This is Harold. He is a fantastic greyhound at Greenfields Greyhound Rescue in the UK. The elves can't wait to race some holiday goodies over to him!
What is your name and how old are you?
Harold. I think I am about eight.
How did you get to Greenfields Greyhound Rescue?
I came to Greenfields five years ago after being caught by the dog warden and put in a large city pound. Greenfields did rehome me for a few years but I was returned when I developed epilepsy and my owners did not want me near their new baby.
Have you been naughty or nice?
I am always very nice although I do like to take off after the odd pheasant now and then when mum is off her guard. Biting the back of mum's boots and making her fall over also keeps my spirits up too.
What will you ask Santa for this year -- in addition to a wonderful forever home, of course?
The biggest pig's ear in the world!
Tell us something about you that your kitty/doggie pals would find surprising, or endearing?
I share my kennel with Sally who is a 9-year-old retired brood bitch. God, can that girl nag, she just never shuts up but I do like to wrap my paws around her bottom and use her as a pillow every night. Her breath's too bad to use the other end.
What's your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Lying in the sun being groomed by the volunteers.
Do you have any best friend kitties or doggies at the shelter? Tell us about them!
Well I didn't have any choice in her moving in, but now that she's here I do love Sally. I don't think anyone is going to give me a home because of my epilepsy, and Sally is nine and black (black greyhounds are the hardest to rehome) and very stroppy. But we have each other, so we're happy.
Do you have any nicknames?
I do let my friends call me "H."
What's the silliest thing you've done?
Chasing mum's sheep. Musn't do it again, no really musn't do it again. Must control urges...
Tell us about a day in your life.
Well I wake up cuddling Sally usually to the sound of mum letting other dogs out in the yard to stretch their legs. I get up and have a pee being very careful to cock my leg so all the wee goes into Teddy's run next door. Mum lets me out to have a play in the yard, and if it's sunny, I will grad a bed and have a sunbathe. Next comes breakfast (my meals always have plenty of meat on them to hide all the tablets I need to take). Because Sally has seen my meals, she now demands more meat, too -- such a copycat! After a good rest, we go out into the fields for a good run around. Mum always comes with us to make sure everything is OK and we play a few games. I personally think we should play sheep games but mum doesn't agree (she is a bit boring). We then come back to the yard and go into our kennel and run while other dogs go for a play. After we are all walked, it is a free period. Mum would like us to chill out and sleep, but we do like a bit of choir practice... which all the locals in the valley just love. In the afternoon I go for another walk and then wait for my supper before cuddling up for the night with Sally. Twice a week, a lovely lady comes and grooms and gives me a massage. Sometimes we get lovely visitors who take me and one of the others in their car for a lovely day out.