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Dogs Trust Launches Greyhound Awareness Week

14 April 2015
Dogs Trust

UK - Dogs Trust Manchester is holding a Greyhound Awareness Week (Monday 13 April - Sunday 19 April) to bust some myths about the breed, and help the five Greyhounds currently at the centre find their forever homes.

Contrary to what people tend to think, Greyhounds are often couch potatoes and need little exercise, liking nothing more than cosying up on a comfy bed in a warm home.

Since opening last October, Dogs Trust Manchester has looked after 22 Greyhounds, the majority of whom have been ex-racers, including three that arrived last week joining two others already at the centre waiting for their perfect families.

A few facts about Greyhounds

  • The Greyhound originated in Great Britain and is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence.
  • It is the only recognised dog breed mentioned in the Bible.
  • They are believed to be the fastest breed of dog on the planet – they can reach up to 45miles/hour over a short distance!
  • In the Middle Ages, only noblemen were allowed to own and hunt with a Greyhound and any harm done to a Greyhound was punishable by death.
  • Henry VIII and Queen Victoria were both proud owners of Greyhounds.
  • Greyhounds don’t like sitting down, and some can’t, due to the muscle arrangement in the body.

Dawn Bishop, Dogs Trust Manchester’s Rehoming Centre Manager, said: “Sadly many retired racers end up in rescue centres like ours waiting for a loving home to spend the rest of their lives in, but because people associate them with racing, they assume they are a dog that needs lots of exercise. That’s not the case. They are definitely strong and fast but they are surprisingly lazy and very loyal, which is why they make great pets.”

Throughout the special week, visitors to the centre in Denton will be able to find out everything they need to know about Greyhounds and of course meet the dogs looking for their forever family, including four-year-old Sam. Sam is a toy and food-loving dog who is looking for an adult only home where he is the only dog.

Dawn says: “We have nicknamed him Smiley Sam as he really does have a great smile. He enjoys chasing a ball but generally just loves to be around people. He is really chilled in his kennel and can often be found snuggled up on his blankets, so we really hope he catches someone’s eye during our special week and finds the home he deserves.”

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