Earlier last year, our beloved puppy, Annabelle, passed away. She was our first and only dog until...
Introducing... Garrett the Greyhound!
Garrett entered our lives last October. He is a rescue from a Greyhound rescue group, and until June of 2011, he was a racing dog in Florida. He is now retired from that life, and gets pampered with lots of doggy beds, toys and love at our house.
|Can't resist the eyes, can ya?|
I knew I wanted another medium to large sized dog, but our last dog was a bit (OK, quite a bit) hyper. Considering everyone in my family tends towards the "anxious" side of the scale, and we are a two parent working household, we needed a calmer canine presence. Little did I know that most greyhounds are among the laziest, calmest dogs around! They sleep most of the day, and think a 5-minute sprint around the backyard is a *big* workout!
|Garrett shows us a quick workout. He flopped down soon after this picture. Catching that toy is a lot of work!|
|A rare moment with his ears up. Greyhounds usually keep them back, but it's not a sign they are upset like other dogs.|
|My daughter snuggles with Garrett. He just loves attention.|
|Daddy is still figure out how you wrestle with a greyhound. Garrett doesn't quite get it either.|
If you are curious about the racing, we actually get access to his track history. He raced in 40 races, and won two; his racing name is Sweet Garrett. Most greyhounds are retired between ages two and five either because they are not winning enough or because of injury. Prior to all the rescue groups forming in the last 20 or so years, the tracks just killed the dogs that were passed track age. However, the winners are kept past racing age for breeding. The dogs are considered livestock, not pets, at the track (just like horses).
Here's one of Garrett's races (most were not recorded). He's in gate 6, and came in 3rd.