Canberra Weekly Magazine – Couple recommend greyhound adoption

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Greyhound Rescue (GR) says adopting a greyhound can change your life for the better.

Yarralumla locals, Margie and Rob Cuttell, adopted Ellie (then six years old, now 10) from GR. They urge people to open their hearts and homes to this beautiful breed.

It was a friend’s suggestion for them to try an ACT Greyhound Support Network pack walk. This led to them adopting.

“We went to have a look. Not only were the 30-40 greyhounds friendly and lovable, their owners were so welcoming … We were hooked,” said Margie Cuttell.

She said they had never considered adopting a greyhound as they didn’t have much space.

Happily, greyhounds don’t need a lot of room and spend much of their time sleeping.

“We wanted a small, calm dog— eventually. But these wonderful, quiet and calm greyhounds need permanent homes or fostering in temporary homes. They all need love and affection,” she said.

The couple applied to GR in Sydney, asking for a small girl. GR suggested they trial Ellie, a 25kg black greyhound rescued from a pound. She was about six years old at the time.

“At first she was very reserved, staying in her basket, only coming out for meals and short walks. However, we fed her and loved her and made her safe. We worked with her and, slowly at first, she became more confident,” said Margie.

Rob said Ellie enjoys walking with them around the suburbs, meeting doggy mates, or going on long walks up hills and along bush tracks. “She’s become the perfect pet and much loved member of our little family,” he said.

Rob said greyhounds are low maintenance and gentle by nature. They have no doggie smell, shed little hair and seldom bark.

“They make great pets for all ages. They are 70 km per hour couch potatoes. They need only a 20 minute walk each day, unlike most other dogs, but will enjoy more,” he said. Rob said greyhounds are the great Australian underdog.

“If more people knew what great pets they are, there’d be fewer greyhounds stuck in kennels waiting for a new home. They’re simply adorable,” he said.

Greyhounds no longer need to be muzzled in the ACT; this breedspecific legislation was overturned in 2017.

People who are interested in adopting or fostering should complete an application form.

Greyhounds from GR are de-sexed, vaccinated and heartworm tested. A registered charity, GR relies solely on donations which are tax deductible, as well as fundraising.

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