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The Italian Greyhound Club of America is the national "parent" club for the breed. One of the club's missions is rescue, and it has a nationwide organization of rescue representatives, foster homes and other volunteers, including some here in Houston. For more information about Houston-area IGCA rescues, please contact the Houston IGCA Rescue rep.

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Cristina PhotoCristina/Cricket
I'm Special

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My name is: Cristina/Cricket

Age (estimated DOB): (February 2007)

Primary Color: White with Blue Markings

Weight: 18

Gender: Female

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: My foster home is helping me with a behavioral, emotional, or medical situation, so I would only be available at this time to a family willing and able to take on and commit to a special needs IG.

My optimal Adoptive Home: Moderate Energy/Activity. Has someone that is home mostly during the day.

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: maybe

At night, I prefer to sleep in: My kennel

Walking on a leash: I do fine on a leash for trips to the vet or other outings, but I don't particularly care for long walks.

Crate training - please note that we teach crating as a 'safe happy personal space' where the IG can rest/sleep when confinement is necessary. Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or 'time out' space: I consider the crate my safe space and don't mind being in there at all for reasonable amounts of time. If the door is left open, I will put myself inside to rest.

Italian Greyhounds are known for housebreaking issues and most will have occasional accidents. As an IG parent you must be willing to commit to a structured and reasonable routine to keep your iggy from having excessive indoor accidents. My house-training Status is: Very rare or no indoor accidents.

A little more about me and my personality: Very independent. Not fond of being held or picked up. Extremely confident and can be slightly demanding. Very good appetite and has some very cute and funny mannerisms.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: Cristina is nearly blind in both eyes from age related cataracts. she is also very hard of hearing. She has had part of one lung removed on account of cancer.


BeaArthur PhotoBea Arthur

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My name is: Bea Arthur

Age (estimated DOB): (April 2012)

Primary Color: White with Blue Markings

Weight: 12 lbs

Gender: Female

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: My foster home is helping me with a behavioral, emotional, or medical situation, so I would only be available at this time to a family willing and able to take on and commit to a special needs IG.

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low Energy/Activity. Moderate Energy/Activity. Has a Canine Companion. Has an Italian Greyhound Companion. Has someone that is home mostly during the day. Has someone that can come home at lunch and let me out to potty. Has an area that can be set up for me to stay in during a full work day with potty pads. Is okay with a dog that prefers canine companionship to human companionship. Is familiar with fearful behavior and/or has experience with dogs that have been abused/neglected in their past. Has time and patience to dedicate to continuing my social rehabilitation. Must have a securely fenced in yard (not an available dog park area).

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: no

At night, I prefer to sleep in: A dog bed

Walking on a leash: I have not mastered leash training yet.

Crate training - please note that we teach crating as a 'safe happy personal space' where the IG can rest/sleep when confinement is necessary. Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or 'time out' space: I do fine being in my crate for reasonable amounts of time.

Italian Greyhounds are known for housebreaking issues and most will have occasional accidents. As an IG parent you must be willing to commit to a structured and reasonable routine to keep your iggy from having excessive indoor accidents. My house-training Status is: Occasional accidents. I know how to use designated potty pads indoors. I potty outside just fine. Occasionally I may have an accident in which I use the potty pad in my designated area.

A little more about me and my personality: I get along great with my foster Iggies, my foster mom and young children. I’m a little skittish around some men, especially big and tall ones. I love to snuggle on the sofa with my fur-blings and don’t mind being rubbed by my humans. I don’t like fast movements made by others and don’t feel comfortable being held just yet. But, I do let my foster mom rub my ears and hold my paws.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: I was taking Prozac to help with my anxiety. However, my foster mom says I’ve been pretty good without it. So, we just use it when needed.


Flaco PhotoFlaco

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My name is: Flaco

Age (estimated DOB): (April 2015)

Primary Color: Red

Weight: 13.5 lbs

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Katy, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption

My optimal Adoptive Home: Moderate Energy/Activity. Has someone that is home mostly during the day. Is okay with a dog in their lap quite frequently.

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: yes

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: maybe

At night, I prefer to sleep in: My kennel

Walking on a leash: I walk very well on a leash and enjoy going for walks

Crate training - please note that we teach crating as a 'safe happy personal space' where the IG can rest/sleep when confinement is necessary. Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or 'time out' space: I consider the crate my safe space and don't mind being there at all for reasonable amounts of time. If the door is left open, I will put myself inside to rest.

Italian Greyhounds are known for housebreaking issues and most will have occasional accidents. As an IG parent you must be willing to commit to a structured and reasonable routine to keep your iggy from having excessive indoor accidents. My house-training Status is: We are working on it! Right now Flaco needs a belly band and wipes. He have a very long, flexible body, but he never seems to be able to turn his big chest out of the way.

