Greyhound Life Blog

Adopting a greyhound; life at Whittingham Kennels; stories of our rehomed/adopted greyhounds; information for greyhound lovers!   

If you are considering adopting a greyhound, please view our current "greyhounds looking for homes".

Donations towards our work for rehoming rescued and retired greyhounds are always very much appreciated!  Please go to our Whittingham Kennels' gofundme page, or email us for bank details
 

Roxy helps tidy up around the Kennels - and would love a new home too!

It's great when the dogs help us around the Kennels. But we did actually want that bowl on the stand, Roxy!!
๐Ÿคฆ‍♀️ Boris is rolling his eyes!























Greyhound, Gertrude finds a home

Homing and enquiries have been very slow this week but we did see Gertrude into her home. She is settling well and we hope she will be flying the flag for rehoming greyhounds in her area.

To rehome a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com








For Enfield walkers...

Our attention has been drawn to a post that poisoned meat has been put out in Whitewebbs Park and several dogs have fallen ill. Please be aware. We have several adopted dogs around the Enfield area.

Thank you for our Petplan nominations

Thank you SO much to those who voted for us and also for me. We are so so touched by your kindness and personally thank you from me as well. It is so lovely that people give us such lovely support. We couldn't do any of it without our lovely adopters and supporters.






Thank you so much to Akash and family, Anett, Emma and Alex and everyone who sends amazon parcels

Thank you so much, Akash and family. So so kind and generous. And to Anett, Sarah, Alex and Emma who have also sent parcels. It is staggeringly kind of everyone. Thank you so much.








Greyhound, Donald, is looking for a home

The lovely Donald has been waiting too long for a home. He is small (for a boy), clean in his kennel, happily shares with male or female greyhounds and is very gentle and placid. He lets you clean his teeth and is so good. He is good around most other breeds but does need care around particularly small dogs. He did have interest but they needed 100% with smaller breeds. He is nearly there but just needs initial care and we know he will learn soon. He really deserves a chance.


To offer Donald or any other Whittingham resident a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com



Thank you, Anett

Thank you so much to the person who sent all the disinfectant. Amazing! And to our lovely volunteer, Anett, who is always so generous. It helps us more than people realise.
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Thank you and Congratulations to Liv and Ryan

A huge thanks to Gem's adopters, Liv and Ryan, who so kindly asked for donations for Whittingham in place of gifts for their honeymoon. We are blown away by their kindness and generosity. Huge congratulations to them too!




Gem was a nervous soul when she went home but with their patience and kindness, she is thriving and so loved.
Thank you again to them for their incredible support.
To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com









Greyhounds in blankets

Faith
At this time of year, we receive some lovely photos of blankets. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Peggy







Here are Faith, Peggy and Yogi modelling some very fetching covers.

Yogi






If your greyhound is suddenly crying at night at this time of year, it might be worth putting a coat on them or joining the blanket brigade.



We keep the greyhounds as warm as possible at the kennels. Our new heaters are a godsend, along with the overnight coats. But it is never like being in a loving home.


So if you can offer a greyhound a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com




Greyhound, Boo finds her special home

We were delighted to see Boo into her new home last Friday. She had sadly been returned so it is always nice when people want to give the returns a second chance. Often we find that these dogs thrive when they go home again.
Boo is settling well and behaving impeccably around other breeds and on the lead. As you can see, her new adopters have covered every angle (almost literally) by putting stickers on their glass windows. This is something we flag at home checks and it is so easy to solve. We can't thank Boo's adopters enough for all their care for Boo and being so thorough in their preparation. The best part of our work is seeing the dogs into loving homes, and whilst we hold our breath until we know they have settled, it is so nice to welcome every adopter into the Whittingham community and the world of greyhounds.
To give a greyhound a home, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Thank you Ellie and everyone at Hatfield Police Station

Thanks so much to Ellie and the team at Hatfield Police Station who collect so much every year. Bernie is posing with Ellie and the donations! It is so kind and so appreciated.

And thanks to Judy and Mark for their generosity today too. Mark drove all the way from Rugby to deliver their box of donations. Thank you so much.




Roxy the red nosed greyhound

Meet Roxy the red nosed greyhound... one of our new arrivals!!
Santa could have a faster globe trot this Christmas if he adopted a greyhound to pull his sleigh ...and we reckon she is earmarked (nose marked?!) for the job!!


She is a lovely girl who is very friendly and affectionate.

So if you know Santa or any of his helpers or were waiting for a festive hound yourself, do get in touch!

Email: wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Bernie (and all his friends) want to be in a warm home

Bernie says it is a bit nippy up here today. He really wants to be in a warm and loving home again. They all want the same.
If you can make a greyhound's day and give one a warm and loving home, this is the time when they will most appreciate it!
To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com








More care home visits

As a follow up to greyhound, Len's visit to Roy yesterday, we thought we would put out the call for any other care homes who would like a visit from Len and his adopter, Martin. (Please note, this is not the Martin who works in the Kennels!). It is a whole 'other' Martin!! This Martin adopted Len and has been a speaker for many different topics (and as part of his career). So please get in touch if you know anyone in a care home/anyone who runs a care home who would like a talk.


Despite yesterday's visit being a round trip of 70 miles for them, Martin said this was his most fulfilling Len session to date. In his own words:
‘To see the evident happiness that my gentle, big greyhound could bring to a frail, elderly man was quite humbling and yet so easy to make happen. This was then reinforced by meeting many other residents at Weald Hall, some with dementia, who appeared really comforted and enlivened by our visit. A rare, quiet and most rewarding day in a world full of turmoil that Len and I will not forget. We hope that Roy and his fellow Weald Hall residents all feel the same.’

Roy would also like to be remembered to all those who knew him at Whittingham. If you remember him, do comment as he would be really happy to know that he has not been forgotten.
Martin and Len’s visit was recorded on video and we hope to show a snapshot of their time at the home soon. This was their first care home visit but hopefully not their last. Again, please let us know if any homes in your area might welcome a session with Len soon.
email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com and we can put you in touch with Martin and his greyhound, Len. 

Adopter Martin and his greyhound, Len bring cheer to Roy, a previous volunteer

Martin, Len and Roy
Len and his adopter, Martin, visited Weald Hall Care Home today to bring some greyhound cheer to Roy and his fellow residents. The first photo shows Martin with Len the greyhound and Roy.
Roy had volunteered at Whittingham about 10 years ago and we remember him marching around the field with the dogs. He always had three dogs himself at home too.
Martin and Len were made to feel very welcome by Charlie (the Activities Coordinator for the home) and her colleagues and spent 2.5hrs there. They chatted to Roy and then presented their usual talk and video to a larger number of residents.
Charlie with Roy and part of his gift!

Martin said that "Len, as always, behaved impeccably".
We can't thank Martin enough for his time in giving these talks and raising much needed funds for Whittingham in the process. We know this would have brought Roy great cheer too. Martin even put together a photograph and model greyhound for Roy to remind him of his visit which was so very kind.
THANK YOU Martin and Len for all your time and support.

Thank you

Thank you so much to Jo and Andrew with Opie and Trixie, and to D Richards for your generosity. We can't thank you enough for your kind donations.


Thanks so much to Dana. We are so grateful and for chasing it too.


Thanks so much to Lesantha for the Harringtons. We are absolutely blown away by everyone being so generous.

(Apologies if any gifts are not acknowledged. I try to do so but I am not at the kennels every day as much of what I do is behind the scenes and unpaid at home. But we do appreciate everything sent and try to acknowledge as much as we can. Sometimes there are no labels so it is difficult to know who the sender is, but we are truly grateful for all your kindness and generosity).
Thanks so much again to everyone who is so supportive and generous.


Please consider nominating us!

Thanks so much to everyone nominating us for the Pets at Home goodies.
And thanks to Heidi for drawing our attention to this one too:
We'd be very grateful for any nominations on this one too. Retired Greyhounds Charity, Whittingham Kennels
Thanks so much for your support everyone.

Mocha... before and after...

Mocha on her first day at home

We don't often do a post about the progress of individual dogs so long after adoption but I wanted to praise Mel, Glyn and family for their immense kindness and patience with Mocha. Mocha is the fawn greyhound on the front cover of our calendar and went home in January 2023. She was EXCEPTIONALLY nervous which resulted in her being very strong on the lead (and a number of other issues). With their wonderful care and the help of their other
greyhound, Mocha made progress and we received an update last night: she has become so affectionate and a real delight and only pulls now if unsure of something or to take her preferred route!! Mel said, " she is so worth the wait
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Mocha settling at home







We can't thank them enough for all their patience. The before and after photos show the difference.
It is rare for dogs to be as terrified as Mocha. Other people are also working marvels (among them, Kristina with Bill and the recent adopters of Karen)...(huge thanks to them too as they also deserve a post), but if you would prefer a confident dog from the outset, there are so many candidates in the Kennels who will settle very quickly into appreciating a loving home. Time always works its magic but a special thanks to those adopters who understand that for some it takes longer than most.
To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Pets at Home Vote

If anyone would like to nominate us: Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity please click on the link.
Thank you Natalie for drawing our attention to this.






Event and cake!

Theresa, our adopter and supporter, is so kindly doing the food again at our Christmas event: Sunday 17th December between 11am and 2pm at the Kennels. We look forward to seeing you there!
There will be hot food along with mulled wine; and a chance to experience the Jamaican iced rum Christmas cake which was very popular last time.
Separately, if anyone would like to buy a whole cake, please search for Mama Cynths Jamaican Kitchen....based in Colney Heath and contact them directly. (We think you'd have to be local to Colney Heath).
We can't wait to see everyone on 17th December.
And in the meantime, come and adopt a greyhound. They would love to be in a warm, loving home for winter.
Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Judy Zatonski's book

Well done to Judy for publishing her book of poems and stories. Judy designed and donated the full cost of our 2024 calendar which was so generous. We wish her all the best with her book.

Breeze falls on her paws!

We were delighted to wave Breeze off to her new home yesterday. The family have adopted from us before and currently have another greyhound too. She will be very loved and she is so lucky to be in the warm just as winter starts to really set in. Thanks so much to her lovely adopters and for their permission to share the photo.

Whilst we have had two wonderful homes this weekend, homing remains slow with so many greyhounds needing to come to us. The waiting list for dogs needing homes grows daily with often 8 or more dogs added every time.

But we are going as fast as we can and have to focus on the individuals. (But the bigger picture always looms).

So if you have the urge to adopt a greyhound, please do get in touch. There are so many dogs who have so much love to share.
Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Spike falls on his paws with Beck and George

We were delighted to see Spike (now Ernie) home yesterday with Beck and George. They felt able to give another wonderful home to another greyhound after losing their beloved Maisie, who had also come from Whittingham. We always think it is a wonderful legacy for another lucky dog to find a fantastic home and is a wonderful way to remember previous precious hounds.
Thanks so much to them and we wish Ernie well!
To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com


Thank you, Linda

Thank you so much to our volunteer, Linda, who collected donations for Whittingham during the funeral of her mum. Linda is always so very supportive and generous; and it is so kind of her to think of us again at a very tough time. Thank you to her and all the family and friends and we send all our sympathy and best wishes to them all.

Thank you!

Thanks so much to Dana, Theo and Lucy's adopters and the sender of the Harringtons. It is amazingly generous and really helps. Thank you very much.  
Thanks so much to Sally for the two bags of Harringtons biscuits. We really appreciate your generosity.









Let's remember the boys!

Jet - male greyhound looking for a home
Whilst some of our girls are being chosen (which is great), let's remember the boys too! Many people choose the girls due to the slight size difference but the bigger boys need a chance too. Here are some of the lovely lads really hoping you will choose them!





Bonty - male greyhound looking for a home








To adopt a greyhound, whether the dog is male or female, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com






Thank you

Thank you so much for all the support and kind comments yesterday on the two year anniversary of the charity. It is SO appreciated.
And a huge thanks to Jo (with Zoe), Wendy (with Honey) and Sally (who recently sadly lost Reuben) for their donations of food, bedding and other useful items. We can't thank everyone enough for collecting for us and thinking of us.
Thank you so much.



2yrs being an independent charity

Today is 2 years of Whittingham being an independent charity!
Today we are celebrating two years of Whittingham being its own charity (charity number: 1196685). Whittingham already existed and had been functioning for many years (myself and other current staff have been there for nearly 20yrs with some volunteers, including Jim, our sunday evening paddocker, even longer)!

But nearly three years ago, on the death of its founder, Johanna, we had to secure the future of the Kennels by creating the charity to hold the property and safeguard the welfare of the dogs in its care. It was an extremely challenging time for many reasons but thanks to our trustees (who came on board to save the Kennels: Tim, John, Jackie and myself) as well as the staff and committed volunteers... together with the support of our wonderful adopters, donors and supporters, we kept Whittingham going, finalised the legalities and secured the charity status for the Kennels. A special thank you to Sandra for her backing at the time too.
So thank you to everyone who has supported us and adopted dogs along the way. We are all Team Whittingham! Here are some of the Sunday team along with greyhound representatives, Bonty and Breeze!

Tiffany and Karen find their special homes but so many more greyhounds need YOU!

We were delighted to see Tiffany and Karen find their homes today with people who have had greyhounds before. Here is Tiffany (now Amber) already making the most of her first day at home.
Thank you also to our regular walkers, Elissa and Louis who are always so helpful. And to all our visitors who came for nail cutting and Steve who walked too.
Despite celebrating two wonderful homes today, homing is generally still very slow with so many dogs needing a space in homing kennels. So if you can offer a greyhound a home, please get in touch at wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com


Thank you, Theresa

Thanks so much to Theresa for this generosity.











Easyfundraising supporters and Michelle!

Thanks so much to everyone who signed up to easyfundraising. We have received £85 today which is a brilliant amount.
And a huge thank you to Michelle for donating the proceeds of the sale of her horse saddle to the Kennels. So generous.

Book a talk with Len now!

Don't delay - book your talk with Len today!

Len and his adopter, Martin, are marching on towards their final target. But they need your help to get there!
They are keen to offer more talks to all willing listeners! So if you run a group for adults or children; or are involved with any type of community activity which would be interested in a talk about greyhounds and meet Len (and Martin!), do get in touch.
Thank you so much to Martin and Len for their amazing contributions and all their time. We literally cannot thank them enough.






Lola falls on her paws

Thank you so much to John and Katie who adopted Lola yesterday. They already have ex-Whittingham resident, Merlin, as well as their two little dogs.


They were so kind when they visited as they expressly wanted to choose a dog that needed the chance, especially a return that really needed a second chance. So Lola was adopted (having been returned and therefore being used to being at home). She is doing wonderfully well with the little dogs. A huge thank you to them again for giving her the special home she deserves. Lola is a very lucky girl.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com



Celebrating dogs - thank you Anoushka and Simon

Thank you so much to Anoushka and Simon (with Freya) for donating all the food today and coming to help prepare and give it out too.
It was in honour of the Kukur Tihar festival in Nepal. This is a Hindu festival held before Diwali that is dedicated to honouring and celebrating dogs for their loyalty, companionship and role as protectors.
It ties nicely into the Hindu and Buddhist principle of ahimsa, the belief of non-violence and compassion to all living beings.
In Nepal, the dogs are wrapped in garlands, street dogs are fed and a red bindi (red dot) put on their heads to symbolise honour and love.
The greyhounds got into the spirit of it! Some were more amenable than others (who just wanted to dive into the food)!! ๐Ÿคฃ But Bonty and others wore their garlands with pride! They all enjoyed the attention and delicious food. (Apart from the strange individual that picked out all the biscuits and left the meat)! ๐Ÿคท‍♀️

Thanks so much to Anoushka and Simon for their kindness and mucking in (literally when the dogs jumped mud all over them)!
To adopt a greyhound and celebrate dogs too (and give them the loving home they all deserve), email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com



We will remember them

Lest we forget...
On Armistice Day, we remember the human and animal lives lost during human conflict and war. In current times, we are all aware of the conflicts that are currently raging across the world.
Everyone is familiar with the red poppy to commemorate the human lives lost. The purple poppy is used to commemorate the animals; and the Nowzad Charity, so active for animals in Afghanistan and Ukraine produces its own annual poppy in memory of animals.

An almost infinite list of animal species have served and died during conflicts: horses, dogs, camels, mules, cats, donkeys, reindeer, elephants, glow-worms, canaries, pigeons, dolphins, pigs and many others.
From mascots to military assistants, these animals suffered and died alongside their human companions. Dogs were used as search and rescue, guards, messengers, sniffer dogs and in World War One, parachuted in to wait for their party to join them. The worst task befell to the dogs of the Russian Army which used them as living explosives to run under tanks carrying bombs which then blew up.

