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Daybreaks Diary

by Wispa'sMum

10-May-2016

Keeping you informed of the day to day running of the kennels.

 

Thanks so much everyone for your support x

 

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 14 Aug 22:47



We had a lot of help today which meant our lovely doggies had two walks! :)

We had a busy day for visitors, including several children and their families from a local charity. The dogs loved meeting them and enjoyed all the extra fuss and grooming they received. Brandy had a lovely "lean" with his visitor and Will fell in love with the young lad he met and was blissfully happy with all the cuddles he received from him and his Mum. :))

Vera popped in with her Dad and had a race around the run and a pamper with Lucy. She looked and smelt gorgeous!

Thank you so much to everyone who dropped by and brought donations of fish, meat and bedding. We are so grateful.

More progress was made with the kitchen refit. :)) we tried to keep Pete and Wayne happy with lots of cups of tea and coffee!!

Nick spent the afternoon in the back kitchen helping with the feeding. He really wanted to sample the dinners just to make sure they were all ok! He loves being around people and is looking for someone to be his best friend. Xx

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 14 Aug 14:47



Can you help with our shopping list?!

To complete our outdoor enclosure for our resident cats who are instrumental in helping us find 'cat friendly' greyhounds for new owners, we need the following:

20 lengths of tanalised roofing lath
30 metres of 100mm weatherboard
5 sheets of corrugated plastic roofing

If you can help.... please call Ruth at the kennels on 0121 782 7702 - thanks so much

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 14 Aug 09:01



HELP NEEDED!!!!! Do you live close to the Solihull Lodge area and could offer some time to help walk a greyhound for a lady with disabilities? If you can, please call us on 0121 782 7702.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 24 Jul 23:41



Another hot day...none of my own doggies wanted to come to the kennels today! They just looked at me when I was going out, all laying comfortably in the lounge with the fan on them and I thought. Well don't blame them for not moving. :))

We do still have cool coats for sale at the kennels. They really do help them to stay cool on a walk.

As it clouded over this afternoon and felt a little cooler we were able to give our boys and girls two walks today.

Nick is unfortunately still on limited exercise and is only able to have short walks on the lead in the sand run. He does get a little fed up. :(. His wrist does seem a lot better so hopefully he will soon be joining the others on normal walks. :)

A big thank you to Gail for tackling the bedding store today! You can actually get in there now! :))

Pebbles enjoyed a bath alfresco in one of the small runs this afternoon. She was dry within a few minutes. :) she is such a lovely girl.

James brought his little Cocker Spaniel, Sal in again this morning. She met Nick, Sam, Pebbles and Kenny in the sand run. All were very good with her. She was quite besotted with Kenny! Xxx

Happy Birthday to Lucy one of our lovely volunteers. We had lots of food and cakes in the kitchen and we were doing so well stopping her Greyhound Ellie with the dodgy tum from eating anything she shouldn't until the very end of the day when we failed miserably by leaving cake on the side and leaving her all alone in the kitchen. Within seconds she had it on the floor and was merrily eating it on our return! Some of them are just born to eat! :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 23 Jul 18:06



Toda y was so very, very hot. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who managed to take the dogs out on walks this morning. We had two new arrivals this morning, they are so gorgeous. Myra and Alan gave them healthcheck and then a lovely bath in the big run before having their photos taken. This afternoon it was just Kate and myself so the dogs had their dinner and spent some time in the kennel runs in the shade. We left this evening with them all curled up and doing what greyhounds do best, resting! Once again thanks all for your help. Jo xx

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by henlady

Sunday 22 Jul 18:36



I am so sad to see that Petal is still being overlooked,does anyone know why?She is the only bitch left that was there when we adopted Jay 6 weeks ago.I am hoping to get over very soon to look at the bitches,am just held back really by the fact that Jay has been so so good and maybe another dog may not be as easy !!

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 10 May 22:50



Sue took Susie to the Vet this morning for her vaccination booster. She was a very good girl, fine with two dogs she met and loved travelling in the car. :) She is a very sweet girl and made us smile this afternoon to see her asleep in the kitchen run, stretched out with legs in the air! :))

We had lots of help for walks so everyone went out twice. Our three new lads, Nick, Sully and Brandy all walk well on the lead. If you are looking for a very tall, dark handsome lad all three of them fit the bill!

Rosie took Saddle off to the park again this afternoon. He did well and came back quite tired....for about ten minutes! I saw the results of Saddle and Roy's visit to the office yesterday. :) Wondered why most things were not where they were the day before! :)))

Sara is finally back at home after spending the last few weeks in hospital. So pleased for her. :) She is hoping to pop in on Saturday to see the lovely bench she had in memory of her Charlie. Xx

Special hugs go to our regular volunteers Lucy and Declan tonight. Both had to leave early today due to not feeling well. Xxx

We have some new lodgers...a birds nest has appeared in the metal box at the back of the old big gate! Sure the chickens won't mind if we share their meal worms with them :) More Daybreaks babies! :))))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 10 May 10:11



A busy day as usual at Daybreaks - plenty of calls, visitors and volunteers - just fab!

After taking Roy and Saddle into the run first thing, I thought they could spend some time in the office whilst we finished cleaning..... well - they LOVED it!!!!

Despite giving them a pigs ear each to keep them occupied, they decided to raid everywhere else!!!!!!

Totally my fault for giving them the temptation so I just can't be mad with them as they are so adorable too..... Please someone - if you have a home for two fun loving criminals - these are your boys..... give us a call on 0121 782 7702.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 08 May 23:27



A little cooler today :) We had lots of walkers, so our residents enjoyed morning and afternoon walks. Thanks everyone.

We had three new arrivals Sully, Brandy and Nick. They are very handsome boys! They were all a little stressed on their arrival but they enjoyed their baths, especially Sully who looked especially happy with all the extra attention from Lucy and Blaise. :)

Nick came in without a pet name. We asked Ruth if she wanted to name him and she came up with Nick. Thought she might want something nice to do as she was at the office in Sheldon trying to tidy up for an inspection! :)

Thanks to Lucy for taking the new lads photos. :)

We are keeping everything crossed for Sara tonight as she has been told she may be able to finally escape the hospital tomorrow. It's been a very difficult time for her and we miss her help at the kennels very much. Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 07 May 12:57



Whooahhh it has been nuts and I've just looked at the clock - where has the morning gone? The family reserving Molly came in to see her and I have spent a lot of time helping with information in preparation for them taking her. I have homed the lovely Red (now called Peach) and met the lovely family who have just reserved Annie. We had a visit from Jack's owner who tells us he is doing great too.

I visited my friend Sharon in York yesterday who adopted Angel from us when we were based at Top Hat Kennels and who also adopted Max a stray brought to us in 2006 so it was lovely to see Max again.... sadly Angel already has her wings. Sharon donated a paddling pool which has been filled with water and Rory and Susie have spent the morning playing with all the toys and the water and have now crashed out.

Luckily I had the help of Angie and Yvonne for cleaning out - thanks so much both. Yvonne has been helping with the visitors and finally the dogs are going to go out on short walks due to the heat. If you are at a loss of what to do on a Bank Holiday lovely afternoon - why not pop up and take one for a short walk...... x

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 06 May 19:08



What a fab day... Well I thought I would be billy no mates this morning for cleaning, but had 3 lovely helpers turn up... Which helped us get done quicker, so we managed to start morning walks putting "cool coats" on all the hounds before it got to hot....
The lovely Duke went off to his forever home, he looked so pleased choosing a toy to take. He gave me lots of snuggles in the office before leaving. Good luck.
Lorna had a few bathing, with some very reluctant hounds at first, but as soon as they were in the bath, they loved it...
It was a busy day for run bookings.... Please ensure you watch your dogs in the heat and don't exercise them in the heat of midday...
We didn't do afternoon walks as it was way to hot, so the boys and girls were got out every half hour for toilet breaks.
Thanks to everyone today for donations and help.... We really appreciate it... X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 05 May 23:11



What a lovely day! The Sun really does exist!

Ashley went out first thing this morning to spend a few days with two of our lovely volunteers. :)) It sounds as though he is being a good boy so far!

It was fantastic to see Molly reserved. She has waited such a long time. She had a lovely time playing with her new family in the sand run. :))

Thank you to the families who came in and groomed all the dogs today, they loved the extra attention. :)

Thanks to everyone for everything they do to help our Greyhounds find their forever homes. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 04 May 17:55



I wasn't a lonely soul today! Was lovely to see Ruth back from her hols and we had some volunteers in too so the boys & girls could have walks. It was a nice warm, dry day too which was a bonus.

The lovely Sophie went off to her new her this afternoon, wishing her and her new family all the best. Then it was handsome Tony's turn to go out on trial with pretty Nina, fingers crossed things work out for them. We had some viewings too, all have gone away to think about things and let us know. It is a huge commitment to take one of our lovely Greys into your home, so it is always best to consider every aspect before taking the plunge.

With Sophie gone, and Ruby Rebel departing last week, we decided to pair up the "ones left behind", so we muzzled Rory and Molly and popped them in the run together. After a while, Rory decided to lie down, and Molly had us in stitches as she worked so hard to try and get him to play! She barked at him, play bowed, kept dashing around but bless him, he was having none of it - lying there looking up at her with an expression that said "women!!!". xx

Many thanks for the donations of bedding and duvets received today, most welcome.

Thanks for everyone's help today, much appreciated.

The Bank Holiday weekend is upon us, so let's hope that some red signs appear meaning some more of our beautiful boys & girls will soon be heading off to a new life.

Whatever you're doing this weekend - enjoy!

Angie xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 03 May 16:24



Well the rain yesterday was..... err.... very wet!!!!! The Daybreaks kids and the brave weather warrior volunteers all sampled the downpours - I am so grateful to all who turned up despite the conditions. The underbed heating was switched back on and the tumble dryer was well used and the residents were coated yesterday evening just for extra comfort.

Today has been so much nicer - almost t-shirt weather at times - and along with our Thursday army of fabulous volunteers, we were joined by 3 volunteers from Network Rail who enjoyed doing the health checks on Rory, Roy and Saddle.

Tony has spent most of the day in the office with a very pretty little greyhound called Nina - shhhhhhhushhhh but fingers crossed - if they continue to get on he may just have his forever home.......... we will keep you posted x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 01 May 23:35



It was great to have Ruth back from her holiday today. :))

Last week was quite a challenge with returnees Saddle and Roy, Ashley coming into the kennels and hearing of the possibility of another returnee. Knowing we have so many Greyhounds on our waiting list and having no space for them sometimes can be overwhelming. :(

Our wonderful Doggies always cheer us up...Horse changed his name to Mule this afternoon! He had gone out for a wallk but had decided he didn't want to walk forward or backward and wouldn't move! Lucy called us from in the Lane and Ruth went out armed with treats to tempt him to come home! He is a real character. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today, especially to Adam who supplied us with homemade shortbread which was still warm!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 30 Apr 22:46



Well the weather forecast for lots of rain today was completely wrong!:) It was dry for morning and afternoon walks. :)

Thanks so much to Rosie for taking Saddle and Roy to the park this afternoon. They were good boys and enjoyed their break from the kennels. :)

A big thank you to Ella and Rio's family who very kindly donated lots of boxes of goodies including sardines for the dogs and cans of pop for the volunteers. So kind of you. Xxx

It was Bob's Birthday today, so there was lots of cake around!! Happy Birthday Bob. Don't know what we would do without you! Xxxxxx

Told Foxy his Mommy is coming home tonight! We are looking forward to having Ruth back with us....hope she brings some warm sunshine with her!

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

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 29 Apr 15:40



What a busy morning. Only two of us in for cleaning, but we wizzed through it.

It was our event at Wren Hall today from 2pm to 5pm, where we were having our afternoon tea & cake, hope you all enjoyed it. x

Lots of walkers turned up so all our fury friends got morning walkies, we were so glad the rain stayed off.

It was a busy day for visitors looking for a dog, two couples had met some of of volunteers last night (Tina with Neve and River) and came in to see if they could find a companion. Another couple were looking at the beautiful Annie, we are just waiting to see if they take the plunge.

We had lots of people coming in for food / nail cutting and Lorna was kept busy with bathings.

Heres hoping that all our boys and girls get homes VERY soon.

xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 28 Apr 23:14



Our gorgeous Ruby Rebel went home today! He is a real character and we will miss seeing him at the kennels, but so very happy for him. Poor little Molly has lost her long time kennel mate; really hope she too will soon be going home. Xx

Lots of visitors today! It was great to see the "sand run gang" :) They all came back into the kennels looking very happy. Xx

Jess had a long line of customers waiting for nail clipping. It was lovely to see some old friends including the very handsome H x

Many thanks to Laura and her friend for bringing their dogs Arlo the Labrador and Pixie the Husky in to meet some of our Greyhounds. Lucy has already commented on what a good lad Tony was and Duke was just perfect! Susie was a little more excited, she is a happy girl. :)

Thank you for all the donations of food and bedding, so kind of everyone.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 27 Apr 21:15



So sorry to hear you were on your own today Angie :( So nice of Ruby Rebels Mum to help out. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 27 Apr 17:56



It was "me, myself & I" at Daybreaks today! I spent a very lonely day at the kennels - so huge apologies if I missed any calls, often I was where the phone wasn't!!

The dreadful weather may have put the volunteers off, but it didn't deter the visitors. The boys & girls couldn't have any walks today, although I don't think they were too sad about it!!

Ruby Rebel's Mum came along to see him this morning, and very kindly stayed for a short while to give all the residents a lovely groom and a fuss. After she had finished a cheeky little Blue Tit kept popping into the runs to pick up bits of fur for its nest - so lovey to see.

The lovely Nancy finds herself reserved again - fingers crossed for her. She gave her prospective new owners some lovely "Nancy kisses", and they were smitten with her.

Many thanks for the very generous donations of duvets and blankets received during the day - most welcome as it's virtually impossible to keep on top of the washing & drying in this weather!

Lets hope the weekend brings us some better weather, and some more red, or green, signs. We are full to bursting with beautiful Greys at the moment - all so very deserving of that forever sofa of their own.

Our lovely coffee and cakes afternoon at Wren Hall is on Sunday, fingers crossed for some better weather as the cakes are definitely worth the trip!

I'm off now to treat myself to a glass of wine after a very busy day - have a good weekend all.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 26 Apr 23:09



A busy day lots of visitors and telephone calls.

Rosie brought Susie and Red back after their neutering operations yesterday. Susie was very bouncy, Red a little more subdued.

Many thanks to Sue for taking Petal to the vet for her vaccination booster for us today. :)

Thank you to Ann and her lovely girl Delphy for the raffle prizes and bedding.

Richard gave the doors another coat of paint, they look great! He earned himself a home made piece of chocolate cake made by Lucy for his Birthday next week. :))

Mostly dry weather, so two good walks for our residents today. :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 25 Apr 22:21



A big thank you to Alan for taking Susie and Red to the vets for their neutering operations today. A very early pick up from the kennels at 7.15am....and also to Paul and Rosie for collecting them and offering to look after the girls overnight. Thank you all so much...I'm sure Susie and Red are very grateful for everyones help. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 24 Apr 23:00



We had a group of lovely people from Network Rail join us for a Volunteer Day at the kennels today. It's a shame the weather was so grotty but they were so enthusiastic and loved the Greyhounds. All of our boys and girls had a groom which of course included lots of extra fuss and cuddles. Lucy and I were watching Rebel and Molly; the look on their faces was one of complete contentment, they were loving every minute! It is so easy to make a Greyhohnd happy, they just want to be loved. Please check your sofa to see if there is a space for one of these beautiful hounds :) or maybe even two!!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 23 Apr 22:36



It was very sad to see Saddle and Roy returned to the kennels today. They both look great and have obviously enjoyed being in a home.

On a happier note gorgeous Alfie went home this afternoon. He was very concerned when all the other dogs were getting their dinner and he was busy filling in paperwork in the office!! I'm sure he had a lovely meal when he got home. :))

Richard very kindly came in and painted the new doors on the kennels blocks for us. Whilst Shirley took all our post op doggies for gentle walks around the sand run.

Thanks to everyone who came to help today. With Saddle and Roy back we have a full house! We really need to find homes for all of our current beautiful boys and girls. We have an ever increasing waiting list of many more Greyhounds who are desperate for homes too. :((

Foxy spent a lot of the day in the office. He was supposed to be supervising in Ruth's absence but I caught him snoozing several times, :))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 22 Apr 16:45



Quiet ruled the day today.... the residents enjoyed rabbit in with their breakfast and dinner (a 'throwing up emoji' should be placed here by me but the dogs loved it!!!!) but other than that.... not a lot to say.... except see you in a week! Kate - don't worry about a thing - Keep an eye on Mr Foxy and give him daily cuddles and I'll be back soon and thank you also to Denise, Angie and Lisa and all the other wonderful volunteers who will be helping out in my absence xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 21 Apr 23:37



It was another warm day but a little cooler than earlier in the week. Our residents were more comfortable in their kennels. :)

We had a lot of walkers this morning, the dogs enjoyed a walk in the sunshine. It's so good not to have to put coats on them.

Despite only having a couple of helpers this afternoon, we were able to take everyone out for a walk and guess what?.....it rained. That's summer over then. :)) Xxx

Many thanks to Lucy for her all help this afternoon :)) x

Thank you also to a lovely lady, Denise, who gave us a large amount of raw food to give to our residents. Unfortunately her freezer broke down and the meat she bought for her Bengal cat was defrosting! Thank you for thinking of us and I hope you get your freezer fixed!

Sara has asked me to pass on her thanks to everyone for their very kind donations towards the fantastic bench in memeory of her lovely Charlie. I have told her she needs to hurry up and get out of hospital so she can come and try it out for herself! Sending her lots of love. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 20 Apr 17:31



There were no Vet runs today, so things were much less frenetic than usual! Just as well as it was another warm one!!

We were joined today by volunteers from HSBC which meant the Greys could enjoy a gentle stroll down the shady lane both this morning and this afternoon. It's strange - not that long ago we were bundling them into fleecy coats before taking them out on a walk - today we were draping them in cool coats -that's the English weather for you!

We were very quiet for visitors, so there was much cleaning and tidying going on! It was so nice to be able to hang the washing on the line outside and get it dried naturally, smelled lovely and fresh (yes, I'm easily pleased!!).

Ruby Rebel had a visit from his new Dad this afternoon and they spent some time together in the kitchen run. They are looking forward to taking Ruby home soon.

Many thanks for everyone's help today - it's been a lovely day, definitely helped by the lovely sunshine.

Another weekend is upon us, lets hope for some more red signs by the time Monday morning comes.

I'm off for a glass of chilled white wine now - a lovely end to a lovely day. Have a great weekend all.

Angie xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 20 Apr 09:42



Apologies for the delay for Wednesday's diary update - I have only just recovered (ha ha!!).... it was a really busy day with a very early start to get Winny and Nancy to Fivelands vets in Moseley for their speys. We had a fabulous visit from Vince and Rachel with Cain and Charity who many of you may know from Facebook! We had Molly reserved but sadly Annie returned. Ruby Rebel's new mum came up to see him and take him for a walk and our usual Wednesday crew came along to help in the morning - that always cheers us up!

I took Ranger to the vets in the afternoon for his post op check following his castrate and stitch up after his kennel mate decided to tell him off last Sunday :-(((((

We had delivery of a lovely bench in memory of Charlie and I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has made a donation to this for Sara who unfortunately is poorly again. We are sending you healing hugs xxx

Thank you to Paul P for collecting the girls from the vets - they had recovered well from their ops and woofed their dinner down before I settled them back into their kennels.

It was a crazy day on the phone during which I had three phone calls from people who had had greyhounds either given to them or from Gumtree who all are in a position where they can not keep them for various reasons as well as an email from Head Office asking for 19 urgent spaces for boys. In addition to our waiting list and having a very full house here, we are just in such a sad situation where we just can't help.

We can only do what we can do and just stay positive we are at least doing something - even if it is a drop in the ocean :-(((((

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 17 Apr 23:27



Yet another early trip to the vets for Ruth today! Horse went for his neutering operation. :( Thank you to Paul for bringing him back to the kennels for us. He was a happy little soul and enjoyed his dinner!

We had a new arrival this afternoon, a very pretty girl, called Susie. She has a "helicopter" tail!! If anyone is wondering where the other Coming Soon girl has gone...Lafanta Vicky...her Trainer's Daughter has decided to keep her. :) Wishing her a very happy new life. Xx

Thanks very much to everyone for all their help today. It was dry enough for our volunteers to take some of the dogs for a walk across a nearby field this morning. Sure it made a nice change of scene for them. :))

Thinking of Sara tonight...unfortunately she has found herself back in hospital due to an infection in her broken leg! Sending her lots of love.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 16 Apr 22:25



Ruth had another early start this morning. This time it was Petal's turn to go for her neutering operation. Thanks so much to Rosie and Paul for picking her up and keeepimg her overnight with them. :))

Ruby Rebel's new Mom came to see him and spend some time with him. Hopefully he will soon be going home. :)

Alfie's new Mom came to visit him too! He will be going home as soon as she runs the London Marathon! We wish her good luck. Xx

Ranger's wound continues to look good. Good news. :)

It was a dry day and much warmer. The dogs all enjoyed their walks this morning. They found some new friends....there are workmen half way down the lane. They enjoyed meeting the dogs as much as the dogs enjoyed meeting them. Several of the dogs wanted to get in their van. :))

Thanks so much for everyone's help today.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 16 Apr 13:34



We have had a request for a short term foster home for one of our previous Daybreaks Residents. Sadly her owner is in hospital at the moment. If anyone is able to help please call us on 0121 782 7702. Many thanks Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 15 Apr 15:31



It's been a busy old day with all the greys having a fab time in the sand run and lots of TLC from our volunteers and Duke of Edinburgh placement volunteers. We 'cat tested' all the recent new arrivals and we have a couple that passed their test so if you are an owner of a cat(s) and have been thinking of having a greyhound - give us a call - we can give you more information.

As Tyke and Socks our resident cats help us so much with temperament testing, we are extending their outside play area and thank you to Paul B and Paul P who came along to help put wheels in motion following my appeal for help. This evening I am off to collect the UPVC door which has been donated in as part of this project!

I signed up the beautiful Abel now called Grace and had lots of visitors throughout the day - one of which brought a very kind donation. This had been collected by Charde, who is a proud greyhound owner, at her school. This has been pledged towards our sand run appeal which we are hoping to complete as soon as we have raised enough.

If you would like to donate to this, please click on our link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rainbowbridgers

By helping us to achieve this by making a donation - perhaps in memory of one of our own running free at Rainbow Bridge, will in turn help those currently with us to run free and do what they love to do safely.

It is feeding time now so must go - we have hungry mouths to feed!!!! I am always grateful to those who log on and read our updates :-)

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 14 Apr 23:05



A very busy day! :) AND a very warm and sunny day!!! :))

An early start for Ruth and Andy, they had already gone off to the warehouse when Angie and I arrived. Xx

An early start too for Sarah, one of our volunteers. She came to take one of our residents for a day out at Melbicks helping to raise awareness for our Greyhounds. The very handsome Duke went and was a perfect ambassador for his fellow Greyhounds. :))

Back at the kennels, Sandy went home with her lovely family. Her new little Brother proudly walked out with her holding his own extra special lead. :)

Red was reserved :) Such a gorgeous girl. Xx

Petal has returned to the kennels after being fostered for a while. Thanks so mucn to Carol for looking after her especially when she was quite poorly with a stomache bug. Xx

We had a visit from a Daybreaks favourite, Nifty and his lovely Mom and Dad. He looks fantastic and so very happy. :)

Jess was kept busy with bathings, great to see Arthur again. :)

Beautiful Annie came in with her new family to be officially adopted. She rested her head on the desk to make sure the paperwork was being completed properly! She and her new sister Kitty look so good together. :)) Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. It was great to see Sara and Louis again...Sara is getting faster on those crutches! Xxx

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by shanishoo

Saturday 14 Apr 07:19



Keeping my fingers crossed for Molly and Tony today, surely they have waited long enough for their forever homes, 2 wonderful hounds that deserve a home xxxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 13 Apr 17:44



Early start to the day as Ruth took Ranger off to the vet for his castrate and to have his wound looked at.

We are full of doggies at the moment and it took me a while to get them all cleaned and fed this morning - bless them though they were very patient and only Alfie complained about being kept waiting!!

We had lots of visitors during the day - to use the run, drop off kind donations of bedding and two viewings which resulted in the handsome Ruby Rebel and beautiful little Nancy being reserved - yay! (and I was going to take Ruby Rebel's photo today for my phone screensaver - so I am going to count it as a success!!) Tony is now residing on my phone as my new screensaver - fingers crossed.

Our new arrivals are all so lovely. Sophie is such a lively, happy girl who loves to put her paws on your shoulders and give you a proper cuddle. Duke is very handsome indeed, and sharing his kennel with pretty little Winny.

Huge thanks to those who came to help out today.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and here's hoping we see some more red signs. I am going to put my feet up and have a glass or two of wine this evening!

Angie xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 13 Apr 16:21



What a fabulous day with the gorgeous Ruby Rebel finally reserved and Nancy too. I am so happy! Poor Ranger really doesn't like Friday the 13th as we went off to the vets today for his castrate and the wound on his neck was debrided and stitched. He is a little forlorn and unsettled at the moment :-(((( Poor fella......

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by HandymanDave

Friday 13 Apr 16:17



Hi, sorry only just back in from work. Can call her now but on your web it says your now closed? Otherwise will call tomorrow. As said before I'm more than happy to do free of charge for this great cause.
Dave

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 12 Apr 23:40



Another two new arrivals today! Petal and Red two lovely girls. :) We have lots of great boys and girls waiting patiently for their forever homes....and we have lots more waiting to come into the kennels. If anyone can fit another one or two in at home they would be so grateful. Xxx

It was a very chilly, wet and miserable day yet again! Thank you so much to everyone who helped out today. According to the weather Forecast it's going to be 21 degrees next week!!

Thanks so much to the kind people who popped in with beddding. All very much appreciated.

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Thursday 12 Apr 07:57



Handyman Dave can you give Ruth a call on 01217827702 and she will let you know her plans... Huge thank you. X

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by HandymanDave

Wednesday 11 Apr 22:12



Hi Lewisfuggie, we adopted two greyhounds from another RGT and my wife loves looking at all the greyhounds for adoption.

She has told me there is an appeal for a handyman and some resources, I am a carpenter and handyman. Would love to help for this cause and am happy to do it free of charge.

Cheers Dave.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 10 Apr 22:42



So pleased to see Sandy reserved today. She is such a sweet girl. Xx

Our recent new arrivals are all starting to settle in their new environment but Duke and Sophie are not too keen on our cuisine at present! However they did like the lovely homemade sausage rolls supplied by Lucy. :))

Surprisingly it was quite dry today! Thanks so much to all our lovely volunteers who walked our residents and helped out at the kennels. :)

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Tuesday 10 Apr 20:36



We now have an offer of a door for our project, but still need labour and materials... I.e.. Wood, chicken wire, roofing (clear) if possible... Please give Ruth a call on 01217827702. Thanks

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 10 Apr 04:42



A late Sunday diary entry but this will cheer you up! After close of kennels on Sunday, Andy and I headed to Rugby to see how Diddy was getting on in his new home. He greeted us at the door with his new greyhound sister Afra and made sure I knew he hadn’t forgotten me! He is doing well so the adoption papers were signed and he finally has his forever home xxxxx

They say things happen for a reason and on Sunday I also had a message from the owners of Archie to say they were still having problems. After a series of phone calls, yesterday Archie went straight out on trial to a foster home to an owner who has been through a sad and traumatic series of events recently.

It is always very hard to return a dog but sometimes the circumstances are just not right.

I want to thank Archie’s owners for all their assistance - especially when it was hard for them but they have been reassured by being involved in the process of him finding a new home.

I spoke to Archie’s foster mum last night and he has settled brilliantly and was fast asleep with his legs in the air when I called! This has made a very sad lady very happy..... I will keep you posted x

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 09 Apr 23:19



Two more new arrivals today! Nancy and Sophie. They are both gorgeous!

Jillie went home this morning. She came into the office and helped with the paperwork. :))

Wonderful to see Alfie reserved! He has waited a long time...he will be going home when his Mom has completed her Marathons,
wishing her well. Sure Alfie would join her but somehow I think the sofa would be more appealing to him! :)

Ruth took Marty for his neutering operation this morning. He also had seven teeth removed. Thanks so much to Lisa for picking him up this evening. He was not quite with it when he returned to the kennels; we left his dinner in his kennel for later when he will maybe feel more awake. Xxx

Thanks to everyone for their help today. We managed to go on morning and afternoon walks before the rain started. :)

Lots of Birthdays to celebrate today. My Skip and his Brothers, Champ and Trevor, Lucy's Ellie, our friend Norman and new little girlie Nancy. Happy Birthday everyone :) Xx

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 08 Apr 11:41



I am appealing for help to those in the building trade or if you are a handy man!!!!! I need some help with a project..... so if you think you could help - please give me a call!!!! Ruth 0121 782 7702.
Also does anyone have a spare UPVC windowed door? (if you don't ask - you don't get!!!!) :-)

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 08 Apr 00:04



Sandy spent the day in the office today. She was quite nervous with visitors but was happy to accept gentle fuss. :) She did get a little freaked out when our electrician started drilling next door in the treatment room!

Alfie and Jillie also had a change of scene and sat and watched the world go by sitting in the kitchen run. Alfie regularly looked through the kitchen window in the hope that it was dinner time! Xx

The dogs enjoyed their walks and this afternoon were able to leave their coats off again. Great!

Jeremy brought Casey for a visit this afternoon. He looks very well. It's nearly a year since he "fostered" him. :)

We now have a great new shower in the treatment room. It's much quieter than the one attached to the bath so hopefully some of the more nervous dogs will be a little more relaxed during bath time. :)

Thank you to everyone who helped out today. It was good to see Sara, Louis and Gloria again. :))

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by Shanesmum

Friday 06 Apr 17:47



Well what a lovely day that was.

It was extremely quiet this morning , once again no volunteers and no visitors. It meant I had another chance to get up close and personal with our lovely boys and girls and get to know the 2 new arrivals.

Rory is yet another gorgeous black boy with a lovely grey face - ooo I am now torn between him and my lovely Marty! Annie is still quite nervous, but this didn't stop her being reserved this afternoon - well done my pretty.

This afternoon also saw the pretty little Shadey and handsome Jack set off for new lives in their lovely new homes. All the best to them and their families.

Horse was on good form today, after the scare he gave everyone yesterday. Good to see him tucking into his food and enjoying his walk this afternoon.

We've had a delivery of lovely new rain coats - it may be getting warmer but it's not getting much drier! so if your hound needs a new mac, come along and have a look.

Thanks to those who came along to help this afternoon, our Greys enjoyed their walk in the lovely Spring sunshine.

We have more viewings booked for the weekend, so fingers crossed for some more red signs.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 05 Apr 23:06



We had two lovely new arrivals this morning. Annie and Rory. Annie was very nervous when she first arrived but after a bath and her dinner, we paired her up with new lad Rory and they settled well together. :)

Horse gave us a real scare this afternoon. After his first trip to the park he returned very stressed and was having trouble breathing. His temperature was very high, so he had an emergency trip to the vets with Ruth and Norman. He was kept in for observation for a few hours but thankfully he was able to come back to the kennels this evening. Horsey, please don't do that to us again!!!

When Ruth collected Horse from the vets, she also picked up Sandy who has had her neutering operation today. She is staying with Ruth and Andy to recover. :)

We had a great donation of lots of dog toys today. :) Thank you. Xx

Thanks to all our helpers; it made a welcome change for our hounds to be able to go out in the sunshine without their coats on!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 03 Apr 23:24



Sandy came back to the kennels today after being fostered for a few days. Thank you to the family who took her home and introduced her to new sights and sounds. She is a very sweet but timid girl.

Marty had a bath today, he was such a good boy! Lucy's Ellie had one too, she was not so impressed but soon forgave Jess after she was given a treat! If you would like to offer your hound a spring time bath please contact the kennels and we can put you in touch with Jess or Lorna. :))

Sara and Louis came in today and we introduced all our current residents to Louis. He is a fluffy border collie, something new to many of them. They all got on very well with him especially Tony and Marty and little Molly was SO excited to meet him. :))

Many thanks to Jess and Jane for giving the treatment room a spring clean, it looks great! :)

We had a lot of helpers today, so we were able to go on morning and afternoon walks. Although it rained again! Thanks everyone. Xx

Xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Monday 02 Apr 22:13



Chapeau to all the workers and volunteers! You do such an amazing job caring for and rehoming the wonderful hounds that pass through your hands. Can't believe homes have been found for so many this past week and rehoming Roy and Saddle and Laddie and Lulu while keeping them in their family groups is such brilliant news. Hoping you all had a wonderful Easter. Still working on TC to let me have a brother or sister for Florence! Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 02 Apr 21:28



It may have been a damp and dreary day outside but inside the kennels the sun was shining! :))

This morning handsome Jack was reserved. I think kissing every member of his new family certainly helped them with their decision! :)

Katy went home this afternoon. What a very, pretty, happy and bubbly girl she is...she dived into the car ready to start her new life. :)

To finish off the day our wonderful Brother and Sister, Laddie and Lulu found themselves having to skip dinner to go home! They both looked gorgeous in new coats and collars. :)

With the news Saddle and Roy are doing well and Diddy too it really was a great day for our lovely hounds. :))))

Thanks to Florence and her Mom for the Easter Eggs for our residents. They all had one today :) some of them were not quite sure whether to play with them or eat them!

Thanks also to friends who popped in with donations of fish and treats for the dogs and hot cross buns for us. Xx

A big thank you to erveryone who helped out today, we are so grateful. Xx

Xxx

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by PamD

Monday 02 Apr 12:16



So pleased For Saddle and Roy I have been thinking about them
Really hope all continues well

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 02 Apr 11:41



I absolutely over the moon to report that Roy and Saddle have settled into their new home really well! So happy.... and now breathe!!!

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by shanishoo

Monday 02 Apr 10:04



Got everything crossed for a positive outcome for Diddy xxxxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 02 Apr 08:26



We had a very efficient cleaning out morning yesterday as all the inmates were lovely and clean so by mid morning myself and Andy were off to Rugby to take Diddy to his new home on trial. He had a run around the garden, then we took him to the park where he met other breeds (who he was intrigued in but didn't pull or lunge) and didn't even react to a squirrel jumping around in front of him!!!! His new greyhound sister, who is normally reactive, was on her best behaviour with her new bro by her side! Back to a bit of cheesecake from his new mum and then he curled up in his bed content! Fingers crossed all goes well.... we will keep you posted.

Congratulations to Lisa who won the chocolate hamper which had been donated in by Erica :-)

Hope everyone had a peaceful Happy Easter - I know the Daybreaks greys did xxxx

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by rubytwoshoes

Sunday 01 Apr 13:15



Happy Easter to all the adopters and adoptees and to everyone, human and hounds, at the kennels. xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 31 Mar 22:37



Well done to Ranger! So pleased to see him reserved this morning. Xx

We had several visitors come to meet our girls and boys today. They all loved the extra attention.

It was very quiet this afternoon and unfortunately we didn't have enough people to be able to go on walks. Ruth took some of the dogs in the sand run. Rebel and Molly had a super time and both came back carrying their favourite toys, suitably covered in spit and sand :)

Ruth recruited Andy to give us a hand at feeding time as there was just the two of us. Thanks so much Andy. x

On the way home I dropped a bag of food off for ex-Daybreaks resident Steffi. What a very happy and content boy he is! :)

It was another cold and wet day!!! Can't believe it is April 1st tomorrow. Still feels like the middle of winter to me! :)

Wishing everyone and their hounds a very Happy Easter! Keep an eye on your Easter Eggs! Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 30 Mar 17:18



Well, that was a quiet, quiet day! Ruth & I were on our own all morning - no volunteers & no visitors!! We whizzed through cleaning and feeding and then started a major spring clean - it was great to get to grips with those jobs that always go on hold when you're busy.

As they couldn't go out on a walk, I was able to spend some real quality time with the boys & girls, giving them a lovely groom and massage with Aloe Vera and getting to know the 3 new boys.

As my Diddy has now been reserved, I have found a new favourite - the beautiful Marty. He has a fabulous grey face, and is a quiet and gentle soul. He stood beautifully to be brushed, then leaned & leaned, just revelling in the contact and company.

Lunchtime brought some volunteers, so the boys and girls could have an afternoon walk. Our reserved girls Katy & Jillie both had visits from their new families, and the handsome ex residents Ronnie & Reggie came for some fun in the sand run.

Shy little girl Sandy has gone out on foster, she is so pretty and had spent the morning in the kitchen with Diddy, she is such a good girl and just needs her confidence building so the world is not such a scary place for her.

Many thanks to all who came to help this afternoon, despite the awful weather.

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter, and hope that the weekend brings some more of our beauties the sofa they deserve.

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 29 Mar 23:13



Clare went home this morning :) Her two new young brothers came with their Mom to sort out the paperwork. Clare came into the office to help too! She was very keen to check out what was in every cupboard and drawer and whether she could find anything edible. :)) She left with new coats and a new name....Chloe. :) x

It was great to see Shani, Ken and their two handsome boys Dexter and Jack. They both had a pamper with Jess. Many thanks for the goodies they brought in for the Trust boys and girls. Xx

Jillie has been reserved! :) She is a very sweet little girl.

It was Roy and Saddles turn to go home this afternoon! They looked so smart in new coats and collars. Ruth has told their new Mom and Dad ALL about them! Fingers crossed they will be the good boys we know they can be. Xx

Sara and Louis came in to help today. So sad Charlie is no longer with us. He loved coming to the kennels and used to bark to tell us all he had arrived. :) The Greyhound urn is beautiful and a fitting tribute to him. Xxx

Thank you so much to all our helpers today. Once again another cold and wet day! We couldn't run the kennels without all our brilliant volunteers. Xx

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 29 Mar 19:32



Sorry for the late diary update and thought I best do it before Kate catches me up with today's news!

Yesterday was, as usual a very busy day with 18 dogs. As we had no free kennel space I took Sandy home with me again and she has been such a golden little lass. Very nervy and shy but is gaining in confidence.... so very sweet.... so if you want a lovely girl who is 100% clean in the house and can be left - she is just perfect!

Most of you will all know that Sara's precious Charlie died suddenly at the kennels on Saturday. Sara has been volunteering at Daybreaks for almost as long as I have! She has had a rough time of late and therefore we are doing a collection for her to pay for the cremation of Charlie and a beautiful greyhound tribute urn to house Charlie's ashes, which arrived today.

If you would like to give to Sara's collection, please pop into the kennels or give us a call. Ruth x

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by shanishoo

Thursday 29 Mar 14:52



Really enjoyed our visit to Daybreaks today, much more than our two boys I'm afraid, don't think they were very impressed with having a bath, especially Jack, his face was a picture, thanks Jess for looking after the boys. It was lovely to see all the lovely hounds that I read about every day, they are all gorgeous, but I must admit, I did fall a little bit in love with Josie and Marty. Josie is so petite and gentle and Mary is just awesome, he was so gentle taking bits of sausage from me, got to see the wonderful Saddle and Roy, and Lulu and Laddie are just adorable, cheeky chap Alfie made me laugh, he couldn't get the sausage quick enough. I wish we lived local, we would be at the kennels as much as we could, it's a wonderful, positive place. Nice to see you today Kate as always....... until next time xxxxxxx

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 28 Mar 16:13



We coming into kennels tomorrow as our boys are having a pamper day with Jess, can't wait to see all the lovely staff and houndies, my idea of heaven. Xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 27 Mar 22:18



We had a very busy day which saw three new arrivals, Horse, Marty and Ranger. We were asked to take them by the Greyhound Board, due to an emergency situation. We have a lot of super boys currently at the kennels; we are desperate to find homes for them. I'm sure there must be several sofas with space for a handsome boy!

Our two shy girls Shadey and Sandy greeted us with waggy tails this morning. It's great to see they are beginning to settle. As we have a full kennels Ruth has taken Sandy home with her tonight for some extra tlc.

Thanks so much to everyone for covering the kennels whilst Ruth and I went to collect the boys this morning. :)

Xxx

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by Jembob

Monday 26 Mar 11:37



We only heard this news this morning and are deeply saddened by Charlie's passing. Charlie (and his pal Louis) have helped so many hounds over the years to overcome their fear of other breeds. It would be lovely to see some sort of permanent reminder to Charlie at Daybreaks in recognition of his devoted service, patience and good grace. He will be truly missed by those of us fortunate to have seen him on a regular basis.

