We just watched Secretariat. What a story. Wow.
As the movie came to an end, I thought about how this horse loved to run. I thought about how our Greyhounds have always loved to run. They are amazing to watch. We live on a half acre lot with a large fenced in back yard. Our newest Greyhound, Roxie, loves to go out and play in the yard. She will suddenly take off running around the edges of the backyard at an amazing speed. You can see the joy she has running. When she finishes, she just as suddenly stops, plops down, and rests.
Our other two Greyhounds ran around the yard, but never this fast. Roxie is only 4 years old and fresh off the track. She was retired because she wasn't fast enough not because of an injury. She ran a total of 109 races, placed first in 11 races, and ran her fastest race at 30.31 seconds over the course of 550 yds.
Their energy is amazing when they want to run, but they are couch potatoes the rest of the time.
More on our other two Greyhounds on another day.