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Retired Racing Greyhounds

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Meet the "45-mph Couch Potatoes"

Who would think that dogs capable of racing at 45 miles per hour actually make a calm and loving family pet, once they retire from the track?

When I first learned about greyhound rescue and decided to adopt one of my own, it was the beginning of a love affair with the breed. Although he was raised as "livestock" at the track, my ex-racer soon learned to love another, gentler, slower way of life... and I was forever hooked on retired racing greyhounds as companion animals.

Since then, although I've also had other breeds of dogs in my life as well, my great joy has been to foster, train and share my home with these beautiful, gentle, endlessly fascinating long-legged hounds.

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Greyhounds as Pets

45-mph Couch Potatoes

Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on earth, capable of reaching up to 45 miles per hour in just three strides! They can sustain speeds of 30 mph for as much as a mile, but they run in short bursts - a race lasts little more than half a minute, and a typical "grey play" time is no more than a few minutes, typically. These are not "hyper" or extremely active dogs, contrary to popular myth -- in fact, just the opposite is true!

Although they do love to stretch their long legs with a good run, greyhounds often actually need less exercise than most large dog breeds. There are sprinters, not long-distance runners, so a 20-minute walk each day will usually do them fine, with the occasional rip-roaring play session. In fact, many owners will tell you that their retired racers become quite lazy, once their racing days are done! They truly enjoy snoozing on a soft bed or mat for most of the day, and many retired racers live very happily in city apartments and suburbs as well as in country homes.

Obviously, all dogs are individuals within a breed, so you will find a few higher-energy hounds among the couch potatoes, especially when they're young. I have one of each type, right now - a cute and feisty little female who loves to go on long hikes with me, and a big super-gentle male to cuddle up with on the couch. Perfect!

Off the Track

Off the Track - Two of my own greyhounds are enjoying their retirement together.
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Off the Track - Two of my own greyhounds are enjoying their retirement together.
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Best Books on Adopting a Greyhound

It is strongly recommended, before you adopt any dog, to read up on the breed to learn more about its nature and requirements, to make sure this particular type of dog will be a good fit for your family's lifestyle. Here are the books I suggest - you don't need to read them all, but do pick one to read (and discuss with your family and veterinarian) before applying to adopt an ex-racer.

Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies
Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies

Don't be misled by the title, the "for Dummies" series is often very good indeed, and for many greyhound adoption groups - including the one I volunteer with - this is the most-referred book to help new pet greyhound owners learn about the breed and common challenges in helping an ex-racer become a companion animal.

 
Adopting the Racing Greyhound
Adopting the Racing Greyhound

Another very good book, if you're studying up on the greyhound breed (with specific reference to the retired racing greyhound) is this older one by Cynthia Branigan. Some of the information about the racing industry has changed since the book was first published a decade back, but it stands up well in practical information about the dog breed, adoption, and care.

 

Greyhound Breed Information

As members of the Sighthound family of dog breeds, greyhounds are characterized by their lean and muscular build, deep chests, and powerful hindquarters.

The neck is long and muscular, carrying a long-nosed elegant head. The rosette ears are normally carried flat against the head but they can stand at attention to indicate interest or alarm. Long tails are carried low and slightly curved. Greyhounds are lean by nature, with very low body fat, and at first may seem undernourished to people who are not accustomed to seeing these athletic dogs in a home setting.

The American Kennel Club breed standard gives the size range for AKC "show" greyhounds as 65 - 70 pounds for dogs (males) and 60 - 65 pounds for bitches (females). Racers are judged on their speed and spirit, not their appearance, however, so there is a greater range of sizes among racers registered with the National Greyhound Association (NGA) racing industry organization than there is with the AKC strains.

It's not uncommon to see a large male with a lean racing weight of 80 pounds, for example, though I've had two who were so big-boned that they easily carried a retirement weight of 95 without being an ounce overweight, while the very small female I have right now is still only 58 lbs though two years since she last raced. Similarly, a greyhound's height at the shoulder can range from 25 to 30 inches or so. Basically, whatever size of dog (from medium, to large, to extra-large) you prefer, there's probably an ex-racer of just that size, ready to be adopted!

Born to Run

Greyhounds, Born to Run
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Greyhounds, Born to Run
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All the Colours of Grey

Greyhound ancestors living in the wild did not need to rely on colouring for camouflage, as their great speed let them catch prey and escape from predators. Domesticated, the breed has been bred traditionally for qualities of health, speed, and endurance above all - not necessarily for their appearance, as is the case with many companion dogs.

As a result, the greyhound's short-haired coat may be almost any colour or combination of colours - not just grey!

Eighteen "official colours" are recognized by the American Greyhound Track Operators (AGTO). These are black, black & white, black brindle, blue, blue brindle, brindle, dark brindle, fawn, fawn brindle, light brindle, light red fawn, red, red & white, red brindle, red fawn, white & black, and white & brindle ticked. But that's just the broad strokes - more than three times that number of colors are listed by Greyhound-Data, an international database site for pedigree and race records information.

Oddly enough, grey (called "blue") is most rare -- only one in about 500,000 greyhounds are actually grey in colour!

Looking for a Long Term Commitment? - A retired greyhound could be the love of your life...

The Greyhound Project produced a series of PSAs a few years back to promote the cause of ex-racing greyhound adoption. Cal, the black greyhound who is "looking for a long term commitment" in this spot, was adopted soon after filming. But there are thousands more retired racers just like Cal who are waiting to find their forever homes. To find an adoption group near you, please visit The Greyhound Project at www.adopt-a-greyhound.org.

Greyhound clicker training
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Greyhound clicker training
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Obedience Training for Greyhounds

and other "hard-to-train" dog breeds

I'm a huge fan of clicker training for retired racing greyhounds and other rescue or shelter dogs. It seems to build confidence in the dog as he learns to solve problems, make choices about his behaviour, and "learn to learn" - all the while, creating a strong bond between dog and handler.

To find a clicker trainer in your area, check with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) if you're in the United States, or with the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT) if you're in Canada. In other countries, your best bet is to look for someone who has been through either the Canis Clickertraining Academy or Karen Pryor's clicker training program.

If there is no clicker training facility in your area, don't worry, you can still learn to use this gentle, positive, science-based method. There are many excellent books and online training programs that can help you learn to teach your own dog good manners.

Unfortunately, there is also a lot of rather poor advice out there, as well - choose carefully, and step quickly away from any training that uses the old-fashioned "leash jerk" or similar "corrections" based on the outdated "dominance" theory. Be aware that the harsh old-time type of training methods can be downright dangerous for both you and your greyhound, and it won't create the kind of strong bond that you will develop with your pet by using more positive training methods.

When choosing a dog training method to follow, ask yourself, "Is this something I would do to my small child?" If the answer is NO, find yourself a new trainer or training program.

In general, positive, reward-based dog training is the approach advocated by most greyhound rescues and adoption groups, as the kindest and most effective approach to re- training your ex-racer to be a companion animal.

Greyhound learns to wear his winter boots.
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Greyhound learns to wear his winter boots.
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How to Teach a Greyhound to Wear Boots

Lots of people say that their dogs "don't like" wearing paw protectors -- they kick them off, or simply refuse to let their owner put the boots on their feet in the first place, wiggling and pulling the feet away.

Fortunately, with a bit of patience -- and some good dog treats! -- you can train a greyhound to wear winter boots quite easily, especially if you choose to clicker train your greyhound.

The key is not to rush the process, so you and your pup don't get all stressed out, and to make the boot-wearing experience a pleasant and rewarding one for your greyhound. When he learns to associate the boots with getting treats or with going outside to play, before long he'll be cool with sporting footwear.

Are Ex-Racing Greyhounds Good With Kids? - You might be surprised by the answer - Have a look!

Greyhounds fresh off the track have not generally had a lot of experience with children, if any at all, so they will need to be introduced properly to these quick-moving, squealing, shouting little humans. On balance, however, racing greyhounds are used to being handled by strangers and most are surprisingly calm "zen" dogs who make the transition to family life well, with training and supervision as you'd give any dog and kids. A lot depends on the age and personality of the child, too!

In the video below, a 3-year-old retired greyhound and a 3-year-old girl get to know each other. The dog has learned his "Leave It" command, and is able to take treats very gently, and only when they're offered to him. The little girl, in turn, is learning how to interact safely and gently with a large dog.

Yes, You Can Teach a Greyhound to Sit!
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Yes, You Can Teach a Greyhound to Sit!
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As with any breed of dog, some individual retired racing greyhounds are better with children than others - and of course kids and dogs need to be supervised AT ALL TIMES, no matter what breed of dog it is. Retired racing greyhounds will typically have had very little experience with children, in their life at the track, so may be skittish, scared, uncertain, or just overly playful with your little ones at first. In general, "if the child is good with the greyhound, the greyhound will be good with the child."

Certainly, you'll want to do some good solid training right from Day One with your new pet, to make sure the child and the dog both understand the "rules of engagement" -- for the happiness and safety of everyone. The adoption groups I've worked with, and our local SPCA shelter, follow the DogGone Safe bite-prevention program and often do presentations in local schools, based on their excellent "Be a Tree" program, flashcards to teach dog body language, and other resources.

If there are young kids in your life and you're thinking of adopting a dog of any breed, do take a look at www.doggonesafe.com for lots of good advice.

Retired racing greyhound... serious about sleeping!

The typical up-side-down pose of the relaxed greyhound is known in dog circles as "cockroaching" in reference to the long legs in the air, often held stiffly - too funny!
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The typical up-side-down pose of the relaxed greyhound is known in dog circles as "cockroaching" in reference to the long legs in the air, often held stiffly - too funny!
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Greyhound 2015 Studio  Wall Calendar
Greyhound 2015 Studio Wall Calendar

It used to be hard to find a gorgeous pin-up calendar to celebrate our favorite dog breed, but these days a greyhound calendar is not quite so rare. Of the selection I've seen for 2015 Greyhound calendars, this one takes the prize!

 

Dog Gates - Keep Your Greyhounds Safe on the Porch

We built a set of easy-to-open dog gates to close off our veranda/porch, to make life a bit easier when we're all hanging out on the porch on a summer evening, or when I've got a few greyhound friends over for a playdate or a long weekend stay. Even the best-trained dog can be tempted to dash off the deck if a neighborhood cat happens to run by - so, better safe than sorry! The gates match in well with the porch railing, much more attractive than a typical pet gate or baby gate and they're designed to close off a wider space than a typical doorway, as the opening where the steps go down to the driveway is wide enough for two people or more.

How many greyhounds can you count in this video?

Are there 4... 5... 6 dogs...?

Want to Adopt a Retired Greyhound?

Adoptions are most often arranged through a local non-profit adoption group that works directly with tracks and racing kennels to match up newly retired greyhounds with their new homes and families.

These adoption agencies also serve as a great social circle and network of experience, advice, and support to new adopters in helping a greyhound make the transition from life at the track.

International List of Greyhound Adoption Groups

The Adoption Agency Directory from The Greyhound Project, Inc. lists a huge number of greyhound adoption groups in every corner of the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe including groups in Belgium, England, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Wales.

My Playful Pooch

My Playful Pooch
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My Playful Pooch
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Shape your hands to make a fun greyhound dog shadow on the wall!
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Shape your hands to make a fun greyhound dog shadow on the wall!

Shadow Puppet Greyhound

This shadow puppet greyhound idea came from an old book that I found on Project Gutenberg a couple of years ago - Hand Shadows To Be Thrown Upon The Wall by Henry Bursill, originally published in 1859.

I had forgotten all about it until we had a power outage during the winter, when the neighbour's grandkids were over visiting, and we were trying to find fun things for all the generations to do together with only the light of a couple of candles and camping lamps!

Greyhound Craft Projects - DIY Greyhound Crafts

Free or very inexpensive craft patterns are here to help you celebrate the beautiful greyhound in your life!

Sew Your Own Greyhound Coat, Martingale Collar, and Dog Boots - Free Sewing Patterns and Instructions

Skinny dogs need protection from the weather, but regular dog clothing doesn't quite fit a greyhound... Hound owners who know some basic sewing skills often really enjoy the chance to pamper their greyhounds by making custom dog coats and other apparel to keep the dogs warm in winter!

The Race (Video) - from Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada (GPAC)

Watch this beautiful video compilation of photographs of racing greyhounds - at the track and in their "forever homes" - and see if you can't keep a tear from your eye!

In Loving Memory of BB's Fly Catcher (1999-2010) & Kiowa Boyd Barry (2007-2013). Run free, my big beautiful boys.


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emilytjohnson 2 months ago

I wish I could also own a greyhound! I think they're awesome pets.


