Monday, January 5, 2009

Greyhound Site

After reading Camie's Kitties comment about Camie not knowing her date of birth, I started thinking about the website that gives greyhound owners that information, but only if you have the greyhound's tattoos. Camie's tattoo cannot be completely read, so her information cannot be found.

Did you know that greyhounds are tattooed in their ears when they are puppies? Ouch! The tattoos are checked before each race to be sure that the dog racing is the one that is said to be racing.

A greyhound is given a tattoo in each ear. The LEFT ear contains a 5 digit number that is assigned to the litter at birth. All pups in a particular litter will have the same number.

The RIGHT ear contains either a 2 or 3 digit number followed by a letter. The numbers represent the month and year the hound was born in. The first 1 or 2 numbers identify the month and the last number identifies the year. The letter signifies the order in which they were tattooed.

There is a website that I absolutely love because it lists my dogs'lineages. I am big into my own family history, so imagine my delight when I found out that I could research my dogs' family history. LOL We are asked all the time if Jack and Scout are related. Yes, they are. They are actually cousins. The site is Greyhound Data . Here is Jack's actual page. We renamed Jack, but trust me this is my boy. I have uploaded photos of him to the page. This page gives statics on Jack's races. It shows his family history along with some photos of his family. His father was an excellent racer and is in the hall of fame. His grandfather and great grandfathers were also great racers. I've been told that some of the older dogs do not have all of their races listed, so even though they were great racers it does not always show up for them on this page. Jack chose not to follow in the family business, but that's fine with us. He retired very early and that is why he has been in a home for 2.5 years already.

Even if you are not a greyhound or a dog owner, you might find Greyhound Data interesting.

Oh, no! I just noticed something on Jack's page. I celebrated his birthday on the wrong date this year. He was actually born on January 3rd, not the 4th. :-O I can't believe I did that.

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