August Updates

It is with deep sadness that we have to tell you that our young lad Robin passed away 26 August 2015.

Robin had recently had a major operation to amputate a leg. He made it through the operation and had moved into foster care to aid his recovery and comfort. Sadly however his wound was not healing as well as hoped internally even though Robin was having regular and daily vet checks.

He was re-hospaitalised early Wednesday 26th, but by the evening Robin’s condition had deteriorated to the point that he’d not be able to survive with any quality of life. We subsequently agreed with the vet that it was time to let him go from this world to relieve him of any further pain and suffering. Run free dear Robin, you died too young.

rainbow bridge

Robin 18.01.2013 – 26.08.2015

Over the last few weeks we have been very busy up at the kennels with homing’s, new dogs coming in and a range of maintenance projects being completed.  The kennels have had a ‘real’ make over.  The paint we have used on the exterior kennel walls has been tried and tested with the sun recently and is helping to keep the dogs nice and cool in their beds whilst it is warm outside which is excellent.

The ongoing work inside the kennels has continued and another block has recently had a series of raised beds fitted which have not only made it easier to clean but will help us during the winter months to keep the dogs warm.

One of the recent new beds that has been made by Paul and Jane, modelled by Lyric.

One of the recent new beds that has been made by Paul and Jane, modelled by Lyric.

We have also replaced our fencing at the end of our kennels, a few more projects are also planned including some new gates which are on order.  News about these other projects will be shared with you soon.

Pet Blood Bank Session:

On Sunday 13th September we will be hosting our next Pet Blood Bank session at the kennels.  If your dog has not already donated, is 25kg or more, in good health and aged 1-8 years please call PBB on 01509 232222 to discuss making an appointment.  Every donor dog can save up to 4 other dogs lives every donation.  For further information about these sessions please view our Pet Blood Bank – Greyhounds Donating Blood page.

Updates from the kennels:

We have been updating all of our greyhounds descriptions, some dogs have passed their small dog test and with further socialisation around smaller breeds they will learn to accept them as friends, others have videos of them playing with toys.  The dogs that have passed their small dog test are Hannah and Cilla.  Please see their pages in our ‘Greyhounds Needing Homes Gallery’ for videos and more information of these successful sessions.


Meet and Greet – Anchor Inn.  Reggie the RGT sponsor dog, one of our greyhounds will be attending an event in Somerset on Sunday 30th August.  Come and meet him and some of the other greyhounds in our care, enjoy the day and there will be merchandise for sale as well as some games for you to take part in!

Reggie meet

On Monday 31st August we will also be attending the Rustic Fayre, Verwood, Dorset.  Please come and see us, we will have our own stall selling ‘Aqua’ jewellery and some of our merchandise.  Reggie, Willie and a few other greyhounds will be joining us at this event.

New in:

We have a selection of canvas bags that are available to buy from our kennels during our opening hours.  They come in two different styles – long or short handles.  The greyhounds on the bags are all dog that have been homed by us.  Little Reggie, one of the RGT’s sponsor dog features on some of them.  Bags are priced at £6 each.

Reggie bag

Available Greyhounds:

Please take a look at all the lovely greyhounds, most have updated descriptions, in our greyhounds for adoption gallery.  We have some very friendly, loving greyhounds who have waited far too long for their forever homes.  Could you give one of our hounds their dream home? Please take a look at our longer stay residents, these greyhounds have been with us longer than they should have been.  Please help us to find them their forever homes.   These greyhounds are – Willie and Hammy. Have a look at their descriptions, could one of them be the dog for you?

Willie our longest stayer, enjoying some home comforts while he waits for his forever home.

Willie our longest stayer, enjoying some home comforts while he waits for his forever home.


Tommy is two years old!  He is a fun loving boy with bags of energy.  We would love for him to find his very own home, he has far too much energy for kennel life and needs to find an active family who are looking for a playful chap. Please view his page for a short video of this happy boy enjoying life.


Please view all our greyhounds looking for their forever homes on our greyhound gallery page.

Homed Greyhounds:

Polly, Lottie, Ace, Kiri, Titch and Aqua.

New arrivals:

Tazer, Bomber, Cedric, Celt, Willow and Scarlett.

Dogs in Foster Care:

Reggie, Willie, Celt & Suzi are in foster care. If one of our foster dogs interests you as a potential new family member then you simply need to contact us and we’ll arrange a mutually convenient date and time for you to meet him/her.

Bedding Appeal:

We are in need for blankets and duvets for our kennel residents.  If you have any old ones that you no longer need, we would love to take them of your hands.  Please note we cannot take any duvets that contains feathers. (They can take a long time to clear up if one of the hounds decides to find out what’s inside it)!  Thank you.

Stock Appeal:

We are out and about at many local car boots and dog shows over these Summer months.  We need your help! We are in need of stock suitable to sell at car boot fairs or at local fairs/events. The things we need the most are DVD’s, CD’s, children’s toys – including toy cars, jigsaws (adults and children’s), board games, console games and any boxed/unwrapped presents.

Used Postage Stamp and Ink Cartridge Appeal:

Many of you may already know that the Retired Greyhound Trust collect used postage stamps to raise funds for the greyhounds in their care. For some of you collecting the occasional stamp here and there and finally getting around to posting a collection off may be a bit of a nuisance. If you bring them along to Greyhound Lifeline we can send them off for you when we have collected a larger amount.  We also collect old mobile phones.

Fundraise for us using eBay:

You can sell items on ebay and choose to donate between 10% and 100% of your sale price to Greyhound Lifeline. If you are an ebay member you could also simply donate by using your Paypal account. For ebay members only please visit their Sell for Charity page and enter “Greyhound Lifeline” in the Charity name area. If you are a UK tax payer please also tick the Gift Aid box. Please read ebay’s terms and conditions carefully as we cannot be held responsible for any problems you may encounter. Could you sell your unwanted items and help us to buy food, provide veterinary care and generally look after the greyhounds in our care at the same time

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