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Dog Blog: Urgent Help Needed….

Posted by indigodream on 17 November, 2013

Sunday 17th November

Smoothie (blue collar) on his way to Sarah's house - he was calm and happy in the car...

Smoothie (blue collar) on his way to Sarah’s house – he was calm and happy in the car…

Regular readers will know the tragic tale of Sarah, aka Greygal, a hopeless greyhound addict…..

I’m sorry to report that she’s sunk lower than ever and she’s trying to “foster” again.

Can you help her to be a successful foster mum by offering a forever sofa so her new foster hound, Smoothie.

I met Smoothie at the weekend and, as well as being our old boy Blue’s half-brother, he is a real gentleman – calm and affectionate yet playful in our paddock. I was very impressed at how quickly he settled into our house, even surrounded by six unfamiliar greyhounds (Ty, Ollie and holidaymakers Henry, Archie, Herbie and Big Sid).

Now, the trouble with Smoothie is that he’s so adorable that Sarah and Andy are falling in love with him – he’ll need to find his forever sofa soon or Sarah is doomed!

He’s registered with Kerry Greyhounds – click on the link to check them out but here’s what they have to say about Smoothie:

Smoothie

Smoothine showing that he is a true greyhound - cuddles, especially beddy cuddles, are his speciality...

Smoothine showing that he is a true greyhound – cuddles, especially beddy cuddles, are his speciality…

The splendiferous Smoothie is a 7 year old greyhound gentleman who is looking for a sofa of his very own. Smoothie is a real chunky monkey and a superb cuddler, made all the more squishable with his lovely plush tuxedo coat and thick muscular neck. He is 30” to the shoulder so is not a small boy, but that just gives you more Smoothie to love!

We thought dear Smoothie had found his forever home, but unfortunately it did not work out. This placement failed through no fault at all of his own – Smoothie really is perfecto! This beautiful boy really deserves a home, and at 7 years of age, we think it’s time he stopped moving around and found a family to settle with.

** UPDATED: NOVEMBER 2013 **

Location: Foster home in Suffolk.

Key Points: Very loving, squishy, engaging, eager to please, playful, goofy, dog savvy. He’s PERFECT!

~ Personality ~
Generally: Loving, cuddly, relaxed, playful, engaging, goofy, very affectionate, eager to please.
Oh Smoothie, what a hunk! This dog is just superb and we are terribly worried that an absolute gem is going to be overlooked because he’s black. But please give Smoothie a chance, he’s a truly fabulous dog who has won the hearts of every single person he’s met along the way. He’s gentle, mannerly, cuddly, affectionate, engaging, relaxed, and just goofy enough to give you a daily chuckle. This boy was born ready-made as perfect!

Up close and personal - he's that sort of hound....

Up close and personal – he’s that sort of hound….

Smoothie loves to be involved in the family business and enjoys following his people around to provide a helpful head for a stray hand. He is a nuzzler, a leaner and a sofa sharer. He loves to sunbathe and is very relaxed in himself. He is friendly with everyone and still playful despite his 7 years. Smoothie also actively tries to be a good dog and will always do what is asked when he understands it.

~ In the Home ~
Generally: Very relaxed, house savvy, housetrained, doesn’t steal food, shares well, needs night-time cuddles!
Dear Smoothie is used to living in a home and is amazingly settled considering all the upheaval he’s gone through. He is very polite and conscientious in the home. He has learned not to help himself from the kitchen counters very quickly, though he is well able to reach things. This boy just wants to do good and be good, in every way. He has never had an accident indoors and is OK to be left once he is settled, though Smoothie is definitely happier when he has company. He LOVES evening snuggles on the sofa and is happiest when he’s squished up against someone, even if there isn’t technically all that much room for him!

~ Other Animals ~
Generally: Very calm, laid back, friendly and playful, accepting and non-confrontational.
Smoothie is very good and complacent with other dogs, and is incredibly tolerant of unwanted advances. He was sharing his last foster home with a Doberman and a collie x and loved them both. He has a quiet confidence that perhaps all dogs yearn for, and as such he tends to get on with everyone. He is an excellent candidate for a first time hound owner as he comes with very few hang-ups.

Smoothie (left) getting advice from Archie and Henry on how find the best forever sofa and other luxuries - they know we're putty in their paws...

Smoothie (left) getting advice from Archie and Henry on how find the best forever sofa and other luxuries – they know we’re putty in their paws…

Smoothie is also very welcoming and friendly with visiting dogs, he simply wants to play. His playful advances can be a bit too boisterous for small dogs such as yorkies and delicate terriers, but he means no harm. He has a habit of grabbing the other dog when playing chase, a common trait of sighthound types. He will stop this if called back. Again he does no harm and doesn’t apply pressure, but this might still be a bit too rough for a small dog. As such he would be best not being homed with another very small dog, but can live extremely happily with one or several other medium-large sized dogs and be a steadying companion or a pack addition. Whatever you need, Smoothie will try his best!

