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Greyhound Myth 3?


Greyhounds are naturally gentle dogs, but as ‘sight hounds’ they can easily be incited to chase moving objects. Cut-throat trainers can take advantage of this by ‘taunting’ dogs with tethered live animals, and tying animals to fast-moving lures. This cruel and illegal practice, called ‘blooding’ is not the choice of the dogs — it is the choice of cruel people looking for a ‘winning’ edge. Many greyhounds are discarded by the industry because they simply refuse to chase at all. It’s important to remember that, just like all dogs, each greyhound is an individual – so while some of them may not like cats and other small animals, others see them as best friends. Speak to your local greyhound rescue group for advice about the perfect grey for you and your other furry friends!


In Real Life. Greyhounds and small animals.

Rassilon (my greyhound) with Mitzi (my mothers chihuahua / fox terrier cross)


The Lord Presidents New Clothes

Rassilon is only allowed to wear his TDS clothes, showing him to be a therapy dog, when we are doing official TDS work.

But what about when we go to the shops? How will people know he is safe to pat? 

Well the Lord President has a new clothe.




A sign of the times. Non-judgmental.

More on greyhound myths


Greyhounds are affectionately considered to be the laziest breed — however just like any dog, they love to play! A grey will bow and vocalise to let their human or animal friends know when they’re ready to have some fun. This usually ends with what are known as ‘zoomies’ – running around in circles and bowing — a hilarious and infectious display of joy that may only last 10 minutes before it’s time to nap again.



Anyone who has encountered a greyhound will know that they are gentle and affectionate dogs who want nothing more than a soft bed and a loving home.

Tragically the vast majority of racing greyhounds will never experience that loving home. Out of 20,000 greyhounds bred into racing (in Australia) each year, an estimated 18,000 healthy dogs will be killed as ‘wastage’ simply because they were not suitable to race or not fast enough.


Australia, The Lucky Country?

Totally not dog related, but an example of why I do not like politicians, banks or oil companies, and why Australia is only the lucky country for a select few.

Saturday evening news. Oil prices drop by 5%. The reporter said that it us UNLIKELY that petrol prices would fall, but, they would not go up by much.

Sunday petrol has risen from $1.17 liter to $1.39 liter…19% (remember, oil prices dropped). So it looks like the oil company bosses can give themselves a nice bonus for screwing the public YET AGAIN.

A site to see

While looking around the Internet this morning, I found this site about greyhounds. It has some interesting information, which I shall share in smaller doses.


They’re called ‘athletes’, they’re treated as commodities, and they often cop suspicious glares because of those big ugly muzzles they have to wear. But greyhounds are just about as gentle as you can get — and while they may be bred to race — they’re born for much more. It’s time to put a few misconceptions about this gentle giant to rest.



There’s a reason why they’re known as ‘60 km couch potatoes’: greyhounds love sleeping — and they’re REALLY good at it. And on the rare occasions they can be caught upright, these guys would rather be eating or playing than joining you on a strenuous hike or 10 km run. Greys are built for speed – not endurance. So a short daily walk and some play time is usually enough to keep them happy and healthy.


My greyhound, Rassilon, is now a therapy dog. He has had to pass a temperament test to show that he is not aggressive or vicious, to show that he in not overly nervous of things he might encounter during visits and to show that he can get on well with people with special needs.
He has had to pass several judged visits before we could go solo, and he impressed the judges right from the first visit.
On the down/up side, greyhounds need about 20 minutes exercise, the therapy dog visits we have done have been 90 minutes long. But Rassilon has shown his ‘style’ by always being there for the people we are visiting. Admittedly he will have a quick sleep if I stop and talk for too long, but his endurance is improving.
For this reason, not all dogs (not just greyhounds) would make a good therapy dog, and not all people would make good therapy dog handlers. I worked in hospitals for many years, so I know that patience and a kind word are a great medicine. (Although if you have a rash, cream might be better).
Some dogs can have the same effect on people in a one on one situation. I passed on an idea to GAPSA about possibly letting people who are not sure about greyhound adoption go and visit someone who has a greyhound, so they can see the dogs in a household and ask questions.  (thanks Kilroy for this idea).
So, 2 greyhounds known here, Rassilon and Kilroy. Both spreading the word about greyhounds in their own way. Neither is vicious or aggressive, and both are great pets.
Check out Kilroys blog:

Death warmed up

It was visiting day today, and I didn’t have time to arrange for someone else to go in my place, so Rassilon and I went to the Repat hospital.


The problem…I have a good dose of the flu, and I feel terrible. I had a bad night because of all the junk in my chest keeping me awake, so I got up at 6.00 am and took some cold and flu tablets and went back to bed. By 9.00 am I was feeling better, so I got up and got ready, (a wash for Rassilon and a shower for me).

We went to the hospital and went in for our lunch, I had a coffee and cake and Rassilon had his sausage roll. The trouble was, when I went to order, I found out my voice was almost gone. (living alone means you don’t need to talk much).

Anyway, we had that and went to our visit and found the patient from Flinders hospital. They had been waiting for us and enjoyed meeting Rassilon. Rassilon was very talkative today and full of energy, making it through his 90 minutes without slowing down or having to sleep. It still feels funny walking through the hospital with a dog though.

On the way home I thought I would go and check the mail at Reynella. On the way to the post office I stopped for my coffee and a pat from passers by for Rassilon, but about half way through the coffeet the tablets wore off, and there was no way I could have gone that little extra to the post office, so we came home and went to bed.


I got up at about 7.00 pm and made a big pot of vegetable soup (done in a pressure cooker…25 minutes), so I will have soup tomorrow because if I feel like I do now, I will NOT be cooking.

Rassilon, after his long day, is comfortable, asleep on my bed, across it as usual. I don’t know how he will be next week because we have the hospital on Wednesday and the nursing home on Thursday. I certainly hope I will be feeling better. When I was working and in peak condition, something like this was a 24 hour condition, at the moment I am up to 48 hours.

Anyway, I made it through the day, and Rassilon met 49 people at the hospital today. This is the same dog that just 3 years ago ran outside if someone came to the front door.

A message from ALL greyhounds