Greyhound Companions of New Mexico
photo: joyce fay 12-99
Destiny and Strider are the much-loved pets of Judy Paulson of Greyhound Companions of New Mexico. They are perfect examples of why she is so devoted to this breed. "Although having a racing greyhound can be a challenge in some ways, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. These regal dogs are quiet, clean, extremely affectionate and intelligent. Most importantly, you will be saving the life of a dog that would be casually tossed aside by the inhumane and wasteful industry of greyhound racing."
Judy cautions that "It is true that greyhounds can make wonderful companions, but it is remiss to place these unique dogs into homes without properly educating adopters on what to expect from these curious, sometimes frightened and fragile canine athletes.
"Potential adopters need to know that the greyhound is not a hardy breed and their thin hair and skin makes them susceptible to injuries that would not faze most breeds. Also, old racing injuries can produce discomfort and intermittent or chronic lameness if the dog is subjected to rough play with children or other pets. These are unique dogs requiring well-prepared homes.
"Greyhound Companions of New Mexico takes particular interest in abnormalities in the retired racing greyhound resulting from the environment in which they are raised, trained and raced. These abnormalities can take the form of health and/or behavioral problems. Informing adopters of these potential difficulties can mean the difference in a successful placement and one in which the adopter surrenders the greyhound to an animal shelter or other rescue agency. "
If you would like more information about adoption and the dogs that are available, contact Greyhound Companions of New Mexico
Telephone: Judy K. Paulsen 505-281-7295
Write to: GCNM, P.O. Box 22053, Albuquerque, NM 87154-2053
Website with information about many aspects of greyhounds: http://www.gcnm.org