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    Pat Hall

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  1. I can't wait either, Jen! I will be at your talk, for sure.
  2. I'm in MA, all the dentals I've gotten for my dogs over the past several years have been $800-$1100 depending on extractions.
  3. I went through the same with hooks with just about all my greyhounds over the past several years. After we got 4 clear fecals, we went to just the Advantage Multi. That has worked for us. They will continue on the Advantage Multi for life.
  4. Hi Spock's Daddy - fellow MA resident! I'm sorry Mr. Spock is going through this. I'm wondering if it could be mostly due to his loss of sight. I know you said it has declined over the last year and he now has very little sight. If he has lost pretty much all sight now, even with the gradual loss, he may be still adjusting to that. Even though the house is quiet and the routine's are the same, he may be having a bit of trouble differentiating between night and day. He may be anxious, too, about his sight loss. If that is the case, maybe in a little time he'll be better. I say this becau
  5. My girl Chick had the same thing, and she was about the same age. We continued as you are doing - the taps to drain the fluid and watched her carefully for her comfort level. Each dog is different as they go these things. Chick was with me for a few months and then I made the decision to let her go because it became obvious she was uncomfortable even after the drainings. I knew she wasn't enjoying life - she really didn't want to do anything. It's a really hard thing and my heart goes out to you. As GreysMom said, you will know when it's time. My thoughts are with you.
  6. I use Pets Best. I have had them for a number of years. They've been very good - quick to pay claims and easy to reach. They do increase rates as the dogs get older but from what I hear, that is typical.
  7. I did use this (different brand) a few years ago for one of my greyhounds. It worked well. Much better than the cone. getting the right size was key, and I had to fool with it a bit to fit the way I wanted it to, but after that initial adjustment time, it worked well. I still have it in case I need it again in the future.
  8. I am so glad to hear that Mr. Spock is doing well. I miss seeing you guys on the walks - it's been a long time since I've been on a large group walk (miss Greyhound Adventures!). While my boy, Lucas, isn't a senior yet (he's 6), he has vision issues (hereditary) but also has cataracts. I am not doing anything about the cataracts except monitoring them for eye pressure, because of his other vision issue (progressive retinal atrophy) However I wanted to share with you that Lucas is seen by an ophthalmologist at Blue Pearl in Waltham. Dr. Clara Williams is wonderful. She loves her canin
  9. This is on my mind as well. Lucas and Sox have never in the 3 years I've had them had any issue with separation anxiety. They were in a good routine with my work days. Now with Lucas almost completely blind, he is happy that I am working from home. He isn't glued to me, but stays close by napping or just being a companion. I'm hoping when I do go back to the office he'll adjust quickly. I am lucky in that my dog walker is great and will be flexible, I'm sure, but it's still on my mind.
  10. You are trying hard for Tess. I agree with you that you're putting too much pressure on yourself and on Tess. I would maybe take a break from the walks. Let her out into your small garden whenever she wants - not worrying about getting exercise out there. Since she does okay going to other fenced places and playing/running, just do that. It may not always be this way, but for now, let her develop her confidence and not force her to do something she is uncomfortable with at this point. (4 months isn't that long for some dogs.) I had a greyhound like that a few years back (she has since
  11. I'll be there - staying at the Aspire as I go dogless.
  12. A few years ago my boy Star (now at the bridge) was the same way. I took a class for reactive dogs and it helped me hugely. I went to one by Emma Parsons, who I think is great. Her basis was working with your dog, with high quality treats, at the very first sign of any reaction - not waiting until he is barking/lounging. She published a book "Click to Calm". If you check it out, don't get turned off when you see it's for working with aggressive dogs. (Star was not aggressive in any situation except as you describe with your dog.) Her methods worked for me with Star. If you can find a tra
  13. I adopted two young greyhounds (2 & 3 years old) 2 weeks apart. They were not siblings and not even at the same adoption kennel. No problems. They did great settling in. I work full time as well and I think it helped them both to have the company. It was a little more complicated than one as neither was housebroken but it all worked out fine. They have very different personalities - one loved being crated, one hated it and would even get out of x-pens, so initially I had them enclosed in a specific area of the house - with the crate in it for the one that wanted a crate while we house
  14. It's big changes for her and she needs time to adjust. You mentioned that you started crating her - if she hasn't been crated in a very long time it's hard for her. Can you bring her bed and toys to the new house with her and keep her closed in the bedroom with you at night? Are you just at the new house at night? If so, I'm wondering if you can spend some time there with her during the day as well - that may help her adjust.
  15. I would give him time. I would encourage him to continue walking, but if he doesn't want to I wouldn't force it - everything in the area is new to him and he needs to adjust. I had something similar happen with my boy and in a little time he started walking our full walks again.
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