Biker John

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  1. A 1935 Morris 8, After learning to drive and passing my test I kept it for 3 yrs. But then needing to travel more and being a touch worried about its reliability due to its age I left it with my brother, and he's still got it. Mind he is an old car nut. He has the Morris, a 1947 Riley and a 1959 Mini. One of them is always off road getting stripped and re built which he enjoys.
  2. I have often wondered about dogs being selective about their recall. I know my Whippet is great most of the time, but when she sees a rabbit or squirrel she's off after it and will not respond. But I know that I'm a reader and often during my life I've been reading when someone, normally my wife, pokes me and I realise she has been talking to me. Now honestly it's not a case of me ignoring her it is that I have not heard her because I am so absorbed. So I tend to think the Whippet is the same, some prey to chase so her brain is completely taken over by the chase and she does not actually hear me. Fortunately larger things don't interest her and rabbits go under ground quickly and squirrels go up a tree so the chase is soon over.
  3. LeashedForLife, She was from a small but successful show breeder. I got her at 8 weeks and as soon as we could go out we did. She has been well socialised, she has been to puppy socialising classes, training classes, ring craft etc. Plus we have been to some shows and she goes to racing. In general I would say that apart from large black dogs she classifies as follows: Dogs, Sight Hounds and then Whippets. With of course Whippets at the top, she can spot one a long way away and is always happy to meet them. But as I said black Grey Hounds are recognised by her, but dogs like black Labs she is worried about. And no she has never had a bad experience of one. It does not cause a big problem, its just one of the odd things I've noticed.
  4. I have often thought how hard it must be for most dogs to walk at our speed, I notice when off lead my Whippet, when she is just walking along must be about twice my walking speed. Obviously when she runs she is way faster than even Usain Bolt could manage but I am talking about just her standard walk. So for her and I assume most dogs she must be really trying hard to slow down to my speed when she is on lead.
  5. Oh yes whenever she comes to you it is a big occasion, never be cross with her, I realise you said you hide it but I am just emphasising it. And as to age, in my opinion its not yet an adult, after all a human female can reproduce at say 12 but no way could she be called an adult.
  6. All I can add is my Whippet is fearful of large black dogs, apart from other sight hounds, she has come across a couple of black Greyhounds and was perfectly happy going up to them, but black non sight hounds she just does not like.
  7. Cats, Rabbits and Squirrels tend to think every sight hound is a blood thirsty monster, for sure they view my Whippet as such but apart from that they make wonderful pets. And yes they can live with them I had two cats they were ok with the Whippet but any other she sees click her chase instinct on.
  8. LeashedForLife, I understand Lurchers are few and far between in the states, over here in the UK they are reasonably common. And I think most sight hound people know quite a few. For myself I love all sight hounds but rough haired lurchers are a bit special.
  9. Apart from being very careful where to get a dog the best advice I had was from my dad many years ago, be careful they never put to much weight on. As to weighing their food I've never done this, just look critically at your dog and adjust feeding accordingly. Weight is a balance between exercise and food. For example my Whippet, when she is doing quite a bit of racing she needs more food to keep to her correct weight than when their is less racing.
  10. I used a cool mat for a Shih Tzu that was affected by hot weather, he used to lie on it a lot and yes it worked, by keeping him cooler and happier.
  11. My Whippet Folly, has a lot of soft toys that she plays with but their is one rabbit that she takes to a bed, well ok she's a Whippet so its often the sofa, then holds it in her mouth and falls asleep. She has never actually played with it or chewed it just holds it. All the other toys get rough treatment but rabbit no.
  12. As to the running, I take my Whippet to racing, on arriving I take her out of the car and we walk round the field. 90% of the time she will poo during this and its firm and well formed. However their are the odd times she doesn't, then after a run, walking back she poo's and when she does its always very soft. One other interesting bit is I notice not only my girl but most Whippets walking back after a race stop and wee, no idea why but they do.
  13. Hi, your family sounds great, I have stayed at Whalesborough Farm Holiday Cottages, Whalesborough Farm, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0JD before, not sure what, (if any), limit they have on number of dogs. I only had two. The dogs and I had a lovely week there.
  14. As a sight hound owner I have to add that the breed type needs to be taken into account. Quite a few people are convinced that fit and healthy sight hounds are underweight.
  15. Adding to excuseme's full explanation, although raw green tripe is smelly every dog I have fed it to absolutely loves it.