Connecticut Greyhound Adoption - GPA
Connecticut's Greyhound Pets Of America Chapter
P.O. Box 900
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 836-5049

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Dear Miss Ivy,

Last fall my grey was diagnosed with Thrombocytopenia likely the result of a tickborne disease.  I know that Frontline is the gentlest of flea and tick treatments but what do you think about Nexguard and it's efficacy?  My vet is pushing it.

Thank you.

Dear Wondering,

Miss Ivy hasn't used Nexguard herself but knows other greyhound folks have.  

Most of the time it seems like people switch because the Frontline stops working against fleas and ticks or bothers their greyhounds.  It sounds like your grey might be needing something different to fight off the ticks.  (Miss Ivy just hates those little bugs – they make me itch and scratch.) I’m sure your guy feels the same.

Thank you for your question!

Dear Miss Ivy,

How often is it necessary to have a grey’s teeth cleaned by the vet under anesthesia? I do not want my dog to have to have any teeth extracted. However, I understand greyhounds are very sensitive to anesthesia. I clean her teeth regularly with chicken enzyme toothpaste.

Dear Clean Teeth,

Miss Ivy has had her teeth cleaned nearly every day since retirement. Can’t say that I like it very much but it’s better than a trip to the vet (which I had to do once when I first retired). Clean your greys’ teeth often and keep plaque away! The vet will know when its necessary to have your grey’s teeth cleaned or if teeth need to be pulled. Some greys go several years without needing the vet’s attention and others are not so lucky if damage has already occurred. Do your best to clean her teeth every day and avoid loss of teeth or tartar buildup. Start slow and your girl will soon learn to love the toothpaste and your attention.

According to my hoomins, eating hard kibbles is better for your grey’s teeth than soft canned food, and some treats help keep teeth health. (Miss Ivy is all for those yummy treats my hoomin’ gives me before they leave the house!) For more information the hoomins’ say to go here – how to clean teeth and examples of food and cleaning toys and treats:

Thank you for your question!

Dear Miss Ivy,

Do males get along better with females? Females/females? Males/males? Depends? I want a companion for my girl.

Dear Companion-Seeker,

Personally, Miss Ivy prefers having the boys as my bunk mates. I can boss them around and they listen! I am very experienced on bossing (I mean training) the new guys and have practiced the “look” to keep them off my bed or my spot on the coach. Your girl Sunny might be like this, too, since she is the reining queen or maybe she is lookin’ for a handsome guy to cuddle up to. It does happen, I hear, that another girl grey can fit right in, too! I has a brudder and a sister and they both pay attention when I give them the “look”. I find it depends on the grey and their personality. The adoption folks are real good at figurin’ out who makes a good match. We greys pretty much love hangin’ with each other, and a meet ‘n’ greet is always a good plan before adoptin’ a new one for your family.

Get in touch with our adoption leader and I know she’ll find the right one for you and Sunny!

Miss Ivy thanks you.

Dear Miss Ivy,

What volunteer opportunities do you have for youths?

Dear Youthful volunteer,

Miss Ivy is excited that you are looking for ways to help us! Older children of the volunteers in CGA often help out with fundraising activities and group events. Every ;month we have a bunch of Meet & Greets, and always need volunteers to come down and talk to the people who stop by our station. A youth who wanted to help could connect with the hoomins that go to a Petco nearby once a month.

Fill out our Volunteer form and with your age and interests at One of our adult volunteers will be in touch pretty quick to talk about ways you can help our kind.

Thank you for your interest!

Dear Miss Ivy,

I have a question about the CGA foster program and other volunteer opportunities. Can you give me a quick brief description about what a foster mom does? What other volunteer work is there?

Dear Volunteer,

Miss Ivy is ‘greyt’ful you are looking to help my brudders and sisters find their forever homes. I hear there is lots to do, although Miss Ivy thinks we greyts are just so easy going and adaptable, err, adoptable. Well, you know what I mean. So the hoomins have this process to make sure all of us get really “greyt” homes and it takes a village of greyt-lovers to make that happen.

If you go to the Volunteers and Foster sections, you can find all about these important things hoomins do to help us go on our way. There’s also a ‘greyt’ question on fostering from another hoomin way down below – one of the first things I answered a question on. Foster moms and dads have a really important job to help a new guy adapt to this retired life—getting on a different kind of schedule, taking walks, riding in the car (Miss Ivy LOVES riding in the car), learning about other kinds of pets (who knew?), and stuff like that.

