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Friday, 5 October 2007

Greyhounds......

You can see from the title what is playing on my mind today . Regular readers will know how Ive agonised over what dog was the right one for us and ... after various false starts , Im beginning to feel I know .
Ive been researching ( most of yesterday , not that Im obsessed or anything ) and after the Gym this morning ( Is this a sign that I have a Gym Habit again ? It was great to go back today and find my right arm was much less painful today than yesterday . I still dont quite dare to go on the scales there yet though ) , I decided to revive an old post gym habit of a coffee and a skinny muffin in Starbucks in Borders , and picked up a dog magazine and then located the Greyhound Books and squirrelled them upstairs to browse . Choosing the sofa areas was a mistake I was too close to a loud man broadcasting to a bored sounding woman ( I think they were colleagues , in the financial services business , working in different offices or parts of the country and meeting for I dont quite know what purpose as he talked non stop about nothing . I'm sorry , but he did , and it was bad enough that she had to listen but that I also had to hear it all too , not to mention anyone else within earshot ....he was giving her sage advice about parenting too which I thought was fascinating . He may be a great parent but to assume she needs his advice ?? Never mind , I digress , and in bitchy fashion too but there you go .
The greyhound book suggested that cats and greyhounds can mix but obviously great care is needed , the dog coming to you must be cat friendly and cat tested too . And on the sites I looked at yesterday most of the write ups beside the dogs either said Not Cat Tested , or , perhaps more ominously , said nothing at all .
Back at the ranch I started googling again , always a mistake as I was simply covering the same ground as yesterday . Reminded me of trying to get pregnant and reading the same page in my "So you think youre pregnant" book month after month then staring at my bosoms for blue lines ( cheaper than a pregnancy test) , checking endlessly whether coffee tasted funny , was that a metallic taste in my mouth or did I just need to touch base with my toothbrush ? Etc etc . Anyone who has suffered even a moment of believing they're infertile ( and I had a couple of years ) will know what I mean .....No fun .
Finally , having read and read and re read about all the non cat tested but beautiful dogs going , I decided to take the bull by the horns and ring some numbers .... three or four in all . No one available ( I start to have those terrible twos feelings now ... I want a greyhound and I dont want to wait !! stamping the foot and snorting ) so I leave messages . And then , just when Ive whipped most of my clothes off ready for a shower , Val rings ..... she has seen an e mail I sent yesterday and wonders whether a puppy might not be the thing for us . I can hardly contain my excitement ! Of course we would love a puppy but we didnt think there would be puppies avilable via Rescue ... she tells me they have no cat tested dogs at present but there are a litter of puppies three weeks old and therefore ready quite soon. I trip over myself on the stairs in my eagerness to get to the pc ( still no laptop by the way , its now been away almost three weeks ) , and find the four puppies ......and of course , its a done deal , I want them all !
D is in court again so I text him and his response is quite favourable , partly I think as he has had a grim morning and a puppy sounds like welcome relief . Nat will be so excited . I am beyond excited .
Will keep you posted .

1 comment:

BetteJo said...

Oooh a puppy!! How fun! I'm a cat person through and through, but who doesn't love babies of any sort? My daughter's boyfriends family adopted 3 greyhounds - boy were they all a handful! They had to put the first one down recently because she had cancer and finally got to a point where it would have been more cruel to keep going.
Lovely dogs - great temperaments - although these 3 were quite hyper. Don't know if that is normal for greyhounds or just THESE greyhounds. Anyhow - happy for you! Hope you post pictures!!!

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