They should put a warning label on the collar: Adopting greyhounds may become addictive.
We started with one greyhound – Bubbles – a wedding present to ourselves. Late in her life, we were adopted by another hound who’d been dumped at the pet store during a meet and greet.
When those two passed away the house felt so very empty and it wasn’t long before another greyhound was stealing our hearts and our couch. Faith was a wonderful dog and after a few months with her, we started fostering for our local greyhound adoption group.
Brody was the next permanent addition and I was set. Then a family needed to return a dog we’d fostered and due to circumstances, he became permanent too.
Then, because we’ve met such awesome people through the hounds, we were asked to babysit two greys while their family vacationed. It was a pleasure – truly – to do them a favor, but it was an easy favor.
So we were up to five hounds for about ten days – and it wasn’t too many! (days or greys)
After all, greyhounds are used to hanging out with each other. They’re not very vocal, so there wasn’t a chorus of barking – unless they were cheering each other on while romping in the yard.
As long as we had one more dog bed than dogs (a rule we follow no matter how many greys are in the house) life was peaceful.
Calm even. Really!
All five had been retired long enough that we didn’t have fights over food, just natural curiosity. The two guests slid into our routine and amazingly, there were always enough hands to keep all five dogs content.
Yes, greys can be addictive but I guarantee they’re not hazardous to your health. They might actually do you some good.
Studies show sharing your life with a pet is good for your blood pressure and improves your overall happiness, just to name two of countless benefits.
Greyhound adoption is an addiction that should be encouraged!
Live the adventure!