Well, when I first took Coda (the greyhound) into my home I was fostering him after about 7 races, none of which he even placed.
He ran like the
wind and he loved to run, but he just wasn't fast enough.
I joined a greyhound board to find out how to take care of this monster and to have others with like interests to talk with. I soon found out that
there was a great and emotional divide among greyhound folks. Anti-Racing vs Pro-Racing. And the Anti-racing folks (activists) seemed to be the ones
who 'reached out' to the newcomers in an attempt to recruit members to 'their side'.
That's a warning sign right there.
The Anti-Racing folks want to make racing illegal and shut it down.
But I didn't know enough to form my OWN opinion (which is the only way I ever do it) so my research began. I scoured the web and read all that I
could get my hands on. I even watched races over the internet.
All the negative information about greyhounds seemed to be at least several years old. And when I did the number crunching myself from the raw data I
collected, I discovered that the numbers given out by the anti-Racing crowd were quite skewed to make it look like many more dogs were being killed
than actually were.
So, after months of research, I declared myself Racing Neutral.
OMG! Did the AR people hate that! They wanted me to proclaim my stance for one side
or the other so they could know if I was friend or foe.
Interestingly, the PR people were fine with my self-proclaimed neutrality.
continued to research and found that while there are
horror stories (as with just about ANY subject) the dogs were generally healthy, happy and
they LOVED to race.
Having Coda spend hour after hour on my couch made me see that the dogs don't miss getting out and frolicking in the sun all day like some dogs do.
But give him a space to run and he'd take off! And then, 10 minutes later, he'd be back on the couch for his next 6-hour stint.
If you are intrigued with the breed or think you might be interested in adopting a pet that really needs a home, consider looking into a greyhound.
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