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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. There is also information on this on the website of the Greyhound Health Initiative.
  4. I will be there! Arriving Wednesday. Can't wait to get there already!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I hate to hear this - I get a couple of prescriptions through them and they've always been great to deal with.
  11. I'll be there! I'm going without dogs, so have a room at the Aspire. Can't wait to see everyone!
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. I completely agree with the others who have responded. The Golden was out of control and your greyhound had had enough of his behavior. He was telling him to back off (and it was deserved). I can understand your friend's friend being scared, but actually your greyhound did well - even while worked up and with the Golden coming back for round 2, he did not react to a stranger petting him. I think you have a great dog.
  15. I had dogs most of my life - German Shepherds mostly. Then, it was 1995 or so. I was at a local mall one weekend and saw a greyhound meet & greet. I was drawn to the dogs they had there and went over and talked with the people and met each of the dogs. At the time my husband and I had a mixed breed dog that didn't get along with other dogs so I couldn't adopt one at that time. So for the next few years I researched greyhounds every way I could, read everything I could find, and watched the schedule for the mall and every time the adoption group was there I went and spoke with them and spent time with the dogs. When our mixed breed passed away at age 14, we thought we'd wait a bit before getting another dog. We lasted a few months. Off we went to a local adoption group. After two hours of me going up to every dog in the kennel and trying to decide which would fit best with us, my husband finally said, "Would you please just pick one??". We came home with Toby. He had been returned from a home (no fault of his own) so the adoption group thought he'd be a good fit for me for our first greyhound - he was used to being alone while people worked, he was housebroken, and was okay with cats (we had a cat back then.) He was perfect for us. After 6 months we decided he needed company so we adopted Sarah, an 8 year old return. The rest is history. I now have Lucas (who is blind from PRA) and Sox. They are number 8 and 9.
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