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  1. when lettuce was totally off food- her breeder gave her a combo of liver, ground beef, goat's milk and slowly added puppy chow to the mixture. it got her going. i'm not a fan of canned food as you can see reading this and my other post. my friend swears by the stuff one gets in the refrigerator at supermarket or pet store that comes in long tubes and you slice it. i would give that a try.
  2. cook your own chicken and rice. if you have a pressure cooker or what ever the new gizmos are called- quarter the chicken, use a good rice(i like medium grain japanese rice) and cook away. debone and reheat for a tad in the microwave. small small portions- also white bread toasted is mmmm....sweet and the old ones seem to like it- as well as cheerios and rice crispys. what we will do for our dogs- but it's worth every minute of slave labor!
  3. willie wonka (welsh terrier) was diagnosed around age 9. the rare steroid shot helped immensely. he did end up changing his gait but still ran after that soccer ball w/ LS and cataracts until his death at 15. i'm not one for surgery unless it's a life threatening condition. LS isn't. felix did really well w/ adequan injections. knowing about them now i would have opted for them vs. steroids. but the dog lived and was active until 15 when he was living a nightmare due to senility. do look into adequan.
  4. my neighbor's dog, flat coated retriever, had ACL surgery. he recovered beautifully- it was a PITA since they live in a 2 family house with 2 huge flights of steps and the dog weighed 80+ lbs. but they carried him up and down and he was back to his crazy self in no time! another friend opted not to, their dog lived to 15 with a good gimp and limited mobility. would i have the surgery done on my pup- YES!
  5. take a deep breath. you did the right thing and are smart about using a muzzle- kudos! my dogs have killed feral cats that jumped the fence and entered our yard. training him not to lunge out when you walk is what you should aim for. a good obedience class with all size dogs will do wonders, especially if you have an experienced trainer. do stick w/ a group situation so his actions can be observed and corrected by a professional. the class will also boost YOUR confidence and give your tools for control. now exhale- and another deep breath. that dog was not legal- no collar, no leash, no owner and it was asking for trouble. it could have been a car or another dog-
  6. i currently have a Lassie- who i call Mango Lassie since every time i stood at the door and said, "Lassie! Lassie come home!!" i cracked up and visualized Timmy or his mom. Lass is a boy anyway. Mango Lassie is as delicious as the drink so it works. another jewel tone collar, shucks they stopped making the jewel tone with hearts- but this one looked great on Annie as well https://www.lupinepet.com/store/original-designs-martingale-collar this was my favorite- https://www.amazon.com/LupinePet-Originals-Heart-Martingale-Collar/dp/B00DA49G80?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00DA49G80&pd_rd_r=f1a33285-f480-45f7-8462-a3a11a59405a&pd_rd_w=PsNX7&pd_rd_wg=fS3ly&pf_rd_p=2dbf6b01-59ac-4489-80f4-80c8be124155&pf_rd_r=2VFTQ6809F3PY6M7S33Q
  7. CONGRATS!!! that gable dodge sure does throw his genes- she's a dead ringer for my late sweet sweet annie ! and i'm sure she will be as delicious~ what's her weight? just curious. enjoy- and jewel tone collars seemed to work best on the red fawns who took up residence here! for annie her go to collar was https://www.lupinepet.com/store/original-designs-martingale-collar oh and my 2 cents- i like the name listed above- dyani- another ani? a dy?
  8. i'm one to run to the closet and get the epsom's salts. the vet said- NO! and that sounds like what happened to ms. mango's cyst- gross looking and oozing. CEFPODOXIME did the trick. within 48 hrs she stopped chewing on it and it started to heal.
  9. each dog is different, puppy antics are when they behave like crazy dogs all the time- live with a gh who is younger than 9 months and you will know exactly what i am writing about! at 2 they are getting close to their physical prime and still have that adolescent craziness. i observed that at 2.5-3 yrs of age maturity settles in. personally i'm saddened to read of all the people who adopted younger hounds and expected mature adult behavior. it's not the adoptee's fault- the adoption group needs to really inform it's clients what a young hound can be like. sight hounds mature very differently than a golden or lab or beagle. it's a slower process both physically and mentally. and the young ones do need much more exercise than a mature adult.
