In the first few weeks Moss was still figuring out what parallel universe he had landed himself in, and was quite reserved and sometimes unnerved by new sounds and movements. He had a hard time for a while figuring out how dogs and wolves got into the television. He was not toilet trained when he came to us, but he only ever attempted to whizz inside once. He was an amazingly fast learner – toilet training, learning not to jump up to the counter to get food (although he still can’t resist temptation if it’s within licking-distance!), what rooms he was not allowed in, what toys were and were not his to chew, not to get on the couch, and generally how to behave in a home environment.
The longer we had Moss the more his personality shone through. He started showing how playful he was – as seems to be typical with greyhounds, he adores squeaky toys and often selects one from his basket and amuses himself by squeaking and flinging it. You know he’s in a playful mood when he bows down, wags his tail, and scuttles off when you rush towards him, back curved and bum tucked under. He also has a hilarious way of shaking his whole body which starts at his shoulders, flinging his front legs about, and ends in a mad bottom wiggle that extends right up to the tip of his tail. This usually results in him leaving his tongue sticking out the side of his mouth for a good few minutes.
Moss loves other dogs, is very polite on meeting them, and ignores dogs that bark and growl at him. He ADORES human visitors, and will spin in circles before presenting them with his bottom to rub. He is getting more and more affectionate, and will now come up for an attempted face-lick in return for a rub of his ears, neck or back. He often does a little two-step dance when you get just the right spot. Moss is very good at waiting until you say ‘OK’ when his food is put down, and is learning well to wait before crossing the road. He also has a few tricks up his sleeve, and will perform them very enthusiastically all at once and without prompting if you have the right treat in your hand. Our greyhound is probably not as ‘lazy’ as many others seem to be, as he goes crazy for a walk and can walk for as long as you are willing to take him, but he will laze about happily and quietly when he returns home.
Moss has been a wonderful dog for us – he’s basically a big house dog as he isn’t keen on being left outside alone, but he is perfectly behaved in the house and seems happy when we leave him inside by himself. He has also been wonderful with our young nephews (2-4 years) and seems very tolerant of toddler behaviour. Moss is a bit of a wuss and is definitely a lover not a fighter – he’ll often jump a mile if a twig flicks up at him, but we find him to be a sweet, funny, gangly, confident, friendly dog with heaps of personality.
We would recommend a greyhound to anyone looking for a sweet natured, gentle and lovable companion that is adaptable to just about any situation.