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Saluki > What gives?!
Srinagar- Maharani- Arya Tara

What have you- done for me- lately?
 
 
Barked: Fri Jul 18, '08 5:27pm PST 
Okay! Saluki lovers (and Azawakhs!) unite! Here is our private conference room! What do you love about your Salukis! How long have you had them? I've had them for 15 years, starting with my beloved Seva. Just adopted Arya, who is a little pistol!!
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Saluki > What gives?!
Seva- (1992-2007)

Always keep them- guessing...
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 4, '07 12:53pm PST 
I came here to see if I could chat with a fellow Saluki and found NO postings! I just couldn't leave our page blank, so I thought I'd fish for any other social Salukis out there... Anyone? Anyone out there?
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Scottish Deerhound > not pure breds but..

Finlay

You can never- have too many- girlfriends.
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 4, '07 12:36pm PST 
I'm an American Staghound- (Greyhound/Scottish Deerhound). We have no kangaroos in Minnesota, but if we did, I'm sure I'd chase them! Right now we're having issues with the dog park because my hunting instinct is so strong, I tend to want to "bring down" other dogs. We'll figure it out though. Currently I have to wear a muzzle at the park.
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Local Tips, Playdates & Meetups > Sighthounds in Minneapolis area?

Finlay

You can never- have too many- girlfriends.
 
 
Barked: Tue Jul 3, '07 7:15pm PST 
Are there any families out there with sighthounds that would want to meet another sighthound for a play date? I have no other sighthounds to play and run with and as you know, we're just not like other dogs...
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Behavior & Training > Sighthounds and dog parks. Do they mix?

Seva- (1992-2007)

Always keep them- guessing...
 
 
Barked: Tue Jul 3, '07 7:08pm PST 
I would like include an adendum to this. You might wonder why we continue to bring him there if he's potentially frightening other dogs? For one, 95% of the dogs actually think he's great fun. He never tries to start "fights" and if someone tries to instigate a fight he completely turns the other cheek. He'll never return the aggression. And the most important reason, it is impossible to find proper avenues of exercise for a large sighthound. Even a fenced city yard is no match for their energy level. Our dog park is 30 acres fenced. In no other environment can he actually run as fast and as hard as he was born to. We can't let him off leash, even in a secluded area because you just can't do that with sighthounds.
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Behavior & Training > Sighthounds and dog parks. Do they mix?
Seva- (1992-2007)

Always keep them- guessing...
 
 
Barked: Tue Jul 3, '07 7:01pm PST 
(I also posted this in the Plus Forums.) For any of you who have been reading my brother Finlay's diary, you may know that we are having some dog park issues. Finlay is a one year old incredibly energetic, highly exhuberant American Staghound (originated by crossing Greyhounds with Scottish Deerhounds to hunt wolves and coyotes on the American prairies). He is large, fast, and can be frightening to other dogs. Most dogs love him. Some dogs are terrified by him. It is these that worry us. Finlay gets a remarkable rush from the terror of submissive dogs and tends to further terrorize them. He now wears a racing muzzle so that he can't grab dogs by the necks anymore but he still runs them down and in some cases actually stomps on them. My question is, does anyone have any advice for us re: the utilization of dog parks for sighthounds? Do you take your sighthounds? If so, do they terrorize others? If you frequent a dog park, are there other sighthounds (greyhound type dogs) that use yours? If so, are they well mannored, or do they terrify those around them. If you are a dog trainer, do you have any advice for us? I don't believe one can ever train that instinct out of a dog bred for hunting coyotes. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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Dog Health > I ate coffee grounds

Seva- (1992-2007)

Always keep them- guessing...
 
 
Barked: Fri Mar 30, '07 3:16am PST 
When your dog eats something of this nature, the best thing to do is immediately call your vet. A rapid response is critical in many of these situations (including the ingestion of coffee grounds). Your vet will then most likely either refer you directly to a veterinary poison control center, or consult one themselves. The National Animal Poison Control Center in Illinois (previously referred to) is very good. But you do not speak with a board certified veterinary toxicologist every time you call them. Regardless of this, they are more than qualified to assist you. Another option is my mommy's company called the Pet Poison Helpline (1-800-213-6680). We also charge a fee, but it is half the price of NAPCC ($35 vs $60). We also have boarded veterinary toxicologists, internists, and clinical toxicologists.

Hope everything is okay by now! Coffee grounds can be highly toxic depending upon the quantity and type of coffee. Caffeine in general is very dangerous to dogs. The toxicity is very similar to chocolate toxicity. The symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, breathing very rapidly, hyper-excitability, and agitation. If ever you see this, then take the dog to the vet hospital immediately and have them call a poison control specialist.
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Dog Health > A note to Vet techs

Seva- (1992-2007)

Always keep them- guessing...
 
 
Barked: Sat Mar 24, '07 4:07pm PST 
My mommy's a CVT. The moral of this story should be to always trust your instincts. And if you feel you are not getting the attention you deserve at your vet hospital then change vets! The technicians are a HUGE part of any hospital. If you like the vets, but are consistently not taken seriously by the techs then tell the vet. If the vet chooses not to listen to you, then find another vet! If they tolerate inadequate techs it's a warning sign for much deeper problems. Generally speaking, even if the DVM is better at masking it, a support staff's behavior trickles down from above. Behind the scenes, the vet is probably no better than they are if they tolerate that behavior.
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Dog Health > Vet Vent

Seva- (1992-2007)

Always keep them- guessing...
 
 
Barked: Tue Mar 6, '07 7:09am PST 
(Seva's mommy here.) I've been a CVT for 18 years and stories like this do irritate me. I've been on the receiving end of a busy vet hospital when 15 minutes to close somebody calls in and says their dog is shaking, as well as having vomiting and diarrhea. To tell someone to just "watch the dog over the weekend" is inexcusable. If this were a case of acute pancreatitis (characterized by exactly those symptoms), the dog could be dead by Monday. The only option would be to tell the caller to head immediately to the emergency hospital, if you are incapable of treating him/her. If there is no emergency hospital in the area, then is it your obligation to see the pet. No exceptions. If your Saturday afternoon with the family is more important than saving the life of a pet, you're in the wrong vocation.

I do think you shoud write a letter to the vet hospital. But it should be calmly written and civil. If you write a letter threatening this and threatening that, it is likely to find a home directly in the trash can with the staff telling themselves they don't want you as a client anyway. You get much farther directly stating your motives for changing vets and expressing your disappointment in what had happened, based on the facts (you were given neglegable advice). Contacting the State Board of Veterinary Medicine would likely get you nowhere. You can file a complaint, but malpractice hasn't occured.

My advice to you would be to be seen by a board certified veterinary internist. In the phone book, their initials would be: DVM, DACVIM. These vets would be able to get to the bottom of the problem without wasting a lot of time with the possibility of unnecessary diagnostics. They may then refer you to a board certified veterinary allergist, if food allergies are a possibility.

Good luck to you!
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Party Time & Virtual Play Dates > Any VA. dogs out there??
Seva- (1992-2007)

Always keep them- guessing...
 
 
Barked: Tue Dec 12, '06 1:16pm PST 
Hey! I'm not from Virginia, but one of my favorite pals is. You should check her out and send her a p-mail. Her name's Honey, she's almost as old as me and she has two fabulous brothers (who also happen to be elite members of my security squad...). Here's her link.

Honey, one fine bitch
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