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January 3, 2014 1:15 PM   Subscribe

The best video of a greyhound playing in the snow while wearing batman pajamas that you will see today.
posted by phunniemee (52 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
Awesome. Needs soundtrack, though
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:16 PM on January 3


I like that there isn't a soundtrack so you can hear the snorting and growling and huffing and puffing that is an essential part of greyhound zoomies.
posted by misskaz at 1:18 PM on January 3 [16 favorites]


Wonderful - what a zest for life. Thanks!
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 1:18 PM on January 3


roomthreeseventeen, I have provided the lyrics. You may sing along while watching. :D
posted by phunniemee at 1:19 PM on January 3 [7 favorites]


I never get sick of videos of dogs acting like lunatics in the snow.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 1:19 PM on January 3 [4 favorites]


I love it!
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 1:22 PM on January 3


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posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 1:22 PM on January 3 [10 favorites]


The parts where he gets DANGER CLOSE to the camera are the best parts. And also the parts where he is running in pajamas.
posted by elizardbits at 1:26 PM on January 3 [5 favorites]


"Put the camera down and chase me you nimrod!"

Also, this is not the best video of a greyhound playing in the snow while wearing batman pajamas that I will see today - it is the best I will see for at least a year!
posted by rtha at 1:29 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]


every time my greyhound does the "I'M RUNNING RIGHT AT YOU! ... OH JUST KIDDING MADE YOU FLINCH" thing, it's terrifying.

particularly because sometimes they miss and actually take you out.
posted by misskaz at 1:30 PM on January 3 [11 favorites]


bunnies snow hares squirrels small dogs cats weasels hedgehog large bugs cmon cmon cmon gimme gimme gimme target any target chase fun fun fun pa-jammers
posted by RolandOfEld at 1:30 PM on January 3 [3 favorites]


Awwwwwwww..... Reminds me of my grey, Trai (a retired racer we adopted when he was 2 1/2 years old) and who was a dark red brindle like this guy. We received all sorts of literature when we first got him, including lots of advice about how greys can't tolerate the cold because of their low body fat, and you should get a doggy coat for them, etc. My Mom, a dedicated home seamstress, carefully measured him and lovingly made a special fleece coat for him. He wore it all of five seconds. For whatever reason, Trai seemed to relish the cold. When there was snow on the ground, he raced and frolicked like the dog in this video. He loved to lick the water on top of ice puddles when I walked him in the winter months. He'd regularly stretch out on the floor in front of our window unit air conditioner during the summer. During the Blackout of August 2003, he only stopped pacing and whining when I rubbed him down with cold water and placed ice cubes in his dish. Maybe he took after his Mommy, because I'm one who runs the air conditioning until mid-November - I hate heat and humidity. We had Trai for a little over 11 years (a long time for a large breed, I'm told), and he was (as are all greyhounds) more of an overgrown cat (without the indifference) than a dog. He spent much of each day lounging either on the sofa or his doggie bed, and when he felt like he needed some affection, he'd quietly come over and slip his bullet-shaped head under my hand as I typed (I work from home).

Sorry to have rambled on, but this post brought back so many fond memories of my late great grey.
posted by Oriole Adams at 1:30 PM on January 3 [33 favorites]


particularly because sometimes they miss and actually take you out

yes but being tackled by a happy dog in the snow is pretty much what is best in life
posted by elizardbits at 1:30 PM on January 3 [6 favorites]


0:16 seconds, best part, I can actually hear the greyhound making the doppler effect noise in his head... nnnnnnNNNNnnnnyommmmmmmmm!
posted by RolandOfEld at 1:32 PM on January 3 [3 favorites]


I kind of want a greyhound now to come zooming at me ridiculously and knock me over even though it doesn't snow here. They look like ridiculous cartoon dogs and apparently act like them too.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 1:32 PM on January 3


Sighthounds are fast because they aren't weighed down by any brains whatsoever.
posted by Wolfdog at 1:35 PM on January 3 [26 favorites]


