GBGW

Each year we take part in the Great British Greyhound Walk.  This year we joined the walk organised by GRWE the charity that rescued Tara, it was held at Clevedon in North Somerset.

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Signing in before the walk

We walked from Salthouse Fields to the pier and back, Tara did very well, better than I expected as for a few days before she was walking very slowly.  As soon as she saw all the other greyhounds she got excited and walked along really well.

Tara near the pier

Tara near the pier

We then walked back and there was a raffle to raise some funds, Tara won a prize!

Food of course!

Food of course!

 

The total number of dogs walking in the UK was 3742 and the total for Clevedon was 34.

Tara’s health

I have had a very stressful couple of weeks.

It was on the Wednesday after our late evening walk that I noticed Tara was bleeding from her mouth. An hour later it had not stopped and I started to get concerned so I telephone the vet.  Half an hour later we were at the vet and she was having problems seeing exactly where the bleeding was coming from.  Eventually after irrigation we could see it was coming from her gum above one of the front teeth.  The bleeding stopped after another hour.  Tara was given a sedative and painkiller and we came home.

I slept downstairs with Tara that night as she couldn’t climb the stairs in her sleepy state.

The next afternoon we went back to the vet so that they could take some blood for tests to find out why the bleeding took so long to stop. They also booked Tara in to check her teeth the next day.

9am I dropped Tara off at the vet, they were going to wait for the blood test results before looking at her teeth. The blood tests were all fine so they went ahead with the dental. It was a very long day as I was very anxious about her having anesthetic as she is now 10 1/2 and I was also worried how she would react being away from me as she doesn’t like it when I walk out of a room!

My son came for the day to give me some support and to help me with getting Tara in and out of the car.

We collected a sleepy dog at 6 pm and she had  14 teeth removed altogether.  Greyhounds are notorious for their bad teeth and Tara did have lots of plaque on her teeth.  The remaining teeth were cleaned and she now has a lovely gappy white teeth smile!

Back home at last

Back home at last

It has taken her a while to get over the ordeal, we went back to the vet today for our 5th visit and all is well.

I am soaking her food as her gums have been sore, I have also stopped giving her biscuits – just soft treats. She is eating well which is a good sign.

Today was the first day that Tara bounced around with her friend that we walk with in the mornings.  Up to today she has been reluctant to walk very far.

Tara today

Tara today

Today was a ride in the car to the train station so that J who had been visiting for the weekend could catch a direct train home.  Afterwards we went for a walk near the White Horse at Westbury,  we went there in December for a Geocaching meet when it was a lovely sunny but cold day.  Today it was raining, not heavy downpours but steady getting wet rain.  In addition as the site is near where the military play their war games it was very very noisy with gunfire, tanks shooting whatever they shoot and jets flying above.

Tara is a dog that jumps when a car door bangs outside so taking her out into a very noisy area maybe wasn’t a good idea.  I decided to take her and if she was really upset we would go back to the car.  At first when the rather loud bangs started she jumped around at bit and was not happy but I kept going reassuring her all was ok and after a while she settled down and didn’t take much notice, most of the other dogs walking were oblivious to the sounds as well.  I hope this has helped with her fear of fireworks but I doubt it as she will probably have forgotten by the next time she hears fireworks.

A happy dog in the rain!

A happy dog in the rain!

We had a reasonable walk but the rain was getting heavier so we went back to the car to eat sandwiches (me) and dog treats (Tara) and watch the rain.