A little more about me and my personality: Flaco is tall, red, and good-looking. He is a happy, tail-wagging, prancing Italian Greyhound. He loves snuggling and snoozing. He loves walks around the neighborhood and rides in cars (even if it means he is going to the vet). Flaco means "skinny" in Spanish. And this guy is very skinny. His ribs and backbone are quite noticeable. He must have a high metabolism because he eats very well. The hairs in his beautiful red coat are unusually short.  When you pet him, from head toward tail, he feels very soft.  But reverse the flow and he's prickly!  He loves to be scratched, and must be a little itchy because he will flop on the people bed, legs thrashing the air, and wiggle like a fish out of water!  And his legs are so long we all have to take cover!  His skin looks good, no obvious reason to want his entire spine scratched or rubbed, but this is an every day spectacle. He is very smart and very obedient.  When he comes inside after a potty break, he comes right over to our clean-up station where we wipe him down with a baby wipe (his "aim" is terrible) and put on his belly band.  When he is bathed, he will stand or sit in the water on command.  He never whines, whimpers, or tries to bolt.  He is calm during the towel dry and calm when the hair dryer is blowing on him. He knows so many commands: "kennel", "clean-up", and "sit".  He knows "wait", "outside", "go potty", "treat" (of course), "shake" (whole body, not paw), and more. Flaco is good with kids, other dogs, cats, and visitors.  He is happy.  He prances.  He has only that one drawback.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: No medical issues.  He takes monthly heartworm preventative.


Noelle&Nicholas PhotoNoelle & Nicholas

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My name is: Noelle

Age (estimated DOB): April 2004

Primary Color: White with Seal Markings

Weight: 10

Gender: Female

Location (City, State): Hockley, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low Energy/Activity. Has someone that is home mostly during the day. Has someone that can come home at lunch and let me out to potty. Has time and patience to dedicate to continuing my social rehabilitation.

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: no

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: maybe

At night, I prefer to sleep in: Dog tent

Walking on a leash: I don't walk very fast and I prefer my walks around a yard. My eyes just aren't what they used to be.

Crate training - please note that we teach crating as a 'safe happy personal space' where the IG can rest/sleep when confinement is necessary. Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or 'time out' space: I consider the crate my safe space and don't mind being in there at all for reasonable amounts of time. If the door is left open, I will put myself inside to rest.

Italian Greyhounds are known for housebreaking issues and most will have occasional accidents. As an IG parent you must be willing to commit to a structured and reasonable routine to keep your iggy from having excessive indoor accidents. My house-training Status is: I know how to use designated potty pads indoors.

A little more about me and my personality: I take a little more time because I don't have any teeth and my food must be prepared. I don't see very well nor can I hear most sounds. I have a great personality and love to lay in the sun. Please don't separate me from my son Nicholas.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medication, the are listed here: I don't see or hear very well, but with a little help I do just fine. I take more time but am worth it!


My name is: Nicholas

Age (estimated DOB): April 2009

Primary Color: White

Weight: 10

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Hockley, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low Energy/Activity. Has an Italian Greyhound Companion. Has someone that can come home at lunch and let me out to potty.

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: maybe

At night, I prefer to sleep in: My kennel Dog tent

Walking on a leash: I do fine on a leash for trips to the vet of other outing, but I don't particularly care for long walks.

Crate training - please note that we teach crating as a 'safe happy personal space' where the IG can rest/sleep when confinement is necessary. Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or 'time out' space: I consider the crate my safe space and don't mind being in there at all for reasonable amounts of time. If the door is left open, I will put myself inside to rest.

Italian Greyhounds are known for housebreaking issues and most will have occasional accidents. As an IG parent you must be willing to commit to a structured and reasonable routine to keep your iggy from having excessive indoor accidents. My house-training Status is: We are working on it! I know how to use a supervised dog door when the humans are home.

A little more about me and my personality: I love to give kisses and when I get excited I can't stop jumping. I have never been separated from my mom, Noelle, and must be able to stay with her. She is a beautiful Italian Greyhound and is 14 years old.


Luigi PhotoLuigi

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My name is: Luigi

Age (estimated DOB): 11yrs

Primary Color: Seal (Black)

Weight: 16

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption

My optimal Adoptive Home: Moderate Energy/Activity. Has a Canine Companion: Has an Italian Greyhound Companion. Must have a securely fenced in yard (not an available dog park area). Must be in Texas or Oklahoma- out of state adoption would be highly unlikely for me

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: yes

Apartment Homes: maybe

At night, I prefer to sleep in: A dog bed

Walking on a leash: I walk very well on a leash and enjoy going for walks

Crate training - please note that we teach crating as a 'safe happy personal space' where the IG can rest/sleep when confinement is necessary. Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or 'time out' space: I do just fine being in my crate for reasonable amounts of time

Italian Greyhounds are known for housebreaking issues and most will have occasional accidents. As an IG parent you must be willing to commit to a structured and reasonable routine to keep your iggy from having excessive indoor accidents. My house-training Status is: Occasional accidents and I know how to use a supervised dog door when the humans are home

A little more about me and my personality: I enjoy being the center of attention, but will give way to other dogs.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: none


Lucas PhotoLucas Cooper

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Lucas is a sweet little, 12 year old senior guy who is shy at first, but warms up to you with some time. He would do best in a quieter home.