Awesome. Needs soundtrack, though

Oh my god. You're the person! You're the reason I have to watch so many videos with the sound off. I ... we disagree, you and I.
posted by neuromodulator at 1:42 PM on January 3 [19 favorites]


on an old greyhound-enthusiast message board i used to frequent, there was a story of a woman who got a torn ACL or something from a tragic greyhound zooming accident. luckily my backyard isn't big enough for my dude to build up that much speed.

also yes, to everyone who is wondering, greyhounds are exactly as wonderful as this video makes them seem. lazy-ass dogs who can't be bothered to move 90% of the time, aggressively cuddly 5% of the time, and completely silly goofballs the rest.

on preview: Wolfdog is right, too. they're dumb but soooooo sweet and funny it makes up for it. (frankly, smart dogs freak me out, i like that i don't have to worry he's going insane from boredom while i'm at work.)
posted by misskaz at 1:49 PM on January 3 [6 favorites]


Hey, everyone, just in case you missed it, misskaz' greyhound took first place in the 2012 Nosevember competition.
posted by phunniemee at 1:52 PM on January 3 [4 favorites]


As long as we're here, watch some Treibball.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:03 PM on January 3 [2 favorites]


I want to be that happy at least once a month in 2014. So happy I have to jump in circles. So happy I can't stand still even for a second. So happy I bowl people over with my happiness!

More often than once a month would be too exhausting, though. I ain't no greyhound.
posted by janey47 at 2:09 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]


phunniemee, that link appears to be begging for boops
posted by janey47 at 2:13 PM on January 3


yes but being tackled by a happy dog in the snow is pretty much what is best in life

With exception of when it's -25 C out and you just wake up and your dogs need out really, really bad and in your half asleep state you decide that you can hack 5 minutes outside with just a housecoat and winter boots on...

It's amazing how quickly a bare bumm in the snow freezes....
posted by Jalliah at 2:44 PM on January 3


That's just delightful.

misskaz, my dad's greyhound also does goofy poses like the one you linked, and holds them for quite a while. Such sweet goofballs they are.
posted by mogget at 2:51 PM on January 3


Yeah, houndies are 95% this and 5% this. I had it strongly stressed to me never to try to dodge a charging greyhound. They're really good at whizzing past and missing you by a hair, and ducking to one side is a lot more likely to cause a collision than just standing still.
posted by Lou Stuells at 3:16 PM on January 3 [6 favorites]


Man, I would totally love a greyhound. Unfortunately, I've heard they don't typically work well with cats (i.e., you end up with dead cats). I will enjoy this guy through the power of the internets though.
posted by longdaysjourney at 3:21 PM on January 3


Happy dog. Good dog.
posted by pajamazon at 3:21 PM on January 3


Oh, and. I don't agree at all about them being dumb. Obedient and biddable, no not usually without bribery. They're independent, in keeping with their background as coursing hunters, and they can know very well what one is asking, but simply disagree to do it. Both of ours have pulled the 'jump up like someone is at the door' trick, to get a human or other dog out of a preferred sleeping spot, or away from a favorite toy. My boxer, who is very trainable but not so conniving, falls for it every. single. time. Mind you the greyhound does not run to the door when people actually come over. But someone might call the boxer smarter, because he'll always follow a command.

longdaysjourney, plenty of them do fine with kitties, and the vast majority of greyhound adoption orgs test each dog, usually in a foster home, to gauge their compatibility with cats and small dogs. My last hound would scramble out of the way if our rabbit came along and the hound was blocking the doorway... but he also would annihilate any squirrel outside if he got the chance. Prey drive is oddly specific sometimes.
posted by Lou Stuells at 3:27 PM on January 3 [2 favorites]


That second link of yours, Lou, looks exactly like an Allie Brosh dog made flesh.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 3:28 PM on January 3 [8 favorites]


For some hounds, the rules can be different between 'my own cats in the house' and 'strange cat outside in my yard'.

