THE early part of a greyhound’s life is racing but once retired, they long for cuddles and are affectionate.

AND because they become quite inactive, it makes them the perfect apartment pet, according to an industry expert whose adoption program featured at Melbourne’s Midsumma festival recently.

“Contrary to popular belief, greyhounds are not high-energy dogs as they are sprinters,” Greyhound Adoption Program manager Larissa Darragh explained.

“Some of them think they are lap dogs and will certainly love it if you let them.”

Darragh said that hundreds of greyhounds found homes through the program last year, with staff and volunteers working to find greyhounds to match various adopters’ personalities.

“Greyhounds make fantastic pets – they are quiet, lazy and gentle animals that thrive in the home environment,” she said.

Darragh is reaching out to the the LGBTI community because she believed that many cherished pets.

“It is just wonderful how the community interacts with pets and spoils them. With less having children, it seems more really care for their pets and really make them part of the family,” she said.

To celebrate the beauty of the greyhound as pets and as beautiful dogs, GAP is behind a unique art exhibition.

There’s more to greyhounds than racing and every greyhound has its own special story — that’s the message behind an Australian-first photography exhibition that opened in Melbourne today.

The Every Greyhound Has a Story photographic essay exhibition is free and showcases the unique aspects of a greyhound’s life as a pet.

The photography was done by  Josh Robenstone, who teamed with Greyhound Racing Victoria and the Greyhound Adoption Program to open the exhibition.

Robenstone has chronicled the relationships of former racing greyhounds and their adopters, in settings ranging from a nursing home, to hanging out at Melbourne’s trendiest cafes — and even a prison.

“Because adopted greyhounds have come from the racing industry, they all have a unique story,” he said.

The free exhibition is at Melbourne’s new 524 Flinders Gallery between March 14-20.

INFO: Learn more about greyhounds and GAP at http://gap.grv.org.au and by visiting the Every Greyhound Has a Story exhibition, on until March 20, at 524 Flinders Gallery, 524 Flinders St, Melbourne. Free entry.

 

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