The PDSA Dickin Medal was set up to recognise conspicuous acts of courage from animals in times of war. It was presented to eighteen dogs after World War Two for acts of bravery.
We also think of stray and pet animals who also get caught up in war.
We will remember them, both human and animal.


Bertie and Bernie both need loving homes - 7yrs old

Bernie (black) and Bertie (brindle) are both 7yrs old and in need of new homes. Bernie was returned after 3yrs and Bertie needs to find a new home (he is currently still with his adopter) after a change of circumstance.





Both are used to the home environment, very clean and loving and really want to be in a good home. Bernie is at the Kennels but arrangements would have to be made to meet Bertie.





They are both that sticky age which is neither old nor young.
If you could give either boy a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com









Greyhounds on wood - perfect Christmas gift!

Sally's adopter, Ann, has drawn our attention to the generosity of her friend, Susie Bicknell. Susie is donating 50% of her sales to any charity nominated by the purchaser. So if you would like to purchase items from her website (below), please nominate Whittingham! Perfect for Christmas gifts! Thanks so much to Susie and to Ann.

Our address and thank you

Thank you to everyone who sends us parcels of treats/disinfectant etc. Please try to ensure the address is labelled as "Whittingham Kennels, 6 Claverhambury Kennels etc" (not 6 Claverhambury).
We don't seem to have been getting everything.
Thank you.

Thank you to Erssie and to Claire

Thank you SO much to Erssie who has just transferred a huge sum from her knitting pattern sales. Amazing! We can't thank her enough for her hard work, generosity and support. And to Claire with Finn for her input in making us the charity for next year at her workplace, the Mimram Veterinary Centre. Thank you so much.

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(Rainbow over the kennels just for dramatic impact)! ☺


Sonny and Ava find their home; thousands more greyhounds are waiting for theirs

Yesterday, we waved goodbye to both Ava and one of our longest stays, Sonny.  Both went together to lovely adopters who had adopted from us before. We can't thank them enough for giving both dogs a chance and we keep all our fingers and paws crossed that they settle well.  Sonny went home exactly a year to the day after he was returned from his first home. He really deserves such a special home.

We wish them well and hope for the same for all the other residents (and the many thousands of greyhounds all over the country) who are waiting patiently for their homes. They all have so much love to give.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com and we would be delighted to match you!


Thank you, Heather and Rusty

Thanks so much to Heather for popping by with Rusty with some donations and to say hello. We love that people stay in touch and it was lovely to see Rusty doing so well.
















Thank you, Anoushka and Simon

Thank you so much Anoushka and Simon. So generous. And all will be revealed next Saturday!















Thank you, Chloe

Thank you to Chloe with Balo for the treats. The dogs will love these later!















Two heads (or five?!) are better than one!?

Many adopters come back to us to offer another lucky greyhound a home. Greyhounds can live happily on their own but often enjoy the company of another greyhound too.

In this photo are Jess, Baby, Rosie (was May), Pru and BooBoo, adopted by Keith and his son, Duncan, who currently have five of our dogs and give them a wonderful home!
So is it better to have male and female? Or two males? Or two females?

We often suggest a male and a female are the easiest option for a second dog. But we have many adopters with two boys; or two girls or a multiple mix of both. Keith and Duncan's five are all female.

Primarily it is about bringing your current dog to the Kennels to see who gets along with them best. We are always happy to advise!

To adopt a greyhound (or five!), please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Email is preferred

Please note that if you don't get an answer by ringing the Kennel, email is often easier.  Please email with details of your request and you will receive an answer to your email as soon as possible.  

Please be aware that all the administration is done on a voluntary basis in my own time so if the Kennel phone isn't answered, I may not be aware of your requests if I am not at the Kennels.  Email is easier!

Thank you.

Let's promote the boys!

Homing is very slow at the moment and our boys are not having many enquiries at all.  So please keep sharing and spreading the word!  A huge thank you to everyone who has reserved one of the girls.  We will soon be seeing them into their new homes!  

Now let's push for the boys too!  Here are two of the boys homed recently: Rocco (was Rocket) and Diesel (was Smiler) doing well in their homes.  A huge thanks to their adopters: Jackie, Alex, Melissa and existing dog, Lola (Rocco) and Sam, Lee and family (Diesel) (with Poppy too).




To adopt a greyhound, whether male or female, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk







Honey in the office

Honey (was Tina) is showing how easy it is for most greyhounds to join a dog friendly office. She loves meeting all the visitors and otherwise spends the day relaxing and enjoying the company of all the staff!

Greyhounds are so adaptable and adjust to so many different home settings. Always tell us honestly about the sort of home you can offer and we can guide you towards those dogs who will best suit. And we will always give you as much choice as possible.


To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com







Thank you Miles - and giveacar.co.uk

Thanks so much for Miles for nominating us as his charity through giveacar.co.uk 

This organisation donates cash raised from car sales to a nominated charity. https://www.giveacar.co.uk 

Rocket, Lola, Karen and Tiffany find their loving homes.  But so SO many greyhounds need a place/loving home.

Thanks to all our volunteers today on what was a busy day with strange weather!  All the dogs went for a walk and thanks to Jo for cleaning all the paddock water bowls while we rushed around! Rocket went home to special adopters so we wait for updates on him and wish him well. And Lola (pictured), Karen and brindle Tiffany (pictured) were reserved, each with lovely people who have adopted from us (or had greyhounds) before. 




We will look forward to hearing how they settle when they go home in a few weeks.

We have so many lovely boys and girls waiting patiently for their loving homes.

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com







Thank you to Jackie and Steve

Thank you so much to Jackie and Steve with Butch for your generous donations.











Thank you to the amazon donors

Thanks so much to the sender of these pouches. So very appreciated.















Greyhounds, Billy and Bodie living a wonderful life

We had to share this beautiful photo of Billy and Bodie. What lucky boys they are to have such a wonderful home with Barbara and Phil.

Homing is dreadfully slow at the moment with very few adoption enquiries coming in. Every day trainers are asking for spaces and we simply can't take the numbers of dogs that need a home. Every rehoming and rescue centre is struggling with the amount of animals that need a home. It is a national crisis and no matter how hard we work, dogs (and all animals) need to come in or are being surrendered. So if you can offer a loving home to a greyhound, please email Whittingham at wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Or, if you can adopt any type of animal, please contact your local rescue or rehoming centre.

Len meets Beavers and a Badger

Len and his adopter, Martin, again showed themselves as Whittingham superstars at the Great Amwell Beavers with their leader (who we now know is called Badger).  They were a hit as always and the children loved Len.  We hope it shows how wonderful greyhounds are as family pets. 

Thanks to Ruth (with Indie and Leon) for getting this talk in motion too.   

We have so many dogs looking for homes and a few who have had to be returned so who are used to the home environment.  So if you can adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Christmas event...




Lana finds her special home!

Lana was lucky enough to be adopted today and went to live with Mandy and her other two greyhounds, Jack and Roman (was Norman). What a lucky dog and thank you to Mandy for giving another of our dogs such a loving home.

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Rescue lurcher, Benjy falls on his paws!

We had been waiting to share the news about lurcher, Benjy, who had been returned.  We were waiting for final confirmation that he had settled in at his new home and with the resident cat.  So we are delighted to now say that he is doing well in his new home and has been adopted.  What a lucky boy.  


Thanks so much to Holly and Olli for giving him the chance and helping him adjust as he got used to the cat.  He was one of our emergency intakes a few years ago so we are so pleased he has fallen on his paws.







The new windows are sprucing up the Kennels!

after!
The Kennels is really starting to smarten up. We have been saving for new windows since we took on the charity project and this week, they went in. Thanks to Pete and Ken for their incredible workmanship and attention to detail. The finishing touches are taking place and they are nearly there! It will make a huge difference to the warmth in the winter and air flow in the summer, keeping the place tidy and the maintenance.

A massive thank you to Jim, our sunday evening volunteer, who spent hours sourcing a company to buy the original windows. This will also add to the budget!
And a thank you to Paula at GBGB for securing us a grant towards them too.


(Photos show black windows before and modern windows now. I did have better photos but dropped my phone ๐Ÿคฆ‍♀️).


before!



So...we are making progress with making the Kennels fit for purpose, but still have tons of dogs needing homes. So to adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com and let's get these boys and girls into loving homes ASAP.











Smiler and Lana are reserved!

We were delighted to have several visitors this weekend. Lana and Smiler have both been separately reserved. Thanks to both sets of adopters who have adopted many dogs from us previously. We will look forward to updates when they go home.
And we hope to have some reserves from our other visitors once they have considered everything carefully.
Thanks to everyone for all your support!
To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Len delights his audience at Grosvenor Women's Club

Len once again excelled himself with his adopter, Martin, in being the representative of Whittingham Kennels and all his old friends still looking for homes! He had a great time yesterday at Grosvenor Women's Club - the ladies loved him as shown in the photos (more photos on Facebook)!
They are next off to Ware Beavers to meet some 6 to 8 year olds!
A huge thanks again to Len and Martin. They are true stars!


Thank you, Emma

Thanks so much to Emma for thinking of us with this food. The dogs will love it! Thank you.












Rudy (was Arthur) at Doggy Daycare

This is Rudy (was Arthur), who spends a couple of days a week with his mates at doggy day care. Rudy is working through separation anxiety and this is a good way to give them socialisation (if your greyhound is trusted around other breeds) whilst also not leaving them alone for too long. Rudy is so good with the other breeds and really enjoys their company. We just had to share this lovely photo!
To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com


(We give lifetime back up and also have tips from ourselves and behaviourists for any settling issues...(which we hope will be minimal as greyhounds generally settle very well)!!!..)


Thank you to the volunteers from Leathwaite

We were joined today and last Tuesday by two separate groups from the company, Leathwaite.  Both groups were fulfilling a day's volunteering.  Vanessa, adopter of Poppy, coordinated the days and times and we are really glad to show people the qualities of greyhounds (and get the whole Kennel out walking!).  Thanks to both groups for their walking and help; and for mucking in with everything so positively.  We hope this encourages even more people to spread the word that greyhounds are a great addition to any home.
Thanks again to them and especially to Vanessa.

And remember, to adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

PetPlan Charity Awards - please nominate us if you like our work!

We were very kindly nominated in the past for these PetPlan Awards.
Thank you to Natalie for suggesting we post this in case anyone would like to nominate us again. 


We are under 'Whittingham Kennels' (as our charity) or charity number: 1196685
Thanks so much!  

Bernie looking for a home - and we are full to bursting

We had to take Bernie back unexpectedly today after over 3.5yrs at home. This was due to his adopters having building work and him getting out of the garden several times. No negative comments please.  Let's just try to find him a new loving home. 

We are now completely overflowing with dogs and with one more new arrival tomorrow, we will not be able to take any new dogs from our list for a while.  We haven't forgotten those waiting, but simply can't move at the moment.  We also need to get on top of all the veterinary work needed for the new arrivals and those who have been homed before. 

Bernie will need a dental before he can be rehomed. Apart from his teeth, he is otherwise a lovely, friendly boy who would love a good home quickly so he doesn't have to stay in kennels too long. He is 6yrs old.  He is confident, friendly and used to the home environment. He will be assessed around other dogs again as soon as possible.

Adopted Greyhounds, Fred and Jeff, lead Animal Blessing Service 

We were so delighted to see these photos from another Pet Blessing Service in Henlow. The stars of the show were our very own Fred and Jeff, pictured with their adopters: Rev Peter and his wife (Fred), together with their church organist John and his wife, Angela (Jeff). 

How wonderful to see both greyhounds interacting with all the other canine congregation and that animals are so wonderfully recognised around the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of Animals.  Let's hope for such blessings on all animals everywhere and especially on those waiting for a loving home of their own.




Thanks so much to them for the permission to use the pictures.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 
There are so many waiting to give and receive love and fall on their paws with you.




Seven new arrivals - greyhounds looking for homes

Here are some of our new arrivals this week: Lana, Swifty, Spike, Storm, Finn and Shirley. Lollie is also new but she's at the vet today being spayed! They are all unique characters and will be fully assessed as we get to know them. The photo shows Swifty; and all the other new arrivals can be seen with all our other greyhounds looking for a new home on our page 'greyhounds looking for homes'.
We are now 110% full so if the time is right to adopt a greyhound, please do get in touch!
To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Finn - emergency case looking for a home

Yesterday we took in Finn after a flurry of emails and phone calls at 10pm the night before. Finn did not originally come from us but needed somewhere to go quickly as he could no longer stay in his home. He will need to gain some weight but he is otherwise in good condition and a lovely boy. He will be further assessed as we get to know him.

If you adopt from Whittingham, we are always there as back up for the duration of the dog's life. We know some homing organisations have changed their policy on this but Whittingham remains firmly committed to every dog that we home: that if ever there is a problem with a dog, he or she must be returned to us. Obviously, we hope it will be a lifelong home, but we are always there if it doesn't work out for any reason. We are always available on email and will respond as soon as we can. Again, Finn was NOT one of our dogs originally, but he is very much a Whittingham dog now. We are glad to have been able to help him!


To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Daphne at St Albans Abbey

We are very proud that our very own, Daphne, helped do the reading at St Albans Abbey for their pet service last Sunday. Pet services are held on Sundays near to the feast day (4th October) of St Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of animals. This is often termed as, Animal Welfare Sunday. 





We are thrilled that Daphne is such a good ambassador for greyhounds in her prominent role with her adopters.  Also at the service were cats, tortoises, snakes and stick insects. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘








Celebrating homings 

Billie taking a dip
We are always delighted to see our dogs doing well at home; both those who have been homed recently and those who have been home for a while. 

On facebook, there is a selection of oldies and newbies.  Billie showing that she's progressed from a bucket to a pond (for paddling) ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ, Smokey with his human family member again showing how good greyhounds are with children, Betty and Bluebell relaxing at home, Piper out for a walk with Margo (who also came from Whittingham and who we popped in to see recently), Lottie on her first day in the office and Prince winning a prize for 'most hilarious hound'.  Our dogs go to such varied homes and just show that greyhounds adapt to so many differing situations. 

Prince - winner!



To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk





















National Black Dog Day

On National Black Dog Day, Sonny would like to remind everyone that black dogs are often overlooked and yet have such lovely temperaments. He really deserves to be in a good home and we can't understand why he is still with us. We all hope it will be his turn soon.

In other news, yesterday we were delighted to see Lottie, Zippy and Abbie into their homes and we look forward to photos and updates. We had lots of walkers and visitors over the weekend so we are always grateful to everyone for their support. Rocket (soon to be Rocko) was visited by his new adopters ( also one of our wonderful Trustees). He will be going home in a few weeks time. And we also have everything crossed for Benji the lurcher who is being tested with potential adopter's cats. A huge thank you to Jane for letting us cat test. It makes such a massive difference and helps so many dogs find their special place.

We have also taken in Swifty and Shirley today. Her pet name was Girly but after deliberation, we settled on renaming her 'Shirley'. We hold no responsibility if she shows any confusion!! ๐Ÿคฃ There are also some new arrivals next week as we inch forward with our list of dogs waiting to get in.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 

Beautifully expressed by Judy Zatonski in the poem:




Thank you Enfield Greyhound Walk

A huge thank you to the Enfield Greyhound Great Greyhound Walk for choosing us as one of its charities this year.  Thanks to everyone who attended and donated.

Thank you Sue with Bluebell; and thank you Keith and Duncan

A huge thank you to Sue who adopted Bluebell today. We were so pleased to see her go to a loving home. Sue sadly lost her beloved Max a week ago and it is always lovely when dogs go to people we know. It is always difficult to decide when the time is right to adopt again, but when there are so many dogs waiting for a loving home, we are always delighted when people come back to us and choose to adopt again quickly (or when the time is right for them).

A huge thank you to Keith and Duncan who also popped up to us today with donations from the photographs taken at Harlow. We are so grateful to them for their support and the wonderful home they give to so many of our dogs (currently five greyhounds at home with them)!

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Thank you, Sally

Thank you so much to Sally for the biscuits. It's so appreciated.














Len in verse!

Len's adopter, Martin has taken pen to paper to put Len's story in poetry form.  We thought Len would have written this now though?  
They are still looking for more bookings to increase their funding EVEN more.  So please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com if you would like a talk.  We can't thank them enough for all their time and effort.



























Support a rescue, not fireworks!

Thanks for sharing this, Barbara... and we agree, it is a good idea!


