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  1. Happy birthday Punkin! You’re so good to make your mum share her food with the other people on your special day 😍
  2. It seems that lots of people do allow their hounds to sleep in the bed with them. I suppose the answer to your question is that you won’t know what can go wrong until it has! As long as you understand the risks that you take with this behaviour, and that you understand that you may be woken up at some point by 30kg of teeth and fur which which won’t be your dog’s fault then it’s really up to you. Snuggle away!
  3. My advice would also be set Alfie up a safe space. We have a bed in the middle of the room, but we also have one in a corner that Buddy can take himself off to. We never approach him without announcing ourselves if he’s sleeping due to him having sleep startle, and having learnt the hard way! i was in the middle of this reply when your second post popped up. You’re right that Alfie is trying to communicate to you, and the answers you receive from the members on here will all be given to try to help you read your dog better. I wouldn’t read the first response as a criticism of Jake (I didn
  4. Do you have bite size shredded wheat in the States? No fat, no salt, no sugar. My boy loves them as a bit of a change, although clearly they are not very meaty! He also loves Rublies by Olewo. They are a carrot and beetroot pellet, so again, not very meaty
  5. I have a meal planned and will be posting pictures of the carnage as it happens
  6. Same from here. Sorry about your double loss but thanks for sharing your experience as I’ve definitely learned something from it.
  7. I feel your pan too, but we have underfloor heating where Buddy’s bowls are so it dries up fairly quickly. Would something like this work for you? You might need a couple of them but at least they are washable and very absorbent. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brabantia-Microfibre-Dish-Drying-Dark/dp/B079P9FH2V/ref=asc_df_B079P9FH2V/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=389319101948&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9773122076665421518&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9046501&hvtargid=pla-471792040257&psc=1&th=1&ps
  8. Abu looks like he’s giving as good as he gets! Great photos
  9. When I’ve looked for prescription stuff like worming tablets online, they are much cheaper to buy but many you can’t get without a vet prescription first, and ours charge £15 a prescription. pets-megastore.com.au is a good site to look at, and this is where we got our Droncit (our vet will only let him have them every six months, but the pack states you can give it every three, so we bought extra for the in between months.
  10. You’re not a bad owner, you’re just learning as you go along, which is what most people have to do! If what you’ve seen doesn’t look like any of the pictures you’ve found online, just keep your original appointment and discuss with your vet then. I’d advise you make a list of things you want to ask - our vet in Runcorn is not letting owners into the clinic still and handover can be a bit hit and miss. Ask them if they have a monthly plan which covers worming and annual vaccinations (I think ours is called the Pet Health Club and costs us £16.99 a month. It also (apparently!) reduces the cost o
  11. It’s possible that if he previously had worms that his infection hasn’t been cleared by his last dose, and yes, it’s also possible that he’s been reinfected since his last worming. Could he have eaten something to infect him - dead animal, poo (his own or another animals’)? I’m not familiar with those medications, so it’s worthwhile looking up which types of worm they treat. Also, how frequently do you treat him - monthly or quarterly? Again, depending on his habits you might want to discuss changing worming regimens with your vet. Our Buddy is a determined poop eater and I’m much happier ho
  12. Gorgeous boy, and he already looks like he’s right at home 😍
  13. Silly suggestion maybe, but you haven’t mentioned if your houndie has a coat. A thick one with a snood attached might be the thing if you haven’t. There are also cave-type beds you can get that she can burrow into, since whatever blankets you have may fall off her during the night. Both options are probably safer than a heater or heated blanket.
  14. In addition to all this I would say that depending what you put in his Kong, that could be adding to his upset tummy and diarrhoea. If it’s too fatty it could cause this. As already stated, time, patience and positive reinforcement are the best combination. You will get there!
  15. You’re definitely not the only person who has ever had their dog growl at them. Growling is one of the few ways your dog can let you know how he feels, because his options are limited. He’s being good and warning you that he doesn’t like what you’re doing. If you think about how painful ear infections are for you, it’s not surprising that he is warning you off from touching his sore ears. You have to consider if you’d rather have him growl as a warning or simply snap at you. I know which I’d prefer! Cant help you with his health issues or personality but I hope whatever he has clears up s
  16. I would recommend trying the cheaper options suggested above. I was having similar issues with my dog so I bought a new car to accommodate him and it turns out that he doesn’t enjoy it (admittedly, mine is an SUV which you’ve already said you don’t want) and I don’t particularly enjoy driving it either. if you really are set on a new car, look at Volvo - our other car (which Buddy loves going in) is a V90 but I think that the smaller V60 would have been adequate for him. They are not cheap cars but the ride is comfortable and I think they’re quite economical with fuel.
  17. Ok, that’s something else I can try. Thanks
  18. I’m pleased to report that it is working in the house but I haven’t had to try it while we’re out and about yet. We’ve also tried him with cheese and even that has been successful
  19. yes! We started giving Buddy Olewo carrots which helped to firm up his stool and had the added bonus of reducing his toxic emissions but he can still clear a room with one guff. They are eye-watering at times. We have tried all sorts for him, including probiotics, but he still has spells of pure stinkiness. He farted once while we were watching The Madalorian. It coincided with a space ship door opening, which on Star Wars is often accompanied by the sound of gas being released so I didn’t notice until I sat up into his fart cloud 🤢. His tummy might still be settling from the upheaval of
  20. Yes he probably is tired. Although he was walked at the kennels you adopted him from they won’t have taken him out for too long. When we adopted Buddy we took him for a walk from the kennels with a carer and were only out for 20 minutes tops. We walk him for a bit longer now but you will have to build him up slowly. How old is Rumble? Buddy will often slow down in the second half of his walk, but usually when it’s a bit warmer. I don’t think it’s that cold here at the minute - I walked Buddy in a t-shirt and jumper this evening. But that could be my age 😬🥵 And Buddy also has little pink c
  21. Sorry for your loss. I’m so glad Cletus found a happy home for the last year or so, he clearly settled in well there, I’m going to miss your stories and pictures but also know you’re wagging your tail over the bridge.
  22. I just saw Cletus’s name on the list of bridge angels for November, and the update at the start of this thread......has Cletus gone to torment chickens over the rainbow?
  23. Most of Buddy’s collars have come from Noddy and Sweets or Izzy and Finn’s Hound Boutique. They both have a wide selection of fabrics and I think they offer collars in 1 1/2 and 2 inch widths, and some from Izzy and Finn’s also give donations to greyhound charities. Although not British based, 4Guaus on Etsy posts to the UK with prices very similar to those above. And they include a free tag (not engraved)
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