Two very special boys looking for a new home

Monday, June 13, 2016
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With a heavy heart, Oscar's and Finn's owner contacted us and asked us to help him rehome his two retired. greyhounds. They have been his pets and his best friends - so he has not made this decision lightly.

Finn (Finn McMissile) and Oscar (Oscar Tuivasa) are two peas in a pod - pretty much joined at the hip, two littermates who were brought up together and pretty much lived together all their lives. They have both raced and did pretty well - and were also kennelmates in the process.
They have been very much loved pets for a few years now (they have just turned 6 years old); they are up for adoption due to their owner's unavoidable personal circumstances. With a heavy heart, he has no other choice but to rehome his beloved dogs, to someone who is willing to take them both as they really should not be separated at this stage in their life.  They are best mates and get on so well, they cuddle up together on the couch, share the back seat in the car, they are happy to to lie all over each other and share a bed.

They are perfectly fine at home while their owner is at work.
They are fairy active in greyhound terms - they go out for walks most days and at least once a week they have a beach run or a swim.
They are very sociable with other polite dogs of all breeds and sizes.


Both are VERY clean house dogs - toilet trained and well behaved inside.
They are very affectionate dogs and often come up for a cuddle on the couch and want to be near you, Finn is a bit of a kisser as well :)
They are both good eaters and always eat whatever they are given, Oscar eats ANYTHING, Finn does as well but isn't as keen on raw veges, whereas Oscar loves them.

They are both in good health and in wonderful condition  -they have never wanted for anything in their lives.Both are very handsome blue brindle color.


Their current owner says:
"They have been my best friends for the last 5 years and I wouldn't like for them to be separated if at all possible, I still can't imagine my life without them. This is a very very hard decision for me.
Ideally I'd love for them to go to a home where they can get out and about a fair bit, they are used to doing things, and Finn especially loves doing different activities. Still - they would be perfectly fine alone at home while their owners go to work, as long as they got stimulation afterwards, during weekends etc.
I just want them to go together to someone who will love them as much as I do (not sure that is possible :( ) as they are amazing dogs and will make someone very happy. "


Oscar and Finn are currently in Rangiora - but his owner will drive them personally to their new home anywhere in the country. They have been healthchecked, desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and have current registration. They also come with free martingale collar, lead and muzzle. If you are interested to find out more about this gorgeous pair, email us on nightravegreys@gmail.com or call Fatima on 0274526723 and we will get you in touch with their current owner. 
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Lure coursing FAQ for retired racing greyhound owners

Thursday, July 23, 2015
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Our Chevy (Cheverton) and Misha (Bodhran Cailing) having the best time at lure coursing meet in Bulls 2015
There is a wonderful New Zealand Kennel Club sport available to all the sighthound breeds including greyhounds – lure coursing! It is run throughout New Zealand by a Kennel Club affiliated club, Sighthound Field Coursing Club, and dogs can earn NZKC championships, points and gain recognition for their running style.
On Mothers’ Day weekend 2015, there was a lure coursing meet at Bulls, and Nightrave went along with three likely prospects!
Our Chevy (Cheverton) and Cobby (Cawbourne Snowy), both seasoned racers, and Misha (Bodhran Cailin) with only a few starts under her belt, went along to give this new kind of chasing a try. It was wonderful to see a number of other ex-racers attending too  - with some of them coming up from Wellington.
The lure course is after a mechanical lure – not fluffy like the bunny at the track, but instead made of a bunch of plastic shopping bags. The course is much longer at around 600-700 metres, so most racers fresh off the track would struggle, plus the course is not straight nor gently curved – it has several fairly sharp turns to make sure the dogs have their eye on the plastic bag lure.
Your greyhounds need to be fit and sharp, but not racing fit – lure coursing is not so fast as racing, obviously as they need to go 600-700 metres. Despite being sprinters in their racing careers, all three Nightrave dogs LOVED the long track, kept their eyes on the lure, and managed the twists and turns with ease. The hour-or-more farm runs they do several times a week combined with their hour long daily walks was obviously perfect conditioning for this lure-cursing fun!
Misha, Cobby and Chevy have now all gained their lure coursing qualification, which means that next time they go to a meet, they can be judged. What fun!

