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Meet Aiken, my completely awesome Greyhound! He is a retired racer, who came from Jacksonville, Florida. He has no race history, as far as I can tell. I believe this means that he "washed out" prior to participating in any races. I think this is probably a blessing for him. I adopted him in February of 2013 from the good folks at Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta. He definitely had some adjusting to do after coming here from the track, but now he is happy, healthy, and a beloved member of my family!
My Greyhound Aiken

Adoption

I decided (somewhat abruptly, in fact) that I wanted to get a dog. Growing up, a dog was always part of the family. After living on my own for about 5 years, I thought it would be nice to have some other form of life around the apartment. Having decided that, I just needed to pick a breed and find a dog... As with most decisions in my life, I began my dog search with Google. A search for good apartment dogs led me to a number of surprises, including Greyhounds. I always assumed they were high energy dogs. They are bred for running, after all. In truth, Greyhounds are bred for *sprinting*, which is an important distinction. They are prone to short bursts of energy followed by hours (many hours...) of lounging. I was looking for a dog that was quiet, low maintenance, and gentle. Greyhounds seemed to fit the bill nicely, so I thought it worth meeting some. I started searching for a local rescue organization and found Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta. I called them up and headed over to meet some Greyhounds. The dogs met me at the door, and I fell in love with the breed immediately. First, I was struck by the dog's build. The are tall, thin, and long. Just one look and you can tell these dogs were born to run. They looked so different from the breeds I was used to seeing. They are beautiful animals, but what really sucked me in was their eyes. They have such big, expressive eyes. I found it impossible to resist their gentle nature and sweet faces. I met a few different dogs, but Aiken and I took to one another quickly. Since I like alone and work full time, I simply can't deal with a dog that requires constant attention. He was just the right balance of care and indifference, so I took him home!

Having a dog around has been quite a change for me, and an even bigger change for him, I suspect. He seems to have adjusted to being a house pet pretty quickly, but it hasn't been without it's challenges. While I grew up with dogs around, it is a different story when you are the sole caretaker. I read up on Greyhound ownership to try and help me cope with the changes. There were many challenges that I was expecting, and a few that I wasn't. All in all, the experience has been very demanding, but very rewarding!

Adopt-a-Greyhound Atlanta

If you are thinking of adopting a dog, I would encourage you to consider a Greyhound and head over to Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta to meet some. They are such a special breed! Carl will take good care of you!