Michael McCain is "the expert" in helping people around the world in finding and capturing lost greyhounds, on the GreyTalk forum (greydogs is his logon ID). GreyTalk has an "Amber Alert" for lost greyhounds - which I believe is the most watched and supported "lost greyhound" site in cyberspace. *Note that the most important and effective step in recovering a lost pet is posting flyers -- this is emphasized and proven time again on the site. (Comments and photo added by gryhoundz 05-04-2010)
I enjoyed the learning lesson in how to capture the Greyhounds. I haven't had any show up here yet, but it always good to be prepared as the end of the street and my place is a dumping ground for unwanted dogs and a lot of lost and missing ones manage to find their way to my house to be rescued.
I'v e ha d everything from GreatDanes to pair of tiny poodles who decided to come visit from a few mile s away that were lost to a set of shepherds that every time they get loose come knock on my door at three in the morning and want to come in and stretch out on couch and raid the fridge. : )
Every breed of dog is different when trying to capture and rescue them and with Greyhound tracks down here it will be nice to now be armed with information if any should show up down here.
My across the street neighbors had a greyhound named Ginger for 4 -5 years. When she passed away they were devastated and several months later adopted two young gentlemen greyhounds. They too were rescue dogs. My friends have had these for the last two years. Fortunately for everyone, these never escaped or even seemed to want to do so. I have helped take care of Rocky and Ranger several times when the owners have had to go out of town. I usually share the duties with another neighbor's daughter. She takes the morning and evenings and I take the midday and afternoon time-slots. My two kids love to help if they are available. They are very sweet and loving dogs, if a bit rambunctious. They love to run around their owner's pool as if it were a race track.
The methods should be good with any shy or elusive dog, especially ones who have been loose for a while. At least worth it to try the calming methods with strange dogs that you can sense don't trust anyone.
What I find so strange about greyhounds when they get loose is their behavior is so contrary to how they usually are when house pets. They love everyone and are calm, also intelligent. When they are loose, many seem to avoid people and hide. Mostly it is when they are fresh off the track, but there have been greyhounds that were older and in homes for a long time that evaded capture, too. The moment they are in someone's hands, they are always relieved to be caught.
Good article. While not a grey, still a sighthound, I had an afghan girl scared off the field at a lure coursing trial. She was missing for a full day. It seems like most sighthounds revert to almost a feral mindset, avoiding people, even those they know, when they are loose. We only caught her because she had gotten tangled in a piece barbed wire. Luckily she made it to a residential area, and was found laying in someone's back yard, she couldn't get up on her own. A trip to the emergency vet for stitches, and some sub-q fluids, it still took a couple of days before she was back to her normal happy self.
This is the place to socialize and get help with greyhounds. Let's discuss their qualities as a pet, what to do for a bad habit or health issue, how to help rescue or find a lost greyhound.
Personal experience with rescue will be openly discussed.