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National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month: The Story of Alfie

By ARynne on Apr. 26, 2017

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Last year to celebrate National Adopt-a-Greyhound month, I toyed with the idea of adopting another dog. It was nice to think about, but probably not going to happen. I would look at the Greyhound adoption site, cheer on the dogs that were looking for a home and remind myself that our two dogs were enough. (Read more about why I have rescued four Greyhounds.)

Then I read some news that changed everything: Tucson Greyhound Park Closing After 72 Years. With the track closing, there would be many dogs looking for homes. My husband and I talked about it and knew that our “probably not third dog” had become an absolute certainty.

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I called my friends at Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption and asked how we could help. And just like that, I had a picture and a description of Alfie, a 3-year-old male Greyhound who was recovering from a broken hock—a common leg injury for Greyhounds. He would need a few more weeks of rehab, but then would be ready to move into his forever home with us. My husband and I went through the application process and made plans to make a trip to Arizona to meet Alfie. 

I confess, I was nervous. Adding a third dog would mean changing the dynamic of our very quiet, very easygoing home. Luna and Banyan know the routine… what would this new dog mean in our day-to-day lives? What if our other dogs didn’t like him? What if he ate my couch? (Note: I’ve never had a dog that has eaten my couch or destroyed anything else. But, for some reason, couch-eating has always been a major fear!) And then I met Alfie and I knew that even if he did eat my couch, it would all be OK. This lively, happy silly boy was part of our family. 

In some ways, I was right. Alfie was not a seamless fit into our lives. He did change our routines and he continues to challenge us. Where Luna and Banyan are happy to snooze away the day and ignore me, Alfie is my constant shadow, following me from room to room and sticking his needle nose into everything. Where Luna and Banyan are quiet and mellow, Alfie has a large range of sounds (whining, sighing, snorting, barking, chattering) and he isn’t afraid to speak up! Our house is more chaotic, louder and doggier with this third dog. But, there is also more laughter, more play and more fun. His energy is contagious and he has infected us all.  

So, what was a daydream last year is now a reality: we have three dogs. And we couldn’t be happier. Happy Adopt-a-Greyhound month from Luna, Banyan and Alfie to all Greyhound families! 

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Greyhounds are amazing pets, but they aren’t for everyone. If you are thinking of adopting a Greyhound, please do your homework and partner with an adoption group or national group like the Greyhound Club of America to find the right dog for your home and lifestyle. Remember: If you can, adopt. If you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, sponsor. If you can’t sponsor, volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, donate. If you can’t donate, educate. 

Did you recently adopt a pet of your own? Ask for a free Pet Parent Starter Guide, available in-store.

 

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‎05-02-2017 11:43 AM

Congratulations - to you and Alfie.  Sofas aren't too expensive, and you could try using a cover for some protection....  But your sofa is probably delicious!  Alfie will let know in due time. 😵

Glad you added the warning that Greyhounds aren't for everyone.  It is my understanding that they love to run and NEED a lot of exercise/walking.  A treadmill probably isn't a good alternative to walking and running in the great outdoors.

Congratulations - to you and Alfie.  Sofas aren't too expensive, and you could try using a cover for some protection....  But your sofa is probably delicious!  Alfie will let know in due time. 😵

Glad you added the warning that Greyhounds aren't for everyone.  It is my understanding that they love to run and NEED a lot of exercise/walking.  A treadmill probably isn't a good alternative to walking and running in the great outdoors.

Posted on May. 2, 2017
by Troy Schwamb
‎05-14-2017 03:53 PM

Greyhounds DO NOT require a great deal of exercise compared to other breeds. They are loving couch potatoes who need a walk around the neighborhood daily. Sweet, gentle mellow dogs!

Greyhounds DO NOT require a great deal of exercise compared to other breeds. They are loving couch potatoes who need a walk around the neighborhood daily. Sweet, gentle mellow dogs!

Posted on May. 14, 2017
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