May 5, 2008
Kathleen Pierce, email@example.com
LOWELL -- Known as the cats of the dog world, greyhounds are quite possibly the most ideal pet. "They're not barkers and are great apartment dogs," said Rebekah Cain, vice president of Greyhound Welfare in Boston. Trained for the racetrack, these ex-athletes can sleep up to 18 hours at a stretch. But once they retire from the track, these strange beauties need homes. Last weekend, 15 greyhounds infiltrated the courtyard outside the Brush Art Gallery for a greyhound appreciation day. At the event, held in conjunction with the Going to the Dogs art show at the gallery, foster parents trotted out their dogs for all to see and to encourage adoption. Combining two nonprofits for a joint cause was a first for this greyhound rescue and placement group -- a constant need in New England. "It was a wonderful. The majority of our events are in pet stores," said Cain. Canine paintings and sculptures, made by 40 artists from across the country, fill the gallery. Proceeds from this fun exhibit are being split between the Brush and Greyhound Welfare. The meeting of these disparate groups came about by chance. "A fellow came in with two greyhound dogs and we started talking about it," said Eileen Byrne, a Brush volunteer who organized the event. The pet affair was so successful that Byrne is contemplating a similar fundraiser with Billerica Cat Care Coalition next year. "We are all about art; this shows it's our strength." Going to the Dogs runs through June 15 at the Brush Art Gallery, 256 Market St., Lowell. For more info on Greyhound Welfare, visit www.greyhoundwelfare.org.