Monday, March 28, 2016

Good dogs needing good homes!

A couple more really wonderful dogs looking for retirement homes! These dogs are in the midwest but the owner will transport to the perfect home. Both are neutered, totally up to date on shots, and have been thoroughly health checked. 

The following descriptions are from the current owner and are quite comprehensive. They should answer any questions you have. You will be able to tell from the descriptions that these dogs are dearly loved and have been incredibly well cared for. It has been an excruciating decision for the owner to let them go, so please inquire only after you have read their descriptions and are seriously interested. She would love to place them together but will separate them if necessary.

Write me at sharyn@timbreblue.com for the owner's contact information. She can provide photos and more information.

Boy #1


The first boy is blue with white markings, 8 1/2 years old. He's 41 pounds and on the large end of male whippets, solidly built. He is very friendly and has never met a stranger. He generally gets along well with other dogs, is highly intelligent and inquisitive. He is not a dog that enjoys a lot of fawning attention and kissing but likes to be near me and follows me all over the house and enjoys a good body rub. He doesn’t want to miss a thing and is always up for playing, walking or something new. He is obedience trained.

He is currently being fed Pro-Plan light with some raw feeding at night. He also receives Duralactin and Omega-3 supplements as well as glucosamine for his muscles. He is also on monthly heartworm (Heartgard Plus) and flea/tick (Frontline Plus). He has his teeth brushed every week and his nails dremmeled to keep them short.  He is given treats (a lot) and rawhides to chew. He was just vaccinated with a three-year rabies and his fecal, heartworm test and a chemistry panel run in March 2016 were all negative or normal. He lost a front tooth a few years ago when it fractured. His teeth tend to stain a bit but they do not have tartar build up.

This dog loves to run and is a tennis ball ADDICT. He will literally chase the tennis ball until he is beyond exhausted. He does tend to overheat, especially in summer and humid weather so I keep the ball playing to a minimum and in cooler weather. He will usually tell you when he is done. He loves to walk anywhere with his human and the other dogs. He is very good on the leash. 

He is also excellent in a crate. He does like to bark when things are going on outside. He is not cat safe, likely not small dog safe and is not to be trusted off leash…he will chase anything that moves and will keep on going. He does not tend to jump up as his back also has some permanent issues from hard running. Due to this I don’t recommend running him next to the bike…walking and free running are better for him. NO dog parks.

What I am looking for in a home:

I am looking for a loving home that will make this boy the focus of their attention, give him plenty of exercise and interaction. He gets bored very easily and likes to be busy. I want a home that will love him dearly and take excellent care of him. I think he would do better with canine companions, either male or female. I think he will do well with men or women and hopefully more than one. No exposure to children but I think he would love them because they are BUSY!   I would prefer a home with a fenced yard. He is used to using a dog door as well but will run if not fenced in. I would prefer a home that either has a Whippet or has been exposed to Whippets.

Boy #2

This boy is black with white markings and 5 1/2 years old. He is a very tall whippet, almost three inches taller than most males, but elegant and graceful. Most people think he is a small greyhound. He is a friendly and very sensitive dog although he can be a bit aloof with strangers. He loves to be kissed and stroked and be near you wherever you are. He has been allowed on the couch and sleeps in bed (he likes to be under the sheets) or right next to the bed. He likes to be where I am. He has basic obedience training and is very, very good in a crate. He travels in a crate as well.  He has had no exposure to children and I am not sure how he would be with them. 

 He is currently being fed Eukanuba Adult Mini-chunks with some raw feeding at night. No medications or supplements other than monthly heartworm (Heartgard Plus) and flea/tick (Frontline Plus). He has his teeth brushed every week and his nails dremmeled to keep them short.  He is given treats (a lot) and rawhides to chew. He was just vaccinated with a three-year rabies and his fecal, heartworm test and a chemistry panel run in March 2016 were all negative or normal.

 This is a boy who loves to run and run very fast. He is not even remotely cat safe and likely not small dog safe and is not to be trusted off leash…he will chase anything that moves. He likes to run through your legs when he is happy and will show front teeth (smile) and woo woo as well when all is good in his world. He also likes to mouth your hand, finger or wrist when happy. He does NOT and has never bitten. Opening his mouth is a happy thing!  He will chase balls and toys but not for long. He loves to play tug with other dogs and likes to go running next to the bike. He loves to walk anywhere with his human as well. He is very good on the leash and does not pull. He is scared of thunderstorms, but if he can be near you, he is fine, he does not freak out. No choke chains. NO off-lead as he will chase anything. NO dog parks. He does like to bark at things too and is a very good protection dog. 

What I am looking for in a home:

I am looking for a loving home that will make this whippet the focus of their attention, love him dearly and take excellent care of him. He needs to be active daily, spend minimal time in a crate (not 8 to 12 hours) and would do better with at least one other dog, females would probably be better. He is used to multiple people and dogs in the house so I am not sure how he would do with just one owner. He has not had a lot of exposure to men. I would prefer a home with a fenced yard. He is used to using a dog door as well. I would prefer a home that either has a Whippet or has been exposed to Whippets.




Friday, March 18, 2016

Available: Atari and Sega

Atari and Sega live together in Maryland, but do not necessarily need to be placed together. They get along with each other, but are not exceedingly fond of each other!

Atari is a fawn and white male, ten years old. For those of you familiar with our dogs, he is Juliet's brother from the 2006 Phonetics litter. He is still a bit rambunctious and would do best in an active home with older kids and someone to do stuff with him. He's too rough for younger children and would knock a toddler down with his exuberance!

