We are very pleased to say that we are once again pretty much back to normal now. Our kennels have be re-filled after all our un-planned maintenance work has been completed. We have many new greyhound arrivals to get to know in the form of Lola, Alfie, Bobby, Anna, Freddie, Dice, Lottie and Slick. Brief details about all our available greyhounds can be found in our Greyhounds Needing Homes Gallery. All except Lola and Alfie now have photographs too.
Roger is still unavailable for adoption currently as although he has now seen the specialist eye vet we are not much the wiser as to what his problem is. He has one cataract and another condition too which makes him photosensitive. Bright light is uncomfortable for him.
What we do not yet know is what is causing his painful eyes as neither diagnosed condition explains that at all. All Roger’s tests came back normal. He is on a 3 week course of special antibiotics as the specialist vet feels a micro bacterial infection may be the cause of his discomfort.
Roger’s medications have been adjusted too and he is now once again much more himself and enjoying life again. We have to take him for a follow up appointment before long to see if his antibiotics have helped at all.
Jet has the dubious title of being our current Longest Stay Greyhound. We’re not at all sure why and neither is his doting foster mum Mo. Jet himself certainly does’t understand why no-one wants to adopt his loveable self.
Our Jet has told us that it’s time for him to take charge of his own home seeking mission now. He’s talked to enough greyhound friends to know the sort of home he wants, but just as importantly he knows that he’ll make a perfect and much adored family member for the very honoured family that wins his love and loyalty.
- Jet, our longest stay greyhound who after 21 months of waiting is still available for adoption.
Jet tells us that this is his last phase of being called a “working dog”. He will be retiring officially just as soon as he has achieved his elusive adoption. He’s been dreaming of retirement with a family of his own. Going on trips to the beach, walks in the countryside, the occasional pub lunch with essential stray chip coming his way, games of football with his family and a nice soft bed to curl up in and watch TV from whilst relaxing with his family of an evening.
We look forward to seeing Jet’s very own write up very soon.
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.
Lucy, Piper (now Pippa), Lance (now Lurch), Bobby (3 legs) and Bobby (4 legs) have been adopted.
Winston is reserved.
Greyhounds in Foster Care:
Niki, Jet, Banksy, Winston, Roger 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.
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.
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.
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?