Join us here each Monday as Regional Vice President Kathy Kreyling shares stories from the Adoption Center. Check out our Available Dogs to see who’s still waiting for their forever home.
Sometimes, for whatever reason, a new adopter has to wait a little time before they can take the dog home. I have always thought it would be very difficult to leave your new dog behind just after picking it out and this couple found that out first hand. Since they had work events that they didn’t think they could reschedule, they were planning to pick their dog up next weekend. They had a wonderful time making their selection, especially when they narrowed it down to the last two — interestingly, when they started playing with the dogs outside, we were almost positive they were going to select one dog and when all was said & done, they picked the other and then had to leave. But, guess what, meetings can be moved and I got a note last night saying they really wanted to come get Queenie today and, of course, I said absolutely!!!
The dog that this couple selected is truly in Greyhound Heaven. The dog will rarely be left alone — the husband works one half of the week and the wife works the other half — and additionally the wife loves to jog and is so excited to have a jogging buddy. The husband had a soft spot in his heart for one dog when he came to the kennel, but he wisely spent time getting to know the other possibilities. In the end, they decided they only wanted to take one dog out to play and this dog was truly on his best behavior — he walked right next to them and he also came when was called. When they came in, the husband said the dog was kind of Goldilocks — Zinga felt “just right” for them!!! P. S. He just happened to be the dog the husband had an attraction to before he even got to the kennel!!
This boy has been with us for a while and it is really hard to explain why. He has no outstanding faults — he is just a sweet, lovable boy who could use a little more confidence. A little while ago, a family came in looking for a dog they could rescue from their hard life at the tracks and we immediately explained that the track dogs are well cared for and they are not rescues. (BTW, this is an education process that we go through with many of our adopters). As usual, we showed this family a variety of dogs and we were all very happy when they selected the dog I mentioned above. When the family came back to pick him up, they were so excited they were like little kids. The husband is going to be taking the dog to work with him and he had the fleece and raincoat he bought for the dog earlier embroidered with the logo for his company. I can’t tell you how handsome Ed, nka Ben, looked in his new attire — he is going to be one wonderful company mascot!!!
We all know that once you have one Grey, you often feel the need for another.
This family got their first Grey, Jolene, almost a year ago and even though
they have Jolene and her brother, a lab mix named Rondo, they felt they had
room for another Greyhound. They?ve been watching our web-site and noticed a
sweet little black and white girl that they though would be a greyt addition
to their home. So, they braved the torrential rain and one of the most chaotic
kennel booths we have had in a long while just to meet this little lady.
Luckily, amidst all of that, our little Nadia made it clear she was meant to
be in their family!!
It is so hard to tell which of our dogs are going to have a problem with
separation anxiety. There really is no correlation between that and any other
characteristic. Thankfully, it doesn?t happen often, but sometimes a dog
just can?t live in a certain space, often an apartment, and the people need
to trade dogs. That is what happened to this couple and as sad as they were to
bring back their first dog, they were still open to trying another and this
time, they hit ?pay dirt?!! They found a darling little girl named Wren
who stole their hearts and, very thankfully, doesn?t have separation
This last one is pretty special. A family came in to get their first Greyhound
and they were open to almost any of our dogs. We don?t get a family like
this very often, so we had the opportunity to show some of our that are
wonderful, but have a few idiosyncrasies. One of the ones we showed is a
little girl that starts out pretty shy and needs some time to get comfortable.
This family had the patience to let her figure things out and it wasn?t long
before she was even taking treats from a man she had just met (she?s usually
very nervous around men when she first meets them!)!!!! We were so excited
when the family unanimously decided that Dana was meant to be in their home!!!
P.S. We?re hoping Dana may have a brother soon!!!
When you are looking for a purebred greyhound who is cat friendly, you don’t always have a lot of options and that is what happened in this case. That doesn’t mean that the dog that is left isn’t a greyt dog, it just means that the people in front of you “clicked” with another dog. This family actually got a young boy who is as sweet as he can be, but he is a little on the shy side and very nervous on slippery floors. Neither of those were a real deterrent to this family and he is already improving in both areas. In fact, when he first got home, he forgot about the floors being slippery and handled them like a pro. So, long story short, Wonk, nka Louie, has a new family and is fitting in even more quickly than we had hoped!! Greyt job Louie!!!
You don’t often find a home that has a parrot that walks around on the floor, but this couple does and they were looking for a dog that would not devour the bird. They have already had several Greyhounds that were able to do this so they knew it was possible. They did their homework by coming to the Brightwater walks so that they could meet some of the dogs and get to know them a little. After two walks, they called me to say that they were in love with a particular dog and they wanted to see how she would do with the bird. The little girl they picked is very active, curious, bouncy — you get the idea. I’ll be honest, when they told me her name, I was a little afraid that the bird would not be with us for long. Well, I was wrong (thank heavens!!). Autumn has done so beautifully in all the different situations she has encountered and she is now an official member of the family.
The first man has been researching Greyhounds for a while was finally ready to take home his own Greyhound. He had a list of dogs that he wanted to see when he came to the kennel and we discussed his list as well as a few of our suggestions before we started showing the dogs. The truth is it didn’t take
very long before he met the dog he wanted (I think it was the second one he met). And, though he looked at a few more dogs, none of them really had a chance — Bud, nka Eddie, stole the show and won his new home.
Then a couple came to look at the dogs. They had both had dogs while they were growing up, but none of the dogs were anywhere near the size of a Greyhound so they went through a little bit of culture shock as they got to know the
Greyhounds and Saluki mixes. When they took everything into consideration, they narrowed their list to two dogs — 1 Greyhound and 1 Saluki. At that point, they were very torn between the dogs and had a difficult time deciding on which dog was going to go home with them (both dogs were doing a wonderful job of schmoozing!!). However, after some thought and discussion, they decided that Rico was going to be theirs!!
When you let your husband and your daughter go on our Brightwater without you, you have to be prepared to welcome a new dog into your home. That’s what happened with this family — the father and daughter fell head over heels in love with one of our boys and the mother couldn’t wait to meet him. Luckily, she fell for this cutie pie too (truth is, I think she was already in love with him before she met him!!). They could hardly wait until the whole family could come take him home together. The cutest part is that they ran into him outside the kennel and he gave them the most wonderful greeting — he knew they were his family and the family knew Davey was theirs!! –
This next adoption actually started last week when Dana was adopted. The family really wanted to adopt Dana and another dog that day, but one of the family members was a little uncomfortable with adopting 2 dogs at one time. After some deliberation, they decided to adopt Dana and spend some more time with both dogs to see how they got along. Hooray, they got along greyt and the family officially made Uzo part of the family!!!