Pining greyhound - so we cracked .

(18 Posts)
Plomino Sun 31-Jan-16 13:36:41

As I mentioned on another thread , we had to let our gorgeous big hound go last week due to osteosarcoma . We were devastated . Still are , but our other girl was worse . In the space of 12 hours , she became nervy , shaking and whimpering , and hiding in my bedroom whenever anything loud went on . I couldn't bear it on top of everything else , so went to our local RGT and basically sobbed all over them .

New boy came yesterday . So far , he's found EVERY sofa , stolen a meatball off the tray as I was getting them out of the oven , and is currently curled up with DD1 watching Frozen . I think he'll be fine .

Plomino Sun 31-Jan-16 13:39:36

And he looks like this grin

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sun 31-Jan-16 13:40:46

I remember your post about your girl. We lasted a similar amount of time after we lost our Lab and within a few weeks bastard collie came to stay, she'll never replace the old bugger but she is very definitely her own dog and has wormed her way into everyone's heart. New Boy sounds like he'll do just fine. he sounds like he has very much landed on his feet.

lavendersun Sun 31-Jan-16 13:40:52

Well, I must admit to not feeling very well at all, but I am feeling quite teary after reading your OP.

Lovely, he looks like he has always been there!

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sun 31-Jan-16 13:41:10

He's gorgeous!

CMOTDibbler Sun 31-Jan-16 13:42:41

He's gorgeous, and I'm so glad another hound has a lovely home

TrionicLettuce Sun 31-Jan-16 13:43:47

So far , he's found EVERY sofa , stolen a meatball off the tray as I was getting them out of the oven , and is currently curled up with DD1 watching Frozen

That really made me smile, a true pointy dog grin

pigsDOfly Sun 31-Jan-16 13:45:15

That's great. Sounds, and looks, like he's settled in perfectly and knows he's there to stay.

Toughasoldboots Sun 31-Jan-16 13:46:15

Brilliant, they look perfect together too. Is ddog happier now?

Claraoswald36 Sun 31-Jan-16 13:48:53

Yes I want to know about your girl too is she more herself?

Plomino Sun 31-Jan-16 13:57:18

She's so much happier . I took her down to meet him a few days ago and the moment she saw him she started bouncing up and down , wagging her tail , and then dragged me over to say hello . And then when we got him home she was SO excited , skipping up and down the hallway , then rushing up to give him kisses . And already she's much calmer in herself . Last night , his first night here , was the first night she hasn't slept on my bed , but preferred to stay downstairs on the kitchen sofa with him. The difference in her is just unbelievable .

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Sun 31-Jan-16 14:41:21

Bless him. I'm glad she's happier!

MrBernard told me on Friday that as soon as the garden (this winters storms have done for the fence on 1 side) & the kitchen are sorted we'll get another St. Ours has never been an only dog before & you can tell she misses/needs canine company.

AnUtterIdiot Wed 03-Feb-16 11:18:33

Lovely! He's beautiful.

Kbear Wed 03-Feb-16 11:29:07

Is it true that greyhounds don't need long long walks and are happy all day on their own if you're out at work? I was reading this somewhere on here and thought they sound ideal but possibly too good to be true?

Nice that your two are friends already and settled!

CMOTDibbler Wed 03-Feb-16 11:38:12

Kbear - true on the walks, however you wouldn't want to be leaving them on their own routinely, especially if they are a single dog. They may not have massive activity or stimulation needs, but are still very social and want the company to snore next to.

Tableandchairs1234 Wed 03-Feb-16 11:49:38

Oh wonderful. I'm very envious. I saw a lady walking about 6 of them today. All in high via jackets. All looking like frankly they'd rather be asleep grin

Love, love, love the skinny thieves!

Scuttlebutter Wed 03-Feb-16 23:49:53

Oh, this is so lovely. It's made me feel all smiley and fuzzy. They really are the most sociable dogs and love having other pointy noses around.

And just as an aside, I would never leave a single greyhound alone all day. And although they have a reputation as couch potatoes, I think this is rather unfair, and all our greys (we have 3 and a lurcher) enjoy far more varied activity than the "2 x 20 minutes a day" that rescues trot out. Funnily enough, our nearly 12 year old grey is just starting to do some training with one of his greyhound buddies - we'll be doing some clicker work with a view to learning a Sit and a Down cue. Most greys haven't been exposed to much mental stimulation/training in their working life, but it certainly doesn't mean that they can't do it once they progress to their second career as a companion and sofa warmer extraordinaire. Ours enjoy a varied programme of activities, with a nice mix of walks, socialising, some off lead playgroups (with agility type activity thrown in), plus various sorts of training, including basic obedience and Rally.

But yes, all that is mixed in with a huge amount of sleeping grin.

AnUtterIdiot Thu 04-Feb-16 09:58:48

Kbear they can be left alone for a few hours but you'd really need someone to come in and spend some time with them if you were planning on leaving them for more than 4, I think. Mine has done 6 in an emergency (I had an operation and literally no one could go in to see him before my DH got home from work) and he was ok but I've not left him that long since.

Scuttlebutter agree, ours walks for longer than that (although he doesn't climb the walls if he only gets a 20 minute walk)

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