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Saturday Greyhound and Lurcher Training Sessions South Side of Birmingham

Saturday 01 May 2010

by PamD

Updated: Monday 11 Aug

Pet Greyhound and Lurcher Training

Every Saturday 10am - 12pm

Immanuel Church Hall, Highters Heath Lane

Birmingham B14 4TB  (near the Maypole island)

We have other dog breeds in our class as well as a rabbit and a cat (almost real ones) to teach your dog to be less reactive.

What else do we do?

Teach your dog to listen to you and come back when you call

Give your dog confidence so seperation anxiety vanishes

Teach you some TTouch techniques to calm your dog

Play games and most of all have fun

Please give me a call - Julie on 07747754759 if you would like to come along.

We only do positive reward based training and I am a Tellington TTouch Practitioner.  TTouch teaches your dog to be more relaxed and less frightened by fireworks and loud noises, and to listen to you. 

for case histories www.tilleyfarm.co.uk

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by Deb

Saturday 06 Sep 19:54



£50 donated from tea ,coffee sales at Saturday training to the kennels .Thanks to all that serve donate and buy.

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by tiggersmum

Saturday 09 Aug 16:16



Hi In case the rain doesn't come tomorrow .. it's Wythall Carnival with a dog show. Dog Show starts at 12 and the carnival starts at 2pm. Wythall Park is on Silver Street off the A435 Alcester Road. Apart from the dog show there's lots going on but if the forecast is right please check it's still on. Julie

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by tiggersmum

Saturday 09 Aug 16:14



Hiya Clare
It's lovely to have the amazing Max with us - at 15 he is incredible ... glad he enjoyed himself and little Millie is relaxing too :) Julie xx

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by lurcherlover

Saturday 26 Jul 22:56



Julie & all at class this morning, thankyou for your patience, whist Max did a few exercises (very slowly). He LOVED it all and was quite alert and interested :). In fact showed more aptitude than little Milly who had her 'life's just dreadful' face on all morning, refused to participate, and only got lively with Linda, Deb & Connor!!

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 30 Jun 22:19



Very sorry to hear about Mouse. Thinking of you all. Xxx

by missfifi

Monday 30 Jun 18:43



Traci, such sad news. Daisydog and I remember doing our bronze with you a year ago. Mouse will always be with you, just a heartbeat away. Xx

by Melysa

Monday 30 Jun 10:29



Sending love to Traci & a big hug to Mouse to take with him over the bridge,
love Melysa, Sam & Charlie Mouse xx

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 29 Jun 19:30



A sad note from Traci who designs and makes the beautiful hound collars at training and at the Dog Show. Traci lost her beautiful grey Mouse very recently. Mouse was a fabulous advert for greyhounds as she did agility and was part of the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Display in the main arena at Crufts this year. Everyone send Traci, June and theri other grey Daisy much love at this very sad time. She's playing with Charlie, Toffee, Marco and all the others who wait for us at the Bridge. XXX

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 29 Jun 19:26



And many thanks to Debs who sorts out the donation bit :) Just a reminder that we're not training next Saturday (5th July) as I'm on the Weekend of TTouch and Clicker training but we're training on Wednesday and on Saturday 12th July :) See you soon Julie xx

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by Deb

Saturday 21 Jun 14:07



We have been able to donate £106 to the RGT/Daybreaks from money raised at training from the sale of refreshments.Many thanks to Carole our tea lady and to everyone who donates cakes to sell.

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by tiggersslave

Friday 06 Jun 09:22



If anyone's interested I'm organising a Weekend of TTouch and Clicker training on 5&6th July2014. It's at Woodrush Rugby Club in Wythall/Kings Norton (Nr J2/3 of the M42). Sarah Fisher and Marie Miller are the instructors so it should be a great 2 days learning how to use TTouch and Clicker to help your dog learn and change their behaviour. If anyone would like further details please email me at ttouchgreyhound@aol.com or ring on 0774 7754759- if I miss your call I'll ring you back. Many thanks Julie

by tiggersslave

Friday 06 Jun 09:18



Hiya class :) Just a reminder that we're at the Riding Club as usual next Friday 13th June then back to 'normal' on Saturday when you can be very impressed by Lucy with Self-Control. You'll be able to meet the new hairy addition too ... if he's survived Lucy :) We collect him on Thursday :) Jools xx

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by tiggersslave

Wednesday 04 Jun 07:33



Hi Melysa, sorry I just picked up your message about Agility with the lovely Charlie. I'll make sure you have a leaflet about it so come and watch or join in if Charlie's fully recovered :) Our next outing is 7th July then the 28th July so I'll remind you :) You both did very well at Hatton :) What a good boy to ignore the silly small fluffies :) Shame the judge didn't appreciate a gorgeous hound when she saw one but never mind our Show's in October and there'll be lots of classes for you to do with him :) See you all soon Julie xx
PS Hope his tum's settled down LOL

by tiggersmum

Sunday 01 Jun 08:42



Woohoo sorry I've been very busy and not got round to saying ... until now .... A huge WELL DONE to the Bronze and Silver hounds from last Wednesday's test. Passing their Bronze test were Clare's Belle and Alison's Kostas (honorary hound from Rhodes :) ), then passing their Silver test were June's Daisy (handled by Traci June's daughter who only meets Daisy at training class so who says hounds aren't clever:) ), Rolo with Emma, Daisy with Mick, Louis with Clare, Lady and Heidi, Dylan with Nic and a great effort from Mike's Star who did a lovely 2 minute down stay like Emma said but just wouldn't let her dad leave for the recall :(. Thankfully Lin has forgiven Eddie who - for the first time ever, decided that he needed to 'check in' with all his friends rather than following his mum (Come away from Distractions exercise) so needs to have another go ... so frustrating cos he does it so well every week :) Never mind- you all took the best dog home with you :) See you at agility on Monday :) and WELL DONE :) Jools xx

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by Clareb

Thursday 29 May 07:25



Well done Rolohound and well done to Star on your two minute downstay. X

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by rolohound

Wednesday 28 May 22:45



Well there were lots of clever hounds at training tonight as we did our bronze or silver tests. Apparently I am now a silver dog (I much prefer being black) but silver I am. Although my sister Star didn't become a silver dog tonight she did really well especially with her 2 minute down stay. Not the last to lie down & didn't move a muscle for whole 2 minutes. She just needs to learn that in the recall dad needs to walk away first not her! Better luck next time to the selected few who will get to have another go & well done to all those who achieved a colour tonight. I'm due a lot of spoiling for being so clever especially as it's my gotcha day tomorrow too. Thanks to Julie & Marcia for organising everything tonight & making us clever.

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by Deb

Monday 12 May 16:22



For those who were at training on Saturday and met the little foster lurcher you will be amazed to know that when he went to the vets and she checked his chip it showed he was chipped 15 years ago to his poor deceased owner.Which makes him a lot older than any one thought truly amazing he has every right to plod along .

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by tiggersmum

Saturday 10 May 18:48



Aha the RGT get everywhere :) We had two lovely nurses who should have been at their Conference coming down for a hound fix a few times during the day :) Xx

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by Sarahphe

Saturday 10 May 08:37



I was at the ACA comference at the metropole thrusday and friday too, never entered my mind RGT would be at the ACDH otherwise i would have tried to sneak in to say hello!

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by tiggersmum

Friday 09 May 21:44



Well what a lovely day :) Liz Cameron, Lucy greyhound and me were at the Association of Cats and Dogs Homes with the RGT Chairman Peter Laurie and Samuel our advertising guru :) It was at the NEC Metropole & we were manning the RGT stand and talking to lots of lovely people about greyhounds. It was great to meet other people who help rehome dogs and cats :) and I have to say that Lucy was a star - she 'worked' the room first thing checking out everyone and their bags then lay on her bed all day allowing her public to stroke her LOL .. One bloke said she was a great advert for greyhounds :) Really lovely to discuss how we work with our dogs and also help out rescues who may rarely have greyhounds so are not sure how to read them - we'll hopefully have a greyhound visitor to Saturday class from a Worcs rescue who are struggling with him :) A really nice doggy day :) xx

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by Deb

Saturday 29 Mar 21:21



thanks to all those who make cakes and those that buy them at Saturday training we have been able donate £87.50 to Day breaks.

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by Deb

Saturday 22 Mar 21:23



So lovely to see so many newly re-homed greys at training this morning Champ,Nina and the cheeky Rosie.They were all fab.

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by SamA

Sunday 16 Mar 16:17



So sorry to hear the sad news about Charlie Julie, he is pain free and playing with all the 'blooming' greyhounds over the Bridge now. Thinking of you and Toffee's owners. Take care, Sam, Si, Tom & Robbie xxx

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 16 Mar 16:08



Dear all ... many thanks for the lovely messages about Charlie. He was my heart dog and we had the most wonderful journey together interrupted I'm sure he'd say by blooming greyhounds which he ignored apart from an ocassional glare :) Charlie was my very special hound, he was only taken ill two weeks before he died so I can only thank the Universe for having him quickly and without pain. I'm sure God is locking up his food and moving out the cats as Charlie moves in. I'm sad too that Charlie's friend Toffee has also gone onto the Bridge- both run free. Love Julie xx

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by fatharry

Saturday 15 Mar 22:48



Really sad to hear about Charlie & Toffee,they were both real characters,and different to the other dogs at training.Charlie made us laugh especially when he didn't do what Julie wanted,but he was actually very clever,and it was great to see Julie have success with him in the competitions they entered,as long as he travelled first class!Toffee was a lovely dog who was very laid back and knew exactly what to do in training, but with his body language could portray exactly what he was thinking to you.Usually 'do I have to do that'.Our thoughts go out to both Julie and Kate,but we are glad to have known them and I'll be remembering them both with a smile on my face x.

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by missfifi

Saturday 15 Mar 22:36



Sad news indeed. Daisydog and I spent a lovely day a few weeks ago with Kate and toffee in the seaside sunshine. A happy memory of toffee enjoying wandering along the quayside. Run free and forever toffee and Charlie. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 15 Mar 21:54



So very sorry to hear about Charlie and Toffee. God Bless them both. Xxx

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by rolohound

Saturday 15 Mar 21:26



Oh no not Toffee too. They were both wonderful dogs with different personalities who were very loved & cherished by their owners. It has been a very sad start to 2014 as our two have lost many furfriends this year. I hope you remember how good you was with these dogs & gave them a life they will remember forever. Sleep tight Charlie & Toffee.

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by Deb

Saturday 15 Mar 21:05



A sad day at training we have lost Julie's amazing lurcher Charlie and Kate's wonderful lurcher Toffee this week.Both re-homed rescue dogs who have been loved and admired by so many. It is a sad time but there are many memories to treasure.Both these boys like many lurchers ended up in rescues and were given the best of homes by Julie and Kate they had lives they could never have dreamed of and have given so much pleasure to those who met them.All our thoughts are with Julie and Kate.XXX

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by rolohound

Sunday 09 Mar 09:53



Good luck to Clare & Louis who are going for their bronze award today at crufts. I'm sure you will be fine & pass with flying colours.

Good luck to Tracy & Mouse who are also performing in the display team.

Show them just how clever greys can be.

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by tiggersslave

Monday 03 Feb 07:54



Would you like to hear an 'alternative' viewpoint on animal care? My homeopathic vet Chris Day is doing a Talk at 7pm on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 at Solihull Moors Football Club, Damson Parkway, Solihull, B91 2PP. Chris uses homeopathy, raw feeding, nutrition, vaccine nosodes, chiropractic, acupuncture and other methods to treat dogs in a holistic way. He's helped my dogs and others fight off cancers, major heart problems and many other diseases plus he keeps my dogs happy, healthy and energetic ... those of you who know my fabulous, daft lurcher may be surprised to know he's 11years old and still galloping about on his hour long daily walks .. all down to Chris' help and advice. My last lurcher was given 8 weeks max to live by my experienced vet due to a serious heart problem but Moke lived for another 2 years with a good quality of life thanks to Chris. So come along, we're raising money for Perry Barr greys as well so bring some cash to spend too. Tickets are £15 each (£20 if available on the door) from Julie, 113 May Lane, Kings Heath, Bham, B14 4AQ please add a self-addressed envelope and make cheques made to out J M Sadler please Thank you xx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 02 Feb 23:14



What a fantastic amount...and what an enjoyable way to raise the money! Xxx

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 02 Feb 21:19



Managed to leave my phone in the Immanuel Car Park overnight so it's not very well :( At present it's in a bowl of rice to dry out ... not looking hopeful tho :( Sorry if you're trying to call me :(

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 02 Feb 21:17



And a huge thank you to Debs who has counted the dosh and has taken it with GiftAid to the kennels so it'll be a bigger total :). You are all such heros ... eating all the cake (Thank you Mel and Connor and Debs) and the tea and coffee just to raise more money for the greyhounds :) Love you all Julie xx

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by Deb

Sunday 02 Feb 14:31



Thanks to all those who come to training and make a donation for teas/coffee/cake etc.We have raised just over £100 and this has been donated to Daybreaks.Thanks also to Connor and his mum for bringing a home made lemon drizzle cake each week for the hungry humans.

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by dave58

Wednesday 29 Jan 20:30



Thanks Ruth, I'll try tomorrow during business hours!

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 29 Jan 20:05



Hi dave58 - yes the number is definitely right! Keep trying! x

by dave58

Wednesday 29 Jan 18:59



Is this number correct as I've tried ringing it tonight and I just get a constant tone as if the number isnt available! We would love to take Den to this...Please help!

by tiggersmum

Tuesday 07 Jan 09:57



Anyone who's grey is about to have an operation or may have one in the future- please read up on Greyhound Severe Bleeding Syndrome which is apparently genetic and can cause abnormal post-op or post-injury bleeding and can KILL! Some vets are aware of it but only half on an anecdotal survey so well worth mentioning it to your vet - apparently a simple dose of Aminocaproic Acid before and after the op can stop the problem becoming serious so - for your dogs sake- please ask your vet. Julie

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by tiggersmum

Monday 06 Jan 11:30



Wow ... our plan to take over the Kennel Club world gets better and better :) On Saturday Traci and Mouse (grey) with me and Charlie lurcher were at the audition for the Gold Good Citizen Dog Scheme Team. This Team demonstrate the Good Cits exercises at Crufts and will be in the Main Arena on Saturday and Sunday (eeek). Mouse and Traci were absolutely brilliant (I was quite choked seeing a grey doing so well amongst all the other breeds in a really hyper environment), Mouse just missed out on the Gold Team BUT were selected to be in the Bronze demo team in the MAIN ARENA on Sunday so a fabulous advert for greyhounds - well done Traci on her first audition :) they passed their Bronze at Crufts two years ago so will be old hands :) My Charlie managed to be very well behaved for the day tho Jen the team Selector did take his bed up at one point cos she said he looked like he'd rather lie down LOL and Charlie was picked for the Gold Team Yiiipppeeee. I'm so proud of my boy who was a very naughty lad when I got him 5 years ago :) Also there's a fab Whippetty lurcher in the Team and another Bedlington Lurcher in the Bronze demo Team too :) Lurchers and greys rule :) Julie xx

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by Clareb

Friday 20 Dec 06:56



Congratulations to everyone that passed their gold! What a fantastic achievement. To those that didn't it can't be too bad that your dog is just too keen to return to you. I was thinking of you all Wednesday. Well done to everyone involved. Have a great time Saturday and we'll see you in the new year. Xx

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by fatharry

Thursday 19 Dec 18:36



Well done all our friends who have passed their gold awards,a great achievement!

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by tiggersmum

Thursday 19 Dec 07:48



A huuugggeee WELL DONE to everyone who took their Gold Good Citizen Scheme Test last night, I was thrilled with how well your dogs worked - lots of concentration, lots of attention and hardly any zooming about LOL. All the dogs had really improved so you must all be very proud of your efforts :) Well done to Pauline and Slim, Linda and Lola, Tony and Beau, Kate and Toffee, Bernie with Mick's Stella and Jill and Bandit who all passed their Gold Test and commiserations to the rest who mostly only missed out because their dog dashed back to them rather than STOP halfway ... roll on next year :) Well done :) Julie xx

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by fatharry

Monday 11 Nov 11:39



Well done Charlie,or should we call him Charles as he travels 1st class,always knew he was a star!Well done Julie too! x

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by tiggersslave

Monday 11 Nov 07:46



Ooops getting carried away ... he was 8th of 20 which was brilliant :)

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by tiggersslave

Monday 11 Nov 07:45



Very many thanks to everyone who sent Charlie and me kind messages for his Big Day Out on Saturday. Charlie had (amazingly) qualified for the semi-final of the Kennel Club Prebeginners Competition which was at Discover Dogs at Earls Court in London. He was a star- he coped with a 4.30am start, Virgin (!st Class travel of course), the lifts, the Underground and all the mayhem of Earls Court beautifully. I was worried he be overwhelmed by it all and 'switch off' but of course as only Charlie can he fooled us all - was so relaxed in the ring he played with some marker discsso he lost (only) 4.75 marks and was a fantastic 4th out of 20 dogs in the competition. Thanks again to everyone who wished us luck it made a huge difference :) Thanks also to Marcia who came with me and was great fun and a huge help. Roll on next year Charles LOL. See you on Wednesday or Saturday Julie xx

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by tiggersslave

Tuesday 05 Nov 13:39



Well another brilliant Good Cits Testing Day ... last Saturday Daisy joined her big bro Eddie as a Bronze dog (helped by her dad Mick) :), Heidi and Lady sailed thro their exercises as did June's Daisy :) I mustn't forget Jo's lovely Daisy who was ssssoooo nervous not very long ago and has been transformed by her Mum and TTouch so Daisy passed her Bronze Good Cits Test too :)
A huge well done to you all and lots of Good Luck wishes from us to Jo and Daisy who leave to live by the seaside in lovely Norfolk today :)
Keep in touch Jo and Daisy :)
Love Julie and Saturday class :) xx

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by tiggersslave

Sunday 20 Oct 08:05



Sorry Rolo's poorly .. hope his hooman slaves are looking after him and his sis Star :) Julie xx

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by tiggersslave

Sunday 20 Oct 08:04



Well as the England footie manager usually says it was a day of mixed fortunes ... a huge WELL DONE to Marcia whose lovely Baxter passed his Bronze Good Cits Test and her Saluki lurcher Diesel passed his Silver Good Cits, Andy with Keeley and Tony with Beau also passed their Silver then Lin with Eddie passed his Bronze too - Eddie's not been retired very long so who says greyhounds can't be trained :) Well done also to the others who only missed passing the Bronze cos their greys wouldn't stay in one place for a minute :( Its a tough test for greys cos you have to lie on a hard floor - no comfy beds allowed :( We'll set another test up in a couple of weeks so keep practising - we all know you can do it! Julie xx

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by missfifi

Saturday 19 Oct 08:09



Sorry to hear you are under the weather rolo. I had runny tummy a few weeks ago and it was horrid. Mum has been practising for my bronze. I have been mostly watching.! See you soon. Wags and Licks. Daisydog xx

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by rolohound

Friday 18 Oct 23:04



Hi Rolo here. Me & star won't be at training tomorrow as I've got a runny tummy so I need my humans to be at home to tend to my every need. I'm also nil by mouth at the moment which includes humans fingers so there's no way I could come training. Hope the tests go well 2moro. My humans have got us a special mini dog cushion for practicing our clicker training when I can eat again. That's what happens when u let them go to the 99p shop. See you all soon.

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by tiggersmum

Monday 14 Oct 12:40



Due to unforseen circumstances I've had to slightly reduce the TTouch afternoon to 2pm to 4pm so the cost per person/dog is now £20. All enquiries to me on 0774 7754759 or please email ttouchgreyhound@aol.com Julie

by tiggersmum

Monday 14 Oct 12:39



Hey you and Rolo were great at the clicker we tried last week :) Just need to persuade Tony to try some of the dancing moves LOL ... when I have my camera :) J xx

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by rolohound

Saturday 12 Oct 07:23



We are going back to school today after our summer break. Humans had great time last night with Mary Ray. They are armed with treats & clickers. I think it will take more than that to get us doing any type of doggy dancing. Think I need to find a quiet corner so I can have a snooze instead. Although if Julie has a fluffy thing on a stick it might be worth interrupting my sleep for!

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by tiggersslave

Friday 11 Oct 09:21



Don't forget ...if your dog's scared of fireworks come along to my TTouch afternoon and learn how to calm them down and give them confidence. I ran Workshops two years ago and had great feedback from owners of very scared dogs who improved tremendoulsy with just 15 minutes of TTouch daily .. fit it in to your telly watching time :) A donation to the RGT for every dog who comes along so ring me on 0774 7754759 or email me on ttouchgreyhound@aol.com and find out more. Julie

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by tiggersmum

Monday 07 Oct 08:50



In case anyone's dog is frightened by fireworks (and why have they started NOW??? ). I'm running a TTouch afternoon on Saturday 26th October 13 from 1 till 4pm at Immanuel Hall, Highters Heath Lane, Bham. B14 4TB. I'll show you some simple bodywork (TTouches) and how TTouch uses wraps (like a bandage) to 'hug' your dog and help them calm down. My Lucy was terrified of fireworks now 2 years later she'll go outside even tho we've heard bangs going off and no pacing or panting from her either. We had great effects last time we ran this Workshop so plesae come along and learn how to help your dog. A donation will be made to Perry Barr RGT for every dog who books. Cost is £30 per person/dog. Contact me on 0774 7754759 or email me on ttouchgreyhound@aol.com for a booking form please. :)

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by tiggersmum

Monday 07 Oct 08:43



A huge well done to Pauline and Poppy, Debs and Millie, Tony and Deuce and even my Lucy who all passed their Gold Good Citizen Scheme Test on Saturday ... well done for all your hard work and of course a huge THANK YOU to Marcia who tested 8 of us. The others were so close especially Mel with Joe so keep at it and we'll run another Gold Test around Christmas time :) Congratulations to everyone who had a go I was so proud of you all. :) xx

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by tiggersmum

Wednesday 25 Sep 20:43



Oooh I collected the Dog Show Trophies today from the kennels .. everyone agreed they are fab so come along on 13th October and try to win a Greyhound Age Group class or be one of our 6 Champions and win a fabulous trophy :) Julie

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 10 Sep 07:37



If anyone is interested in Alternative ways of keeping your dog fit into old age and helping them to recover after injuries do come and listen to Wendy Lymer. Wendy's a local McTimoney chiropractor, she's coming to St Marys Hall, Hobs Moat, Solihull on at 7pm on Friday 25th October(Tickets £6). Wendy will be assessing and treating 4 greyhounds and lurchers so you can see how the dogs moved before she started, she'll talk thro what she finds and as she treats them. My vet uses chiropractic treatments and accupuncture so I know what a fabulous effect they have on my dogs. Tickets from the kennels, Julie at Training (or ring on 0774 7754759) or on the door. Julie x

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by tiggersslave

Monday 09 Sep 11:27



Thanks all, dosh for Mary Ray tickets has arrived :) Roll on Friday 11th October for her Cabaret Night :)
I've just seen some new exercises for top level Obedience next year ... they include jumping hurdles after Dummies and bringing the Dummies back (no jokes please LOL about dummies) and being sent for a specific Dummy .. .ha just what Lurcher Obedience has been doing for years .. I always said Lurchers are better than Collies LOL. Have great holidays chaps .. see you in time for the Gold Test Julie xxx

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by rolohound

Saturday 07 Sep 09:08



Me & Star are about to leave to go to Appledore in Devon for our holibobs. We are going to Bristol first to meet some big painted Gromits & then down to Devon. Lola & Lena are only 12 miles away from us so think we may meet up for a pigs ear or two. Humans may have something a little stronger. Got the big 1000 sight hounds walk & dog show tomorrow too so excited as there will be lots of butts to sniff. Looks like the sun may even shine for us too.

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by LindaPaul

Thursday 05 Sep 20:50



Devon is popular at this time of year and we're also heading off there on Saturday for a week :) Just one more day at work to get through...eek!
Julie - I will put a cheque in the post for our tickets......

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by tiggersmum

Thursday 05 Sep 19:50



Don't worry Mike, Emma and the hounds ... we keep your space :) Just wondering tho is it the Agility or Tutu that's interesting ????