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by bluespriest

Sunday 25 Mar 21:13



Dear Sara, I am so sorry to hear your news about Charles. You could not have loved him more. Debbie and I were remembering today how we stood in the garden with the three of you on the day we got Moe. We send you our love, from Carol and Moe xxxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Sunday 25 Mar 20:39



Sara, no words can help but know that Charlie is running free with all his greyhound friends and had the best mom in the world. Lots of love. Florence and Klaire xxx

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by Liz_beth

Sunday 25 Mar 20:12



I'm so sorry to hear this Sara. Sending all our best wishes, Elizabeth and Maggie xx

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by helenanddave

Sunday 25 Mar 18:24



Such very sad news about Charlie. He was so well loved and such a great part of Daybreaks. Love to Sara and Louis. Run free Charlie boy. xx

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by bluesfan

Sunday 25 Mar 16:32



So sorry to hear the news Sara. Love to you and Louis from Jackie, Grant and Rosie xxx

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Sunday 25 Mar 15:52



Such an amazing and fitting tribute to your wonderful Charles Sara. He was such an integral part of Daybreaks, and I have many fond memories of seeing him either in the kitchen and just chilling with whatever greys were there or at the parties wandering around and saying hello and waiting for some fuss A truly amazing character, a true Daybreaks ambassador and such a lovely 'pretend' greyhound. Will be very sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him. I am sure he will be looking down and watching over you Jo xxxx

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by blackisbeautiful

Sunday 25 Mar 14:47



So devastated for Sara to lose her lovely Charlie so suddenly like that I hope that you can take a little comfort knowing that he went surrounded by love at the kennels He will be greatly missed but knew he was much loved Hugs to all x x

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by crackercharlieX

Sunday 25 Mar 14:32



my heart is breaking today and i'm still very numb and in shock. Charles was the most amazing, loving, loyal and unique dog anyone could ever meet! he loved everyone and every dog he ever met and had is own very unique way of saying 'Hello, now fuss me' and was very vocal and would always let everyone know he had arrived. i have lost my best friend but feel so lucky so have got to spend everyday with him by my side. I am going to miss him so much and Louis is really lost without his best friend to show him what to do. Thank you so much to Ruth for saving him and bringing him into the kennels all those years a go! I fell in love with him the second i saw him, such a handsome lad with the most amazing eyes! He was a massive part of Daybreaks and took his 'job' very seriously. it is in a way fitting that his life with me should end where it all began! I will miss him so very much and i have so many happy memories of him that will live on within me forever. Now rest in peace my beautiful baby boy! I loved you so so much and once this fog has lifted i will remember how amazing you really were! thank you so much to Ruth, Andy, Kate, Jess, Georgia and Adam for all your support and help yesterday, at least Charles was surrounded by people who loved him and his best doggie friends and that his death was quick and painless. I don't know how i would've coped without you all by my side! I loved you so much mate now sleep tight and hopefully Cracker will be there to help and look after you! Daybreaks won't be the same without you. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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by willerby

Sunday 25 Mar 11:29



so very sorry to hear the news of Charlie sending hugs to Sara xx

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by Nifty'sMom&Dad

Sunday 25 Mar 10:19



So sad to hear the news about poor Charlie,sending hugs to Sarah and Louis xx

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by shanishoo

Sunday 25 Mar 07:19



So very sorry for Charlie and his family, run free Charlie xxxxxx

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Saturday 24 Mar 23:22



I am so very sorry to hear this, absolutely devastated for Sara and Louis. Charlie was such a massive part of Daybreaks and a huge part of Sara's life. God bless you Charlie, run free sweetheart and watch over your Mom. Xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 24 Mar 22:14



Dear Sara, sending you and Louis all our love tonight. God Bless Charlie, a super and very, very special lad. We are heartbroken. All our love Kate and your kitchen mates Skip and Fletch. Xxxxxxxxx

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by PamD

Saturday 24 Mar 21:53



So very sorry Sarah
Run free Charlie with all our angels at The Bridge
Hugs xxxx

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by rubytwoshoes

Saturday 24 Mar 21:18



Oh no that's awful. So sad for all concerned. xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 24 Mar 20:56



There are no words to describe how we are all feeling. This afternoon Charlie, who belongs to Sara (one of our volunteers) died suddenly whilst at the kennels. We are all numb and distraught especially for Sara. Charlie was a massive part of Daybreaks - we will miss him terribly but our thoughts are with Sara and Charlie’s fur brother Louis. Run free Charlie fella... bark at us from Rainbow Bridge... you will never be forgotten xxxxx
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by Shanesmum

Friday 23 Mar 17:36



Today started with another early trip to the Vet for Ruth - this time to take Sandy for her neutering operation and our little foundling cat to be checked over. The Vet confirmed that the kittens were due imminently, but poor Sandy was unable to have her op as she had a bit of a tummy upset and a temperature. At least she could have her breakfast on her return to the kennels! She is such a shy little girl and is quite worried by things, lets hope that she will start to relax and settle very soon.

As promised I took the lovely Diddy's photo and it is now my current phone screensaver. He spent the day in the kitchen and was so good - just sitting in his bed watching everything that was going on, he loves to observe and poke that gorgeous grey nose into everything - well, you never know if a tasty treat might be found!

We were very short on volunteers this morning so it was sand run play time for the residents. The sunshine was lovely and it was great to get their coats off for a bit and let the air blow round them!

This afternoon Ruth, Adam, Roger and I attended our Fire Warden training. This is primarily in relation to our office at the Swan, but of course the things we learned will be very valuable at the kennels too. It really made us look at our own daily practices and think about some of the things we do - we also got to discharge fire extinguishers too!!

On our return to the kennels the little cat had started to give birth to her kittens - fortunately 2 of our Animal Management Course placements were on hand to help out - now that's what I call "practical training", and a novel experience for the kennels indeed.

Thanks to everyone who came to help this afternoon and to Paul for covering the kennels while we attended our training.

It's our Mell Square roadshow tomorrow and 2 of our beauties will be in attendance so why not pop along to say hello?

After such an exciting day it's definitely time for a glass of wine!

Have a good weekend all.

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 22 Mar 23:16



Katy went to the vet for her neutering operation this morning. On the way back I had to get a new front tyre as it had acquired a bulge overnight! :( A huge thank you to Yvonne, Shirley, Richard and Gail for doing everything at the kennels whilst I sat in Kwik Fit for an hour drinking hot chocolate!!!

Katy was a very sleepy girl when I picked her up this afternoon. She had also had to have one cracked tooth removed. :( I left her in the car for a while then Gail and I carried her back to her kennel and left her with some dinner for later, bless her. Hopefully she will feel better tomorrow.

Very sad to see Jillie returned today. She is a very sweet little girl. Her owner has other pets and sadly felt she had taken on too much. Fingers crossed a new home will soon come along. Xx

Sara came in for the afternoon. :) She is still on crutches but is moving a lot faster! It was good to see her, Charlie and Louis....She did have a moan at us again for messing up her bowls :)))

She also left us with an extra guest at the kennels. She found a very cute small black cat who is very pregnant wandering around outside. She is tucked up in a crate with lots of soft bedding in the warm. Ruth is taking her see the vet tomorrow.

Thanks so much to everyone for all their help today.

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 21 Mar 16:15



So what have we been up? We had our usual Wednesday crew to help out. Jill took some photos which she threatened to put on Facebook but thankfully hasn't! All I can say is Dave is still smiling!!!

Diddy spent the day in the kitchen and was such a happy, contented, quiet boy and enjoyed the extra fuss and attention. I took him down to meet my boy Foxy and visit Bob and he was so good :-)

Roy and Saddle spent some time in the run with Cassie (one of our visiting ex-residents) to try and give her some encouragement to run!!!

Sue took Alfie to the vets for the second part of his vaccination. He is so adorable and well behaved.... why hasn't he been picked yet?......

TTFN - I am off home to get warm..... roll on an increase in temperatures.... I am flipping frozen!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 20 Mar 22:17



We had two new arrivals today, Katy and Sandy. Both lovely girls! Sandy was a little stressed and wasn't interested in eating her dinner. We left it in her kennel with her for later. I have just checked on the cameras and her bowl is empty. :)))

Shadey is fine after her neutering operation but such a shy little girl. Hopefully when she has been with us a while she will start to relax. Everything must be very strange to her at the moment. xx

Thank you very much to the visitors who brought bedding in for the kennels and to the person who left more bedding outside for us.

Today is officially the first day of Spring and despite a small shower the sun did shine for the morning walks. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help. :)))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 20 Mar 12:26



Yesterday after picking up Shadey from the vets I did plan to have her at home but she was quite stressed and after her operation, I felt it best for her to go back into her kennel - which she did and lay straight down. Afterall it is somewhere she knows and feels safe.
Andy and I then headed out to do Roy and Saddles home visit and took the boys with us. Within a short while of arriving, both lads were curled up on separate sofas and Roy even had his paw on the TV remote - I think he felt quite at home. As we arrived back late, rather than unsettling the inmates at the kennels, we kept the boys at home (well any excuse eh?!) They were as usual golden and slept well - after all they had had an exciting evening! The boys go out to their new home on trial Easter weekend x

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 19 Mar 22:54



Ruth took Shadey to the vets for her neutering operation today. As it was quite a late pick up this evening she is staying with Ruth and Andy tonight. Xx

It was another very cold day but at least the sun came out and melted most of the remaining snow. Thanks to everyone who came in today and ignored the windchill factor to take the dogs out.

Molly and kennel mate Rebel had a great time in the run with Alan and Myra this afternoon. They have both been with us some time now, it must be their turn to find their special homes. Xx

Thanks so much to visitors who brought in donations or bedding and treats today. So kind of you.

Only my hardy Skip wanted to come to the kennels with me this morning, Lyra and Fletcher were far happier to stay at home in the warm with their Dad! Can't say I blame them! :)))

I admired Ruth's floor painting today; it is definitely Smurf blue!

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 18 Mar 15:46



Momma Smurf reporting from Daybreaks (well that's my new name today after I went to move a tin of blue paint from a top shelf and this incident took around 3 hours to clear up the devastation!!!!)

Anyway, down to dog business..... the beautiful Mabel Abel (as we call her) was reserved and has gone out on trial... as a new companion for Mabel... we said they only need to call one name and two will come running! Bonus!

After a late viewing yesterday (which I kept under wraps in case nothing came of it) I had the phone call which made my day - Roy and Saddle have a home to go to TOGETHER!!!! I am going to do the home visit tomorrow evening and taking the boys with me to see what they think!

Diddy and Clare spent the day in the kitchen helping us rearrange cupboards etc. We then had a viewing and Clare obviously fluttered those beautiful lashes and it did the trick - she was reserved! Yay!

Poppy (aka Crusty) came to visit today for me to trim her pads (yes - pads !) and did some corn removals for Tess - so satisfying!!!

Due to the snow, racing was cancelled at Perry Barr track so our new arrivals have been postponed. We hope to have delivery of them in the next couple of days.

It has been bitterly cold so I need to go and defrost and have a reward with a big glass of wine! Grateful thanks to Lisa, Bella and Andy for braving the cold and helping... you are all fab xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 17 Mar 22:43



We had several very smelly kennels to clean this morning....Angie and Ruth did a marvellous job of making them sparkle!

It was so very cold today! A big thank you to Jeremy and Adam who almost got lost in a blizzard while they were out on a walk this afternoon! :))

We had a beautiful new arrival this morning Shadey, a very pretty girl. We didn't think she would have appreciated a bath today. :) We are expecting two more girls tomorrow, fingers crossed the snow stays away.

So happy to see Josie go home today. She has a lovely new family to share her life with. We took the homing photo in the office as it was so cold outside. :). Xx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 16 Mar 17:40



Apart from one sharp downpour, today felt like it was Spring! I actually had to take my coat off as the sun was beautiful.

Ruth took Alfie off to the Vet this morning for a check up, and he is doing really well. Abel's tummy also seems to be improving, and she really tucks in to her special food bless her.

Poor Diddy's kennel looked like a massacre had taken place this afternoon - he has sadly split his tail again and is now sporting a very fetching bandage!

Bea the Beagle came for a visit this afternoon, and we tested some of the dogs with her in the sand run - both Jack and Ruby Rebel were absolute stars with her.

I was so happy to see the lovely Vera who came for a play in the run, she looks great and gave me a very sandy kiss when she had finished playing!!

Many thanks to those who came along to help out today - I think we all enjoyed the lovely weather.

Angie
x

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 16 Mar 10:57



Alfie has just been to Fivelands for his check up following the second part of his dental last week. His gums are healing really well and he has put on a kilo - yay!
Little Abel is doing much better and her prescription food is helping massively - she is absolutely adorable and both Able and Alfie are my current favourites! x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 15 Mar 22:35



Laddie went off to the vets for his neutering operation today. When Ruth picked him up this evening he was quite bright and he enjoyed his dinner. :)) I think he was happy to be back at the kennels with his lovely sister Lulu. x

Little Abel has an upset tum at the moment :( Hoping she will soon be feeling better. She is such a sweet girl, loves a cuddle. Not keen on going back into her kennel....sure she would be much happier in a home with a sofa of her own! Xxx

Alfie has a check up at the vets tomorrow after his recent dental. He is a very happy, bouncy lad, so sure all will be well. :)

Many thanks to everyone who helped today. Lucy's Ellie wanted to help with preparing dinners but trying to sample them all wasn't really necessary! :))

It was a very damp start but the sun did come out for a while this afternoon in time for afternoon walks. :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 13 Mar 23:39



It was a busy day today. The Pet Blood Bank were with us taking donations from both kennel dogs and pet dogs. It was lovely to see old friends both two legged and four! :) It was also great to see some new Greyhounds become Blood Donors for the first time. Jackie and Cliff brought Billy and Sam to the kennels only intending to buy food...handsome lad Sam ended up donating blood! There were the regulars too including Ellie, Misty and Fletcher. If you would like more information regarding your Greyhound becoming a Blood Donor please give us a call at the kennels on 0121 782 7702 or contact the Pet Blood Bank direct on 01509 232 222. It is a brilliant good deed for your dog to take part in as one donation can possibly help save the lives of up to four other dogs. x

Our lovely Josie donated Blood today. She is such a lovely girl. :))

The weather was much better today and both Greyhounds and humans enjoyed going for walks without getting soaked! :)

Thanks so very much to everyone for their help today. :))))

Kate Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 12 Mar 22:03



What a wet and miserable day. :(

Despite the rain we had some brave volunteers who were happy to take the dogs out for a walk this morning. :)

Alfie is doing well after his dental, it hasn't affected his appetite! Little girls Abel and Clare are both good following their recent neutering operations. After seeing the rain this morning I'm sure neither them were not too concerned they are not able to go for a walk at the moment. :)

Thanks so much for everyone who helped out today.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 11 Mar 22:34



It was great to see lovely little Jillie go home today. Wishing her a very happy new life. Xx

Wonderful too for Josie, reserved at last! She is a very sweet girl. :)

It was quite a pleasent day for a change and we were able to walk the dogs without their coats :) I had the pleasure of going on a couple of the walks. I have to say Laddie and Lulu are an absolute dream to walk. We were accompanied by Diddy who walks beautifully too. It was a real pleasure. Xx

Happy Mothers Day to all Greyhound Mums! Xxx

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 10 Mar 17:03



Peanut butter kongs were on the menu today for lunch! Roy and Saddle went off to Melbicks and Diddy had his tail bandaged.... again.......
Alfie and Clare are extremely bright following their ops yesterday and both had extra cuddles xxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 09 Mar 17:08



An early start to the day saw Ruth & Andy take "the boys" off to Crufts, and Lisa on the Vet run delivering Alfie for his dental and Clare for her neutering op.

The rest of the day was very quiet, for both visitors and volunteers - judging by the traffic I encountered on my way home I think everyone was at Crufts today!!

Abel has recovered well from her op yesterday - she is such a friendly and affectionate little girl who likes to give out kisses.

No wonder Lulu split her tail yesterday - it goes round like a propeller and now it has a dressing and bandage on the end it could almost be classed as a lethal weapon, it gives you a mighty whack!! She is such a cutie, always up for fuss and jumping all over her lovely brother, who is very patient with her.

It was lovely to see the pretty little Cassie (was Bonnie) come to use the sand run this morning. She has really blossomed in her home and enjoyed her run around.

The sand run has plenty of bookings over the weekend, a lot of them from Crufts visitors who are delighted to have this great facility so close. We can expect a great variety of breeds to have some fun in the run - lets hope the weather is kind to them.

Thanks to those who helped out today - have a great weekend all.

Angie x

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by helpyhelperton

Thursday 08 Mar 02:31



Yesterday saw the welcome return of Denise after her operation and the sun!!

Mr Helpyhelperton senior came to the kennels to help replace the burst water pipes.

We had visitors from the Isle of Mann as well as Bea the brave (Beagle) to have play time in the run. Bea went in with brothers Roy and Saddle. Saddle was really good but Roy slightly more keen but both did really well which bodes well for their visit to Crufts.

We have a few more Crufts visitors who have booked to use the exercise area over the next few days - it is great seeing so many different breeds.

laddie and Lulu who are brother and sister are the sweetest pair, so very friendly and affectionate who have settled well were spotlessly clean in their kennel :-)

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 06 Mar 22:17



I can confirm the devastation of Ruth and Andys's kitchen yesterday. I really didn't know what to say; it looked liked a scene from one of those Disney films you see when the cute little furry stars of the film wreck their owners home! Bless em!! :)

Thanks so much to Norman for taking Diddy to the park this morning. It was great for him to have a change of scene and he was such a good boy. Hope someone has a space on their sofa for this handsome gentleman. Xx

We had two more new arrivals today. Brother and Sister, Laddie and Lulu. Both stunning. :) and very happy!

Sue took little Jillie to the vets for her neutering operation this morning. She was still a little sleepy when Andy picked her up this afternoon. Hopefully she will feel better in the morning. x

We had two young visitors to use the run today who will be competing at Crufts later this week. They were Cirenco dell'etna hounds. Brother and Sister and absolutely gorgeous! Unlike our lovely Greyhounds they were still racing around the run after twenty minutes! They loved it so much their owner is bringing them back again tomorrow. :))

Thanks so much to everyone who came and helped out. There was actually some sunshine to accompany the walks today! :)))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 06 Mar 04:12



Andy and I did the warehouse run yesterday, scuppered due to the M42/M6 slip road being closed so it took us a while to get to West Bromwich.

On arriving back home, I peeped through the window to check on the boys... and Foxy was on his bed, Roy was on the sofa but..... Saddle.... I think desperately trying to clear up the devastation in our flat.... as the kitchen had been ransacked!!!! That will teach me to not shut the kitchen door!!

Foxy did a great job of looking bewildered bless him but reality is he was probably giving marks out of 10 as he currently holds the record for naughtiness!!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 05 Mar 22:15



It was so warm at the kennels today, almost tropical! Ok, so it wasn't that hot but I did take my scarf off! :)

We had another new arrival. A beautiful little girl called Clare. Myra and Alan gave her a nice bath and she went on her first walk with us this afternoon. :)

The washing machine and hose pipe are working again, so things are good!...and our Greyhounds are beautiful! Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 05 Mar 07:01



I was so happy when I woke to rain yesterday morning as it was melting the snow! This meant we had a few helpers so Roy and Saddle got another bath as they needed it after their usual playtime in a very soggy sand run!!!

The lovely Belle went out to foster too. All in all a warmer and better day yay!

Roy and Saddle are staying at ours and are being golden and each time I popped down to check on them through the window they were fast asleep - they are absolutely adorable :-)

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 04 Mar 09:01



Thanks LadyVictoria but it is no problem although my journey into work was long and hazardous - NOT! The bonus of living on site eh - a walk up the drive and I'm there :-)

It was a horrible day - so very cold and we had 2 burst pipes - one by the washing machine and one out the back by the tumble dryer which had flooded the floor :-((((

The boys and girls all had a lovely groom but it was (I felt) to risky to let them off the lead in the sand run with the ground being so frozen so they spent most of the day being cuddled in the warm in their kennel.

We had one brave volunteer to help with the afternoon feed and we closed up early. I was going to pop back later to let them out for a last wee but all were very settled so I didn't want to disturb and an early start this morning meant clean kennels apart from Diddy.

Roy and Saddle spent another day at home alone. They had a toilet break midday and spent the day snoozing in the warm - I was SO jealous!

We got round to solving one problem however - there was worry that there was paranormal activity occurring in the top green kennel where Jack lives as the camera kept moving. Andy went in to adjust it and as soon as he left, Jack was seen leaping up and knocking it back to where he wanted it - to give a great view of the floor.... think he was telling us he hasn't signed a privacy disclaimer and doesn't want to be watched! ;-)

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 03 Mar 21:19



A big, big thank you to Ruth and Andy today. I should have been at the kennels but Ruth very kindly offered to cover so I didn't have to worry about driving in the snowy conditions. :( I was so relieved. I know it's been another very cold and difficult day. Lots of love to you both. Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 02 Mar 16:05



Well the weather outside is frightful but the dogs that we have are so delightful but please DON'T let it snow, let it snow, let it snow anymore!!!! :-)
Well it was myself and Helpyhelperton Andy here all day and we are going home now to defrost and check on Roy and Saddle who have been left all day at home.
We had a couple of visitors including a Robin in the kitchen - it must be Joseph saying hello I think!
The inmates are warm and toasty and already fast asleep even though they have had a very lazy day - something greyhounds just love xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 01 Mar 22:21



It was incredibly cold at the kennels today. The washing machine was frozen so we couldn't do any washing and the hosepipe had gone on strike too. :( After breakfast we washed the runs down with buckets of warm water. It froze within minutes, leaving the runs very slippy. A sprinkling of salt soon sorted them out. :)

It was fantastic to see our brave volunteers arrive to help with cleaning, feeding and walking. Thank you all so much. Xx Most of the dogs were very happy to go out for a walk. They all went out wearing a fleece and a blizzard :)

Bob brought three little rays of sunshine to the kennels this morning. Jillie, Abel and Belle. :) It was far too cold to keep them outside while we took photos so we took them in the office and it was certainly not a good idea to bath them today!! They are all really lovely girls. :)

Can't believe it is the 1st of March! I turned the page of the calendar to see the super photo of Jonny now called Alfie. It brightened up the day especially as he now has his special forever home. :)))

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Thursday 01 Mar 11:53



Hope all the houndies and volunteers stay safe and warm in this horrendous weather, roll on Spring!!!!!! Xxxxxxx

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by helpyhelperton

Wednesday 28 Feb 21:16



Today was freezing and my first day 'in charge of the kennels'! It was very quiet especially this afternoon where I was on my own... however everything was under control until I went to feed the chickens, collected one egg and put it in my pocket for safe keeping and then made the fatal mistake of bending down to pick up their bowl and guess what!!!..... pocket full of omlett!
Although quiet on the visitor front - the phone did not stop!
Derek the electrician was in today and we now have movement sensor lights appearing around the kennels.
I brought Roy and Saddle back home this evening and they are being golden, however not so at the kennels! I left in the office for a short while and they re-arranged the bedding, raided the bag of donated toys, stole a biscuit and I think were trying to choose their new collars as the basket containing them was spread across the floor! This was all within the space of 5 mins. As I leaned down to pick up the collars the biscuit I was holding for myself suddenly halved in size! I turned round to see a very smug looking Roy enjoying the malted milk!
Let's see what tomorrow brings :-)

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 27 Feb 22:12



We left our lovely doggies wrapped in their coats and heating on this evening..it was already -2 at 5.30pm. :(( They didn't seem too bothered by the cold today and still enjoyed going out for walks this afternoon in a blizzard! :)

Lucy and Gail gave Saddle and Roy a bath this afternoon, the boys are having another sleep over at Foxy's tonight, Ruth says they have really helped to cheer him up. xx

It was a quiet day for visitors, so when a lovely couple popped in the dogs were so excited and loved the extra attention :) Jack got lots of cuddles and Rebel made sure they knew he was there! xx

We are hoping to have some new arrivals later in the week depending on the weather, fingers crossed we don't get very much snow!

Thank you so much to everyone for braving the sub zero temperature today to help us look after our super Greyhounds. :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 26 Feb 22:15



Think the kennels moved to Siberia overnight! Thankfully our residents were nice and snug in the kennels with the heating and their fleeces. Josie had created a new fashion; her fleece had come undone at the top and she was wearing it at as a skirt! Xx

Petal has gone out on foster. Fingers crossed all goes well. She has had a poorly tum the last few days so it will be lovely for her to have some extra tlc. :) Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Thanks to Andy for making two trips to the tip and doing lots of jobs that have been waiting for a while to be done. We all helped to keep the chill away by tucking into left overs from Saturday evenings Beatles Tribute Night!

Thanks so much to Shirley for bringing freshly cooked sausages for the dogs to have with their breakfast! They were very much appreciated by them all. :)

As it's going to be even colder over the next few days, don't forget to keep your beautiful girls and boys warm. They do feel the cold.
We have fleeces and winter blizzards for sale at the kennels. Brr.....

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 23 Feb 17:03



Well, after a very frosty start it was another chilly day despite the sunshine - I agree wholeheartedly with LadyVictoria - we need Spring!!

There were very nearly more volunteers than dogs today!! This meant the boys & girls could have 2 lovely walks, and the more energetic enjoyed some play time in the sand run too.

We also managed to have a massive sort through & tidy up of the duvets and bedding that has been piling up recently - it's amazing what you find when you start moving things!!

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruth tonight as she said goodbye to her beloved Joseph this afternoon. I bet he's running around at the Bridge with all his pals - run free sweetheart. xx

Thank you to everyone who came along today to help out.

Angie
x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 22 Feb 23:47



A very chilly day! Where oh where is Spring! x

Diddy's tail is looking a lot better. :)) He helped me to make his kennel bed today...although jumping on and off it when I was trying to put the duvet on wasn't much help but it was fun! :)

Bolt's wound is looking good too. :) He took a real liking to Ellie, who belongs to Lucy one of our volunteers. He would love a home with a lovely young lady or new brother to share with. x

We had a lot of health checks on the dogs to do today, many thanks to Lucy and Gail for doing them for us this afternoon. It will be so good when the weather finally warms up and the dogs aren't constantly wearing blizzards and fleeces, it really drys their coats out. :(

Many thanks to Alan and Paddy who dropped in to see us and brought donations of bedding and towels. x

Thanks so much to all our helpers today. I overheard Yvonne talking to her Daughter on the phone first thing telling her how much she was enjoying the satisfaction of cleaning a kennel that was a little pooy and making it shine! :))) x

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 21 Feb 17:06



Well I survived the afternoon with some sign language and the great help of Adam and Paul.
Just a reminder that if you are a volunteer of the Trust in any way, we need your forms filled in and photos asap. Many thanks :-)

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 21 Feb 09:24



Reporting from outside of the duvet today but no voice at all - make the most of it!!!!! Thank you to Jill, Shirley and Richard for opening up this morning - I have no kennel cover this afternoon so I will be in from 1pm but I am afraid I am unable to answer phone calls!

From my post yesterday I am so amazed and thankful to the generosity of those who have already donated towards completion of the sand run - most of all will be thanks from those dogs who will use it. If you haven't donated and would like to, here is the link:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rainbowbridgers

The sand run is open everyday to all dogs - just call the kennels on 0121 782 7702 to book.

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 20 Feb 12:40



Reporting from under my duvet - much to the joy of many I have a good dose of a flu like type bug and laryngitis so am keeping quiet!!! I am so grateful to Kate and all the volunteers who are at the kennels for keeping everything going.

Whilst from the luxury of my bed I have been catching up with paperwork and those 'jobs to get round to' and I have set up a fundraising page as we are desperate to complete our sand run.

We would be so grateful if you could help us to achieve this by making a donation - perhaps in memory of one of your own running free at Rainbow Bridge this will help those currently with us to run free and do what they love to do safely.

Thank you for your support xxx
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rainbowbridgers

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 19 Feb 21:14



I was just about to comment on today's Daybreaks Diary when I noticed a pair of beautiful brown eyes watching me...it was Fletcher in his favourite position on his back, legs in the air on the sofa :) Just had to give him a cuddle, then of course had to cuddle Skip and Lyra too. :) All we want for every Greyhound is a forever home with that comfy bed and someone to love them.

Thanks to Wendy and her family Alfie now has his special home and thanks to Shirley and her family Madge-ique has her special home too. xx

Sending a big cuddle to all our current residents tonight and hoping they will soon find their forever homes. x

Sending lots of love to Ruth, she has been feeling very poorly today. Get well soon. xx

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 19 Feb 07:36



I went in, cleaned out and felt so terrible I crawled home to bed :-((( massive thanks to Lisa and Bella for running Daybreaks in my absence x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 17 Feb 22:04



The sun decided to come out again today! :)

Bolt had a lovely day away from the kennels. Many thanks to Norman for taking him off to help out at Pets At Home in Stratford. Sure the change of scene has done him good, he has been a little down in the dumps this week; he really is a super lad. Xx

We had several viewings this afternoon, a couple of them were very interested and are coming back for another look tomorrow. :)

A very big thank you to Florence's Mom who turned up with a fab pull along sack truck for us. It will be a great help for moving bags of food around. So kind. Xx

Thank you also for everyone who dropped in with donations of bedding and towels. x

The run was busy today and included visits from Vera and little Jess, both of them had a wonderful time. Vera was sad not to have seen Ruth, but promised to come back soon to say Hello. She looked great. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. The sunshine cheered us all up! :)

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 16 Feb 17:28



After a cold and frosty start this morning, it turned out to be a lovely day. The sun shone and was really quite warm - made it a pleasure to be out and about, lets hope we get plenty more of it!!

I was able to go out on both sets of walks today, and had the pleasure of walking Alfie. He is a big boy, and very exuberant in his kennel - but walks like a dream on his lead. He trotted alongside me, keeping pace and I think we all enjoyed the feel of the sun on our faces and the sound of the birds singing - surely Spring is just around the corner.

It was a busy afternoon with lots of bookings for the run, and more kind donations of towels and bedding.

This afternoon we had a little gathering to scatter Lula Belle's ashes in the remembrance garden - she joins other Greyhound friends and is watched over by Wispa. We like to imagine them all playing young and pain free together over the Bridge - bless them all.

Many thanks for everyone's help today.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Angie xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 15 Feb 16:24



Yesterday it was cold, wet and miserable most of the day.... the sort of day where you wish you didn't work outside and long for an indoors warmer job! Today is a different story! The sun has shone on and off and it cheers us all up!

The beautiful Jet has gone out on trial to the owners of Mervyn (aka Mango), Maisie (aka Lady) and Bonnie (Foxy's litter sister). She is the sweetest thing but Roy and Saddle who she was kennelled with seem to be missing her and have been turning in frantic circles again! :-(

Kate and Gail took Bolt and Alfie to the vets as Alfie needed a booster and Bolt had managed to knock his neck wound and had it glued.

Congratulations to Denise Cooke whose lucky ticket was drawn by Laura the Skinners rep on her visit to Daybreaks today for the enormous valentines chocolate hamper put together by Sara! This has raised £68 towards the Daybreaks Help for Hounds vets bills. Thank you everyone who supported the raffle.

Today I am remembering my precious Wispa who is celebrating her heavenly 15th birthday! I miss her so much still.....

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 13 Feb 23:42



It has been very cold the last couple of days. Even the sand in the run was frozen yesterday. :(

Many thanks to all our volunteers for being there for our residents what ever the weather. We really appreciate all your help. Xx

Yesterday evening Ruth, Andy and I visited the 4th Shirley Guides. For the past couple of months they have been collecting their change and making toys for our Greyhounds. They invited us to their meeting to accept the donations. We took Skip, Fletcher and Lyra along to meet the Guides. Fletch had a problem with the slippy floor when we arrived, Andy had to pick him up and carry him to the room! :) They absolutely loved all the attention and the girls really enjoyed meeting them. Ruth told the Guides all about Greyhounds and answered all of their questions. :)) One of the girls had adopted Ernie from us a couple of years ago. :) It was great to hear he is doing well and a much loved member of their family. We are so grateful to Theresa the Guide leader and the girls for all their hard work and very kind donation. It was a lovely evening. x

Sara came to the kennels this afternoon! It was so lovely to see her, Charlie and Louis. Although still in considerable pain at the moment I am sure she will be back with us walking the dogs as soon as she can. :)) xx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 10 Feb 22:49



Bolt was quite bright and happy today. He now has a kennel of his own so can relax and recover from his trauma of yesterday. Sometimes there are disagreements between the dogs, it's usually over the bed :(

Teddy had a very good night and was clean in his kennel this morning :) He was a very bouncy lad and his new Dad was so happy to be able to take him home. Do hope he has a good first night with his new family.

It was great to see Barney and Florence and also recently homed Harry and his very pretty sister Millie.

Shirley and Richard brought their three goregeous Greyhounds, Cello, Millie and Mr Guinness in for a mini papmper. Xx

Thanks so much to our walkers this morning who got very wet taking the doggies out. Xx

Thank you to all our brilliant helpers today. Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 09 Feb 17:44



Today started off with an emergency trip to the Vet as Bolt had been bitten by his kennel mate - poor soul.

Teddy's upset tum doesn't seem to be worrying him too much - he is bouncy and still has his appetite!

We had some people from HSBC join us today, they really enjoyed helping out with the dogs and were surprised at just how affectionate and calm the greys were.

We had plenty of helpers today so our residents enjoyed 2 walks in the lovely sunshine - although the wind was a bit chilly!

We had visits from ex residents Coffey and my lovely Vera - it was so good to see them both happy and content in their new lives. Vera came to burn off some energy in the sand run, apparently she is developing into a real cheeky monkey!

We had plenty of visitors to use the run and donate welcome bedding and towels - thank you.

Thanks to everyone who helped out today - we have some viewings booked for the weekend do fingers crossed that some red signs will appear.

Angie
xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 08 Feb 22:44



Teddy seemed a little better today. We are hoping he will be well enough to go off to his new home in the next couple of days. I know his new family are really looking forward to him joining them as soon as possible.

Rory had a trip to the vet today. Apart from being quite interested in a cat miaowing loudly in his basket, he was a such a good boy! :)

Saddle, Roy and Jet seemed very happy with the extra space in the kitchen kennel. The boys are so photogenic...sure there will be a picture of them in next year's calendar!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped at the kennels. We had lots of walkers today. x

Past Daybreaks resident Rocky came in for a pamper with Lorna this morning. He was one of my favourites while he was waiting for his forever home. So lovely to see him! Such a very happy boy. Xx

Sara tells me she is fed up of being at home. We are hoping she will be able to come to the kennels once or twice a week when she is feeling a little better. Must sort the dog bowls out before she does...she likes them to be all the same!! :))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 07 Feb 16:45



Sadly I had no volunteers to help me clean out this morning - so feeling rough still I tackled the state of poor Teddy's kennel as he had an upset tum.... next in line were Roy and Saddle who had danced in their kennel (say no more) and Jet had disembowelled her duvet so cleaning out took a while! Who said running kennels was a sought after job!!!!

Yay for our regular Wednesday walkers who faithfully turned up to help and to Sharon and Paul who stayed for the rest of the day especially to help cover whilst I was at the vets and feed - thanks everyone.

I had a few visits from ex-inmates for nails and/or corns and it was lovely to see Oscar who is 14 this year and although very cronky is doing well and much loved.

Mentioning no favourites.... I had Jet, Roy and Saddle in the kitchen all day and they have enjoyed all the extra fuss. As they are so good together I am leaving them in the kitchen annex tonight for a change of scenery......

I took Teddy to the vets this afternoon as a precaution as we have had a couple of cases of upset tums recently and we want to ensure that we rule of Campylobacter or anything more serious. He is bright, happy and eating and his home check is being done today. Sadly due to his upset tum we have had to cancel his planned booster vaccination and castrate for Friday.... guessing he is not so sad at that one!

Poor Rory and Kara have broken my heart today. Whilst sitting here in the quiet typing this update, Rory keeping crying and setting the others off. He is too elderly to be in a kennel and normally I would take him home but I just can't separate him from Kara as she would become distressed. I am quite aware that circumstances can change but after so many returnees recently please please please think thoroughly before you commit to adopting any animal. They are a commitment and a life with feelings. We are up to our maximum allowed capacity at the moment and have a waiting list of many waiting for a space here. This work is hard and sometimes heartbreaking but what else can we do except try to remain positive and carry on for these little ones......

Anyway that's enough from me - I have two elderly boys called Foxy and Joe waiting for me to go home to walk and feed I need to go and defrost myself also! TTFN x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 06 Feb 22:01



It was so sad to see Rory and Kara returned today. They were both understandably distressed to find themselves back in a kennel environment. Fingers crossed forever homes will found for them both. x

Ruth took little Molly to be neutered this morning. When she arrived back at the kennels this evening she was not quite with it and didn't want anything to eat. I'm sure she will feel better in the morning. x

Well done to handsome Teddy for finding himself a home! Thanks to Norman for taking him to the park yesterday. The family who reserved him found Norman's comments on how Teddy behaved at the park very helpful. x

It was a very chilly day at the kennels, thanks so much to everyone who took the doggies for walks. :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 05 Feb 22:13



The sun made an appearance today, it was cold but at least it was dry! :) we had lots of help so our resisdents enjoyed both morning and afternoon walks.

Ruth popped in to see us this morning, thankfully she is feeling much better. :))

When I was closing the kennels tonight, I had to stop and smile outside Saddle and Roy's kennel, they were snuggled up together, legs entwined ...they have to be one of the cutest couples I have seen. They really love each other. I'm sure the perfect home will come their way.

Thanks so much to everyone who came in to help today.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 03 Feb 23:02



A really busy day at the kennels today. Three of our residents went home. First Sweet little Kitty followed by beautiful Tea and then lovely Lexi. It was a real pleasure to meet all of their new families. Hoping the three girls have a good first night in their new homes. Xx

We also had several viewings and visitors with donations of bedding. :))

Despite the awful weather we had enough friends who braved the wind and the rain to take the remaining residents for morning and afternoon walks. Thanks so much to you all. Xxx

Jess had pamper sesssions too, lovely to see Sally and Shandy both looking and smelling fab! :)

Sending lots of get well hugs and wishes to Ruth, who isn't too well at the moment. I don't think there are many people who have been able to avoid all the germs that have been flying around this winter. I can't wait for Spring to arrive....My doggies and I are fed up of going out in the the dark and getting wet! We need some sunshine; have just spoken to my sister in Australia, it's going to be 35 degrees in Perth today! Not that I'm jealous of course :))))

Thanks again to everyone who helped look after our beautiful Greyhounds today. x

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 03 Feb 21:30



That's brilliant! Xxx

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by shanishoo

Saturday 03 Feb 21:00



Absolutely fantastic, well done to you all xxxxx

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Saturday 03 Feb 19:52



Wow how fab. Well done guys for all your hard work. Xx

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by Lewisfuggie

Saturday 03 Feb 19:45



We had a lovely message today from Steve and Sue Billings, who run our Stratford Upon Avon.... Pets at Home Events....
Steve, Sue and the Team were presented a cheque from Pets At Home In Stratford Upon Avon today as part of the Santa Paws Appeal... It was for an amazing £2759.... well done!!! Huge thanks to Pets at Home Stratford!

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by Shanesmum

Friday 02 Feb 17:40



Gosh, that was a bit of a fraught day!!

It started early with Ruth taking Tony and Jack off to be neutered and Rosie taking Petal - none were happy to miss their breakfast!!

We were desperately short of volunteers this morning, so the more lively greys had to make do with a quick play in the run! Poor Ruth stopped off at the Doctor on the way back from the Vet, and they had to call her friend to come and collect her and drive her home - she is so poorly bless her. She took straight to her bed, and we had an interesting time getting the trust van back to base in order to be ready to do the Vet run later!

We were kept quite busy in the afternoon with nail clippings, many kind donations of bedding and happily the boys & girls were able to have a walk.

We send Ruth our best and hope she feels better soon - I think I'll have a glass or two of wine this evening!

Angie
x

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by Adamant

Friday 02 Feb 11:15



Can anyone kindly spare 1 hour this afternoon about 1-30pm ish to help with walks. We have a kennels full of restless greys and only two volunteers

Kind Regards

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 01 Feb 10:03



So sorry for no update yesterday - it was bitterly cold and we finished early and I promptly fell into bed feeling terrible :-(
I was back up the kennels however later to get all the inmates out for a toileting opportunity and a coating up session.
I still am taking Roy, Saddle and Jet home with me and they continue to be absolutely golden. The whirling dervishes that they are at the kennels disappear into gentle well behaving boys at mine and are learning fast. Jet is becoming less stressed and sleeping through the night now - yay!
We have a busy day ahead with visitors and 2 new arrivals so there is no time to be ill!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 30 Jan 22:52



A rather crazy afternoon! I want to thank Cleo's lovely family for their patience. Cleo's homing took rather longer than usual as an engineer came to fit the smart meter, Bill delivered our skip which meant we had to move all the cars around the car park and we had a returnee all at the same time! Special apologies to Cleo's new Nan, she had to move her car three times but kept smiling! So sorry. Xx

Very sad to see Bolt come back. He was sad too. :((( I'm sure his perfect home is just around the corner. x

Saddle and Roy had a trip to Elmdon park with Kirsty and Adam this morning and are spending the evening with Ruth and Andy. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 29 Jan 21:31



It's good to have Ruth back! She was very busy today taking new little girl Jet for her neutering operation this morning followed by a trip to the tip and then off to the vet with Saddle and Roy. Poor lad Roy has an upset tum; Saddle went to keep him company! Then it was time to pick Jet up! xx

It was a really wet and dreary morning, thanks to everyone for taking the residents for their walks. It was much better this afternoon the sun made a brief appearance!

Jack made us all smile this morning when he lay on his bed legs in the air, looking very comfy! Yvonne was pleased all her efforts in cleaning his kennel and making the bed were appreciated! :)))

I met Jet first thing before she went off to the vets, what a very pretty girl and new boy Teddy is a very handsome young man! :)

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 28 Jan 17:48



What a very busy day today has been. It was great to see Ruth back at the kennels this afternoon, with no broken bones after her skiing trip. We missed her loads... We had a emergency bathing after one of our previous homes greys had decided to role in fox poo.. Her poor mom brought her straight up from her walk to be made more appealing smell wise. We had lots of nail cuttings, teeth scrapings, fun in the run bookings and plenty of viewings to deal with, which saw the lovely Lexi being reserved, Jonny getting a viewing and hopefully a forever home after his home check next Saturday and Ruby Rebel having a viewing and hopefully a home... Watch this space.... The lovely Jess was also signed up and went to her forever home.... Plus two new arrivals in Jett and Teddy. X

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 28 Jan 17:47



The best thing about a holiday is coming back home! It was so good to be back at the kennels this afternoon and welcomed our new arrivals Jet and Teddy to the kennels. My new project (now Vera is in a new home) are Roy and Saddle. Tomorrow I am going to bring them home for a short while to help them learn the ropes of home life. Thanks to Kate and the volunteer team who have kept Daybreaks running smoothly despite a very busy and stressy week. xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 27 Jan 22:31



Brilliant to see Tea reserved today. She has found herself a lovely home! :) She is a really happy, friendly little girl. Xx

Kitty loved seeeing her new family today. She went for a walk with them all. She already has her house collar and coats waiting for her when she goes home next week. Kitty is one of the sweetest dogs you could ever wish to meet. :)) x

I was so disappointed I didn't get to see "the gang" in the run...was a little busy helping Tea's new Daddy reserve her! I would have loved to have seen them all having a great time together. Maybe I can come and play next time!! I have a confession to make...the lovely orange ball you left in the run was sadly squished by my little Lyra, I think she bit it and it went Pop!!!

