From the middle of the pack to the middle of the lounge

I pinch myself every morning, wondering if I am dreaming. This new life with my humans is amazing.

I loved my previous life and seriously loved my owner and trainer, but let's face it, I just wasn't that fast. Perhaps I liked to be part of a pack and wasn't comfortable out front. Perhaps I was dreaming of a different life and my daydreaming stopped me from focusing on my racing.

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 Blog 9 '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?

"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.

Willow won a respectable eight of her 40 starts before retiring to her new home in Hamilton with Kathy and Kevan Thomasen and Sparky (Another Sparky). Kathy and Kevan sent us the following update:

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.

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.

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.

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.