There's been a fair amount of sadness here again the last few days, so I thought I'd post some happy things about our new greyhound additions. I think I made some veiled references to these two back in December, before they arrived. They are special needs greyhounds from Florida, littermates, two years old on February 1. Gene is initially shy, but mostly unsocialized (like every racing greyhound); Stan is very shy, a spook, and was very lucky when he got off the hauler at the track with a leg broken in two places, requiring some $1800 worth of surgery - - without ever racing.

Gene's status was in danger because after something like 15 maiden races, he lost his first 'real' race, plus he was shy. Bringing them both home was a terrible idea - - never adopt two dogs at once, never keep littermates, never adopt dogs sight unseen, etc. So we made a whirlwind trip down to FL and brought them home December 28. Here they are:
http://greyhound.marinar.com/html/stan gene.shtml
I have some outstanding photos of Gene upside down on the couch, but they haven't been downloaded from the camera yet. It really was a bad idea to adopt them both. Gene wants to be the boss of the dogs and there was quite a lot of snarking at first. It's better now, but with 5 greyhounds at least two of them have to be muzzled when they're outside - - even putting aside buttheadedness, ex-racers can be too competitive when running for it to be safe without muzzles.

Stan is coming along nicely in terms of approaching people; he's nowhere near the spook Matty was. Another reason it was a bad idea to bring them both home is that they are big, tall puppies that can reach anything. They love to shred paper and can reach just about anything on desks and tables. They've tried chewing woodwork, earning them the nickname The Beaver Brothers, and there is quite an assortment of Nylabones available at all times. Gene has some pretty serious crate anxiety, shredding bedding, salivating, and bending his first crate all to heck, so we started muzzling him when no one is home.

Stan has given me heart failure a couple of times when he's yelped outside and come in holding up the leg he broke. Both times he was walking normally on it within a few minutes, but I need to get him in for an x-ray of that leg when things calm down with Tasha. The boys housebroke in a couple of weeks; Stan has never had an accident in the house, and both will let people know if they have to go out. They're pretty smart greyhounds, still learning what it's like to get petting and cuddles.

They prefer to sleep in the living room at night, and because Tasha is in the bedroom, we've let that go for the time being. This morning, I got up to find that they'd discovered the toilet paper, and that if one pulled on the end of the roll...
Mustang Sally
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There's been a fair amount of sadness here again the last few days, so I thought I'd post some happy ... up to find that they'd discovered the toilet paper, and that if one pulled on the end of the roll...

Sounds like you're having lots of fun :-).
flick 100785
Welcome home to the Beaver Brothers Stan and Gene. Whew, you have a house full. I bet they don't think it was a "bad idea". Wow, they are two lucky dogs. You and your husband have a lot of heart! Good wishes to the new members of the family!
Be Free..Judy
Oops..I just re-read your post and I see you said it was a "terrible idea" rather than "bad idea" but in either case..I know you have re-thought that...most of the time:)
Be Free..Judy
This morning, I got up to find that they'd discovered the toilet paper, and that if one pulled on the end of the roll...

Oooh, industrious! You've certainly got your hands full. I'm glad you got some puppy antics to provide much needed levity.

Lynne
They're pretty smart greyhounds, still learning what it's like to get petting and cuddles. They prefer to sleep in the ... up to find that they'd discovered the toilet paper, and that if one pulled on the end of the roll...

Rudy had a TP phase - that stuff is FUN! They sound like a bundle of fun and something to keep your busy!

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Oops..I just re-read your post and I see you said it was a "terrible idea" rather than "bad idea" but in either case..I know you have re-thought that...most of the time:)

It's mostly a terrible idea when Gene starts screaming with excitement in the middle of the night because he heard someone move and someone might be getting up. If anyone has some advice for this problem, I'd be glad to get it. We did try having him in the bedroom, but that meant that he'd start screaming in there. And this is screaming. It's not "I have to go out" noise; he has a different noise for that. It's the sort of noise that gives you heart failure the first few times you hear it.
Mustang Sally
Another reason it was a bad idea to bring them both home

uh huh... Lots of reasons! Those boys sound like they're keeping you busy! That can't be bad!
Another reason it was a bad idea to bring them both home

uh huh... Lots of reasons! Those boys sound like they're keeping you busy! That can't be bad!

I'm shocked that no one has remarked upon their gorgeousness.

Mustang Sally
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