My hounds and I are awfully busy with volunteer activities during Greyhounds in Gettysburg, but we always make time for perennial favorites. From ghost stories to shopping, and to meeting with old friends, we hardly sit down during the four days of the event. Each year is a new adventure. Exhausting, yes, but entirely worth it! Continue reading
With just one week left to register, the hounds and I decided to share our favorite event with you today: Greyhounds in Gettysburg. GiG goes back to 1998, and has grown to become one of the largest Greyhound events on the East Coast. With over 70 vendors, two days of educational seminars, and four days of social events and contests, like wine tasting and the Blur of Fur Speed Run, GiG is a chance unlike any other for sighthound enthusiasts to celebrate the dogs we love. Continue reading
Last year, I found myself in the market for a new escape-proof harness. I’d gone through two that hadn’t held up as expected, and didn’t trust them not to break in an emergency. My big male, Irish, startles easily. He’s as likely to bolt at the sight of a parked car as he is to ignore that car entirely. He’s also perfectly capable, like most Greyhounds, of slipping most harnesses and collars in a matter of seconds should he have the mind to do it. I needed something to keep him safe. The most effective solution was a harness specially made to be escape-proof on deep-chested, lean-bodied dogs. Most of these harnesses are made by small, independent shops as custom orders, and the cost for them can add up. With the brand I had once trusted now declining in quality, it was time to search for something better. Continue reading
I do an inordinate amount of harness shopping for my dogs. There are no fewer than ten harnesses (for three dogs) in my home, and my ever patient Greyhounds have endured countless fittings. I judge harnesses on their utility, comfort, quality, and style. Last year, a sharp decline in quality from one of my previous go-to harness makers had me on the lookout for something new. That’s what led me to Indi-Dog.
You’ve probably seen this harness if you follow me on Instagram. I love a clean, simple harness design when I can get away with it. The challenge lies in the fact that my girls are petite, and my male needs a harness he can wear around the house since collars are off limits as anything but decoration due to his back problems. Many off-the-rack products simply don’t fit well enough to stay on the girls, or to provide all-day comfort for Irish. Indi-Dog, an independent harness maker based in the UK, offers several solutions for hard-to-fit pups. The Houdini harness was my first pick for general use after a fantastic experience with its cousin, the Houdini Ultra (more on that in a later article). A variation on the standard H-harness, the standard Houdini harness provides a secure fit without compromising your dog’s range of motion. Let’s take a look at some of the features.
The weekend beckons. At my house, that means sweet potatoes. These tough tubers make a great snack for dogs. Don’t believe me? Ask The Honest Kitchen. My hounds go through roughly one batch of sweet potatoes per week. Each batch amounts to 3-4 small to medium sweet potatoes, cooked fresh at home. Frozen sweet potatoes will do if you can find them (check the ingredients list to ensure that no salt or other additives are in the bag), but they’re hard to come by in my area. I find it simpler and more satisfying to make my own. Continue reading
Littermates. I have them, and people notice them. It’s something unusual in the Greyhound world to adopt two ex-racers who were born together. Even if you happen to be that fortunate, it may be hard for people to tell that your dogs are related, since they may look nothing alike. In my case, my girls share a strong physical resemblance: both brindle, both tending toward the small side (Midori has only two pounds and zero inches on her sister), both possessed of a light, petite build. It’s easy to spot the relationship. Continue reading
I might be the one who does all the typing, but I’m definitely not the only one doing the work. It’s only fair that I give credit where credit is due: to my dogs. My Greyhounds tolerate the majority of my crazy human whims. Without their patience, I’d have little insight to offer anyone. Continue reading