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  1. You know what you’re getting when you adopt an adult dog.
    Regardless of breed, adult dogs make good adoption choices. You can easily put your common sense aside when you look at a cute little puppy and make choices only from your heart. But many people who get a dog because they couldn’t resist that cute puppy face live to regret it, because they don’t realize what they’re in for. Looking at a 60 to 80-pound dog is good reality therapy. When you adopt an adult dog, you get to see the adult personality and temperament. The temperament a dog has as an adult is often different than what you would have seen in the same dog as a puppy. You also get to see the physical characteristics of a full-grown dog. You know exactly what size the dog is going to be. That can make it easier to make a good choice. Plus, aside from getting a great companion, you just plain feel good about adopting a grown dog whose fate is otherwise uncertain at best.
  2. Adult dogs require less work than puppies do.
    As cute as puppies are, they are a lot of work. Aside from having to be house trained, puppies teethe, chew, and need much more exercise and attention than adult dogs. And the work doesn’t last for just a few weeks. Many breeds have the characteristics of puppies until they are well over two years old.
  3. Retired racers are great house mates.
    Retired racers are low-maintenance. They require minimal grooming, and their exercise needs are low to moderate for a dog of their size. They’re compliant and have a personality that helps them adapt quickly to a new lifestyle. Most Greyhounds are naturally laid-back, well mannered, and sensitive. Plus, they’re intelligent and respond well to the right training methods.
  4. Retired Racers adapt to a variety of lifestyles.
    A retired racer isn’t perfect for every family, but he can fit perfectly into almost any lifestyle, as long as you take the time to pick the right retired racer and teach him what he needs to know to be a valued family member. Retired racers are adaptable and do well in loving homes with families who understand their needs. They deserve no less.
  5. Greyhounds are gentle and quiet.
    One of the misconceptions about retired racers is that they are aggressive dogs because most people have only seen photos of Greyhounds racing, with muzzles covering their faces. The muzzles are used to help protect racing Greyhounds from injury and to determine the winners of close races. Outside of the racetrack, however, Greyhounds are usually quiet, gentle, docile, and compliant. If you’re looking for a watchdog, choose another breed. It’s an ongoing joke with Greyhound owners that if someone broke into your home, a Greyhound would just show them where the T.V. and other valuables are! However, they blend well into families that have well-mannered and respectful children. Most Greyhounds love the company of other dogs, and many live happily with cats as well. Some Greyhounds adapt well to homes with very small animals.
  6. Greyhounds don’t need much exercise.
    Another myth about Greyhounds is that, because they’re bred to race, they need lots of room to run and constant exercise. But Greyhounds are not marathon runners; they’re sprinters. At the track, they only race once or twice a week. In homes, however, they romp for short bursts and then turn back into couch potatoes. While a fenced yard is best, a daily walk or two and a chance to run in a fenced yard or field from time to time are sufficient.
  7. Greyhounds are very clean.
    The coat of Greyhounds is so light and short that grooming is a breeze. They shed only lightly. Many Greyhounds groom and clean themselves much like cats do. Their coats aren’t oily, so they aren’t as prone to doggy odor as some breeds are.
  8. Retired racers are healthy.
    Retired racers are free of many of the inherited ailments that plague other breeds. For example, hip dysplasia is virtually unheard of among Greyhounds. Their average life expectancy is longer than that of most large breeds;12 years or more.
  9. You can find the racer that is right for you.
    They come in many different colors, from about 50 to 100 pounds each. You’ll be sure to find a retired racer to fit your needs, as their personalities also vary. Whatever you’re looking for, somewhere there is a retired racer waiting to race into your life and into your heart. However, applications will be followed up by a phone call and interview. This may take some time, but the more information you can give us, the better. Also realize that the more specific you are on your application with respect to preferences in color and sex, the longer it may take for us to find a Greyhound that will work well in your home. We rescue the dogs as they become available and as we have space for them – we don’t go to the track and pick out specific dogs to “fill orders”.
  10. Greyhounds are fun!
    Hi-Speed Hounds Greyhound Adoption, Inc. has organized evening walks in the summer every few weeks, and monthly “fun runs” in the winter at the Birds Hill Park arena. You will have the opportunity to get involved with many fundraising events, and Meet & Greets as well. Our main fundraisers of the year is usually a Bud, Spud & Steak fundraiser at the Norvilla Hotel on Henderson Hwy, and the “Race for your Heart” in Portage La Prairie at the end of August. We also have an ongoing support system if you ever have concerns or problems arising with your own Greyhounds, and a newsletter is emailed to everyone about every second month.

One Response to “10 Reasons TO Adopt”

  1. heather dawson Says:

    I adopted Spike & Nessa July27 2007. I thought they were so beautiful and gentle. As soon as I saw Nessa I said to myself, “Gracie” So of course Spike (who is very shy and timid) became George. They have become the center of my life, as I hoped they would. I had just retired and I needed a reason to get out of my pj’s in the morning. I have three cats who are tolerated by the greys, I think Gracie likes them. All has gone pretty well except for Gracie’s habit of destroying electronics. (a Nintendo D S, a digital camera, and a controller for an X-box. and about 100 kids action figures.) My grandchildren are getting better at picking up their toys, and I’m getting smarter b/c Gracie is muzzled EVERY TIME I GO OUT!!! without her(Maby 3xper week). A cat door saved my sanity b/c Gracie would sneak to the basement to do her business no matter how often she went out, and the cats had to go to the basement for their litter. My son installed the door and problem solved, (most of the time). I walk them 1xper day (1 hr) down Wellington crescent. Last winter Feb11,2 joggers ran past us 1 on each side. My dogs were behind me linked together with a Y link and they decided to run with them, knocking me down and tearing my A.C.L. Well I learned that daily walking is not a necessity. For 7 weeks I could only hobble. Things are much better now (1 year later). I have been back from Mexico for 1 week. I was away for 1 month. I missed my dogs so much that I decided that next trip they’re coming with, somehow. Well Geo& Gracie are waiting so I gotta go..

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