Atari
Atari is okay with indoor cats, but we don't advise leaving any whippet unsupervised with cats. He mostly gets along with other dogs, though he can be protective of  his food. He would probably be happiest in an only-dog home where a person is home most of the time, He's fine to leave alone uncrated, actually does not like the crate. He rings a bell to go out to potty and does not mark in the house. He has had some obedience and agility training, but it's been awhile. He doesn't like riding in the car, but tolerates it without getting sick.

Atari is leash trained but not great on the leash; he gets over-excited and pulls a lot when he sees other dogs, cars, people, whatever. His ideal home would be one with a fenced yard where he could run, where no one takes him a lot of places in the car and is not especially big on walking him on a leash.

He is neutered and up to date on all veterinary care and vaccinations.

Sega is a red and white almost-ten-year-old female who would  be best in a home with no kids. She is
Sega (left) and Atari (right)
also okay with indoor cats. Sega is good in a crate and is used to being crated during the day while owners are at work, and she sleeps in a crate. She rings a bell to be let outside to potty. Sega has her rally novice title and has had obedience training as well. In the interest of full disclosure, we'll state upfront that she is a counter surfer. She loves the car and does well in it. Sega is a couch potato and is perfectly happy to lie around the house all day!

She is spayed and up to date on all veterinary care and vaccinations.

If you'd like to learn more about Atari or Sega, contact Andrea at Sheepyrock@aol.com.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Placing Adult Whippets

Because we seem to get a lot of traffic on this blog (Lord knows why--we are not exactly great at keeping it current, though we're always striving to do better!) we're sometimes contacted by people looking to find excellent homes for their beloved whippets. There are many reasons people have to give up dogs and until you've walked in a whole lot of moccasins, it's best not to second guess them.

Life does not always work out exactly the way we've planned and sometimes it is better for the dog to go on to a second chapter in his life. Having rehomed a number of adult dogs, I know the pain and guilt involved, but I can say every dog we've let go to another home has ended up happy, spoiled rotten, with just as good (or better!) care than he or she got here. As hard as it is, I have never regretted it. I've missed the dogs, and still do, but I know I made the decision that was best for the animal, if not for my broken heart.

These past couple of weeks, we've learned about several older dogs looking for retirement homes. The oldest of these dogs is ten, and they all still have life to live and love to give. My Ivy lived to five days short of 16, and up until two days before she died, was playing with her toys, running ahead of me on walks, and in general, running the household. Most whippets live to 12 - 14 at least and many make it longer than that with a good quality life.

Older dogs are easier to live with than puppies, you don't have the whole housetraining issue, they're already leash trained, crate trained, over the carsickness...in short, as Walt says frequently, "If people knew about old dogs, we wouldn't be able to give puppies away!" Mature dogs are especially good for people who think they want a whippet but aren't ready to commit to a puppy or for someone looking for a companion for another whippet.

And you would be amazed at how quickly they bond to you. Whippets are the original "love the one you're with" breed!

More Good Dogs in Flux and the Story of Babs

A couple of months ago-- okay, three months ago -- I posted about a couple of good dogs looking for homes. We were inundated with emails about them and they found homes very quickly. Thanks so much to all of you willing to open your hearts and homes to them.

Now we know of a few more. They are not here at Timbreblue, but I can put you in touch with their owners. I can tell you about a couple of them now and there are a couple more I believe with be available soon. None of these dogs are rescues. They are well-bred, well-loved and well-cared-for and are only looking for homes because life has a way of throwing curveballs. Most of them are mature adults...eight or nine years old, Their owners have decided that their circumstances have changed to the point that it would be better for the dogs to start the second halves of their lives in new homes where they will be just as pampered. This is a hard, hard decision to make and shows how much these dogs are loved.

Before we get to them, though, let me tell you about Babs. Babs came to us when she was 12 years old and many of our friends were horrified that her owners could let such an old girl go. But when the family had acquired Babs, they were mostly-at-home folks with a stay-at-home mom and three kids. Years came and went and suddenly the kids went to college, Dad was working out of town all week, and Mom went back to an eight-hour job...with a two-hour commute.  Suddenly little Babs was spending all day and half the evening alone. She was miserable. Her family called to ask if we thought rescue would take her. She was still in good health, but her quality of life had been greatly reduced in the last year or two. We said sure rescue would take her, but we had a better idea. She could come live with us.

It took Babs all of two days to adjust to us as her new family and we enjoyed her for a year before she was diagnosed with cancer. We wouldn't have missed that time with her for the world, and her last year was spent surrounded with love and other whippets, The moral of Babs' story is that older dogs can be perfectly content in a new home as long as they are spoiled adequately.

Babs changed my attitude entirely about rehoming older dogs. I came to realize that these owners, far from being uncaring or irresponsible, are taking the best option for the dog rather than for themselves. It is an extremely difficult and selfless decision to allow an old friend to start a new life in another loving home when the first one is no longer the best one. Once when I was placing a young adult dog with  family with children, the eight-year-old daughter exclaimed, "Now she will have more people who love her as much as you do!" Out of the mouths of babes...

Next up, more good dogs looking for homes!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The best way to make a whippet happy....a cozy cave!

We've discovered that whippets love cozy caves more than anything in the world. Cozy caves are a type of dog bed that has a built-in cover, sort of like a built-in blanket and your whippet can "nest" in the cozy cave without needing assistance with covers. They're just a requirement for any whippet owner, and multiple whippets require multiple cozy caves. The following is a link to the large-sized cozy cave, but you might want to look into the extra-large if you have the space and multiple dogs. Cozy caves rule!!

>> Find Cozy Caves on Amazon


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