He walks well on a leash, however is a little unsure about going on walks. Lucas does not know what toys are, nor does he want to play. He prefers to be curled up relaxing most of the day in his bed. Lucas loves his blankets and makes them into a perfect circle and likes to lay in the middle of it. Lucas is fine with other dogs, however he does prefer to be with calmer, gentler dogs. He is afraid of dogs that chase/run.

Lucas LOVES food and treats! He gets so excited when he knows he is getting something to snack on and runs around and zooms into his crate waiting for his treat. He also loves licking peanut butter out of a Kong toy.

Lucas is house-trained and sleeps in his kennel quietly at night, as long as he gets his bed time snack. If you are looking for a quiet, gentle, and sweet companion, Lucas would be the perfect fit! (fostering in Tomball)


Elisa PhotoLucca (IG-mix)

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Lucca is an IG-mix, and is NOT officially part of the IGCA/IGRF rescue program. This sweet girl is an independently sponsored rescue who is fostering with local IGCA volunteers.

Here is what her foster home has to say about her...

"She's got her teething ears so they're going different directions daily! She's a sweet active girl, she loves following my 13 year old IG everywhere so she would do great in a home with doggie siblings.

When she first came to live with us she had no idea where to and not to go potty, but we got her on the grass in a day. She still has an accident here and there, but we're under 1 per day and she's already letting me know when she has to go out which is awesome. Lucca is teething but has been good about shoes, the pillows and furniture when I tell her no. I usually offer her a toy and she'll chew that instead (until the next time she finds the pillow or rug....).

I work from home so she has a lots of supervised roaming time during the day. She goes into her kennel when we leave and at night with no issue and sleeps through the night. She has a lot of energy but loves to snuggle too. Lucca recently let us know that she can bark, but she rarely does. She's also started lightly growling at her own reflection in the fireplace, which is hilarious because she doesn't growl at the other dogs. She will walk with a harness on a leash but our practice has been pretty limited as I haven't wanted to expose her to the hike and bike trail without all of her shots."


TurboSpurs PhotoTurbo

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Viva Fiesta!!! Hi my name is Turbo and I live in San Antonio. Would you believe that I am 11 years old and this is the first time I’ve been to Fiesta? Well I love it and I’ve sent pictures to all my friends and family.

I’m a compact little guy about 10 lbs. I only have 3 teeth left but it doesn’t slow down my eating at all. My family and I lived outside for quite a while, but all that changed since New Years Day. We have nice warm beds and blankets and good food now. I love food! I can be very determined when food is around.

I have improved tremendously in my housebreaking skills and my pet sitter says I have done really well with no accidents the last time I stayed at her house. I do wear a belly band but am slowly learning not to mark. She didn’t have to change it all day because I didn’t have any accidents.

I love to play and run around the house like a 4 year old. I love to snuggle and sit on laps. If my forever home would like to take me out and about I would really like that. I’m a really friendly guy and like having tons of friends. (fostering in San Antonio)


Baylee&Toby PhotoBaylee and Toby

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Baylee and Toby have been together since Toby was 8 weeks old and you can tell. They love to play with each other and even take turns eating food out of the same bowl. When you see one of them, the other is close by, if not right beside them. They would very much appreciate it if they could stay together. Their previous family had to move and weren’t able to take them along but it is obvious these babies were well taken care of and taught basic “manners” (sit, shake, kennel up, go potty - and their favorite - come here!) They love to be right next to you, or on your lap, under a blanket; however, they are perfectly content sleeping on their bed curled up together. They are not afraid to show and receive affection in a variety of ways like direct eye contact, subtle reminders to keep petting (nose nudge), scooting closer to you, excitedly wagging tails when you get home and let them out of the crate, etc.

Baylee is Toby’s older sister. They are not from the same litter but have been together since he was 8 weeks old. Baylee is a beautiful fawn and white “Biggy Iggy”, weighing in at 19 pounds, and is 11 years young (seriously, you wouldn’t know she is 11). She is a bit wary when she is in a new situation but will warm up once she becomes more comfortable. She relies on Toby and is never far from his side. If Toby is comfortable, then she is as well.

