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Greyhounds visit Newtopia Cyder

Greyhound owners show off their sleek pets at the recent “Yappy Hour” for Greyhound Adoption Center, hosted by Newtopia Cyder, 10045 Carroll Canyon Road. (photo by John Gregory)

Greyhounds visit Newtopia Cyder

Approximately 50 people and 25 to 30 canines descended upon Newtopia Cyder, 10045 Carroll Canyon Road, on the afternoon of Aug. 4 to attend a special “Yappy Hour” to learn about and support Greyhound Adoption Center.

Dog lovers mingled as they admired the sleek, gentle greyhounds at the pet-friendly Newtopia. The event served as an introduction to Greyhound Adoption Center, which is based in El Cajon. An assortment of items, such as limited-edition glasses, were on sale as a fundraiser for the private greyhound rescue organization. Attendees came from as far as Temecula for the event, according to Marilyn Golisch, one of the directors for Greyhound Adoption Center.

“It’s more of a meet-and-greet to have people meet the greyhounds, and we dispel some of the myths surrounding the greyhound breed and talk a little bit about our adoption program,” Golisch said.

She explained how the organization, which has been in existence for 30 years, rescues greyhounds from dog racing tracks and helps them get adopted.

“They are rescued from the racetracks throughout the country and as far away as Macau, China,” she said. “Over the years, we’ve rescued and saved 6,000 greyhounds. They’re the best kept secret in the dog world.”

Golisch further explained the characteristics of greyhounds as pets.

“They are absolutely sweet. And people think because they are a race dog, that they were a commodity for the industry – the second fastest land animal – that they are hyperactive, they need a big yard, they need all this exercise. And just the opposite is true,” she said. “They are a sprinter and they’re good for that short burst of energy, and then they’re done for the day, and then they kind of lay around with their legs up in the air.”

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