Forget rock stars, models and TV presenters – Junior is the real superstar of Glebe.
The five-year-old graduate from GRNSW’s Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) program has become one of the most popular faces around the inner west Sydney suburb – and it’s not hard to see why.
With his beautiful fawn coat and loving nature, he has fans of all ages and certainly doesn’t mind the attention.
“We have people come up to us all the time saying, ‘my goodness, he is beautiful’, owner Rowena Falzon said.
“Small children come up to him wanting to pat him – he loves it.
“He’s such a handsome animal and a great ambassador for greyhounds.”
Junior joined the GRNSW GAP program, a not-for-profit initiative aiming to rehome greyhounds who have either finished racing or who are unsuitable for track life, shortly after being retired from racing in September 2014.
Animal-loving Rowena and her family were looking for a new pet to add to their family and decided that a greyhound would make the perfect new addition.
“I did a bit of research and discovered greyhounds make great pets,” she said.
“My husband had heard that greyhounds could be aggressive and would require a lot of exercise, but nothing could be further from the truth.
“As soon as we saw Junior, he came bounding out of the crate in the trailer and looked really pleased to see us. We were initially taken aback by his size but he was just so gentle and a real smooch”
Junior has now settled into life with Rowena and her family, including her husband and two young daughters, at their Glebe property.
Like most greyhounds, his favourite activities include sleeping for most of the day and enjoying some recreational time too.
“My children love him,” Mrs Falzon, who works four days a week as a lawyer, said. “He loves having a play with them and never gets aggressive. The girls love running with him and getting him to “zoom” as well as throwing the ball and playing fetch”.
“He is fantastic about the house and is very relaxed and sociable. He’s good with next door’s cavoodle and he loves other dogs as well.
“He’s a 10 out of 10 pet.”
Rowena said she was delighted with the assistance she received from GRNSW GAP Manager Lori McKern and her staff.
“Lori quickly understood and appreciated what type of dog would work with our family,” she said. “She was really helpful and made sure the process of adoption was as simple as possible.
“There’s such a misconception around greyhounds, but they are a fantastic breed and make great pets.
“Junior has been such a great addition to our family. We love him to bits.”
For more information, visit www.gapnsw.com.au.