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aliciadonley 2 months ago

I would love to adopt a retired greyhound... maybe someday when I don't live in tiny cheap places!. My italian greyhound mix has that weird shaped, lean, fast body and it's really hard to crochet him a sweater but I love the way those ones look!


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John Dyhouse 4 months ago from UK Level 5 Commenter

Just browsing and came across this great lens again. I have read it before but I am sending a link to my son who took on a rescued lurcher from a dogs home three years ago yesterday (the reason for noticing this again) and they have found him a beautiful companion. A few problems at first because of (possible) previous bad treatment, but with patience and help from the dogs home the dog has become part of the family. And they have two children, the dog is fantastic, loved by all.


jenjelly 5 months ago

I remember when I was a kid I was scared of my friends' greyhound the first time I met him, he was so calm it actually scared me. He turned out to be the sweetest dog ever though; the fear only lasted til he licked my face.

I think the next time I adopt an animal it's going to be a greyhound.


islanddays 5 months ago

Love Greyhounds..wonderful dogs


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brianvallois lm 5 months ago Level 1 Commenter

@GuyB LM: Nope!!


empressabelle 6 months ago

@GuyB LM: It is very true. I have two older retired hounds who both have needed teeth removed.


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GuyB LM 7 months ago Level 1 Commenter

@flycatcherrr: I know a guy who runs a greyhound rescue and he literally has a jar of greyhound teeth. At least that's what he says they are. (he's kind of a creep)


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flycatcherrr 7 months ago Hub Author

@flycatcherrr: Oops, typo - "dental" care is important for all dogs, that should say!


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flycatcherrr 7 months ago Hub Author

@GuyB LM: Yes, it's quite common for greyhound to have poor teeth when they come off the track - it's thought to be related to the soft diet they're fed while racing. That's why I tend to go on a good bit about the importance of dental care for greyhounds - see http://flycatcher.squidoo.com/how-to-brush-greyhou... for tips.

Well, detal care is important for all dogs, of course, but especially an ex-racer as they can start out with teeth that need a lot of attention to clean up and get healthy. Fortunately, most of the retired racers tend to be really good about plaque removal and tooth brushing - and the occasional "tartar buster" bone to gnaw on is very helpful, too.


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GuyB LM 7 months ago Level 1 Commenter

Me heard that greyhounds are known for having teeth problems. Any truth to that?


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hjohn1024 7 months ago

Great lens. I've really learned quite a lot from this. I love just about everything on this lens, even more so I have learned a great deal about greyhounds. I have always admired those dogs.


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RobertConnorIII 7 months ago from Michigan

Greyhounds are awesome dogs that need a good home after the racing is done, but be aware they still like to run nice lens!


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blestman lm 7 months ago Level 3 Commenter

Greyhounds are real loyal. And fun. Thanks for a great lens


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Lynn Klobuchar 8 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Level 5 Commenter

I've been meaning to take a look at this lens for awhile. So glad I took the time. Talked with a friend last night who has a greyhound pit mix therapy dog. She is very involved in bringing the love and joy of her beautiful pup to those who just need that nonjudgmental love and support a dog can offer. We have not been able to have animals since my youngest has severe fur allergies but this lens and my friend's stories makes me think there may other ways for me to connect with dogs again. Had a grouchy Scottie and a rescue "Speagle" (that dog could run, too) growing up. Miss them. Beautiful lens.


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aminebombom 8 months ago from Doha, Qatar Level 3 Commenter

Loyality is everything on the dog, greyhound is really good dog, a big company named it self after this gorgeous creature.

Thank your for sharing all those usefull tips


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ologsinquito2 8 months ago

I bet they make wonderful pets. You've included some really nice pictures of these beautiful dogs.


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smine27 8 months ago from Tokyo, Japan Level 6 Commenter

I would love to own a retired greyhound if my apartment allowed it.


dwelburn 9 months ago

These are really nice dogs. I knew someone who had three retired racing greyhounds. They were so placid and peaceful. Great pets. And this is a great lens.


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flycatcherrr 9 months ago Hub Author

@John Dyhouse: They have a way of doing that, @artyfax - you should see my place! :)


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John Dyhouse 9 months ago from UK Level 5 Commenter

My son and his family have a retired greyhound. They all love him to bits and he is verfy much a part of their family. He makes a wonderful pet. The only problem is that he is so lovable he has taken over the home bit by bit.


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Judy Filarecki 9 months ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York Level 3 Commenter

Loved you lens. I've had patients with greyhounds and they were the best companions for the elderly I had ever seen.


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DeborahDian 9 months ago from Orange County, California Level 5 Commenter

I love the idea of people adopting retired Greyhounds!


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penny-richens 9 months ago

This is fascinating. Where I live Greyhounds aren't popular, so I can honestly say I've seen only 2 in my whole life. Your pictures are great, and you put so much information and time into this lens. I learned a lot from it.


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Wingersiow LM 10 months ago

Fab - both my girls have had greyhounds (one a retired successful racing dog and the other history unknown) and they are both so soft and funny. Excellent!


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buttercake 10 months ago

I've always wanted to adopt a greyhound thanks for the information! Its plentiful in this lens. :)


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ChalhoubCassidy 10 months ago

Great lens and great dogs! Its nice to read something that describes a more intimate experience with greyhound racing


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SBPI Inc 10 months ago

Very nice lens, from the heart.


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thesatanrecords 10 months ago from The Satan Records

They are great animals !


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Adventuretravels 10 months ago from London UK Level 7 Commenter

Wow it is such a responsibility! They are magnificent dogs who all deserve a nice comfortable retirement home! I love the video of your little girl feeding the dog who is being so gentle. A great lens very informative.Thanks.


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bower24 10 months ago

i love greyhounds and the raceing part so nice lens :)


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Babu Mohan 11 months ago from Chennai, India Level 1 Commenter

So much to know about Greyhounds. Nice lens.


cookiebear98 11 months ago

Great job! You really know your stuff about greyhounds. When my pug passes I'd consider a retired greyhound. Keep up the good work.


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paleo-cavewoman 11 months ago

Wonderful and thorough coverage of a very special subject. I walk a rescued greyhound and they're truly sweet dogs.


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Boyd Carter 12 months ago

Our hounds are Bassets, but you make a great case for considering Greyhounds. Your tips are well-documented and apply to many breeds; guess I'd better stock my pockets with treats. Thanks for a very interesting lens.


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flycatcherrr 12 months ago Hub Author

@TerriCarr: You'd be surprised how cuddly a greyhound can be. :)

Yes, the racing industry has come a long way, but like anything in the world there are still a few not-so-good individuals among the really wonderful ones. We work directly with kennels at the tracks to place the retired dogs, and I can't say enough about how truly caring most of those people are.


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TerriCarr 12 months ago Level 5 Commenter

They are so incredibly gentle. Too bad they aren't a little more chubby. Makes it hard to really cuddle up to them. Though they are so cute, it breaks your heart to think of them being mis-treated in the racing world. Maybe race tracks are more enlightened nowadays.


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deified 13 months ago

i just want to squeeze 'em!!! thanks for an awesome lens :)


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SydShyne 13 months ago

Great lens! Thanks for being so thorough. I have long thought about adopting Greyhounds. They are so sweet and gentile.


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darkflowers 13 months ago

Such a great Lens about a great breed of dogs! I Love yours :) All dogs are great, can't imagine living without my doggies :)


PatandCody 13 months ago

@Northerntrials: I just ordered a pattern from Etsy, and it includes a small dog sweater pattern for a pug. Perhaps, that would suit your need. The crochet pattern is called Quick and Easy Greyhound Sweater. The standard Greyhound sweater also includes a pattern for a separate snood to cover the neck and top of the head. It would not be difficult to size it down for an Italian Greyhound. What I am going to do is use the finished crocheted pattern as a pattern for a quilt lined winter coat. I hope this helps.


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sierradawn lm 13 months ago Level 1 Commenter

I was deeply touched by the work you do in helping these beautiful dogs to have a happy retirement.


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MJ Martin 13 months ago from Washington State Level 3 Commenter

A great lens on greyhounds, thanks for reminding us to share the love with all dogs, no matter what. I loved the videos too. My dog teaches me so much about love.


anonymous 13 months ago

Such amazing dogs, I am of the opinion that greyhounds are often under appreciated and taken for granted


jura 13 months ago

Interesting lens I did not know much about Greyhound dogs so I learn some today .


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KateFeredayEshete 13 months ago from Ethiopia

My Great Aunt Dodo lived to be almost 104 and she always had a retired greyhound as her pet. To me, they seemed skinny, bony and not at all cuddly! Well, we all have different tastes. I've just published a lens about my poodle (Judy Poodle in Ethiopia) but since her demise I've come to the conclusion that the best dogs are those that most resemble their wolf ancestors. The majority of dog breeds are at most a few hundred years old, so it's a relatively modern fashion to have selectively-bred, designed dogs. In Ethiopia few dogs are identifiable as belonging to breeds. I've never seen a greyhound here. Indeed, I wonder what Ethiopians would make of them! Nevertheless, here you show your passion for your chosen breed, and I commend you on a comprehensive and informative lens.


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girlfriendfactory 13 months ago

These are awesome tips and ideas! My mom always wanted to adopt one and I love the idea of a 45 mph couch potato! lol


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DreyaB 14 months ago from France Level 5 Commenter

What a lovely page. My Border Collie cross is actually crossed with Greyhound so I've seen some of the traits you describe and it just confirms our thoughts about her. She has coutch potato in her too! Such a lovely page and well worth the purple star. :)


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thecrochetcubby 14 months ago

Wonderful wonderful lens!! I worked with the adoption group here where I live. I adopted Libby and fostered a few more. I will always have a greyhound in my home. They are the best!!!


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flycatcherrr 14 months ago Hub Author

@mel-kav: My first greyhound was a therapy dog, actually! Greyhounds tend to be calm as a breed, so the right dog can often do very well in the role.


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mel-kav 14 months ago Level 1 Commenter

Such a wonderful lens. I know several people who adopt retired greyhounds. and every one of these dogs have been kind, gentle, and loving. I work with special needs children. One of our staff had a greyhound named "Penny". She would bring Penny in as a form of therapy. It was great watching Penny and these children.


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Greathaul2013 15 months ago

Beautiful dogs. I love this lens and I hope more people will consider adopting. I don't have time for a pet right now, but hopefully in a couple of years I will and I will consider a greyhound. I was surprised to read they can even be content living in an apartment. Good stuff.


anonymous 15 months ago

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. For everything. And especially pointing people to rather adopt instead of buy a new puppy. There are so many lovely pets out there needing someone right now. Please consider adopting a pet if you can. I loved this lens to bits and will sure to come back many times. Five star!


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flycatcherrr 15 months ago Hub Author

@ThoughtsFromGreg: It's just their racing muzzles, the same as they wear on the track. No, they're not particularly agressive dogs but they do get competitive when they're running - everyone wants to be at the head of the pack. And of course they go so fast, even an accidental graze of a tooth on another dog's haunch (a "fender bender" as it were!) can do a lot of damage at 45 mph.


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ThoughtsFromGreg 15 months ago

Nice lens! Any certain reason why a couple pictures have the dogs wearing muzzles? They don't seem like aggressive dogs, but maybe they just eat/chew anything they can get their mouth on ?


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Northerntrials 15 months ago

Thanks for the links.... my Dad has a rescued Italian greyhound (the little ones) but they can't handle the winter and we have trouble finding the dog clothes to wear... we'll be making one custom now.


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Protasker 16 months ago

Loved this lens! If I could Angel Bless I would! I first found out about Greyhound Adoptions when my children were young. There was a second grade teacher who brought her adopted Greyhounds into the school for the children to meet. They were wonderful doges and so friendly! Great Cause, keep up the good work!


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jptanabe 16 months ago from Red Hook, NY Level 2 Commenter

Never thought about what happens to greyhounds when they retire - now I know and think it would be wonderful to adopt one (not sure my cats would agree though!).


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ChristyZ 17 months ago from Ontario, Canada Level 1 Commenter

Greyhounds are beautiful dogs, I would love to see one in person one day. I have met hundreds of dogs in the neighborhood and local dog park but no Greyhounds. I think it's absolutely fantastic that you foster dogs and take the time to properly train them. Terrific article:)


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flycatcherrr 18 months ago Hub Author

@Swisstoons: Good question! Greyhounds are one of the oldest known dog breeds, virtually unchanged in thousands of years - desert dogs, originally, which is why the sighthounds in general evolved to have exceptional vision both for distance and peripheral vision, as well as exceptional speed and acceleration.


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Swisstoons 18 months ago from Michigan Level 2 Commenter

Like another of your commenters, I too love all breeds. It's surprising how easily Greyhounds adapt to intimate contact with humans after knowing little else but racing. Was the breed developed by Man over centuries...or is there a similar canine in the wild?


