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  1. Selecting a Dog Breed

    Plenty of ways to avoid boredom though, the inside of a house is no less stimulating than sitting alone in a yard. Personally, I see a lot of advantages to keeping dogs inside if you aren't home. Firstly, they're so much safer- almost no chance of them escaping or being stolen, no chance of baiting, less issues with barking, no need to worry about the weather, etc. As for toileting.. we trained our whippets to use Conni pads. Very easy and especially useful in wet weather when dogs aren't keen on going outside. Provide a rotation of good toys, access to comfy places to sleep and my dogs are very happy creatures.It's absolutely doable, if you're willing to make a few small changes to your day. And as an added advantage, because they're inside dogs, they're very clean, which means they're that much more pleasant to be around. At one stage, I had four inside dogs (three greyhounds and a whippet) and my house smelled perfectly fine, according to visitors who could be relied on to be honest with me (my mum )
  2. Vet warns of Greyhound Adoption Risk

    Oh, I agree. I could think of several breeds/crossbred types that I'd prefer to see muzzled, but honestly, there's not enough Savlon in the world to soothe the flaming I'd get for daring to suggest that some breeds are more prone to certain undesirable behaviours than others. :|
  3. Vet warns of Greyhound Adoption Risk

    Well, ideally "assessment", rather than "deed". No SWFs should have to die for a greyhound to be judged unsuitable for muzzling exemption. Maybe some people with high drive greyhounds are sensible and manage them safely, but I've heard of plenty who haven't been, and for people who refuse to be sensible, we have laws.
  4. Vet warns of Greyhound Adoption Risk

    I didn't respond negatively, I disagreed with your assessment of Karen Dawson's comments as "fair". And to clear up another thing- you assume incorrectly: For the previous 10 years, I have run my own greyhound rescue (prior to that, I was coordinator for another). I have assessed each and every dog that I have cared for. I have collected dogs from training properties and taken them straight back to my home, to my family, none of whom are missing their noses or any other body parts. Each dog is given time to settle and then assessed based on daily observation, rather than assessed by "tests" like the RSPCA use (which have been proven to be pretty useless). The exception to that is prey drive testing, which is done formally initially but followed up with ongoing observation of interaction with smaller animals/small dogs. With regards to prey drive.. I'm not sure if your comments there were aimed at me but if they were, you're preaching to the wrong person. I'm a firm believer that some greyhounds need to be muzzled as a matter of safety. I have to assume you misinterpreted my complaint about Karen Dawson's statement: she focused on less usual issues such as human aggression. I opined that I believed issues such as prey drive deserved MORE attention because they tended to be less understood by the public and much more of a safety concern (besides obviously being more common). Anyways.. @m-j I suppose it's not unlike other traits in that you have some genetic basis and then environmental input from there. I rehomed the litter sister of a Launceston Cup winner. He was a hard chaser, whereas his sister (the dog I rehomed) was safe with anything, and went on to live with a chi and a cat, very happily. Same environment, same training, slightly different roll of the genetic dice. I think greater socialisation with other animals couldn't be a bad thing, but it's not always going to be enough. And for dogs like that, we need assessment and legislation to prevent harm. As for the 4 Corners expose making a difference.. I honestly can't say I've seen it here. Of the last three dogs I've had recently (all youngsters, post 4 Corners), one was so keen that I'd say he wasn't even medium sized dog safe. Another was keen on fluffies and would definitely have chased. The third was not cat safe but definitely small dog safe, and his reactions to cats certainly weren't strong. That dog came from a trainer who couldn't even be bothered to keep the dog in reasonable health, so I doubt he was putting too much effort into socialisation. Yet that dog.. easily one of the nicest dogs I've had in a while. Perhaps if he'd been socialised thoroughly as a pup, he might have been even better. Who knows. At the end of the day though, I don't think it's possible to create and enforce rules around socialisation of pups so we have to be realistic about what that means for management, for pet owners. I think a lot of pet greyhound owners are oblivious to the risks, because they've been told- over and over by groups like Animals Australia- that greyhounds aren't aggressive, and so they believe that means no muzzle is needed. It's such a shamefully fixable issue, and it shits me endlessly that we're still stuck on it, all because of some misinformation and lack of education.
  5. Vet warns of Greyhound Adoption Risk

