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Girlfriend Persuades Man to Kill Greyhound, Rescuer Has Other Plans

Girlfriend Persuades Man to Kill Greyhound, Rescuer Has Other Plans


Written by Patti Goettler of Virginia

We are huge proponents of retired racing greyhounds. These dogs have an amazing affinity for humans (and no, we don’t understand it either).

I have used service dogs since I was in an accident in 1985. As a dog trainer/behaviorist, I also train and certify service dogs. In 2010, I lost my 13-year-old Lurcher Tir Na N’Ogh. Not only was he my service dog, but he assisted me in training other dogs and he was a therapy dog.

I was devastated with his passing and was having many physical problems at the time. Our local Greyhound rescue, BRGA, had a rare “bounce back.” This is an adopted dog that is returned. He was a special case. A single man, who “loved” the dog, had adopted him, but a year or so later this man decided he also “loved” a woman and her small child. The new additions hated the Greyhound and let everyone know this.

Mysteriously, while the man and his new friend were off together, the small child was left alone with the Greyhound — who “bit” her. (No witnesses, of course).

Now they wanted the Greyhound destroyed. Thank heavens his adoption group jumped in and took him back (why the “owner” did not return him earlier we do not know).

We Got in the Car and Headed Out to Save Him

First abused in racing. Later betrayed by his adopters. For the first time, Ddraig feels safe and loved.

I was talking to friends at BRGA and found out that this dog needed fostering immediately, so we drove the 90 miles and picked him up on a Wednesday night.

The dog had lost about 20 pounds and looked horrible. He was so depressed that he would not even look at us.

That night he crept up and slept by my side of the bed. The next morning as I did my daily struggle to get out of the bed, he came over and leaned into me to help support me as I stood up (This was a task my service dogs were trained to do). He also assisted me as I came down the stairs. He was very sad and quiet, but stayed by me throughout the day.

I realized that if we won his trust back, it would be awful for the dog to be placed in yet another home, so I notified the group that he was no longer a foster but that this would be his REAL forever home.

He Has a Special New Role

He regained his health and joy and took over as my latest service dog. Ddraig (Welsh for Dragon) also helps me train other dogs and we now have started a group, Greyt Hearts Service Dogs Inc. to train other retired racers as service dogs.

Ddraig has encountered his own health problems. He developed Osteosarcoma and had his left hind leg amputated. He is bravely carrying on with assisting me in my dog training and never tires of spreading his love to all. He adores children and shares that love in his ongoing therapy dog work. Ddraig is my hero.  More photos of Ddraig here

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase


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11:59PM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

Great rescue! Thanks so much for sharing!!

4:08AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

These are beautiful dogs and if anyone wants a dog I always advise they first look at a rescue greyhound.

11:16AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Thank goodness for that rescue group taking him back and for you as a "foster failure" {what we in my Maine Coon rescue group call our fosters who end up adopting their fosters}. Ddraig is a wonderful dog and I'm so glad he has a full, happy life with you.

1:38PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

the woman and her "beau" are the vicious ones in this story

1:38PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

the woman and her "beau" are the vicious ones in this story

1:37PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

the woman and her "beau" are the vicious ones in this story

1:13PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

and let me also adddddddddddddddd, the women who wanted this dog dead, what kind of person are you? to try and talk your boyfriend into killing the dog? I hope you're reading this message and my message to you is, if you can suggest such a thing about an animal, you cannot be trusted around humans. You are not even worthy to be saved by a saint bernard should you began to drown.

12:49PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

This doesn't surprise me, use them up, then dump them, just like most people do people. I hope the owner has bad luck down the road. I'm glad there are loyal and humble and loving people out there that will do what they can to say an animal. I contribute to CFC and will also help an unwanted or stray animal if I ever see one.

12:37PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Old dogs are great!

3:20AM PDT on May 26, 2012

great story thanks for sharing :)

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