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Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Hi
« on: May 25, 2005, 04:04:17 pm »
Hi welcome to the group. Man do I know that classic pose. Your two sound alot like mine two. Jessica who is 3 now is an ex racer. She had 6 races but did not have that drive to win, she had the drive to run and be with the other dogs but to have fun not race. We got Jessica as a foster dog (our first) in mid December 2004 and adopted her in early Jan. 2005. Oz our second greyt we got for a group on yahoo about a greyhound puppy that was blind in one eye. We have had him since he was around 11 weeks old. He turned  months old on the 23rd of May. He I think would have made a good racer dog but I am not into racing, but everyone who sees him tells us to race him. He is a pretty big dog already. He has not filled out yet but weights in at nearly 50 lbs already. Here is a picture taken on the 14th as you can see my 6 month old is nearly the same height as my 3 year old.

I really like the names of your greyts. Mine just have average names Jessica taken from her kennel name Jess (race name Dee Cee Demon) and Oz because everyone said he looked like a tiger. I called him Oz because of the tiger in the Wizard of Oz. Its good to have more of us greyhound people on the site. I think the make greyt pets.

Toni, mom of Jessica and Oz in Ballarat Australia

Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Jessica is now 3 years old
« on: May 21, 2005, 05:47:57 am »
:D Jessica turned 3 on Friday the 20th of May. She had a wonderful birthday week. She went on her 3rd camping trip (the first time in fall) and she got to show her little brother the ropes on what to do in a tent. We were only gone for 5 days and that was a week before her birthday but the week of her birthday was just as good. I got sick from all the smoke in the air due to buring off leaves,  so her dad was home all week taking care of Jessica and Oz. They got to ride in the car at least 2 times a day and lots of birthday presents came during the week. She got 2 new collars from the U.S. (1 is too big for her might have to be saved for Oz), she got a new coat, and got to meet 5 new greyhounds at a GAP meeting. Since I was sick with my allergies I made her blueberry muffins instead of a liver cake or apple pupcakes like I was thinking of doing. She had one human guest come over to watch Oz and her eat 3 muffins in less than 3 minutes. I have posted some pictures from her camping trip and one of her best boyfriend Piper.


 :) Hi Tina,

How much Imodium do you use on your dog? I can get that here in Australia and if I have a big problem I might try it on Jessica and Oz. I had Oz on Eukanuba big breed puppy and it did not seem to help him. I put him on the senior formula on a Purina product they sell here called Bonnie. It is not sold in the supermarkets but at the feed stores and comes in a working dogs formula, puppy and senior formula. The puppy is what the breeder had given Oz before we got him. I changed to the senior formula because Oz went from nearly 35 lbs to 44.5 lbs in less than a week last week. The feed store manager said that the senior is better because it is easier to digest than the other and so far his stools have firmed up, it could be a combination of that and adding mashed pumpkin and rice to his homemade dog food I make for him. Greyhounds digestive systems are so fast that everything comes out fast. I guess that is why they have such low body fat.


Greyhounds have problems with loose stools. I have been cooking my own pumpkin (no canned pumpkin in Australia) and adding cooked rice with it. It seems to have helped my 2 greyhounds. I wish I had pepto here (don't sell it in Australia) because I would have tried that. My vet also said just cooked chicken and rice works wonders for loose stool.


Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Oz is a big boy now
« on: May 09, 2005, 06:05:49 am »
 :) Just wanted to give an update on Oz. He is now 5 months old and no longer looks like a puppy any more. He now weights in at 44.5 lbs and is nearly as tall as his big sister Jessica who will be 3 on May 20th. Here is some pictures I took on Monday May 9th.


Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Feeding a greyhound
« on: May 07, 2005, 05:32:47 am »
Just wanted to let you know what I have learned about feeding greyhounds. The commerical wet dog food is not good for them. I have been making Jessica and Oz's food since Feb. what I do is take about 2 lbs of chicken legs and thighs, I cook them in a slow cooker on low with enought water to cover the chicken, I add a clove of crushed garlic. You cook in on low for 24 hours. After 24 hours I drain the liquid and you can then you can use a potato  masher to mash the chicken and bones. The bones will crush down with the slightest of pressure. I then cook 2 cups of brown rice and add it to the chicken mixture, I put in a 1 lb bag of thawed frozen mixed veggies, in the U.S. you can add some canned pumpkin (good for loose stool) and add it all together. I sometimes get chicken mince and if I use that I also add a lb of hamburger with it and cook it in the garlic and water for about 3 hours instead of the chicken with the bones. I add this to the dry kibble we give them and they love it. I also give them a few times a month some canned sardines. It is good for the coat.  The food I make for them are all human grade. I get what is on sale and free it until I need to make another batch. This usually cost me about $10 but I get 4 to 6 lbs of food out of this. I feeze all but 1 container of cooked food and this will last me with 2 greyhounds a little over a week. Not bad when I have a growing puppy who is always hungry.  Oz the puppy even loves to have apple, plum, watermelon and nearly any fruit I am eating. The do not seem to like green beans. Don't feed them onions, grapes or rasins they are all not good for dogs.

Hope this might help anyone with a new greyhound.

