Bambi - Our Story by Mel & Tim

Bambi before she was collected by Tim & Mel - at her previous home ... never went out, spending most of her time caged. x (Picture added by Greyhound Rescue)

Bambi before she was collected by Tim & Mel - at her previous home ... never went out, spending most of her time caged. x (Picture added by Greyhound Rescue)

Bambi... as a 4 month pup xxx before she was collected by Mel & Tim xx  

Bambi... as a 4 month pup xxx before she was collected by Mel & Tim xx

 

We first met Karen and Dawn when we were looking for a 3rd dog! We had sadly lost our 13 year old rescue lurcher Poppy in the March 2014.

We already had a 6 year old german shepherd called Jackson and a 7 year old rescue greyhound called Susie but felt we had become a '3 dog' family!

We felt we had it in our hearts to rescue Connie a 14 year old greyhound who had been massively overlooked.

We were told that Connie had lived in rescue nearly all her life but was not good with other dogs sadly.

Karen asked us if we would consider a 5 month old greyhound cross called Bambi? Very different to an old greyhound!

Bambi was still living with her owner but was being put up for adoption as the owners child had an allergy to her! Sadly she was living in a crate most of the day!

We decided to give her a chance as we thought a puppy would be very popular but would bounce straight back to rescue.

Bambi lived 2 hours from us so we met the owner halfway. Bambi was so gorgeous and so friendly. All the way home she sat on my knee looking into my eyes and looked so worried.

We got her home and introduced her to Susie who was not bothered at all. Jackson our shepherd was not too happy and kept barking at her and eyeballing her!

It took 2 days for Bambi and Jackson to become mates.

Jackson would sit with all his toys to play with her!

These 2 are still great mates 2 years on!

Susie gets off the sofa every now and then to calm the play down. She stands between them and barks to tell them off, its so funny.

We feel Bambi found us really as she reminds us of our beautiful Poppy but lighter in colour as Poppy was black.

She is a lovely girl and love her so much!

Karen and Dawn are still in touch with us nearly 2 years down the line.

We took Bambi on the 2 hour journey to see them as Bambi came directly from her owner but passed through their rescue.

I try and call them when I have a minute which is not often as I run a very busy dog walking business as well as having 3 dogs of our own!

These are 2 amazing selfless ladies doing an amazing job well done to you both!

xx

We really appreciate with such heart felt emotion the lengths Mel and Tim went to for Bambi. She was in a very difficult situation that needed sorting out very urgently and even though these 2 wonderful people had their hearts set on our beautiful Connie (who has sadly now passed away), they didn't hesitate in making their selfless decision to help another dog in destress....even though she was only a pup and we all know a pup is not an easy task to take on.

Bambi...snoozing in the sun x

Bambi...snoozing in the sun x

Bambi is a big girl now and very loved by all her family xx And...she knows it! X

Bambi is a big girl now and very loved by all her family xx And...she knows it! X

We cannot thank you enough. Also, Mel and Tim have been continued supporters of Greyhound rescue since our first contact, collecting items to sell and donating monies towards the greyhounds in our care.
We have made 2 very special friends and so have the dogs - plus their lovely children too and of course Jackson and Susie. xxx
Karen & Dawn

Buster Finally Finds His Forever Home! X

Buster & His 'Pink Panther'!

Buster & His 'Pink Panther'!

Buster with his new mum...Just setting off to his new life! x

Buster with his new mum...Just setting off to his new life! x

Buster Finally Find His Forever Home - heart warming story from his new mum Nicola x

