Your Bone Vivant: Greyhounds: Racing Right Into Your Heart

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Hello there, WC Dog Lovers!

I am anxiously awaiting meeting some of my co-workers. Well, they are not MY co-workers, but the pups of Tracey Starck, our Creative Director. Tracey and her husband, Ryan, have two rescued Greyhounds – Pepper and Mars. I have heard a lot about these long-legged hounds. Apparently, they are very, very fast. I bet they could catch those silly squirrels in my back yard! Tracey and Ryan have rescued more than these two Greyhounds over the years from Greyhound Pets of America (GPA), America’s largest single-breed adoption group.

GPA is a nonprofit organization with a focus on finding good homes for retired Greyhound racers, which can be over 19,000 Greyhounds annually. Our local Chapter of GPA, Greyhound Pets of America – Nashville (GPAN), brings in hounds from all over the nation. These pups have health checks, are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and placed in experienced foster homes to prepare to find their fur-ever home. Most of the hounds have never spent much time outside of their crate, other than while racing. So, the foster process is very important in acquainting the retired racers with a home environment.

Greyhounds are beautiful and regal looking dogs. They have lean builds and very expressive faces. Many say their faces look like that of a doe, with their big and loving eyes. They may have been racers, but they are couch potatoes at heart and love nothing more than to curl up and nap. When they are not napping, they love playing with stuffed toys and getting attention. They are loving and affectionate pets with friendly and typically calm dispositions.

If you are looking to add a new fur-baby to your family, consider adopting a Greyhound. I know Tracey and Ryan have found nothing but love from their adopted pups and have become such huge advocates for the breed. If you have never seen a Greyhound or are wanting to meet them in person to see if it is the right fit for your family, attend one of GPAN’s local meet and greets. They have several at various locations, making it easy to go learn more. Check out their schedule and find out more about adopting a Greyhound at gpanashville.org.

Wiggle bottom and slobbery smooches to you and yours!

Ollie Pup

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