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Daybreaks Kennels

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Daybreaks Daily Diary!

female, 13 years old, None

Added by Lewisfuggie

Updated: Monday 07 Oct

I have created Daybreaks Daily Diary as a dog so please don't think you can adopt this one! The photo is of Tara, my first greyhound when she was at the Dogs Home. The date of birth is actually the date we opened Daybreaks :-)
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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 13 Oct 00:09



It was a very busy day today :)

Willis has found himself a great new home. His family travelled all the way from Scotland to meet him. He has a lovely new girlfriend to share his life with. :)) Xxx

Topper, now called Grayson finally got to go home with Sarah and Steve. :))

In between the homings we had viewings which were very promising. Xx

Jayne brought in the calendars for next year. They are fabulous! We decided it would be a fitting way to remember Sara, our lovely longtime volunteer who passed away earlier this year by celebrating her life and featuring her and her dog Louis in the calendar. I am sure she would have been so happy to see Louis on the front cover. We are so grateful to Lucy for taking all of the photographs, brilliant job! The calendar costs £10 in the large A4 format and £6 as a slimline. If you would like to purchase the calendar they are on sale at the kennels and they will be available at the Dog Show tomorrow. All proceeds will got to Daybreaks Kennels and they Greyhounds in our care. Xxx

Thank you so much to everyone for your help today. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 11 Oct 17:54



One word sums up today - WET!!

Our team of students and volunteers got morning walks done in the dry, but unfortunately were half way through afternoon walks when the monsoons descended!! They all trooped back absolutely dripping wet bless them. I think the doggies secretly enjoyed the extra attention they got being dried off in their kennels - not so sure the students & volunteers were all that happy though! The girls took turns drying themselves with the hairdryer we use for pamper packages, lol!! It was then hot chocolate all round! Massive thanks for everyone's help today, especially in the awful weather.

There were plenty of Health Checks, weighing's and teeth cleanings to do during the day, and the cleaning/tidying blitz continues apace!

I met new girl Lola - what a little sweetheart she is. She is not eating too well at the minute, but it is still early days for her. Talking of eating, I made a batch of salmon & green bean fishcakes yesterday for our boys and girls - and it's safe to say they went down a treat for breakfast! They are really easy to make and are very palatable, easily digestible and full of good nutrition.

It was so good to see Ruth this afternoon. She came in for an hour to see the handsome Johnny off to his new home, and is gradually starting to build up the time that she spends at the kennels as she is still recovering from her surgery. Take it steady Ruth, and you'll soon be back at the helm. xx

Well another weekend has arrived, and this one will be a busy one with the Dog Show on Sunday. Thank you to everyone who has offered to take one of our residents for a day out - all doggies that can go are now spoken for. x

Whatever you're doing this weekend, enjoy and stay dry - and we hope to see lots of you at the show on Sunday. For purely medicinal purposes after getting soaked today, it will have to be a tot of brandy for my usual toast this evening! Here's hoping that one of our lovely boys & girls may find their forever home - cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 10 Oct 23:30



A busy day :) Yvonne and our fab work experience student Kerry did a great job of cleaning this morning. We had several wet beds which meant everything took a little longer. Alan and Paddy arrived with the donuts at just the right time. :)

We kept Declan busy too, first going with Bob to collect lovely Lola from the track and then accompanying Alan to the warehouse. Lols is s very pretty and happy girl. :))

It was great to see Ruth back at the kennels. Tig has grown up a lot since I last saw her. She has calmed down too! :)))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 09 Oct 17:58



What an amazing day. Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers and our college students.

I had a vet run with Grayson (Topper) for his post op check, the vet was very pleased with his healing.

When I eventually got back to the kennels after being stuck in traffic for 25 minutes on the Coventry Road (where it sould only take 2 - 3 minutes to get to the kennels) there was a lady who had come to drop off some volunteer forms. She ended up reserving Razzle...yay!!!! He was currently our second longest stayer. Turns out she had checked his family tree and he shared the same line as her dog that had recently crossed rainbow bridge. Her children had asked her to go and see him when she came in, she fell for him straight away.

The next surprise of the day was a call to say that Kenny was going to be collected. With the home check passed his new owner couldn't wait to take him home. Wishing him and his Mom a very happy life together.

Thanks for the donations of bedding and raffle prizes.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the dog show on Sunday.

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 09 Oct 00:23



It was a very busy day with the Pet Blood Bank visiting. :)) it was great to see old friends coming to give blood again. Xx Several of the kennels dogs donated too, including Elmer, Tiger, Tommy, Razzle, Willis. Kenny and Birthday girl Maisie Xxx They all loved the extra fuss and attention and of course the bowl of Chappie at the end! :))

The weather was a little hit and miss but we able to take those who could go for a walk this morning and this afternoon,

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 07 Oct 23:27



It was great to see Jet, now called Jeff go home today. :)) He was such a good boy when he came into the office and happy to try on new coats and fleeces! :)) He went home with a brand new wardrobe! Xxx

Kenny has found himself a new home and was Reserved by a lovely lady. Xxx

Sally went off to the vets first thing this morning for her neutering operation. She travelled well in the car, only getting up occasionally to have a look around. :) she was a sleepy girl when I picked her up this afternoon. Despite having a few teeth removed she enjoyed her dinner when she got back to the kennels. She had a little accident in the car, poor lass and just before I went home she also wet her bed. Not to worry it only took a few minutes to change the bed clothes. :)) Hopefully she will feel better tomorrow. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Monday 07 Oct 13:12



I've put a copy of dog show schedule in the pics

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 05 Oct 23:55



Cleo was much better today :) Topper and Johnny were also happy boys :) Xx I think sometimes we forget how uncomfortable they must feel after their neutering operations....they never complain! Xxx

We had several visitors to use the run today including Digger the Staffie and tiny Hugo the Italian Greyhound. :))

Kenny spent the day in the kitchen again with Bobby, my other three were not interested in coming with me today! :)) We had a lot of visitors to the kennels and everyone came to say Hello to Kenny. He enjoyed the extra attention. Xx

We sold more tickets to the "Countdown To Christmas" event next month, can't believe how quickly Christmas is coming!!

Many thanks to everyone for their help today and thanks to all those who have expressed an interest in taking one of our residents for a day out to the Dog Show next weekend.

It was really lovely to see Ruth today. :)) Fingers crossed she will be able to start coming to the kennels for short periods of time while she is still recovering from her recent surgery. Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 04 Oct 17:54



It was another day of dodging the showers today - but at least the doggies had morning and afternoon walks and some sand run playtime in the dry.

Jo was on the Vet run this morning as it was Johnny's turn to go off to be neutered. He came back this afternoon sporting a very fetching pink bandage! It was also Topper's turn at the Vet to be neutered after a couple of delays - thanks to his new Dad for taking him and picking him up.

Little Cleo was still very wobbly and really not herself this morning - but by this afternoon the lovely waggy tail had returned and she was much brighter.

Our lovely team of students and volunteers meant the doggies were well taken care of today, and the tidying blitz continued! It is great to be able to get on with the tasks that have needed doing for ages - but we just couldn't ever get round too! Thank you everyone for everything accomplished today. x

This afternoon saw the beautiful Sally reserved. Pending a home check she will have a lovely Labrador brother to live with.

I sold the first tickets for "Countdown to Christmas " today - yay! It promises to be a great evening, so give the kennels a call to reserve your tickets. We have some great stall holders coming along, so I am saving up already in anticipation!!

Well I cant believe I am typing this again - but another weekend is upon us! Let's hope that by Monday morning, some more of our fabulous Daybreaks Greys will have found their forever homes - and I will raise my glass of wine in a toast to this.

Don't forget - if you have homed from us previously or are a registered volunteer and would like to take one of our residents to the Dog show on 13th October - give the kennels a call. The doggies would be very grateful and would enjoy a day out.

Whatever you're doing this weekend, enjoy. Cheers!

Angie xx

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by jetlucy

Friday 04 Oct 15:35



Thanks seana! Bless fergal bet he thinks hes in heaven! Well hopefully catch you at fayre xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 03 Oct 23:56



Cleo went off to the vets first thing this morning for her neutering operation. Many thanks to Sue for taking her for us. She was a little wobbly when I picked her up this afternoon. Bless her. Xx

It was great to see Alan and Paddy this morning. Paddy brought a big tin full of Birthday Pilchard cake for all his mates at the kennels to help celebrate his recent 11th Birthday. :)) Everyone had a piece with their dinner this afternoon. They loved it! Thanks Paddy Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. After taking Topper (Grayson) for his morning walk, Yvonne took great pleasure in presenting me with a poo sample from him to take to the vet! :)))

Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Thursday 03 Oct 21:20



Thats wonderful news Lucy!!! Really cheered me up after seeing Kenny returned. I remember him well. Such a lovely lad. Will find out tomorrow whats gone on. Anyway, many congratulations to you & hubby, Jet & Goose. Such a lovely name. I hope Mia continues to settle well and that Jet & Goose continue to be good & loving siblings!!! Fergal is looking much healthier and spends more time now with his brother than Daddy. Teddy and he are fairly inseparable so I think Melly enjoys having more 'Mummy' time once more. Not likely to get to a roadshow before next year as just so busy with work, looking after cousin Dessy who was rehomed in July & also up to my eyes now with organising all my culinary & creative contributions for selling at xmas fayre on 23 November. I am hoping I can raise some much needed extra cash for DB so keep your fingers crossed. Keep me updated on how things are going. Love to you all. Xxx

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by jetlucy

Thursday 03 Oct 14:08



Hi seana! Yes sorry should have said...mia evie eventually made her safe arrival friday 20th september! Goose is totally obsessed and wont leave her. Jet was considering packing his suitcase and moving to nannys the first night as the crying was doing his fruit in, but she's settled now so he likes her too and is loving the fact mommy and daddy are off and we've been out on nice trips everyday! We're at the seaside today so hes loved the beach! Mia has said she is going to be a roadshow volunteer too and should be making an appearance at the show with brother jet so may catch you there? Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Wednesday 02 Oct 22:11



Errrrrghh.....technology drives me nuts!!

Was trying to say to jetlucy we are waiting for news of your new arrival with excitement!! Do say when jet & goose have their new hooman sibling. Thinking of you all. Xxxx

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by sirenmelody

Wednesday 02 Oct 22:09



Jetlucy,

Any news for us yet??? Awaiting your new arrival with

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 01 Oct 23:37



Well, it was monsoon season again today! However we did manage to squeeze morning and afternoon walks in between the downpours! :))

Gorgeous Bocko came to visit us this morning and was treated to a pamper with Lucy. He was very happy to see everyone. He looked great and was a happy boy. :)) Xx

We had a surprise delivery of lots of tins of Butchers food this afternoon. Thanks you so very much to the lovely lady who sent them for our residents to enjoy. So very kind of you. Xx

We also had several duvets dropped off for us too. :)) Everyone's support is fantastic, we are so grateful. Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 30 Sep 22:37



It was a lovely morning and thanks to our great volunteers we managed to get the morning and afternoon walks done before the dreaded rain returned. :))

Jet's family came to visit him this afternoon. They brought their daughter to meet him, she really liked him! He will hopefully be going home next week. :)

Topper's Dad came to see him too. Topper was due to go for his neutering op tomorrow's , but sadly he has had a diarrhoea again today. We have had to postpone his operation again! Poor lad. Xx

Thanks to everyone for their help today. It was lovely to Amanda with her gorgeous girl Jasmine. She has recovered well after her dental op last week. She was happy to spend the day in the back kitchen with Bobby....he is always pleased to meet a pretty young lady! :)))

Ruth came in to see us today. :)) She looked a lot bettet than the last time I saw her. Xxx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 29 Sep 18:47



What a horrible start to the day, I didn't think it would ever stop raining. We had enough help to manage morning and afternoon walks, thankfully in between downpours.

As there were enough of us in we were able to tackle some of the jobs which have to be put to one side as the priority is of course, the residents. All the kennel coats were sorted in to type and size and are now neatly folded and stacked in the appropriate places. Thanks to our college placement students for doing this. The office had a bit of reorganization, hopefully it will meet with approval (don't panic Kate, it's not that bad, hopefully)!

Thanks for the donations of bedding, always gratefully received.

Only one visitor to use the sand run, not really surprised considering the weather.

Graysons pawrents came to visit him and get their daily fix! Not long now before he goes home.

There were a couple of visitors who came along with a view to volunteering in the future. They were very impressed.

Well, another week is upon us, as ever I wish to see more red and green signs for our residents.

Oh, Just a reminder, we now have tickets for sale for our 'Countdown to Christmas' evening on 23rd November at Exiles Rugby Club. Hot buffet, bar, stalls and a small floorshow by our 'Daybreaks got Talent' team, and all for only £8 per ticket....bargain! If you want to order tickets over the phone just call and have your debit/credit card details to hand and we will be pleased to take your money!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 28 Sep 23:48



We had a visit from Louis and Steve this morning. It was great to see them both and we put Louis to work meeting some of the dogs. :)
The new photo shows Cleo and her soon to be new Mom in the garden with Louis. She wanted to play with him! :))

Johnny was reserved today too. He is a very handsome and friendly lad. So pleased for him. Xx

We had a lot of help today. :) It also stayed dry for the morning and afternoon walks....I think everyone enjoyed not getting wet! :))

Hugo the tiny Italian Greyhound came to use the sand run again this afternoon. What an absolute cutie!

It's getting chilly in the evenings now so it was fleecy coats for all our residents before we went home. :))

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by Shanesmum

Friday 27 Sep 17:29



It was a day of dodging the rain today - fortunately our gang of helpers managed to get both morning and afternoon walks done in the dry, but goodness me it absolutely poured down for most of the rest of the day!

Jo took Evie off to the Vets this morning to be speyed. She was quite bright when she got back to the kennels this afternoon, and managed a small bowl of dinner. Her kennel mate Elmer was happy to see her back as he had missed her during the day.

We were very well off for help today as, together with our students and regular volunteers, we had a group from HSBC join us for the day.

They joined in with all aspects of the kennels routine, including welcoming our 2 new arrivals Johnny and Sally, and said they had enjoyed their day and the many and varied tasks there were to do.

Johnny is a big, friendly boy who was kennelled with Sally at their Trainers and does a good job of looking after her as she is just a little bit nervous. Having said that though, by the time they came out for dinner Sally was a little happier, and we even had a waggy tail! They both polished off lovely big bowls of food and we left them snuggled up together.

Many thanks for everyone's help today, we managed to get lots of cleaning and tidying done. Unfortunately there is now so much wet washing draped over every available surface!! Blooming weather...….

Well another weekend is upon us, and it is a red wine toast today - for red or better still green signs by Monday morning. We do have a viewing booked for tomorrow so keep everything crossed.

Whatever you are doing this weekend, enjoy and stay dry. Cheers!

Angie xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 27 Sep 00:00



New lad Jet only arrived yesterday and today he finds himself reserved! So pleased for him. Xx

We are expecting two more new arrivals tomorrow...would be great if they found homes so quickly too!

The weather was much better today, just one rain shower! We had lots of help so everyone enjoyed two walks. :)

Richard and Lucy went off to the warehouse while Declan finished taking down the Gazebos from last Saturday's event in the sand run.

We have lots of new Winter Blizzards and fleeces in stock ready for the winter....don't forget Greyhounds don't like the cold! :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 24 Sep 23:34



I'm sure I wasn't the only one to get up to a monsoon outside this morning! I was hoping none of my furry friends would want a walk but Fletch and Skip showed willing...so I had to show some enthusiasm too!! :)) Needless to say we got extremely wet!

It was still raining when we opened up the kennels. Poor little Wilma had to come out in the rain to go to the vets to be neutered. She was very wobbly when we picked her up this afternoon. I checked the cameras a short while ago and she has eaten her dinner. :) she also had to have one tooth removed. She is a very sweet girl, hope she will soon find her forever home. Xx

Richard and Declan were on leak control! We had a small leak from the roof where the top and bottom block meet. They fixed it :)) Fortunately everywhere else was ok.

Sadly it was too wet to go on morning walks but this afternoon was a little better and all the dogs managed to get out. Thanks to everyone for braving the stormy weather. :)

Shirley brought in some homemade doggie biscuits for the Trust dogs. I did sample two of them! :)) Peanut butter and oats and the other had Apple sauce in it :) They tasted good to me!! Talking of food...who needs Mr. Kipling when we have our very own Seana who makes exceedingly good cakes! We all enjoyed some left over chocolate cake from Saturday evening. It certainly brightened up a very rainy day, thanks Seana :)))

The new photo shows our three lovely Brindle boys, Tiger, Tommy and Willis waiting for their lunch today. :) Xx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 24 Sep 06:25



I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped to cover the kennels last week while I was on holiday. Skip, Fletcher, Lyra, Bobby, John and myself are so grateful, we had a fabulous time. :) You are all wonderful! Lots of love Kate Xxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 23 Sep 23:00



It was my first day back after being away in Devon for a week. I thought I had put my alarm on too early as when I arrived at the kennels there was just me! :)) I am so grateful to Shirley, Maisie, Mervin and Magics Mom for her help first thing. She had only come in to use the run. :)) And to Angie who looked after Socks and Tyke. Xxx

By walk time there were extra hands...I had the pleasure of walking the very gorgeous Razzle, can't believe he is still waiting for his forever home! I also took Elmer out for a stroll. He is such a lovely lad. Walks beautifully on the lead and is adorable.

Thankfully all the doggies had "nice" poos today! No diarrhoea :)) We get quite excited over poo and have even been known to take photos!!

Sending lots of love to little Jasmine tonight. She had a dental today. Her lovely Mom, Amanda spent the the day helping us at the kennels while waiting for her op to be finished. Hope she is doing ok. Amanda, so grateful for your help.

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Monday 23 Sep 16:25



What a fantastic amount raised, well done and I hope you all had a lovely evening xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 22 Sep 21:55



Today was very busy. After last night's very successful 'Let the Stars Shine Again' evening I was a little concerned that we would not be able to clear the sand run for bookings this morning. Thanks to a dedicated team the run was cleared last night, thanks again all. It was a very long but successful day.

So, this morning we had a booking at 10am for an hour. It was a beagle birthday party. I don't know exactly how many were there, but it was a lot!!

Cassie a pamper booked with Lorna and then she had a turn in the run (Cassie not Lorna). Enzo the gorgeous lurcher also came to use the run. We had a queue forming to use it!!! Fortunately he was happy to wait whilst his mom and dad had a hot drink.

Thanks to everyone who came in to help today. The dog's had lovely walks this morning and sand run this afternoon.

Handsome boy Tom now Ted went home, I received a call this afternoon with an update on how he was doing. After an initial 'he has been a nightmare' to my response of 'oh no, you are joking' I was told they were joking and he has been really settled and was being a very good boy (don't do that to me)!!!

We had some visitors to view the dogs this afternoon, hopefully their interest will go further than just a viewing.

Lovely to see Meg who had a bit of a health scare recently , thankfully she is ok. Such a worrying time for her mom. Not so happy having her nails cut today, bless her.

Thanks too for the donations of bedding and raffle /donation table items, always gratefully received.

There were some leftover potatoes from last night, so they were enjoyed by many of us at lunch time, mine got all cold and eaten by someone else, thankfully there was one left! Thanks once again to Maggie who stepped in last night at short notice to help with preparation and serving. Thanks again to Seana for her amazing homemade cakes and chilli. Lots of lovely coments regarding both. What an amazing amount raised, thanks one and all. X

Now it is wine o'clock! Xx

Another week upon us. More red and green signs please! X

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by Shanesmum

Sunday 22 Sep 17:57



I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along last night to support our Let the Stars Shine Again evening. Thanks to your generous support we raised the magnificent sum of £513.38 - amazing. It was such a lovely evening, and I would also like to thank Asda who generously donated all the potatoes for the evening, and Seana for her lovely chilli & cakes.

xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 20 Sep 17:21



What a beautiful day it was today - wall to wall sunshine. Thanks to our gang of students and volunteers, the doggies enjoyed 2 good walks in the sunshine.

Our crowd of helpers today also meant that we could get on with preparations in the sand run for our remembrance evening event tomorrow. We have sold almost all our tickets, yay, thank you to everyone who is coming along to support us. The weather forecast is good again so it promises to be a lovely evening. You can light your candle and this year we have special message cards you can complete to go with your candle ifyou wish. One of the prizes in the raffle is a fabulous Richard Skipworth design martingale collar kindly donated by Lynne Male.

Tommy was a happy boy today as he was allowed lunch again! Elmer's post op period ends tomorrow and I am sure he will be delighted to be able to get out on a walk with his pals again - he really isn't a happy boy as he watches them all troop out of the gate without him!

A quiet day for visitors - but a busy weekend ahead! On Sunday we have our Brueton Park walk, if anyone would like to take a kennel dog to give them a bit of a break and a new experience, please give us a call on 0121 782 7702.

Many thanks for everyone's help today, we all enjoyed the sunshine and we got lots accomplished.

As another weekend is upon us, and as the sun is shining, the white wine is in the fridge for me to raise my glass in my usual toast later - forever homes for our beautiful boys & girls.

Have a great weekend one and all,and hope to see some of you tomorrow night. Cheers!

Angie xx

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by cellosmum

Friday 20 Sep 09:27



Sorry for the late update, due to traffic didn't get in until after 6:30 and needed to be back out by 7:30 so if my memory works here is a round up of yesterday at the kennels. Another bit of drama at the start of the day, thinking we had been locked out again, but we got in eventually.

Thanks to all the volunteers who came along which meant that all the boys and girls got two walks today. Elmer was a little disappointed as he is still on bed rest, but he cheered up after a nice groom and a little wander around the outside of the sand run.

Tommy was also a bit upset today, unfortunately he was a bit sick after his breakfast so we decided it might be best not to give him lunch for his tummy to settle, he certainly made his feelings known vocally when lunch time arrived.

Lovely to see Ben now Billy off to his new home this morning. He is certainly a well wanted addition to his new family and has two lovely pussy cats as new friends. Thanks Jo for coming in to do the homing.

Welcome to our two new work placements, both enjoyed their day and are looking forward to their time at the kennels.

Richard and Declan got the gazebos put up ready for Saturday evening, hope the weather stays fine and the evening is successful.

Well that's all for now, I think the kennels and the boys and girls have all survived us looking after them for a few days for the first time and really look forward to seeing Kate back next week. Hope she has had a lovely holiday and enjoyed her time with her boys and little Lyra.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Thursday 19 Sep 21:24



Was lovely to go in this morning to do the homing for Ben, now Billy. I would like to thank everyone for covering the kennels and for setting up the stuff for our 'Let the stars shine again' evening on Saturday. The weather forecast is good so should be a lovely evening.

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by sirenmelody

Wednesday 18 Sep 10:01



Apologies Lucy. I wasnt being rude in not replying. I did respond but part of my post did not meet the approval criteria. If you google incident solihull town 16 Sept you can read what happened. My family went through the same trauma with my Grandmother although slightly different. I wont try to rewrite the rest of the post as I genuinely never know what can & cant be said. Hence I dont often use the system. I need lessons me thinks!!!

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 17 Sep 22:27



Oh no seana, hope everything is ok. The pair of them are rebels and both thieves for food so definetly acting as a tag team. Goose is definetly our vinnie reincarnated so we like to think hes sent us for him. Yes new 2 legged arrival should have been here a week ago but is so far refusing to budge! Not sure if its aware of all the furry and feathered siblings its going to have! Xxx

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by cellosmum

Tuesday 17 Sep 22:25



After a bit of drama, when we thought we were locked out this morning, the rest of the day went quite smoothly again.

Thanks to Sue who did the vet run for us this morning and this afternoon. Ben went along this morning for his vaccination, Cleo was meant to be going to be neutered but due to her having a funny tummy, poor Elmer drew the short straw and took her place. He was quite bright when he got back this afternoon but not ready to eat his dinner. We left him snoozing on his bed with Evie being the good nurse.

Thanks to the volunteers who came to day which meant that all the boys and girls were able to have morning and afternoon walks. It also meant that Richard and Declan were able to finish clearing the path from the carpark to the sand run, so that those attending 'Let the stars shine again' on Saturday evening wont need to fight there way through the bushes.

Welcome to our new work placement Lucy, she enjoyed her day with the dogs but I think we had worn her out before she went home this evening, think it is all the walks.

Quiet day for visitors today though with only a couple of visitors this afternoon to use the sand run.

Well that's for now, I'm going to try and have a nice rest now before doing it all again on Thursday, when I believe we will be having some new arrivals.

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 17 Sep 22:04



Brilliant story jetlucy, made my husband & me laugh out loud....go Jet & Goose!!!!!! Xxxxxx

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by sirenmelody

Tuesday 17 Sep 21:34



Lucy, after being caught up in a traumatic incident that ended in tragedy yesterday your story has made me laugh which was very much needed. Tell Jet not to tell Fergal!! My grandson keeps giving me the evil eye every time he sees me clear the decks & lock everything away. I am obviously spoiling all his fun by preventing him from stealing, opening bags of yummies whether they be his or mine!!

I assume you can't come Saturday eve?? Jo and I decided we need to go to Specsavers as neither of us had any idea that a new addition was on its way!!! Do let me know when the happy event happens. Love to Jet & Goose from all of us xxx

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 17 Sep 19:11



So jet thinks all his birthdays have come at once...my husband and I were in the office upstairs and he'd left his steak for tea out to breathe on the work surface...so unbeknown to us jet and the new kitten goose had gone down, goose had pushed it off for jet waiting underneath then jet brought it to their bedroom where they polished the whole thing off between them! Daddy wasnt too impressed, mommy nearly wet herself laughing. At this point jet would like to express how other greys need to realise how wonderful cats are and that you might get homed quicker if you like them! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 16 Sep 19:42



Monday is not my usual working day, but I was covering the kennels whilst Kate is on holiday. Thanks to our wonderful group of volunteers for their help.

Topper was due to be neutered today, unfortunately he has had an upset tum so he had a reprieve and antibiotics. I had an unscheduled vet run this afternoon with his kennel mate who also had a bad tum, she was due to be neutered tomorrow, but again a reprieve and more antibiotics. Better to be safe....So poor Elmer has had his op brought forward to tomorrow, sorry mate!

I had a call after we left, lovely boy Tom has been reserved already, he will have a beautiful greyhound sister to live with. I think this will really help to bring him out of his shell and her too, she recently lost her brother.

Thanks for the donations of bedding, always gratefully received.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 15 Sep 21:27



Forgot to mention, thanks to Shirley, Richard, Lucy and Jess for covering the kennels yesterday. I was so pleased to come in and do Viola's (Penny's) homing.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 15 Sep 19:04



Thanks to everyone for their help today, we were short of volunteers but all the residents had either sand run fun or a stroll along the lane.

Thanks so much to Dave for giving the car park and driveway a good tidy up.

Sadly Tom was returned this morning, he settled back quite quickly in his kennel, Bella spent some quality time with him this afternoon. Once he has seen you a few times he gains more in confidence.

Cindy went home too this morning, she has l lovely greyhound sister and brother. I think we will have to call them the 'blue' family.

Thanks for the donations of bedding and sardines, the hounds are so grateful, as are we!

We had a couple of visitors for the sand run, and one for nail cutting.

Hoping Kate is enjoying her well deserved and looked forward to holiday with John and the 'kids'! This means I will not be covering my usual working days but will be covering Monday and Saturday this week. Which brings me on to.....

Saturday, our 'Let the stars shine again' memorial evening, this is being held between 7pm to 9pm. Tickets are on sale at the kennels at just £5.00 each. This includes a jacket potato as well as a beautiful tealight holder and candle to light in memory of our Rainbow Bridge hounds. This is being held in the sand run and parking is at Birmingham Exiles Rugby Club, you can the access the run via the gate adjacent to their car park. Last year was a lovely evening, lots of memories and funny stories were told.

Some nice rose wine now being consumed, cheers one and all.

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by cellosmum

Saturday 14 Sep 23:52



Well, what can I say about today?
Everything went quite smoothly for the first time we have looked after the kennels.
Firstly thank you to Angie, for getting everything started before we got there this morning which meant that we had all the girls and boys cleaned and fed by 10 o'clock.
Several volunteers came in today (mostly previous and new work placement students) which meant that all the dogs got both morning and afternoon walks. It was really quite pleasant down the lane in the shade today.
It was lovely this afternoon to see Penny now Viola go off to her new home. She was a bit upset about not getting her dinner but I am sure her new home will make up for missing a meal.
Topper and Cleo had a fun this afternoon as well, they managed to remove the entire contents of a pillow, their kennel looked just like Christmas.
Nice to hear that Kate arrived safely on her holiday and hope she has a lovely time, the boys and girls will be well looked after while she is away.
I would now like to echo Angie's sentiment and say I will raise my glass of wine to more red signs later, but I've already done that.

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by Shanesmum

Friday 13 Sep 17:28



Jo was on Vet run duty this morning as it was Cindy's turn to go to be neutered. She was a bit on the wonky side when she was picked up this afternoon (see what I did there - on the wonkyside, haha!!!) and didn't want any supper. Hopefully she will be feeling more like her old self tomorrow. Pretty Penny was much brighter and ate all her meals today.

We welcomed 3 work placement students from Solihull College today, they all quickly got stuck in learning the kennels routines and all said they had enjoyed their first day.

The lovely weather and plenty of helpers, including volunteers from HSBC, meant the boys & girls could have 2 good walks - and all the health and weight checks were brought up to date. Big thanks for everyone's help today.

This afternoon saw the lovely Wendy off to her new home - wishing her and her new family many happy times ahead. x

I don't know where that week went to, cant believe its the weekend again already! We have some more of our residents heading home over the weekend, so lets hope that we also see some more red signs to take their place - my glass of white wine will be raised later with this in mind.

Whatever you find yourself doing this weekend, enjoy the lovely weather. Cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 13 Sep 00:04



Penny went off to the vets first thing this morning for her neutering operation. She was such a good girl in the car, she lay down as soon as she got in and went to sleep. Xxx She was a very tired little girl When I picked her up to come back to the kennels. She didn't really want anything to eat. She is going home on Saturday, I know her new Mom is so excited to be adopting her. :))

The Chuckle Brothers were back together again and along with Lucy (the sensible one!) went off to the warehouse this morning. :). We had the pleasure of Paddy's company while Alan was out. He is such a gentleman. Xxx

Thank you to everyone who helped with the walks today. Maisie was especially happy to be going out and made sure she was at the front of the pack! :))

We had more presents today! Thanks so much to the kind person who arranged for a delivery of Forthglade for our boys and girls. :)

Xxx

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by rubytwoshoes

Thursday 12 Sep 18:42



Happy Gotcha Day on Friday to the amazing Charlie who has brought such joy and fun into our family. He's had a very tough few months but is still the happy, funny, kind and loving dog who we all love to pieces. Enjoy your cake lovely boy xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Wednesday 11 Sep 22:37



Thanks to everyone who saw our plea on Facebook and our amazon wish list.. Please if you have an amazon account and could purchase something off our list, esp pilchards in tomato sauce or oil or tinned dog food, we would really be grateful, we always need stocks for our hounds waiting for their forever homes. Thanks

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 11 Sep 18:58



A bit of a damp gloomy start to the morning. We had two lovely college placement students start. I have to say they were very eager to learn, once shown the task of cleaning the kennels they got on with it, they were great.

Many thanks as always to our regular Wednesday walkers, we were back up to a full crewe again. This afternoon was warm and sunny, we had unexpected volunteers which was fab, so along with our students all dogs had afternoon walks in the shade of the lane.

It was lovely to see Emily our student from last academic year join us late morning. She, unfortunately couldn't get a placement with us this year, but as she finishes college early on Wednesdays she has decided to come in after and keep volunteering, (she continued to come in last year even though she had completed her 2nd year).

A quiet day for visitors, we did have a lovely lady who is looking for a companion for her Springer spaniel. She went out on a couple of walks and we took a couple of dogs which may be suitable into the sand run. Next step, she is hopefully coming back with her dog and partner to see if we can match the right dog to the, basically seeing if her dog chooses someone! It's not always who the human chooses that the four legged friend picks.

Half way through the week already, let's get some more reservations and homings on the go!

Take care all, once again thanks to everyone for their help. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 10 Sep 23:16



It was like Christmas at the kennels today! We had several parcels delivered which contained lots of lovely tins of fish for our residents. Thank you all so much. We didn't waste any time in using some of them and they all had Mackerel for dinner! :)))

We had lots of help today so we were able to do morning and afternoon walks. It was great walking weather!

I helped Lucy with her photography this afternoon. She was taking some final shots of some of the Trust dogs for next year's calendar. Let's say some of the models were easier to work with than others! Bless them :))
Can't wait to see the finished calendar, it's going to be great!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 09 Sep 23:17



Lovely little Wonky Cindy has been reserved again! She met her prospective new Brother and Sister today, they were all good together. So happy for her. She is a very affectionate young lady! Xx

It was a rather wet morning but the rain held off for us to get the walks done. Ben was able to go for walks again after his neutering operation. He was very happy! :)

Thanks so much to everyone who popped in with donations of food and bedding. We are so grateful to you.

Thank you to everyone for your help today. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 08 Sep 18:36



It was a good day today. There were enough people to take the residents out for morning walks. This afternoon was quieter so it was sand run time. Maisie had a visit to the park with Liz_Beth, I think she found it a little daunting. With time and patience she will make someone a lovely pet, she would be suited to a home with an experienced owner.

Topper found himself reserved, if all goes well he will have a greyhound brother and sister. So far so good this afternoon, more meetings will be arranged to make sure it is right for all concerned.

Thanks too for the donations of bedding. There were also a couple of bookings to use the sand run.

More sales of tickets for our 'Let the stars shine again' evening. Just under two weeks to go now, last year was lovely. Please try and make it if you can.

Our stocks of tinned goodies for the hounds has run very low. If you could donate a tin or two of tinned meat, tray meat, pouches, pilchards or sardines in oil or tomato you would make our dogs day! Thanks so much to Seana for popping out to Morrison's and donating some dog food herself to tide them over for the next few days.

Another week is upon us, hoping as always for lots of viewings, reservations and homings. We have one viewing booked for tomorrow already.

Max and Arry accompanied me to the kennels today and took up residence in the office. Max has absolutely no teeth in his head so I suspect that the culprit that stole (sorry, helped himself to a whole pack of 20 unopened schmackos) was Arry. Actually I am positive, the office was very fragrant all day and now at home and lying on the sofa I am hearing lots of hissing from the rear end followed by a rather unpleasant wafty odour. Schmako overdose is not pleasant, not for humans anyway. I am sure he enjoyed them at the time!! Oh and also some unguarded Bakers treats.

Thanks again to everyone for their help today, it is always much appreciated.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Saturday 07 Sep 22:53



Kate, So sorry to leave you with such a full diary today! But, so very pleased to see Ben and Wendy reserved. So sorry to have missed Lorraine and her gang.

I had a lovely and unexpected visit from Ruth and Andy this evening, it is great to see Ruth looking so well. Onwards and upwards for her, she is hoping to be able to come and do a little and often at the kennels by the end of September.

I am hoping for more visitors tomorrow and hopefully more reservations.

Please don't forget our 'Let the stars shine again' night on 21st September. This was such a lovely evening last year, tickets are on sale at the kennels, you can book over the phone if you can't come in. If you cannot make it but still would like to have one of our remembrance candles you can either pop in or again order one over the phone. Tickets for the evening are only £5.00, this includes a jacket potato and a remembrance candle, or just £2.50 for a remembrance candle if you cannot make it on the night. We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it. Hounds are also very welcome. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 07 Sep 22:19



It was a very busy day which saw lovely Wendy and handsome young man Ben reserved. :)) There were several other visitors to view the dogs with lots of positive interest. Sorry to see Cindy unreserved but hopefully it will be her turn very soon. Xx

We had visitors to use the sand run, it was great to see some old friends including Lorraine with her gang. Can't believe Norah with an 'H' is now twelve...still a very pretty girl. :))

Thanks so much to Liz for taking Razzle for a trip to the park this afternoon. Sounds like he had a great time! Fingers crossed his forever home will soon be his.

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today with feeding, cleaning and walking. So kind of you all.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 06 Sep 17:28



A busy old day today - we had lots of lovely volunteers which meant the doggies had 2 good walks and all health checks and teeth cleaning sessions were completed.

Tiger is still moving very gingerly today after his big op yesterday, but is a happy boy and enjoyed his meals and extra cuddles bless him. x

I made some salmon & green bean fishcakes yesterday as a treat for the boys & girls - and it's safe to say they were rather well received!! If there was a pattern on the food bowls I am sure it would have been licked off as the doggies cleaned every last speck of food from them!! Very easy to make, very healthy and very popular!

Sue took Penny off to the Vet this morning for the first part of her vaccination, she travelled well in the car and was a very good girl in the waiting room with the other breeds of dog she met. This was all information we could pass on to the lady viewing her later on in the day - and the lovely little girl has now found herself reserved - yay!! x

All our recent arrivals are starting to settle in and find their feet, or paws! Topper is a very handsome big boy, who is so very gentle and calm. Elmer is another bouncy big boy, and Wilma a quiet, shy girl. It never ceases to amaze me just how many diverse personalities our boys & girls have.

We had lots of visitors today, and the diary for tomorrow has viewings booked - so keep your fingers crossed that the red signs keep on appearing!

Now the sun is shining at last I will raise a glass of white wine to toast the Daybreaks family, both 2 & 4 legged - it's a great thing to be a part of.

Thanks for everyone's help today, have a good weekend one and all.

Cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 05 Sep 23:45



Tiger went for his neutering operation today...poor lad ended up having a major operation as only one of his testicles was visible. The other was found in his abdomen! He was such a brave boy when I went back to collect him this afternoon. He was obviously in some discomfort but he managed to jump into the car and ate some dinner when he got back. Xx

A very busy day for us all...we had a visit from head office this morning and two more new arrivals both gorgeous Elmer and Wilma. Thanks so much to Bob and Declan for collecting them from the track for us.

Lucy was busy taking photographs, she had had two assistants Jess and Richard! Unfortunately there wasn't enough time to take photos of Topper and Evie but Lucy will hopefully take them early next week. It does make me smile watching the dogs having their photos taken...whatever must they think of us all jumping around behind Lucy, squeaking toys throwing treats and generally making a row! I'm sure you will all agree Lucy takes brilliant photos despite the chaos she has to put up with. Xx

It was great to see Wonky Cindy reserved this afternoon. She has to meet her prospective new sister on Saturday, do hope they like each other. Fingers crossed! Xx

Poor Alan has hurt his back so wasn't able to come In to help today. We were so distraught at the thought of a donut less Thursday that Richard popped out to buy some! Get well soon Alan! Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Thursday 05 Sep 21:28



It is it extremely hard work when we cover the kennels, so do know where you are coming from, I have been the only person there feeding and cleaning out, especially in the winter when weather was bad, but put the dogs welfare first... I know of one of our volunteers who travels a fair distance and gets there at 7.30am. Think we have all experienced how much hard work it can be with little or no volunteers, hence why we promote not only homing but also the need for new volunteers. X

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by helenanddave

Thursday 05 Sep 10:17



Emily - the Wednesday walkers will miss you! You have become part of the team and have done an amazing job. Hope to see you soon. Xx

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by skinnyme

Wednesday 04 Sep 23:11



I, personally, know only too well how hard it is and what is involved in maintaining the kennels and would encourage anyone who can spare an hour or two to pop along and help.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 04 Sep 20:50



It started off with only two of us feeding and cleaning, so very time consuming, I really don't think people know what is actually involved and how long it takes to maintain the kennels, very difficult when you are short of volunteers, on occasion there are only two of us throughout the day. We were then joined by lovely Emily one of our placement students from the last academic year, she finished her course and continued to volunteer. She sadly will be doing her third year elsewhere, although she may still be able to come in on a Wednesday afternoon. Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers and the extra volunteers who came in to help. The work and support of our volunteers is invaluable. Thanks to everyone who supports us and gives their time up. We are eternally grateful and appreciate your hard work.

We had two new arrivals this afternoon. Topper are handsome white and black boy and a very lively black girl Evie. Both are gorgeous. Two more new arrivals tomorrow.

We were also informed that Wonky has a pet name of Cindy, thankfully that will end any confusion at the kennels!

Once again we would like to thank everyone for their continued support, sometimes it can be a challenge. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 03 Sep 23:41



Ben went off to the vets first thing this morning for his neutering operation. He spent the first five minutes looking out of the back window of the car, then settled down and went to sleep :) He was a little wobbly when I picked him up this afternoon.

I had chance to go for a couple of walks today. It was lovely walking weather and the dogs enjoyed getting away from the kennels.

Thanks so much for everyone's help today.

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 03 Sep 18:53



Brilliant rubytwoshoes, made me laugh out loud, you could just imagine it!!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 02 Sep 22:58



It was a quiet day for volunteers and visitors today. I guess most people are back to work and school this week. I hope all the Greyhounds who have been homed during the summer holidays soon settle into their new rountines. Xx

We had extra help this afternoon so all the doggies had a walk in the late summer sunshine. I had the pleasure of walking Tommy. He walks beautifully on the lead and is very interested in everything around him. :))

Maisie made us laugh at feeding time. She had finished her dinner and decided she would like to share some of Cleo's who was next door to her. She put her paw through the bars and was trying so hard to grab Cleo's food bowl...Cleo wasn't too impressed! :)

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. :))

Xxx

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by rubytwoshoes

Monday 02 Sep 18:39



I'd like to share this from Canberra connection
A Doberman, a Poodle and a Greyhound died and are standing in front of God at the entrance to heaven.
God askes them, all three what they believe in
The Doberman says 'I believe in discipline, training and loyalty to my owner.'
'Good 'says God 'you may sit on my right side'.
'Poodle what do you believe?' asks God.
The Poodle replies, 'I believe in love and care from my owner as well as peace in the world'
'Ah says God 'You may sit on my left side'
Then He looked at the Greyhound 'And what do you believe?'
The Greyhound stood there, looked at Him and answered 'I believe you're sitting in my seat'

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 01 Sep 19:41



At the start of the day there were two of us! With feeding and cleaning almost done two reinforcements arrived, so all dogs had a walk down the lane, albeit a little later than normal.

We had visitors for the sand run and donations of bedding. We also had two prospective college placement students come in for a tour of the kennels. Hopefully they will be starting in the next couple of weeks.

This afternoon it was a little playtime in the outdoor runs for the residents as we didn't have enough volunteers to go on walks.

It was lovely to see Ruth and Andy this afternoon with Momma and Tig. Ruth looks (and feels) so much better. Hopefully she will be back at the helm at the end of September.

This leads me on quite nicely to remind you that tickets are on sale for our 'Let th stars shine...again' evening. Last year was great, there was a fantastic atmosphere, with people sharing memories and stories of the antics our beloved Rainbow Bridge hounds got up to whilst sitting under last tern lit gazebos. The date to put in your diary in Saturday 21st September. Tickets are just £5.00, this includes a jacket potato, a candle and a candle holder. Please let us know if you can make it we will need to know for catering purposes. All profits will go to Daybreaks Trust for improvements to the kennels. Parking will be at the top end of the Exiles Rugby Club and access will be via the gate backing on to the club in the sand run.

