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quarrystepper

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  • Birthday August 7

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    Drew
  1. Mark, I'm so sorry to hear about this devastating loss of your heart dog. It's a day no one wants to ever encounter. I hope you will cherish the fond memories and all those great photos you took over the years. Give Face some scritches, too.
  2. My last grey ate a hair scrunchie. Eek. It may be she ate something at the dog park. No matter how hard we try, I can never be sure! --quarrystepper's wife
  3. Our 9 yo Kali has been vomiting on a regular basis (sometime with grass, sometimes not). Generally it is mucuousy full of undigested food. She has also been pooping in the house on a regular basis, about 1-2 times a week. Often it is a bit here and a bit there rather than a single pile (sorry).This is very uncharacteristic for her. When I go to comfort her or pet her she is not interested, she's more lethargic and less enthusiastic about eating. These moods do come and go. Her walking schedule has changed a bit and I'm wondering if that is all this is?
  4. Welcome from just up the way in Louisville!
  5. How have I never posted on this thread?! Love these updates, at least the happy ones, and I think about you and Taylor often. He's truly a special hound and I hope his current decline, while it was probably inevitable, is also as pain-free as possible. You are handling this with a lot more grace than I probably would.
  6. At least they waited to spay her! Kali came to us straight off the track and she was spayed while in heat. Caused a bunch of medical issues during her first year with us. Welcome to GreyTalk! Wish you the best with your new hound.
  7. Makes sense! We've had a lot of fluctuating temps here in MA this summer, haven't we?
  8. Total speculation here, but maybe he doesn't really like the running A/C unit all that much? He'll put up with it during the hottest part of the day, but at night when the apartment is cooler, he'd rather not have the white noise? Kali is always afraid of ceiling fans and the noise of our little Vornado. When we first break it out in the late spring (when it's barely uncomfortable at night), she will sometimes spend a few nights in the living room. But when temps are 90 degrees and humid during the day, and still in the high 70s in our house at night, she gets with the program pretty quick.
  9. Wouldn't temptations on the counter still be worth removing? Wouldn't snap traps still be an effective deterrant? Just trying to offer something that worked for us, given a similar (albeit not identical) situation. Sorry to hear Joy is still doing it, but glad she's a happy addition to the pack otherwise.
  10. Dog-proofing your counters (and all of your living space) is the key, as others have said. I will also add another suggestion that we learned from our adoption group when we adopted Brooks, because he was already a notorious counter surfer. They recommended using mouse traps, the old snap-trap kind, on the counters. I know this sounds cruel, but all it took to train Brooks was snapping the trap one time in his vicinity (while he was safely at a distance) and he now knows that he DOES NOT LIKE that sound. So just seeing the snap traps on the counter surface was enough to deter him forever. We baby gate our kitchen in this current house, so it's no longer necessary to use the snap traps there. But they came in handy when we bought a new leather couch for the living room. I put three traps on the couch (not set to snap) and he doesn't ever jump on it... unless I forget to put them out, in which case it's a guarantee that he'll lay down on there for part of the day. The evidence is the scratches on the leather, of course...
  11. We're very friendly with this neighbor. They have two dogs as well. When we fenced in our yard, we actually added a gate in the woods between our properties so they could come over with their dogs for firepits, etc. Unfortunately, we're in a very wooded, mostly rural area and I guess their cat is accustomed to having more of a barn cat lifestyle. I had never seen him before today, to be honest. She made a half-hearted offer to help defray costs (which were nearly $1,000--summer vacation is cancelled, I'm sorry to say) but if her cat was also injured, I'll have a hard time taking her up on that offer. I just wish I had responded to Kali's barking more quickly and this whole thing could have been avoided.
  12. Thanks for bringing this up. Kali was slow to learn stairs (both directions--she came to us straight from the track as a foster) and I'm afraid we didn't give her good training about how to properly go down stairs. She tends to leap from the fourth or fifth step, especially because she LOVES going to the basement where it's cooler and her favorite bed is waiting for her. I'm worried one of these days she'll break a leg when she hits the bottom, so I think I'll start walking down with her more carefully so she'll (hopefully) learn to apply the brakes. Sorry to derail! I will say that having a friend (Brooks) show her the ropes is what helped Kali get over the hump wrt stairs. Especially when there is food waiting at the other end, she can no longer stand being left out! Same is true for jumping into the back of the Jeep, sphinxing for treats, etc.
  13. It sounds like you're being very attentive and monitoring how his behavior changes, which seems like a great approach. Your patience is commendable! My only advice is like you said, it's only day 5... if you keep him on the path to success, he will probably acclimate to something like your other hounds' behavior. I'm not sure if you mentioned this, but do you currently have any other hounds? Or are the previous four no longer around? If it's the latter, he could easily be one of those dogs who just can't help freaking out at his perception of being left alone, even when you're three feet away on the other side of a screen door. That was Brooks's biggest problem--even though the agency felt he would be a good independent dog because he was usually doing his own thing while living with five other foster dogs and wasn't that social, independent in our case didn't mean he was adjusted to complete alone time and quiet. Lots of alone training, ditching the crate and setting up a routine didn't help. The only thing that put him right was fostering and eventually adopting a second hound. YMMV but I can't imagine ever trying to have a single greyhound again. It was like night and day.
  14. Lottts of cuts and bites. Both dogs need sutures in at least three places apiece. I guess Kali got involved after all, even though it was Brooks that had the cat in his mouth when I got out there. It was our next-door neighbor's tomcat and when we talked on the phone a few minutes ago, my neighbor said her cat had a lot of wounds too, so I'm guessing Kali had a crack at him. She's the only one of my two hounds with any teeth left to penetrate anything else's skin...
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