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  1. Hello! My name is Genevieve and my husband Michael and I have just fostered our first greyhound fresh off the track from Tijuana. Her race name is Boltz but since we're planning on adopting her we've given her the name Xena, after our favorite warrior princess. Michael and I had been wanting a dog for a very long time but until recently we'd been living in apartments with no-dog rules. Then in October we were finally able to buy our first house, a 2k sq ft 2-story with a yard and a pool, which for LA is no small feat! It's super exciting and we are loving this new life. We already had one kitty, an older male named Mr. Tumnus who is my baby. Seriously, I've had him longer than I've known my husband, haha! And more recently we rescued a stray 4 mo old kitten named Westley. We started the process with Fast Friends, a local greyhound adoption agency, back in December but it turned out that adoption rates were high and they ran out of dogs! Last week I got a call from the adoption coordinator that we could come help out with a retirement day and start out fostering with the goal of adoption if we were up for the challenge. My husband and I have had dogs all our lives and I'm an amateur animal trainer so even though we have no greyhound experience, we were definitely up for it. On Saturday we went out to retirement day and got to help freshly retired dogs through the process. They got bathed, nail trimmed, vetted, had their pictures taken, and then went through a small animal test. I saw Boltz/Xena and I immediately fell in love with her. She was so calm and gentle but so eager for affection and loved everyone who came to greet her. I also have such a soft spot for brindles! She also passed her small animal test with flying colors, which was very important for us with our two kitties. At the end of the day we got to take her home and it was magical! It's been very interesting helping a dog learn to be a pet rather than a racing machine but so rewarding and everything is going very well! Tumnus is being a very chill old man cat and Xena is much more scared of him than he is of her (she got swatted by one of the cats during her test, haha) and frankly she's pretty happy just staying out of his way. He rules the house and she seems to have figured that out very quickly! As for Westley, he's still a skittish kitten and he's stayed upstairs which I'm totally fine with. We put a dog gate on the stairs so it's a doggy off-limits area and Westley has had no reason to come down. Eventually we'll get them acquainted and we need to work with him to make sure he won't try to run, but otherwise everything is going great!
  2. Hi there! I've been lurking around for about 2 months and since I already posted I figured it was time to introduce myself and my girl Nadia. I adopted Nadia a little over a month ago and I absolutely adore her! (I can tell I'm steadily getting addicted to all things Greys.) She's 7 1/2 years old and retired without ever technically racing (Her racing name was Rosie Little). She had a family before me but they gave her up for reasons unknown, especially since she's such a well behaved and loving girl! Here are some pics, look out for her adorable quirk ear
  3. Hi everyone! I've been lurking here for a few days and decided I needed to join in. My name is Alan Saylor and my wife is Pam. We adopted an 18 month old "retired" racer from Amazing Greys in Tracy CA last October. I say "retired" because he never raced! lol What a joy he has been. We named him Rocket, and he is the most affectionate dog to ever live with us. Here is his picture catching a little sun on his favorite couch.
  4. Hello! I thought I would make an introduction post before creating other posts on the board. I am a first time greyhound adopter and have many questions. But first, meet Poe! She is turning 2 in April and only raced in seven races before they retired her. She is a petite female and very shy, but a very sweet girl. She came from Oklahoma and now resides in Ohio with me : )
  5. Hi! I'm looking forward to adopting my first greyhound. My family and I have owned a chocolate lab before, and my husband has had several dogs growing up. We have a nice house with a pretty good sized fenced back yard. I just adore the greyhounds -- the looks and temperament, the size, the playfulness. I've talked to a few agencies at meet and greets, and will settle down on our new companion soon. I do have questions, and I thought I'd go to the experts here as well as talking to the adoption people. Of course, I'll take pictures and post those when we have our new honey. Thanks for listening. Brenda in McKinney, TX
  6. Hello all. Recently found this forum. So many greyhound enthusiasts! I recently adopted my first greyhound, Pepper. Still figuring out the technical details of this forum. It's a bit like stepping into a time machine... Here are some photos of Pepper: http://imgur.com/a/mOPRl Shoutout to the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT) for helping me find my new baby!