Another week has crept up on us, let's get some more red and green signs for our beautiful hounds.

Take care all.

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 01 Sep 00:08



Sorry for the late Diary update...Have just woken up from a snooze on the sofa with a lovely little spotty dog next to me! :))

It was brilliant to see Annie go off to her new home accompanied by Elsa this afternoon. Wishing them both a very happy new life together. Xx

A short while later Tom now called Shelby went home too. :). He looked very handsome in his new blue collar and rain coat. He smelt lovely after having a "going home" pamper with Jess. Wishing him a great new life. Xx

Our new lad Tiger didn't arrive until nearly five o'clock, so he will have to wait for his bath! He is a very handsome lad and has a smiley face! Xx

Ruth came in for a while today. Xx She is looking so much better! It was great to see Momma and Tigger again. Xx

Louis came to see us today too. Lucy had her work cut out trying to get a photo of him and my little Lyra together! They were bouncing around and generally having a good time. It''s a good thing Lucy has a lot of patience!! She took the lovely homing photos today. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today, it was great to have Jess and Stacy back after their holidays. :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Saturday 31 Aug 20:32



Well, all of our red signs have changed to green. That is absolutely fantastic. What would be just as great would be to have a lot more signs going red and eventually green. Thanks to everyone who has homed one of our fantastic hounds. We have so many more on the waiting list to come to Daybreaks for their chance to find their forever homes.

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by Shanesmum

Friday 30 Aug 17:18



Jo had an early start this morning taking Elsa to the Vets to be speyed. I had a phone call from her a little while later to say she was stranded at the Vets as her car wouldn't start!! She then spent a very exciting couple of hours at the roadside waiting for the AA man to arrive!! Fortunately it was nothing serious and she was back with us without too much hassle - phew!

The doggies had morning walks and afternoon sand run playtime today - many thanks for everyone's help. The sun did show its face a few times but the wind kept us all cool.

I met our new trio of Ben, Cleo and Wonky. Poor Wonky and Cleo are still a little unsure about their surroundings, but Ben is a bold, confident lad who runs at life head on!!

There were plenty of heath checks to keep me busy during the day, and Wendy is a little star in this respect. She stands beautifully still to be weighed and have her teeth cleaned.
Mr & Mrs Dewey and Willis went into the treatment room together as Dewey didn't want to go anywhere without her hubby!!!

This morning saw the pretty little Maggie off to her new home, wishing her and her new Mum many happy years ahead.

Elsa was a wobbly little girl when she came back from the Vet this evening and wanted nothing more than to lie down on her comfy low bed, bless her. Hoping she feels a lot better in the morning.

Just a reminder that tickets for the Let the Stars Shine Again remembrance evening are available from the kennels. We are delighted that Ruth will be able to join us for the evening, it will be great to see her back in the kennels - albeit for a couple of hours! I know that now she is feeling a little better she is keen to get immersed in kennel life again, we all wish her a speedy recovery and hope she is back to full strength very soon. x

Well can you believe it's the weekend again?! We have a roadshow at the Blue Cross Fete in Bromsgrove on Saturday if you are in the area, and with viewings booked, I will raise my glass of rather nice red wine in a toast to our boys & girls - may they be lucky enough to find their special someone this weekend.

Have a great weekend one and all - cheers!

Angie x

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by shanishoo

Friday 30 Aug 11:00



Great photo of all the Greys laid down, typical, why stand when you don't have to? Xxxx

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by shanishoo

Friday 30 Aug 10:58



So lovely to hear from you Fergal, you sound so happy and your granny is so proud of you all, you now have the loving home you so deserve, wishing you lots of good times together xxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 30 Aug 00:12



Richard decided he had had enough of the messy pile of duvets and pillows in the back kennel today! He, Shirley and Kara spent a good couple of hours sorting them all out. Shirley also changed the dog beds in the back kitchen that is normally occupied by volunteers pet dogs. The new photo shows them all having to set up home in the run while the beds were sorted. They were so good...all that was missing were the cocktails! :)) Thanks so much, it looks so much tidier now! Xx

Thanks too to Alan and Declan for making a trip to the warehouse this morning. :)) and of course thanks Alan for the donuts! :))

i met our latest new arrivals today, Cleo and Wonky both very pretty girls, nothing wonky about either of them. :)
Lucy has taken some great new photos of them both. We are expecting a new lad to arrive on Saturday. :))

Thanks to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Thursday 29 Aug 19:17



Who is the proudest Daddy??? I AM!! It has been wonderful getting to know my son Fergal again and teaching him that being part of a loving family, even if we are not the richest, is the BESTEST. I am very proud of how brave he has been and I am also very proud of my brother Teddy who has welcomed him into our home with open paws! Over to Fergal now for his say.

Hello everybody, I have now been with Daddy & Granny 2.5 weeks and have been learning fast. I soon settled down when I realised I would be eating lots of yummy things very regularly. I love my food and Granny has been treating me to many different and home cooked meals to see what are my favourite foods. So far everything is!! I had my dental just over a week ago and had to have 12 teeth out but I recovered very quickly and less teeth has not interfered with my enjoyment when it comes to food! I am naughty if Granny goes out and leaves anything around. I enjoy finding new bags of yummies and ripping them apart to see what is inside. Granny doesnt think thats funny so I get the evil eye and a no cuddle for you my lad. Hee hee I still know she loves me really. She just needs to remember to lock things away. I love cuddling up to Daddy on the sofa and he lets me snuggle into his bum. I sleep next to Granny at night & sometimes snuggle into her armpit. Teddy very generously offered to give up his place for me & he now sleeps in a special bed next to our big bed but in the morning I am happy to swop with him so he can have cuddles with Granny too. Teddy also loves washing my paws and tummy so I am quite spoiled for attention. We also often cuddle up together. I have learned my new routine very quickly and love my new name. I answer to it very quickly. I feel much happier and everyone says I look better although I still have a way to go to get my weight up but I have put on half a kilo so that is a positive start. Granny has discovered that our houseguest yesterday, Dessy, is related to Daddy....he is a 3rd or 4th cousin she thinks. Something to do with Daddy's great grandfather Head Honcho. He does look like Daddy. Dessy is coming again to see us next week so I will hopefully be a little less shy as I get to know him. Thank you to everyone who has been asking how I am doing. I appreciate it. Well, it is 7.20pm so time now for a small supper before some more sleepies. I wonder if I will always be fed 4 times a day????? Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 28 Aug 21:21



A very Happy Birthday to Mel and Teddy! Sounds as though you both had a lovely day. :)) you are both gorgeous! Great to hear Dessy enjoyed his day with you too. He will expect homemade biscuits every time he visits you!:))

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by sirenmelody

Wednesday 28 Aug 20:39



Hello Peeps.....Melly & Teddy here!! We had a very nice birthday. Thank you for everyone's good wishes. Having had pamper sessions yesterday and having new handmade collars we showed them off on our walkies. We thought that was our lot but Mummy surprised us with snuggly new fleecy throws to go over our duvets plus several different treats including homemade biscuits especially for doggies. We were very good and shared nicely with Dessy who spent the day with us. We told Mummy we thought she should make some biscuits for the residents and she said she would try to get some made for the get together in September. We all had a lovely lunch of sardines in tomatoe sauce with wholemeal pasta & rice and then we slept for a little while before showing Dessy around our small garden. He soon settled down and we think he enjoyed his stay with us. Fergal says he will update everyone on his progress after his check up at the vet tomorrow. Night night all. Xxx

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by jetlucy

Wednesday 28 Aug 20:23



Happy birthday melly and teddy! Hope you've both had a lovely day love jet xxx

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 28 Aug 19:27



A very happy birthday to Mel & Teddy, something tells me you are going to be spoilt today, hope you all have lots of fun and cuddles xxxxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 28 Aug 18:32



A good day for volunteers, thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers. We had enough help for all the dogs to have morning and afternoon walks. The rain held off until feeding time so we remained relatively dry.

We had two lovely new arrivals, Cleo and Wonky! Pretty little girls, hopefully Lucy will get some better photos of them. Hope they settle in quickly.

Wishing Sirenmelodys Melly and Teddy very happy birthdays.

Bocko went off to his new home this morning, good luck to him and his family.

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by sirenmelody

Wednesday 28 Aug 07:40



Wishing my fabulous Daddy and super duper step brother a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Love you both. Fergal. Xxxx

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by sirenmelody

Wednesday 28 Aug 07:38



Happy Birthday to my beautiful boys Mel & Teddy. At 84 & 70 respectively especially for you my darling Melly this is a milestone for us. You are so brave and dignified and you Teddy are just the sweetest boy. Mummy loves you both to the moon and back and prays for another milestone at Christmas. Looking forward to sharing our special day by welcoming ex resident Dessy into our home to share your celebratory lunch. I love you sooo much. Mummy xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 27 Aug 23:23



This is Razzle! Kate told me she was feeling a little tired when she left the kennels tonight and asked me if I would cover the Daily Diary tonight! I am delighted to do so....

Breakfast was good, Shirley was in charge. :)). I unfortunately made hard work for the cleaning staff as I left a present in the kitchen run for them and ran around in it too, oops! My kennel mate Penny doesn't seem to mind my "messy" habits! :))

We had lots of lovely volunteers to take us for a walk this morning. It was warm but we all had our wet coats on to keep us cool. Disappointed not to see any squirrels though!

Lucy had Seana's family in for pampers. I watched Teddy, Mel and Fergal all having to have a bath from my comfy bed. Didn't look like much fun to me, but I guess they did smell ok afterwards, if you like that sort of thing!

A new inmate arrived at lunchtime. His name is Ben, he had all the ladies swooning over him, telling him what a handsome boy he is!! He had a bath too! Penny and I greeted him with waggy tails. :))

Most of us had a second walk this afternoon as it wasn't too hot but then the sun came out again and those who hadn't had a walk had a play in the paddling pool. Dewey and Tommy showed off their ball catching and retrieving skills...I must admit I had a few squeals and barks because I wanted to join in! :)

I understand we have two more new arrivals tomorrow....both girls. I wonder if they will be as pretty as my kennel mate Penny? Xx

Well, that's it for today! Best bit for me was the malted milk biscuit Kate gave me and Penny before she went home. She says it makes her feel better about leaving us as we watch her close the gate. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 26 Aug 18:55



It was unusual Bank Holiday weather today....the sun was shining all day! :))

Molly is now officially adopted! We wish her a very happy life with her two Greyhound buddies Xxx

We had several lovely visitors this morning. Seana came in to help clean and feed and brought her fab threesom Mel, Teddy and Fergal, who is looking a lot happier since he has had his dental. :)

Then we had a visit from Charlie, his Mom brought him in for a pamper. He looked very handsome! He is a very sweet lad. Xxx

Next to pay us a visit was Gorgeous George! Wow what a difference...when he came into the kennels he had a bad split at the end of his tail and he looked a little rough around the edges. He certainly is absolutely stunning now and his tail has healed beautifully. His Mom and Dad say he is perfect. Xxx

We had a viewing from a family looking for a cat friendly Greyhound, we did test out latest new arrival Penny, but sadly she didn't pass.

It was a very hot day again, so walks this morning and fun in the runs with the paddling pool and hose pipe this afternoon. I saw Dewey fetch the ball out of the water and bring it back! :)) Maisie apparently decided it was a good place to have a wee! :))) It has been difficult trying to keep them all cool.

Many thanks to everyone who gave up their Bank Holiday to help with the dogs today. You are all so kind.

We are expecting a new boy tomorrow....he is only two years old, so just a puppy! :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 25 Aug 18:53



Whoo hoo, my post stayed!!!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 25 Aug 18:05



Ok, so today I am going to try and do my post before I lose it like last week!

It was already getting really hot by morning walk time. Thanks to Nick and Martha, Ruby Rebels parents for coming in to do walks. As it was so hot the dogs had a nice stroll along the lane to the farm and back in the shade.

This afternoon it was paddling pool and hosepipe playtime, way too hot to even contemplate a walk. Some were less enthusiastic than others. We did have a real surprise with one little resident. Despite being very shy, gorgeous little Dewey decided she liked to play fetch with a ball! She was clever enough to work out if it was thrown into the pool she could put her front paws in the water and with one pull the ball towards her and get it back out. She was so cute and really enjoyed herself. Kennel mate Willis just watched in amusement, especially when he realised she wasn't about to give the ball up to him. Maisie had to have her turn last as when she has had enough splashing around in the pool she wees in it. Lovely.

Very quiet for visitors, only one couple to buy food. I did try to press them into having another dog but hey ho! Can't win every one.

The dogs were settled this evening with lovely fans on to keep them nice and cool.

Hopefully some of our reserved hounds will go home this week meaning some more of our waiting list dogs can come in and wait for their well deserved forever homes.

Well tis now wine o'clock, nice glass of chilled rose (sorry Angie you may need to patent your sayings)!

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 25 Aug 12:46



Saturday....so sorry for the belated Daybreaks Diary!

It was so lovely to see Ruth for a while yesterday! She looks so much better than the last time I saw her. :))) Momma came along too. :)

Eric's Mom and Dad came to sign his paperwork. Such a very special lad. Xxx

It was great to see lovely Robbie go home too. :))) Hope he is being a good boy. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for all their help yesterday. It was really warm so afternoon walks were cancelled and out came the hosepipe and paddling pool again. Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 23 Aug 17:05



Well, what a contrast to last week - lovely weather, lots of volunteers and visitors too, so it was anything but a lonely day!! Many thanks to everyone for their help today.

New boy Tom was still quite nervous this morning and was reluctant to come out of his kennel at first, but a slip lead worked its magic and he popped his head through the loop and came trotting out. Penny is not so much nervous as quite stressed. It must be such a huge change for them both and hopefully they will soon settle in to the Daybreaks family.

Our lovely volunteers took all the boys & girls for a walk this morning, whilst I got on with health and weight checks. By this afternoon we decided it was too hot to walk so the doggies came out for a "wee" and some individual play and cuddles. This also gave us the chance to give the kennels public areas a real good sweep and tidy, something you don't get the chance to do all that often.

Maggie met her lurcher sister Zara this afternoon, they got on really well and had a little play together in the sand run so its all systems go and Maggie will be off to her new home shortly.

The beautiful Honey G went off to her forever home this afternoon, wishing her and her new Mum and Dad many happy years ahead. Once she had trotted out of the kennels, leaving my handsome Razzle alone in the kitchen kennel, we decided to see if Penny would be happier with a friend, so we muzzled them both up and popped them in together. All was fine and as we left this evening they were both happily lying on separate beds and we hadn't heard a peep from either of them all afternoon. Lets hope Mr Razzle will give a bit of comfort to Penny while she settles in to this new environment.

The Bank Holiday weekend is upon us, and it looks like being a warm one too. We have a busy weekend at the kennels with homings and viewings, so lets hope the great momentum keeps going and we see more red signs by the end.

You've probably guessed already but it is a chilled white wine toast this evening - to all our beauties waiting for homes may this weekend be lucky for you, and to all our beauties going home wishing you many happy years ahead.

Keep yourselves and your hounds cool this weekend, cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 22 Aug 23:25



A very busy day today :)

We had two beautiful new arrivals Penny and Tom. Both a little nervous at the moment but hopefully they will soon settle into their new environment. A big thank you to Bob and Declan for picking them up for us. Xx

Maggie was reserved! She will meet her prospective sister tomorrow, a little Lurcher. Fingers crossed all goes well for them both. Xx

Ex Daybreaks resident Cleo popped in to use the sand run and have her nails clipped. She looked great :)

We also had a visit from our special boy Nick and his sister, Amy. They came for a pamper with Lucy. Nick looks as handsome as ever and was very happy to see everyone. :)) Not so keen on the bath though! :))

Many thanks to everyone for their help today, and of course to Alan and Paddy for supplying the donuts! :) Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 21 Aug 20:58



Brilliant to have lots of doggies getting ready to go to their new homes :)) We have a new boy and girl arriving tomorrow and more next week. Our waiting list is currently approximately 80 dogs waiting for a place at Daybreaks, We are hoping to make a big dent in it over the next couple of weeks. :))) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 21 Aug 19:20



A great warm and sunny day. Thanks as ever to our Wednesday walkers and to our afternoon volunteers for giving the dogs two lovely walks.

Another resident reserved, well done Razzle :))

We will shortly be running out of hounds soon!! I suspect over the next few days as our current reserve's start to go out to their forever homes we will start to get our new bunch of new dogs looking for a home.

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 21 Aug 00:43



Lots of volunteers today so the doggies had two good walks, mostly in the sunshine. :))

Wolfy and his Mom and Dad came to visit us today, he looks great. He had his nails clipped and was then off to Melbicks to the cafe for sausages! His Mom says he isn't spoilt but ruined!! :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Tuesday 20 Aug 21:50



Sending love to all those who have lost their furbabies recently. Xxx

So delighted to see so many reservations and praying that all are happy forever homes. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 19 Aug 22:57



Annie and Elsa were paired up yesterday, they seem fine together so far. :))
Razzle has also moved kennels and is now sharing the kitchen kennel and run with Honey G. :)

We had a lovely lady from the Body Shop join us for the day as her Charity Day. She has helped us before. She is hoping one day to adopt a Greyhound. :)) Emma, thanks so much for your enthusiasm and willingness to do anything. Xx

Bocko' new family came to visit him this afternoon, he had a great time in the sand run with him. Xx

Many thanks to everyone for their help today.

Jo, sorry your comment from yesterday disappeared....I can honestly say it wasn't me! Xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 18 Aug 22:05



Well I don't know what's happened, but my Daybreaks daily diary post has gone! So tired now I may have to re-write tomorrow. :( unless it turns up in the meantime!

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by jetlucy

Sunday 18 Aug 21:02



Daybreaks you're doing such a good job you're rapidly running out of blacks! You know how lucy loves to admire the black boys and girls so youre going to have to get some more! Xxx

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by LM

Sunday 18 Aug 08:08



Wow! What news. Too much to comment on individual dogs posts for now so I'm posting one big YAYYYYYYYYYY! on here. I am tearful with happiness, particularly for the long stayers. I so hope Annie gets on ok. She so deserves it. We're going to kennels this morning so will give lots of cuddles and tell them all to be good girls and boys in their new homes. I know they want to please. x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 17 Aug 22:52



A really busy day and it didn't rain! :))

Elsa was the first little girl to be reserved this morning by a lovely couple who liked her and our special little Annie. They decided on Elsa, but later in the afternoon they called to say they would like to offer Annie the chance of a home with them too :)) Obviously if they really don't like each other it may not happen but I'm sure they will be fine. Please keep everything crossed they do like each other :))) xx

A short while after Honey G was reserved. :)) She has a lovely home to go to. :))

Thanks to all who came and walked the dogs today and helped out with feeding. :)

I was just saying goodnight to the boys and girls when I discovered someone had left a little present in their kennel for me! :) I won't embarrass them by giving a name! :))) it didn't take long to clean it up and pop them back in for bed. :)) what's a bit of poo matter anyway!!

Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Saturday 17 Aug 18:19



OMG!!!! Not 1 but 2 long stayers plus a newbie with a home to look forward to. A little tear of pure joy is falling. I have been so worried about little Annie. She has been passed by for no real reason but chances comes to all those who wait patiently & wait for their chance to shine. She has certainly done this without complaint. I am so glad I was unable to do the roadshow with Honey G today as she might have missed her chance!! And shy Elsa, bless her. She will have a short stay but being shy its probably better she gets into a stable home asap. And so its goodbye to most of our regulars and hello to the next generation of residents who will wait patiently. Just need that special home for Willis & Dewey now. Well done everyone!!! I look forward to hearing all about the new homes over the next couple of days. X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 16 Aug 21:59



Thanks Angie, I prefer the dynamic duo, although I do have to admit by the end of the day we were wet and bedraggled so, yes gruesome twosome may have been apt!

Our current residents are such wonderful characters, especially Maisie who since day one has had a 'real thing' about my phone!

Very strange with it being so quiet, even stranger sitting down to have lunch, a rare thing indeed! Thanks Angie for the lovely soup and bread, it was gorgeous.

More viewings booked for the weekend, hoping for some more great red and green signs. We seem to be on a roll now. X

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by Shanesmum

Friday 16 Aug 17:14



Well, there's quiet - and then there's today at Daybreaks!! Most probably the dire weather forecast yesterday, but we didn't have one single volunteer - so that left Jo & I as the dynamic duo or the gruesome twosome, whichever you prefer (sorry Jo!) The weather also kept away the visitors too, so we had a very lonely day!

The rain held off this morning so I could take all the boys & girls one at a time for playtime in the sand run. We had great fun, and it is lovely to see all their different personalities and the way they enjoy their off lead time.

Wendy was a little unsure and wasn't very keen on running around off lead, so we had a walk around the perimeter on the lead and she was much happier. Don't think the wind gusting through the trees helped much.

Little Dewey loved having a run round, as did Annie who kept throwing her own toy for herself to catch!!

The 2 new girls Maggie & Elsa are absolutely beautiful. Elsa had a good old race round, as did Maggie, but they both let me know when they'd had enough by coming back to me and "leaning".

As the rain set in for the afternoon Jo & I took the boys & girls into the feeding runs for "wee" time then we did some grooming and playing with toys. It actually made a nice change for us both to be able to spend some good one on one time with all the doggies - giving them some TLC and getting to know them and their funny little ways. Honey G was determined to play with the grooming brush - and Maisie was equally determined to get Jo's phone out of her pocket!!

Well another weekend is upon us, and we have a Melbicks roadshow and both days - let's hope the weather improves and encourages plenty of visitors, both at the roadshows and at the kennels.

Today's tipple is going to be a drop of brandy, purely medicinal of course after getting cold & wet!! But it is still raised in a toast to our beautiful residents, with a wish that forever sofas will soon be theirs.

Happy weekend one and all- cheers!

Angie xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 16 Aug 00:14



A much better day...all walks nice and dry!

Many thanks to Alan, Richard and Lucy for doing the warehouse run. They got stuck in traffic on the way back. So chocolate donut time was a lot later than normal!!

Lucy took some fabulous photos of Willis and Dewey :)) They look so good together. She still has the whole of the big bed to herself, but we make sure Willis is comfy on the lower bed. Bless him. Xx

Having just taken Bobby out for a wee, I have noticed a distinct chill in the air :( Soon be back to coats and Fleeces!!

Thanks to everyone for their help today. It was good to see Ashley with Alan and Myra, he is such a handsome boy! :))

In case anyone is wondering where "Suirview Maya" who has been on our website as coming soon for a long time has gone....she is now at the Dudley branch of the Greyhound Trust ready to find her forever home. Xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 14 Aug 18:07



A horrible wet miserable day... not nice for walking but all dogs managed morning and afternoon walks, by the end of morning walks the lane was flooded. This was thanks to our lovely Vodafone volunteers and our intrepid Wednesday walkers, all got very wet indeed.

The Vodafone volunteers watched and helped with health checks, and a couple went and sat with some of our residents.

Not surprisingly it was very quiet for visitors, in fact I think the only visitor came in to buy a doggie raincoat!!

Remember, tickets are on sale for our 'Let the star's shine...again' evening on 21 September, last year was a lovely evening, lots of stories and memories shared.it was a beautiful sight with candles lit and gazebos adorned with lanterns and fairy lights.

Here's hoping that the momentum of the weekend carries on during the rest of the week and more hounds get to find their forever homes. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 13 Aug 23:26



It was good to see a lot of our regular walkers today :) It was nice weather for walking. Our two new girls Maggie and Elsa are settling well and enjoyed going out with the other Greyhounds. Xx

Many thanks to Richard and Declan for doing a tip run for us and for clerarimg the car park at the back. Xx

Thanks you to everyone who popped in with donations of bedding and for staying to meet the dogs and give them some extra fuss. :))

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 13 Aug 21:45



Ah bless the children how sweet of them and they all look very happy with the dogs...they need to get working on parents! Xxx

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 13 Aug 19:54



Aw, what lovely kind children, such a lovely thing to do for the lovely Daybreaks residents, their parents must be so proud of them xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 13 Aug 17:08



We are so grateful to the lovely children who visited us yesterday and brought in donations of food and treats for our Daybreaks residents. They raised money by baking cakes and selling them! Then they went off to the supermarket to spend their hard earned cash on our beautiful dogs. There is a photo of them showing Robbie and Molly all the things they bought. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 12 Aug 22:49



A great day for Bocko! He found himself reserved late this afternoon:)
Xx

Seana brought Murphy now known as Fergal in to help out with this mornings walks. He was happy to meet all the dogs and enjoyed going out with them. Xx

Thanks very much to Jo for coming in today to help out and do the paperwork for our two lovely new arrivals Maggie and Elsa. Two very sweet girls. :)

Thanks to everyone who came in to take our residents out for walks and help clean out this morning. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 11 Aug 19:28



A whirlwind and rollercoaster of a day today. Difficult to know where to start.

Very quiet for volunteers, extremely busy for visitors.

Murphy proved to be very popular. There were three offers of a foster home for him this morning. He is now with his dad and foster brother, thanks to Sirenmelody for taking him home for some very much needed TLC.

We had two homings, lovely Charisma now Indie and handsome Ringo, good luck to both of them and their families.

We had two dogs reserved, Robbie and our second longest stayer Eric. They have both waited so patiently. Hoping all goes well for them both and their prospective families. This leaves Annie as our current longest stayer, please someone give her a chance, she keeps being overlooked and must be confused at being given a new kennel mate when her partner goes home.

There were another couple of viewings, one looks very promising, won't say who just yet, keep an eye out for an update!!

We also had two new arrivals, apologies as I was unable to get them fully processed and put on the website. They will be on here tomorrow.

So after a very quiet period for homings things seem to be looking up. Never mind a nice glass of wine, after today (in a good way), I think it may call for several and a takeaway!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 10 Aug 23:38



We had several viewings today :) and lots of visitors. :)

Most of the residents enjoyed the extra attention, but Dewey was a little overwhelmed and retreated to the corner of her kennel and kept out of the way. :( Bless her.

Many thanks to Dave and Stacey who walked all the dogs between them this morning and to Dave (again!) Jan and Jess, who walked all the dogs this afternoon. :)) Sure they are all fast sleep by now!

It was sad to see Murphy back at the kennels but I'm sure a fabulous home is waiting for him. Hopefully with someone who will be around more to help him with his anxieties. Xx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 09 Aug 17:13



I practically had to swim to the kennels this morning - boy did it rain!!! Not surprisingly we were very short on volunteers so the boys & girls just had to make do with a "wee" trip to the feeding runs this morning!

It meant that I could get on with the outstanding health checks and weight checks.

The weather brightened a little which signalled an influx of visitors to use the run, have pampers, buy food and drop off very kind donations of bedding and items for our various fundraising ventures.

Volunteers this afternoon meant the boys & girls could get out on walks, provided they dodged the showers!!

The afternoon also saw the lovely Bell reserved, hooray, and pretty little Paige bounce off to her new home. Kennel mate Wendy looked a little confused as I checked on the doggies before home time, she was sitting all alone on the very big bed bless her. Hopefully we can find her another kennel mate to share with - but a forever sofa of her own would be even better.

Its wine time but sadly this week I cannot partake as I am on antibiotics for a tooth abscess, shame!! However the wish is still the same when accompanied by a glass of lemonade - that today's homing momentum continues and some more of our lovely boys& girls find themselves their own forever homes.

Have a lovely weekend one and all - stay dry!!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 08 Aug 23:46



We had a lot of visitors today. :) Thanks so much to everyone for their donations of bedding and raffle prizes. Xx

We had a visit from the very handsome Will, an ex-Daybreaks resident. He came in to have his nails clipped by Lucy and met some of our girls too! :) We also had another gorgeous lad called Storm pop in with his family. Who also enjoyed meeting some of the girls. :)) You never know one of them may come back for a second look! Xx

Many thanks to Alan and Richard for collecting collars/leads and muzzles for us today. A new venture for the Chuckle Brothers! :))

I'm sure you will agree the new photos of some of our residents proudly wearing their Pet Blood Bank bandanas are great...thanks Lucy. :)) Xx

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 07 Aug 20:05



A lovely warm dry day, all dogs had morning and afternoon walks. Thanks to our Wednesday walkers and our afternoon volunteers.

We too had a tracker that decided to fly off over a fence! Paul managed to findit on the next walk. Thanks Paul for fighting your way through the rambles and stinging nettles, armed with two seaside spades!!

Thanks to everyone who came in with donations of bedding, fish and items for our donation table. It is very much appreciated.

If you can spare some tins of fish (in oil or tomato) or tins or trays of dog food our residents would be very grateful.

It nice to see Ruth's little strips pants Tig, she spent the day in the office, she is currently having a little holiday with Denise and her Charlie whilst Ruth starts her recovery.

Lots of lovely dogs are patiently waiting for their forever homes. Annie and Eric are currently our longest stayes. If you are tempted by any of our beautiful hounds, give us a call and pop in for a look, you never know......

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 07 Aug 07:15



Love the new Diary photo, very smart xxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 06 Aug 23:18



It was a very busy day with a visit from The Pet Blood Bank. Along with several donations from pet dogs we had donations from Daybreaks residents Bell, Honey G, Bocko, Razzle, Robbie, Willis and Tommy. All very brave.. :)) The Pet Blood Bank will be back in October. if you are interested in your dog becoming a Blood Donor please contact them on
01509 232 222 for more information. Lucy took some lovely photos of the dogs wearing their Pet Blood Bank bandanas including the one of Bell and Honey G on our diary page. :))

The weather was very unpredictable today, hot and sunny one minute and a monsoon the next. Unfortunately our walkers this morning got wet more than once! Gill, Nick and their two walking companions came back from their walk absolutely soaked, but not entirely the fault of the rain. A truck had managed to drive through a large puddle at speed which resulted in the water being deposited onto all of them! They were very hardy and went on another walk. :))

Nick had left Ruby Rebel in the office while he went for a walk. I went in and discovered my Milky Way half eaten and on his bed! Xxx:)))

We had a missing Tracker...it decided it wanted to spend the day in Old Damson Lane. Despite several search parties armed with a phone with the Tracker app on it and the sound and light activated on the missing tracker it remained missing in action until this evening when Richard and Declan finally found it in a puddle happily swimming around! It is now safe and well and on charge!! :))

Many thanks to everyone for all their help today. So very much appreciated. :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 05 Aug 23:00



It was great to see Betty go home today. She was very excited to see her new family and couldn't wait to get in the car and start her new life with them. :)) Really hope all goes well and Claire, her previous owner can relax knowing Betty has a lovely new home. Xx

We had enough walkers to make sure our residents had walks morning and afternoon today. It was a nice day but not too hot. :)

Charisma's new Mom and Dad came for a quick visit to see their little girl. They were just passing and couldn't resist popping in to say hello to her. Xx

We had a visit from a past resident the very handsome Tommy. He came for a mini pamper with Lorna. He really wasn't impressed to have his nails clipped! We had to feed him a constant stream of treats to take his mind off what was happening to his feet! Bless him. :))

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. It was brilliant to see our lovely Yvonne back at the kennels today after breaking her wrist a while ago. She was very happy to be cleaning the kennels again and Razzle very obligingly supplied the poo to clean up that she has been missing so much!! :)

It's Pet Blood Bank day tomorrow!

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 04 Aug 18:18



How could I forget, Razzle also went with Canine massage, he was a good boy too. Sorry Raz!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 04 Aug 18:03



This morning started off with me, myself and I! Thankfully just before 10 am reinforcements arrived in the shape of Henry, Alice, closely followed by Lynne, Simon Dave and Alison. Thanks so very much to them all. This afternoon it was just Dave and myself. The dogs all had mid morning walks and this aftrrnoon it was time in the outdoor run.

We had the pleasure of the Canine massage team today. Eric, Bell, Honey G, Robbie and Betty all had some relaxing massages, they are back next week, I am going to see if I can book myself in with them! All dogs were impeccably behaved.

It has been very slow for homing recently, it is holiday season after all. Well today.......2 dogs reserved, yay. Little Paige is hopefully, pending a home check going home with a brother, Larry the lurcher! Ringo was also reserved, he is such an affectionate, happy gentle boy, he will have lots of attention.

Ruth popped in very briefly, she is on the long road to recovery and we wish her all the best and hope she is feeling better soon. Xx

Here's hoping for a good week ahead.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 03 Aug 23:46



We had a busy day with several viewings. A couple of which were very promising. Fingers crossed. :)

Good walking weather and we had lots of walkers so our residents got two walks today.

Many thanks to everyone who came in to help today, lovely to see our Gloria back! We missed you. :)

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 02 Aug 17:25



After a cloudy start today turned into a bit of a scorcher!

We were very short on volunteers this morning so doggies couldn't go out for a walk, but as it had got quite warm by then I don't think they were too bothered.

And after a very quiet start - the day went absolutely mad!! We had plenty of visitors to use the run, buy food, have nail clipping, make donations of bedding and - best of all - a viewing which resulted in the lovely Betty being reserved, yay! x

I met the very handsome and friendly Ringo today, he is lovely and while I was doing my prior to going home checks this evening, I spotted him lying upside down with his legs in the air! Quite a few of our boys & girls were lying on the cool stone floors, and we left the fans on to keep them cool overnight. Ah, the vagaries of the British climate!!

Well, I cant believe it's the weekend again, and as Kate said yesterday, it's August too - just where is the time going? It is a definite chilled white wine kind of evening, so I will raise my glass and toast our beautiful boys & girls - all so lovely and all waiting so patiently for their chance to show what a great addition to a family they would make.

Don't forget tickets for Let The Stars Shine Again are on sale now. I know the event is in September, but I hate to remind you - that is next month!! It will be a lovely evening where we remember friends both 2 & 4 legged who are no longer with us but are always in our hearts. You can light a candle in their memory and tuck into a jacket potato whilst chatting and sharing stories and precious memories.

Have a lovely weekend one and all - cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 02 Aug 00:01



A strange day with hot sunshine one minute and torrential rain the next! Thanks to everyone who came in to walk the dogs. They all enjoyed two walks.

Alan and Declan did a warehouse run for us while Richard did more repairs around the kennels. :)

We saw little Cara today as Shirley and Richard are looking after her while her family are away on holiday. She looks fantastic with a lovely shiny coat!

Can't believe it's August already...where does the time go!? If you are looking for something special to do during the summer, why not give a Greyhound their forever home! :)))

Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Thursday 01 Aug 16:26



Popped in today & met the lovely new arrival Ringo. What a soft kind & affectionate boy he is. Thank you Ringo for giving my ears a good washing....I must have not done a good job in the shower this morning. My little girl Bell was a bit jealous when she heard my voice so then insisted on nibbling me & giving my face and mouth an even bigger wash!!! I love all the residents but my little girl is very much a baby at 3 & desperately needs to be someone's Mummy or Daddy's girl. I wish I could have her but my current situation would not be right for her or my boys. Please people.....if you are considering a new dog, come and say hello to all our wonderful residents with their individual characters and quirks. They are waiting soooo patiently for just a chance to show their love and loyalty.

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 31 Jul 23:33



Sending lots of love to Ruth! It's great to see "Wispa'sMum" back on the website! :))
Xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Wednesday 31 Jul 22:19



Sending you our love Auntie Ruth. Lubs Florence. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 31 Jul 19:20



This morning started off with a vet run. Paige and Razzle had the pleasure of visiting the vets. They both travelled beautifully in the car. By the time we got back the first walk had been done. Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers.

We were very short of volunteers this afternoon, so the residents each had some fun in the sand run. Thanks to Louise and Paul for taking them in.

It was very quiet for visitors too. However gorgeous Rose popped in with her mom and dad to get a new muzzle as she had managed to 'do away' with the last one. She then had a turn in the sand run.

I got to meet new arrival Ringo. He is such a happy lad and very affectionate.

The weather forecast for the next few days looks as if it is going to be relatively dry. Too hot, too wet, too windy, we are never happy! After yesterday's monsoon I think some dry weather is called for, thankfully the drainage held up.

We have a kennel full of beautiful hounds waiting for their forever homes. If you are contemplating getting a dog, please give us a call and come and pay us a visit. We are open 7 days a week from 10.00am until 4.00pm. These dogs are so laid back and lazy, they are, despite popular misconceptions low maintenance and do not need lots of exercise. Once you have had one, one is never enough!!!

Great to hear that Ruth is finally on the road to recovery, it's been a long time coming for her. Hopefully now she is 'sorted'. Love and best wishes to her, she is very much missed at the kennels, but this doesn't mean that she rushes back, she needs to take it easy for a while. X

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by morris

Wednesday 31 Jul 18:18



hope you feel better soon Ruth xxxx

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 31 Jul 14:31



Ruth, glad to hear that you are on the road to recovery, look after yourself and take care ....love Shani, Ken, Dexter & Douggie xxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 31 Jul 08:31



I’ve just logged on for the first time in a few weeks and it is great to read all that has been going on at Daybreaks. I am eternally grateful to Kate, Jo and every volunteer who gives up their time to keep the place running.
I went in for surgery on 15th July expecting a max 2 night stay then on the road to recovery however after being discharged on the Wednesday I was readmitted on Saturday and had further surgery on the Monday. After a spell in ITU I was discharged the following Sunday and I’m now at home with a strict 10 week minimum recovery slapped on me!
I am also grateful to Denise who has had Tigger Stripy Pants for me and she has been to be spayed and had her pins removed and to Rosie who has been looking after Momma.... I am looking forward to having them back once all my staples have been removed and I have a bit more energy for the Tig monster!
I can’t wait to get to the kennels for a visit which I hope to do Saturday and eventually being back fit and healthy. Ruth x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 30 Jul 22:08



It was very, very wet today! We managed to get the morning walks done but this afternoon was a monsoon!! Can't believe yesterday we were using the hosepipe to cool the dogs down! :)

We had a gorgeous new arrival at lunchtime. Ringo is a lovely pleasant natured lad who absolutely loves lots of cuddles. :)) Many thanks to Jayne, his Trainer for dropping him off at the kennels.

Nifty and Shiftie...sorry Cilla :) came in to see Jess for a mini pamper. It was great to see them. Xx

Charisma's prospective new family came to take her for a walk but because it was so wet she had a trip to Melbicks instead! She had a great time. :))

Halfway through feeding this afternoon there was a flash of lightning and a loud crack of thunder. Some of the dogs were really frightened including our own dogs. It's sad to see them all so scared. Fortunately that was all the thunder we heard. Fingers crossed we don't have anymore storms tonight.

Many thanks to Richard and Declan for making a trip to the tip for us and to everyone for their hard work and for getting extremely wet all day!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 29 Jul 23:17



I think Seana's comments have summed up today at the kennels perfectly, :)) It was a pleasure to have her help and enthusiasm and the company of her lovely Teddy and Melly. It's true Lyra was not impressed with Teddy's advances and the look on her face was priceless! :) Xx

It was a warm day, we took everyone out for a walk this morning but got the paddling pool and hosepipe out again this afternoon. Looking at the weather forecast for tomorrow we will be back to wearing raincoats!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. I am so grateful and so are the doggies! :)) Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Monday 29 Jul 19:04



Due to staff shortages I offered to help Kate out today and have just completed my first ever 9 hour shift!!!! What an interesting & enjoyable experience....for me but maybe not for Auntie Kate???? I helped with everything from cleaning, feeding, health checks & walks!! It is amazing how much is involved on a daily basis to look after these lovely boys and girls and there was barely more than 20 mins taken during 9 hours to have a quick breather. I never imagined just how long it all takes and the whole team has gone up a couple more notches in my admiration for all they do on a daily or regular basis. I was able to take my own two to spend the day with Kate's Lyra & Skip which meant I could spend all day there. It was a change of scenery for them and I think they quite enjoyed themselves. Teddy decided he realllly liked Lyra!!! Having decided to be brave & bold & give her a kiss she sadly didnt reciprocate his advances but was looking to Kate as if to say Mum you just let this common brindle kiss me!!!!! My poor child....he just loves everyone and all breeds too. Melly just looked on as if to say well Lyra look at the bright side you get to go home....I get to go home & await my regular ear washing but hes my brother so I can't offend him! Lovely to see Helen, Annette, Dave, Barry & Dave no2. Thank you for your company and chat. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon. I am so exhausted....not being used to hard graft!!! I am now having a lovely large Pimms before my dinner and both Melly & Teddy are fed & resting nicely. Xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 28 Jul 19:42



Thanks to everyone who took a dog on the Brueton park walk and braved the weather this morning. Those not lucky enough go either had a walk in the rain or some fun in the sand run. What a contrast to last week!

We had a few visitors, some just to have a look around, but sadly not able to offer a home yet and potential homers, others for food and to send well wishes to Ruth.

This afternoon left just Dave and myself at the kennels. Thanks Dave for taking all the dogs in turn into the sand run whilst I prepared their dinners. When we left they were all curled up comfy on their beds nice and warm and dry.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 27 Jul 23:00



Well, what a difference in the weather today! There were only a few walkers but we managed morning and afternoon walks. I got the chance to go out too:) I took lovely Bocko who walks so well on the lead as do Tommy and Wendy. We all got quite wet but it was great! :))

Very cute Charisma has been reserved! She needs to meet a small doggy member of the family next week, so fingers crossed for her. Bolt came in for a pamper with Jess. He had a little run around in the sand run, then had a bath. :) He looks great! Xx

A much cooler night in the kennels, hopefully all the doggies will sleep better tonight.

Thanks to all who helped out today. :))

Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Saturday 27 Jul 17:21



Despite the summer hols having started another good roadshow today at Melbicks with a very steady stream of people visiting this ever popular garden centre. The advantage of a rainy day brought families out either for a browse or to buy planters etc for when the sun returns!! I took my helper Bell who was her usual chilled & charming self and as always was good with everyone and no problem at all with all the various breeds that came to say hello. She didnt like coming back to the kennels although once it was announced that dinner was ready she settled down. She has a lovely temperament & is very much a people dog. She would let you cuddle her all day long so it would be nice if she got a home where someone was around a fair bit.

Sarah took another resident, Paige, who was equally chilled and well behaved. It was her first time out of the kennels at a roadshow and she was not at all phased by all the small breeds or children. Another girl with a lovely temperament.

I had a long chat with a nice retired couple who lost their greyhound to cancer after 10 years together and they feel the time is right to adopt another so after an upcoming holiday they will hopefully come and let one of our present boys and girls choose them as their forever parents. They seemed very keen and were it not for the upcoming holiday would probably have taken my Bell home there & then!!! All of the boys and girls are waiting so patiently for the chance to shine outside of kennel life.

On my return to the kennels there was a lovely retired couple in one of the runs with Charisma. They lost their greyhound only this week having just had him for a few months. It was also cancer but they were very philosophical and just delighted that they were able to provide a lovely last few months full of trips away etc to this lovely boy. I remember Tony as I am involved with DT as well so they have my condolences but hopefully Charisma has found herself a new home and they are returning this week and hoping to bring a friend who is seriously considering rehoming a greyhound. The lady often looks after their daughter's boy so has experience with the breed. All in all it sounds very positive and I am praying to see a couple of reserved signs over the next couple of weeks.

Many thanks to Jill & Paul, Mark & Tanya & Sarah together with Buddy, Berry, Nifty, Cilla & of course Paige & Bell for their enjoyable company today. Look forward to seeing you again in 3 weeks.

