Two 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.