About Millie

Millie HeadHi.  My name is Millie and I’m a brindle Lurcher – that’s a Greyhound cross for those who don’t know what a Lurcher is.  I live between the woods and the sea with my foster-sister Pearl and our human, Annabelle, who adopted me 12 years ago as a puppy from Greyhound Rescue Wales.  Pearl is a white Greyhound with a spotty backside and a face like a badger.  She thinks she’s top dog because she’s a pure bred Greyhound.  I’m sorry to say she’s a bit of a bully, but I try to be kind to her because I know that underneath she’s scared.  She was treated badly by her owners and then thrown out on the street.  I let her pull rank in the house because when we’re out on walks she’s a quivering wreck and I get to be in charge.  Pearl hates sudden loud noises.  Even the sound of children playing sends her into a frenzy of fear, and it’s really embarrassing when she starts pulling and twirling and chewing on the lead.  One day she chewed right through it and ran all the way back to the house.

Annabelle fostered 8 dogs before Pearl and Greyhound Rescue Wales found homes for all of them, but Pearl has to be a lifetime foster because she was such a delinquent that no one could cope with her.  That means GRW pay Annabelle her expenses for the whole of her life.

This is how it happened…

When Pearl first came here 6 years ago she was too scared to go for a walk because of all the unfamiliar noises outside, so when Annabelle went to put the lead on her she turned into a snarling, snapping white monster.  Annabelle didn’t push it because she didn’t want to lose her fingers – she needs them for writing her books – so she left Pearl in the house and just took me for a walk.  I thought we’d given up on Pearl, but not a bit of it.  The next day Annabelle was eating a sandwich and Pearl snuck out of her hidey-hole in the back room, hoping for a tidbit.  Little did she know Annabelle had the lead behind her back.  Annabelle offered Pearl a crust, and Pearl took the bait.  Quick as a whippet, Annabelle clipped the lead on Pearl’s collar and off we all went.  By employing similar trickery over the following weeks, Annabelle got Pearl out for a walk every day until she was used to it.

That was when GRW tried to home her.  I breathed a sigh of relief as we watched her being taken away by the nice couple in their car.  But 3 weeks later she was back – I’m not sure what went wrong but I’m guessing she freaked out when she found herself in a strange new area and turned back into the Great White Monster when it was time for “walkies”.

So it looks like I’m stuck with my foster-sister for good.  She’s not that bad really, I just wish she’d show me a little respect.  After all, I’m  older than her and a SUPERMODEL.  Long before she came on the scene I did a photoshoot for Pets at Home – they wanted GRW dogs in their Greyhound and Lurcher calendars – and I appeared on the front page of the Greyhound calendar, no less, even though I’m not a pure bred Greyhound.

So suck on that, Badger Features!

41 Responses to About Millie

  1. ksbeth says:

    wow, this is wonderful and sweet and i look forward to reading more from you. thanks for reading my words too – best, beth

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  2. Thank you, Beth, and thanks for following us. We love the picture of the sloth on your blog, it looks a bit like Annabelle! Love ‘n’ licks, Millie.

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  3. Love your closing! I am cracking up over here! 🙂 Pure bred, schmure bred. Go Millie!
    Thanks for visiting and liking my Friend Fest post. Nice to “Meet” you!
    Vanessa

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  4. Nice to meet you, too – you clearly appreciate true class! Thanks for following us 🙂

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  5. Eileen says:

    What a beautiful dog! She and her foster sister are lucky to have you, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your intriguing blog.

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  6. Thank you! I look forward to reading more about Bangsiri – she is sweet!

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  7. Millie-it appears you are a dog of many talents-and it was quite interesting to learn what a lurcher is-we at Little Dogs Laughed look forward to reading more of your adventures–and yes, Pearl too!

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  8. Meredith says:

    I rescued Nick from a local pound. I’d never seen a white schnauzer before. He came to me as a gift of God, hauled all the way from AZ to TN in a semi. The trucker found him abandoned.

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  9. Hi Meredith, just popped over to your blog to check out Nick – what a handsome boy, and so unusual! We haven’t seen a white Schnauzer before, either.

