The Greyhound Lifeline Team

Marie Harris

Marie Harris has been with Greyhound Lifeline from the start in May 2007. She orchestrated the move to our own premises in January 2008 and then ran the original, smaller scale homing kennel with just a skeleton crew of volunteers until we became better known and managed to recruit more people to help.

Originally sole Manager of the Fleet kennels. August 2014 saw Lucy join Marie and roles changed to joint managers due to the increase in workload though our success over the years. Marie nowadays looks after the waiting list, does the accounting and works regular kennel shifts. She and Lucy share responsibility for viewings and adoptions as and when required along with the training and recruitment of new and existing volunteers. Dog assessment, ordering goods, website and Facebook page updates, events and vet runs etc are also a shared role.

During May 2017 Marie became one of the four Trustees of Greyhound Lifeline.

Marie works part-time in paid employment has raised 4 children all of whom are now adults. Marie currently has 3 greyhounds of her own at home plus and a selection of foster dogs from time to time.

Marie adopted her first greyhound in 2003, but prior to that she had several years of other breed dog experience.


Lucy
Lucy Quarendon joined us as a dog walker in April 2009. From there, in August of 2009 she took on a kennel hands role and not too long after that she ventured into her first greyhound “foster mother” role in January 2010.

In August 2014 Lucy was offered and accepted the role of joint manager with Marie of Greyhound Lifeline.

Lucy works regular kennel shifts, she handles all the adoption and cat testing requirements. Lucy does the bulk of our greyhound behaviour modification/socialisation work too. She and Marie share responsibility for viewings and adoptions as and when required along with the training and recruitment of new and existing volunteers. Dog assessment, ordering goods, website and Facebook page updates, events and vet runs etc. Lucy’s administrative strengths are are great asset to us as is her drive and enthusiasm.

During May 2017 Lucy became one of the four Trustees of Greyhound Lifeline.

Lucy works full-time in paid employment within the education sector. She currently has 4 greyhounds of her own plus a selection of foster dogs from time to time as well.


Marina Timms and Chris Baker began working with Greyhound Lifeline during 2013 in their professional capacity as qualified dog behaviourists. Over the years they have proved a great asset to Greyhound Lifeline and have developed a great fondness for the breed. They have helped us to learn how to assess, rehabilitate (where required), train and socialise all of our resident greyhounds ourselves in a professional manner. They are however always on call for help with special or unusual cases.

Marina and Chris have a background in accountancy, but now concentrate on their dog behaviour business K9 Matters.

Marina and Chris are both Trustees of Greyhound Lifeline.


Lynn H joined us in 2013 as a kennel hand and she does a regular weekly shift plus she comes in at short notice to cover holidays and sickness.

Lynn does not yet have a dog….we’re working on it!


Diane joined the team in August 2015 initially as a dog walker. It wasn’t long however before we roped her in for doing kennel shifts. Diane now does 2 regular kennel shifts and she also helps out at short notice on other occasions too.

A more recent role for Diane is that of event organiser and she’s proved to be excellent at it.

Diane finally succumbed to the “greyhound bug” in 2017 and she is now the proud owner of Hammy. It’s an odd pairing visually as Diane is quite small and Hammy is positively massive, but it’s a very happy match for both.


Viv

Viv has been with us a few years now and she has done a variety of jobs for us. These jobs include relief kennel hand with the help of her husband Dave. Viv also helps with grooming, dog coat making, washing and repairs. She is the proud “mum” to Calli greyhound and Jenny an elderly lurcher and she’s also helped out with emergency fostering when the need arose.


 

Caroline joined us in June 2015 and came straight in as a Sunday morning kennel hand. She then moved on to a role of evening feeder and has since adapted her role again to now include fundraising for us.

Caroline has no pets at home, but she makes up for this with her weekly greyhound fix. She is a keen and talented baker who has held fundraising cake sales for us.


Carol Cox
Carol joined us in 2007, initially as a home checker and then when we moved to our own premises Carol joined the small, original team, to assist with the running a skeleton staff homing kennel. She remained as a kennel hand and homing assistant for many years, but has since retired from these roles.

Carol is an experienced home checker who adopted her first greyhound in 2001, but prior to that she had many years of general dog experience through owning other breeds.

Carol is now retired from paid employment, she has raised her family and is a grandmother. She has 2 greyhounds of her own, plus 2 rescued galgos from Spain at home.


