20 reasons to home a sighthound!
To celebrate our 20th Birthday we’ve compiled the top 20 reasons to home a sighthound… read on for inspiration! Do you have a hound-shaped space on your sofa – and in your heart?
- THE ULTIMATE NEW BEGINNING
For a dog that may have lived in kennels all its life, or has had a rough start in life, coming into a home with a new family is a whole new beginning. Seeing their personality emerge as they settle in and realise that they’re here to stay…. Well that’s just one of the best things in the world.
Meet our home-hunting hounds here
- MEET OUR LOVELY LURCHERS
There’s a lot of talk about the latest designer dog breed these days, but we reckon that lurchers are the original designer breed! A lurcher is a sighthound crossed with any other breed – so they come in all shapes and sizes, big and small, long or short-haired – and pretty much every colour too. Lurchers often suit families and people who want to go running or for longer walks – and some excel at agility and CaniX, both of which are becoming ever more popular and very competitive!
A lurcher has something to suit everyone, but they do have one thing in common – they are uniquely special, inside and out.
- HERE ARE OUR GORGEOUS GREYHOUNDS
Regal, refined, always elegant… and often just a little bit daft. Greyhounds are often amusing, but always beautiful, companions.
- GREYHOUNDS ARE GENTLE GIANTS!
Don’t be put off by their size. Not only can they curl up into remarkably small spaces, most greyhounds are gentle, polite and quiet, and aside from them sprawling over your nearest sofa, you often wouldn’t know they’re there… apart from your home is always a brighter place with a greyhound in it. Or two!
- JUST WATCH THEM RUN FOR JOY
Are greyhounds quick? Yep, they sure are. Don’t they need lots of exercise? Well actually, no. In 2013, a greyhound called Trinity – who, incidentally, only has three legs – was recorded running at 27 miles an hour. That’s faster than Usain Bolt. Watching a hound run is like poetry (being recited really really quickly!) but they can only sustain it for a very short time. The rest of the time they prefer to be upside down on a sofa conserving their energy, thank you!
Affectionately known as 40 mile an hour couch potatoes – or cushions with legs – their reputation is well-earned and they generally only need two short walks a day. Fortunately for us, they don’t often reach their top speed of over 50 miles an hour!
- EVERY LURCHER IS UNIQUE- WHICH ONE IS YOUR IDEAL MATCH?
Because they’re a mixed breed, no two lurchers are the same. One might have the stamina of a collie and the gentleness of a greyhound – another the cuddliness of a whippet with the speed of a saluki. Which means that if
you’ve got a certain type of personality in mind, Forever Hounds Trust is sure to have your ideal match!
- WALKIES! WE HAVE A COMPANION FOR YOU…
Some lurchers practically burst with energy, and will make the perfect companion for a good walk, or perhaps Cani-
X or agility! If you’re after something less full on, a greyhound will generally be happy with two short lead walks a day. And in between walkies, pretty much all sighthounds will lounge on your sofa doing absolutely nothing. They’re not called 40 mile an hour couch potatoes for nothing!
Meet our home-hunting hounds here
- WHAT’S BETTER THAN A HOUND? TWO, OF COURSE!
In this day and age, healthy living is all the rage and any kind of addiction is frowned upon but come closer and we will whisper a little secret only us ‘hound folk’ know… There is a way to have an addiction, which is guilt, calorie and conscience-free, and it won’t cost you your life-savings either. Hounds – they are officially addictive! There is something utterly beguiling and completely addictive about these stunning dogs, and one is rarely enough.
Meet a hound or two – or several!
- SIGHTHOUNDS: THE ULTIMATE MASTERS OF RELAXATION
Forget meditation, mindfulness or yoga… get a sighthound to show you how to relax. The ultimate #sofadog expression is surely roaching: lying on the back, legs thrown out all angles. The more awkward it looks, the more comfy your hound probably is, and perfectly content with their lot. You should definitely take it as a compliment.
Can you home one of our #sofadogs?
- THEY LOVE TO BE LOVED
Some of our dogs have had tough beginnings in life – yet they have oodles of love to give. Nearly all of them have long legs and look a bit bony – but a sighthound cuddle is like no other! There’s a thing called the ‘greyhound full body lean’ which is… well, you’ll know exactly what it is when it happens to you!
