Welcome to Bray's Greyt Blog!

Hi - Welcome to my Greyhound Site - come on in and browse and learn a little bit about Greyhounds.
See the Greyhounds I have fostered for the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc. (GALT).
Also, see all kinds of pictures of our own very sweet Greyhounds.
These are the most awesome dogs ever!

Greyhounds:

  • are friendly, gentle dogs with an elegance like no other breed
  • thrive on human companionship, love to be the center of attention, and make wonderful household pets
  • are kennel trained, so they take to housebreaking quickly, with a little TLC and patience
  • come in all sizes, colors and ages. They average between 50-85 lbs. and have a life expectancy of 12 years or more
  • require little exercise, but a nice walk 3-4 times a week will make them happy. Remember they've lived in crates most of their lives, so they really are 45 MPH couch potatoes!
  • are very tolerant of children, preferring to walk away when they've had enough. But like any dog, they have their limits that children need to respect
  • are very social, having spent their entire life with other dogs in the kennel, so they get along well with other dogs as companions
  • are not used to cats, so extra time & patience may be required. Should be cat-tested prior to adoption if you have a cat
  • require routine visits to the vet and good dental hygiene. Because of their low level of body fat, they do require special anesthesia for any type of surgery. Make sure your vet understands the difference in Greyhounds and other dogs
  • must always be kept on a leash when outside of fenced area since they are sight hounds and can run faster than you!
  • can NOT live as outside dogs
  • do not have the normal doggie odor and shed very little
  • will love you unconditionally!

Why do Greyhounds make good pets?

Greyhounds are affectionate, friendly dogs, who thrive on attention and human companionship and make terrific pets. They've been bred to be fast, healthy, intelligent and good tempered. Greyhounds have spent most of their lives in the company of other dogs, their trainers and handlers. The greyhound's sociability makes them great with other pets, and their calm temperament makes them wonderful around children and friends. They are intelligent house pets, clean, quiet, and a loving companion. Because they have very little body fat for insulation from heat and cold, greyhounds are totally inside companion pets. Greyhounds are low maintenance pets when it comes to grooming due to their short, sleek coats. Many adopters who have previously been allergic to other breeds report having no trouble with a greyhound in their home.

What is the life expectancy of a Greyhound?

These purebred athletes enjoy many years of good health. With proper care, they have a life expectancy of 12-14 years or more.

What is the average Greyhounds height and weight?

Most females stand 24 to 28 inches and weigh between 55 and 65 pounds. Most males stand 26 to 30 inches and weigh between 65 and 85 pounds. Although greyhounds are not small dogs, many folks say that they are very feline-like in the home, as they can fit into the smallest of spaces.

What are the different colors of Greyhounds?

Greyhounds come in a wide variety of colors, including brindle, red, fawn, black, white, and/or a combination of these colors. Various shades of brindle and fawn are the most common. Grey, which is called blue by the breeders, is somewhat rare.

How much excercise do Greyhounds require?

Greyhounds adapt well to the lifestyle of their owners. They need no more than a chance to play around a completely fenced yard, and/or daily walks to keep them fit. Greyhounds do very well on a leash, and make excellent jogging companions, with proper conditioning. While having a fenced yard is ideal for both greyhounds and their owners, it is definitely not required. Many retired racers are happy living in apartments and condominiums provided they are taken out for daily walks.

Are Greyhounds good with children?

Greyhounds possess one of the best temperaments of all dog breeds. They are very tolerant of children and will usually walk away rather than growl or snap if children become overbearing. Like any other dog, they have their limits that children need to respect, especially the greyhound's personal space and when he/she is sleeping.

How are Greyhounds with other pets?

Most greyhounds will get along fine with other dogs. They have been around other greyhounds from puppyhood to racing kennel, but cats and smaller dogs are unknown to them. About 40-60 percent of greyhounds are cat-safe, and do just fine with cats inside the home. While GALT greyhounds are cat-tested to ascertain their level of interest in cats, this is not absolutely foolproof. It does, however, provide a reliable indicator of how the greyhound will react to a cat. As with any new dog, you should take great care when introducing your greyhound to other pets, and never leave the two alone together until you are sure there are no problems.

