A Greyhound Dinner Date

By Houndstooth

Bunny here at the keyboard to share our weekend outing.

We are always a bit envious when we see our Greyhound friends out having play dates and getting together with other hounds.  There aren’t too many Greyhounds in our area who like to socialize much.  At least, not many that we’ve found.  Finding a unicorn in the wild is more likely than finding another Greyhound to play with around here.  So, when our friend Zip invited us to come over, we were pretty happy to go.

I think he’s been feeling a little lonesome for Greyhound company.  His pack mate, Zoey, passed away last month and he’s not used to being an only dog.  Flattery and I were looking forward to getting out of the house and enjoying some civilized company, too.  Mom had a bunch of trouble with her back Friday night, and I was afraid we might not get to go, but she spent the day resting so we could go.

A King on his Throne -- Tales and Tails

King Zip on His Throne

When we got there, we went to have a little romp in the back yard.

We didn’t stay out there for too long because it was a bit brisk.  We all had a chance to sniff and get acquainted, though.  Flattery had never been to Zip’s house before, so it was nice to have some sniff time outside.  Everybody got along and had fun, so we decided to move the party inside the house.  At the back door, everybody had to stop and wait to have their feet wiped off.

Getting your feet wiped off shouldn’t have been a big deal.  However, several things happened.  First, Mom had that back problem.  She couldn’t bend over and do any foot wiping, which meant Dad had to do it.  Mom and I waited outside while Dad worked on Flattery.  After he got her feet wiped off, he said I could come in, but as Flattery got to the top of the stairs, something unexpected happened.

Now, Mom had warned our hosts that Flattery is not cat safe.  Flattery isn’t kind of, sort of not cat safe.  She is a stone cold cat predator.  Zip’s family said the cats had their own room and they’d hang out in there while we were visiting.  However, I’m pretty sure that they don’t understand about what not cat safe means.  As I stood at the bottom of the stairs, I saw it all unfold and I was afraid that I was going to be writing a post about how Flattery killed her first cat.

Flattery Being Flattery -- Tales and Tails

Flattery Being Flattery

She went up the stairs into the little kitchen, and there was a cat sitting right there on top of the table.  Her eyes got huge and then she made a leap that got all four of her feet off the ground.  It was like something out of The Matrix, and poor Dad was left holding on to her leash in a death grip while I stood at the bottom and Mom and Zip’s dad were outside.  Fortunately, Flattery still had her muzzle on from our play session and Zip’s mom collected the cat and took him to the cat room.

Zip’s dad kept talking about the cat hurting Flattery.  I thought he was crazy.  The cat may be good at teaching dogs a lesson or two, but I don’t think he’s met anybody quite like Flattery.  She didn’t just want to sniff him inappropriately, she wanted to see if he tasted like steak or chicken.  Fortunately, she didn’t get to find out and she settled down after she couldn’t see him anymore, although she did sniff the door to the cat room a few times.

Soon, the aroma of pizza was filling the air.

The humans had pizza for dinner and sat around talking while we dogs played and lounged about.  Flattery seemed determined to convince our guests that she had been born in a barn and kept sticking her nose in people’s plates.  I was mortified.  Mom threatened to send her to the car so everyone could eat in peace.  The other humans just laughed at her antics, but I suspect there will be a crash course in manners at our house soon.

The good news is that the humans were all great about sharing their pizza bones.  There were also lots of comfortable spots for dogs to hang out.  I chose the couch so I could keep Mom and Dad both close by.  Flattery and Zip kept switching spots in the chairs and on the floor, but I pretty much stuck close to my people.

Flattery and I got some pizza treats to take and share, but Dad forgot them at home.  They would have been nice to enjoy while the humans ate their apple pie, which they didn’t share.  I guess I can’t give them too much grief about not sharing the pie, though, since we did have quite a few pizza bones.

Of course, all good things must come to an end.

We finally had to leave, since Mom’s back was really hurting her and we didn’t want to miss bedtime turnout.  It was a great time and it’s nice to be able to break out of the routine and enjoy the company of friends.  Hopefully, Flattery didn’t get us blacklisted and we’ll be able to do it again some time.

Bunny Saves A Spot -- Tales and Tails

Bunny Saves A Spot



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  • Sue Dyer

    Glad you had a nice time. Bet Zip really loved having other Greys in the house.

    That photo of flattery is just so beautiful and i think she knows it:) bunny is elegant as usual and Zip is a handsome lad.

  • Sally

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed your evening – hanging out with our hound and human friends is one of our greatest joys – I’m v lucky to be part of a group – singles, couples and families – who get together now and then to share a casual meal. if its good weather we start with a walk, but if not, the hounds are perfectly happy to greet each other then laze around. Its funny when one of them wants to toilet – all 12-plus hounds have to go too. And they say women are daft because we go to the bathroom in pairs!

