Dogs Homed – Greyhounds
Colour/sex: Black Female
Date of birth: ?. 06. 2011
Last reg trainer: Paul Garland
Races contended: Failed trial at Brighton & Hove December 2012
Last rec. race: As above
MINI – (named for racing as) GOBBY COBBY
Mini came into the care of AFG June 3rd 2013 as an unclaimed stray at just 2 years old.
She was bewildered, underweight and generally in poor condition for such a young hound and had also not fared well in the stray kennels. Her racing history showed a failed trial at Brighton & Hove stadium. It seems she was then passed around, until she was picked up as a stray in Norfolk in May 2013.
Mini was able to go straight into a foster home with a little Jack Russell for company, which helped her settle in quickly. The pair became best friends and Mini’s health and well being improved rapidly. After the initial settling in period, Mini was spayed.
She is now a happy, lively, cheeky girl who is full of fun, as a young hound should be. Mini was adopted by her foster mum in July and will now have a bright future ahead of her.
Colour/sex: Blue Male
Date of birth: ?.11.2007
Last reg trainer: D.E. Freeman
Races contended: 26
Last rec. race: Perry Barr/ grade A5/ 10.10.2010
WILF – (named for racing as) PHELPS
Came into the care of AFG in August 2012, after he was advertised as a ‘Free Giveaway’ on an internet site.
The advert stated “our greyhound has got to go, as he is too big and my child is hurting him”.
Wilf had been picked up a short while before after being handed over at a car park somewhere near Shropshire. Now, once more he was being quickly and cheaply offloaded, with no regard given to what would become of him.
Once he came to AFG, he was in a bewildered state, he had an upset stomach and was reluctant to eat and drink at first. He is a very big lad, so being 32 kilos, he was quite underweight.
After a short while, Wilf was neutered and whilst under anesthetic his spine was X-rayed as we were concerned about the visible ‘dip’ towards the top of it. The X-rays confirmed that 2 vertebrae were damaged as the result of pressure being forced down on his back for a long period. It had previously been established that the child had been using Wilf as a pony to ride on, using his ears as reins!! So the x rays confirmed the fears we had that Wilf’s spine may be damaged.
Wilf slowly improved over the months which followed and enjoyed the company of the other dogs in the home, where it made sense for him to stay, so was adopted in November 2012.
Wilf is now in great condition and is at what we believe is the ideal weight of 42 kilos, for this giant of a lad.
Although the problem with his spine means we cannot let him race around at full pelt, we are able to let him exercise freely in the garden and in a small enclosed park, and he gets good long walks daily which have toned him up well and have strengthened the areas surrounding his spine.
Colour/sex: Blue Female
Date of birth: ?.05.2005
Last reg trainer: G.E.Hebden
Races contended: 31
Last rec. race: Oxford/Grade A9/11.09.2007
MABLE – (named for racing as) OAKS ANGEL
Came into the care of AFG in August 2012. She was a ‘Free Giveaway’ on an internet site.
The reason for her being unwanted was the ‘owners’ said their other greyhound had died so they didn’t want her anymore.
They had acquired her sometime ago from a trainer and once again she was now being offloaded a second time with no regard for her future welfare and security. Mable was not neutered, or micro-chipped and her general condition was poor with a dull scurfy coat. Her breath smelt awful and several decayed teeth were visible.
After settling Mable into her foster home with another rescued greyhound, Frankie, she soon gained condition and was able to be neutered and receive a dental, whereby several decayed teeth were extracted.
Mable continued to improve and enjoyed her adventures with Frankie.
Being an outgoing and comical character, she also brought nervous Frankie out of his shell. At the end of November, Mable joined lurcher Floyd who had been adopted from AFG 2 years earlier. The pair became best friends and are enjoying a great life together.
Mable was returned to AfG in October 2014 after her carers marriage ended (with Floyd being re-homed to another family member and Mable going to an Afg foster home).
After a few months in foster care, Mable found what is hoped to now be her forever home with Gene who sadly lost her beautiful greyhound Belle at age 13 (who she had adopted from AfG 3 years earlier). Mable is enjoying a great life, photographed here at age 11 1/2 years.
Date of birth: ?.01.2005
Last reg trainer: Mr. Peter Debenham
Races contended: none
Last rec. race: N/A
PURDY – (named for racing as) LLEYTONS GIRL
Although named for racing, Purdy was not raced on a licensed track and was soon offloaded by her trainer/owner/breeder once deemed ‘no good for racing’.
