This is a turnout pen at turnout time. First turnout is usually around 5-6:00 am. This is when the dogs get to "do their business" and stretch their legs a bit. In cold weather, they prance around and play a lot. In warmer weather, they tend to bed down and hang out in the shade. The amount of time they get to spend outside depends a lot on the weather. As a breed, greyhounds are not cold or heat tolerant.
Why are they wearing those muzzles? For those of you who are unfamiliar with greyhounds and track life, these dogs have notoriously thin skin. Normal mouthy dog-play will tear holes in it. When you have 20+ dogs in the pen at the same time, a plastic basket kennel muzzle is a smart precautionary measure to take. The dogs can still keep their mouths wide open and drink while wearing them.
What's that hanging over the fence to the left? Those are carpets, or rugs, that serve as bedding for the greyhounds in their crates. They have been cleaned and are hanging on the fence to dry. More on crates and bedding later.
What's in that white bucket? Poop! The bucket is lined with a special trash bag made just for poop. All poop is scooped immediately and placed in the bucket so that it can be properly disposed of later.
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