The Crazy Suburban Mom: Everything I know I learned from my greyhound #1

Monday, August 20, 2012

Everything I know I learned from my greyhound #1

Ventura was four years old when we adopted him and only a few months off the track, he raced longer then most.  Racing greyhounds aren't treated as pets but commodities.  They generally don't know their name; someone may call it out during a race distracting the dog.  And they spend most of their lives crated (up to 20 hours a day).

According to the ASPCA Greyhounds live "at commercial racetracks, the dogs spend the majority of their lives in confinement—stacked in double-decker cages in warehouse-style kennels for up to twenty or more hours per day. The cages are just large enough for the dogs to stand in. Most of the enclosures are not heated or air-conditioned, causing the short-coated dogs to suffer during severe weather temperatures. Many dogs suffer from fleas, ticks and internal parasites."   

It's a lot to overcome but Ventura taught me...

  It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

For anyone who wants more information on greyhounds or is interested in adopting one, here is some information from Greyhound Friends of NJ. The List of adoptable greyhounds is here.

What follows is from website info page:

The greyhound is the oldest domesticated breed of dog and was the once the pet, hunting dog, and friend of the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and the Medieval European Aristocracy. They were buried with their owners in Egypt, depicted in oil paintings of European nobles, and their ownership was restricted to the aristocracy in England. It is only recently that they have been used in the gambling world and destroyed when their careers were finished. Today, thousands of young, healthy dogs are killed annually because there are not enough homes for them.

Greyhounds begin their racing career at about 18 months and if they have not shown winning ability within their first 3 races, they are finished. In the United States they can be raced up to 5 years old, but most dogs coming off the track are 2-3 years old. They are used to living in large kennels with many other dogs and are not housetrained, although they have learned to go to the bathroom outside rather than in their cages. They usually housetrain easily using "crate training" (see information on accompanying page). They are the athletes of the dog world and are usually healthy although underweight by pet standards.


Songbird68 8/20/12, 6:06 PM  

Thank you for rescuing your sweet Ventura! Reading the conditions those racing dogs live in makes me so sad & angry. :(

Lin 8/20/12, 8:36 PM  

It's unbelievable in this day and age that this is still going on. All for money, eh? Ugh. It's ugly.

Ventura is sure a lucky dog to have found a home with you!

Val 8/20/12, 10:05 PM  

Thank you for helping to expose the reality behind dog racing. So glad to see Ventura is in loving hands.

Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. Greyhounds endure lives of nearly constant

confinement, kept in cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around. While racing, many dogs suffer and die from injuries including broken legs, paralysis, and cardiac arrest. And many greyhounds are euthanized every year, as the number retired from racing exceeds the number of adoptive homes.

At racetracks across the country, greyhounds endure lives of confinement. According to industry statements, greyhounds are generally confined in their cages for approximately 20 hours per day. They live inside warehouse-style kennels in stacked cages that are barely large enough to stand up or turn around. Generally, shredded paper or carpet remnants are used as bedding.

An undercover video recently released by GREY2K USA shows the conditions in which these gentle dogs are forced to live:

For more information on injuries these dogs suffer, please view:

Dogs play an important role in our lives and deserve to be protected from industries and individuals that do them harm.

V Wolf Board Member, GREY2K USA

Tracy Reinhardt 8/21/12, 3:16 AM  

Songbird - He's a joy :)

Lin, It is hard to fathom really. I feel like I'm the lucky one to have found him

Val - Ventura was retired after his broke his right back leg. Near as I can tell from the stats his last race was 2/11 but he wasn't released to rescue until May. And the rescue did the surgery, months after the break. His leg is contracted and his foot twisted some - since I got him he's had three more procedures.


Babes Mami 8/21/12, 8:46 PM  

He seems like such a sweetheart!!

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