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Sandi Roberts - Greyhound Pet Adoptions of Delaware Milestone
5/12/2021 This tag may not look like much but it’s a pretty big deal. Our adoption group was formed in March of 2006 as the Delaware chapter of Greyhound Pets of America, GPA-DE. In April of 2017, we withdrew from GPA National and became Greyhound Pet Adoptions of Delaware, GPAD. For 15 years we’ve been matching retired racing greyhounds with loving adopters in DE and the surrounding area. One of the six dogs in the group arriving from Mardi Gras greyhound Track in Charleston, West Virginia on May 15, 2021 will be wearing this tag. Five hundred greyhounds, transitioned to pet life by GPAD foster families and then adopted by GPAD adopters...not too shabby for little ol’ Delaware.
Sandi Roberts - "These Dogs See Into Your Soul" Greyhound adoptions bring love, companionship to Delaware
When Flight Deck, a retired racing greyhound, saw the dog that gave him birth, there was little doubt the mother recognized him. “I think she knew. There was something there,” said Deck’s new owner, Jan Duppstadt of Millsboro, who, with her husband, Dale, has 11 cats and, now that they adopted Deck, four retired greyhounds. “It’s interesting seeing their interaction. She bosses him around, like she definitely knows it’s her kid,” Duppstadt laughed. The couple agreed to the adoption after their friend Sandi Roberts approached them with the idea, following Deck’s retirement. Roberts is president of Greyhound Pet Adoptions of Delaware. When Roberts learned Deck was ready to retire from racing, she called her friend, prefacing their conversation by saying, “I know your inn is full, but ...” Mrs. Duppstadt had to agree. They had reached canine capacity, but after a little thought and reconsideration she and her husband decided they’d like to take Deck, as long as he got along with their cats. He did. On March 2, he became part of their family. “It was an emotional day for me. Last night I said to Dale, ‘Whoever thought when we adopted her, going on three years ago now, that we would have one of her puppies?’ He’s a puppy from her very last litter. She had four litters of six to eight puppies each,” she said, explaining female greyhounds from the best blood lines race first, then are bred. She has found Deck to be the easiest to raise. “He’s very laid back,” she said. The other two are Speedo Tuxedo and Loomis. The family also has a Rough-Coated Wheaten Terrier named Cali. “Greyhounds are wonderful. They don’t bark much and they can be comical. All the dogs really have their own personalities. Each one of them is so different, like little people. The cool thing about them is, they really have a sense of humor. They love to do things to make you laugh, to make you happy. They are really, really neat,” she said, adding Loomis is going to be 9 next month, but still acts like a puppy, giving his owners a distinct look, grabbing toys and running to the middle of the room to prance and wish them a good morning. The adoption success story is one Roberts, as president of Greyhounds Pet Adoptions of Delaware, loves to share. She praised the organization for working to place retired greyhounds in caring homes. “We love these dogs and go above and beyond to do what’s best for them, from the farm to the track to the couch. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of such an amazing network,” she said, recounting how she first heard about Deck. In February, she posted on Facebook about a greyhound named PJ Flight Deck – his full name — who raced in West Virginia. In 2020, she visited the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, a casino and greyhound racing location in Charleston. She was in the state to pick up dogs for Greyhound Pet Adoptions and while there, she placed $2 bets on PJ Flight Deck, even though she knew nothing about the dog and little about greyhound racing. But, she liked his name. It worked out. He won a couple of times. “Aside from putting a little money in my pocket, I took it as a sign that Deck was destined to become a GPAD dog when he retired — maybe even come home with me if the timing was right,” she wrote on the Facebook page. She discovered the dog’s mother was Flight Jacket, adopted a few years ago by the Duppstadts. Roberts became Facebook friends with Deck’s trainer, Mike Taylor, and asked him to tell her when he was finished racing. When she learned that time had come, she hoped he would get a home close to his mother. That’s when she contacted the Duppstadts. “We consider the dogs our clients, not the adopters, so we set them up for success, including