  7. I am so happy to become a member here finally! I am in the process of adopting my first greyhound. We have our home visit in just under three weeks. I am counting down the days until we get there. We are looking for a petite easy-going girl. I am just so excited! I was at Grapehounds, VA a few weekends ago and seeing all the greyhounds just makes it that much harder to wait. A little bit about me... My name is Christine and I live in Sterling, VA. I have a 2 year old whippet named Dexter who is a very large boy. Most people think he's a greyhound. He's a handful but has a ton of personality and is absolutely spoiled. We would love for him to have a companion which is why we want a smaller girl. We do have a cat, but there's nothing like having another dog around! I also started my own business called HoundWorks selling martingale collars, leads and greyhound gifts. I started this business because I have a love for design and a passion for these hounds and what's better than to combine the two! My family jokes with me that I have designed all these products saying "greyhound lover" but I don't even have one yet! Looking forward to all the tips I'll receive here! I had been a part of Whippet World when I got Dex and it was such a valuable resource. I was so disappointed when the website went down, but I figured now that I've started the adoption process I could start a profile here!
  8. I brought an almost 4 y/o, light red girl, JIT Zeta (now Minerva/Minnie) home as a "foster" on December 7...I knew after about 3 days that she would fit in perfectly with Luna and I. So many people told me, "Two girls can be iffy together, be careful!" And so I was...muzzled them both all of the first day or two, kept Minnie leashed at all times, etc. But as luck would have it, they bonded immediately! In 3 weeks there have been 0 incidents, not even a growl (well, playful growls yes, but aggressive ones, no). Today my paperwork and adoption fee went through to my group so Minnie is officially mine! I thought Luna was a love sponge, but Minnie is the type that will literally sleep with her nose almost touching mine! She and Luna both sleep on my bed at night, but luckily they each have their own spots which allows me to have some room, too. Some of you might remember me bringing my parents' standard poodle, James, to keep Luna company due to her severe SA. He went home when I got Minnie, but the two girls are happy as clams while I'm at work, lazing around and licking PB from their kongs. I still muzzle them when I leave which is just a safety precaution. So far, everything has been awesome! I'm so happy I was able to adopt two greys in the same year! Luna in May, Minnie in December. I've been posting an insane number of pictures on Facebook, but for those of you who haven't seen pictures yet... On the way home from the adoption kennel! It was about a 90+ minute drive. Fast friends. They bonded quickly! Minnie has very expressive ears! First visit to my parents' house. Cuddles and winter bandanas. First snow for both of them! (Race records show Texas, Florida, and Alabama for Minnie, and Florida and Georgia for Luna). First time meeting Santa! Visiting my parents, plus James (spoo), Ginny, and Harry (mini dachshunds). They all get along great!
  9. Guest

    Preacher

    Hi! We went out to greensboro and got Preacher last Sunday. We love him. He's such a well behaved dog and sweet and cuddly. I'm having trouble reading him though. He doesn't wag his tail and a greys ears are always pulled back, so how do I tell when he's happy or upset?
