Age: 13 Years Sex: Female Weight: 51-100 lbs
|Home:Martha's Vineyard, MA |
Leave a bone for May
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November 27th 2003
playing with squeaky toys, and chasing the frogs by the pond, and looking for rabbits
anything that squeaks
same one as Lacey's...the long walk around farmfields, by a swamp, and a pond, in hopes of running into rabbits...or skunks..She doesn't know about skunks yet
leaping almost as high as your shoulder height when excited
We received a call one day from a woman who explained that she had a Greyhound named May who she dearly loved, and had lived with for the past 14 months, but the dog suffered such a extreme separation anxiety when she went to work that she felt like she needed to find a different situation for her dog, as hard as that was to consider. There were times when she could bring her to work, but other times she was unable to do that, and those times she had to crate her because of the damage that she had done to doors and windows upon being left at home. May became terribly anxious at the first sign that her owner was getting ready to leave, and was absolutely miserable in the crate, and when she got home at night, and let her out, May would just cling to her the whole time. She had finally decided that perhaps she might do better in another home, where someone could be around more. We were at first a bit reluctant to take on a dog who seemed to have so many problems, partly because the last few years had been rough, dealing with all that went on around Crow's bone cancer, but finally decided to give it a try. So, at the end of this past Feb, May came to stay with us on a trail basis, and never left.
For the first few weeks, one of us was able to be at home all the time, and that gave her enough time to adjust to her new situation, connect with us as a family, and to bond with Lacey, our other Greyhound, and Pebbles, our little Beagle. We all took vigorous long walks every day, which we are still doing, and this helped a lot in relieving any built up anxiety. There are tons of squeaky toys here, so she spends a lot of time playing with all that have squeakers, although you have to keep an eye on her, because she likes to remove squeakers...and eyes..and noses.
Gradually, after the first few weeks, we would extend the time of being away from the house, starting out with a very short time at first. She showed a little anxiety at first, but soon realized that we always came back, and usually with some kind of treat, so did very well with these absences. She never did any damage, I think, because she had had enough time to really adjust, and gain confidence, and also we feel that the bond with the other dogs really helped.
She has a very loving sweet side to her, but is also very high-spirited with this wonderful joyful approach to everything. She is quite mischievous, and lives up to her former racing name "Lil' Wild Child". She and Lacey have their own private crazy Greyhound races around the large pond we have in a fenced area off the house, leaping high over the stream, and creating a groove in the lawn, and a path through one of the perennial beds. I now avoid placing plants where that well worn path is in the perennial bed, since no plant could survive there long. We have all come to love May very much, and are very happy we took the chance on her. She and Lacey have an incredibly strong bond now. She has a little bit of a bossy attitude towards Pebbles, but Pebs seems to ignore all of that, and May has learned that Pebbles will be the one to watch when out on the walks, because she knows where the rabbits are.
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