Jess was kept very busy with bathings today. We had lots of lovely smelling doggies!

Thanks so much to Jess, Mary, John and Jeremy for all their help and for walking all of our residents this afternoon.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 25 Jan 22:19



Josie is a lot brighter today after her neutering operation earlier in the week :). She is such a lovely girl and loves a cuddle.

Saddle has been given the all clear after eating a combination of tea bags, coffee and Christmas cake! Just shows you can never underestimate a Greyhound where food is concerned. He and Roy have settled back into the kennels. They are always curled up together on their bed. :)) Many thanks to Lisa for picking both boys up from their previous home at the weekend. x

It's been one of those weeks...Tea managed to catch her nose on her muzzle this morning and it has been bleeding on and off today. Touch wood all looked good when we went home tonight. Xx

Brilliant to see handsome Harry go home this afternoon. He was quite shy when he came into the office to help sign his paperwork, but he has a fab new Mom, Dad and Greyhound sister to look after him. :))

Denise came in to see us today. Her foot is healing ok. :). Hope all goes well with her X-ray tomorrow. Hope she will be back with us soon. Xx

Great news! Sara has been set free from Heartlands hospital and is back home! She was very happy to be back with her family and her lovely Charlie and Louis. We are looking forward to when she can come back to the kennels. :))

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. We have some lovely new volunteers who braved the wet weather this afternoon to take the dogs out. :))

Ruth will be pleased to know the new food storage cupboard arrived today...it's a bit bigger than I was expecting so I think we will be having a cupboard moving day very soon! :)))

Lots of love to all our current residents tonight, sending them all a big cuddle! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 23 Jan 22:20



Josie had her neutering operation today. Thanks so much to Sue for dropping her off at the vets this morning. She was quite wobbly when I picked her up this evening. Hopefully she will be feeling better tomorrow.

Kitty spent the day in the kitchen with Ellie, Skip, Fletch and Lyra. She got along fine with them all. It was only Fletch who was a little grumpy pants! Think he was feeling out numbered by the girls! :)) Kitty is such a sweetheart, she will be going home soon. :))

Many thanks to Lucy for the new photos of some of our residents. :)

Sara is hoping to be set free from hospital tomorrow or Thursday...keeping our fingers crossed for her. I'm sure Charlie and Louis have their paws crossed too! :))

Thanks so much for everyone who helped at the kennels today. It was quite mild and dry, so everyone enjoyed the walks. :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 22 Jan 22:40



So sad things didn't work out for Saddle and Roy. We left them tonight curled up together in their kennel. Saddle had a trip to see the vet this afternoon as he had managed to eat several things he shouldn't have during his break from the kennels. The blood test results came back normal. Thank goodness! :) xx

Beauty was reserved! Brilliant news. Xx

Thanks so much to Shirley and Richard for taking Rebel out to the park. I think they all had a lovely time! He is a very happy, cuddly boy. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. We managed to catch up on lots of jobs!

Xxx

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Sunday 21 Jan 21:24



Omg Lisa, who was the escapee, glad they were ok. X

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 21 Jan 21:17



After dropping the boss off to the airport, I headed back to see what the day entailed... All was quiet at first, with the lovely Luna going off to a fab home fully kitted out in a new wardrobe. We waved at Ruth as she flew over. We then had an emergency call out, what every kennels dread.... A loose dog with one of our tags on, so off we went... A couple of hours later, all was resolved... On arrival back, we set about booking in 3 fab new arrivals, Jack, Tea (pronounced Tia) and Beauty. We managed to do all the morning walks, with much disqust of some of the hounds who were not fond of the snow... Thanks to the walkers that took then out. We finally made it home after ensuring all dogs were fast asleep.

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 21 Jan 09:14



An early start today - the kids are cleaned and fed and we are praying that the snow doesn't stick.... however where I am going today I am hoping there is plenty as I am off to Val d'isere to meet up with a friend I last saw and worked with when I was a nanny in America in 1991!!!!

I am leaving the kennels in the capable hands of Kate, Lisa, Angie and our volunteers and will be back soon - I've promised not to break anything! ps had updates from Vera last night and she is doing great!!! Missing her though! x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 20 Jan 21:59



Well, what a cold miserable day! It's a good thing we have so many wonderful Greyhounds around us to spread a little sunshine! :)))

It was fab to see boys Roy and Saddle go off to their new home this morning. They both jumped into the car with no hesitation and looked so smart in their blue and red winter Blizzards. :))

It was rather quiet in the office after Vera went home...such a great young lady. Xxx

It was lovely to see Jess back at the kennels. She had two bathing clients and also bathed our two new arrivals before she had to leave us for a driving lesson in the snow!

Two more new arrivals arrived this morning Josie and Tony. :)) Both very lovely, happy dogs!

We have two more girls arriving tomorrow. :)

Thanks so much to all our helpers today. It meant we were able to take the dogs for morning and afternoon walks. :)))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 19 Jan 17:24



It was a cold, frosty and quiet start to the day this morning!! Ruth took Alfie off to the Vet to be neutered and have lots of teeth removed, poor poppett.

Many thanks to those who responded to Ruth's plea - and came along to walk the greys. As a result we could take the boys and girls out for both morning and afternoon walks - it was lovely to see the sun, but crikey that wind was cold!! I managed to sneak a walk with Vera this afternoon, and give her kisses and snuggles ahead of her adventure tomorrow as she goes off to her foster home.

It was a busy day on the phone and we had lots of visitors for pampers packages and nail clipping. Luna (Dinky) also had another visit from her new Mum.

A busy weekend is ahead, and new arrivals scheduled for the coming week - there certainly is never a dull moment at Daybreaks!

Angie xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 19 Jan 10:02



ARE YOU FREE TODAY?! We are low on volunteers so if you would like to help take the greys for a walk, please give us a call! 0121 782 7702

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 18 Jan 22:52



Roxy had her neutering operation today. Luna (Dinky) was also due to have her op too but she has come into season. She will have to wait around three months before she can be neutered. Sure she doesnt mind! :)

Many thanks to Alan who popped in with lots of lovely donations of bedding and lots of other useful items. It was lovely to see Paddy too.

Brilliant to see Danny reserved today. :))

We also had visits from Simon with Bo and Amber and Liz with Coffey. Bo and Coffey needed nails clipping. They all looked very happy doggies indeed!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. Sending lots of love and get well wishes to Sara, Denise and Gail tonight. Xxx

Xxx

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by Caro

Thursday 18 Jan 20:05



What a fantastic start to 2018 with so many hounds finding their sofas. Congratulations to all the staff you are true stars and to all the new owners welcome to the Daybreaks community.

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 17 Jan 20:33



Wednesday is not the same without Denise! Sending get well wishes following her operation yesterday and hurry up and get back!!!!!

Today was a very productive great day with Sally being signed up and I then took her with her new owner home as they have borrowed a crate - a really good idea as Sally has gone to live with 'Dave' the cat. I am missing her as she has been stopping at ours.... The crate means she can chill out without her muzzle on and has a safe den to relax in as she can be a bit anxious.

Violet came to visit - she has been fostered since Sunday to see if she settled with Molly, her new greyhound sister. Molly came to visit and we treated her to a pamper session of a bath, nail clip and teeth scrape..... there is still smoke down the drive I think from her doing a runner and I guess she would consider it torture not pamper!!!!

Harry and Roxy have been reserved today too - it is Roxy's big day tomorrow as she is going in to be speyed along with Luna (Dinky).

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 16 Jan 22:20



It was a chilly day, thanks to everyone who braved the cold to take the residents for walks.

Thanks for the donations of bedding we have received over the last couple of days. All helps to keep the doggies warm. :)

Harry was a happy, bouncy boy this morning and enjoyed his breakfast. Xx

Dinky had another visit from her Mom today, when Dinky goes home she will be known as Luna. Nice name. :))

Had the company of Vera and Sally in the office again. They loved all the fuss they received from visitors to the kennels. :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 15 Jan 21:21



A day of catching up from the busy weekend. Saturdays arrivals Dinky and Alfie both had a bath. Poor little Dinky really wasn't very keen on the experience. She cheered up when her soon to be new Mommy came to take her for a walk. :))

Many thanks to Shirley and Richard for taking handsome lad Alfie for a trip to the park this morning. He is such a cuddly boy. They all had a good time and the rain stopped! :))

We had another new arrival Roxy, she is a very pretty, friendly girl. Sure she won't be with us long! Xx

Vera and Sally spent the day in the office again. It was very hard trying to get things done when they both kept nudging my hand for some fuss! :) They were far more appealing than the paperwork!! Xx

Ruth took handsome Harry for his neutering operation first thing. He aslo had to have some teeth removed, but he managed to eat his dinner when Ruth brought him back around 5pm. Hope he gets a good nights sleep.

Sara called today. :)) She is still in quite considerable pain but has been out of bed for a short time. Fingers crossed her recovery goes well and she will soon be back at the kennels.

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

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 14 Jan 08:53



An early morning start and all the kennels are cleaned, dogs fed and I'm off to the warehouse now.
Last night after a costume meeting for our Daybreaks show which is in November (Angie likes us to be organised), I did two home visits for Dixie and Sally - they are going to wonderful homes and are very lucky :-) Sally met 'Dave the cat' and was absolutely fantastic!
Vera spent the night on our bed - she is a little minx and gets on when we are asleep - however little Sally had a very settled night - she was sooo tired after her late night of helping us home visit so she is staying at ours to chill...... if only I could join her!!!! ;-)))

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 13 Jan 22:55



We had two new arrivals today, the incredibly handsome Alfie and beautiful Dinky. Dinky was reserved before we could sort her paperwork and put her on the computer! I'm not surprised she is absolutely gorgeous. :))

Brilliant to see Sally reserved. She seemed ok after her scare yesterday. She spent the day in the office tucked up in a bed under the table. Xx

Lexi and Kitty are both back at the kennels. Kitty has had a wonderful time with her foster family, they would loved to have been able to offer her a home if their circumstances were different. Her foster Mom described her as being, "the most perfect dog" :))

Lexi is a very sweet girl, hopefully a forever home will soon be hers . Xx

Ok so my New Years resolution was to eat healthier...I brought in a lovely red apple and after three bites had to put it down to answer the phone. When I came to look for it a certain young lady by the name of Vera had decided she would try it. However she found it not to her liking and was busy trying to bury it in her bed! :))) Ruth found it very amusing and suggested I rinse it under the tap. :)))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today, we missed Sara...she has had her operation. She told me she couldn't have a general anaesthetic as her breathing was not too good. So the operation was carried out after a local anaesthetic! She said she could hear the noise of the drills!!! :( She asked me to thank everyone for their best wishes. Xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Saturday 13 Jan 19:57



Much love to you Sara, keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Florence, Klaire and TC. Xxx

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by PamD

Saturday 13 Jan 11:58



Thinking of you Sarah
Lots of love
Pam xx

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 13 Jan 10:51



Apologies for the late diary entry, but it was a busy day of ups and downs yesterday.

On the up side, two pretty ladies found their forever homes. Ginger went off to live with a new brother - a lovely little Whippet who she got on famously with when they met, so the deal was done!

Lovely Rosey was next to find a home, and that meant with some dogs still out on foster, dogs at the Vets and a certain little lady staying with her Aunty Ruth - there were only 5 dogs left by the afternoon feeding time!!

We had a busy day with customers, but Ruth managed to get to grips with the dreaded paperwork ahead of the Trust meeting.

Having so few dogs meant I could spend some time getting to know the newbies - Roy & Saddle are so cute and funny, they adore each other and look to each other all the time, so glad they are staying together. Harry is a big, handsome fella - he does get excited and bouncy whilst you are trying to lead him up, but once out walks beautifully. Little Jess is adorable and I can see why she has been reserved already. I took Violet on a walk in the afternoon and she is so much better now, if she does try to pull she responds well to correction - good girl.x

The down came when Ruth went to collect Ruby Rebel and Sally from the Vet following their neutering operations. Both were obviously still a bit wobbly, but poor Sally seemed unwell when she was put on the van - her blood pressure plummeted and she had to be readmitted for monitoring. Thank goodness they were still at the Vets and she could get instant help. Ruth brought Ruby Rebel back on his own, wobbly or not he devoured his dinner and then settled down for the night bless him.

Ruth was so worried about little Sally, but fortunately she was able to collect her later on. She had a settled night and seems fine this morning - gosh, our boys and girls can certainly worry us can't they.

Thanks to those who came to help today, we all send our best wishes to Sara for a speedy recovery.

Lots of new arrivals scheduled for the coming days, cant wait to meet them.

Angie x

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by helenanddave

Saturday 13 Jan 09:59



Oh no - poor Sara. Hope the surgery goes well and she is soon on the road to recovery. Sending love. xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 12 Jan 22:34



I spoke to Sara this evening. X-rays have shown she has broken her hip. She is due to have surgery tomorrow. She is understandably still in considerable pain. :(( Told her we are all thinking of her and sending our love and get well wishes. Xxx

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by blueangel

Friday 12 Jan 20:15



Poor Sara get better soon xxx

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by helenanddave

Friday 12 Jan 18:19



Sorry to hear Sara is so poorly. Sending her best wishes for a speedy recovery. xx

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by Lewisfuggie

Friday 12 Jan 17:48



Get well soon Sara. Xx

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by bluesfan

Friday 12 Jan 13:55



Wishing you a speedy recovery Sara - love from Jackie, Grant and Rosie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 12 Jan 12:15



It was heartbreaking to see Sara in so much distress last night, sending her lots of love and big hugs to Charlie and Louis. Xxx

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Friday 12 Jan 11:33



Oh no Sara, hope you are soon well. Love from us all. Take care. Xxxxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 12 Jan 10:27



Yesterday was busy.... as usual..... hence I am only just posting an update. I managed to get an extra operating space at Fivelands and little Jess was taken in for her spey. She was extremely bright on her return so she stayed at the kennels last night with my watchful eye on her via the cameras.
Today is Sally and Ruby Rebel's turn for their neutering! Sally has been stopping at mine as on arrival at the kennels she was very distressed.... she is now doing really well and has finally got the hang of 'wee wee outside'!!!!!!! She is quite nervous with sounds and things she doesn't understand but is learning.

Vera is also stopping at mine and is an absolutely wonderful and perfect house guest. She has learnt that she can share toys and is totally clean and is a breeze to look after. She can be left for periods and would soon fit into a new routine.... if only someone would give her a chance.

We unfortunately had to call an ambulance to the kennels yesterday evening as we were closing and Sara had to be admitted to hospital. I know once she is able to, she will be reading this - so please get well soon Sara - you are a massive part of Daybreaks and we are lost without you. Hugs are not Sara's thing, so please click 'like' on this to let her know you are thinking about her. xxxxxx

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Wednesday 10 Jan 15:18



Wow what absolutely fantastic news, I have so wanted to ask about Benny, but was too scared to. Good luck boy, this has to be your forever home. Lovely to see Missy C homed too. Are they together? Going to have a little cry now, Yayyyyyy. Xxxxxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 10 Jan 14:06



..... got a little happiness to spread........ long term foster Missy C AND our long stayer Benny have both been OFFICIALLY HOMED!!!!!!

YAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 09 Jan 23:21



Things are getting back to normal after the festive season. Our usual Tuesday walking gang were back today....some bearing gifts of leftover Christmas goodies....it all helps to keep the cold out! :)) The girls and boys had nice long walks this morning and didn't seem to mind the dreary weather.

Saddle and Roy are very entertaining to watch at meal times as they circle round and round waiting to be served. its amazing how they don't bump into each other! It's all very artistic! I'm sure their new family will have lots of fun with them. :))

I was reminded how quick Greyhounds can be when Ellie, Lucy's lovely girl decided she would like a piece of cake. It was left unattended on the worktop for a mere second and she was there like lightning! The other hounds in the kitchen just looked on in admiration!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 08 Jan 21:41



Lots of new arrivals to meet today! All of them gorgeous. Xx

Ruth took Vera off to the vets for her neutering operation this morning. She is staying with Ruth tonight along with lovely little Sally, who was quite stressed in her kennel last night. :(

Sally had a trip to the park this morning. She had a great time. Thanks so much to Shirley and Richard for taking her.

Many thanks to the visitors who dropped off bedding for the dogs. We really do appreciate it.

It was a very, very cold day but we managed to keep the dogs warm. The weatherman says it should get a little warmer later in the week. Hope he is right! :)

Xxx

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by blackisbeautiful

Sunday 07 Jan 19:50



Oh and to all you lovely ffc people..thanks to you Daybreaks are able to get more gorgeous greys into the kennels for their chance of a new life..after all thats what Daybreaks love to do Yaaaay:)) x x

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 07 Jan 16:23



whoa!!!! A very busy afternoon after a fairly quiet morning. We had four beautiful new arrivals; Harry, Sally, Jess and Ruby Rebel.... just gorgeous! Jess was not even booked into a kennel before she was reserved!!!

The news of Maggie'ss owners becoming failed foster club members along with the reservation of Roy and Saddle also is just awesome.

Vera is off for her spey tomorrow so she gets my extra cuddles today! We are all off home to warm up - it's been soooo cold today - roll on Springtime!
Ruth x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 06 Jan 23:14



We were all so happy to see Fizzy go home with her Foster family today! Really do think we need to give out "FFP" T-shirts! :))

Jonny popped in with his Foster family, he looked great and has put on a little weight. We are so grateful to Wendy and her family for their continued support for him. Xx

All I can say about our two new arrivals Roy and Saddle is Wow!! They are both absolutely gorgeous! They really do need to go home together. Xx

Jeremy and Casey came into see us...Casey was a very happy boy and looked so well. :)

We also had visits from two Bellas; both beautiful girls. It is always so lovely to see past Daybreaks residents and their families and see how happy they are in their forever homes. :)))

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. x

More new arrivals tomorrow! :))

Xxx

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by Caro

Saturday 06 Jan 18:45



Oh know havent seen Norman for a while hope he is ok. We haven’t made too many of the walks lately due to Lottie and Jed being rather accident prone.

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by PamD

Saturday 06 Jan 16:45



No information at the moment

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by Snipe

Saturday 06 Jan 12:01



Just wondered whether there’s still going to be a Stratford Walk every month now that a Norman isn’t organising. I’ve had a few people ask me. Thanks Becky:)

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Friday 05 Jan 16:56



It would be so very lovely if some of the remaining fosterers suddenly decided to fail. I have particularly 2 houndies in mind, although I am thinking of all of those that remain. You would all make everyone's new year a very happy one indeed. This is your mission, should you choose to accept it!. This from a failed fosterer who was definitely only doing foster for a week!!! Fail, fail, fail. Xxxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 05 Jan 16:07



Today I thought I would use my own log in instead of LadyVictoria's! It's been a busy one today with dogs moving! Skye was rehomed, Teddy was signed up, Lexi has been fostered out and Ginger has been returned!
We have had the PAT testing done today and grateful thanks go to Neil who has carried this out for free for us.
The weekend is going to be a bit busier with the last few of our Christmas foster hounds returning to the kennels and we have lots of new arrivals on their way.... the kennels will soon be back to 'proper buzzing' very soon! Ruth x

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by Thethirdronnie

Thursday 04 Jan 20:47



Everyone here delighted for the newly adopted greyhounds and their owners. Love to all. Florence xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 04 Jan 19:08



Even though we have just a handful of beauties in, it was still a busy day! Lexi came back from foster and we had a viewing.... after an hour or so in the sand run and office, Skye was about to be signed up..... then I had a phone call from the family who had fostered her over Christmas, asking to adopt her! Luckily, we had a very wonderful and understanding adopter who then chose Mary!
Happy Birthday to my favourite little girl Vera - she got real cuddles as well as my virtual one today Ruth xxxx

ps sorry LadyVictoria - I forgot to log you out!!!!! Ruth x

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 03 Jan 00:31



Well, we have four girls at the kennels tonight! Skye returned after her Christmas break. Her Foster family said she was a pleasure to look after. Xx

The girls had a really nice long walk this afternoon and enjoyed extra grooming and treats!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 01 Jan 23:06



What a lovely start to the New Year! Sam (Star) is our first lovely hound to be homed closely followed by little Holly. The Failed Foster Parents Club has already claimed its first new members! x

We have just three girls at the kennels this evening, Vera, Mary and Violet. We are so greatful to their foster families who gave them a super Christmas away from the kennels. All of them came back with such positive comments. Sure it won't be long before they find their forever homes.

Whilst the kennels were closed it gave us the opportunity to get some much needed cleaning done and Ruth organised a complete facelift for the office, it looks fab!

Thanks so much to Angie, Sara, Izzy and Lucy for coming in to help today. Well done to Izzy for tackling the fridge! It did smell rather disgusting...sour milk!! Yuk!

Not sure which dogs are due back tomorrow, who knows we may have more Failed Foster Parents before the end of the week! Fingers crossed!

Happy New Year to everyone! Thank you for your wonderful support throughout 2017, lots of love.

Xxx

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by bluesfan

Monday 01 Jan 13:01



Happy New Year to everyone at Daybreaks. Hope it is a good year for all the wonderful greyhounds looking for a forever home.xx

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Sunday 31 Dec 16:10



Ohhhhh. Looks like 2 down, only 11 to go!,

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Sunday 31 Dec 11:53



Ohhhhhh. Looks like 1 down, only 12 more to go!!

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Saturday 30 Dec 16:32



Did any of you wonderful fosterers read the clause in the small print that stated that 'Daybreaks will not accept any returns under any circumstances'. Thought not!!! Should have done though. Lol. Xxxxxx

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by helenanddave

Saturday 30 Dec 10:47



Have a brilliant time in Iceland Ruth. Happy New Year to you, Andy, Joe and Foxy and everyone else at Daybreaks. xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 30 Dec 07:48



I had such a busy day again yesterday at the kennels (even though we are officially closed and enjoying the break!!!!) We have been re-fitting the office so it is more organised and looks fab. Massive thanks to Andy and his Dad for all their hard work over the last few days and to Angie yesterday for helping me sort loads and the AWESOME team who also came in help on Wednesday - it was a very busy day.

Tyke and Socks (our resident cats) have suddenly become my best friends as I have been able to spend much more time with them over the last week and my chucks are laying so all is good. It still seems so strange that the kennels are empty and I have now realised the barking I sometimes hear in the morning is in fact the kennels down the road and not at Daybreaks!

Kate is back in on the 1st to welcome all our foster kids back and I am back at the kennels on the 3rd as I am away over New Year - off to the airport today, ticking off a bucket list item of a trip to Iceland!!!! - thank you to Kate and Sara for looking after Joseph and the Uppy Monster whilst we are away xxxxxx

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and I sincerely thank everyone who has been a part of Daybreaks - whether it is volunteering, adopting or supporting - I am so grateful. Ruth xxx

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by PamD

Thursday 28 Dec 15:25



What a great idea!!!
Suspense here waiting to see who’s coming back.
We couldn’t foster as we wouldn’t return !!!

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Thursday 28 Dec 14:43



I keep checking to see if there are any early failures at this foster business. Looks like so far everyone is waiting until the last minute to keep us in suspense. Maybe there should have been a sweepstake to see who's guess is closest at guessing how many hounds stay with their fosterers (there have to be some failures out there, please, please, please, there just has to be). Just think, you could be joining the not so exclusive club!!!

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by mary/john

Thursday 28 Dec 13:14



Hi all hope all the fostered Greys r doing ok homes lets hope 2018 will be good year for adoptions and fosterings.... xxx

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by skinnyme

Thursday 28 Dec 12:49



Well yesterday we gathered at the kennels for a deep clean mission! Walls washed, kennel blocks steam cleaned, outside areas pressure washed and all beds freshly made up, don't even ask what was happening in the office, but it will look a little different next week! Everything is ready for our residents return. Well done team and a happy new year to all. Jill and Paul. Xxx

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Monday 25 Dec 17:07



We wish you all a very merry Christmas, thinking of all our hounds, and sadly those who have left us, especially my big boy Stevie, and those who are in foster over Christmas. We would like to give lots of love to all the fantastic people (far too many to mention individualy) who dedicate their lives, time and endless dedication to such a fantastically worthy cause. God bless you all, each and every one of you, we all really appreciate everything you all do. Onward and upwards to 2018. You really do make a difference, May it long continue. Love Jo and my gang (without you I would not have my babies) xxxxxxxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 25 Dec 11:29



Merry Christmas from Socks and Tyke the Daybreaks resident cats and Salt and Pepper, the Daybreaks chucks!!! It is very quiet here and strange - I am over the moon that all our Daybreaks residents have found a home for the festive period but it seems so empty, silent and still!
We have had a hectic week but is is great to have a break - and I want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has opened their home to one of our four legged beauties and everyone who has supported us through the year.... much love - Ruth, Andy and all at Daybreaks xxxxxxxxx

ps we are going to be here on Wednesday (27th) for a kennel blitz! If you would like to give a hand - we would be really very grateful xxxxxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 24 Dec 21:30



It was really strange to be at the kennels this morning, when I arrived Jonny was just going out to his Chtistmas foster home. This left only Lexi, Danny and Holly. It was so quiet.

It's fantastic they are all going to have the chance of spending some time in a home environment. I had the pleasure of dropping Lexi off at her foster home. She was so excited when she saw herself in the full length mirror and trotted over to say Hello to the beautiful Greyhound she saw in its reflection. :))

Thank you so much to all the families who have been able to open their homes to an extra four legged visitor this Christmas. Xxx

Merry Christmas and lots of love to everyone!

Xxx

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by Alan&Pam

Sunday 24 Dec 21:12



A very merry Christmas to everyone. We hope all you lucky foster hounds are having a wonderful time. Maybe Santa will bring some special green signs to some homes tomorrow :-) xx

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by bluesfan

Sunday 24 Dec 14:35



Wishing everyone at Daybreaks a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Thanks to everyone for all their hard work taking care of the dogs. Love from Jackie, Grant and Rosie xxx

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by shanishoo

Sunday 24 Dec 14:02



How wonderful to see all these beautiful hounds with a fostered sign, even just for Christmas, such lovely people who have made a space in their homes and hearts. Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and the staff and volunteers have a well earned break. Have fun xxxxxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 23 Dec 22:46



What a very busy day at the kennels! It was great to see lots of our residents going off to their foster homes for Christmas. :))

By feeding time this afternoon we had just four doggies left in the kennels! They too should all be going out tomorrow. :))

Little Holly was such a good girl and spent most of the day in the office, meeting and greeting everyone who came in to foster a dog. I collected her medication from the vet this morning. Hopefully she will soon be feeling better. She is not the only one feeling a little under the weather, Ruth wasn't very well either with a rotten cold. :( They made a good pair! Xx

Thanks so much to everyone who brought in lots of goodies for the Greyhounds and humans! A big thank you to Lisa and Gary for their very generous donation of food, so kind of you. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Thanks Jess for sorting out food, coats and leads for the lads and lasses going out for Christmas.

I had a lovely reminder of what it is to be young at Christmas...Lisa popped in with her two lads this afternoon. They were horrified they hadn't got anything to leave out for Santas Reindeer! We quickly checked out the doggy treat tin in the kitchen and found nine bone biscuits. I said I thought Santa only had eight Reindeer, I was told I had forgotten Rudolph! :)))) x

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 23 Dec 08:05



I have little Holly at home with me as she is a poorly girl :-(. I collected her from Tamworth services yesterday evening where I met her lovely foster family half way. She is off to the vets this morning as soon as I’m back from the warehouse and then it’s a busy day with half of our Daybreaks residents off to their foster homes for Christmas x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 22 Dec 18:24



My morning started out sitting in the Vauxhall service centre whilst they plugged my car in for diagnostics - and they managed to get me back on the road in pretty good time so I could get to the kennels - phew.

It was a lovely day as we saw Bolt off to his new forever home, and Star left for his Christmas holidays. We have a row of "holiday packs" ready and waiting for the lucky boys and girls who are off out on their Christmas adventures tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone who helped out today, the Greys enjoyed a nice walk in the mild afternoon, although it has been a real grey and gloomy day. It's not very cheery - but I do prefer it to the horrid white stuff!!

Many thanks for everyone's good wishes and very generous donations and support throughout the year - wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Angie xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 22 Dec 12:41



Ahhh - Bolt has just gone out to his new home - I am so happy! Star has just left the building - on foster for Christmas - yay xxx

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by DaybreaksLover

Wednesday 20 Dec 12:23



We ordered a lovely pack of Christmas cards from you this year which arrived and we love!!!!! We would like to wish all at Daybreaks a fabulous Christmas and very happy, healthy and successful 2018! It is great that you have managed to find festive fosters for the greys and wish the volunteers and staff a wonderful week off. Tina and the gang Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 19 Dec 22:46



Danny is so much better :) Ruth and I were comparing photos of his poo from yesterday and today, a great improvement!! He ate well and enjoyed his walks. :)))

We had a very busy day preparing for our residents to go out to homes for the Christmas break. Thank you so much to everyone who has volunteered to give them Christmas in a home. x

We had lots of visitors bearing gifts again. :) Many thanks to Paddy, Ladysmith, Tommy and their families for all the Christmas goodies. So lovely to see you all.

Thanks so much to all our helpers today.

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 19 Dec 14:50



We would have loved to has fostered a houndie over the Christmas holiday but our grumpy boy Dexter is not so accommodating, the Christmas spirit has never quite reached him lol xxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 18 Dec 23:23



It was great to see Maude go home today. :)) She is a super little girl.

Holly went off to her Christmas foster home today. :) Sure she will have a lovely break from the kennels. xx

Poor Danny and his poorly tum. We hope he will soon be feeling better. Xx

A big thank you today to Helen and her colleague who came in with donations from their place of work. They also helped with the afternoon walks which was great. :) The company have been supporting us as their charity of the year, holding dress down days and other events to raise funds and collecting donations of food, treats and bedding for the kennel residents. Helen was able to take her three lovely Greyhounds to her place of work for the day, of course everyone fell in love with them! :)) Thank you so much.

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 18 Dec 12:47



Yesterday seemed to wizz by! It was great to meet the new family who reserved Maude.
We have a poorly Danny at the moment who has an upset tum. I was up at the kennels at 3am cleaning his kennel and as he is passing blood also it was a trip to the vets this morning. He is on antibiotics now and hopefully he will be much better in a couple of days.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 16 Dec 21:53



We had a few stinky kennels this morning! :( Thanks to Angie for making them clean and sparkly again! :) A big thank you too goes to our fab Stacey and Dan, they did all the morning walks between them! :))

We had lots of visitors today bearing gifts and bringing their beautiful Greyhounds in for a visit. Cadbury came for a nail clipping and Billy went out for a walk with Star prior to him staying with Billy's folks for Christmas...they looked lovely together! :)

Florence popped in after helping out at Melbicks, she looked fantastic in her Christmas jumper! Kitty also went along to Melbicks and had a great time. :) x

Nifty came to see us this afternoon, he brought presents too. His Mom and Dad said he had wrapped them himself. :)) He is loving his new home and they love him very much! So happy for him. x

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 15 Dec 17:52



It was a bit of a slippery slide driving in to the kennels this morning and parking was very interesting!!

It snowed again a little overnight and then froze - so the boys & girls stayed safe at the kennels this morning. Those that were able to had some play time in the run which was nice and soft, and those that couldn't had to settle for me giving them a groom and a cuddle or two! It was really nice to have some quality time with little Lexi who is such a sweet girl, and Mary who runs headlong at life and enjoys every second of it!

By the afternoon though it had warmed up making everywhere wet and slushy - and also meaning we kept getting dripped on as the ice melted on the roofs! At least the residents could have a walk down the lane this afternoon.

Thanks to those who helped out today, I know that your journeys were a bit tricky this morning - we are all hoping the thaw sets in very soon!

Angie
x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 14 Dec 22:20



It was much warmer today...well warm enough for the snow to disappear!

The residents were very happy to be able to go on walks along the lane again and we had visitors to use the run.

Ruth took Danny off to the vet first thing this morning for his neutering operation. He was very bouncy when he came back, you wouldn't think he had just had an operation! :))

We have lovely Christmas cards for sale at the kennels if you still need some. :) x

We are starting to get everything together ready for our Greyhounds to have a Christmas break from the kennels. Thank you so much to everyone who has offered to have an extra guest in their home for a few days over the festive season. So kind of you. Xx

Thanks so much to all our helpers today. :))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 13 Dec 16:22



Blurrrrgghhhh!!!! What a wet, cold day - however it was cheered up with lots of warm greyhound cuddles especially time with my current favourites.... Benny and Vera.
Spent a lot of the day dealing with post - thank you so much to everyone who sent generous donations for Christmas - it really is appreciated.

The Daybreaks kids are tucked up so it's time for me to take Maggie home so she can empty the toy box. She is the most adorable little girl, so happy - please someone give her a wonderful home again......

Our team of helpers today helped clear the drive of ice and Foxy and Joe no longer get to do Bambi on Ice impressions!!!! TTFN x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 12 Dec 21:44



Wishing Sara a very Happy 40th Birthday! Thanking her so much for all her help at the kennels and for the fantastic photographs she takes of our gorgeous Greyhounds for the website. Most of the photos in next year's calendar have been taken by Sara. Xxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 12 Dec 17:01



I am so lucky to be able to run Daybreaks!!!! Had a great day - made lovely warm breakfasts for the kids, whilst Kate, Kirsty , Gail and Adam cleaned and made beds. The Pet Blood Bank arrived but it was sooo busy with the phone line first thing because of people cancelling or checking. Due to the paths being so icy, our hardy team walked the greys around the run and then they all were groomed and had play time. I caught up on emails, paperwork and had a trip to the post office to send all the orders of calendars and Christmas Cards and then we celebrated Sara's 40th Birthday! Skye, Bolt, Vera, Maggy, Lexi and Benny all gave blood making them official lifesavers!
Health checks were done and they have all had their tea and now it is time for bed! Their fleecy coats are on, wall and underbed heaters on and it is time to go home and defrost ourselves! Luckily I live on site but thank you to all those who manage to get to the kennels to help despite the conditions. Be safe everyone x

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 11 Dec 22:59



Ooh, it was very chilly at the kennels today, but inside the blocks it was nice and warm. :))

A huge thank you to Yvonne, Shirley, Bella and Lewis for coming in to look after the doggies today. We were able to do morning and afternoon walks and lots of snow clearing in between! Our poor Christmas tree had fallen over under the pressure of the snow but is upright again. :)

Little Mary had great fun chasing snowballs around while waiting for her breakfast this morning. Such a happy girl!

The Pet Blood Bank are due to visit us tomorrow. They called today to confirm they will still be attending. If you are bringing your Greyhound along to the kennels to donate blood tomorrow please be aware the car park at the kennels is still quite snowy, so please take care.

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 10 Dec 17:59



Thank you so much Lisa (planned) and Lorna (unplanned) for covering the kennels today and looking after the ‘kids’ especially with the snow whilst I am away.

I rely heavily on the support and dedication of volunteers on a continuous basis and I’m so grateful to ALL who help at Daybreaks.

I have been enjoying a most fabulous Christmas present of a weekend away from dear friends... I am a very lucky girl xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 10 Dec 17:19



Well that was a very strange day we had. Trouble getting in, kennels deep in snow.
It flew by and before we knew it, it's was dinner time for the boys and girls. Thanks to those that made it in today, in such bad weather.... On opening the kennels, all hounds were snug and warm.... On seeing the snow, they all went a bit looney.... We couldn't take on walks, so they all spent time being walked round the snow run, which was a foot deep.... You could tell some had never had the snow experience before, as the pirouette and danced and played in the wonderful white stuff, before heading back to there lovely warm, underbed heated kennels. All hounds were left fast asleep, whilst we tried to re-dig my car out again from bobs drive. Thanks Lorna for your help.....

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 09 Dec 22:38



Another very chilly day!

A big thank you to everyone who helped look after the Daybreaks residents today. We were a little short on numbers but we managed to give the dogs morning and afternoon walks...Jess got her boyfriend to help us with feeding this afternoon :)) Bless him!

Thanks so much to all the lovely people who brought gifts in for our Greyhounds. So very kind of you. Xxx

I have to say the kennels are full of beautiful boys and girls waiting for their forever homes. They all have their own individual characters and they are all very special. If I was able to have another Greyhound I would find it so hard to choose just one!! :)))

Fingers crossed we don't get too much snow tomorrow so our volunteers can get to the kennels ok.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 08 Dec 17:54



Well, it's official - Winter has arrived!! What a cold and snowy day it was today - not surprisingly it was very quiet for customers indeed!

Thanks to the stalwart crew of hardy volunteers who came along today, the boys & girls got out for two walks all wrapped up against the cold in their fleecy coats.

We have had so many generous donations of bedding that the bedding store is now something of a disaster area! Sorry Jill and your hard workers who got it all straight recently - just close your eyes as you go past it! With so many dogs and such awful weather though, we do go through an enormous amount of bedding during the course of a week so donations are always most welcome.

The Christmas tree managed to fall over twice again today!! I think we've got poltergeists, as no one was near it on either occasion. The dogs out in the runs for feeding thought it was great fun to have baubles rolling across the floor!!! I've now moved the tree in the hope it can stay upright and intact for the rest of the festive period!

Our newcomers are lovey and were as bright as buttons today. Teddy is a big, strong boy and Holly is a happy little girl. Skye is such a lovely lady, understandably a little stressed at finding herself in a kennel environment again, she loves giving you a snuggle.

Poor Violet managed to split the end of her tail and decorate her kennel walls with blood this afternoon! Fortunately it wasn't too bad and was soon sorted, but she does love to wag that tail so I'm hoping it's ok overnight.

Was lovely to see handsome Caddy who came for a pamper today, not surprisingly he wasn't too impressed with being bathed on such a cold day, but he was well looked after and emerged smelling lovely!

Thanks to all who braved the elements to help out today, hoe you all manage to thaw out this evening. I left the residents sleeping in toasty kennels with the underbed heating on - was almost tempted to tuck myself up for the night there too! Instead, I may well partake of a warming glass of wine!

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 07 Dec 21:47



Teddy and Hollly both had their neutering operations today. They were very bright when they came back to the kennels and enjoyed their dinner. :) x

Sad to see Skye returned. She is a very pretty and happy girl, I'm sure it won't be long before she finds a new home.

Wonderful to see both Bolt and Danny reserved today. :))

The Christmas decorations are proving to be a little too exciting for some of our residents...one little girl not mentioning any names....got bored waiting for her breaksfast and decidied to chew the Christmas lights! One of the boys managed to grab hold of an unfortunate Father Christmas through the bars of the run. His hat, Scarf and jumper were scattered all over the floor!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 05 Dec 22:38



We had a lovely new arrival today, a very handsome young man called Danny. :)

We have another boy and girl arriving tomorrow. :) We will have a full kennels!

Ruth was well enough to spend some time at he Kennels, although not being able to wear socks or boots meant she had very cold feet...I did offer to get her one of those "big" slippers to put both feet in! The water bottle she had made ended up keeping Foxy warm and cosy in his bed in the office! :)

Thanks so much to everyone who came into help us today.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 04 Dec 22:01



We had a day of "cleaning up after the day before" at the kennels today!
We did get to have hot chcolate with left over marshmallows and cream, so all was good. :)))

The Christmas Memory tree looks so nice with all the messages of remembrance of loved ones no longer with us. I added one for my special girl Twiggy. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 02 Dec 21:42



It was fantastic to see Zebadee go home this morning, complete with new squeaky ball and a new girlfriend called Lara. Xx

Then it was Nifty's turn. What a very special boy he is! So happy for him. Xx

It was sad to have Ollie (Cloud) returned to the kennels. A very hard decision for his owner but it has to be right for everyone. He is such a lovely lad sure it won't be long before he finds a new home.

A lovely surprise when James was snapped up and whisked off to his new home late this afternoon...hence the homing photo in the dark! :))

In between everything else going on the Christmas tree decided to fall over not once but twice! Mary happened to be waiting to go out for a walk when it fell down the first time and had a wonderful time trying to chase the baubles as they rolled around the floor! :)))

Thanks so much to Lisa for taking Benny to the Saturday morning training class and to Adam for taking him out for the afternoon. I believe they came back via the bus and the train! Sure he will sleep well tonight. Xx

Thank you to everyone for the lovely donations of food, treats and bedding today. A big thank you to Helen who brought in goodies from her colleagues at work so kind of you all, and to Rio and Ella's family for all the cleaning products and sardines. Xx

Jonny and Maggie spent the day in the kitchen...When they stood next to each other they created our very own snow scene!!

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Friday 01 Dec 20:39



I can take a dog over Xmas... Must be lottie friendly though. Xxxc

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by Shanesmum

Friday 01 Dec 18:24



Crikey - what an incredibly busy day that was!

It started off on a very sad note as little Maggie was returned to us this morning. Such a sad situation, we all send positive thoughts and wishes for her Mum's recovery and hope that they can all be reunited in the near future.

It was a very chilly day, despite the sunshine. The kennels is taking on a very festive look indeed ahead of Sunday's open day. Mischievous little Mary, and one or two others I might add, thought that the baubles hanging on the tree were obviously put there for their amusement and delighted in trying to paw at them through the bars of the run!!!

Lorna was kept very busy with pamper packages, and we had visitors to use the run and bring in donations of bedding and tinned food for our residents - many thanks indeed.

Lovely little Maude found herself reserved this morning, and Zebedee's new owners came along to visit and spent some great time with him in the sand run.

