Greyhounds can’t race forever. So it’s fairly common that once one retires, he or she is placed with a rescue group while they await a new home. Here are the stories of two such pups that were placed in loving homes.
Humphrey went into early retirement — he was a little on the slower side and retired when he was just three years old. He then waited for his forever home while in the care of Greyhound Angels in New Jersey.
He had an instant connection with his humans when he met them. The striking brindle pup was all over his future parents and was extra smitten with his new mom. While Humphrey does prefer the company of women, he’s become more trusting of men over time.
The transition from racing life to home life took some time. As a racing dog, Humphrey was used to spending up to 23 hours in his crate. But now he had the run of a loft in New York City. What’s a dog to do with all that freedom?
After Humphrey mastered stair climbing and got comfortable with being pet, he settled in nicely. Hump has a calming effect on the dogs in his dog-walking pack and his 91-year-old grandmother finds him to be comforting and relaxing. He may not be especially social with other dogs, but he loves people and makes quite the impression on whoever he meets. He’s quite the charmer.
Now a mature and wise ten year old, Humphrey enjoys playing in the snow, sharing the occasional Cheeto with his dad, snuggling on the couch and dream-singing.
Breeze was just over two years old when she retired. She won four of the 23 races she competed in and during her last race, she fell. Her owners then decided it was time to retire. So with her racing days behind her, it was time to find a new home.
Her prospective humans, who had dogs before, but never a greyhound, went to Bark Inn Kennels in Atherstone UK to check out a few. After walking several lovely dogs, they decided on beautiful blue Breeze. Her human mom explains that she was so calm and “she just trotted along beside us as if it had happened every day of her life.”
Breeze’s new laid back life is quite different than her strict racing life. She has all the beds, toys and chews she could dream of and has her own chinchilla and rabbit. Small pets such as rabbits and cats can be a problem for some greyhounds since they are sight hound dogs and like to chase, but Breeze has adjusted quite well and mostly ignores them. Just to be sure, they are never let out at the same time together.
She’s only been in her new home since May, but Breeze has adjusted quickly. Her humans describe her as a clown and can always be counted on for a laugh. She gets along extremely well with other dogs — her best friend is another rescue dog, Coco. Coco’s human runs a boarding kennel and Breeze gets to hang out there for a few days every month, hanging out with loads of other breeds. She can be a bit bossy and is leery of Labradors, and like many greyhounds, she loves attention from people.
Breeze loves sleeping in the “roach” position — on her back, legs in the air (tongue hanging out is optional). They do this when they feel relaxed and safe.
Breeze’s human recommends greyhounds to anyone who wants a companion dog. Of course with any dogs, issues may arise, but greyhounds are relatively low maintenance. They can curl up in the smallest of places, don’t require lots of exercise and love sleeping.
There really is life after racing!
Special thanks to Serge and Nicola for talking about their pups!