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Summer Heat and Greyhounds

Summer is here and, with it, hot temperatures. Let’s have a safe and fun summer by taking care of our greyhounds. Please read the following safety items.Hot temperatures are a danger to your greyhound. Because greyhounds do not have a lot of body fat and just one layer of fur, greyhounds lack the insulation to heat that other dogs have. An ideal air temperature for a greyhound is 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

To keep your grey safe and happy this summer, here are some guidelines when it comes to summer heat:

Leaving car windows cracked open doesn’t work. Look at these temperature statistics:

10 mins in a car     TempOutside 75 degrees     Inside Temp 100 degrees
5 mins in a car      Outside Temp 85 degrees     Inside Temp 100 degrees

.Remember, greyhounds’ ideal air temperature is 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not leave your greyhound in a hot house.


The more water the better. Always take water with you in the car, on your walks, for an outing. The water can be in a water bottle, in the form of ice in a thermos, in a squirt bottle to mist your greyhound. Go through a fast-food drive-thru and ask for a cup of ice with a little water for your dog. Most will be happy to give you this for free. Hydrate your greyhound – if s/he doesn’t want to drink, gently pour water into his/her mouth – a lot will spill out on the ground but some will get in to your greyhound.

Take a bandana, small cloth towel, or a cool coat and wet it, then drape it over your greyhound. The cool, wet material acts like an evaporative cooling for your greyhound. Once the cool material gets warm, remove it immediately and re-wet it. Do not leave a warm cloth/towel on your greyhound, as it will trap the heat.

During the Summer, it is best to walk your greyhound in the early morning hours. The temperatures are cooler and so are the sidewalks/roads. Hose or wet your greyhound down before your walk. This will cool your dog and act like evaporative cooling. DO NOT walk your greyhounds during the heat of the day. Even early evenings are still hot, especially sidewalks and roads that have heated up during the day.

Always supervise your greyhound when s/he is outside, regardless of time of year. Remember, your greyhound loves to run and play and will not stop just because s/he is overheating. It is your job to limit the amount of outside exercise your greyhound has during the summer.

When outside with your greyhound, seek out shade for both you and your greyhound. Also avoid letting your stand on sidewalks, concrete, asphalt – these material hold heat and your greyhound’s foot pads will easily burn.

If possible have the air conditioning on when your greyhound is inside. Remember, the ideal temperature range for a greyhound is 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. A greyhound can have a heat stroke at 80 degrees Fahrenheit when the humidity is high.

Signs of heat exhaustion are heavy excessive panting, skin red/flushed/hot to touch, ear leathers red hot to touch, weakness in standing/walking, fainting.

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS NECESSARY – you must cool your greyhound down immediately. Apply cool water all over your greyhound. Wet towels in cool water and drape them all over your dog, especially the head, groin and armpit areas. As soon as a towel becomes warm, remove it, wet it again with cool water and reapply. Running a fan at low speed over your greyhound with the cool damp towels draped on him/her is good too. Call your vet immediately with your greyhound’s


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The Armthorpe shop is up and running. Take a visit and tell your friends. Stan the man likes it. Some great bargains
Opening hours are; Monday to Saturday 9am till 4pm

11 The parade, Church Street, Armthorpe, DN3 3AG

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Humberhead Peatlands Nature Reserve (Hatfield moors) postcode DN7.
We will be meeting in the main car park which is at Boston Park at 11:00AM, easily accessed off the A614 between Hatfield Woodhouse and Blaxton, following the brown signs. Free and accessible parking, disabled toilets and dog waste bins are available.
There is a choice of 2 walks, a shorter walk if required which lasts 20 minutes (1.2 miles) or a longer walk of about 40 minutes (2 miles).
Dogs to kept on a lead. Please scoop the poop and stick to the paths as this nature reserve is home to adders which could be soaking up the sun rays in the bracken…
Anyone who doesn’t have a dog would be more than welcome to take one of the kennel dogs out on the walk but please arrange with Deb beforehand.
I shall bring the sausage bobbing gear along and for a £1 donation your hound may have a sausage (or two!).
After the walk, please join us back at Tia rescue café, just a few minutes drive, to sample some of the good grub on offer and to support Tia! I’m sure we will have worked up an appetite!!
Really hope to see you there, thanks. Amy

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Cissy and Maggie might get me up at 5.30 every morning to go for a run together around the garden but come breakfast time this is a sight to warm my heart and make my very tired face smile.


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If you have those nagging feelings about wanting a Greyhound or wonder about adding to your pack. Why not visit Tia rescue and walk a dog.

Dog walking takes place everyday. Starts ay 0830 and the last walk is at 1230 before they have lunch

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