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Daybreaks Kennels

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Daybreaks Daily Diary!

female, 13 years old, None

Added by Wispa'sMum

Updated: Tuesday 01 Jan

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 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

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by rubytwoshoes

Sunday 02 Dec 14:58



Congratulations to everyone who helped at the fayre . The brass band did excellent work in one of the runs, must surely have been one of the strangest venues for them to play carols! Lovely to see so many happy hounds x

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by willerby

Sunday 02 Dec 14:10



Just spent a lovely hour at the Christmas fayre got myself a couple of calendars and mugs and would you believe it had a go on the tombola only to win 2 of the prizes i donated lol what are the odds of that, great work to all the staff hope you raised loads x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 01 Dec 22:03



Rummy went off to his new home today, do hope all goes well for him and his new family Xxx

It was great to see Ruth and Andy today. Tried not to let Ruth do too much! She supervised while we started to put the Christmas decorations up ready for the party tomorrow....Santa's Grotto is looking good!:) please bring your Greyhound along to meet him. :)))

Thanks so much for everyone's help today.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 30 Nov 17:17



A lovely sunny Autumn day today, I always think things feel so much better when the sun's shining.

This morning saw the lovely Fairy, now called Ivy, off to her new home. Wishing her a very happy retirement.

It was a quiet morning so residents had a play in the sand run. Fortunately we had plenty of volunteers in the afternoon so the boys & girls could enjoy a lovely walk down the lane.

Update on Spritz, who went for a dressing change this morning. The Vet is very pleased with her progress, the wound has shrunk again and looks very clean. She is also well on the mend following her terrible illness last week, just a couple more blood tests on Monday to ensure things are still going in the right direction. She was an absolute star at the Vet's and everyone there has fallen in love with her. So happy for this most special little lady. x

Can you believe it is December tomorrow? We will be setting up in preparation for Santa's visit on Sunday, and would be so grateful for any assistance, just give the kennels a call.
Looking forward to seeing lots of friends, both 2 & 4 legged, on Sunday and hope the weather is kind to us.

Thanks for everyone's help today, time now for a glass or two of wine (just for a change!!)

Angie
xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 29 Nov 23:58



We had two new arrivals today Kirsty and Stanley, they are lovely! Lucy and Declan gave them both a bath. Stan really didn't like having his nails trimmed and proceeded to scream, very loudly!!

Fairy went off to the vets first thing for her neutering operation. She was very wobbly when I picked her up tonight. She is going home tomorrow. Sure she will get lots of extra tlc.

Many thanks to Alan, Richard and Dave for doing two tip runs for us. not the Chuckle Brothers today, but the Three Musketeers!! :) xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help for all their help today.

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 28 Nov 21:50



A little milder today, all dogs that could go on walks managed morning and afternoon walks. Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers, Helen and Dave we missed you and do hope that everything is ok. X

Ruth, Lisa and Jill headed off to the Swan office to collect the trees, decorations and other stuff for our open day on Sunday, It was lovely to see Ruth, she is still not well :(

A bit of good news, Buddy has put on a little more weight, around half a kilo this week, so is heading in the right direction. He spent some time in the office and was such a good boy, bless him.

Very quiet for visitors today. Nick was taken to the park by his new 'mom', Denise and myself had to get him back out of the car when he came back, he really did not want to come back into the kennels, little monkey!

Well, it looks like a busy few days ahead setting up for Sunday's open day, if anyone can spare some time to help set up we would be extremely grateful. Is should be a greyt day, we have Santa, a brass band, refreshments, raffles and of course merchandise for sale. Please come and support us, you know it's for a good cause. Thanks for all your fantastic donations for raffle and tombola prizes, you are all so generous, there are some fab items up for grabs.

Take care all, Jo x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 27 Nov 23:14



A very rainy afternoon! We decided our residents would rather not get wet so they all came out for a play and a groom! Nick loved the extra attention and so did Brandy. Little Mitzy decided toys were scary and ran away from them! Bless her! Xx

Despite the rain Ebony a beautiful dark brindle Boxer still came for her usual Tuesday race around the sand run. She is made of sterner stuff than our rain shy Greyhounds! :)

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Richard makes a lovely cup of hot chocolate!

Sending lots of love tonight to our two poorly girls, Ruth and Sara. Thinking of you both.

Xxx

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by LM

Tuesday 27 Nov 19:05



Whoops - only posted half my comment! I was going to say that I've selected The Greyhound Trust but it would be good if it could go specifically to Daybreaks. We're regular purchasers through Amazon!

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by LM

Tuesday 27 Nov 19:03



AliJ - good point about Daybreaks and Amazon Smile

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by AliJ

Tuesday 27 Nov 17:53



Hi there, I just wondered if Daybreaks are registered with Amazon Smile to receive donations when people use their service? We would like to support you in this way. Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 27 Nov 10:47



Thanks so much to everyone who has sent me get well wishes and cards. Unfortunately I am still not back at the kennels and awaiting more tests and investigations - it is so frustrating :-((((((( However with the open day this weekend there is some organising to do so if you are free Saturday for set up or Sunday to help, I would be very very grateful. Please give the kennels a call if you are free - I am hoping to be there - I need to tell Santa I have been a good girl (well - almost) if nothing else!!!!!! x

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 26 Nov 22:26



Dave and I took Sky and Jetson off to the vets first thing this morning. Sky for her neutering operation and Jetson for the first part of his vaccination. They were both great in the car and after a brief look out of the window sat down and went to sleep. Poor Jetson's stomach was rumbling so loudly during his examination....he had to leave before breakfast! :)
Lucy and I collected Sky this afternoon, poor little Lass was a little wobbly. Hopefully she will feel much better tomorrow. Xx

Brilliant news for Buddy, well done to his Foster family for failing again! :)) Womderful to hear Spritz has been allowed to leave the Willows. Do hope she will soon be well again. Xx

Many thanks to Erica for her kind donation of sardines today and to Linda for the duvets, all very much appreciated. :))

Our colleagues from Greyhound Trust Hall Green popped over with four of their black Greyhounds this morning. They wanted to do a little cat testing. Socks and Tyke were the perfect hosts and we think one of their dogs maybe able to live with cats. They too have a problem with finding homes for their black Greyhounds and being cat friendly will give them a better chance of finding a home. :( I just can't understand it, I am sitting on the edge of supposedly "our" sofa as there is a very large beautiful black Greyhound stretched out on it and another stretched out on the "dogs" sofa!! They are both gorgeous! Little black spotty girl Lyra is actually in a dog bed! :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today! Xx

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 26 Nov 12:28



It's that time of year again!!!!! We are planning for the run up to Christmas and with less than a month to go we hope you will be able to help with the best gift ever for our Daybreaks residents.
Do you think you could open your home to take one of our in-mates for the Christmas period? If you think you can, please give the kennels a call on 0121 782 7702. We will supply everything you need and don't panic - we are expecting them back!!!!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 25 Nov 18:44



Thanks to everyone for their help today, our hounds had both morning and afternoon walks.

Thanks again to Liz_Beth for taking Jet out for a couple of hours. Nick had a nice outing to the park with the lovely family who have reserved him, he was such a good boy with their little daughter :)

Sadly, little Mitzy was returned, her family are very upset but feel she may be better suited to a family with older children who are a little less active than a younger child, but say she has none the less been very good in the house.

Layla has found herself reserved, she is such a sweetie and very affectionate.

Fairly quiet for visitors today, must be the cold!

Take care all and keep your houndies warm. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 24 Nov 22:22



What a great day for some of our residents! We were all so very happy to see Brandy reserved by Alison and her family. Thank you for travelling all the way from Leeds to visit us and offer our fabulous Brandy a home with you all. Xxx

Little Sky found herself a home too. :)) She is meeting her prospective new doggy brother tomorrow; he is a Border Terrier called Diesel. :) Fingers crossed they like each other! Norman took her to Pets at Home in Stratford this morning he said she was such a good girl. :)

To end the day on a high lovely little Fairy found herself reserved! So happy for them all. :))

Thanks so very much to everyone for their help today. Ricky had already been to the warehouse and unloaded the van when I arrived at the kennels first thing! Then he took Layla off to a roadshow at Mell Square in Solihull :)

We had the help of a new recruit...Pip, a cute little Schnauzer! Jess brought him to help with some small dog testing for us. He was such a good boy. :) Xxx

Ruth and Andy popped in this morning. It was great to see Ruth looking better. :)) Hope it won't be long before she is feeling fit again. She saw Sara at the hospital earlier, she is still really poorly. Sending lots of love to her from us all. Xxx

Xxx

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by AliJ

Saturday 24 Nov 11:06



We are less than 5 miles from Daybreaks, stuck in a bit of traffic but due to land very soon. Beyond excited! X

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by Leese

Saturday 24 Nov 10:43



I'm so excited that someone is coming to look at the long term resident boys today. I'm going to be stalking this page for updates. Fingers crossed

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by shanishoo

Friday 23 Nov 22:40



Just love reading about Fat Neck Finns, he's brilliant xxxx

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by PamD

Friday 23 Nov 18:36



Fat Neck Finn

Sorry your on a diet but I really thought that it was a labragreydoodle meeting me at your door when I came for a visit. And as your suffering Perhaps I should join you and take a leaf out of my own book and go on a diet myself. Then we can agonise together!!!! X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 23 Nov 18:29



Finn's little head???? Sorry, couldn't resist, I have met him and he is bootimus. X

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by jetlucy

Friday 23 Nov 17:37



And I do they're so funny and you can just imagine been in finn's little head! Xxx

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by helenanddave

Friday 23 Nov 16:51



I do love the updates for Fat Neck Finn - they make me laugh so much. Now I am feeling really sorry for him! Xx

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by loveheart

Friday 23 Nov 15:39



Don't worry Kate I was just about to do an update on Finn and his diet so here it is.
It's not going well ! He feels betrayed by Aunty Pam. After welcoming her into his home the result is the "love of his life" food, has been decreased and he feels she should have kept her comments about his size to herself as it's not fair. Just when he had got his mom wrapped round his little (big) paw with treats on demand she has scuppered it!!! and he is now on what he feels is a starvation diet which his mom insists is the correct amount. Nina is helping out as she is now eating all her food while he watches having eaten his pitiful dinner and licked the bowl cleaner than when it was new ! I think it's helping as he must have lost a Kg in drool lol.
I am having to harden myself to the big sad eyes sat by the treats draw and when I am tempted to weaken my husband reminds me that I can cut his cheesecake supply on a whim easier than I can refuse Fat neck a sweet potatoe stick. (or two lol) I will persevere and sneak Aunty Pam in by the side door when she comes next time.!!! Sorry Pam, but I cannot have him blaming me.I have to live with him! Updates on weight loss to follow but don't hold your breath xx

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by Alan&Pam

Friday 23 Nov 12:19



You need an "are you sure button" when deleting items to prevent accidental deletions. Maybe IT department can sort this out for you. It's an extra safety net :-) xx

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by PamD

Friday 23 Nov 10:12



Iv done that Kate in the past!!
Unintentionally but never the less you feel awful as it’s not recoverable xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 23 Nov 00:04



Lots of lovely new arrivals today! Thanks so much to Bob and Declan for collecting Layla, Sky and Shabby from the track for us and to Jetson's trainer for dropping him at the kennels. They are all gorgeous! It was a chilly day for having a bath but we made sure they were all kept snug and warm afterwards. Thanks so much to Lucy, Becky and Declan for spending most of the morning getting wet!

Our little Iceman went home this afternoon and now has the great new name of Horace! I'm sure he is going to be great fun and a real character. He came into the office while his new family were filling in his paperwork and tried desperately to steal anything that was within his reach....his favourite item being my empty hot chocolate mug!

Handsome Reggie had a checkup with the vet. All is looking good with his wound after his recent neutering op. Sue took him for us and said what a very good boy he was both travelling in the car and when he saw the vet. :)) He has to wait another week until he can have his stitches out.

Nick had the bestest ever news today...he has been Reserved!! Please keep everything crossed for him that this really will be his forever home! He is such a special lad. Xxx

A huge thank you to everyone for their help on what was a very busy day and also a very cold day too! :)) Special thanks to Jayne who I'm sure sabotaged the water pipes at her place of work so she could spend the day with us! :))))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 22 Nov 23:24



Loveheart, I am so sorry but I have just managed to delete your last comment about Finn!!! :(( Had just read it and pressed the wrong button! Please add it again....grovelingly yours Kate Xxxx

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 21 Nov 22:19



I do look forward to the next instalment of a day in the life of Fat Neck Finns, he sounds such a character and great fun, keep up the good work FNF xxx

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by PamD

Wednesday 21 Nov 21:20



He certainly was Fat Neck Finn !!!
Lovely seeing you again
Looking forward to next time
Xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 21 Nov 18:15



A bitterly cold day today. Thanks to our Wednesday walkers for turning out and walking the residents.

Fairly quite today apart from a quick visit from Ruth and the Daybreaks crew of Angie, Michael, Lisa and Jill. Lovely to see you all.

Fantastic news that Billy Bob (Patch) has gained weight.

I would like to thank everyone who made a donation over the phone today, you are all very generous and we really appreciate your support, you are all amazing, as are all of you who have donated and supported us previously.

Checking the diary for tomorrow, it looks like it is going to be a very busy day. Keep an eye on this page!

Anyhoo, I am now wrapped up in a lovely toasty fleece dressing gown with a nice glass of wine before I have to start again with dinner.

Take care all. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 20 Nov 22:18



Reggie a lot brighter today. He enjoyed his breakfast and dinner and seemed a little more comfortable. Xx

It was a very cold and dull day today. Thanks so much to everyone who came out in the cold to give the doggies a walk this morning and this afternoon. Nick got two walks this afternoon. We had a volunteer left with out a dog to take out. Nick was there ready and waiting, I'm sure he was saying "take me, take me!" :)) He came into the kitchen with us this afternoon and was such a good boy.

Brandy came for a visit to the kitchen too and spent some time in the Magnotherapy box. Xx

It was great to see Fifi go home with her new brother Rory this afternoon. Do hope she is a good girl and doesn't boss him around too much!! They did get on really well together and had a competition as to who could push Dawn over by leaning the most! :))

Our residents have had their first Christmas present! Thank you so much to Danny for arranging a food and treat collection at his place of work. Everyone has been so generous...lots of tins of meat and bags of treats for all the dogs to tuck into. :)))

A big thank you to Declan for feeding the doggies and cleaning the runs this afternoon...you are a Star!!!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 19 Nov 22:06



Sue dropped Reggie off at the vets for us this morning. He had a major op to locate his dangly bits! They were found up by his kidneys! Thankfully all went well. He was very subdued when I picked him up this evening and he was very uncomfortable getting on his bed. Poor lad, do hope he feels better tomorrow. Xx

Thanks to everyone for their help today, we had enough volunteers to be able to take our residents on morning and afternoon walks. :)) We were also able to catch up with health checks, washing etc.

Thank you to the visitors who popped in with donations of bedding and then stayed to have a cuddle with all the dogs. :)) It was great too to see Rosie and Brae's Mom and Dad today, can't believe their girls are ten and nine now....time just flies by! Xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 18 Nov 19:35



Hi all,

A fairly busy day today, thanks to all our volunteers, we had extra today which was great. Morning and afternoon walks done.

We saw Tears, now Belle off to her new home, she has a rather handsome blue brother now.

We had several people come to look around, resulting in Rummy being reserved pending a home check :)

Massive thanks to Liz_Beth for taking Nick out this afternoon, he loves to get away from the kennels for a while, bless him, and secretly I think she enjoys it just as much!

Briefly saw Ruth today, she seems to be improving a little more day by day, we do miss her as do our inmates.

Very busy for calender and Christmas card sales. We have more calendars on order and should have more cards soon. Please call to make sure we have what you want to save a wasted journey, although you could always have a look at our current beauties!

Lovely to hear the updates on our previous residents, and great to hear Patch and Gracie are both doing well in their foster homes.

Well, enough from me now, take care all. Once again thanks for your help, donations and continued support. X

Jo x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 17 Nov 22:22



We are very grateful to Alan who very kindly took Honey to her new home this morning. He said she had a great time exploring her new surroundings. :) Alan also carried out a home visit for Tears...she will be going home tomorrow. :)))

Mitzy also went home today. Wishing her a very happy new life. Xx

Iceman found himself reserved again. :) Keeping everything crossed all works out for him this time. Xxx

Great to hear good news about Gracie and Patch. Xxx

Thanks so much for everyone's help today. So very grateful. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 17 Nov 21:56



No problem... :) Enjoy your holiday. Xxx

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by willerby

Saturday 17 Nov 19:39



Hi Kate can you save me 2 of the slimline ones please we are at the caravan at the monent will pop in around 14th dec thank you Shaz & Jim xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 17 Nov 19:16



Hi Willerby, We still have some large calendars left priced at £10 each and there are more of the slimline calendars priced £6 each on order. If you let me know which size you would like I will definitely save them for you.
Kate Xxx

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by willerby

Saturday 17 Nov 16:48



Hi are there any calendars left please if so are you able to save me 2 please xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 16 Nov 19:31



A funny old day today, no Angie, hence me writing the Daily Diary. Not many volunteers this morning, so the kids had a nice stroll around the sand run.

This afternoon saw more volunteers so the dogs had a nice walk.

The gorgeous Raven went home, if a little reluctant to get in the car, he has a lovely whippet brother called Skye to play with, good luck sweetie.

Thanks also for the generous donation of duvets, towels and bedding, very much appreciated.

Apart from that a fairly quiet day.

Wishing a speedy recovery to Ruth, thanks so much for your enquiries as to how she is. Still needs to take things easy, I know she misses being involved on a daily basis, but she needs to get completely better. We are all thinking of her. Xx

Anyhoo, as Angie would say, it's wine o'clock. Take care all, thanks again for everyone's help today, signing off. Jo. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 15 Nov 23:06



We had a lovely new arrival today, Fairy Slippers! She is a very pretty little girl. Thanks so much to Alan, Richard and Lucy who had a trip to the track to collect her for us. Xx

There was no rest for the wicked as we then sent Alan, Richard and this time Declan to collect some household items that have very kindly been donated to us. :)

We did let them have a rest and a cake on their return! Thanks so much to Alan for the cakes and Happy Birthday for tomorrow. :)

Thankfully, Lecky is much better today. No more diarrhoea! :)) She is a very quiet girl who likes to lie on the floor watching the world go by. Xx

Honey and Mitzy are sharing a kennel. They are very happy together and are always playing. :)) They will both be going off to their respective homes in the next few days. Sure they will bring lots of fun to their new families. Xx

Great to hear Gracie's leg is improving already and hopefully Patch is doing ok too. :))

Sending lots of love to our other poorly Daybreaks girls tonight. Ruth is still recovering from her recent operation and Sara had a seven and a half hour operation yesterday and faces yet another tomorrow. Xxxxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today and thanks to Lucy for the lovely new photos of some of our residents. Xxx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 14 Nov 18:43



Thanks to our Wednesday walkers and volunteers today, as always. Dogs had morning and afternoon walks.
Poor little Lecky was still suffering with a poorly tum, so off to the vets we went, she was such a good girl traveling in the van. She has some medication so hopefully she will start to feel better very soon.
Thanks for the donations of bedding, always much appreciated.
Thanks also for your kind and generous donations towards the care of Patch, Gracie and also for little Bez, your generosity never ceases to amaze me. Xx
It was great to see Ruth briefly today, she is still not well, but is hopefully heading in the right direction. Thanks for all your messages wishing her a speedy recovery, we do miss her as do the hounds.
Let's now hope that we can look forward to more positive weeks ahead, the past couple as most or all of you know have been a bit of a strain to say the least! Let's try and get as many of our residents into permanent homes and try to get our ever increasing waiting list down, we can but hope.
Thanks again all. Jo. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 13 Nov 23:01



Lecky was due to have her neutering op today but unfortunately she had diarrhoea this morning :( So not a good idea to have a major operation! She is booked in again for the end of next week. Poor little girl. Xx

Yesterday Reggie went to see the vet...he has retained testicles! This will mean a more complicated neutering operation for him. :(( He will have to be opened up so the vet can look for those bits that are normally visible! He is a fabulous lad, travelled so well in the car and enjoyed a walk up the road by the vets. I can understand why his trainer said she would marry him if he was a man! :)

A little short of volunteers first thing, thanks so much to Declan, you were a star!! Lots of reinforcements later so all our residents went on morning and afternoon walks today. They also had lots of extra fuss from some visitors who fell in love with Jet!