Have a good week everyone. It will hopefully be a more comfortable and cool one! Xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 26 Jul 17:24



What a relief it was for everyone to be a lot cooler today!

We had plenty of volunteers first thing so the doggies all had a lovely walk this morning, they enjoyed being out and about and not being hot.

In a very untypical Friday style we were very busy for visitors with customers for the run and pampers, and some viewings.

The weekend is here again and it is a busy one, with roadshows at Melbicks on both days and the Brueton Park walk on Sunday. Must confess the forecast doesn't look too promising with warnings of rain! Typical British weather - boiling one minute and drowning the next!!

Fingers crossed that whatever the weather, some of our lovely boys & girls may find the forever homes they are so deserving of - and I raise my glass of chilled white wine to them all.

Have a great weekend one and all - cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 25 Jul 23:23



It was unbearably hot today. :( The residents didn't go for any walks today. The temperature was high in the twenties even at 10am this morning.

We did our best to keep them cool throughout the day. Eric went mad in the paddling pool and we are sure he peddled all the water in the direction of kennel mates Bell and Honey on purpose! They all sported wet bandanas to help cool them down and after dinner they all got another soaking with the hosepipe. :))

We had very few visitors but Yvonne our lovely volunteer popped in to say hello, she is still wearing a plaster cast on her wrist after falling and breaking it. Get better soon Yvonne. We also saw Hector and Teddy, both looked very happy. :))

So grateful to all who came into help today. Especially Shirley, Richard, Lucy and Declan who stayed all day and braved the heat. The ice creams and donuts helped! :))

Hoping the kennel doggies and everyone's pet doggies stay as cool,as possible tonight.

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 24 Jul 18:02



Another very hot day, tomorrow's forecast is for even hotter weather. Please remember that pavements get very hot and can burn your dog's pads. The current recommendation is, that if possible walk before aim and after 8pm.
Today our residents managed a morning walk as the sun had not fully shown itself, thanks to our Wednesday walkers. This afternoon they had playtime in the kennel runs with the hose pipe and paddling pool, most seemed to really enjoy it.

It was quiet for visitors today. We did have a lovely couple come to have a look around after losing their greyhound very recently. They are coming back to have another look around at the end of the week. Hoping that when they are ready they will be able to offer a loving home to another deserving grey.

Take care all and make sure your hounds are comfy and cool in this weather. We do have some cool coats for sale at the moment, just give the kennels a call if you would like one.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 23 Jul 22:50



It was very hot today! The dogs went out for a walk this morning but this afternoon we got them out into the runs for a cooling spray from the hosepipe:) Helen enjoyed herself "watering" the dogs :)) We also had the paddling pool out. Eric had a great time jumping around in it :)) Most of the others thought it was giant water bowl!

Richard climbed on the roof and put some blankets and sheets over the skylights in the top block as the kennels were getting so hot. :)

Many thanks to Seana who popped in with ready made small bags of fruit for all our residents to have with their dinner. We were quite jealous she hadn't made a bag up for us people! :)))

Thanks too to everyone who has dropped in tins of meat and fish and also bedding and towels. :)

It was hard for everyone to stay cool and we left the dogs with the fans on. As I was checking them one last time before I went home, someone had had a little accident in Annie and Charisma's kennel. They came out while I cleaned the floor and ofcourse everyone else got restless so they all came out for a toilet break and a rub over with a cool wet towel! :)) Hope they all sleep ok tonight. Xx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 22 Jul 21:08



A very warm day for doggies and people! We did one walk as it was too hot later in the afternoon. I actually got chance to go on three walks and had the pleasure of taking Betty Wendy and Robbie. Both girls walk beautifully on the lead. :) Wendy likes to keep checking you are still there and looks up at you. Robbie, well he loves going for a walk and keeps a brisk pace...but not keen on coming back! If you like walking Robbie is for you. :)) He is a great training partner!

Thanks so much to Bella, Lucy, James and Helen for all their help today.

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 21 Jul 18:01



We were quite for volunteers this morning, so some dogs had walks down the lane and the more vocal residents had some fun in the run in between the bookings we had to use it.

Lorna had 2 papers this morning. Skye came excitedly up the drive thinking she was going in the run, she was very disappointed to find out that that wasn't going to be the case. Jess Lorna's next booking was really not bothered when it was her turn.

It was lovely to welcome Henry and Alice back after their break to study and take their A levels and GCSE exams respectively. Good luck to them with their results.

We had several visitors to use the run, including the gorgeously cute little Italian greyhound Hugo. He is a bundle of fun and excitement and absolutely loves everyone he meets. You certainly get a thorough washing from him!

Thank too for the donations of bedding and a dog bed.

Little Betty who was sadly returned yesterday melted the hearts of a lovely couple who had been to look at a non greyhound elsewhere and decided as they were passing to just pop in and 'have a look'. They absolutely fell in love with her and reserved her. Pending a home check she will be going home very shortly, I suspect she will be well and truly spoilt. I hope this helps her previous owner to know she will be very much loved and that her stay at the kennels will hopefully be a short one. X

Dewey is still very quiet, she did manage to eat a little more today, she is such a lovely hound as are all our residents, they all just need a forever home.

Here's hoping for a good week ahead and more reservations and homings.

It was great to see Sam and Skip this afternoon, Skip looks really well after the shock of him suffering a spinal stroke recently. You really could not tell he had been so poorly.

Thanks to everyone for their help today.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 20 Jul 23:33



A strange day, lots of visitors this morning but very quiet this afternoon,
Just Jess and I towards the end of the day. :)

Managed walks this morning, but not enough of us to do walks this afternoon. :(

It was sad to have another returnee. Betty is a lovely girl. Do hope she will find another home as soon as possible. Xxx Our waiting list grows ever longer, we now have around 80 dogs waiting for their chance of a forever home. :((

Jess had a gorgeous Border Collie arrive for a pamper! He had a good race around the sand run first and then the bath. :))

It was nice to see some old friends today, Sue, Steve and their two lovely girls Ebony and Tessa popped in and Star came in with his Mom and Dad for nail clipping. He has been with them four years this week. :)) Xx

Fingers crossed for homes for all of our current residents very soon.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 19 Jul 17:58



Good grief did it rain today!!??!! Not surprisingly the boys & girls didn't venture outside their comfy kennels this morning, except for some "wee" time in the feeding runs! This meant we could get on and do the health checks and weight checks, and I could continue with my blitz of the doggy kitchen! It's amazing what you find!!

Fortunately the rain did stop by lunch time and it dried up quite nicely so we could get an afternoon walk done. We were very short of help today, so I had the chance to go out on the walks - something I haven't done for ages. I walked my mate Eric and the gorgeous Razzle. Eric has improved so much and very rarely pulled, except when something very interesting presented itself like a bag blowing in the wind!! Razzle walks beautifully, trotting along by your side. On the second walk I took Willis and Dewey. For a big fella, Willis walks like a dream, and little Dewey trotted alongside him all the way. She is still quite worried and is not eating well, but she seems to like the company of another dog and kept close to Willis.

We didn't have one visitor today - can't say I am surprised as the weather was awful, I wouldn't go out either!! Many thanks to Bella & Chris who braved the elements to give us a hand today - we would have been lonely without you!!

Another weekend is upon us, we have a roadshow at Webbs of Wychbold on both Saturday and Sunday so lets hope the weather improves a bit and encourages people to attend. There is also a viewing booked for tomorrow so fingers crossed that one of our residents will soon be displaying a red sign.

It's red wine today as the weather has been so miserable, but my usual wish for homes for our boys and girls stays the same.

Cheers one and all - have a great weekend.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 18 Jul 23:36



We had a message from Rose's (Blossom) new family today to say how well she is doing. She and Maggie are getting on so well together. :))

It was lovely walking weather today :) Many thanks to all our volunteers for taking our residents for morning and afternoon walks. Xx

Richard, Alan and Declan went off to the warehouse for us at lunchtime. :) While Lucy had a visit from Hugo the Beagle for a pamper. He was very cute! :)

Thanks so much to Jess, Lucy and Ellie for taking Annie for a trip to the park. I'm sure a wonderful, understanding home is out there for her. Xx

It was donut Thursday today! Thanks to Alan and Paddy! :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 17 Jul 20:30



Hi all you lovely people out there that support us. We have run very short of tinned, tray, and pate dog food. If you are able to donate any to the kennels our residents would be really grateful. They do love a little variety . Thanks in advance. X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 17 Jul 19:07



A bright sunny day today, all dogs that could go on walks went both morning and afternoon. The post op dogs had a gentle meander around the sand run.

Lovely Dessy went home, hope all goes well for him and his new mom.

It was very quiet for visitors, well, holiday season is upon us. We have so many beautiful hounds looking for their forever homes. My wish is for some homing for our longer stayes. I will have Angie try and work her magic with her magic screensaver (it has always worked in the past)!!

Lucy came in after dropping her beautiful Ellie at the vets for a procedure, hoping all went well. Whilst she was there she had a booking for a pamper for gorgeous Caddy followed by a photo shoot. She then had a request from Helen and Dave two of our Wednesday walkers for a photoshoot for their lovely Millie.

I received the very sad news that sadly another grey had crossed over Rainbow Bridge this morning. God bless Blue his newest angel. Thinking of her family, shine bright tonight special one. X

Thanks to Dave for tackling the bedding store, it looks so much better!

Good news, Ruth was discharged from hospital today following her surgery on Monday. We all wish her a very speedy recovery. For now she needs to rest and recuperate, so little Tig is spending a few days with Auntie Denise. Best wishes, x

Sometimes it is difficult to remember everything that happens throughout the day, hopefully I have not missed anyone out!! Take care all. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 16 Jul 23:40



A very busy day today but everyone got morning and afternoon walks. :))

Sad to see Dewey returned today, but hopefully a new home will soon be hers. Xxx

Great to see See Blossom go off to her new home. Thanks so much to Lucy and Shirley for being in charge while Richard and I dropped Blossom off at her new home. Xx

Louis came for a visit, he met several ot the dogs, Willis was especially good with him. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 15 Jul 22:45



We had a slow start today and we didn't quite catch up for walks this morning. I am so very grateful to Shirley for taking Charisma to the vet for her neutering operation for me at very short notice. She only came in to use the sand run! :) Xxx

We had lots of help for afternoon walks :)) Paige and Wendy had a stroll around the sand run with Alan and Myra as they are still post op and not able to go on longer walks for another few days.

Many thanks to Bella who fed all the boys and girls while I went and picked Charisma up from the vet this afternoon. She was not quite with it when she got back to the kennels. Xx When I checked the cameras later and she had eaten most of her dinner. :) Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Xxx

Sending lots of love and get well wishes to Ruth, she had her operation today. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 14 Jul 20:26



Sorry, me again. I forgot to mention that if you had photographs taken at our birthday party, they are ready for collection from the kennels. I have mine and all I can say is they are amazing. Lucy is such a talented photographer, she really does capture the moment. You lucky people are in for a real treat. Fantastic, amazing, beautiful and much, much more. Thanks again Lucy. Xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 14 Jul 18:04



A very quiet day for volunteers again, the weather didn't help this morning. The dogs that could had some time in the sand run.

Lovely little Sky came to use the run, she had a great time. It's lovely to see ex-residents and to hear and see how they are doing.

We had visitors for nail clipping, food and to have a look at our beautiful residents. Thanks also for the donation of bedding, always welcome.

Eric had an outing to the park this morning with Ruby Rebel and his parents, thanks so much. He was shattered when he got back!

Gorgeous Dessy has been reserved, wishing him a very happy new life. We have so many beautiful dogs waiting for their forever homes. Please come and visit and see if you are tempted!

My Arry accompanied me to the kennels today and took up residence in the office. He met Bea the Beagle and after an initial grumble and lots of sniffing by them both he was great and actually lay down by her. On a couple of occasions I found biscuits that he had helped himself to, he didn't eat them, he just took them and tried to bury and hide them. He's not too good at looking innocent.

Angie came in at lunchtime to avoid the grand prix on telly! She decided that her mission for today was to attack the dog kitchen. Things were found that we had forgotten we had lost, some things I haven't even seen before!!

Well, my feet are aching and so is my back, so I think it must be wine and recline time before I start again!

Here's hoping for a successful week ahead and best wishes to Ruth wo is due to have her long awaited surgery tomorrow. Fingers crossed it goes ahead. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 14 Jul 13:06



A huge thank you to Jess and Lucy for covering the kennels yesterday. My niece was getting married, so I had a lovely wedding to attend. :)) Lyra was gutted she wasn't asked to be a bridesmaid! :)
You are both fabulous! Xxx

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by Jess&Tilly

Saturday 13 Jul 20:35



An early start for me today! Angie was already there letting the boys and girls out to the toilet before I started to get breakfast ready. We had our usual morning helpers, before Lucy arrived.

All the dogs had both morning and afternoon walks. And myself and Lucy took Robbie into the sand run - he loves it!

We have quite a few visitors in today, some potential adoptions as well as Blossom being reserved! She’s off to live with another greyhound called Maggie who we rehomed a few years ago.

Thank you to everyone who came in today, everything went smoothly for mine and Lucy’s first official day covering the kennels :)

Here’s hoping for another busy day tomorrow! Xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 12 Jul 17:23



An early start for Jo as she took pretty little Molly to the Vet to be speyed - think we have our own chair in the waiting room now the amount of time we spend at the Vets, lol!!

We were joined today by 2 volunteers from HSBC who got stuck in doing feeding, walks and health checks. They both fell in love with our residents and were very complimentary about the kennels and the work we do there. They said they had a great day - and will spread the word about Greyhounds!

Wendy was fine today and she and her kennel mate and best friend Paige are now both sporting lovely yellow post-op bandanas - and looked on forlornly as the others went out on walks!

Thanks to everyone who helped out today, the boys & girls could have 2 nice walks as it wasn't too hot - in fact it even sprinkled with rain once! I did take the opportunity to take my mate Robbie into the sand run for some playtime this afternoon. He is a little star, runs and plays beautifully then comes back to you when he's ready to go back to his bed! Such a shame there has been no interest in him yet.

It was very quiet for visitors so we got the chance to spend a bit of individual time in with the doggies - I think they enjoyed it as much as we did. So nice to just have some one on one time to get to know the dog and give him some undivided attention. Dessy enjoyed it so much he actually fell asleep lying on Chris!!

So lovely to see Billy's sign changed to reserved, he has a lovely new home and a lovely new name - congratulations one and all, a happy ending. x

Tickets for our remembrance evening "Let the Stars Shine Again" are now on sale at the kennels. We had a lovely time last year, it is not a sad evening but one where we get together to chat about happy memories, swap funny stories and remember hounds & friends no longer with us. We hope to see many of you there.

Well, another week has flown by and its time again for my weekend toast - I raise a nice glass of chilled white wine to our boys & girls and hope that they all find their special forever homes very soon.

Have a great weekend one and all.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 12 Jul 00:37



Another trip to the vet today, this time with Wendy for her neutering operation. She also five teeth removed and a small wart type growth removed form one of her front feet. Poor little Lass was quite wobbly on her return to the kennels.

I had the pleasure of going for a walk with Blossom this morning. She is a very lively and bouncy young lady but walks beautifully on the lead. :)

Eddie came to visit us and use the sand run. He is such a happy lad!

We also had a visit from Ashley. He had come in to have a pamper with Lucy. He smelt lovely when he left. :)))

It was good to see Ruth at the kennels this morning :)) and Declan too :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 09 Jul 23:16



It was Razzle's turn to visit the vets for his neutering operation today. He is such a good boy travels perfectly in the car and has lovely manners when meeting new people. :) Thanks so much to Sue for picking him up this afternoon. She said the nurses were all smitten with him. :)) He was quite happy when he got back and ate all his dinner. Xx

It was cooler today, the dogs enjoyed their walks and so did the volunteers. Xx Lucy took Robbie for a run in the sand. He had a great time! :)

Willis has been really settled today and loved going out for a walk. He is such a lovely lad. Xxx

I am writing this whilst sitting outside with Bobby, he got a little hot and decided to sit out in the garden. :)) it's so peaceful and nice to do some night time nature watching together. :) So far we have seen several moths, a couple of big spiders and a tiny field mouse!! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 08 Jul 22:33



Sad to see Willis come back to the kennels this morning. :( He had a very settled day and enjoyed going out for walks with the other residents. Xx

Beautiful Paige went off for her neutering op first thing. She is a very happy and bouncy girl normally but she found the vets rather daunting and was a very quiet little girl in the waiting room. She met a small dog and was perfect with him. She was rather wobbly when I picked her up this afternoon but she had a small dinner and received lots of attention from her friend Wendy. :))

Brilliant to see Molly reserved this afternoon. All being well she will have an older Greyhound Brother and Sister. :) She is incredibly cute and a little whirlwind, I don't think they will know what's hit them! :))

We had very positive commments from people who had watched the show on Saturday. So pleased it all went well. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. We are so greateful to all our volunteers for giving up their spare time to come and help take care of our Daybreaks beauties!

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 07 Jul 21:09



A very quiet morning, just Bella and myself cleaning and feeding. We had 3 reinforcements late morning. Some dogs had sand run fun and the rest had a cool walk. This afternoon it was grooming time before everyone left and left myself and Bella to feed and clean the runs.

There was interest in a couple of dogs, do fingers crossed.

Little Hugo, a seven month old Italian greyhound came to use the sand run. Beck, could the little dog run! He is such a little cutie.

If you would like to book the sand run, just give us a call, it is greyt. X

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by helenanddave

Sunday 07 Jul 19:24



A great night - thoroughly enjoyed it and sad it's the last one. Well done everyone! Xxx

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by PamD

Sunday 07 Jul 17:39



And a great big thank you to you Angie, without you it would never have happened xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 07 Jul 17:29



Fantastic evening of entertainment, fantastic amount raised to support Daybreaks, fantastic atmosphere, in fact fantastic everything!

Many thanks to cast, crew and all for your support. Thoroughly enjoyed it, thanks to Angie for her brilliant bringing together of the show. Xx

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by shanishoo

Sunday 07 Jul 10:58



Wow, what a fantastic amount of money raised, glad it was a success and that cast and audience enjoyed the evening. A big thank you to everybody involved, and for all your dedication and the tireless work you do to support Daybreaks and find homes for all the grateful hounds that pass through the kennels doors. Well done one and all xxxxx

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by Shanesmum

Sunday 07 Jul 10:25



Can I take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to Daybreaks in cabaret last night. As our last major stage show, we wanted to go out on a high - and we absolutely did!! It was an amazing night, the cast did me proud, they were magnificent. The audience were fabulous, the atmosphere was brilliant and the cast rose to the occasion.

Many thanks too to Ina for her lovely food, just right for a lovely Summer evening.

Your generous support for our evening raised the incredible sum of £1439.55 - THANK YOU.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Angie xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 07 Jul 00:18



A much cooler day...and it rained!! :)

Molly arrived today, what a sweet little girls she is. She is understandably a little stressed to find herself in new surroundings. We have paired her up with our other new little girl Charisma and hope they can help each other. Xx

Thanks so much to Liz for taking new lad Tommy out for a trip to the park this afternoon. :)

We were a little short on help this morning, thanks so much to Dave and Lauren for doing lots of walks...Jess helped out between bathings and even I got the chance to walk our long term resident Annie. :)) She really is a super girl, sure there must be a home out there with her name on the door! Xx

We didn't have any viewings for our beautiful Daybreaks residents today. :(( If you are currently looking for someone new to join your family please come and visit our boys and girls at the kennels. They really are the most wonderful dogs. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today.

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 05 Jul 21:42



As Angie has said, all doggies had a lovely cool down with the lovely hose attachment. When we got to Maisie, I was delegated to go in and hose her down (I didn't tell anyone she had already tried it and loved it). She was fantastic and had a good play, When I dried her down she absolutely loved it. Such a special girl.xxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 05 Jul 17:11



It was another hot & sunny Daybreaks day today! The doggies had a short walk down the shady lane first thing, all sporting their very fetching and very beneficial cool coats.

My first task was to get a photo of Eric for my phone screensaver - well, it's worked in the past so you never know!

Mid morning saw the arrival of our 2 new family members, Tommy & Charisma. Charisma is such a friendly, waggy tailed girl who will insist on trying to give you a kiss no matter what you are trying to do - makes cutting nails and cleaning ears very interesting!! She was a little unsure in the bath and did try to sit down once or twice, but with some gentle encouragement she eventually stood beautifully with her head over my shoulder whilst Chris gave her a lovely bath. She is a solid girl with the most beautiful eyes and face - think I am smitten already!

Tommy is a big boy who is just a bit unsure of things at the moment, although he is very friendly. He was a good boy in the bath too but, unlike Charisma, he didn't want to eat his dinner bless him.

It was far too hot to walk this afternoon so we treated all the inmates to some time at the doggy spa!! We fitted an attachment to the hosepipe which sprayed a lovely gentle mist of cool water over them, some were a little unsure at first but when they felt the cooling water they were more than happy to stand still! They then had a couple of sausages as treats before returning to their kennels - an enjoyable experience for both the doggies and the humans too.

Many thanks to those who came along to help out today, much appreciated.

Well the weekend is upon us again and a busy one it is too. We have another new arrival coming tomorrow and our show Daybreaks in cabaret is tomorrow night and is a sell out - I am delighted. The cast have been working hard to put together a great show - just hope it is a little cooler tomorrow evening or they will melt away under the stage lights!! All proceeds raised from the evening will go to Daybreaks Trust to help fund the ongoing improvements at the kennels.

As you can probably imagine as I type this post, a bottle of white wine is chilling in the fridge. I will raise my glass later to all our beauties waiting for their forever homes - may their sofas be just around the corner.

Have a great weekend one and all - cheers!

Angie
xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 03 Jul 18:07



A great day with the weather again. Thanks to our Wednesday walkers, were were back up to our full team today. This afternoon cool coats were required.

The remnants from the party are now a thing of the past. From what I have heard everyone who attended thought it was a great success, thanks again for your generosity, a fantastic amount raised. Now working on the next event.

We had a visit from the lovely Vegas, Daisy Mae, there mom and aunt. They came in before heading home to Cornwall in a few days. Vegas made herself at home on the bed in the office. Daisy Mae was fitted for a harness.

Otherwise a quiet day for visitors. All dogs were tucked up with the fans on in the kennel blocks.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 02 Jul 22:36



It was another lovely day, we are getting spoilt now! :))

Ruth joined us for the morning :)) Tig and Momma looked good and Cash is feeling so much better after having extra tlc at home with Ruth and Andy. Xx

We completed adoption paperwork for a lovely little girl called Amber. Her new Mom has had her on foster from another branch and we were asked to help out making her 'official' Such a very sweet girl.

Most of the party remains have been tidied away, had a bit of trouble with a couple of the gazebos...could not get them to fold down!! Hoping Alan will be able to help us on Thursday.:)) Eating more of Seana's cake helped us get over the disappointment of not being able to take all of the Gazebos down!!! It' was delicious, thank you. Xx

Xxx


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by LadyVictoria

Monday 01 Jul 23:08



Another warm and sunny day! I was able to go on one of the walks this morning, I had the pleasure of the company of Paige and my own Skippy. :)) Paige was a delight to walk. Xx

The dogs all had extra treats with their dinners this afternoon. There was porkpie, sausages and sausage rolls left over from the party, they all loved them. :)) There was homemade cake for the rest of us! :))

Steve brought Louis in for a visit this morning. He did a little work while he was here and met a few of the Greyhounds. They were all great with him. Xx

Thanks to everyone for their help today. We have put most things away after yesterday's party, only the Gazebos to take down tomorrow.

A special get well wish for two of our regular volunteers, Declan who has sprained his ankle and to our lovely Yvonne who has fractured her wrist. :(( Do hope they will both be fit and well and back at the kennels as soon as possible. Lots of love Xxx

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Monday 01 Jul 20:13



Happy birthday daybreaks! Keep up the good work xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 01 Jul 12:00



Happy birthday for today Daybreaks Kennels. We were a day early celebrating yesterday, what a greyt day it was. Xx

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by jetlucy

Sunday 30 Jun 22:39



Thank you for the party today daybreaks! Jetsy, my mom and i had a lovely time. Jet loved the sausage bobbing once he'd remembered how to do it and wolfed his picnic! So pleased to hear how much you've raised! Well done to you all, You're all fantastic and do a brilliant job xxx

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by Jess&Tilly

Sunday 30 Jun 21:49



Enjoyed a lovely few hours at the birthday party! Lovely to see all the past residents and their owners!

All the hounds seemed to really enjoy theirselves especially the sausage bobbing!
Glad to hear Willow is feeling better, had a worried for a minute there little one!

Here’s to many more birthdays for Daybreaks!! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 30 Jun 21:38



What a great Birthday party! Loved seeing lots of old friends two legged and four! :))

Thanks so much to all who bought raffle tickets, wish there was a prize for everyone. Liked Jess and Ricky's tactics of turning up five minutes before the draw hoping their tickets would stay on the top of the pile! Congratulations to all the winners! :)) Xx

So pleased to see Richard finally win his much wanted Greyhound draught stopper on the tom-bola, don't know how much he spent to get it! :))

Well done to Jo and Angie for all their hard work in organising everything. Thanks so much to everyone who helped out and to everyone who came and wished Daybreaks a Happy 13th Birthday Xxx
Such a shame Ruth wasn't able to see how much Daybreaks means to us all. Sending her lots of love on behalf of all the Greyhounds who have passed through the gates looking for their forever homes over the last thirteen years. Xxxx

Best news of the day...Billy has been fostered! Fingers crossed he won't need his space in Daybreaks back again :)))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 30 Jun 20:00



Thanks to everyone for coming today to support us and help us mark Daybreaks 13th birthday, as well as my 1st year to the day of starting work here. We have raised a fantastic amount. My Sarah enjoyed sossidge bobbing, I think she may hold the record of 10 sossidge bobbed (I hope her dad is able to deal with any consequences)!

A massive thanks too, to all the extra volunteers who gave their time and effort to pitch in wherever needed, and to Kate for coming in on her day off. X

Lovely to see so many ex-residents and their hoomans.

We decided to try something different this year with the picnic bags for hoomans and doggies. From the feedback we received it seems that this was a roaring success, must have been to Denises slicing and buttering of the rolls. Phew!! I was too slow on the uptake, as when I managed to grab a couple of minutes to get raffle tickets and doggie bags we had run out of bags :((
Better not tell my lot.

Sadly one of my dogs Willow had a nasty turn as soon as she arrived this afternoon, many thanks to Nearly vet nurse Jess, Lucy , Bella and all who came to assist. She is now lying on her bed under a fan, drinking plenty, a cool towel draped over her and her breathing is now normal. Will keep a close eye on her, but she is still happily taking treats, but still a bit wobbly.

Ruth was so upset not to able to come along, she really is so very poorly. She is hopefully being sorted in the very near future, we all wish her a very speedy recovery. X

Thanks again, your support is so very important. So as Angie has not mentioned alcohol, I will, I am going to wine and recline!!!!

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by helenanddave

Sunday 30 Jun 19:34



What a great birthday party today. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and it was nice to meet up again with hounds that have been adopted and are enjoying their new lives. Lovely food for both humans and hounds and so amusing watching the different tactics employed by the hounds for the sausage bobbing! Well done to the organisers for a brilliant day. Ruth, we know how much you wanted to be there, but you really do need to rest up and get ready for your surgery. Hopefully you will be feeling better very soon.xx

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by Shanesmum

Sunday 30 Jun 17:55



Massive thanks to everyone who came along today to help us celebrate our 13th birthday. The sun shone, but fortunately it wasn't as hot as yesterday so with plenty of shady gazebos we were all comfortable.

The hounds certainly enjoyed their sossidge bobbing and doggy dip games. All the sossidge supplies were duly bobbed for, and almost all the prizes were snuffled for in the dip. Some hounds were a bit reticent to pop their noses in the water at first - but when they realised sossidges were on offer!!!!! And the lovely Skip dived feet first into the doggy dip tub to find his prize - a great technique!

We have raised the amazing sum of £1264.92 today - thank you so much for your generous support. I know Ruth was absolutely gutted she was too poorly to join us today, and we all wish her well with her forthcoming surgery.

The end of the day saw the gorgeous Billy trotting off to a foster home - so happy for him as he really doesn't like being in kennels.

Must say thank you to Elizabeth, Seana and Nick who stepped into the breach to help out on the stalls - much appreciated.

The Daybreaks boys & girls say a big woofy thank you to everyone involved in today's celebrations - everything we do, we do with love for these beautiful creatures.

Angie xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 29 Jun 23:22



It was very hot today! We did morning walks but it was far too hot to take the dogs out this afternoon. Instead each of them came out into the small runs in the kennels and had a wash down with the hose pipe! Some of them loved it others were not so keen, but it did cool them down. :))

It was a quiet day at the kennels, Jess had one client for a pamper, lovely Arthur who looked as handsome as ever. Xx

We helped get things ready for tomorrow. Shirley has made up lots of pots of plants to brighten up the kennels. They looked great.

Jayne gave a home to 35 snow shovels! Thank you! :))

Looking forward to the party tomorrow. Xxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 28 Jun 17:28



It was a glorious day today - wall to wall sunshine. This morning was quite lovely so whilst some doggies enjoyed a walk down the lane I took Dessy & Billy for some playtime in the sand run (separately of course!) The run has some fabulous shady bits and both boys had a good scamper round, letting me know when they'd had enough by running up to the gate and peering intently through the bars!! Strangely enough both boys are quite vocal and stressed in their kennels, but take them out and they are completely different dogs.

It was "Au revoir" and "Bon voyage" to our lovely French students Cami and Lea today, can't believe they have been with us for 4 weeks. They were obviously excited to be going home, but said they had really enjoyed their time with us and the Greyhounds.

Jo took little Maisie to the Vet to be speyed this morning, and then took Paige along when she went to collect her this afternoon as Paige needed a vaccination booster. Maisie was a little wobbly and not really with us on her return, she wasn't interested in her dinner bless her, hope she feels more like her old self in the morning. Wendy was quite perturbed to be parted from her friend and welcomed Paige back with lots of sniffs and licks.

Ruth popped in for a while this morning, it was lovely to see her. She has taken Cach home with her for a little TLC as although she wasn't sick again and her temperature is normal, she is obviously under the weather and Ruth felt a short spell out of the kennel environment might help her.

Many thanks for everyone's help today, it was certainly a warm one, especially this afternoon.

Fingers crossed the weather holds for our party on Sunday - please do pop along and join us. There will be plenty going on with merchandise to browse, games to play, picnic bags to eat, games for your hounds to play and Greyhounds & their humans to chat to!

As we have a busy weekend coming up I am really hoping that we will see some red signs by the end - and am raising a glass of chilled white wine in my usual toast to this end.

Cheers one and all, have a great weekend and hopefully see many of you at the party!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 27 Jun 23:30



A beautiful day, perhaps a little warm for some of our residents. Xx

Ruth dropped Eric off at the vets for the second part of his dental first thing this morning. Lucy and I picked him up this afternoon. The first time I called to ask how he was, he was still asleep, bless him! He was very bright when he got back to the kennels and ate his dinner. He only has nine teeth left! Poor lad. Xx

Many thanks to Norman for taking Dessy out for a trip to Elmdon Park. He was a very good boy. He really needs his forever home as he finds kennel life quite stressful. Xx

It was a busy day in Bob's garden too as Richard, Alan, Lucy and Declan were putting up gazebos, tables and chairs ready for our 13th Birthday Party on Sunday. :))
Please come along and spend sometime meeting our lastest residents and enjoying the company of many other Greyhound families! :)
The raffle tickets are selling well, the first prize being a dog friendly holiday in Padstow. Thanks to Mandy who took several raffle ticket books to sell to her friends and family. :)) It was lovely so,see your gorgeous Sally again. Xx

Poor Cach has been feeling a little poorly and was sick in her kennel this afternoon. Hoping she feels better tomorrow. Xxx

It's Maisie's turn to go the the vets to be neutered tomorrow. Do hope she isn't too stressed. Xxx

Sending all our current boys aand girls and those on our waiting list a big cuddle tonight. Xx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 25 Jun 22:18



It did eventually stop raining today but not until late this afternoon. :(
We didn't manage walks this morning, it was just too wet. Thanks so much to our lovely Diane and Heather who still came in especially to walk the dogs. They had a cup of coffee instead! :))

Richard and I did a home visit for Bubbles, she will be joining a lovely big Greyhound family of four! Xxx

Our new arrivals are gorgeous! Razzle, what a handsome boy! The two little girls, Wendy and Paige and very dainty and very pretty. They have been paired together for a long time at their racing kennels. It would be so nice if they found a forever home together too! XX

Our French students bathed all the new arrivals, Lucy took the photos of Razzle and I'm sure will take new photos of Wendy and Paige later in the week. Xxx

It was great to see Ruth again today, Tig and Momma came too. I think my four must have been studying the weather forecast as not one of them wanted to come with me today, I had a very lonely drive to and from the kennels. :((

A huge thank you to everyone who came in to help us today. Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 25 Jun 09:27



There is sometimes something exciting about being at the kennels in torrential rain!!!!! However, I am hoping it clears up as we have a busy day! I am off to the vets in a while with the most gorgeous Cach (she reminds me of Wispa) for her vaccination and we have 3 new arrivals later today and if all goes well with the home check, little Miss Bubbles will be off to her new home :-))) Stay dry everyone! Ruth x

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 24 Jun 22:58



A trip to the vet first thing for our delightful Billy to have the first part of his vaccination. He met a little Shih Tzu when we got out of the car. He was great with her, didn't really take any notice he was a perfect gentleman. :) He was very good with Christian the vet too. Our vets have new vaccination cards there is a lovely photograph of a certain Maisie and Monty on the front of them! :))

Vicky, now called Fizz went home this afternoon. :) Such a lovely girl, she has been a pleasure to have at the kennels. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for all their help today. Bella sorted out the chicken run, cleared the weeds that are growing oh so fast around it. :)

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 23 Jun 20:28



I know, it's feffing scary. !!! Enjoyed every minute, I think. Lol x

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by Thethirdronnie

Sunday 23 Jun 19:32



Wow Jo a year! Time flies! Xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 23 Jun 17:23



In contrast to yesterday, it was very quiet for visitors and volunteers for that matter.

Lorna had 2 pampers this morning, there was a sand run booking and a lovely couple looking for a new greyhound.

The dogs that didn't get a walk this morning had some fun in the sand run. I am so very pleased that little Maisie is so much happier and braver than when she arrived. I managed to sneak into her kennel this morning and have cuddles.

Bolt popped in with his mom, he has settled well and is taking everything in his stride, not phased at all about coming in for a visit.

Don't forget, as if you could with all the reminders we have posted, next Sunday is our 13th birthday party and coincidentally a year to the day that I hung my NHS badge up after nearly 30 years and joined the Daybreaks team. Best thing ever, so it will by my 1 year Daybreaks gotcha day. The weather forecast is looking good. Hope to see as many of you there as possible. Should be a fab day. Jo x
P.s We will be reminding you throughout the week, just in case it slips your minds!!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 22 Jun 23:54



A busy day for visitors :) Many thanks to everyone who dropped in to leave bedding, food and raffle prizes. Xx

Ruth was in for a few hours this morning. :)) It was lovely to see her. She tried to help Max, a lovely older Lurcher find a new friend. He lost his Greyhound companion recently and is feeling very sad. Unfortunately he didn't meet Miss Right today but will hopefully visit us again. Xx

Jess had several clients for pampers and mini pampers. Kitty and Bobby were here quite early. They both looked great when they left. :)

We took Maisie for her first play in the sand run. Wow! Can she run! She absolutely loved it. She was such a good girl and came straight back to us. She is becoming a real character. :))

Annie's head wound looks ok. Jess bathed it for her afternoon. Dessy''s staples are still where they should be too! :))

Things have gone a little quiet for homings at the moment, please let everyone know what super dogs Greyhounds are. :)) We have around 80 wonderful Greyhounds on our waiting list ready to come into the kennels. We should have several new arrivals this week. :)

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 21 Jun 17:33



What a lovely day it was today, must be Summer! Doggies managed to have both morning and afternoon walks and I managed to get 2 lines of washing dry!

It was great to see Ruth for a short time today, she is really missing being involved with the dogs and so she was soon in the treatment room tackling corns!! Stripy Pants Tig and Momma spent the time waiting for their Mum in the office, it was lovely to see them too and Tig is doing well after her major op.

As it was such a lovely day we put a bed in the big outside feeding run and Dessy spend the day there. He is not happy in his kennel bless him, but seemed to enjoy being outside and able to watch the world go by - he even had a mad 5 minutes trying to 'dead' a stuffed toy!!

I had the pleasure of giving Bolt a bath ahead of his new Mum coming to pick him up this afternoon. He was a star and stood with his head on my shoulder while I washed him, then jumped down very carefully when we had finished and patiently let me dry him off. We wish him and his new Mum many years of happiness ahead. x

It was a quiet day for visitors, but those we did have came bearing gifts - lovely donations of bedding and towels and more items to help in our fundraising endeavours. Thank you everyone.

Many thanks for everyone's help today - I think we all enjoyed the feel of the sun on our faces and being dry!

The weekend is upon us again, and I make my usual wish that some more of our beautiful boys & girls will be lucky and find their forever families. We have roadshows at Melbicks Garden Centre on both days so keep your fingers crossed.

Now off to enjoy a glass of wine and toast our doggies - we have a kennel full of beauties at the moment all so deserving of their very own home - let's hope it happens for them very soon.

Have a great weekend - cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 20 Jun 22:06



Maisie had a great time chasing various volunteers around the small run waiting for her breakfast! She is quite different to the little girl who arrived last week. :))

Richard, Alan and Lucy had a trip to the warehouse this morning, but not until they all had a chocolate doughnut:) Thanks Alan, we missed you last week! :)

Poor little Annie had another trip to the vet this afternoon. Sadly although only a very minor injury from her fallout with Dessy earlier in the week the wound had become infected and she now has a course of antibiotics. Thanks so much to Jess for driving over to Moseley with her. Xxx

Dessy is still quite stressed :( His wound looks good and healing nicely.
We are hoping he will soon find himself a home where he can relax and enjoy life. Xx

Richard repaired our leaking tap in the bathroom and cleaned all the windows in the office. Bless him! Xx

Lee and our French students gave all the residents teeth a clean and carried out some health checks too.

Thanks so much to everyone who came into help today and to everyone who brought bedding and items for us to sell or raffle.

All the new photos of the current residents are fab! Thanks Lucy! Xxx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 19 Jun 19:58



Well, the weather was quite good today, all dogs had morning and afternoon walks and stayed dry. Thanks Wednesday walkers and all who came in this afternoon.

Very quiet for visitors.

Maisie has made great progress, I went into her kennel this morning and she decided it was fun to jump all over me, spinning around, playing and generally making sure I had a good wash! She is fast becoming a favourite with us all, especially our French students.

Dessy and Annie were fine today in their separate kennels after their little disagreement the other day. I think Dessy is missing some company, he does look a little sorry for himself with the inflatable donut of shame!

Bubbles is such a very, very happy girl, so much so she has split the end of her tail (yes, there is such a condition as happy tail). I re-dressed her tail twice again today, it never stops wagging. There must be some force behind that wagging for her dressing to fly off. On Friday she managed it four times, the first time her kennel mate Billy jumped off the bed, retrieved it and promptly tried to eat it. Hoping she keeps it on this time, although I'm not holding my breath!

Hope it is a good day tomorrow. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 18 Jun 23:32



I am sitting admiring our new snow shovel! It's by the French doors waiting to go to its new home in the shed! It you would like a shovel of your very own you can adopt one from the kennels for just £1...I'm sure you will agree a real bargain! :))) x

Thanks so much to Norman for taking lovely Billy for a trip to the park this morning. He had a great time and was a very good boy. His long time kennel mate Bubbles will be going home soon, it would be brilliant if he found his forever home too. Xx

Nice to see recently homed Eddie (Dan) come to use the run. He had a wonderful time. He was a little nervous about getting out of the car when he arrived, think he thought he was coming back to stay!

Richard,Declan and Lucy decided to sort out the store of duvets..they did a great job and all look neat and tidy now. :) The dogs in the kitchen were happy to supervise!

Steve has fitted a lovely new tap on our water heater. It's great, thanks Steve! :))

Thank you to everyone who brought in donations of food and bedding, so kind of you. Xx

Annie and Dessy are both ok today. Dessy is a little stressed to be on his own but unfortunately we don't have anyone else suitable to pair him up with at the moment. He could really do with a home of his own with someone to love him and help him feel safe. Annie and all our other boys and girls need the same thing too...Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 17 Jun 23:14



A day of ups and downs today...

Annie and Dessy had a disagreement in the kennel run which resulted in a trip to see the vet. Nothing serious but it meant a little bit of glue for Annie and a few staples for Dessy! :( We have now put them in separate kennels. Obviously not a match made in heaven! Xxx

Good news is Maisie is doing great. She had more visitors throughout the day. When I was closing up the kennels tonight, she made sure I had very clean hands to go home. Xxx

Poor Honey gave us all a fright when she squealed whilst waiting to go for a walk this morning. She had managed to put her bottom on a stinging nettle! She did a very high skip and a jump, but was happy to go off for a walk. :))

Many thanks to everyone for their help today. It didn't rain!!!!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 16 Jun 18:33



A very busy morning, only Ollie and myself in to clean the kennels and feed the dogs. We had reinforcements arrive in the shape of Gloria and a visitor from the Isle of Man who has homed dogs from us in the past, thanks Bob for your help.

Honey G and Bocko both went off to the Sheldon Country Park walk. Good reports on both of them when they came back.

We had a visit from Basil, who was Conte, he has settled really well and has his family wrapped around his paws. It is really nice to hear and see how ex residents are getting on. He went home with a new collar, harness and toy!

Charlotte greyhound came for a pamper with Lorna, she was such a good girl.

Ruth and Andy popped in for Andy to put some tags on the memory wall, it is looking lovely.

Raffle tickets are still available for our birthday open day, there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs, I would like the 1st three prizes please, a week's holiday, £500 cash and a booze hamper. Would be more than happy with that!!

If you would like, or need a snow shovel (bear with me on this) we have quite a lot in stock and all at a suggested donation of £1.00 each!!! With the unpredictability of recent weather, who knows or maybe think forward planning. So stock up now whilst you can before we sell out.....

Bolt went out to Brueton park with his new mom, he jumped straight into the car, he had a good time and is due to go home this week.

I sadly didn't get a chance to go and sit with Maisie today, she did do kisses through the kennel door. She is a completely different dog to the one who came through the gates on Wednesday. She will now happily come out of and go back to her kennel without any fuss. She also really loves her food.

Hoping for a good week ahead, we are starting to make final arrangements for the birthday open day. If you can spare any time helping to set up or make a cake please let us know.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 15 Jun 23:43



Jayne brought Ruth in for a few hours today :)) It was good to see her and she brought Momma in too. Hoping it won't be long before she wiil soon be fit and well again. :) Xxx

Rosie went home today! She is such a lovely girl. Sorry the homing photo isn't on yet but we are still having problems with the computer! :((

It was almost a dry day today...but we did have a torrential downpour during the afternoon walks. Thanks to everyone who once again got very wet!

