Lol, see what I did there? I’ll let myself out. I’ve been a little absent these days. After moving, starting a new job and adopting a dog. Now that I’ve settled a little bit, I figured I would come back to writing more often now. So sit down, and get ready because I am about to learn you a few things.
Here is what I have learned after 2 months of adopting a greyhound.
He is seriously as stubborn, if not more stubborn, than I am. Not only having patience with him, but also for him. He needs a long time to adjust to our life as he spent majority of his in a cage or on the track. So, meeting other dogs or learning what mirrors are, are a big deal to him. Also, learning how to accept people being close in proximity to him. Maybe he’ll always be like this (because, same) but, sometimes this can be a little discouraging.
I am responsible for what goes inside of him, and I want to make sure it’s some prime shit. If your dog gets sick and it could potentially be from something you gave him, is an overwhelming feeling of pure guilt.
Look at problems in a different light
We had a minor issue a few weeks ago when Rory, out of the blue, became really anxious. He wouldn’t eat, wouldn’t come out of our bedroom (his “safe space”) and didn’t care for walks anymore (his most favorite thing in the entire world). Some small advice I was given was to look at his anxiety and break down why he gets anxious and treat the anxiousness in parts. So for example, if he doesn’t like motorcycles, figure out what about the motorcycle he doesn’t like and why he doesn’t like it. Then treat the problem in parts. Or, if you don’t know what that means, let him work it out himself.
The greyhound community, or maybe the dog community in general, is fanatical about helping each other out. Our adoption center has a facebook group where other pet parents can go to for questions, recommendations, etc. It might take them a few hours to respond, but when they do they share their stories and how they have dealt with similar things. So its nice to be able to talk to people who have done it, rather than my vet who said “well, if he isn’t eating we’re going to have to do X-rays and more vet visits to see if he has a disease or infections yada yada ya”
Which leads me to my next point, take vet recommendations with a grain of salt.
Vets get paid by certain dog food/supplement brands. So, partly because I was curious and partly because my boss worked for Solid Gold previously, I wanted to see what brands she would recommend. And yeeesh, the higher/premium brands she mentioned were, for the most part, good brands. But it should have started and ended there. So please, do your own research. You are your pets advocate, just like parents are advocates for their kids.
Most importantly: Adopt, don’t shop.
I always thought I would want a tiny baby pup, because puppies are so stinking adorable. However, seeing Rory essentially learn the home life is sort of like an adult puppy. Watching him assess something for the first time, chew on a bone he’s never had before, or investigate a new toy because he’s never seen one sort of breaks my heart a bit. He’s 4 years old and yet majority of his life was spent in a kennel, waiting to run on a track. And these kennels are not like going to the humane society where they have a bed and a toy. These cages are stacked on top of each other with nothing else in their kennel. How could I, after adopting him and seeing how many others are just like him, not want to adopt more and try to love on as many greyhounds as I possible could.
That’s all for now, bye guys!