Unlike racing, lure-coursing dogs run singly, in pairs or very occasionally in threes (this is entirely their owner’s choice). It’s not exactly a race, with style playing an important part of the judging as well as speed. Although many different breeds compete, from whippets, Borzois,  to Afghan Hounds to even a German shepherd, dogs only run against their own breed. Misha and Chevy ran together (we weren’t sure Misha would chase without encouragement, but it turned out she LOVED this new kind of lure) and Cobby ran alone.

The dogs had such a good time. There is nothing like watching a greyhound do what it loves and what it has been bred to do– run across the fields with joy in every line. While these dogs love their farm outings, lure coursing was obviously the most fun they’ve had in ages.
We’ll definitely be going again. If you have a retired dog, or one who didn’t make it on the track, and you can get its stamina up so it can happily walk or run around for an hour or more on a daily basis, then consider giving it a go!

Beautiful Legs (Opawa Legs) is looking for retirement home - could it be with you?

Friday, November 21, 2014
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Isn't he dark and handsome? And cute as a button :)
This is 3 years old Legs (Opawa Legs), a recently retired racer  who is now looking for a loving retirement home.
Legs is very cute, very well behaved, and a very loving, soft doggie. He is very clever, clean inside the house (it took no time at all to toilet train him), and a perfect gentleman at all times. He is very affectionate, loves his cuddles and his walks, and walks beautifully on a lead.
 Needless to say -Legs is very good looking, sleek and smooth,  with gorgeous brown eyes. He is about 31kg-32kg, neutered male, 3 years old. He has the most amazing upright standing ears and sometimes looks like a German Shepherd :)

Legs is perfectly fine being left alone at home for extended periods of time, so he is suitable for busy people who go to work etc. At the same time - he would make a lovely companion for another dog - he loves all dogs of all breeds and sizes. Although a perfect young gentleman who is in love with his bed, Legs has his very playful moments sometimes (which involve 'killing' his soft toys and throwing them around), and he also loves playing with other dogs. :)

Handsome lad :)
Legs is very chilled out and sleeps for hours; but is also very keen to learn as well as very motivated by treats and praise so will be easy to train.  He loves his food, is not fussy at all, and would do anything for treats.
He is lovely and soft with kids - when we walk him out and about, he perks up when he sees kids and wags his tail even faster!
Legs has been socialized with dogs of all breeds and sizes (he has been attending Canine Good Citizen classes in our local dog training club). Legs would find cats a bit too much of a temptation to live with (so homes with no cats please) , however, he is not too bothered with cats out and about and can easily be corrected.

Legs would not take long to settle in with his new family as he is an independent and confident dog. Legs is also crate-trained  - in fact, he loves his crate and goes there on command.

Legs was beautifully bred from top lines of racing dogs, and he was dearly loved by his trainers and handlers during his racing career.  As a result, he is extremely friendly and  loves all people, as well as car trips as they remind him of going to the races :)

Legs will go to his new home health checked, desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and registered. He has also had a full dental polish done.
He will also come with a complimentary Nightrave designer collar and lead, of course :) We will be more than happy to help with settling in, advice , training or whatever else new owners might need.

If you would like to know more about Legs, please contact us on nightravegreys@gmail.com, or call Fatima on 0274 526723. We are more than happy to arrange for you (and your pack if you have one) to meet Legs :)

Legs' racing history is here:
https://www.thedogs.co.nz/greyhounds/profiles.aspx?AnimalID=23942

Pedigree:
http://greyhound-data.com/d?d=opawa+legs&x=0&y=0

And of course, some more photos of the pretty boy (you can click on photos to see full size):



Some pictures of Nightrave retired greyhounds :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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We have not been updating this blog recently (so sorry about that!), we keep running out of time and usually update only our Facebook page instead.
We are however still comitted to this blog and we will do our best to update it more frequently.
By the way - our Facebook page is PUBLIC, which means you don't have to have a Facebook account to have a look at it. So, for daily updates, just click on the link above :)

Although Nightrave was not initially set up as a rehoming programme, we have found ourselves helping a few trainers to find loving and responsible homes for their retired racers. Some of the dogs we  advertised on this blog, some only on our Facebook page, and some were not advertised at all. They have all found loving homes :) We thought to share some of their photos here:

