Monday, January 30, 2012

Greyhound Mythbusters: Energy

One of the most common questions we get from people who are curious about greyhounds is, “Don’t they require a ton of exercise?”  The answer is the first in my series of Greyhound Mythbusters, my attempt to convince you that your next family pet should be an adopted greyhound. 

Couch Time
True, they’re the fastest dogs in the world, but there’s a reason why they’ve been nicknamed “45 mph Couch Potatoes.”  Overall, greyhounds are la-zy, and our Izzy is no exception.  If she were to write a book, it would be titled The Art of Lounging, for that’s what she does best.  When left to her own devices, she’ll spend the majority of her day curled up on the couch, only changing positions a few times.  In fact, I would estimate that she sleeps an average of 18 hours a day (and I thought I needed a lot of sleep!).  I used to be concerned that if there were such a thing as doggy depression, Izzy had it.  But when I asked her former foster mom about her sleeping habits, Barbara said not to worry: “a lazy greyhound is a content greyhound.” 

Sure, Izzy looks forward to her daily walks, but it’s more to stretch her legs and exercise her mental powers by sniffing the world than anything else.  A daily sprint around the track?  Nope.  Doesn’t need it.  In fact, when given the opportunity to really open up at the dog park, she’ll only let it fly about half the time (but believe me, when she does, it’s a glorious sight).  I’ve officially given up all hope of turning her into a running buddy—dragging a dog through the majority of a 3-mile run doesn’t make for a good workout. 

Okay, at the risk of making my dog and all greyhounds sound like a real drag, I’ll stop there and say that what they lack in energy, they make up for with their sweet, calm personalities and loyalty.  The point is if you’re looking for an amazing family dog that doesn’t require a daily 10K or two-hour romp session at the dog park, consider the greyhound.  And if you’re not looking for a dog right now… well perhaps we could all take a note from the greyhound and spend our next free day doing nothing.  After all, when’s the last time you can say you spent 18 hours relaxing on the couch?    

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