TGS Adoption Stories

 

Basil’s Story

Our family had been interested in getting a dog for a number of years and we finally felt the time was right in 2018. Ian grew up with sight hounds (whippets) and had a bias towards them. We really wanted to adopt a dog and give it a loving home, rather than buy a puppy, and thus a retired racing greyhound seemed like a great fit.

We live in a small bungalow and thought we'd end up with a small female, but TGS posted Basil's (then Excalibur/Alex) photo on Facebook and Donna saw his puppy-boy eyes and knew he was the one!

We had a meet and greet with Basil at his foster home and he was a super sweet boy, giving us the greyhound lean.

Basil’s first day at his new home! He liked his bed!

Basil’s first day at his new home! He liked his bed!

Basil (Mac’s Excalibur) being picked up from his kennel by the TGS team - the start of his journey to Raleigh!

Basil (Mac’s Excalibur) being picked up from his kennel by the TGS team - the start of his journey to Raleigh!

The day he arrived at our home was a special one. He was pretty nervous coming inside, and didn't like our bare wood floors. (Within a few hours of his arrival, we had made a trip to target and essentially carpeted the entire house!)

We were all a little stunned at how big he was--Basil is a tall-boy! He retired young (was just under 2 years old at adoption) so his energy was high and playful...still is! He has loved toys from the get-go, especially squeaky balls, and his zoomies in the yard are a sight to behold.

Basil's transition took a while, and TGS told us that "in six months he will be a different dog"...they were not kidding!

Basil arrived very anxious and high-strung, and every new sight and sound freaked him out - a challenge with three homes under construction on our street. For many months he would “freeze” on our walks - but we learned he was just nervous about some unfamiliar sight or sound.

We also had some power struggles at first as he tried to figure out where he was in the hierarchy of our pack.

We were patient and firm when we needed to be and now almost a year into his time with us, he's sweet, calm, loving, and playful, a great walker (rarely freezes) and he only gets grumpy when we don't give him an extra lamb meatball or all sit down to watch TV (he likes to be the center of attention).

He's the best thing that's ever happened to our family, and every day we can't believe how much we love him. There's nothing quite like a big greyhound roo in the morning to get your heart swelling with affection!

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