Volunteers are always needed to go to these Meet ‘N Greets at Petco stores – so other hoomins can learn how ‘greyt’ having a greyhound can be – and lots of other events that CGA has. Some people go visit new adopters, help take us from the track to foster homes, and lots of other fun things.

Miss Ivy hope that answers your questions, cause they were big’uns. You can always call the hoomin hotline at 860-836-5049 if you want to talk some more.

Dear Miss Ivy,

How often do you get New greyhounds

Dear Curious,

New hounds come to our group about once a month, usually the first or second weekend. The new guys are placed in their temporary foster homes. After they are get all the papers in order and go to the vet for a check-up, some pictures are posted on the CGA web site, and before long, the new guys are adopted and a new bunch arrives in town.

Miss Ivy notices that the new guys are adopted very quickly these days, so if you are interested in having one of us for your own, be sure to put your name in – go to the Adopt section to read all about the process and take the new Greyhound Quiz. The hoomins have put together some great questions and the answers give you lots of information about us “greyts” – it’s only for fun and learning; there is no scoring or recording.

Dear Miss Ivy,

My question is this:  How do keep a greyhound from flying into the front seat when you stop suddenly or put on your brakes? Is there some kind of harness available.  My grey sits in the "way back" of my car where there is lots of room, but if I were in an accident, he'd come flying into the front seat and could seriously injury himself or me.  Please help.  Thank you.

Dear Concerned Driver,

You ask a "greyt" question!   Miss Ivy likes to sit as close to the front as possible when riding in the car, up near the hoomans.  But my hooman always makes me sit in the back, like your greyhound.   Of course, there is more room to settle down and enjoy the ride there.  Thank you for thinking of our safety!

The CGA hoomans told me there are several options for pet restraints--including barriers for the back of the vehicle, Pet carriers or crates, seat belts, and harnesses.   Unfortunately there are no standards according to the Center for Pet Safety.   A pilot study testing harnesses determined none of the harnesses kept the dog safe in a serious accident.   Most of these will protect you and your dog from quick turns or stops, according to Drs. Foster & Smith staff.   A vehicle barrier may work for your car and work well for larger dogs.

You can find information online on options and places to purchase restraints.  Search 'pet car restraints' to find the right one for you and your greyhound.

Dear Miss Ivy,

Hi I have an 11 year old sweetheart of a grey who suddenly developed a severe limp in her front right leg. If I touch her shoulder blade with too much force she howls in pain. I've been to a vet in Wethersfield since I just moved to the area. I'm very unhappy with the care I'm receding there so far. We've tried deramaxx and tramadol, and Babe (my dog) was maxed out on these and still limping and still in pain, although mildly better. We're now trying adequan shots twice weekly, she's on week 4, which is supposed to be the miracle week, and she continues to limp and cry if any pressure is placed on this leg. She now hops around on 3 legs. And has been doing this for 3 months now. I have also been giving her gabapentin with little benefit at the same time as the adequan. We have an appointment with a specialist for a second opinion, but I keep getting the feeling that the new vet does not have experience with greys. Would you recommend anyone with good grey experience? Thanks!

Dear Newcomer

Miss Ivy is sorry to hear your grey is in such pain. The hoomans in the group say there are a few vets in the area. Miss Ivy can tell you we greyts get along just fine with the vets we go to, so it wouldn't be fair to offer an opinion on who's the best one. Please call the CGA phone 860-836-5049 to talk with one of the hooman experts!

Dear Miss Ivy,

Hi, do you ever have greyhound mixes or only purebreds?

Dear Mixer,

Miss Ivy is somewhat confused about this question. My brudders and sisters are all greyhounds. When I'm out in the yard or on a walk, I often see others of the 4 legged kind. But never the two will mix together...that would be strange. Us greyts stick together as we love our own kind.

My mom says she hopes you will apply to adopt one of us greyts. Go to the Adopt section on our greyt pages.


Dear Miss Ivy,

I have never owned a dog before and know nothing about housebreaking. Would you recommend that I adopt a greyhound?

Dear First-Timer,

Of course Miss Ivy thinks you would love a greyhound! How could a hoomin not love us. We are gentle on new hoomins who have little experience with our kind. The hoomins in our special group are very helpful to new folks, too!

The greyt thing is after spending some time with a foster mom and dad, you'll be matched to one of us so it makes a good fit.

