Sleep Well Spring

It is with great sadness we have to announce that following a short illness Spring (Gulvins Luck) has crossed the bridge aged 12 and a half.Spring was the sweetest of dogs, popular with everyone. She attended many of our Meet and Greet sessions and enjoyed our monthly walks.Always immaculately dressed and with impeccable manners she was a truly wonderful ambassador for her fellow Greyhounds.As well as being an ambassador Spring also helped the shy dogs with her calm and gentle way, she reassured them that the big wide world was nothing to fear.Our hearts go out to Springs family and we thank them for the wonderful retirement Spring enjoyed with them, we know she was loved beyond measure.The horrible thing about this awful pandemic is that we haven’t seen our precious retired dogs for so long and sadly won’t see some of them again, it’s heart breaking.Sleep well dear Spring and thank you for all you did for us and your fellow Greyhounds. You will never be forgotten. xx

Beautiful Spring with her friend Jack


A Tribute to Julie (Liberal Julie)

Today we have received the sad news that Julie (Liberal Julie) has crossed the bridge. Her loving family have written a beautiful tribute to her . What could we add to such a lovely piece except to say how terribly sorry we are for their loss and to thank them for the wonderful home they gave her.

A little over 9 years ago, we visited Dillymore in search of a new friend. Kevin and Sally met us at the gate and, as we made our way in, the first thing we saw was a beautiful black girl who, apparently, had only arrived the previous day. She had a smile as wide as her jump was high… she was bouncing up to our head height as she seemed to be saying, ‘pick me, pick me’!!! We laughed as Kevin told us her name was Julie and she had just turned 4.
After big hello’s, fuss and cuddles, we had a walk with her and were hooked. She had, in fact, picked us and the following day, we collected her and took her home. There began our adoration of greyhounds.
Julie has seen our son and daughter grow from children into adults, she’s camped with us, moved house with us, helped us through the grief of losing friends and parents and just all round enriched our lives. Three years ago, on 20th December, we took home a mate to spur her on in her old age… along came (Burgess) Beano. At 2 years old, he was boisterous, bouncy and a ‘typical teenager’. In her usual dignified style, and after realising he wasn’t ‘just for Christmas’, Julie taught him some manners and how to behave and he repaid her by respecting her as if she were his Mother.
Last year, she battled with a stage 3 sarcoma. We hoped for another Christmas with her… her favourite time – I’ve never known a dog enjoy presents as much as her!! She blessed us with that and stuck around for my husband’s 50th Birthday (she always was a ‘Dadda’s Girl’ at heart). But last week, with hearts heavier than we could contemplate, we had to say goodbye. Julie filled our home with her big personality and gave us more giggles and happy memories than we could ever list. She was loved and adored by all who knew and met her… even those that weren’t particularly dog lovers.
Sleep peacefully beautiful girl. We are so grateful that you chose us for your forever home. Those 9 years passed far too quickly but we’ll keep you in our hearts, always xxx

Sleep Tight Rocky

It is with much sadness we report that Rocky (Guinness Rock) has after a short illness crossed the bridge. Rocky found his forever family after meeting them on our stand at the Clacton Food and Drink Festival way back in 2015. They fell in love with him instantly.They have paid this lovely tribute to him.
“Rocky was a handsome boy and we loved him so much. Everyone that met him said what a gorgeous looking dog he was and he turned heads wherever he went. He was so good with all of our six grandchildren and they loved him as much as we did. We had nearly 6 amazing years with Rocky and feel blessed to have had those years with him. Rocky’s illness was sudden (just a couple of months) and although he was seen by the vet his health deteriorated very quickly. Sadly we had to make the heart breaking decision to end his suffering (which was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do). Our only consolation is he is no longer in pain.”
Our hearts go out to Rocky’s family and we thank them so much for the wonderful home they gave him.

Sleep Tight Rebel

It is with great sadness we have to tell you that Golden Rebel has crossed the bridge at just 7 years old. Rebel had not been himself since February but various tests could find nothing wrong. But sadly on Sunday night he suddenly lost his sight and was so afraid. The Vet diagnosed a brain tumour.Rebels family have paid a wonderful tribute to him and this is what they say. “We had only had Rebel for less than a year but he really took our hearts with his funny little ways. We loved him so much our hearts are broken. Such a brave boy, rest in peace darling” Thankfully Rebels family were able to be with him when he passed and so he was surrounded by so much love. Our thoughts are very much with them.
Sleep well Rebel you were such a happy little soul.


A Sad Farewell

It is with the heaviest of hearts that as this rotten year is drawing to a close we must tell you that Mickey (Fleetwood Royal) has sadly been put to sleep. Dear Mickey was just five years old and his family are heartbroken.Mickey became a bit lethargic a couple of weeks before Christmas but the Vets could find nothing wrong. However he became very ill on Christmas Eve and was referred to Dick White’s in Newmarket where he was admitted to the Intensive care unit for a few days with aspirational pneumonia. Despite the very best efforts of the Veterinary team Mickey was too poorly and sadly had to be put to sleep.His family say “We are very sad, he was a lovely dog who was part of our family and we will miss him a lot. Our two other dogs Lottie and Ralph are adjusting to a life without MickeyMickey is irreplaceable but we loved having a greyhound in our lives and would like to consider rehoming another greyhound” Our hearts go out to Mickey’s lovely family, we thank them for the happy and loving home they gave Mickey and when they feel the time is right we will look forward to welcoming them to kennels to choose another friend for Lottie and Ralph.Sleep well dear Mickey, you were truly a gentleman of a dog and you will be much missed on our walks.xxx

Sleep Well Gilson

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.


Sleep Tight Ben

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.

Sleep Tight Renny

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

Another Sad Farewell

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

Droopy’s Bradley

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