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BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!

Stilly River Sage 17 Oct 18 - 11:41 PM
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Bonzo3legs 16 Oct 18 - 03:49 PM
Senoufou 16 Oct 18 - 04:29 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 11:41 PM

Yes. And socks and wash cloths and mittens and dish towels. I'm careful to keep anything like that up and out of reach.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 01:27 PM

Stilly, is the Labrador Retriever in question
the same one
who hunts down, and swallows, women's knickers?


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 16 Oct 18 - 03:49 PM

You are so right Senoufou!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 16 Oct 18 - 04:29 AM

After the evening meal, we empty the kitchen bin and the larger one in the utility room into the wheelie bin outside. Then the catflap is locked. Our cats are too elderly now however to bother much about overturning bins in the house (they used to when younger).

There are so many dodgy things in bins aren't there? Plastic to chew and swallow, sharp opened tins, unsuitable odds and ends of food, meat bones and so on.

It must be lovely Bonzo to wake up in the morning and greet your new mate Dreamy! Don't animals fill a house with that 'something extra'?
We couldn't imagine having no pets at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: peteaberdeen
Date: 16 Oct 18 - 03:45 AM

our rescue lurcher came to us with a clearly visible break on her front 'wrist' It was healed and doesn't seem to cause her much bother (she can run around fine) She saw a cat on a high wall out the back and jumped out of our yard (4 foot jump) and then out of the next door yard (a 6/7 foot jump) yes, she can jump. however, she won't reach up to take things off the table (or get on the bed) as she has has learned not to.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Oct 18 - 09:59 PM

In my house all trash containers are up out of reach. The kitchen trash can is on top of the dryer, in the bathrooms there are small trash bins on the counters, in bedrooms and office they're up on tables. My chocolate Lab goes for the trash, and if you think it has been a while and he has forgotten—think again. He is very patient, hoping you'll leave things where he can reach them.

The lab used to have a martingale collar when he was still the pet of my best friend in the neighborhood. But every so often he'd get a look in his eyes and would face her and pull backwards and it slipped off of his head. Then the chase ensued. When she was injured, hit by a car as a pedestrian in a parking lot, her children asked if I'd watch him until they could board him, but I told them we were happy to have him until she was ready. And the first thing I did was get another Gentle Leader head collar because he can't pull out of that. (Long story short, after four months of hospital and rehab, she knew he was too much so the splendid boy has remained with us.)

I let the two older dogs off of their leads in the driveway as we approach the house after a walk, but the youngest one doesn't get that freedom yet. And since we always walk right before a meal, they're always excited to get into the house to be fed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: robomatic
Date: 15 Oct 18 - 09:00 PM

They can run, but can they jump?


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 15 Oct 18 - 04:07 PM

Oops, she's taken a liking to the plastics & cans recycling bag, so we'll need to put it much higher out of reach!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 15 Oct 18 - 12:44 PM

Yes and she has taken a fancy to our kitchen landfill bin so we are taking steps to stop that. We started getting her used to being left on her own today, my wife went to the pharmacy at our local shops and was gone for about 30 minutes. I stayed upstairs and when I heard my wife's car I crept downstairs to find dreamy still on her bed! So we'll gradually increase the time she is left. I don't forsee much of a problem because greyhounds are naturally lazy!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 15 Oct 18 - 09:50 AM

It must be rather weird at first for a new animal in a household.
Any new Siamese kittens we've had (always two at a time) have initially found a 'safe spot' to retreat into while, like Dreamy, they'd keep watching and assessing everything that went on around them.

I remember Minty and Murphy as tiny kittens crawling backwards under a table in the study, their little eyes like saucers. They stayed there for ages getting a 'feel' for the house.

Dreamy sounds intelligent and alert Bonzo.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 15 Oct 18 - 08:59 AM

Day 3 - her nose is ever closer to one of the fluffy toys we bought, and she beds down without prompting on the mattress we bought for her. In fact she spends extended periods of time there watching every move we make!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 14 Oct 18 - 08:46 AM

My wife came upstairs just now and said that she was in sleeping position on her bed, so definitely making herself at home here!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 14 Oct 18 - 08:25 AM

It all sounds as if it's going well. She must love being in a proper home at long last, with cooking smells, interesting walks and lots of affection.
This is such a lovely story.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 14 Oct 18 - 07:26 AM

Aha, she froze at one point on her walk this morning, with her natural instincts on overdrive, and looked up - at a squirrel, so I just turned around and walked her away.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 14 Oct 18 - 07:20 AM

Well, there were no problems through the night except that the contents of our kitchen land fill bin were on the floor - easily remedied! We could see that she spent some time on her bed, and she has found a space on the wooden floor where she likes to lie down and watch. There were new noises for her to experience this morning - washing machine and music, and of course the smell of Sunday breakfast made her very interested!

