Sunday, December 27, 2009

Happy Trails Quatro!


Quatro rode off to his new home yesterday. We are very happy about that. He has gone to a good home that will take great care of him. They don't mind that he is a bed hog. Quatro looks like he should live happily ever after. We wish him all the best. That means that the Hound Hotel has put out the vacancy sign once again. The next foster dog shouldn't be too long in arriving. We don't know who it will be, but whomever it is, we will welcome their paws in our home. In the meantime, this will give us more time to spend with our new resident hound, Abe. He is doing great and we are thrilled to have him. Happy new year everyone!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Quatro gets his Christmas wish!!


I learned today that my parents lied to me about Santa. I always thought that Santa flew in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. I learned today that Santa actually drives a Honda. He doesn't live in the North Pole either. He lives in Virginia. Another shocker was that Santa and Mrs. Claus have two kids, grown up albeit, but kids nontheless. I was ready to bake cookies for Santa and leave them on the mantle tonight, but maybe a gift certificate for an oil change might be more appropriate. Santa and his family came to meet Quatro today and loved him. Who wouldn't? They have decided to give Quatro the Christmas wish that he really wants. All Quatro wants for Christmas is a forever family that he can call his own. He is going to get that. Santa has some business to attend to tonight so it may take him and his family a day or two to pick up Quatro, but they will get here as soon as they can. Santa's foster elves will take good care of Quatro until then. Have a Merry Christmas everyone! It certainly is turning out to be a great day at the Hound Hotel!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Bed Hog




Quatro is a bed hog. Quatro is so people oriented and so friendly that he always wants to be near us. That includes at night. I have spent night after night taking him off the bed and putting him where he belongs with the other dogs. It hasn't worked so far. He waits for a few minutes until he thinks we are asleep again and then gets back on the bed and lays his head on us. Last night he inched his way up the bed and was laying next to me until I woke up and realized it. I let him stay there for a little while before taking him off the bed. He might be one of the friendliest and most lovable greyhounds we have fostered at the Hound Hotel for a long time. While we don't like the bed hog routine, it is tough to be mad at a greyhound that loves his people so much. He is a beautifully behaved greyhound and as friendly as they get. He loves to get and give pets. If you would like to have him as your own bed hog, just give Denise a call and schedule a meeting.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Quatro-Be Very Afraid




Be afraid, be very afraid of Quatro. You think that you are just looking at another greyhound. Sure, he is beautiful, friendly, outgoing...like a lot of greyhounds... but he is a little different. Be wary of Quatro. He may spoil you for all future greyhounds. Quatro is an ususually friendly greyhound. He likes to bury his head in your lap for extended periods of time and receive lots of petting. He likes to sneak onto the bed at night so he can rest his head on your leg. If you walk around the house he will follow you. If you sit in a chair you can be assured his head will be in your lap within seconds. If you look at him he will helicopter his tail. Quatro will start out the first day seeming like most other greyhounds. By the second day you will see that he isn't. Quatro is always ready to be your best buddy, your loyal companion, and your foot warmer at night. Quatro has won the hearts of his foster family and we can't wait to see him get a forever home. Just be advised. If you already have a greyhound, he will be a most welcome addition to your home. If you don't already have a greyhound, you will assume that all greyhounds are like Quatro. They are not. Just one word to the wise. Quatro needs a buddy if he is going to be left alone at home. He is a very social animal and does not like solitude. If you would like to meet Quatro, please contact Denise Davis. Enjoy the photos of Quatro(the brindle) and our new boy Abe.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Quatro-He's a friendly boy


Quatro has been here for three days and he is a very friendly dog. He loves getting lots of pets and wags his tail a mile a minute. He is no trouble at all to have around and is behaving himself very well. He was having a few behavioral issues at his previous home, which we think had to do with some separation anxiety and being left alone all day. He is having none of those issues here. It would be best if he were placed in a home with another dog, not necessarily a greyhound, but just a buddy to keep him company. He is housetrained and knows all ropes around the house. All he needs at this point is a family to call his own. He will give you back every bit of what you give him. If you want a dog to sleep on your bed, look no further! He keeps trying to sneak up onto our bed at night and sleep at the end of the bed. We don't allow that, but that shows how people oriented he is. He just wants to be as close to his humans as he can be. If you would like to meet Quatro, please contact Denise Davis.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Quatro has arrived!




