Well, they said we'd be back to get hound #2 - we didn't believe 'em, but it was true! Maggie was just so sweet, only 4 months later we adopted Cinna (AKA Hidden Cash), a beautiful brindle lady. Though she has brought out a little jealousy in Maggie (evidently, Maggie had claimed everyone in the family before Cinna hit the scene), Cinna has settled in tremendously well and is even more of a sweetheart. She's swift, agile, and incredibly playful, and has a crazy helicopter tail that becomes a blur at the slightest suggestion of a treat or a walk. We often comment that we can't believe we have two enormous dogs trotting around the house, but we couldn't be happier to provide a home for this pair of wonderful doggies.
The Cowell Family
In November 2007; we lost our first Grey - Louie. Louie had raced in FL and was adopted to a home but then showed up here in Birmingham, AL just before we moved here from VA. Louie adopted my husband Sean right away and then he called to tell me. I'd traveled out of town for a business meeting and had only been gone 4 & 1/2 hours!!! After losing Louie, we'd decided to wait until the next year to adopt another dog. On Nov 24th, 2007 we went up to MGWC to get a doggy "fix" and all the greys were out in the pens for an afternoon break. There was a beautiful fawn dog whining in the back inside & I asked why. Come to find out "Little Man" who'd been found n Muscle Shoals, AL and tested positive for heart worm. Beans, as we renamed him - because he is full of beans! - played with another grey, Spike for about 10 minutes. Then both dogs were exhausted and crashed. Spike on a bed on the floor, and Beans jumped up on the couch where I was sitting and laid down on top of me (like a small lap dog) and sighed in contentment. I looked at my husband, and he knew. We left with Beans the same afternoon and he settled in very fast. We wouldn't change a thing & love how fabulous these animals are. Hopefully we'll get another furry child soon. My dogological clock has been ticking, just convincing the hubs now!
The Yoder Family
Dash & Dempsey...
We started off with one greyhound Dash (AKA Hustle). Then a couple of months later I get word that Dash's brother was at the adoption center and was being retired. We went to see him and he was very standoffish at first. Then we took them outside in the run and watched the two brothers and littermates frolic around like a couple of silly kids. So yeah you guessed it, we then adopted Dympsey(AKA Hercule Poiroix). They are so funny together. They sleep all curled up next to one another. I could not ask for two better dogs. At the time we got Dash we knew impending empty nest was imminent . The last child was moving out and so now we have our two boys and well as if that were not enough ... you know they needed a play buddy. Someone told me about a Basset Hound and well Tanner our Basset thinks he is one of the greys but a heck of a lot more stubborn. Everyone should own a greyhound or two or three even four and if I didnt' live in a 2 BR apt ... I would probably seriously get another one.... grins...
LOVE LOVE our boys !! Oh and love the human ones too :) Thanks Mel, Sue and everyone involved. You guys made our lives more complete !!
After about 5 months of grieving the loss of our little Miniature Pinscher Pippin (otherwise known as the Great Pippini), we decided our family was ready for another pooch, but one of a much larger size. We started looking into the personalities of Greyhounds and decided that they sounded delightful. We have not been disappointed!!! We visited the adoption center and chose Ptrs Homerun (Homie, later renamed Maggie), whom we were told was quite vocal for a greyhound and somewhat emotionally needy. :) She is definitely both, but in good ways; her favorite thing to do at the dog park is visit each and every dog and human, waiting for the latter to give her a rub-down before she moves on. She has also become very good at predicting when we are going to leave her in the morning...Kong toys filled with cream cheese or peanut butter have been good to us (and her!). Her favorite things to do around the house are scrounging through our closets to pull out shoes (which end up in hallways and on the living room floor). Outdoors, with some prompting, she hurtles herself into racer mode and runs in enormous circles, tossing up grass divots as she propels past us at alarmingly high speeds. Still, I have to say, one of our favorite traits of hers is her ability to sleep stretched out on her back (roaching). So funny. Overall, she is just the biggest sweetheart ever, and we already are having a hard time remembering what it was like before she came into our lives!
