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Plans for tomorrow! :D

So. Excited. Even though the landlords say we can't have any "big pets" (basically anything that can't be caged) My fiance, Tom, agreed that we can go LOOK at the dogs at the Meet N' Greet our local Greyhound rescue is holding tomorrow.

Greyhound= my ideal dog, and I'm not just saying that because I like the look of them or anything. I work as a dog groomer (usually, I'm on mat leave at the moment) and honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the greyhound look. However, temperament, grooming requirements, exercise needs, and their low coat oil all fit the bill. So I'll be happy with a dog who isn't EXACTLY what I want appearance wise if it's an ideal fit lifestyle wise

I'll try and take pictures of all the puppies, and possibly of my sad face when I have to walk away without one :P
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That's wonderful! I wish you were allowed to get one. Sounds like you know what you're doing and what you want. Please take some pictures of the cute pups!




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Awwwww. I love little puppies, any breed!


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No puppies It's pretty difficult to get your hands on a racing greyhound puppy. Generally they're dogs that are 2-3 years old that are retired either due to a lack of ability, or the strain just getting to be too much for them.


According to most of the rescue people I've talked to the greyhound racing community doesn't really deserve the bed rep it's gotten over the years. It doesn't really make sense for them to starve and abuse an animal that needs to be in top condition to win :P Generally the dogs are well socialized with other greyhounds and people, good eaters, and in pretty impeccable condition (there are exceptions, of course. Every sport has bad apples). The only thing you have to deal with with rescuing one is that apart from the track, exercise area, and their kennel they've never been exposed to anything. So houses, stairs, other breeds of dogs/animals, lots of people they've never met are completely foreign to them and they need to be introduced slowly. Plus they aren't housebroken :P
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Have fun, enjoy!! I agree, the racing industry is no where near what it used to be - it's no longer "race or die" where they cull the dogs that don't win. The rescue groups are such a big part of it now. It's still a sport and it's still rough on their bodies, like any sport is with any animal or human, but you're right they do have to be in good shape to win so it makes no sense to starve them

I know a few people who have rescued greyhounds and they all say the same thing you did - great dogs but often shy, skittish, and struggle with housebreaking just because they aren't used to it



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No puppies
Ohhh! Oops.


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Awh have fun there! We once had a greyhound but sadly she got out and got ran over I was only little at the time. Very sad though. They're such lovely dogs. When we take my collie out for walks there's a nice female greyhound that always makes him run around

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Went out and saw them yesterday. Such sweeties. Apparently they're getting shipment of all black greyhounds today. They don't get adopted very often most places, but apparently the west coast doesn't care if a dog is black, white, or any other variation. So they contacted rescues all over the US and are getting in something like 16 black dogs that have been waiting for forever homes for longer than any other colour
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Awww, why don't people like the black ones? D: I like the black ones, black dogs are so pretty



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It's a weird rescue phenomenon! Big black dogs stay in shelters for much longer than anything else for some reason. And I would be ALL.OVER. taking one if it weren't for my silly landlords who don't want big pets in the place soon though! Our lease is up in May, so we'll be somewhere pet friendly then!
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huh - that's strange! I've always liked black dogs - rotties, dobies, german shepherds (omg, black shepherds are BEAUTIFUL) lol



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I personally don't care the color of a dog , if the personality and temperament is there then color is out the window...lol I also am in an apartment that does not allow dogs... and I guess it is not the landlords fault... it is the fault of the pet owners in the past that have allowed their pets to destroy things and or go potty in the house and not cleaned it. In a way I am glad cuz at my stage in life I don't have the time or ambition to train a dog and I like the freedom of being able to come and go as I please without worrying about a dog being alone or needing to potty...lol My last 2 dogs were AMAZING !! But I lost them to old age related diseases about 10 years ago and never had another... My best dog ever was a black lab / border collie cross... I miss that dog so much... it will be 11 years in April since she had to be put down due to cancer... and then my kids dog was a yellow lab/black lab/german shepard cross.. she collapsed one day in oct 10 years ago and 1/2 way to the vets she died in my sons arms in the backseat of the car... it was heart failure... my kids had just lost their Dad to cancer in sept... so in around 6 months they lost both dogs and their Dad... was a rough year 2001 was...
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I know of the big black dog thing. My sister works at one for years. Its with beagles, pitbulls too. Its sad. I had a customer that I delievered too that had a beautiful friendly pibble and he said "I know Im mad because its fixed" I really wanted to kick him. The next time I was there I filled him in on how shelters are filled with unwanted pitbulls. LOL. I always tell people to look into older dogs. Most are trained and are past the horrible puppy behavior. Plus they are always super grateful to have homes. I told my hasband when we get a house Im going to a kill selter and tell them that I want the next dog thats going to be put down (as long as it wont eat my kids or other pets). Anymore though, the idea of a dog isnt all that great. Id rather hae birds. lol

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I love pittys. I'm a dog groomer and I work with them ALL the time. So I know that at this point in life I just don't have the time to commit to one. Their lovely, sweet dogs, but they do need more attention/exercise than a lot of breeds. That's part of the reason for their aggressive reputation. You have a super intelligent terrier, that is very high energy, and people oriented. Left alone either in a backyard or house all day while it's owners are at work. They come home, the dog gets excited and adrenaline starts pumping, and adrenaline + any dog is a bad combo
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I love pit bulls too. I get s frustrated at their "rep". I deliver pizza and it will be 5 years next month that I have been. I have delivered to every imaginable type of dog, from pibbles, to 200 lbs rotties, to tea cup poms, and mini poodles. The only dog Ive ever been bit by was a 5 lbs mini poodle. I wanted to kick that stupid dog. I think any dog can be good for bad, it all depends on how its raised and treated. LOL I really think my parrotlet is meaner than any pit bull Ive ever met.

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Me and my fiance joke that lovebirds are the pittys of the bird world!
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Its like dogs, little body, big attitude. lol

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