Avalon – A two-year old Italian Greyhound in New York
Important Note: Avalon was adopted off of Craigslist by her current owners and, in addition to being scared and anxious, she arrived with alopecia and allergies; exhibited sporadic shaking (similar to seizures); had frequent vomiting; and was over-weight. Put on a raw-diet, her symptoms dissipated and her weight dropped to normal. Approximately ten months later, vomiting and skin issues reappeared, and Ava's weight started to drop and was difficult to maintain. Extensive laboratory tests and an ultra-sound were done. The ultra-sound indicated a congenitally small liver, ruled out the presence of a portosystemic shunt, but was inconclusive regarding whether there was, or was not, hepatic microvascular dysplasia (shunt). The veterinarian indicated that he next step would be a liver biopsy, a fairly invasive procedure. Concurrent to the testing, Ava's owners modified her raw-diet to a grass-fed raw diet with supplements. Her weight began staying on immediately and within two months (May 2014), all symptoms went away. Since Avalon is doing so well, no further diagnostics have been done.
Avalon’s owners feels strongly that this girl needs to remain on a grass-fed, raw-diet for her continued health and, therefore, Avalon’s adopter needs to be a current raw-feeder or willing to become one. Italian Greyhound Place will be glad to provide informational resources utilized by Ava's owners to interested adopters.
A potential adopter should also be aware that Avalon has experienced one incidence of anaphylactic shock; she was brought to the veterinarian and steroids were administered. Prior to that, she had an allergic reaction, treated with Benadryl, which caused facial swelling with bumps. An adopter should consider having an epi-pen, prescribed by a veterinarian, in the event of any further episode.
Avalon, Ava for short, was born in December of 2012, and is a young, two-year old, ten pound girl with quite a personality. Ava is a bit of a food hound - according to her current owner, Ava’s very obsessed with eating and will spend part of her day trying to figure out how to get more food!” However, she is at a healthy weight with a healthy coat to match, a big change since her arrival into her current home. This little one is extremely playful - loves to play with people, and also plays with other dogs, but prefers them to be small and takes a little while to be comfortable with them. Ava also seems to have dogs that she likes and others that she is indifferent to. Being well-trained in obedience, Ava has a bag of tricks, including dancing on her hind legs and playing dead. Her training goes beyond tricks, as this little one is quite well housetrained, ringing a bell when she needs to go out (accidents only occur if she is not let out). Ava is crate trained, but due to previously being crated for long periods of time, she does best when not required to experience lengthy crate stays. When traveling by car, she will generally whine unless sitting in someone’s lap; something that could be positively addressed.
Although she will bark at other people and dogs, either from excitement or nervousness depending on the situation, she does walk nicely on-leash. As this implies, Ava can be wary of new people, with the degree of wariness seeming to depend on the individual. When someone arrives at the door, Avalon will bark a few times, and will also bark outside when she views the neighbors or neighbor’s dog. When playing and excited, she will also bark. In fact, Ava “growls A LOT when she’s playing and loves to “yell bark” when she’s running around inside.” Definitely playful, Ava is not a super high-energy girl, and is less active than the other Italian Greyhound who she resides with.
Ava is described by her current owner as an interesting combination of demanding, independent, stubborn, intelligent, and playful. She does her tricks nicely, but doesn’t always “listen” well, and tends to be “bossy” with the other Italian Greyhound in her home. Although the other dog is male, neither will “submit” to the other, a situation necessitating monitoring. Unfortunately, one of the adults in Avalon’s household, although home each day, has a disability/chronic illness which makes it difficult for her to care for Ava and supervise the two dogs. This has led to the difficult decision to re-home Ava to a home where her attributes can be appreciated and she can be loved as the exceptional dog that she is.
Ava does like to cuddle, although is a bit hesitant to do so if she suspects food is around! In fact, she likes to push close against someone, as close to their face as possible.
Aldo - A nine-year old Italian Greyhound / Pug in New Jersey
Nine-year old Aldo (born in July of 2005)weighs twenty pounds. He is housetrained to potty outside (he will scratch at his crate to indicate that he has to "go,"), but does occasionally "mark" inside. He will go quite a while without marking, and then the behavior occurs (Italian Greyhound would be glad to provide information on utilizing a belly band while working on this behavior). His owner believes that the behavior could be connected to the amount of attention he does (actually, does not) receive. When left alone, Aldo stays in his crate, tending to go there on his own even when family is home.
Aldo's people feel it would be best for Aldo to be in a home where he is able to receive more attention than he currently does.
Loose-leash training (which Italian Greyhound Place would be glad to provide information on) would be beneficial as Aldo tries to run ahead, only to be pulled back by the tight leash. Since he will "take off" if given the chance, Aldo needs to be on-leash or in a securely fenced area. Aldo has never been around cats; barks at other dogs at first, but then calms down; and leaves children alone, even if they attempt to play with him. This guy would be quite happy without children in his new home. The doorbell and someone entering the house will be responded to with barking. When someone does enter, Aldo seems anxious, although the anxiousness does dissipate - he is generally skittish around new people. As long as he can see out the window, traveling by car is fine. Aldo tends to be active for a small portion of the day and relaxes for the remainder of it.
If you are interested in this little guy who is in need of more attention, please contact Italian Greyhound Place. (Listed 11/22/14)
Spencer - A seven-year old Italian Greyhound in New York
Spencer, who is eight-years old and weighs fourteen pounds, is a delightful boy in the care of Italian Greyhound Place. Primarily surrendered due to a lack of housetraining, Spencer is doing exceptionally well here. An adopter willing and able to provide consistency and supervision is desired, especially during inclement weather.
Spencer is very sweet and loving, responsive to requests, good with other dogs, friendly with people (does not tend to be timid), travels nicely in the car, and is crate trained. He is extremely good on-leash and enjoys walks and hikes. When initiating play with another dog, he will sometimes make little noises and barks from a play position. Although he will alert to someone at the door, he stops when requested to do so.
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