Izzy is a retired racing greyhound. She won 6 races over the course of her 2 1/2-year, 74 race career.
As a salute to my ‘little winner’ who is now a much-loved pet and helper in massage classes, here is a montage of the finish lines at her races and one photo of her in her preferred career…
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
April is National Greyhound Adoption Month in the USA.
Although Greyhound racing is increasingly banned in many parts of the country, breeders continue to produce large numbers of the dogs for the racing industry. And when these dogs are too old to race, or not good earners at the track, their days are numbered…
Greyhound rescue groups around the globe need more adoptive homes for retired racing Greyhounds. And they are prepared to get creative in their promotions. Here’s a great ad from The Greyhound Project:
In New Zealand, a petition has been presented to the Green Party in Parliament to investigate the Greyhound industry. Read about that initiative in my earlier (January 2013) posting.
If you are interested in adopting a Greyhound, please do some homework about whether this breed is for you. Rescue groups are interested in finding forever homes for these beautiful dogs and have lots of information to help you make a decision.
|SOME GREYHOUND TRIVIA
- The greyhound is the only dog mentioned by name in the Bible. King James Version, Proverbs, 30:29-31
- Greyhounds can reach speeds of 45 miles(72km) per hour
- Greyhounds became the first European dog in the New World when they accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second expedition, which set sail from Spain in September 1493
Sled dogs are appearing this season wearing a spandex legging that extends from ankle to shoulder, according to a new article in the Anchorage Daily News.
The leggings protect against “chicken leg” which is a problem when snow builds up on the back of the leg and balls up, eventually pulling the fur out, leaving raw spots that are prone to infection.
Dogs competing in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race are amongst the first wearing the new invention, which has received praise from the head veterinarian in the competition.
Isn’t it great to see new products coming on the market that help dogs?