I don't often feature him on the blog. He's sort of a background critter, because he never gets into trouble, really. This is a picture of him on the day I took him home. He was quite a beautiful hound! Sorry about the glowing eyes....darned flash cameras!Molotov, who is in the Greyhound Hall of Fame. Stickley is a large male, even for a greyhound, at nearly 90 pounds. He's a gorgeous red fawn colour, and has a super-mellow personality. He will tolerate just about anything, such as bunny ears!
this post, about him stealing rotten eggs that I had put by the door for garbage. Ewwww....silly dog. He made the whole house stink for several days as a result.
Most of the time, he's pretty content to be in the background. He doesn't even really like to have his picture taken.
Greyhounds are sight hounds - they don't think about it....they just chase things that move. Could be a rabbit, a squirrel, a plastic bag blowing in the wind... If you have a retired racer, you have to be very careful not to let them out of a fenced area, because anything that moves might send them running, and you'll never see them again. They're not good at finding their way home. They're not scent hounds....they're sight hounds!
pannus. It affects his vision to an extent, and sometimes it seems to mean that he is more timid of unusual things in his field of vision, like he's completely freaked out if the kettle is near his feeding station, up on the counter, because it's not usually there.
I highly recommend the retired racing greyhound as a dog companion. Contrary to common perceptions, they do not require a lot of exercise. They are more of a couch potato dog. They are raced every third day for 1/4 mile, and then they rest for 2 days. They're not endurance dogs. They do need a fenced yard, a soft bed, and a lot of love.
The tragic statistic is how many of these gentle hounds are euthanized every year because they are no longer "valuable" to their owner (i.e. they're not winning races any more), and they're often euthanized at about age 4. Pure-bred, gentle, sweet, mellow dogs, just eliminated because they're not money earners. To the best of my knowledge, it used to be about 30,000+ dogs euthanized annually. Because of greyhound adoption, it's now about 15,000 dogs being euthanized. If you ask me, that's about 15,000 too many.