Greyhound racing was banned in Florida yesterday. Regardless of your views on racing, this means about 8000 hounds will be looking for homes in the coming months. This is such a derp as an example. Open your home to one.

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  1. Greyhounds make great pets. They are LAZY, friendly, affectionate, quiet and calm. They don’t smell like typical dogs. They shed very little.

    Only downside is they are sight hounds so you can never trust them off leash in public

    edit: their olfactory senses work just fine. I meant they don’t give off the typical odor that most dogs do.

  2. As many others have said, they make AMAZING PETS! My SO recently adopted one from a local organization in VA and she has been an incredible dog. She is extremely friendly to all dogs, cats, and people (and usually when adopting they will test to see if a certain dog is small dog and or cat friendly). She lays around a lot and doesn’t mind us leaving for the day to go to work or school, as long as we take her out before we leave and take her out when we come back. And they are extremely playful when they want to be, which is usually when you want to play with them. They also have amazing bladder control and she has never had an accident in her cage or in the house, and they will never go in their cage.

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    If anyone’s on the fence, seriously just look into them a little, and you won’t regret it. They’re amazing dogs and I’m truly thinking about adopting my own when I graduate college.

    Edit: here’s some pictures of this amazing needle nose! [Josie ](https://imgur.com/gallery/9T0ulM9)

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    Edit 2: I also forgot to mention, as many others have mentioned, they really do not give off that usual “dog” smell, and barely shed at all because their coats are so thin. They are also extremely soft

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    Edit 3: We adopted through [James River Greyhounds](http://www.brga.org/) if you live in the VA area.

  3. Greyhounds are great. they are so stupid. I used to live with two of them. I’d come home and one would be looking at me licking the wall while the other just chewed on its leg in the hallway, watching me. Then i would say their names and they would flail about jumping in excitement.

    One was a bit aggressive when my brother first got him but has calmed down and learnt to dog a bit more.

  4. Source: tracysaur on twitter, her caption: Greyhound racing was banned in Florida yesterday. Regardless of your views on racing, this means about 8000 hounds will be looking for homes in the coming months. They are wonderful, kind, sweet, and sleepy dogs, and in the wake of this please consider opening your home to one.

  5. and if you cant, check for greyhound shelters near you to volunteer. its easy to do.

    ive never been the type to volunteer for anything but i did that for about 2 years because its pretty enjoyable and you get to give as much attention as you can to these dogs that get so little. i hate greyhound racing with a passion. we dont even live remotely close to any greyhound racing and we still have a building with about 50 of them all the time, mostly retired or injured and just basically disposed of. all of them were so smart and well behaved and they spent almost their entire day in cages.

    the only downside is you’ll want to adopt some of them so bad. they arent the cutest looking dogs but they were all so gentle and friendly.

  6. I adopted a greyhound ~2 years ago and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

    To be honest, the first few months are hard. They’ve never been in a house/apartment before. They don’t know what to do with furniture and for the first few days my doggo was awkwardly bumping into things and knocking things over all over my apartment. He’s pretty sensitive and had some serious separation anxiety issues, and it required A LOT of patience to work through together.

    But he’s the most gentle and kind dog I’ve ever seen. Very laid back and sensitive; we walk a few times every day but he’s very low-energy and low maintenance. He has a nice big doggy bed and sleeps probably ~20 hours a day. He’s completely disinterested in other dogs (but not all greyhounds are like this) but he LOVES people and getting pets, and he’s great with kids of all ages.

    They are incredible dogs and great pets, but there is definitely a difficult adjustment period to work through. Don’t run out and get one expecting it to be the perfect pet from day 1. You’ll have to work with them to make a lot of adjustments, but in the end it is 10000% worth it

  7. Coworker of mine just adopted a racetrack dog, very well trained and easy to take care of.

    Because they are thin he puts a coat on him when they go for walks, and out of caution he does keep him away from other dogs (he’s only had him a few months so they are taking it slow).

    But he’s a fantastic dog.

  8. My neighbors adopt retired grey hounds. They are sweet dogs, easy going, and well trained.

    HOWEVER, and I cannot stress this enough: they have a high prey drive. It’s part of why they’re such great runners. This is not across the board, every dog is different. My neighbors learned the hard way when one of theirs killed a neighbor’s small dog while on a walk. I am not saying this to discourage anyone from adopting. But please, if you have a small dog, cat, or other small pets, be cautious.

  9. Just a quick reality check: These dogs take time to adjust to their new lifestyle.

    The conditions these dogs have lived in, regardless of whether they were well cared for or abused, do not lend themselves to immediate companionship. They need time and love. My roommate adopted one a couple of years before I moved in, and he was still having some issues when I got there.

    He wasn’t completely housebroken, he’d never been leash trained, he had terrible separation anxiety, and due to years sleeping in a pack with other dogs, he was prone to snapping if you tried to move his lazy ass off the couch or touched him when he wasn’t expecting it.

    He’s a fine and perfectly friendly little derp, but he needed training. Training that my roommate didn’t actually have time for, and which the agency didnt warn her he would need. She adopted an adult dog figuring it would be easier than a puppy, but he was basically still in the puppy stage, training wise, when I moved in. So **be sure** you have the time to give the dog the attention it needs.

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