(Photo: Dasher nearly 2 years old, lying cutely at my feet New Year's eve 2010. Yes, this IS the right way up!!!)
Dasher's Italian Greyhound blog 2011
This is the continued story of Italian Greyhound Dasher from July 2009 - see old blogs. The latest "happenings" will be put on at the top at frequent intervals, so the story unfolds from the bottom and up! He lives with our two Whippets, Magnus 11 years and Timmi 9 years - there are videos of him on YouTube under my name: sighthounddotnet
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Happy reading! - Janet
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29th of December
23rd of December
21st of November, very misty weather, here's a cobweb of "crystal jewelry"!
New video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYYDwqasMgM
20th of November:
We go to our grandson's belated 12th birthday get-together on the 5th floor (no elevator!) in Copenhagen City. Racey went up all flights of steps himself, no problem. (He didn't fancy going down again later though!) He was cuddled by nearly everyone and he is willing to go home with anyone who calls!!! Here are some pics. He just wanted to go to sleep - and did succeed in the end. The red fleece is from the breeder and he loves it and recognises it as what he wears when going to sleep.
Grandson and son!
Our oldest son getting a face wash!
Back at home, this is the scene at my feet in my office! Best friends....that is until they try to share a bone!
19th of November:
At last! NOW I have finally got a photo of young Racey lifting his leg! He's done it occasionally for some weeks and now he does it more regularly, also when out on dog walks. He is 14 weeks tomorrow and I have never had so young a puppy who knew to do this. Whippets can be up to 6 months old before they figure it out. When out on a walk, Dasher would hold himself until he got home again when he was young. Not so Racey! (Magnus is patiently waiting his turn!)
16th of November:
Racey is totally fit and can now go on walks again. Yesterday, for the first time, I went the longer walk that Dasher does, and not a shortened variation. Here they are! Racey is growing so fast, he has grown out of all his clothes - but more are soon on their way from England! From "Togs for Dogs": http://www.togsfordogs.net/18.html
(See Dasher's warm raincoat to the left!)
Racey also went to the vet. and got his "cocktail" vaccination against several serious dog illnesses. He was pronounced fit and well after a health check-up! He weighed in at 4.1 kilos and 28cm at the shoulder. (Dasher at same age, was same weight but already 31cm at the shoulder. But then he is a big dog at 41cm.) Racey gets another "booster" in a month's time and then again in a year. The vet affirmed that there are a lot of sneezing dogs and other illnesses at this time of the year.
If any owners of his brothers and sisters ever read this - I would love to hear from you!
13th of November:
Racey is so well now, you'd think he was on drugs! He has played more or less non-stop the wildest games - and Dasher is feeling better too, so he joins in! They fly to and fro between the rooms and the kitchen at break-neck speed and then do the "silent wrestling" act. We feel quite tired watching them, amazed at their sudden energy.
This is one of the reasons Whippets don't like IG's - IG's just HAVE to always sit ON TOP of them and trample around for ages before settling! Here is Magnus putting up with it because he's a kind dog.
12th of November:
Just had some worrying days. The dogs have not had “Kennel Cough” but “Kennel Sneeze”!
First Magnus who is 11, sneezed and snorted violently out of his nose unusually much for about 4-5 days, before suddenly Timmi had a snorting go and then Dasher a little, so I twigged on that this was not some kind of cancer in Magnus, (one always worries with older dogs) but a virus infection. So I monitored them closely.
After about 10 days, Magnus is now completely fit and never really seemed to feel ill. Timmi has only had a few snorts and sneezes for a handful of days and is now ok and he also seemed his usual self throughout too,
but for the last two days, Dasher and Racey have clearly felt bad. They have doubtless had a small temperature too.
They have slept an unusual amount, been unwilling to go out (but I insist anyway, wrapped up in coats!) and hardly played. Their appetite was fine and no signs of infection like “sleep” in the corners of their eyes, breathing normal – and NO COUGHING just sneezing.
I have never experienced this before after about 37 years of dog ownership – tho’ I have experienced Kennel Cough many years ago. However, a friend has recently seen her dog be ill in the same way – and you can Google “sneezing dogs” and find there is such an illness.
Today, Racey, our biggest worry as he is only a puppy, has declared himself fit with a capital F and played endlessly today like he’s making up for lost time - and we can’t recall hearing him sneeze either. Meanwhile our star dog, Dasher, is clearly still under the weather, so he’s hardly had any exercise today and acts a little lifeless and sneezes occasionally – but he is better than yesterday. So they are getting over it – phew!
