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  1. We have a focused strategy to prevent our grey from getting onto the human furniture: Get him a dog bed that is of higher quality than the furniture. And it has worked! Orvis dog bed with a bolster around three of the four sides. Sometimes he rests his head on the bolster, and sometimes he nuzzles into the seem of it (and yeah sometimes puts his head on the floor--to stay cool I suppose). Expensive, but he loves it and stays off the couch! The human bed is no issue because he's too afraid to climb the stairs!
  2. Hello Adam, I'm in New England and had a similar experience with shelters not considering adopting outside of a certain geographical area (and in one case, directly contradicting the policy detailed on their own website! ). In my area some shelters have ceased operations (temporarily or permanently). It's probably a combination of COVID times and reduction in the number of available greys from the closure of tracks almost everywhere in the US including FL. Some shelters are getting greys from other countries such as Ireland and Spain. My previous grey was from Ireland and she was amazing. I also agree with the lurcher suggestion-- and would maybe extend your consideration to other sighthound breeds (sloughi, saluki, borzoi , Pharoah hound, Scottish Deerhound etc). Best of luck!!
  3. I am so sorry. Absolutely heartbreaking.
  4. Up until today, I could not read the members-only forums and was prompted to log in. This was despite my being logged in (username appearing in upper right corner). Logged in again, same problem. Today, everything is fine ,and I did nothing different with computer and browser (PC/Chrome). Thanks for fixing it, Jeff!
  5. oh, and to add: Stanley munches grass on a daily basis during his walks. We try to limit him for the same reasons as other have described: potential pesticide exposure. Strangely, he seems to be able to digest it just fine (no extractions required on the other end)
  6. Wow, I just learned a new word!
  7. Hi and thanks! He has paperwork from shelter's vet saying he is clear of hookworms. First appointment with his new vet is coming up in June and likely we'll have him tested again. Also...no tummy rumbles and the dog hasn't passed gas once, indoors or outdoors, in the three weeks I've had him (a dog that doesn't fart? at all? I *think* it's a real dog and not a robot.!? ). Plus it's secondary (and tertiary) poops that were a little runny. First poop of the walk has always been fairly decent. and furthermore (this is huge .... ) we have coincidentally added Olewo carrots beginning yesterday...and are (apparently) seeing results after one day (here's hoping). Good form even on second poop of the walk. WOW. At this point I'm not sure if it's the new food (phased in starting almost a week ago), or the Olewo carrots (started a day ago), or a combination thereof but today was rainy, and not runny! My grey from 20 years ago used Iams in the green bag for a while (she had to change when she got older, but had a good few years on it). I was pleasantly surprised that they still make it! It remains in back of my mind if things take a turn for the worse, but for now, things are hopefully looking solid!
  8. Doing a quick search I haven't seen many posts on this brand, so I thought I'd ask if anyone else's grey is eating Grandma Mae's Country Naturals. Stanley's shelter had him on Taste of the Wild and rotated the varieties. I continued doing this when we first adopted him so as not to disrupt things. He was doing well on it, except for a minor case of Round Two Pudding Poo (second poop of any given walk was of questionable character). I have read that this poop phenomenon is common in greys, and I even recall it happening in a lesser degree with my prior greyhound. My local independent pet supplier carries TOTW and agreed with my initial strategy while Stanley settled in, but told me about the past controversies of the parent company and added he may be discontinuing this brand in the future. I also noticed that the TOTW "Roasted Bison and Roasted Venison" variety had an apparent preponderance of water buffalo meat imported from India. Bison and Venison were ingredients number nine and ten (listed after dried yeast?!!! that's not much Bison or Venison!) This was disclosed on the package although I didn't notice at first. This sort of thing hastens my decision when I'm considering changing brands. There were other high-end brands in my neighborhood store including Fromm's and few others, including Grandma Mae's. I was still reluctant to switch brands because Stanley enjoyed the TOTW and the poop issue wasn't horrible (I've read enough posts and talked with enough other greyhound owners to know it could be a LOT worse ). I Decided to try the switch when I received a few free samples of Grandma Mae's from the shop. At this point it's important to mention that this brand is apparently owned by an association of independent pet supply stores--meaning that my neighborhood store probably has some skin in this brand. They weren't pushy about recommending it though. He's on his second bag of the chicken and brown rice formula and likes it. So far so good. Only downside so far is the price--it's not cheap. But Stanley is my only hound so I don't have to pay to feed an entire pack of greys (as much fun as that would be!). Is anyone else on GT feeding this brand? just curious! PS: Both TOTW and Grandma Mae's have smaller kibble pieces than what I recall with my prior greyhound...uniform shaped pieces kind of like vitamin tablets, rather than chunks...this is a trend nowadays? I suppose it prevents choking!
  9. Thanks MaryJane. I actually realized (I'm a little bit slow ) there is a pinned thread with an extensive list of Greytalk recommended vets (which is exactly what I was looking for, but as I said I'm a bit slow). While the list dates back a few years, I see that the Porter Square Vet in Somerville still lists the two vets on their website as actively practicing, so I will inquire there first. If that doesn't work out, I will reach out to rescue groups in the area (although I'm not sure how many are actively operating near me. Stanley comes from out of state). Thanks again
  10. Hello everyone, I'm reviving this older thread because I recently adopted again (will post to Introductions soon!) and am looking for a vet just west of Boston. We had a greyhound a while ago (Twiggy RIP), and her vet has since retired. I see the above recommendations for Dedham, but I'm looking more in area roughly between Cambridge and Waltham. Will drive farther if necessary of course, but would prefer a greyhound-experienced vet in this area. So far there are a few well-rated practices nearby but I want to get GT recommendations! Anyone in the area? Would love to hear about your vet experiences. Thanks!
  11. Hello everyone, I recently reactivated my membership after being away for a dog's age....literally. Am finally looking into getting another greyhound. Seeing some familiar usernames on here after so many years has made me smile. I hope you are well!
  12. I also haven't been on in a while. (Hi @FinnslizLiz!). A REAL long while. I wish I was retired, but still have a ways to go. Will still try to check in whenever I can.
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