Make A Friend For Life: Adopt A Greyhound

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 10th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/dz7rgdr./
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Looking for a lifelong companion who will shower you with unconditional love? Want a lifelong companion who will ask nothing more of you than to have his or her basic needs for love, food, shelter and medical care met? If you answered yes to those questions, the adopt a retired Greyhound.

The origin of the Greyhound.

According to animal anthropologist who have studied paintings on cave walls, the history of the Greyhound, as a breed, can be traced back for 8000 years. Almost every breed of domestic dogs can be traced back to the early Greyhound. The modern racing Greyhound breed can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians and Celts. The Egyptians worshiped the Greyhound as gods. In old, merry England, "You could tell a gentleman by his horses and his Greyhounds."

Greyhounds love people

One of the reasons that retired racing Greyhounds make terrific companions is the basic fact that they love people. During the first year of their lives, they are handled daily by their breeders, so they come to crave the attention and affection of humans. Greyhounds love people, but they may be frightened or confused by other breeds of dogs because they have never been exposed to them. Adopting a Greyhound may not be a nifty idea if you already have a dog of another breed.

Greyhound adoption agencies.

The first step in adopting one of these beautiful animals is selecting an adoption agency and filling out the required application. There are adoption agencies all over the world, not just in the United States. You can use this handy Greyhound Adoption Agency Directory to locate an agency near you. The adoption procedures vary slightly. Unlike adopting a pet from an animal shelter, this agency require that the applicant attend orientation classes to learn about retired Greyhounds and how to care for them properly. Personally, I think this is an excellent policy, one that should be adopted by shelters, as well.

Rescued retired Greyhounds placed in pet foster homes.

Many Greyhound rescue agencies place the Greyhounds in pet foster homes as an intermediary step between the rescue and placing them in a permanent home. Greyhounds, or any other dog for that matter, respond better when placed in a loving home and not kept caged up in a kennel environment. Foster parents accepted into this program receive training in how to re-socialize the Greyhounds, getting them use to being in a loving home environment and to being around other animals. The rescue group pays for all veterinarian care, some even provide food and other necessities, but most do not.

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author avatar Denise O
10th Jan 2011 (#)

Great piece Jerry. We have a dog track here in Alabama. I have never been. I love the whole presentation.
Great cause also.
Now Bugg and I are going to go play in our snow/ice. I am hoping I get some good pictures for a article.
Boo in his 14 years saw snow twice and poor Max was born the year after it snowed and when it snowed again, the last year before he passed, he was blind...the poor baby.
Bugg has seen snow twice, in his first year, he is loving it.
Once again Jerry, well written, you know I love the pictures and also, just a great cause my friend.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Greenfaol
10th Jan 2011 (#)

Excellent article. The greyhound issue was raised in the UK a couple of years ago, with a video of a man mass-killing them. people paid him to kill greyhounds who were no longer fit enough to run. it shocked the nation. Annette Crosby (Calendar Girls and TV series Wyrd Sisters) has done a lot of campaigning for them. Excellent article.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Jan 2011 (#)

We have the same problems here in the states, Norma. That is the reason for the fast proliferation of the Greyhound rescue groups and the need for more foster homes.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th Jan 2011 (#)

Adoption is the best way to get a pet! Greyhounds are sight hounds, so as Jerry mentions - might not be good with other pets - especially cats, rabbits, and toy dogs.
I beleive they have a reputation as couch potatoes

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Jan 2011 (#)

One of the main reasons that Greyhounds are not good around other dogs is because they have never been around ant breed other than Greyhounds.

You are right about them being big couch potatoes but you need to keep them in a dog harness and on a sturdy leash when taking them for walks--that is unless you can run at 45 MPH :-))

A friend of mine has been fostering Greyhounds for 10 years and she tell me they keep her fit and trim :-))

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author avatar Rob Kentworth
11th Jan 2011 (#)

A really nice article, Jerry. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Retired
11th Jan 2011 (#)

Excellent work.

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author avatar Barbara10Broek
12th Jan 2011 (#)

I Love greyhounds, great article!

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author avatar Paul Lines
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Well done on another informative article Jerry

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you one and all :-))

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author avatar Maria Papadopoulou
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Another perfect article from Jerry...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks Maria.

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author avatar maree
13th Jan 2011 (#)

Bought tears to my eyes.
My dad has been gone a long long time.
But it reminded me of
the joys he got with his greyhounds.
To this day I still dont forgive my mother
having them put down.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Jan 2011 (#)

Maree, I don't believe in having any animal put down unless they are suffering and they have no chance of recovering their health. I'm not saying what your mother did was right, she should have tried to fine them another home(s), but I think I can understand why she did it. Looking at those greyhounds probably reminded her of her loss, your father. Looking at them brought back the pain and sorrow and she couldn't handle it. Unless your mother always hated the dogs, you should try and forgive her for her having them put down.

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author avatar krrymarie
13th Jan 2011 (#)

All the dogs I have had since leaving home ( 3) have been rescued. I adopted my greyhound and she was so lovely and affectionate, good could walk her miles and miles off the lead she was lovely. but she past away. I have now got a staffie cross he is lovely and sweet again radopted but he caused me some problems I couldn't even walk him I would come home crying he was a nightmare but now he his fine and runs of the lead and everything,. we have had him for ten years and I am glad I didn't take him back as he is so sweet like my greyhound was.

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author avatar ashabari
14th Jan 2011 (#)

nd your reply to

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author avatar ashabari
14th Jan 2011 (#)

I didn't know all these about greyhound. Yr article is really good. And yr reply to maree is equally good.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
14th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you ashabari.

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author avatar Retired
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Good article ,thanks Jerry

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Jul 2011 (#)

Excellent article Jerry, and a well deserved star page. Loved the pictures. Thank you.

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