Greyhounds and children

Greyhounds and children:  Greyhounds make wonderful family pets and are generally great with children.  (Like every animal, they have their limit so we always advise that you make
sure children leave the greyhound alone whilst the dog is eating or asleep).  Obviously, it is really important to tell the adoption centre that there are (small) children so we can guide you to the dogs with the most appropriate temperaments.  We are unlikely, for example, to home a nervous dog with children; or a dog which is very bouncy and might bowl children over with excitement.  


But greyhounds are generally good with children and make a great addition to most homes when proper boundaries are respected (for both child and dog).  It is always lovely to see the loving bond between an animal and a child and obviously, we also think it is important that children grow up respecting animals.  Greyhounds are perfect for so many different situations and circumstances!


To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com
Thank you to Judy for the use of the photographs.

Bertie, Benji and Bluebell

7yr old, older greyhound Bertie
- looking for another home
After a little flurry of homing, we suddenly find two returns after 2yrs and 3yrs respectively. Bertie is 7yrs old and brindle...and would suit any home. He has also lived with a child who is now 2yrs old.  He is still in his home for now but will need a place with us or a new home by December.


The other is a lurcher who we took in from another rescue when his time had run out in the pound.  He is a very gentle boy and also lived with small children.  (His photo will follow).
We are also homing a dog for our neighbour who is keeping her until a home can be found. Her name is Bluebell and if you'd like to meet her, we can arrange that!  She is happy and bouncy so not suited to smaller children as she would likely bowl them over with enthusiasm!

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Billie, Daniel and Molly at home...

Billie at home
Some beautiful photos of Billie, Daniel and Molly who found their special homes at the weekend.  It is only early days for them all but they all went to experienced homes and are settling well so far.

Daniel at home














If you haven't had a greyhound before (or even if you have!), we are always here as backup so there is bound to be a dog waiting for YOU!

Molly at home



To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com








Billie, Princess and Roro fall on their paws at home...

In our second flurry of homings this weekend, we were delighted to see Billie into her new home. She's waited for so long and has really fallen on her paws. We will look forward to updates!

And then the wonderful adopters of Princess and Roro (now Peanut) arrived to take them home. We were so thrilled that these two dogs could stay together as they are brother and sister and have been together all their lives. They are so lucky to have gone to people who have had greyhounds from us before: we can't thank Cheryl, John and Lottie enough for taking the pair. Here they are with their caterpillars doing well so far!

Thanks to everyone who adopts and helps us in any way.
To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Molly and Daniel find homes but so many more dogs need loving homes...

Molly and Daniel went off to their homes today. With people who have adopted from us before.  We were so delighted to wave them off knowing they will be so very loved and cared for. Good luck to them both and to those going tomorrow too. We can't wait to have updates!
To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Len reaches £400 but wants to go even further...

Len, and his adopter, Martin, have reached the massive target of £400 raised for Whittingham Kennels through their talks.  We are so SO grateful for all their efforts and dedication.  Here are some photos of their most recent successful talk (more on our facebook page).


Len is really pleased but he is looking a bit doleful in this picture as we still need YOU!  Our supporters and your contacts hold the key to additional leads and bookings.  






For more information, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com and we will put you in touch with Len and Martin.



New greyhounds arrive looking for homes...

Since Tuesday, we have been able to take in Lottie, Zippy and Daniel (pictured). All are beautiful, friendly and affectionate. And we will be assessing them further as they settle.

They would love to fall on their paws in a loving home.

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk






A huge thank you from Smiler and everyone at Whittingham...



Our September walk 2023 

A HUGE HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us for our walk and open day today.
We were simply blown away by the attendance and support.  Overwhelmingly wonderful of everyone to make it such a special day for us.

Martin, Tim and I started at 7am to make sure all the Kennel dogs were cleaned and fed; and a huge thanks to Doreen (our regular Sunday volunteer), Sim (our staff member and volunteer) and Stephen (Martin's brother) for coming so early to help finish the general kennel duties, set everything up and generally muck in.  A MASSIVE thank you to Theresa and Pete who were so utterly fantastic in providing and preparing all the food.  It is SO very generous and means every penny from every item bought today comes to the Kennels.  The level of work is never underestimated and we can't thank them enough for being so willing and kind.  
Thank you to everyone who helped or supported: to Tim and Val for helping; to Faith and John who were on the stall selling calendars, books and Eliette's picture; to Val who sold the greyhound figurines; to Doreen, Tim and Martin for rushing around with drinks; to Sim, Linda, Linda's son Jim and the other Tim for helping sell raffle tickets; to Jackie and Alex who took on the raffle tickets too (despite having driven from Norfolk)... and to EVERYONE who took dogs on the walk.  The Kennel was completely empty as ALL the dogs looking for homes joined in!  Martin led the walk and it was amazing to see such a long line of greyhounds disappearing into the woods.

A huge thank you to the farmer for letting us use the cemetery for parking (and also to our neighbours along the lane for their help).  It made a real difference and we are sure it encouraged more people to join us.

We were so lucky with the weather as despite ominous and changeable forecasts, we were in the window of cooler and dry weather (ideal)!  The rain came just as the event was ending which was great for us (but not so good for poor Jim who paddocks on Sunday evenings and had to endure the rain!).  

We were delighted that three dogs were reserved too!  Molly, Billie and Rocket were all lucky enough to be chosen by people who have had greyhounds before.  And Rocket is going to our trustee, Jackie and husband, Alex.  It makes our day to see the dogs reserved.  Each is so deserving: Molly was returned so needs another chance, Billie has been waiting a while and Rocket is just an absolutely lovely dog!  There was also another lovely family interested in adopting too. 

Thank you SO much again to everyone who came, helped, supported, walked, donated, bought raffle tickets or supported at the stalls.  We can't thank you enough for all your support and look forward to seeing you again next time!

(Thanks to Steve and Barry for the additional photos on the facebook page)!

Our new pergolas...

We can finally reveal our three new pergolas!  The aim is that they will provide shade in the summer and protection in the winter.  This has been an ongoing project, due to various delays beyond everyone's control, but we are very happy with the result!  We have needed covered paddocks for over 20yrs!
We had to have the base feet put in, then the structures were delivered and two days to put them together.  
Thanks to the team at Capella. We were lucky enough to have two legacies that covered the bulk of the cost.  A huge thank you to their families and everyone who supports us.
.......
And we look forward to seeing you at our event tomorrow. The weather appears changeable but forecasts suggest the timings will be ok. So see you tomorrow for our walk at 11am!  Another huge thanks to Theresa for doing the food. And to everyone who has donated raffle items, including Christine and Lorna.

Piper settling at home...

We received some lovely photos of Piper settling at home. He's still overcoming a few initial settling hurdles but is learning quickly and being very affectionate.

Homing is so very slow with very few enquiries but we still want to celebrate those lucky enough to find homes.

The Kennels has many more lovely boys and girls looking for homes and over 100 dogs waiting to get to us. So to adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at our event on Sunday. Walk starts at 11am.

(If rain or thunder becomes torrential we may have to reconsider, but as it stands, we ARE going ahead).

Event reminder! Do come and join us this Sunday!

A reminder of our walk and gathering this coming Sunday. Extra parking has been made available. Walk starts at 11am, followed by delicious food (thanks to the amazing generosity and culinary skill of Theresa with Ash and Kylagh). There will also be a few select stalls and the chance to buy our beautiful 2024 calendars and the prints of Sonny.

We really hope you can join us. The weather is set to be cooler so we hope this will encourage a good group walk.

For more details, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Greyhounds - number one breed!

The Evening Standard tonight named greyhounds as the best breed to have in the city. Hooray! (Of course, we already knew they were the best breed wherever they are located)!!

Described in the article as, 'lazy...gentle and peaceful souls', let's hope this encourages more people to adopt a greyhound!
www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
Email: wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

(Thanks Sue with Winnie for drawing this to our attention).



An unusual homing - Cellus the Whippet finds a loving home

We were asked to find an elderly whippet by one of our previous adopters who felt able to offer another dog a home but needed smaller this time.  Whilst we don't normally get whippets, one of our staff has contacts with the whippet world and found an older boy who needed a loving home. Cellus joined us on Saturday. Thanks to the Brown family for going to collect him for us. And he went to his new home today. He was a dear little soul and it felt odd delivering a smaller version! But he has really landed on his paws with such lovely people. 

In greyhound news, Piper was lucky enough to find a home yesterday, and Grace went home on Saturday. We await updates and as with all our adoptions, are always available for back up/advice.

Remember, greyhounds are bigger than whippets but there are so many that need a home and they are all beautiful and deserving. So to adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 

Greyhound, Len, and his adopter, Martin are back in action!

Len and his adopter, Martin are back in action and set to do their first 'Scouts' session with a group of young Beavers in October. Len has been told they are children and not real beavers!!! Thanks to Ruth (with Indie and Leon) for getting this in motion.

Len and Martin are again available for talks. Just email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com and we will put you in touch. A donation applies for each talk.

Thank you, Len and Martin!

Our event on 17th September: please note extra parking available

We look forward to seeing you the following Sunday (17th September) for our walk and open day. A huge thank you to the local farmer who has said we can use the former pet cemetery (between Kennel 2 and Kennel 3 in the lane) for extra parking. We look forward to seeing you then! Walk starts 11am.

Billie cools down in her water bucket - greyhound initiative at its best!

Billie is clearly the brains of the Kennels as she realises standing in your water bowl is the best idea. Bonty, who shares her kennel, isn't so sure he wants to drink it now though! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Billie is such a lovely girl and has been waiting for her home for such a long time. She's good with other breeds but as she is strong on the lead (and does react to deer), she is often not chosen. But whoever adopts Billie will be very lucky.

Bonty is a lovely boy too and really deserves a loving home. He happily shares with any of the girls.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Thank you Beck and George and all who send via the amazon wishlist or via other methods

Thanks so much to Beck and George for their kindness and all their support. Thank you so much to the sender of the Wagg. We really appreciate everyone's support.








Greyhound, Rocket, is looking for a home!

Rocket is looking for a home. His half-brother was reserved yesterday and so Rocket is hoping he will be as lucky soon too. He is great with small dogs, used to children and walks really well on the lead. He is, however, a large dog! But sometimes the bigger dogs are even more gentle!
To adopt Rocket or any other Whittingham resident, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com
Home checks apply.










Hot weather

Please note that as very hot weather is forecast, all walking at the kennels is cancelled for at least the next 4 days. Thank you to our volunteers for your understanding.  We look forward to seeing you when the weather cools down!

Thank you, Michelle and all donors - we are so grateful

Thank you so much, Michelle and the sender of the winalot. We are so so grateful for such amazing generosity.

In other news, Piper was reserved today so we are delighted to be seeing him into a home soon.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com









Bonzo and Andy find their homes

Bonzo (now Ludo)
We received lovely photos of Bonzo (now Ludo) settling into his home. And separately, Andy is also doing well in his home. A huge thank you to their adopters. Andy and Bonzo were totally contrasting personalities.  Andy was full on and confident; Bonzo was apprehensive until he knows you but each was suited to their home and each set of adopters was very understanding about working through the initial settling phase.

Some greyhounds walk in as if they've always been there and others take a few days (or sometimes longer) to adjust.  But ultimately they are very adaptable and so easily slot into any home environment. 

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com



Calendars On Sale!

Our beautiful calendars designed (and donated) by Judy Zatonski have landed! They can be ordered via email at wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com and will also be available at our event on 17th September (or can be posted). £10 (plus postage).










Hot weather warning!

It is scheduled to be very hot this week so as usual, please ensure you only walk dogs very early or very late and NEVER in the heat of the day. It is better for them to not have a walk at all than to be at risk in hot weather.

Thank you!








Join us on 17th September!

Don't forget to join our next event, walk and open day on Sunday 17th September. We are also in talks with the local farmer to get extra parking. Watch this space!
We look forward to seeing you then.






Thank you, Anett

Thank you to our lovely volunteer, Anett, who always so generously donates dog food and walks in between studying and working. We are so lucky to have such lovely supporters.










Welcome to new greyhounds, Frankie, Ed and Karen!

Ed

We have been able to take a few new arrivals. Frankie, Ed and Karen. They will all be assessed as they settle but are all beautiful. Ed is especially calm and laid back on the lead.
Frankie


Thanks to Steve for the treats too.








Karen

We were also lucky enough to have visitors today who have reserved Grace. And we are so grateful to Cheryl, John and Lottie who have offered both Princess and Roro a home together after losing their beloved Kingy (who came from Whittingham). They will really be falling on their paws at the end of September.
To adopt a greyhound email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com





Thank you, Sally!

A huge thank you to Sally who sends us bags of Harringtons dog food. We are so grateful for such kind generosity.











Thanks to Forest School for promoting greyhound rehoming!

A huge thank you to Forest School for putting our story in the Old Foresters Magazine. It feels a bit like shameless self-promotion, but it is with the aim of reaching out to let people know how great greyhounds are, how many dogs need homes and to hopefully encourage my former school attendees to adopt a greyhound!


To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Thank you Tony and The Old MacDonald's Farm Park, Brentwood

A huge thank you to Tony Butchart, a long standing adopter and supporter of Whittingham Kennels, for securing us a promotional spot at Old MacDonald's Farm & Fun Park today. It was great to show everyone that greyhounds make great family pets and especially how good they are with children.  A special thank you to Shannon and all the staff for their help and to the gentleman who granted us permission to use the photo of his little boy meeting the dogs. 

Sonny went as a representative from the Kennel and was very good. He walked around near chickens and all the other animals and behaved impeccably (as long as you ignore a moment of interest in the Wallabies)!  


Oaky went as a representative of a 'homed greyhound' and was so wonderful with the children as she is so very gentle and accommodating.  It all helps to show greyhounds make great pets. If we are lucky enough to go again, we will get a larger group of dogs and volunteers to really cause a spectacle!!







Thank you again to everyone who helped set this up.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk






Molly is looking for a home again

Sadly, Molly is back with us as she didn't get on with the other greyhound in the home, much to the distress of her adopters and us. Usually greyhounds love other greyhounds, but she would probably be best suited as the only dog in the home. She is house trained, has lived with young children and is used to the home environment. She also lived with a small dog for 2yrs in her first home.

Could you give Molly a loving home? She is 4yrs old. 

Please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com for more information.  Home checks apply.





New arrivals: Piper and Rocket

We took in our first new arrivals today.  Piper (fawn) and Rocket (black) happily share together and will be assessed further.  








However, they are both lovely calm boys, used to children (and Rocket has played with Yorkshire Terriers at his trainer's kennel).  They will make great additions to any home.



To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com











Thank you to Richard's adopters

Thanks so much to Beth and the Newbury family (Richard's adopters) for their kind amazon donations.












Good news for lucky greyhounds, Molly, Anna and Bonzo

Despite the strange weather over the Kennels (!), we were delighted to have a little flurry of interest today. Molly (who was sadly returned last week) found a wonderful home with Max's adopters; Anna went home unexpectedly with people who had adopted from us previously and felt the time was right to adopt again (thank you very much to them), and Bonzo was reserved by a lovely family after they were also ready to adopt again after losing their previous greyhound. We are so glad to see some dogs moving into loving homes.

Thank you to everyone who adopts and to all those who are able to open their hearts and homes to another needy animal when they feel the time is right.

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Recycling for Good Causes - to raise money for Whittingham 

We have a recycling sack courtesy of Recycling For Good Causes. We simply need to fill the sack, send it back and await their cheque !  If you have any unwanted items of those listed, please drop them to the Kennels!  

Thank you! 

(Please make sure you check the list to ensure the item is accepted).

Come and join us!


Spencer has found a home!

Well, Spencer went home yesterday and isn't he doing well so far?!! He went to a lovely family who had had a greyhound before and were able to offer a home to another lucky greyhound in her memory.  

As many of our followers will remember, we were asked to take Spencer in February when he injured his foot during a trial at the sales after coming over from Ireland. He was confined to the kennel to heal and was such a good boy. He was a favourite with our volunteer walkers as he was so good (and recognisable with a wonky tail too, poor chap)!

Exactly six months later, he found his loving home and is roaching less than 24hrs after going home!

Thanks so much to his lovely adopters and to those who stepped up to help him before he came to us!

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Bonty and Billie - two lovely greyhounds looking for homes

Bonty and Billie are both looking for a home. Billie has been with us for for too long. She's a dear little soul but can be strong on the lead. This would soon improve with regular walks at home. Bonty is very affectionate and loves his food. He is also a little strong but calms down once out and about.

To offer a greyhound a home, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

In other news, Spencer went home yesterday to a lovely family so we hold our breath until he settles! Thank you to them and everyone who adopts.

