Thursday, September 3, 2009

Woot Woot!


Lemans is in a new forever home, and most likely this one is a keeper! She's got a new handsome greyhound bro named Astro and her new family are wonderful greyhound savvy people. Yay for Lemans! I'm so happy for her. You'll always be in our hearts sweetie pie, thank you for being in our lives! <3

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Here's a vid showing off Leman's kangaroo hopping that she loves to do when excited, especially when we are getting ready to go for a walk.

video

Photo series of Lemans after the walk:








Silly & Sweet girl:




Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cooler Temps = Sunbathing

The temperature topped out at 67 today. Perfect weather for a greyhound. We've been taking two walks daily since it has been so nice and cool, and this morning Lemans decided to catch some rays.

Working on the face



Lemans has no problem sharing space with her foster Bro



Almost Holding paws <3



Lemans roaches all the time, but when I leave the room to get the camera she flips over to watch me, or we're both enjoying the rub/roach so much I don't want to bother getting it. Someday I will be camera ready for her roaches; but for now some pics of the roach aftermath.



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Welcome Back Sweetie!

Lemans is back home with us. Things didn't work out at her possible forever home (no fault of hers). It's been almost 4 weeks since she left, and after being here for only 15 mins, she's made herself completely at home again! It's almost like she never left. She's hanging out on her favorite bed, instigating play fights with Lucy, and roaching when I give her rubs. We went for our usual evening walk and she was wonderful(wish my weims would take a cue from her!).

She looks good, besides from a couple new scars. She's done shedding and her coat is beautiful!
Sweet Lemans is back on the market folks!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Happy Gotcha Day!


Lemans went to her possible forever home today. They sound like a wonderful family and I hope she fits in well. We love you so much baby girl and know you'll steal their hearts in no time. <3 *Lucy sends a play bite and smooch*

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sock Monkey!!!

I got Lemans a sock monkey toy today... it was love at first bite!

Starting out slow


Getting into it


Tasty sock monkey


Die Monkey, die!


Taking a break; killing monkey is hard work


No! My monkey, mine!


Thief!


Foster mom is well trained to get it back from Lucy for me! <3

Thursday, July 16, 2009

7 Weeks...

I can't believe we've had Lemans for 7 weeks already! Time really flies when you're fostering an awesome dog :)

She continues to do well and has completely adjusted to being in a home. There are a few things that I have not covered. First, Lemans is wonderful on lead and does not pull during our daily walks. Second, she is not cat safe, and poor Swish at the vet office can attest to this. And last,but not least, she has great potty habits. I let her out every 4-6 hours during the day and she has no problem holding it through the whole night.

Lemans has many playful spurts throughout the day. They only last about 5 mins but it is hilarious to watch her zoom around, play with toys, and play fight with Lucy. I'm also happy to report that the hair on her thighs and tummy is starting to come in.

She has the cutest petite head, here's a couple pics from today.



Wednesday, July 1, 2009

She's a Nitter!

For those not familiar with this greyhound phenomenon here's the definition of Nitting:

When a Greyhound is very happy, and loves their "person" they may nibble at their arm or side (or any available skin) with their front teeth. It's actually an expression of great happiness but it might be misinterpreted as aggression. The nibble is hard enough to easily leave a bruise, so, although it's actually meant as a true compliment, it's wise to be careful.
A variant of this is chattering and air snapping. When some greys are happy, they may chatter quite loudly, clicking their lower jaw as though they were cold. You may see a greyhound do this at meal time or when their "person" comes home. Air snapping is similar to nitting but instead of nibbling at your skin, they snap at the air. Again, this could easily be misinterpreted as aggression when it's not. The "snapping" is not aimed at you - it's aimed at the air.

She is mostly an air snapper, and she also likes to gently paw at you for some lovin' especially when you stop petting her and she desires more! I really love this girl, she's such a sweetheart.

As I mentioned before, since day one her stool has been very loose, but with the help of some plain canned pumpkin (1 large tablespoon 2-3 times a day) her stool is now perfect!