foster homes mirroring the house they will be adopted into. I don’t buy that these dogs are rescued. A lot of people have read things and heard things about greyhounds being discarded or mistreated at the track. In all the trips I have made, the dogs are well cared for at the track. Because of that, they come to us ready to be great pets. They don’t act like an abused dog,” she said. GPAD, run by volunteers and with a board of directors, has been in existence about a dozen years and placed almost 500 greyhounds in Delaware. The cost to adopt is $425 and the dogs are spayed or neutered, have any necessary dental work and vaccinations. Anyone interested can see www.gpadelaware.org or attend a Meet & Greet at Petco in Millville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 25. Those who have adopted will be outside the store with their greyhounds to answer questions. Greyhounds have the ability to run 45 mph and move fast, but as pets they just want somebody to love and feed them, Roberts said. They don’t need a great deal of exercise. Because they are sprinters, they run short distances and are finished, so two, one-mile walks daily is sufficient. They don’t like to be left alone, so are good for those who are retired. “The drawback is, they hunt by sight. They were originally bred to chase jack rabbits. If they see a plastic bag they will run after it, but when they are walking on a leash, they usually are very good leash walkers. They are good car riders. They are very gentle dogs, They don’t bark or shed a lot,” Roberts said. “There is so much ugliness in the world today, but adopting a greyhound brings so much joy. It touches people in a positive way. I love being part of this adoption group. These dogs see into your soul.”
Charlotte Eby-Peinert - Greyhound & Sighthound Fun Run
Join us for a greyhound and sighthound “ fun run” at JB Hunt Horse Complex (March 28th 2021 9am to 3pm), the covered arena, on the NC State Fairgrounds! The address is 4601 Trinity Rd, Raleigh. For greyhounds, we will have a timed, straight line run. For all other breeds, we will have lure coursing & agility. There will also be “playtime” once or twice throughout the day. The cost is $25 per dog. You can purchase advance tickets on our website https://www.trianglegreyhound.org/tgs-store?category=Fundraiser+Tickets
Jade Brooks - Eat, drink, and be Merry!
Unfortunately, I’m not a nutritionist and if my clients in the UK ask for advice about feeding, I direct them to the website ’All about Dog Food’ at www.allabboutdogfood.co.uk for impartial advice. THE END Only joking, I always have lots to say, let’s start at the beginning, yes racing. I’ve been busy reading The Ultimate Greyhound Edited by Mark Sullivan 1999, Charlie Lister on Greyhounds by Julia Barnes 2004 & Training and Racing the Greyhound by Darren Morris 2018. I love these books, they seem to let the resurgence in Dominance Theory pass them by. It’s like a book of joy for someone like me who doesn’t believe in Pack Leader Theory or Dominance in Dogs over humans. So after reading about what happens when the dogs are working, I’ve tailored my response to what I believe should happen in retirement. Do feed your dog at the same time everyday whether this is once or twice a day. Until I got Penny I would feed twice a day to maintain even blood sugar. So what changed? Well simply put Penny couldn’t handle it and quite honestly a toilet call between 2am - 4am proved my other half couldn’t either. Then I read ‘The Ultimate Greyhound. Racing trainer Mick Darcy, an American, feeds once a day and I wondered if cutting her meals to just one meal a day could help us too. If I’m doing a training session I will of course feed her then too, we all love a snack when cramming for exams and I’m a positive reinforcement trainer. I usually train with 30 small pieces and we work for no more than a few minutes. So far her weight has been maintained, she has her last walk around 10pm and we have all benefitted from a good night’s sleep. Feed the dog in front of you, having a big breakfast and some training treats when needed might be all that is required, especially if you feed at 7am and at 10pm your dog still needs a poo! I still advise twice a day, but life isn’t that simple sometimes. Also the dogs basic needs have to be met, so you have to be around for when it’s time to eliminate the waste. I have a dog walker and Penny has “on demand” opportunity for breaks when we are home. Do keep your dog company. I have seen and read lots about greyhounds being kennelled in pairs. They don’t eat together as such, but it might be reasonable to assume some staff