Daily Dose of Cute

One of Dudley's favorite games is a variation on "chase me!"—but because he's so fast, no human can really chase him very effectively, so it's basically a game of "I will run really fast, then pause near you, wait for you to take a few steps toward me while we both pretend you might be able to catch me, and then I will run really fast again."

Here's a video of Dudley playing That Game with me in the yard the other day, and the video goes into slow-motion for one of his runs, so you can get a better look at the greyhound double-suspension gallop. While most dogs are suspended above ground at least once per stride at a full gallop, sighthounds are suspended above ground twice in each stride—once in the tucked position, at which point their back feet nearly reach past their front shoulders (!), and once in the fully extended position, at which point the curve of their spines actually reverses (!).

Dudley isn't going full speed here, so it's not as dramatic as it looks at top speed, but it's still pretty damn amazing. Greyhounds are so strong and so flexible, and watching him run is truly one of the great joys of my life.

Video Description: Dudley the Greyhound runs around from one side of the yard to the other, and pauses near a young redwood tree (underneath which he's dug a hole), then waits for me to take several steps toward him before leaping away and running to the other side of the yard again. This happens several times, Zelly the Black and Tan Mutt standing on a stone patio near me, watching, until he is finally out of gas, and I walk up and pet his adorable little wedgy head.

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Although Zelly didn't join Dudley on this particular run, she is no slouch in the racing around the yard department, and he looooooves to chase her and chase her, while she rolls and tumbles to try to escape him. My favorite is when she runs directly underneath him, because he's so much taller than she is, and he pulls up short, like, "Where did she go?" They're the best.

image of Zelly running toward me in the backyard with Dudley in pursuit
She's running. He's basically strolling, lol.

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

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