Colin and Ted and Bill and Christine

Bill loves Greyhounds. I love Bill. I thought I might try and get him one, leading me to look online and finding Hounds 4 Homes. Long story, short, we arrived at Hagley Park in Christchurch to choose our dog. Bill took one look and said `We'll have them both.' One of the reasons I love Bill.

Colin and Ted

Ted and Colin

Two quite different dogs, Ted and Colin. Ted, a distinguished, elegant blue boy was straight from kennels so had to learn everything. I always suspect he had been especially loved by a trainer, how could he not? We also had a highly skilled thief on our hands. How do greyhounds get lids off peanut butter jars? I wasn't there to see. Twice. I think he took a long time to adjust to his new life. I say this to encourage someone else. One day, after two years of living with us, Ted jumped up on our bed and had a sleep. It was then I knew he was fully 'at home.'  We were thrilled.

 

Ted

Ted

Colin? I always smile at the memory. We were his second home and he was being fostered.  He arrived with a little blue suitcase carrying a coat, a teddy, his lead and a ball that holds treats to play with. He arrived with a grin on his face and 'tripped' us all up with his quirkiness. He has no elegance at all and no inhibitions about where he might sleep.

 

Colin

Colin

People stop and talk to us a lot when we are out walking. Children I have never seen before, know their names. They adjust quickly to long walks on leads instead of running on racetracks. It keeps them and the neighbors' cats safe. People are wrong when they say 'greyhounds are just dogs.' I think personally, they are mythical creatures and only people who live with them know this. When people ask Bill if our dogs are rescued greyhounds, he says, 'No, they rescued us.'

 

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