Sleep Tight Connie

A sad post as we hear that Connie has crossed the bridge at the grand age of 14.

Connie’s family have written a beautiful tribute to her which we share below.

“For the first few weeks with us Connie was quite apprehensive and kept her distance, occasionally hiding in a wardrobe, but she steadily grew in confidence to became the most affectionate grey we’ve ever had, demanding lots and lots of cuddles. She soon became used to our routine, knowing when it was dinner time and when it was walkie time especially if we were to go out to different places in the car. She loved her food too and would charge in for breakfast after her early morning walk, as the floorboards reverberating under her enthusiastic paws.

She attended good citizen classes achieving a bronze award.

By the age of 14 she’d become quite saggy in her hind legs and was also diagnosed with arthritis, but a combination of laser treatment, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and several drugs saw huge improvement and had given her about an extra year of good quality life.

She eventually became a victim of Degenerative Myelopathy and we’re heartbroken to report that she was helped over the bridge, peacefully, yesterday afternoon at home surrounded by those who loved her so much.

Connie really was perfect and we will be forever grateful to the wonderful people at GreyhoundHomer for allowing us to adopt such a beautiful dog.

Sleep well, Connie.

Many thanks to Connie’s family for their kind words but also for giving Connie the love, time and patience to allow her to become her best and most confident self. We are so grateful for that.

Rest easy Connie you were loved beyond compare.xx

Rest Easy Roger

A very sad day today as we learned that Roger (Colleagh Recruit) has crossed the bridge just shy of his 8th birthday. After surviving cancer in his tail earlier this year he took a bad turn last week and his heartbroken family made the hardest but kindest decision not to let him suffer.

They have written this lovely tribute to him below:-

Wanted to let you know that Roger left us on Thursday this week. Immeasurable sadness is the only way of expressing the feeling of losing him. Nearly made it to his 8th birthday. Had such a lovely journey with such a sweet, funny, loving and loyal boy. Lost our nap buddy, just won’t be the same.

Roger was an absolute joy to have in kennels and our hearts go out to his family, he was loved beyond compare and we thank them for the wonderful home they gave him.

Sleep tight Roger, you will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved you xx

Sleep Tight Spike

We sometimes have to post the saddest of messages and today is no exception.

We have heard from Spike’s (Little Sheikh) owner to say that sadly following a massive stroke her dearest Spike was put to sleep last Thursday.

Below is the lovely tribute she has written about her special boy:-

“Spike was a beautiful, kind, gentle friendly boy. I was so lucky to have him in my life and to have had his friendship. I miss him terribly but he has left me with some wonderful memories”

We can all relate to that, the pain of loosing them is so great but we know that one day we will think of them and the memories they have left us with and we will smile before the tears begin to fall.

Thank you for giving Spike such a happy and loving home.

Rest easy dear Spike knowing you couldn’t have known a greater love than that of your owner who will hold you in her heart forever.

Spike 05/04/2012 – 06/06/2024

Sleep Tight Roswell

We have sad news to report . A couple of weeks ago we learned that Roswell had nasal cancer.

Sadly the outcome wasn’t good and dear Roswell (Phoenix Roswell) has sadly passed away.

We had this sad but lovely message from his heartbroken family.

“Just to let you know, Roswell passed away yesterday afternoon, peacefully, at home, with myself and my son. He brought such light and love to our lives and will be deeply missed. He was a dignified and sensitive soul to the very end. He made such a positive difference to our lives.”

Sleep tight Roswell you really were the sweetest soul xx

Swift Keith

It really is with the heaviest of hearts that we have to post the news that Keith (Swift Keith) has crossed the bridge. Keith celebrated his 12th birthday in February of this year.

Keith was such a popular character, loved by not just his family but all who knew him.  He was a bit of a celebrity in the village where he lived, stopping to say hello to all the neighbours.

His family have paid a wonderful tribute to him saying what a loving soul he was, a bit cheeky at times but loving nothing more than being with them, especially out in the garden watching them toil away whilst taking it easy snoozing on the lawn!  They say it was a privilege to have had him in their lives and he has left a huge hole in their hearts.
We thank them for the wonderful home they gave Keith. 

Keith was also a bit of a celebrity when he was at kennels. After winning the East Anglian Derby he rather thought he was the King of the kennels.  He could often be seen roaming off lead around the grounds with his owner and trainer. More often than not though he would find his way to the kitchen where he knew kennel cook Linda would always find him something delicious to eat

Rest easy Keith you were an absolute legend, you will be missed by many and remembered always.xx

Sleep Tight Lady

We have had sad news today. Lady has crossed the bridge at the grand old age of 15. Age finally caught up with her and her legs began to fail. So after a consultation with her Vet the time we all dread had come, time to say goodbye.

Below is her family’s heartfelt tribute to her.

“Lady went to sleep with us all at her side, as she was laying against her Mum. It was very quick and peaceful, she was given love and fuss until the very end.

It would have been 10 years ago this year that we adopted Lady. She joined Lordie and fitted into our family. We have so many good memories and we will forever love her and greatly miss her. She loved nothing more than running off with slippers and door stops. She enjoyed digging in the garden and sniffing the air in the middle of the night when everyone should have been asleep.

Lady has crossed rainbow bridge to be reunited with Lordie, where they can run free together.”

Our thoughts are with Lady’s family and we thank them for the wonderful life they gave both her and Lordie.

Sleep tight Lady, you certainly lived up to your name bless your sweet soul.xx

Sleep Tight Woosie

Sad news today. Sweet little Droopys Woosie has crossed the bridge. Woosie was a dear little girl, loved by all. Here is the moving tribute from her heartbroken family.

