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  • Birthday 11/09/1921

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  1. I don't have an outdoor bed because we don't spend time on the balcony, but I asked a friend who has a couple of Greys and a nice fenced yard. She has the Orvis sunbrella beds. They are expensive, but nice, and last a long time.
  2. I have always used Crisanthemums coats. I like that they are water resistant, but seem to not hold in the heat too much. I get the version with the snood. Mandy hated the rain and would often refuse to pee if it was raining too hard. When I purchased the raincoat, she wouldn't be thrilled about the rain, but would usually go outside. She had the same raincoat for more than six years and it was still in great shape. I would have used the same coat for Sammy, but he is so much bigger, it didn't fit. Instead, he got his own, larger coat from Crisanthemums. He's been wearing it for seven years and it looks great.
  3. I'm so sorry. I was going to say that he sounded almost exactly like a friend's Basset who had escalating aggression that turned out to be a brain tumor. RIP to your sweet boy and hugs to you.
  4. I am one who does not have a FB account and won't get one.
  5. Cuteness overload! Thanks for sharing!
  6. Sammy gives four paws up to Elaine's Pet Pillows beds. I give two thumbs up because they are 100% machine washable. He has an XL in my bedroom (that thing is HUGE and heavy) and a L in the living room. He's a digger, so I went with the stretchy fabric Elaine suggested and it has held up well for years.
  7. My Mandy had terrible corns on all four feet. Ironically, the huge corns seemed less painful than the small ones. At the time, Dr. Kellogg was in my area and would hull them (non surgical removal procedure). She also suggested keeping Mandy's paws treated with moisturizer. It didn't matter which moisturizer, so I would use plain Vaseline. I would wash her paws, slather moisturizer on each pad, wrap in cling film, then cover with toddler socks for about 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes, I would remove the sock and film and wash off each paw. I did this daily. It really seemed to help and made the corns that did grow easier to hull. Mandy also wore Therapaws on both back feet, but refused to wear them on the front. She wore them for seven years whenever we were outside. In fact, I was stopped more than once by people in adjoining neighborhoods asking if this was the "famous" Mandy who wore boots. Corns are awful. I hope you get Peggy's under control. She's a beautiful girl.
  8. I'm so sorry about Sidney. I know how hard it is. I lost my beloved Mandy a few weeks before Dewey in 2012. I decided to go because I was going to be miserable no matter where I was. At least I got a trip to the beach and got to love on lots of pups.
  9. I use a Kurgo bridge. Sammy wigs out with hammocks and I got the Greyhound Scream of Death when his foot slipped into the footwell that was stuffed with blankets and other soft stuff. The bridge is great. It's stable and easy to remove. I do put a crate mat and quilt over it.
  10. Dr. Sara Moran at Town and Country in Olney is good. I don't know much about the other vet at the practice, but have worked with Dr. Moran and have found her to be knowledgeable and easy to work with.
  11. Sammy loves Hugglehounds stuffy toys. We get them at local pet stores or Amazon.
  12. I renamed both of my Greyhounds. They answered to the new names almost immediately.
  13. Sammy does well with his Elaine's Pet Pillows beds. He is a pretty dedicated nester.
  14. The first dog I adopted as an adult was an 8 year old Dalmatian. She bonded with me almost immediately. In fact, she hated most dogs and didn't really like most people, but she loved me right away. She also came to love my close friends. She had lived with her original family for almost 8 years and been passed around several of their friends' houses and eventually a rescue group when they couldn't keep her due to a family situation. She came in the house on a Sunday and acted like she had been here her whole life by Monday night. I only had her with me for 3.5 years before she died of cancer. Those were 3.5 wonderful years. Obviously, I can't tell you that Tipper would definitely bond with you, but it is certainly possible. My second dog as an adult was my first Greyhound. When I had to say goodbye, it broke my heart, especially since I was getting ready to have major surgery and couldn't plan to adopt for quite some time. Eight months later, when I was starting to be okay physically, I decided I wanted another Greyhound, but someone very different than Mandy. Less than two weeks later, my current dog was a bounce back to our adoption group. I went to meet him and it was just right. My mom said that he was just waiting for me -- he originally came to our group the week Mandy died and I couldn't have considered him then. When I was ready, he was there. He's my crazy boy who wakes up with his tail wagging, which cheers me up greatly. My bond with each of my three dogs I've had as an adult has been very different. None has been better or worse, just different. The one piece of advice I would say is to not expect another dog to be just like your sweet Joey. It's easy to want to compare a new addition to Joey, but that's not fair to either the new pup or you. There will be adjustments on both sides, but the joy of getting to know each other and the time you spend together makes it so worth it.
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