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post #1 of 9 Old 08-15-2017, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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My dog went flat...

.....so I had to charge her
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Hehe! Mine both went flat one day after accompanying us on their first 20km long trail ride!
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There seems to be an epidemic of this going on.
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-15-2017, 10:04 PM
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Mine is flat and thinks shes a cat...

We need to call someone about this...
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-16-2017, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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I think there's something wrong with my other dog's battery. It won't hold a charge no matter what I do. I have to keep her plugged in.
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Aww, blue, you've got me with that one. Dunno that you can replace the batteries on that kind tho I LOVE greyhounds & would have taken on OT dogs, if they didn't have the ridiculous restrictions here on the breed that they mustn't ever be off leash - I couldn't have dogs that weren't allowed to be dogs, and one of our (us, horses, dogs) greatest loves is going trail riding & 'bush bashing' together.

So I got a rescue Bull Arab(Aussie Pig Dog), original type; greyhound x pointer x bull terrier - he's a great & very mellow dog, but boy do those long legs & lithe body move - his mate is lame(recovering from hopefully last orthopedic surgery now) so I've taken to going to the local show grounds(somewhere safe) & letting him run beside the car while his poor mate sits beside me watching him - dunno how fast racing Greys go, but I've clocked him at 55kmph!
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I think a racing hound, a really good one, will run a bit faster than a horse. Gallopers run at up to 60km/h.

Greys are fab though. Honestly they're the laziest bloody dogs! They don't care that they can't be let off leash. It's actually usually a better idea not to, because like all sighthounds, they're very easily distracted... and even the best recall in the world won't get through to a sighthound on the chase.

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^Yeah, I know they're far from high energy dogs, but I do think they would care about being stuck on a leash if the other end was attached to someone on a horse... especially if we're bush bashing. Esp if my other dogs went after a bunny & they weren't allowed to.

I understand the *supposed* reasoning behind the law, but disagree with it. It is not rational, esp when it doesn't even apply to other sight hounds, not even Italian greys or whippets. & there are many hunting hounds, terriers, herding dogs, ...which can be just as easily 'distracted' when 'on the job'. I'm on a dog forum(the one associated with HF) & have asked there, & it seems here in Oz is the only place in the world that has this law for greys too. The rest of the world don't appear to have the troubles that people tell us will happen to greys if off lead either - eg. I've been told by someone from the GAP "you see a lot of 3 legged greys, because they've been running too fast to see a rabbit hole & left a leg behind in it"(yes, that person was serious!)
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You DO see a lot of 3 legged greys but it's simply because they're spindly-legged, uncoordinated idiots, not because someone let them off lead. My hound, when she was about 3 or 4 (shes 6 now) ran STRAIGHT into some sharp metal in my backyard. That was a lovely expensive 8pm vet visit. And she didn't want to come back from the anaesthetic (very common with the breed due to their extremely low body fat) so it turned into a really frightening experience.

It's not just big greyhounds either, an Italian can break its own legs getting down off the bed (so if you have an Iggy and it's allowed on the furniture, NEVER let it jump down) and I had a whippet mix who we're almost certain had broken her neck at some point in her life. Rescued so very fuzzy on her history before we got her, but she showed quite a few signs of an old spinal injury.

But yeah, relating to the on-lead thing, I don't see the sense in legislating, but it's definitely smarter to keep them on the lead. Most responsible sighthound owners will say the same.

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