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  1. https://nancarrow.smugmug.com/Whippets/WCWRC-2017-Open/n-CjRcr2/
  2. Rain, rain, rain, but it finally stopped just in time for the supreme finals and winners' photos. https://nancarrow.smugmug.com/Whippets/West-Cornwall-2017-Charity/n-tmQPdj/
  3. This year: The Charity Open will be on Sunday August 20th (closing date for entries is Thursday August 10th) The Main Open will be on Sunday August 27th (closing date for entries is Thursday August 17th) West_Cornwall_Charity_Open_2017_Entry_Form.pdf West_Cornwall_Open_2017_Entry_Form.pdf
  4. As the risk of repeating what others have said, whippets just aren't the sort of tough dogs that are suited to kennels. They have very thin fur (sometimes bald in areas), almost no fat, and thin skin that tears easily. There's also the question of their hunting instinct - if a neighbour's cat walks across the garden during the night then there will almost certainly be a run-in, and it's not going to end well whoever comes out on top. If a fox comes into the garden then there will also very likely be a fight, and that's also likely to end badly (I have a male whippet who had to have about 20 stitches up the side of his face after a run-in with a fox, and he was one of three dogs, not on his own). Something like a gun dog - springer spaniel, labrador, or fox hound, is much better suited to the outdoor life, having thicker fur, more body fat, tougher skin, less of a hunting instinct, and also (sad for us) a bit more common sense than whippets. I suspect you'll find that most breeders and rescue charities wouldn't part with a whippet if they knew it was going outside.
  5. Just wondering if anyone else thinks that dog poo bags are just too expensive. One of the cheapest places I can find is some website called poobagsdirect, which sells their 'value' bags at £15 for 1000, so 1.5p per bag. That sounds quite cheap until you see that Sainsbury's sell their Basics nappy sacks at 25p for 100, the equivalent of £2.50 for 1000, or 0.25p per bag, which is one sixth the price of those 'value' poo bags. Now I'm happy to admit that poo bags are nicer to use than nappy sacks: 1. They're quite a bit bigger than nappy sacks, although that doesn't really matter where whippets are concerned, as they thankfully do nice small poos. 2. The plastic is thicker on poo bags, so less likely to tear. However, I've had both types catch on keys and other sharp objects in my pocket and end up leaking, so I don't think it makes a lot of difference. 3. Dog poo bags are usually black, or at least opaque, so more discrete. I suppose that spares the feelings of passers by, but it's not as if they don't know what you're carrying. Also, for the dog owner any poo bag is warm to the touch (you know what I'm talking about!), so it's not as if thick black dog poo bags hide all the gruesome details from you. Anyway, I notice that about half the dog owners I see seem to do the same as us, using cheap blueish nappy sacks rather than official poo bags, so it looks like many other people have come to the same conclusion. What I'm wondering is: a) Why are poo bags that expensive? Dark plastic should if anything be cheaper as it can be made of recycled plastics (mixed colours and dyed). b) Does anyone know anywhere that sells poo bags anything like as cheap as nappy sacks? Let's say a max of 50p for 100.
  6. About 4 years ago we had to put our 3 whippets into kennels, just for 1 night thankfully, but felt like we'd betrayed them, waving goodbye to them in their concrete cell, with the barking of other unknown dogs all around them, and the air heavy with other dogs' smells. Also, although it was mid-summer, we were told when we arrived at 5pm that they'd already missed walking time, so wouldn't even get out until morning. At that time the kennel (in Hertfordshire) was charging £15 per night for the first dog, then £10 for each further dog, so it worked out at £35 per night. I don't know whether it was a good or bad, cheap or expensive, kennel, as that's the only time we've used one. Yours may be a lot better, and maybe even cheaper. Anyway, someone, can't remember who, suggested an agency such as Animal Angels who will send people to stay in your house and look after your pets, for a fee of course, and at that time we paid £50 per day for that service. Seems a bit steep, but not a huge amount more than the kennel option, and so much nicer for the dogs. We used them about 3 years ago, and they did a good job with our 3 whippets, allowing them to sleep in their nice warm beds, go on their usual familiar walks, eat their usual food, and so on, and the dogs all seemed perfectly happy when we returned. One of the advantages of a good agency is that the sitters will have been CRB checked by the agency, and they'll be covered by agency insurance, so in the absence of someone you know and trust that's a good second best option. As it happens the agency people we had were an ex-policeman and his partner, who seemed like nice people. We all went out with the dogs on the day they arrived, so they could what the local walking options were. I think that most of the people who house/dog sit for the agency are retired people who like dogs but don't have their own, and treat it as an opportunity to have a free or cheap holiday in someone else's house. I have no connection with Animal Angels or any other such agency, it's just the one we happened to use. From a quick Google search it looks like they're still going, but I'm sure there are other similar agencies which other people might have experience of. Hope it works out for you and doggy, whichever option you choose.
  7. It looks like it was 01264 781144 (from http://www.salisburyonline.org.uk/info/6/ or http://venture-coats.salisbury.uk.amfibi.directory/uk/c/136008-venture-coats) but I have no idea whether that's still an active number.