Meet our loveable dogs here
- A SHOP FOR SIGHTHOUNDS? YEP, IT’S A NECESSITY!
Sighthounds don’t have much body fat, so in colder weather they need to be wrapped up warm. They also have very narrow necks, so need a particular type of collar. So happily for shopaholics, you can legitimately buy your hound a whole new wardrobe, choosing from an array of amazing colours and designs. And all proceeds from our shop support the work of Forever Hounds Trust too!
Visit the Forever Hounds Trust shop here
- BE A RESPONSIBLE RESCUER
Adopting a dog from a responsible rescue such as Forever Hounds Trust means you know what you are getting. Most of our dogs don’t end up in rescue due to behaviour problems, but are retired from racing or find themselves homeless for a myriad of other reasons. Our approach is all about matching the right dog with the right home. You’ll benefit from a wealth of dog expertise and support, for life – we’re always here to help if you need us.
Find out more about our support here
- JOIN THE COMMUNITY OF SIGHTHOUND OWNERS!
Dog owners are social animals! Come and talk about your happy hound on Facebook, or show them off at one of our events. Or get involved to help more hounds on their way to forever homes by joining our volunteer family.
Find out more here
- I’D LOVE TO BUT I CAN’T…. YES YOU CAN!
Have you been told you’re too elderly, too infirm, you work full-time, live in too small a space, or have no garden… and this means you can’t have a dog? We’re here to tell you that yes, you can! We consider all home offers and always aim to find you your ideal canine companion.
Some of our dogs are especially well-suited to people with certain mobility issues because they’re older, they’re gentle, require little exercise and often walk beautifully on the lead. Just like Higby, the Forever Hounds Trust whippet-cross who accompanies his owner to work in a Alzheimer’s Support care home every day, and sits on laps all day giving and receiving love. This special little dog awakens something in the minds of people who have lost the ability to connect with the outside world and they respond to him, as they do to nothing else. This is how very, very special they are and we will do our very best to find one for you too.
Meet our home-hunting hounds here
- GENTLY DOES IT!
Every dog is unique, but in general sighthounds have a gentle and rather sensitive temperament that makes them beautifully sweet natured – they often make excellent Pets as Therapy dogs, for example. If you would like a calm and laid-back addition to your life, consider a sighthound!
Meet our dogs here
- COMPLETE YOUR FAMILY
Would you like some more joy and love in your family’s life? A sighthound will bring just that. We love hearing stories from our adopters about the happiness their dogs have bought to their homes. We believe that no home is
complete with a sighthound… or two… or several!
Every Forever Hounds Trust dog is thoroughly assessed to see whether it can happily live with sensible children, and we are also on hand to provide all the advice and support everyone in the family needs here – for example, about ensuring the dog gets their own space.
Read our advice about dogs and children here
- GIVE A LITTLE, GET A LOT
You can’t buy happiness, so the saying goes, but an adoption donation* goes a very long way! Every Forever Hounds Trust dog is fully vet checked, neutered, microchipped and assessed. Every dog is also sent home with a free muzzle, harness, double-ended lead, and 4 weeks free pet insurance from Petplan. And in return, you’ll get a whole lot of love and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve changed a dog’s life (and they’ve changed yours!)
*We ask for around £150, plus a fixed admin fee of £20. It costs us, on average, £900 in vet, kennel and other costs, to home a hound.
Please consider donating to our work here
- LEARN SOME NEW VOCAB
Roaching? Lying on back with legs in air. Zoomies? Mad dashing about and immense fun. Spinning? Go round and round in circles, stop, go the other way, repeat until exhausted. (Why do they do that? Probably just because they can.) Sighthounds come with a whole new vocab, but more importantly a whole range of (generally) endearing behaviours.
Get some zoomies into your life by homing one of our dogs!
- ENRICH YOUR LIFE
Hounds are the ultimate treatment for body and soul. Whether you are seeking a fitness companion, a sofa companion or someone to share the trials of your day with, a hound is the answer. Change your life for the better and share it with one of our special dogs.
Who will enrich your life? Meet our dogs here…
- HOME A HOUND, SAVE A HOUND
When you open up your home and heart to a greyhound or a lurcher from Forever Hounds Trust, you’re giving a beautiful dog a second chance at a happy life. Not only that, but you’re also freeing up a space in our kennels, which means we can rescue another dog in need. Don’t just save one dog – save two!