It has been a busy weekend already at the Hound Hotel. Yesterday we picked up Abe and adopted him. Today Quatro(AMF Ocean Breeze) was returned to us. Quatro is a three year old male that was returned due to no fault of his own. A change in his family and living situation made it so that his owner could no longer keep him. Quatro found himself living in an apartment and he didn't like that too much and the landlord said he had to go. Quatro will rest his paws at the Hound Hotel for a little while until we find a living situation that works a little better for him. We have only had him for a short while, but we can tell you that he is a really happy boy. He is a real tail wagger and already wants lots of pets. He is small for a male so he won't take up much space. He should be an easy dog to foster. He is already acclimated to home life and knows the ropes, so all his future family needs to add is some attention and affection to this boy. His pictures also show that he is quite a handsome young guy. If you would like to meet Quatro, please contact Denise Davis.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Honest Abe-Adopted!!!!


Abe came to us today as our 45th foster dog. He will be staying as one of the resident hounds. Abe is a superstar dog and we have been wanting a greyhound just like him for a long time. We had no idea that he would be coming and that he would be THE dog, but he is, so he will be staying with us. We have been at this business for some time and we know a great dog when we see one. The timing is right, so Abe will be living with us. We are thrilled that he came today and we knew within minutes that he was the dog we have been looking for. Sorry for the short post, but I want to go play with Abe some more. Have a great weekend everyone! Cheers to the greyhounds!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Carrie-Getting Better Every Day


Carrie, our project dog, is getting better every day. The progress is slow, but we expect that. She is becoming a little less fearful and a little more a part of the family each day. Over the last few days she has done some good things. She came inside from the yard without us having to herd her in. She followed us downstairs this afternoon and came right into the family room and took her spot. She hasn't done that before. We have removed her crate and she eats in the family room now. She isn't quite ready to eat with the other dogs in the kitchen, but we are getting closer to that. Today she has been snoozing on her blanket in our family room and hasn't jumped up every time we come near her. She is getting more comfortable with her surroundings and is realizing that nothing bad will happen to her here. She still isn't ready to come up to us and ask for pets, but we are working towards that. Carrie is such a sweetheart of a dog and we can say that we are very optimistic about her future. We think she is going to turn out very well, but it will take more time and patience. That is ok, we have plenty of that. Carrie is going to turn out as an A+ dog in the end and we look forward to seeing her achieve that. If you would like to meet Carrie, please contact Denise Davis.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Help Wanted: One Superhero


Perhaps you grew up watching episodes of Batman or Wonderwoman and fancied that one day you too would become a superhero. I know what you were thinking. You figured that one day when you grew up you would build your own batcave and spend your nights cruising the streets of Gotham keeping the world safe from the Joker. Now that you are older you have probably figured out that the batcave idea probably isn't going to work out. If you drive around at night in a mask and cape you won't catch the Joker, but you might end up on the Jerry Springer show. That's ok. That's not the kind of superhero we are looking for. We are looking for a superhero who will come and rescue Carrie. The superhero we are looking for won't need to leap tall buildings in a single bound, or fly faster then a speeding bullet. Our superhero will have a fenced in yard, a big heart, and lots of patience. Our superhero will know that Carrie will need time, patience, and plenty of TLC to come out of her shell and be the great dog that she will be. Carrie is actually a pretty easy dog to take care of once you get the hang of it. We are having no trouble handling her at all. She is just scared of people, that's all, and she needs someone who will put the time into her so that she learns not to live in fear all the time. No greyhound should ever have to live like that. Maybe you are thinking of being Carrie's superhero, but are concerned about the one practical issue with having her, which is what to do with her if you leave town. Putting her in a kennel is not a good plan, nor is hiring a housesitter. We will solve that problem for you. If you have plans to go over the hill and through the woods to Grandma's house, just drop Carrie off at the Hound Hotel on the way. She can stay here as often as you need for as long as you need. We will work for free and Carrie is always welcome here. You would know that she would be in a safe and friendly place with people that will take good care of her. So go ahead and make plans for the holidays, we have you covered. If you would like to be a superhero, call Denise and schedule an appointment to meet Carrie, and point your Batmobile towards the Hound Hotel.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Goodbye Blair


