Chico was adopted through Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) which is a organisation that helps rescue, and rehome former racing Greyhounds that have retired from the track. One of the main requirements was that the Greyhound we were to adopt needed to be cat safe as my mother owns three. Luckily for us, Chico is so cat safe that he is scared of the cats. Once when we were out walking he even pressed noses with a random cat on our path.
Chico came to us freshly off the track. He hadn't been into a foster home yet, and so therefore everything was new to him. Those first few weeks were difficult to say the least, especially because this was our first experience with a retired Greyhound. Chico spent most of his time hiding from everyone and everything. We were in a state of worry that he would never like us, or his time in a house. We didn't see him wag his tail for weeks, and when we did, it was towards Diego not us. Slowly he started to come out of his shell, and showed signs of things he liked.
There has been a heap of challenging moments with Chico, but this has made all small success even more impressive. Chico chewed through my MacBook Pro Charger, which thanks to Apple being Apple, cost a lot to replace. He has chewed into the dry wall near his bed, chewed multiple other cords, tasted the wood of many pieces of furniture, dug himself a couple of holes in the backyard and toileted inside. Thankfully, a lot of those are behind us now.
Currently, we can have him off leash at dog parks and he will come when called, although mostly it is at his pace not ours. His favourite place is the beach, where he runs full speed up and down the shoreline with Diego tagging along behind. He then will seek out random dogs and try and get them to engage in some sort of crazy activity. I am also teaching him to shake paws to engage his brain and get him used to training. At the moment, we are training it with him standing because I haven't been able to get him used to sitting just yet.