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This Blog is for Rhyses travels and the challenge he has with a broken leg!

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Posted on 31 July, 2017 at 7:55 Comments comments (6)

it's now nearly 2 weeks since Rhys's final visit to the vet hospital and we are pleased to announce that his injury is progressing very well. Although he still hops now and again, he is more and more using all 4 legs and is becoming increasingly desperate to get off the lead and have a run. This won't happen for at least another month in order for his leg to regain his muscle strength. The picture shows Rhys in the back of the car with Molly (and a little bit of Sky) - totally chilled out.

The total bill for Rhys including a very generous discount was £5,610 and DCGR would like to thank the VetsNow Animal Hospital in Glasgow for all their support over the past weeks with a special mention of Davinia, the surgeon who operated on Rhys.

The appeal for Rhys raised a staggering £6,562 (including gift aid) which included a £4,000 donation from an anonymous local supporter who was impressed by the local, community and voluntary based activities of our charity. He has instructed us to use any monies left over for the furtherance of our aims.

Many, many thanks to all our supporters for being so generous for the appeal and we hope to see you at one of our events in the future.

Latest News

Posted on 26 July, 2017 at 11:35 Comments comments (0)

Following Graham's visit to the Vet Hospital last week, we are pleased to report that all is well and he has his "stookie" is off. He had a few pressure sores which have now healed and although still hopping now and again, he is walking more and more on all 4 legs. Over the next few weeks he will get progressively longer walks to strengthen his foot and leg muscles but the prognosis is excellent. As you know, Graham and Margaret will be adopting him as he has settled in so well with Molly and Sky.

The first picture shows an x-ray of his leg and secondly, one of Rhys "naked".

DCGR have a committee meeting on Sunday so we will update you all with the finances for his operation early next week but many thanks to all who supported "the boy" by donating to the cost.

Below is the Xray of the leg following surgery you can clearly see the screws and pins tht have been fitted to repair this lads broken leg.

Wednesday 14 June

Posted on 14 June, 2017 at 8:05 Comments comments (0)

Today Wednesday 14th June, Rhys visited the vet hospital in Glasgow for his weekly checkup. He is doing so well that he doesn't need to go back for another fortnight!! His stitches were taken out today on both the wounds ie. where the plate was screwed in and on the other side of his leg where the skin was cut to draw it over the plate. He has regained the weight he lost when in hospital and it took 2 nurses to lift him into the examination room as he put the brakes on and wouldn't move! Poor nurses had to do the same on his return to the waiting area. Today, they had to replaster his leg as the cast was slipping due to muscle wastage but all this loss will come back when "stookie" is removed completely. All in all, he is doing remarkably well.

Rhys seems to be the star patient as all the staff came out to say hello to him, especially as his "sisters" Molly and Sky accompanied him into the waiting area. Not only the staff came out to say hello but all the people waiting for their pets also came over to see the 3 greys.

Picture shows Rhys relaxing on his return home.

Friday 2 June

Posted on 2 June, 2017 at 11:25 Comments comments (0)

Today Friday 2nd June Graham took Rhys up to the Vet Hospital in Glasgow where he had his bandage renewed - now a nice shade of blue rather than shocking pink!! He is progressing well and his wound is healing satisfactory. He will return next Wednesday for another bandage change. As we are a Scottish Charity, Vetsnow Animal Hospital have given us a substantial discount with the current bill being just over £5000 which does not include future visits. Please remember this was a complicated operation. Luckily members and supporters have been very generous and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Once we close the appeal, we will let you all know how much was raised.

As part of the appeal, Graham has organised a special Meet Rhys fundraiser at Pets at Home in Dumfries on Saturday 15 July where all greys will be welcome and cash raised will go to the appeal. Thanks to everyone for their support.

Check outthe video of Rhys on our Frontpage/

Rhys Returns Home

Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 6:30 Comments comments (0)

Rhys is home... but has to return to Glasgow to have hisdressing changed and is not allowed upstairs, or to run etc. for at least 6 weeks. Graham said 

Rhys is bright, has had something to eat and is at present fast asleep on his bed downstairs. Molly and Sky were delighted to see him and Margaret had a tear in her eye!

I have to take him back on Friday then on Monday for bandage changes.

Rhys and I quote "must not run, jump, climb stairs or play". His leg will be bandaged for 6 weeks and then x-rays to see how the bones are fusing and his wounds are healing. Following that, he may have a rigid dressing for another few months to a maximum of 6.

Obviously, he will get the best of care here!

They then presented me with an invoice which came to over £6,700. On questioning, they agreed that they forgot to take off the 10% so we are looking at £6,000. This does not include further visits to replace bandages.

On Friday, they will have an amended bill ready and we will be expected to pay - the only reason I negotiated a delay was the fact that we had been referred by a vet. If I had walked off the street with Rhys, I would have had to pay today.

Sunda 28 May update

Posted on 28 May, 2017 at 13:15 Comments comments (1)

Graham received a phone call today from the Vet hospital in Glasgow and it is all good news!! He has been moved from the critical care unit to the "normal floor" and is very inquisitive and watching all the movement around him. He is eating well, toileting ok and is generally very bright. He has been an excellent patient, not moaning or whimpering at all in fact he has been a very brave boy considering all that has happened to him. For the first time, today he tentatively put weight on the broken leg which is a good sign. Picture was taken by staff at Vets Now in Glasgow who have been very supportive. All going well, he will maybe be home at the end of the week.

Today is operation day

Posted on 26 May, 2017 at 6:20 Comments comments (0)

The picture shows poor Rhys in the back of Graham's car at the start of his journey to Glasgow. The update from the vets following a scan showed that not only was his front leg broken over a year ago and has fused but that the hock broken a couple of days ago was also previously broken, possibly at the same time!! He will remain in the vet hospital until the weekend when they will operate, clean out the shattered bone fragments, insert a grafting medium, pin it all together and the put it in a cast.

We have been asked a couple of times why he was not put to sleep! DCGR does not put dogs to sleep other than on the advice of a vet/behaviourist confirmed by a committee decision. The prognosis for Rhys is excellent conditional on no complications and as he is not yet 3 he should make a full recovery. As you all know, no-one in the charity is paid so all funds raised go towards the welfare of the dogs in our care. Rhys would be delighted if you could press the donate button on www.dgrescue.org.uk and assist in the costs.

 to make a donation follow this link  http://www.dgrescue.org.uk/rhys


Posted on 25 May, 2017 at 14:10 Comments comments (0)

Introducing Rhys, a lovely Brindle 2½year oldBrindle lad that came to us a few weeks ago and is a really nice friendly guy. We noticed thst he had alimp on his front leg and when he was at the verts getting nutered we asked them to take an X-ray of this leg. This showed he had at one time broken his leg and it had heaaled naturakky but this left him with a limp and some discomfort after a walk.

While we were discussing this he decided to chase a hare tthat decided to vist the garden. He spun round and, guess what he has broken  his back leg.  

After more X-Rays he has been referred to aGlasgow Vetinary Centre for Treatment. He has undergone an MRI and they plan to carry out sergury on Thursday.

The expected cost of this is around £4,000 but Rhys is just a young dog with a great nature and we feel the charity has to get on with it.  We are launching an appeal to help us rasie the funds we need to cover the operation and wil be activly fundraising.  If you would like to donate tothe "Rhys Rescue Appeal" please follow the link on the front page.


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.

Reminder: Membership Due by 31st January

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.