Remember the “Cheers” bar on television “where everyone knows your name.” Owning a greyhound is sort of like that. Only everyone knows the dog’s name. You, the owner, oh you’re just “The Greyhound Lady (or Man)”.
Greyhounds are so unique and special that you don’t see them at every dog park or on every walking trail. A lot of people don’t even know what kind of a dog they are and will ask sort of strange questions about them. One person told me he didn’t even know you could own a greyhound so I promptly directed him to the local greyhound group – Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT) for further information.
People think they must be vicious dogs because they always see them running with muzzles on, when in fact the muzzles are for their protection. Greyhounds have such thin fur and skin plus no fat, that it is very easy for them to get hurt when they are just playing with each other. The muzzles help keep accidental bumps from being serious injuries. Most of the retired race dogs have some scars on them when they were playing with other dogs and didn’t have muzzles on.
A lot of people thing they are high maintenance dogs needing lots of space to run and play. Once these dogs get off the track, they are so very content to just be a lovable couch potato wanting a walk a day and a fenced in back yard. They are a little different from other dogs and many have no idea how to play, how to be a dog, how to be friends with humans and so they need lots of love and reassurance that they are safe and will be well taken care of in their “forever home”. If you get a greyhound puppy who has never been at the track, then they will be a little more like a regular dog.
Besides being low maintenance, greyhounds rarely bark, if retired from the track they are house broken and love to sleep – in every position imaginable. These tall dogs with the small heads and long legs can curl up into tiny balls, stretch out to be as long as the couch and lay on their backs with their legs stretched up in the air (called roaching – have you ever seen what a dead cockroach does?)
Yep – I’m The Greyhound Lady. My little VW New Beetle Convertible confirms that with various greyhound magnets on her trunk.