Photos from the greyhound race track
16/10/13 11:39 Filed in: My dog life
My pet mum and dad had talked about it for the longest time and were so excited when they left to go to the greyhound race track last Saturday. They couldn't wait to see where Aston and I spent part of our lives.
The trip was organized by Fast Friends, the organization that rescued us. Of course, my pet mum took a lot of photos. Let's take a look and I will explain along the way.
This is what the actual racing track looks like. A car prepares the sand before we greyhound race.
Racing silks waiting to get used.
This is where they check us before the race, to make sure we are okay to run.
Before the race, the handlers walk us out on the track, so the people who are going to bet can take a look at us to try and figure out who will be the fastest dog.
When the bell rings, the handlers put us into the starting boxes. When we hear the fake rabbit getting closer, some of us start barking and roooing. Next thing we know, the doors open and it’s time to run and catch that white little thing. Aston and I still start to run when we see things like a white plastic bag.
We greyhounds are very fast! In only three strides, we can reach speeds up to and exceeding 45mph.
We start training at the age of 12 months and do our first race when we are around 18 months old. Generally we retire when we are 2-5 years old.
When the lap is over the fake rabbit suddenly disappear and the handlers will walk us back.
This is where Aston and I lived.
When our time as racers are over, we get to go on breaks and play time in this area instead of training on the track. This is a transition time for us before we get picked up by Fast Friends. They will get us into foster homes and eventually we will get adopted by loving pet parents that will provide a forever home for us. If any of us have a medical condition that need urgent attention, Fast Friends comes and pick us up right away to get us medical care.
Sometimes people think that we wear muzzles because we are aggressive dogs. That couldn't be further from the truth. Greyhounds are actually known for their sensitivity, sweetness and friendliness. The muzzles are there to prevent any nipping and snapping while we are running. We greyhounds can be very competitive when it comes to racing each other.
One of the retired girls, taking a bath.
So now you know a bit more about Aston’s and my background. Don’t hesitate to comment below if you have any questions.
I hope to see you next time!
Roooooo! (That’s how we greyhounds sing.)