So, you want to know what we greyhounds are really like. We tend to be non-aggressive. When confronted with a problem, we’d rather walk away from it. Usually we are easy going and very laid back, unless something catches our attention that is irresistible and we have to chase after it. Although we are intelligent, we are not the best problem solvers. We would rather whine at our human care givers than attempt to figure a way around an obstacle. An insurmountable obstacle to a shy greyhound can be something that, in reality, is no big deal to their human caregivers. It can be something as simple as being afraid of an empty paper bag blocking his path to the water bowl. Sometimes our humans have to work hard to figure out what we need their help with. Many humans describe us as sweet, gentle and patient. But we can also be quite playful. We even smile!
A greyhound has very simple desires:
- A soft, comfortable places to lie.
- Your companionship.
- Clear direction and leadership.
- Lots of time to sleep and relax
- A soft radio on when left home alone.
- Something good to chew on.
My advice to recent Greyhound retirees is to adopt the Greyhound Philosophy of Life:
• If it looks like it might be food, take it, chew it and eat it.
• If your humans are acting like it’s food, it must be food. See #1.
• If it looks like it might be fun, take it, carry it around and chew it.
• If another pet is using it, distract him, then take it, carry it around and chew it.
• Never, ever, act guilty. Shamelessness is always the best defense.
• If you get caught and the previous fails, act like you don’t know what the humans are upset about.
• When in doubt, look cute.