Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies
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“The next best thing to having an experienced Greyhound owner living with you.”
—Joan Belle Isle, President, Greyhound Project
“Anyone who reads this book and follows its guidance will have a happier, healthier dog and be a happier, more relaxed dog owner.”
—Hal and Karen Hawley, Greyhound Friends Northwest
The Greyhound has been celebrated in song and legend for thousands of years. Nowadays, Greyhounds are bred almost exclusively for racing. In the bad old days, prior to the 1980s, dogs that didn’t make the grade at the track, and those past their primes, were destroyed. According to official estimates, 60,000 of these noble, mild-mannered dogs were destroyed each year! Fortunately, a number of organizations now exist devoted to rescuing these unwanted dogs and placing them in good homes.
Thinking about adopting a retired racing Greyhound? Or maybe you’re already sharing your life with one of these charming animals. Either way, this friendly guide tells you everything you need to know to:
- Understand the Greyhound personality
- Find a retired racing Greyhound to adopt
- Choose the right ex-racer for you and your family
- Educate yourself and your retired racer
- Give your new pal the diet and exercise it needs
- Keep your dog healthy and happy for years to come
With plenty of good humor and straight-talk, Lee Livingood drawing on her forty-years of experience training adult rescue dogs to cover all the pros and cons of being a retired racing Greyhound owner, and she fills you in on:
- The amazing 8000-year history of the Greyhound
- Deciding whether an ex-racer is the right do for you and your family
- Physical and behavioral characteristics
- How to get a retired racer used to living in a home and be a companion
- Dealing with common behavioral and health problems
- Feeding, grooming, and exercising a Greyhound
- Fun things to do with your hound
Bursting with expert advice on all aspects of living with an ex-racer, Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies is must reading for anyone considering adoption or who’s already taken the leap.
These gentle, wonderful dogs deserve better lives than what they knew in their racing kennel days; this book will help you understand all the things that make them utterly unlike any other breed of dog. The author is recognized as THE expert on the subject and she will help you understand all that you need to know to ensure a smooth transition from the racetrack to your home. Psychological, behavioral, and medical issues specific to the retired racing greyhound are explained in easily-understood language. Most important for someone who is not familiar with these dogs is probably the explanation of the unique needs of sighthounds (why leashes are a MUST when not in a fenced yard) and why the greyhound's elegant physique and unique blood chemistry calls for both a knowledgeable owner and an informed veterinarian. These dogs are the closest thing in this world to zen; this book will help you to understand how to make one (or more!!) part of your life and how to ensure it is healthy and happy. If you follow Cynthia's advice, you will be able to be the best possible "owner" for the most loving and noble of dogs.
An informative read
This book was, in my opinion, well written and easy to understand. I imagine I will be referring back to it many times in the next few months. I really appreciated the helpful tips and pictures.