Monday, May 05, 2008

Four feet and a cold, wet nose ...

Buster and I decided that we wanted a dog, after all, every dog needs a little boy and we already had the little boy - we just need the perfect dog to match. Intense negotiations followed to decide what type of dog should be chosen. Should we get a pure bred dog, a cross bred dog or rescue a dog from the RSPCA? I wanted a pure bred dog but Buster was keen on rescuing a dog - it seemed we were at a stalemate. But then we met a lady on one of our morning walks and she had a very special dog who we liked very much and actually met both of our wants - pure bred AND a rescue dog. So we rang them up, we were interviewed, we passed the interview and then we waited. And waited. And waited for the perfect child-loving, cat-friendly dog to join our family.

And finally, our family has just expanded by four feet and a cold, wet nose - we have been joined by Izzy the Greyhound.

Izzy is a 15 month old, rescued greyhound and is black with a little bit of white on her back feet. She's younger than most of the rescue greyhounds because she broke her little doggy wrist and was unable to race anymore. Thankfully her trainer thought she deserved a second chance and put her up for adoption through the Greyhound Adoption Program.

She is absolutely gorgeous and has the most lovely manners. She is very eager to please and seems to be settling in well. Obviously the cat hates her with a passion, but hopefully the cat will get over it pretty soon, as Izzy mostly ignores her. Squirmy was very excited on Saturday morning when he woke up to find Izzy sniffing his feet.

Contrary to popular belief, Greyhounds only need 30 minutes of exercise a day and are very lazy, so much so that they are often referred to as "living room furniture". Nor are they vicious - the muzzle that they have to wear in public is a council requirement, not a reflection on their temperament.

So if you see someone walking a dishlicker, go and say hi!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

very cool. she looks so beautiful :-)


2:18 pm  
Blogger MC Etcher said...

It's an elegant breed - I've heard they're high-maintenance - is that true?

9:06 pm  
Blogger Laziest Girl said...

I don't think they are high maintenance. Physically they need little brushing or bathing and they don't shed very much hair. Their low body fat means they don't have a pungent, doggy smell. They don't need a great deal of exercise and spend most of their time lolling about quite happily. They are also usually very healthy as they are bred for running so they are bred for physical fitness rather than appearance (eg. hip displasia is almost unkown within the breed). They rarely bark so they make good neighbours. Izzy doesn't like being on her own (which is natural) so she does follow me about which is tricky in somewhere confined like the laundry (she can't turn around very easily as she is quite long in the body) but if that's my worst problem, we are doing pretty well.

4:18 pm  

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