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  1. My girl, Mandy, had serious SA. When I first adopted her, she would scream so loudly when I was gone that I could hear her from my car (I live in a brick condo building). She bent the bars of her crate, so I tried leaving her out of the crate and she trashed the house. I considered getting her a friend and dog-sat lots of dogs and fostered a few. At best, she ignored most of them, at worst, she seemed annoyed. I realized that it was me she wanted around, not another dog. It took a long time to work through the SA, but eventually she was just okay when I'd leave. I knew that was probably the best we would get, and it was. We did a multi-pronged approach to SA, including meds, a pheromone plug-in, lots of walks to tire her out, and a peanut butter muzzle. Also, alone training that continued through her lifetime. In desperation, I consulted an animal communicator. I purposely didn't mention the SA or about the prospect of getting another, but the communicator asked her if she had anything for me. She told the communicator that she didn't like when the other dogs were in her house because they slept on her beds and played with her toys. At that point, I stopped almost all dog-sitting, except for a little Shih-Tzu that was very respectful of her space and a Greyhound who I adored who was also very respectful of her.
  2. As others have said, you have not failed him. He's just not the right fit for you. You would have done well with my last girl, the one in my signature. She had zero prey drive. She did kind of look when a squirrel actually ran over her foot, but she didn't try to chase it. She didn't chase anything. I know how heartbroken you must be. There was a dog I adored and desperately wanted to adopt. However, my home situation was completely opposite what he needed and I knew he'd be unhappy here, even though I adored him. I shed many tears over not being able to adopt him. He ended up going to a loving home that was the right place for him and was well-loved there for the rest of his life.
  3. Sammy whines for many reasons, including, but not limited to: He's bored He wants food He wants a walk He has to pee and/or poop The blanket on the couch is not folded to his liking He knocked the blanket off the couch and he can't jump up there without it He's dug one of his beds into a nest and he no longer wants it that way Grandma cleaned out all her little trash cans so there's no paper for him to shred The sun is up The sun has gone down As you can see, he whines frequently. The only one I react to anymore is #4, it has a different, more urgent tone.
  4. I feel the same way. Please have some non-FB situation for the increasing number of people who refuse to use it.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I am one who does not have a FB account and won't get one.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Sammy loves Hugglehounds stuffy toys. We get them at local pet stores or Amazon.
  15. I renamed both of my Greyhounds. They answered to the new names almost immediately.
  16. Sammy does well with his Elaine's Pet Pillows beds. He is a pretty dedicated nester.
  17. 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.
  18. I'll defer to others who have more training experience, but I will say that Hugglehounds stuffed toys tend to be rather sturdy. I get them on Amazon, though a couple of local pet stores carry them. My Sammy likes the bunny best.
  19. My Sammy can't tolerate Drontal Plus, he has vomited every time we've tried to give it to him (three times). We have to do three days of Panacru instead of Drontal.
  20. I live on the fourth floor with no elevator. Thirty-nine steps. I count them every time we go up and down. My first Greyhound picked them up pretty quickly. They are easy steps, in a semi-enclosed hallway, short flights of closed-back, carpeted, with a brick wall on one side. The Greyhound I have now, who I adopted as a four-year-old return, was truly unhappy with the stairs at first. I spent almost a week patiently going up with my hip on his backside to encourage him. A hint: he does a million times better if he is next to the brick wall, I think it makes him feel more secure; maybe your potential new pup will need that assurance. I sat a foster dog who was not the sharpest knife in the drawer. He would stand and stare at his reflection in the windows in front of each building. I live in a condo development, so we'd pass what seems like a million windows on every walk. Well, he just would NOT do the stairs, so I had to lug his 75 pound butt up and down four times a day. Not fun. I watched him for 10 days over the Christmas holidays. In that time, he walked up unassisted exactly once: the first walk of Christmas morning. I started to cry, thinking it was a Christmas miracle. Yeah, no such luck. By lunchtime, he was back to balking. He ended up going to a single family home where he didn't have to do stairs. If I had adopted him, he would have had to learn, but I don't think my back would have held out. It was mentioned previously, but you will want to do everything you can do to prevent or reduce separation anxiety. Please read about alone training (the Dummies book has a nice explanation) and do exactly as directed, even though it seems kind of strange. My first Greyhound had terrible SA. It was beyond awful. And, to exacerbate the situation, my downstairs neighbor would call me literally seconds after I got home to tell me about every moment that Mandy cried. It took me a long time, a lot of work, and many tears to get her to be okay with my being gone. I had to settle for okay, because she would never be happy when I left. There is a relationship between SA and thunderphobia. Mandy was also a horrible thunderphobe. Since your group doesn't foster, maybe they will know how your potential pup is with storms. It's not foolproof, but it's one thing to consider. Welcome to the world of Greyhounds! They are wonderful dogs.
  21. My usually-boisterous Sammy gets lethargic with any vaccinations. He also gets diarrhea and is quite tender in the limb where the injection went for about 24 hours. We actually spread his vaccinations out, with a minimum of three weeks between shots. That helps the most for us.
  22. I know how frustrating it is. Jen pointed out about pancreas, in the past, some EPI owners I talked with supplemented with actual pancreas, but they used pig pancreas, at the direction of their vet. There are multiple brands of pancreatic enzyme supplement, not just the insanely expensive Viokase. If you use one of the enzymes, it's imperative to cover it and the food in warm (not hot or cold) water and let it set for 15 minutes. If you don't do that, the food gets pushed through the system too fast for the enzymes to work. The pills never helped my Meg, we had to use the powder. Some dogs need more of the enzymes than others, so it may be helpful to add a bit more. It can take time to see improvement and I had to constantly tweak everything with Meg. Many EPI dogs do best on a low fiber diet, but each dog is different. I've read that some EPI dogs do well on a raw diet, but others don't. The increased output is likely due to the EPI not being under control plus concurrent SIBO. I would ask for Metronidazole and/or Tylan. When adding those, I would probably add a probiotic. I know how frustrating it is. I hope you can get this under control. Hugs to you and sweet Reagan.
  23. Many Greyhounds don't bark much. My Sammy didn't get that memo. He barks. and barks. and barks. He especially barks at foxes, deer, and this neighborhood dog (I call him the Pariah dog) who gives off a bad vibe, so every dog barks at him. Sammy's bark is pretty scary. He's also a big boy, 80 pounds, and has black fur, which seems to scare some people. He doesn't have the usual willowy Greyhound build -- I call him my linebacker -- so he is a little more substantial than many Greys. I often get asked if he is a different breed, Doberman, Great Dane, etc. It's certainly possible you could work with a group to get a "barker" and train him or her to bark when you want. However, sometimes the biggest Greys have the tiniest barks, so it might be a crap shoot. My Sammy never barks at strange noises. As for lifestyle, it really depends on the dog. Some would be thrilled to have the situation you describe, and some would be miserable. I would suggest working with your local group to find a dog who could be happy in your environment. Obviously, work would likely have to be done to get the Grey comfortable with your little dogs and kitties. My Sammy would not do well with most little dogs or cats in the house, though he was great with a Shih-Tzu I used to dog sit. My last Grey, Mandy, loved (in a good way) little dogs and cats, plus she loved meeting people, so she would have been thrilled in your situation. She only barked one time in seven years, however, that was when a Doberman tried to "get familiar" with her, she told him NO. Hopefully you have a group close by that you can work with to find the perfect Grey for you. They're wonderful dogs!
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