Lisa Shearin, National Bestselling Author

Greyhound Adoption

For those of you who have been fans for a while, you know that my husband Derek and I adopt retired racing greyhounds. We love greyhounds. We can’t imagine our lives without greyhounds.

With the downturn in the economy, racetracks are cutting back races, and some tracks are closing altogether. That was how we got our sweet boy Andy; the track he was at in Melbourne, Florida, was closing and the racers were being put up for adoption. If you are looking to bring a dog into your life, please consider a greyhound. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t require a lot of exercise. They’re trained as sprinters, not runners. In fact, greyhounds are called “45-mph Couch Potatoes.” There’s nothing they love more than a good snuggle.

Adopt a Greyhound.org is a great site for pretty much any question you could possibly have, and for anything you could want to know about adopting retired racing greyhounds. Plus they have a page where you can find a greyhound adoption group anywhere in the world. Wherever you are, there’s probably a greyhound adoption group nearby.

If you’re interested in greyhound adoption, contact a group near you. Most have Meet & Greets where you can meet and pet the hounds (just be prepared to fall in love). And when you’ve decided that you home just isn’t complete without the pitter-patter of retired racer paws, contact one of your local greyhound kennels to arrange a visit.

I love this list of “Top 10 reasons to adopt a greyhound.”

There are many books if you’re interested in finding out more: Adopting the Retired Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Branigan is considered THE must-read for prospective adopters. And I don’t know what I’d have done without my copy of Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies.

My author friend Stacey Kade has greyhounds, as does an author whom I think you’re all familiar with — JK Rowling. The Leaky Cauldron has the great adoption story. And here are some photos that she sent to the Greyhound Rescue Fife (in Scotland) of Sapphire (her beautiful blue girl) in her new home. Click on their “Harry Potter Page.” In the second photo, Sapphire is in the small bed because Jo’s Jack Russell Terrier thought the big bed was for her.

And of course, my greyhound adoption page wouldn’t be complete without photos of the hounds with whom we share the house. Ricky, Dodger, Gracie, and Andy have sadly passed on, but they’re still our fur babies. Odin, Loki, Cammie, and Dory are our “Hounds in Residence.”  (You can click on the photos to see them better.)

Derek, Lucy, and our first greyhound “Ricky” (Racing name: “Pilot in the Sky”)

“Dodger” (Racing name: “Lotsa Dodge”)

“Gracie” (Racing name: “ICU Smooth Cat”)

Andy (Racing name: “Nimble Andy”)

Odin (Racing name "Where's Destroy) and Cammie (Racing name: "Mac's Dr. Cameron"

Odin (Racing name “Where’s Destroy) and Cammie (Racing name: “Mac’s Dr. Cameron”

Loki (Racing name: "Kells Attaboy") and Odin (Racing name: "Where's Destroy" doing what they do best.

Loki (Racing name: “Kells Attaboy”) and Odin (Racing name: “Where’s Destroy” doing what they do best.

Judi (Racing name: JD Belligerent")

Dory (Racing name: JD Belligerent”)