Abby is in the house! Abby is not up to typing her own blog yet, but she is one beautiful girl. On Saturday, she took a trip to PetSmart in Manassas to meet up with her Mama and some of her Siblings. The pic is Abby with her Mama and a brother. Abby is the one smack in the middle of the crowd- which, by the way is one of her favorite places to be! Abby is young- she will be two in November and she comes with that puppy charm. In fact, she likes to play so much that I have started calling her a Greyhound Retriever. She loves nothing more than to chase a tennis ball and bring it back over and over again. Abby also loves to walk to school (in a slow meandering fashion...Abby is usual not in a hurry to get anywhere) in the morning because there are so many people to greet and she gets to wag her L shaped tail in a giant helicopter motion...Sometimes we think she is about to take off! Abby would love to be in a house with kids that want to entertain her. She would also enjoy the company of another larger dog. While she may be small animal and cat friendly, her frequent bouts of play may make her an accidental danger to small animals but she does enjoy having another large friend around (like another greyhound). Abby is still learning a few manners, but she would love nothing more than to have her new family teach her these manners. One bonus with Abby is that her Mama and litter mates have been adopted out in this area and are quite active in meet and greets and other events greyhounds show up at!
Hi everyone, I am Ninja...Okay, I am WW's Runnin' About but I am in a house with a ninja obsessed 6-year old. He thought my mask looked like I was a Ninja, so there it is! He tells me he has to figure out what my power is, but I can tell you I have a few powers! First of all, I start off quite reserved to lull you into a sense of complacency, then I slowly sneak in and steal your stuffies, your toys, your dog beds, and most of all your heart. That's right-- there is no way you could meet me and not fall in love. See the basket behind me in the picture? It was filled with stuffies- now they are all mine! I am going to turn this over to my foster mom to tell you more about my awesomeness!
Ninja is a super sweet, cuddly pup that loves to play! He has a pretty good amount of energy for an almost 4 year old grey, but he is more than happy to take that out on stuffies (or whatever toys are left around for him to play with!). He is smart and learned to use a doggie door in less than 45 minutes and has not had a single accident in the house. He is as comfortable being crated as he is being free. He does like to counter-surf and he is still learning his leash manners- He just gets so excited!! He likes to walk to school in the morning and visit everyone along the way and has pretty much ignored the squirrels and cats on our walks...In fact, he only seems to have a prey drive for small flying creatures that are annoying him (flies and bees!). If you are looking for a people pleaser and a pup with a little more stamina and energy, Ninja would be more than willing to sneak in as only a Ninja can do and steal your heart!
About 4 weeks ago, I awoke to a toothache that got progressively worse. Twenty-four hours and a root canal later, I felt much better. So what does this have to do with a dog? Well, meet Milo. He is a sweet happy, boy that was returned almost three weeks ago. He came to us with what I called "swamp breath" and a brand new toothbrush and an unopened tube of doggie toothpaste. Knowing that teeth can improve with brushing, I slowly got Milo to let me brush his teeth, but getting him to let me even touch his mouth was a challenge. 2 weeks later, he allowed me to lift his jowls and the picture with my thumb in it is what I found. If you look closely, you will see that it looks almost like part of his gum was missing. I immediately called the vet and made an appointment for a dental. This problem was so much worse than I imagined. Imagine if the roots of your teeth were exposed (yes, the part where the nerves are)...How long would you live like that? How long would you allow your dog to live like that and would you expect him to be sweet and gentle when he was in so much pain?
Lucky for us, Milo remained sweet and cuddly (even with Ginger). Yesterday, Milo went to get his teeth "cleaned." Unfortunately for Milo his teeth cleaning resulted in 16 teeth extracted. I am going to warn you, the upcoming pictures are a little disgusting, but if it causes just one person to remember to brush their pup's teeth, I am willing to post these. If your pup's comfort is not enough to get you to brush his/her teeth, maybe knowing that a tube of doggie toothpaste will cost you less than $5 but a situation like Milo's could cost you over $1000!!
Note the roots of his top teeth (not to mention the terrible icky stuff all over them). The picture on the left is of his top teeth and the one on the right is showing his bottom teeth.
