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Are you a Greyhound, Whippet or Lurcher owner? Come and have a seat on the new Pointy Hounds cushion!

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TheCunnyFunt Wed 29-Aug-12 18:39:36

Pointy hounds include-
Greyhounds (Grunds)
Whippets (Whippys)
Italian Greyhounds (Iggys)
And any others I have forgotten. If you are a new pointy hound owner, an old and experienced owner or looking into getting one of these fabulous creatures, come and have a seat (that's not taken up with a hound).

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Silver Peacock

I didn’t really want you,
I wasn’t really sure,
And I’ll admit I had my doubts,
When you first came through that door.
Not small, or cute, or fluffy,
With big, soft puppy eyes,
But tall, and thin, and bony,
With bald, pink, bulging thighs.
You weren’t the kind I had in mind,
Not in any way,
“Perhaps it would be better if I took you back today,
Before we know each other,
It really won’t be kind,
To keep you here for one more day,
And then to change my mind.”
But against my better judgement, I decided you could stay,
And quickly I discovered you were kind in every way,
Your gentleness and patience, they really stole the show,
“Why these dogs are wonderful, I must let others know!”
For you’re my gentle giant,
Who just needed the chance,
To show us all what you could be,
To wipe away that history,
And dispel our preconceptions, which put us all to shame,
And so we come to know and love,
What lies beneath that frame.

And now I’ve come to understand,
What I missed right at the start,
That greyhounds need that great deep chest,
To house their great big hearts!
By Denise Dubarbier

MissBetseyTrotwood Fri 31-Aug-12 19:29:03

Bit like Sprocket and the van? Odd.

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 11:49:16

Cunny - he's pale fawn with ark grey points. I love him a lot smile!!!

Funny how the hounds get a mood on at times. Mr Will is the meekest dog ever, except when next doors Lab pup is anywhere near. He turns into this bizarre alpha male??

MissBetseyTrotwood Sat 01-Sep-12 12:55:13

Mmm, Billy's got a Lab thing too!

HidingFromDD Sat 01-Sep-12 16:06:43


I'm considering getting a rescue greyhound, just started initial discussions with the rescue centre. I've not had a dog for years as I work full time so I'm out 8-6, but I can arrange a dogwalker to come in at lunchtime so if the right dog is available I think this could work.

Any top tips? i've only had terriers before so a greyhound is a bit different!


NiceCupOfTea Sat 01-Sep-12 16:31:46

YES! to the greyhound/labrador thing: we saw a black lab in the woods recently and grundgirl went ballistic, but in a good way - like she really wanted to play with him and just couldn't control herself. Still get shocked at how loud her bark is (scary and booming like a big attack dog) and how strong she is. Still, she's wonderful even if she does scare the sh*t out people when she kicks off (esp. when she's in her black Hannibal Lecter muzzle) grin

BehindLockNumberNine Sat 01-Sep-12 17:40:34

Hello all, it is very comfy here on the new cushion!!

Sam has taken to 'protecting' the house aswell - the other day there was some noise outside (next door wheeling an old lawnmower from the garage to his car) and Sam stood by the back door doing a low growly thing.
Most odd because he is the biggest scaredycat known to man!!

Another odd thing that is happening to him - he is white with fawn patches. He has always been quite thin furred with his legs, sides and tummy being mostly bald. His legs, sides and tummy have pink skin with black spots on them.
Recently his white fur has become ?thinner? or ?see-through? (yes I am aware of how ridiculous see-through sounds) and the black spots are now also visible on his back. But only where the white hair is.
He is well and healthy so I am not worried, and have read up on various whippety forums and the general concencus seems to be that the black is more visible because they are freckles and the sun has brought them out, OR that it is the natural aging process of the dog (which would also tie in with the sun theory) He has been outside a large amount of time.
Any thoughts?

LostInWales Sat 01-Sep-12 17:53:55

No idea on the spot theory Lock, whippety has them too, but as he is only 10 months I will have to wait to see about the ageing thing grin

Well we are back and I have managed to come home to two Whippets as my friend has tag teamed me and gone straight on holiday herself so I've got my darling boy and his beautiful brother. They are both looking so healthy and glossy after having three weeks sport together, I can't wait to take them for a walk and show them off!

I would have loved to have taken him on holiday but we met up with my parents half way through which is a regular thing in the summer and they stay in a dog un friendly place unfortunately but next time we book we will be able to look into dog friendlies. It was rather warm for them mind, one of the places we camped was 40 degrees shock. The lovely ladies in the tent next to us had taken their terrier for a walk and ended up at the vets getting a stern telling off as they could have killed him!

I hope Callie is improving Scuttle, I imagine eating is a joy without painful, untrustworthy teeth. Give Andy a pat from me smile.

