Dogs name: Poppy
Estimated age: 4 months
Date of Birth: (believed to be) 01.05.2016
Breed: Possibly predominantly Whippet/Border Collie mix
Date Came to AfGs care: 16.09.2016
How dog was acquired: Via Clare Greyhound Project, Ireland (CGP)
Date Homed: 29.12.2016
Poppy came to the care of AfG September 2016 with greyhound pup Patch (see dogs homed: Greyhounds).
She had been rescued in Ireland during a raid on a house and was believed to be about 8 weeks of age.
AfG were told about the pups once CGP considered them ready to be homed. Luckily AfG had a suitable foster home for Poppy (and Patch) so arrangements were made for them to come into our care.
Both were about 4 months of age when they came to AfG, although we believe Poppy could have been slightly older as she seemed more mature. Of course they were full of mischief and needed experienced, dedicated care.
Poppy was very well socialized in her foster home with the company of children, dogs of various breeds, cats and chickens (and of course her naughty accomplice Patch). So this was very beneficial for her once she found her forever home by the seaside with canine housemate 14 year old Border Collie Rosie, whos gentle nature had a calming influence on cheeky Poppy.
The day after Poppy was homed she came into season, so 3 months later she came to AfG vet to be neutered and after a short time on the lead (which frustrated her greatly) she was able to continue with her fun and frolics and running on the beach with all the various hounds she had made friends with.
Later in 2017 she was greatly amused when meeting another family member….the tortoise who had just come out of hibernation.
Colour/Sex: White ( with small brindle patches) Male
Date of birth: (believed to be) 10.05.2016
Last reg trainer: Unknown
Races contended: None
PATCH (formerly JACK)
Patch came into the care of AfG in September 2016 believed to be approx 4 months of age (along with lurcher puppy Poppy: see Dogs Homed – Other Sighthounds).
He was found abandoned in Ireland in a state of neglect and estimated to be about 8 weeks of age and went into the care of Clare Greyhound Project (CGP) in Ireland. As he was only a puppy and not ear tattooed there was no previous history found for him.
Luckily AfG were able to take both pups into our care as we had a fantastic foster home available for them.
Patch soon gained condition physically and mentally and was very well socialized with the company of children, dogs of various breeds, cats and chickens. This of course helped him greatly when he eventually found his forever home over Easter 2017. He quickly settled in with his new family and canine housemates, Diesel the Labrador and Prince the little Japanese Chin cross.
So he is a lucky greyhound who although had a bad start in life for a short time, he managed to escape the greyhound racing industry.
AFG STALL BRECKLAND COMPASSIONATE LIVING FAIR THETFORD TOWN HALL 03.12.2016
Another great vegan awareness fair organized by Melissa who did a great job for this, the first vegan fair she has set up. We had a great space for our stall in one of the 2 halls inside the building.
Again so nice to see such a great variety of cruelty free/animal rights campaign stalls and to be in the company of so many like minded people.
Our merchandise and tombola were very popular and we received a lot of very generous donations in our collection pots.
AFG AWARENESS/COLLECTION DAYS ROYS WROXHAM 08 AND 09.12.2016
We had mild dry weather and a great space outside and under the cover of Roys due to the great support of the management.
We had overwhelming support from the public with many people who were visiting from other parts of the country for the Winter break at this very popular tourist location. Needless to say our beautiful accompanying greyhounds received lots of attention and admiration.
We were also able to promote and sell several calendars and packs of our exclusive Christmas cards.
AFG CHARITY STALL WITH STREET COLLECTION and AWARENESS DAY HAYMARKET, NORWICH 10.12.2016
We were lucky enough to have the charity stall and a street collection permit today. A bit drizzly on and off later in the afternoon but still mild.
Our beautiful hounds wore their awareness macs so not only were they kept snug but also helped to raise more campaign awareness with the slogans on the macs. Being close to Christmas the City was very busy and our stall had lots of visitors throughout the day, not only did we receive very many generous money donations but sold lots of our hound knitwear and our other merchandise but also some very good quality bric-a-brac and Christmas items which had been generously donated to us to sell.
Hundreds of leaflets were distributed today and with many visitors to Norwich from other parts of the country this enabled us to spread our campaign awareness to an even broader audience.
