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.

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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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.

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.

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