It is with great sadness we have learned of the passing of Gilson, racing name Ballydally Wack. Here is a very moving message from his family.Just to let you know we had to let go of our boy Gilson this week,as cancer finally got the better of him.He acquired us at Dillymore at the end of 2012,he was coming up to 3 years old and had been raced in Ireland and known as Ballydally Whack,we renamed him Gilson after the drummer from Jools Holland band.Right from the start he was a lazy,sleepy so and so,who loved his walks,his food,a little bit of fuss when he wanted it,but mostly his sofa,(we have a decent size garden,but only came out if he wanted to wee),our friends christened him Lord gilson,as you had to go and see him on his bed.As he got older though he did change and would come and see you to be made a fuss of,and sometimes would even come to the door when you came home,but these pointy noses really get to you,and we absolutely loved him and are still in the devastated stage at the moment with a huge hole in our lives.A couple of years ago we took in Mother in laws terrier thingy(Hettie) as she could no longer look after her,Hettie adored Gilson,he did his best to ignore her,since he has gone she is like a little lost sheep.Attached is one of the last photos,and its as if Hettie knew. Miss you big man x Sleep well Gilson knowing you were loved beyond compare by your family and all who knew you. xx.
Our hearts are broken once again when we have to tell you that Ben has died.Ben came to kennels with his brother Will and Sisters Rosie and Heart. It’s fair to say they didn’t have the best start in life and came to us in need of care both physically and mentally. After much TLC from all at Dillymore and with the love and kindness of our then Volunteers Mark and Dawn Ben began to blossom. Mark in particular would spend hours and hours building Ben’s confidence. He and Dawn would take Ben to their home where their own two dogs Clarence and Connie helped Ben no end.Finally Ben was ready to go home and what a fantastic home he had. His new family carried on Mark and Dawns good work and Ben truly came into his own. We will be eternally grateful for the life and the love they gave Ben and our hearts go out to them in this time of sadness.Here is what Ben’s family have said about him.”Ben was such a loving soul, loved to chill, when he had something to say he’d come up close and look deeply into your eyes. Loved to cuddle with his head buried in you, but don’t be fooled he would bounce around like a puppy. He loved the local greyhound walks, meeting humans and hounds but behaved as if all were his lifelong best friends. Walking the fields behind our house were an excitement, the pre walk prep a challenge as he danced about so much with excitement. If you needed a pal to sit with in the night Ben was always there. Thank you for all you did to bring to release the true Benjamin.xxx”Sleep tight sweetheart, your strength of character to overcome such adversity, your loving ways and gentle nature are an inspiration to us all.
Very sad to report that another of our precious hounds has crossed the Bridge. His family have written a beautiful tribute to him. Our beautiful boy Renny sadly passed away on 31st July 2020. We adopted Renny (Hollyoak Renoir) from you 10 years ago, and he was a few months off his 15th birthday when he passed away. He was the most loving, kind and gentle of souls and everyone who knew him in our village will miss him dearly. We will always love him and never forget all the love and happiness he gave us. Our thoughts are very much with Renny’s family at this time. Rest peacefully dear Renny knowing you will always have a special place in the hearts of those who loved you.xx Hollyoak Renoir Oct 2006 – July 2020
Goodness this really is a terrible year, so many of our precious hounds have crossed the bridge, it is almost too much to bear.We are so terribly sad to learn that Dan (Our Man Dan) one of our wonderful Greyhound Ambassadors had to be put to sleep weeks before his 6th birthday. Dan was an absolute star at our promotional events, always out front meeting everyone he worked tirelessly to find homes for his pals waiting in kennels for their forever homes. This is what his devastated family have said about him”Today I had to say goodbye to Dan my daft little hound who was always bye my side, after weeks of being in pain it was discovered that he has cancer and it was only going to get worse. I am going to miss my feisty little lad who was scared of nothing, loved everyone he met and always posed for the camera with his smile and flappy ears. We brought him home as company for Jock who is a bit shy and from the first time we saw Dan at the kennels we fell in love with this little maniac who came bounding towards us with a happy smile and his ears up, he was in a full plaster cast but that didn’t stop him. He may have been our smallest hound but he took up a lot of space in our hearts which is know empty”.Bless you Dan we shall miss your cheeky little face at our events. Run free from pain sweetheart, your life was all too short but you packed so much into it, enjoying every moment. We will never forget you. xxx Our Man Dan September 2014 – July 2020
The sadness of another loss of one of our precious hounds descends upon us again. We have received news that Bradley (Droopy’s Bradley)’s family have had to say their final farewell to him. He has left a gaping hole in their lives but they have written this wonderful tribute below to him.
