Sunday, September 14, 2008

White Flag





As requested, here are some size comparison pictures. The brindle, Stacker, is our tallest/biggest greyhound (29+ inches at the shoulder). He is about an inch taller than Robin, but you can see that Robin is a few inches longer. The photo will come up larger if you click on it. If I did not do agility or obedience I would probably prefer the bigger dogs. They are just so cool looking.







Reagan is our most petite. She is about 25 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs about 48 pounds.




Well, the Texas Bovine went back to Pam and Glen's yesterday. I hate to admit defeat, but he was just not doing well here. I am not sure what triggers him, but when we confine him to our dog room or to a crate, he frets and worries. Sometimes he is just fine and other times he is desperate and disruptive. I can't pin point it. He is never alone. The room is open and gated doorways provide plenty of visiability into other rooms. Most canine guests have no problem hanging out in the dog room with a twin bed mattress to sleep on. But Robin has what I can only describe as a panic attack. Like I said, not always, but probably half the time. Its not just a whimpering and complaining, its complete and utter frustration and desperation.... barking, howling, crying, and some sort of chirping noise. It is very disruptive and he simply did not fit into how we do things here. I just don't have it in me to work on the house problem for the next 3 weeks. Unfortunately, Robin has a history of this at the JCKC kennel as well. He was far from being a kennel favorite. Luckily, he did pretty well with Pam and Glen. He may end up staying there.







10 comments:

Pam said...

Robin had a good first day/night back with us. He spent the evening/night in an x-pen in the dining room, next to Ranch. No fretting. He did get all the dogs in the house howling this morning, but that was when it was time to go out and he immediately quieted again. So, fingers crossed...

Pam

Addie said...

First of all, the comparison photos are great. You can really see what a huge guy he is. You know what they say...everything's bigger in Texas. Even though he's a Georgia boy now, he's representing my adopted home state very nicely with his size and 'horns.

Pam, it sounds like he was just missing you too much at Jen's house. :-)

Adrienne

Chris said...

Jen,
I don't know if you remember, but my Grace was like that. She absoluted hated to be crated. She pulled the gate off of a large Vari-kennel and and destroyed a Midwest. When I gave up trying to crate her while I was at work, she did great roaming the house. That is along as she could have a window to see me leave. Being a newbie, it never hit me to muzzle her.

Sientay L said...

Reagan looks so small next to him.
I'm sorry you couldn't figure out what bothers him. Glad he's doing well back at Pam and Glen's. Maybe he just wanted to go back to their place:)

Pam said...

He really is doing well, so far... very calm and quiet in his x-pen. When he was here before, we had transitioned him to having run of the house with the rest of our crew. I'll try to get him back to that point again quickly.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Glad he's doing well with you, Pam. He can be your token rescue dog. You were running out of NGA dogs anyway, right? :-) He probably would do best being left out most of the time, but guests aren't going to get more freedom than my dogs. There are just too many of them to not be supervised or confined.

Jen

Pam said...

I'm guessing he's doing well here because our house is very calm and quiet. There are no neighbors, few outside noises, and our dogs are all couch potatoes. So, there isn't anything to grab his interest.

I may try to get him into one of the prison programs. He could probably do well with that kind of routine and training.

KF-in-Georgia said...

Sorry your houseguest couldn't get the hang of the routine. But I'm glad he's settled back in with Pam and Glenn--glad he had a nice home to go back to.

Maybe he just felt like the odd-cow-out at your house. ;)

greytblackdog said...

i think kathy may have hit on something. maybe robin was a vegetarian or hindu and didn't like the whole cow thing.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Or maybe Robin felt treated like a vegetarian since he had to eat cereal (Nutro kibble) while the others ate real food (chicken backs) :-).

He was just frustrated when he wasn't getting his way and he complained loudly about it. Being loud is just a big pet peeve of mine.

Jen