The retired racing dog is friendly, loving and great with other animals and children

By Amy Jamieson
Updated April 03, 2015 03:00 PM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We’d like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Dusty, a retired racing dog who is available for adoption through Greyhound Crossroads, a group that places greyhounds in Georgia and the Carolinas.

April is National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month. This older gent, nicknamed Big Boy Dusty at the racetrack, ran 120 races before retiring in September of 2009. A family adopted him from the Birmingham, Alabama, racetrack adoption kennel shortly thereafter. But sadly, he was returned a few months later in terrible condition and wasn’t expected to survive. He had dropped from 75 lbs. to a skeletal 38 lbs. and had a ghastly open wound on his shoulder that was infected.

With veterinary care and months of TLC from the track adoption kennel staff, Dusty pulled through. Everyone there fell in love with the pup and one of the staffers ended up giving him a permanent home. He lived with that family for five happy years, but now personal issues have forced them to make the difficult decision of giving him and their other pets up.

Greyhound Crossroads has also fallen for Dusty and is determined to help the pooch find a new home – hopefully before his 10th birthday on Aug. 10.

“He is very friendly and loving and will go up to everyone he meets with a gentle tail wag in hopes of getting petted,” says spokeswoman Joanne Johnson. “He will stand next to you and lean against your leg, his version of a hug.”

Dusty gets along well with other dogs, cats and children. If you want to give him the best early birthday gift ever, a place to call home, contact Greyhound Crossroads at 864-995-3112. To see other retired racers who need homes, visit the organization’s website.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Kim the dog.

Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home, it’s important to consider your family circumstances and do your research.