Milo is now back home and resting peacefully. He is on some pain killers for the next few days and getting to eat soft food but this will allow Milo to live without pain. Milo has a pending forever home, but his adoption fee will not nearly cover the extensive dental work he just had done. Any donations will be helpful and can be given to Greyhound Rescue, Inc. All donations are tax deductible as well! I thought I would give you one more pic of Milo in his very drugged state. He is still a little freaked out this morning and hanging out in his man cave (aka crate) to feel a bit more secure, but he has been coming out and eating a little. I am pretty sure we will see the silly boy back soon!
So my foster Mom thinks I should let my true personality shine...I think a video is worth a thousand words, so here are a couple that show my personality! The first one is me giving my foster brother kisses. The second is me playing (three weeks post toe amputation)!
Stitches out, bandages off, mostly unmuzzled (I'm still not supposed to lick my toe), and I am back in business. First line of business after my bandages came off? Start jumping back on the couch. Second, make a giant mess with stuffies because I want a nice long walk and a run but they still won't give it to me. I figure at some point they will figure out it takes more time to clean up all the toys from the stuffy basket than it does to take me for a good long walk! Don't worry, when my little foster brother wakes up, he will throw me some stuffies...We like to play fetch and tug of war. I usually win!! So, does anyone know whether I am supposed to have three toes on each foot or four?? I can't really tell, but I think I may have lost one under the bandages they had on me! Oh well, I am back to my old self, so who cares how many toes are on each foot, right?
To anyone who has followed the saga of Jackie, they may be shocked at this post. I have to make a confession- I completely misjudged Jackie at first! Jackie is an amazingly resilient and adaptable dog. Initially, I thought that Jackie should be an only dog and kept away from younger kids. I still think babies would make her nervous, but I think in time she would adjust. I have watched her go from a snappy dog to one that calmly waits to see what is going to happen. I have watched her go from being in other dogs' faces to learning some manners and eliminating the tenseness that comes from an ill-mannered dog. I have watched her go from being very nervous around her human five year old foster brother to being comfortable enough to let him get on the bed with her and pet her- She even respects him enough that when he tells her to go lay down on her bed, she gets up and walks over and lays down (his own grey does not listen to him that well!!). I would not hesitate to house her with another grey and I would not hesitate to house her with a young kid (who is willing to follow some basic rules that all dog owners should follow like "let sleeping dogs lie."). The only thing she still needs to work on is her interaction with other breeds of dogs. And, quite honestly, given her ability to learn and desire to be with others, I firmly believe she would be fine if someone is willing to work with her. What I have learned about Jackie is that her post racing career homes have been with adults and older children only. After spending time in a foster home with another grey and a young kid she has settled down. When she spends time with anything and learns what the traits are, she settles down and adapts- She just needs time and patience!
So, lets talk the lighter side of Jackie. Jackie is surprisingly energetic and resilient. Her toe was removed two weeks ago and she acts like nothing happened. Today we get the stitches removed and she can move on...Of course, she really hasn't stopped moving! She is so resilient that she can't wait to go to the vet's office. We walk in and she gets greeted by all the friends she made while she was there and gets to explore other breeds. I have never seen a dog that has been through all that she has, actually want to go to the vet's office! As proof that she is doing just fine, watch the video and you can see how she has become a dog that will be the life of the home and will be a welcome addition to almost any family!
Here we go again...So I went back to the vet to get my toe checked and this time, they looked at it and said there was no way it was going to heal correctly so on Thursday they will be amputating my right outside toe. So, once this heals, I am thinking about playing some poker with my three toes to try to make some money to pay for all of this. I'm not usually one given to begging, but this is going to be pricey! And, while Greyhound Rescue, Inc. is going to make sure I can be happy and healthy again, any help you can give them would be wonderful. Also, a big thank you to Town and Country Animal Hospital in Fairfax, VA and Dr. Davis Hall for giving me a break on the bill (and taking the break off my toe- just a little humor there)! If you ever need a vet, go visit him and tell him Jackie with an eye from Greyhound Rescue, Inc. sent you!