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About PrairieProf

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  • Birthday 11/29/1962

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    Waterloo, Iowa
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    I'm a New York-born, Iowa-dwelling college English professor, lesbian, bungalow owner and Arts and Crafts movement buff, passionate cat lover, and mom to my second greyhound (got my first in 2010).

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  1. More opportunities for outdoor running may be needed -- the more he gets his energy out outside, the less he'll be compelled to zoom outdoors. But I have a very high-energy young greyhound, and yeah, that's part of the fun. Her indoor zoomies have moderated a good deal from when I got her at two (she's four now), although she still does them.
  2. It's not universal. My retired racer didn't give a sh** about a squawker even if it was right nearby.
  3. No, this is not correct. There is nothing remarkable about the carrots they originate from. But the thing about how they are prepared is that the cellulose is broken down so that they are fully or much more digestible. Intact vegetables don't get digestively absorbed in the same way. Cooked mashed carrots might be comparable. But I would try the Olewo ones and compare before I jumped to the conclusion that there was no difference. (I actually feed a 50/50 mix of Olewo carrots and beets.)
  4. Just use trial and error with water until you find the consistency you like. There's nothing scientific about it. Wetter, dryer, it works the same. Easiest to use less and you can always add more. If you aren't nuking it it probably takes more than 20 minutes to absorb. I make a batch for covering a number of days (I never measure, just give my dog a big glob of mixed carrots and beets on each feeding) and keep it in the fridge. I try to add the water and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. I too stopped adding oil, since I give it with food, and my girl had pancreatitis from added oils the first year I had her.
  5. You need to get that splint bandage checked like every other day, especially at first. You would not believe how fast greyhounds can develop ulcerations on their toes from splints and wrapping worn 24/7, and they are a PIA to heal. Speaking from experience with my first greyhound who had a toe amputation (which isn't at all the end of the world if for some reason you keep having trouble with that toe dislocating or whatever).
  6. The race kennels at Derby Lane are evacuating (probably at this point have already done so), which is a first I believe. I have not heard about other places. Kennel staff stay behind in the kennels with the dogs, they are never left alone. Here is a post a friend recently shared: https://www.facebook.com/sharla.gardinerhays/posts/1540747679301860?pnref=story Chris Molnar said that the kennels and farms should be safe; the kennel building as built to withstand storms, and if there is flooding muzzled hounds can be doubled up in top kennels; he was more concerned about retired pets. I am still worried, especially about the farms. And about all animals, frankly, it's making me crazy. In The Pro Greyhound Movement group on Facebook people are offering places for hounds and their families who need to evacuate.
  7. I am so very sorry. I was always struck by his pictures. I lost my white and brindle girl Beth suddenly at age 9 too.
  8. I don't have Wolfhounds but my greyhound has played with two friends' Wolfhounds (and Kathy Lazenby's Deerhound!) and done just fine. They're all sighthounds, they have the same vibe. You can see the greyhounds thinking "Holy s--t, that's big!" I have a female greyhound, and my friend's intact male show IWs can be kind of annoyingly interested.
  9. Plenty of people have dogs who don't have yards (or have dogs who don't like to potty in the yard, at least #2 -- this was the case with my first greyhound). They walk them. You are going to have to walk your dog for exercise anyway and go to grassy fenced areas for off-leash running time, so.... That space looks awfully tight. And remember, most dogs are not just going to go in and immediately assume the position, unless they have to go really badly. They generally like to wander or trot around to find the perfect spot. That area will be tight for the dog even to turn around in -- remember these guys are not just tall but long!
  10. I had an excellent experience with PetSmart training with my first greyhound -- my first experience with dog training, too. It was fun and she learned a lot, we went all the way through Advanced. I will say that the instructor I worked with throughout had years of experience -- her knowledge was just just based on PetSmart's training. One negative was the crowded, busy environment -- good for practicing with distractions but I would have liked to be working in a space dedicated to training, not practicing stuff in aisles full of clueless shoppers and their pups. One positive is they allow you to retake any class for free, even if you pass it, if you want more practice or whatever.
  11. This is absolutely right. Tons of greyhounds have T4 way below 0.5 and full panels show they are perfectly normal. Absolutely no conclusions and no medication without a full thyroid panel (including breeds-specific interpretation at the lab -- Michigan State is considered the best).
  12. I am so very sorry as well. What a sad loss. At least you have a clear answer.
  13. I use Sentry Petrodex and it has always worked very well.
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