Disappointment for Mac

After being beautifully groomed, having a pedicure and choosing a stunning collar to wear for his big day we had to break the bad news to Mac that unfortunately his date had had to cancel.  She has developed a spinal complaint within the last few days and wisely her owner has decided it might not be such a good idea to introduce a new dog into the family at the moment. We all wish her a speedy recovery. Mac is such a happy and laid back chap and is coping with his disappointment admirably .

Update!!!  What is it they say about one door closing and another one opening? Well that was certainly the case for Mac. After his initial disappointment earlier today he has now been reserved by another family. Great news for this lovely lad.

Tendring Show 023 resizedMac meeting a small dog at the Tendring Show.

Holden aka Younger

We have had news and a couple of lovely photos of Holden.  This is what his owner had to say.
“We found a field full of rye with a footpath and I thought I would use the opportunity to get a picture given he’s named after Holden from Catcher in the Rye. He has been amazing for me, I am so happy to have him in my life.”
We are so pleased Holden is having such a wonderful life.

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Steel (Stainless Steel)

We have had a lovely email from Steel who went home recently.  He is having a fantastic time.  He takes his owners to the park twice a day, brings them hedgehogs and loves being in his garden.  He has been a brave little Soldier sleeping downstairs on his own after 2 nights and being a good boy when he is left alone.  He met Chase in the park last week.  Chase was homed a long time ago and it was nice to have news of him too. Hope to see you soon Steely.

Steel 1

Steel 2

 

The Tendring Hundred Show

We have had a busy but fingers crossed successful day at the Tendring Show. Kennel dogs Mac and Dexter had their first outing and both behaved extremely well. Mac has a blind date next Saturday and if it goes well he will be going home! We were visited by lots of our homed dogs and their owners and four old friends Kevin, Sally, Lily and Ty came along to say hi. It was lovely to see you all.

Tendring Show 019Mac at the Tendring Hundred Show

KevinTendring Show 033 resizedKevin, Sally, Lily and Ty paid us a visit at the Tendring Hundred Show

Dawn and Mark Stiff

It is with regret we announce that Mark and Dawn Stiff have resigned from their roles with Greyhound Homer.

We will always be grateful for all the fantastic hard work they have both put in during their time with us, going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the very best outcomes for our homeless hounds.

We hope they enjoy their new found leisure time and wish them all the very best for the future.

Ruby and Blue – please help

Alfie has been happily homed as a direct result of our wonderful supporters sharing his story. We are asking for your help again – this time for Ruby and Blue.

Ruby (born in May 2007) and six-year-old Blue were returned to kennels in FebMistley 5 (2)ruary after the death of their owner. They are
bonded as a pair, and after so much sadness in their lives we would love to find a home for them together.

They were traumatised when they arrived at Dillymore but they helped each other through the darkest of times and settled into kennel life. They are coping with their change of circumstances but after so long in a loving home we want so much more for them.

They have recently been in a foster home while Ruby recovered from a dental procedure in a nice quiet home, but are now back at kennels. This is what their foster carers had to say about them:

“Blue is very laid back, nothing seems to bother him.  He is quite bold and inquisitive when out on walks, loves the garden and is always interested in whatever is happening – he particularly enjoys watching through the window. He is happy playing with other greyhounds but not really interested in other breeds of dog.  He gets on very well with Ruby, they will lie on the same bed together, share their toys, and even share food, so do need to be re-homed together.Ruby and Blue together (2)

“Ruby is a very well behaved and gentle dog, walks well on the lead and likes her sofa and a bit of fuss, but is not demanding and is a marvellous pet. She has recovered well from having twelve teeth removed and is enjoying her food. She has a zest for life and is enjoying longer walks again. Despite her white muzzle she is quite lively, albeit in small bursts. They both are very good in the car”.

In their own words, Ruby and Blue say:
“We loved being in the foster home as we had lots of walks in the park to see the squirrels and we often went down to the beach.  We don’t really like the waves very much, but it’s lovely walking on the sand.  We were very well behaved in the foster home and since we are fully house trained the only mess we made were biscuit crumbs.  Now we are back in the kennels and looking for a home together.  We promise that we wouldn’t be ‘double trouble’ and if you asked our foster parents I am sure they would agree”.

We really do need to home this lovable pair together so please, please share their story for us. Thank you.Avril Blue and Ruby (Large)

Colchester Food and Drink Festival

Kennel dogs Jan, Moody, Paddy, Puffa and Yankee had an exciting time at the festival this weekend.  Glad they enjoyed it!  The humans looking after them spent most of the weekend dodging the showers and pushing our cars out of the mud.  Seriously though they met some wonderful people and loved the attention they received.  We are hoping they did enough to secure forever homes for themselves or at least set a seed in peoples minds. It could be months down the line when somebody rings and says “We met the greyhounds at the food and drink festival and we are now in a position to offer a dog a home” We have some interested families coming to kennels this weekend so fingers crossed the five of them don’t have to wait that long.

RIP Toby

RIP Toby, you will be much missed

After an unpleasant start in life a stressed and traumatised five-year-old Toby came to Dillymore in order to find his forever home.

Staff and volunteers spent many months nurturing and rehabilitating Toby until finally he was ready for family life. He had to wait for the right owner to come along – we put out a special appeal in December 2012 but it wasn’t until September 2013 that he finally found the perfect home. In the meantime, he had become a firm kennel favourite and there were tears of joy from all at Dillymore and Greyhound Homer the day Toby went home, it was a day we feared may never come.

Home is where Toby’s life really began. With the love and support of his family he really blossomed and grew into the most loving and happy dog as seen in these photos.

It is with very heavy hearts we have to announce that Toby died this morning following a heart attack, just nine years old. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Toby you were a very special boy whose strength of character to overcome life’s challenges was an inspiration to us all.  We are thankful that even though you were taken far too soon you passed having known three years of true happiness and been loved beyond measure in your home. Sleep tight sweetheart, you will never be forgotten.

Toby boxing day 2013

Toby at Newmarket