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Foster Joshua

ADOPTED

Racing Name: Mighty Trent

Call Name: Joshua
Sex: Male
DOB:

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Cat Safe: Yes

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Wendy & Joshua getting to know each other.

Wendy & Joshua getting to know each other.

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Beretta 2

ADOPTED

Racing Name:    Rico’s SKS
Call Name:   Beretta
Sex:               Female
Color:            Black
DOB:              9-2-11
Cat Safe:       Yes

 

Beretta 1

 

 

Look at her smile & happy tail---she's so happy!

Look at her smile & happy tail—she’s so happy!

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Foster Haskell

ADOPTED

Race Name:   Ceaseless
Call Name:     Haskell
Sex:                  Male
Color:              White/Brindle
DOB:                12-23-09
Cat Safe:         Yes

 

Haskell had a cast taken off right rear leg two days ago5/16, he is just starting to put some weight on it.

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Memories of the past.... Joanie, Sissy, Nellie and Fi.

Memories from the past….
Joanie, Sissy, Nellie and Fi.

 

We all know that retired racing Greyhounds are special.  They are calm, gentle and loving. They enjoy the simple pleasures of lounging about on their beds, playing with toys and being with people. What makes them so wonderful is that they come to us this way. They come from their racing kennel pre-trained and big of heart. We do not have to work very hard to get them to be the wonderful companions that they are. We simply have to introduce them to their new role as family member, learning the ropes of their new job of retirement and introducing them safely to their new environment.

How did this ease of transition from working athlete to loving family member happen? Simply put, their up-bringing and racing kennel life brought them to this point. It made them the ever so easy to love hound that we all know. Unlike other breeds of dogs, Greyhounds get to stay and grow with their mom and litter mates for a greater length of time. They are not separated from their “pack” at the age of twelve to sixteen weeks and sold off to a new home as a puppy, trained by their new owner whether it is done well, correctly or not.  Greyhound pups learn to play, respond and react as a member of their own canine family.  They are well socialized to and within their greyhound society with much more instruction by and learning from their siblings and mother.  They are also introduced to, handled and loved by the humans that will make up a major part of their working pack. This is why our hounds are what they are.

As they grow and start training to become athletes, they are in a structured environment.  It is said that children thrive on structure….and so do growing and learning hounds.  They know what to expect and when to expect it.  Regular meal times and play/turnout times, sprint track and training schedules, exercise and regular grooming along with the various other tasks involved with training an athlete, make up their busy days.   Throw in generous amounts of love and care from their trainer/coaches and you have the makings of what we, as adopters, are blessed with when we adopt one of these precious pups.  As I have watched many hounds from puppy to retirement, it never fails to amaze me that these children of the Greyhound racing community are the best kept secret in the pet world. This is why our hounds are what they are.

We see the trainers/owners/kennel help on a regular basis at the adoption kennel.  Some stop by to see the pups that they have given into our care and to find homes for.  As Tony, an owner and trainer, went into the kennel one morning, I knew exactly which hounds had come from his racing kennel. Excitement reigned supreme as they gave him the best happy tail, face licking, jump into a hug and tell him all about it greeting. This is why our hounds are what they are.

To those of us in this small global Greyhound community, this is where our hounds have come from. This is why our hound is what he or she is. We are creatures of our upbringing and so it is with hounds. Yes, there is the occasional spook, the occasional timid pup, the silly not quite right one who may have a quirk.  So it is with us too.  But in the end, you have a hound who is what it is because of its upbringing. We did not raise these pups, the Greyhound racing community did. We trust the racing community to do a good job with the hounds during their upbringing and career. The racing community continues to work more and more with adoption groups across the country for the benefit of the hounds and to place as many in loving homes as possible. It also continues to better itself. This is why our hounds are what they are.

I have seen both the best and the worst of the Greyhound world over the last twenty years.  I have seen the Greyhound racing community come together to better itself and change the face of Greyhound adoption in a partnership with the adoption groups.  So very many people have had a hand in raising all these delightful Greyhounds that live in homes all over the country.  The proverbial Greyhound racing village has its hand in raising the thousands of hounds that grace our homes and our lives.

As I sit here and think about all the hounds that have passed through the Miami Hound House,  I am grateful.  I am grateful to have had hounds in my life and the friends that have come along with that life. Through the hounds I have listened and learned. I have learned why my hounds are the way they are.  Yes breeding and temperament are a part of it.  But not all of it.  My biggest thanks goes to the Greyhound racing community for raising the pups the way they have and, along with adoption groups, encouraging in me the privilege of adopting their wonderful children.

For those of you who raised Bo(UK racing name unknown), Hillas Rice(Ryce), Neuces Wolfer(Jim), Jetstar Dazzler(Gustopher P Jones(Pimpmaster G), Northern Divide(Millie), Don’t Roses Bloom (Rose), Kiowa Cee Carol(Isabella), Wheres Niurka(Skye), Jingas Star(Star) and FTH Thunder(Zee) Thank you all, for building and raising the most wonderfully delicious pups in the world……

Reprinted by Permission of author, Leslie Glynn

 

 

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Oshkosh Millie

 ADOPTED

Racing Name:        Oshkosh Millie
Call Name:              Millie
Sex:                       Female
Color:                   Black
DOB:                     6-1-11
Cat Safe:              Yes

 

Oshkosh Millie 1

 

Click here for video of Millie playing at her foster home.

 

Oshkosh-Millie

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CTW My Own Money

ADOPTED

Racing Name:   CTW My Own Money
Call Name:         Money
Sex:                Female
Color:            Red Brindle
DOB:              6-8-09
Cat Safe:      Yes

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KB’S Clear Rock “Rocky”

ADOPTED

Name:  KB’S Clear Rock

Sex: Male
Color: Red
Weight:  73 pounds
DOB: 12-3-07
Cat Safe: No

KB’S Clear Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Foster Annie

ADOPTED

 

Annie Antebellum

Call Name: Annie
Sex:              Female
Color:          Red
DOB:            9-26-08
Cat Safe:     Yes

FOSTER MOM’S UPDATE:

Annie is going to make someone a really great dog! She is beautiful, and has a great personality. She is very curious and went up my stairs right away.  She also climbed up on top of our built in firewood storage! She is quit and is not sure how to play with toys. Her first night she slept ok but wined several times then settled back down when I told her to.

Today she is much more relaxed and we have had no accidents in the house.

 

Annie Antebellum

Annie Antebellum

 

 

 

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Classic Form Ferrin

ADOPTED

 Classic Form

Call Name:   Ferrin
Sex:                Male
Color:            Brindle/White
DOB:              10-25-10
Cat Safe:       Yes

 

Foster Ferrin FB

Foster Ferrin 2

 

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ADOPTED

Rico’s Penguin

Sex: Male

Color: White Ticked Red

DOB:  9-28-09

Cat Safe:   NOT Cat Safe

UPDATE…Penguin..whom I call Pengy which Aunt Jeanie Miller gave him and it fits him perfect..no crate, no accidents and eats with the others and doesn’t go in their dishes..perfect boy..as you can see, he loves his toys and likes to play with balls and throw them around..never had a grey do that before..I love him Val..but I have to make this fostering work….it’s tough because he is so content with us..I leave the house and he greets me at the door with the others..he is BLISS!!
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