There aren’t many dogs whose ancestral pedigree roots can be traced back to ancient times, but the noble greyhound is one who can. Greyhounds have been around for about 3,500 years and are believed to have mingled with ancient Egyptians and Greeks. They’re even mentioned in the Bible (Proverbs 30:29-31, Old Testament).
Above all, greyhounds are sprinters at heart, but when they’re not running, their favorite thing to do is absolutely nothing, earning them the nickname 40-mph Couch Potatoes. Rather than springing into action at any noise or movement, this breed would rather take leisurely naps on the couch with their favorite human.
WALK WITH GRACE
Davi: What’s the most interesting thing about you?
Grace: I was bred to be an athlete and raced for a year before retiring to the luxury hi-rise life. I favor cool seasons, so I can model my extensive wardrobe.
You’re outside for a whole day. What are you doing?
I’ll spend two minutes running very fast in a circle and then find a shaded area, dig up some cool dirt and lie down for the rest of the day, and wonder why I can’t go upstairs to my comfy couch.
Do you have a special talent?
I do what’s called roaching. I jump up on the couch, roll on my back with my legs straight up—I look like a dead roach. I can hold the position for hours. You know I’m fully committed when my tongue hangs out of my mouth.
Tell me something about greyhounds that would surprise folks.
We greyhounds have a special universal blood type, which makes us ideal blood donors. Many volunteer greyhounds go to clinics and give blood regularly.
What’s your favorite food?
I love marshmallows!
Would you rather chase or be chased?
When I raced, I often finished last. Not because I was slow—I’m actually super-fast, but I liked to chase other dogs, so I’d hang back from the pack and run right up their heels.
Where is your happy place?
What accomplishment of yours makes you proudest?
My ability to fall asleep anywhere, no matter what’s going on around me. I once slept through the Jazz Festival.
How do you show people you care?
When I like someone, my tail wags a mile a minute! I also shake my head and bottom at the same time. Weird, right?
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
I’m often told I’m beautiful and sleek. Mom calls it “supermodel chic.”
In what way would you make the world a better place?
I’d teach people to just stop, roll over and relax.
What makes you feel thankful?
As a dog who suffers from separation anxiety, I’m most thankful for places that make me comfortable, like home.
In one word, describe your family.
I never expected to learn so much about greyhounds, but here I am, brimming with knowledge about this remarkable breed. Spending time with Grace has taught me so much about the finer points of this gentle companion breed—they’re almost like royalty! And there are so many in shelters and Humane Societies ready to join your happy family!