PANTHER Panther is a 5 year old ex-racing greyhound boy. He has worked hard during his racing life and it is definitely time for him to retire and discover the comforts of the home life. He is a rather striking black tuxedo boy with white trim and beautiful, piercing eyes. Panther is a lovely quiet boy who is very content with the simple things in life. He relishes any chance to just stretch out and relax in the sun, and has a very calm, quiet demeanour. Panther loves people too and will soak up any attention you give him, though is not in your face about asking for more. He is polite and mannerly and all in all a very easy boy to keep happy. Panther has sadly spent all of his life in racing kennels, so new owners will need to be a bit understanding during the first couple of weeks and allow him time to get accustomed to the home environment. It usually takes 10-14 days for new greyhounds to start to settle down in a home, and really all they need is a bit of time and patience. It probably wont take Panther long to find the sofa! Gorgeous Panther has not yet been tested with small dogs but this can be carried out prior to adoption. Often ex-racing greyhounds take a bit of work on socialising to realise smaller breeds are in fact dogs as they would never have seen them before. He is not cat friendly. Like most greyhounds, Panther will not need a huge amount of exercise. He will be content with two 30 min walks a day and perhaps a chance to stretch his legs offlead in a secure area once or twice a week. In general greyhounds are calm, mannerly dogs that are well used to being handled. They can fit very well in to a wide range of different lifestyles and usually adjust to the home life very quickly. Their soft, easy going nature often makes them ideal to live in a family with children, while their love of lazing around and low exercise requirements can make them perfect for the elderly. Greyhounds also dont shed as much as other more popular dog breeds and this can make them suitable to live with allergy sufferers. **UPDATE: AUGUST 2010** Panther is still waiting for his forever home. He is a lovely easy going boy who is friendly and affectionate with everyone. We are sure hes going to make a beautiful couch potato! Since coming to us Panther has made friends with another newcomer, Oscar (pictured below). Panther and Oscar have become great buddies and a home for two would be their idea of heaven. Oscar is a slightly timid boy and Panthers calm, easy going nature has done wonders with Oscar and really helped him come out of his shell. They can be homed separately, however, if the right home comes up. **UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2010** Panther has now travelled across to the UK where he waits for his forever home, ideally with his best mate Oscar. We would like to find these bros a home together, but they can be separated if the right single homes come along. **UPDATE: DECEMBER 2010** Panther is doing very well in our UK kennels and remains a very soft, cuddly boy. He is still the leader for his friend Oscar who does still lean on him when uncertain in unfamiliar situations. We would love to find a foster home for this pair as they are sure to truly blossom once in a loving home environment. Right now Panther is very excitable around small dogs, having never seen them before. He is not suitable to go to a home with small toy or terrier breeds, and must be muzzled when out in areas with other dogs running around him. We are appealing for an experienced owner for this lovely boy and his friend Oscar, who are comfortable with keeping him muzzled and understand that his reaction to small dogs does not reflect on his suitability as a perfect house pet. Apart from this Panther is a really superb boy who is more than content with some good food, a warm bed and lots of cuddles. Like many ex-racing greyhounds, Oscar is now learning that dogs can come in all shapes and sizes. Right now he is excitable around small dogs and must be muzzled when theyre around. With lots of positive socialisation with many different dogs this boy will improve, however, all he needs is a bit of time and patience. We are requesting experienced owners for this boy and his pal Panther, who understand the need for them to be muzzled but who know what fantastic house pets they will make. **UPDATE: JANUARY 2011** Panther is still looking for his forever home with his best mate Oscar. We would love to find this boy a short term foster home while he waits to be adopted, as we feel he now needs the one-on-one attention that only a foster home can give for him to truly start to blossom. **UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2011** Panther is continuing to wait for his forever home, but has now moved in to foster care. This is Panthers first time experiencing a home, and he is being a fantastic boy. He has quickly gotten the hang of housetraining, and all he wants to do is spread out on his soft bed and snooze the afternoons away. He is a lovely, affectionate boy and is lapping up all the contact from his fosterers. We will update with this boys progress once he has settled a bit more in to the foster home. **UPDATE: APRIL 2011** The gorgeous panther is ready and waiting to be adopted. He has been in his foster home now for 5 weeks, and has truly made himself at home. After just a few weeks his kennel coat is already falling out and a beautiful, healthy shiny coat is replacing it. It wont be long before hes a very sleek, satin soft stunner of a hound. Panthers fosterer describes him as an adorable dope of a hound who loves people and is wonderful with my two teenage boys. He is very chilled-out in the house and quite the lazy boy, loving nothing more than to stretch out on his duvet and snooze the afternoon away. He has been completely houseclean from the word go and is relishing his home comforts. Panther is always a very happy and jolly chap and is a true pleasure to be around. He is learning all about play right now and adores having someone to play with, be it human or canine. He is quite often found loping around the garden, running for the sheer joy of it. Panther is also quite the inquisitive boy and when he first arrived he had to investigate eeeeevery single item in the home. He was particularly fascinated by the garden pond and after his fosterers commented that one day hes going to fall in, he did just that the next morning! Everybody got a bit of a shock to see a very soggy greyhound sprinting back into the house! Poor Panther was recently attacked by another dog and suffered some bite wounds to his rear end. These are healing up beautifully now, however, and he is doing very well in himself. He is getting on brilliantly with the other greyhound girls he shares his foster home with and is very amiable with them. He has bonded especially well to a little lurcher called Elfie, who is also looking for her forever home. This lovely boy adores his walks and his fosterers are taking their time to introduce him to other dogs. He is fine with other greyhounds and lurchers (in any sizes) and has been on a number of greyhound walks where he has always been impeccably behaved. When the dogs are not greyhound shaped, however, he is still quite interested and may bark if he sees a dog walking in the distance. If given time and gentle but firm guidance, however, Panther does settle down and with lots of repetition we are confident that he will learn to accept other dog breeds. He just needs to get used to seeing them. He needs someone who is prepared for his reaction and with time and patience he will be a fab dog. So please have a look and consider this wonderful boy, he has a lot of love to give his fosterers and they are very smitten with him. Panther will be a lovely addition to a family home and a very affectionate boy with family members. This gorgeous lad is currently being fostered in Suffolk, UK. He can be homed throughout the UK but please note that you will be required to travel to meet and collect him. He is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, de-flea'd and wormed and a homecheck will be required as part of the adoption procedure. If you are interested in adopting or fostering the gorgeous Panther, please email me on email@example.com for our adoption application form and information pack. Emails are usually replied to within 24hrs. Thanks ~~ KERRY GREYHOUND CONNECTION ~~ Kerry Greyhound Connection is a small voluntary organisation based in County Kerry, Ireland and Norfolk, England and operates through a network of volunteers. We can look after approximately 70 greyhounds at any one time, in Ireland and the UK. Each dog is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and given a full veterinary check before being adopted. We assess the suitability of all home offers, and we have homed greyhounds in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. Our Website: www.kerrygreyhounds.co.uk If interested in one of our hounds, please EMAIL or PM me for our adoption application form and information pack. 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