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April is Adopt a Greyhound month, so The Courier is profiling South Canterbury greyhounds and their human families to find out what’s so special about the breed.

Alison and Brent Willetts have adopted greyhounds Boston and Warner

My husband and I are a busy household living on four acres of land. We have sheep and cats and, at the time of our first adoption, a crazy little poodle cross called Scruffy.

We would do anything for our animals, and this includes when we picked up our first greyhound Boston (Boston Powers). The Rangitata River flood trapped us in Ashburton, so we had to take Boston back to Rangiora and fly home on a helicopter with the poodle!

We returned a week later to pick up Boston; we were lucky GAP (Greyhounds As Pets) have amazing foster families, as they were only too happy to have him back for another week.

We decided greyhounds were the dog of choice after many hours searching for a dog to suit our needs. The fact that the price of even a well-diluted cross breed was high made it an easy decision to approach GAP and find out about these magnificent creatures.

It worked so well the first time that when Scruffy passed at 14-years-old, it was an easy decision to get another forward to Warner, greyhound No. 2.

Our two are as different as chalk and cheese.

No. 1, Boston: 6 years old, black, ex racer, loves people more than other dogs, slightly crazy!

No. 2, Warner: 2 years old, tan, never raced, loves other dogs more than people, also slightly crazy!

Co-driver .. Warner keeps a close eye on dad Brent Willetts’ driving. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

But the things that they have in common are that they just love being with us, they love walking, they love sleeping, they love their own space, they love adventures and they love food.

They will quite happily spend eight or so hours a day by themselves without destroying a thing. A quick run around the garden when we get home and they are back in their beds. But they will also quite happily walk up to 10km without needing a break.

As much as they are different they are also very similar – and stubborn. If they make a decision it is very hard to change their minds. They have long memories, so if something scares them it takes a while (or forever) to get over it.

One thing we have found hard to understand is how can one dog hate hedgehogs soooo much! And the other one not care at all.

We wouldn’t change a thing. They make our life so interesting, so rewarding, and they challenge us every day. Who wouldn’t want that in their lives?

It is all about trying to make a difference, and this is a small way that we can and did.

Nicole Solomon lives in Waimate with her greyhound Tasman

When I bought my house I knew I needed a dog. So I called up GAP (Greyhounds As Pets). They matched me with a beautiful black hound who loves attention but is happy to be at home with her toys while I’m at work.

There are now three of us in the house, so she gets triple the attention. I am on study leave at the moment and I allow her to be a bit of a distraction.

And kiss . . . Tasman leans in to give mum NIcole Solomon a kiss. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

For as long as I can remember we have rehomed dogs. When it was time for a new one, mum told us we were getting a greyhound. I had said they were so ugly and weird looking, but as soon as Lola walked through the door, I loved her beautiful. We have only had greyhounds ever since.

Tasman was 4 when I adopted her. She is nearly 6 now. She was very shy and not used to cuddles. She loved to run and got a few placings.

She is still a bit shy of crowds but now she loves cuddles and visitors at home.

She still loves to run and has made herself a figure 8 circuit in the back yard. I throw a toy for her, she’ll pick it up and run. At that point it’s best to just stand still to avoid a collision. It’s great to watch.

Tasman loves meeting all dogs and even has a little white Maltese cross as a friend. She has learnt to sit and fetch, and she is really easy to walk. She loves routine. I’m sure she can read the time, especially when it’s dinner time.

Selfie time . . . Tasman and Nicole Solomon pose for a selfie. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

After having a weimaraner, I was surprised at how little stamina greyhounds have.

A few laps around her circuit and she is ready to sleep again.

They also don’t get taught to sit, because it makes for a slow start in a race. It’s so funny watching them trying to get the hang of it.

I am too busy to deal with a puppy. A mature dog is more settled and you have a better idea of their personality, to help you get the right fit.