The two patients wearing their ears wrong and feeling low!
7th of November:
2nd of November:
1st of November
"Did someone call me?"
Some of you may wonder: How is the nightmare of house training a puppy going?
Well it is going amazingly well. There are many days with no accidents indoors at all and the worst we are up to is just one, entirely due to me “relaxing on the job”! Not that he asks to go out - yet - but because I practice my own advice to others: Outside after sleeping, eating, drinking, playing and just in case if “some time” has passed – oh, and also if he goes around as if looking for something. He does it all on command – even when we are out somewhere strange, which can otherwise be a problem as many pups are fussy and will only do things in their own garden in the early days! But this "cleanliness" is because I watch him like a hawk, not because he asks.
However, today, at only 11 weeks and 2 days, he did ask this afternoon! I was amazed and so pleased. He threw himself repeatedly up at the glass door to go outside and fretted and I heard and of course I immediately went outside with him and he “went” straight away! (At this stage it is imperative that one goes outside together with the puppy, no shutting it outside all alone!) So I am really proud of him – although we have months ahead of us before he is totally trustworthy like the other three, but he now knows he can ask – and will be heard! More importantly, he knows WHERE we want him to do it. He also often lifts his leg! I have never seen this so early and Whippets can be up to 6-7 months before lifting a leg! Anyone else heard of a pup lifting his leg to pee so young?
30th of October
28th of October
27th of October
24th of October
23rd of October
20th of October
19th of October
16th of October
15th of October
14th of October
Here's a video of the puppies!
8th of October
17th of September
12th of August 2011
the 12th of August 2011
Clips from the evening coursing described below:
the 7th of August 2011
Saturday the 6th of August 2011
We delivered Kris and Nardo back to our friend this afternoon. We went on a lovely walk opposite Hundige harbour where the dogs could run free. They are all three in this picture, believe it or not!
Then back for well-earned cake and coffee, see below! (I couldn't resist this one of Svend!!!)
Meanwhile, behind us in the kitchen, there was not really room for Dasher in Kris og Nardo's two small beds ...
...but finally, next time I looked behind me, Dasher had crept in with Kris!!!
Of course we rounded a corner and there was a big black and white cat that ran for it's life and me unable to take a photo as each hand held a flexi-leash! Dasher was first to spot it and chased barking and is on his way back to me in the photo, while the other two stand wondering what all the fuss was about! Pity I couldn't add it to my collection of cats - I haven't seen it before...
August 1st - how time flies...
A funny story
Yet another cat gone missing in our neighbourhood and I met a woman coming around dealing out posters. Such a shame. However, I feel it would help if all cat owners taught their cat to come to a whistle or, as we taught our Siamese cats when I was a child: To come to the sound of bells ringing. (A larger, noisier type than the bells commonly put on cat collars.) Teaching was SOOO simple: We rang them when they were to be fed. They learnt easily and they would come flying in from neighbouring gardens whenever they heard the bells, mealtime or not - and of course got a good reward - or a meal. We could then shut them in for the night or in the day if we went out for a longer period. When, on the rare occasion, our cats went missing, we would walk around the roads rattling the bells like mad - and it always worked! MUCH better than shouting their names!
24th of July
Not one single photo! We went to lure coursing (same venue as last time) with Timmi and Dasher and it rained non-stop - it had also rained non-stop the 2 days previously and until this afternoon, the 25th, where it appears to be clearing up. Despite everything soaking wet, even the cakes!!! (which were in a big tent but it just rained horizontally inside), we all had just as wonderful fun time and the dogs ran well and loved it just the same as always! Dasher ran twice and not only through heavily waterlogged grass but also through a little "pond" of water that had collected in the low bit. He surely is a Mr Tough Guy, as he apparently didn't notice these extra hurdles en route! Timmi was cleverer and being taller, he could see and run around the worst of the pond, whilst still putting up a good show and racing close to the hare! His toe appears fine but one go is enough as he will be 9 years old on the 7th of August, so no need to push our luck. Great fun was had by all but as I don't own an under-water camera, I never even got my camera out - not even to take Svend eating the cakes, ha ha!!!!
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it a good day.
5th of July
Grandchild on a visit - and Dasher knows he will have to share his cage yet again!!! It's more of a tight squeeze than ever.
We spent a day at "Birkegårdens haver" where there are also many different animals where one can go in to and pet them.
See the size of the baby rabbit at his feet - he is holding it's twin! Right: A bigger baby.
