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    Greyhound Racing BLUFFS RUN GREYHOUND ADOPTION PROGRAM
    Posted byadmin on Tuesday, February 13 @ 11:31:31 EST
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    Thank you for inquiring about the Bluffs Run Greyhound Adoption Program.
    Read the attached or CLICK HERE for more info.



    BLUFFS RUN GREYHOUND ADOPTION PROGRAM

    Thank you for inquiring about the Bluffs Run Greyhound Adoption Program.
    Read the attached or CLICK HERE for more info.

    I sincerely hope that you will find it to be a worthwhile venture for you and your family. This program operates in Southwest Iowa and serves the Omaha/Council Bluffs, Nebraska, Iowa and Midwest States area. However, there are dogs from this progra m in 29 States throughout the United States as well as Canada. The Adoption Program has been actively placing greyhounds in homes since January of 1991. Please read the information and CLICK HERE to receive an adoption questionnaire, or email me at Greyhoundlady and I will mail you one out. After you copy off or receive the questionnaire, simply fill it out and mail it back to me. I will contact you to set up an appointment so that you may come out to the adoption kennel at our farm, meet the greyhounds, and begin the adoption process.
    This program works very closely with a greyhounds and families individual needs, lifestyle, and expectations. A family is strongly guided towards a greyhound who's disposition, behaviors and personalilty will meet and be in line with an inquiring families. The greyhounds received by this Program are directly from the racing kennel at the racetrack. Pack behaviors, potty habits, social skills, likes and dislikes all come into play in assessing a dogs personality. The success of this Program lies in matching these things up with a family.
    All dogs placed through the Program (males & females ranging in age from 2 to 5) are spayed and neutered at a cost to the adopting family through the Programs vet services. The fee for adoption is $132.00 for a male and $160.00 for a female. The vet services provided for this fee is the spay/neuter, a complete dental, update of shots including rabies, a heartworm check and a parasite check. There are no additional fees involved in the adoption. There are no exceptions to the spay neuter prior to adoption rule.
    Things that are taken into consideration as to whether of not a greyhound is the right breed choice for you: length of time that the greyhound is expected to sit alone in a working home as greyhounds thrive on companionship and activity and schedule. A greyhound has been in the company of othe r greyhounds it's entire life and stuggles with a typical 8 to 10 work day routine where it is expected to sit alone hour after hour, day after day. In many cases, a professional family may consider adopting two greyhounds in order to avoid the "separation anxiety syndrome".
    A greyhound is an indoor dog and a fenced in yard is important! A standard 4 foot height fence works well with any greyhound. Greyhounds are easily housebroken if continutation of the routine and schedule that they have been taught since becoming indoor dogs can be continued. Greyhounds must never be allowed loose off lead. Greyhounds are sighthounds with an insatiable curiousity and an ability to reach top speeds within seconds. They have no understanding of roads, cars and danger. They have no "homing instincts" as well. A greyhound that finds himself out of his safe area may only be a few streets away, but may as well be on another planet. They rarely find their way home safely.
    Other household pets and their personality's must be matched up. Cats and small poodle type dogs are difficult and certainly require the patience to retrain the greyhound that this small furry creature is now something to co-habitate with rather than chase! Generally, the greyhounds get along well with other dogs as long as the other dog is respectfull towards the greyhound. Greyhounds have learned to get along in a large pack, they strive to avoid conflict. They have learned through their pack lifestyle that one harsh action only leads to another.
    Finally, it is this Programs policy to avoid placing the greyhounds in homes with children under the age of 7. This is as a result of 27 years of experience working with a breed that is not actually raised to be a "pet". Remember, greyhounds are racers first and have a working mentality. They have been handled by adults their entire lives. They have certain expectations towards handling and affection and their pack mentality is inherit. Greyhounds can and may try to achie ve "Alpha" status in the new family pack. Needless to say, the child that is of the same height as the greyhound is eventually seen as another "kennel mate" and could end up being challenged for mom or dad's affection, space or food. Unfortunately, this behavior is unpredictable and can sometimes occurr only after the greyhound has been in the home for quite some time. During that time the greyhound has been continually been made to feel and allowed to do "people" things....sprawled out on the sofa, taking over the bed, etc. In order to avoid the conflicts and heartache of an aggressive incident, this policy has been in effect for about 7 years. There are other adoption groups that may not have the same policy, but it is this Programs policy to be as honest and upfront as possible in order to insure a happy, successful and permanent placement.
    Finding a feed that agrees with your retired racer can sometimes be an excerise in trial and error. Racing greyhounds eat a diet of meat, dry food, fish, oils, pastas, and vegetables. A majority of their diet is meat. Of course, in retirement, a good quality dry food must replace a racing diet. Success is achieved when you find a food that agrees with your greyhound that produces slow weight gain, solid stools and no gas. Iams, Eukanuba, and Canadae are three food choices that can be recommended.
    Despite the fact that greyhounds are such able runners, they do not make the best jogging companions. Greyhounds are sprinters and are not accustomed to or enjoy long distance endurance running. The actually prefer a nice walk on a lead or an occassional romp in a fenced in ball field. This Program does not advocate lure coursing for the retired greyhounds as well. Most lure coursing events are not set up for the true speed of a greyhound and only subject the dog to unnecessary injury.
    Greyhounds are a marvelous companion dog. They thrive on the attention and affection that a family can provide them. They are extremely sociable, inte lligent and highly sensitive dogs. They are strongly human dependent and do best in homes with adult/preteen care. They also do best in homes where there is a varied schedule which allows someone to attend to the them a different points during the day. There are several great books on the market to read through in preparation toward adoption. Cynthia Branigan writes "Adopting The Racing Greyhound", as well as another that is fairly new to the market called "Greyhounds For Dummies".
    Preparation and understanding of this breed are key to a successful adoption. Once in retirement it is our job to secure a safe happy life for the dog. Greyhounds are gentle as well as obedient and will return the love you give them one-hundred fold. Hopefully, the above information has helped you to decide if, in fact, a greyhound is right for you and you are right for a greyhound. If the decision is yes, then I hope to hear from you soon. It will be my pleasure to introduce you to a dog so that perhaps you too can join the ever expanding family of proud greyhound owners.
    By Donna Lovely


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