IT’S GOOD TO GO GREY
On the market for a new pup? Consider adopting a greyhound.
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 greyhoundrescue.com.au
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From left: Oscar, 4, India, 9, and Noah, 1, with their pet greyhound Sticky. Picture: Braden Fastier