She also loves car rides and I think she was trying to go for a joyride today. I was working in the garage and had the door open to the van. Lemans went in and just hung out on the dog bed in the van and did not want to leave. Usually she follows my verbal call instantly, but this time I had to go grab some yummy duck to bribe her back in the house. It took a long time because all she wanted to do was steal the duck and stay in the van! What a silly girl.

Lemans makes a great warning dog. She sometimes barks when she hears people outside or near the door. She always stops like a good girl when I tell her to. This is only a problem if you live in an apartment.

She's such a goofy energetic dog and I've enjoyed every moment fostering her. Here's a cute video I took of her today.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Ear Cleaning- - No, Frozen Stuffed Kong- - YES!

I have tried to clean Lemans' ears for the first time 4 weeks ago and then just this past Tuesday. She really does not care for it one bit. Over the past few days She's gotten so much better at teeth brushing. This is because she has learned the verbal "down" command and will do it when I ask her to (such a smart girl!), making her stay put as long as I have treats for her. She still doesn't do/understand sit *scratches head*. I also tried dremeling her nails (after a long hot walk) and overall, she did great!

When it gets hot out I like to give my dogs frozen stuffed kongs. Lemans enjoyed it for the first time on Wednesday and she had a wonderful time figuring out how to get the kibble and peanut butter out. The funny thing is I've had kongs laying around the whole time but she has never shown any interest in them. Now, after having them stuffed with goodies, she likes to chew and play with them even when there's no treats inside.

She now loves to hang out and play down in the basement(it is about 10 degrees cooler down there)but she also likes to run up and down them like a maniac. This has added to the swelling in her leg, so I've put the baby gate back up and limit her use of the downstairs :(

Lemans really is an energetic goofy 3 year old once she comes out of her shell. She has been a complete joy to have around. She's stolen our hearts with her beauty and great personality, and she'll steal yours in no time! If you would like to give Lemans a loving forever home please contact NLGA.

Lemans says: "Frozen Kongs are great!"





Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sweet Spunky Lemans

It has been over 3 weeks with Lemans in the house and everything has been going great. She continues to blossom and grow. We live in a one story house with a walk out basement. In the past few days Lemans has decided to follow me down the stairs; and even goes down there on her own to explore and hang out on a sleeping bag I set up for her. She also hangs out in the back yard as I garden, enjoying the shade and snacking on grass.

Lemans is a very spunky girl. She loves to zoom around the house and play with her toys. She also constantly is looking for rubs and gently paws at me when I stop petting her! She also loves to steal clothes and bring them to her bed to play with (looking so proud the whole time). Now that she's completely adjusted she's really a happy energetic dog.

She always enjoys her daily evening walk with Lucy and I. Sometimes she'll get nervous when there are loud/large crowd of kids, but as soon as you walk past she is fine. She also has gotten a lot better with teeth brushing! I will attempt nail dremel this weekend to see how she reacts. I've also started to do short training sessions with her, she does "down" with a treat lure super well(doesn't respond to the verbal yet), but "sit" has been tricky.

There's a couple of small issues we are having: 1)some constant soft/loose stool, I think maybe switching to a different kibble would take care of this issue, and 2) all 3 dogs were playing kinda rough and she got a boo boo on her bald thigh! It is very minor but she keeps licking at it so it's taking longer to scab over.

Lemans is a sensitive sweetie pie and if you are interested in giving her a loving forever home please contact Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption.

Hanging out in the backyard:









She is always eager to respond to my call

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Happy Birthday to Yooooouuuu...

Lemans turned 3 today!

She had a fun filled day with an awesome birthday party!
After many years of making regular birthday cakes with baby food meat and flour, I decided to make an all meat cake; since dogs really only care about the meat. Lemans had a delicious turkey "cake" with yogurt frosting and carrot puree "icing". We sang Happy Birthday and then let her go at it. She gave two paws up and gobbled it down quickly!

Then it was onto the presents: squeaky toy and a bully stick . She had a blast playing with the squeaky toy; pouncing, biting, throwing it in the air and catching it. Lemans also had the zooms for a few minutes and was racing back and forth from the living room to the bedroom; it was funny to watch. The bully stick is being saved for another day so that her tummy doesn't get upset.

