Monthly Archives: September 2016

Greyhounds, worth their weight in gold.

Yesterday we went for our walk around Reynella. The only thing that bothered Rassilon was someone coming up to him a bit too fast, but all he did was back away, go growling or showing teeth, just well behaved.

When we first got there I stopped to have a cup of coffee, and let people see Rassi, but they were just walking past, so Rassilon decided that if they were close enough they would get his nose given to them so they would have to pat himIt Worked!!

He got lots of attention and was happiest when kids came along. He really likes kids (he can’t be my dog). He even had his photo taken to show someone who also has a brindle GAP greyhound, but not as long as I have had Rassi, and it is still nervous, so I sent along some encouragement.

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Just about the right value of a greyhound.

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Greyhound owners everywhere going “Yep, recognise that“.

And Now, Training For Greyhound Owners or Prospective Owners

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Rassilon The Racist Dog!!

I am sorry to say it, but Rassilon is a racist. He doesn’t associate with…Greyhounds!!

As I was out for a drive tonight I met a man walking 2 of his 7 greyhounds. I thought it would be an opportunity for Rassilon to mingle with his own. Rassilon didn’t agree.

He got out the car and went over to the other dogs. He sniffed the female, only nose to nose, totally ignored the male, then went back to the car. He likes other dogs, and recently has met a few different breeds, but his reaction to greyhounds is just weird.

(Rassilon was quite a bit bigger than both these racing dogs, even their owner commented on it, making me think Rassi could have been a good racer).

Of course, it makes me think that Rassilon may have been “picked on” at the kennels where he was brought up, and this has stuck with him. I know he didn’t like playgroup at GAPSA when I first got him, and ended up a trembling mess.

Later we went over to my mothers place to take her to a friends house and pick up Mitzi. My mother is going to Tasmania for a fortnights holiday. We keep Mitzi for the 2 weeks. So, after ignoring 2 greyhounds, Rassilon and Mitzi were racing around the back yard.

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It’s okay, Mitzi ISN’T a greyhound.

 

My mother is taking some gifts to Tasmania for all the family. My grand nephew has a birthday sometime soon, and Christmas is coming. As he is currently crazy about dinosaurs, I bought him a birthday present, but my sister will have to keep it for a few years until he is old enough to appreciate it. I bought him a Mososaurus tooth fossil. It comes from the cretaceous period and is supposedly 100 million years old. I have never actually met my grand nephew or his father.

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Bigger than a greyhound!!

 

 

Okay, this is just weird.

A favorite, but rare, snack for Rassilon are ANZAC biscuits. However, the eating of an Anzac biscuit is different to normal eating for Rassilon.

I have noticed the position is always the same for Anzac biscuits, but everything else, he will ‘drop’ and eat, or stand and eat. Apparently Anzac biscuits confuse him.

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“Should I stand or should I drop. I can’t decide”

Yesterday, as we were driving over to visit my mother, we passed a bus with the “You, Me, 6 Weeks” ad on the back. So hopefully people will take notice and adopt a greyhound.

Rassilon is doing his best to prove to people that greyhounds are friendly and cuddly.

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(Anzac biscuits are a rare treat because they are high in sugar, probably why Rassilon likes them)

Modification of plans

As I was going to the doctor on Wednesday, I thought I would check with the hospital volunteers about visiting dogs. Their response was different to the “thrilled to have him” of the first time I went to see them. Now it was “We have 2 dogs already”. Of course, in my 9 years at the hospital I have seen visiting dogs only twice.

I HATE being messed about, so, as I have now decided that the hospital volunteers can get stuffed, I started to look for other places, and found the web site for Therapy Dogs Services Inc. (http://www.tdsinc.info/)

I will wait for a while until I know what is happening at work, then make some enquiries. The difference is that we would do regular visits (every week, not every 4.5 years), and TDSI organises visits to private hospitals, schools nursing homes and community centers.

The benefit of schools and community centers is that I can also give GAP some advertising. Another benefit of TDSI is that they do not need the Trained Dog Certificate, and having seen the training at the local club last week, I KNOW I can do better myself. TDSI just has a dog temperament evaluation, and having seen his temperament recently, Rassilon will have no trouble passing that.

Yesterday I took Rassilon to the vet for his vaccinations, and he was so well behaved it was fantastic to see. The last time we went to the vet, I had to drag him through the door, and he wouldn’t even stand on the scales (yesterday…36.2Kg = 79.8Lb), and when I was talking to one of the vets Rassi was leaning away from the door, but he was leaning against my leg and was actually pushing into me. Yesterday he went straight in, he let the vet check him and touch him all over, she even took him away to clip his nails and check his ears, and he went with her.

As a result of all that, we have found out he has a mild infection in his right ear, and I have cream to put in twice a day. But seeing his behaviour was the high point of the visit. How he has improved. He didn’t even bother when other dogs rushed at him.

Today we went to Reynella shops for a walk. The thing I like about Reynella is that the shops are all in 1 row with the footpath in front of them, so, while Rassilon is in among all the people, he does have some way out, but he has never needed it. And today was no exception. He was patted quite a few times, and when I was having a cup of coffee and talking to someone, Rassilon decided that that person should be patting him as well.

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Reynella; our Saturday walk where Rassi mixes with people.

Seeing the way Rassilon has turned out, and how friendly he is and how he controles himself when people move quicker than he likes, I know he would be a fantastic therapy dog.

(Strangely, the only thing that bothers Rassilon at Reynella is 2 shops have plastic strip curtains on their doors, and Rassi tries to get away from them, even pushing into me in his effort).

 

 

Now this is what you call a guard dog.

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Positive Reinforcement nor required!!

At the dog training sessions I will be taking Rassilon to so he can get his Trained Dog Certificate, and become a Therapeutic Dog and then become a Hospital Visitor, they use positive reinforcement in their training.

However, I get the feeling that if I tried it using ham, the result would be less than acceptable. In fact, when there is ham around, all semblance of training or good behaviour disappears.

 

Just your average “Ham Addict” behavour.