George’s main love in life is going for walks

Apr 28, 2022 | Success Stories

As a volunteer at Greyhound Rescue, you never forget a hound you cared for and helped to place in their forever home. George (FKA Jason) made quite a name for himself at Greysland, with his adventurous and sweet nature and fondness for bed destruction!

George has been living the dream with mum Kelly for almost a year now. Read what she had to say about her time with this gorgeous boy below.

“Wow! Eight months with George has gone so fast. I hope the poor guy doesn’t have an identity crisis as he came to me as Jason but I renamed him George after the silver fox George Clooney. But he also has so many other names here: Boy George, King George, Gorgeous George, G-Force, Georgie Boy and GeeGee.

George came to live with me in July. A month previously, my beloved dog Pepper the Kelpie had suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. It was really nice to have George around when I was feeling low. I was able to re-direct my emotions into providing George with the best possible care, love and attention I could.

George’s personality is slowly and steadily emerging since I adopted him. He is quirky, goofy and cheeky. He loves toys, zooming around the backyard, investigating the garden, and sleeping – but definitely his main love in life is going for walks!

Every week I see small differences in George and in our life together that make me feel he is really settling in and developing a great routine. I work from home and have done so for two years so I was a little worried about George being upset when I leave the house but so far I have been really lucky and he is managing being on his own when required very well.

George was not happy living at the Greyhound Rescue kennels. Even though he had love and care from the wonderful volunteers he found the kennel environment stressful and he was on medication to help him with this anxiety. He remained on this medication to help him with the transition into his new environment, my home. As he has gained confidence, he has slowly transitioned to a lower dosage and in 2 weeks time will be medication free.

Many greyhounds have never seen other types of dogs in their life, and George currently doesn’t enjoy interactions with non-greyhound dogs. We are slowly working through this by giving him space and doing some slow, carefully managed introductions to other types of dogs. This will be an ongoing process.  

I’d like to mention the really great support I received from Greyhound Rescue throughout the adoption process and afterwards. Any questions, no matter how strange, were answered quickly and my adoption coordinator Kate checked in on me regularly.

Adopting a greyhound is a big commitment and requires patience and lots of love so if you’ve got both of those to give, I would highly recommend it and you will gain a gentle and fun companion.”

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