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17.4.15

Black Dog.

The black dog stayed at our house for four weeks. A year old, he had never been in a house. He had lived in a kennel (a professional one; not a box in someone's back yard) but had never been trained to race. He was obviously well-treated and was in good condition.

Typically for these dogs, he was frightened of all the usual domestic noises and jumped at his reflection in a mirror. After living in a concrete quadrangle, a house with dark rooms, and doorways, and blinds that suddenly fly up, and electronic beeping devices must, for dogs, resemble a kind of maze, or a canine ghost train.

He got used to it. That's the point of fostering greyhounds; not to make them forget about chasing small animals, which is what people think. As a sight hound for thousands of years, you have as much chance of stopping a greyhound sighting small animals as you have of stopping a bloodhound sniffing or a sheepdog herding. The idea is simply to get them used to initially frightening situations.

Black Dog, whose name is Lou, is our first foster dog for several years; earlier dogs mentioned here.

Left to right: William, Thomas, Lou the Black Dog and Alexandra.

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Another favourite Black Dog:
Hey hey mama said the way you move
gonna make you sweat gonna make you groove

3 comments:

Melbourne Girl said...

Great stuff KH!!

I was wondering a while back, if you still fostered greyhounds.

Lou is very lucky to have the kids around too!

kitchen hand said...

He adored the children.

Dr. Alice said...

That's a very sweet picture. I'm glad you got to foster another dog and being around children was probably great for him.