As many people will know, we volunteer with Shutter Paws Rescue Photography to take photos of animals who are looking for forever homes. Yesterday, we headed back to Greyhounds As Pets WA at their amazing kennels in Southern River to photograph 10 retired Greys who are available for adoption. GAP’s Greyhounds are retired racing dogs who are looking for family homes for the next stage of their lives. A retired racing Greyhound makes a wonderful pet. They are at their happiest on the couch with their heads nestled in your lap and they don’t require a lot of exercise, in fact they would probably faint at the thought! Each dog featured here really would love its own family for Christmas. Pictured below is Christo, he’s the strong, silent type, and oh so handsome 😉
Every Greyhound who comes to GAP is cared for by a foster carer for a period of six weeks in order to expose them to as many different experiences as possible. The Greyhounds are expertly temperament tested prior to entering a home environment but the foster care process enables GAP to find out more about the individual Greyhound once he/she is living in a home. GAP Greyhounds are sterilised, have their teeth cleaned, are vaccinated and microchipped, and the adoption fee recovers some of these costs. Pictured below is Ralphie, who is actually a girl, and so, so, pretty!
Greyhounds are generally quiet, well mannered and easy to live with. They are friendly, lazy, calm, affectionate, clean, loving, trusting, good-natured and very social. In 2013 the Dog Act was amended to include a special provision for Greyhounds in respect to muzzling. Greyhounds who successfully complete a prescribed training program are permitted to be muzzle free in public and are awarded a ‘green’ collar. Below is Candy, what a cutie! And underneath Candy is Yelena, enjoying a cuddle from Sam 🙂
Greyhounds are sighthounds and have been bred for thousands of years to chase things, but it is also very possible to rehome a Greyhound who, with training and reinforcement, will not chase cats or small animals within its home environment. GAP tests their Greyhounds with small “hero” dogs on lead and in a safe environment to ensure they know exactly what each Greyhound’s tolerance level is of small animals. Speaking of “Hero” dogs, this seems like a good time to introduce you to Scout and Rex, who are crucial GAP team members, and the happiest little chaps you’ll ever meet 🙂
If you’re looking for a quiet, calm, loving dog to join your family, we really recommend you talk to Greyhounds As Pets and go meet the beautiful Greys looking for a place to call home. Here are the 10 we photographed yesterday, but GAP are always on the lookout for special people for their special dogs.
And for those interested in the nerdy camera stuff, we photographed all of these dogs in an under cover garage, with a reasonable amount of natural light left of camera, with a Canon 5D Mk3 and a Canon 70-200mm 2.8 lens, with an on camera flash set to ETTL.