Dogs Homed

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RILEY

Colour / Sex :   Black Male

Date of Birth :  1.12.2003

Last rec. trainer :  K.D.Cull

Races contended :  7  ( inc trials )

Last race :  Peterborough  15.10.2005

RILEY – (named for racing as) Meenala Boss

Riley came into the care of AFG on 18.11.2011 after we were informed by another rescue that a man was trying to get rid of a greyhound a.s.a.p.

When we went to see the dog we discovered he had been acquired 5 months earlier from a rescue who we were familiar with. After contacting the rescue, it was agreed that Riley could be signed over to AFG as we had a foster home available for him.

After 2 weeks in foster care Riley found his wonderful forever home with 4 other rescue dogs and 6 cats. He was a wonderful boy who could not be faulted. We dread to think where Riley would have ended up had he not been brought to our attention and the original rescue may never have known.

R.I.P Dear Riley 1.12.03-9.10.10

BIG MILLY

Colour / Sex : White and brindle Female

Date of birth : 18.08.1996

Last rec. trainer : Peter Debenham

Races contended :

Last rec. race :

BIG MILLY – (named for racing as) Turnthelightoff

Big Milly came into the care of AFG in June 2005 at 9 years of age.
We were contacted by the people who had acquired her from Peter and June Debenham’s Racing Greyhound Retirement Home (R.G.R.H.) 4 years previously. The couple had 3 young children and stated “they hadn’t got time for Milly – how much time does a 9 year old quiet gentle greyhound take up?!!!

When signed over, Milly had no veterinary records and when the couple were asked why she had not been spayed they said “The trainer, P Debenham, said ” it was not necessary” and she’d only came in season twice with a teaspoonful of blood (even more worrying). We were told Milly had pain when she arose from a lying position. A vet check showed no neurological problems but would check further when spayed.

After 1 week in foster care Milly found her forever home and after a few days settling in, she was spayed. Just in the nick of time as the vet found tumours on her ovaries and after a complicated hysterectomy, she made a full recovery.

The previous owners had never taken her to the vet and by the time she would have shown signs of discomfort, it would have been too late, luckily we got her just in time.

Milly lived a contented happy healthy life and reached the great age of 14 years

 R.I.P Dear Big Milly    18.8.96-2010

ABBY


Colour/sex: Blue Female

Date of birth: 09.05.1998

Last rec. trainer: Mr B Creckenden

Races contended: No racing history known

Last rec. race: N/A

ABBY – (named for racing as) Canalside Willow

Abby came into the care of AFG in 2003 when the then owners had a new baby and couldnt cope with Abby as she was clumsy and boisterous, (although they also had another black female of the same age who was very docile).

Abby quickly settled into her foster home with Fran and Tim who had years of experience caring for unwanted racing greyhounds.
As is often the case with our foster carers, Abby’s foster home quickly became her forever home, she was soon after joined by an AFG lurcher ” Scooby”.

ZENA

Colour/sex: Fawn female

Date of birth: 22.07.1998

Last rec. trainer: Mr Carl Appleton

Races contended: 47

Last rec. race: Great Yarmouth 06.04.2001

ZENA – (named for racing as) Purple Pixie

Zena was raced at Great Yarmouth and came into the care of AFG 03.06.2001. What a state this poor girl was in.

We had been alerted to her by neighbours of the 1 bedroom upstairs council flat she was being kept in. Reports of her screaming and howling when left alone there (for sometimes up to 14 hours) whilst the then so called carer, went out clubbing etc. There were many disturbing reports of her screaming and howling upon the owners return (possibly being beaten for soiling the flat).

An AFG rep visited the property on 2 occasions and knew the poor greyhound was inside. Needless to say, there was no sign of anyone in the property. A note was left asking about the dogs welfare and as a result we were contacted by the boyfriend who, luckily, arranged for Zena to be signed over to AFG.
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STAN

Dogs Name: Stan
Date of Birth:  approx: 2007 age approx 18months / 2years
Breed: Rottweiler
Date came to AfGs care:  January  2009
How dog was acquired: Saved from stray kennels
Date homed: end January 2009
 
STAN (re-named STARSKY)
 
We noticed this poor lad whilst at a stray kennels when we were asked to pop in to clarify a stray Greyhounds ear tattoos ( this Greyhound was unclaimed so later came to AfG).
 
We noticed this lovely but sad Rotty boy in a concrete run at the kennels we were told he had been there several weeks but may find a home on one of the kennel open days, though the staff feared he had medical issues/injuries which may put people off.
 
We asked if we were allowed to take some photos of him so we could put out an email alert to try to find a foster home for him so we could perhaps be able to take him into our care.
 
We had some great response and interest and one particular lady ticked all the right boxes for not only fostering but to adopt him.
So later we picked up the Greyhound after her statutory 8 days were ended and we took lovely Stan too.
 
Both went to a lovely private boarding kennels where we were able to build them up to a suitable condition to be neutered and start their inoculations.
Our vet was concerned of lameness on his rear end and felt it may only be from muscle wastage but decided to carry out some x-rays too.
 
The outcome was expected to be hip dysplasia (often common in large breeds). Though the injury was believed to be more like a hip shunt cased by a fall from a height or a beating!!.
 
 
At the end of the month we were able to take both hounds to their new adopters where they would go on to their individual forever homes.
Stan was renamed Starsky and settled in very well with a Rotty female, Great Dane, a Lurcher and a Greyhound.
 
 One year on and his  adopter sent us a lovely letter saying.
” If ever God sent an animal to someone, he was thinking of me the day you collected Starsky. He is the light of my life and I can truly say he has never put a foot wrong. He is an absolute gentleman and a credit to his breed. Everyone who knows him loves him and people who are afraid of, or who don’t know Rotts are soon won around by his gentleness and calm approach. He now weighs a healthy 43kgs and his coat is thick and glossy.A dog in a million”.
 
Well Starsky was certainly in the right place at the right time we visited the stray kennels and the rest is history.
 
Another lucky hound with a great life.
 

SCOOBY (2)

Dogs Name: Scooby (number 2)
Date of Birth:  approx: 2007
Breed:  Bull Lurcher ( large-Mastiff type)
Date came to AfGs care:  January  2009
How dog was acquired: Saved from stray kennels
 
Was noticed at a stray kennels when AfG were there picking up a Greyhound.
 
He had been seen by a member of the public straying around the Norfolk coast for sometime and later managed to be caught then taken to the stray kennels by a dog warden.
 
We were told he was well over his statutory 8 day period, they were concerned he was not eating well, was underweight and had a cough.
AfG soon found a suitable foster home for him so were able to pick him up a few days later.
 
He first went to our vets ( photos taken 1 and 2) to have a full examination/health check, whereby it was discovered he had quite a bad case of kennel cough with a high temperature, chest infection and mucus coming from his eyes and nose.
 
He received medication and went on to his foster home, where in the weeks which followed he steadily improved physically and mentally and was soon able to be neutered then start his inoculation course.
 
By the size of his head and bone on a skinny frame it was obvious this young hound was going to mature into a very large lad.
 
Several weeks passed and Scooby was passed fit and healthy and went on to his forever home with the company of another female Bull Lurcher and a Labrador cross.
 
One year on Scooby (2) had grown into a big strong muscular hound weighing 42 kgs.
 
 
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