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OLDIES BUT GOLDIES & SPECIAL CASES.

This page was prepared just prior to the passing of our dear Gunner, we haven't altered the content and dedicate this to his memory and all our other 'oldies' and 'special cases' who are no longer with us.

Those of you who follow our site will know that Mal and I and Alison try to take on an 'oldie' or neglected dog each year.

With the onslaught of Winter and Christmas, our thoughts are always with the older dogs laying cold and unwanted in kennels, those with medical conditions that are overlooked time and time again and those who are out goodness knows where experiencing neglect and abuse.

We know that it will inevitably lead to heartache when we take the 'senior' ones but I can't tell you how satisfying it is to give a little old dog warmth and love in his twilight years. Yes of course it is dreadful that you may sometimes only have them a few months, but the rewards far outweight this.

We are also very aware with vets bills escalating, as they have especially in the last year, that it is not always possible to do this as most of the time insurances will not cover an older dog or the amount is just through the roof, but we would ask that if you are in a position to take a dog in their latter years please do get in touch and discuss this with us. We would stress that this is not something to be considered lightly.

We often speak to people who are of a mature age and say they couldn't take another dog because they feel it is too late in life, if the circumstances are right we do encourage them to consider taking on a more senior dog who may have spent all their life, in a kennel. There are always greyhounds of every age looking for a home.

We would like to share with you some of our oldies who have graced and still grace our sofas.

At the Sanctuary at the moment we have Gunner who most of you will know about through logging on but if not, he is a 12 year old boy, neglected all his life, who we have had since last November. He hasn't got a lot of time left but we are so pleased to have given him love and a soft bed to lie in after spending all his life in a shed starved of any kind of affection or medication to help his crippled body.

All the love in the world can't take away those sad eyes that say it all.

We also have Dilly, she is 13 years old and quite fit for her age. She does have a lot of arthritis so doesn't really go for walks anymore but is quite happy to potter round the house and the garden. She eats up well, despite having no teeth, and gives the big guys a run for their money.

No bad looking for an 'old broad'.

Next is Arrie, well Arrie came to us when he was 10 1/2 years old, he is now 12 and such a happy old bloke mind you totally 'off the wall'. He eats up well and just has a short potter in the mornings as he has extremely bad ligament damage on his front leg which gives him quite a lot of pain but the tablets he's on keeps it under control. He had spent all his life in kennels, it is just such a waste.

Kennel, what kennel!!!!!!

Eccles came over with Gunner, he is now 10 years old and quite a fit dog, we call him 'the fraud'. But having spent the majority of his life in kennels, he most certainly deserved a sofa of his own. He has some arthritis but many of them do, remnants of their racing careers.

Sun glasses and a cold drink would be good!!!!!!

Then, of course, there are our dogs who we took on 6 or 7 years ago in their younger years who have grown older with us. Turk, he's now 11 1/2 years old with a few problems in his back legs and his back through age and racing. Flynn at 10 1/2 is also quite stiff and recently had the complete muscle in his back leg removed due to a serious tumour. So, of course, we know that in the years ahead there will be losses and a great deal of sadness but the love and laughter we have with these dogs means we wouldn't change what we do for the world.

Turk such a handsome boy in his younger days

Our Flynn also as a youngster - always such a shy lad

We would also like to include our past 'oldies' those whose passing made it possible for us to rescue more of this lovely breed.

DARING MISSION

GUMMIE BEAR

SEPTEMBER 1987 - JULY 1977

Our first oldie Gummie Bear, picked up from a kennel together with twenty odd other greyhounds all suffering from mange and total neglect he was nearly 10 when we took him on. With the removal of all his teeth his name seemed so apt. We only had this poor little mite for a few months as bone cancer had set in on his shoulder and we had to let him go - this was the start of us taking on the 'senior greyhounds'

SANDY GATE

PONGO-PONGO

OCTOBER 1988 - MARCH 2000

We remember so clearly this timid little black bundle covered in fleas and too terrified to come any further than the porch - it took days before he actually came and sat with us in the lounge. This shy little bloke came out of his shell and we had his company for 4 years.

