Dogs Homed – Lurchers / Other Sighthounds

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.

ZIM

Dog’s Name: Zim
Estimated age: 1 year
Breed: possibly, Saluki, Border Collie and Greyhound/Whippet cross
Date came to Afg’s care: 10.08.2010
How dog was acquired by Afg: previous owners couldn’t meet his welfare needs so sought help of Afg
Date homed: 20.08.2011, returned 25.11.2012, re homed( 2nd time)12.12.12

We were informed about Zim by another rescue who couldn’t take him. Once a foster home was found, Afg were able to take him.

The previous owners acquired him 6 months earlier as an emaciated, mange ridden pup, estimated to be about 6 months old. They reared him to good health, but when they realized how large he was and how lively and demanding he was. being pensioners, they realized he would need more care than they could give him.

Unfortunately this lad was not properly socialised or trained at the crucial stage of his life. This is partly why his first foster home failed very quickly.

In his second foster home, Zim proved a real challenge, but with time and patience, he slowly improved. After 1 year in foster care, a perfect home was found for Zim, with a very active retired gentleman, who had all the time in the world to devote to him where he was thoroughly spoiled, had his own 1 acre garden and got lots of great long walks out.

Very sadly 15 months later ,through no fault of his own, Zim had to be returned to Afg when his carer developed an unexpected health problem. All Afg foster homes were full at the time, but after 2 weeks in private boarding, where Zim thoroughly enjoyed his time, racing around the paddocks with lots of other dogs, another fantastic home was found for him – this time with two gorgeous rescued girls, Star a young border collie, Springer, Whippet cross and Maggie a beautiful mature saluki, Greyhound cross. Of course again Zim is now in his element, but with the two girls keeping him in check Zim has developed into a great character in his time with Afg and is so happy go lucky and just seems to take on everything as one big, great adventure.

FOX

Dog’s Name: Fox
Estimated age: 3 years
Breed: possibly Greyhound, Whippet, Saluki cross
Date came to Afg’s care: 30-04-2012
How dog was acquired by Afg: Stray
Date homed: July 2012

As you can see by the photograph taken by the dog warden in the stray kennels, she was a very nervous girl.

She had been possibly straying for a while, due to her neglected condition. The dog warden was made aware of Fox as she often returned to a lady’s garden and with much time and patience, the dog warden was able to coax her to come to him. When picked up and weighed at the kennels she was only 16 kilos. When she came to AFG she was 18 kilos.

When Fox came into foster care, it was apparent she had never lived in a house before. She was ravenous for food and was given several small meals throughout the day and over the months that followed the meals were eventually reduced to 2 substantial meals daily, once she had reached her ideal weight of 25 kilos by August 2012.

Slowly over the months which followed, Fox gained confidence, which was helped by her other canine friends in the home.

Fox was adopted in July 2012 where she thoroughly enjoys a happy healthy life of love and fun.

FLOYD and STORM

Dog’s Name: Floyd and Storm
Estimated age: 3 years
Breed: possibly Greyhound ,Border Collie cross
Date came to Afg’s care: May 2010
How dog was acquired by Afg: were at risk of being shot by a landowner or seized by police as they were straying and had killed some deer
Date homed: Storm September 2010, Floyd March 2011

These 2 boys who are brothers came to AFG in May 2010, not long after we took in their 9 year old mother, Belle (who is featured on ‘dogs homed greyhounds’- she was named for racing as No Way Jose).

Sadly when we took Belle in April 2010, from the miserable existence the dogs were living in, we were not able to take her 2 sons Floyd and Storm. But by a strange twist of fate a month later, we were contacted by a support worker from a local residential institute where the dogs previous owner had been residing for 12 months, stating that the 2 dogs were at risk of being shot by a landowner or seized by police as they were straying and had killed some deer.

The previous owner had left the dogs for nearly a year to more or less fend for themselves, with a neighbour putting food and water out for them every day, and shutting them in a dilapidated, unheated caravan each night and letting them out each morning.

