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Re: To get a dog or not
9/19/2011 12:51 AM
Chris Pinto (24464) wrote:
I actually got approved to own an ex-racing Greyhound, which was awesome. Here in the States, you have to fill out a lot of paperwork just to adopt one, AND, before you are approved, the Adoption Agency has to come to your house for a pre-inspection. They have to make sure that you can provide a decent home, and that you're not running some kind of scam to race them, and cats (and other small critters) can be an issue...So, they bring over 3-4 different dogs for you to choose from, and they have to see which one will be a good fit with other animals in the house. So, you don't always get to choose the color, or gender of the dog.
Rules for owning them are very strict (which is a good thing, actually)...If you get caught racing them, after you take possession of one, it's instant jail time! They don't fool around when it comes to these dogs.
They're GREAT dogs to own, and REALLY FUN dogs, they have awesome personalities! And they're wonderful dogs for apartment owners (believe it or not!) They do NOT require open spaces, NOR do they require a large home, as one might think. They actually sleep most of the day.
Greyhounds only require 1-2 decent walks per day, and nothing more. Although, the only (quirky) drawback to owning an ex-racing Greyhound, is that they do NOT know how to walk up or down a flight of stairs. You have to teach them....AND, they require a special type of collar for walking....other than that, they're terrific animals.
Unfortunately, I ran into hard times back then, and never followed through with the adoption...But, one of these days, I'm gonna get one...