Before we leave April behind, I have been thinking about Greyhound Adoption Month and I wanted to share a few more words about Greyhounds. Every year, Bunny makes her list about why people need a Greyhound, and I think her words are more powerful than mine on the subject. When I first started this blog, I thought only a few of my friends would read it and I mainly just wanted a place to keep all the funny stories that happened in our lives all in one place. I’d recently lost our first Greyhound and while I had a thousand funny stories about her, they were spread all across various Greyhound forums before Facebook took over the digital world. As those boards were overhauled, transferred or moved, I lost a lot of those stories. My main reason for writing the blog was so that I could look back and have a laugh or two later on in life, because I’d become all too painfully aware about how finite our time together with those furry companions can be.
As we began to grow, though, I started to think more about what I wanted this blog to be. One of the things this blog is, at its core, is a love letter to Greyhounds. If I can inspire other people to adopt a Greyhound, or even another dog, then this blog has served its purpose. I fell in love with the breed after I adopted my first Greyhound, and Treat doesn’t get enough credit on this blog for that. I want people to see that Greyhounds are unique and special, but also capable and ready to start a new life after racing. I’ve seen Greyhounds do agility, barn hunt, nose work, high jump, lure coursing, therapy work, be blood donors and even work as service dogs. They are more versatile than most people realize.
No matter where you are in life, there is a Greyhound for you. They make wonderful apartment dogs because they sleep most of the time while their humans are gone and are generally quiet and relaxed when alone. Many of them are calm and easygoing enough to get along with young children as family pets. There are also a lot of senior Greyhounds waiting for homes who can do well with people who are retired and worried about a dog outliving them. They travel well, if you enjoy that, and are highly adaptable to new situations if given a little time and patience.
What I love about adopting Greyhounds is seeing how they blossom and flourish when they come into their new homes. They often seem to think that they’ve landed in a place where it’s Christmas every day, but they give as much with their presence as they receive. I’ve heard some people say that their dogs take a special place in their hearts. I feel that our Greyhounds have created a new part of my heart, one that makes me a better person and that I didn’t know I was missing until I had it.
What I would say to a person thinking about adopting a Greyhound is first, make sure you’re really ready for the commitment of a dog. If you are, think about what you want to do with that dog, and if your lifestyle is such that you can make that happen. Find a Greyhound adoption group with a good reputation and be honest with them about where you are in life and what you want to do with your dog. Ask questions when you see people with Greyhounds. Meet a Greyhound in person, and see if you don’t fall in love very quickly. It is a decision that will change your life, and one that I don’t think many people will regret. The most beautiful Greyhound in the world is the one on your own couch, and there are plenty waiting to prove it to you.