Back in the winter, I kept a friend’s greyhound while she was on holiday. Crash joined Nick and Missy as their guest. Crash was a perfect gentleman with impeccable manners in the house, in the garden, and on lead. After all, he’s a US racing greyhound and they’re indeed special.
Crash enjoyed his stay with us. He and Missy had several epic chase sessions in the back garden. Missy was overjoyed to have a bouncy boy about her own age for play. Nick, he’s 11 and acting positively senior.
Nick and Crash share Kiowa Sweet Trey as sire. Trey has over 10,000 offspring out there because NGA breeders frequently breed good running bitches to top studs by artificial insemination. If you are Jonesing for a Trey pup, there is still some Kiowa Sweet Trey semen available from the NGA repository.
Before Missy joined us (red fawn looking away), Rompin’ Rhea and Nick were my most closely related pair. Rhea’s sire, Oswald Cobblepot, sired Kiowa Sweet Trey making Rhea auntie to Nick and Crash.
This is sort of cool stuff but is interesting trivia when you consider the amazing adaptability of the greyhound dog to transition from a youth spent as “working livestock” to companion life. The modern US breeders, farm staff, and kennel staff do a super job breeding the racing greyhound, preparing them to race, and to get along well with people and other dogs. The folks raising our companions work long hours for modest wages, because, like us, they’ve fallen in love with the Greyhound. In the US, a robust support system of track adoption kennels and adoption charities place over 90% of all former racers as companions. Volunteers help transport the hounds from track kennel to the local adoption charities. Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption serves the Virginia Tidewater.