“With our oldest daughter in her last year at primary school, my husband and I realised that it was time to stop talking about getting a dog, and get on and do it, otherwise our two daughters would not be able to experience the fun of life with a pet dog. We wanted a rescue dog of some kind, and felt that, never having been responsible for a dog before, we wanted help and support to be available. We found the UK Greyhound website, and liked everything we saw, especially the fact that Jodie and Sandra would check that we really would be able to give a greyhound a good home. The home check was fine, and with Jodie’s help we chose a beautiful black greyhound girl called Joanne.
We were so excited when Joanne (we call her Jojo for short) first arrived at home with us. She sniffed everything around the house (downstairs only at that stage), and soon chose to lie down in her new bed. I slept downstairs on her first night, in case she had any problems, but she was fine. We had no problems house-training her – we just kept an eye on her and took her out to the garden at frequent intervals. She followed us everywhere round the house to start with, except upstairs because she’d never come across stairs before. Then, after a few days she plucked up courage to go upstairs to see what on earth we did up there. We had a hilarious time, using a towel as a makeshift sling, getting her down again. After a few more trips up and down she learnt to ‘do’ stairs with no problems at all. Then she discovered our beds, which she’s not really supposed to go on, so we keep our bedroom doors shut (mostly).
It has been wonderful watching Jojo’s character come out over the last year or so, and discovering all the funny things that greyhounds do, like chattering their teeth when they’re excited and grinning in their sleep. She loves her walks over the local playing fields. I work from home, and when it’s time for her walk, she comes to my desk and nudges my elbow gently with her nose to remind me. She loves playing with her toys in the garden, where she has worn her very own mini race track in our lawn! She’s more or less got used to our guinea pig, although we’re careful that they don’t ever get too close to one another. She loves snoozing on the sofa, often on her back with her legs in the air. She’s always really pleased to see us return if we’ve been out anywhere. She shows us lots of affection and we all love her to bits. Our daughters say getting Jojo has been the best thing that’s ever happened to them.
Thank you for introducing us to Jojo. We really admire everything you do for your greyhounds.”
PERCY & LASS
‘We lost our beloved Greyhound Shane last year, he was 12 yrs old and we had him 7 years. We were devastated and it took us 7 months before we felt ready to give another hound a home.
We wanted to get our next hound from a local rehoming kennel, and we came across UK Greyhound Rescue.
I called and spoke to Jodie. We spoke at length and arranged a home check. That was all fine and then arranged to come and see the hounds that Jodie thought would suit our lifestyle.
When we arrived at the kennel, we were greeted with 6 little faces, all wanting a home. After much deliberation and wanting to take them all home we chose the lovely Percy.
When the day finally came for Jodie to bring Percy to us, we were excited to say the least. Percy came into his new home and immediately grabbed all of the cushions off of the sofas and started shaking them like rag dolls… Jodie looked horrified but we just laughed at how cheeky Percy was!!
The rest is just history with Percy – the first night he paced all night and didn’t sit down at all , and from then on he settled like he had been with us forever.
Jodie told us that Percy hated kennels & used to chew the kennel door to get out – although he was well looked after and loved by Jodie & Sandra, kennels were not for him.
Now 6 months on these are some of Percy’s favourite things…
~ Sleep either on our bed or on the sofa in the sunny conservatory
~ Have his daily pigs ear and dentistix
~ Play with his toys – the favourite being his ball and pheasant
~ Have cheese sprinkled on his dinner
~ Being brushed and also have ear rubs
~ Walkies – especially if it is in the country park
We soon decided that we would like to rehome another hound as company for Percy.
When we visited the kennels again we were again torn on who to choose. We decided we would like to rehome a nervous dog who would have the benefit of going to a home with another hound for support.
Jodie introduced us to little Lass. She was so scared, pacing around the run – she wouldn’t come near us, and the tip of her tail was touching her belly. We wanted to try and give her a fresh start.
When the day came for Lass to join our family, she was a nervous wreck. Jodie set up an indoor kennel in our dining room where Lass spent most of her time in the first few weeks. She was so scared we put her food at the side doorway of the kennel, and to get her into the garden we had to carry her out.
