One of my listeners on CAT CHAT® on Sirius/XM satellite wrote to ask a question about one of her two cats and then asked – as an afterthought – if there was anything I wanted to let her know about Greyhounds, because she was about to adopt one. Yipes! I thought – the very first thing you need to know is that Greyhounds are highly prey-driven (it’s a mechanical rabbit they are chasing when they race) and can be dangerous in a home with cats.
I also knew that they tended to have some dental problems and were at risk for the life-threatening condition “bloat” (as are all deep-chested breeds, including my rescued Weimaraners). But just in case there was anything else, I dropped a line to my dear friend Rhiannon, who is an acupuncturist/chiropractor veterinarian and has had many rescued Greys (as well as a rescued Mastiff). Well my dear, I opened a Pandora’s box of issues – and discovered how much I never knew to tell potential adopters of these lovely animals.
I sincerely hope the long and extensive list of warnings I have put together with my friend’s help will not discourage anyone from adopting what are called the “the world’s fastest couch potato,” because they make such mellow companions, with many fewer demands on your time and energy than your average terrier! However, read on if you are considering adding a Grey to your family because you’ll want to have all this information first. I really wish I’d had all this valuable information and insight when I was researching THE DOG BIBLE – it would have been so valuable for people. Here it is: “ADVICE ABOUT ADOPTING GREYHOUNDS”.