  10. you have a young dog there who needs exercise! that's why all of that energy is coming out at night. all of these behaviors can be redirected if he is exercised and yes, at that age they have a ton of energy! any place fenced in that you can let him really move and maybe run w/ another dog and form a relationship? the mouthy behavior is a royal p.i.t.a. and hurts- felix was like that between 7 and 11 months of age. and he always played soccer, ran, 4 mile walks- etc. using a deterrent on my arms during training classes didn't help. somehow he grew out of it. rather than just an individual trainer try group classes. they are starting to open up again(hopefully the delta variant will NOT result in another lock down). personally i do not like dog parks- but maybe you can find something and go off hours. greyhounds have thin skin and rip easily and it's not fair to muzzle your dog when no other creature is muzzled. work with your adoption group- you may be candidates for an older more settled dog or you might be able to pair up w/ others and go for group walks. that will start him walking and you can extend your walks to a good 1-2 hrs to tucker the lad out.
  11. so sorry to hear about the diagnosis. remember the phrase "quality of life"- for both you and your sweet pup.
  12. mango just had one. the FNA revealed round cell cyst, nothing malignant. it became infected, put her on antibiotics and it's gone! it wasn't a histiocytoma- we were going to go back in sept for a recheck and decision re: surgery. personally i think she trimmed it off and the antibiotics did the trick. just ha-ha try to not let her chew on it. did your vet opt for a FNA?
  13. to modify his tripping start training for what you want inside first. remember training sessions should be very brief, multiple times a day, and lots of rewards. you might want to teach check in- he comes back to you for a treat while you have him walking on a loose lead. this way he knows you are there, paying attention and not in a constant heel position.also, one generally doesn't keep their dog in heel all the time. at cross walk, near people, near dogs, crowded areas that's when one uses heel. this trainer is showing how to get your dog to pay attention to you- the first step in check in and teaching them what you want. he seems pleasant and patient- i always look for someone informal to teach me a new twist to something i've been teaching. do llook up check in. most people use clickers to mark the action. personally i don't like using clickers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dzQ2_Dejbk
  14. breakaway collars do work- but with 2 dogs wrestling i was constantly looking for them in the yard. i use a tiny cat size tag with telephone #s only on a super thin(1/2") collar that can easily slip over the head. rabies etc are not essential. if there is an incident animal control needs to see the paper work. i'm still looking for thin brass or stainless steel plates that can be riveted onto a loose collar. if anyone has a lead- please post. it needs to be less than 1/2" wide.
  15. grain free? have you read any of the articles on DCM? what's wrong with grains? do yourself a favor and research DCM here is a quick link. become educated before your dog is affected. one of my dog's littermate just passed at 4 yrs of age- grain free diet, DCM. https://todaysveterinarypractice.com/study-grain-free-diet-for-dogs-leads-to-canine-heart-disease/ if you are looking for a food that is well metabolized try Purina Pro Plan Focus or Purina One or any moderate protein/fat level foods available in your area. Rocket fuel and exotic ingredients are not necessary to maintain a healthy dog.
  16. what ever you feed just watch their weight. the GHs around here that are fed a combo are HUGE! (a good amount over weight- not height). remember they are built for speed and need to be streamline. you will be shocked at how little a retired GH needs to eat. a scale will be your dog's best friend. your pup looks perfect currently- so weigh and keep track of monthly weigh-ins. all of the ribs, hip bones and spine are covered- no padding necessary.
  17. at the end felix's will was far stronger than his physical ability. on grass he always had a good romp but he still desired his walkies and was very verbal about it. a good friend suggested that i use vet wrap on his rear paws since he was knuckling. it worked- i made loose fitting booties and it gave his better traction on steps and he was able to go around the block(vs the standard 2+ miles). towards the very end it was down the driveway and 1/2 down the block and back, but it satisfied his need. he wore his webmaster harness 24/7. hugs to your old pal- and remember it's the little things that make a difference. any food that they will eat is more than appropiate- as long as they enjoy it.
  18. Track dogs have always had a routine. So, stick with a routine and let him get used to it. Always reward a behavior you want with some food. Sleeping in a crate is a routine they all have had their entire life. Stick with it. Your choice of place for the crate.
