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Old 01-25-2008, 08:24 PM   #71
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I'm sorry it didn't work out. The rescue will be able to place him in a suitable home. Probably one with no small animals.

Labs are great dogs, but like any breed, they are work. It's worth it though. You couldn't ask for a better dog. Check your local breed club for a list of reputable breeders. Also, if you have questions, the breed clubs are a wealth of information. Best of luck to you.
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Old 01-26-2008, 11:05 AM   #72
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This is Nell, the four and a half year old greyhound we adopted from a rescue kennel last week. That was exactly one year after her final race, in which she broke her leg after 62 races in a short, three years.

From now on she'll be in a much more humane, happy environment. Her only "job" will be to lounge around, run like crazy at dog park, and just enjoy her life in suburban Chicago, as life ought to be for all dogs.

In another month or so, she'll ride with us to pick up her new '62 Globe Trotter... at which time she'll likely claim the side gaucho as her own.



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Old 01-26-2008, 11:33 AM   #73
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Neat dog! I've heard retired racers make wonderful pets! Congrats!
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congrats to u and your new friend bredlo....

glad to see someone mention the retired racers...

these are large muscular dogs that can become great companions...

they are much more impressive in person and the contrast of calm yet strong is something u must see.

they certainly could handle long walks or hikes, the goal mentioned back in post #1.

the nice thing is that NONE of these dogs are available because they were problematic or had behavioral issues...

most of them are age 3-7 when adopted so, they are way past puppy-hoodlum stage...

they do need a fenced area for ANY off leash activity and some folks just don't like using a leash.

and they have so little body fat, that a sweater or coat is needed for cold wet climates...

many are very throughly temperament tested and listed as 'cat tolerant' or 'small dog tolerant' or not.

usually they end up in families without lots of other pets, but really are among the most socialized of all rescue dogs...

'regap' has a northwest chapter in oregon and their website has a nice list of available dogs....

Northwest Chapter

IF you can handle the leash requirement and get through the 'adoption' process these hounds make really good pets...

so many great dogs out there need a friend.

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Old 01-26-2008, 12:28 PM   #75
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After having to give one dog back for a 'chasing problem' I don't think a greyhound would be my next choice to look into! But I have heard they are big couch potatoes around the house.
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Thanks Stef & 2Air,
After only a week, I can already see all these typical tendencies you guys are mentioning. Great, mild personality, loves walking in the morning and evenings, and in between... lots and lots of snoozing on the sofa. She's really large at 70 lbs., but so narrow that she'll have no problem moving around the galley-style layout of an Airstream.

Should be a ton of fun, and we're thrilled we went this route.
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Keep going with the puppy dreams Stephanie! This morning we visited a household with 6 airedales -- one due to deliver on Feb 9th. That tells you where we're going. I'll never presume a clown airedale is anything like a lab.
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Old 01-26-2008, 04:16 PM   #78
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Stephanie,

You guys made the right decision for you and for Jasper. He needs a home where he's the center of attention and they will find that for him. You and your "family" need a dog that fits in.

Getting another dog like Alki, while she's still part of the family, would allow it to "learn" from her while bringing it's own personality to play as well. You might enjoy that aspect. We found that after our Cricket passed the other younger cat, Smoky Bear, just came right out of his shell and is doing many of the things Cricket did and that we enjoyed. It's almost like he's working hard to fill the holes left when Cricket passed as best he can.

Whether you get a puppy or another rescue, which ever dog comes into your lives is going to be one lucky critter. Good luck with your search and keep us posted.

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You'll make the right decision I'm sure. Take my word for it, if you get a semi-small dog it won't get lost in the sofa. Think about a Beagle or something like a Spits. Spits are now recognized by AKC and you should be able to find a good breeder. My Imma and her brother Paden just came into my life by chance; however, I can't imagine life or the Airstream without them.
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This is Nell, the four and a half year old greyhound we adopted from a rescue kennel last week. That was exactly one year after her final race, in which she broke her leg after 62 races in a short, three years.

From now on she'll be in a much more humane, happy environment. Her only "job" will be to lounge around, run like crazy at dog park, and just enjoy her life in suburban Chicago, as life ought to be for all dogs.

In another month or so, she'll ride with us to pick up her new '62 Globe Trotter... at which time she'll likely claim the side gaucho as her own.



Nell is one lucky puppy!!!
My son and DIL have 2 retired greyhounds who earned about $500K in their short career. My DIL recently assisted in the transport of a large group of dogs from a track in Florida. They are currently fostering a third greyhound. They are cool dogs that can run FAST!!! Don't let them out of the fenced in yard!

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I dunno - dogs are so personal, it's hard to give a recommendation. I do have to say that we've had "good luck" with dogs adopted past puppyhood... that 1 year that we went through with our Bulldog puppy was TOUGH! We had a cat (not that I was LOOKING for a cat... it kind of was uh... thrust through our front door, and she was a keeper....) that our adult bulldog rescue did fine with, as did our current dog.

However, there is the thrill of raising your dog from puppyhood as well (oh, those teeth are SHARP!).

I'm sure you'll find the right dog somewhere!
Kinda like a trailer... or a boat... they just turn up!
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Think about a Beagle or something like a Spits. Spits are now recognized by AKC and you should be able to find a good breeder.
Actually you're right on. American Eskimos are a kind of Spitz!

Yesterday we were feeling a litle guilty about sending Jasper back, like maybe we should work harder to train him. Today we have all been trapped inside by an ice storm, and he has spent the day convincing us we were right! Barking constantly when on leash, throwing tantrums in his crate, chasing Alki and the cats when loose, barking at Chester to play with him, finding things to chew on he shouldn't, tipping over drink glasses, surfing the counter - 100% puppy! He's just an idiot, the poor guy And tomorrow he's someone elses problem! I don't think he'll even notice the difference, as long as there's dogs to play with and annoy there too.

Gosh, I really felt like I needed a third dog, now I'm going to be SO HAPPY to go back to two!
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I met Jasper - TWICE! - and, believe me, no one will miss him. Steph, Dave, Alki, Chester, and the cats will have a much more relaxing life next week! Darol
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I just found this commercial - it's a Bud Light ad featuring two toy eskimos. We saw it this summer and just about fell off the couch laughing every time it came on.

YouTube - bud light funny commercial
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