I'm Jennifer living near Atlanta, Georgia. This blog is about my greyhound adventures. Thank you for letting me brag about my wonderful greyhounds and share our ups and downs as we train and compete in agility and obedience. We have also done a little dock jumping, tracking, swimming, and lots of hiking. No couch potatoes on this blog! My hounds still work and play for a living and they love every minute of it!
"Riley" (age 10 years) MACH3 Never A Doubt CD MXC MJC Always the Bridesmaid Precious, wonderful, content Ex-Racer #2 Agility Greyhound 67 QQs 4537 MACH Pts
"Seven" (Age 8 years) MACH4 Never Satisfied MXC MJB2 Drama Queen "Pain & Gain" Movie Star Ex-Racer #1 Agility Greyhound 80QQs 4652 MACH Pts The Best
"Maddie" (age 4) Kells Never Drink Mad Dog 20/20 MX MXJ MJB My First Puppy Coursing Bloodlines Clown Hound AMK9 Biathalon Finisher 12QQs ~950 MACH Pts
BEHIND THE SCENES
Reagan (age 9 years) "Never Swing Left OA NAJ" A Member of Wurzinger Family
Katie "MACH Never Had Braces UD" 05/17/1998 - 10/21/2010 1st MACH Greyhound 14th Utility Dog Greyhound #5 Greyhound in AKC Agility Retired Oct. 2007 1 Squirrel Catch Kong Excavator Extraordinaire Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Travis MACH2 Never Expected CDX 06/08/1998 - 07/26/2008 #1 Greyhound in AKC Agility 1st GH to earn 2 MACHs Junior Jumper Dock Dogs title A Stunning, Sexy Dog Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Jessie Never Make It FCh CD NA NAJ 08/03/92 - 05/12/04 2 Coursing Best of Breeds #19 ASFA GH out of 300+ in '97 Greatest Teacher My Screw Up Dog
"Teresa CD AX AXJ" 1994? - 11/17/06 #6 Greyhound in AKC Agility Most Humbling Excellent Hiking Companion Coursing Field "Chump" Safe, Slow, and Sweet
Recently, Riley was sentenced to face jail. When it comes to wounds, Riley is notorious for making them worse with licking. She can turn a small infraction of a wound into a felony in just a few minutes. In this case, Riley sliced her webbing between two toes.
I am a big fan of keeping wound treatment as simple as possible with cold hosing and air. Cold hosing is a gentle way to clean a wound. It flushes it out and cools any inflammation. I will wash with a gentle soap if necessary, but mostly I allow the cool water to flow over the wound.
Once cold hosing is completed, I dry the wound using a hair dryer on a LOW, COOL SETTING. When dealing with an area such as between toes, it is especially important to thoroughly dry the wound and to make sure it gets plenty of air.
If at all possible, I try not to bandage as it often delays healing. This means you have to protect the wound from the dog in another way. Some dogs are great and leave their wounds alone (Katie and Reagan) and others are serial lickers (Riley). One of the many great features about racing greyhounds is that they are accustomed to wearing a basket muzzle without being offended. So using a muzzle for a few days is a great way to protect a wound.