Read more about how wonderful greyhounds are on our web site. Look under the Research and come to one of our get-togethers (hoomins call it an "event") to see how we all get along. Talk to the hoomins that have a greyt to find out more about our Pack.

Thanks for contacting us. Go to the "Adopt" page on our site to apply and talk to the adoption coordinator.

Dear Miss Ivy,

Our family is interested in adopting, but would love to give it a "test run" first to make sure a greyhound would be a good fit (and to make sure our cats will adjust to a new family member). We know that adopting a dog is a big commitment and want to make sure we're ready! Fostering a dog seems like a great option with less long-term commitment, is that true? And if we do fall in love with our foster pup, is there an option to adopt?

Dear Option-to-Adopt,

Miss Ivy is so happy she is running in circles and can hardly write you back! CGA is in great need of foster families for greyts to learn the ropes of home living. Those greyts coming from the track really need a place to live until they can find their forever homes.

My mom says lots of greyts are failed fosters. Their foster moms and dads love them so much, they decide to keep them. (Awwww....)

Mom says to go to the Foster page on the CGA web site and apply for fostering. The Foster Coordinator will be running in circles to hear from you!

Thank YOU!

Miss Ivy.

Miss Ivy,

My partner and I are both runners and would love a dog to take on runs. We usually stick to distances under 8 miles. I have been told by several people that a greyhound would not be a good choice as our runs would be too long for them. Is this true? We would love to adopt a greyhound but want to make sure it could keep us company on the road and trails!

Dear Runners,

Miss Ivy is a retired runner in most senses of the word. Greyts enjoy racing around the yard and even running alongside our humans. We greyts are very adaptable and an energetic young greyhound might very well fit the bill.

Miss Ivy hopes you will go to the "Adoption" section of our web site and fill out an application. Our adoption-maker will be glad to talk with you more about what you are looking for and your family situation. She is "greyt" at making good matches!

Dear Miss Ivy,

We are die hard Greyhound lovers, and are the proud parents of 2 retired racers (one male - Bear and one female - Hastings). We would like to expand our pack, and adopt a 3rd fur kid sometime soon. We saw the beautiful hounds on your website, and would love to adopt through your organization. We live in New York, however. Are we too far away to use your Greyhound chapter?

Please let us know.
Wanting to share the love...

Dear New Yorkers,

Miss Ivy is not too sure where this New York is. The hoomans tell me it is not too far from some of our volunteers. They would love to help you find your next greyt "fur" kid. Our hoomans can support the lower Hudson Valley since our president lives there, and the Westchester area since it's near our Foster Coordinator.

Please apply online and one of the hoomans will call you to make a greyt match to your family. Thank you for your kindness to our clan.

Dear Miss Ivy,

Do you think it's better to have 2 greyhounds instead of one?

Dear 2 for 1,

Miss Ivy loves being with her brudder and sis and likes getting together with the whole pack. We greyts are social critters and having a brudder or sister to spend time with is "greyt". It's really up to you and your greyhound whether to add to your family.

Hey Miss Ivy,

Are greyhounds a barking dog? I know some breeds of pups are more vocal than others. I'd love to have a greyhound some day, my heart melts whenever I see one, but it'd be nice to have an "alert" sound if someone's at the door.

Dear Barkin' Alerter,

We greyhounds can bark and due to our refined nature, reserve such noise-making for special occasions. When we're all together, we can be inspired to howl in unison! I prefer to save my voice for such events.

My foolish brudder, though, he barks at the doorbell and other dogs (not greyts, of course). I hear the doorbell just fine and don't need him to tell me to get up and see who it is!

So it just depends on the greyt you get. The adoption coordinator will helpyou find just the right greyhound for you!

Hello Miss Ivy,

I am a foster mom for a rescue group and have dogs of various sizes and ages at my home through most of the year. I would like to adopt a greyhound but wonder if the different dogs coming through or breaks where I have no fosters would be stressful. Any advice on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

Dear Rescuer,

Miss Ivy is very impressed at your dedication to others. Perhaps you would consider being a foster mom for a greyhound or two? With the number of my kind retiring, it would be great to have another foster caregiver on our team! Please consider going to the Foster section of our web site...

Speaking of fostering, that is a great way to find out how well one of us greyts would fit in with you and your activities. We greyhounds love to be with our own kind and are generally quite flexible. Our adoption coordinator could help you find a greyt dog that will fit with your activities and fostering plan. Please apply online under the Adoption section to talk personally with the adoption-maker!

