Saturday, January 28, 2012
Greyhound Adoption Movement
The National Greyhound Association, a non-profit association operating as the sole registry for racing Greyhounds on the North American continent, reports that most Greyhounds begin racing at approximately one and a half years of age, continuing until they are four years old.
Before the development of Greyhound adoption and rescue programs, Greyhounds had a dim future: tens of thousands of Greyhounds a year were being euthanized at early ages once their racing careers were over. With the help of Greyhound adoption organizations over the years, euthanasia rates have declined.
In fact, according to the Greyhound Racing Association of America, approximately 90 percent of registered Greyhounds are adopted or returned to the farm as pets or for breeding purposes; however, those that are unsuitable for adoption or breeding programs are still euthanized.
Adopting a Retired Greyhound
Why should you consider adopting a retired Greyhound? They make great pets, rarely bark and are tolerant and accustomed to human handling. Greyhounds crave human companionship due to their pack-animal nature and adapt quickly to their environment.
During their racing career, most Greyhounds were kept in crates or kennels, and were normally let out four to five times a day at the track to exercise or play. If you open your home to a retired Greyhound, keeping a similar schedule should make housebreaking relatively easy.
Greyhounds should be kept on a leash or in a fully enclosed area at all times. The dogs love to run, and because of their racing training and prey-drive, they tend to take off if a door or gate opens. This can put them at risk for running into traffic and potentially injuring themselves.
Greyhound Adoption Resources
There are a number of groups nationwide that work to help find retired Greyhounds’ homes. The Greyhound Project, a non-profit organization providing information about and promoting the adoption of retired racing Greyhounds, is a great place to start your research when considering adopting one of these dashing dogs, and even offers an online directory of Greyhound adoption agencies worldwide.
Greyhound Pets of America, the largest non-profit Greyhound adoption group, runs a nationwide 800-number service (800-366-1472) administered by the American Greyhound Council, an organization that develops, funds and oversees programs to ensure the welfare of racing greyhounds, to field calls about Greyhound adoption and to send prospective adopters to their nearest adoption agency. There are currently 54 chapters of this organization serving most of the United States.
Prospective Greyhound owners should know that there is nothing “wrong” with a retired Greyhound. Being retired simply means they don’t race anymore. The American Greyhound Council reports that since the 1990’s, more than 180,000 retired Greyhounds have been placed into loving homes. Will yours be one of them?
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The fountain is very quiet, so sound is not a problem. Tony, my husband, thinks like a man who is used to hunting dogs in rural Mississippi, believes I should just stop filling his other three bowls filled with filtered water. "But he loves it filtered and cold from the fridge", I tell him, and he just shakes his head and laughs.
Well, after a day of just watching the fountain sit in the corner, the soft sound of the trickling water was too much to bear. Derby submitted to the cool filtered goodness of H2O. So what, I spent $53.43. The shipping was free!!
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Friday, January 20, 2012
That is how this story starts. I thought it was funny, but my husband begged to differ. The racing wounds he endured speak for themselves.
As quick as a wink, and before Tony could brace himself, Derby took off after our backyard neighbor.
I never would have thought anybody could be fast enough to catch a squirrel, but he would have had Tony not been attached to the other end of the leash.
It's a tail, or a tale, of what happens when you don't think like a greyhound. I witnessed the entire episode from the sunroom window. Derby spotted movement, and his life's training kicked in. I actually saw the same movement, but, of course, not a fast as Derby, and certainly not a quick as Tony.
|Scene of the Crime|
During all this commotion, the sounds I heard was, "Whoa! Oh crap! Hold on Derby! OUCH!!"