Oooooh a reminder ... I tried to send out a mass text today so if I didn't reach anyone who ordered Mary Ray tickets here is the message :) Can anyone who wanted tickets please bring the dosh on Saturday or send me a cheque asap please. Tickets are £12.50 each and the cheque is to Hatchford Brook DTC, if anyone needs my address please etx me on 0774 7754759. Many thanks Julie xx

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by rolohound

Wednesday 04 Sep 13:57



This sounds fun but not able to make training for a bit as we go away to Devon this Saturday. Might be more October before we get a chance to come again due to GGG & visits to my dads etc. Will definitely be back though. Emma, Mike, Rolo & Star

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by missfifi

Wednesday 04 Sep 13:44



Daisydog is putting on her tutu and doing her limbering up exercises as I type.....x

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by tiggersslave

Wednesday 04 Sep 13:26



Dear all ... just a leetle warning :) Lucy had a fabulous first lesson on Monday at her new Agility class so I've got lots of new torture ooopps exercises to practise with you all :) Of course Traci and Mouse are greyt at Agility already so we have no excuse :) Monday's trainer told me not to get so excited about Lucy's success ... I told him I was sssooooo gobsmacked at what she was doing I couldn't help myself LOL x

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by tiggersslave

Tuesday 03 Sep 09:51



A 'heads up' for anyone who hasn't seen the warnings about Seasonal Canine Illness or SCI. The symptoms are common for other less serious problems too but dogs have died because their owners (and vets) haven't realised that the dog may be suffering from SCI. I'll copy some info from the Internet
You may have read in the news in recent weeks about Seasonal Canine Illness, which sadly has claimed the lives of several dogs over the past two years and remains something of a mystery in terms of cause.

Generally, cases of Seasonal Canine Illness are seen between August and November and occur after walking in woodland. The illness can affect dogs of any size, shape or sex and dogs will become ill very quickly, generally within 24 and 72 hours.

The most common signs of Seasonal Canine Illness are:

- Sickness
- Diarrhoea
- Lethargy (general reluctance to move)

Other signs are:

• Tummy (abdominal) pain
• Loss of appetite
• Shaking or trembling
• High temperature (fever)

If you walk your dog in woodland areas please be vigilant about spotting the signs and if you suspect your dog is showing signs contact your vet immediately!

TIP: It is good practice to have your vet’s telephone number easily to hand and also any out of hour’s services too!

The Animal Health Trust has been investigating Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) since September 2010, you can find out more about their research by visiting their website http://www.aht.org.uk/sci

Best wishes

Julie

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by tiggersmum

Thursday 29 Aug 08:15



A huge THANK YOU to Caroline and her hounds for helping out with an emergency foster grey girl when her mum had an accident and will be in hospital for about 6 weeks. Thank you too as ever to Ruth for helping on her day off :) All sorted within 24 hours and a great relief to the family knowing their grey has a super, caring home. Thanks again Julie x

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by tiggersslave

Thursday 15 Aug 07:27



Dear all Just a 'heads up' .. we have the fabulous Tropical Inc coming again at 7pm on Saturday 7th September at St Mary's Hall, Hobs Moat, B92 8PN. If you think you've seen exotic animals before you haven't met the wonderful Steve :) He brings Meerkats, snakes, birds and a variety of others so please come along , meet Steve and his animal friends. Tickets £6 from the kennels or me at Saturday class, tickets will also be available on the door.
On Friday 25th October Wendy Lymer a McTimoney chiropractor will also be giving a Talk on chiropractic with a practical demonstration on a number of greyhounds. Chiropractic is a gentle and effective way to keep your dogs supple and mobile especially if they have had an injury or are oldies :) Tickets are £6, venue is St Marys Hall, Hobs Moat from 7pm. Tickets from the kennels, me or on the door. Thanks Julie

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 21 Jul 17:40



Wow what a great time at class yesterday we had a Bronze and Silver Good Citizen Test - with a huge thank you to Marcia - Baxter's Mum who did the honours and assessed everyone. Massive congratulations to Mike and Star, Emma and Rolo, Andy and Keeley, Dani and Ronnie, Rob and Marco, Jan and Jazz and Nic and Dylan who all passed their Bronze Good Cits :) then we had Paul and Lena, Richard and Cleo, Jill and Bandit, Liz Cameron and Polly, Bernie and Maya, Mick and Stella and Carly and Ollie who all passed their Silver Good Cits. What can I say just a huge WELL DONE you were fab :) Julie xx

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by tiggersslave

Thursday 11 Jul 07:37



Huge congratulations to Wanda and her shrunk greyhound :) They passed their Bronze Good Cits Test at Solihull Dog Club on Tuesday :) Well done Wanda :) Julie xx

by tiggersmum

Friday 21 Jun 07:51



Hmmmm that's why I like showing ...inside when wet :) not like bloomin' obedience and agility - outside in all weathers and the handler has to run around :( Marcia and I will get on the case :) Julie
PS Don't forget to bring any donations for Immanuels Food Parcels tomorrow.

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by rolohound

Thursday 20 Jun 22:45



Maybe we have found our party trick for our greyhound demo at crufts next year! We will follow your lead Julie.

by tiggersmum

Thursday 20 Jun 20:41



Mind you I think Rolohound has found the main problem .... the handlers never know left from right ... oh well it'lll make it more fun LOL

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by tiggersmum

Thursday 20 Jun 20:41



LOL Mand I always think lots of dog sports are a bit boring to watch ... you've seen one obedience round you've seen 'em all ... wait for the greyhound agility team - you won't have seen anything like it :) BGT here we come J xx

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by Mand,Gent&Emily

Tuesday 18 Jun 22:19



There you are Julie, sounds like you've got yourself a team already, albeit a little alternative! Mand x

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by rolohound

Tuesday 18 Jun 19:14



Star will be up for some agility I'm sure but she may just think its something where she doesn't have to listen. Only problem I foresee is that dogs usually get vocal doing agility & it's taken us 18 months to encourage her to be quiet. Rolo will definitely need a handicap advantage at the moment but mum worried too as don't you also need to know your left from your right & be a little bit fit to keep up with the dog. Rolo will not do tunnels either as have tried with him before although he may if he saw a rabbit at the other end! I do think Britains Got Talent will be safe for a few years yet.

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by missfifi

Tuesday 18 Jun 15:58



Daisydog does not want to be left out of agility.So has been under the table in the garden practising being in a tunnel. She has also jumped up and down a lot when she saw a rabbit near the duckpond when we went for a walk earlier today. I'm thinking that's not quite what Julie s going to teach us.............xx

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by tiggersmum

Tuesday 18 Jun 14:13



She's been speaking to Toffee hasn't she LOL
Julie xxx

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by LindaPaul

Tuesday 18 Jun 13:54



Dear Julie
I have been speaking to Lola about greyhound agility and the only activity she would be willing to take part in is stretching (front & back legs) and yawning, followed by extended down stays. Other than that she gave me one of her looks which I know to mean 'this is a ridiculous idea' .
Linda xx

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by tiggersmum

Tuesday 18 Jun 08:28



Mand I think we need to have a greyhound-specific agility course LOL Onto work surfaces, 2 hour down stay on a sofa, steal a sandwich without being seen and turn over the bin wherever it was hidden :) Excellent idea LOL J xx

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by Mand,Gent&Emily

Sunday 16 Jun 20:25



Well, Gent would be agile enough-he proved that when he jumped up to the work-top, grabbed our loaf of bread and ran off down the garden with it, closely followed by Emily-unless I'm getting mixed up and that was actually a Greyhound Relay Race! Mand x

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by DuleekDandy

Sunday 16 Jun 20:25



Rolo, we send our sympathy - think you saw Bob limping and hopping in pain at the last Stratford walk we went to - hope it makes you feel much better very soon.
Love Bob, Orla & Muvva xx

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by LindaPaul

Sunday 16 Jun 20:05



Poor Rolo. Sounds like he is being a good patient though. Nik was saying yesterday at the walk that Janey is much better after she had her corns cut out, so hope you get a similar good result and that we see you all soon. Tell Star to be extra nice to her bro while he's recuperating...Love to Rolo from Linda, Paul, Lola & Lena xx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 16 Jun 19:47



I would love to see a Greyhound agility team! Xxx

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 16 Jun 16:56



Ha I better warn you - Marcia and I did a fantastic weekend at Stoneleigh organised by the Kennel CLub last weekend ... and to my amazement my grey Lucy absolutely LOVED agility - she jumped the fences, went thro the tunnel, up on the dog walk and on the wobble board :) It gave me lots of ideas for class :) You are warned :) Julie x

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 16 Jun 16:54



Poor Millie Debs ... and what happens when you catch her you take her for a 2 hour walk though she seemed to be having a great time with her friends yesterday LOL No wonder she's soaking up the rays :) Hope she enjoyed the walk :) Julie xx

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 16 Jun 16:52



Wooohooooo TTouch rocks too :) Good for Daisy and her Mum :) She's just such a brave girl :) Glad the wrap is helping :) Julie xx

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 16 Jun 16:51



Hi all
Poor Rolo, that must be very ouchy :( but hopefully worth it when he gets the all clear .. I'm glad he's practising his down stays :) we're going to organise some Good Cits tests so he'll sail through if he can do several hours LOL Give my fave black boy a big hug from me for being so brave :) Hope to see you all soon all fit and well :) Julie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 15 Jun 22:10



I do hope it won't belong before Rolo is feeling better; his corns sound very painful. Xxx

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by rolohound

Saturday 15 Jun 11:24



Hope everyone enjoys the walk today with Julie. Unfortunately Rolo & Star will not make it as Rolo had his corns removed on Wednesday and is in a lot of discomfort. He has mastered a several hours down stay though as he is not interested in standing or moving at all. Not sure if we will make training next week either as Rolo got to have his dressings changed. I so hope this makes an improvement to his movement when he gets the bandages & boots off in about 8-10 weeks time. See you all soon.

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by missfifi

Thursday 13 Jun 15:18



Daisydog is now using her ttouch hug me bandage so if anyone would like to borrow a large size thundershirt I will bring it to training on Saturday 22 Jun. She is now actually jumping out of the car herself when we go to her favourite spots and passing people without becoming a statue. Daisy rocks! xx

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by Deb

Friday 07 Jun 15:17



Hi Julie I think Milly needs some extra remedial training she has suddenly become a sun goddess and refuses all attempts to bring her back in the house this includes calling her(totally ignores me and looks in the opposite direction), putting her favourite treats in front of her nose leading her to the door where upon she realises what is happening and runs back into the garden without taking the treat! I am having to resort to going out picking her up and carrying her back into the house.She is one crafty lurcher.

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by Deb

Sunday 02 Jun 17:28



Connor has taken his collection of tins and other assorted goodies down to the Kennels.He proudly told me at training yesterday that he has collected 110 tins of sardines/pilchards.Well done Connor ,I am sure the dogs will enjoy their treats.

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by Deb

Monday 20 May 18:26



Connor is still collecting tins of sardines/pilchards and blankets etc for the kennels.
He is hoping to deliver his collection from School and training to the kennels over the bank holiday weekend.If anyone wants to donate anything at this Saturday's training your contributions will be most welcome.
The vicar of the church where we train is also collecting items for the local foodbank and again any contributions will be most welcome.

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by Deb

Saturday 04 May 13:24



Connor our young helper at training and owner of the lovely JOE has arranged a collection at his junior school of sardines/pilchards/blankets for the kennels.He has asked me to put this on the website as he would be really pleased if anyone who comes to training would like to donate things for his collection.Please bring in tins/blankets etc next week.Many thanks to Connor for doing this I am sure the kennel dogs will appreciate his efforts.PS for those of you who don't know Connor is also baking cakes to sell at training to raise money for the kennels. .Well done!

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by rolohound

Saturday 27 Apr 21:55



A £30 donation will be making its way to you (passed to Julie to drop off at the kennels) as our friend Jill at training made this donation to your kennels as we gave her 2 15kg bags of food which we had as part of a food trial which our two refused to eat. I hope this will help towards the greys at the kennels.

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by tiggersslave

Monday 22 Apr 11:59



Just a reminder that we're at the Riding Club on Friday night then back at class as usual the following day :) Julie xx

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 10 Mar 20:26



Sarah from the Kennel Club asked me to say a huge thankyou to everyone from training class who helped hand out poo bags at Crufts. She said that you'd all been lovely and very helpful and asked me to say thank you to you all :) Julie xx

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by tiggersmum

Monday 21 Jan 08:43



Thanks to everyone who made it to training on Saturday ... despite your help and lots of practising Charlie wasn't picked for the Gold Team at Crufts yesterday :( I think it had a lot to do with the collie lying in the doorway of the hall eyeballing all comers and refusing to move :( Charlie did manage to get past it but then decided that he had to bark at any collie which went past so I retired dis-gracefully :) He was invited back by the lovely organiser to be a distraction (not what I call him LOL) so we had a lovely day watching everyone else get very stressed about their dog and Charlie had lots of hugs and treats :) See you on Saturday :) Julie xx

by leapinggreys

Thursday 27 Dec 19:09



We were so sorry to hear how ill Millie has been over the Xmas period; glad to hear she's improving. She'll be spoilt more than ever now & will soon put the weight back on. Hope you all have a happy & less stressful New Year. Val,Mark,Jet& Rosie xxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 27 Dec 17:25



So happy to hear that Millie is doing much better. Hugs to you all xxx

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by tiggersmum

Thursday 27 Dec 16:26



TG Millie is doing well now, such a worry when they're ill especially over Christmas - I hope you, Millie and Barry have a much better New Year celebrations Debs. Love from Jools, Charlie and Lucy xxxx

by rolohound

Thursday 27 Dec 16:13



Glad to hear Millie is on the mend. I'm sure she will soon pop the weight back on especially with the Christmas leftovers! Hope you were still able to enjoy some of your Christmas time. Have a great New Year, hopefully a less expensive time. Know what you mean about pet insurance a we are putting it to use with Rolo and his mystery hopping back leg! See you at class soon. Love & licks Rolo & Star

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by Deb

Thursday 27 Dec 14:58



Just back from the vets and she is well and truly on the mend. Cannula out and she is becoming more interested in food.Poor thing looks very scrabby her front and bask legs have had all the fur shaved off as they had difficulty trying to find a vein to do blood tests and fit the cannula and she lost 2.5 kilos in weight.Hope we don't get reported for neglect!! Vet thinks it was a severe case of gastroenteritis .
thanks for all your good wishes X

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by goldi&ruby's-mum

Thursday 27 Dec 13:39



So pleased to here that Millie is on the mend. Sending love to you all. Mandy, Goldie n Ruby xxxx

by fatharry

Thursday 27 Dec 13:06



Hope MIllie is better soon, she's such a lovely dog, keeping all our fingers crossed for you,all our love Even Fatter Harry,Maria,Bryony,Blue&Ben x.

by Deb

Thursday 27 Dec 12:34



We picked Milly up last night at 8.00pm from the emergency vets and came back to Birmingham she has eaten a little food and seems 100% better back to our vets this afternoon to hopefully have a cannula removed which the emergency vet left in just in case she needed to go back on a drip.
We have been beside our selves with worry as at one point she seemed to be getting worse rather than better.Last night when I was in bed I heard her moving about and thought she was unwell again but no she came over and kissed my face and went back on her bed.
So glad we are insured being ill over Xmas has cost just short of £1000 anyone doubting the value of getting insurance should think twice.
The out of hours vet service in Birmingham and Yorkshire VETSNOW were fantastic.
We are feeling a lot happier today X

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by LindaPaul

Wednesday 26 Dec 20:52



Hi Deb. We were shocked to hear Millie was unwell. Really hope she is on the mend and is able to come home asap. It must be such a worry. Big hugs and lots of love from Linda, Paul & Millie's friends Lola & Lena xxx

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by Deb

Wednesday 26 Dec 14:00



Millie is still in the vets and we need to see how she is at tea time hope fully. We will be able to bring her back to BIrmingham and continue with any treatment at our own vets.

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by goldi&ruby's-mum

Tuesday 25 Dec 20:02



Hope Millie's on the mend. Love from us all xxx

by DuleekDandy

Tuesday 25 Dec 19:46



Oh Deb :-( Poor little Milly....what a terrible worry for you. Hope she improves very quickly. xx

by Deb

Tuesday 25 Dec 17:46



What a day little Milly has been in the vets over the last two days and is back in on a drip either something she has eaten or a virus.we are in Leeds but should be coming back tomorrow depending on how she is.We are very worried and thank goodness for insurance a dog being ill over XMas is ver expensive.

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by tiggersslave

Monday 24 Dec 10:32



A very Happy Christmas and New Year to two and four leggeds from all at Training Class:) Our class is having a festive break until Saturday 12th January 2013 when we start back at 10am. Look forward to seeing you all then :) Best wishes Julie (tho I'll see you at the Tropical Inc night on the 5th :) ) xxx

by tiggersslave

Monday 10 Dec 12:51



I love watching them chill when we do TTouch :) I thought she was fab and the lovely Rolo too coped really well .. shame I forgot about Star's thing about the stuffed dog but you got her nice and relaxed again :) TTouch does teach them to relax so keep practising and we might even succeed with the stuffie LOL. See you all soon and good luck on Thursday. Julie xx

by rolohound

Sunday 09 Dec 22:56



Thanks Julie for the workshop today. Star at times turned into a "normal" greyhound relaxed & chilled out although I think she was completely knackered so that helped too. She didn't even react when the Doberman was walking around close by her & having fun (she can't usually stand other dogs having fun). Rolo was great too & we are hoping we can help any pain he is feeling if the vet is correct about his spine. It seems the only issue we now have to overcome is the stuffed dog lol!

by NicNock

Saturday 08 Dec 17:44



Thanks for all your help Julie. We've had a lovely day. Janey is pooped....got her eyes tight shut and 'doggie dreaming'....Nic x

by tiggersmum

Saturday 08 Dec 17:25



Wow a huge WELL DONE to everyone who took their Silver Good Cits test today ... and we ALL PASSED :) The really clever ones are ... Jayne and Tess, Mel and Joe, Maggie and Georgy Girl, Nic and Janey, Pauline and Slim and even me and Lucy passed too :) Many thanks to Marcia who put her ferocious Assessor's hat on LOL Well done everyone- hope the hounds aren't as tired as Lucy is :) Jools xx

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by fatharry

Thursday 15 Nov 18:37



Like the sound of Satin Balls,we find that Blue can lose weight on holiday[not a problem I have] and find digestive biscuits added to her food and given as treats put weight back on very quickly - [they dont call me fat harry for nothing!]

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by tiggersslave

Wednesday 14 Nov 08:10



I found this on another Greyhound/Lurcher forum -recommended for putting weight on hounds tho they do say don't Google the name LOL.
Have you tried Satin Balls? They are great for weight gain. Here is a recipe .....

An old favourite recipe used for putting weight on an animal quickly. It has also been used to help with some forms of hair loss, and when dogs are moulting, to keep the skin and coat healthy and shiny. This recipe is intended to be fed raw (you can fry the mince if you prefer and add hardboiled eggs instead of raw eggs) and should be made in large quantities and frozen into individual servings.

5lb meat mince (beef, lamb or chicken)
half jar wheatgerm
half large box of oatmeal (uncooked)
3/4 Cup vegetable/sunflower oil
5 eggs
5 packets/envelopes unflavoured gelatin
3/4 Cup molasses (or black treacle)
A pinch of salt
llb cornflakes
pinch of garlic powder to add flavour - optional

Mix all ingredients together well, much like a meatloaf. Put into separate freezer bags and freeze, thawing out as needed. It puts weight on in a very short time.. You can feed it every daily alone or mix with dried kibble.

Julie x :)

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by tiggersslave

Tuesday 06 Nov 13:02



We'll have to try to do as before and tell him he was just helping make up the numbers in the Test LOL I don't spose he'd fall for it again :( Hmm if only there was an exercise for sniffing out toys Lena would have got Gold well before now LOL J x

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by LindaPaul

Tuesday 06 Nov 10:26



Now I wonder... will Paul read this and suddenly have a subsequent engagement....? Not sure Lena is quite ready for Silver unless theres a new section in the test for rooting through Julie's bags in the corner including getting all 4 feet inside the bag.....LOL! xxx

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by tiggersslave

Tuesday 06 Nov 07:55



Marcia and I have got our diaries together and she'll assess the Silver Test for anyone who's done the Bronze and wants to have a go (especially Mel and Jane LOL) on Saturday 8th December :) We'll run a Gold Test in early January :) See you on Saturday :) Julie x

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by tiggersslave

Monday 05 Nov 08:08



A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Bernie and Maya, Liz and Polly, Maggie and Georgy Girl and Mick and Stella who all passed their Bronze Good Citizen Dog Scheme Tests on Saturday at Training :) Well done :) Julie xx

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by Carly1x

Friday 02 Nov 19:54



Thanks everyone, lots of things to try! He was bad last new year but it was only one night so didn't see this extent of behaviour. We are doing the usual ignoring and acting normal, got a dap collar and only walking in the light if I get home from work in time. We live at the back of the cricket club so think we will definitely be out Sunday night! We can't make training again tomorrow! So much to do but will try and make next week. Deb, what time do you go out in the week as might call on you next week? Thanks again everyone x

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by Winniethepooh

Friday 02 Nov 12:42



Thanks for the advice about the annual fireworks issue.

I did have one of these CD's a few years ago when we adopted James (Browny Points) and we did use this and follow other advice like on this website.

He does cope better than he used to with the noise and I think it is a case of trying different ways to help disguise the noise. We have found that James's safe haven is in the lounge warming himself by the fire, he settles down then and he has his tea mid afternoon as any later than that once he hears a firework he won't eat.

Whilst reading the Guardian online this morning I came across this feature which I think I read is a bed time story for dogs to help them with their fear of fireworks.

I am not sure whether it will help with this issue to that extent! but although the story is not about greyhounds I thought that it was lovely. Here it is.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2012/oct/31/audiobook-cure-dogs-fear-fireworks

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 02 Nov 11:32



We have the firework CD's at the kennels but these are best used several months before the firewords start. I live not far from a sports club which has a massive firework display and my 6 greys no longer react to the noise. We have found that ignoring them is the best policy. If you over fuss them, I feel they think you are confirming their fear.

Make a cosy safe haven for them - up a corner so they can hide and feel safe. Close the curtains, turn the TV on but not too loud as this could unsettle them too. Try doing lots of calming actions in front of them such as yawing and stretching - if they see you very calm and relaxed they will feel happier and safer. The most important thing is to walk them early - it is not worth the risk of them being outside and frightened by the bangs.