Louis came for a visit. He looks good and enjoyed his Saturday morning cat watching. :)) Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 14 Jun 17:19



There was a sense of deja vu this morning as it was very grey and wet first thing - however things did get better and the doggies were able to have both morning and afternoon walks, sandwiched between the showers!

Bubbles was back to her bubbly self today, her tail wagged so much she wagged the dressing off and kennel mate Billy thought it was a new toy to play with! We dressed it again - and then again about 5 minutes later as she had lost that one as well! We were just locking up to leave tonight when we spotted a smear of blood on the wall - yes, she'd managed to lose another dressing! We bandaged her up yet again, and hope she goes off to her new home very soon so she can wag that tail without fear of whacking it on a wall!! Fingers crossed the dressing is still on in the morning!

Little Maisie was still quite fearful of coming out of her kennel, but by using a harness we could move her around and walk her. Even over the course of the day we noticed a little improvement - Jo spent some time sitting in the kennel with her and after a while she started to approach Jo and look at her. Maisie loves her food and can be tempted with bits of ham. It will take time and patience, but I am sure this little girl will learn to trust and gain some confidence.

Cach is a lovely lady and enjoyed her bath given to her by our French students. As for Dessy - wow, what a big handsome boy. He is sharing his kennel with little Annie and they seem to be getting along just fine. I agree with Kate that it is now time for Annie to find a home of her own, she has seen so many kennel mates come and go bless her.

It was brilliant to see Bolt reserved this afternoon, hopefully he will be off to his new home next week. The lovely Rosie came back from her spell in foster this afternoon. She has been a very good girl in the home, very gentle with the young children and very well behaved. Lets hope she can soon find a home of her own now we know how well she does out on the world.

Many thanks for everyone's help today - at least this week we managed to stay dry!

Well the weekend is upon us again, time is just flying by. We have our Fathers Day walk in Sheldon Country Park on Sunday so keep your fingers crossed for some dry weather - and hope lots of Fathers enjoy a walk with the hounds. If anyone would like to take a kennel dog along please give us a call on 0121 782 7702.

I will take my leave with my usual wish and glass of wine - homes for our beautiful boys & girls.

Have a good weekend one and all - cheers!

Angie xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 14 Jun 00:03



It was great to see Florence and Barney back together again along with Jo's gang having a lovely time in the sand run! Thankfully the rain stayed away for them to play. So nice to see Klaire too....good luck with winning something on our Birthday raffle. :))

We had a lot of computer problems yesterday. We did have a new arrival Maisie but couldn't add her to the website. She is a very nervous little girl at the moment and can sometimes be quite reactive when trying to get her out of her kennel or lead her up for a walk. I am sure she will be fine once she gets to know the kennels and the people around her. It must be so daunting to some of them to move home and leave behind all that they know and understand. We are like that too; most of us don't like to change things around us too much. Xx

We had another new arrival today a beautiful girl called Cach. She is very elegant and very pretty. :) Xxx

Several ex residents popped in for pampers with Jess and Lucy. It was so good to see Suarez, Mikey, Roxy and Missy again! All looking fantastic. :))

Our beautiful Harry went home today. We will all miss him very much. Such a good boy, no trouble at all to look after. Sending him lots of love and wishing him a very happy new life with his new family. Xx

Bubbles went off to the vet first thing for her neutering operation. She was very wobbly when I picked her up this afternoon. She didn't want any dinner...hopefully she will have her appetite back tomorrow. She is a very happy girl with a very waggy tail! Sadly this has led her to split her tail. The vet redressed it for her. Fingers crossed she will be going to her new home soon and she will have more room to wag it! :) Xx

Thanks so very much to everyone for their help today. Xx :)) The sun didn't quite make it out but there's always tomorrow!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 12 Jun 00:05



I am sure everyone will agree the weather today was disgusting! :) I was a little worried that we may have arrived at the kennels to find a flood somewhere but thankfully all was nice and dry!

I dropped Billy off at the vets for his neutering operation this morning. He is a lovely boy. He met a small dog in the waiting room and was very good with him. A little wobbly when I picked him up later this afternoon, but all the staff had quite fallen for his gentlemanly charms! :)) x

Dessy arrived today. What a stunning lad! He is a little stressed at the moment but hopefully he will soon settle in his new surroundings. He did enjoy his bath and all the attention from Lucy and our two French students. Xx

Thanks so much to Lucy for the lovely photos of Dessy and for all the new shots of some of our current residents. The one of Eric with his toy is great! :))

Everyone managed to get two walks today despite the rain, not sure all enjoyed the experience though!! :)

Richard and I had an excursion to the tip....we managed to take the wrong turn twice! We blamed it on the the excess spray on the road! :))

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today and for getting very wet!

We are looking forward to have another couple of new arrivals later in the week. Xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 09 Jun 18:07



Such a busy day, it started with just Bella and myself in to clean and feed.

Then we were descended on with lovely people to take some kennel dogs to Brueton park for the GGGW. Thanks so much to everyone who took a kennel dog. Harry was unable to go as he was post op after his neutering but had a lovely groom. The remaining inmates had a great time having some therapy with the lovely canine massage team.

Honey was the first to return to the kennels after the walk, she met a lovely family and their really cute whippet who had come to view a different dog (Vicky, Moe about her later). She made a greyt impression and got herself a home. I (and many more people) am so very happy for her, she really is a beautiful little girl who so deserves this so very very much. Well done sweetie.

Dan, now Eddie went home, he is such a handsome happy boy. Good luck to him and his new family.

Vicky also got lucky and was reserved, when she came in to kennels the other day her trainer said that she could be quite nervous with new people, if that means playing and kissing I agree!!!

We have raffle tickets available, there are some great prizes. The draw will be at 3pm at our birthday party on 30th June. If you cannot make it to the kennels but still want tickets we can take a card payment over the phone, technology eh, we can still get your money without you being there, how cool is that???

Thanks again to everyone for their help today. Here's hoping that the great start to the week continues. X

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by rubytwoshoes

Sunday 09 Jun 16:38



How lovely to see so many ex Daybreaks hounds, all looking fabulous, on the walk this morning and wasn't it nice that the weather was so much better than yesterday!!! Especially nice to see Willis (still needs a bit of encouragement to get started!), Conte, (handsome boy), Nifty and Cilla (always a pleasure) Leyla (whose mum said had been quite poorly, but who now is looking great and to hear how much each dog is loved by their respective families.
I think the current Daybreaks residents who came had a nice time. From what I could see all the dogs were well behaved around non hounds some of whom were running around off lead. Ash and Charlie are now unconcious!!!!
Thankyou to all the lovely people who adopt these incedible dogs! xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 09 Jun 09:33



Saturday's Daily Diary!...

Don't think I will mention the weather! :)

Buster went home at lunch time and it was great to see an update from his family last night. Be a very good boy Buster! Told him we only wanted to see him at the kennels again as a visitor!!!

Jess had clients for a pamper and we had several nail clipping requests including the very handsome Eli, who was Buster when he was at the kennels. His Mom told us what a perfect boy he is and his family absolutely adore him. :))

Despite how wet it was we managed to sneak in walks between monsoons! Thanks so much to everyone who came prepared to get wet. :))

I was so sad to find out Misty one of our regular visitors to the kennels had gone to Rainbow Bridge. Such a very sweet little girl. Xxx

We had more memory tags to add to our Memory Wall. Andy very kindly put them on for us. Sara's tag is now next to her beloved Cracker and Charlie. Xxx If you would like a tag on the wall to remember a loved one
please pop into the kennels or give us a call on 0121 782 7702. I say goodnight to my Twiggy when I leave the kennels each night. Xxxxx

Sending lots of love to Ruth, Tig and Momma, we miss you all very much. Xxx

Xxx

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by bentleybarks

Saturday 08 Jun 21:50



Just a brief update on Buster, who came home with us today. He has investigated the house and garden, everywhere has been sniffed well! He has played ball in the garden, met the dog next door, been for a walk, and is snoring in his bed now. Fingers crossed for a settled night!

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by Shanesmum

Friday 07 Jun 17:28



One word sums up today at Daybreaks - wet!!

It was absolutely horrendous, needless to say the doggies couldn't get out and had to make do with a spell out in the feeding runs having a play and a groom.

We welcomed 3 lovely new Greys to the family today. Billy & Bubbles were kennelled together at their Trainer's kennels, so were happy to explore their new surroundings together. Our French students gave them both a lovely warm bath, and they polished off their dinner before happily retiring to their new kennel together. Billy is a little bit wary, but Bubbles is a friendly girl who likes to give kisses.

Vicky arrived a couple of hours later, she is very pretty and just a little bit wary. She enjoyed her bath and did eat most of her dinner. All the new sights, sounds and smells at Daybreaks must be a real shock to the system for these dogs that have spent such a long time in their familiar racing kennels environment. Hope they all have a good night, and that their stay with us is a short one.

The doggies did manage to get some exercise this afternoon as, in the brief respite from the monsoon, some went out on short walks and I took the rest into the sand run. The heavens opened again just as I was taking Dan back to his kennel and the walkers were on the return leg of their last walk! Vicky, Billy & Bubbles weren't impressed about getting wet again!!

Massive thanks to those that braved the elements and came along to help out today, our French students are really not sure about "le temps anglais"!!

It is the Great Global Greyhound walk on Sunday, a worldwide event that really raises the profile of Greyhounds as pets - we are walking at Brueton Park in Solihull and if anybody would like to take one of the kennel dogs along please give us a call on 0121 782 7702.

Well the weekend is here again, and it is time for me to make my usual wish, accompanied by a glass or two of wine (purely medicinal you understand after the soaking we all had today!!).

Happy weekend one and all.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 06 Jun 23:13



We should have been welcoming a new boy and girl today but they will now be coming in tomorrow along with a third girl. :)

Lucy and I took Harry to the vets for his neutering op this morning. He ended up going to their Moseley branch for X-rays on an old injury to his head as well as his neutering. Thankfully all was ok and he should be going to his new home very soon. He really is a special lad, sending him my cuddle tonight. Xxx

It was lovely to see Honey G reserved this afternoon. She has to meet her new Greyhound family of four over the weekend to make sure all will be ok and then she too will soon be going home. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Alan brought doughnuts! Then told us he won't be in for the next couple of weeks...what on earth will we do! :)))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 05 Jun 20:50



Lots of volunteers both morning and afternoon, so all dogs had lovely walks down the lane. Thanks to everyone who helped.

We had our two lovely French students start today. After being shown around the kennels, they went on walks, bathed 2 dogs fed the chickens and met our resident cats! My French is now pretty much extinct, thankfully their English is quite good. Denise and Emily both had translation apps downloaded on their phone's and I downloaded it on to mine tonight. So between us we should get by quite well.

Thanks for the donations of bedding and items for our donation table and car boot sales.

Handsome Harry was reserved pending a home check, he has really started to be more confident. His new greyhound brother came to meet him, they got on great, unfortunately his potential fur sister did not come as she gets car sick, bless her.

Hoping we have more viewings, reservations and homings this week.

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by sirenmelody

Wednesday 05 Jun 14:05



Am so sorry to hear you are feeling so poorly again. It must be so miserable and frustrating. Hopefully the operation will make you feel much better. Did you get the photos of Bell I texted you from the roadshow??? Seana xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 05 Jun 08:25



I am so fed up and offer my apologies to all those who have asking me when I can do nails and corns etc. I am currently off sick as the pain relief I am taking is making me too dizzy to drive. I had an MRI scan yesterday and hope to have my operation in the next few weeks. I am missing being at the kennels more than I can say - it is a huge part of my life but I am going to entertain myself at home today with registering microchips (it is a long and tedious process for each one) and the rest of the paperwork. However I have the company of my gorgeous Tigger and Momma who are just beyond fabulous! Ruth x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 04 Jun 23:34



Richard, Shirley and Lucy took Six of our residents on a field trip today. We were asked if we could help with a Dog Walking Workshop at Blythe Valley Park in Shirley. Bocko, Dan, Honey, Eric, Bolt and Bell went off to help out with lunchtime walks with some of the employees of the various businesses.

It was hard work for our Greyhounds as they had to do four twenty minute walks in a row to cover the various lunch breaks. :) I believe they were all very well behaved and enjoyed all the extra attention. :)). It was nearly time for their evening meal when they all got back to the kennels. The weather was very kind and only started to rain ten minutes after their return. :)

Those of us left behind did normal morning and afternoon walks, health checks and weighing. :) Thanks so much to Gloria who went up to the top of the drive armed with dustpan and brush to collect up glass some irresponsible person had smashed all over the footpath, :((

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xx

All the doggies were very quiet when we left them tonight. :)))

Have to say a BIG thank you to Richard, Shirley and Lucy, not only for all their help today but for bringing back MacDonalds Chicken nuggets and fries after the walk. :))

Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Tuesday 04 Jun 19:55



Popped into kennels today. Gloria & I had lovely cuddles with Annie & Harry. Annie gave Gloria kisses & just as I said I wonder if Harry will ever kiss anyone he gave me several gentle kisses so I did an impression of my Teddy & squealed with delight. I do love this boy and he always walks so placidly.

Laughing at LM's post......I have had the same problem with Master Robbie, as did one of the DoE volunteers last Friday. I thought we would never get him going again! I think he would just prefer to be carried and cuddled!!!!!! Another lovely character. No matter how many come and go they never cease to amuse me!

I think Annie is finding it strange without Thena.....I have never seen her so quiet but she & Harry were sharing the top bunk nicely so that was good to see.

Looking forward to the Sunday park walk.

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by LM

Tuesday 04 Jun 09:35



Rest of my post!.... Fingers crossed Annie and Harry get on well together and keep each other company.

Poor Robbie. The first time I walked him was along the road (turn right out of the kennels rather than left) and he walked well. The second time I walked him was down the lane. When he was moving he was fine, but he stopped at the point we turn around and took some coaxing to get moving. On Sunday Simon walked him and it took a lot more coaxing to get him going, but once he got moving he was ok until he decided to stop again! He's loose on the lead when he does move so hopefully he'll get over his anxiety when he gets his forever home. Hopefully the right person will come along soon.

I'm starting to put names to my volunteer days. For example, there's the "mystery of the Greggs vegan sausage roll" day (either Skip or Sam [SKIP!] got 2 of Jo's sausage rolls!) and Sunday was the "how to track a lost tracker" day. One of the dogs shook off the tracker down the lane. Between us all we managed to locate it with Bella looking at the GPS and Robert listening out for the beep - it was quite deep in the hedgerow so it was a good test. Every day at the kennels is wonderful and I highly recommend being a volunteer.

Lynne x

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by LM

Tuesday 04 Jun 09:25



After our visit to the kennels on Sunday and seeing Annie so sad after Thena was rehomed and also seeing Harry look rather lost, we wondered whether they would be paired together. Fingers crossed they get

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 03 Jun 23:05



It was lovely to see Dan reserved today. He is such a very happy, friendly lad. His new Mom has lots of plans for places they can go together. :) x

As Annie and Harry were both on their own after seeing their kennel mates go home at the weekend we have paired them up together. :) Touch wood they seemed to like each other! Xx

Despite being a little late with morning walks all the dogs went out and enjoyed the sunshine....except for Robbie who just didn't want to go :( He has been used to walking around a paddock doing his own thing at his Trainers kennels. It will take him a while to get used to street walking. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 02 Jun 20:34



The 2nd Willow (who used the run) is one of my dog walking customers... Her owner called me when they got back.... He is going to spread the word and is hoping to get a friend for Willow soon. X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 02 Jun 17:50



It was a busy morning. Handsome Dan, Eric and Bell were lucky enough to have an outing to the park. All the other dogs had a nice walk down the lane.

Thena found herself a lovely home with a sister called Willow, they got on really well. The first homing for June, hope we have many more.

We had another Willow visit to use the sand run, she really enjoyed her run and her pawrents want to join our band of volunteers.

We also had several visitors come to have a look around, they all commented on how nice the kennels are and how great the dogs look.

Many thanks for the donations of bedding, towels and items for our donation table, it is very much appreciated.

Fewer volunteers this afternoon, (in fact there were only 3 of us) and as the weather was wet and miserable the residents had some time in the run in the dry.

Here's hoping for a good week ahead.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 01 Jun 23:11



We had lots of visitors this morning, including Sara's Dad and Louis. Louis had a pamper with Jess :). He has never been very impressed with having a bath but he looked great afterwards! Xx

Jess had several other clients for pampers and nail clipping. It was a lovely warm day for them to dry out in the sunshine. :)

Many thanks to Seana for taking Bell out on a roadshow this morning. She was very tired when she came back to the kennels. Xx

Thank you also to everyone who popped in with donations of food, bedding and items for our forthcoming Birthday Party.

Sweet lovely Rosie has been fostered for a few days. Hoping all goes well for her. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their hard work today. :))

Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Saturday 01 Jun 22:50



I had the great pleasure of taking Bell to the Mell Square roadshow today. After helping her into the car she settled down straight away and lay very quietly until we parked above Marks and Spencer. I had walked her during the week and she walked very nicely and today was no different. We met up with Lisa, Jill & Paul who had set up very nicely outside Touchwood so an excellent spot and a change from where the setup has been before. Considering this is the first time Bell has been out into the wider world she coped very well. She is a placid and shyer girl but I believe that is a positive. She was not phased by any of the noise coming from the new bank being worked on and she was excellent with everyone including all the children from tiny toddlers through to teenagers. It is obvious that she absolutely adores people and would happily be cuddled 24/7!!! She did not show any reaction to some of the smaller varieties walking nearby and eventually just lay down very calmly and had a bit of a snooze. She was very good on the return journey and even managed to climb out of the car herself!! She is a very pretty girl and in my opinion and experience will be an asset in the right home. I believe she will learn quickly and just needs the right people to bring out her personality and instil some confidence in her. I think she will thrive in either a family or adult only home. She is a very pretty and gentle girl and I know she is finding kennel life a little bit overwhelming at times. I am hoping to take her next Sunday on the Brueton Park walk as getting her out of the kennels and experiencing new things will I hope show her how lovely a life will be outside of the kennels. If I was in the market for a third child Bell would undoubtedly be at the top of my list. I think she is fabulous and I really love her to bits.

It was lovely to see old favourites, Buddy and Nifty & Cilla etc. It was also great to see Jet again and finally meet his mum Lucy. I love meeting the parents behind the racing and stage names as it were!! It was an excellent day overall and I was amazed at how generous some of the people donating were. Some had rehomed greyhounds from elsewhere but all said the same thing........you never look back or rarely move to another breed as a greyhound is such an amazing, placid and gracious creature with such a great temperament. Once you have had one you just go back for more and more!!!

It was good to see Fat Neck Finn & Nina again this week on their holibobbles but I'm sorry I didn't get to meet Loveheart. However, FNF doesn't seem to be quite as chunky as he once was so I guess the diet has worked......missing the updates Loveheart. Hope you are keeping well.

Thank you to everyone for their company today and look forward to seeing you all again soon. Seana xxx

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by sirenmelody

Saturday 01 Jun 22:25



Firstly....after a couple of months of not being able to access the website due to severe technical difficulties with various appliances I have now got access restored.....albeit just on my laptop which I hate using!!

It has taken a few days to spend time catching up with everything that has been going on as although I visit the kennels I do not usually get to hear all the news. And so it is with a heavy and sad heart that I offer my belated condolences to Richard & Shirley, Alan & Pam and all who have had to make the dreaded decision or have had their loved one succumb to old age. Whilst possibly a certain acceptance of yet another goodbye comes to those of us who are seasoned animal parents it does not mean that the process gets any easier....in some ways I feel it gets harder. I would like to share the following words which I am sure all the boys and girls who are now resting in rainbow bridge would say if they could.

If it should be that I grow weak, and pain should keep me from my sleep, then you must do what must be done, for this last battle can not be won.

You will be sad, I understand, do not let your grief then stay your hand, for this day more than all the rest, your love for me must stand the test.

We have had so many happy months and years, what is to come can hold no fears, you would not want me to suffer so, the time has come so please let me go.

Take me to where my needs they will tend, and please stay with me until the end, hold me firm and speak to me, until my eyes no longer see.

Please do not grieve, it must be you who has this very painful thing to do, we have been so close, all of us these years, do not let your heart hold back the tears.

Rest in peace boys and girls. Seana, Melly & Teddy xxx

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by jetlucy

Saturday 01 Jun 16:22



Well ive had a lovely morning at mell square today. It was mine and my moms first roadshow and we loved it! We wanted to do our bit for the kennels as mom doesn't get time in the week but thought this sounded fun! Any way we left with our pot feeling rather heavy so we're hoping we helped raise lots of money! All the volunteers are lovely and made mom and i feel very welcome and aunty Lisa brought me a sausage roll so, sausage roll and fuss all morning...absolutely no complaints from me! Looking forward to our next one now! Lots of love jet xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 01 Jun 14:44



We had a Daybreaks day out at the seaside yesterday and Brean was our destination! A few of us took Annie and Thena two of our longest stayers along with Bobby V, Fletcher, Skip, Lyra, Millie, Cello, Ellie, Gem and Tilly! Thena was an absolute star and Annie just needs more socialisation and an experienced owner as she spent more time with her feet off the ground then feeling the sand between her toes!!! they enjoyed a paddle in the sea once the tide came in. We certainly got people talking at Gloucester services too! Such a great day. Big thanks to Angie, Jo and all the volunteers who covered the kennels to make this trip possible xxxx photos have been added

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by Shanesmum

Friday 31 May 17:58



It was an early start at Daybreaks today as we got Bocko ready for his trip to the Vets to be neutered, and made sure Annie & Thena had a good breakfast before they collected their buckets & spades in readiness for their seaside adventure!! At the time of writing this post the convoy of Daybreakers hadn't returned from their trip, but I am sure Ruth will update everyone with news of the day at the beach as soon as she can.

It was a very quiet day, not surprising really being the end of the half term week, but big thanks to everyone who came along to help out and ensure the doggies had lovely walks both this morning and this afternoon.

It is so lovely to see the change in Harry. He was paired up with the beautiful Rosie and he is thriving in her company - obviously needed a confident friend to show him the ropes.

I cant believe it is the weekend again, I am sure someone is taking days out of the week without telling me!! We have our Mell Square roadshow tomorrow, and it is also Greyhound Day with a parade through Birmingham city centre. Lots going on to raise awareness of just what lovely pets Greyhounds make.

I will make my usual toast, accompanied by a glass of red wine, that we see some red signs for our boys & girls over the next couple of days.

Have a lovely weekend one and all.

Angie xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 29 May 18:09



The weather couldn't make it's mind up today, that was until this afternoon when it decided to rain!

Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers, and we had a couple of extra volunteers too, thanks to them also.

I spoke to Willis's mom, he is doing really well, apart from not wanting to get out of the car. I normally find it's getting them in that is the problem!

Fairly quiet for visitors, little Scarlet came in for a pamper with Jess, she too has settled well.

Harry is getting very brave, he is such a lovely boy, I did try and convince Reggies dad that they would make a lovely matching pair, not sure that worked!

I brought 2 of my hounds in, Arry, who has settled in brilliantly, he is such a good boy and gummy bear Max. Max had a dental last week and sadly has not a tooth left in his head bless him.

We are getting ever closer to our 13th Birthday party, this is being held on 30th of June at the kennels. We will have picnic bags and games for both humans and dogs. Please come along and help us celebrate, we are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will be as kind as it was last year. We will post more info nearer the time.

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 28 May 19:47



Happy first Gotcha Day Ashley, I remember your story, but you now have a lovely home, which is what you deserve, have a good day fella xxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 28 May 16:19



After a busy day yesterday it has been much quieter at Daybreaks! Thanks go to our fabulous volunteer team who cleaned and fed the inmates whilst I started the day off with a trip to Fivelands to take Honey G for her spey. Following a viewing yesterday, the family came back today and reserved Buster - we are over the moon as he is a fabulous boy and he is off to his new home in a couple of weeks. Harry is getting braver every day and was brilliant for Shirley who did his health check along with Bocko. Again, thanks to our volunteer walkers who came along to give our residents a walk and Buster got to spend some time in the sand run as well too.

Belle moved kennel yesterday and is now sharing with Eric and being less grumpy and learning to share. She is definitely happier with company.

Tig is continuing to do really well since her operation a week ago and is letting me clean her pins without fuss now.... she is such a brave girl.

I am off to rehearsals tonight and with our show next month we are just polishing off our acts! If you would like to come along, there are still tickets available. Money raised from the ticket sales is supporting Daybreaks Trust and we are hoping to raise enough for the new fire alarm system we are looking at installing at the kennels so your support means a lot. Thanks so much, Ruth x

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by rubytwoshoes

Tuesday 28 May 11:13



Happy 1st gotcha day to our boy Ash who came into Daybreaks having been sold on gumtree! and we became failed foster parents. It's been a challenging year! The funniest was his reaction to seeing the sea for the first time. Treats in store my lovely boy. Xxx

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by Jess&Tilly

Monday 27 May 18:10



Hi Sharon83 - You can also try Harrington’s or James wellbeloved they are both wheat/grain free. However not 100% sure on prices.

Fetch is a good website to buy food from and there are usually discount codes available x

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 27 May 10:55



Hi Sharon83 - try the Skinners duck and rice.... this is also wheat & gluten free and is £28.99 for a large sack. This is £1 a day approx to feed. If this is too expensive, we recommend Burgess Greyhound & Lurcher food. This is wheat based so she will toilet more than a non wheat based food. Alternatively have a think about raw - this is easily available from most pet shops and is in small square frozen packets so very easy to feed. If you would like to pop along to the kennels or give us a call we can help with advice and more suggestions. Ruth

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by sharon83

Monday 27 May 09:41



I need some help. When I git my dog from daybreaks she was on burns sensitive. This is so expensive to buy. I got some greyhound maintenance food from a friend who races them. Lily has been on this for two months but she poo loads and loads. The poi crumbles and is not while. Is there another good you could consider please

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by LM

Sunday 26 May 10:56



Richard and Shirley - I'm so sad to hear your sad news. Bert and Mr Guiness can run free together. The old boys looking after the ones who passed too soon. I know you'll be heartbroken as we are despite their ages. Thoughts are with you.
Thoughts are also with Susie's family.
Lynne, Simon, Skip and Sam x

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by Liz_beth

Sunday 26 May 10:28



So sorry to hear about Bert and Guiness. Thinking of everyone involved, Elizabeth and Maggie xx

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by NMD07

Sunday 26 May 00:30



Sending much love after reading about Mr Guinness - we met on walk etc and always thought he was a handsome boy. Sleep tight. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 25 May 23:57



Another beautiful day and we took advantage of the sunshine, so instead of afternoon walks all the residents had a play in the sand run. The smaller run now has some agility equipment in there and it was so nice to see the dogs "having a go!" Some were much better than others. I was told that Thena was the best! :)) I don't know who had more fun the dogs or Jess, Stacy and Lauren! :)) After dinner the dogs were very quiet and fast asleep in no time. Xx

Louis popped in this morning and got to work meeting some of the dogs. Thena was great with him, her kennel mate Annie was very excited but not aggressive to meet him. :) Several of the other dogs met him too and most were very good with him. He had his reward with a play in the sand run....his ball stayed on the right side of the fence today. :))

It was a very quiet day for visitors today. Jess had a couple of customers for a pamper and we had some callers for food. Sadly no viewings for our lovely boys and girls. :( If you are thinking of having a dog, please come and visit our beautiful Greyhounds. Xx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 25 May 23:47



So very sorry to hear about Bert. Thinking of you all and sending lots of love. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 25 May 22:51



Can't believe Mr Guinness has gone to Rainbow Bridge. He looked so well on Tuesday when he came to the kennels for the day. He and Bobby got on so well. They were two very dignified older Genetlemen. Thinking of Richard, Shirley, Cello and Millie. May God Bless his handsome new angel.Lots of love Kate, Skipper, Fletcher, Lyra and Bobby Xxxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Saturday 25 May 22:16



Sending our love to all who have said a painful goodbye this week. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Xxx

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by Lucy&Ellie

Saturday 25 May 22:03



It's so heartbreaking to hear about all of the recent passings of greyhounds, but especially of one certain one, Mr Guinness who I always loved hearing stories about from Shirley and Richard. He couldn't have asked for a better home with them and I'm sure he knew that too, they loved him so dearly and he wanted for nothing with them. Will miss seeing his handsome grey face. My thoughts are with Cello and Millie too who have lost a big part of their pack today.. run free Mr G xxxxxxx

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by skinnyme

Saturday 25 May 21:59



Very sadly, another beauty has gone to the bridge, Susie,she was owned by volunteers a few years ago and was loved. Run free Susie xxxx

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by Alan&Paddy

Saturday 25 May 20:39



We are so very sad to read that dear Guinness aka Mr G has gone to rainbow bridge today. I know how much he meant to you but what a wonderful life he had. Our heart felt condolences go out to you both,we know how you feel. Yet another bright star shining tonight xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Saturday 25 May 18:23



Oh no, another gone to the Bridge. Shirley and Richard I am so very sorry for your loss. Guinness mate, run fast and free, you had a fab life with your Mom, dad and fur siblings. Jo xxxx

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by LindaPaul

Saturday 25 May 18:08



Fly fast and free Bert and Guinness. There will be much sadness for the families you have left behind but it’s a pretty sure fire thing that given your great ages, you will have left your hoomans with many happy memories. Lynne & Simon, Shirley & Richard you should be proud of the life you gave these boys. Thinking of you all as you come to terms with life without these two xxxx

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by jetlucy

Saturday 25 May 17:41



So sorry lm and cellosmum to hear of your sad losses. All our babies are so precious and it hurts so much when we loose them. Thinking of you all xxx

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by shanishoo

Saturday 25 May 17:29



I am just so saddened to hear the sad news about Bert and Guinness, I hope that your boys are running fast and free together with all our other fur babies at the bridge. My thoughts are with you all, they were both a great age but I know it doesn't make their loss any easier, take care xxxxx

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by cellosmum

Saturday 25 May 15:56



Sorry, but more sad news. This morning we had to say goodbye to Guinness. He wasn't a Daybreak's hound but lots of people knew him and I think he had become an honorary member of the Daybreaks family. He had enjoyed his food, walks and cuddles right up till the last couple of days and even spent last Tuesday at the kennels enjoying the company of six other hounds, but at nearly 13 his body decided it had had enough. RIP old boy.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Saturday 25 May 15:12



I am heartbroken to see this. Bert was gorgeous and so gentle. Run fast and free beautiful angel. Much love to you all. Jo xxx

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by PamD

Saturday 25 May 15:06



Run free with all our angels at The Bridge xx

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by shanishoo

Saturday 25 May 14:20



Aw bless Harry, how amusing!!!!, Harry & Momma, a match made in heaven???? Xxxx

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by LM

Saturday 25 May 12:05



I'm sorry to add to the sad news, but we had to say goodbye to our gorgeous Bert in the early hours of this morning. He wasn't rehomed from Daybreaks as we got. from Peterborough when we lived there. We feel like Daybreaks was his family as much as Skip and Sam's. He was over 13 and we didn't expect to see 11. He had far more than 9 lives. In the end his body just gave up and he asked us to let him go. It was all very peacefully done (after they did tests) at The Willows. We said goodnight then left the room as we couldn't be in there. Bert chose the night before holiday as he wouldn't have coped but still wanted us to go. So we're on our way to Dorset with Skip and Sam. x

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 25 May 07:38



As Angie said in her diary update yesterday, it was an emotional day but we find this makes our Daybreaks family stronger.

Nervous Harry ain’t so nervous when his ‘girlfriend ‘ is around!!!! Momma and Harry have got love hearts for eyes and they prance around each other when they are allowed for to meet for brief moments as Harry is yet to be neutered and Momma is in season!!!!!

Saying goodbye to Charlotte and Stanley our Friday students was sad but this pair are back in September. They have flourished in their placement and their true compassion for the dogs is clear. They gave us a lovely photo frame with 6 pics of ex inmates and it has pride of place on our desk. It really is the people and the dogs that make it a great place to be. I love Daybreaks x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 24 May 17:23



It was a sad day at Daybreaks today. We heard the news about Jack and also another old time ex resident, now both running free of pain and playing at Rainbow Bridge.

Alan, Pam & Paddy then came to scatter Spritz's ashes in the memorial garden. Thankyou to them for letting Ruth, Jo and I share in the very emotional occasion - the brave, beautiful girl is now running free of pain and cares at the Bridge, playing with all her pals. Pam also planted two lovely plants in the garden which will grow and flower in Spritz's memory.

It was a warm and sunny day and the doggies were able to have a walk down the shady lane this morning. This afternoon was sand run playtime and grooming & cuddling time! Bolt, Dan and Bell particularly enjoyed the extra attention they got and stood beautifully to be brushed. Not sure the boys appreciated smelling of sweet pea & vanilla at the end though!!

Harry is such a handsome boy but so, so nervous. He has to be coaxed out of his kennel and is very wary of everything bless him. He did let Ruth give him a groom though, and does enjoy his food, so hopefully in time he will gain some confidence and realise that he is safe and nothing will hurt him.

It was the last day today for our 2 work placement students Stan and Charlotte. They bought us some lovely flowers to say thankyou as they said they had really enjoyed their time with us. We will really miss them - sending them very best wishes for the future.

Little Miss Tig went to the Vet for a dressing change this morning, then spent the rest of the day in the office. She is such a brave girl, and is being very good wearing her cone and negotiating life with an external frame attached to her leg!

The weekend is upon us again, and I make my usual wish for red signs for our boys and girls. After such a sad day, give your hounds an extra cuddle tonight and I raise my glass to toast all our beauties running at the Bridge.

Have a good weekend one and all.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 24 May 00:17



Hi Shaz & Jim, thank you so much for your offer of items for the donation table.very kind of you. It would be lovely to see you all again. Xx

A beautiful day lots of sunshine! Bell had to have an early bath. She managed to lie in poo in her kennel overnight! Declan gave her a quick bath, she soon dried out in the sun. :))

Ruth brought Tig in. She spent the day in the office with her Momma. She was such a good girl except for eating half a bag of puff jerky! Xx

Thanks so much to everyone who came in to walk the dogs and help with cleaning and feeding. Nearly everyone who visited today fell in love with Harry. :)) He is a big gentle giant who just needs lots of help to understand the big wide world. Xx

Must go to bed now...having four lovely Greyhounds snoozing all around me always makes me drop off! :)))

Xxx

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by willerby

Wednesday 22 May 22:53



Hi Kate we have a pile of things for the donation table again, on holiday at the van next 2 weeks will try and get to the kennels when we get back
Shaz & Jim (Jess' slaves )

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 22 May 20:57



Hope you have a lovely first holiday with all your boys. :)) Xxx

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by LM

Wednesday 22 May 20:34



I completely agree with Kate - if you have 1 greyhound you can fit in another (and then a 3rd in our case!) December 2010 to June 2018 with just Bert then we added Skip. Then earlier this month we brought baby Sam home for 2 days and he never went back. They are all very different and bring their own dynamics to the family but I wouldn't change a thing. Anyone thinking of a 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc, just do it :) - or 1st of course.

Wish us luck in the caravan next week with our 3. First outing in a tow caravan and have no idea what the sleeping arrangements will turn out to be! Hopefully Skip will sleep beyond 5.15 if he's close to us.

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 22 May 12:03



Diary for yesterday!...

Norman took Robbie to the park for a change of scene :) He was quite keen on the small fluffies he met and will need some help socialising with them. He loves people and was very good with a young child he met. Xx

We had several dogs in the doggie kitchen today, all black apart from Lyra who is black but spotty! They all got on so well together and we managed to find enough beds for everyone. All beautiful! :)) If you have one Greyhound it's very easy to fit in another! X

We have reinstated our donation table at the kennels. We have so many nice items given to us, it's a shame not to have somewhere we can display them and help raise funds for the kennels. Ruth got Richard and Declan moving cupboards and sorting a roof covering! We did have to put in a complaint a couple of times as their handy work was very noisy and was putting the dogs off their dinner! :)) We are always very grateful for anything you think would be suitable. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today...Declan braved the nettles and Blackberry bushes to search for Louis's ball that was lost on Saturday, he found it! Sure Sara must have helped him! :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 20 May 22:47



Handsome Willis went to the vets first thing for his neutering operation. He was a good boy in the car although he didn't want to get in at first! He was quite bright when I collected him this afternoon and he ate all of his dinner when we got back. :) x

Bob and Gloria collected two boys for us this morning, Harry and Bocko.
They are both a little stressed in their new surroundings at the moment and having just checked the cameras they are both sleeping on the floor! They are maybe used to different types of bedding. Sure it won't be long before they feel more at home. :)

Two of our work experience students finished their time with us today. Sam and Willow thank you both for all your help over the last 12 months. Wishing you both every success for the future.

Barney came into see us tonight and he met new lad Harry...they got on great together. We just need to convince Barenys Mom they need another Greyhound!, :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 19 May 18:17



Thanks so very much to everyone who came and took a kennel dog on the Sheldon Country Park walk. Nearly all dogs went, apart from the post op dogs and Buster and Dan. Buster and Dan both had a great time blasting around the sand run and playing with the toys.

Eric decided halfway around the park that he needed a 5 minute break and just lay down! All came back and had a good rest before they went on a short walk up the lane this afternoon. Soon time for dinner and they all settled down for the night. Happy dogs!

As a result of today's walk we had a viewing, the family went away to think things over. I had a call later.....they decided to reserve Willis (were looking for a small dog and have chosen probably the biggest at the kennels at the moment)!

Two new arrivals tomorrow, a vet run and two of our lovely placement students have their last day with us.

Here's hoping for a good week ahead. Thanks again for everyone's help today.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 18 May 23:44



Two of our beautiful girls went home today, Sara and Susie, both of them were very happy to go home with their new families. :) Wishing them lots of happiness. Xx

Jess had several customers for a pamper and nail trimming and we had visitors to the kennels to buy food.

Steve, Sara's Dad popped in with Louis. He and Louis met little Sara as she was just about to go home. :) Louis left the kennels a little disappointed as Steve managed to throw his ball over the fence in the sand run. Louis, we promise to try and find it for you! :)

It was very quiet for viewings for our lovely lads and lasses waiting for their forever homes. :( Please if you are thinking of offering a home to a dog, please consider a Greyhound they are fantastic! Xxx

Our last customer for the sand run this afternoon was a gorgeous tiny Italian Greyhound puppy! It was amazing watching him run around. Most of the toys were bigger than he was. :)) He came into the kennels afterwards. The look on Eric's face was priceless, he wasn't sure what to make of him at all. :))

Thanks so much for everyone's help today. Happy Birthday to Jess for yesterday! Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 17 May 17:00



Ok - who stole the sunshine?!?!? It was raining & cold this morning so it was coats on, then the sun came out and it went quite warm so it was coats off, then it clouded over and went quite chilly so it was coats on again!! We just cant get a settled spell of weather can we?

It was another quiet day at Daybreaks, the highlight being handsome Jordan going off to his new home this morning. Wishing him and his new family many happy years ahead.

Eric & Honey G are sharing the kitchen kennel & run, and they make such a gorgeous couple. Despite there being 5 beds in total for them to use, at one point they were both sharing the same one, lying cuddled up together with Eric's leg lying gently over Honey G's leg - oh so cute!! As we left tonight they had separated and were on a bed each, with Eric lying upside down with his legs in the air snoring quietly!! I have taken a photo and will get Michael to put it on Facebook later.

For all you Treaty fans out there - Jo took a phone call from his Mum this morning and she reports that he is doing brilliantly. He goes everywhere with them, and can be found mostly upside down with his legs in the air! He has a lovely new name too - Shadow. I know he had a special place in many peoples hearts, so it is great to be able to pass on such good news.

Well the weekend is on us again and it is a busy one. We have roadshows at Melbicks on both Saturday & Sunday, and the Sheldon Country Park walk on Sunday - lets hope the weather improves!

Thanks for everyone's help today. I will make my usual Friday wish (accompanied by a glass or two of wine) for homes for our beautiful boys & girls. Have a lovely weekend one and all.

Angie xx

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by Lewisfuggie

Friday 17 May 15:05



Saturday 1st June
Hi guys..
Mell Square Roadshow time again.... I need volunteers with there pet greyhounds to do 3hr shifts (from 9am until 4pm). If interested please message me Lisa. 07985 164493.
Dogs need to be friendly with small dogs and children. Thanks

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 17 May 13:13



Yesterday's Daily Diary...a bit late!

We had several visits to the vet including taking Robbie and Bell for their neutering ops. Both had lovely teeth so didn't need any dental work. :)) Robbie was very interested in a small fluffy dog in the reception area when we went to collect him. He is a very people friendly lad but will need a little help understanding small fluffies. :)

We had visits from two previous inmates today. Myra and Alan brought Ashley in to have his nails trimmed and go on a couple of walks with the other dogs. He is still a very handsome lad and obviously adores his Mom and Dad. Xx

Teddy also came to visit us. He was a very stressful lad when he first came to the kennels and sadly had to have a toe amputated during his time with us. The beautiful, shiny black, handsome boy who trotted into the kennels today was wonderful to see! He came to say "Adios Amigos" as he and his lovely family will soon be going to live in Spain. Wishing them all lots of happiness in their new home. :)) x

Richard and Declan were busy with repairs to the kennels, again :)) This time they were taking rotten wood down from by the gate. We are so grateful to everyone who gives up their spare time to help us either with the dogs or the kennels. Don't know what we would do without you all. :)) Thank you. Xx

Kate Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 15 May 18:26



What a lovely day! This morning we had volunteers from HSBC as well as our Wednesday morning walkers. The dogs all enjoyed going out in the dry!

Thanks to our HSBC volunteers, we had them walking, grooming, health checking and feeding. They said that they really enjoyed the day and will come back and recommend the day to their colleagues.

This afternoon we had more people come in to help, so many that in addition to walking dog's some even went out on the walk without a dog! Everyone else stayed and groomed lots of dogs, Eric and Honey G in particular loved it. I don't think I have ever seen so many people on a Wednesday, it was fantastic, I hope it continues!

Thanks so much everyone for your help, it is really appreciated.

I will now steal Angies sign off and go and have a glass of wine (or a few)! X

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 15 May 00:00



What a beautiful day. Everyone enjoyed their walks today. :))

Richard and Declan were kept busy putting a new blind up on the kitchen run. It is great to keep Eric and Honey G cool. :) They also painted Charlie's bench and the bench in the remembrance garden. Thanks both. Xx

Many thanks to Jess for taking gorgeous Willis for his first trip to the park. He had a great time and was such a good boy. X

Lucy and I took Susie to the vet this afternoon for her post op check up. She will hopefully be going home very soon. Lucy's little girl Ellie also had an appointment as she hasn't been too well recently. Xxx

As I was getting ready to go home tonight I heard a rustling in one of the runs...I discovered Bobby had found a packet of Dentastix and was buisily trying to open them! Standing next to him was a very expectant Skip!! I didn't have the heart to take them off him, well he does have such a cute face. :)) So I helped open the packet!! :))) Told him he would have to pay for them with his pocket money!

