Unicorn Head Shave & Leg waxing Fundraiser! We did it!!!

So here is the proof!!

On 26th November as promised, much to my mothers disgrace, I braved the shave for the greyhounds!....and 2 lovely guys, James and Andy braved ...well, screamed their way through their legs waxed! 

We could not have done any of this without firstly, the amazing lady behind Greyhound Rescue, who throughout the years has kept this place going and fought since the late 80's for the welfare of this wonderful breed, Karen Schultz.

Karen has over the last year been battling a devastating illness and is now in constant pain and although she is a private person, I feel it is time to say what an incredible inspiration she is and the way she still carries on even though she finds it difficult to stand up for more than a few minutes at a time....she still against all advise, will not stop and will not let her animals down....and trust me, nobody can tell her what to do!

The other 2 people we could not have done this without are 2 special people who gave up their Sunday and their skills to help us. Tiffany Day who owns Spoils Beauty Salon, in Boston, Lincolnshire, who did the leg waxing and must say - Tiffany rather enjoyed it if you watch her face! Poor James and Andy! I do feel she was getting some kind of inner frustration out but she gave us quite a laugh! We will be putting all the details of 'Spoils Beauty Salon' on our website for anyone who wants to get on touch with Tiffany, we fully recommend her! She has a range of beauty treatments.

 Hayley Martin, the hairdresser, was more nervous than me at me having all my 'long hair' shaved off! I think I was just thinking of the dogs...since though I must say, I have been thinking how cold it is and have slept in my hat for nearly 2 weeks!

Hayley, who is self employed and works mobile one day a week and then based at Flinders Salon in Boston, Lincolnshire. Hayley has been in hairdressing for 20 years and fully qualified for 16 years.  Highly recommended too, she is an excellent hairdresser and I wouldn't hesitate in putting anyone in tough with either of these 2 lovely ladies. Both so good at what they do as well as being extremely good sports and having the kindest hearts to help animals.

Nobody can argue with that!

Thank you to James and Andy for your amazing screams and the laughter you created! That was the most fun for us personally....even Bobby the greyhound was laughing at you both (and Andy's his dad)!

So far we have raised nearly £1300 and the crowdfunding page is still open for about 3 more days - we also have a paypal donate button on the website here if anyone does still want to donate once they see what we have done. Every little bit really does help and we are so very grateful to all that have donated so far. You have all made a big difference. We thank you all.

You can also send cheques made payable to 'Greyhound Rescue' and send to Greyhound Rescue, Crimea Cottage, Sutterton Drove, Amber Hill, Boston, Lincs, PE20 3RP.

Finally, here are some pictures and videos of the day! Hope you appreciate the pain and fun....

Please note that the 'phonecall to my mum was a shock for her and she is still very mad at me' that maybe worth a donation in itself as she was fuming I was having my beautiful long hair shaved off!!!! And she is going to be more fuming that I have outed her call online!!! As I am only 48 and 'not to old for a clip around the ear'!

Dawn Schultz

 

 

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Dawn Is Doing A Fundraising Challenge...Can You Help? Please Read X

 

Here is the story... We need your help...Can you spare a little donation? x

I am shaving my head on the 26th November 2017 in aid of Greyhound Rescue Charity No 702522. Where horses and Cats are also rescued too!

'Looking A Fool For Karen & The Animals'

The head shaving will be 'with a difference'! I will be made to look like a 'Unicorn' with a 'Q' in the back of my head in honour of one of the horses here who has had (& is still having) a 2 year battle with laminitis.
The funds we raise are for the greyhounds in our care, for food, vets bills & ongoing care & support as we are struggling.
For over 38 years this rescue has cared for & rehomed so many greyhounds & saved so many from such a horrible outcome, after all, they have given their all to the greyhound industry..Yet now many are being exported to China for the meat trade & Spain/Pakistan after their careers end here and in Ireland, all for a terrible end. We need to raise more awareness and help get more through the rescue to help stop this shocking abuse. I have lovely long hair now and my mum id going to go mad with me so if you all want to see my mums reaction too....you know what to do!!! Just a little donation! It all helps! 
The founder of the rescue & the kindest person I know is unwell now too & we need all the help we can get to continue to support her & her legacy- Greyhound Rescue' Looking A Fool For Karen & The Animals!
Please help me by making me look a fool - dawn - the unicorn!
Many thanks

Dawn Schultz

xxx

 

Please copy & Paste the link below into your search to donate whatever you can to help Dawn reach her target!

