Foster Dog Ciara

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Foster Dog Ciara
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Wed, 09-21-2011 - 11:01am

When I brought Cindy Lou down to SC for her adoption, the rescue had another foster for me to take - Ciara (key-ah-ruh) is a cutie pie but she has a separation issue. They say she's a chi/doxie mix . The other foster moms weren't strict like I am. They used to let her out of her crate if she whined so I had a heck of a time crate training her. She cried almost the whole first night she was here. She's been here for 4 days and is doing WAY better about the crate. I won't let her out if she cries and I feed her in her crate as well. She's getting much more comfortable in it.

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She really wants to be petted all the time and would be great for a retired person. She just wants to be a lap dog. She's getting along great with my dogs. Duncan has gotten her to play tag and she's fast! Fingers crossed that she finds her forever home soon.

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 09-21-2011 - 2:44pm

She is just gorgeous!!

Laura
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Wed, 09-21-2011 - 10:07pm
What a cutie! I love her expressive face! You are wonderful to crate train your fosters! I firmly believe that every dog should be crate trained. So many people think it's mean (including my family) but it's NOT! Dogs like to have a place that is all their own and they consider "safe". Feeding in the crate is the way I have crate trained my dogs. Greyhounds come pre-crate trained but it's always good to reinforce it. Good job Greta!!
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Wed, 09-21-2011 - 10:23pm

You're on a roll!

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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 12:10pm

Thank you Laura! I think she's a cutie too. I'm just not used to a dog wanting to be "on" me all the time. I think she'll be perfect for someone though.

I'm glad your Mom has a dog to keep her company! She must be something else to care for a dog at her age. Way to go Mom!

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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 12:15pm

What most people don't understand is the safe feeling dogs get from crates. And as you know many rescues tend to be food (resource) guarders so it's best for all the dogs in the family to have the foster dog fed in the crate. And I try to explain to new adopters that the dog doesn't have to stay in the crate forever. After they get used to their new homes the owners can let the dogs come and go as they like. I hadn't thought about greyhounds being crate trained but that sure makes sense- don't they spend a lot of time in travel crates to and from the tracks?

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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 12:17pm

Thank you KD! I was going to take a break after the shelties but in this area the dogs are coming into rescue literally by the dozens so I can certainly hold onto one or two.

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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 11:02pm
I get so irritated about people's views on crates to be honest (my family). Anyway.... Greyhounds are always crated if they aren't let out for exercise or potty breaks. They don't know a different life but it's not cruel. The crates are HUGE and the ones I have are HUGE too so they can stand up and move around perfectly fine. Greyhounds are driven over to the tracks in kennel trucks and then they are kenneled (crated) at the track by the crates provided by the track. Another interesting thing about Greyhounds is that they have had no experience walking on tile or wood floors. They only ever walk around on sand or concrete to and from the kennel so many of them are very scared of tile/wood floors. Spencer wasn't - he adapted unbelieveably fast but Buzz is scared to walk in the kitchen but under extreme circumstances he will but then he picks his feet up weird - he's afraid of falling. And when I let him out on the patio, he immediately steps on the dog bed to the left of the door before venturing across the patio to the grass. Anyway, I'm blabbing. Just feeling sad about Spencer ...
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Fri, 09-23-2011 - 8:57am

I'm a big fan of crate training. It's made a difference in the behaviors of all my foster dogs. My cousin used to foster greyhounds in NY and she said the same thing you're saying. Her foster dogs (and her own greyhounds) hated the tile in the kitchen and they were especially afraid of the stairs.

I'm sorry Donna. It's so hard when they're gone. HUGS!

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Fri, 09-23-2011 - 11:49am
thank you for explaining about the greyhounds and the crates. I guess the tile floors are just tooooo slippery (maybe too cold also) and let's face it,, greyhounds are certainly tall and have beautiful skinny legs.. I'd be scared of slipping also. They are just so delicate like gazelles. I have to tell you Donna, that I have never really seen a greyhound up close. I would love to though. I know this is a hard time for you but that's what we are here for, we all understand and have shoulders to lean on whenever you need it (()).
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Fri, 09-23-2011 - 11:54am
Oh ciara is just adorable. A lap dog, just what I love. Coffee is a lap dog most of the time (a pretty heavy one too: 24 lbs). Then again she'll just jump down and go behind the couch and sleep there for awhile whenever she wants. Hope Ciara gets her new forever home quickly.

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