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 13 May 23:00



We had two new arrivals this afternoon, Honey G and Bell. They are both lovely, happy girls. :)

It was a quiet day so we were able to catch up on some long standing jobs such as the bedding store! Thanks to Dave for tackling the duvets! :))

Ruth will be taking little Sara for her CT Scan tomorrow. She is an absolute sweetheart. We hope all can be sorted out for her so she can move on from her past experiences and start her new life. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 11 May 22:35



At last! Our gorgeous boy Treaty has found his forever home. :)) As everyone else I was so happy to see him jump into his new owners car to start his new life but will miss him so very much. :)) Xxx

Jess had the pleasure of bathing a lovely older lad called Tony. His new family have given him a home after his owner passed away recently. He was a real sweetheart. Xx

Louis came to visit us this morning. He had a lovely tine in the sand run and he was inrtoduced to some of our residents. Dan and Thena were especially good with him. :) x

Thanks so much to Liz for taking Thena out for a nice long walk this afternoon. She had a lovely time. :)

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 10 May 17:16



In contrast to the rest of the week, today was a quiet day at Daybreaks!

This morning saw the beautiful little Darcy go off to her new home, wishing her and her new family many happy years ahead. Susie's new Dad came to visit her and spent some time grooming her and sitting with her in her kennel.

Our post op trio of Eric, Bolt & Susie are all doing fine. Eric's lack of teeth and the fact he must have a tender mouth haven't dampened his spirits or his appetite!!

I met our newbies today and my goodness how handsome are Dan & Willis? Rosie is a pretty girl and all are settling in well.

Thanks for everyone's help today. Both morning & afternoon walks were done in the lovely warm sunshine, and I pegged out a line of washing which was drying beautifully - then at 3.00 o'clock there was an almighty crash of thunder and the heavens opened!! Needless to say the doggies were not impressed with having to dash through the pouring rain for their dinner - and the washing is now a soggy, dripping mass hanging on the line!! Ah well, that's the English weather for you!

Another week has flown by and with the weekend upon us again - well, you all know the drill by now! It is red wine again this evening, with fingers crossed as we have viewings booked tomorrow.

Happy weekend one and all - cheers!

Angie xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 09 May 23:50



Lots going on today! Vet trips for a Vaccination booster for Darcy; neutering ops for Bolt and Susie and poor Eric had to have a lot of teeth removed and will need a second dental in a few weeks time. :(

We had two new arrivals Willis and Rosie, both gorgeous! Thanks to Lucy for the fab photos of them. You can't tell the weather was really damp, dull and cold!! :)

Richard and Declan had a couple of trips to the tip, bless them :)

It was great to see Pearl and her new Mom. They had come to use the sand run. Pearl is doing very well. So happy for her. :))

Thanks to everyone for all their help today. Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 08 May 16:20



Wow what a busy day!!!! 5 fabulous volunteers from HSBC and I promise I didn't bribe them with regard to their comment below!!! We have a busy day tomorrow with Susie and Bolt going in for neutering and Eric for this vaccination as well as Eric for a stitch to be removed from his recent dental.
I had a call from Fivelands who said that Sara needs a CT scan as the x-ray shows a fragment within her leg and needs further investigation to find out what is going on. This is going to be organised for Worcester and hopefully it will be done soon - we will keep you updated. All donations made to the Greyhound Trust enable us to fund her treatment so we are extremely grateful to all those who support us :-)

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by HSBCVolunteers

Wednesday 08 May 16:03



HSBC volunteering day: We started off the day with seeing how well the new arrivals got on with the resident cat's. We did some doggy therapy on Sara to make her little leg better and we put Susie in with Eric to start and blossoming new doggy friendship!! We assisted with the regular doggy health checks and pedicures, brushing teeth with meaty toothpaste and giving them and Aloe Vera fur treatment!! We played ball with Eric on the sand run and watched him enjoy playing with all the toys!! We cleaned and changed all the bedding and water in all of the doggy parlours and updated their records. We took them on their daily afternoon stroll and feed them their scrummy lunch with the help and guidance of all the great volunteers and the amazing kennels manager Ruth. These dogs are so well cared for and the facilities here are excellent. All of these beautiful dogs deserve a great home where they are treated as well as they are here at Daybreaks. All donations help greatly. Thanks for having us and we look forward to coming back to do it all again!!!

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 07 May 17:25



A very busy day at Daybreaks with the Pet Blood Bank visiting..... our brave donors today were Thena, Queen, Buster, Treaty and Eric as well as many visiting previous ex-residents.

I took Sara the stray to the vets today and x-rays showed that she needs a CT scan on her leg which will be arranged in due course. She is such a sweet girl and was so brave at the vets.

We had in the post a lovely donation of Chilly Dog handmade wool dog sweaters - they are absolutely gorgeous and Tigger modelled one - it was quickly removed before she decided to chew it!!!! These will be available at our Daybreaks Birthday open day on the 30th June.

It is time to go home as I have rehearsals tonight! The show is getting closer.... eeek!!!! Tickets are available if you are interested.... just give us a call at the kennels.....

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 06 May 18:00



A funny old day, Monday is not my usual working day. It started with very few of us in, but gradually we had more wonderful volunteers come in so dogs got morning and afternoon walks.
There were no bookings for the sand run to begin with, but then it went crazy, it was as if everyone had the same idea to wear their hounds out! Eric had a blast, whilst my Arry didn't even break into a trot!! Remember, this is available for use by any breed of dog, not just greys.
We had visits from little Cara, Skip and recently homed brother Sam, he is doing great and not forgetting Ash who came along with an injured tail! Homings for Queen, Debs (now Brie) and Brian (now Ivern). So a busy day all in all.
Thanks so very much for donations of fish, bedding, toys and dog coats. Thanks so much for everyone's help today, really appreciate you all coming in, oh and I thought it was flaming cold, trying to warm my feet up still. Heres hoping for a sucessfull week ahead. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 04 May 23:52



We had three gorgeous new arrivals this morning, Darcy, Robbie and Dan. Thanks so much to Bob and Lucy for collecting them for us. By the end of the day little Darcy found herself reserved! :))

Sara's Dad brought Louis in to help us test some of our Greyhounds with a "fluffy" He was brilliant as usual and all the dogs he met were good with him. :) His reward was to have a play with his ball in the sand run. He still has the same locker to store his ball in until his next visit. Xxx

Buster went off to his new home this afternoon. He is one very strange doggy! He makes himself very comfortable wherever he is and then doesn't want to move....after helping fill in the homing paperwork he decided he would rather have a snooze in the office than go home! It took a lot of persuasion but once he was up he was happy to jump in the car and start his new life. Do hope all goes well for him and his lovely new family. Xxx

Ruth and Jayne went out to pick up a bench from a very kind lady who wanted us to have it at the kennels. She got a little confused about the time they were to arrive and wasn't in when they got there...well that's what they told us! We think they just wanted extra time to go and have lunch. :)))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 03 May 17:12



It was a busy day at Daybreaks today - most of which was spent dodging the downpours!! Goodness me, didn't it rain?!?!

The doggies were almost back after the morning walks when the heavens opened - they didn't look too happy as they came dripping through the gate! However, I think they all enjoyed the lovely towel rub down after they were back all snuggly in their kennels.

We saw Sam and Hector off to their new homes this afternoon - wishing them and their new families many happy times ahead. We also had a viewing, customers for the sand run, and very kind donations of bedding and towels - this made the afternoon whizz past and it was supper time for the doggies before we knew it.

Another weekend is upon us and my usual wish for red signs is made, we have a kennel full of black beauties at the moment who would love a sofa to call their own. My wish is accompanied by a glass or two of red wine - purely medicinal you understand after a wet & chilly day!!

I hope the weather improves soon, and that everyone has a good weekend. Cheers!

Angie
xx

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by jetlucy

Thursday 02 May 22:19



Sounds to me like sara definitely sent this little girl! And Ruth thank goodness you did set daybreaks up, just think of all the fabulous work you and your team of staff and volunteers do and all the gorgeous hounds you've helped over the years and continue to help...their lives would have been very bleak, if at all, without you. You should all be very proud of yourselves xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 02 May 14:45



After the sadness of saying goodbye to Sara at her funeral on Tuesday, on arrival back at the kennels she had sent us a gift..... a stray girl had arrived, picked up in Elmdon Park. As she had no name, you guessed it.... we called her Sara!

She is such a sweet poppet so the relevant authorities have been informed and Head Office have asked us to rehome her if she is not reclaimed - we will add her photo and details if this happens.

Yesterday was a very busy day but I set to work and gave the treatment room a spring clean ready for our new set of scales to be delivered today. As much as I wanted some very posh scales but couldn't afford them, I am grateful to Phil at MK Scales for sorting us out a set of ex-dem scales which came just within the budget of £200 from the Greyhound Trust to buy some more.

As we weigh every dog on arrival and then again every 12 days, these are instrumental in our work so I am grateful for the donation to allow me to purchase these. We are not doing too bad as the previous 2 sets I purchased have lasted just over 6 years each!

I am also grateful to the Greyhound Trust for supporting Tigger. She came to the Trust with a deformed leg. She is going to hydrotherapy twice a week and is scheduled to have her op on the 21st May to straighten her leg. We will keep you posted on her progress.

As Kate said, at Sara's funeral it was overwhelming at how many volunteers that knew Sara via the kennels came along. Daybreaks not only helps the lives of the hounds that are lucky enough to come to us but many humans too. Despite the heartache it has given me over the years which often outweighs the happiness, I am still glad I started Daybreaks.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 30 Apr 23:29



We all said Goodbye to our friend Sara today. It was a very sad occasion but it was lovely to see so many people from Daybreaks there to mark her passing and celebrate her far too short life. The gentleman leading the service asked how many of us had met Sara through the kennels and I think he was amazed at how many people raised their hands.
Thinking of Sara's family tonight, I hope they found comfort in seeing how loved she was by us all. Xxx
Sara, goodnight my lovely. Xxxxxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Tuesday 30 Apr 16:01



Sending my love to everyone in the Daybreaks family today. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry that I couldn’t be there to say farewell to Sara. Xxx

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by helenanddave

Tuesday 30 Apr 12:12



Sadly, we couldn't be there today to say our goodbyes to Sara as Dave is working but we are thinking of her, her family and all at Daybreaks who will miss her so very much.xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 29 Apr 21:01



Sara was an inspiration, she never complained unless it was using the wrong food bowls. She was and will always be a massive part of Daybreaks. You will be very sadly missed. You are and will be a huge part of Daybreaks, rest safely Sara, words cannot express the feelings we have of losing you. Resting in peace with Rob, Cracker and Charlie, watch over us, and look after our hounds at the bridge. Xxxxx

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by Caro

Monday 29 Apr 20:11



I never had the privilege of meeting Sara but have seen via the comments what an integral part of Daybreaks she was so would like to say I will be thinking of all the Daybreaks staff, volunteers and of course Sara’s family at this sad time.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 28 Apr 19:37



Today was greyt! I thought it would be quiet, it was first thing with just myself, Dave who came especially as we thought we would be short of volunteers, Ollie who was back from holiday and Bella. Throughout the day more people turned up, thanks to you all.

Sam got to go out on a lovely walk with Skip and his mom and dad. They have very kindly fostered him for a couple of days to give him another taste of home life.

Lovely Buster was reserved, all being well he will have a pretty lurcher sister called Poppy to play with.

Ruby Rebel came in with his mom and dad to do some walking, turns out today is his first gotcha day, I told him that fish and chips is a must on this day and birthdays too!

We had a visit from Reggie and Ronnie, the grey twins, they looked great.

The Melbicks road show has been a great hit, we had people who went there come to the kennels afterwards to offer their services for volunteering. Thanks too to everyone who took their greyhounds to show what greyt pets they make.

If you would like to make an entry in the memorial book for Sara, please pop into the kennels, she was such a big part of Daybreaks and will be sorely missed. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 27 Apr 22:26



What a difference in the weather today from last Saturday! It was back to winter, cold and wet. :(( We put the cool coats away and got the fleeces back out again!

We had two new arrivals, Susie and Bolt. Both lovely happy dogs. Thanks to Jayne and Lucy for giving them both a bath and checking them into the kennels. Xx

Pretty little Cara was reserved by a lovely family this morning. :) Her tail is healing well. We are so grateful to Shirley and Richard for fostering her after her operation. She will stay with them until her new family are ready to take her home. Xx

Hector came in for the day. He really is a fabulous lad. He spent some time in the office and also met Lucy's Ellie and sat with her in the kitchen. He was absolutely no trouble at all and was very calm when meeting visitors to the kennels two and four legged. Jayne did change his name to "Horace" on several occasions!! If you would like to meet Hector or Horace :)) he will be spending the day at the kennels again tomorrow. His foster Mom and Dad are happy to speak to anyone who might be interested in offering this handsome boy a forever home. Xx

Thank you so much to everyone who came left a message in the Memory Book for Sara and gave a donation. Her Dad came in this morning and brought Louis for a play in the run. :)

If anyone would like to join Sara's family for a drink after her funeral next Tuesday, you are invited to the The St Bernard's Grange Pub, Barrows Lane, Sheldon, B26 1QJ. Xx

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Saturday 27 Apr 08:51



Thank you for all your kind comments it means alot. We collected our boy last night so hes back with us to keep safe forever by our bedside. As the saying goes 'you never own a cat' and our vinnie was such a free spirit and loved his freedom so hoping hes happy enjoying ultimate freedom in safety over the bridge xxx

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by Jess&Tilly

Saturday 27 Apr 07:54



Jetlucy, sorry to hear you’ve sadly lost Vinnie. Thinking of you xx

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by LindaPaul

Friday 26 Apr 22:54



Jetlucy I’m so sorry you lost your Vinnue in such tragic circumstances. You are so right that we must treasure our fur babies. Our time with them flies by in the blink of an eye. I hope Jet and the others gradually recover and you of course. Your memories of Vinnie will stay with you xx

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by Thethirdronnie

Friday 26 Apr 21:15



Jetlucy, so very sorry to hear your sad news. Keeping you in our thoughts. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 26 Apr 20:41



Jetlucy, so very sad to hear about Vinnie. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 26 Apr 20:33



Jetlucy, I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. The past couple of weeks have not been good for sad and bad news. My thoughts are with you. I totality agree with your statement of treasure your fur babies as you don't know what is around the corner. Take care. Xx

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by LM

Friday 26 Apr 20:17



JetLucy I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. Hugs to you all. x

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by sarah

Friday 26 Apr 20:14



Jetlucy I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Vinnie. All of our fur babies are so precious and you are right we need to cherish every minute. My thoughts and love are with you x

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by shanishoo

Friday 26 Apr 19:52



Jetlucy, I am so very sorry to hear about your beloved Vinnie, my heart goes out to you, I do hope Jet will be OK, he is obviously missing his friend. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Take care xxxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 26 Apr 19:06



What a strange day today! No Angie as she is off galevanting, hope she and Mike have a lovely couple of days. So you have me reporting on our Friday.
It was very quiet to start with, only Dave who kindly volunteered to come in and help and myself. We were very relieved when we had reinforcements arrive which meant that in between showers all residents had morning and afternoon walks. Thanks so much to everyone who came in, it really is appreciated.

It was lovely to see Skip today, he is looking great.

Lorna had a couple of pamper sessions booked this morning, so if you would like to book this fab service for your hound, grey or non grey please give us a call.
Nobody used the sand run today, apart from resident Eric, he had a blast. Again this is totally secure and fantastic to give your dog/s a good run or to use for training and even for doggy playdates and parties!

Hoping that we have more reservations and homings next week. Have a greyt weekend every one.

On a sombre note, just a reminder that is our lovely Sara's funeral on Tuesday, at 11.30 at Yardley Crematorium. She will be and is very sadly missed.

So as Angie is not here to write this, I will have to say (as she normally does) I am going to have a nice glass of wine or a few. Jo x

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by jetlucy

Friday 26 Apr 18:57



We sadly lost our beautiful cat vinnie on Wednesday to the evil dual carriageway (which is ages from our house as we are surrounded by about 100 acres of fields but something tempts them over it as we lost his brother 2 years ago to it) . He was jets best friend having had him as a feral 8 week old kitten he grew up and adored jet and they followed each other everywhere at home. Our hearts are broken beyond words as we worshipped him and jet and the other 4 are feeling it too. Only writing this to say please treasure every moment with your babies, they are so so precious and not with us long enough. RIP our beautiful vinnie, god bless and hope you're having the most amazing life over rainbow bridge. Love u with all our hearts xxxxxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Friday 26 Apr 18:26



WARNING.. STRONG WINDS TONIGHT IN WEST MIDLANDS
As you may or may not be aware we are due to be hit by major winds in the Midlands. Please please check your fences before you let your dogs out into the garden. Best to be safe than sorry.

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 26 Apr 00:05



It was a very busy morning, first Pearl went home followed by Westy who is now known as Jet. :) Wishing them and their respective new families lots of happy times together. Xx

Queenie was due to go and have her neutering operation today but came into season this morning! So it was Jordan's "lucky" day instead!!
He was such a good boy at the vets when he met a big fluffy dog :)) he was a bouncy boy when we picked him up this evening,

Thanks to Alan and Lucy for going the warehouse run this morning. Poor Richard had terrible toothache and had to go see his Dentist...Lucy and I did volunteer to carry out dental work on him, but her turned us down!!

We had lots of extra cakes today! Yvonne our lovely volunteer celebrated her 80th Birthday, sending her lots of love and thank you for coming in this morning to clean as usual. :))

Norman took Westy to the park for us this morning . He was s very good boy and found himself homed on his return to the kennels. :)

Thanks so much to Myra and Dave for cleaning up the run this week. Sara would have been so impressed. Xx

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 24 Apr 10:56



We have started a Memory book for Sara and a collection. If you would like to pop along to the kennels to leave a message, we would appreciate it.

Sara’s funeral is on Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 11.30am at Yardley Crematorium.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 23 Apr 23:26



It was great to see Honey and Jordan reserved today! Xxx

Cara was a very brave girl when she had her review at the vets this morning. Her tail is healing well, even though it's now a very short tail. She is such a very cute and dainty little girl. Xx

Ruth's little Tig had another swim at the Hydrotherapy pool...it really does wear her out. She was very quiet this afternoon! :)))

Thanks so much to Lucy and her various assistants for taking new photos of some of the dogs and thanks to Bob for letting us use his garden for the backdrop. They are great! Xx

Lyra had to use some of her pocket money to pay for a fluffy octopus toy she stole from the office yesterday! She was wandering around the kennels while I was locking up last night and came running back to the kitchen mouth full of Octopus looking very impressed with herself! :))

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 23 Apr 20:42



Got to say, i am loving the current all black line up! Would be my idea of heaven to be with these pooches everyday! I need to win the lottery so i can give up work and id be volunteering everyday then!xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 22 Apr 23:17



It was quiet at the kennels today. Think the good weather has persusded people to go out and make the most of the sunshine. :))

Angie and Michael took Buster (Overdale Smith) out for the day. He had a lovely break from the kennels. We are hoping his owner will soon be well enough to take Buster home. He is missing his Dad. Xx

The sand run was very busy this morning, great to meet so many dogs of different shapes and sizes! :))

Westy is doing ok. He is eating well and went out for walks today. He also met our cats...sadly he is not cat friendly. :(

Sam is finding kennel life very stressful at the moment. Dave took him for a race around in the sand run. It did help him to settle. Xx

Myra and Alan collected their Easter chocolate hamper they won on the raffle. Alan had given up choclalte for Lent...he can now make up for all those lost calories! :)) Thanks so much to everyone who bought a ticket.

Thanks also for your generosity in donating lots of tins of fish and dog food over the Easter period. We are very grateful.

Many thanks to those who have made a donation in Sara's name. Xxxxxx

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 21 Apr 14:54



It's been a steady day at Daybreaks so far..... all the inmates were cleaned, walked and spent time in the sand run and then a treat of a Pawseco dog ice!!! Some were not impressed....
We still have Buster here whose owner was taken into hospital so he has had some extra TLC as he has been stressing.

We've had a few visitors to use the sand run - it is great that a large part of the run is shady. Rose came to visit for a nail trim and corn removal. I spent some time clearing the pine cones and twigs from the sand run - a job that we rarely get round to - I am sure Sara will be looking down and saying 'about time too' as she hated the twigs getting stuck in Louis fur and she used to spend ages using the rake some days.

Bob, witnessed by Roger, drew the winning tickets for our Easter Raffle - the winning numbers are as follows:
1st 356 (Alan and Myra)
2nd 459 (Susie P)
3rd 341 (Julia)
4th 355 (Andy) - promise this wasn't a fix!!!!
5th 423 (Aaron)
6th 463 (Mel)
There are some winners we haven't been successful in reaching by the number on the ticket so if you are one of our winners, please give us a yell!
With all the goodies - hot cross buns, chocolate, a massive cake (donated by Blue's new owners) and mini eggs aplenty I guess being good starts next week!!! Happy Easter everyone from all at Daybreaks xxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 21 Apr 10:27



For those of you who would like to come, Sara's funeral is on Tuesday 30th April at 11.30am at Yardley Crematorium.
We have started a collection which Sara's Dad has requested that half goes to Daybreaks and half to the PDSA.
If you would like more information, please call the kennels on 0121 782 7702.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 20 Apr 23:46



A beautiful day...even a little too warm! We had to get the cool coats out for the afternoon walks. :)

Ruth had the pleasure of homing Blue. His new family are so nice and are the Aunt and Uncle to our lovely volunteer Stacy...we insisted she join in the homing photo! Wishing Blue a very happy new life. Xxx

Westy is continuing to improve. He seemed a lot brighter today and was able to go on walks. He really is a super lad. I'm sure a new home would really cheer him up and speed his recovery. Xx

Shirley and Richard popped in with Cara today. She was a very happy young lady. Xxx

Great to see Queenie reserved. She just has to meet her prospective new Greyhound brother...do hope they like each other! Xxx

Sara's Dad came to see us this morning and brought Louis with him. Louis spent sometime doing his favourite pastime "cat watching!" Sure he was a little disappointed because they were both out in the run enjoying the sunshine! We took him in the sand run for a play with his ball, which I managed to throw over the fence! Fortunately I found it...I can hear Sara now saying "Well, that wasn't much good was it!"
Xxxxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

Wishing you all a very happy Easter, hope some of our lovely Greyhounds find homes and the Easter Bunny brings you lots of goodies for you and your dogs. We have our Easter raffle draw tomorrow, good luck! :))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 19 Apr 17:38



It was definitely a day of two halves today - with wall to wall sunshine all the way. This morning was very quiet both for volunteers and visitors, so our more energetic boys and girls had some time in the sand run, whilst the others enjoyed some time out in the feeding runs having a groom and lots of snuggles.

It was very sad to see Buster returned this morning, he is such a lovely boy and we hope he finds a new home very soon. x

A departure from normal Friday activities saw me up a ladder with a dustpan & brush - don't ask!!! We were putting some shade on the roof of the outdoor kitchen kennel run to try to keep Westy a bit cooler, bless him. He seems to be a little better today and certainly enjoyed watching the world go by whilst reclining on the bed.

The afternoon was a very different matter!! It was great to catch up with Nifty & Cilla who came in for a pamper prior to their roadshow duties on Sunday - they left looking and smelling beautiful. We also had a visit from Eli, who was Buster when in the kennels, he looks fab and his Mum and sisters love him to bits.

We also had viewings, customer for the sand run and more volunteers so the dogs could have a nice walk down the shady lane this afternoon. Many thanks for everyone's help today.

On this Good Friday I will raise a glass of chilled white wine and hope that our beautiful boys & girls, especially those that have been returned to kennels and so have experienced home life, will soon find a sofa to call their own.

Have a blessed Easter weekend one and all - enjoy the weather and time with your families, both 2 and 4 legged, you just never know what's round the corner.

Angie xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 19 Apr 10:11



I am in desperate for help for an owner who is unwell in the Redditch area to help walk her greyhound. If you think you could help, please call Ruth 0121 782 7702.

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by Lucy&Ellie

Tuesday 16 Apr 20:18



RIP Sara, you were amazing and you cared so much for the dogs, you'll be missed more than you could ever imagine, you were a great friend and always made the people around you laugh.

You took so many beautiful photos of the dogs that captured their character which made people fall in love with them and in return landed them with homes, I promise to do my best and try to carry that on in your honour, we all always joked that as soon as you were back off your crutches you’d be back to head photographer.

We don’t know what happens after life, but knowing you, you’re going to be having one heck of an adventure with your boys. See you on the other side xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 15 Apr 23:34



A very sad day at the kennels...many thanks to everyone who called or popped in to express their sorrow for the loss of Sara. Thinking of her family. Xxx

We had two new arrivals this morning, big lad Jordan and pretty girl Queen. Xxx

Thanks to Lisa for dropping Westy off at the vets for his neutering op first thing. He was very bright when I collected him this evening and he enjoyed a nice tin of beef stew & vegetables given to us by the vets. :)) Hoping he gets s good nights sleep.

Thank you so. I have for everyone's help today.

Xxx

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by Jess&Tilly

Monday 15 Apr 23:06



Rest in peace Sara, you’re one truly amazing women. I will never forget such a strong lady.

Miss you so much, I don’t know what I’ll do without you....
Xxx

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by blueangel

Monday 15 Apr 20:54



I am heartbroken to have the news yesterday about Sara passing she was one in a million she was very good friend to me as she was to many a heart of gold and gave so much to Daybreaks which she loved.She was Brave,kind,witty,funny,determined,dedicated,inspirational and I loved her. Sara you will be sorely missed but never forgotten rest easy Bab with Rob, Cracker and Charlie xxx

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by shaunhelen

Monday 15 Apr 18:22



Such very sad news, rest in peace Sara xxx

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by willerby

Monday 15 Apr 10:19



Such a sad time for Saras family and all at Daybreaks sadly i never got to meet Sara but she sounds a lovely person and will be missed by all, my condolences to you all, sending a special hug to you and all the pups xxx

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by Mand,Gent,Emily&George

Monday 15 Apr 00:14



Sara was truly part of the fabric of Daybreaks and always so chatty and helpful when I met her. I last saw her a couple of months ago and her determination to visit the kennels, despite her ill health, was nothing short of inspirational. Thinking of you all at this incredibly sad time. Mand xx

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by abbs104

Monday 15 Apr 00:14



Condolences to all Sara’s family and friends, I’ll never forget our first meeting when Ruth let her loose with the till £264 !! To rehome Ronnie, thank God Ruth returned, Sara’s apology was “told you I don’t do money”:-) after losing Ronnie early this year I’d have paid it,he gave us so much pleasure and Sara always asked about him, she was a massive part of Daybreaks who I remember with fondness RIP Sara

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 14 Apr 23:37



I can't believe I will never see Sara again. She was the bravest and most determined person I have ever met. Despite her ill health and constant pain, she never gave up hope that she would one day be able to walk properly again and have another dog for Louis to play with. Xx

She was unique and she was my friend...Sara, I promise not to mix the food bowls up with the water bowls! Now go and play with Charlie and Cracker, together again forever. Lots and lots of love. Xxxxxxxxxxx

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by shanishoo

Sunday 14 Apr 21:52



I didn't know Sara but I know from all the previous posts and all the comments today what a special caring person she was, I am so very sorry to everybody who knew this lovely lady, may she rest in peace, such sad news xxxxxxxx

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by rumblesmom

Sunday 14 Apr 20:57



absolutely devastated to hear of sara,s passing so glad we saw her at the kennels the other weekend she was a truly special person and a friend to all whether they had 2 legs or 4 rest in peace xxxx

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by lisaBaker

Sunday 14 Apr 20:55



What terrible news and I know the kennels will miss Sara so much. I remember when I took my first Grey home she let us see how she was with her non-greys and was a massive help around the kennels. Rest in peace and I’m sure you are up there giving all our greys on the bridge lots of love xxx

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by jetlucy

Sunday 14 Apr 20:12



Unfortunately i don't think i ever met sara but can only imagine from all the wonderful things i read about her on here what a fabulous lady she was. Thinking of all her family and friends (both 2 and 4 legged) at this time. God bless xxx

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by helenanddave

Sunday 14 Apr 20:07



The saddest news. Sara will be missed by so many people. RIP Sara - no more pain. Xx

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by spencer68

Sunday 14 Apr 19:45



So very sad to read the sad passing of Sarah today. Thinking of you all at daybreaks. RIP Sarah thank you for all that you have done for all of the greyhounds , beautiful person inside and out .xx

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by PamD

Sunday 14 Apr 19:38



Such sad news.

I remember the day well when she started volunteering at our kennels many years ago. Daybreaks without Sarah is unimaginable.

Her spirit will live on at Daybreaks and I’m sure she will be looking after all our angels at The Bridge.

Sleep tight dear Sarah xxxxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Sunday 14 Apr 19:31



I am at a loss, Sara you knew we loved you and your dedication to Daybreaks and it’s residents. No more illness or pain my love. Run with hounds. Xxx

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by skinnyme

Sunday 14 Apr 19:21



A massive hole in our hearts tonight, no words can Express our grief. Sleep tight Sara, you'll never be forgotten. Xxx

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by mary/john

Sunday 14 Apr 19:21



so so sad news about Sara Pillinger... she was a true friend and colleague at the trust and cared 100% for the greys. She will be sadly missed and loved our Bailey dearly... R.I.P. mary/john previous volunteers...

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 14 Apr 19:14



Absolutely broken when I heard this, at a loss for words right now. Can only say R.I.P Sara. Xxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 14 Apr 18:58



I really don't know how to even start writing this post but today I received the devastating news that Sara Pillinger, one of our much loved volunteers passed away suddenly.

We are all absolutely shell shocked and for those of you who knew her, knew that she was a massive part of the kennels and had been since the kennels opened. She was an inspiration to us all with having such resillience and humour despite the tough times that she went through but she brought so much to us and I know in return Daybreaks gave her a lot back.

We are numb - she was in yesterday volunteering and to know she will not be there again, is too much for us all to take in. Louis her collie who came with her will still visit the kennels and all we can do is remember her, remember her strength and keep smiling as she did..... Sara - I know you are with Charlie and Cracker now.... Rest in Peace Cupcake..... As Sara always said... KOA SOF xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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by Leese

Sunday 14 Apr 12:29



Any more local qalks planned?

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 13 Apr 23:12



As Ruth said earlier it was a very busy day at the kennels today. :))

Everytime Ruth finished one homing another dog was ready to go home! We also had several viewings which resulted in Blue being reserved and a couple of other possibles. :)

Sara and Louis were in today. Louis was put to work being introduced to some of the Greyhounds to see how they got on with a "fluffy" dog. Blue, Pearl, Eric and Westy all did really well with him.

Arthur came to the kennels for a pamper with Jess this morning. He bumped into Mikey his litter brother who was just going off to his new home. Don't think they recognised each other!

Thanks so much to every one for their help today!

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 13 Apr 16:51



Wow..... what a busy day - I did the rehomings for Mikey, Conte, Tessa and Arry and Blue was reserved. Such a fab day..... sorry for the short update but I am shattered and off home in a bit! Ruth x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 12 Apr 17:15



Ruth was on Vet run duty this morning taking little Cara in to be neutered and have her very poorly tail looked at. It was decided in the end to postpone her neutering op, but she has had to have the majority of her tail amputated the poor little poppet. However, she didn't seem unduly worried by it as she came trotting back into the kennels this afternoon and quickly demolished a Dentastix that she found on the office floor! Well she hadn't eaten all day after all! Huge thanks to Shirley & Richard who have taken her home for a while to recuperate and help build her up a bit.

Our students had a field trip this morning as they accompanied Ruth to take Tigger to her hydrotherapy session. By all accounts Tig really enjoyed her swim, and the students learned about the benefits of this type of therapy.

Another very quiet day for visitors, but lots of volunteers so the doggies enjoyed 2 nice walks in the sunshine. Many thanks to everyone who helped out today.

Incredibly it's the weekend again - where is the time going to? We have 2 of our boys going off to their forever homes, and some viewings booked so lets hope that more red signs appear. I will raise my glass and make my usual Friday toast - it seems to work quite well and gives me an excuse for wine every Friday!!

Have a great weekend one and all - cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 11 Apr 23:18



What a chilly start to the day! Thought scraping ice from the car windows was over until next winter!! It turned out to be a good day for walking. The dogs all enjoyed getting out in the sunshine. Xx

We managed to get some spring caleaning done too. Thanks to Declan, Dave and Lewis for Washing down the cover for the gazebo and putting it back up again. :)) Richard had fun cleaning out the drains!

Richard and Alan did another tip run too. I just had to save a Teddy who was destined to be thrown away! I've seen Toy Story!!

We had a lot of customers for the sand run today. Ideal weather for a race around. :) Bobby loved running with Skip. He was quite fast too. :)

Xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Thursday 11 Apr 21:13



Thinking of you Jo. Hoping that all is good for Lena and Spritz and Tigger. So relieved for Breeze. Xxx

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by rubytwoshoes

Wednesday 10 Apr 07:12



Wow, sounds like it was party central at Daybreaks yesterday, I'm sorry that I missed it! Congratulations Bobby Happy Birthday(s) Skip, Ellie and Norman and welcome Eric. Xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 09 Apr 23:14



Eric bounced into the kennels today! What a very handsome lad :) He has been due to come in for quite some time; it is great to finally meet him. :) Hope it won't be long before he bounces into his forever home. :))

Tessa had her neutering operation today. She was quite wobbly when she came back to the kennels but ate all her dinner. :) Xx

Richard and Declan emptied the old van of all the things that should have gone to the tip last week when it broke down....and transferred it to the new van. This time their trip was successful and they didn't need rescuing! Thanks both :)

All the residents enjoyed a slice of Ellie and Skip's Birthday cake in their dinners thanks to Lucy. It looked so much better than my past efforts, it had dog friendly icing on the top and looked lovely, think the dogs found it tasted lovely too :)) Must say Happy Birthday to Norman too. He normally comes in to walk the dogs on Tuesdays but apparently found visit Bath far more appealing :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 08 Apr 23:05



We had two new arrivals today :) The very handsome Westy and pretty little Cara. Xx.

We have had a girl called "Bigwood Mary" on the website as coming soon for quite sometime. We have been told she has been homed direct from her training kennels. Wishing her a happy new life. Xx

I had the pleasure of visiting Rio and Ella's Mom and Dad yesterday to collect some boxes of goodies labelled "Mums & Dads" and "Growlers" :) We are very grateful for all their donations of tins of fish and cleaning equipment etc. It was lovely to see Rio and Ella again, they both looked fab, they are a very happy pampered boy and girl. :)) Thanks so much. Xxx

Nery's new Mom popped in today. All is going well with little Nery's so far. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Thanks to Dave for keeping an eye on the kennels while I took Cara to the vets, hope you got home before all the rain moved in! Xx

Tessa has her neutering operation tomorrow. Then she will be going home in a few days.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 06 Apr 23:14



A really busy and very positive day. :)) Brilliant to see Nicol, now called Willow adopted. She has a lovely Greyhound sister to share her life with...wishing Willow and Misty lots of great times together.

Tessa was reserved :) and we had other very promising viewings. Fingers crossed.

In between Ruth and I took Tig and her Momma in the sand run, it's very scary watching Tig racing around with her wonky leg and hoping she doesn't do anything to it! She is a young lass who needs to let go of some of her energy. She and her Momma had a wonderful time. :))

Many thanks to all our helpers today. The weather was much better so the residents enjoyed two walks without getting wet!

Liz took Brian to Nottcuts for a roadshow today. She said he was a very good boy and really enjoyed himself. He is a super lad

We have an office full of toys! Bright, colourful, soft and squeaky...why not treat your beloved friend? They are only £3 each or for £5 you get two. :)) Tig tested the Octopus and then wanted to test another one!

We are so very grateful to everyone who has donated tins of fish or meat for our Greyhounds. Thank you to those who have brought them to the kennels and also to all who have had them delivered to us. You can be sure our girls and boys will enjoy it all! Xxx

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by shanishoo

Saturday 06 Apr 22:54



Thank you all for your helpful comments, we are going to take you up on your kind offer Nicky and give Tails a try using the vouchers, will let you know how we get on. Xxxx

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by NMD07

Saturday 06 Apr 22:40



We feed tails.com having one on very very sensitive, one on easy to digest and One who just has her mix - they look fab, very rarely have upset tummies ( Jato excluded but she eats non food given the chance) even a couple our vets have changed after seeing how they look. The fact that they deliver as well is great because it saves so much hassle. If anyone wants to give tails ago I have some vouchers for a free month. Xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Saturday 06 Apr 21:07



Florence was the same, now on Tails and loves it. Xx

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by jetlucy

Saturday 06 Apr 19:17



Jet is on the feed made for rgt by dodson and horrell and seems to like it xxx

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by Nifty'sMom&Dad

Saturday 06 Apr 19:17



We're having exactly the same problem with Burns pork & potatoe. We're going to try the different brand like Pam says & hopefully it'll work. Fingers crossed

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by PamD

Saturday 06 Apr 17:42



I’ve had the same problem!! I am now giving Duck and potato by Burns
Maisie and Monty seem to like it atm

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by shanishoo

Saturday 06 Apr 17:33



Just wondered if anybody out there can offer me any advise please, we feed our two boys on Burns pork & potatoe sensitive have done for years but the last few months they are just picking at it, I always put something in with it, pilchards, chicken, mince beef, but they are still leaving fair amounts of it, I have noticed that sometimes the biscuits soften quite easily when water is added and other times you can get a bag where they take ages to soften, no bags are the same. Not sure what else to feed as our old boy is very fussy and we need to keep the protein low for our two year old, he doesn't need any more energy than he already has lol, can anybody please help? Xxx

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by jetlucy

Friday 05 Apr 21:00



So my mom and i went to put our grand national bets on today (i will admit i am a total hypocrite as i dont believe in racing but always blooming bet on the national so i do frown upon myself for it) and they were showing the greyhound racing as well and i was like can you believe our jetsy used to do that (i say that half heartedly if his form and number of races are anything to go by) and now look at him, chilled as ever, lazy but so happy its a total different world. My mom got quite upset because shes so in love with him shes like how could he have had that life (not saying he had a bad one) when you look at him now and the life he now has and they're worlds apart? He'd have a nervous breakdown if he went back to that lol! But made me think, their worlds are so different is it any wonder it takes some of these girls and boys a little bit longer to settle into a homelife? But also means that after all the hard work they've done, my word don't they all deserve that second chance? Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 05 Apr 17:42



Ok, who stole Spring?!?! Another cold, grey and dreary day - but at least it stayed dry so our boys and girls could get out for 2 lovely walks. We had volunteers a plenty today, so walks had to be done on a rota basis, lol!!! Many thanks to everyone who came along to help out today - much appreciated.

This morning saw the handsome Sam off to his new home, wishing him and his new family many happy years ahead.

It was a vey quiet day for visitors, so we managed to get all the health checks done and some more general cleaning and tidying.

Just a reminder that raffle tickets for our grand Easter draw are on sale at the kennels at £1 each. There are 5 amazing prizes up for grabs - definitely worth having a go with so much chocolatey goodness on offer!! I may have purchased a ticket or two!!

Tickets for our stage show Daybreaks in cabaret are also on sale at the kennels. It will be a great night out, and also the last show of this nature that we will be able to put on so why not come along and help us bow out with a bang!!

Enough shameless promotion - let's get down to the real Friday night business of raising a glass (or 2!) and wishing for forever homes for our beautiful boys & girls.

Have a great weekend one and all, and if you have a spare minute why not pop along to Notcutts Garden Centre to catch some of our volunteers and their dogs - and there will be a guest appearance by the lovely Hector if anyone would like to meet him.

Cheers

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 04 Apr 22:29



What a disgustingly horrible, cold and wet day!!! At least we had Treaty's Birthday and chocolate donuts from Alan to cheer us up. :)

Brilliant news for Conte. So pleased to see him reserved. :)

Mikeys new Dad came in to spend some time with him. Hopefully it won't be long before he is off to his new home.

Despite the weather the dogs were able to go on morning walks but it was too wet this afternoon. Our hardy volunteers started a walk but soon returned...Lucy said Treaty looked at her as if to say "Really? You want me to go for a walk in this weather on my Birthday!!" All the dogs came out into the small runs and played with some toys, had a groom and had their teeth cleaned!! :))

Ruth brought Tig and her Momma in with her today, she was so proud of little Tiggy who has learnt to sit like a "real" dog....she is a sweet little girl. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today, hopefully the spring weather will come back soon! :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 02 Apr 23:04



Today we were hoping to finally meet Homeric who has been on our waiting list for quite some time, but his neutering op was delayed so he will now be arriving later in the week. :))

Happy Birthday to Brian! Many thanks to Norman for taking him on a trip to the park for his Birthday. From Normans comments on his page it sounds like he had a great time and was such a good boy. We just need a
belated Birthday present of a forever home for him! :))

I had the pleasure of going on two walks this afternoon first with Honey and then with Pearl, they were both lovely walking companions and we only got a little bit wet!! :) Thanks so much to Sara and Declan for sorting out dinners while we were out. Xx

Thanks so much to all our volunteers who take the dogs out for walks regularly come rain or shine. I am sure they appreciate it. :))

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 01 Apr 23:04



Tessa arrived at the kennels today. Bob and Gloria collected her for us. She is a very sweet and happy girl. We should have another boy coming in tomorrow. :)

The new van has been fitted with mesh doors at the sides for extra safety when the dogs are transported. It looks great! Many thanks to Linda and Paul for arranging it and for taking and collecting the van. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. The dogs enjoyed their walks in the April sunshine and so did the walkers. :))

It won't be long until Easter...as our inmates can't have chocolate if you would like to treat them we would be very grateful for a tin or two of sardines in tomato sauce or olive oil or a nice tin of dog food. Thanks so much! Xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 01 Apr 18:51



Thanks Sirenmelody, I may have to hold you to that sometime! Tthanks much appreciated. X

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by sirenmelody

Monday 01 Apr 18:06



Jo, as you know I dont stick to a schedule per say for helping out as my weeks vary differently with my various goings on but as I am literally 5 mins away please feel free to call me if you are short of help & if I am free I will pop down. X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 31 Mar 18:41



It started off overcast this morning. We had very few volunteers, but we did manage morning walks. I lived in hope that this afternoon would bring more volunteers, unfortunately that didn't happen!

We had what I can only describe as a mass of little dogs come for a doggie party in the sand run, I lost count but there must have been at least 12. Thankfully our residents didn't see them! They had a great time and said they would be coming again.

The sun came out but was still a little chilly. Thanks to Oliver for taking the kennel dogs into the sand run after the little dog mass exodus, they all enjoyed themselves. Thanks too to Gloria who took a lovely couple who came to have a look around on a couple of walks with dogs that they may be interested in.

A couple of new arrivals due this week, look forward to meeting them on Wednesday.

