chris, are you going to pick up a cute and cuddly pit bull? :)
we have hit, and exceeded our animal limit. i get maternal when i become pregnant, and can't resist getting a kitten. after having three kids, and three cats we got our child and animal population under control. :) of course, then last year i convinced my husband we needed a dog to add to the mix. i saw on the video they had a white whippet! i had to drive to dayton to pick up mine. whippets are great little dogs, they are like little greyhounds. mine is 6 months old and 27 lbs. nellie is so fast, they can run up to 35 mph. it's really fun to watch her. they are also not real active dogs, but EXTREMELY sensitive. they are great with kids, which is why we chose a whippet. we had a lab, but wanted a dog not everyone had, and my husband would not agree to getting an old english sheep dog. i have loved those since i was a kid, brings back fond memories of watching loony tunes. :)
Many, many dogs or cats looking for homes, and more so now, with the economic crisis.
craigslist.org is another place to look through.
We've rescued three dogs since moving to Toledo. All from the local shelters. The shelter in Arrowhead Park offers dog training and it's very affordable. (I don't know if the Wyman St. shelter offers training).
I understand that the shelters are really overwhelmed. Many people facing foreclosure are not taking their animals with them - which makes sense. If you are going from being a home owner (you decide if you want a pet) to being a renter (someone else decides if you want a pet).
If you have room in your heart and home for a dog or cat - now is a great time to adopt one. We love ours.
If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.
All our current pets were strays except one (which was my daughter's xmas gift years back) , and a greyhound & bassett hound long gone due to medical problems (who knew the problems greyhounds had medically that can destroy you financially?). We are currently at 2 dogs & 4 cats - can't do more. I look forward to the day to be honest where I don't have to clean up after dogs. Cats are easier, quieter, cheaper, cleaner. Anyway, my daughter & her friends are always busy working to find homes for stray cats. They've been successful so far - gotten them neutered, & found homes. They just listed for adoption a beautiful black male (neutered) on craigslist - as a special needs cat. It's former owner (my daughter's ex friend) abused this poor cat so it was terrified of everybody. Now, it's mellowed out a lot - but she listed it as 'special needs' because she knows the new owner will need to give it a couple of weeks to learn to trust the new owner, and preferably, someplace with no little kids to torment it.
starling, you had a greyhound, what problems did you have? if we had a bigger house out in the country i'd consider one. are they as sensitive as whippets? i'm assuming they are considering whippets came from greyhounds. my whippy, if you look at her wrong she shakes, drives me nuts most of the time.
Mainly, greyhounds come with extra health & medical concerns & notoriously bad teeth. The rescuse place paid $250 for a root canal shortly after we picked her up in Indiana. After we'd had her about 4 years, her teeth went from bad to worse, and it cost us $600 in dental work (6 extractions) - shortly after, renal failure set in, complete loss of bladder control in huge amounts. The vet said it'd never get better, only worse, and her days were numbered by then from the renal faiure. I felt like I'd betrayed her when we had to put her down. Greyhounds are also sensitive to food, meds, etc. - only vets who have worked with greyhounds are allowed to work on them. Normal meds can kill a greyhound, and most food can cause a reaction of diarreah in huge amounts (because they are big dogs anyway) - just awful to clean in the yard, we had to hose everyplace she went down, after we cleaned it up (as best as you can when it's like that). Many greyhounds don't know 'steps' or glass windows - ours had to learn how to deal with them. Most greyhounds have been abused - ours was very timid at first, and we could tell she was used to being kicked around - she had a lot of scars. We had to sign a paper that we'd were not allowed to ever sell, loan out of give away the dog ever. That wasn't a problem for us - but the rescue places are picky - all greyhounds have tattoos in their ears to identify them, so they can track them down & know who they belong to. It was just heartbreaking to have to put her down - to lose all those teeth, she looked pathetic, only to end up getting so sick after it all. They say getting a pet never ends well because you will outlive your pets - but greyhounds come with so many extra medical & health issues that we didn't know how bad they could be. We saved her life when we adopted her (so many greyhounds are put to death when they stop winning at the racetrack) - she was so beaufiful & loving & trusting in the end. But I felt I betrayed her in the end when we had to put her down. Also - you can't tie up a greyhound ever - if they get spooked & try to run, they can snap their necks. If they do get loose, you'll have a hell of time catching or finding them again - they are freaking fast. And they get spooked around cars so they're more likely to get hit by one if they get loose.
I had two that I adopted from a Greyhound rescue, when I lived in New England. They were former track dogs.
Neither of them suffered from what has been described.
It may have been more to do with the conditions at the track or breeder or maybe just bad people raising them.
My two were not afraid of cars, liked walks, liked way too much comfy things, like pillows, couches and beds. They were housed in kennels with concrete pads and they longed for comfort.
Neither had any extensive medical conditions and no aversion to foods.
greyhounds sound a lot like whippets. they are also sensitive to drugs, i'm assuming because they don't have any body fat. i can't catch my whippet, so i could only imagine trying to catch a greyhound. :) it's so much fun watching her run, such beauty.
i do have issues with keeping nellie off the furniture. we have many family members that don't like dogs, so we only let her on the beds as a compromise. they do like soft things.
would either one of you get another greyhound? if so, would you ever rescue another one, or get a puppy? i'd love to get a rescue one, but i'm be afraid she would hurt my cats. (i only get female animals, i'm the only female in my house living with 4 males, so at least the animals have to be girls.)
Sure, if I had a larger yard.
My two were dolls.
Cats are small critters are a no-go around them. When the two that I had raced they chased a pretend rabbit.
I would go to a Greyhound rescue as I did in the past.