Toni, Jessica and Oz's mom :)

What happens if when they retire and are too aggressive they are PTS. The lucky ones go to good homes. I have a retired greyhound Jessica who is the sweetest dog in the world. I also have a rescue puppy from the breeder. He is blind in one eye and if she was unable to find a home for it he would have had the same fate. If live in Australia so I can not help take one of these beautiful dogs but I would urge any of you in the U.S. and Canada to open your heart to a dog who has never had a puppy hood. When you get one it is like having an adult puppy. They have lived in kennels there entire life so normal household things are new to them. They usually do not have any experiance with other breeds of dogs. It is beautiful to see them experence the world. I just happened to see a program on greyhound adoption on the Animal Planet a few years ago. I had never seen a greyhound up close until we picked up Jessica. I can tell you know I don't think I would ever have another breed of dog. They can live in apartments. They do not need hours of walking like most people think. I give my two dogs a 20 minute walk twice a day and sometimes I don't walk them at all. The are quiet dogs and very clean.  Hope I might have let you know what a great breed of dog greyhounds are. They are greyt.

Toni, mom of Jessica and Oz in Ballarat

Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Jessica and Oz
« on: May 04, 2005, 10:05:39 pm »
Hi Jennifer,
Welcome to the wonderful world of greyhounds. They are a wonderful breed of dog. Tell me more about your greyhound. How old and color etc. Since you have only had yours for a short time let me tell you pay lots of attention to the teeth. Most greyhounds have really bad teeth. I am lucky that Jessica's were pretty good and since we have had Oz since he was only 10 weeks old I have made sure that they both get bones to eat at least 2 to  3 times a week. I also give them treats that are hard and chewy. Jessica loves her veggies and will eat apple, cherries, and peaches. Oz loves his veggies and will eat just about any frui. Grapes and onions are no-no's for them. They also tend to have lots of runny stools so I give mine mashed pumpkins and rice on a daily basics. Just a little fyi for you. Can't wait to see pictures of your baby.

Toni ;)

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Snorring!!!
« on: May 02, 2005, 12:01:05 am »
 ;)I think all big dogs snore. Our Tessa a German Sheppard X used to snore really loudly. I had my husband snoring on one side of me and Tessa on the other side. So far my greyhounds do not snore but they do wimper when they sleep.


Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Greyhound puppy found a home
« on: May 01, 2005, 08:59:35 pm »
 :) Great news. We just found out that a home has been found for the 4 month old greyhound puppy that is blind in one eye. If I hear more about where he is going I will contact the new ower and let them know about this site.


Toni, Jessica and Oz

No he is with the owner but he will be taking him to be PTS at the vets on Wednesday. I would love to foster but I already have a greyhound puppy and a adult greyhound. I live in a small house and we do not have the room inside or outside for another dog. Fall is here and we have already had a really cold night down to .8 C. To foster the dog they would have to keep it for a year at least, and not many people will foster for that long. GAP here does not take puppies and there is a 8 to 12 month wait list to get greyhounds into the program.


Hi everyone,

My greyhound group here called GAP-Australia has put up a notice that there is a 4 month old greyhound puppy who is blind in one eye. The owner want to find him a home. The problem is that there is a time limit, the puppy needs a new home by Wednesday the 4th of May. The puppy is in Victoria. From the infomation given to GAP he is healthy just the blind in one eye. So if anyone wants a greyhound puppy please let me know. There is no cost to get the dog. Once he is 8 months old and desexed you can make an appointment with GAP to have him tested and get his green GAP collar. The cost for the GAP collar is $20. You will have to pay to have the dogs shots and to be desexed.



Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Jessica and Oz in Australia
« on: April 28, 2005, 04:40:19 am »
Hi Lorraine,

I have been told about the DAP adapter that is suppose to smell like there mother. I have not had much luck find them in the town I live in, at least not in any pet supply stores. I asked my vet about it and she is looking into it. I am hoping that might make a difference. Its funny we got the puppy to help with Jessica because she was so attached to me. I have a friend who helps me walk them during the day who wants to come over and watch them when I am at work. She does not understand that these dogs can get really out of hand easy. They just will not settle down when people are here so there is no way I could leave them with her. If they are home alone with Oz in his crate they will whine for a few minutes and bark for a short time but they do settle down and go to sleep. This would not happen if she is here. I don't think she would be able to handle them when they want to run the length of the house and the ruff play that they do. I think she would have a nervous breakdown. When they are wired up during the day they are really hard to handle. I say they but it really is Oz who starts it and gets Jessica worked up. There is a dog walking service here and I might investigate it and see if the man who does it can handle these dogs for a walk during the time I am gone. I still have to work that out. I am not comfortable giving my keys to a stranger.
I'll keep you informed with the progression.

Thanks again,

Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Jessica and Oz in Australia
« on: April 28, 2005, 04:26:05 am »
Hi Marit,

It is only when I am home that he is doing his little or now I should say big pee. He has stopped doing it on days when I am home all day but still will do it on days when I leave for a few hours. He will be getting desexed on the 9th so I will have the vet check and make sure he does not have a bladder infection. He is only 5 months old and hardly anyone in our rescue group have ever seen a greyhound puppy so they are of little help. I have been talking to race dog trainers about it but all of there dogs are outside dogs in kennels and what they suggest is not something I would do to a dog. Believe me I always have paper towels as well as regular towels at the ready.


Rottweiler Discussions / Re: Vicious Dogs.........Ha yeah right
« on: April 25, 2005, 04:57:53 pm »
Greyhounds in Australia have to wear muzzles unless they have gone through the greyhound adoption program. Because of the muzzle everyone thinks that they are vicious. They are the most gentle dogs I have every known. My 64 lb Jessica was frighten of my neighbours 10 lb Shih Tzu X. My puppy Oz got a suprise when a toy poodle came up from behind him and barked and nipped at his back leg. He might have been only 4 months old but he was a tall 28 lb greyhound. They call my dogs vicious but they have never tried to bite any other dog or person. When are people going to see that the size of the dog does not mean anything it is the temperment of the dog and its owner that you have to be worried about.

Toni, mom of Jessica and Oz

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