St Guinefort's Day - 22nd August

Happy St Guinefort's Day!


Today is St. Guinefort day. St. Guinefort is the greyhound Saint who, legend says, saved the baby of a French Knight whilst the family were out and the baby was threatened by a snake. Guinefort, the greyhound, made the ultimate sacrifice as the family initially suspected he had killed the infant (after returning home and seeing blood). However, they later realised the dog had saved the baby and commemorated his life with a well, from which miracles are said to have been performed to aid sick children.

We think this story clearly underlines what we all know: that greyhounds are generally great with children, are very loving and gentle and are also very loyal and loving with their adopters right to the end. They all deserve a loving home from us too.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

St. Guinefort's prayer can speak to those of all faiths (and none) and those who love greyhounds and all animals. (It is also used in memory of all loved dogs who are no longer with us).

SAINT GUINEFORT PRAYER
Saint Guinefort, O holy dog, slain by thy master’s hand.

A martyr made of this good boy, most brave in all the land.



You saved a babe from venom’s fate brought forth by viper’s bite.

Protect us please, like that small child, throughout the day and night.



We vow henceforth to do our best to never act in haste,

for as your master struck you down, God laid his home to waste.



But vengeance never rights a wrong, the past is carved in stone.

Yet dogs forgive their master’s faults, and faultless dogs atone.



May humans strive to have pure hearts so generous and true,

thus echoing God’s boundless love, exemplified by you.



Please guide beloved pets who pass to heaven up above,

when God's creations are called home to share eternal love.



For in each creature’s gentle soul dwells part of the divine,

and beaming forth, for those who see, a miracle doth shine. 

Thank you...

Thank you so much to Robbie with Jude for being so generous. We are so grateful.














Doug and Ross!

And to our good news for Ross. Our volunteer, Doug, who always had a soft spot for Ross, has adopted Ross! Doug very sadly lost his beloved Kane, his previous greyhound. And very kindly offered Ross a home. Ross has been perfect so far and really fallen on his paws. And we still get to see him! Thanks so much to Doug and we are so glad to see Ross in a wonderful home.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com






Our event on September 17th...

Also, don't forget our next event!

A newsletter will be going round soon!












Thank you!

Max

A huge thank you to Rosie and Christian (with Winnie) and Sue (with Max) for their food donations. We are so so grateful.





Winnie and feline friend



We also have good news for Ross but we shall tell more after an update on Sunday!




To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com







The current crisis with animals....

I know I've banged on about this before but we want to join the voices of every rescue/ rehoming centre. It is a crisis for animal welfare in this country at the moment. Dogs of every breed are desperate for homes and pounds are putting dogs to sleep every day as there are no places in rescue/rehoming kennels.  It is heartbreaking.  Every rehoming centre we know has over 100 greyhounds on their waiting list simply to get in.  And all of us rely on donations to survive and are receiving very few adoption enquiries.  Lurchers are overflowing in pounds too and every day we are being asked to take more greyhounds.  We will prioritise those at risk and we will otherwise only work through our list in order. We let trainers know when they are next on the list so they are kept informed about timings. 

It really is very tough for all rehoming centres at the moment. So if you can adopt a greyhound or lurcher (or any breed or animal), please adopt and don't shop.  We will never tire of repeating this.

To adopt from us at Whittingham Kennels please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Lola finds a home! 

Lola went home on Sunday and is doing very well so far. We are always impressed by how quickly the greyhounds settle into home life, despite most only ever having known kennels.

She has been clean indoors, affectionate and is learning the sights and sounds of the wider world. She had a particular affinity with the cuddly toys in the home and seems to be accumulating quite a collection!

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Our residents doing well at home...

We love receiving photos of our former Whittingham residents doing well at home.  The photos on facebook include Masha (photo on the right), who was adopted by our Trustee John and partner, Faith; Hero, who really fell on his paws when he went to Jersey; Boo who is taking relaxation to a new level in her new home; and Bill who is also showing what greyhounds do best (being asleep!) in his home with other adopted greyhound, Beyla.  Bill was previously returned as he was nervous and we thought another dog would help.  He is starting to wag his tail thanks to the patience and kindness of his lovely adopters.  A huge thanks to everyone who adopts. 

There are always so many greyhounds looking for a home so to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Greyhounds all share similar traits but every one is also unique and individual.   Many are confident, forward and friendly but we also have a few who might take a little longer to trust you. But it is so rewarding once their true colours start to shine and they can sometimes show even more loyalty.  We ask for your home circumstances so we can suggest those of the right temperament for your home situation.

Glen is looking for a home!

Glen (black and white) went for his trip down to the town with Will today. Will is a behaviourist (as well as being one of out adopters) and gives additional assessment to the dogs by volunteering his time on a Saturday. Glen was initially excited by other dogs but with exposure during the walk, he was fine on the way back. So he will need initial care around small dogs but with exposure and socialisation, he should adjust quickly. We, together with Will, will continue to work with him and this will all help him when he finds a loving home.

Fifi, who shares with Glen, thought she had the whole bed to herself, but alas it was only temporary as he was only out for a little while!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

To offer Glen, Fifi or any other Whittingham hound a home, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Sonny and so many animals looking for homes 

Why oh why do we still have Sonny?  He's such a lovely boy.  He walks nicely on the lead, is clean in his kennel, good with other breeds (with the usual careful introduction), has been in a home so is used to the home environment, loves to play with a ball, good with the other greyhounds and is very affectionate.  He won't be homed with young children as he likes his own space, but he is otherwise perfect for most homes.  He's even had his portrait drawn (move over Henry VIII and Hans Holbein as Sonny's picture is better)!   

Homing and enquiries are desperately slow with dozens of greyhounds stacking up in trainers' kennels waiting for a space.  Many trainers have over 15 dogs waiting to get to us, but we can't get them in until we home some of the current residents.  It is beyond crisis for animals at the moment with so many greyhounds and dogs of every breed needing homes.  And, of course, animals of every size, age and description.  So if you are in a position to adopt a greyhound (or are looking for any animal) please visit your local rehoming/rescue centre and offer a needy animal a home.  Email us at wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com to adopt a greyhound.  

All our greyhounds are neutered, vaccinate, microchipped and come with four weeks free insurance.  

(Please NEVER breed an animal as this just exacerbates a situation that is already beyond capacity.  Every animal deserves the chance of a loving home so we can all play our part by preventing more animals entering the system).
Home checks apply.


Our new Calendar - all thanks to Judy!

Our Whittingham Calendar has gone to print!  We are very excited about it and Judy has done an incredible job, using as many of your photographs from the 'rehomed' section of our newsletter as possible. She's also so generously paid for the printing too so that every penny from the sales will come to Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity.  We are so touched by her generosity and in awe of her creativity! 

They will be £10. And will hopefully be on sale at our event in September. 

They can also be ordered by emailing wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 

Thank you for all your support!


Thank you for the Dentastix

Thank you so much to the kind sender of the dentastix. So so appreciated.  Update: Thank you to Mirabelle's fantastic adopters!











Learning the protocol at home!

When greyhounds go home, they have to learn how to behave in a home. This includes learning that not all food belongs to them. It doesn't stop them hoping though!!!  ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 

There are so many dogs who need a home (and your leftover dinner)!






Thank you Graham and Polly

A huge thank you to Graham (with Polly) who collected food and treats for us and drove it all down today. We really appreciate your incredible support and all the time and effort this takes. Thank you so much. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘And with thanks to Hitchin Market and Arcade Nurseries for their support.

A rainy Saturday at the Kennels! 

What a wet and miserable day!  Thanks to all those who braved walking in the rain this morning (until we called a halt for all our sakes (both four legged and two legged!).  It was lovely to see Finn today; and Rodney (was Captain) and Ruby who are doing so well with their new 10 week old human baby; and also Billy, Rebel, Digger and Prince (was Whipper) who all came along for nail cutting.  

We also saw Boo into her loving home and wish her well (we will look forward to updates); and Bill...who also went to his new home after sadly being returned this week.  He has gone to live with another of our adopted greyhounds and five cats and we are hopeful this is the boost he needs for his confidence.

We have over one hundred dogs waiting to get to us and trainers calling every day desperate for space.  (Seven trainers in one day yesterday)!  But we can't take more dogs in until some of the current residents find loving homes.  With Ava sadly being returned yesterday through no fault of her own, we still remain full... so to offer a greyhound a loving home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 

You won't regret it! The photos on our facebook page show how greyhounds adjust and adapt so well to being at home.  Thank you to their wonderful adopters for giving them such loving homes.  This photo shows Geoff (was Zippy) thriving at home.
All Whittingham greyhounds looking for a loving home can be seen on our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
They are all neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and come with four weeks free insurance.  We also supply collar, lead, muzzle, house-collar (and a coat where possible) as well as a lifetime of support and being part of the Whittingham greyhound community!



Thank you Claire and Mimram Veterinary centre 

Thank you to our adopter, Claire, who works at Mimram Veterinary Centre and has been collecting donations for us.  We are so grateful.











Thanks so much, Medivet Waltham Abbey

Thanks so much to Medivet, Waltham Abbey for collecting so many goodies for us. We are so grateful.










Billie is still looking for a loving home...

Billie has been with us for far too long and really deserves a loving home. She came in during the colder weather (hence why she is wearing a coat in her original photo). She can be slightly strong on the lead but she is so good with the other greyhounds and has been good around smaller dogs too. She shares happily, loves her walks and can be playful too. She is a lovely girl and really needs a chance. To offer Billie a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com
Home checks apply.



Thank you Yusin, Shadow and family!

Thanks so much to Shadow and family. So so generous. This will keep us going. Thank you so much again.












Thank you for the Amazon donations

Thank you so much for the food. So so appreciated.










Pegasus is thriving at home!

In another positive story, Pegasus came to see us yesterday and he looks wonderful! His wonderful adopter really stuck with him as he had been very unsettled initially and strangely inconsistently reactive to other dogs. Now he is absolutely fine, has been on holiday in the camper van and is quiet at home.  What a lucky boy. And thanks to Paula for her behaviourist help too. 
Most greyhounds slot in quickly but some have additional quirks, like Pegasus, but he just shows how they all can get there in the end.
To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 
We have so SO many dogs waiting to get into us so please open your home to a greyhound if you have room and love to give. Home checks apply.



Adding a second (or more) hound is a positive!

Many people often ask whether adding another greyhound (or more) to an existing adopted greyhound is a good idea. Yes! 99% of the time, greyhounds love the company of other greyhounds and thrive with their own kind. It is all they have known so to home another is usually a very easy process. We would just make sure they get on in the paddocks at the Kennels and make sure any additional greyhound suits the home situation. 











The photos show how dogs from different households can enjoy each other's company. 
Victor, Freddie, Sylvie, Oaky, Yogi, Rhino and Evie.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk




Sadly Ross is looking for a home again

Sadly, Ross was returned again tonight.  No negative comments please. He has been homed several times and is the perfect dog in every way except that he doesn't like being disturbed on his bed and now, in this home, he doesn't like having his feet touched.  We really thought we had cracked it this time so we are so disappointed.  He will now stay with us until we have someone who is experienced and someone we know.  Like Jack and Max, he will go out with our walkers as much as possible.  Greyhounds are such wonderful animals and Ross is also a fantastic dog, but sometimes individual dogs just need homes that understand their individual quirks.  We never give up on any dog but we will now have to ensure that Ross is only homed to someone who we know and who will take on board Ross' history.

Arnie and Jet

Arnie (black) was one of our long termers until he fell on his paws with Emma and her daughter, Lucy.  He had been very reactive to other dogs whilst with us. But Emma is an experienced adopter.  And then Jet joined the family too.  It's always amazing to see how the longer stays thrive and just proves that every greyhound needs to be given a chance. Arnie gives Jet confidence and Jet loves him!

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com





Andy is looking for a home!

Andy is doing his best camouflage impression in this photo. But normally he is up at the door and loves a cuddle. He's a favourite with our volunteers, great on the lead and a lovely dog.

To offer Andy or another resident a loving home, please email
wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com





Sonny's prints are here!

The wonderful prints of Eliette's fantastic drawing of Sonny have arrived!
And we are absolutely thrilled with them!
Don't they look wonderful in a frame?!
We will start putting them by for those who have ordered one; and they will be available at our walk in September.
They are £2.50 each and are a perfect present for all greyhound lovers! Treat yourself or another greyhound enthusiast and raise money for Whittingham in the process.  Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com to order.
Thanks so much to Malcolm who funded then and to Martin for all his help too.  And a huge thank you again to 13yr old, Eliette.




Len raises a smile again!

Len once again raises a smile!
Len and his adopter, Martin, visited a group of Seniors in Potters Bar and were enthusiastically greeted for their talk. The group know Martin well as he has delivered talks there in the past (as it was attended by his late mum). 
Thanks so much to them for hosting Len and Martin and we are so glad they enjoyed the talk.









Adaptable greyhounds; greyhounds on holiday!

Greyhounds are so adaptable and we often comment about how we home to a vast array of different home set ups.  It is just about finding the right match for your circumstances.   This is why rehoming and rescue centres like information about the sort of home you can offer so we can try to match accordingly.  





And speaking of how adaptable greyhounds are, many people take their greyhounds away on holiday with them as they are generally calm and easy going/just happy to go with their adopters.   Toots only went home a couple of weeks ago and is already enjoying her first holiday on the beach!  And Finn (who was so nervous when he first came to us prior to adoption), has been showing how far he has come by enjoying a ride on a tram! 


Thanks so much to everyone who adopts and we'd love to get our other residents into loving homes too. 

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com









Fifi and Lola join us to find their new homes

Fifi
We welcomed new girls, Fifi and Lola at the weekend.  They will be assessed further as they settle in, but both share happily with other greyhounds and will be tested with other breeds as soon as possible.  
Lola


Thanks to all our sunday volunteers who took all the dogs out at least twice yesterday.  Thanks to Susan for her donations, and to Phil and Jo who are always so generous. And to Phil, Jo and Doreen for helping hoick our new covered area back into the paddock after it literally flew over the fence in the windy weather!!  
And not forgetting Jim who always paddocks in the afternoon. 

To offer a greyhound a loving home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Monty and Doodle pay us a visit; Spencer is reserved!

It was lovely to see Monty (was Andy) and Doodle today as they came to see us. Thank you to their wonderful adopters for walking the others and their food donations.


And in good news, Spencer was reserved today by a lovely family who were recommended by a friend of our staff member and volunteer, Sim. He will be going home in August.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com



Thank you so much for your support

Thanks so much to Logan Glen and the senders of the other stuff. So SO appreciated and we are really touched by your kindness and generosity. Thank you so much.











Please adopt from rescue centres...

We don't often echo the words of our friends in other rehoming/rescue centres, but today I'd like to say too about the crisis in homing nationwide. Every dog of every breed (and other animals too) deserves a loving home (or a space in a sanctuary or kennels where they are treated as if it is their loving home), but there are simply not enough homes or spaces at the moment. We have about 100 dogs simply waiting to get to us. Every day we get phone calls, emails and messages from people desperate for a space to take their dog. But we simply cannot magic homes. We can add dogs to our ridiculously long list and are going as fast as we can but if we had instant space, we would be filling it. (Greyhounds, of course. We can't take two French Bulldogs as was requested yesterday). We are also not prepared to
compromise on homes. We travel far and wide to check out homes and are available to advise throughout the lives of our dogs once homed. We know this is the case with our friends in other centres too. All dogs are neutered and vaccinated so unless they are done before arrival, we have to sort vet appointments too. We know people rehoming cats, rabbits, etc etc also do this. The pressure on rehoming centres is immense and only seems to get worse.

All we can do is plough on, ask the trainers to wait until we can get to their dogs and keep promoting greyhounds as great pets.

We are so thankful for our wonderful adopters and supporters who keep us going. We are helping as many animals as we can and will continue to work through the waiting list as fast as possible.

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com
Or if you are thinking of adding any animal to your life, please consult rescue centres first. 

Princess and Roro need a home...

We would love brother and sister, Princess and Roro to go home together. They are bonded, a beautiful pair of dogs and although excited to go for a walk; they walk nicely. They are clean in their kennel and would make a great addition.


To adopt these two; or any Whittingham greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

(Email is preferred as our phones are playing up and we are waiting for this to be resolved).





Len is a hit with the crowd again!