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 11 Nov 17:51



Well, what a day! We had an extra couple of volunteers this morning, thanks so much for coming in and giving your Sunday morning up. This meant the residents got a morning walk.
This morning also saw gorgeous Turbo now called Jack go off to his forever. This afternoon we were short on volunteers and inundated with visitors, Bella was rushed off her feet, as I was kept busy with queries and yet another homing, this time for pretty little Evie go home. The dogs all had a lovely grooming which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Sadly Fifi was returned this morning, her family are very upset about this, as mentioned on her profile, they feel she would be more suited to a home with either older teenagers or as an only child. If you would like more information about her or any of our hounds, please give the kennels a call.
Anyhoo, now trying to get warm along with a nice glass of wine (or 2) as Angie our Friday diary writer would say.
Thanks again for everyone's help and to all who took the time to visit us, and to Liz_Beth who took lovely Nick out for a couple of hours, he really enjoys being out of the kennels for a little break.
Jo. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 10 Nov 23:21



A very busy day that saw Tears and Ice reserved. :)) We also had several other promising viewings; all the residents loved the extra attention!

Thanks to everyone for going for walks in the rain, it was very wet this afternoon.

Jayne also braved the damp weather to plant winter Pansies in our little remembrance garden. :) Xxx

Andy and his Dad finished the new cat run for Tyke and Socks. They have done a great job! Socks was the first to venture out and enjoyed exploring her new space. :)

Jess gave Elsa a lovely pamper this morning while her Mom was busy falling in love with Ice! :))

Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Saturday 10 Nov 00:00



Loveheart & Nifty........same situation for me with my Mel although compared to poor Nick his 3 month stay wasnt really that long. I think it was his age, 7.5 yrs, not your traditional cutiepie & he was so quiet so maybe giving the impression of not having a lot of personality but as soon as I got him home he settled in like he had always been in a home. He bonded with my (then) lurcher Archie (RIP) & Kate used to laugh at how Archie would literally stand under Melly's belly! Theywere so good together. All these hounds are all wonderful but I have found those at a mature age that have been returned for no real reason or late into retirement so rewarding & even though they may be really chilled they give love in abundance in their own special way. Like Archie, Mel is now probably on borrowed time and I am so grateful for the last 3.5 years together. I remember Nifty well because he is a little similar to Mel. I didn't mee Cilla but I'm glad she is doing well. I remember Finn. He certainly sounds a character! I don't think I could afford his weekly food bill!!! I'm popping in to pay respects to Bez tomorrow & I shall have another cuddle with Nick. I am at a loss to understand why he is still waiting. He is so loving & has such a great personality. I am praying the right people will come soon.....preferably before Christmas. Have a good wkend.

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by Nifty'sMom&Dad

Friday 09 Nov 21:47



Totally agree with you lovehart.. When we first went to Daybreaks we were introduced to all the residents by Kate. Eventually we decided on Nifty because he was the longest stayer there at the time at 7 months. Nifty decided when he came home he was settling straight in & made himself at home. Nifty was one of the best decisions we ever made and since then we've had Cilla so Nifty can have a friend x

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by sarah

Friday 09 Nov 21:34



Loveheart, You totally are right. Our last two were overlooked and were miserable in kennels (mostly Max) we had seven awesome years with our Will and thank Ruth every day and do so still for making it possible for us to have him. Max is a different story and we work with him and continue to do so as he is a loving boy but with some issues, wouldn't change a thing !

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by loveheart

Friday 09 Nov 19:38



Back from Bude and see that although there has been a fabulous amount of Red and Green postings some of the longer residents are still waiting patiently watching all their kennel mates go off to their deserved forever homes.It reminded me that when we went to find a Grey (the first 2 and all following "adoptions ")we had one criteria "we will take whoever has been waiting the longest through no fault of their own, regardless of colour, boy, girl, or age" and you know what? we have had the best hounds ever. Two had been waiting for a Year! and we took both home with us.It may not work for everyone but it certainly did for us and they all lived their life out with us spoiled rotten. Fat Neck was Daybreaks longest stayer and just look at the "fun" he has given us. He had a lovely time in Bude as usual, only pulled the modesty net curtain down twice through getting his legs tangled up in them whilst displaying his bits to all and sundry in front of the patio window and nearly starved to death on the way home because he only had a light breakfast for an early start,and as soon as he got back took up position by the treat draw and spent the evening there (even after his meal) So come on guys don't miss out any longer there are a few to pick from at the moment. xxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 09 Nov 17:25



A busy old day today!

This morning we welcomed the beautiful Lecky to the kennels. She liked her warm bath but wasn't impressed with the drier bless her. Can't say I blame her as it is very noisy! However, she had no trouble polishing off her bowl of supper.

Not many helpers today so the boys & girls had to make do with a spell in the sand run - and plenty of cuddles!

As another weekend approaches let's hope for a continuation of the red sign epidemic!! We have a kennel full to bursting of beauties at the minute, each so deserving of a lovely sofa to call their own.

Have a lovely weekend one and all, it's now wine time!

Angie
xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 08 Nov 23:44



Two new arrivals this morning. Very pretty Tears and very handsome Reggie!

After all the heavy rain our drain couldn't take the strain and poor Rummy found himself paddling around in his kennel! Help was at hand with our very own Daybreaks Chuckle Brothers, Alan and Richard! After collecting our new arrivals they then turned into expert drain cleaners assisted by our lovely Declan! Thank you so much chaps, brilliant job! :)

It was wonderful to see Teddy go home today :) Keeping everything crossed he will be a good boy! Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xx

Once again thank you so much to everyone who called to make a donation in memory of Bez today. It's good to know her final resting place in the garden is very peaceful. As I was driving to the kennels this morning I saw a rainbow....

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 07 Nov 18:20



A sad morning with Bez's ashes being laid to rest in the memorial garden, many tears were shed. Then the heavens opened, Jill said it was as if all at rainbow bridge were crying down on us, it was however more like a synchronized mass weeing as it was so heavy! It was good to see Ruth briefly there. X

Little Gussi, now Maggie went off to her new home, she is so pretty and did need some persuasion to walk to the car!

Thanks to all of our Wednesday walkers who got drenched on their walks this morning, they are so committed (or maybe should be), the rain was horrendous. . This afternoon the dogs managed to have a run in the sand, they do enjoy it. Remember you can book the run via booking with the kennels.

So sad to see Mr Nick no longer reserved, he is a firm favourite with volunteers and visitors alike. He really does deserve a forever home. Come on guys, let's get him into a home, we are working so hard to achieve this.

Hope tomorrow is a good day, Teddy is going off to his new home, so that will be a good start.

Jo. Xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 07 Nov 09:17



I'm finally well enough to attack the computer and do some work and I've just been reading through all the comments that have been left recently and it brings it home that there are many wonderful people out there - those that have felt the sadness over Bez who never even met her and the supportive messages. Having dealt with Bez's return and having her at home for a couple of nights before the fateful day she escaped, I have felt beyond devastated but there is absolutely nothing that can now be done and nothing can be changed. However it is a lesson to be even more vigilant to keep our precious family safe.

Not only the great sadness of Bez but the sad and sudden passing of many special greyhounds - you sometimes feel you can't deal with any more bad news and then more comes along. Breaking point comes to mind but you either run or you stay strong and keep focusing on what we need to do and that is to help as many Greyhounds as possible.

I am not back at the kennels yet but hope to be as soon as I can and want to say thank you for my get well wishes and cards. Again, a reality check about life - without your health, you have nothing..... setting up Daybreaks changed my life and I am determined it will continue to change other lives - for the better. Ruth x

Also remembering Trevor who gained his wings very suddenly yesterday. Run free fella - you were beautiful.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 06 Nov 23:12



It was Mitzy's turn to visit the vets for her neutering operation. Many thanks to Shirley for taking her this morning. When I collected her this afternoon we got stuck in traffic, so it took us a while to get to the kennels. She was very comfy in the back of the car and refused to get out...she really is a cute little girl.

Lovely to see Olive go home. Wishing her and her new family lots of great times together.

The Pet Blood Bank were in today to take donations from the Trust dogs. The nurses fell in love with all of them especially Nick. Brandy was "retired" as he was too nervous this time to donate. He still enjoyed the extra cuddles he received from the Blood Bank Team. :)

Thank you so much to everyone who called or visited the kennels today to give a donation in memory of little Bez. Xxx

Xxx

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by tiggersmum

Tuesday 06 Nov 09:16



Greyt to see Ruth home again :) and so much activity at the kennels xx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 05 Nov 23:12



Ruth is home! She looked a little fragile today but sure she will bounce back! We missed you! :)) Xx

Rummy went for his neutering operation today, he was such a good boy and went in with tail wagging and came out later with tail still wagging! Bless him!

Teddy also went to the vets for the second part of his vaccination booster. He really is a nosey boy and was watching everything Christian was doing, even tried to follow him into the other room. :)

Wonderful to see Honey reserved. It's about time! :))

With Honey being reserved we ran out of "My bags are packed" signs to go on the kennels and had to photocopy a couple! Great :))

It has been a stressful Bonfire evening for two of my three doggies. Fletch has finally calmed down and is sleeping next to me on the sofa. Lyra decided she felt safer upstairs and is hiding in the spare room surrounded by pillows. :( As for Skippy Doos, well he is fast asleep oblivious to it all! Bless him.

Thank you so much to everyone who has made a donation in Bez's name.
So kind. Xxx

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by jetlucy

Monday 05 Nov 21:16



Loveheart I think we all need some fat neck Finn stories tocheer us, they're fab! And yes, at this rate of rehoming daybreaks are going to have to get some new recruits as the kennels will be empty but how wonderful! And agree with tinkersnan, we worship the ground jet walks on, these hounds are all so special xxx

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by Tinker'sNan

Monday 05 Nov 20:35



I can’t believe how many of greyhound is going to be rehomed it’s so encouraging to know people love these beautiful hounds ours is now ten and she is the best thing that happened to us we love her so much she Knows what time feed time is when Steve gets home greets him with her baby in her mouth I hope they are all so happy in there new homes bless them all love tinker and nana xx????????????

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by loveheart

Monday 05 Nov 17:34



I felt I had to thank all of you for your kind words about my poem for Bez. Like you all I get very emotional over our beloved hounds and I can hardly type for the tears falling when I am writing them. So I think between us we could fill a lake ! Bez deserved them and is now in all our hearts forever. One old lady, so much love. I am sure many Greys will benefit from her legacy. Her life was not in vain but still so sad an ending. We are just back from Bude and Fat Neck Finn has a few stories to tell so hope to I can cheer some of you up a little with my next posting. xx

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by Tinker'sNan

Monday 05 Nov 15:59



Steve thanks for concerns with our greyhounds I have a through lounge but what we do we bought baby gates so have them at both doors so if anyone calls ours can’t get out I also have one at the at the side door so she is safe hope this helps others they are quite cheep to buy we did think about trackers but these could be cut of xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 05 Nov 14:35



Sorry for the late post for yesterday's daily diary. It was a very busy and late day.

Firstly, and apologies as I know most of you already do this, but please ensure that you dog does not only have their Daybreaks trolley tag on their house collar (this should be worn at all times) but also an identity tag with your contact details on. Just a reminder, this is a LEGAL requirement. Should your hound escape, then at least they have your details and those of the kennels, so if you are not contactable then we are. In light of the terribly sad events of the past few days, we should all make sure this is done. Thanks, rant over......

Anyway, on to much happier news. It was lovely to see Clodie now Star be signed up and go to her forever home.

Turbo and Mitzy were both reserved pending home checks. And, well Mr Nick has also been reserved, pending the approval of the husband/dad of the family (please, please) and home check. As our longest stayer I as everyone else hopes this works out for him, he is truly deserving and such a handsome boy.

Thanks to everyone for their help yesterday.

Jo x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 04 Nov 20:12



A very busy and late finish today, so please forgive me, I will do the Daily diary tomorrow. X

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by Tinker'sNan

Sunday 04 Nov 20:01



I have not slept since this little girl Bez went missing I didn’t know her but I cried so much for her being out there with no food or water willing her to be found safe she has the same marking has our tinker so that made it worse for me so sad it’s happened this way my the angel s look after you wrap there armed around you give you all the love you ever needed special baby Xxx

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by NMD07

Sunday 04 Nov 18:55



So many red lights this weekend, but still can’t think of littleBez with out tears. Xxx

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by Caro

Sunday 04 Nov 18:27



Same as jetlucy use the donation as you think fit every bit helps, I was too far away to help with the search for poor Bez but have been in floods of tears all week. I have hugged and cuddled my two so much this week even they are looking at me oddly.

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by rubytwoshoes

Sunday 04 Nov 18:06



Wow. So heartlifting to see so many reserved signs today. Delighted for all the dogs especially for the wonderful and patient Nick. Wishing all the dogs and prospective families happy times together. Xxxxx

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by jetlucy

Sunday 04 Nov 17:23



We don't mind what our money goes towards its all a good cause and every little helps you out xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 04 Nov 15:41



The Greyhound Trust is more than happy to pay for Bez's Cremation costs. Any donations made will go towards a Memorial Plaque for her. Thanks so much. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 03 Nov 21:45



A very somber day, we are all stunned by the sad passing of sweet little soul Bez; I was personally convinced she would be found safe and sound. Peter and Alison visited the kennels this morning to bring back her personal possessions and to lay flowers in the small remembrance garden. Xxx

If anyone would like to make a donation to help with the cost of Bez's cremation you can call the kennels on 0121 782 7702 and make a donation by card or click on any of the dogs looking for a home and use the donate button on the right hand side of the page, under the Photographs. Xxx

We did have a lot of visitors to the kennels today and a couple of very promising adoption enquiries. :)

Teddy shared the kitchen with several other Greyhounds for the day. He throughly enjoyed himself. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today, so kind of you. I know our dogs enjoy the extra company and tlc .

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Friday 02 Nov 21:17



After a totally devastating day regarding beautiful Bez, she is going to be laid to rest at Daybreak for everyone to visit if they so wish... I personally can't thank everyone enough who helped look for her.... In Bez's memory, we must help all the hounds in our current care and those waiting to come to us.... She will never be forgotten... Let's get these boys and girls into forever homes that they so deserve... Please... It's not about any one person, we are a family.... A Greyhound family, let's never let this happen again. Xx

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by jetlucy

Friday 02 Nov 21:14



Let's hope that after a very distressing week for everyone, bez in her new found role of the latest Angel, helps her fellow kennel hounds into homes to try and raise our spirits. God bless little girl xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 02 Nov 00:11



It was great to have some good news today, Evie and Teddy reserved! :)

Ruth is also hopefully on the mend! :))

Sending love and best wishes to Stuart who very kindly organises our waiting list for the Greyhounds waiting to come into the kennels, he is also in hospital! Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for all their help,it was a busy day. Xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 31 Oct 18:22



Another cold day today, thanks to everyone who came and helped and walked the dogs.
Good luck everyone who is going on the search for Bez tonight, it is breaking my heart to think that she is still out there in the cold, she has to and must be caught soon. Hopefully Dogs Lost are now also on the case too.
Wishing our poorly Ruth a speedy recovery, we miss her, but we will make sure that she does not come back until she us back to full health. X
On a much happier note, Lady, now Tilly was signed up and officially homed, so looked so happy and has a Lovely family.
Dewey who was Dew came for a visit to choose a new coat, she is a very pretty girl. Lovely to her and hear how well she is doing.
We had visitors come to use the sand run. Thanks to Sir and Madams family for their extremely generous donations of sardines and treats for the 'growlers' and treats for the 'Moms and Dads', very much appreciated.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 30 Oct 23:31



So sad Bez is still evading everyone out looking for her, but ever hopeful she will soon be back with her new Mom and Dad and brother Merlin. if anyone planning on helping to look tomorrow has a spare slip lead Alison could borrow she would be very grateful. :) Xxxx

Sending lots of love to Ruth, she will be in hospital for a while and to Sara who should have had her operation today but the Consultant decided to take his holiday this week instead of next! She now has to go home and wait until next week, supposing that there will be a bed for her. :(( It must be something about the kennels...Thinking of them both. Xxx

Evie had her Neutering operation today. She was a little out of it when she came back to the kennels but brightened up when her dinner appeared! :) I am so grateful to Shirley for doing the vet run for us. Xx

This morning, Teddy went for his first walk in quite a while. I believe he enjoyed the change of scene. :)

Olive finds herself reserved again... :) She is a lovely, sweet little girl. x

Pete has been working hard on the kitchen renovation and it is looking great! He has put the new doors on they are fab. Apologies once again for the lack of cups of tea!!

Hoping all our Guardian Angels at Rainbow Bridge are watching over little Bez, please just guide her to safety. Xxx

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 30 Oct 21:26



Sending Ruth and sara get well soon wishes! And wow 16 how fantastic, I must tell jet that this is what I expect from him! Well done teddy, hopefully your forever home comes very soon! Xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Tuesday 30 Oct 20:24



Sending love and get well messages to Ruth and Sara. Hoping Bez is home safe soon. Love to all. Xx

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by LM

Tuesday 30 Oct 08:02



Oh no! Get well soon Ruth and Sara. x

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 29 Oct 21:46



Not one of our better days...sadly little Bez has still not been found :( Olive is no longer reserved and we had to call an Ambulance for Ruth this morning as she is very poorly. :(( She has been kept in tonight. :(( Sara has also gone back into hospital today so they can keep each other company!!

We do have some good news, Teddy had the stitches in his paw removed! He is an amazing lad with such character. He was so good at the vets, he met two other Greyhounds a lovely girl who will soon be sixteen! He also met Norris a former Daybreaks resident. He was so patient while Christian removed his stitches...he did have a tinkle up the Reception desk but only a little one! Xxx

Thanks so much for everyone's help today, we were able to take the houndies for a lovely walk in the Autumn sunshine.

Many, many thanks for everyone's continued support in looking for Bez, sure it won't be long before she is found. Xx

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Monday 29 Oct 20:53



You're right jo, with all this worry of poor little bez all I keep wanting to do is hug and snuggle jet and hope that he never does this. Mind you he is literally my shadow so don't think he'd ever go far but you just never know! Let's hope tomorrow brings bez home safe and sound xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 28 Oct 17:44



Firstly, I really would like to thank everyone who has been searching for Bez. Sadly she has still not been found, we won't give up. Poor little girl must be absolutely terrified, cold and hungry. Every time the phone rang I got my hopes up for positive news...but none came.

Thanks to all who came in walked today, by this afternoon there wa s just Willow and myself.

The one piece of good news for the day is that Raven has, pending a home check has found himself a home with a gorgeous whippet brother.

So sorry this post is so short, but I really don't know what else to say right now. Hug your babies extra tight tonight. Xxxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 26 Oct 20:55



Many apologies - our photographer today was Sharon not Samantha, so sorry. And I did the diary post before I had wine!!!!
Xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 26 Oct 17:31



Wow - another crazy busy Daybreaks day today!

This morning Samantha & Helen came along to take some photographs of our current residents and, as it was a lovely morning, we took them into the sand run for some exercise followed by a photoshoot! Nick, Brandy and Raven in particular enjoyed all the extra attention and the treats that followed!! Hopefully the ladies have managed to get some great shots of the boys & girls.

We had 2 new arrivals mid morning - 2 beautiful little girls Mitzy and Evie. Mitzy is a very nervous, timid girl at the moment, and she wasn't very happy in the bath bless her. Evie is a little more outgoing, and hopefully they will soon adjust to their new surroundings and begin to settle. They did both polish off their dinner without any problems though!!

The day was filled with viewings, visitors for the sand run, visitors dropping off donations of food, bedding and toys, and Jo and I didn't seem to draw breath all day!

The residents enjoyed a walk this afternoon once the downpour had stopped, and are now all settled in their warm and cosy kennels for the night.

Thanks for everyone's help today.

Tomorrow night is the dress rehearsal for Daybreaks in cabaret. It will be the first time we have run the show from start to finish with props and costumes so fingers crossed it all works as well on stage as it does in my head!! Tickets are selling but please contact us to get yours booked - it will be a great evening.

Well, you all know the routine by now for a Friday - wishes for a weekend of homings & time for a glass or two of wine!

Have a good weekend all.

Angie
xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 25 Oct 23:13



We had two more new arrivals this morning :) The very gorgeous Gussi and the very handsome Rummy! They are both very happy and very friendly hounds. Many thanks to Alan, Richard and Sam for collecting them from the track for us and to Lucy and Gail for giving them both a lovely bath. Xx

We have two more girls arriving tomorrow. :))

We had a lot of volunteers today, so all the residents had lots of extra fuss and cuddles. :)) Which of course they loved!

