Save the Greyhounds!


A whole ton of greyhounds up at Dairyland Racetrack have fallen ill to some mysterious strain of influenza. No dogs have died from the sickness yet, but Dairyland has suspended racing until a vaccine can be found. Like those poor greyhounds don’t have a crappy enough life as it is, now they have to worry about a highly infectious illness.

Do these poor pups a favor and give them a great and loving home. Greyhounds Only, based locally here in Chicago, rescues retired dogs from tracks in southern Wisconsin (most of which have been retired for “slowing down”). They are a great organization and really look out for the well being of their dogs. Since greyhounds live a life that revolves around racing, moving into a domestic home can be quite a shock to them. All of the adopted dogs are placed into a foster home prior to being brought into your home to accustom to things like “a couch” and “a tv” and “people”.

The above picture is of Slammer, a greyhound my friend Erika adopted just recently from Greyhounds Only. You can view more glamour shots of the very loved and very happy Slammer here, and read about her adoption experience here

6 Comments so far

  1. steven (unregistered) on May 13th, 2005 @ 9:42 am

    Excellent post. These dogs really are sweethearts. If I had a backyard, I’d definitely consider this. I see people walking greyhounds all the time and hope that they’ve been adopted. Great pic, and nice framing job too.

  2. erika (unregistered) on May 13th, 2005 @ 11:26 am

    contrary to what a lot of people think, a lot of greyhounds don’t require a backyard! Slammer was one of the greyhounds that didnt require one. Some are more boisterous than others, and the nice people at greyhounds only actually pair you up to what your situation calls for! For example, there were 2 dogs at the time of us visiting, that did require backyards. even though we got to meet them (and were they ever perky) we didnt take them home since they werent a good match with us! Plus chicago has lots of great events for greyhounds, ie. windy city k-9, which rents out its space for greyhounds to run around in!

  3. tankboy (unregistered) on May 13th, 2005 @ 11:35 am

    a friend of mine adopted an ex-racer and he is so incredibly sweet it makes my teeth ache. he was also rail thin when he arrived but has since put on quite a few “happy” pounds.

  4. K9lvr (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 5:39 pm

    The only reason these dogs would be sick is because of the condition that they are kept in. They are treates worse than locusts eating away a farmers crops. About 20,000 greyhounds are inhumanly killed every year, or sold to research labratories. But I can’t even go into the details without ranting on for hours.
    But anyways, anyone who is participating in racing, or betting, or anything with the 40-something tracks in the US, just keep in mind that you are helping cruel/violent/sick people continue killing and mistreating thousands of dogs a year.
    P.S. A good site is The Greyhound Protection League’s site,

  5. K9lvr (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

    Yeah, that’s the odd thing. No matter how badly treated they were, they always end up so kind and gentle towards their new (if they are lucky enough to get adopted) owners.

  6. K9lvr (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

    Okay, sorry I’m posting so much, but I have more to say.
    So BTW, it’s not ‘retired’ greyhounds. They never had a career. They never even had a life. Or love. So please. It’s not ‘retired’ greyhounds.

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