Ruby and Blue

Here it is, the moment we have all been waiting, hoping and praying for. RUBY AND BLUE have gone home together. Thank you so much to everybody who shared their story and wished them well. We are blessed to have the most amazing support from you all. Here they are below looking settled already.

Ruby and Blue Really do belong together

Blue at home on the sofaRuby making herself comfy

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.

Younger Head resizedYounger Body

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.

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

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

The Great Global Greyhound Walk

Thank you to everybody who came along and supported our walk at Woodbridge yesterday.  What a fantastic turn out! 76 greyhounds / lurchers and five of their friends.  Kennel dogs Paddy and Jan came along and enjoyed themselves too.  Read all about them on their profile pages on our homeless hounds page.

Paddy and Jan at Woodbrige