Following Ruth's appeal yesterday, we already have 5 Christmas foster homes lined up for 5 lucky boys & girls - massive thanks to those who phoned in today and started our list off - 5 down,11 to go!! If you are an existing or previous owner and feel this is something you would like to do, either give us a call, or pop along to our open day and have a chat.

Well, it was a busy day and there's a busy weekend ahead, so I think I'll put my feet up and have a glass of wine now!! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday and getting the festive season started - and let's hope that there are some more red signs on some kennels by the end.

Many thanks to everyone who braved the cold to come and help out today, much appreciated.

Angie xx

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by Thethirdronnie

Friday 01 Dec 17:24



Ok, so mom asked TC after reading the "A dog is for life" quote out loud if we could foster over Christmas. "No" was the response, "Why not, are you afraid you wouldn't be able to send it back?". "Yes" "You big softie, what about if we had the biggest and least good looking one?". She still got a "no" but she tried and I am learning more about just what a big softie TC really is, wonder how I can use that info to my advantage? Florence xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 01 Dec 10:46



Last night as we were closing up - I couldn't resist Jonny with his big eyes looking a me!.... He had spent the day in the office and as the main kennel blocks are full and he was going to be left overnight in the kennel attached to the kitchen - my least favourite as I feel they are on their own away from the others! Silly I know - so he came home with me!

He joins Bobby V who is also staying with me as we had to collect from his elderly owner at the beginning of the week as she was taken into hospital (she refused to go until someone from Daybreaks came and fetched him!) The two are being perfect house guests and now have been joined with Maggie.....

Maggie's owner is seriously ill in hospital so we are going to look after her for a few months in the desperate hope that her owner becomes well enough to have her back. Such a very sad situation.

I am so grateful to Kate and every single helper at the kennels who are undertaking the huge task of running the kennels whilst I recover from my leg surgery a couple of weeks ago. I spent a few hours at the kennels yesterday trying to set up for the open day on Sunday but am paying for it today :-((((

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 30 Nov 23:41



We had a group of people helping out today on a company volunteer day. They very kindly helped to put the Christmas tree up, but were not impressed with the Christmas lights, so went out and bought us some new ones! So kind of them. They also helped with the afternoon walks and raked the sand run. We are so grateful to them especially as it was such a cold day.

Lovely Cilla, now called Bella went home this morning. Wishing her and her new family lots of great times together. :)) x

Thank you to everyone who popped in with donations of food and bedding and thanks so much to those who sent food into us by post. Christmas has come early! :) If you are coming to the Christmas party on Sunday we would be very grateful for any tins of sardines, pilchards or dog food you can spare.

Thanks to our regular Thursday volunteers for all their help. :)))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Thursday 30 Nov 15:51



Umm - following our lovely time at Brueton Park last week, I can see a certain little lady heading our way for a Christmas vacation if she is still in kennels by then!!

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 30 Nov 14:24



The saying is 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas'. However if you can't currently offer a greyhound a forever home, why not give one a home over the festive period?

We are after people who have had a grey from us before to offer their home over the holidays. We only need 16 offers of a home and this would mean those who help at the kennels can enjoy a Christmas break too!

Imagine it - the best gift of all - a sample of home life - and it costs you nothing to give.... we will provide everything you need for their stay.

If you think you can help please call the kennels on 0121 782 7702.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 28 Nov 22:28



A busy couple of days...and very cold too!

We have had some very messy kennels yesterday and today :(( Yvonne and Gail you are amazing with the mop bucket and Zoflora! Xxx

Alan very kindly picked Benny up for us this afternoon. So sad things didn't work out for him and Monica but I'm sure the right home is out there for him. He really is a lovely lad! x

Many thanks to everyone who helped out today. Thanks to Norman for taking little Violet for a trip to the park this morning. She was such a happy girl trotting out of the gate with him complete with her "I need a home" jacket!

Please don't forget it is our Christmas Party at the kennels on Sunday, please come along, help us celebrate and say Hello to all our current Daybreaks residents. :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 25 Nov 21:53



Gorgeous little Mary was reserved today! Brilliant news...kennel life is getting rather boring for her and she is ready to discover the big wide world! Xx

Handsome James arrived this afternoon. He is a little stressed with his new surroundings at the moment; hopefully he will soon start to settle.

It was a very cold day, thank you so much to everyone who came out in the cold to take the dogs for a walk. :)

Despite the cold weather Jess had several customers for a pamper, they all left looking and smelling gorgeous! Great to see Ronnie and Reggie too and hearing what they have been getting up to!

Thank you to all our visitors who brought in tins of fish, meat and treats for the dogs. Many thanks for all the contributions to go in the Christmas hampers. Come along to our Christmas party next Sunday to have a chance of winning one of them! :))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 24 Nov 18:30



It was an early start this morning as Rosie came to pick up Maude & Kitty to whisk them off to Fivelands to be speyed.

Not many of us about this morning so the dogs couldn't get out for a walk, however some of the more energetic had a quick spell in the run and we managed to get the health checks completed and get some jobs done around the kennels.

We had volunteers a plenty this afternoon, so the boys and girls enjoyed a nice walk, which despite the best efforts of the sun, was quite chilly!

It was a quiet day for customers, but we have some viewings booked for tomorrow so fingers crossed.

Lots of the kennel dogs would love to go on the Brueton Park walk on Sunday so give us a call if you feel you could take one along to enjoy some time out of the kennels and take part in a lovely group walk around the park.

Thank you to everyone who helped out today, hope you've all managed to get warm now!

Angie xx

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by shanishoo

Friday 24 Nov 07:13



Hi Kate, I will ring the kennels late morning and pay for the coat and cards. Many thanks - Shani xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 23 Nov 23:34



A big thank you to everyone who has brought in tins of fish and meat and to those who have had it delivered to the kennels. So very kind of you all. Xx

It was a nice walking day today although a little chilly, it was good to see the sun. :)

For the first time today one of our lovely supporters came back for their donated bedding. They had brought the wrong bag in! I was so relieved to find it still in the bedding store and not on a kennel bed! :))) x

Shani, your coat and cards should be on their way to you. Will let you know about the postage. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 21 Nov 22:59



Hi rolohound, hopefully there will be someone at the walk on Sunday who would be happy to drop the sardines off at the kennels for you. Thank you so much. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 21 Nov 22:51



How lovely to hear how well Benny is doing in his new home :) He was the main topic of conversation this morning when our regular volunteers came in for walks. Knowing Benny has finally found his perfect home gave everyone such a lift. :))))

Thanks to Norman for taking little Fizzy bomb to the park. She is a really sweet girl. She and her kennel mate Bolt make a lovely couple, they get on so well together. They would be the ideal instant Greyhound family! Xx

Mischievous Mary was in good form this moring. While I was cleaning the drain in the kennel block, she was pushing her paw through the kennel door and trying to take my mobile out of the back pocket of my jeans! It would be great if she could answer it too! :)

We had more duvets and blankets given to us...we had tidied the bedding store earlier but the last items to arrive kind of filled it up!! :)

We also had lots of donations of goodies to add to our Christmas hampers to be raffled at our Christmas party. Thank you so much to everyone for their generosity. X

Please don't forget we have Christmas cards and calendars for sale at the kennels. :)))

Love to Ruth tonight. Her leg was very painful today. Hopefully she will start to feel better soon. Xxx

Xxx

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by rolohound

Tuesday 21 Nov 20:28



We have a case of tinned sardines to donate. Are we able to bring them to walk on Sunday if there is anyone who can take them to the kennels for us. Just not sure when we will make it to kennels otherwise. Thanks Emma, Mike, Rolo & Star

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by skinnyme

Monday 20 Nov 23:26



Oh no, not my bedding store!!! Lol xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 20 Nov 22:37



Despite being so happy for Benny it was still very hard to say Goodbye to him this morning. He has been with us such a long time and has had many ups and downs along the way. Thanks so much to Alan for taking Benny to his new home. :) Do hope he settles well with his new family.

Thank you to Benny's Mom for sending Alan back with donations of food for our current residents. So kind of you. Xxx

Many thanks to everyone who brought in food and bedding today. :))
Sorry Jill, your lovely bedding store is a little messy! Promise to try and tidy it before you come to the kennels!

Thanks so much for all the donations of doggie things to go into the hamper that will be a raffle prize at our Christmas Party on Sunday 3rd December. Do hope to see lots of past residents and their families.

Maude and Kitty, our new arrivals yesterday are both delightful and settling well. Our students gave them both a bath this afternoon. :))

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 19 Nov 16:13



What a very busy day.
We had two new arrivals Maude and Kitty. Cilla was reserved and Benny got his birthday wish ! A NEW HOME !! Yay. Daisy was rehomed.
We had lots of donations of bedding and towels so thats a great help.
We had a carrier bag of Lily Kitchen tins etc donated towards our dog hamper for our Xmas party.
Thanks to everyone who popped in today to help walk etc, hugs to you all. x

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by mary/john

Sunday 19 Nov 14:03



We just had 3 hours at Nottcutts Garden Centre Shirley with Tina. We met some lovely people and fussed River loads.x

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 19 Nov 10:29



Happy Birthday to one of volunteers Tom !!!! Have a great day. Love us all. x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 18 Nov 21:19



A very busy day! :)

Tommy went home this morning. He is such a special lad. Thanks to his new owner Jo for all her patience as it took quite a while to fill in the paperwork. Lots of visitors popped in and of course wanted to say Hello to him! :)))) x

This afternoon it was our very handsome Ali's turn to go home. I will miss seeing his waggy tail! Always such a happy boy! Xx

Many thanks to Liz for taking Jonny out for the day. From her comments it sounds like he had a great time. Can't understand why he is still Waiting for his forever home. Xx

Thank you so much to everyone who brought blankets, pillows and duvets. Big thanks too for all the donations for the drinks and doggy hampers ready for our Christmas party at the kennels on Sunday 3rd December. I'm sure my two would LOVE to win the doggy stuff!!

Mary and John posted a comment asking for donations of tinned fish or meat for our residents....we would be so grateful if you could spare a tin or two. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone who came in to help today. Sara was back and yes she did moan about the bowls!! :)))

We have two more girls arriving tomorrow! Xx

Xxx

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by mary/john

Saturday 18 Nov 17:09



PLEASE PLEASE CAN ANYONE DONATE ANY SPARE TINNED DOG FOOD OR TINNED FISH... DAYBREAKS VERY LOW ON TINNED FOOD FOR GREYS..... THANK YOU...

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by Shanesmum

Friday 17 Nov 18:10



It was a cold and frosty start this morning!! We had a very early delivery of food first thing and Mary & I, after cleaning and feeding the residents, shifted 22 sacks of food from the middle of the driveway to the food storage cupboards - we now have muscles on our muscles!! .Who needs to pay gym membership when you can become a volunteer and get your workout for free, lol!!! At least it kept us warm!

It was a very busy day, Benny came back from his time in foster this morning, he has done really well and I saw the video of him and Febe playing beautifully in the garden - so sweet. We all hope he is the next resident to find his forever home as he so deserves it.

It was so lovely to see Shandy and her new Mum this afternoon and get that sign turned to green!

Zebedee decided to help me with the kennel cleaning this morning. I foolishly draped my floor drying towel through the bars of his kennel whilst I filled the water bowl of the kennel next door. Next thing I knew, I saw the towel slowly disappearing through the bars as he pulled it through and proceeded to shake it around and then pop it on his bed! He is such a character and has a real zest for life bless him.

We had lots of visitors for the sand run, a viewing and new volunteers. Fingers crossed for Vera as she is having a second viewing tomorrow. She was such a good girl today, taking treats so very gently and being very well behaved around a Dalmatian -good luck sweetheart. xx

Many thanks to those who came along this afternoon to help out, it meant the boys & girls could get out for a walk in the sunshine, although it soon starts to go chilly when the sun disappears!

Another weekend is upon us, where does the time go? We have some lucky residents going off to their new homes tomorrow, along with some viewings so lets hope we have some more empty kennels by Sunday evening!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 16 Nov 22:55



We had some new helpers this morning :) Thanks to Shirley and Richard for coming in bright and early to help with the cleaning and feeding. Along with our lovely Gail and Yvonne everything was done in double quick time! :)) We even got chance to have a tea break before morning walks! :))

Ruth popped up to see us this morning, she has some interesting bruises on her foot and leg! xx

Our gorgeous Tommy was reserved today! He is a very special boy. x

Maggys paw is much better, she is bouncing around very happily! :)

We all agreed today our current residents are all fantastic boys and girls and we would be very happy to take any of them home! Winning the lottery to take them all was mentioned several times! :)))

We had more good news this afternoon Sara has finally been let out of hospital! Sure she will soon be back at the kennels telling us off for not using the right bowls at feeding time! :)))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 14 Nov 22:02



I It was much warmer today :)

Maggy's toe looks better today but is still very sore. She really does squeal when you try to look at it. Poor little lass. X

Violet and Cilla are both very bright after their neutering operations yesterday and were able to go for short walks. They are both very pretty girls.

Thanks so much to Norman for taking Bolt to the park this morning. He is such a lovely dog. Xx

Thank you to everyone for their help today. Sara has had to spend another night in hospital, much to her disgust! Her Dad took her dogs, Charlie and Louis to the hospital and Sara was able to go out and see them. :) Hoping she will let out tomorrow! Xx

Ruth is back at home after her operation today. All went well. :))) Great news! Xx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 13 Nov 22:28



Brr....it was a very cold day today!

All the dogs had their winter fleeces on to go for walks and didn't seem to notice the cold. Unlike us!! :)

It was strange not seeing Benny today. Good to hear he is being a charming house guest. Brilliant to hear the news little Shandy is doing so well too :))

Beautiful little Tui came in to see Lorna for a pamper this afternoon. She looked and smelt lovely when she went home. :)

I briefly met Violet and Cilla this morning before Ruth took them off to the vet for their neutering operations. Both gorgeous little girls! xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Great to have Denise back! :) Sending lots of love to Sara tonight; she is very poorly with pneumonia and is having to spend the night in hospital. :((( Xxx
And lots of love to Ruth who will be spending the day in hospital tomorrow...for her leg operation. Xxx Wishing them both a speedy recovery.

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 13 Nov 21:45



I took Violet and Cilla to Fivelands this morning for their speys. When I collected them this evening, both girls were so bright - they had their dinner and I have settled them back into their kennels.

I am going to be off for the next 10 days to 2 weeks as I am having an operation tomorrow but will be leaving the running of the kennels in the capable hands of Kate and the other volunteers who have agreed to cover and help whilst I am off. I am so grateful to everyone who helps and I can't wait to be back on my feet! x

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 12 Nov 16:28



Wow! Busy busy day! Ali and Daisy were reserved and Benny went out on trial.
Poor Maggie lost one of her nails after going in the sand run - my ears were cleared by her scream when I put a bandage on her!!!!
The new arrivals Cilla and Violet are just beautiful and were bathed by Lorna.
I had Vera at home last night and was really golden - except I woke up to find her taking up most of our bed!!!! Little minx!
I am keeping everything crossed for positive news for one of our ex-inmates who is poorly at the moment and hope x-rays tomorrow don't reveal anything horrible.........
Well - I am frozen so am going home - the 'kids' are tucked up in their kennels with under bed heating..... sleep tight all. x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 10 Nov 17:49



Well, a much less physical day for us all this Friday thank goodness!!

The bedding store looks amazing, thanks for everyone's hard work in getting it looking neat and tidy. We had better keep it that way now!

The lovely little May went off to her new home today, she is such a sweetie and we wish her and her new family well. Her kennel mate Jonny is now on his own bless him, he really does enjoy the company of a companion and we are all hoping that a new sofa will be his very soon.

It was lovely to see ex resident Suarez today, he came to have his nails clipped and then had a play in the run. He is one very happy and affectionate boy who is very much loved.

All the residents had two walks in the sunshine today, and Zebedee also had his usual play in the sand run with his toys. Where his energy comes from I don't know, but he is always up for some fun and activity - and plenty of bouncing when food is in sight!!

Thanks to everyone who helped out today, the sunshine was nice but it got quite chilly this afternoon, and I'm not impressed with how early it gets dark now!! Roll on Spring!

Angie x

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by helenanddave

Friday 10 Nov 10:41



Jill - have you been in there since we left on Wednesday lunchtime!! xx

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by skinnyme

Thursday 09 Nov 23:11



2 hours in the bedding store!!! I need a medal ????

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 09 Nov 22:39



A busy day with several visitors to meet the dogs. Fingers crossed a home or two may come from them.

Ruth took Bolt and Zebadee out to Nottcuts Garden Centre this afternoon. She said they were brilliant with everyone they met. It was a late finish for them and they really enjoyed their dinner when they got back. Sure they will sleep well tonight. :)

We have been sorting out winter coats and Fleeces for the Daybreaks residents ready for the chilly weather...Thanks so much to Lucy, Kirsty and Jill for their hard work yesterday and today for finding them in our rather messy bedding store which now looks very clean and tidy! :)

Don't forget if your heating goes off at night or during the day if you are out your Greyhound can get very cold. Please keep them warm with a fleecy coat. We do have them for sale at the kennels. x

Our old faithful washing machine has been saved and is now working again!! :))

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

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 08 Nov 09:57



Flipping heck!!! It's a cold one this morning and it doesn't help that I have flooded the bathroom floor again trying to fix the washing machine I broke at the weekend.... ooops! We have a spare so we are ok!!
I fetched May and Lexi yesterday evening from Fivelands in Moseley. May came home with me as her operation was a little more involved as her 'anatomy inside was slightly different' - she has however recovered extremely well and spent the evening watching TV and looking at herself in the mirror!!!!
I received the paperwork back from Wilson's homing at the weekend and have just put his photo on - I am so happy for him and I am grateful to those who contacted me to offer him a home also - it is a big thing to open your heart and home to an oldie....
Right - best carry on with the day..... I am sure a coffee is in order! ;-)

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 07 Nov 21:49



We had two lovely new arrivals today, Daisy and Ali. What a very happy couple, their tails never stopped wagging all day! x

Thanks to Norman for taking young Tommy for his first trip to the park. Despite getting very wet, they both enjoyed themselves :) Tommy is a great lad and very affectionate. x

Ruth had an early start this morning taking Lexi and May for their neutering operations. They arrived back at the kennels late this afternoon. Hopefully they will both feel brighter tomorrow.

Ruth also took Lulabelle home this afternoon after her dental yesterday. I believe she has had to have most of her teeth removed. :( Hopefully she will soon be feeling better.

What a change in the weather from yesterday! It was a very wet and miserable day. We managed to get the morning walks done before the torrential rain set in. We had almost written off the afternoon walks when there was a break in the rain...thanks so very much to our lovely volunteers for braving the grotty weather to give the doggies a walk. My lad Skip was offered the chance of a stroll but just buried his head further under the blankets of his bed! He really doesn't like the rain! :)) Fletch is always happy to go whatever the weather....they are all different!

Xxx

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Tuesday 07 Nov 21:25



How is Lula Belle? Worried after not hearing how she got on at Fivelands. X

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 06 Nov 20:43



A beautiful sunny day although a little chilly!

I had a message from Ruth first thing to say she had managed to "kill" the washing machine yesterday! It was a little poorly anyway. Thankfully we do have another one to use. :)

Brilliant to see May reserved. She is a very sweet little girl. May and Lexi are both off to have their neutering operations tomorrow. xx

We also have two more new arrivals tomorrow, looking forward to meeting them. :)

Thanks very much to everyone who helped out today. Very much appreciated. :)))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 06 Nov 08:47



Yesterday was just another day at Daybreaks - cleaning, walking, feeding etc and special time with my current favourite - Miss Vera!

Ricky and Jess took May and Jonny to the park and we had a viewing where little Maggie got on great with the young visitor.

After finishing the kennels I went over to fetch Lulabelle who belongs to an elderly owner and I kept her at home last night. She was a little stressed but golden. She desperately needs a dental so I am going to take her today to Fivelands to be sorted out - Daybreaks 'Help for Hounds' Scheme is going to fund this initially to help her owner out. She gets my real and virtual cuddle today......

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by mary/john

Sunday 05 Nov 14:01



we had smooth radio on last night to drown out the awful fireworks noises... nice music as well... patch/Gracie/Bailey.Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 04 Nov 23:01



It was fab to see Toby go home today! We were walking to the car discussing whether he would get in without any help when he jumped in with no hesitation ready to start his new life! :))

Another lovely family visited the kennels this afternoon after recently losing one of their Greyhounds. They were looking for a friend for their lad, Jamie...He chose Hero! He has a new name, Freddie :)) Wishing him and Toby lots of happiness in their new homes.

Ruth and Angie did a great job of cleaning yesterday, everything looks very clean and tidy. :)

Many thanks to the visitors who donated bedding and treats for the dogs and to MomofTess for your very kind donations. Thanks so much to Jo for collecting them for us. :)))

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

Do hope those who have dogs terrified of the fireworks have been able to find a way to help them tonight. My two are very different; Skip really doesn't care and has been quite relaxed, bless him, but it's Fletcher's first Bonfire Night with us and he has been very upset by the bangs. He finally settled down by the toy basket laying in front of the lounge door...looks like a late night for me as I don't want to distrurb him to open the door now he is asleep! We are Listening to Smooth Radio at the moment!! :)

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 03 Nov 17:25



Phew, what a day! We have spent the day undertaking a major, major blitz and armed with mops, buckets and bin bags, have had a massive clean and tidy. This led to 4 trips to the tip - thank goodness it's so near! We refreshed the bedding for all 16 of our residents, and this, coupled with the clear out, has left us very short of duvets - although we did find a huge bag full of duvet covers so it's not all bad!

We have had a delivery of Blizzard and fleece coats in some lovely colours - just in time for the chilly weather that's been promised!

Other than our mad Mrs Mop impersonation, it was a fairly quiet day for customers. Our usual Friday visitor Nicola who comes with her carer to groom the dogs, had a lovely time with Zebedee and Vera. Honestly I've never seen Zebedee so still for so long!!! He really loved the attention and stood beautifully to be brushed. Vera, after an initial sniff around Nicola's wheelchair, also lapped up the extra attention and fuss and I really think she would have stayed there all afternoon if we had let her! She really is a gorgeous little girl.

We had a visit from Wilson this afternoon, oh it was so lovely to see him and how much he has improved since being fostered by Rosie & Paul. He has put on weight and his coat is lovely, and he is bright and alert and interested in everything - especially things that rustle and therefore may be food!!
Huge thanks to everyone who helped out today and got stuck in, it was a busy and quite physical day and I think we'll all sleep well tonight!! I am planning on putting my feet up with a glass of wine this evening as a reward!

Angie xx

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by crackercharlieX

Thursday 02 Nov 16:53



APPEAL:
We are also thinking of maybe putting together a gourmet type doggie hamper with hopefully some of the more high quality types of tins, pouches, trays of foods like Lillys Kitchen, Applaws, Natures Menu, Forthglade or any other delious high quality top of the range dog food or high quality treats in the hope that the hamper is much more desirable to win! hopefully this will again help to bring in more much needed funds for our boys and girls. Thank You.

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by crackercharlieX

Thursday 02 Nov 16:44



APPEAL
Hi lovely people! As part of our Christmas celebrations we are hoping to put together big booze hamper (or two) to raffle off at our Christmas party. If any of you amazing people have any bottles of booze, anything from wine to beer, cider,spirits,champagne etc or can buy an extra bottle to donate to the kennels it would be fantastic and would help raise much needed funds for our boys and girls. Thank you so much.

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 02 Nov 11:08



Hi SadieMasonandDougie, if you give us a call at the kennels or pop along we can try to help or please take Doug back to the vets asap.

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by SadieMasonandDougie

Thursday 02 Nov 11:03



Hi, I am after some advice. My greyhound Doug is in a lot of discomfort with his right leg/paw to the point I am struggling to get him to go on walks and walks are normally his favourite time. It started about 2 weeks ago, he has been to the vet who are unsure what it is but after some research I am wondering if it could be a corn or callous - any ideas!?? Xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 02 Nov 10:53



Many thanks for all the offers of help with the donation from MomofTess.... sorted :-)
Next request.... I need some manpower as I have a lot of heavy stuff to go to the tip (old kennel doors, wood etc) - my permit for the van only covers me between 10am and 2pm so if anyone is available tomorrow - that would be fabulous...... x

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 01 Nov 20:01



Hi MomofTess, could you give the kennels a call tomorrow please so we can take your details. Many thanks x

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by Jembob

Wednesday 01 Nov 19:23



I’d be happy to help out but it would not be until Saturday morning. I’ll be going to Daybreaks for afternoon walks anyway. I

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Wednesday 01 Nov 18:36



I am in B33. Could fetch if you would like. Just let me know.

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 01 Nov 16:00



Thank you MomoTess - we would love them but the logistics of getting over to the B33 area are the problem..... are there any of our supporters out there who could help please? Anything we receive helps us to raise funds is always appreciated.

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by MomofTess

Wednesday 01 Nov 15:37



Hi, I have been having a sort out of bric-a-brac mainly small glass vases and also some ornaments. Before I send them to the local charity shop are they of any use to you to raise funds for Daybreaks? I also have some DVDs that you can have if you want them. The only thing is that we would need them to be collected from B33 as we don't drive. Not a problem if you don't want them just a thought.

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 01 Nov 13:19



Three absolutely gorgeous new arrivals today. Star's owner tells us he ran over 100 races and deserves a good home whilst May's trainer tells us she has a fantastic temperament and Lexi retired due to a broken hock. They are all so sweet and all of them decided to collapse on us whilst they were bathed today - I am sure the warm water melts their legs!!!! Thanks to Mary, Dante and Miranda who bathed the new arrivals and themselves in the process!!!!!

I have had Jonny who was returned a couple of weeks ago at home with me since Monday. He is doing really well. I did take him back to his previous home last week as his owners were heartbroken at returning him. He just was not suited to the home for some reason, however, the lovely Diva has slotted in just great and has now got a new home instead :-)

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 01 Nov 07:18



Thanks Kate xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 31 Oct 22:33



Hi Shani, yes I'm sure we can arrange to send some Christmas cards out to you. We will let you know when they arriive. :)

It was a good walking day and we had lots of help so all the dogs enjoyed nice long walks today. Thanks so much to Norman for taking lovely Vera for her first visit to the park. :)

Thanks to Sara for the new photos of some of the dogs. Next time you visit the kennels please take a look at out calendar for 2018. Every dog featured has been a past resident at Daybreaks. :)

We have three more new arrivals due in tomorrow...a boy and two girls. Sure they will all be gorgeous!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 31 Oct 16:30



We have received the kettle this afternoon, Thank you so much! It has already been put to good use! :)) Xxx

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 31 Oct 15:05



Great, if I ring up and order some, will you be able to post them to me as we live in Nottingham, I am willing to pay for P&P. Many thanks xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 31 Oct 11:08



Hi Shani, yes we will be selling Christmas cards at the kennels very soon!

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 31 Oct 09:03



Hi, are you selling any greyhound Christmas cards this year, if so I would like to purchase some. Many thanks Shani xxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 30 Oct 22:48



A chilly start to the day, but good walking weather! :)

It was great to see Henry go off to his new home. He was very excited and didn't even wave Goodbye! :)

Touch wood the electrics were ok today. Hopefully it will all soon be finished.

Many thanks for the bedding donations and thanks so much for everyone who helped out today.

Wolfy visited us this afternoon, he went home with a lovely new fleece....if his Mom had got her way Jonny would have gone home with them too! :)))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 29 Oct 20:35



Ooh, that's brilliant thank you all so much! :))) Xxx

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by Deb

Sunday 29 Oct 20:03



A kettle should arrive tomorrow courtesy
Of a donation from our training clubs
Refreshment sales.

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 29 Oct 16:04



What a quiet day, normally Sundays are very busy, but like Kate said yesterday, can only think people had gone away.
I sadly returned Jonny to the kennels after his week long foster and left him happily snoozing away.
We had the electrics trip this morning - which was fun as we had no power in the kitchen, finally sorted this afternoon (naughty urn was the problem), so we are now in need of a kettle or new urn, if anyone has one lying around, otherwise our poor volunteers cant get a warm drink
:-( ..
All dogs had a lovely walk this morning apart from Shandy who is still post op after her spey... then those that could all had fun in the run.... I did find it slightly ammuzing when Paul couldnt get Hero to come back to him and had to come ask for help (Hero was having so much fun running up and down).
As usual please if anyone could offer either Benny or Nifty (our long stayers a home) or Jonny - who really doesnt like being at the kennels - please give the kennels a call !!!.
With the fireworks going off now, please remember to possibly feed your dogs and walk then earlier than normal and keep all pets in of an evening, giving them somewhere to hide.... as we all know greyhounds are very good at slipping leads when spooked. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 28 Oct 22:24



A very quiet day at the kennels today...I guess everyone is getting ready to go back to work and school after the half term holiday.

Jess had two customers for a pamper and my lad Skip had his nails trimmed which took three of us (he just doesn't like his feet being touched!) Sara and I picked him up while Jess carried out the clipping! He soon forgave us after a treat or two :))

Many thanks to Jembob for taking Nifty for a walk in the park this afternoon. He has been waiting so long for a home of his own. He doesn't really sell himself when visitors come to the kennels. Please don't overlook him. He has such a lot of love to give. x

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. :)

The last day of British Summer Time :(( I'm sure some of us will have very confused Greyhounds tomorrow when meal times and walkies times are all messed up! Roll on Spring!!!

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 27 Oct 18:35



What a beautiful Autumn day it was today. It was an early start in the fog for Ruth as she went to Cannock to collect some kind donations of furniture and equipment.

Zebadee had 2 walks and 2 sessions in the sand run today - and was still bouncing soo high when the food bowls were sighted this afternoon!! I don't know where this gorgeous boy gets his energy from, he is such a lively, busy boy and would love a home where someone can involve him in lots of activity - so he can then snooze with his paws up for the rest of the day!!

Our 2 newbies Tommy and Shandy are lovely. Tommy is a stunner, a big lad who is a little wary of getting down off his bed if you are in the kennel, strange the little quirks they have, but once outside delights in "shouting" for his dinner, walks well and loves to lean! Shandy is a very sweet little girl who is recovering well from her operation yesterday and is wagging her tail a lot!

We had a steady day with people using the run, nail clippings and more kind donations of towels and bedding. Thank you to everyone who came along to help out today, we all enjoyed the lovely Autumn sunshine.

I make my usual weekend wish - forever homes for our boys & girls, especially those that have been patiently waiting for a long time.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 26 Oct 22:13



We had a lot of visitors bearing gifts today!

Florence and Barney came to use the run. They are both so lovely. Thanks so much to Klaire for her very kind donation of cat food. Socks and Tyke are very grateful! :)

We also had a visit from Layla. Kirsty our work experience student was so happy to see her as she was her favourite while she was in the kennels waiting for her forever home. Layla was a very happy girl and loved everyone!

We had visits too from old friends handsome Moe and pretty Delphy. Thanking their families for all the donations of food, bedding and raffle prizes. We love to see ex-Daybreaks residents looking so happy and healthy. :))

Little Shandy went for her neutering operation today. She came back just ebefore 5pm, we left her with a small dinner. She is a very pretty little girl.

Thanks so much to everyone who came in to help today.

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 25 Oct 18:53



Today was the last day for our two French students - I can't believe the last 4 weeks have flown by. Sadly my French hasn't improved but we have taught them plenty!
I took Benny to the vets for a check up again this afternoon following his operation several weeks ago. The swelling is going down and hopefully his longer course of tablets will help him.
Miss Vera spent some time with Bailey the Collie and she was really good. She really is a sweet girl and would be perfect for a family that work as she is very chilled out on her own in her kennel.
Bolt and Fizz yesterday came with me to the acupuncture course and today they were much quieter! I think I wore them out!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 24 Oct 22:14



Shandy and Tommy arrived today, both gorgeous! Thanks to Bob for collecting them for us. if you are interested in meeting them or any of our other Daybreaks residents please give us a call. :))

We have so many fab dogs looking for their forever homes at the kennels...and we have a long waiting list of other boys and girls waiting to come in after retiring.

Thanks to everyone for their hard work today.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 23 Oct 22:30



A quieter day today, phew! ...we managed to catch up on a few outstanding jobs. :))

Benny and Nifty are able to go on short walks wearing their "boots" they look quite cute together! Hopefully one day soon they will both be happily settled in their forever homes. Xx

I managed to get out for a walk this afternoon :) I had the pleasure of taking the very handsome Toby and his sweet little kennel mate Mary out. Toby walks beautifully on the lead and Mary is fascinated by everything around her. :)

Thanks so much to everyone who helped at the kennels today and sending love to Denise and lots of get well wishes to her gorgeous boy Charlie who was sadly badly bitten by another dog when they were out on a walk at the weekend. We missed you all today. :(( Get well soon Charlie. Xxx

Looking forward to welcoming two new arrivals tomorrow. :)

Xxx

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Monday 23 Oct 21:09



After coming to the kennels on Saturday, I was broken hearted to hear Wilson's full story. Along with Rory and Jonny being returned I really did feel your pain Ruth. I will always remember you saying to me that people envy you running a kennel. After Rory, Kara and Toby being reserved and Hawk going home I said after the show I said to you don't ever feel like that again, and I really meant it. You, Kate, Jill, Angie, Lisa and all the volunteers (sorry if I have not named you personally you know who you are) do incredible work and be so proud of yourselves. You all work incredibly hard for these hounds. We all love you so very much. Oh and Melysa although Wilson is not cat friendly you could still have him, if you forget to feed him he has 4 cat dinners just a thought!!!. Lol. Jo and gang. Xxxxxxx

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by helenanddave

Monday 23 Oct 18:53



Hope all ok. Keep smiling. xx

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by PamD

Monday 23 Oct 12:57



Hope your feeling better today Ruth xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 23 Oct 09:46



There are a few of you who will know what an awfully emotional weekend it has been with plenty of stress, lows but some highs...... seeing Rory (who had been returned the previous day) going out to his new home with Kara made yesterday better along with an email with a photo of Cloud off to his new home curled up on the back seat of the car with Jasmine was equally fantastic. I am grateful to the amazing team who help with all aspects of all we do for the greys here xxx

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by Bookworm

Sunday 22 Oct 09:37



I just want to say how great it is to see so many red and green signs this weekend, especially after the sadness of poor Wilson’s return. There are so many happily rehomed hounds out there and happy owners. We just love our girl to bits and can’t imagine being without her. You do an amazing job at Daybreaks xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 21 Oct 23:49



What a very busy up and down sort of day! The ups included seeing Hawk go off to his new home taking his big bunny with him! :) It was also fabulous to see Cloud go home too! He has a lovely Greyhound sister to share his home with.

It was a downward slide when Rory and Jonny were returned but then a great big high when Henry and Toby were reserved. :)

Finally to finish off the day Kara and Rory were reserved together! :)))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today! :)

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 20 Oct 17:50



An early start to the day today as Ruth took Henry off to the Vet for his castrate operation. Henry wasn't impressed waiting in the run watching all his pals have their lovely breakfasts!!

We have a full house at the minute, but again today lots & lots of volunteers, so all the boys & girls had 2 good walks again. Fortunately, the weather held and no one got wet today! Our French students gave the cat room a lovely spring clean, and we've had windows cleaned, leaves swept and floors mopped! Sometimes with so many volunteers, it gets difficult to give everybody something to do!!

This afternoon was very sad as the lovely Wilson was returned after being in a home for 7 years. He is a very handsome, friendly old fella, and we gave him a lovely warm bath after which, swaddled in towels & blankets, he fell asleep on the treatment room floor - bless him.

Thank you to everyone who came along to help out today, and sorry it was standing room only!!

We have viewings booked over the weekend so lets hope that some of our residents strike lucky and find their forever homes.

Tomorrow is "The Daybreaks Factor" show night, so looking forward to it! You can still get a ticket on the door, you'll have a great night out and be raising funds to help Wilson and all the other Daybreaks residents - hope to see you there.
Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 19 Oct 22:04



Well what a very wet day! Thanks so much to everyone who helped to walk the dogs this morning. Thankfully it was a litttle better this afternoon. :)

Benny went off to the vets for his X-rays on his paw....he hadn't come back when I left this evening. Fingers crossed all will be ok. His kennel mate Hero missed him being around today. :(

New girls Kara and Mary are settling well, they are both so gorgeous!

Nifty's toe is doing ok, but still looks sore. He is such a happy, friendly boy; wish so much he will soon find his special forever home.

Xxx

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by ASwinton

Thursday 19 Oct 08:44



Ah I love all your kennel hounds! I emailed Ruth yesterday about a donation of coats, collars, leads, sardines etc and she is currently seeing who maybe able to collect them from me in Edgbaston. I really wish I could bring them to the kennels if it wasn't for the dreaded work! :-( I really hope the dogs enjoy using them and the coats and snoods keep them warm at night and I hope I get to visit Daybreaks one day. You all do an amazing job! Amanda Swinton x

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 18 Oct 21:45



Poor Benny is still having problems with his paw so he is booked to go back to Fivelands tomorrow to have further investigation.
The two new girls Kara and Mary are adorable but both have decided coats are not for them!!!! I have just been back up to the kennels as Kara had decided to wear hers like a skirt, managing to get her paws through the neck hole!!!! It's a good job we have cameras at the kennels to keep an eye on them! The temperatures are definitely dropping so if your heating goes off at night, your grey is going to need keeping warm so an extra blanket or fleecy coat will do the trick.
If anyone can find it in their hearts to give a home to an 11 year old boy who is being returned on Friday after over 7 years in a home, please give me a call as soon as possible...... he is being returned through no fault of his own. All he needs is a quiet home for the rest of his retirement.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 17 Oct 22:11



We had lots of visitors today :) It was lovely to see Dexter and Jack, they both looked gorgeous after their baths but don't really think they were all that keen...Jack in particular didn't look very impressed when it was his turn! Many thanks to Shani and Ken for the donation of Pilchards for our Daybreaks residents. Very kind of you. xx

Lovely Florence and her handsome cousin Barney came in to use the run. Toby joined them for a race around. Thanks so much for the sardines! :) Thinking of Klaire; Florence's Mom. She had to say Goodbye to Mr Darcy one of her cats this afternoon. I am sure Florence will miss him too. xx

Pete finished the doors today, they look great! Thanks Pete. They just need an extra coat of paint. :)

Now the nights are getting chilly, if you need a fleece to keep your Greyhound warm this winter we had a delivery today, so lots to choose from. :)

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 17 Oct 19:10



We visited kennels today as our boys Dexter and Jack had a bath, it was so lovely to see Kate and Jess and meet some of the volunteers, Nifty and Benny stole my heart, but every single one of the dogs we met were fantastic, so friendly and loving, hope they all get their perfect loving homes soon. Thank you for making us feel so welcome as usual xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 16 Oct 22:36



It was great to see everyone today after being away on holiday last week. :) So good that so many boys and girls went off to their forever homes while I was away. :)))

Yesterday's three new arrivals, Diva, Henry and Cloud are gorgeous! Diva and Cloud both enjoyed a bath this afternoon.

Jimmy happily went off with his new family this morning. He has a very pretty new sister! Do hope all goes well. Xx

Nifty's paw looks ok...he doesn't seem bothered about it at all. :)

Pete spent the day fitting two new doors to the kennel blocks. Thanks so much for his perseverance and patience. The doors are not a standard size and the door frames are wonky! He has done a fab job and is coming back to finish off tomorrow. x

It was a very strange day with regard to the weather...it looked like the world was about to end when the afternoon walks started but then the sun turned up and it was a very pleasent afternoon!

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Monday 16 Oct 14:48



We will be visiting the kennels tomorrow as our boys Dexter and Jack are having a pamper session with Jess, so excited to see all the lovely hounds and staff, goodies for hounds and humans are already packed in the car xxxxxxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 15 Oct 20:30



Today was a bit weird, we went from a quiet morning to a hectic afternoon. The lovely Bruce went off to his forever home, it was lovely seeing him go off up the drive wagging his tail. The afternoon saw the arrival of Henry, who is a big lad, with stunning looks and so affectionate and loves his grub, but doesn't travel well in a car, the lovely Diva who is a dainty girl, but very friendly and the handsome young cloud who is only 2.5 years old, who's racing career never really took off. Poor Nifty was a bit of a plonker and somehow has managed to put a claw off if the run and is now sporting a lovely bandage, please someone give him and Benny a home, they both really deserve that couch. All babies were left snoozing and cosy and warm. Good night, sleep tight, have happy dreams of those sofas. Xx

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by skinnyme

Saturday 14 Oct 23:35



Well we did it!! Endured paint hosed on us, foam zone, which was hilarious especially as Andy fell into it and was absolutely covered, and we did 2 laps so had to endure twice. Great fun. Well done team. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 14 Oct 21:38



Wishing everyone lots of luck for the Glow in the Park event tonight...at least it's quite a warm and dry night! Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 14 Oct 17:23



Tonight a team of us are doing the Glow in the Park sponsored 5k event to help raise money to complete the sand run, so..... I have spent all day at the kennels dressed in my outfit ready! This has helped me raise an extra £40 in sponsorship so I am really grateful to everyone who has sponsored us. If you would still like to sponsor, please use the link below.
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/glowforthedogs

It has been hectic today with Milo, Maggie and Ollie all going off to their new homes. Toby went off to the roadshow at Melbicks but on return sadly his kennel mate had a go at him so he is on his own in a kennel nursing some bruises.... poor fella - he is such a sweet gentle boy.... I really hope he finds a home soon.
Wish us all luck for tomorrow and roll on Monday when Kate is back from her holiday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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by Shanesmum

Friday 13 Oct 18:30



Well, as a novelty for me we almost had more volunteers than dogs today!! At least this guaranteed the boys & girls got two good walks, and we could tackle all those jobs you always put to the back of the queue when you're busy.

Autumn has definitely arrived, the kennels were swept round twice today but the fallen leaves seem to be winning the battle!