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dawn-schultz-unicorn

Or you can donate through our paypal donate button on our website or send a cheque made payable to 'Greyhound Rescue' and address is: Crimea Cottage, Sutterton Drove, Amber Hill, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 3RP.

 

The Mis-understood Greyhound

The Mis-understood Greyhound

Owners have raced greyhounds for many years and people see them muzzled, chasing a make believe hare. The public gain a lot of excitement from the spectacle and gamble thousands of pounds on their performance. When they have finished their usual track life, either because they are too old, injured, or just not fast enough, they are disposed of. The lucky ones end up in Greyhound Rescue for re-homing as family pets.

The problem they then have is overcoming the public's image of the breed. It is generally thought that they need to be kept muzzled, are dangerous around children and need lots of exercise.

As with all breeds each greyhound has it's own temperament but in general greyhounds are extremely lazy, spending most of their time either flat on their backs, with their legs in the air, or sprawled out in their bed fast asleep. Most only need two walks a day and the freedom of an enclosed back garden. They love a cuddle and in particular like their bellies rubbed.

A greyhound sees a lot further than a human being and if they see something in the distance they will set off to chase it, so the should be kept on a lead at all times when walking them, but they saunter along at a gentle pace, giving the owners a steady walk.

In general a Greyhound is one of the most loving pets to own and will give many years of love and friendship to it's lucky owner.

Ooops! Accidents In The House!

Many of our owners have contacted us with various problems that they have had with their dogs over the years, but one of the most common of these problems is 'Accidents in the House'. If this problem is going to arise, it is usually within the first few months, whilst the dog is adapting to its new home environment. Most adopted greyhounds are usually very clean in the home,as they were in their kennel, but there are always exceptions to the rules. As nearly all rescued greyhound have lived in kennels for all of their lives, a home can be a very strange experience for them, as well as also experiencing human company around them all of the time.

One of the main causes of 'weeing' in the home is leaving them on their own after spending long periods of time with them. The dog can become very upset because you have left them, and not know whether you will be coming back to them. Greyhounds that have spent the past four or more years of their life in kennels, and then find an adoptive home, bond very quickly with their new owners and soon get used to people being around them all of the time. You have to remember that when greyhound are at racing kennels they receive very little in human company. So when an owner either goes back to work after their holidays, illness, weekends, school holidays etc.. they tend to take this departure very badly and start getting upset. This stress can then cause them to 'wee' in the house. We all know that the last thing that you want is to come back to when you have been out, are puddles on your best carpet, but you will usually find that they have done it for a reason, not just to annoy us.

I HOPE THAT THE FOLLOWING LIST MAY HELP YOU:-

Always let them out first thing in a morning and last thing at night. Give them a walk at least once or twice a day if possible.

When you leave them, try not to shut them in one room, if you do, try a baby gate in the doorway instead of shutting the door, it can make them feel more secure when they can see what is going on around them.

Try not to tell them off! Especially if you did not see them do it, they will not know what you are talking about, and some dogs can actually do it for attention whether positive or negative.

Instead of spending money on expensive ' Pet Accidents' cleaners, use a biological washing powder in warm water. The enzymes in the wash-powder will break down the smell and the stain, always do a test area on your carpet first though.

In most cases, the dog is usually adapts quickly to its new home and life, but on occasions, you may still have an odd accident. If this happens, try to think if anything has happened during the day that may have caused them to do it. Many times in these cases though is has genuinely been an accident, and they have not been able to wait to go out.

The Honeymoon Is Over!

As all Greyhound owners will know, when you first get a retired or ill-treated dog home, your first instinct is to spoil them rotten and give them everything that they have never had. I know this as I have done this myself! But with some dogs, especially the wilful ones this can lead to future problems. During the first couple of weeks when you bring them into a home environment everything seems rosy, there are many new things for them to explore, new foods to try and objects in the home that they have never seen before and need investigating, ( except the sofa, they all seem to know what that is for )!. We pander to their every need, if they do not like the food we try them with everything on the supermarket shelf until we find the things that they like ( usually the most expensive ). Every time they cry for attention we try and console them by giving them lots of treats to take their mind off things, and we even allow them on the bed in case they are feeling lonely. We try everything possible so that they are made to feel part of the family and settle in. But after a few weeks, The Honeymoon is Over!, we could now have a dag that does what it wants when it wants too, and gets anything it wants when it wants it, then the fun begins...

