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goingsilver

Thank you for admiring "my boy" Laura! And please call me Lorna. Goingsilver was part of my greyhound girls racing name!

LauraMcGaffey

Beautiful dog, goingsilver. Thanks for posting.

goingsilver

Yes, English names befuddle English folk too sometimes Michelle!

I understand the overwhelming sense of loss when you lose a dog, and while no new dog can replace the one you've lost, they do help fill the dog shaped hole in your heart and home. It is great that you took your aunt's good advice, and that you would home an older dog again. There are dedicated rescue organisations over here for older dogs, and even black dogs, both of which are always the hardest to home. I would always have a rescue dog now. I love rabbits, (had 2 as a kid) but while some greyhounds would be ok my two - especially George, definitely wouldn't! He has a stronger chase instict than my other 3 hounds put together! But as long as sighthound owners undestand their prey drive, it can be managed in a way to keep most humans (I have been on the receiving end of some folks rantings and misguided ideas of muzzled dogs!) and animals happy! More and more people are aware of greyhounds, and even non dog owners will talk about what good pets they make. There will never be enough homes for all the hounds out there, but for every dog homed, another one is saved. Oops, I'm on my soap box again. Sorry, I know you understand, but once I get started...

I grew up with Corrie - wherever I was, either my Mum or my Gran would be watching it! I don't watch soaps any more, but I love the period dramas. I go to the cinema a lot these days too. Ah, retirement is good, and still a novelty!

Great "talking" with you Michelle. Bye for now!

puzzaddled

goofed, Lorna...Gloucester Street...but close enough...Dr. Foster went to Gloucester (I always giggle when I hear peeps trying to pronounce Worcestershire too...!)

Bonnie's life was rotten in her early years and sad in the next. Her breeder treated her well enough (sad situation re the age of the breeder too...) but regrettable re the over-breeding. It is a very complicated story, with several chapters. We don't really blame them...they are good people and sometimes life deals people a difficult hand with difficult choices to make. We are very grateful that he recognized that she was in serious trouble after her final litter and glad that he thought to contact us asking us to give her a home. Apparently when people come to look at puppies, they don't usually fall in love with momma. We were the only people who ever asked if the momma was for sale rather than being puppy-blind. (We did get our Meara and later my daughter got Darcy from him - both Bonnie's get.) He did remember that we were enamoured of Bonnie. She was housebroken within a day (only one accident and that was more our fault...she tried to go back out the door she came in and didn't realize that there was a side door to a fenced yard for her). Bonnie has continued to learn and blossom virtually daily over the years. This was the first time we took an older dog into our home and the rewards...well, I don't have to tell you. We'd do it again in a heartbeat!

Little bugger, George! It's hard to stay mad at them though, isn't it? Dogs do contrition so well...we could learn a thing or two there, couldn't we? Our hearts break when we lose them; our Kyla (our first Border Collie) went relatively young from a brain tumour (just under 12) and we still miss her dearly. We went nearly two years and the wound wouldn't close. It was my aunt who convinced me that I needed to look at bringing home another puppy to help the family heal...all that love with no outlet wasn't a good thing. She was right. It seems that the few periods in my life where there wasn't a dog have been barren to some degree. (Even though we always have a pet of some sort or other around.) Greyhounds wouldn't be an easy choice for us since my daughter also has two Mini-Rex rabbits. Meara is ab-fab wonderful with them, Bonnie is fine (rather ignores for the most part...I think she thinks that they are too much like puppies) but we have to supervise Darcy. Not that he will go chase after them (unless directed to herd one out from behind the furniture) but he can be too much like a clumsy puppy and is "paw-sy" (even with people). Unfortunately, rabbits are too fragile to be able to handle a clumsy paw. It would be asking a sight hound too much to ignore a rabbit when it runs down the hallway!

