Six dogs circled around me and began jumping on me. One managed to put its paws on my shoulders. The others nearly knocked me off my feet. They were exuberantly curious about me, sniffing my body and licking my hands. There was a wildness to them. They had never been tamed and had astonishing strength. As a pack, they were unified and powerful—and slightly terrifying. I sat down on a ledge, thinking it might calm them down, but this only gave them more access. Noses in my ears. A mouth around my hand. Tongues licking my cheeks, noses sniffing. One took my pocketbook and carried it to its bed. Across the room, three dogs remained in their spaces on the ledge—not interested.
A greyhound’s bed is sacred territory. Not only is comfort paramount to a greyhound, but his bed is just that—his. The breed is known to form very intense bonds, even with inanimate objects like beds, blankets, and stuffed toys. They seem to truly love what they consider to be theirs.
Thus, newness is often rebuffed, even if it’s a nice, fluffy bed for his 7th birthday!
The standoff lasted 4 days.
Wash day came around, and Kilroy’s bedding disappeared for cleaning. He became desperate for alternate accommodations.
Begrudgingly, he resorted to his new bed.
After a few hours, the merits of a new bed were finally acknowledged. He now loves his new bed!
They’re a special, home-loving breed who love soft things and hours of meaningful idleness. They are incredibly detail-oriented (some would say finicky) and are very concerned about keeping warm. They can usually be found on the couch and have the endearing quirk of hoarding things which strike their fancy.
I’m talking about knitters, who are an awful lot like greyhounds!
So, knitters are perfect for greyhounds, and vice versa.
Kilroy is involved in every one of my knitted projects. He watches me knit, sleeps nearby while I knit, sometimes steals a skein of yarn, and always gets in the way when I try to take photos of my finished products.
But mostly, he’s just happy when we are stationary, relaxed, and in close proximity. As a fellow homebody, so I am.