Meet Tipps, my gorgeous Greyhound
Let me introduce you to Tipps, my gorgeous ex-racing greyhound. He was somewhat of a career hound, competing in many races and winning a fair few of those. It’s now no wonder, now he has retired, he's often found lounging around wherever there is a comfortable spot. You nee to be quick to get a place on the sofa in my house.
Tipps is a senior citizen now but nothing makes him happier than a good game of fetch. His chase drive is still very strong but thankfully his recall is also strong now. His obsession with a tennis balls holds his attention enough that anything going on in the distance is of no interest to him.... most of the time! My greyhound in full flight is a magnificent sight but not when I'm running after him scream his name. Think FENTON!
Time, patience and training has meant Tipps can be off his lead. Although I still prefer to be in enclosed areas where possible, he has learnt to come back when called. This was not something I thought possible when we adopted him. Many owners of retired greyhounds are not comfortable letting their dogs off lead as they are still extremely keen. It is unfortunately one of the results from their start in life.
My Gentle Giant
Anyone familiar with a greyhound knows they are great big softies. Tipps is no different. He craves cuddle time and leans against me at every opportunity. I think leaning is a greyhound version of a hug. However, he hides a grumpy side and when the strokes stops he is not shy in letting you know he is unimpressed. First comes the almost inaudible huruff. If this is not responded to, it won't be long until the tap tapping of a paw on my arm of leg starts. Eventually a jab to the body with one of those powerful hind legs follows. It is in no way hard enough to cause pain, just a nudge to demand your full attention.
Tiny, and somewhat endearing, tantrums aside he is my world. Those big brown eyes melt my heart when he looks at me. Adopting Tipps was one of the most rewarding decisions I have made. Tipps, like a lot of greyhounds, is quite reserved most of the time. His gentle, laid-back attitude suits me to the ground. He will often take himself away from a busy situation, preferring instead the secluded areas to doze or chill out. If I'm honest I envy him on some occasions.
Needless to say, I think my gorgeous greyhound is perfect. I am sure any greyhound owners reading this feel the same about their own 45mph couch potato!