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  1. Looks like there are dogs available. My wife called and the group has arrived back in the Raleigh area. https://www.trianglegreyhound.org/availablehounds
  2. From what I hear from the local rescue group, a lot of greys will be available soon. My wife, who is more into this, tells me that with the combination of the racing ban in Florida, the end of the winter racing season there, and the virus crises is causing several tracks in Florida to shut down early. As in like now. She said there may be several thousand hounds available soon. She's going down with a group to South Carolina tomorrow to meet some haulers from Florida and bring eight greys back to Raleigh. Probably more to come in the near future. Get 'em while they're available.
  3. Are the feet the weak spot of these hounds? We have a 2 1/2 yo female and a 5 yo male. The only medical issues we have experienced with them are related to their feet. Our female came to us minus a toe on a rear foot. Apparently she broke it in her last race and it had to be amputated. A month ago, she was running around the yard and went into the mulch areas that border the areas near the fence. She was limping badly and I had to use a pair of pliers to extract a big sliver that had gone through the flesh between her toes on a front foot. All is well now. Then the male somehow dislocated the outside toe of a front foot and was limping badly. The toe had folded underneath his paw and he didn't want anyone to touch it. We took him to our vet and by the time we went into the exam room, he was fine. The toe repositioned itself and the vet said it would be OK, except that now the toe is cocked at an outward angle. Several days ago, I accidentally bumped or stepped on the other front foot. I barely realized I had made contact. He let out a mild yelp and my wife noted that one of his middle toenails was gone. We couldn't find it, so I have to think it was gone before the incident. Don't know if it will grow back. Have any of you noted foot issues with your hounds?
  4. Eight greys from Ireland arrived this afternoon at Raleigh-Durham Airport after an eight hour flight from London. There were about 15 volunteers to help with un-crating, paperwork, watering, and walking them so they could relieve themselves. There was about a two hour delay while we waited for customs to sign off on them. I don't think any of them had anything to declare, but that's the way customs works. Someone said that American Airlines requires that there be a 24 hour supply of food for the dogs and what was left must be disposed of by customs. Who knows? My observations of the dogs was that they all seem to be more filled out, that is, no ribs showing. Their coats were much thicker and heavier than the dogs I'm accustomed to here. And there were no bald butts. Maybe because they are from a cooler climate. And all but one was black or brown. But the best part was that all of them seemed happy, reasonably well adjusted to a new world, and reasonably friendly in spite of their ordeal. Always glad to welcome new dogs to the area.
  5. A couple of TV broadcasts during and after Molly's grand adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M1QKhvLdj8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad8cu2qXDYE
  6. I can't comment about the quality of GPS collars but I meant that SOME type of tracking system would be a great asset for locating lost dogs. As for for fence height, I don't know what is needed. Our two greys have never shone any inclination to go over our four-foot fence, even when going after a squirrel that eludes them by going through or over it. I've been involved with the local greyhound group for a year or more and haven't heard of any grey going over a fence of four feet. But I guess it's possible. We have a bunch more hounds coming in from Ireland next week. This time they are flying directly to Raleigh so the added five hour car ride won't be necessary. You can bet that extra care will be taken to prevent another Molly chronicle.
  7. Molly's Journey I realize this topic is covered elsewhere on this site, but the posts are several years old and I doubt that anyone is currently keeping track of them. So I'll post this here. Molly is a female two year old GH who came from Ireland. Apparently there is a surplus of hounds up for adoption there and a shortage of folks to adopt them. The opposite situation occurs here. So the local rescue group here in the Raleigh-Durham worked with a group in Ireland to have 12 dogs shipped over to the US. A rescue group in Pennsylvania took five and seven came to NC. The pups were shipped from Dublin to Washington Dulles airport and several volunteers went up to DC and brought the pups home. Molly was taken to her home on Monday night, January 27. Two days later she slipped past her owner and bolted out of the house. A search started immediately, mostly by members of the local rescue group. Molly was spotted a couple of times over the next few days but she's a shy dog and ran from anyone who approached her. I'm sure the ten hour flight and five hour car trip didn’t help her feel comfortable. She was lost is a suburban area that covers several square miles. Mostly individual homes on wooded lots with numerous brushy creek bottoms behind the houses. Visibility is limited. The search went on for over a week with numerous sightings that caused us to quickly move from one location to another. We plastered the area with posters and talked to residents. One of the local TV stations did a news story about the search and a lost dog tracker was hired. The tracker used her search dog and followed the locations of some of the sightings. Baited traps were set out without success. The town's animal control agency and the police joined the search and a drone was sent up for a better view of the area. The couple who lost her began grilling hamburgers on their deck to send out a signal of food in the hope that it would attract her. But no Molly. On the ninth day, Molly came home. Surprisingly, she went into the fenced backyard of the same house she had escaped from. The gate was shut behind her and she dove under the deck. The owner's other grey went under and brought her out. What a relief. Today, Molly is a well adjusted dog and settled in with her family. In looking back at the lost dog posts, there isn't much to add to what's already there. The only thing I could possibly add is to use a GPS collar on all greys. AKC markets one for about $50 and they are invaluable in locating a dog.
