Ever wonder where the greyhounds are now and what there lives are like now that they have been adopted? This page is dedicated to to all the greyhounds who have been adopted thru GPA MA.
(Racing name: Killer Pick)
Adopted spring of 2017
Pickles is such a sweet and happy dog! He has adjusted so well, it's like he's always been part of the family. He has become very goofy, showing his personality and a lot of affection. He likes to sleep on the wood floor when it's hot. But he also claimed the spare bedroom as his own, dragging all his blankets into it and bringing each toy in one by one! He still collects shoes, and loves peanut butter and Greek yogurt, and beef tracheae. He sleeps a lot, and enjoys his walks and runs. We haven't had to crate him since his first month with us. No behavior problems at all so far. No chewing, no separation anxiety. Long story short, we are so glad we found Pickles, but I think he picked us.
(Dania, race name: Mystic Bay)
adopted October 2016
Ziggy was love at first sight. We saw her photo on the GPA Mass website and HAD to meet her even though we weren't quite ready for another dog. We introduced her to our 6yo greyhound Code and they got along so well! They walked well on the lead together and seemed to enjoy each others company. Needless to say we put down her adoption fee right away.
The same month that we brought Ziggy home, we ended up moving to Halifax, NS, Canada for a new job opportunity. She did so well during the 12 hour drive and really didn't have any issues becoming part of the family. Although she has learned a lot from our other grey Code (daily routine, being home alone), the learning has gone both ways. We have found that Code is much more affectionate, playful and has learned to enjoy life a bit more (instead of worrying about what is happening next). He is also learning to subtly manipulate us by whining...haha!
Our favourite thing has to be watching her roach. She is an expert roacher and sleeps on her back every single day. She loves having her belly rubbed and welcomes us into her bed for a cuddle.
Ziggy really has to be the most affectionate, goofy and easy going greyhound I have ever met. She has never once growled at us or shown us any distrust (even when I clip her nails and brush her teeth). I sometimes feel like she is unique, but I have no doubts that there are other greyhounds at GPA Mass that are equally as perfect!
Gable Strikeking 6/16/09
Easi Denny 3/27/09
PKay Feb Dragon 9/17/13
P Kay Edge 5/28/13
O Ya Amos Moses 3/7/14
We had adopted 2 greyhounds from Lincoln Greyhound Adoption Program in 2005. In September 2014, our 12 year old greyhound Belle passed away and while we weren’t sure about getting another dog right away, I knew at some point I would want another greyhound. No other breed would do! We weren’t sure where to go so we contacted June Bazar and she told us to contact GPA Mass. I started looking at the available dogs, still unsure if I wanted to adopt so soon, as it had only been a week since losing Belle. My daughter and I saw a picture of Striker (Gable Strikeking) and wanted him. By this point, our other greyhound Carlie was just not herself, so off we went to meet Strike. There was an immediate connection. Striker soon became my baby, and I would joke that him and I could talk and understand each other , we just had this connection I hope to have at some point in life with another dog. Everyone should have a dog like Strike at some point. He loved to just lay and cuddle, and many mornings wouldn’t get out of bed until I did, even if the others were let outside. You could leave the room and he wouldn’t touch any food that wasn’t his. He loved to bark at every loud car, truck, and motorcycle that drove by the house. He also enjoyed walks and could walk for miles I think if I would keep going. In the summer he would sit in his pool, even at 6am or 10pm.
Shortly after adopting Striker, I saw on facebook that Denny (Easi Denny) was available for adoption. We had met Denny once before, and he was a beautiful brindle boy! I don’t remember the timeframe, but within a few weeks of adopting Strike, we also adopted Denny. We went from a 2 greyhound house to 3. My daughter and Denny are inseparable. Denny owns any piece of furniture, even if someone is on it. He will jump up and keep pushing you over until you move. He loves to have his ears rubbed, and loves to wipe his face on me. Denny loves food. It doesn’t matter what it is. He will wait until you’re distracted and try to grab it. Denny also has a mile limit on walks. We have to keep track because after a mile he slows down and then soon stops walking. We have to wait until he’s ready to go again. Denny thinks he is very much in charge. Denny sits, and he will move his head back and forth until he has your attention. He waits for my son’s school bus with me almost every morning- sitting there looking in the direction it comes from.
In March of 2016, Carlie passed away at the age of 12. The next morning my husband woke me up by telling me to hurry up and get ready we were going to adopt Dragon (P Kay Feb Dragon). Dragon is the smallest greyhound in our house, but she doesn’t let that stop her from hanging with the boys. She loves to run around the yard, has a hiding spot for all her toys outside, and can chew up toys in 5 seconds flat, and can find anything she’s not supposed to chew. Most of the time we walk around asking Dragon what she has and where she found it. She loves having her belly rubbed, and roaching on the dog beds. Dragon also loves food, any food, doesn’t matter if you’re on the process of eating it, she will try to steal it if you let your guard down for 2 seconds. Dragon also does not like long walks, but she loves to zoom around the yard, and then lay in the spot with the most dirt!
