Zephyr

Hi, I’m Zephyr. I’ve been at kennels since October 2017 and I’m finally ready for a couch, please! I’ve had quite a rough start to life. It’s not nice to talk about, but I’ve had minimal socialisation and interaction with humans, though I find all the kennel volunteers nice and not at all scary. Because of this, I need a kind, patient family who can give me a LOT of love, as I really do have so much to give in return, I’m still just learning how.

I used to be left alone for hours and hours at a time, and gosh, that was pretty horrible for me. As such, I really need at least one of my carers to be home with me more often than not. Maybe you work from home? Maybe you’re retired? Whatever the situation, I’m sure that once you spend a bit of time in my company you won’t be in a hurry to go anywhere anyway!

If you have kids, please note I’m best suited to those over 10 years old, as I’m a big boy and could knock the little ones over. I wouldn’t mean it, of course. I just move like the wind.

I’d be over the moon if you have a backyard as I have energy to burn and would benefit from plenty of space. Above all, I really need an understanding family that will be patient and kind while introducing me to the wonder and kindness of a world I’ve never known.

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Top dog-friendly getaway ideas

Going on holidays with your dog is a terrific bonding experience, not to mention an extra-special alternative to kennelling. Including them in your plans is not only easy, it is hugely rewarding. It’s wonderful to watch them explore new places, new sights and new smells, and best of all, you don’t have to be apart from each other for even a day.

Here are some of our top getaway ideas to consider when travelling with your dog. Read More »

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5 Ways to Get Your Household Ready for a New Dog!

By Amy Wakley-Ahearn

Bringing a dog into your home can be a very exciting time for you and your family. If you haven’t had a pooch before, it can also seem a bit overwhelming, but there are some ways to your home ready for your new furkid that will help to ease the transition. Read More »

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Dog Park Etiquette

By Amy Wakley-Ahearn

Off-leash dog parks can be a great way to socialise your pooch. They provide an opportunity for your pet to run around with other dogs, experience a variety of smells and sounds and generally enjoy themselves. And they give you a chance to meet other dog lovers and have a bit of a chat.

Like all social things, there’s a bit of etiquette involved. Read More »

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April is Adopt a Greyhound Month!

 

April is ‘Adopt-a-Greyhound Month’, and the perfect time to welcome one of these adorable couch potatoes into your household.

Cheeky Max, pictured, is just one of these greyhounds in need of a loving home. A former racer, this affectionate boy today loves nothing more than a good old cuddle, not to mention the occasional pile of laundry to climb upon and snooze the day away.

During April, Greyhound Rescue is offering a discounted adoption fee of just $250 instead of $350 per hound. With this important fee, we can pay for these beautiful dogs to have a full health check and be de-sexed, vaccinated and heartworm tested.

If you’re interested in adopting a greyhound this April, please complete our application form. The information you provide helps us match individual greyhounds with the best possible household for them, hopefully ensuring a perfect match each time.

We are a registered charity and rely solely on donations, which are tax-deductible. If you’re unable to adopt, foster a dog, or physically volunteer, why not consider sponsoring a hound, or purchasing some of our merchandise? Every cent helps us find more greyhounds loving homes all year round.

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A big thank you to Silvan Australia!

Thanks to the wonderful team at Silvan Australia for their generous donation of these fabulous Sherlock trolleys! They make our job easier feeding and cleaning at the Greyhound Rescue kennels.

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Nine of our best boredom-busters for dogs!

It’s that time of year again – you’re headed back to work and the furbaby who has received endless pats and attention over the holiday break faces hours of alone time at home.

While we always advise against dogs spending long stretches of time alone, sometimes it ‘s just unavoidable, and for some, this means one thing: boredom.

Greyhounds are generally relaxed by nature, with many happy to snore the day away, but all dogs, greys included, can get bored, resulting in behaviour such as pining, barking or chewing the remote control. Keeping them occupied during their alone time is just as important as cuddling them on the couch when you get home.

There are a large number of reasons of reasons why we want to avoid boredom in our pets.  According to Pet Care Consultant Liz Walden, avoiding boredom ‘helps cut down on a pet’s destructive tendencies. Any dog has a natural interest in keeping itself active and entertained, and if it doesn’t have a constructive outlet such as going for walks or playing with toys, it may act out by digging holes, tearing up furniture when inside, or trying to escape its yard (which can be dangerous in and of itself).

‘Training can assist in curbing these tendencies in most dogs, but making sure they have a healthy outlet for their boredom is the best way to keep them happy and safe.’

So what can you do to keep your dog busy while you’re out working hard to keep them in kibble? Here are nine great boredom busters to try now. Whatever you choose, always ensure you have plenty of fresh drinking water available, too. Read More »

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Greyhound Rescue would like to thank PetO!

Greyhound Rescue would like to extend a hugethanks to PetO for their generous donation of dog beds to keep out hounds comfy in our new kennels.

Check out more about PetO here »

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Reduced adoption fees until the end of January

Our kennels are full of hounds who need your help. If you’ve been toying with the idea of bringing home your new best friend, then now is the time! January is a usually a quiet month; the ideal time for settling in a new family member.

We’re offering reduced adoption fees to help more pups find their forever homes from now until 31st January, 2018. We’ve waived our usual $100 deposit- any greyhound that goes on trial will only cost $250 to adopt, and final payment will not be required until the end of February 2018!

Can you give a greyhound a forever home? This is the perfect opportunity to adopt! Get started on the best decision you’ll ever make. All you need to do is complete our application form.

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Have you considered your hound on New Years Eve?

Many dogs and other animals are frightened by the sounds of fireworks and can be distressed by crowds and parties. Follow these tips to help keep your furry friends safe;

  • Ensure that your pets have a safe place to retreat away from noise and crowds, particularly unfamiliar people who may be acting rowdy.
  • Before the festivities, take your dog for a long walk (weather permitting) so that they have used up some excess energy and are able to relax.
  • A scared animal may go to great lengths to escape a perceived threat; jumping fences, breaking free from tethers, and smashing through windows are just some of the lengths that a terrified pet could go to.
  • Double check that your dog has a sturdy collar that isn’t going to come off easily, and that your contact details are clear on the tags. Also, make sure that microchip details are up to date.
  • If you’re hosting or attending a party, keep a very close eye on your pet or keep them separated from party goers. You don’t want your dog to ingest something that she shouldn’t, and we all know that people can be silly under the influence.
  • If your dog does become nervous, sit with them and speak calmly. Generally, dogs don’t mind the topic of conversation, but a calm and soothing familiar voice can work wonders to relax them. Treats may also be appreciated.
  • A normally placid dog can behave unpredictably under stress and this can include destructive and defensive behaviours. Forward thinking and planning can help prevent any problems.
  • Watch out for signs of distress such as heavy panting/drooling, freezing, growling, pacing, excessive licking and avoidance. These signs show that a situation is simply too much for your dog and you should remove him to a safe and calm place.

Our dogs look to us for guidance and rely on us to keep them safe from harm, it is up to you to ensure that your pooch has a happy NYE.

From all the doggies and volunteers here at Greyhound Rescue, we wish you and your loved ones, both two-legged and four, a fabulous 2018!

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