In the spring of 1999 we were ready to adopt our second greyhound. We asked Denise to give us a project dog. She had just gotten in a load of dogs and one of them was a mess. She was a brindle female who was terrified, scraggly, and smelled horrible....just what we were looking for. We took her home and began her rehabilitation. After several trips to the vet, the mother of all baths, and plenty of TLC, she became the best dog we could ever have hoped for. She grew into the friendliest, most affectionate, and loyal dog we could imagine. For ten years she has been our faithful companion and our best friend. She taught us never to judge a dog by the cover. The worst one in the yard may actually turn out to be the best one. It took a long time, but eventually she even became a good ambassador dog, representing the breed at many meet and greets. Recently she became very ill from complications related to her age. Yesterday we had to let her go. We are heartbroken, but trying to stay positive. She lived a full, happy life as a member of our family and we are grateful for all the years she was with us. We love you Blair, we miss you, and we will never forget you. Rest in peace.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Carrie-Still Spooky!


Carrie, our little spook, is proving to be a pretty tough nut to crack. She is a sweetheart of a dog but she is still scared of her scary foster mom and dad. She still will not approach us on her own and still cowers when we go up to her. We are making progress with her, and she is improving, but it is a slow process. We may have to call in Dr. Phil to see what is going on in her mind. She likes to be near the family most of the time, but still wants to keep her distance. She is showing more signs of wanting to fully join the family, but something is still holding her back. Time is probably the only cure. She needs to learn to fully trust us. Once she does, she is going to be a terrific dog. She is very smart, playful, and gentle. Getting her past the fear seems like it will take a good bit of time, but fortunately we have plenty of that. Carrie can stay at the Hound Hotel for as long as she needs too. We love having her around and a greyhound in need is our friend indeed. We will keep providing updates on her progress. Stay tuned.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The proof is in the picture


Carrie did a big thing today. She came into the family room and laid down on a doggy bed while her scary foster parents were in the room. I managed to get a picture of it. That is a pretty big step for Carrie. She is still afraid to come up to us but the distance she has to keep between her and us is gradually decreasing. Maybe she is figuring out that life at the Hound Hotel isn't that bad after all. Good food, lots of pets, and comfy places to sleep can't be all bad. We still have a long way to go with Carrie, but we are celebrating each little victory with her. A dog like Carrie will put even the most patient person to the test, but it is worth the effort. She is a terrific dog and she deserves a second chance at a good life. Stay tuned as we hope to have more small victories to report soon.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Will you be the winner?


Carrie, our little spook, is getting better every day. It takes a lot of time and a lot of patience to bring out a dog like Carrie, but our efforts are starting to pay off. Each day she is just a little less fearful, and each day she gets a little better. It is baby steps with her, but we expect that. Today I opened the door to let her out and she ran out. That might not seem like much, but for Carrie to come within a few feet of me on her own is terrific. Normally I have to lead her or carry her to the door because she is too afraid to walk near me on her own. It means she is starting to build a little trust in us. The hours and hours of sitting next to Carrie on the floor petting and reassuring her are paying dividends. Once she gets to the door, she turns on the jets and off she goes. Our next door neighbor has a boston terrier that came up to the fence and Carrie had fun playing with that dog today. We can see that Carrie is going to end up as a very friendly, playful dog that will make someone very happy. She will probably be the best dog they ever had. She has never had an accident in the house, doesn't damage anything, and has been very easy to take care of. We don't crate her at night, or even during the day when we are gone and when we get back, not a thing is out of place. The person who adopts Carrie is going to end up the winner in all of this. Her eventual adoptor will need to put some work into her up front, but the payoff will be huge. She still needs some more rehab time at the Hound Hotel, but if you love greyhounds, this is one to consider.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Carrie-One week later


We have had Carrie for a little over a week now and she is making progress, but it is slower then we would like. It is very odd because in every way she is a perfectly normal dog, except around people. When we weren't looking, she starting stealing kitchen towels, she taught herself how to go up and down the stairs, and she likes to play with our dogs. She does all the things we would expect any normal dog to do. But once a person walks in the room, she gets scared. I don't know what experiences she has had in the past with people, but obviously they weren't good. I can imagine her being a shy dog to start with, and her trainers growing progressively more frustrated with her, making the situation worse and worse. I don't know if that is the case, but I can certainly see something like that happening. Carrie probably still views us as her trainers thinking we are going to drag her across the kennel to try to make her race. She is making progress in that department, but it is slow going. It takes a long time to build back the trust after it has been lost. We can tell that she wants to come out of her shell, but isn't quite sure yet. She follows us around the house but keeps a safe distance. She is like any other dog in that she wants to know what is going on, but she is still afraid to get in the middle of it. She comes up to our room at night and sleeps with us and our hounds. She doesn't like being left alone downstairs. She will get there, but it will take some more time. Stay tuned for more updates on her progress. In the meantime, enjoy the video of Carrie and see for yourself what a beautiful dog she is.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Carrie-Our little spook


