Just before Christmas Wizard, who loves a good run, managed (yet again) to rip one of his dew claws almost out and proudly stood in the hall way bleeding everywhere and demanding attention. Needless to say it was a quick trip to the vet for a removal, bandaging, painkillers and anti-biotics.

Frank came into GAP as a non-chaser just after his first birthday and found his new home less than two weeks later. He now lives in Auckland with the Grice family. Nancy writes:

Frank has been part of our family for nearly two years now.  I still clearly remember the day he was collected from the Manukau stadium.  It was certainly love at first sight on my part!

On Easter Sunday the Wellington greyhound community held its inaugural Blue Ribbon Walk. This will be an annual event to remember the hounds we have lost over the previous year, with the hounds wearing blue collars or ribbons. The blue is in honour of Kojo, owned by Ann and John Pilkington of Upper Hutt, who died the previous weekend, and always wore a blue collar.

Over 40 greyhounds and their owners took part in the walk which drew much attention along the harbour walkway.

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Some dogs whimper or bark in their sleep, while some will sleep perfectly still. And some dogs may choose to sleep in a certain place 

in the home and only in that place, while other dogs can sleep almost anywhere. Sleeping styles can be unique to different breeds or even individual dogs.

Certain breeds sleep more than others, which can be troubling to some pet owners with more than one breed of dog. You may wonder why your golden retriever sleeps 12-14 hours per day while your greyhound snoozes for 18 hours plus.

Greyhound Sleep Patterns

Just an update re Face (now Igor).  He will be five on Sunday and I will make sure he has a lovely day.   I got a companion for him just over a month ago.  She is a Weimaraner (same breed I had before and who died aged nearly 15) and only 16 months old, so very lively and frisky.  Her name is Ishtar, from Hamilton.  She and Igor play together a lot and chase each other around the garden and have play fights.  She is very fond of him but sometimes just keeps on and on mouthing him and trying to get him to chase her, and he sometimes finds it a bit annoying so growls at her to put her in her

Training Tips and Tricks Part 11 - Alpha Theory?

"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.

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?

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