Baylee is crate-trained and will get in when told to. She will let you know when she needs to go to the restroom. She needs a nice size backyard with a tall fence. She loves to chase and retrieve the tennis ball, and with all that muscle, is capable of jumping really high. She loves to go on walks, and if she hears the word walk, she gets really excited. She tends to pull on the leash during the first part of the walk, but gets better as the walk progresses. She is wary of other dogs and will bark.

Baylee has a bald spot the length of her spine and had quite a few teeth removed, but she has a clean bill of health. She is very tolerant of young children (foster family has a very active 4 year old) and will let them hug on her. She loves to curl up next to Toby, or a lap. He favorite spot is under the blanket next to Toby. Baylee relies on Toby for comfort. She is nervous when he is not around.

Toby is Baylee’s younger brother. He is a small guy at only 10 pounds, but he has a giant size personality. He is 9 years old. He is very outgoing, adventurous and is not a nervous Iggy (except when he can’t find Baylee).

Toby is crate-trained and will get in when told to. He gives subtle signs when he needs to go potty, so he may need a belly band in case those signs are missed. Toby’s favorite thing is playing with Baylee. He will chase Baylee and wrestle around with her. He loves to go on walks and gets excited when he hears the word walk. He does very well on the leash and walks right next to you. He is wary of other dogs and will bark.

Toby had a few teeth removed but is very healthy. He is tolerant of young children but does not like to be pulled on. He loves to curl up on a lap or next to Baylee. His favorite spot is under the blanket next to Baylee. Toby is very connected to Baylee and will let you know if he can’t find her.

Baylee and Toby’s previous owners had to move and weren’t able to take them along; however, it is obvious these babies were well taken care of and taught basic “manners”. Sit, shake, get the ball, kennel up, go potty…and their favorite, come here! They love to be right next to you, if not on your lap, under a blanket; however, they are perfectly content sleeping on their bed curled up together. They are not afraid to show and receive affection in a variety of ways– take the direct eye contact, subtle reminders to keep petting (nose nudge), scooting closer to you, etc.

Baylee is the beautiful fawn and white biggy iggy weighing in around 16 pounds. This is all muscle. You would never even guess that she is 11 for she truly is amazing to watch when she runs. The fact that she is missing a patch of fur along her back does not take away from her extremely clean bill of health. She had to have 18 teeth extracted but it doesn’t stop her from eating and accepting the occasional treat. She loves to sleep under a blanket (next to Toby) right next to you or on the dog bed. She is working on her manners while on a leash. She gets a bit excited when new people or animals are near.

Toby is the tiny grey dude with the white mask. He is all of 9 pounds but he thinks he’s a Great Dane! Very friendly and outgoing, very dependent on Baylee though, and always wants to have her close by. He is 9 years old and is mature for his age. We really want to rename him “prancer” because that is how he walks/jogs. He simply prances! Although Baylee is older and twice his size, he is the “alpha” in their pack. He loves to burrow under the blankets and be right by your side.

Both of these babies have the best personalities and are extremely tolerant of our 4 year old (who loves to love on them). They are well mannered, though they are counter surfers and beg while you are eating (we are working on those manners), generally easy going and friendly, and for the most part, potty trained. You have to keep an eye out for the very subtle hints from Toby or he’ll mark his spot. We have found that using a belly band is the solution for that!. (fostering in Spring)


Some Things to Consider Before Adopting an Italian Greyhound

Family Planning:
Italian Greyhounds are pack animals and they bond closely with their humans. They thrive on having attention. It is not unusual for people to acquire an Italian Greyhound before they are ready to start a family since they offer so much joy and companionship in the home. When children arrive in the home, balancing dog ownership and parenting can present challenges that result in the dog losing its home. Though it may be difficult for you to imagine giving up your "IG baby" for your human baby today, the arrival of children in the home is one of the top 5 reasons that IG's are given up by their owners. We appreciate your understanding our candor in asking about your plans for having children or grandchildren in your home so we have an opportunity to talk with you about the most common problems people face when they bring a new baby home. This will help you make an educated decision on whether an IG is going to mesh with your long term family plans. If we fail to ask you about it and children might be in your future, even 10 years from now, please ask your IGCA Rescue Representative about this important topic! We want you to be successful in giving one of our rescue IG's a loving family for life!

A Family for Life:
IG's can live as long as 18 years! It is our goal to place our rescue IG's in homes that will provide for the dog's health and safety in a loving family environment for the dog's lifetime. The younger the dog you adopt, the longer the commitment! We understand that circumstances can change and people are not always able to keep their rescue IG. However, if you have significant foreseeable changes in your life that will conflict with giving a rescue IG a life long commitment (multiple moves ahead of you, overseas travel, financial issues etc.), please consider other ways that you can enjoy this wonderful breed such as applying to foster which does not carry a long term commitment.

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