Teddy had a lot of company in the kitchen today. He had to have a dressing on his paw overnight as he had been licking his stitches! Touch wood he hasn't bothered with them today.

We had a visit from ex resident Cleo today, she came to use the run. She looks absolutely stunning and her owner adores her. :))

Very sad to see Bez (Pebble) returned to the kennels today. Understandably she was very stressed on arrival but calmed down this afternoon. She spent the day in the office and has gone home with Ruth and Andy tonight. Sure she is getting lots of love and hugs. Do hope someone will offer her a new home very soon. XX

It was donut Thursday today, thanks Alan! Xx Thanks so much to everyone for their help. Xx

Have to go and tidy my lounge now as thanks to Lyra it is strewn with cushions, blankets and disembowelled toys! Bless her....

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 25 Oct 18:16



Ok so apologies for no Daybreaks Diary update yesterday. I guess you were all thinking a) we had the day off and the dogs fed themselves or b) IT WAS NUTS AS USUAL!!!! Yep... option b.... after the usual feeding and cleaning and arrival of our usual Wednesday walkers, I saw Wispa off to her new home.... then we had a visit from vet students from Nottingham vet school who helped with training a visiting dog who had behavioural issues in the sand run. Health checks were done, Teddy and Brandy had their daily session in the magnotherapy unit, I took Bob to the doctors etc etc!... you get the picture!!!!

Nathan our deaf volunteer and his carer cleared the back car park of leaves and loaded the van for the tip whilst Sam and and Emily our work experience students were kept extremely busy -of course it’s better to be busy than bored I say!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 23 Oct 23:29



Teddy had a lovely time in the kitchen today, he had lots of other Greyhounds for company...Skip, Ellie, Sarah and Willow. :))

Thanks so much to Norman for taking Ice and Turbo for their first visit to the park this morning. They both had a great time. :)

We had a lot visitors to use the run today including a very lively 14 month old Boxer. By the time she finished her face was covered in sand including her tongue...she was a great advertisement to show other dogs how much fun it is! :))

Thanks to Lucy for the new photos of some of our residents. :) Our boys are very handsome!

Ruth was busy sewing this afternoon, finishing off costumes for the show next month. :) Please come along and support their hard work! Tickets are available from the kennels Xx

Thanks to everyone for their help today. :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 22 Oct 21:52



Teddy had a check up with his vet this morning . He was such a good boy, jumped in the car and settled down for a snooze :) The vet said his paw is looking good but wants to leave the stitches in for another week. He had another snooze on the way back to the kennels! Bless him. He spent the day in the kitchen with my Skip.:) x

We had a lot of volunteers today. All the dogs had two good walks in the autumn sunshine.

Barney came for a visit this afternoon. He looked great!

Thanks so much to everyone for their help. Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 22 Oct 12:26



I was waiting for the announcement.... the train leaving from Platform 4..... ok - yesterday felt like New Street Station - it was SO busy!!!! Great day though - I thrive on busy!
Andy and his Dad spent the whole day putting the roof on the cat extension so hopefully by next weekend it will be finished and Tyke and Socks can enjoy their extended outside area :-)
Thank you to everyone who came and helped or visited - it is really appreciated x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 20 Oct 22:05



It was great to see Lady reserved today. :) She is a very sweet girl.

A lovely day for walking. Thanks to everyone who came in to take the dogs out in the sunshine. Thanks so much to Jembob for taking Jet for a trip to the park. :)

Teddy spent the day in the kitchen again. He was such a good boy and loved all the extra attention. We took the dressing off his paw this morning as he unfortunately managed to wee on it! His stitches look ok. He has an apppointment at the vets on Monday morning to see if he can have the stitches removed. Fingers crossed. Xxx

It was lovely to see Billy and Sam this afternoon. They had come for a pamper with Jess. Sam's back legs were shaking as he had his nails clipped! Poor lad. They both looked great when their "torture" was over! :))

We also had a visit from Kitty and her family. They had popped in for food on their way to go and help out at Melbicks. I understand they were going to pick Moe and his Mom up too....do hope all went well and everyone enjoyed telling visitors to Melbicks how wonderful Greyhounds are! :))

Ruth and Lisa spent several hours today going through all the car boot donations. I came away with yet another book on Greyhounds! :)) Thank you to everyone who has brought items in for us to sell and raise money for the dogs over the last few months. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Xx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 19 Oct 17:07



After a cold and very misty start, it turned out to be an absolutely glorious Autumn day with wall to wall sunshine.

Very quiet for volunteers this morning so it was sand run playtime again for the boys and girls, who thoroughly enjoyed romping about in the sun without coats on! Our gang of post op patients had a very gentle plod round too to stretch their legs and enjoy a change of scene.

The beautiful Latina found herself reserved mid morning, she is such a lovely girl and has really come out of her shell.

Teddy spent the day out in the kitchen area again, he was particularly helpful whilst I was hanging out the washing and emptying the recycling bins!! He just had to check everything out for me to make sure it was safe!! He is such a gorgeous boy and is very responsive to training - he would love a home of his own in which to flourish.

We had plenty of volunteers this afternoon so the dogs enjoyed a lovely walk, with grooming and TLC for the "patients".

Many thanks to everyone who helped out today - hope you enjoyed being out in the sunshine as much as me.

It's a busy weekend for our roadshow crews - why not pop along to Stratford Racecourse or Melbicks Garden Centre to say Hello?

For our boys & girls in the kennels, my wish is for that special family to come along and give them their very own forever home.

As is usual on a Friday it's wine time now - I think a nice chilled white is called for today in celebration of another lovely Daybreaks day in the sunshine.

Cheers all!

Angie
xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 18 Oct 22:46



Jo very kindly came in especially to take little Lass to the vets for her neutering operation this morning, while Declan and I took Ice and Honey for their vaccination boosters. They travelled great together in the car and were both so good at the vets. :) They were very happy to get back to the kennels and find their breakfast waiting for them!

It was lovely to see Dexter and to meet the very handsome Dougie when they came to see Jess for their pampers. I enjoyed trying to get Douggie to run around in the sand run! :)) Thanks so much to Shani and Ken for the cookies for us humans and tins of pilchards for the doggies. So kind of you. :) Xx

Jimmy went home this afternoon. He was so calm and patient waiting for us to complete his paperwork. He was a little unsure on leaving the kennels without any of his Greyhound friends with him. Im sure his new family will give him lots of support to help him settle with them. Wishing them all lots of happy times together. Xx

We also had a visit today from our Best In Show winner at the Dog Show, the very pretty Daisy and her equally as pretty sister Diamond. :)) Ricky and Jess are very proud parents! Thanks for the homemade biscuits Jess they were a great help in trying to get Jimmy to his owners car. Xx

I collected Lass from the vets late afternoon, she gave me a wonderful welcome when I arrived! She is such a smashing little girl with a very waggy tail who loves to be cuddled....I will be very jealous of the lucky family who get to take her home. :))

Ruth redressed Teddy's paw this afternoon. It looks a little sore. All washed and clean now, do hope it heals well. Xx

Thanks to everyone for all their help today. we are so very grateful. :))

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Thursday 18 Oct 16:26



We really enjoyed our visit to Daybreaks today, we were made to feel very welcome as always by Kate, thank you Kate for trying to get Douggie to run around the sand run, it was hard work as he is just too lazy!!!. Thanks to Jess for her patience in trying to bath 1 reluctant hound and 1 extremely reluctant hound, Douggie was not happy at all bless him. There are so many lovely hounds at Daybreaks waiting for their special homes to come along, I could have stolen Latina, Lady, Brandy.....all of them really, just hope at least some of them finds a home this weekend, especially the long stayers xxxxxxxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Wednesday 17 Oct 20:23



Sending love to Sara, how she's soon recovered. Xxx

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 17 Oct 16:37



We're coming to the kennels tomorrow to bring our boys Dexter and new boy Douggie for a pamper with Jess, so looking forward to seeing all the current residents and hoomans too xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 16 Oct 22:46



Rose went home today! She is an absolute delight such a very sweet girl. Do hope all goes well for her and her new family. Xxx

It was much dryer day today :) Thanks so much to everyone who came in to walk our dogs. They were very happy to go out and not get soaking wet!

This afternoon Ruth tried not to drown in the sea of paperwork that has been building up. Think she felt as though she was getting somewhere by the end of the day :)) She also managed to sort the treatment room out :)

Had a good look through Next Years's Calendar today. There are some fab photographs of past Daybreaks residents in it. Skip is this year's Mr October, he looks very handsome and I will be having the photo framed to hang on the wall. Xxx

Thank you so much to everyone for their help...we missed Sara today as sadly she is having problems with her hip and leg and is back in hospital.
Nick and Brandy love her and are missing her! Sending her lots of love. x

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 16 Oct 21:31



Got our calendar at the show and it'll take pride of place next year! Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 16 Oct 16:39



Our fabulous 2019 calendars are now on sale at the kennels..... photo attached :-)

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 16 Oct 13:56



I am still recovering from Sunday and our upheaval of the treatment room, magnotherapy unit, cupboards etc etc but it is all coming together and getting sorted! I am grateful to the volunteers who braved the weather Sunday to help at the kennels and also take some of our inmates to the walk xx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 15 Oct 21:34



It was a busy morning with Teddy having a dressing change at the vets and Latina going for her neutering operation, then a trip to the track with Bob to collect very pretty new girl Lady.

When I got back to the kennels our work experience students Sam and Willow were getting very wet trying to unblock the drain in the bottom kennel block. They did a great job! :)) Thank you. Xx

It was an awful day and didn't stop raining...thanks so much to all our walkers who got soaked taking the dogs out this morning and this afternoon. The dogs all loved being wrapped in a nice dry towel when they came back.

Jo collected Latina from the vets this afternoon. She was a little sleepy, hopefully she will feel better tomorrow.

I was away on holiday last week and although it was lovely to see them l was so hoping our handsome black boys...Nick, Teddy, Brandy, Raven and Jet would have found their forever homes. They really are all so special....Lyra, my two lads Skip and Fletch and my sister's gorgeous boy Max had a great time on holiday with us, hope some of our kennel boys and girls get the chance to do the same.

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Sunday 14 Oct 22:14



Was lovely chatting to you and your 2 beautiful pooches too, they both did you proud and looked lovely! Xxx

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by henlady

Sunday 14 Oct 18:23



I really enjoyed our visit to the dog show,unlike Jay who let us know in no uncertain words just how bored he was once he relized he wasn't there to play!!I thought he looked a million dollars but with his head hanging down and tail between his legs there was no way he was winning anything!Petal seemed to enjoy it and behaved very well considering she is not the best with smaller dogs,she even won a rosette,bless her It was nice to chat with jetlucy---I think!!--and see some of the Daybreak dogs .Its sad to see some of the long stay lads still there but they are so well looked after and as Ruth says,"some one will come ,one day"
Ruth,hope you are feeling better now?Has any one any tips on distracting 2 very keen greys from having a go at squirrels on our walks ,which can become a nightmare if I am on my own!!

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by jetlucy

Saturday 13 Oct 21:24



Oh never mind Finn, but I'll take note of the cafe and have a cake for you as going to bude down Monday. Been to the pub tonight and mom was stopped 3 times for people to question her about me so we've proper promoted the greys tonight! Plus I've had prawns, steak, halluomi and cheesy chips...yummy! Oops naughty Finn but funny! Xxx

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by loveheart

Saturday 13 Oct 16:58



Awwww Jetlucy what a shame we are back in Brum. Sounds as though Jet is having a real blow out down there. Finn says the food in Cornwall is Fab and the Carrot Cake at the "Cornish Bakery" cafe next door to Costa Coffee on Bude's main street is to die for. We always buy half a large cake to take away. It's the only way Finn enjoys carrots LOL (and we have never tasted better). Finn is very unsettled since we got back. He made another raid on my teddy collection while we where out (forgot the stair gate) and we walked in to find him coming down stairs with one of his favorites, whilst Nina was munching on two others he had already put on his bed.
Luckily they never damage them just soaking wet. Good job he never finds one that squeaks or it would be history!!!

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by jetlucy

Friday 12 Oct 22:23



Fat neck fin, we've arrived in hartland, are you still in bude or have I got to fly the black boy greyhound flag on my own? You'll be pleased to know that since I've arrived I've had a some little cocktail sausages, mini cheddars, pigs ear , chip shop sausage, some cheesy chips and then finished off mom and dads cake washed down by moms water that was on the table! The owners of the farm are very kind and left me a doggie welcome pack with treats but mom says I've had enough now till tomorrow...boo! It was too dark to explore when we arrived tonight but mom can't wait to get out and explore the farm tomorrow so that'll be our first walk of the day...see I need all these treats to keep my energy up! Lots of love jet xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 12 Oct 17:33



Today it rained!!! There was a torrential downpour all morning and it was much too horrid for the boys & girls to go out. They stayed dry and cosy in their kennels whilst the humans got soaked!

This morning saw the arrival of 2 beautiful new girls, Lass and Latina. Lass is a very bouncy friendly girl with such a waggy tail. Latina is also very sweet but a little quiet at the moment. They both enjoyed a lovely warm bath and settled very well into their kennels - and both enjoyed their dinner, licking the bowls clean!

The sky got a bit less grey after lunch, and the rain eventually stopped so afternoon walks did happen and the dogs were happy to get out and about after being cooped up.

Many thanks for everyone's help today, hope you all dry out soon!

Really hope the weather improves for the walk in Sheldon Country Park on Sunday. If you would like to take a kennel dog out for the morning to enjoy the experience, please give us a call on 0121 782 7702.

I'll close by making my usual weekend wish of red or green signs for our lovely boys & girls - and am now off to partake of a glass of wine or two (purely medicinal of course!!).

Have a good weekend one and all.

Angie
xx

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by beryltheperil

Friday 12 Oct 14:23



Congratulations to everyone who made the dog show a success, and in particular all the bakers who produced a great selection of cakes. The lemon coconut slice was to die for, can I have the recipe lol!!

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by shanishoo

Thursday 11 Oct 18:26



I am keeping my fingers crossed that Teddy is OK after his operation, he is a lovely boy and I hope he finds his forever loving home very soon xxxxxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 11 Oct 11:39



Fivelands in Moseley was the first thing on the agenda yesterday morning to take Olive in for her spey. By the time I was back Denise (who comes in at stupid o'clock) had cleaned out and the walkers had arrived. I then set to work with clearing the back car park and a trip to the tip followed.

I fetched Olive late afternoon and she was bright and recovered well - she is just beautiful!

Today was Teddy's turn and I took him to Fivelands in Yardley. My adorable boy has had a limp since he arrived at Daybreaks in July and had surgery to remove an embedded corn but weeks later, his toe is still extremely swollen and he has gone in for surgery today. Keep everything crossed for him - at least he is off to a lovely foster home this evening for a few days for some extra TLC x

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 10 Oct 20:10



Oh you poor baby Finn, how traumatic for you, I'm sure you will make in into 2020 calendar xxxxxxx

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by helenanddave

Wednesday 10 Oct 16:08



Oh Finn, don't be sad. Why don't you do your own special calender and sell it at your caravan site. Would be lots of takers as you are obviously very famous there! Xx

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by loveheart

Tuesday 09 Oct 21:49



Well Fat neck Finn has had a set back emotionally.He had great hopes of being in the Daybreaks calendar, and now his hopes have been dashed. All that center fold posing in front of the patio window in Bude and big smiles from passers by has been in vain. He has taken it really badly and his diet has gone to pot! After someone said he had a Rottweiller's body he did make an effort (of sorts) but now he is comfort eating and has low self esteem. Maybe I will have to make his own calendar up and he can be in every month. All proceeds to Daybreakss LOL

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Tuesday 09 Oct 19:11



A lovely bright,warm sunny day, just like summer again.

I arrived this morning and unlocked, started letting the dogs out and ooh where is everyone? Started cleaning and feeding and heard the rattle of the gate....volunteers, yay. Thanks to all who came and walked today, very much appreciated.

Not many visitors today, although I did see a couple of people who wanted information about greyhounds with an option in the future of fostering or adopting. Nice to be able to have a chat about this wonderful breed and put to rest some of the myths people have about care and excersise.

We had healthchecks and weighing to be done, thanks guys for sorting that for me.

Gail and Blaise sorted the bedding store again! Please try and keep it tidy! They also moved stuff from the treatment room, it actually looks as it should do now
We had piled stuff from the show in there...oops, sorry

Take care all. Have a greyt day tomorrow. Xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 09 Oct 09:37



I ache after yesterday!!!! Thanks to Richard and James for helping me empty the van with all the things from the dog show - I then headed to the Swan office to take the rest for storage. I was met there by Lisa who helped me unload, sort and clear and then back to the kennels to load up more.

I want to re-iterate Jo's thanks to Richard for all the painting - especially the new kitchen floor which looks fantastic. Also I was over the moon to see Roary had been chosen and met Olive's new owners who adopted one of our original inmates Meg (Tottie as she was so well known!). Olive is being neutered tomorrow and then she will go to her new home next week - how exciting!

I then went back to the office as I'm sewing costumes for the show on the 17th November - all but one of the costumes are now finished. By 7pm it was time to head home and chill.... I am so grateful to Jo and all the volunteers for all their help :-) xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 08 Oct 17:44



Thanks so very much to all our volunteers today, dogs had morning and afternoon walks.

Richard came in with Shirley, he painted the kitchen doors and floor, Shirley got stuck in with feeding and walking.

We saw Roary finally get a home, so very happy for him. X

Olive was also reserved, quick work girlie.

We just need to get forever homes for our Mr Nick, Teddy and Brandy, they have waited for such a long time. Please dont be put off by the big black boys, they have just as much love to give.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 07 Oct 22:29



Well.....with most of the kennel dogs going to the dog show today we thought it may be quiet so we could get on with some tasks that we never have the time for.
Oh dear what a mistaka to maka!
Thanks Tina for your help this morning. X

We saw pretty little Dew, now Dewey off to her new home, good luck poppet X

Angie decided that kennels duty was far more interesting than F1, thanks Ang for giving up your Sunday. X

New arrival Olive came in, what a sweetie, not shy at all.

Jimmy found himself reserved, great news.

We also had 2 fosterings, albeit 1 one maybe on a short term basis, and 1 hopefully leading to a permanent homing. Getting the dogs out into a home environment really does help to get them into a permanent home.

We had bookings for the sand run, remember, this is fully enclosed and recently extended, great to let your hounds have a fun off lead experience.

Thanks as always for our volunteers help today, much appreciated.

Looks like the dog show was a great success, with interest in some of our hounds. Hopefully this will lead to more homings, our waiting list is ever increasing we really need to get this down and get more deserving hounds into homes. They really do deserve a chance of living in a home.

Take care all, let's see what we can achieve this week. Xxxx

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by rubytwoshoes

Sunday 07 Oct 21:30



It was so lovely to see lots of ex daybreak dogs at the show today, all looking fabulous, especially lovely to have a little cuddle with Ruby Rebel and to hear from his mum and dad how well he's doing. He's as handsome as ever.

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by jetlucy

Sunday 07 Oct 20:45



That was meant to say jay and petal not hat ...dam predicted text! Xxx

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by jetlucy

Sunday 07 Oct 20:11



Oh Yes and thank you very much daybreaks for today, it's a wonderful event and can't wait for next year! Xxx

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by jetlucy

Sunday 07 Oct 20:10



Well jet and I (and my husband...we had to bring him this year as hed sponsored a class and wanted to see...otherwise he'd have been left at home!) Had a wonderful time as always at the show today. So lovely to see all the hounds and the beautiful kennel dogs. Roary has totally stolen my heart and so hoping he gets a he soon cannot understand why he's been overlooked. I was talking to hat and petals mom and her friend in one of our classes and we were putting the world to rights on 'why don't people want these black dogs'. All being owners of black dogs we just can't understand it and think we need to start a campaign to get their profile up lol! Let's hope today will see some of you beauties get your well deserved homes xxx

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by willerby

Sunday 07 Oct 09:47



gutted i can't be there this year :( full of cold and a poorly daughter, was hoping to win back 1 of the many prizes i gave you lol oh well roll on next year, hope it's a great success x

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by loveheart

Saturday 06 Oct 18:52



What lovely newcomers to Daybreaks. I just hope that the hounds who have been waiting patiently for a while don't get overlooked.They are all such great dogs and I do love the big black boys. , They do seem to get on with each other well. I think Fat neck Finn would have liked a brother as Nina is a bit of a controlling big sister, not that he takes any notice of her.lol

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by Thethirdronnie

Friday 05 Oct 23:24



Teddy, you will be fine, I had one of my toes amputated a few years back. It was a good decision! Take care little one. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 05 Oct 23:10



Poor Teddy...sending him and Sarah a cuddle tonight. Xxx

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by shanishoo

Friday 05 Oct 21:58



Big hugs and kisses to Teddy, poor little lamb xxxxxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 05 Oct 18:00



Poor Teddy, as you say hopefully he will be better off (no pun intended). My little girl Sarah had one of her toes amputated yesterday, it was discovered she had a fracture and the vet decided this would be the best course of action. I now have 2 girls with a missing toe, both on the same foot!