AFG AWARENESS DAY and COLLECTION TESCO, STALHAM, NORFOLK 13.12.2016
Luckily for the late time in the year we still had a very mild dry day for our event with a great space outside the store to accommodate us with the shelter and our beautiful greyhounds.
We are always well supported by the locals at this store as they all look forward to seeing us and hearing of the updates of the campaign as we only have one annual event here in December.
We were also able to promote and sell our calendars and Christmas cards which were very popular and later in the week we received some orders for our sighthound jumpers and head and neck gear. So the amazing ladies who hand knit these beautiful items for us, continued to be kept busy crafting to meet the demand of even more orders.
AFG MONTHLY CHARITY STALL HAYMARKET NORWICH 17.12.2016
We have been so very lucky this Autumn to have had such dry mild weather for all our awareness events, so our beautiful hounds could accompany us too. We have to take so many beds, blankets jumpers coats etc as our main priority is to keep them all comfortable during the day.
They never miss out on fuss and cuddles and it is good for people to learn what gentle friendly hounds they are, this helps when people may consider fostering or adopting greyhounds and lurchers.
Over the years we have met some wonderful people at such events who have become great foster carers and adopters for AfG.
Again our hound knitwear was much in demand with some people buying the hats, scarves,neck bands snoods and jumpers not only for their own hounds but to give as doggy Christmas presents for hounds of friends and family.
How lovely that several hounds won’t miss out on special Christmas gifts.
AFG AWARENESS DAY and COLLECTION JOLLYES PET SUPERSTORE NORWICH 23.12 2016
Our last event for 2016.
We are always made so very welcome here with our hounds with great support from the management and staff and always have a great space outside to accommodate the awareness station. Not only do we receive generous support from Jollyes customers but with this being such a popular and busy shopping estate with a variety of shops we meet and are well supported by customers from the other shops.
Just a morning event today as it started to turn chilly by mid day, but we had a very successful morning and a great end to what has been another amazing year of awareness and fundraising.
AfG do not hold many awareness events throughout November due to the short days and problems with fireworks etc.
However we were still kept very busy with sales of our 2017 calendars ‘ Sighthound Survivors ‘ and sales of our exclusive Christmas cards and various sighthound knit wear.
Its lovely to receive photos from all over the country and overseas of the various sighthounds being kept cozy in the AfG knitwear.
AFG STALL YORKSHIRE WINTERFEST, LEEDS TOWN HALL 27.11.2016
Thank you to Rosemary who organized the AfG stall at this fantastic vegan festival. Lots of merchandise sold and a lot of interest in our campaign, with lots of our awareness leaflets taken.
AFG STALL HARFORD BRIDGES CAR BOOT SALE Nr NORWICH 27.11.2016
We managed to chose a lovely bright Autumn day for a stall at the only local car boot being held at this time of year, meaning it was heaving with customers. Our doggy knitwear proved very popular today, noticed by more people due to the fact our accompanying hounds were wearing jumpers and head gear.
So another opportunity to raise more vital awareness and funds.
AFG STALL AT IPSWICH VEGAN FAIR, CORN HALL, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK 08.10.2016
Another fantastic Vegan fair organised by Shena and friends from Pudz Animal Sanctuary, Lincolnshire.
They are organizing several Vegan events across the country now, they do a great job, especially having to look after so many rescued animals too.They support many of the local rescues and animal rights campaigns at their events.
We had a great space for our stall and met various people, some who knew of AfG and some who have not, so even more awareness raised.
It was lovely to see so many stalls promoting a cruelty free living and raising awareness of so many animal welfare/rights issues, such a great day to spend among so many like-minded people.
AFG STALL AT PENNISTONE TABLE TOP SALE , Nr SHEFFIELD 09.10.2016
Rosemary and her mum organized another great stall at this event which is growing in popularity with local businesses and other charities.
Rosemary and her mum receive donations for the tombola prizes as well as purchasing items themselves.
Also AfG merchandise is sold on the stall along with campaign information leaflets and collection pots. Visitors are very supportive of the stall.
AFG FUNDRAISING/AWARENESS WEEKEND PETS AT HOME, SPROWSTON, NORWICH 22&23.10.2016
We had a lovely bright dry weekend for the last of our 4 weekends at the store for this year.
Even with building work being undertaken on the trading estate (luckily not over this weekend) we still had plenty of room to accommodate us with our hounds.
