Colour/sex: Blue Male
Date of birth: 03.01.2006
Last reg trainer: S.Smith
Races contended: 23
Last rec. race: Hull/Grade 5/31.05.2008
BEAU – (named for racing as) JO BLUEBIRD
Beau came into the care of AFG in February 2013 from his previous carer of 4 years, whose change of circumstances meant she was unable to keep Beau and give him the care he was used to. Unlike many people happy to offload their pets without any care for their future welfare and safety, Beau’s was her priority.
He was not neutered but was in great physical condition and was very friendly.
As we had no foster home available straight away, Beau was placed into private boarding, where he was adored and thoroughly spoiled by staff. Here we realized he was sociable with all other breeds too.
A lovely couple who had adopted Lurcher Joey from AFG several years ago, had sadly lost him at the end of 2012 at the grand age of 13. They had another rescued greyhound, Yeats. Once Beau and Yeats met and got on very well, Beau joined him in his home to be fostered.
He was neutered and had a dental and once it became apparent that the pair were inseparable and his carers couldn’t bear to part with him either, Beau’s foster home became his forever home, where he enjoys his great life with Yeats.
Colour/sex: Black Female
Date of birth: ?. 06. 2011
Last reg trainer: Paul Garland
Races contended: Failed trial at Brighton & Hove December 2012
Last rec. race: As above
MINI – (named for racing as) GOBBY COBBY
Mini came into the care of AFG June 3rd 2013 as an unclaimed stray at just 2 years old.
She was bewildered, underweight and generally in poor condition for such a young hound and had also not fared well in the stray kennels. Her racing history showed a failed trial at Brighton & Hove stadium. It seems she was then passed around, until she was picked up as a stray in Norfolk in May 2013.
Mini was able to go straight into a foster home with a little Jack Russell for company, which helped her settle in quickly. The pair became best friends and Mini’s health and well being improved rapidly. After the initial settling in period, Mini was spayed.
She is now a happy, lively, cheeky girl who is full of fun, as a young hound should be. Mini was adopted by her foster mum in July and will now have a bright future ahead of her.
Colour/sex: Blue Male
Date of birth: ?.11.2007
Last reg trainer: D.E. Freeman
Races contended: 26
Last rec. race: Perry Barr/ grade A5/ 10.10.2010
WILF – (named for racing as) PHELPS
Came into the care of AFG in August 2012, after he was advertised as a ‘Free Giveaway’ on an internet site.
The advert stated “our greyhound has got to go, as he is too big and my child is hurting him”.
Wilf had been picked up a short while before after being handed over at a car park somewhere near Shropshire. Now, once more he was being quickly and cheaply offloaded, with no regard given to what would become of him.
Once he came to AFG, he was in a bewildered state, he had an upset stomach and was reluctant to eat and drink at first. He is a very big lad, so being 32 kilos, he was quite underweight.
After a short while, Wilf was neutered and whilst under anesthetic his spine was X-rayed as we were concerned about the visible ‘dip’ towards the top of it. The X-rays confirmed that 2 vertebrae were damaged as the result of pressure being forced down on his back for a long period. It had previously been established that the child had been using Wilf as a pony to ride on, using his ears as reins!! So the x rays confirmed the fears we had that Wilf’s spine may be damaged.
Wilf slowly improved over the months which followed and enjoyed the company of the other dogs in the home, where it made sense for him to stay, so was adopted in November 2012.
Wilf is now in great condition and is at what we believe is the ideal weight of 42 kilos, for this giant of a lad.
Although the problem with his spine means we cannot let him race around at full pelt, we are able to let him exercise freely in the garden and in a small enclosed park, and he gets good long walks daily which have toned him up well and have strengthened the areas surrounding his spine.
Colour/sex: Blue Female
Date of birth: ?.05.2005
Last reg trainer: G.E.Hebden
Races contended: 31
Last rec. race: Oxford/Grade A9/11.09.2007
MABLE – (named for racing as) OAKS ANGEL
Came into the care of AFG in August 2012. She was a ‘Free Giveaway’ on an internet site.
The reason for her being unwanted was the ‘owners’ said their other greyhound had died so they didn’t want her anymore.
They had acquired her sometime ago from a trainer and once again she was now being offloaded a second time with no regard for her future welfare and security. Mable was not neutered, or micro-chipped and her general condition was poor with a dull scurfy coat. Her breath smelt awful and several decayed teeth were visible.
After settling Mable into her foster home with another rescued greyhound, Frankie, she soon gained condition and was able to be neutered and receive a dental, whereby several decayed teeth were extracted.
Mable continued to improve and enjoyed her adventures with Frankie.
Being an outgoing and comical character, she also brought nervous Frankie out of his shell. At the end of November, Mable joined lurcher Floyd who had been adopted from AFG 2 years earlier. The pair became best friends and are enjoying a great life together.
Mable was returned to AfG in October 2014 after her carers marriage ended (with Floyd being re-homed to another family member and Mable going to an Afg foster home).
After a few months in foster care, Mable found what is hoped to now be her forever home with Gene who sadly lost her beautiful greyhound Belle at age 13 (who she had adopted from AfG 3 years earlier). Mable is enjoying a great life, photographed here at age 11 1/2 years.
Dog’s Name: Hobo
Estimated age: 2 years
Breed: possibly Staffy cross Border Collie/Labrador
Date came to Afg’s care: 15.11.2011
How dog was acquired by Afg: unclaimed stray from stray kennels
Date Homed: 18.12.2011
Hobo was brought to the attention of AFG when a supporter was alerted to his photo on a Norfolk stray pound website. The way the photo had been taken from side on, Hobo (then named bingo) looked like a little whippet type.
We had met a lady who had recently rescued an extremely nervous whippet cross named Fifi who had been taken to a local rescue from a traveller’s site in Ireland and at approx 1 year old had recently given birth to 11 pups. It was decided that when AFG had a suitable confident dog that Fifi would benefit from the company and Fifi’s carers would be happy to foster.
We took Fifi and her carer Jane to the stray kennels to meet Bingo and was surprised when he was brought into the paddock to meet us all. His body was so thin and his head (front on) was huge, he was just so out of proportion. The 2 hounds got on straight away and Fifi was quickly flirting and bossing him about. We weren’t expecting to meet what seemed to be a Staffy cross collie type, but were reluctant to leave him at the kennel as he seemed to be a little ‘stir crazy’, he had been there for 3 weeks and hadn’t been allowed out, as he was not inoculated so wasn’t allowed into the paddocks where the other dogs were exercised.
Bingo’s name was changed to Hobo and he was inoculated, chipped, treated for parasites and a short while later, was neutered. We were right, he was a great pal for Fifi, who quickly started coming out of her shell with the company of happy, friendly Hobo. After a few weeks, Hobo’s carers, Jane and Gary became so attached to him, they felt they would be unable to give him up for adoption, so they decided to adopt him.
Hobo and Fifi are great pals and seeing Fifi now, it’s hard to imagine how frightened she was when we first met her and Hobo is now all in proportion and both are happy healthy hounds with a fantastic home and a great life, full of fun.
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.
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.
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.