The Maven, Sammy and The Writer have been discussing the kind of dog they wish to own one day and for one reason or another the three of them settled on Greyhounds. These dogs are the exact opposite of the two that reside in this household. Long-legged, bony-bodied, whips-for-tails, trumpets-for muzzles. What in the world were these people thinking?
Well, I've come to understand their reasoning. Mr. Tennis has a tennis buddy who owns two Greyhounds. He and his wife adopted them from a Greyhound Rescue years ago. In addition to their permanent two, they will foster a rescued Greyhound, temporarily, for future placement with a family. They have been doing this for over 5 years as well as becoming new parents (of a human) last June. Our friends were kind enough to bring their two "permanent" Greyhounds over for a visit so we could get to know the breed a little better and to answer questions.
When these two beautiful creatures arrived it was as if our yard was suddenly the home of two mythical creatures. They were like a mixture of horse and gazelle with a little anteater thrown in for interest. Where our two short-legged dogs skittered around the yard, these two leapt with grace and ease. (For the protection of all involved, Panda and Sadie were sequestered in an undisclosed location for the duration of the visit.)
The Writer and Sammy with Jett
When they reach 2-3 years old they are mature enough to race. They race for a short period of time, perhaps 2-3 years and then are ready for retirement. The reason our friends are not against the dog-racing industry is that they feel that it has changed for the better over the years. It used to be that the dogs would be destroyed after their "prime racing time", but through the action of rescue groups, the dogs now "retire", are fostered and placed in homes.
Sammy and Gator. Trying to relax in a "Boston Sized" bed.
So, The Boston Lady is still not a fan of dog racing, but I now have an appreciation of the Greyhound breed. And an admiration for all of those individuals and families that are fostering these very special, graceful, elegant dogs. Actually, I admire anyone who fosters a dog of any breed - they are giving a deserving creature a second chance. Don't we all deserve that?