I am sure everyone @ the center remembers my boy.."ROO". I am not a patient person, so one Saturday morning after finding out the wait time from another group, I decided to call up the Mcgregor Center. That was the best decision I have ever made!!! I went there wanting a girl, but came home with my boy. We had so many to choose from that day and they had "Roo" in mind for us. The only thing was he was on thyroid meds & special needs . I was hesitant..why would I want a dog that was needful?? This is my first adopted greyhound..why again would I want a not so perfect one?? I started thinking of all my medical problems and said to myself "people love me with my problems", so after taking him out for a run and loving on him a while..We knew and he knew..he actually didnt want to go back in his kennel while we waited for them to get all his stuff done. We had to take him back in...now I understand why. He is quite stubborn when he wants to be. LOL. I suffer from major depression & low self-esteem, but since that day..I have never turned back. This boy has changed my life beyond belief! ! I didn't have friends, it was only me and my family. I now have so many greyt friends. I actually started doing Meet & Greets religiously. I made some Best Friends -Kate & Nunu & Amy. I started doing a lot of socializing within the grey family. He is my rock when I feel weak and uncomfortable around people & situations. I actually feel that he has given me half my world back that I hadn't had in many, many years. My doctor has heard my story and actually gave me orders for an Emotional Support Animal. I feel that Roo definitely fits the bill. I now have another greyhound named Darby (Run To Arbys) that also came from the Birmingham track, she is also amazing in her own ways to us. She is younger and totally opposite of our boy Roo...she is a silly girl. I am so thankful I called that day, made a 4 hour trip on Monday, and got the world's greatest inspiration that day and his name is ROO!!! I wouldnt change anything about my story. Thanks to all the girls @ the center..Roo & I love ya..
HUGS from Roo, Kimberly & the Hadden Crew.
Roxie & Herbie...
Roxie, our silly lovable girl was a Valentines gift this year from my husband, and not long after she came into our lives, I knew that the Haynes household would never be without a Greyhound again... and thus came Herbie 4 months later, our laid back, super cool boy who somehow quietly stole all our hearts.... and so the love affair has begun.:-) Thank you to all the MGWC staff for allowing us to have these super hounds!
Alex's Nimby Snoopy...
Nimby Snoopy was born on December 8, 2006. He raced for BRC for a couple of years but LUCKILY was "too slow", and this is how we got to adopt our big blessing. My boyfriend and I went up to the welfare center just to look, and after looking at all the "pretty" boys I noticed a grey face watching me. When we opened his kennel, he walked straight to me and leaned up against me, I knew right then he had chosen me as his mommy. Snoopy had just been returned due to problems with children, but we have had Snoopy for almost a year now and have discovered that he is perfectly fine with children. He has been our biggest blessing, I couldn't be happier that he chose us. I wouldn't trade this wonderful experience with the welfare center, and how welcome they have made us feel, and knowing we're always welcome back, for the world. They have done such an amazing job making sure these dogs get a second chance at life. Thanks again so much for our big old' baby.
Side note: Sadly, Snoopy developed cancer and Alex had to help him cross The Rainbow Bridge, just one week shy of his 6th birthday. However, Alex has adopted another silly boy named Rooster and is totally in love, all over again!
Khloe was adopted by the Partain Family, and as you can see, she's taken over their couch and hearts! Khloe is always up for a photo session, as long as she can sleep through it!
Nero and Lillian...
If actions speak a thousand words, then this picture speaks for itself of the bond of a hound and his kid! Nero is a sweet, loving companion who is always happy to entertain the imagination of a little girl.
Jingle and Frosty...
Jingle (with the cute nose) and Frosty are true siblings, born on Christmas Day! This pair was adopted by the Benefield Family, at the wonderful age of 8 1/2 years old. A lovely addition to their family!
Sweet, sweet Maddock, what a journey this boy had. Having been adopted once, then abandoned, well, lets just say he had security issues. After being fostered with Nero for a while, Maddock was adopted by the Benefield Family when he was 7 1/2 years old. He stole everyone's heart in a big way. Sadly, after only a few short, love filled months, Maddock crossed The Rainbow Bridge. His last moments were spent in the arms of the two people that loved him the most. Godspeed, sweet boy, you left a hole in every heart you captured.
Stella has made two little girls VERY happy! This snapshot was just days after she entered their lives and we predict lots of love and spoiling in her future!
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