If you can’t adopt, consider fostering.

While I write about a lot of stuff, much of which seems off topic, it generally has something to do with greyhounds, so people thinking of getting a greyhound will have a complete idea of what to expect. I don’t want to put in just the good bits or just the bad bits.

When I got Rassilon, it was a challenge. I don’t know what had happened in the kennels, but when I got him he was a nervous wreck and just about anything had him running out into the garden to get away. It is hard to see a dog like that, but it teaches you lessons in patience and self control. Well, it certainly taught me!

After nearly 3 years, that nervous wreck is now a qualified Therapy Dog, going to different establishments and visiting people to cheer them up. The other week we met over 60 people in a day, and that was just the ones that wanted to pat him. Not bad for a dog that used to run away from people. (The only reason I got Rassi qualified is that the Therapy Dog Service has a list of establishments that want the dogs to visit and they make all the arrangements and provide insurance cover).

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I’m Rassilon…you’know you want to pat me.

So, if you are thinking about adopting a greyhound, but are not sure if it is the right dog for you, then you can foster a dog. It is like a 6 week trial. But beware, greyhounds have a way of growing on you. I fostered to adopt Rassilon. I had a 6 week trial period where I could send him back if things didn’t work out, but after 3 days GAP got an email telling them they were not getting Rassilon back. (To the day I went to pick Rassilon up, I had NEVER seen a greyhound ‘in the flesh’).

I once spoke to a young lady at the Reynella shopping centre who wanted a dog, but as a condition of her home rental agreement, was not allowed to keep one, but the landlord had agreed to let her foster a dog for 6 weeks. So she became a (regular) greyhound foster carer. She got to have a dog, and she now provided others with a dog that is ‘pet trained’. Everyone is a winner.

So if you want to have a dog to keep, if you want a dog to trial or you simply want to help others by training a dog (and they need very little training), consider fostering a greyhound.

I am sure other states and countries would have a similar program.

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(From GAP YAP, the GAPSA newsletter)

Fostering saves the life of a greyhound, and once you have had a greyhound, you will want to save as many as you can.

 

 

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