Merlin is a very sweet, smart, and gentle doggy. He settled in really quickly, learned the house rules pretty much immediately and since then has been steadily becoming more affectionate and playful every week. When we first got him he was pretty laid back and happy to go along with whatever was happening but over time we have noticed that some of his personality quirks are coming out and he has bonded to the two of us quite strongly. I think it takes him a little time to become comfortable before he is willing to show his silly side and his affectionate side.
Benny's Angel won 11 of her 107 starts and was placed in another 27. Trained in Darfield she now lives in Bishopsdale with Anna and Chris and their young family. Anna writes:
Growing up I had always had a dog, however my husband hadn't. So after 4 ½ years of fast talking he finally agreed that we could get a dog. By this stage we had 2 small boys and I was NOT interested in getting a puppy, we wanted a dog that enjoyed a walk and would also be fine around children. I had heard about GAP so made some enquiries.
Harvey has been with us for four and a half months now but it feels like he has been here forever. He is a big, beautiful, smoochy boy who loves to be on the sofa with his head pressed against your leg. As I type this he is resting his head on my arm, which is making typing rather difficult! When out on walks Harvey will go out of his way to cuddle up to anyone who even looks like they want to say hello. With two greyhounds we are very well-known in the neighbourhood!
Rebecca Conole has received so much great feedback from her training blog she has decided to offer personalised training sessions.
Everyone is unique and so are their dogs so these 'one to one' sessions will give people a chance to work with Rebecca on any problems they are experiencing or simply to improve their dog ownership skills.
Rebecca says she is very passionate about training greyhounds to be awesome pet companions and is keen to share the skills she has gained while training her own two hounds, Pricey and Blondie.
Maggie arrived in Blenheim about 2 months ago and time has just flown by!
She is all settled in now and I just cannot imagine life without her. She is
so beautiful and has such a nice gentle nature but can also be really
Maggie has made a few friends in the neighbourhood and loves having a run around with them, and people just love watching her run!
I adopted Emmy in August from Hampton Downs, she has been the highlight of everyday for the family of four plus two cats. We choose a greyhound as they are such beautiful looking creatures with eyes that draw even the strongest hearts to mush. When we heard they are family perfect including for the small fluffy four legged kind, we were in.
The cats have regained top packing order within 4 weeks of bringing Emmy home. Emmy was 100% perfecto 5 weeks into her new home until she chewed the corner of the new mahogany deck, opps!
We adopted Ramsey, now known as Batman, from the Hampton Downs Kennels, and it was the best decision we could have made in terms of adopting a dog. I have grown up with Greyhounds at home, so know what wonderful pets they make, so it was an easy decision for me. We still did some research into dog breeds, but the Greyhound kept coming out on top for many reasons!
Nate had never met a Greyhound before and didn't know too much about them, but he has very quickly fallen in love with them, which is not hard!
There are mixed views out there on dogs being allowed on the human furniture. There is no problem what so ever in having a permanent rule of no dogs on the furniture and this can make life easier for your hound in the form of crystal clear boundaries.
Our dogs are allowed on the furniture and I love cuddling with them on the couch while watching TV or having a sneaky nana nap at the weekends. However I do appreciate that not everyone is going to want a 25kg+ dog taking up half/all of the couch, not to mention dog hair all over it!
Hauraki-Coromandel Area Co-ordinator, Jan Curran, is a keen member of Outreach Therapy Pets (OTP), a programme run by St John involving volunteers
and their pets visiting rest homes, hospitals and other health services.
Animal-assisted therapy has been shown to promote emotional wellbeing in hospitals and rest homes. It's also used as an added therapy for children
suffering from a variety of illnesses. Contact with gentle animals provides comfort and helps people to be happier.
We asked Jan to tell us about her experiences. She writes:
On Tuesday 29th July Planned Giving and Bequest Coordinator, Victoria Munro, along with her hound Lily, visited the Eventhorpe Retirement and Rest Home in Hamilton.
Like most things to do with the greyhounds - one is never enough and so to round out the party, Victoria and Lily were joined by local owners Irene with her new boy Syd, and Andrew with Floyd. Whilst the residents enjoyed the human company - it was, as usual, the hounds that were the real stars.