April Is Adopt A Greyhound Month

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Bunny here at the keyboard.   I’m here to tell you that April is Adopt A Greyhound Month.  In honor of that fact, I’ve compiled a list about why you should get a Greyhound.

Reasons To Get A Greyhound

1. Greyhounds make wonderful pets.

You might be thinking to yourself, well, of course, Bunny is perfect and who wouldn’t want a dog like her.  I’m here to tell you that I’m a very good representative of my breed.  While I’m a little vertically challenged for a Greyhound, I am still pretty typical in most areas.  We Greyhounds are sweet, gentle, mostly calm (there’s two minutes of fanfare when Mom gets home before we get her started on the afternoon routine), we don’t bark much (and no, we will not protect the family jewels from burglers, but we might leave welts on their legs when we wag our tails), and we are quietly affectionate.  We won’t overwhelm you with our presence, but we will curl up with you on the couch.

Circles2.  Greyhounds are more versatile than you think.

A lot of people think all we do after retirement is lounge on the couch and get fat like Elvis.  Not true, my friends!  I happen to be an avid hiker and have gone on some pretty tough trails.  I’m not the only Greyhound who likes to hike, either.  Astro and Zephyr at Hiking Hounds do even more hiking than I do.  Then there are the athletic agility hounds of Never Say Never Greyhounds.  Heck, one of them is even going to be in a movie!  There are also the Greyhounds at Aragon Greyhounds who not only do agility, but also tracking, coursing, obedience and a host of other things.

Bunny Horizon3. Retired dogs know they have it good.

Unlike other dogs, Greyhounds are retired athletes.  We live a very different kind of life before we are pets.  The people take good care of us, but it’s nothing like living in a home.  At first we feel like we’ve landed on Mars, but once we learn about soft beds and couches, we never look back.  Other dogs might be rescued, but they have no idea how to appreciate and enjoy retirement like a Greyhound.

Jackie4. We make great travel companions.

Greyhounds love to see the world, and most of us have impeccable manners.  Mom even recently posted about taking me out to dinner.  So far, I’ve traveled with Mom to Dewey twice, on numerous hiking trips in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa and to Gettysburg.   Actually, I’ll be returning to Gettysburg at the end of the month.  We Greyhounds behave better than most human puppies in public.

Dining at Grotto Pizza5. You join a community when you adopt a Greyhound.

Greyhound people are the absolute best.  They’ll drive across the country to move a Greyhound to a new home.  If a Greyhound or a family that has one is sick, they pull together to help out time after time.  They are just wonderfully supportive people who want to see more Greyhounds find homes.  They find lots of reasons to get together with us hounds, too.  There are Greyhound gatherings all over the place.  What could be better than taking a vacation with your Greyhound and meeting hundreds of other Greyhound owners and their dogs?  Trust me, you won’t find anything better.

Hannah6.  No more annoying vermin in the backyard.

If you fence in the yard, I guarantee there will be no more marauding squirrels, rabbits or cats in the backyard.  They avoid us, whether we’re high prey or not.  We take pride on keeping the yard free of these annoying little invaders.  Don’t worry, though, we tend to be lovers, not fighters.

Liver Greyhound HeadshotNote, this picture wasn’t taken by Mom.  It was found on Google, and we’re pretty sure Petra Postma took it.

7. We have excellent health.

While a lot of dog breeds have genetic problems, Greyhounds have very few.  I’ve never met or read of a Greyhound who had hip dysplasia.  While we do tend to get osteosarcoma and other cancers, the statistics show that we don’t get these things with any higher incidence than other breeds of dogs.  It might be because none of us are getting some of those other diseases, too.  We tend to be very healthy dogs.

Handsome Blue Boy8. We learn routines very quickly.

Whether we’ve been fostered in a house or waiting in an adoption kennel, Greyhounds learn about using the powder room very quickly.  This is thanks to our life at the track.  We have turn out every day, four times a day, and it’s always the same time.  If you know the schedule and take us out at those times, we pick up the drill really fast.  Don’t worry, you won’t have to get up at 5:30 forever if you don’t want to.  We can adapt if you make us wait just a little longer until we get to the time schedule you want once we get the idea about where you want us to take care of our business.

Beth Looks Pretty9. We’re easy maintenance and come in colors for everyone.

