Dog owners go for greyhounds.Byline: Jim Feehan The Register-Guard
Don Bradshaw of Eugene knows if he leaves the sofa during today's Super Bowl game, he'll lose his spot to his two greyhounds.
"Having to share the couch is probably the worst thing I can say about owning a greyhound," Bradshaw said of his adopted canines, Bailey and Annika.
Couch-hogging aside, the former racing dogs make exceptional pets. Greyhounds are gentle, calm and affectionate, Bradshaw said.
"They have a beautiful temperament," he said.
Bradshaw adopted the dogs from Homes for Hounds, a nonprofit Waldport greyhound adoption Greyhound adoption or Greyhound rescue programs focus on helping Greyhounds move from racing—where they live in kennels on the track—to homes. Background
Many Greyhounds are adopted as pets after they retire from racing. agency. Representatives from the rescue group held an adoption event Saturday at PetSmart, 2847 Chad Drive in Eugene.
The event continues from noon to 4 p.m. today.
Customers were greeted Saturday by Georgie, Amber and Black Top, who each wore singlets that read: Adopt me.
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Greyhounds make an ideal indoor pet, said Marjorie Beck, Homes for Hounds' Eugene coordinator and owner of two retired racers, Milly and Ursala.
They don't shed or bark much, she said. And the breed doesn't require as much exercise as many people think.
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Because they're so swift, they can never be allowed off-leash except in a fenced area, Beck said.
"You can't possibly catch them - they run 45 mph," she said.
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"They're gentle and sweet around other dogs and people," he said.
Cats may have a little trouble adjusting to greyhounds, especially if they bolt, Fox said.
"Because cats are small and fuzzy, greyhounds think (cats) are rabbits they need to chase," he said.
Dog racing ended about a year ago in Portland, and a track outside of Post Falls, Idaho Post Falls is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States near the Idaho state line between Spokane, Washington, and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The population was 17,247 at the 2000 census, but now as of 2006 it has 24,420 citizens. , closed in the early 1990s. Homes for Hounds receives greyhounds who have been retired from racetracks across the country, Beck said.
Michelle Camposi, a Eugene veterinary technician, has adopted two greyhounds and says they're the best breed in the world.
"They're low maintenance, but full of love," said Camposi, who has traveled cross-country with her dogs in an Airstream trailer.
Some information to consider if you want to adopt a greyhound:
Life span: 12 to 14 years
Health challenges: Greyhounds are a healthy breed. Because of their racing careers, some retired greyhounds may have arthritis or race track injuries. Because of their thin coat and lack of body fat, they are susceptible to overheating Overheating
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Good with children: Most greyhounds love children and get along well with them.
Compatible with other dogs: Although they grow up only with other greyhounds, they usually get along well with other dog breeds.
Coexist with cats: Generally they do.
Why so skinny? Greyhounds are the dog kingdom's version of the runway model - they are supposed to be skinny. Being overweight is hard on greyhounds and may endanger their health. A greyhound can safely gain 5 pounds over its racing weight.
- Homes for Hounds