Thanks for thinking of us!

Miss Ivy,

We are a long distance running family and would love to have a wonderful running mate. Are greyhounds a good breed for our long runs or are they more adept to shorter runs?

Dear Runners,

Miss Ivy is a retired runner in most senses of the word. Greyts enjoy racing around the yard and even running alongside our humans. We greyts are very adaptable and an energetic young greyhound might very well fit the bill.

Miss Ivy hopes you will go to the "Adoption" section of our web site and fill out an application. Our adoption-maker will be glad to talk with you more about what you are looking for and your family situation. She is "greyt" at making good matches!

Dear Miss Ivy,

Would you be willing to place a greyhound as a service dog?

Dear Service Adopter,

Miss Ivy knows a few greyhounds who have worked with children who are autistic and people with stress disorders,. Some “greyts” are certified to provide visiting care at hospitals and rehabilitation centers. We greyhounds are very trainable. Whether a greyhound would be a good service dog for you really depends what you need your “greyt” to do.

Our adoption-maker suggests you fill out an Adoption request and she will contact you to help answer your question. Miss Ivy thanks you for your question and hopes you have a “greyt” day.

Dear Miss Ivy,

Do dog-friendly greyhounds enjoy dog parks?

Dear Parker,

Having an open space to run and play is a "greyt" enjoyment, and Miss Ivy just loves to run free! Many greyhounds will treat a puppy or small dog as though it were prey when outdoors, even if the greyhound gets along "greyt" with small pets indoors. So, it is wisest to always muzzle your greyhound when unleashed in an open dog park.

For more information, search the internet for "Greyhounds and Dog Parks". Miss Ivy thanks you...

Hello Miss Ivy,

Is it true that the younger a retired racer is, the less prey drive they have? Are younger retired racers better with cats?

Dear Cat Admirer,

It may be that a younger greyhound won't have such a strong prey drive. Our adoption group finds that some greyts have the personality (or perhaps prey drive) to live peacefully alongside other small pets, like cats, and some are too eager to chase them.

Miss Ivy knows that our adoption-maker would be happy to talk with you more about your living situation (cats or no-cats) and match just the right greyhound to you and your family. (Miss Ivy herself has limited patience for cats, but is tolerant of them. I retired after 3 1/2 years. My younger housemate retired very young and is now okay with the cat, but not at first. So it is hard to tell if age really matters...)

Please go to the Adoption link on our home page and put in your information!

Dear Miss Ivy,

Our beloved Benny (formerly Unimpeded View)has developed some very bad habits recently. He has not been crated since 2006, within months after we adopted him. He now (almost daily, whether we are home or not), opens the garbage can and strews garbage all over the house. He also relieves himself, both ways, inside of our back door, even after being walked and having already taken care of business.

He's been checked by the Vet--healthly as a ...well, not a horse, but close. He's happy, plays, has a loveseat for his comfort, gets a marrow bone daily (which helps with greyhound teeth issues), and loves our cats. We are now going to have to crate him again--(ugh). Help!

Dear Troubled,

Miss Ivy is thinking that maybe Benny is seeking attention in some way or there's been some change in his routine to cause him to have some separation anxiety. There are many possible reasons for his behavior including aging and changes in his schedule.

The CGA Advisor suggests reviewing some of the articles under "Research" on the CGA web site, starting with "120 Greyhound Articles". There are a lot of suggestions there.

Miss Ivy hopes Benny finds his way, and soon, for both your sakes!

Hello Miss Ivy,

I have an awesome Greyt named Ruger. He is the best boy with the exception of eating the corners off the coffee table. Everyday I come home there are more woodchips. He has not ever chewed anything else that does not belong to him. He also has every chew thing made for dogs. Do you have any idea why he is doing this or how to stop it. Thank you.

Carol and Ruger.

Dear Carol & Ruger,

Miss Ivy hopes that you and Ruger have worked out the chewing issue with the coffee table.  As advice to all greyts out there, don't chew the furniture!

Miss Ivy thinks it is quite likely your Ruger is having some separation anxiety. You might take a look at some of the advise others have provided in the CGA selection of reference material, like How to Deal with Separation Anxiety. Ruger might also just have extra energy - While greyhounds don't need a lot of exercise, we definitely need some. A good energetic walk before you leave for work might very well do the trick.

Say "hi" to Ruger for me!

