Monday, October 20, 2008

Nathan needs a home

Actually I know of several adult whippets who are available to new homes, but let me tell you about Nathan first.

In August or thereabouts, I posted here about three dogs I picked up from another breeder...which story I will try to finish tonight.

One of these guys is Nathan, who is now ready for his best friend to show up and take him home. He is eight years old and was returned to his breeder a few months ago due to divorce. He is in fine health, though he has a very slight cough sometimes, which we are told is due to scarring in his lungs from almost drowning as a puppy. It sounds higher than lungs to me, more like damage to his esophagus from a choke collar, but whatever, it doesn't interfere with his quality of life at all. His heart sounds fine and he is heartworm negative.

Nathan is a gentleman in the house. He'd do just fine in a home with no other dogs or with a female. He doesn't like other male dogs. Well, that's an understatement. He really doesn't like other male dogs.

That caught us by surprise because he is so low-key in all other ways. He'll chase a toy and bring it back, but mostly he loves to just lie around on the sofa or go for walks. He's very affectionate and really loves to snuggle up next to me on the sofa while I read or watch TV.

We have thought very seriously about keeping this boy here as a pet -- Walt simply loves him -- but we have a male German Shepherd and another male whippet, and the possibilities of a fight are too great.

Nathan does wear a "belly band" to keep him from marking his territory in the house, but in a household with no other males, he probably wouldn't even need that. He's quiet, housebroken, crate-trained (though he is not above complaining about it when we put him to bed every night), leash trained, and just an all-round easy dog to live with.

He would need to be neutered when he goes to a new home, but his vaccinations are current, he's on heartworm preventive, and has no parasites. If you know someone who'd like to share a home with Nathan, please fill out our questionnaire and drop me a line at There are more pictures of him on our Picasa photos site

I often know of other adult whippets whose breeders are looking for perfect homes for them. If you want a whippet but are not up to the demands of a puppy, fill out our questionnaire and I may be able to put you in touch with someone who can help.


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