Paul
Paul joined us in 2010. He has gone from a greyhound novice to an experienced and much valued member of the team in a very short time. He is a quick learner with a keen interest in our work and a genuine love for the dogs.

Paul works full time in paid employment on top of which he basically runs the kennels for us on a Sunday – sometimes that could be just the clean, feed and exercise routines, but at other times be may be in charge of viewings or homing’s, accepting new arrivals in etc.


Anne
Anne joined us in 2009. Originally she was a dog walker, but she soon became a regular for day time kennel shifts too. More recently Anne left the physical roles and she now concentrates on administrative duties.

She records and monitors all our vet bills, she is in charge of record keeping in respect of all our kennel and foster dogs’ regular vaccination and parasite control and even more recently has taken on the “back office” task of running our web site.

Anne is a mum of a teenage boy and she is part way through a university course. Anne adopted a disabled greyhound puppy named Heather from us, but sadly young Heather’s health deteriorated and she passed to Rainbow Bridge in 2011. Since then Anne adopted the lovely Phoebe from us after fostering her for a while and she also has Ted the Cocker Spaniel and 2 cats at home.


  • Penny

Penny and Adrian are a husband and wife team. They are our biggest fund-raisers overall as both of them make the home made preserves, pickles and cakes and knitted goods that they sell at shows and events to raise funds for us.

Penny and Adrian also have their own mobile tombola stall another source of fund-raising. Adrian supports our work through stalls at numerous car boot sales as well which is proving a big fundraiser for us.

Penny and Adrian are experienced sighthound owners with many years’ experience between them.


Kev Jaques
Kev started coming to Greyhound Lifeline during the summer of 2010 to help walk the dogs and to get to know the breed. By September 2010 he had adopted Clive the greyhound. Very sadly Kev and his family lost Clive in a tragic road accident during 2013.

Clive the greyhound left his legacy and managed to persuade his family that greyhounds deserve all the help they can get and subsequently “dad” (Kev) has designed the web site you are looking at now!

Kev has been extremely generous, web sites are not cheap to set up and they are very time consuming to create, but Kev has offered all this voluntarily and free of charge to help the dogs that he loves. He is a very skilled web site designer and we recommend him to anyone looking to set up a web site. Contact Kev through Multilayer Design if you are interested in a web designer.

Our staff work for the dogs in a variety of different ways, Kev’s way is out of the public’s view, but very valuable none the less.


Sarah Jane and Mark joined us in September 2011. They work a regular kennel shift each week. Both work full time in paid employment, but have since adopted a greyhound of their own after seeking doggy day care solutions for him. Mark was very brave and fundraised for us once by having a sponsored leg wax done during one of our Open Days!


Mandy joined us as a volunteer kennel assistant during the summer of 2012.

She adopted Fly from us in April 2009. Mandy was easily persuaded to take on a foster dog when we had an unexpected return in the form of Dotty, but Mandy fell for Dotty’s charms pretty quickly and she then adopted her. Strangely the same story repeated itself with the lovely Penfold too, then Jess! Wallace wasn’t a foster dog, but he managed to win Mandy’s affection to be adopted too.

Nowadays Mandy’s canine family is a family of four as Penfold passed away. Three greyhounds and a Dudley the Cockerpoo who has recently become our kennel “stooge dog” in order that we can check the reactions of our greyhounds around smaller breeds of dog.

Mandy works part-time in paid employment, she has 3 grown children and a grandchild too.


photo of paul G staffphoto of Jane G staffPaul and Jane are a husband and wife team. They adopted Dodger in December 2011 and have previous experience of large breed dogs through owning a Doberman and a Greyhound Boxer cross. They are trained in the use of Obedience, Good Citizen Dog and Agility training techniques.

Paul and Jane began volunteering as dog walkers in January 2012. It wasn’t too long before they ventured into some combined P.R. and greyhound socialisation work by taking kennel residents out from time to time armed with publicity material. Nowadays, you are likely to find them of a weekend with a greyhound or two at local shopping centres working hard to raise awareness that greyhounds make great pets.

In early 2012 Paul and Jane became relief evening kennel feeders, but they have since taken on a permanent role in that respect whereby they now cover 2 regular evening feeds per week.

Paul is one of our Greyhound Blog authors and both Paul and Jane work in paid employment; Paul full-time and Jane part time.