They are no longer satisfied with the things that you gave them anymore, they now want the kids toys to play with, your best coat to lay on and will not eat anything unless you go down to the shop and by them sirloin steak that they like so much! and if you are going to cause any waves and not let them do these things, then cry, bark or even growl at you until you let them. It does make a funny photograph when you dog is surrounded by ripped up cushions and there are feathers and stuffing hanging out of their mouth, because they have been allowed to take control of the house and they are now in charge!

If they are allowed to do as they like from the start things can only get worse. Ben used to be a fine example of this, he is now in a new home for the third time due to his behaviour in previous homes,and all of it was not his fault. It all came down to when he was first re-homed, and being totally spoilt rotten, no ground rules set and allowed to please himself, to which he took complete advantage of . He has been at his new home for over a year, with no problems at all, as he was given ground rules from the begining. Basically they are only like children, allow them to run riot and they will, and they will throw a paddy if they cannot have what they want. Set the rules from day one, give them as much love and affection as you want but just do not spoil them too much or you will be paying the price later on - or the dog will!!

Another example of being spoilt is my own greyhound Bobby, as many of our owners will know, he is a lovely dog and we would not be without him, but he is a spoilt brat! and I know that we have made him this way. He stamps his feet when he does not get what he wants, he steels food off your plate, while you are still eating it! he takes everything that does not belong to him and nothing will stop him from barking if he wants to go for a walk, but he is nearly 11 years old now and set in in ways.

It's amazing how I can give out advice to other people, but do not take my own advice!!

Oh yes....she's pushing her luck!!! X  

Oh yes....she's pushing her luck!!! X

 

But she's so pretty we forgive her?????!!!!!!!

But she's so pretty we forgive her?????!!!!!!!

Why I Was Born A Machine

I was bred in Ireland then shipped across the sea to England when I was about 13 months old where my career as a racing greyhound began. Along with my littermates we were sold and split up. Going our separate ways, I did not know what lay ahead. On arrival into what was to be my racing kennels, I was just a little nervous, the place was busy and noisy. Put on the track to trial in with many others of my kind, I did quite well, I was in the business of earning my owner and trainer money and of course my keep. I made many friends with the other greyhounds but knew there was something not quite right. Some nights when my pals went racing, some of them never returned to the kennels. Old faces I'd known kept disappearing, I did not understand. Then one night while I was racing there was such a pile up on the bend: three of us were injured, I being one. I heard men's voices, he's no good now, you can take him up to the Northeast or too the Sanctuary in the West, they will kill him for £10. I then realised why my kennel mates had been disappearing. Unfortunately I never saw one of the injured dogs again but I was lucky enough to have a decent owner, who took the trouble of finding me a safe house and that was at Greyhound Rescue. I've been taken care of here, my fear of the unknown has gone, everyone is kind to us and we even get a hug etc. There are what (if I may be so bold) some very old timers here, they will never disappear. I've been told many a time, that when I leave the rescue I will go with good, kind people who will take care of me, love me and be patient while I settle in to what humans call having a family. If I had a family, I would pay them back 10 times over for all the love they gave me. Along with many of my pals, I'm waiting patiently for a home, somewhere I can rest and play and wag my tail without fear.

Please, Please can you help myself and others to find a place into your home, family and hearts? We have so much to give if only given the chance.

Rose - By Stuart Chalmers

Rose had been living with us for a few months, had settled in nicely, and made friends with her new boyfriend Honcho. It was time to get Rose spayed, otherwise we could be in for trouble. We had already become very attached to Rose, as she is particularly affectionate and 'cuddly'.

On Friday morning I drove Rose to the Vet, Anna, who is my sister. Rose had a quick examination - all seemed well. Anna asked if I would like pre-anaesthetic blood tests, and advised that these are usually unnecessary and would not be a normal procedure in a dog of Rose's age ( Rose had just turned 3). She has a young greyhound as well, and she said that she wouldn't bother doing them for him - the risks are very small, so I ticked the "no" box without a second thought.