Hoping for a good week.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 30 Mar 23:07



Sam greeted us with a very messy kennel this morning, poor lad had a bit of an upset tum :( Thanks to Dave for volunteering to clean his kennel! Meant Angie could get on with the others. Sam seemed fine during the day :)

Debs was much happier today, so hopefully feeling better. Xx

Luna went home this morning. She is such a cute little girl, wishing her and her new Mom lots of happy times together. Xx

Great to see Mikey reserved again today. He spent a long time with his prospective new family enjoying fuss and cuddles from them in the kitchen run. Later this afternoon he actually sat on Sara's lap! Not sure it was good for her broken hip! :) He is a very affectionate lad. Xx

We had lots of visitors to the kennels today. Great to see Seren again. She looked fabulous. Xx We also saw Jackie and Cliff's very handsome boys Billy and Sam. :)) Gorgeous Duke came in to have his nails cut by Jess and we had lots of doggies wanting to use the sand run. :)

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Very much appreciated. :))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 29 Mar 16:59



Another beautiful day, just like Summer with wall to wall sunshine - fabulous! We were tempted at one point to put the "Closed" sign up and spend the day in the sand run with the dogs pretending we were at the seaside!!!

The boys & girls had morning playtime in the sand run, and with a few more volunteers by the afternoon they were able to go out for a walk. Thank you to those who came along to help out today.

Debs seems a little brighter today, hopefully the antibiotics are kicking in and she will be back on top form soon. Having said that, she was still happy to give everyone a proper cuddle and kisses and enjoyed her walk and ate well today - bless her she is such a sweetheart.

Another quiet day for visitors, so more tidying was carried out! I was like Mrs Mop this afternoon with my bucket of soapy water and scrubbing brush! I tackled the beautiful stone Greyhound statues which we have moved to a more prominent position to try to get rid of years of green algae & dirt. They now look more like grey Greyhounds again - and it was great to be able to be out in the lovely sunshine working in just a t-shirt.

Sadly Mikey is no longer reserved, but I am sure it wont be long before he captures someone else's heart - he is such a lovely boy. I have some photos from when he spent the day with us last weekend which I will pop on Facebook later.

As you can probably guess it's white wine time now - accompanied by a wish for a weekend of red signs for our residents. We have a kennel full of beauties at the moment.

Have a good weekend one and all, and enjoy the weather.

Cheers!

Angie xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 29 Mar 05:53



As Kate said.... yesterday started off great and by signing out time we were slightly frazzled!!!!

With the return of Honey we decided to pair her with Deb who I had taken home the previous day. They have settled well together - I can’t wait to get there this morning to see Deb especially as she is such a beautiful girl. I felt gutted leaving her last night especially as she had been such a wonderful house guest.

Julie visited the kennels and we did some scent training with Tig and Momma Lisa and we are going to do some with the Trust dogs today.... it’s a great way of stimulating them and wearing them out!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 28 Mar 23:37



Well today started off great....Daisy had a quick trip to the vets for a check up after her neutering op and then she finished packing her bags and went home with her new family. She has a lovely home not far from the sea! :))

The morning saw Honey returned to the kennels. So sad for her. Hope it won't be long before she finds a new home. Xx

Several trips to the tip were needed so Richard and Declan, better known today as Chuckle Brother & Son set off in the old van...a few minutes later we received a phone call from them saying the van had started to smoke and had broken down on the traffic island just off the Coventry road!! After numerous phone calls to and from Head Office Ruth managed to arrange to have them rescued by the RAC :)) While they were waiting for the RAC to arrive Ruth, Dave and Lewis passed them taking another load to the tip in the new van, We did offer to deliver supplies of food and drink but they turned us down! Sadly our old faithful van has been deemed too expensive to fix and is now back at the kennels...it has made many journeys to help Greyhounds in many different ways during its lifetime. :)

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. Alan hope you feel better soon, we missed you and of course the doughnuts!!

Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Wednesday 27 Mar 19:33



So sorry to hear Debs is feeling under the weather. Not nice for her but hopefully Auntie Ruth's tlc and some time spent with Momma & Tigs will make her smile again. She is such a happy loving girly. X

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 27 Mar 16:13



Where does the day go?!!! I took Treaty in the sand run this morning and he had a fabulous time running and sniffing in the sun.

Shirley and Richard then arrived and brought Daisy over to see her new owners again and they took her in the car to see how she travels with Stanley - she was great! She is off to her new home tomorrow. Debs I am sure was excited to see her old kennel mate but Daisy didn't even acknowledge her!!!!

Debs had a trip this afternoon and went off to the vets as she is slightly off her food, still bleeding (this is her second season in quick succession) and has been squatting so we were a little concerned she may have a urine infection and also wanted to check her over as she has been in season for a while.

She has has been a little down since Daisy went out to foster so I have decided to take her home tonight to try and cheer her up.

Our usual Wednesday crew turned up and my stripy monster Tig accompanied them on the walks - hopefully she will sleep well tonight but I am guessing with an exciting new house guest, rest will not be on the agenda!

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 26 Mar 21:47



Ooo im excited for tomorrow to see who Stanley picks...! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 26 Mar 21:41



Out two new arrivals both had a bath today and lovely photos taken by Lucy :) We have been asked by head office to take them as the branch they were staying in has closed. Hopefully they will soon have their forever homes. They are both very handsome boys! Xxx

We had a visit this afternoon from ex Daybreaks resident Stanley and his Mom and Dad. They are hoping to find a friend for him. He does have someone in mind and will be coming back tomorrow to decide! :)

Treaty was up to his usual tricks again this afternoon...Shirley was trying to put a coat on him after he ate his dinner, he kept dancing away bouncing around! It took two of us to pin him down and get his pj's
on! :))

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 25 Mar 23:15



Conte went off to the vet this morning for his neutering operation. He was great travelling in the car, jumped in and lay down. He was a little wobbly when I picked him up this afternoon. He is a super lad. Xx

Luna's Mom came to visit her again today. They looked very happy together in Luna's kennel. :) Luna will hopefully be going home soon. X

Bobby came to the kennels with Skip and I today. He really is a very sweet lad. Thanks to Willow and Sam for taking them for a stroll in the sunshine this afternoon. Xx

It was a quiet day for visitors but there is always plenty to do. Bella gave the treatment room a good clean and Dave attempted to organise all the duvets we have! :) I had a go at sorting the bedding store, what we really needs is the Tardis! We would have endless space then. :)) Thanks to Matthew for grooming all of the dogs. Xx

We had two new arrivals late this afternoon, many thanks to Bob D for collecting them for us. We will add all their details to the website tomorrow...two lovely boys, Blue and Brian! :))

It was great to see the sunshine today....even better the clocks change on Sunday! Yippee!! :)))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. :)

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 24 Mar 19:32



A lovely day today. Thanks to Angie and Mike for taking Mikey out to the golf course, next time I hope they take me, sounded fab!

Both Sam and Mikey reserved, such good news.

Thanks so much to our volunteers, all dogs had lovely walks in the sunshine.

Great to see Skip and Bert who came in for a bath, they smelled lovely when Jess had finished with them!

Fantastic to see the update from Hectors foster parents, he really is a lovely boy. He really needs a second chance, I went into his kennel on Friday and got a great big kiss, in the eye!

Well two new arrivals due tomorrow, so a busy start to the new week. Here's hoping for another good one. Take care, Jo. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 23 Mar 21:29



We had a visit from Rocky and his Mom today! He looks fab and is very happy :)) He has a big field to run around in as much as he likes and doesn't see many bicycles :)))

Daisy also popped in with her foster Mom and Dad this morning. She hasn't been feeling very well after her neutering operation and dental on Thursday. I had a photo sent to me this afternoon of a lovely empty bowl....she has eaten her dinner! :))

We had lots of visitors popping in today, nearly everyone fell in love with Mikey. He was in the kitchen run and was happy to greet everyone including his litter sister Maddie! It was great to see Cadbury again. Xx

Thanks so much to to everyone who helped out today. The weather was good and all the dogs enjoyed their walks. Xx

When we were getting ready to go home this evening, Lucy discovered Ellie's fleece was missing. We narrowed it down to being on one of the dogs in the kennels. :)) We finally found it on Annie who had great
fun dancing around her kennel while we were trying to retrieve it and swap it with another!! Xx

Plesase don't forget to have a go on our Easter Rafle, lots of chocolate to be won!! :))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 22 Mar 17:09



What a glorious day today - just like Spring! The lovely sunshine meant the boys & girls could dispense with their coats and Ruth had a lovely time on her hands & knees doing some grooming this morning. We tied Jo to the computer for most of the day getting our volunteer database up to date - I did keep supplying coffee to keep her going!!

Quiet for visitors but we had that many volunteers, and so few dogs, that the afternoon walks had to be done in shifts to ensure everyone got a turn!!

This morning saw the lovely Hector off to a foster home for a few days to try and cheer him up a bit. He has been eating well, but obviously bemused and not happy at being back in a kennel environment, so lets hope a little break will help him and that we can get him into a new home as soon as possible. He is a lovely fella.

Glad to say that Mikey is also eating much better now, and really enjoyed all the extra TLC and cuddles he received today from all the volunteers! Mr Treaty was his usual lovely, happy self, and was lapping up the attention he received from our students. They absolutely love him, and I think the feeling is mutual, and it was great that we were all able to have some quality time with the dogs today.

Spring had definitely sprung this afternoon as we embarked on a major spring clean outside, emptying and moving plant pots in readiness for some new bedding plants, scrubbing the newly revealed areas and sweeping round everywhere. After a long and dreary Winter, it felt good to get stuck in and start preparing for the coming Spring.

Thank you to everyone who came along to help today, much appreciated as always.

Another weekend is upon us, I cant believe how fast the time is flying by. I am raising a glass (of course!) and hoping that some red signs appear for some of our residents. Have a lovely weekend one and all.

Cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 21 Mar 21:18



Daisy went for her neutering operation today. Poor little Lass had to have some teeth removed too. She was rather uncomfortable when we picked her up this afternoon. She has been taken home for a few days to recuperate by a lovely foster family. :)) Xx

Sad news for Hector and his owner. Thinking of them both and hoping a new home can be found for him soon. X

Thanks to Chuckle Brothers, Alan and Richard for going on the warehouse run, they took Lucy with them today to make sure they didn't forget anything! :))

Ruth tried so hard to get all the outstanding paperwork completed today....but it's never ending and there is always something needing doing at the kennels.

Lucy gave Tig a bath this afternoon, Ruth commented it was the quietest she has ever seen her! :) Momma was goimg to have a bath too but she was a little too nervous. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for all their help today. Thanks Alan for the Thursday donuts! :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 20 Mar 18:21



What a glorious day! Thanks atos always to our Wednesday walkers. We had more volunteers this afternoon so all dogs who could go for a walk had 2 lovely walks in the sunshine without wearing coats. Many also had some lovely grooming done.

A battle of wits with Mr Treaty this afternoon, trying to put his fleece back on ready for bed ended out being a 2 man job! He refused to get up so he was man handled, rolled around and turned over, honestly he thinks it is a big game and I am sure that he was smiling at us, the monster. He is a lovely boy and would be a fantastic pet.

Once that task was finally completed all dogs were tucked up and ready for bed.

Thanks so much again for all the help today. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 19 Mar 23:30



Another trip to the vet this morning, this time Mikey went for his neutering operation. He was a really good boy and found himself a girlfriend while he was there! A beautiful Greyhound called Charity. She was homed from Daybreaks a few years ago. She had a lump removed from an ear and was sporting a lovely blue spotty bandage! Neither she or Mikey wanted to leave the vets...it was love! Great to see Charity's lovely family again and we hope her ear heals quickly. Xxx

Thanks to Norman for taking Debs for a trip to the park this morning. She came bouncing back into the kennels. Hope it won't be long before she finds her forever home. Xx

Treaty was also full of the joys of spring! He had just had his dinner and Gloria was trying to put his fleece on for bedtime...he took it off her shook it a little and threw it on the floor then danced away. So funny to see. He really is a character! Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help and thank you Lucy for the fab new photos of some of the dogs. :)) x

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 18 Mar 21:09



Willow and I took Kennel sisters Annie and Thena to the vet this morning for the first part of their vaccination. They were both brilliant in the car and settled straight away. When we arrived at the vets there was a very small fluffy dog in the waiting area. Thena was very calm with her, Annie was rather more interested but only to say Hello! They were so good when they saw the vet, very well behaved little girls. :)) If anyone is looking for an "instant" Greyhound family these two pretty girls would be wonderful together. :)) x

It was fantastic to see George and Mand this afternoon, a real pleasure to see him go home a member of the family! His tail is looking good thanks to their care. :) He is a very lucky boy. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. Sending lots of love to our lovely Yvonne who isn't well and couldn't come in today...she made me laugh when she said she would miss her fix of cleaning up the poo! Get well soon. Xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 17 Mar 17:46



Well another 'what was with the weather today'???

Many thanks to all who took a kennel dog on the Sheldon Country Park walk today, sorry you got caught in the one of many hailstorm we had. Pearl went off to Melbicks to do her first road show bit, thanks Seanna for taking her.

Those dogs who didn't get to go on the walk managed some sand run fun in between hail showers.

After her visit to Melbicks yesterday, Nerys had a viewing this afternoon and has found herself reserved pending a home check :))

Thanks to our volunteers today for all their help, really appreciate it.

I would like to say a BIG THANKS to Angie for organising yesterday's spring fayre and afternoon tea, it was lovely.

Another week is upon us, hope it's a good one. X

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by shanishoo

Saturday 16 Mar 21:34



Well done, that's a fantastic amount of money raised, hope you all had a great time xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 16 Mar 21:25



It was great to see Freddie go home this morning :) He is a very happy boy and is eager to start his new life. Later this afternoon his Mom sent a photo of him sitting on the bed! Wishing Freddie and his family lots of happy times together. Xx

The weather stayed dry most of the day and we were able to do morning and afternoon walks without getting wet!

Rhaegal's new Mom came to visit her today. She is hoping to take her home next weekend after her garden fence has been sorted. She spent most of the day with her beautiful girl sitting on her bed reading. Rhaegal loved being with her Mom having lots of cuddles and getting to know each other. She has a new name....Luna. :) Xx

Many thanks to Sarah for taking Nerys out to visit Melbicks for a road show. I was a little comcerned in case Nerys was too nervous but needn't have worried Nerys had a lovely time. :)

Jess gave ex-resident, Teddy a pamper this afternoon. He looks absolutely gorgeous and is a very happy, pampered pooch! Xx Eli who was Buster came in for a visit too. His owner says her daughter has finally got what she always wanted, a dog who will sleep on her bed with her! :)) x

We said Goodbye to Oli, one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers today. He has been with us on Saturdays for the last three months, through wind, rain and sun! Thanks Oli it has been a real pleasure and we will all miss you. Xx

Ruth and Angie were at the Spring Fayre this afternoon; so pleased to hear it was a great success and it raised lots of money. Ruth brought us some cake back! :)) Thank you to the person who made it. I know Angie has worked so hard to arrange everything. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. I couldn't think of any really challenging jobs for Jayne, :) but I will work on it! Xx

Xxx

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by helenanddave

Saturday 16 Mar 20:33



What a lovely afternoon it was. So pleased it was a success - well done to the organisers. Xx

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 16 Mar 19:14



I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along today to support our Spring Fayre and/or have Afternoon Tea. We hope you had a good time and perhaps found a bargain or two amongst the stalls. To the Afternoon Tea takers, thankyou for your patience in waiting for your pots of tea - one of the kettles decided to give up the ghost!!! We are delighted to announce that the afternoon raised £505 for Daybreaks Trust - brilliant and we are so very grateful for your support. Angie xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 15 Mar 17:47



It was another quiet day for visitors today, but thanks to our students and volunteers the boys & girls had 2 good walks, even if they were all blown along by the wind at times!!!

As an excuse to spend some time with my favourite lad, I popped into Treaty's kennel to change the pillow case on his pillow. Well, he thought this was great fun and, after he tried and failed to take the clean one off me, he was determined that the old pillow case was a new toy to play with and throw around!! Bless him, he is such a gorgeous soul - his photo is still my phone screensaver so here's hoping it can work it's magic very soon. xx

We tackled lots more tidying and sorting out, it is great to get the opportunity to be able to do some of the jobs that just have to take a back seat when you are busy or short of help.

Rhaegal was a happy girl and has recovered well from her spey yesterday. Freddie has managed to split the end of his tail again bless him - fortunately he will have lots of space in which to wag his tail when he goes off to his new home soon. x

Well, the weather isn't very spring like and the forecast for tomorrow is awful - but we are all raring to go for our Spring Fayre & Afternoon Tea tomorrow afternoon. Don't forget, even if you aren't booked for the Tea, you can still pop along and browse the stalls. There will be lots of great things on display, both for doggies and their humans, and it is all to help our lovely Greys.

It is Friday and you've guessed it - it's wine time!! My wish is two fold today - forever homes for our beautiful boys & girls and an enjoyable and successful afternoon tomorrow.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 14 Mar 21:45



Pretty little Rhaegal had her neutering operation today. She was very good in the car and she met two poodles at the vets with no trouble at all. :) She had her dinner when she returned to the kennels and was soon settled on her bed. She will be going off to her new home soon. Xx

Many thanks to Alan and Richard for going to the warehouse for us this morning. Thankfully the weather had improved from the earlier monsoon!

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. It was Donut day thanks to Alan :)) They were very much appreciated and cheered everyone up after getting very wet during feeding and cleaning first thing.

Ruth brought Momma and Tig in and they stayed in the office . Tig was was a very good girl! Xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Thursday 14 Mar 21:09



I echo Rubytwoshoes comment. My Max was due to donate, but it was decided that he would not, he too has retired as he is soon 9 and would be unable to do so after this, and got his retirement present too! This is such a fantastic and worth while cause, each donation your dog makes can save up to 4 dogs. Please think about it if your dog is 25 kg or more. The blood bank will not make your dog do this if they are not at all happy. So Willow and Flloyd will carry on as long as they can. P.s they all receive a goody bag with treats and a bowl of Chappie, just like h hoomans with their tea and biscuits!

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by rubytwoshoes

Thursday 14 Mar 19:04



Just wanted to say thanks to the marvellous blood bank nurses. Ash was due to donate, but was very nervous, they checked his heart rate and decided not to distress him, so he had a goody bag, lots of cuddles and was retired from further requests. He is 4 and has donated twice without too much hassle, but they always put the dogs welfare first. The totally laid back legend that is Charlie also made his last donation, having potentially saved the lives of 28 other dogs! He will be 9 this year, the nurses made a real fuss of him and he received a gift of a jar of treats with a tag saying Retired Life Saver. So proud of him. Thank you Blood Bank. x

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 13 Mar 21:05



Yesterday Treaty, Sam, Daisy and Debs all helped out at a Veterinary Acupuncture Training class. They were all brilliant, so patient while the students checked them over. :)) Treaty was found to have a couple of sore spots and we were asked for permission by the teacher to perform acupuncture on him. Treaty was calm and relaxed. Halfway through the treatment he lay down gently on the floor and enjoyed the experience. :)) The students were very interested in our Greyhounds and the work we all do to help them find homes after they finish racing. It was also good for us to see an alternative form of treatment being used to help the dogs. It was a long day for us all...thanks so much to Julie for doing all the driving. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 13 Mar 19:48



What was with the weather today, fine then cold and so windy this sfternoon? Thanks as ever to our Wednesday walkers and to Louise and Paul who stayed for very windy cold afternoon walks. It was a quiet day for visitors.

We lost our WiFi too, so a massive thanks to Rorys dad for coming in on his lunch break to get us back up and running. Thanks Rob, very much appreciated :)

We had 2 new visitors who want to join our fab gang of volunteers, they were really impressed with the kennels, this is really a huge testament to Ruth's hard work and commitment over the years.

Not much else to report really, as always the doggies were tucked up warm and cosy for the night with their under bed heating on!

Looking forwards to our spring fayre and afternoon tea on Saturday..how fantastic that all tickets sold and Angie now has to do 2 tea sittings! I have suggested to her our next event should be a cheese and wine evening!! I think that she, Ruth and I would enjoy that!!

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 11 Mar 21:33



Met our two new arrivals Conte and Pearl today. They are both very friendly, happy dogs! Xx

It was great to see Freddie reserved today! He is such a super lad. So good to see the boys finding homes.

It was a little chilly this morning but at least the sun was out. All the dogs seemed to enjoy their walks. I even got chance to join a walk this afternoon. I took Nerys and my skippy along the lane. Nerys walks lovely on the lead. :)). After diner this afternoon Nerys decided to help clear up the run. She ate Nicol's poo!!! :(( Despite being a little strange :) (aren't we all sometimes) Nerys is a lovely little girl who just needs a super home as soon as possible. Xx

Little Tig and her Momma came in with Ruth today. Tig was quiet for a change! :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today.

Xxx

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by mary/john

Sunday 10 Mar 15:54



Sad news about trevor burton. A great supporter of greyhounds and a true gent. We wish him a speedy recovery from his illness....xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 09 Mar 22:36



We had a really busy day today. The time just flew by!

It was really windy first thing, Ruth and I had to take down one of the
Gazebos in the sand run before it took off never to be seen again. :))

Little Tig and her Momma came in with Ruth and spent the day in the office. It's so hard to keep a very happy, bouncy girl quiet so she doesn't do any damage to her poorly leg! She did settle for a while laying on top of her Momma. :)) So very cute. Xx

We had viewings for the dogs and it was brilliant to see Rhaegal reserved. She has a lovely home waiting for her.

Torc has gone home with friends of ours for the night. :) He has been very down having to wear a muzzle and a cone to stop him pulling the dressing off his tail. It's nice for him to have a change of scene. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for all their help today. Sara and Louis came in and some of our Greyhounds were introduced to Louis. They were all very good with him.

A big thank you to Jess for clipping Skips nails for me and to Stacy for helping me to pick him up for the job to be done! He really doesn't find it an enjoyable experience! Bless him. :))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 08 Mar 17:09



It was a quiet day for visitors today, but we did have a visit from a van load of doggies from the Isle of Man to use the sand run!! They are over for Crufts and were happy to let the doggies have a blast around the run.

The morning started with an unexpected Vet run, as Jo had to take poor Torq who had managed to remove the bandage from his tail overnight and made it bleed again - the walls were splattered in blood!! The poor lad has another course of antibiotics, lets hope these do the trick this time. He was such a good boy at the Vet, meeting a Golden Labrador with no problem at all. x

The rain held off and meant the residents could have two good walks - thank you to those who came along to help out.

Lots of health checks and weighings were done by our students, and I had a bit of a blitz of the bedding store which is full to bursting! With so many doggies in residence we do go through a lot of bedding and are very grateful for all donations - just occasionally though we could do with a bigger store!!

Ares spent the day at the kennels again today, sometimes out the back on his own and sometimes in the office. He is such a sweetheart, loving any fuss that came his way and was no trouble at all, lying down and falling asleep on the floor so we had to step over him!! Here's hoping he can find a forever home soon.

The weather is yukky so it's a glass of red wine for today's toast - to all our beautiful boys & girls, may their forever homes be just around the corner. xx

Enjoy your weekend everyone - cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 07 Mar 22:24



We welcomed two new arrivals to Daybreaks this morning :) Thanks so much to Bob and Richard for collecting them from the track for us. Mikey is a gorgeous boy and a lot smaller than fellow Brindle resident Freddie...they would make a great couple! :)) Rhaegal is a very pretty little girl. I am told she named after one of the Dragons from Game of Thrones. Xx

Lucy had seven bathings today! Pam and Rosie brought their lovely lads and lasses for a pamper before they go off to Crufts to help promote Greyhounds as Pets. Have fun everyone. :)

Lucy's last two clients of the day were our new arrivals. She went home with wrinkly fingers! ;))

We managed to get all the dogs out for morning walks but it was a very wet and cold afternoon, so afternoon walks were cancelled and they came out in the small runs for a play and a groom instead.

Lovely to see Buster go home today. He looked very handsome dressed all in red. Do hope all goes well for him and his new family. Xx

Thank you to the people who visited the kennels with donations of bedding today. So kind of you. Xx

Many thanks to Alan and Lewis for doing the warehouse run for us today and to everyone for all your help. So very grateful. :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 05 Mar 22:05



Thankfully Thena was feeling a lot better today :) I kept checking her on the cameras last night...everytime I looked she was in a different position, even lying on the floor a couple of times! :(( She is such a cute little thing and her kennel mate Annie adores her. Xx

Torc pulled the dressing off his tail yet again! So sadly tonight he has to wear his muzzle. He is a lovely lad very gentle and loves lots of cuddles. Xx

Richard fixed the Summer House this morning with the help of Declan. Thanks so much. Xx

Sam had a lovely trip to the park with Norman and was a very good boy! :)) Do hope he won't have to wait too much longer for his forever home. x

Rocky has gone home with Michelle and Roy for a few more days. I am sure he will have lots of fun! :)

Thanks to everyone for all their help today. So many nice people! :)))

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 05 Mar 21:39



Well jet was very excited that it was pancake day as that meant he got his own (although had to share abit with one of his cat brothers, but hes been poorly recently so jet didn't grumble too much) with a bit of ice cream! He doesn't miss a trick when it comes to food! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 04 Mar 22:51



Thena went off to the vets this morning for her neutering operation. She has also had two teeth removed. Do hope she feels better tomorrow. Her little kennel mate Annie really missed her while she was away. Xx

It was a quiet day for visitors but we had lots of lovely volunteers to help with the dogs and take them for walks. Fortunately the rain only caught them out on the last walk this afternoon. :)

Ruth and I had a good go at sorting some more stuff out from the back kennels. Tig did her best to help by burying herself in the duvets while Momma sat perched on top of the big pile in the kennel!

Poor Torc is still having problems with his tail. It does look sore :((

Very sad to hear Ares will be coming back to the kennels. Do hope a foster home or even better a forever home will be found as soon as possible for him.

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today, it was lovely to see our Barney tonight when Sam's Dad came to pick her up. :) He is a handsome lad! We all thought Nerys and Barney would make a great couple, they could chew things up together! :)) Welcome to Helen who volunteered for the first time today. Think she enjoyed meeting all of our lovely Greyhounds. Thank you Helen. :)) xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 03 Mar 17:51



What a manic morning it was. Thanks to everyone for their help and to the visitors for their patience!

First Cailin was homed, she has a lovely greyhound brother called Rocky (mot our current one)! This was quickly followed by our long stayer Jet, he jumped straight into the car bless him. Wishing both families long and happy times together :))

Buster was reserved pending his home check. The families little boy was unsure of the dogs to start with, but after stroking Alisons greyhound Izzy he was completely convinced and enthusiastic. Buster gave him a big kiss and they went on a walk and then all spent some time getting to know each other, Andrew the young boy seemed very excited and wanted to take him straight home. He will be visiting until Buster goes home.

This afternoon was the total opposite...by 1.30 there was only Oliver and myself, so the dogs had playtime with toys in the run in the middle of the kennels.

We had visitors to use the sand run, I think they all had a good run, including recently homed Frankie with some of his new doggie family.

We left tonight with the hounds all warm and toastie in their beds.

Hope this week is another good week. Jo x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 02 Mar 22:21



It was great to see Sally officially adopted today. Her new Mom and Dad say she is perfect! :)) We agree! Xxx

Norman took Nicol to Pets at Home in Stratford for a roadshow today. He said she was perfect too! Got on with dogs of all shapes and sizes. :)
When she came back Norman added some comments to her notes and then returned them to the clipboard on the door. However when we came to look for them later they were no where to be seen. Then remembering who her kennel mate is we searched the kennel and sure enough there was the evidence we needed. Just a few tiny bits of paper on the bed were enough to confirm naughty Nerys had ate it! We then checked on the cameras and watched her grab the sheet and take it to her bed where she enjoyed her snack!! To look at her she appears to be an Angel, looks can be deceiving :))) xxx

Sara and Louis came in this afternoon, Louis met Cailin, Sam and Nerys, they all got on great with him. :) Sara sorted all the food and treats in the dog kitchen, it looks so tidy now...there is no stopping her even with a mangy leg and hip. Xxx

Torc managed to get the end off his tail bandage again and made his tail bleed! :(( He is such a sweet lad, what he really needs is a home with lots of room to wag his tail safely!! Xx

Jayne got to work on cleaning out the Summer House in the sand run this morning, it looks great now...well she did ask if there was anything that needed doing! :)) Thanks so much. Xxx

We were a little short on volunteers this afternoon for walking, at one point we thought Gloria and Jayne would be walking them all! Thanks to Sally's Mom and Dad for helping out. Xxx

Gave Jet lots of farewell cuddles before going home tonight. His new Mom Is coming for him tomorrow. Be good Jet! Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 01 Mar 17:06



It was so quiet today that at one stage I wondered if we had left the front door locked!! The phone didn't ring much either - but that meant that we could get on with lots of the bit & pieces that you never get round to when you're busy.

Jo was on the Vet run this morning, it was little Cailin's turn to be neutered today.

Plenty of students and volunteers meant the doggies had two lovely walks, and weighing's, grooming and health checks were completed.

Nicol made us laugh at breakfast, I had literally just asked one of the students to go in and pick up her empty bowl when the little sweetheart picked the bowl up out of the stand and came to the door with it in her mouth!! She was obviously just trying to help us with the clearing up bless her.

I can't believe it is March already, the time is just flying by. And the weekend is upon us again, I am really hoping that some of our resident will be lucky enough to find their forever homes - and to that end I will raise my glass of wine and make my usual wish. Happy weekend everyone - cheers!

Angie xx

Lots of volunteers

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 28 Feb 23:09



I guess Spring is over! We had a lot of rain this afternoon...out came the coats again for the walks!!

Great news! We finally got a urine sample from our lovely cat Socks this morning. The vet looked at it this afternoon and didn't find anything to worry about. Xx Second piece of great news this morning was finding bits of muzzle in Nerys' poo! She had managed to eat most of a muzzle earlier in the week and we have been waiting with anticipation for it to come come out the other end...phew! Xx

We are very grateful to Michelle and Roy for giving Rocky a break from the kennels for a few days and a chance to gain more experience of the outside world. :) x

Buster went to the vets for the second part of his vaccination today. He loves travelling in the car. He settles straight away and is no trouble. We got stuck in traffic so the journey was twice as long as normal. He snoozed the whole time! :)) when we arrived at the vets the lady in before us came out with her tiny Yorkshire Terrier. Buster needs a little help with the small fluffy dogs! ....didn't help with the lady letting go of her dogs lead and him wandering around! Buster was brilliant with the vet and then slept all the way back to the kennels. :)) x

A very constructive day, Richard, Declan and Alan made several trips to the tip. The back carpark is looking so much tidier. Thanks so much. Xx

Ruth did the warehouse run to get much needed supplies. We had the pleasure of the company of Tigger and her Momma. Tig was such a good girl and even told us she needed to go to the toilet. :))) Xx

Ex Daybreaks resident Molly popped in for a pamper with Jess. She looked lovely. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today and for getting very wet this afternoon. Xx

AND it was donut Thursday! Thanks Alan...sorry you got your finger squashed in the gates! Xx

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 27 Feb 15:58



Wow what a fabulous day - you would think it was summer! It is so nice being able to take the inmates coats off, give them a groom and enjoy the sunshine on their walks.

I plucked up courage to let Tig off in the sand run and OMG she was tearing around with her Momma!!!! Fantastic to see x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 26 Feb 22:18



Handsome Torc went off to the vets for his neutering operation this morning. They also checked out his sore tail, thankfully he didn't have to have any of it removed and he has a bright blue dressing on it for the next few days. He didn't want to come back to the kennels with me! He was quite smitten with Donna his nurse and wanted to stay with her :) The feeling was mutual. She said he been the perfect patient all day. :))

Annie and Thena arrived this morning. The are both lovely girls. Annie is a little nervous at the moment. Hopefully she will soon settle.

We had a visit from a lovely little girl and her parents this morning. Most of the dogs were a lot bigger than she was, but she loved them all. Nerys was especially taken with her. Xx

Thanks to everyone for their help today, it was such a pleasant and warm day, great walking weather. Norman took Rocky for a trip to the park. Xx

Bobby was collected from Ruth's this morning and taken to meet his prospective new family. I'm sure she will fall in love with him. He is adorable. Xx

Momma Lisa and Tigger spent the day in the office...Tig is getting better when Ruth leaves the room, she doesn't scream quite as much!! :)))

Richard mended the drainpipe in the bottom block of the kennels and put some coat hooks up for us. Bless him!

Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Tuesday 26 Feb 17:34



Another lovely sunny day and nearly all residents had a walk. Pre walkies allowed me to cuddle and play with nearly each resident. I felt sad saying goodbye to Jet but am so glad he is going to get the chance of a loving home. Be a good boy darling and sparkle like the star you are. Treaty gave me my usual wash and then some nibbles followed by playing tag with one of his toys. He so loves the one on one attention and is such a great character but is very well behaved when out on lead. Deb's was her usual lively self pushing in front of Daisy for a cuddle. They are both so lovely. Freddie is such a sweet and loving boy lapping up the cuddles. I took Calin out first and she was very calm just as she had been in her kennel waiting nicely for me to get her lead etc on. She seems fairly placid although this is the first time I have met her properly. I then took out Nerys who again in her kennel was extremely calm and a little shy. She was a little nervy and got upset when some cars came near and as I was trying to, as gently as I could, get her into a clearing she did cry. My Teddy can be skittish around loud noises and traffic so I really feel for her. It upset me that she was scared and so she gets my biggest cuddle today for being a brave girl and continuing to learn in her new surroundings. She seems very calm around people and was excellent when a toddler visited this morning so that is all positive. I just wonder whether she would flourish better in a slightly more quiet type of home away from too many cars??? She needs her confidence building up and hopefully this will happen. I shall look forward to cuddling her again. She is such a sweetheart and isn't even 3 yet. They are all so different and at the other end of the spectrum is Buster who is just such a happy chappy. I thought his tail was going to drop off from all the wagging when I went in to cuddle him. I missed Torc today so hope he recovers quickly from his op. The others had quick hellos and head rubs and seemed very content.

Finally, there are some very nice chocolate yummies up for the latest raffles so everyone coming through the doors please consider buying a raffle ticket. They are only £1 a ticket and all the proceeds greatly help in one way or another. Without all the support things would be extremely difficult for the boys and girls who rely on the hoomans and all their kindness. Thank you in advance.

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 25 Feb 22:57



A really busy day for visitors! :)

Sad to see Freddie and Treaty unreserved, but they are fab boys and I'm sure the right home for both of them will come along. Xxx

Poor Torc chewed off the end of his tail bandage last night, causing his tail to bleed again. :( He is due to be neutered tomorrow so we will ask the vet to check it for him.

It was a beautiful day, humans and dogs enjoyed walks in the sunshine. :))

Thank you to everyone for their help today. Willow one of our students spent as much time as she could with Jet. Several times I walked past his kennel they were cuddled up together! :)) He has been her favourite at the kennels since he arrived and fingers crossed he should be in his new home the next time she is in.

We have two new girls arriving tomorrow. :))

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Monday 25 Feb 21:12



How lovely of charde and miya, im sure all the doggies appreciate their fundraising. Well done girls!xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 24 Feb 22:37



We had two young ladies visit the kennels yesterday with a donation for our Greyhounds they had raised by selling homemade cakes, crisps and sweets to their school friends at break times. They had photos taken with Sam and puppy Tigger to take back to school. Charde and Miya thanks so much for all your hard work, so very kind of you both. Xxx

Must say a big thank you to Sara for all her help yesterday afternoon, due to the lack of bones in her hip and leg she did the standing still bits, dinners and washing up etc and I did the moving around bits, dogs in and out of kennels etc... :)) bless you! :)) Louis just stood and watched the cats!! :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 24 Feb 18:27



A very foggy start to the morning, I did wonder at one point if it was through the tears I cried for Lecky, so terribly sad. X

We had to smile, Buster would not come out of his kennel until he had lots of fuss and tummy rubs! Not to be outdone, new boy Torc decided to have a lie down in the run after he had finished his breakfast, he totally refused to get back up, promptly rolled over on his back and ended out being carried back to his kennel like a baby with his legs in the air!!

All dogs had l lovely morning walk in the sunshine when it managed to appear! This afternoon saw the all go out again apart from Jet and then Rocky who had a blast in the sand run. Many thanks to everyone for their help today.

Lots of lovely bedding and towels donated, thanks.

We had a few visitors come and use the sand run, it was lovely to ex-residents Molly, then Eli (was Buster) and then there was lurcher Enzo. All of them had a great run and no doubt went home shattered.

Highlight of the day was a visit from a lovely lady who had been thinking of adopting a greyhound......she chose my mate Treaty...yay... and has reserved him pending a home check. So very happy for him, he is such an affectionate, gentle boy.

Well Angies screensaver seems to be working, me thinks Mr Rocky is next to grace the screen :))

Speaking of Angie, in her immortal words, I thinks it is wine o'clock!

Here's to a happier and successful week. Jo x

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by sirenmelody

Saturday 23 Feb 17:54



Sounds like a very productive day. Such great news, especially for Bobby. We will keep all of our fingers, toes and paws crossed for a happy outcome. xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 23 Feb 12:05



Wow what a morning so far! Frankie has gone off to his new home and we have offers of a home for Bobby V (who will go out on trial next week) and Freddie and a viewing for Velvet this afternoon - keep your fingers crossed! :-)

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by Shanesmum

Friday 22 Feb 17:14



After a foggy start it turned into another lovely sunny day. Many thanks to everyone who came along to give our boys & girls two lovely walks, they didn't need coats and it was nice for them to get some air around their bodies!!

Ruth was on the Vet run this morning as she took Velvet off first thing to be speyed. She had to have some teeth out too and will be spending the night with Ruth & Andy.

Both Jet & Rocky had some individual playtime in the sand run this morning, they enjoyed tearing round, chasing balls, sniffing and just generally revelling in being there. Rocky makes me smile as he does like to "talk" to you, and he was muttering away to himself in the run, then went and stood by the gate when he was ready to go back to his kennel, bless him.

New boy Torc is gorgeous, but his kennel resembled a bloodbath this morning!! His split tail was wagged that much that he had sprayed the walls with blood!!! We bathed it and Ruth has put a very fetching bright blue bandage on it - he was such a good boy whilst all this was going on.

Bobby spent the day with us again, and he truly is a beautiful gentleman. At one point, as Tig the pup was playing and generally being a mad pup, he stood with his head resting on Momma Lisa's back and they both just stood watching Tig - probably thinking "kids!!" It was so sweet to see, and also nice to see Momma Lisa gaining in confidence too.

As another weekend approaches I will raise my glass, filled with a rather nice chilled white wine today, and wish for forever homes for our gorgeous Greys. Have a lovely weekend one and all - cheers.

Angie xx

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by sirenmelody

Friday 22 Feb 14:34



Despite the early misty start the sun slowly woke up and all that could had a nice morning walk. I firstly took Daisy & Torc. Poor debs was not impressed at having to wait for my second shift and it took me some time before Daisy & I were allowed out of the kennel!! Sorry debs, I thought because you are strong in the kennel you might be strong on the lead but actually when we did go out you walked beautifully and so I think your kennel enthusiasm is just joy at seeing hoomans, getting cuddles & hopefully getting out for walkies. Daisy, as ever, is very good on the lead and today kept trying to nuzzle into my knees on our return!! She obviously isnt interested in having any male doggy love as poor old Freddie got a very good telling off prior to walkies!! Daisy, can he help it if he fancies you!! Poor Freddie......no gent likes a knock back. Torc was also excellent to walk. Thank you Jet for my usual licks & nibbles. I know you are due to leave next week but hopefully not before Tuesday so I can say goodbye. Thank you also Treaty for washing me.....I dont know if I forgot to do my face this morning or we are just sharing the love! You are a great character and although I naturally wish you were in a home it is lovely seeing you again. Apologies to the boys and girls i didnt cuddle but I had to get home to my two boys. Great to see pup Tigs & Momma.....both looking so much better and obviously enjoying their new home. And lastly, but not least, the gorgeous Bobby. A stunning example of an older gent who has obviously been very well loved and looked after. A good weight with a beautiful shiny coat and plenty of life still left to be lived. After his initial shock at finding his mum he seems to be coping very well. Whoever takes him will I think have a very special and very friendly boy. Lovely to see Ruth with them all. Weekend wishes for potential parents for all the residents. Melly, Teddy and I are off to enjoy the last of the days sunshine before its too late.

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 21 Feb 21:54



We had two gorgeous new arrivals today. Torc and Caitlin. Both very friendly and happy dogs. Whoever gets to take them home will be very lucky!

We had visits from ex Daybreaks resident Vera, her Dad treated her to a pamper with Lucy. We also had a visit from Jilly and her Mom. Both Vera and Jilly looked fab! :)) Monty and Mille also popped in for a manicure. :)

Richard did some more painting, this time the wall in the new cat run. It looks great. :)

Our other Chuckle Bro, Alan, put together two great raised beds that have been donated by Stanley's Mom & Dad. So kind of them, Thank you Xx

The afternoon walks proved a challenge as after seeing a bicycle Rocky managed to lose his Tracker. :(( Dave and Declan went back to look for it but couldn't find it...It took our super sleuth Ruth a mere couple of minutes to locate it and it was getting dark! :))) xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. It was chocolate donut day, thanks Alan! Xx

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Wednesday 20 Feb 22:19



Please don't shoot the messenger, but we have been asked to pass on the following information when attending our walks.

OWNED DOGS. **

If your dog is reactive, please ensure they are kept muzzled at all times whilst on the walk... Please ensure you bring your muzzle with you!

The use of flexi leads is strongly NOT recommended, please bring a suitable non extending lead for use on the walk.

Please ensure your dog is kept under control at all times and bring plenty off poo bags with you and pick up poo your dog may leave, disposing of it in the relavant bins on site. Thank you

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 19 Feb 23:03



I dropped Nicol and Buster off at the vets this morning for their neutering operations. They both travelled really well. Buster loved meeting everyone at the vets, his tail didn't stop wagging!
Lucy and I picked them up later this afternoon and left Bob and Gloria in charge. :) Poor Nicol was a little uncomfortable but you would never have known Buster had just had an operation! He was jumping around with his tail still wagging...all the nurses fell in love with him. :)))

Thank you to everyone who took the dogs out for walks today. It was good walking weather :) No coats again! :))

Richard did some more painting! Bless him. :)

Really sad Daisy is no longer reserved but it has to be
right for everyone.

Xxx

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by Liz_beth

Tuesday 19 Feb 15:02



Yes, there will be. I need to check some dates but as soon as I know, I will get next walk on here :-)

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by Leese

Tuesday 19 Feb 09:52



Hiya. Are there any Sheldon country park walk planned? Really enjoyed the last one.

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 18 Feb 23:19



Ruth took Freddie to the vets thiis morning as it was his turn to be neutered today. He was a little wobbly eating his dinner this evening. Xx

Daisy has been reserved again! Fingers crossed this will be her perfect home. Xx

We really have lots of lovely boys and girls waiting for their forever homes...it takes a long time to walk through the kennels as you just have to stop and give them all a cuddle! :))

Thanks to everyone for their help today and thank you to the visitors who brought in donations of bedding and towels. Xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 17 Feb 18:34



A lovely bright sunny day. All dogs managed two walks and Rocky had a blast in the sand run. Treaty had a visit to the park this aftrrnoon with Elizabeth, he is such a sweetie, very affectionate. Thanks for taking him Elizabeth.