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by tiggersslave

Friday 02 Nov 11:29



Hi Carly As nic says .. leave the radio or TV on, give them a den so a small space or crate and cover it in blankets so it's dark and quiet tho don't lock them in unless they have good ventilation, feed them carbs such as pasta which'll make them sleepy and I think turkey which releases Trytophan (I think) which is a 'feel good' enzyme (I think) tho must say turkey was always too rich for some of my dogs. Dap diffusers may help and there are herbal and vet calmers you can try tho the herbal ones may take a few weeks to get into the system - tho Dorwest Herbs Skullcap and Valerian is very quick acting tho and many good pet shops sell it ... Walk him early before dark tho the ****** kids do let fireworks off in the day :( Watch out for Kings Heath Cricket Clubs mammoth firerwork do on Sunday (I think) cos it's like WW3. Some people go out for the night to a quiet pub with their dogs as I think (gosh doing lots of thinking LOL) all fireworks have to finish by 10pm. Sleep on an old tee shirt and put it on him so he feels hugged and it smells of you or try a Thundershirt from Pets at Home which can help. Do the TTouches which we sometimes do in class as they will release tension and will help with his fear .. I did run a few TTouch Workshops last year for Noise Fright and they were very successful -a few people came with greys and we had great feedback- like any training you do have to keep doing it to get the very best result so I'll show some of the ttouches again tomorrow which you can do on him when he's so scared. You aren't reinforcing his fear if you do the (Tellington) TTouches as they 'teach' the dog to relax so it's a form of training .. and it's nice to be able to help your dog when they're scared :) My Lucy was terrified last year and wouldn't go out after dark and was shaking or barking :( I've done a bit of TTouch and she'll now go out in the garden with me for a wee and she even heard a firework bang the other night and didn't panic so I'm really chuffed :) Julie x

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by LindaPaul

Friday 02 Nov 11:20



Hi Carly & Nic. We have to take Lola out before it gets dark now as she can't cope with the fireworks when outdoors. She's not bad in the house though - just takes to her bed and we cover her with a fleece blanket and she's quiet. She doesn't try to hide etc though. We've used the Sounds Scary CD to try to desensitise her and I've tried TTouch also. This combination might be how we've got to being Ok in the house but not outside. Trouble with the CD is you need to start in advance and build it up ready for the worst time for fireworks. Paul is now trying something different after a recent seminar he went to on zoopharmacognosy, using essential oils. He's ordered a few key ones to try to help Lola with her noise issues and some for Lena (she's totally oblivious to fireworks, but not other dogs!). Interesting results so far, especially with one of his massage case study dogs, but he's just experimenting. If you are interested I'm sure he can give you a contact x

by Deb

Friday 02 Nov 11:08



Try leaving the radio on to try and drown out the noise and have a word with Julie as I think there is a CD you can get with firework noises to try and get him used to them for next year.If you think he would go for a walk with Milly who seems to be immune to the noise let me know we could always call round to yours to see if the love of his life can tempt him outside.
there is also a DAP collar as well or perhaps one of the wraps Julie uses.

by NicNock

Friday 02 Nov 09:40



Hi Carly I am having the same problem with Janey, she is petrified! We are ignoring her and trying to act normally which seems to help. Try yawning (makes them that you are not bothered) Also no eye contact. We have also made a den for her in the corner of the room. I bought an Adaptil plug-in as well which gives off a calming pheromone (worth a try). I aslo got some Calmex tablets from the vets for Saturday as a last resort. I have been getting up at the crack of dawn to walk her as like Ollie she wont go out when it is dark now. I hate this time of year! Nic x

by Carly1x

Thursday 01 Nov 19:31



Anyone got any tips for dealing with dogs that are scared of firework noise? Ollie has turned into a bit of a wreck this week and is now refusing to go for an evening walk. Currently lying wedged in a tight gap between the bed and wall, shaking and refusing to come out! Any ideas gratefully received. Carly x

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by LindaPaul

Sunday 28 Oct 19:35



It was lovely to meet Bob at training yesterday. He's a handsome lad and his mum clearly adores him! He was very well behaved and did some lovely recalls.
Bob may have been on his best behaviour but I don't know what got into the others yesterday though - there was some very out of character behaviour including my own dear Lola who thought it was a wicked wheeze to bark a lot (when she hardly ever does) at Barney (who was also barking but at the toy dog) and then at me when I told her off for barking at Barney ! :) You gotta love 'em!

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 28 Oct 19:14



Hi It was nice to meet you and the lovely Bob in his wonderful coat :) Hope you enjoyed the Meet and Greet too- you're welcome any time :) J xx

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by Deb

Sunday 28 Oct 16:36



lovely to see Bob in his bling bling jacket.

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by DuleekDandy

Saturday 27 Oct 19:49



Thank you so much for letting us come and join in today - thoroughly enjoyed it! (thanks for being so patient with us)
Everyone was so friendly and it was really nice meeting all the lovely dogs, particularly the gorgeous Lena who turns out to be a relation of Bob's...an aunt I think! Her Dad is Bob's grandad.
If it wasn't 30 miles each way, we'd certainly be regulars!

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by tiggersslave

Tuesday 23 Oct 10:19



Hi Glad to help- I sw an article in a dog paper which was warning people about Xylitol causing kidney problems and death in dogs. I'd not heard how toxic it could be to dogs so wanted to share as lots of us give yoghurts .. and as someone on a permanent diet I thought others may not realise too. :) Julie

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by cinders

Tuesday 23 Oct 08:18



Thank you for the post about grapes, onions etc - I thought I'd researched all this properly and knew about the grapes, chocolate etc - but you're the first person who has mentioned the xylitol in yoghurts etc - I often give our hounds the pots to lick out and although we don't generally have low fat ones I'll always check the ingredients now as I had no idea!! Thank you! x

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by DuleekDandy

Monday 22 Oct 20:20



Aaw thanks Julie! We will be there.
He is very chilled Deb - apart from when he sees toys or even worse hears them.....think the racing training worked very well with him.
I think you mean the hound is spoilt to death! :-)

by Deb

Monday 22 Oct 19:29



It would be lovely to see Bob on Saturday hope you can make the 10am taster session he is such a lovely chilled big black boy!It is great to see how besotted his mum is with him.

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by tiggersslave

Monday 22 Oct 11:55



Hi If it's a one off then by all means come on Saturday at 10am, the 9am class is ideal for newly retired greys and their owners but if you want a 'taster' then come at 10 this week. Regards. Julie

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by tiggersslave

Monday 22 Oct 11:26



I had a conversation with someone on Saturday about Grapes. Can I stress that Grapes and Raisins are poisonous and MUST NOT BE FED TO DOGS- they will cause kidney damage and can cause kidney failure. The article I found on Google gives the symptoms of kidney failure - please read it tho it does say if you suspect your dog has eaten grapes or raisins -contact your vet immedietely.
There are a number of things that are toxic to dogs including (not not limited to ) human chocolate, onions and foods containing xylitol which is a sweetner often used in low calorie yoghurts so if you give your dog the pot to lick out please check the label . Thanks Julie

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by DuleekDandy

Monday 22 Oct 11:01



Thanks Julie, but I think I may leave it as we are an hour away and it means an early start and we are doing the Awareness day at Pets at Home from lunchtime til afternoon, so it will be too long a day.
I just thought it would be good to come along as it would tie in with getting to Redditch. No worries, maybe another time.

by tiggersslave

Monday 22 Oct 09:15



Hi We have a starter class at 9am which would be better for him, it runs till 10am so bring some nice high value treats like cooked, chopped liver, cheese, sausage etc and his bed or a thick pad for him to lie on. See you on Saturday Regards Julie

by DuleekDandy

Sunday 21 Oct 20:31



Would I be able to bring Bob along on Sat morning and if so is it 10am?

by tiggersmum

Sunday 07 Oct 15:04



Katey and Cornelia were fab at training this morning - they had the lovely Milo as a very good example and were really well behaved. We did some work with a couple of stuffie dogs and lots of sausage and the girls didn't attempt to leap on the toys at all :) Many thanks to Emma bryce and family for bringing them both :) Julie x

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 03 Oct 08:00



Hi Sophy Sorry I've been away and just seen this message ... you're welcome to come along whenever you can make it and there'll be loads of us at the Dog Show ... coming up quickly too :) J xxx

by Moffy

Saturday 22 Sep 11:36



Hi Julie, Just wanted to say a big Thank You for all your help with Katy ans Sadie at training. Unfortunately the childrens activities have now completely taken over Saturdays so we are unable to come. The girls and I are really missing it but are hoping to see some of the familiar faces on October 14th at the Annual Fun Day and Dog Show. Thanks again. Sophie (Katy and Sadies mum)

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by tiggersmum

Saturday 15 Sep 21:19



Hi Karen Thanks you for the update, we 've missed you all- glad the op went well now all we need to do is to get those hounds right too :) All crossed for Boogie and Fletch, please give them hugs from me and all at class :) Hope to see you soon. Julie xx

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by karenb

Friday 14 Sep 18:02



Hi Julie, sorry we've not been to saturday class for ages but had lots going on. I finally had my op and now feel much better :)
However Boogie and Fletcher have been in the wars, Boogie's neck problem hasn't improved so she's been reffered to the Willows to see Sebastian a week on monday so fingers crossed theres something that can be done to help.
Fletcher mean while had xrays a fortnight ago and a heart scan today to check his heart to see if its strong enough for an aneasthetic so that he can have an MRI scan to rule out anything nasty as he's still not himself, although his bloods have come back clear.
So don't really know when we will be back but really hoping to make the dog show.
We took them both for their first trip to the beach last week at Brean, Mr Fletcher loved it but Princess Boogie wasn't quite sure.lol
Give our regards to everyone and we will hopfully be back in the future. :) x x

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by tiggersmum

Wednesday 05 Sep 09:42



Hi all
Just to let you know that we won't be at the Riding Club on Friday 14th September in case anyone was planning to come along. It's a Committee meeting that night and I need to make sure I've got everything sorted for the dog show as it zooming up on me :) Trophies and rosettes have been ordered- there's a little momento for winners of the Ring 2 greyhound classes to keep so please have a go and tell all your doggy friends that there are lots of classes for everyone and all shapes and breeds :) We've got lots of trade stands coming too so bring your (Christmas) shopping list :) Julie xx

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by tiggersslave

Thursday 30 Aug 07:48



Mine are my babies too :) and (hopefully) we have a great relationship ..I love this article tho as it reminds me that what I think is normal or usual maybe something my greys have never ever seen so I need to listen and understand them then introduce them carefully so they can be confident in the future. I remember years ago I couldn't work out why Tigger had begun to freeze on our early morning walk and was really worried - I eventually realised that the cars had headlights on and the sound of the tyres swishing thro the puddles were spooking her :( We changed our route to a quieter one for a while till she was used to cars and the noise then she was fine ... Hopefully too it'll help people who've had 'real' dogs LOL before greyhounds undertsand why our breed are so different to others J xx

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by Mand,Gent&Emily

Wednesday 29 Aug 22:28



I couldn't agree more Ina. I'm guilty too, my two are known to our friends and family as 'The Kids'. Like yours, they're loved and respected for the wonderful and happy dogs they are and are a delight to be around. Julie's article does make you stop and think though. I put myself in their shoes and just hope I wasn't too scary for them when they arrived home. Mind you, not sure I've shook the 'waiter' description if teatime this evening was anything to go by! Mand x

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by kallie

Wednesday 29 Aug 19:34



every time i read this i have a tear in my eye, we do expect so much of our dogs and most of them do so very well despite us humans being flawed and unthinking....i am the worst culprit for 'humanising' my dogs, a common fault with childless women who need to 'mother', to me they are the kids i could not have and it does not always do them a favour as most canines don't want to be humans they are happy to be canines. quite frankly i can't blame them when you have a close look at the behaviour or rather the lack of behaviour of many a human. Despite the fact that i have made my 4 greys into furbabies they are amazing and i am very proud that they are so wonderful and that i can take them to anyone's house and they do behave beautifully. thank you for posting this Julie, it makes it so very clear that we expect a lot and are not always prepared to work at it ourselves to help them work it all out. Ina xxx

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by tiggersmum

Wednesday 29 Aug 09:39



Understanding a “Greyhound”
What is your new adoptive greyhound thinking?
This breed has never been asked to do anything for itself, make any decisions or answer any questions. It has been waited on, paw and tail. The only prohibition in a racing Greyhound’s life is not to get into a fight or eat certain stuff in the turn out to the paddock.
Let us review a little. From weaning until you go away for schooling, at probably a year and a half, you eat, grow and run round with your siblings. When you go away to begin your racing career, you get your own “apartment”, in a large housing development. No one is allowed in your bed with you, and when you are in there, no one can touch you without plenty of warning.
Someone hears a vehicle drive up, or the kennel door being unlocked. The light switches are flipped on. The loud mouths in residence, and there always are some, begin to bark or howl. You are wide awake by the time the human opens your door to turn you out. A Greyhound has never been touched while he was asleep.
You eat when you are fed, usually on a strict schedule. No one asks if you are hungry or what you want to eat. You are never told not to eat any food within your reach. No one ever touches your bowl while you are eating. You are not to be disturbed because it is important you clear your plate.
You are not asked if you have to “go outside”. You are placed in a paddock and it isn’t long before you get the idea of what you are supposed to do while you are out there. Unless you really get out of hand you may chase, rough house and put your feet on everyone and everything else. The only humans you know are the “waiters” who feed you, and the “restroom attendants” who turn you out to go to the bathroom. Respect people? Surely you jest.
No one comes into or goes out of your kennel without your knowledge. You are all seeing, all knowing. There are no surprises, day in and day out. The only thing it is ever hoped you will do is win, place or show, and that you don’t have much control over. It is in your blood, it is in your heart, it is in your fate—or it is not.
And when it is not, then suddenly you are expected to be a civilized person in a fur coat. But people don’t realize you may not even speak English. Some of you don’t even know your names, because you didn’t need to. You were not asked or told to do anything as an individual; you were always part of the “condo association”; the sorority or fraternity and everyone did everything together, as a group or pack. The only time you did anything as an individual is when you schooled or raced, and even then, You Were Not Alone.
Suddenly he is expected to behave himself in places he’s never been taught how to act. He is expected to take responsibility for saying when he needs to go outside, to come when he is called, not to get on some or all of the furniture, and not to eat food off counters and tables. He is dropped in a world that is not his and totally without warning, at that.
Almost everything he does is wrong. Suddenly he is a minority. Now he is just a pet. He is unemployed, in a place where people expect him to know the rules and the schedule, even when there aren’t any. (How many times have you heard someone say, “He won’t tell me when he has to go out.” What kind of schedule is that?) Have you heard the joke about the dog who says, “My name is No-No Bad Dog—what’s yours?” To me that is not even funny. All the protective barriers are gone. There is no more warning before something happens. There is no more strength in numbers. He wakes up with a monster human face two inches from his. (With some people’s breath, this could scare Godzilla.) Why should he not believe that this “someone”, who has crept up on him isn’t going to eat him for lunch? (I really do have to ask you ladies to consider how you would react if someone you barely knew crawled up on you while you were asleep?) No, I will not ask for any male input.
Now he is left alone, for the first time in his life, in a strange place, with no idea of what will happen or how long it will be before someone comes to him again. If he is not crated, he may go through walls or windows, or over fences, desperately seeking something familiar, something with which to reconnect his life. If he does get free, he will find the familiarity within himself: the adrenaline high, the wind in his ears, the blood pulsing and racing through his heart once again—until he crashes into a car.
Often, the first contact with his new family is punishment, something he’s never had before, something he doesn’t understand now, especially in the middle of the rest of the chaos. And worst of all, what are the most common human reactions to misbehaviour? We live in a violent society, where the answer to any irritation is a slap, punch, kick, whip, or rub your nose in it. Under these circumstances, sometimes I think any successful adoption is a miracle.
He is, in effect, expected to have all the manners of at least a six-year-old child. But, how many of you would leave an unfamiliar six-year-old human alone and loose in your home for hours at a time and not expect to find who knows what when you got back? Consider that if you did, you could be brought up on charges of child abuse, neglect and endangerment. Yet, people do this to Greyhounds and this is often the reason for so many returns.
How many dogs have been returned because they did not know how to tell the adopter when they had to go out? How many for jumping on people, getting on furniture, counter surfing, separation anxiety, or defensive actions due to being startled or hurt (aka growling or biting)? So, let’s understand: sometimes it is the dog’s “fault” he cannot fit in. He is not equipped with the social skills of a six-year-old human.
So it is up to you to help him/her live the life of a pet greyhound. Good luck, it’s easy really.

Kathleen Gilley

Recommended Reading
Getting in TTouch with Your Dog—Linda Tellington Jones
On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals—Turid Rugaas

Apologies for the long post but this is a great article to remind us all where our dogs come from and explains many of the behaviours we see :)

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by kallie

Monday 20 Aug 20:22



thank you Julie for the info re heat stroke....i tend to walk mine at 5 am and they are fine, when it is too humid i often don't walk them again...they tell me themselves whether they want to go out or not...when it's too warm or humid they just lie stretched out on their beds and don't bother getting up....sensible hounds :-), it makes me mad when i see people walk their dogs in the midday heat (very often long haired thick coated dogs with their tongues hanging out) what on earth are they thinking of....not so much 'mad dogs and Englishmen out in the midday sun' but ' mad english men and their poor dogs out in the midday sun. much love and thank you . xxxx

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by tiggersmum

Monday 20 Aug 09:36



Dear all - sorry this is a large post but it might save a hounds life so please read it and remember it doesn't have to be sunny for the humidity to be dangerous.

Okay folks its that time of year again and the weather is pushing up in the degrees. As we have so many new owners etc joining us since last years hot weather I think we all need to read and remember and take note again! THIS IS A BIG RISK AND A BIG KILLER IN DOGS especially fast moving running dogs.

Hyperacute exertional rhabdomyolysis

"For any sighthound owner who isnt aware of this condition as the weather is how it is now you need to read the link below. This is the second most potentially lethal inflicted illness hounds can suffer aside of bloat.

To add be aware that even though the sun isn't shining humidity can also have the same adverse effect on your hound.

If you want to walk your dog when its hot then the ideal time is first thing in the early morning. The ground has not been heated up by being in the sun all day, if you walk in the cooler evening bear in mind the heat coming up from the ground even though the air will feel cooler to you, your hound's body is much closer to the ground with more surface area exposed to ground heat than your own.

What also needs pointing out is that HER is NOT just heat and humidity affected!!! HER can strike dogs at ANY time simply by over excercising. Greyhounds are very prone to the condition and there by default are lurchers. Allowing unfit dogs to chase bunnies, hares, run to hard off leash with other dogs etc can put them all at risk at anytime. If you have any concerns that after off leash excercise your dog seems unduly tired check it out with a vet, the condition can escalate as age progresses etc. Greyhounds are athletes short distance dogs and being allowed to continuously run or play off leash on all walks can be a huge contribuiting factor."

http://www.gcnm.org/heatstroke.html

Heatstroke in Greyhounds:
What You Need to Know
By Judy Kody Paulsen, Founder
(Excerpt from Spring/Summer 2007 issue of GCNM News)
I am grateful for the help of Suzanne Stack, DVM, in preparing this article. Dr. Stack is a 1985 Ohio State graduate currently practicing near her home in Yuma, Arizona. Previously, she served as a State Racing Board Veterinarian in Wisconsin and as a track vet in Texas at Valley Greyhound Park. Dr. Stack worked closely with Arizona Adopt a Greyhound (AAGI) for a number of years and still volunteers with that group.

The relative lack of information on canine heat-related and exertional ailments is alarming, considering how common the occurrence is among dogs of all breeds, particularly greyhounds. Not surprisingly, there is contradictory information on how to handle these sometimes fatal catastrophes.

Racing greyhounds are finely-tuned athletes and are usually conditioned by professional trainers. A racer’s performance while training and racing is (or should be) closely monitored. The onset of heatstroke or another debilitating and potentially life-threatening muscle disorder called hyperacute exertional rhabdomyolysis (HER) are two things no trainer wants to see.

Varying degrees of heat/exertional illness require specific treatment approaches to avoid permanent damage to muscle fibers, kidneys, and other organs. An experienced greyhound trainer has the expertise to recognize when a greyhound has been afflicted with one of these medical crises and knows the urgency in administering appropriate treatment.

Once the greyhound has left the racing environment and is lucky enough to be adopted, there are still numerous perils to which the dog may be exposed. One of the most common, yet least considered dangers, is that of over-exertion.

Well-meaning adopters want to give their greyhounds freedom to run and exercise, but it must be understood that unlike humans, dogs do not possess the ability to gauge their fitness and adjust their level of effort accordingly. Retired racers, depending on how long they’ve been off the track and how compromised their physical health might be, are at serious risk for experiencing critical problems when allowed to over-exert themselves.

Both hyperacute exertional rhabdomyolysis and heatstroke can kill a greyhound, particularly an unfit one. Physical effects can vary, but these two urgent conditions can show similar signs, including heavy panting; generalized muscle pain as evidenced by showing sensitivity to touch; muscle tremors; cardiac arrhythmia; a tendency to drag the hind legs or collapse; and extreme difficulty in changing position from standing to lying or vice versa. Treatment for both these maladies is basically the same, but the key is to administer it quickly.

Immediate, appropriate therapy is vital to the dog’s recovery. The body temperature must be brought down as quickly as possible. Rapid cooling can be accomplished with hosing down the dog, applying cool wet towels over the body, and exposure to a fan or air conditioning in house or car. Try to avoid producing a shivering response as this can create more heat in the body.

Transport the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible and be sure to inform the vet’s office you are on the way with a dog in severe distress from apparent heatstroke. They can then prepare the necessary items for treatment.

The possibility of resulting bleeding disorders will require appropriate medications and, if available, frozen plasma. Not all vet’s offices will have plasma, although an emergency vet clinic is more likely to have this on hand.

IV fluids should be administered as soon as possible to prevent the onset of shock and to aid in flushing the kidneys of harmful byproducts leaking from damaged muscles. In researching this article, it is evident there is some disagreement over what solution is best for the IV. Some veterinarians feel .9% sodium chloride (normal saline) is adequate, while others feel it is prudent to use an electrolyte combination solution.

The effects of heatstroke or HER are not corrected in one day at the vet’s office. In-patient care is necessary for proper treatment and recovery. Several weeks of rest at home may be required for convalescence. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication should help reduce muscle inflammation and subdue the pain. Antibiotics may be recommended by your veterinarian to prevent secondary infection.

Given the greyhound’s purpose as a performance dog and the conditions under which they are trained, raced, confined, and transported, it is safe to assume many racers have experienced one or more episodes of heat/exertional ailments. These dogs may then have a predisposition for future episodes of similar illnesses and likely will have compromised kidneys and other organs. Consequently, great care should be taken to protect them from over-exertion and heat-related illness.

The following are some of the risk factors for heatstroke published in The 5-minute Veterinary Consult by Larry Tilley, DVM and Francis W.K. Smith, Jr., DVM: Previous history of heat-related disease; age extremes; heat intolerance due to poor acclimatization; obesity; poor cardiopulmonary conditioning; hyperthyroidism; underlying cardiopulmonary disease; dehydration.

Anecdotal reports from adopters whose greyhounds have experienced heat- or exertion-related episodes suggest that adopters need to be better informed of the dangers of allowing their retired racers free reign to run, particularly in hot, humid conditions. Obese greyhounds will be especially susceptible to the effects of over-exertion. Even on cold days, given the right conditions, a greyhound can collapse from over-exertion.

[color="#FF0000"]Extreme excitability in greyhounds, even while on a leash or in a fenced yard, can produce a combination of life-threatening factors which require immediate intervention by at least cooling the dog down and eliminating the stimulus (think high-prey-drive greyhound on a leash as a rabbit runs by!).
People who report coming home to a dead or dying dog should take into consideration the environment when evaluating the cause. Broken air conditioners on hot days, lack of shade outdoors, excessive excitement or exertion (possibly running the fence line with another dog), absence of water to drink – these factors can kill a dog or take them to the brink of death. Hot, humid conditions are by far the most deadly.

The frequency with which adopters report greyhounds “dropped dead from a heart attack,” when no previous indications of heart problems existed, suggests that death by heatstroke or HER may not be so uncommon. Only necropsy can identify the likely cause of death.

Close supervision of retired racing greyhounds’ exercise routines, particularly those new to their homes, should be recommended to all adopters. Greyhounds who appear to tire quickly, pant excessively, and/or appear to be reluctant to move after exercise, should be limited to mild or moderate exercise and then, only under supervision.

Close attention to heat and humidity in the environment is paramount in protecting a vulnerable greyhound from heatstroke or HER. A conditioning program similar to that of a human athlete (gradual increase in intensity of workouts) should be implemented before allowing retired racers to engage in physical activities which substantially increase heart rate and respiration.

Greyhounds lucky enough to have been placed in a loving adoptive home deserve to have more than food, shelter, and attention. Responsible guardianship of retired racers includes being armed with the knowledge to protect them from the hidden dangers that await these athletes once they leave the tracks and training farms. A few precautions and observations can save your greyhound’s life

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by tiggersmum

Monday 20 Aug 07:37



WTG Matt :) Matt works really hard every Saturday training my Lucy and has made a great improvement to her, he's lovely with the dogs and they love him too so a huge WELL DONE Matt :) Julie xx

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by Deb

Sunday 19 Aug 17:34



Congrats to MATT(10) who won the junior handler class with Milly at the carnival today.His mum was so proud of him as she hadn't seen him training before and I am sure Julie will be thrilled as well.

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by Deb

Wednesday 15 Aug 20:38



forgot to say the Wythall carnival is this Sunday 19th August and some our greyhounds have won rosettes in the past and it is great oportunity to showcase them as pets.

by Deb

Wednesday 15 Aug 18:14



Here are the details of the Wythall Carnival it is a great day out for all the family .

