I own two little rescues myself. They aren’t Greyhounds but they are also dogs nobody wanted. My younger dog was thrown away in a paper bag together with his brother at only 2 weeks old and barely survived. I had ample of opportunities to hang out with Greyhounds at my friends place and other occasions. I found confirmed what I already knew of the breed. They come up to you if they aren’t too shy and want to be cuddled. Most of them can’t get enough of the loving human touch.
Why do I write about Greyhounds when I don’t own one myself? I love my two dogs and wouldn’t have it any other way. I know that most people when looking for an adoptable dog are attracted to the more “cute” looking dogs. Greyhounds tend to be shyer and are often overlooked when in a kennel with a lot of other pups. I would like to encourage people to consider a Greyhound as a family pet. Not only do they themselves get a wonderful companion – they also provide a safe place for another “forgotten” soul.
I am obviously not a fan of the dog racing sport, and there is a reason why Greyhound racing has been banned in several States. I don’t like so many factors about it. Even though safety is a high priority, injuries happen and some of them result in another dog being retired.
Greyhounds love to run. But if it is their only purpose in life and there is no balance they become shy and withdrawn. To me that is cruel and irresponsible. Greyhounds are bred for racing without any consideration about their emotional needs and urges. I know lovers of the sport would not agree with me. However I can’t help but ask why we domesticate dogs of any breed and make them our companions and at the same time neglect their longing for human contact and love. Again – dogs are pack animals and not meant to be alone.
We need to work together and give not only the Greyhounds but all our four-pawed furry friends a real chance in life. I couldn’t imagine my life without a dog. All the love and care you give will come back in so many ways. Dogs love us unconditionally – they don’t care about the way we look or about our IQ. There are even more benefits in having a four-pawed companion. Being a dog owner can definitely improve your health with no side effects. It will probably not make you as fit as Michael Phelps and it will not cure cancer. But daily walks even if it is only to the next dog park will for sure impact your physical and mental health positive.
My puppies helped me through very dark hours by just being around me. Watching them playing and running and looking into their cute “smiling” faces is all I need to feel better, regardless of what I face on any given day. If you consider adopting a dog, go to the Greyhound rescue or the next dog shelter and give a forever home to one of the residents who is just waiting for you.