Miss Ivy,

Can you rename a rescued greyhound? What are some ways to easily transition your greyt to it's new name?

Dear New Name,

Some of the race names we have are strange or silly, so it is not unusual for a retired greyhound to be re-named. One of my brudders got a new name from his hoomans, and he was pretty happy about it. It takes a little while to learn a new name, but we're pretty smart, and not so old that we can't learn new tricks!

Miss Ivy,

I was wondering what kind of toys greyhounds prefer to play with?

From Toy Girl

Dear Toy Girl,

Because of the squeaky toy used to encourage us Greyts toward the finish line during practice racing, Miss Ivy (and most greyhounds) love squeaky toys. We like to squeeze them until they squeak, throw them up in the air and catch them with our teeth, and do it all over again.

My brudder likes his bouncy ball and will chase that for a while, and greyts can learn to fetch and play "tug of war" with a toy on the end of a string, although Miss Ivy is too sophisticated for such silliness (but it does look fun). You'll probably want to get sturdy, tough toys, because my favorite game is to "catch" the squeaker by chewing on the toy until the squeaking stops! Then I need a new toy....

Miss Ivy,

I would like to adopt a retired racing greyhound this summer (after settling into a new, pet-friendly apartment). Being a librarian, I would really like to find a book that will tell me how to properly look after my new friend. Are there any that you would suggest?

Dear Librarian,

Miss Ivy has not visited a library in a while, but the book seen most often on Greyhound owners' tables is the "Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies". The hoomans say it is a helpful guide to understanding us greyts (although Miss Ivy is quite sure she isn't a "typical" greayhound). If you have little hoomans in the house, you might want to read "Living with Kids and Dgos...Without Losing Your Mind", or "Child-Proofing your Dog".



Miss Ivy,

I know a lot about greyhounds, but is there anything else I need to know?

Dear Nose-a-lot,

Miss Ivy could tell you a lot about greyhounds, but doesn't want to give ALL her secrets away! Check out the answer to the librarian, though, and search online for greyt books written by people that have worked with retired racers! The CGA also posts interesting articles covering a wide variety of topics under "Research".

Miss Ivy,

You are adorable! When we adopted our greyhound Joe from CGA it was recommended to us to use Frontline. The cost of Frontline has realy gone up a lot - do you know of another less expensive product that is safe for use on greys? Thank you!

Dear Bargain Hunter,

Miss Ivy loves the compliment! I'm sure your Joe is quite handsome - we have a lot in common that way. My hooman makes sure to keep me protected with Frontline. You can buy Frontline and Heartworm pill online at places like at a savings. You might also check with Joe's vet to see if they offer it at a discount or suggest other options.

Miss Ivy,

We are considering adoption. we lost our beloved Jasper back in December - a big old mix of a hound - and we are ready to provide a loving home. Will adopting a greyhound work for us and the following criteria:

1. Children are grown and out of the house.
2. We both work, and the dog will be alone 8 am - 5 pm.
3. I can provide exercise in the morning and in the evening when I get home.
4. do greyhounds crate well?
5. NO other pets in the house.
- advice?

Dear Greyt Adopter,

Miss Ivy would love to see you adopt one of the many Greyts available for Adoption. Please fill out the application online. One of the hooman's that works for CGA will contact you and help you find the perfect greyhound to fit your circumstance.

Many of Miss Ivy's friends live with Hooman's that work. The hoomans make sure we have a treat and water, some put their greyhounds in a crate and some don't need to (like Miss Ivy). Some of us prefer to be the only pet in the house, so Miss Ivy's advice is to get your application in so we can start finding the greyhound that's just right for you!

Miss Ivy,

How do greyhounds feel when they race? Do they like racing?

Back in the day, Miss Ivy loved to race with the other greyhounds. Now I am retired and like to do a quick lap around the yard or in a park when I can be off-leash, just to remember what it was like!

Miss Ivy,

I have a 10yr old female I adopted in June. She never had an accident in the house until this snow storm. Now she won't go out we have a doggie door and a fenced in yard, she refuses to go out I am not sure why, How do you think I can convince her to go back out, I am worried she will continue to use house as a potty, I have 3 others here also I am afriad they will think this is OK. She is a wonderful addition to our family. Please Help


Dear Linda,

Miss Ivy feels for your 10 year old greyhound. All this snow! There's nowhere to do my business, and the ground is covered with icy cold stuff! The first time my hooman tried to make me go out in sleet and freezing rain, I decided it was better to hold it. Eventually, though, she convinced me I had to go out. Sometimes we need a little encouragement to go out in bad weather, and our hooman sometimes has to go with us to show us where to go.



