I’m sure you think it most peculiar to come onto a website about rehoming greyhounds to be met with a serious (health) warning! But a warning I feel obliged to give you and it’s a warning about owning a greyhound.
It’s NOT a warning to potential owners because greyhounds often succumb to lots of diseases (they don’t), or the hounds find it difficult to acclimatise to home life (they really don’t) or they need lots of exercise (they really, really, really don’t!)
No, none of the above:
I need to warn you that greyhounds can become addictive!
There, I’ve said it, and not even in a whisper!
The Oxford English dictionary defines being addicted as:
“(informal): Enthusiastically devoted to a particular thing or activity.”
I realise I am confessing to my own weakness, as I am guilty, as charged! But dear readers, I know of whispers between owners (whilst rattling tins outside of supermarkets) that they also share this dark secret!
I have tried in vain to analyse why this addiction is so common, after all there are so many other wonderful dogs out there to pull at the heartstrings (beautiful beagles, magnificent mutts, and tenacious terriers) who also have their devotees.
And I’ve had different dogs over the years (a Jack Russel, Springer Spaniel, rescue GSD cross) and loved them dearly, but there is something about the greyhound…
But what is it about these hounds that can get such a firm grip on your psyche? Could it be the placid and trusting nature, or the endless patience and gentleness with children?
Or what about the interesting juxtaposition of the supreme athlete of the canine world, who also has the ability to sleep 22 hours a day? Or maybe the endearing, if somewhat weird, habit of placing one shoe from each family member onto their bed. (How can this even be a common behaviour across the breed?)
To be frank, I have no idea why the addiction is so common! But, just like Pringles, you can’t just have one greyhound! Well, you can, but be warned, the urge to have more can just overwhelm you! Which it did to me, and not just once, but twice! And having three greyhounds did help me develop more dexterity (have you tried weaving in and out of 12 long spindly legs in repose, while holding onto a hot mug of tea?)
But compared to some people I am a mere amateur! Having 6 or more hounds is not unheard of!
Some common signs of greyhound addiction:
- You sit on the floor, while your hound(s) sprawl across the sofas
- You are compelled to go over to hounds and owners you spy at 50 paces away
- You actually enjoy spending a weekend fundraising/showing people your hounds
- You feel obligated to buy a new car, as the old one is never quite big enough for a new hound
- You realise the hounds holiday stuff takes up more car space than yours
- You are almost as excited as your hounds, when they meet another new sighthound
Ok, the last one really does make me sound like I may have to seek help!
So, if you are viewing the website as you are considering offering a forever home to one of these wonderful hounds, I would wholeheartedly recommend that you do. You won’t regret it.
But just be mindful of the hidden dangers! And in the longer term if you do succumb to the obsession, just remember there are plenty of us out there to support you.
So there you have it! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!