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Are you a Greyhound, Whippet or Lurcher owner? Come and have a seat on yet another pointy hounds cushion!

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TheCunnyFunt Sun 08-Sep-13 17:53:39

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 ).

Share stories, advice and shopping tips!
AK Creations
Dog O Nine Tails
Doggy Bags Bakery
Kitsch Collars
Meggie Moo
Milgi Coats[[ Silver Peacock

Come The Day
Come the day I take that final bend,
Can I count on you to be my friend?
To see I’m treated just and fair,
It means so much to know you care.

For, what the future holds in store,
Now that I can race no more,
Should be addressed for every hound,
Who parts the punter from his pound.

Tell them I don’t ask for much,
A kindly word, a gentle touch,
Somewhere warm to lay my head,
A meal each day to keep me fed,
Not just life- but quality,
This is how it ought to be.

Do not see me swept away,
I long to live another day,
With peace of mind, tranquillity,
And those who care surrounding me,
So tell them all- you have that choice,
I beg of you to be my voice.

By Denise Dubarbier.

moosemama Sun 08-Sep-13 18:15:22

<<sidles in quietly to nick the best cushion>>

mistlethrush Sun 08-Sep-13 18:55:02

Budge up Moose!

Cinnamon, I have seen Pippi and Flo's thread. You're not very subtle over there... Moose and I are somewhat more undercover - but Moose is fairly easy to spot really if you know what you're looking for!

Mistlehound hasn't known what's hit her today - DS was on an orchestral course between 10 - 4 so its been very quiet!!!

YourHandInMyHand Sun 08-Sep-13 18:56:16

I'm coming in to share my shock and horror with my fellow pointy owners. Was walking ShyDog round a local car boot sale this morning and heard a couple as they passed us..

Woman: Oooh look it's just like Sally's dog - aaw smile
Man: Urgh, they look like massive worms on legs! shock [anger]

shock I felt like telling her to leave the bastard, and was most wounded on behalf of greyhounds everywhere!

In other news, I have been crate training this weekend and shydog is now happily going in there to snooze and eat. Need to build up time with the door shut on it now but feel much more optimistic about it than I did on friday when I had a big ugly crate and a scared of it dog.

cinnamongreyhound Sun 08-Sep-13 19:37:20

But did you see the response? I'm starting to think no one will ever let us have a dog sad it's so frustrating! I want a high energy dog to play with my small children that's half the reason we're getting another one! I don't want to respond because I don't want to annoy anyone but

Totally shock at worm on legs!!!!!! Greyhounds are beautiful and graceful and awesome grin and yay for shydog!!

Brrr it's chilly out now!

cinnamongreyhound Sun 08-Sep-13 19:41:40

Whoops posted too soon!

Thanks for the new cushion, peanut and I will make ourselves comfy and leave a small gap in case we manage to find a canine companion for him smile

moosemama Sun 08-Sep-13 19:45:04

shock YourHand, that's outrageous - obviously not a man of refined tastes!

Glad Shydog is getting used to her new bed. It's amazing what a few positive associations can do.

We took Pip to town again this afternoon. He, ds2 and I hung out on a bench listening to a particularly good busker playing Irish folk music, people, dog and pigeon watching, while dh ran around like a mad thing with ds1 and dd getting all our chores done. We met some really nice people, but one lady in particular was lovely. She came and sat next to us, was so soft and kind to Pip and told me that it was lovely to see such a huge amount of obvious love between him and I. It made my afternoon. smile

Quite a few people approached us today to ask what breed he was and were then really disappointed when I said he was rescue and a Lurcher of some sort, but we were unsure of his mix. The all said what a beautiful face he had and that they'd asked because they'd love a dog like him. So not everyone thinks like that horrible man at the car-boot sale. smile

moosemama Sun 08-Sep-13 19:46:40

Saw the response cinnamon.

Maybe Darwin will be the one? His profile says he's already living with young children and their email response sounded positive.

