Due to the vote in Florida yesterday there will soon be an influx of retired racing Greyhounds needing homes. The estimates I see put the numbers between 8,000-10,000 dogs at the Florida tracks.
As many of you know, I have owned and fostered Greyhounds for the last decade and spent many years doing adoption work. Although our primary breed focus has obviously shifted, we still own and love Greyhounds and want what is best for them. That being said, if you have questions about the breed or are interested in helping, fostering, or adopting please send me a message. I will be happy to help you and connect you to your nearest adoption group. Please do not donate to national organizations like Grey2K, PETA, or the HSUS because none of those funds will go to help the dogs. Please donate directly to adoption groups. They are going to need a lot of funding and help to clean up this mess.
If you have ever considered adopting a Greyhound now is the time. With the closure of the large majority of tracks in Florida over the next year or so, the numbers of available Greyhounds will dwindle significantly.
I will NOT tolerate squabbling between pro and anti racing people on this post. What's done is done, the focus now needs to be on the dogs and the people whose lives will be altered.
It may not win them any ribbons, points, or awards but I honestly feel that being a wonderful breed ambassador is just as important as the other stuff, especially with a rare breed. Over the last 10 years my dogs have legitimately met thousands (upon thousands) of people working Renaissance Festivals. I've taken both Greyhounds and Ibizans over the years. These people have often never heard of the breed or heard of them but never met one in real life. The impression that my dogs leave on them is important, as we all know first impressions tend to last. I have had people come up to me years later telling me all about meeting Ibizans at the faires I work and even showing me pictures of my own dogs. <3 I have spoken to people that adopted a Greyhound or another sighthound after meeting the hounds at faire. I have personally adopted out dogs to people I met at faire, and even adopted my own Greyhounds because I met the breed there. It makes me proud of the work that they do and even prouder of how well they do it. <3 They make a difference.
Ava and Aziza did magnificently. They were very calm and gentle, sweet and polite, and well-behaved. Aziza has grown up at faires but today was Ava's first time and she acted as if she has been doing it all of her life. Meegan told me she was an amazing meet and greet dog and she was right. I am so proud of the girls today. <3 Aunt Nancy got to share Beezer handling duties today and even though she is a Wolfhound person I think they charmed her a bit. ;)
Zz is madly in love with Carissa's Saluki Gabriel. She has never acted that way around a dog. She was flirting with him all day. It was so great to get to spend time with them and Wanda and Winston the Greyhound and Stephanie and Aisling the Irish Wolfhound.
You did well, girls.