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supercelticangel 18 months ago

I love your lens I love dogs of all breeds. Greyhounds have a hard life till they are rescued & adopted! God bless you for your work. Your videos bring a tear to my eye and also a smile on my face.


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kerrylea 18 months ago

What a great cause! What a beautiful breed of dog and they have such a gorgeous nature. Lovely to see they are being adopted into good homes and given the life they deserve.


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Titia 18 months ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands Level 1 Commenter

Applaud for those who dedicate their time and life to rescue these beautiful greyhounds and give them homes where they will be loved and cared for.


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Laurabpeterson 18 months ago

I love the pictures on here. We have a neighbor with two (at least) greyhounds. And they are so fast! I've seen them take off every once in a while...amazing to watch. Thanks for a fantastic lens!


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darciefrench lm 18 months ago

Such beautiful dogs, they are so elegant


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EllieHarper 18 months ago

I hadn't ever considered getting a greyhound because I live in the city but I plan to move to a rural area in the future with a bit of land. So a greyhound might be in my future.


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sondra1 18 months ago

We have owned greyhounds off and on for 20 years. Our latest greyhound is Zeller, a large male that we adopted from Greysave. He is a gentle loving dog who is an outstanding pet. We are happy that we adopted him since he was rejected from the track at Caliente in Mexico and would have ended up discarded on the street!


TommysPal 18 months ago

I think it's great that you all are giving these wonderful dogs a second chance in life. You're amazing.


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Michelllle 19 months ago

I'm going to get a rescue greyhound someday.


xscottbx 19 months ago

Great Lens! These dogs deserve a nice calm life after dealing with the stresses of racing.


Torrs13 19 months ago

I think greyhounds are gorgeous dogs and so loving! I was looking into adopting one at some point. This was a great lens :)


DiddydelDesigns 19 months ago

Great Lens Flycatcher, I was shocked to read that In the United States, prior to the formation of adoption groups, over 20,000 retired greyhounds a year were killed. I have friends who have adopted Greyhounds usually starting with one and ending up with several after falling in love with this majestic, kind and beautiful (inside and out) breed. I personally have rescued a 3 year old, ex-racing, smooth haired, brindle, Lurcher ( predominantly Greyhound cross ) called Mortisha or Tisha for short. The amount of satisfaction I got from bringing home this badly abused, mistreated, malnutreated and emotionally empty

animal and seeing the transformation into most beautiful, loving, loyal and gentle family pet was amazing! What a joy it was when I managed to teach her (a fully grown 3 years old dog) how to bark!

( and yes, I did have to bark at her, such a funny sight and sound ) and the surprised look on her face was so funny, for her to hear her own voice for the first time, and it to be 'ok' for a dog to bark! Tisha didn't even know what a ball was for and just used to blankly look a it as I would roll it past her but she soon got the hang of play time! Unfortunately she never quite lost her fear of feet and a raised hand (this would make her cower a little and needed a lot of reassuring there was no need to fear any more) I think she must have been kicked and hit a lot previously during her 3 years of racing before she joined our family. I would always encourage anybody if they are looking for a dog to consider giving a Retired Racing Greyhound a home because it's so satisfying and they really do have so much love to give back ( I sometimes would wake up in the morning with a wet nose nuzzling the back of my neck and a paw around my shoulder, Tisha, stretched out to her full length, under the covers, snuggled up behind me!)

Thank you for highlighting such a great cause.

Tisha,..... lived a long and happy life, living to grand old age of 15 years young! and is very sadly missed by all who had the pleasure to meet her.


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flycatcherrr 19 months ago Hub Author

@davidtrust: When a dog can get up to 45 mph in about 3 strides, if they see something that looks like prey and the well-developed "chase instinct" kicks in, it doesn't take long for them to find themselves a long way from home! Interestingly, although in much of North America it is usual to keep greyhounds on leash but that's not so much the case in UK and elsewhere where greyhounds have a longer history of being companion animals or hunting dogs, vs livestock kept primarily for racing.


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davidtrust 19 months ago

I met a lady who had a couple and said you have to keep them on a leash because they are so fast they'll just run and then all of a sudden they don't know where they are!


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flycatcherrr 19 months ago Hub Author

@Ana Dilber: Sometimes they are, yes. :(


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Ana Dilber 19 months ago

I hope these animals are not hurt during these races...


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Michelllle 19 months ago

Love Greyhounds. Great video.


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flycatcherrr 19 months ago Hub Author

@Diana Wenzel: Someday, a greyhound will find you. {{{hug}}}


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Diana Wenzel 19 months ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

Sniff. Sniff. That video gets me every time. Stopping back by to feed my dream of adopting a retired greyhound.


cornerrue 19 months ago

I love the photos. I tried to adopt one but we didn't really have the space. Maybe in the future. Great lens!


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flycatcherrr 19 months ago Hub Author

@deanna-balestra: Ha, "foster fail" you! I think we've all been there. :) My little female greyhound started out as a foster dog...


deanna-balestra 19 months ago

Our greyhounds are the best dogs! We got two right away and then we did fostering. We've fostered 8 dogs into loving new families - this last foster god we got stole our hearts though and now we have THREE greyhounds and are out of space for more dogs, ha!


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hntrssthmpsn 20 months ago

Greyhounds are such beautiful, elegant-looking dogs! I've never had one, but there's a beautiful greyhound who frequents our favorite dog beach. The video of the retired greyhound with the three-year-old girl is precious.


angelatvs 20 months ago

My parents adopted a greyhound off of the track. She was a sweet dog. It was funny trying to teach her how to manage stairs as she had never seen stairs before going to live with them.


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Dusty2 LM 20 months ago

Lens well done on getting the word out about retired greyhound racing dogs. Over the years my sis has been a part of this project in adapting retired greyhound racing dogs and has enjoyed it. As far as getting a long with kids; all of the greyhounds she has adapted there has never been one incident concerning her boy. Thank you for stopping by my How To Make A Homemade Yo-Yo with Detailed Instructions lens and giving it a "blessing". I really appreciate it. Have a Great Day! (^_^)


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flycatcherrr 20 months ago Hub Author

@DaveP2307: Yes indeed. It is an on-going exercise in public education for many owners of fast skinny dogs. :)


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DaveP2307 20 months ago

I bought my Lurcher, Lucy (part Greyhound) a muzzle last week. Not that she bites but because it's almost Spring and there will be baby Squirrel in the woods.

Like a Greyhound she is very fast so the poor things have quite a job to get out of here way.

Trouble is it make people think she might be a dangerous dog (far from it).

Is this something you find?


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sheilamarie78 20 months ago Level 1 Commenter

I can remember when some of my neighbors adopted a greyhound from the tracks. I was just small. Great tribute lens to the dogs!


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agagata lm 20 months ago

I can't have a dog myself but my friend has two adopted two retired greyhounds. They are adorable!


anonymous 20 months ago

I love when ppl adopt dogs! I adopted my dachshund last fall and am considering adopting another dog this spring. I was considering a whippet or greyhound. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts and info on this lens.


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Tarra99 20 months ago

My neighbour adopted a retired greyhound, he's adorable.


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vsajewel 20 months ago

Maybe I can convince my hubby, 'cause your lens made me miss my wheaten terrier (he died a few months ago of old age), and then I wouldn't have to obsess about tweezers anymore:-)


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flycatcherrr 20 months ago Hub Author

@pauly99 lm: All but my first greyhound have come from Florida, by coincidence. :-)

There are some amazing adoption groups that work right at the tracks to help place the dogs when they are retired or it is determined that they're "not interested" in a racing career. Next time you're there, you should see if you can meet-and-greet a few of the dogs in the on-track pet kennels!


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pauly99 lm 20 months ago

Fantastic lens! My wife and I visit a greyhound racing track in southern Florida nearly each year and we've often talked about adopting an ex racing greyhound.


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flycatcherrr 20 months ago Hub Author

@Weremuffin: Ah, then you're one of the pack. :)


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Weremuffin 20 months ago

My first family dog was a retired racing Greyhound.


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charlenedelfin lm 20 months ago

I never knew about racing greyhounds before. Thanks for writing this.


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IamShea 20 months ago

I've always wondered about greyhounds and where they end up. I've had rescue dogs before but never one of these. What a great lens.


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HomeArtist1 21 months ago from Charlotte

Love Love LoOOOVE this lens! Send this BLESSING to one of those angel babies!


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JoshuaJDavid 21 months ago

BTW you mentioned in one of my lenses that pit bulls are your second favorite dog. Did you know that in England they cross pits with greyhounds? It's something I bet you would enjoy searching


lionmom100 21 months ago

These are such lovely animals. I am always glad to hear when people adopt them. We have known several people who have.


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Snakesmum 21 months ago from Victoria, Australia Level 5 Commenter

We have this program in Australia, and my sister had a retired racing greyhound. She was a very friendly, but boisterous dog, and seemed to enjoy her retirement.


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JoshuaJDavid 21 months ago

If any animals need rescuing it's greyhounds and pit bulls. Great article on this graceful creature. It's so sad to see they way they are treated as race hounds.


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TommysTips 21 months ago

One of my sisters is a retired greyhound - she is the quietest, sweetest most affectionate dogs ever. Only one thing... you need to have a sofa that you are willing to give up LOL


kimadagem 21 months ago

I had a coworker who adopted a "retired" racing greyhound. I got to meet him only once - she and her husband had moved out of town by then - but he seemed to be a calm, sweet, and gentle dog.


greytdogz 21 months ago

I LOVE greyhounds. We have been owned by them for the past 12 years. Thank you for publishing a great lens of these fabulous dogs.


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JeffGilbert 21 months ago

Great lens on these wonderful animals!! A lot of good info, although I'm sure that getting them to wear boots, can take some doing... :)


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ChuckDickens 21 months ago

I'm glad to see they get a good retirement. Greyhounds an incredibly companionable dog, and it's a shame so many people see them simply as racers. They have sweet natures that's often obscured by their speed.

Good write up!


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flycatcherrr 21 months ago Hub Author

@best4babies: Wonderful to hear!


best4babies 21 months ago

We had a greyhound growing up and I can't imagine a better companion through all those years. Once my kids are a little bit older and can help take care of one I'll be on board the greyhound bus once again!


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KristenLAnders 21 months ago

Thank you for this, very informative. We've been considering a greyhound for our next dog.


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kabbalah lm 21 months ago

Great dogs. Sorry to hear about Kiowa Boyd Barry.


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Squidpunk 21 months ago

Sorry about your recent loss of Kiowa Boyd Barry (2007-2013). Our pet sons and daughters are forever in our hearts. Greyhound are a really beautiful gog breed. We had three dog tracks in our area andI would go to get a closeup of the greyhounds before each race.


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flycatcherrr 21 months ago Hub Author

@MelanieKaren: Greyt to meet you, too. :)


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MelanieKaren 22 months ago from Pennsylvania, USA Level 3 Commenter

This is a super great lens! I thoroughly enjoyed it very much. It's nice to meet a fellow greyhound lover. When I lived in the D.C. area, I was very involved with greyhound adoptions. Yes, they are wonderful animal companions. (I like the little Italian greyhounds too! eheh)


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flycatcherrr 22 months ago Hub Author

@LisaNowatzki: Oh, three - you are so lucky! And so are the greyhounds. :-)


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LisaNowatzki 22 months ago

This is a GREYT lens! I have three retired greyt babies. Thanks for all the hard work getting the information out to the public.


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DaveP2307 22 months ago

This is a really good lens!

I have a Lurcher called Lucy. She was found abandoned a couple of years ago.

Being half greyhound she has a lot of the traits you mentioned about. Very lazy, a bit highly strung, but runs like the wind!

A great pet!


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flycatcherrr 22 months ago Hub Author

@blueknight311: Welcome. :) I'm so glad you enjoyed this.


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blueknight311 22 months ago

I liked your lens. I'm a newbie here so I try to watch as many as I can and will be asking a lot of questions. I love dogs of any breed people can be so cruel to animals I have rescued a few in my time. I enjoyed the video presentations.


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flycatcherrr 22 months ago Hub Author

@lionmom100: Well, you know... many ex-racing greyhounds do live very happily with cats. :-)


lionmom100 22 months ago

A wonderful lens. I love hearing of people who adopt retired greyhounds. If I didn't have three cats, I would be very tempted.


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flycatcherrr 22 months ago Hub Author

@thegrayrabbit: That's true! I have an old picture somewhere of a friend's greyhound enjoying his papasan chair on the sun porch - think it's stashed on a CD somewhere; must see if I can find that.


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thegrayrabbit 22 months ago

What a great lens. I have always heard that retired racers make great dogs for the family and they love papas an chairs too.


