(Closed) Greyhounds

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

a lady at our dog park has some and works with the rescue. The dogs usuall

y come in, run literally 2 laps, and then just hang out the whole time. She says they are the laziest fast dogs you will ever find! (and incredibly cuddly and loving).

I think they would be wonderful for you given your situation!

Post # 6
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve not had experience myself but have had several friends and neighbors who adopted retired greyhounds. They seem like very sweet and mellow dogs. One of the greyhounds I knew though had trouble with strangers, especially men. Not sure if this is common or if it was perhaps a result of whatever his previous living situation was. Good luck with your search!! I’m also looking to adopt a dog, it’s such an exciting experience!

Post # 7
1124 posts
Bumble bee

Something you have to worry about is if you have other pets. A lot of times retired greyhounds haven’t had a lot of experience with pets like cats and will act on instinct (grab, throw around, kill) because they often chase a “rabbit” while running.

Another thing is that some of them may have never lived inside a house, which can be a very confusing situation for them.

This sounds like a great decision, especially because so many of these dogs end their careers and are put down because they are no longer “useful”. Good luck with the new addition to your family!

Post # 9
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

I think a greyhound sounds perfect for your situation!  They are such couch potatoes!  ๐Ÿ™‚  Good luck with the rescue!

Post # 10
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

they’re amazing dogs! they do really well in pairs, so if you could get a second greyhound now or in a few years that would be great. a friend of mine in dc adopted one last year…i’ll ask where she got her!

eta: she got hers from guam greyhouds through fast friends greyhound rescue in MD.

Post # 12
184 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve met several retired greyhounds at the dog park and they are so sweet and loving.  They usually run around for a bit, then hang out with their owners the rest of the time.  They’re cute too ๐Ÿ˜€ 

Post # 13
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Because of your threads, daydreamwanderer, we are thinking about getting a greyhound too! They sound like a perfect fit for us and our lifestyle.

Post # 14
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I used to have a greyhound (he died and we are not in a dog-friendly place right now).  I also did a ton of work with rescue groups in Chicago and Ohio.

If there is more than one group in your area, talk with all of them.  Most of the groups I have run into are VERY careful about where their dogs go (plan on an interview and probably a home visit) and making sure the situation is the right fit.  They will take into consideration your pet friends, future children, etc. 

In addition to the potential of small animal issues, many suffer from separation anxiety because they have always been with other dogs.

While they are usually couch potatoes, some of them still really need to run (mine did) and he was 7 or 8 when I got him.

They are big dogs with long legs and tails, even if they are skinny.  If you are in a smaller living space, they do take up a lot of room.  You may want to take that into consideration.

Even with a socialization/foster period, they still aren’t exactly sure how to be pets.  Remember that they are pretty much livestock up until this point.  This usually takes 2 weeks to a month to set in.  Like all dogs, they really like set schedules so the sooner they are on a schedule, the quicker they adjust.

My advice is meet several dogs and let them choose you.  They always seem to know where they belong.  I’ve seen hundreds of adoptions and it’s magic every time.  Take the adoption consultant’s advice into consideration as well–they usually know the dogs pretty well.  They all have their own personalities.  The guy on the internet is beautiful.  The black dogs are a little harder to adopt, but they are often my favorites.

Greyhounds are a great breed. You can become part of a really supportive network and in some cases, instant friends.  I still keep in touch with many of my greyhound friends (and their dogs, and the dogs I’ve fostered).  If you are patient during their adjustment period, they are very rewarding. I miss my big brindle guy so much!  Good luck!

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