Back to Business as Usual!

We are very pleased to say that we are finally back to business as usual.

Our one case of Kennel Cough is over and thankfully it did not spread to the other residents. Bobby (the once affected dog) now has a completely clean bill of health having seen the vet this morning to have part 1 of his full vaccination course.

Bobby update:

More excellent news for Bobby (puppy lurcher) is that he has been reserved by a local resident who has accepted our very strict terms of adoption for Bobby in view of the poor lad’s chequered history. Bobby and new “dad” will be attending the first of the behaviour sessions this weekend with a view to Bobby going home in the near future.

Roger update:

Little Roger who has had some painful eye problems has been diagnosed with Pannus, auto-immune disease of the eye. It is a lifelong condition that will require medication daily to alleviate the symptoms. Pannus causes Roger to be photosensitive. Bright light is quite distressing for him, so on prescription he now has a pair of Doggles to wear (UV light filtering dog goggles) in order that he can continue to enjoy life if he is out in bright sunshine.

We are looking to stabilise Roger’s condition as a priority to maximise his comfort level. Once Roger is stable and comfortable most of the time we will then most likely be looking for a long term or life time foster home for him (ideally locally or within reasonable travel distance of Havant, where Roger’s opthamic specialist vet is located).

Roger would need to be an only dog and he will need medication at least 3 times daily. His condition will have “flare ups” that will mean he is uncomfortable and quite possibly grumpy until the flare up is over with (usually a few days). For now Roger is staying in foster care where his foster mum can respond to his needs and treat him accordingly.

Tipsy and Jet:

Tipsy and Jet are sadly both long stay greyhounds. Tipsy is our longest stay bitch and Jet is our longest stay dog. Both however now have refreshed descriptions on site. Tipsy’s foster mum has written all about her and Jet himself has played a part in writing his description. Please take a fresh look at both these deserving greyhounds, surely someone out there can offer this extremely patient duo a home?

Details and photographs of all our available greyhounds can be found in our Greyhounds Needing Homes Gallery.

Homed Greyhounds:

Banksy, Winston and Dice have been homed.

Many of our regular visitors will remember the stumpy tailed and very happy Noo Noo. He’s recently had his 1st anniversary of adoption and he seems to have landed well and truly on his proverbial paws as you can see from this photo!

Noo Noo 1 year after adoption

Reserved Greyhounds:

Lottie is reserved.

New Greyhounds are due to Arrive:

We are expecting two new male arrivals this weekend. One from a home where circumstances have changed and one a retired race dog coming from from a racing kennel. We’ll update our web site with further details once the dogs have arrived.

Open Day 2014:

Our 2014 Open day has been set for Sunday 8th June, 11am until 2pm. We hope that you’ll all come along and join the fun to help us raise funds for the greyhounds in our care. Our annual Open Day is our biggest single fundraising event of the year. More details of the attractions will be given nearer the time.

Kennel Open Day 2011 - Black Beauty Competition
A date for your diaries: Open Day 2014 will be on Sunday June 8th 11am until 2pm.

Nelson:

Nelson has recently come back to us after a few weeks in emergency foster care. Nelson is the most wonderful house dog and he’d love to find himself in a forever home very soon. Clean, quiet, sociable with other dogs, able to live with other male dogs and even cats. Nelson’s foster home had a cat, with a bit more training and cautious introduction to a new cat we feel that Nelson will learn to live safely with cats. A little timid around loud noises this boy would love a quiet home where he can relax and keep you company.

Nelson black male
Nelson, a perfect gentleman and one able to live with cats.

Greyhounds in Foster Care:

Niki, Jet, Roger, Rosie and Tipsy are in foster care. If one of our foster dogs interests you as a potential new family member then you simply need to call us and we’ll arrange a mutually convenient date and time for you to meet him/her.

Rosie (below) still needs an adoptive home.

Rosie timid face

Postage Stamp 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.

Thanks to the inspiration of Penny and Adrian (who have started the branch collection very nicely) we are now collecting as a kennel too. In due course we’ll arrange for a bulk lot of stamps to reach the RGT and save you the postage cost of sending them yourselves. From as little as one stamp, please bring them in whenever you visit us. We have a collection bag in the kennel kitchen for you to use. All stamps are welcome, but most especially the ones from abroad. Thank you everyone for supporting greyhound welfare Nationwide. As revealed by our research company, the half-life of Accutane is on average only 2 days, but it is necessary to take into account that in the human body Accutane can esterify to form etretinate. In this regard, a period of time after the end of treatment with Accutane, during which pregnancy should be avoided, is also set for a period of 2 years. The half-life of Accutane is an average of 19 hours, the half-life of its main metabolite 4-oxo-isotretinoin is an average of 29 hours.

Foster Home Appeal:

We need more foster homes. Ideally we are looking for foster homes within easy traveling distance of Fleet, Wokingham, Alton or Southampton as we have trusted volunteer team members in those areas who would be able to assist with viewings if a trip to the kennels was not possible.

We prefer foster carers who have some experience of dog ownership and training. Homes without cats and young children are especially sought because homes with young children and/or cats or inexperience dog handlers severely restrict our options of the greyhounds we could place with you.

Niki
Niki is in foster care and she’s still looking for her adoptive home.

If greyhound fostering is of interest to you, then please visit our fostering information page to see if it could be the route for you.

Lungworm can kill!

Please be aware of Lungworm, it’s a killer that many of you won’t necessarily have heard of. It is spreading fast in the UK and many dogs have already died from it. Don’t panic however as Lungworm is very easy to prevent and equally if diagnosed early it can be treated very successfully too. Late diagnosis of Lungworm does not always have a happy ending however.

The following link will take you to a Lungworm Information site. For preventative treatment of lungworm you will need to contact your vet. Treatment/prevention of  Lungworm is by prescription medication only.

Fundraise for us using eBay

You can now 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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