Meet Miss Zoe, our first girl dog:
Miss Zoe is a 2 yr old rescue retired racing Greyhound from the Greyhound Adoption Center in El Cajon, CA (southern California). She came from the Caliente track in Mexico. Apparently she won 3 out of her 4 races so it is a mystery why she was put out for adoption. She has no evidence of injuries.
Hubby and I are new to the Sight Hound world and especially Greyhounds. We have done our research and the rescue people have been excellent – both pragmatic and informative. We make new discoveries daily: she does not understand steps, she has never seen a mirror, she is not really housetrained and most importantly, she is a sweeeeeet girl with a very gentle demeanor. She is elegant and quiet, following us around like a shadow.
Greyhounds rarely bark, are very low shedders and are generally well behaved around the home, rated as one of the top best breeds for apartment dwellers! It is said they are 45 mph couch potatoes and that they are. When she runs it is gorgeous – her stride is elegant, long, powerful and fast. We have been advised that they just need one 10-minute walk a day yet a racer will go 0 to 45mph in 6 strides!
One particularly curious thing: they do not bark but boy do they vocalize! She still has a strong prey instinct and a white little dog walked by the house, literally just as we were stumbling out of the car after a mind-numbing drive from SoCal. She went off like you caught her tail in the door, this dramatic LOUD yelp that didn’t stop until the dog was out of sight. It was a Scene! She’s done that twice again, both for unknown reasons. I’ve heard they are emotional divas and perhaps she is. Time will tell.
Because Greyhounds have extremely low body fat they cannot regulate their temperature, so owners have to be mindful to cool them during the summer and keep them warm during the winter.
I did find some pj’s (aren’t they cute?) but we could not find housecoats either online or retail. So I will have to make some.
I see hot pink, fun prints, maybe I’ll even have to learn to machine embroider. I think I’ll get some of that shibori Minky – wouldn’t that make a fabulous coat? I’m thinking about going for an Audrey Hepburn look, no? I could see faux pearls on that long elegant neck…just long enough to take her photo. I have no grandchildren, so poor Zoe will become my canvas…
The trip down there was a bit of an adventure in itself. We couldn’t get in until noon so we had some time to kill on the beach:
The waves were incredible that day…
crashing over the pier!
It’s a beautiful part of the coast:
Once at the Center, we met 2 other dogs in addition to Zoe. She chose us, hands down.
She’s a bit hard to handle. She is a “leaner” and wants to lean on you all. the. time, making walking a real calorie burner. It’s endearing though and she’s a joy to walk.
We do have our work cut out for us. Right now we are pretty sure she is unboardable given her prey instinct. And she’s not even close to being able to be left alone. There are many odd things that we will need to help her with given her previously restricted life.
She does not understand the concept of coming when called. She doesn’t like grass! She has lived her life on concrete and sand. She thinks carpet is for pee and poo. She could actually hurt herself if she slid on the hardwoods so we’ll be putting down runners in the hall. We have some great resources through the adoption center to help us.
Some interesting observations:
– Parts of her legs are transluscent! She was standing in the sun at the Adoption Center and I could see daylight through part of her legs.
– They are more cat than dog. We’re pretty sure she is genetically a cat.
– Greyhounds are sooooo chill. If we could have what she has, there would be no need for psychologists. She just gives you the sense that all is well with the world.
– Greyhounds have 270 degree vision given their skinny head.
– She would rather stand than sit. In fact, greyhounds generally don’t rest their bottoms on the ground at all:
The rescue people work so hard getting these hounds adoptable. Almost every hound has been crated and raced their entire life. The concept of being able to roam or being a citizen of a home is foreign to them. Most have never been on steps! It’s a wonderful story how Greyhound rescue came about in the 1970’s when adoption groups began to partner with race tracks. There are more Greyhound rescue organizations than any other breed. I’m so grateful to all the volunteers who work with these gentle dogs – it’s a LOT of work to get them adoptable and they are such wonderful dogs.
In the meantime….
Miss Zoe wishes you a restful and blessed Christmas and Holiday.
NOTE: I will not post next week on Christmas Day because I know you will not be reading! I’ll see you New Year’s!!