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JimHofman 22 months ago Level 1 Commenter

Terrific lens! Excellent information and photos. Greyhounds are wonderful dogs!


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KitchenExpert LM 22 months ago

Great information here. I know that any of the dogs you can buy are great, but rescuing one is even better.


anonymous 22 months ago

Adopting a retired racing greyhound is a wonderful thing to do. I'm glad that the world has so many animal lovers.


Ajeet 22 months ago

Compassion is the key here.


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GregoryMoore 22 months ago from Louisville, KY

I have a coworker that adopted a greyhound, and it is such a great dog. I think the greyhound adoption programs are such a wonderful idea.


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PastorCher 22 months ago from United States

Beautiful animals. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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Board-Game-Brooke 22 months ago from US/TN

One of my friends tried to adopt a former racing greyhound a few years ago. I think it's a wonderful thing to do.


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Donallphin 22 months ago

Great idea! Fascinating content, especially the hand puppet gig. I hope you are helping them find good homes. Keep up the good work.


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PaulP51D 22 months ago

Wow! Who needs to but a book on greyhounds when you can read a lens like that. Great work.


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amytrumpeter 22 months ago Level 1 Commenter

Beautiful animals, thanks so much for this lens!


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flycatcherrr 23 months ago Hub Author

@JaneWatson: The cool thing is, Greyhounds are often very young - just 2 or 3 years old - when they stop racing, so they still have a great long active life ahead of them!


JaneWatson 23 months ago

Awesome! You are excellent for taking care of these retired dogs!


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flycatcherrr 23 months ago Hub Author

@Stickypony LM: You're smart to research to find the right dog breed for your lifestyle, Stickypony - that kind of planning leads to happy adoptions. Keep in mind, though, that often a good match is less about the size of the dog and more about its energy level. :-)


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Stickypony LM 23 months ago

I just love a greyhound! But I dont think they suit my way of life. Think a smaller dog would suit me better


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CoolKarma 23 months ago

i don't have a greyhound, but a fellow cat breeder has a couple she has rescued. They are brilliant with her little children and babysit the kittens too.


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cjbmeb14 lm 23 months ago

A friend of mine had a retired Greyhound but he kept running off. The only way she could get him to come back was with sausages.


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flycatcherrr 23 months ago Hub Author

@Paula Atwell: That's right - retired racers have had so little experience of "our world" that they are almost like little aliens when they first come off the track. Stairs training is part of my work with fosters, to prepare them for adoption. It's fun to see the everyday world all 'fresh' through the eyes of a newly retired greyhound, a bit like going for a walk with an intelligent toddler. :)


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Paula Atwell 23 months ago from Cleveland, OH Level 4 Commenter

There is a greyhound rescue group here in Cleveland, and a friend of mine is part of it. They own a couple of greyhounds and hand to teach them how to walk up and down stairs and other things because they were always caged unless they were racing.


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Carashops 23 months ago

Mom and Dad used to adopt retired greyhounds. Beautiful animals. Lovely lens.


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flycatcherrr 23 months ago Hub Author

@flashkid: YES, yes - that's it exactly! I have never figured out how to express what it is about greyhounds that reaches right into my heart, but I think you've just said it. :)


flashkid 23 months ago

There is something zen-like about the combination of strength and gentleness. Before reading this lens I didn't know that greyhounds are capable of this


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AnnRadley 23 months ago

I really enjoyed this lens and appreciate that you help raise awareness about retired greyhounds that are in need of homes. I've never owned one, but currently have a feisty whippet named Tigger!


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SheSue LM 23 months ago

I met my first retired greyhound last summer. He was the sweetest thing. Huge!


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jimconrad2 23 months ago

Great animal! There is one in our neighborhood. Sweet dog.


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KatPalmer LM 23 months ago

Great lens! Very well organized. I have a friend who adopted a greyhound five years ago. He is the most loving, loyal dog you can imagine (and you're absolutely right about couch potato). I hope everyone of these retirees can find a new forever home.


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flycatcherrr 23 months ago Hub Author

@moralblogger lm: Belle's remarkable ability to catch the zzzz sounds just like the typical 'retired athlete' greyhounds right here, snoring at my feet right now! . ;)


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moralblogger lm 23 months ago

What a great lens! I can vouch for the greyhounds super nature, I have one (Belle) and is a retired racer. Certainly makes up for it now, she sleeps 80% of the day!


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flycatcherrr 23 months ago Hub Author

@AnimalHouse: I do believe the animals take care of us, too. :)


AnimalHouse 23 months ago

Wow! You're such a kind-hearted person. I really adore people who takes good care of animals in need.


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flycatcherrr 23 months ago Hub Author

@gamecheathub: One of my greyhounds wants to run after anything that moves, but she just wants to play. The other one is not interested about 90% of the time, then every so often his prey-chase instinct kicks in. But mostly they want to stick around near me in case FUN breaks out, LOL. Protective, not so much. Not a guard dog breed, yer greyhound... They barely even bark, ever, except when playing together. :)


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gamecheathub 23 months ago

Does your greyhound go after birds, squirrels and other outdoor animals? Greyhounds are a fun breed. Just curious if yours is protective, like some other breeds?


Bobski606 23 months ago

I would love to get a Greyhound but at the moment my apartment does not allow dogs :-(


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nettlemere lm 2 years ago

I'm a big fan of exracers and had 11 very happy years with my one called Grey Lady, so was pleased to come across your lens promoting their virtues.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Pinaar: Sounds very much like the two greyhounds I have right now. :)


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Pinaar 2 years ago

I have 2 greyhounds right now a bitch - Millie and a large softy boy - Jeremy.

They are lovely animals very loving, always hungry and always ready for a sleep.

I love em.


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David Stone1 2 years ago from New York City Level 7 Commenter

Enjoyed the greyhounds and always appreciative of the tender loving care animals receive from generous people.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@rooshoo: Thank you! I think we're the lucky ones, to be able to adopt the greyhounds. :)


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rooshoo 2 years ago

This is a very heartwarming lens. It's nice to see these dogs are getting good homes.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@PamelaDW: Thank you for the kind words, Pamela. The greyhounds thank you, too!


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PamelaDW 2 years ago

This is such a thorough lens. It certainly deserves to be #1 in pets and dogs!


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Totus Mundus 2 years ago

Nice lens, greyhounds are very majestic looking dogs. I've never owned one,. but I've seen them race.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@anniesorganics: My first greyhound was from New England, too - a track near Boston. Since all the track closures, most of our greys in eastern Canada have been coming up from Florida. (p.s. As a Jack/BC mix, I'll bet that Annie keeps you on your toes!)


anniesorganics 2 years ago

I had 3 greys several years ago, a male & 2 females. They were adopted from WAG, a group that rescued them from a track in CT. They were beautiful, sweet dogs!


anniesorganics 2 years ago

Love your Lense! I had 3 greyhounds several years ago - Elmer, Ruby & Aja. They were adopted from WAG, a group that rescued them from a track in CT. They were beautiful, sweet dogs. Each one lived to be 14. Right now I have Annie, my Jack Russell/Border Collie mix who is my sweetie!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@MagnoliaTree: Good advice, MagnoliaTree - research is absolutely advised, to make sure the breed is a good fit for you, and then a careful hand in placing the individual dog. Our adoption group normally puts "special needs" greyhounds into experienced foster homes for assessment and to the dogs make the transition into pet life... actually, that's how my third greyhound arrived: I was fostering her and fell in love. It's an occupational hazard! :)


MagnoliaTree 2 years ago

I have had five greyhounds and they are such sweet dogs! If anyone is interested in adopting I would suggest first reading several books first. Greyhounds are very different from other dogs and unfortunately some have been abused. One must have the time and ability to work with these wonderful animals and to understand what might cause the dog more trauma and what can build their confidence.


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sunlightseer 2 years ago

I've heard that Greyhounds make great house pets and think they are lap dogs. I enjoyed reading your lens. They seem like awesome dogs.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@C-Diddy: Oh, my condolences. I've been there and certainly feel for you. Hopefully you'll be in a position to share your home with another lucky greyhound one of these days. For sure, the best remedy for the loss of a well-loved greyhound is to adopt another greyhound... or two...


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C-Diddy 2 years ago

My husband and I adopted a greyhound (Herc) He was a wonderful dog for the short time we had him. Cancer took him long before his time should have been up!


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Franksterk 2 years ago from California

Wonderful lens. I love greyhounds. It sad to me that people will race them til they drop and then they just throw them away like so much rubbush. I don't understand people! Thank you for doing such a great job getting the information out. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Radcliff LM: Sweet is a good word for this dog breed, yes indeedy, they really are.


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Radcliff LM 2 years ago

Awesome lens. I have seen greyhound rescue groups at several events and the dogs are always so sweet.


anonymous 2 years ago

Great lens: I love dogs, I saw a grehound race many years ago and always wandered what happens to them when they stop racing. Thanks for sharing.


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RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK Level 3 Commenter

Very emotional after watching that video...so many dogs in rescue needing good homes. Glad to know that some greyhounds are finding them through the fantastic work of the rescue organisations. Excellent lens!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Cari Kay 11: I'm so sorry for your loss, Cari_Kay. Wherever you adopt your son's new dog, rescue pound or racetrack, I'm sure that'll be one lucky pup.


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Cari Kay 11 2 years ago Level 4 Commenter

I love this. Brought a tear to my eye. We had to put down my son's dog a couple weeks ago and we've talked about rescuing a greyhound but he wants to save one from the pound. I so loved this, I'm blessing it!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@indigomoth: Good for you! There are some excellent forums for greyhound owners you might want to check out while you're waiting for the right time to adopt, such as http://forum.greytalk.com - my favourite online place to hang out with other Skinny Dog fans.


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indigomoth 2 years ago from New Zealand

I've always wanted a greyhound! As soon as I've got my own place, I'm going to try to adopt one. I can't wait.


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LisaAuch1 2 years ago from Scotland

my old boss adopted a Grey hound it was the most beautiful dog I think I have ever seen so elegant, and a beautiful temperament too!


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Nomadabstracted1 2 years ago

I think it's awesome that people are being educated about retired greyhound adoptions.


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karen-stephens 2 years ago

Thanks for the great Canadian site. I say Canadian because there are so many greyound saving groups here. They parade around our malls...and let me tell you...the greyhounds are the most amazing and friendly dogs there is... just don't let them run in a PARK...they will keep running. (GRIN) And thanks for visiting our site on why we love Canada as a beautiful (and cheap) place to retire in!


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SheilaMilne 2 years ago from Kent, UK

What a coincidence! I've just come back from my Saturday morning walk to our market and there I "met" a retired greyhound. Beautiful animals.


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MizzMary 2 years ago

I would love to get a greyhound, but I have too many other pets right now. Perhaps someday...


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breakfree76 2 years ago

Beautiful lens. Such a misunderstood breed. As long we continue to spread the word.


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Rankography 2 years ago

Awesome lens. These poor animals live a tough life. I have had a couple of friends that adopted them and they truly are wonderful animals. Unfortunately, we are city dwellers and could not give them the exercise they need. Blessings.


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Mymochamoney 2 years ago

Wonderful lens! We had a retired greyhound who passed a few years back:( Wonderful dog named Magician. We called him Magic. Loved the kids and the cats. It was hard to replace him with another greyhound so we adopted a collie mix from a rescue shelter. It was the best thing we did! Wonderful, smart dog. Wish more people would adopt a dog--greyhound or otherwise.


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selah74 2 years ago

I've been trying to think of a good dog breed to get--maybe the greyhound.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: I'll have to look up that museum - thanks for the tip!


anonymous 2 years ago

Nice lens. Anyone traveling through Kansas the Greyhound Museum in Abilene is well worth a stop.


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montanatravel52 2 years ago

I love all animals, especially cats, but have to admit I have a very soft spot for greyhounds, amazing animals. Thanks for a nice tribute and great info (I really liked the video with the 3-yr old)! I recently wrote a lens about our bipoalr family cat, Checkers, who I often think might be somewhat of a dog at heart??:)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@flowerdada: I'm so glad you see the beauty of greyhounds now! (That is one of my own greyhounds in the video with the little girl, by the way. Isn't he lovely?)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@BowWowBear: One of the really interesting things about adopting a retired racer is to watch their personalities emerge as they adapt to the life of a companion animal. It does seem to take about a year or so for many greys to fully become "pets" depending on how long they were at the track. I love to watch them discover their new world!


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flowerdada 2 years ago

I love the video with the little girl learning how to interact with the greyhound and the video of the spinning greyhound! Before I thought greyhounds are ugly dogs because they are so skinny. However, after reading your lens and watching the videos, I found them kind of cute!