Why do Greyhounds need to be kept on a leash?

A leash assures your greyhound protection from disasters. These dogs have been bred for 4000 years to do one thing - chase. That instinct is further reinforced in their track training. In addition, they can see clearly for up to one-half mile, and their instinct keeps them alert in this regard. If they are not restrained, they risk getting hit by a car, mauled by another dog, and given their speed, they can easily become lost or frightened. Greyhounds are accustomed to walking on a leash and enjoy the exercise, as well as the attention they receive from the people who pass by. They must never be let off-leash in an unenclosed area.

What should I expect if I adopt a Greyhound?

Adopting a greyhound will give you a gentle, loving companion, who, with a little time and patience, will be a GREYT addition to your family. Greyhounds are very polite dogs, eager to please, delight in your attention, and prefer to be alongside you when you are at home. Because everything in the home will be new - stairs, sliding glass doors, mirrors, linoleum floors, etc., some time will be required for adjustment. Expect him/her to be a bit confused and very curious at first, but they learn very quickly. Your tone of voice and a firm "NO" will quickly let your greyhound know how to behave around your home. A note about dental care: Racing dogs have a totally soft diet and so the tartar builds quickly. To maintain clean teeth, brush your dog's teeth at least twice weekly with special dog toothpaste and have annual dental check-ups performed by your veterinarian. Greyhounds do not make good watchdogs, as they bark very little and are usually as friendly with strangers as with their own family.

Misc Pictures...

Misc Pictures...
Ty playing with his ball at Schuster Acres (his favorite game)!

More new kids on the block...

More new kids on the block...
Emma Sue - all snuggled in a blanket (favorite past time)!

13 year old Zach smelling plastic flowers!

Zach - smelling the plastic flower!

New kids on the block...

New kids on the block...
Little 8 lb. Sophie holds her own with all the big guys!!

Sophie running and playing at Schuster Acres - in her play dress!! :-)

Ty (the little guy) & Jazz

Jazz & Ty

Bray's Greyhounds at play!!!

Bray's Greyhounds at play!!!
Abby

Forest

Lexi

Zorro

Trevor - tired after play!!

Bray's Greyhounds - MISC Stuff!!!

Bray's Greyhounds - MISC Stuff!!!
Nike's 12th Birthday - eating Biscuits and Sausage Gray!!

Look at those eyes - WOW what a treat!!!

Forest - Abby - Trevor & Nike outside!

Friends - Forest & Asher!

Friends - Lexi & Forest!

Forest - this is what I look like when I am totally worn out and snoozing!!! Cute huh?!?!?!

My sweet ole' boy Red!!

Nike's 13th Birthday - 2008 - Eating Chicken and Pork Chops!

Forest & Wyatt - what handsome boys!

Cruz & Aaron!

Handsome boy Wyatt!!

Zorro & Pepper

Cruz & Pepper snoozing!!

Nike enjoying the outdoors!! And showing off his gums!! :-)

My sweet Nike at 13 years old! 06/15/2008!!

Bray's Greyhounds - Bedtime in Winter in Texas!!

Bray's Greyhounds - Bedtime in Winter in Texas!!
Abby snuggling in for the night!

Nike - old bones keeping warm!!! :-)

Nike & Abby

Forest

Lexi & Trevor all covered up for the night!

Asher

Nike snuggling under a blanket!!

Nike keeping warm!

Puppies at play!

Puppies at play!
Basil & Quince facing off - Saffron sleeping in the background!

All the puppies sleeping after their lunch!!

Getting BIGGER!!! Growing fast!!!

Getting BIGGER!!!  Growing fast!!!
6 weeks old!

Aaron holding Ash! Ash saying; "Aaron please take me home with you!" Aaron saying; "I would love to buddy, BUT...."!!

GALT's Greyhound Puppies!!

GALT's Greyhound Puppies!!
5 weeks old!

Sarah holding Saffron!