HOMING A GREYHOUND
SO, YOU ARE THINKING OF HOMING A GREYHOUND .....
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
An amazing retired athlete - still young, gentle, people-loving, adaptable and ready for a new life as a pet.
Greyhounds love to sleep; and they will delightedly soak up all of the attention you can offer.
Every greyhound homed by us is neutered and microchipped and is up-to-date with inoculations and parasite treatments.
When collecting your dog you receive a greyhound collar and lead and muzzle; and you can opt to have 30 days of free insurance cover with Petplan.
You will also have the assurance that there will be ongoing support for you should you need it.
WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO GIVE?
A comfy bed, nice food, 2 short walks a day,
love and security.
A greyhound doesn't need a lot - he / she just wants to be with YOU!
When you take your dog home there will be some paperwork to complete, including a homing agreement; and the Greyhound Trust do ask for a donation of £150.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?
Give us a call!
We will talk to you about the homing process and arrange to visit you at home.
This is not an inspection!
We want to get to know about you and your lifestyle to make sure that we introduce you to dogs most likely to suit your circumstances.
We will then arrange a kennel visit to introduce you to greyhounds ready to become your new best friend!
LORNA AND ANDREW RECENTLY ADDED KING (NOW PICO) TO THEIR FAMILY
THIS IS THEIR HOMING STORY
Don't just take OUR word for it .....!
Regular viewers of our site will remember King - this is his story too!
We've been wanting to get a dog for so long that we started to tell people that it was the only reason we were buying a house... We had thought about different breeds for ages, but as soon as we started reading about greyhounds, we thought we'd found the right breed for us. We knew we wanted to adopt or rescue a dog, and there are so so many greyhounds up for adoption that our minds were made up!
We came to a meet and greet at Emley in April and spent two hours being amused, entertained and relaxed by a small room full of a lot of hounds - it confirmed that we'd made the right choice in wanting to go for a greyhound. Somebody we met there described them as "dog hardware running cat software" - perfect for us as we are a family of dog and cat lovers and the decision about which to get was not an easy one!
2 days in his new home & apparently settling in!
When we had finally moved into our new house and unpacked, Kath from WYGT came to see us for a home visit - this was really just a chat to make sure we'd thought about certain aspects of dog (and specifically greyhound) ownership, and get to know us and our lifestyle so that she could help us find the right dog for us. There are so many up for adoption at any one time, and they all have their own personalities, so WYGT really pride themselves on being able to match dog with owners. We aren't particularly active people, but we do want to have children at some point, so it was important for us to find a more relaxed dog that would be okay with kids. Kath (and the other Kath, based at the kennels) really took the time to get to know us and we think we've ended up with a perfect match.
Fast forward a bit, and as I type this, our greyhound Pico (previously King) is fast asleep on the rug in the lounge, happy as larry. We've had him for 5 weeks now, and we already
can't imagine life without him.
The first three weeks were certainly a challenge, but a fascinating one.
We felt like we had a different dog each week -
the first week he was very placid as he anxiously processed his new surroundings
the second week was all about testing the boundaries as he settled in - he pulled on the lead a fair bit, and we learnt very quickly to keep some things in the house out of his reach!
The third week we felt like we'd finally met our dog, and he's been the same total legend ever since.
Somebody we were chatting to at the last Emley meet and greet said it's like a book gradually opening up - and it's been amazing (if not always easy) to see that happen before our very eyes.
Now, everywhere we go, people tell us how handsome he is, and how happy and healthy he looks, and we couldn't be happier.
There you can read about early days with your greyhound at home, about training, health and welfare, feeding and much much more
WEST YORKSHIRE GREYHOUNDS ENJOYING LIFE AS PETS
How life can change for a retired racing greyhound - and for YOU!
Greyhounds make great pets - for families, single people, those who work and those who don't.
They are generally very affectionate, calm and gentle, usually travel well and need only moderate amounts of exercise.
Whilst often lazy and laid back, many will also enjoy a more active lifestyle.
They need only minimal grooming, are not great barkers and sleep a lot!
They usually retire from racing at between 3 and 5 years old. Some need homes when they are younger, because they never had a racing career; and some when they are a little older.
A great strength is their adaptability - being able to transform from working athlete to family pet.
With the patience and kindness of their new families they are quick to learn and adapt and settle into life as gentle, loving companions.
CAN YOU SEE A GREYHOUND IN YOUR LIFE?
WE LOVE GETTING NEWS OF GREYHOUNDS IN THEIR HOMES
LIKE THIS MESSAGE FROM TINA AND CHRIS - CELEBRATING THEIR FIRST ANNIVERSARY AS GREYHOUND OWNERS!
Just wanted to say it’s 1 year since we 1st got George. He’s come on so much in that past year, he makes us so proud. He’s very well behaved but he still has a cheeky side which makes us laugh everyday. We couldn’t love him more, he brings us so much joy & happiness. I just wanted to say thank you because I genuinely believe you couldn’t have matched us with a better dog. Here’s some pics of him from last year to now 💕. Xx
JESSIE WAS HOMED BY GTWY
SEE WHAT HER FAMILY THINK OF THEIR GIRL ...
We didn't choose Jessie - she chose us.
