Guest PipDG Posted July 10, 2013 Share Posted July 10, 2013 Hi there all. I've been lurking for a few weeks now and figured it was about time I introduced myself. These forums have been such a mine of useful information! My husband and I live in Wellington New Zealand. We've always been cat people - we still have two Burmese cats and a fluffy tortiseshell moggy. Last year our oldest female Burmese passed away and my husband called me on our agreement that we would get a dog after she'd gone. We'd wanted a greyhound for years, so we just had to fence off our property first. We both work, and with the three cats, a small house and a typical steep Wellington section it took several months for Greyhounds as Pets to find us a suitable hound. In April we brought Emmie (Living the Dream) home - a stunning blue and white girl. We have had a dream run of things, with very few issues. Initially Em was heading off to the office with Hamish each day, but his boss unexpectedly changed his mind about having a dog around. That led to our only real hiccup as I was away on a work trip for two weeks at the time and Hamish really struggled to find an alternate solution. Em, not surprisingly, suffered terrible separation anxiety and destroyed a couple of cat doors (and ripped a chunk out of the front door) in the process. The interim solution ended up being doggy daycare, which she loves. We started off with whole days, then gradually started leaving her at home alone for periods at a time. After a little while we could leave her happily for half days, and now she will stay home alone all day - moving between one of our human beds, the sofa or her two dog beds. We don't like leaving her on her own every day, so she still spends some time at daycare, and when Hamish is out on jobs he will take her with him as he is lucky enough to have clients who are dog people. Em has been great with the cats. We had a couple of small chasing incidents, but she is very eager to please so learned really quickly that the small furries are not toys or prey. She has developed a real love for our 11 month old Burmese cat, and thankfully the feeling is reciprocated. They don't sleep together but do follow each other around the house and have intense conversations. We've also had her in obedience training, where she has been a total star. The trainer has said she's the most amenable greyhound he's met. She loves people and is well socialised with small dogs. Her recall is pretty good as well, and she anchors herself to us quite well. I feel confident having her offleash walking the trails of our local reserve. There is a good mix of places to take her offleash around here, including an unused and enclosed school field where we've never seen another soul. We have lots of greyhound friends for play dates as well. If you can't tell, I'm besotted with our sweet girl. Our lives have really been completely chnaged. I'd love another but it will have to wait until our older two cats are more settled or no longer with us. Em's trainer has recently taken on four more pups, so I've already jokingly suggested she should give us a call if any of them don't want to race, or when they eventually retire! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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