    Thanks asal, but I've seen high prey drive and the average JRT doesn't even come close. A JRT may have more energy, but energy to chase and drive to chase are too very different things. I have tested greyhounds that turned into screaming frenzied, completely uncontrollable animals when they saw the small dog and the reality is, those dogs don't make good pets for the average home. Downplaying prey drive is exactly the wrong thing to be doing anyway. Greyhounds are a coursing breed and the public needs to understand that, and to understand what that entails. Advocating for a breed is not just encouraging people to adopt, it's providing honest, accurate information, based on the expected behaviour/traits of the average.
  6. Vet warns of Greyhound Adoption Risk

    Of course not all greyhounds are suitable for adoption but the issues she describes are (in my experience) the least likely reasons a greyhound would be unsuitable. I could count on one hand the number of greyhounds I've fostered who have struggled with suburban life or issues relating to socialisation. Compared to the amount who are unsafe because of very high prey drive, issues with socialisation are insignificant. Statements like.. "I see the bites on the child's face," and "I see the nose that's almost been bitten off by the person silly enough to rub their face into the dog." create an impression that greyhounds are dangerous dogs and that the public has been lied to about their temperament. And neither of those things are true. For someone who claims to be an advocate for the breed, she has a reputation of.. pretty much the exact opposite, amongst a lot of greyhound people. As for @Big D's comment, total garbage. Suffering and disaster? How long have you been involved in greyhound rescue to have formed the opinion that they don't transition well into pet homes?
  7. And a hefty side helping of incorrect information, conspiracy theory and pseudoscience. I wouldn't recommend that site to anyone who wanted to understand nutrition as a science, rather than as a belief system. The guy heavily pushes vegan diets for dogs as "healthier and more natural". As far as I'm concerned, he's a ****ing idiot.
  8. Helllppp raw feeders!!

    I think in some cases (like the ones you mentioned), it'd be helpful to work out RER/MER, calculate out kcals for their given food types and actually show owners, with maths, that opinions of total strangers in cliquey Facebook groups aren't always the most reliable way to determine caloric needs of your own dog. Considering MER may vary by breed, housing situation (inside or outside dog), local climate, activity levels, reproductive status, age and a small mountain of other factors, it's impossible to just apply one very basic percentage. It doesn't even account for caloric value of the food. There's a big difference between eating a kilo of kale, and a kilo of Caramello koalas, for example :|
  9. Helllppp raw feeders!!

    I've been feeding raw for roughly ten years and honestly, like a few others have said, I wouldn't bother with weighing out food. I feel there is so much emphasis on feeding THIS. EXACT. RATIO. EVERY. MEAL, that people forget that for no animal, is each and every meal perfectly balanced. There are plenty of raw feeding nazis out there who will happily tell you that what you're doing is OMFG WRONG YOUR DOG WILL DIE and that anyone who disagrees is also wrong, and then people who are militant in a different direction will tell you OMFG DON'T LISTEN TO THOSE PEOPLE, THEY'RE WRONG AND YOUR DOG WILL DIE. Prey model, BARF, other BARF, commercial, homemade, it doesn't really matter. At the end of the day, best way to get into raw is to try things out, see what works for you, keep an eye on poo (you can learn a lot from what comes back out) and adjust as you go. I'm sure some raw feeders would be horrified by what I feed my dogs- not a bit of pureed vegetable or cottage cheese to be seen*- but my dogs are healthy, happy and love their food. And those things are the important bits. *Although they do get the occasional Cheezel, and one is rather fond of baked cheesecake
  10. Low down on labradoodles

    Sorry, it was impossible to discern that from your post. Perhaps you could specify which new laws are going to potentially impact the genetic diversity of showbred greyhounds, given they obviously aren't subject to any of the rules for the breeding of racing bred greyhounds.
  11. Low down on labradoodles

