Add a Loyal Family Member: April is Adopt-A-Greyhound Month

Barbara Karant Greyhound Photo

Photo Copyright Barbara Karant of Karant+Associates, Inc., 5330 W. Winnemac Ave., Chicago, IL 60630, 312-733-0891 www.barbarakarant.com

Illinois families come in all shapes and sizes. There is no single way to build a home filled with love, loyalty, and shared experiences. In fact, some of our most cherished family members walk on four legs, drink from a bowl, and sleep on the floor: our dogs.

Anyone who lives with a dog or grew up with one appreciates how important a role these beloved animals can play in our lives. They are often far more than pets, becoming companions that share in the ups and downs of life–providing loyalty through thick and thin.

Consider a Greyhound

As a dog lover and proud owner of two greyhounds, I would like to let local residents know that April is officially known as National Adopt-A-Greyhound Month. If you are considering adding a dog to your home, now is the perfect opportunity to take the plunge and discover how these animals can make wonderful companions.

The Greyhound Project provides a helpful list of adoption agencies in Illinois where former racing greyhounds are matched up with new homes to transition off the racetrack. There are many adoption operations located throughout suburban Chicago so that local families can find services nearby. My favorite reputable source for greyhound adoptions is Greyhounds Only through which I have adopted my most recent two greys, Millie and Sonny.  Many of my friends have also adopted greyhounds through this organization, which will provide you with the knowledge and skills to help these lovable creatures make their transition from race dog to couch potato.

For those not familiar with the breed, greyhounds are best known for their speed and use in dog racing competitions. However, they are much more than just fast. Usually described as intelligent, gentle, and loyal, greyhounds make ideal long-term companions.

While they enjoy a good romp as much as the next dog, despite popular misconceptions, greyhounds are not hyperactive or in need of any more than regular exercise. No two dogs are identical (every animal has their own personality), but in general, greyhounds can live happily with other dogs, cats, and children. Greyhounds are also not known as “barkers.” This is important for those living around neighbors, and it is a quality that makes greyhounds ideal pets in both the city and suburbs.

Take the Plunge

As an Illinois family law attorney, I understand the challenges that many residents face when dealing with major life changes, like a divorce or separation from a partner.  Life for everyone comes in phases, and it can be scary to break from old relationship and form new ones.  At these times, trusted animal companions act as powerful support systems, providing constant love and affection. No pet is more familiar with dealing with changes and new beginnings than greyhounds transitioning from a life on the racetrack to a life as loyal friend.

Of course, adopting an animal should never be taken lightly–it is a long-term commitment. It is crucial to understand the animal’s needs and plan how they will fit into your daily routines. Take a moment to learn more about greyhounds and consider providing a home for one of these wonderful creatures today.

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