YourHandInMyHand Sun 08-Sep-13 19:58:45

Haven't seen the response cinnamon, I'm sure the perfect hound is out there somewhere! I waited a while for ShyDog and it was definitely meant to be. I've found the same before with things like houses and jobs, some that you want don't work out but then the one you end up wiith is even better. smile

Moose that's so nice :-) I've had similar comments and it's lovely to be complimented on the bond between you and your dog isn't it.

Stupid carboot sale man clearly has no taste. Shydog is very glamorous with her rabbit soft ears, gorgeous eye liner eyes, and pink collar. Still bristling at him!!

Mistle - my dog loves the quiet when DS is out but then is all tail waggy when he comes home. smile They still keep a respectful distance from each other though!

YourHandInMyHand Sun 08-Sep-13 20:00:22

What do you all do come winter for your pointies in terms of in the house warmth? I tend to stick lots of layers on me and DS before the heating goes on, do you think I should get her a house coat or some doggie PJs or something?

moosemama Sun 08-Sep-13 20:04:55

Not sure on coats YH. Lurcherboy has never needed one, being a scruffy, but I'm pretty sure skinny bum pup is going to need a housecoat, as he's barely has a scrap of fat on him, even now he's gained so much weight.

I've already bought him a fleece lined raincoat off ebay, from a lady that makes them to order, but was thinking of paying Scuttle's site a visit as soon as the night's start drawing in, as everyone always tells me my house is too cold. I can't stand stuffy houses and tend to wear plenty of layers in preference to turning up the thermostat.

mistlethrush Mon 09-Sep-13 05:37:49

From what people say, I think it becomes obvious if your dog needs a coat inside as they'll be shivery. Mistlehound certainly won't need a coat in the house (whilst she is young at least). But some do - even scruffies. There were some interesting doggy pjs on show in a show in October last year!

Have you put in a request to Kaye Cinnamon? Alternatively, I think Blackberry would be absolutely lovely!

cinnamongreyhound Mon 09-Sep-13 10:50:44

I wrote her a message saying as Flo was fine with cats we would be interested in homing her and her reply was no because she's very excitable and she wouldn't want her to nip a mindee and a parent demand her be pts. I was so disappointed to read it that I didn't reply, feeling very down about it. I feel like I can't argue as I don't want to annoy her as there are so few rescues that will consider us but dh says I should fight my corner and that perhaps she's wanted me say how we will make it work.

There is risk with any dog and any children but although they are looking after the interests of the dog I am risking losing my livelyhood and so will be very careful. I feel that we can manage the risk. If I wanted a quiet dog we would have got Pie but starting to think we're better off just going back to RGT and getting another greyhound but then we won't know with cats as they don't test at our local ones and it's not really what I wanted.

We don't want a puppy though mistlethrush, would chose Uno out of all of Heidi's puppies and the lady with the whippet x bitch near us has a litter we could look at. In some way that would remove the risk with cats as they'd be brought up with them and the kids would love it but I gather puppies are quite nippy and although it's not a big bite it sounds as though the kids could end up with plenty scrapes and scratches and toys chewed up too sad

cinnamongreyhound Mon 09-Sep-13 10:57:09

I never had a coat for Nelly so no idea. I am guilty of heating my house when I'm cold rather than putting a jumper on though so very unlikely that Peanut will be cold inside, except perhaps as night as we turn heating off during the night.

mistlethrush Mon 09-Sep-13 10:59:46

Yes, puppies are nippy - and the teething stage is difficult with some. The puppy suggestion was only a bit of a wink and because I think Blackberry is SOOOO cute and would have offered a home for her in a blink if it was remotely sensible.

Have you asked her whether there are any that she would think that met your requirements at the moment? We met a dog at Peterborough last year and were turned down for her - but shown two others (mistlehound was brought out for an 'extra' walk with her kennel mate as we didn't immediately say yes to the first one - who would have been easier in many ways and was tested in a home environment etc - but wouldn't have been such a perfect dog for us as it turns out).

cinnamongreyhound Mon 09-Sep-13 11:31:00

I look all the time, there are very few that are cat safe and all those that are are not suitable for young children. Lola, Matilda, Flo and Tally are too lively/clumsy. Annie is not suitable after speaking to her owner. Willow is cat safe but she's much older than I wanted. Other than that there are no cat safe ones that I've seen. My fear is that any dog they feel is suitable will be too quiet and not want to play which is what we want.

