When you have had five wonderful and unique greyhounds come in and out of your lives, you really do think you’ve seen it all – each one has a unique personality, and believe me, they are very different – from the class clown who is distracted by butterflies and pink hibiscus; to shy and reticent who just wanted her own special place; to zany and needy for attention 24/7; to the all-time worrier with the weight of the world on her shoulders; and to a big girl who just needs space and lots of comfortable cushions in her senior years – what’s next? Well, along comes Joey, a beautiful and loveable boy – all he wants to do is hug you and be in your exact space! We never realized we could still go about our chores with a long black nose plastered against our side.
He was certainly worth waiting for – he needed to do some rehab at Greyhaven due to the nasty break and major surgery to get his beautiful leg and running form back in shape. It is love at first sight for everyone that meets him – it was for us, and when Marilyn and Russ finally brought him to our home to see if the fit was right with Delta, our senior grey, and a newly rescued American Pit Bull Terrier, Poppet, we didn’t have to worry – he ingratiated himself with humans and dogs alike. The hardest chore is keeping him in check in the yard, so he doesn’t hurt himself, but the greyhound soul wants to fly like the wind periodically and he knows he can be very fast without that extra foot.
It will be a wonderful journey with Joey – only thing we may have to do is take him for counseling as he currently has to deal with gender issues. We have had girls in the family for so long that he will need to cope with being one “of the girls” – no doubt he will handle it with extra treats!