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  1. Here and now you need to make a decision on what you want, and stick with it. Most dogs can learn to sleep alone at night. If that's the route you're going to go then you need to go forth boldly and decisively. Use a baby gate, or crate her in the appropriate room where you want her to sleep and then ignore all attention seeking. It will be sad, upsetting, and super frustrating for probably 1-2 weeks, maybe more depending on how much you've unintentionally rewarded her attention seeking behaviour already. It will probably get worse before it gets better. But she will learn and adjust. On the flip side, maybe your partner can adjust. I am an incredibly light sleeper. I wake up for all sorts of things, including nothing at all. I sometimes have trouble getting to sleep, or if I wake up in the night I sometimes have trouble getting back to sleep. And yet, the one who complains the most about the dogs... is my boyfriend, who I joke would sleep through me being murdered with a chainsaw in bed next to him... almost nothing disturbs his sleep. Our dogs sleep in our bedroom, and typically Kenna starts out in bed with us, and then partway through the night she and Kili will trade. And then early morning about the time that my boyfriend gets up for work, they might trade again or both end up in bed. I've adjusted to this and I often don't even wake up when the dogs get in and out of the bed, or if I do I fall asleep again once they've settled. I'm not saying your partner needs to be the one to adjust. I'm just saying that both parties are potentially capable of an adjustment, and the only question is who is going to make the change. For us, it's very important to me that the dogs sleep in the bedroom with us, and since it's me that's the lighter sleeper it hasn't been an issue. Your family may decide you want the dog to sleep elsewhere, and that's fine too, but just remember that dogs are pack animals and what you are asking her to do goes against her natural inclination. There's nothing wrong with that, but realize when you embark that you will have a couple of weeks where you get far less sleep.
  2. Happy birthday! 13 looks good on you!
  3. Summit was completely renamed. We have no idea what he was called at the kennel, but he was in a home for several years before having to be rehomed due to owner illness. His original owners called him Dexter and he knew the name, but I don't do common names for my pets so it had to go. He lived to almost 14 and he was never bothered by the name change. It's like if someone suddenly started calling you Mary when your name is Christine. You'd figure it out pretty quick. Difference between humans and dogs is we tie our identity to our names, dogs don't.
  4. Kili's sister is a black and white parti colour with a full mask over each eye. She was almost completely grey by 12 months. Kili started to lose her half mask noticeably at about 2.5-3. When I picked Kenna up, her mother (who is also a brindle) was about 3.5 years old and had significant amounts of white over her eyebrows and muzzle. Kenna turned 3 in March and I'm just starting to see the white creeping in around her eyes. Greyhound are known for going grey young, but certain lines and individuals are earlier than others.
  5. I know you were kind of joking, but not necessarily. My dogs high jump for SuperDogs shows, but don't challenge our 3.5' fence. If I asked them to jump it, they could and would. If there was a rabbit on the other side they could and would. But as a general rule... no interest.
  6. I have a rubber brush. It's almost like a hound glove but the bristles are longer and more flexible/softer. It's big and oval almost like a brush for a horse. I've never really seen another one like it - mine is a Martha Stewart brand I believe.
  7. krissy


    So sorry for your loss. It is never easy to love a dog so deeply, knowing that one day too soon they will be gone.
  8. Last weekend Kenna and I competed at the Alberta/Northwest Territories Regional Agility Championships. This was my third time at a Regionals competition, but it was Kenna's first. I knew we likely wouldn't have any trouble qualifying for Nationals (requires 350 points), but we had an absolutely stellar weekend with 9 perfect runs. 3 of those were Steeplechase (not part of the Regionals competition, just for fun and money) and then Regionals consists of a Jumpers, Standard and Gamble run on both Saturday and Sunday. Check out my blog post if you want to know more about how points are awarded. Long story short, Kenna won the Steeplechase final (and re-paid me for her entry fees! ) and was also the overall Champion for the 24" Regular class. The most competitive class is the one below us, but all the larger border collies and the ones that need to up jump to Worlds competition height are in our class so it's certainly no small feat. The dog that came second is an absolutely amazing border collie... I would definitely put her as one of the very top dogs, she's been to worlds multiple times and medalled. We're off to Nationals in a month and a half and will be trying out for the World team as well, just for fun. Enjoy!
