ROMEO – HOME STAY
We had Romeo on his first ever home visit on the weekend of 19-21 January 2019. He was the perfect house guest.
When we picked him up, he did not like getting into the backseat of the car (Ford Zetec hatchback) and I had to lift him in. Once in, he was not happy but did settle down for the drive home. He was the same with drives out for walks to the shops etc so learning that car rides are good will take some time. However, with encouragement, he could manage to jump out unaided especially is the place was interesting!
In the House
Romeo had clearly never been in a house before and so was completely foxed by stairs and furniture. He had no interest in trying to go up the stairs or in getting on the furniture (even at night) – ideal from our point of view. By the second day he had got the hang of the house doors and understood how to go in and out with us as required.
Apart from a mistake, when he first arrived in the house, of trying to scent mark the coat that I had just taken off and hung up on the back of a chair, he quickly realised that this was not what you did in a house and then was faultlessly clean the whole weekend.
He has an endearing habit of picking up odds and ends and putting them in his bedding area as a sort of comfort blanket, slippers being a particular favourite, but also birthday cards or anything else he finds particularly interesting (or scent worthy).
He also slept downstairs without fuss curled up on his duvet and was extremely well-behaved the whole time.
Romeo was also a dream to walk, never pulling and happy just to trot along beside you. He can be a bit ‘shouty’ around other dogs but this can be overcome this if he is given encouragement and confidence and then walked past them on a short lead. As in the kennels, it is when dogs are ‘in his space and face’ when he is not ready for them that, not unsurprisingly, unsettles him.
Romeo has a very healthy appetite. He loves raw chicken and, second best but still much liked, raw beef. He did not appear to be overly interested in treats or Denstix etc .
His general attentiveness to humans, inexperience of the world and keenness to do the right thing suggest he has a lot of potential for training and obedience (at least as far as these things are possible for greyhounds.)
In short, we found him an absolute prince and would have adopted him immediately if we had not been out at work all day. He will make the right person a wonderful companion.
We are very much looking forward to having him as a house guest again unless he is lucky enough to find a permanent home before then. He certainly deserves it and is lovely boy.
David and Winnie
LAURA HALL AND ROMEO JOINED THE SURREY SIGHTHOUND WALKING GROUP FOR A VERY SOGGY TRIP TO RANMORE COMMON
Gorgeous kennel hound white Romeo joined the Surrey Sighthound Walking Group for a very soggy trip to Ranmore Common today and had a great time! This lovely boy enjoyed walking in the group (shown here with fellow kennel hounds Gary, Barry and Faith) and behaved beautifully winning the hearts of many of the humans in the group.
Because of the rotten weather we didn’t meet many off lead dogs today but he was pretty good when we did – he had a bit of a shout but no lunging or pulling. At the end of the walk we joined the group in the pub (purely to dry off of course) and he shows great potential as a pub dog! He enjoyed some refreshments of his own (thank you Lynn Hatton – he much preferred the treats you offered to the Bonios I had!) and, if we’d stayed a bit longer, would have settled down for a snooze I’m sure.
Romeo is a real character who would love to find his forever sofa – do you have space on yours?
ROMEO WENT TO PAINSHILL PARK WITH CLÍONA B. ON FEBRUARY 24TH. THIS IS WHAT CLI SAID ABOUT ROMEO:
Romeo is an aptly named boy who walks well and doesn’t pull. He has not been in a car much but settles quickly and jumps out nicely. He enjoyed a sunny scenic walk around Painshill and showed some interest in meeting a spaniel and a Lab X by raising his ears and whining excitedly as they passed though he did not pull. He told me he would like to have a few more visits to the fun world outside kennels so he could get used to all the new experiences and get more used to every day things.