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John and Shaunagh are the proud owners of three big, black, beautiful rescued greyhounds. Black Betty (The Velvet Queen), Lockie (Daddy\n Long Legs) and Squirt (Squirty) are collectively known as the 'Black Pack'. “We adopted them three years ago and our lives have\n never been the same,” Shaunagh says.

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“In true Noosa style, the hounds love to see and be seen. They are quite the socialites, and can often be spotted sashaying down Gympie\n Terrace, enjoying coffee at one of Noosa's dog friendly cafes, or on a hot day lapping up a dog ice cream at Peregian Beach.”

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Some locals may recognise the Black Pack from their monthly visit to the Eumundi Markets where they give out pats and showcase how brilliant they\n are as pets as part of Friends of the Hound rescue organisation's community awareness program.

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“Greyhounds really are the dog world's best kept secret!” Shaunagh says.  “Not only are they one of the oldest breeds of dog…\n they are regal, elegant, sensitive creatures that are affectionate, relaxed, gentle and well-mannered.  “They are the fastest dog\n on the planet, but are known as 70kph couch potatoes, as surprisingly they don't require large amounts of exercise. Greyhounds are quiet\n dogs and rarely bark. They shed little hair, and are good with kids and other dogs. Some even live with cats!” Shaunagh says she loves\n to adorn her Black Pack with colourful collars and cosy jumpers, due to their fine fur, thin skin and little body fat.

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While each member of the Black Pack has all the qualities of a greyhound, they each have their own unique, endearing personalities. According\n to Shaunagh, Black Betty is a super affectionate, feisty pocket rocket; Lockie is a gentle giant and gentleman in public, but at home\n he is a real showstopper with his tap dancing and twirling; and Squirt is a six-year-old puppy who entertains daily with his one\n hound stand-up comedy routines.

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Despite all their GREYT qualities, greyhounds are one of the most exploited canine breeds. Sadly thousands are destroyed each year when\n they are finished racing, become injured, or are not interested in chasing.

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“The Black Pack has raced off the track and into our hearts. People will often say to us the hounds are lucky they have been rescued but\n I tell them we are the lucky ones!” Shaunagh says. “They may be 90 per cent legs but they have huge hearts (literally) and lots of\n love to give. Their zest for life is infectious and, most importantly, they show us what it means to forgive.”

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So, if you see the Black Pack cruising around Noosa, stop to say g'day- -pats are compulsory, treats optional.

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The Black Pack

Over the past two years, Greyhounds have made headlines for all the wrong reasons. They have copped the brunt of an industry in turmoil, often found in mass graves or cruelly dumped. But Doonan dog owners Shaunagh and John Wood want these gorgeous pooches to be known for their loving nature.

John and Shaunagh are the proud owners of three big, black, beautiful rescued greyhounds. Black Betty (The Velvet Queen), Lockie (Daddy Long Legs) and Squirt (Squirty) are collectively known as the 'Black Pack'. “We adopted them three years ago and our lives have never been the same,” Shaunagh says.

“In true Noosa style, the hounds love to see and be seen. They are quite the socialites, and can often be spotted sashaying down Gympie Terrace, enjoying coffee at one of Noosa's dog friendly cafes, or on a hot day lapping up a dog ice cream at Peregian Beach.”

Some locals may recognise the Black Pack from their monthly visit to the Eumundi Markets where they give out pats and showcase how brilliant they are as pets as part of Friends of the Hound rescue organisation's community awareness program.

“Greyhounds really are the dog world's best kept secret!” Shaunagh says.  “Not only are they one of the oldest breeds of dog… they are regal, elegant, sensitive creatures that are affectionate, relaxed, gentle and well-mannered.  “They are the fastest dog on the planet, but are known as 70kph couch potatoes, as surprisingly they don't require large amounts of exercise. Greyhounds are quiet dogs and rarely bark. They shed little hair, and are good with kids and other dogs. Some even live with cats!” Shaunagh says she loves to adorn her Black Pack with colourful collars and cosy jumpers, due to their fine fur, thin skin and little body fat.

While each member of the Black Pack has all the qualities of a greyhound, they each have their own unique, endearing personalities. According to Shaunagh, Black Betty is a super affectionate, feisty pocket rocket; Lockie is a gentle giant and gentleman in public, but at home he is a real showstopper with his tap dancing and twirling; and Squirt is a six-year-old puppy who entertains daily with his one hound stand-up comedy routines.

Despite all their GREYT qualities, greyhounds are one of the most exploited canine breeds. Sadly thousands are destroyed each year when they are finished racing, become injured, or are not interested in chasing.

“The Black Pack has raced off the track and into our hearts. People will often say to us the hounds are lucky they have been rescued but I tell them we are the lucky ones!” Shaunagh says. “They may be 90 per cent legs but they have huge hearts (literally) and lots of love to give. Their zest for life is infectious and, most importantly, they show us what it means to forgive.”

So, if you see the Black Pack cruising around Noosa, stop to say g'day- -pats are compulsory, treats optional.

 

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