Greyhounds have very short fur, and we have no annoying undercoat.  This means that we shed a lot less than other dogs.  We also come in all sorts of beautiful colors.  Every one of us is unique and beautiful.  We shed a little bit in the Spring and Fall, and at times of great stress, but most of the time there’s not a  lot of hair to worry about.  There are black, white, spotted, brindled, blue, fawn, red and all sorts of other variations to choose from — and you won’t have to redecorate the house to match our fur!

Greyhound Color ChartAnother picture not taken by Mom.  

10. If you’re looking for unconditional love, we have it in spades.

Sure, you can say that about a lot of dogs.  However, we Greyhounds have a very loving and affectionate nature.  We’re not dogs who will be in your face, licking you like crazy, but we will gladly lean against you or curl up with you on the couch.  We’re just as happy to cuddle on the couch as we are to go out for a walk or romp at the dog park.  Our nature is to love and love deeply.  Once you’ve experienced the love of a Greyhound, you’ll never want to be without one.

Stretching Out

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  • Jen

    My cousin has a rescue greyhound who I have yet to meet, named Ebb. My understanding is that Ebb is a great guy, loves the dog park, loves the couch!

  • Greyt post. The hounds and I send you four paws up.

    I think you have convinced me to adopt a greyhound.

  • jet

    On versatility – I would not hesitate to leave Barbie in charge of guarding the family jewels! She learned from her guarding breed brother and she has a very intimidating bark. Not only is it loud, but it is rapid-fire like a machine gun. It still scares me, and I live with her!

  • Golden’s are going to protect the jewels either, but it would take a pretty brash burglar to brave their alert bark! Greys are rare around here – not sure the boys have ever even met one – but the ones *I* have met have always been quite gentle and calm. 🙂

  • Well who’d have thought they’d make such great pets! I must get one immediately. As I’m in the UK, can you send me one by mail order please Bunny? 😉 Deccy x

  • sue taylor

    Well said!!!!! no better hound to share your life with than a greyhound xxx

  • I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have a Greyhound. Perhaps when I have my Performance Psychology practice up and running, with dogs integrated as therapy, I will find a greyhound. They sound perfect for the job.

  • @Declan – I’m in the UK too – I can find you one today! Right now, Brambleberry has pretty much any colour you like … so long as it’s black, blue, or either of those mixed with white! Funny how you get runs of colour like that.

    Actually I exaggerate, but most of them ARE black or blue right now – and in some places you can’t find a blue for love nor money!

    Bunny – you put it so well. Greyhounds are all of those things and more (did you forget to mention the stuffies?). We do, however, have an excellent guard-grey here, who barks like a maniac to alert us if anyone comes prowling round. And a very intimidating bark he has, too. We’ve opened the door to casual visitors to find them flattened against the fence on the other side of the drive. Just in case. LOL!

  • And YOU think YOU are vertically challenged…HA!
    Can I gets one in pink?

    Okays, all kiddin’ aside. We don;t gets to see alot of Greyhounds in real life but da ones we has seen are pure perfection and absolutely mesmerizing’…like you Bunny but not near as perfect.

    Hey do greyhounds come withs a crown when you adopt one?

    Puddles

  • Mango

    You are making me want a greyhound to stay at the Mango estate. What wonderful doggies.

    Slobbers,
    Mango

  • Well said. I concur on all points. Maybe that’s why my house is always a zoo 🙂

  • Oh, I love this post. I didn’t know it was Adopt A Greyhound Month! I must do a post on this too. I agree 150% with everything you said.

  • Jen

    I had no idea that April was adopt a greyhound month! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful reasons why a greyhound is great! I have always been a fan of their beauty!

  • Great post! We are seriously considering adopting a greyhound in the future when we can afford another dog. One thing you did not mention is how well they fit in tight spaces for such a big dog… the ones I’ve met could curl up so tiny on the couch that when they got up I was shocked at how big they were. Definitely a great choice for those who have small living spaces but love big dogs!

  • I wonder whether there are any greyhounds over here as I haven’t seen any at all. However, I did meet a few during my short trip in Tasmania. They were gorgeous!

  • I have never seen any greyhounds in my country but i do know there’s a vet that have a few salukis.. they are most beautiful and graceful. Just like you Bunny.

  • Love this post! Adopting greyhounds is one of the best things I have ever done!

  • Great post. I had no idea you all come in so many colors. How beautiful.
    Blessings,
    Goose

  • Wow, Greyhounds sound like pretty pawsome dogs! All the ones I’ve met have been, at least.

