Monday, March 31, 2008

Making Fast Friends


Our pets run
42 miles per hour.

If you can't catch them,

Don't let them out!

~ Sign in a house for sale



Meet Nicky (l) and Calypso (r). Along with Hendrix(below left), they greeted the public at Saturday's Greyhound Event held at the new Pet Supermarket in Bellevue (west Nashville). Greyhound Pets of America/Nashville Chapter sponsored the event to educate the public on what great pets greyhounds make. The group does greyhound meet and greets often throughout the year in different venues.

There are greyhound race tracks all over the country, as you probably know. While the dogs are profitable, their owners keep them racing. If they start losing or are injured, the owners either try to adopt them out or have them destroyed. Believe it or not, many of the race greyhounds don't make it to five years of age. Within the last 10 years or so, greyhound rescue organizations have cropped up to save these "retired" racers.

All retired racers, the Nicky, Calypso and Hendrix now reside with Nashvillians, living the life of Riley. The owners tell me that they don't shed as much as some dogs and would rather spend their days lounging around. They have great temperaments, are very friendly, and are generally good with children. They can, however, run FAST. If they see prey, they can reach 45 mph in three strides, and they won't stop until they either tire or get the prey.

The sign I quoted at the top of the post was an actual sign in a home I visited recently. The owners had three greyhounds. Since I can't reach speeds of more than 2 mph, I made sure not to let them out!

If you want more information on greyhound adoption, click here.

9 comments:

Halcyon said...

What a great organization! I always thought grayhounds were very attractive dogs. They look so elegant.

isabella said...

Good post, Chris!
We live not too far from the Naples - Ft Myers Greyhound Racetrack and I'm doing everything in my power to close them down. It's an uphill battle, but I'm not giving up...In 2005 a fire in their kennels killed 17 dogs and injured 50 more. The fire might have been accidental, but it was a human error that resulted in all those deaths...

Jim said...

Nice pics, I think we have a greyhound trainer near us. Theres a sign that says greyhounds and the pens are only about 6 feet wide and about 50 feet long with a dog house at one end.

Southern Heart said...

There is a family one street over from us that has 3 adopted greyhounds. They are the sweetest dogs. I love the photo today!

Jilly said...

Greyhounds DO make great pets - so true. In London there is an organisation working hard to find homes - there are always so many, too many. Great bringing this to people's attention, Chris. I think it's a breed people don't realise would make a great pet. Hounds have the most wonderful temperaments.

magiceye said...

loved that sign! the hounds look cute too...

George Townboy said...

Great post.

Some are brutalized even while they are racing.

Lynette said...

I have friends in Independence, Missouri, who have been adopting greyhounds for years. They're wonderful pets.

Your water photo is so creative! Nice job.

lv2scpbk said...

A great organization. I wouldn't be able to catch them though. They definietly run fast.