On the mar­ket for a new pup? Con­sider adopt­ing a grey­hound.

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MUZ­ZLED and mus­cu­lar as they ap­pear on the track, grey­hounds make for gen­tle and lov­ing pets.

Just ask Amanda Brewer whose fam­ily — which in­cludes nine-year-old In­dia, four-year-old Os­car, and one-year-old Noah — adopted their lady grey­hound Sticky from NSW-based or­gan­i­sa­tion Grey­hound Res­cue.

“Sticky is hi­lar­i­ous,” Brewer says. “As we get to know her more we are dis­cov­er­ing that she has a great sense of hu­mour and loves to play.”

The Brewers wel­comed Sticky, who is be­tween 6 and 7 years old, into their home about two months ago. But it wasn’t a de­ci­sion they made lightly.

“Be­fore I re­searched it, I thought grey­hounds were a bit scary,’ Brewer ad­mits.

“The muz­zle seems to sug­gest they’re a vi­cious and vi­o­lent dog but ... when I looked into it I saw they’re pretty low main­te­nance.”

Grey­hound Res­cue was founded by Janet and Peter Flann 10 years ago as a way to re­home dogs sur­plus to rac­ing in­dus­try re­quire­ments.

They keep up to 70 dogs at any one time — at ken­nels in west­ern Syd­ney and in fos­ter homes — and cur­rently find a home for about three dogs a week.

“There are so many pluses to hav­ing a grey­hound as a pet,” Peter Flann says. “They’re gen­tle, af­fec­tion­ate and fit into fam­i­lies re­ally eas­ily.”

Brewer agrees, say­ing Sticky has eas­ily set­tled into life at her new home.

“She has a great re­la­tion­ship with my kids — my daugh­ter dresses her up — she doesn’t need much ex­er­cise and she doesn’t have that dog­gie smell.”

Brewer urges other po­ten­tial dog own­ers to “let go of the stigma” as­so­ci­ated with grey­hounds.

For more in­for­ma­tion about adop­tion or to do­nate to or vol­un­teer with Grey­hound Res­cue visit grey­houndres­

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From left: Os­car, 4, In­dia, 9, and Noah, 1, with their pet grey­hound Sticky. Pic­ture: Braden Fastier

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