The Business Development Dog Bore
How did you meet your canine companion?
Carlos is a rescued Spanish ‘galgo’ (greyhound). We adopted him with the help of an organisation in Belgium called Greyhounds In Nood. The only information we had about him was a picture that was posted on the adoption page of their website. The first time we met Carlos was when we picked him up from the foster home where he had been staying. I’ll never forget the moment we entered the house: among the dozen other galgos stood Carlos, twice their size (he’s a really big guy). Love at first sight.
What’s the story behind your dog’s name?
Carlos had a racing name in his passport, ‘Berrinche’. As a galgo, Carlos would’ve spent most of his life in a kennel with little to no human contact outside the races. We were told by his foster that he was not responsive to his previous name, so she suggested we rename him. We wanted to give him a Spanish name, but it was only in the car our ride home that the name Carlos came to us. It just suited him. I still get a warm, fuzzy feeling when his ears perk up and he wags his tail when we call his name.
How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
In two words: a lot. Pre-Carlos, I feel like I used to spend all of my free time on the weekend shopping. Now, I’d rather hang out with my dog. For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to have a dog. But, the night we adopted him I was overwhelmed with the realisation that I was responsible for another living being. There are times when it’s a bit of a struggle, like when it rains and Carlos refuses to go for a walk outside… and there are times when he cracks me up, like when he puts his head on my keyboard, or strategically positions himself in front of the TV to get my attention – alright, already… pets before Netflix… all the funny, quirky things he does that makes us laugh makes it all worth it in the end. I can’t imagine my life without him. He’s taught me to put someone else’s needs before my own – and that a walk with your dog in the park can cheer you up more than a new pair of shoes :-)
Which 3 words best describe your dog’s personality?
Calm, sleepy… sloth – honestly, I think he’s the laziest creature I’ve ever met.
Who’s your dog’s favourite person?
I would love to say that I am… but, I’m pretty sure Carlos’ favourite person is our cleaning lady. He just gets so excited when she comes over. I’m 100% sure she’s been sneaking him a ton of treats when we’re not around.
What’s your dog’s superpower?
Carlos’ super power would be in his eyes, like Kaa from the Jungle Book. One look in those bad boys and you’re a goner. I try not to look at him while I’m eating, otherwise I’d be tempted to give him a little something every time. So there’s that… or his ability to clear a room. They don’t call them ‘windhonden’ in the Netherlands for nothing – key word being ‘wind’. We’re lucky it doesn’t happen so often, but when it does? They are silent... but deadly.
If your dog had a job, what would it be?
Carlos would be a competitive eating CHAMPION – no one crushes a bowl of food like he does (and at greyhound speed!)
What’s your dog’s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
Honestly? Every morning at 7am, like clockwork, Carlos gets up and – uh – cleans himself. The sound is pretty gross. Awkward.
Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
You can find us walking around the commune of St Gilles a lot. We usually make a stop at one of the dog friendly cafés for a drink – Café La Pompe or Café La Biche – until Carlos gets bored and squeaks at us that it’s time to get going. Then we usually end up at one of Carlos’ favourite parks, e.g. the Bois de Dieleghem or the Egmont Park.
Finish this sentence "a dog walks into a bar….”
… and hopefully the owners allow you to stay! Otherwise you have to look for another spot to hang out.