This week’s ABC Wednesday with the greyhounds is devoted to my ‘double U‘ girl, Princess Renie. There she is, look, in one of her famous ‘upside down and underside up’ poses, and grinning to herself in unadulterated contentment as usual. She looks a bit like a letter ‘U‘ herself, too, doesn’t she?Â
And that front leg, the uppermost one, slightly extended for balance, is giving you a great view of the part containing the ulna – which (as I’m sure you all know) is one of the bones of the forearm, or in this case, the lower front leg of a quadruped. It’s the bit between her wrist and her elbow, just as it is with people.Â Â
I think, if you look very closely, you will probably be able to see her umbilicus, too!
So, why do I call her my ‘double U‘ girl?Â Because dear, sweet Renie, being an Irish-born ex-racing greyhound, was tattooed in both her ears with her unique identification number.Â And in her case, this was ‘UL UPL’, as you can see for yourself if you go here and check out her pedigree*.
So here’s another great (upside down) view of Renie displaying those ulna-containing limbs, and do you also see that green ink in her ear?Â Not too clear, is it?
How about here?
It’s a funny thing, but I have no shots of the other ear, which has the ‘UL‘ part. It’s probably because (unless it was an emergency, like, a squirrel, for instance) she could only ever put one ear up properly – maybe because that’s the ear with the ‘UP‘ part in it.Â But there it is, pretty clear in that picture, too, isn’t it?Â And you might notice something else, too.Â She’s doing the ‘Princess Diana’ eyes, looking up under her lashes.
Talking of ‘under‘ – our Princess loved to be covered in the winter, so she was snuggled up underneath a blanket.
There she goes with the eyes again.Â She was a terrible flirt, was Renie!
What?Â Didn’t you believe me?Â You can’t get more flirtatious that this, can you?Â We used to call that her ‘Playgirl’ pose.
Now, some people used to think she was undernourished.Â We used to have people stop us in the street and tell us we should feed our dogs more.
I suppose they can be forgiven …
She was rather narrow in the waist, especially when we first adopted her (as you can see on her pedigree page) but she was just a naturally slender girl.Â Â She ate like a horse – and I pretty much free feed my dogs, too, with unlimited kibble and plenty of treats – but greyhounds have a wonderful metabolism and if my experience is anything to go by, you really do have to kind of work at making them fat.
There were times, though, when I’d look at her and wonder where all that food went. Is there any truth in the ‘hollow legs’ theory, do you think?
But there she is, utterly relaxed – completely unconscious, bless her – and quite obviously not pining for food!
No, if you want to see an undernourished dog, take a look at Captain Jack when we first got him.
Poor old guy. He’d had a bad time, but he put weight on unbelievably quickly!Â He just needed peace, exercise and good food.Â And he became beautiful too, just like The Princess … only different.
The Princess was indeed quite unique.
* The information on the pedigree page is sadly out of date. I haven’t been able to include the fact that we have now lost her, because (due to malicious interference with the data) it is now necessary to send proof of identity through the mail to get authorisation to alter your entry, and … well, I’m not sure I want to do that.Â I may, one day.