Greyhound Name: My racing name is Call To Arms, and my adopted pawrents discussed long and hard what to name me. Considering my successful racing career and having both read a book titled The Art of Racing in the Rain, they agreed on ENZO. (That is Mr. Ferrari’s first name and he started as a car driver before building his own cars and brand.)
My official middle name is MILES PER HOUR, yes because I was a fast runner but also because of all the moving around (we think whelped in) Kansas, racing in Florida and Arkansas, retiring back to Kansas, to the adoption group in Illinois, to my forever home (3604 miles!)
Why did you choose to adopt a greyhound? My mom’s best friend had 2 greyhounds and my mom fell head over heels in love with them. Reko and Daisy are waiting across the rainbow bridge, but the 2 of them and her friend’s 3 current greys (shout out to Riley, Gabe, and Jessie!) gave my dad the opportunity to see how fun and unique and special our breed is so he was all for adopting a greyhound too.
How did you adopt your greyhound? I’ve heard the pawrents tell this story often. They checked with a few greyhound adoption groups but felt that REGAP (Retired Greyhounds As Pets) of Illinois was going to be the best to work with. My pawrents had waited for a new shipment of greys to arrive at the REGAP kennel, so they made an appointment to come and meet with the dogs a few days after 12 of us had arrived. They walked and interacted with 4 different dogs, but it was quite obvious I chose them!
What makes you love your greyhound? Oh goodness, the pawrents say many, many things! *So much unconditional love *My willingness to learn and be trained for my new job *The excitement and enthusiasm I show when it’s time to go to work, or out for walkies, or when I see my new friends *All the greyt things my ears can do *My tolerance for teef brushing and baths even though I don’t really like them *How soft my fur is…
Funny quirks that your greyhound has? *If I am anywhere near a window or glass door I stare intently outside…except for at home where I rarely look outside *I am a little camera shy but getting better *Not once have I jumped up on the furniture, even though physically I jump up or get onto bigger things at dog training *Every night I roll over on my bed in a fabulous roach and wait for my mom to lean over and give me a belly rub *I play hard with my toys but do not shred or destroy them.
Anything else you’d like to share? When the pawrents came to the kennel to meet dogs, they stood around and observed all of us pups roaming around. I would roam through all the dogs to my future dad, then back over to my future mom, then back to future dad, etc. Finally my mom leaned down and whispered in my ear “If you’re serious about picking us, you should know I have a part time job already lined up for you as a comfort and therapy dog. We’re going to have to work very hard at the training, but it will mean LOTS of treats, frequent car rides, and extra scratches and hugs and pats.” I looked her right in the eye and said “I’M IN!” So we have been training together for 10 months with Paw Print Ministries and we go out usually 2-4 times per week to assisted living facilities, special events, libraries, hospitals, schools, etc. My mom and I were privileged to bring smiles and kind words to over 900 people from May 1 to July 31!
Our paws hold a lot of power, possibly even more so off the track. Together we can all make a difference for someone else regardless if we happen to be hoomans or dogs!
Thank you for reading about our greyhound of the week, Enzo!