I know there have been posts like this before, but lately it seems to be coming up on several different sites I’ve visited again. So let me just make this illustrative post as a reference. I’ll start with starved/malnourished.
These dogs are starved/malnourished. There is ZERO muscle tone and all their bones are well defined with simply a layer of skin over them and no fat or muscle. (Note all were nursed back to health. They also all were from different countries; Scotland, Spain and the UK). Dogs kept in this condition can NOT run and race. If they were racers (I know at least the bottom one is a lurcher and the middle one I think is a galgo) there is simply no way they could probably even finish a race. So, no, active racers simply are not kept in this condition.
Next, racing-fit hounds:
Yes, some hounds have more visible ribs. Either because of lighting, because they were panting and drawing in a breath, and even because their ribcage may be sprung wider or more narrow than others. You can’t just look at a rib outline and decide a dog’s health. Look at the musculature, the overall gleam of health. Even the dog’s color can affect how they appear. Fawn dogs often seem to show more rib than brindles or whites for example.
Then we move on to fat/obese hounds:
These photos have been used by the Greyhound Health Initiative to show the difference between fat and fit, so I’m not randomly picking on people’s pets. But you can see that they are definitely overweight and even still on the middle hound you can see some rib outline. These hounds are at increased risk of joint problems, injuries, heart and lung problems and metabolic disease. I believe the people who volunteered these photos have since worked to get their hounds to a more healthy weight.
Anyway, I hope this helps people who feel confused by the physique of greyhounds (and sighthounds in general). Though remember a healthy saluki, azawakh, etc. will still be slimmer and bonier than a muscular greyhound. It’s always best to research before accusing.
The Strand serialized The Hound of the Baskervilles starting in Aug 1901. Watson and Holmes, about 49 and 47, respectively, had lived again at Baker St. for 7 years.
Some what-ifs about fitting Watson’s writing of Hound into a larger story:
- In 1901, Watson and Holmes together were planning on retiring soon from the consulting detective business. For Watson, the idea of transitioning to writing may have been the excuse for the new book, the first after Holmes’s return. Holmes, for his part, accepted Holdernesse’s large check with uncharacteristic relish.
- The Lady Carfax case took place in 1901, and Watson was thinking (fuming) about the parallel occurrence of Holmes sending him ahead to investigate then showing up without notice.
- Watson more often was “feeling rheumatic and old” that year. In Hound, he twice remembered, or imagined, how well he could run.
- Watson in 1901 really did not care to remember he was married during Hound, if we accept the 1889 date. Whatever the date, things Watson did seem to want to think about – and share in his oddly unguarded way – included missing Holmes, expressing his hurt, Holmes’s tender response and apology, his own competence apart from Holmes, and how an impossible love had wrecked Sir Henry. Did Watson recall this significant time while his relationship with Holmes was strong or, ahead of their separation in 1902, deteriorating?
I have a Halloween imagine/one shot idea where the main character, POC of course, she’s like this culebra queen of Miami. She’s a mob boss who is dating Roman right? Well when someone in her gang is being a snake, she gathers Roman and his boys and gets into a rage fit and says: “Release the hounds.”
Culebra is a vampire snake. Watch From Dusk Till Dawn, it’ll change your life.
“Our narrative proceeds along at a stately pace without a trace of Dickensian flourish or Thackerayan japery, and then I come across this, a phrase, repeated in a variety of languages, seemingly at random, like a poetic repetition I can’t make fit anywhere. Lupus Dei. The Hound of God.”