A WINTER DAY WITH 11 GOLDEN STATE GREYS
By Tara | Willow Camp Estate, CA
From the rolling green pastures that inspired Steinbeck to the legends of Sir Francis Drake, there is no shortage of historic tales throughout California’s Bay Area. While its rugged beauty continues to be portrayed through art and literature time and time again, it too inspires my creativity. I couldn’t have imagined a more fitting location to meet up with the Greyhounds, whose natural beauty has also fascinated the likes of artists, poets, and kings.
I am no stranger to Northern California, having visited the area my entire life, but during my recent visit I traded Lombard Street for the winding roads of Marin County. Driving through lush forests I came to a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean that descended upon a quiet seaside community – a hidden gem I was only now discovering. My destination: a historic estate with doors that once opened for guests such as Robert Oppenheimer, Salvador Dalí, and Muriel Rukeyser, along with so many other notable characters (did you happen to read all about it in our latest newsletter?). I was so excited to add some four-legged beauties to the list of influential guests.
The home’s old world charm and beautiful decor inspires cozy days spent inside and what better company than some loveable fur babies! Wouldn’t you agree? With seabreezes whispering of forgotten secrets, a home sharing memories of a bygone era, and 11 dogs that demonstrate the true meaning of love, my idea of a perfect California winter day was brought to life.
meet THE GOLDEN STATE GREYHOUNDS
Our 11 beautiful models for the day came from Golden State Greyhound Adoption, a volunteer run non-profit organization that places retired racing Greyhounds throughout Northern California. I loved spending time with each one and with the help of their owners I compiled a bit of information so that you too could get to know them a bit better!
Ares was such a ham! He knew when it was time for his close up and enjoyed lounging on the couch like the true model that he is. Before retiring at the age of 4, Ares participated in 49 races at two different tracks in Florida. He previously belonged to the President of the National Greyhound Association and was adopted through GSGA in March of 2013. Today, Ares lives a leisurely life of sitting, eating, and sleeping with the company of his adoptive brother Shane, who he enjoys bossing around. He’s a confident, communicative boy fully embracing the “get off my lawn” years.
Shane was the BIG boy of the group. He’s a handsome 96 pound fawn. Don’t let his size fool you! He is very shy. Shane was one of the 30 dogs that recently arrived to GSGA. The odd thing about Shane is that he never raced but was kept around the track much longer than usual. He feels right at home with his new brother Ares and is unconditionally loved by his new family.
Norman (AKA Super C West) is another beautiful fawn boy. You can spot him with the tan and white polka dot martingale collar. Norman never raced due to slight scoliosis and was adopted around 1 1/2 years old. Unfortunately, his first adoptive family didn’t turn out to be the best fit and he was returned to GSGA. He was such a great addition to his new foster family and was adopted. He now lives the good life with 2 chihuahua mixes and hosts numerous fosters and babysitting guests.
Clay (AKA Epoch Mood) is such a sweet boy! He just melts into your arms. Clay retired after 21 races. He was just brought to GSGA on January 6 and currently lives with his foster brother Norman. Clay is currently looking for his forever home!
Cody was one of the first brindles I posed with. He was very well behaved. Cody was always a lover, not a racer. He was born on September 3rd 2013 and only participated in 2 races in Ebro, Florida. He gets along well with cats and small dogs. Cody found his forever home with the President of GSGA and was adopted July 18th 2015.
Phylo is another beautiful fawn boy. He was a bit shy around me as he has a few confidence issues, but he is very happy with his pack. Phylo used to go by the name Fred at the kennel and never raced. He is a wonderfully happy boy living with his adoptive brother Cody.
Hooter is a sweetheart! This brindle boy flunked out of training and never raced. He came to GSGA when he was only 14-16 months old. He had a difficult time walking and dragged his back legs, but no problems were ever found through multiple x-rays. Unfortunately, Hooter was returned to GSGA 18 months after being adopted. Since then he has found his forever home. He has had chiropractic work done along with acupuncture to put his back in place (it was out in 11 places) and fix his out of whack shoulder. These injuries are most likely due to a small crate at the training facility. Hooter has a huge amount of empathy and will soon be doing visits to the hospital as a therapy dog. He also loves hanging out with his family’s chickens. The chickens even walk around and under him! Hooter also has 2 Greyhound brothers, Diesel and Remy.
I would say Diesel was the goofball of the group! Yes, he tried to sit on me during the shoot and yes, he loves to give kisses! On the track, Diesel was the fastest of the fast, a “stakes” winning dog. On December 31, 2014 he broke his back leg in a race. He was kept in a crate for about 1 year to “naturally” heal his leg. He was eventually shipped out to a rescue. Diesel was also returned after his first adoption. Now this bundle of joy gets all the love in the world and can’t stop introducing himself to everyone. He’s a 95 pound chunk of love. His family calls him “gooey” because he is so soft and warm spirited.
Remy is very inquisitive, lining up for any new adventure. He has a lot of time to make up for. He’s a loving older boy. Remy raced but suffers from severe allergies, which manifest in his feet and ears. His allergies made him vulnerable to multiple types of bacteria, which also caused a lot of pain and suffering when he was sent from track to rescue. For 18 months he lived with the vet as they treated his allergies and bacterial infections. Remy waited a long time to find his forever home. He was already over 7 years old when he was adopted in early November 2017. He’s still settling in with his new brothers, Hooter and Diesel, but is a very snuggly, loving, and a bit goofy boy.
Layla and Lucy
These pretty brindle girls are the “rock n’ roll” girls. Layla is named after the Eric Clapton song “Layla” and Lucy is named after BB King’s guitar, Lucille. Layla is 7 years old and ran in 53 races in Florida before retiring. She was adopted at 2 1/2 years old and fell in love with her foster sister Lucy. Lucy is now 5 1/2 years old and was also adopted around 2 1/2 years of age. She never raced. Lucy was a bit stubborn when it came to shooting but Layla enjoyed her time in the spotlight!
ADOPTIONS AND RESCUE GROUPS
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