Meet Khan! Khan is 9+ year old neutered Saluki who was surrendered by his owner. He was not socialized with people or other dogs. He is up-to-date on vaccines, is negative for parasites, and has been on monthly Heartworm treatment. Khan has been in the care of Greyhounds Friends For Life in California for the last 8 months and it is time for him to have his own place to call home with someone willing to work with him.
Khan is looking for a quiet home with someone who is home the majority of the time. Khan will need a home with a fully and securely fenced yard, easy access to the outside (he has learned to use a doggy door) and an experienced sighthound person willing to spend time with him. It will take a patient adopter who will take things very slowly with him. Khan is still fearful of people and will bark at people he doesn't know, but is never aggressive towards them. When he is in a small space he will allow people to pet him. He now trusts his foster mom enough to take cookies from her hand and he enjoys being petted by her. He also allows her to lift him and put jackets on him when it's cold.
Khan likes to interact with the other dogs through the fencing and will play-bow to them, but is not fully trusting of them. He does not like to have a dog chase or sniff him. So we are hoping for a home with no other dogs or only one low-key dog that will honor Khan's boundaries. He also will playbow with the foster mom in the same manner, he will not let her touch him when he is in a large space - he will run away from her. Khan will be happy with exercise/runs in the yard. Because he never learned to walk on leash and is so fearful, it's doubtful that he will ever feel comfortable taking walks.
From Janet Noll: Just a side note about Khan and his lack of socialization...through the years I have spent with Salukis, I have had the privilege to help rehab and socialize a couple of feral Salukis. They were never socialized with people, never learned to walk on a lead, and were wary of life in general. To see the spark of trust develop after all of the hard work is an emotion I simply can't explain. It took one full year with one of those Salukis and once the 'light bulb went off in her brain' understanding she was loved, protected and cared for, she began to transform daily and lived the rest of her silly life with us . In my opinion, there is nothing more gratifying and rewarding than to win the trust of a dog that had been completely shutdown.
And my story is not unique.
We think Khan is worth the effort!! Are you that special person?