By now, most of you have met Gracie, our adopted retired racer. We adpoted her after a rough racing career when she was just about four years old. It’s been a rough transition for her. She was so afraid and introverted (we guess because of the way she was treated) that she wouldn’t sleep or relax anywhere other than her kennel for about two years. Through lots of love and hard work, she’s gotten used to the retired life and is now a happy girl (although she still won’t climb the stairs to the second story of our house!)
Not all retirees are a shy as our Grace. Most adapt pretty quickly to their new life and just need more assistance on how to live in a house, such as “you can’t walk through a screen door” and “yeah, linoleum is slippery, isn’t it?” They are often called the “forty mile an hour couch potato” because that’s pretty much what they do all day. Surprisingly, they don’t need to run all day long. Greyhounds are sprinters and burn up their energy pretty quick. A short walk or a zip around the backyard and she’s happy. They are sweet and gentle dogs.
So why all the info? First, I love to tell people about these wonderful dogs who badly need homes. You don’t even want to hear what happens to the ones who don’t find a place, it really is heartbreaking. So if you are in need of a dog and really want to help, by all means check out this info. Not quite ready for a dog? Well, you can knit, can’t you??
Our local chapter, Greyhound Pets of America-MN is having a fundraiser craft sale the first weekend of February and we are in need of donated items. Anything will do: dishcloths, hats, felted potholders or bags, scarves…..whatever comes to mind! Items need to be here by January 27th at the latest so we have time to get it all ready. Want to donate something? E-mail me at knittymama AT yahoo DOT com and I’ll let you know where to send your item/s. If you’re local I’ll let you know where to drop them off. There are a few sites around the metro area. Your donation will help raise money, which means more dogs will be able to be adopted into homes like ours (and maybe yours!)
So, can you help??