I’ll let you in on a little secret. I had this fantastic idea for a Halloween project that I wanted to do this month, and it was one of those brainstorms that sort of kept blowing up until it was a full fledged creative maelstrom in my head. I thought I’d finally really tied all of the ideas I had together, and then, well, the best explanation I can give is that being a Greyhound owner got in the way. Or maybe I should say that being a member of the Cult of the Greyhound got in the way. Sometimes, it’s a curse.
Without giving too much away, I had an idea that required a couple of fake dog skeletons. Earlier this year, I saw a plastic Bulldog skeleton and thought it was kind of cool, but I passed on it. Then, a couple of weeks ago when I was out getting some Halloween things, I saw a sign that sparked the tinder of an idea in my brain into a bonfire. Soon, I was on a hunt for a few plastic dog skeletons and I found some at a local Target. I was feeling pretty excited about how my whole plan was coming together.
Then, I happened to pop into Facebook, and that’s when my plan went sideways. I have a lot of friends on Facebook related to Greyhounds and one of them posted about her awesome find. It turns out that a chain store here in the United States called Home Depot has Greyhound skeletons. I became convinced that I had to have one. It turns out that finding one is akin to a quest for the Holy Grail. People were telling stories of calling Home Depots all over their home states to find one and coming up empty.
I started looking online, which wasn’t very helpful, but I did start getting the names of local stores and calling to see if they had the elusive Greyhound skeleton. Nobody had one, but I wasn’t willing to give up so easily. Mr. Taleteller and Küster were traveling to the next state over for training, so I begged them to check Home Depots along the way. I talked to a friend in California who called all of the Home Depots near him. Yet I still find myself empty handed.
A few friends told tales of one person going into their local stores and buying all of the skeletons at once. This doesn’t surprise me since I looked at eBay and saw a $40 going for $140-$160. I find it a little sad, though, that someone would be so selfish. Most of the Greyhound people I know are pretty generous of spirit, but it seems there are plenty of enterprising ones, as well.
I’d still like to find one of these fun little novelties, but I’m not willing to give someone that much money for one. I’ll keep looking, or hope that maybe next year will be our year. If anybody out there knows how to get one, I’d love to get my hands on one, so feel free to share what you know about locating one. Until then, I guess my creative muse will be on the back burner, or more likely making do with the Dachshund and Chihuahua skeletons I have. Sometimes having a creative mind can be a curse when it won’t let you rest for thinking about the possibilities, but most of the time I feel pretty lucky. I just never guessed that I’d devote nearly a week of my life to trying to find a Greyhound skeleton.