Anyone that knows me knows that I dig dogs. The enrichment that a dog brings to ones life can be measured in so many wonderful ways.

Greyhound racing is still legal in several states. Once these dogs fail to produce winnings or get a few years old they are retired. One organization that works to save these retired greyhound race dogs is the Maine Greyhound Placement Service in Augusta.

The Maine Greyhound Placement Service is a non-profit that devotes its time and efforts to find dedicated and loving homes for these great dogs that can no longer race. Most of these greyhounds are between 2 and 5 years old with plenty of life and love in them to share.

Greyhounds as a breed are very good natured dogs that are quiet, clean, and gentle. They love attention and are eager to please. Surprisingly, they don't require tons of space to run, and are truly happy curled up on a blanket or snuggle up to you on the couch. Size wise they average about 28" tall and weigh between 50-80lbs with females being slightly smaller.

This weekend, the Maine Greyhound Placement Service is having an open house and reunion at the kennel in Augusta, located at 231 Old Belgrade Rd. Both Saturday and Sunday, July 17th & 18th from 9am to 5pm with Doggy games, Contests, Fun runs, Kennel Tours and speakers.

Dr. Shelley Lake from Kansas is a special guest speaker who has been working with greyhounds since 1993 and has placed over 6000 of these great dogs including right here in Maine.

So if you are interested in learning more about these great dogs, or know someone that is, check out that great event. You can also check out their Facebook page, or get more information at greyhoundplacement.com

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