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    I thought I'd start a thread about the group I work with, as I seem to get a few questions about greyhounds, and they are the breed I mostly rescue. Although every now and then an "imposter" greyhound appears!

    I currently have 3 foster greyhounds, plus one of my own.

    Amy - 5 1/2 years old, lovely blue girl
    Judy - litter mate of Amy, gorgeous black girl
    Roger - 3 years, handsome blue boy

    They are all on the site in my signature if you wanted to take a look. (Amy and Judy are my current sig photo, but that will change once they get homes)

    I'll be posting some general information on greyhounds as the general public have some major misconceptions about them as pets.

    If anyone is interested in adopting or fostering please contact me! Please please please!

    In My Home Dog Minding
    www.greyhoundrescue.com.au

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    Great thread!

    I would love to ask some questions. I'm planning to foster or rescue as soon as I get my own place, but I think it's important to know as much as you can about rescuing and fostering before you jump straight into it.

    How are greys around children?

    Who's the most 'suitable' candidate for a grey?

    How do you get into rescuing or fostering greys?

    How are greys with other dogs and other dog breeds?

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    Thats the way Greys Are Great!! Nothing like a bit of spruiking lol
    SPR fosters:Rowland, Matrix, Mia, Arizona, Romeo, Wrinkles, George, Molly, Su Lin, Ellie, Charlie, Charlotte, Lulu, Montana http://www.sharpeirescue.com.au

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    Great thread!

    I would love to ask some questions. I'm planning to foster or rescue as soon as I get my own place, but I think it's important to know as much as you can about rescuing and fostering before you jump straight into it.


    I'll answer these questions in very general terms as obviously it comes down to the individual dog, and deciding which dog is the "best fit" for each home.

    How are greys around children? Most greyhounds are great around children, they are very gentle dogs. It's more what the children are like around dogs!
    Who's the most 'suitable' candidate for a grey? Greyhounds are couch potatoes, very much inside dogs, they have very thin coats/skin which means they are susceptible to the cold, so inside is very much the preferred place for them. They need a couple of walks a day, if they can access a fenced dog park then 10 minutes of zoomies will tire them out. They probably wouldn't cope with being taken for a 10km run, they are built for speed not stamina.
    How do you get into rescuing or fostering greys? Contact your local grey rescue group, each group has different requirements, but in general they should "match" you to the dog, just as they would do with an adoption.
    How are greys with other dogs and other dog breeds? This really comes down to the individual dog, some are great with all size dogs, some are okay with big dogs and not little, some are okay with cats, some aren't okay with cats. That's where having a dog in foster care is so important, the carers can assess the dogs so that the most suitable forever home can be found.


    This applies to ALL dogs not just greys - When you first start to foster, usually the rescue group will place an easy dog with you, one that has already been assessed and is ready to go to a forever home, but needs somewhere to live until that home comes along. More experienced foster carers will take on dogs straight from the pound and do a lot of the assessing themselves.

    Hope this helps!

    In My Home Dog Minding
    www.greyhoundrescue.com.au

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    Hi Grey,
    I went to a lecture held by the APDT and GAP had a table out there. Talking to the lady she said that Racing people were able to pre-register one dog with GAP? I found that very interesting?

    Is your rescue work more to do with those greys that end up in pounds etc? or are you with GAP as well.

    I am a new convert to sight hounds. They are wonderful dogs to live with. and I often recommend people who have busy lifestyles look at a mature sighthound. Those that have gotten over the "skinny" look and given it a go have never looked back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Hope this helps!
    Thanks Grey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    I am a new convert to sight hounds. They are wonderful dogs to live with. and I often recommend people who have busy lifestyles look at a mature sighthound. Those that have gotten over the "skinny" look and given it a go have never looked back.
    Well said. More people need to consider looks after suitability. Sighthounds can be exceptionally easy to live with compared to many more popular breeds.

    I have fostered greys, and they are awesome dogs. I have lots of kids and other dogs around. I've kept them with little dogs, and young and old dogs (all fosters mixed up at different times!). They are the undiscovered and disregarded gold of the pet dog world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    They are the undiscovered and disregarded gold of the pet dog world.
    Ooh I like this! I think that I will have to plagiarise this quote when I get time to start writing about greys.

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    Ooh yes! Plagiarise away! If it helped just one more person realise how lovely they are, and one more Greyhound find a forever home istead of a lonely end I would be soooo happy.

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    Well! It's been a hectic couple of weeks! We have had 7 yes SEVEN greys go off on trial periods, so we are hoping that they all work out. Included in that 7 are my 2 foster sisters, Amy and Judy to separate homes. I still have the handsome Roger here, and now things have quitened down with my doggy boarders I can start on assessing him properly with small dogs.

    We've had a few more come in, and loads more on the waiting list. Once I know that the girls are going to stay in their prospective homes, then I'll have to choose another one (or two) to bring home to assess.

    Btw, with winter approaching if anyone in the Sydney area has any blankets they want to get rid of please let me know - we get a lot donated from some charity shops, but there is never enough.

    Also cot mattresses are the perfect size for a grey!

    In My Home Dog Minding
    www.greyhoundrescue.com.au

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