Just about anyone with a sofa and a leash is a candidate for Greyhound adoption. As the proud owner of two rescued racers, I can say with confidence that they are as close to the perfect companion animal as you will ever find. Ancient Egyptian’s not only depicted drawings of them in their art, they were mummified and preserved in the tombs of royalty dating back more than 5 thousand years. Today the regal Greyhound is used primarily for racing. However, when their careers are over, they are often destroyed in inhumane ways. A lucky few end up in the hands of rescue groups and are adopted out to suitable new owners. If you adopt a Greyhound, you are in for an amazing experience with a dog that will charm and impress you for life.
Our first rescued Greyhound was an elegant female whose racing name was Dancing With Donna. She was right off the track when we got the four year old female and I must admit, it was funny watching her adjust to becoming ‘house smart.’ For one thing, Donna had no idea how to navigate her three-foot long body through a hallway with a turn. For about a month she could not get to the bedroom without hitting a wall. Greyhounds are athletic if they are running in a straight line; u-turns and doorways are another story.
It took Donna about six months to get the hang of living in a house instead of a kennel. Now she knows the rules better than my children.
Greyhounds readily adapt to living with families and other dogs. When you adopt a rescue they are already crate trained, so putting the finishing touches on housebreaking is extremely easy. They are also sensitive, intelligent, require almost no grooming, and only need a moderate amount of exercise.
We have had Donna for almost ten years now and we still love to watch her race our other dogs around the yard, even if she does occasionally come in second to our Australian Sheppard. When she is not pretending to be a dog half her size by trying to sit on someone’s lap, she is quite content to sprawl out on the sofa and nap while we watch TV.
Once you get used to having a Greyhound around, you may feel like you’re missing something important without one. There is something very special about Greyhounds and owning a rescued racer feels like a privilege. It’s almost impossible to walk down the street with a Greyhound on the end of your leash and not have people stop and ask you about your dog.
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