Rainbow Bridge – Brassy Michelob (Mick)

October 4, 2004 – August 28, 2012

We are very sorry to report the loss of another wonderful greyhound. IWe got the following  email from Scott and Diane Toback:

Hettie: It is with a sad and very heavy heart I am informing you of the passing of Mick a.k.a. Brassy Michelob whom we adopted from you 6 years ago. As you may remember he was battling an immune disease for the past 2 years. His health had begun to decline about a month ago from other issues. He was one of the best friends our family could have ever had. He was such a beautiful and loving dog and we will miss him everyday. We know he is in a better place and will be at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for us.

Mick was seven years old. Scott and Diane have been wonderful adopters. Mick had a most wonderful home. We always heard from them about how he was doing. We know how sad it is that they could not have had more time with him.

Run with the wind sweet boy.

Rainbow Bridge – Four Streaker (Streaker)

December 8, 2001 – August 28, 2012

We received notice today from Michelle Doll that they had to send their beloved Streaker to the bridge. He had been diagnosed with osteo a short time ago and because of its location and his age, they did not feel that he was a candidate for amputation. Streaker was eleven years old in December last year.

Streaker was adopted by Jim and Michelle in May of 2006 along with a female greyhound named Glitter. Since that time Jim and Michelle have been wonderful friends and continued supporters of our group.

 Streaker was a huge boy! He raced at 84 pounds. He really was a huge love bug. Like a lot of big boys, he had a very sweet and gentle personality. And he smiled!  Everyone who met Streaker loved him because of his winning personality and his smiles for everyone. He was always a hit at our meet and greet events.

Michelle and Jim have always kept in touch with us and they always gave us reports on the dogs. They truly loved Streaker.  I know that they are very sad to lose this precious boy. But I told Michelle that Streaker had the most wonderful home with ideal adopters.

Rest in peace dear boy knowing that you were greatly loved.

FFGR, Inc. Latest News

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Since we’ve launched the new site, we have added a few new pages of information and hope to add more soon. We want all potential adopters to learn as much about greyhounds as possible.

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Dog Parks – FFGR, Inc. Position

In recent years, public dog parks have increased significantly in popularity.  The parks are popular because they provide a way for dogs to get exercise and spend time with other dogs.  Nothing makes us happier when we see all of the dogs running around together and having a great time playing.  However, we never think about the tragedies that can happen (and have happened) when we are not educated about pack mentality and dog behavior in general.  There are very important issues that new greyhound adopters should think about before taking a greyhound to a dog park.

 – Greyhounds are “sight” hounds, bred for thousands of years to hunt, chase, and capture prey.  This is a deeply-rooted instinct that humans cannot change.

– Adopted retired racing greyhounds have been further trained to race at high speeds to chase down prey, or moving, prey-like objects.

– When racing, all greyhounds wear muzzles specifically to avoid injuries. (many greyhounds become competitive when running with other dogs.)

Why wouldn’t a greyhound think a dog park (or the like) was meant for this activity too? Taking a greyhound into a public environment (dog park, etc.) with other dog breeds is a huge risk for everyone involved. Humans cannot run faster than a greyhound in an attempt to prevent a dog “prey” capture, or to break up a dog fight – not to mention humans being harmed in the process.

For new adopters who aren’t aware:

– A single greyhound should not be muzzled when all other dogs are not muzzled.
Reason: If another dog attacks the greyhound, or if a dog pack fight begins, the muzzled greyhound cannot defend him/herself.

– It is wrong (and foolhardy) to surmise that your hound won’t get involved in a dog fight or attack another dog.

– If a muzzle is worn on any dog, all dogs should be muzzled.

Many greyhound owners avoid taking greyhounds to public dog parks/other mixed breed enclosures for all reasons above. Others may try going very early in morning and enter only if no other dogs are present, then leave as soon as another dog arrives.

 It is very important to understand pack mentality.  Once one dog is hurt and makes a sound, the others will attack it.  This instinct is hardwired into dogs.  The survival of the pack depends on all animals being healthy.  Once perceived as being weak, that dog must be eliminated from the pack.

One example of pack mentality:  There are about 15-20 large dogs in dog park. There are two gates into the dog park. A lady entered through furthermost gate with one small/medium sized dog that yelped when it was approached by an unfamiliar dog. It took roughly three seconds for every dog in the park to be in a horrific fighting pile on top of the new dog. The first yelp was all it took to alert every dog to join the pack.  Please do not make the mistake of thinking that your dog would not join such a fight!

It behooves all of us to remember our own breed’s history and instinct. Regardless of dog size differences and their owners’ decisions, we can’t expect any other dog breed owner to know our dogs. They may assume greyhounds would not be off leash in a public enclosure if they were not safe around other dogs.

 Your hound might be okay around smaller dogs (strangers) in a dog park environment (some are, many aren’t); however, some people have misperceived seemingly smaller dog friendship with potential small dog prey interest. Just because a hound didn’t make it to a professional race track doesn’t mean that hound was never race trained. There are many reasons a hound doesn’t make it to professional tracks (i.e.; may run too slowly, may try to bump/nip other dogs too much when racing, etc.). It doesn’t necessarily mean they have zero prey drive in their genetics with a100% guarantee to never become triggered. No dog breed is ever100% guaranteed.

