a great way to help a greyhound find a home.
By living in a home with love and attention,
even the shyest greyhounds tend to come out
of their shells. Fostering also allows our organization
to take in more greyhounds during overflow periods.
Fostering a greyhound can be an extremely rewarding experience.
Below is a
description of one person's fostering experience
that can help you decide if fostering
might be right for you. There are not always
dogs available for fostering, but when there
are, we think it's a win-win proposition. (Special note:
Please remember that will be necessary to bring the "fostered" back to Operation Greyhound periodically so he/she can be viewed by interested "permanent" greyt parents.)
the foster dog
a tail with a happy
We took in a foster dog on Saturday the 26th of May. He is not
quite as big as Blaze, but every bit as beautiful and deserving of a happy
home. Being shy and a little distrustful of humans, he has taken up temporary
residence in our downstairs bathroom. He is most comfortable in very small
Foster, whose racing name was Oregon Snow, was a racer at
Caliente. He came to us having been abused enough to cause him not to trust
people. He spent his first evening with us in the position you see here. This
was the smallest spot he could find in our home. He laid down on the cold
terra-cotta floor and I really had to work just to get the pad under him. Poor
On Sunday we fed Foster a good breakfast, walked him and let
him watch us give lots of love to Blaze, his new mentor. Foster was still very
shy, but let us pet him from time to time and looked sad when we'd leave him
alone again. He still stayed in the bathroom, with the exception of walking,
peeing and eating, but seemed much happier.
Monday, Foster had discovered that when I go into the kitchen, it usually means
food! This was his first venture out into our living area, other than running
through to go pee or eat. He stayed in the kitchen with me until his breakfast
was ready, let me pet him and was very sweet.
Later that day, we went to the boardwalk in Carlsbad. It was his first
public appearance and Foster was a gem. He got skittish on a few occasions, but
a hug and gentle words calmed him right down. Foster also made his first trip
upstairs on Monday (a complete success) and gave the dog door a try (this needs
more work). He still won't take a treat, and has no idea what a toy is, but
that will all come in time. Foster has made remarkable progress in his first
Foster + a little patience = one great
course of the last few days, Foster has continued to learn to trust us. He very
much liked his walks, and we no longer have to carry or drag him to the door.
Getting him out of one of the three bathrooms, where he loves to hang out when
home, only entails putting his lead on him and saying "waaah-keees". He's
learned to love riding in the car, with his head out the window of course, and
continues to follow Blaze around learning the basic happy dog stuff. He still
won't take treats from our hands, but loves them now - especially sow's
On Friday afternoon, we found Foster in our upstairs bathroom with a
plush squeaky toy, a purple rabbit. This was his first time with a toy and it
was so good to see him so happy and playful. Friday evening we found him
downstairs sleeping soundly in an upside-down pose which is the ultimate
greyhound sign of trust. We chose not to photo either event so as not to
Foster went to the Solana Beach street fair and was an ambassador
for his breed along with Blaze and Magic. He got a bit skittish
a couple of times, but again a little hug and reassurance was
all he needed to trust me and follow me again. Many people asked
about the dogs and were invited to the Greyhound Reunion the following
Saturday night, after a hard day's work, Blaze, Magic and Foster
had a sleep-over at our house. They all had a great time running
in the yard and slept very soundly.
mom came up and we all went to the Greyhound Reunion together.
The picture here is all three dogs enjoying their afternoon at
the reunion. Foster went into the "adoption corral" at the reunion.
This is where prospective greyhound families look at the dogs
and can apply to take one home. I put Foster in the corral, but
was skeptical of his new found social skills and fully expected
that he'd be coming home with us.
adopted! A very nice family with two lovely and social greyhounds
opened their heart to him. I saw Foster with them over the course
of the afternoon and he seemed very happy. This was the last time
I ever saw Foster in person.
A few weeks
after this day, Foster was returned to Operation Greyhound. He
hadn't socialized as well as his family had hoped. Aparently he
didn't really do anything wrong, they just had a routine with
their other greys and Foster just wanted to do his own thing.
baby was adopted again very quickly. He was such a sweetheart,
I knew he wouldn't be at the kennel very long. This is a photo
of Foster (now Oren again) with the canine portion of his new
family. From left to right the dogs are Lucy, Stan and Oren.
Oren has now
been with this family several months and is getting along just
fine. We wish Oren, and all of the wonderful greys out there,
all the best.