Tuesday, December 20, 2011

One Is Not Like The Other

Can you tell who is who?

Small female greyhounds.  Brindle.  50 - 55 pounds.  High prey drives.  Food motivated.  June 28th birthdays (although different years).  Both love agility, stuffy toys, and squirrels. But this is where their similarities end.
Riley was finally back in agility class last week and WOW!  It was so much fun.  I ran Seven in the first class and she was wonderful.  She really benefited from all of the one-on-one time and training while Riley was laid up.  It really gave her time to develop her skill set.  Seven really has turned out so nicely so quickly.  I hate to jinx anything by complimenting her too soon, but she is just so dependable.  She is like a Nissan Altima.  Nice car.  Easy to drive.  Responsive and reliable. I put my foot on the accelerator and I keep it there for the entire agility course.  Seven spoils me.
And then it was Riley's turn.  She is like driving a Ferrari with a stuck accelerator.  If you do not tap the brakes in certain places around the course, you will drive Riley into a ditch.  She may never qualify as consistently as Seven is more likely to do, but there is something really terrific about about getting to drive a Ferrari.  Even though the judge may issue citations for our performance, that greyhound just makes me smile.

20 comments:

What Remains Now said...

What a fun way to describe Riley & Seven's style. I cannot tell who's who. If I guessed, I'd say Riley on the left and Seven on the right.

andrea said...

Lucky you getting to drive such a variety :)
I do too and I think it's a wonderful thing - though challenging on occasion!

jet said...

I'm guessing Riley on the right and Seven on the left.... but since I've never seen a top down photo like that of either of them before it is a pure guess!!

Driving a Ferrari must be very exciting ;)

gyeong said...

What great descriptions. Sometimes you wanta commute to work. Other times you feel like spinning out and doing donuts in the parking lot.

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

That greyhound makes me smile too. Can't wait to see some videos of Riley doing agility again. Oh, and Seven makes me smile too. More videos of her as well! :)

jcp said...

And you get both!.. The best of both worlds

Declan said...

Greyhounds & fast cars... Mum's idea of heaven. Hehe! Deccy x

greytblackdog said...

I love this post. Is seven on the left and riley on the right? I once had a man stop me while walking Seka in NC to ask me - "Is that there one of them high speed dogs?" Why yes it is.

Tarmar said...

I love your creativity! Looking forward to seeing posts and videos about the agility exploits of both girls!

Andreja said...

Haha, I love your descriptions :) I bet the back that looks just like Ruby's belongs to Riley - that is, Riley on the right, Seven on the left. Ferraris use up food ... ugh... gas real quick ;)

Ximena said...

Testament to your driving ability, then: you can switch back and forth and make it look so easy. :)

houndstooth said...

I love that way of describing both of them! I think you have to know and love your dog's strengths and weaknesses to really be successful with them, too. You do great with both of them! :)

Heather (jerZgirl) said...

Love the descriptions!!! Iggy Pop is like Riley - the Ferrari with a stuck accelerator. You make it look so easy!

IHeartDogs said...

Just echoing what others have posted; so awesome you have two "cars" in your garage to take out for a spin!
Variety is the spice of life :)

Brooke said...

I have no idea who is who, but I loved your comparison of the two dogs to different types of cars. So true! DeeDee has always been more of a Ferrari girl, but we've been working on smoothing out some of those donuts in the parking lot, and I've been learning when and how to tap on those brakes. She's now more of a Ferraltima, I guess. ;-)

So glad you get to work with both girls. I'm excited to see what their futures hold!

Claire Krigbaum said...

Awesome comparison! A nice mix to have and it's always fun to run TWO dogs on the same course, better chance of a Q!
I was watching Riley's incredible dog challange videos the other day and man is she fast!
I would say Amber is my ferrari and Rye is my...hmmm, I don't know what Rye is. Amber turns into a very old Toyota 4 Runner, one that has trouble climbing small hills, when it gets hot.

Amanda Violette Groth said...

I love your comparison to the cars. Those two ladies have really come a long way!

Winnie said...

Excellent, inventive post.

I think I'm definitely a vintage car.

Love and licks, Winnie

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Love the analogy. It must be so awesome to have both girls competing at the same time now. I confess Riley is my favourite and I'm so glad she's back in action:) But I love watching Seven too! I've always had a fascination for fast cars though;)

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

This is really nice to read. I have just found your blog through Greytalk, and I have just started (with some trepidation) my nine year old greyhound in agility.

This is my very first attempt at agility with any dog, and the trepidation is partly because I myself am very unfit with an ongoing medical condition and partly because my dog is new to me and appears to have an unhealthy interest in moving objects.

So far, I can't tell if he's interested in the other dogs because he's so new to home life or if there is a prey drive interest in them (I've had five greyhounds previously to him, of mixed temperaments and drive, but he's a little odd), so it's great to hear that you can successfully do agility with high prey girls!!