dentist that knows what is BEST for my dogs and knows how to do it so they get the best care possible. There are a number of reasons to seek out an experienced veterinary dentist that is certified by one of the legitimate veterinary dental societies. A word of caution per Dr. Queck: there are vets claiming to be dental specialist that are not just because they decided to call themselves that and focus to some degree on vet dentistry. Dr. Queck said that to actually achieve the established level required for fellowship in the AVD and similar that they actually have to demonstrate their ability and test/train even on a practical level-that it isn't just written. She also said that dental xrays demand a level of quality higher than your typical vets typical xrays and so you could very easily miss issues and not to be mislead by that. So thats another vote for using the bonified dental specialist: The good xrays from the specialist in my experience don't cost anymore than the 'cheap' ones from the general practice vet plus you can certainly have more confidence in their evaluation. https://www.avdc-dms.org/dms/list/fellows.cfm https://www.avdc-dms.org/dms/list/diplomates-map.cfm
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