Oh don’t mind me…

A white greyhound lives two doors down the street from us.  He is the skinniest dog I have ever seen.  Greyhounds are very fast, but they are also very delicate; after they race for 30 seconds, they have to rest.  This neighbor dog loves his rest.

Today as I was out on a walk, the owner of the greyhound was mowing the yard – and the greyhound was sitting right in the middle of the grass, contently enjoying the sun and watching his owner walk back and forth, back and forth.  When the owner passed through the middle of the yard with each swipe of the mower, the greyhound would simply stand up, step aside one foot, allow the machine to pass, then immediately sit right back down in his original spot.  I watched this dance several times, and it was exactly the same each time: Owner approaches, dog stands and steps, mower passes, dog steps and sits.  Again and again.

Neither the dog nor the owner seemed disturbed by any of this; indeed, it seemed very normal for them, like this was the arrangement they both agreed to adhere to.  It worked for them.  It was a very peaceful, mutual understanding.  And it was a delight for me to observe.



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A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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14 Responses to Oh don’t mind me…

  1. Now this makes ME smile! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your observance today! He is a beautiful dog!


  2. what a gorgeous dog! and such a neat story.


    • Stef says:

      He really is a regal-looking dog. I had never seen a greyhound up close before until this neighbor rescued this one; they are quite stunning. (And apparently quite smart, and quite ‘opinionated’, too.) 🙂


  3. barb19 says:

    It’s wonderful when such a simple thing as this can make us smile. The owner and the dog were in complete sinc with each other – a perfect union!


  4. TBM says:

    What a calm dog. Mine would be barking like crazy!


    • Stef says:

      He is SUPER calm. The neighbor has an adolescent boy (probably around 12, 13 years old), so the house is often teeming with MANY (4, 5, 6+) adolescent boys who are running, yelling, wrestling, jumping, etc. etc.; and the dog just watches it all, amused, but unphased. It’s pretty entertaining. 🙂


  5. Touch2Touch says:

    You’re right, it’s their dance!
    And how graceful it sounds in your description —


  6. Hallysann says:

    Ha ha, a bit like hubby and the girls sitting with their feet in the air while I hoover the room around and underneath them. 🙂


    • Stef says:

      Okay, I *totally* did that to my mom when I was a kid… (*blush*) But I also smiled in remembering this scene from my own childhood; and I’m also glad I wasn’t the only one who did this!


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