Dogs Homed – Lurchers / Other Sighthounds

JESS

Dogs name:  Jess
Date of birth:  2010
Breed: Saluki
Date Came to AfGs care:  February 2018
How dog was acquired:  From stray kennels
Date homed: June 22nd 2018

We were made aware of Jess when she was nearing her end of time at a stray kennels. She had been picked up with a young lurcher earlier.

We are not at all convinced from a story the person who claimed to have found them both, told the dog warden and we believe the person ‘owned’ the dogs and was using the story to offload the pair quickly and at no cost.

Both dogs were microchipped and the two separate previous ‘owners’ claimed they had re-homed the dogs but could not give any details of where they homed them. Unfortunately the microchip laws have too many loopholes and we believe is only effective for people who care about the welfare of their animals. So no action was taken against the persons registered as owners on the microchip data base.

Jess was in poor health when we visited her, she was timid, she had obviously been heavily bred from, her coat was matted, her eyes were sore and infected, her nails were overgrown and she was very run down. Once we had assessed her we were able to sort a suitable foster home for her.

She visited the vet and had her 1st vaccinations, then a visit to the groomers for a much needed bath and her matted hair was clipped out.

She settled in to her foster home and after a short time she went to our vets to be neutered.

The vet was faced with quite a dilemma as Jess’s reproductive organs were in a bad state, she bled heavily and her uterus fell apart in the vets hands. Our vet believes Jess was bred from for most of her life and had recently given birth.

Luckily after complicated surgery our vet managed to successfully complete the operation and Jess pulled through.

Over the weeks which followed Jess’s mental and physical health steadily improved, her beautiful coat gradually grew back and she blossomed into the beautiful hound she should have always been.

Our vet believes we acquired Jess just in time, as had she came into season, or worse had another litter, it would have certainly killed her.

Dear sweet Jess found her forever home with a loving family and the company of a rescued greyhounds and has never looked back.

DAISY

Dogs name: Daisy
Date of birth: March 2004
Breed: predominantly Whippet (possibly crossed with Trailhound)
Date came to AfGs care: July 2017
How dog was acquired: unwanted by owner so signed to AfG.
Date Homed: November 2017

We were made aware of a man who no longer wanted a 13 year old lurcher which had been left to him after both parents (who had Daisy from a puppy) had passed away.

We later found instead of keeping her as a loved family pet, he instead banished her to a run down kennels where she was to spend the previous three of her senior years.
(The establishment.. an illegal puppy farm was to become the subject of a media exposure of animal cruelty in February 2018) http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/rosemary-fabb-roughton-puppy-farm-north-norfolk-district-council-1-5409930

When we collected Daisy, (then named Maisy) from a car park in Cromer, Norfolk, she was in season, unsteady on her hind left leg and had a large amount of flea dirt in her coat. We were told she received the injury as a young pup after trapping her leg in a snare. There were only a small amount of veterinary records for Daisy and it seems the injured leg was left untreated.

After 2 weeks in foster care Daisy became suddenly very ill with a high temperature and was rushed to AfG vets who had to carry out emergency surgery after a diagnosis of Pyometra, a life threatening disease of the womb. There is no evidence that Daisy had been bred from and unusual for the disease to appear during a season. With the fast acting expert care from our vet, Daisy pulled through and made a rapid recovery.

Through no fault of her own in September 2018 her foster home failed and she was moved to her second foster home, which shortly after became her forever home. She continues to be happy and healthy, she wears a bio flow collar which continues to minimize any discomfort in her hind leg.

POPPY

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

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.

SOPHIE

Dogs Name: Sophie
Estimated age: 3 years
Breed: Predominantly Whippet-possibly crossed with saluki and collie
Date came to AfG’s care: 16.04.2016
How dog was acquired by AfG: Unclaimed stray from stray kennels
Date homed: 30.05.2016

Sophie had served her statutory 7 days at a stray kennels and was brought to the attention of AfG who were able to place her straight into one of our suitable foster homes. She arrived underweight, lame on her hind leg, and was coughing.

