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Posted on 27 March, 2017 at 16:05 Comments comments (0)

What a great weekend we had on the 25th and 26th of March. Not only was the weather fantastic but the public at the Peel Centre in Dumfries were enthralled with how chilled out the greyhounds were despite all the attention. Financially a great success as well with over £200 raised for our homeless hounds. The greys were so laid back that one young child thought Molly was dead!!! We had a good turnout of greyhounds on the Saturday with Arthur and Ollie and Minnie, Graham and Margaret with Molly and Sky, Margaret Baisdens with Amy and Milly, the invincible John Gray (86) with new dog Bruno and finally homeless hounds Buzz and Rhys with Belinda and Colin. On the Sunday, Graham, Margaret and John were joined by Chris and Brian with Evie and Nina.

Many thanks to Andy and his staff for making us so welcome.

Picture shows how chilled out Molly, Sky, Ollie and Minnie were!!!

On the Sunday after Pets at Home, Graham and Margaret with dogs joined Arthur and dogs at the Dumfries Aviation Museum where the members of the Dumfries and Galloway Vintage Machinery Club who donated £157 to DCGR funds. More on this in another post.

Yes, a very good weekend.

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Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 0:15 Comments comments (0)

Just a quick reminder that the membership fee is £15 and is due by 31st January.


Posted on 17 January, 2016 at 9:00 Comments comments (0)

The snow is still with us, in fact we had rather a lot more arrive yesterday afternoon and evening.  We weren't sure how Joey would react to this amount of snow but, just like Carys, he has taken it in his stride and off the lead, in the garden, loves to run in it.

The sun came out this morning, so a lovely opportunity to take the dogs for a walk and take some more photos. 

The photos below show Helen with Joey and Carys.


Posted on 15 January, 2016 at 0:50 Comments comments (0)

We've got snow - and quite a bit of it - and the temperature has not risen above freezing all day.  In this weather it's important to make sure your greyhound keeps warm.   Joey and Carys have a number of coats and today Joey tried on my new fur hat.  Carys and Joey are also sharing body heat by jointly occupying the settee every night.


Posted on 7 January, 2016 at 15:10 Comments comments (0)

Joey had his first Christmas with us and he was completely laid back about it all. 

My father came to stay with us for ten days and chose to sleep in our extension (no doubt attracted by the underfloor heating and a bathroom to himself).  He didn't seem at all bothered by the fact that the room he was to sleep in is also the dogs bedroom.  Apparently Carys and Joey made him very welcome and hardly bothered him during the night.  Carys has had numerous Christmases with us but Christmas trees, wrapping paper, lights and decorations didn;t seem to bother Joey at all.  We visited our friends a few times over the holdiay period and on one night they moved their terrier to a different room to allow Carys and Joey to join us in their lounge.  Philippa and her husband had another guest that night and Joey was drawn to her and spent most of the evening asleep at her feet. 

On 1st January my father returned to Oxford and Carys and Joey joined Helen and me on Penrith Station platform to see him off.

Joey still has to wear a lampshade collar to stop him licking his leg wound but it looks very much as if the injury is healing itself nicely now.  Signs of hair growth are encouraging.  He has been very good about wearing the device and when we do take it off and sit with him, he is usually good about leaving the injury alone.


Posted on 8 December, 2015 at 0:50 Comments comments (0)

Joey and his dog collar - No, he hasn't been accepted as a clergyman.  It's just that he won't leave alone his leg injury now that the bandage is off.  I took back to our vets and they removed a bit of remaining stitch but, because he has been licking the wound he has made himself very sore and is not giving the area time to heal.  And so, the dreaded lampshade dog collar.

I got back to the car with him and of course he decided he couldn't jump in with the device attached.  Since I still have a shoulder injury I would have found lifting him a bit of a struggle.  Fortunately there were three ladies in the car park (they told me afterwards that they were from Canada) and one of them volunteered to pick him up and deposit him in the back of my vehicle.  There are some really nice and helpful people around.

I have to say that Joey has been remarkably good about wearing the collar.  Below is a (not very good) photo of him with his new bit of plastic.  At least, they make them transparent these days, so he still has peripheral vision.