Miss Ivy,

Do you have an adoption kennel in MA? If so, where?

Dear Neighboor to da North,

Miss Ivy has heard that there are adoption groups in Massachusetts. My hooman says there are a few - the ones that have kennels would be Massachusetts GPA and Greyhound Friends. Good luck finding your greyt friend!



Miss Ivy,

We just adopted the perfect dog! (Besides you of course!) She is smart, beautiful, and already has one of us (not me of course lol) around her little paw. The problem she is having though is gas. LOTS of gas. We got her back on the food that her foster family had fed her, but she still has LOTS of gas! What do we do?


John & Tim

Dear John & Tim,

Well, Miss Ivy is flattered! If I could blush, I would! As to the small problem you mention, this is something that lots of greyhounds have (not me, of course). Some greyts actually tax Gas-X, but you should check with her vet for the proper dose. You might try different foods, as one the hoomans I read about did... They switched to Hill's Science Diet Large Breed Adult Dog Food. Large kibble forces Alice (the gassy greyhound) to chew her food, instead of swallow it and lots of air whole. Good luck!



Miss Ivy,

My Greyhound "flutters" his lips. What is he saying with this expression?

Dear Flutters,

Miss Ivy has great patience, as do most of us Greys, but sometimes hoomans just take sooo long doing things, like preparing our dinner, that we can't help but sigh when it's finally done. The "flutter" is our way of showing you we've waited for this, king of like when you hoomans sigh as though tired or waiting. Sometimes it is a show of excitement for something we've been waiting for, like dinner!

Hi Miss Ivy,

Because racing dogs spend a lot of time in their crate, is it necessary to continue crating?

Dear Hoomin,

Miss Ivy has not personally spent much time in a crate in a very long time. When a young retired racer first comes off the track, the crate is like home, and is a comfortable place to be. Some greyts continue to need the crate, like my brother, who goes a little crazy if he's not settled quietly in his crate when our hoomans are away, or at nighttime.

Most greyts slowly become comfortable with having more space to use, and enjoy the freedom of moving from one comfortable bed to the couch and back to a spot on the floor. As your greyt becomes more comfortable with his or her new place, leave him or her out of the crate for periods of "alone" time and see how it goes. Some greyts aren't as well behaved as Miss Ivy and need to have a limited space to roam, so another option is to block off a room for them while you are away.

Dear Miss Ivy,

How do grey hounds react to other dogs?

Dear Dog Walker,

We greyhounds love to get together with other greyhounds. It is always fun when the hoomans arrange to have a long walk or go to shops together. We are usually okay with other dogs too. I have to say that the little ones that bark at me when I am on a walk or outside minding my own business can be annoying, but I just ignore them.

I know some friends of mine that share their house with other dogs (that aren't greyhounds) and they seem to get along very well.

Hi Miss Ivy,

I know you Greyhounds run like the wind and it's a beautiful thing to watch. My question is how much daily exercise does a Grey need, and how vigorous should it be?

Thank you so much,

Dear Jeanne,

You ask a good question. Most hoomans think that we greyhounds need a lot of exercise. I do like running and chasing small things when I see a squirrel in my yard or a bunny hopping by, but I’m only allowed to do that in my fenced-in back yard.. (I’d get lost pretty quick if my hooman let me off the leash, so be sure your grey is always on a leash or fenced in). I do love it when my hooman takes me on a hike (like the one at Savin Rock that CGA arranges). And, a brisk walk every day is really fun (cause I like to see what’s going on) and uses up my energy pretty well. The secret is, though, that we like most to rest on our big cushions and couches (if we’re allowed). This retired life is greyt!

Hi Miss Ivy,

We adopted Bessie from CTGA about a year ago and we would love to go to a social event with her. I heard about one last year where you could buy dog collars and see many other greyhounds but we weren't able to go. Is there something like that going on this year. I know Bessie would love to hang out with some of her old pals!

Thank you,
Lara & Mark

Dear Lara & Mark,

You are quite right that Bessie would love to see her old pals. We love to hang out together and I love it when my hooman takes me to CGA events. Check out the upcoming events on the CGA calendar (my hooman says go to and click on the “Events” tab at the top. I hear there is Bark in the Park this month where we all get to see each other and watch hoomans chase a little ball. There is also the annual Greyhound Expo Picnic on June 19th ( And, of course, every month there are “hound hikes” and “meet ‘n greets” at the Petco stores throughout Connecticut. Stop by and visit with the “hosting” greyhounds in many locations!