Len wins over the crowd again! And he needs to come to YOU!
Len's second visit to London Colney Primary and Nursery School was a great success. (Photos to come once permission obtained).
Our thanks to Theresa (adopter of Ash and Kylagh) for once again bringing Len and his adopter, Martin on board.
Theresa sat in on the talk and said, "it was absolutely brilliant. Martin and Len were fantastic! The children were gripped."
Although the younger years ask more questions, Martin and Len "offered a superb insight into Len's life from birth and definitely endeared the next generation of potential greyhound adopters".
Highlights included the visual elements (photographs, Len's racing jacket and winter coat, muzzle etc) which are all explained; the photo of a greyhound puppy; comparing Len's physical attributes to cars, horses, cheetahs (with visuals/photographs); and asking the children to estimate and always responding positively to their guesses and predictions.
The talk included Len's personal history, what it meant for him when he broke his hock and subsequent need for Whittingham and adopting.
Theresa loved the section where the children were asked to walk around on their tip-toes as this is what walking feels like for a greyhound!
The whole experience "built towards an overall affinity with Len and it was fantastic".
As Theresa says, "the most important thing is increasing the life chances of greyhounds beyond racing, re-homing and supporting our lovely Retired Greyhounds Charity - Whittingham Kennels and providing the younger generation with a good experience as well as widening their general knowledge."
Len and Martin fulfilled this and are available to visit other schools, social groups and community groups. Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com to be put in touch about them visiting your group or school for a talk. Please keep spreading the word. A huge thanks to them again. Remember, they are chomping at the bit to race into action!

Max and the Kennels enjoy home baked treats from ChumChum's adopters!

The dogs enjoyed some more home baked treats from Anuradha and family yesterday. They visited us with ChumChum (formerly Vince) and it is always so nice to see our adopted dogs doing so well. The dogs enjoyed the biscuits as Max is demonstrating in the photo! Thanks very much!






Have your very own drawing of Sonny

We were all absolutely delighted with the overwhelming response to 13yr old Eliette's drawing of Sonny last week! 745 'likes' and counting. So with the consent and inspiration of Eliette and her family, a professional printer is going to produce a limited number of high quality, A4 prints on heavy 300 gsm paper.


These will be sold on behalf of Whittingham for just £2.50 each, with all the profits being donated to Whittingham.

They will be available at our event or you can let me know if you would like to reserve a print as we are sure such a desirable picture will not be available for long! A limited number can be signed if you so desire!

What a wonderful gesture and a huge thanks to Eliette and family; and everyone who helped with the printing process.

Watch this space and we will let you know when they are available!

(Sonny is also still looking for a home so you could have the real thing alongside the lovely print too)!!

Toots find a loving home...

We were delighted to see Toots into her new home on Friday. It was a challenging home as there are 32 horses, another dog, cats, chickens, ducks etc!  Toots is doing amazingly well so we are keeping everything crossed that she settles quickly with all the other animals and such an exciting new life!

Thanks to her adopters, Tamsin and Michael. And Simone for pointing them in our direction. 

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com





Len needs your support to reach his target...


Donald arrives to find a loving home...

This is Donald, one of our newest arrivals. He is confident, friendly and affectionate and will be further assessed as we get to know him. 

This means we now have a 'Boris' and a 'Donald' waiting for homes!!!  We will have to take in a 'Keir' and a 'Joe' next to make it less politically problematic!!!!

On a serious note, we are completely full again so trainers are having to be patient. There are SO many greyhounds that are waiting to just get to us. But we will not compromise on homes.  So if you are thinking about adopting, please do get in touch!

Every dog is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and goes home with four weeks free insurance and a lifetime of back up from us.

To adopt a Whittingham greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Thank you, Michelle

Thank you so much to Michelle for sending the tins and bonios from Pets at Home. 
So so kind.

Really appreciated and the dogs will love them!






Blue finds a home; many more need adopting...

We were delighted to see Blue into his home with his very kind adopters yesterday and he is doing very well so far! He was always good at the Kennels but was stronger than some so we are so glad he has fallen on his paws. Thanks so much to his adopters.

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk for more information.
Adopting from Whittingham...








Adopt from Whittingham...


When you adopt from Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity, we give you the essentials to go home with your adopted greyhound. Collar/lead, muzzle, collar, information booklet, 3 forms (our adoption form, microchip paperwork, four weeks free insurance with Petplan), vaccination history and where possible, coat. (And toy as a little gift from us). 
(Colours may vary)!


This sets you up to have the right kit from the start. Of course, there are alternatives as personal preference but this comes with the dog when you adopt from Whittingham.

To adopt one of our many dogs needing homes, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 

We will ask some questions about your circumstances and requirements to make sure we have a dog/dogs that suits and then book an appointment for you to visit.


Our next event....

OUR NEXT EVENT!!

Walk and delicious food:
Sunday 17th September at the Kennels - 11am: come and join us for a walk from the Kennels at 11am followed by Theresa's amazing food.
Theresa is a wonderful adopter/supporter whose culinary skills are legendary!

It is great to see our adopted dogs again and always a good social event as well as raising funds for the Kennels.






Wow - Sonny is drawn by 13yr old Eliette

Wow, we are so impressed by this amazing drawing of Sonny by 13yr old Eliette. Eliette cooked biscuits for the dogs last time and presented us with this today. No end to her talents. Thank you! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ UPDATE: Facebook was also impressed!  This post received 795 likes and counting!  Watch this space for further news on how to get a print!








Thank you to The Hemel Hempstead School

A huge thank you to The Hemel Hempstead School and Gail for putting us forward as one of their charities. And to the staff and pupils for being so generous at their charity events. We are so grateful. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

Spencer would love a new home

Spencer is really hoping to fall on his paws in a loving home. He's only young and we took him in back in February after he was injured at the sales and needed somewhere to go. His injury was only minor and he is totally healed now (albeit with a wonky tail from another  injury prior to coming to us)!  He's good with other breeds and shares his kennel happily. He would probably thrive with another dog for company.  He is confident and friendly and would love a new home where he can enjoy the adventures of life. He is still quite puppy-like so will be a fun addition for any home. (Spencer is not cat friendly; home checks apply).

To adopt Spencer, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or to adopt any other Whittingham hound, visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk



Thank you, Jane

Thanks so much to Jane for again letting us borrow her cats for testing today. It is SO SO kind and helpful and means Toots has been reserved subject to meeting with the potential adopters' cats.  ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ 
Thanks to Simone with Victor for pointing Toots' potential adopters our way too.

Thank you, Sally

Thank you to Sally, who so kindly sent these and other gifts. So appreciated. X















A hot June day...

The dogs are all grateful to be inside today due to the heat. They have been out for toilet breaks and will go out again later. But it is too hot for walking or strenuous activity (the latter is rather a relief for our greyhounds who have said they don't need an excuse to laze about now)!
Bonty and Ava

They are a bit hot and bothered though so we will be relieved when it cools down for everyone.
The quick toilet breaks and alternation of dogs as fast as possible so they are outside for the minutest of time means the staff are moving far more than the dogs!!
To adopt one of these lovely dogs waiting for a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Daphne stars again at St Albans Abbey 

Daphne (was Snowy) is once again flying the flag for greyhounds at St Albans Cathedral with her adopter. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ 

It's not just Fr Kevin who is excited about #AlbanPilgrimage on this #BringYourDogToWorkDay! Here's Daphne deciding which costume to wear in tomorrow's Pilgrimage Procession - all people and dogs are welcome!
~
#StAlbansCathedral #AlbanWeekend

Billie is a clever girl!

Billie has worked out an innovative way of drinking and staying cool at the same time. Paddling in the drink! ๐Ÿ™‚
But what she really wants is a loving home. Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com to adopt Billie or any of her friends.









Finn finds love again

We were so delighted to receive this photo of Finn and friends this morning. Finn has VERY kindly been adopted by a family member of his previous adopter, Anne, who sadly died recently. Anne had been a huge supporter of Whittingham and we thought Finn would have to come back to us until Richard and Vicky stepped in to give him a home. 

A huge thanks to Judi and Roger who went round to do our obligatory homecheck and found it would be a first class home for him, and even with the added bonus of two canine friends. It also shows how far Finn has come as he was quite reactive to other breeds when with us 4years ago. He has settled in very well and we are so grateful to them for giving him a home and preventing him having to come back to kennels at an older age.

If anyone else would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

A dog for all ages

Len proves a hit again!


3 year old Len meets 90 year old Gill at his first adult talk on Wednesday.

Young or old, he loves them all.









Greyhounds, Leo and Margo join us to look for their new homes

Leo - looking for a home
Leo and Margo joined us on Sunday to look for their new homes.  Margo is super-friendly and Leo seems really laid back and lovable. Both are hoping to fall on their paws in loving homes. 
If you can offer a greyhound a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 
Home checks apply.

Margo - looking for a home





There are still SO many greyhounds just waiting to get to us. The homing situation nationwide is a real worry at the moment with trainers ringing us every day wanting more spaces.  


So remember that adopting one greyhound also helps us take in another...meaning you are actually helping two greyhounds. Please tell all your friends to adopt too!




Len's adopter and his visit to a London Colney school

Martin, Len's adopter, has shared his write-up of the talk at London Colney and some photos.  Thank you to him again for his amazing support.  And for the enthusiasm of the children and the permission to share the photographs.  


As Martin says, let's keep Len on track to reach his target for the fundraising and raise the profile about greyhounds needing homes.  


Please continue to share to any community group, school or scout/brownie group you know.  

And email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com for more information.

Arthur and Jet find special homes

In a more positive post, we were delighted to see Arthur (now Rudy) into his new home yesterday. And he is doing well so far. 









And little Jet (black) went home this morning with her toy squirrel to a lovely couple who have had greyhounds for many years. We wish them both well and are sure they will fly the flag for greyhounds in their local areas. 

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com








Thank you, Sally

Thank you so much, Sally. What generosity. So very much appreciated. X











Jack is back...

Frustratingly, we had to take Jack back tonight. (He had been our longest stay and went home two weeks ago). He had settled well and been good with people and other dogs on walks, but unfortunately, he displayed some dominance towards the new adopter, which is why he had been our longest stay. (Adopter had been informed of previous behaviour). No negative comments please. 
Jack is safely back in our care and we will only home him now with someone who has had a greyhound from us before and is prepared to work with him.  He was very excited to see us and shows no dominance at the Kennels.  He will stay with us now for as long as it takes to find the right home.
Greyhounds are generally placid and easy going, but very occasionally some are harder to home despite having everything going for them.  We will make sure Jack doesn't miss out and always goes for a walk with our volunteers.

Thank you Eliette

Thank you to Eliette (aged 13yrs) for her amazing cooking skills. The dogs will love these homemade treats today.  Thank you also to the whole family who visited today and walked four dogs, including Boo who they will be adopting soon. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘









Len goes to London Colney

A huge thank you to Len and his adopter, Martin... and our supporter, Theresa, who was instrumental in organising today's talk at London Colney. 
The children ranged from 5-7yrs old, including Jesse, one of our  fabulous existing Whittingham adopters.  Len and Martin were made to feel very welcome and the children relished meeting Len as before.
Some children had additional needs and Martin said, "it was truly heartwarming to see the smiles on their face as their turn came round". 
Len was fantastic again despite the heat and was so calm and friendly
The school have invited them back soon to run the same session for their older children.
Another good day - come on other Whittingham supporters replace 'likes' with 'talks'!
Further write-up and potentially photos will follow!
But a HUGE thank you to Martin, Len and Theresa for their fantastic support.

A shameless plug...

In a shameless plug, if anyone would like to buy this new book, self published on amazon, the profits will be coming to the kennels. Thanks to everyone who has supported and bought it so far.






Let's find longest stay, Sonny, a home

Longest stay, Sonny, is a really lovely boy. He's now good on the lead and loves a game with a ball. He has been in a home before and so is used to the home environment. He is a special boy who deserves the best home.
To offer Sonny a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

(Sonny would prefer a home without young children, and he is not cat friendly).


Thank you, Michelle

Thanks so much, Michelle for your donation from the sale of your knitted policeman. Very talented, and very generous.  ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

Thank you, Tim and Rhino

A huge thank you to Tim who has given Rhino a chance after the sad loss of his lovely greyhound, Razzle. His other dog was lonely and deflated so he wanted to find her a new friend and simultaneously give a long termer a home. We keep everything crossed and hope Rhino settles well. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

(Sonny was also an absolute star with both greyhounds and should not be overlooked for other potential homes. Sonny was easier to home, hence Rhino being kindly chosen).





Len wants to talk to you!

Len and his adopter, Martin, are set to do their second school talk on Friday after a resounding success. There must be other parents or social groups who would love a talk by Martin and Len? 

Please do share and promote as not only is it good in itself to show people how great greyhounds are (especially with children), but also helps raise funds for Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity.

To book, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com and we can pass you to Martin.
Len is practising his curtain call! And staying cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž




Thank you to all adopters

Nel (was Celine)
Many of our recent adoptions have been to people who have adopted from us before and have either come to us for a second greyhound; or are adopting again after the sad loss of their previous greyhound.  



It is always so wonderful when people adopt again as we know the dog will go to a fantastic home.  Here are three amongst our most recent adoptions doing well at home.  



Noah


Betsy went home yesterday and we keep everything crossed that she settles well with Hero. 

A huge thanks to everyone who adopts a Whittingham hound and especially those who adopt again.
Turbo




As ever, we have a full Kennel and SO many greyhounds waiting for a space. 



So... to adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com





Support us by shopping online via Give As You Live


While the dogs stay IN due to the heat, would you like to help us raise even more for FREE? Well, now you can by shopping via Give as you Live Online!

Donate by going to: https://www.giveasyoulive.com/

When you shop at over 6,000 top stores including John Lewis & Partners, Expedia and Marks & Spencer via Give as you Live Online, they'll turn a percentage of your spend into free funds for us!

Simply sign up, search for the retailer and start shopping. It's that simple! Just make sure you choose us as your favourite charity: Retired Greyhounds Charity, Whittingham Kennels Greyhound Care.

Stay IN during hot weather

As the weather heats up, we want to join the voices of other rehoming and rescue centres and remind you that it is better NOT to walk your dogs at all on hot days. Never take them out in the heat of the sun. Early mornings or late into the evening when it cools down may be possible, but please be ultra-aware of the risks of hot weather for greyhounds (or any breed). Thank you.

Jack, Noah and thanks to Caroline

Jack, our longest stay greyhound, went to his new home on Monday and was so excited when he arrived that he had a mad five minutes of rushing around!  But he's settled so well and his adopter said, "he has settled in perfectly I feel as though he’s always been with me, ...so far he is showing himself to be the perfect dog...even though this is only the third day, he has brought me so much happiness... I absolutely love him".
Jack exploring his new garden


How wonderful.  It just shows that the right home is out there for every dog, however long they have to wait.

In other thanks, a huge thank you to Caroline for her generosity in sending treats and supplies for the dogs. Thank you.  

And we took our little rescued lurcher, Noah, to his new home today where he met a multitude of cats and was good. So we keep everything crossed and hold our breath (again!) until he settles. Thanks so much to his new adopters for giving him the chance. And to all our recent adopters.  We are so lucky to see our dogs go into some very special homes. 

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk to see all the dogs currently waiting to find their special places.

New arrivals, siblings Princess and Roro

Princess and Roro are two of our latest arrivals. They are brother and sister, in gleaming condition and have everything going for them. It would be lovely if they could stay together. They are confident, happy, friendly and have so far proven to be fine around other breeds (with the usual careful introductions and pending further testing). Could you offer this fabulous duo a loving home?

Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk






Thank you Dee and Aggregate Industries

Thanks so much to Dee and her workplace, Aggregate Industries for collecting for us. Collars and leads this week. And a week after adopting Annie too. Amazing support and so appreciated.










Thank you to Jo, our volunteer for the collars and numbers!

Wow, a huge thank you to our volunteer and adopter of Roman, Jo, who has treated us to new collars and numbered tags for all the kennel dogs that we can match with numbers for their kennels. It will make it easier for our volunteers to get dogs in and out. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘









Jack has been reserved!

Our longest stay, Jack, has been reserved today. Unexpectedly! It was obviously his week as our visitors on Wednesday liked him too.

Even though he wasn't right for their family, they must have whispered in his ear as he was chosen today! We will hold our breath until he settles but he goes on Monday and we will keep everything crossed. ๐Ÿ™‚




Thank you Dee and Steve

A huge thank you to Bruno's adopters, Dee and Steve, for their amazingly kind generosity and Dee's continued support through her workplace in securing donations for us. Thank you so SO much.










Greyhounds are so adaptable...

Greyhounds are so adaptable and slot into so many different types of homes.  We just ask that you give us a brief description of the sort of home you can offer so that we can help to match you accordingly.  

On our Facebook page (Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity), there are a few recent photos of some of our dogs doing well at home in a variety of settings.  Here is Hamish amongst friends!

