This comprehensive labor of love opens with a tub-threatening foreword by the late animal advocate, Cleveland Amory, and from there proceeds to extol the virtuous yet exploited breed, the Greyhound. Branigan, president of Make Peace With Animals – a welfare group that holds Greyhound rescue among its missions-leaves no bone unturned as she thoroughly outlines the retired racer’s ideal transition from track life to divine domesticity.
Because racing Greyhounds are psychologically and physiologically different from other dogs, this definitive guide focuses on the home-life initiation areas specific to the breed. For example, the marked change in diet, the importance of an enclosed yard, and the surprising significance music can have in a Greyhound’s life are all addressed. Once more, because of their disciplined background, some Greyhounds are already crate and leash-trained, yet have never climbed stairs or looked through windows, or known the friendship of a child. Tips on patience for use during these rudimentary adjustments are amply
Branigan defies you not to be taken by the sweet disposition and soulful eyes of this needle-nosed breed. “Greyhounds are extremely companionable, good-natured dogs,” she gushes. ‘In fact, as a breed, they seem to have a higher-than-average incidence of smiling.” And what’s not to smile about? Since the first edition of this book in 1992, the number of adoption agencies devoted exclusively to Greys has increased from 60 to over 225, resulting in the increased placement of these 40-mile-per-hour couch potatoes into loving homes. A lengthy list of adoption groups and organizations in the U.S. and abroad is included.