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Retired Greyhounds

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As I write this story it is with a Heavy Heart and tears. Last week we had to make a difficult decision and put our 11 year old greyhound to sleep as he had become very ill. I am writing this in honor of Dodge.  Dodge came into our lives in 2006 and will never be forgotten.  RIP 2001-2012

We adopted Dodge in June of 2006. He had a very good racing career before he retired. After his career ended he waited just about a year to be adopted and that is when he become part of our family. When he first came home with us he had no idea what to think of his new life. I did not crate him so his new freedom roaming the house presented challenges. Things like walking on hardwood flooring, climbing stairs,ceiling fans and sliding doors were all new to him and you could tell he was scared.

After awhile all those things that scared him seemed to go away and he adjusted to his new life. We moved into a new home in 2009 and it was almost like he adjusted better then us, he loved hanging out in his new yard and he walked around this house on the hardwoods as though it was never an issue for him. 

It was truly amazing to watch him turn into a dog and that may sound odd, but when he came to us he only knew one thing and that was to catch that rabbit. He did not know about rides in the car, or long walks around the neighborhood, kids playing and families laughing and enjoying life.

Greyhounds are sometimes known as "Gentle Giants" they maybe big and may look a bit scary but they are not, they are so kind and gentle and when you show them love they return it in ways you would never imagine. 

My intention in writing this is to bring attention to greyhounds. Even though many greyhound race tracks have closed  down around the USA, retired greyhounds still need good homes and families to spend there retired life. 

If you are considering adoption please find a local greyhound adoption program or search online and at least inquire, that's what we did and it changed our lives forever. 

branie posted Jul 06, 2012

Thanks for writing this! I'm sorry to hear about Dodge. He sounds like a great ol' dog :)
When my parents finally allowed me to have a dog, we went to a breeder and spent nearly $500 on him. Though it's better than going to the mall to purchase a dog, I regret not adopting one. This was back in 2000 when I was 9 so didn't exist at time. Petfinder's a great way to browse through breeds around your area and really makes finding a dog easier.
I've also volunteered at a no-kill shelter in Ledgewood, NJ. It took all my strength to not take home a friend every time I went. I could only hope that someone would take home one of them and that, though it sounds odd, I wouldn't see them the next time I visited. Dogs at kennels shouldn't be looked down upon or overlooked - they want to be yours too.

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Jul 06, 2012



EzzyLovesToSave (rep: 428k) posted Jul 07, 2012


Tears as well. I think it was too soon to write this :( We miss our Dodgie...

branie (rep: 129k) posted Jul 07, 2012


I'm so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.. :(

gangstabarbie (rep: 21k) posted Jul 07, 2012