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Some of you might know I have been evolved with Greyhound dogs for about 40 years now. Ex-racers and show dogs. A fun breed as there isn't much they cannot do. They have been War Dogs in the past and are known to all parts of the globe. They are a very old breed with origins clouded in history.
They may be the origin of our word DOG as in the long past a common person was not allowed to own one under the penalty of death. A code word was used if you happened to catch a dog from the Kings stable of hounds. "I'm hunting with the eyes of god..." since they are sight hounds. This was later changed because of the Kings spies to "I'm hunting with Dog", which is God backwards. History is always interesting.
A long story short, i was hunting on Thunder Mountain with my Dog Gunner. a two year old. He has proven he can be trusted off-lead and is a very keen hunter.
There is an old Buck Bunny who I swear waits for us to go on our hunts and bates Gunner to chase him. He does,never catching the rabbit on purpose. A kill is one less chase.
Today for the first time other than rabbits and mule deer, a gray squirrel ( not common here at all ) darted across the trail. Gunner was on it in a flash. It treed after 100 yards which Gunner has never seen before. He paused on a boulder and gave me a look of disbelieving what he just saw happen.
In a fleeting second I was able to take a photo of him on the boulder in his prime.
With the virus keeping us at home now as all the ranges are closed, I take him hunting with me at least once a day on my mountain.
He has a good soul and is very smart. He won't let me forget it is time to go hunting. If you have ever been "hounded" you know what I mean.
He was so excited all the way home. A new animal to chase. He is i n7TH Heaven.
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Great looking dog you must be proud

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Great looking dog!
I've thought of getting a sight hound someday, either a Greyhound or Whippet.
Always great to be out with a dog in the woods.
I love walks with my beagle. He is a rescue dog, with 2 shelters and 2 homes previous to our home. He has never hunted, but he will smell and quietly track anything BUT lets the world know when he's on a rabbit! It is like he was bred to run rabbits :). Amazing the instincts different dogs have.

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Gunner is the most keen hunter I have ever had. Before he relieves himself in the morning he goes out onto the porch and lowers his head and spies every inch of the backyard to see if a Bunny wandered into the yard during the night.
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Kansas and some other states they are used in a pack to chase and bring down Coyotes.

Wiley E Coyote doesn't stand a chance.

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Oh yes. They are natural born enemies. I have run into a couple of unlucky 'yotes that thought they could take on a Greyhound. My one male,JATO ran into one as he was chasing a 2ND coyote and hit it so hard at 40 MPH it broke its neck, then the dogs packed the carcass and tore it to pieces.
I've had one female, tree a Mountain Lion in Colorado during a camping trip. The Park Rangers were called because the Leftest thought my bitch was going to kill the lion! Nothing happened.
I can no longer let my dogs out after 5 PM on my property as the Mule Deer come down the mountain to drink water in a neighbors pond. A Greyhound can kill a deer with little effort. Their bite is stronger than a German Shepherds. A deer will run a Greyhound to death if the dog is not savvy and know when to stop the chase. The dogs are only good for about 1,000 yards at high speed before the acid in their mussels start to cause problems and can stop the dogs heart.
That is wy many Greyhounds were mix-bred with other sight hounds like the Wolfhound to create the " Long Dog", a slower dog but can run for miles.
In the distant past they were used a War Dogs. Nowadays, all that has been bread out of the lines.
The real fun hunting here is after Jackrabbits. To watch the dogs try to turn at speed is something to see.
They are very smart,fast and have few genetic problems to speak of.
All of my dogs are duel champions. Show and Coursing. Most are fearless which can be a downfall for them.
They are very low key. Not hipper at all. The dog owner term for them is " 40 mile per hour couch potatoes"
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