Poor Joey......................


Posted on 1 December, 2015 at 8:55 Comments comments (0)

We had to take Joey back to the vets to have his leg bandage removed and his injury examined.  It was decided to redress the wound but with a small bandage - this time in blue.  Well, that lasted until the next day when it became evident that the bandage had slipped.  We've done a new one and he's back to red again.

I must say we were suprised at how eager he was to visit the vets and how boldly he marched into the consulting room.  We took Carys with us and I sat with her in the waiting room while Helen dealt with Joey.  Carys looked midly concerned and then realised that she wasn't going to have anything done to her.  As soon as Joey came back out of the consulting room she went across to meet him.  There really is a strong friendship.there.


Posted on 29 November, 2015 at 13:00 Comments comments (0)

We have two horses on box rest with leg problems.  I've pulled collar bone ligaments.  Joey obviously felt out of of the action and on Saturday managed to run into something outside and peeled back some skin on one of his front legs.  He was taken to the vets and they have managed to put in a stitch to hold it back in place and then wrapped most of his leg in a nice red bandage.  He has spent some time playing the "Oh, look at me I've been hurt" card but forgets every now and again.  Carys has been concerned and has made a good job of nursing him.

He'll be fine.  He is very good about having a waterproof "boot" put on his foot and has no trouble getting in and out of the car and on and off the settee.


Posted on 20 October, 2015 at 11:05 Comments comments (0)

Normally I'd be writing about greyhounds doing the running but this time we have a human running for greyhounds.

On the 1st November Emma Richardson will be running in the New York Marathon and has chosen DCGR as the charity she wishes to support.

The full story has been sent to the media and details are on the Home page of this website.

Please sponsor our marathon runner.

Good luck Emma and thank you for supporting our charity. 


Posted on 14 October, 2015 at 7:00 Comments comments (0)

It's amazing how many signs are written incorrectly and how many result in being funny. 

The photo below was sent to me by a gentleman in the south of England.

(C) PjK enterprises


Posted on 2 October, 2015 at 2:50 Comments comments (0)

It's been a little while since I last posted anything on the Blog,  Part of the reason was that I have been away for a short riding camp holiday at my sister-in-law's riding centre - and very enjoyable it was too.  Every day I rode - including jumping - did stable management, lunging etc. 

In the afternoon and evenings I was helping out with the school runs and evening activities for my nephew and niece.  Hannah, (10) does gymnastics on the back of a horse and Tom, (13) is into eventing.  Since both parents were otherwise occupied I had the pleasure of looking after Tom last weekend..  Tom was entered in a one day event at Warwickshire College on the Saturday so we spent part of Friday evening walking the course.  The next morning (with a 5am start) I drove him and his two ponies in their 7.5 ton horse box to the event where, fortunately, we met up with other family members who all acted as his ground crew. He ended up in 15th place - not bad consdering the number of entries.

Meanwhile, things have been improving on the Joey front.  By accident one of our friend's little terriers got loose and met Joey face to face.  I think we all took a deep breath but we need not have worried.  Joey was great with him. 

Joey has moved on a pace in the last few weeks.  We can now let him out in the confines of our garden without having him on a lead,  I am most impressed too that when he goes out in the morning and does his toilet he deposits them directly on the muck heap - saving me having to clean up after him.

The attached photo shows Joey doing one of his favorite activities - sunbathing in the back garden. 

We have managed to track down details of his pedigree and racing career.  We now know that his birthday is the 26th October, that he was born and has raced  in Ireland.  He only did four races and was placed 1st in one and 2nd in another.  We have also noticed that a long way back in his pedigree is a name which also appears in Carys's pedigree line.


Posted on 6 September, 2015 at 4:15 Comments comments (0)

Another week, another show.  We took Blitzen (and the dogs) to Hesket Newmarket Show.  He was entered in two classes, the Veteran Horse In-Hand with me and the Ridden Throroughbred Class with Helen.  We both came away with a 2nd rosette.

