Hello people, Mouse here.
I’m talking about we greyhounds. We are at all times chilled, calm, graceful, agile, flexible and dignified. Ahem. There are naturally exceptions… I’m not particularly fond of thunder-storms (the atmospherics, you understand*), and Lotti doesn’t enjoy being ignored and will let you know quite… forcefully. But we are very elegant and amazingly flexible. Personally, I think yoga should be renamed doga.
Until recently, I mostly slept in what the Staff call the Flat Sprawl. On my side, all 4 legs arranged to occupy the maximum space, and often with my head hanging over the edge of whatever I was sleeping on. Very comfy, but not interesting.
Lotti has opened my eyes to the possibilities of Doga Sleeping. It involves lying on one’s back, and extending the limbs, with extra marks for finding a wall (or the back of my sofa, in my case), and leaning against it. If one can bend the head back and possibly dangle the tongue too (aka derping), this creates maximum impact. I’m not ashamed to admit that Lotti is the Doga Master in this art, but I think I’m catching up quite fast.
All over the internet, greyhounds are demonstrating the arts of Doga Sleeping (just Google images for ‘greyhounds sleeping on their backs’). It’s clearly one of our major skills, and should be celebrated, I feel!
Actually, of course, it already is. Mum has her eye on this poster, which definitely covers some of my more decorative poses…
If you have a particularly spectacular pose your Staff have captured in a photo, do send it to Mum at the email address on the Welcome Page.
Right, signing off. I have important snoozing to catch up on.
*I have a Thundershirt, which helps a bit, and Mum makes me a bed in the shower cubicle because it feels safe. But the Staff don’t use anxiety medication because it needs to be administered in advance in food, and when I’m stressed, I don’t eat.