Wythall Dog Show & Carnival

The annual Wythall Carnival and Dog Show. Dog show is open to all dogs over the age of 6 months, there are obedience classes, fun novelty classes, and breed classes plus a fun obstacle course. All entries are only £1.00. Plus there is a village carnival on site with clowns, "it's a knockout competition" plus music, trade stalls and a Classic Car show.

Booking in for the dog show starts at 12.30 dog show judging starts at 1pm. Carnival officially opens at 2pm

Wythall Park, 52 Silver Street, Wythall. Birmingham West Midlands B47 6LZ

by tiggersmum

Wednesday 15 Aug 11:40



HI everyone - we're back at Immanuel Hall on Saturday as usual and I'll do a new diary list for you to collect :) Anyone looking for an outing on Sunday may like to go to Wythall Carnival at Wythall Park, Silver Street off the A435 .. there's a dog show and even obedience classes .. our Marcia is judging so please go and support her :) Julie x

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 08 Aug 10:09



Hiya That sounds great :) and I agree it would have been a shame to wake him up to come running LOL. Just to emind everyone we're not at Immanuel this week (11th) but are we are back on the 18th :). Meanwhile Lucy went to the Hound Show last Saturday ... and passed her Scent Test LOL The Basset Hound Club had laid out a scent trail of blackpudding that you had to encourage your dog to follow .. Lucy was really good (except for the two wees and when she tried to roll in the scent) - she followed the trail round the corners to the finish so got her Certificate and fridge magnet which says ' I sniffed it out'. A good game for training class I think- we just need some dry weather and we can have a go outside :) Julie x

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by DuleekDandy

Friday 03 Aug 20:10



Thanks for this morning Julie. I took Bob for a walk with my friend and her 2 greys in Evesham Park, along the River and then through the town. We met so many dogs in all shapes and sizes and Bob was a really good friendly boy. Met 2 lurchers in town and they asked for our phone number so we can meet up for a walk. :-)
He came home very happy, but very tired so didn't think it a good idea to come over tonight.
I will keep an eye on the classes / times and come another day maybe. x

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by tiggersslave

Friday 03 Aug 07:47



Hi Do you want to give me a ring and I'll explain? 0774 7754759 :) Julie x

by DuleekDandy

Thursday 02 Aug 18:38



Hi Julie,
A few questions...... :-) Are you booked up tomorrow? Where is 'the riding club' and what time is the class? Is it tomorrow instead of Saturday? xx

by tiggersslave

Thursday 02 Aug 10:00



Dear all Just to remind you that we're at the Riding Club tomorrow evening (3rd August) then there's no class on 11th August (Charlie's at a Disobedience Show oooop north so we're travelling up the night before), class at Immanuel on 18th August (9am and 10am) then no Training on Bank Holiday Saturday (25th) but a walk on the Monday :) Hope that's ok. Julie xx

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by tiggersslave

Friday 27 Jul 07:44



Hi Sadie and Katy yep we're at Immanuel again this week, please ask your mum to bring lots of corned beef cos last time she had ALL the hounds following her :) See you tomorrow :) Julie xx PS Please don't ever show Charlie how to use the internet or he'll be ordering takeaways :(

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by Moffy

Thursday 26 Jul 20:57



Hi Julie, Sadie and Katy here again. Mum says she will bring us to training again on Saturday if its on. Can you let us know please as we are hoping for corned beef again!! Thanks.

by tiggersmum

Thursday 12 Jul 19:23



Hi Sadie Yes we're at Immanuel Hall on Saturday even though the weather looks atrocious ... bring your mum along too :) J x

by Moffy

Thursday 12 Jul 17:55



Hi Julie, I haven't made training for a while so was just wondering if it is on this Saturday as I know sometimes you do a Friday night instead. Could you let me know as we would like to come. Thanks Katy and Sadies mum.

by fatharry

Thursday 12 Jul 17:14



funny you say that as I have a nice little runner for sale,(ok she doesn't run very fast) one careful owner,and quite cheap to run,(are you allowed to sell the Mrs on here?) may part exchange. Thanks to Paul & Linda and Lola for stepping in for us last night at cheswick green brownies who had raised some money for daybreaks doing a sponsered olympic sports event,they also had Blue & Ben to help, and the dogs were brilliant as they had the rainbows and the brownies all hugging them. Paul & Linda taught them about greyhounds,which is great as the younger they are aware of how nice pets they are,there is more chance their families could rehome one.

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by tiggersslave

Thursday 12 Jul 08:00



Yes but would you buy a used car from that man LOL ok we know him others might be fooled LOL Great idea tho J xx

by LindaPaul

Wednesday 11 Jul 11:27



Julie.....maybe fatharry can use his skills to 'sell' the car - he did so well with the naturediet and I def think he should aim higher than pegs next! :) x

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by tiggersslave

Tuesday 10 Jul 20:24



\nearly right - the car is a Renault Grande Espace :)

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by fatharry

Tuesday 10 Jul 18:59



Sorry I caused a stink! thought I'd sniffed out a bargain, does anyone want to buy any pegs?

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 10 Jul 14:31



This isn't really a training thing but it might help someone and it would help Dawn's mum Carol- is anyone looking for a 7 seater car? Dawn's car is for sale as her mum doesn't drive, it has 2 sunroofs and has only done 41,000 miles from new- Dawn bought it around 2 years ago for £15,000 and she was ill from last August. It has just been MOT'd, valetted and serviced,it has a tow bar as they also have a caravan to sell. Dawn had 2x St Bernards and a Leonberger who all travelled in comfort so it's a big car. I think it's a Toyota and diesel and about 2000cc tho may be bigger. If anyone's interested can they please ring me on 0774 7754759 and I'll get the proper facts including the price - which is a bargain. Many thanks Julie

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by Deb

Monday 09 Jul 19:45



I bought a box of ths stuff and have only used one carton and not sure when I will have to courage to open the next one.Though I have to say the dogs love it.
So I guess I cant off load a few more cartons on you.

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by rolohound

Monday 09 Jul 13:44



Im glad it wasn't just me with the smell. When I got home I had to get changed & was my hands several times as I could constantly smell it. Rolos bed spent the afternoon in the garden as well. We have cooked the meatloaf recipe before & rolo does like it. Will keep with mixing in the raw mince for time being as this sticks to the burns better as rolo is an expert at picking out the nice bits & leaving the main meal. Found a butchers who sells pet mince for 35p per pound so will see how he likes that. Thanks for advice & tolerating the smell last Saturday.

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by LindaPaul

Monday 09 Jul 12:12



Hi - that's great news about Rolo. Hope things continue to go well during this week.....keeping everything crossed for you all. I'm with you on the smell of the Naturediet Sensitive too! I can still remember that smell even today.....I don't think I could do that every day either! Just another thought...In the A la Bark book which I think you might already have, there are 2 really nice (and easy) recipes for meatloaf, which you could use to supplement the Burns P&P (that's what Norris has been having to build him up a bit). One uses Turkey mince and the other uses Lamb. Both have porridge oats in and the lamb one has peas & carrots as well but if you leave them out it's absolutely fine and slices better without the peas! They both freeze well once cooked and if you slice before freezing, you can take out enough slices for a few days at a time. L x

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by tiggersslave

Monday 09 Jul 08:47



That's great .. so worrying when your dog stops eating :( I know what you mean about the Naturediet Sensitive .. it's a bit pongy isn't it LOL the other 'flavours' aren't as smelly and it's lovely food for them ..very useful when I go camping :) So glad the combined brains of Saturday came up with something to help :) J xx

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by rolohound

Sunday 08 Jul 22:14



Thanks to everyone who gave advice & food for helping rolo to eat. We have started him on the burns pork & potato we bought before training on sat & had better results. Mixing it with some raw mince & has eaten both meals today. Have been putting him in a different room to Star & using a slightly different food riser. Although Rolo clearly liked the Natures Diet food I don't think I have a strong enough stomach to feed it to him (or a big enough bank balance) so fingers crossed he will continue with the burns & raw mince. Although he won't eat his meals from his old bowl location, he is happy to eat his evening biscuits from it so maybe he just hated the old food so much he is scared of meal times at his old bowl location but didn't mind his biscuits. Hoping for a week of happier meal times.

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by tiggersmum

Saturday 07 Jul 22:41



A huge thank you to everyone who has donated sponsorship to the Dog Show so far .. can I just ask that you check the postage on your envelope before sending it please ... I've had to pay £1.09 excess charge on an A5 envelope today that had a first class stamp - not a problem but if I have to do that for everyone it will be expensive :( Julie x

by rolohound

Tuesday 03 Jul 20:56



Rolo got the all clear from the vets, & amazingly has put on some weight since he last went in April. Vet advised to keep trying with food for another week or so & if no improvement then to go back for blood tests. Got him to eat some brown bread dipped in live yogurt & a small dry food meal mixed with cottage cheese so hoping he will start to enjoy food again. Thanks for all your comments. Will keep going with the tracker food for rest of week if no improvement then will consider the burns or raw options.

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by tiggersmum

Monday 02 Jul 19:33



Hi Rolohound Have you tried him with raw meat? It coud be that he was fed raw as a racer and prefers it? Once the vet has crossed out any sore throat or tonsils or teeth you could get some frozen rabbit or tripe from somewhere like Pets@Home, thaw it out and see if he'll eat it. Like has been said a few smaller feeds - 2 or three, are usually better than one larger one. I must admit in my experience greys can just say 'no thanks' and stop eating - that's how Ruth ended up with Wispa... she came into the kennels and wouldn't eat so we ended up with some warm water , diluted peanut butter and a little complete food in a dish and hand fed her till she realised it was quite nice and started to eat again tho Rolo doesn't sound at that stage yet but maybe raw tripe or meat will do the trick. Good lcuk with him. Julie x

by Deb

Monday 02 Jul 18:43



Although Millie might appear very food orientated at training (under statement of the year)when she was on James Wellbeloved I used to add treats and wet pouches to tempt her to eat it and at times she would leave the food.I changed to Burns pork and potato and she has never left a morsal of it and I swear she licks her lips as soon as she sees the bowl of food.
It is expensive but lasts ages as you feed smaller quantities than most other dry food.
Hope he picks up his appetite and all goes well at the vets.

by LindaPaul

Monday 02 Jul 16:59



Hi. I'm going to recount a similar tale. Our good friends Dave (fatharry) & Maria has similar issues with Blue (you will find her on this site) - tempting her to eat with various goodies added to her meals which had diminishing returns as she still wouldn't eat enough/properly. We'd been feeding Lola & Lena with Burns Pork & Potato and I gave them some for Blue to try to see if she would eat it. Which she did and they changed to Burns and she's been fine since. I know what T is saying and I do agree with her about not getting sucked into changing food too often (we have been there albeit with an elderly horse). However, if he is struggling to gain weight then could he possibly be sensitive to some ingredient in his current food? If the vet can find nothing obviously wrong then it's something to think about. Like Emma's gang, ours thrive on Burns and Lola was picky on James Wellbeloved before we changed - she's never been that way since. I can appreciate how worrying it is when animals won't eat so am keeping everything crossed you find a solution. x

by rolohound

Monday 02 Jul 15:38



Thanks Emma yes it is tracker food. We too are worried because rolo is a slim dog too & cannot afford to lose any weight. We have been trying to put some on him but still only feeding him his reccommended amount. He even refused fish yesterday & I didn't think this was possible! May try a little bowl of food tonight to see if that makes a difference. Hoping the vet may shed a bit more light on the matter but don't want it to be anything serious. I've tried the peanut butter trick as well but again he isn't keen which isn't normal. Want him to start eating but don't want him to get choosy about nice things & never wanting regular food.

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by medaftboutdogs

Monday 02 Jul 15:29



Hi Rolohound, its horrid when our dogs dont eat. I dont have that problem with my greys (thankgoodness) but had it with my first ever dog - Marley the Boxer. I don't know what to suggest to help but I can say please dont fall into the traps I did with M. Don't vary his food too quickly or often, as he might come to expect this, don't leave his bowl of food down, as this reinforces grazing and you'll never know how much he has eaten. Finally assuming the vet can't find anything wrong, try not to fret and worry too much. Only a very few dog breeds will self starve (deerhound for one) but I've never heard of a grey doing it. Sorry its not alot of advice on how to solve your prob, but I just wanted to offer reassusance that its annoying & worrying but ultimatley Rolo is still eating something!!!!
luv t

by carolineMaxGracie

Monday 02 Jul 13:52



hi
when my hounds arnt feeling well i grate some cheese in to there food. also mine like peanut butter sandwich. hope this is helpful. good luck xx

by Emma

Monday 02 Jul 12:04



Poor Rolo :0( I assume it's Red Mills Tracker he's on? The other ones are mega high in protein which would be a problem! I feed all 4 of mine on Burns and they're thriving on it, however Frankie is a little fuss-pot and won't eat it unless I've mixed some butter in! Which luckily isn't a problem because she's so skinny she needs the calories. She also gets fed up with the same flavour day in day out so I do alternate. Are you feeding the recommended amount? Maybe try feeding less so it's less intimidating for him to have to tackle a full bowl. Animal psychologists recommend taking the bowl away as soon as they've finished, then they're more likely to eat when they have the opportunity rather than grazing. However I find it hard to do that with Frankie because she's so skinny, but I guess the idea is that a dog will not starve itself (unless there is an underlying physical reason causing the anorexia). You are doing the right thing taking him to the vet - keep us posted :0)

by rolohound

Monday 02 Jul 11:40



Hoping someone can give us some advice. Rolo our 6yr old male greyhound is refusing to eat regularly. He some days goes without us getting anything down him, others he will eat maybe half of 1 meal. We have checked his mouth & teeth & all looks fine. He doesn't appear to be in pain anywhere & in himself he is fine. Poos are mainly normal & he is happy to go out for walks etc. Usually feed 2 meals a day of red mills greyhound feed which he had been on for several months now with the occasional fish treat on top. Cannot get him to eat plain dry at all. Have tried mixing fish or wet food in & if we are lucky he eats 1 meal but then refuses again. He is also refusing most biscuits but did manage a pigs ear yesterday. I have booked him in for a vet appt 2moro but wondered if anyone had any ideas. He was happy to take treats at dog training on fri & sat.

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by skinnyme

Wednesday 27 Jun 15:22



Hi Dan and Cleo, my collie had cushings and this was controlled with medication, sadly she died in March, not from her cushings, just her age. She was on Vetoryl if you are prescribed this let me know as I still have some and you are more than welcome to it. Jill x

by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 27 Jun 14:09



I do hope all goes well with your lad's tests. Please let us know how he gets on. x

by tiggersmum

Tuesday 26 Jun 21:45



Hi Dan & Cleo, at least you now know what you're dealing with - horses have had Cushings Disease for many years usually when they get older and like you say it's caused by a tumour on the Pituitary Gland. Horses with Cushings seem to do well on medication and go on happily for years so hopefully Dan will respond well too- I'm sure he will :) Best wishes
Julie x

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by Deb

Tuesday 26 Jun 21:14



it must be a relief to finally have a diagnosis so you can help your boy.
It maybe worth still seeing the homepathic vet as he is very good at helping your dog stay well(hope this makes sense) and will complement the more traditional medical treatment.Hope all goes well and so glad he is going to remain in the house and not in the garden.

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by Dan&Cleo

Tuesday 26 Jun 19:37



Thank you all for your concerns regarding Dan. We have had some news today and we have been informed he has Cushings Disease. It's not curable but it is treatable and he will be on medication for the rest of his days. He though now got to go back for tests to see if has or how big the tumours he might have on the pituary gland on his brain - which is happening tomorrow. We are hopeful but concerned. P.S. after reading the comments we certainly won't be getting an outside kennel.

by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 26 Jun 14:38



My Greyhound takes Propalin and Incurin for an incontinent problem which she developed three years ago. Thankfully except for the occaisonal accident she is fine. I do hope someone will be able to help your lad with his problem, it must be making him feel very miserable. x

by suejo

Tuesday 26 Jun 08:45



Poor Dan. I hope this gets resolved soon. Molly sends a lick xx

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 26 Jun 08:26



Hiya I can't recommend Chris highly enough- he treated my last two dogs when they had cancer and in one the cancer never returned (only a 40% chance of that :( ) and with my last girl who had Spindle Cell Tumours his treatment shrank the tumours (they vanished from her side) and I was beginning to hope she'd be cured then we think the tumour moved, caused a blockage and she died in her sleep :( Please do give him a try, best wishes Julie

by Tash'ntheGreys

Tuesday 26 Jun 07:12



Just a few more thoughts...could it be neurological? If he's forgetting he's had a drink, he'll keep drinking and get to the stage that he can't hold it any more, or he's not recognising the signals that he needs to go and just does it (my spaniel and terrier used to do this, but it was age related) Could the excessive drinking be anxiety and he's using it to self calm? My grey Penny does this when she is anxious or excited (for instance waiting for her dinner or going for a walk) when she first came to us she would drink a whole bowl full if I didn't stop her...not sure if this helps, take care, I'm sure an answer will be found soon x

by Tash'ntheGreys

Monday 25 Jun 21:27



Even if an outside kennel was an option, this does not help with with working out what the problem is whether medical or psychological, personally I would keep on investigating and in the meantime find a way of managing the accidents until an answer is found...maybe putting towels under the mat he is wetting on and rinsing them through on a quick wash might help confine puddles to one area... not sure if this helps, it must be so worrying and difficult for you, I hope you get an answer soon x

by fi,charlie,fly+Lucy

Monday 25 Jun 20:57



I would never let one of my greys sleep outside! not even in fine weather....They cant regulate their own temperature and would find it very cold! Daybreaks kennels are all enclosed and heated and the houndies wear coats... so they are all toasty warm xx

by Winniethepooh

Monday 25 Jun 20:32



I don't think it is recommended for greyhounds
To be kennelled outside.

by Dan&Cleo

Monday 25 Jun 19:25



Thank you to all that have made a comment for us. We have him 2.5 years and he has never had this before. About 8 weeks ago we did have the national grid around the neighbourhood and they did have to change our gas meter outside our house and that is the only thing that we could think of that may have spooked him. His food and routine have stayed the same. After today's visit to the vets he now looks like a patchwork quilt, with his belly, neck and front leg all having shave marks on. We have tried puppy pads and he either avoids them or moves them and then wets were they where (as we put them over previous wet patches). Today he had his blood pressure checked - all was ok and for chromes disease - we will await further results. We have to get up during the night as he whimpers alongside our bed to tell us he needs to go out but sometimes he can't tell us and he just wets. We will defiently be touch with Chris Day. The vet even told me I might want to consider an outside kennel - does anyone recommend this for greyhounds??

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by tiggersslave

Monday 25 Jun 09:11



Hi Dan and Cleo I use a homeopathic vet who is amazing, he looks at the 'whole dog' not just the one symptom so he'd check out what you were feeding him, his exercise, etc etc. As he's a vet all his treatment is reclaimable on your insurance and he is well worth trying- his name is Chris Day and he's in Faringdon which is not far from Junction 9 of the M40- the journey takes me about an hour and a half on easy roads. You'll need a referral from your vet but they are not allowed to stop you getting a second opinion.
The only thing I wondered reading your post was - did something happen 8 weeks ago outside (or even inside) to frighten him? Greyhounds can be extremely terrified by something which appears to be very simple so I just wondered if he'd been spooked by something? Have you had him long? Best wishes Julie PS Chris number is 01367 710324 :)

by Foggie

Sunday 24 Jun 19:00



We had a grey with kidney problems which meant she drank and wee-d excessively. When we went out and at night we put down a large plastic ground sheet with disposable puppy training nappies, which may enable you to get through the night without having to get up. Of course you have to face the clearing up in the morning but hopefully it will save your floors. Our grey was on Fortekor tablets from the vet and they helped to stabilise kidney function.

by Emma

Sunday 24 Jun 18:40



I'm assuming kidney function tests have been carrried out? They are usually routine in blood tests (creatinine levels etc) and as your poor grey has had three of them I expect this has been done... but always best to confirm. I don't know much about canine pathology but if you can find out exactly what he's been tested for I'll investigate as it'll help me no end in my General Medicine module! Em x

by Dan&Cleo

Sunday 24 Jun 17:36



We are desperate for some help!! Can anyone help us?? We have a 6 year old male who is not well and 2 vets can't seem to find anything wrong with him but they have said he is not well. He drinks excessive amounts and consequently toilets excessive. He has had water tests, 3 blood tests and has had an injection into his bladder. Everything has come back negative, he does not have diabetes, or a bladder infection and his bloods are normal. He has this now for 8 weeks, he will wet in the house when we are in and when we are out and we are now getting up 3 times every night to let him out. He eats all that we give him but does not want to go for a walk. He has been going to the willows vets and is due to back tomorrow. We have spoke to ruth and he has had magno therapy treatment but it has not helped. It is really sad for him and we do not know what to do for the best if anyone knows of anything that would help we would be eternally grateful.

by tiggersslave

Friday 15 Jun 09:31



Hi Tash I've sent you a text :) You'd be welcome to bring Bailey along next Saturday - we have a starter class at 9am which is ideal - not too busy for them :) See you then Juliex PS Not sure about the expert but some of the TTouches will help :)

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by Tash'ntheGreys

Friday 15 Jun 09:09



Hi Julie, we've got Bailey (Billy) staying with us while Daybreaks is being made more wonderful :-) and I was wondering if I could bring Billy to training tomorrow? He is a fabulous grey, friendly, loving, playful, respectful, gentle...we know he gets stressed around young children when they are shrill, excited, crying, I think it's the pitch that makes him anxious, he loves squeeky toys and finds whistling fascinating! The thing we are concerned about is he doesn't like his front lower legs being touched when he's lying down, he'll air nip, or try and nip...my feeling is it is his front right he's sensitive about...so, would it be ok to bring him tomorrow for a morning out and an expert Julie opinion, he is such a fabulous dog who really deserves a home

by tiggersslave

Monday 11 Jun 14:47



LOL I wasn't sure what I'd do if you'd decided to leave early :) but I'm glad you stayed and even more pleased that you paased :) I think a couple of G&Ts would be very benficial before any test - and that's just for me, Liz, Carol and Marcia who have the stress of watching you all whilst we will you to get through LOL Julie xx

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by NicNock

Monday 11 Jun 10:33



Thank you so much Julie for 'kidding me' into practising the bronze under 'exam conditions'. I was really chuffed that Janey passed. Just shows that because I was more relaxed, Janey was too :0) maybe a few G & T's required before the Silver test ;0). Once again thanks everso much for your guidance and support. Mum, Janey and I had a lovely morning and the bronze award was a surprise bonus! Nic x

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by tiggersmum

Saturday 09 Jun 20:48



Well I am so chuffed :) I can't stop smiling - you were all SO GOOD!!!! A huge well done to those who passed their Kennel CLub Silver Good Cits Test - Pauline and Poppy, Tony and Deuce, Linda and Lola, Jude and Barney, Kate and Toffee and Traci and Mouse plus of course the three who got their Bronze Good Cits Paul and Lena, Louise and Fletch and Nic and Janey ...I was a bit sneaky and just told the Bronze three they were having a practice under exam conditions LOL They'll never believe me again :) A huge THANK YOU too to Marcia who was the Assessor and very scarey :) :) :)
Glad to practice my first aid (eeek) and help Millie :) and thank you Karen for putting this link on here ...please all sign it and get proper punishment for animal abusers :( Julie xx

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by Deb

Saturday 09 Jun 15:40



The petition is aiming to get 100,000 signatures to force a debate in the House of Commons about the lenient sentences handed out in animal cruelty cases.
Well done to everyone this morning and special thanks to Julie for sticking her hand down the back of Millies throat to retreive a stick which had got lodged there and was choking her.The rest of us were in a bit of a panic but as always she came to the rescue!