Hesket Show is very keen on hound dog and terrier classes but they always have a Large Pet Dog Class and a Small Pet Dog Class.  There were record entries for both classes and I'm glad I wasn't the judge having to pick winners.  You may remember that because Joey gets unsettled around small dogs we have been reluctant to enter him in competitions.  This time, whilst I was showing Carys, Helen bit the bullet and took Joey in the ring and he was perfectly behaved - no problems.  Neither greyhound got placed.  However, we did get a number of enquiries about greyhounds and greyhound adoption as we walked around the showground afterwards.

Joey, in particular uses a lot of excited energy when he goes to events.  We have now learnt that his mini yapping sessions, accompanied by a wagging tail is not naughtiness just sheer enjoyment.  Needless to say, when we get him and Carys back home they both have no problem of crashing out and falling asleep. A friend recently gave us a dog bed in the hope that we might be able to find it a new home.  Everyone considered it to be too small for our dogs but both greyhounds have proved us wrong and both have adopted it as their third shared bed in our lounge. 

Photos below show Helen on Blitzen at Hesket Newmarket Show and Carys demonstrating that a greyhound can fit into a very small space (ie the new bed)......................


Posted on 28 August, 2015 at 5:10 Comments comments (0)

Crosby Ravensworth Show is well worth a visit.  A lovely location and really nice people too.  In addition to taking our older veteran horse Breexze (who won a third this year) we, again, took both dogs and entered Carys in two competitions Best Large Dog and Best Veteran.  She was unplaced in the latter but came first in the Large Dog class.

We have been going to this show for the last five years and each year Carys has won rosettes.  In 2011 she got a Special in the Large Dog Class; in 2012 she was first and also Reserve Champion overall; in 2013 she got two rosettes coming 2nd in the Large Dog class and 3rd in the Veteran class: last year she was 1st in the Large Dog class and 2nd in the Veteran.  We always get people coming up to ask about greyhounds and adoption, so Carys has proved to be a really good advert for the DCGR cause.

Joey got some attention too.  Alittle girl came up to see him and spent a few minutes telling us all she knew about greyhounds.  This was followed by her and her brother spending a long session of cuddling Joey - who seemded to love it.  He's obviously following in Carys's paw prints in extolling the virtues of greyhounds.

It goes without saying that we are very proud of our two dogs.


Posted on 24 August, 2015 at 11:25 Comments comments (0)

Saturday was something of a whistle stop tour.  We took Carys and Joey to the DCGR Coffee Morning at Lockerbie Town Hall - and very good it was too.  Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success.  Helen was keen to see the DCGR Charity Shop and I'm pleased she did because I ended up extending my wardrobe by three items of clothing.  If you haven't visited it yet, you want to get along there smartish before the sale finishes!!  Some good bargains to be had plus another chance to financially help rescue a few more greyhounds.

We then pressed on to have a look at some of the dogs currently being looked after by Happy Houndz kennels before returning home via Morrisons in Carlisle.

Sunday was our Rdiing Club's Fun Show.  Both dogs leapt into the back of the horsebox determined not to be left behind. 

Not caught on camera, unfortunately, was Joey's attempt,last week, at being an Andrex puppy.  I had left the bathroom door open and he sneeked in, took a toilet roll and then started to rip it apart.  No harm done and it was quite funny.


Posted on 21 August, 2015 at 11:25 Comments comments (0)

We went to Brough Show with Blitzen this week and took the two greyhounds with us.  Two rosettes for the horse - so we were pleased with that.  Then we entered Carys in the Dog Show and she got a first in the Best Hound class.  Joey watched from a distance.  He got quite excited from all that was going on so it was not surprise that he slept well when we got back home.  We had some very nice comments about Carys including the fact that she doesn't look her age.  Whilst Carys has been trying hard to teach Joey to chill out, Joey has been doing his bit to teach her how to wag her tail a lot more.

I took this photo of Helen with the greys earlier this week.

