Over the weekend I made a big decision. And this is coming from someone who doesn't make big decisions lightly. Over the past 20 years, I have belonged to a Greyhound adoption group from the Altoona, Pennsylvania area. I've adopted seven Greyhounds over those 20 years and fostered over 30.

Currently, I have one Greyhound and an Italian Greyhound/Whippet mix. At least that's our best guess. He is larger than a typical Italian Greyhound, but smaller than a Whippet. He thinks he is a Greyhound.

The adoption group I belong to, gets most of their Greyhounds from racetracks in West Virginia. Once they are no longer racing, our group adopts them, gets them vet checked for any problems and performs other checks before making them available for adoption.

Greyhound tracks have been closing in many states around the country for years now, including all Florida tracks closing by the end of this year. Because of the coronavirus, all tracks closed in Florida,  although there may be some re-opening before the end of the year.

At some point, all dog race tracks will no longer exist and that means Greyhound rescue groups will no longer have dogs to adopt out. So I thought now would be a good time to adopt another.

My Greyhound group just picked up five retired dogs, and I called to inquire about one of the males. After a good conversation, I made the decision to adopt him. He recently had a plate put in one of his back legs after an accident on the track, so he'll need some TLC once he arrives home, which will probably not be until early July.

I'm excited to add him to the family, but feel good being patient for his arrival so the Greyhound adoption group can help him heal before he's ready for his forever home.

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