  • Goose

    Oh my goodness how wonderful is that??? VERY wonderful I tell you.
    Blessings,
    Goose

  • http://www.twogreyhoundtown.blogspot.com/ Patty

    Sounds like you had an interesting time with Zip. I am glad that Flattery didn’t hurt the cat. That would definitely get her blacklisted. ;-)

  • Amy Boyer

    Wow what a great time that was! Since all 3 of us here are back on our good diet behavior (well Amy and Ted anyhow, I keep undermining my diet) the pizza and apple pie sounds mouthwatering. Flattery if only I’d been there, together we’d know if cat tastes like chicken. Darn. Flattery let Bunny teach you manners, I’m here to tell you they don’t like snoots in the pizza but big doe eyes on the knees works every time. Your pal, Toby

  • CorbinM

    This one had me giggling. When I met my first kitty… there was a gate up in momma’s friends hallway so the kitty could get away when she needed to… but I pounced and she didn’t have a chance to jump, so she was cornered between me and the gate. Well… she went and gave me 3 swift punches to the face and, doncha know… I was the one who jumped clear over that gate to get away from her! Kitty’s can’t be trusted.
    -Corbin

  • Casey the Boxer

    Yikes, I’m glad the poor kitty was safe! Momma never trusts anyone who says their dog is cat-friendly. She tests them VERY carefully before she lets them be around our kitties.

  • Michelle Day

    If you ever get to Southern Indiana, we would love to have you all for a greayhound play date!

  • Roxy

    It sounds like the kitty was challenging Flattery. I’m glad it all ended Ok though. And pizza bones, whats not to love there.

  • Hazel

    I would have liked to witness Flattery’s eye enlargement, and the wild leap off the floor!
    Bunny, you’ve got your paws full trying to train Flattery and also trying to get Mom’s back all better!

  • All Things Collie

    lol – “pizza bones”
    I’m glad the caticide was prevented, it would be sad if Flattery wasn’t allowed to return and play with Zip in the future!

  • Oz theTerrier

    Well, it seems a Cat-tastrophe was adverted, thankfully. I bet Flattery will be getting an etiquette lesson soon but it seems she was fairly well behaved for her first visit to their house.

  • harrispen

    We all would have loved seeing video of Flattery’s Matrix moves. Maybe next time ;-)

  • http://thirtysevenandcounting.wordpress.com/ mrsbearfoot (Lindy)

    I’m so glad you and Flattery had a chance to socialize with Zip. Also glad any catastrophes were avoided!
    ~Lindy

  • Emma

    We sometimes worry about Bailie and the cats. She is pretty good with them, but now and then she takes off after them and it is kind of scary. Stupid cats should just hit the road when us dogs are around, they know better! Glad you had fun and no one was killed – pizza bones are awesome!

  • Christine Sterling

    BOL – our greatest fear with Monty! I’m not sure we will ever get invited back to the dunes because of him!

    Monty and Harlow

  • Two French Bulldogs

    What a fun time. Bet Flattery had fun tagging along and getting all those sniffs in
    Lily

  • Ryker From Alaska

    So nice you got to have a good visit with Zip…but that cat incident! Holy Cow, Flattery would have a hay day in our house!

  • Sara Blair

    I love the fact that the cats have their own room, and that Zip’s dad thought Flattery needed protection from the cat! Hilarious.

  • Yes I Know My Dogs Look Funny

    LOvE King Zips spots. Your playdate with Flattery sounds like a fairly typical outing with Bettina. She has asked me to let Flattery know that cats do taste like chicken.

  • genjiscorner

    When we had kitties, we had a couple of boarders park themselves outside the kitty room door, and never leave except to eat and do their business. Definitely not cat-safe. Sadly, at our old house, the crazy cat lady across the street fed the feral cats, and a few did not make it out of my yard alive.

  • http://teamzerogravity.blogspot.com/ Team Zero Gravity

    Yes, many people don’t always realize the different between a “cat workable” greyhound and NOT tolerant greyhound. Big difference–and when you see it I think most dog savvy people would recognize the difference. Glad all was well!

  • Flea

    Honestly, Bunny, your mom won’t know what manners to work on with Flattery unless she takes her to other people’s homes. This was a good visit, it sounds like. And Zip’s parents learned a little about dogs and cats, hopefully.

  • http://romp-roll-rockies.blogspot.com/ KB – RompRollRockies

    I am catching up but I just wanted to say that I really hope that your back is continuing to improve. Just a note of advice from a spine veteran, keep moving, even if it hurts (within reason). That will help more than you can imagine.

  • Lori – What Remains Now

    We have a play date coming up with our friends. Play dates are awesome!