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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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Wiree Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Student General Artist
Aww poor thing, I can't wait till people stop doing this stuff.
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008   Traditional Artist
Someday I hope so too!
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Wiree Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Student General Artist
Thats good to hear.
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RainDreamer13 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006  Student
beautiful reminds me of my own dog *huggles pic*
sweet dreams.
x
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006   Traditional Artist
Aww thank you :)
You have a greyhound?!
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liquidonyx Featured By Owner May 3, 2006
Beautiful drawing, the anatomy is perfect, you can really see the power and speed of the greyhound.
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner May 4, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Greyhounds do have a certain grace about them. I want to see one run free in a field some day..I bet it would take your breath away.
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DigestedMeat Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005
Great composition! I love the anatomy of the running poses, it's very accurate. Nice job!
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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DerPolizeiHund Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Wow...... again cute doggy!!! :aww:
I like idea of picture and grayhound)))))))
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
love the sketchy look! Those action shots at the top are very accurate. This makes me sad though. Lovely drawing :)
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Yeah, it makes me sad too... I just wish I could take every single greyhound I see home with me to run and play and be happy..:)
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shelzie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Aww, greyhound! :heart: It's so great to find people who appreciate them =) I love the roughness of this.. I have a thing for sketchy stuff xD But the form is so lovely and accurate without looking like an anatomy book. Beautiful concept as well.. they probably do chase bunnies while they're dreaming =) Beautiful job. Definite fav for me =)
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005   Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you so much for the kind comments! How could anyone not appreciate greys (and whippits too :) ) They're just the sweetest puppers ever! ;)
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005   Traditional Artist
Yeah, I've heard the skinney crap too...I guess pudgy dogs are fine, but I just love sighthounds' sleek-ness (is that a word? lol)

o, and you're most welcome! :D
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shelzie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, well. I've heard some people say they're too 'skinny and weird', and other people say they're 'not real dogs'. *stabs* Hmph. Well, that's exactly the reasons why I like them so much xD

thanks for joining the club and for the return watch =D
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Kaitlinmark Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005
ooo, this is really good!!!!!!!
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2005   Traditional Artist
thank ya :)
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SyntheticFlame Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005
Well done!
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ArtbyZaheroux Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005   Traditional Artist
extremely well done. i like how the cage doesn't overlap the dog.

yay for a fav! (heh, sorry it's not an advanced critique, i'm not good at those. =D )
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2005   Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks much! Good enough critique for me :) :hug:
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ArtbyZaheroux Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2005   Traditional Artist
=D i'm glad it's good enough!
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