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by karenb

Saturday 09 Jun 14:21



What a fantastic morning, congratulations to all the silver award winners and a big cheer for three Bronze award winners who had no idea they were actually doing the test........you're a star Julie for organizing everything.:)
If anyone one would like to sign the cruelty petition and like me forgot the address you can find it at:
http://www.pawsforthought-alfieslaw.co.uk/
I'm off now Fletcher is waiting for another bonio to celebrate his bronze award:) x

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by kallie

Wednesday 23 May 15:09



its so typical, all year we are waiting for some nice weather, now the sun is here and my 4 grunds are not happy as they are too hot!!!! i only walk them very early in the mornings and late at night when it has cooled off as they simply can't cope with this heat especially the three black boys....all currently fast asleep on beds and sofas...oh to be a retired greyhound at my house, they really have the life of Reilly :-)) thanks Jules for all the info. xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 23 May 13:34



Great information, many thanks. x

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 23 May 09:46



As it's suddenly gone very hot I thought this'd be useful to know- this bit is probably better for us greyhound owners but please read it and remember it- it might save your dog's life.
Julie xx

Both hyperacute exertional rhabdomyolysis and heatstroke can kill a greyhound, particularly an unfit one. Physical effects can vary, but these two urgent conditions can show similar signs, including heavy panting; generalized muscle pain as evidenced by showing sensitivity to touch; muscle tremors; cardiac arrhythmia; a tendency to drag the hind legs or collapse; and extreme difficulty in changing position from standing to lying or vice versa. Treatment for both these maladies is basically the same, but the key is to administer it quickly.

Immediate, appropriate therapy is vital to the dog’s recovery. The body temperature must be brought down as quickly as possible. Rapid cooling can be accomplished with hosing down the dog, applying cool wet towels over the body, and exposure to a fan or air conditioning in house or car. Try to avoid producing a shivering response as this can create more heat in the body.

Transport the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible and be sure to inform the vet’s office you are on the way with a dog in severe distress from apparent heatstroke. They can then prepare the necessary items for treatment.

The possibility of resulting bleeding disorders will require appropriate medications and, if available, frozen plasma. Not all vet’s offices will have plasma, although an emergency vet clinic is more likely to have this on hand.

IV fluids should be administered as soon as possible to prevent the onset of shock and to aid in flushing the kidneys of harmful byproducts leaking from damaged muscles. In researching this article, it is evident there is some disagreement over what solution is best for the IV. Some veterinarians feel .9% sodium chloride (normal saline) is adequate, while others feel it is prudent to use an electrolyte combination solution.

The effects of heatstroke or HER are not corrected in one day at the vet’s office. In-patient care is necessary for proper treatment and recovery. Several weeks of rest at home may be required for convalescence. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication should help reduce muscle inflammation and subdue the pain. Antibiotics may be recommended by your veterinarian to prevent secondary infection.

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by tiggersslave

Wednesday 23 May 08:02



The Causes of Rhabdomyolysis in Greyhounds

Exertional rhabdomyolysis is common in racing greyhounds, sled dogs and horses.
Rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which damaged skeletal muscles begin to break down. This breakdown releases compounds such as creatine phosphokinase into the bloodstream. In severe cases, rhabdomyolysis can damage the kidneys or even cause death. The form of rhabdomyolysis commonly found in racing greyhounds is exertional rhabdomyolysis, also known as focal rhabdomyolysis, according to the "Introduction to Veterinary Pathology." In this form of the disease, muscle damage results from overuse.

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Overexertion
The muscle damage in exertional rhabdomyolysis is focal necrosis of overworked muscles fibers. The necrosis occurs when the blood supply to the muscle fibers is not adequate to keep up with demand. This can occur when a greyhound is raced at a level above its physical capability. If disease or injury interrupts your dog's regular training schedule, give the animal time to build back up to peak performance before racing.

Electrolyte Imbalance
Under normal conditions, hard-working muscles trigger a boost in blood supply by giving out potassium ions. The potassium dilates nearby blood vessels to increase blood flow. If the greyhound is low in potassium or related electrolytes, the dilation effect might be too weak. This can happen if the dog has a pre-existing electrolyte imbalance or if electrolyte depletion occurs during extreme physical exertion. One cause of low potassium in a greyhound is racing too frequently, according to "Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats."

Stress
According to "Welfare of Dogs," rhabdomyolysis is more common among greyhounds that experience stressful conditions. This can include both emotional stresses such as pre-race excitement, overwork or fighting as well as environmental stresses like overcrowding. Keeping or racing a dog in hot or humid conditions is another environmental stress and one that can also contribute to rhabdomyolysis through deyhdration and electrolyte loss.

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by Wiz'n'Gracie'smum

Tuesday 22 May 20:22



Hi Caroline, I’m the Alison in Julie’s comments. My dog Wizard is not good with other breeds. His brief history is that I fostered him for a couple of weekends and whilst he was definitely interested in other breeds he was controllable. He was then homed with a family who took him straight to mixed breed classes, I’m sure with the best of intentions. He was unfortunately returned, but when he came back to me he was far more nervous with other breeds than he had been when I fostered him for the first time, leaping and twisting at them which had never happened before. I homed him permanently (of course) and have had him for a year now. If I gently introduce him to other breeds on a gradual basis he gets to know them and can then cope, and I can distract him with treats when on walks. There has been a real improvement, but too many dogs at once sends him doolally! I think all we are suggesting is to just take it gently with Max. You obviously know your dog better than I do and he may be fine, but please don’t force him to integrate before he is ready as it could cause more problems than it solves.

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by Carly1x

Tuesday 22 May 20:20



Thanks Julie, see you Friday

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 22 May 07:58



Hi Caroline I quite understand - just choose your training class carefully and find one that allows you to keep Max at his coping distance until he's confident enough to be able to cope with other breeds - ask Alison what happens when greys are made to 'join in' when they aren't ready for it. Best wishes and good luck Julie

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 22 May 07:56



Hi Carly no problem - yes free running on Friday, no class on 26th and then back to Immanuel on the 2nd June and the Silver Test on the 9th but it'll be class as usual before the Test :) J x

by Carly1x

Monday 21 May 21:02



Hi Julie, sorry we couldn't make training with Ollie last sat. Just wondering if training is on sat 26th may or is it just silver test? Also is there a free running session at src coming up? Have lost list of dates... Oops! Carly x

by carolineMaxGracie

Friday 18 May 13:41



hi Julie Max and i will not be coming tomorrow, we both enjoyed ourselves, but need a class with other breeds. have fun Caroline x

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by tiggersmum

Sunday 13 May 17:46



Hi all ... well done everyone - those who got rosettes yesterday and those who didn't, I knew all the dogs could do the exercises but I was hoping human and doggy nerves didn't get to you but it doesn't matter .. you all take the best dog home with you :) whether he had a rosette or not :) As for Lena ...who thought up another 'wheeze' when we thought we'd persuaded her to do as Paul asked for all of an hour ... well... what a baggage LOL Better luck next time and roll on the SIlver Test :) Julie xx

by Moffy

Sunday 13 May 10:32



Thanks Deb, I was really proud of Katy yesterday and all the other dogs at training yesterday. Whether they got their certificate or not the room was full of calm contented well behaved dogs (and owners!?!) A BIG thank you to Julie because without her knowledge and fantastic skills to share that knowledge I am not really sure where Katy and I would be now but certainly not the really happy family we are with our new addition (canine) Sadie who has really made it complete. 12 months ago I would not have believed that Katy would become so calm and contented. Katy has proved to me that most difficulties can be over come with training and support ..... oh and I forgot time. : ) Thanks again Julie,(and all the support others at training have given aswell) - Katy and Sadies mum.

by Wiz'n'Gracie'smum

Sunday 13 May 07:43



Thanks Deb, for a dog seriously shortchanged in the brain department, The Wiz did so well. It was a result that didn't seem likely 12 months ago and I'm very proud. Many thanks to Jools for all her support and sensible, practical advise, and for introducing me to greyhounds in the first place, she is a star. The most important thing about yesterday, though, was seeing how loved and loving all the greys were, for all their quirks, whether they got the rosette or not, and Lena - just five seconds more next time!!! xx

by Deb

Saturday 12 May 16:39



Well done to everyone who gained their bronze good citizen award today including the greys- Barney,Katie,Wizard,Tess,Iris.Joe,Slim and Ollie the lurcher.
A brilliant achievement by all.Well done!

by Moffy

Friday 11 May 18:05



Thanks Val and Julie for your comments thats really helpful. Will see you tomorrow. :)

by karenb

Friday 11 May 17:51



Hi everyone, just want to wish everyone good luck tomorow at the Bronze awards, I'm sure you'l all be stars....and as Julie keeps telling us remember to breathe lol
Sorry I've not ben able to come for a few weeks, I'm stil without my car, and poor Boogie hasn't been well. She's had an MRI scan today to rule out anymore nasty tumours but it has shown that she has a "bulging" disk in her lower neck, not sure what the treatment will be but thank heaven for pet insurance.
Lou is coming with Fletcher tomorrow, so fingers crossed that everyone passes with flying colours x x

by lurcherlover

Thursday 10 May 20:30



To everyone 'Bronzing' on Saturday -good luck and most of all have fun!
all the best, Clare and Little Milly.

by tiggersmum

Thursday 10 May 20:26



Thanks Val that's great, sorry I haven't picked this question up before Sophie. The recall in the Bronze is only done one way so -as Val and Mark did with their two, you can distract Katie when others are doing the exercises and maybe position yourself so she's not at an end of the hall tho I'm not sure which way the recalls will be done (does that make sense?). The whole idea is to show you're in control (gulp LOL) and Sophie will listen to you so she may bark but you can stop her :) I'd agree with Val that a good walk before Saturday's test is a good plan :) As long as you and the others enjoy it- that's what it's all about :) J xx

by leapinggreys

Thursday 10 May 16:45



Hi Sophie,No-one left when the recalls were being done when we did the bronze-I'm not sure if you would be able to. However, Jet & Rosie did both bark when the recalls were being done once (we were sitting with our backs to the stacks of chairs & the dogs were running towards us).The recalls were only done in one direction in our case-not both as we sometimes do in training- don't know if this happens every test. After both our dogs had barked,the examiner changed the recalls so the dogs were running away from us. We managed to stop them barking quite quickly & they didn't bark again so that was acceptable-that must have been controlled barking! It's a lot quieter in the test than a normal class & Katie has improved a lot-you've done wonders with her.We took Jet & Rosie for an hour's walk before the test & we'd recommend this tactic! Hope this helps you to decide what to do,it must be worth a try......Val x

by Moffy

Monday 07 May 17:04



Hi Julie, I have just been reading the information for the bronze test. Was wondering if Katy and I have to stay in the room while others are doing their recall or if I can wait outside until its our turn. Only if we have to stay in I think we dont stand a chance under the uncontrolled barking section!! Let me know. Sophie xx

by tiggersmum

Monday 07 May 15:23



Hi Fine but please give me a ring just to check we're at the Hall:) Have a nice holiday :) J x 07747754759

by fi,charlie,fly+Lucy

Friday 04 May 20:16



Hi julie, will start after my holidays xx

by tiggersmum

Friday 04 May 19:08



Hi Fi, Yep join the mad house ... we'll be there at 9am tomorrow :) Julie xx

by tiggersmum

Friday 04 May 19:08



Hi Sophie That's a shmae but yep keep practising and I'll see you next week :) J xx

by tiggersmum

Friday 04 May 19:07



Hi Carly

Just make sure his ID disc is correct .. he should have your surname, house number and postcode as a minimum :) If he hasn't you can get one of the cheap barrel things from the £1 shop and write the details on it and attach it to his collar for the Test :). Bring a brush cos you have to groom them in the Test and make sure you've got poo bags on you too :) and have a look at the Care and Responsibility questions (which are dead easy) and are on that green sheet :) You'll be fine :) See you on the 12th :) Jools x

by Moffy

Friday 04 May 14:34



Hi Julie, Just wanted to let you know that I wont be able to make training on Saturday with Katy and Sadie as I haven't any transport at the monent. Will sort something out for next week so that I can bring Katy for her Bronze test if thats o.k. We will keep practising at home! Sophie.

by fi,charlie,fly+Lucy

Wednesday 02 May 19:09



Hi Julie, i was wondering about bringing my little ray of sunshire Lucy to the training sessions... she is the perfect house guest....right until we leave the house and she sees anything on 4 legs!! She lunges, barks, froths at the mouth, and has set my other 2 off, they were both really good with other breeds until Lucy joined the family :o) Fly took some work, but has now reverted back to his old ways in response to Lucy! Help xxx

by Carly1x

Wednesday 02 May 17:21



Hi Julie,
Just wanted to let you know we won't make training with Ollie this Sat 5.5.12 due to an appointment. Just wondering if there's anything I need to know/ bring for the following weeks bronze test at 10am? Had a look at the info you gave to me and it seem's ok (depending on Ollie's mood) so we'll give it ago.
Thanks alot, Carly x

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 01 May 11:49



Hi Lisa Yes we're back at Immanuel Hall this Saturday from 9am :) Julie x

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 01 May 11:48



Hi Tracey :) Rather you than me LOL I remember sorting out my Mum's computer for her - I plugged it in :) LOL .. that's my limit too :) Never mind - next time :) Julie xx

by LisaW

Monday 30 Apr 19:51



Hello is there still a 9 oclock class that lasts an hour? I came a few weeks ago with Parker and would like to bring him again.

by medaftboutdogs

Friday 27 Apr 20:57



Hi Julie, thanks so much for calling me this week about free running, I tried to call back - no answer, sorry I couldn't make it was at my mums teaching her to use a Kindle, its easier to teach a grey to sit!! Ha Ha. luv t (reubes & blossoms mum)

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 25 Apr 10:17



Hi all
Just to remind everyone that we're not at Immanuel Hall this week but will be back there next Saturday as usual :) Julie xx

by tiggersslave

Friday 20 Apr 09:20



Can I thank everyone who celebrated Dawn's life yesterday at Immanuel Church and afterwards at Robin Hood and also those who couldn't be there who sent messages. The service was wonderful and moving - at the request of Rebecca the vicar we had many greyhounds in the church as well as Dawn's dogs and they really helped give comfort to us all. The church was standing room only and Dawn would have been very surprised I think to see just how much she meant to many people. Carol was very touched to see all her friends there and asked me to pass on her thanks too. Dawn was one of life's nice people and a great friend. We'll miss her desperately. Julie xx

by LusciousLucky

Thursday 05 Apr 19:43



My father and myself are very sad to read the sad news about Dawn. She was always so welcoming to us when we came with Lucky last year, and gave me lots of tips and advice on how to help Lucky. I know that she will be greatly missed by so many people. God bless.
Susan, George and Lucky

by Wiz'n'Gracie'smum

Wednesday 04 Apr 08:15



I was so very sorry to hear Julie's sad new on Saturday. Dawn was always so calm and supportive, and spent some time with Wiz, me and her St Bernard, helping the Wiz get used to other dogs. Her advice was always sensible and practical. She will be very missed xxx

by LindaPaul

Tuesday 03 Apr 23:00



I simply can't put into words just how sad I am. Losing Dawn leaves a huge gap in the lives of all of us humans and canines who were lucky enough to know her. She was such a special person. I will remember her for many reasons.....her patience and dedication training us and our dogs, the fact she was there at one of my proudest moments when Lola passed her Bronze test, and for her very elegant and artistic version of "Simon says" at our Christmas class.... to name just a few. As Julie says, she is at peace now, but I like to think she is up there somewhere, keeping an eye on us all and on our hounds, having a giggle when we (all too often) do daft things. My thoughts are very much with Dawn's mum Carol and also with Julie who has lost a special friend x

by lurcherlover

Tuesday 03 Apr 19:53



It is a very sad loss. Dawn will be so missed.Clever, witty and kind. A wonderful supportive dog (and hooman!) trainer, with a wicked sense of humour. Anyone who brings her dog (beloved Tippy) to a christmas party and proudly tells any one who compliments her dog, she "got the dogs 'sexy-santa' dress outfit from Anne Summers" is a legend.
Thoughts are with her Mom- Carol, her family, and Julie. xxx

by karenb

Tuesday 03 Apr 17:27



We’re so sorry to hear the very sad news; words hardly seem enough or indeed do justice to describe the very lovely Dawn. Who will be very much missed by us all at Saturday training. You were so very kind and encouraging to us all when we arrived with our “problem” greyhounds. A wonderful, caring and very brave lady. Karen, Laura Louise and Boogie & Fletcher x x x

by fatharry

Tuesday 03 Apr 00:03



Its so sad to hear about Dawn, she was a lovely,genuine person,who always had time for you.When dog training she made it easier by watching your actions in detail,and giving the correct advice,so the dogs could complete the task in hand. We will never forget seeing her at earlswood craft centre all dressed up with her St Bernard pulling a cart full of flowers,collecting for charity,she was always thinking of others.She enjoyed her time at training and the laughs we all had and shared,and thats how we will remember her. Our thoughts go to Carol her mum and Julie, who thought the world of her.God Bless x.

by Deb

Monday 02 Apr 20:28



Dawn will be warmly remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.As a first time dog owner along with Julie her advice and support has been invaluable.Dawn was also a dance techer and brought a touch of elegance and sometimes choreography to her training. As a person who has difficulty with left and right this sometimes had amusing results with me sometimes proudly walking off in totally the wrong and opposite direction to everyone else.
Dawn loved her dogs and was supportive of all those rehoming greys and lurchers .She will be sadly missed and all our thoughts are with her mum and our refreshments lady Carol.God Bless.

by Suziela

Monday 02 Apr 09:53



Hi Julie, i am so sorry to read such sad news about Dawn. Our thoughts are with you and her family and friends. Sleep well Dawnxx Love Sue, Trev & familyxxx

by tiggersslave

Sunday 01 Apr 22:54



Thank you Ruthie, all yesterday's training fees were put to some flowers for Carol - Dawn's mum, and the rest will go to a charity of Carol's choice. Carol wanted me to say to everyone a big Thank You for the flowers and for the lovely messages - Dawn was very special. Julie x

by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 01 Apr 16:18



Oh Julie - I am so sorry to read the news about Dawn. Big hugs and rest in peace lovely Dawn..... xxxxxxx

by tiggersslave

Sunday 01 Apr 15:51



Dear all
For anyone who usually comes to Training Class but wasn't there yesterday I had the sad task of announcing that my dear friend and co-trainer Dawn Halsey passed away on Thursday 29 March 2012. Dawn loved the hounds even tho she had Saint Bernards and Leonbergers herself, she enjoyed training with us all on Saturday mornings and raised money for Perry Barr RGT and other charities close to her heart.
We shall miss her desperately but know she is now at peace. Julie

by tiggersslave

Thursday 29 Mar 11:06



Ooops forgot- it's on Friday 13th April 2012 during the day- will have times by Saturday but it's usually late morning till 4or 5pm. J x

by tiggersslave

Thursday 29 Mar 11:05



I'll try to remember to ask everyone on Saturday but ...if there's anyone who has passed their Bronze or Gold Good Citizen Test and would like to spend a day at the Kennel Club building at Stoneleigh being wined and dined (slight exaggeration there LOL) the KC are looking for a number of dogs to pretend to take their Tests whilst Good Cits examiners are being assessed. You spend ages standing around chatting to other dog owners in amongst lots of other dogs and ocassionally are asked to do one of the Good Cits exercises :) It's great for socialisation of the dogs and to get greyhounds 'out there' so if anyone is interested either have a word with me on Saturday or give me a call please 0774 7754759. If you've not got your Bronze/Gold and your dog can do all the exercises it'd be a great practice :) so have a word with me too. I'm passing this on early as we have no class on Easter Saturday as we're all going to see Tropical Inc again :) Julie xx

by tiggersslave

Thursday 29 Mar 10:56



Hi Sophie Yes of course that's fine and any one else who's fostering a dog is welcome to come along for free:) Just call me first please :) Julie x

by Moffy

Wednesday 28 Mar 15:33



Hi Julie, I am fostering Sadie at the moment and wondered if it was O.K. to bring her to the 9am training session and then bring Katy into the 10am session on Saturday?
Thanks,
Sophie

by karenb

Saturday 24 Mar 13:37



Hi Julie, hope you don't mind me posting this here but I thought everyone would like the opportunity to support and sign this petition started by Philomena Mooney who works with "Great Hounds In Need" in Ireland..... it really is time that the cruelty stopped.....Thank You :)
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/858/050/662/regulate-greyhound-racing-in-ireland-and-enforce-the-welfare-act-2011/

by tiggersslave

Friday 16 Mar 09:27



Dear all
Just a reminder that there's no Saturday training on the 24th March :) Julie xx

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 13 Mar 14:36



Hi Sophie
I've got at least 4 and can alter one of February's to save you a journey to the kennels :) I'll get more from Ruth for anyone else who wants them but you can have 5 on Saturday if you like :) Julie xx

by Moffy

Tuesday 13 Mar 13:20



Hi Julie,
Just wondered if you had any tickets for the Wild Life Party night or if I need to go to the kennels to get them? If you have I would like 5 please and will be at training on Saturday morning. Thanks Sophie - Katy's mum.

by LadyVictoria

Thursday 23 Feb 14:02



So pleased to hear Boogie is doing well, but sorry to hear Fletcher is not too good, hope he will feel better soon. xx

by tiggersslave

Thursday 23 Feb 08:10



Hi Karen
Great news about Boogie - she's some girl isn't she :) Bless her and sending her big hugs :) Poor Fletch -I'll give you the chiropractor's details on Saturday in case you want to try Wendy when he's ready for it, he was such a brave boy coming to class when Boogie was ill it's a shame he's suffering now - but I bet he's getting very spoilt and quite right too :) See you on Saturday hopefully. Love Jools xx

by karenb

Wednesday 22 Feb 17:02



Hi Val,mark,Jet 7 Rosie. Boogie has her stitches out on monday and was soo good not one single diva moment or complaint from her. Poor fletcher is on antibiotics and anti imflamatories, the vet thinks he may have aggrevated an old racing injury to his back, so he's not himself at the moment. Hoping to make it to dog school this Saturday. Looking forward to catching up with you all, hugs for Jet and Rosie off B&F x x x

by leapinggreys

Wednesday 22 Feb 11:43



Hi Karen, Has Boogie had her stiches out now? Hope her wound is healing well & she is improving. I love it when a story like hers has a happy ending! Love to you, Boogie & Fletch & the rest of your family, See you soon, Val,Mark,Jet & Rosie xxxx

by leapinggreys

Wednesday 22 Feb 11:43



Hi Karen, Has Boogie had her stiches out now? Hope her wound is healing well & she is improving. I love it when a story like hers has a happy ending! Love to you, Boogie & Fletch & the rest of your family, See you soon, Val,Mark,Jet & Rosie xxxx

by Deb

Sunday 19 Feb 19:23



hI Karen you can get it from training class I think it is about £4 a tub Julie also sells the Neem Bark sticks which Millie loves as a treat.

by karenb

Sunday 19 Feb 16:48



Hi Julie, B&F really enjoyed saturday, though I believe Fletcher was somewhat disracted lol......really interested in trying the neem especially for fletcher, where's the best place to buy it from...... I've had a look online but I'm not sure which is the best site, they all seem to vary in price and content......Thanks Karen x x

by tiggersmum

Sunday 19 Feb 13:54



Hi Liz
Yes just a third to half a teaspoon in their food once a day and after about 4-5 weeks you should see that the tartar has softened and you can rub it off or it does just vanish :) J xx

by tiggersmum

Sunday 19 Feb 13:53



We had a very special visitor yesterday .. Louise and Ted brought Boogie with her big brother Fletch - it was wonderful to see Boogie looking so well and alert- she really enjoyed being the centre of attention and I think I caught her telling Fetch what to do every so often - like big sisters do LOL. Fabulous to have her with us :) Jools x

by Liddy

Saturday 18 Feb 19:29



Hi Jools, brought a jar of the Neem powder but can't remember how much to put in each feed. I think you said half a teaspoon each day - is that right.

