Dill – A five-year old Italian Greyhound / Whippet mix in New York
This boy is approximately five years old, blue merle in coloration, twenty-five pounds, and stunning. Not only that, but he is a fantastic canine companion. Dill was found four years ago by his current owners who are now in a situation where their work schedules, including travel, prevent them from being with him as often as they feel he deserves. Although Dill does fine when he needs to be left alone (he does whine a small amount when first left), he is happiest when with his humans.
His current owners prefer that Dill go to a home where a human is home more than not and/or in a situation where Dill could accompany them on outings, and where he would have a fenced yard to run, play, and sun in. Since Dill loves being the center of his people’s attention, being the only dog would be a positive for him.
Dill is housetrained (outside, not doggy pee pads); is crate trained, although his owners do not find it necessary to crate him when he is left alone; is not a barker, giving only a few barks if a stranger approaches the door; and, after taking a moment to settle down, is fine traveling by car. He exhibits an absolute love of people, young and old (he is excellent with children); has lived with other dogs; and is good meeting new ones when provided with appropriate leashed walk introductions – if put abruptly in a dog park type situation, he becomes scared. Dill has not been exposed to cats.
Overall, Dill’s activity level is moderate. The best thing is that he tends to match his energy level to that of his people, being ready to relax or play when they are. His favorite game is playing fetch with his tennis ball. According to his current owners, “Bubbly and loving best describe Dill, and he is very eager to be with, and please, his people.” He responds to many commands and is food motivated, making treats, along with praise, a great, positive reinforcer. Dill enjoys walks and has been taught to walk beside or behind his human walking companion without pulling; a Halti head collar in conjunction with a martingale collar is used. As indicated, Dill is one fantastic dog. If you are interested in being his person/people, please contact Italian Greyhound Place. Additional photos here. (Listed 4/28/15)
Bucket and Jill – A five-year old Italian Greyhound and a seven -year old Italian Greyhound mix in Colorado
These two girls have had a wonderful life full of love and caring with their current owners, but a lifestyle change, with another planned, has not been conducive to the girls’ happiness and their owners have made the extremely difficult decision to locate a new home for them. The family moved this past year from a quiet home with a doggy door and fenced yard to an apartment and, in 2016, will be transitioning to a traveling situation for work.
Bucket and Jill’s current owners would like the girls’ ideal new home to have a fenced yard, a doggy door, loving parents who allow the dogs on the couch (these two are cuddlers), and a person who would be home most of the day (one of Bucket and Jill’s people works from home) or would allow free roam of the home.
After reading the following information on Bucket and Jill, be sure to read their letters written for them by their people and linked below to better perceive their unique personalities and what special girls they are.
Bucket is an Italian Greyhound who weighs approximately seventeen pounds. This girl is super loving and cuddly with her people, often following them around, loving attention and belly rubs and, although not too playful, enjoys some toys and small tennis balls. Bucket relaxes most of the day, with occasional bursts of activity lasting about five minutes! She is a timid girl until acquainted with someone; she tends to be nervous meeting new people, but does not display any aggressiveness. Bucket is good with her sister, Jill, and is okay with other small dogs, but does require a proper introduction to feel comfortable. She does not have experience with children or cats.
In her previous home, Bucket did not have much to bark at, perhaps an unusual noise or if she viewed someone walking by. Apartment life has meant more sounds and people surrounding Bucket’s environment, and she is not totally comfortable with that yet and will bark at unknown people, dogs, wind, and other things that she is unaccustomed to.
Jill, who weighs about twenty pounds, is most likely an Italian Greyhound mix. This girl is friendly, loving, and a cuddler, but, as described by her owners, also cat like – she enjoys her alone time and often prefers physical contact to be at her request. Jill is only high-energy in short bursts – she likes to run and play, but only between long stretches of relaxation, often burrowed beneath blankets, an enjoyment Bucket also shares. Her dog park time, which she loves, is generally fifteen minutes and, although she can do long walks, prefers many short ones. Jill is good with other dogs, curious about children, has no experience with cats, and is not a barker, only barking at the doorbell or if her sister, Bucket, barks – and sometimes, if her request to play is ignored!
Both girls are housetrained. Bucket will potty outside using a doggy door and during walks, and she will use a doggy pee pad. There were some accidents following the move to their new location, but now that Bucket understands what the doggy pee pad is all about, there have been no accidents. Jill is great using a doggy door to go out and potty and also does very well on walks. She is accident-free and has no inclination to use doggy pee pads.
When walking on-leash, Bucket only pulls when nervous, whereas Jill will sometimes pull quite a bit – although a reminder not to pull encourages her to do better. Both girls are crate trained, but do fine given free roam of the house. Regarding car travel, Bucket is good, but nervous, whereas Jill loves traveling by car.
Please click here to read Bucket's letter and Jill's letter, both penned by their people.
Lots of additional photos here.
If you are interested in providing Bucket and Jill with their new home and lots of love, please contact Italian Greyhound Place. (Listed 4/10/15)
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.
Spencer - A nine-year old Italian Greyhound in New York
Spencer, who is nine-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. Although he will alert to someone at the door, he stops when requested to do so.
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