We lost our precious Pilot in December 2015, and decided to give ourselves some time to recover. But the house felt wrong without a greyhound in it! Late last year, Dawn mentioned a fawn greyhound that had been in rescue for what seemed like a long time- Buster, a gentle, kind-hearted boy who deserved a forever home, like they all do. So in early January this year, I made a six hour round trip to meet him. I sat chatting to Karen, waiting for Dawn to bring him in and I can honestly say I melted when I met him- in he came, a gentle soul. He came over to where I was sitting, looking at me with the most amazing brown eyes I'd ever seen in a dog, and immediately put his head in the crook of my arm for a cuddle. I knew straight away the long drive was worth it. I took him for a walk with Dawn, and that was it! I knew he had to come and live with us- so he was reserved for me. So, in April, my husband and I made the long trip to bring Buster home. He remembered me- stood on his hind legs and put his front paws on my shoulders! He greeted Tony more gently though! Big lad and I had to sit on the back seat of the car on the way home! We realised our car is not dog-friendly! He cuddled up to me all the way back up north, and at one point tried to get on my knee! He was clearly nervous- I could feel the tension in his shoulders. He finally relaxed as we drove into Yorkshire- the tension melted and he drifted off to sleep. We got home, and let Buster mooch around his new surroundings. We gave him a bath- he looked very doleful but simply sat down in the water and let me lather him up!! What a star! It was all a bit much, and once dried he went to sleep! We took him to collect our sons from sport club. Their faces lit up when they saw him- he was so calm and gentle around them, it was so lovely to see. That night, we wondered where he'd want to sleep. After our bedtime walk, he walked straight into our bedroom and flopped out! He'd clearly decided he'd sleep near us, thanks very much! We didn't hear a peep all night- he slept like a log. We were amazed he was so calm, considering it was his first night in his new home. He was so good the next morning and gently woke me up to let him out for a quick wee- after which, he promptly went back to bed until we were all up, dressed and ready for our morning walk. Pilot was never very keen on other dogs. Buster, however, seems to like other dogs, and gives them a good sniff with his tail wagging! He's even made some doggy friends! He's also a bit of a star on the school run. He genuinely seems to enjoy seeing everyone at the school gate, and as he's a rather handsome boy, quite a few people want to stroke him- which he loves. I must confess I was worried about leaving him when I went to work. I needn't have- he basically gets on the sofa and doesn't budge until I come home! It did take him a couple of weeks to suss out the sofas, mind you! But now he loves to get up for a cuddle- fortunately for us, he soon gets too warm and goes on his bed after 10 minutes or so to cool off! Buster's been with us just over three weeks, during which we've helped him celebrate his 7th birthday. It seems much longer, not because he's troublesome, simply because he has slotted into the household routine so easily, as though he's been here all his life. We simply can't believe how amazing he is, and how well he has adapted to home life. We all adore him, and he is so gentle around our sons. He was worth the long round trip and the sadness I personally felt at losing Pilot has lifted. "Thank you for choosing such a wonderful dog, Mum", said my youngest son. It's not really like that- Buster Browneyes chose me and in doing so has brought much joy to our family. We've even bought a new dog-friendly car, so he can come with us on day trips out and on holidays, and we will love him for the rest of his life. He deserves nothing less.

By Nicola Frear

We would like to thank Nicola and Tony & Family for giving Buster the chance to shine and be the dog he deserves to be and to have the happiest ending we could ever wish for him. 
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Karen & Dawn x
Buster Brown Eyes!

Buster Brown Eyes!

Buster & his new family

Buster & his new family

     Pilot & Companion

     Pilot & Companion

On The Line: Cradle To Grave - Documentary featuring Karen Schultz

This is how long it has been going on but we must remember - whist things have got only slightly better since these times - we are facing an even bigger issue now with the ending of greyhound racing....not only the fact it may go 'underground'....or the influx of hundreds of thousands of greyhounds, or the worry of the amount of greyhounds going 'missing or destroyed' but we have to worry now about the live export of these already abused greyhounds, to Pakistan, Spain and China, where their fate is to be much worse....not only terribly beaten and abused but also boiled alive and used for meat and even their skins used! How can we let this happen to any dog?..... We know it is easier to just put a few coins in a charity tin and your conscience is clear...you do not want to think about it because the thought is too much...but it does not stop it happening. And these dogs need all of us...We all need to stand together, for Freya and her pals, who so desperately would not want to see the abuse she or Edgar suffered happen to any other animal. They are safe now....But please help us fight for the other, bu NOT turning a blind eye. Share the information. However hard, people need to be educated. Then, once we have a STOP on live export, we can continue the fight against the greyhound industry.