We had a 30 min walk in the afternoon and then it was back to the house for more snoozing. She will also get her daily evening walk later on... I think we threw a fantastic party for the baby girl!

Happy 3rd Birthday Lemans! We love you and are so lucky to have you in our lives *smooch*

Getting ready to enjoy her Turkey "cake"




Close up of my culinary skills


Enjoying her squeaky toy


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Home Again...

Lemans was at NLGA (Coon Rapids Blvd. Animal Hospital) for the past couple of days meeting potential new owners and to get her sutures out. Her spay site has not completely healed yet so I will try to keep her quiet for a few more days. Right when we got home she was excited and wanted to play. I was so happy to see this because it means she considers this home after only 2 weeks here; I'm so proud of her and how well she has settled in

One of the best things about Lemans is her willingness to share her bed with my Weims. Some greyhounds have personal sleeping space issues, but Lemans will let Leroy and Lucy sleep right next to her, and sometimes even with a paw or head on her.

I will be switching back to a regular bowl for Lemans because she no longer eats as if it's her last meal. I guess she has gotten comfortable enough to take her time with her food.

we're planning a sweet little birthday party for Lemans on Sunday so stay tuned!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Wacky!

We've been fostering Lemans for 10 days and she has settled into home life beautifully . As her comfort level grows so do her off the wall antics. She gets along wonderfully with my Weimaraners, Leroy and Lucy. Lemans and Lucy have become very close. They share sweet moments together (sleeping side by side/nuzzling) as well as crazy moments (mouthing/barking/wrestling/tearing around the house with each other). Lemans gravitates toward Lucy because she gets excited and is eager to play; unlike Leroy who is super laid back. Lemans has also started to play with toys! She likes the knotted ropes, tennis balls, small towels and balled up socks. She'll twirl them around and pounce on them in very jerky movements which make her look nutty. She also loves wrestling and biting with the blankets I put over the dog beds.

Lemans is feeling great. Her spay is healing nicely and all the bruising is gone. She is eating/drinking/pooping well. Sadly, her hind leg still looks swollen. Since she is feeling better she has been running around the house acting batty, especially in the mornings. When I let her outside first thing in the A.M. she always hops up over and over again and tries to take off running. She does all this while being leashed which makes her look silly. It is tough to stop her crazy antics in the house. I try to calm her down but it proves to be a difficult task with Lucy egging her on. Since she is still healing, I sometimes have to put up a baby gate to separate them which causes her to whine for Lucy :(

She is becoming more loving and wants to be massaged/rubbed a lot more than before. She's also mouthing and pawing at me more to entice play/attention. At night when I brush her teeth she tolerates the back teeth being brushed but still fights when I try to do the front. I always dispense yummy treats while I brush in hopes that she'll accept it faster.

Being just 2 years old (turning 3 on June 14th!), Lemans definitely has a lot of energy and has hyper moments. Once her leg heals it will be great to see her play more and go on long walks again. There's very little traces of the shy and timid dog left. She's no longer afraid of the daily commotions of life in a house(the only exception is when I accidentally drop heavy things). It surprised me how quickly she adjusted to life in a home. Lemans has blossomed into a sweet, energetic, funny, and wacky dog. I completely adore her and will be crestfallen when she goes.

All three snoozing on the dog bed


All three waiting for a snack


She often listens with one ear up

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Resting Up

Lemans is back home and healing from her spay surgery. She is eating and drinking well(she's still a piggy) and enjoys sleeping outside of her crate. The only problem is some loose stool and she sometimes licks at her sutures. The day before she went in for her spay surgery she ran full speed up to me in the backyard. This caused her right ankle to swell up. I tried cold compressing several times but it didn't help. She got an x-ray at the vet and it turns out she has an old fracture there that flared up. She'll have to be on leash in the backyard from now on. Hopefully, the leg will return to normal soon. She also had a full dental done and her teeth look great. She still dislikes brushing them, especially the front teeth.