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BowWowBear 2 years ago

My Brother and Sister-in-Law adopted a former racing greyhound. She was great, all though it took her about a year to be convinced that "home" was with them. After that she become the most wonderful and loving dog. Really nice informative and beneficial lens here for people and dogs!


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IMKZRNU2 2 years ago

I have met some of these wonderful dogs and I applaud you for welcoming them into your home for that spoiling that they so deserve!


Ruthi 2 years ago

Wonderful of you to rescue retired racing greyhounds as your canine companions. I once adopted a whippet and she, Heidi, was a wonderful family pet with the sweetest personality.


anonymous 2 years ago

Great lens!! My best friend adopted a Greyhound and she was the sweetest dog but it took her awhile to get used to people (they think she was beaten when she didn't win the races).


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OrlandoTipster 2 years ago

Thank you for adopting a greyhound.

It's a shame the way some dog parks treat greyhounds.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Escapes2: Funny, that's what my neighbours say about my greyhounds, too. :)


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Escapes2 2 years ago

They are beautiful dogs and wonderful pets. My neighbor has two rescue Greyhounds and they are the sweetest dogs I have ever met.


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lezsaysit lm 2 years ago

This is a very informative and touching lens. I could tell you really love and care for greyhounds. I never thought of them as a pet for myself, but now I see the possibilities. Thanks.


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Dressage Husband 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada Level 5 Commenter

I had never thought of a greyhound as a pet, until we went to the grand opening of our new pet store in Bridgewater. They brought along the local adopt a greyhound group and they had around 20 of them in the store, and I have never come across such a large group of dogs that were so well behaved. they were all ex-track. Now I come across your beautifully written lens, I am sure many greyhounds will now find suitable homes, thank you for your great work!


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StewartClan 2 years ago

I like greyhounds, I used to have a whippet, Arthur, who passed away a few years ago. Friends of our have a greyhound and he is pretty lazy. But very very gentle, a lovely boy.


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Sunflower2423 2 years ago

Nice and touching lens. It is good that so many kind hearted and caring people take in retired grey hounds or keep them and also get them ready to be adopted. Grey hounds deserve a chance too.


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MrsKatieE LM 2 years ago

Thank you for the great information. I will definitely look up the Doggone Safe bite prevention program.


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jmchaconne 2 years ago Level 3 Commenter

Thank you for this lens. They are such beautiful animals. Has a greyhound ever raced a Quarter horse? They are in the same speed range, it would be interesting. Thanks for visiting my lens.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@crbphotography: I know it happens, but isn't it funny to judge dogs by size alone? Greyhounds often do very well in condos and apartments, but I know more than one tiny teacup-size pooch who drives his neighbours nuts with high-pitched barking! :-)


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crbphotography 2 years ago

Great lens. If my condo did not have a 25 pound max weight for dogs, I would have one in "a New York minute".


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ziggyzane 2 years ago

Love you lens! Greyhounds are amazing dogs. Keep up the good work!


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Im Horse Crazy 2 years ago

I love dogs - and greyhounds! Our friends have an adopted greyhound & he's wonderful!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Cabmgmnt LM: That must have been a lively place to work, and very interesting! I've done a bit of work at a harness-racing (horse) track as a student, but there is no dog racing in Canada. Our greyhounds come up from the United States when they retire.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@milky-way-35977: Yes, still fast - not as fast as when they were "professional athletes" of course, but greyhounds are built for speed. They run with a different gait than most dogs; it's a "double hung" gait that's more like a cheetah, which is one reason why they are so fast.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@seajay: Of course most retired racers have had little or no experience with children in their lives at the track, so they do need training and habituation in that area - just as kids need to be trained how to interact properly with dogs! But yes, greyhounds tend to be very calm dogs and ex-racers are used to being handled, it's fairly easy to teach them to enjoy children. Easier than some other breeds, for sure.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Onemargaret LM: Energy in a 30-second burst, then they tend to be total couch potatoes. :)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@LittleMy LM: A whippet and a greyhound would look pretty good together! One of my greyhounds' best friends is a whippet, as it happens - they met in a Rally-O competition where they tied for first place. The award photograph was too funny, tiny whippet and giant greyhound together. :)


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Cabmgmnt LM 2 years ago

Nice lens. I used to work at a greyhound track, these dogs are sweet and loveable and make great pets.


milky-way-35977 2 years ago

is it still fast


seajay 2 years ago

Fantastic breed of dog, very docile and great with kids too


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Onemargaret LM 2 years ago

Wow! All that energy!


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LittleMy LM 2 years ago

I love greyhounds. I have a whippet and am trying to persuade my other half that he needs an ex racing greyhound brother or sister.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Judy Filarecki: That's good to hear, Judy! If your son and his family have any questions, feel free to send them my way - I'll be happy to do my best to answer and/or point them to reliable resources. :)


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Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York Level 3 Commenter

Great lens with lots of information and links. My son and his family are thinking about adopting a greyhound so I'm forwarding this lens to them.


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poorwendy lm 2 years ago

They are so cute. I want one.


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Steph Tietjen 2 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

I just met 2 greyhounds on a walk a few days ago, so friendly and cute. I loved reading about them here. The videos were great, too.


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kristalulabelle 2 years ago from Wisconsin

I loved reading about your greyhounds, great lens!


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johnshade lm 2 years ago

What handsome animals! Makes me sad I live in a tiny apartment so can't keep any dogs :(


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chas65 2 years ago

As a dog lover, so happy to see these graceful dogs have a wonderful life after the track. You used to hear horro0r stories of them being put down after retiring from racing.


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belinda342 2 years ago

Greyhounds are wonderful dogs that deserve a new life after racing. Anyone looking for a faithful friend should definitely look to a retired racer! Great information here, thank you for sharing.


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DIY Mary 2 years ago

Greyhounds are magnificent creatures and I'd also heard that they have sweet personalities. They sound like the perfect pet.. Thanks for your great info!


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LaraineRoses 2 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

I laughed so hard at 'What Greyhounds Do in Bed.' So funny and cute! This is a beautiful lens and very motivational! Angel blessings!


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WriterDave 2 years ago

Haha, I love the "45mph couch potatoes". Great lens!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Yep, I can't resist a greyhound, it's true. Actually, they aren't high-energy dogs at all. True, they are athletes in the dog world, but they are *sprinters* rather than endurance dogs - a greyhound race lasts only about 30 seconds, so that gives you some idea. Really, they are big couch potatoes. :-)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@hartworks lm: It sounds very much like a greyhound might be a good match for you - certainly, I'd encourage you to keep looking into a retired racer as an option for your next dog.

By the way, my sympathy to you - I know all too well the situation of having a 16-year-old dog and needing to look the future squarely in the eye, as I lost my 16-year-old Golden Retriever in January 2012. No matter how well we know intellectually that our dogs don't live forever, it doesn't make it any easier to face the inevitable.


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hartworks lm 2 years ago

We currently have two dogs, our usual number, and one of them is 16, so I have been mulling over who might come when he passes. We tend to like big dogs who are lazy enough in the house for us to put in long hours on the computer. Hmm, I hadn't thought of greyhounds but as a result of this lens -- and the half-hour I just spent exploring your links -- I think this might be a good breed for us when it's time! (We even have a fenced 1/4 acre.)


anonymous 2 years ago

Wow - I think you really love greyhounds! I have never owned one - they must be a very high energy dog! I'm glad there is such a great group of people involved in their rescue because any animal bred for racing is then expendable when they are no longer winning - such a tragedy! Great lens!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@UKGhostwriter: I've certainly heard of Battersea Dogs Home and the good work they do there - good for you, to adopt a rescue dog! It's true that not every greyhound is right for every home; one of my greyhounds is so calm he's what we call "bomb-proof" and would do fine with a special-needs child, given the appropriate training and supervision; the other, the little female, is much more high-energy and playful and quick-moving, and although she's a lovely temperament and good with children, she would not be a good match for a very young child or a child with certain special needs. It's all about making the right match, when it comes to placing any dog, for sure. ...I'd love to see a picture of your whippet/terrier cross; I'll bet that's one very cute and intelligent little dog!


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UKGhostwriter 2 years ago

When we adopted our Dog from Battersea Dogs Home (a famous UK dog rescue centre) the kennels were full of abandoned greyhounds, many just tied to the gates ob Battersea and others left to roam alone. We weren't allowed to adopt a greyhound because of their 'suitability' rules and we have a child with special needs.

They decided that the greyhound may not be compatible but did take us to a secret lodge where there were a number of puppies and we adopted a whippet/terrier cross.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Scarlettohairy: The greyhounds made me do it. :-)


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Scarlettohairy 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. Level 3 Commenter

This is a great cause. It's so nice you're bringing greyhound awareness to so many.


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lyttlehalfpint 2 years ago from Canada

I am presently looking into which breed to get and I had never considered the greyhound till now, thank you for a well presented lens.


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CameronPoe 2 years ago

Greyhounds are gorgeous dogs. I didn't know you can adopt retired racers. Something to consider.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@BrianRS: On the bright side, it happens much more than it did in the 'bad old days', eh?


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BrianRS 2 years ago from France Level 3 Commenter

I once owned a part share in a greyhound. She didn't make the grade as a racer but we made sure she went to a good home after she finished racing. That's what all responsible owners should do, but unfortunately that doesn't always happen.


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equestrianscience 2 years ago

Good work to promote these lovely dogs.


minerva19 2 years ago

I think it is right that people are well cared for animals and that we are in harmony with them.


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craig robertson 1 2 years ago

I think it is a great thing when someone looks after a retired Greyhound, I will personally look after all my Siberian Huskies after I retire them.


RuralFloridaLiving 2 years ago

Would love one!


wdiknow 2 years ago

Really informative and comprehesive lens! I own a border collie and a king charles spaniel,but i do like the look of greyhounds and would consider owning a retired greyhound,they look like lovely dogs:)


anonymous 2 years ago

Dogs will never cease to be the faithful companions of humans, the greyhounds look so brave and yet very compassionate.


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KayeSI 2 years ago

I've heard many great things about adopting greyhounds and appreciated reading even more about it here. Great site!


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magictricksdotcom 2 years ago

Great information. We ran a retired greyhound placement program in Upstate New York in the 1980's, placing several hundred dogs. We shared our home with 14 magnificent greyhounds, but our first adopted dog, Sylvan, will always have a special place in our hearts. We still miss her.


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Projectlazy 2 years ago

I put up a new Picture of "Jaina the wondermutt" today and I'll have a few more this week. I just got back from my honeymoon and the ranch I sent her too his bringing her home today. I can't wait to see the pics they took!


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avigarret 2 years ago

I found this lens very moving, those greyhounds deserve so much love, and can give even more love in return. Adopting a dog is the best choice, it pisses me off when people are looking to purchase one instead, when there are so many dogs who need homes.

Thanks for sharing this great lens!


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LivRiley LM 2 years ago

Beautiful lens, I love ALL breeds. Dogs are truly man/women's best friends and enrich our lives. Just curious, are they a shy breed?


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gottaloveit2 2 years ago Level 4 Commenter

Adopting is a wonderful thing to do. I have 6 adopted dogs and love each one an incredible amount. Why breed when there are so many needing homes. Also, of note is the fact that every single breed of dog has an associated rescue where you can find adorable purebreds who end up homeless. Blessed.


anonymous 2 years ago

I've known about people adopting these great dogs after they stop racing. They deserve good homes.


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sherioz 2 years ago

Lovely lens. Great photos and good information.


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PuppiesUnleashed 2 years ago

Wow you've really put tonnes of content into this. Your love of the breed really shows in your work with them. Be proud of it.


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randomthings lm 2 years ago

Great lens! We have had a greyhound for six years. She's the best dog ever. We live in the cold north and she LOVES her booties, has from day one.


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ragtimelil 2 years ago

I miss my greyhounds!!!! I did lure coursing with my younger ones.


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DuncanBoud 2 years ago

What a great introduction to greyhounds as pets. I would never have guessed that they needed so little exercise - I'm sure many people are put off adopting one because they wrongly believe they need hours of running each day.


anonymous 2 years ago

Thanks for visiting my lens. My husband and I own Siberians, but I've always loved seeing pictures of greyhounds. Some friends of ours (they've since moved) owned some and once when we went over for a visit, their two adult greyhounds were chillin' on the couch. They didn't even come over to the door, they were too busy enjoying their naps. It was adorable.


anonymous 2 years ago

Very excellent lens. Thanks


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mel-kav 2 years ago Level 1 Commenter

Great lens. Greyhounds are such sweet and docile dogs. They are great!