I tried the see-saw - quite fun!!! Svend enjoyed the cream gateau!
2nd of July
27th of June
24th of June
I made a video of my garden/back yard so I can enjoy seeing all the greenery and flowers in the gloomy depths of winter and be cheered up! Clips of the dogs too. www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAufwxRO6FM
22nd of June
Dasher suns himself with Timmi. This is as near as he can get - he knows full well that if he lies against Timmi, (which he is dying to do), Timmi will just get up and walk off.
Dasher has often rattled the toilet paper holder in the spare toilet and often unrolled a few yards as he knows all this will get my immediate attention from my office - but today he ran outside with the whole roll and before I realised - there was a lovely mess!!!! Do hope we don't have to keep the door closed from now on...
17th of June
Dasher meets yet another pretty cat when out on a walk. (Svend was forced to go another way when he too met it shortly afterwards lying in the middle of the path just where he was walking the Whippets!!!) This time Dasher did not get so near - and he was so scared his back went up.
Unfortunately, he barked madly at it...
Both with their backs up!!!!
Then it went for him with a terrible scream so he ran for his life and nearly broke his neck when he reached the end of the flexi-lead - by then he was running at 90 miles an hour! Luckily my arm stayed in it's socket! Then it marched across to the opposite garden, demonstrating that it was in full control of the situation and could do what it wanted, when it wanted!
Last photo shows Dasher looking back at the place where the cat disappeared and STILL with his back up in shock.
and an "old" Whippet friend suddenly invited us to tea and chocolate cake, (wow, did it taste good!!!) - followed by a fabulous dinner later - and we met at a totally WONDERFUL place for training dogs with three giant enclosures together with her Whippet Sophie, the three she is presently looking after and my three dogs, who could all run freely around! A good time was had by all.
Back in the garden afterwards. Morris fell in love with Timmi, who is standing in the middle!
Mille of only 12 weeks crashed out afterwards! Right: Sophie looking elegant!
The sommer dinner - chicken - with white wine...
So nice to be able to take all three dogs. Timmi showed he's the fastest, even tho' the others are much younger and his toe seems just fine after nearly two years of worry and care - see him race around at top speed closely followed by a frustrated younger rival:
2nd of June - my favourite month due to the long, light evenings in Denmark
Funny incident on a walk with Dasher this morning! We met a cat that stood it's ground. Dasher gave one little snort and charged up to it expecting it to run so that he could chase it! But it sized him up as a "stupid little dog" and stood hissing and stared so hard that he fled back to me for help!!! On seeing this, of course the cat took the chance to dash across to the hedge and it disappeared, so I only got one split second chance at a photo - all taken with my left hand as I gripped Dasher's leash with my right!
We went to evening Lure coursing last Wednesday the 11th - but due to rain off and on, I took no photos.
All my dogs love eating fresh grass (amongst MANY other things) and so I bought a packet of special "cat grass" seeds (have done this before with success) and scattered them in a plant tub and waited. This morning before breakfast, Dasher was the first to discover the juicy tips - the others still haven't twigged!
Of course the tub has to be raised up out of pee height! This is placed in their toilet area, I must take some more photos soon of the raised earth and sand-filled toilet, which they really appreciate having! I got the idea from "Kirsten with Borzois", and an article came out of this - so I straight away made my own! I need new photos as all the plants have grown up so much, now 3 years on.
As Arne will be waiting to read: Dasher is 2 years old today, here is the proud birthday rascal taken at noon!
We went coursing last Sunday and first now had time to tell about it - the weather is so lovely and the garden is calling me, there are a thousand jobs needing doing and spring is bursting out all over! We were in Dianalund with house and huge grounds owned by friends Lone and Bamse. Here is one of their 5 dogs, I couldn't resist this photo:
We also met the beautiful "red"coloured new-beginner (and Dasher's new friend) Chico who is from Spain of American parents and owned by a young couple from Finland! Three photos here by kind permission of owner Karoliina!
I haven't succeeded in photographing Chico myself as he never stands still when I see him!
Chico was fun to see having a go! He thought that it was, as he's so used to, a group of dogs he was to play and run together with - so he couldn't at first see what he should do with a stupid bunch of plastic strips!
