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  1. I never saw that one either and I've been hearing about it since about 2010; I'm still curious 😁
  2. With our first grey, we made absolutely sure to prioritize training the child to stay away from the dog's beds and leave her alone. It was so important to us that this was respected for the hound's happiness. Our son is now 6, we have had 4 hounds come into the house over the years and only one didn't work well with the kiddo - the high-prey, high-energy male and the one year old kid running through the house screaming were not a good combo.
  3. Our girl had a similar experience and it turned out to be pancreatitis. Not sure if you've tested for that. She refused to eat the Hills I/D food so we mixed it half and half with a "diet" dog food and she'd eat that. Became a balancing act in terms of keeping weight on her versus triggering her pancreatitis but she was also 14.
  4. Our new foster, Josie, has hookworms. The grey savvy-vet prescribed a monster size pill of Drontal Plus. She was given this a little over 24 hours ago and has liquid poo. How long can I expect the diarrhea to last? Taking the normal steps for diarrhea in regards to bland diet but hoping this is a brief episode. Have you used Drontal Plus? What has been your experience?
  5. Soutsmom, I'm going to agree with you. We adopted our first grey when we lived in Manhattan and while we didn't need a cat-safe dog for our own personal lives, the group was VERY quick to say that we absolutely did need a cat-safe dog because of all of the small fluffies we'd encounter daily. To the OP - I'm sorry that whomever you adopted him from didn't guide you better on this. You're going to constantly have to be on high alert and muzzle your dog. We now have a non-cat safe greyhound but it matters less because we're in the suburbs and can stay a safe distance away from the few small fluffies that live around us. Living in an apartment building means that you are constantly going to be on alert for small dogs in the hallways, going around a corner, walking down the street, etc. It's also likely to be a source of stress for your boy, too. You'd be doing him a kindness to allow him to find a home better suited to his prey drive, I"m so sorry. I know how heartbreaking it can be - we had to return one of ours after several months because as he came out of his shell, it became apparent that he had a higher prey drive than worked for our family - especially, at the time, with a one year old baby. That hound found a much better home than ours after only 2 weeks in foster care. Hugs to you - this isn't easy.
  6. She did pee on the walk. She's in the crate periodically - for a half hour here and there when we can't watch her for some reason or if we have to leave the house and for meals. This is her first home experience. She was spayed on March 26, so she's actually only been here 1.5 weeks - I REALLY can't keep track of days. 🙄 I'm guessing she doesn't see the crate as "her" space but I still think it's odd she peed there.
  7. So we've had a foster for about 2.5 weeks. She has 2 crates - one downstairs for when we leave the house and for feedings and one upstairs for sleeping. She just had a big walk an hour ago and went into her care and peed. Any thoughts?
  8. I can't WAIT for this to come out as an email update for everyone not on Greytalk!! please send so that I can forward. We are planning on being there unless we are unable to due to ongoing restrictions that mean the tasting rooms aren't open.
  9. I'm so sorry but only about a week. Bella was almost 15 and struggling anyway before this, and there were some pretty big pockets of cancer, not just some little spots.
  10. Aw, Petunia Bella had this happen a few months ago - scared the living daylights out of us but by the time the vet saw her, she was fine and same thing, complaining about the accommodations and service She had one more episode but luckily we knew what it was, and it didn't happen again.
  11. I can't possibly write what Bella was to us - I wish I were more eloquent with words. She was our first grey. When we went to the adoption day (April 10, 2010), she leaned against us and made it clear we were her people. Bella embraced living in the middle of Manhattan for more than 3 years. She walked through Times Square and traveled on trains (we never tried the Ikea bag on the subway, although it was tempting). She rode in taxis and didn't turn a hair from the noise of either fireworks 2 blocks away on the Hudson River or fire trucks screaming down 42nd Street. She happily stayed with friends and at kennels, at family houses with terriers and Goldens - nothing phased her. The only thing she didn't like was not having the run of the apartment - she trained us pretty quickly. Far from needing frequent walks as she adapted to home life, by the end of the first week with us she couldn't be bothered to interrupt her naps to go for a midday walk. When we moved to the suburbs, she was happy here, too. She found many places where the sun came in the windows - she'd move around the house depending on the sunbeams. We placed beds on the back and front porches for her to enjoy, and she'd spend hours listening to the birds and enjoying being outside. To a point - she never, ever willingly lay down on just grass, she had to have a blanket, and the softer, the better. She adapted to car rides instead of train rides, of having completely different smells, and chasing squirrels instead of pigeons (one of which she caught in NYC, much to our surprise). She was a great snuggler - on HER terms only, however. When she was done getting pats and affection, she would walk away - or donkey kick us to make space for herself. She loved pillows - if she was on the sofa, her head was on a pillow, and occasionally we'd find her not only on our bed, but on our pillows. We knew she was slowing down and didn't want to be without a dog in the house, so we tried a wonderful big male. Turns out he hated being without people while we worked and he and Bella just never clicked. Our group was fantastic in rehoming him, and a while later we found Gracie. In April of 2017, we brought her home and although Bella made it seem as though she was tolerating Gracie only, we are convinced that she gave Bella a jolt of energy. Bella rarely allowed Gracie to share a bed or even the sofa, but where one went, the other followed. Over the past year we have been watching Bella slow down more and more. She could no longer manage the stairs to our bedroom so the girls slept on the main level. Then she couldn't hold her waste overnight and into the kitchen they went, with plastic liners on their beds. We became used to managing our schedule around making sure she could go out every 4 hours or so, getting her meds into her at consistent times and shortening walks to what she could physically manage, although she ALWAYS wanted to go further than her body could stand. Unfortunately, she developed a limp that didn't go away, and on Friday, February 7, we learned that she had osteosarcoma in her right shoulder. We opted to manage her pain for a few more days, to allow us to come to terms with her leaving us. Even on Tuesday, February 11 she was bounding around our back yard and leaping up our back stairs - by Thursday, I had to carry her up. It was time. She will always be in our hearts, and I know in the hearts of many of you here. To those of you who met her in person over the years or just through Greytalk, thank you for the open arms and friendship you have given us - it makes this time less lonely. One of these days I'll figure out how to insert photos without a link, but for now - just a few of the many thousands of photos over the years. 2012 - greyhound picnic She loved watermelon Running on the beach - we actually have this as a canvas print, it's hanging on my son's wall at his request. Snow Pretty girl, almost 15 Bounding up the stairs on February 11
  12. Wow Annie!!! Thanks! It was hard for me to understand fully "the rest of the story" from older threads so I appreciate the update & glad she is doing well!!
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