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    Question Rescuing Greyhounds

    I was wondering if anyone could offer me any advice on rescuing greyhounds.

    The idea of rescuing a greyhound started to appeal to me about 12 months ago. At that stage, my wolfhound girl was a little older than 6 months and my mastiff was 3.5-years old, and I felt confident in my own training and handling abilities.

    After having a wolfhound, I have fallen in love with sighthounds, and wouldn't hesitate to add another to the menagerie. The idea of fostering until permanent homes can be found for other greyhounds is appealing, as well.

    I've done a lot of reading on greyhounds as pets, and some of the difficulties of rescue dogs, but I was hoping there might be some on here with greyhounds or rescue greyhounds that could provide me with further insight into their beautiful qualities as pets, and any potential problems, as well.

    Thanks, in advance!

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    Why not go direct to the source;

    Friends of the Hound Greyhound Adoption Program

    or

    GAP - Home
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    I don't no if I'm repeating the previous post cos I don't know the name of the rescue group I'm talking about but on melb gumtree there is a group that sell / foster/ give away greyhounds. They reg have adds

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    Thanks, Anne

    I'm well aware of both those organisations, and plan to have more communications with Friends of the Hound in the future (they regularly have animals fostered around my area), at the point that I'm ready to adopt and start looking for the right animal.

    I was hoping for more anecdotal information from greyhound owners, if there are any

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    Well I am sitting here in my lounge with six greyhounds surrounding me.

    My girl Daisy is on the couch and my boy Texas is lying behind my armchair. The boy fosters Slim and Noodles are sprawled on the floor. Mako (is adopted I am just babysitting) is stretched out watching for his owner to arrive. And my girl foster Scarlet is besides the couch on the floor tucked up against the sideboard. If you want to see the foster's photos check out Friends of the Hound - available dogs page. This is the most rewarding experience. Sure the dog park run is done at 5 in the morning when no one is around but watching them run is magical. Seeing a foster learn something like going upstairs or not be frighten of the vacum is special, but actually seeing them go into their forever home and knowing you helped, that is worth the odd accident and the extra time it takes to feed them all. Greyhounds can change your life, all they need is patience, love and consistency.

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    I foster greyhounds for the SA Greyhound Adoption Program. I enjoy it. I've had three fosters so far, and only one of those was hard for me to give up.

    I have fostered dogs privately before, and I definitely prefer the support and security of fostering through a group rather than on an individual basis. GAP provides me with food, pays for medical care, and finds the dog a home... I just sit back and teach the dogs manners as I wait for the right home to come along.

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    We recently took a greyhound (Lil) on foster from the tassie greyhounds as pets program. We're in love with her. Such a beautiful, calm placid girl. Hard to believe she's only 2yo. Would highly recommend it. I reckon we might just keep her!

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    I've rescued many dogs and rehomed most - but I had a greyhound that I kept. He was a blue and it seemed like every tradie had once owned him and tried to race him. He was so handsome. I called him The Male Model and he just laid about looking unforgivably elegant and sexy and was a HUGE couch spud. He and the deerhound used to compete to nab my bed, still warm, when I got out of it and if I wanted it back, I had to have a pretty good bribe and get in before the other hound noticed. I can't say he was bright. I did catch myself speaking slowly and clearly to him but did it register? He accepted the other dogs and cats without a blink. The only rivalry was in not letting the deerhound beat him, racing around the (huge) backyard. The deerhound just felt he was being rude and let him lead, which is a giggle, cos he'd only been on death row cos he was a dud racer. He got a terrible crush on a long legged parson's jack russell and would straddle her, as she stood, waiting for something exciting to happen and would, in slow motion ecstacy, wave his hips about, with at least 6" between her back and him and the laughs he gave me! She never noticed and would suddenly bound off, leaving him to put the brakes on the hips and look distressed. When the deerhound grew infirm, the jack russell would bark, hysterically, until the greyhound exploded into a gallop and she would run, then the next fastest, then the next fastest, until the slowest, 7th dog, who was lapped 20 times. Then a heaving break, with the jrt barking hysterically, then a repeat and perhaps another, then the greyhound would have a drink and go to bed. Trouble free. Walked like I was leading a feather, if you walked towards him, he would spin in excitement, but was always still and never jumped up, when you were near him. The only time I experienced his rebellion, was going in the car. I have a van. He could not jump in the back, 2 feet high. Had to be lifted. If he was allowed to sit in the front, he happily leapt 3 1/2 ish feet. They are great dogs - but I think they are great with a normal dog, they teach them how to relax, how to be dogs.

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    Love your stories Menageriemanor!

    I've had a few greyhound fosters as well. I had a few I rescued on my own from pounds and with the backing of a rescue group, but I did all the legwork, vetwork etc. Very rewarding. But they can come into care in varying states. Some come in having been loved and doted on by their owners/trainers, and some far less so. These ones can take some time to trust and settle - the ones I had from bad backgrounds were often very "aloof" for a while.

    One wouldn't even look at me for nearly his whole two weeks quarantine (they used to stay in a separate pen away from our dogs when straight from the pound). He passed his vet checks etc but was just remote and cool as a cucumber. Every day I would feed him (a few times a day as he was so very thin) and I would just sit on a short stool in his pen while he ate, just hanging out. He wouldn't make eye contact, would just eat and go back to bed. When I took him for short walks he didn't resist at all, was just distant and switched off.

    One morning I opened his pen gate to feed him and he launched straight into my arms, wagging and squiggling. Quite an armload - he was a tall boy!! From that day onwards life was great. He had learned to trust again. And he was the most fiercely devoted greyhound I have ever met, a shadow dog - lovely boy.

    I adore greys. We have had sooky la-la types (normally boys) and overtly friendly, active, play fetch all day types. But most are just cruisy couch potatoes.

    Our fosters have always integrated easily with our own pack of entire hounds, both sexes. I don't foster any more as we up to our limit dog-wise. But miss having a grey about. Will have my own grey one day, mixing in with the my shaggy monsters.

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    I must admit to a very soft spot for greys, love them dearly
    Pets are forever

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