The first video shows amongst other things, Chico's first ever run. The second shows how well he did the second time - and Dasher, who ran closely past me but knew not to stop but keep on going. Both ran twice - and Dasher was not a bit tired next day! We all had a wonderful time - and for once I could eat the cake - thanks so much to Dorthe who made gluten-free muffins. Svend, who is in every video eating cake - turned the camera briefly on me! See here:
Second time round the course was reversed and Chico ran into an area with no doggy distractions - and ran really well. So he is starting to understand what it's all about! I am sure he will be brilliant once he has got "bitten" by the sport. I filmed so much I had to make two videos from the day. The second video is only of interest to Chicos owners, me and the owners of Floora, Suzi, Grynte and Jensena! www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-7MsLDKDF0
10th of April
Dasher on the alert to see if the neighbours are going to do anything that he can bark at!
Friday 8th of April
Dasher relaxing in the kitchen after his dinner, shows his beautiful Italian elegance and intelligent, loving expression!
Sunday 27th of March
We met up with friends who also own Italians in Valby Parken in Copenhagen - and all dogs had great fun! You can see how they enjoyed being DOGS in the video! Dasher met new friend Chico for first time - and Chico tried to show who was boss with two demonstrations of "power" but Dasher didn't really care - he understood! Chico is not so used to socialising with others, but he's learning fast!
(A screen shot - so bad quality.)
To ensure a promt recall I took a tip from Chico's "mom" and had a bag of sausage bits in my pocket, but I soon became covered in sausage grease from head to foot including a sausage smelling camera! I think it has to be dry chicken breast next time! Anyway the sausage worked as the video shows, he came to me every other minute or so! I also pinned a note on his coat saying that if he has run off and been found, to ring my mobile! (He only has our home number on his collar, which isn't smart where we are far away!) Luckily this precaution proved unnecessary as he did not run off like last time. See them all here:
Wednesday the 23nd of March 2011
Sunday the 20th of March 2011
Saturday afternoon the 19th of March 2011
Friday morning the 18th of March 2011
Tuesday the 15th of March 2011
Sunday the 13th of March 2011
A big personal accomplishment for me today! I was able to visit my son and daughter-in-law for the first time since I broke my leg in September! They live on the 5th floor in Copenhagen and no elevator!! I knew I could get up there, but getting down is harder and up to now has been quite impossible - unless I go down backwards, which would take hours! However, when I tried, I have progressed so much that I could walk down more or less normally! Wonderful!
Sunday the 6th of March 2011
Wednesday the 2nd of March 2011
Monday the 28th of February 2011
The 21st of February 2011
The 14th of February 2011
23rd January 2011: Special answer til Paula Weir, one of my blog fans!
Yes, I have noticed Whippets are excellent "watch dogs” and seem to have an innate sense for the "out of the ordinary" - and warn their owners accordingly.
I particularly noticed it when I was working freelance at home for a large advertising agency with a big customer with several stores in the west of Denmark. (The agency and I are in the east, near Copenhagen!) It was summer, my small office/studio with two drawing boards and complete with darkroom, (no computers in those days - this came later!), was off a small yard behind our house. As I finished each ad. - and I was often working on two at a time, there was always such total panic at sales times, I called a taxi service to take my work to the airport and send it off by air to the different local newspapers in west Denmark. (Everything needed perfect timing or an empty space could appear in a newspaper, which the agency would have to pay for – for nothing!)
So I was under great pressure. The dogs were quietly in their beds surrounding me – this is how wonderful Whippets are, they know when they are not wanted, and are just happy to be near you. I had the door open as it was hot weather.
I always told the taxi company to tell the man to come straight round to the back yard and not waste time ringing on the front door.
When one appeared (hesitatingly) at the yard gate, the dogs went into shock at the intrusion, rushed at the gate and did a special warning bark and acted really fierce. Most drivers didn’t dare to open the gate until I came out and welcomed them in, then the dogs would be friendly too - they took their cues from me!
See, the difference was, that guests who come to the front door, are immediately welcomed inside and thereby "approved of" in the dog's eyes - and the dogs copy us and are just as as warmly welcoming as we are.
But if a person suddenly turns up un-noticed and unescorted and doesn’t appear to have "owner permission” to come in, then they warn me of “trespassers" and potential danger and try to ward the person off!
AS SOON as I show that the person is welcome, greet them, and ask them to come in, the dog's attitude changes and they become welcoming and friendly.
A great many dogs have this trait, but one just doesn’t associate it with WHIPPETS!
They will also bark if the neighbours make “mystical noises” - even at times will bark at the neighbour's visitors in their own driveway! They just need to be told that everything IS alright! How can they know? They are only dogs!
17th of January 2011
January the 13th 2011