We have had a variety of pets since we married over 47 years ago. Especially since we had the children. Our boxer cross dog from the dog rescue charity arrived when I was expecting ds and dd was 15 months old. She was the most wonderful dog I have ever known and so gentle with the children. We had lots of other animals but no more dogs so it was natural that when ds and dd had their own homes they wanted dogs.
ds wanted a rescue dog but the charities nearby wouldn't let him adopt as he lived in a flat. Then he found out about greyhounds and Wandering Mona entered our lives. After a while dd was ready for a dog so she acquired Beau. I have a beautiful photo of brindle Mona and black Beau cuddled up together but for some reason the scanned photo will not load.
Sadly after 9 months Beau became very sick and had to be put to sleep. It is thought he ate some poison but we don't know how. It took a while for dd to allow another dog into her life but Creamery bypass commonly known as Bill won her heart. He was a really big boy. Meanwhile Mona finished her happy life and ds quickly found Toya Star. She was our fur baby and was loved by and loved everybody. Ds always said that she chose him because when he was stroking her over the half door of her kennel she put both paws around his arm and didn't want to let him go. Ds has aspergers so life can be fraught for him at times but Toya was always there snuggled up next to him. The last few years have been happy for ds as he is happily married then last year his longed for baby daughter arrived. Less than two months later Toya had to go to sleep too and it was heartbreaking but son said it was as if she could leave now as he was not alone.
This is Toya roaching - very elegant!
As for dd after bill went it wasn't long before Nugget arrived then a sweet little girl Poppy was back in the kennels for the second time after her owners had become too ill to care for her. She was very distressed and rubbed the hairs off her nose and back so she too went home with daughter.
Greyhounds sometimes get a reputation for needing a lot of exercise but they are proper couch potatoes as long as they have a few short walks each day. Their main requirement is a comfy sofa and company. There are so many of these beautiful dogs needing homes and it takes a lot of will power to resist the pleas on facebook sites to adopt one - or two.