Thursday, April 07, 2011

It's a greyhound thing

OK, our dogs do weird things. Our yard has multiple, big pine trees. They provide hours of entertainment for the greyhounds. They've almost reached China where they dig beneath them. Ring around the pine tree is a daily favorite. Bark at the squirrels living in them is a huge hit.

Once the trees start to dry up after the rainy season, they start leaning into trees. The lower branches become leaning posts. And then, they walk back and forth, pacing.

It has got to be one of the weirdest things, it even has a name. Trancing. 

There is nothing more joyful than rubbing your hands across a soft coat and suddenly and unknowingly getting stuck... in pine pitch.

But oh the satisfaction.

Yup, it's a greyhound thing.


BZ Dogs said...

That last photo is a riot!

Pine pitch. Ugh! (shudders at the thought of getting that out of a golden's coat.)


Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Oh boy, what can you say about the last photo? Bad smell happening there or maybe a bit gummy? Ever so cute:)

I've got a silky birch tree that Beryl enjoys standing under when there's a breeze so the leaves gently tickle her hip bones. She stands there with her eyes shut, her nose in the air and her tail wagging slowly (when she had a tail!) but I've never been able to get the camera in time to take a video. Thankfully I don't have a pine tree. Eucalyptus oil is supposed to be good for removing that isn't it?

houndstooth said...

Tee hee! I do not want to think about how hard it must be to get pine pitch out of fur. I'm suddenly not too sad that we don't have any pine trees here.

Bunny says that she'd be happy to connect her tunnel to China with yours and expedite the process!

IHateToast said...

nearly peed seeing that last photo.

Sistertex said...

Ya, a greyhound thing to be sure! What an adorable face. Nothing like a good full body scritch on a bush or tree!