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by Shanesmum

Friday 05 Oct 17:32



A busy day today - fortunately Ruth was feeling a little better and was able to do a vet run this afternoon with Teddy. His poorly paw is just not getting any better and so the Vet has decided to amputate his toe - hopefully this will cure the problem and he will be able to walk and play in comfort again and without his boot!!!

No volunteers this morning meant sand run playtime for the boys & girls. Rocky was not impressed that he couldn't join in bless him, oh he did give me "a look"!!!

This morning saw the gorgeous Shiftie signed up, and her Mum & Dad become the latest members of the FFP club! She adores her brother Nifty and is learning the ropes from him. She has a lovely new name too, Cilla, as shouting "Nifty" & "Shiftie" was getting a bit confusing!

Our newcomers are all settling well and are all gorgeous, especially Clodie who is a beautiful happy little girl who gives out lovely kisses.

We had volunteers a plenty this afternoon so the boys & girls enjoyed a walk down the lane. Many thanks.

Well, a busy weekend ahead as our Dog Show is on Sunday. If you would like to take one of the kennel dogs to the show we would be very grateful. It is a great opportunity for them to get out and about and socialise, and who knows - maybe find themselves a forever home. Please give the kennels a call if you can help us out.

After such a busy day I am going to enjoy my usual glass or two of wine - have a great weekend everyone. Cheers!

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 04 Oct 23:45



A very difficult day today....sadly Ruth was taken ill after dropping Rocky of for his neutering operation. She has spent the day in bed. Do hope she will feel better tomorrow. Xxx

It was sad to see Rose returned, her owner was very upset. Sometimes things don't always work out how we would like them too.

Many thanks to Bob and Declan for collecting Clodie and Turbo from the track for us this morning. Two very happy hounds and both gorgeous too!

This afternoon we had another new arrival the very handsome Ice! His tail didn't stop wagging! Thanks to his Trainer for bringing him in to the kennels. Alan was at the kennels with Paddy when they arrived and straight away Ice's Trainer recognised Paddy as one of his past racers. He was very pleased to see how well Paddy looked and what a lovely home he has. Xx

I took Jet off for his vaccination booster later this afternoon. He was so excited to be going out. :)) Jet is a super boy but needs a little help with small dog training. We saw a hairy little lad who Jet was very interested in meeting!

Rocky was very subdued on his return to the kennels after his neutering operation. I have never seen him so quiet! :)))

Lorna had a couple of pampers booked this afternoon, including ex Daybreaks resident Skip :)) He looked great! I was told he is a good boy...most of the time. :))))

I had a call early this morning from a lady who had found two Greyhounds in Sutton Park. They were wearing one of our tags but no details of their owners name and address. Fortunately from their description I recognised who they were and told the lady who to look for. She called back a short while later to say their owner had been found. Thank you so much to the lady for being concerned for them which thankfully led to a happy ending...please, please remember it is a legal requirement for your dog to wear an identity disc with your name, address and contact details on at all times. It is an easy and relatively inexpensive thing to do and means if your dog should go missing they will have a better chance of being reunited with you. Xx

A huge thank you to everyone who helped out today. It was lovely to see Yvonne back from a recent eye operation. She came to supervise mine and Richards bed making and kennel cleaning!

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Thursday 04 Oct 20:14



Oh we may still see you as we're going the 12th I'll look out for the Grey's and if we meet we'll fly the flag for the black boys! Oh Finn how funny, just tell them you're not fat...you're just big boned that's what I always say! Xxx

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by loveheart

Wednesday 03 Oct 22:46



We are going to Bude from the 9th so will miss your visit jetlucy such a shame as Finn loves socializing. He has had quite a traumatic day so the break will do him good lol. Let me explain. Now I always thought that Greys did not have many fat cells more muscle. Finn has proved me wrong. Today a chap I have a laugh with stopped me on our walk and gave him and Nina a fuss and said "is he a cross?" I said "no, why do you ask?" "Well" he said " he has a Greyhounds head but his body is so big I though he was crossed with a Rottweiler !!!!!" I think he was joking as usual. How very dare he, it's all muscle on the big lad and his coat WAS quite thick lol x

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by jetlucy

Wednesday 03 Oct 21:16



Ah loveheart when are you going to bude as we're going week after next? Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 03 Oct 16:21



This morning I created a lovely long 'to do list' and what a productive day it has been - all items have been ticked off with the help of Denise and our work experience students Emily and Nathan. A fabulous day and of course I got cuddles with my boys Nick and Teddy and the most beautiful greyhound in the world.... little Liza!!!!!!! If only...... :-)

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 02 Oct 21:52



Well, the Weather App was rubbish today! It said cloudy but mild when I looked at it this morning, but it was wet and cold today. :(

We had a lot of help this morning. :) It was lovely to see some of our "old" Tuesday volunteers who haven't been able to come for a while. Caroline was dismayed at the state of the bedding store....thanks so much for having a go at sorting it for us! :))

Despite the drizzle our residents enjoyed their morning walks. Some of them went along the nearby public footpath into the field. I understand Roary didn't want to come back but just wanted to carry on walking. :))

We have some brilliant black boys at the kennels waiting for their forever homes. Nick, Brandy, Teddy, Roary, Jet and Raven. All of them with their own special personalities. Wish someone would give them a chance. Xxx

We nearly had an extra inmate tonight. We were locking up the kennels when a little voice from inside called "please can someone let me out"...it was Declan one of our lovely volunteers! He was very relieved when we decided to release him! :))))

Xxx

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by loveheart

Tuesday 02 Oct 19:01



Well back from France and went straight away to pick up Fat Neck Finn and Nina from Auntie Ruths loving care. I had told Fat Neck that he was going to a class reunion summer camp and to be honest I got more of a welcome from poor Nick than Finn when we arrived. It seems anyone who feeds him gets his full attention and affection He did wag his tail and look at my hands to see if I had bought him a foodie pressie, when he remembered I was the one who had got him the size he is, and then he was quite happy to run and jump in the back of the car.lol
Since they came home Nina who always misses us and has to be tempted to eat if not with us has eaten everything in site and even beaten Finn to her bowl. He on the other hand appears bored stiff wandering round and missing all the
hounds at Ruth's and I think the girls at the kennels. Never mind they are off to Bude soon with us so he can get back to "making shapes" in front of the patio window. Must get him some modesty pants !!!!!!!! lol

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 01 Oct 20:03



Another bright but chilly day. All dogs had morning and afternoon walks, thanks all.
We saw Ben, now Storm go off to his new home, all the best.
What a fab birthday present for little Bella, home on her birthday, complete with matching new wardrobe! Fab.
The bedding store had a makeover with all the dog coats sorted into size and type, thanks to the guys for sorting these.
All dogs were fed and tucked up in their fleeces ready for bed, remember we stock these at the kennels, so if you need one to keep your toasty warm give us a call or drop in and pick one up! We also have a good stock of blizzard and waterproof coats.
Lovely to see Florence and her mom Klair pop in this morning to purchase on of our 'a greyhound raced into my heart' t-shirts, not long before they move away to Wales, we do hope to see you before you go. X
Well, let's see what the rest of the week brings, more homing and reservations fingers crossed.
I think it is now wine o'clock for me! X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 30 Sep 18:19



A lovely bright sunny day, if a little chilly. Was strange to have the kennels so quiet when all the dogs went to Brueton Park. Thanks to everyone who took a dog.
Poor Ben and Teddy had to stay behind as Ben is post op and is not able to go on a walk yet, and Teddy is still on shorter walks, he came into the office for a change of scene and managed to steal biscuits!
There has been some interest in Nick, fingers crossed., he is such a lovely boy.
Honey found herself reserved, whoo hoo.
This afternoon saw just Bella and myself at the kennels, we were kept busy with a steady stream of visitors and a couple of nail cuttings.
As we left I went to start the car and it wouldn't start, my son ended out having to come and jump start it!
Anyway, home now and I would like to thank everyone again for their help and support, it is very much appreciated. Xxxx

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by loveheart

Saturday 29 Sep 23:31



Just back from holiday and so sad to see so many beautiful black boys still waiting for their forever homes. I wish I could have them all. They give so much and ask so little in return. Just a comfy bed,and a walk or two a day. Oh and in my Fat neck Finn's case be the owner of a food factory, preferably one that makes sausages lol So let's hear it for the boy's next week, you'll be spoilt for choice.Maybe you have a little lady Grey looking for love. Well I hear Roary gets on well with the girls and my Nina gave him a kiss when we called at the kennels, and she is very choosy lol

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 29 Sep 23:23



A very busy day for visitors. :) Jess had several pampers. It was great to see some of our past residents. They all looked and smelt lovely after their baths.

We also had visitors to meet the dogs and a gentleman came along with his young son. They helped to groom some of them which the dogs loved, especially Brandy who had a good lean and would have happily stayed there all day! :)

Thanks so much for everyone's help today. It was a good walking day. :)

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 28 Sep 19:33



Totally agree with Angie, a very productive day, and I too shall partake in a glass or to of wine! Cheers. Jo xxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 28 Sep 17:29



What a beautiful day again today. Humans and doggies alike enjoyed the blue sky and lovely Autumn sunshine.

A busy morning saw the fabulous Sally off to her new home, and pretty little Dew reserved. There were lots of health check and weight checks to do, keeping an eye on the boys and girls and making sure they are fit and healthy.

Brandy is such a good boy during his check, I think he just revels in the human contact as he loves to lean and is very patient. Just wish we could get this boy into a home as he really doesn't like it in kennels bless him.

We had lots of visitors to use the sand run and buy food, and some new volunteers too so the day passed really quickly as there was always something going on.

Thanks for everyone's help today, and as another weekend is upon us it's time for my usual wish that some red signs appear for our boys & girls - it is the walk in Brueton Park on Sunday where hopefully some of the dogs will be out enjoying a taste of the outside world, and showing just how lovely they are. Who knows, maybe a home or two may be found too?!

Tickets for "Daybreaks in cabaret" are selling well, give us a call to get yours and be part of a fun evening. Well, I'm off for my Friday glass of wine now - a chilled white I think to complement the lovely sunshine!

Have a great weekend all.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 28 Sep 00:06



A beautiful day! The squirrels thought so too, there were lots of them around! :)

Nick is in the kitchen run and seems to enjoy watching the comings and goings in the kennels. :)

New lad Jimmy is a little shy at the moment, Carol one of our volunteers came in and sat with him for quite some time. He enjoyed her company. Xx

Ben was feeling brighter today after his neutering operation. Such a handsome boy! Xxx

A big thank you to the team at Pet Search. They called to say they had some donations of tinned food for us. Lucy and I went and collected it this afternoon. So very kind of them.

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. We were all happy to see Alan who brought in the Thursday donuts! :)) Thank you.

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 27 Sep 04:30



It was an early start yesterday with a trip to the vets in Moseley to take Ben in for his castrate. He was not impressed and did a big wee in the reception of the vets - ooops! Despite this all the nurses fell in love with him but he is spoken for and off to his new home soon. Thank you to Denise for holding the fort whilst I was out and also for collecting Ben after his op. I left him covered up with blankets last night looking very sad.....

Our new arrival Jimmy is absolutely gorgeous..... hmmm if it wasn't for the fact that I totally love Nick, oh and Teddy, Liza and a few others..... ok - I will stop there!

We cat tested Dew and Sally but sadly they both found Tyke and Socks just too exciting - thank you to Emily and Nathan our work experience students for helping with this. We are slowly learning sign language to help Nathan who is deaf - it is impressive watching John his support worker explain in BSL everything we teach.

We had the JCB in to finish off the sand run and it is looking fantastic and I want to thank everyone who has helped achieve this amazing facility.

I am over the moon at the news of Goofy (Nellie) being found - it means my planned 6.30am search for this morning with Julie now means I can stay at home and have an extra cuppa!

Hugs to Skip and Kate and also to Nicole who lost Teddy along with witnessing a very tragic series of events.... love your family be it 2 or 4 legged x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 25 Sep 23:33



I managed to get to the kennels today :) Thankfully my car is fixed. Skip couldn't quite understand why when he got out yesterday he was still on the drive at home! Xx

Bouncy little Sally went off to the vets for her neutering operation this morning. Many thanks to Jo for taking her. She wasn't quite as bouncy when Lucy and I picked her up this evening. Bless her, hopefully she will feel better tomorrow.

We had a stressful afternoon as my lad Skip and Lucy's Ellie had a collision in the sand run...Skip ended up with a nasty wound on his neck which required stitches. :( Very fortunately Ellie was ok. When we arrived home tonight Lyra and Fletch sniffed Skip all over; but were very gentle with him. He stood very patiently while they inspected and counted his stitches! My poor little lad. Xxx

Thanks so much to Sara for looking after everything at the kennels so we could get Skip to the vets.

It was a beautiful Autumn day, the dogs and volunteers all enjoyed their walks. It's that time of year when the squirrel population are collecting food for the winter and driving some of our residents mad! Bless them!!

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 24 Sep 17:45



A goodday today in some ways, but not for Kate, unfortunately her car would not start this morning, thankfully it is now fixed :)
We had lots of helpers so morning and afternoon walks were done, thanks all.
The back bedding store wa s blitzed and everything is now in some sort of order. Thanks to Bella, Lucy and Leanne for doing this.
Pete is making progress with the kitchen, it is gradually coming together.
Sadly Nick is back from foster, he was such a good boy and so well behaved, unfortunately the current dog of the house was not eating and was a little unsettled. He is such a lovely boy, he is our longest stayer and really deserves his forever home. Please someone give this boy a chance, he is such a gentle boy. X

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by jetlucy

Sunday 23 Sep 17:47



Well done Nick...if you make yourself at home on a sofa that quick surely that takes you a step closer to getting a ftp?! Good work! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 22 Sep 23:31



It was a busy day. :)

Our lovely Rose went home this morning. She is such a very sweet girl lots of love to her and her new family.

The very handsome Ben was reserved this afternoon. :) x

Fabulous news of the day Nick has been fostered! Fingers crossed all goes well. He really needs a break from kennel life and to give him a chance to fully recover from his squirrel chasing, gate crashing accident! Earlier this evening his Foster Dad sent a photo of Nick fast asleep on the sofa, he has made himself at home. :)) x

Jess had several pampers today. Great to see lots of lovely doggies, they all left looking and smelling great! Xx One of the boys had a big spot on his head...Everyone knows how much Ruth likes to treat spots! He left without it! :)))

It was great to see past Greyhound Grapevine cover boy Star. He came for a nail clipping. He is going a little grey now, but still a very handsome lad. :))

Despite the weather our brave volunteers took all our residents out for morning and afternoon walks. Two legged and four legged walkers looked quite bedraggled on their return from the last walk this afternoon. Thank you all so much. Xx

Thank you to everyone for their help today. We had two lovely new volunteers come along first thing this morning to help with feeding and cleaning. Xx

According to my diary tomorrow is the first day of Autumn...before we left this evening all the dogs had fleecy coats on. If you need any coats for your Greyhound we have a new stock of Fleeces and Winter Blizzards on sale at the kennels to keep them cozy. :)

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Friday 21 Sep 13:30



Too right Kate, if I had the space I would have them all! So lovely to put a face and personality to all the dogs I stalk on here everyday! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 20 Sep 23:08



Well what a very wet day! :(

It was lovely to see Jet this morning. He is a very handsome and happy lad. I know if it was possible his Mom would have left the kennels with several Brothers and Sisters for him! :)) Xx

We had two more new arrivals today. Two gorgeous lads Ben and Rocky. We are so grateful to Alan and Richard for collecting them from the track for us. Bob is not very well at the moment so was unable to go. We all wish him a speedy recovery. Xx

Our residents had a morning walk, but were not impressed with getting wet! Our volunteers were not happy either! :) We did offer Gail an ankle length waterproof coat while she dried her own off in the tumble dryer....she turned us down; don't know why, it was only a couple of sizes too big for her!! Thanks so much everyone hope you have all dried out now! :)) x

Pete is making good progress with the kitchen. All the rotten wood has been replaced now and we have a new door!

Liza is a much happier girl today :) She had a walk around the sand run along with Nick. Teddy is doing ok and can go for walks as long as he wears a boot. He could have done with some little Wellies today. :)

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Thursday 20 Sep 17:13



So despite the rain we had a lovely time at the kennels this morning as jet had his pamper session! Thank you to Lucy, she's done a fantastic job, he looks and smells beautiful, just wish the show was tomorrow so he might actually win something looking as smart as he does now! However, stupid us cleared the supermarket shelf of sardines to bring...then left rushed out and left them behind! Will bring them to the show xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 18 Sep 23:39



Ruth took Liza off to the vets this morning for her neutering operation. Teddy went too as we are still concerned about his paw. He had the stitches out yesterday but it hasn't healed as well as we had hoped. He has some antibiotics to take. What he really needs is a home of his own where he can be pampered, I'm sure his paw would heal very quickly! :)

Liza was a little wobbly when she came back this afternoon. Hopefully she will feel much better tomorrow.

Lucy had a new customer for a pamper a lovely lad called Bruce, not a Greyhound. He is a big chunky lad and when it came to having his nails clipped he was having none of it! He would not keep his feet still. : ) I think he also tried to eat the hair dryer! He is a very happy boy and his tail didn't stop wagging! Lucy and I needed cake afterwards to recover! :))

We had two new arrivals, Dew and Sally, both very pretty girls. Sally is a very happy outgoing little girl. Dew is a little confused at the moment but I'm sure she will soon settle.

Ruth and James put banners up against the fence of the small area in the sand run. We want to make sure the dogs can see the fence when they are running around.

My Skip had a lovely day; he shared the kicthcn with three lovely girls! Ellie, Cassie, and Maggie. :)))

Thank you so much to everyone who helped out today. Xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Monday 17 Sep 22:20



Mom says it is lovely to hear you are getting back to work Auntie Ruth but you must take it easy! Lubs Florence xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 17 Sep 19:10



I have been easing myself in gently and yay - I feel I am almost back after just over 2 weeks of illness. After feeding this morning I said good luck to Beauty as she was being signed up and then I headed up to the office at the Swan to unload the van from the remembrance evening on Saturday - thanks to Angie for helping.... however I've got another van-load tomorrow.... hint hint!

Whilst at the office the lovely Neil from Fire Expel came and serviced and certified the fire extinguishers whilst Angie and I created more amazing outfits for our show which is on the 17th November.... we hope you can come - tickets are only £10 and on sale at the kennels.

Back at the kennels, Kate and I dismantled the gazebos in the runs and the shed was filled and then I was off to visit Maggie who lives locally and sort her corn!

I want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who helped the Stars Shine Remembrance Evening being a success.... it really was a wonderful very happy evening to celebrate the wonderful souls that have come into our lives - it really was about remembering the happy times. I am so proud of being part of Daybreaks and long may it continue helping greyhounds into homes..... I just hope every single one is loved until they cross the bridge x

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by jetlucy

Sunday 16 Sep 20:53



Just returned from a weekend away whereby jet had a sleepover at his Nannys while we were away, missed him so much even for 2 night's but oh the reception I got when I got back was so lovely...everyone needs a grey! May I just add though that he loves sleepovers at Nannys as gets fed goodness knows what it's his favourite place! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 16 Sep 16:43



Another good day today. We saw lovely Bella reserved by a family with a daughter named Bella!
Thanks for all the donations of food and bedding too.
As always thanks to our volunteers, we managed morning walks and this afternoon was grooming time!
I had a call from Leo's mom, he is settling really well and is not phased by anything, even other dogs, squirrels on the other hand are another matter. Hoping all continues to go well for him and his family. xx

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by skinnyme

Saturday 15 Sep 21:38



Hi Henlady, There are some schedules at the kennels.

