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Daydreams by FreeMeadows Daydreams by FreeMeadows
Yup...another greyhound :)
He loves to run, but hates to live the rest of his life in a little cage. I read a poem one day called "Hurt Hawks" by Robinson Jeffers and I sketched this from one of the lines I liked in the poem:
"The lame feet of salvation;
at night he remembers freedom
And flies in a dream."

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darkwolf423 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Greyhounds are fine in crates. Mine sleep almost 18 hours a day in the same spot and when they're awake its to go outside or eat. They enjoy being lazy it's why they're called a 45 mph couch potato. And they're sprinters, I take my dogs to the park and they're done 10 minutes tops. They love it, but it doesn't mean they want to do it all the time or can. Also, track crates are much much larger than you're regular giant dog breed crate. They have more room since they spend more time in them.

And, I would beg you all to think of this when thinking of greyhound racing, it should be REFORMED not outlawed. Many tracks have made so many incredible improvements in the last decade. All kennels are required to be affiliated with a rescue organization or they cannot race. Many kennels of great race dogs will donate portions of the winning from that dog to its affiliated rescue group. People are still stuck believing in the tracks of eighties. Go to your local dog track and tour the track, talk to the vets, talk to the kennel owners, see the dogs, they have come such a long way! Don't trust Grey2K, they don't actually help us at all (us being the rescue groups). Seek out your own information.

If you get rid of greyhound racing, you get rid of the breed as we know it. They are bred for three things: Speed, Health, and Temperament. Not color or confirmation like the AKC. When you stop breeding for function, you introduce a host of bad genetics into the gene pool. Look at German Shepherds for example. American bred GSDs are absolutely atrocious in health (especially the hips) and it all has to do with being bred for looks. So please, give racing a second thought and work with the industry to CHANGE them not ban them.

From a owner of two retired racers and adoption group volunteer.
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
As a vet I have perhaps seen the side of racing that they have kept hidden from you. Kennels might make friendly little tax-deductible donations and smile and ask about how their dogs are doing, but don't believe for a minute that behind closed doors everything in the world of a racing greyhound is all rainbows and smiles. Its a sport built on profit, and until that changes, money will always win out over the dogs.
If even one greyhound is euthanized because he wasn't fast enough, that is too many for me. I'm the one that has to give the injection to dogs that nobody wants anymore. You try just once to do that to a perfectly healthy dog and look him in the eye while he licks your hand as you inject away his life, and then tell me that the numbers of dogs killed since the 80s is way down. I'm the one who has to do the dirty work and go home knowing that when I thought I was going into a profession to save animals, THIS WASN'T WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR. One is too many, and as long as racing is legal there will be more than one.
Breeds don't necessarily have to lose type just because racing is illegal. Foxhunting is illegal in Europe, and they just find more humane ways to teach the dogs to hunt. Lure coursing or racing at not-for-profit events are good alternatives.
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Religion0 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That's actually the saddest part about the abuse of Greyhounds. They love the running. It makes them so happy, and that is being abused and controlled.

The only good part about them spending the rest of their life in a crate is that they are already crate-trained by the time they get a new, loving home.
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
Lol, at least you're thinking positive for them :) but I suppose they could be crate trained just as well without staying there 24-7 ;)
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Religion0 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
They don't, or their bladders would be a memory only. :O_o: Yay, thinking positively! :la:
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
lol, ok 22/7 instead of 24 ;) At least the greys I worked with--1 hr in the morning and 1 hr at night to relieve themselves and get some exercise. You are right though that it helped transition them to home life easily.
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Religion0 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Having something familiar...
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nyanamia Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great drawings, love the top middle running one. I wannnt onnnnne!....but I can't have a dog until I move out of this apartment
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
I hate that about apartments! My husband and I had SUCH a hard time finding a place to allow our dogs. And that was before we even mentioned that one of them is a pit bull.
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nyanamia Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah...My apartment allows pets, and pretty much everyone who lives here has a pit bull. It's odd. I just can't afford the pet deposit AND the pet :( One day, I will rescue one
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