Natural_Skin_Care 2 years ago

I always wished I had the room for one. Maybe someday.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Ron, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking the time to speak up here for the Greyhounds. I hope another wonderful friend will find you soon.


anonymous 2 years ago

My retired racer passed away last week. I have had dogs all my life and he was without a doubt the most loving, wonderful dog I could have imagined. I had no idea that a dog could be that loyal and am amazed at my complete devastation in having lost what I had grown to see not as a pet, but as a friend. I have never known anyone who adopted a Greyhound who wasn't amazed at what great pets they make. Like all breeds they have their idiosynchracies, but if anyone here is considering adopting a dog I urge you to at least investigate adopting a Greyhound. You won't be sorry.


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KiwiGayle 2 years ago

Never met a bad greyhound yet. Great lens. I've been more involved with German Shepherd rescue but Greyhounds are indeed a breed that needs all the help they can get!


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blogalexg 2 years ago

A Big Thank You for this Lens! I just recently learned about 'greyhound rescue' from a fellow dog lover! Your lens gave me a lot more information and more importantly how to help!

Thanks again,

Alex


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SteveKaye 2 years ago from Placentia, CA, USA Level 4 Commenter

These are beautiful dogs, so it's good to know that people adopt them. I'll add that I asked our cat if we should bring in a Greyhound, and she said "No" (or something equivalent).


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Sher Ritchie: Thank you so much for sharing the URL for that lovely story. I hadn't heard about the American woman who flies greyhounds around in her airplane to get to their new homes: it's quite heartwarming, isn't it? Will share my greyhound friends. :)


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jennalee1374 2 years ago

This is great! I also love your advocacy for clicker training and staying away from old fashioned training. Today there are better ways of doing things and its good to see other people pushing for that way!


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Sher Ritchie 2 years ago

You deserve a medal for your work with rescuing greyhounds! And there's an article about greyhound rescue at: http://23cats.brownbear.com.au/greyhound-rescue.ht... Your's is a great lens, congratulations on your purple star - I wish I could give you another one! Thanks for sharing!


faye durham 2 years ago

Lovely lens! Greyhounds look so sweet and intelligent. I would love to have one.


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FunNaturePhotog 2 years ago

A wonderfully heart-warming lens! I brought a stray greyhound mix dog back from Costa Rica (to Canada) five years ago and it was the best thing I ever did. She had an injured leg that took about a year of leash-walking to improve but she's all better now. She's the most joyous dog...every morning is like Christmas morning to her. She gets along great with her "sister", a Staffordshire Terrier and although I don't let her run free anymore (she'll chase wildlife), both dogs get long hikes every day. I'll have to look into clicker training though...I always thought that maybe she wasn't really obedient because she still only speaks Spanish!


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Deadicated LM 2 years ago

Wish I can have a dog in my apartment; I worked at the ASPCA briefly and it was heartbreaking to see how many dogs are destroyed daily (I use to volunteer on my lunchtime and walk the ones that were on death row).


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Mary Crowther 2 years ago from Havre de Grace Level 3 Commenter

Good friends have adopted a retired Greyhound and they love her so much they are adopting another!


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MelRootsNWrites 2 years ago from California Level 4 Commenter

Very sweet, thank you for sharing this information about greyhounds. I can no longer handle a big dog because of disabilities. I'm glad their are folks out their to rescue and adopt these dogs.


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Joan Haines 2 years ago

My aunt and uncle have an adopted greyhound. She is just the sweetest, softest dog. She comes up and gently puts her chin on your leg, and looks up at you.


aquarian_insight 2 years ago

Such elegant and beautiful dogs. It is a travesty the way some are treated, so I wholeheartedly support adopting a retired greyhound. Thank you for this amazing lens.


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Gypzeerose 2 years ago Level 4 Commenter

Just wanted you to know I started thinking about getting a new couch - and I immediately thought of these beauties.


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thesuccess2 2 years ago

I bless these dogs!


kayla_harris 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing these informative lens about dogs!


miaponzo 2 years ago

These dogs look like the sweetest! Blessed!


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jolou 2 years ago Level 3 Commenter

Good informative lens. Who would have guessed many end up as couch potatoes? As an animal lover, it's nice to hear of them going to good homes.


anonymous 2 years ago

Great lens, you have a lot of patience.


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Gypzeerose 2 years ago Level 4 Commenter

Back to sprinkle some angel dust on this lens. I just caught the part about the dog and the boots - brought back some hilarious memories for me. I would love one of these dogs - when I make more money and can afford more vet bills. I agree, clicker training can really work, and I also love the approach of Caesar Millan.


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Bigdaddyguru 2 years ago

I've lost a lot of money on these dogs, I liked your lens


AnnaleeBlysse 2 years ago

Not in market for a pet, but greyhounds certainly are lovely animals.


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Projectlazy 2 years ago

@flycatcherrr: I'm thinking of doing one of those canine dna test to find out. I should hold a contest or something. GUESS JAINA'S BREED. If I do I'll let you know


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Projectlazy: Jaina the wonder mutt is lovely! (She's here - http://www.squidoo.com/loveable-mutts-and-mixed-br... - if anyone else wants to take a look and make a guess at her mix.) From the pictures, the feet and ears do look very Greyhound-esque to me - I'd love to see more photos!


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Projectlazy 2 years ago

Love them, such beautiful dogs. I have a mix that have suspicions is part Grey hound. I'd like to know what you think. I wrote a lense on it but I don't want to steal your thunder. So look if you like


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MelonyVaughan 2 years ago

A very informative and well-researched lens! Bravo!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@CTsHeart: It's interesting that you say this, CTsHeart, as there's an autistic child in our extended family and he was extremely attached to (and good with) old Flycatcher. Much depends on the child, of course, and on the individual greyhound.


CTsHeart 2 years ago

What a lovely lens! We have been uable to think of a pet due to my autistic son, however, I didn't know all of this about greyhounds. Maybe that will be an option for us someday.


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LizMac60 2 years ago from United Kingdom

Lovely gentle dogs.


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Anahid LM 2 years ago

Hi Thank you for stopping by my lenses, nice lens all the best. Anna


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MGuberti 2 years ago

Nice lens. I wish my Shiz Tzu could run like that.


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SimilarSam 2 years ago from Australia Level 3 Commenter

Wonderful lens!


mohamedm 2 years ago

@Anthony Altorenna: Great Lense ,,,,, well done


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Tawice 2 years ago from Maine, USA

I love greyhounds. A friend of mine had two rescued greyhounds and they were the most lovable pets you'd ever have. Someday I plan on rescuing at least one greyhound.


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KathyBatesel 2 years ago

What a great hub! My husband's family once raced greyhounds. As a child, I'd learned about a HUGE group of these dogs that had been slaughtered in Phoenix - something like 145 of them - because they were no longer winning races. It made me question my husband a lot when I learned of his family's involvement in greyhound racing! Fortunately, they are animal lovers who did not do anything like that, but I'm glad that people can now adopt these gorgeous dogs.


anonymous 2 years ago

I knew that it was possible to adopt racing greyhounds after their career was over, but wonder if there is a problem with them chasing other animals all the time. There are a lot of rabbits and squirrels where I live.


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TTMall 2 years ago

very interesting lens!


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Anthony Altorenna 2 years ago from Connecticut Level 1 Commenter

Greyhounds are graceful dogs, and they make wonderful pets. Our neighbors have a retired racing greyhound, and he is a friendly and affectionate pet.


muchsnow 2 years ago

@flycatcherrr: I agree....you will never have the usual "enough to build a new dog" residue accumulated during housekeeping activities that you have with many other breeds. Standard Poodles are also another good breed that is good for those with alergies....greyhounds are still the ones with the activity level that suits most people though.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@tricomanagement: Well, of course greyhounds do shed to a certain extent - all dogs shed to some extent - but as short-haired dogs with thin coats, shedding is not much of an issue. Bonus, they don't have a wet-dog smell as other dogs do, and not the typical doggie dander that tends to trigger allergies, so the greyhound tends to be a pretty good choice for people with sensitivities in that area.


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tricomanagement 2 years ago

had not thought about greyhounds - but perhaps we could - since they have a short coat - what is the shedding like? We do like large intelligent dogs - and I like the idea of rescue - do we not all need a second chance at life...


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solicitorsdubli 2 years ago

Hey, great and informative lens-greyhound racing is very popular here in Ireland


ifuturz 2 years ago

Great Lens


Bash51214 2 years ago

I really enjoyed your lens.. thanks for sharing it.. God Bless You...


InnovativeToys 2 years ago

Very sweet dogs, lovingly described in your lens...thanks! I learned something new about these fantastic dogs!


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Missy Zane 2 years ago

Interesting lens


anonymous 2 years ago

your site is awesome! Thanks for the great pattern links. I just adopted a retired racer and love him to death!


anonymous 2 years ago

your site is awesome! Thanks for the great pattern links. I just adopted a retired racer and love him to death!


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Brandi Bush 2 years ago from Maryland

I can see why you got a Purple Star! Awesome lens! :)


athena2011 2 years ago

Fantastic lens. I really enjoyed it. Definitely hard to hold back the tears as you said. gave you a Squidlike.


alpacafarm 2 years ago

Great lens. Thanks from a fellow dog lover!!!


anonymous 2 years ago

Fantastic lens,I enjoyed the read


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goo2eyes lm 2 years ago

enjoyed reading your lens about retired greyhounds. they really run as fast as the wind. squidangel blessed.


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KathyMcGraw2 2 years ago from California Level 2 Commenter

This is an excellent one stop shop for info on Greyhounds. I enjoyed the read ;)


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Kettlebellsuk 2 years ago

Fantastic lens, its a really good message thanks. I didn't realise they could run 45mph!


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Rebeljohn 2 years ago

Great lens I'm glad to see people care about the grey hounds


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DebMartin 2 years ago Level 3 Commenter

I can't believe people find racing greyhounds an enjoyable sport. So much breeding for entertainment and then what? I'm glad there is an adoption program. Do the original owners not care? You lens is wonderful and provides a great service. Blessed.


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OhMe 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC Level 6 Commenter

Greyhounds are so beautiful and I enjoyed learning more about them.


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tricomanagement 2 years ago

Rescue dogs are generally awesome but Greyhounds are some how special. Not too long ago, a number of greyhound skeletons were found in the desert so the program to place them in homes is a great idea! Glad you are found your calling for this type of dog work!


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DeannaDiaz 2 years ago

Very awesome lens! Thanks you for raising awareness about this beautiful breed!


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ChrissLJ 2 years ago

It amazes me that people still think dog racing is morally acceptable. Dogs are social animals and need to be inside the home... with people and other dogs... not livestock. It's heartbreaking that retired racing greyhound rescue groups have to exist.


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DonD LM 2 years ago

Such a beautiful and gorgeous breed of a dog.. Your topic is interesting to read. Worth reading indeed.


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Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha Level 3 Commenter

Oh, you were right about the first video.....actually all of them had me crying. (In a good way, of course.) These greyhounds look like wonderful animals and the people who help to find them homes are heros!


Pangionedevelopers 2 years ago

congrats, great info


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@JoshK47: Thank you, Josh - and the greyhounds thank you, too!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@greenmind: You know what they say about greyhounds? Like potato chips... you can't stop at just one! :)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@futurefocus57: So good to see animal adoption groups taking such responsibility for placement of animals, isn't it? Your father-in-law is sure to enjoy his Iggy - they're quite the cute little characters!


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futurefocus57 2 years ago

My father-in-law is in the middle of adopting and Italian Greyhound right now. A very similar adoption process...with house visits and everything.


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greenmind 2 years ago

My brother had two greyhounds -- great dogs. Nice lens!


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davidangel 2 years ago

I love dogs, they are great companions. Thanks for sharing about Greyhounds!


JoshK47 2 years ago

I've known people who have had them - very sweet dogs. Great lens. :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Kanga LM: Go greyhound, Kanga! You don't just adopt a dog when you adopt a retired racer, too - with most greyhound adoption groups, a whole lot of new friends come with it. :)


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Kanga LM 2 years ago

I love this lens, it's so important to let people know what great pets these beautiful dogs make! Our next dog will hopefully be a greyhound :)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Thrinsdream: What a great story! You should see what happens around here when I play a video of a greyhound race. ;) Amen to the supervision of kids and dogs - any kids, any dogs! That cannot be emphasized enough. Our local kennel club goes around to schools and gives "bit prevention" talks on how to approach and interact with dogs, how to interpret canine body language, etc.


sheezie77 2 years ago

Verxy nice lens thumbs up!


awayb 2 years ago

wow..wish i have big dogs like this...