Thanks Liz and Carraig

by LusciousLucky

Saturday 18 Feb 18:26



That is fantastic news , I'm so pleased for Your family & of course Boogie.

by karenb

Saturday 18 Feb 15:58



Hi Susan, thank you for the receipe, we were going to try Boogie with it but we didn't get chance as our little food monster got her appetite back, and seems to be on the road to recovery. She's due to have her stitches out on monday. She went went back to dog training today to see aunty Jools and Co ..........as an observer lol

by LusciousLucky

Friday 17 Feb 21:56



Susan here, just to say the recipe that Julie posted for me comes from the states and is called the Miracle Pudding.
It contains a lot of sugar & I reduced the amount of sugar right down.
I hope Boogie is making good progress.

by LindaPaul

Thursday 16 Feb 21:57



Oh Karen.. that is just the most fantastic news. I am so very happy for all of you, especially for Boogie who is one very special and very lucky girl. Looking forward to hearing updates on her recovery and even more to seeing her back with us on a Saturday. All out love, Linda, Paul, Lola & Lena xxxx

by tiggersmum

Thursday 16 Feb 20:57



Oh fantastic news :) I'm sure you remember little Lucky and his Mum Susan who used to some training? Susan's been following this Boogie's thread and sent me this as she's not signed up ... I don't know why .. Lucky the Chihuahua/Papillon was an honorary greyhound LOL .. anyway Susan had seen that Boogie wasn't eating so said ...she'd had a dog with cancer and after chemo he wouldn't eat .. Susan made up this receipe and syringed it into him every couple of hours and the vet couldn't believe how well he recovered so hopefully it'll tempt Boogie

Mix the following in a saucepan to pudding consistency .. halve the receipe to make less, 2-3 cups sugar, 6 tbsp cornstarch, half tsp salt, 4x cups of milk or a can of evaporated milk- add equal parts of water to make one quart. 4xegg yolks, 3 tsps vanilla. Feed with a syringe, spoon or bowl- full of protein and very nourishing, never known to cause diarrhoea. Hope it helps. :)
So pleased to hear your news, lots of hugs and love to you all :) What a relief :) Julie xxxx

by lurcherlover

Thursday 16 Feb 20:38



Oh Karen, we are ssssooo pleased for you all!! i can only imagine how relieved and happy you all must feel!! Thats the best news, it really is, heaps of love, clare and licks from little madam. xxxx

by Deb

Thursday 16 Feb 19:50



Boogie you are a little miracle dog. I hope you soon feel well enough to come and visit your friends at training as we have all missed you and have been really worried about you.
What amazing news.
Love to you all
Debbie and Millie

by kallie

Thursday 16 Feb 17:33



how happy and relieved you must all feel, the best feeling in the world is hearing that your beloved grey/pet will be ok....all our love and a speedy recovery for Boogie...with love from Ina and the boys xxx

by lindylou

Thursday 16 Feb 16:24



So so pleased to hear this fantastic news. I don't know Boogie and her family but have seen the comments and have been thinking of you all. xx

by Fay&JaysMom

Thursday 16 Feb 15:56



Fabulous news. :)

by Peppa'smom

Thursday 16 Feb 14:24



Hi Karen, spoke to you on Sunday at Waseley - absolutely wonderful news - someone up there knows how much she means to you and is looking after you both x

by LadyVictoria

Thursday 16 Feb 13:32



What brilliant news! so very, very happy for you and Boogie. Hope it won't be long before she is fit and well again. xxxx

by Mand,Gent&Emily

Thursday 16 Feb 13:28



Is this the best news or what?!!!! What a relief, must have been one hell of a week for you all. I am so pleased for you and Boogie, I've just read your message out at work! Treats all round today no doubt! Mand x

by karenb

Thursday 16 Feb 12:54



Boogies path results have come back they were 99% certain she had the big C..........but she's beaten the odds.....The tumour which weighed over a kilo is BENIGN :) :) :) so she should make a full recovery:)
I'm so happy and pleased, thank you to everyone who has helped us get through the last seven days, your messages of support really helped. Just shows what a "greyt" greyhound community we all belong too. x x x

by tiggersmum

Tuesday 14 Feb 09:47



Hi Karen We've been through it with our glorious dogs so we know what you're going through and we want to help, to hug and to just be there. Like Linda said it was great to see Louise and Fletch at class and you and Ted of course ... Hope Boogie is picking up after her op and eating well. Love Jools xx

by LindaPaul

Monday 13 Feb 09:27



Hi Karen. I just want to say that I thought Louise was very brave on Saturday to come along with Fletcher. It must have been so very difficult for her in the circumstances so it was a very big thing to do. Still thinking of you all and I hope that Boogie is comfortable and that you now are managing to tempt her to eat a little. Love from us and her doggie pals Lola & Lena xxx

by karenb

Sunday 12 Feb 20:00



Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the messages of support. Also my thanks to everyone at greyhound training on saturday who were so very kind and understanding when my daughter Louise bought Fletcher to class.......Fletcher sends his love and thanks to Auntie Jools for the"secret" treats :)
Boogie is at present at the vets daily for antibiotics and pain relief as she's still not eating, so we can't give her it in tablet form. However she has taken a little bit of some very stinky high protein mousse given to us by the vet, which I've been hand feeding to her, hopfully she's going in the right direction. Love to all xx

by Mand,Gent&Emily

Saturday 11 Feb 10:59



Thinking about you and Boogie this morning. I don't think we've every met before (we don't attend the training), but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Boogie and Gent and Emily have their paws crossed too. Take care. Mand x

by kallie

Friday 10 Feb 23:55



sending you all our love and strength ...thinking of you...xxx

by Deb

Friday 10 Feb 21:41



So sorry but glad Boogie is back home with you where we all know she is much loved and will receive all the love and attention any hound could possibly want.
We will miss her at training in the morning but sending you all our wishes and I hope you all get a better nights sleep than last night.

by poppysmum

Friday 10 Feb 21:10



I'm so sorry to hear about Boogie, my thoughts are with you all xx

by goldi&ruby's-mum

Friday 10 Feb 19:37



Prayin that you are really lucky n more hugs n kisses to you all xxxx

by karenb

Friday 10 Feb 19:29



Just got back from the vets, they've let us bring Boogie home, but she has to go back in the morning..........she's a bit out of it at the moment due to the painkillers..........prognosis not good six months if we're really really lucky:(
Thank you everyone for your messages and prayers x x x

by lurcherlover

Friday 10 Feb 16:41



Karen, this is so very sad to hear. Poor boogie. Much love to you all, heaps of love Clare and little Milly xxxx

by LadyVictoria

Friday 10 Feb 13:04



Very sorry to hear how ill Boogie is. Kind regards xxx

by LindaPaul

Friday 10 Feb 09:19



Oh Karen I am so shocked and sorry to hear this news about your precious girl. Poor Boogie...... I just don't know what to say except that you are all in my thoughts and I will be keeping everything crossed. Lots of love from Linda, Paul, Lola & Lena xxxx

by Wispa'sMum

Friday 10 Feb 09:02



Karen - I have only just logged on - I am praying and hoping all is ok..... please keep us posted. Much love to you all.

by Deb

Friday 10 Feb 08:11



Karen I dont know what to say but love to you all and praying for a good outcome.Much love Debbie and Millie xxx

by tiggersslave

Friday 10 Feb 07:43



Karen I've seen your message- keeping everything crossed for Boogie, she's in the best place to help her-we'll all keep sending her positive 'get well soon' thoughts. Hope you are all ok and manged to get some sleep :( Love Jools xxx

by karenb

Friday 10 Feb 00:02



To all our friends at Saturday greyhound School Boogie was taken poorly this afternoon, we rushed her to the vets as we thought she'd had a stroke. They've done a scan and she has a cancerous mass in her abdomen. They're going to do another scan to see if its spread if it hasn't they're going to try surgery if it has well .........we're just waiting for a phone call :(

22.00 Boogie has survived the surgery, tho she lost a lot of blood, the vet has removed her spleen which had ruptured due to the size of the tumour inside. She's been taken to intensive care. The vet said it looks an agressive form of cancer, the spleen and tumour will be sent for tests. Depending on the results we may be lucky and the cancer was contained within the spleen and hasn't spread, if not she may have another 6 months...........We just need her to get through the night........

23.45 Had an update from the IT unit. "Boogie has had major surgery, and come round from the anaesthetic, still in shock, not as yet responding to iv fluids may have to have a blood transfusion......still a very poorly girl, Not out of the woods yet" ...........I've got to call in an hour, its going to be a long night.......come on Boogie you can do it x x x
Sorry for the time scales I've just cut and posted from my facebook page....Karen:(

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 24 Jan 07:46



Dear all, from Saturday 4th February we're going to run a starter's class from 9am to 10am - anyone can come - it's aimed at people who have been training for a few weeks, those just beginning and anyone whose dog would benefit from a quieter class :) At 10am we'll then have the usual 10-12 class, if you've come early and your dog would be happy to go back into the car you'd be welcome to stay, chat and have a cuppa. Any questions please give me a ring on 0774 7754759. Julie

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 17 Jan 10:56



Hi everyone Just to remind you that we're back at Immanuel Church Hall on Saturday from 10am to 12am.
Norty Charlie lurcher was a star last Saturday at the auditions for the Good Cits Gold Team at Crufts 2012, he behaved impeccably (much to the amazement of the judges who all knew him) but then he couldn't resist doing two woofs at a dog he really doesn't like because it stares at him :( so understandably he was out!!! I forget how norty he was and he was a real star to have behaved so well all day (off lead mingling with strange dogs and everyone very nervous ... gulp) so we'll carry on practising and hopefully be invited to audition next year too :) Meanwhile we just need to sort out which greys and lurchers fom Saturday class are to be 'persuaded' to audition for the other Crufts teams :) J x

by tiggersslave

Friday 23 Dec 08:52



Thanks Clare, it was fun wasn't it?? Bit embarrassing when the greys had to be helped find the sausage by their humans LOL I think Wizzard was right - just trash the box hahahaha.
Hi Maureen .. yes of course you're welcome to come, you should have vouchers for 4 weeks free training when you got your dogs so you can use those then it's £4 a week for the first dog and £2 for the second :) January is a bit of a funny month .. we're at Solihull Riding Club on Friday Jan 6th, 13th and 27th (7pm to 9pm) as I've got some training courses myself but we're at Immanuel Hall on 21st January 10-12am and all of February. Bring your dogs' beds and some high value treats like cooked chicken, sausage, liver etc :) Any questions please give me a ring :) 07747754759 Julie x

by mau&greys

Thursday 22 Dec 23:05



Hi, i would like to bring my 2 greys Bonny and Cara for training on saturdays iin the new year, how much is it? is there a waiting list to join? when does it restart and what do i need to bring for my greys. Many thanks maureen xx

by lurcherlover

Saturday 17 Dec 13:26



phew!, Little Milly here - just got back from a fabulous christmas party! We played games, musical statues - and a game to teach us how to rummage thro bins- with no-one saying 'leave it!'!! (Sausage hidden in boxes full of paper) Wizzard was so good at it he tried to eat the box! Lots of Yummy food for us, and the humans had a lovely buffet too. Thankyou to everyone, and Merry Christmas, Little Milly and Clarexx

by tiggersslave

Friday 16 Dec 08:27



A very Merry Christmas to one and all :) Just to remind everyone that Saturday training ends tomorrow 17th December with our Christmas party and then we're back at the Riding Club on Friday 6th January 12 (not superstitious at all) from 7pm and of course there's Jim Greenwoods training for nervous/aggressive dogs on the 8th January 12. Best wishes and a Happy New Year Julie, Charlie and Lucy - and of course from Liz, Dawn and Carol xxx

by tiggersslave

Thursday 08 Dec 10:36



Hi all I've just had a call from the Riding Club - they've double booked us tomorrow night and have had to cancel our free running session :( Please could you let people know and Liz and I will try to contact everyone too so no-one makes a wasted journey:( Sorry to have had to cancel at this late stage :(
If anyone is interested I've booked the wonderful lurcher trainer Jim Greenwood to do a Workshop with us on Sunday 8th January 2012. Check out Jims website .. he'll be doing at least one three hour session for dogs who are aggressive/lack socialisation/have problem behaviour .. hopefully Lyna will tell about the Workshop they went to recently when Jim worked with the dogs and had dogs off-lead (muzzled) together. He'll give you a great insight into your dog's language and how to read it. Cost will be about £40 per dog/handler place, ring me on 0774 7754759 if you're interested and a donation will be made to the RGT too.
Julie

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 07 Dec 10:01



Hi Sue
Probably best to check with your vet :) J xx

by Suziela

Wednesday 07 Dec 09:49



The 17th sounds great, we'll be there!! Do you think its too soon for Tink to have a run after her spey(4 weeks)...she definitely needs to burn off some energy...lol :) Sx

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 07 Dec 07:49



Hi Sue We're at the Riding Club this Friday then back to Immanuel Hall on Saturday 17th 10-12am, that's our Christmas Party so you're welcome to come along - we'll have some doggy games then everyone's bringing some food and we'll have some nibbles and a natter for the second half :) then back at the Riding Club on 6th January and to Immanuel Hall from the 14th :) J x

by Suziela

Tuesday 06 Dec 14:39



Hi Julie
when is the last training class before christmas? We might try and get a class in before christmas if not we will see you in the new year :) Tink is doing really well, but boy does she need some training ...the little Tinker...lol!!!! Suexx

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 06 Dec 13:59



If Alfie would like to come to the Saturday training class after Christmas (we start again on 14th January 2012) he'd be very welcome and we have had some very nervous dogs at class who have done really well especially as we do some of the Tellington TTouch which is great for building confidence and calming dogs :) Just give me a ring if you want to come along :) Julie

by tiggersslave

Thursday 17 Nov 07:39



Hi Clare Yep we'll have both calendars so you can have a choice :) - the cartoon ones and the photo one too :) See you on Saturday J xx

by lurcherlover

Tuesday 15 Nov 09:57



hi julie,
is it possible to have a few Daybreaks calendars at training on Sat for us to buy?
thanks, Clare

by tiggersslave

Monday 14 Nov 08:05



A huge WELL DONE to everyone who took their Kennel CLub Good Citizen Bronze Test on Saturday :) Everyone worked very hard and the hounds were a real credit to you all :) Some people were caught out by the 'stay in one place for one minute' so didn't get the rosette but they will next time (I've got another method to try LOL) and many congratulations to Tony and Beau, Val and Rosie, Karen and Boogie, Alison and Gracie and a special well done to Mark with Jet :) I'm sure Mark won't mind me saying that he has had a long journey with Jet but with Mark's dedication and effort it's all paid off and Jet was a star on Saturday :)
Well done everyone who 'had a go' - you are all great :) See you on Saturday .. and you too little Milly :) J xxxx

by tiggersslave

Monday 14 Nov 07:59



Hiya Lisa Great we'll see you on Saturday .. if you have one that maybe needs a bit more work than the other then bring that one otherwise you could bring both or alternate ... I don't mind and you could try it and see what works for you and Pip and Molly :) J xx

by lurcherlover

Saturday 12 Nov 19:02



hiya all Sat- morn-training-dogs- at Julies! thought about you all this morning 'doing your bronze'. im unsure what this is, but mom said I can 'do the bronze' when Im old enough/ ready! She told me to wish good luck to all my friends, and hoped Lena would 'squeak/chatter/make cute noises' on the lie down thingy. Lots of licks, Little Milly x

by TheBrownies

Monday 07 Nov 12:48



Thanks Julie - will be armed and ready for next week! Look forward to seeing you then x Will get Pip sorted and then start bringing Molly, or do you think it's best for Pip one week and Molly the next?

by tiggersslave

Monday 07 Nov 09:01



Hi Lisa Don't worry- life runs all of us over at times :) The 19th is fine ... look forward to seeing you and Pip then :) We're in the same place at Immanuel Hall and 10-12am and yes to bed and treats :) Jxx

by TheBrownies

Sunday 06 Nov 16:43



Hi Julie long time and no speak these saturdays have ran away with us and we haven't been to training for ages! I am going to come along to the session for 19th Nov with probably just Pip to start - minus Molly, husband and Ellie to start small with just one! Is that okay and I take it we are in the same place - just bring bed and treats? If all okay will see you then! Look forward to it already, Lisa xx

by lurcherlover

Monday 24 Oct 18:53



Neil, is the Lurcher you have a beautiful big golden wirehaired lurcher called Sandy? If its the same dog, then congrats on having an absolutely lovely dog. If not then Im sure your Lurcher is as wonderful as the rest of these special dogs! julies class is great, look forward to seeing you.

by tiggersslave

Monday 24 Oct 07:51



Hi Neil That'll be fine, just give me a call and I'll let you know what you need to bring :) Best wishes Julie

by sandysdad

Sunday 23 Oct 20:33



Thanks, will do!

by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 23 Oct 20:25



Hi Neil, just give Julie a call to let her know you are coming - she will give you all the information you need! All the best

by sandysdad

Sunday 23 Oct 20:19



Hi there

I have just re-homed a lovely lurcher from Hollytrees Animal Sanctuary in Wythall. I would really like to come along and wondered if it was ok to turn up or whether I need to book a course in advance, cost etc.. Look forward to hearing from you.

Neil

by lurcherlover

Saturday 15 Oct 21:50



Little milly attended her first class this morning, and what a lovely time she ( and daughter Jess) had!! Made most welcome by all the lovely long leg'd dogs, greys, whippets and lurchers! Also the lovely humans! Everyone was patient and encouraging, spesh Deb, who didnt mind little milly performing re-call when bigger millie was doing hers! Also Julie for her wisdom and kind encouragement. clare x

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 12 Oct 14:01



Oh 'eck wait till you meet my lurcher Charlie :) See you Saturday :) J

by lurcherlover

Wednesday 12 Oct 13:26



thanks Julie, Milly has her puppy good citizen award, but needs work on her exuberance! she is thrilled and excited to meet anyone and everyone. We just cant cure the jumping and licking. hopefully she will stop with the right education! clare

by LindaPaul

Monday 10 Oct 10:29



Hi Karen. Phew.. glad to hear you got home OK. We were a bit concerned..... cars are just too sophisticated these days and are such a nightmare when they go wrong. Love from Linda, Paul & the girls x

by tiggersslave

Monday 10 Oct 09:44



Hi Clare That's fine, you're welcome to join us - we're at Immanuel Hall on Saturdays from 10 to 12am, bring your Milly's bed and some lovely soft treats like cooked liver,cheese,sausage or chicken :) Julie

by tiggersslave

Monday 10 Oct 09:42



Hi Karen I'm so glad you got home safely .. I hate it when cars go wrong :( hope its not too expensive to fix. I wondered why Charlie and Lucy's heads smelt gorgeous :) must have been the snuggles with you :) See you at the Show :) J xx

by karenb

Saturday 08 Oct 19:35



Hiya, just wanted to thank everyone for the push today when my car had a "tizzy" we managed to get home okay even with the seat belt alarm going off continuously,think we may need a trip to the garage ........we won't be able to come to training next Saturday as I'm at a conference but will catch up with you all at the dog show on sunday.....Thanks again:)
PS thnk I might have to kidnap Charlie & Lucy had a fab cuddle with them both today ;)

by lurcherlover

Friday 07 Oct 19:25



hi, Id like to join you all training with my little lurcher called Milly.(She is freind of Jack, homed from daybreaks) I think she and my son met another little Milly on a walk last week. we cant make tomorrow, but hope for next week,
Clare

by LindaPaul

Wednesday 05 Oct 16:12



Well done Deb & Millie xx

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 05 Oct 14:18



Wow thank you Deb but you do all the hard work training her :) That's a great achievement I hope Millie enjoyed her reward LOL
J xxx

by fatharry

Wednesday 05 Oct 12:57



well done Millie & Deb x.

by Deb

Wednesday 05 Oct 12:17



Millie managed to gain her silver award last night mostly down to Julies training classes. As a reward she is going to daybreaks for a bath today.Somehow I dont think she will appreciate this and would rather have a pigs ear.see you saturday.

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 05 Oct 08:28



Hi Deb
How did you and Millie get on last night??? You were looking very good when Charlie, Harry, Liz and I left :) J xx

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 05 Oct 08:25



Hi Karen LOL Great ... I don't suppose it was with the sponsorship money I've 'misfiled' was it ? :( My brain has definitely left me ... Yep see you on Saturday and we're going to be doing another Bronze test on 12th November so all get practising :) Jools xx

by karenb

Saturday 24 Sep 21:58



Hi Julie ignore my last message I've found the last diary of dates you gave us.......I put it somewhere for safe keeping.....and then forgot where lol see you saturday :) x x

by karenb

Saturday 24 Sep 16:44



Hi Julie, can I just check the dates for the next couple of classes as I'm not sure if I marked them in my diary correctly.
is there a clas on sat 1st of oct and 8th October as I've got "no class" and I don't remember you.....or didn't hear you mention anything today.....I'm such a cloth ears lol x x

by tiggersslave

Thursday 15 Sep 12:17



Hi Sue
That's great to know how well Sidney's doing :) Any spare Saturdays you're welcome to drop in and join us :) Hope you can all come to the Dog Show in October. Jxx

by Suziela

Monday 12 Sep 12:50



Hi julie, hope you and everyone at training are well. sorry to hear Dawn hasn't been well, but pleased she is making a good recovery! We haven't been able to make it to training for quite a while as Samuel has started playing rugby on saturday mornings now, so its going to be quite difficult to come regularly. Sidney is doing really brilliantly and he brings us so much love and fun to our family. He is a real mommy's boy!!!! He gets on so well now with my sister's jack russell, Holly, and its lovely to see them play together! Say hi to everyone and training!
Love Sue, Trev, boys & Sidneyxx

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 07 Sep 09:15



Just to remind everyone that we're not training on Saturday 17th September as we're going to Nottingham to the Great Greyhound Gathering :)
Also to let all Dawn's friends know - she's been home about 10 days now and is doing fantastically well :) She asked me to thank everyone for their cards and 'get well soon' wishes as they really cheered her up :) Julie xx

by FamilyofChewy

Tuesday 30 Aug 13:46



Thanks Linda and Julie - we'll see you on Saturday!