  8. As gypsysmum2 says this seems to be in the nature of whippets because of their innate drive to hunt, and the best option may be to accept that it's likely to happen sometimes, to minimise the possibly dangers in the circumstances, and keep him on a lead in places where it really is unsafe. We adopted our now-10 year old male when he was 3, and I don't think he'd really be taken out for proper walks until then. For the first couple of years he would run off hunting on every other walk, sometimes only returning home 1 or 2 hours later with bloodied ears, presumably from diving into brambles or blackthorn in pursuit of rabbits. Since we're in a very rural area there were fewer dangers from traffic than many people might have, but badgers are widespread here, and that was always a worry. However, 7 years later he's probably the most loyal and best behaved whippet we've ever had, and we now look back fondly, maybe even wistfully, on his past exploits. Again I'd agree with gypsysmum2 that constantly calling your dog when he's clearly not about to return to you is probably counterproductive, and just reassures him that you're still around. If he's attached to you and he thinks that you've continued on your walk without him then that's probably the best way to get him to tag along, and when he does catch up then make a fuss of him as a positive reinforcement.
  9. Four years on I thought I'd post a follow up to this ancient thread. I am the "hubby" referred to in this thread, so I understand only too well how serious dog fallouts can be, having been to A&E twice to have my hands patched up after being badly injured while separating the warring parties. Let me get straight to the point - we still have both bitches, and they now get on just fine, to the extent that we are completely confident to leave them alone in the house together for extended periods when we're out, or in car while at the shops. They choose to sleep in the same bed as each other, or on the same sofa, and many times we have seen them go through the same "flash points" which previously caused such problems, for example when they get overexcited greeting visitors at the door and end up jumping all over each other. I am not foolish enough to believe that the fighting could *never* occur again, but after years with no such problems, including circumstances where previously the slightest thing would have restarted the feud, we're really back at the stage where any other apparently friendly dogs are. So what was secret? Honestly there wasn't one, and it was just a combination of time, good luck, and judgement. A few thoughts though: > Firstly, I don't think our bitches fell out as badly as some do. I've heard people say that some bitches which have fought really do detest each other afterwards, to the extent that they would almost rip through a door to get at their nemesis. That wasn't the case with ours. Of course soon after the fights our bitches would either tremble or growl or lunge at the other, but after a few weeks they settled down, and then the only problem was jealousy if they were being left in their crate while the other offender was taken out for a walk. > Secondly, we are fortunate that at the time we both worked from home, and had the luxury of being able to take the dogs out for separate walks. In practice that meant my wife and me taking the male + bitch A or B alternately, with bitch B/A having a solo walk at the same time. For example in the morning my wife might take dog+A out for a walk while I'd take B out, then in the evening she'd take A out, and I'd take dog+B. Of course that's just not an option for many people, but this was our routine for about 2 years, while keeping them in crates (in the same room) at other times. Over those 2 years we could see that they just didn't seem to hate each other in the way that some people have described. > Thirdly, after about 2 years of this separate walking and sleeping in crates we started walking them together with muzzles on. When it was clear that they were relaxed with each other we would slip the muzzles off, but leave them dangling around the neck just in case. So there we are. There may not be a lesson for anyone else, although if you find yourself in the same situation we were in 4 years ago you might want to work out whether your dogs really do hate each other, or if it's just a temporary fear of each other. Again I repeat that we were very fortunate in being able try this long term experiment. If we'd both been working away from home then the rehoming option would probably have been the way to go, and I'm sure all the dogs would have been OK in the long run.
  10. Much as I'd like to take credit, they're not my pictures unfortunately (mine are only the West Cornwall Open photos), but I thought the local press photographer did a good job of it. Certainly a lot better that the usual "grip and grin" photos.
  11. I thought people might be interested to see this from our local press: http://www.cornishman.co.uk/in-pictures-the-last-days-of-the-most-southerly-whippet-race-in-britain/story-29679620-detail/story.html Some good photos of some familiar faces.
  12. Apologies, the first vets final (14-20lb) was taken from the wrong finish line and the dogs had already crossed the 140 yard line, and I missed race 64 (vets 26-32lb consolation) due to handling my own dog. However some of the other finish line photos such as the hard-fought 20-23lb final are spot on, with the lead dog right on the finish line and in sharp focus. https://nancarrow.smugmug.com/Whippets/2016-Open/n-fgspvS/i-64hg6DL
  13. Finish line and winners photos from the West Cornwall 2016 Charity Open are at: https://nancarrow.smugmug.com/Whippets/West-Cornwall-2016-Charity/n-3X6JjD/i-vwF92nm It would be nice for every finish line photo to have the lead dog precisely on the finish line, but the risk is that if it's left a fraction of second too late then the lead dog might already be out of the frame. That's especially a risk when it's a dull day like yesterday, and the shutter speed is slower than on a sunny day.
  14. Here are the entry forms for this year's Charity Open on Sunday August 21st and the Main Open on Sunday August 28th. West_Cornwall_Charity_Open_2016_Entry_Form.pdf West_Cornwall_Open_2016_Entry_Form.pdf
  15. If you're looking for someone to house-sit as well as dog-sit then I would have thought that people like Animal Angels (http://www.animalangels.co.uk/) would be OK with the situation as they wouldn't be walking your dogs along with other. We had one of their people stay in our house (Cornwall, but they have people around the country) a couple of years ago and they managed our 3 dogs with no problems (one troublesome dog on lead, 2 off). Of course it's going to cost more than kennels, but it doesn't stress the dogs anything like as much.