We had a couple of visitors come to use the sand run. Remember it is available every day, not only is it great fun for your dogs to have a good safe run, it is also great for training your dogs recall!

Lorna had some bookings for pampers, one dog wasn't impressed but the other 2 loved it. If you want to book a pamper session contact the kennels, Lorna or Jess directly.

As I have mentioned on Bobbys page he came into the office for the day. He was such a well behaved boy, he did make me laugh though when he realised where the dog biscuits were, didn't think that he would want any more after helping himself ar Ruth and Andy's house. He had a good sniff but didn't touch them. So very sad for this boy losing his lovely mom :(((

Steve and Sarah were passing this afternoon and popped in, so very sorry for the loss of their boy Toby, always difficult even when you have gone through it youdself to know exactly what to say. He is now running at the bridge with his brother Will.

It is wonderful to see the dogs characters change once they settle into their new kennel life. Nervous Nerys is now not at all nervous, quite the opposite in fact. Buster is so playful to the point when it was his turn for breakfast he refused to come out of his kennel until he had several tummy rubs!

The pesky squirrels are out with vengeance, I am sure they wait until feeding time and run up and down the trees just to wind the dogs up (and I have to say it works)!

Thanks to Bella for sorting the stair gates in the kitchen, and thanks to everyone who came in and helped today, as always really appreciated.

Here's to another good week.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 16 Feb 22:38



A busy day especially for Jess; she had several clients for pampers and nail clipping. Bobby, Kitty's brother was really not happy with the hair dryer and Seren was not impressed when her Dad and Sister took Velvet for a walk while she was having a bath! :))

Ruth's corn clinic was busy too! It was great to see lots of previous Daybreaks residents today either having a bath, a corn removed, nails clipped or having fun in the sand run! :)))

This afternoon Ruth and Jayne got to work on sorting out the new kitchen and the back treatment room...moving lockers and steel cupboards...I managed to go out on a walk with the very lovely and handsome Treaty! He walks so well on the lead and is a pleasure to be with. :)

Freddie managed to wag his tail so much he split it! :(( Thanks to Jess for dressing it for him. He just couldn't help it as he is such a happy boy!!

It was good to see Sara at the kennels again, even with her broken bits and pieces she still managed to help with cleaning the new kitchen. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. :))

Thinking of Bobby tonight. So glad he is staying with Ruth & Andy and not on his own. God Bless his owner, June; Rest in peace. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 15 Feb 17:12



After a rather nippy, frosty start it turned out to be a glorious day - just like Spring. The boys & girls enjoyed two lovely walks without coats, benefitting from the fresh air and lovely sunshine. Long may it continue!!

With so many dogs in the kennels it was an "on the go" kind of day. We sent Ruth out on the morning walks - giving her the opportunity to give some "on the job training" to our work placement students.

A quiet day for visitors, but the one visit we did have ended up with the beautiful Lucy being reserved! She will have a lovely Greyhound sister to live with.

Our new arrivals are all gorgeous and are settling well. It was also lovely to see how much Nerys has blossomed in just a week - she is so much more outgoing now.

Thanks for everyone's help today, very much appreciated. We were able to get health checks done, walks, and even a bit of spring cleaning started!

We have a roadshow at Melbicks Garden Centre this weekend, and I am sure one or two of our boys & girls will be making an appearance. Hopefully we can get some interest and get some red signs appearing outside some of the kennels!

I will raise my usual Friday glass of wine and make my usual Friday wish that forever sofas are on their way for all our residents. To this end I have taken a photo of the lovely Rocky and made it my phone screensaver - well you never know, it seems to have been quite successful so far! I will it on Facebook later and you will see him enjoying kennel life, bless him.

Slightly off topic but our Afternoon Tea has proved so popular that we literally have 2 tickets left - I am amazed and so grateful for everyone's support, thank you.

Have a great weekend one and all.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 14 Feb 23:29



Socks, one of our cats had a trip to the vet this morning. She has been drinking rather a lot recently and despite being on a diet has put more weight on. She is a super girl and even though she had to suffer having some blood taken and a thermometer in her bottom she remained our sweet, fussy girl. We have to try and obtain a urine sample in the next couple of days! Bless her. Xxx

Another trip to the vet this afternoon, Lewis and I took Freddie and Buster for vaccinations. They were so good together in the car, jumped in sat down and enjoyed the journey. They were also great at the vets. Buster is the first Greyhound I have taken who has lay on the floor quite relaxed while having his injection! :) On the way out they met a very beautiful female Greyhound and were both smitten! Xxx

Many thanks to Alan and Richard for going to the warehouse for us today. However because they didn't take their lovely assistant Lucy with them they forgot the poo bags!! Well they are the Daybreaks Chuckle Brothers! :)))

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. It was almost like spring, so nice to see the sunshine! The dogs went out for walks this afternoon without their coats on. :))

We have lots of really lovely dogs at the kennels all looking for a special home of their own, please consider giving one of them a seat on your sofa! :) X

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Thursday 14 Feb 20:42



What a lovely thought and truly deserved xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Thursday 14 Feb 13:46



Not normally emotional, but how lovely, thank you whoever you are and thanks to all the greyhounds for such a wonderful surprise. Xxxxx

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by shanishoo

Thursday 14 Feb 11:44



What a lovely surprise xxxxxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 14 Feb 09:48



There was a parcel waiting for us by the door when we arrived this morning...it was a lovely box of chocolates for Valentines Day! Addressed to the staff and volunteers. The note said Lots of love from all the Greyhounds you have helped past, present and future and the chocolates spelled out a message "We Love You From The Greyhounds!" Thank you so much to the person who helped them arrange our special surprise. Lots of love to you and every Greyhound from us all! Xxxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 12 Feb 23:38



Well, no need to say what the headline of the day has been....our lovely lad Jet has been reserved!!! :))) A lovely lady came especially to meet him and fell in love with him. The feeling was mutual as Jet was happily snuggled up to her and her friend in his kennel after just a couple of minutes. :)) We do hope all works out. Xxxx

I met our recent new arrivals, all gorgeous! :) Buster has a very waggy tail, Freddie is a happy lad who is very tall! Lucy, Sally and Nicol are very pretty girls. :))

Richard did some more door painting, everything's looking good! :))

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 10 Feb 19:18



A very mixed day with the weather today. The dogs who could go on walks did this morning. After the torrential rain stopped this afternoon they had playtime in the sand run.

We had 3 lovely new arrivals this afternoon, Buster, Freddie and Lucy, gorgeous. Thanks so much to Bob and Gloria for picking them up from the track. Thanks also to Katie, Alex and their mom for bathing them upon arrival. Thanks again to Gloria for staying to help with the afternoon jobs.

Jet got out this afternoon for a trip to the park with Ruby Rebel and his mom and dad, apparently he was fairly well behaved.

Ruth did a home check this morning and then came in with little Tigger pup and Momma Lisa. Momma is in deed getting braver, bless her. Tiggrr is a little whirlwind!

Here's to another good week :))

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 10 Feb 09:43



Yesterday was another time when we wished we had a bigger office as whilst Kate did Eli's homing in the office I did Scarlet's in her kennel with her new mum! As Kate said it was a very busy day but fabulous as will today be - 3 new arrivals to welcome to Daybreaks and Tig and her Mum (who is getting braver every day) will enjoy lots of attention again! x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 09 Feb 22:38



A very busy day! :)

Ruth and Andy dashed off to the warehouse first thing. Leaving little pup Tig trying to sit in a bed with Skip, who wasn't too impressed! :))

A big thank you to our lovely Duke of Edinburgh volunteer Oli who helped clean the kennels with me this morning and to Gloria for doing lots of walks! As we were very short on help this afternoon Shirley and Richard popped in to help with feeding. Thanks everyone! :)))

Handsome lad Buster, now called Eli went off to his new home. His new family were very excited to be adopting him. Do hope all goes well. He is a super boy.

Scarlet also went home :)) She was such a good girl and seemed to enjoy modelling coats and fleeces, She looked very pretty in the pink winter blizzard she chose! :))

Frankie was reserved! He will be joining a big four legged family! The family brought several of their dogs with them, Ruth took Frankie in the sand run to meet them. He was such a good boy. :))

Stuart who organises our waiting list is not too well at the moment and is in hospital. Sending him lots of get well wishes. Xx

We have more new arrivals tomorrow! :))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 08 Feb 17:33



Was lovely to be warmer today, and the promised rain wasn't as bad as expected so the doggies could enjoy a nice walk this afternoon.

Morning sand run playtime was interrupted by a certain young lady and her new Mum!! Pretty little Genie and her new Mum had a lovey time playing in the run, Genie does enjoy playing with a ball bless her. Then her morning got even better as she trotted off to her new home - wishing her lots of happy times ahead. x

Nerys was fine this morning following her spey yesterday. I was greeted with a waggy tail when I went into her kennel, but she is incredibly nervous and tries to squash herself as far into the corner as she can. She did eventually come out for her breakfast, which she polished off with no problem, but she is so very wary of people. As Kate has already said she will need plenty of patience and understanding but she is such a little sweetie who deserves that chance.

It was a very quiet day so whilst the students got on with health checks and other tasks around the kennels, I had the opportunity to spend some time with my 2 favourite fellas - Jet & Treaty.

It is still early days for Jet's new diet, but he has put on a little weight. I have adjusted his food a little and we will see what another week does. He was quite happy for me to sit next to him giving him a fuss - and lay sprawled out, pawing at me if I stopped stroking him!!

I also spent some time with the lovely Treaty. After giving me hundreds of kisses, he lay down and was quite content for me to stroke him, pawing at me if I stopped. Both these boys are so affectionate and I really enjoyed being able to spend some quality time with them both.

Well, another weekend is upon us - so that means I have wine and make a wish for forever homes for our boys & girls, especially those that have been waiting so patiently for such a long time. Fingers crossed it happens for them soon.x

Have a great weekend all.

Angie xx

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by mary/john

Friday 08 Feb 08:52



Jess was a wonderful lady we did walks with jess will miss u so much xxxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 08 Feb 07:56



A very sad afternoon at Jess Johnson’s funeral yesterday. A wonderful lady who will be greatly missed. Will never forget you xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 07 Feb 23:23



Ruth and I took Nerys for her neutering operation this morning. She was such a scared little girl. She will need a very patient and understanding family to help her with the outside world. In her kennel she is is a happy little soul with a waggy tail. Hope she will feel better tomorrow. Xxx

Thanks to Alan,Shirley and Declan for picking up our two latest arrivals, Debs and Velvet. They are both delightful. :))

We have finally moved into out newly refurbished kitchen! Thanks to the the boys, Dave, Declan and Lewis for cleaning out cupboards, drawers and washing cups, plates etc. :)) We now have somewhere for visitors and volunteers to make a drink or have lunch. :))

Richard spent most of the day painting doors and door frames! Didn't notice any "blue" dogs walking around the kennels this afternoon. Xxx

We are so very grateful to everyone for everything they do to make the kennels a great place to be for our Greyhounds, volunteers and visitors.
Xxx

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by jetlucy

Wednesday 06 Feb 20:12



Congratulations momma Lisa and tigger! All your rainbow bridge hounds will be beaming with joy that you've got 2 new kids and yes may have sent you a little tinker to have some amusement watching you! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 06 Feb 18:58



A bit warmer today, as always thanks to our Wednesday walkers.

Very quiet for visitors, in fact only one person came in. This did, however result in lovely boy Buster being reserved, yay :))

Our two new arrivals Nervous Nerys and Springy Sam are such different characters. Nerys did venture off her bed this morning wagging her tail a bit when I went to see her, by the end of the day she seemed quite a bit more confident, very waggy and kissy. Sam it would appear has totally forgotten he was neutered yesterday, I really think he wanted to join the other dogs for a walk. He took some convincing to stop springing up in his kennel and in the inside run!

Ruth had a day working away from the kennels, it is sometimes the only way to catch up on the reams of paperwork she has to get through, it is impossible to do otherwise, it is so easy to get sidetracked if you are on site no matter how convinced you are that it won't happen!

Dogs were all in bed with their heating on when we left, they all looked so warm and cosy.

Hope tomorrow is a good day for everyone. X

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 06 Feb 15:37



Last year I lost my precious boys Joseph (March) and Foxy (August). For many reasons I felt I needed a break from adopting but now feel the time is right......

I am sure Foxy has sent Tig the Terror to take his place!! She is certainly doing that and at just 6 months old and born with a wonky leg she is still managing to tear about the house bless her..... Momma is nervy girl with a crusty nose but we are already getting tail wags :-)

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 05 Feb 23:43



New boy Sam went off to the vet this morning for his neutering operation. I picked him up later this afternoon. The nurses were telling me what a really good boy he had been and no trouble at all when he decided he just could wait any longer....he did a poo and big wee on the waiting room floor!! Oops! :)) xx

Pretty little Fairy went home this afternoon. She has a new name, Luna. :)) She was a little tinker when she got into the car. She started off in the boot and despite being clipped in still managed to half climb over onto the back seats! We eventually got her sorted out and off she went with her Mom ready to go and meet her new sister from School. :)) Xx

A big thank you to the petsearch team, Lucy and I collected donations of food and treats for our residents from them earlier today. Very much appreciated. Xx

Thank you so much to everyone who helped out today. :))

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 04 Feb 22:45



We had two more new arrivals today, Sam and Nerys. Sam is a very handsome lad and a non racer. Nerys is so pretty but also very nervous at the moment. Xx

Not one of Busters better days, he had his neutering operation today and his reservation was cancelled. :(( He really is a special lad. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. It was quite spring like this afternoon for the walks but has gone very chilly again tonight. Just checked all the doggies they look very comfy. :))

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Monday 04 Feb 21:22



Sorry didn't mean to add a blank comment, was trying to tell you all about jets holidays but since I've had this new phone it won't let me add long comments...but he's having a fab time and doing his promotion work!xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 03 Feb 18:44



Yet another fffreezing day today, and again the hose was froze until this aftrrnoon and the kennel buckets were frozen solid! Thanks everyone for their help today, as always very much appreciated.

Thanks to all who took kennel dogs on the Sheldon Country park walk, it is great to get these dogs out and about and get the reports and feedback from their walkers. Those who were left behind had a nice walk down the lane :)

Lovely Josie had her home check and went 'home'. She is such a cheeky little girl, so cute.

Gorgeous Genie had a viewing and has been reserved pending her home check, she will be one specialty spoiled little girl.

Hopefully this week will see the temperature start to rise, that would be great. Take care all. X

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by rubytwoshoes

Sunday 03 Feb 10:40



How great for these lucky dogs. I think most newly homes dogs believe their name is No for the first few days!! Fortunately they learn very quickly. Hope for Ruth and Andy's sake that pups learn just as quickly! Xx

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by helenanddave

Sunday 03 Feb 09:30



Such great news - truly a pair of very lucky doggies! Xx

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by shanishoo

Sunday 03 Feb 08:36



Fantastic news, I'm sure Momma and baby will have the best life ever, they truly are very lucky, wishing you lots of wonderful, fun times ahead with your new babies xxxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 03 Feb 08:22



so..... Kate mentioned the 'special couple' who took home Momma and Pup...... you may want to call them flipping mental more like!!!! We have had a very very eventful night!!!! Despite being flea bathed on arrival, by 7pm little one was still crawling so I headed back to the kennels to get some Advocate. We have spent the night itching, scratching, mopping up wee but also non stop smiling at the pair who are just adorable. Momma is nervy but is learning that we are not too scary and I have had a slight tail wag a few times..... as for pup...... aggghhhhhhh our lounge is the new playground and despite her wonky leg, she has already ventured onto the table to slurp out of Andy's wine glass (can I just say that was last night and not this morning!!!!) The word 'No' has been used aplenty ha ha!

I am off to the kennels in a bit with Little Miss Full of Beans and Momma along with bags of washing and after some corns I have lined up I will be off to Kettering to do the home visit for Josie. I think the red eyed look could be quite appealing - motto for today - keep smiling else I'll start crying ha ha!!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 02 Feb 22:01



A day of mixed emotions...we scattered Peggy's ashes on Wispa's grave this afternoon. So sad to say goodbye to a little girl who should have been looking forward to a new life in her new home. Thank you to everyone who came along. Rest in peace Peggy. Xxx

The family who had reserved Peggy visited the kennels today and chose Fairy to become part of their family. :))) xx

We had visits from Hector who had a lovely time in the sand run and Star who has been in his home a good few years now. He wasn't impressed to have his nails trimmed! It's always great to see ex Daybreaks residents, to see them looking happy and obviously very much loved never fails to cheer us up especially on sad days. Xxx

We had two new arrivals today....both reserved before they crossed the threshold! Mother and puppy, both adorable have been taken home tonight by a special couple who I'm sure will add their own comments when they are ready!! Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Poor Shirley and Richard only "popped" in this afternoon but ended up helping with dinners! Bless you! :)) Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 02 Feb 21:24



Hi LM, we have the thicker fleeces with the fold down collars or the winter blizzards which are waterproof for sale at the kennels at the moment. :) Xxx

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by LM

Saturday 02 Feb 12:01



Have you got any of the not too thick scoop neck kennel coats for sale at the kennels?

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by Shanesmum

Friday 01 Feb 17:04



It was fffreezing today! There was no white stuff fortunately, so it could have been worse!

Ruth took Scarlet off to the Vets to be speyed first thing, and the boys & girls enjoyed sand run playtime.

We have started Jet on a special diet, I think he has a food intolerance or sensitivity so we are taking the "elimination" approach to find out what it is. I am quite excited as I finally get to put my Canine Nutrition qualification to use!He spent some time in the office this morning and he seemed a lot happier to have company, I took some photos which I will pop on the Facebook page later, and of course one of them is now my screensaver. Hope we can sort his diet out and get that tummy settled.

Quite quiet for visitors, although ex resident Wolfy brought his Mum & Dad along so he could have his nails clipped. They say he is an absolute treasure and they love him to bits.

We tried little Miss Genie with the cats and she did very well which is great news.

Josie has recovered well from her spey yesterday and is bouncy and happy. When I went to get her & Daisy from their kennel for dinner this afternoon, they were both upside down with their legs on the air!! It seemed a shame to disturb them, but the mention of "dinner" soon had them the right way up!!

Thanks to our Friday afternoon walkers who took the dogs for a nice long walk - everyone nicely wrapped up against the cold.

Ruth collected Scarlet from the Vet this afternoon and has taken her home for a sleepover.

We have left the doggies all snuggly in their kennels tonight, underbed heating on and radiators on in the blocks - it is much warmer than my house and I am seriously thinking of moving in!!

As it is Friday it is of course time for a glass or two of wine, and a wish for forever sofas for our beautiful boys & girls.

We are scattering the lovely Peggy's ashes in the memorial garden tomorrow at 1.30pm - please do join us if you can.

Have a good weekend one and all - and keep warm.

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 31 Jan 23:05



it was great to see Boss and Jetson go home with their new families today. Both boys came into the office while paperwork was completed. They were great and waited patiently until all was ready for them to go home. Thank you so much to their new families for giving one of the boys a chance of a forever home :))

Josie had her neutering operation today. We worried about her all morning and we were so relieved to hear she was good and we could pick her up. She is having a sleepover at Ruth and Andy's tonight. She is so very cute. :))

Thanks so much to Alan, Shirley and Lucy for going to the warehouse for us. Richard, the other Chuckle Brother stayed at the kennels and painted all the doors in our newly refurbished kitchen...they look great!
Thank you Richard. Xx Treaty managed to somehow end up with a "blue" bottom!!

It was a really cold day, thanks so much for all our volunteers who came in to take the dogs out for a walk.

Our expected two new arrivals will now be arriving sometime in the next few days....sorry Ruth. Xxx

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by helenanddave

Thursday 31 Jan 10:26



Exciting - waiting for pics! Xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 31 Jan 06:27



I’m just a tincy bit excited today about the new arrivals.... watch this space!!!!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 30 Jan 21:05



Thanks to everyone for their help today, all dogs had morning and afternoon walks. Great to have Ruth back, she looks so much better thank goodness.
Lovely Buster was reserved :)
All in all a fairly quiet day, we saw pretty little Mags who came to have her nails done, she is still very shy, but I think she is starting to be a little more confident.
Hope tomorrow goes well, Jetson should be going home, yay:))))) let's try and get some of our other long stayers homes.
We have a couple of new arrivals, so looks like it is going to be a busy day. X

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by jetlucy

Wednesday 30 Jan 13:00



Agree with sirenmelody and shanishoo! I think the grey should have been number 1 of course lol but I was pleased the staffie won as they are a fabulous dog who often like our greys have a lot of misconceptions. They all deserve a chance xxx

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 30 Jan 11:55



Well said Sirenmelody, I think you echo all our thoughts, news like this shakes all of us, and I really don't know how the team at Daybreaks cope sometimes, but thank heavens they do - for all of us!!!!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 29 Jan 23:05



A quiet day for visitors at the kennels today. It was so sad seeing an empty kennel where Peggy should have been. :(( Thank you so much to everyone for their support yesterday both at the kennels and on the website. You helped us all through a very tough day. Xxx

James brought his Cocker Spaniel Sal in yesterday. We introduced her to some of our residents. Frankie was especially good with her. Xx

Thanks so much to Norman for taking Buster to the park today. He had a great time. He has a viewing tomorrow....fingers crossed!

I have just watched Britains Top 100 dogs on the TV...the Greyhound came in at number 40. They had a beautiful Greyhound on the show. There is also an article in this week's Radio Times by Jilly Cooper promoting Greyhounds as Pets. :)) All good publicity for them! It was great to see our lovely Vet from the the Pet Blood Bank featured in the programme. Must ask her for her autograph next time she comes to the kennels. :))

Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Tuesday 29 Jan 21:14



Just to say the question marks were a smiley face with thank you hands!!! Obviously my emojis dont transfer!!!

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by sirenmelody

Tuesday 29 Jan 20:06



If the prospective family of Peggy read this can I firstly, together with all other followers, offer our sincere condolences. You must be experiencing many different emotions at the moment. I think it is wonderful that you are going to visit Daybreaks again to meet some of the other wonderful residents. Whilst you will be under NO pressure to adopt, even if it is not immediately, please do not let Peggy's loss of a wonderful loving home be another's loss. Let it be Peggy's legacy, that she went on ahead to Rainbow Bridge so that another could enjoy your love and warmth. All the team work so hard to find good homes for these brilliant, intelligent and beautiful individuals. It would be so sad to lose you as well. Even if the time is too soon to choose another perhaps regular visits or even perhaps fostering if that is within Daybreaks rules (and I dont know what the rules are) could be considered. I am sure Peggy would be delighted to know that you are keeping your hearts open to the possibility of welcoming another into your home. A massive THANK YOU is in order.???? Seana, Melly & Teddy xxx

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by sirenmelody

Sunday 27 Jan 21:05



Thanks Jo, it certainly has been windy today! Hopefully, my 7 ft brick wall which compounds my house & garden will stay intact!!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 27 Jan 19:12



Sorry, me again! A quick but I feel an important p.s to add as it has been so incredibly windy today....Please, please, please check your fences before you let your dogs out. Ok, done now, thank you. Jo x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 27 Jan 18:42



A very different Sunday today than last week. Lots of volunteers meant cleaning and feeding were done in quickly. Some lucky residents were lucky enough to be taken out for a trip to the park. All others left behind that could go on a walk did so.
We also saw little Josie reserved, she is such a poppet and bundle of fun, she does love her cuddles, bless her.
Rory popped in for a pamper, so lovely to see him.
I had a call this morning from Stanley's new owners asking if they could collect him today instead of tomorrow. He has a lovely new family and a gorgeous sister too. He will be so spoilt, and is living very close to Paddy and Spritz, I am sure they will be meeting up regularly and visiting each other.
However, this afternoon was a different matter. The wind really picked up and we didn't want to risk taking the dogs out on their normal walking route as it is tree lined. Never mind Mary Poppins, it could well have been Mary Puppins! Thanks so very much for Ruby Rebels dad Nick for taking all the dogs out one by one
into the safety and security of the sand run.
The two gazebos out back by the kitchen area and covering the tractor decided they wanted to relocate themselves! We managed to return them to their rightful positions and hopefully secured them....and breathe.
It turned bitterly cold again, so after supper all doggies were left tucked up with their heating on. Here's to another week with hopefully more reservations and homing. Now I am going to try and get my feet warm!

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 27 Jan 12:15



Apologies for being a little late with yesterday's Daybreaks Diary! It was Andy's 50th Birthday party last night and It was way past my bedtime when I got home! It was lovely to see so many people from the kennels there and it was my pleasure to accompany Bob...even though he upset the taxi driver by telling him he had taken us the long way round to get to Solihull! :))) Happy Birthday Andy! x

It was a busy day which saw Stan and Daisy reserved. :) We made sure Daisy's new owner is prepared to sing "Daisy, Daisy" to her! Stan's foster Dad over Christmas came in with Tommy to use the run and was delighted to find Stan reserved. Xx Josie had a viewing and has been reserved today. :)) She is a very happy little bean! :))

Jess was had several pampers including Lecky. Her Dad became a member of the FFP club at Christmas when he decided to not bring her back to the kennels. She looked fab, but was not impressed with the bath at all and managed to jump out! Soaking Jess along the way! :))

Thank you so much to everyone who helped out. Great to see Sara again and Louis got his job back as being fluffy breed tester for our residents! He looked very pleased with himself. :)) Go fluff fluff! Xx
Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 25 Jan 17:34



Goodness me it was almost like Spring today! We even had a spell of sunshine this morning, which made our sand run playtime really lovely. New girls Daisy & Josie had a lovely time running around together, they are both so sweet and happy together.

It was great to have Ruth back, and her house guests Genie and Jetson were very content together out in the back. We were all so excited when Jetson had his viewing, but sadly the couples existing dog, a Boxer, didn't get on with him, or indeed any of the Greys that were introduced to her - so it was not to be.

It was a quiet day for visitors but there were plenty of health checks and groomings to keep us occupied. Thanks for everyone's help today, it really was nice not to be frozen all day!

As it's Friday it is of course time for a glass of wine and a wish that some red signs appear over the weekend.

Angie x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 25 Jan 07:37



I have been very remiss lately and have not updated my phone screen saver for months! So I agree with Jo, it is definitely time to get one of our long term guests on there and see what happens! Will get our trio of lovely boys Rocky, Jet & Jetson together and take a group shot - cheating I know but they all need a sofa to call their own soon and this may be the way to go!! xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 25 Jan 05:31



Daybreaks Annex reporting! I currently have the most beautiful boy Jetson here and I am at an absolute loss to know why he hasn't been picked. He has has been in the Trust since November. He has been clean from the moment he walked into our house on Tuesday following his dental and has been a perfect house guest ever since. Whist we were out for a couple of hours Wednesday evening, he was relaxed and happy despite poor Peggy who I had brought home as she seemed 'sad' in her kennel pacing and very distressed.

I brought Peggy home with me again last night as I am trying to teach her that she doesn't have to follow us everywhere and she is starting to settle. Her trainer told us she can be a bit grumpy with others, which she has been - but she is much happier around Jetson than Genie - however she is learning her manners that it is rude to grumble!!!! She is being speyed on Monday (as long as she doesn't come into season) and off to her new home hopefully soon after.

As Kate mentioned, Genie came home with me Monday evening and again last night after her spey. She clearly remembered being here and took up her place on her bed by the fire and has slept downstairs on her own (by choice) last night. She has been out this morning and toileted - such a beautiful and very good girl......

It has been great being back at the kennels this week - it has been very very busy..... I could do with a holiday ha ha! Ruth x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 24 Jan 23:21



Three beautiful new arrivals today, Scarlet, Josie and Daisy. They are all very happy girls! Thanks to Bob and Declan for picking them up for us. :)

Buster was due to go for his neutering operation first thing but he had a very upset tummy so not able to go. Ruth took Genie in his place and she is spending the evening with Ruth and Andy along with Jetson and Peggy! At this rate there will be more hounds at Ruth's than at the kennels! :)))

It was a busy morning....cleaning, feeding, new dogs arriving, cat testing, Richard was busy painting...we were all very pleased to see Alan arrive armed with Donuts! :)) Bless him!

Alan and Richard did the warehouse run for us. Apparently the staff now know them as "The Daybreaks Chuckle Brothers!" :)) We are so grateful for their help. Xx

Thank you to everyone for their help with cleaning, feeding and walking. Really don''t know what we would do without you all! :) xxx

It was just about light at 5pm tonight... Come on Spring!!!

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 23 Jan 19:50



Another flipping cold day today. I managed to get the fan heater in the office working :)) next was to get the weighing scales in the treatment room to work. Job done!
Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers, who braved a rather icy lane to walk the dogs.
Two homings today, lovely Honey, her kennel mate Jetson was not impressed.
Next was the turn of very handsome Bubba. Good luck to both of you.
It was great to see Ruth today, she looks so juch better, Andy came in briefly so I could wish him happy birthday. Ruth ended out taking Jetson and little Peggy home to have a break from the kennels.
Still trying to get my feet warm, I think wine may help, going to try now!!

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 23 Jan 00:06



Ruth and I took kennel mates Honey and Jetson to the vets first thing this morning. Honey for her neutering operation and Jetson for a dental. They are such a lovely couple, looking out for each other. They were both great when they met a chcolate Labrador at the vets. We collected them later this afternoon. Poor Jetson had rather a lot of teeth extracted and had bled quite a lot, so.....they both went home with Ruth for the night! :)))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Pete has finished his part of the new kitchen and Richard will be doing some painting for us on Thursday. It looks great! Pete hasn't been able to escape just yet as he has volunteered to put a new door on the bottom kennel block as the wood has gone rotten. Bless him!!

Thanks to everyone who helped out today, it was a cold wet afternoon.

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 22 Jan 04:30



Hi there! Wispa's Mum reporting back after over 3 weeks travelling to the other side of the world! I've had an amazing time visiting my family but It is so good to be back.

However after just an afternoon at the kennels, by 8.30pm I was ready for bed - but sadly wide awake at 3am - great for catching up on emails etc but not good when you need beauty sleep ha ha!!

As Kate said, I took Genie home - I've been missing greyhound cuddles and as she hasn't been eating terribly well - she struck lucky and is currently sleeping at the side of our bed - however she has not been at all impressed with the little lass who looks just like her in the mirror and has been growling and telling her off!!!!!

I am excited about the forthcoming events with the Beatles Tribute band and the Afternoon Tea and Spring Fayre. If you would like tickets for the Beatles - give us a call at the kennels. It's good to be back! Ruth x

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 21 Jan 23:10



It was a very good day today...Ruth has come back! :)) She had missed the hounds so much she took Genie home with her tonight! Sure she has been a very pampered pooch this evening. :))

Rocky did better with a passing cyclist on his walk today, bless him. He will master these scary two wheeled monsters! He is totally relaxed in his kennel and spends most of the time on his back, legs in the air!!

We had lots of help today, so we were able to take the dogs on morning and afternoon walks.

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. We got a few extra jobs done, thank you to Willow and Sam for giving the treatment room a good clean and for sorting some better toys for the sand run.

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 20 Jan 18:19



What a day! Very short of help today, but we got through it. By the time we managed to finish morning walks it was time for afternoon walks, all dogs that could go in The sand run did. It was then dinner time. Felt like we were chasing our tails!
The handsome Gent was homed, he is now called Bobby, so vrry pleases for him and his lovely family.
Little girl Peggy and the lovely Bubba were both reserved pending their respective home checks. Days like these are fantastic, it makes everything so worth while, so very rewarding, love it.
Taking a leaf out of Angies book, I feel it is now wine o'clock. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 19 Jan 22:56



We had lots of visitors this morning which resulted in happy lad Boss being reserved and several other very promising viewings. :)) Fabulous to see one of our boys get a home. :)))

It was great to see Klaire, Florence, Barney and Sam today. Florence is really loving her life by the sea. :))

We heard from Roy and Saddle's Mom...she said the boys became Blood donors today! Well done to them both. Who would have thought they could stay still long enough to give blood! Thanks again to Helen and Andy for giving them such a brilliant home. :)) xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help, Sara and Louis came in to see us this afternoon. Louis spent of the time watching the cats! We are hoping Sara will be back at the kennels as soon as possible. Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 18 Jan 17:01



It was an early start to the day for Jo as she took the lovely Bubba to the Vets to be neutered. Apparently the staff at the vets fell head over heels in love with this very handsome boy!

It was a chilly day but thankfully none of the promised sleet came our way, and the doggies had a blast in the sand run to keep warm this morning. Plenty of volunteers this afternoon meant they could go out for a lovely walk, everyone was well wrapped up against the wind!

I spent a bit of time in with Treaty this morning, and was given so many kisses that I wont need to wash my face for a week!!!

Our latest new arrivals are a super trio, and such contrasting characters. Fairey is a lively little girl who loves to" bounce" you to get kisses, and can certainly jump when she spots a food bowl! Genie is still a little shy and reserved, and made us laugh today when Rocky her kennel mate claimed the low bed. Instead of jumping up onto the big bed, she tried to squash herself onto the corner of the bed Rocky was on, perching in a sitting up position right on the edge!!! She obviously likes to be close to him bless her. Frankie is quite a busy boy who make himself heard if he hasn't seen you for a while!! You have just got to love them all haven't you? x

Thanks for everyone's help today, and as the weekend approaches yet again I will raise my glass to wish for homes for our boys & girls.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 17 Jan 23:11



A busy day....we had three lovely new arrivals Frankie, Genie and Fairy. All gorgeous!!

Jess took handsome boy Boss to the vets for his neutering op first thing and collected him later this afternoon. He came bouncing back in as if nothing had happened! He is a fab boy, so loving and happy. Xxx

Alex and Dotty went off to their forever homes, their new Mommy's are good friends so I'm sure they will be seeing a lot of each other! :))

As well as having three new arrivals to bath Lucy had a pamper for another Lucy a lovely fawn Greyhound who had unfortunately managed to collect a few jumping friends! Nothing a bit of flea treatment can put to rights. :))

The Chuckle Brothers, Alan and Richard were out on a mission again! They very kindly went to the warehouse for us to pick up more supplies.

Thanks so much to everyone for all their help today. :)))

Xxx

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by Caro

Thursday 17 Jan 18:53



Just to let everyone who may wish to attend Jess Johnson’s funeral is on the 7th February at 1.30 South Chapel, Oakley Wood Crematorium Leamington Spa.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 16 Jan 20:25



Thanks to our Wednesday walkers who managed to get all dogs out for walks that could go this morning. This afternoon was wet and miserable, so the dogs all had playtime in the run.
Bubba surprised me, I told him to sit and he walked into the corner of the run and promptly sat. I thought this was a one off, but no, I called him back and asked him to do it again and he did twice! He is one smart cookie.
Little Alex was a little stressed this morning, she was neutered yesterday, so to be on the safe side I took her to the vets. They are quite happy that there was no obvious connection after her op, but did change her medicine to see if that would help. We got back to kennels and she went in the kitchen with Denises Charlie. She then decided to put herself into an empty kennel where she spent the afternoon lounging in comfort with Charlie periodically checking in on her! She then went back to her own kennel. She settled down well, last time I checked the camera's she had a little stretch bless her.
Little girl Peggy spent a bit of time in the office this afternoon, she could hardly keep her eyes open, and kept nodding off, she reminded me of the nodding dog toy!
All residents were left nice and warm with their heating on :) It is certainly getting chillier.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 15 Jan 23:12



Alex had her neutering operation today. Many thanks to James for taking her to the vets for us. She will be off to her new home on Thursday. Such a sweet girl. :)) Xx

it was great to have Norman back with us today after his long holiday! :)) We brightened up his day by informing him he had won the Chcolate Hamper in the Christmas raffle! :)) Congratulations and enjoy! Xx

Lucy took new photos of some of our residents. Rocky is a very handsome lad and Peggy a very pretty girl! Xx

Many thanks to Linda who popped in to drop off donations of food, faffle prizes and some very interesting stamps to raise funds for our lovely hounds. Thanks so much to the person who visited the roadshow at Planters and left them with our volunteers. So very kind of you. Xx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 14 Jan 22:49



Met delightful Peggy today, very pretty girl! :)

Horse popped in to visit us today :) He was a very popular lad during his stay at Daybreaks. Sure his many fans will be so pleased to know he is extremely happy and his family adore him! He looks gorgeous too! :)) xx

While Jet was waiting for his dinner this afternoon a squirrel decided to make an appearance in one of the nearby trees :) Jet did start to jump around and bark but soon calmed down; he responded well to calling his name and would rather have a cuddle than bother with a pesky squirrel!
:)) He is such a great lad!

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today.

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 13 Jan 17:46



Thanks to everyone who came in to help today with feeding, cleaning and walking.

Also, thanks to Liz_Beth for taking Jetson out for a couple of hours, I think he really enjoyed a break from the kennels.

We were expecting 2 new arrivals today. Bob and Gloria went off to pick them up, they came back with just the one, the other little girl decided to come into season! The girlie that came in is Peggy, she is so really cute and did enjoy her bath :)

It did start getting a bit chilly this afternoon so all dogs are wrapped up warm with their heaters on.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 12 Jan 22:50



Jess was busy with pampers and nail clippings today. It was great to see all the lovely ex Daybreaks residents. Ronnie and Reggie came for a visit, still very handsome doggies! :))

Many thanks to Jayne for cleaning out the old freezer this morning! It was rather yucky!! Last week she had her head buried in the recycling bins and this week the freezer! Goodness knows where she will end up next time. :))

Thanks to everyone who came in to walk the dogs, it managed to stay dry, most of the time.

A couple of our boys are are still a little unsettled after their Christmas break including Jet, he had such a good time with his foster family and has has seemed very down in the dumps. Thanks so much to Ruby Rebels Mom and Dad for taking him to the park with them to cheer him up. :)) They said he was calmer than the last time they took him...sure he will get used to the outside world with someone to help him. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their hard work today. Two more new arrivals tomorrow. :))

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Friday 11 Jan 21:25



So jets advice for all Grey's...you need to be cat friendly and get yourselves a cat sibling or 2 (or 5 in his case)! The reason being his siblings had a dreamies mouse for one of their Xmas presents where you put the dreamies in and roll it around to get them out. The 2 youngest tried it tonight and looked at me gone out as if to say 'why on earth would we go through all that effort when you give them us on demand anyway '? However, jet, never one to miss a trick could see this going on and while mommy was hoovering decided to take Mr dreamies mouse upstairs, remove the head and eat all the dreamies and was very pleased with himself! Cats also leave loads of wet good multiple times aday so he's always on hand to 'wash up'for me! Jet suggests fat neck Finn especially gets himself one id these siblings to try and evade the diet! Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 11 Jan 17:57



Volunteers a plenty today, so the boys and girls could enjoy both morning and afternoon walks.

This morning saw the sad return of Treaty, let's hope that a new home can be found for him soon. On a happier note, the stunning Buster arrived and soon had us all under his spell! He is a huge, incredibly handsome boy, initially a little bit wary, but he happily went on a walk and walks well on the lead, and his supper disappeared in record time!

I had the pleasure of meeting our other new arrivals Boss & Bubba, both lovely boys who are settling in well.

It was a quiet day for visitors so I managed to get up to date with all the health checks for our residents.

The weekend is upon us, and can you believe we're 11 days into 2019 already?! My usual weekend wish for homes for our doggies is made - together with my usual glass or two of wine, only to keep the cold out you understand!!

Thanks for everyone's help today - have a great weekend one and all.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 10 Jan 23:20



Well, blink and you missed them!! Breezy and Candy went home today! :)) Two very lovely girls who I am sure will bring lots of fun to their new owners! They will be sharing their new home with two more girls, the family's lovely little Lurchers. Xxx

Dotty found herself reserved again and Alex met her soon to be new friend Rose. Xxx

Another new arrival! The very handsome Bubba, great name! It suits him... :)) Thanks to Bob and Declan for collecting him for us. Xx

The new van was well and truly christened today...it had a trip to the tip! :)

Alan brought Paddy and their new PA Spritzy with them today. :)) Lucy gave Spritz a lovely pamper while Paddy chilled out in the office. :) They do look so good together. Xx

It's wonderful we have had several of our beauties homed or reserved recently, mainly girls..it would be great if some of our special boys could find their forever homes too. X

Xxx

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by TJ

Thursday 10 Jan 09:25



Ah, it sounds as though Finn & Nina had their own ‘greyhound roadshow’ yesterday. How wonderful for those youngsters to have the privilege of fussing 2 beauties. Well done gorgeous fur babies for just by chance promoting your lovely breed. Txx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 09 Jan 18:29



Thanks to our regular Wednesday walkers today, lovely to see you all as always.

Little Dotty Dot found herself reserved, pending a home check. Not surprised she is such a pretty little girl and very affectionate.

Another new arrival was Boss, head office instructed us to take him in from a pound as his 7 days were up, there was another who was taken by another RGT branch, thank goodness. He is such a happy handsome boy, so lovely and was happy to be fed and put in a nice warm kennel.

Although a nice bright sunny day the temperature dropped this afternoon, all dogs are in a lovely warm kennel with a nice fleecy coat on. X

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by loveheart

Wednesday 09 Jan 17:44



Well Fat Neck Finn (or not so fat now as on his diet) and Nina did their bit to promote a "Greyhounds and Children Love Affair" on this afternoon's walk. A mom and her 5 children all under 9 I would say stood back on the pavement to let us pass but as the little girl seemed a bit afraid her brother " said can we stroke them ?"Nina was already anxious to get a fuss and if people don't stop her to stroke her she tends to try and stop them ! lol so as we always encourage kids to not be afraid of course we said they could. Nina wallowed in the attention of all of them at once! while Finn, who is a bit uninterested in anyone unless of course FOOD is involved, stood staring into the distance. The little girl around 3/4 years old ran up to him and asked if she could "snuggle" him then promptly massaged him all up and down him neck very actively even though she only came up to his shoulders!!! Finn stood and seemed to enjoy the impromptu attention, mind you its hard to know what he thinks except as I say with food! One of our hounds Cara who we lost with bone cancer was a return to Daybreaks for no fault of her own. The adopters had had 2 small children who she loved and although she was with us for 5 years if she heard a young child wherever we where she got excited and looked around to try and find them in case it was "her lost babies" RIP sweet girl xx Such great dogs who wouldn't want one.?

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 08 Jan 23:31



A very busy day which saw Breezy and sister Candy reserved together! Wonderful news :)) Also reserved was the very lovely Alex. Xx

Alan, Richard and Lucy very kindly did a warehouse trip for us this morning. They were able to use our new van for the first time. It was almost a shame to get it dirty! The old van has definitely seen better days, but it has served us well. :)

It was Jestosn's Birthday today, we made sure he lots of extra cuddles. He really is a super lad. Do hope his forever home comes along soon. Xx

Thank you to Lucy for the great new photos of some of the dogs. Greyhounds are so photogenic!

