10 Things My Greyhound “Strongly Dislikes”

I had such fun with my other “10 Things” post, dear reader, that I decided to give it another whirl.  What better compliment to the “10 Things My Greyhound Loves” than a post listing “10 Things My Greyhound Hates Strongly Dislikes”?  (I can hear my inner preschool parent self from 15 years ago in that last sentence “We don’t say ‘hate’, we say ‘strongly dislike'”).  Once again, it is a glorious list.

“The list could surely go on, and there is nothing more wonderful than a list, instrument of wondrous hypotyposis.” ― Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

1.  Wires

Wires of any kind: computer power supplies, computer mouses (or is it “mice”), extension cords – you name it, Luna avoids it like the plague.  If there is one between her and her food bowl, she finds a way around it.

2.  Loud noises

This will cause Luna to find a hiding place – usually it’s behind a chair or table.  We haven’t had a thunderstorm since she adopted us, but I suspect that she will not be happy when that comes rolling into town.  I am going to hold off on getting her a thundershirt, though, until I see how she does.

3.  Carrots

Well, let’s put it this way: she likes carrots but carrots do not like her.

4.  Having her toenails clipped

I’ve tried, dear reader, trust me – I’ve tried.  I am terrified, though, of nipping her quick.  I am considering a pet dremel, but the last time I used a dremel, I was finishing my basement.  Somehow, trimming nails and putting up drywall don’t seem like the same thing.  Right now, though, I take her to get them clipped.  I’ll happily pay the $6 at Petsmart ($9 less the glorious “how did we do” survey $3 coupon).

5.  Water gun

She apparently knew what this was before we even got one.  That makes me a little sad.

6.  Flea and tick spray

So that was a bust.  I tried the Adams Flea and Tick Spray, but that didn’t go so well.  She flailed around like I was trying to put the latest Britney Spears perfume on her.  I ultimately had to spray her brushing mit and brush it on her.  This required many, many treats.

7.  Not being fed when everyone else is eating

We believe that it’s the natural pecking order: humans eat and then Luna eats.  She tends to disagree with that.  She is getting better, and no longer tries to rest her head on the table and beg.  (yes, it is adorable, but no, it is not permitted).

8.  Invaders in “her yard”

Birds, whether they are crows or hummingbirds, are not allowed in the Province of Luna.  She will promptly chase them, occasionally getting “thiiiisss” close to catching them.  Birds: consider yourself warned.  See also “Intruder Alert!”

9.  Screen doors

Yep, she feels the need to plow through them, taking them off their tracks.  We’ve had to put something in front of the screened slider to our patio (such as a chair) to make her see that the doorway is blocked and she can’t just run outside.  The first (and only time) she ran through it, it attacked her.  Luckily for us, Luna wasn’t hurt, and neither was our screened slider.

10.  Mommy going upstairs without her

We still don’t let Luna on the second floor.  That rule is quickly eroding away, though, mostly because we think Luna is just too darn cute.  Yes, I realize that’s not “setting boundaries”, but Luna knows when the gate is up, she is not permitted on the second floor.  As a result, if I am upstairs without her, 70% of the time, she will whine a little bit.

Your turn

What does your greyhound “strongly dislike”?

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