Wow! What a lovely update. Are you sure Lucy isn't a lurcher too She certainly loves lurcher play. Have fun all of you. Moss - behave! Or just keep giving them kisses. They are smitten with you. xxxx
We're pretty sure Lucy is pure bred greyhound, at least that's what her ear tatoos and race record point towards. She's listed on the Greyhound Data website as Lethal Liason.
She's grown acustomed to lurcher play now, what with that loopy lurcher Sasha jumping all over the place when she visits. We thought if Lucy could handle that she'd be fine with Moss as he is certainly a lot more sedate than Sasha.
The rescue kennels Sasha came from put her age at about 2 years, but given her bouncy all over the place nature we think she's closer to 1 year old. Moss certainly seems more mature and demure that's for sure. I just have to make sure that when Anne comes to visit with Sasha she takes the right dog home and doesn't sneak off with Moss, as the two look so alike.
I'm going to try and book Moss in at the vets tomorrow. He seems to have developed a skin irritation on the back of his right front elbow which he keeps scratching at. He's made it all red now. Poor mite. We'll get him sorted. The scratching is bothing us as much as the itch seems to be bothering Moss now.
Moss was obviously very itchy when he was here with us and he had a small sore patch on the back of both front elbows At the time I put it down to residual flea bites or possibly flea bite allergy . I did put a bit of Aloe Vera Gelly on the sores on his elbows and that seemed to stop him worrying at them so that might be worth a try Hope it's nothing too serious and really sorry I didn't take it further at the time
I have treatment for Moss's itching now, so hopefully that will clear it all up. He has a minor parisitic infection of the skin. I have treatment for Lucy too just in case she catches it as it maybe a contageous type of mite. The vet wasn't to sure which type it was as there isn't very much on Moss, just the backs of his elbows a bit, a tiny patch on his tummy and a bit around his ears. It should all clear up altogether in 4 weeks, but I should take him back if it looks like it's getting worse and they will do a skin scrape and analysis to see what type of mite it is and try a different course of treatment. Hope it's not contageous, 'cos I don't want it!
Moss is still doing well at home. This morning he scared the life out of me though ... he managed to squeeze and push his way past me in the blink of an eye as I left the house for work this morning. Off he ran across the road to the green on the other side. I ran after him as far as the end of the driveway before I remembered I should shut the front door. So I turned around and to my horror saw Lucy standing on the driveway watching the unfolding chaos. Luckily she's pretty good and went back in when I told her too. Closed the door and proceeded to try and catch Moss. Not easy when your wearing heels I can tell you! Moss was just playing though, he kept running around me about 5 - 6 meters away completely focused on me. After 2 minutes (but what felt like a lifetime) he laid down on the grass and let me grab his collar and lead him back in the house. Little sod! All dogs safe and well and accounted for. No harm done. I'll be using the other door to leave and enter the house now, just in case Mr Houdini is on escape mode. What a little monkey he is!
I had this happen to me not long after we got Lexie. Sandy got out and I ran after him, forgetting about the front door. Suddenly there were two dogs prancing in the road. I stood there, stopped all the traffic as if I were a policeman, and then chased them into a cul de sac, caught them and marched them home reading them the riot act ;D ;D.
But I now know that if someone asked, "what would you do if your dog was in danger" I know I would jump in front of a moving car to save him !! Not very bright I know ;D But he was only little
You're definitely a member of the Saluki X owners club now ;D ;D ;D I bet there's not one of us on here who hasn't at some point or another played the "I'm gonna' stay out of arms reach just long enough to give you an 'art attack" game and then the little bu**ers have the audacity to grin about it
Mind you, I gained a few extra grey hairs, when I had to pull him off the top of a 6' wall without pulling his stitches (I'm only 5' 2") ;D Give him a squeeze for me and then kick his a**e for giving you such a fright
Dx. PS. I've checked both the girlies very thoroughly and there's no signs of any problem with them and neither Mark or I have had any skin irritation so hopefully, it's one of the milder parasites
Had a good day with Moss yesterday. He has been a little bit destructive when left alone with Lucy, but I'm hoping he's whirlwind raid on Monday was a one off and we've found ways to successfully distract him from chewing what he isn't suppose to. Yesterday lunchtime and then yesterday evening the house was 100% in tact, nothing chewed, wee'd on, broken, spilt of knocked over. Good Moss. I took both dogs in my little car to Watt Tyler park as soon as I got home and had Moss on a 4m extendable tape lead. This seems to be a happy compromise for us both and stops Moss pulling my arm out of my socket. I just reel him in when I see another dog coming that's off lead as Moss gets a bit woofy and excitable. We had an hour long walk which was the best ones I've had with him becuase of the tape lead. He was free to sniff about and wee up bushes etc and didn't pull at all, but I still had control of him. No bucking about like a dog possessed. It was bliss! Back home both dogs ran about in the garden playing for 5 minutes or so, then Lucy went to sleep on the sofa and Moss played fetch with me for another 45 minutes before he conked out too. Both dogs were soundo on the sofa from about 7pm until 10:30pm when they went out for night time wee's. I've now started teaching Moss a few new commands. He already knows sit, down, and wait now were working on leave and 'paw'. He's all signed up for obedience class starting this Friday. I had the option to put him in the Greyhound class, but I think he is too bouncy and boisterous to do Greyhound class so I've put him in for the mix-breed class. I'm hoping this will work wonders on his socialisation skills too. He has to learn that bouncing about all over the place in excitment isn't the way to go as some dogs don't like that. So far so good. ;D
His skin infection is healing up nicely and he isn't scratching anywhere near as much as he was and the fur is growing back. His neutering op scar has vanished too as well now so he is looking really good.
Watch out for Moss during show season ... he's a little stunner.