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August 13, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

So close, yet so far away

So close , yet so far away

This is a shot of one of my greyhounds staring out of the window at two rabbits having the nerve to come and feed on her lawn. These little bunnies have no idea how lucky they are.



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  1. mrsbearfoot / Aug 13 2013 10:50 pm

    I have no doubt one of those “wascally wabbits” would be dinner if the door was open. ;-9

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 13 2013 11:02 pm

      Absolutely. I have two rescued ex racing greyhounds, so ‘wascally wabbits’ would be a dog’s dinner in no time at all, if they got the chance. This one was actually standing at the window throbbing with the urge to get out. She looked like she would explode.

  2. The Stately Hound / Aug 13 2013 10:59 pm

    Very lucky indeed! My two would be going crazy!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 13 2013 11:03 pm

      Mine were too. You can’t tell from the photo but she was actually shaking with the urge to get out.

  3. magreenlee / Aug 13 2013 11:00 pm

    Lovely blog! Great idea – a photo a day for a year.
    You’ve got me thinking, now…

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 13 2013 11:07 pm

      Thank you. Give it a go. I wanted to capture and share the ordinary things, not just the big, dramatic and pretty stuff. Everyone’s ‘ordinary’ is different and therefore interesting to someone else, if you know what I mean. I love to see everyday things others see, which to me here in the UK are exotic.

      • 'CC' Richards / Aug 14 2013 5:21 am

        Walking a mile in another’s shoes… is such a great experience. That’s why I really enjoy your blog.

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 14 2013 8:27 am

        Thank you very much.

  4. delimaf / Aug 14 2013 12:43 am

    Great photo! Loved the excitement of the dog – all the muscles ready to move the body in a flash, but there was the glass between them. A lucky rabbit, a frustrated dog. Thanks much!

  5. Gallivanta / Aug 14 2013 2:30 am

    The audacity of that rabbit!!

  6. windhound / Aug 14 2013 12:04 pm

    A Greyhound’s idea of the perfect reality TV show. I predict that you will not have rabbits in the garden very soon. I used to have Scottish Deerhounds and no rabbits.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 14 2013 1:21 pm

      Surprisingly we’ve had them for years. We’ve kept greyhounds (rescued ex racers) for a long time and throughout the years we seem to have a local population of rabbits and squirrels sent out on suicide missions. They nest in the surrounding fields and each generation seems to fail to pass it on to the next that the garden with the two greyhounds is not the place to visit. I love deerhounds too; beautiful creatures. We had a local character who was a cross between a deerhound and a greyhound and he was glorious. The size of a small horse and so gentle.

      • windhound / Aug 15 2013 6:34 pm

        That description of the deerhound sounds absolutely right. This is a photo of my most recent deerhound who managed to be my invisible shadow in spite of her size Interesting about the wild things with a death wish / at least it keeps the greyhounds alert! You are doing a wonderful service for these great dogs.

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 15 2013 10:04 pm

        A beautiful creature. She has that gentleness in her eyes that I see in greyhounds too.

  7. weggieboy / Aug 14 2013 4:26 pm

    My cats are that way with birds outside the backdoor. They make a cute chirpy sound when excited. How about your hounds? Are they quiet or do they betray their presence with whines and barks?

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 14 2013 5:55 pm

      The younger one goes crazy when she sees/hears/smells something. The older one is much more cunning. She knows I will make a noise to scare whatever is out there away to prevent the dogs catching it, so she tries very hard to stay calm and just goes to the back door to tell me she wants to go out. However, usually the adrenaline pumps round her body so much that she can’t contain herself and I can tell by her demeanor that something is out there. When I open the door they just explode and heaven help anything that is in the way.

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