  • sara

    Wow! You could have stopped with two reasons, and you had made your case.

    I remember talking to a greyhound rescue group. and they told me a story about the first time one of the rescues saw a swimming pool. The dog must have thought it was simply a very shiny floor, and stepped right in! Poor thing. Their point was to explain that all the new surroundings, even a vinyl kitchen floor might be a new feeling to them. A lot of learning must take place, but the greyhounds quickly adapt.

    I hadn’t thought about that, and the story has stuck in my head.

    • jet

      The first time Barbie saw the ocean she tried to run on it as if it were the sand she was tooling around on at 70kph! it didn’t scare her too much when she immediately fell… she just popped right up and came running back 🙂

  • Sue

    What a fab post.

  • Great post! I have to agree about the greyhound community being wonderful. I didn’t know how special it was until we adopted our first. Then, when we adopted Joey who needed surgery on his leg, well, I will just say that I don’t think I can ever repay our group for all they did for him. They have been wonderful. Greyhounds are so special!

  • I’m convinced! 😉

    I’ll admit that before I met great dogs like Bunny and Blueberry online, I didn’t think much of greyhounds. It’s not that I didn’t like them, it’s just I assumed they were super high maintenence and that they needed to run ten miles a day in order to be happy. When I learned how wrong I was I began to consider them as excellent pets. In fact, now that I have even met a greyhound that does agility, I am even more open to bringing one home one day. I do worry the cold Canadian climate might be too much for a warm weather dog but that’s what coats are for, right?

  • I had not make it ofur to your bloggie yet today coz mom keeps taking the pooter fur doing her werk on. She should go on vakashun again. Here is where she got the boot covers:
    http://www.jeffersequine.com/elastic-top-boots/camid/EQU/cp/0033071/
    They is the 6 mil ones, 5 pair. Mom had found a coupon code and got them fur unner $7 with shipping but even without a coupon code, still cheap and they can be cleaned and used ofur and ofur again until they sprout a leak – hopefully not while a mom is in them in a creek, BOL.

    • Thank you, Shawnee! Humans are so funny about their feet!

      Bunny

  • Helen/Aragon

    Thanks for the comments about Aragon greyhounds! You are right they like having a “job” to do. I think what they really like is a chance to spend quality time with me learning new things and a chance to earn rewards.
    A slight correction to one of your comments on greyhounds health. They(NGA) have the highest incidence of osteosarcoma of any breed of dog. Unfortunately they have overtaken the Irish Wolfhound and Great Dane in incidence. Interestingly the AKC greys have a very low incidence of bone cancer but a very high incidence(17%-18%) of bloat/torsion. This disease is very infrequent in the NGA dogs. So our lines have different major health issues.

    • Thank you for clearing that up for me! I love meeting people more well-read on a subject than I am!

  • So how do greyhounds do off-leash? I imagine all the retired racers have a pretty high prey drive, but do they ever have race-training drop-outs who don’t have a strong enough prey drive? (Yes. It’s the rottweiler owner asking if greyhounds have strong prey drives – BOL! We do have a cat and squirrel-free yard, too!)

    • jet

      they are very independent dogs, being hounds, and can move very fast…. there are certainly lower prey drive dogs but care still must be taken because they can be gone in a minute…. Barbie is allowed off leash in places I have deemed as safe – ie not near busy roads. Having said that, after 2 years she has very good recall, and I would trust in her recall more than my other dog who can be very strong-headed and very scent-driven. Sometimes I think it’s easier to call a sighthound off a chase than a scenthound off a trail…. and my boy isn’t even a scenthound he’s a guarding type breed lol

  • Most people will tell you never to let a Greyhound off-leash. It requires a lot of training to have a solid recall. I do know that Jen on Never Say Never Greyhounds lets her hounds off leash, as does Caron of Hiking Hounds and I believe some of the dogs of Aragon Greyhounds. They would have be better people to ask about off leash Greyhounds than me. While I do pictures in controlled environments where I have Bunny or Blueberry stand in a stay, I don’t go out places with them off leash and let them have free reign. My instinct is that Bunny would do fine, but hounds are notoriously stubborn and have minds of their own.

  • Benny & Lily

    wow, great info
    Benny & Lily

  • Well, Bunny, you convinced us but we might have to work on the Momster and Dadster. For some reason, Lightning appears to have put a damper on any new additions to the pack:)

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  • Lorenza

    Greyhounds are grrrrrreat!
    Pawesome post!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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