After several months in a home with little company and left alone for hours, this very nervous girl came into the care of AFG. It was obvious that Purdy hadn’t been well exercised or socialized. However, she soon blossomed in her foster home with the company of another confident greyhound.
After 3 months in her foster home, where with expert care Purdy improved steadily, physically and mentally, Purdy found her forever home where she continued to overcome her fears and insecurities with the tender care and patience of her devoted carer. She developed into a stunning, happy confident girl.
Date of birth: ?.05.2010
Last reg trainer: Mr R.A.Woodcock
Races contended: none
Last rec. race: N/A
MISTY – (named for racing as) PLAIN BLOSSOM
Deemed no good for racing’ after a trial in Ireland. A young girl concerned for her future welfare and safety, brought her to the U.K.
MISTY, came into the care of AFG in April 2012. Her front leg had been burned and was badly scarred and infected and very painful for her.
The information we received was that after injuring her tendon after a trial in Ireland her leg was deliberately burnt as to rush a supply of blood to her leg believing this would repair the tendon. This is an illegal practice which has been banned in the U.K for years and would cause an animal immense pain and unecessary suffering.
This information has been passed to welfare authorities in Ireland who we hope will be following Misty’s case up and hopefully the other greyhounds in Mr Woodcocks care will be examined. We are awaiting the results of these investigations.
Misty went straight into her forever home with one of our long term supporters who sadly lost her other rescued greyhound Sophie, at aged only 9 years, unexpectedly a few months earlier. Misty was in season when she came to us but still managed to settle very quickly and once over the season got to mix and play with all the local dogs and meet lots of friendly people. Misty is now enjoying life to the full with her devoted carer and we hope they will enjoy a lot of happy years together.
Date of birth: 08.10.1999
Last reg trainer:
Races contended: 77
Last rec. race: Yarmouth/ Grade A5/ 27.10.2003
SUSIE – (named for racing as) Speedy Sonia
Susie came 6th in her last race in October 2003 at Yarmouth stadium. Soon afterwards, she was given away as free to a couple who did not really want to take on a greyhound but just felt sorry for her.
They explained this when they sought the help of AFG. Susie was able to go into a foster home straight away.
Susie, although a very nervous girl, settled well with her new family and the company of other unwanted rescued greyhounds, who steadily helped Susie gain confidence.
According to Susie’s racing records, she’d had her seasons suppressed, which may explain why she had bladder problems when she first went to her foster home. It was not long before Susies foster home became her forever home and since then she has blossomed into the stunning girl she is today as seen in this photo taken of Susie at age 12 1/2 years , which is down to the dedicated experienced care she has received from he devoted carers.
Date of birth: 10.05.2002
Last reg trainer: I Barnard
Races contended: none
Last rec. race: N/A
BOBBY – (named for racing as) Megans Mustang
Bobby was named for racing as Megans Mustang but was never issued with an I.D. card, meaning he did not get to race on a licensed track. So he was given away as free by the owner/trainer/breeder.
Bobby was given to a young lady with a small child who was intending to pick up a young fawn female advertised but was soon persuaded by Barnard to take the male, as Barnard stated she could home the pretty small greyhound easily.
Bobby had many problems when offloaded to the lady including being very underweight and suffering with mange. The young lady transformed this neglected boy over the next 6 months into a healthy hound, but due to a change in her circumstances whereby she was having to leave him for long hours and fearing the stress and separation anxiety he started to suffer with would allow his health to deteriorate, she sought the help of AFG.
Luckily, Bobby was able to go straight into a foster home, whereby this adorable boy instantly won the heart of his carer who adopted him into his forever home. Since then with devoted care he has lived a contented happy life.
Snoopy came to the attention of AFG in February 2011 when he was advertised free on an internet site.
Concerned by his condition on the accompanying photograph AFG managed to make arrangements to acquire him. He came into our care in an emaciated state, weighing only 26 kilos, dehydrated and ravenous for food and water.
Over several months in foster care, Snoopy steadily recovered physically and mentally.
Snoopy’s foster home became his forever home, where he enjoys the company of his devoted family and his canine friends.
Snoopy made a full recovery and is a picture of health weighing 38 kilos.