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.
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 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.
Colour/Sex: Black Male
Date of birth: ?.08.2009
Last reg trainer: Irene Barnard
Races contended: 34
Last rec. race: Yarmouth/ grade A5 / 29.08.2012
HAPPY (named for racing as ) LESS THAN ZERO
Came into the care of AfG September 17th 2015.
He was in a terrible state of neglect, weighing only 23 kg emaciated and dehydrated. His entire body smelt of stale smoke, he was crawling with fleas, with hair loss and sore infected skin over 50% of his body. He had been kept in a second floor flat in Yarmouth, not far from the track where he was used for racing. Neighbors had been concerned for Happy (who was then named Jamie) as they had noticed his condition deteriorate over the years and more so over the past months as they noticed he was not being taken out of the flat.
One neighbour finally managed to convince the previous owner that Jamie would be much better off in another home and sought the help of AfG who acted immediately with the help of the neighbor to take him as we were concerned he may change his mind about giving him up. The conditions in the flat were awful, all windows closed, curtains drawn and the entire flat full of cigarette smoke. Even though his condition was so bad, he managed to wag his tail and could not wait to get out of the flat.
He was given just one small bowl of food a day and was allowed a small drink of water after and it is believed he was forced to wear the dirty, yellow, plastic muzzle (which he was wearing when we entered the flat) all day every day to stop him nibbling and itching his sore skin. He was very depressed by how uncomfortable his condition was and ravenous for food and water.
He stayed with our vet for the next 24 hours and was treated for the flea infestation, fed many small meals regularly and his sore skin was gently bathed.
Once in his foster home, he was very eager for his food and drink, but over the days that followed, he soon realized the food and water would be regularly available to him and he became less ravenous for them. He enjoyed the attention and company of his foster carers and his comfy bed and gentle walks.
It became apparent that Happy enjoyed meeting people and other dogs over the weeks and months which followed and he steadily improved physically and mentally. Once Happy had gained several kilos and was down to 2 good meals a day he went into a new foster home with the company of 2 other rescued dogs. All 3 hounds get on very well and Happy enjoys many walks and is able to run off lead with many other dogs.
It has taken many weeks to get Happy to the healthy condition he has now reached and his exercise is still being built up steadily. Unbelievably, the only action the RSPCA chose to take against the previous ‘owner’ was to issue him with a ‘severe verbal warning’, even though our vets were willing to back up a cruelty prosecution case.