We're just eking out the second season of D.A. My (Irish but Coventry born) friend surprised me with an Amazon books delivery to the door. I find it too hard to follow series on the tube...I always end up missing episodes! Public Television is showing season 3 here but I think that I'll wait until my friend gets and finishes hers so I can borrow it! You guys always are ahead of us with these series...hmmm...now I wonder why that would be? My husband and I grew up with lots of UK influences with books, movies, television and humour (although a bit young for it, he's a real Goon Show fan! Radio and records...lol). While I don't like North American soap operas, I will confess to watching Corrie every now and again (especially when they blew up the street...wow...special effects on Corrie!). People look like average people on your soaps and not like plastic surgeon samples. We've got quite a number of old "Britcoms" on tape and DVD and have introduced our friends to many...

From one willing slave to another...nighty night, sleep tight!

goingsilver

Hi Michelle, I have just been looking back through some of your puzzles - I find I miss a lot thanks to the time difference between our respective neck of the woods and sheer numbers of puzzles posted - and reading some of your comments about your gorgeous dogs. Bonnie certainly landed on all 4 paws when she came to you. Poor girl, what a rotten life she had before finally getting the home she so deserved. And I am so glad she has had time to learn what she had been missing out on and become accustomed to her new life! ( Belated happy birthday Bonnie.)

How my life has changed since having greyhounds! I had Holly for 5 years before bringing Murphy home, and it was the best thing as far as Holly was concerned. He was an amazing dog, so laid back he was horizontal most of the time, and totally bomb-proof, and he solved a lot of her stress related issued instantly just by being there. He was a brilliant Pets As Therapy dog too. My Mum's prophetic words were that I'd never be able to have only one dog from then on, and of course she was right. Murph was with Holly when she was put to sleep at home (at almost 13), but missed her so much I got Tana. She in turn was with Murphy when he was pts at home (he was only 9 - had bone cancer) but wasn't happy on her own, so I got George. He was not in my good books today; he totally destroyed a cushion cover I brought back from Peru.... and the cushion! We have made up now, he had his share of my roast dinner left-overs, and I nearly fell asleep resting my head on him! He doesn't get on the furniture luckily, but that means I have to lie down on the floor with him! He is such a comic I can't be cross with him for long!

I learn something every day - todays fact; there is a Gloucestershire road in Toronto! (Glad you can pronounce it!!) And it seems we have something other than being dog loving folk in common - Downton Abbey! We've got a while to wait for the next series I think.

Time to hit the sack, once the dogs have been let out and given their supper of course! A friend says dogs have owners, and cats have staff, but I reckon my 2 hounds consider me their slave!

puzzaddled

I am chuffed to bits to meet you, Lorna! I live in Toronto, Ontario (largest city in Canada) and know how to pronounce Gloucestershire...we have a road named that in the downtown area, LOL!

Greyhound racing is not as popular here (though there is one official track out in Alberta) due to the legislation re the betting. Unless it's sanctioned horse racing, you can not bet on it. So it is not illegal but it is also not very profitable. I understand that there are amateur clubs out there but am glad that we don't have many official tracks. (I'm sure that people are betting under the table though...there are always those who do that sort of thing.) I have met some dogs who have come from the US, where it is more popular. I think, if I remember rightly, that Florida has quite a number of tracks. :-(

I'm glad that you shared Tana's story and I'd be an awfully hard-hearted person to not feel for her. I know a lot about abuse towards animals since I've seen some situations over the years that are heart-breaking. I posted a puzzle of my aunt's rescue Arabian horse, Grace, a while back. Our own Bonnie went through both physical abuse and then, when rescued away from that, was very over-bred (the last five litters that we know of for sure were 8 months apart. We were told by someone else that she'd had at least 8 litters. Since she was rescued at age 2 and we got her at a couple of months before she turned 9 just after her last litter was weaned...well... ). When we got her , we didn't think that she'd last a year and were hoping for that. After we finally managed to get weight back on her and get her back to reasonable health, she has surprised us all by just celebrating her 14th birthday (photo puzzles in puzzaddled2 and this avatar).

