Greyhounds

Dogs, not buses. Since 1995 greyhound dogs have been a part of my life. I photograph them, film them, and figure out how to live with them. Their stories follow.

  • Hi Crash and Nick are Half-Brothers (4/8/2017) - Back in the winter, I kept a friend’s greyhound while she was on holiday. Crash joined Nick and Missy as their guest. Crash was a perfect gentleman with impeccable manners in the house, in the garden, and on lead. After all, he’s a US racing greyhound and they’re indeed special. Crash enjoyed his stay with … Continue reading Hi Crash and Nick are Half-Brothers
  • If you live in a mosquito’s garden by the sea … (7/16/2016) - It’s summer. It’s mosquito season again, and zika and aedes aegypti are upon us. Aedes aegypti is the aggressive gal with the white stripes on the legs that goes after you in broad daylight. And your pets, and it can spread heart worm in addition to zika, equine encephalitis, Nile fever, and a host of … Continue reading If you live in a mosquito’s garden by the sea …
  • Naked Dogs! (7/4/2016) - Back in the ’60s Russel Baker wrote this great column about SINA, the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals whose mission was to make dogs, cats, horses, etc dress in public. It was a send up of newly created PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals who were on the warpath in Washington DC … Continue reading Naked Dogs!
  • Meet Captain SLO (4/25/2016) - Captain SLO is not Top Gear’s former Captain Slow. For one thing, James May has participated in one more race than Nick has. Rather Captain SLO take his nickname from the cause of Nick’s dodgy nails, symmetrical lupoid onychodistrophy. That’s a scary sounding mouthful. This post is about the onset of Nick’s disease in 2011 … Continue reading Meet Captain SLO
  • A few days with TrackR Bravo (12/26/2015) - Bluetooth item trackers are all the rage if the Interwebs are to be believed. These gadgets are dog tag sized devices designed to be tucked into a wallet, stuck to mobile items, or ¬†added to a key ring. They are basically Bluetooth 4 beacon devices that advertise their presence. To be an item tracker, they … Continue reading A few days with TrackR Bravo
  • Got Ya Plus 13 Months (11/13/2015) - I’m late. I meant to write this in October but got distracted by contractors. Missy, Nick and I have been together for 13 months and she’s been an absolute joy. She’s finally felling pretty settled in as indicated by a drop in nervous play, chewing, and funky emissions. She’s still an active goofball but she’s … Continue reading Got Ya Plus 13 Months
  • Got ‘yah plus six months (4/9/2015) - It’s hard to believe Missy has been with us for 6 months, but she has. She is developing into a confident companion with a definitely playful and goofy personality. Six months on, Missy is becoming comfortable in the neighborhood and is often out front on walks, is learning to visit with neighbors, and to be … Continue reading Got ‘yah plus six months
  • Got Ya plus 2 months (12/12/2014) - Wild Child Full of Chase Missy is now my wild child full of chase. She is a living fireball full of adolescent dog energy. Generally, she’s quiet about the house but let her out in the dog paddock and she’s a wild woman. She loves to play with her stuffies, mostly hunting play. She’ll charge … Continue reading Got Ya plus 2 months
  • Got-ya + 2 weeks (11/2/2014) - Petting Out I can’t brag on Missy enough. She’s been so easy after a couple of tense days while she was deciding we were keepers. Just 3 months ago, she was in a racing kennel at the Mobile Greyhound Park, a dim spot in the industry. After 40 starts, she was retired because she ran … Continue reading Got-ya + 2 weeks
  • Missy’s Foster Mom (10/20/2014) - I thought I’d take a few minutes to introduce Jennifer, Missy’s trainer in 2nd Chance at Life’s inmate dog training program. Over the years I’ve heard stories about correctional institutes working with outside groups to introduce selected inmates to dogs and dog training. These stories have been favorable with good rehabilitation for both dogs and … Continue reading Missy’s Foster Mom

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