Well we have now had Nikki for six weeks so I thought I should really do a well over date update on, how life as an adoptive Mummy to a greyhound has been!
I think I left off at the end of week one where Nikki was getting more and more confident each day. The beginning of week two we took her to the Wolverhampton marathon to cheer on her new Daddy, Nikki found this very scary and all of the people there watching freaked her out a bit. I ended up finding a quiet corner about 100 metres before the finish line and she was then quite happy to stand and watch the runners going past without the crowds scaring her. I ended up doing some educating on greyhounds as well as I was quite offended when a lady walked past with her little girl. The girl asked “Mummy whats on that dogs mouth?” and the Mum replied “Its called a muzzle that must be a very nasty dog who bites people”….I was quite shocked and told the little girl that Nikki was a lovely friendly dog who had never bitten anyone, but she used to be a racing dog not so wheres the muzzle incase she tries to chase smaller dogs/squirrels or gets scared and tries to protect herself. The Mum was a bit shocked that I said this, but I felt the need to stand up for greyhounds 😀
Since getting Nikki I have been so shocked at how greyhounds get a bad name for wearing a muzzle as people thing it is because they are vicious, whereas people get away with letting their dogs run off the lead and chase other dogs/people. In week 3 of having Nikki I was walking Nikki by our local park and a dog came running up to us snarling and growling at Nikki and grabbed onto the leg of my jeans, Nikki (my hero) pushed herself between me and the dog to protect me and then a man in a car stopped and chased the dog away. I was really shaken up and so worried Nikki was going to get bitten. I think this was a turning point for Nikki and when she seemed to become a bit less scared! I think all the fuss she got for being a big brave dog must have given her a confidence boost 😀
Nikki loves a good Tummy rub and will lie like this whining until one of us gets up and gives her a rub! If unsuccessful she will get up and stand over our feet until we give her a rub that way!
As soon as we got Nikki we found she has a love for both squeaky and cuddly toys (hers or the boys!) and is rather fond of slippers! She was continuously stealing A’s toys dog so I had to go in search of a decent sized cuddly for her to have as her own….we found Harvey Rabbit (F.R.I.E.N.D.S do we really need them? yes!) and since then it has been her very favourite thing
As far as house training has been Nikki has been very good, we have discovered she has a love for tea and if anyone leaves a cup at greyhound height she will drink it, however tea seems to make her need to wee and has caused her to have a couple of accidents by the back door (each time connected to the stealing of peoples cups of tea so we have to be very careful!) the only other accident was when I was on nights and the boys were hyperactive and noisey, as I was sleeping we took Nikki upstairs for the first time and she slept on the floor all afternoon by my bed. When I woke up I tried to get her to come downstairs but she couldn’t do the stairs herself – we have very steep narrow stairs. I went downstairs to get some help carrying her down (I couldn’t manage a 30kg dog on my own) but as we were going back up she ran down looking a bit sheepish. We later discovered she must have jumped on the bed and done the biggest wee ever. We ended up with a new mattress! Nikki has not been upstairs since! In her defense it was an old mattress which was very uncomfortable and thanks to her I now have a lovely memory foam mattress which is so cosy!
As Nikki’s personality has come out we have discovered she is a very funny, goofy dog and has us all laughing so often! She has absolutely no sense of her own size and often tries to shuffle around/turn in places and gets wedged between things as she thinks she will fit but doesn’t, she also gets excited in the morning and attempts to run at us along the full length of the house which is all laminate floor, which always ends up in a Scooby Doo moment when her legs are going at full speed, but she doesn’t actually move anywhere!
It took until two weeks ago for Nikki to discover the smallest resident of our house ‘Buzz Lightyear’ the hamster! Within an hour of her ‘discovering’ him I had gone out and replaced his flimsy plastic/wire cage with a big tank as she had the other cage off the shelf and open twice. The situation was not helped by Buzz standing his ground, showing no fear and attempting to bite Nikki’s nose! Even though Buzz is now in his tank we have had to move him to another room as I don’t think Nikki could be trusted not to eat him if they were alone. I am hoping they will bond as I would like to move Buzz at least into the kitchen for the winter as the front room he is in now will probably be a bit to cold for him!
Nikki is also very fond of food! She seems to be a bottomless pit and I am sure she would eat all day if she could, she is always after treats and will lie by my feet when I cook dinner on the off chance she will get lucky and something will fall (or I will cave in and accidently drop something yummy in her bowl!). Current favorites are cheese, yogurt and pasta!
The boys have really taken to Nikki and often include her in their games (she usually has to be some kind of alien from Ben 10 or an Ood from Doctor Who!). J is also enjoying reading his school reading books to her, and shows much more enthusiasm than when he reads to us, so I think she would make a fab reading dog!
Last weekend while I was at work, the boys, their Dad and Nikki went to visit their Grandad and went for a walk in the woods by his house. Whilst her poo was being cleaned up Nikki spotted a squirrel and bolted off after it. Nikki proved she can indeed do 0-45mph very quickly, however when the squirrel hopped through a metal gate she also proved she is not so fast at doing 45mph-0mph and hit the fence, ending up with a rather large scratch on her nose 😦 It has all healed very nicely now, but she has a bald line down her nose! Really hoping it grows back!
At night Nikki has been enjoying snuggling on her bed with her blanket over the top of her…I am seriously considering making her a pair of greyhound PJ’s to keep her cosy when winter arrives!
Well, that’s it for now as this post ended up getting a little bit long! Will have to try and do some more regular smaller updates I think!