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Adopting the Racing Greyhound Paperback – August 1, 2003
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From the Back Cover
Carol Lea Benjamin, award-winning author of Mother Knows Best
"The book that has had the single biggest impact on Greyhound adoption."
Joan Belle Isle, The Greyhound Project
Since the first edition of this groundbreaking book was published, tens of thousands of people have been inspired to adopt ex-racing Greyhounds. These gentle, lovable dogs have special physical and emotional needs, and no other guide is more authoritative or complete in preparing potential Greyhound owners for the responsibilities involved than Adopting the Racing Greyhound.
This fully updated edition features veterinary information not available elsewhere, backed up by painstaking research by some of the countrys leading authorities. Respected greyhound authority Cynthia Braniganwho has helped place more than 4,000 ex-racers through her organizationprovides updated statistics on the costs of adoption as well as new health information, such as safe new flea, tick and heartworm preventives, anesthesia protocols for Greyhounds and suggestions on purchasing veterinary insurance.
Branigan carefully explains how potential adopters can decide whether a Greyhound is the right dog for thema critical issue in successful adoptionsand covers everything from feeding and grooming to training to extending the dogs life span. She helps readers prepare a Greyhound for the arrival of a new baby; decide whether or not to add a Greyhound to an existing pack of dogs; determine when to return an adopted dog; and locate adoption agencies throughout the world. Branigan also offers a wealth of updated information on medical conditions in Greyhounds and the latest in tests and treatments.
A HOWELL DOG BOOK OF DISTINCTION
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It provided the perfect amount of information without being too overwhelming. The adoption agency we got our greyhound from requires potential adopters to read either this book or Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies. We read both. Each book has some overlapping information, but the Dummies book has MUCH more information on basic dog ownership and training (which can really be applied to all breeds). This seems appropriate considering that author is a dog trainer! However, the Dummies book left both my husband and I more overwhelmed than assured. I think reading both of these books will give a comprehensive overview of retired racing greyhounds, but if I had to pick one, it'd be this one. The Dummies book is used more as a reference for us now-definitely worth buying, but also more detailed.
ADOPTING THE RACING GREYHOUND turned out not at all to be a chore. Sure, we had the motivation to read this book, but in reading it it helped tremendously that Branigan is an able writer and that her keen passion for greyhounds shows through her craft. This is a short work--the text runs only 153 pages, with illustrations--but covers well the main points to be considered in adopting a greyhound. In addition to practical help with introducing a dog into the home and to children, and some basic guidance about the care and feeding of the dog, Branigan also provides some history on the breed and a description of the racing life of greyhounds. She delivers the latter without editorializing on the morality of dog racing; she is rather more interested in just helping these animals in their post-racing lives. Branigan is frank about the challenges inherent in raising a dog that has been bred for the track--she has seen too many adoptions fail because families were unprepared--but also celebrates the joy of life with a dog that has been well matched for his or her new home. By titling her last chapter "Having Fun," Branigan underscores her ultimate aim: to create a happy and safe home for dog and adopting family.
The book's design could have been improved with the use of standardized headers and sub-headings; as it is the fonts of these titles vary and it's not always apparent whether a new section is subordinate to the previous one. Also, though the print quality is fine for the text, it does not do justice to the photographs. A family, like ours, eagerly anticipating the arrival of a greyhound in our home, would have enjoyed viewing higher quality illustrations. These are minor quibbles with what is otherwise a fine book. I am very happy that our greyhound rescue association required us to read it, and I recommend it to all who are interested in adopting this wonderful animal.
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Greyhounds are the most gentle and loving dogs and are worth every minute you persevere with them. When you do you have the most loyal and wonderful companions who are a true blessing to have in your life.
Cannot recommend this book highly enough. Every Rescue Centre that re-homes Greyhounds should tell the new owners of this book.