  9. My dogs have run the full spectrum. Our first dog, Summit, was a retired racer and he was lovely and sweet and loved attention, but he rarely followed us from room to room. He got up and came with us if he thought there was something in it for him, or if I specifically asked him to, but otherwise he just did his own thing. Kenna, our youngest, tends to follow me from room to room in case she can convince me to let her do some work which is what she lives for. Kili is somewhere between the two. She follows us around, but not to quite the same extent. They're all individuals. Some like to follow us around, others are content knowing we'll call them if we need anything.
  10. Remember that water is a poison in sufficient quantity, and has a chemical formula despite being natural. Natural things are not always safe. Chemicals are not always unsafe. Would I give my dogs heartworm or tick meds if there was no risk of getting diseases that could be life threatening or life altering? No, of course not. These medications are chemicals and although very safe and well researched, they do have some risks. However, when I weigh out the risks of these conditions against the risks of the medications, I'm going to pick medications. There are no safer, equally efficacious alternatives, otherwise we'd be using them. It basically comes down to personal risk assessment. Your choice may be that heartworm and ticks are less of a concern to you than giving the medications, but if heartworm and ticks ARE a big concern to you then unfortunately your effective options are to move somewhere with lower risk, or use medications like Bravecto, Simparica, Nexgard, Seresto, etc. The reality is you assume some risk to your dog regardless of your choice, you just have to decide which choice you're most comfortable with.
  11. Yes, but plenty of people aren't home for this duration of time. Pretty normal if you work a standard 8-9 hour work day to be gone almost 10 hours after you factor in even a relatively short commute. A greyhound is perhaps one of the better suited dogs for this kind of lifestyle because their exercise needs are not extreme. I am typically gone 8-9 hours per day, but arguably I spend more hands on time with my dogs than some people who work shorter days. Most of my free time is spent with the dogs, but not all as I also have sports that don't involve the dogs. I don't think anyone would argue that my dogs are under exercised or under stimulated, particularly by greyhound standards. For the OP: if you stretch past the 9-10 hour mark you will definitely need some sort of arrangement for a mid-day potty break and leg stretch. If you plan to come home to your dog and spend your evening with him/her and a good chunk of your time on weekends with the dog/around the house, then I don't see any problem with this. Just make sure you are up front with your adoption group so they can choose an appropriate individual for you... probably something 3-4+ years old and on the lower side of the energy scale... also a dog that doesn't have any separation anxiety. Personally I would probably adopt from a group that fosters their dogs so they can get an idea of these things, as well as a dog that has been exposed to elevators (or who is very confident and will likely accept an elevator with little hesitation).
  12. Not sure if that's just a US law, but that would never fly in Canada. Even the cops pre-warm their vehicles in the winter! Almost every vehicle in Edmonton has a remote starter.
  13. You can also get portable temperature monitors that you can check from an app on your phone. Some of my dog sport friends and trainer friends who do house calls have monitors for their vehicles because they almost always have to bring their dogs along for the ride. They can check the temperature and then use their remote starter to turn on the vehicle to run the AC while leaving the vehicle locked as necessary. My truck will run for 15 minutes and shut itself off when I use my remote starter, so I often do that if I need to leave the dogs in the car for short periods of time.
  14. My dogs wear their muzzles frequently. Super useful for preventing dogs from eating things they shouldn't, licking things they shouldn't, etc. I use their muzzles after any sort of surgery until their sutures come out, or if they have a wound I don't want them to lick. They're perfectly happy with the arrangement. We use a stool guard on the front, but duct tape can work too (just poke some small holes for ventilation).
  15. It’s probably worth discussing a referral to an ophthalmologist to find out if he has PRA (progressive retinal atrophy). It usually starts with poor night vision and progresses eventually to total blindness.
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