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Thrinsdream 2 years ago

Greyhounds are just ace. I used to own an Animal Care company and found greyhounds to be so loving and gentle. A great little story I have is a friend of mine adopted 2 ex-race greyhounds and took them to pick his daughter up from school. The dogs were standing calmly by his side until the school bell sounded and he became a human kite as they both just set off as they took it to be the race's start bell. V. funny. Loved this lens and also the sentence "kids and dogs need to be supervised AT ALL TIMES, no matter what breed of dog it is" should be in big bold letters on any information given to new dog owners. Brilliant lens. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x


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Shana rios Chavez 2 years ago

I have to say that I LOVE this lens you have made. Thank you for advocating for these dogs and bless you for giving them homes!!!


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DogWatchColumbus 2 years ago

What great information. Thanks for raising awareness!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@happynutritionist: Thank you! And may I say, a Yorkie is a big dog in a small package - if you can't have a greyhound, that's a fine alternative choice. Love those perky little guys!


happynutritionist 2 years ago

I have a yorkshire terrier...very small home...but know 2 who have adopted greyhounds. They are such beauties, as is your newest member of the family. Loved this page...so rich with information...pinning:-)


Edutopia 2 years ago

Great lens! Older dogs of all kinds need loving homes and whatever we can do to get them a loving family the better.


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WriterJanis2 2 years ago Level 5 Commenter

Loved it!


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TolovajWordsmith 2 years ago from Ljubljana Level 3 Commenter

Love greyhounds. Great stuff!


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davidleetong lm 2 years ago

Reminds me of Santa's Little Helper's story (Simpsons).... :) Great lens.


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pheonix76 2 years ago

I have always wanted to adopt a greyhound and I think one will be my next doggy! I have met so many retired greyhounds and they are such wonderful pets. This is a great lens. :)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@hlkljgk: It really is surprising, isn't it? When our greyhound adoption group has a "meet and greet," it's almost like the greyhounds think they're minor celebrities, standing around at a cocktail party and making polite small-talk with their public. :)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@CoeGurl: Thank you, Coe.


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hlkljgk 2 years ago from Western Mass

i just met the most beautiful brindle greyhound and was, like most i imagine, surprised to learn how laid back they are.


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CoeGurl 2 years ago from USA

This is great information for someone planning to adopt a greyhound!


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krakensquid 2 years ago

Fantastic lens!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@huvalbd: Good on you, Bonnie, and how lucky for your lurcher and fosters! Rescue groups are in so need of foster homes...


huvalbd 2 years ago

Excellent lens. We adopted a lurcher (greyhound/whippet, we think) from a shelter, and currently have our second foster dog from a nearby greyhound rescue group. The first was huge, a gentle giant, and is happy in his new home. They really are happy to lie around most of the time and just have one good walk (or romp) per day. Glad to see you promoting more help for retired racers.


muchsnow 2 years ago

@Sniff It Out: Give yourself about a year, then get another one. Two is SO easy...


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Sniff It Out 2 years ago

Nice lens to raise the awareness that greyhounds can make fantastic pets. We were devastated when our rescue hound Flynn passed away, but we wanted to offer another retired racer the same opportunity to have a loving home and now we have Declan who likes nothing more than a comfortable bed, or sofa, and plenty of cuddles from his humans! :-)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@BLemley: Thank you so much, Beverly! I wish you a happy 2012 with lots of sweet greyhounds to bring you a smile. :)


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BLemley 2 years ago from Raleigh, NC

A wonderful lense with a powerful message ~ and wonderful compilation to get the message out. Thanks for your rescues! I love seeing folks with the greyhounds they've rescued ~ there is obviously a terrific bond and the rescued animals look so sweet and gorgeous! Who could resist trying to rescue one of these babies! B : )


revenue4u 2 years ago

Too fast for me, but beautiful animals. Squid liked.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: i honestly believe that more often it is the greyhounds who 'save' their adopters. :)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@ShariBerry: Oh, i dunno... get the right greyhound in the mix, your Pointers might like him just fine! ;) Thanks so much for a lovely comment.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@jadehorseshoe: Thank you - I so think it's an important message, but then I may be a bit biased. ;)


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jadehorseshoe 2 years ago

An IMPORTANT lens!


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itgraphix 2 years ago

This is great lens. Dog is men best friend


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ShariBerry 2 years ago from Michigan Level 2 Commenter

What a great lens. I've always loved greyhounds but this lens has endeared them to me even more. I'd rescue several if I had the place to take good care of them. Currently I have 2 German Wirehaired Pointers that are very spoiled and I am not sure they would appreciate me bringing home another dog.


anonymous 2 years ago

Great post. Lovely photos. Thank you for what you do to save a wonderful dog.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Kailua-KonaGirl: KonaGirl June, thank you very much! And the very best of the season to you, too!


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Kailua-KonaGirl 2 years ago from New York Level 2 Commenter

Greyhounds are the most mellow and gentle dogs I have ever had the pleasure to encounter. Bravo to you for taking them in and making this wonderful lens that will help in the rescue effort. *Squid Angel Blessed* and I've added your link to My Squid Angel Wings to be featured in the "Pets & Animals Dogs" neighborhood. Happy Happy Christmas!


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kathysart 2 years ago

Humans are sooo selfish.. sad


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@gottaloveit2: Thank you, thank you, thank you - and congratulations to you on getting that well-deserved set of wings. :)


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gottaloveit2 2 years ago Level 4 Commenter

Aha! I just became a Squid Angel today and you get my very first blessing. Your lens really is a great tribute to the greyhound and the need for adoption. Congratulations!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@gottaloveit2: That is so kind of you - thank you so much!

Before you make me blush, though, I've gotta say it doesn't take a whole lot of "fabulous" to enjoy working with dogs who need a new start in life. If people knew just how very rewarding it can be, I'm sure there would be no shortage of foster homes!


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gottaloveit2 2 years ago Level 4 Commenter

This is one of the BEST lenses I've ever seen. So well put together and so very important. I've fostered many dogs and watched them bloom into the beasts they are supposed to be after rough starts. Just ask any of my 5 rescued dogs. If I were a Squid Angel, I would SO bless this lens. You must be a fabulous person!


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darciefrench lm 2 years ago

What a lovely animal. I'd heard this about greyhounds, that they are very calm when they're older and make great pets. Really enjoyed the lens, many thanks.


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justholidays 2 years ago Level 1 Commenter

I don't have a greyhound at home but I definitely love those animals - even made a work on them when in school. They're absolutely beautiful and would certainly enjoy see some of them in reality (as I've never seen a real one, though).


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Not surprising that, as an artist, you appreciate the long graceful lines of the greyhound, Tipi. Ah well, a smaller dog can be lovely too - they're so often a big dog inside. :)


anonymous 2 years ago

Want a greyhound? I would love to have had one in my younger years, but it would be a big handful for me now. I want a dog again. but a smaller dog will have to do. Beautiful creatures.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@muchsnow: Understood. ;-)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@muchsnow: You're quite right, muchsnow - I am guilty of taking the lazy way out and using shorthand. It is true as you say, that greyhound racing is a legal activity in Canada and it is just the pari-mutual betting on greyhounds that's illegal in Canada.

But when the money is taken out of the sport-as-business, then there is no business in the sport.... and thus, very limited motivvation to breed many thousands of greyhounds, looking for those who have an extra-special turn of speed... and thus, no dog racing industry in Canada.

The ex-racing greyhounds who retire to Canada are brought up from the States, for the most part. Sort of "reverse snowbirds" :)


muchsnow 2 years ago

Just information folks, I am neutral on all racing including arms, and NASCAR..........


muchsnow 2 years ago

It is a myth that Greyhound Racing is illegal in Canada, it is simply unlegislated. In Canada, pari-mutal betting is not allowed on anything other than horse racing you can race Greyhounds, but you cannot bet on them. Greyhound racing is practiced in many venues in Canada as amateur racing rather than as a professional sport. Oval, straight, and track racing as well as NOTRA and LRGA racing is well established in Canada, particularly in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. NOTRA and LRGA race all Sighthound breeds, not just Greyhounds. For additional information, see the Lure Coursing section of the Canada's Guide to Dgos website. While the sport of Greyhound racing is not legislated in Canada, there are rules in place to protect the welfare of the dogs and all events are run according to the organizations rules. At this time, there is one Greyhound racing track in Alberta: The Calida Greyhound Racing Track. See the article Greyhound Racing in Canada? written by the Northwest Canadian Greyhound League for more information on the legality of Greyhound Racing in this country.


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DesignZeal 2 years ago

@flycatcherrr: So they have illegal ones here, then? human greed and swinishness knows no bounds


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@DesignZeal: Aww, DesignZeal, I sure didn't mean to make you cry! Maybe you can take comfort in the fact that there are no legal dog tracks or greyhound racing in Canada?


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@KimGiancaterino: Thank you so much, Kim - I'm grateful that you liked it.


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KimGiancaterino 2 years ago from California

I'm not a fan of dog or even horse racing, but am glad there are people like you to rescue greyhounds once they've served their purpose. I learned a lot about them from your lens.


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DesignZeal 2 years ago

Beautiful, I didn't ask to be made to cry, but there... Such a lovely, noble animal...! and whenever greyhounds are mentioned, I always think of the Simpsons and Santa's Little Helper. So cute :)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@Virginia Allain: That's very encouraging, from an experienced Squidoo-er like you, Virginia - and a retired librarian to boot! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and comment.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@JanezKranjski: Go for it, Janez! :) I see by your lenses that you've got Maine Coon Cat experience - those are cats of such great individuality and character, a retired racing greyhound might be a very restful change for you! ;)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@PamelaDW: Thank you, PamelaDW - I've still got much to do here before I'll start feeling I've really done justice to the ex-racing greyhounds, but it's such a pleasure to hear you think it's getting there!


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Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida Level 5 Commenter

Very nice showcase for the retired racing greyhound.


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PamelaDW 2 years ago

These are beautiful animals. You've done justice to them on your lens.


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JanezKranjski 2 years ago

They are beautiful and elegant. I would love to have one.


anonymous 2 years ago

GOD BLESS you all. Anyone who adopts one of these animals soon realizes what a GODSEND they are. The prisoners who are training our beloved dogs are wonderful. GOD BLESS them also.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@desa999 lm: Thanks, Des - so glad you enjoyed my greyhound lens. :)


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@SheilaSchnauzies: Thank you so much!


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SheilaSchnauzies 2 years ago from Omaha, NE Level 1 Commenter

Blessings to you from a Squid Angel for a great lens on a beautiful dog! I'm so gratified to see so many of these retired racing dogs finding great forever homes!


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desa999 lm 2 years ago

I've heard that greyhounds make great pets. So an excellent lens.


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago Hub Author

@jseven lm: I think we're the lucky ones, to be able to share space with these wonderful dogs. :)


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jseven lm 2 years ago

Such pretty dogs and I'm glad to see all the good Samaritans that rescue and adopt them.


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flycatcherrr 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Wonderful to hear, Linda - and good for you, to foster a greyhound. Foster homes are so urgently needed by every group to help ex-racers make the transition to living in a home and learn to be companion dogs. :)


anonymous 3 years ago

I adopted my first greyhound a few months ago, I couldn't have fond a better love than his, we're both so happy. We are now just fostering our first, what a fun expirence for all. I'm hooked now, have gone to the dogs I guess.


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flycatcherrr 3 years ago Hub Author

@xiangriver2: Not quite sure I understand the last part of your comment, xiangriver2, but happy to hear you like my lens. Thanks for stopping by!


xiangriver2 3 years ago

Love this lens,It is wonderful.well come to coat stand ,enjoy it


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flycatcherrr 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: I'm so happy for you, Enid, and for your little Finley, who's found a loving forever home - congratulations on adopting your (first!) retired racing greyhound!


anonymous 3 years ago

I never knew how amazing greyhounds were!!! My boyfriend and I adopted one a couple of weeks ago and LOVE our little Finley! He is the best thing to happen to me in a long time :)


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flycatcherrr 3 years ago Hub Author

@LouiseKirkpatrick: Lurchers are so seldom seen here in Canada, but I met a few dear ones when living in England... Sighthounds in general are wonderful, I'd say!! Thank you so much for the Squid Angel blessing. :)


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flycatcherrr 3 years ago Hub Author

@Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much. I hope a greyhound comes into your life some day!


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LouiseKirkpatrick 3 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

I have 3 Lurchers (all adopted from a Rescue Centre and all 3 part Greyhound) and if I had the room, I'd have a retired Greyhound like a shot! Greyhounds are wonderful (as are Lurchers!). This lens has been blessed by this Squid Angel as part of the "Back To School Bus Trip"!


