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    One serious bit of advice, this I'd have paid money for, in hindsight. ALWAYS walk your greyhound around perimeters and any rough ground, any wire fences, ANYTHING they can run into, fall into, trip over, slip in or invent a way to injure themselves with, in a free running area. Do the whole area, several times before letting them off lead. There is a reason why vets laugh, rub their hands together and tell you they are now going ahead with their dreamed of overseas trip...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menageriemanor View Post
    One serious bit of advice, this I'd have paid money for, in hindsight. ALWAYS walk your greyhound around perimeters and any rough ground, any wire fences, ANYTHING they can run into, fall into, trip over, slip in or invent a way to injure themselves with, in a free running area. Do the whole area, several times before letting them off lead. There is a reason why vets laugh, rub their hands together and tell you they are now going ahead with their dreamed of overseas trip...
    Bit like horses in paddocks are they?
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    machine just ate long reply. Horse... Greyhound??? Pretty close... Got him from death row. No idea of his kennel name. He baulked and collar pulled off and free, in a paddock full of grass clumps, he was joyfully sprinting, leaping. I could see what was about to happen and I was shrieking - it's so weird, to not have a name to call or yell, to not have established packleader authority, not even an emotional link. Sure enough, he hit a 6 plain wire fence, somersaulted through, cut off 1/3 of his tail, (hanging by a shred of skin), tore open his chest and tore the bridge of his nose. Blood everywhere. He came home, BACK home, to safety, like an extra in a peninsula wars film. He pulled off a few more "How could he DO that!?!" injuries... He was such a Paris Hilton. I sometimes wondered if he was a bit autistic. I know he was happy, but he hugged his happinesses to himself. Mostly, you knew because he didn't want to stop whatever it was but the expression rarely changed. Whenever I saw Paris' vacuous face and her saying, "That's hot...", I have flashbacks of Rolly looking at Molly.

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    Oh yeah Newfsie, just like horses with fences - they can smash themselves. I think all these big fast moving sighthounds too - mine hurt themselves so similarly to horses.

    But Greys also have thin skin. This has been bred into them, as extreme sprinters it aids in their body cooling and recovering. But it tears easily too. I remember reading a story of a grey who degloved (read as - peeled all the skin off) his back by running under the handle of a Hills Hoist... They just tear so easily.

    And a friend of mine had hers off for a run at a slipping (practice) track. They spotted a bunny and took off to the far end where her boy collided heavily with a big metal thingy in the fence, like a section of old farm machinery. He smashed his leg. To bits. It had to be amputated to save him, the blood loss nearly killed him and the amount of skin he lost nearly meant he didn't recover. Took about 8 months to close the wound. A few times she thought it was time to let him go but damn he was a fighter. Still hopping about now at high speed!!

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    Nattyloo. I read in growing horror and I guess I owe Rolly an apology. He let me off lightly. He was such a strange, yet likable dog. Molly loved to get him to run - but hardly bothered with him. I sometimes wondered if she was a bit Edna Walling, but Rolly was besotted. Yet it was only catching him mating with the air above her back, or learning to recognise the Sleaze expression... which was blank, as usual, but slightly thoughtful constipation. If he wasn't outside, doing a poo, that meant he was looking at or thinking about Molly. The rest of the time, he was living art. Semi regularly, he was living art with bandage and all being well, he was living art, with tatty old bandage, coming off, next week.

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    They are a brilliant breed with so many great rescues across the country saving them. Always many to choose from and lots of great people who can offer advice from any of the rescues. Once you go grey you never go back!
    http://www.egreyhound.com.au/index.php?page=home

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