There was something about these beasts that Mom really loved, and living 2 states away, I couldn't put my finger on it. Then it happened. I came "home" and, like my mother, fell in love with Greyhounds.
One of her pack I've always claimed as my own. First there was Floyd (named after a County in Ohio). He was the corruptor, he was the one who opened the door for all other greyhounds to enter my heart. Floyd was the first to greet me, sleep with me and follow along behind my every step. Floyd evenutally succame to cancer. He was replaced by Rush (named for his disposition, always in a hurry). He was NOT named after Limbaugh. Rush fell right into place and still is happy to greet and nap with me each time I return to the family home in Orange County. Rush doesn't forget; he's a good dog and always seems happy to see me.
My landlady moved back into the top half of the house a year ago, and with her came completion of the fenced yard and her greyhound Noah. Noah has no manners. Noah is like the pot-smoking, flower-child of the household on a tad of acid. Noah definitely isn't your typical greyhound. Yet still, he has a gentle disposition and sweetness about him - and each time I visited, I missed Rush a little more.
After about 6 months of encouragement and prodding, I finally decided to visit the local Greyhound Pets chapter.
There, before me, was the sweetest little dog. Originally named "Jean's Comet", he is a former racer from the Gulf Greyhound Track in Texas. Comet is 2 years old, soon to be 3 on October 7th.
Emily, the 4# cat is taking the new family member in stride. She used to dart around the house, attempting avoidance, and now simply lays there as she's licked or nudged.
Comet has severe separation anxiety and because of this the landlady won't allow him to be left home alone. He comes to the office every day, sleeps on his bed, is walked by countless residents and then returns home a happy boy. Mom even sent him a tie so that he's appropriately dressed.
He begins 3 days a week of dog daycare (just so he doesn't wear out his welcome) on Monday. We'll see how he does!