Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies


Winner of the 2001 Prestigious Dog Writers of America Maxwell Award for Single Best Breed Book

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As with my previous book, a portion of all proceeds will be donated to Greyhound adoption related charities and activities.

What Others Are Saying

Retired Racing Greyhounds [for Dummies] is one of the best dog books ever written and one of the best-written dog books. I loved it.

Ian Dunbar, PhD, MRCVS

This is an absolutely wonderful book written by an expert on the subject. The book is full of important and practical information that will be useful to anyone contemplating adopting a retired racer. And it's a delight to read ­ filled with humor, anecdotes, and illuminating examples. I smiled my whole way through the book!

Dani Weinberg
Dogs & Their People
Albuquerque, New Mexico

What an insightful and delightful book.

I would recommend this book to all who are contemplating adopting a retired racing greyhound. and I would encourage all adoption/placement groups to make reading of this book part of the applicant's prerequisite.

Thanks to Lee for the fabulous read!!

Linda Reiha, Retired President, Michigan Greyhound Connection

Lee Livingood's book, Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies, is a non-judgmental, no-nonsense guide to living with one of the more extraordinary members of the canine kingdom. Starting with the most important practical consideration - is a greyhound the right dog for you - she covers all of the nitty-gritty questions that a first-time greyhound owner inevitably has. Her extensive discussion of dog behavior and how to manage your greyhounds to become the best companion ever to walk on four feet addresses all of the problems dog owners have wrestled with since the first dog sneaked into the tent 60,000 years ago. Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies is the next best thing to having an experienced greyhound owner living with you.

Joan Belle Isle, President, Greyhound Project [publisher of Celebrating Greyhounds magazine]

I wish that this book had existed when I adopted my first greyhound many years ago. It provides so much excellent information on all aspects of greyhound ownership, from introduction to your family to possible medical problems. I have obedience trained greyhounds since the 1960's, and I still found some new and useful ideas here. This is a book I would heartily recommend to anyone getting a greyhound whether it's an adoption dog or an AKC champion.

Laurel Drew, A Place For Us Greyhound Adoption and El-Aur Greyhounds.

Lee Livingood does it again!

With a combination of humor and straight talk, her latest creation provides a no nonsense guide to the joys and pitfalls of adopting the retired racing greyhound. Not only useful to the prospective adopter, current owners will find [Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies] rife with tips and tricks both new and long forgotten. A must read!

Considering Adoption? Already taken the leap? Don't miss this one!

Bruce Skinner
A Breed Apart

Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies should be required reading for anyone adopting a sighthound. It is an excellent reference for both novice and experienced dog owners. In addition to information on the unique aspects of owning a Greyhound, it is full of sensible tips that will benefit owners of any breed. The training sections present humane, practical tips that are effective and designed to be fun for owner and dog alike. This book certainly will be included on my clients' suggested reading list.

Lore I Haug, DVM
Resident, Companion Animal Behavior
Texas A&M University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Lee Livingood has written the book I wish I'd written: a practical, easy to follow pet owner's guide for communicating dogs without resorting to pain and intimidation. It is simply the best dog training book for pet owners I have ever read. Her witty, conversational writing style makes the reader feel they are sitting at the kitchen table with her.

This is not just a book for greyhound admirers and owners. It's for every pet owner of every breed and mix. This is a delightful, easy journey toward gentle, humane communication with the dogs who share our lives.

I only wish the subtitle could be "But it's not JUST for Greyhounds!"

How well do Lee's lessons work in the real world? I have been using Lee's approach for 6 years now, and it gave me the tools to turn a juvenile delinquent dog slated for euthanasia into the National Service Dog of the Year, and a dog who also does therapy work with children and elders on the side.

Miracles happen. And Lee Livingood's book is one of those miracles I plan to promote on every breed list, and in every workshop I present. I only hope this book will one day be re-issued as a general all-breed training book. It's a winner all the way.

Debi Davis
Service Dog User/Trainer
National Service Dog of the Year Award Winner

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Running with the Big Dogs: The Gentle Art of Turning Your Retired Racing Greyhound into Your Best Friend is not available. Thanks to all of you for your support of this project and of Greyhound adoption.

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Non-profit adoption groups can order as few as ten copies at a considerable savings off the cover price. If you order 25 or more copies, the savings are even greater.


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