Other considerations before taking greyhounds (or other dogs) to a dog park while other dogs are present:

– Are you financially able to accept full liability (and emotional/stress liability) IF your hound is unexpectedly triggered and harms or kills another dog?

– Exorbitant fees can run into many, many thousands of dollars, and can affect other areas when someone’s dog becomes labeled as a serious aggressor (even if the dog simply did what comes naturally): i.e., homeowner’s or renter’s insurance rates may increase, etc.

– The first thing many cities do is quarantine the aggressor dog in a shelter (for rabies check)… and, the aggressor may be euthanized depending on ordinances. If a pack dog fight takes place, this treatment could also include others involved in the pack fight.

– Best case scenario, (with much legal help) the dog may have to live his/her lifetime under strict home shelter rules; the dog might not be able to be taken out in public; or, if very lucky, the dog may be able to go out in public (like to vet’s office) only when muzzled.

– Consider the distress of the other dog’s family/children.

– In contrast, how would we feel if our (thin-skinned) greyhound is mauled by another dog in a dog park? If our hound survives, the hound (and owner, if injured) may endure long, intensive recovery; veterinary visits; time off work, etc.

Is it worth the risks? Some people are willing to take their chances, others aren’t. Those that do take their chances (especially around smaller dogs) coupled with a tragic experience can negatively affect greyhound adoption as a whole.

This is a reality check for adopters to consider before taking hounds into a crowded mixed breed dog park for a daily romp.

Some people may be surprised that there are adoption groups that require their adopted hounds never be allowed in public dog parks while other non-muzzled dogs are present. (muzzled-greyhound-only play dates are fine.).  While we do not place these kinds of  restrictions on the dogs we place (we have no way of enforcing this rule), we do hope that all new adopters understand the potential issues involved with taking greyhounds to a public dog park

 A safer alternative for those living near other greyhound owners is to arrange “all-muzzled greyhounds only” play dates.

Rainbow Bridge – Rjs Sioux (Shadow)

March 19, 2000 – August 2, 2012

We are always sad to report the loss of one of our greyhounds; however, the passing of Shadow is particularly hard because he was such a uniquely special dog.  Shadow was adopted by Isaac and Jeff in May of 2010. He and his house mate, Sheba, were both turned over to a group in Ohio when their adopter could no longer care for them.  They lived in a home together for many years and were bonded so we placed them both on Craiger’s List and looked for a home for them together.

 Jeff and Isaac saw them on Craiger’s List and came to meet them – the rest is history.  Both dogs had a wonderful life and we are so happy to know that these seniors were greatly loved and so well cared for.

 In October, 2010, Shadow was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his right front leg.  At the age of ten, it was difficult to make a decision about what to do.  However, because Shadow had such a wonderful spirit, Isaac and Jeff decided to go the amputation route.  Shadow went through the surgery well and was back on three feet in record time.  Shadow was known to all of us in the organization as the amazing tripod.  He certainly earned that name because of his zest for life and unstoppable spirit.

 His house mate, Sheba, passed on to the Rainbow Bridge in September of 2011.  Shadow still was cancer free at that time.  Recently, he was diagnosed with a squamas cell sarcoma on his nose.  Although it was manageable for a long time, it was finally serious enough to make Shadow unhappy.  Isaac and Jeff gave Shadow a final goodbye and sent him to meet Sheba.

 We love working with people who adopt greyhounds from Craiger’s List because they seem to understand the value of all dogs.  Those who adopt seniors understand that they may have limited time.  But the love and joy that a senior brings in to one’s life cannot be matched by youth and beauty.

 We thank Isaac and Jeff for the loving home they gave both dogs.  Run free Shadow and rest in sweet peace knowing that you were loved by all of us; look for Sheba.

Rainbow Bridge – Likable (Casey)

 June 8, 2005 – July 22, 2012

We are sad to report the loss of another FFGR, Inc. hound to lymphoma.  We had all been following Trish’s posts about her beloved Casey.  After a short illness, Casey went on to the Rainbow Bridge.  We all know that it was very difficult for Jeff, Trish and the kids to say goodbye. No matter how much we all prepare for the inevitable, it still breaks our hearts to say goodbye. Casey got to the place that she no longer would eat and it was clear that she was tired and had enough. Trish and Jeff did the most loving thing and let her go.

We remember when Trish brought her hound Joey over to meet available dogs and how Casey stole her heart (and Joey’s!).   We told Trish that the best part of doing this work is meeting and knowing people who adopt a hound and make it part of the family. Although Trish and her family are broken hearted at this time, we can all take solace in the fact that Casey had the most loving home that any greyhound could have. She will be greatly missed, not only by her family, but all of her FFGR, Inc. friends and family who met her through her many meet and greet events. I always loved going to Trish’s house and was so happy to be greeted by the hounds. Casey was the most exhuberant of the trio and always had a bounce and kiss for me.

She was a beautiful tall girl with the most pleasing personality. We think it was because she was so happy. Rest in peace lovely girl knowing that you were greatly loved.