With Derby away from the path of the tree, Almost made it up his tree with Derby close at his heels, and again, Tony was not far behind. When they later made it in the house, after doing Derby's planned business, as you can see above, there were no casualties. Yet, we did have one wounded. And what did Derby have to say when he came indoors? Well, he didn't say much, just see for yourself.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Above article from the ASPCA website
Others like myself, have hearts. We don't adopt these dogs just because we want a dog, or because what they are. We could get any dog at the ASPCA, or just raise a greyhound as a puppy. We adopt greyhounds because they need love, and we have an abundance to give. When a greyhound reaches the age of three or four, they don't race any longer, so they don't make their owners money. If they break a leg, or have any other injury, they no longer make their owners money. If they don't makgant tracks, or "Kennel Clubs", and are kept in deplorable conditions. These beautiful dogs are kept in crates stacked, one on top of the other, in a dark shed, sometimes without heat or air conditioning. Some are even kept muzzled to prevent them from chewing through the cage, yet many chew through their muzzle. They have human contact only twice a day when they are fed.
e money for their owners, they don't euthanize them, they are no longer fed, and they are murdered.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
NC man charged with having sex with neighbor's dog
Authorities in Cumberland County, N.C., arrested Ray Lynn Mitcham Jr. Monday after hisneighbor claimed she saw him having sex with her dog, according to the Gaston Gazette.
Mitcham, 33, of Linden, N.C., was charged with a crime against nature, a felony. He appeared before a magistrate at the county jail on Jan. 9 and was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
Debbie Tanna of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said the incident occurred Jan. 2, when Mitcham's next-door neighbor, who also is Mitcham's landlord, opened the door to his mobile home and saw him attacking her dog.
The dog, a shepherd-Lab mix weighing 60 pounds, was taken to Cumberland County Animal Control , where a veterinarian recovered a DNA sample that Tanna said matched Mitcham.
"There's no way he can sidestep this," Tanna told the Associated Press.
Animal Control director Dr. John Lauby said the examination showed no physical injury to the dog. He said he doubts the attack will leave lasting trauma.
"With dogs, the dominant animal breeds with the others, so I don't think there will be psychological damage," Lauby told The Huffington Post.
Allison Gionatto of Pet-Abuse.com agreed, to a point.
"A dog understands pain, but not shame," Gionatto said. "You can't prove emotional damagebecause you can't put the dog up on the stand."
After the examination, the dog was returned to its owner.
Tanna said sexual assaults against animals are rare in Cumberland County, located near Fayetteville.
"I've been here for seven years and there was only one other case, over in Spring Lake, N.C.," she said. "He was a mental patient."
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Sunday, January 15, 2012
Dominance and FearLearn to recognize subtle signs of dominance or aggression, such as a greyhound positioning itself in a stiff stance (usually with tail held erect over back) above another pet that is lying down or playing with a toy or eating. This signifies a greyhound that wants to establish itself as "the boss" and wants respect from the rest of the "pack." Gently pull the greyhound away with a firm "NO" to let it know you are the "leader of the pack" and will not tolerate this behavior from one of your "charges".
Watch for a greyhound that turns its head slightly to the side when someone approaches to pet it — this may indicate it wants to be left alone or is head shy.
Never put your face directly into the face of a greyhound (or any other breed, for that matter) unless this has long been established as acceptable by your pet.You'll know by their response. If they suddenly become very still and the tail is not wagging, this means they may be interpreting your approach as a challenge or a threat to their well being. Resist the urge to hug or join a greyhound that is lying down, especially if it is in its favorite bed. Remember, these dogs have had very few "personal items" during their lifetimes, and a bed and crate are at the top of the list. Of my three greyhounds, one cannot be trusted with face to face contact unless she initiates it with licking and tail wagging; then I know it is acceptable to reciprocate with a kiss on the nose. But never do I grasp her head and keep it in one position. My other two greyhounds are fine with face to face contact, but I still don't overdo it. You never know when a pet is having a bad day — they have moods, too, just like we do!
Many people are tempted to enforce a "you must obey" rule with head shy dogs, and they try to expose the dog to frequent, positive handling of the head. This can backfire. It is best to recognize this peculiarity and respect the dog's need to avoid such interaction. The key here is let the dog initiate any face to face contact, and hopefully the tail is wagging when this occurs!
If you have observed aggressive behavior in one or more of your pets when they are playing, especially outdoors in a large open area, you should look at this as a potential disaster if you allow this type of "free play" to continue. Racing greyhounds are especially prey driven and competitive by nature and training, and can become frenzied into an attack mode if the right circumstances prevail. Competing for a toy or jockeying in position for the lead in a game of chase are perfect examples of "setups" for fighting. Even in the most friendly and companionable of dogs, there can be a sudden overwhelming need to possess a toy or be ahead, which can produce devastating injuries in a pack response.