It was so lovely to complete the adoption paperwork for the lovely Dusty today, she was so happy to come in to the kennels with her new sister, dispensing kisses to everyone and trotting happily off down the drive after a lovely family homing photo. Her ex kennel mate Nifty seems a bit sad to be on his own yet again - I really cant understand why this fabulous boy is still waiting for his own sofa. He is one of my phone screensavers, along with the lovely Benny. These 2 boys deserve their own forever homes, the sooner the better.

I've had Ruth chained to her sewing machine this afternoon, finishing off the new costumes needed after my last minute changes!! We still have tickets available at the kennels for "The Daybreaks Factor" - please support the cast who have worked so hard to bring you a fun evening's entertainment.

Thank you to the many people who helped out today - our work placements certainly saw that there is more to running a kennels than walking the dogs as I had them cleaning windows, raking leaves and mopping floors!

We have some more of our residents going off to their new homes over the weekend, and more viewings booked. Fingers crossed!

Angie x

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 13 Oct 09:22



Benny and Hero enjoyed most of the day in the kitchen yesterday getting extra fuss.... Benny is doing great and is now unmuzzled with Louis who is a Border Collie... I am so pleased with him. His stitches in his pad will be removed on Monday.

Dusty went out on trial yesterday and we are keeping everything crossed that things go well - I will keep you posted.

Along with the comments on here and visitors to the kennels, there seems to be a few problems with the recent change of manufacturer of the Burns food. I feed my boys on the Burns and did notice a difference initially but they have adjusted to it and eat well. I have told all those who have voiced concern, to contact Burns and let them know if you have problems as they need to know. As most of you know we also feed Skinners which is also a wheat and gluten free dry food and many greyhounds thrive on this. Any questions - give us a yell at the kennels x

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 11 Oct 15:41



Yesterday flew by so apologies for no kennel news updates but we were all over the moon about Mr Jimmy Brindle being reserved finally! He is off to his new home on Monday after a check up at the vets.

Today we are thrilled that the gorgeous Bruce aka Dubh has been reserved and he is off to his new home on Friday - yay!

We have the fabulous Daybreaks calendars on sale at the kennels - the profits of which are going towards completing the final section of the sand run. As you may know, the sand run cost over £22,000 to build but the final two fifths remains fenced off as we ran out of money for the sand. We are planning to complete this and add another fenced area for introductions and elderly dogs, with the rest of the run being for the fitter dogs!!!!

At the weekend we are doing our sponsored Glow in the Park event and again, the sponsorship we receive from this is going towards our run appeal. If you would like to sponsor our team, please use the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/glowforthedogs

Please hope I survive as I am at the kennels on Sunday!!!! :-)
Ruth x

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 09 Oct 17:16



We have had a couple of new volunteers from the HSBC bank help us today along with our French students and work experience - we have had more volunteers than dogs almost! This has enabled me to get loads done so the van has been emptied with all the donations left at the show yesterday and we have had a spring clean of the treatment room and back storage area along with all our daily tasks of running the kennels. I re dressed Benny's foot and it is healing brilliantly!
He has his stitches out in 8 days. I am keeping absolutely everything crossed for Jimmy as I have had a few people show interest in him today both visitors to the kennels and over the phone....... please please please let it turn into a home.........

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 09 Oct 10:29



What happened to the weekend?!!! It has been soooo busy at the kennels and I couldn't wait for Monday to have a rest ;-))))
The weekend saw Brookie and Dyson off to their new homes and Hawk and Ollie reserved.

I went along to the Trevor Burton Charity show on Saturday evening and they raised over £1200 which is going towards completing the sand run.

The calendars have arrived and are selling well already - they feature beautiful photos of our Daybreaks greys - they are £10 for a large and £6 for a slimline if you would like to buy one. All proceeds again are going towards our Sand Run Appeal so we can finally get it completed.

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by Shanesmum

Sunday 08 Oct 18:07



Lovely afternoon at the kennels waiting to welcome the boys & girls back from their day out at the Dog Show.

They came back sporting so many lovely rosettes between them - let's hope they left some for someone else to win!!! They are all of course all winners in my eyes, and it was fantastic to see both Hawk & Olly reserved today.

They all managed to polish off their supper, and then headed straight for bed!! They must be exhausted after such a full and different day - I bet they will all sleep well tonight! Sweet dreams of forever sofas everyone.
xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 07 Oct 16:25



God Bless lovely Silla; she was so very brave at the vets. I have had the pleasure of meeting Silla on many occasions when she stayed with Ruth. She truly was a very special girl. Thinking of her family. Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 07 Oct 06:49



It was a very busy day yesterday for our team along with our two french animal care students and two new volunteers. Benny went for his post op check following his operation on Wednesday where he had a large piece of glass removed from his pad. It is healing nicely and I will do a dressing change Sunday. Mr Jimmy Brindle also was seen as he has a growth on the side of his foot which he keeps knocking. He has antibiotics in the hope it will reduce the swelling but he may need it removing. He continues to be a perfect house guest and I’m still desperate to find him a forever home.

Nervous Cassie was brought up to the sand run by her owners and she had great fun playing with Jimmy, Foxy and Joe and is gaining confidence which is fantastic to see.

It was an extremely sad day as the beautiful Silla who was my friends greyhound went to Rainbow Bridge. She fell in my kitchen on Thursday and broke her leg. She was seen at Fivelands and then transferred to Willows. Being the grand age of 13 it was felt the kindest thing was to let her slip away. My thoughts are will Silla’s family.... heaven has gained another angel. Sleep tight Silla xxxxxxxxxx

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by Aries

Friday 06 Oct 20:17



That's strange, when we were in Tesco buying some sardines, the lady on the checkout asked if we had a lot of cats, we said they were for Daybreaks Greyhounds, she said what lovely dogs they are, hope they enjoy them.

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 05 Oct 22:43



A huge thank you to everyone who brought tins of fish and meat in today and also for the food we have had delivered by Amazon. It is fantastic and has helped to fill some of the empty shelves in our food cupboard. :)) So kind of you all.

We have so many wonderful supporters; I would like to give a special thank you to one of our lovely volunteers. After losing her holiday following the news Monarch had gone into administration she donated most of her holiday spending money to help with Benny's treatment. :)

Ladysmith's Mom and Dad told us while they were waiting to pay for their numerous tins of sardines a lady in the queue asked if they had a lot of cats at home! When they told her they were for our Daybreaks residents she promptly gave them £10 to pass on to us! :)

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!! :)) Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 04 Oct 21:51



Lots of our current Daybreaks residents made a donation to the Pet Blood Bank yesterday:) So the following boys and girl are all life savers! Olly, Hawk, Milo, Bolt, Zebadee, Hero, Nifty, (for the second time!) and our little girl Brookie. Due to the other girls only recently being neutered they were unable to donate this time. Hero was a firm favourite with all the nurses :) My lad Fletcher made his second donation. He was so good and lay very peacefully enjoying all the extra fuss! He enjoyed the plate of Chapie afterwards even more! The Pet Blood Bank are due to visit us again on the 12th December. if you are interested in your Greyhound becoming a donor please contact them on 01509 232 222
Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 02 Oct 23:25



Benny will be going to see our vet tomorrow regarding his sore leg. Thank you so very much to everyone who has donated towards the cost of his vet bill. So very, very kind of you. It gave me great pleasure to give him several hugs I had been asked to pass on. :))

We have been joined today by two lovely French students who will be with us for the next few weeks. Sadly I speak very little French and they speak very little English! Google Translate came in very handy!

We had lots of help today and the weather was just right for walking, so the dogs enjoyed morning and afternoon walks.

Many thanks for all the bedding and tins of fish and meat that were brought in and the lovely folded books donated by Breeze and Jatos's Mom for the craft stall at the dog show. x

The Pet Blood Bank will be visiting the kennels tomorrow. Both Trust dogs and pet dogs will be donating. If you are interested in your Greyhound becoming a blood donor please give us a call at the kennels and we can give you more details or you can speak to one of the Blood Bank nurses or vet. Fletcher donated on their last visit. I am hoping he will be brave enough to do so again....Xx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 30 Sep 22:27



It was very sad to see Benny come back to the kennels today. Unfortunately things don't always work out how we would want....he was soon back into the rountine and enjoyed all the extra treats that came his way! Hopefully the problem with his paw will soon be sorted. Xx

Brilliant to see Milo reserved. :))

Jimmy spent the day in the office and watched the CCTV again! It really does look like he is studying the cameras. Sure he and his previous owner must have spent evenings watching TV together. :))

We were a little short on walkers this morning; thanks so much to Diane, Stacey and Jess for walking all of the dogs between them. We had more help this afternoon for which we are very grateful. :)

It was great to see a couple of our past residents today. The very handsome Den came in for a pamper session. During his stay at the kennels he used to jump as high as he could when waiting for his meals to arrive! I reckon he and Zebadee could have quite a competition going betweeen them!!

Ellie had a lovely pamper with Jess today too. Poor lass only came in for her nails to be clipped and ended up in the bath!

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 29 Sep 23:24



We got drenched this morning during cleaning and feeding, the rain was awful. Out by the skip was very muddy and as I went to throw the bin bag in, I slipped and landed unceremoniously on my backside, covering myself in sticky mud!! Only injured pride thankfully, and Ruth came to the rescue lending me a pair of her trousers whilst I popped mine in with one of the wash cycles. However, it would have been better had I emptied my pockets properly first - my car key had a lovely wash and rinse!! It smelled lovely and miraculously still worked!!!

We are full to bursting with boys & girls which meant a busy day. The awful morning weather meant there were no walks, but fortunately the afternoon really brightened up with some beautiful sunshine so they all had a lovely walk down the lane.

Jimmy Brindle had me in stitches this afternoon - he was in the office standing by the desk and watching the CCTV cameras monitor. Seriously - his ears were up, head cocked on one side and was fascinated by the pictures of the other dogs in their kennels!! Bless him, he is such a sweetheart and didn't mind me laughing at him and his antics.

Many thanks to those that helped out today, and those who donated some more welcome bedding and towels.

It was all hands on deck this afternoon so we could have a nice early finish as it was the Daybreaks Factor dress rehearsal this evening, it went very well indeed and the show is now only 3 weeks away - we hope to see you there as it will be a fun night.

Fingers crossed that some of our residents are lucky enough to find their new homes this weekend.

Angie x

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 29 Sep 11:07



Currently we have over our allowed amount (due to council restrictions) at Daybreaks.... I have therefore been taking Jimmy home and Bob has kindly let us use one of his own personal kennels out the back. However sadly we have another returnee tomorrow :-( If you think you could foster or even adopt one of our beautiful greys, please contact us asap.

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 29 Sep 10:48



We have been offered a donation of over 100 duvets from the university in Edgbaston and I am appealing for someone to either be able to collect them or help me collect them next week. We have the Trust van but it may take several trips (it has in the past) so if you can help, please give me a call.
Many thanks
Ruth

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 28 Sep 23:03



What a crazy day! The team from Virgin Media were fantastic! I have lost count on how many much needed jobs they did at the kennels. I know Ruth took lots of photos and has put them on our Facebook page :) Such lovely people; several of them had traveled some distance to be with us including Liverpool, Hull and Banbury!! We are so grateful to them all for their help and enthusiasm. The dogs took all the painting, drilling and hammering in their stride and enjoyed going for their afternoon walks with some of the visitors.

Many thanks to our regular volunteers for all their help today. It was a late finish. Xx

Oh and thank you so much to the lovely sunshine for making the day so successful! :)))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 27 Sep 18:55



I am so happy the rain held off until we had finished at the kennels! We have had plenty of visitors today for nail clipping and the run. Our work experience students learnt how to do the health checks and also helped with our new arrival - Maggie. The viewing this afternoon resulted in Will being reserved - yay!

Bea the Beagle came to visit and we spent some time working with Jimmy and he is slowly getting better which will hopefully help him find a home soon.....

I have sent the calendar proofs back to the printers today and hopefully we will have them ready for sale for the Dog Show. If anyone would like to take one of the Daybreaks greys to the show for the day, please give the kennels a call. It would be great if we could get them all there......

We had one of the Virgin Media team deliver paint, wood etc this afternoon. They are sending a team of 40 to to 'attack' the kennels tomorrow and I can't wait!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 26 Sep 22:56



It was sad to have Bruce (Dubh) returned today. He is a lovely boy. He was so good in the office with Foxy and Joe. Hope he will find a new home soon.

Brilliant to see Barney officially adopted this afternoon. :) He was still a nervous boy but so much better than when he first arrived at the kennels. Wishing him a very happy new life. x

It was a lovely day and we had lots of students and volunteers, so all the residents had two good walks.

Dusty had her staples removed today, the area around her neutering operation has healed very nicely. She is a very happy bouncy girl and gets on so well with her handsome kennel mate Nifty. :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 25 Sep 21:32



Despite the drizzly start to the day we were able to walk all the dogs without them getting too wet... :)

A very big thank you to the lovely people who asked if they could fix the summer house in the sand run for us! It looks fantastic! So very kind of you. x

We have a full house at the moment....if you are looking for a new member for your family please come and visit our beautiful Greyhounds...they really are super dogs. I am sitting looking at my two boys both stretched out, fast asleep on their beds, just wonderful. :)))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 23 Sep 22:27



A day of mixed emotions at the kennels today; so sad to see Bluebell returned after being in a home for several years :( but fantastic to see Benny, our recently homed long stayer and older lad with his new family, looking very happy :))

We also had a visit from little Poppy who is this months calendar girl! She loves everyone! x

Thank you so much to everyone for their help today. :)) Lucy brought her lovely Ellie with her. While she was out on a walk Ellie decided to help herself to a nice piece of Victoria Sponge cake in the kitchen! She looked very pleased with herself when I found her with the empty packet! :))))

If you will be visiting the kennels in the next few weeks we would be so grateful for any donations of tins of fish or dog food you can spare.

Thank you :))))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 22 Sep 18:38



A busy day at Daybreaks today. Vera was supposed to be going to be speyed this morning, but as Ruth was showing the college work placements how to check her - she noticed Vera was bleeding and has come into season! One Vet trip cancelled, but I don't think Vera was too sad as it meant she could actually have some breakfast!

With the kennels being full it was an intense day, lots of doggies means lots to do! Fortunately the weather was kind and the rain held off, so all the Greys had a walks this afternoon.

Rosie brought Fizzy back after her overnight post op stay. Must say that her kennel mate Bolt was very happy to see her back. Bless him, he had been quite upset and noisy during the day, obviously missing the company, but they were both snuggled up and quiet when we left.

It was lovely to see ex resident Suarez this afternoon who came for a play in the sand run. His Mum says he is doing really well and has settled beautifully - good news.

Managed to get some more tidying up done, and make inroads into the mountain of washing and drying. The recent wet weather makes it really difficult to keep on top of this and the back of the kennels can resemble a Chinese laundry at times!!

Thank you to our helpers today, it was a long day but all our boys & girls are happily tucked up for the night - and that's what counts.

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 21 Sep 23:08



Rosie took little Fizzy to be neutered today. She collected her this afternoon and brought her back to the kennels....but then decided she would rather take her home so off she went to stay at hotel Rosie & Paul for the night! :))

The weather was really grotty this afternoon; it wasn't raining very heavily when our intrepid volunteers set off on the first walk but it was a monsoon by the time they got back! It didn't get any better so the dogs who missed out on a walk came out into the runs and played with with the toys. Sure they were not too upset about not going out when they saw the state of everyone when they came back! :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 19 Sep 21:24



What a lovely Autumn day! Just right for walking.

It's the start of the new college term and we have new students to help us at the kennels. With the extra help we were able to take the dogs on nice long walks today. The students have already fallen in love with the Greyhounds and have their favourites!

Fantastic to see Jimmy reserved today. :))

We had another new arrival this morning, the very pretty Vera! She was a little nervous in the bath but loved her afternoon walk with the other Daybreaks residents. x

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 18 Sep 22:03



We had a lot of extra help today from a group of six people from HSBC, I think they all enjoyed themselves and the dogs enjoyed all the extra attention. :)

It was great to see lovely little Silky reserved today :) and Barney! He popped in with Klaire just long enough to reserve him for her brother in law and his family! So happy for him. He looked well and the scuffs on his pads are healing nicely. :) xx

Thank you so much to everyone who dropped off bedding for our residents today. It's starting to get chilly at night, we are very grateful for the extra blankets for their beds. X

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 15 Sep 12:12



Is it only 12 midday?!!!! It has been such a busy day so far..... all the current residents have been 'Bea the Beagle' tested! Bea is a superstar with the greys as Foxy and Joe, my two greys, are her best friends so she is not phased at all by them. However Nifty and Brookie are the two who get their 'Bea Award' today.

We have the Community team from ASDA today who are helping give the sand run an 'Autumn Clean' with weeds, leaves and cones that drop..... big thanks to them for their hard work :-)

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 14 Sep 22:48



Beautiful Stella went off to her new home this afternoon. Such a very sweet little girl. :))

Ruth collected Dusty and Socks from the vets this evening, Silky looked quite bright after her neutering operation, Ruth took her home for the night. I believe Socks our gorgeous little cat has had four teeth removed. Xxx

It would be brilliant if we could get the doors to the kennels replaced, especially as the winter is approaching. It is quite an art now to close the door to the bottom block!

Many thanks to everyone for their help today and thanks again to Sara for the fab photos on the website of our lovely Greyhounds. :))

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 14 Sep 11:49



Yesterday saw two gorgeous new arrivals - Hawk and Silky. Sara and I did a bit more training with Mr Jimmy Brindle and Nifty. Jimmy is getting much better and Nifty, is one of our longest stayers as initially he found other breeds too exciting. Sara (and not forgetting Louis) has been working with him and his new photo shows how well he is doing.

This morning, I took Silky to the vets this morning for her spey and she accompanied Socks, one of our resident cats, as she is having a dental. Silky is such a beautiful happy little girl - sure she will be snapped up soon.

Once again, I am appealing if anyone knows a carpenter who can do some jobs at the kennels. I need new doors on the kennel blocks and we have the money to pay! Call me if you know anyone.....

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 13 Sep 17:47



Is there anyone who can help? Usually I am after help with the dogs.... this time I need a carpenter! The doors to the kennel blocks need replacing - so if you can help (I am not after a free service) please call me on 0121 782 7702. Many thanks Ruth

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by Jess&Tilly

Wednesday 13 Sep 10:53



Just thought id let you all know that Daybreaks have their own Instagram page, it is a great way to share photos and videos of the dogs that we cannot always do on the website. If you search 'GreyhoundTrust_Solihull' you can give us a follow, and then you can tag us in posts and keep us updated on your hounds adventures. :) xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 12 Sep 17:15



Another day at Daybreaks.... the usual cleaning out, feeding, walking and of course a few greyhound cuddles! We spent some time in the run with Jimmy and Louis (Collie) but unfortunately Jimmy started getting a bit too excited. I did some training with him and do some more tomorrow. It is such a shame as this lad is so affectionate and perfect in a house but sometimes lets himself down with not understanding other breeds.
Dusty has been paired with Nifty today so he has yet another new kennel mate.... poor Nifty - he is our longest stayer.... wish he could find his forever home.....
We have two new arrivals tomorrow to look forward to!

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 11 Sep 21:52



Stella went off to the vet for her neutering operation today. While she she was away she was reserved! Her prospective new owner met her yesterday...Great news! x Thanks so much to Rosie for transporting her to and from the vets. :)

We had lots of beddding, raffle prizes and fish donated today, thanks so much to everyone!

I met our new arrivals from yesterday, both beautiful!

Thanks to everyone for their help today, walking was a little hazardous...one minute sunshine the next torrential rain!

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 10 Sep 21:08



After a early start for Ruth and i , we were greated by lovely clean kennels as usual, so cleaning and feeding was quite easy. It was a very spooky day at the kennels, with most of the kennel dogs being used by Canine Massage Guild , it gave some of of volunteers time to attend the Sutton Walk. Our next task was the viewings that had been booked, which kept us busy. Liz took both zeberdee and jimmy on the Stratford Walk, which we really appreciated and they both enjoyed hugely. The afternoon we had two beautiful arrivals and with volunteers down to two, we were glad all the other dogs were still with Canine Massage Guild for a while longer. The lovely Harry was rehomed and went off to his forever home, we look forward to seeing him at events. X

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 10 Sep 08:16



We have a busy day at the kennels ahead of us today... the canine massage team are coming all day, we have new arrivals from the track and several viewings booked. Therefore I won't be able to make it to the Sutton walk as planned to clip nails as I'm afraid the kennels have to take priority... but if there are any spare samosas......!!!?
If anyone is able to transport Zebadee to the walk I have someone who wants to walk him... just give me a call at the kennels.
Jimmy came home with me again last night... if anyone is seeking a friendly, affectionate boy who is fine to be left on his own or equally good with company of other greys, house trained and soooo laid back please give me a call!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 09 Sep 22:24



A very busy day...fantastic to have so many of our lovely Greyhounds going off to their new homes. :))

Suarez was first followed by Tui (Maggie), Dolly (Darcy) and little Flloyd (Lurch). Do hope they all have a good first night with their new families. Xxx

Maggy is back at the kennels; thanks so much to Rosie and Paul for looking after her for the night after her neutering operation. She was very bright and a very happy girl. Sure it won't be long before someone falls for her. :)

The weather was very weird today, sunny one minute torrential rain the next...unfortunately during one of the downpours we had volunteers and dogs out who came back looking somewhat damp!!

Many thanks to all the visitors who popped in to donate bedding and other goodies today. We really appreciate your kindness. x

As the Autumn is fast approaching we have new warm coats in stock ready for those chilly days, boo, hiss!! :)

Thank you so much to everyone who got very wet for the dogs today...sure they appreciate all you do for them.

Xxx

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by Alan&Pam

Friday 08 Sep 15:40



Just thought, if I was stranded on an island with lots of greyhounds for company I wouldn't want to be rescued! :-D xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 08 Sep 15:15



Bleughhhhhh! What an awful day for the weather.... such heavy rain at times. Gutted - not only did the walkers and dogs get drenched but also the drying which had been hung out grrrrrr!
I have signed up Coffey - I am so over the moon for him and his new mum!
Little Maggy went in for her spey today and I have heard she is recovering well, however has had quite a few teeth out the poor poppet :-((((( Big thanks to Rosie for taking her to the vets and agreeing to look after her overnight x

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by bluespriest

Friday 08 Sep 08:51



It is Moe's 3rd birthday today. Happy birthday Moe! He continues to light up our lives with his cuddles, love, enthusiasm and his enormous joy for life. He is so excited about everything especially food, walks and his toys. Moe takes his favourite things to his bed, including one of my tea cosies in the shape of a camper van , which he now sleeps on. Every time I move, he is hopeful that this means that we are going on a walk. Everyone who meets him falls in love with him.
Some of you will remember Keano who shared our lives for nine years before he died in March this year. He had a lot of issues but I loved him with all my heart. He was such a character. He had many adventures during those nine years including destroying two fridge freezers and getting the metal curtain pole off the wall and bent in half but I would not have missed the time I had with him for anything. Moe is not a replacement for Keano but he has definitely helped me with the grieving process. Without Moe, I would be in a much worse situation. Moe is such a happy, bouncy boy and I love him very much. Happy birthday Moe!

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 07 Sep 22:25



We were greeted with another snow storm this morning; this time by Hero and Brookie....neither would own up to the deed but they both looked very happy sitting in the middle of the white fluffy insides of the duvet! :))

Jimmy spent the day in the office again. Every now and again his beautiful face would appear at the open window! everyone who meets him falls instantly under his spell. He is completely adorable. x

Ruth was kept busy helping to clean out, taking a urine sample from Brookie to the vet this morning and taking Will for his vaccination booster this afternoon. It was supposedly her day off...bless her. x

Many thanks to everyone who visited the kennels today and donated bedding and tins of fish....Paddy's Dad, Alan bought us donuts! Thank you! :)) x

Thank you to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 06 Sep 17:37



Well..... I have spent the day with a visitor in the office - the very handsome Mr Jimmy who has subsequently come home with me. He has been a little unsettled since sadly being returned on Sunday. He is such a lovely boy and I desperately hope he finds a home soon.
I had a quick trip to the vets earlier just drop off a sample from Brookie as she is weeing little and often and this may just be the sign of a simple urine infection.
Lurch has gone out on trial and he was very happy to leave his lampshade behind!!!! Good luck Lurch - please be a good boy!

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 05 Sep 18:40



I've just settled the gorgeous Lurch back at the kennels following his day at Fivelands. He had an undescended testicle so his castrate was more involved and he had 14 teeth removed. Everyone at the vets loved him and said he was even wagging his tail as he came round from his anaesthetic! Bless him x

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 04 Sep 18:07



Ooops I put my last kennel update under the Daybreaks Factor section.... put it down to being shattered.... as today it has been just as busy and we have just closed up the kennels after another 10 hour day! The fab news of today is that Coffee has been reserved - by his foster mum - and he will become official by the end of the week! I am so happy for him.
I have just heard that the beautiful Cassie has been in for her spey today and is currently receiving plenty of TLC from her new mum and dad.
Anyway, sorry for the short update - time for a cuppa and attack the paperwork - no rest for the wicked! :-)

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by mary/john

Saturday 02 Sep 14:35



Fantastic news for Benny and D'Arcy both reserved on Angies birthday weekend... so pleased for both... xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 01 Sep 18:32



We were in party mode at the kennels today as I celebrated my birthday surrounded by so many gorgeous Greys! Happy Birthday wishes to Gracie (Spritz), Bonnie, Sparky and all the other lovely boys & girls with birthdays today! Thanks to my Friday crew for their cards and rendition of "Happy Birthday"- which drew some puzzled looks from our residents!

The pretty little Maggie got herself reserved today, well done sweetheart.

It was another quiet day for visitors, so we got health checks done. The lovely Olly quite enjoyed his check, although he did insist on trying to eat the toothbrush bless him!

Some of those red signs will turn green over the weekend, meaning we have some kennel space for some more new arrivals to join the ranks of the retired and put their paws up for a well deserved rest.

Thanks for everyone's help today, I've enjoyed a lovely birthday doing my favourite thing - being around my lovely boys & girls.
Angie xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 31 Aug 22:40



A busy day for visitors today. :)

Sheila's new family came to visit her, she loved meeting them all again. She will be going home very soon. xx. While they were here they took a lovely photograph of Suarez in the favourite Greyhound position, lying on his back with legs in the air! :)

Kitty's family came in too and Lisa dropped their little girl off at her new home this evening. Do hope they all have a good first night together. Xx

Harry is settling back into kennel life and enjoyed going out for walks with the other Greyhounds.

Felt very sorry for Gail this morning, she made beautiful beds for Furry and Sheila who promptly re-made them in their own special way a few minutes later! :)) More "snow scenes" today too; this time from my own naughty lad Skip who decided while everyone was out on a walk he would shred the duvet in the kitchen into little pieces! Bless them all, always able to make you smile!

Fingers crossed Angies's screensaver of Benny will bring him a home very soon...he enjoyed lots of extra fuss from Wayne one of our volunteers today. x

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 29 Aug 22:22



We are so grateful to everyone who brought in tins of fish today and to those who arranged to have tins of mackerel delivered to the kennels. Our food cupboard is looking a lot happier and the dogs are extremely happy! Thank you. Xxx

Great to see pretty little Jess and her family; she wasn't too keen on having her nails trimmed! Thanks so much to Jess's Mommy for the beautiful handmade cards and also to Jackie, Rosie's Mom for the lovely hand knitted goodies. All for the craft stall at the Dog show in October.

Lucy, one of our volunteers brought her lovely Ellie in for a pamper with Jess. She is a real character...and such a happy little girl. x

We had a busy day with lots of visitors and more viewings for our Daybreaks residents, fingers crossed we will soon see more "My bags are packed and I am off to my new home soon" signs on kennel doors! :)

Many thanks to everyone for their help today. :)))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 28 Aug 21:23



What a great day for three of our Daybreaks residents, Spirit, Sheila and Bonnie have all been reserved. Fantastic! :)) We still have lots of lovely boys and girls waiting to be chosen. Xx

I have an apology to make on Furry's behalf...she wants to say sorry to Yvonne who brought a duvet in with her today. She cleaned and tidied Furry's kennel and used the duvet to give her a nice soft bed only to later find Furry had made a very artistic snow scene out of it! It did look very pretty! :))

Thanks to everyone who came in and helped look after the Greyhounds on what turned out to be a very warm day and many thanks to Linda and Paul for the lovely tins of pilchards! :)

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 27 Aug 18:13



An early start this morning to prepare the dogs for the Brueton Walk. Ruth stayed at the kennels whilst I went to lead the walk. Thanks to everyone who attended - 41 sighthounds attended which was great, but we cut the walk short due to the heat. There was lots of interest in the kennel dogs we took with us... On return to the kennels, Ruth has been spring cleaning. We had two fantastic new arrivals this afternoon, welcome to Daybreaks girls.
We did have a move round of some of the dogs (sorry Kate)...
Thanks Angie and Rosie for all your help today, which made things run smoother this afternoon.

We also have the latest crazy thing some volunteers are doing to raise money for the kennels.... If anyone could sponser us we would be really appreciative.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1496795253734951&id=100002134716665

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 26 Aug 21:35



A lovely warm day...which is amazing as this weekend is a Bank Holiday! :)

Thanks so much to everyone who brought in tins of fish and bedding for the dogs.

Jeremy brought Casey in for a pamper with Jess, he looked and smelt beautiful!

Thanks to Sara for the fab new photos of some of the kennel dogs. Angie is so right when she says we have a kennels full of beauties at the moment:))

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Saturday 26 Aug 07:17



Fingers crossed that some of these beauties find their forever homes this weekend, please don't overlook Benny, Coffey, or any of the longer stayers, they just need that special person to come along, could it be you???? Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 25 Aug 17:57



A very, very quiet day today, I think everyone must have started their Bank Holiday early!!

It was an early start with the lovely Darcy going off to Fivelands to be speyed.

The dogs couldn't have a walk this morning, so those that were able to had a little play in the sand run.

The quiet day and the lovely weather meant I could get lots of washing, cleaning and tidying done - definitely think I'll have a glass or two of wine this evening as a reward, lol!!

I met the latest new arrivals, and they are all so beautiful. We really have got a kennel full of beauties at the moment - it would be great to see the weekend bring some of them their own forever homes. Fingers crossed as we do have a couple of viewings booked.

Enjoy the sunshine everyone!

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 24 Aug 22:12



A very busy day...brilliant to see lovely Susie go home. She was very happy to go off with her new family; jumped into the car and made herself comfortable for her long journey to Devon. She has a new name too, Gracie. :))

Great to see Kitty go home too...Lovely to see Sarah, one of our volunteers whisk her off home after she met and fell in love with her when she took her to Melbicks last weekend! She also has a new name Martha. :))

Ruth had trips to the tip and vaccinations at the vets, but best job of the day when she managed to dig out a tiny piece of grit from a very sore Greyhound's paw. :) x

We had visits from some ex Daybreaks residents, Moe had a pamper with Jess, such a happy boy! Handsome Philip brought his family in to use the run as did lovely Lola, both had a great time.

Thank you so much to everyone who brought tinned fish and dog food for our current residents. So very kind of you, we even had a delivery of sardines via Amazon! Thanks to Alan who brought fish for the dogs and cookies for the humans!

Many thanks for everyone's help today. :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 22 Aug 21:55



I said 'Hello' and 'Goodbye' to little Jasmin today! She went off to her new home this afternoon. :) She had a very short stay at hotel Daybreaks! Sara didn't get chance to take any photos of her. :)

New Arrivals Spirit, Maggie and Hero are settling into the new routine, the girls are recovering well from their neutering operations.

Darcy was quite calm and relaxed today and seems to like the extra space in the kitchen run.

Many thanks to everyone who came in to help today; it was lovely to see Jess after her very long holiday! :)

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 21 Aug 14:12



Apologies for not updating the Daybreaks Diary sooner but yesterday was very busy all day. Sadly we started the day with a trip to the vets as Benny was bitten by his kennel mate - just a small puncture wound, but with all bites, it is better to be safe than sorry and off to the vets he went. He has a couple of stitches and antibiotic cover and other than his unhappiness at wearing a soft cone, he is doing well. We saw Darcy off to her new home and had 4 new arrivals with Hero, Maggie, Jasmin and Spirit. Hero is sooooo gorgeous as he has a very cute overshot jaw.... reminds me so much of my beautiful Wispa.

Today has been just as busy with the two new girls - Maggie and Jasmin, have gone off to the vets to be speyed this morning, Jonny was chosen and went off to his new home and the beautiful Kitty and Furry have been reserved - yay!

Sadly Darcy has been returned as she has been stressing terribly and her new owners are really upset but feel it is best for her. She has settled back and seems happy with an environment she knows.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 19 Aug 22:40



A lovely August day, not too hot and nice walking weather. :)

Kitty had a trip to Melbicks with Sarah, it was her first roadshow and she did very well. Bless her. X

We had several people visit the kennels this afternoon to meet the Greyhounds, which was great. :) As usual our boys and girls managed to wrap the visitors around their little paws and they fell in love with all of them! Fingers crossed a home or two may soon be found.

We had visits too from ex residents gorgeous Ellie and the very handsome Paddy this afternoon. X

We have four new arrivals due tomorrow. :) Can't wait to meet them.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. :)))

XxX

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 19 Aug 22:20



*APPEAL FOR FISH! *
We are getting very low on sardines and pilchards for our lovely Greyhounds. They really do enjoy the fish with their afternoon meals; especially in tomato sauce! :)) We would be so grateful if next time you are passing the kennels you could spare a tin or two. Thank you so much. Lots of love from our current Daybreaks residents. :) Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 18 Aug 18:45



What a very strange weather day that was! This morning it was warm work cleaning out and the sun was beating down on us, I thought we were in for a hot day. However by lunchtime, ominous clouds were looming and we had a brief spell of thunder & lightning, followed by a freezing cold monsoon!! Fortunately, all was quiet and dry by walk time, so all our boys and girls had an afternoon walk down the lane. Ah, you cant beat the British Summer!

It was a quiet day other than the weather! Ruth took Furry off to be speyed first thing this morning, and the lovely George went off to his new home at lunchtime.

Zebadee continues to be a very "helpy" boy by pulling the washing down from the bars over the run - the only trouble is he has now roped new boy Olly into joining in the fun!! There was more washing on the floor than hanging up by the time these two boys had finished playing!

A big thankyou for all the very generous donations of towels and bedding we have received recently. Our bedding store is now full again, and our boys and girls will be very comfy and cosy in their kennels using all the lovely duvets and blankets.

Another weekend is upon us, and my usual weekend wish is for some more of our residents to find themselves their very own forever families.

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 15 Aug 20:37



What a very busy day!

Little Ginger went home! :)

We had lots of visitors to the kennels and lots of lovely dogs of all sorts came in to use the run. They all enjoyed themselves and looked suitably worn out afterwards. :)

The Daybreaks residents loved all the extra attention from everyone. They really are wonderful dogs. Xx

Thanking everyone for their help today. :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 14 Aug 22:39



Only a few of us for the morning walks but it was a nice day so very enjoyable. :)

Thank you so much to everyone who visited the kennnels today with donations of bedding, towels and doggy things. One lady had "rescued" some duvets on a visit to the tip. A man had taken some along to be thrown away but was happy to let her have them for the Greyhounds. :)

Zebadee has a new partner in crime with regard to stealing washing, new lad Olly is also very partial to clean blankets and towels! He was caught red handed several times dragging the washing off the side of the run! :)))

We would be so grateful for any tins of fish you can spare when you next visit the kennels. The dogs are very partial to sardines or pilchards in tomato sauce! Thank you. Xxx

Thanks so much for everyone's help today. :)

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 14 Aug 09:44



A really fabulous day yesterday! It was non stop busy! I saw Mandy and Annie off to their new homes and the arrival of Olly and Furry and Olly went has gone straight out on trial!!! Thank you to everyone who helped out xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 12 Aug 20:25



A really pleasent day, just right for walking. A little short of walkers this morning, Ruth got the chance to go on two walks! :))

A big thank you to Diamond and her Mom and Dad who brought in lots of lovely treats for the Daybreaks residents. x

We had lots of visitors to use the run, met many gorgeous dogs who were clearly adored by their owners. Lorna was busy with pamper sessions...a couple of them were not too keen on the bath! It was great to see some old friends including Alice and Eddie and little Josie; some of you may remember her as Jordan. It really is so uplifting to see ex-Daybreaks residents enjoying their retirement. :)))

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. :) Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 11 Aug 17:53



What a crazy, busy day that was!

We had an early start with Mandy, Wolfy and Annie going off to the Vets for their boosters.

We had customers for the run, nail clippings, viewings and donations of bedding and towels.

It was great that both viewings led to reservations, and two more of our residents packing their bags to go off to their new homes as soon as home checks are complete.

And many thanks for all the generous donations of bedding and towels, the stocks have been well and truly boosted now and our boys & girls will be lovely and snuggly on their beds.

Thank you to the "Friday team" for walking miles again today to ensure all our residents got a lovely walk in the very pleasant sunshine.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 10 Aug 22:27



We had a lot of extra help today. Six people from the HSBC came to help out for the day. They were great; so enthusiastic and I think they enjoyed meeting the Greyhounds. :)

Our friend Sue brought her gorgeous Deerhound Lizzie in to meet the dogs and help them improve their social skills! Most of them did very well and didn't take very much notice of her. Benny was a little more excited but he is receptive to training . ;)

Norman took Zebadee for his first trip to the park this morning. He did very well meeting other dogs but was very bouncy at times...his name really does suit him! He is a very happy lad.

Thanks so much to our regular helpers today. The dogs enjoyed morning and afternoon walks in the sunshine.

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 10 Aug 10:22



It was a looooong day yesterday and we were so busy! Two beauties reserved- Susie and Wolfy and the lovely Gracie went off to a new home - something she has waited a little while for.
We had a bit of a move around with food stores, benches and a good tidy up and I am so grateful to all the volunteers who came and helped. Awesome team! xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 07 Aug 21:46



Wolfy went to have his neutering operation today and Suarez had a review for his sore eye. Fortunately all seems ok with it now. He just needs a home of his own now. :) Many thanks to Rosie for taking the two boys to the vet's for us. X

Our three new arrivals George, Jonny and Kitty are all gorgeous. George has found himself a home already! Fantastic! X

It was lovely walking weather today, thanks so much to everone who came in to help today.

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 06 Aug 17:23



What a lovely start to the day - Marvel - aka Harry went off with a skip and a bounce to his forever home.

It was extremely quiet this today with only 2 volunteers to keep me company. All dogs did manage to get a walk and a go in the sand run (if they were allowed) though, so we still had happy hounds.

It was a busy day for fun in the run, with 4 people booked in plus a couple of drop ins.

This afternoon saw arrivals of George (who is Coffey brother), Jonny and Kitty, who are all beautiful in nature and looks.

We had some donations which were happily devoured by our current residents.

Its half five now and all is now quiet, so im going to leave the fur babies to sleep and go home for some tea. x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 05 Aug 23:13



Fantastic to see Casey become an official member of Julie and Jeremy's family today! Casey looked great and was a very happy lad. We can't thank them enough for what they have done for him. Xxx

Crazy day for weather! We had a thunder storm during the last walk this morning. Most of the dogs were ok but little Annie wasn't too happy and poor Charlie, Sara's lad was sick. :(

Ruth and myself both managed to help out with the walks this morning. It was nice to go out with everyone and I had the pleasure of walking beautiful Gracie, can't believe she is still waiting for her forever home.

Great to read Liz's comments about Sheila and her day out in Stratford. What a good girl! :)

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today and got wet! A big thanks to Angie who cleaned every kennel and floor this morning! x

More new arrivals tomorrow...Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 04 Aug 18:21



What a busy, busy day!! The sun shone on us all day and it was really lovely, cheered us all up a bit after the gloomy, grey rainy days we have had recently.

Ginger went off for her spey early this morning, leaving kennel mate Nifty quite sad that he was on his own, bless him he does love company.

Lorna was kept very busy with pamper packages and nail clippings, and I did some nail clipping too - I think everyone was getting ready for their holidays!!

Thank you for all the donations of bedding and towels, it is very much appreciated, with so many dogs in the kennels we do go through a lot of stuff in the course of a week.

I met the new arrivals today, despite only being speyed yesterday Susie is such a sweet, bright little girl with a tail that never stops wagging!! Wolfy is still very wary, but is a very handsome boy who is gaining in confidence with each passing day.

Zebedee absolutely loved his time with our disabled visitor Nicky today, he was very reluctant to leave and return to his kennel after enjoying a lovely groom and fuss from Nicky - I think he would have stood next to her all afternoon if we had let him, lol!!

Many thanks to everyone who came along to help out today, the dogs had 2 lovely walks in the pleasant sunshine.

A bit of self promotion now, but tickets for "The Daybreaks Factor" are now available at the kennels, or I can send them direct to you if you can't get in to collect. It will be a fab evening, and hopefully raise lots of money for our beautiful boys & girls.

I'll close with my usual weekend wish, that some of our residents find themselves lucky families to call their own.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 03 Aug 22:09



We had a visit from the Canine Masage Therapy group today. Most of the Greyhounds took part and from what I saw of them seemed to love all the extra attention!

We were atso able to take them on walks and fortunately the weather improved as the day went on.

Thanks so much to everyone who dropped off bedding and treats for the dogs. Thanks to Shirley who made a lovely Liver cake for the dogs, they each had a slice with their dinner this afternoon.