We were back to 3 greyhounds in the house! We went to a playdate at GPA MASS in April and took 3 greyhounds but came home with 4. My son and husband wanted Edge (P Kay Edge) the moment they saw him. Edge loves to play with any stuff animal he can find, and that Dragon hasn’t chewed, or moved back into her hiding spot. If he can’t find a toy to take outside, he’ll grab the nearest shoe. Edge smiles once in a while. He loves to cuddle and lean. He’ll walk up to you and lean until you pet him, and if you stop for any reason he’ll move onto the next person in the room until they stop and he’ll just go back and forth until he doesn’t want to be pet anymore. Edge sits too, and occasionally will also help me wait for the school bus with Denny.
Earlier this month, we Strike passed away quite suddenly and unexpectedly. We still miss that big boy. The time we had with him wasn’t long enough, but I don’t think 50 years would have been enough time for me. I wasn’t sure I wanted to get another dog. I thought it best to let things settle for a while, and just stick with 3 greyhounds. The house seemed empty, even though we still had Denny, Dragon, and Edge there was something missing. The dogs were acting “off”, I’m sure they were picking up on our sadness. Although Strike can never be replaced, we met Moses (O Ya Amos Moses), and Kathy, Matt and Denise thought he would be a good fit. Of course they were understanding of us not wanting to rush in adopting again if we chose to wait. Once I really met Moses, (I had seen him the week before, but I had convinced myself it was too soon and didn’t really pay attention to him), but once I really met him and played with him, I knew it was meant to be. Matt and Denise brought him to our house, and he couldn’t wait to get inside. I’m pretty sure he would’ve gone through the door if he could have. He is such a happy boy and fits right into our hyper greyhound gang! He loves to wag his tail, it never stops moving, and if you leave his sight even for one minute, when he sees you again he gets super excited. Moses also loves to smile! He has fit right in, and I can’t wait to see his personality from here.
Girl and Kane
Rhythm Big Girl and Big Daddy Kane
3/8/2008 & 4/30/2009
Back in April or May of 2014, we happened to go into Tractor Supply in Plympton and GPA-MA was there that day doing a Meet and Greet. We met some of the cutest greyhounds that day, and of course the nice humans who volunteer at GPA. My husband fell in love with Winona, who came right over and did that greyhound lean thing they do… how can you not fall in love, right?! As we were driving home, hubby told me about how he had almost adopted a greyhound from the Raynham track years before I met him, but it fell through and he has always wanted one. We also had the yes/no discussion on whether we wanted to get another pet. Our 18 year old cat had passed away a couple of years before and we were enjoying the freedom of not having to get a pet-sitter when we wanted to go off somewhere. Fast forward to August, and Ihad decided that hubby needed a companion since he is now retired and home by himself most of the time while I am at work. I went online and did a search for adopting greyhounds and found GPA-MA’s website. When I pulled up the list of available dogs, Girl was the first picture of the group. She looked so regal and beautiful in her picture! I printed out the list and left it on my husband’s dresser top while he slept, and left for work. Next thing I know, I get a phone call saying “we’ve got to make an appointment to go down and look at these dogs”. So, he set up the appointment for that Saturday and we went and met Girl. After meeting her and hearing that she had been at the kennel for over 18 months and was still waiting to be adopted, we just had to have her! We signed the adoption paperwork, and we did the mad dash back to Tractor Supply to pick up food, bedding, doggy bowls, treats, squeaky toys, and plastic fencing for the backyard. Matt and Denise brought her over the next day for her home visit and she decided to stay. Lucky us!! She is a Becker College graduate of December 2012, is very well mannered and handles the stairs like a pro! She does have a stubborn streak and we understand she was a bit of an alpha (which is a nice way of saying ‘bully’ lol) at the kennel, but she did settle in very well from the start. She has been such a joy, every day!
