Adopt a greyhound in NYC? Yep, and you should consider one

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by Breanna Foister, Contributing Writer

Logan and pillows BF“He’s taller than you!”  “Is he supposed to be that skinny?”  “I bet you have to exercise him all the time.”  “How fast does he run?”  “He’s so beautiful!”  “SKELETOR!”

I hear variations of all of the above whenever I walk my greyhound, Logan.  These inquiries usually lead to a friendly chat where I profess my love for everything greyhound.  After all, Logan’s just as curious and sociable as the passersby.

When I moved to the city, I feared I’d never have the space to own a big dog.  It turns out that greyhounds only need the space right next to you.  I share a studio with Logan and my boyfriend, and as long as Logan has a pillow surface to lie down on, he’s a happy dog.

Sure, he can run up to 40 miles per hour, but his fastest move is always to the couch.  Greyhounds (or couch lizards, as my grandma calls them) love to be comfortable and can sleep up to 18 hours a day.  This makes them the perfect big dogs for tiny apartments.  They are sweet tempered, docile, and enjoy saying hello to other humans and other dogs.

Leprechaun Logan bfLike most greyhounds, Logan spent the first two years of his life on a racetrack.  My boyfriend adopted him from Forever Home Greyhounds (www.foreverhomegreyhounds.com) in upstate NY.  The folks there actively rescue dogs from kill states, Underground Railroad-style.  There are also several other NYC-accessible adoption centers in the tri-state area.

If you’re a purebreed enthusiast, if you seek a city savvy furry friend, if you love long walks and longer naps, consider adopting a greyhound.  They come spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, housebroken, crate trained, and willing to wear funny hats.  Plus, their identification ear tattoos give them extra street cred at the dog run.  Giving a greyhound a life off the track is a unique and joyful experience.  I highly recommend it.

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