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About stormnw

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    Portland, OR
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    Cycling, DIY, Greyhounds!

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  1. Hi there - I feed the Honest Kitchen base mix to my 2 1/2 year old 74 lb grey. Switched him from the kibble the adoption group was feeding about 4 months ago and he's done pretty well on it. Flatulence is gone completely, and his coat is in great shape and he is always, always eager for food time and eats all of it. I rotate proteins (turkey, chicken, beef) and bulk prepare 10-14 days at a time and freeze/thaw as needed. Our house is pretty busy some days so that makes sure we've got food ready to go for him regardless if work or other needs come up unexpectedly. One thing I've read to watch out for is fat content in meat -- try to stay above 90% if you can. I've found chicken to be the least-expensive (I buy meat in bulk at Costco). Ratio I've landed on is 1 1/2 cups of the dry mix per day, prepared mostly per the directions. I tend to use a little less water and will err on the side of a little more meat. Cost-wise I've found it to be cheaper than delivery/prepared raw, but more expensive than DIY raw. I may at some point break down and buy a meat grinder and start making his food from scratch, but just haven't found the time/cost needed for that make sense yet. I also echo the teeth concerns raised by racindog -- to mitigate that I give him dental chews every day, bully sticks a couple times a week, and brush his teeth every day. Seems to be doing the trick. We also live in an apartment, so it's not super practical for us to give raw meaty bones without it making a mess.
  2. We use Kongs and bully sticks several times a week. I've also been giving large Virbac C.E.T. oral hygiene rawhide chews daily to help with dental health. I'm also a fan of using chews that are digestible as my hound is determined to destroy chews in a single marathon session when I given them. I'd like to give raw meaty bones, but living in an apartment makes it challenging for clean-up. Perhaps in spring/summer when the weather is better.
  3. A late reply... but do appreciate the feedback, thanks! An update -- adoption group suggested 2c of kibble morning/night. I gave that along with some yogurt, kongs filled with frozen applesauce/peanut butter/etc. a couple times a week. Also have used freeze dried liver mostly as treats while training him to potty and walk well on a leash. Weighed him a couple weeks ago (about 1 mo post adoption) as I thought I was seeing more ribs on him, and sure enough he had lost a couple pounds. I've slowly switched him over to a raw diet (honest kitchen base mix + added meat). The switch went well, thankfully, and he's enthusiastic about the food. Have upped the meat ratio a bit to try and get a little weight back on him -- he looks a bit lean from the greyhound 'ideal weight' pictures I've seen. Have also upped the kong to daily for a while. Did discover Zuke's mini-treats -- those are great! Got us through nail trimming quite well, and appreciated being liberal with them. At this point I'm mostly just going to keep an eye on him for weight. A local pet store has a scale we can use, that will be every few weeks. I'm thinking because of his weight drop initially (and we do walk a fair amount) I'll need to be a bit above the recommended feeding guidelines, even with the extras. Expect that will go down somewhat as he gets older. All in all though, thanks for the reassurance and insight!
  4. We thankfully were able to return the trailer, yes. I made sure I kept the box and only unpacked the accessories necessary to test it out, just in case - and glad I did. Certainly didn't expect this outcome 6 weeks ago when we first got him, but am glad we were flexible and looking forward to all the adventures we have together.
  5. Hi all - An update for anyone interested, and for those that read this thread later on -- we got the DoggyRide trailer, and unfortunately the only way Vincent fit is if I put him in a particular crescent shape, and his head would stick out the front. Certainly didn't look too comfortable to say the least. The trailer stated the shoulder height max is 26", and Vincent is 28"... I was hopeful due to him being mostly leg that he'd be able to fit, but didn't seem to be a sustainable solution. We have a friend of a friend who builds custom bike trailers. We're discussing having one made for next summer, as long as we can find a place to store it. We felt like we exhausted our options at this point, and ended up purchasing a Subaru Forester yesterday. The car will basically be for the dog, ha! Vincent has stolen both our hearts already, so when the other options proved not viable it just made sense. We love to see him run and want to walk with him on more trails around the area, and that vehicle certainly will let us do that. I'll be searching/posting on the forum about camping with greyhounds in prep for next season now, might as well use the adventure vehicle since we now have it!
  6. Appreciate the thoughtful reply, kudzu. The trailer arrived really quickly and we're going to try it out this weekend. He has done a greyhound sit a couple of times on his own since we've had him, so I'm hopeful we can teach him if he'd rather not lay down, he'll be able to pop his head out of the top of the trailer in a sitting position (like Mouse does!). Keeping our fingers crossed we can get through the adjustment/training period ok! Yes even getting the expensive DoggyRide trailer and picking up a touring bike (a Salsa Marrakesh, in case any fellow cyclists care to know is less than a 1/3 of what the cargo bike would be. Definitely for the first couple months there'd be two of us out, me out in front with the trailer with my partner behind keeping an eye on Vincent. After that the rear-view mirror is a great idea if I take him out solo for some reason. Oh @Scoutsmom -- Vincent says "hi" back to Henry and Bree. I'm sure he's looking forward to running laps with Bree again!
