Sometimes it is just easier when you have extra paws in the classroom. Teaching genetics is always an interesting topic but even more so when it can be applied to a real situation. This was to illustrate selective breeding and pedigree charts. Cherry is rather proud of her racing stats and litter information, the students enjoyed trying to find out why if she is black and white why most of her puppies are black but there is one blue one. Blue didn't really care, he just did his thing (sleeping and accepting cuddles) while he was there.
There's nothing quite like a high five in the face from a roaching greyhound's hind leg to inform you in no uncertain terms that more room is required on the couch, please and thank you, would you mind just "bunching up€ a touch more? Then there's my personal favourite, the rolled up tongue in your ear at 6 in the morning, just to let you know that it might just about be time to get out of bed and do something constructive€¦I know, how about feeding and walking us!
21st June saw New Zealand hounds take part in the second global Great British Greyhound Walk. Last year, 133 hounds and their people organised seven walks across New Zealand - this year saw 320 hounds and sixteen walks (not including the two walks in Invercargill that were cancelled due to the weather).
Occasionally at GAP we're asked to help with greyhounds who haven't been as lucky as our normal rehoming clientele. Emmet is one such case.
In March we were contacted by the Taupo pound keeper asking if we could help with a greyhound they had picked up. The dog had been given to a hunter and was now in a sorry state.
On leash and being difficult - off leash and in a dangerous position
Leash aggression can be portrayed in many ways and is often not actually aggression. There are many causes of dog issues at the end of a leash, overexcitement, being overwhelmed, lack of training and socialisation, and fear. Just to name a few.
Bay of Plenty Area Co-ordinator, Anne Betham, wrote in to tell us of this encounter with a greyhound lover.
Tauranga owner, Karen Shakes, was walking her hound Korda (Sands of Time) when a lady stopped her car and ran to catch up to them. She explained that she was a volunteer at the Enliven Carruth Day Programme at the Bethlehem Community Church and had totally fallen in love with Korda.
Legend speaks of a time when the continents were one and strange creatures roamed the earth. Wild animals inhabited the forests and plains and evolutionary forces were in full swing. Myths tell of this time and perhaps the strangest creatures of all that roamed the savannas were the couches, sofas and even the whispered of mighty settee.
I'd always been a cat person, grew up with them, presently have two and was never a dog person. But I always liked Greyhounds, never dreamed you could actually own one. They are special, so special that even Bart Simpson got one way back in Episode ONE, Santa's little Helper. They are sleek and fast, very much like a Cheetah yet don't try and eat you when you attempt to put a leash on them and get them back in the car
At the end of last week Gull doing quite well in that she is standing on one leg without falling over and without constantly flapping her wings, this is improvement and progress. (I am presuming she is a she as is a gentle soul).
A couple of weeks ago this young seagull was discovered in the local park with a horribly broken leg. It had been in torrential rain and was very weak and cold. As I have had some experience with bird care over the years, it came my way.
At a vet visit, it was decided that an amputation was the only way of perhaps saving the gull as its chances were nil as things were, but gulls happily live with one leg, as we have all witnessed at the beach, it was worth trying.