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    Pat Hall

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  1. My boy, Star, came home to me at 18 months old. He fooled us right from the start - when we met him at the adoption kennel he was very calm and walked well on leash. He was a big boy too. I remember saying to my husband, "Wow - I can't believe how sweet and easy going this dog is at such a young age!". Well, once he got home with us he was still sweet but he only had two speeds - run and stop. I used to say his mantra was, "Why walk when you can run?". He'd run from room to room, he'd run up and down stairs, he'd run when I called him, he loved to run in the yard. Stuffies went everywhere. He jumped up and down at my side when we went out to the yard. He even ended up lying on top of our dining room table. But, he was a wonderful dog. He amazed me when, even at that age, he was wonderful with small kids. Even from the beginning he would be very calm with small kids. He'd be quiet around them - no jumping or running and often lick their faces. Each dog is definitely an individual and it's so much fun watching them settle in. Good luck and have fun!
  2. I'm replying to your question of adopting two greyhounds at the same time and the concern re bonding with you. Three years ago I lost all three of my greyhounds to a variety of health issues - old age, cancer, kidney disease. I was at the point of not having any dogs which I couldn't stand. I always want to have more than one greyhound at a time, so I decided to bring two home at the same time. (They actually arrived at my home two weeks apart.) One was 2 years old, one was 3 years old. They had not met before coming to me, so maybe that was a factor in how they settled in at my house. They got along well (still do) and have bonded. But they both have also bonded tightly with me. It wasn't an issue at all. Good luck as you sort through all this.
  3. I always use Majestic Collars spook harness. I'm currently using it for my shy girl, and have used them for years on the various greyhounds. They are great. www.majesticcollars.com.
  4. Yes - I've been there as well. I tried forcing Lucas, which resulted in him avoiding coming near me, so I gave up and just waited for him to show me he had to go out. He never did have an accident in the house. When he indicated he needed to go (going near the door the way he typically did) and he'd finally run out, I would wait for him and bring him back in immediately so that he didn't have to stay out there very long. That seems to help him and he's gotten better. Now he'll go out regularly but not want to stay out there, which is fine.
  5. There is also information on this on the website of the Greyhound Health Initiative.
  6. I will be there! Arriving Wednesday. Can't wait to get there already!
  7. Yes - I had that with my girl, Sox. Even when she was at the adoption kennel, she wouldn't take treats from anyone's hands. I've had her 3 years now and it took her over a year to take a treat from me. Now she will, but she won't from anyone else.
  8. This happens occasionally with my girl, Sox. Same as Val, Sox is hesitant to eat when the gurglies start. What usually works for me is I fix Sox a small meal of her regular food (add a little hot water if you feed only dry) but add something a bit special to it - some pieces of cooked chicken or pieces of cheese - whatever she really likes. This it just to get her started eating. Once she starts eating she usually finishes the small meal and then she's back on her regular schedule of feeding. It varies sometimes with Sox - if I get that small meal to her right away when the gurgley stomach starts, she may eat that small meal right then and the stomach noises stop. Other times she isn't interested in eating even that small meal until a few hours later and after the noises stop. I experiment with whatever I need to get her started eating that small meal. Good luck.
  9. I'm so sorry for all you've been through. Toffy is lucky to have you. Toffy had a traumatic experience with Duchess, as did you, and it will take time for him to readjust. I had a greyhound a few years ago (he has since passed away from kidney disease) that had a difficult/traumatic experience. It was a bit different from what you went through. I did get the help of a certified canine behaviorist (at Tufts here in MA) and he guided me/helped me with ways to work with my boy and help him to readjust. Star (my boy) was always a bit anxious around vets because of the painful injury he had even after working with the behaviorist, but he got much better in time. Is there a behaviorist near you? (The behaviorist I worked with said greyhounds (dogs) CAN get PTSD).
  10. I use Pets Best Insurance and have good experiences with them. I currently have 80% coverage with a $300 deductible per incident. They have other options too. No issue from year to year something becoming pre-existing.
  11. I'm gone for about 9-10 hours a day for work and I have a dog walker that comes in mid-day. She can walk the dogs and or play with them in our fenced yard. My two greyhounds are adjusted perfectly to this, although they are ready for walking and playing with me when I get home since they've been along and quiet for so much of the day.. Having the break mid-day helps them a lot.
  12. I hate to hear this - I get a couple of prescriptions through them and they've always been great to deal with.
  13. I'll be there! I'm going without dogs, so have a room at the Aspire. Can't wait to see everyone!
  14. Thanks, everyone, for sharing what has worked for you. I checked out the two links on the ramps - both look good and I will research them a bit further. The Solvit one I also found at chewy.com. Hopefully a ramp will work for the girl I may be fostering. If not, I'll use it for my boy Lucas - he's blind and isn't comfortable jumping into the back of my SUV. He does use the ramp I have without any problem. Tonight I will check out the slings some of you recommended. Thanks again.
  15. Hi Folks, There's a chance I may be fostering a greyhound girl that is recovering from a serious injury to her back end. In anticipation that this does happen, I'm looking into both a ramp to use for my car and for a back-end sling. For the ramp, I currently have one but it's very old and hard to extend. It also has approx. 3" high rigid sides on it. Because of this, it takes up quite a bit of space in the back of my car (the sides don't fold) - too much space with multiple greyhounds in the car. I'm going to research good quality ramps that fold completely flat. Anyone have any recommendations? (I'm not handy at all, so don't want to attempt making one.) For a back-end sling - I have a good sling that helps with the back-end - from about mid-waist down, made by Carol Becker of God's Greyts. It works wonderfully for dogs with spine/back issues. I will be using this, but would also like to have something that fits right around where the back legs meet the back and that will be helpful specifically in raising the back end when trying to do stairs. Any recommendations on this? Thanks in advance. Pat
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