NIGHT DEGREE

DOUGLAS

SEPTEMBER 1990 - NOVEMBER 2004

Our Douglas, what a rogue he was, we always said if he had been a person he would have been another brother to the Kray twins - just as well he had no teeth - but once again a sheer delight for all his wickard ways!! Our Douglas spent 4 wonderful year with us.

FLAT OUT FLOOSIE

FLOOSIE

DECEMBER 1993 - MAY 2007

Our little Flu, it took us six weeks to take delivery of her, she should have been with us at Christmas 2006 but was in such a dreadful state she had to remain in foster care until she was strong enough to make the trip. She had been found in a wardrobe and it was estimated that she had been there for a couple of weeks. The previous owners had been evicted and just upped and left. This took it toll and our feisty little girl only had a few months with us.

MISTY REFLECTION

MR. PADZ

OCTOBER 1994 - NOVEMBER 2007

Alison took on Mr. Padz as her Christmas Special in 2006. He had been in kennels all his life and had a lot of health problems. He was the happiest dog despite everything and always had a wonderful greeting for you and the biggest grin on his face. He gave Alison and John such a happy year.

THE 'SPECIAL CASES'

The following lad was by no means old and sadly will never see old age. A medical condition meant that he was firstly returned to kennels and then overlooked time and time again.

SCRUFFY HOOLIGAN

SONNY

OCTOBER 2000 - SEPTEMBER 2006

One of the saddest losses - Sonny had epilespy and came to live with Alison and John in 2006 aged just 5. He was a gentle, loving dog whose life was cut short just seven weeks after they adopted him. A massive fit ended what should have been such a lovely retirement.

Then there's the younger dogs who sadly experience abuse and neglect, but the story ends with 'a happily ever after'. With age on their side these dogs have every chance of making a full recovery and leading a long and happy life.

HARLENAS SALLY

HARLEA

Harlea when she arrived in Jersey

Harlea after a few months of T.L.C.

Harlea now

Harlea was picked up in Wales weighing a mere 9 kilos in weight. Alison just happened to be looking on the site of a dog home called Chiltern. When you see a dog as abused as this you can't help thinking of the massive amount of cruelty there is, not only in the greyhound world, but with animals overall. She was 4 years old at the time and I think being such a young dog helped with her survival. Hopefully those terrible days are behind her now. She is a favourite at the school assemblies and fetes a far cry from the trauma she suffered back then.

BALLYMARTIN JACK

WIZ

 

These photos were taken a couple of weeks after he was found so imagine how much worse he was then. This was only 2 months after he finished racing so bear this in mind before you place your next bet at the bookies or the dog track!!!!!!

Another cry for help from Chiltern Dog Home. An email of this dog reduced us all to tears and we knew he just had to come and live with Alison (Mal and I have no room at the inn at present). Magic as they called him at the home was found at the pound suffering from horrific sores and abscesses. Further investigations showed this dog to have been a top racer in his time and one of the loveliest natured greyhounds. He had obviously served his time on the track and when his racing skills were no longer required had been tossed out and ended up in this unforgiveable state. We hope that we can name and shame but the racing fraternity are such a closed door. Magic now Wiz will share his life and indeed a sofa with all of Alison's crew and hopefully, like Harlea, will blot out the abuse he has suffered.

 

You may think in reading these cases and learning of our losses that it was all doom and gloom but you would be so wrong. All of them have given us the greatest of pleasure during their time with us, now matter how short and we would do it all over again and do!! We would ask that maybe the next time you are considering taking on a dog that you bear in mind the less fortunaate and maybe enhance your life with an older' guy' or 'gal' who has never known comfort, warmth and love.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF TAKING ON AN OLDER DOG PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US.