Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Texas Bovine






Holy Cow Dog! What is that? This is 3 year old, Greys Robin Hood from Jefferson County Kennel Club Track. He would be a fun one to name. I'd love to name him Bovine and call him Bo, but that goes against not wanting to rhyme with "No". Texas was another one because one of his white spots looks like a Texas Longhorn. The possibilities are endless.











No, I am NOT going to keep him. He is a high prey drive misfit somewhat like Travis, but he is far too large for me. He can just about carry me away. I haven't decided what is too big. While height can get in the way of of Agility, I think overall balance is most crucial. Unfortunately, this guy has a really long back. He barely fits in our 48" long crate. Some length gives the dog flexiblity, but too much makes it hard for them to collect and use their rearends to clear jumps, make tight turns, and adjust for tricky situations.











So Robin is here at our house for 1 month of boot camp. He leaves the first Saturday in October (Pam, make sure that is on your calendar :-). Hopefully, I can make some progress, expose him to the outside world, and do some obedience training. Sometimes I think on a dog like this, its best not to "fix" their bad habits too much before adoption. The right person who can manage his prey drive needs to adopt him. I think its best if that person does see the worst of it, so they do not get complacent and they know right off the bat what they are getting into. But maybe I can tone it down a little. I think his best bet is to head for a Texas adoption group. Someone would get a kick out of that longhorn on his back.






16 comments:

Carrie said...

OH MY, what a long neck he has, too! What about the dock jumping thing? The rear-end would just have to follow!! Can you video your progress with this adorable cow dog? He is sooo cute and his ears look like a puppy. Can't wait for the others to see his pic and come up with a cute name for him. Good luck and much success with your new boy :o)
Carrie & Tippy Toes Lexi

KF-in-Georgia said...

I was looking at him and thinking, "He sure looks like Jacey." I did a "test mating" on the Greyhound Racing and Breeding Database to get both dogs' ancestry up at the same time. Yep. Jacey's grandsire (Grey Statesman) is Robin's great-grandsire. (Grey Statesman is actually the only US-born grandparent Jacey has; her other three are Irish-born.)
http://www.greyhound-data.com/dbtestmating.php?&sireid=1320706&damid=1032356

Happily, Jacey doesn't have Robin's size. Or his prey drive. Have fun!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

In case I wasn't clear.... he is a foster dog. I am not keeping him. He is too big and frets too much for me.

Also, I would never get a GH for dock jumping. There aren't enough events, its very expensive, it can only be practiced when its warm and water levels are high, and I dislike the parent organzation. Its also not much of a challenge. Your dog does it or they don't. Travis was just a special, odd ball greyhound.

Kathy, the funny thing is that Greys Statesman isn't even a parti-color, he's fawn :-).

Jen

Maria Peters said...

He does have wierd proportions, but do love his long horn mark and his sweet face. I want to know what his behavior looks like....do tell!

Sientay L said...

He's a beauty. The Texas Longhorn pattern is pretty cool. Maybe there's a Longhorn fan who's a greyhound/obedience lover who will adopt him. You should take a picture with him so we can see how big he really is. It's kinda hard to tell with him alone. I'm thinking he's big like Tom and Army were (The Sills' hounds).

Carrie said...

Jen...I was just joking both about the dock jumping and him being your new boy...I know he is a foster but I also know how great of a trainer you are and if there is anything special he can do, you will bring it out of him. Have fun working with him and please share his progress. That's all.

Zan said...

Can't wait to hear more about Robin, I mean Texas, I mean Bo, I mean.... He is good looking but even in the pic without another hound for comparison, I can tell he's a really looong dog. I know you'll work wonders with him, but know what you mean about not wanting to make too much progress "fixing" him. He'll make the perfect hound for the right person.

greytblackdog said...

you know longhorn cattle are suborn, ornery, and handsome. it's no surprise this dog is male! i do love his markings.

much patients training greyhounds takes. yeesssssss. (greyhound yoda)

KF-in-Georgia said...

Jen, I've given up trying to predict colors from the ancestors. Jacey's sire and dam both were black. Their litter of nine produced 4 black (makes sense), 2 (red) brindles, 1 black brindle, 1 black brindle with white, and one lone white-with-black. Jacey doesn't have a white-with-black ancestor until you get back to her great-grandparents, where 3 of the 8 were white-with-black.

Jacey, like Robin, has white markings in her black saddle-blanket. She's got what looks like a very lame "J" on her back. She's also got a "kiss spot": a largish black patch in the white of her neck, just behind her ear. And she's got very lopsided coloring on her face, although as she ages, the lopsidedness is becoming less pronounced since the black is turning white.

Addie said...

He's really good looking, isn't he? The first name that springs to mind is "Bevo", which is the name of the mascot for UT Austin.

I know it rhymes with no, but what a perfect name for a dyed in the wool longhorn!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I think you can get away with a "Bevo". The extra syllable in front helps. I think most tend to respond to the first syllable. Like Radar doesn't rhyme with Reagan, but she jumped up when she heard "Ray".

You couldn't ask for a more beautiful color and markings. He definitely has that going for him.

Jen

IHateToast said...

my b&w dog was named robin, too. that just isn't a name for a dog.

i hope he ends up in texas. i'm catching up, so i know you had to give him up. the big drum for ut's band is big bertha.

Anonymous said...

Wow he is one stunning hound there. I have a Greys Statesman sun and he is also a very long bodied boy. Stunning boy!!

PhillyPups said...

Wow he is one stunning hound there. I have a Greys Statesman sun and he is also a very long bodied boy. Stunning boy!!

Sorry, now I have an identity. :)

Wish I had a bigger place, he is so stunning.

Tiffyks said...

Oh Wow is he stunning....If he is still around in January...I just might be making a trip south....I have a cowdog that is marked like him and our hired hand who is a mexican calls our Teagan, Pinto....she is marked like a pinto horse...But you could go with T-bone..or shorten it to T-bo...Texas Bovine...
tiffyks

Anonymous said...

OMG, if I'd seen this two days ago (when he ate his bed), I'd've given you $35 and my muscular, compact, "will work for food" Joseph in trade. Just kidding ... I think LOL. If you can, teach your big foster fella how to go up and down stairs properly. That's the one thing I don't want to have to do again with a > 60 lb. dog. Enjoy him while you've got him! -- Batmom