See my furry companion up there?Â Fast asleep in his comfortable bed as a thunderstorm rages on the other side of the wall just inches from his head.Â How fabulous to have a fearless dog! Â Unlike the Princess, Sid is completely unmoved by the rumbles and the flashes of lightning.Â Â Poor Princess Renie couldn’t eat during a storm, but as you see, Sid sees no reason to go on a fast.
There he is, finishing a dog biscuit, and not under a desk or behind the couch, but right up against the front door!
He’s a fawn, by the way, a nice light golden colour with a white chest and white tips to his paws and tail.Â Â Pirate Jack was a fawn too, officially a red fawn, though he too had the white detailing.
He wasn’t fearful of thunder, either.Â What Pirate would be?Â He was over twelve years old in this picture, so he’d almost lost his tuck* and his face had gone white, but on the whole he was still a fit and healthy dog.
One interesting thing about greyhounds is that despite their finely built frames, they eat more food than most other breeds of their weight.Â Â This is because they have a very fast metabolism.Â Â Even though they spend half their lives flat out and snoring …
And they sleep in some very funny positions, let me tell you -
They still seem to need quite a lot of fuel.Â Here’s Sid with one of his many little filler snacks. This time the remnants of our dinner in a foil tray.
Of course, Sid does work for his living.Â He attends Meet and Greets to allow the general public to fuss and fawn over him and feed him biscuits and so on, under the pretext of being an ambassador for the breed. The dogs who do this insist on a soft bed to fulfill their comfort requirements, and provision must be made for cold weather.Â Finicky?Â How could you suggest such a thing?
On one of his first forays into the Meet and Greet world, Sid shared a blanket with a fellow fawn.
That pink and blue rug is rather flattering to their colouring, don’t you think?Â It was freezing that day, so they really did need it.
The Meet and Greets are primarily to let people know what fantastic pets these dogs make, of course, and it’s a chance for newly retired dogs to get to know a little bit about their new world.
Yes, it’s easy to forget what these dogs did for a living when you see them flopped around the house on their fluffy beds, isn’t it?Â Hard to imagine them being fleet of foot?Â Just to remind us, let’s take a look at a video of one of Sid’s races.
It’s the official track video, so you’ll have to click the link and go and watch it on Greyhound Data.Â Don’t fret, this isn’t the race in which he fractured his leg.Â This one was fun for him – go take a look. He’s racing out of trap two, and wearing the blue jacket. And boy, he wasÂ fast!
*Tuck – this is the ‘waist’ of a dog.Â In a greyhound, it is supposed to be well defined, so that the underpart of the dog goes up in a sharp curve from the end of the ribcage toward the pelvis.Â In older dogs, when the stomach muscles are losing their tone, the tuck becomes rather less of a tuck, and more of a ‘sag’, just the same as with us.
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