During her walk I stopped and shared yesterday's adventure with another greyhound owner while the dogs said hello. She has to make a return trip to the animal rescue centre in a weeek's time to have stitches out from being spayed and second injections.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 13 Oct 18 - 05:15 PM

We have noticed that if she is in our back garden, where she seems to like lying on the grass, she will only come back inside if I put her lead on, which I think is because that is all she has ever known. Still she has only been with us for 7 hours so very early days.

Overnight will be interesting!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: peteaberdeen
Date: 13 Oct 18 - 04:12 PM

i don't let our lurcher off the lead near our house - she will go for cats. though we were nervous at first about letting her off the lead she has learned to return a ball and do big and lovely figures of eight round us - have a bag full of treats handy and she probably won't go too far (probably parkland will be easier than woodland as there is more potential for them to chase stuff in the woods)


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 13 Oct 18 - 04:07 PM

Thanks


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 13 Oct 18 - 03:37 PM

Crumbs Bonzo, thank goodness she was quickly caught! Hope she has a good night and you can start to get to know her.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 13 Oct 18 - 01:25 PM

After a very thorough handover at the animal rescue centre, we took her to our car - would she jump in the back we wondered? Yes she did, and settled down after a couple of miles. She was naturally very nervous when we arrived home - what's this strange place they've brought me to?

I took her for a walk to a nearby wooded area, she was very good on the lead, no pulling at all but when we got back home I made the mistake of removing her lead outside the front door - and off she went with me chasing after her. Other people in our street joined in the chase but fortunately she ran out of gas and we caught her!!

Now I know that must keep her on her lead at all times outside our house!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: peteaberdeen
Date: 12 Oct 18 - 04:11 PM

it's exciting for you - i'm sure your lovely dog won't disappoint, i'm quite jealous


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 12 Oct 18 - 03:59 PM

So do we hope they have arrived - luckily there is no rain forecast for tomorrow!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 12 Oct 18 - 02:06 PM

I'll be thinking of you Bonzo!
Hope the bed, coats and other equipment have arrived.
Dreamy will be so happy I'm sure.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 12 Oct 18 - 01:52 PM

We collect Dreamy dog tomorrow afternoon!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: leeneia
Date: 09 Oct 18 - 01:38 PM

Thanks for the link to Dreamy's picture, Bonzo. She's beautiful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 09 Oct 18 - 08:22 AM

Thank you, we are looking forward to her coming home!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 09 Oct 18 - 04:12 AM

Oh oh oh she's GORGEOUS Bonzo! Lovely lovely dog.
She looks to be in good nick, shiny coat and no ribs showing.
I wish you and your wife many happy years with Dreamy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 09 Oct 18 - 03:02 AM

My wife has ordered a greyhound bed, 2 collars - one house collar and a martingale collar, a couple of cuddly toys which they like and 2 coats - one waterproof and one for winter, for apparently their feel the cold!

Here is Dreamy!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: leeneia
Date: 09 Oct 18 - 01:20 AM

My new neighbor has a greyhound, which is tan and white. I had no idea they were so big. I googled them, and they come in several colors. What color is your new greyhound?


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Oct 18 - 01:12 PM

What items are you having to buy for your lovely greyhound Bonzo? What will she need? A jacket perhaps, as winter is approaching? A bed?


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 08 Oct 18 - 12:06 PM

Apparently greyhounds and lurchers all do find it uncomfortable to sit because of their shape.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: peteaberdeen
Date: 08 Oct 18 - 11:55 AM

i've never known why we so often ask dogs to sit - and imagine them replying 'why?' our lurcher will wait patiently if i am talking to someone and will either lean into the nearest available knee or - and this is a sign i am taking too long - just lie down. she looks very awkward on the very rare occasions she sits - so why should she?


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: frogprince
Date: 08 Oct 18 - 11:09 AM

Try to forgive me for throwing in something pointless, but: ever since I saw the thread title, I've been hearing it to the tune of an old Sons of the Pioneers recording, "Headed for the last roundup". It fits even better after hearing that Bonzo has adopted the consistently "last" greyhound.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 08 Oct 18 - 04:50 AM

The one in the right hand stall that still hasn't finished the race? Maybe you should bet on the left greyhound. Or is this a reference to a late-running bus?


