Holiday Dangers

This year, for the winter holidays, I am going to add a poinsettia to my table.  I wonder how many pet owners just gasped in horror?  I have avoided poinsettias for years because I heard they are toxic, but this year, I did some research and found out they are not!  That made me wonder what I may have missed over the past few years and now I am brimming with holiday tips for others.  Allow me to share a few:

  1. Christmas trees in themselves aren’t dangerous, but if they aren’t secured, the can fall over and cause injury either from the tree or broken ornaments.  Also, with some live trees, the stagnant water or fertilizers contained in can cause some tummy upset.
  2. Holiday guests- While Holiday guests may affect your mental health, if they aren’t used to your pet, they may leave items out that your pet can get such as medication, food, and other small chewable items (my dog stole my aunt’s hearing aid once!).
  3. Food items- Yep, that fruit cake is dangerous, as is chocolate (especially the dark chocolate); anything containing raisins; Sugarless gum and candies (containing xylitol). Fatty meats and table scraps can also lead to Pancreatitis, so avoid those even if you want to give Fido a little treat.
  4. Drinks- watch out for those holiday drinks to include alcohol and coffee. Yes, too much caffeine or alcohol can be just as dangerous for your pet as it is for you!
  5. Candles and liquid potpourris- This is one I just learned and I am going to have to put my candles and potpourri a little higher.  Also keep in mind your running grey can easily knock over a lit candle.
  6. And back to my poinsettia. While I now know they are not toxic, lets talk about what is- Mistletoe and Holly can both be toxic.  If you feel like you must have mistletoe, remove the berries and place it high.

While this list may make you rethink some Holiday décor and traditions, as with everything, we recommend caution and common sense.  And more than anything, we wish everyone a happy, healthy, and restful holiday season!

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Adopt a Special Friend

Most of the Greyhounds that come along are perfectly content to fit into retirement.  Every once in awhile, one comes along that has some special need.  Just like people, we have ones that are confident, playful, anxious, happy, nervous…And the one with the prey drive that won’t quit.  While this may seem to be the norm for a grey, those of us with cat loving greys realize that not all of them really care to chase things in retirement.  We have also found that one with a long racing career may not always have a high prey drive.

Currently, Paws on the Mountain has two beautiful brindle boys with loving personalities that are having a difficult time finding a forever home.  Neither of these boys are bad or have done anything that makes them difficult to place, they just have a high prey drive.  They require homes with no little kids (9 and up is a good acceptable age range) and no small animals.  These boys can be trained to walk and play well with others, but may require some extra precautions on walks and when doors open (things like a harness or a Gentle Leader for extra control).  And, while this may seem difficult, they will reward you by playing happily with toys, and when they are done and tired out assuming the favorite greyhound couch potato position cuddled up next you on the couch.  Won’t you consider adopting one of these sweet, lovable pups?

Happy 4th of July

Who doesn’t love a good celebration?  And what could be more special than celebrating our Country?  As most greyhound owners know, our pups love a celebration and our Country…except when it involves fireworks!  Why do we mention this?  July 4th is one day when there are more lost dogs than any other.

What can be done to minimize this risk?

  • Start by checking all gates and ensure they are closed.
  • Take your pup out for a long walk early in the day to wear them out then make sure you are indoors before the fireworks start (don’t forget to hydrate!)
  • If he or she is especially nervous, consider trying a thunder coat or talking to your vet for a calming medication.
  • Try not to leave him or her alone during the fireworks.
  • While it may be fun to celebrate with your greyhound, July 4th may be one celebration you don’t want to take him/ her too.
  • Most importantly, act normal.  The minute you start anticipating your greyhound having a problem, he or she will sense something is wrong and will feel like they have a reason to react.  Not all greys have a problem with fireworks.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July.  And, don’t forget to thank those men and women who keep our Country



“Give a Fluff” raffle to benefit Paws on the Mountain

Did someone say stuffies?

Happy Hound would like to make your Hound happier while benefiting Paws on the Mountain Greyhound adoption.  Simply head to their website and buy a raffle ticket (or many raffle tickets).   You must be able to pick up the gift basket in Lansdowne, VA if you win, but isn’t it worth it?  Don’t delay- the drawing takes place on 16 June!  Your hound will thank you for it and because the proceeds benefit Paws on the Mountain, we will thank you for it, too!