When I was thinking of adopting a retired racing greyhound I was told by the rescue centre that when the dog initially came home it would be very confused and probably quite stressed. Most of these dogs, Tess included, are not used to living in a family home or indeed without other dogs so it can take them some time to settle in. The first few days with Tess were spent making sure she was OK, and getting her into her new routine. The first night she was with us she settled down to sleep really well, but on the second night she wasn't happy and started to howl although she did settle after a little while.
Tess in her favourite sleeping position, with her head on the floor!
Since the third night she has been fine, and now she knows that when I lock the front door and start turning the lights off that it's bedtime, and she goes straight to her bed. What a little sweetie.
And we're beginning to understand one another a little better, I understand some of her signals that she wants to go out and she understands when I tell her 'NO' or 'stay'. She has started being a little playful, loves running around the garden and likes to have her ears rubbed. She's such a lovely, gentle dog and my girls absolutely love her (although they're now away on holiday with their dad so I have Tess all to myself at the moment).
A couple of days ago I was in the garden repotting some plants and tidying the patio area and Tess was lying nearby on the grass, basking in the sun. It gave me a really warm and fuzzy feeling, and now I understand what Imogen - who keeps whippets - means when she says that happiness is a warm dog. She's so right, and I'm so pleased!
If you are thinking of getting a dog, why not consider a greyhound - they make perfect family pets and there are hundreds of them waiting to be rehomed. Contact the Retired Greyhound Trust.