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.
Josie arrived from Chrishchurch GAP to her new home in Kapiti last November with a Trainer who was transporting racing hounds. As advised I left her outside to explore while I kept an eye on her. Within minutes I realised she wasn't around, she had busted through our flimsy barrier! With my heart in my mouth I grabbed her lead and raced down the drive on to the road to see a zooming hound a good hundred metres away IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. I tore after her, calling and ready to stop traffic. Amazingly she came back despite only having spent about 15minutes in my company.
I have mixed views on 'sitting' greyhounds and I will explain why. As most of you know we are a two greyhound family (well four for another five days but that's another story!). One of our hounds 'sits' really easily - Blondie, the other does not - Priceless. I have been able to train a 'sit' of some description but it does not look particularly comfortable and Pricey is reluctant to hold it for too long and will either stand up or lie down completely. The fact of it is some greyhounds just can't physically sit 'correctly'.
Blue joined our family in May of this year after a marriage failure in her previous home. Although I was aware she had lost a couple of toes in her racing career I was surprised to see she had a constant limp. She slowly adjusted to life in our house but displayed some incredibly stubborn behaviour which I was totally baffled by as our other hound Jorja is such an easy breezy pleasing girl. After two days of limping I took her off to our vet as I wondered if she had a reason to her limp. X-rays showed nothing obvious.