WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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A Dog's Best Friend have their teeth done, they receive all their shots, and if they have any injuries we pay for that. We also have to isolate them, we have to trans- port them, and we have to feed them. It's a lot of money. " Greyhound Friends does not have a political agenda, they don't actively lobby politicians to close race tracks or donate to anti-gam- bling causes. "Our version of lobbying is to get the dogs in the public eye," says Coleman. "People believe what they see and they are con- cerned by what they see. When people see a nice dog they start think- ing about where that dog came from and what happened to it." In fact, Greyhound Friends does not see greyhound racing as a definitively bad thing. Instead, they walk a fine line between compet- ing concerns about the welfare of the dogs during their racing careers and what will happen to the breed they love if greyhound racing is eliminated, something that Coleman expects will happen in the United States within the next fifteen years. "The racing industry has pretty much had a monopoly on greyhounds since the 1920s," says Coleman. "If there's no more greyhound racing, the question is, where will this version of dog come from?" They worry about the formation of grey- hound puppy mills or an increase in the prevalence of "lurchers," the term for greyhound mixes. Because part of what makes a greyhound so attractive to people looking to adopt a dog is the nature of the former racers. Greyhound puppies with no track experience are very different from the dogs that people adopt from rescue organizations. "A lot of why this dog can work so well in the house is because of the training he's had at the track," says Coleman. "They are used to schedules and doing what they're told to do." Contrary to what people might expect, former rac- ers are very calm. "People think they are going to be hyper-active because they run," says Kathy. "But they are inactive…They're com- pletely lazy. And when they go to a track they're walked on a leash, so they come leash trained." Greyhound Friends makes every effort to match the right dog to the right person and Kathy herself makes follow-up phone calls with each greyhound adopter to ensure that the experience is going well. 98 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012

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