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

To arrange a school/group visit and talk from Len and his adopter, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Appeal from Len - please share to promote his talks

Len would like to post a message to stir people to action. Please do share or ask your local school or social group if you would like to promote Whittingham and hear Len and his adopter talk.

THE THOUGHTS OF CHAIRMAN LEN
"Len the greyhound says he really appreciates the ‘likes’ and kind words from many of you that he received following his first visit to a school, last Friday. However, he says that just having a warm feeling and a certain satisfaction does not generate any more revenue for Whittingham.  We know some of you have approached schools and social groups but so far, only his adopter, Martin, and Theresa have successfully organised further appearances for him at schools, local organisations or at other meetings. These will run out during the summer and he needs additional leads that he can follow-up soon.
He wants you, please, to put on your  ‘thinking caps / collars’ and use your many contacts to help keep him gainfully employed. He is prepared to work his paws off for this new Whittingham money-raising  initiative. Please help and support him through your own actions."

If your local group or school is interested in a talk, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 
Len really wants to further this talk that his adopter has worked so hard to put together...both to raise funds for Whittingham and promote greyhound rehoming

Turbo and Noah appeal for homes

Turbo

Turbo is such a lovely boy. He's so good on the lead (although comes out of his kennel excitedly) and loves everyone. He'd be a lovely addition to a home.

We also took in little Noah last week. He is a lurcher who had run out of time in another kennel and needed a space. He has visitors at the end of the week so we are hoping he will be in a loving home soon.



Noah







To adopt Turbo or any other Whittingham hound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com








Len and his adopter, Martin visit their first primary school - please get in touch if you would like a talk

Len's first talk with his adopter, Martin went down a storm at his local infant school in Harpenden.

They met 74 children and their teachers and Len behaved perfectly throughout, allowing
everyone to pat and stroke him and only lying down in the last 5 minutes. His adopter, Martin (and us), were very proud.

The school and staff were enchanted by Len and the attentive look on the children's faces shows how well Len and Martin were received.
Len even did a write up afterwards (I suspect with a little help (?) because, yes, Len is the 
greyhound!!!) and said he was so pleased to further his education around people of a similar age. He hopes this showed the children how greyhounds need our love and respect and may help other greyhounds find their loving homes too.  

So what a hit! He is scheduled for more school visits next month but we are sure you wouldn't want to miss out on this if you work in a school. Please email for more information: wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 

A huge thank you to Len and his adopter, Martin; to all the staff and pupils for their welcome and donations for Whittingham; and especially for granting permission for us to use the photos.

New girl, Izzy, looking for a home

New girl, Izzy, was a bit fed up with posing for a photo, especially as she was tied to the door while the photo was taken. But she reluctantly agreed in the end, before going back to bed. She is our latest arrival and a lovely girl. 

To offer Izzy a home, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com
Or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk to see all the available dogs waiting for their loving home to come along.






Jet - looking for a home (and cat trainable)

Jet is a dear little soul who is very friendly and loves everyone. We judged her to be cat workable (thanks SO much to Jane and her daughter for letting us borrow their cats when we have a suitable candidate). We will also be cat testing our new lurcher, Noah, who may have a home offer if he passes.

To adopt Jet or any other dog from Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com





Support Natalie and her greyhound designs

Natalie, who is a huge supporter of Whittingham and also adopter of Blue and Jerri, has continued to make bookmarks, keyrings, etc that were so popular at our Easter event. Take a look at her very clever designs and do support her if you can: click here to visit her little shop
ZoomingGrey - Etsy UK

Arthur conquers the steps

Sometimes people who adopt have all sorts of requirements. We try to match as appropriately as possible. So here is Arthur mountaineering on the bungalow steps like a professional. He managed the ascent and descent successfully so this bodes well for his forthcoming home.

Today we took in a little lurcher who needed a space (more details to follow when he is assessed) and were delighted to see Victor go home with Simone and John who adopted again after losing their beloved Rosy (and Rooney).

We are inching forwards with our massive waiting list but trainers are calling daily begging for spaces. So if you can help by adopting a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Harriet and Mags find their home together

Harriet (brindle) and Mags (black) went home today and Mags is busy collecting as many toys as she can! Of course, we hold our breath as they settle but they have fallen on their paws with Jackie and her husband.























We hope the rest of the Kennels will find the homes they deserve too. (And the other 100 waiting to come in)!
To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Charlie finds a home but Finn needs a loving home

A huge thank you to Lisa and family who adopted our very own King Charlie today! He didn't find his Camilla, but he did find Gerry who is their other adopted Whittingham greyhound! The two boys were fine together in the paddocks and Charlie has really fallen on his paws!

Thank you so much to them and all our walkers today.

In other news...
We are very sadly having to take Finn back who was with us 3yrs ago after the sudden (but peaceful) death of his adopter. We will be assessing him upon his return. He is 8yrs old so more senior now and we hope he will find another special home quickly.  (Update: Finn may have been offered a new home - we await further news and will then follow the normal adoption procedures).

Sonny - looking for a home


Sonny would so love to find a home. He's even getting his sun hat ready. Could you offer this lovely boy his special home?
Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com










Super-Tali 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Superdog, Tali! 
We know many greyhounds have better wardrobes than their adopters but this coat would make any greyhound jealous! 

Thanks to Maria, Tali's adopter, for the photos (and her kind donation); and if anyone would like a similar coat, take a look at Jane's website: www.thelongdogshop.com
Jane used to volunteer at Whittingham when she lived in the area; and now has two greyhounds herself.

You've got to adopt a greyhound now, otherwise how can you have one of these coats!? 
email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com to adopt a greyhound.




Jet - new arrival thanks our donors

New girl, Jet, says thanks so much Dana, Sue and Laurel for the parcels. And for the chocolates too for the humans from Laurel. So so kind and much appreciated by dogs and humans.











Devon - greyhound looking for a home

We took in Devon (pictured) last week and she is such a dear little soul. She would slot into a home perfectly.  We have so many dogs waiting and nowhere to put them.  So if you were thinking of offering a dog a home, now is your chance! Please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com as the perfect companion is waiting for you!









Thank you Easyfundraising and our supporters

Thanks to all those who support us via easy fundraising. We had our donation this morning and it amounted to just over £100. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ 
Here is the information if others would like to donate for free whilst shopping online:
Easyfundraising.org.uk - donate for free whilst shopping online!
You can also support us through https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/rgcwkgc/
Select: Retired Greyhounds Charity - Whittingham Kennels Greyhound Care as your cause and you can turn your everyday online shopping into FREE donations for us. 
There are over 4000 online retailers of all descriptions (including well known brands) which will donate to good causes.  So earn free funds for us as you shop!

Mags and Harriet are reserved; Victor's future friends visit; but over 100 dogs need a space

Thank you to all our walkers today. And to Jackie for visiting and reserving both Mags and Harriet who get on so well. They will be going home in June. Victor (black dog in centre of photo) also enjoyed a visit from his new adopters and was joined by adopted dogs, Freddie and Donnie on a walk. He got on very well with both so will be joining his new family in June too.

We still have over 100 dogs on the waiting list to get to us, with more being added daily. So if you would like to adopt a greyhound, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk or email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com




Billy homed, Glen and Boo come in

Billy doing well at home!
Billy went home this week and has settled well. 








This enabled us to take in Glen and Boo who are both looking for homes. They will be assessed as they settle but are both affectionate and happy to share.



Boo - new greyhound looking for a home
To offer a greyhound a home and end up sitting on the floor (!), please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 

You won't regret it!
Glen - new greyhound looking for a home















Celine enjoying the new covered paddock

Good to see Celine already using the new sheltered area. There is interest in Celine so we hope she will be finding her home soon. If not, she's a beautiful girl with a lovely temperament so should be snapped up.

To offer a home to a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com








Do you run a community group or other group that would like a speaker? 

Len's talk greyhounds (!) and get more into loving homes!

Don't forget to ask your local community group or school if they would like a talk by Len's adopter, Martin. He is willing to travel within a 30 mile radius (but asks for £10 petrol money if it is a considerable distance) to give this talk and raise the profile of greyhounds (both in their history and as pets, inspired by Len's wonderful adaptation to home life) and support for Whittingham in the process. Please get in touch if you'd like a talk
(wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com)

A huge thank you to Len's adopter, Martin, for his amazing support.

Here is more information:

“ZLM4 – BUILT TO RUN”

A new one hour talk by Martin Attridge

In this, my last year of giving talks, I am now composing my final
group session.
This time, I have decided to offer a special topic, distinct from my
recent art and history titles. You will be offered a quite different
experience and perspective. Firstly, are you, perhaps, puzzled
and intrigued by the cryptic title above?
Well, my talk will feature a live model, an animal that you will
know of, but which is probably not very familiar to you. “ZLM4” is
his official GB racing registration, a green tattoo in his right ear.
Let me reveal more.
A short while ago we adopted “Len”, an ex-racing greyhound
from Whittingham Kennels, a retired greyhound charity near
Waltham Abbey. Len raced as “Charlie Em Len”, 75 times, mostly
at Henlow Racetrack near Hitchin. He is jet black, very docile and
affectionate towards people. However, with a highly sheltered
upbringing and not long retired, he is a little wary of other breeds
of dogs from Dachshunds to Great Danes.
My session will cover:
 Greyhound facts – their origin, natural abilities and instincts
 Greyhounds in the UK – introduction, coursing and racing
 Len’s background – birth, training, track record to retirement
 Adopting Len – a tale of mutual exploration and acceptance
Len will be with me to demonstrate the features that make
greyhounds so fast and he will love meeting everyone in your
group.
All proceeds from these sessions will be donated to Whittingham
to help fund their valuable re-homing work

100 dogs waiting... and Bill is looking for a home

Homing is so slow at the moment and we have nearly 100 dogs waiting now on the list (if not more). We know times are hard with the cost of living, but if you are considering adopting a greyhound, please get in touch as you'd be giving one dog a home and helping another into the Kennels.

We have all sizes, temperaments and characters. Thanks to our two volunteers for trialing Bill, who shows in the photo how well some greyhounds can do with other animals. (He is muzzled in the photo as it was the first meet with all the little animals). Sadly they can't adopt him at the moment but he is cat friendly and would thrive with another dog for company so do get in touch if you can offer him a home. Then we have Jack who is house trained and used to the home environment; Spencer who is only young and full of fun...; Blue who loves everyone ...and a whole kennel full of other deserving dogs looking for love.

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk 


Thank you Phil, Jo, Tim, Doreen and helpers for putting together our covered paddock

A huge thank you to Phil with the assistance of Jo, Tim, Doreen and others for building our new covered paddock. Others are in the pipeline to provide shade in summer and a waterproof area in the rain. 
His skills are very much appreciated. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘





Fly past for the greyhounds

The greyhounds enjoyed some of the fly past!

















Charlie getting patriotic for the Coronation

Charlie is once again flying the flag for his namesake in a display of patriotism. (This was not staged at all)! ๐Ÿ˜†

He doesn't seem as impressed by his new pillow as we had hoped!  (Video of him wrestling with it on facebook)!

Happy Bank Holiday everyone and don't forget to come and adopt Charlie or one of his friends soon.

Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 
Website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk






Greyhound 'savvy' vets a must

It is important to find a 'greyhound savvy' vet. Just check with your vet that they are used to seeing greyhounds. 

This is a useful piece of information to keep at hand too.

Rhino says thank you for the treats

Rhino and everyone at Whittingham would like to say a huge thank you to the sender of the biscuits, treats and collars.  Thank you so so much. 

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 
or visit www.wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 

Thanks so much for all your support.








Adopter greyhound, Mary showing how adaptable greyhounds can be

Greyhounds are so adaptable. Here is Mary mastering train travel so she could join in with 'bring your dog to work day'. What a star...and so colour coordinated too! A huge thank you to her adopter, Michelle, for giving her a lovely home.

There are so many greyhounds waiting for a loving home so if you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
There is bound to be a dog to match you!








Ross and Smasher fall on their paws... could it be the turn of Jack or Sonny next?  Both are special greyhounds looking for love

Ross
Sometimes dogs wait with us because they just need the right home to come along.  Ross was one of those dogs and a huge favourite with our volunteers as he was so placid on the lead.  He just needed the right home and so far, so good.  We will continue to keep everything crossed as it is still early days but he is very lucky.













Sid (was Smasher)
Smasher was another of the dogs who just needed a chance and his special home and we are delighted to see him doing so well with his special adopters.

Jack is now our longest stay; closely followed by Sonny.  Jack would be best with an all female household; and Sonny just wants love.  Both have been in homes before and just need their special place to come along.  

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk to see all the dogs waiting patiently for their loving homes.




Thank you to Laurel and all donors

Thank you so much, Laurel. And for thinking of the staff too. So kind. And a huge thanks to everyone who donates and sends parcels. We really appreciate it and so do the dogs!











Harriet and Mags looking for a home...

We normally pair dogs as one male and one female, but this is Harriet and Mags who get on really well. Mags has a home offer pending and Harriet would love to go home with another dog. She can be nervous at first but is lovely once she trusts you.

Ross went to his new home today so we are keeping everything crossed that he does well as he's really fallen on his paws.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit
www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

A huge thank you to our walkers today and to the lovely people who dropped off tons of stuff after the sad loss of their dog. We will put it to good use.

It is always so hard to lose a dog but in time, we hope people adopt again as there are so many dogs that need such loving homes. It is always a great tribute to the previous dog to offer another a loving home... when the time is right. 

So many greyhounds need a space and a home...

We have so many greyhounds waiting to come to us and trainers are messaging daily. Everyone has tons of retired dogs in their kennels and are desperately trying to find homes or places in rehoming kennels.
We are going as fast as we can but we can't magic homes and the cost of living has not helped.
So if you are able to offer a greyhound a loving home, please get in touch. Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Fred (pictured) is waiting for you!

Home checks apply and we will not compromise on homes.




Andy and Doodle find a home

What lovely photos of Andy (now Monty) and Doodle who went home together on Monday with their new family who have adopted from us previously.  

A huge thank you to their adopters for taking the pair after reserving Andy and falling in love with Doodle when her home fell through.  




They were both crazily excited for the first few hours but are now as cool as cucumbers and obviously in training for the Mastermind Championships... I wonder what their specialist subjects will be!?!  Climbing stairs?! 







To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk









Jet is looking for a home

Jet is one of our newest arrivals. He is a lovely boy, but a little nervous at the moment. He wants to be friendly but needs to gain confidence. He will be so trusting and loving once he connects with you.
Could you give Jet or another Whittingham hound a loving home?
Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com
Or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk



Thank you for your donations and time

Thank you so much to Anoushka and Simon for their generosity.
And to our lovely walkers today. ๐Ÿ˜€
Thanks so much to Sarah for the bonios and to Linda for the disinfectant. We so appreciate everyone's support. Thank you.
A huge thank you to Leshantha with Una and Jake for her extremely generous donations of disinfectant and treats for both dogs and humans...in honour of Jake's 'gotcha day'. Thank you so much.





Thank you, Michelle

A huge thank you to our wonderful adopter and supporter, Michelle, who nominated us to win £100 from Blackrose Lexi Design Greetings Cards.  And a huge thank you to them for choosing us. 
Thank you!

Shadow is a great ambassador for greyhounds

Shadow is such a wonderful ambassador for greyhounds.  We had to share these lovely photos.  He gets on with other breeds and children and is such a good boy.  He helped find Vince (now ChumChum) a lovely home too!  Thank you to his adopters for allowing us to share the photos.  More photographs of Shadow on our Facebook page: Whittingham Kennels, Retired Greyhounds Charity

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com









Please vote for Whittingham

Please consider nominating Whittingham for a chance to receive £5000.  Thank you!  vote for Whittingham

Support from Journalist and Radio Presenter, Fi Glover and her greyhound, Nancy

Thank you to our adopter, Fi Glover, journalist and presenter on Times Radio for letting us use her quote on our 'supporters' page.


Nancy was adopted from Whittingham Kennels and adopting Nancy was, to quote, Fi, "One of the best things we have ever done"!

Nancy lives with a cat and children and is a great ambassador for greyhound adoption.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com and we will try to find the right match for you!




A feast for the dogs and a new home for Freddie

Thanks so much to our huge supporter, Tony, for the massive box of bonios!  The dogs will have a feast!  Thank you!

We also saw Freddie into his new home so are keeping everything crossed that he settles well. He is a lucky boy.  Thank you to his new adopters for giving him a chance.  