Foster mom and I decided a few years ago that we love greyhounds and we needed to do more to help the cause. So we volunteered to foster greyhounds for Denise and she took us up on the offer. We have fostered 44 greyhounds and have had pretty much every kind of greyhound that there is. We have had big ones, small ones, relaxed ones, jumpy ones, alpha ones, scared ones, timid ones, and everything in between. We like to say that there isn't anything that we wouldn't do for a greyhound. Carrie puts that statement to the test. Carrie is unlike any greyhound we have ever had. We have had very shy, timid, dogs, including one of our own, but we have never had one like Carrie. She is what they call a "spook." She is afraid of people to a degree that we haven't seen before. It is sad because we can tell that beneath the fear is the nicest, friendliest, dog waiting to come out. There is not an ounce of agression in Carrie and all she needs is the confidence to be herself around people. She still will not come up to us, and goes in the other direction if we walk towards her, but we are making progress. With Carrie everything will be baby steps. We will have to be extremely patient with her and let her grow slowly. Tonight we have gated off our kitchen and family room so she can't run away and hide, and are forcing her to be with us and our hounds. It is working well. She has been laying on a doggie bed and I have been sitting next to her petting her for a few hours. It takes a long time to build trust. The weekend is here so we will get to spend the entire time working with her. The progress she has made so far makes us optimistic that she is going to be a great dog, but it will take much more time. She is not ready for adoption yet. She is going to need more rehab time at the Hound Hotel. Once she is ready, she is going to need a special family that loves her as much as we do that is up for the challenge of continuing to work with her. It is a challenge, but one that brings great rewards. Are you up for a challenge? Would you do anything for a greyhound? Think about it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Haunted Hound Hotel?




Last night we went to bed with our trusty hounds by our side, and our foster Carrie in her crate. All was well for a while...until it happened. It is Halloween after all. We were awakened by low creepy noises which increased in crescendo into bloodcurdling howls. We jumped out of bed thinking that the Hound Hotel has become possessed! Then I thought back to the movie ghostbusters and told myself, "I aint 'fraid of no ghost." I went to the closet and got out the slime machine and went downstairs, ready to face the fearsome ghost. What I found was no ghost, but our little Carrie whining and wailing in her crate. She may be shy, but that doesn't apply to her lungs. I calmed her down and thought she would be ok. She had slept through the night without a peep on Sunday night. She was fine for a few minutes, and then the ghosts returned. I tried calming her down again, and again it didn't work. After the third time, it was clear that Carrie had no intention of letting the proprietors of the hotel get any rest. I took her out of her crate and carried her up to our room. She paced around for a few minutes and then laid down and went to sleep and slept the rest of the night quietly. Our house was no longer possessed. Having her wail like that is not necessarily a bad thing. It means that she is developing a bond and wants to be with the family. Even though she is still afraid to come near us, she is obviously warming up to the idea. She made some progress yesterday when she mustered the courage to come out of her crate and try to visit us in the family room and kitchen, and she is making more progress today. She sneaks down the hallway and pokes her head into the kitchen until she feels like she might get caught, then hoofs it back to her crate. She has been going a little farther as the hours go by. The good news is that we can see that underneath all that is a really peppy girl that is waiting to come out. When we let her into the yard with our dogs, she turns on the afterburners and starts a race. Carrie in the yard is a fun, fast, and confident dog with our dogs. When she is with people, she is scared. I don't know what happened to her, but it is such a shame. I don't know what brought on this unnatural fear, but obviously something was going on in her past and it will take some time to rebuild the trust that greyhounds normally have in people. We can tell that behind the fear, she is a sweetheart of a dog. There is not an ounce of agression in this dog, and she just needs a home and a family that will treat her well to turn her back into the dog she is supposed to be, and that she will be. We will continue to provide regular updates on her progress. Stay tuned.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Carrie has arrived at the Hound Hotel!


