7 things only a greyhound owner will understand

May 05, 2017

Hello! Happy Friday!

Let me paint you a scene.

It’s 8 in the morning. The sun has lost its summer oomph and is now a pale presence in the living room, providing little warmth. Dave and I are rugged up accordingly - me sporting an itchy woollen beanie, Dave, a pinstripe felt kimono with a big bow tied around his waist.

He’s on the couch, silently staring at me as I type - his serious expression at comic odds with the canine PJs.

(Perk #6758 of greyhounds - they tolerate whatever awkward outfit you choose to dress them in.)

If you haven’t cohabited with a greyhound, it’s hard to understand their quiet watchfulness - ever observant, like needle-nosed sentries ensuring their hooman is safe (and making moves to feed them in the near future). Once you’ve experienced it, life without the concentrated gaze of the most loving dog in the world is unimaginable. So, as my best pal and I hang in the living room on a chilly Autumn morning, I thought I’d share 7 things that only a greyhound owner will understand. To truly relate? You’ll just have to foster or adopt a retired racer of your own. *wink*

1. Trigonometry

Greyhounds are remarkably triangular. If you struggle with maths, calculating the cotangent of your hound’s head is a great way to become familiar. Triangular ears, triangular snout, triangular torso - Dave’s one big triangle on legs. And, as everyone knows, triangles are the perfect shape.

2. Disdain for regular dogs

Maybe it happens to every dog owner. Perhaps it’s specific to dogmatic greyhound mums. Regardless, the syndrome is real. Like besotted parents with a newborn - oblivious to its misshapen head and bulging goldfish eyes - greyhound owners think their Dog is God. To me, Dave’s pawfection - and those other dogs at the park are irritating imitations. (Not really! I adore them all. But mainly greyhounds.)

Greyhounds also have a particular air; they’re regal, well-mannered and unobtrusive. As regular doggies plough through the mud, investigate each others privates and gyrate in poo, greyhounds look on, bamboozled. Why do such a thing? Uncouth!

3. Gangly goofiness

Those extendable limbs were made to propel greyhounds at warp speed. When not in use? Think Bambi on ice. Bending down to drink, hoover a floor-morsel or sit on your lap, their legs end up at all angles - including intertwined with your own. #dawww

4. Pogo dog

Glass sliding door. Greyhound on one side; you on the other. Greyhound is happy to see you, and illustrates the fact by bouncing sky-high like pogo dog. It’s explosive, endearing, awe-inspiring behaviour. Fortunately, greyhound gymnasts have no awareness of their own strength. Fence jumping? Inconceivable. (Plus, why escape when the food is right here?)

5. The reactions of kids

Kids have priceless reactions to greyhounds. As Dave and I stroll past schools or playgroups, screeches follow us down the street.

WAAAA! LOOK AT THAT HUUUUUUUUGE DOG!

WAAAA! LOOK AT THE PONY!

WAAAA! *runs in the opposite direction*

Little do they know that despite Dave’s size, he’s a big ole softie. Literally, the softest animal in the universe.

6. GSP

It’s common for greyhound owners to experience GSP - Greyhound Sensory Perception. This cosmic inter-species connection allows you to know, intuitively, whether your pooch is hungry (always), in need of the loo, chilly, snuggly or wondering when the heck you can head home from this ridiculously boring picnic. Greyhounds speak to you silently in ways other humans can’t understand. Magic.

7. The Cult

The Cult of the Grey has one requirement: that you worship at the altar of skinny pups and upload pictures of them thrice daily to Instagram. Perks include secret paw-shakes in the street, a global network of hound-lovers and more greyt puns than you can poke a snoot at.

Feeling left out? Don’t despair. All this - and more! - is available to foster carers, adopters and greyhound lovers alike. The Cult is always accepting new members, and we can’t wait to welcome you with furry enthusiasm.

See you next week!

<3 Catie + Dave

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