Introducing my new friends:
Curves and Gold are rescued greyhounds. Bred for racing, they spent a year and a half as canine blood donors, and then another six months in a kennel waiting to be adopted.
They're beautiful and sweet dogs. They are long time friends, and yet have completely different personalities. Gold, a 6 1/2 year-old male, had a two year racing career in West Virginia, with several first and second place finishes. Curves, a 4 1/2 year-old little girl, never raced -- at 51 pounds, she's tiny for a greyhound, and she'd rather play with toys, particularly those that squeak, than focus on racing.
Dogs are great to get us out the door. They love to walk and run and play. As for running, greyhounds are sprinters. Kind of the opposite of me, the Ironman :) At most they'll jog 3-4 miles, and the rest of the time they are couch potatoes. Curves and Gold will jog about a third of a mile with me, and after that, they're done. I'd love to build them up to a couple of miles, but for now, I just love throwing tennis balls to Curves in the backyard while Gold chases after his little doggie friend Curves.
And there's just something so wonderful about coming home to two friends eager to see you. I feel like there's something about me that's just happier having them around.