Carrie, the skittish, fearful girl has arrived at the Hound Hotel. We saw her on the website and asked Aunt Denise to send her down to us. We know a thing or two about terrified dogs. Our second dog, Blair, was the same way. She wouldn't let me near her for two days when we got her. After a couple of weeks she was my best friend. For the last 10 years she has been the best dog we could ever ask for. I think Carrie will be the same way. She is going to need plenty of TLC up front, but once she gets to know her family, she will be the friendliest, most respectful dog you could ask for. It was a little entertaining when we got her home today. She had laid down in the back seat of the car, and wasn't planning on getting out of the car. I had to pick her up and carry her to the back yard. Then I let her off the leash, and she began to run around the yard. Then I had a new problem. We can't catch her and she wouldn't come near us so we couldn't get her into the house. We used a little "horse whisperer" psychology on her and just left her alone in the yard. Pretty soon her curiosity got the best of her and she came up onto the deck. She poked her head inside the door a couple of times, but wouldn't come in. We managed to corral her on the deck with the use of a baby gate and then were able to bring her inside. She is now resting comfortably on a doggie bed and I have been sitting next to her letting her know that everything is going to be ok. Carrie is going to be a fun dog to have around the house. She won't cause any trouble, and she will be such a terrific dog. Stay tuned for more updates on Carrie's progress.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Gina-Adopted!!

Gina, our little cantina, has been adopted. We are a little slow on the post as we have been very busy at work. Gina has settled into a terrific new family and we couldn't be happier. She plays with her ball all day long and is a happy girl. We look forward to seeing Gina at the picnic, and everyone else for that matter. It is just a couple of days away! Gina is looking forward to a long happy life with her new family, and we wish her the best. Happy trails Gina! We will see you soon!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Gina Cantina!


Gina Cantina, our nickname for Gina, because there is a fun place near here with that name, is such a sweetheart of a dog. She is friendly, happy go lucky, and super cute. She has been so well behaved that she is a pleasure to have around the house. She has no problem with our other dogs and even gets along with our parrot. I love how she greets me at the door every time I come home. It is like the party starts all over again..she is so happy to see me. She has had a couple of accidents in the house but nothing too bad, and that won't last long. She is a really good dog, just a young one. We don't crate her at all anymore as that seems to be the best thing for her. She just sleeps quietly in our room with us and the resident hounds, and is no trouble. Are you looking for a terrific greyhound? Are you looking for a sweetheart of a girl? Gina might be just the one for you. Give Denise a call and schedule an appointment to meet Gina.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

See Gina Eat!


We took a video of Gina eating her dinner a few minutes ago. It took a bit longer than 30 seconds, as mentioned in the last post, but not much longer. You can see for yourself how this girl can eat. She may look like a supermodel, but she doesn't eat like one. She eats more like a linebacker. She is also a snugglebunny. She likes to curl up and put her head in your lap and get nice pets. We love Gina. You will too. Call Denise Davis now.

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Gina-Good dog




Gina has been at the Hound Hotel for three days now and she is doing great. She is proving herself to be a really good dog. She has plenty of personality but is not wild by any means. She is behaving herself very well and we are really enjoying having her here. We had some thunderstorms come through last night and she wasn't bothered much at all by them. She just found a nice corner and laid down for a while. She is also a voracious eater and may eat faster then any greyhound I have ever seen. She can finish two cups of dry dogfood in about 30 seconds. I may have to enter her in the Coney Island hot dog eating contest next year. I think she can give the pros a run for their money. In any case, we are going to spend the weekend having fun with Gina because I doubt if she will be around too much longer. There isn't anything not to like about her. If you have a cat, she is not the dog for you, but if you don't, then she deserves a serious look. She is definitely an A+ greyhound. If you would like to meet Gina, please contact Denise Davis.


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Friday, August 21, 2009

DC Gina!




