Star was born on October 1, 2009 and is a sweet, friendly little brindle girl. She might be a little unsure initially, but she warms up quickly once she gets used to things. Even though she lost a few teeth during her recent dental surgery, she really enjoys chewing on her rawhides and the extraction sites are healing well. She walks well on lead and crates well.
Star shows a lot of interest in cats and should not be trusted with them. If the behaviour is strongly and consistently discouraged, it might improve in time.
She interacted well with the other Greyhounds. After some initial interest, Star responded well when meeting Jack Russell Terriers, but caution should always be exercised, especially outdoors.
Update from foster:
“Star is doing well but we think it is going to be a while before she transitions from track life to the sweet life. She definitely needs to build up her confidence in new situations as she is very nervous, a fear of the unknown. For instance, she does not want to get off her pillow to go outside for a walk; she is afraid of noisy traffic & people walking towards her on the sidewalk; she is always trying to turn around to go back home at the beginning of her walk, but once she gets going, she walks well on the leash.
So far we have seen/heard no signs of any separation anxiety, we left a few times today, the longest being an hour and she was in the same position as when we left. Star does very well on the hardwood and tiled floors, and she is learning how to do the stairs. She has shown no interest in any cats or small dogs that we have met on our walks although her ears went up for a squirrel though!
Star is the sweetest little hound who loves cuddles and scratches and sleeping and eating her kibbles. We think it will take some patience and time for her to learn and trust that she is safe with her people and gain the confidence she needs to come out of her shell.”
Very Sad Update……Star began to limp and it appeared to be getting worse. Foster family took her to their vet and the worst news possible was revealed from the x-rays taken, Osteosarcoma in Star’s shoulder. She has been prescribed pain and anti-inflammatory medications and will continue to be monitored by the vet and medications adjusted accordingly. Star will remain in the foster care of NCGL until the end of her time.
We hope you will keep Star in your prayers and hug your hounds!