Greyhounds seeking retirement
FOUR racing greyhounds are chasing loving homes after recently retiring from the sport.
Millie, Molly, Wendy and Bear's owner, Ray Pike, said it was time for the dogs to hang up their muzzles and take a long, well-deserved break from their fast-paced lifestyle.
The three-year-old dogs were born in the same litter and have been on the Rockhampton racing circuit until Ray retired them three weeks ago.
The greyhound racer for over 30 years said anybody who thought the breed was all about the chase were wrong.
"They are very placid," Ray said. "They won a couple of races, but they're not that hard-chasing."
He said they were extremely loyal, well-trained and very clean.
Ray said one of the best racing greyhounds in Rockhampton was actually a "house dog" and didn't live in a kennel.
Wandering around the house and mingling with humans, he said the superstar greyhound was like many of its kind - a pack dog that easily adopted humans.
Ray said the breed often turned people off because they must wear muzzles in public, but that was because of their "chasing nature" - not that they were dangerous.
He said anyone who wanted to know about slowing down former racing greyhounds could get in contact with the Greyhound Adoption Program.
Ray said the group organised a program to slow them down and get a special green collar so they were not legally required to wear muzzles.
If you would like to adopt Millie, Molly, Wendy or Bear, call Ray on 4936 2107.