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 30 Aug 08:17



There's a day on Canine Nutrition at The Village Hall, Church Leys, Cropthorne, Worcs, WR10 3NH on Sunday 13th November 2011 with Nick Thompson the holistic vet. Nick is covering food basics, minerals, vits,supplements, processed food, raw food, how to change, should I change the dogs diet, doing a complete diet, can diet help with skin joints, temperament, diest for liver disease, kidney disease, sensitive tums etc etc. He'll also give examples of diets for a typical size dog.
Nick currently lectures at Southampton Uni teaching complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of behavioural problems. Tickets are £45 each or £40 for a group of 6 from sarah@houndhelpers.biz or 07841 843675
It should be interesting and isn't far from the M5 or A46 :) I'll have a list at Saturday class if people want to get together as a group and I;ll co-ordinate it if you like :)
Julie

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 30 Aug 08:11



Thanks Linda :) Hi Cheweys family .. we're back training on Saturday 3rd and the 10th then missing the 17th but back on the 24th :). You're welcome to come along with Chewey, bring his bed or something soft for him to lie on and lovely high value soft treats like chopped up cheese, chicken, sausage, liver :) to reward him :)
Best wishes
Julie :)

by LindaPaul

Wednesday 24 Aug 10:47



Hi Chewey's family......we go to Julie's class with our 2 (Lola & Lena) and there's no class this Saturday. At work at the moment and haven't got the diary sheet with me that Julie issued to us all so can't confirm whether there's a class the following Saturday 3rd Sept .... It's a really friendly group with lots of lovely people and dogs so I hope you will come along to meet us all. It's all very chilled and we have a lot of fun while we are learning!

by FamilyofChewy

Wednesday 24 Aug 07:43



Hi Julie, just wanted to check to see if the training class would be on on Saturday with it being a bank holiday weekend and if it would be ok to come along with Chewey? Thanks

by LindaPaul

Monday 15 Aug 12:04



That's great news. I am keeping everything crossed for her xx

by tiggersslave

Monday 15 Aug 10:27



Hi all
Just to let you know (cos my Vodafone mobile refuses to switch on :( and I can't text ) that Dawn was moved out of Intensive Care yesterday into the High Dependency Unit so another step towards her coming home :) Julie xx

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 10 Aug 07:58



Thanks Karen of course I'm not stressed ... :( She's now talking which is fantastic so all crossed that she'll be back home soon. J xx

by karenb

Tuesday 09 Aug 19:56



Just rechecked the postcode as it was coming up Birmingham and got the full address.
Frenchay Hospital
Ward 6
I.C.U South
Frenchay Park Road
Bristol
BS16 1LE

by Deb

Tuesday 09 Aug 15:44



Dawns last name is Halsey.

by karenb

Tuesday 09 Aug 14:42



So sorry to hear that Dawn is poorly, We hope she makes a speedy recovery. Whats Dawns surname as we would like to send a get well card and know from experience that its difficult for cards to be delivered without the surname.........hugs and best wishes x x x

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 09 Aug 09:37



Hi everyone
Dawn who helps at Saturday training class was taken seriously ill last week whilst on holiday in Devon. I'm delighted to say that she's showing improvement but Dawn's still in Intensive Care at Frenchay Hospital, if anyone wants to send Dawn a card it's Ward 6, ICU South, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, B16 1LE and I'll get a card for Saturday so we can all send one from class. Please keep your everything's crossed that she'll soon be well enough to move back here to Bham. J xx

by tiggersslave

Monday 25 Jul 14:39



ooooppps 30th :( J x

by tiggersslave

Monday 25 Jul 14:38



Hi Karen, No problem, just glad to hear that they're coping really well :) which must be such a relief for you all :) Yep we're at Immanuel Hall on Saturday 31st from 10 to 12 as usual :) Hope to see you there. J xxx

by karenb

Monday 25 Jul 12:58



Hi Julie, sorry that we've not been able to make training for the last two saturdays, been a bit difficult with having the builders working weekends.......but Boogie and Fletcher have been fabulous with all the noise and coming and goings, Just wanted to check that training was on for this saturday (30th) as usual :) x x

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 14 Jun 14:42



Hi Sue Don't worry you can catch up on what we've been doing at class whenever you can find a spare bit of Saturday .. eating Tony's birthday cake was a highlight :) LOL . There are a few of us to have a go next time at the Bronze so we'll make sure we count you in :) just keep practising :) We're at the riding club this week 17th and next week 24th (that's an extra one for everyone if they want it?) but its on a FRIDAY from 7-9pm :) then back to Immanuel Hall on the 2nd July :) Hope you can make it :) J xx

by Suziela

Tuesday 14 Jun 11:19



Hi Julie
Sorry we haven't been able to make training for a few weeks, its been really busy for us with the kids having lots of things on etc...they have a better social life than me!!! and we went to River Cottage at the weekend, but I'm gutted we missed the test...maybe next time! Well done to everyone though who took part, it sounds like you had a good time. Could you let me know too where you will be over the next few weeks if not at Immanuel Hall :) Suexx

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 14 Jun 08:09



Thanks Deb that's a really lovely comment and just what we try to achieve every Saturday :) Mand we're all at different stages and like people -dogs learn at different rates so even some that have been coming for a while are still learning to be relaxed and listen to their owners whereas some are just really quick to pick up things :) Like Debs said we all help and support each other .. and no one can have had a much worse dog than mine so I know how it feels to have a reactive, anti-social dog :) Please give me a ring and I'll let you know what we're up to for the next couple of weeks cos we're not at Immanuel Hall till July when we start back there on Saturdays:) Julie xx

by Deb

Monday 13 Jun 19:21



The class is open to everyone which is one of the best things about it, we all learn from each other and new owners can see how the old hands have progressed albeit in a short time.
As a first time dog owner I have found the advice and support I have been given with my Lurcher to be invauable.
Nearly all the dogs are retired greyhounds or rescue lurchers.Julie is a great support and everyone tries to support and help each other with their dogs.
It is a non judgmental place to take a reactive dog and learn strategies to manage.
Above all it is great fun and a non presurised environment in which to work and be with the hounds.

by Mand,Gent&Emily

Monday 13 Jun 13:06



Hi Julie. If you're all so far along with the training, is okay for newbies to attend? You all sound like you have so much fun. Mand

by tiggersslave

Monday 13 Jun 08:29



I love seeing how far you've all come with your dogs, its so rewarding for all of us to see them improve and learn how to be a happy retired dog :) Who says you can't train greyhounds :) LOL. I'm glad you still think its fun even tho we're having a go at the Kennel Club tests, I don't ever want training class to be pressure and hassle and thank you for being such a great bunch of people :) My 'spy' in the camp on said that all of you were so close to passing the Bronze and those who didn't quite make it should be very proud of what you achieved despite not quite getting there this time.. just remember how far your hounds have come. A huge WELL DONE to everyone :) Jools xx

by LindaPaul

Saturday 11 Jun 19:51



I agree with Deb we had a good time today. I wore Lola's rosette all afternoon at Solihull Carnival and I am so incredibly proud of her. Both girls have now crashed out after a very busy day. Not even sure we will get them out for a walk tonight.
Just want to say thanks to Julie (and to Dawn & Liz) for all the work you put in to get us and our lovely dogs to this stage. When we first got Lola and she knew nothing really I could never have imagined that she woud achieve a fraction of what she has achieved so far. It's been a very special journey with a lovely bunch of people and dogs. For those who didn't quite make it today, and those in the group who have yet to have a go, keep trying and best of all enjoy the time spent practising with your own special dogs xxxx

by Deb

Saturday 11 Jun 17:49



Well done to everyone today the best bit is the fun we all had.Its great to see how much everyone wants to see all the dogs do well and how much the dogs are loved.
PS I am still parading around with my Rosette on and Millie has some very nice treats but has spent most of the afternoon asleep following the lead of her big sister who has also just finished her exams(a levels)

by tiggersslave

Friday 10 Jun 08:43



Hi Jude
That sounds like fun :) I don't blame you for opting out .. I think a few of the others would prefer to come with you too LOL rather than do their Bronze Test :) I know they can do all the exercises its just if nnerves get them on the day :( but its only dog training :) Have a great weekend, hope the weather stays dry for you (is that a sign I'm getting old when I only want to camp in the dry?). Look forward to seeing you and the lovely Elsie in 3 weeks time .. and she wasn't too grumpy at all :) J xxx

by Jude

Thursday 09 Jun 10:50



Many thanks to everyone who made Elsie and me feel very welcome on Saturday- despite her being so grumpy :) Had every intention of coming this Saturday but I've just won tickets to Download Festival which is this w/e so I'll be enjoying/enduring Rock music and general squalor at Donnington Park instead :) (I'm guessing this is another excuse you've not heard before!!) Hopefully we'll be there the next time (which will be in 3 weeks) and good luck to everyone doing the test.

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 24 May 08:07



Thats a new one Deb :) Hope all got there safely and back again and weren't too OTT LOL See you tonight J x

by Deb

Monday 23 May 17:19



Hi Julie missed Friday as I had a house full of teenage girls getting ready to attend a burlesque themed party!I was there to censor and deliver them safely to the venue.Bet you've not heard that excuse before.
see you Saturday.

by tiggersslave

Monday 23 May 13:21



Hi Sue
He was looking better before you took him home wasn't he so that's good- probably just atweak like we get when we overdo the gardening :) There are lots of good products about, I used to give mine SYnflex which I got from the internet (Synflex for pets .. 07415 626717), after you'd done the initial loading dose it worked out about £9 a month which I thought was good value :) Hope the weather warms up for your camping .. I'm going in June and it'll rain .. it always does :( See you when you get back :) J xx

by tiggersslave

Monday 23 May 13:14



Hi Karen
Have you been racing again :) ? Hope your chair gets better soon and you're back zooming about :) It was a shame you missed Friday but there'll be others :) See you Saturday hopefully. J xx

by Suziela

Monday 23 May 12:20



Hi Julie
Just wanted to say thank you for Friday and to let you know Sid is absolutely fine and he's not limping anymore!!! It was lovely to see him having a good run, it brought tears to my eyes. I will definitely look at starting him on Glaucosamine though. We won't be at class on Saturday as we are taking Sid on his first camping trip in a tent :) :) So we will see you the week after. Thanks again for Friday and the advice! Suex

by karenb

Friday 20 May 16:52



Hiya Julie, sorry not going to be able to make tonight my wheelchair has broken :(.....will hopefully make next saturday:) x

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 17 May 12:01



Hi Ann
Its from 2-4pm, the Lord Mayor's opening it and they have a fabulous band there too plus loads of great stalls .. I can recommend their plant stall :) I'm going to call in as well as they are a lovely bunch of people who are so helpful to our class :) it'll be nice to support them too :) oh and their new Vicar has a lurcher so definitely lovely people :) Jullie x

by spencer68

Tuesday 17 May 11:39



hi julie , what time is the spring fair on saturday, would like to come along. ann.x

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 17 May 08:19



Yes 1 1/2 to 2 hours will be fine :) See you Friday :)
j xx

by karenb

Monday 16 May 22:11



Hi Julie, all dates now safely entered into my diary lol Looking forward to friday, Someone mentioned making sure our dogs had eaten early, I usually allow an hour and a half to two hours before letting mine run about/exercise is this long enough for friday? Karen :) x

by tiggersslave

Monday 16 May 14:26



Hi Karen
Glad that Boogie and Fletch enjoyed the course :) Its based on a new doggie sport called Rally O which is great fun tho like you said more of a problem for us humans than the dogs :) Hopefully the KC will do a greyhound version with no 'sitting' in it and we can have a proper go at it :)
Don't forget that Immanuel Hall are having their Spring Fair (all welcome) next Saturday so we are training on Friday night :) Jxxx

by karenb

Saturday 14 May 20:31



Had a lovely morning at dog school today, we met the lovely Katie, the very handsome Max and Conner and the fabulous Mr Wiz who has such beautiful eyes, hope you get your forever home soon georgeous boy.......Boogie & Fletcher loved Julie's outside course and did really well.....shame the same can't be said about their Mum & Dad :P lol

by tiggersslave

Monday 09 May 08:13



Hi Fatharry
Work really gets in the way doesn't it? Hope you can meet up with Lucylu soon .. she's really settling in ie being very naughty and poor Charlie looks henpecked :) LOL
Jools xx

by tiggersslave

Monday 09 May 08:09



Hi Karen
Sorry about the hiccup, I went to Tilley Farm in Bath where the TTouch courses are held to a fascinating talk on tension patterns in dogs and their links to behaviour ..as we're doing the Bronze Test soon I didn't want to cancel a training so we brought it forward to 9am and finished at 11am then manically tidied up and dashed off. Back to normal 10-12 next week but please email me if you're not coming next week as we're elsewhere on Friday 20th and there's no Training on Saturday 21st May- theres a Spring Fair at the Church and they're using the Hall. :) Hope Fletch is ok now?
Jools xx

by karenb

Saturday 07 May 14:22



Thanx Deb, I thought I was in a time warp and had slept in lol
just waiting on a call from the vets to let us know how the op went. Didn't know about Julie's course as we couldn't make last week, we had to stay in and wait for a delivery.......which never came:(

by Deb

Saturday 07 May 12:45



Training statred earlier as Julie is on a course this afternoon in Bath.The car park was quite full before we started with visitors to the church.
We are back to normal time next week and hopefully fletcher will be OK for next week as I cant wait to see his recall.
Hope Fletcher recovers well.Deb and Millie

by karenb

Saturday 07 May 11:34



Hi Julie, just wondered if the time of dog school had changed this week(sat 6thMay) only we arrived at 9.30 and the carpark was full so couldn't unload the wheelchair and had to come home......via the vets, Fletcher managed to cut his paw on one of the footplates in the car, blood everywhere so took him straight there. They've kept him in as they will have to give him an anesthetic to sort it out :(....... Will hopefully make the next class as they've both been practicing their recall and they can't wait to show you :)

by fatharry

Wednesday 04 May 11:44



Hi julie, yes a bluenose would compliment the pink well.Would love to come to training and good cits tests but at moment cant get a saturday off its really frustrating! Still havent met lucy yet either.Luckily we managed to see quite a few of the class when Linda & Paul did the roadshow at Earlswood which was nice.Good job I was there to make sure all the muffins were eaten! Will see you as soon as possible,its amazing how much you miss the class when you cant go, all the best Dave x.

by crackercharlieX

Tuesday 03 May 19:17



I kno Tash. I think I've lost count of the number of greys that hav come back the nxt day cus there too big, sumtyms even d girls lol. I also like it wen people ask 4 a small one. I think one person wanted a small fluffy grey lmao. Hope urs r all doin ok n commitment indeedy. Ps I was thinking of becoming cracker cus he's old, pulls on the lead n gettin stuben n Charlie cus he barks n growls lol. O that reminds me of the women who was about t rehome a grey n suddenly changed her mind cus she heard him barking, she wanted one that didn't. Madness. Thankfully there's a hell of a lot of great owners out there. C u soon. X

by Tash'ntheGreys

Tuesday 03 May 08:40



Lol Sara! I remember the first day Buddy came, I opened the front door to see this enormous strange looking dog walking towards me, I stuck on a fixed grin and tried not to panic! It took him about 1 minute to settle and me about a week to get used to him! Best thing I ever did, can you imagine me asking the rehomer to take him back because he was too big and didn't match the colour scheme? I would have missed out on the most gentle, funny dog and not had Jack and Penny...word of the day...commitment! x

by crackercharlieX

Monday 02 May 22:05



Im afraid I won't b ordering one of these new wonder dogs as I feel wen I get it home it maybe too big 4 my house n then will hav to return it.

by tiggersmum

Monday 02 May 21:30



Hahahaha I forgot about making them colour co-ordinate with your furnishings (yes we've even had dogs returned because they don't match the suite) ... every request catered for and I did forget that his 'stays' are just phenomenal ... about 8 weeks sit stay at the last count so maybe Ruby should be taking lessons from Door Stop :)
Jools xx
PS Fatharry don't you want a bluenose one :) .. are you coming to do the Good Cits tests?????

by themartins

Monday 02 May 17:33



Hello Julie, we bought one of these new dogs (without wheels) for a Christmas present for our human brother. (He lives in a flat and can't have a pesky hound like us.) He has called his dog 'Door Stop'. When we went to visit him, Door Stop was very quiet and well behaved. He even held the door open to let us in. He didn't try to steal our food and didn't bark or howl once. Ruby was a bit jealous of him because he did a sit and stay for the whole time that we were there, and it's taken her 15 months of going to classes every Wednesday to manage one minute! Love from Olive and Ruby x x

by kallie

Monday 02 May 14:22



well this is it then...i can finally get rid of my troublesome real houndies and exchange for easy peasy stuffed ones....anybody interested at all in 2 short tails and one previously badly abused and still somewhat nervous black boys?....then again on second thought i think i'll rather keep my troublesome trio as my life without them would be without meaning and colour....you may still send me a stuffed one in a pink girly variety please so i can have an excuse to buy the pretty pink collars and coats ( my boys pointblank refuse to wear them... as i mentioned...troublesome!!!) LOL. xxxxxx

by Tash'ntheGreys

Monday 02 May 13:07



Julie, can you make them washable in the machine at 40 degrees please as well? On second thoughts I like my slightly mucky/unpredictable/funny/challenging/loving/frustrating/
rewarding/stubborn/accommodating/wary/friendly/scared/
brave/vet loving (!)/poo producing/food eating...and eating...and eating/lead pulling/trip upable/cat chasing/tail wagging/snuggly/over excitable/chilled REAL dogs! (I'm sure I've missed loads off) x

by fatharry

Monday 02 May 11:47



At last!please order me a new dog,with wheels,I quite fancy a pink one,do they come with batteries,and can I have home delivery please,if im not in,i'll be out walking the old style dogs,just leave it in the porch.Thanks.

by fi,charlie,fly+Lucy

Monday 02 May 10:33



Love this julie!! You can also make sure they all come in pretty colours so there is no clashing with the sofa or curtains! Then when you redecorate you can get rid and adopt a new one!! Xxx

by tiggersmum

Monday 02 May 09:21



EXCITING NEW DOG COMING SOON TO PERRY BARR

Ruth and I have been developing a new type of dog which we will soon be able to offer for adoption ... he never needs walking, he never pulls on the lead, he never has 'accidents', he never needs feeding, he doesn't even need training :)
For some time Ruth and I have seen a real market for a dog like this - you can tell people you have rescued a dog and you will feel really proud but the great thing about this NEW dog is you don't have to take any time or effort to help him understand his new life or even find out how much food he should really have or even learn how to help him not be so frightened by his new world. You won't have to ask for any advice because this NEW DOG is extremely well behaved from the very first moment you meet him or her - he's not very interactive but so what .. that means you won't need to put any time or effort in to help him settle or to understand that he's frightened and scared in a strange new world and be sympathetic ..You won't have to ask us for help on training or feeding and certainly won't have to spare any time at all helping your NEW DOG.
As this NEW DOG will be very popular with some people we will have to charge a lot of money for him but that's so we can help the other people who want a loyal, loving family member to share their home with for many years and who they want to help into retirement by taking time and effort to settle their new friend into their loving caring home.

This NEW DOG? .. well of course he's a toy stuffed dog .... please tell Ruth what colour you want and if you want the dog on wheels :)

J x

by tiggersmum

Monday 02 May 08:57



Hi Sue and Tash
Sorry to have missed your messages .. I've been on holiday for two weeks so haven't checked the forum regularly but will be back at work tomorrow so will look at it more often :) Don't tell my boss ... hahaha
Jools xx

by tiggersmum

Monday 02 May 08:55



Hi Debs
Rosettes found and Assessor booked for the Bronze test in June :) then we'll do the Silver after that :)
Jools xx

by tiggersmum

Monday 02 May 08:52



Hi all
Could you please give me a ring or text if you need urgent info about walks or training .. I have Virgin Broadband and its taking me at least an hour to log on and then it falls over quite often so I don't always log on every day ... 0774 7754759 will get me and I'll ring you back if I miss your call :)
Jools x

by Tash'ntheGreys

Friday 22 Apr 15:39



Can you give me more info about the walk please, Penny has missed growling at other greyhounds and as we are "sort" of unpacked, it might be nice to escape the house for a bit! x

by Deb

Friday 22 Apr 14:27



Hi
Julie I think the really doggie class want Millie to do a test soon but I really would like to do it at greyhound training so we better be quick and sort out those rosettes!!

by Suziela

Tuesday 19 Apr 11:23



Hi Julie, is training class on this Saturday(23/4) or are we going for a walk? We are looking forward to getting back to training and working on Sid's recall....he escaped from us twice while on holiday :0 the monkey!!!! He seems to go deaf when he is trotting away from us...lol!!! Look forward to seeing you all soon, Sue, Trev & Sidneyxxx

by crackercharlieX

Wednesday 13 Apr 19:29



That was meant t say Neem tablets lol. X

by crackercharlieX

Wednesday 13 Apr 18:28



Well done Julie. U deserve it. N thankyou 4 suggesting cracker takin been tablets 4 his panting n restlessness at nyt. I didn't believe it wud work but the results hav been amazing, even during the hot weather he is hardly panting at all n is certainly more settled. Thankyou. X

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 13 Apr 12:42



:) Oh thank you Deb but we wouldn't have got Listed Status if it hadn't been for all of you doing so well training your dogs so a big Thank You to everyone :) Now we can run the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Tests (bbeeeggggg rosettes) and hopefully put people forward to do the auditions for Crufts Good Cits Display teams :) My plan is to take over the doggy world with greyhounds and lurchers :) xxx

by Deb

Wednesday 13 Apr 08:23



Well done to Julie for gaining registration for Saturday training clubwith the Kennel club. Great this has happened and it recognises all the hard work and support she gives the greys/lurchers and owners.For many of us the advice and confidence she gives is invaluable and helps to ensure happy rehomings.
Debbie and Milliex

by tiggersslave

Monday 21 Mar 13:16



Hi Tash
Yes me and Charlie were missing a grey so much that we've now got Lucy from Greyhound Gap .. the others were the same colour as Tig and I couldn't do that :( Lucy was found straying in Stoke, she did her 7 days in the pound and Grey Gap adopted her .. there's apic on their website and (so far) she's very well behaved and a real sweetie tho grey girls are quite sneaky bless 'em so I'm sure we'll have some fun with her :) Jools xx Still unpacking boxes after 20 years in my house LOL

by Tash'ntheGreys

Monday 21 Mar 09:28



Lucy? Have you got another dog Julie? Sorry we weren't at training on Saturday, we're packing our lives into boxes to hopefully move on Friday, so we'll see you in a few weeks (when I've discovered which box I packed the dogs in!) ;0)

by tiggersslave

Monday 21 Mar 09:22



LOL It was such a laugh wasn't it Debs :) :) Charlie is great at the Twist but .. I'm not very good at the 'thro the legs' one :) so he just gives up and lies down LOL I've got a few more tricks we can play with too and I reckon it'll look great when we use it with our heelwork:)
Yes lovely to be back at training and see everyone .. Lucy is such a sweetie tho her greyhound girl character is coming out .. she grabbed a biscuit from under Charlies nose this morning and ran off with it LOL Madam !!! Mind you I left them at home last Thursday night, when I came back Charlie had let them both into the hall then doubled back leaving Lucy on her own there, he'd then pulled the doorstop away from the lounge door and ransacked the kitchen ... don't you just love them :) See you next week :) LOL
Jools xxx

by Deb

Sunday 20 Mar 12:30



We have been practising the new tricks from class.The "twist" is working well with all the human members of the family quite impressive but as for the through the legs.Whilst the humans are all contorted Millie has decided to sit looking whimsically at her human family and then swiping the treat out of their hands with her paw.
Good to see so many at training especially nice to see Bluey and "loopy" Lulu again. not forgetting the gorgeous Lucy with her new mummy Julie and brother Charlie.

by Deb

Wednesday 09 Mar 18:42



took Millie and her dad to Brean sands today,she deserved a treat after real doggie training last night.
Never been there before but what a fantastic place to let the dogs run.Not only did we find a cafe open but well behaved dogs were allowed in as well.After several hours of
running on the beach Millie is now crashed out on the sofa and I will be joining her shortly.

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 08 Mar 08:42




Just to remind everyone - no class this Saturday as we're all at Crufts .. back to normal on the 19th March :)

by tiggersslave

Saturday 05 Mar 19:58



hi Debs ooooppppss sorry I suddenly realised you didn't mean that the Bronze was hard ... you all do really well at training and you'd all do brilliantly when we hold the Good Cits tests. I was so proud of you and Millie on Tuesday :) ...I've had dogs for a few years and I still get confused .. Love Jools x

by Deb

Friday 04 Mar 19:41



Hi Julie that comment was my attempt at irony!
I think I was expecting that the dogs in the silver class would be a bit more compliant/more advanced and doing a lot better than Millie! I guess what I was meaning is that our dogs should do really well if we did the awards and could hold their own in any class if not knock spots of some of the real dogs!.
it took my half a century to become a dog owner and the doggie world at times can be a little confusing for a novice.
It is really good to see how well we have both progressed under your expert tuition as have all our friends at Saturday class See you Saturday.Deb and Millie xx

by tiggersslave

Friday 04 Mar 08:38



LOL Yep Charlie thinks all should stick together when there are real dogs about :) and he knows who 'his' class are so I know he was really pleased to see Millie :)
Dunno what you mean that the Bronze is hard :) .. trust me -most of Saturday class could easily pass the Bronze (the usual thing people have problems with is the minute stay) We're applying to become a listed Kennel Club training club so we can run the Good Citizen Scheme tests for anyone who wants to have a go and some of you are even doing Gold level exercises now :) but we'll keep doing all the other fun things too..have faith :) Oh and keep practising the stays :) Jxxx

by Deb

Thursday 03 Mar 22:00



VERY INTERESTING EXPERIENCE AT REAL DOGGY TRAINING!
tHE BEST BIT WAS THE WELCOME HARRY AND CHARLIE GIVE ME AND MILLIE.ALMOST AS IF TO SAY THANK GOODNESS ANOTHER ONE OF US IS HERE AND WHY DO OUR MUMS INSIST WE MIX WITH REAL DOGS!!.
CHARLIE AT CLASS IS USUALLY A BIT GRUMPY WITH MILLIE BUT ON TUESDSY HE WAS SEEMED OVER THE MOON TO SEE US BOTH.
PS IF WE WERE IN SILVER CLASS DREAD TO THINK OF THE BRONZE STANDARD! OUR SATURDAY PUPILS HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT

by tiggersmum

Thursday 03 Mar 20:23



Phew thank goodness we've found you :)
Don't forget we're at Crufts on Saturday 12th so no class then but back as usual the week after :) Look forward to seeing you all then :)
J xx

by LindaPaul

Thursday 03 Mar 10:11



Wha-hey Deb... well done to you and Millie. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it on Saturday but sounds like she was a little star. Linda x

by fatharry

Wednesday 02 Mar 21:15



what a fantastic day! still in shock and no voice yet, the dogs love it as I cant tell them off! I hope your ok julie,im working again this saturday,so unfortunately wont be there this week,but have a week off after that so should be ok for the next two saturdays after that. Its so frustrating not being able to go every week, and does have quite a impact on bens behaviour when he meets other dogs,going to training really helps his confidence,apart from missing everyone there. Sounds like Deb's doing really well with Millie well done,I think she could do with taking Ben along to training to see how she gets on with two! We'll have to come up with a cunning plan for her. hope to see everyone soon x.