DC Gina, also known as Fiona, has arrived at the Hound Hotel. Fiona was returned after being in a home for six weeks because she is not cat safe. The cat in the home was just to tempting for Fiona and so she had to be returned. Fiona is just over two years old, so she still has some puppy left in her. She is a very playful and friendly dog with a bit of pep to her, but we are a little suprised that she is as well behaved as she is. When she first arrived, we thought she was going to be quite a handful to handle. That has not proved to be the case. Sure, she is curious about everything, and spent the first evening trotting around the house checking everything out. After that she has settled down and is making herself at home here. She is a tail wagger and she is very bonded to people. She slept quietly in our room last night with us and the resident hounds. She is getting along very well with our dogs and so far we are having no issues with her. Her former family told us that she is not fully house trained, but so far we haven't had any problems with that. She is going to make someone quite a great greyhound. She is a small female, weighing in at 55 pounds, so she fits perfectly on a doggie bed. She also happens to be a beautiful dog with one of the cutest faces we have seen in a while. If you would like to meet this little happy girl, please contact Denise Davis.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Candy and Ivan-Adopted!




Candy and Ivan rode off to their new home last night. They were all excited to get out of the Hound Hotel and get to their real home. Their new owner was just as excited to take them home. It looks like it is going to be a terrific match. Candy and Ivan are a couple of fun loving dogs and they are going to a terrific, fun loving home. We couldn't be happier. We wish them all the best and look forward to seeing Candy and Ivan very soon. Can you say, "meet and greet tomorrow at PetSmart?" In any case, Candy and Ivan were a pleasure to have around the house and they are always welcome to rest their paws here. Happy trails Candy and Ivan! We will see you soon!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Candy and Ivan-getting ready to go!




Candy and Ivan will be getting ready to go to their new home soon. They are scheduled to be picked up tomorrow. They have had a good week so far at the Hound Hotel, and should transition fairly easily into their new home. They slept through the night Monday night in their crates, and we thought we were in the clear on that one. Not so. Last night Candy decided protesting her crate was worth another shot. It was. We didn't want to spend another night listening to her, so we let her into our room. But of course, as soon as I toke her out of the crate, Ivan started protesting, so he had to come too. After a couple minutes of chaos, they both laid down and slept quietly through the night. We won't try to crate them tonight. They did fine in their crates during the day today. They both have very nice temperments and they get along beautifully with the resident hounds. We have had no problems there. Candy and Ivan are both still a little stubborn on the stairs. They can come down the stairs, but they won't go up. Maybe it is because they know the crates are upstairs and they just don't want to go that way. It will take a little more work to get them proficient on the stairs. In any case, their new owner is getting two terrific greyhounds that will give him many years of enjoyment. We look forward to seeing Candy and Ivan off to their new home tomorrow!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Dynamic Duo-Ivan and Candy







Ivan and Candy are definitely quite a pair. It is fairly obvious that they are brother and sister. They seem to share a lot of the same traits, aside from looking like twins. They both will roll onto their backs and paw at you until you rub their tummys. They are both very friendly greyhounds and are both very people oriented. Candy is most definitely the alpha of the two though. She will be wearing the pants when it is just the two of them at their new home. It always seems to work out that way. The females run the show and the boys are more laid back. They made it through their first two nights here just fine, however Candy isn't liking her crate much. She barked on and off through the night last night protesting the crate. Ivan on the other hand, slept quietly like a good boy. If Candy keeps this up, she will probably get her way and get out of the crate sooner rather then later. Foster mom and dad have to get some sleep at some point. Oh well, that's the way it goes sometimes. We'll see how she does tonight.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Candy and Ivan!!


Candy and Ivan have arrived at the Hound Hotel. They are our 40th and 41st foster dogs. The good news is that they have already been spoken for. Their new family can't take them for a week so the Hound Hotel will take care of them until their new family is ready for them. They are a couple of live ones. They have already done some laps around the yard, and are ready for the retirement gig. We fed them shortly after we got them and they both ate like horses. That is a good thing. We are looking forward to spending the week with Candy and Ivan and can't wait to see them go their new home.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Redneck-Found!!!!!

We just got some terrific news. Redneck has been found! The details are a little sketchy at this point but we just heard that a young boy was fishing and saw Redneck with her leash wrapped up around a tree in a wooded area. She apparently has been there for a while. He went and got his mother and they cut Redneck loose and she was able to stand up. She is pretty beat up from being tied to a tree for a while, but we hear she is going to be ok. She is at a vet hospital now and we are so relieved to hear that. One word to the wise.....never use retractable leashes with greyhounds. They can be pulled right out of your hand and can end up like this. Always use a normal leash, well wrapped around your hand, so even if the dog bolts, the dog is not lost.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Amber Alert-Redneck


We received a call a few minutes ago that Wild Redneck got loose from her new home in Westminster, MD today. The family has spent the afternoon looking for her with no success so far. If you are in that area, please keep an eye out for her, or contact Denise Davis and she can let you know how you can help find Redneck and get her back home. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rooftop Bounder-Adopted!!!!


