Great to see a good news story for a change.
Most of us trainers and owners have heard similar stories. We know that only a healthy and happy animal will perform on track or anywhere else. What truly baffles me about the anti-racing folks is the constant argument put forth that somehow we place our dogs at any greater risk than they (the self-appointed 'rescuers') do? Really... do they run them at dog parks unleashed or on the beach? (mostly yes, just look at their photos of their hounds). Do they overfeed them and exercise them less? (yes there's no statistics to support my argument but increased weight carries increased risks of injury for a racing breed of any kind let alone greyhounds)
Most of the anti-racing folks that adopt with an attitude that they are 'rescuing' their dogs are actually killing them with kindness (too much food) and apathy as to their exercise needs in safe manner (accidents).
Hint - putting a 19m/sec straight line sight hound in a public dog park with other breeds is a recipe for disaster.
Greyhounds do indeed make great pets. They have a lot going for them but understand that we trainers who hand over a dog that has been cared for and groomed and looked after do not need to be tarred of the same brush as a minority. Going by the logic of the anti-racing folks, there should be pet licences for any owners and breeding licences for humans. I would support both of these initiatives, we'd end up with a safer saner and more responsible society. The greyhound community is a reflection of broader society and our 'bad apples' are only relfective of the same in broader society... such as poor pet owners, bad parents etc.