My mom chose a greyhound because they are known for their mild and gentle temperament. Greyhounds also have no undercoat and shed very little and that is good for my dad, who is a little allergic to dog hair.
|Diesel in his cold weather coat. He does not have enough hair to stay warm!|
Diesel raced for 3 years in Tucson, Arizona. A greyhound can reach a speed up to 43 mph and the only other land animal who can accelerate faster is the cheetah! Greyhounds love to run, but they have a very hard life during their racing careers. In Tucson, the dogs have to race all week with just 2 days of rest, which puts them at risk for lots of injuries. They are kept in small crates most of their free time and don't even have time or room to play.
Racing dogs have to be pure bred and both of their ears are tattooed after they are born. With that tattooed number everyone can look up their family and race history.
|Diesel's ear tattoo|
|Diesel's racing record|
When Diesel came to us, he did not even know how to walk up stairs and it took us quite some time and lots of love to teach him. He also is one big, lazy and sweet couch potato. That is normal for retired racers; they need only one or two good walks a day. Diesel can still run fast, but only if we trick him into it with a treat. He LOVES his treats, but he also goes crazy for any squeaky toy!
It's so much fun playing with him, because he is never rough or even growls.
|Playtime with squeaky toy|
|Best bed in the house!|
The Greyhound breed started 8,000 years ago on the open plains of the Middle East and was seen as almost god-like in ancient Egypt. They are also known as sighthounds because they rely on their excellent eyes (not their sense of smell) for hunting. For centuries, only royalty was allowed to own Greyhounds and in the late 18th century the first Greyhound breeding club was founded in England.
|Tudor royal code of arms- a greyhound!|
|England: "You can recognize a gentleman by his greyhound and his horse :0)|
In modern times most greyhounds are used for racing and need loving homes when they retire. They are the best pets ever and I am so happy that we adopted Diesel. Maybe I can convince mom and dad to rescue a friend for him!
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