She quickly settled into her foster home where she made herself comfortable and enjoyed the attention of her foster carers. She then visited our vet who confirmed the lameness was a damaged cruciate ligament which needed prompt examination.

So it was decided to settle Sophie in foster care for a few days and to have her leg x-rayed whilst under anesthetic being neutered and receiving her dental treatment. After this, Sophie came home on painkillers and advised controlled lead exercise and the vet will decide over time if an operation on the joint will be necessary. The cough was kennel cough, which subsided over the following weeks and the foster carers noticed Sophie was passing piles of full grown round worms, which after treatment took one week to pass.

Once Sophie had received all this necessary veterinary and other care, she was able to steadily gain weight and overall condition.

Her foster carers did an amazing job with her and after just a few weeks, Sophie found her wonderful forever home with Diane and Colin who had very sadly recently lost their beautiful greyhound Fluke at age 12, who they had adopted from AfG 10 years earlier.

Sophie continues to improve and enjoys lots of attention from her family and lots of new places to walk and although she does tend to have the odd ‘zoomie’ in her garden, the damage to her leg has not worsened, so we hope in future there will not be the need for an operation and hope the leg will heal 100%.

MEG

Dogs name: Meg
Estimated age: 9 years
Breed: Whippet cross staffy
Date came to AfG’s care: 16.06.2015
How dog was acquired by AfG: No longer wanted by previous ‘owners’
Date homed: 30.06.2015

Meg was bought from what is believed to have been a ‘puppy farm’ at age 8 weeks. Nine years on and after being kept mostly outside for the past 6 years whilst the young couple decided to start a family. Meg then found herself unwanted.

Luckily she came to the attention of AfG, as originally she had been advertised on an internet site used to give away and sell animals, so the outcome for Meg could have been dire had we not have been made aware of her plight and in the position to take her in.

The years Meg had spent outdoors had effected her health as she had frostbite/sunburn on the ends of her ears, and sore pads and had a build up of tartar on her teeth. It was obvious she had been without adequate exercise for some time as her pads were pale and her nails overgrown.

She soon settled into one of our very experienced foster homes and enjoyed the company of the 2 young boys and her young Rottweiler housemate, who, once she got settled, soon put in his place.

Meg was inoculated and neutered and received a dental with two teeth extracted. Meg soon gained condition with nutritious food and lots of exercise and blossomed into a very healthy girl with a glossy coat. Her foster carer and family could not bear to part with Meg and so soon adopted her permanently.

She makes herself comfortable on the sofa or upstairs on her choice of human beds and will be able to put her previous life well behind her. Her family cannot fault her in any way and just love her to bits.

Meg is very happy, healthy and active with a life full of fun and adventure, so we hope she has very many happy years ahead of her.

Meg

BUBBLES

Dogs name: Bubbles ( previously Fiz)
Estimated age: 5 months
Breed: Greyhound crossed with saluki/border collie
Date came to AfG’s care: 13.08.2015
How dog was acquired by AfG: Previous ‘owner’ unable to look after her properly
Date Homed: 08.10.2015

When this dear little lurcher pup came into our care, she was the size a pup of her mixed breeding should have been at about 8 weeks old and not how she was at 5 months old. This was due to her previous ‘owner’ buying her at age 10 weeks from a caravan site from a litter of 11 pups whereby, we are told, the young greyhound mother was in poor condition as were the pups.

Coupled with the previous ‘owner’ having no knowledge of how to adequately meet the welfare needs of the pup.

When Bubbles arrived with AfG, she was very small for her age and undernourished with a pot belly, caused by a heavy infestation of worms. She had labored breathing and a weak bladder.

After further examination by our vet, it was discovered Bubbles was also harboring lungworm. After the necessary veterinary treatment which followed and with plenty of nourishing meals, Bubbles just grew and grew before our eyes, steadily gaining weight and overall condition.

She had plenty of human and canine company in her foster home and was very well socialised.