  7. Thanks for the feedback! The masking tape idea is a great one, will keep that in mind. We were hopeful we'd be able to store a cargo bike in our apartment garage, just renting/sharing an auto spot or parking it close to the bike repair station. However, due to some new city regulations the apartment isn't able to rent spaces out to current residents anymore, and I'm encountering lots of red tape for using some 'dead space' within the garage as other folks who decide to get one may not have room. So, may still be possible to park it in the garage, but likely not for many months until the management company decides how to proceed with my request. The more I think about it, the more the larger cargo bike would be the way to go if we went that route. As far as securing Vincent, we'd install tie-downs in the bottom of the box and create a harness attachment for him to prevent him from jumping out. And of course working on 'down' and encouraging him to just relax and enjoy the ride as much as possible. I did test ride them, and they are long and the turning radius is definitely wider than a regular bike -- but the pedal assist helps tons and it's super stable once at speed. To have an option for now, we decided to buy the trailer that Mouse uses (DoggyRide) as it's the largest and one that has the highest weight rating from the research I've done. It should arrive soon, so we'll see how it goes! I'm hopeful we can add a cargo bike to the bike fleet once we can negotiate the parking. They are expensive, though we won't have ongoing costs nearly as high as a car (no gas, cheap insurance and maintenance!). If the trailer works well, though, may have no need for the cargo bike. We're lucky that our vet is very close, and an emergency vet is within a reasonable distance. Appreciate the feedback!
  8. We have a neighbor with a car who'd help us out if it's an emergency. Also can call local taxi company/Lyft, as they have pet-friendly drivers. Our dog walking service also has a pet taxi option, if needed. Thankfully climate here is pretty mild all things considered. Being in the pacific northwest rain is just part of life, all the options above have rain cover options which we'd absolutely be getting. We've already been caught in the rain once -- Vincent didn't seem to mind at all! A soft crate may be able to go on a standard bicycle trailer... though the DoggyRide is made for that purpose and has appropriately loaded-weight. For most places we'd be going, biking wouldn't add a significant amount of time, especially with the e-assist cargo bikes.
  9. Hello! Our new addition, Vincent, is settling in well. We're at a little over two weeks and seem to have found our routine. The one challenge we're trying to figure out now is transportation. We're a car-free house (and live centrally) and would like to stay car-free if possible. Some very recent parking restrictions at our apartment also make getting a car a less-desirable option. We've been using rental cars, though complying with pet-carrier policies with a 75lb dog is no small feat (carrying a heavy crate halfway across a building has been quite the pain, and we're limited on what types of cars we can take which add in additional time to go fetch). We're looking a few bike options, inspired by Mouse, the bike trailer-riding greyhound. A trailer is the lowest-cost option, though we could use a cargo-bike for other purposes, too. I hoped to get feedback on sizing. I want to make sure Vincent is comfortable enough for longer distances eventually -- though I also know it's good to generally have transport carriers be a big snug to minimize momentum in case of emergency braking/quick direction changes if needed. We've got a few options: - DoggyRide Novel10 Bike Trailer - This is the trailer that Mouse rides in, and is the largest/beefiest dog trailer I can seem to find. 110 lb weight limit, and recommended 26" shoulder height limit. Vincent is 28" at the shoulder, but if we go the trailer route this looks to be our best option. Thankfully he has done 'sit' on occasion, and may need to if he wants to see out. Downside is I wouldn't want to take him out alone, as he'd be behind me and would be challenging to make sure all is well while I'm pedaling. Also that we have hills where we are, and pulling 100+ pounds on the bike would be a challenge. (Dimensions: 31.5 x 21 x 25.5"/80 x 56 x 65cm) - Riese & Muller, Packster 60 - A front-loading cargo bike that has electric-assist, as well as a front suspension to make the ride smoother for the dog. Certainly an investment and much more expensive than just getting a trailer, though the large up-front costs will save money ongoing especially considering it's a car replacement. Cargo dimensions: 23.6"long x 26.3" wide (60cm long x 67cm wide). - Riese & Muller, Packster 80 - Similar to the Packster 60, this is the larger version. Cargo dimensions: 31.4" long x 26.3" wide (80cm long x 67cm wide) - makes it comparable to the trailer, just in a different format. This makes for a long bike though -- almost 9 ft. Thought was if we went with a cargo bike, we could add-on tie-down to the cargo box and secure it to a harness for Vincent. Figured though once we put his favorite blanket in the cargo area, he'd likely lie down and enjoy the ride. He does ride really well in the car already, so that bodes well for biking adventures. I hoped to go with the Packster 60 if possible just to have a bike that's a little shorter and therefore more maneuverable... but not sure if the extra 7 inches would make a big difference and we should just spring for the Packster 80 if we decide to go the cargo-bike route. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
  10. Thanks for the feedback. Thankfully hasn't been too hot around here yet, so temp/humidity hasn't been a concern. We did a longer, slower walk this weekend -- about 3 miles -- and he did fine. His pads seem to be adapting ok, have been keeping an eye on them. He's started statuing at times, though have found great advice by searching the forum. Giving him a bit of a push from behind and then picking up the pace for a little while seems to do the trick for now!
