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January 5, 2017

If you’re a greyhound owner out walking your dogs, you know the drill. Walk for a while, settle in to the zone, then stop to answer questions from someone. Repeat, repeat and repeat. Oh, I’m not complaining! Who doesn’t like to talk about their dogs? Who doesn’t like all the compliments that come our way? But honestly, sometimes, I feel I should have a pamphlet printed out to just hand to people. It would go something like this: Yes, they are soft, aren’t they? No, they’re not hyper. It’s too much effort to get off my best sofa. No,...

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Alex’s New Year’s Day Tradition

January 1, 2017
Alex’s New Year’s Day Tradition

New Year’s day is one of Alex’s favorites. He gets to sniff all the trees that have hit the street for pickup. Can you imagine what that must be like for a dog’s sensitive nose? All the people in each tree’s home. All the...

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New Year’s Eve and 4th of July

December 31, 2016

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I’m sitting in front of a fire in my den on the day before New Year’s Eve, looking back over all the posts and likes and comments that have been shared on my greyhound page. Thank you so much for reading and caring about these remarkable dogs.

My little blue greyhound, Bea, is very much on my mind. Well, I’m not sure you can call a 65 pound dog little, but when compared to my red and white, Alex, who tops out at 78 pounds, she seems little in comparison.

The reason she is particularly on my mind today is that she is one of those . . . a dog that absolutely freaks out with any kind of fireworks. That means that New Year’s Eve and July 4th are absolutely terrifying to her. She will shake so hard that all four feet will come off the floor. She has occasionally lost control of her kidneys. Her eyes become dilated; she pants; she won’t eat or drink. It is heart-wrenching.

If you have a dog like this, I sympathize with you. Here are things I have found to help.

  • First and foremost, do not get uptight or nervous or panicky. They sense your feelings. Give them your strength. Give them your calm. Let them know that you are the leader; that you are not freaked out. No, this will not solve their problem, but it absolutely helps them . . . and you.
  • Be sure they are fed, hydrated and have had lots of body elimination time during the day. They will not want food or water during the noise, and they won’t want to go out. If they do go out, be sure they can’t bolt.
  • If they eliminate in the house, stay calm. They just can’t help it. Don’t add to their stress by fussing at them.
  • Give them a very quiet cave, of some sort. I have cleaned out the bottom of a closet in a quiet room and put a dog bed with blankets in it. Bea will go into that closet and definitely feels safer there.
  • If you use noise to counteract, be sure it is calming.

I know that a lot of people use calming drops, thunder shirts, etc. My experience is that none of that has worked. If it works for you, great.

My last resort (and it should be your last resort) has been talking to my wonderful veterinarian and having him prescribe a tranquilizer for Bea. I start her on a half dose in the morning, then give her a full dose around 6 p.m. when she gets her evening meal. She is still awake and functioning with this dosage but is much more calm and can even sleep a bit during the melee. I am not a big believer in medicating, but seeing what this dog goes through, and having tried everything else, I am relieved that there is a way to help Bea deal with what is a major trama for her.

I do hope all of you have a wonderful, safe new year, filled with nature’s gift to us: amazing creatures to fill our lives. All my love to all of you.

 

My New Book: It’s Official

December 6, 2016
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I am so excited to be able to share this news with anyone who stumbles onto this site. I just published my first book, Bonnie’s Greyhounds: Tails of a Foster Mom. Specifically, it is a book about fostering racing greyhounds who have just been...

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Hello, Sunbeam

February 24, 2012
Hello, Sunbeam

My morning started at 6:45 a.m. with Tanner, my foster greyhound who is recuperating from a broken leg, stealing my slippers.  That means it’s time to feed the beasts.  I staggered into the kitchen to mix various foods and medications for 3 dogs, according...

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The Other Side of Greyhounds: A Reality Check

February 12, 2012
The Gathering of the Hounds

  Racing Greyhounds are amazing creatures.  Their back story is unique to any other breed of dog. Consequently, greyhounds themselves are, in many ways, different from any other dog. Mother nature designed greyhounds to hunt, feed and survive in packs, with one dog as...

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Lola and Her Mini-van

January 31, 2012
Lola and Her Mini-van

Early on in our venture with greyhounds one thing became clear.  We needed a bigger car.  Since Mike had a big SUV company car (and yes, it is justified because he hauls around mass quantities of camera equipment) that could only be used for...

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Tanner Puts His Foot Down

January 21, 2012
Tanner Puts His Foot Down

              Tanner is my foster with the broken leg.  His hock was shattered racing in Mexico.  Consequently, he had surgery to put in a metal plate and fuse the bone.  He came out of the hospital with a...

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A Day in the Trenches: From Pristine to Triage

January 12, 2012
A Day in the Trenches: From Pristine to Triage

    Husband Mike and I live in what was a nice, small, open design, contemporary house.  Both the house and the yard were completely remodeled six years ago.  We worked so hard for the better part of a year to transfer this outdated,...

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My Big, Goofy Foster

January 1, 2012
My Big, Goofy Foster

  After our first foster, who was with us for four months, and I might add they were the wet, muddy winter months, we went almost immediately into picking up our second foster.  That foster was only with us for a few weeks before...

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The Opposite of Zen, The Crumpled Crew, and Happy Holidays to you!

December 28, 2011
The Opposite of Zen, The Crumpled Crew, and Happy Holidays to you!

  Christmas day started so well.  Husband Mike was actually home, a situation that almost never happens.  Being a TV news photojournalist, he always works on every holiday.  He warned me before I married him so I don’t complain.  However, this year his regular...

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To All the Boys

December 24, 2011
Santa's Dress Rehearsal with Ava, Lucky & Alex

What a wonderful year this has been. It’s been full of walks in the park, a road trip with Alex and Ava, and a total of five foster dogs, all unique and all wonderful in his own way. And yes, they were all males....

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