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Diana Wenzel 3 years ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

I have always wanted to adopt a greyhound. Everyone I know who has ever done so has raved about what fabulous dogs they are (and super members of their families). Thank you for a very moving lens. The video about the dog training program in the prison made me cry. Lives are being changed in powerful ways (two-way) through acts of adoption compassion. **Blessed**


anonymous 3 years ago

Since the first news report of what happens to greyhounds when owners are through with the racing greyhound 20 years ago.. I have wonted a greyhound.. One was given to me for my birthday one year.. I have had her for 5 years now and if I could I would adopt many more... They are the most perfect Dog. So to you who have adopted God bless you and to those who are thinking about adopting one.... GO for IT.. You too will want many.. My grey lives with another dog who is afraid of other dogs and 2cats...They all sleep with her... I have only 250 square feet. And she likes to only run every few days in her fenced yard.... Goo greyhounds.... We love you all.


anonymous 3 years ago

we have 2 rescue girlie greys..they are soo sweet and cheeky ,when we first got jill who has never raced ..she just didnt want to race and was beaten and kicked,she was soo afraid of men ..and still is to a degree ..but she loves her dad dave ,due to him putting a lot of work in x rosie has raced and was soo withdrawn when she first came to us but now she is learning how to play and is coming out of her shell more nad more every day..these wonderfull creatures do take over your life !! but in a good way


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BrickHouseFabrics 3 years ago

A great lens! Thankyou!


anonymous 3 years ago

I can't think of another dog as a pet after our first Greyhound, I want to take them all home. They are such wonderful animals....your gonna need a bigger couch!


anonymous 3 years ago

Wonderful lens! Blessings from a squid angel on 12/04/2010! Have a great day!


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Senora M 3 years ago

greyhounds look so cool. we adopted a collie/husky mix about a year ago.


anonymous 4 years ago

I'm recently owned by two greyhounds--Happy and Lonely Soul. I also have two adorable fosters. Everyone needs a coat and a set of boots right now. This site will help us all stay toasty warm this winter.


muchsnow 4 years ago

@anonymous: Just wondering what color Big Dave was or if you had a pic of him......thank you..


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caketech 4 years ago

Always thought these were great dogs, but never had the privilege of being owned by one! :)


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flycatcherrr 4 years ago Hub Author

@Fit_Over_40_Buzz: Thank you! I really appreciate that! :)


Fit_Over_40_Buzz 4 years ago

Very cool lens. Informative and fun. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs Up given.


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Sniff It Out 4 years ago

I doubt I would ever choose a different breed of dog to have as a pet! Retired racing greyhounds are fantastic... and ours gets on well with cats too :)

Favourited and lensrolled to Greyhounds Anonymous


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flycatcherrr 4 years ago Hub Author

@delia-delia: One of my friends has a Saluki - lovely little dog! Whippets are delightful too, but I have to say I have a real weakness for the big skinny dogs. ;)


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delia-delia 4 years ago Level 4 Commenter

nice lens! I love sight hounds...my ancestors had whippets and I have a love for Afghans and Saluki's, I almost adopted a greyhound, but we moved so couldn't


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flycatcherrr 4 years ago Hub Author

Barbara - thanks for flagging the broken link! Sadly, that pattern page seems to be gone for good. :( But all is not lost -

I've rounded up another free pattern for a greyhound coat (as well as 2 new free tutorials for making a martingale collar - those things are so expensive to buy!) and also I've found a couple knitting patterns to make a greyhound coat or sweater, so those will be added soon.

Thanks so much for visiting my page!

p.s. You will be sad to know that the light brindle greyhound who originally inspired this page has gone to the Rainbow Bridge, carried off last month by bone cancer. Treasure every moment with your precious hounds, before the time comes to say good-bye!!


anonymous 4 years ago

my daughter recently rescued a 3 1/2 year old greyhound and I'd like to make a coat for him - I was so pleased to see that this site offered a pattern but can't access it - can anyone out there help me???


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: What color is big dave?


anonymous 4 years ago

I have 2 wonderful greyhounds that are the love of my life, We walk almost everyday. They love to play and my male, Ox, is such a goof. Delta, my female, is dainty and such a girlie girl. I would have tonnes more if I could! I love, love, love my dogs!!!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Sherrelle, this is probably waaaay too late for your winter, and I hope Big Dave is doing so much better. Just wanted to let you know that there is a lady over here (in Australia) who makes greyhound pyjamas. They pull on like a skivvy, long in the neck, long in the legs, completely cover the tummy and bum (except for 'convenience holes'!). Was thinking perhaps she could custom you a pair or two but miss out one leg? It'd be easy enough to do? They are brilliant and she is great! Her name is Kathy and her website is www.kickatinalong.com.au - tell her you were referred by BJ Gould, as I am so wrapped with the custom ones she made for me. Good luck!


standardproject 4 years ago

Wow!! Excellent post about greyhound. All of content most important to greyhound. If i got a greyhound I will give you. It would be good if you add content about take care of cat.

Thanks for sharing such like a nice lens.


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Mymochamoney 4 years ago

Greyt lens you have! We just had to say goodbye to our 12 1/2 year old Grey, Magic. We adopted him when he was five. Such a good boy! Everyone loved him. It was a tough decision to make, but when a dog is no longer living a life worth living, you have to let them go. Will I get another one? It's hard to say. Right now we are taking a break. It was tough at the end with Magic's health. We'll have to wait and see. It's nice seeing so many caring people of greyhounds on this lens!


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Gypzeerose 5 years ago Level 4 Commenter

Lovely lens, of course I am partial since it is about animals. :) One important point is that people can easily adopt purebred dogs without going to dog stores or online sites, and thus avoid the chance of supporting puppy mills.

I have thought about a greyhound but I am a little afraid that they might chase out in traffic or run away, because I have heard that sight hound instinct is hard to breed out. Still, they are undoubtedly one of the sweetest dogs breeds around, and that might be worth going around.

However, I might have a harder time dealing with someone who so easily keeps that svelte figure. :) Jealous you know. But that's a runner for you.


anonymous 5 years ago

We are proud owners of two GREYTS for the last 4 years. I'd have six of them if I had the room for them. I've never been an "animal person" but that's ok because I'm sure Sophie & Max are more person than animal...at least they think they are!

We wouldn't ever be able to manage without our local MidSouth Adoption Option kennel! Vicki is a storehouse of greyt information & we can board them at very reasonable rates whenever we need to.


anonymous 5 years ago

Every so often in the UK publicity is given to what happens to a lot of greyhounds when they retire and it does not make for pleasant reading. Thank you for highlighting Greyhound adoption and SquidAngel Blessings for you.


anonymous 5 years ago

My 12 yr old Greyhound, Big Dave, was recently diagnosed w/ bone cancer in his left front. We were fortunate enough to opt for treatment, no small matter. the entire leg was amputated up to, but not including the shoulder balde, then 6 rounds of chemo. It's been a L O N G Summer for sure. Last chemo was 3.5 weeks ago and ol' Dave is living a vigorous dog's life...even chasing birds and wild rabbits again:)

Anyway, now colder weather moving in to Nebraska and his winter coats from a year ago no longer fit properly. The chest strap is too big and no longer holds the coat in place. The coat slides down around off his left shoulder. I have tried making it a bit tighter, but the sliding off the shoulder STILL happens. Doesn't seem like THAT big of a deal until I realized his potential for slipping/falling because his other GOOD legs could become entangled. Long story short: Any suggestions for a greyhound coat pattern?


anonymous 5 years ago

This is the first time I've seen this sight, and I've owned a senior grey for only 3 months now. She is my best friend and boy I sure needed one. Didn't know that until I got her. I am disabled and she keeps me going. I was searching for a good pattern for a coat for winter. Not only is she a skinny little girl, but alot of her hair is gone. I wish I had known what a great breed this was years ago. I am now looking to adopt another senior girl soon. Just can't get enough.


anonymous 5 years ago

When we decided to adopt a greyhound, we started with a BIG boy & he's practically the love of my life. One month later, my husband said he needed his own dog since Phantom wouldn't show him much attention, so now we have Sugar. How in the world did we go this long without them as part of our family? We have 4 kids who range in age from 2 to 14, and our greys adore all of them. Instead of staying late at work now I "have to get home to my dogs!"


anonymous 5 years ago

Just adopted a 5 year old grey named Moe. He is the love of my life! I've had golden retrievers forever and never thought I would get anything else. Met a grey at a party and knew it was meant to be. I've never been to a race track but can't imagine what it would be like to not have a family that just loves you for you. Moe is a big sweetheart who just wants to chill out. My heart breaks when I think of what his life was like before being adopted.


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to Mandy]

Mandy, where do you get your information from? The trainer cut part of her ear off to teach her a lesson? I have a retired greyhound at home with part of it's ear gone. Know how it happened? His brother did it when they were 2 months old. How do I know this? Because I owned the entire litter. Have you ever been to a track and actually gone behind the scenes to know how they're really taken care of? I have. I can guarantee you they live better at the track than most pets do at home.

Do yourself a favor and visit your nearest track if you have one close by. Ask if you can take a tour of a kennel. They will let you. That's what I did. I own active racers now. I do make sure they find good homes. I absolutely hate the word rescue group? Rescued from what? I call who I work with adoption groups. I can tell you every greyhound I've had run was treated like royalty in the kennel. Those that aren't suited for the track find good homes. Most owners do the same.


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to chuck] Chuck, it may SEEM like 300, since you have fostered most of them, but in actuality, it is just over 200. Didn't want anyone to think we were miracle workers down here (even though we try to be!).

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anonymous 5 years ago

Hi, Wife and I are part of an adopton group. However long before that, 1990 in fact, got my frist grey "Frannie". Love of my life till I had to send her to the Rainbow Bridge. We currently have 6 of our own, plus the alpha spaniel Lucky. Several have been sent to the bridge to play with one another for eternity. Currently fostering Buiscuit, and ornery little black gal, but a sweetheart. The group I'm with "God's Greyt Adoption Group" have rescued over 300 hounds in past year from our Florida track. Many are still local, while several are up in Northern States, probably freezing their tails off, and wishing they were here in Sunny Florida. A super special breed, and only wish we had more space for a few more. Bless all you adopters and rescue groups.


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flycatcherrr 6 years ago Hub Author

My greyhound just turned 9 and it's a bit sad to see the years creeping up on him now... getting a fair bit of white around the muzzle, these days. But, though he may not quite be as keen to run anymore as when he was a young'un fresh off the track, a squeaky ball (or a bunch of greyhound friends coming over to play) will still get him going like a pup!


anonymous 6 years ago

I love my greyhound more than anything! I hate the way they treat them at the tracks. there are hundreds & hundreds of greyhounds the die every racing Month just because they wern't picked or fast enough. My greyhound was missing half of an ear because she decided not to run on her first race and her racing owner cut it off to teach her a lesson. She has places on her skin where she's missing hair because of being beatin. I met a greyhound who had the spike of a broken broom shuved up his rear and an embedded nail in his chest. The nail couldn't be removed and eventually punctured his lung. So many greyhounds need to be rescued or at least fostered. The more foster homes there are, the more greyhounds can be saved. I love my grey, and even though she has sight problems from being hit in the face too many times, she is still the love of my life and I plan to start my own rescue group as soon as I possibly can.


anonymous 6 years ago

I loved my first grey since 2000. Sadly she died last year due to bone cancer. I had just adopted another greyhound just one weeks before! Now we're getting ready to welcome a new grey into the family, and she should be here in less that 2 weeks! My first greyhound's name was Mandy aka Wyco Stubby. Second grey is Kaeti aka Etheral Flag. And our new greyhound's name will be Requel and her racing name is PJ Kim. I love greyhounds very much and have tried other breeds, but the greyhound truely is the only dog for me!! :D


midnightstar 6 years ago

Hi i have a retired racing greyhound called Merlin he is now 13 which ive been told is a good age.A great lens you have.


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LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

I love greyhounds...I know what you mean about "not stopping at 1" - I have 3 rescue Lurchers (sighthound crossbreeds popular in the UK), 2 of whom are part greyhound.

My Lurcher lens and your lens have similar titles too :) Lurchers - 40MPH Couch Potato Dogs :D

5* for you and lensrolled to my Lurcher lens :)


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flycatcherrr 6 years ago Hub Author

Guess what... I'm thinking about adopting a second greyhound! That's what they always say, isn't it? Greyhounds are like potato chips - you can't stop at having just one! :D


Kerrys 6 years ago

Grey't lens! I've had my greyhound for just over a year now and he is a big part of my family. My sweet, gentle, 89 lb lap dog, couch potatoe!


Angel-Eleven 6 years ago

Nice article. My brother adopted a greyhound and I guess he is not kidding me. His was not well treated and he had some problems, but he has come a long way and is doing well. Thanks for the education.


Food_Junkie 6 years ago

Greyhounds are the best. Thanks for spreading the word.


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RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK Level 3 Commenter

Thank you for this good information on greyhounds. I think they are a lovely breed of dog. Leaving you 5 stars :)

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