Campbell Price in beBee in English, Creative Writers, Writers Property Finance and Developments • Priceloans Dec 4, 2016 · 1 min read · +700

It's just my dog. Is that ok with you?

It's just my dog. Is that ok with you?

Hi Everyone. This is my dog Charli outside our local cafe. It is two years since I got her from the Rescue organisation. I bought a house and was excited about getting a dog because I wasn't allowed to have one when I was growing up. I first saw Charli walking outside the pet store. I liked her so I got her. It really was that simple.

When I am sitting at the café random people will come up to me. Some are great but a high percentage don't say hello.

Instead they say:  IS THAT DOG A RESCUE??

I calmly explain. Yes she is a rescue but she used to be a racing dog and now she is a family dog. I then ask them if they have a dog in an attempt to have a balanced conversation. I mean lets not be funny about it.. I only avoid being judged by some complete stranger because I answered yes instead of no to their question.

Part of the problem is I live in a state where greyhounds became a political issue. The premier ( leader of state) went on TV and announced the results were already in from a report into the greyhound racing industry.

1st place:  Lack of Consultation - This dog is a regular winner but can come back to bite you in election races.

2nd place: Political Interest Group - This dog outperforms due to it's inside running position.

3rd place: Media Story - This dog always performs because it owns the track.

Last place: General Public - This dog is a perennial under performer due to blindness.

There was no time for discussion ( it was that rushed). Everything was to be closed down within a year. What would happen to the dogs? What would happen to the people?

Since then the decision has been reversed. So where are we now?

I am not sure. All I know is I have a great dog.

Campbell Price Dec 5, 2016 · #8

I live in Australia where greys are still mostly associated with greyhound racing. More people are becoming aware here that they make great family pets. This is a good thing because they are overbred for the racing industry.

Lisa Gallagher Dec 5, 2016 · #7

#6 What country do you live in @Campbell Price? I think they became popular as rescues in the US over 15 years or more ago. I remember hearing on the news controversy people were facing for adopting them. We don't hear about it anymore but I'm glad people do!! I'm glad it's changing where you are too.

Campbell Price Dec 4, 2016 · #6

#4 Hi Lisa- Thanks for commenting about your dogs and your great question. Many people have not seen a pet greyhound before. I think they see what great condition she is in and assume she still races. Some also know that there is a rescue movement in my country for retired racing dogs. They feel a sudden need to clarify if I am a good or bad guy in their eyes. So that combination of seeing a breed they previously only saw racing on TV and the political debate around animal cruelty confronts them. This is slowly changing as more people have greyhounds as pets and people can see that they are not that different from other dogs. (They just run faster)

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Campbell Price Dec 4, 2016 · #5

Yes correct. Also many pharaohs had them. I visited Egypt as a child and yet was unaware of this.

Lisa Gallagher Dec 4, 2016 · #4

I hear greyhounds are actually pretty laid back dogs. I commend you for getting a rescue. I brought home a rescue once and sadly she had an incontinence problem. She was house trained but she would pee on my couch while sleeping and on the floor as soon as she got up. I took her to the Vet and he said it was probably from spaying. She did have an infection when we first brought her home but it cleared and the problem persisted. I brought her back after a month, felt very bad but she ended up living with the director that ran the shelter. We ended up with a cocker spaniel who my daughter hand picked from the litter. She was the runt but the sweetest dog ever. She died 13.5 years ago and we've had a Boston Terrier since. Again, hand picked by my daughter and we used to call him our Boston Terror. He's still a bit neurotic. Dogs are unique. Why do you think people ask right away if the dog is a rescue because you have a greyhound?

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Dean Owen Dec 4, 2016 · #3

#2 The Egyptian thing could possibly be due to the resemblance to Anubis?

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Campbell Price Dec 4, 2016 · #2

Thanks for commenting Dean. The full size greys don't run in the house as opposed to the Italian ones. I love watching her run in our local park and afterwards crashing on the sofa! Interesting comment about Asia. One place that does love them is the Middle East especially Egypt. I posted this elsewhere and suddenly had many friend requests from that interesting part of the world. #1

Dean Owen Dec 4, 2016 · #1

Never had a Grey, but was fortunate to have spent the last 15 years with whippets and Italian Greys. Not much racing in Asia so the rescue problem is not as present, but they do have greyhound racing in Hong Kong and I know a few people who have adopted ex-racers. Sighthounds are the dog worlds best kept secret as they make absolutely amazing companions. Very rare in China though as "skinny" dogs are thought of as unlucky!

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