Susie and Mandy both went to have their neutereing operations today. Many thanks to Rosie for taking them to the vets this morning and collecting them again this afternoon. Susie and Mandy are both lovely girls; sure they won't have to wait too long for their new homes. :) Xxx

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by blackisbeautiful

Tuesday 01 Aug 22:56



Absolutely brilliant ! I had a good laugh at Zebedee's antics bless him You can always guarantee a laugh with a grey around Priceless ! lol x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 01 Aug 21:29



The weather just didn't know what it wanted to do today. One minute it was very hot and sunny and the next we were in the middle of a monsoon! Fortunately our hardy walkers managed to dodge the showers! :)

Zebadee decided to "help" cover up our donations table during one of the downpours...I had covered everything over on one side of the table only to disocover he was uncovering the other side with lightning speed by pulling the plastic cover through the bars of the run! Had to laugh as he was having so much fun! If you are looking for a multitalented companion, Zebadee can also get the washing in but is not too good at folding it and putting it away...he just leaves it on the floor!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 31 Jul 22:11



Star trotted happily off to start her new life today :)) xx

Cute litttle Annie was reserved!

Suarez went to see the vet for his vaccination booster this morning. He was such a good boy. He stood very quiet and calm whilst he was examined. Unfortunately, he has a sore eye and has been given eydrops. He has to back for a review next week.

We had lots of visitors to the kennels, thank you to Shirley and Richard for all the tins of sardines and to Yvonne for the bedding and towels.

Our two new arrivals Susie and Woolfy are both lovely....Sara was going to take some new photos of them but we ran out of time! Hopefully tomorrow.

I had the pleasure of dropping off a bag of food to Stefie, one of our ex residents this afternoon. What a very happy lad he is, we had lots of cuddles! His Mom and Dad absolutely adore him. :))

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

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 29 Jul 22:42



Mandy Went to Melbicks this morning to help out with the roadshow. Ruth and Andy took Tommy and Sheila for the afternoon shift. I believe they were all great ambassadors for their fellow Greyhounds. It was a lovely way for Sheila to spend her Birthday. :)))

We had a lot of visitors to use the run today. It was a pleasent day for running around in the sand!

Thanks so much to everyone who brought in bedding and goodies for the dogs.

Best news of the day was to see Casey reserved and Jeremy and Julie join the failed foster parents club! :))

We have three more new arrivals tomorrow....so many lovely Greyhounds looking for a home. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 28 Jul 18:38



What an incredibly quiet day that was!

It meant we could hide Ruth away so she could make inroads into the mountain of paperwork that had built up.

I met the new arrivals and what lovely boys & girls they are. Zebedee really lives up to his name - boy can he bounce when he sees the food bowl!! He was very "helpy" whilst waiting for his breakfast - pulling the washing down that was hanging over the run and trying very hard to fold it up for me!!! Suarez is a very handsome boy who watched me mopping the block corridors from a very comfy position - upside down on his bed with legs in the air! My lovely Benny is sharing with Mandy and being such a gentleman. We cat tested Mandy this afternoon and she was a very good girl, showing very little interest. She was also very good with Louis, Sara's Border Collie.

Tiny little Ginger is being looked after by Nifty, she is so sweet.

After morning cleaning and feeding, I tackled the drainage channels in the blocks. I was a woman on a mission with my trusty bottle of Zoflora!! It is good to get the chance to tackle these kind of jobs that always have to go on the back burner when you are busy, and is a great feeling when they are done.

There was a "party" in the run this afternoon when 7 dogs, including Greyhounds, a pretty Galgo and several lurchers, came for a run. They had a great time, the owners were delighted that they had a safe and secure place to let off some steam!

The rain held off so the dogs could have morning and afternoon walks, thank you to those that came to help out today.

Another weekend is upon us, the weeks are just flying by. Let's hope some of our boys & girls are lucky this weekend and find their forever homes.

Angie
xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 27 Jul 23:22



Tommy stayed at the kennels for a while today. He was a little uncomfortable having his equipment strapped around him and found it hard to settle anywhere. Ruth took him home with her and he was much better. Xx

Fantastic to see Dubh go home...Bruce is a lovely new name for him. :)) He was a little reluctant to get in the car, we had to pick him up! Sure he will soon get used to his new mode of transport. :) He has found himself a great home and family. Their young son was a very sensible youn man and so excited to be taking Bruce home. Xx

I met out latest two a rrivals Ginger and Mandy. They are both delightful!

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 27 Jul 12:01



ooooh a busy day yesterday but great! We had two beautiful new arrivals that are absolutely gorgeous and Harry had a viewing from a fabulous family and this secured him a new home - yay!
I took Tommy yesterday evening to be fitted with his 24 hour heart monitor. He is such a brave boy who is seriously becoming a patchwork dog as he had to have loads of patches shaved for the electrodes to stick! I am enormously grateful to everyone who has donated towards his care - over an amazing £1,000 has been raised so far - the true support for our greys is breathtaking. THANK YOU xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 24 Jul 22:20



It was lovely to see Rodger go home today. He was such a good boy when he came into the office to help fill in his paperwork. He need a little help getting into the car but was soon sitting comfortably ready to start his new life. :))

Dubh was reserved! He will have a new little sister to play with, she was so happy when he actually caught the ball she threw to him! x

Thanks to Sue for taking Star to the vet first thing morning for her neutering operation. She is a very pretty girl. :)

Ruth and Tommy returned from their trip to see the heart specialist this afternoon. Once again our heartfelt gratitude goes to everyone who called or poped into the kennels today to help fund his treatment. He is a very lucky boy to have so many friends. Xx

Thanks to everyone for their help today. It was nice waking weather! Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 23 Jul 16:55



A quiet day again today with only a few nail cuttings and teeth cleaning to be done, which gave us some time to tidy round the kennels. We have some viewings for Dubh and Harry and two potential new volunteers for the weekends. Not many volunteers in so dogs only got morning walks. We had two fantastic new boys brought in from the track Zebadee and Suarez. With 4 white and black dogs now in the kennel it was getting a little confusing as to who was who. lol. x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 22 Jul 22:03



Didn't realise we lived in a tropical climate....one minute it was brilliant sunshine the next we were in the middle of a monsoon! :)

Great to see Rodger reserved today :)

It was great to see little Vegas again today. She came along to help with the paperwork for her new sister Blaze, now called Daisy Mae. Wishing them lots of happy times together.

Thanks so much to everyone for the donations of food, blankets and help with paying the bill for Tommy's trip to Telford on Monday. He was a really good boy and spent the day in the big kitchen run. x

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 21 Jul 17:45



The weather was kind to us today and we avoided the rain thankfully.

For the first time in ages I went out on the walks this morning. It was so nice to get to see how the dogs are away from the kennels. New girl Annie delighted in weaving her way down the lane as she just had to sniff absolutely everything in her new world bless her! The handsome Roger is such a pleasure to walk, he keeps pace by your side beautifully.

Tommy again spent the day in the office with Ruth's boys, and was so good. My heart aches for him and we are praying that Monday's visit to the specialist Vet in Telford will bring some positive news. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated towards the cost of the investigations he will need.

The run was well used this morning, Lorna had a pamper session and we had donations of blankets and towels, most welcome and many thanks.

Another weekend is upon us and I hope that we can see some more red signs for our boys and girls.

Thank you to everyone that came along to help out today.

Angie
xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 19 Jul 16:58



Whoa! What a day! An early trip to Fivelands in Moseley to drop off Tommy and then on the way back I picked up a donated bench for the kennels! We had 5 volunteers from the HSBC bank who I set to work on our two new arrivals Annie and Star with photographing, bathing and health checking.
I saw Roxy off to her new home and.... scream.... Dougie has gone out on trial!!!!!!!!

I spent a couple of hours 'costume altering' for Angie at the Swan office and then back to the kennels when I had a call from Dougies new owner to say he had settled like he had lived there all his life.... I AM SOOOO HAPPY!
Sadly this has been marred by the news of Tommy and I am off to collect him from the vets at 6pm. He will be getting extra TLC tonight x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 18 Jul 23:18



We were all so sad to find out Tommy has a heart problem. Even the vet was surprised as he looks so fit and healthy. :( x

It was a really busy day today, the Pet Blood Bank were in collecting donations from trust dogs and pet dogs. Fortunately we had extra help from four lovely volunteers for the day from the HSBC.

Six of our current residents donated blood, Sheila, Nifty, Douggie, Benny, Grace and Brandon. Roxy had two attempts but just wouldn't settle for long enough, bless her! All those who donated have their own Pet Blood Bank pack including a bandana and a "I'm a Life Saver" disc for their collars to take with them when they go off to their new homes. :)

Rigsby, one of our previous residents made us all laugh when he came to give his donation, he came out because he was a little too agitated to donate but after a wee and a poo was fine and trotted off happily to make his contribution. :)). Xx

Thanks so much to everyone who helped us today, we really do appreciate it. :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 17 Jul 22:21



A very warm day, the wet coats came out again! :)

Lovely Dyson went off to her new home this afternoon. She also has a new name Rosie, much more ladylike than Dyson! :)

I took Dubh on an early trip to the vets for his neutering operation this morning. Poor lad was very drowsy when Ruth picked him up late this afternoon. He is also sporting a cone as apparently he was very keen on trying to interfere with his wound when he came round at the vets! Do hope he will feel better tomorrow.

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 15 Jul 23:00



What a whirlwind of a day! :)

Absolutely brilliant to see Foxy go home today! We are so grateful to his lovely new family for giving him a chance. Fingers crossed he is a good boy and settles well. Xx

Daisy went home too. She looked very pretty in her new purple Raincoat and matching collar and muzzle. :)

Seeing Tommy Reserved was the icing on the cake! So happy for him. Xx

Ruth had a busy day with a trip to the warehouse this morning and carrying out a home visit this afternoon. As well as nail clipping and viewings in between!

Lisa very kindly took Blaze to the vet first thing this morning for her vaccination booster. She said Blaze was a really good girl. :)

Many thanks to everyone who helped out today and apologies to Sara for not helping her with feeding this afternoon....I did start but didn't quite finish! :) Xxxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 14 Jul 18:13



We have doggies in every available space at the moment, so it was a busy start to the day.

Gracie and her kennel mate Rodger decided to participate in the "let's have a snow storm in the kennel" game, as a pillow had been well and truly dedded overnight, with fluffy white stuff everywhere!! We couldn't tell who the culprit was, as they both gave us the "eyes" and the expression that said "look what happened - it just kind of exploded, honest, we're as shocked as you are!!!"

I had the pleasure of meeting the new boys back from the prison, and what a lovely trio they are. Harry and Brandon are happily sharing the big kitchen kennel, and are such good boys. Brandon does like to do a little jump or two when he starts out on his walk, I think he is just so excited to be going out! Harry absolutely adores being groomed - I really think he would stand all day if someone was prepared to keep brushing him!

We had visitors to use the run, bring in donations of bedding and food, and have nails cut so we were on the go all day. Ruth had a Vet run late this afternoon for a couple of vaccination boosters - busy, busy, busy!!

The afternoon was made complete with the reservation of the lovely Roxy, so happy for her. I know we have a very busy weekend ahead as some of those red signs turn green and more of our boys and girls start out on their new lives.

Thank you to everyone who helped out today, you walked miles giving all the Greys 2 walks in the lovely weather - at least we're keeping you fit!

Angie
xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 13 Jul 22:05



Our three lads, Harry, Brandon and Dubh returned from their stay at the prison today. They are all gorgeous. This afternoon Dubh decided he was fed up of waiting for everyone to be ready to go for a walk and just lay down on the floor and went to sleep. :)

Jen went off to her forever home. :)) She is a lovely girl and I will miss her waggy tail! Wishing her a very happy new life. Xx

Tommy was very down in the dumps this afternoon and really didn't want to go back to his kennel after dinner. :( He stayed in the office for the rest of the day; he was such a good boy. He has gone off to stay the night with Ruth, Andy, Foxy, Joe and Dyson for a little tlc. x

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 11 Jul 23:26



We put the wet coats away and swapped them for raincoats this afternoon. Most of our residents didn't mind going out in the rain but poor Tommy was having none of it; he got halfway down the drive then decided he would rather not get wet turned round and brought Wayne, his walker back to the kennels! Bless him. x

Coffey had a great time in the run with Charlie, Louis and Skip. Sure he will sleep well tonight. :) Charlie did have to step in and calm things down when Skip and Coffey were getting a little too excited. He stood between the two of them and told them both off!

Dyson and Blaze joined us in the kitchen today. Blaze was very bright after her neutering operation yesterday. They are both such lovely girls.

After the recent very hot weather it was a far more comfortable temperature in the kennels for sleeping tonight. :)

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 10 Jul 13:06



A quiet but busy day but still very hot so the Daybreaks kids had short walks down the shady lane in their cool coats. The gorgeous Dyson came back from foster as her foster family are on holiday. The poor girl was quite stressed being back so she came home with me and I almost forgot I had her staying as she was so very good. Her eyes look fantastic now with the continued eye drops - she is such a sweetie and would make a perfect pet.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 08 Jul 22:56



A really busy day at the kennels....fantastic to see sweet little Daisy (Clover) reserved. Her stitches look good today and don't seem to be bothering her at all. When I looked at her on the cameras last night she was stretched out on her back with legs in the air. Very comfy! :))

Judy and Earl met each other and promptly went out together! Thank you so much to Caroline for fostering Judy and finding her a home and thank you to her lovely new family who have also given Earl his forever home. Xxx

It was sad to see Tommy (Dynamo) back at the kennels but sometimes things just don't work out. :(

We had lots of visitors too, Alan brought Paddy in for a pamper with Lorna, he looked super handsome afterwards and pretty Poppy popped in to see Ruth and have her nails trimmed.

It was a very warm day again, so just took the dogs out for short walks, wearing their wet coats.

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. X

As I write this I am also watching four gorgeous hedgehogs in my garden enjoying a meal of Burns Pork and Potato left over from feeding today....Skip is totally oblivious fast asleep in his bed! :))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 07 Jul 19:55



Sadly on opening up the kennels this morning, we found Daisy (Clover) had opened up her stitches so I was straight off to the vets with her. Luckily she just had a local anaesthetic and when I collected her this afternoon she was very bright.

The greys enjoyed finishing off the last of the leftover bread rolls and cheese from the open day with their lunchtime snack today and thanks to all the volunteers today we managed to keep them cool and happy despite the heat.

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 06 Jul 21:59



Great to see Gracie reserved today! She is a very sweet young lady. Xx

It was incredibly hot at the kennels today; the small courtyard is a real sun trap. All of us two legged and four were quite uncomfortable. When we left the dogs tonight we put all the fans on and the air con unit.

I met the new arrivals who came in yesterday...Blaze, Tess and Rodger. All lovely. We really have some super girls and boys in just waiting for a sofa to call their own! We still have a long waiting list of Greyhounds who are waiting to begin a new chapter in their lives after their racing days are finished. If you are looking for a new member to add your family please come and visit them at the kennels. :))) Xxx

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 05 Jul 14:55



So many beautiful hounds at Daybreaks, wish I could take them all!!!. Fingers crossed they all find loving homes asap xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 04 Jul 21:41



We had another lovely new arrival today. Gracie a very sweet girl. :) Hopefully Sara has been able to take some good photos of her to add to the website later. She just would not stand still...she just wanted lots of cuddles! X

We are expecting a boy and two more girls tomorrow. :)

Ruth took Dougie for his vaccination booster first thing this morning...I believe he showed himself up at the vets by weeing on the floor, more than once!! Oops! :)

Despite the drizzle this morning it was a good day for walks; Many thanks to Diane for the homemade Apple and Ginger cake she brought in for afterwalk refreshment. :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 03 Jul 22:37



Our two lovely lads Jimmy and Tommy went home today. After they were reserved on Saturday we paired them up so they could get to know each other a little before starting their new life together. Tommy who is a little nervous has already started to rely on Jimmy. :) He wouldn't come into the office until Jimmy came in first. Bless him. x Wishing them and their new family lots of happy times together.

Things were mostly back to normal after yesterday's party. We have a few raffle prizes to be collected by their lucky owners and some tidying up to do. All the residents enjoyed grated cheese on their meals that was left over from the BBQ! :)

It was a warm day and all the dogs enjoyed their walks. Thanks so much to everyone for their help.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 01 Jul 22:22



So happy to see Tess go home today. She has two lovely little Sisters to have fun with. :)

Jimmy and Tommy have been reserved together, fantastic! Beautiful Jen was reserved too. :)))

Ruth was running around here there and everywhere organising things for the Birthday party tomorrow and an emergency trip to the vets with little Clover. We are not sure what happened yet but unfortunately she came out of her kennel this morning with a wound on her shoulder which required stitches. She was very wobbly when she got back to the kennels with Ruth and Andy this evening. :(

Thanks so much to the two ladies for the kind donations of bedding and to Jo for the collars. Very much appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who helped out on what was a very busy day. A special thank you to Jess for giving my little lad Skip a great pamper, he was such a good boy having a bath....but it needed three of us to trim his nails! He smells so lovely. :)

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 30 Jun 18:27



That was definitely a day of two halves!! This morning was very quiet and we managed to get a good head start on preparations for Sunday. Ruth was clambering around up on the roof removing the blankets she had put their as shade during the recent extreme hot weather. We kept a very close eye on her while she was up there!!

Bea the Beagle came for a play in the sand run, so we took the opportunity to "other breed" test our newcomers. Dyson, Clover, Jimmy and Jen were excellent and all enjoyed a great play time with Bea.

This afternoon things went nutty!! You know when everything happens at once?!?!? The lovely Dyson has found herself a foster home with a lovely Golden Retriever friend. Her eyes are improving but she still needs her drops so it will be nice for her to have a foster Mum to do them for her and give her plenty of extra cuddles.

Coffey also packed his overnight bag and went off for a weekends holiday this afternoon - he will be back on Monday but will hopefully enjoy a little break from kennels routine.

A big thank you to everyone that helped out today, either walking the dogs or working hard to get the kennels looking great for Sunday's party.

I have put my order in for some good weather on Sunday, and I look forward to seeing many old friends, both 2 and 4 legged!!

We have some viewings booked for tomorrow, so I will end as I always do on a Friday with my wish that one or more of our boys & girls find themselves a lucky family to call their own.

Angie
xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 29 Jun 16:52



Yesterday I went over to a school in Oldbury along with Kate and her grey Skipper and Lisa with her greys Torres and Coco where I gave an assembly talk to over 150 pupils! The greys were absolutely fantastic and we are grateful to the school for inviting us.

I saw Bella and Toffy off to their new homes - Toffy had great fun in the office with her new toy and she is certainly going to keep her new owners on their toes!

Today I was off to the vets for Dyson to have her eyes checked and Jimmy had his booster. Both met a Beagle in the waiting room and were absolutely great! Jimmy is a laid back gentle giant and having passed his cat test yesterday, he would make an absolutely perfect addition to a home with a cat.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 27 Jun 21:13



Two more new arrivals today! Both gorgeous, Clover and Bella. Thanks so much to Bob for collecting them for us. We now have a full house at Daybreaks. Hopefully won't be long before some of them are leaving us for their forever homes. :) We still have a long waiting list of Retired Greyhounds waiting to come into the kennels.

Our volunteer Lucy brought recently homed Ellie in with her today. She was a very happy girl and caused havoc in the kitchen! :)

We had a busy day with lots of visitors and volunteers. Luckily despite the weather forecast the rain stayed away and we were able to take the dogs on their walks.

Thanks to everyone for their help.

Xxx

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by mary/john

Tuesday 27 Jun 10:27



Hi Ruth John is off work Wednesday Thursday and Friday we r in tomorrow he need to do more work give him something to do ! Mary Xxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 27 Jun 09:45



On Thursday I have allocated the day to have a major blitz of the car park as following our recent improvements to the kitchen and first block we have a large skip to fill!

I am also planning attack the sand and grass runs to keep on top of the weeds, so if you have a pair of gardening gloves and want to help, please let me know! Thanks so much. Ruth

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 26 Jun 22:39



We had two new arrivals today Jimmy and Jen. Jimmy is a very tall handsome boy who loves a cuddle and Jen a very pretty tall girl! They both had a nice bath on their arrival and went on their first walk with us this afternoon. We have two more girls arriving tomorrow. :))

Thanks to everyone who helped out today. It was lovely to see Jackie, Cliff and their lad Billy...still think he and Earl looked very good walking together! :))

Its Daybreaks 11th Birthday party on Sunday, please, please come along and help us celebrate! If you could spare a tin of sardines our residents would be very grateful; they especially enjoy them in tomato sauce! :)))
Thanks so much. Xxx

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by shanishoo

Sunday 25 Jun 18:15



Oh it would be so lovely if Coffey has found a new home, I do love that boy xxxxxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 25 Jun 17:07



Well what a lovely day, quite quiet but the dogs enjoyed lots of fuss and walks. Luckily the rain held off so no one got wet.

Lovely Toffy new owners came in to see her and took her for some one on one time in the run (anyone who knows Toffy, knows what a character she is).

Coffey also had a visitor and hopefully have his forever home very soon if things work out over the next few days.

We had lots of visits from people just popping in to say hi and also buy food, so extra cuddles were handed out to all our current residents.

I managed to take Tess stitches out from her neuter so hopefully she feels a little more comfortable now, she is finally going off to her forever home next Saturday with her two new furless sisters and the cat called Seek. x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 24 Jun 22:00



Our beautiful Dez went home today....even the wee he left in the office didn't put his new family off adopting him! :)) He has a very pretty new Greyhound sister to share his life with too. We will miss his lovely face around the kennels but so very happy for him. Xx

Little Jess (Rosie) came in today for a bath. She was unable to have a bath when she first arrived with us due to just being neutered. She was a very soft, fluffy girl afterwards. Thanks to Lorna for the pamper. Jess had the pleasure of bathing two sixteen month old very pretty staffie sisters....wow, they were a lively couple even a half hour race around the sand run didn't seem to wear them out! :)))x

After having a few days off it was great to meet our two newest arrivals, Sheila and Dyson. They are both very cute.

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. A special thank you to Crofty and Darcys two young sisters who made little peanut butter sandwiches for all the dogs, they helped me give them out. Thank you girls so very kind of you both.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 23 Jun 18:34



It was a much cooler day at Daybreaks today - something we were all grateful for!

I thought I was seeing double this morning when I brought Nifty & Sheila out of their kennel - they are virtually twins!! Good job Nifty is a bit bigger - at least you can tell them apart that way! Sheila went off with Ruth first thing to be speyed, and bless Nifty - he did miss her during the day.

Our more energetic residents had a play in the sand run this afternoon, whilst the rest enjoyed a lovely walk down the lane. Benny was particularly fun to watch in the run - he delighted in jumping up and selecting his own toys from the toy box!! He wouldn't play with the ones I threw for him, just the ones he had chosen for himself bless him!

Ruth brought back a lovely load of duvets, and a lovely couple came in with a huge donation of towels so our stocks are topped up for the moment - however, we are always grateful for donations as we go through so much stuff during the course of a week.

Ruth took Benny for his booster and brought the pretty Sheila back on the return trip. Sheila tottered through the gate, and Ruth tucked her in on her bed all comfy and cosy. We have put Nifty in a separate kennel tonight to allow Sheila some space and a bit of peace whilst she begins to recuperate.

Dyson is such a pretty little thing, and stands patiently to have her eye drops in. She is also the spitting image of Tess and with them both wearing yellow bandanas, it was another case of seeing double for me during the day!!!

Thank you to those that came along today to help out, and I will sign off with my usual Friday wish - that the weekend brings a new forever home for at least one of our boys & girls.

Angie
x

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 23 Jun 09:00



Apologies for a lack of the Daybreaks Diary updates but it has been a very busy week. We have kindly allowed Kate to take some annual leave and we are noticing the difference!

With the arrival of the beautiful Sheila and Dyson on Tuesday, Dyson was swiftly taken to Fivelands for her spey on Wednesday and it is Sheila's turn today. Whilst at the vets, Dyson had her eyes checked as they were a little ulcerated and red and she has been diagnosed with chronic superficial keratitis. This is now being treated with eye drops and will be rechecked next week. Wednesday saw Ellie off to her new home with one of our volunteers - yay!

Roger delivered the newsletter yesterday and if you are currently on our mailing list you should be receiving your copy very soon - thank you to Jo and her family who love the job of enveloping, labeling and posting them for me. If you are not on our mailing list and wish to be, just email me at ruth.boswell@rgtperrybarr.co.uk or if you are registered on this site, you can click your mail preferences to receive this electronically.

Yesterday we spent the day catching up doing health checks, extra grooming with the fabulous help of Jess, and Tommy had his stitches removed. We had a visit from a class of pupils from Hazeloak School again who enjoyed taking the dogs into the run and grooming them - all under the strict supervision of their teachers - we made sure non were smuggled out! Tess wasn't so impressed with the day as it was her turn to be bathed!

We have been joined by Courtney this week on school work experience who is really enjoying it and goes home each day telling her mum which dogs she wants to adopt! Courtney is sadly one of the last few accepted placements as we are now restricted to volunteers over the age of 18.

We have a kind donation of duvets to collect later - if you have any spare and wish to donate them, please give us a call. If you can drop them off, we would be extremely grateful.

Well I must be on my way to the vets with Sheila.... I am taking Benny also as he is due his booster.... thank goodness for Angie and Mary who are cleaning out for me this morning! xx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 19 Jun 22:03



Another very hot day!

The kennels are cooler with the air con, fans and blankets on the skylights. :))

Thanks to everyone who took the dogs for short walks along the lane today. They all looked very fetching in their cool coats. :)) Just need some for the volunteers now!

It was brilliant to see little Rosie and Ella go home. Thank you so much to their new families for giving them both a forever home x. Fingers crossed some of our longer stayers will get that chance too :)))

Xxx

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by Alan&Pam

Monday 19 Jun 10:17



Thought for the day! Everybody thinks they have the best dog in the world and everybody's right :-)

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 19 Jun 05:42



Daybreaks is an absolute sun trap... great if you want a tan but not so great when you are a furbaby! As the sun comes through the skylights ì climbed on to the roof and put sheets over and although this darkened the blocks it really helped. We have one air con unit and big fans everywhere too in attempts to keep the greys cool.

We have the lovely Casey back for a week. His foster mum and dad were sad to leave him but we get Casey cuddles and he will be fine!

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A VEHICLE EVEN FOR A FEW MINUTES IN THIS HEAT. SEVERAL YEARS AGO AN OWNER LOST THEIR GREY BECAUSE OF THIS. WITHIN SECONDS THE SITUATION CAN BECOME FATAL. :-(

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by mary/john

Sunday 18 Jun 19:12



It's was so so hot 2day at the kennels. it was 30 in the car when we got home I noticed we had a power cut.the heat is to much for dogs and humans please be careful with your dogs..Mary Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 18 Jun 16:56



What a fabulous, but extremely hot day (well into the 30's).

We had the lovely ladies from Canine Massage in again, so some of our residents had a lovely pamper morning.

Dez went of on the short Stratford Walk with Norman and friends, while the rest of the dogs had a short walk early this morning before it got too warm (thank goodness for cool coats).

This afternoon all the dogs had a lovely light shower with the hose !!! Some enjoyed the cool water better than others, then followed this with a lovely doggy ice cream for late lunch.

The volunteers were so jealous that we had our very own Ice cream delivery boy turn up with cornettos etc, so all was good in the end.

On Dez return he joined us in the office with the rest of Ruths crew for a good old snooze.

We had a couple of viewings also today and the lovely Tess was reserved early afternoon.

Rosie and Ella are being collected tomorrow by there new owners to start there "happy ever after lives". Good luck girls !!!

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by shanishoo

Sunday 18 Jun 15:30



A cuddle for all the Daybreaks residents, hope they are keeping cool in this very hot weather xxxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 17 Jun 21:34



What an incredibly hot day it was today! Fortunately we have the electric fans to help keep the kennels as cool as possible. Most of the dogs seemed to cope with it ok and we were able to take them for short walks with the use of their wet coats. We also had a couple of the plastic pet beds in the feeding runs filled with cool water, in case any of them fancied a paddle. :)

Fantastic to see sweet little Rosie reserved. Sure it won't be long before her kennel mate Tess is reserved too. :)) They both have eaten much better today and we were greeted with two waggy tails this morning.

Dez spent the day in the office again, he really is just a big softie and will be a lovely, fun companion when he finds his forever home.

Toffy had some visitors this afternoon, her new Mom and Dad popped in to see her and bring some of the younger members of their family to meet her. She loved all the extra attention. She will be going home in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the kennels today and got very hot! A big thank you to Shirley, Mervin and Masies Mom for all the beautiful plants she has potted up for us. They look fantastic. :))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 16 Jun 17:39



What a busy old day that was - After my recent quiet Fridays, I think a glass of chilled white wine is called for this evening to recover, lol!!!

Lots of visitors for the run, food purchasing and pamper packages kept us going all through the day. We even had a couple of viewings - our new little girls are arousing interest already.

They are both such beautiful girls, still keeping themselves to themselves and being very quiet, but they both ate well today and Tess even enjoyed giving out gentle kisses, she is definitely the more confident of the two. She loved the meat part of her food the best, and was happy to take some extra out of my hand. Rosie is a very nervous girl at the moment, and is happier tucked away in the back kennel in the quiet, but she did pop out a few times and also took some extra meat from my hand. These gorgeous girls just need time and plenty of TLC - both of which they will get here.

I had a little helper in the office today - the handsome Dez. He really doesn't like being in a kennel, but was more than happy to lie on a bed in the office and snooze the day away. He seems much more relaxed and happier when he has some human company. I have taken a couple of photos and will ask Michael to use his Facebook account to post them later on.

Thank you to those that helped out today, it was a pleasantly warm day so the doggies enjoyed their walk. I must confess I hope we don't get the predicted temperatures over the weekend - they're just a little too hot for me (and the doggies too).

We have more viewings booked over the weekend, so join me in hoping that we see some red signs appear.

Keep cool everyone.

Angie xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 15 Jun 21:54



Our two new arrivals Rosie and Tess had a good night. They were both very quiet today and spent most of the time cuddled up together in the kitchen kennel. Rosie ventured out later in the afternoon and ate quite well. Tess didn't eat very much and was obviously not feeling too good. Hopefully they will both be feeling better in a couple of days. They are gorgeous. :)

Thankfully Ella's toe is looking better and Benny's ear looks good too. :))

It was fab to see Toffy reserved today. She was such a happy little bean playing with her new Mom and Dad, so pleased for her. x

Coffey continues to be a happy and relaxed lad. He was woofing for his breakfast again this morning. :))

We had a lot of visitors this afternoon. Children from a school who are hoping to achieve their bronze Duke of Edinburgh award came in and helped groom and walk the dogs as part of their voluntary work. One of the girls is very nervous of dogs but after a while was happily grooming our handsome Tommy. :)

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out at the kennels today and many thanks to Alan for the treats for the dogs and donuts for us! He fell in love with little Rosie and would have loved to take her home with him. x

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 15 Jun 10:28



Very stressful day yesterday... had news that one of the greys coming in direct from a vets in Tamworth was critical following her Spey and the trainer told me she was fearing the worst. The happy news is she pulled through and I collected them late afternoon. My massive thanks go to Julie and Christian from Fivelands for getting involved with their care after their collection.

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 12 Jun 22:26



We had a couple of mishaps today, Benny unfortunately caught his ear on a bramble whilst out on his walk this morning. Although the wound is very small it bled a lot. He managed to decorate his kennel with little drops of blood everywhere. Thankfully it eventually stopped bleeding and it didn't stop Benny enjoying his dinner! :)

Ella was also in the wars, she managed to injure one of her toes, on the way out of her kennel. She was also more interested in her dinner arriving.:)

Ruth took Tommy off to the vet for his neutering operation today...he really is a very sweet lad. Felt so sorry for him not being able to have breakfast this morning. Wishing him a speedy recovery. Xxx

Thank you so much for everyone who came to the kennels to help out today. Xxx


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by mary/john

Sunday 11 Jun 19:41



Hi all a very busy and enjoyable day... busy cleaning out kennels and feeding the greys this morning ready for the big walk in Brueton Park Solihull.. Patch Gracie and Bailey enjoyed the walk and lovely sunshine. We all went back to the kennels and prepared the greys for afternoon feeding. Day finished off nicely with sleeping content greys.... Big thanks to Lisa and Tina for organising a great walk.... xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 11 Jun 16:30



THANK YOU so much to everyone who took a grey from the kennels to the Great Global Greyhound Walk today at Brueton Park. It was a great walk even for our resident naughty boys who are still adjusting to seeing different breeds - a few of us have longer arms after today's exercise!!!!!
They are all absolutely crashed out already - the Daybreaks kids will sleep well tonight! :-)

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by Shanesmum

Sunday 11 Jun 15:58



We got all the boys & girls dressed up in colour coordinating "I Need A Home" jackets and muzzles this morning and sent them on their way to the Great Global Greyhound Walk in Brueton Park.

I manned the fort and looked after the 2 post op boys, Earl & Nifty, who are currently on restricted exercise so couldn't join in the fun. We had a lovely time though - lots of grooming, cuddles and treats and whilst they snoozed I managed to blitz the treatment room and get lots of washing done.

By all accounts the walk was a great success with lots of dogs attending, so lets hope we have raised some awareness and got some interest in our lovely residents.

They all arrived back at kennels this afternoon very tired, and immediately crashed out in their kennels with paws up, resting until it was time for dinner! They had all enjoyed their morning out, a first time experience out in the big wide world for a few which took a bit of getting used to. Thank you to everyone who came along and gave one of our residents a break from the kennels.

xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 09 Jun 18:26



Wow, what a quiet day that was!

Nifty went off to the Vet first thing this morning to be neutered - he was not impressed at not being able to have any breakfast, and certainly let me know!! Tommy was on the same trip to have his booster so it was another busy Vet day!

With no phone calls and no visitors, we managed to get the health checks done and then carry on Ruth's good work by continuing the cleaning and tidying of the kennels.

The boys & girls enjoyed their walks in the sunshine this afternoon, apart from Earl who was neutered yesterday and so had to content himself with a post op potter. He is a bit sore bless him, but such a handsome and friendly boy.

Ellie's tail continues to rotate at high speed - she is such a friendly, happy, pretty girl who loved her health check - well, all that extra attention and then a treat afterwards, why wouldn't she?!?!

All the dogs are looking forward to Sunday when those that can will be off to Brueton Park for the Great Global Greyhound Walk. We hope to make quite a sight as we walk through the Park into the town centre and show just what amazing pets these beautiful dogs make - join us if you can.

Thanks to those who helped out today, we had a great day.

I have taken some more photos on my phone as both my current screensavers (Ella & Jonny D) have their forever homes sorted. Foxy and Benny are now gracing my phone - so keep your fingers crossed everyone!!

Angie
xx

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by Lewisfuggie

Friday 09 Jun 18:10



Good evening all. Are there any willing volunteers who are able to collect and take a kennel dog to the GGGW on Sunday at Brueton Park. Please call the kennels on 01217827702. We only have another couple of dogs to allocate Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 07 Jun 15:49



Fab day and loads done as we are lucky to have lots of volunteers on a Wednesday so I have been able to get round to doing all the miscellaneous jobs...

Kennel report - tick,
Homing packs put together - tick,
Vet trips organised - tick
More spring cleaning - tick
Email and paperwork mountain cleared - tick!

Another positive to a good day is the news that Jonny D is now a permanent member of his new family - his sign turns green..... AWESOME!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 06 Jun 21:14



Norman and I took six dogs to Blythe Valley Park Business Centre today. We had been asked if we could help out by supplying dogs for staff at the various businesses with a dog to take a lunchtime walk. We took Toffy, Ellie, Tommy, Ella, Dez and my Skip along. Although the weather was a little wet and blustery at times it was a very pleasant afternoon. The people we met were all so enthusiastic and happy to meet our lovely Greyhounds and we were able to tell them what great pets they are :)) We did four twenty minute walks around the nature walk. All the dogs were absolutely brilliant, Ellie was very sweet and looked lovingly at everyone she met and Dez, well he just wanted to wander off back to the office of whoever was holding his lead! I am sure they will all sleep well tonight. Skip hasn't moved off the sofa since he got home...but then that's not unusual!! Thanks so much to Norman for all his help today and for transporting the dogs to the park. :) Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 05 Jun 16:27



It is SO good to be back and into the flow of things again especially after a busy weekend. Such a happy day today to see my special fella Jonny D go out on foster with big fingers crossed - he has a forever home if he behaves. I took his homing photo before they left in the desperate hope all goes well and so far so good - an email to say he has settled in well and is presently fast asleep!!!

It's been a busy day with 5 volunteers from the HSBC bank to help us which was great as we had the last 3 boys go off to the prison project this morning (Brandon, Dubh and Harry) and in turn we had Earl, Tommy and Nifty back. Thanks to Kate and Bob for doing the transfer.

Missy who is our long term foster dog popped by to say hi and is doing really well :-)

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by blackisbeautiful

Sunday 04 Jun 21:46



The Animal House Rescue are desperately asking for sightings of a lost black greyhound last seen running around Northfield Selly Oak Bournville Longbridge Let Hill areas. B31 Been lost for 8 days now Can anyone in the area keep a look out please Poor dog must be so frightened and hungry Thanks Pam

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by Shanesmum

Friday 02 Jun 18:18



We had a very early start today as Coffey went off to Oxford to see a specialist Vet. Many thanks to Julie for transporting him, apparently it was a very interesting visit and we have some new treatments for him. Bless him, he was back in time for his dinner and it was so good to see him bouncing up & down, calling for his food!!

I must confess that it was great not being so scorching hot this week, the doggies were much happier and - as we had lots of volunteers today, they enjoyed two walks. Thank you to everyone who helped out today.

It was great to have Ruth back at the helm this afternoon following her amazing trip.

I have taken photos of the lovely Jonny D & Ella and made them my phone screensaver today - well, it's worked in the past so who knows??!! My usual wish is that the viewings we have booked over the weekend mean one or more of our beautiful boys & girls find their forever homes.

Angie
xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 30 May 22:42



A much better day today. :))

Jess and I had to give Dez a bath; he had managed to lie on his kennel floor overnight and his lovely white coat had a yellow tint to it! He looked very cute and fluffy afterwards. :) He is a really great lad who loves lots of cuddles and fuss. x

Coffey went in the run again with Charlie, Louis and Skip. He really wanted Louis to play but Louis only had eyes for his ball on a rope!! :))

Many thanks to everyone for their help today. :))

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 29 May 21:32



Well what a lovely Bank Holiday Monday!! The weather ranged from dull and dreary to a Monsoon :) It stayed more or less dry for morning walks but afternoon strolls were rather wet...many thanks to Sara, Mary and John for braving the rain so all the dogs could stretch their legs. :)))

We did have some very bright spots in the day; it was lovely to see Katie and her family. Katie had a super time in the run chasing the ball and bringing it back, just like a "real" dog! x

Coffey had a great time in the run with Charlie, Louis, Bailey and Skip this afternoon. He happily played with them all. :)))

Our sweet little Maggie went off with her new family including her new Greyhound sister Lily. Do hope all goes well.

Despite the weather we all had a good day; how can you not smile when you are surrounded by lots of beautiful, happy dogs! Thank you so much to everyone who helped out today.

Xxx

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by mary/john

Sunday 28 May 18:54



Hi all Patch here.. Had such a relaxing day on massage table at the kennels. At one point I did not want to get off the table! My mum came to fetch me but all I wanted to do was lie down and sleep... see you all... xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 28 May 15:53



A very warm day for both dogs and humans.

Only a few volunteers today but we had the lovely girls from Canine Massage Guild, so all kennels dogs have a "pamper day" (lucky them).

We managed to get some jobs done round the kennels so we can put the winter stuff away and make space for the dogs summer wardrobe !!

Jess came in to bath Reggie who loved the blow drier.

Thank you to everyone today !! xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 27 May 22:57



A cooler day and we had lots of volunteers so the dogs were able to enjoy morning and afternoon walks. :)

Rusty was very happy to go home with his new family this afternoon. He really is a very friendly, happy lad.

Thanks so much to Norman for giving Jonny a day out from the kennels to go on a roadshow. When we left him tonight he was fast asleep cuddled up to his kennel mate Ellie. :)

It was great to see some old friends today, Eoin and Peg both looking gorgeous and recently homed Buster, now Mylo and his new brother Oscar enjoying some time in the run together.

I agree with Shanishoo, it would be fantastic to see our older boys and long stayers find their forever homes soon. :)

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

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by shanishoo

Saturday 27 May 18:46



Would be so lovely to see the older doggies rehomed, come on people they just need somebody to give them a chance, they will bring you so much pleasure, they just need a home to call their own, go on, you won't regret it xxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 26 May 17:50



Well, what a scorcher today has been! With it being such beautiful weather, Bank Holiday weekend and half term next week I can only assume everyone has gone away as I was a very lonely soul at the kennels today until Sara arrived at lunchtime, and we only had a couple of visitors to buy food this afternoon!! lol!

I don't think the dogs were too sad about not having walks though, it really was very hot and they have all spent the day lying on the lovely cool tile floors of the kennels. When Sara arrived we did manage to let them have a mooch round the sand run this afternoon - there are some great shady patches there and a lovely breeze had started blowing too.

On the plus side , the hot sun meant I could get the washing done, dried and put away all in one day!

After a very quiet week we have a viewing booked for the weekend, so lets hope that one of our lovely boys & girls chooses a lucky family.

Keep cool everyone!

Angie
xx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 22 May 22:22



What a lovely warm day! Just right for going for a walk :) The dogs enjoyed their walks and so did we. x

Roxy arrived at the kennels today, Lorna gave her a bath; she was such a good girl. She is a very happy girl and very pretty!

Coffey was a very happy lad today, he joined us in the office and had a pigs ear for a treat. :)

Thank you to everyone who brought donations of sardines in for the dogs today. :)

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 21 May 18:19



What a weird day. All dogs went on morning walks with Dez and Ellie going out with Norman to the Evesham Walk... We started to wonder why we were getting no visitors ..... It emerged that the A45 had been shut in both directions by the kennels due to a RTA... We managed to call both Norman and Tina to advise..... Rip to the Motorcyclist involved... Thinking of the family tonight.xx

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by mary/john

Sunday 21 May 17:40



Thanks to lisa and Alison for holding the fort after unfortunate accident by a45 today which resulted in the road been closed both ways.. we did manage to get home to great barr without any problems..Mary/john Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 21 May 14:15



***** PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT attempt to come to the kennels this afternoon Sunday - The A45 Coventry Road is shut in both directions and will not open until this evening due to an RTA ****
Just thought you should all know. Thanks

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 20 May 22:49



It was great to see Rusty reserved today :)

Thankfully Maggie has been fine today, she is such a very happy little girl. She has a new kennel mate after Coco went home yesterday. She is now sharing with delightful Douggie.

