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||Greeting from El
Salvador! I am happy to report that Logo is doing very well in
her new home. At first, it took her a few days to learn the
stairs and the patio door windows, and she was very hesitant to walk
around in the yard. She didn’t play much and was not
interested in toys.
3 months later: She loves her toys; her favorites are a stuffed
platypus with brown squeaking plush eggs inside, and her “hide a
squirrel”, which is a plush tree trunk with holes in it and
little plush squirrels that squeak inside that she can pull out. She
has lost 5 pounds and is still 1 pound too heavy for her ideal weight,
according to Dr. Kathi Berman. We’ll keeping working on
She is very healthy and has become much more energetic. She barks
about once every three weeks, but it’s only when she is so
excited to go for a walk. And it’s only one bark. We go for
a walk, run or to the dog park almost every day; she is excellent on
the leash. In the past few weeks, she has really started liking
the yard. Before she would never go outside by herself. Now she is
going in and out frequently and enjoys sniffing the bushes. She
also enjoys the beach. She likes to dig nests in the sand and play
in the water. She is getting along well with all adults, children and
pets in the neighborhood. She has a smaller playmate, named Lucy,
that is a 2 yr. old mixed breed rescue. Lucy is my
neighbor’s dog and we designate Thursdays as “play
day”. Logo goes to Lucy’s house while we are at work
for the day. Lucy is very energetic and keeps Logo on her toes.
We try to have them play together as often as possible.
Logo is probably the only greyhound in El Salvador. People
literally stop me on the sidewalk to ask me what type of dog she
is. People even slow their cars down to look at her! People
that have met her all comment on how sweet, soft and gentle she
is. She is the perfect pet!!! I already know that I would
love to adopt another greyhound when the time is right. Logo gets so
happy and excited around other dogs. It would be great for her to
have a full‐time playmate.
Thank you so much for helping me adopt such a wonderful pet!
Whenever she meets someone new, I always tell them the story of the
greyhound racing industry, so she is a great educational tool as well!
San Salvador, El Salvado
|Cairo & Petra ...
We're so happy to welcome our second Greyhound in 5 months into our
home! Having had two Greys in the past, there was no question when it
came time to add a canine companion to our family, that Greyhounds were
what we wanted! Cairo our male joined us in February and has been a joy
to have here. He is a gentle giant with a silly and loving personality.
We wanted a playmate for him so we adopted a sweet girl we named Petra
this July. They bonded immediately! We've since learned they share the
same sire so they truly are half-siblings! Petra is a little slip of a
dainty girl! So pretty and sweet. Learning 'home life' was a snap for
her with Cairo to show her the ropes! She truly is a smart girl !
The joy in both their eyes as they roll around in the soft summer grass
seems to vanish away the life they have lived before their rescue. The
rigors of a race dogs life have been replaced by love, hugs and the
promise of a forever home! Greyhounds are so resilient. Able to adapt
and forgive. Willing to open their hearts up to us, as we teach them to
be what every dog should be ... a loved member of our families.
Thank you USA Dog for giving Cairo, Petra and as many Greys as you can,
a chance for love & LIFE!! I tell anyone who stops to talk with me
as I walk down the street with my two beautiful 'kids' about how
amazing these special dogs are. So many people have heard about the
plight of Greyhounds and really want to know more. Let's spread the
word and rescue as many Greyhounds as we can ... to give them what they
is our beloved greyhound "Ramsey," formerly known as Nascar.com!
We adopted Ramsey in December after loosing our beloved greyhound
"Sunny" to bone cancer. He has been the best comfort to me and has
impressed me with his quick learning. And of course he is so handsome.
I did not have to crate him long before he learned the rules of living
in a home. Of course living with six other dogs helped in the training
process! Lana, our beloved greyhound coon mix, has become best buddies
with Ramsey. She finally has someone to chase her! They are such a joy
to watch and even lay down next to one and other sharing the dog bed.
What is it with the bond between greyhounds! They just know!
I hope everyone that reads this considers adopting a greyhound as they
are the best dogs you will ever own. I rescued my first greyhound 20
years ago and I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. If you
have already adopted a greyhound, please consider adopting another one
or a greyhound mix or an angel dog from USA DOG! They all need and
deserve forever loving homes and are so grateful! As the saying goes,
they are like lays potato chips, you just can't have one!
|Bach has been a huge addition to a small family.
I brought home this great big dog to live with me, my two cats, and my
small dog Gypsy and it turned out that his personality is just as big
as the rest of him. He's all heart and goofiness; I can't even
remember what it was like before he came to live with us.
