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Week of May 18, 2015




You've probably heard that when you adopt a greyhound you join a cult. It's true. The cult of greyhound fully embraces the breed and all of its wonderful idiosyncrasies - it's something of a lifestyle choice.  One thing you'll notice quickly is the "greyhound speak," a special vocabulary describing the unique traits and behaviors of greyhounds.  If you're struggling to keep up with it all and want to fit in with the fast dog crowd, we can help you out.  Read on to learn all about chattering, roaching, derp, ETS and more!     


Barnaby's Bed Fail.
Bed Fail - No one has ever made a bed big enough for a greyhound. Invariably, part of the greyhound, and it's usually the head, ends up hanging off on the floor.  Sometimes a greyhound fails to hit the bed entirely and lays on the hard floor next to the soft spot.  We call this "bed fail." 


Bounce - A greyhound is a bounce if he goes to a forever home and comes back for another try at it.  Usually, the first home doesn't work out for no fault of the greyhound and bounces are often said to make the best companions for their second (or third or fourth) adopters.   


Chattering - Chattering is like shivering, but totally unrelated to cold.  When greyhounds chatter, they express sublime contentment or maybe excitement.  Watch a short video of Marley chattering while getting his belly rubbed on GALT's YouTube channel. 


Cow Dog - A cow dog is either a white greyhound with black spots or a greyhound who is grazing on grass in his yard.  The ultimate cow dog is a white greyhound with black spots grazing on grass in his

Dixie's Derpy ETS


Derp - To go with their long snouts, greyhounds have long tongues.  And those tongues are always hanging out.  Derp refers to that silly tongue out look greyhounds often have. 


ETS - ETS stands for Escaped Tongue Syndrome.  ETS is closely related to derp and refers to a long greyhound tongue that has escaped the greyhound mouth to loll about on the floor, bed or couch.


Greyhound Pattern Baldness - Bald butts and tummies are socially acceptable in the cult of greyhound.  The typical pattern is anything from a small oval bald spot on the back end of each butt cheek to a mostly bald butt and tummy.  Some humans find greyhound pattern baldness pleasantly warm and intimate for rubbing. 


Needle Nose - Greyhounds have that wonderful long, pointy snout that they love to stick in your eye and in little blanket crevices.


Nitting - Greyhounds nit when they lightly nibble on their humans with their front teeth.  A greyhound might also nit on a favorite stuffy or sometimes a blanket.  Nitting is an expression of true love but, oh my, it can smart a bit. 


Potato Chipping - Yes, greyhounds are just like chips.  Many adopters think one will be enough, but within a short time end up adopting a second, and a third and a fourth and then....  You can't have just one.  They are like eating potato chips. 


Fergus Roaching.

Roaching - Greyhounds love to flip on their backs with their legs in the air when they sleep.  It's called roaching because it resembles the position of a deceased cockroach.  "Advanced roaching" might include a one legged salute, cocked head, and can be combined with derp, ETS and a bed fail . 


Roman Nose - A Roman nose is a bird beak like, aquiline needle nose with a prominent bridge.  A small, very special, percentage of greyhounds have Roman noses. 


Jimmy's Roman Nose

Rooing - Of course greyhounds don't bark (well, much), but they love to howl in a sweet siren like "roo" for all to hear.  Often times, greyhound festivals will conclude with a group "final roo" to send everyone off. 


#TOT - #TOT is a common hashtag used in social media to accompany a picture of a greyhound with derp or ETS on Tuesdays.  It stands for "Tongue Out Tuesday," although ETS happens every day.


Velcro dog - Many greyhounds are Velcro dogs because they do not leave their human's side and often lean against them to stay in contact. They are stuck like Velcro.  And it goes on all day and night.   


Zoomies - Zoomies are those few high energy play moments most greys have daily and include running around in small circles, laps around the table, and tossing a stuffy around.  Watch Katie's play gradually explode into full blown zoomies!


The greyhound language is constantly evolving.  If you know of a term that is becoming common place in the community, let us know so we can update this article on Tumblr.   

In 2013 we had the honor of adopting Raegar and his sister Renley. For me it was love at first sight. That love has only grown since we brought him and his sister into our home, and they unconditionally wrapped us into their hearts and lives. Raegar is an absolutely magnificent boy who is both silly and regal. He possesses a kind and gentle spirit. He has chosen me as his person, and is never far from me. Raegar also clearly believes he is a 10 pound poodle, even though he's right at 100 pounds! If I sit down he will be in my lap within 1 minute or less. Raegar is unfailingly loyal, loves his human grandchildren, and adores when his littermate Tori Ann comes to visit with my son. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, GALT for bringing sunshine and rainbows to our lives. ~Gabrielle Jones-Wiley



Pints4Pups is hosting a Yappy Hour featuring Real Ale brews to benefit GALT at Mutts Canine Cantina, 2889 CityPlace West Blvd, Dallas this Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm. Please join us at this dog-friendly happy event! Your $10 donation will include an event glass and one beer pour. Live music, tasty treats, and greyhounds to meet! Tickets at the door.



The event is currently scheduled for May 31st. We will continue to monitor the weather and will advise promptly if another date change is required! 


One of our most popular items, especially this time of year! The Hands Free Leash. Get it at the link

Yappy Hour at Coffee House Cafe June 6 Bring your well-behaved, people and dog-friendly, leashed pooches to the patio for an afternoon of libations and fun benefiting GALT. Cost is $10 per person and includes one beer or house wine. Full menu is available and tickets will also be available at the door.  One Raffle Ticket $5.00 or 3 Tickets for $10.00. Tickets are at the link.


Galen, 10-year-old brindle male, owner surrender




If you have been considering fostering, or know someone who is considering fostering, now would be a great time to jump in! If you can help, please contact Jennifer Vilches at


Saturday, May 23, Noon -2:00pm
Petco Grapevine

1250 William D Tate Ave

In Attendance: Buster, Diablo, Dana, Lil

Saturday, May 23, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Petco Carrollton
2722 N Josey Ln
In Attendance: Marian 


Soleilfka Katie Anne, GALT #1365, 2004 (est) - May 17, 2015
Beloved and cherished by Darla Szalla and Stephani Patterson

Chick, aka Runaway Chick, GALT #1242, July 10, 2004 - May 17, 2015

Beloved, cherished and much missed by Jennifer & David Vilches

Peyton, GALT #1029, 2003 (est) - May 15, 2015

Beloved and cherished by Kristin and Sean Watts

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