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by henlady

Saturday 15 Sep 18:35



Re the show next month,will there be a schedule to look at before the day ,we haven't been before but would like to bring Jay and Petal along ,even if we don't enter!!
Both are doing very well and get along great.Their only vice is they are still so very keen when we meet moving cats or squirrels when on a walk,dont know how I will cope with both of them on the occasions that I have to take them on my own when Barry starts his bowling again next week !!!Ant tips gratefully received !!

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by mary/john

Saturday 15 Sep 18:20



Yes we did on Facebook there is a big piece about looking after retired greyhounds. Very interesting reading xx

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by jetlucy

Saturday 15 Sep 17:46



Did anyone watch coronation street last night with the greyhound on? Fab advertisement for the breed as he lies on the sofa of apparent strangers house with children all over him! Hopefully that'll encourage more people to have them! Xxx

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by bluespriest

Saturday 15 Sep 09:39



Angie, don’t give up on the carrots:) both of mine (Keano and now Moe) have absolutely loved carrots. Moe definitely sees a carrot as being in the same treat league as a bonio or dentistick or any other of the many things that make him jump up and down with joy! He will eat at least four if given the chance. He used to eat them unpeeled but having observed that his mum peels hers before eating it, he will only eat them when peeled now. And, guess what, of course I peel them for him! Bless him, we love him and his funny little ways so much xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 14 Sep 19:34



So fantastic to be able to sign both Leo and Marty today over to their new families today. Wishing them and their families great times ahead. Xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 14 Sep 18:21



It was another busy Daybreaks day today!

The doggies all had a lovely walk this morning thanks to the volunteers and our new work placement Stan. Nick & Teddy are still on restricted exercise so we all had a gentle potter round the sand run. It is great to see Nick looking so much better, and Teddy is just happy to be able to go out - even of he does have a very funny walk at the moment due to the boot he has to wear!!

This morning also saw the lovely Leo go off to his new home. He looked so very handsome in his new collar, wishing him and his new family many happy years ahead.

The current module in my Canine Nutrition course has been about the ingredients of dog food and treats, so as an experiment I tried all the kennel dogs on pieces of raw carrot. Well, the reaction was slightly underwhelming to say the least!! Of them all, only Roary and Rose enjoyed crunching up the bits. Raven had a go but didn't want seconds, and everybody else turned their noses up!! Hmm - don't they know it's good for them?!?!

This afternoon was a hive of activity getting things ready for tomorrow evening's event. Ruth would like to pass on her thanks to the gang of Eddie, Dave & Stan who spent the afternoon putting up gazebos and tables, and Shirley & James who have swept and tidied the driveway and car parking area. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather is kind to us tomorrow, although we will have blankets available should the Autumn chill set in!! Look forward to seeing lots of people and Greys as we get together to remember our boys & girls now playing at the Bridge.

Time is flying by and yet another week is at an end, and yes - you've guessed it, it's time for a glass or two of wine!!

Thanks for everyone's help today, and look forward to seeing some of you tomorrow.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 13 Sep 23:31



Oops! Sorry for the late update, have been asleep on the sofa....I certainly fit in with the Greyhound lifestyle in our house :))

Teddy's paw is looking good. He had a couple of walks around the sand run wearing a boot to keep it clean. He was very happy to be out of his kennel. X

Nick is looking good too. He was a bouncy lad this morning and also enjoyed a gentle stroll in the sand run. :)

Brandy is not enjoying being back in a kennel environment. Do hope a new home will soon be his. He is a very affectionate lad and just wants a family of his own. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. It was a lovely morning for going for a walk. :)

Leo and Marty are both hopefully off to their new homes tomorrow. How exciting for them and their new families. X

Must go get my three ready for bed....wee wees and teeth cleaning are needed! :))

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Thursday 13 Sep 17:34



Loveheart, our new boy Douggie is exactly the same, within 5 minutes of arriving at our house he had pooped in the middle of an Azalea bush (in a pot), he often has to have his bum in a shrub/tree, when he cocks his right leg to wee his left one is too far in and he falls over cos he can't balance on it, doesn't fall the other way around though - strange dog!!!! Xxxxxx

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by mary/john

Thursday 13 Sep 10:49



Hope u r better very soon lots of love. Patch Gracie and Bailey Ellie xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 13 Sep 09:04



I am so desperately grateful to Kate, Jo and the amazing volunteer team at Daybreaks who have all pulled together whilst I am still battling a viral infection affecting my asthma so I am unable to be at the kennels. Although I am improving, another doctors appointment yesterday and was advised to stay off until I am 100%. I am so fed up as I have so much to do and feel helpless. We have the Remembrance Evening this Saturday with lots to do for organising and setting up so I am after your help....... if you can spare a little while on Friday or Saturday to help set up gazebos, tables, lights etc - please please call the kennels (0121 782 7702) and the message will be passed on....
Ruth x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 12 Sep 19:09



Teddy had a trip with me to the vets this morning, he had his dressing removed :) but he has go back on Monday to have his stitches out. Sadly until then he has to wear his muzzle whilst in his kennel :( Denise was left to sort cleaning and feeding whilst I was gone.
Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers, the dogs had morning and afternoon walks. We had a new placement student Emily join us today, hoping she enjoys her time with us.
Thanks for the fab donations of prizes from Jess's family and the kind donation of bedding. Xx

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by loveheart

Wednesday 12 Sep 17:28



Well, what can I say. Finn does get bored quite easily and having realised he is never going to catch the pesky taunting squirrel who has a fail safe escape route (he thinks !) and found cat encounters are a disaster for him,having worn a cat on his face like an Haloween mask, he has taken up a new interest. Now you must have heard of Extreme Sports, well Finn is trying Extreme toileting options. We live on quite a busy road and walk along it on our way to the park. To break his boredom he now tries to lift his bottom onto a low wall or back into a bush (holly included OUCH!) and have a poo. lol Even a low branch on a tree will do, he enjoys the challenge I think. He seemed such a quiet boy when we fostered him. Just shows what a forever home can do, he has obviously become as crazy as us lol FFP and proud.

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 12 Sep 12:25



Jess's Mom and Dad thank you so much for the prizes. So pleased to hear Jess is still in charge! :)) Xxx

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by willerby

Wednesday 12 Sep 10:56



Hi all have left a load of prizes for you hope they are ok for you Jess says hello still happy with her human slaves and get well soon Ruth xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 11 Sep 23:12



It was Shiftie's turn to visit the vets for her neutering operation today. Thanks so much to Sue for taking her for us. She was a very sleepy girl when I collected her this afternoon. :)

It was Pet Blood Bank day! Roary, Honey, Raven, Marty and Nanny all donated. Well done to them all. :))) We had lots of visitors throughout the day, great to see so many Greyhounds coming in to give blood. They all seemed to enjoy their bowl of Chappie and choosing their own toy afterwards. Xx The vet and nurses were all very impressed with our Failed Foster Parents club T-shirts....very amusing to hear FFP at the Blood Bank stands for FRESH FROZEN PLASMA! Also a very good club to be a member of as that's what becomes of our doggies donations. :)

Our very shy, lovely little Mags went home today. Do hope all goes well for her in her new home. Xxx

Nanny has been fostered and will have a handsome Greyhound lad to keep her company! She is such a sweet happy girl. When I was checking the cameras last night she was trying very hard to get kennel mate Rose to play...Bottom in the air and tail wagging! Rose however was more interested in getting some sleep. :))

It was a really busy day, thanks so much to everyone for their help today.

Wish Teddy luck for tomorrow, he is off to the vets to see if his stitches in his pad can come out. Xxx

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 11 Sep 21:27



Perhaps the Fox has heard how kind the day breaks folk are and thinks she should give it a go! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 10 Sep 22:18



Bella went for her neutering operation this morning. Thanks so much to Jo for dropping her off at the vets for us. I collected her this afternoon she was a little sleepy but managed to eat her dinner. It's Shiftie's turn tomorrow!

Beauty had a viewing this afternoon and I had a message this evening to say she has got a new home complete with three Greyhound sisters! :) Brilliant news for her. Xx

Thank you to everyone for your help today, it was very busy. Myra and Alan very kindly supervised the kennels so I could pick Bella up from the vets. :) x

I took the bandanas and foster collars home to wash on Saturday....We have a fox who regularly visits our garden, she wandered over to the washing line and found one of the collars had fallen to the floor. She picked it up and trotted off with it! Hope the next time I see her she is wearing it!! :)) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 09 Sep 17:46



What a day of 2 halves. This morning we had so many volunteers, so cleaning, feeding and walking were all done in good time, thank to you all for your help. We suffered a 'due to technical difficulties situation' earlier thanks to Lisa for rescuing us! After Alison went there was just Bella and myself left, we had lots of visitors come in to look around andYAY we found both Marty and Leo reserved, pending home checks they should be off to their forever homes soon, so very plesed for them. So it really was a day of one extreme to another.
Thanks again to everyone for their help, it is really appreciated, hope Tina feels better soon, she did feel grotty this morning. Hope Ruth feels better soon too, we miss you Ruth, but don't try and come back unti you are 100% better. Take care all. Jo x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 08 Sep 22:50



Today got off to a flying start with Jerry being homed. He came in with his new owner looking very happy and relaxed. :) He now lives with his new friend a Springer Spaniel and has lots of fun and walks. Xx

Sadly Nanny came back to the kennels this morning. We have paired her up with sweet little Rose, they are getting along fine together.

Lucy had three customers for a pamper....not all of them enjoyed the experience! :)) but they looked great afterwards! :)

Rose has been reserved again! Great news for her, she is incredibly sweet. Xx

Had a phone call this afternoon to say Nifty wanted to meet Shiftie! It was kind of love st first sight....well they had a good sniff of each other anyway! They look lovely together. Fingers crossed all goes well when Nifty takes Shiftie home next week. Xx

Nick seeemed to be walking better today, ate all his meals and looked quite bright. He sat on a bed in the small run for a while watching the world go by. He really needs to be in his special home where he can be waited on until he is fully recovered. :)) x

Little Roxy popped in to use the run with her new sister Missy, they look so good together. Deb, their Mom showed us a video of them playing together in the garden at home. We also had visits from Elsa (Tiny) and Layla (Sheila) both adored by their new families.

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. A big thank you to Jo's son who came and fixed our water heater. :) It rained on the last walk this afternoon...a lot! Luckily the doggies all had coats on.

Shirley brought all the candles and holders in ready for next week's remembrance evening. Many thanks for all her hard work. It will be a a special evening. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 07 Sep 17:29



Not a typical Friday today, we had lots and lots of helpers so the boys and girls were able to have 2 lovely walks and we could get on with health checks, grooming and other little jobs - it was great.

Mr Nick is still a little wobbly but his face is healing well. We also had woofs and waggy tails, and his appetite certainly hasn't suffered! Hopefully his recovery will continue and he will soon be back to his usual self - bless him he is such a lovely boy.

One of our helpers this morning was Ruby Rebel's Mum, she was very proud to tell us that she took Ruby to the Great Greyhound Gathering last weekend and he came 5th in the Best Black Boy class and is now the proud owner of a lovely rosette - well done handsome.

I spent some time sitting on the floor of the kitchen run with the handsome Roary and his pretty little kennel mate Honey. They both loved the company and Honey, bless her, insisted on trying to climb into my lap and sit on it!! I told her she is just not a lap dog, and she eventually settled for lying on the bed next to me, such a sweetie. My handsome Roary is a true leaner and stood for ages getting cuddles. It was great to be able to have the opportunity to spend some real quality time with some of the dogs today.

There were a couple of health checks and I must say that lovely little Rose was by far and away the best behaved. She stood so beautifully still to have her ears and teeth cleaned, and her nails trimmed. Such a sweetheart, still a little nervous but coming on really well, it is such a shame that her reservation has fallen through, but I'm sure she will soon find herself another sofa.

Well, another weekend is on us so lets hope for some more viewings followed by some red signs. I am now off for my customary Friday night glass of wine - cheers all and have a great weekend.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 06 Sep 23:19



A big thank you to Heather and her family for collecting Beauty from her owner yesterday. They kept her overnight and dropped her off at the kennels this morning. I believe their houndie Toby was quite taken with her :)) She is a happy little soul, I'm sure it won't be long before she finds a new home.

Teddy had a trip to see the vet for a check up on his paw after having a corn removed. Unfortunately he had a poorly tum last night and managed to end up with a very smelly bandage. Thankfully his pad and stitches look good and his paw has been redressed. He lay very happily on the vets bench and almost went off to sleep! We had to wait quite a while to see the vet and he was such a good boy. Apart from raising his ears a few times he took very little notice of the cat who was miaowing loudly in his carrier...went by the name of Del Boy! He also met two Basset Hounds, he just couldn't figure out what they were and had a very long, hard look at them. :) x

Richard managed to straighten the metal bar on the gate that Nick had bent on Tuesday. It proves how important it is to make sure the gate is closed properly. He could have ended up on the Coventry Road had he managed to get it fully open. He is about the same today, still a little wobbly but had a gentle walk in the sand run with Shirley and post op girl little Rose which he enjoyed. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. We had two ladies from HSBC who had come for a volunteer charity day. Sorry it rained on them and our other volunteers on the afternoon walks...Gail managed to fight through the bedding store and make it more presentable, thank you. :)) Alan and Paddy came in bearing gifts of donuts and sardines! X

Lots of hugs to Ruth who is still feeling poorly. :((

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 05 Sep 08:57



Nick what are you doing? Thamk god you are ok, and thank him also that the gate was shut. Xx

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 05 Sep 07:37



Oh no Nick!!!!, such a lucky boy not to have been badly injured, what a fright you must have given everybody!!, hope you are feeling better today sweetheart xxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 05 Sep 06:15



Morning from Mr Nick! Although still wobbly (not surprising as I’ve seen the bent bit on the metal gate) and still bleeding (but sides of his face look like they’ve been in contact with a grater) he is bright and just wobbled up to the sand run to empty out, had a biscuit and is crashed out on our bed! Seeing the footage on the cameras I can only say I am just so relieved he didn’t kill himself... he was on the ground passed out for over 6 minutes. I’m grateful to Kate, Sara and Lucy for taking him to the vets and only phoned Andy to say what had happened when they were on their way down the Coventry Road heading to the vets! He’s ok yayyyy and I’ll be working on squirrel lunging training!

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by riasdad

Tuesday 04 Sep 23:08



Ha ha, not put me off. He will have his work cut out trying to pull me... i am about three times the size of you girls????. I have a friend who's dog chased a rabbit once and ran into a tree and knocked itself out. My mate picked him up buy his four feet and draped the dog across his shoulders and carried him home.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 04 Sep 22:41



Riasdad, hope Nicks escapade this evening hasn't put you off coming to meet him! He is a very loving and intelligent lad except when it comes to running into gates! :) Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 04 Sep 22:25



Thanks to our Nick we had a very stressful end to the day! He had just been in the run with Sara when the poor lad decided to try and run through the gate on the drive without opening it first! He was in hot pursuit of a pesky Squirrel and was too strong for Sara to hold onto. He collapsed to the floor and had cut his face. He didn't get up for several minutes and we were fearing the worst. Thank goodness he got to his feet although he was somewhat wobbly.

We took him straight to the vet where he got a through examination. His face has a few cuts and he must have a terrible headache, but there are no broken bones. The vet recommended he stay somewhere he could be kept an eye on overnight....so he is staying with poorly Ruth...Andy has two patients to look after tonight! Bless him. Xxx

Please Nick, don't ever do it to us again. Xxx

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by riasdad

Tuesday 04 Sep 22:04



Rumour has it, that Ria is looking for a mate. It is said that Kate has been asked several questions about a long term resident called Nick!

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 04 Sep 10:50



Hi Kate, I posted the coat back to you yesterday, so you should receive it possibly today. Thanks - Shani xx

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by jetlucy

Monday 03 Sep 21:24



Oh loveheart I just love your stories they're so funny and Finn sounds such a funny little boy. I think you should write a book of his tales, id certainly buy it! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 03 Sep 19:19



Another warm day today, we had enough volunteers to do morning walks, short this afternoon so James took the dogs into the sand run for a blast. Visitors for food and a family came to look at our dogs, they are going to have a chat about who they may like the most.
Rose was reserved today, yah :) She and Teddy went off to the vets this morning, Rose to be neutered and Teddy to see why he keeps lifting his one leg, turns out he had a deeply embedded corn, bless him :(
We had donations of bedding, towels and duvets as well as a surprise delivery from Tesco of sardines for the dogs and chocolate cake for the hoomans! Thanks to Carol for that, very much appreciated.
We have a hornet nest at the back of the kennels, so pest control are coming to sort that tomorrow.
Ruth is still not well :(( I am sure you will all join me in wishing her a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself Ruth and listen to what you are told and do it!
Once again thanks to today's team, you are all just fab!. Jo xx

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by loveheart

Sunday 02 Sep 20:52



After coming home one day and finding 4 Greys on the 3rd floor of our Victorian house unable or unwilling to attempt descending whenever we have added a new "baby" to the fold we put a stair gate at the bottom step for a couple of weeks until they settle in. Well we thought Fat Neck Finn was a fast learner and the gate has been off for weeks now. However yesterday we came home and Nina met us but no Finn I looked on his bed and there was one of my teddy bear collection kept in our bedroom with its jumper half off! Just then Finn came bounding down the stairs wagging his tail very happy, has this hound no shame? Heart in mouth I went up stairs. It was like a Teddy Bear massacre lol
They where strewn everywhere; He had obviously been looking for one that squeaked (he's always been a "squeak freak") and abandoned it when he found it didn't and gone back to drag another off the window seat where they are displayed. None where damaged just chomped on and bless him he had had fun. Too tired for a second walk that day
Me not Finn..lol If anyone out there wants a dog with lovable quirks hurry along to Daybreaks they will have just the one for you----please x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 02 Sep 17:45



A lovely warm day today. We still have a poorly Ruth :( We had enough volunteers to do morning walks, sadly not so this afternoon, so they all had some time in the run. All in all a little quiet for visitors with just the occasional person dropping in for food.
The extension to the resident cats area is making progress thanks to Andy and his dad :)
Would just like to say thanks for the help today, I really do appreciate it. In the immortal words of Angie, I am going to have a nice glass of wine now, oh dear I appear to be half way through it already! Maybe time for a top up.

Xxxxxx

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by shanishoo

Sunday 02 Sep 10:33



Aw thank you Kate. Douggie has settled really well, he is a very good boy for a young pup, he is clean in the house, sleeps all night, walks beautifully on the lead and is great with other breeds. He and Dexter are getting along well, think Dexter is still missing Jack though. Bringing Douggie into our lives is helping us all cope with the massive hole that Jack left when he went to the bridge. Douggie makes us laugh with his quirky little ways and that's what we needed. Xxxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 01 Sep 23:12



Shanishoo, Happy Birthday to your new boy Douggie! Hope all is going well. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 01 Sep 23:09



Summer returned today! :)

Thank you to Andy for helping me with feeding and cleaning this morning. Ruth is still not feeling well. All the doggies send her lots of get well wishes. Xxx

Roxy met her new sister Missy, they got on great together. :) She then went off to start her new life with Debbie and her family. Everyone was very excited for her. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. A big thank you to Sara for supplying the ice creams!

We are running low on tins of fish and meat for our residents, If you are able to spare one or two next time you visit the kennels we would be so grateful. :)

We have two new girls arriving early next week....it would be great if some of our fab black boys could find their forever homes. We have many more on our waiting list waiting for their chance to go home too.

Xxx

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by CuteBarneyGumbleS

Saturday 01 Sep 19:41



Get well soon Ruth.