Lots of rain around again today but we managed to fit the walks in around them. :)

Jess had several bathings today, lovely to see so many Greyhounds going home smelling lovely! :))

We have new lights and plug sockets in the kitchen now. :) It's great to be able to use it properly again. Hopefully it won't be long before everything else is finished.

Thank you so much to everyone who brought donations of sardines and treats for the dogs. All very much appreciated.

A big thank you to Steve for fixing our trusty washing machine for us yesterday. Will put the washboard away again!

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 19 May 17:40



I'm starting to get a complex now - every Friday it seems to rain!! Yet another grey and gloomy day, with drizzle and spells of rain! Typically though, it cleared up and the sun peeked out from behind a cloud at 4.00pm!!

We had an emergency Vet visit with the pretty Maggie this morning - when I came to get her out of her kennel the floor and walls were covered in blood, and she had blood running down her back leg!! When we couldn't see anything obvious to cause this, we got straight onto Fivelands who wanted to see her straight away. Maggie returned sporting some staples to seal the very tiny wound which had caused the problem, had had a Vitamin K injection and been prescribed Vitamin K tablets to boost her levels and hopefully make her blood clot better than it is at the moment! Such drama - and thank goodness for Lisa, who had just popped in, but came to my rescue by kindly taking Maggie to Fivelands for me.

The washing machine was fixed, so we could plough through 2 days worth of washing - but the kennels now looks like a Chinese laundry as we attempt to get 2 days worth of washing dry!!!

This afternoon saw the lovely Goldie and Coco off to their new forever homes -wishing them both, and their new families, many happy years together.

Coffey had another good day, and enjoyed an afternoon walk with the group - thanks to those who came in this afternoon to allow the dogs to get out and have a bit of exercise.

Yet another weekend is upon us, how fast the time is flying by, and my wish is the same as it is every week - that some more of our lovely boys & girls find their forever homes.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 18 May 22:31



The sun came out for us today. :) It was very pleasant walking weather. You just can't beat walking a dog, on a warm, sunny day. :) x

We Had a visit from a group of school children and their teachers this afternoon. I was expecting a small group of maybe four or five but there were at least fifteen of them! They were split into groups of four and we brought the dogs out to meet them. I have to say I was a little nervous some of the Greyhounds would be overwhelmed by the numbers but everyone of them was fantastic. Toffy absolutely loved the fuss and attention and spent the time going from one person to another giving out kisses and cuddles! Even our nervous sweetheart Coco was brave and after a little trepidation soon found the confidence to join in the fun. :) The children seemed to enjoy themselves; a young lady who was obviously nervous of dogs ended up stroking and fussing them all. :)

Coffey didn't join in but he has been super today. We even had his happy "woofing" when he came out for his breakfast...something he used to do a lot when he was with us previously. x

Please keep your fingers crossed for our washing machine tomorrow! It didn't want to work today :( We are hoping Steve will be able to fix it for us. If not we will all be down to the nearest river to bash the washing over the rocks!

Xxx

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by skinnyme

Wednesday 17 May 23:48



Wet wet wet! No not the popular 1980s band but the horrible weather today, despite that, all the dogs went out for a walk this morning, massive thanks to all who braved the elements and came to walk the dogs. The kitchen was out of action whilst new plug sockets were fitted, it's looking great already. Thanks to Julie Sadler , who came to work with Coffey, he is such a lovely boy and is improving day by day. We waved Ruth off on her big adventure, she has gone off to Japan for 2 weeks for her sisters wedding, we know she is going to have a fantastic time.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 16 May 23:17



Thanks so much to everyone who battled the traffic to come in and help out today. :) I know the dogs appreciated being able to go for their walks.

It was great to see Coco reserved today. She is a very sweet girl. x

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Saturday 13 May 18:07



WOW! A very busy day which has been fabulous....

We saw Buster go out to his new home and Goldie reserved but sadly Coffey (Otis) returned. He is having behavioural issues which we need to assess before we can hopefully rehome him.

This afternoon we had a Beagle party in the run which was great fun! I am so happy that the security system has finally been finished - yay

Erm..... As Coco has just joined me to feed the chickens and was so good with them, she is coming home with me tonight - she is adorable..... please please someone.... adopt her!

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by Shanesmum

Friday 12 May 18:14



Who ordered the weather today - it was dreadful?!?!?! I got soaked this morning whilst cleaning and feeding, and I don't think the boys and girls were too sad that, as we had no walkers, that they couldn't go out!!

I met all our lovely new arrivals today - yet another collection of fabulous boys & girls! We have big boys and little girls, all so different to look at and all with such different personalities too - it's lovely to see how different they are and how differently they react to everything.

Our new camera system is now installed, and we are just waiting for the electricians to finish off the final few bits of work and the kennels will be back to normal! All the upheaval, mess and noise has been worth it though for the great final result.

We had a brief sunny spell this afternoon, so a few of the dogs could have a walk whilst some of the more energetic had a play in the sand run, but we only just managed to get afternoon feeding done and the dogs back in their kennels before the heavens opened again!!

I think the weather really put people off as it was an “incredibly” quiet day - thanks to the 2 couples who visited with some very welcome donations of tinned fish, bedding and towels.

Here's hoping that the weekend brings some more forever sofas for our boys and girls.
Angie
xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 11 May 22:19



A very pleasant day, we all enjoyed the walks. I had the pleasure of taking Buster out. He is a super lad and walks beautifully on the lead. His new family are very lucky to be taking him home! :)

We are still waiting for the electrics to be completed. :( However we are now able to resume our Pampering Sessions. :)) If you would like a nice "Spring Clean" for your furry friend please call us on 0121 782 7702.

Our kennels are full of really lovely dogs looking for homes. Why not come and visit us and meet them? You might just meet your best friend!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 09 May 22:30



Two more new arrivals today Ellie and Dez. Both very happy with very waggy tails! :)

Adam continued his painting and threw in a little wall reconstruction! Sadly the wood on the wall where we have all the memorial plaques has gone rotten and will need replacing.

The run was a big hit with a lady and her seven small dogs today. It was great to see them all running around and having fun. :) If you are interested in using the run to give your dog a play in the sand, please call us on 0121 782 7702

Many thanks to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 07 May 17:35



What a pleasant day we have had, so warm and relaxing. Not many visitors at all which gave time to do a few little jobs.

The fab Coco is really coming out of her shell and is now paired up with a lovely friend for company.

Morning walks were completed with the volunteers we had and dogs went in the run this afternoon as we had no walkers, but they still loved to have a play and chill in the shade.

Well what can i say about our 4 newbies (Maggie, Missy, Buster and Goldie) they are fantastic, so friendly and loving and all just wanted kisses, (i know they are all going to be snapped up soon, esp Buster and Goldie, who i know will be firm favourites).

All dogs are now happily settled for the night and fast asleep in the newly refurbished luxury kennels.
Good Night Fur Babies, sleep tight. x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 05 May 18:02



What a fabulous day today - wall to wall sunshine made it feel just like Summer! It was a quiet day visitor wise which meant we could get on with tackling those jobs that have needed doing but always take a back seat when you're busy!

Ruth took Ella off to the Vet this morning for the second part of her vaccination. They were away a little while, and on their return Ruth tried to convince me that they hadn't stopped out for lunch - but the crumbs round Ella's mouth told a different story!!! Ella has been paired up with the handsome Jonny D and they are doing just fine together. Hopefully her chilled nature will rub off on him and this, combined with ongoing training, will help him to stop his attention seeking "girly" bark!! They spent the day in the kitchen run basking in the sunshine, and were so settled there that we hadn't the heart to disturb them and put them back in their kennel when we left tonight!

I met all the beautiful new arrivals today - what a collection of gorgeous boys & girls! The pretty Coco is quite nervous initially, but with gentle handling she will come to you. She spent the morning in the office with Ruth's boys, then the afternoon in the kitchen with non Greys Charlie & Louis and was absolutely perfect. Toffy is incredibly cute and is a bundle of fun & energy! She is sharing with the very handsome Marley and one or the other of them has spent the day picking the water bowl up out of the stand, emptying the water on the floor and putting the bowl on the bed!! My money is on Toffy as the culprit!!

Only just managed to say hello to Saffy before she went off to her new forever home, wishing her and her new family all the very best for the future.

I must agree with Ruth that the new roof looks amazing and makes such a difference. There is now so much more natural light in the kennel block, and it is so bright and airy.

Big thanks to Adam who has spent most of the day painting and everywhere is looking so much tidier and brighter. Amazing what a coat of paint can do!
Angie xx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 05 May 15:54



This week saw the completion of the new roof on the kitchen and our top kennel block. It looks absolutely amazing and our taller volunteers no longer have to 'duck' in certain areas - yay!
Words cannot express my extreme gratitude to the person who made this project possible but wishes to remain anonymous.
Ruth x

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 01 May 22:32



We had two lovely new arrivals today, Saffy and Rusty and tomorrow we have four more, two boys and two girls. Due to the repairs to the roof of the top kennel block, we haven't been able to take any new dogs in recently. It will be great to be able to use all the kennels again. :)

Bob celebrated his 90th Birthday yesterday. Thanks to everyone for making it such a special day for him. Especially to Ruth for organising everything and creating the lovely Birthday book and photos. :) x

Thanks to everyone for all their help today...the 1st of May already! Funny sort of day, dry and warm one minute wet and cold the next!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 27 Apr 21:22



It was brilliant to see Philip go home with his new family today. He was such a good boy trying on all sorts of coats and went home with a complete new wardrobe! :)

The builders have almost finished their work, Jonny D and Philip were able to spend last night in the newly re-roofed top block. :) The gentleman in charge of the work told me it has been quite a "challenge" but has found it very satisfying being able to help our Greyhound residents. :)

Thanks to Adam for painting the bench and the door. Hopefully the rain shower this afternoon hasn't upset the paintwork on the bench. :(

Poor Ella has managed to split her tail again. :( What she really needs is a home with lots of room to wag her happy tail!

Many thanks to everyone who popped in today to contribute to Bobs's collection and sign his Birthday book. It's looking great. Xx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 25 Apr 21:34



Despite the rain, snow and hail our intrepid roofers carried on with their work today! :). The kennels are looking fantastic, so much more light now the new roof is on and all the insulation will guarantee the residents will be cosy next winter. :)

The Pet Blood Bank visited us today. Benny, Foxy, Jonny, Stefie and Philip became donors. I think the nurses fell for all of them! We also had a lot of gorgeous pet dogs come in to donate it was great to see them all looking brilliant. :)

Thanks to Norman and Jackie for taking Stefie and Betty for a trip to the park this morning and to everyone who took the dogs out for their walks and helped out today.

Cant believe Bob will be 90 this Sunday, anyone who has met him knows he is a real character and a lovely gentleman. He really does such a lot to help us and the Greyhounds. His Birthday is a great opportunity to say thank you. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 25 Apr 14:28



This coming Sunday (30th April) is Bob's 90th Birthday!!!! Most of you will know Bob as he owns Daybreaks Kennels.

We have a birthday book with photos in to sign and are doing a collection. If you would like to contribute please let me know and if you are able to pop up around 10.45 when we give his pressies that would be great! Ruth

ps - sorry Kate - I used your login!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 22 Apr 21:40



What a lovely spring day! It was also a much quieter day today. No banging or drilling going on!

Wonderful to see Pip, now called Woody go home. He was very happy to attempt to jump into the car with his new brother Buddy and sister Pepper. He almost made it but needed a little help with his back end! :)

We had visits from Cadbury, Ladysmith, Josie and their families, all looking great. :)

We also had a visit from the very cute Janet who is currently being fostered. She is still a nervous girl, but has certainly gained in confidence since being in a home environment. She gets on very well with Sophie and Andy's Greyhound Gigi. She will be coming back to the kennels once all the work on the roof is finished; unless she finds a home. :)) Her sister Judy is also currently being fostered and is also still looking for her forever home. If you are interested in meeting either of them please contact us at the kennels for more information. They really are super little girls. :)

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 21 Apr 17:33



Work continues on the top kennel block roof, and there was much hammering and drilling going on all day. Not that it bothered the gorgeous Stefie, who settled himself on the bed in the run and proceeded to snooze through it all!!

Apologies if I missed any telephone calls this morning, it was rather noisy!

Unfortunately, as often happens, the workmen are running into several snags which have added some time to the proposed end date for the work, so we ask you to please bear with us over the next week or so as the kennels will be in a bit of a state and it might not always be possible to accommodate requests for bathing's/pamper packages as currently we are using the treatment room as a kitchen! I must say that the bits that have been completed so far look amazing, and it will be fantastic when completed and will make such a difference.

Amongst all the building work today we saw the lovely Buster reserved - he had a ball in the sand run with his new owner and it was love at first sight. So happy for this lovely boy.

Thanks to those who came this afternoon, meaning the dogs could get out on a walk and have a little break from the construction.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 20 Apr 21:47



What a mad day! :))

The old roof came off the top kennel block. Wow, the wood underneath has rotted badly and the remains of a rats nest was found in one section. Because of all the rotted wood the job has become bigger than first envisioned and we were unable to put the dogs back in their kennels this evening. :(
BUT.....
Three of our beautiful Greyhounds went home today; which meant we were able to find room for everyone. :)

First to go home was gorgeous George followed by the equally gorgeous Toby and later this afternoon pretty little Belle went home too. Thank you so much to all their new families for finding extra space on their sofas for them!

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

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 19 Apr 22:33



Great day - a hive of activity with the roofing team in first thing and we now have a kitchen roof and work has started on the first kennel block.

I kept busy and blitzed 'out the back' of the kennels and it looks great - Kate don't panic - I haven't thrown anything away I shouldn't have!!!! :-)

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 18 Apr 21:38



It was a rather chaotic day today! The roofer lads arrived very early and we were rushing to get everyone fed and cleaned out as they were keen to get going and take the old roof off the kitchen. By the time we left tonight the new roof is looking great! They are back again first thing tomorrow. :)

Brilliant to see Philip and Belle reserved and of course lovely Casey "fostered" by Jeremy and Julie. :))

We had plenty of volunteers to be able to take the dogs out for walks this morning and this afternoon. Thanks so much. Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 18 Apr 09:47



The last week has been so busy and I am sure you all keep up to date with our diary but with our new arrivals on Friday, a prison trip and exchange in Cambridge on Saturday (it was great to have Philip, Steffie and Jonny D back especially as they went crazy when they saw me!) and a very busy Sunday I was thankful for a day off yesterday to prepare for a crazy week ahead and it has already started!

The roofers were in just before 9am and the roof to the kitchen is already half demolished!!! The new security system is being completed once the roof is finished and then the re-wire will be completed.

I am so absolutely grateful to everyone who gives up their time to help at the kennels in every way and those who help fund raise also to help us achieve what we do with the dogs, whether it be for their care or to improve the kennels. Although my life is not 'normal' I wouldn't have it any other way!

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by Lewisfuggie

Monday 17 Apr 16:35



Today was like the Mary Celeste. I managed to get the dogs in the run, a few managed to go on walks - thanks to the lovely Billys owners this morning whilst they waited for Billy to have his pamper session with Lorna and a few went on the afternoon, thanks to Cello's owners. The dogs had a viewing straight from Melbicks thanks to Jill and Paul, who were there today, showing what great pets greyhounds make. Thanks to Alison who only popped in late this afternoon and i persuaded her to stay and help afternoon feeding. All dogs are now snoozing after full bellies, they look so cute and peacefull. x

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by Shanesmum

Sunday 16 Apr 17:36



What a cold, grey, wet day that was - a typical British Bank Holiday really, lol!! It was very quiet at the kennels, and thanks to those who braved the elements to take the dogs out for a walk or a play in the run.

The rain didn't dampen Vegas's spirits as she started the forts leg of her exciting new life in Cornwall. She jumped into the back of the car as soon as the tailgate was opened, and was ready for the off! Wishing her and her new family lots of happy times together.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the raffle for the gorgeous Easter treats hamper. The lucky winner was Michelle (I have phoned and left her a message), so please come and claim your prize as it is very tempting, lol!!

It was good to see our boys back from their stay at HMP Littlehey, they are looking good and there is interest in them already so hopefully there stay back at Daybreaks will be a short one.

Hope everyone has had a lovely Easter Day, the boys & girls enjoyed doggy choc Easter Eggs for their lunchtime treat - no reason why they shouldn't enjoy Easter too!

Angie
x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 15 Apr 22:51



Wonderful to see Rio go home today. Wishing him and his lovely new family lots of great times together. :) We shall miss his happy face. Xx

Handsome Pip was reserved! He is a real character. x

It was great to see ex Daybreaks resident Con this morning. He came for a pamper with Jess. He was a very nervous boy when he was a resident at the kennels but has grown in confidence since going home. He looked a very handsome lad after his pamper. :)) Misty, another ex resident came in for nail clipping too. Such a pretty girl. :) Its always great to see old friends two legs and four! x

Many thanks to Jeremy and Julie for giving Casey a break from the kennels for a few days. It sounds as though he is having a lovely time and doing lots of sleeping! x

Thank you to everyone who came in to help today. The dogs enjoyed morning and afternoon walks and lots of extra grooming and cuddles. :)

Good luck to everyone who has had a go on the Easter raffle. :))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 14 Apr 16:50



Today has been SO busy!!! We had new arrivals Earl, Nifty and Tommy. These boys have been bathed and are off to HMP Littlehey tomorrow as part of the prison project. They are due back at Daybreaks on Monday 5th June.

We saw Kitty off to her new home and the gorgeous Rio and Vegas - both long stayers at Daybreaks, were reserved today and are off to their new homes over the weekend :-)

We have a fabulous Easter Hamper full of chocolate goodies and the raffle will be drawn on Sunday so please come along and buy a ticket - you may be the lucky one! Proceeds of the raffle are going to Perry Barr Retired Greyhound Trust to help pay for our vets bills.

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 10 Apr 22:05



A quiet day at kennels today. Thank you to everyone who came in and helped with the morning walks. :)

This afternoon all the dogs had a Kong to play with in the kennel runs. We stuffed them with peanut butter which they loved.

Toby spent some time in the kitchen today, he is a very sweet lad. He will be off to his new home in the next couple of weeks. We have lots of other beautiful Greyhounds in the kennels looking for loving homes, if you have room on your sofa for a very special friend please come and meet them. :)

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 09 Apr 16:45



What a VERY HOT day, we managed to get the dogs out on morning walks before it got to hot, but didnt send them on afternoon walks and took them for a stroll in the run instead. We had plenty of volunteers and a few people came to say high and see the dogs, so was unusually quiet for a sunday. Tom took the bench off out the back to be sanded down, ready for a new lick of paint over new few days. The fab Dante and Betty were both reserved and will be on there way to new forever homes shortly. The sand run was taken over most of the this afternoon with a "Pomsky" party - there were around 15 dogs (they are a cross between a Husky (mom) and a Pomeranian (Dad)) they just looked like stunted legged huskys. lol. XXX

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by Shanesmum

Friday 07 Apr 17:36



It was a very quiet day today, quite a contrast from last Friday. I think the glorious weather may have had something to do with it - at one point this afternoon we contemplated putting out the "closed" sign and taking the dogs out to a country pub, lol!!!!

Betty went off for her spey early this morning, but due to an emergency case at the Vets, was not operated on until very late this afternoon. I left Ruth to battle through the rush hour traffic to go and pick her up (sorry Ruth!).

I met new arrival Ella today, and what a happy, friendly girl she is. So much so that this afternoon the kennel she is sharing with her handsome partner Rio looked like a scene from a horror movie with blood splattered all over the walls!!! Bless her, that happy tail had been bashed against the wall once too often and had split the end wide open!! She is now sporting a very fetching yellow bandage!

We did have some walkers this afternoon so some of the dogs went for a walk in the lovely sunshine, and some of our more high energy residents (!) had some play time in the sand run.

We have some viewings booked for the weekend so fingers crossed that we can put some lovely reserved signs on some of our residents kennels.

Thanks very much for everyone's help today.

Angie
xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 04 Apr 22:27



We are looking for fabulous homes for the Greyhounds in our care. They are wonderful dogs and given the chance they will give you all their love and more. It doesn't matter what colour they are, whether a boy or girl, big or small. They are all different with their own very special personalities. :)) Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 03 Apr 21:35



What a fabulous spring day it was today! Everyone enjoyed their walks. It is so nice to be able to take our boys and girls out without coats on.:))

New little girl Ella is a very happy and affectionate lass. :))

This afternoon we took another step closer to having the electrics completed. We now have our own electric meter! :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 01 Apr 22:17



A busy day today. :) Great to see Shani and Ken with their very handsome boys Dexter and Jack. Poor Jack was not impressed with having a bath, but he did look so lovely afterwards! Many thanks to Shani and Ken for treats for the Greyhounds and the volunteers. :))

Jeremy and Julie took George and Belle for a trip to the park this morning, they had a lovely time. x

We had several viewings for the dogs and it was wonderful to see George reserved. He is a smashing lad. Little Betty was a real star with a lovely young lad who was a little nervous of dogs; if only she hadn't failed her cat test she would have found a home. :( Not to worry sure her forever home is not too far away. x

The silly card machine just didn't want to work this morning! Must thank the lady from the Elevon helpline for getting it to work...modern technology!! :)

Jayne, one of our volunteers amazed us with her strength this afternoon...she managed to break the door to the kennels! All she could say was, "I only opened it" :). Thanks so much to Paul for putting it back together again. Think Jayne must be some sort of super hero in disguise! :)

Thanks very much to everyone who helped out today. :)))

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Saturday 01 Apr 19:27



Jembob, sorry my husband and I missed you, we were hoping to meet you, not sure if the blonde bombshell you saw was me though lol xxxx

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by Jembob

Saturday 01 Apr 18:06



Shanishoo - Sorry to miss you at the kennels. I was later getting back to DB but did manage to catch a glimpse of a blonde bombshell leaving in a silver Mazda so not all was lost ;)

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by shanishoo

Saturday 01 Apr 16:57



Really enjoyed our visit to Daybreaks today, lovely to see Kate, Ruth and everybody who was there and all the beautiful hounds, a very warm welcome as always, a big thank you to Jess for bathing Dexter and especially your patience with the very scared Jack, he has recovered now lol xxxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 31 Mar 18:14



What a very busy day it was today! The weather was absolutely glorious, it felt almost like Summer this afternoon!

We had 6 volunteers from HSBC with us today, and along with a lot of regular volunteers, there were more people than dogs!!! At least it ensured that the dogs got 2 walks in the lovely sunshine, and some playtime in the sand run. It also meant we could set the HSBC lads to work raking and clearing the sand run of leaves and twigs and making the surface clean and safe.

Norman took the lovely Benny out to the park this morning to continue his socialisation. Benny is a big strong lad who is so loving, but still quite excited by small dogs and balls being thrown. Big thanks Norman for taking him again.

Thank you to those who donated bedding, the dogs will enjoy those lovely, squashy duvets!

Another weekend is upon us, and my hope is that some more of our residents will find their forever homes. Thanks to all who helped out today.

Angie xx

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by shanishoo

Friday 31 Mar 07:54



Hi Kate, looking forward to seeing you too, however, I'm sure Jack will be furious when he learns he has got to have a bath, hoping a play in the sand run first will cheer him up lol. See you soon, I'm so exceited, I love Daybreaks xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 30 Mar 22:28



Shani, looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday. Hope Dexter and Jack are ready for a bath! Xxx

by shanishoo

Thursday 30 Mar 20:57



Lol, we not booked in until 1pm for pamper session, we coming from Sutton in ashfield so 10 a bit early for us as we got to walk the boys first, but we don't mind doing some walks once we get there xxxx

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by Jembob

Thursday 30 Mar 19:03



Good - I like pilchards so bring some for the dogs too. If you could here for 10 you can help with the walks, and if you are lucky you can come to the park with us.

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by shanishoo

Thursday 30 Mar 11:42



Bringing our boys Dexter and Jack in on Saturday for a pamper session with Jess, can't wait to see all the beautiful hounds and lovely people at Daybreaks, will be armed with treats and pilchards xxxxx

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by helenanddave

Thursday 30 Mar 09:52



Yes a moment to be remembered! What more can you ask for a mornings volunteering - always something going on at Daybreaks! xx

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by skinnyme

Thursday 30 Mar 00:21



And Ruth's rendition of "up on the roof" whilst standing on the office roof, will be ever imprinted on my mind!!

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 29 Mar 14:53



The day started early with a trip to the vets with Casey for another B12 injection, more blood tests and urine tests. His creatinine levels are incredibly high (should be around 225 but are 6,693!!!!) However, this is an improvement from last week which were over 7,300!) He is bright however and seems much more settled and happy.

The new roof has been completed on the treatment roof and the office and work has started on the kitchen roof and top block..... it looks amazing!

Congratulations to Mrs M Tullet who was drawn as the winner for the £20 argos voucher in the last Grapevine.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 28 Mar 20:43



Two gorgeous new arrivals today, Pip and Betty. Pip just could not wait to get through the gate of the kennels! He is a very handsome, happy boy. Betty was a little more reserved and ladylike but also had a very waggy tail. :)

Lots of volunteers today, the dogs enjoyed their walks. Benny and Vegas were both treated with a trip to the park. Foxy Boswell went too :) Many thanks to Norman, Adam and Callum.

Thanks so much to Caroline and Gail who tackled tidying the bedding store; its a tough job, but someone has to do it!! :)

Ruth got the worst job...trips to the tip! :)

Work is progressing nicely on the new roof for the treatment room and office. :)

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 27 Mar 18:57



Well it wasn't the best day for Toby as he was whisked off to the vets by Kate first thing this morning for his castrate! Teeth were polished and he is back at the kennels, having eaten all of his tea!

Work started on the roof of the treatment room and office - yay!

Tickets are available for the Beer and Skittles Evening - please come along and help us raise some funds towards our vets fees and kennel improvements. Thanks so much x

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by blackisbeautiful

Sunday 26 Mar 17:37



Oh Belle ! I know i said don't let the humanz pass you by this weekend but there are better ways to attract their attention than by splitting your tail ! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to poor auntie Ruth..Mother of so many greyt long legged beauties lol x x

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 26 Mar 15:48



I feel I am 'Momma' to all the greys at Daybreaks when they are here so I have had an absolutely awesome Mother's Day with seeing Maggie and Ace go off to new homes. Kitty has been reserved and the very handsome Toby has arrived too.

We are off to pick up Vegas from her overnight stay at Adam's house (one of our volunteers) where she has been absolutely golden - it is such a shame he can't keep her!!!!

Poor Belle has kept us busy with cleaning her walls down in her kennel as she has split her tail... she is just such a happy bean that her tail never stops wagging!

We have had updates from Janet and Judy who went out to foster yesterday - bless her, Judy has been up on the work tops!!!!! I have added the photo.... whoever adopts her will be kept on their toes! I remember Foxy doing the same ;-)

Happy Mother's Day especially to all those who have adopted 4 legged hairy kids!!!!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 25 Mar 21:33



Wonderful to see Saffy and Snap go off to their new homes today. Wishing them lots of happiness :))

Our nervous girls, Janet and Judy have been fostered; not together but with families who have other Greyhounds. Sure they will enjoy being in a home rather than at the kennels. They have started to become a little braver, they got off their bed to greet us this morning and we even had a couple of waggy tails. :) If you are interested in meeting either of the girls please contact us on 0121 782 7702.

Thank you so much to everyone who brought in bedding for the dogs, we are always grateful to accept anything that will help make their beds extra comfy!

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 24 Mar 16:25



It's been a busy week at Daybreaks with vet visits - I took Rio to Fivelands on Monday and he sadly had to have 25 teeth out. This has not affected him at all - that evening he ate all his dinner and has been so bouncy and happy - the best thing is his breath is fantastic now!

Casey had the results of his blood tests as he hasn't been 100% since arriving at Daybreaks and because of this went to the vets on Wednesday to have the first of his Vitamin B12 injections. We are keeping a close eye on him and will keep you posted with how he gets on.

Today I took Ace for her vaccinations - sadly she was very overdue so will need to go back in a few weeks time for the second part of her course but I am sure she won't mind as she had plenty of fuss from everyone at Fivelands - she is so sweet but so nervous.

The electrics were completed and we are extremely pleased that the Coventry Road is now cone free again - it has caused a bit of a traffic nightmare over the last couple of days but it will be worth it.

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 23 Mar 21:57



Well we certainly managed to slow the traffic down on the Coventry Road today! One lane was closed while Western Power completed their part of the re-wire for the kennels.

It didn't interfere with taking the dogs out for their walks and I am sure they must have all had a look into the very large hole that appeared along the road. :))

After a chilly start the sun came out for a while and helped dry the washing. :)

Thanks very much to Alan who popped in this morning and brought doughnuts with him! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 20 Mar 20:54



A disgusting wet morning! However the dogs did get to go for a walk, some enjoyed getting wet more than others. :) I had the pleasure of taking beautiful Belle and gorgeous George. George didn't like puddles at all and walked around them! :)

Much better this afternoon, the sun even made a brief appearance. We were all much happier to go out. :)

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 19 Mar 10:30



The fantastic Ace and lovely Belle have gone on the Stratford Walk today. So why not pop along and meet them both (Ace is with Norman and Belle is with Alan and Pam) BOTH dogs are still looking for there forever home. xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 18 Mar 21:56



Fantastic to see Ladysmith and Jerry leave the kennels to start their new lives today. Wishing them and their families lots of great times together. :))

Dante reserved too! Hopefully if all goes well he will be going to live with his sister Febe! :)

We had lots of visitors to the kennels today; it's always great to see ex- Daybreaks residents. Xx We have two more new arrivals coming in tomorrow.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. :)))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 17 Mar 18:26



Who stole Spring??! What a grotty day it was, cold, windy and grey - obviously everyone else thought the same as it was very quiet indeed. Fortunately the rain held off most of the day meaning the dogs could have two walks.

New couple George & Belle are absolutely lovely. Belle is a very playful girl, and George reminds me so much of the handsome Rio, both in looks and demeanour. Like Rio he too has to put up with a bouncy kennel mate and gives you a very long suffering look indeed!!

Still working on getting the bedding store into some semblance of order - and a big thank you for the donations of duvets today, stocks were getting low!

We have some lucky hounds going home over the weekend, and I'm hoping that we'll also get some more lovely red signs for some of our other residents too.

Thanks to everyone who came along to walk the dogs today.
Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 13 Mar 22:30



What a pleasent Spring day! I even got the chance to go for a walk this afternoon. I Had the pleasure of the company of the gorgeous Maggie and Rio. :)

We had two new arrivals today, Belle and George. Belle wanted to help with the washing and had great fun pulling a duvet cover off the side of the run where it was drying nicely and jumped all over it! :))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Monday 13 Mar 10:38



I just been informed that Western Power are coming to finish the kennels re-wire on THURSDAY 23rd MARCH. It is hoped this will finish on Friday 24th March.

Work will start at 9.15 am and to enable this work to be done, one lane of the A45 will be closed off! This is obviously going to cause chaos and traffic on the Coventry Road so we advise you to try not and visit if you are coming in a vehicle especially.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we can't wait for the project to be completed. We are just short of completing our fundraising for this, so if you would like to donate, please do - here is our link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wiringhelp

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 11 Mar 21:34



Many thanks to Mary and John for taking care of the dogs very early this morning! The rest of us were very tempted to go out for breakfast. :) but Angie used the extra time to tackle the bedding store which needs some serious sorting out. :)

We are hoping to have a new roof for the very leaky kitchen and the top kennel block. A gentleman and his son came to take some measurements this morning...Jeremy had just arrived and found himself being used to see how much higher the new roof should be! Well he is 6'5"! :)

Brilliant to see Maggie and Jerry both reserved today. :)

A very busy day for Jess with pamper sessions and we had lots of visitors to use the run. :)

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today.

Xxx

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by mary/john

Saturday 11 Mar 16:45



Hi All got up early today to clean the kennels out and feed the greys. All done by 8.30 am when kate Michael and angie arrived. Then off to Crufts helping out on perry barr rgt stall... did fantastic business on homer dog "pick a stick" game raising loads of cash for the trust.... Back again at Daybreaks for our sunday service.. lol... xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 10 Mar 18:17



Well, what an incredibly quiet day today! No volunteers this morning meant I could bring the dogs out for cuddles and biscuits! Our three new boys are absolutely lovely, and are adjusting very well to their new life with us.
The weather was quite good, although not as lovely as yesterday, and as volunteers arrived for the afternoon, the dogs managed to get a nice walk down the lane.
We have some viewings booked for the weekend, so fingers crossed.
Angie x

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by shanishoo

Friday 10 Mar 08:43



Can't wait for Tuesday, we are bringing our two Greys Dexter and Jack in for a pamper session, (Jack will be pleased, NOT), just can't wait to see all those lovely hounds, and the staff too of course, so excited xxxxxx

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by LindaPaul

Thursday 09 Mar 23:23



Well now... Paul and I saw all the police cars on the A45 as we drove past the kennels on our way to the NEC today. We wondered what on earth was happening and we're pleased we were going in the opposite direction as the was a big tailback heading towards Birmingham. Now we know !! Nice try asking for a donation Kate! Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 09 Mar 21:49



Another new arrrival today..the very handsome Dante!

Our three boys from HMP Littlehey are settling well, they are all in fantastic condition. :) Casey and Foxy went off to help out at Crufts this afternoon. I was told they both did very well considering it was a completely new experience for them. x

It was a beautiful day, so walking was a pleasure for both dogs and humans! Thanks to volunteers from The Brain Injury unit who took Rio and his energetic little kennel mate Maggie for a nice long walk. :) Maggie was a quiet girl when she came back. Xx

We had a Policeman use the run today! There was an incident on the Coventry Road which involved several policemen and a helicopter chasing three suspects around the nearby fields. I did tell the Policman we usually ask for a donation to use the run; he laughed so I think I got away with it! :))

Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 08 Mar 09:40



Yesterday Kate and I visited HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire where we collected three boys - Benny, Casey and Foxy. The boys have been part of a project approved by Head Office where specially selected inmates take care of the dogs. A couple of the boys have been there for 18 months so it is definitely time they found a home to retire. We are helping with a continuing rotation so we will be there again in 6 weeks and are being given regular updates on those in their care.
The boys are absolutely gorgeous so if you would like any more information please give us a call.

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by Wispa'sMum

Tuesday 07 Mar 09:31



Fabulous and very productive day yesterday! The whole place was jet washed, the treatment room was put back together after having the new lino fitted and it looks great and the toy buckets had a blitz.

We saw Mango and Lady's new owner who came to visit and they have new names and have settled in really well.

Sammy, although failing his original cat test spent over an hour in the cat room without reacting and had nearly an hour running around with Bea the Beagle in the sand run. This happily has secured him a new home and he is off this afternoon! The bath is on ready for our new arrivals later - can't wait to meet them.

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 05 Mar 18:57



As we speak the treatment room floor is being repaired. Sadly the floor had started to collapse due to the damp however it has done extremely well over the last 7 years with the amount of use and water!!!!
The new wood has been fitted and is now being treated and tomorrow we hope to find time to go and get the lino to complete the job. Thank you to Andy and his Dad for doing this - however I would like to go home now as I am COLD!!!! I have caught up on some paperwork however and still over the moon at taking Lady and Mango out to their new home this afternoon and seeing them settle in so well with Bonnie who is Foxy's litter sister!

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by mary/john

Sunday 05 Mar 18:38



Hi all what a brilliant day today at Daybreaks... 3 greys re-homed despite the horrible weather in the morning!... Good luck to Lady she deserves some and Mango,,, both re-homed together. good luck to Finch now renamed Daphne... All the greys had double walks today and now looking forward to Crufts next weekend.... xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 05 Mar 15:38



What a horrible morning, we got well and truly soaked cleaning the kennels. It was brightened up by lots of visitors and walkers mid morning and the fantastic re-homing of Lady / Mango (who have been rehomed together) and Finch now called Daphne. (Angie did you happen to have any of these 3 as your screen saver by chance ???) Ruth was normal Ruth - in an out of the kennels doing errands like a bumble bee (really dont know where she gets her energy from). We had the lovely Andy and his dad, replacing the much needed treatment room floor !!! All dogs managed to get morning and afternoon walks in pretty much dry weather.... The highlight of my day was a visit from Teezer and Mel with their sister.... It was so lovely to see them again. xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 03 Mar 17:52



What a wet & soggy day that was!! No volunteers this morning meant the dogs couldn't go out for walks - I somehow think they weren't too upset about it! Fortunately by the afternoon the rain had died down, volunteers arrived and the dogs got an afternoon walk. I would like to make an official request for it to be Spring now please so we can get some decent weather!!
Lady is doing fine and had a little play with her toys this afternoon. She was quite reluctant to let go of squeaky piggy - until a jumbone appeared on the scene!! Bless her, she really would love to have her own sofa very soon.
We have had another tidy up and move round in the office, and we are slowly tackling all those jobs that are always at the back of your mind but that you don't get the time to do. Slowly but surely were getting there!
Big thanks to Paul who brought in a huge donation of bedding from a Food Bank that he also volunteers at - this time of year it is virtually impossible to get any washing dry so we are always desperate for towels, duvets and blankets.
Lets hope this weekend brings some forever homes for our lovely boys & girls.
Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 28 Feb 22:30



Jess and Kitty arrived today. They are both very sweet girls hopefully they won't have to wait too long for their forever homes.

We had dry weather for the walks this morning but it was very grotty this afternoon! Thanks to everyone for braving the wind and rain to go out. :)

Thanks to Shirley and Richard for all the tins of sardines. Shirley fell in love with little Maggie and despite our best efforts Richard was sensible saying three Greyhounds were enough for them :)

It was good to see Sara, Louis and Charlie today. Sara is now sporting a black plaster cast on her poor broken foot! I didn't help by treading on it at least twice during the afternoon. :)

Goodbye February! Hello March and hopefully Spring! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 27 Feb 21:05



Met out latest new arrivals today, Wow they are both gorgeous! Little Maggie is an extremely pretty, friendly girl and Stefie is a tall handsome and very friendly lad. :)

It was great to see some old friends today, Carrie, Jackie and Clifford who came in to help walk the dogs this morning. Jackie and Clifford brought Billy B with them and he went on every walk! Sure he had a well earned rest when he got home! :) Thanks so much everyone.

Due to the torrential rain this afternoon all the dogs came out into the kennel runs for a nice groom and some serious toy playing time! Along with lots of extra cuddles of course. :)

Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Monday 27 Feb 07:47



What an extremely busy day.... Lots of visitors. Lots of nail cutting and general advice given out. Ruth had a fab time doing what she loves best (yuk). We had two new arrivals in Maggie and Stefie. Lots of volunteers with great help from Martyn and Andy, two new volunteers. Lady also had a viewing, let's hope she gets that forever home... Gracie also met her new fur baby siblings. We are also back to Rehersals tonight for the next Daybreaks show, wish us well, its going to be great. X

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by mary/john

Sunday 26 Feb 19:33



Hi all so nice to be back at the kennels 2day me and john have both bin ill..met the new greys Maggie came in 2day OMG she is so so nice and very loving..x stefie is very nice 2 xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 25 Feb 21:52



A very busy day!

Gracie was reserved and it was great to see Maddie (Dooey) go home with Sarah and her family. :) We said farewell to Patch too; his Mom collected him while his excited family waited at home for their return. Wishing Maddie and Patch very happy new lives.

The run was busy with visitors including a group of very cute Pomsky Dogs, a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian! :)

We also had several Greyhounds leave the kennels looking and smelling lovely after having pamper sessions with Lorna and Jess. :)

Thanks so much to everyone who came in to help today. The dogs were all able to go out for their walks and Johnny D, Mango and Finch enjoyed trips to the park. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 24 Feb 18:36



It was such a lovely calm and sunny day today, what a contrast from yesterday! The dogs all enjoyed a play in the sand run in the sunshine this morning, but we had lots of volunteers by the afternoon so they could all have a walk.

The Failed Foster Parents Club gained some new members as Lucy brought her "foster" Mum & Dad in to sign on the dotted line! Her new brother and sister, Woody and Suzy, came along too to oversee everything and get in on the lovely homing photo!

Norman took the very pretty little Gracie out for the morning and reports that she was a very good girl, really enjoying her time out in the big wide world.

Thank you to the visitors who brought in donations of bedding & towels, always very welcome. And big thanks to Stanley & Gemma's Dad Tim who visited today and brought some lovely goodies for the humans lunch - very nice indeed.

The lovely Dooey found herself reserved late this afternoon - she is going to join the Lloyd clan. After the very sad passing of Mikey earlier in the week, his best pal Cadbury was very lonely and quiet and it was felt that a new companion in the shape of the very lovely little Dooey was just what he needed.

Here's hoping that the weekend brings some more forever homes for our beautiful residents.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 23 Feb 22:01



What an incredibly windy day!! Fortunately all at the kennels was fine and none of the dogs seemed particularly disturbed by the weather. Going for walks were a little hazardous, a tree had come down in Old Damson Lane completely blocking it and the gusts of wind made walking along the Coventry Road quite dangerous. This afternoon most of the dogs went in the run, safer for all of us. :)

Do hope everyone and their dogs stayed safe today. When I got home tonight I found we had lost part of our front fence! Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 23 Feb 13:00



Who fancies taking a dog for a walk?!!!!