As well as being adored by many when out on her walks, she also accompanied AfG on many of our awareness/fundraising events, which is where she met the family who eventually adopted her into her fantastic forever home with 2 canine housemates, a lurcher and an elderly terrier who soon had to get used to her mischievous antics.

With months of care pre and post adoption, Bubbles continued to blossom into a stunningly beautiful hound.

ARCHIE

Dogs Name: Archie
Estimated age: 3 to 4 years
Breed: Predominantly greyhound/saluki
Date came to AfG’s care: 12 .12.2013
How dog was acquired by AfG: Unclaimed stray from stray kennels
Date homed: 06.05.2014

ARCHIE

Archie had served his statutory 7 day period at a local stray kennels who asked AfG if we could take him into our care. Luckily we had a suitable foster home available for him and were able to take him in.

He was very underweight and very depressed and infested with external and internal parasites. The kennels estimated him to be about 8 years old. But under inspection at our vets, she, as we did, believed him to be far younger, but because of his neglected condition with his teeth coated in tartar and muscle wastage etc, he appeared to look elderly.

After being treated for parasites he arrived in his foster home and instantly made himself comfortable with his experienced foster mum, her 2 young boys and a young rescued Rottweiler. Archie steadily improved and soon blossomed into the young healthy hound he should be.

After a few months in his foster home, Archie found himself an amazing forever home with 2 Italian Spinoni and a trial hound and enjoys his life to the full.

The family also own a property in France and all spend half their time there. So a life full of fun and adventure for Archie and his carers and canine housemates.

SKY

Dog’s Name: Sky
Estimated age: 10 years
Breed: possibly Whippet cross Staffy
Date came to Afg’s care: 05.08.2007
How dog was acquired by Afg: owner gave up 5 dogs to a local rescue and Sky was signed over by them to Afg

An owner gave up 5 of her dogs all at once to a local rescue, one being Sky, another her sister, another 8 year old lurcher boy and 2 little brother and sister terriers of age 11 years.

All the dogs were traumatized in the kennel environment, as they could not cope with being separated from each other so it was decided by the kennel manager that it would benefit the dogs to all go to foster homes, the 2 terriers were homed together, the lurcher went to a home with other dogs, Sky’s sister was homed with 2 other dogs and Sky came to Annie and Peter.

It was obvious immediately that Sky’s somewhat rotund shape was very abnormal coupled with the fact that she could only eat and drink very small amounts at a time and passed very little when she went to the toilet.

She was soon taken to AFG vets and once they obtained her previous veterinary records, it appeared that the last vet had just advised to lower her food intake as she was overweight (no bloods or x-rays were taken). AFG’s vet thought she may be suffering from Cushings syndrome and was opting to do blood tests, but then decided to be on the safe side, to admit Sky for x-rays and blood tests.

The following day we were informed that Sky was suffering with a haemangiosarcoma, a tumor caused by a cancer of the blood cells, the tumor was huge and attached to her spleen and there was a possibility it may not be able to be successfully removed, but if left, she would die, as it was so near the risk of bursting. The op went ahead and little Sky made a full recovery.

She went to the vets weighing 18 kg and when brought home the next day she weighed only 14 kg which was her ideal weight for her size. The photo the vet nurse took when the tumor was removed, weighing 4kg was the same weight and size of a normal new born baby!! This little girl was amazing.

The vet explained that due to the nature of this cancer and Sky’s age, she couldn’t rule out the possibility of the cancer returning somewhere else and that this should be explained to any new carer once Sky was adopted. Bearing all this in mind and the fact that Sky was so happily settled in Annie and Peters home, they decided to adopt her.

Sadly just 2 months later, Sky passed away within moments, whilst asleep on the sofa at 10pm lying beside Annie, with what the vet believes was a brain hemorrhage, possibly associated with the cancer. She did not suffer. Annie and Peter felt very privileged to share their lives with Sky ‘The Wonder Dog’ and only wish she could have been with them much longer, she is still greatly missed.

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