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by BigEars

Saturday 01 Sep 08:13



Get better soon Ruth xx

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by shanishoo

Saturday 01 Sep 07:16



Hope you feel better soon Ruth xxxx

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by jetlucy

Friday 31 Aug 21:18



Get well soon ruth! Xxx

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by helenanddave

Friday 31 Aug 20:52



Get well soon Ruth. xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 31 Aug 19:41



I would like to echo Angies best wishes to Ruth for a speedy recovery, please Ruth take it easy, between us we can cope. X
Lovely to see Rory's dad today to get some food, he is doing fantastically (Rory I mean)!
Several visitors came in for food, don't forget we do have this on site to sell.
Lovely as Angie said to see Treaty now Murphy off to his new home, he was so very interested in everything in the office, he was into everything!
I seemed to spend a lot of time on the phone today, which was good and this resulted in a viewing tomorrow, pampers and new volunteers booked in over the next few days.
A massive thanks to Angie and James for all their hard work today, I am also partaking in a glass or two of wine! Ruth take care we are thinking of you. Xxxx
Jo xxxx

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by loveheart

Friday 31 Aug 18:58



We had a furniture delivery today and Fat Neck Fin came off his bed to great the two delivery men as they stood in the hallway. I told them he's from Daybreaks RGT. He stroked him and said "He's erm, quite a big boy, erm quite bonny, quite filled out for a Greyhound isn't he? I could see he was trying to stop digging the hole he was in so I said "yes he is way past his racing weight I would think!" LOL poor Finn.x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 31 Aug 18:30



Well, where did that lovely sunny day come from? What a bonus after all the grey and dismal weather of the past week or so.

Please join me in sending best wishes to Ruth, who was very poorly today and ended up with a visit to A&E. Fortunately she is back at home now tucked up in bed - take care and get well soon.

It was a typical quiet Friday, so more sand run playtime for the Greys today. The new "meet and greet" area is really good, it meant we could have 2 dogs out at a time, the more energetic in the large area and the ones that just enjoy pottering about off lead and having a general mooch around in the smaller area.

We had a visit from Jeanette, a Reiki practitioner, who spent some time working with Marty, Teddy, Mags and Roary. Reiki is a holistic Japanese healing method for stress reduction and relaxation. The Greys certainly enjoyed their time with Jeanette, and timid little Mags who is still so very nervous of life, was even pawing at her to carry on by the end of her session! Thank you Jeanette for your time today.

This morning saw the lovely Treaty, now called Murphy, off to his new home. Jo and I made sure we had plenty of kisses off him before he left the premises - wishing him and his new family many happy years ahead.

We had another visit from Sharon who took some photographs of the Greys in their kennels. The only problem she found was that every time she lined up a shot - the Grey would get up and come and have a nose at the camera lens!!!

Kenny paid us another visit today, he is looking good and has put a little weight on already after changing his feeding regime last week - good boy.

The weekend is upon us again, and we have viewings booked so fingers crossed. I am off now to have my usual Friday evening glass of wine - a reward after a busy day.

Its the Great Greyhound Gathering tomorrow and some of our volunteers are organising the refreshments throughout the day. To everyone that is going, have a great day and do pop in for a cuppa!

Have a good weekend.

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 30 Aug 23:01



Sweet little Mags had her neutering operation today. She was very nervous and didn't want to get out of the car when we arrived at the vets. Bless her. All went well and she is tucked up in her kennel tonight. :)

Two more gorgeous new arrivals this morning, Bella and Rose, both very pretty girls. :))

Ballymac Victor who was on the website as "Coming Soon" has been found a home by his Trainer. We wish him a happy new life. :)

Ruth dragged Richard off to the sand run this morning and had him digging holes for the fencing! :) Shirley's Greyhound Mervin was using the run at the time and raced over to offer his assistance!

Later on Ruth had the lovely job of a trip to the tip! Such a glamorous life! xx

Lucy and I had lots of cuddles with Treaty before we went home tonight. He is off to his new home in the morning. Xx

Thanks to Sara for the new photos of the doggies...and thanks so much to everyone for their help today. :)

I have had to sit on the floor to write this diary update....both sofas have a Greyhound lying fully outstretched on them; on their backs with legs in the air! No room left for me or Lyra! :))) Bless them!! Xxxx

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 30 Aug 08:34



Thanks Jo for the Daybreaks update..... sadly the Trust van failed its MOT and needs quite a bit of money spending on it.... however it is our work horse and it got Roxy to the vets yesterday afternoon for her post op check and Treaty for his booster vaccination.

I did some training work in the run yesterday introducing the very cheeky Fee (Julie Sadlers hairy boy) and Mags and it is going really well, gaining confidence daily :-) As we now have sectioned off a small part of the sand run for introductions this helps massively.

We will keep you posted later with news from our busy little kennels!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 29 Aug 22:33



Well, I am late posting this today! Thanks as always to our lovely Wednesday walkers, and extra volunteers, all dogs (apart from them on no walk post ops) had 2 walks today.
Little Roxy was reserved ):
Ruth took the Trust van for an MOT :(
Roxy went for her check up at the vets and Treaty had his booster, both enjoyed their dinner when they got back.
We have 2 new arrivals tomorrow, hope they settle well and don't have to wait too long for their forever.
Mr Nick Nick really needs a home, he is currently our longest stayer, he really is lovely and needs a home where there is someone at home most of the time, he is a real people dog and relishes human contact. Please do not be put off by the big black dogs, they have so much love to give, he would make a fantastic addition to the right home. He is a bit of a favourite with quite a few of us (as all of them are)
Take care all. Jo xxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 28 Aug 23:39



So sad to see Marty back at the kennels today :( His foster career says he is a very affectionate lad who will make a great friend.

Treaty being reserved helped to brighten the day! :) So happy for him.

We had a greyhound brought into the kennels late yesterday afternoon who had managed to escape from his home. Fortunately he had been picked up by very kind people who called us to see if we could help find his owner. Sadly he was not wearing a collar so had no identity tag. He was microchipped and we were able to ascertain he had indeed been homed by us several years ago. Sadly the owners contact details were out of date. The good news is we were able to contact them using an email address and he was reunited with his family this morning.

Please check with the microchip company your dog is registered with that the details they have for your dog are up to date. You are required by law to have a collar on your dog with an Identity tag which includes your name, address and contact details. We are able to order pet tags at the kennels if you would like us to. :)

Xxx

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by NMD07

Tuesday 28 Aug 21:26



Thanks - will go with white, then. Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Tuesday 28 Aug 20:34



NMD07... Sorry only in white. X

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by NMD07

Tuesday 28 Aug 18:29



Do you have the “raced into my heart” shirt in black ?

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 28 Aug 15:42



Hmmmm LadyVictoria - when you mention Roxy is wearing one of my 'old' t-shirts - I have to correct you there! It is one of my favourite t-shirts but fitted her perfectly so was happy to let her borrow it!!! ;-)

Apologies for not updating on my 'movements at Daybreaks' over the last few days but Friday was another sad day and I accompanied Shirley whilst the lovely Bonnie went to Rainbow Bridge. Bonnie was Foxy's litter mate sister and I am just so glad I got to meet her. She had the most amazing ears just like Foxy.... I am sure they are running free together and a feather on the door of the van I am sure was a message......

Saturday was hectic as was Sunday - although very soggy so yesterday was a day off - thank you to Kate for covering. I am already getting orders for Christmas cards and t-shirts so I am doing regular trips to the post office.... the calendars should hopefully be ordered by the end of the week but I will let you know when they are available.

Andy and I popped over to see Nina and 'Fat Neck Finn' and we collected several boxes of our fabulous t-shirts which are now on sale.... I am massively grateful to Mark and Jenny who have made these possible and donated them to help raise funds for our kennels projects. I have added a photo of Jo, Lisa and Angie modelling them so if you would like one - give us a yell!

Tickets are going well for our Night of Remembrance on the 15th September - just hope the sky is clear so we can see our stars shine. If you would like to book via justgiving here is the link: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/letthestarsshine or pop into the kennels to let us know. Ruthx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 27 Aug 22:27



A busy morning cleaning out the kennels...quite a few messy ones! Yvonne and I both agreed how rewarding It is to see them all nice and clean when you have finished. :)

We had several viewings which will hopefully see a couple of our boys reserved, fingers crossed.

Teddy seems much better now, but he really needs a forever home, he is quite stressed at the kennels. He loves people and would be a lovely companion and friend. Xx

Roxy spent the day in the kitchen with, Louis, Ellie, Lyra and Skip. She is a brilliant little girl. I was told she and Skip got along really well and she even managed to get Skip to play! :) She is currently wearing one of Ruth's old t-shirts to protect her stitches, she looks so cute! X

Thanks to Ronnie and Reggies owners who brought in dental chews for the dogs. The boys both looked great! We also had a visit from the the very handsome Billy and Sam. Great to see them all. X

Lucy had two customers for a Bank Holiday pamper! Reggie wasn't too keen and wanted to get out of the bath. :)

Thanks so much to everyone for all our help today. Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 25 Aug 22:29



Teddy had a very upset stomach last night. Angie and I were met with an extremely messy kennel this morning. Poor lad. We decided it was best to pop him to see the vet. He came back with some antibiotics. He was such a good boy at the vets and was very interested in everything the vet was doing. :) Hopefully he will feel a little bettter tomorrow.
Thanks so much to Angie who had the unenviable job of cleaning his kennel! Xx

Ruth sent Will off to his new home this morning. :) Wishing him and his new family lots of happy times together. He is a super lad.

This afternoon it was Nanay's turn to go home. She was happy to surpervise the signing of her paperwork as well as checking out all the treats in the office!

Andy and his Dad started work on the cat run. All was going well until it started to rain on their concrete! We managed to get one of the gazebos put up over the top of everything, then it stoped raining and the sun came out again!!

Kitty came in for a pamper with Jess, Kitty is such a happy girl. :) We also had a visit from Seren and her family. She looks fab! Xx

Thanks so much to everyone who brought in donations of food for our residents. :)

We had lots of help today so the dogs had morning and afternoon walks. Thanks so much to everyone.

Hoping Teddy sleeps well tonight and is feeling better in the morning.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 24 Aug 17:35



An early start for Ruth as she took Roxy off to the Vet for her spey first thing.

No volunteers this morning meant the Greys enjoyed sand run playtime again.

We had a visit from Kenny and his Mum during the morning. She had come to buy some food and, as we were chatting about ways to build up Kenny's weight and the benefits of the various foods, Kenny settled the discussion by climbing into the food store and, after sniffing everything in there at least twice, selecting a bag that he liked the smell of!!! Just hope he eats it when he gets home!

We had plenty of walkers this afternoon - who unfortunately got caught in a torrential downpour and returned to the kennels absolutely drenched with some very unhappy wet doggies!!! Thank goodness it was the last walk and everyone could get dry. Thanks to everyone for braving the elements.

This afternoon saw the handsome Will get himself reserved. He was an instant hit with his new family, giving his new Mum the Greyhound "lean" which sealed the deal!

Let's hope the weather improves for the Bank Holiday weekend, and that some more of our residents find themselves a forever sofa to snuggle on.

Cheers everyone, a glass of red wine is beckoning me (well it is Friday!!). Have a great holiday weekend.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 23 Aug 22:29



Ruth dropped Roary off at the the vets for his neutering operation this morning and I collected him this afternoon. He was still a little drowsy when he got back to the kennels. Hopefully after a good nights sleep he will feel better.

We had two lovely new arrivals today, Fifi and Mags, both very pretty girls. Fifi is a very happy and affectionate girl. Mags is very shy but has already been reserved! Bless her. Xx

Pete out lovely carpenter was in working on the kitchen, it is beginning to take shape. We are so grateful for all his hard work, even if he is getting very demanding when it comes to cups of tea! Xx

We had a visit from a great couple of photographers who took pictures of all the dogs for their Facebook page and also for us to use on our website. Many thanks to them for spending such a long time with our residents. They both fell in love with them all!

We are very, very grateful for all the donations of fish and meat we have received this week. But wouldn't say no to some more!! xx

Thanks to everyone for their help today!

Xxx

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by henlady

Thursday 23 Aug 18:10



I have every thing crossed that this bank holiday weekend brings potential owners to the kennels as there seem to be so many lovely greys there waiting.Jay and Petal are doing really well,thr later is a real affectionate little girl and has this sweet habit of bringing our garden shoes,watches ,draft excluder etc into her bed if we are not in the room with her!!!I have handed her walking over to Barry for now as she is still very keen with cats and small dogs,he has done well with Jay as he just whines a bit but doesn't react unless they run!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 21 Aug 22:16



A quiet day for visitors but we had our lovely usual walkers this morning and everyone enjoyed the late summer sunshine. A big thank you to Norman for taking Treaty to the park. I believe he had a great time and Norman said he was a good boy with both other dogs and people. He is a super lad who loves to give out kisses. :))

Thanks so much to loveheart for your kind comments about Daybreaks. We do have lots of great volunteers who truly love the Greyhounds and want everyone of them to find a happy loving home. :) We are so grateful for all their help and to everyone who supports us in lots of different ways.

Xxx

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by loveheart

Tuesday 21 Aug 12:22



Oh no the waiting list is increasing, maybe it is just the holiday season slowing things down, I do hope so. On the positive side I have to say whenever I pop over to Daybreaks it is such a happy cheerful place with such positive vibes. Even the hounds who are anxious and confused when they arrive after only knowing kennel life, soon realise that this place is not just another kennel, it is somewhere full of caring loving people who will stop at nothing (well maybe there are somethings too far) to find the right forever home for these deserving Greys. They give up their days and weekends for the love of them, and sometimes have to struggle with emotions when they have sad news, but the next day they are back in the groove, because the hounds also keep them sane in this mad world with their little funny quirks, and cuddles soon put a smile back on their faces. Long may Daybreaks be the oasis of care it is.

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 21 Aug 11:18



I really hope this weekend brings some forever homes for the Daybreaks residents, some have waited so patiently, and they all deserve a home to call their own. I am keeping my fingers crossed for all the boys and girls xxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 20 Aug 22:28



We had lots of help today :) Our boys and girls all had a nice long walk this morning and more walks again this afternoon. It was a really pleasent walking type of day!

The very handsome Ashley came in for a pamper with Lucy. He was such a good boy. :)

We have lots of lovely Greyhounds at the kennels waiting for that special someone to come along, take them home and love them. It's so sad there are so many on our waiting list. Some of the boys have been waiting a long time to come into the kennels for a chance of a forever home.

If you are thinking of adopting a dog please consider a Greyhohund, they make wonderful pets!

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 19 Aug 17:10



A fairly quiet day today. All dogs managed to have morning walks. As we were short of volunteers this afternoon the kids all had a play with some toys in the run. Thank you to our volunteers for all your help today, as always much appreciated. We did have 2 bookings for the newly extended sand run, I think all the dogs enjoyed it. Thanks too for the donations of bedding, toys, doggie stuff and treats.
Sadly no viewings today, fingers crossed for a good week on that front. X

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by Thethirdronnie

Sunday 19 Aug 14:59



Loveheart, Barney lives with trauma everyday - his sister supports Aston Villa and his dad supports West Bromwich Albion. Need I say more! Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 18 Aug 22:50



No homes found for any of our residents today :( Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Thank you to all our visitors today. Thank you to everyone who popped in and donated bedding and food. :) We are so grateful.

Our lovely previous Daybreaks lad Coffee paid us a visit with his Mom. He looks so happy:) It's so nice when we see old faces, wonderful to see them enjoying their new lives after their racing is over. :) xx

We also saw Nifty after he had been helping show people how brilliant Greyhounds are at Melbicks. He was so proud wearing his "uniform" It tells everybody he is happy and homed. :)))

Thanks for everyone's help today. Xxx

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by loveheart

Saturday 18 Aug 21:56



hooray" Fat neck Finn has gone down a hole on his collar ! but alas has now gone up a hip size. Think it may be comfort eating due r the "cat attack" Has barney had some trauma to make him go back to shredding I wonder? Finn would like to shred the cat but I told him aunty Ruth would not approve of that and anyway he would no doubt come off worse again. lol

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by loveheart

Friday 17 Aug 21:02



Lovely to hear Nanny has been reserved and then so sad to hear Leo was running free. I have not met many of the Grey's who leave us, but always feel the pain for them and their owners. It truly is a special family who sometimes never meet but all have Daybreaks holding them together in it's heart. So let's all make the remembrance night on September 15th a big family affair, and raise lot's of money for the hounds yet to find a forever home. They are all special and this night will celebrate the lives of the ones we so loved and have lost. Gone but never ever forgotten.x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 17 Aug 17:30



It was a quiet Friday today, only a couple of visitors through the door all day - but one of those visitors ended up reserving the lovely Nanny!

We had lots of helpers, including a volunteer from HSBC, so the boys & girls had two walks and the more energetic ones had some sand run playtime this afternoon too.

As it was so quiet I went on another mopping and cleaning mission round the kennels! It makes me smile when mopping the block corridors to see the different reactions from the inmates. Some can't even be bothered to lift their heads to look, whilst with others it's just like Wimbledon as their heads follow the mop back and forth!

Jet was fine today, he is such a gentle boy although he wasn't impressed when his pals went out on their walks and he had to stay behind!

I've bought my tickets for the remembrance evening on 15th September, it will be such a lovely evening getting together to remember our hounds who are now playing at Rainbow Bridge. Give the kennels a call to reserve yours, or if you can't make it on the night we can light a candle on your behalf for a donation of £2.50

Well the weekend is upon us yet again, and as it's Friday it must be time for wine! I've had a lovely day today and am keeping my fingers crossed for some more red signs across the weekend.

Thanks to all today's helpers, happy weekend all.

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 16 Aug 22:48



It was Jet's turn to go off to the vets to be neutered today. Poor lad was very stressed at the vets. :( Thankfully all went well and when I went to collect him this afternoon he was back to being his usual happy self and enjoyed some dinner. :))

Ruth had the very pleasent task of visiting Diddy and his new family to complete his adoption paperwork, we are all so very happy for him. Xxx

Pete continued work on the kitchen, it's starting to take shape. Unfortunately he discovered more rotten wood than we expected so it has slowed things down a little.

Thanks to Richard and Alan for putting the big board with all the kennel details on up on the wall. It's much easier to see who is where without having to grovel on the floor to read it!

The Canine Massage Therapy ladies were here for the day. They loved all the dogs they worked on and the dogs loved all the extra attention! I watched them at work for a while. It was really interesting and quite a different type of Massage to what I was expecting. Greyhounds are good to work on as they really don't mind lieing still for a while!

Many thanks to Alan and Paddy for bringing in doughnuts for us all and lots of tins of Sardines for our Daybreaks residents! Doughnuts are a Thursday fixture now!! :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 15 Aug 23:11



Well yet another busy day today. We saw 2 dogs off to their forever homes, Emily now Ebony and Jean now Angel.
Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers, the dogs had 2 walks as the weather was cooler, much better for them and our vounteers!
We had some lovely donations of tinned fish for the hounds, thank so very much.
The kennels office had a bit of a tidy up and looks good. I went with Ruth to our Swan office to drop some stuff off, wow what an amazing space that is.
Remember tickets for our remembrance night are on sale now, £5.00 per ticket which includes a lovely jacket potato and a candle in a glass holder with pawprint embellishment for you to light and remember our Rainbow Bridge hounds.
Tickets are also now available for the annual Daybreaks show, this year not only will you have top class entertainment performed by our braver team of staff and volunteers, but also I am told there will be some lovely hot food to accompany this too. Book your tickets as soon as possible, this will be an amazing evening (as always) to remember!
Thanks to Simon for coming in and doing some more work in the sand run. Don't forget the run is available to book all week, and has now been extended even further!
Take care all. Jo xxxx

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by loveheart

Tuesday 14 Aug 22:41



Poor Fat neck Finn just as we where going to get stuck in with his "Fat to Finn" diet program the vet gave him an anti-inflammatory for his cat induced injury and a side effect of this medication is increased appetite in some cases. Unfortunately he is one of them. I saw him looking longingly at a pigeon and told him "if you catch it you eat it"
he looked at me as if to say "I was trying to do that with the cat and look where it got me!!!" lol
He finishes the med today so hopefully will be back to his usual normal gluttony. Could I book 2 jacket potatoes for him at the remembrance night Ruth. Let's all light up the sky with our candles on 15th September because I am sure our Angels will be looking down watching with Foxy in charge xx

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by henlady

Tuesday 14 Aug 18:43



Ruth,I was so very sorry to read of your loss and having lost 2 Greys myself in the last 6 months I know just how you feel.Try and take comfort in the knowledge of all the lovely times you had together.
Jay and Petal have settled very well now,both are still very strong on the lead if we see a cat,am hoping I can manage them on my own once Barry starts his bowls in the mornings and cant come with me !!!
Am glad to see that dear Diddie is still being fostered do hope that works out for him ,he so deserves a nice home.As do all your other lovely Greys,its such a shame there are so many waiting ,don't think things will ever change until they stop breeding so many in Ireland
Wish we lived closer then I would be at the kennels many times a week but the journey from Rugby is a bit much!!

