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Dog Instinct

Yesterday (the 4th of July) I went to the Greyhound Adoption Center and met several dogs. I was down to 2 dogs: a girl and a boy.
The girl was super sweet on me, was already house-trained, lead-trained, and would easily jump into my hatchback. She was about 60 pounds. The boy was also sweet on me, but was straight off the track, weighed right around 75 pounds, and didn’t want to jump up into my hatchback.

So… I was very interested in the girl. But, there was a problem: the girl had a couple strikes against her. She got into a tussle with another dog at one house, and was returned to the shelter. Then she was adopted into a home with no other dogs, but there was another issue: she has the sleep startle issue that some GHs have… only she has it a bit worse than others and she apparently bit the 2nd owner.

I wasn’t super-worried about it at first. The Adoption Center saw me interact and figured that I’d be a fine owner, so we filled out some paperwork. But I didn’t want to take the dog home last night due to fireworks. As I thought about the situation over night, I became increasingly worried that I’ll fail as a dog owner for this dog. I haven’t had a dog before, and I just don’t want to let this dog down. So, I had a change of heart on adopting that particular female dog because of her history.

I still really like Greyhounds and will continue to search for the right dog. I just think that these 2 weren’t right for me.

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