Brianna Burkhart and Carl Doby co-own Cheveyo, whose pet name is Chevy. Since many greyhound lovers haven’t experienced the journey of a racer from the farm to retirement, we thought it would be an exciting opportunity to give you an inside glimpse of some real owners and their stories.
Brianna and Carl’s Partnership
“Out of the blue, Carl contacted me to ask if I wanted to partner with him on a pup. He showed me a picture of this tiny newborn puppy and I didn’t even have to think about it. Owning a racer was a dream of mine and it was a perfect situation to get my feet wet and learn about ownership. We picked him out at two weeks old. His breeder, Bob Crossland, will only sell the dogs at tattoo age, so when he got his tattoo at three months old, he was ours.”
How His Name Was Chosen and Where He’ll Race
More About Chevy
“Chevy is a sweet boy who loves people, but I’ve been told he was a bit of a troublemaker growing up playing with his brothers. He loved, loved, loved his pool! He was always in it. His breeder said we should have named him Pool Boy. I think he will love the pools waiting for him at the track!
SOCIAL DIRECTOR’S STORY
Jay Roberts, Steve Sipa, and Brian Haynes co-own Social Director, who’s pet name is Blake. Since many greyhound lovers haven’t experienced the journey of a racer from the farm to retirement, we thought it would be an exciting opportunity to give you an inside glimpse of some real owners, and their stories.
I asked Jay about Blake and this is what he had to say:
Who He’s Named After
“Social Director is named after one of our friends at Southland who has played the dogs all of his life. His kennel name Blake comes from the current Arkansas State football coach, Blake Anderson.
We purchased him in June of 2013 and he is pre adopted by a friend who lost her previous greyhound to osteo. She is very excited about following his career from the Orange Park track, to her couch, and all points in between.
Where He’ll Race
Social Director and Cheveyo competed similarly at finishing school in Kansas, and the finisher thought Orange Park would be the best fit for them. We are planning on making a trip down to meet Chevy’s owners, Carl Doby and Brianna Burkhart, sometime this fall after the pups get settled in. We are excited to have him racing with his brother.
More About Blake
Social Director has already overcome a split web on his foot that sidelined him about four weeks during finishing. He is all healed now and ready to roll.”
Blake’s breeding is USS Raceway x Bow Fine Tune and was one of a litter of 13. The biggest litter Crossland Farm has ever had.
Join us as we follow Blake’s journey at the track. We’ll even tell you how you can create a virtual kennel to watch when he races and enjoy the excitement for yourself.
WHAT CHANGES LIE AHEAD FOR THE BROTHERS
by Mike Gerard ©2014
Sometimes the transition can be hard on young pups. It’s a big change from the farm to a racing kennel. They are such creatures of habit. They do so much better when things are as stress free as possible. The pups have to establish a pecking order in the pack (kennel) and a change in diet. A new environment, new routine, new people, weather, and humidity.
We spend much more time in the kennel when new dogs arrive. Five to six hours every morning, an hour in the after noon, two hours, or close to it, at night.
In between all that, they have to get used to us coming and going, in and out of the kennel. Loading up dogs eight times a week to go to the track. After the races, coming back to the kennel having racers getting turned out twice after returning from the track, both before and after they are fed. Sometimes it’s midnight or 1 am in the morning if races run late.
We will give them a couple of days to get used to the kennel, me and my trainers (my wife and my oldest daughter), the change in their diet, turnouts etc……
We will start sprinting pups this weekend on Saturday, then continue on Monday and Wednesday. If they are in good enough shape, we will start morning schooling on Friday.
We school on the Orange Park official race track, another big change for pups. Odds board, grand stand, trees, water fountains etc. There’s also a busy highway 109 yards away.
The first time we will walk them from the front stretch to the back stretch, between the odds board and the 7/16 box. Then give them a hand slip, depending on how hard they run and where they come off after the race. We run them slowly on each concurrent schooling. Escape (first turn), finish line, and eventually to the box.
Once in the box, I grade pups by order of finish. I never want a pup to get beat more than once or twice in a row.
We run 3 and 4 dog boxes. All winners this time will run against each other next time. 2nd place finishers against each other, 3rd place against 3rd, and 4th against 4th.
I’m a firm believer that a dog’s confidence is as important as its ability. A dog that believes it can win, will try every time. I try to never teach a dog to lose.
Greyhound Facts: Don’t worry if you don’t understand half of what was reported. We’ll break it down and teach you all of the terms you need to know.
The “Track Talk” section on our website will also help you and have amazing photos from the tracks.