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If you are planning to have a family, you might be better off waiting to get a dog — any dog — until the children are older and more self-reliant. As for falling in love with an animal, it seems that our feelings for dogs can parallel our feelings for people. What seems like love today can turn out to have been nothing more than a passing attraction tomorrow. Remember, there is more to owning a dog than simply feeding him twice a day. Dogs need exercise, training, grooming, regular (often costly) veterinary care and lots of attention and affection.

45 ADOPTING THE RACING GREYHOUND bark. Pretty soon the entire racing compound would be awake and barking. Racing dogs need their rest, so, as strange as it may seem, the music is always on. FEEDING Food is extremely important in a racing kennel, both in quantity and quality. Racing Greyhounds have what is known as a set weight, which is basically the weight at which they look good and run well. Maintaining that weight is an art and a science, and there are as many different opinions on how to achieve it as there are racing kennels.

Who knows — you may wind up adopting the foster dog yourself! 15 ADOPTING THE RACING GREYHOUND WHAT A GREYHOUND IS, AND ISN’T Did you know that all purebred dogs were developed for a purpose? Very few breeds (with the notable exception of many of the toy breeds) were created to be what we call pets. Some were developed to serve such purposes as guarding, herding or some specialized form of hunting. The Greyhound’s purpose was, and is, to run in packs after prey ranging in size from rabbits to deer.

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