About me

My name is Solo, and I am a blue greyhound, still very baby-like in my thoughts and actions. I was two years old in May 2012. I have never raced. I adopted my people, John and Maureen, in January 2012, and they drove hundreds of kilometres to come and meet me and pick me up from the GAP kennels in Sanson.

GAP stands for Greyhounds as Pets, which isΒ a registered charity established by the racing industry in New Zealand to find pet homes for greyhounds which are no longer able to race. (Or, like me, who never made it to the racetrack.) You can find out more about GAP here:Β http://www.greyhoundsaspets.org.nz

I was an only pup, hence my name, and I apparently suffered “birth trauma”, which affected the way I walk. Well, I say walk: I walk just fine, and I can gallop like a racehorse (did you know we greyhounds can gallop at 75 kilometres per hour [46.6miles per hour] within six strides from a standing start? The only animal that can accelerate faster than us is a cheetah! πŸ™‚ ) The only thing I can’t do is trot. So when we get up to trotting pace (a brisk human walk), I bound along with both front legs at the same time, a bit like a rocking horse. I don’t have a problem with that, though strangers often ask my Mum why I “walk funny”, or stop her to tell her I am lame (which I’m not). It’s just the way I am, and I know my Mum and Dad love me however I am, so that’s okay.

Here is a link to the GAP video of me, taken before I found my Mum and Dad. I was billed as “Special Solo” and I like being special. πŸ™‚


You can read about my adventure after I left the GAP kennel in my first blog post – ‘The First Few Days’….. and my post, ‘Barking Mad’ is also very exciting!

I have quickly settled into my new home on the northern Coromandel Peninsula and I love it here. I have lots of comfy beds – 4 dedicated dog beds, my own settee outside on the balcony, Mum and Dad’s bed, the spare bed, the settee upstairs in the sitting room, and a bed in the shade on the balcony when it’s hot! Β We are lucky enough to have a lovely big garden, where I can go zoomies like a mad thing when the mood takes me. I go for morning walks with Dad, and Mum usually takes me for walks to the beach every evening. I sometimes manage to wangle a mid-day walk to the store with Mum, as well.

My Mum types this blog for me, as I am not very good with the keys on the laptop. Mum is a writer, and so is Dad. I have read some of Mum’s stuff (I don’t really understand it, but Mum says that’s okay) but I’m not allowed to read a lot of Dad’s stuff, as he writes a lot of horror, and they don’t want me to have nightmares.

These are some links I like:






My Mum’s going to add some more links soon, as she and I have made a lot more friends now.


23 thoughts on “About me

  1. I am so pleased I have found your blog! I have had so much fun learning about your accident when mum got into the way as you were zooming, your 2nd Birthday (a very berlated happy birthday) and seeing that you seem to have as much rain and cold as we do at the moment – I wonder who has stolen the sun?!!

    I look forward to getting to know you better!


    • Hello Basil, pleased to meet you! πŸ™‚ Funny, your weather looks just like ours right now! Thank you for the birthday greetings. I keep dropping hints to Dad to make me another cake, but he says I have to wait ’til next year. Surely that can’t be right???


      • I am sure you are suppose to get as many cakes as you are years old and celebrate for the entire month of your birth?! If not I think that is how it should be done and when I am president I will make this change!

  2. Basil – that sounds eminently sensible to me! I shall immediately have words with Mum and Dad about this, and will DEFINITELY vote Basil for President! πŸ™‚

    • Hello, Moo and Mommy Stephanie! It was lovely to visit your place and read a little bit more about you both. The Story of Solo shall be revealed in due course (and probably quite slowly, as Mum says she’s really busy with Other Things right now!) I’ll try to get my Mum to post the original video of me that they saw before they brought me home. πŸ™‚

      Big WOOFS from Solo πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Solo, you are truly beautiful! I also have a beautiful 2 year old blue girl – Billie. We adopted her from a rescue organisation a few months ago, so now she lives with us and our other greyhound April and our little buddy Rupie, a staffy x. You can see some pics of her and her new friends on our blog. Hope you can pop by sometime – I’m truly addicted to greys! Kylie

    • Well, hello there, Kylie! It’s so lovely of you to stop by my blog! I have had a quick look at your own blog, and know I am going to love following yours and all your family’s adventures. Billie, you look absolutely gorgeous – in fact you ALL do BOL! We’ll definitely keep in touch.

      Big WOOFS from Solo πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Solo. You’re one beautiful pup. I just got here and you’ve been a big help to me already. I have a 4 y/o pup who hasn’t trotted since we got her at 4 months of age! I’ve been wondering why all these years and none of the vets could tell me – but you did. Thank you!

    • Well hello there! My Mum says that of course all cases are different, and no one knows for complete certainty why I hop instead of trotting. πŸ™‚ But I don’t seem to have any other problems, and I hope your girl doesn’t either!

      Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Mum is absolutely promising to let me near the computer soon so that I can write an update!

      Big WOOFS from Solo πŸ™‚

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