Friday, January 14, 2011

A Greyhound of Our Very Own!

Mom has been wanting a greyhound for several years now.  I'm not sure why because she could just have basenjis and be perfectly happy, at least in my opinion.  But for some reason, she still wants a greyhound.  We couldn't get a greyhound before because of being at our Legal Limit of Dogs.  Which is why we fostered greyhounds for a while until The Incident, which Gabe wrote all about in a blog entry last year.

So now that Gabe has gone to the Rainbow Bridge, and we do not have our Legal Limit of Dogs anymore, Mom has been talking to Aunt Sheri, who does all the adoptions for REGAP (which stands for Retired Greyhounds as Pets).  And after talking about all the possible dogs we might adopt, Mom and Aunt Sheri picked out three of them as the best choices.

Well, guess what!  Barry and Mel and Mom and I are going to go interview these three greyhounds tonight for the position of doggy sibling in our family!  And if we like one of them, we can bring it home to live with us!  It's kind of exciting and kind of scary, too.  Mom has met all of the greyhounds when they were first at Pooches' Paradise, but a couple of them have been in foster homes for several months now.  And when Mom met them before, she wasn't thinking about adopting them, so she doesn't know which one she will like best.  And she especially doesn't know which one we dogs will like best, which is the very most important question.  So Mom is going to let us decide who we want to be our new brother or sister.  And if we don't like any of them, we don't have to adopt them.

Anyway, one of the dogs we are meeting is a girl named Sassy, and she is 8 years old, just like me.  I think it would be great to have another girl in the house, and Mom likes that idea, too.  But we will just have to see what Mel and Barry think.  Sassy is fawn-colored, and she has a white face.  Mom does not like the name "Sassy," so if we adopt her, Mom is going to change her name to "Sally."

The youngest greyhound we are meeting is Cousteau, who is 2.  Aunt Sheri says that Cousteau is pretty calm for a 2-year-old, and he doesn't seem to mind being left in the house by himself, which is something that makes a lot of greyhounds crazy.  Cousteau is a light brindle color with a black muzzle.

Nicholas is a 6-year old dog who is also a light brindle color.  His foster family says he is a very, very sweet boy with a great personality.

Of course, we have to get a greyhound who is okay around cats, because some greyhounds will chase cats and try to kill them.  In fact, some greyhounds aren't even safe to have around small dogs either.  But the three dogs that we are interviewing are all safe with cats and with small dogs, so that's good.

I wish we could get a black-and-white greyhound because that is the best color for a dog, as I might have mentioned before.  But right now there aren't any black-and-white greyhounds available for us to adopt.  And anyway, Mom says she is tired of trying to take pictures of dogs with black faces, like Barry and me, because it is hard to get a good picture.  So Mom would like to have at least one dog who is easier to photograph.  Which is a stupid reason for picking a dog, if you ask me!

Well, that's all I can tell you right now except that I'm excited and nervous, and I hope we will make the right choice tonight.  It's the first time that any of us have ever got to pick out our own brother or sister.


  1. Good Luck Piper! I hope you pick out a good new sibling. My mom just brings home whatever she wants and tells me that "we will just have to make it work" which means I can't ever go into the room that my human sister has her guinea pigs in, I can't eat the bearded dragon, and the cats get to have a cat door that is too small for me to get through and chase them when they go into the basement. I do kinds like my chihuahua sister, Cali, that she brought home, and one cat, Stewie, he is okay...but the rest, bleah!
    Viggo in MA

  2. Dear Viggo,
    My mom usually does the same thing. She just brings cats and dogs home without any respect for our feelings. That's why we are excited about picking out our own new sibling this time. But I do think it would be cool if Mom brought home some guinea pigs because they would be yummy to eat. In Peru, people eat them all the time! I would also not mind some pet rats or mice to eat, but Mom says we can't have any of those. So I guess we will just have to be happy with our new greyhound.
    Your friend, Piper

  3. Dear Piper-

    How can they be greyhounds if they're not grey?

    --Zest, superstar in training

  4. This is a very good question, and I don't know the answer, so I will have to do some in-depth research to find out. It's kind of a silly name for a dog breed, if you ask me.

    Your friend, Piper