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Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Adopting a Greyhound??
« on: August 24, 2005, 05:07:29 pm »
This is good advice.

It takes a fair bit of commitment to own a grey (they aren't like other dogs) very rewarding but lots to consider!

Best to READ READ READ. Get on a message board where the people are honest about how their dogs are behaving and how they care for them... Mine, personally are being monkeys at the moment and I'm training like MAD to curb the nonsence puppy-like stuff in the house.

I love them dearly and don't think I'd consider another breed in my lifetime... but they do have their moments!

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Rawhides
« on: August 01, 2005, 09:36:14 pm »
No Rawhide here.

It is not digestible, it can cause a variety of problems from lodging in the throat and choking to intestinal blockages and impactions.

In addition, unless it is made and cured in the US it can be cured with arsenic.

Pig ears are fatty and cause tummy upsets to many dogs.

I prefer to stick with big raw marrow bones for my kids, but they are hard chewers.

They do love the bully stix, but they don't last very long.


Raw bones for me too.

Rawhides make mine fart.

I get the parrowbones cut in half so the bone is like a big natural kong and they can lick the goop out.

They are an OUTSIDE treat (smelly and messy)

No issues with teeth yet.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Pannus...tell me all you know?
« on: July 28, 2005, 06:27:37 pm »
Thanks heaps... very helpful! :D

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Pannus...tell me all you know?
« on: July 28, 2005, 05:59:32 pm »
 There is a greyhound looking for a home here in Australia (anyone interested???) but he has Pannus :(

What can you tell me about Pannus???

Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Gingko and Radar!
« on: July 24, 2005, 07:59:36 pm »

Yeah, he is finally here and I'm suffering the effects of new-grey-no-sleep syndrome! I've been sleeping lightly to hear how he is going in the night... not to mention the velcro dog syndrome has well and truely set in.

They seem rather happy together and I haven't had a phonecall from Chris in a mad panic today... so I guess its all good at home.

He is very gradually settling in... but I can't wait for the really comfy-pup stage! :D

I'm bummed out that we can't meet everyone too. I'll have to see if I can make it to the chrissy party... but I don't know where we'd stay!


chocolate lab-dalmation cross?

I could have sworn it was a blue heeler cross english pointer... but thats an aussie breed.

I'm hopeless at picking dog breeds.

How big is your hound?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Sleeping dog pictures
« on: July 19, 2005, 10:28:15 pm »
Awww... Sleeping with eyes open...gross.

Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Adopting a Greyhound??
« on: July 19, 2005, 08:41:13 pm »
Hmm... thats a shame.

Your adoption organisation should be able to fit a grey to your lifestyle.

Upon saying that, they may not have supplied you with the right information for cat introduction. Its the same with kids and little dogs too...SLOWLY.

As with all adoptions of fully grown dogs (and puppies too!) you have to settle them in and do things the right way or you'll have issues.

As for puppies. I haven't had a grey pup so I can't comment. THOUGH, I believe there is such a great need to house as many ex-racers as possible, I wouldn't consider a pup unless it was a rescue.

My boyfriend said he'd never have a puppy (any breed) again due to the hard work factor and I'm afraid I'd have to agree with him... and the grey adoption place I got Gingko through said he was a HARD one due to his timid nature!

All in all, I'd say as long as your adoption society is any good, you'll have rather few hassles... though, as with all dogs, there will be times that you were wondering if you did the right thing. I did for about a month... but now I'd NEVER go back. Adopted greys for me!

I love them.

3 more sleeps until Radar, our second grey, arrives... I can't wait!

Yep, they are addictive!

Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Gingko and Radar!
« on: July 19, 2005, 08:29:53 pm »
I'm sure they WILL be a handful. I think they'll get along well because greys usually do... and for what the foster mum says, he sounds like Gingko's twin (hopefully not and EVIL twin!)

Gingko is getting better after his shok at the vets and he even let me put some betadine on his sore toe without much fuss. I'm thinking that because he didn't mind the tissue with the betadine on it... maybe I should incorporate a light toenail sandpapering into his daily grooming. Rather than buying a file and making a big issue out of the process.

Only three more sleeps to go! Yay!

Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Gingko and Radar!
« on: July 18, 2005, 05:15:34 pm »
I know!

Chris commented on the very snazzy car parked outside the surgery... I now know it belonged to the vet and I think I paid for it! :D

Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Adopting a Greyhound??
« on: July 18, 2005, 05:04:32 pm »
These doggies are JUST BEAUTIFUL.

Gingko lets my partner's boys (aged 7 and 10) crawl through his legs and smooch up to him. He's a gorgeous boy. ESPECIALLY considering that he had no human contact for the first 12 months of his life (don't ask me why they train them like that!)

They aren't hyper at all... unless you get a puppy. Gingko was about 18 months old when I got him and spends about 23 hours of the day sleeping, 40 mins awake and wandering around and being with us and 20 minutes doing zoomies around the lawn at top speed! They really only need 2 x 15-20 minute walks a day to stretch their legs.

I'll post pics of the new boy. He is a big spunky thing. I'm just about bouncing out of my skin in anticipation! Four more sleeps! ;D

Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: The 15th was Magpie's 4th!
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:47:54 pm »

Gingko is getting a cheesecake for his 2nd birthday in a couple of months... so we can have some too! ;) ;D

Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Gingko and Radar!
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:44:37 pm »
He,he! I'm bouncing up and down with excitement!

I haven't got Radar yet (the black boy) but with all things going smoothly... it will HOPEFULLY be this Saturday! Yay!

Poor Gingko had a vet visit last night to get a couple of things checked out. Nails clipped, ointment for a rash near his eye and antibiotics for his dew claw which he tore off the other day. The darned vet snipped the infected quick RIGHT OFF and made my poor boy sore and bllod come out... I nearly hit her but I GUESS she knows what she is doing. God I hope so. It didn't seem nessiccary to me though!


I just hope it makes him better in the long run.

Pity my bank balance doesn't look better for the visit though $144AU... my partner nearly passed out.


Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Adopting a Greyhound??
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:36:32 pm »
Adopting Retired Greyhound for Dummies book is EXCELLENT!

READ READ READ is my advice. Also TALK TALK TALK to people who have already adopted one (message boards too)

I thought I had read everything and was ready after about 2 months. I was wrong. These dogs aren't like normal dogs. They are really more like children. They can't be left alone, tied to a run or anything like that... you have to be really prepared.

Send her my direction on here if you'd like to. I'm still learning but I can give her some VERY important dos and don'ts which are fresh in my mind.

They are gorgeous pooches and I'm going to adopt another this weekend, so thats testament to how fantastic they are ;) but they are very 'special' and need a different kind of care if you're considering putting them into a household 'pet' situation.

What does everyone else think?

Most greys will get along with most dogs... I still think you should adopt another grey... I'm just about to adopt another big male into our family and we are all confident that it will be fine (the rescue organisation and all!)


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