Adopting a Retired Racer

United States
January 15, 2007 5:52pm CST
Is there anyone else here who has adopted a retired greyhound? I'm really interested in hearing your experiences.
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9 responses
@ctinabina (386)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Oh gee, I wish there would be some responses to this! I am thinking about getting a second dog- an adopted racing greyhound. I currently have a greyhound mix, and she's just as cute as pie and a perfect pet.
• United States
7 Feb 07
Yes you are full of greyhound knowledge! My dog I adopted from a shelter when she was a pup. She's greyhound/German Shepard mix. Because of her kind nature, her "roo-ing" especially, my husband and I thought it would be nice to have another. We thought of old racing greyhounds because it seems like the personality traits we like most from our dog comes from that side of her heritage. However, our 2nd dog plans are on temporary hold until we have enough time to properly acclimate a new pet.
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I lost my Roxy a year ago to a sudden heart attck. She was playing and pouncing one day and gone the next. She was acting funny one night, and didn't come claim her spot in bed (yeah, I made the first time greyhound owner mistake of letting her sleep with us...she took over.)I was going to take her to the vet in the morning if she didn't seem better, but...I really didn't think it was anything serious. I am still heartbroken and will always miss that character. I AM going to adopt another, they deserve good homes after the lives they lead. I just want to give it a bit more time to be fair to my new baby, so I don't unconsciously compare to Roxy, cuz there won't be another personality like her! All the suggestions and information given was great...I actually would have given it a best response, but couldn't because it was a respose to a response! Another thing to remember is greyhounds DO take a lot of time...they like to have their "peoples" close by! I went out on our deck one day, and locked myself out. I could hear her "rooooooo-oooooooo" the whole time. I kept talking to her really loud so she would know I was still there. The neighbors probably think there's a crazy lady living here. After her, though, no other breed will ever compare!
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@skydancer (1839)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Right now, my cat would never allow me to have a greyhound. But I love them and I hope one day I'll be able to adopt one. A friend of mine has three and she dotes over them so much I almost feel like I know them. They sound like amazing creatures.
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• United States
8 Feb 07
Two of my neighbors have adopted retired greyhounds in the last year. They are both beautiful animals and have adjusted really well to life in my neighbors' family homes with children. I think it's a great way to get a wonderful pet! Good Luck if you get one.
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@Galena (9123)
7 May 07
our first greyhound was Ludo. a big and beautiful (we were told only 4 in every 100 greys reach that size) fawn boy. he was 3 when we got him, and just a lovely lovely boy. unbeleivably soppy. when he came home with us, he curled up and cuddled up to me the whole way home in the car, then on getting back his first big surprise was the doorstep. he stopped. he stared. he turned his head to one side. stared some more, then made an enormous bounce to get up the step. the first evening we had a bit of a problem. he was already perfectly house trained, and we were told he was always clean in his kennel. but dinner was another matter. we sat down to eat and he was trying to climb onto everyones lap and get their food. it wasn't naughtiness though. all the food he'd ever seen in his entire life was headed for his bowl, so it was only natural for him to assume our dinner was his too. he learned fairly quickly that it wasn't and was never a problem again. once I left a bacon sandwich on the table and came back to a plate of bacon. he'd stolen the bread. hehe. they used to feed the racers bread, and he always loved it. he used to occasionally try and steal from the bin. you'd hear the lid lift, tell him you'd heard him, and then you'd hear him drinking from his bowl, pretending he was only in the kitchen to get a drink, not the bin. he was always the loveliest natured dog, and we loved having him. he was a bit of a chaser, but fine with small dogs. just not with cats, rabbits or deer. but he was always a perfect gentleman on the lead. if you tightened the lead when you saw something chaseable he'd ignore it. we were very very sad when we lost him to bone cancer at 9 years old. we'll never go without a greyhound now. we currently have a greyhound, a deerhound and a lurcher. the current greyhound was very badly injured as a puppy, badly broken leg, so was never up to racing quality, so when we heard about him from friends that had racers at the same kennel as him we immediately offered him a home. (they had 3 racers, 9 ex racers of theirs living with them, and the current racers destined to live at home after racing too)
