Friday, April 10, 2015
A to Z Challenge: I is for Italian Greyhounds!
I know, I know. This is another easy one.
On Wednesday's post, I talked about Chase, my retired racer. For today's letter, my little Iggy (short for Italian Greyhound) was the natural choice.
This is Trinity.
Trinity came to us in the fall of 2013 when we discovered that Tessa, my beloved little girl of 11 years had lymphoma. We knew that her passing was going to be terrible, so we put in an application to adopt another sighthound to keep Chase company. Because Tessa had been a small dog (a Dachshund-beagle-terrier mix), we thought an Italian Grey made sense.
Within weeks our whole world was turned upside down by this 12 pound bundle of energy, light, and personality.
I'm happy to say that even though she's a purebred, Trinity was a rescue. She was found wandering in the streets somewhere near Pulaski, Virginia, where she was picked up by an animal control officer. Thankfully, the animal shelter knew what kind of dog she was and called an Italian Grey rescue. Most likely, she was an escapee from a backyard breeder.
From the moment we met her, we were in love.
This is how she rode home with us on her first day.
Even though they're tiny, Italian Greyhounds are actually Greyhounds. They originated as small Greys, although as time went by small Greyhounds were bred with terriers to further reduce their size (never a particularly good thing for a breed in general). The "Italian" part really has nothing more to do with the breed other than the fact that they were popular in Europe. The IG's existence may date back to the time of Pompeii, but their resounding popularity in Europe appears around the 1600s. You'll often see these companion animals within the Renaissance painting sections of art museums.
Temperamentally speaking, IGs are very different from their larger counterparts. Like the larger Grey, they are fast (reaching around 25 miles per hour), highly intelligent, and extremely affectionate (they're often termed the "velcro dog" because they want to be right up against you at all times).
But they are NOT couch potatoes. They are active and engaged and much less laid-back than the big guys.
Trinity sometimes amazes us with how far she can leap (nearly halfway across a room at times). She loves to play with her toys, go on walks, and chase squirrels in the backyard. Sometimes it's like having a pinball in the house!
Trinity came from The Sighthound Underground, a group I highly recommend for all of your sighthound needs!
What's your favorite breed of dog?