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 13 Aug 22:31



I had fun today helping Pete strip more out from the kitchen... boy - it was not good for my asthma :-( It was fab seeing Mr Jimmy Brindle today however he didn't seem too impressed.... I am sure the looks he was giving was 'I have my new life now and who are you?!'

I health checked cheeky girl Eillie, Will, Brandy and Mr Naughty Pants Nick spent some time in the office - he is such a fabulous boy!

Just logging on I have noticed that Sara has added loads of photos of Foxy to this page..... such happy memories of such a legend of a little fella - boy do I miss him however feel so blessed I was able to have him for a quarter of my life!!!! If you look at the events section, I have arranged a remembrance night at the kennels - a special evening to remember all our lost but loved ones.... I hope you can come x

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 13 Aug 22:16



Both Teddy and Treaty seemed to have recovered from their recent neutering ops. They were much happier today. :))

Sweet little Jet went home today. Wishing her a very happy new life with her new family. :) Apologies to Barney's Mom and Sister for the long wait while Jet's paperwork was completed. It was lovely to see you both. I am sure Barney will like the new pet tag you ordered for him. :)

We had a visit from Lola and Jimmy this morning. They came to use the run, both of them looked very well and happy! Xx

Horsey's Mom popped in to see us to let us know how her lad is getting on. He is doing great and all the family adore him! So very happy for him. Xx

We were a little short of helpers this afternoon, thanks to Sara for taking most of the dogs into the sand run and to James for his help with feeding.

The run is looking good, it's so very long! :) The new enclosure for the chickens is great, gives them lots more room.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 12 Aug 22:17



Riasdad, It was lovely to see you both yesterday. I'm sure Ria forgot all about her corns when she got her treat from the chippy! Thanks so much for the tins of fish and the donation of Shelby's coats. So kind of you. Xxx

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by riasdad

Sunday 12 Aug 16:05



Thank you all at the kennels yesterday for making me and Ria so
welcome. Ria is walking so much better today now those two huge corns removed and her nails trimmed. It only cost me two jumbo sausages and some roast chicken from the chippy to cheer her up again!. I will fit Greyhound stickers will go onto my van as soon as it stops raining.

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by shanishoo

Sunday 12 Aug 13:30



Fat neck Finns antics are brilliant, always makes me laugh, he sounds a real character and so much fun xxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 11 Aug 23:42



A much cooler day today. The dogs enjoyed morning and afternoon walks. :)

Poor Treaty wasn't a happy boy. He was neutered yesterday and was obviously not feeling brilliant, spent a lot of the day crying. :( Hopefully he will feel better tomorrow. He is a really lovely lad, very affectionate. He really wanted lots of cuddles today. Xx

Ruth, Andy, Steve and Sarah managed to reconstruct the chicken coop and they are happily back where they belong. :)

Thanks to everyone for their help...sadly no homes found for any of our beautiful hounds today :(( Maybe tomorrow!

Xxx

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by loveheart

Saturday 11 Aug 19:19



Up date on Fat neck Fin's assault by a cat. Now on antibiotic and anti-inflammatory he seems mostly back to his old "eat your own body weight" in one meal, self. He had only just started a very flexible "diet" when this happened and now he is off down the garden again after his breakfast eating all the birds brown bread ! and drooling watching Nina finish hers. He does however have a bad case of post traumatic stress and cannot go in the conservatory where the dastardly deed took place without having flashbacks of having a cat hanging his your face!!! Good job hubby is a therapist lol

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by mary/john

Saturday 11 Aug 17:55



The sand run is looking great! Got loads of more space and a tractor to smooth the sand over! It will be excellent for the greys and other breeds to run and play. Good news for the hens as they have their own space now as well... xxxx

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by helenanddave

Saturday 11 Aug 12:15



They're always with us - just a blink away. Still sometimes think I catch sight of my brindle girl Tia and she has been gone 4 years now. They get so deep inside our hearts. much love. xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 11 Aug 06:57



As Shanesmum said, it was one of those days where you can’t seem to accomplish much as the phone was so busy too so after the gates had locked from the outside I set to work!

Four hours later the skip had been filled, so had the shed and the storage roller shutter and I can now get into my treatment room in preparation for today as we have poor poppy coming to have her pads trimmed as well as a few corns to dig out! Huge thanks to Angie for keeping me away from the brink of crying all day.... several times I’m sure I heard or caught a sight of a fawn dog out the corner of my eye..... :-( xx

As the sand run extension is now finished I’ve just go to get the tractor out and rake it and we are ready for action ! If you’d like to book it - give us a call!

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by sirenmelody

Friday 10 Aug 17:47



Such sad news re Foxy at an already difficult time. Saying goodbye never gets any easier. Take heart from the fact he was loved and well looked after. Our condolences. X

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by Shanesmum

Friday 10 Aug 17:39



Today was one of those days when you seem to be on the go constantly but don't seem to accomplish much!

An early start saw Ruth take Treaty off to the Vet for his castrate, so with no volunteers I did my chambermaid duties for all the boys & girls!

There were lots of health checks to do, which kept me out of mischief during the morning!

Jet's new family came to visit her on her birthday, they are so excited about taking her home next week. The best news of the morning though was seeing Diddy trot happily off to his foster home - fingers crossed for this gorgeous boy.

Kenny brought his new Mum in for a visit - he is looking great and is doing very well, he is a much loved boy.

We had some helpers this afternoon so the boys and girls managed to get a walk, although the heavens opened on the last trip and soaked everybody!! We had a few rumbles of thunder too, but it soon passed over thankfully.

Work on the sand run is progressing well, and with our new kitchen and the extension to the cat room under construction, we are really excited to see the improvements to our facilities up and running.

The weekend is upon us again, we have viewings booked so fingers crossed please that we can send some more boys and girls out to start a new life and make way for some newcomers to start out on their path to the future.

As it's Friday it must be wine day!! A nice glass of red tonight I think as it's gone cool and dull. Happy weekend all.

Angie xx

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by jetlucy

Friday 10 Aug 07:21



So so sorry to hear about foxy. My heart and thoughts are with you Ruth. God bless foxy xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 09 Aug 23:40



Two more new arrivals today :) Tall handsome Roary and very pretty little Jean. We were just contemplating who to pair Jean up with when she was reserved! :)) Fast work! x

It was a sad day for Ruth, she gave Foxy a lovely home. Hoping our current Daybreaks residents will all be lucky enough to find a home where they will be loved as much as Foxy was in his. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today.

Xxx

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by crackercharlieX

Thursday 09 Aug 22:40



So so sad to say goodbye to Fox today! Gonna miss having the big fella stay with me n my boys. Hope you don't mind Ruth but i've added some pictures of Foxy n ones of him with Charles n Fluff. RIP mate, xxxxx

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by debbie

Thursday 09 Aug 22:03



It is so satisfying! I was worried I was squeezing out pigment! Timmy looks so much better now and is growing fur on his tummy. I also use a facial wash on his tummy occasionally. He likes that! Bryn has been with us 9 years and has a pink skinned belly fully covered in bright white fur!

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by Lucy&Ellie

Thursday 09 Aug 21:56



Hello everyone! It seems we're running low on tins of fish and dog meat for our lovely doggies, so this is a small plea to anyone who could spare us a few tins, the girls and boys would be really grateful! They are particularly fond of pilchards and sardines! :) thank you! xx

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by jetlucy

Thursday 09 Aug 20:46



Hehe skinny me, I was over the moon when I realised the tummy spots were like black heads I could squeeze...So satisfying! Luckily get doesn't mind me getting them and in true jet style just chills and relaxes! And oh no poor fin...think he's going to have to learn 90% of the time cats will win! He'd have a heart attack here with the 5 cats, 2guinea pigs, chickens, quails and budgies bombing around! Hey does have to put up with some things living with us! Xxx

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by shanishoo

Thursday 09 Aug 20:31



Oh poor Finn, hope he feels better soon, his antics do make me chuckle though xxxx

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by skinnyme

Thursday 09 Aug 20:14



Hi Debbie, re: photo 9, yes they are dirt spots and can be easily squeezed out, very satisfying if youre into that sort of thing. ????

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by loveheart

Thursday 09 Aug 19:21



Picture This---2 small furry creature hating Greyhounds and a suicidal cat trapped after trespassing into our small conservatory through an open door. Guess who ended up at the vets. Yes you guessed Fat neck Finn. !!! The cat had bit his ear and muzzle (Nina waited outside as both could not get through the door) before rushing past him out of the door past the getaway driver Nina and off down the garden unscathed !!! Cleaned the wounds and put some antiseptic treatment on what looked like a tiny wound in the ear. Luckily I had booked a vet appointment because suddenly it became very tender and so off to the vets we went this am. Temp was 40 and he is now on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. 2 hours after he he had the medication the abcess burst, funnily on the outside of the ear. He seems more comfortable but not eating as much, so definately not himself. Poor lad is now frightened to go in the conservatory. No doubt the cat is NOT lol

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by debbie

Thursday 09 Aug 18:36



Hi, need to spend some time reading the diary!
With regards to photo 9, the spotty tummy, what is this? Trying to find the diary entry. Timmy ( Autumn James) who we adopted in December had exactly this. It’s improved a bit; it’s like dirt that can be squeezed out and a few actual spots. Look forward to finding out! X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 08 Aug 19:37



Well I survived the day. All dogs able to go on walks did so this morning thanks to our Wednesday walkers. This afternoon as we were very low on volunteers they all had a lovely groom. It was lovely to see Jill back after her holiday looking really well. We had 2 new arrivals, Jet, a bouncy playful boy and Rosy, a lovely sweet little girl. They managed to have their welcome bath and be put on the website. The phone went crazy this afternoon, so Denise ended out doing the bathings and then feeding all the kennel dogs. Diddy was a little unsettled, so he spent the afternoon in the office with me whilst I booked in our new arrivals watching the coming and goings, when he had enough people watching he lay down beautifully. Hope I didn't break anything too badly.
Horse is settling well as are Kenny and Pebbles, each have their own little quirks which each of their families are working on, just remember if you are worried or having any issues you would like help with, we are on the end of the phone to offer help, support and advice. Take care all. Jo xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Wednesday 08 Aug 13:58



Hey Jo, you are doing great. Here's to 20 more years of greyhound ownership and working at Daybreaks! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Tuesday 07 Aug 21:29



Ruth, I am sure I can cope. I may not have been there very long, but just to put people's minds at rest I have had greyhounds for almost 20 years. Hope that this reassures everyone. Xxxx

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 07 Aug 21:14



Get well foxy! Keeping fingers and paws crossed xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Tuesday 07 Aug 20:40



Praying Foxy recovers quickly. Xxx

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by mary/john

Tuesday 07 Aug 19:49



Lots of love to foxy get well soon. Xxx

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 07 Aug 19:38



Ruth, I am keeping my fingers crossed for Foxy, and I hope his new Meds help him, please take care of yourself, you take on so much to help these hounds, we are all grateful for all you and the Daybreaks team do every single day xxxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 07 Aug 19:27



Thanks for all the comments everyone - knowing we have your support really keeps us going! Sorry for such a negative comment on our diary the other day but I am dealing with a very poorly Foxy and this morning he collapsed again. I am praying the new meds he was started on on Monday may help - please keep everything crossed for my little fella.

Today was another busy and emotional day - First thing the chap came to continue work on the sand run so as we have the fencing down in one section, we have had to cancel all bookings for the next few days. Bounty was dropped off this morning by her new Dad so I could take her to the vets for the second part of her dental along with Teddy who went in for neutering.

I then headed off to Rugby with Angie to keep me company to see how Petal was settling in with Jay and smiles on our faces - her new mum and dad signed the paperwork. It is so lovely to see such happy dogs and people!

We then headed to another part of Rugby to collect Diddy. Sadly he is getting increasingly stressed around the visiting grandchildren and as they are a big part of the family, sadly the decision was to return him. It was heartbreaking leaving him in his kennel this evening as he was so stressed. The M6 was awful so it took ages to get back and then I was off to the vets to collect Teddy and Bounty. Poor Bounty is now more gums than teeth bless her but greyhounds are sadly prone to dental problems. Her dad couldn't wait to collect her this afternoon :-)

Kate, meanwhile at the kennels, ensured the smooth running of everything and sadly saw Brandy returned. Sadly he is not getting on with the other greys in the family.

Tomorrow is paperwork and escape day for me and I am leaving the kennels in the capable hands of Jo..... good luck Jo..... I'm always at the end of the phone if you need me! x

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by helenanddave

Tuesday 07 Aug 18:51



There is nothing really to add to all the comments people have already posted on here. So we're just sending love and hugs and hope you know how much everyone admires you and think what you do is amazing. xx

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by Nifty'sMom&Dad

Tuesday 07 Aug 15:43



Ruth - you & your team go way above & beyond what you do for the greys. You certainly cannot do any more. Yes there are lows for you but always remember there are loads of highs. Nifty sends you a special cuddle to cheer you up

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by Thethirdronnie

Tuesday 07 Aug 14:21



Ruth my love, think of all the wonderful hounds who have found their forever home because of you and your gang work so very very hard to give them a better life. Many more adoptions are successful than fail. You all do an amazing job bring love and homes to these hounds. I dread the day you have no hounds to rehome as it will mean that the breed is at real risk of dying out and that would be such a huge shame. As always your hard work will bring homes. I just wish TC would let me have a brother or sister for Florence (he threatened divorce last time I mentioned it). Xxx

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by loveheart

Tuesday 07 Aug 10:46



Ruth you are my hero. The work you and all at Daybreaks do is amazing and must take so much out of you physically and even more emotionally. You can not do more than you do to get the waiting lists down. The problem lies with track closures since racing boomed in the 20s to over 100 tracks. I believe we are now down to nearly single figures around the country, and not sure if the same number of greys are being bread as then. Without the RGT and all you wonderful people we could never even keep track of what happens to these beautiful hounds who add so much to our lives (wonder boy foxy is a great example even if he has been a git--- at times he is your sweet soul lol) So come on, you will never loose your passion gal, we won't let you, just sometimes you need to be told you can do no more than you do. We and the hounds love you very much xx

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by PamD

Tuesday 07 Aug 10:00



You can’t do anymore than your doing Ruth.
Please don’t blame yourself. You go above and beyond as it is!!

To anyone thinking about adopting a Greyhound please remember we have thousands here in the UK waiting for their forever sofas.

Also remember for every grey homed from Daybreaks another can come in from our waiting list.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Tuesday 07 Aug 09:06



Ruth...as people have commented without you and all your hard work we would not have our hounds, God knows what would happen to so many of these dogs if if Daybreaks had never opened, doesn't bear thinking about. People don't realise that you don't 'down tools' when the kennel doors close for the day you carry on with the stuff you couldn't get done during opening hours. I know it is such a very difficult time for you at the moment, and all we can do is give you all the support we can. I know i am still getting to grips with the kennel workings, but please if there is anything you can delegate please do so. As a team we can only do what we can, the key here is everyone at Daybreaks does work as a team. I think that everyone who knows you would never doubt your love and commitment to the greys and your kennels so never doubt this, you cannot physically do more than you do. I know it is difficult sometimes, be strong. Jo xxxxxx

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by NMD07

Tuesday 07 Aug 08:34



Ruth, I know words aren’t much help - but yourself, Kate and Jo and all the others that walk though the door to give their time do a fantastic job. Looking in there has been lots of returnees lately - is it part of the ‘instant’ world - you can get everything sent to your door and do anything at any time - do people want the instant perfect greyhound? ? With any problems seeing them returning them as you would a piece of clothing.
Be strong and keep going forward - without you we wouldn’t have our girls, nor holes in the walls (Breeze), we may get a whole nights sleep (could be anyone) but can you imagine what they wouldn’t have with out you???? Xxxx

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 07 Aug 07:27



Ruth, think you all do an amazing job and i can imagine how you must worry but just remember, if it wasn't for you non of these pooches would have had a second chance and be as happy as they are! You're an angel! Xxx

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 07 Aug 07:10



All the comments yesterday have also been on my mind all night as I am sure they have on a lot of people who post on here, everybody at Daybreaks does a fantastic job and give their all to find these wonderful hounds forever homes, there is nothing more you could do, you are all amazing people, I really don't know how you do the job you do, but thank God you do. We are all behind you 100%. Xxxxxxxxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 07 Aug 06:32



Spent much of the night worrying.... Our waiting list has almost reached 100.... 36 were added in July and we just can’t keep up with the pressure of trying to rehome along with another returnee today.... we are doing all we can but it is heartbreaking and frustrating and wish there was more I could do....

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by jetlucy

Monday 06 Aug 22:36



Totally agree with all your comments below. Think we've all struggled with any new animal not just a dog/grey at some point and think you have to remember 'it's not their little faults'. They are all different as we as humans are and that's what makes the world to round, it would be boring if we were all the same! But very much so, let these 'puppies' settle and you won't find a more loyal 'child'!. And I think Jo's comment is the one most stuck with me...cherish your beauty as they sadly won't be around forever, which breaks my heart just to think about it and i pray I am lucky enough to have my little boy for many many years to come xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 06 Aug 20:13



Today was emotional and tomorrow will be too. But, the focus of Daybreaks is to find loving homes for our hounds. Sometimes it is difficult and disheartening, other days are full of joy and happiness that a hound has found a forever home. Staff and volunteers make this their goal, and whilst it can be difficult for new owners as Lucy pointed out we are on the end of the phone to offer help and advice to those who want it. Hug your hounds tonight and remember just how truly special they are, they are not with us forever. Jo xxxxx

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by Alan&Pam

Monday 06 Aug 17:43



The message is simple when adopting, give the dog time and space. When we adopted Ele she was a little madam and came very close to being returned after 2 days. Thankfully we got plenty of advice and help and slowly she settled. She needed time to find her place in the pack and it wasn't at the top! We watched the stress and fear slowly leave her eyes to be replaced by trust and contentment. Had we acted in haste then we would have missed out big time. Ele became the most loving happy girl we could ever have wished for and she was like a mother to Paddy. Without her help then Paddy might not have settled so well and so quickly into our family.I know it can be daunting trying to help a new dog settle but think everything about a home, the sights and sounds etc are a totally new experience. The end reward will be a loving loyal pet who will repay you over and over. As Lucy said help and advice is only a phone call away xx

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by blackisbeautiful

Monday 06 Aug 17:41



We are totally gutted for Daybreak's when after all their hard work dogs are returned but know we should never judge people I've told our story before of our wonderful grey Ele who we wanted to return due to issues she had towards our other grey...however after much help and advice from RGT staff her 'issues' were sorted Still now having lost her to bone cancer 2 years ago, I feel guilty having ever thought about returning her...for Ele turned into the most wonderful loving sloppiest grey you could wish for and we miss that girl so much Don't give up on them too soon...there's a hidden gem inside these frightened and confused beautiful grey's x X x

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by NMD07

Monday 06 Aug 16:48



Or Lucy and Ellie there are the other sort of people who spent about half an hour with Jato at the Stratford walk, then picked her up a week or so later!! She is still here, I had a wobble just after adopting all three but having just walked through the house and stepping over three flat out black beauty’s I wouldn’t be with out any of them. Xxx

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by Caro

Monday 06 Aug 16:38



I can only echo what has been said before. These hounds have to adapt to any number of things they have never encountered before washing machines, tv’s, radio, new environment need I go on. You have to give them time to adjust I always with my dogs non greys and greys have let them have their “safe” zone normally their bed where they can go if unsure and know that they will be left alone there. Also establishing a routine also helps they really are creatures of habit and seem to respond to this. But most of all please please give them time to adjust.

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by loveheart

Monday 06 Aug 15:10



So sorry Ruth to hear the sad news about Nick and possibility of more returnees, but reading Reubens history shows that although it took him time to find his forever home he really ended up loved and treasured, and although it is such a sudden thing they did the right thing in letting him go saving him a lot of suffering. I do feel for them, we have all been there. Fostering is a great thing most of the time. If you buy a puppy it is usually chaos for a week or two because they have been taken away from mom and siblings to a strange new place. You don't normally take it back to the breeder though. 2 weeks down the line after a few sleepless nights and sometimes a chewed up house usually you will have a dog started on the road to be a super pet. This is what I think we need to remember. The Greys have had no more experience of a home than a puppy but they do learn fast like a puppy. As Ruth says sometimes it is not meant to be, but please give these "puppies" a chance.
All you need is love (and maybe patience) Hang on in there Nick, 2 of our hounds had waited a year for a forever home before we found each other and they where our soulmates in no time. Here endeth the epistle LOL

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by Lucy&Ellie

Monday 06 Aug 13:23



It’s so sad to hear about dogs being returned, I do think people need to remember they’re taking home a work in progress when they adopt, not a perfect dog, and some dogs take a little more work than others. That’s why it’s so so important to spend as much time with your chosen dog as you can before taking them home, you’ll start to grow a bond before even taking them home if you do that, which would make the settling in period less daunting for both you and your prospective hound! As a volunteer I can’t tell you how delighted we are to see people come and visit their new family member as much as they can before taking them home, it’s lovely to see! Don’t forget whenever you visit you can pick Ruth, Kate and Jo’s brains about things you want to know/find out, they do say knowledge is power!

