It is my birthday tomorrow, I am going to be six years old. This is a good age to be, I think, for a greyhound like me.
I know it is my birthday because I am listed on the GreyhoundData website. This is an amazing place where all greyhounds who know their parents racing names can find themselves. It goes as far back as Pilot in 1820!
My mother only had one litter, I have brothers and sisters but haven’t met them since I left the kennels. I know my mother was rehomed happily too.
Greyhounds, on average, can live for between ten and fifteen years if they are lucky, so I guess I am middleaged! I didn’t race, and I am very healthy, so maybe I will be one of the fortunate ones. I certainly hope so!
Greyhounds who race, often don’t retire until they are four or five years old. I was adopted directly from my kennels at two and a half, so I count myself as very lucky to have found a lovely home with Mom when I did.
Some ex-racers are not lucky enough to find a home. Some remain in kennels all of their lives and have puppies, and I’m sure many never make it to retirement at all, which is very sad. The RGT do their very best to keep track of, and rehome all of the retired ones, but there are just so many hounds needing homes.
There are many good reasons to adopt one. Greyhounds make lovely pets, so my Mom says. Apparently I’m a couch potato, whatever that means! She’s quite lazy like me, so we are well suited.
I shall enjoy my birthday tomorrow, I’m pretty sure I will be spoilt rotten as usual, I might even get a cake. My birthday wish is that all greyhounds could find a forever home like me