I picked Rose up that evening, and she was obviously tired and sore, which we expected. Over the weekend, Rose refused to eat anything at all, and kept vomiting. I spoke to Anna, who seemed concerned - she expected Rose to be doing much better by Sunday. On Sunday afternoon we took Rose to the surgery, where Anna examined her. Rose could have been having an allergic reaction to the suture material used. The only other explanation was that a swab had somehow been left in the abdomen, and Anna was 100% sure that this was not the case. We believed her, of course, I know that she had given Rose the best possible attention in her operation. Rose was given some injections, and she came home, where we monitored her carefully.

Monday morning came, and Rose still would not eat. She was still being sick regularly despite not having eaten at all. She seemed unsteady and refused to lie down. I had to go to work, so I persuaded my mum to take Rose to see Anna.

Anna examined Rose again, and gave her some more injections to stop her being sick. She kept Rose at the surgery to monitor her. Rose spent monday night on Anna's bed with her, as that was the only place she would lie down.

On Tuesday, Anna performed more tests on Rose, including ultrasound and blood analysis. She was placed on intravenous fluids and kept in the surgery. We were seriously concerned about Rose's health, and eagerly waited for news, which was a shock when it came. The blood tests showed extremely high levels of urea and creatinine in Rose's blood - indicators of severe kidney failure. Anna believed that Rose must have had kidney problems since birth, and the anaesthetic had triggered a massive failure. We were all shocked as this was the last thing we expected in a dog of Rose's age. The prognosis was not good, as signs of kidney failure only occur once 70% of the kidney is failing. We were to expect the worse, and the possibility of a tough decision to make.

Throughout the week Rose was kept on a drip to flush the toxins out of her and give her Kidneys a chance to start working, and she slept in the surgery at night. We went to see her every day and took her out for a walk. Although she was pleased to see us, we could tell she was unhappy. We encouraged her to eat ( which she refused to do). Anna and Fiona the veterinary nurse visited her every night to change her drip. By the weekend, Rose had lost nearly 5kg and was incredibly thin, but she started to eat a little food. We persuaded Anna's boss to let us keep Rose in over the weekend, and keep up the treatment. We knew that he did not think Rose would make it - he hadn't seen enough of an improvement, and we appreciated the fact that George and Anna were being honest about her chances, and were not giving us false hope. We all wanted to prove that we were doing the right thing. We knew things were getting better, albeit slowly.

By Sunday, Rose was much brighter and had started to eat more. Her blood samples were still very high, but had improved slightly. We took Rose home, and she was placed on a special diet and medication. Over the next few weeks Rose put her weight back on, and gradually returned to her normal silly self. She has had several blood tests since, and these have shown a huge improvement, almost returning to normal values. We hope the improvement will continue.

Although we don't know the long term prognosis for Rose, the signs are good and we know we made the right decision to keep fighting for her, when most vets would have advised to stop the treatment. There are two lessons in this story: Karen told me that greyhounds are fighters, and she is right. Rose wanted to keep going and we just needed to help her through it, so do not give up on them, or let your vet give up on them too soon.The second lesson is to think very carefully about pre-anaesthetic blood tests before placing you dog under general anaesthetic - regardless of the dog's age.

Throughout Rose's treatment we had fantastic support from Karen at Greyhound Rescue, who I spoke to nearly every day. Anna, Fiona,George and all the nurses at Avalon Veterinary Clinic in Glasgow were brilliant. I want to thank these people for their support, and their belief in Rose. Without them, it is likely that she would not be with us now.

Honcho

Honcho

Rose

Rose

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Honcho

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Rose

 

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Rose

 

Fran & Connor To The Rescue!

We had a summer fair to go to at a local school in July and it was really a 2 man job with setting up, running the stall and looking after the greyhound we were taking.

We were all booked and Karen was coming but unfortunately due to Karens condition she was unable to attend and it was looking like I may not be able to leave her as she was so unwell that day.

However Karen did not want to let anyone down and refused to give in…..But she just was not up to it.