When my Sad But True, race name, renamed to Truly, decided one day to chase a neighborhood cat, she was gone in a blur.
But came right back home, after chasing the cat, well, actually the cat was beneath her and didn't realize it till it looked up and saw a dog.
Truly didn't hurt the cat, just enjoyed the chase.
my whippet LOVES chasing our cats, but has never tried to hurt them. then, after chasing them she sleeps by them on the bed. if my cats were a little smarter they would realize not to run when she's around. i could see how a racing dog would not be good around cats.
are greyhounds sensitive in the car? my whippy throws up every time we take her somewhere. i put a towel down, but she still drools like mad when she's nervous. the vet told me to keep doing it to get her used to the car, but man is it a pain in the butt.
I think it is safe to say, that like people, dogs are all different.
My two Greyhounds loved riding in the car. No problems.
Your dog seems to be exhibiting some past experience with car rides, and it is nice to read that the vet does not recommend tranquilizers.
Maybe put her in a carrier or crate or even better take her for a walk, before the car ride, to release some energy. The drooling is a sign of adrenaline build up and stress.
Pat her on the side and do not rub, rubbing helps to comfort, but in this case, the comfort reinforces the anxiety and speak to her with encouraging words and tone in your voice.
Maybe, try, just sitting in the car with her in your driveway. Let her get use to the car more and more and then take her for a ride.
neighborhood - you were fortunate you got healthy dogs without too many issues. Our's came from a Greyhound rescue - from a racetrack that apparently had a history of just putting down any dog that stopped winning, of abuse (kicking, beating if they didn't win), poor diet. Our vet & the greyhound rescue place told us that most greyhounds live on poor diets (cheap), and it was pretty much the norm to put them down when they stopped winning (they don't put race horses down when they stop winning - but race horses have a larger financial investment). Ours raced successfully for four years (we got her race records/results when we adopted her). She was a scardy cat - but she jumped right into our car when we picked her up - no problems getting her in the car at all (maybe she was eager to get the hell out of there) - all happy & raring to go. She handled car rides fine - didn't get sick, never needed sedatives. We also had cats back then too - and her first instinct, was to go after the cats (to chase, not to kill) - but we just gave her a stern "NO!" & she stopped immediately. WIthin a couple of days, she was indifferent to our cats.
My husband's cousin has 4 adopted greyhounds & she has crates for each one - says they like to go into their crates, on their own - she leaves the doors open. She'd crate them when she'd go to work, and said we should get a crate for ours. It seemed cruel to crate this beautiful dog so we never got one. (They say they like the security of their own small, enclosed space.) The only household damage she caused really, was the first time she was left alone when we went away for a few hours, was that she chewed the carved wooden arm on an antique side chair to pieces.
The greyhound rescue place & our vet warned us that greyhounds have very sensitive digestion systems - any little thing can cause diarreah. Seems ours had chronic, constant diarreah. THey do like soft things - ours made itself at home on our bed, sofas, etc. We bought her a very large, soft, thick, dog bed that we put in the family room (where we live the most) - she went right to it, but it didn't keep her off the furniture & we gave up trying (never really had a problem with it). They live their racing life on concrete floors - and have no excess body fat for cushioning, so many greyhounds come with small bare patches where the hair has worn off from the concrete floors.
Would I get another one? I"m at the point in my life, that I'm looking for the day when I have no animals left, except perhaps a cat or two - I'm just worn out from the cleaning up in the yard, dog hair,, barking, expense (food, treats, vet). I know that the inevitable day will come when the two dogs we have will succumb to old age & the problems that come with it a lot of the time (complete loss of bladder control - we've been through that with 3 dogs already when they got old - chronic, not just a few times.), hip & joint problems, dental work (cleaning a dog's teeth is about $300 because they all are sedated. That is not including extractions.) Sounds harsh, but the time I've spent over the years with all this for so many dogs & cats has taken it's toll on me. But IF I was going to get a dog, I probably would not get a greyhound - just too much stomach sensitivity. One 'wrong' dog treat or food choise can end up a disaster for days. I must confess though, that I am a pushover for giving dogs treats - not people food, our dogs never really got people food except rarely - but dog treats. So there's a good chance her 'toilet' issues were partly my fault. But I was warned before we even adopted her, of the digestion & dental problems that come 'built into the breed' as they said. Some people have great successes with greyhounds. Ours was an incredibly beautiful dog - no problems with the other animals in the house at all (we also had a ferret at the time & the greyhound 'charged' it once or twice at first, but ignored it in the end).
Well, this is not an arguementive statement, I am making, merely informational and dogs like us are all different.
I have a number of dogs now. All adopted. We have twelve. Have worked as a dog trainer and have rehabbed quite a few. We also have started a rescue for dogs, some time ago.
I have volunteered with shelters and varied groups and I have seen some pretty poorly treated animals and the Greyhounds, at some tracks, are treated very poorly and it is not unusual for them to be put down in three to four years of age.
I have met in my volunteering many that were the epitomy of health both mentally and physically.
Maybe the sensitivity was related to the food, being offered.
We feed a brand made in Indiana, called Prism maintaince. Easy on the tummy and leaves less waste in the yard. Can get it locally at some of the feed stores.
Some dogs have allergies to food and we find a brand they like.
We use yogurt for the out breaks of dhiarea. Works like a charm. Two to three table spoons in the food and they eat the whole thing. And the out put returns to normal.
Their teeth are shiny and white.
The higher fat and higher protien foods have extra carbs that need to get burned off and when the carbs are not burned off the extras metablozies into fat and then the health problems can start. Excessive tarta, diabetes and so on.
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