Today turned out to be a great day at the Hound Hotel. A terrific family came and adopted Bounder. Bounder has been coming out of his shell and did a great job showing his new family what a great dog he is. To be honest though, his foster family is a little sad tonight. We really love Bounder and were hoping that he could stay a little longer. But we know that it is best for Bounder to move on quickly to his permanent home. Some foster dogs need some work and it is in their best interests, and their future family's best interests to have them stay for a little while and let us work with them. Bounder didn't need any work. He just needed a home, which is what he got today. It is best for Bounder to move on quickly to his new home before he gets too attached to us(and us to him). We miss him already and wish him and his new family only the best. If Bounder ever needs a place to rest his paws, he is always welcome here. We will keep a light on for him. Happy trails Bounder! We love you and we miss you!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Rooftop Bounder-Taking it easy


Bounder has been at our house for two days now and we are happy to say that he is doing really well. Bounder is a pretty laid back hound and in fact, he is a little timid so far. He needs a little time to get to know the people around him, and plenty of TLC, before he will fully come out of his shell. He is warming up to us now and is learning how nice it is to be petted all the time. He is learning that there is nothing for him to fear and that it will all be good from here on out. A dog on the timid side can be a great thing for an adoptive family. He will start out a little shy and grow into the family, and along the way will be nothing but respectful and pleasant. For example, he has slept the past two nights in our room with us and our hounds. He slept quietly in the corner and didn't make a sound either night. It doesn't get any easier then that for us. He gets along beautifully with our hounds and he has the full run of the house because we know he won't damage anything. He will be great for a family that wants a beautiful, respectful, and friendly hound. He won't jump on you or your guests either, making him a perfect dog to show your friends how great greyhounds really are. Your friends will ask you how much time and money you spent on obedience classes. You'll tell them "None. He just came off the track, and that's the way he is." They won't believe you and they will think you are the Dog Whisperer. If you would like to meet Bounder and be the Dog Whisperer, please contact Denise Davis.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Rooftop Bounder has arrived!




Rooftop Bounder arrived at the Hound Hotel this afternoon. Bounder is a beautiful 3 year old male who seems to have an excellent disposition. Bounder had gotten a nasty cut on his leg and spent the last few weeks on the injured reserve list at the rescue kennel while that healed. Bounder is now all healed up and ready to get back in the game. He made it through the stormy weather to our house today and the lightning didn't bother him a bit. He slept in the back seat of the car and didn't make a sound. That is a good sign. As we get to know him we will provide more updates about him. Here are a couple of photos of Bounder relaxing after his ride today. If you would like to meet Bounder, please contact Denise Davis.

Wild Redneck....Adopted!!!


Today turned out to be a great day. A young couple came and adopted Wild Redneck. They came to look at her and she played, ran, and showed them what a terrific greyhound she is. Who could resist such a terrific girl? It is a good thing that she did get adopted as she was really growing on us and you know what that means...uh ohhh, back to four resident hounds in the house. Her adoption means we stay at three dogs for a while longer. Redneck is moving into a great situation and we wish her and her new family nothing but the best. Her new family said they were sorry they were taking her away. We aren't sorry, as it is good for Redneck and that is all that matters. It also makes room for the next foster greyhound, who happens to be on the way to the Hound Hotel now. We will be picking up Bounder in a few hours and he will get the Hound Hotel special treatment, just like Redneck. Happy trails Redneck, we hope to see you soon at the annual GRI picnic!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Redneck is learning!


Redneck is growing by leaps and bounds as she stays at our house. She is learning the rules of the road and for the most part knows them. She still isn't fully house trained but we are getting there. Some dogs take a little time. Redneck might be the most playful dog we have had in a long time. She loves to play with her ball in the yard. She likes to throw it and try to catch it herself, and then do a few laps around the yard. She is one of the friendliest dogs we have had in a long time as she loves long petting sessions. Whoever adopts this greyhound is getting a good one. We love her and will miss her. If you would like to meet Wild Redneck, please call Denise Davis.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Redneck meets and greets!


