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1/1/12 10:48 P

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A very sad thing for everyone. I guess it serves to remind us that any dog can bite. But what a tough situation. I'm sorry that anyone would have to go thrugh that, and hope the best for the grey.




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12/31/11 1:57 P

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I will. I probably won't get to Boulder until next weekend unless these 60mph wind gusts die down. The wind is horrendous today.

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12/31/11 1:14 P

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My dogs really don't like the muzzles when we first put them on. They spend more time trying to get them off but that's okay. It is still a distraction. They eventually settle down and just accept that they are staying on. They look at me with those sad puppy eyes like they are being punished. Small treat and they start forgetting. It is worth the piece of mind.

Let me know how it works out!

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12/31/11 10:15 A

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You made a good point and made me feel a little better. We got to the kennel early and he was very excited to see the other greyhounds. He didn't even come out of the kennel when I started my truck. He was also very happy to see the lady that runs the kennel.

There are three stores in Boulder, CO that sell the happy muzzle, so I can take my mutt and get her fitted. She gets anxious around new people so if she will tolerate the muzzle I could use it until she feels safe. In those situations, it would be great to eliminate her ear piercing bark.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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12/31/11 9:06 A

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www.doginthecity.net/

They do work on a shorter nosed dog. Our other dog is a mutt and he has more of a traditional dog length (not short like a pug but more like a lab). It actually fits him just slightly better.

I am sure you two are depressed. Not to make you feel worse but dogs are extremely resilient. You beautiful Maverick is probably around other greyhounds and although is missing you, he will quickly adapt. I often think my greyt would go home with just about anyone if given the chance. The person I always adopt from has an indoor kennel and she is always a little saddened how excited the greyhounds are to go willingly into someone else's car that they don't even know and just leave her:)


Molly- I'm a Buckeye (Ohio)

"I'm a running contradiction....I am a runner and I am lazy. I know that running allows me to enjoy my down time to a greater level. I am a runner first, lazy second. For me, these aren't mutually exclusive terms. Without one, I couldn't enjoy the other."

Thank you so much Bob Schwartz (I Run, Therefore I Am- Nuts!) for this lovely, funny insight into my life.

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12/30/11 11:13 P

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I've never heard of happy muzzles. I don't see them on Amazon. Where did you find them? Would they work on a short nosed dog? My boxer/beagle mix is great with little kids, but not so much with older ones so I could have a new problem coming as the kids get older.

Laila and I are quite depressed these days. If it's hard on us, I hate to think of what it's done to Maverick.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

Ellen


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12/30/11 9:59 P

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I don't know about the type of soft muzzle your greyt came with. The muzzles's we bought were called happy muzzles. The dogs could still drink and take very tiny bits of treats through them. We would leave the muzzle's on the dogs for the majority of the day when the nieces were around. We never had them for extended periods of time. However I would image you would have to give your dog periodic breaks from wearing them. They functionally keep the dogs from being able to inflict harm but they are a little more giving then the typical muzzle.

I guess it is good that your grandson did not become overly fearful and set up a bad pattern for later in life (with a fear of dogs).

Molly- I'm a Buckeye (Ohio)

"I'm a running contradiction....I am a runner and I am lazy. I know that running allows me to enjoy my down time to a greater level. I am a runner first, lazy second. For me, these aren't mutually exclusive terms. Without one, I couldn't enjoy the other."

Thank you so much Bob Schwartz (I Run, Therefore I Am- Nuts!) for this lovely, funny insight into my life.

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12/30/11 8:58 P

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Would it have been cruel to keep him muzzled for several days? He came with a soft muzzle that we never used. Unfortunately my grandson had no fear of the dog even after he was bitten. He still wanted to walk Maverick and feed him. For that reason I'd have to keep Maverick muzzled when he's around. Once a year we have our grandson for about 10 days and there have been a few weekends as well.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

Ellen


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12/29/11 10:58 P

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I am very sad for you and know you did not make this decision lightly.

Safety does come first. Even the most tolerate dog has the potential to harm. You may never know what prompted the bit, all you can do is take the appropriate action.

For the longest time we muzzled (soft muzzles) both our greyhound and our mutt whenever my nieces came over. Since we do not have children we knew the dogs were not familiar with that type of interaction. After a couple years as the children grew and the dogs became more comfortable, we have gotten away from the muzzles. We still keep a really close eye all all interactions.

Molly- I'm a Buckeye (Ohio)

"I'm a running contradiction....I am a runner and I am lazy. I know that running allows me to enjoy my down time to a greater level. I am a runner first, lazy second. For me, these aren't mutually exclusive terms. Without one, I couldn't enjoy the other."

Thank you so much Bob Schwartz (I Run, Therefore I Am- Nuts!) for this lovely, funny insight into my life.

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12/29/11 9:31 P

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Sorry that you had to give Maverick back. My doxie will bite if he is disturbed when asleep, but the only time we had a problem with our grey it was because ( as we found out later) that she was in pain and had cancer of the bone in her back legs.

What you did was correct under the circumstances. As much as we love our pets, children come first.
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12/29/11 12:05 P

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We had Maverick for 16 months. I never crated him because I have a small house and a crate for him would be ginormous. Unfortunately if we put him in another room he'd whine constantly until he started chewing through the door.

In hind sight, I realize that I should have trained him to stay in a room by himself. It would have saved both of us a lot of grief. He is back at Rocky Mountain Greyhounds and they do take good care of the dogs.

Wish you and Ember the best!

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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12/29/11 10:16 A

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I'm so sorry to hear that. How long did you have Maverick? If he was out of his home environment he could have just been defensive, but kids' safety comes first and I know that must have been a difficult decision. What rescue group did you get him through?

My Ember was flagged as "no kids", but "on the street" she gets along with them and is friendly, and will go up and give kisses to them. A few months ago, we had a bbq for friends and neighbors, and they brought their kids into our house and the kids (1-2 years old) were laying on the dog and paying with her feet, ears, etc. She tolerated it for a while, but growled when she had enough, and we asked the parents to please keep them back since she was annoyed. Fortunately that was the end of it and no one got hurt. But now I know if kids are going to spend a few hours in the house it's probably best to crate her or confine her to one room.


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12/29/11 7:33 A

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I'm also sorry this happened. Christmas can be a stressful time for both people AND pets. Maverick might not have been the right fit for your family, but he will find the right place. You did what you needed to do. I know it must have been a hard decision.

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12/28/11 11:09 P

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I'm sorry that happened.

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12/28/11 10:41 P

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Sadly, I returned my greyt to the rescue group that placed him with us. I don't know if it was sleep aggression or something else. We were spending Christmas weekend with our daughter and her family, sitting in the living room when Maverick growled and reached over and bit my 4 year old grandson on the cheek. He broke the skin and left cuts, welts and bruises on his cheek.

I've never owned a dog that bit someone. I'm baffled and very sad and I hope that Maverick finds a home soon.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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