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GreytTerp

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  • Birthday 07/06/1985

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  1. Hi! Could I ask which kidney dog food you went with? We just received a recommendation to start transitioning over, though Marv is just in the early phases (very high end of normal but definitely trending upwards in the past 10 months). Otherwise, Marvin (a seasoned 10.5 years old) is in good health, minus the usual old man wobblies in the rear. Wishing you the best with Stella.
  2. All good things here. We have Marvin, the 10 y.o. big brindle boy, and his brother, of 1.5+ years, a young adult chihuahua terrier mix (~ 3-4 y.o. Toxirn?), Bertrand. They are definitely brothers, even if they largely co-exist and don't interact other than the occasional sniff about. They *almost cuddle, and we think they eventually will. Bertrand did try to climb into the slumber ball with Marvin on his first night with us, and that was a mistake, but no harm done. Otherwise, we had one accidental snark that ended up with Bertrand's head in Marvin's mouth, while Bertrand's mouth was around Marvin's leg, and they both panicked. Everyone was totally fine, and then they right after wanted to be near each other. Bertrand is 12 lbs of scruffy, fluffy sometimes/mini-lion other times, ter-hua-hua crazy, but they nap together all day, every day, and he's never once been mistaken for a toy. We like having such a visually mismatched pair of quirky pups. Marvin has also, unexpectedly, protected his little brother from a couple of off-leash dog events (Bertrand has bad leash reactivity). We took Marvin with us when we went to the adoption event so that he could pick (or just not un-pick, as he's more or less just ignores other dogs) a potential sibling. We walked them together inside and outside for about an hour, and I guess boys that pee together stay together? It doesn't sound like any more requirements than anyone else, definitely not like needing a cat-safe hound, and there are plenty of those out there too!
  3. Following...Marvin is going to the vet on Monday, as what had been a bit of occasional rear weakness was bad this morning. I couldn't tell if he was trying not to poop in the house or just couldn't stand up fully in the back. He just turned 10 this past week, and I'm tearing up now just looking at him.
  4. Thanks as always to this board! We ordered two last week, just to make sure we could get another before they are gone. So silly that they are being discontinued. Maybe they will just come in a different fabric?
  5. In the case that you're still looking for a bike trailer, for trips where you don't want to take the car, we'd recommend the HoundAbout 2 (by Solvit). Marvin is a big boy, 75lb and wide, and he really enjoys being towed behind a Surly Long Haul Trucker or whatever else we have that the hitch fits onto. It folds down to about 6 inches thick, and the wheels come off. It is large enough that he can lay down in, if he curls up a bit, but he usually ends up sitting on the rolled up pillow we put in the back. I'm digging through google photos for some pictures of him in the Marvi-O-Kart..
  6. Just empathizing with you Our grey loves his walks, and as he's gotten older, I like to let him walk as long as he wants. His new little brother, a little terrier we adopted at the end of last year, has severe leash reactivity, which makes it super challenging and emotionally frustrating to get a decent walk in. It's almost impossible to avoid other reactive dogs and other dogs in general around the neighborhood. We're down to walking at odd times and heading to different areas to walk while we work on the little dude's issues. Lots of good suggestions above, and good luck!
  7. We've got one who's similarly affected by turtles..only turtles... Lovely pics!
  8. We travel regularly, especially with work of late, and our hound does great with his sitters. Check the Greyhounds Sitter Exchange on Facebook, as well as your local adoption groups for grey-friendly hosts. We also have a wonderful Rover sitter for our boys when we both have to travel. While there is an extended adjustment period as your hound learns their new life with you, they are still a dog, and with the right sitter, will be just fine while you have to be away.
  9. Exciting! Most everything others have said is consistent with our experience bringing Marvin home. Marvin was never fostered, only spending about two weeks in a kennel before heading home with us, so everything was brand new. I would suggest starting with alone training right away, leaving the house for a minute or two to start and building up from there. We started when Marv was tired, and it seemed to help him ease into us coming and going without him being full of energy and on high alert (admittedly, he has always been 'low energy', even for a greyhound...). We never used a crate, just baby gates, gradually giving him more and more access around the house. We let him adjust at his own pace to new sounds and sights, and with the exception of remote control helicopters and the occasional turtle (which just frustrate him b/c he knows they are in there somewhere), Marvin is bomb proof. I slept downstairs with him his first night, as I was so worried that he would go crazy if he slept by himself. He was fine. If he's ever fussy at night, it's only because he needs to go out again (probably ate something outside that upset his system). Marvin took forever to learn stairs, and when he did learn to go up, he didn't want to go down, and my husband had to carry him down. It was probably a good month before he spent nights upstairs in our bedroom with us. Poop. This board is full of greyhound poop experts! It might take a while to find the right food to get 'good poops', but you will get there! You may have to check for worms and de-worm a few times, but rest assured, if Pocket doesn't come home with poops that don't require a paper plate to catch or a nalgene bottle wash away, she will eventually get there. You have a Newfie!!! My husband grew up with Newfoundland mixes (Chesapeake Bay Retrievers), but he would love a Newfie to pull Marvin (the greyhound) around in a cart Even having a Newfie, you will be surprised by how much of those dog hair dustbunnies will be from Pocket, especially as we move into warmer weather. We will of course need to see pictures right away! The easiest way I have found to share pictures is to get the 'share' link from google photos and just paste the link in here.
  10. [cough cough] https://photos.app.goo.gl/vSf25hTZ95iElRjq2
  11. Lovely, Trevor! NancyB made us two of these for our red brindle, Marvin, including his very first collar. It's the same green Burberry plaid. I'm thinking that we should order Marv his 3rd in that pattern! Need more Trevor pictures...
  12. So adorable Way to go, Doris! All of the time in the world, and Marv wouldn't have figured that out
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