Recently, we have had a number of older greyhounds returned
to the kennel. Dogs are returned for a variety of reasons – their owner may be
sick or have passed away, may be moving and unable or unwilling to take the
dog, life circumstances may have changed, or the owner may be unwilling to deal
with the issue of having an older dog. Whatever the reason, I am glad that Greyhound Friends is there to provide a safe haven for these dogs.
Often these dogs are bewildered and depressed by their
return to a kennel, but we give them extra love and care and try to get them
readopted as soon as possible. We also have a network of adopters who
specialize in taking older dogs home.
Two weeks ago Harry, nearly ten years old, was returned to
the kennel for the second time. His behavior at home had been flawless but his
owner decided that she was too busy to care for him. Harry is a tall, beautiful
white and red brindle boy whom I well-remembered from his previous time in the
kennel. He settled in but was clearly not happy.
Last Monday Harry came home with us. Ky and I decided that
he had been through enough and he needed a forever home. Our current pack has
been kind and welcoming and Harry has been slowly learning the house routine
and his new canine companions. Although
five dogs can be a handful to manage, we are happy to have Harry and to give
him the home he deserves for his geriatric years.
If you are thinking of adopting, consider an older dog like
Harry. We always have a few at Greyhound Friends. They are easy to adopt as
they already know house routines and will reward you with gratitude and love during their remaining years.