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    Smile Hello! Dogs Contained Within!

    Hello, my name is Allie and I'm one of those people that has to pat every dog they see. My little dog Mimi has been living with my mum and her two dogs since I moved out a few years ago, and I've just started fostering a greyhound, who I think I'm going to keep. He's ruining my life, I can't stop gazing adoringly at him, and can't bear the thought of going to work tomorrow.

    Here's Mimi - she's a 9 year old poodle-x who runs around like a puppy at every opportunity, and keeps the other little ones in line.



    And here's "Snow" the grey, who I'm renaming Helmut if all goes well and he stays here with me. He's 3, has been in kennels for about 18 months, and is in shocking, shocking condition. He's as big as a horse and my love knows no bounds!


    Looking forward to meeting you all and coveting your precious pooches

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    Welcome!
    I've always admired fosterers. Not only for the helpful loving work they do, but the fact they can part with them when a loving family comes along!
    How long have you been fostering?
    Cute photos btw
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    Hi and welcome.
    Who are you fostering with?
    We have a GAP grey and I know a lot of grey foster carers.
    They make great pets. He's a pretty colour. He doesn't look too bad from the pic. Doesn't look like he has bald thighs or scars.

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    LOL...I am a foster failure three times, so now i just rescue and keep.
    Welcome, you are doing a great job if you foster, I really admire that
    Pets are forever

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    Oh god, now I feel terrible - this is the first dog I've ever fostered, and I don't know how I'm going to part with him! I can't take credit for being a wonderful fosterer, I'm terrible at it!

    Quote Originally Posted by molly33 View Post
    Hi and welcome.
    Who are you fostering with?
    We have a GAP grey and I know a lot of grey foster carers.
    They make great pets. He's a pretty colour. He doesn't look too bad from the pic. Doesn't look like he has bald thighs or scars.
    He's a very photogenic, smiley dog, buts he's huge and only 29kg. The woman I picked him up from said that for his size, he should be at least 33kg. He's got a few old looking scars on him, and his elbows and ankles are all very pink and raw/calloused from lying on concrete. His belly is all bald too, and as a result, he seems quite enamoured with his Star Wars doona!
    I've been rubbing Bepanthen on these spots - actually, does anyone have any suggestions for anything that would be better? The Bepanthen I've been using is the infant one, which is used on babies to prevent/soothe nappy rash, but perhaps there's something better? There aren't any open wounds or broken skin, just red, sore looking parts.

    I'm fostering through Greyhound Rescue which is based in the ACT, but have a woman working out of Victoria as well. Snow came from Sydney - from what I gather they'd been waiting for a long time to be able to give him a chance to be fostered/adopted. The fact that we have no other pets here, and that I work part time and there's usually someone home, probably helped. He's not cat friendly at all..

    Thanks for the welcomes!

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    I used to foster large breeds & mainly rotties, I did it for yrs but only take on an ocasional dog these days. I am not emotionly able to keep giving them up atm so don't do it on the scale I was.
    Greyhounds are adorable & I think it's great your going to keep him.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Yes they are usually at race weight when you get them. Becareful not to feed him up too much, increase his food slowly or it can go in reverse.
    Did they give you a muzzle?
    There are many, many failure grey fosters. if you decide to keep him it may pay you to put him through the GAP program and if he passes he will be muzzle exempt. You probably know all of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molly33 View Post
    Yes they are usually at race weight when you get them. Becareful not to feed him up too much, increase his food slowly or it can go in reverse.
    Did they give you a muzzle?
    There are many, many failure grey fosters. if you decide to keep him it may pay you to put him through the GAP program and if he passes he will be muzzle exempt. You probably know all of this.
    Yes, I've got a muzzle - he already knows that muzzle = walks = fun times! Providing I keep him I'll definitely put him through the GAP program, but at the moment I'm sure he'd fail abysmally! He's very excitable around medium - large dogs, and definitely needs a lot more socialising before I'd even consider taking him to the off-leash park near me. He'd explode with excitement and rip my arms off, not to mention piss off a few people that I know would be very unimpressed. He's definitely improving but I think it's better to be safe than sorry with these things, so we'll take our time and hopefully send him off when he's more likely to pass with flying colours

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    You do know that it's illegal to let greyhounds off leash?
    Yep, lots of socialization and experiences. If he is strong, some of the foster carers use the Infin8 Halter from Blackdog wear.
    We often have weekend walks with the greys for promotion and the foster carers bring their fosters along I could let you know when one is on. It's usually early a.m in summer but not if it's too hot.

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