For the Love of Greyhounds
Alex Cearns
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For the Love of Greyhounds: Adopted Greyhounds and their Happy Ever Afters
Alex Cearns
ABC Books
144 pages
October 2019
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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The author of Perfect Imperfection, Alex Cearns, turns her focus from lovable but physically flawed dogs to the animals best known for racing, greyhounds. Like many sports that feature animals in competition, cheering crowds with wagers at stake and the backdrop of practices meant to add advantage beyond nature's perfection. Like the dogs in Perfect Imperfection, the author's captivating images are accompanied by descriptions of their new homes post-racing, the unique personal and particular needs that unite owner and greyhound together, a careful matching of animal and human in a loving relationship.

Behind the excitement of a race to the finish, beyond the expectations of cruelty in the name of performance, a huge controversy developed in Australia with the expose of "live baiting" in the training of racing dogs: piglets, possums and rabbits used to inspire the greyhounds to run faster. In 2017, Australia enacted a ban of greyhound racing. From outrage and disgust for the unethical treatment of animals comes Alex Cearns' heartwarming and enduring book, the images and stories of adopted greyhounds becoming part of loving homes.

The breed date dates back hundreds of years, greyhounds depicted in paintings as regal, elegant dogs. The photographs of modern-day greyhounds retain that elegant bearing, beginning with Cearns' introduction to this collection by sharing her own experience adopting a rescue puppy named Pip. Soon after Pip's arrival, another greyhound puppy joins the family, Pixel, whose first playmates were pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens and ferrets. She adds: "Since the banning of dog racing in Australia, these are many of the beautiful, aristocratic breed available for fostering or adoption from reputable organizations. Prior to a greyhound being adopted, each one is temperamentally tested by their relevant rescue organization and is placed into the most suitable home based on their test results."

As the sport becomes extinct, there is an opportunity for the retired racers to transition into family life. This docile, beautiful breed is a wonderful choice for adoption or fostering. The images and personalities captured in this book are a revelation, each photograph unique: soulful eyes and striking coloring only hints at the quirky and playful souls caught in a moment of stillness. It is impossible not to fall in love with the heartbreakers in this book, another welcome title for private enjoyment or sharing with a child ready to choose her own "best friend." Nearly monochromatic (slight tints adding a touch of color), these stunning images are caught in memorable moments, a reminder of precious moments spent with a beloved pet.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Luan Gaines, 2019

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