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  10. Carrie Rubin says:

    Very kind of Millie to accept her ‘foster sister.’ It’s always good to take the higher canine road… 😉

    Thanks for visiting my site. Much appreciated!

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  11. I love her really! Millie x

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  12. Millie has struck it lucky with you. She sounds like a great dog, one that Bob would get along with,
    I was interested in your post about Mercy Dogs as Bob’s companion Ellie is a working rescue dog with the local river rescue group. We really under rate the importance of dogs and animals in our lives.

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  13. I’m the lucky one. Millie is a very special dog – though I’m biased, of course. All animals have special qualities, and we do underestimate them.

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  14. What a wonderful story. These precious animals bring so much love into our lives even in cases when they’re the ones needing the care.

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  15. They certainly have a lot to teach us. I think the Universe matches us with the dogs we need.

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  16. jmount43 says:

    What a sweet (and intelligent)-looking dog.

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  17. Thank you! As a breed, we’re not known for our intelligence – our heads are rather small and most of our brains are taken up with running our big, powerful bodies – but I like to think I’m an exception to the rule. Millie x

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  18. Caitlin The Teen Daydreamer says:

    Such a beautiful dog! I have two dogs and I love them to bits! I found your blog thanks to Karen and now you’ve got a new follower 😉

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  19. Thank you! We’ve just visited your blog, where we saw your two lovely boys and read your excellent advice on what to consider when getting a dog. If more people took this advice, there would be fewer dogs needing to be rescued from careless owners.
    You have a new follower too – or three, if you count Millie and Pearl. 🙂

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  20. Well MR Greyhound , I’d like to let you know I have bought thousands of dollars worth of food for your relatives at the race tracks over the years.

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  21. Millie and Pearl would like to thank you on behalf of all racing greyhounds. Many dogs kenneled at tracks rely on the generosity of kind people like you.

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  22. jjspina says:

    Thank you for following my blog. I enjoyed your tale of Millie and Pearl, so sweet! Bless you for taking care of them. Best wishes to you and your lovely dogs.

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  23. Thank you! It’s a pleasure taking care of Millie and Pearl – I’m very lucky they ‘chose’ me.

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  24. Hello Annabelle, Millie and Pearl, I am so looking forward to getting to know you better through this wonderful blog. I lost my big guy Lucca two days ago and I think following you guys may help me deal with this huge huge loss. Thanks for sharing your lives!

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  25. We’re so sorry you’ve lost your dear dog – a dog-shaped hole is hard to fill. We’re sending you lots of love and licks.

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  26. roweeee says:

    Hello Millie,
    You’re an excellent writer and I really enjoyed reading about your family. My friend has adopted two greyhounds and is a real convert. She takes them to cafes and they’re thoroughly spoiled. It sounds like you’re very patient with your adopted sister. I’m sure she appreciates your understanding xx Rowena

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    • Thank you! You and your friend have clearly discovered that greyhounds make great pets and are eminently spoil-able. I do try to be patient with Pearl, but it’s not always easy, especially when she keeps stealing my boyfriends! Millie xx

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  29. bowmanauthor says:

    Millie, love your site and hope to introduce you to Molly the cat, my muse, sometime in the future.

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  30. I’ll look forward to that! Millie xx

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  31. Cezane & Michelle says:

    Millie, you’re adorable! 🙂 I look forward to reading more of your posts here 😀 – Michelle

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  32. Thank you! I’m told I’m a special soul 😉 Millie xx

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  33. Hemangini says:

    pets makes our world the most precious one.. they bring us closer to our fun self and make us more human.. ❤ the story… I hope Pearl & Millie are having a great time… I almost loved the way you took Pearl out to walk.. It's so sweet and lovely.

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  34. So lovely Pearl can stay with you forever. Her confidence will grow with time and Millie will be a great help to her. Love and wags to you all xxx

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  35. It’s been a hard road with Pearl but she is so much better now than when she first came to us. We couldn’t have done it without Milllie’s gentle presence.
    Thank you so much for visiting and following! I love whippets, they are like fairy greyhounds. 🙂

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  36. MG WELLS says:

    Enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing and best wishes.

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