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  1. Hi all. We've had greyhounds since 2004 - always 2 at a time. We've had brief periods with just one, but pretty much always 2 and it works for us (2 of us, 2 of them - always seemed right!). But, knowing that it'll likely be more difficult to get a greyhound due to the track closings in Florida, we've been seriously considering a third greyhound. I'm a pretty analytical person, so I've gone back and forth 100x on whether we should or shouldn't and I'd love to hear from those of you who have adopted a 3rd. Practical questions like how is it walking 3 greyhounds (we walk our hounds twice per day)? How is feeding time with 3? Do they all get along? We have a male (age 7) and a female (age 6) - would you recommend a 2nd boy, or 2nd girl - or does it really matter at all? We'll definitely take the pups with us if we decide to adopt a third, but it's been my experience that the quick meet & greet isn't a good indicator of how they'll get along at home. The adoption group we love is 2 hours away, so not close enough for multiple visits. Did you have any regrets or frustrations with adopting a third? Was it easier than you imagined? Anything that surprised you or was it pretty status quo, just with another hound? We've both always wanted an Irish Wolfhound and/or a Scottish Deerhound (and I'm sure that will happen!) - but when I think of not having greyhounds anymore, it just doesn't feel right, ya know? I'd like to extend it a little longer since the future isn't so certain... (Please know that I'm not trying to trigger any political debates about the future of ex-racers. I sincerely only want advice from people who have 3+ greyhounds - thanks!)
  2. Thanks so much! I'm following wolfhoundgreyhound on IG - those photos are the best! Trigger the greyhound looks so tiny with those two IWs! And thanks for Kathy's name - I'm already in touch with the IW Association and they have been fantastic, but was having some trouble finding someone regionally who had Scottish Deerhounds. If we go that route, we definitely want to have some leads on reputable breeders that are within driving distance since we don't want to have a puppy shipped to us.
  3. Hoping to connect with greyhound parents who have also brought wolfhounds or deerhounds into the home with their greyhounds. We always wanted a giant dog and since we're not getting any younger (hah!) I think the time is nigh. Oh, and if anyone has photos of greyhounds with either breed, pleeeeeeease post!
  4. We've had six greyhounds since 2004 and all got a new name upon adoption. Though, our 2nd greyhound was a bounce - his first family named him Cosmo (I think he was with them around 6 months) but we went back to his racing name which was "Keota Backdraft" and called him Keota. I have a girlfriend who has a slew of adopted dogs and she insists it's too confusing for them to change any of their names - subsequently, she doesn't like the names of most of her dogs (I think she has 8 dogs now). It makes me laugh - all I do is say the new name and when they look at me, they get a treat. Literally every greyhound in my home has learned his/her new name within a few days and they are happy to respond when called. None of them seem the least bit confused and we've loved all the names! Other than Keota, we haven't liked any of the racing names at all.
  5. I can attest that my 6-year-old greyhound is reacting terribly to her Seresto collar. It started with constant head shaking and ear itching. We took her to the vet to have her ears checked and they were "perfect" - no mites, not dirty - but they looked mildly irritated. We took the collar off and it cleared right up. However, a week ago we found a flea on her - so the collar went back on. Within a day she had itchy ears and now I see little pink sores (one was bleeding slightly) in a ring around her neck under the collar. I just took it off again because it's pretty obvious this is a reaction to the collar. Our boy doesn't seem bothered, so his will stay on. Now I need to find another solution for her. I don't like topicals, either.
  6. Yep, snuggle while she's awake and get her off the couch and onto her own bed. I'd personally opt for snuggling on the floor and then leaving her there rather than allowing her on the couch at all. Our first boy was space aggressive - very different than sleep startling. He was pretty darn scary about his space when he was lying down, and though he got better over time, we always respected his space and never pushed it. Our 2nd and 3rd boys (3rd one is still alive) both would get startled at times when asleep. We snuggle on the floor and when we see him falling asleep, we get up so it's a good encounter for all. Our first boy taught us to respect sleeping dogs!
  7. Our sweet girl Tilly (we lost her in 2016) had vision issues also - as others have mentioned above, I'd highly highly recommend getting into a specialist right away. We were able to help our girl retain some of her vision through medication. We put down rubber-backed runners on our hardwood floors for her and added solar-powered motion lights outside so she could see the yard at night. We also put nightlights up in all hallways, by her water bowl and by the bed where she slept at night. We also got a gate to put at the top of the stairs to close off access at night when we knew it had gotten worse for her (she was also having seizures). Lots of other things you can do to make him more comfortable and confident - I'd recommend the book Living With Blind Dogs: A Resource Book and Training Guide for the Owners of Blind and Low-Vision Dogs - it helped us a lot.
  8. Hmmm. If over 65 is too hot to walk a greyhound, ours wouldn't get walked for 8 months out of the year! Ours get walked twice per day (morning/evening) and temps here are already mid to upper 80s for our evening walks and they're panting, but fine. When temps get into mid to upper 90s and our humidity is through the roof, we walk them later in the day and may cut down the walk time if it's too hot. They are vulnerable to heat, but 68 is not very warm... How long are your walks? We used to do three walks per day with our first greyhounds (15 years ago!) and found it was too much. They enjoyed it, but we would have to kind of drag them by the third walk of the day and that was only taking 10-20 minute walks. We cut back to morning/evening. It took a couple weeks to get them used to not having an afternoon walk, but they adjusted just fine.
