The day is drawing nearer that we will have to turn our foster greyhound girl Sunset over the the young man who will be giving her a forever home. This will be bittersweet as she has adapted well to our family and is a darling girl, and it’s impossible not to form an attachment to these wonderful “babies”. The whole idea though in taking on this task, was to prepare her for her forever home and also for her to have some time to recover from her medical procedures. We will miss her very much, but we are so happy she will be going to someone who wants her and will no doubt fall in love with her as we have.
We just had our first snow of the year here in Southern Illinois, nothing really to brag about, but it was something our two greyhounds who were rescued from a track in Florida have never experienced.
We were fortunate and were able to adopt our “boys” a little before their second birthday, so they were not like some greyhounds that are not rescued/adopted until later in life and therefore are deprived of such things for a much greater period of time. I didn’t know what to expect when I opened the door to take them out. They were hesitant and stuck their noses up in the air sniffing, then looked down to the deck covered in about an inch of snow and sniffed some more, but otherwise just stood there. Before my wife could yell at me (something about trying to heat the whole neighborhood) I coaxed them out the door. They were just standing there, side by side in the door way, it was Vitali who first stuck out his paw, when it touched the snow, he quickly drew it back, both dogs then did this a couple of times, then came on out and from that point on, didn’t really have much of a reaction to the weather.
Here are a few pics, unfortunately I did not get any shots of their initial reactions as I was so enthused about seeing how they would react, I never thought about it until we were already outside 😦
Yesterday (11/12/11) was our monthly Greyhound Pets of America (Cape) “Meet & Greet” at the Carbondale, Il. Petco
A very nice time was had by all, we had lots of inquiries about what greyhound adoption is all about and the hounds were absolutely thrilled to see their greyhound friends. The dogs just love to be petted and petted they were as for the four hours the meeting lasted they received plenty of attention from people as wide ranging as toddlers who were barely able to walk to the older folks who were barely able to walk 😉
I want to thank Petco for supporting the cause of pet adoption and rescue, not just greyhounds, but other dogs and animals also.
One of our members who is always present at these events was sick and could not make it yesterday and she was missed, get well soon, Laurie 🙂 Laurie and her husband Jon are the adoption coordinators for the Southern Illinois area for our group, Greyhound Pets of America (Cape Girardeau chapter)
Below are a few photos from the event…
Halloween is upon us and that usually means the weather is getting cooler (at least in this neck of the woods…Southern Illinois) and cooler weather means it’s time to start breaking out the greyhound coats and other gear to help our greyhounds stay warm and dry.
You may be saying, “I have had lots of dogs and I never put coats and things like that on them and they did just fine”.
That may be true, but greyhounds are not “regular dogs”, they have less fat to insulate them from temperature extremes and they also have very thin, light fur compared to other dogs, even other canines with short fur. As stated above, they have virtually no fat to insulate them, no undercoat in their fur, so give them a break and get them a coat for the upcoming winter months.
The breed, however, can vary in their sensitivity to temperature changes and coats made to fit your hound will ensure your dog is able to cope.
A good warm, waterproof winter coat is an absolute must have. To deny such a sensitive dog this basic item is cruel and granted your dog may not freeze to death when outside for short periods, but it will nevertheless be very uncomfortable without the appropriate attire.
Don’t be the one that’s seen out running around dragging your poor shivering greyhound(s) around in the dead of winter with no protection from the cold.
It appears to this observer that PetFest 2011 was a big success. We, from GPA, had a great (greyt!) turnout of our greyhounds and other rescue/adoption organizations were also there with their dogs. Everything from pit bulls, labs, border collies, boxers, the ever popular “loveable mutt” and many more of practically every type, size and description.
There were so many wonderful, beautiful animals there looking for homes and I’m not just speaking of greyhounds, I’m speaking of all kinds of beautiful animals that desperately, through no fault of their own, need forever homes and the main culprit in this scenario is indiscriminate breeding.
Except for very select circumstances, there is no reason why anyone should ever buy a dog, there are just too many already available, from just weaned puppies to senior citizens. Buying dogs just perpetuates the already perverse world of puppy mills and back yard breeders and makes an already bad problem, worse.
Okay, with that rant out of my system, lets get back to a more positive note, and that is a “thumbs up” to all of the wonderful people who are devoted to helping stop this absurdity, from the people at Busch Pet Products & Care who organized PetFest 2011, all of our awesome volunteers at GPA (Cape) and everyone else from all of the other pet rescue organizations, product and service vendors and all of the people who came out in support of this cause.
That’s it… Go look at some pics of this event in the links above!!
If you click on the “Greyhound Pics” link in the menu above, you will be able to see some recent photos, including the Rustle Hill Winery “GPA Meet & Greet” on 10/15/11
That’s all I wanted to say for now……enjoy!!
Our last dog was a boxer, but when she was put down I was so depressed, I had to have another dog fairly soon and after much research decided on greyhound adoption. I was very enthusiastic from the start and really looking forward to the process.. Fortunately, two 22 month old brothers became available and we took the plunge. What gentle, eager to please boys they turned out to be. My wife chose the names of Vladimir and Vitali after two of my favorite heavyweight champion boxers, brothers Vladimir and Vitali Klitschko.
They love the car, are great on a leash and get along great (or in greyhound speak, greyt) with our numerous cats. All they ask….plenty of gentle love and attention. Based on their gentle nature and on my observations of other greyhounds at Greyhound Pets Of America (Cape Girardeau chapter) “meet and greets”, I will never consider another breed of dog. If anything happens to either “Vlad” or “Tally”, we will definitely get another greyhound. They are so gentle, eager to please and so very, very little trouble.
Greyhound gets into your blood. I have owned several breeds of dog but with greyhounds, I am truly hooked.
Greyhounds are graceful, gentle hounds. They are intelligent,inquisitive, quick to learn and make excellent loyal companions. Contrary to popular belief they do not need excessive exercise, two twenty minutes walks will do, but if they are young, like our two boys, you will want to take them to a fenced area once or twice a week so they can do what greyhounds do, and that is to run. This is something beautiful to behold, if you have never seen a greyhound running full out, just for the pure fun of running, you are missing out on one of the great natural wonders of the animal world!
Many of these wonderful dogs have had a bad start to life and deserve to be pampered, cared for and loved.
Taking a walk with a greyhound is like walking with a celebrity, you can’t go far before someone stops you to talk about your hound or talk about their own.
The adoption of our two Greyhounds has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives.
This was a fun event as there was a parking lot full of classic cars and adoptable dogs, and not just greyhounds, there were other organization there with many different breeds.
Many people stopped by and got acquainted with the grey’s and some of the more common comments heard were, “feel how soft their fur is” and “I can’t believe how muscular they are”
With almost all aggression bred out of them over hundreds of years of selective breeding, they are possibly the perfect dog for “meet & greet” functions, I’ve owned several different breeds of dogs in my life, but these dogs are so unique, they are in a class all by themselves.
Check out the pics page(s) for some photos of today’s events!!