Ginger is a 7-year-old greyhound. She’s a greeter at the strangely compelling Greyhound Hall of Fame in Abilene, Kansas. Ruth especially bonded with her. Reportedly, 18,000 greyhounds like Ginger are adopted each year when they retire from racing.
Greyhounds are different from every other breed of dog. They don’t, for example, sit easily on hard surfaces. They run 45 mph.
Racing them is somewhat fading as a sport for many reasons. It’s still popular in West Virginia, and Kansas is a big breeding state where 20 families around Abilene raise them.