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Oct 18 - 03:04 AM

That's interesting Bonzo about greyhounds not sitting. I've noticed the one with the chap at the Norfolk Greyhound Rescue is usually standing. If you stroke or pat him, he always leans against you - very sweet.

Other greyhounds with the group have thick pads covered with a throw, just in front of the board with the awful photos, and they lie down on those. They all look happy and calm. (Each one has already been adopted by the workers for the Charity)


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Oct 18 - 03:23 PM

Well done Bonzo. I hope you get as much pleasure with your new friend as she will with you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 07 Oct 18 - 07:25 AM

And of course their legs run faster than their brains so much patience is needed for the first few days in the new unfamiliar home environment!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 07 Oct 18 - 05:35 AM

We were told that she suffered a hock fracture, which is a fairly common injury among racing greyhounds, but now fully healed. One thing I didn't know abount greyhounds is that they don't sit because it's very uncomfortable for them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 06:44 PM

This greyhound used to race at Crayford and a search of her racing name shows that she always came in last!!! Quite a bit of kit to buy!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 05:10 PM

We believe it was a Jack Russll that cut delia's life short, Sen. Dogs do need to be kept under control. this is pretty worrying.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 04:33 PM

One of our neighbours has a lovely dog with a lot of Jack Russell in him. He's called Buddy. But if he catches even a glimpse of one of our cats, he goes crazy. Luckily, his owners have him well under control and hold tightly to his leash.
The chap, Bob, says Buddy could toss a rat in the air and break its neck, and could do the same thing with a cat!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: peteaberdeen
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 04:20 PM

oh and well done bonzo - you are about to discover what a weird number of people - even without dogs - go around with dog treats in their pocket. important tip - never, ever, give your dog anything off the table!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 01:25 PM

Really wish you have a good time together, Bonzo.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 01:23 PM

Oh what excellent news Bonzo! I'm so very pleased for you!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 01:20 PM

We chose a lovely 4 year old lady greyhound that ran her last raced in July. We will bring her home next weekend. My goodness what awful weather to be at the rescue centre, but of course with dogs there is no such thing as bad weather!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 12:09 PM

Greyhounds and lurchers are indeed lovely animals but, as a cat owner, I would ask the owner of any such to make sure they are restrained if passing close to small furry animals. They are after all hunting dogs with an inherent inclination to go for what they regard as prey. Often with disastrous consequences. :-(

Where do whippets fit in to the scheme of things? As a northerner it should be as obvious as my flat cap and muffler but, sadly, I don't know!


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 11:44 AM

I'm not sure I've ever been involved in selecting an animal.

I believe Portia (a lab retriever cross) was picked by my parents from a pet shop but I was a baby then.
Meg (a border collie) was offered to Pip by a patient from a farm near Tryfan (Snowdonia, N Wales) who didn't want the one of the litter that turned out brown and white.
I think Misty (blue merle mongrel) was one another member of hospital staff wanted to home.
I think cats (prehaps with parent picking?) have either been "unwanted" or just "found us". Every one over the last 20 years were the latter, as was Willy Weasel the ferret.

Misty was the probably easiest of the dogs we had, excitable if she heard a word that could mean an outing but easy going otherwise. Portia was lovely but probably saw herself as another parent/guardian. Meg, probably attempted to express before - I think we gave her a good life (while sometimes thinking she'd be even better working sheep on the mountains) but she was quite ("hard wired") as a working sheep dog with the needs that go with that...


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 05 Oct 18 - 12:30 PM

I agree with you, that one should learn as much as possible before taking on an animal, in order to give it the best possible quality of life.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Oct 18 - 11:35 AM

I think I would love a greyhound, not least because I am told they like a quiet life. But I am a cat person, so the poor creature would have to teach me what dogs want and need. I'm not sure that would be fair to a greyhound who has been subjected to racing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Waiting for the right greyhound!
From: Senoufou
Date: 04 Oct 18 - 05:34 PM

Excellent Bonzo! Hope you come home with one of them!

I always found it so hard to choose two from a litter of kittens.
We picked Minty and Murphy, and had to leave 'Kinky' behind. We didn't have the resources for three kittens, and Kinky had a rather bad kink in his tail. I felt so sad for him.
Fortunately, the breeder decided to keep him, and magically the kink straightened itself out!
She sent a photo of him when he grew up, and he was a stunner!

I'd always bought males, but once there were none to be had in our area. So we picked a little female and called her LoobyLou. Once we got 'her' home, she proceeded to clean her nether regions, and it was evident it was a 'he'! He was called Booboo after that, and I managed to change his pedigree certificate with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy.
I'll be thinking of you Bonzo on Saturday!


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