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Gus (Vintage King)

Greyhound

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Breeder (professional)

Gender: Male

Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques

Quick to learn and train

5/5

Emotionally stable

5/5

Family oriented

5/5

Child safety

5/5

Safe with small pets

5/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

5/5

Health

4/5

Easy to groom

5/5

Great watch dog

4/5

Great guard dog

4/5

Gus aka Vintage King - From racing to retirement

By

Australia

Posted February 22, 2014

When I was 10 years old my Dad decided to buy and race a greyhound. He bought a pup from a breeder and we named him Gus. His racing name was Vintage King. He spent some time with a professional trainer and had some success, winning 3 consecutive races and being named Dog of The Month for August, 1979. Unfortunately they were the only races he ever won and it started to become financially unviable to keep paying for professional training.

We brought Gus home and Dad decided he'd have a go at training him himself, even going to the extent of buying a dog treadmill / running machine contraption. Of course Gus never reclaimed his former glory so he was officially retired and we kept him purely as a pet.

Greyhounds make wonderful pets, They are very docile and non-aggressive. I remember my little sister using his tail to pull herself up when she was learning to walk. Never seemed to bother him. We also had my dog Casper, a fox terrier cross for much of the time and they got along great together.

I remember being surprised at how little he ate, given his relatively large size. Apparently this is normal for greyhounds. They do however like a well balanced, varied diet.

Gus never had any significant health issues, he just got old.

I believe there are organizations which supply retired greyhounds as pets and I would highly recommend them.

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