<waves at the new people> My name is Losty and I am a pointy hound addict wink

HidingFromDD Sun 02-Sep-12 19:43:51


can I join in properly now. We've had the home visit from the rescue centre and met a beautiful black girl who we went out for a walk with and she came back to ours with her foster family. She is gorgeous, behaved beautifully on the walk and was very relaxed in the house. Now just need to sort out some stuff in the house and get bed/bowls/food etc.

She's coming for a trial visit next weekend. I'm really excited grin

BehindLockNumberNine Sun 02-Sep-12 19:50:37

Hello Hiding - how exciting!! What is her name?

HidingFromDD Sun 02-Sep-12 20:06:56

She's called Prue. She's a 4 year old ex racer but had been very badly neglected in her previous home and so has been in foster care since April. Coincidentally, she moved last week to someone about 5 minutes away, which is how we managed to sort out a visit so quickly.

She's such a lovely softy. Still got a way to go with learning about 'family' life, doesn't really understand the concept of 'play' for example, but I'm sure that will come with time. her foster 'mum' says she's coming out of her shell already. She was lovely with my daughters (15 & 17), and we're really looking forward to having her here

TheGOLDCunnyFunt Sun 02-Sep-12 21:17:06

Welcome to the thread Hiding! How exciting! Maybe I'm biased but I think the black ones are the best, they are so glamorous and shiny when they're in top condition!
Greyhounds are extremly lazy, so be prepared for a dog that sleeps 90% of the time grin
Is there anything in particular you'd like to know? Eg what kind of food, collar etc? A raised feeder (or ikea plant pots!) is best because Greys are so tall it's a bit difficult for them to eat off the floor!
I'm sure Scuttle, our resident grund guru will be along soon to give you some good tips smile

Welcome back Lost! Your holiday sounded fab, I've tried not to follow on FB as am very envy but I failed sad

No idea on sam Lock, Sprocket has black spots on his belly but tbh I've never given them a second thought! How old is he?

VintageEbonyGold Sun 02-Sep-12 21:47:18

<twirls> was naturalnature but an longer standing poster had a similar name.

Thanks for the welcome, I was looking to adopt a rescue greyhound work with them but have had all plans scuppered due to a stray cat and will have to go for a pup now and/or wait for a non ex-racer sad

BehindLockNumberNine Sun 02-Sep-12 21:47:45

We think Sam is somewhere between two and three, probably nearer to three but we just don't know.
I am sure it is because he is so white and thin furred that the black patches are suddenly so noticeable! Or perhaps he just fancied being a dalmation for a change!!

Lost - I avidly followed your holiday pictures on fb - it looks like you had a fantastic time and your boys are very photogenic!! (and I just adore little G!)

Last day of the summer holidays tomorrow - back to school on Tuesday for me (could cry) but a fab evening at the Olympic Park to look forward to for Tuesday eve. Betsey - will text you once we are on the road and have an approximate arrival time :-) xx

MissBetseyTrotwood Sun 02-Sep-12 22:39:38

Yay! We're off there tomorrow and plan on cycling and walking. However, as your trip will be in the evening and you'll be returning after dark I still recommend public transport!!! Will get the kettle on but I do warn you; we'll have had 4 small boys (plus my 2, so 6) storming the house all day so be prepared to wade through Lego bricks and biscuit crumbs to find the kitchen.

I should also say that Billy has been a naughty boy with the builder again this evening. Barking and growling. I do hope he behaves himself with you guys. blush

Hiding what exciting news! Prue is a super name and she sounds an absolute cracker.

VintageEbonyGold I found a lovely 80s cashmere cardigan from a posh charity shop where my mum lives that reminds me of your name. It's black with a lovely gold beady detail... sorry I digress! Hang on in there for the not so keen hounds. Just give your deets to as many rescues as poss and they do come in. We got a calls about two dogs who were deemed 'cat friendly' after Billy had come to live with us!

MissBetseyTrotwood Sun 02-Sep-12 22:40:00

Sorry should say 'a call'.

sanityawol Sun 02-Sep-12 22:52:37

Just checking in after a week away. Something very wrong here tonight as all five dogs are on the floor and I'm not fighting for the sofa. Don't think that the three greyhounds have forgiven us for putting them in kennels for a week!

Lurcher boy is still with us - he went to mum's while we were away. Not too sure how much longer we will have him but he's still happy enough for the time being.

Interesting to read about your dogs and labs - the fifth one of ours is a lab, so chaos does happen quite regularly in our house!

TheGOLDCunnyFunt Mon 03-Sep-12 14:34:41

Welcome back Sanity, did you have a good week away? Pleased that lurcherboy is still with you, enjoy him while you can.

Lock what is it that you do at school?