We couldn’t walk her out for about 2 months and then when we did try she was so scared she messed herself. To this day she doesn’t walk the streets; she is scared of people, cars, bikes, prams, etc, basically everything. We take her to the country park (in the car) and if there is no-one around she has now started to get some enjoyment from her walks, maybe one day she may brave the streets!
She is still very very nervous but she has come out of her shell so much since she arrived here. We have had her 6 months now & she has just started to play with Percy and is even showing signs of being a little dominant over him (good girl!!), and feels a lot more settled. She has bonded with us really well, she trusts us now.
We would like to say thank you to them for giving us these lovely Greyhounds, they are so much fun and give a lot of love, its lovely to see how these dogs blossom in a home environment and are so thankful to you for giving them a chance of a safe, loving and comfortable forever home.
“Ruby was previously featured on the ‘Special Appeal’ page, as she had been returned to the kennels having been in a home for 8 months after she became ill.
She was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease and due to the steroids that she was on for her condition, her fur started to fall out.
Coupled with this, she was also becoming a bit down at being back in kennels. Ruby had been on the website as Special Appeal for several months, but there was no interest in her.
Jodie was getting concerned about her and knew that what she really needed was to go back into a home environment. She discussed it with us and knowing what a sweet-natured girl Ruby was, we offered to take her into our home with our 2 greys, Nikki and Jezza.
True to Jodie’s word, Ruby fitted in from day one and we have never had any problems at all.
Although she knew us from the kennels, she was rather shy at first but she soon settled into the routine of being back in a home and she’s now a confident, happy girl.
Her steroids have been gradually reduced and her fur has grown back – no more baldy area’s for Ruby! We’re hoping that we can get her off of them completely as time goes on and just control her condition with diet alone.
Ruby loves her walks in the nearby woods and is looking forward to going on her first holiday with us in September to the New Forest – better warn the squirrels!
It just goes to show that three’s not necessarily a crowd – especially with Jodie’s brilliant match-making skills!”
Andrea & Dale Kirk
“At the beginning of 2010 we decided that after many years of talking about it, this year would be the year that we got a dog. But it proved to be easier said than done and we were really surprised about how many obstacles some of the local rescues put in our way even though we knew we could give a loving home to a dog.
We got a bit despondent, gave up for a bit then did a bit more research and discovered that a retired greyhound might be perfect for us.
On a scorching hot day in May we travelled round the M25 to London and met three lovely boys, Cracker, Minto and Tink. We took them all out for a walk at the local park but found it almost impossible to make a decision between the three. Looking back though we think that Tink made the decision for us because as soon as he got out of Jodie’s van he cocked his leg up our car so perhaps it was more of a case of him choosing us!
Jodie described Tink as a laid back boy who had been overlooked. She felt that once he was in a loving home his real personality would shine through and boy how right she was.
When we first met him we both said that if he was a person then Tink would be the one that would shrug his shoulders and say, “whatever”. But he is so different now. He has changed into a charming and happy young boy. He absolutely adores his walks and is beside himself with joy when he plays with his toys. His favourites are those that squeak and when we come downstairs in the morning he gets out of bed, dives on his toy and gives us 20 squeaks!
He has settled into home life so quickly. He became housetrained practically from the first day; has never tried to climb upstairs or jump on the sofa (probably because he’s got such a delightful selection of leopard-print beds of his own to choose from that our rather dull grey sofa doesn’t appeal).
He has made so many friends – human and canine – since he moved to Bovingdon. To help him socialise with other dogs we take him to a brilliant training class each week where has made friends with Toby who is a 6 month old golden retriever and Chester who is an 8 month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They love to play together. Whilst Tink will never win any prizes he stopped barking at the other dogs after the first session and is even learning some (very) basic commands such as stay and come with varying degrees of success. In any event the rest of the group find him very entertaining and we are like proud parents each time we make a tiny amount of progress.
Our families, friends and neighbours really love Tink. For our part he has changed us from a happy couple to a very happy family.
If you are thinking about adopting a greyhound then we cannot recommend them highly enough. They are affectionate, gentle and rewarding.
We think that Jodie and everyone at UK Rescue do a fantastic job and we want to say a huge thank you to you all for introducing us to our boy Tink.”
Tony and Rose