Getting to know your fearful greyhound.

When a potential adopter asks a greyhound owner to tell them about greyhounds, the answer inevitably involves some form of gushing on and on about how wonderful they are, and how they are just a little bit different from other dogs. Don’t get me wrong, greyhounds are dogs, but their physiology is different, their upbringing is unique, and they have a special way of entering your heart that is difficult to put into words!

One of the things I have enjoyed the most as an Allies’ volunteer is getting to know the new greyhounds as they arrive. Although they all have that wonderful “greyhoundness” to them, they are also very different. Each one has a personality to their own. It is so rewarding to see that personality unfold at meet and greets, in the kennel, and in a foster home. Some greys come right up to you, jumping, panting, and ready to play. Other greys quiver in the back of their crates, keeping as far from your hand as possible. What is the reason for such a wild difference in their behavior?

A common misperception is that these fearful greyhounds have been mistreated and therefore do not trust humans. However, there is a simple alternative explanation. Greyhounds, much like humans, have different personalities. Just like some humans have heightened levels of anxiety-  some greyhounds do too.

Here are a few articles that describe this phenomenon in detail:

Ideopathic Fear and Withdrawal In Greyhounds

Naturally Fearful Dogs

The exciting news, is there is a lot you can do with these fearful/anxious/shy/spooky greyhounds. With time, patience, desensitization, and treats you will have a loving, happy, and loyal greyhound on your hands.

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If you think you might be a good fit for a shy greyhound , or just want more information, let us know!

 

Posted in Greyhound Education

Roo In The ‘Zoo

Hello Allies Friends and Family!

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Be sure to mark September 27th, 2015 on your calendars for Roo In The ‘Zoo hosted by Allies for Greyhounds at the Kalamazoo Kennel Club.

If you have adopted a greyhound, or are interested in the breed, come out and be with other Greyhound adopters in West Michigan. This is an event hosted by Greyhound owners for Greyhound enthusiasts/owners. Come out and enjoy the company of fellow adopters and of course meet their hounds!

If you are planning on attending, please bring a dessert to pass. There will be a few raffles, games and a dessert buffet. Plenty of fenced grassy area for the hounds and a nice facility on the inside to hang out in.

Having the event at the Kalamazoo Kennel Club has given us the opportunity to be inside AND outside if the weather is permitting. There are indoor bathrooms, a matted arena for you and your hounds to relax in, so don’t forget to bring blankets, ex-pens and lawn chairs. The facility has a functioning kitchen…which is AWESOME! Be on the lookout for more info.

We’ve created a special FB page just for this event so be sure to like it to stay up to date on the latest information!!!

Posted in Meet & Greets

Greyhound Terms 101: ETS. Escaped Tongue Syndrome

Greyhound Terms 101: ETS

If you are new to greyhounds you might hear adopters using some strange words. Most of these terms refer to endearing yet quirky things that greyhounds do.

Today’s term is ETS, which stands for Escaped Tongue Syndrome, check the video out for plenty of great examples. ETS usually strikes when a greyhound is most relaxed and in their comfort zone.

 

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Greyhound Terms 101: Double Suspension Gallop

Greyhound Terms 101: Double Suspension Gallop

If you are new to greyhounds you might hear adopters using some strange words.

Today’s highlighted word is Double Suspension or Rotatory Gallop. When greyhounds run they use a gait that allows them to have their legs completely off the ground at two points. Adopted greyhound Day (the white&red greyhound) gives us a great example of the extended suspension phase while her foster sister gives us an example of the contracted suspension phase. Their flexible spines and muscular bodies help them use this gait to reach incredible speeds. What amazing animals!

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http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Movement/WGal.html

Posted in Greyhound Terms 101

Allies for Greyhounds in the News.

Check out Allies for Greyhound’s previous appearances on Fox 17 West Michigan Morning News. Follow the links to watch the videos…

Allies for Greyhounds Fox 17, 11/9/14

Allies for Greyhounds Fox 17, 4/18/15

 

Always good to spread the word about these amazing animals!

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Greyhound Terms 101: Chattering

Greyhound Terms 101: Chattering

If you are new to greyhounds you might hear adopters using some strange words. Most of these terms refer to endearing yet quirky things that greyhounds do.

Today’s highlighted word is Chatter. Greyhounds chatter when they are very excited, usually happy about doing something like going on a walk. Here is retired greyhound Oliver chattering during a belly rub.

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Greyhound Terms 101: Roaching

Greyhound Terms 101: Roaching

If you are new to greyhounds you might hear adopters using some strange words. Most of these terms refer to endearing yet quirky things that greyhounds do.

Today’s highlighted word is Roaching. This is a position greyhounds often take when they are relaxed and comfortable in their environment. With legs up in the air, it kind of looks like a dead cockroach, hence the name. Some greyhounds spend most of their lives upside down, others just aren’t into it. Here are some of Allies finest roaching in their foster and forever homes.

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Greyhound Terms 101: Fun Police

Greyhound Terms 101: Fun Police

If you are new to greyhounds you might hear adopters using some strange words. Most of these terms refer to endearing yet quirky things that greyhounds do.

Today’s term is Fun Police, which refers to the inevitable member of a greyhound pack who is around to make sure that the other members of the pack are in line and not having any fun! This is usually achieved through barking and posturing until the point is received by the other dogs.

Here is a great example provided by adopted greyhound Abbey Mackenzie and her foster sisters. Mackenzie is so playful and just wants to have fun….

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Greyhound Terms 101: Roman Nose

Greyhound Terms 101: Roman Nose

If you are new to greyhounds you might hear adopters using some strange words. Today’s term is Roman Nose. According to the AKC glossary*, a Roman Nose is “A nose whose bridge is so comparatively high as to form a slightly convex line from forehead to nose tip.” Adopted Allies greyhound, Romy shows off her beautiful Roman Nose in the video.

*http://www.akc.org/about/glossary/

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Sleepy Time

Adoptable greyhounds Pocahontas and Harper had such a wonderful time meeting everyone at this weeks meet and greets. They quickly fell asleep on the ride back to the kennel.

Posted in Meet & Greets

Featured Greyhound

RJ’s Hodor — Hodor

Hodor just retired to AFG after 17 races!  Due to a race injury to his left rear leg, Hodor is looking for either a home that leash walks or a home with a very small yard.  Lots of hard impact

Other Greyhounds

RF Furious — George
DC Sweet Charity — Charity
Rio Hard Drive — Rio

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