Ghostride, you are absolutely right, that is awesome!
posted by Lou Stuells at 3:30 PM on January 3


yes but being tackled by a happy dog in the snow is pretty much what is best in life

This is very true, although I am going to try hard to escape the fate I suffered last year. I have a 90 lb standard poodle, and last winter we walked down to Riverside Park, quite late, in the dark, after much wine (me, not him) and watched local boys sledding like maniacs on whatever objects they could find. It was snowing, those tiny flakes that glitter like diamonds, and I was a little drunk, and enchanted by the snow and the teenaged boys, and asked, Hey, can I take one ride down? Borrowed a sled, handed off the leash to the nearest kid, sat myself and got a hefty push. It was glorious. I was speeding. I hit a mogul and the plastic disk bounced up, and I bounced up, and my big big dog, who'd broken free, leapt and collided with me in mid-air.

Next thing I knew I was looking up at the stars, seeing stars, and diamond snow glittering, falling on me, and my giant darling dog, hovering over me, nosing me to get the fuck up.

I cracked three ribs but it was sooo worth it. When I told my kids the story, I left out the wine part.
posted by thinkpiece at 3:43 PM on January 3 [15 favorites]


yeah, plenty of greyhounds do just fine with kitties! (beans, my first greyhound in that first picture, was cat-friendly from day 1. blink dog, my current 'hound, needed about 2 days of training to make it clear that the grumpy old cat was not to be messed with. there are some hounds that aren't cat safe but all adoption groups test for it.)
posted by misskaz at 3:57 PM on January 3 [2 favorites]


It's just a 6 second Vine.. but here's two of my parents' dogs frolicking a little in some post-Christmas snow. And here they are demonstrating how the big one (Koga) nearly broke my father's ankle running down the deck stairs at him.
posted by maryr at 4:45 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]


PS: First and second dogs in those videos with my face to demonstrate scale.
posted by maryr at 4:55 PM on January 3


yes but being tackled by a happy dog in the snow is pretty much what is best in life

Only if you're knocked onto your enemies, thereby crushing them.

Note: requires that you are Gargamel.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:02 PM on January 3


For some hounds, the rules can be different between 'my own cats in the house' and 'strange cat outside in my yard'.

When I walk the kids (mini lab and a panda bear rescue dog) they go crazy about every cat crossing their path. At the house though, they tolerate the cat....to a certain degree.

Loved the video, I had a great dane in my childhood who did exactly the same thing in the snows of New Mexico. It was sometimes unnerving, but damn it's fun to see them full of life. (and also scary as they whiz past you)
posted by Benway at 5:07 PM on January 3


Thanks to Lou and misskaz for clearing up my misconception. I was checking out a greyhound adoption page and the author was pretty clear that she/he thought greyhound/cat cohabitation was fraught with danger. But it seems there is hope that I might one day be lucky enough to have a greyhound.
posted by longdaysjourney at 5:21 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]


This is what I look like when I go to spinning class, no doubt.
posted by sweetkid at 5:37 PM on January 3


You wear Batman pajamas to the gym?
posted by maryr at 5:42 PM on January 3


yes. I am also a greyhound.

But mostly it's the tongue hanging out and the revving up to not go very far at all.
posted by sweetkid at 5:44 PM on January 3 [2 favorites]


plenty of them do fine with kitties, and the vast majority of greyhound adoption orgs test each dog, usually in a foster home, to gauge their compatibility with cats and small dogs.

However!

Cat tests are not necessarily conclusive.

We were told our German shorthair pointer was tested with cats and did fine. Turns out she completely ignores Rico (our white cat, who is an asshole and really needs someone to watch him 24/7) but was obsessed with Kyoko (our departed Maine Coon, who was super-sweet). She kept trying to approach to check her out -- while shaking and drooling and keeping her eyes locked on target and ignoring every other thing. So we leashed her for a while, and she spent the whole time pulling on the leash toward Kyoko, occasionally wheezing.

From that point on Kyoko had to live upstairs in the master bedroom with Rico, who was there for damage control purposes anyway.
posted by Foosnark at 5:55 PM on January 3


The parts where he gets DANGER CLOSE to the camera are the best parts.

Someone from the attendant Reddit thread posted this freeze-frame perfectly capturing the YAY SNOW RUNNING derp.
posted by zombieflanders at 5:57 PM on January 3 [2 favorites]


Roswell the puppycat really, really liked this video.
posted by rtha at 6:16 PM on January 3


PS: First and second dogs in those videos with my face to demonstrate scale.

