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Favorite Video Friday – The Greyhound Sneak Attack

May 3, 2013 9 comments

I had trouble deciding which video to share this Friday. Did I want to go with slow, sweet and adorable? Or, fast, funny and suspenseful? Such a decision!

I’ll let you see which one I chose, but I will tell you that the first two minutes of this are my favorite,here’s a chase in the middle that will make you smile too. I hope you like it.

Curious about the one I left out? Head on over to my Facebook page to see it. It’s very sweet.

Happy Friday everyone!

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Extolling the Virtues of a Martingale Collar

March 28, 2013 53 comments
Martingale collar from Pink Puppy Designs

Martingale collar from Pink Puppy Designs

The first time I ever saw a Martingale collar was at the dog park. It was worn by a Greyhound that was new to the park.

I probably never even would have noticed the mechanics of the collar if I hadn’t noticed the beautiful coloring of it first. The collar was made of a bright and colorful fabric mixed with a swirl of blues and green and purple. It stood out.

I remember asking the dog’s mom where she had gotten it and her telling me all about the collar, where she had purchased it and why she had it. I was fascinated. Having a dog who regularly slipped her collar (Daisy), I loved the idea that I could purchase a collar that she couldn’t slip out of.

If you have never seen one before, a Martingale collar has two loops instead of one. Most dog collars you see these days are the simple ones that go around the dog’s neck (and hopefully, stay on them) and clip into a buckle. The Martingale collar is different. It is designed to prevent dogs from easily slipping out of their collars.  The beauty of the design is that it does this without cutting off dog’s airflow, as those old choker chains did when I was a kid.

The Martingale is often seen on Greyhounds because a regular collar does not work on them. Why? Because, like Shelties, a Greyhound’s head is smaller than their neck, which means a regular collar can easily slip off their neck, over their head, and they can be off and running before you can catch them. A Martingale allows the collar to tighten around the dogs’ neck without hurting them. The idea here is to keep your dog safe and in your control.

So why am I extolling the virtues of a Martingale collar today? Because I want dog owners to be aware of what is available to them, especially if they have a fearful or skittish dog (or just a dog who regularly slips their collar). Is your dog frightened by loud noises and looks for a place to run and hide? Get a Martingale collar. Does your dog like to chase runners like Jasper does? Get a Martingale collar.

Over the past few months, I have seen WAY too many Lost Sheltie signs and I have seen WAY too many dogs lost because they slipped their collar or weren’t properly leashed. I know it’s selfish, but I am tired of crying over someone’s dog who died because they slipped their collar and got hit by a car. If you have a dog that slips their collar, please consider getting a Martingale (and a harness wouldn’t be a bad idea either). Let’s keep them safe and in our control. I don’t want to read about another dead dog. I’m sure you don’t either.

If you are looking for some great Martingale collars, check out Pink Puppy Designs. They are colorful and fun and safe.

Also check out Classic Hound! They have some really stylish and cool collars for your hound, like the one pictured below. Seriously cool stuff!

Martingale collar

Favorite Video Friday – Greyhound leaf run

October 11, 2012 14 comments

It’s officially fall. The leaves are falling like crazy and the colors are magical. While I dread the leaf pick up process (I have 6 huge trees in the backyard and two in the front), I do love watching the dogs playing in the leaves.

This week’s video had me laughing out loud. Is there any doubt that this Greyhound loves running through leaf piles?:)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Happy Friday!

Favorite Video Friday – Greyhounds Home Alone

August 18, 2011 13 comments

This week I was looking for a video of dogs playing with balloons.

“Funny”, you say. This video doesn’t look anything like dogs with balloons.

Yup. You’re right. I honestly don’t have a good explanation for why I chose this time-lapse video of Greyhounds and Lurchers staying at home alone, other than it made me laugh.

You must keep your eye on the white Greyhound. For some reason, I immediately thought of Carrie’s Bunny over at Tales and Tails. Of course, I could be completely off (only Carrie knows for sure), but the diva-esque-like quality to this dog made me laugh. I hope you get a kick out of it too.

(P.S. Listen to the barks – aren’t they hilarious?)

Chaser Knows 1022 Words. What Can Your Dog Do?

January 24, 2011 8 comments

Recently, I was listening to a local radio host interviewing, Dr. John W. Pilley, the owner of Chaser, a Border Collie who has been trained to recognize 1022 words (i.e., nouns).

As a dog lover, I found the interview with Dr Pilley and his work with Chaser to be absolutely fascinating. He described how he worked with Chaser 4-5 hours a day. “He would show her an object, say its name up to 40 times, then hide it and ask her to find it, while repeating the name all the time.” It was in this way that Dr. Pilley was able to teach Chaser 1-2 new words a day. Simply amazing.

What he said next in the interview was the part I found most fascinating. One day while working with her, Dr. Pilley noticed something seemed to “click” with Chaser. She started to understand the association between words (nouns) and objects – in other words, she began to understand that each object had a name. Can you imagine that? From that moment on, he said, Chaser began to view what she was doing as not just a game. She started to pick up new words at a faster pace too.

I highly recommend reading the full story as it appeared in the NY Times. It is quite fascinating.

I was still thinking of this amazing story yesterday when I happened across a fellow blogger’s post talking about her Greyhound, Blueberry. Most of the post was about Blueberry’s couch potato and couch-hogging habits – pretty amusing stuff, but it also got me thinking… all of us have smart dogs in some form or another. They may not be able to learn 1022 nouns like Chaser can, but they do read our body movements and tone of voice to discern what is going on at any moment of the day. Grab your car keys? Your dog likely assumes you are leaving the house for a bit. Heading to the kitchen? Food is likely involved. They also know how to work their way around barriers to get what they want – as Blueberry did. Danger of losing valuable couch space? I’ll just wait for my treat here thanks.

Every day our dogs are learning things that help them to navigate through their environment. My dog Daisy would watch other dogs and mimic their behavior to learn how to be a dog. Jasper has acquired new behaviors just from watching our doggy house guests. Have they learned the words for their toys? I’m not so sure, but I do know they are smart and acquire new behaviors all of the time.

So, I’m curious, how smart is your dog? What things does your dog do (or has done) that shows you how smart he/she really is?

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