The Heart Grows Fond

by Houndstooth on

I have to admit, I have a great time sharing stories about Flattery and her adjustment to life as a pet.  She is just a funny dog, there’s no getting around it.  However, there’s more to her than just her silliness, although I love that about her.

One of the things I love about Greyhounds is how quickly they seem to adapt to life in a home.  Considering that it’s completely alien to them most of the time until they’re adopted, the fact that they figure so many things out so quickly is pretty impressive.  Flattery is still working a few things out, but she found out about the couch, the giant pink bed and the toys right away.

Tennis Anyone -- Tales and Tails

Tennis, Anyone?

She also quickly got to work on making this her home.  I don’t just mean endlessly rearranging all the toys, laying claim to the other end of the couch or finding her own spot on our bed.  Although she has done all of those things, I’m talking about something else.  Flattery has been working hard on making herself at home in our hearts.

It seems that my husband never sits down on the couch without Flattery nearby.  She’s up there so fast sometimes that I’m surprised he hasn’t sat on her.  Nothing seems to delight her as much as curling up beside him and insisting that he pet her.  When he stops, she persists by rubbing her ear with her paw and gazing up at him.  If he acts stubborn and still doesn’t resume petting, she will do some air snaps at him and then flop her head down on his leg.  He still jokes that she’s a foster dog, but he spends an awful lot of time cuddling with her.

So Happy Together -- Tales and Tails

So Happy Together

I’ve found that Flattery is often my shadow.  She is curious about everything I do.  If I’m in the kitchen, she will lay down on one of the rugs, which can’t be comfortable, but says something about what her preferences are.  Bunny likes to be nearby, but she is content to watch me from the couch in the living room.  I know that one day, Flattery will be content to watch me from the living room one day, but right now, she’s still trying to make sure it’s all real and not slipping away from her.  The one thing she does that completely melts me, though, is at night, when it’s time to go to sleep, she curls up at the foot of the bed and makes sure that my leg is under her chin.  I end up unable to feel my leg, but with a warm heart.

Pink is the New Black -- Tales and Tails

Pink is the New Black

Two and a half months have passed since Flattery came to live with us, but it feels like she’s always been here.  I certainly can’t imagine life without her inquisitive spirit now.  We suffered a heartbreaking loss earlier this year when Blueberry passed away, but in that strange way that the circle of life has, we now have another wonderful beginning to celebrate.  Dogs love us unconditionally, and that’s why we love them.  It’s the human heart, though, that has to choose to love again.  It’s times like this that make the tough times we go through more bearable.

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33 Responses to "The Heart Grows Fond"
  1. rottrover says:

    Yep! I got ’em both wrapped around my paw. Doesn’t take long if you work it right!


  2. Oh she’s a bit of a Daddy’s girl! Flattery sounds a little like me and I think Mum was amazed at how quickly life without me became unimaginable. I still don’t get to sleep on the bed though……except when we go on holidays! Deccy x

  3. BoingyDog says:

    What a special dog. It’s amazing, isn’t it? They HAVE always been there – it’s like they were in your heart before you even knew them!

  4. Sue Dyer says:

    Beautiful post about a beautiful girl.

  5. annyboo says:

    She has inched in nicely into your family. That’s a really sweet pic of both of them cuddling on the pink bed 😀

  6. Sue Muir says:

    Blueberry is no doubt delighted that everything is working out so perfectly with Flattery 🙂 She loved to see people happy! I hope to find a Flattery of my own for us one day.

  7. genjiscorner says:

    I used to always tell Jaime she was the longest foster dog ever 🙂 They sure do settle in quickly. Kelli was on our bed within a few days, and now never leaves. Except to get more toys from the basket to surround herself with. If we want to see her, it better be dinner time, or we can join her on the bed. She is currently at Beach Bound Hounds with Stan and their momma. With so much free bed space, Jenny jumped up and has decided to stake a claim. Uh oh, we not supposed to let ‘fosters’ on the bed 🙂

  8. Patty says:

    She is a very special girl. I love hearing about her.

  9. Sara Blair says:

    What a sweetie. How could she not steal one’s heart?

  10. Lori - What Remains Now says:

    What a beautiful, loving message to your new girl. You’re a darling, Flattery, and we look forward to learning more and more and more about you.

  11. Mac and Maisie says:

    Flattery is a wonderful tribute to Blueberry.

    Mac and Maisie

  12. Goose says:

    She is a Sweety for sure. She is most defiantly home where she belongs.

  13. Christine Sterling says:

    I am glad she found you.

  14. Hazel says:

    When hearts join in celebrating life, it is magic.

  15. Emma says:

    She looks beautiful with those bright colored flowers! So happy that she brings so much joy and also seems to be so happy herself.

  16. So sweet. They do capture our hearts don’t they 🙂

  17. Two French Bulldogs says:

    You fit right in Ms Flattery
    Benny & Lily

  18. Michelle Day says:

    She is beautiful! I can’t believe it’s been 2 1/2 months already. Time sure flies.

  19. Roxy says:

    awwww, that’s awesome. You are happy, and she is obviously thrilled to be in your family.

  20. Janice Webb says:

    I just love all your post and beautiful pictures. When I see Bunny, she always looks so regal, but with Flattery, her bright eyes expression show that she is always up for an adventure. Of course, Morgan is beautiful and Kuster is majestic in appearance. I just love them all
    Janice, Snuggles, Sassy, and Dixie

  21. Flea says:

    I love her oh-so-expressive eyes in the tennis ball shot. Flattery looks at home with y’all. And I love that your husband is a ginger. 🙂

  22. Amy Boyer says:

    She’s beautiful. I think she’s getting even more beautiful with every post. Her coat is so lustrous too.
    Haha my husband’s a redhead, too, but you can’t tell because it’s all white now!

  23. jan says:

    She is such an amazing dog. I’m learning so much about Greyhounds. They take so well to domestic life, it’s hard to believe that for centuries they have been…hounds.

  24. harrispen says:

    How could you not love that beautiful face. The snuggle picture with Mr. TT and Flattery is priceless.

  25. Ryker From Alaska says:

    What a touching post. I loved the shot of Flattery snuggling with your husband 🙂

  26. Lori Clark says:

    She really has the most beautiful eyes!

  27. Jodi says:

    That was beautiful Mrs. Taleteller, I can be scrunched up in the tiniest little ball, but if one of my pups is touching me, my heart is full and warm too.

  28. SlimDoggy says:

    Such a sweet tale. I know how hard it is when you lose a beloved pet and you think you don’t want to ‘replace’ them…but that’s not what it is. I’ll never forget any of my previous dogs, but I’m sure happy to have Jack & Maggie and don’t know what I’d do without them.

  29. I would melt every time she’d gaze at me; her eyes are so expressive!

  30. dragontearz says:

    Very cute, she loves her family 🙂

  31. It truly is incredible how fast greyhounds adapt, especially when I compare it to how hard it was for a crate-bound lab puppy to adapt to our house.

    Flattery sounds truly wonderful and perfect for you. I can’t believe that 2 and half months have flown by since you adopted her. To me, it still seems like yesterday.

    You are so good at capturing her beauty and spirit with your camera.

  32. Words With Wieners says:

    What a sweet post about Flattery. We all love the stories of her antics and mischief, but I’m so glad to hear that she’s stealing your hearts too. It’s clear that she wants to be as close to you guys as she can possibly be.

  33. Mango Momma says:

    Every new dog is a gift and they change our lives in unexpected ways. I am so happy to see her settling in.

    Mango Momma

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