Tips for a Multi-Dog Home with Greyhounds
Shortly after adopting Killian we realized just how easy a greyhound was to have around the house. We decided to have a multi-dog home.
Killian was nice and quiet, required very little maintenance; he was happy to go on a nice long walk once a day and was respectful of the cat.
Not being a puppy there was virtually no effort to housebreak him, one of the big plusses of adopting a retired racer.
Greyhounds are “Pack” Hounds
I said I would love to have another greyhound to keep Killian company. Greyhounds are “pack” hounds, meaning that they enjoy living a communal life style. They have spent all of their lives with lots of other greyhounds and for the most part are very comfortable sharing a home with other greyhounds. They are ideal for a multi-dog home.
Killian really enjoyed going to the Meet and Greets as well as meeting other dogs on our walks. So we felt he might like the company of another greyhound at home.
Not all greyhounds appreciate sharing their “space” with other pets. Some greyhounds have a very high prey drive—they make very good racers but should never be placed in a home with other pets. Those pets become prey in their eyes and may not survive the co-habitation.
Killian was a very good candidate to have a housemate so we adopted Murphy. When he arrived at the Foster home, we took Killian over to meet his new brother. It was neutral territory so they would not be distracted by any territorial issues. They became Fast Friends even though their personalities were completely different. Where Killian was very laid back, Murphy was outgoing. Murphy loved toys and Killian did not have much interest in them so there was never any problems with which toy belonged to which greyhound.
I really think that Killian enjoyed having another greyhound and I am sure Murphy really loved being in a home with good food and a nice soft bed to sleep on. Most rescued dogs are so grateful for being rescued from a not so nice situation they usually fit in and make the best of a good situation.
When McSorley came to join the pack we realized that each and every greyhound has a personality of their own. Killian was the suave debonair one who would grace people with the privilege to pet him. He knew he was handsome. Murphy and Killian welcomed McSorley to their multi-dog home.
Murphy was the consummate athlete. Every day he would go out in the yard and run laps around the yard. He would grab a toy, give it a shake, make sure I was watching and take off like lightning. Very often he would try and get Killian to run with him, sometimes he was successful and it was a beautiful sight to watch.Four Greyhounds and Two Cats
Greyhounds Are Like Potato Chips
They say that greyhounds are like potato chips, “Bet you can’t have just one” so we added McSorley. He was the Class Clown of the trio. He would prance around and chatter like an old wash woman. When Murphy would start doing his laps Macky would convince Killian that they should stand on the deck and watch Murphy run. He was firmly convinced that once you retire you DON’T go back to work.
At one time we shared our home with four greyhounds and two cats, all rescued, all appreciative of the love and attention that they received and all getting along. For us, the benefit of saving the life of an innocent creature far outweighed the extra work and expense of a multiple pet household.
As dog rescue becomes increasingly popular, a multi-dog home may soon be the norm. Become a chipper.
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