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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 3 edition (Aug. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764540866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764540868
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Greyhound adopters have made Adopting the Racing Greyhound their Bible and for good reason. Written from experience and also from the heart. A gem."
–Carol Lea Benjamin, award-winning author of Mother Knows Best

"The book that has had the single biggest impact on Greyhound adoption."
–Joan Belle Isle, The Greyhound Project

Since the first edition of this groundbreaking book was published, tens of thousands of people have been inspired to adopt ex-racing Greyhounds. These gentle, lovable dogs have special physical and emotional needs, and no other guide is more authoritative or complete in preparing potential Greyhound owners for the responsibilities involved than Adopting the Racing Greyhound.

This fully updated edition features veterinary information not available elsewhere, backed up by painstaking research by some of the country’s leading authorities. Respected greyhound authority Cynthia Branigan–who has helped place more than 4,000 ex-racers through her organization–provides updated statistics on the costs of adoption as well as new health information, such as safe new flea, tick and heartworm preventives, anesthesia protocols for Greyhounds and suggestions on purchasing veterinary insurance.

Branigan carefully explains how potential adopters can decide whether a Greyhound is the right dog for them–a critical issue in successful adoptions–and covers everything from feeding and grooming to training to extending the dog’s life span. She helps readers prepare a Greyhound for the arrival of a new baby; decide whether or not to add a Greyhound to an existing pack of dogs; determine when to return an adopted dog; and locate adoption agencies throughout the world. Branigan also offers a wealth of updated information on medical conditions in Greyhounds and the latest in tests and treatments.

A HOWELL DOG BOOK OF DISTINCTION

About the Author

CYNTHIA A. BRANIGAN is president of Make Peace With Animals, an animal welfare group. Among the group’s special missions are Greyhound rescue and placement. Branigan is recognized as the country’s leading expert on adopting racing Greyhounds, and frequently gives seminars and interviews on the topic. Branigan is the only author of a book on Greyhound adoption who is also founder and president of an adoption agency, which has placed more than 4,000 Greyhounds since its founding in 1988.


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My wife and I have wanted to adopt a Grey for a while, and we were determined to learn as much as we could about doing so well BEFORE bringing a dog home (we're information addicts). Branigan's book was an excellent and easy read (probably because it was so interesting). Though many people don't, I appreciate the background on the breed along with the short and insightful history lesson Branigan provides. This breed's past helps to clarify its present situation and needs.
For first time adopters, the insightful advice given in "Adopting..." has been extremely helpful, and we've found that every Grey owner with whom we've spoken since only reinforces and concurs with Branigan's philosophy on these spectacular dogs.
Bottom line, I would heartily recommend this book to absolutely anyone who is - like my wife and me - considering Greyhound adoption. This book's simultaneously broad and detailed look at doing so will make the process extremely enjoyable! Well done, Branigan!
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I had adopted a very shy Greyhound and the adoption group I got him from recommended putting him on thyroid medication. They told me it wasn't necessary to even test him for an underactive thyroid--his shyness alone was proof of the disorder. Well, they gave me the thyroid supplements and I assumed they knew best. What a mistake! Within a week he was pacing and panting. Within two weeks he was agitated and becoming very aggressive.
Thank God I happened across the book Adopting The Racing Greyhound. In it I read all about the myth that most Greyhounds have an underactive thyroid gland. I took my Greyhound to the vet right away and he, too, assured me that what the group recommended was very dangerous and could have lead to my dog having a heart attack. We did a proper thyroid test (it came back normal), and we weaned my dog off the supplements. I took him for some basic obedience training to get him socialized, and I am giving him more time, and more love, to get him over his shyness. Guess what? It is working!
Thanks to Ms. Branigan's book, my Greyhound and I are really enjoying each other's company.
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I picked this book up as part of our adoption package as we adopted our greyhound, Titus. This book is great for a number of reasons:
1. READABILITY: This book is a very quick and easy read. You'll be able to read through it in 2 or 3 evenings. It's an easy-to-see type, and written at a level that even a grade-schooler could understand.
2. CONTENT: Of course, even though this is an easy read, that does not mean that there isn't anything to this book. Inside you will find page after page of sound advice for the greyhound adopter. The author covers almost every concievable question that you might have about your greyhound, and the index is very helpful in locating these answers to your specific questions.
3. VALUE: For [the price], you get a wealth of information about transitioning a greyhound from a racer to a pet. If you own a greyhound or are just thinking about it, this book will show you the ropes without breaking the bank.
If you have a greyhound, he or she will thank you for the knowledge that you will gain from it. Titus highly recommends it!
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Branigan's excellent book is a wonderful resource for anyone who has thought about adopting a Greyhound. Even for those with a passing interest in dogs, 'Adopting the Racing Greyhound' is very interesting reading.
Branigan gives the potential Greyhound owner a very clear, very readable account of the breed. The book includes a history of the Greyhound, what took place during their racing careers, and how it will affect the dog when he reaches you. The author also addresses special needs that Greyhound owners should know. Many organizations are listed so that you can contact them for further information. Highly recommended!
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After researching greyhounds for a year I came across this book shortly after I adopted my 7 year old. It is by far the best book on the subject. It is quick, easy reading and filled with practical information for day to day situations. I have recommended it to every greyhound owner or prospective owner that I have spoken with and encouraged my local Agway dealer to carry it.
Great resource!
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Have you ever considered the possibility of adopting a racing greyhound but didn't know where to begin? Cynthis Branigan takes away all of the anxieties and worries about adopting these wonderful royal canines.
In a simple format Branigan lays out the history of the breed, the training of the dogs, their care and the steps you need to consider in adopting a grehound for your household. I found the book easy to follow and it opened up the possibility of considering an ex-racer as a pet for my household.
Adopting The Racing Greyhound should be your number one primer in finding out how to acquire these remarkable dogs. The author is highly enthusiastic in sharing the information and is also one who has adopted greyhounds. Her informative style and commitment to the dogs is remarkable. Cynthia Branigan is also very clear in presenting the challenges of having an ex-racer in your home. She tells about their quirks and habits which can be overcome if you are patient with your dog and are willing to spend the time to incorporate this pet in your household.
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