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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-28-2004, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Bella - Friend's Greyhound

Introducing Bella.

She's a good friend's new greyhound (93SRV actually). We picked her up last Saturday (because he drives a Prelude and I have a 4 door). She's tiny (for a greyhound) and beautiful. But pretty timid. I want her!

Greyhounds are very nice dogs, but she needs a lot of help and training. Because being a racing dog she knows no commands, and she has no idea how to accend or decend stairs. She's doing pretty good but it'll be a while until she's trained.




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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-28-2004, 02:21 PM
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Is she an italian greyhound, or are they smaller?

she is lovely!
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Italian Greyhounds, or Iggys, are a lot smaller, not much bigger than a Miniature Pinscher or Pomeranian.

Bella is gorgeous!!!!! Too bad greyhounds and cats don't mix
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They can - all greyhounds at this place are cat tested for their willingness to accept. Bella is at a home with two cats.
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If you get a greyhound from puppy it can also go with cats- like any dogs.

For a racing one, well its been brought up to chace these little furry things, esp when they run- it doesnt know any better.
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They can though! Bella raced for two years. It depends on the dog. Most offen they can tell the difference between cats and their target. Also - the dogs are initially trained with rabbits when young, so I believe what they chase on the track is much smaller than cat size.
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I had never seen a greyhound in person until earlier this year and was amazed at just how big they are! We have one that boards with us where I work and he's just the sweetest thing.

Knowing that a lot of racing greyhounds get adopted out when they retire, why don't they help them "prepare" a little better before they leave? You would think there'd be some kind of program to have them "grow up" from puppyhood with all sorts of things they would encounter in everyday life in their new homes.

Just a thought... guess it seems like a lot of work though.

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There is a lot of negative stigma about greyhounds and cats. However, they can be trained to get along with cats just fine. Have a look at Kristi's gallery. Her greyhound, Willow, is a perfect example of one that gets along with cats very well.
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I had never seen a greyhound in person until earlier this year and was amazed at just how big they are! We have one that boards with us where I work and he's just the sweetest thing.

Knowing that a lot of racing greyhounds get adopted out when they retire, why don't they help them "prepare" a little better before they leave? You would think there'd be some kind of program to have them "grow up" from puppyhood with all sorts of things they would encounter in everyday life in their new homes.

Just a thought... guess it seems like a lot of work though.
That would be nice, but the track/owners wouldn't be interested in the price it would cost to do so. Dogs are bred purely for racing - all puppies are put through test to show their aptitude for racing. If they fail, the puppies are put down. After this they go through school for racing. Dogs that pass go on to racing (most of them). Dogs that fail THIS can go through adobtion agencies. Dogs are raced then for a couple years on average and then go to the adobtion agencies.

During their stay, they are fed raw meat and vegetables (which is something to watch when you own one cause they'll eat anything). The meat is like grade F meat - but it's probably healthier than most kibble. The dogs are raced on sand, trained and use the bathroom on grass, and spend the night in kennels with an industrial rubber flooring type bottom. So they're unfamiliar with most flooring and cement, and stairs.

Speaking of their environment which they lived though, they're amazingly good dogs.
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