Miss Ivy,

I just adopted my boy the other day and things are great. The only question I have right now is how many treats is too many treats? I only feed my boy twice a day (morning and night) but he could eat ALL DAY LONG if I let him. I casually give him treats throughout the day (to reinforce good behaviors, or just because he's a sweetheart). But how much is too much? Is there a limit to how many treats to give? I'm careful because I do not want to over feed him, but when those eyes look at me and he wants treats, sometimes I just give in

Dear Hoomin,

I do love treats! I also love a scratch on the head or all over ma behind even more. If you new boy gives you a sad look, maybe he just wants attention, or a belly rub (which most of us love). I love when I get attention, like hoomins playing with me and my toys. It's especially great when I get a new toy and can try to tear it to pieces! That is a real treat.

Your new boy could get a treat ig he does something you're trying to teach him and as a reward for being good while the hoomins are gone all day. My silly hoomins are trained to give me a peanut butter Kong before they go out for a while (hee, hee). Little do they know I'm going to gobble it up and then sleep all day!

Miss Ivy,

I know when Mom changes brands of kibble, I can have bowel problems. Does the same apply when she changes the flavor of kibble within the same brand?

Dear Hoomin,

See, now, Miss Ivy has a stomach of steel and can eat just about anything. Unfortunately, my stinky brudder has a funny tummy and he can get extra stinky with some flavors. That boy is just not right.

I enjoy the fish and cheekin flavors, but my stinky brudder is only allowed to eat the fish. One day my hoomins ran out of regular food and had to feed something different. It was not a good day, not a good day at all.

Miss Ivy,

We are about to embark on the wonderful adventure of fostering. We have read all the books and articles from the hoomin "experts" but we would like to hear it from a "real expert". So from your point of view, what are the most important things we should have and know before bringing a grey home? Thanks!

Dear Fostering Hoomin,

You have come to the right place! Miss Ivy is very experienced in bossing, I mean, training the new guys. There are several things you must know. First, practice the "dirty look". This works well when the new guy thinks he can steal food off the counter. I personally like to use the dirty look when they try to steal my bed. Works everytime. My hoomins don't do the dirty look right and end up having to say No! to get the new guy not to steal food. Silly hoomins.

Second, don't let them pee in the living room.

Third, they will be stinky. Please, for the love of all things clean, give them a baff!

Fourth, you know my feelings on teaching those silly stairs. I won't go there again.


Miss Ivy,

We adopted our hound in May, and he has yet to do stairs. We have tried it ALL, every book and trick we can think of, not even bribing works!

Our house doesn't really require that he does stairs, our main floor is all one level, but he whines terribly if I have to go down and do laundry.

Any suggestions?

Dear Hoomin,

Well, well, well. Miss Ivy is here to tell you that stairs are evil. It took me 2 years before I would go down! First my hoomins started by having me learn of short stairs. Like 4 stairs. That's easy! Then they tried to make me go down the big set of wood stairs at home. Um, no. That's where Miss Ivy draws the line. So, they picked me up and put me ON the stairs and MADE me do them! Can you imagine! Look at how they tortured me:

Sure, I learned how to go down the stairs, but I was not going to be doing stairs if I had any say in the matter! I guess they thought they would try all sorts of other stairs then - outside stairs, at friend's houses, stuff like that. It was a nice try, really, it was. Sometimes my hoomins are so cute, when they think they're Cesar Milan or something.

Then one day I heard something about a white flag and then this nice soft stuff was put on the stairs, and so I decided they weren't so horrible. Now I go up and down all by myself! Sometimes just because I can!

Silly hoomins, stairs are scary!

Miss Ivy,

I thought only males marked. But my female greyhound lifts her leg on everything out on walks! What gives?

Confused in Bristol

Hi Confused,

'Round these parts, I'm renowed for my marking abilities! Marking has less to do with sex, and more to do with wanted to point out to everyone else where your stuff is. I pee on it, that's my stuff! I love to mark other dog's beds, just to show that it's mine if I want it. Except once it's been peed on I don't usually want it anymore, but if I did, it would be MINE. Though not all of us ladies lift our leg, it's perfectly normal for us to mark.

Silly hoomans, how else will we know what's our territory?