Muzzle any greyhound that exhibits aggression when running with other dogs. Muzzles on all greyhounds while running in groups is the safest bet.
Fetching Balls or Frisbees
Never play group fetch with dogs that have shown a competitive streak unless you can separate the competitive one from the rest of the dogs. You may have to have two games of fetch going so that all can participate, but it should be only with the aggressive dog isolated in another area where the game is between just you and the dog, rather that the whole pack.
Aggression in dogs can be a result of any one thing or a combination of factors. When they are aggressive toward other pets, you must be vigilant of this tendency. Even the subtlest hint of "alpha" (dominant) behavior should be taken very seriously. It is your responsibility to avoid situations that may provoke this behavior.
Fear fighting among animals often follows an injury to one of the pack. This type of response is one of pain and confusion, and results in the injured animal striking out at the nearest thing that may have caused the pain.
If there are other animals present at the time of injury, the injured animal may attack and a very vicious fight may ensue — occasionally to the death. This is often the case when animal owners describe fights between animals that have been "best buddies" then suddenly become vicious toward one another. Very often, the owner was not present at the time of the altercation to know the details of how it happened, and they are speculating that one of the animals "just went berserk" and "tried to kill another".
Rarely will an animal turn on one of its own pack unless provoked or in pain.
It should go without saying that handling an injured pet carries with it considerable risk that you could be bitten or at least growled at. Always muzzle an injured dog before attempting to transport or treat it.
You — The Pack Leader
Animals will almost invariably revert back to instinctual behavior without the presence of a pack leader, and that pack leader should be you.
Set guidelines for what is allowed and what is not when dealing with your greyhounds. Remember that the environment they have come from, in most circumstances, is one of a totally different nature compared to what they will experience in their adoptive home. They have been expected to do very few things at the track and kennel besides run and rest, and they were required to obey.
Once in an adoptive home, multiple stimuli (stairs, sliding glass doors, TVs, ringing phones, ceiling fans, children running, cats hissing, etc.) and new rules for socializing, can produce a very challenging adaptation period for the greyhound. These dogs rely on us as their human pack leader to keep things in order and to enforce rules that are meant to protect all those in the pack — human, canine, feline, and otherwise.
A common human behavior toward new pets, especially ones we feel have come from abusive or neglectful backgrounds, is to try to relate to the animal on its terms. We may find ourselves crawling on the floor or lying with the animal (particularly when they are moderately to excessively shy) to attempt to comfort in the initial adaptation period.
When putting yourself at the dog's eye level, especially if you are crawling toward the dog, you are creating a situation that can easily be misinterpreted as a challenge or threat. This can produce instinctual fear akin to that of another pack member approaching for a "stand off". Similarly, being on all fours can give the "alpha" (dominant) dog the impression that you are just another litter mate that needs to be put in its place.
If you want to establish a trusting relationship with a shy or timid dog, it is best to avoid direct eye contact; at least until the dog has determined you are not a threat. Stay on your feet or sit, but don't crawl. When approaching a shy dog, act as though you are walking past and gently touch its head or back; accompany this gesture with some reassuring words. Sit on a piece of furniture and let the dog approach you — don't rush the process of getting close to the dog.
Let it advance on its own terms. Have treats in a pocket so you can offer a reward each time it comes to you for attention. Do not allow children to chase or persist in approaching a shy dog.
Crate for Safety
Don't hesitate to crate a dog for brief periods. This can keep it out of trouble or safe from endangering itself or other family pets when you cannot be present to supervise.
Do not confine greyhounds to small rooms (i.e. bathrooms, laundry rooms, etc.) as this can frighten them and also can result in destructiveness. A dog in a crate is less likely to harm itself or its surroundings. Don't leave a dog unattended in a crate for long hours.
It's All Up to You!
Be aware of your role in promoting peaceful relations among the pack.
Close supervision and recognizing subtle signs of aggression are paramount in providing safety for your family and your pets, especially when a new pet is introduced into the family. Be observant of all behaviors that may signal the onset of a problem. Protect your pets and yourself by practicing common sense.
By Judy Kody Paulsen
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