The Travels of Mouse: a grey day…

This is not a post about weather, humans.

Although while we’re on the subject, it did start gloomy and wet, clearing up later. No, this post is about doggos, and specifically, the greycious hound. Mum and Dad said it was going to be a lazy day, but frankly, it was mostly like any other day for me. Breakfast, then a snooze, then a little sniff about, then demand a tummy tickle, then lie in the sun a bit, then a little walkie, then beg for a snack… well, you get the idea. I did get a quick trot about off-leash in Touch Park after Mum had done the grocery shopping. But the most exciting part of the day came just before dinner.

I demanded to go outside. Mum just wasn’t getting the message. So what if I’d been out only 17 minutes earlier? Anyway, I stood there staring at the door till she gave in. And so we were walking down one of the paths in the caravan park when a lady came out of her RV and asked to pet me. Turns out, she and her husband are retired greyhound trainers, and they travel with 3 doggos, a lab and two greys! Out came the greys to say hello.

The black going grey is Crazy and the fawn is Rex. They’re both retired racers, very fast and twice my age. I was very polite and respectful. Mum told me later I had nothing to feel awkward about, I’m a healthier weight, I’m much shinier, my teeth are amazing compared with theirs, I’m not all scarred and my ears are in much better condition. So I felt better after that. It’s like meeting your sporting idols, only to find out they have broken noses and arthritis and dodgy backs and need to wear glasses.

Their Mum and Dad live in their RV and are travelling around Australia, only their home base is in Victoria, so they’re staying in Queensland for the time being to keep away from the Covid-19-thingy. I wondered, and it seems Mum did too, where two people and three large dogs put themselves inside a not very big (7.5m/25ft) RV all year round. Must get rather cosy in there…. And the humans have been here for a month but have never taken their doggos to any of the three perfectly good fenced dog parks, didn’t even know where they were.

So Mum and Dad and I are going to show them tomorrow. I hope Crazy and Rex will enjoy many nice zoomies in the future, after being shut up in that RV for so long except for short walks. Mr Lab is old and has bad hips, and so doesn’t miss the running.

That’s my good deed for the grey…. (Sorry, I couldn’t stop him. He’s picked up the pun bug from me – Mum)

27 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: a grey day…

  1. claire93 says:

    how lovely to meet up with some more Greys!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Claire! Yes, it was, especially travellers like myself. It’ll be interesting to hear what they have to say about living life on the road. I’m not sure I’d care for it. I like my own back yard to zoom in.

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    Mouse you are hero to these crusties who need a jolly good outing.

  3. Lucky you meeting nice doggy friends. Enjoy showing them the park. We all know you are a very beautiful dog and can run very fast even if you didn’t race. We met Rosie who was OK but much more interested in the horses on the common than playing with us and then Charlie (a young springer spaniel) came round and got all cross with us for being in C’s house – she’s our relative not his and we were staying there whereas he only visits. Orchid barked at him a lot and she hardly ever barks – that shows you how cross she was with the little upstart.

    • katechiconi says:

      I shall remember what you say… Being greys, they didn’t bark, but their Mum says Rex is snappy, especially with small dogs, which is not a nice trick. I would rather be shy but nice than too friendly and then nasty to other doggos, I think. I will save my bark for when it will be most effective. Mum says I have a deep impressive voice. I think she’s just saying that, but I hope it’s true!

  4. cazinatutu says:

    Wow Mouse, what a wonderful photo of you in all your sleek shininess

  5. Dayphoto says:

    FRIENDS! Of the Same Feather! YAY!

  6. tialys says:

    You are a sleek and shiny superstar Mouse.

  7. Marty K says:

    You definitely are a gorgeous specimen and a lovely example of a Grey, Mouse! Crazy has your adorable white toes and looks like a sweet doggo. Crazy and Rex must have been quite handsome in their prime. Hopefully, they’ll do well at the park. Being a tour guide of sorts is a very nice thing for you and your Mum to do. I think both Crazy and Rex will appreciate the opportunity for some zoomies.

    Extra tummy tickles/belly rubbins to you for being such a nice doggo and for the wonderful puns!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, Miss Marty 🙂 Mum has pointed out that they have probably had a much harder working life than me, so I shouldn’t get too smug. It all balances out, doesn’t it? I expect they’ll be faster than me at the park, but that’s OK, none of us is racing any more…

  8. Good morning Mouse Boy 🐾 Sorry to have taken so long to write back but as you know it was Uncle Js birthday yesterday and with prep for dinner and cutting cake and answering calls it was quite hectic to say the least. But he had a lovely time with his favorite people and it’s back to work today.
    His lovely you should meet some new doggo’s like you. So glad you were your polite self … I wouldn’t have expected any less 🤩
    Give mum and dad a hug and yes tell mum you are spending too much time talking to her as she’s rubbing off on you 😄
    Happy zoomies in the park today and I’ll call mum a bit later 💕💕💕

  9. One of the best parts of travelling is meeting new people and doggos, how nice you met some veterans of your breed, and good timing on that last walk. Have fun today at the dog park 🐾

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Aunty Dale! Yes, I think today’s walk/run should be interesting. I’m preparing myself by having a very extended snooze this morning and not too much breakie so I’m rested and not all full. Mum thinks I should finish my bowl, but I’ll wait till later! Competitive, moi…?

  10. cedar51 says:

    How great to meet up with other greys but what’s up with their staff…not even understanding that there are specialised parks to have some great exercise in. Even if they are elderly no point to bring out the “rocking chairs” – everyone should get some good tucker, exercise and explore…

    And you appear to be testimony to that, maybe their staff will learn a little more when you three are racing around and the staff are chatting…

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it’s rather sad, Miss Catherine. They’d been cooped up so long they weren’t very sociable any more and didn’t seem to be interested in any games together. Oh well, the three of us tried…

      • cedar51 says:

        Thanks Mouse…well at least their “staff” now know of the object called a “dog park” – maybe their staff, haven’t understood either the travel mode they doing…just aimless driving about, hoping to avoid the current situation. Seems a bit pointless to me…

  11. Oh mouse… young dogs like you are so good for old dogs. When Max died, Sam got very sad and lethargic, but then Daisy came to be a new young friend Sam perked right up even though she’s 15. I hope your new pals enjoy running with you.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Aunty Jan! I tried to get them to race today, but they weren’t too interested. Mostly they wanted to trot about sniffing stuff. I suppose I know the park pretty well from previous visits, so the smells are more familiar. Anyway, their Staff said they’d go there again, so maybe they’ll run another time. Mum said not to worry, because sometimes seniors can be grumpy because their bones hurt…

  12. How wonderful to make new friends and get to be helpful at the same time. I don’t think I could live in a 25ft trailer by myself all year much less with two big greyhounds. Getting out for a good run each day is vital. You are one lucky dog.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Miss Marlene! I don’t think I’d like a 25ft trailer full time either. And there was a big old labrador in there too, Sounds drefful, especially without a daily run.

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