My first passion is my dogs. As you all know, Beryl is a Greyhound. My second passion is helping people become aware of what wonderful pets Greyhounds make, so I'm probably preaching to the converted here as most people who read my blog are already slaves to their own Greyhound(s)!
But are you taking every opportunity offered where you could demonstrate the fact that they are one of the easiest and most versatile breed of dogs on the planet? Could you take your Greyhound to visit nursing homes? To school to help children read? To every dog friendly event you possibly can?
There are Greyhounds who excel at obedience, agility, tracking, rally O, CGC, therapy dogs etc as well as the majority who excel at being family pets alone. About the only thing I haven't heard of any Greyhounds doing well at is pulling a dog sled! They can live on farms or in apartments.
The general public often don't think of Greyhounds in the context of being a pet, they're just running machines and they never consider what happens to them after racing. Until a couple of years ago I was part of the general public. That soon changed when I met my first Greyhound (Louie) and got to know his owners, sister and lots of foster Greyhounds. I became a convert and Beryl has turned out much better than I dared hope she would. While I don't know of anyone who has actually gone and got a Greyhound after meeting Beryl I do know there are plenty of people who are interested in their next dog being a Greyhound since meeting her:)
Anyway, I hope this post might get some people coming up with ideas of what more they can do to get Greyhounds 'out there'. I'm sure I've only scratched the surface of ideas. What do you do to publicize your wonderful dog?
One huge advantage to getting a Greyhound is that Greyhound owners rock! You are joining a world-wide family who all love their dogs and care about each other:)
I'll finish with a couple of photos I took at a Rally O competition Frankie, Beryl and I went to today (do you sense another blog post coming on?). This is Beryl with Candy, who is a 4 month old Bichon X Tibetan Spaniel (bought from a pet shop!) who has no fear or manners and is like a coiled spring. She just didn't stop.
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