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com







Toby is happy at home with his loving adopters, cat and new baby

Toby's family have given us permission to share this lovely photo! It sums up how the right greyhound can live with a multitude of different family requirements. Here he is with his cat friend, the new baby and one of his humans. And not forgetting his new toy caterpillar! Toby was a nervous boy at the kennels but thanks to the love of his adopters, he has adjusted to everything home life brings.

So do get it touch if you are wondering if a greyhound would suit you! There is bound to be one!
wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com
www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk




Hero has fallen on his paws in a loving home

We love this photo of Hero (right) and his new friend enjoying a ride in the car! He's settled in so well and so quickly in his new home in Jersey. Less than 48hours and he's learnt how to climb stairs, is inseparable from his new friend and doing really well generally. What a lucky boy. It makes our job worthwhile to see such a happy ending.





New greyhound arrivals: Annie, Turbo, Arthur and Celine

We managed to inch forward with our ridiculously long waiting list today after taking in Turbo, Annie, Celine and Arthur.  All are lovely and will be assessed properly but first impressions are all positive.  Andy's new adopters were visiting and tasked with coming up with a new name for our new brindle boy. And he was christened   "Arthur" as he came in as 'missing bits' (which we couldn't call him) with a toe (and testicles!) missing and so... half a dog!  Arthur is pictured (right) and the others can be seen on our page of greyhounds looking for homes.


We will hopefully find them all loving homes ASAP as well as the current residents.

So to offer a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com



Hero goes to Jersey!

Move over the tasks of Hercules, we have mission accomplished for our very own epic adventures of Hero!

Hero sadly had to come back to us after three years in a home, but when we posted his appeal on Facebook, our friend Gail who homed dogs in the Channel Islands for many years, took up his cause.  She shared him to her contacts and he was offered a wonderful home in Jersey.

The ferry was due to leave the following week so we magic-ed a space for him in the Kennels so he could be returned last weekend. 

I picked him up from Waltham Cross station last Saturday morning. Part one down!
I checked his teeth which were good but in need of a clean and after a bit of scraping, realised it was a vet job.  But it was the bank holiday and he was due to leave on Thursday!

Tuesday arrived and our lovely vets managed to squeeze him in for his descale on Wednesday.  Thanks so much to Medivet, Waltham Abbey for fitting him in.

Wednesday - dental with no extractions; and also all paperwork done (including our forms, a declaration of goods form for Jersey and all the details for the Pet Bus which was taking him) and his bag packed.  Parts two and three down!

Thursday, he was relocated into the bungalow so the rest of the kennels wouldn't be disturbed as the Pet Bus would be collecting him at 1am on Friday morning.

Friday at 1am, right on the dot, he was handed over by Martin to the lovely people at the Pet Bus and settled in for a ride to collect two other dogs en route to Poole Port for the ferry.
A quick stretch of the legs and breakfast and onto the ferry.
He was due to meet his new family at 2.30 but the ferry encountered problems and had to dock at Guernsey.
Onto plan B and a clipper to take him across to Jersey, all the while accompanied by his carers from the Pet Bus who kept ourselves, Gail and his new adopters informed of progress.

5pm and he arrived in Jersey to meet his new family!


Wow, what a long journey but what a lovely home for our epic adventurer. He really is a hero as are all the people who have helped along the way. And a special thank you to Matthew and Katherine for their kindness in giving him a home. We look forward to further updates and send him with all our love.

Greyhound, Billie, tells you how to support us via Pets at Home

Billie would like to remind you that you can also help Whittingham Kennels if you shop at 'Pets at Home' - every penny counts!  

Just take one minute to do the following: 
please log in to your VIP account online and select Hendon or Loughton as your homestore.  (It doesn't matter if it is not near you).  
Then select your charity as: Retired Greyhounds Charity Whittingham Kennels (or Henlow and Waltham Abbey Greyhound Trust if it hasn't yet changed to our charity name).
This is us and it is as simple as that!  
Please tell all your friends too!

Greyhound, Rhino, loves a cuddle and a laze in the sun

Rhino is loving the sun and lazing around in the paddocks. He's a really affectionate boy who would love a good home. He will happily share with other greyhounds but does get very excited at feeding time so can be vocal! He's learning about behaving around other breeds and on the lead and just needs a chance.

If you can give Rhino or any other Whittingham greyhound a loving home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk





Let's talk about a  collective of greyhounds

At the open day, Len's adopter, Martin set himself the challenge of finding out the most popular collective noun for greyhounds. Is it pack? Gathering? Gorgeous gaggle?
Nope.
It is 'a leash' of greyhounds. (He also came across 'a gallop' of greyhounds).

This lady seems to have the idea!

So if you'd like a leash of greyhounds (or just one!), do get in touch! wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Len's adopter is also giving talks about greyhounds with the proceeds coming to us at Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity. So please get in touch if you have a group that would like to hear him speak. 

Hero says thank you to our supporters yesterday and to Keith and Duncan

A big thank you again to everyone who supported our event yesterday. A whopping £1172.34 was raised. That would be amazing whatever the circumstances but given the weather, we are especially grateful.

We had 10 raffle winners, some of which were collected on the day, but we will keep the rest for when the winners visit next: Rita and Happy, Martin A, Faith, Michelle, Linda Worley, Jim and Fiona, Berit with Flash, Annette, Glynis, Les Roper.

Hero would also like to say a massive thank you to Keith (and Duncan) Lillywhite who came up on Friday with some raffle prizes and also £150 so generously raised via the sale of Keith's photography skills at Harlow stadium from owners and trainers. And with grateful thanks to John Bowers and Steve Edwards who contributed to that total.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Easter event

Thank you so SO much to everyone who came to our rather rainy open day. It was such a shame that the weather changed for the event after three sunny days but we didn't let it dampen our spirits.

A huge thank you to Phil, Jo, Doreen, Tim and Martin for helping set up; to Theresa for her absolutely incredible hot dog stand that did a roaring trade (and all the hard work that goes into the preparation too) - so ably assisted by Pete; to Doreen, Tim and Martin for their hard work with teas, coffee and hot cross buns; to the wonderful Natalie who has superbly landed herself the role of chief raffle seller and also made beautiful greyhound themed bracelets and keyrings; to Mark who so willingly stepped in to stand by the tombola stall when we were short of volunteers and did a brilliant job; to Faith and John for handling our Whittingham themed merchandise stall with such aplomb, and to Val for selling bits (somewhere) in the small paddock under the tarpaulin!! 

An absolutely ginormous and special thank you to everyone who came despite the weather and to all who walked the dogs. We are so lucky to have such dedicated supporters. Victor is hopefully reserved and all the dogs were walked.  

And thanks to people who couldn't make it but have so generously thought of us and donated instead.  And finally, thanks to our neighbours for giving us some parking space. We really appreciate it.

A final total will be tallied in due course.
Thank you again and see you all soon in sunnier weather!

Spencer wishes everyone a happy Easter and is looking for a home

Harriet is looking for a home

Harriet doesn't show her playful side to visitors as she is still apprehensive around new people. But once she trusts you, she loves a game and a cuddle. The vide can be seen on our Facebook page: Harriet playing
She is looking for a loving home.
Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com for more information.

Andy is reserved and thanks to all our supporters

Thank you so much, Diane for the food. We will look forward to seeing you when you are better. 
Today, we were delighted to confirm the reserve on Andy (Doodle thought she should be photographed instead) and Hero has arrived ready for his transfer to Jersey next week.  
We were also lucky enough to be visited by Bailey (was Beryl) and family. She's doing so well and it is always so lovely to see them settled and loved.
We look forward to seeing everyone else at our event on Monday at the Kennels from 11am until 2pm







Blue is enjoying the sun and looking for a home

Hooray.... a bit of sun. The dogs are enjoying being in the paddocks, including Blue who is looking for a home. Let's hope the sun lasts out until after our event on Monday.









Thanks to Sally and all our generous donors

Update: thank you so much, Sally. 
Thank you to the sender of the Harringtons tins and laundry liquid. There wasn't a note with it but thanks so much!

Adopted greyhound, Daphne on BBC!

Daphne appeared on BBC1 this morning with her adopter in a feature about the Alban Bun at St Albans Abbey.  They had filmed Daphne eating one with the currents removed but that was cut from the final edit. But she's always a star to us!





Charlie is looking for a home and to be treated like royalty

Charlie is getting his headgear ready for his namesake's Coronation in May. He thinks he has nailed it and was very proud of himself. We humour him!

Charlie is looking for a home and has been with us a little while now. He would love a home where he can be treated like royalty and enjoy home comforts as he deserves.

April is 'adopt a greyhound month' so let's try to get him a loving home.
Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com
Home checks apply.

Charlie is a very loving boy. He is strong on the lead but this would ease with regular walks. Our behaviourist has been working with him on this and whilst there is still work to do, he is improving. He needs careful introductions to other breeds but is also getting used to them quickly. He could not live with a cat. He's a super friendly boy, clean in his kennel and just needs a chance.

Goodies to buy at our event on Monday!

Our supporter, Judy, has generously designed and created some lovely Christmas cards which will be on sale on Easter Monday with all funds going to the Kennels. We realise this is slightly premature (!), but really it is a sample and she is happy to take orders for Christmas itself (or they can be tailored for any other celebration/requirement).  They feature all the dogs from the newsletter photos so keep an eye out for your adopted dog!
We also have some lovely bags which will be on sale on Easter Monday at our event. Buy one and proudly promote Whittingham and greyhound adoption whenever you go shopping!
Natalie (with Blue and Jerri) has also been making keyrings and has some greyhound bracelets to sell too. Don't miss out! Thanks so  much, Natalie.

Easter Monday 10th April at Whittingham Kennels between 11am and 2pm.

What a smashing home for Smasher (now Sid) and good luck Sunny

We love this photo of Smasher (now Sid) with Donnie. It just shows that these dogs just need a chance. What a lucky boy to have fallen on his paws with such smashing people.

A huge thank you to Sim today for all her help too at the Kennels. It is such a pleasure to have her on the squad!

Sunny went home today and so we hold our breath while he settles. He also went to live with another greyhound and is the sixth greyhound that his adopters have taken in from us. Again, a very lucky boy and our thanks to them for giving another dog a home after the loss of their beloved Rylee.

We have more and more dogs waiting for homes with trainers phoning each day with more dogs to put on the waiting list. So we will soon be filling the gaps with the next dogs from our list. To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Well done and thank you to our two half-marathon runners and supporters

A huge well done and massive thank you to Vanessa and to Hannah who both ran the half marathon raising money for Whittingham. They are total stars. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ Billy proudly wore Hannah's medal too!
Vanessa - thank you so much

Hannah - thank you so much

Billy showing his support!


Flynn (was Blake) settles in at home

Flynn (was Blake) (on the right) went home last weekend and settled in very quickly.  His new friend took a little while to accept him but is getting used to having him around now.  We are grateful to his new adopters for their patience and understanding as they are experienced greyhound adopters and knew it would take a few days for the dogs to adjust. Flynn is a lucky boy.   

It just shows that giving the dogs a little bit of time can make all the difference.  Most settling issues start to show improvement after a week.  

If you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Thank you Phil

A huge thank you to our very talented volunteer, Phil, who put together both our new cabinets after the old one for medication fell apart and we also needed a new one for disinfectant etc.  We are SO grateful.  ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘






Thank you Leshantha and all Amazon donors

Thank you so much, Leshantha. So very kind and always so generous.
Really appreciated and all the dogs send their best woofs to Una and Jake!
Thank you to everyone who donates through the wishlist. Food, treats and disinfectant are always really appreciated.












Thanks for helping Hero

Thank you to everyone who shared the appeal for Hero. And especially to our friend, Gail who we have worked with for many years. Hero should be heading home to Jersey soon to a lovely family who have had sighthounds for years. We just need to work out the logistics!

Thank you...

Thanks so much to Karen for the food. Really appreciated.
Our Amazon wishlist is on our website in the 'how you can help' section.  We really appreciate the support.







Would you like a talk about greyhounds?  Proceeds to Whittingham

Len went home about two weeks ago with his new adopter, Martin. He's doing really well at home, albeit a bit nervous around other breeds.
But he's such a hit with his new family, that his adopter would like to support Whittingham by giving talks about greyhounds. If anyone runs a community group or other group that would appreciate a talk by Martin, please do get in touch! All proceeds will come to Whittingham and Len is determined to make himself a great ambassador!

Here are the details!

“ZLM4 – BUILT TO RUN”

A new one hour talk by Martin Attridge

In this, my last year of giving talks, I am now composing my final
group session.
This time, I have decided to offer a special topic, distinct from my
recent art and history titles. You will be offered a quite different
experience and perspective. Firstly, are you, perhaps, puzzled
and intrigued by the cryptic title above?
Well, my talk will feature a live model, an animal that you will
know of, but which is probably not very familiar to you. “ZLM4” is
his official GB racing registration, a green tattoo in his right ear.
Let me reveal more.
A short while ago we adopted “Len”, an ex-racing greyhound
from Whittingham Kennels, a retired greyhound charity near
Waltham Abbey. Len raced as “Charlie Em Len”, 75 times, mostly
at Henlow Racetrack near Hitchin. He is jet black, very docile and
affectionate towards people. However, with a highly sheltered
upbringing and not long retired, he is a little wary of other breeds
of dogs from Dachshunds to Great Danes.
My session will cover:
 Greyhound facts – their origin, natural abilities and instincts
 Greyhounds in the UK – introduction, coursing and racing
 Len’s background – birth, training, track record to retirement
 Adopting Len – a tale of mutual exploration and acceptance
Len will be with me to demonstrate the features that make
greyhounds so fast and he will love meeting everyone in your
group.
All proceeds from these sessions will be donated to Whittingham
to help fund their valuable re-homing work

In memory of a wonderful ambassador for rescue and rehoming, Paul O'Grady

Very sad to hear the news of the death of Paul O'Grady. He did so much to promote rehoming through 'For the Love of Dogs' and other shows. Very sad news.  Our hearts go out out to his husband, family, friends and animals.






Greyhounds and corns

Greyhounds can suffer from corns and sometimes these are not easy to spot.  If your dog is lame, particularly on concrete or other similar hard surfaces (but better on grass), it is worth checking their feet in case it is a corn.  We have had occasions where people have visited their own vet, spent hundreds of pounds on x-rays and painkillers, only for the problem to persist.  So it is always worth eliminating the possibility of a corn before proceeding with other treatments.

How do you know? 

Check their pads.  If you can see any round circles or raised bumps, this could be a corn.  (It also may be a foreign body such as grit or glass in the pad so this is not necessarily the answer every time).  Put the muzzle on your dog and gently squeeze the affected pad between your fingers.  If he/she retracts their paw, then this is the area where the dog is feeling the pain.  If you can see a round circle in the pad (or the beginnings of one), this could be a corn.  If in doubt, we are always happy to take a look.  We are not vets but we are familiar with corns and can advise.

So what do you do?

You can file them down if you feel confident enough to do so (if your greyhound will let you)... so that the top of the corn is lower than the pad.  Or you can use a boot.  There is also a make of boots called Hunnyboots which are specifically designed for greyhounds with corns.  Greyhounds with soft pads are more susceptible to corns so avoid using pad softeners as the aim would be to harden the pads.

If that doesn't work, a vet can dig the corn out. 
However, sometimes they can return and the old method was to remove the toe.  BUT, there is a new(er) procedure called a Tenectomy/ Flexor Tenotomy where the vet will cut the tendon to spring the affected toe into the air.  This has proved to be successful with all the dogs we know who have had it done.

Thank you, Vanessa, for bravely running for Whittingham

Thanks so much, Vanessa for running on behalf of  Whittingham. Amazing and good luck. If anyone would like to sponsor, please see the link: Sponsor Vanessa for Whittingham

In loving memory of Carly 

We don't normally share 'end of life' tributes on the Facebook page, but we would just like to do so today. Rest in peace, Carly. She was so well known to us all at the kennels. She reached a wonderful age at 13.5yrs and I was with her at the end. A huge thank you to Medivet, Waltham Abbey for their kindness.

Carly had lived with her adopter, Fred for several years. And he loved her so very much. Fred was a friend to the Kennels and friend of our volunteer, Doug. Fred sadly died and Carly was 12yrs old and needed a home. Our trustee, Tim, stepped in to give her a loving home for the remaining part of her life and she did so well. She had already lost part of her nose from a tumour, had arthritis at the end, but was always gentle and stoical. She was a dear girl and we will miss seeing her at the Kennels each week. A huge thanks to Fred's family who continued to keep in touch and visit her, to Doug who cared for her too, and to Tim for giving her a home. Run free, Carly. X

Penny (was Diva) is thriving at home!