~ Out and About ~
Generally: Excellently behaved on and off lead, loves the car, dog savvy, plays with toys.
Smoothie is an absolute delight to bring out as he is so well behaved, gentle, calm and mannerly. He walks like a dream on the lead and will follow you anywhere. He is steadfast and unflappable. He LOVES the car and would actually stay snoozing in it all day long if you let him. The motion sends him right to sleep and sometimes after a walk he won’t want to leave! In his foster home Smoothie was getting 2 supervised walk/off lead sessions in a field with other dogs each day as well as a trip to the beach a few times a week. He was very content with this amount of exercise but would be just as happy with more or less exercise, as he’s so chilled in general.

Smoothie (ventre) enjoying zoomies with Archie and Henry - he was a perfect gentleman - even when running with six black boys - we have some great photos but most are blurred with the speed of their running :-D

Smoothie (centre) enjoying zoomies with Archie and Henry – he was a perfect gentleman – even when running with six black boys – we have some great photos but most are blurred with the speed of their running 😀

Smoothie has good recall, though this will need to be strengthened alongside bonding with his new owners before he can be let safely off lead. Smoothie must never be let off lead near public roads or livestock. He has been off lead with many other medium-large sized dogs and has never been an ounce of trouble, he just wants to play for a bit and then potter around. He will chase a ball but seems unsure of what to do with it once he has it. Squeaky toys can over-stimulate him a bit, though he doesn’t mind them being taken away by either people or other dogs.

~ Medical Issues ~
Smoothie was retired from racing due to a broken hock, though that has completely healed now and poses him no problems as a pet pooch. He can also get an intermittent allergic reaction on his paws which can flare up with redness and itching at times of stress. Watching what he eats and giving him routine will help prevent these flare-ups.

Smoothie had absolutely atrocious teeth before coming to us and after a rather long dental he now has just his 4 canine teeth left. This poses him no problems and he eats kibble readily, but would appreciate biscuit treats being broken into small pieces.

~ Greyhounds as Pets ~
In general greyhounds are calm, mannerly dogs that are well used to being handled. They can fit very well in to a wide range of different lifestyles and usually adjust to the home life very quickly. Their soft, easy going nature often makes them ideal to live in a family environment, while their love of lazing around and low exercise requirements can make them perfect for the retired.

~ Where Am I? ~
Smoothie is currently in foster care in Suffolk. He can be homed anywhere in the UK, but please note that you will be required to travel to the foster home to meet and collect him.

~ Want To Adopt Me? ~
Smoothie is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, de-flea’d and wormed and a homecheck will be required as part of the adoption procedure.

Some more photos:

And they are off!

And they are off! Smoothie centre stage

Now Archie is used to be Mr Speedy, no one can catch him, clearly thinking today is another of those days ...

Now Archie is used to be Mr Speedy, no one can catch him, clearly he is thinking today is another of those days … (Archie in front, Smoothie behind on the left)

Bit of shock then when smoothie pulls ahead of him!

Bit of shock then when Smoothie pulls ahead of him!

Smoothie's lead growing!

Smoothie’s lead growing!

Archie putting his foot down to catch up

Archie putting his foot down to catch up (assisted by some sneaky cutting of a corner), Smoothie just in front.

Smoothie stretching out to get that lead back!

Smoothie stretching out to increase that lead again!

Grass flying as they really motor

Grass flying as they really motor. Archie is starting to look like his nose is out of joint!

A Greyhound in full flight is great to see, best of all they are so joyful about it!

A Greyhound in full flight is great to see, best of all they are so joyful about it! Smoothie really seems to use his tail as a rudder as he flies along.

Time for a rest! Archie on the left, Smoothie on the right

Time for a rest! Archie on the left, Smoothie on the right

7 Responses to “Dog Blog: Urgent Help Needed….”

  1. Jill Matilda Rose said

    It’s already a done deal, there’s no way Sarah and Andy will part with him now. Big Sid? Another new addtion or just my hopeless memory?

  2. Greygal said

    There you go, everyone just encouraging me to fail again…

  3. indigodream said

    It must be very depressing that your friends have such low expectations of you – on the other hand, we only think you’re a rubbish foster mum – we think you’re a great greyhound MUM 😀

  4. indigodream said

    Jill – here’s a hound inventory:

    My hounds (permanent Indigodreamers): Ty & Ollie
    Sarah’s hounds (semi-permanent Indigodreamers): Miffy, Ranger, Big Sid, Henry, Archie, Herbie, Eddie & Bertie
    Sarah’s foster hound (soon to be Indigodreamer!): Smoothie

    Watch this space – there never was a list that changed so quickly 😀

  5. Jill Matilda Rose said

    Well done you two – I thought I saw a big smile on the vet’s face (or was that the vet’s bank manager’s face?).
    Smoothie being such a ..well.. smoothie, might help Ty a bit; a sort of calming influence.

  6. Richard said

    Ah when Sue said that Smoothie would soon be an Indigodreamer that was via Sarah. But hey who knows, at the moment our score is tried fostering three times, dismally failed three times. By my count Sarah has only had two attempts (both failures) at fostering so this is her chance to see if she can get it right on the third count.

    Who wants to start the betting?

    PS trying to send a comment without being logged in to see if there are any problems

  7. Jan Maw said

    Smoothie already loves Greygal and Andy … and I think they already love him .. be heaven for all if they could stay together.

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