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!
Whether 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.
After Ruby passed, and as I was considering adopting a new greyhound, I did the responsible thing and spoke to my husband about it. Obviously, if you are considering adopting any animal, all family members must be on board with it. One condition I had to meet for my husband to agree to the adoption was to enroll our new greyhound in obedience classes. Ruby was never formally trained – we just played it by ear, and she figured it out pretty quick. Ruby, however, was a retired racer. Luna, on the other hand, was basically found on the streets of South Korea, left to fend for herself. She had no manners whatsoever, and I knew we would need some help with her.
I looked around and settled on the six week Beginner Training course offered through Petsmart. Enrollment fee: about $120.00.
Chances are, when you adopted your greyhound, you were warned that they are notorious for their bad teeth. Some postulate that it’s because, as racers, they were fed high protein, high bacteria food, also known as “4-D” meat – meat that comes from dying, diseased, disabled and dead livestock that has been deemed unfit for human consumption. Others believe that these racers are fed meat of old dairy cows who are no longer productive. Regardless, it is up to us – as responsible greyhound parents – to care for their teeth and prevent periodontal disease.