My heart is broken. My beautiful, loyal, loving baby girl has passed over Rainbow Bridge. I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful soul to share my life with. Woosie, you were so gentle and sweet. Life will never be quite the same. You have taken a piece of me with you. Run free my darling. I will love you and miss you forever xxxxxxx 💔💔💔

Sleep soundly Woosie, you will be much missed by your family and all who knew you not least of all your house mate Stan (Ohdarknstormy) You were such a great support and mentor to him. Thank you for that. xxx

Sleep Tight Noah

Noah (Adoras Sapient) March 2013 to Febrauary 2024)

It’s the hardest of weeks this week with news of another of our little ones crossing the bridge.

We have received a sad but lovely message from Noah’s family.

” It’s with heavy hearts we have to let you all know that we had to say goodbye to Noah. Unfortunately it was the dreaded osteosarcoma.

We moved to Suffolk 3 year ago and he loved his life here. He was a cheeky, funny boy who loved his walks, food and lots of cuddles.

We miss him so much”

At Dillymore Noah with his cheeky ways was a firm favourite. He used to make us all smile when he was doing ‘Noah stuff’ collecting items he found in the paddocks and proudly carrying them back to his treasure trove in his kennel.

We would like to thank Noah’s family for the wonderful home they gave him and for when it came to choosing a dog only asked to see whoever had been with us the longest. Luckily for Noah it was him.

Sleep tight Noah, always know you were loved xx

Sleep Tight Des

Romeo Desperado 01/01/2015 – 07/03/2024

Some days are just so hard….. We have received this heartfelt message from Des’s family:-

It is with a heavy heart, but also one filled with love and many, many happy & precious memories that I have to tell you that our brave, loving, affectionate, sweet, funny, playful, intelligent and totally knowing Desi White Chops has passed away. Unfortunately he had bone cancer, borne very stoically, so the vet informed us.

I know many of you have looked after him, (fantastically over the years), groomed him, walked him, raced him and loved him over the years, so I am sure there are many of you who have some great & fond memories of Des (Romeo Desperado).

We nicknamed him Disco Des (among other things!), as he had a very enthusiastic & energetic ‘disco dance routine’ he performed as a lovely welcome home, whenever we returned, (even after popping to the garage for 5 minutes)!! Desi the Helicopter was another favourite name, as his tail resembled an out of control rotor spinning wildly when he saw a favourite person! It both threatened to lift his rear right off the ground and also send a stinging thwack across your unsuspecting legs, if you weren’t careful!

Although Desi had a few set backs he was so good natured, chilled out and friendly that he was still making friends right up to the end, walking up to people, looking up at them with his gorgeous, soft brown eyes and then going in for the full lean! (All to total strangers who looked good for an ear rub, a head pat or possibly a tasty tidbit!). Bless his big heart.

We will miss him terribly, but feel it was the best thing we could have done when we took him home for good at Easter 2023. We watched him kick back and settle in like he had owned the place for years. Even recognising little dogs as fellow canines and not paying them too much attention. He definitely had a soft spot for the pointy nose girlies though, especially a petite blue whippet! The old dog!!

I am sure he knew how much he was loved and he undoubtedly felt comfortable and safe in his home, (with his fully trained ‘staff’ on hand to bow to his every whim!). He showed us every day how much he loved us right back and we are forever grateful for the time we have spent together. Thank you all for your kindness & care to Des. He would say it himself, if he could.

Sleep tight my boy. We will remember & love you forever. Mummy & Daddy xxx

Thank you to Ness and Rob for the love and devotion they showed Des, getting to know him, earning his trust and for the many days and weekends they spent with him prior to taking him home.

Thank you also to those who knew and loved Des and those who made sure he always knew he was loved.

Rest easy lovely Des and thank you for your hard work as one of our Greyhound Ambassadors xx

Sleep Tight Gary

We don’t want to make you cry at Christmas but we have just received this beautiful tribute to Gary (Sambitanco)

On Saturday we had to say goodbye to Gary. It’s hard to put into words what he meant to us, but I’ll give it a go. Above all else, he was loving and that’s what everyone saw in him. He was a sucker for a stroke and except from towards the end, he would stand for hours just to get some loving and he didn’t care too much who he got it from. He was also a fan of cheese, broccoli, apples, dentistix and any other form of food he could find. He didn’t overly discriminate from none food items either; I lost two coasters, several pairs of slippers and socks to his interest. Gary was full of personality and wasn’t like any other dog I’ve met. He never barked and would sing us a welcome home song (mostly whining and crying) whenever he heard the car pull up, or even when he heard us stirring in the mornings. Gary was famously lazy, rarely leaving his bed and was known to try get back into the house when going out for a walk. Although hard to imagine, Gary slowed down in his latter years, which was well deserved having retired from racing at the grand age of 5. Last week he developed a lump on his front leg and tests showed he had cancer; due to his age and size, treatment options were poor and it was unlikely he would have any quality of life. Sam and I had to make the heartbreaking decision to put him to sleep, before his pain became intolerable. We were with him when he left us and he was doing what he loved; eating gravy bones. Losing Gary has been like no other pain we have felt before. He was a real showcase of the breed and utterly irreplaceable. Gary had been through all the ups and downs of life with us over the last 4 years and no one could wish for a better companion. We will never not miss you Gary and if we could have taken your cancer away and kept you for many more years to come, we would have. Goodbye friend 🌈🐾💔

Our hearts go out to Gary’s family. We thank them for giving him such a loving home and a wonderful retirement.

Sleep tight sweetheart. xxx