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For the Love of Greyhounds by Alex Cearns

Leading Australian animal photographer Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio is a crazy dog lady and Greyhounds are her favourite dogs of all.

Her latest book ‘For the Love of Greyhounds’ (ABC Books) aims to raise awareness about the gentle nature of Greyhounds.

About 'For the Love of Greyhounds'

Dogs are the most common pet in Australia, with 39% of households owning a dog. There are an estimated 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia or 20 dogs for every 100 people. Greyhound adoption is becoming more common, with greyhound specific rescue organisations sharing the message about these gentle giants, and with pet owners falling in love with the breed, and seeking to add a rescue dog to their family. 

Research has found that owning a dog can lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, and boost levels of feel-good chemicals in the brain, but every dog lover knows the benefits are far too many to list. Adopting a rescue dog takes pet ownership to a whole other heart level. 

This book is for everyone who loves, or has ever loved, a dog, with the addition of those who support and have adopted from animal rescue organisations. It will also appeal to the thousands of rescued greyhound owners in Australia and afar. 


A percentage of royalties from ‘For the Love of Greyhounds’ will be donated to Greyhound Adoption organisations of Alex’s choice.

Purchasing ‘For the love of Greys’ will enable animal lovers to make a difference by contributing to a valid cause.

Alex hopes that ‘For the Love of Greyhounds’ introduces this beautiful breed to more people and encourages readers to consider adopting a Greyhound.

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About Greyhounds

More and more Australians are choosing to adopt Greyhounds. They recognise their elegance, gentle natures, and comical personalities and fall in love with the breed.

Potential greyhound parents often wonder if greyhounds can get along with other pets and animals. Many greyhounds can cohabit with other pets very well.

Prior to a greyhound being adopted, each one is temperament tested by their relevant rescue organisation and is placed into the most suitable homes based on their test results. 

Those who like cats can live with cats, and those better suited to dogs for company go to dog only homes. Those who prefer to be an ‘ only dog’ aren’t placed with other dogs – just like all other rescue dogs who undergo temperament testing.

Many first time greyhound adopters later wonder what took them so long to discover the delight in living with a grey. Greyhounds make beautiful companion animals. Adoptability rating 5/5. 

Fast Facts about Greyhounds

  • Greyhounds are lovely dogs who make fantastic pets. 
  • They are generally calm in nature and love the company of people. 
  • In most Australian states it is law that Greyhounds must wear a muzzle when in public. This is based on an antiquated law, which is over 100 years old. Greyhounds are gentle dogs and there isn’t any valid reason for them to be muzzled in public. Wearing a muzzle makes them vulnerable and puts them at risk if another dog approaches, as they have no means to defend themselves. Hopefully this law will change. 
  • They don’t need hours of exercise – a walk a day keeps them happy and healthy. 
  • Greyhounds are couch potatoes and love nothing more than lying on the bed or couch. 
  • Greyhounds can be addictive – it’s hard to stop at adopting just one. 

About my Greyhound Pixel

Before we adopted our now 5 year old rescue Greyhound Pixel, she spent several weeks in the care of Brightside Farm Sanctuary Tasmania.

Her formative months were spent in the company of a menagerie of best friends - pigs, sheep, rabbits, dogs, cats, chickens, cows, turkeys and ferrets. The day we met her as a 10 week old puppy it was love at first sight and reluctantly, after spending an afternoon with her, we had to fly home to Perth.

I remember walking away and turning to see her standing at a small gate looking up at us with her big black eyes. A lamb wanted in on the farewell and walked beside her, bumping Pixel over. She tumbled down and let out a yelp before bouncing back to her feet and shaking it off. Seeing a tiny lamb knock over a greyhound puppy was adorable. There was no retaliation from Pixel and all was quickly forgiven.

Three weeks later Pixel flew over to WA to begin her life with us (and our Greyhound Kelpie cross Pip and cat Macy.) Those pivotal weeks at Brightside Farm Sanctuary gave her wonderful exposure to a broad range of animals

Pixel is an absolute delight to live with. She has a cute and cheeky sense of humour and delights in making as much noise with her squeaky toys as she can. She loves her cat sister Macy and is particularly fond of elderly people and children. 

About Alex Cearns

Dogs Today Magazine in the United Kingdom calls Perth based photographer Alex Cearns “One of our greatest dog photographers in the world.” 

Alex is the Creative Director of Houndstooth Studio based in Australia, and specialises in capturing portraits that convey the intrinsic character of her animal subjects. 

She photographs for engaged pet lovers, corporate brands in Australia, the USA and the UK, and for around 40 Australian and International animal charities and conservation organisations. Her images have been published extensively across international media, in books, magazines, billboards and advertising campaigns. 

Alex is the recipient of over 250 awards for photography, business and philanthropy and ‘For the Love of Greyhounds’ is her 6th book.

Inspiring others with her joy of working with animals, Alex’s philanthropy and passionate advocacy for animal rescue has earned her high regard among Australia’s animal lovers and a strong following on social media. 

She is an ambassador for Tamron, BenQ, Spider Holster and Seagate and regularly judges photography competitions and presents at events. 

Alex lives with her partner, two rescue dogs, and rescue cat in Perth, Western Australia.

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