  11. Oh my goodness! I remember watching the haul updates on Facebook, and being surprised seeing a puppy and wondering where that little guy was going to end up, so appreciated stumbling across this post! I love the name as well. Congratulations and enjoy the great weather with your new addition.
  12. @Remolacha -- I certainly understand it wasn't the best option, indeed - and looking back on it likely would have made a different choice (like double checking the radar first?!). Would have love to have found a building to go to, but no dog-friendly ones that were close. Thankfully it was 90% downpour, 10% lightning/thunder. There are lots and lots of trees where we were, and we definitely weren't under the tallest one. Thank you, though for the gentle reminder - really planning to not make it a repeat occurrence and double check the radar next time! We'll find out about fireworks soon enough... did get some homeopathic calming treats by recommendation of our adoption agency, likely will give some preemptively to hopefully set up for success. I tried one couple nights ago, he seemed to handle them fine. @Alyse -- I've taken to the trick shared in the Greyhound for Dummies book -- anytime loud noises happen say 'Kaboom!' and follow it with treat if they're readily available and a happy dance. Trying to keep with the mantra of loud noises = good things happen.
  13. He's gotten lots of compliments on walks on his color. He has figured out that the Big Barker bed does have enough room for him to lay and stretch out -- though sometimes his head hangs off as in the picture and it's super cute. I've been really impressed with the bed and the support it gives him. Glad it's going to last as long as he will as well... (and it should, considering what we paid for it, haha!). Once the other bed we picked up (Costco bed) gets too flat, I'll likely replace it with another Big Barker. I've been pretty impressed with it (heck, I'd lay down on and nap on it, too!). I do have to brag a bit -- We went for a walk day before yesterday and forecast had a rain shower, but I didn't think too much about it because, well - I live in Portland. Turns out we got caught in the one of the very few thunderstorms we seem to get a year. We were about half a mile from the apartment when it started thundering and down pouring. We found a tree to shelter under, and pretended the thunder and rain was all great fun with treats and happy voices. Seemed to do the trick -- he was nervous at first but got the first treat and then thought it was just fine. I was really surprised (and relieved) that the thunder didn't spook him, especially because we were outside!
  14. As always, thanks for the great feedback! Definitely networking with other greyhound owners sounds like the best option all the way around. I'm sure Vincent would see it as an awesome vacation for himself, too, or as hosting his own sleepover. We're in an apartment, so I want to be above-board about having another dog stay in our unit. I believe there's a 2 pet limit, so would still let another hound over. I work from home 95% of the time, so that bodes well too for making sure everyone gets along well. I'll make note to talk to our property manager and get her take. Even if we have to put down another pet deposit and pet rent for the months we host, it's still vastly cheaper than any commercial option. @Scoutsmom -- yes, we'd love to bring Vincent for a play date. We were planning on making the July 7th GPA-NW one for sure, though a smaller one likely will be good! I'm not on Facebook (gave it up years ago) -- unfortunate in this instance, as it sounds like a lot of networking happens that way. I'll definitely contact our adoption coordinator too, though, and see if I can make connections in other ways. A perk for being in a bigger city with a larger community, for sure. Super grateful for this forum and for kind and generous fellow hound owners!
  15. Hello! Curious as to what others do with their greyhounds when they travel if taking them with you isn't an option. I'm sure it depends on the hound to some extent, though am interested in other's thoughts as to the temperament/behavior that would lean towards a particular option. My partner and I have out of town travel scheduled in a little less than two months. We just got our new boy, Vincent, a few days ago. We'll be gone 5-6 days. The options I'm thinking at the moment are: 1) Boarding with the vet, 2) Boarding at a swanky pet hotel, 3) Hiring an in-home pet sitting service. I'm leaning towards #2 or #3 - I want to set him up for success as much as possible and make it a positive experience. We've only had him a couple days -- he does get REALLY excited about new dogs. We had one (thankfully) successful meeting with a sweet golden retriever - the meeting wasn't intentional, proximity let it happen but otherwise I've avoided having him meet other dogs while we're out while he's still adjusting. He does have a prey drive for squirrels and birds, definitely. Small dogs somewhat, too - though have tried distracting him successfully thus far. I'm thinking as long as we can continue alone training (we're up to 25 minutes on day 3) then the in-home option may be less disruptive... though am interested to hear your thoughts!
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