Havoc (Thrilling Havoc) now lives in Wellington and loves exploring local walks :)

Smily Jade (Sydenham Jade) now lives in Whangaparaoa :) her sister Sydenham Opal has just arrived to Nightrave and will be available for adoption soon

Tommy (Captain Osti) cockroaching in his retirement home in Palmerston North

Mickey (Kinetic Neo) sharing a couch with a friend in his new home in Auckland
Pixie (Pixie Snow Flake) and her mate Jack The Jr. These two matching cuties live in Halcombe


Polar (Polar Snow White) and his Dad Wayne :) They live in Upper Hutt

Khan (Darlek Khan ) and his sister Lilly (Virbunum) live in Auckland :)


Gorgeous Blitzy (Thrilling Blitz) lives in Nelson with his Dad Steve and Marcel The Teddy :)
Blitzy also has his own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThrillingBlitz
Tigger (Armour) at his home in Palmerston North

Jake (Xtra Large) with his Mum in Palmerston North
Beautiful Jack (Ritza Jack) in his home in Upper Hutt

Bruce (Radiator Springs) now lives with Marina and Alister in Palmerston North
Cute Shadow (Bound By Pride) and one of his many friends. Shadow lives with his Mum Helen in Palmerston North and they have already passed the Canine Good Citizen exam :)
Gracie (Fancy Mel) and her Mum Anne live in New Plymouth

Beautiful young Jake is looking for retirement home :)

Friday, July 4, 2014
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Yes, people say I am handsome...
Isn't he just a beautiful boy? This sleek and shiny black greyhound is 2 year old Jake (Xtra Large), who has retired recently due to being a bit slow on the racing track :) Jake is now looking for a loving, fun and active pet home.

Jake is being homed privately by his trainer/breeder Kathy Wilson and his foster carer Danielle Irving,  who have asked us to assist in finding a good, responsible and loving home for this young boy.
I have met Jack and he is this stunning , tall, black greyhound with a big smile and lovely brown eyes. Very very cute - puppy-like,  active and fun, with a mischievous streak :)


Jake is a huge playful puppy who thinks he is tiny (in fact, he weighs 38kg - a big gorgeous black boy), he can be boisterous at first but will settle down if you tell him 'NO'.
Jake  is very keen to learn as well as well as very motivated by treats and praise so will be easy to train.  He loves his food, is not fussy at all, and would do anything for treats.

Jake is very very trainable and responsive -  he is leaning to sit, stay, wait, come. His lead manners are usually great but he needs reminding to walk to heal from time to time.
 He doesn’t like to be left on his own in kennels but he is fine and happy inside the house ; we think he would be the happiest living with another dog or people who are around a bit.

Jake LOVES kids and playing with them; he sometimes forgets how big he is though, so we think his new family should have only bigger kids (no tiny kids, as although he just loves them he may knock them over in his mad playful moments!).  He is happy to sleep once he is tired and sleeps (snores) all night.
Jake is very people-oriented and will make a loving and fun interactive pet. Being so trainable, he would be also suitable for someone who wants to do some obedience training, Rally O or Canine Good Citizen classes. With a bit of recall training by his new owner, Jake will be an offlead greyhound out and about.
I already know how to sit !
Danielle and her son also took this video of Jake playing with his toy (click on the link below to watch  - while the video is on Facebook, it is public so you do not need a Facebook account to watch it):
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10203330483519365&set=vb.1425851337695519&type=2&theater

Jake has been socialized with dogs of all breeds and sizes, and currently shares a foster home with a few other greyhounds and a small white Bichon Friese. Jake is also cat-trainable;  his foster carer has two cats and Jake has been introduced to them.
Jake is also crate-trained and toilet trained.

Jake was beautifully bred from top lines of racing dogs , and he was dearly loved by his trainers and handlers during his life.  As a result, he is extremely friendly and  loves all people. His trainer sent us these cute photos of puppy Jake and his siblings:

Jake at 6 weeks :) As a puppy , he had a bit of brindle on his back -that is all gone now, Jake is jet black !
Puppy Jake (on the right) with his siblings

From an early age, Jake has loved his food! :)
We thought to see whether any of our Nightrave friends would be interested in Jake - but of course his trainer will consider any good and responsible home for him.  We will be more than happy to help with settling in, advice , training or whatever else new owners might need.

