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.
Colour/Sex: Black Male
Date of birth: 20.04.2014
Last reg trainer: Martin Malone
Races contended: Not found
VINNIE (named for racing as CLONBONY JACK)
Came to the care of AfG (with his litter sister Kiz) at age just 26 months in June 2016. Both greyhounds had been saved from a ‘high kill rate’ pound in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland.
They were left there by their trainer/owner stating “He was no good .. he is too slow”” and of his sister ” She was a good bitch, she raced”.
Both were saved by Clare Greyhound Project (CGP) an Rover Rescue in Ireland and later arrangements were made for them to come to AfG together where we had separate foster homes waiting for them.
Vinnie soon settled into his experienced foster home with the company of two other rescued hounds, a young lurcher and a senior setter.
After examination at our vets the report states Vinnie’s broken protruding rib and broken base of his tail were unlikely to be birth defects but more likely caused by trauma injury.
Vinnie was not well socialised and soon had to learn that small dogs, cats and other small furries were not for him to hunt.
Over months which followed with the patience and expertise of his foster carers, Vinnie’s physical and mental health gradually improved and they had become so attached to him, they finally decided to adopt him.
Vinnie is now very much more settled and has even gained a lot of little canine friends, once he realised they were dogs too.
Over the months the white flecks appearing on Vinnie’s shiny black coat, multiplied covering most of his body, so he is now fondly known as Vinnie, the blizzard hound.
Colour/Sex: Brindle Female
Date of birth: 20.04.2014
Last reg trainer: Martin Malone
Races contended: None found
KIZ – (named for racing as) CLONBONY JACKIE
Came into the care of AfG in June 2016 (with her litter brother Vincent) at age just 26 months.
AfG had Kiz’s official ID Card but no races were listed and no racing history was available from the Irish Coursing Club, so we assume any racing history would have been on an unregulated
track in Ireland.
Both had been saved from a ‘high kill rate’ pound in Ennis, County Clare, where they had been left by their owner/trainer saying “She was a good bitch, she raced, he was no good he is too slow”. Both were saved by Clare Greyhound Project and Rover Rescue in Ireland and arrangements were made for them to come to AfG together, where we had separate foster homes waiting for them.
Kiz got her name as she was so lovable and friendly and just wanted to kiss everyone she met, both canine and human. Kiz quickly settled into a family home.
After a few weeks in foster care with the company of other hounds, Kiz gained confidence and condition. She found her wonderful forever home August 1st 2016 after a lovely couple met and fell for her at one of AfG’s awareness events in Norwich.
The couple had already rescued greyhounds over many years. She quickly settled into her new home, where she enjoys her life of fun and adventure. Totally adored by her 2 carers and everyone who meets her.
Colour/Sex: Black Female
Date of birth: 29.06.2001
Last reg trainer: Nigel Saunders
Races contended: 50
Last rec. race: Belle Vue/grade A8 /19.07.2005
ALICE – (named for racing as) COOLEMOUNT LADY
Came into the care of AfG in November 2011 after being removed from the squalor- she was not living – but merely existing in. She waited most of her life to be cared for with the love and respect she so deserved.
When Alice came to AfG her teeth were badly rotten from extreme dental disease, with ulcerated gums and mouth, infested with fleas and worms and with severe hair loss over almost half of her body. This was not caused by days or weeks of neglect and abuse, but from years.
With proper care and veterinary treatment, Alice improved gradually on a daily basis and over the months which followed.
We will never know why this docile, affectionate greyhound was deprived of a loving family home at age 4 when no longer of use as a money making racing commodity, as when AfG made enquiries to the GBGB, we were constantly fed a pack of lies and cover ups and when her last registered trainer (who kept her at his property until late 2011) was contacted by AfG he claimed he could not even recollect ‘that dog’.
Sadly, Nigel Saunders has evaded being prosecuted for cruelty, neglect, abuse and suffering to a greyhound in his ‘care’.
It was apparent that Alice was not familiar with a home environment, but she quickly realized she could have the freedom to relax in a comfortable house and to roam at her leisure in a large garden. So she went on, in her twilight years to experience a life full of adventure, love and respect with the company of other rescued hounds and her devoted carers.
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%.
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.
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.