Speaking from personal experience there were a few times I have genuinely thought about giving Ellie back and having her rehomed because she’s such a naughty girl (those who know… know!) and it makes me ashamed to say that because I love her so much, despite her constant appetite! With all the help I had from Daybreaks I was able to overcome the wobbles I was having and am now loving (nearly) every minute of owning her, it’s so rewarding! The most important things the majority of these dogs need when entering a new home is time and patience, and if that’s not enough like I mentioned before, Ruth, Kate and Jo are just on the other end of the phone to give you some support and advice! Please give these wonderful doggies a fair chance, they’ll make it up to you tenfold! xx :)

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 06 Aug 12:52



loveheart - it has been so busy recently at the kennels - but with all the highs have to come the lows and I was broken hearted to see Nick returned back to the kennels this morning after only one day. It is such a major life change for these precious souls to adapt to a new life - so some it do well and others really struggle.... I know I would if I was put in a strange environment away from everything and everyone I am used to. Along with this, we are waiting on the possibility of more returnees due to different circumstances so watch this space.

I can understand the stress of taking a newbie into a home and I am not judging anyone - please don't think I am - but it is so disheartening for us to have a returnee for any reason but fate plays a hand and if it is meant to be, it will happen. :-((((

I had to take Foxy to the vets this morning - he is 13 in December and I had him from the age of 14 weeks. Believe me, there were many times I could have happily rehomed him but I have gone through good and bad with him. He is struggling due to a disc problem and I know the time to call it a day is looming so I am going to make the most of my little git!!!!!

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by loveheart

Monday 06 Aug 12:07



It is so good to see how many re-homed, reserved, and fostered Greys there are on the site now. Great work guys.So many are on the waiting list still, so their places are taken ASAP.
I look forward to the day when these lists are not so daunting, but not sure how this can be achieved, as there are so many. Daybreaks you do wonderful caring work and I don't know how you manage to keep your motivation going when you have such daily challenges. I believe it comes every time you look into a Greys eyes, they always seem to be happy and hopeful for the future. Only Fat neck Finn is the exception, he never looks in my eyes just at my hands to see if there is food in them LOL BLESS

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by Greyhoundcraze

Monday 06 Aug 11:23



Thankyou the Thethirdronnie, everyone seems so very friendly xx

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by bluespriest

Monday 06 Aug 11:04



Pleased to meet you Greyhoundcraze, welcome x

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by Thethirdronnie

Sunday 05 Aug 21:15



Welcome Greyhoundcraze! Xx

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by Greyhoundcraze

Sunday 05 Aug 20:07



Good evening, sounds like it has been a busy day at Daybreaks today! Well done to each and every one of you who work together to help the greys - it is great to see.

I homed two greys direct from a trainer but had lots of support from my local RGT at the time so love the RGTS work. I have now moved to your area so thought I would take a look on here. I love the idea of the Diary keeping everyone updated, I just don't know how you fit it all into one day!!!!

I have some clothes and shoes that I no longer need - in good condition and have watched and ironed them. Would they be any use to you before I take them to the charity shop? I would rather give the money to help the Greyhounds.

Let me know.

Trish, Clappers and Duffey xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 05 Aug 19:18



Another very hot and busy day today. Again many thanks to all our vounteers. Morning walks were done, the afternoon was very quiet for volunteers so this taken up with grooming (Clive) health checks (Bella and Alina) and playing in the run with large containers filled with water and toys, thanks Tina. Willie especially enjoyed this.
This morning saw Mr Nick, New girl Emily and Kenny all go out on Foster (may need more FFP T-shirts at this rate)!!!
Lorna was busy with pampers, and we had 3 dogs come to use the sand run, they enjoyed it and have booked again for next week. we also had a lovely couple come to look around and ask questions about greyhound and what sort of pet they make, Greyt ones I said.
Hope Ruth and Andy had a very well deserved couple of days away, hope I haven't done anything to stress her out too much when she gets back (oh please I hope not, I did manage to leave my handbag behined today though). Thanks guys, you are fab. Jo. Xxx

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by loveheart

Sunday 05 Aug 16:57



WOW Think you might need some more FFP tee shirts fingers crossed. It is a great way to find forever homes without pressure and so you can get to know the hound and they can get to know you,and also see how wonderful home life can be. Plus the chance that "treats" will be on tap! (Fat neck Finn said to mention this as is it was very important to him when deciding to stay with us lol)

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 04 Aug 22:57



Phew! A very busy day. :)

Horsey went off to his new home this morning. He looked so smart in his new harness and very own collar! Thank you so much to his lovely new family for giving him a chance of a forever home. :)

Bob collected our new arrival from the track this morning, a very beautiful little girl called Emily. She is very sweet and a little stressed in her new surroundings at the moment. Xx

Pretty little Jet was reserved today! So happy for her. :)

It was great to see Shanni, Ken and Dexter this afternoon. Dexter was hoping to find a friend as he is so sad and missing Jack very much. He didn't find the right one this time but I'm sure he will. Bless him. Xx

Pebbles new family came to visit her. She is all signed up and will be going home with them after she is neutered on Monday. :)

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. We were quite low on helpers. Lots of love to Angie and Michael for doing everything this morning and to Sara and Jayne who did all the feeding and everything else this afternoon!!! :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 03 Aug 18:03



Thanks Angie. I got the part where you said Jo was left in charge and then read, and I quote, this is where it went all wrong!! Thankfully, I carried on reading and realised you meant your warehouse trip. Sigh of relief and warm glass of rose!!! Jo x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 03 Aug 17:31



Today was a very different day!!

It started off normally enough, with Ruth taking Leo to the Vet for his castrate and, thanks to our helpers, the boys & girls enjoyed a walk this morning.

Mid morning saw the lovely Sully, now called Sunny, go off to his new home. Wishing him and his new family many happy times ahead.

Just before lunch Ruth asked me if I would pop to the warehouse with her - so we headed off leaving Jo in charge.

Oh dear - this is where it all went wrong!! We got caught up in a mega traffic jam on the M6 and after about 40 minutes we had only travelled along the slip road and just managed to join the motorway! It was literally 3 lanes of stationary traffic.

As it was hot and we were going nowhere fast, Ruth switched the engine off. You've guessed it - when she tried to switch it back on it refused to start!

The driver of the van behind us very kindly tried to bump start us, but when he couldn't we had to get the van across to the hard shoulder and call out the breakdown services.

We had a long wait, and a very lovely lorry driver on pulling up alongside us, gave us a bottle of lovely cold water - Slam Transport of Coventry you have a great driver there.

Eventually we saw the flashing lights of a recovery truck approaching - yay, except he wasn't for us!! However, Josh the driver said he would have a look and see if he could get us going - which he duly did before carrying on down the hard shoulder to find his actual call out!!

We got to the warehouse and back without any further excitement as the traffic was flowing again. Huge thanks to the good Samaritans who came to our aid today - it really restores your faith in humanity.

When we eventually got back to the kennels, afternoon feeding was over and all the Greys were settled down for the evening!

I think after an experience like that it is definitely chilled white wine time this evening, whilst Jo tell me she is going to partake of some warm Rose. There is never a dull moment at Daybreaks!

We have some new arrivals scheduled for the weekend, and more viewings booked so fingers crossed that our current trend of red signs continues.

Angie xx

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by loveheart

Thursday 02 Aug 17:33



Such sad news, but at least Charlie had the gift of a home and left this earth as a beloved pet who will always be in their hearts.
So here is my Grey's prayer for all the boys and girls still waiting at Daybreaks and everywhere
I awake each morning, hoping today is the day,
That someone kind will take me home to stay.
If love is the answer
If love is the key
Can anyone out there spare some for me.?

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 01 Aug 20:13



Today was great. Again a massive thanks to our Wednesday walkers and new volunteer Joe.
Lucy had a booking for a pamper for Skip (the 1st dog I bathed, and also the 2nd!) and his brother Bert which I helped with, both looked and smelled lovely.
Thanks for the donations of bedding.
Darren and Ruth put the new kitchen cabinets where we think the are going to go, it will look so fantastic when finished.
Great to see lovely Sully reserved, so very happy for him, long time coming!
Kenny went off for his neutering this morning, thanks Lisa for collecting him, he was not too happy with his cone of shame, but had his dinner and went straight into his kennel, good boy. His new mom called to see how he was.
Denise is a wonder, never stops, thanks to her and to Paul who stayed for afternoon feeding.
Ruth, I hope you managed to make a dent in your paperwork.
So many rehoming and reservations in the past couple of weeks, all due everyone's hard work .xxx

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by loveheart

Wednesday 01 Aug 16:58



Have just read ALL of Daisy's history and what a wonderful story of love and commitment by her mom, and also by Daisy who was tempted out of her anxieties because she had found "the one" who believed in her and gave it her all so that they could spend wonderful times together. Happy Birthday Daisy, and many more to come, love really is all, YOU GO GIRLS xx

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by mutbags

Wednesday 01 Aug 14:46



Oh my goodness gang!! What an amazing job you are all doing, every time I look on here you have rehomed more hounds! I can't keep up with it at the moment. You are all doing an outstanding job, fantastic!! Well done and thankyou for all you do each and every day, Daybreaks has an incredible team!! Three cheers hip hip....hip hip.....hip hip, love you all and all those gorgeous hounds xxxx big love from Ronnie and Reggie too xxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 31 Jul 23:01



We had another visit from Sal the Cocker Spaniel this morning, she had a play in the sand run then met a few more of our boys and girls. Handsome Will was especially good with her. :))

Ruth went out to collect the last pieces of our kitchen. :)) Work should begin on it in the next few days.

Ruth also took Horsey to see his new home and carry out the home visit for him. He was great and she took a lovely photo of him running around in what will soon be his very own garden! So excited for him. :)

It was a good walking day; not too hot. :) Thanks to everyone for their help.

Kenny should hopefully be going off to be neutered tomorrow now his stomach upset has been sorted. It's Leo's turn on Friday...he has been getting rather "amorous" with some of the other dogs male and female, but has taken quite a liking to our lovely volunteer Lucy! His poor hormones are quite mixed up at the moment! Bless him.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 30 Jul 22:42



It was very weird to see an empty room where the kitchen used to be! Poor Louis was most put out when he arrived with Sara at lunchtime.

We are now using the kitchen at the back of the kennels. Took us all a while to stop going the wrong way! Can't wait to see the "new" kitchen. :))

Fabulous to see Sam now Rollo officially adopted. it didn't take long for him to get his little paws settled. He and Milly are a lovely couple. :)

Met the latest new arrivals Treaty and Nanny, both gorgeous!

Now Nick and Horse have been reserved, Sully is the last of the boys who arrived from the kennels of the trainer who had to give up keeping Greyhounds due to ill health. It would be wonderful to see him find his forever home too. He is a really happy and friendly lad.

Thanks so much to everyone for their help. it was a little chaotic at times today! :))

Xxx

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by loveheart

Monday 30 Jul 15:53



Update on Fat Neck Finn--(no surprisingly, he has not gone up another notch on his collar, yet !
The news is he has become a gentleman. When we come back from walks he usually gets to the water first and starts drinking, however as soon as Nina walks to it he steps back and lets her have her drink. She is a bit of a Diva and doesn't like two heads in the bowl at once lol so he stands behind her and waits,when she is done and walks off back he goes. Today I gave him a chew which he wasn't too keen on so he left it on his bed and came to see if anything else was available.
In the meantime Nina had taken the chew (which she doesn't like as it is quite big) and gone and laid on HIS bed and was happily chewing away at it. !! He came in saw her and when she wouldn't get out of his bed he lay down beside her and watched her devour it, drooling buckets. A gentleman is born, and girls will be girls lol

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 29 Jul 18:23



Nothing new but it was soooo busy at the kennels as usual today. We had the canine massage team in again which meant the inmates had a fabulous time whilst we started destroying the kitchen!!!! Over the next week we hope to finish it and can't wait - we have had really lovely kitchen units etc donated in - so it was time for a change and the kitchen wall that needed replacing as the wood was rotting has now been demolished!

We had two new arrivals, Nanny and Treaty and as Jo was doing the admin side I was able to help bath and do admitting health checks for a change which was great to do. When Nanny shook - it didn't matter when I was soggy anyway from the rain :-)

The rain didn't put us off either - it was a great not worrying about the dogs with the heat as we have been doing.

Petal went off for the day and Kenny's new owners came to visit him and then I was kept busy hunting for the engagement and wedding rings belonging to one of the canine massage team in the sand run that had dropped out of her pocket whilst in there!!!! We didn't need metal detectors as armed with the rakes we found both yay and this meant another job of looking after the run was done!!!!!

Massive thanks go to everyone who helped today especially our new volunteer Darren who emailed on Thursday to ask if we could use his help with any plumbing or odd jobs and he almost hasn't been home since :-))))

The fencing for the sand run should be completed Tuesday along with the base for our extended cat run so things are coming together.

I am just sorry we missed being able to go to the Games Day organised by Michelle - we hope you all had a great time xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 28 Jul 23:10



What a difference in the weather! But is was great to see some rain! :)

It was a really busy and special day at the kennels....

The boys, Saddle and Roy have finally found their forever home. Thank you so much to Helen, Andy and their Greyhound kids Peg and Eoin for making them part of their family. :))

Gorgeous little Pip was officially signed up and now has new brother
Archie to play with. :)

Absolutely Wonderful to see Horsey, Kenny and Pebbles all reserved today!! :))

Thank you so much to everyone who took a dog to the event at Sheldon Country Park today. Nick, Will and Petal all went along. I heard they all had a great time meeting lots of people and getting lots of cuddles! :)

Thanks so much to everyone who helped at the kennels today. We were a little short of walkers this morning but we were able to go on afternoon walks.

This afternoon Ruth, Andy and Darren went off to visit our good friends Bob and Margaret and dismantled their kitchen worktops and cupboards! They brought them back to hopefully fit in the kitchen at the kennels!! I hasten to add it was with their permission! :))) We will be all posh!

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Saturday 28 Jul 22:13



The lovely Petal, Will and Nick joined us today at Sheldon Coyntry Park and ALL enjoyed there special time away from the kennels... They were all very well behaved and lavised all the cuddles and affection they got... X

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by jetlucy

Saturday 28 Jul 17:58



That's lovely Loveheart...see another reason every family should have a grey! Xxx

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by loveheart

Friday 27 Jul 22:20



Well Fat neck Finn has a new fan. My grandchildren visited today from Bristol and had not met him before only Nina who is a small gentle soul. The 2 1/2 year old has had a few scares with barking bouncy dogs in their village so went behind her mom as soon as big Finn came towards her. They looked at each other and I said "he only wants to say hello, give him a stroke" he wagged his tail and out she came, straight up to him " Can I give him a huggle nanny" she said which translated is a cross between a hug and a cuddle I was informed "of course" I replied "be gentle". Well what a "huggle" it was, a little dot just about shoulder height to this big black boy both loving it,total trust.
All my Grey's have been wonderful with children, even the less confident ones, seem to have an affinity with each other. Mind you he was hoping there might be some food based treat in it from her. lol Bless

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by Shanesmum

Friday 27 Jul 17:55



Three words for today - hot, hot, hot!!

We had lots of helpers this morning and so the boys & girls had a gentle stroll under the trees in their cool coats - just enough to stretch their legs and do what needed to be done!!

The kennels rang to the sounds of drilling and hammering during the day as the first of many DIY jobs that have needed doing for ages were tackled. The door in the kitchen run was repaired, but the drilling was upsetting little Pebbles, so I popped her out into the big run and went to get a duvet for her to lie on.

Well, she decided to be very "helpy" and plonk herself down on the duvet before I could get the cover on it. She then tried to get in to the duvet cover, rolled all over the duvet so I couldn't get to it, and scraped the cover up into a heap! Eventually I did get the cover on the duvet, and we spent a lovely time having snuggles & cuddles. She is an absolute cutie, so affectionate and playful. x

This afternoon was very hot & sticky so the boys & girls had a lovely cooling towel down which I think they all appreciated.

We also had a viewing and more donations of bedding and towels - thanks so much.

After a hot & tiring day, I am now ready for my usual Friday evening glass of chilled white wine! And I'll make my usual Friday wish that the weekend brings new homes for some of our beautiful boys & girls.

Keep cool - Angie xx

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by loveheart

Thursday 26 Jul 19:18



Maybe horse needs another Grey with him. ? How does he get on with his kennel mate.? Sounds like he was really frightened, poor boy. It took him a while to get the hang of walking back to Daybreaks LOL. Obviously takes him a while to adapt. He may be a big boy but doesn't mean he cannot be afraid. If Ruth is asking for ideas with her all her experience we all need to get our thinking caps on and try and help poor Horse.

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 26 Jul 17:36



What a crackers day!!!! That will teach me to have a few days off!!! I took Kenny off to the vets first thing for his neutering only to have a call from the vets to say they couldn't operate as had a very upset tum as they sedated him and therefore had to cancel. I think the mention of him losing his baubles sent him into shock!!!!

Thanks to Lisa for collecting him as we were busy with Horse going out to foster, Will being returned, Teddy the new boy arriving and Winny going out to her new home. This was whilst I dealt with George and Maggie's corns, a visit from the Council and showing round a new volunteer who is happy to help with all aspects of maintenance - yay!

The sand in the run has been delivered and sorted and we will have the new fencing in place by next week! We had several donations of blankets, duvets, dog beds and a generous donation from Philip's owners who have been fundraising for us - thank you so much!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 25 Jul 20:05



What another hot day today, but thanks to our team of volunteers we managed to get morning and afternoon walks done. Thanks to Denise for heading off to Fivelands to collect some much needed medicatio. We had 2 viewings and both are coming back at the weekend with their other halfs to see the dogs they are interested in. So thanks to Paul for staying and helping with feeding whilst i showed the prospective homers around. Ruth/Kate I have left details in both the diary and notepad. All in all a very productive day. Jo xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 22 Jul 16:13



Whoooo what a busy day!!!! The canine massage team were in and all the inmates had a lovely time with the team. The few that didn't have the massage went on a short walk due to the heat.

I saw Bounty and Rosie off to their new homes and the lovely Sam is going to go out to foster on Tuesday. We had 3 lovely new arrivals - Jet, Pebbles and Raven and we have 3 more new arrivals tomorrow.

After falling badly this morning, I am hobbling my way off now with massive thanks to Andy and Alison who helped today and Michael and Angie who came in this afternoon to help with feeding. What a great day!!! x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 21 Jul 23:00



What a great day for our girls! Annie went home, Pip went out on "Foster" and Bounty and Rose were reserved!:)) Fantastic! Xxx

After a Girly Saturday we could do with a lads Sunday! Please come and meet our very handsome young genetlmen waiting to find forever homes. Xxx

Ricky took Sam out on a roadshow to Solihull today. He was brilliant with children and other dogs, big and small!

We had a lot of help today so the dogs had two lovely walks. Thanks so much to everyone.

We have three more new arrivals tomorrow and another threee more on Monday too. :))

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Saturday 21 Jul 21:56



Oh love heart I do love your stories, they're so funny! Finn sounds like one very spoilt and I'm glad you also have a drooling dog! Xxx

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by loveheart

Saturday 21 Jul 19:52



Well Finn unlike Barney will not take time away from food to keep you updated so I will have to keep on doing it for him. Been on holiday to Bude again and have had to put voile up to the picture window as Finn insists on making shapes legs akimbo right in front of it, All passers by can see is his bum and other appendages displayed. lol Mind you it does make people laugh. Think the sea air has increased his appetite (not that it needed it) and as I was preparing his dinner in the kitchen he sat watching me by the door as I have trained him not to come in there while dishing up. As I walked past him to put his bowl down my foot slid across the floor and I had to grab the door. I looked down and there was a pool of drool by Finn and it was still dripping from his mouth, a perfect booby trap, but I didn't drop his dinner !!! so he had to wait while I cleaned it up. What a dog lol x