So, I am sure a lot of you know the term “chipping” when it comes to greyhounds, right? They are like potato chips – you cannot have just one. We were FINE with just having one dog, really… we were! We took Girl to GPA’s annual reunion event in Sept. 2015, and had the best time; the greyhound community are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. We are chatting with a couple who kept talking about Kane; a big boy who had been at the kennel for 13 months and no one had shown any interest in him. How sad is that? The following Saturday, we went to GPA to meet Kane. He was such a loveable goof! We wanted to have him come to the house to meet Girl and see how they would get along in “her territory”, being the “queen bee” that she is. I’ll tell you, after the first couple of days, I was ready to send him back. Their squabbles and Girl’s ‘tude was getting a bit much for me to take. I went to work that Monday and when I got home, my husband says “if he’s got to go back, YOU have to do it because I can’t.” He’d already lost his heart!! The funny thing is, by day 3, it was like a switch was flipped and they were getting along great! I guess they just needed to work out their issues, and I learned that I needed to let them. I told hubby that if they were still doing well by the next day, then we could keep him. Needless to say, October 14, 2016 was Kane’s first Gotcha Day! (Thanks Cheryl & John!!) Kane has settled in extremely well, loves car rides and food – OMG, he loves food! He is so comical at each meal, he acts like it will be his last! He stands and drools on your foot while you’re putting his food bowl together, while Girl, on the other hand, just sits and waits patiently, I am sure all the while thinking what a fool her adopted brother is! She still likes to play alpha and will “nag” him when they are doing zoomies in the backyard. Luckily Kane is easy going and lets her have her way (most of the time). These 2 greyhounds have brought such joy into our lives and we are so lucky and greytful to have found them and all the wonderful people at GPA.
Sweepy, Sweep or Sweat Pea
October 2, 2013 we lost our 10-year-old greyhound, Sunny, to bone cancer. One month later, while I was surfing Facebook, I came across a picture of a beautiful red fawn hound named
Sweepy posted by Wayne the Greyhound (Claudia Iannotti).
We immediately fell in love and started the adoption process with Denise and Matt Schumitz. On November 24, 2013 we finalized the adoption and Sweepy became Sweet Pea McGraw.
She is now living the life of a pampered princess in Columbia, South Carolina with two other greyhounds, Katie and Chops. Oddly enough Chops (Chopin) happens to be her “nephew”. Bill and I are so thankful that Greyhound Pets of America – Massachusetts allowed us to adopt this special girl.
Dewey and Berniece
Dwart and Berniece N Barb
7/1/2008 & 4/15/2013
About two years ago my wife and I moved up to Massachusetts from Maryland. We already had Grace that we adopted from GPA-MD, and with a bigger place we were immediately in search of another greyhound. Immediately, we were thrilled to find out that there was a GPA-MA chapter. With any new addition, it’s nice to have a few days off work to be home with the pup and help them adjust, so we thought Thanksgiving holiday was the perfect time to go searching.
When we arrived at the kennel we were shown a few lovely greyhounds, but once we saw how goofy Dewey was we feel in love. Then we heard that he was in the kennel for just about a year, and immediately said “we’ll take him!” After learning that he was a bigtime racer (over 200 races) we figured he would need some time to adjust to apartment living and some area to run around. He wanted to see what was behind every door in the apartment, and boy was he fast in the dog park.
He adjusted so quickly, that a year later we decided we might want a third pup. After a little discussion with GPA we were going to take a special grey home, but she unfortunately passed away before she came home. While that was tough, we still wanted to open our home to another grey. Just visiting GPA there was a white pup named Berniece. I was still unsure of getting a third dog, but my wife was ready. Honestly, Berniece was not the grey I wanted. In the kennel she jumped on people, was super hyper, and even peed a little bit when she got excited. We already had two dogs and I just thought it was too much to add a third that needed some work.
Well, my wife won and Berniece was going home with us. Another goofy grey that was in the kennel for a year, and while I wasn’t onboard, I couldn’t say no. She came home that day and was horrible in the truck, as all she wanted to do was drive. When we got home the first thing she did was knock over the food container and spilled dog food everywhere! She found the stuffies right away and tore them apart trying to swallow the arm of a poor little stuffed bear. Berniece also enjoyed jumping on counters and FOOD. She loves FOOD. We literally ate pizza over the sink while she tried to jump up and eat it herself. Berniece couldn’t stay in the crate without having an accident, and consistently woke up multiple times in the middle of the night. What did we get ourselves into??
Almost a year later, I can say she has easily become my favorite of the three (sorry Grace and Dewey). She loves driving in the truck and hanging her head out the window. We did get rid of all of our stuffies, but she loves chewing on elk antlers and playing with her ChuckIt ball out in the yard. We can sit on the couch and eat our dinner with her lying right next to us. She still really loves FOOD, but only her food. She hasn’t had an accident in the crate for months!! Although she wakes up in the middle of the night occasionally, it is definitely less frequent than before. She has stolen our hearts and her personality is amazing.
Together, all three are very special dogs, but Bern and Dewey are a special breed of their own. We tend to call them Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, cause they can’t do anything without one another. The first few months when Berniece came home, Dewey would seclude himself in the bedroom. You can tell he was sad and felt like Berniece was taking his spotlight. Now, they lay together, hop like bunnies together when it’s feeding time, run to the back door to look at squirrels together. They are legitimately BFFs. We are so happy to have all of our greyhounds, no matter how silly and goofy they are.
