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

Farewell Sweet Andy

We are so sad to post that Andy, Tyrur Andy has crossed the bridge.

Andy was such a Gentleman of a dog and our hearts go out to Andy’s family who loved him dearly.

Here is their lovely tribute to him:-

“We are so sad to say that dear Andy has passed away

He has been an absolute joy and a perfect companion for Kat in their years together.

Andy came to us as a quiet boy who liked to live under the stairs and blossomed into this adorable boy who loved his adventures with us. He has had so many lovely times. He was a popular boy in the local park, the people carrying treats were his favourites.

He had given all he could and life got achey and sore and tired for him.

Rest in peace our gorgeous loving boy Andy ❤️

Tyrur Andy 14.04.2011-4.12.2023″

We are so thankful that Andy and Kat had such an understanding family.

Run free dear Andy, hopefully with Kat who would have done her spinning act the moment she saw you at the bridge. xx

Sleep Tight Rebel

We have sad news to share today.

Rebel (Mountjoy Rebel) has crossed the Rainbow Bridge aged 12.

Rebel was born, raised, raced and retired from Dillymore and held a special place in the hearts of John, Deb and the team.

Rebels heartbroken owner say this about him.

“When I met him for the first time in 2014, John told me I would never find a better boy than Rebel – how right he was!

Rebel and I were together for nine wonderful years. The love of my life – he has left a massive hole in our family. Loved by everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him.

We are heartbroken and lost”.

Our hearts go out to Rebels family and friends and we thank them for making his retirement such a loving and happy one.

Sleep tight sweetheart, you will never be forgotten. XX

Hather Pearl

Sadly we have to tell you that Pearl (Hather Pearl) has crossed the bridge at the tender age of 5 years.

Her family had to make the heart breaking decision to ease her suffering. A brave decision knowing just how much that would hurt but of course these decisions are always the correct ones.

Dear little Pearl suffered from an autoimmune condition which affected her gums. Despite 7 months of intensive treatment with antibiotics and steroids the condition did not improve and was taking it’s toll on other areas of Pearls life. When it was clear no cure could be found her loving family along with advice from her Vet came to the decision not to let her suffer any further.

We remember Pearl well and feel for her family. We thank them for the loving home they gave her and for doing all they could for her.

Pearl’s Mum says “My beautiful Black Pearl was only 5 and had her whole life ahead of her. The 14 months she had with me she was loved and cherished and I hope she knew. She will never be forgotten”

Sleep tight and heal well for a while precious Pearl and then go run free with all of those beautiful hounds that have gone before you. xx

Sleep Tight Stan

We are truly saddened by some of the news we have to post and today is no exception.

We have received the heartbreaking news that Stan (Spindrifter) has lost his courageous battle with bone cancer at just 8 years old. We have known Stan since he was a puppy and will miss him on our monthly walks.

His family have written a lovely tribute to him which we share with you all.

“He was a wonderful dog, a very happy dog, a character known by all who live in my neighbourhood and beyond.

He never made a fuss, he never made a mess he always did what he was asked. Eventually.

He was stubborn, liked to walk the way he wanted to go, and we always gave in to him. He liked that.

He went to sleep with me holding him and his adopted human pack very close by.

It is so hard to let my ‘ Dog Son’ go but it was time.

There is a massive ‘Stan sized’ hole in our hearts, we will always love him and never forget how much happiness he brought to our lives.

Goodbye Stan”.

May your spirit fly high and free from pain with your brother Tudor we are sure he will be waiting for you.

We will love and remember you always xx

Sleep Tight Chico

Old Fort Chico 16.02.16 to 27.06/23

It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce the crossing of the bridge of one of our much loved Ambassadors Chico. Another taken too soon at just 7 years old with that most dreadful disease, cancer.

Chico was affectionately known by us and his family as cheeky boy Chico because that’s exactly what he was. So full of character and the friendliest boy you could wish to meet. He was a real asset on our meet and greet sessions, promoting Greyhounds as the wonderful pets they are. He was also a bit of a celebrity in his neighbourhood. To meet Chico was to love him and many did.

Chico will be sorely missed not only by his human family who loved him beyond compare but by his pals Rottweilers Reggie and Ronnie who adored him and always let Chico choose which games to play.

Chico you will be sorely missed by all who knew you. May your beautiful spirit fly high and free from pain. We will never forget sweetheart. Sleep well xxx

Chico wearing his smart Orange fleece at one of our meet and greet sessions.

Sad News

At times life can be so unbelievably cruel.

Dear sweet Penny who we put a homing appeal for only a couple of weeks ago has sadly had to cross the Rainbow Bridge after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Her new family and of course her previous family are devastated.

Although Penny had only shared her life with her new family for a short while she had settled well and fitted in nicely with her two Greyhound companions Izzy and Jack. Her family say she was the sweetest most gentle soul and will be much missed.

We would like to thank Penny’s family from the bottom of our hearts for giving Penny a loving home, their kindness in her hour of need will never be forgotten

Rest easy dear Penny, it is to our regret we never got to meet you personally.


Sleep Tight Eric

It’s been a terrible week of losses. Sadly we must post another.

Droopys Dart, Eric, our loveable grump.

23.10.2013 – 02.02.2023

We will miss your whinging and grumping and getting stuck under the bed. We’ll miss apologising to people passing with dogs because of your swearing. We’ll miss jumping into bed and realising the pillows are soaking wet because you’ve been licking them for hours. We’ll miss your long pointy nose, all those extra teeth. We’ll miss you.

We’ll keep your night light on for you Eric.

What more can we add to such a moving piece?

Just a heartfelt thank you to Eric’s family for believing in him as we did and for loving him for being Eric. Sleep tight special boy xx

Sleep Tight Ellie

It is with the heaviest of hearts we have to post this news.
Ellie (Mullpark Chipmunk) has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  Ellie was much loved by us all having been born, raised and raced from Dillymore before retiring into the most loving home she could have wished  for.
Ellie was a regular on our monthly walks and was always so pleased to see everyone.
Our hearts go out to Ellie’s family, we know what a massive hole she will leave in their lives.
This is what they have said about her
 “Ellie was the sweetest most gentle, loving sweetest girl and she will be so missed”

Run free over the bridge  sweet little Ellie and lie peacefully in eternal sun puddles.  You will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved you. xx

Greyhound Trust Suffolk closure

It’s difficult to find the words to express how sorry we are to announce that Greyhound Trust Suffolk has closed with immediate effect. We offer our heartfelt thanks for all your support – all of you who have homed greyhounds, volunteered their time, donated funds, shared their stories and attended walks and events. Since becoming a separate branch of the Greyhound Trust in 2009 (originally as Greyhound Homer Suffolk) you have helped find loving homes for well over a thousand greyhounds – thank you.

Our walks arranged until the end of the year will go ahead as planned – details will remain active on the website and we will continue to communicate through our facebook page. This website will be available until January 2023.

For those who have homed greyhounds from the branch and need support, your point of contact is now the Greyhound Trust Head National Support Centre, contact details at www.greyhoundtrust.org.uk/contact-us