at small kennels will stay and supervise one kennel at a time, while others will tether some dogs outside, so all the dogs have their own space but the whole block gets fed together under supervision. For my singleton dogs I’m quite happy to hang around while they eat, whether I’m cleaning the food prep area or we are playing an enrichment game with their meal (I love games and hand feeding). If you have a multi-dog household, I would suggest supervising to make sure everyone has their share. Don’t allow others to muscle in; I have recently visited a home whereby their new dog was staring down a long-time resident dog through the patio doors. He would back off and she would race in from the garden and steal the food, eventually he stopped eating because he was too scared. It was only when I observed the body language of both dogs it became apparent, however the owner had made quite different conclusions. It’s important to be objective when observing the dogs’ behaviour. Do keep a few goodies back to occasionally add to the bowl while they eat. When I holidayed in Fuerteventura, the chef in our small hotel restaurant would make me little cookies or give me a snack to take to the beach. That man could visit my table as many times as he wanted, because he always brought good things. It’s a good idea to consider why dogs resource guard, you don’t need to take their food, bones or toys away from them. If you never take food from them and they happen to pick up something unsuitable in the park, they are more likely to let you approach and let you open their mouth. If you can’t be trusted, you’ll never get to them or it in time, these dogs are the second fastest accelerating land animal and you are not that fast! Do feed your dog first, if your dog is new to your family they will feel frustrated watching you eat if they are hungry. Personally I feed mine first and then move them to another place in the house to let them relax and digest their meal while I eat mine. This way they can’t practice circling the table, counter surfing or have the opportunity to steal. Don’t give them the opportunity to practice unwanted behaviours, they say ‘practice makes perfect’. You could tell them off, but what if they don’t listen to you? There’s a fine line between correction and abuse, don’t set them up to fail. In force free training we observe the 3 D’s - Distance, Duration, Distraction and we only work on one of the ‘D’ disciplines at a time. So firstly I might read a book at the table while my dog practices a settle on their mat next to me. Not having my attention or being any distance away from me is a big deal, I am lovely and your dog will think you are too! Build up the time & distance gradually. If your dog can handle 1 minute, don’t make them do 3 minutes and end on a bad note. Do 1 minute 3 times and end by telling them how clever they are and give them a treat each time on the mat or bed (not from your hand – hands are easy to follow as you move back to the table). If I’m increasing the distance the first few times, I may only ask for 10 seconds, so they know we’re are playing the same game. When you have your duration up to 20 minutes and they are an appropriate distance from you, add the distraction (food). Make it easy, think vegetable sticks and dips, cold food is far less of a distraction than roast chicken. If your dog breaks away from the settle bed or mat too quickly, he has no idea what you are asking him to do. Make the task simpler, stand by the bed and reward quietly when you see his body relax, then increase your distance from him. Unless of course he has broken away, to get into his comfy bed and realises the table food isn’t for him REWARD THAT!! If you want to feed table scraps to your dog, put them in the refrigerator for training treats or to add to their next meal, so they don’t have to miss out. Don’t feed from the table, your guests may not be as accommodating and pub lunches will become stressful if your dog has to be tethered or restrained. Don’t tease, frustrate and don’t take it away (unless it’s an emergency). Food is incredibly valuable to all mammals. For those of you in the UK who love the BBC TV series Gavin & Stacey, you will absolutely relate to Smithy’s Indian Take Away Rant….. that’s a lad passionate about his food! https://youtu.be/Xaq4nN2QwEI In Loving Memory of my special girl Penny - Toystory Lover 14.06.2014 to 30.12.2020
Isabelle Stoff - Saturday november 28th new Greyhounds arrived from Ireland
Early this morning, 4 gorgeous boys and 2 gorgeous arrived in our care. 3 of them went straight to their forever homes and 3 are in foster for the moment