grizabella

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About grizabella

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    Saluki Mum
  • Birthday 15/05/93

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    Salukis! Other dogs, great apes, animal welfare and conservation.

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  1. I think so too, now you mention it. I would think a Facebook page would be most effective, as it probably has more potential to reach people, and posts can be easily shared. I'm sure there are many breeds that could be considered 'hidden gems' and could fit in with a great many families who simply haven't heard of them.
  2. 1. How many dogs do you have, and what are their names, ages and breeds? Just the one right now, unfortunately. My saluki girl, Bella, registered name Baghdad Cool Coquette. She's now six. 2. Do you have plans for a new addition? Yes, but it may be a couple of years before the plans come to fruition (I hope it will be sooner though). I will be taking on another saluki, with the hope of he or she being the beginning of my journey as a breeder. 3. Did you have dogs growing up? Yes, just the one, a golden retriever by the name of Tiggy. 4. Do you have names saved for any future dogs? I sure do! My current favourites (with salukis in mind) are Emrys, Pippin, Freyr or Shiloh for a male, or Daphne, Lacey, Soraya or Xanthe for a female. 5. What is your favourite breed? Saluki 6. What is your favourite group? Hound 7. Is there a breed that you admire, but probably wouldn't own? Most giant fluffy breeds. I adore them, but am aware that care and upkeep is expensive, and that some landlords might baulk at the thought of such a large dog in the home. You never know though, maybe one day. 8. Do you compete with your dogs in any discipline? Conformation, and trying to get Bella interested in lure coursing. 9. Have you had an achievement, large or small, with a dog that you're particularly proud of? Bella used to be extremely nervous on walks, to the point where I had to carry her across roads for safety because she had a tendency to just freeze. She would pull madly trying to get home. Now, she trusts me, and has learned to enjoy her walks. A far cry from her early days, she is now overjoyed at the mention of the ‘w’ word… as it should be. 10. What games do your dogs most enjoy playing? Chasing people or dogs that run away from her, sometimes with a butt nip thrown in. She also enjoys playing with balls. 11. Are you drawn more to male or female dogs? I’m more drawn to bitches. 12. What are your favourite coat patterns or colours? In salukis I love grizzle, especially Irish-marked. I’m also partial to red sables, golds, and black and silvers. 13. What discipline or sport in the dog world do you find most interesting? Lure coursing and conformation 14. What would be your dream household of dogs? Four salukis and a something else. The something else would either be something big and hulking, like a leonberger, or small and sprightly like a kooikerhondje. 15. Where is your favourite walk? The beach near my house at Port Willunga. It’s beautiful, usually near empty of other people and dogs, and largely enclosed by steep cliffs. Perfect. 16. Does your dog have any funny habits? She has an irritating habit of shutting herself inside rooms. More than once, I’ve panicked, thinking she’d somehow escaped when I couldn’t find her. Turns out, the daft girl had just shut herself in the toilet. 17. Do you have a favourite piece of dog gear? I’m a sucker for a nice martingale collar. I have many. 18. What are your goals for your dogs? Bella’s pretty much where I want her to be in most respects now, and I’m very proud. I’d like her to gain her neuter title, and hopefully get the hang of lure coursing. 19. Have you had what you consider to be a heart dog? Having only had the one, it’s hard to say (I might fall just as hard for every dog in my future), but Bella could well be mine. Our personalities are a perfect fit, and I feel my heart swell just from looking at her. She’s my special girl. 20. List five things you love about your dog Her cuddliness... when it suits her, of course! Her joy and beauty when galloping. Her silliness and great love of play. How ecstatic she is to see me, even after short times apart. How she is quick to my side when I've had anxiety attacks; she rushes to me whenever I am distressed and snuggles up. And... post a picture of your dog/s Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  3. I thought it'd be fun to do some 'getting to know you' type stuff... largely because I love hearing about everyone else's dogs! 1. How many dogs do you have, and what are their names, ages and breeds? 2. Do you have plans for a new addition? 3. Did you have dogs growing up? 4. Do you have names saved for any future dogs? 5. What is your favourite breed? 6. What is your favourite group? 7. Is there a breed that you admire, but probably wouldn't own? 8. Do you compete with your dogs in any discipline? 9. Have you had an achievement, large or small, with a dog that you're particularly proud of? 10. What games do your dogs most enjoy playing? 11. Are you drawn more to male or female dogs? 12. What are your favourite coat patterns or colours? 13. What discipline or sport in the dog world do you find most interesting? 14. What would be your dream household of dogs? 15. Where is your favourite walk? 16. Does your dog have any funny habits? 17. Do you have a favourite piece of dog gear? 18. What are your goals for your dogs? 19. Have you had what you consider to be a heart dog? 20. List five things you love about your dog And... post a picture of your dog/s Go!
  4. Congratulations on your new family member, Phyl! Please post pics soon! :D Does your little girl have a name? I haven't had the impression that anyone in this thread is looking down on mixed breed dogs, just that the terminology used might be frowned upon if it clashes with the forum rules and guidelines, and that the 'cute' names tie into a trend that has led to countless dogs being bred solely for monetary gain. Certainly, no one here thinks less of the dogs themselves, unless I am sorely mistaken. I for one am happy that a lucky little dog is going to a loving new home.
  5. I've noticed A+ poos as well. I'm so chuffed with this food, and will be feeding it whenever I can afford to do so.
  6. Bella at Kuitpo Forest today. Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  7. I have a Saluki, and will have more in the future, but as something completely different I'd like a big, boofy, fluffy dog like a Leonberger or a Bernese Mountain Dog. Someday!
  8. I'm thrilled that there is a neuter class now! I never had any intention of breeding Bella, so it felt wrong to keep her entire when she was always so miserable and moody during her season, which could last over a month. I love showing her though, so now it's a win-win; just got to keep on top of her fuzzy spay coat!
  9. Yes, Deerhounds are sighthounds. Absolutely stunning dogs! Borzoi day would have been great, there are never many 'zoi at SA shows, so I'd love to see a good number of them someday. They are lovely; so very elegant, yet with that bit of goofy charm.
  10. The Janonis' have such beautiful dogs! I've always loved the idea of having an Afghan as well, but Bella's got me pretty hooked on Salukis. ;) Bella's had two runner-up neuter in groups in her two shows as a neuter, so I'm absolutely thrilled. Hopefully third time will be the charm and she'll take neuter in group soon, haha!
  11. Thank you. I think she's a bit special.
  12. With the clocks changing, my local beach is now dog-friendly once more, and Bella is loving it. The places is usually near empty, and it is the perfect space for a hound to stretch out and run (open spaces fenced in with cliffs is hard to beat). Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr I know I'm biased, but I think she has just the most gorgeous head and expression. Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Tuckered out after an hour on the beach. Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  13. It is quite expensive, but less so than K9 Natural and ZiwiPeak. I've started Bella on it (rotated with Applaws because I can't afford to feed it on its own), and am very happy so far. If money was no object, I would switch over completely, but so far so good with Bella's current arrangement.
  14. A photo of Bella and I from Saturday! jpg images
  15. Today Bella had her first show for the year (Hound Club of South Australia), and did me proud winning Neuter of Breed, and the Runner Up Neuter in Show! She's now completely wiped out and sleeping in the best spot on the sofa. Hopefully we'll be able to get some more shows under our belt soon!