By Andrew Smith
Sirius Graham’s racing career was short-lived, but the greyhound is now enjoying a new life off the track in retirement, thanks to the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) Queensland.
The Zambora Brockie and Molly Anne product is under the care of Cruise Ensbey and Tim Veltkamp as part of the program.
The Milton couple jumped at the chance to take in the dog now just known as “Graham,” and are currently in the foster-to-adopt stage of the process.
“We babysat our friend’s greyhound for about two weeks earlier in the year - we both work pretty long shifts and it was just a really good option,” Cruise said.
“He’s shy but as we are sort of learning who he is, he’s slowly coming out a bit more and getting a lot more energetic.
“He’s a bit cheeky sometimes and he can hide toys but he’s great.
“This is our first dog together as a couple - Graham’s been fantastic, he’s really playful and really just enjoying the experience.”
As Sirius Graham, the black dog started in 13 races with a single win in Ipswich to his name in March this year.
With his racing days now behind him, Graham is settling into life away from the track.
“He just fit in perfectly, he was so calm as well and it was just like the perfect dog for an apartment obviously,” Tim said.
“Once he gets out of his shell a bit more, it’d be nice to just go for long walks and explore the city with him as well.
“Everything has changed since he’s been here – it’s been amazing honestly, the extra energy in the house and just going out for walks with him, it’s been so good.”
Run by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC), GAP Queensland is dedicated to finding suitable, loving homes for greyhounds that have retired from racing.
GAP Queensland behaviourally assesses retired racing dogs and helps to prepare them for life in a family home, matching them with the paw-fect owner.
Cruise and Tim were inspired to adopt after stopping in at the GAP stall at September’s Pride Fair Day at Musgrave Park.