It was so good that you had a mentor for her in Murphy. I think that having the other two dogs here (both Bonnie's offspring) helped her settle in better and faster than she would have without them. Seeing that they eschewed the crate persuaded her to finally leave it for longer and longer periods until we could finally put it away. I laughed about the dogs on you... I always seem to wear a blanket of them!

Oops, being called to go watch some Downton Abbey with hubby... I'll have to talk more later...;-D

*hugs* and ear scritchies and belly rubs to George and Tana too!

goingsilver

Oh, thank you Michelle! I'm sorry Tana's tale of woe upset you! Sadly I could tell you stories of mans treatment of greyhounds which are far worse than hers. I have had her almost 6 years now, and when I look at the first photos I took of her, find it hard to believe she is the same dog. She still has some nervous tendencies, especially with loud, sudden noises, but is quite the bossy boots with George, and has no qualms about taking over the sofa, leaving me squashed at one end! I had her because despite being smelly and in a sorry state,when I first saw her, I cupped her head in my hands and looked into her eyes, and fell for her straight away! She had been rescued, along with over 40 other dogs taken from one property. Another greyhound with her was handed over to a local rescue, and although I went to see the other one, I knew it was Tana I'd be taking home. My other dog at the time was brilliant at giving her the reassurance she needed. If we were out on a walk and something frightened her, she would put herself between Murphy and me, and I often saw her checking his reaction to something she wasn't sure of. He in turn was happy to have a companion again, having grieved for Holly (my first greyhound)

I get pretty angry when people get a dog without doing any research about the breed, or disregard the advice they are given because they think they know better, which often results in the dog being returned. When I home - check people wanting to adopt a greyhound, I tend to give them the worse case scenarios unless they have obviously done their research beforehand. Luckily I have no responsibility with actually homing a dog; I just report back my findings / gut feelings, but it is great to return a few months after a dog has been homed and see a happy dog in a fantastic home. And more and more people are now considering greyhounds as pets which is brilliant. I have made some great friends through having greyhounds, and Holly was actually directly and indirectly responsible for a fair few being homed!

Whereabouts in Canada are you? I am in the UK (Stroud, Gloucestershire) - greyhound racing is still very popular, and there are numerous rescue organisations for these beautiful dogs. I had to laugh at your comment re the dogs weight in kg. I have absolutely no idea how much I weigh in Kg but as the vets weigh the dogs in kg, thats how I refer to their weight, though give me a recipe in metric measurements and I am flummoxed! I was surprised that even Tana who is quite a small greyhound, is heavier than your largest collie. There are a lot of Border Collies around here - beautiful dogs, and soooo much more intelligent than greyhounds!

It is great to have met you too Michelle, and give your darling dogs a big hug from me!

puzzaddled

Lorna, I cried. I cannot stand the thought that people will voluntarily torture another creature (whether animal or human) and to victimize the helpless and vulnerable... Thank you for taking her in and giving her a safe haven. Poor baby, give her extra cuddles from me. (Give them both some loving - an arduous task, I'm sure! LOL) No problem with proselytizing: I tend to do the same myself! Brava for standing up and trying to teach others.

Amen to the small yappy dog comment. While I like dogs of all shapes, breeds and sizes as a general rule (and adore Shelties too...I grew up with them so you can see where my love of herding dogs comes) and know not every small dog is yappy, the yappy dog can drive you to distraction. My neighbour has a little white Bichon who is a sweet little girl but she barks/yaps at the window all day long (momma works). I wonder what someone who lived next door to that in a condo would feel?

We have three Border Collies and they are a dog that ends up in rescue because the people who got them did not understand that they need lots of mental stimulation and exercise. They are not couch potatoes and some people don't understand that. They have to feel that they have a job. They can be very creative in destruction if bored. Our largest is about 22 kg and we have had a prior one as small as 13 kg. There is a wide variety in this breed that is bred more for intelligence and herding ability than conformation. (Can I ask where you live? I had thought the US (re racing/ rescue) but you said kg like a fellow Canadian...)

