New And Improved Reasons Why You Need A Greyhound

by Bunny Hound on

Bunny here at the keyboard with my annual post about why you need a Greyhound.

April is Adopt A Greyhound Month and I always like to kick it off with a post about why people need a Greyhound of their own.  You’d think by now that everyone would have one, or wish they had one, but there are still some people out there who are missing out.  I’m as shocked as most of you are.  Since I still have a lot of friends waiting in adoption kennels for a couch of their own, I am sharing this year’s list of why you need a Greyhound.  This year, I wanted to do something a little different than I’ve done in the past and instead of just showing you a lot of gorgeous Greyhounds, I wanted to show you pictures of Greyhounds and the lucky humans that they’ve adopted.  I have some fantastic friends who shared their pictures with me to use this year, and I want to be sure to say a big thank you to all of them.  Check out how happy all those humans look with their Greyhounds while you read the list.  Now, I present to you, this year’s list of why YOU should adopt a Greyhound, or maybe get another one.

10.  You will be a lot more popular if you go out somewhere with a Greyhound.  Seriously, it’s like traveling with a furry rock star.  Everybody will want to talk to you.  Most of us even have tattoos!

Scooter -- Don Beisert

The fabulous Dolce Gambino with Don Beisert, photo courtesy of Don and Christine Beisert

9.  Greyhounds are great therapists.  If you want to do visits with a therapy dog, we excel at that.  Even if you just need your own therapist when you get home from a tough day, we can help you out, and unlike that dog from Bush’s Baked Beans, we will never tell anyone your secrets.

Radar Greets A Fan -- Barbara Berner

Radar Greets a Fan at the Nursing Home, courtesy of Barbara Berner

8.  We can join you in your active lifestyle.  If you want a hiking partner, we can keep up.  We can also compete in agility and other dog sports.  Just because we’re retired from racing doesn’t mean that we’re retired from life.

Four of Us -- Eric Merchant

Penny and Treasure, courtesy of Eric Merchant and Stephenie Frank

7.  Greyhounds are great travelers.  We can relax in the back seat of the car until we reach our destination.  Seeing new places and things is something most of us really enjoy.  There are even special Greyhound gathering planned around the country where people come from all over to hang out with their Greyhounds.  Your vacations will be practically planned for you!

Vancouver Island -- Don Beisert

Dolce on Vancouver Island, shared by Don and Christine Beisert

6.  Greyhounds are very mellow.  Most of us take everything in stride.  If you have a tough day at work and want to go home and just curl up with a good book, we’re good with that.  We aren’t the high strung, hyper dogs that most people imagine us to be as retired racers.

Book Club -- Eric Merchant

Book Club, Penny and Treasure, courtesy of Eric Merchant and Stephenie Frank

5.  Greyhounds come in all different colors.  There’s one to fit every couch and decor.  We come in brindle, spots and solids.  You can have black or white or anything in between.  Plus, we look good with everything, too.

Beth at the Guitar Festival -- Anne G. Myles

Beth at the Guitar Festival, courtesy of Anne G. Myles

4.  We make great family dogs.  Greyhounds really enjoy being part of a close knit group and we bond with our humans deeply.  We aren’t wild and crazy dogs, and most of us aren’t in your face always slobbering on you and licking you.  We’re polite and reserved, although we might ask politely for you to share your food with us.

Blueberry With Her Admirers --Tales and Tails

Blueberry With Her Admirers

3.  Greyhounds are an ancient breed.  Whether you believe that we started in ancient Egypt or in the Celtic region, we have a very long history.  You can tell people that your dog is the descendant of dogs who once could only be owned by nobility.  We are one of only two breeds that sailed to the Americas with Christopher Columbus.  Telling other people about our history will make you the life of the dog park party.

So Happy Together -- Tales and Tails

So Happy Together

2.  We are very social creatures.  If you want a canine companion who wants to be with you all the time, a Greyhound is for you.  We are calm and gentle, but we can also go out in public with you and make you proud of our excellent manners.  We love meeting new people, but we make sure we’re always going home with you.  Being with our human is our favorite thing in the world.

Buford and Lauren -- Angela Taylor George

Buford and Lauren, courtesy of Angela Taylor George

1.  Your life will become a lot more interesting with a Greyhound.  You’ll find yourself doing things you never expected and meeting people who are just as cool as you are because you have Greyhounds in common.  Greyhound people are a special breed and they are very supportive of each other.  It’s not just the dogs that are great, the people who love the dogs are just as fantastic.

Kissy Face -- Tales and Tails

Kissy Face

So there you have it, ten reasons why you should get a Greyhound of your very own.  I’d also like to mention that all of the pictures in today’s post were taken by people we know, either in real life or online.  Every person we asked was more than happy to share pictures and help more Greyhounds find homes.  Not one person we asked turned us down.  If you look at the pictures, of course you’ll see beautiful dogs, but notice that all the people look really happy.  Having a Greyhound in your life will do that for you.

