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Retired greyhounds make great pets

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 11:18am
Retired greyhounds make great pets

Tom Burke with his two foster dogs, Nice New Story and Grapple With Me.

Retired greyhounds make great pets

Tom Burke with his two foster dogs, Nice New Story and Grapple With Me.

By Robert Grace

A RETIRED greyhound is not too dissimilar to myself; he or she has their favourite chair and is happy to spend large portions of their day lounging on it!
The idea that a greyhound needs endless hours of exercise is just one of the myths about the breed that I have been put straight on during the last two weeks.
For many people, the word ‘pet’ does not automatically spring to mind when they think of a greyhound. Aside from throwing a few quid on them once in a while, it would be rare that we would come into contact with the dog in our everyday lives.
When we do, they are generally walking with their owners or trainers, and almost always sporting a muzzle. Maybe that is why there is a perception of the breed as dangerous and only suitable for competing.
A passionate group of dog lovers, The Irish Retired Greyhounds Trust (IRGT), have been working to change such beliefs for more than a decade and to ensure that the welfare of the dog is looked after, from the track to the couch.

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