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So excited! we passed our home check!

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Disneyddog Tue 05-Apr-16 13:29:56

After years of wanting one we are adopting a retired greyhound. Hoping we can collect her at the weekend. We met her a couple of weeks ago and fell in love straight away. She leant straight in for a cuddle and seemed to get on well with our other dog. smilesmile I've spent the morning happily ordering name tags, large beds etc but undecided about a crate.

CMOTDibbler Tue 05-Apr-16 13:33:06

Hurrah! Greys are lovely. Check out Milgi coats and MeggieMoo collars smile

Disneyddog Tue 05-Apr-16 13:43:38

Love those collars and coats! This could become a serious shopping habit and I hate shopping! smilesmile

CMOTDibbler Tue 05-Apr-16 13:49:52

I love collar and coat shopping - I have lurchers and ddog1 is very fine coated and spends most of the year in a fleece indoors and a coat outside if on a lead, so what the world sees of them is collar and coat.
I very much like the soft fleece leads that MeggieMoo do as well.

Plomino Tue 05-Apr-16 22:11:27

Yay ! Excellent news .

I wouldn't suggest looking at the Silver Peacock site at all . Oh no .

Of course when she gets home you know you're obliged to show pictures ...

Scuttlebutter Wed 06-Apr-16 00:43:16

For me it's the Meggie Moo collars and the co-ordinating velvet leads. The leads are actually surprisingly practical - very strong, beautifully soft in the hand, wash like a dream and your dog will look as gorgeously aristocratic as they deserve. Go for the 6ft length. Ours have a collar collection - and you will find they have special ones for Christmas, days out etc... blush

My other recommendation is to think about where they'll be travelling in the car, and if it's the boot, to make sure it's lovely and comfortable for them. The Princess and the Pea was actually written about a greyhound. Our estate car has the back seats down, a layer of two duvets in covers, then a topping of extra thick vet bed (highly practical as it washes easily is warm and soft and wicks away moisture). There is also a Milgi dog bed which I take to training classes and when we open the boot it's like musical chairs to see who gets to lie on that first. grin

We don't bother with a crate though I know some people like them. The size you'd need for a grey means this would take over your house. Most of them are happy as long as they've got a comfy sofa.

Get a nice Yankee Candle for the farts (on a bad night you will swear you are dying of methane poisoning). Other useful bits - a clicker, a grooming brush (the Zoom Groom ones are nice) and what can be fun - a lunge whip that you can tie a little fluffy on to - hours of fun playing games with them. Some like squeaky toys but a lot don't especially at first - I'd wait and see.

There is a very useful FB page of Secure Dog Fields which is helpful if you are looking for somewhere safe to regularly play off lead until you get recall in place. A lot of greyhound rescues also offer sighthound playgroups and regular walks etc - the social side of greyhounds is awesome. We have made fantastic friends all over the country through our hounds.

Put your vet number into your phone - they will become very familiar. Not because greys are unhealthy (far from it) but they often have an amazing ability to get into scrapes and have very thin skin so always seem to be needing to be patched up.

Good luck - and welcome to the cult... grin

Disneyddog Wed 06-Apr-16 08:39:03

Thanks for all the advice Scuttle. I've ordered a Meggie Moo collar and lead and those beds look great for the car. I've also just come across Hoods for Hounds! smile Not sure if she would tolerate wearing one of those as my current dog wouldn't but they did make me smile. We're collecting her Saturday so will definitely post pictures when she's here. smilesmile

Disneyddog Wed 06-Apr-16 08:41:58

Plomino - the Silver Peacock collars look gorgeous! Fortunately (for my bank balance) they are not taking any more orders for a week or so but have bookmarked for the future!

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