  9. I am so very sorry. We lost our dear, sweet Tilly @ 8.5 years old to bone cancer. Originally we were told she'd had a stroke, but after several weeks of rehab and an intensive neuro consult with an MRI - another x-ray was done and they found the mass. We lost her only a couple weeks later. We initially took her in right before Christmas due to limping, which quickly turned to complete lameness on that leg. We lost her on 5 February and she would've turned 9 on 1 August.
  10. Hi all - I appreciate all the replies, looking forward to hearing more in the coming days. @Roo - I feel the same way about ex-racers. We toyed with the idea of adopting a galgo from Spain after we lost our sweet, beautiful Tilly back in 2016, but (as you know!) we got our spunky little gal, Kira, instead. We've always said we'd adopt ex-racers as long as we could and I have to say, I really do hope some of the NGA breeders continue breeding greyhounds for people to buy in the future. We've always loved adopting ex-racers and watching their personalities develop as they learn how to become a house pet and we've had 6 amazing, wonderful, crazy and, at times, stubborn and quirky, ex-racers. I know that even if the NGA breeders continue and sell puppies, it will be a different experience, but I simply love this breed.
  11. Hi everyone - with the recent amendment to end racing in Florida - I have a question for any current breeders, trainers, adoption groups, etc. My question is not politically-motivated and I'm hoping any replies will not make it so. I sincerely am wondering a few things. We've been adopters since 2004 and can't imagine having another breed. I understand having the tracks in Florida close (which is where 5 of our 6 greyhounds came from) will make it harder to adopt greyhounds in the future since there will be so few in the United States actually racing past 2020. I was wondering, what the likelihood that current breeders (for racing) would continue breeding for the "general public" in the future? I have no concept of how much current racers go for when sold - and again, I don't want this to be political - but would it be economically feasible for breeders to switch like this? Also, would any current adoption groups import greyhounds from other countries where racing is still legal? I know there is a group near us (where we adopted our very first greyhound) is now helping to bring galgos in from Spain who are in need. I understand this would raise adoption fees, but is this at all feasible or likely? Finally, with racing phasing out by 2020 in Florida, how long after Jan 1, 2020 will racers in the current system still be available for adoption? We will likely become a 3-greyhound household and I'm trying to plan a little (i.e., when will the greatest need come about to get hounds adopted) - or is it too early in the process to speculate? I know this is a powder-keg issue for many, but I'm hoping in a community like this we can keep it civil and not political. Mine is a sincere question as the country moves to make this shift - not a debate about right or wrong, good or bad, or whatever - just about the future of adopting greyhounds in the future. Many thanks for your thoughts and opinions.
  12. I am so very sorry for your loss. It's evident that you love Raffle very much and I completely understand how you feel. We had a somewhat similar experience with our 13.5 year old first greyhound - she was my heart dog. I adored her. We took her to the vet for testing, as she had stopped eating and they said we should leave her overnight. Turns out she had some masses in her belly and overnight they gave her too much fluids, the masses moved and it caused hind-end paralysis. By the time we got there (we missed their first phone call that morning, so she waited even longer than she had to) - she had been suffering all morning, unable to get up, terrified by her surroundings (she hated being in cages and strangers) and we had to say goodbye on the spot. It was honestly one of the worst moments of my life and 8 years later, I'm still sometimes haunted by it. That said, your vet probably didn't have the equipment there to diagnose a stroke so they went with what they suspected - it's not something a normal vet would have. The girl we lost 2 years ago lost the use of her back leg and we were told it was a suspected stroke. Even after taking her to a neurologist and spending thousands of dollars on tests, MRIs, etc. - they still couldn't definitively tell us whether it was or was not a stroke. We lost a lot of time & money going to appointments and having tests done, only to be told at her final vet visit (where I asked for another x-ray to be done) that they found bone cancer (we had still thought it was a stroke until that moment). They then told us they couldn't rule out that it was a stroke and bone cancer. It was crazy. My point in saying all of this is that you'll always second guess yourself because you love, adore and miss Raffle. She was your sweet girl and you would've done anything for her - and you did everything you possibly could and in the end, did what you believed was best for her. Strokes are not an easy thing to recover from and when there is paralysis on an entire side in an older dog, it's pretty much impossible. We learned a lot about strokes with our last girl and we were told, even though she was only 8 and it was just one leg, that it would be an uphill battle to regain and retain use of her leg and it would likely never be 100% normal again. Raffle's last few hours wasn't great for either of you - but spend more time thinking of all the hours, days, weeks, months and years before that of happiness and love you shared.
  13. Our boy goes on periodic hunger strikes (especially in the morning), and with the added bonus of having bilious vomiting syndrome, which means he tends to throw up when his stomach is empty. I imagine he probably just feels like crap so he doesn't want to eat, which makes him feel worse. Normally a little warm chicken broth mixed in does the trick and he'll at least take a few bites. The only times I'm concerned with not eating is with this guy, since he'll throw up - or when it goes on longer than a meal or two and/or when they also refuse afternoon treats. Obviously you want them to like their food, but definitely don't switch too much or add too many crazy things in. I've been known to sprinkle a little cheese or add a spoonful of pumpkin if I'm trying to entice, but I add warm water every day anyway, so the chicken broth is an added treat and doesn't cause any stomach distress.
  14. Welcome! We're in NC and on greyhounds #5 and #6 and I have to agree with MP_the4pack above who said the only regret is when we lose them. We've definitely had a couple quirky ones, a few behavior issues - but all of them very sweet and rewarding in different ways. I wouldn't trade one of them for anything in the world - greyhounds are the best! Congrats and be prepared to get stopped a lot when you're out walking Vincent - greyhounds draw lots of attention!
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