I couldn't get the Vine videos to load but the second dog here, Koga, looks a kinda like my Shaggs. So I said awww and got all mushy when I opened his picture.

Shaggy also does jumping circles like the greyhound in the OP at about 20 seconds in, but once he starts, it turns into incredibly fast spinning in place and he does it in the house and weighs 70 pounds and is not coordinated at all and it is simultaneously hilarious and terrifying.
posted by Squeak Attack at 8:43 PM on January 3


We don't have a cat but our greyhound is completely indifferent to them and has stayed in homes with them with no drama. She also doesn't care about street cats.

I don't recommend you introduce a greyhound to your pet squirrel, though.
posted by nev at 8:30 AM on January 4


Mosley is obviously hampered by the presence of snow and adorable PJs. This video gives a sense of how much faster greyhounds are than other dogs (though the German Shepherd demonstrates good tactics in the face of physical inferiority).
posted by nev at 8:45 AM on January 4 [1 favorite]


YAY SNOW RUNNING derp

Ironically that is the exact face I make when I see a puppy frand.
posted by elizardbits at 12:06 PM on January 4


Mosley is obviously hampered by the presence of snow and adorable PJs. This video gives a sense of how much faster greyhounds are than other dogs (though the German Shepherd demonstrates good tactics in the face of physical inferiority).

Warning that video might make water happen from your eyes because that's one happy free dog that's no longer being forced to race but is running just because RUNNING YAY. Yay rescue!
posted by sweetkid at 1:04 PM on January 4 [3 favorites]


This video gives a sense of how much faster greyhounds are than other dogs (though the German Shepherd demonstrates good tactics in the face of physical inferiority).

We lived in two different houses while we had Trai, and in both cases there was a friendly next-door-dog neighbor who delighted in touching noses through the fence with Trai, tails wagging happily. Then they'd simultaneously, as if at some unseen prompting, both start running along the length of the fence, from one end of the back yard to the other. At our first house, the neighbor dog was a Jack Russell terrier mix, and he didn't do too badly at keeping up with Trai. But at the second house the neighbor dog was Dudley, a short-legged tubby bulldog. Poor Dudley would only be about halfway up the yard before Trai was on his return journey.

I don't recommend you introduce a greyhound to your pet squirrel, though.

This makes me laugh, and also understand why Trai was retired at age two. All of our literature warned about holding tight to the leash while on walks, lest your grey take off after a squirrel. But Trai never chased anything, not even a thrown toy. I remember taking him on a walk one afternoon and spotting some tiny baby rabbits dashing in and out and around the trees of the corner parking lot not far from where we were standing. I instinctively wrapped Trai's leash a few loops around my wrist, but he simply looked for a few minutes in the direction of the scampering bunnies and then trotted onto the property of house closest to us and sniffed the flowers in their garden. (He loved to nose around flowers, for whatever reason.)
posted by Oriole Adams at 1:12 PM on January 4 [1 favorite]


Koga really does look like Shaggy! Koga is a purebred Leonberger - they were bred to resemble lions for Leonberg, Germany, and are a mix of St Bernard, Newfoundland, and Great Pyranees (good news! this mix eliminates the drooling St. Bernards are prone to). Koga's female, so despite her size, at a mere 120 lb, she's at the smaller end of the breed.

(Simon is a mutt with a good bit of border collie mix in - he has The Stare and is not really great with cats. My parents' third, previously not pictured dog, Rocky, is a samoyed.)
posted by maryr at 1:20 PM on January 4 [2 favorites]


maryr, squee! We love Leonbergers in our house. When we adopted Shaggs, he was listed as a Leonberger mix which is really far-fetched for Tucson. But people do stop us and ask if he's a Leonberger on a consistent basis. We think he's probably more along the lines of a German shepherd/golden retriever mix, and he's only about 70 pounds.

When we adopted him, though, we read up on Leonbergers and got all mushy for the breed. And we call Shaggs silly names like Lovin'berger or Leanin'berger on occasion.

Koga, Simon and Rocky are all lovely.
posted by Squeak Attack at 4:30 PM on January 4


yes, those are beautiful dogs.
posted by sweetkid at 4:34 PM on January 4


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