Post-Election Thoughts

This is a bit belated, but given how sick I’ve been the past couple of days, I supposed you’ll understand. So, here goes:


Oh, yes, I’m excited about the outcome of the election and have shed many tears over this historic win.

My euphoria dimmed today, though, when I opened one of my IRA statements and saw that my earnings are down almost 40% Y-T-D. Forty percent! Ack.

Oh, you mean that just because a new president was elected, all of our country’s problems aren’t fixed? Sigh. If only it were so easy.

In other election-day news, Massachusetts has voted to ban dog racing by the year 2010. This decision means that there will likely be a glut of greyhounds looking for homes. Since we’ve been thinking about getting a dog in the next few years, we’re now considering this breed, especially since it could fulfill my need to adopt, vs buy, a dog.

But, here’s the thing: you know that line of thought that says that often people end up choosing dogs that look like them? That kind of freaks me out, because. . . well. . .I think I kind of look like a greyhound:

Belly is definitely not greyhound; maybe beagle.

If only I had their speed. And their warm nose.

Anyone have advice on these dogs? Can they live with cats? Chickens*? Kids? Cuz, you know my dream life must include these things as well.

*no, we don’t have chickens yet. I’m still too chicken (ha!) to actually get any. But, someday. . .


  1. I’ve always had a dream of adopting a retired greyhound. Not sure how they get along with cats or kids, though, which I guess is important ’cause I have 3 of each.

    As for the look-alike thing, we have a Chihuahua who looks more like Dobby from Harry Potter than any of us. 🙂

    We’re in the same boat with excitement about the election and dismay about our retirement being cut by about the same amount. I’m hopeful that the economy will see a substantial turnaround in time.

  2. Subspace Beacon says

    Greyhounds are really high strung and need a lot of exercise or they will channel their energy into destructive and anti-social tendencies. But because they’ve got little body fat they can’t go outside for very long in extreme cold or extreme heat. They need frequent walks, and can not be left untended in a backyard for very long ESPECIALLY if you live in the snow belt. We knew people who’d adopted two, and though the dogs were wonderfully gentle they were scared of small children, loud noises and change in routines. Also because they’d been raced so hard for so long, they required a great deal of vet attention.

    Is this your first dog ever? Because I think if you were a hard-core dog lover and experienced in the philosophies of alpha dog training you’d be fine, but if you’re a newb it might be too much.

    I think you should get a pit bull, put lipstick on her and name her Sarah Palin. Please do this. It’ll be so much fun.

  3. I hear they are S-P-A-S-T-I-C!!! And skinny. And very long-legged. And walk really fast.

    Jesus, you ARE a greyhound!

  4. I think greyhounds are like most dogs; their temperaments can be different from each other even though they are generally very sweet and gentle dogs. Some will be bothered by cats others will ignore them. Most greyhounds have to be given time to adjust to family life since they have not been kept as pets and have spent large amounts of time living in crates between races; they even have to be trained to use stairs.

    They are sight hounds and can see squirrels from long distances so the have to be leashed during thier time outdoors, otherwise they might just take off and run and run and run ….

  5. SuburbanCorrespondent says

    I like dachshunds. Maybe I better waddle over to the mirror and take a good long look at myself.

  6. funny, I’ve always wanted to raise chickens.

    I know nothing about greyhounds.

  7. Chicky Chicky Baby says

    It’s not the greyhound personality from birth that bothers me, it’s the fact that they are improperly socialized and not trained to be around people. Especially kids. It’s not a breed I would recommend to get if you have young children. Preteens and older, maybe. But not young kids. You can always contact Greyhound Friends and talk to them personally, though. It’s worth a phone call.

  8. Mason's Mom says

    We used to live across the street from an adopted/retired greyhound.Here are our impressions: He was one of the sweetest, most gentle dogs ever. He interacted well with children (lived with two of them) cats (lived with one of them), and also other dogs (played well with our’s?. Supposedly most greyhounds are not vocal, but he was an exception, he definately barked when left alone, but it wasn’t obnoxious or anything. Our neighbors kept saying it was very unusual for a greyhound to make any noise at all. They were just lucky I guess:-) The only true negative is that most of them can not be let off leash. They are rasied to run and will run so far they can’t find their way back. Maybe you could work with a trainer on this. If you ask me it is worth giving up on the dream of leashless hikes to get a free, sweet, loyal family dog. Definately post photos if you adopt one!

  9. Greyhounds aren’t very good pets. I mean, any dog could probably be a good dog if you’re an awesome, superhuman dog trainer, but most people aren’t, and greyhounds are nervous and bite a lot and kill cats and aren’t particularily bright or good with kids. And retired racing dogs require a LOT of work.
    I come from Dog People. Can you tell?

  10. Dawn on MDI says

    I like greyhounds. Every one I have ever met has been graceful and gentle. But I have never owned one. The cold weather can be an issue for them – we have a miniature pinscer and she has some beautiful Irish knit sweaters for when the weather gets cold. Dogs are a crapshoot no matter what. Some are good with kids and cats, some are not. If your cat is little (like rabbit-sized) that might be a problem. Our cat outweighs the dog, so they’ve reached their own version of an uneasy truce. It also depends on the temperament of your cats and your kids. If you’ve got loud, bouncy, boistrous kids, expect a dog to respond to that. If your cat is used to being an only pet, there might be some real resentment aimed at the interloper.
    Our minpin is very intelligent and if left without toys (or the cat) to chew on, she will go looking for things to occupy her interest and her time. On the other hand, she is content to tear around the sofa at high speed and get her daily exercise that way. Talk with the local greyhound rescue organization about your concerns. They’ll have the best answers. Good luck!

  11. I dont have any expierence with Greyhounds but they are beautiful doggers…all i know are dachshunds…just stopping by from allmed to say Hi

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