I did send a message a while ago asking what happened next and if they would suggest dogs to me or if I had to keep my eye out and that was when I was told that we have lots of criteria so may not be able to choose one we like but one that suits so didn't really get an answer.

cinnamongreyhound Mon 09-Sep-13 11:37:15

It's also worse because I got my hopes up over the cat test when she wasn't suitable in the first place so why suggest I ask for her the fostered to cat test?

mistlethrush Mon 09-Sep-13 11:52:25

((hugs)) (or maybe that should be licks from hounds, various, as we're on the cushion?)

moosemama Mon 09-Sep-13 11:59:57

Cinnamon, it was Bonniesmum, not Kaye that said they thought she'd be too bouncy - who suggested you ask for her to be cat tested? Have either of them pm'd you about her at all?

cinnamongreyhound Mon 09-Sep-13 12:02:48

No Kaye replied to my pm asking to rehome her saying she thought she was very lively and small children would wind her up and she didn't want mindees to be nipped and parents insist on Flo being pts and also Kaye who suggested I asked the fostered to cat test her last week.

moosemama Mon 09-Sep-13 12:10:01

That's really odd. Maybe she had you mixed up with someone else when she suggested the cat test.

Unfortunately I think the fact that the small children are someone else's, rather than yours will probably make rescues nervous.

Did anything come of Darwin or did you decide not to go for him? Sounds like the place he's living is pretty chaotic and if he can cope with that he should be able to cope with a few mindees, surely?

cinnamongreyhound Mon 09-Sep-13 12:15:08

Darwin isn't available to view until weds and I was thinking of going Thursday and if peanut and ds2 get on with him we could go back at the weekend. BUT I haven't told them I mind.....

PeanutPatty Mon 09-Sep-13 14:48:24

How do everyone!

Cinnamon sad I am so sorry to read your news. I'm of the thinking that if they say no, then it's probably a no and not a lot you could say to change their mind. I do understand their POV but I also understand yours. What Moose said about the children being mindees and not yours is possibly the real deal breaker. Our dog can be hugely bouncy. The amount of times DC1 has been knocked to the ground is untrue. I'm sure the dog has done it on purpose on more than one occasion. More so when DC1 was first toddling. Crafty canine. Go and see Darwin. Like you a puppy would be the best and worst solution for us. The dog would be brought up with the DC, the dog and the cat however I'd struggle with toilet training. I could just about manage socialisation and puppy classes if I could find babysitters. Walking is pretty much no problem. Like you I don't think there will many rescues who will have suitable dogs let alone breeds that we like/favour. Chin up. Don't lose heart.

moosemama Mon 09-Sep-13 15:44:06

Cinnamon, have you seen the 'puppy fosterers needed' thread?

Apparently they have a 10 month old bitch coming in, so not a young pup and hopefully past the really nippy stage. If she's cat safe, you could possibly offer to foster her and see how it goes. They are desperate for fosterers too with all the pups, but I think you might need a second home-check to check out different things first.

cinnamongreyhound Mon 09-Sep-13 17:19:42

Tess was only 9 months and we considered her. The trouble is it seems to be down to me to contact them and I feel a bit like a pain in the bum!

I looked at blackberry's new photos and she is gorgeous!

Heard back about Darwin, they said he's got others interested and if he's still there Saturday we could go and see him, how does that happen when he's not available to view until Wednesday?

Feeling thoroughly fed up with life in general at the moment. Dss has just come back from 2 weeks in Florida with his mum with a bloody iPhone 5!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to think twice before I do anything and still have to give her money so they can have fancy holidays and flash phones. I totally agree that dh should pay for him but he spends a lot of time here and my boys will probably never go to Florida, don't even have passports as the chances of being able to go abroad are very slim sad

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