Code came to us as a mature boy (5 years) with a very energetic, very polite, and very confident temperament. All his years of racing gave him a strong work ethic, but his high prey drive made him not very safe around small animals (including small dogs). With a little training and work, he has learned to tolerate (and even like) some small dogs and he is showing his softer, goofy side. There are no words to describe how much we love him. He is such a great pet! He never does anything wrong in the house and is great with kids. Everyone loves him! He loves to walk/hike and eat his meals. He especially loves channeling his energy into learning new tricks! He has also become quite the embassadog wherever we go, saying "hi" to people on the street and educating everyone about greyhound adoption!
We adopted Colt Fuente at the end of October 2015. We are still so grateful for all the guidance and accommodation from GPA. We’re not first time dog owners, but these were our first greyhounds. He went from Colt Fuente to Merasmus Wizard of the Hades Spiral, or Raz. Razman. Razmataz. (The other greyhound we adopted at the same time is named Friday, so there’s a lot of Fraz and Riday) He is confident, curious and always willing to try something, though we haven’t figured out why he needs to smell the dirty laundry for so long. He patrols the back fence and surveys his domain (the backyard) from the window by his couch. He loves his twice daily walks so much, I’ve gotten quite a few loud roos right in my ear if I was not quick enough. The wiggle and dance he does as we get to the door is so cute, but he quickly stands right next to me so he can get the leash on. He’s made a fast friend with the neighbor across the street—wraps himself right around him, always looking to see if he’s there. He’ll only get off the couch to greet us if he feels like it, especially if he has taken my spot on the couch. He’s a joy and we are so lucky to have him in our lives. The young teenager, who was not super enthused about getting dogs again, loves having the greyhounds. It’s such a satisfaction watching them bond and relate to one another.
Kiowa Tree Blue
Becker College Graduate 2015
When Kiya Blue came to live with us, we had an orange boy kitty who had recently lost her Greyhound friend named Zahra. Chester missed Zahra and did not appreciate his new, young and playful dog. So he went on a kitty strike. He didn't eat, didn't use his litter box, and didn't come out of his human brother's room for 3 days! Not knowing how to deal with this, Chester's family moved all his things upstairs where they stayed for about 6months, along with Chester! Gradually, Chester began to realize that Kiya Blue was not going away, and was not going to eat him. Little by little, he became bolder and soon he accepted his new doggie sister. It's been over a year now, and just today, Chester hopped up on the couch right next to Kiya Blue. And right next to me! Kiya Blue is the sweetest Greyhound we have ever had. And now, she is Chester Cat approved.
Farina & Nina
Dutch Farina & Mega Mena
6/25/2005 & 3/28/2011
Thoughts about our "Greyhound Girls "
We have always had just one greyhound at a time, until June 16 when we
brought our beautiful Nina home from GPA MA Kennel.
Sweet Nina had been returned because her elderly adoptive parents had to enter assisted living . So sad
I was concerned about our 11 year old girl "Farina"
accepting another dog as she had been solo for almost 7 years .
The girls met at the kennel roaming the fenced in yard and playing "Follow the Leader" !
They were perfect together it was wonderful to see them bond so easily.
I expected I might be up all night on their first night together, but I was wrong as they both slept peacefully til daybreak .
Our next hurdle was feeding time, Farina had all of her bad teeth out last November and eats soft food only.
Nina needed to shed a few pounds and would be eating a healthy weight dry food.
Believe it or not they have been great at sticking with their own bowls of food and treats.
Nina has been with us almost 7 weeks now and she and Farina have been amazing together, they share the couch and overstuffed chair as well as their floor beds and Farina has become much more active having a 5 year old little sister to keep her busy.
They have dug side by side holes in the back yard and spend lots of time laying in them to stay cool!
We couldn't be more blessed having such loving companions in our lives!
Lorna & Jim
JD Casual Chick
Our little brindle girl arrived with a lovely temperament and some physical challenges. She has come a long way to regaining her strength and health. Watching Chickee discover who she is as a "dog" and her part in our strange non-greyhound pack has been a rewarding journey. The first image here is Chickee with paws in the water for the first time contemplating the being of wetness. The second image is Chickee being in the wetness with JB. My husband has been teaching her how to swim. People at the lake love to cheer her on!
We adopted our boy Tino in September 2014. It was pretty much love at first sight. He's a big, gorgeous boy on the inside and out. It's hard to put into word just how much he is loved by all of our family, including our other dog Jameson. He makes us smile everyday. We can see such a change in him since the day we got him. He's like a giant puppy experiencing everything for the first time. It's awesome to watch such innocence in such a big dog! Everyone who meets him loves him! We get lots of questions about his past career and everyone thinks he must be hyper. We laugh and say we've never had a dog who sleeps so much, as other greyhound owners can attest to! We are so happy and lucky to have him as part of our family. We are forever grateful to GPA MA for all their help with welcoming him into our home!