Jake will go to his new home health checked, desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and registered.
He will also come with a complimentary Nightrave designer collar and lead, of course :)

If you would like to know more about Jake, please contact us on nightravegreys@gmail.com, or call Fatima on 0274 526723. We are more than happy to arrange for you (and your pack if you have one) to meet Jake (Jake is based in Shannon, Horowhenua).

And of course, some more photos of the pretty boy (you can click on photos to see full size)


Update from Mr Popular - Thrilling Blitz

Thursday, July 3, 2014
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First day at new home in Blenheim
 After advertising handsome Blitzy (Thrilling Blitz) up for rehoming, we had dozens and dozens of enqueries (thank you all who called  and emailed). In the end, Blitzy travelled to Blenheim, where he now lives with Steve, who sent us these gorgeous photos of clearly very content boy :) Steve said Blitzy has settled in great in his new home.

Steve is the Director of Marlborough Museum (http://marlboroughmuseum.org.nz), and apparently Blitzy might even come to work with him sometimes!

Check out Blitzy's massive bed:


 And just for fun, this is Blitzy and his trainer Steve Clark after winning Taranaki Cup in 2013:



Jack The Honey is looking for a retirement home - could it be with you? :)

Monday, June 16, 2014
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Jack and his mate Toots The Bichon Friese ( you can click on each photo to see full size)
 Look at this smiley face? :) ? This is 3 years old Jack (Ritza Jack), a recently retired middle distance racer who is now looking for a loving retirement home.

Jack is being homed privately by his trainer Brendan Cole and his foster carer Danielle Irving,  who have asked us to assist in finding a good, responsible and loving home for this special boy; we are happy to feature this amazing dog on our blog and help him find a wonderful retirement home he deserves. This impressive dog has had only 32 starts in middle distance races, he won 10 of them and placed in another 9 - amazing athlete with best of temperament.

Jack was imported from Australia by his trainer (who told me he was very expensive, but worth every penny as he was just precious), and he raced in New Zealand with great success. His trainer loved Jack dearly and told me that while on the track, no dog could catch Ritza Jack :)
Sadly, Jack's stellar racing career was cut short by an accident where he got a cut on his head. His trainer had this fixed by the best greyhound vets in NZ, with no expense spared -  scars are well healed and this causes Jack no trouble at all (although, according to his foster carer, he can be a bit 'head shy' at times). Jack is handsome even with his scars  - a lovely, quiet , clean and very cuddly doggie.

Jack is a big 37kg boy - he has been already neutered and is ready for his new life as a pet.


His foster carer Danielle says: 
Jack is precious, soft, cuddly , a honey of a dog. He loves loves loves his bed and can sleep for hours -a true couch potato! He adores his cuddles and is exceptionally affectionate. He is very people-focused and will choose to be with you whenever he can - at the same time, he is perfectly fine being left alone at home, so would be great for people who go to work and need a dog who will be happy to be alone at home during the day. He loves his food, is not fussy at all, and would do anything for treats.
Jack is also crate-trained and toilet trained - very clean and polite dog, it took no time to toilet train him.

Although a perfect gentleman who is in love with his bed, Jack has his very playful puppy moments sometimes, and loves playing with other dogs. :) Jack has been socialized with dogs of all breeds and sizes out and about, and currently shares his foster home with a few other greyhounds and a small white Bichon Friese. Jack would find cats a bit too much of a temptation to live with (so homes with no cats please). He is interested in cats out and about but can easily be corrected to leave them and walk on.
He already recalls to me and would be an offleash dog in time and with recall training by his new owners. Jack is very responsive and attuned to his person(s). 
(click to see full size)
Jack comes across as little shy and unsure of himself around new people as he is naturally very soft dog, however this is getting better every day and now he is only shy for about 5 mins before he will come to you for a pat. He prefers quiet people and , being a softie that he is, gets a little worried if you raise your voice.  He is fine with my three kids but I think he would like a quieter house than this one.  He is totally in love with me now and will bond very well to his new owner, he seems to be more confident around women than men but that could be because women are softer spoken.  