  8. Our Hailey is a 2.5 yo female who only raced 6 times. We've had her for six months and she's still a puppy. She's destroyed two pairs of my Crocs, two pairs of boat shoes, several pairs of my wife's shoes, one dog bed (filled the room with foam pieces), numerous small articles like toys, and at last count, six TV/Cable remote controllers. Yes, six. But she's sweet and gentle and has recently been certified as a therapy dog. So there's hope. Be prepared for puppy experiences.
  9. Thanks. And can you define the difference between a route and a sprint? Distance?
  10. Dick, here's another request for track records. The dog's racing name was Killer Huxley. He's about five years old and we brought him home just this afternoon. Thanks in advance, Dave.
  11. We had a 3 yo Corgi and an 11 yo Cocker Spaniel when we brought our 2 yo female Grey home. That was 3 months ago. There were some initial reservations, a couple of snarks (from the Cocker) but all are best buddies now. The Grey and the Corgi are inseparable.
  12. Northern hemisphere, middle of summer here now.
  13. Thanks for the comments. My concern was/is that the bald butt seemed to happen rather quickly.
  14. I didn't see anything about this on the forum, so I'll pose the question. Our 2 yo female has been with us for a little over three months. She has settled in well and has made herself at home. Over the time we've had her, she seems to be losing hair on her rear end. The fur on the upper portions of her back legs and her butt seem to be getting thinner. Maybe I just recently noticed it, but the condition seems to be advancing more rapidly recently. Is this a seasonal thing, a normal aging thing, or what? FWIW, she is solid tan, no brindle.
  15. No particular reason I crate them that long. I probably exaggerated the times, but they do stay in their crates a lot. They seem to enjoy the crates and are willing go in and lie down. I'm referring to the Cocker and the Corgi, not the grey. She's out most of the time, usually sleeping on one of her beds. I'm not a cruel master.
  16. Thanks for the comments. I guess I was baffled by how easy it was to crate train an older dog yet the difficulty in crating a dog I thought was familiar with it. Perhaps greysmom has the reason; the crate at our house is not the same as the one that our gray was accustomed to. All crates aren't created equal.
  17. There have been many comments (on other sites) about adopting a grey because of the way they are treated. Often cited is that they are kept in crates up to 20-22 hours a day. We adopted a 2yo female grey about three months ago and already had a Cocker Spaniel and a Corgi. So we rearranged our dog living arrangements to suit the new composition of our "pack." Long story short, the Corgi (3yo female), the Cocker (11yo male), and the grey were given crates to sleep in. The Corgi had no problems with the crate. I suspect she was crate trained by the breeder we bought her from at about 8 weeks old. The Cocker had to be bribed with food or treats to go into his crate but within two or three days, he was perfectly happy in it. He's still a happy, friendly, lovable dog and shows no ill effects from being in the crate. Both of these dogs are now in their crates 20-22 hours a day during the week and 12-16 hours on weekends. Meanwhile, the grey is very reluctant to go into her crate. She'll go in for a while with a bribe, but starts complaining within a few minutes. So she sleeps on a bed at the foot of our bed. I'm surprised about how easy it was to crate the Cocker at age 11 while the grey is so reluctant to go into hers. I would have thought the opposite would be the case.
  18. Typical: (Insert dog's name), you know you're not supposed to do that. Often: (Insert dog's name), get your nose out of there.
  19. Thanks for the replies. The pup doesn't sun herself for too long at a time, maybe five minutes max. But she certainly seems to like the feel of the hot grass.
  20. Our 2 yo female Hailey has taken to lying on the backyard lawn in the heat of the sun. It's been hot here for the past few weeks, mid-90s. While our other other two pups (a Cocker and a Corgi) are busy sniffing around and doing their business, Hailey lies on her side, legs stretched out, warming her belly. I thought greys were supposed to be temperature sensitive, but this one seems to love the heat. She stays like that for not too long, then comes in when the others do. This happens several times a day. With her thin coat on her underside, is it possible for her to get sunburned?
  21. The point I was making in the previous post was that even though the rear hatch and the driver's door flew open during the impact, my wife and the dog remained in the car because both were restrained by the seat belt and dog harness.
  22. I can't comment on a specific restraining system. But whatever, do something to secure the dog. About a month ago, my wife was driving to work and had her Corgi restrained in a dog seat in the back seat of her car. It was dog day at work. She was tee boned on the drivers side by someone who drove through a stop sign. Her car landed on its roof and she and the pup were left hanging upside down for a few minutes until someone got them out. Both were OK, but it could have been a lot worse. Scared the heck out of the dog. I shudder whenever I see a dog riding in the bed of a pickup truck.
  23. https://striphair.com/collections/striphair-gentle-groomer-original-and-sensitive/products/striphair-gentle-groomer-sensitive The dog loves it and it works. I couldn't believe a grey could have all that dead hair under that thin coat.
  24. Somewhat along this topic, so I'll add this. My wife (Hailey's REAL owner) somehow tracked down and contacted the trainer of our dog via Facebook. He remembered her and remarked how sweet she was. He also asked about how her foot was healing. Hailey had broken a couple of toes on a rear foot and one had been amputated. I was surprised that the trainer would remember her and the injured foot. There must have been a fairly close relationship between the dog and the trainer. So I have to believe that she was called Hailey all her life.
  25. Plain yogurt and canned, raw pumpkin are our dog's treat/food supplements. A big dollop of each on top of her kibbles makes her happy. And the pumpkin helps keep her stools firm (I'm told).
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