Occasionally we will get a hound or two that we deem as "Special Needs". This may be for several different reasons. The hound may have a thyroid problem, have seizures, be a rescue who came to us malnourished, was rescued or returned at an older age or perhaps is a shy hound, known as an "extreme spook". Whatever their case may be, they are often overlooked due to additional needs or because of their "senior" status but these hounds are the most special in our hearts. Here we must put a side note.
*The majority of our hounds here are NOT RESCUES!* *They are RETIRED RACING GREYHOUNDS!*
Boc's Hwy Man (Hiway Man)
Hiway Man is a really good boy! He is loving and sweet with people. He loves to play, and gives great hugs to his friends. He asks permission to go into his crate or to get his food, looking back at you to say, "is this okay?" In the kennel, he is a perfect dog. He never has accidents. He's quiet. He is very friendly with us, his handlers, and has a good appetite. He has good manners in the house for the most part too, and walks nicely on leash. He does have a stubborn streak though, and sometimes needs a firm reminder that yes, he does need to listen, even when it's something he doesn't want to do! With people, he's really sweet...but when you throw other dogs into the mix, things can start to get tricky. Hiway Man is a xenophobe, meaning he really doesn't like dogs other than greyhounds. Even with his greyhound friends, he can be snarky, and sometimes can be pushy up to the point of bullying quieter or more timid dogs. He certainly is not willing to put up with a dog who acts that way towards him, and putting him with another dog with a stand-offish temperament can cause an argument between them. He just will NOT back down! This trouble with other dogs, combined with his stubborn streak, has earned Hiway Man a spot on our special needs list. He would do best as an only dog, but may be okay with an easy-going GREYHOUND (no other breeds!). He needs a special person in his life. Hiway Man needs a friend who can show him the ropes, and how to be the best dog he can be. He needs a teacher with a firm hand, someone who is not afraid to correct him when need be. He needs someone who will be consistent and patient with his training, and willing to deal with his potential for dog aggression and reactivity. Hiway Man will not be a boy that can hang out at the dog park or pet store, but would do fine going for daily walks or jogs. He enjoys rides in the car, and playing with toys. Hiway Man really is a good boy...he just needs a little help figuring out how to show that to you! If you think you might be the right special human for this handsome fellow, and someone who is willing to put him through the training he needs, give us a call today!
Oaks Capt Call (Captain)
Captain is one special guy. He is a sweet, unbelievably gentle soul in need some of serious TLC. See, Captain is what we affectionately refer to as a "spook". He is sweet, calm, gentle, quiet, low-energy, safe with small pets...and very, very scared of new things. With some reassurance from his human friends, he gets by, but Captain needs a companion with patience and understanding to help him overcome his fears. He is slow to warm up to new people, but once he does, he bonds very strongly. Cap is a real snugglebug, and his idea of a perfect evening is to be curled up in the lap of someone he trusts, napping peacefully. If you are looking for a loyal friend with a kind heart, this might be your boy. You just need to earn his trust first! Because of his quiet nature and extremely low (maybe even nonexistant!) prey drive, Captain would probably make an excellent apartment dog, even for those of you who share your home with a couple of cats! He does need to go to a very quiet home, and would likely be stressed out by children or an active family. This special guy needs peace, quiet, understanding, and someone that can be around him most of the time while he adjusts and learns that the world is NOT out to get him. He would be a great friend for a retired couple, a student, or someone who works from home. He DOES adjust, it just takes time. Our staff here has been working with him since his arrival here and he has made great strides, so we know he can learn to trust human friends. Captain really needs a special someone to show him the good life that waits for him now that he's retired. Could it be you?
All hounds are available to our local homes. If you're with one of our fellow Adoption Partnership Program Groups and are interested in one of our available hounds, please contact us at AGRACStaff@gmail.com. More information about our Adoption Group Partnership Program can be read it's page.
We do have several more hounds available than what is listed here. Please feel free to contact us with the type of hound you're looking for.
Want To Help One Of Our Special Needs Hounds?
Sometimes our special needs hounds come with some really special needs at the vet clinic too, which means that contributions are highly appreciated to help out with the costs. A rescue hound who comes in malnourished might need a full panel blood work, IV fluids for a few days, special diet, medicines, additional tests, medical care at the vet clinic and possibly more. These can all add up really quickly. One heart worm treatment alone exceeds the adoption fee. Your generous contributions are a GREYT help! Please consider contributing today!