If you have had your hound any length of time you will most likely have quite a few bits and bobs for him. With this months blog I'll take you through some of my favourite and not so favourite hound apparel.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.