Update on Coco (Just Teasing)

"My name is now Coco but I used to be known as Beauty. I have been in my forever home for two years now. I was very timid when I first came here but now I am a very confident girl.

 I have a big, soft, squishy bed with my own blanket and pillow but I prefer to sleep on my mum and dad's bed, but only when they are not in it. I have my very own toy basket filled with heaps of toys to keep my company when they are at work and I don't have to share them.

Update on Po (Natalia Bale)

April 2013 saw my husband Kevin and I visit the Pet Expo in Christchurch. We had recently lost our GSD/Collie X and I was missing having him around so much. I have always been fascinated by Greyhounds and enjoyed meeting them at various events in the UK. At the Pet Expo, to my delight, I found Greyhounds As Pets with plenty of hounds for me to pet. We got talking and was asked if we would consider adopting.

Training Tips and Tricks Part 10 - After the Honeymoon "Food and Lead Manners"

This blog carries on from last month's 'After the Honeymoon'.

So your lovely easy to lead and feed hound has had a complete personality change and is now pulling at the lead and diving at his food. Arghh! What to do?

Your hound needs to learn that nothing is for free and you need to teach him how to behave in a way that will strengthen your relationship and make you a really important figure in your hound's life.

Food Manners

This is the most valuable training tool you have for food motivated hounds. Plus it enables all of them to engage their brain.

Update from Miles

"My name is Miles. I turned four years old on January the 10th and my new family adores me. I am the newest addition to the Meredith Melhuish household, my new pack leaders are Kim and Kingsley, and Courtney, Cyrus and Pele are the next in line. We live in a three storey renovated shop right on Symonds St in central Auckland. I like to hang out on the deck, jumping up and staring out to the Waitakeres, keeping a keen eye on the cats in the area.  

Training Tips and Tricks Part 9 - "After The Honeymoon"

Most hounds adapt to pet life with ease but it is fair to say that there are usually a few minor hiccups along the way.  After six - eight weeks your hound has really started to settle into his new life and it can be with this timing that issues start to pop up. Your hounds' confidence is up and he is really starting to relax into his new home.

Your hound may use this opportunity to test the boundaries of what is acceptable behaviour in the home - see my previous blog for furniture etiquette and training your hound what is acceptable around furniture.

Update on Lilo (No Illusions)

Lilo really is quite an amazing creature. You will be interested to know that she loves going to the water twice a day. Each time without fail, she lies in it up to her neck, then flies out at great speed up and down the beach front.

She retrieves balls properly, dropping them for a treat!  Tears off to the water line (long way off), but always comes back.

Update on Nike (Nike Goddess)

Nike has now been with us for 4 months. She is well and truly part of our family/pack. She settled in well and very quickly learned the routine here. She loves her morning walks and spends lots of time sniffing around bushes where other animals have been. Nike walks with me each morning and in the afternoon my son walks her. Nike can be a greedy-guts, she loves any table scraps, especially salmon (minus the bones of course).

Nike had a great Christmas, Santa brought her more squeaky toys and she had turkey, roast chicken and ham, she loved it.

Wendal needs a temporary home - can you help?

Christmas is a great time for relaxing and catching up with family, but unfortunately for Wendal's family things didn't turn out as planned. On Monday his owner, John Etheridge, called asking if we could help find a temporary home for Wendal.  After hearing his story I assured him that I was confident someone would offer Wendal a home for a few months. Please read John's story below and if you can help please contact him directly.
Jacqui

Update on Gucci (Gucci Rush)

Just thought I would send a quick update through about Gucci (formerly Mary). 

She is an absolute darling who has won the hearts of everyone in the family. She has quickly learnt the house rules and was a dream to toilet train as she is very clever.

She loves playing with her toys and can spend hours playing fetch with my nephews, who adore her. She is very tolerant and easy to handle (see picture in the reindeer antlers) and we get such enjoyment watching her discover new objects.

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