Bach quickly came out of his shell and started playing with Gypsy -- he
is so gentle with her that he just stands there with a silly grin on
his face while she stands up and puts her paws on his chest or side to
try to prove how big she is. He's taken up with one of my cats,
insisting on licking her on top of the head every time she comes near
An incredibly smart dog, too, Bach is learning everything with
ease. Of all of the things he has learned watching him "sit" is
actually what I enjoy the most. No matter what treat is offered he
refuses to sit anywhere that is not warm and cushioned, like a blanket
or the carpet. He will keep his eyes on his treat while backing up
into the living room, where he finally plops down on the rug in an
ungainly sprawl. He's such a graceful dog most of the time that it
is beyond me to say how funny it is to watch his rear hit the floor
like a sack of bricks being dropped off the roof.
Another trick I unintentionally taught him is to "give me a hug." Bach
immediately jumps up, comes over to me with his tongue hanging out and
tail wagging, and then turns and stands still for me to hug him around
the neck. He is extremely affectionate and loves to give kisses
and get hugs and petting. He has also become a big hit in my
neighborhood and the dog park where he stops by every single person we
pass to give them a chance to pet him.
When he isn't busy napping in front of the TV, he loves to play in the
snow and the fall leaves and it is amazing to me that he has the
opportunity to do those things after the life he had before. I am
totally crazy about this dog and I wouldn't know what to do without him
||A few words about my darling baby boy:
After considering adoption of a retired racer for over a year, I
decided to make the leap and bring a beautiful Greyhound into my life.
I truly believe that Grant
(formerly Ulysses S. Grant) was the one who chose me on adoption day. I
really wanted a big, dopey boy and that’s just what I got!
Grant loves his new home and new best friend, my Siamese cat, George.
Grant was a little timid at first, never even trying to sit on the
couch or really go anywhere without me; but all of that has changed. He
is an eternal lover of all living things and sometimes can’t
understand why strangers aren’t clamoring to pet him. He has
blossomed over the past several months and now claims all furniture in
my house as his own. After a long day of lounging and snoozing, Grant
greets me each evening with a comical dance because he’s so
I couldn’t imagine my life without my beautiful Grey-Grey, his
funny personality and loving, gentle nature is a perfect compliment to
my home. Grant’s big, deep sighs as he nuzzles my hands and
cuddles with me on the couch is one of my favorite sounds. Greyhounds
are truly angels in dog suits ... and Grant’s my perfect angel!
was "Nike" when he came to Cortland, Illinois in late July,
2009. Mikey is a much better name for this 80 pound baby! He is
very affectionate with us and quite tolerant of our little dogs. His
bestest dog pal is our pug, Pip. They love racing around the back yard
Mikey loves soft, fuzzy squeaker toys and has beds in every area of the
house: the computer room, the kitchen, the workshop, and the
family room. He lets us choose the TV channel (as of today, anyhow,
maybe next week he will insist we leave it on Animal Planet all the
time) and has a very healthy appetite.
He continues to have trouble with an old racing injury, but we try to
keep him comfortable, and it doesn’t bother him enough to prevent
him from enjoying his life with us. What a great guy!
is Riley - once known as "Dodge" and "Legendary Fire". He has taken to
yachting in his retirement. He came to me 3 years ago at age 3 with a
sense of humor and love for life. He lives in a big city and finds
every walk a new adventure and hasn't seen a single thing on the city
street that isn't worth a second or third sniff/look.
leading me around, Riley makes sure to visit the "hot" spots where dogs
are welcome and treats available. He has only one message to his
adoring public: "Please, I know I'm beautiful, but I'd rather be known
for my fascinating personality and intelligence."
When he isn't boating
or being admired by strangers, he likes to hang out at home on his many
dog beds and get numerous belly rubs from his loving Mom.
|"Princess Seemah" was rescued in Florida after
the hurricane and flown to Alaska to her new home on Thanksgiving
weekend 2004. She stood as still as a statue upon her arrival
but readily made friends with our three other dogs and two
cats. Weighing only 57 pounds but waited for the other
dogs to eat before eating her own food. She was very docile
and quiet; we barely noticed she was in the room.
Slowly Seemah began to relax but would allow us to hug her only
briefly. She easily learned to climb the stairs to our second
floor bedroom where she agreed to curl up on her new pillow bed.
Three years later our "little big dog" now lets us hug her with both
arms around her and she gently nuzzles our hands and face. She rarely
moves to get away now and waits until we've filled our quota
of love. She also lets us know when it is bedtime - flying up
the stairs ahead of everyone. But she won't lie
down until she ensures that there are three other dogs also ready for
bed. She is very protective of our other animals and is often
the first to their rescue if she hears them bark or whine. She
would have made a wonderful mother, or shall I say, she does make a
wonderful mother ... gentle but firm when she needs to be.
Oh, and she isn't quiet anymore. Every morning she does a
little dance and speaks Greyhoundese for her special treats. And of course she is very smart. After her third treat, she
knows that is the limit and goes to her bed for her morning
snooze. Yes, it is a hard life this rescued greyhound lives
and well, a better, more rich life for those of us given the great
fortune to share our space with a greyhound.
If you would like to share your story about your USA D.O.G. family please send a snapshot and story to Sally Allen.