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 02 Mar 13:11



Woohoo Debs Didn't you and Millie do well at Tuesday dog club last night.. all those real dogs (and real trainers LOL) and Millie was brill !!! Your practising paid off .. and in the SIlver class too :) Well done :)))) :) Jxxx

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 02 Mar 13:08



Anyone seen fatharry ? I'm a bit worried he's not been around since Sunday .. should we send out a search party or is he still celebrating LOL :)
J xx

by tiggersslave

Monday 28 Feb 12:22



Hi Tash
I couldn't believe how good they all were with Lucky (aptly named LOL) but my heart did stop when he jumped at Penny ... she was brill and we wouldn't blame her for thinking her lunch had arrived as she's not long retired but you did brilliantly and I don't think she reacted at all to him :) I don't think Alison's about on Saturday but DeeDee was next on her list to bring training so we'll see if we can help her change her nickname from Miseryguts :) when she comes the week after :)
J xx

by Tash'ntheGreys

Monday 28 Feb 12:05



Now, now, Deb and Julie, you're giving poor old Penny a bad name! Didn't you all see how she ignored the small fluffy dog on Saturday (Lucky?) even when he jumped on her, poor Penny...of course it was nothing to do with the cheese I was frantically stuffing through her muzzle that distracted her! She's great with other dogs as long as they don't move, or move very slowly...I can see this limited patience having it's drawbacks...lol! Had fun on Saturday, looking forward to seeing you again next week. ps I popped into the kennels on Saturday and saw Dee Dee, oh, Julie, if only there was a special someone out there to give her a chance... ;0) x

by tiggersslave

Monday 28 Feb 09:01



:) Good idea Deb, not sure we'd ever get the riding club again but ... LOL
Wasn'r Wizard good on Saturday .. and what fab floppy ears he's got, Alison as ever did a great job bringing him over and joining in class :) J xx

by Deb

Friday 25 Feb 22:14



given Penny's success with chasing German shepherds perhaps we could send her in to the stables to clear out the horses!

by medaftboutdogs

Friday 25 Feb 20:05



Horses!!! Well I don't know, think they own the place. Hear from you soon then
luv t

by tiggersslave

Thursday 24 Feb 08:18



Hiya T :)
I tried to book the Club for next week but they are busy with darn horses :) When I have a mo I'm going to call in and see if they have any free time.
J xx

by medaftboutdogs

Wednesday 23 Feb 22:33



Hi Jools, any chance you are training at the riding club anytime soon. I would love to bring Blossom along as she hasn't had a run off the lead since I got her. luv t Reubes & Blossy

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 22 Feb 10:10



Hi Sue
Yes Saturday's fine, we're at Immanuel Hall from 10 to 12, bring some high value soft treats like cooked chicken, liver,sausage and something soft for Sidney to lie on :) Yes fine for the children to come along too:)

Jools xx

by Suziela

Monday 21 Feb 10:37



Hi Julie, i spoke to you a few weeks ago about coming to training with our grey Sidney. (You asked me to email you and let you know when we will be coming in case you were at the riding club) Is it ok if we come on Saturday? Also, i have two children 7 & 11, will it be ok for them to come too?
Suex

by jensonsmum

Sunday 20 Feb 11:27



Julie

So sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time

Love Bethan, Martin, Jenson, Casper and Reuben xx

by Tash'ntheGreys

Friday 18 Feb 17:54



Me and Penny can't make training this week as we're off to the kennels tomorrow to adopt her! Hoorah! When I say "we" I mean me, Buddy and Jack, I know us women can multi-task, but 3 Greys at training might be beyond my skills! Hope to see you all next week x (Penny, Buddy and Jack send Julie big licks xxx)

by avfraser

Thursday 17 Feb 08:37



so sorry Julie to hear you're sad news, sending love and hugs. Jane, Bluey and Lulu x x x x

by crackercharlieX

Wednesday 16 Feb 17:45



Really sorry t hear bout tigger. Sending all my love Julie. X Sara, cracker n Charlie. X

by welovegreys

Wednesday 16 Feb 15:14



Julie sorry to hear about TIgger,she had a wonderful time with you.Our thoughts are with you at this time.

by LindaPaul

Wednesday 16 Feb 11:40



What more can I say.......I'll remember Tig showing us all how it should be done at training. She was such a credit to Julie and no one could ever doubt how much she was loved. Have fun Tigger... show 'em who's in charge at Rainbow Bridge. Lots of love to Julie & Charlie from Linda, Paul, Lola & Lena x

by TheBrownies

Wednesday 16 Feb 10:25



Hi Julie, so sorry to hear about Tigger, I feel dreadful about calling you yesterday as I had no idea that poor Tigger had passed, sending our best wishes and love to you all and thinking of you at this time x x love Lisa, Andy, Ellie Pip and Molly x x

by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 16 Feb 09:28



So sorry to hear the sad news about Tigger. xx

by Emma

Wednesday 16 Feb 08:59



Jools, I'm so sorry to hear of this awful news, but I'm also thankful that beautiful Tigger passed away so peacefully. She was a special girl and and she will live on in so many people's hearts and memories. Sending you big hugs, Em xxx

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 16 Feb 08:38



Hi all
Many many thanks for the lovely comments and kind thoughts, I'll miss Tig dreadfully, even now the house is so empty and Charlie spent ages looking for her yesterday tho he had said Goodbye to her. She was my first greyhound and was a star - and a total baggage and I loved her very much. The Dogs Trust said that she was so nervous they never thought they'd rehome her but I took her home and we had 10 years together, she was intelligent, beautiful and very norty .. she won at Crufts in the show ring and would wee on my clothes or Moke/Charlie's beds if we annoyed her so we all knew just who was in charge!
She had been very ill since December when I found a lump on her side, it was xrayed and aspirated and was a spindle cell tumour- at 12 and as she hated hospitals, I took her to my homeopathic vet who has treated her for years. Chris's remedies reduced the tumour and we hoped that the internal bit would vanish completely, she was bright, in no pain and still mooched about the garden- she'd begun to eat well but in the end her heart had had to work extra hard as the tumour had affected her lungs and it gave out - I'd always hoped that my dogs would go peacefully in their sleep and Tig did. I am heartbroken at losing her but I can't be too sad - unlike many dogs she wasn't in any pain, she was at home, it was quick and she knew how loved she was... like her Aunty Ruth said she's now at the Bridge weeing on Moke's bed, putting him in his place and playing with all our other dogs who are there too.
I can't thank Ruth enough for all she did for Tig and me yesterday and every other time we've needed her xxx Thank you Ruth xxxx

by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 16 Feb 06:39



Tigger looked so peaceful on her bed where she had passed away. If only a few more could pass this way it would be wonderful. Although it is such a shock, it beats booking the dreaded appointment which most of us have to go through.

I took Tigger to Heart of England Pet Crem and spent some time with Julie who was heartbroken understandably but knows it was Tigger's time..... she had had Tigs since she was about 20 months old and she would have been 12 next month - what a wonderful long life of love she has had - something all greyhounds would wish to have the pleasure of having. Nite nite Tigs.... love Auntie Ruth xxx ps go and wee on Mokes bed at the bridge... I know you will! xxxx

by kallie

Tuesday 15 Feb 22:55



Thinking of you Julie, so sad to hear this news. much love to you and Charlie, Ina and the boys. xxx

by karenb

Tuesday 15 Feb 22:38



We're so sorry to hear the sad news about Tigger, she was a very beautiful girl. We will never forget how she looked after Boogie when we first came to training classes.
You're very much in all our thoughts big hugs from Karen, Laura, Boogie and Fletcher x x x

by medaftboutdogs

Tuesday 15 Feb 22:31



Oh Julie, I'm so sorry to read of the sad passing of Tigger, she was such pretty girl and so happy with you. Her passing has been quick and no doubt shocking, thinking of you & Charlie lots and wishing Tigger a fab time in Rainbow Bridge.
luv t reubes & blossom (and Marley, also in Rainbow Bridge)

by fatharry

Tuesday 15 Feb 22:08



Imagine a greyhound,thats won loads of shows,you can leave off the lead,behaves brilliantly,does as its told,is impeccably trained,beautiful to look at,very loving and helps train other dogs.That was Tigger she was a very special dog and an absolute credit to Julie who made her what she was,and gave her a fantastic life.Julie you should be very proud of yourself,thinking of you and Charlie, keep your chin up,love dave&maria,B&B X.ps you can write me that sick note for saturday.

by Deb

Tuesday 15 Feb 18:02



Much love to both Julie and Charlie.Tigger was a really special dog a really good example to we trainees as well as being so beautiful.
Love Debbie and Millie

by Tash'ntheGreys

Tuesday 15 Feb 17:49



Oh Julie, so sorry to hear about your precious Tigger, I understand the pain you are feeling and am sending you lots of love to help you get through this tough time xxxx

by tiggersslave

Monday 14 Feb 09:43



TBH from our experience it'd make him expert in burglary, bin raiding and anything else our norty greys can share ... maybe he's just getting ready for Red Nose Day :)

Hey Dave -Pauls been practising :) You should have seen Lena's Send to Bed exercise ... it was so good she and Paul got a round of applause :) Look forward to seeing you all soon .. shall I write you a sick note so you can come training next Saturday :) J xx

by jamination

Sunday 13 Feb 17:00



We have a red nosed greyhound who decided to help us humans with a bit of diy ,I wonder if training would stop this problem.He loves red paint!luckily it has not harmed him.I had better hide my glasses after reading the last comment.

by fatharry

Friday 11 Feb 18:57



cant come this sat as working,but hope to make it week after,sounds like Paul gets the blame for everything,but knowing him i'm prepared to stick my neck out and say he's not the type to chew phones and glasses! hello to everyone and see you all soon dave&maria, blue&ben x.

by LindaPaul

Friday 11 Feb 14:19



Haha I have learned the hard way about being tidy around the house (2 mobile phones and my chewed glasses are testament to this LOL!) And my hall cupboard (where the dog food, treats and soft toys awaiting repair live) has a designer dog proof catch on the double doors fashioned tastefully from an orange Sainsburys carrier bag!! Ideal Home eat your heart out.... :) We never had a problem with Lola but Lena likes to get in there and have a good root about! PS we were thinking of skipping the nappy stage and go straight to potty training now she can almost sit on command ;) xx

by tiggersslave

Friday 11 Feb 13:44



You know that's an excellent selling point for greys and lurchers too :) .. they really make you very tidy about the house tho I'm not sure that my old dog lead (tying the kitchen door shut so Charlie can't help himself) would feature in Homes and Gardens :). I think Lena needs to take lessons from Tig .. now Tig would have weed on some of my clothes to make sure I understood her feelings :) J xx

by Deb

Friday 11 Feb 09:09



My daddty should really learn not to answer the phone and leave his chinese takeaway in the living room! Must ask him to order sweet and sour next time without green peppers,dont think much of them far too healthy for a lurcher. see you all on Saturday love Millie.PS will Lena be wearing a nappy .

by tiggersslave

Thursday 10 Feb 09:33



LOL I always think the handler's to blame ... now come back Charlie :) J xx

by LindaPaul

Wednesday 09 Feb 14:13



I'm racking my brains to think of a naughty greyhound.....
Ooh - maybe there is one .... I spy with my little eye.....greyhound beginning with "L" (and it's not my Lola!) ;) ... Nothing to do with me.... I blame her father..... :)

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 09 Feb 08:58



Hi Tash
Yes that's fine ... Buddy's welcome too .. I don't remember him being nortier than many of our greys (you know who you are LOL) but yep Penny on her own would be fine too:)
See you Saturday :)

J xx

by Tash'ntheGreys

Tuesday 08 Feb 14:21



Hi Julie, would it be ok if I brought Penny to training this Saturday? I know how much she liked going with Alison...I'll try and pay attention and not show her up! I'm leaving Buddy at home, he's so calm normally, but turned into a clown in your class, so embarrassing! x

by tiggersslave

Monday 17 Jan 10:34



Hi all
Oh that's great - they were really settled this week weren't they :) ... getting doggy brains to work is very tiring for them too tho I thought all the handlers worked as hard as the dogs this week :)
Thanks Debs .. don't worry we've all been thought mad for years and years with our greys :) Welcome to the madhouse ... oooh now there's an idea for a name for our class LOL.
I don't know where the extra pounds come from Linda .. I walked Charlie for miles over Christmas so I should have lost loads .. maybe it was all the breakfast mince pies ??? LOL
J xxxx

by TheBrownies

Sunday 16 Jan 09:55



What a difference the 2nd training session made, we walked Pip and Molly lastnight and met two dogs on our way, Molly with the leave its and the quick pull on the lead never even barked and Pip had a little cry but even he never bothered after! And that was walking past on the same path!! Big progress!! And getting them home after having a stop at Daybreak for nail trimming knackered them out - they are still spark out now! Training really is worth the time and effort x Roll on next Sat!!

by Deb

Friday 14 Jan 19:39



Thats good news.I made some more doggy biscuits and sold them at work this week so there is another £12 to go in the pot.I think I am developing a reputation of being the mad woman that makes and sells doggy biscuits especially as I have got a few of the humans to try them( the cheesy ones not the pilchard flavoured ones!)
See you in the morning oh and trust me to boast about my success at training Milly nearly had a cat this week!

by LindaPaul

Friday 14 Jan 14:06



Fantastic!
I will make some more cakes this year once I've shed my excess pounds from Christmas :(
If I don't make'em I can't eat 'em!! (Or .....I can resist everything but temptation.......)
L
x

by tiggersslave

Friday 14 Jan 13:01



Many thanks to everyone who comes to Saturday's training class :) We sell tea, coffee, chocolate and drinks for 10p and 20p to raise some dosh for Perry Barr :) and keep our energy up for the hard training sessions :)
I've just emptied the pot and we've raised over £90 :) so a very, very big thank you to everyone who contributed :) A special thanks to Debs and Linda who made biscuits and cakes and added to the tea/coffee fund :)
Thanks again
Julie xx

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 04 Jan 14:27



Hi Deb
Hope you don't want us to train your husband LOL ... we can't really work miracles you know :) :) :) That's great that Millie listened, you and she practice in between Saturday classes so I can't take all the credit ... you do so much yourself and its fantastic when you see the results ... what a good girl Millie is :) I'm not sure my Charlie would come back if there were THREE squirrels around (never mind one cat :( ) ... if ever you want to swop for a week just say the word :) :)
Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday for more chaos oooppps meant meaningful, serious training .. now where did I leave that cat ???

Jools xxxx

by TheBrownies

Friday 31 Dec 10:11



Hi all, just read Debs comment and am really looking forward to starting our training, will be bringing Pip and Molly on the 8th as they are totally wired when seeing other dogs on the road, hopefully we can sort them with the training - look forward to seeing you there Sat morning x Would love to let them off the lead so reading Debs comment we hopefully will be able to do so in the future x

by Deb

Thursday 30 Dec 19:04



hI jULIE just to let you know training really works! we had Millie off the lead in a wood over Christmas she spotted 3 squirrels running around in front of her I shouted leave and Millie come which she did with out hesitation leaving my husband stood there open mouthed in disbelief!! Mind you when he took her out on his own she ran off chasing squirrels!
Hope to see you on the 8th.Happy new year to everyone.

by tiggersslave

Thursday 23 Dec 09:19



A very Happy Christmas to everyone from Tigger, Charlie and me too :) Hope we can all get together next Tuesday otherwise we'll see you all on Saturday 8th January :)
Love from Julie xx

by LindaPaul

Wednesday 22 Dec 15:52



Just wanted to wish Happy Christmas to all our human and hound friends from training. Lola and Lena send licks and tail wags to all their mates as they won't see them this Saturday. Keeping everything crossed the weather clears enough for the walk on 28th.....if not we'll see you all on 8th Jan.
Love from Linda, Paul, Lola & Lena xx

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 21 Dec 09:21



Hi Shadow :)
Yes that'd be fine, we train the greys in short bursts so it should be fine for a puupy brain too :) Can't wait to see the pup too :) We're back on the 8th January between 10 and 12am at Immanuel Hall, directions are on here but ring if you want to ask anything :) Oh bring his/her bed and some nice soft treats like cooked sausage, chicken etc etc :)
Happy Christmas
J x

by Deb

Sunday 19 Dec 13:48



Cant wait to see a greyhound puppy.
Millie missed traing Saturday but I have to say she is loving the snow and wants to be out in the garden all the time .Watching her burrowing like a mole is so funny.
See you in the new year.
Millies mum

by Shadow

Saturday 18 Dec 12:07



Hi Julie we have a greyhound puppy and we are woundering if it would be ok to start coming after christmas looking forward to it.

by tiggersslave

Friday 10 Dec 11:52



I used to ocassionally see my Tigger's head and neck shaking/wobbling .. a bit like a nodding dog :( She almost didn't seem to notice it - she'd come out for breakfast shaking but I'd rush her to the vet and it would have stopped by the time we got there ...my vet thought it might be epilepsy but said they wouldn't medicate until she was having at least three episodes a week ... then I realised that she was lying with her head and neck drooping over the edge of a deep duvet so I took her to a chiropractor and we think it was just a trapped nerve ... a few regular tweaks and I've not seen her do it since :) Glad they love the TTouches, we may need to discuss the snapping with them LOL why don't they copy good habits :)
J xx

by manda

Friday 10 Dec 10:08



The vet doesn't know why it hapenned. She seems to be better so were just keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn't happen again. We've been doing the ttouches which they both seem to love. Rolos even started snapping, and chillie has snapped once but at richs mom and dad. There bond has grown rapidly which is lovely to see. Were all looking forward to coming to the next class xx

by tiggersslave

Friday 10 Dec 07:56



Hi Manda
That's a shame but don't worry we'll see you on the 18th which is our last training before Christmas - we start again on Saturday 8th January. They sound like they are doing very well, what happened with Chilli? If you try the TTouches that we did a bit of in class they will relax her and calm her which may help her ....
See you all soon

Jools xx

by manda

Thursday 09 Dec 15:25



Rich has to work on Saturday so we can't make it up and get back in time so he can get to work :(. Going to try and make it to the next week. We have been doing training in and out the house with both of them and have found a safe field for them to run around in and do the re-call and both are coming back! We also introduced Chillie to a tiny jack russel after a few grumbles at him and trying to chew through her muzzle she gave up and accepted it, cats are next!! We have had to stop her training for a couple of days though due to a trip to the vet yesterday our poor little girl had a neurological episode :(. It's the second one she has had this week so we are monitoring her and she is lapping up all the extra fuss and treats of us and Rolo (he has been licking her tummy!) xx

by tiggersslave

Wednesday 08 Dec 09:06



Glad you enjoyed class :) Manda they were very well behaved weren't they :)
See you on Saturday :)
J xx

by manda

Saturday 04 Dec 17:02



Had a lovely time this morning at the training class. Rolo and Chillie were very settled once we got back home. I was very pleased with how well behaved they were today. Thank you Julie x

by manda

Tuesday 30 Nov 18:00



Brilliant, thank you. We'll see you on Saturday x

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 30 Nov 10:46



Hi Manda
Sorry to have missed your call, I think I've left you a message :) Yes Saturday is fine, please bring their beds (or something soft for them to lie on), soft high value treats like liver, cheese, sausage etc and muzzles if you want :) We train 10 till 12 and as greys learn if you do short bursts especially when they first retire we mix training and recalls and anything else we can think of :)
Any questions please give me a ring otherwise I'll see you on Saturday :)

julie x

by manda

Tuesday 30 Nov 09:34



Hi Julie, I tried to call you today. Rich and I would like to bring Rolo and Chillie to the training class this Saturday if this is okay? Manda x

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 09 Nov 08:21



Hi Lisag
There are a number of dog clubs around and about but we set up the special greyhound classes because you train greyhounds differently to 'real' dogs and they don't usually do very well in a mixed class initially. The Saturday class is close to the Maypole island which is a straight road from Junction3 of the M42 so easy from the M40/M42 and we have people come from Coventry and Burton. If you want to give me a ring about the class please call me on 0774 7754759.
Best wishes
Julie

by lisag

Monday 08 Nov 18:13



Hi there

Im collecting my new Grey from Perry Bar on Saturday and am interesting in some training for him. However, I live in warwick and was wondering if you do any classes around or near to this area?

by tiggersslave

Monday 23 Aug 09:47



:) Hi yes that'd be fine, just give me a ring please before you come along. We're not at Immanuel Hall on the 16th October as we'll be at the Dog Show but will probably swop the class to the 17th but I'll confirm that.
Best wishes
Julie 0774 7754759.

by Jude

Thursday 19 Aug 12:37



I have a lurcher/boxer cross (from RSPCA) who is nearly 2 and could definitely benefit from more training! Do you still have spaces available..thinking end of Sep as school hols etc. disrupt life till then..

by tiggersslave

Thursday 15 Jul 08:18



Great, look forward to seeing you all on Saturday :=))

by Winniethepooh

Tuesday 13 Jul 20:13



Thanks, that all sounds great. I will contact you on Wed to confirm our attendance.

Alison

by Tash'ntheGreys

Tuesday 13 Jul 20:07



Very excited, me and Buddy will be there on Saturday!

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 13 Jul 09:51



Oooops and if you bring two the second is half price :=))

by tiggersslave

Tuesday 13 Jul 09:51



Hi Alison
You'd be very welcome to come, we do have places and if you haven't still got your vouchers we ask you pay for 4 weeks the first time you come (£15 -maths isn't our strong point :=)) then it's £4 a week after that... we find that often greys take a little bit of time to settle into training so often owners feel they're not getting anywhere but in our experience the greys are very intelligent, you train them differently to 'real' dogs and they just need time and patience .. some learn very quickly and - like people, others just need a bit longer. Bring plenty of high value treats and their bed (or something soft for them to lie on), if you want to give me a ring my numbers 0774 7754759 ... we're doing a few different things in August too - we're going to use the arena at Solihull Riding Club for a couple of weeks and doing a pub walk/Treasure Hunt on Bank Holiday Saturday.

Best wishes

Julie

by Winniethepooh

Monday 12 Jul 15:39



Hello

This is a message for Julie. Are there any places on this training and if so how much does it cost. We are thinking about some training for Rose and James, greyhounds we adopted last year.

Many thanks.

Alison

by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 20 Jun 08:09



Hi Megan, thanks for your comment and I'm sorry to hear about your cat. We always promote responsible ownership when homing a grey and they're homed with a muzzle. We also issue the free training for new owners to help people handle their dogs. Unfortunately there are still some irresponsible people with dogs (of all breeds) which gives a bad name to pet owners which is really sad.

We really hope people will take advantage of this fantastic training on offer.... after all - it's FREE for new owners!

by Megan

Saturday 19 Jun 22:27



I suspect my comment will not be approved. I don't have a problem with the dogs. Just want to bring awareness of what can happen if you are not a responsible dog owner.

by Megan

Saturday 19 Jun 22:25



I think thisad is a really good idea. My precious cat was chased down my road and killed by a grey-hound lurcher last year. The dog had escaped from the house. By coincidence (i hope) another cat in the next street was killed by a grey-hound lurcher. Unfortunately it was witnessed but the cat was never recovered as the dog owner ran off with the cat.
I understand predator/prey relationships but would urge all dog owners to attend this training!

by tiggersmum

Tuesday 01 Jun 13:11



:=))

Just so the greys don't panic ... we train indoors in a lovely big safe hall and only go outside when its nice and warm and dry :=))