The Hardest Goodbye To Our Own Special Beau x

Beau having breakfast with her mum Debbie xx

Beau having breakfast with her mum Debbie xx

Beau at her best! xx

Beau at her best! xx

 

Goodnight Beau xx

3rd September 2002 - 23rd March 2017

It makes me smile when I recall your favourite items in life, your great love of food, amazing how the smell of those Yorkshire puddings could make you jump off your sofa, even though we thought you were fast asleep! A good stew was always welcome! You even took a shine to a nice bit of trifle or cream cake.

You were never bothered! The night we had fish and chips and as I was talking you were eating the other end of my fish and when you drunk all my coffee with whiskey in!! You had never drunk coffee before that, then dear me, suddenly you did (wonder why)?

The times you went into the garden and would look as though to say, ‘I’ll be in when I want to be in’, all done in your lovely lady like manner. The list could go on.

But what an amazing girl you was and so, so beautiful. You were such a massive part of Dawns life but the only greyhound I knew with three mums, all of which loved you dearly.

Sadly the day came when you had to leave us with the devastating news you had bone cancer. We were both with you and Dawn was right by your side. Your mum Debbie did a 2 hour journey to see you before you were due at the vets. That’s how you affected everyone’s life, believe me, you were and will be loved, always.

In our garden now stands a weeping willow in your memory and which we will watch grow as we did you. By the side stands a statue of two greyhounds, one for you and one for your beloved Gamble, whom you will now be with again.

You’ve left a big hole in our lives and taken a part of our hearts with you.

Miss you always beautiful Beau. xx

 

 

Dawn & Beau xx

Dawn & Beau xx

 

Field Of Gold

 

A long way away there’s a field of gold,

Where our loved ones go when they get old

Now this magical place has just a few laws

And that is only for those special paws

 

You’re free to play and run with grace

Or will you gently take things in your very own pace

Your painless body will dance all night

And your eyes will shine with joy so bright

 

Our dear Beau, you’re missed so much

If only we were able to feel your touch

But your gentle Gamble will be by your side

As we are sure he was the day you died

 

You took a piece of our heart and many a tear

Yet we all know you are still so near

And as we imagine you in that field of gold

Where you have gone because you were old

 

We see your beauty in the days of lark

And I’m sure we hear your gentle bark.

 

Goodnight Beau xx

A poem for Beau written by Karen xx

 

Beau & Gamble Memorial xx

Beau & Gamble Memorial xx

My Birthday cake I didn't get to share with you xx

My Birthday cake I didn't get to share with you xx

Gamble. The love of Beau's life - Back together again xxx

Gamble. The love of Beau's life - Back together again xxx

Duke

It is with sadness and regret that we have to announce the loss of Duke who sadly passed away on Monday 25th March 2013.

To all his friends and the people who loved him
Those who knew him so well and those who he made laugh
All the hearts he touched with his brave and determined willpower
Never complaining about anything, even though he was not only blind but he had so many other problems.
His character of fun and joy won everyone’s affection, who were lucky enough to meet him.
For this beautiful black greyhound’s soul, so precious to us, so special and loving.
He has now left us, so quickly and suddenly, and broken so many hearts.
We have lost a dear friend in you, young man and a hole in our lives.

 

There will never be another ‘Duke’ X

Karen Schultz….

Two Tails of the Unexpected

Two Tails of the Unexpected

I had never had anything to do with greyhounds, never liked them in fact, considering them to be all bony and skinny, half starved and not at all cuddly or friendly (with the risk of getting reported for cruelty to the RSPCA). As I was working five hours a day, I had no intention of getting – dare I say it – a Labrador, until I retired around 2018. Boy, was I in for a surprise!