Greyhounds Going Home
Greyhounds are loveable companion pets. However, every year, thousands of greyhounds are bred for the 27 remaining racetracks in the US. The dogs are intentionally over-bred so that there are always new dogs to replace aging and underperforming greyhounds.
“These dogs have feelings and intelligence, but they are treated like racing slaves so people can gamble,” says retired police officer Irvin Cannon and author of For the Love of Dog Tales. “Who is the winner in this scenario?”
In response, Greyhound adoption programs have sprung up across the country in an attempt to find a forever-home for these unique and beautiful dogs after their racing career. Cannon says there are some things to remember before adopting a greyhound:
>> They typically don’t have issues associated with abuse: Greyhounds may not get a lot of love in the kennels, but are not often abused by track personnel. They tend to respond to fear and violence by either freezing in place or running. Since they are trained to chase rabbits, they may be inclined to pursue small running animals.
>> Greyhounds tend to be intelligent and timid: These dogs are considered gentle and reserved, but stubborn. If they sense they can take control, they will, so owners should quickly establish authority.
>> Unfamiliar to other breeds: Greyhounds are born and raised around other people and greyhounds only. They may become confused or frightened by other dogs, and may need to get accustomed to cats.
>> No fat, little hair: No dog should be left outside, but greyhounds are especially sensitive to extreme temperatures and rain.
>> Sweet affection: They do not bite; they show affection by licking, leaning, and rubbing… much like cats.