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  1. She has never in her life slept by herself. It is perfectly natural that she is scared and whining. You need to let her sleep near you either upstairs or you move downstairs. After a week or two she should be comfortable enough in her new home to sleep by herself. Congratulations on your new dog. In a few months you will think she is the most wonderful dog in the world.
  2. No advice, just a memory. Back in the early years of the Iraq war, a man posted that he had spent months in Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction and found none. Then he came home and found weapons of mass destruction in his home courtesy of his new greyhound!
  3. I drive a Camry--I got it because it had the widest backseat of any of the sedans in its class and I had 2 greys to transport. I bought the foam inserts from Orvis and they work great--very sturdy foam. I also got a net barrier to keep the dogs in the back seat, not visiting me. In addition I got a foam insert for the front passenger seat, so I can carry three dogs at once or if the 2 backseat dogs don't get along.
  4. My girl, Tess, taught herself to sit when she was 8. We spent some time at a house with a ramp going up to the back door near where we people sat and talked. One day I glanced over to her and saw she was sitting! evidently having her rump higher than her front made it more comfortable. She continued doing it more and more often, then moved to doing it on the grass. Now she does it everywhere whenever she feels like it. I've tried to get her to do it on command but she isn't interested.
  5. As long as there is no intense growling or blood, let them work it out.
  6. First, when my girl, Tess, rolls over on her back (cockroaches) she is wanting "tumtum rubs" more commonly know as tummy rubs. If she doesn't get them she sort of huffs about stupid humans and stands up. Your girl may not realize that those lovely new beds are actually beds for her. You might try putting a treat or two on the bed so she has to stand on it. Then she may or may not realize that it is soft and comfy. If that fails, I have led them to the bed and physically lifted their front legs and put them on the bed. If neither works, be patient. She knows she is allowed on it and someday a lightbulb will go off in her brain and she will realize it is a bed. Speaking of beds, I would not allow her to sleep with you on your bed at this time. She has never slept with anyone and may be startled and bite you if you move during the night. I'd just give her a bed on the floor beside your own bed. Later you can invite her up on your bed. Warning: My sweet Henry loved sleeping with me on my bed and I loved having him there. But one night he rolled over and fell into the crack between the bed and the wall. He was upside down and could not get out. It took sleepy me a couple of minutes to realize why he was screaming and how to move the bed and get him out. He was absolutely terrified and it took several days before he would go near my bedroom. He never slept on my bed again. Just a warning of something to be prepared for.
  7. Have you talked with your adoption group, or any greyhound adoption group in your area? They can help rehome her to a experienced home without stairs. I think that rehoming her is the best alternative as she can't continue to live on a third floor. Horrible for you, but probably best for your Magic. Where are you located? People here on Greytalk may be able to help.
  8. It seems like it is generally new members/new owners that have the questions where the answer varies based on country,, so maybe require new members to at least identify their country.
  9. is there anyone nearby with a greyhound or just a nice dog? Invite the dog over and let it pee and poop in your yard. If your dog seems to get along with them, you can have a quick play date. Otherwise, leave your dog in the house.
  10. Tess says "Good going, Felton!". I also admire Felton's skill while being thankful we don't have bunnies around here.
  11. I may get flamed, but I don't think a dog with that high of a prey drive should be living in an apartment complex where he will be seeing small dogs regularly. You would need to be constantly on alert and attacks may still happen. Even a muzzle will not totally protect small dogs. I don't believe a high prey drive can be trained away. I think the dog needs to be returned. Somewhere there is a home for him where he doesn't run the risk of constantly seeing small dogs and cats. The fact that you say he is incredibly sweet and has been house trained will help him find that home. t
  12. I have a Kurunda bed, the XL size I think. It has a plastic frame, not aluminum. I've had it for years and it has stood the test of time. My current dog loves it -- she lays on it and surveys the neighborhood.. Others have been mixed, some liked it and some didn't.
  13. Sounds to me like you are doing everything right. The only thing I might suggest is when he is sleeping in his crate, bring in your healthy cat and sit down with the cat on your lap, stroking the cat. Winston will probably get up and come over to sniff the cat and that is fine. If he gets too excited correct him and maybe the cat will swat him. In my house, I have 2 cats and one dog. One cat lives in my back bedroom. She is very shy and elderly and only comes out when the house is quiet. The other cat generally lives in my bedroom and the kitchen. She only goes into the living to sit on the back of the couch and watch birds. My grey spends most of her time in the living room, except at bedtime when she comes into my room. So yes, dogs and cats have territories and they will work it out.