  10. Hi everyone! My name is Amanda, and I wanted to post an introduction thread before I became officially active on this forum. I joined back in the spring of this year. I originally adopted a retired racer in March, his name was CET Wild Roscoe. Unfortunately, Roscoe and I did not "click" well, and through no fault of his own, I returned him. I hated doing it but I knew it was the right choice. Roscoe and I just rubbed against each other the wrong way. He was a fantastic dog, sweet, smart, friendly, but for some reason things weren't ever "right". Fast forward to about 2.5 weeks ago. I felt as if I was ready to try again, as I was set on the breed. There were things about Roscoe I enjoyed, he just wasn't the right dog for me. I have been in contact with Lesley at the greyhound adoption group, It's A Grey Area since about January or February. I did my senior thesis on racing greyhounds, and she was a gold mine of information for my project as well as several other adoption groups. Lesley was closer to me, so I sent her a message telling her I was ready to try again. (she isn't the one I adopted Roscoe from). She had three dogs she wanted me to meet, NB's Cleopetra (Cleo, a red female), Astar Fullimpact (Impact, a black female), and Study Hard (Mort, a black male). When I arrived, they were let into the room together to interact with me and my boyfriend, and Mort was the one who beelined to us and hung around while Cleo and Impact played together. I really had my heart set on Cleo because she was beautiful and I have a soft spot for reds (Roscoe was red). But Mort just clung to me, while Impact pretty much ignored us and Cleo came to say hi a few times. Of course you can tell who came home with me Mort has been a complete PITA from the start but I can tell you that our relationship is the polar opposite of mine and Roscoe's. I'll admit, I was distant and worried at first. Mort was not what I wanted, as I wanted a female and especially a red female, but he is the dog I needed. I suffer from chronic depression and Mort has completely brightened my life, being a constant source of laughter and love. He keeps me on my toes as he's a rowdy stubborn boy that sometimes will push me just to see how far he can go but it's good for me. I need that in my life. I didn't wanna post until I was 100% certain it was going to work out, because Roscoe was heartbreaking having to explain why I took him back and going through the disappointment. I never wanted that to happen but you live and learn. Roscoe has a wonderful home now so I am happy. If you made it through all that, congrats!! Without anymore blabbering, here's what everyone wants Pictures!! Mort says, McDonald's sweet tea is the best. Two good photos I got on the way home. Just some photos showing his expressive ears Playing in the park idk what happened in this photo lolol Hahahahaha mom you so funny Afternoon snuggles Me and Mort Snoozing
  11. Hello! My name is Deb, and I'm adopting my first grey in a little over a month. His name is HS Cuda (I named him Talos), and he's 2.5 years old. Ever since I moved out from my parents' house, I've wanted to get a dog. But I had to wait until I had the money and the right place to even start. Six years later, and I'm super excited. I originally wanted a borzoi but didn't want to deal with a puppy, nor did I want to deal with the hair. From there, I looked into greyhounds and after my first meet and greet, I developed a mega-crush on these dogs. As soon as I get him, there will be photos everywhere. So, I just wanted to say hey! A quick question for experienced owners: Are there any specific things that are slightly more difficult for a greyhound to learn, in comparison to other breeds? Like, is there anything that I might need to give special attention to? (eg: I grew up with Schnauzers, and getting them to stop barking once they're excited is one heck of a task). Right now, he's in a prison being trained by the inmates there, so he should know some basic things, and know stairs. But I'm not going to assume that he's going to be perfectly mannered/obedient, especially at such a young age.
  12. We're new owners from Toronto. Picked up RLM's Monterey from a Greyhound Rescue near London, Ontario. We called her Missy because she was just so sweet and lady-like. Still getting to know her, but two weeks in she seems to be getting quite used to the domestic life.
  13. Guest

    Peggy

    She has been with us for 8 days now And is doing well, still a bit nervous but lovely http://static.tumblr.com/1agf9ik/60cmgnujy/2013-01-10_12.31.28.jpg http://static.tumblr.com/1agf9ik/m8omgnuqq/2013-01-09_12.31.49.jpg
  14. Hi everyone! My name is Marisa and my husband and I are picking up our very first retired racer, Luna, on Friday! (I am so excited, I have been obsessive with researching!) I have found lurking on this board in preparation to be very helpful, so I thought I'd drop a message to say hi! I think you're all so nice and knowledgable here and I'm very glad I found you! I'm very new to dog owning, greyhounds, and message boards, so I'm sure I'll have questions in the future. Any general comments or tips for me about starting out with a grey and/or a message board would be welcome, but I mostly wanted to just introduce myself and Luna. (I'll figure out how to make a signature with a pic after we get her!) Thanks! Marisa
  15. I adopted Olivia, now 5 years old, in December. Not only is she my first Greyhound but also my first dog I've ever been owned by. So I was so happy to find this forum with so much good information to help me become a good Greyhound mommy. Olivia lives with her sister, a 10 year old Calico cat who barely tolerates "the dog" and who is just starting to forgive me for bringing a dog into her home. Below is a picture of Olivia in her new hat that she bought at the annual Greyt Gathering in Phoenix. (I hope I followed photo insertion instructions correctly and it works.) Also, here is a picture of her doing what greyhounds seem to do best -- napping! The toy she's hugging is deceptive in its cuteness -- I placed it there for the picture. Olivia hasn't quite figured out what the purpose of a toy or a snuggly is.
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