* The branch kennel at the bottom
of our garden is where Ice
the other resident(s) will
be for the first day or so until he
gets to know the other greyhounds.
our garden and
paddock, and once he gets to know
the other dogs he will be allowed in
the house during the day and all
the dogs will then take it
in turn to
sleep in the house at night, so
they become use to sleeping in
both the kennel and the house.
9th March 2015
This lunch time we met someone from the Pelaw Grange branch of the Retired Greyhoun Trust at Barnard Castle. They are going to take Toby because the way they have things is different to ours and more suited to Toby with him not getting on too well with other males. As a swap we are taking Ice to foster until we find him his forever home. In the car park where we swapped the dogs over Ice spotted a terrier walking close by and ignored it.
Ice came to us neutered, inoculated and microchipped.
Upon arriving home we introduced him to the other greyhounds he will be sharing the kennels with, popped him in one on his own so he could see and meet the others, but not mingle with them and left him to settle in.
Come tea time he ate his dinner and had a wander around the garden to do his toilet before settling back inside the kennel again.
28th March 2015
This morning Ice and the others staying in the kennel came into the house for the first time - First stage only, that is, into the kitchen where I can keep an eye on them, and away from the other dogs in the living room and bedroom to give them peace until the new ones are settled and fully house trained.
Ice found himself a bed and settled instantly.
18th April 2015
Ice slept in the house for the first time last night, he was very good and we never heard a peep from him until 6.00 am when he wanted to go out with the others. Back inside he settled to his bed again and was very good.
This afternoon a couple of our volunteer dog walkers called in and took four of them for a walk, one of which was Ice. Think he enjoyed that.
29th April 2015
All the dogs came running in from the garden, all trying to get through the doorway first! In doing, so Ice caught his foot on the door frame and squealed. Upon examination we discovered that although his toe was okay his nail was bent at an angle, not bleeding, just slightly bent. With it being late in the day and he'd been fed we decided to leave things and see how they were later. If we needed to, we could put him in the van with Ebony in the morning when she goes to the vets for her dental.
30th April 2015
This morning we awoke to find blood in Ice's bed where he'd caught the toe nail on his bedding during the night and it was hanging at a funny angle. We put him in the van with Ebony so the vet could check it. When Stuart arrived at the vets he found the nail had come off in the van and it was bleeding. The vet cleaned it up and put a bandage on, which has to stay on for 48 hours. He's to have Metacam and was supplied with antibiotics.
2nd May 2015
Ice seems much happier with his foot now and with it being 48 hours since the nail came off we removed the bandage. All seemed well, but we are keeping him on the Metacam another couple of days and he's still not finished his course of antibiotics.
4th May 2015
This morning Ginny called in to collect Ice who she will be fostering until we find him his forever home. He still hasn't quite finished his antibiotics so she took those with her.
We received an email a couple of hours later letting us know that Ginny finds him lively, inquisitive and clever.
He jumped straight into her car when she left here, laid down when they started moving and jumped out nicely when they got home, so he's perfect in the car.
On the lead Ice is pretty good but he's quite keen on leading, so she says she will work on that. They walked about a mile, but didn't go further because it's really hot today, but he seems to have plenty of energy.
They met a couple of other dogs and Ice ignored them. Then they came across a cat, again Ice ignored it, but when another cat appeared, quite a distance away, Ice became very focused! She walked him away and he was fine.
They have a small dog visiting. She's rather nervous and snarled at Ice when he sniffed her bottom. He learnt his lesson after the second snarl and is giving her a wide birth now.
Around the house Ice has figured things out very quickly. He bounded up the indoor stairs (carpeted and regular) with no hesitation. The outdoor steps are irregular stone and he takes them 1 at a time. Very sensible!
So far, Ginny's very impressed.
8th May 2015
We received an update today from Ginny letting us know that
Ice has settled in well, but at the moment he can be a bit of a thief when it comes to food left on work surfaces.
During their walk today, whilst on the lead he walked through a field full of sheep and lambs, he was interested but not bothered.
He walked calmly through a crowded street market, and even behaved himself next to the Hog Roast stall!
He walked beside a busy main road on a narrow pavement, charmed 5 stangers into stopping for a chat then stayed in the back of the car and ate a pig's ear.
Ice is walking more calmly on the lead now, much better than when he first arrived, even past other dogs, but he did dive off course for a poodle today, which maybe the first one he's seen!
9th May 2015
Ginny emailed to let us know that Ice is a great character. She really likes him a lot, but he is quite a strong dog.
He's curious and finds everything fascinating, so he's easily distracted while out walking when the need arises. Most of the time he walks in a straight line, but you have to be very aware of the environment in order to predict when he's going to shoot off left, right or behind you when he sees something of interest.
Ice still tends to lead (that's subtly different from pulling, more to do with being curious than wanting to be in charge). They are dealing with that by walking on narrow paths where he has to go behind, walking long distances on a very short lead until he falls back because he's tired, and the usual "Me Boss, You Underdog" stuff like Ginny eats first and goes through doors first. She thinks he'll get it soon.
Turns out Ice isn't exactly perfect in the car just yet. He bounded into the front seat the first time he was left alone in the car even though it was stationary, Ginny doesn't want him to think that's Okay so she built a makeshift barrier. He tried to jump that too but only his front half made it! He stayed calm and tried to look cool until she came back to guide him back to the rear of the car.
Ice is great with other dogs, very friendly. He's even made a friend of the nervous guest dog who now follows him everywhere.
All in all, a very lovely dog.
15th July 2015
This lunch time we drove over to Ginny's and collected Ice so we could take him to his new home. His new owner doesn't have transport so this was by far the easiest way.
Ice is going to become a companion for a gentleman who lost his other dog a couple of months ago. There is a greyhound living next door and because both houses share the same back garden Ice and Patrick (as he's called) can become friends and run round the garden together.
We wish Ice a long and happy life in his new home and because he doesn't live too far away we will be able to call in on him occasionaly to see how he is.
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* The branch kennel
In our garden
19th March 2015
19th March 2015
19th March 2015
In our garden
26th April 2015
Admiring his own reflection
7th May 2015
Outside Dalham House, Milnthorpe
8th May 2015
Outside the polling station
on voting day - 8th May 2015
8th May 2015