We have been invited to take some Trust Dogs looking for homes to the Watchman walk in Tamworth on the 25th March so if you are interested and think you could help, please give the kennels a call. Many thanks, Ruth 0121 782 7702

Here is the link to the website with more details about the walk:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tamworth-dog-walk-in-aid-of-statue-memorial-to-staffordshire-sgt-watchman-v-tickets-31841032385

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by skinnyme

Wednesday 22 Feb 20:55



Fairly quiet day today. Our regular Wednesday band of merry walkers came this morning to walk all the dogs, sadly poor patch had a sore paw but was happy to walk around on the soft sand in the run. There were only 3 of us in the afternoon but we managed to get all the dogs out, thank goodness the rain held off. Highlight of the day for me was lots of cuddles with Rio!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 20 Feb 22:03



It was brilliant to see Midge find her forever home today! Wishing her lots of happy times with her new family. Xx

Lovely to see Tracey and Simon this morning when they came to collect Evie's paperwork...we still need that homing photo of the whole family! We abducted Simon to help with walks while Tracey was in the office. He was very happy to help, but Tracey looked very worried in case he found Greyhound N0:4 to take home! :)

It was a much warmer day today, am I too soon to say it almost felt like spring??! The dogs actually went out without coats on this afternoon!

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today and to Shirley and Richard for the big tray of sardines! :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 18 Feb 20:53



Can't believe Snap and Lucy have both been fostered today! They haven't gone out together but both of them have gone with lovely families and other Greyhounds. You never know the Failed Foster Parents club might increase in numbers very soon! Thanks so very, very much to Sophie and Andy and Ann and Andy for giving them both a chance. Xx

Johnie was so very happy to go off to his new home today! We will all miss this gorgeous lad, such a special boy. Hopefully his kennel mate Finch won't have to wait too much longer for her forever home. Xx

Many thanks to Mandy and Pete who brought in a car packed with duvets and pillows! Sure the dogs will appreciate them. :)

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today, the dogs were able to have morning and afternoon walks and lots of love and extra cuddles!

Finally we had a returnee today...Ruth! Lovely to see her looking a lot healthier than the last time we saw her! Welcome back. :) Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 17 Feb 17:48



What a lovely day it was today, almost Spring like and it made such a change to move around without being bundled up in 6 layers and freezing!!

The dogs didn't get morning walks so some had a good old pay in the run (Jill, I think it is Lady's party trick to get as much sand on her head as possible!!!) whilst others had to put up with me giving them a groom and a cuddle!

It was lovely to see ex resident Jimmy and his Dad who came along to buy some food, treats and toys. Jimmy had great fun choosing his own toy, and ended up selecting a lovely squeaky orange chicken!

Volunteers this afternoon meant the dogs could enjoy a lovely walk down the lane in the sunshine.

New boy Rio is an absolute stunner. He thoroughly enjoyed his time with Nicola, our wheelchair visitor, and stood beautifully while she groomed him and gave him plenty of fuss. She was smitten by him, as are a lot of us!!

We do indeed have a kennel full of beauties at the moment, so lets hope that this weekend that special someone will walk through the door and a lucky boy or girl (or both!) will find their forever home.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 16 Feb 21:36



Nice weather for walking today! I had the pleasure of going out on a couple of walks this afternoon. There were plenty of squirrels around, Lady's ears couldn't have stood up any taller!! :)

It was great to have Sara back helping at the kennels today complete with crutches and a big boot! Skip was so pleased to see his buddies Louis and Charlie. :) He has been a proper grump without them!

We are desperate to find homes for all of our current residents. Even though the kennels are cosy and comfortable and the dogs get lots of love and attention, it's not the same as having a home and a family of their own. We have a very long waiting list of Greyhounds who have retired from racing and are waiting to come into the Trust to have the chance of finding a forever home. Greyhounds are wonderful dogs and make fantastic pets. Please, please, please consider opening your home and heart to one of the special dogs you see on our website. You won't regret it! X

Xxx

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by skinnyme

Wednesday 15 Feb 20:25



Well what a wet afternoon it was! Thankfully all the dogs managed an afternoon walk or a run around in the sand run, I know Lady certainly enjoyed herself by the amount of sand on her head! Massive thanks to all who came in today to walk, feed or generally look after the dogs. Met the lovely Rio, what a gentleman, so gorgeous. Finally get well soon Ruth, we miss you. Xx jill

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 14 Feb 22:10



A tall, dark handsome lad arrived at the kennels for Valentines Day; gorgeous Rio! He had all the ladies swooning over him! Many thanks to Jess, Sarah and Gail for looking after him when he came in. Xx

Patch was a good boy last night. :) He did get us all up at 5.30am and as he had a very early breakfast he had another one when he got back to the kennels. Well he didn't have much to eat yesterday. :)

After all the recent wet weather our nice new door has expanded and we have had trouble closing it. :( Thanks so much to Chad for coming in today and sorting it out! x

Despite the weather forecast saying it was going to be warmer today, it certainly didn't feel very warm! Thanks so much to everyone who came in and walked the dogs.

Many thanks to everyone who brought in donations of bedding and towels today. :)

Xxx

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by mary/john

Tuesday 14 Feb 08:58



The Day of love lots hugs to all the Daybreaks kennels Greys...Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 13 Feb 21:14



A much better day today, so nice to see the sun. We managed to do walks this morning and this afternoon some of the dogs went for walks and others had a play in the sand run. :) Lucy just didn't want to go back to the kennels she loves to play with toys. :)

We have Patch at home this evening. He was neutered today and I collected him from the vet on my way home. He and Skip shared the back of the car with no problem at all. What a delightful lad! Very quiet and calm...even Twiggy likes him! He has enjoyed watching Sherlock on the TV :)) Fingers crossed he sleeps well tonight! Xxx

Xxx

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by mary/john

Sunday 12 Feb 18:28



we hope all the volunteers get well very soon especially lots of love Ruth.Xx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 12 Feb 15:39



It was a very cold day today with only a couple of volunteers as most of the usual ones were poorly. Tina and Andy went and did the warehouse run for us. We saw the lovely Peggy go off to her new home. Thanks yo Tina for covering the last part of the day, so I could come home and get even more lemsips down me. Thanks to everyone who has helped today. Lisa. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 11 Feb 21:09



We had snow showers for most of the morning but no where near enough for the dogs to build a snowman! :) It was a very chilly day but thanks to everyone who came in and made sure we were able to take the dogs for morning and afternoon walks. x

It was lovely to see Charlotte and her family including her cute new baby sister...Mom and Dad said Charlotte has been great with her. Charlotte had a pamper with Jess, she looked and smelled gorgeous. :)

Fantastic to see Johnie Reserved! Such a happy lad. Brightened up a dull winter day. :)

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 10 Feb 17:36



We spent today dodging the snow showers and trying to keep warm!

Poor Ruth is on the sick list, at home in bed fighting a very nasty chest problem.

No volunteers this morning meant the dogs couldn't have a walk - something I don't think they were too sad about! Instead they had health checks and were groomed and generally pampered! They had walks in the afternoon, but were in a hurry to get out of the snow and back to the warmth of their cosy kennels.

Snap is such a good boy with his new medication, he has to have it more frequently than before, but stands beautifully to have the drops in and never makes a fuss. I really hope that this new treatment will bring some improvement for him.

Here's hoping that the weather improves as I really don't like Winter and would like it to end now please!
Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 09 Feb 21:36



Little Vegas went off to the vets first thing this morning for her neutering operation. She is staying with Ruth tonight for some extra tlc...hopefully she can look after Ruth too who was feeling quite poorly today. :(

This afternoon Johnie and Snap also went off to the vets, vaccination boosters for them both. Snap has also been prescribed some new medication for his eyes. On his last review the vet said although Snaps eyes were no worse, he was disappointed there was no improvement either. The new medication is slightly stronger than before...keep your fingers crossed there is good news when he has his next review. He is such a gentle soul. xx

Sara and her broken foot popped in to see us this afternoon. We managed to talk her out of going for a walk! She settled for tidying the kitchen instead. :))

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today, thanks to Little Sarah and Bob who made two trips to the vets for us. Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 07 Feb 22:14



I saw something very unusual today...the SUN! It does exist :) I know all our volunteers appreciated the sunshine and I am sure the dogs did too :)

We had two new arrivals today, A very happy girl called Vegas who bounced into the kennels and a handsome lad called Patch who was a little more reserved and unsure of his new surroundings. Many thanks to Bob for collecting them from the track for us. Xx

The Pet Blood Bank were with us today taking donations from pet Greyhounds. It was like a Daybreaks family reunion! it really is so uplifting to see so many happy dogs who are obviously adored by their owners. Smile of the day came when a certain gentleman who left his four Greyhounds in the kennel run with their post donation goodie bags while he popped into the office...needless to say they were busily trying to empty the bags before he got back! :))

If you are interested in bringing your Greyhound to the kennels for the next visit from the Pet Blood Bank, please give us a call on 0121 782 7702 for more information. Each donation can help to save the lives of up to four other dogs.

Many thanks to the kind people who dropped off donations of food and car boot items today.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 06 Feb 20:45



We managed to get most things done this afternoon before the rain set in!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. We were able to take the dogs out for their morning and afternoon walks. Sammy and Lucy were very interested in the squirrel that was jumping from tree to tree! :)

Thanks so much for the numerous bottles given as raffle prizes from the two gentlemen who came in to visit the dogs this afternoon, very kind of you.

A special mention to Sara, one of our volunteers tonight. She spent the day at A&E with a very poorly foot. Hoping it won't be long before she will be back helping at the kennels. Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 05 Feb 16:43



Well what we thought was going to be a quiet day, turned out to be busy. We had lots of viewings / nail clipping / people turning up to use the run and donations of food and bedding. Lovely Midge spent the day in the office with me, to get her used to the public and day to day goings on, which she really seemed to enjoy. Thanks to everyone who visited us today, we really appreciate it. xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 04 Feb 21:44



Two gorgeous Greyhounds went off to their new homes today; Firstly Rover brought his new sister Isla in to officially sign her paperwork. What a lovely couple they make! Isla provided the best sight of the day. After Ruth removed the stitches left from her neutering operation, Isla turned on her back with all her legs in the air and went to sleep, one relaxed and happy girl! :)

H went home today too. :) so very happy for him. I know he is going to be spoiled rotten!

Jembob took Snap and Lucy out for the day. They had a great time in the park and were taken out for lunch too!

Thanks to Norman for taking Moe out to the Pets At Home store in Stratford for a roadshow. Norman said he was a big hit with everyone. :)

Jo brought her lovely Stevie in for a pamper with Jess. Wonderful to see him looking so well after he was very poorly a few weeks ago.

Many thanks to everyone who donated food and bedding for the residents today and thank so much to everyone who helped out with looking after the dogs.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 03 Feb 18:13



It was a very quiet day today, but this meant I was able to go on both morning and afternoon walks - it made a lovely change and meant I could get to know our lovely boys & girls just a little bit better. Johnie jumped up onto his bed and stood so patiently waiting for me to lead him up, despite kennel mate Finch leaping all over the place! Having said this she did stand nicely to have her lead on and they are a lovely couple to walk. Midge was very nervous of the outside world to start with, but sandwiched between H and Lady her confidence grew and she walked along nicely.

The weather was really quite nice this morning with some lovely sunshine, but we watched the clouds gather during the afternoon and we managed to get the last afternoon walk done just before the rain started - phew!

I must confess that Snap & Lucy's kennel does look rather strange - but poor Lucy really doesn't like reflected movement bless her.

We have some beautiful Greys in kennels at the moment, here's hoping that this weekend will bring some well deserved forever sofas.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 03 Feb 16:46



We could have done with The Times or The Telegraph but the Daily Mail worked just as well :) What Snap and Lucy need to read in the news on their ceiling is the address of their forever home or homes! :)) Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 03 Feb 16:28



Ha ha Jembob! Mary/john - we tried her in the kitchen run but she could see movement through the perspex roof so it was just as stressful! :-(

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by Jembob

Friday 03 Feb 16:25



It sounds like Lucy has turned into a real News Hound!

(Sorry - couldn't resist that one.)

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by mary/john

Friday 03 Feb 10:46



just thinking try lucy and snap in the kitchen Run may work ? Xx

by Wispa'sMum

Friday 03 Feb 10:21



hmmmmm... I am really not sure what the comments will be from visitors who come to Daybreaks when they see Snap and Lucy's kennel!!! The ceiling is an issue for Lucy as it is shiny white plastic and she can see her own movements which seems to stress her. We have tried attaching sheets to the ceiling but as they kept falling down, she now has newspapers decorating it (as we didn't want to use plain printer paper wastefully!!!!) So.... this little lass is well clued up on Ant and Dec, Trump & Brexit to name a few - poor thing!
She's shouting - I'm a Greyhound - GET ME OUT OF HERE and I think Snap her kennel mate is echoing that!!!!!

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 02 Feb 11:34



Fab day yesterday! I saw Fizz Bomb off to her new home.... something I have been desperate for. Also saw Mango off on trial - he is such a sweet boy. I am praying that all has gone well for both overnight so that is my next job to give them a call!

I am really hopeful that Lucy and Snap are the next on the list for getting lucky!!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 30 Jan 20:53



Met the new arrivals today, Midge and Jonny D they are both gorgeous.

Thanks very much to Shirley and Richard who only popped in to bring some sardines fo the dogs and ended up helping out with this afternoons walks. Xx

Many thanks too to everyone who donated towels and bedding, Thank you to Gracie's Mom who left some bags of bedding outside the gate, very kind of you.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 28 Jan 22:21



What a busy day!

Evie is now officially a member of Reggie's and Ollies family! :) A homing photo will appear soon when they next visit the kennels. x

Beautiful Isla has been reserved and Jingle has gone off to start her new life in Somerset with her lovely family including Daisy the Old English Sheepdog. :)

As for Lady, well she is fine and still has her pal Peggy for company. As much as we want things to work out, it doesn't always happen. The right home is out there for every Greyhound even if they have to wait that little bit longer. Xx

Jess had a busy bathing day too, some of her clients were not as keen as others about getting in the bath! :)

It was great to see lots of visitors using the sand run...we met a gorgeous deaf Boxer, he had a fabulous time! Lovely to see Ruby and John with their very handsome Sammy. :)

Snap and Lucy enjoyed their day out with Jembob...thanks so much. They love going out with you both. Xx

Thank you so much to everyone who helped out today.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 27 Jan 18:51



It was absolutely freezing this morning - so much so that the hosepipe was a frozen pipesicle and I had to resort to the old fashioned method of filling buckets from the tap to scrub the runs!! I came armed with a pocket full of plasters today following last week's scissor incident but fortunately I was an accident free zone today!
It was a quiet morning volunteers wise so the dogs couldn't have a walk, but enjoyed a bit of fuss and grooming, and fortunately this afternoon saw lots of volunteers so everyone had a lovely walk in the weak sunshine that had showed itself after lunch.
We cat tested Peggy, Jingle and H who all unfortunately failed - but I'm sure there will be a cat free home out there for them all somewhere.
Thanks to everyone who helped out today.
Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 26 Jan 22:16



Brr.....what a very, very cold day!

Thank you to everyone who braved the elements to take the dogs for a walk :)

It was great to see ex Daybreaks resident Tango come to use the run, he didn't seem to mind the cold. Having the sand run means we get to see lots of old friends and their families. :)

H was very happy to get back to his kennel after his dinner, I didn't even have to hold onto him, he ran back in and dived on his bed!

We left them all snug in their coats and the under bed heating on tonight. :)

How long is it until spring?!

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 24 Jan 21:44



Sammy looks better today and was able to go for a short walk. He is a very happy lad. Sara was taking some new photos of him this afternoon but he was far more interested in trying to get cuddles from Jess who was holding his lead!

H had a trip to the park with Norman this morning, they both had a lovely time. :)

Ex Daybreaks resident Lola came in to use the run, such a pretty girl. :)

We had a lot of volunteers today so the dogs had their morning and afternoon walks. :)

Thank you to everyone who helped out at the kennels and to the very kind visitors who brought in bedding and towels.

Xxx

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by missfifi

Monday 23 Jan 22:29



Daisydog is very happy to share her fashionista responsibilities with another of Daybreaks gorgeous girls????????????????xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 23 Jan 20:46



Wonderful to see Peggy officially adopted today. While Linda and Paul were signing the paperwork she made herself useful by helping to empty the bin! Sister Lena found herself a big bag of toys to look through and finally settled on a squeaky owl,which she proudly took home with her! Both such lovely girls. Xx

Little Florence came in with her Mom for a pamper session this morning, such a dainty little girl...she has got quite a wardrobe of coats now. Think she might be in competition with Daisydog! :))

Unfortunately we didn't have enough people for walks this morning but this afternoon some of the dogs went in the sand run and others went for walks. I had the pleasure of taking Ladysmith out she walks great on the lead and is now a lot happier with the heavy traffic on the Coventry Road. I also walked Mango, he is a great boy, kind of does his own thing when walking! He just needs a little help to walk the same way as everyone else!! :)

Thanks so much to Sara and Holly for all their help today. Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 22 Jan 19:03



Well, what a day we have had... It was SO cold and at one point this morning we had more people at the kennels than dogs. Thanks to everyone who braved the cold to walk the dogs and help clean this morning. Lovely Sammy was so good and still very happy, he is making a good recovery, even with his cone of shame. Finch and Johnie were there normal playfull selves and kept us amused. We had lots of visitors for viewings, food, nail cutting and to use our lovely sand run. The highlight of my day was the lovely Lorraine who I spoke to throughout the day.... Let's just say, Lady was TOO much of a fab dog to turn down and her heart won at the end of the day and she just had to give in and reserve her !!!! Yay, congrats Lorraine, I am so pleased.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 21 Jan 21:44



Sammy was quite bright today. As he was unable to go for walks, he spent some time in the kennel run playing with toys with one of our volunteers. He also had a nice groom, he enjoyed all the extra attention. Xx

Snap and Lucy went to the park with Jeremy and Julie...for an hour...returned several hours later having gone home with them for lunch! :) Sounds as though they had a great time. Do hope it wont be long before special forever homes come along for both of them. Still hoping they will go home together! :))

Thank you to Tina and her dogs Neve and River for taking H for his first trip to the park this morning. Xxx

We had lots of visitors to use the run including a Goldendoodle and two Lhasapoos...all very cute! The run is open whatever the weather, the dogs don't seem to mind :) and there is a summerhouse to shelter in if it should rain or snow when you visit!

Alan brought Paddy in to see us today and have his nails trimmed. He looked very handsome in his winter coat. He took a Liking to a couple of the girls looking for homes! Xx

Many thanks to everyone who helped out on what was a very chilly day. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 20 Jan 18:25



What a chilly day it was again today, but at least it was nice to see some sunshine. My hands were so cold this morning I managed to cut my finger with the scissors - don't ask!!

Poor Sammy had to have a dash back to the Vet this morning following his castrate yesterday - poor lamb had become very swollen and red and was feeling very sorry for himself. He now has a course of antibiotics and I hope he feels a bit brighter soon, such a lovely boy.

It was nice to meet the new arrivals today, H is a gorgeous big boy, who had somehow managed to undo his fleece during the night and greeted me this morning with a very waggy tail and his leg through the neck hole!! Isla is a cutey, and is happily sharing her kennel with the lovely Mango. Snap and Lucy are still my clean kennel award winners bless them, such a great couple and Snap is such a patient boy having his eye drops in.

Thank you to everyone who came along to help out today, there were plenty of helpers and we managed to get some little jobs done as well as the dogs having two lots of walks.

Angie
x

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 19 Jan 16:00



H and Isla stopped the night at mine last night following their surgery at the vets yesterday. They both are very bright and have been settled into their kennels today - however Isla got to spend some time in the kitchen being cuddled by the volunteers!

Sammy went off for his castrate today and was golden at the vets - what a star!

Somehow Miss Fizz Bomb is still coming home with me! It is a pleasure to see her developing into a wonderful pet however the sad news is she can't stop with me. Please please please offer her a home. She sleeps downstairs and then comes up the stairs on her own in the morning to say hello and that she needs to go outside! She is great on the lead (she is only having short walks currently as she is post op) and absolutely fine being left. Please give the kennels a call if you think you could offer her a home x Here's her link: http://www.rgtperrybarr.co.uk/dog/1759

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 18 Jan 16:17



It's been so cold today but I had a trip over to Tamworth this afternoon to collect our two new arrivals from the vets as their trainers dropped them there this morning. They are adorable and I will take them home so they can recover before going being allocated a kennel tomorrow.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 17 Jan 22:11



A much better day, we were able to do morning and afternoon walks. :) Norman came in this morning and insisted on walking his favourite girl, Ladysmith... She in turn was very happy to go out with him!

We managed to get two trips to the tip today! Which included the old door to the kennels and the Christmas tree...always sad to see the tree go. :(

Thanks very much to everyone who helped out today. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 16 Jan 19:58



A very wet and miserable Monday....but the dogs didn't care! Most of them went in the sand run for a play. :) They also all had some extra grooming and tlc.

It was great to see Yogi and Fin leave to start their new lives with their new families, both very gorgeous boys, lots of happiness to them both. Xxx

Sadly it was too wet to carry on with painting the new door; hopefully the sun will make an appearance later in the week!

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 14 Jan 11:32



Ha Jill, fortunately not! And Michael has managed to fix it this morning, so all is good on the broom front again! x

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by skinnyme

Friday 13 Jan 21:41



Oh no Angie, it wasn't Ruth favourite broom was it? X

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by Shanesmum

Friday 13 Jan 18:32



Well it was a definite Friday the 13th today!! I got stuck in the awful traffic jam on the A45 on my way to the kennels this morning, and my usual 8 minute journey took me 1 hour and 10 minutes!! Thank goodness for mobile phones, at least I could contact Ruth who managed to get to the kennels ok and open up, otherwise there would have been lots of Greyhounds with crossed legs by the time I arrived!!

Fizz went off to the Vets to be speyed this morning, and will overnight at Ruth's just to make sure she recovers well.

It was such a cold day, fortunately it didn't snow again after the morning's onslaught and the sun even put in an appearance gently thawing the snow and making everywhere soaking wet!!

Unsurprisingly it was a very, very quiet day indeed, I suspect nobody wanted to brave the weather, and I cant say I blame them! The dogs played in the sand run this morning, but managed to get a short walk this afternoon.
I met the fabulous new arrivals, and my goodness they are so lovely. I can see why Yogi has been snapped up so quickly, what a stunner he is. With his paws on my shoulders, he has to bend a bit to give me a kiss as he is such a big fella!
Friday the 13th continued as I broke the broom whilst scrubbing the runs this afternoon - sorry Ruth!
Thank you to everyone who came out on such a horrid day, the dogs appreciated there afternoon walk very much.
I left them all this evening tucked up in fleecy coats, with the underbed heating going, they all looked cosy and content.
I have just one thing to say - roll on the Spring!
Angie
x

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by mary/john

Thursday 12 Jan 19:06



Hi all Gracie here yesterday I went to see the pet blood bank group. Unfortunately I was too scared to give blood but a sample was taken and good news is my health is in good condition. Sadly they have to retire me from giving blood but all you other greys please donate... Gracie X

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 11 Jan 15:36



What a busy day! The Pet Blood bank came along for an emergency session and Lady, Mango, Moe, Johnie and Finch all donated. In return we get flea treatment for each and of course a full veterinary check and the knowledge that each donation results in 4 lives saved.

The handsome Yogi was reserved but blotted his copy book by doing a wee in the office as he was being viewed! This didn't deter his new owners who have just lost their greyhound though!

A second coat of primer was due to go on the gate but I haven't had chance yet!!! If anyone wants to lend a hand tomorrow doing this I would be enormously grateful!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 10 Jan 20:39



Shame we didn't get into the top three for the Aviva Community Funding, but £500 is a great donation towards the re-wiring. :)

A busy day today, two more gorgeous arrivals the very cute Jingle and the very handsome Yogi! Many thanks to Bob for collecting them from the track for us. Fizz, Ladysmith and Moe who all arrived on Sunday are beginning to settle into their new routine at the kennels. So many lovely Greyhounds!

Ruth Started to paint the new door and has put the undercoat on. Still can't get over how easy it is to open and close :)

The weather was really good today, everyone enjoyed their walks. Fingers crossed it doesn't snow later in the week!

Xxx

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by Robdog&Will's-dad

Tuesday 10 Jan 16:56



Aviva community funding results have been announced this afternoon. Unfortunately the judges didn't put us in the top 3 so we didn't get the funding....But Aviva are donating £500 towards the re-wiring project. All results are on Aviva's community web page, Thanks again to everyone who voted..... But we still need your votes for Pet Plan &ADCH animal charity volunteer awards ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT. Full details on our home page.

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Tuesday 10 Jan 14:59



Ok people, as I have no gotcha day to announce today, can we please get the remaining foster dogs into Homes. Come on people fail massively, it will make you feel so good, and me and the hounds!!! Tis not difficult, honest. Xxxxxxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 08 Jan 10:07



Yesterday afternoon I took Gigi and returnee Diesel out to their new home on trial. I have been taking Gigi home with me as, being the longest stayer, I wanted to see if I could help her on her way to a new home. Yay - it worked and seeing Diesel in the office, he too got lucky!

This morning I spoke to their new owners who said they had had a very settled night with no accidents...... I am SO happy!!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 07 Jan 22:21



Wonderful to see Gigi and Diesel reserved today. :)

Now the holidays are over we can get back to normal and get more new residents into the kennels. Lady and Peggy are due to come back from their Christmas break tomorrow. Sounds as though they have had a great time. :). We are hoping they won't have to wait too much longer for forever homes for them both.

A real highlight for us today was a brand new front door for the kennels!! It is brilliant...locking the old door was becoming a real challenge as you had to throw yourself at it to be able to lock it! Much more civilised to be able to close it gently! Thanks so much to Chad for fitting it for us. It just needs painting now. Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Thursday 05 Jan 15:05



After working through Christmas, I had a New Year break in Scotland and was back to the kennels yesterday - oh how I miss it when I am not there! I am in heaven with the most gorgeous group of greys at the moment but my definite favorite has got to be Mango!

I paired Finch with Johnie this morning and the cheeky pair have done nothing but play - they are such a happy couple!

Gigi has spent some time in the kitchen today - why on earth she has not been chosen I just don't know.... she is such a sweet and beautiful girl. Therefore she is the one who is going to come home with me tonight so she can have a break from the kennels and sample home life.

We have new arrivals coming on Sunday to fill those empty kennels :-)

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 03 Jan 23:04



Kizzy and Dynamo went home today! Do hope all goes well for them and their lovely new family. x

We had two new arrivals this afternoon, Peggy and Mango. They are both very happy dogs and absolutely gorgeous! Thanks to Jess and Gail for giving them both a nice warm bath.

It was a good walking day today, all the dogs were excited to go out; both dogs and walkers enjoyed the better weather. Thanks to everyone who helped out with the walks.

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 02 Jan 21:05



No rain today! Great to see the sun. :)) Have to say the highlight of yesterday was how well the drains coped with all the rain!! :)

We had a visit from past Daybreaks residents Shaun, Peg and Eoin this afternoon, all three of them had a pamper and looked and smelt wonderful afterwards! x

We had a lot of visitors who very kindly brought in donations of food towels and bedding today. The dogs enjoyed all the extra attention, especially Johnie, who rolled onto his back legs in the air for extra cuddles!

Thanks so much to Sara and Amy for all their help today. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 01 Jan 21:17



What a very wet and miserable start to the New Year! :)

John and Liz did brave the elements for a walk this morning but as it was still raining this afternoon the dogs all had a play in the sand run. Even though we got very wet it was great fun!

Thanks to everyone for their help today. Do hope the weather is better for the Kingsbury Walk tomorrow. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 31 Dec 22:06



We had a quiet day at the kennels today, I guess everyone was getting ready to welcome in the the New Year :)

The dogs enjoyed their walks today, it was a little warmer than the last couple of days. Thanks so much to everyone who came in to take them out.

Gigi had a day out with Sarah one of our volunteers and her friend. They took her to Kingsbury Water Park. She had a lovely time; really don't know why this gorgeous girls is still waiting for her forever home. x

A huge thank you to everyone who has given a home to a wonderful Greyhound this year. Wishing you and your dogs a very Happy New Year filled with lots of love and great times together.

We are so lucky to have such fantastic support from so many people!
On behalf of the current Daybreaks residents...Thank you and let's hope even more Greyhounds will find their forever homes in 2017!

Xxx

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by stevie,sarah,willow&Max'smum

Saturday 31 Dec 20:40



Come on people, let's turn these blue signs to green. Fail, fail, fail all of you. Come on please join the club it's great. Pleeeese. Xxxxx

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by mary/john

Saturday 31 Dec 14:36



Hi all heres to a great 2017.. lots of love and peace and remember a dog is for life not just xmas! John/Mary... Patch/Gracie and Bailey (border Collie)....xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 30 Dec 17:50



What a cold, grey & gloomy day it was today. However, it was cheered up as always by the beautiful Greys we currently have in residence. Snap & Lucy are my clean kennel award winners again - and I am still convinced they are sneaking out at night and sleeping somewhere else!! Such a lovely couple - Snap went to the Vets today and has had some more tests on his eyes, and until the results come through he has to carry on with his eye drops. He is such a good, calm and patient boy whilst having these put in, bless him I hope that something can be sorted for him.
With so many dogs out on foster, it was very strange having empty kennels today - but it gave us the opportunity to spend some real quality time with the dogs which they all really loved. Finch is a "leaner", a quiet girly but with a fun side that is starting to emerge. Johnie is such a big boy, but so friendly and so much fun - a real gentle giant.
It was good to see the pretty Tiny, now called Diamond, off to her forever home this morning - all the best to her and her new family.
Many thanks to everyone who came along to help out today -I think we had more volunteers than dogs this afternoon!!!
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe New Year.
Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 29 Dec 22:21



After having a few days off it was lovely to see how many dogs have been reserved, fostered and homed over the Christmas period. :) Fingers crossed some of those who have been fostered will not be coming back to the kennels!

It was a very cold day again, thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. We are still receiving lots of goodies and bedding for the dogs, thank you. Xxx

Missy has gone off to a fab foster home. She is a smashing girl. :)

Ruth has rearranged the office again! It is very neat and tidy and I managed to find most things throughout the day! :) Xxx

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by Wispa'sMum

Wednesday 28 Dec 17:08



What a busy day!!!!! Penny was sadly returned but has now gone straight out to a new home. Dynamo, Kizzy and Tiny have all been reserved too! I can't wait to get home to get warm - it has been really cold today.... thank you to everyone who has helped out - it has been manic so I couldn't have done it without you all xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 26 Dec 20:18



That's great news! Xxx

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by blackisbeautiful

Monday 26 Dec 17:58



Thank you for putting my comment re the lost greyhound puppy on the website I'm so happy to report that she has now been found Thanks to all x x :)) x

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by blackisbeautiful

Monday 26 Dec 12:54



Hi Please if anyone lives in the B32 area..a greyhound puppy 16wks old bolted from its owners on Frankley services on Xmas Eve running off through fields in direction of Illey Lane She has still not been found She is black and white with a collar and is microchipped but not yet named She still had her lead attached so may be caught up somewhere
Her owners have put this on facebook and doglost.co.uk The Animal House Rescue, but owners come from up North Please look out for her I just want to help :( Pam x

by Wispa'sMum

Sunday 25 Dec 12:11



I want to say a massive thank you to everyone for their generous gifts and donations - your support is really appreciated - it is wonderful :-)

Our gorgeous residents have been on their walk have have got their Christmas dinner later to look forward to kindly prepared by Tina.

I am grateful to everyone who gives up their time throughout the year to help at the kennels especially on Christmas Day!

I hope our foster dogs are having fun in their homes over Christmas and hope the New Year brings many homes to our current and future residents.

Best wishes to everyone - Ruth, Foxy and Joe xxxx

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by bluesfan

Sunday 25 Dec 11:22



Happy Christmas to everyone at Daybreaks and hope it is a wonderful year for all the residents in finding their forever homes. XX

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by shanishoo

Sunday 25 Dec 07:47



Wishing a very merry christmas to all the staff and volunteers at Daybreaks, and also to all the beautiful hounds, have a wonderful day xxxxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 23 Dec 18:58



Lots of help today meant the dogs could have both morning and afternoon walks. Fortunately the forecast rain held off but it was very windy indeed.
I had the pleasure of going on one of the morning walks, and took the gorgeous Johnie and pretty little Finch. For a big boy, Johnie walks beautifully and periodically does a little hop and a skip, so cute and just sums up this happy boy. Both he and Finch were a little unsure of the horrible wind though, the noise of it blowing through the trees and the leaves swirling around behind them were a little disconcerting to say the least!
Thanks to Jess for taking Peggy and Lady out for a much needed break from kennel routine. They both had a lovely time out in the park, and certainly enjoyed their supper, both polishing off big bowls of Burns and sardines - the fresh air obviously did them good!
Huge thanks to the visitors who came in with fish for the dogs, and chocolates for the humans today! I think we will all need to go on plenty of walks in the New Year to trim down our waistlines!!
Huge thanks to everyone who came along to help out today, wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'm sure that all our Greys would like to add a big thank you too to everyone who has come along during the year to take them on walks, or trips to the park, or just spend some time with them - they wish everyone a woofy Christmas.
Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 23 Dec 09:53



Thanks so much to Jeremy for taking Snap and Jordan to the park yesterday. Its great for them to have a change of scene and do something different. This time next year I hope they will be getting ready to celebrate Christmas in homes of their own. x

Yesterday afternoon we had a visit from Bert and Luke with their Dad. You may remember Luke was a returnee who was a very skinny lad....well what a difference a year makes!!He looks absolutely fantastic as does his brother Bert. :) x

We had lots of visitors to the kennels...thank you all so very much for all the gifts for the Greyhounds. I am overwhelmed by how much love people have for these very special dogs. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 20 Dec 21:18



A couple of very busy days...yesterday Ruth and Jayne had to get the super vacuum out to try and unblock the drains. They were clogged with sand, grit and other muck. It worked! It really made our day!!

We kept Jayne busy by sending her and Laura off to do several trips to the tip! Thank you both. Xxx

Tiny arrived yesterday, what a super happy little girl she is! :)

Dolly (Leila) has spent the last two days either in the office or in the kitchen...she loves all the company. When she was in the office this afternoon she helped herself to a couple of doggy sausages and a pigs ear! :)

Jess bathed Rover today, he smells lovely! Ready to go off to his new home tomorrow. :)

Thanks so much to everyone who came and helped out today and yesterday. Thanks so much for all the Christmas gifts for the dogs and volunteers. :)) Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 17 Dec 22:25



Brilliant to see Timmy go off to his new home today. He just couldn't wait to get in the car and ended up in the front passenger seat! Be happy lovely lad!

Coffey was reserved, so happy for him! x

Ruth and Angie worked very hard to tidy up everywhere yesterday....so sorry but we have filled up the space you made with lots of lovely Christmas gifts for the dogs. Thanks so very much to everyone who brought in tins of fish, treats and toys for all the current Daybreaks residents. :)

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 16 Dec 17:58



Plenty of help today so the dogs got both morning and afternoon walks.

Ruth managed to start the blitz on the back area this morning. we had a very lovely large unit donated which has taken up residence on the cat room and looks great. Tyke gave it her seal of approval by climbing inside as soon as one of the doors was opened and settling down for a snooze! It means we can keep all things "cat" in one area, and now houses the overspill of leaflets and pamphlets - we're starting to get tidy again!

This afternoon saw the lovely Suzy off to her new home, wishing her and her new family lots of good times ahead.

Many thanks to everyone who came along to help out today, it was cold but thankfully the rain kept off. It still gets dark far too early for my liking though, cant wait for the Spring!
Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 15 Dec 21:50



We had lots of visitors today bringing Christmas goodies for the dogs and the volunteers...thank you all very much! :) Thanks to Alan for the donuts, he was very cruel and sent Ruth a photo of them! We did save one for her. :)

Snap had a review with the vet regarding his eye problem. He has more eye drops and has to go back again next week. Thanks to Sue for taking him for us. She said he was a very well behaved lad, no trouble at all. :)

Poor Jordan, she has split her tail. We took off the dressing and it looked all good, unfortunately within half an hour she had painted her kennel red and had to have another dressing applied. She didn't seem to mind what was going on and enjoyed the extra attention. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 13 Dec 23:13



A busy day....Ruth tried very hard to catch up on paperwork; little Leila (Dolly) was in the office supervising!

Bebe went to see the vet for her vaccination booster this morning. She was a little nervous getting in the car but travelled very well. She was such a good girl at the vets. :)

All the dogs managed to have their walks in the dry this morning, but it was very wet this afternoon. Many thanks to everyone who braved the rain to take them out.

It was lovely to see two ex Daybreaks residents and their families today, Rosie and Lola...both looking wonderful :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 12 Dec 23:15



Sadly Leila (Dolly) was returned today...do hope she won't have to wait too long for another home to come her way.

I met new girl Bebe this morning, she is a very happy, pretty girl. :)

We had some lovely Christmas gifts for the dogs from two of our supporters this morning. Treats, toys, and sardines! They also brought knitted and fleecy blankets. Thanks So much. X

Most of the dogs went in the sand run this afternoon. They had a great time. :)

A special "Happy Birthday" to our Sara....thank you for all you do for us. Xxx

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by Lewisfuggie

Sunday 11 Dec 20:58



What a day of busy excitement. We seemed to not stop for a minute. The lovely Bebe who is Coffey's litter sister came in, such a calm natured girl. We had plenty of volunteers, which enabled us to do all the walks. There was plenty of viewings, here's hoping the "dogs of the day, Coffey, Penny, genie" find themselves a home soon !!! We had many visitors to see all three of these today, so most of the say they spent in the runs being cuddled !! Bolt went back to his original home, many thanks to his fosters who did a fab job looking after him. Here's hoping to many more homings before the end of December. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 10 Dec 22:17



We had a super day despite the yucky rain!! Timmy, Rover and Suzy were all reserved! :)

Tina went off to her new home, she looked very pretty in her new pink collar!

Gorgeous Teddy has been fostered by a lovely family who have another Greyhound to keep him company.

We had lots of visitors who brought Christmas presents for the dogs and the volunteers. Brilliant, thank you so much. :)

Thanks so much for everyone's help today....Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 09 Dec 18:39



When I arrived this morning, I couldn't get up the drive as it was blocked by all manner of vans, rollers and assorted tarmac laying equipment!! The guys worked hard all day and the trench is all filled in and tarmacked, and the drive is back in use again now.
Today was very quiet, both customers and volunteers, so this afternoon saw the dogs getting some play time in the sand run. They loved running about and playing with the toys, it's a nice change for them to let off some steam!!
Rover came back from the Vets this afternoon as bright as a button following his castrate and polished off his bowl of Burns & pilchards bless him.
We have some viewings booked for the weekend so fingers crossed that another of our Greys has their own sofa for Christmas. x

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by Wispa'sMum

Friday 09 Dec 11:47



What a busy week! The week is flying by so apologies for no updates for the past few days from me!

Yesterday we had 3 volunteers from Interserve which included non other than Paul Williams, the Chairman of Perry Barr RGT. It was great having extra helpers in addition to our usual crew and despite the heavy rain at times, we had a great day.

We were joined by some students studying Film Technology at Birmingham City University who spent most of the day filming the work we do and Lady had a great time in the run playing with a visiting Beagle and Dalmation!

Teddy seems to have taken up residence in the kitchen now as he has learnt that he gets to go there to keep him quiet!!!!

On Tuesday, I we had the fabulous gift of a van to use for the Trust! This has been donated from MT Services - the company for whom one of our volunteers works for and I am extremely grateful to them for thinking of us and their generosity!

The workmen have been busy digging up and refilling the driveway with laying the new cable for the electrics so we couldn't get up the drive this morning but all should be back to 'normal' by tomorrow. Rover has gone in for his castrate this morning, so not such a good day for him!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 06 Dec 20:34



A very busy day....we said Hello to our latest new arrival Genie, she is a very pretty girl. :)

Ruth, Norman and I went to collect some furniture that has been very kindly donated to us. We met the lady's lovely Greyhound who was very interested in what we were doing! Snap came with us; He was on his way to see the vet. Unfortunately he has an eye problem. :( He was perfect in the car, went to sleep and I didn't know he was there. He was also a very good boy at the vets...he stood patiently while he was examined. He has three lots of drops for his eyes and has to go back to see the vet next week. x

Ruth and little Sarah then went off to the warehouse....it was dark by the time they got back!

Work continued on digging up the drive to lay the electric cable, many apologies to the lads carrying out the work...I don't think we made them any coffee today!

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 06 Dec 19:07



We purchased a large calendar from Daybreaks last week, and i must say all the photos of these wonderful hounds that we all love so much are just stunning, cant wait until January to put it on my wall xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 05 Dec 23:04



Brrr.....a really cold day! The Digger arrived first thing this morning, we have a nice trench all along the drive; Complete with new electric cable! :)

It was "the morning after the night before" at the kennels...Christmas gift bags, decorations the odd mince pie and tins of fish everywhere :) Thank you so much for all the donations of sardines and pilchards. The dogs really enjoy them.

The dogs had a play in the sand run this afternoon...it's brilliant to see them having such a great time! I am sure you can see them smiling as they run :) The only exception was Jordan; she retired due to a broken hock so is taking things easy for a while. She went out for a walk. Such a cute little girl.

Thank you to the person who made the tuna treats...the dogs loved them! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 03 Dec 22:09



We were greeted with a lovely snow scene in Gigi's kennel this morning! The duvet looked a little tattered and torn but Gigi looked very pleased with herself! Xx

It was brilliant to see Tina reserved today. :) She is a super girl.

Thanks to Sara all the dogs enjoyed a sausage roll with their dinners this afternoon. They loved them...I think Missy ate hers whole! :)

Many thanks to the visitors who brought in tins of sardines today and thank you to everyone who helped out with looking after our lovely hounds.

Don't forget it's our Christmas Party tomorrow...10am - 4pm. It would be lovely to see our friends two legged and four! Xxx