Greyhounds have been racing this weekend at every track in the UK. Greyhounds are in fact dogs.It doesn't surprise us but it may surprise some people. People seem to think greyhounds are not dogs but running machines .Greyhounds are one of the most gentle sensitive dogs out there. On bonfire weekend 4/5 November they will be absolutely Petrified.
For those of you that have dogs at home that are scared of fireworks, you will know how distressing it is to see them so scared and not being able to help .Greyhounds that race not only have to run while fireworks are going off but they are kept in the holding kennels at the tracks or on the vans so there is no getting away from the noise of the fireworks.
The racing industry bangs on about how much the dogs welfare matters. So you would think just one weekend a year they would do the right thing by them .Please don't bet on dog racing. It's a cruel self regulated industry. YOU BET THEY DIE .
I was horrified by a report on UK TV Countryfile giving the statistics for the number of incidents every week when sheep and cattle suffer dog attacks, largely caused by people walking on paths alongside grazing animals, through fields of grazing animals...with their dogs off leash! It's totally unacceptable and irresponsible of the owner. I have no problem about a farmer shooting a dog which is worrying his grazing livestock.
Everyone should remember that their dog, whatever breed or mix, is basically a domesticated wolf and as such will always have hunting instincts. This is much stronger in some dogs than others, of course, but nevertheless, no one should walk their dog off leash near grazing animals.
In 2010 I wrote about and took part in medical research into greyhounds and galgos being carried out by Dr Couto of Ohio State University. Dr Couto retired in 2013 but continues with his work through his website.
In this article he discusses the physiological peculiarities of the greyhound/galgo.
After being adopted by a stray greyhound back in 1994, and being converted to the breed, Molly became a Pets as Therapy dog. Because of their calm and affectionate temperament the greyhound/galgo breed make marvellous therapy dog. If you would like to know more, read this article.