Xxx

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by PamD

Tuesday 08 Jan 15:47



So very sorry to hear about Jess’s passing.
She was an avid follower of Maisie and Monty and recently when she was going to be admitted to hospital for her operation, she messaged me to see how Monty was after his parathyroidectomy.
Sleep tight lovely lady and give all our angels at The Bridge a cuddle from us all
Xx

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by Stormin

Tuesday 08 Jan 13:51



Rest in peace Jess. Your contribution to Greyhounds will never be forgotten. You will be sadly missed by all involved over at Stratford

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Tuesday 08 Jan 12:34



Very sad to hear of the passing of Jess Johnson, I too did not meet her but know she was a regular attendee at the Stratford walks and fund raisers. RIP. X

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by skinnyme

Tuesday 08 Jan 00:28



So very sad to hear of Jess Johnson's passing. She was a lovely lady and, me personally, will miss her at Wren hall. Sleep well Jess. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 07 Jan 23:08



I met our latest new arrivals today, all lovely girls! Dotty is really dinky and so very cute!

Work is still continuing in the kitchen, we now have hot and cold running water! :))

Thanks so much to Bella for her help with changing names on the Trackers today. We are still using them on dogs who go out on foster and attend roadshows etc but we will also use them for the dogs when they go out on walks. :))

Many thanks to visitors who brought in donations of bedding and food today. Xx

Very sorry to hear about Jess Johnson. Sadly I didn't have the pleasure of meeting her. Thinking of her family at this sad time.

Xxx

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by blackisbeautiful

Monday 07 Jan 20:59



So sad to hear the news We did hear from Sally Reynolds that she was very ill Her family were going to look after her dog She will indeed be sadly missed by all of us who knew her from the walks RIP Jess x x Thanx for letting us know Wendy X Pam & Alan x

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by Caro

Monday 07 Jan 20:07



Sorry a sad post to make for those of you who knew Jess Johnson from the Stratford Greyhound walks I am the bearer of sad news, Jess passed away this afternoon after a short illness bravely borne. Jess was a regular attendee of the walks and also the Stratford fund raisers organised by Steve and Sue and will be very sadly missed.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 06 Jan 17:54



A little milder today, at least the hose wasn't froze! Thanks to everyone who came in to help. Really appreciate it.

Gent has been reserved, it shows that comments made during foster do have a positive impact. It was however little Kitty who was the one who decided that he was the boy for her!

Next it was the turn of pretty girl Rose, another victim of the failed foster club, yay. She is such a cutie and will be spoiled rotten :) It was lovely to have a good old chat with her new owners. They have really fallen for her. X

3 new arrivals today, yes 3, all girls and all so very beautiful. Thanks so very much to Bob and Gloria for collecting them from the track.

I met our 2 arrivals from yesterday this morning, the are too cute, they remind me of the twins Saddle and Roy, but girlies!

All in all another very productive day. Let's get the waiting list down, if you can come and see us and home a hound (or 2 or...), I think you get the jist we would be extremely grateful. Remember support is always on hand should you need it.

Again many thanks to all of our foster families for your support, you have helped the hounds in an amazing way, whether you failed at fostering or not. Giving them a sample of life in a home helps us give prospective new owners an insight into how they adjusted. Thank you. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 05 Jan 21:44



All our boys who were out on foster for the Christmas holiday have now returned to the kennels. Thank you so much to everyone who invited one of our them to stay with you. :) We really appreciate the comments made for all the foster hounds. Hopefully they will soon find their forever homes. Xxx

We had two very bouncy new arrivals today, Candy and Breezy. Litter sisters who have been together since they were seven weeks old. They are non racers and very happy girls, not to mention very pretty too! :) We have three more young ladies arriving tomorrow. x

Jess was kept very busy with pampers and baths for Candy and Breezy. Gorgeous little Layla came for a pamper, she looked great! She looks so well after being really poorly recently. Another ex Daybreaks resident Caddy also came for a pamper before he sets off with his family on an adventure...they are going to Spain until March! Xx

Thanks to Jayne for taking down the Christmas decorations, making sure we didn't miss Twelfth Night! Getting one of the trees back into its box was a challenge for us both! :))

Sara and Louis popped in for a visit this afternoon! It was great to see them. Sara managed to notice a couple of bowls we normally use for feeing had been used for water instead! We promise not to let it happen again!! We have missed her telling us off! Wishing her well for the forthcoming hip operation. She will be the Bionic Woman then! Xxx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 04 Jan 17:17



What a strange start to the day, opened the kennels to just 3 dogs. Cleaning, feeding and tidying done in a flash! although the hose was frozen until late this afternoon.Thought I was going to be all alone today but we did have a couple of volunteers arrive, thanks. By the sfternoon they had gone.

Not quiet for long, little girl Rat had a viewing and off she went to her new home.

Next it was Ruthys turn to go home, her foster family decided she was the girl for them, she has a lovely new name, Ellie.

Last but not least it was our very own sad story girl Spritz. She has a wonderful new home that she will be sharing with the equally gorgeous Paddy :)

Good luck to them all. Not sure if 3 in a morning is a record or not?

Some visitors for nail cutting this afternoon, some bedding donations, thanks for those. When I left our 2 remaining residents ere curled up comfy and warm.

Tomorrow we have our remaining foster dogs coming back, thanks again to all you wonderful people who gave them a taste of home life over the festive period, I know some of would like to keep them but can't.

Well I am now going to try and defrost myself!!

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by loveheart

Friday 04 Jan 17:02



With many new hounds arriving this week I do so hope that the lovely Foster hounds with good reports now to back up their fab looks find a forever home and I am sure we all say a big thank you to the guys who took them in over Xmas and gave them this chance. Also well done to the ones who failed spectaculaly Get those FFP tee shirts out !!! xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 03 Jan 23:27



Nick's new Mom came and signed all his paperwork today :)) Wishing them all lots of happy times together. Xxx

Rocky, Jetson and Ratty spent most of the day in the kitchen with my Skip. They all got on really well together and I think it cheered them up on a very chilly day. :) We did have one small wee up the fire extinguisher. No one owned up to it! :))

Thanks so much to everyone who came into help today. The four dogs who were around had two lovely long walks. :) Skip is a very tired boy tonight!!

We will be having lots of new arrivals over the next week:))

Xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Wednesday 02 Jan 22:10



So so so happy for Nick and Miss (soon to be Mrs) Spritz and all the other wonderful hounds that have turned a Christmas foster into FFP! I am sure that it won't be long till the rest of you find homes. Xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 01 Jan 20:44



Happy New Year and thank you so much to everyone who has fostered one of lovely hounds over the Christmas holiday. We were expecting two or three dogs back at the kennels today but....they have been reserved! Which is fantastic! :)) Lecky was due back tomorrow but she too has been reserved and instead will hopefully be helping her foster Dad to fill in her adoption paperwork!:))

Sue brought our little pussy cats, Socks and Tyke back from their Christmas break. We are very grateful to her for taking care of them for us. Xx

As we didn't have any dogs to look after this morning Angie and I did some spring cleaning! :)

Jetson came back later in the afternoon, he had our undivided attention! Bless him. He was so good in his foster home. Xx

We have run out of shelf space in the kitchen as we had such a lot of donations of fish, meat and treats for our residents. We are overwhelmed by everyone's support, not just at Christmas but throughout the whole of 2018! Thank you. Xxx

Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Tuesday 01 Jan 12:53



Hi Delilah, pretty sure its 2nd from 10am

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by Delilahgrey

Tuesday 01 Jan 11:03



Hello, can I just check if you're back open today or tomorrow? as I'd like to drop a donation of blankets off (which haven't had a lot of use and I've washed them) and also purchase some burns dry food before going away tomorrow if at all possible. Would be grateful if you could confirm and let me know the times you will be open. Thanks. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy 2019! Lots of love and success for another great year of rehoming - I moved to Birmingham in April last year and remember taking my greyhound Delilah to one of your Elmdon Park Walks - I promise I will start again this year. Lots of love Jane and Delilah xxxxx

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by CuteBarneyGumbleS

Monday 31 Dec 19:21



Happy new year to everyone. Hope you have a great 2019! Love from Barney and family. Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Monday 31 Dec 18:53



May I wish everyone and their four legged babies peace & health for the coming year. I am in the middle of a gala buffet in a hotel on Lake Lucerne counting the minutes till I collect my babies in a couple of days. I visited a beautiful benedictine monastery today and lit a candle for my mum and said a prayer wishing that wonderful homes will not be too far away for all the existing residents and the very extra special boys and girls like Spritz and Nick. Happy 2019 every one!!!

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by jetlucy

Monday 31 Dec 18:43



Happy New year to all at daybreaks and friends of daybreaks! Jet has been flying the flags for the Grey's again! We were walking over clent yesterday with our friends and 6 dogs (I am biased but seriously jet was the best behaved not causing and bother!) And he was playing with his friends and doing zoomies on the hills and this man said to his young daughter, 'oh I really want one of those dogs with the coat on' so I seized my opportunity and was like oh get one, they're fab and was telling him all about them...we do try! And it's so lovely to see how jets confidence has grown, I know we've had him 4 years now but from the shy, unconfident boy we picked up has flourished this handsome, kind, well behaved, confident, most wonderful dog and me and his daddy are so proud to call him ours. He never puts a paw out of place and is shown when walking with friends who have feral dogs (their words not ours!). It's so lovely to see the change in him and how now he'll go off with his friend's and play, although still comes to check in and make sure we haven't left him! We'll keep our promotion walks going lol xxx

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by loveheart

Friday 28 Dec 11:33



Well done Rocky's foster parents for failing miserably and so quickly and becoming proud FFP's. I hope Daybreaks soon runs out of my FFP tee shirts. Lovely to see how the foster hounds are showing all they need to live happy lives is someone to love and another hound to show them the ropes. They are such quick learners and I am sure it will help in their search for that forever home. Foster people you are wonderful. I have FFP'd twice so I know how hard it is to take a hound on a short break and send them back, but you have given them the best gift for Xmas and they start the New Year with renewed chances because of you. thank you xx

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by Pyjamalovinggrey

Friday 28 Dec 11:08



Thanks Lewisfuggie, I just tried calling and the line was busy, someone then called me back and I missed the call.

Is someone free now if I call again.

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by Lewisfuggie

Friday 28 Dec 10:56



Hi pyjamalovinggrey.... We are open again on 2nd Jan 19. X..
The calls have been transferred and will be answered. X

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by Pyjamalovinggrey

Thursday 27 Dec 22:08



Hi

Just wondering if the kennels are now back open and how I am best to make contact? Are calls being diverted and will someone be available to answer? as I have seen you are shut over xmas. I would like to ring and offer two raised large greyhound beds if you'd like them, we are more than happy to drop them off. Our greys had new beds from us for Christmas so no longer need them! They are in fine condition though. Please let me know. Charlottexx

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by Lewisfuggie

Wednesday 26 Dec 18:47



Beatles Magical Tour.. 9th Feb 2019.. tickets £12..available from kennels. Proceeds to Daybreaks Kennels. X,

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by loveheart

Wednesday 26 Dec 11:46



PPS forgot to mention Andy who has bought such love, support and smiles back into Ruth's Iife. I am sure he is her Angel and now one of the team xx

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by loveheart

Wednesday 26 Dec 11:33



Hope everyone is having a great Christmas and especially the Foster hounds who are getting a taste of the "Dolce Vita" I am sure. I also hope Ruth felt really proud and happy when reading the Memory wall (after the tears had no doubt fallen) because but for her of her and the dedicated hard work she and the Daybreaks gang have put in over the years, there may not have been so many Greys who had wonderful love filled years on this earth, before running free again over the bridge. Ruth you and the team are angels here on earth. Wishing you all a healthy happy New Year of more lucky hounds being re-homed. xx PS Fat neck Fin's diet is on hold for Xmas lol

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 25 Dec 22:56



Hi all, jet here! So thank goodness Santa did come and my 5 cat siblings and 1 all woke to our little stockings of treats! Jim my horse brother had loads and spent all morning eating and my guinea pig, chicken, quail and budgies sister and brothers all got presents too it was very exciting! I then had a huge duck and pork Christmas dinner with pigs in blankets and I got loads as mom is a veggie so daddy needed help eating it all! Been to my nannys (got fed there too!) And then to my aunties to see my cousins and give them their presents, they let me share as well so all in all I haven't stopped eating all day it's been like heaven but yet still I don't put an ounce on! Mommy is so jealous as she just looks at Christmas food and gains a stone but I've told her it's all the running around I do! Nanny brought mommy a dog cam so she can watch me all day at work! Thing is Nanny works there too so I reckon they'll just be spying on me all day and getting no work done, they're both ridiculously obsessed with me! Anyway, hope you've all had a lovely day too! I'm just looking forward to the boxing day left overs! Lots of love and licks , jet xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 25 Dec 20:16



Thinking of all our boys and girls in their foster homes, hope you have all had a lovely day and Christmas dinner! Have fun. Xxx

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by jetlucy

Monday 24 Dec 19:21



Happy Christmas to all the 2 legged and 4 legged at daybreaks! Hope you 2 legged all have a wonderful break, you certainly deserve it! Jet said he's hoping Santa is going to come as he yet again found Christmas presents that I thought were well hidden and ate his cousins, so now if Santa does come he's got to donate one to cousin Hudson to make up for it! Sure he should have been a police dog with his sniffing power! Xxx

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by AliJ

Monday 24 Dec 17:22



Kuro (was Brandy) here! Just wanted to wish each one of you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year. Thank you so much for looking after me while I was at Daybreaks and for helping me find my forever family. Leans and licks xxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 23 Dec 22:21



I feel absolutely shattered after being back at the kennels for a few days this week - I am still recovering but loving being involved again and getting to know the newest arrivals and helping them go out to their Christmas homes this weekend. I am going to the vets tomorrow to see how Spritz is healing and then will be at the kennels for a few hours to see Tyke and Socks our resident cats off to their Christmas home and finish a bit more paperwork!

We plan to open again on the 1st January so I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year.... I will be back at the end of January but the kennels are in the capable hands of Kate and Jo and the fabulous team of volunteers we are blessed to have x

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by riasdad

Sunday 23 Dec 21:54



Merry Christmas to you all and to your hounds.Please take a moment this Christmas to remember all of our wonderful Greyhounds that have passed over Rainbow Bridge this year.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 23 Dec 21:49



It was a very strange day today. I opened up the kennels and we only had one dog left! Everyone else was already out on foster. Lecky went out this afternoon.
I think she might be seriously spoilt!

Thanks to Anita and Paula who came in today and gave the kennels a good old clean and tidy up. Kate was also in and we had a big tidy and clear out before Ruth jets off for a much deserved holiday and recouperation. Wishing her and Andy much love.

I found it quite emotional today, it was very strange not having lots of greyhounds to look after. Thank you to everyone who has taken a hound for Christmas. It not only gives them a break from kennel life but also gives us important feedback on how they react to being in a home environment.

I would like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers and all of you that make donations of food, bedding, towels and financial contributions to the kennels for your continued support, you all make this happen.

Thank you once again to all of you wonderful fosterers who have taken a hound in for the festive period. You are fabulous! Please leave updates on the site if at all possible. X

Here's to looking forward to 2019, homing lots of hounds and getting our waiting list down.

Thanks to Blaise and Lucy for my beautiful gift, you are so very talented, and thanks everyone for all for my lovely cards and best wishes.

We are now closed until 1st January 2019, but, if you do need to contact us in an emergency, call the kennels on 0121 782 7702, your call will be answered.

Well, Merry Christmas And a Happy New year to you all. See you next year! Jo Xx

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by willerby

Sunday 23 Dec 19:33



Happy Christmas to Ruth, Kate, Jo & Angie and all the volunteers and to all those who have adopted a grey and a special wish to the greys adopted and all still waiting for a home i hope 2019 is good for everyone especially the greys, love from Shaz, Jim, & Jess (Rosie) x

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by helenanddave

Sunday 23 Dec 18:20



Happy Christmas Nifty and Cilla! Xx

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by Nifty'sMom&Dad

Sunday 23 Dec 17:18



Nifty & Cilla would like to wish everyone at Daybreaks a very happy Christmas. Nifty especially would like to thank you all for everything you have done for him over the last 12 months. Xxx

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by shanishoo

Sunday 23 Dec 14:26



Brings a tear to my eye seeing all those fostered signs for the inmates for Christmas xxxx

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by helenanddave

Sunday 23 Dec 13:06



We just want to say Happy Christmas and 2019 to everyone at, or involved with, Daybreaks and to all the gorgeous greyhounds both in,and waiting for homes. Xx

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by shanishoo

Sunday 23 Dec 09:05



We would just like to wish Ruth, Kate, Jo and all the lovely volunteers at Daybreaks a fantastic Christmas and a very happy 2019, thank you to all you brilliant foster parents who have so kindly welcomed one of the Daybreaks hounds into their home over Christmas, you are all very kind, these wonderful hounds will all have the Christmas they deserve....love from Shani, Ken, Dexter & Douggie xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 22 Dec 22:33



It was a completely crazy day at the kennels today! :))

Handsome Hector and gorgeous Jessie went off to their new homes. Do hope all goes well for them both. Hector has his new Mom all to himself and Jessie has a great new Greyhound sister Duchy and her family. :))

Thank you so much to everyone who has fostered one of our residents for the Christmas holiday. Thanks to the donations we received in memory of sweet little Bez we have been able to send each foster dog out wearing a tracker device. Ruth was kept very busy today registering all the trackers and explaining to everyone how they worked. :)

Lecky will be going out to her foster home tomorrow lunchtime. :)

If you need food or last minute Christmas treats for you four legged friends, the kennels will be open in the morning. Xxx

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by loveheart

Saturday 22 Dec 20:57



I am so pleased that all the hounds have a foster home for Xmas and the chance to have a taste of the future they can have when they get their forever homes. Hopefully this holiday will make that come closer. Also because of all the kind people who have taken them in, the staff and volunteers can spend time with their families and have a well deserved break.Cannot praise you guys enough. Have a wonderful Christmas. xx

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by Caro

Saturday 22 Dec 17:08



Ok how many failed Christmas fosterers are we going to have this year. Best get a good supply of tee shirts in. Merry Christmas to all the Daybreaks staff and volunteers you are all stars for the work and dedication. Thank you for opening up the world of greyhounds to me. I am officially now a life long addict to this wonderful breed.

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by shanishoo

Friday 21 Dec 18:51



Really hope Stanley & Gent get a home for a few days over Christmas, it makes me quite sad to think they have to stay at the kennels, if our old grumpy grey Dexter was a bit more sociable we would have gladly taken one, fingers crossed boys xxxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 21 Dec 17:30



It must be Christmas! Huge thanks to everyone who has very kindly left choccies for the volunteers, most kind but unfortunately I seem to be incapable of having just one! Each time I have walked past the tubs & boxes today I have dipped in for "just one more"! I have no will power at all.

Today saw the first of our lucky inmates go out for their Christmas holidays - Ruthy first, closely followed by the lovely Rocky. Here's hoping they enjoy an "at home" Christmas bless them.

Many thanks for the kind donations of sardines & pilchards today - our boys & girls will be very spoiled in the New Year and will have very shiny coats.

A busy weekend ahead as the rest of our inmates leave us for their Christmas holidays - except Stanley & Gent who so far have no offers. They are both such lovely lads and will be very sad to be the only residents at Daybreaks over the festive period!

Well, it is of course wine time now - and I would like to raise my glass and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in any way throughout the year.

Angie xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 21 Dec 14:36



sooooo yesterday was busy with a trip to the warehouse with 'the chuckle brothers' Richard and Alan as I am not allowed to lift or 'do too much' agghhhhhh!
It was good to be back though and I then spent yesterday evening programming all the trackers which have arrived and today I have been allocating them to our current inmates.

We have just seen Ruthy off to her new foster home and hopefully all goes well that it works out for her..... and over the next few days we are seeing the rest of the inmates also going out to foster..... except for Gent and Stanley. Sadly we have no offers for this pair so if you do think you could help, please give the kennels a call! 0121 782 7702 - we hope it isn't a lonely Christmas for them!!!!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 21 Dec 00:22



Richard and Declan set themselves a hard task this morning...trying to retrieve the lost drain rods that got stuck down the drain on Tuesday! 38 rods later they succeeded!! Bless them. Xxx

Great to see chunky boy Hector reserved! :))

Thanks so much to everyone for all their help today. It was a good walking day for a change!

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 19 Dec 19:43



Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers.

Kuro (was Brandy) is doing great, although he may still have a piece of grit still in his paw, so AliJ was taking him to have it checked out this afternoon.

So very, very sad to receive the call to let us know that beautiful Noodle gained her angel wings this morning. So very young at only 2, and taken way too soon, God bless her. Xx

The residents had a run in the sand run this afternoon as we we short of volunteers, thanks to Paul for taking them in.

Lost for words now, such a sad day. Jo xx

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by loveheart

Wednesday 19 Dec 18:28



I am really sorry that my FNF update followed a sad message about Noodle. I didn't know about her when I posted it and feel that my story may appear a little flippant following such sad news. I feel really bad about it so please forgive me Noodles mom. xx

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by loveheart

Wednesday 19 Dec 17:18



Took Fat Neck Finn with us to vets when Nina went for her check up so we could check his weight. He is now back to 36 1/2 kgs but would have been 40 kgs at least I think if we had not started his diet a few weeks back. Vet said "he's fine just stocky! which I feel is a much nicer way than saying he is fat! Finn is a bit down hearted as he though normal food services could now be resumed lol. Took him for a walk when we got back and now REALLY depressed because I wouldn't let him bring a dead squirrel back for a snack lol Told him he can have Turkey at Xmas like everyone else lol

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 18 Dec 23:14



A very soggy day! So much rain the kennels flooded again. :(( Declan and Richard managed to get the drains unblocked but just in case they flood again tonight we moved Jessie to the next door kennel. :)

Thanks so much to all of our walkers this morning and this afternoon, it really wasn't a good walking day. x

Lucy had two pampers this morning...it was lovely to see cute little Annie again. :) Reggie was her other client, he is a very handsome blue boy belonging to Pete who is working on our kitchen renovation. :)

Ruth collected a new supply of calendars this afternoon. Available from the kennels or we can arrange to send them out to you by post. Xx

Xxx

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by bluesfan

Tuesday 18 Dec 15:57



I just want to thank everyone at Daybreaks who work so hard all year round in taking care of the wonderful greys whilst they wait for their forever homes. Happy Christmas to you all. xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 17 Dec 21:23



It was very quiet without Brandy at breakfast time this morning. He usually reminds us he is waiting for his breakfast when he comes out into the run and barks excitedly! I'm sure he was being spoilt in his new home and didn't have to wait at all! :))

We had a lot of help today, so the dogs enjoyed two good long walks, we even had a little sunshine. :))

Ruth popped in this afternoon with Rose and Ruthy. They are so very cute together. Rose goes where ever Ruthy does and seems very happy :) Ruthy loves everyone and everything! Xx

Apologies to everyone who has visited the kennels for bag of Greyhound & Lurcher over the last few days. We don't have any at the moment but
there should be a trip to the warehouse later in the week. :)

We should have more calendars delivered tomorrow and we still have packs Christmas cards for sale. Can't believe it's Christmas next week! My three have been enjoying their advent calendar and I sure will miss their daily treats when it is finished!

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 16 Dec 17:31



Well....an emotional day or what? Liza was first to go out to her forever home, she didn't want to part with the yellow ball she found, do she didn't! She was quickly followed by Brandy, now sporting a new name Kuro (in Japanese this means black)! I like many of you had a little cry. We will miss him, but what a fantastic home he has got and in lovely Yorkshire no less. Thanks AliJ and family for giving this boy a home, and in time for Christmas. Well done. X

Thanks to everyone for their help today, again it was very cold (thermal socks didn't help).

Pretty little Maggie (Gussi) came to us the sand run, she really enjoyed it and is starting to listen to whistle training and returns when whistled, clever girl.

We had visitors for nail clipping and Christmas card buying.

All in all a greyt day. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 15 Dec 23:09



A very chilly day! Warmed up by seeing pretty little Diva reserved. All being well, she will be going to live with Oscar an older Collie cross gentleman. :))

Despite the weather the dogs were able to go out for both morning and afternoon walks. Some enjoyed going out, others not so keen! Can't say I blame them. :))

It was lovely to see Kitty today. She came in for a pamper with Jess. Brandy also had a pamper before he goes home tomorrow! Xx

Thank you to everyone who has offered to foster one of our lovely residents for Christmas. Please call the kennels if you think you can help. Xxx

Great to see Ruth today :)) Sara has been allowed home from hospital. She is still not good but at least she can see her gorgeous Louis again. Sending lots of love to them both. Xxx

Thank you to everyone who brought in donations of duvets, food, treats and toys. Very much appreciated.

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 15 Dec 12:32



HELP NEEDED!!!!! Who would like to make Christmas dreams come true - not only for our Daybreaks residents but our Daybreaks Team?!

If you have adopted from Daybreaks before and could open your home for just a few days over Christmas we would be so desperately grateful. This would mean we could all enjoy Christmas at home in the warm and with family.

If you could foster one of our greys - we will provide everything and don't worry - we will be expecting them back. Giving these greys a chance to sample home life is the best pressie you could give - and hopefully when they come back with plenty of good points, we will be able to find them a forever home.

If you think you can help, please call us on 0121 782 7702.
Keeping everything crossed!!!! xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 14 Dec 20:03



Bitterly cold today, quiet for volunteers this morning, so the resident went in the sand run with Angie, they do like a good run. This sfternoon we had more helpers, so all that could go on a walk did. Thanks guys.

Handsome Reggie went home this morning, he has a lovely golden retriever for a brother, what a lovely early Christmas present for him. His new family have really fallen for him!

We had another viewing this afternoon, resulting in beautiful Shabby (now Shaney) going off to her new home. Her new mom was quite smitten I think.

I took big Hector to the vets this morning for his neutering op, he was not too keen to get in the car, I am sure he knew what was going to happen! Nothing like trying to lift a huge 39.7 kilo dog into a car!!! Even the vets commented on what a big dog he is. He came back this afternoon and ate his dinner.

Angie had to leave early today and asked me to do her usual diary post. So in the immortal words of Angie, I think a glass or 2 of wine is called for, obviously for medicinal purposes just to warm me up. Jo Xx

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by willerby

Friday 14 Dec 15:20



Hi all did Lorna find a spare face guard by any chance as we realised when we came to use it we had left Jess' there when she came for her pamper, no worries if not just have to get a new 1 x Shaz & Jim

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 13 Dec 23:12



Lucy and I took Little Ratty off to the vets to be neutered this morning. She is such a cute girl. :) we also took Jetson for the second part of his vaccination. They were both very good at the vet's, a Rottweiler came out of the consulting room while we were waiting...both of them looked at him with trepidation and didn't make a sound he was huge!! :) It's Hectors turn to be neutered tomorrow, poor lad!

Thank you so much to everyone who brought in donations of food and treats for our residents today. So very kind. They are very lucky boys and girls! :))

We have had a lovely gift of food, including Doggy Christmas Puddings, treats and squeaky toy bones from Webbox. We are very grateful. They asked if we could send some photos of the dogs enjoying their Christmas gift. There was no problem in getting Rocky, Lisa and Stan to eat the three bird Christmas dinner! It took a Lucy few attempts to get just what she wanted with the photos. They were more than happy to carry on eating the food. :))

It was one of those days today.....the clock fell onto the floor and broke and the fridge door fell off!! Thanks so much to Pete and Richard for putting the door back on and to Alan for supplying the life saving donuts! :))

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today.

Xxx

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by AliJ

Thursday 13 Dec 13:17



My houndy Christmas cards arrived today and I love them! Thanks so much for sending them so quickly xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 12 Dec 09:35



Soooo..... we have the fabulous calendars and Christmas cards at the kennels on sale.

With Christmas coming if you are stuck for a special gift for someone - why not order a special gift from myuniquefamily.co.uk. For every order, if you put GREY10 code in at the checkout, 10% of all orders will be donated to Daybreaks Trust. The memory baubles and pictures are just beautiful.

Also why not order a tag for our memory tree - this can be to celebrate the memory of special ones - 2 or 4 legged! For a donation of £15 we can arrange this. Please call the kennels for details on 0121 782 7702 or you can pay via paypal at daybreaks2006@gmail.com

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 11 Dec 21:51



Karen one of our volunteers brought her two gorgeous whippets Gracie and Rufus to the kennels today to do some "meet and greets" with some of our residents. Ratty, Shabby and Lecky all did really well. Stan was a little more keen...don't think he could quite understand what they were especially as they were wearing Christmas coats and hats! :)

We also did some cat testing....sadly no one passed this particular test today! Not to worry, sure there are plenty of cat free homes out there for them. :)

We had lots of walkers today :)) The dogs were able to go for longer walks this morning. And included going "off road" along the public footpath by the farm. I believe they all enjoyed it, so much so that Ratty didn't want to come back to the kennels! We had to send Norman out with a bag of tasty treats for a little bribery. :))

Thanks to Lucy for the new photos on the website, I think you will all agree we have lots of beautiful boys and girls in the kennels at the moment. If you can't adopt at present but have Greyhound experience maybe you might like to offer someone a foster home for Christmas please give us a call. :))

Thank you so much to everyone for their help today. :)

Xxx

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by loveheart

Tuesday 11 Dec 18:13



Fat neck Finn wants to know if his "starvation" diet that Aunty Pam inflicted on him has anything to do with BREXIT and stockpiling because everything seems to be put down to this !!! Also he feels victimized because Hector is described as cuddly and he weighs more than him. I told him don't be so spitful, Hector is comfort eating till he finds a home LOL

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 10 Dec 23:05



I met new arrivals Ratty and Hector today. Ratty is such a cute little girl and Hector, wow! What a chunky, cuddly lad! :))

Mitzy has found herself a lovely new home and has a new Greyhound brother also a previous Daybreaks resident. :)

Many thanks to Lisa for taking Olive over to her new home this morning. She too has a previous Daybreaks lad for a Brother! Wishing them both very happy new lives.

We had lots of visitors bearing gifts today, thank you all so much for the food, treats and toys for the dogs and chocolates for the volunteers. So very kind of everyone. Xx

Lecky's mouth is looking a lot better. :)) She is a lovely, girl who would be happy with her own company. Xx

Pete is still working hard on the kitchen. Pete is a perfectionist, it will be a work of art when it's finished. :) Think we will have to have an official opening and ask one of the dogs to chew through the red ribbon!

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 09 Dec 18:05



Thanks to ever one who took a kennel dog on the Sheldon Country park walk, and thanks to those who came in to help on another cold day. I am sure that it got colder as the day went on!

Little Olive was sadly returned today and almost immediately was reserved by Kin and his mom. He looked at the other residents but she was the one he chose, they were absolutely great with each other. She will be going home tomorrow pending her home check.

Reggie was also reserved by a family with a retriever, he was great with him.

We had 2 new arrivals, I see lots of you have already commented on them. The very handsome big lad Hector, weighing in at over 39 kilos! He is lovely boy. We also had little girl, Rat (I know, that is the name that she came in with), she is so pretty and friendly, and yes she does deserve a pretty name that would suit her, we will have to work on that one...Rat, I mean!

Thanks for the donations of bedding, always appreciated.

Don't forget we have 2 great raffles going on at the moment, a photo shoot and a very large chocolate hamper. We also have a wonderful array of items on our donation tables. The memory wall looks great, remember if you would like to have a tag done to commemorate your rainbow bridge hound the donation is just £15.00, and the tag will remain on the wall forever.

Here's hoping we can home lots of houndies before Christmas, what a fab present that would be for them. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 08 Dec 23:29



It was great to see Jessie reserved today. :) She will have a lovely Greyhound sister!

Lecky's injury to her mouth looks good. Hoping it will continue to hold and she won't need anymore treatment. Xx

Ruth popped in again today. She is looking better! :))

Thanks to Diane this morning who brought several members of her family with her to walk the dogs this morning and thanks so much to them all for the donations of treats and blankets.

Jess had two customers for a pamper today, Seana's Mel and Teddy. Both of them were not too impressed with having a bath! They are so sweet and you can tell they adore each other. Xxx

Jayne had the best job of the day...washing out the recycling bins! Angie, she did a great job of it! Xxx

We do have two new arrivals tomorrow! :)

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 07 Dec 18:31



A cold day and one a bit short on volunteers, so today's exercise was done in the sand run. The inmates do like to have a good run. Thanks to everyone who came in and helped.

We saw the lovely Liza reserved, so pending her home check she may well be in residence in a new home, just in time for Christmas. It was a close call between her and Jet!

Bit of a drama this afternoon, Lecky had to make an unscheduled trip to the vets, she had a cut on her face. Looks like she may have got her nose through the bar's of the run and made contact with someone's tooth,. This has been glued, but may need to be stitched if this doesn't hold. Thanks so very much to Lisa for taking her.

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 06 Dec 23:42



It was really strange opening up the kennels this morning and not seeing Nick as we walked into the kennel block, wagging his tail and hearing his good morning bark, I hope his new family were treated to a Nick welcome today. Xxx

Poor Stan had a shock instore this morning...Jessie was due to have her neutering op today but she has come into season so is no longer able to be neutered for a while. That meant Stan took her place and went to neutered instead! He is a lovely lad, was a little stressed in the car, but was such a good boy at the vets. He was very sore when he came back to the kennels....hope he feels better tomorrow. Xx

It was great to see Ruth at the kennels today. :)) Hope she didn't over do things! Xx We now have a selection of doggy toys, treats and people presies too in the kitchen run all for a donation. I bought my three a couple of extra Christmas presents before I went home. :))

Many thanks to Richard, Alan and Declan for doing yet another trip to the tip today! The dogs got extra long walks this morning as we had a lot of volunteers:) Thanks everyone. Xxx

The Memory Wall is lovely and a special way to remember those we have lost. Xxx

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Thursday 06 Dec 20:55



Ah the tree looks lovely on the photo and what a fab idea! Ffn your stories are just hilarious I love the updates! Now tbf jet never puts an ounce on and just appears pure muscle...mommy however wouldn't mind bootcamp aunty jo! Jet could help as one of the personal trainers that make you sick with their perfect figures! Xxx

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by shanishoo

Thursday 06 Dec 19:24



The memory tree looks absolutely beautiful, what a lovely idea xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Thursday 06 Dec 18:50



F N Finn, after my conversation with your Mom yesterday and having a bit of a giggle at your expense and mentioning Auntie Pam D's comments regarding your weight, I think that I am going to recommend we have a greyhound boot camp at the kennels, what do you think? Please keep your answer polite!! P.s doesn't mean you get fed extra to build your strength up in anticipation of the strict regime. X

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by PamD

Thursday 06 Dec 18:34



I have just heard from Loveheart.
Guess what? She forgot their breakfasts this morning!!
Finn I think I should report her to houndline!!!!
Naughty mummy, Finn no wonder you were following us about and licking your lips at the squirrels in your garden! !!!!

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by helenanddave

Thursday 06 Dec 18:18



Oh dear, oh dear! In spite of knowing Auntie Pam D and mummy are doing the best thing for you I can't help but feel sorry for you Finn. I can just imagine your little face as you wait hopefully for food!! However, I'm sorry, but I can't help but have a little giggle at your posts. Keep perservering and well done on that thinner neck! xx

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by PamD

Thursday 06 Dec 17:29



Lovely seeing you and your grey Labradoodle!!!
Sorry Fat Neck Finn but you still look very chunky to me!!!!!!
Xxx

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by loveheart

Thursday 06 Dec 17:09



Fat neck Finn is distraught. He has been on his diet since Aunty Pam D came on her visit and thought I had swapped him for a overweight Labrador! and knocked his self esteem right down. I did think I could see a rib last week but alas it was a trick of the light However his collar size has gone down a hole so we where quite encouraged by this. That was until Aunty Pam came again today. Finn greeted her waiting for a compliment on his new thinner neck. Alas she knocked him back again by saying "he needs to loose more or he will have health problems in the long run" ! I had to cover his ears to prevent further degradation. As far as he is concerned he has health problems already in the form of "malnutrition" because his mom is starving him, and he is "big boned" so that makes him look bigger than he is. I feel He does have "puppy bearing" hips which is quite a draw back on a male Grey lol. So you can see we are up against it, we will however continue and he is banned from the kitchen because I cannot stand the guilt when he lies looking at me while preparing food. He was even estatic to grab a "Ryvita" and run off, now that's what I call desperate!!! lol

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 06 Dec 12:06



The memory tree at Daybreaks looks absolutely beautiful and especially lovely with the tags on remembering many special greys. If you would like to order a tag, please call the kennels on 0121 782 7702. These are a minimum donation of £15 and will stay on the tree forever.

Apart from the cost of the tag, the remainder is a direct donation to Daybreaks Trust which funds the continuing improvements to the kennels.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 05 Dec 18:15



What a cold miserable day, I think it got colder as they day went on, nothing could brighten this day up....wrong!

Our favourite boy Nick went home, he had lots of new stuff to take with him, spoilt already. I thought I was holding up quite well until he jumped in the car ready to go HOME!! I confess I did cry a few tears. I hope all goes well with is new family, I did have a quiet word in his ear 'Nick, for goodness sake be good'! I am sure he will be :))

Thanks as always to our intrepid Wednesday walkers, thanks also to those who stayed in and helped with afternoon walks and feeding.

We had a fantastic donation from Jess greyhounds human sister who sent us some rather lovely fleecy blankets with doggies on and tins of pilchards. Greyhound Jess's mom and dad also brought in some pilchards and treats for our residents as well as for our resident cats. They didn't forget us humans either, biscuits and mince pies, yum.

We have 2 more wonderful raffle prizes up for grabs, a fab photo shoot and for all you chocolate lovers a great hamper full of goodies. Tickets are available now.

Don't forget our foster appeal for Christmas, you will not be expected to fail unless you choose to! Seriously though, It gives the dogs a taste of what living in a home is like and also helps us with your comments and feedback with trying to find them their forever homes. If you did decide to fail for any reason, just remember we do have the official Failed Foster Parents t-shirts for sale ;) Thank to those who have so far put their name down to take a resident. X

I am sure you will all join me in hoping that Ruth starts to feel better soon, we miss her and know she misses the kennels. I know she was gutted having to miss our Christmas open day. Speedy recovery Ruth. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 04 Dec 23:31



Shabby went for her neutering operation this morning. Thanks so much to James for taking her and collecting her this afternoon. She is a very sweet little girl.

The Pet Blood Bank team were at the kennels today. They had a slight hiccup when part of their equipment decided to break...A couple of the nurses had to drive all the way back to Loughborough to get a new one and then drive back to the kennels. :( It was great to see ex Daybreaks residents coming in to donate blood. Their next visit isn't until next March....Spring!! :)))

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. Thanks to Lucy for the great new photos of some of our residents! :))

We have a couple of lovely Christmas raffle prizes at the kennels, a fab chocolate hamper and a voucher for a mini photo shoot in the new year for your dog or dogs! Tickets are £1 each. If you want to have a chance of winning either of these great prizes please pop in or give us a call at the kennels, 0121 782 7702, we can accept payment by debit or credit card. :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 03 Dec 23:17



What a very wet morning! We had such a lot of rain in a short space of time the drains just couldn't cope! When we arrived Jet could have been jet skiing around his kennel! :) Dave and I managed to bale out the water and after his kennel had a good clean Jet was on dry ground again. :)

Beautiful Sky went home today. Do hope all goes well in her new home. Xx

Reggie had his post op check this afternoon and he is fine, all he needs now is a forever home! :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. :))

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by shanishoo

Sunday 02 Dec 23:03



Wow, what a fantastic amount of money raised, well done to you all, everybody works so hard for these wonderful hounds, have a glass of wine to celebrate xxx

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by jetlucy

Sunday 02 Dec 21:56



Hi aunty Kate! Yes, mommy said I look extremely handsome in my new fleece and matches with my tartan collar and mommy's tartan handbag (also from the rgt shop!) We look very fetching together! Send my love to your 3! We saw Teddy on the way out and mommy commented on what a handsome fellow he is xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 02 Dec 21:47



Thank you everyone for a lovely Christmas Party! Santa Paws was brilliant :)) Sadly my three were at home...have to get them to write their Christmas lists to send to him instead. :))

It was great to see lots of Daybreaks ex residents! Teddy looked great and has put on some weight. :) I missed Jet modelling his new fleece, sure he looks very handsome!

The Brass Band were great! Thank you for playing Ding Dong Merrily On High for me! :))

Wish Ruth and Sara could have been at the party today...lots of love to them both. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Sunday 02 Dec 20:27



What a great Christmas party we had. It was lovely to catch up with so many of our ex residents, all looking amazing - especially the brave & lovely Skip who is still recovering from his surgery and was sporting a very festive bandage!

It was so sweet to see all the doggies lining up waiting to visit Santa, and then coming out with their very own special present - think I am just a big softie at heart!

So sad that Ruth was too poorly to attend the festivities today - I know we all send her our very best wishes for a speedy recovery and return to the kennels, she is missed by 2 legs and 4 legs alike.

As Jo has already said, thanks to everyone who helped today go so smoothly, I hope it's not too early to wish everyone a merry Christmas.

Angie

xx

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by skinnyme

Sunday 02 Dec 20:17



An amazing £576 was raised today at our Christmas open day. Massive thanks to all involved and a special thanks to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 02 Dec 19:17



Well, what can I say, what a fantastic day today was. When I arrived this morning there was already a hive of frantic energy going on with feeding and cleaning. People were setting up the stands for the raffles, tombola and donstoon tables. Walking started a little earlier than usual, after all today was anything but a normal day!
Thanks to everyone who gave up their Sunday to set up, walk, clean and generally man the stalls, refreshments and show visitors around. I won't try and name everyone individually as I would still be here this time tomorrow and would not want to miss anyone off!
We had a couple of viewings, and fluffy Layla was signed up and went home.
Fantastic to see lots of our ex residents come in for a visit, I think most saw our very own Santa Paws, thanks Santa for stopping by at this very busy time of year for you!
Sadly our Ruth was not up to attending today, she was greatly missed by everyone, but she does need to take time out to recover. I know she would have been so devestated and disappointed not to be there :((
We now have our memory wall installed as you come through our front door. You can have a tag engraved to remember your rainbow bridge hounds, I think it a fab way to remember them.
Well, I will stop rambling on for now and will wait in anticipation to see what fantastic amount was raised with your generous contributions.

Thanks again for your your support, without you we could not do what we do. Ok now I will stop!! Jo x

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by jetlucy

Sunday 02 Dec 19:16



My mommy and I had a lovely time this morning at the party. I saw Santa which was very exciting but I was abit scared but I got a toy which was lovely and mommy took some great photos which she's since shown everyone, she's very proud of them! there was a lovely girl dog in before me who came out carrying her new toy off Santa proud as punch, made mommy really laugh. Then mommy decided she liked the look of rummys new coat on his picture so much that I should have one so got myself a new fleece (that'll be the 6th coat I've got, think she just likes buying them!) That was after I went sniffing round the office and found a hidden biscuit hehe! Mom fell in love with my namesake again and is so wishing him a new home! Anyway thank you all at daybreaks it was brilliant well done to you all and wonderful to see so many hounds. Lots of love jet xxx

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by helenanddave

Sunday 02 Dec 18:04



What a lovely day at the Christmas Fayre. Well done to everyone who organised/ran it. Ruth, we missed you. Get well soon. Xx

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by willerby

Sunday 02 Dec 16:06



Hope the harnesses and leads i left for you will come in handy for someone xx