Twix (Mesa Alicia) was born May 2006. As Greyhound number 15, she came on board December 2009, donated by the McGregor Greyhound Welfare Center of the Birmingham Racecourse. She is a light red brindle with long ears and a sickle tail.
She was chosen on only two criteria. First she had to be sound to shot, e.g. not afraid of fire crackers or thunder; second, intuition. She is the only one ever selected who showed no interest in me upon our meeting. She did not have to prove she could jump into a top crate, act flashy or display any interest in balls or toys. Oddly, she is only the second that did not know how to catch tossed food or toys.
At this writing Twix has not been with us long, and like all newbies, I consider her an enigma and very mysterious. But, she really is different. Uniquer than the other Uniques. For one thing, she is a mass of contradictions. Her house behavior is very quiet and puppy-like. In public, she is self-confident, bold, very sure of herself, and yet above it all. She takes nothing personal, yet only one stern word and the problem (counter surfing for example) is solved.
Her training and practice time for teaming has been very sporadic due to rain and temps this winter, yet her learning curve exploded after a month or so, stunning and amazing even me. How and where did she learn all that?