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    I'm a Press Writer/Photographer.
    BSc (hons) Zoology from University of Wales
    Interests: Greyhounds. Walking. Photography.

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  1. Station wagons are trending again. Choose one with the most upright tailgate glass (helps in the hot sun). Yes, it's a 'sensible' car, but they're so useful. Take care if you're using a hammock that you can safely attach your hound to a seatbelt fixing. Apart from the easy distraction, 80lbs of loose dog airborne on a sudden crash stop weighs tons and neither dog or you might survive; don't wait until the law insists you travel them tethered or in a cage.
  2. Definitely don't feel bad about returning him. Just reassure the adoption group that you still want a dog that's right for you, and then everything can balance out with no blame to you and no loss to the Greyhound adoption world. It's hard to hand one back, but they'll go to a home which can handle them; and you could soon end up with a dog that's calm around other dogs and pets.
  3. Often it is the simplest of things like that which can make a big difference. Peggy, now 13, often shrugs off her fleece blanket and lies on it, only to become unsettled by cold; putting a new blanket over her usually helps. I tried a fleece coat but then she can get too hot.
  4. The 'freezing' or 'statuing' is a behavioural issue to do with the dog being anxious in the situation in which it finds itself. If you search the topic on here you'll find you are far from alone in needing to deal with it. If your dog is visibly licking its lips then it's a sign that it's worried about something and asking you for some forbearance. In other words; "I'm not a bad dog, just need some help here please." You can sometimes get around issues like this by diverting the dog's attention. At home try to get it to associate a whistle or a hand sign as a cue to get given a treat. When ou
  5. That's some positive news. Perhaps he needs some Omeprazole (human 20mg is OK) while you're giving those antibiotics which often create a very sore stomach lining. Hope you don't need to use the Chappie as they like it and it's hard to wean them off; even more so with the Forthglade Beef and Lamb trays which I now feed Peggy along with Chappie. It was imperative to get that weight back on after her two flare-ups in the summer, so perhaps I can try going back to the more affordable kibble again soon.
  6. I would say it's not reliably possible, and that trust and friendships with a cat or other small furry pet animal that darts around or squeaks can be dropped in a moment of heightened interest. It's that trust issue again, and even with the best will in the world you can't expect dogs to inhibit reliably like people do. Often the testing is done in circumstances that are far from being the dog's usual and long term environment; they can be angels in foster, yet as their self-confidence grow on rehoming and their anxiety reduces, the old prey drive comes back to a hair trigger. So some cann
  7. But this can be quite normal for some Greyhounds who typically like to eliminate a couple of times before activity. Seriously, try feeding Chappie original in cans. Too much chicken and too high a level of protein can be an irritant.
  8. This all sounds too similar to what was happening to Peggy back in the summer. It took two courses, ten days apart, of Metroniadzole and Syncuclav to clear it up. They didn't find any parasites in the stool sample, but I'm pretty sure it was Giardia because I've experinced that horrible diarreah smell many years ago with another dog (excess mucus was very much present). A simple way to firm the stool back up may be to feed Chappie (Original in cans, not the chicken and rice version), it certainly seems to have helped Peggy. I also give her Forthglade Beef and Rice trays, not the ones with m
  9. Sorry to read of your loss. It looks like he had a most wonderful and happy life with you.
  10. TiT for sure ;-) They'd pee on it to stake an official claim. Dogs are ultra-conservative and dislike change after a certain age, just like a lot of people.
  11. I used to do that to help my last dog, and kept by her hips to stop her 'jacknifing' coming down the stairs. She never had a bad fall and never lost her trust in me though. A stumble alerted me to the fact that she was no longer safe coming down steep stairs alone.
  12. You wrote a beautiful tribute. Danny was clearly very much loved. So sorry he had to leave you so young.
  13. Contact the adoption group and/ or look on social media for another local dog owner who you can walk your dog with. It is very important that the dog doesn't sense the family bouncing stress from one to the other, because that only tells the dog that he's quite right to be worried about whatever it is which is stressing him. If you see him doing a lot of licking his lips, sniffing the ground and looking away, then he's trying to tell you he's worried. Those signals, when seen by another dog, say something like: "please be nice to me, I'm trying not to cause you any trouble." If he walks bette
  14. So sorry that Larry's time came far too soon. Think of him as running happy and pain-free at the Bridge. You wrote a really warm tribute, and that's always a great start to getting those happy memories back; the ones that will define him.
  15. They can get spooked by the strangest of things: What happens if you turn the fan off? Have you still got a crate which you can drape a blanket over the top and 3 sides of to make a safe den? We humans can positively reinforce or notions of things like this adorable tv ad featuring a desk fan and a dog: Could you start doing something extra nice and calm in that room?
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