Carolynn joined us in September 2011. She has a regular evening feed every week.

Carolynn works full time and also looks after her own Collie, Greyhound and a cat at home. She is raising a teenage family.


Kathryn first came to us in 2008 when she adopted Bunty from us. Bunty passed away during 2014. Kathryn and her family came back to us again in early 2015 as dog walkers. Soon she became a kennel hand and before very long she also found herself adopting our shy boy Artie in May 2015. Artie lives with Scamper an elderly smaller breed dog.

Kathryn has more recently taken on some of our event organising tasks with Diane. Kathryn specialises in fostering oldies, but she’ll take in any who need her help that fit in with her other 2 dogs.


Tracey

Tracey has been with Greyhound Lifeline since October 2012.  Tracey works full time in paid employment and enjoys walking the dogs in her spare time.  In January 2013, she organised a raffle and raised money for the charity which helped towards renovating the back kennels.  She has a hands-on attitude and loves to help out when she can.


 

Sarah joined us as a dog walker in mid 2016. It was not long before she expressed an interest in helping us further. By winter Sarahhad become a regular kennel hand and she now covers 2 shifts per week and additionally takes on quite a few short notice shifts too.

Sarah as a grown up family and has retired from paid employment.


Debs and Dec joined us as dog walkers in the summer of 2015. This couple show true dedication to the dogs as a round trip for them to come and help is 86 miles! Needless to say, with that amount of travel involved Debs and Dec soon showed an interest in doing a little more than walking when they arrived. By early 2016 they had taken on a regular Saturday shift and that continues today.

Both Debs and Dec have additional skills that they have brought to Greyhound Lifeline. Dec is a handy DIY enthusiast who just happens to be a qualified PAT tester. Very useful especially when free of charge! Debs is truly “green fingered” as she has and continues to grow numerous plants to sell for fundraising purposes. When not gardening Debs is frequently to be found at a sewing machine making beautiful dog coats for both fundraising purposes and for the kennel hounds to wear.

Debs and Dec have an “almost teenage” daughter who is equally as keen to help us as they are.


Jo is a very recent addition to the kennel hand team having joined us for that in May 2017, but she has been both a dog walker and an adopter for many years.

Jo is proud to be “mum” to Murphy, Lottie and Hope greyhounds and she has recently become “grandma” to Bambi and Isaac greyhounds as well. You may be confused, but it’s because Jo’s daughter Becky and her fiancé Taylor have caught the “greyhound bug” too and adopted their own hounds!

Jo has a grown up family and works part-time in paid employment.


Lisa has been with us or many years as a dog walker, but during 2016 she managed to acquire 3 different roles with us. Nowadays Lisa is a relief/short notice kennel hand, an experienced dog walker who helps us out several times a week and she very kindly allows us to borrow Lottie her Jack Russel Terrier sometimes too. See below for Lottie’s profile.

Lisa is a full time mum to two children.


 Dudley the Cockerpoo has been one of our “stooge dogs” for many years, at least 4 anyhow. His role is to help us teach our resident greyhounds how to socialise nicely with unfamiliar shapes and sizes of dog. Dudley takes no nonsense from naughty greyhounds, he may be little, but if a greyhound is acting rudely he soon tells them!


 Lottie the Jack Russel Terrier has been one of our “stooge dogs” for around 2 years. Her role is the same as Dudley’s and Chloe’s. She helps to teach our greyhounds how to behave nicely with unfamiliar shapes and sizes of dog. Lottie is not overly keen on all the walking up and down the yard, she is far happier searching for left over scraps of food, for a small treat she will do the catwalk bit for us however. Lottie is excellent at reading the greyhounds’ body language. If she’s un-threatened by them she’s happy to be close to them, if she is unconvinced that they are totally friendly she retreats back to “mum” Lisa and stands behind her. Good girl Lottie and a clever one too!


Chloe the Border Terrier has been our regular “stooge dog” for around 2 years now. She tends to work a regular Saturday shift and attends with her “mum” Suzanne. Chloe is a friendly and lively little lady, she’s the most active of our “stooges” and she will happily gee up our greyhounds by running between her family members to a call and a treat. A valuable role as seeing an unfamiliar stationary dog is somewhat less exciting to a greyhound than seeing a running and playing one. Chloe is a brave little soldier who is totally non-plussed by her role for us.

 

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