“Their current purpose, as defined, seems to not be anywhere near as pertinent as it used to be,” Coleman said on a recent sunny afternoon as she sat in an office at the shelter. “They can see something moving a half-mile away, and they have the attributes to get there.”
As she spoke, Gun Shy, a hefty beagle and basset hound mix, and a chubby pit bull cross named Penny circuitously patrolled the area, and greyhound mix Elvis — sleek black with a white snout — sniffed around, slurped out of a water bowl, then curled his long legs into a cushioned chair.
Out back, separated from the kennel area, different breeds were separated: Eckle, a brindle boxer mix with a propensity for climbing, stared out from a large cage in one room; Hope, Sampson, Riley, and Bolt (all beagles or beagle mixes) lay about or accepted treats from Coleman in another.
Meanwhile, in an area with 20 kennels, Duke, a stout and sturdy mix hound, and Cojack, a curious, floppy-eared American English redtick coonhound, vied for attention and food. All around, greyhounds of all ages chewed on toys, sat head-to-paw, kept watch on passing humans, or sat back in their cages with soulful eyes.
Every once in a while, one started to bark, starting a cascade throughout the kennels until Coleman silenced it with an “Eh!”
Still, she cooed at them as she passed each kennel, doling out treats as they sniffed and gave her the manipulative eye.
“They all have me trained so well,” she joked.
Greyhound Friends will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an event on May 11, and its spring open house on May 18 and 19. Visit www.greyhound.org for details.