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

Alfie has a new home!

Fantastic news!  Alfie has a new home.  Here’s what he has to say about it.

Hi Everybody, All my dreams have come true.  I have a new family to love and care for me.  I can’t tell you just how happy I am. Hopefully once I am settled they will take a  photo of me  and you can see me all happy and back to my old self.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love and best wishes you have sent to me following my appeal.  I hope my friends Ruby and Blue will be as lucky as me.
Love Alfie xx

An update from Alfie

I don’t know if I was dreaming this or if I really heard my Uncle Jeff say “Alfie only has one more sleep before he has a visit from the family who might like to take him home” One more sleep!  I can’t sleep!  Somebody brush my coat, get me a smart collar, give me a pedicure, anything that will make me more handsome.  I am so excited .  Please let it be true and not just a dream.  Fingers crossed for me please my lovely friends.

Love Alfie xx

Alfie’s Story (in his own words)

My name is Alfie.  I am an eight year old black greyhound who has been in a home since December 2010. I wasn’t a very good racer so after just 12 races it was time for me to look for a home.  Within two months I was chosen by a lovely family.  Then after five and a half splendid years in a home of my own, my owners became ill and couldn’t look after me anymore, so I was returned to kennels at the end of may amidst much heartbreak.

I am well looked after here at Dillymore – I have a comfy bed, plenty of food and I can play in the paddocks everyday, but I don’t feel like playing because after so long in a home all I want is is a human of my own.  I suppose I am a bit depressed without my own people to look after me.  The people here give me as much love and attention as they can, but it’s not the same and I crave more love.

I am a good boy, a very faithful greyhound and I know how to behave in a home.  I am doing my best to stay positive but it is hard sometimes.   My greatest wish is that I find some special humans soon.

Thanks for reading my story, please share it with anybody you think might be able to help.

Love Alfie.

 

Alfie Body

Lee and Moody go to a tea party

Kennel dogs Lee and Moody had a fabulous time at Gladwells of Copdock today when they joined several other breeds of dogs and their owners for a doggy tea party.
Both behaved extremely well and thoughtfully shared the big bags of treats they were given with their kennel mates back at Dillymore.

 

Lee gets a glowing report

Would you like to know a little more about Lee?  He has had a glowing report from his foster Mum who looked after him while he recovered from his ‘Man op’  Do take a look at him and read all about it on our Homeless Hounds page. Lee is now back at Dillymore just waiting for that special someone to take him home.