I am glad to have met you, Lorna!

goingsilver

All of my hounds have been rescue dogs Michelle. George and my previous boy were both good racers, and lucky enough to have had decent owners and trainers, so didn't come with too many issues, though George is still (after 20 months) learning his manners with other dogs. He is tons better, and has always been great with people of all ages, but I will never be able to have him off the lead. The field I rent was previously rented by people I knew, and when they gave it up it seemed too good an opportunity to miss. My 2 greyhound girls both had problems but my present girl was a real rescue dog; even after she had been safe and fed for almost 2 weeks before I saw her, she was the thinnest dog I had ever seen, with sores, what I think were healed cigarette burns, and minus a lot of her fur. Even the lower half of her ears were hairless and looked like old leather. Both of them had severe separation anxiety, but both the same trusting, loving and gentlest hounds. I grew up with dogs but now I am a greyhound convert! You are right, they are 40 mile an hour couch potatoes! After just 2 modest walks a day they happily sleep and / or eat! Guard dogs they are not, and most rarely, if ever bark. I now do a bit of voluntary work for greyhound rescue, and will do all I can to pesuade people what great pets they make. Oh dear, sorry, I have got carried away - as usual! Thanks so much for your interest. Seems rather short sighted for rules for having a pet to stipulate the weight of a dog. I'd rather my big quiet, 36kg male greyhounds to a small yappy dog any day!!!

puzzaddled

Well, yes, they are sight hounds so are so very driven to go, go, go when they see an object of interest. Wonderful that you have had so many (are they rescues at all?). My daughter gets a bit upset about many local condo rules that only allow smaller dogs (under 20 lbs) since these greyhounds make excellent dogs for apartment dwellers. As I understand it, as long as they get their time to go for a bit of a run, the rest of the time they are pretty laid back. I've met several rescue dogs at the "All About Pets" show that we have here in Toronto every spring and they've all been very sweet. (Tons of vendors, breeders, shows and information booths showcasing all sorts of domestic friends...including, amongst others greyhound rescue.)

btw: renting a field? Sounds like a marvelous idea!! hmmmmm

goingsilver

Oh, thanks Michelle, for your nice comment and the link to your lovely puzzle! I am just a bit crazy about my greyhounds! (My other one is my profile pic.) George is my 4th greyhound, and a big softie, as they all are, but he likes to think he is a rufty-tufty too, which he most definitely isn't! I can't let him off lead in a public place - too strong a chase instinct - which is why I rent this field for him.

goingsilver

Thanks Pat, and yes, I am! This photo has been emailed to several greyhound folk! George and I are lucky to have this field for him to play in. Just a shame he lets me pay for the rent of it!!!

puzzaddled

Great action shot, Lorna! (Jealous of your new camera...I can't capture my guys in this type of shot. Someday soon, I hope...)

Here's a little something for you to play with:

http://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=PGNCYYWB

;-D, Michelle

btw: George looks gorgeous!

pkin38

Looks like you are enjoying the new to toy..... Great picture... And action shot at that...

goingsilver

You have him sussed Jan!

waxwing

Catch me? Ha, ha, ha - not likely!

goingsilver

Thanks Ank! He was a very tired dog after all his running.

puzzeljac

Just love it, run George.

goingsilver

I am not sure that wisdom can be considered one of his attributes pkh, but thank you!

Thanks Cathy; the new camera has proved its worth as far as capturing George's movement at speed is concerned!

cevas

Great action shot!!!! Thank you Lorna!

pumpkinhead

He seems to be quite wise. Make the human get the exercise. :)

goingsilver

Thanks Jack. I think so!

jacquescamus

he's a cutie Lorna

goingsilver

Thanks Laura and bentleyd. Laura, he is a typical greyhound - he will have a quick sprint then lie down! He does love the opportunity to have a good run though, and I throw the ball to encourage him. Unfortunately he has no retrieval instinct, so I get my exercise searching for it!!

bentleyd

Aw Lovely goingsilver. Thanks

laurajane

Awww...he wants to play...probably all the time, right?