This week for Sunday Selections I don’t have much time, it being Easter weekend and the family being here and all, so I thought I’d take the easy route and show you a picture of each of my dogs that have not been published before.
First, at the top here, is the beautiful, intelligent, and most beloved James, later to become known as Jim. He was a Wood Green Animal Shelters dog, and not tattooed, so he had never been a racing greyhound. He’d been picked up after being found in a woman’s garage stealing her cat’s dinner, poor guy. He was covered in mange, had numerous scars, a broken canine and a piece missing from his tongue, but he was a gorgeous dog.
Next, when Jim was fairly elderly and seemed to need a companion, came Susan.
Susan was a stunningly beautiful dog to look at, and she had bunny-soft fur.Â She was scarred in her face and on her belly because an intended kennel mate had attacked her when they tried to put her in with him and tried to kill her.Â They got her out within less than a minute but he did some damage.
Susan had an incredibly high prey-drive though and was a real handful out on walks. She wanted to kill … well, everything! Well, everything that wasn’t actually greyhound shaped, anyway. And she was 100% bomb-proof with people.Â However, any animal which didn’t look like a greyhound seemed to be fair game. She improved a huge amount in the five and a half months we had her, while becoming increasingly and worryingly ill. Our vet had no clue what was wrong, though he was treating her for age-related kidney failure. As it turned out she had kidney cancer, but by the time I insisted on a vet school referral, it was too late and we had to let her go.
Naturally, Jim was very upset, and he grieved. So I went back to the racing kennel that Suze had come from and we chose Renie.
Renie, as many will remember, became our lovely Princess, the laziest dog on the planet, and PAT dog extraordinaire. She visited deaf-blind people and was just perfect for it, lying peacefully with quadriplegics, allowing herself to be examined, stroked, held by adults who behaved like toddlers, and enduring sounds and shouts which would make many dogs very nervous.Â But she was very protective of her elderly companion, James, and would place herself between him and other dogs, and chase them off if they got too close. Her favourite tactic for persistent offenders was growl at them, and when they turned to run, she’d take the tiniest hold of a mouthful of fur from their tail end with her incisors.Â She never hurt anyone, she just gave them a warning, because basically, she didn’t want a fight.
When we lost Jim to heart failure, Renie basically took no notice of any other dog on our walks.Â She just wasn’t interested. They could come as close as they liked as far as she was concerned .. but when we added Jack, her protective instincts rose to the fore again and she began to protect him, in exactly the same way!
Jack was a ‘bounce’. He’d lived with an old lady, and when she had a stroke, he ended up in rescue, where his time was not entirely good, for various reasons, and he came to us very thin.Â He also hadn’t had much off-lead time judging by his enthusiasm!
Jack was just about ten years old when we took him on, and he was the funniest, gentlest soul.Â Scared of being touched unexpectedly, and yet the boldest and most curious dog in other ways.Â Such a character!
And now we have the handsome Sid! Sid is our tripod, and he is also a PAT dog. He visits a hospital ward for severe mental health issues and an old folk’s home in a nearby village and is much loved in both places.Â Sid is great dog, very gentle and utterly gorgeous, and everyone loves him.
We are now convinced that Sid misses canine companionship, and even though he goes back to his trainer for holidays where he can run about with up to eleven other greyhounds, we think he needs a friend to live with him.Â But OH isn’t ready to commit to another dog, so we are looking into fostering which will probably be the perfect solution.Â I’ll let you know how that goes.
Meanwhile, for more Sunday Selections go and see Kim at Frog Ponds Rock! This is a fairly new meme, but you’ll find a variety of interesting posts. Perhaps you might consider joining in yourself!