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• United States
8 May 07
Wow, I can totally picture my Roxy in some of those statements! The over-exgatterated (sp?) bounce over small obstacles, and the trying to act innocent when you know they're into something! Rox used to poke her nose in the trash bin. Just looking, but you could see the whole back half of her from the living room. I'd say, "You're not in the trash, are you?" and she'd put on the cutest innocent look, like of course not! And your story about the bacon sandwich...lol! I had a REALLY good sub from a place I love, and we were eating in front of the tv one night. Roxy usually took over the corner of our sectional. The phone rang, and silly me, instead of setting my plate on the table, where she knew better than to take from, I sat it on the couch cushion...not far from her nose. I got done with the telemarketer, and heard my husband laughing. Yep, no more sub for me. But like my husband said..."Well, you pretty much GAVE it to her! She thought she was getting something really special." (But oh man did she have gas that night ewwwwwwwww!!) And when we went to bed she burped goodnight in my face. But then she gave me kisses and all was forgiven!
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@Galena (9123)
9 May 07
hehe. our deerhound is a face burper too. she also burps at my rat.
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@luluwow (165)
• United States
20 Sep 07
I currently have a huge fawn greyhound beauty (Indra) that I rescueded through the local Greyhound rescue group. He is amazing. Greyhounds are loving couch potatoes that adore human affection and interaction. Indra is my second greyhound, I lost my first to old age after 14 glorious years. Both of my greyhounds loved our 3 cats and our children. They do not require any special treatment other than the fact that they can NEVER be off lead and you have to be aware of your doors and windows. If they get out, they may be gone forever. Also, when introducing your grey to your home, go slow. Take the time to make him aware of doors, stairs, new sounds, etc. They adjust fairly quickly! And beware.. he may take over your bed, and definately your heart!
@resa77 (52)
• United States
6 May 07
I have two retired greyhounds! They are the love of my life! I've had one since July 04 and fostered the second last July and ended up adopting her in September. They fit really well into our laid back lazy lifestyle (they sleep 22 hours a day) and get along with our cats. I definitely recommend a greyhound to anyone who is willing to abide by the living inside and always leash walked or fenced in rules!
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• Canada
9 Jun 08
I haven't yet, but if the opportunity arose, I'd certainly consider it.
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17 Oct 08
We adopted a greyhound 7 years ago and he is a lovely dog. He had been racing in Ireland and we do not know what happened to him. He was afraid of everythiong when we got him. It took a while for him to get used to being in a house but he is very happy now and lying on the sofa while I write this. He is now 12 years old and has a bit of arthritis in his back legs which they are prone to. Apart from that he is very fit for his age. They are very worth wile dogs to have. They give you a lot of love and are very gentle dogs.
27 Jan 09
We had to have Shadow put to sleep yesterday and it was absolutely terrible but he was very ill. I hope you have got your greyhound now because they are well worth having.
• United States
21 Apr 09
I am glad to hear all of the postive responses about adopting a retired racing greyhound. We are getting ready to go to an adoption viewing at the race track in our area. I am very excited. however, I have had a few people warn me that they can be very nice dosile dogs but turn quickly. Possibly because they have been abused in training to be a racer. I have also heard that (and i have not researched this at all ) that greyhounds as with dalmations and dobermans, brains continue to grow creating pressure as they get oder against their skull , causing them to snap at people they normally are very kind to. I would love to hear some responses. I have read a couple of books and can't wait to go see some of these beautiful dogs. I am currently training to be a personal trainer, I love to walk/jog and look forward to long walks with (Mito, if we get one) around our 2 acres. I will have several leashes!! I understand that they can never never be off leash or tied up outside so please don't slam me on that one. thanks for your imput. sharon