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  1. That sounds like a solid plan. If it turns into a systemic issue - drop the hammer and make it a no-go zone. But certainly give it another chance, or two , or three, with correction, and try to correct the "chair guarding". If there were small children in the house and it was a safety issue - I'd give different advice.
  2. D*mn -he's ripped!!!! Gorgeous example of a grey in his prime!!! Also - love the "roach" - that's a happy grey. Good for you for reaching out for help - but also good for you for realizing greys will have quirks - just figure them out and move on. Lovely dog. Ask questions as things come up. This community has seen it all.
  3. Back off. Walk 100 yards, and go home, Repeat. The "world" is a terrifying new place. Introduce SLOWLY. If he's cool with 100 yards, turn around and do the same route again. Do the same short route 3 times if he wants to each walk. For a few days. Then, expand a bit. Go 150 yards. And repeat that route over and over. And then more, and more, but repeat, repeat, repeat the same ground. Always try to go back home before the fear hits. I've carried a 75 lb grey home. I never want to do that again.
  4. The honeymoon is over. I firmly believe many new greys have a honeymoon period where they're perfect. Because the're a bit shell-shocked, they act perfectly. Then they get comfortable, they feel safe, and their personality quirks come out. The issues come out. The stuff you read about before you adopted....but ....yours was perfect!!! ....but now not so perfect. Been there, done, that. I called my adoption agent in tears 2 months after adoption because my "PERFECT" grey was no longer perfect. He started to sleep startle and resource guard. And she said "Yep - the honeymoon is over. That means he's happy and comfortable, and now the work begins". Do your research. Do the work. You CAN fix this. Many people have issues on day 1. But - t's not uncommon to only see them on day 30, 60, 90. And that's OK. You've done nothing wrong. Greys are quirky. Greys have issues. But - greys are ADAPTABLE. Greys can LEARN. You were lulled into a sense of ease, sorry. I'll bet you were ready for this on day 1. It's a huge let-down when it happens later. I know. But it's OK! Re-set your mind. Call this day 1 - and work through it!
  5. I'm quite sure he can get his nose out. Why is he crated when there is someone home to hear this? Reduce/Eliminate crating. Sorry if this sounds harsh - but crating is a transition tool to help our dogs transition be house pets. Some greys need them long term -most DO NOT.
  6. Relax. Greys will NOT see a baby as prey. Yes - they are small and squeal - but they don't run. Greys are sight-hounds. If it doesn't run - it doesn't trigger hunt mode. Your dogs WILL NOT see the baby as a prey target. And they DO understand the difference between a tiny human and a squirrel. Take a breath.. Now - there are things you should do to include your baby into the pack when it's born. Bring something with the baby's scent on in into the house. Introduce them outside the house. Of course, never leave the baby alone with the dogs. There are lots of resources on the topic, Read - prepare - but don't panic. I had a friend bring a small baby sleeping in a carseat into my house with my 2 greys, and a foster. They all sniffed her and walked away. No issues. The Foster, who was an older female, layed by the baby's side all evening. I got her a blanket because she was falling asleep beside the baby instead of in one of the cushy beds. My 2 greys had no interest in the baby at all.
  7. Live - Love - Learn - all with a full and grateful heart.
  8. LOL - love the "threat" of jail, as well as the physical barrier. Well done. Thanks for sharing. My greys are gone - the stories of their misadventures - I now tell with a smile and laugh.
  9. Meh... live and learn. Sorry about the records - I hope they weren't valuable ones, I know records are quite a "thing" now, especially if they were old ones. We never muzzled or crated (except for a short time when acclimating a new foster). Some people do, some people don't. For those of us that don't, there may be the occasional issue, especially - as you stated in your initial post - when there's a change in routine. We just learned, as I'm sure you have, that if there's a blip in the routine, there might be a blip in behavior. So after a vacation, job change, bringing in a new foster, etc, you just be extra careful not to leave anything out anything that might get chewed or peed on that you can't replace until they get back to normal. And good luck figuring out what that might be .... records????? I'd have never guessed a dog would go after them. But then again I lost a pair of prescription eyeglasses to a weirdo chewing incident that I'd never have expected. And that was from a dog that had lived with us for YEARS. Side note - I'm with Amelia. I was also on vacation for 2 weeks, and when I went back to work yesterday I was not at all myself. It was the most "Monday-ish" Monday ever! By noon I'd have probably chewed up something if I thought I could get away with it. I hope your Tuesday was better. -
  10. I was a mostly kibble feeder with occasional raw for years. Raw 100% didn't fit into our lifestyle, but I liked to give a bit of it when I could. No issues. Raw might be 2-4 meals per week, more in the summer because I preferred to feed raw outdoors. If the raw was sparse, like a chicken bone from a meal I was preparing, I'd give kibble not long after, with no ill effects. If raw was a true meaty meal, I'd feed kibble the next meal, no issues. If there was a fabulous sale, more meaty meals than normal. It was a very mixed bag over the years. I didn't have a schedule for it, the dogs always ate their kibble and relished the times they got raw. I'm certainly NO expert on the topic, just speaking from personal experience.
  11. Congrats! You are being smart and thoughtful! I'm so happy that you're continuing fostering! Not every dog fits every home and that's OK!!!
  12. I think it sounds like a wonderful fostering situation! So many that foster have other greys in the home, but many dogs get adopted out to homes without other greys. Of course, work with your group to try to get the right dog - obviously not all will work - but that's OK! LOTS of dogs WILL work fine in that situation! And - your experience will make them much better pets than a newbie getting one to be an "only" that wasn't fostered. Did that my first time lol. I've never fostered without another grey in the house, but when DH and I are ready for dogs again - it'll be an "only". Looking forward to hearing your tips!
  13. When I got worried at first - my DH said "Dogs are dogs - you think they're "greyhounds" - but they are dogs."
  14. smt - Sounds like a solid plan. I don't think you need to spray each poo spot with bleach as long as you scoop it up fairly quickly - within a day. If you miss a day of picking up poo, dig a scoop of soil along with the poo and dispose of that, too. When I had a foster with hook - I cleaned up the yard if I was out and saw it. Otherwise, it was daily, and I dug my shovel into the dirt and I took up what was under it and inch or so. It worked. Hooks are a PITA - but not THAT bad.
  15. I don't have any data, so I'm sure others can give you better info. IMHO - I'd bag it until the hooks are gone from the poo. Hooks are NASTY, and very hard to get rid of. The problem I've found is that if dog poo (with hooks) hits the ground and remains there, the hooks live for a long time, and grab onto any animal that touches them. Just not worth the risk. I don't think they'll burrow and migrate into your yard, but I just wouldn't want them that close if it could be avoided. DonnaBehr - I'm surprised your vet said that. Maybe he/she meant anywhere that is commonly used by animals that may carry them.
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