  14. Poor girl. what a horrible introduction to her new neighborhood. I remember when my Henry was new, the wind moved a branch on a small tree and he attempted to bolt. I landed face down on the sidewalk and broke my glasses, BUT I held on to the leash so he didn't get away. I think we all have similar stories. The big D is undoubtedly from stress. Just remember, this too shall pass and soon you will both enjoy your walks (although she may not want to go near that dangerous tree).
  15. Welcome Ankh and Ankh's people! My Tess (who also is fighting hookworms) says black dogs with white chests are the best
  16. At 14 years old, I feel that a dental should be the very last choice. But I'm not a vet. I've had lots of dentals done on my greys but never when they are over 10 years old. When my Henry,, who had horrible teeth, became an elderly dog, my vet just said it wasn't worth it. So I would look at all of your other options first. I would think antibiotics could be tried. If you do decide it needs to be done, I would not let a general practitioner vet do it. There are vets that specialize in dentistry and I would find one. They cost more but know how to deal with risky procedures. If the tests show cancer, I would consult with a cancer specialist before anything is done.
  17. You went much too fast with introductions and are very lucky your cat survived. Even though initial introductions went okay, you need to plan for at least 2 weeks and likely more before you can let the animals be alone together. A cat standing still is very different from a cat that is moving, perhaps running, and kicks off your dog's chase instincts. Remember that dog has been bred for centuries to chase and kill animals. Greyhounds have killed cats. That said some greyhounds learn to live quite peacefully with cats. I've had 8 that did, and 2 that I had to return as I just could not trust them with my cats. If you can't easily break the dog's concentration on the cat, it is likely hopeless. But if you can get them to look at you there is hope. There are several threads on here about introducing grey's and cats. Basically training consists of going very slow and making sure your cat has a place to escape the dog. I use a back bedroom. Initially the door is kept closed. I may walk the dog in on leash and muzzled to let him sniff the cat. After a couple days, I put a baby gate in the doorway. Next I will prop the gate up, so the cat and not the dog can get under it. If the dog ignores the cat, he is praised. If the dog acts interested, he is corrected with a sharp "no" The muzzle is still used if there is a chance the dog and cat may meet. Eventually they can meet when the dog is unmuzzled as long as I am in the room. The key to all of this is going slowly and making sure the cat is safe. If you have a cat with claws who will swat your dog, it will go a long way to teaching the dog to leave the cat alone. If you have a timid cat that runs, you will have a harder time teaching the dog.
  18. Of course there are other reasons for bloody diarrhea, the hooks are just the most likely cause. But it could be something like Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Hooks are easier to deal with.
  19. My dog Tess came with hookworms. These are not the hookworms most vets are used to seeing. These came from racing kennels in the south and are very resistant to being killed. There was a good article about them about a year ago in a veterinary journal on parasites. I don't remember the name. If you do google search for scholarly journals--greyhounds and hookworms--you will find it. We put Tess on Advantage Plus and Panacur. Each time she was given the Panacur she had massive bloody diarrhea and she spent several days in the hospital. My Vet switched to Drontal with the Advantage which was easier on my girl (and the carpet). After several months of the treatment we got the 3 clear months. My vet kept her on the Advantage Plus and tested her again in three months. Unfortunately the hooks are back, but not as many so we are doing the protocol again.
  20. Don't forget, in addition to outdoor beds, she needs outdoor toys. Indoor toys that go out, often get soggy and kind of gross, so they need to stay indoors and let the outdoor toys stay out where you don't really need to touch them. I had a girl that loved squashed empty milk jugs. They have that wonderful sour milk smell, and make neat crunchy noises when you bite on them, plus you can bang them against things. That's what she told me anyways. She would steal them from my recycling bin and the night before garbage day I would collect them from the yardand then she would start again with new jugs.
  21. What a wonderful life you gave her! She looks so hoppy in that last photo where she is running across the yard. Your house must seem so empty without her presence. I hope Gracie is adjusting well to life as an only dog.
  22. My Henry went thru a period when he was terrified of the stop sign at the corner. We had to cross the street to avoid it.
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