Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Retired Racing Greyhound Adoption Process

Tuesday, August 05, 2014


If you haven't seen my Instagram (1 + 2), meet Mordechai! He is a retired racing greyhound and is 3 years old. His racing name is Flying Doors but we decided to name him Mordechai, just a name that we love (and also the name of the pet falcon in The Royal Tenenbaums). He began his racing career in Palm Beach, FL and ended up racing in Sanford, FL, close to where we adopted him.

We chose to work with Greyhound Pets of America/Greater Orlando (GPA GO). They told us that he came to them with a broken leg and that was how he became retired. GPA GO nursed him back to good health with healing his leg, vet visits, and now vitamins. We're excited to have this sweet boy become part of the family!

The organization and I were chatting through emails back and forth for several weeks. When we went in to pick our greyhound, they asked us various questions about our lifestyle (leash walking, neighborhood, hobbies, future children, etc). We'll be leashing walking, and our neighborhood has the farmers market, many restaurants and bars, so he will be around a lot of activity. We also plan to have children eventually so with all of that information, they chose a few non-shy and non-possessive greyhounds for us to meet.

We met five available for adoption and they all had different personalities! One was not interested in us, one was visibly nervous around S, and then this one, Flying Doors, was excited and outgoing and within a few minutes calmed down into the perfect companion. We pet him, sat with him, walked with him, and he even came when we called him. He was so pleasant to be around.

After we decided that he was the greyhound for us, we sat down with them to schedule a home visit, his vet visit (to get neutered, micro-chipped, shots, and a check-up), and they set adoption date! They even told us we could visit him a few days after his surgery.

We visited him on Saturday, two days after the vet neutered him, micro-chipped him, and gave him all of his shots. While he was having his check up, they found an ear infection as well as a urinary infection. GPA GO is treating him for both while we wait a week to take him home. We spent an hour or two with him, and even brought some of our shirts to go into his kennel with him. There was a family with young children that came in, and he was so good with them - he is incredibly friendly! As we were leaving, he followed us to the door; I think he's ready to come home.

At the home visit, our contact at the organization brought one of her own greyhounds, a beautiful and gentle black dog named Jack. He went straight to the new dog bed that we bought and fluffed it up for himself. The whole time we talked, he laid there peacefully. He let us practice putting on and taking off the martingale collar that greyhounds require, and we even practiced checking for fleas. He was such a good sport and it was so nice to see a dog in our home. We went over important things at the home visit like where he will be gated off in our house as we ease him into all the stimulation of a new environment, especially since his whole life he's lived in a kennel. We also discussed medication, sicknesses, and emergency animal hospitals.

This Saturday we get to take him home! It has been a long two weeks since meeting him and waiting for his adoption day, but it gets closer and closer. Going to the store and buying him food, treats, and toys has definitely help make the time go by faster, but still, is it Saturday yet?

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  1. How exciting is that! :) he's so adorable, you guys are doing such a great thing by giving him a home after his run as a race dog. I can't wait to hear more about Mordechai!

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    1. thank you milynn! he is so sweet, i love that he is older, and i couldn't imagine adopting any other way!

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  2. oh, i love this story! he looks so happy and friendly. it's funny how you just kind of 'know' when you find your dog. we looked at a few dogs, but when we found marla she came up and just put her chin in our hands and it was like 'oh, okay - dogs choose you - we don't choose dogs. yep, that's our dog..' and that was that. and what a fabulous adoption center. so nice that they are taking care of all the medical needs before hand and also that they really try to help you match a dog with your lifestyle and environment. really it should always be like that. i am super excited for saturday to get here for you! xoxo

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    1. thanks christine :) so far he is so friendly and a sweet boy. and that is such a sweet story about marla! saturday came quickly and now life is so different. we're 3 instead of 2!

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  3. Oh, what a beauty he is! He looks so excited and smiley! I'm so excited for you guys, and I bet you can't wait until Saturday! :)

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    1. thanks lauren! he definitely always has his mouth open haha! saturday thankfully came and went and now he's home and getting used to retirement :)

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  4. I love the brindle color!! He's one of the most beautiful dogs I've ever seen in my life!!

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    1. aw wow thanks! i think he's beautiful too, but i think i'm bias :)

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  5. Congrats!! You can tell that's a dog with a story. I am so excited for my future pop, I love reading about other people finding their pets.

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    1. thanks traci! he definitely has a few scars and we've got to be careful with his leg, but his past has made him a sweetheart.

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  6. What a happy dude!! So smiley. He looks like such a love, you two really found a perfect companion! I bet Saturday couldn't have come quick enough for you guys, but that now it feels like you've always had him. Isn't it strange how that works? Good luck settling in and prying yourself away from him during the work week! That's still a toughie for me, even after 3 years! xo

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    1. he is so sweet and so open to the world, always wagging his tail! you are so right - it feels like we've always had him. taking care of him is fitting nicely into our routine.

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  7. Aw, so sweet. What a cute dog. :)

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  8. This was such a beautiful story! I love greyhounds and have done a lot of research into the process on adopting an ex-racer, but I really enjoyed hearing your story.

    I guess my biggest concern with a greyhound is that I have cats (and even if I someday end up with a dog, always imagine myself having at least 1 cat) and I know that obviously, their prey instinct is pretty strong. So they might not be a great fit for me, but a girl can dream, right? I'm so enjoying looking through your blog and pictures of this handsome pup!

    xx Kathryn
    http://www.throughthethicket.ca

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    1. i'm so glad you like my blog bc i've recently found yours and i like yours too!

      as for greyhounds, i constantly describe mine as a gigantic cat! 90% of the time he sleeps and lays down and occasionally will get the urge to play with a toy for like 5 minutes ha. my biggest concern was getting a friendly dog, especially bc i used to have a beagle growing up and we got him from the pound and he never got along with any other dogs, and it was stressful! thankfully, at the greyhound adoption place that we went to, they test all the dogs with a cat to see if they are cat friendly! almost all of the dogs we saw were cat friendly and ours is one of them! i liked the idea of one day having a cat (specifically a hairless one - i think they are so cute!). we have a lot of stray cats in our neighborhood and squirrels too and our greyhound must have a low prey drive bc most of the time he walks right by the cats. a few times now, a cat has startled him bc they are so quiet and sneaky, so that's the only time he's pulled toward cats. but i've heard so many success stories of assimilating a greyhound with a cat in the house!

      anyway, just wanted to let you know that it is totally doable to have both! i checked this forum a lot before i got our greyhound and there's tons of pics of greyhounds and kitties! like here: http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/294966-yeah-fritz-is-cat-friendly/

      keep in touch :)

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