Greys 4 Pets is a privately run Greyhound Placement Program, endeavouring to finding permanent, loving homes, for these wonderful, gentle and deserving dogs. The Program is organised and funded by Dr Christine Kidd BVSc.
These Greyhounds over the recent months, been helping the community as blood donors. Without these very tolerant and gentle dogs, some other dogs may not be with us today.
What happens when a dog is involved in a car accident or has the need for a blood transfusion ? Chances are it will get a donation from a greyhound donor who has given to the blood bank. There are currently about 30 resident retired greyhounds spilling their blood for the cause, here at the Manly Road Veterinary Hospital.
Now it is their turn to be repaid for there generous services to the community.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE GREYHOUND
Greyhounds are gentle, affectionate dogs that thrive on human companion and their friendly, loyal nature and wonderful temperament makes them an ideal family pet.
A patient and tolerant dog, the Greyhound is good with children and in many places both here and overseas, ex-racers are quite often re-homed into Aged Care facilities as therapy pets. Most Greyhounds are very sociable and mix readily with other dogs when introduced correctly. Some dogs will get along well with cats, but others have too much prey drive to live successfully with cats or other small furry pets.
A large dog, the Greyhound stands approximately 62 to 72cm tall and weighs between 24 to 35 kilograms and has a lifespan of approximately 12-15 years. They have a very fine, short coat (very little shedding unlike most breeds) and because of this, and their low body fat, they tend to feel extremes in temperature more that most dogs. They come in a vast array of colours: black, fawn, white, blue, and brindle and dun (this colour is very rare, it is the colour of a red kelpie and the have red noses and amber eyes) or any of these colours broken with white.
The Greyhound is a strong, muscular dog, built for sprinting over shorter distances. The breed are Sighthounds which hunt their quarry primarily by sight rather than scent and their natural quarry is hare. Greyhounds can reach speeds of nearly 70km/hour. Despite the image people have of them, they do not require a lot of exercise. A good walk each day is more that enough to keep them healthy and happy. They tend to be "couch potatoes" and are content to laze around on their cosy bed of on the lounge beside their owners. They rarely bark, usually only when something is wrong or when they get excited, so they are not suitable as guard dogs.
In Queensland, local Council laws states that Greyhounds must wear a muzzle while in a public place. This law being one of the reasons misconceptions about the breed arise. Australia is the only country in the world that still requires Greyhounds to be muzzled away from the racetrack.
In Australia, there are now a number of Greyhound Adoption organisations dedicated to the Greyhound cause and it is hoped that, with education and promotion, the misconception surrounding the breed will be dispelled and the wonderful characteristics of the Greyhounds promoted. These loyal, affectionate animals deserve to live out their lives as loved household companions.