First of all I would say that I was only ever incidental in the dog equation. My Wife (Christine) and Son (Daniel) were completely responsible in acquiring a Greyhound, although I was present about 5 years ago when Daniel was only 8 or 9 insisted that we adopt a Greyhound. We had run into a couple at the pet store in Hamilton.
Skyla has been a absolute pleasure to have around the house and has fitted in far better than I
Silver has been with us for six months now, and is completely one of the family. She has a very happy, affectionate nature, and always wants to be part of whatever's happening. She never tires of watching me in the garden and is my most constant companion of the three dogs. Her trainer
Silver at home
taught her to put her paws up on his shoulders for cuddles, and she delights in doing this with me.
Zena has made herself at home and taken over all Wolf's toys and beds. A very loving girl - very playful and energetic! Loves to help gardening, great if you want to plant large trees! It has taken a while to build her confidence with new situations, other dogs, lawnmowers and Guy Fawkes crackers . They reduced her to a quivering wreck in spite of all the normal precautions.(I hate them too.)
The idea for a greyhound assistance dog was hatched in 2012 when Melanie Donne from the Kotuku Foundation was researching dog breeds for the Foundation's work with disability assistance dogs. Melanie says, "I found that greyhounds have these wonderful qualities that match nearly perfectly the things we're looking for in an assistance dog. We contacted GAP and asked is there a way we could help?"
Priceless (Fancy Freda) has been with us nearly three years now and boy has the time flown by. It feels like she has always been with us! We did some basic obedience classes at dog school in the beginning, but Priceless wasn't really into it. She struggles to sit and will rarely lay down on anything harder than carpet - this generally includes grass.
So how did Crumpet get her name you may ask, well this was my wife's idea actually and pretty much how you would expect it to be conceived. Like we were just sitting down at the breakfast table with a plate of Crumpets (as you do), suddenly my wife (Miyuki) say's "if we end up with a greyhound I think Crumpet would be a neat name." I sighed (of course), as trying to imagine calling a dog by this name...