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Category: 2023 Adoptions
Adoption Status: Adopted by the McPike Family, 6.12.23
Adoption Date: 1212-0606-2323
Pet/Kennel Name: Gus
Age: 8
Color/Gender: Red Brindle Male
Cat Tolerance: Trainable
Small Dog Trainable: Yes
Good w/ Children: Older Children Only
Fostered by (location): Ward
Additional Details:

Senior return available for adoption with his housemate Holly. Gus is an XL boy that initially retired from the Sanford Orlando Race track back in 2017. He was adopted in August of 2017. Now Gus is being returned due to his older family being physically unable to care for him and his housemate Holly anymore. Gus only raced a total of 26 races. He started off running at Palm Beach and raced 5 races there and even won one of them, before falling in his 6th race. He barely ran in his next race and finished so far back he wasn't even in the picture. He was pulled out of racing for nearly 2 months. When he raced again, he finished so far back again that he wasn't even in the picture. So he was off for 3 more months. He finally started racing better for awhile and even won a couple of races. Then he started playing with other dogs while racing, which is strictly against the rules. He was pulled out of racing for a couple more months and moved to another track to see if he would do better. It was finally determined that he just needed to retire in 2017. Gus will turn 9 on June 7th. HIs sire is Gianni and his dam is Estonia. Gus is an extra large, tall narrow, red brindle boy that raced at 83lbs. He is a very, happy, playful guy that loves to go for walks. He is a confident guy that is curious about everything and loves attention. Gus was interested in the cat he was tested with at first and barked at it, but once the cat slapped him, he backed away and didn't want to get close to him again. He may be trainable with a confident cat that will stand his ground. He is was fostered with a small dog and was fine with him. He really liked a toddler and other kids he was introduced to, but doesn't like to be bothered when laying down, so we think he would be best in a home with no children or maybe older kids that understand that some dogs just don't like to be bothered when sleeping or laying down. Gus kennels great in a room with other dogs or people around, but can complain loudly if alone. He is very attached to his housemate Holly and stresses when she is not there, so we would prefer to place the two dogs in a home together. We don't know if Gus has been crated recently, but when he was a foster years ago, his back touched the top of the standard 48" long kennel. We had to either use the extra tall 48" long crate or a 54" long crate that was even higher. Because Gus is over 8 years old he qualifies for our reduced adoption donation of $250. The pictures that are up were taken when he was 3. Gus will be completely checked by our vet and will have a fresh dental and all shots updated before adoption.   UPDATE!  Gus and Holly are ready to go!  They have done very well together moving back into foster care and are loved by their Foster Family.  We plan to keep them together as a bonded pair because that's the best option for this sweet couple.  Both have been vetted, travel well, and are the perfect greyhound family companions.  Both qualify for Special Needs Status with reduced adoption fees!

His Pedigree

Tag: Adoption Pending
Picture: Gus178c.JPG
Image Gallery: GC-Dog-Photos-2017/Off-The-Top-/

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