Makants hounds Dexter and Dotty
Many thanks to Penni and Danny for sharing their ‘adoption and after’ story with us.
“ …We had wanted to adopt a greyhound for a long time and have been involved with Makants since 2014. It seemed ideal when we moved into our own accommodation and we approached Makants asking Siobhan to give us a chance. Initially she was unsure which dog to pair us with, but suggested we could try Harry, a large black male with a toy obsession. When we met Harry he was withdrawn and disinterested (not quite the welcome we expected!) but we decided to give it a go and brought him home with us. Immediately he became comfortable in the house and fell into home life, he claimed the couch, the bed, the rug and basically anything soft! Danny and I were besotted, we became utterly obsessed by him and would fuss him at every opportunity, we renamed him Dexter and he slotted into our little family perfectly.
However, the more comfortable he got, the more dominant he became. He also hated visitors and would defend his home when anyone came in. We asked for advice from Makants and, with their help and our perseverance I’m pleased to say he is a totally different dog now. We believe that Dexter was confused having never been shown affection and wasn’t sure how to accept it. In fact he’s now like our constant shadow! A very special moment was the first time I (Penni) was sat on our tiny couch and Dexter came over and curled up next to me - it was such a special moment as he had chosen to be by my side. J
After things had settled with Dexter we spent time mithering Siobhan to allow us to adopt another hound. One day in November, Danny's sister visited Makants and fell in love with a little black female called Dotty. Then a message came from Siobhan 'would you like to try Dotty with Dexter?'. We couldn't believe our luck and off to Makants we went to pick up the fourth member of our family. When we met Dotty it was love at first sight, she is an absolute cuddle monster and wants to be centre of attention at all times! From the start she had a lot of opposite traits to Dexter and I think that's why it worked so well, I guess opposites really do attract! They are best friends, like chalk and cheese but wouldn't ever be without each other, they complement each other perfectly.
Now we've experienced life with a greyhound (or two) we don't feel like anything else could compare. We’ve never known a breed of dog to have such character, they have all these crazy little quirks (teeth chattering, roaching, pogoing) to name a few. They're hilariously funny and so ready to be loved. They also have this strange sixth sense where they are totally in tune with our own emotions and seem to know when you need cheering up.
They have been on two holidays, accumulated over ten different coats (and bandanas and collars and pyjamas), Dexter even met Father Christmas at our local Xmas fair. Dexter and Dotty now even have their own Instagram following with over 4,000 followers!
To sum up, adopting Dexter and Dotty is the best thing we ever did, we really can't thank Makants enough and urge everyone to do the same!
Penni and Danny