Young Man, Disabled by Cerebral Palsy, Trains Retired Racing Greyhounds for Pet Therapy

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Skip Potter volunteers for Project Racing Home Greyhound Adoptions. Skip has set three goals to reach in his lifetime: Become a licensed trainer, have his own farm, and have his own race kennel that supports the Race for Adoption program. Many people doubt that Skip can accomplish these goals from a wheelchair, but, he just grins and tells people to "Just Believe."

Skip Potter has Cerebral Palsy. He has use of only one hand, and uses an electric wheelchair for mobility. Skip came to Project Racing Home (PRH) in October of 2003. He volunteers two days per week at the kennel. Through the guidance and tutelage of Kennel Director, Kimberly Jewell, Skip has learned to be an advocate for the NGA Greyhound,. His motto “Just Believe,” and his relationship with a PRH Greyhound named Justin, has gained national recognition for encouraging adoption groups to allow disabled people to work with Greyhounds. Skip has a red-fawn Greyhound puppy, named Taylor.

Skip has used his talent and love for the Greyhounds to train three Project Racing Home Greyhounds to be therapy dogs. Miz Mandy, mother of Race for Adoption’s Mandy’s Choo Choo, developed a very special bond with Skip. Mandy is now living in Palm Beach, FL, and plans to continue her work as a therapy dog, with her new owner. HR’s Satin and “Larry the Lurcher” were recovered during the 2005 tragedy in Orange County, North Carolina. After Skip worked with her, Satin was adopted by someone who uses a wheelchair. Larry is currently available for adoption, from Project Racing Home, and has done pet therapy at many local nursing homes. People just love to meet Larry, and Larry loves to do pet therapy. Skip is very proud of his part in nursing the Orange County dogs back to being healthy and happy again. For more information about Skip Potter and his “Just Believe” concept, please visit: or

Skip also loves to help people plan their vacations. He loves Disney theme parks. To see how Skip uses his travel planning talents to help his friends, the Greyhounds, please visit:

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Skip and MapmakerSkip and MapmakerSkip says Goodbye to Mapmaker, before "Map" goes to his forever home. July 24, 2004Skip and Miz Mandy, the Pet Therapy GreyhoundSkip and Miz Mandy, the Pet Therapy GreyhoundSkip Potter says Goodbye to Miz Mandy before she goes to her forever home.Skip and Spartan Spirited ("Molly")Skip and Spartan Spirited ("Molly")Skip walking "Molly" in Greensboro, North Carolina's 2003 Holiday Parade.Skip loves JustinSkip loves JustinSkip cuddles with Just Believe ("Justin") at Project Racing Home.Skip and Just BelieveSkip and Just BelieveSkip Potter has Cerebral Palsy. He has gained national recognition for his friendship with a retired racing Greyhound named Just Believe, also known as, "Justin the Cowdog."Skip with HR's SatinSkip with HR's SatinSatin was recovered in the 2005 situation in Orange County, NC. Skip trained her to be a therapy dog, as part of Project Racing Home nursing her back to perfect health. Satin was then adopted by someone who uses a wheelchair.Video of Skip and Miz MandyVideo of Skip and Miz MandySkip Potter trained Mandy to be a pet therapy dog. This video shows the special bond between Skip and Miz Mandy"Larry The Lurcher," trained for pet therapy"Larry The Lurcher," trained for pet therapy"LARRY" is exactly what his name is...a lurcher! For those who do not know what a Lurcher is, let me define....a lurcher is a greyhound and who done it and ran! many times depending on the cross, the dog will actually resemble a greyhound. In Larry's case...he resembles a country singer from Kentucky!! Which is where we have traced him back to...Kentucky!!!! He is such personality, he is such fun, he has some funky features but if you want a dog everyone will ask you about and a dog that is just too full of himself....give Larry a chance! He is approx 7-8 years old. He was an Orange County Recovery, he has been through a tough life. We have nursed him back to health...he has put on 25+ pounds and has been given a clean bill of health! This is one loyal, loving guy!