This blog is about Health & Happiness (times three) and usually I write about running or recipes or other fitness and food type topics. Today I’m going to focus on my Greyhounds, Lucie and Buddy, who are part of my family and certainly impact my happiness and my health… So here are today’s top three about the Hounds:
1. Sunny Afternoon Walk: We live in a high-rise at the moment which means about 4 walks a day to let the dogs stretch their legs and do their business. It was grey and rainy all day today, which doesn’t make for a fun walk, but as I was wrapping up some work emails, the sun broke through the clouds so I hustled the dogs outside to enjoy it with a walk around our neighborhood park and some extra time training:
Here they are working on their training for “sit”, “stay” and “look at me”. Buddy can’t sit (like many Greyhounds) but he’s got the “stay” and “look at me down pat”! Lucie is sitting, but you’ll notice her bottom doesn’t even touch the ground – she is kind of squatting and hovering due to her long and muscle-y Greyhound legs!
2. New Collars: We tend to rotate collars seasonally, usually buying new ones from fellow Greyhound owners who have small businesses making Greyhound gear like collars or coats (and often donate a portion of profits to a local Greyhound rescue group). I bought these from Huggable Hounds – very fun for fall with a funky purple leopard print for Lucie and a dashing manly mustache motif for Bud:
3. Lazy Greyhounds! Despite their former careers at the race track, Greyhounds are VERY lazy! My dogs easily spend 22 hours a day sleeping and lounging around (as you can see from the pics taken of them modeling their new collars). They spend about 5 minutes zooming around the living room playing with each other or with toys, maybe an hour or so on walks and the remaining moments eating – what a life these racers live in their retirement! Buddy clearly was ready for a nap during our photo shoot in the park this afternoon as I snapped this one mid yawn:
Well actually, yes, I know yawning can mean something different in Doggie Language, ie. a calming signal. Buddy was probably just loosing patience with standing still as I took pictures; he wanted his treat and he wanted to continue his walk. Either way, I thought it was a funny pic with his yawn and Lucie looking like she is ready to lay down and snooze… which both are doing as I type this blog.
Question for you: How often does your dog get new gear? Or so you prefer to spoil them with new toys or tasty treats?