We had a real meet and greet weekend with adopted AfG greyhound Happy paying us a visit with his little housemate Staffy cross Lilo and our little foster greyhound pup Jack joined us on Sunday and enjoyed things so much, he slept for nearly one hour curled up with the other hounds.
AFG CHARITY STALL HAYMARKET, NORWICH 28.10.16
A lovely Autumn day for our stall before the clocks change and the days start drawing in.
Our sighthound knitwear, 2017 calendars and our exclusive Christmas cards were very popular today.
Luckily being very close to Halloween we didn’t hear any daytime fireworks being let off, which is a good thing.
AFG STALL AT SPROWSTON PARK AND RIDE CAR BOOT SALE, NORWICH 30.10.2016
A lovely day for the last Sunday sale for this year at this car boot sale until next April.
So a nice warm sunny Autumn day now the clocks have changed and the daylight hours will be getting less.
AFG WITH COMMUNITY MATTERS SCHEME AT WAITROSE, EATON, NORWICH, 01 to 31.10.2016
We were very fortunate to have been chosen along with two other local charities/good causes to benefit from the Waitrose Community Matters Scheme, which has been in operation now for over a decade, where the three chosen causes benefit from a share of £1,000.00 from the tokens donated to shoppers at the store who, in turn, donate them to their chosen cause in either of the two token donation stands located at the two entrance/exits of the store.
AfG received £285.00 at the end of the October Scheme.
AfG were also one of the three causes to benefit from the scheme when it was very first introduced many years ago.
AFG STREET COLLECTION/AWARENESS DAY HAYMARKET and GENTLEMANS WALK, NORWICH 03.09.2016
We had a very successful day very well supported by the public and raised vital funds and awareness.
Glorious weather meaning we could be accompanied by many of our beautiful hounds including foster greyhounds Grace and Vincent (aka Vinny).
Vinny took a fancy to brindle girl Fran, he spent the day making sure he was next to her.
AFG COLLECTION & AWARENESS WEEKEND PETS AT HOME SPROWSTON, NORWICH 10&11.09.2016
Another lovely weekend at this very busy popular store who AfG are charity partnered with this year.
We were joined by several rescued greyhounds as well as 4 other rescued hounds, Zoi a Chinese Crested, Suki a terrier cross, Molly a bearded Collie cross and Litza a small 3 legged cross breed rescued from Greece after a life of abuse.
All receiving lots of admiration and attention from the public.
AFG MONTHLY CHARITY STALL HAYMARKET, NORWICH 17.09.2016
Another very busy day in the City centre with lovely weather.
We had lots of lovely items on sale which had been very kindly donated as well as our ever growing unique merchandise and of course we are able to carry on raising awareness having our campaign materials available on the stall.
AFG STALL AYLSHAM CAR BOOT SALE 24.09.2016
A lovely weekend to get out to some local car boot sales.
We like to have stalls at various car boot sales across Norfolk and Suffolk as it allows us to meet more people and therefore raise awareness of AfG further afield and as we usually have foster hounds accompanying us people are able to meet them so another opportunity of meeting prospective foster carers and adopters.
AFG STALL SPROWSTON PARK AND RIDE CAR BOOT SALE, NORWICH 25.09.2016
Another car boot stall this weekend at the Sunday sale starting at 10am from Easter until end of October. A lovely clean site on hard standing ground meeting lots of regular local visitors as well as visitors from all over Norfolk and Suffolk.
The hounds are always so popular with children and they enjoy the attention with the children stroking them. Often parents will leave their children with the hounds while they look round the sale and come back for them later, so the hounds are never short of attention and the children learn about each hound and their individual stories.
Always good to promote rescuing animals to children as well as the awareness of the exploitation and suffering many greyhounds endure.
AFG STREET COLLECTION/AWARENESS DAY HAYMARKET/GENTLEMANS WALK, NORWICH 30.09.2016
We were fortunate enough to change our upcoming Saturday event for today, Friday due to the bad weather forecast for tomorrow.
So we had a glorious day accompanied by many hounds including foster greyhound Vince (aka Vinny) now quite used to the events and new foster greyhound Lacey who soon got settled at the event, especially with her being so affectionate and attention seeking, so of course she loved the constant attention she received throughout the day.
As usual we had great support from the public.