Friday, June 17, 2011


Our girls don't roo. In fact, none of the four greyhounds we've adopted have ever rooed. And Sadie and Katie get nervous whenever a group of greyhounds begin barking and rooing as is sometimes done during, or at the end of, greyhound gatherings.

A pity...I think they'd be good at it.

So I must be content with being with other people's greyhounds to get a rooing picture.

Bootsy and Jessica roo

Bootsy is one such greyhound. He roos with the slightest of provocations. I was on my way home from my first-time going to the Greyhounds in Gettysburg event in 2010. I hitched a ride with my friend and her family to BWI, stopping at her sister's home on the way there for a drink or two. The house has enormous amounts of light spilling through the back windows (which I noticed while we were all talking); it was totally wonderful. And the red-painted dining room wall complemented Bootsy's tiger stripes. I don't recall how Bootsy was prompted to roo but he kept going as my friend's sister joined in.

I didn't want to use bounce flash because the light was wonderful already but I still needed to up the ISO so Bootsy would not blur as he rooed. I took a number of pictures -- this one came out best after some cropping.

(Shot with the Nikon D300 using the 18-200mm set to 50mm; program-mode; camera chose 1/80 sec at f/4.8; ISO 800; auto white balance; matrix-metered; normal JPG.)


  1. I love that! I can't help but smile looking at that one. Hawk was our rooer, and he was so good at leading the group, but since he died, we haven't had any roos. The girls won't sing anymore.

  2. Isn't it funny how you just have to roo along too? Luckily I live alone, lol:) Frankie and Beryl both roo now when the fire siren goes. Beryl started Frankie off and now he does it more than she does. I've never tried to get them going on my own though ... maybe one day just to see if I can:)

  3. what i don't understand yet is how a group of greyhounds will spontaneously start rooing at several gatherings i've attended. no one prompted them to. there was nothing obvious to me that would get them going but whatever it was it was plenty obvious to them and worthy of a roo-fest.

  4. I love my Bootsy Booooooooooo!