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Old June 15th, 2009, 10:47 PM   #1
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The wife and I are thinking of adopting a greyhound from a rescue.
Anyone else done this? just looking for insite on what to expect
They seem like great dogs.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 11:01 PM   #2
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had three of them before...they are awesome dogs and great companions...only bad part is the whole gotta keep em locked in a fenced yrd deal. they can take off quick when they get loose. then the people that do the rescues can be a little over the top extremist animal rightsy type too
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Never owned one, but first of all they are fast as shit as you know. Secondly there skin is paper thin. Thirdly they run into things due to there stupid fastness, which equals lots of stiches. But they are great doggies
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I've been reading up on them, 20mph by the 3rd step if their running
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never had any of mine get stitches but I know of friends that had too get several. they are good dogs, if you have a fenced yrd go for it. if my new house had a fence I would have gotten another.
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We have two. Yes their skin is paper thin. Ever hear of happy tail? They'll get so excited whipping their tale around to the point that they whack it on something and starts bleeding all over EVERYTHING, walls and ceilings. If you have one or more, you will need to have them muzzled if they are all outside at the same time. Its not so much that they are aggressive, but with such thin skin and long teeth its not uncommon for a playful nip or bite to send another to the hospital. Fenced yards are a must, I cannot repeat that enough. If you get one that not only knows their name but repeatedly answers to it, then thats a great greyhound.
They can see clearly well over a quarter mile and have ADD, if they get loose chasing something, then they are completely oblivious to their surroundings, including cars and oncoming traffic. But they have a personality all their own that makes them interesting dogs.
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My backyard is fenced in. Is 4' sufficient? We kinda narrowed it down to 2 dogs. 1 has been off the track for a month, she is really scared, tail tucked between her legs and head down. The 2nd one came out w/ her tail wagging and doing this little hop. It kinda seems like a no-brainer, but my wife likes the 1st dog and thinks w/ a little work that she'll come around.
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I'd get the scared one. My contractor has one that seems to be an obvious scared-type, but the dog is still very social. Walks right up to you when you come in the house, but in a completely calm and quiet manner. Tail wags once you pet it. It seems to stare at you a lot, though.

The calmness of the track dogs is probably what makes me like the breed. I hate jumpy, licky, slobbery, dribble half the water bowl across the floor, crazy-ass dogs - especially those Australian Shepherd things with the goofy different-colored eyeballs. They're just retarded.
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The wife and I are thinking of adopting a greyhound from a rescue.
Anyone else done this? just looking for insite on what to expect
They seem like great dogs.
I had two and a rescued whippet - best dogs ever if you have a fenced in yard.

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had three of them before...they are awesome dogs and great companions...only bad part is the whole gotta keep em locked in a fenced yrd deal. they can take off quick when they get loose. then the people that do the rescues can be a little over the top extremist animal rightsy type too


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I've been reading up on them, 20mph by the 3rd step if their running
Actually, they can reach top speed by the third stride (40-45 mph)

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We have two. Yes their skin is paper thin. Ever hear of happy tail? They'll get so excited whipping their tale around to the point that they whack it on something and starts bleeding all over EVERYTHING, walls and ceilings. If you have one or more, you will need to have them muzzled if they are all outside at the same time. Its not so much that they are aggressive, but with such thin skin and long teeth its not uncommon for a playful nip or bite to send another to the hospital. Fenced yards are a must, I cannot repeat that enough. If you get one that not only knows their name but repeatedly answers to it, then thats a great greyhound.
They can see clearly well over a quarter mile and have ADD, if they get loose chasing something, then they are completely oblivious to their surroundings, including cars and oncoming traffic. But they have a personality all their own that makes them interesting dogs.
Words to live by if you own a sighthound.

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I'd get the scared one. My contractor has one that seems to be an obvious scared-type, but the dog is still very social. Walks right up to you when you come in the house, but in a completely calm and quiet manner. Tail wags once you pet it. It seems to stare at you a lot, though.

The calmness of the track dogs is probably what makes me like the breed. I hate jumpy, licky, slobbery, dribble half the water bowl across the floor, crazy-ass dogs - especially those Australian Shepherd things with the goofy different-colored eyeballs. They're just retarded.
IMHO, get one that you meet on its terms (at the foster's house) and see if you "click". Some of the "shy" greyhounds I've met (and fostered in the past) have absolutely no personality and are only interested in running/chasing/other dogs - not people. And they're so beautiful, you'll be heartbroken if they don't return your love.

Try gemgreyhounds.org and contact Merrie West or Kathy Darfler - they are the most personable, NOT PHSYCHO greyhound people I ever met. Feel free to drop my name (Scot Douglas) - they're friends of my ex-wife (who still has "our" dogs) but wonderful people only concerned with placing a dog in a good home without being militant.

Best of luck! Owning a Greyhound is a wonderful experience!
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They sound like a pain in the ass.
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They sound like a pain in the ass.
They can cause a lot of stress if you listen to the adoption nazis on how to be a "Good Owner".

Personally, I love being able to have my dogs off lead when we go somewhere (hiking, camping, etc), so I will most likely never own one again.
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Maybe they just didn't like the surprise butsecks.
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Such a nice guy aren't you?
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My cousin has had up to 3 Greyhounds and lives in the woods (though fenced) I have NEVER seen muzzles on their dogs, they have not only been outside together, but with gatherings of 60+ people (including children). They frequently keep them in their store as well.

Last I knew the one dog passed and they were down to two.

Always seemed like great dogs though.
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Well, out adoption application got accepted. Saturday we go to meet with
Second chance for greyhounds and possibly get a dog.

Thanks for all the insite guys
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We've got two. Great dogs. We went through Michigan Greyhound Connection. We never muzzle them, and they can get going pretty good in our fenced in back yard. Be sure to keep rabbits & squirrels out of your yard, our female went after one and couldn't stop in time and slid into the fence and suffered some bad cuts/stitches. Also if you have cats, be sure the dog is cat friendly, we fostered a Greyhound after killing the new owners cat that she didn't say she had.
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Yeah, We narrowed it down to 2 dogs. Both are cat friendly
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