Here's our Brough Show winner


Posted on 17 August, 2015 at 0:45 Comments comments (0)

The other weekend we took our two greyhounds to Dalston Show - along with two horses.  The horses were entered into the Veteran classes and we came away with a 3rd place in the in-hand with our grey gelding.  It was a lovely day and we managed a quick tour of the showground afterwards.  Joey was getting better at meeting small dogs.  We met up with several people who expressed interest in greyhound adoption.  The next day we went to Gretna and had a walk on the marshes before popping in to visit Redbrae Kennels where we were made very welcome.  I've now visited all three kennels that we currently use.  We popped into Longtown on the way home and had time to take the dogs for a walk alongside the river.

This Saturday (15th August) we took the dogs to the DCGR Meet A Greyhound Day at Asda.  Joey and Carys started off being pretty laid back about the whole thing.  A big thank you to all those who came to help us raise some more funds.  A very special thank you should also go to the very kind gentleman who wheeled round a trolly with a gift of two bags of dog food and two bags of gravy bone biscuit treats.  Whoever you are (and I don't have your name) please know that we are very grateful for your generosity.  I also got to chat to  Katie Hunter from ITV Border News.  I have now entered her contact details into our News Release e-mailing list so I hope that we can get some tv coverage in the near future.  Nice to meet you Katie.  Thank you Asda for inviting us back.

Today Helen and I had a trip over to Furry Tails Kennels near Penrith to see two DCGR greyhounds that are currently looking for homes.  Maggie and Finn are both black with a white bib and, from a distance, are very hard to tell apart.  

Finn is now our Dog of the Month.  Both Maggie and Finn are a little shy of strangers.  It makes it somewhat difficult for prospective adopters to get to know them and may be the reason why they have not been snapped up already.  While Helen and I were there, taking photos, the two dogs did start getting closer.  Carol and the staff at Furry Tails are providing them with lots of opportunities to play and enjoy themselves.

Personally, I think all it will take is people with patience, kindness and lots of love to give and these two greyhounds will grow in confidence.  These are two dogs with lots of love to give in return.  They both deserve a good home.  

Here are three photos of Maggie and one of Finn.  Aren't they gorgeous?


Posted on 27 July, 2015 at 8:05 Comments comments (0)


Carys and Joey have had a very busy weekend.  Helen and I took them both down to Kendal for the Meet A Greyhound day in Abbot Hall Park.  The Mayor of Kendal, Councillor Chris Hogg and his wife Rachael were in attendance and kindly judged three fun competitions.  They brought their greyhound "Pip".  Carys came third in "The Best Greyhound" class and Joey got his first ever rosette - another 3rd - for "The Most Attractive Eyes". We also had another surprise visitor - Tim Farron the Lib Dem Leader who very kindly spent some time with us chatting about greyhounds,

Top Left Joey with his rosette, then Graham with Tim, Margaret and Susan the second photo on the bottom row shows the fun competition winners with the Mayor and his wife and the last photo is Helen with Tim looking down at Joey and Carys (who is asleep)


The next day, the four of us were heading north for the President's Picnic.  It got a little bit exciting on a couple of occasions and Joey wasn't quite sure what to make of it all.  However, despite slipping his lead and joining the others in a chase around the gazebos, he behaved and coped very well.  Not content with a day out in Scotland, both dogs joined us for a car treasure hunt in the evening, organised by our riding club.  All four of us slept very well that night.

Just arrived and Joey is not quite sure what to make of all these greyhounds running around.  Carys volunteers to help on the cake stall,  A very popular guy - who didn't loose his cake and the Chief Duck who featured on the pond and who, from time to time, was joined by wading greyhounds.


Posted on 23 July, 2015 at 0:45 Comments comments (0)

Just some more photos from the Meet A Greyhound (MAG) days at Dobbies.

Thanks go to those that turned up for another cold day on Sunday.

Joey with Carys in the background, a member of the public says hello to a grey and our President - notice the flask in the background - was it tea?


Posted on 18 July, 2015 at 14:40 Comments comments (0)

A big thank you to everyone who came to support our Meet A Greyhound Day at Dobbies today - Saturday.

If you missed it we're there on Sunday (19th July) too.

Looked liked everyone enjoyed themselves as the 3 photos below testify!!

Photo 1.   Smiler......................

Photo 2.  Joey meets a new friend

Photo 3.

Carys gets a lot of attention