  19. i also have a (app measurments)9" tall x 6-7" wide ceramic glazed planter and only fill that 1/2 way. sturdy, can't be knocked over and pretty. any glazed tall planter or vessel for holding kitchen utensils will work. i'm sure home goods has something- but here's cheap at target: https://www.target.com/p/stoneware-tilley-utensil-holder-black-project-62-8482/-/A-76167586?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000012764142&CPNG=PLA_Dining%2BShopping_Local|Dining_Ecomm_Home&adgroup=SC_Dining&LID=700000001170770pgs&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=g&device=c&location=9004251&targetid=pla-844605617503&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1248099&ds_rl=1247068&gclid=CjwKCAjwiLGGBhAqEiwAgq3q_rFQJaOB1BQW0vcIG54UVXHGSYGK3WbineD6i1JZVoFeOiIG2Oi8sxoCxiEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds i can't believe the price of what i have on eBay now- i picked up 2 of them at $2 each https://www.ebay.com/itm/224455839511?hash=item34429c4f17:g:wy4AAOSwIZ1gl~VY
  20. old fashioned chained leashes can snap depending upon the pressure and are awful on your hands. boredom is the culprit- i had 2 dogs tied, one chewed the other dog loose. she was standing patiently waiting and my puppy(at the time) felix did the chewing. i hate hate hate nylon leashes. i purchase my leather leashes at this site, here is their link for 100% cotton web leashes- a tradition favorite with trainers. cheap and machine washable. i've had some last as long as 15 years https://www.max200.com/cotton-web-longlines many of the long lines on amazon are now a mix of cotton and nylon- not the same. and yes, buy some bitter apple and spray it. keep your eyes on the dog when having a snack at a cafe- as soon as the mouth goes into action - correct! the only nylon products that i use are by mendota. they are soft- easy to grip and last until your dog eats them. easy to tie to a fixed post as the cotton web leashes are.
  21. any of the super hard bones often result in cracked teeth for aggressive chewers. there are strange sun dried animal hides out there that seem to be the rage. https://farmhounds.com/collections/hides/Rolls expensive but people swear their dog only needs 15 min of chewing to satisfy their need to gnaw. i stick with wholesome hides and other products from https://www.mickeyspetsupplies.com or frozen marrow bones from the butcher.
  22. ellen, how about an easy one- go to Greyhounds in Gettysburg this September. Fenced in small dog run(must wear muzzle) and a fun run for each dog where they are clocked by a speed gun? not that that far- just north into PA. lots of tours of sights at gettysburg(battle field), 3 days of events at the eisenhower and hundreds of our own kind(haha) everywhere! lots of places to eat outside w/ your pups. it's not the longest drive in the world from your home. personally i try to stay away from dog runs unless they are pretty empty and watch the dogs for a while before i enter. the nude beach at Turo, MA is dog friendly and i've always let the pups run loose there. People are generally spread out and it's a pleasure. Dogs can run free at many of the Cape Cod Beaches- just watch signage and what's going on. All of the towns have always been dog friendly. we find the best time to go is off season- the fall at the cape is fantastic.
  23. i observed that the output when my dogs changed over to Purina Pro Plan Focus(any variety) was decreased by 75%+! yup- maybe 2 poops daily vs 4-8! the secret to Iams is beet- the secret to PPP is their formula. I find the same output w/ Purina One Shredded beef. No more 2nd, 3rd etc poops on walkies- coats were great(i stopped using fish oil) and they love the taste.
  24. it takes at least 6 weeks for a coat to be repaired once you know the culprit. has your vet seen this condition? there are so many things that can affect coat that an internet diagnosis is absurd. food, contact allergies, environmental allergies, just blowing coat(change of season), thyroid, chemical burn from insecticide and so on- the list is as long as my arm. if not your vet then a dermatologist. gh have such thin delicate skin that not enough protein and fat in their diet their skin is affected. so, it can be simple, it can be complicated. good luck- btw tea tree is toxic to dogs.
  25. we have tent camped and now have a honda odyssey set up as a camper. our cooking is still outside, the odyssey is basically a dry tent like situation. dogs will do what ever you do- anyway my dog just follow. it's paw/dirt management for us that is always a challenge. national parks only allow dogs in campsites, no trails. currently the national parks are exploding from visitors. state campgrounds vary from state to state/park to park. bureau of land management has free camping. some sites have porta potties, non have hookups. but the larger RVs are parked there (5 day max) and self sufficient. in texas staying overnight at rest areas is permitted since the state does not want tired drivers on the road. private campgrounds will have everything you need, we find what ever when we travel. there are blogs by "boondockers" with listings/guides/tips. all of this is an adventure. for us the challenge is the heat- cold weather is fine with us and the dogs. but 90+ degrees, high humidity and bugs are always a challenge. 18 degrees and wind are much easier (except in the morning) than 100! the cicadas will provide more than enough white noise if you travel to the midwest. i remember a rest stop on rt 70, Illinois, Indiana where the noise was deafening. ALWAYS HAVE A HARD COPY OF YOUR RABIES CERTIFICATES on hand or on your phone. tags alone are not enough in some states(VT was very picky)
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