If you are owned by a greyhound, know a greyhound or have lived with a greyhound, you know what I'm talking about. Sorry for the boring post for you today!
For those of you who have never heard it, be grateful.
All dogs screech. It's a fact of life. Despite the best of intentions, a paw gets stepped on, a nail quicked, a tail caught in a door. *SCREECH* Yep, you know what I'm talking about. Usually indicates major pain and suffering.
A greyhound scream of death (herein after referred to as "GSOD") is an otherworldy sound that, once heard, you hope never to hear again.
Just imagine - you are enjoying a few minutes of peace and quiet when the calm is shattered by a GSOD, a blood-curdling sound that has your neighbors convinced that you do actually torture your hound. You rush over to your faithful, hurting hound to find out what possibly could have happened - she shattered one of her fragile legs playing, chipped a tooth on the bone you gave him, wrenched her back, tore a ligament - the thousand possibilities are rushing through your brain as you carefully check every inch of your beautiful hound. She looks at you with giant, weepy eyes, one paw held up and trembling. You check the paw to make sure that the toes are intact, no splinters; you work your way up the leg, checking for scrapes, blood, strains, any sign of anything at all.
Bella: OUCH, Mom, fix it, fix it, fix it! *whimper*
Me: Oh my gosh, what did you do? Mr. D, get your cell phone and the vet's phone number, just in case
*frantically running hands over Bella's legs and body*
Bella: Ooohhh, yes, scritch that place again - yep, right there *sigh*
Me: Um, I'm starting to think that you're ok
Then you figure it out. Your drama queen stepped on a computer cord next to her bed. You remove the offending cord and she happily trots over to her bed and stretches out again. She gives you a look as if to say "what's the problem?"
Ironically, Bella did NOT sound a GSOD when she touched her nose to the hot oven rack, even though an audible sizzle was heard. Here is the catch - a GSOD is usually only employed when the hound is not actually hurt, but is on the lookout for human sympathy and snuggles.
Beware of your manipulative houndie!