Jack's scars are all healed up and I think he is a handsome boy even with them  -I call him my Black Beauty!  Jack is a soft beautiful soul that deserves a first class home.  It will be a hard job to give him up - he has stolen my heart.  I would like a  nice quiet home for Jack, a home where he will be given time to grow in confidence, and given loads of reassurance.  Older children or quiet ones are preferable, maybe an older couple, definitely a quiet and relaxed household.  
We thought to see whether any of our Nightrave friends would be interested in Jack- but of course his trainer will consider any good and responsible home for him.  We will be more than happy to help with settling in, advice , training or whatever else new owners might need.

Jack will go to his new home health checked, desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and registered.
He will also come with a complimentary Nightrave designer collar and lead, of course :)

If you would like to know more about Jack, please contact us on nightravegreys@gmail.com, or call Fatima on 0274 526723. We are more than happy to arrange for you (and your pack if you have one) to meet Jack :)

Jack's racing history is here:
http://www.thedogs.co.nz/greyhounds/profiles.aspx?AnimalID=24385

And of course, some more photos of the beautiful boy (you can click on photos to see full size)




Beautiful Blitzy (Thrilling Blitz) is looking for his retirement home - could it be with you?

Friday, June 6, 2014
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Isn't he just gorgeous? This is 4 years old Blitzy (Thrilling Blitz), a recently retired middle distance racer  who is now looking for a loving retirement home.
Blitzy is being homed privately by his trainer Kathy Wilson and his foster carer Danielle Irving,  who have asked us to assist in  finding a good, responsible and loving home for this special boy; we are happy to feature this amazing dog on our blog and help him find a wonderful retirement home he deserves. This is not your average greyhound - this stunning dog has had 96 starts in mostly middle distance races, for stakes of almost $60,000 - amazing athlete with best of temperament.

His foster carer Danielle says:

Blitzy is very cute, very well behaved, and a very loving, soft doggie. He is very clever, clean (it took no time at all to toilet train him), and a perfect gentleman at all times. He loves his cuddles  and his walks, and walks beautifully on a lead.
 Needless to say - Blitzy is very good looking, sleek and smooth, with lovely coloring and freckles (he looks like a Dalmatian cross!) and gorgeous brown eyes. He is about 31kg, neutered male, 4 years old.
Blitzy is perfectly fine being left alone at home for extended periods of time, so he is suitable for busy people who go to work etc.

Cuddle monster :)
Blitzy is very keen to learn as well as very motivated by treats and praise so will be easy to train.  He loves his food, is not fussy at all, and would do anything for treats.
He is lovely and soft with kids - in fact I think a home with some school age kids would be nice for him , as he would have someone to play with when the family are back home from work and school.
Blitzy has been socialized with dogs of all breeds and sizes, and currently shares a foster hoem with a few other greyhounds and a small white Bichon Friese. Blitzy would find cats a bit too much of a temptation to live with (so homes with no cats please) , however, he is not too bothered with cats out and about and can easily be corrected.

Blitzy would not take long to settle in with his new family as he is an independent and confident dog. Blitzy is also crate-trained.

Blitzy was beautifully bred from top lines of racing dogs (his sire is Australian greyhound Brett Lee), and he was dearly loved by his trainers and handlers during his racing career.  As a result, he is extremely friendly and  loves all people, as well as car trips as they remind him of going to the races :)

We thought to see whether any of our Nightrave friends would be interested in Blitzy - but of course his trainer will consider any good and responsible home for him.  We will be more than happy to help with settling in, advice , training or whatever else new owners might need.

Blitzy will go to his new home health checked, desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and registered.
He will also come with a complimentary Nightrave designer collar and lead, of course :)

If you would like to know more about Blitzy, please contact us on nightravegreys@gmail.com, or call Fatima on 0274 526723. We are more than happy to arrange for you (and your pack if you have one) to meet Blitzy :)

Blitzy's racing history is here:
http://www.thedogs.co.nz/greyhounds/profiles.aspx?AnimalID=22740

And of course, some more photos of the pretty boy (you can click on photos to see full size)