Fran Laird, the daughter of local vet Ian Laird, who herself is a vet, knows us well and was straight there offering to come along and run the stall along with her partner Connor.

How wonderful to have such kind people to step in like this, giving up their weekend to help.

WE cannot thank both of them enough for their help. It was a fun day and Connor and Bob the greyhound fell in love!!! I actually think Connor was going to take Bob home had he got the chance!

The day was hot and having a vet there too for Bob was even more precious!

Madaleine was made up that we had been able to attend as it was her school fair and she has becoming involved herself in the greyhound rescue charity as at the grand young age on 10, she is a massive animal lover and is very passionate about animal welfare and even did a talk at school about it to the other students. Well done Madaleine, you will go far in this world with a big heart like that! Both Karen and I are very proud of Madaleine for her contribution to the cause and hope she keeps it up in the future and look forward to seeing more of her when Karen is feeling better.

The charity event was fun and we ran a tombola which we did have lots of fun doing. We met some lovely people and all went well with the new pop up gazebo!!! Which is always a laugh putting up!

Both Fran and Connor have offered to help again at future events and we cannot wait to take them up on it!! So watch out you two!!

Also, as some of you are aware, I am having my head shaved with a difference for the charity on the 26th November 2017, which you can read about on the website and on my crowdfunding page (https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dawn-schultz) Just copy and paste this link into your search to find my page & donate if you can!

Also Connor (Frans’ partner), Mark McGee (who adopted Aida Now Bonnie, James Fernandez (our electrician), And also the one and only Andy Hutchingson who adopted (Bobby) will be having their legs waxed for the charity all on the 26th November 2017....There will be others too!!! 

So, they all have sponsorship forms, but you can donate through the paypal donate button on our website and just add the name of who you want to cause pain and suffering to! Or you can send a cheque made payable to Greyhound Rescue and send to Crimea Cottage, Sutterton Drove, Amber Hill, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 3RP. Hopefully we can get a crowdfunding page for these guys sorted too!!!

We do really appreciate your support…. Oh yes and Bob who was at the summer school fair was rehomed a week later and his story is on here too!!! Well done to Bob X

Fran & Connor with Burgandy Bob!

Fran & Connor with Burgandy Bob!

Fran Running the tombola while Connor looks after Bob 

Fran Running the tombola while Connor looks after Bob 

They suit a greyhound don't they Bob?

They suit a greyhound don't they Bob?

Madaleine & Bob at her summer school fair

Madaleine & Bob at her summer school fair

Madalaleine helping out on the stall at her school fair

Madalaleine helping out on the stall at her school fair

Dawn Is Doing A Fundraising Challenge...Can You Help? Please Read X

 

Here is the story...

I am shaving my head on the 26th November 2017 in aid of Greyhound Rescue Charity No 702522. Where horses and Cats are also rescued too!

'Looking A Fool For Karen & The Animals'

The head shaving will be 'with a difference'! I will be made to look like a 'Unicorn' with a 'Q' in the back of my head in honour of one of the horses here who has had (& is still having) a 2 year battle with laminitis.
The funds we raise are for the greyhounds in our care, for food, vets bills & ongoing care & support as we are struggling.
For over 38 years this rescue has cared for & rehomed so many greyhounds & saved so many from such a horrible outcome, after all, they have given their all to the greyhound industry..Yet now many are being exported to China for the meat trade & Spain/Pakistan after their careers end here and in Ireland, all for a terrible end. We need to raise more awareness and help get more through the rescue to help stop this shocking abuse. I have lovely long hair now and my mum id going to go mad with me so if you all want to see my mums reaction too....you know what to do!!! Just a little donation! It all helps! 
The founder of the rescue & the kindest person I know is unwell now too & we need all the help we can get to continue to support her & her legacy- Greyhound Rescue' Looking A Fool For Karen & The Animals!
Please help me by making me look a fool - dawn - the unicorn!
Many thanks

Dawn Schultz

xxx

 

Please copy & Paste the link below into your search to donate whatever you can to help Dawn reach her target!

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dawn-schultz-unicorn

Or you can donate through our paypal donate button on our website or send a cheque made payable to 'Greyhound Rescue' and address is: Crimea Cottage, Sutterton Drove, Amber Hill, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 3RP.

 

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!