We decided on a greyhound for a number of reasons - temperament, mainly, and because we were keen to adopt a dog rather than buy a puppy. As parents of two young boys we wanted a breed we could trust, that wouldn't be high-maintenance, and would be quite adaptable.
After a phone chat and a home visit we had a look at dogs on the website and were immediately smitten by Jessie, mainly because of her wonky ears...
Jessie put herself front and centre ...
We went along to the kennels to meet her and a lovely big greyhound boy, but as soon as they came to meet us, Jessie had clearly decided that we were the ones for her!
She settled into life with us very quickly ...
She settled into life with us very quickly - she took less than a day to get the idea that the garden was the place to do her business, and whilst initially a bit wary about household items, particularly the hoover, she adapted quickly and without fuss. To this day she still will not go upstairs without persuasion, and, as she hasn't figured out how to jump, sofas remain our domain. It does mean that despite being the second fastest animal on land, she has to be unceremoniously lifted into the boot of the car when it's time to go somewhere, but we're working on it!
We were suprised just how lazy she could be ...
The thing which surprised us the most was quite how lazy she would be - two 20 minute walks a day and she'll happily curl up and snooze for the rest of the time, apart from when she reckons it's time for her meals, or that a walk may be on the cards, when her tail wags with a ferocity that has to be seen to be believed. But she's also happy to walk with us on longer forays, and has recently returned to running (although at a pace that she would probably barely consider more than a brisk jog) at our regular Saturday morning 5km parkrun.
And a year and a half later ...
... it's almost impossible to consider life without Jessie's graceful, elegant and loving presence. We benefit from having her around as much as she benefits from having a caring family home to call her own, and it's fair to say that we'd never consider adopting any other breed ever again!
And a mere year and a half after we adopted her, Jessie has finally figured out that the sofas are her domain too...
JOIN THE GREYHOUND FAMILY!
When you home a greyhound you become part of a community of like-minded people.
There are regular events, where greyhound folk gather to share experiences, compare stories and enjoy the company of other greyhounds and their homers.
And there is always someone available should you have need.
Take a look at the Greyhound Trust West Yorkshire upcoming events .....
AND HERE ARE MORE STORIES FROM GREYHOUND HOMERS
HAPPY TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH YOU ...
KAREN'S HOMING STORY
When I decided to adopt a dog I came across the Greyhound and the Greyhound Trust West Yorkshire.
CALM AND GENTLE
It was important for me to have a dog that was calm and good with people as I did a lot of charity work and I wanted a dog that would be able to get involved in some of the fundraising events.
I COMPLETELY FELL IN LOVE
I then met Bruno and I can honestly say that I completely fell in love with him. Kath from GTWY had discussed what I required in a pet and agreed that Bruno would be perfect for me.
BRUNO SETTLED IN
Bruno settled in to retired life well though his sensitive tummy was a problem at first. The team at GTWY were amazing and were always just a phone call away, answering my questions and following up on Bruno to ensure that he was doing OK.
THE PERFECT PET FOR ME
Bruno is the perfect pet for me - he does not need too much exercise, which is good due to my back problems. There were some challenges as Bruno was not used to a home environment and had to get used to not being scared of the new things he encountered daily.
A SECOND HOUND!
After 11 months with Bruno I decided to adopt a second dog and yet again the team at GTWY matched me with the perfect dog for both me and Bruno. Poppy is a much younger dog with a huge personality but still remains calm and has increased Bruno’s confidence and made him more settled.
If you are thinking of getting a dog please think about a Greyhound - you will not be disappointed ... they make absolutely Greyt pets.
GLYN'S HOMING STORY
Greyhounds are special. They have a certain aura about them and it's a privilege to share your home with one.
I go by my own experiences since my first Grey, Suzy, came into my life - a black & white six year old, poor little Suzy was not a happy girl. Her previous owner had died & she was pining.
At first frightened, slowly she began to trust me. We soon became inseparable friends & I took her with me everywhere I could.
LEO THE WONDER DOG
At the kennels Suzy struck up a friendship with a big, boisterous white & black boy called Leo. After a few weeks I took the plunge & we became a two Greyhound home.
Leo was a completely different character, big, bouncy, very self assured, where Suzy was quiet, small and very sensible, & he was christened Leo The Wonder Dog because I was always wondering what he'd do next – collecting shoes & clothes from round the house, finishing off any unattended drinks, digging holes in the garden, to name but a few. However Suzy quietly worked on him, & he soon became a civilised member of the household.
Suzy was 10 when she persuaded me to adopt Leo and she enjoyed five happy years with him, then her health gradually started to fail. Leo was lovely with her, staying close in the house, looking after her in the garden & sleeping next to her at night. We lost our little soul mate, a few days after her 15th birthday.
Leo certainly needed a new companion & I had everything a new dog would need - So we met up again with Kath for Leo to do a bit of speed dating & he chose the lovely Ziva - a lively, pretty little brindle, only three years old, completely different to Suzy. Extrovert & very playful, she's quickly settled into her new life and Leo has suddenly become Leo the Sensible! Between us we soon taught Ziva the house rules & once more I've
two happy, loving Greyhounds to share life with.
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT
HOMING A GREYHOUND ...
... GIVE US A CALL!
Call Kath on - 07723 027995 or 01484 865280
Our greyhounds live in private kennels while they wait to become pets,
so please note that
kennel visits are by appointment only.