That’s it that’s the blog post, we adopted a greyhound!
Just kidding, I obviously want to share every single detail of how we came to the decision to adopt our beautiful greyhound Shay.
We were due to be getting him in a few weeks time and had booked loads of holiday ready to settle him in, but with everything going on and with us both working at home indefinitely we got him early!
We have always wanted to adopt, always. It hurts my heart to see ads on the TV of dogs in shelters, and I cry at every single one of The Dodo’s facebook account so has always been something we have wanted to do.
I had previously contacted a rehoming shelter and was told that we wouldn’t be able to adopt/ rescue because we both worked full time, lived in an apartment and we wouldn’t have the time to look after a dog, so we started to look into buying a puppy and even put a deposit down on one before we decided to look into adoption again. My brain was whirring… “so we’re allowed to buy a puppy, but can’t adopt a dog” that didn’t make sense to me at all.
We knew that any dog that came to live with us would be the MOST pampered pup in the history of dogs. We knew that any dog that came to live with us would be loved beyond anyone’s imagination and that we’d do anything we could to make sure that they had everything they needed. So, why weren’t we allowed to adopt?
We did a little more research into adopting a dog, and looked into breeds perfect for our circumstances and that’s when we discovered Greyhounds and The Greyhound Trust.
Shay was his name and we decided to keep it because it’s a cute wee name and it suits him we think!
Lots of people are very judgey, and also have zero knowledge about Greyhounds. Even people we’re close to were giving us the whole ‘do you have the time for a greyhound?’ because they are such a misunderstood breed.
Yes, they are fast. LIKE VERY FAST. But, they are sprinters. So, they run fast for a very short amount of time and then sleep for the rest of the day.
When we looked into adopting a Greyhound, we realised they were great for our circumstances because of a few reasons. One of them was that they sleep for anything up to 18 hours a day. Yeah, you read it right, 18 hours a day. They basically love to sleep most of the time. Greyhounds are couch potatoes and only need two short walks a day. From chatting to LOTS of greyhound owners, they actually get a bit sulky with you if you take them on a super long hike!
They don’t require much space, and an apartment is perfect for them as long as you have some green areas nearby that you can walk them (which we do!). We live in a super dog-friendly area, even all of the pubs are dog friendly so we know we’ll be okay.
Something else we got was ‘they wear muzzles, are they aggressive dogs?’ The short answer to that is no. They are not aggressive dogs at all, they are so chilled and they are used to being around tonnes of other greyhounds all of the time, so they are fine with other dogs mostly. The only reason they wear a muzzle is because of the chase instinct, if they see a small furry like a rabbit, squirrel or chihuahua then they might get a bit excited and want to chase it. I mean, it’s what they are trained to do for most of their lives. Most greyhounds loose that instinct after time, luckily for us Shay already doesn’t need his muzzle. We took him on a few walks without it before he came home and he didn’t pay any attention to squirrels or little dogs that went running by off the lead. All dogs are different, so you’ll have to get to know your dog!
As a short haired doggo, greyhounds don’t require that much grooming – the occasional brush and bath if they get really muddy and you’re sorted. They don’t produce the oils most dogs do, so they don’t get that ‘doggy’ smell that most dogs do. So, they’re a low maintenance breed too which is perfect for a working couple.
There’s a couple of other good reasons greyhounds make amazing pets:
They don’t slobber
They are super gentle
They are CUTE and GOOFY and ADORABLE and big slinky noodles!
If you’re thinking about adopting a wee pupper, then I would recommend getting in touch with your local branch and going out for a walk.
Our local Greyhound Trust branch is Edinburgh, and we went out on our first walk about 6 weeks ago now. We walked shay once, and knew he was going to be ours. He is just such a lovely boy, so chilled and walks so well with other dogs!
Most of the Greyhound Trust branches have a walk every week. You can take out one of the dogs that’s up for adoption, but you’ll also find that there are a lot of greyhound owners that come for the walks too. On a Sunday there are tonnes of people who have previously adopted and everyone is so kind, they are all happy to answer any questions you have about the breed and the process, it’s one of the things that made us most comfortable with reserving and then adopting Shay. We know we’ve got a support network that we can tap into every weekend if we need to. It’s very comforting!
You’ll find that your greyhound trust volunteers will chat to you, ask you what you know about the breed, what your circumstances are and find out a little bit about you. When we first went up and spoke to everyone, I panicked a little bit because I wanted to adopt so bad I just wanted them to like me. Luckily, we had done our research and thought about everything we needed to before going for our first walk.
You’ll be more than welcome to take a few dogs on a walk, once you have found the perfect pup for you, you can reserve them.
The next thing is you’ll have a home check. This is basically just to see everything is in order and that you’re ready for your doggo to come home. It’s nothing to worry about, unless you have a ridiculously unsuitable home, you’ll be fine!
You pay a donation to the Greyhound Trust, which helps keep them going and looking after the dogs. It also helps towards things like, your vet check, collar, lead and muzzle that you get when you adopt.
Then it’s time for your doggo to come home!
Getting ready for him to come home
In the process of getting ready for Shay to come home, we probably went a little overboard, but you know. It’s nice to be ready (ended up getting these dentastix free and haven’t even given him one yet as we’re not sure if he’ll like them!)
We found the perfect spot in our flat for his ENORMOUS crate, (we had to get the XL one, so it’s very very big). A non-essential item that we got for our crate was a crate cover. Lots of people choose to cover their crates with blankets so that they are a bit cosier, so as we wanted our boy to feel super cosy too, but the crate is in our lounge, we wanted it to be a bit more decorative, so went for a cover! You can get these on amazon.
We put an old duvet in the bottom of his crate, then a bed on top of that. We’ve also got a blanket inside so he can snuggle up and get warm.
The next big purchase we had to get was some raised bowls. We read online that it’s better for greyhounds if they eat from raised bowls, so decided to get some from a lovely little business recommended by one of the volunteers at The Greyhound Trust.
Some other bits we got to get ready included:
Poo bag dispenser and degradable bags
Some treats (we’ve been giving him biscuits every week hehe)
Food – best to start off with what your dog has already been eating so as to not upset their tummy so go with what the kennel has until you’ve decided what’s best for your dog. They also need some fish oil/omega 3 oil to help them get their silky smooth coats after they are out of the kennels so that, plus some other fresh treats like sardines and tuna and apparently eggs are great too! As vegans, it’s pretty weird feeding our dog stuff we wouldn’t buy, but it’s best for him and that’s the main thing that matters to me. I’m never going to be one of those people tha
Towels – just using some old towels for drying him off after a walk if it’s rainy!
Coats – greyhounds get very cold so need a coat or two. We decided to get him a fleece one for when it’s a wee bit warmer and a big winter waterproof coat for late night walks and when it’s really cold. He loves them so far, so that’s good! They don’t need coats in the summer, so thankfully he won’t need them for much longer.
A brush – we got him a little brush for his coat to groom him too.
A name tag – I almost cried when we got his name tag made up, it was one of those moments that made it feel so real.
We went a bit wild on the toy front, and bought him lots of toys… He deserves it, so far his little squeaky chipmunk is his favourite!
Other than that, we’re pretty much ready to go! When you adopt, the shelter provide you with a collar, lead, muzzle and they microchip the dogs too so all you have to do is register your details.
It’s so exciting, and we are just in love with him already (obviously).
We have of course set up an instagram account for our boy @shaythegreyhound so you can follow his journey along with us.
I will also be posting ALL the tik tok’s of him too once he’s settled in so feel free to follow me there for videos of him too my username on tik tok is @ysabellegs
Stay tuned to our instagram for pupdates because there is a damn lot of them!