“How can we best describe our Bradley: a St Leger winner who was afraid of cats ! A dog who hated anything resembling dog food but who loved a naan bread, a sausage roll or a piece of Victoria Sponge! A greyhound who never attempted to climb on a sofa or a bed but liked to have a choice of comfy dog beds to sleep on around the house. He loved our caravan holidays and wide open spaces but hated water so much he’d walk a mile rather than through a puddle. No interest in soft toys but loved a good zoomie around the dining table. He was affectionate, calm, quiet and went everywhere off lead within two or three months of having him.
Everyone who met Bradley fell in love with him and vice versa – he believed anyone who came to our door was a new best friend.
He lit up our lives and became not only a member of our family but a best mate to us both.
Run free our dear Bradley – thank you for all the joy you have given us, the new friendships you have made happen, and the privilege of knowing you.”
Our hearts go out to Bradley’s family and we thank them for the wonderful retirement they gave him. Sleep tight Bradders, so grateful for the cuddles we had with you just a little while ago.xxxx Droopy’s Bradley 12/08/2008 – 04/07/2020
What a sad year this is turning out to be. Yet again we have to give you heartbreaking news about one of our precious hounds. Dudley’s Spark was taken far to soon on 24th June just 12 days after his 8th birthday. His family are truly heartbroken. This is what they have said about him “Duds as we affectionately called him loved his toys, his chewies and us, his family. He was a real Mummy’s boy who would look deep into her eyes as if he where looking into her very soul. We are missing him so much and we just can’t stop the tears from falling”
Run free from pain at the bridge dear Dudley and know your family’s love for you will remain in their hearts forever.
We can hardly believe we are having to write this. Our friend and Volunteer Angie has had to have her dear Alex put to sleep today after she was diagnosed with cancer. This comes barely 6 weeks after Angie had to say goodbye to Alex’s brother Troy. It’s tragic and our hearts go out to her. Alex was a sweet natured girl, not quite as outgoing as Troy and while he attended many shows and events Alex much preferred the comfort of her own home and family. Alex and Troy were so close and Alex would wash Troy’s ears for him. The only comfort to be had is that these two beautiful babies are back in each others arms and are reunited with their Dad Johnnie who absolutely adored them both, they were a great source of comfort to him when he was so gravely ill. Dear Angie what can we say? We are truly sorry for your losses but your beautiful hounds could not have been more loved by you and we thank you for the wonderful life you gave them. xx
It is with much sadness we have to tell you that Lucky one of our longest serving Greyhound Ambassadors has passed away. Dear Lucky was such a sweet boy who worked tirelessly at shows and meet and greet sessions to promote greyhounds as pets. Lucky was also a Pets as Therapy dog who along with his best friend Flossy regularly visited local care homes. Below is his family’s tribute to him. Our first greyhound and we could not have wished for a more loyal, loving and sweet companion. Although very upset we feel so very fortunate to have had this sweet lad share his life with us and for him to live to a good age. Sleep tight sweetheart. xx Our hearts go out to Bryan, Gill and Flossy, they are very much in our thoughts. May you always shine high and bright in the sky Lucky like the star that you were. You were a true Gentleman of a dog and we will all miss you so much.xxx Lucky June 1st 2008 to June1st 2020
Today is just one of those terribly sad days that just want to end. We have learned that another of our precious hounds has crossed the bridge. Treacle was homed from Dillymore in 2012 where her name was Honey. A lovely placid dog and so different from her owners previous dogs which were Collies Although she was so quiet and laid-back, her family say the house seems very quiet since she has gone. Poor Treacle suffered an unfortunate accident when she slipped over on the kitchen floor and badly broke her back leg. Our thoughts are with Treacle’s family who loved her dearly and gave her a wonderful home. Treacle may your beautiful soul fly high and free from pain. Much love sweetheart.xxx
Yesterday was one of our saddest days when we learnt that our Volunteer and friend Angie had to say goodbye to her beautiful boy Troy after he was diagnosed with a tumour. . Troy was a fantastic Greyhound Ambassador whose tail never stopped wagging at the many promotional events he attended. He worked tirelessly, often not wanting to stop for a break in his quest to find homes for his kennel friends. Our hearts go out to Angie and to Troy’s Sister Alex on their loss.
Troy you were quite simply the best, the perfect gentleman. We will never forget your sunny personality and your wonderful swagger when you walked. Thank you for all you did for us. May you now sleep soundly sweetheart cuddled up with your Dad Johnny.XXXX Adamant Troy July 2010 to April 2020