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People have long said that part of the charm of having a dog is that he loves you unconditionally. More people than ever are admitting freely that they have a deep love for their pets. In my opinion, this is all entirely appropriate. If our pets give their lives to us in a wholly trusting manner as they do, depending on us for their health and safety, we must learn to give of ourselves in return.
By Sharon Conger1 comment
April is National Adopt a Greyhound Month, an observance that is close to my heart. When Dave and I decided we wanted a dog, we had some strict criteria: no drooling, no barking, no shedding, low energy level, low maintenance, rescue. At the time I thought that was so strict that the only thing it would possibly match was a pet rock.
But we did some research into all the different breeds and visited a local Blue Ridge Greyhound Adoption meet and greet and we learned that retired racing greyhounds actually met every one of our needs. We signed the papers and a couple weeks later Capri (racing name Get Ready Capi) was handed to us.
I knew that I would like any dog we adopted. I had no idea that I would flip so totally upside-down-inside-out in love with this dog that she almost became a religion to me. I started volunteering with Blue Ridge Greyhound Adoption and we adopted Ajax (racing name JJ Mix it Up) a year later. Since then I've researched everything I can learn about greyhound racing in the USA, the greyhound breed and even greyhounds in other countries, like the Galgo Espanol from Spain. They are truly special creatures, unique even in the dog world.
Here is some fascinating trivia about retired racing greyhounds:
And so much more! We’re very proud to help greyhound adoption organizations get the word out and get more dogs adopted. This month we are working directly with the following organizations for this promotion. Every family who adopts a greyhound or galgo from them this month will receive a 10% discount coupon for any dog products in our store along with a chance to win a free Mighty Dog toy. Additionally, over the coming month, I'll be blogging about each organization in more detail.
Please, do visit the website of the greyhound or galgo adoption organization nearest you, chat with them at their meet and greets or other public events, meet their foster dogs and totally lose your heart. Like we did! Greyhounds are totally Something Special!
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Taking your dog for walks can be a real hassle if you don't have the right equipment. Many dogs will choke themselves pulling hard against a leash attached to a collar and can even injure themselves doing so! Sometimes a dog can slip out of his collar in a moment of excitement or sudden fear.
To combat these problems, many people switch to a harness. What many people don't realize is that most harnesses are designed for a purpose: to allow the dog to pull things! The dog has the most pulling leverage with a stationary harness that crosses in front of his chest. For example:
So that doesn't solve the problem. And some dogs can even back out of a harness in a sudden panic or simple determination! What to do then?
The solution is to use a martingale-style harness. HarnessLead is an integrated leash and martingale harness, and quite a unique design. It's super easy to get on and off the dog:
Slip the loop over the dog's head, pass the leash under his chest and back around through the loop on the dog's withers, adjust the stop and hit the road! Here's a terrific video demonstration of putting the HarnessLead on and off, along with fitting tips:
Because it gently tightens around the dog's chest when tension is applied to the leash, as when a scared dog tries to bolt, it's virtually escape-proof.
But also important: the well-being of the dog! HarnessLead doesn't choke the dog or bind under the arms. It gently squeezes around the chest. It's important to not yank on the lead to get the dog's attention, simply let the dog pull. He will quickly learn that pulling on the leash tightens it, so he backs off and walks nicely. Here is a short video showing the difference in one dog on the first try:
The HarnessLead's innovative design means that it works for dogs of all sizes and breeds. We have two sizes and many colors to choose from.It's machine washable and made in the U.S.A. If your walks are frustrating and exhausting, buy a HarnessLead today and soon you'll be enjoying going for walks with your dog again! You'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner! And your dog will thank you!