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  • Awesome post! I just learned a LOT about greyhounds!! Happy April Fool’s Day!

  • Sue Muir

    Great post 🙂 I love that photo of Puddin and Lauren, soul sisters! And it’s always a pleasure to see any photo of Blueberry.

    • It was actually Buford! Gah! But I love seeing Lauren with her pups. And I couldn’t resist sharing Blueberry!

  • genjiscorner

    Preaching to the choir 🙂 As I have 3 greys in bed with me while I check blogs this morning. The people do look as happy as their hounds.

  • Reilly & Denny Cowspotdogs

    Many years ago I had a wonderful greyhound/doberman mix – he looked 99% greyhound but had the doberman coloring – he was such a wonderful boy…sadly lost him to bone cancer.

    • Osteosarcoma is a big problem for Greyhounds, but part of it is because they don’t have a lot of hereditary diseases.

  • Casey the Boxer

    Greyhounds are pretty pawesome dogs. If Momma wasn’t a boxer lady through and through, she would be looking at them!

    PeeS: Puddin Pop is a grreat name!!

    • Yes they are! And we agree, it is a fantastic name!

  • Awesome! I love the pictures, and all the dogs and people look so happy and content.

    • It’s one of the best things about Greyhound adoption!

  • Greyhounds are the full package.

  • jan

    Best persuasive essay I have read for a very long time. The pictures certainly added

  • Maryruth Ginn

    Perfect sales pitch. Let’s hope for the close on some of these beautiful babies.

  • Emma

    Very nice! Mom actually considered one a while back, but she likes to be out in all the elements and needs a hearty dog, one that doesn’t need shoes and coats, so it was out for her, but you guys are gorgeous!

  • Those are great reasons indeed!

  • Unconditional love, smiles and tail wags guaranteed! 😀 Wonderful post!

  • Sue Dyer

    Fab post. Love all the happy hounds and their happy humans.

  • Casadina’s

    yes! yes! yes!

  • Dory and the Mama

    How wonderful! You have us convinced Bunny, if/when Mama gets a big dog, it will most likely be a greyhound!!

    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  • misskodee

    We have quite a few greyhounds near us and all are such gentle souls. The photos are amazing – quite a lovely collection

  • Sara Blair

    Lots of good reasons! I do want a therapy dog someday, and I do want to move someplace warmer too…seems like a greyhound would be a perfect match for both of those goals!

  • Jen

    “Most of us even have tattoos!”

    O rly, Mrs. Taleteller? What’s your tattoo? 😉

    • Most Greyhounds have tattoos! Not most of the people in our family. They get their tattoos as puppies. One ear has their litter number in it and the other has their birthdate and what order in the litter they were tattooed. They keep it on record so people can’t swap dogs out in races.

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    All jolly good reasons – and some GREAT pictures, too! Well done!

  • Magda Guzdziol

    Beautiful post. I love the photo by Don and Christine beisert.

  • M. K. Clinton

    Great photos and very convincing reasons to adopt a Greyhound!

  • Biggy/Allies Mom

    I agree with you Bunny. I have meet some wonderful people since I got my
    first hound almost 16 years ago. Including you and you family. 🙂

  • Wyatt Airedale

    Those are all great reasons! The dog for all seasons and reasons 😀

  • Jackie Bouchard

    Great reasons, and fantastic photos!

  • Kandis Miano

    Owning a greyhound has changed my life if you haven’t adopted one yet you have no idea what your missing out on. Magic lives with three Chihuahuas an now thinks he’s a Chihuahua. He’s smart, obedient, was house trained in three days. Their a very loyal breed, sense when your sad an naturally want to comfort you. Please adopt

    my life, the joy they bring. Mine

    has learned so many tricks, he
    knows come, sit, sit up, lay down,

    come in on command. I fostered 6 an they are by far the smartest breed I’ve owned. Funniest part

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    bout magic is he lives with three Chihuahuas an now thinks he’s a Chihuahua. If you don’t own a greyhound yet, you have no idea what your missing out on. It’s time tulip adopt

    • Kandis Miano

      Hi sorry about the repeat after adopt, I was trying to add to my post an thought I deleted it. Forgive my error.

    • Oh my gosh! He is adorable!

      • Kandis Miano

        Thank you!

  • Kari Neumeyer

    Everything I know about greyhounds I’ve learned from you, Bunny! May they all find loving homes!

  • Michelle Ridlon

    Great post! Yes, they are fantastic! We will always have greyhounds.

  • I have to agree with others. Having Greyhounds in my life has been a life changer. I currently have 4 and I have fostered 14.
    Bunny–I love your list and photos. Every single one so true!

  • Anne Beaumont

    Phoenix is my first greyhound and has been with us for 9 years now. He is everything you say. When he goes – as unfortunately he will eventually – we will make sure another one comes to share our life. Never to ‘replace’ him – but to share their own special charm.

  • Cool Cats

    Radar, I am jealous of that hat.

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