The Greyhound is not an aggressive dog, as some may believe due to muzzles worn during racing. Muzzles are worn to prevent injuries resulting from dogs nipping one another during - but more likely immediately after a race - when the 'hare' has disappeared out of sight and the dogs are no longer racing but still excited. The thin skin of the Greyhound can tear easily from a small nick from teeth so even a minor skirmish can result in stitches and time out from racing.
If a Greyhound is aggressive then it won't make the race track. The Greyhound's job is to chase the lure, not fight with it's fellow competitors. But Greyhounds are no different from any other dog in that when they are playing and tearing around they get excited and can mouth and nip each other. Where Greyhounds do differ from other dogs is that their skin is extremely thin and easily ripped under these circumstances. So basically they wear muzzles as a precaution. Shortly after getting Beryl and before I started blogging and I had more time I used to spend a lot of it reading the Greytalk Forum and saw some pretty horrific photos of injuries sustained by Greyhounds playing. These were always written by owners who wished they had muzzled their dogs!
The law in New Zealand for pet Greyhounds is that they don't have to be muzzled when out in public. In know they still do in some states of Australia and that will hopefully be changed soon. The policy on our GAP walks is to have all dogs muzzled. On our last walk Beryl was in her wire racing muzzle which they come with when they are adopted, or she can wear her plastic muzzle.
It's not a real good look for photos, I don't think even Beryl can make a muzzle rock! I did take Beryl's wire muzzle off after the free running in the fenced area on our last walk, not that she participated in the running around. Everyone else went back on lead so there was no need to take precautions.
Which leads me to the other end of the Greyhound, Beryl's tail or lack of:( Some new followers (welcome, lovely to have you here!) have wondered why Beryl hasn't got a tail. I won't bore 'old' readers with the whole saga again but it was an on-going saga. Briefly, Greyhounds (and other breeds with thin, bony tails) can be prone to 'happy tail' which happens when they wag it and hit the tip against something hard and the skin splits and it bleeds. And boy, can it bleed. A little blood goes a long way. My house has looked like a battle zone more than once because they keep on wagging it! The first few times it happened I managed to bandage it up myself and it would heal, then it would happen again, lather, rinse, repeat. If you want to read up on the fairly recent events that lead to me having no choice but to have Beryl's tail docked the posts are here, here and here. There are no gory photos, but in the second post I did put a selection of photos of Beryl and her tail, which I still miss anyway! It's hard to believe it's been almost 3 months.
And almost finally, Frankie, Beryl and I are honoured to have been presented with the Versatile Blogger Award not once but twice recently.
|Thank you My Life With Flyball Dogs|
|And thank you Rescued Insanity|
I'm still surprised than anyone bothers to read my blog, it's nothing fancy, just 'Life With a Greyhound, a Pigdog and Our Friends' as my header says. So awards are lovely:) Of course there are the conditions to fill when getting one of these awards but I'm not going to do that tonight. I am going to finish off by joining in on the Saturday Pet Bloggers Hop and wish you all a wonderful weekend:)