I’m finding that walking a big black greyhound around the neighborhood generates a lot of attention. We get everything from “Hey, is that a greyhound” to “Wow! A greyhound!” and of course “How fast can he run?”. Many people are interested and want to meet him and find out more. Gentle Ozzie is happy to meet them all.
I have to say a few words here about how good he is on leash. He is not a ‘puller’. He trots happily by our sides on a nice loose leash, which makes for a relaxing, enjoyable walk for all of us.
Yesterday on our way back from a quick midday walk we met our neighbor’s two granddaughters, aged 3 and 4 years old. At Grandma’s prompting they asked politely if they could meet Ozzie and then approached him excitedly. Their little faces were at about the same level as his, and being little girls, they were making high pitched, excited noises. Ozzie was his usual calm self, nuzzling them gently and wagging happily. Such a good boy! There were hugs and kisses all round with the girls calling “Bye Ozzie” as we walked away.
Ozzie likes walking and getting out but in general his exercise needs are moderate. He doesn’t seem to need vigorous, extended workouts and after a good walk he’s more than happy to return home and just hang out. He seems to know he’s retired and wants to relax and enjoy it!
I’m amazed at Ozzie’s ability to make friends with everyone he meets – human, canine and feline. He really is an easygoing boy.
Nothing seems to upset him – bicycles, strollers, loud trucks, police sirens, construction noise – he takes it all in stride.
In other news, Ozzie’s house training has been going very well. He understands that he can only ‘go’ outside and in the last couple of days this smart boy has started letting us know when he needs to go out. He will come and get my attention, then walk to the door and stand waiting, tail wagging expectantly.
“The intelligence of a greyhound defies all attempts at description. There would appear to be nothing which he does not understand either in word or in gesture or the shadow of coming events. When your favourite has done his work, cherish him and give him place with yourself for the rest of his but too short life.” JAMES MATHESON, THE GREYHOUND: BREEDING, COURSING, RACING, ETC., 1929