Podcast Episodes

Episode 12: When You Can’t Take the Heat (And Greyhounds Can’t): Summer Safety

With barely any fat and no under coat, the dangers of summer time heat and humidity are amplified for greyhounds.

Greyhounds really can’t take the heat and humidity.  The rule of thumb: if the temperature outside is over 80°F/27°C, it’s a bit too warm for greyhounds.  Sure, many of our retired racing greyhounds come from Florida, one of the hottest and most humid states in the USA. However, they’re outside for very short periods of time, either to run a race or for turn outs (“potty breaks”).  Most of the time, they’re in air conditioned kennels.

In this episode, you’ll discover actions you can take to help  keep your greyhound safe during the sweltering summer months (and the sweltering months of Spring and Fall, depending where you live, too).

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  • Download the Greyhound Friends of New Jersey free app from Apple Store or Google Play.
  • Donate to Greyhound Friends of New Jersey to help us bring more dogs home.
  • Subscribe to BarkBox for 1, 6, or 12 months through our special link and BarkBox will donate $25 to Greyhound Friends of New Jersey.
  • Visit the About Greyhounds podcast website.

An important note: Jacqueline Howard and Albert Cavallo are not medical professionals and have not and are not providing medical advice specific to your dog. The content provided in this episode of About Greyhounds is intended as informational only. Seek the guidance of a trained and experienced veterinarian if your dog becomes ill or injured and before administering any drugs/medications, including over the counter drugs/medications.

Episode 11: Toxins and Injuries and Dangers, Oh My! First Aid for Your Greyhound

Discover the first aid tips that may serve as your greyhound’s first defense when injury or illness strike.

In the first few minutes of this episode, your host shares a story about how a $600 emergency vet bill could have been avoided with a $3 bottle of a common remedy most people have in their homes.

There are toxins outside, as well as inside, your home that can cause illness or worse for your greyhound. Things you may not even think about. And, like any living creature, they can be injured or face potential health conditions and dangers.

In this episode, recorded in our guest, Patty Comerford’s, scenic backyard (you’ll hear hounds, birds, planes, wind chimes, and more), we explore how to help prevent accidental poisoning, injuries, and more. Throughout the conversation, you’ll get useful tips on treating many of these if and when they do happen as a stop-gap measure until you can get to your dog’s doctor. In addition, you’ll hear about identifying certain conditions, like seizures, that need your veterinarian’s immediate attention.

 

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  • ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center phone number: 888-426-4435 (a fee may apply). Add this number to your phone’s contacts.
  • Household Hazards, an informative pamphlet from the American Veterinary Medical Association. Keep this handy for a listing of foods, cleaners, and more that may be in your home or yard that can be toxic to your dog.
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  • Pet First Aid, a resource from the American Veterinary Medical Association for helping your dog if he or she is injured, poisoned, and more.
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  • Greyhound lab results: important information to show to your veterinarian and emergency veterinarian. This card is also available on Greyhound Friends of New Jersey’s app.
  • Download the Greyhound Friends of New Jersey free app from Apple Store or GooglePlay.
  • Donate to Greyhound Friends of New Jersey to help us bring more dogs home.
  • Subscribe to BarkBox for 1,6, or 12 months through our special link and BarkBox will donate $25 to Greyhound Friends of New Jersey.
  • Visit the About Greyhounds podcast website.

An important note: Jacqueline Howard and Patty Comerford are not medical professionals and have not and are not providing medical advice specific to your dog. The content provided in this episode of About Greyhounds is intended as informational only. Seek the guidance of a trained and experienced veterinarian if your dog becomes ill or injured and before administering any drugs/medications, including over the counter drugs/medications.

Episode 10: Thousands of Greyhounds, One Day, One Big Global Walk

On June 11, 2017 greyhounds and their people unite for a global greyhound walk.

On Sunday June 11, 2017, greyhounds and the people who love them unite to walk and raise awareness for the breed, showing the public just how special these dogs are. It’s the Great Global Greyhound Walk and it’s literally happening all over the world.

In this episode, we speak with Denise Shirk of Greyhound Angels Adoption. Denise is coordinating and leading a walk in her area. Just outside of Philadelphia, walkers and their greyhounds will meet at historic Valley Forge National Park before beginning their walk.

This free event promises to be a fun experience for people and their greyhounds. In it’s 7th year, listen to this episode to discover more about the Great Global Greyhound Walk and how Denise worked with the event’s overall leadership in Great Britain to start the Greyhound Angels Adoption walk in Pennsylvania.

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  • Great Global Greyhound Walk website where you can explore more about the global event and see if there is a local Great Global Greyhound Walk in your area.
  • Details, including the address and meeting place at Valley Forge National Park  for Greyhound Angels Adoption’s June 11 walk (outside of Philadelphia). The walk starts at 10a; be at the Visitor’s Center by 9:30a.
  • Find a Global Greyhound Walk in your country and in or near your city.
  • Help greyhounds find homes when you click on Greyhound Friends of New Jersey’s donate button.
  • Support the work of Greyhound Friends of New Jersey when you’re a new customer and order a BarkBox subscription for your dog––they’ll donate $25 to help our dogs! Use our special link: BarkBox.com/GreyhoundNJ
  • Learn more about Greyhound Angels Adoption and all they do to champion and home greyhounds.
  • Visit the About Greyhounds podcast  website.

You can also listen to , subscribe, and download the About Greyhounds podcast on iTunes or just about any podcast platform. Support the podcast when you rate and review us on iTunes. (5 stars are much appreciated!)

 

Episode 9: A Goddess, A Royal Greyhound, and Immortality

Goddesses are born with immortality, while some greyhounds have been immortalized by the people who loved them.

Two stories about immortality … one tale set 3,000 years ago, the other nearly 200. They may seem unrelated, until the connection is made between how an immortal goddess named Eos and a young boy’s greyhound, named for the goddess, will live on for the ages. The boy saw to that.

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Episode 8: Unexpected Approaches to “Curing” Separation Anxiety within Days

A dog’s separation anxiety can be highly challenging to turn around. While these strategies may seem counter intuitive, they truly do work.

Until racing greyhounds retire, they’ve never been alone. Be it at the kennel where they’re born, where they trained, or where they were housed at the race track, there have always been other greyhounds, and lots of them, to keep them company. They’re also used to being with their trainers and other handlers.

When they retire and go to either foster or adoptive homes, it’s a whole new world. In general, greyhounds adapt to new surroundings and people almost seamlessly. A few have a difficult time adjusting to their new worlds. Some of those more so than others. When they find themselves alone––without people–– in their new homes, either with or without another dog, it can be frightening and stressful. They may constantly cry, bark, or could even become destructive.

In this episode, we share unexpected approaches to helping an anxious, separation anxiety-ridden greyhound become a calm and more confident one. And in just a matter of days.

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  • Donate to Greyhound Friends of New Jersey, a 501(c)(3) (nonprofit) organization.
  • Subscribe to BarkBox for 1,6, or 12 months through our special link and BarkBox will donate $25 to Greyhound Friends of New Jersey.
  • Visit the About Greyhounds podcast website.

You can listen to, subscribe, and download the About Greyhounds podcast on iTunes or just about any podcast platform. Support the podcast when you rate and review us on iTunes (5 stars are much appreciated!)