Friday, November 16, 2007

The Upright Greyhound Brigade

For Dog Blog Friday: Nigel and Dewi, the Early Years (January 2002). To think he wasn't much bigger than a Corgi once. But then look at those legs....

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Blogger Heather said...

You've actually had Nigel since he was a puppy? I don't think I've ever seen a greyhound puppy in real life. I still think greyhounds might just appear as 18- or 24-month-old doggies.

4:25 PM  
Blogger ahab said...

I've always assumed your greyhounds were rescued dogs. You know, track dogs.

God, he was cute.

5:37 PM  
Blogger George said...

Nope, both Mookie and Nigel come from pet/show stock. When we were going to get Mooks we meet up with a woman listed as a greyhound person on the web and she steered us away from a rescue dog since we still had 2 cats at the time. And she also said she knew of puppies soon available, and how can you say no to a puppy?

8:36 AM  
Blogger MCConfrontation said...

Uhhh, don't want to rain on your parade George, but show dogs? Like from a breeder?

I never would have guessed that a guy like you would go and pay upwards of a grand to have someone breed your dogs, when there are literally thousands of rescue dogs to choose from that were put to death because you had to have a show dog bred for you.

I'm surprised. I thought libs were bleeding hearts but I guess there are always exceptions.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

They needed a home too. And they aren't show dogs, they are imperfect AKC dogs ("pet quality"). Nigel has a cropped tail and Mookie was considered too small. Not bread for us, just in need of a non-show dog life...

Greyhounds aren't bread as pets (racing or show that's pretty much it), they aren't popular dogs. AKC greyhounds are actually bread very conservatively (which is one of the reasons they don't have genetic problems like most other breeds do). When a puppy isn't considered a perfect greyhound, they sell it with an agreement that you won't breed it and that it will be neutered. They aren't puppy farm dogs. They are rarely for sale.

If you want to blame someone for the thousands of dogs in shelters, blame the folks that refuse to neuter their pets. We actually made a responsible choice and we are providing a good home for these guys. We have nothing to apologize for.

2:31 PM  
Blogger MCConfrontation said...

I'm not looking for an apology; I'm sure you guys are great dog owners. I was just surprised is all. I figured George for a rescue/pound dog owner or nothing.

No offense Ms. George!

I miss my dog.

4:40 PM  
Blogger ahab said...

George and Amy, please forgive me for providing your creey stalker troll a pretext to attack you in such a personal way. Of course the furthest thought from my mind was to judge and condemn you over your cute pets.

Amy, that's interesting about greyhound breeding dynamics, thanks for taking the time to explain it. And I can definitely understand why you might not take in a rescue dog. In fact, I was curious to know what challenges rescue dogs might have presented you with.

As for you, tortureboy, try to imagine how ridiculous you seem to the civilized portion of George's readership. First you casually trample all over the torture taboo, then you keep popping up here with this mincing and prancing over the most minor of issues.

Yeah, I know, you're protecting mankind and I'm just a big meanie poopiepants. But try to make up your mind: are we locked in existential struggle with the Islamofacists, or do we all have time to hang our living room drapes just the way you like them?

11:39 AM  
Blogger MCConfrontation said...

Have I upset you ahab? You're always so upset! Maybe you should turn that frown upside down. Nobody likes a meanie poopiepants, even a guy who thinks it's alright to extract information from terrorists by getting their heads a little bit wet.

As for the issue of pet store dogs, I do believe that some wackos from your side of the political fence would disagree with you that it's a minor thing. There aren't alot of conservative card carrying PETA members.

To address your question, I don't think you need me to tell you we are locked in a battle with fanatical Muslims, but I'll patronize you anyway:

We're locked in a battle with fanatical Muslims.

As for drapes, I don't know how you hang yours, but if they're pink like I suspect, well, they just wouldn't be to my taste.

Goodnight now.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

The only challenge a rescue dog presented was the fact that we had two cats at the time we were looking at getting a rescued greyhound. The contact in our area at the time explained to us that they "test" the dogs for child, cat, and other dog friendliness for a short period of time, maybe a week. So the dog might actually be ok, or you might come home to find out that your dog ate your cat. We didn't really like that chance.

Now that that we don't have cats, my only hangup would be that to own a track dog you have to agree that you will never let the dog off leash outside a fenced in area. I'm not sure I could keep that agreement. Letting Mookie and Nigel off leash at the beach is a true joy for them.

12:21 PM  
Blogger ahab said... have to agree that you will never let the dog off leash outside a fenced in area...

How awful for rescue dogs. Those guys were born to run.

4:49 AM  

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