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GreyhoundMama

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  1. Aw, they're beautiful! I can't read a word of your site, but the dogs are gorgeous! :D
  2. I did a quick google search. Good info here: http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/hw.html[/url]
  3. I wish I had something to add. All I can suggest is that you ask your vet millions of questions, get a second opinion if you don't feel confident in your vet, and get your other animals on heartgard to prevent future problems. You might also try searching the internet for heartworm treatments, side affects and such. Hugs and good luck!!!
  4. Hard to tell. My dogs occasionally cough a bit, but then it goes away right away. If it keeps up, it's safest to ask your vet. :D
  5. I don't like breed specific legislation, but I also don't like giving away undeserved titles. No really good answer here, but if I were a tester, I don't think I could break the rules in a flagrant way. Letting slip something very minor, or interpreting something in the most generous way is one thing. Passing dogs that can't do the work for the title, that's another. That puts my position in jeopardy as tester, and risks ruining the reputation of the CGC program, and any dog with that title.
  6. If someone posts pictures of my dogs and says, hey, I met up with Karen and got some cool shots of Merlin, I'd be fine. If someone posted pics of my Merlin and claimed he was Fred, and had sired some puppies, or was for sale, or was theirs ... darn right I'd be mad. My dogs are recognizable to a lot of people on IG and greyhound breed boards. If someone thought I'd sold or given away my dog, or that someone had stolen him, or that there was a double ... could cause lots of trouble. And especially if it was a photo I've taken. Now they've stolen my dog's identity, and they've stolen my photographic work. Downloading a photo I've taken of my dog for someone's private enjoyment is fine. Downloading a photo I've taken to fleece others, or to make money, is stealing.
  7. Oh, good, the ages are creeping up. I love a board with a wide variety of people on it! :D C'mon, though, someone's gotta be older than me!!! :wink:
  8. I found a poll that asked how many people were over or under 18, but I have a feeling that there are tons of people way outside that range of possibilities. So, let's see what the age dispersion is ...
  9. Wow, interesting combination of breeds! Male or female? In my breeds, 8 weeks is such a tiny infant, we usually can't get them until they're 12 weeks. But the tiny babies are soooo cute. :D Good luck, and I hope you'll post photos!!!
  10. Hi and welcome! :D I love pharoahs, and have met many in my travels. I've always been into sighthounds. I had borzoi when I was younger, and now have two greyhounds and three Italian greyhounds. I sometimes compete with my dogs in lure coursing and racing. The pharoah hounds are always the loudest, most excited, rowdy ones, wanting to chase that bunny at any opportunity. They're amazing!! If you haven't already, I hope you'll share some pictures with us!
  11. I wish I had the statistics in front of me. It's my understanding that pit bulls are not nearly as frequent a biter as many other breeds. I think chihuahuas are #1, but of course they can't do much damage with their tiny mouths. But if I remember correctly, it was something like a german shepard with the most dangerous rating. No one's suggesting we do away with them because they're popular. Rin Tin Tin, and all the war stories, and police dogs, and so on, make GSDs seen as heros. But they can be very dangerous if trained badly, just like many large dogs. I'm not in favor of any breed-specific legislation or removal. That just blindly attempts to address a symptom, not the problem. The problem is idiots who don't properly raise, train, and restrain their dogs. And people who engage in macho fighting "sports" with animals. I know an Italian greyhound who was used as live bait to "train" fighting dogs. The lucky IG survived and ended up in rescue. People who do that are sick, and they create monsters out of man's best friend.
  12. [quote name='Kat']If the dog wasn't aggressive , where then did the wounds came from that had to be stitched? The story just seems to appear with holes in it to me.[/quote] Stitched? Am I missing something? I thought it just said scratches?
  13. If this were a truly dangerous dog, I'm guessing that a ten year old couldn't have fought it off. A four pound dog and ten year old child against a pit, and only superficial wounds? Doesn't sound like the pit was that serious about it. BUT ... lots of dogs have high prey drives, or high play drives, but are easily called off. They're not killers at heart, but they are animals. A lot of greyhounds are like this. If they think a dog, cat, rabbit, or squirrel is exciting, they sometimes take off like its a lure at a race course! Does that make them dangerous? Generally no. But the owner MUST keep control of that greyhound. I've heard stories of high prey drive greyhounds killing small dogs. It happens rarely, but it does happen. Greyhound people don't often talk about it. Its the ugly side of having canine athletes in our homes. My male Gryffin shares my home with three Italian greyhounds. He's a big mush of a dog, cuddling with my little ones. HOWEVER, I don't let them run together. Gryffin is prone to excitement AND protective instincts. I won't take the chance that he gets over excited and thinks someone's a bunny, or runs them over. And in yet another aside, my little eight pound Merlin was attacked and bitten by a whippet last weekend. Everything was going well until we got out a lure toy to play with them. The whip got over excited and decided Merlin was more fun than the lure. The owner appologized, told me she hadn't seen that behavior before, and acknowledged that she'd have to really watch her in play situations with little dogs. I don't know what the owner should say, but an apology should certainly be part of it!!!
  14. Heck, I even think its used too much in the dog world! Pit Bull gets used to describe Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and other bully breeds and mixes. Its gotten to the point where a lot of people don't even know what a pit bull is, much less looks like. I've met several staffies, and a few pits. Every one of them was a fabulous pet. And it just kills me to see towns and campgrounds ban them because of the image. Anything that worsens that problem is detrimental to the breed.
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