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    Default Only dog again

    So the tenacious terrier (Rufus) went home on Saturday and man do I feel guilty about Banjo being only dog again! The two dogs played together all day long. And in comparison Banjo's life seems so boring now. I tried to play with her, but I'm just not very good at playing with dogs and find it really boring. And my fragile joints do not deal well with having a 20kg dog hanging off a tug toy at the end of my arm either.

    Banjo looked quite depressed yesterday without her pocket rocket playmate. I even went to Petrescue to see if any dogs jumped out as the ideal companion for her. But I really want to foster first. Maybe longterm, maybe just until we find the ideal foster failure. And in any case, I don't want to add another dog to the mix until we have moved to our own house, which will be in about 5 months time (fingers crossed).

    So in the meantime, I have asked my friends if they can drop Rufus off in our yard once or twice a week while we're at work. And I intend to go ask the neighbour across the road if we can borrow her bouncy poodle x this afternoon to see if she might be good entertainment for Banjo and trial leaving them in the backyard together. We had them in our yard with supervision once, and they ignored eachother. Even though they just want to play every time they meet in the park - but because the poodle x is always on lead, never get the chance.

    It's still not the same as having another dog there 24/7. Everything is more fun if there is competition, someone to follow around, to annoy and to play doggy games with whenever you feel like it. But it'll be better than nothing until we can get our first foster dog.

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    Every one of my dogs would be quite happy to be an only dog, particularly my cattle dogs and koolie. They play together and get on well but what they really covet is my indvidual attention. I dont think they would care less if the other dogs evaporated never to be seen again.

    My mums whippet on the other hand was distraught when my mums other dog died. He howled when he was on his own and mum finally relented and got a little rescue cattle dog and peace was restored.

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    Half your luck Beloz...and fingers crossed with finding a rescue to foster. Oskar gets jealous if we show affection to other dogs, but he has had some really good play dates..am not sure how he would feel about having a full time companion lol.

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    Yeah, my previous dog was a bit like that. She kind of enjoyed the competition over food and the distraction if there was another dog staying, but wasn't happy about having to share my attention in the least.

    Banjo doesn't seem to mind much. She is happy to get cuddles, but doesn't seem to pine if she doesn't get many or even any for a while.

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    A playmate that can be dropped off is the perfect solution. Gives your dog a regular playmate to wear her out, but not overburden you particularly as you are not yet in your own home.

    Banjo is also probably a little tired after a few weeks of the whirlwind. I know if I take the busy ones out of my pack the others seem to have a lazy day.

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    Hooch would kill for a dog-brother. Sadly we live smack bang in suburbia and have no room for another dog. Kinda makes me wish we got a bigger block.

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    There are plenty of retired racing greyhounds who would love for you to foster them?! There are always a shortage of spots in rescue for these beautiful dogs. They race for 30 seconds at a time and then flop and relax for the rest of the day. Great for a small yard!
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    I will definitely consider a greyhound when we are ready to foster!

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    Isn't there a law that greyhouse are never allowed off leash?

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    I'm not sure margoo, but I don't think so. I read somewhere that failed racers can go through a behaviour modification program and if they pass they get a green card (or something like that!) which means they don't have to wear a muzzle in public. This interested me at the time because my little fluffy pup was bitten by a greyhound at our local off-leash park! The greyhound spotted her and tore across the quite large park to get to Misha. I suspect Misha looked too much like a rabbit.

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