Well I am very pleased with my vets, they sell dog rocks for £8.99, cheaper than on ebay! Also got £5.53 back for his cone of shame so the rocks hardly cost me anything grin just worked out I spent approx £250 on Sprocket in August shock that's a lot compared to £20 every 6 weeks with a few quid here and there in between!

Scuttlebutter Mon 03-Sep-12 23:26:29

Hello all - had a bit of a surprise tonight. Our beautiful Callie, who had the major dental work last Wednesday, decided to pinch a big rawhide chew that I'd given to each of the other three hounds and lay on the sofa with it, gnawing contentedly. shock

I think it's a good sign as her mouth must be healing confused but it was a big shock, especially as she is on soft food. I guess also she must miss the action of chewing.

Hope you had a good time at the Games, Betsey!

Cunny, ouch! shock Big bill.

MissBetseyTrotwood Mon 03-Sep-12 23:47:38

Yes thanks, it was amazing. Saw Pistorius in the actual flesh at his medals ceremony. YUM. Though I had a migraine by the time we got home and have spent afternoon/evening being sick and in horrible pain! Has passed thank God and I'm awake now cuddling on the sofa with my giant hound.

Billy went out with our friends this morning and had a cracking time. She brings her own treats for him it turns out - spoilt dog! As a result of my mankiness though he didn't get a second walk today and got a bit naughty and bored and started stealing food etc. I found plums, hula hoops and two pairs of sunglasses in his bed. hmm

She must be healing well Scuttle to have fancied a chew. Does she have to keep the clots in place or is it OK if she shifts them?

Yeeowch at that 250 Cunny. What's a dog rock btw?

TheGOLDCunnyFunt Tue 04-Sep-12 09:01:16

Blimey Callie must be feeling better then! Is she ok to do that so soon afterwards?

Betsey these are dog rocks. They're bloody wonderful! We definitely noticed when they stopped working as the grass started going yellow. Glad you had a fab time yesterday, but ouch at the migraine! Hope you're feeling better today. grin at Billys' loot!

GGG has changed from highly unlikely to very likely now grin and I can't work this out blush c+p'd from the RGT website
'What time:  Registration from 9.30 a.m and judging starts at 11.00 a.m in all rings'
this is wrt the show. So If I register online, do we still need to show up for registration around 9.30? confused and what happens if Sprocket is in more than 1 class and they happen to be on at the same time in different rings? I'm really confused sad

TheGOLDCunnyFunt Tue 04-Sep-12 09:03:46

Oh and I accidently bought Sprocket a new martingale yesterday for the GGG blush my fingers just took over and picked out, ordered and paid for it.

Scuttlebutter Tue 04-Sep-12 12:10:28

Well, you want him to look smart for such a big occasion! Completely understood. wink

Don't know how they will avoid clashing classes. The only option I can think is if they run them completely sequentially, but that will make it a very long day, so I think some classes are going to have to be judged at the same time. You'll just need to keep dashing between rings I expect.

Online registration is a great idea - it means you don't have to queue up at 9.30 with five million other people but can stroll in at 5 to eleven, watching the admiring glances as they all admire Sprocket's new collar. To be honest, the website is massively unhelpful, as they don't make it clear whether you'll need to pick up a competitor number or how multiple class entries can be managed. What a lot of dog shows do is post out your number to you, so you just turn up for your class. They might be doing it without competitor numbers? I reallly don't know, as it's our first time there too. We do loads of charity dog shows and I've organised and judged many too, and most are much more helpful than that.

Betsey, no idea about clots confused she seems to be healing nicely and pinched some of Andy's kibble this morning, so is apparently keen to try things. grin Vet on Friday for post-op checkup.

Love the random combination of hula hoops and sunglasses!!!

I tried my new dog walking shoes today - courier arrived just before taking out Round 1. Here Verdict - very comfortable and bouncy. smile

iMoniker Tue 04-Sep-12 12:29:05

We have just started using dog rocks - here's to patch free lawns!!!

MissBetseyTrotwood Tue 04-Sep-12 19:27:54

Ah, I only mention the clots because DS1 needed a tooth out and they told us we had to keep the clot in the socket for as long as possible. So I guessed it might be the same for dogs.

I think our lawn may be beyond repair but he's worth it. smile

tennesseyhennessey Tue 04-Sep-12 21:09:09

Hello ive been directed this was by GOLD. Iam now the proud owner of a blue/grey whippet x bedlington whippet. We got him on sunday having been told he was 8 weeks. Was confirmed by vet today he's more like 6-7, so feeling rather guilty now sad

We do also have a lhasa apso x JRT, she is currently on a hunger strike since hobo joined us. Is this normal when introducing anew dog? she seems to have got a right grump on. She's not been mean to the puppy, she's growled at him if he's got too playful, but other than that she just runs away if he comes near her and wont come near me if he's next to me sad

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