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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.