Tanks for a good time!

No more Tank. Last Thursday I drove him up to Levin, and left him at a greyhound kennel for pickup Friday and transport up to his new home in Auckland. I expect he will have a very cushy life with Tiffinie, his new owner.

Of the three dogs we had, Tank was my clear favorite. He didn’t have the behavior issues of Casey, and was pretty safe with the cats, unlike Prince. He knew his name, was a happy member of the pack, and was learning how to play. I think much of the excitement he had when cats were around was a desire to play with them, I am pretty sure I caught him play-bowing to the cats on occasion! Of course the cats can’t read body language, and would run away from the giant exuberant dog!

It’s too bad our lifestyle really doesn’t suit having a dog, ’cause if I were going to have a dog, it would have been one like Tank.

We are now going to take a lengthy break from fostering greyhounds. We have been taken off the active roster, though we are still available for “emergency” placements.

5 thoughts on “Tanks for a good time!

  1. Angus says:

    I have to admit I’m surprised you don’t have a shee… I mean, a camelid dog. With, of course, the water tank home, real name he refuses to reveal, and uneasy alliance with a large cat as is de rigeur for the breed.

  2. Tam says:

    The problem, you see, is that the alpacas chase dogs. I suppose if we trained the dog to run in, go “neener-neener-neener” and then run to wherever we wanted the alpacas moved to, that might work. Be tough on the dog if they ever caught it, though.

  3. Angus says:

    I can see that being a problem. What you need is a quick dog with enough sense to be able to dive into conveniently placed holes if they get too close, a la Bugs Bunny.

    Or just a big dog – collie/wolfhound cross?

  4. Tam says:

    It pays to keep in mind the notion that the reason sheep dogs herd sheep is because they have been trained to channel their inherited-from-their-wolfy-ancestors instincts to HUNT sheep. Our breeding of them has sort of permanently arrested their development so they get as far as the “chase”, but don’t (usually) follow through on the “catch and rend”.

    Wolfhounds (and greyhounds, which is why I’ve been learning this kind of stuff) for the most part have been allowed if not encouraged to retain that “catch and rend, and if the alpha lets you, eat” instinct, because they get bred and trained for hunting (or racing, a sort of mock-hunting).

    Mixed breeds can apparently be quite unpredictable, so there’s no telling if a sheepdog/wolfhound cross would herd, hunt, or either depending on its mood. Hmm. There’s also the sheepdog must-be-given-work-to-do-or-will-get-bored-and-go-nuts versus the hound ten-minutes-of-exercise-is-quite-enough-nap-now. Oi.

    Does make me curious what *would* happen if you crossed them, in a Doctor Moreau kind of way. I did see a border collie/whippet cross once that was gorgeous to look at, but I didn’t get to ask what its temperment was like…

    All of which kind of spoils your joke. Sorry ! I’ve been reading all this dog stuff and it just spills out !

  5. Angus says:

    I used to train a Collie/King Charles Cavalier Spaniel cross. That was an interesting mix. Incredibly intelligent, collie-type straight hair on a KCCS shaped body & face, and just that little hint of Spaniel lunacy which meant that if it got in the slightest bit bored it would go off somewhere and find some kids to play with. Used to do obedience with it, and hoped that whatever competition we were in didn’t go on too long…

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