    The greyhound gene pool is as small as it is because people insist on overusing popular sires. Just look at how many litters Barcia Bale has sired- https://fasttrack.grv.org.au/Dog/Litters/-710494 Roughly 945 litters, assuming some of the bitches missed. That number is staggering and frankly, also pretty disgusting. If the industry cared at all about maintaining genetic diversity, they'd cap numbers of litters a dog can sire. Instead, you have the canine equivalents of Genghis Khan, siring thousands of pups and squeezing that gene pool even tighter. Guardianship programs won't help when every dog is some other dog's half brother. And if you breed your dogs like a Habsburg revival, you're doing the breed potentially irreparable damage.
  12. Same old, same old. There are industry participants who are claiming that this is a beat-up by the RSPCA, and that the trainer was an elderly man in poor health. Clearly not so poorly that he couldn't dig a sizeable hole though.
  13. I lost a dog to pancreatic cancer that had spread over his entire pancreas, the lower portion of his stomach, the upper portion of his small intestines and all over the mesentery. Imaging (x-rays and ultrasound) failed to pick it up. It wasn't until the vet decided to do a laparotomy that they discovered it. Inconclusive imaging doesn't mean there wasn't something there. My boy had similar symptoms- blood in his stomach (but also leaking out into his peritoneal cavity, from bleeding lesions on his small intestines) that made him look bloated, vomiting, diarrhoea and issues with his blood. The vet gave him three separate transfusions of fresh frozen plasma and it didn't help his bloods at all. In our case, there was nothing that could be done, but the worst part of it was that we didn't suspect cancer at all. He was perfectly normal (his version of normal, anyway) up until five days before he died. That's how fast and sneaky cancer can be, unfortunately.
  14. If lamb is common in US dog food, why is the author of the article calling it an exotic ingredient, and suggesting there is insufficient feed research on it (as an "exotic" ingredient)? And yes- if you're going to word things in such a way as to lead the reader to believe they are fact, then the author should have evidence to back up those claims, and be willing to cite it. It's no different than the crazies on the other end of the stick, who claim anything processed will cause cancer. I'd want evidence for any claim presented as fact
  15. Vet warns of Greyhound Adoption Risk

    In the 50+ greyhounds I've fostered, I'd say only a couple were temperamentally unsuited to the average home. One was a very large, hard tempered boy who was sociable and friendly but way too much dog for the average dog owner. The other came from a very shitty background and was unpredictably dog aggressive (which doesn't make for a good pet). The rest just slotted themselves in on sofas, as if they'd been born and bred to lounge. They are soft tempered dogs so they do need a gentle hand but even then, when they're upset, they tend to take themselves off for a sulk. Biting is one of the last things the average greyhound would do. I think it's also worth pointing out that greyhounds being seen for behavioural issues is not the same as "greyhounds may bite your kid's face off". Issues like SA are not uncommon because greyhounds are born and raised into environments with a lot of canine company, whereas many families only want a single dog. And going from a life surrounded by other dogs and constant company, to a lonely, quiet house for 8 hours at a stretch, can't be easy to adjust to. I'm sure another portion of those dogs are being seen for issues like high prey drive (which isn't actually a behavioural fault in the dog at all) or for the myriad of other odd greyhound behaviours that are actually pretty normal- digging, trancing, sleep startles, nesting/hoarding, nitting, and a variety of creepy/alarming noises that can come out of them. For the exposure Karen Dawnson has, maybe she could have picked a real issue to focus on- like prey drive. It's the one part of greyhound ownership that impacts so much of the rest, and whether or not a potential adopter is willing to learn about it and understand, easily sorts people into the "should own" and the "should never own". Groups like Animals Australia post photos of greyhounds cuddling with fluffy duckings and baby bunnies and that's a far bigger lie than "greyhounds make good pets". Greyhounds aren't for everyone (no one breed is, ffs), but this article makes them sound like a legitimate risk to own, and that's garbage.