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Heat will kill your dog. The hot season is upon us, please use common sense and good judgment when you take your dog out in the heat. Greyhounds, because of their lack of fat and hair, don’t have the insulation other dogs have to the heat. They need to be in a controlled temperature environment of 68 – 72 degrees. The following are some guidelines.

Water, water, water.

  • Water – Always have water in the car, and with you on walks.
  • Ice – Take a thermos full of ice with you.
  • Squirt Bottle – Bring a squirt bottle filled with cold, ice water everywhere you go. Squirt your greyhound often. Squirt your greyhound often. Squirt your greyhound often. Wet his coat, his ears, his legs and belly.
  • Cool Coats – Using a terry cloth towel, wet it and drape it over your greyhound. You can also use a dog coat pattern and make one for your greyhound. But you must not let this coat get hot, or it traps in the heat, vs cooling the dog down. So, it must be dipped in cool water frequently.
  • Pools – greyhounds love to sit in wading pools. They think they are the epitome of cool splayed out in these kiddie pools, staying cool!

Walks – the best time is early morning. Street pavements are cooler and so is the air temperature. Do NOT walk your greyhound during the day, or even early evenings. Pavements are very hot, and it’s been a full day of heat.

  • Always Keep your greyhound indoors with air conditioning.
  • No traveling without air conditioning – ever!
  • Always Monitor your greyhound’s play during hot weather. They may not know when enough is enough. Put the sprinkler system on when they are playing, this will help to keep them cool.
  • If they appear hot, hose them down, or apply wet towels around the belly and between the legs.

*** Be safe, not sorry ***


  • Excessive panting; Skin on inside of ears becomes flushed and red; Weakness
  • Walk becomes wobbly; Fainting.
  • Quick action can save your dog’s life, if you’ve allowed him to reach any of these signs Get cool water on him – all over him – anyway you can. I take cotton towels, and wet them down, and keep putting them all over the dog. Keep the clothes cool.
  • Do not let them get hot and stay on the body. Then get to a vet!


  • Fact – on an 85-degree day, with windows open, your car can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees in 30 minutes.

You can read the rest of the article at https://www.greyhoundgang.org/learn/health/heat-exhaustion/. Permission has been given Greyhound Gang to use this article.

All About Erin — The Velcro Hound with Eyes for You


She has fur like velvet; you won't be able to stop touching it, and that's fine with her. She loves to look into your eyes while you're petting her; she's definitely a Velcro dog. This petite brindle five-year-old will gladly crawl into your lap and into your heart.

Erin walks well with an easy-walk harness in quiet neighborhoods, but she will look to you for protection from those big noisy trucks! Her favorite trick at home is to empty the toy basket and carry the toys all over the house. She loves playing and being with other Greyhounds, and a house with one Greyhound already would be a special bonus for her.

Erin is looking for a very special home to love and protect her. She was born with a condition called "megaesophagus, " and so she will need to be fed several times daily with small meals of high-quality canned food, mashed to a soft consistency. She takes a medication at breakfast and dinner to control the condition. This will enable her to digest her food and stay healthy.

A diagnosis of megaesophagus used to be a death sentence. Severe cases would make it impossible for the dog to hold down food and water. Fortunately, Erin's condition is well-controlled. She knows her routine and is happy to cooperate with anyone taking care of her.

She needs someone who will be at home during the day to feed her. There is a financial commitment as well, due to the extra cost of the food. She will also need to be prevented from eating extra food outside of feeding times. So, no sharing and only certain kinds of limited snacks for her.

We know that there is a perfect family (maybe yours?) waiting for Erin. Someone is ready to love her and commit to taking care of her, for all her life. If that's you, Erin is ready.

If you would like to donate for her continued care, please make your donation here or go to https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=EB3MNP7JLY972

If you would like to consider adopting Erin, please contact jpvandehaar@verizon.net. As always, we thank you for your continued support.

(Thanks to Marilyn Mathis, the author of this article)

Help by becoming a foster home!

Toy Hoarding Greyhound
She is quite comfortable in her new foster home...
We also hear that she has a toy-hoarding problem...

We are still in dire need of foster homes for our incoming hounds. Foster homes are the bridge that leads to a forever home for our adoptable hounds, giving them a head start on getting accustomed to living in a home instead of a kennel, teaching them all the new and wonderful things they will encounter in a home that they may never have seen before.

If you are ready to give fostering a try, please send an email to mickynielsen@att.net. One of our foster coordinators will contact you to talk about fostering and how you might be able to help, what your obstacles might be and how we might overcome them together. We all want this to be a successful experience for you and your new foster!

Donate and Express Yourself on our website

Memorial Page: Express yourself regarding the passing of a loved one, be it hound or human. These usually post within 7 days.
For more details and to Submit your Memorial Request

In Honor Of: Honor someone's Anniversary, Birthday, Graduation, Appreciation, Addition to the Family and anything else you wish. You can request a complimentary email (optional) be sent to the recipient containing your message. These usually post within 7 days. If you would like to have a photo posted along with your message you can email one to guonlinestore@msn.com.
For more details and to Submit Your "In Honor Of" Request

Rainbow Bridge: You can list your animal companion accompanied by your name on the Rainbow Bridge page. This is of no cost to you but of course donations are always appreciated.
For more details and to Submit your Rainbow Bridge Request

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Tom Thumb will donate 1% of the purchase price of groceries when you use your Tom Thumb Rewards card. All you have to do is go to the Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program, fill out the form using our Charity #2743, take it to the customer service counter at your store.

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Updated: 20 July 2020 04:00