Hi there, In our search for a new dog, we have been giving some serious consideration to adopting a retired racing greyhound. This is not really a new idea, as I have looked into this before. Have spent the past few days researching on the web all of the relevant greyhound adoption websites. Lots of information out there.
I have a couple of questions that I would like some feedback on, one general and one about greyhounds in particular.
Firstly, do you think it's ok to specify a colour preference when adopting a dog? In some ways I think yes, but on the other hand, no. I do have some preference but I know when I meet the right dog, that its colour won't really matter. Where I live there are not many for adoption, so waiting on a colour just seems wrong especially when there are some already waiting for homes. What do others think?
Secondly, in my search for information I came across some information on 10 reasons not to adopt a greyhound (it was a from a supporter, so the site then went on to provides lots of positives). But one of the negatives was that you could forget about having a nice lawn as they like to run about (in bursts) and would damage it. Not word for word, but that's the gist of it. However that seems at odds with everything else I've read about them, including other information on that website itself.
We have a fairly small yard, there is some grassed area but it's not large by any stretch of the imagination. Having said that our GSD lived here quite happily but then that was his later years and he was not very active. Still, there was enough space for his occasional funny leaping about and prancing!
So I'm a bit concerned that my yard might not be big enough for a Greyhound.. Of course he/she would get daily exercise and before adopting I would find out about any safe off leash areas that I could take it to.
I know of course that I can ask the GAP people and that my yard would be assessed, but just thought I would ask here before I go further.
Thanks in advance,