Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Comet and Mabel and all of our other kennel and foster greyhounds have asked us to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Thank you for all the lovely walks we get each day, the nice cuddles and the yummy food.  With love and licks from Comet, Mabel, Ollie, Rocky, Speedy, Nando, Trixie, Hammy, Eliza, Willie, Woody, Shandy, Ziggy, Gerty, Scotty, Sam, Misty, Robbie and Reggie.

Comet and Mabel wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

Comet and Mabel wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

Us humans would also like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  A huge thank you goes to each and every one of our supporters and volunteers. Without your help with kennel cleanouts, feeds, dog walking, fostering, vet trips, fundraising, coat making, washing, mending, kennel maintenance, dog training, donations, purchases of food/merchandise etc we wouldn’t have been able to do our job of homing greyhounds as well as we do.

A special gift:

Are you able to buy a small extra present this Christmas? If you are then our kennel residents would love to receive some canned fish (in spring water, oil or tomato sauce) or some canned dog food. No fish in brine please, since salt is toxic to dogs. We get through a large amount of tinned fish each year and the greyhounds really do love it on top of their dinners!

Thank you:

Thank you for all of the wonderful donations that have been delivered to the kennels over the last few weeks.  We have had donations of tinned fish, dog food, toys, treats and human chocolates and biscuits too.  We have also had some very generous financial donations which will help all the greyhounds in our care.  Thank you everyone!

A Bonio wreath made by our very own Jo.

A Bonio wreath made by our very own Jo.

Christmas and New Year Kennel Opening Hours:

Our Christmas and New Year opening hours will be the same as for every other day of the year that is from 11am until 1pm daily.

Christmas Homing Dates:

Please note that the last adoption day prior to Christmas will be Saturday 6th December. Normal homing’s will re-start on 1st January 2015.

Only in exceptional cases and in homes where there are no children resident will we consider relaxing this policy.The forthcoming holiday period can be a very stressful time for people and as such it is not generally a good time to bring a new dog into the home.

This decision has been made with the welfare of our greyhounds at the forefront of our minds. We hope that you understand our decision.

Viewings for greyhounds and potentially reservations will still be ongoing throughout the holiday period, so please continue to check for updates on our website.

Seasonal Dangers:

Please help to keep your dogs safe from harm this Christmas by NOT feeding them mince pies, Christmas pudding, stuffing or chocolates! Other foods to watch out for are – grapes, onions, macadamia nuts and raw salmon.  All these items contain ingredients that are able to kill a dog.

Watch out for those Poinsettia plants, Holly, Ivy, Mistletoe, Christmas cactus, Amaryllis and Cyclamens too as they are poisonous to dogs as well! If your dog is a bit of a thief, please keep a closed door between the dog and your tree chocolates, boxed chocolates or your turkey carcass unless you are supervising closely. (Cooked bones tend to splinter and they may end up perforating your pet’s gut).

If it is suspected that your dog has ingested anything that may be toxic seek immediate Veterinary advice.

Please be prepared over the Christmas period for fireworks especially if your dog suffers with the anxiety it can bring to them.  Its worth checking a few basics just in case the worst happens and your pet escapes you or your property from sheer terror. Please check not only that your pet’s collar is tight enough to stay on if he/she should become scared, but also check that the ID tag is both attached and fully legible too. Many tags suffer worn engraving over time and they become virtually illegible. If you use the barrel type of ID please check that it’s intact and still complete with the vital contents. If you have moved home did you remember to re-register your pet’s microchip details to the new address and phone number or indeed replace the ID tag with one bearing up to date details?

Kennel Updates:

Lights, camera, action!

We have been very lucky to be chosen by the RGT trust for our branch to be filmed and it will be shown on their new updated website in the New Year.  The crew came down and filmed the ‘day to day’ life at the kennels and the adoption process.  The greyhounds were of course the main stars and showed what wonderful pets they can make!

Our own little ‘Reggie’ made an appearance as one of the RGT sponsor dogs.  He performed very well and we were able to tell his sponsors about his condition, how it can affect his life as well as what their sponsor money would pay for.  Reggie also made an unique film wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Little Reggie one of the RGT sponsor dogs.

Little Reggie one of the RGT sponsor dogs.

The video once produced we are hoping will be available for us to use on our website too.  Hopefully it will help to show what amazing pets these greyhounds can make.  We will keep you posted when it will be available.

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?

Our recent arrival young Trixie.

Our recent arrival young Trixie.

Homed Greyhounds:

Nando and Deena (now Tilly) have been homed.

Tilly (formally Deena) with her brother Charlie and her dad.

Tilly (formally Deena) with her brother Charlie and her dad.

Dogs in Foster Care:

Robbie and Reggie 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.


We have had an overwhelming number of donations recently which means we have lots of duvets.  Thank you for the supply as we get through a lot of them.  Currently we do not need anymore duvets.  If you are having a clear out of blankets or towels we would still be very grateful for these.  In the winter months we use them as the under layer to the greyhounds beds with paper bedding on top. We would appreciate any spare blankets or towels that you may have as our stocks in these are getting low.  Thank you in advance.

Stock Appeal:

Fancy having a pre Christmas clear out to make some room? 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, jigsaws (adults and children’s), board games and console games.

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. 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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