Be a Good Human – Volunteer

volunteerTwo Sundays ago, I took my 16 year old son along while I volunteered at my local greyhound kennel.  He hung out in my car, which I strategically positioned next to the turnout fence so he could see every greyhound I brought out for some fresh air, scritches, and potty break.  I was happily surprised to see him paying less and less attention to his electronic gadget, and more attention to each grey who trotted over to the car to investigate this new human.  One particular girl was very interested in my son; it seemed she’d rather bask in his attention than sniff around the yard.

On the way home, I was peppered with questions about how turnout worked, how many dogs were in the kennel, and what the requirements were to volunteer.  Luckily, my kennel’s age requirement for volunteers is 16.  Additionally, my son’s high school awards graduation cords for those students providing 100 hours of community service between 8th grade and their senior year.  Put those two together, along with my son’s love for greyhounds, and I was not at all surprised when he told me that he wanted to volunteer for turnouts.

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Welcome to the Greyhound Club

I recently came across an article by Linda Weber, writer for Examiner.com, and dedicated greyhound parent.  Linda is a special kind of person, donating 100% of her compensation from Examiner.com to greyhound adoption and education groups.  In her article, “Greyhounds: Ownership or Cult?”, Linda discusses the differences between dog ownership among different breeds of dogs as compared to greyhounds.

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A Daffodil in a Field of Tulips

I volunteer at a greyhound rescue just outside of Seattle.  Right now, we have about 24 hounds at the kennel, all available for adoption.  We recently received some new hounds from overseas, and today was the first time I got to meet them.  I was not, however, expecting to meet the glorious great dane puppy in Run Number 12.  Yep, you read that right.  A Great Dane!

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Considering Greyhound Adoption

greyhound adoptionWhether you’re a seasoned greyhound parent or are considering adopting a greyhound for the first time, there are a few things you should ask yourself:

1.  Does everyone in your family want a greyhound?

You are not just adopting a dog, you are bringing a new family member into your home.  Everyone should WANT a greyhound as part of the family.  

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