My family has been considering adopting a greyhound, and has been visiting with many of the dogs. A dog called Madison, a lovely female dog, seemed to be a good choice. We picked her up for an overnight visit to get to know her a bit better before considering adoption. Before you get excited, I am happy to report that Madison has since been adopted.
Our adventures with Madison started when we picked her up from the home of a dedicated foster parent in Oro Valley. The pup eagerly raced out of the house, eyeing the lively hare scampering around. Madison eagerly hopped into our car, continuing to eye that rabbit. In fact, she was so eager she hopped into the front seat and tried to get the rabbit by hopping through one car door and getting out the other side. Her ears perked up and her eyes sparkled when she watched that bunny hopping through the garden.
There was no lack of excitement on the drive home. Madison took in the world outside and sniffed the air coming in through a cracked open window. She stood up when there was a smooth road but lay down when we hit sharp turns and bumps. She tumbled around the back of the car and panted the whole way, but looked very happy.
Once at home, she explored her surroundings until she found her favorite spot to relax, where she could see all the possible entrances and exits. She bumped her nose a couple of times on glass doors and windows but it was nothing serious. She quickly learned about windows, doors and screens. One thing she absolutely refused to do was to go down a small dark hallway. No matter how much you coaxed her, begged her and bribed her, no way was she going through that little hallway. She would stand and stare though. Madison preferred to stay in one room and each new room was an adventure.
Going for walks with Madison was a lot of fun for all of us. She was a very alert dog with very keen eyesight. She was always looking around her, spotting everything in the desert. We took her for a walk after her dinner and it was getting dark. She stopped to observe a little desert mouse crossing the road so abruptly we thought she had spotted a snake. My mom shone a flashlight at the spot Madison freaked out about, and we saw this little quivering mouse! Another time, we saw her gulp up something from the road. It happened so fast we couldn’t be sure what she snacked on but it probably was a little lizard.
Like many greyhounds with a running career behind them, Madison is in the process of learning how to be a pet and she, last we checked, was doing a very good job.
For us, having Madison at our home offered a great opportunity to learn more about greyhounds, their habits and their temperaments. We learned, for example, that even on dark nights, a greyhound notices any scurrying in the bushes that we neither saw nor heard. Only when Madison raised her ears and stared intensely in one direction, we could point our flashlight to that spot. Madison did not tug on her leash to catch night creatures but some greys do. So keep them leashed. Another thing we learned was that greyhounds can have very set schedules. Madison, for example, got up at 5:30 exactly and wanted to go for a walk.
We were sad to take Madison back to her foster home soon after her stay at our home. Soon after, Madison went for her spay surgery. She got adopted soon afterwards. We hope to see her around.
Guest blogger, Zoe Benson