We took Wild Redneck to our meet and greet today. She exceeded our expectations. Track dogs are always a little tricky at meet and greets as we don't know how they will react. Redneck did great. She was so friendly with everyone, and she was very tolerant with the children, even letting the kids give her hugs. She leaned on everyone and turned out to be a terrific ambassador dog. She showed what a great dog she really is and how lucky some family will be to adopt her. She is really growing on us and we hope she finds a family to adopt her that loves her as much as we do. She is a funny one too. I woke up in the middle of the night last night feeling fur against my feet. Our dogs don't sleep on the bed, so I knew somthing was different. Redneck had climbed onto our bed and was sleeping at the end of our bed. She makes a nice foot warmer. If you would like a foot warmer of your own, please contact Denise Davis at Greyhound Rescue.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Redneck is still available


Redneck is still up for adoption. The family that looked at her hasn't claimed her so she is still available. Redneck is coming along quite well and has adjusted well to her foster home. She is still a curious one and she loves to explore the yard and work off some energy. She is learning to play with toys and seems to love them. She would love to have an active family that can keep her entertained and and be a little patient with her as she finishes growing up. If you would like to meet Redneck, please contact Denise Davis.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Redneck needs a nap


Redneck had a big afternoon. A family came to see her. She played with them and did her best to show them what a great dog she is. The family loved her but just wants to sleep on the decision for the night. They will let us know tomorrow. Now Redneck is exhausted and needs a nap. She wore herself out trying to show the family what a fun dog she is. She will sleep the rest of the day. Here is a shot of her getting over the meet and greet at our house. Keep your fingers crossed, tomorrow may be her gotcha day! We will let you know.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Run Redneck Run!


Today is the first day since we have had Wild Redneck that it has not rained all day. We got to let her out in the yard for the afternoon and she has loved it. Redneck is turning into a dog that we really love. Yes, she is a young one and she has plenty of energy, and she has a little separation anxiety when we leave, but she is doing really well. She is so smart that she has adapted to home life very quickly and she knows most of the ropes already. She eats like a horse and runs like a greyhound, and she is really affectionate. She loves to bury her head in our laps and get lots of pets. She is a young one so she is still curious about everything and still needs lots of supervision, but she is coming along very well. She is going to be a good one. She may be better off with a family that isn't gone too long from the home or has other buddies(greyhounds or other dogs) to keep her company while the family is gone. Here are a couple of videos of Redneck in the yard today. If you would like to meet Redneck, please contact Denise Davis.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wild Redneck-Good news and bad news




We have good news and bad news to report about Wild Redneck. The good news is that she taught herself to go up and down the stairs just two hours after arriving at the Hound Hotel. She did it all by herself with no help from us. That is something that we have never seen before. The bad news is that Wild Redneck taught herself to go up and down the stairs in two hours. That means that Redneck is a little too smart and we know a thing or two about really smart dogs. Those are the ones you have to keep an eye on and watch out for. They figure too many things out too quickly, like that the bed is a nice place to rest. They sneak on the bed when we aren't looking and climb off when you come up the stairs thinking we won't figure out what they were doing. Redneck figured out where the food container was right away and got started figuring out how to break into it. But having said that, we really love Redneck. She is a young one(21 months) and she still has some puppy in her. She has plenty of energy for a greyhound and she loves to run in the yard. She is extremely affectionate and loves to get plenty of pets. After two days she is starting to settle into the residential life and has learned quite a bit about how to be a house dog. If you would like to meet Redneck, please contact Denise Davis at Greyhound Rescue Inc.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Wild Redneck!







Wild Redneck, yes, that is her official racing name, has arrived at the Hound Hotel. Redneck is a smaller fawn(red) female who looks nothing like a real redneck. She has more teeth then your typical redneck and hers are in terrific shape as she just had a dental. In her first twenty minutes at our house she ran a few laps in the yard, found the water bowl in the kitchen, surfed the counter, and put her head in my lap for some pets. She is a live one, very smart, and very affectionate. She already goes searching for us if we leave the room for even a minute. I think we are going to have a lot of fun with Redneck. We will provide more updates about her as we get to know her better.