Turns out Lemans does not have separation anxiety. I left for three hours today and she did great. She actually has "come and go" anxiety. The other day when she was in her kennel she started barking after an hour because when I got home I started doing housework and left her in there since I couldn't keep an eye on her. Turns out she does not like being confined to the kennel while I work around the house and yard.

There was a fear biting incident this past weekend. I tried to move her into her kennel for bedtime. After calling her a few times with no success, I gently pushed her shoulder to get her up. After a few seconds she got scared and bit me (it was not hard and did not break skin). It was totally my fault and I felt so bad it happened. Lemans will sometimes yelp when you try to get her to do things she does not want(forcing medicine or suddenly grabbing her collar to move her). I've learned that she is really food motivated; so from now on if I want her to do anything I bribe her with yummy treats and she does great.

Lemans still doesn't like too much commotion. She runs into the bedroom when I play fetch with my other dogs. At first she was afraid when I was doing some exercising stretches, but now she learned that it is not a threat.

Lemans is pretty good at sharing the large bed most of the time. Once in a while she would growl at my other dogs if they try to squeeze in next to her.

I have solved her eating too fast problem by putting her kibble in a muffin pan. She eats much slower and rarely chokes. :)

Lemans' silly side is starting to come out. She stole a pillow and was playing with it. Sometimes when I pet her and stop, she'll paw at me and gently mouth my hands to get my attention for more loving.

I can't wait until her spay and leg heal up so we can get back to taking our nightly 30 min walks. She definitely has a lot of energy and can go for even longer if I was up to it. Here are some pictures I've taken over the past few days.

Hanging in the backyard with the Weims


Looking like a deer


Sharing a bed with Lucy


My pillow!


Resting up after surgery


Sweet face

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Welcome Lemans!

We are currently fostering Lemans. She is red/fawn, three years old, and weights 58 lbs. We've had her in our home for 3 days now and she has settled in very well. She has had previous home experience in the past month. Lemans is eating and drinking wonderfully, in fact, she is a little piggy! She needs to put on weight so I've been spoiling her with extras. She has a tendency to eat way to quickly and chokes all the time, so I think I will be putting a ball in her bowl to slow her down.

Lemans is very shy at first, especially with strangers. She seems to be afraid of a lot of commotion or noise. It is great that we have a quiet and calm house; which is helping her feel safe and comfortable. She only hid in her kennel the first day, and now she rarely goes in there! My weimaraners are very laid back in the house so they have gotten along perfectly with Lemans.

She really hates teeth brushing and doesn't like her ears cleaned. I'll have to work on those. I have not tried to test her with the nail dremel because I want to take things slow.

Just like a typical greyhound she is happy to lounge and sleep on the beds most of the day. She seems to really enjoy our nightly 30 min walk and does great on lead. She loves to be petted, but you must go slow at first. After the first day, she started to push into me for more lovin' if I stop petting her. She would not allow kisses at first, but now seems fine with them. :) Lemans is an excellent stair climber. She has great potty habits. She also sleeps well through the whole night until near wake up time, then she gets loud. Lemans is actually a barker. She went crazy barking in her kennel the other day after only being in there for 1 hour. Next time we leave the house I will record her and see if she has any sort of separation anxiety or if the barking episode was over something else.

Lemans goes into the vet on Monday for her spay surgery. I hope all goes well and am so glad she is going to recover at home where it is comfortable and quiet. I think Lemans would do really well in a quiet home because she gets uncomfortable around a lot of commotion and activity. She is only shy for the first few hours and then quickly settles in and makes herself at home once she feels safe. She follows me around the house sometimes (especially in the kitchen) and does little hops over and over again when excited. She has not chewed on anything or misbehaved. She has no interests in toys and runs away if you try to entice her to play with them. Hopefully, she will learn to like playing with toys in the future.
Lemans is a sweet cutie who will steal your heart. If you are interested in adopting her or other greyhounds please contact Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption for more information.

Looking Foxy


Lounging around with the other dogs


Big smile