Many thanks to Maria and Pete for this account of their adoption of three (yes three!) greyhounds from Makants.
Our adoption story – Maria and Pete
Makants greyhounds - Domingo, Bluebell and Toby
"Before we adopted our first hound we'd had two lurchers. They were brother and sister litter mates Leo and Sweetpea and were wonderful pets. When sadly Leo died at the age of 12 we decided to get a companion for Sweetpea and were on the lookout for a calmer, older dog. We were pointed in the direction of Makants and Domingo was suggested, being a very laid back and gentle hound.
These two got on well but sadly their time together was cut short when Sweetpea died a couple of months later. Domingo hated being on his own and displayed unsettling behaviour (chewing the windowsill!).We were soon back in touch with Makants and Siobhan suggested Blue, or Bluebell as she is now called.
At the beginning Bluebell was not easy on the lead and was on her guard constantly fearing sudden movements. As time went on, and with the help of Domingo, she settled in with our family and learnt that we just wanted to love her. She was very attached to Domingo and would cuddle up close with him on the sofa.
Bluebell is a more active dog than Domingo and likes to play but Domingo prefers to chill out. When I became a self employed dog walker we started to think about adding a third dog to our family and that was when Toby came into our life. He was 6 months old and had been born at Leigh Cats and Dogs home but had been adopted then left to live in a garage. He then spent time with a Makants foster family, their greyhound and cat too. We finally adopted him when he was 7 months old.
To say he was a challenge at first is an understatement! He chewed our furniture, barked all the time, pulled on the lead and was a real little land shark! However, he is now the most loving and adorable chap, he still has his mischievous moments but we wouldn't have him any other way.
My dog walking business has now expanded to include home boarding. We've had all sorts of breeds stay with us from Bernese Mountain dogs to tiny dachshunds and our dogs always make us proud by the way they make our boarders feel at home and Toby in particular loves having lots of different playmates.
I'd advise that anyone looking to adopt a dog considers a greyhound (or 2 or 3) as they do make the most fantastic pets".
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