When we visited the lonely site before we finally collected the boys, there was evidence they were catching their own rabbits to eat. Although they were in fairly good condition, body wise when we collected them, it was quite obvious they had not been socialized or had a lead on or traveled in a vehicle.

Floyd got his name, as when we picked him up, his face was split open and had got infected (possibly an injury from barbed wire or a kick from a deer). Storm got his name because he was like a storm racing around, hiding under the caravan and panicking when we tried to get a lead or harness on him (in the end he was just picked up and carried to the van).

As Floyds face needed immediate veterinary attention, we decided to leave them at the vets together and have them both neutered at the same time.’After this they went together to a small private boarding kennels, with their own private paddock and settled in very happily, with warm clean quilts to lie on and good nourishing food and bones and treats and toys to enjoy.

AFG volunteers were able to walk them daily and take them out to lots of places to meet other dogs and people.

They soon became well adjusted dogs and eventually in September 2010, Storm found his forever home and Floyd went into a lovely foster home and a short while later in March 2011 Floyd was also adopted.

We were able to help these boys have a good life and a secure future due to the dedication and help of AFG volunteers and many donations of money including a very generous donation from the Sighthound Welfare Trust.

MURPHY


Dog’s Name: Murphy
Estimated age: 4 to 5 years
Breed: possibly Deerhound,Greyhound cross
Date came to Afg’s care: 24-09-2008
How dog was acquired by Afg: picked up as an unclaimed stray

Murphy had been picked up by dog wardens and after 7 days in a stray kennels was not claimed although he was neutered, he was not microchipped.

AFG had a foster home available for him with 2 other rescue dogs so were able to take him straight away.

Murphy was familiar with a house, so had obviously been a family companion at some time in his life. His foster home very quickly became his forever home.

Over the years his 2 elderly rescue canine friends have since passed away but he has since been joined by another AFG adopted greyhound Cara and are very happy together (Cara also featured on Dogs homed ‘Greyhounds’).

BONNIE

Dog’s Name: Bonnie
Estimated age: 1 year
Breed: possibly Bedlington, Whippet cross
Date came to Afg’s care: 06-04-2008
How dog was acquired by Afg: previous owner, who had brought her from a breeder at about 8 weeks of age, could no longer keep her, due to ill health
Date homed: April 2008

Bonnie was quite nervous and not very well socialized with other dogs.

After just 4 days in a foster home, we luckily found a wonderful home for Bonnie with a lovely lady who had recently lost her beloved elderly greyhound girl to cancer.

Bonnie settled in very well and soon met lots of very friendly dogs on her country walks and gradually became less fearful due to the patience and kindness of her devoted carer.

SCOOBY

Dog’s Name: Scooby
Estimated age: 1 year
Breed: possibly Saluki, Whippet, Greyhound Cross
Date came to AfG’s care: 12-08-2005
Date homed: 16-12-2005

Scooby was underweight with a lack of muscle. We believe the home we got him from was his 3rd home in a very short time.

He settled very quickly in his foster home and was soon able to be neutered.

After 6 months in foster care, where he was well socialized and brought up to good health.

Scooby found his new home on 16th December 2005, with Abby the blue greyhound girl adopted from AFG 2 years previously (see Abby in ‘HOMED: GREYHOUNDS’).

Sadly Abby was lost to cancer in 2009 and is greatly missed.

Soon after, Scooby was joined by little lurcher Rubi (see below).

RUBI (previously named Blossom)

Dog’s Name: Rubi
Estimated age: 2 years
Breed: possibly Saluki, Whippet cross
Date came to Afg’s care: 25-10-2009
How dog was acquired by Afg: previous owner could not keep her as he was moving to accommodation with a ‘no pets’ policy

Rubi was underweight and didn’t seem to be very well socialized with other dogs and was not properly house trained. After a short time in a caring, patient foster home, Rubi found her new home where she joined Scooby, ( shown above) another lurcher homed by AfG 4 years previously.

Rubi soon settled with Scooby and her new carers and it wasn’t long before she picked up her new routine and had less accidents and became clean in the house.

As you can see by the 3rd photo taken in 2012, Rubi and Scooby are still enjoying a great life

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