After a wet and miserable day, we were so thrilled to receive the videos of Penny (was Diva) doing well at home. She was a bit of a favourite before she went home (we love them all, but she was an absolute gem in every way) so it is so nice that she's fallen on her paws. 
A huge thanks to her lovely adopters! 

Let's hope for the same for them all!
We waved Blake off today to his new home with a lovely family so we keep everything crossed for him.  Thank you to Ruth and Mike for passing on our details.

Betsy needs a new home

Betsy had to be returned to us suddenly today. She's a lovely girl, really friendly, good on the lead and around other dogs (she wants to play) and is house trained and used to the home environment. She can't go with small children but would suit most other circumstances. Could you give Betsy another chance? She is 6yrs old. She is sharing with Billy who can dimly be seen in the photo!







Hero needs a new home

Please share this appeal for 8yr old, Hero. Thank you.


Hero's adopters are sadly having to seek to rehome him. He is staying with them at the moment, but we will take him back in the summer unless a home can be found for him beforehand. He has been at home for 3yrs but a change in circumstances for the adopters, means Hero will have to be rehomed in due course.

Hero is 8yrs old, in good health (has only ever needed the vet for annual vaccinations), house trained, good on the lead, confident, friendly, used to the home environment and other breeds and generally typically lazy whilst being excited to go on walks etc. He is also good with children. He is not cat friendly but would otherwise suit any home environment.

Here is his current adopter's write up:
"Hero is house trained and well behaved at home, and extremely patient and a happy dog always, as long as he has his usual walks per day. He is gentle, including with young children as I was able to observe with my 5 year old nephew recently. Since he retired from racing and we adopted him three years ago, he has made much progress in terms of recall".

If you can offer Hero a home, please email me at wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com and let's help get Hero settled into a loving home without having to come back to Kennels. Usual homechecks and adoption procedures apply. 

New arrivals, Andy and Doodle...

Andy - greyhound looking for a home
Andy and Doodle joined us this week to look for their homes.  They are confident and friendly and will be further assessed as we get to know them.  Andy is brindle and Doodle is blue, sporting a coat previously donated by Greyhound Walks.

Doodle - greyhound looking for a home












To offer a Whittingham hound a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk



Greyhounds do well with children and as family pets (as Smokey and Shadow demonstrate)

Smokey and his young adopter
Smokey and Shadow both went home with young children and are fantastic ambassadors for greyhounds, showing how good they are as family dogs. We home to families with children, whilst always insisting the dog must be left alone whilst eating and asleep.  We will also advise if we think a certain dog cannot be homed with children.







Shadow and his young family



If you would like more information or to visit the greyhounds, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk










Sylvie knows what goes on behind the scenes!

Behind the scenes!
Sylvie (in the photo) knows that much of what we do isn't exciting enough to put on social media, but like every charity, we are always dealing with things behind the scenes. Home checks, neutering every dog and other health checks where necessary, ensuring vaccinations are in date for every dog, vet runs, paperwork for every dog on entry and exit, our various IT duties from website to database system, updating microchips, answering emails, doing the accounts, liaising with adopters and trainers who need spaces, promotional events, assessing the dogs away from the Kennels etc etc etc. So even when we are not at the Kennels we are always busy on a voluntary basis! And a huge thank you to our other volunteers who help with this. Seeing the dogs into loving homes is the best part of the work.
So....

If you can offer a home to a Whittingham greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Rhino is looking for a home...

Rhino is such a loving boy and really affectionate and confident. He is bonkers whilst you try to get the lead on him but had a trip to the town with our behaviourist, Will, on Saturday. He does react to some smaller dogs so would need some careful introductions, but he doesn't react to everything so progress could be made quickly with someone willing to give him time. He would need someone at home during the day, but could live with another calm greyhound.
Could you offer Rhino or another Whittingham hound a loving home?
Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Freddie wants to say...











Let's talk about gift aid! It's greyt!

If you are a UK Tax Payer, please tell us when you make a donation. We can then claim the gift aid which amounts to an additional 25p in every pound donated. This is a huge benefit to us (and any registered charity) but is no cost to you. So donating £20 will really be £25!

Thank you to everyone for your support!
If you would like to adopt a greyhound or make a donation, please email
wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com for details.








Happy St Patrick's Day!

Many of our greyhounds originally come from Ireland. 
So Happy St Patrick's Day! ๐Ÿ€ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช 








Clare finds her special home with another greyhound and a cat

Clare (now Beatrix) went home on Tuesday to live with Opie and her family. We had judged her to be 'cat workable' (which is why she is temporarily muzzled until she is 100% around them) and so we hold our breath whilst she settles! Thanks so much to her lovely adopters for giving her the chance. She's a very lucky girl.











Jack is now our longest stay

Jack is now our longest stay. He's such a good boy in so many ways: house trained, confident, good with smaller breeds (with the use of the initial careful precautions), good on the lead, clean in his kennel and friendly. However, he can't be homed with children as he likes his own space and sometimes barks at some men. (Jack is not cat friendly). There must be a home for him with someone lovely!
To offer Jack or any Whittingham hound a home, please email
wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

If Jack isn't right for you, we have a kennel full of dogs looking for a home so there is bound to be someone suitable!


Homing is slow but Mo is doing well.  Do get in touch as there is a greyhound who needs YOU!

Homing is painfully slow with very few enquiries but trainers desperately asking for spaces for so many of their dogs. Trainers are waiting longer than we like but sadly we can't take dogs in without space, of course. So we always reiterate that homing one greyhound actually helps two (as another can come in to us from our waiting list).

Nevertheless, we still want to celebrate those going into homes and Mo (pictured) is doing well after falling on her paws with a loving family at the weekend.

To adopt a greyhound and enrich your life, as well as helping a dog find a home and another come in to us, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

There are so many greyhounds who need YOU!


Rosie smiles at home! 

Rosie (was May) is very happy in her home, on her adopter's bed! Some greyhounds do smile and show all their teeth, but it is not always easy to get a photo! Thank you to Keith and Duncan for this great photo and giving our dogs a great home!










Long termer, Smasher, is settling well at home!

We have had two lovely updates on Smasher...our long term boy who went home last week. He's doing really well. He's mastered the stairs, is eating (after a hesitant start), has found the sofa and is doing well with the other greyhound, Donnie. What a lucky boy. And thank you SO SO much to his lovely adopters for giving him a special home. Three cheers for them all!





Spencer is doing well!  

Little Spencer is doing really well. He's not quite ready for homing yet but is healing well. (He was injured at the sales and will be looking for a home as soon as he is better). 

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk











Poppy (was Sasha) and her small dog friends!

We love these photos of Poppy (formerly known as Sasha) who really fell on her paws with her adopters and their other dogs.  She was slightly older as she had been in a home previously. But it just shows how the older dogs shouldn't be overlooked.

To adopt a greyhound and lose your sofa, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk




Rhino is an unusual character - looking for a loving home!

Rhino has to do a circuit and vocal warm up before coming in!  Sometimes he prefers to stay out! He's a lovely boy but would need someone who could work with him around other breeds and being on his own. But he is affectionate and really loving and deserves a good home.  Video on facebook!
To adopt Rhino or any other Whittingham hound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Dinky is adopted!

Another of our hard to home dogs, Dinky, was officially adopted today by our staff member and 5-nights a week caretaker, Martin. Dinky spends these nights in the bungalow with him anyway so although we initially were not sure whether to make it official, he has now been properly adopted and signed over.  This will free up space for dogs to be neutered and separated in the week.  So Dinky will be a permanent feature but with home comforts!








Thank you to our donors

Thanks so much to the sender of the box of goodies. Not sure who the sender was but very much appreciated. 











Longest stay Greyhound, Smasher, finds a loving home

Our longest stay, Smasher, went home yesterday and we are holding our breath until he settles fully. He has been with us for nearly 2yrs as he was a lovely boy, but powerful and rather lived up to his name! Here he is on his first day at home! A huge thank you to his adopters. We wish him the best and send him off with our love ...and look forward to more updates.








Come and join us for our Easter Open Day!


Cat Testing thanks to Jane and daughter, Lucy (and cats)!

Not the best photo! But a huge thank you to Jane and daughter, Lucy and cats for letting us cat test. Sadly Harriet didn't pass but Clare might be trainable. Both are good around smaller breeds of dog, given initial care.

We will home to most home situations but if there are other animals, it has to be the right dog. We are so grateful for the cat testing as it really helps place the dogs carefully.

To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk






Two Jeffs are better than one!

When Jeff's adopter realised that the other Jeff's adopters lived really close by... they decided to meet for a walk!  The two Jeffs were really delighted to see each other!!

We love an ex-Whittingham meet!









Homing is slow but Mary is lucky!

Mary went home yesterday and after a little bit of unsettled excitement, she settled down in her new pyjamas! Thank you to her adopter and we will look forward to hearing how she settles!

Despite a little flurry of homes, homing is slow at the moment with very few enquiries for adoption. But there are so many lovely dogs who need a home. So keep telling everyone to adopt a greyhound!

Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk





Richie falls on his paws in a loving home!

Many of you will remember the appeals for our oldest resident, Richie. He was proving hard to home as he was older, but lively and reactive. But he finally fell on his paws last week and has found the sofa today! It looks like he has learned how to relax!!






We adore our doors!

This post is far more exciting than it seems! 


Our old doors were in danger of rotting from the base up. So our very clever 'door people' invented a way to preserve them. They look sparkling and are safer for the dogs too.  

To open your door to a greyhound and help find him/her a loving home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website at www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk 


They will ado(o)re you for it!
(Sigh)!



Greyhounds, Harriet and Victor (not quite getting the point of their kennel)!

 Hmmmm.... Harriet and Billy. The point of the divider is to give you each a space. ๐Ÿคฆ‍♀️๐Ÿคฆ‍♂️







Thank you so much for your donations

Thank you so much Adam, Tim and the anonymous donations. We really appreciate it. So very generous. Thank you so much, Dana and Orla.  And to Jo and Opie and family. And to everyone who donates and supports.

Smasher has visitors today and was reserved! He has been with us for nearly 2yrs so as long as he gets on well with the other dog at home (they were fine at the Kennels), he will really be falling on his paws. We will keep you posted!

Meet new arrival, Clare

Clare is our latest new arrival. She's a very friendly and loving girl and we will get to know her properly as she settles in.  
We are absolutely full again with so many dogs waiting to come in to us. 
Despite a little flurry of homing, homing is still slow with very few enquiries coming in. So if you can offer a greyhound a home, get in touch and we would love to hear from you. Homechecks apply.
Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk










Diva and Zippy find homes but the Kennels remains full with so many greyhounds needing a loving home so please get in touch to adopt! 

Today saw Diva and Zippy go to their special homes. Two sets of lovely people and two relaxed dogs. We wish them well as they settle in.
Greyhound, Diva at home


We still have a full Kennel and so many greyhounds needing a space. 
Greyhound, Zippy at home














To adopt a greyhound and help him/her find a loving home, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk


Our oldest resident finds a home

Richie went home this afternoon and we will keep everything crossed that he settles well. He was our oldest resident at 8yrs but was like a big puppy as he was quite lively!  We would like to thank his new adopters for understanding his quirks and giving him a chance. They have had a greyhound before so are aware that he might take a few days to settle in.  He loved all his new toys and was very excited when he arrived! 
(Thanks also to Tony who had shared him on facebook repeatedly in the past and to everyone who shared too to try to find him a home).
We will share more photos when we receive them and thanks again to his adopters!
To adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk


Nervous dogs coming out of their shells at home

It is so lovely when the nervous dogs go home and start to shine and come out of their shells. They always come round at the Kennels but can obviously regress in a new environment when first at home. But we know they will get there with love and patience.
'Greyhound, Leon (was Buff)'


Sandra (now Indigo) and Buff (now Leon) went home last weekend and Leon is now starting to come round. Mocha was exceptionally nervous when she came in to us but is really doing well at home. There is always progress to make but the fact that they are turning the corner is all due to the patience and love of their adopters. It is really rewarding when they trust you as they start to enjoy things more and become mega-loyal too. It also helps to have another confident dog at home to show them the ropes.

Thank you to Mike, Ruth and family with Leon and Indigo; and Mel and family with Mocha.
'Greyhounds, Mocha and Willow'

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk







An emergency intake

Introducing our little emergency intake, Spencer. He looks a bit worse for wear at the moment but this is because he was injured during a trial at the track and we were asked to take him. He will be with us a while as he recovers from his injury, but he is an absolute sweetheart. Thank you to Debbie/Steve for bringing him in and those who have helped with everything for him. We will find him a new home as soon as he is healed. Please send healing thoughts!


Greyhounds collecting!

Many people email us after adopting a greyhound to tell us their dog is collecting things and taking them to their bed. This can be toys, slippers, doorstops or anything else they find entertaining! Richard (was Ricky) has gathered a pretty impressive toy collection!

We have SO SO many greyhounds needing a space with us at the moment. We took four calls in an hour from trainers who need spaces. But we are going as fast as we can. So, if you'd like to adopt a greyhound and help another come to us as a result (thus helping two), do email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk 




Thank you Medivet, Waltham Abbey

Thanks so much to the team at Medivet Waltham Abbey, who came to the Kennels to help last Sunday. It is so great that they take time out of their busy week to support us. Thank you so much to them all!







Thank you for supporting Whittingham

Thank you so much to Leshantha and everyone who is donating. We are so grateful. Thank you Susan and Carrie Ann for your gifts. All going down well and very much appreciated!
We have had to step in to take an emergency case this afternoon so we will keep you posted when we meet him!  It's never a quiet day at Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity ! This does mean we are over capacity and really full. So please do keep telling people to come and adopt! 
Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Dogs homed and new arrivals

Our new arrivals include Billy, Mo (pictured) and Harriet. We are getting to know them and will post details on the website so do keep an eye out!
Sunday saw Buff (now Leon) and Sandra (now Indigo) fall on their paws with Ruth, Mike and family. Buff was very nervous so we can't thank them enough for helping him adjust at home.  We will look forward to photos!
Mags went home but is sadly back after the adopters felt they hadn't made the right decision for them (no negative comments please). She has been clean, well behaved in the car, very playful and is very loving...so we hope she will be back in a loving home very soon.
In other news, Jet has really landed on his paws after his home fell through. When it was clear he needed a new home, Emma and daughter, Lucy, who had fostered him, offered him his forever home.  What a lucky boy he is.
If you would like to adopt a Whittingham greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
 
Daphne at St Albans Cathedral

Daphne is a great advocate for greyhounds! Great to see the Whittingham hounds promoting themselves!  See the video on our Facebook page: Whittingham Kennels, Retired Greyhounds Charity


Blake and Billie - looking for homes and make a good double act!

Blake doesn't seem to be grasping the concept of Billie's personal space. Thankfully she doesn't mind sitting under him!!
















Max is looking for a loving home

Max is looking for a home. He is extremely loving and affectionate. He gets on with other greyhounds but does need an experienced home as he needs to wear a muzzle around smaller breeds. Could you give Max a loving home?  Home checks apply.
To adopt Max or any other Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk


Thank you Marion and Amazon wishlist donors

Thank you so much, Marion and Flash (for the pigs ears). And to everyone who is donating via our amazon wishlist. 

Thank you for our new Kennels!

Thank you so much to our anonymous and extremely generous donor for our amazing new kennels which were fitted yesterday.  We can use them in the summer for extra capacity and they are perfect! The concrete base was laid first and the kennels installed yesterday.  Thank you so much again!






Our Sunny Valentine!

So many greyhounds looking for love at the moment. Could you offer a greyhound a loving home this Valentine's Day? 































If so, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk


The importance of giving it time!  

   
Missie and her friend, Knight - both ex-Whittingham Residents, now adopted!
When Missie first went home, she charged in, went rampaging around and we wondered where the gentle, quiet soul had gone!  But in less than one week she had settled and now in less than two weeks, she is walking with other breeds, is calm and has found the sofa. She has even invited the neighbouring greyhound, Knight (who also came from Whittingham) round for a visit!  Thank you to her adopter, Tanya, for realising the initial start was only temporary and for giving Missie a great home.
Some greyhounds walk into their new home as if they have always lived there, some are nervous and some are over excited!  But they just need a few days to understand the new routine and everything it means to be in a home. They are the perfect dogs to adopt!

If you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Whittingham's former resident greyhounds doing well at home!

Bobby greyhound doing well at home!
We love receiving photos and updates from our adopted hounds. And we think it shows how they adjust so well to becoming great members of the family too!  Here is Bobby and please join our facebook page (Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity) for more photos of some of our dogs doing well at home. 

We are also delighted that our oldest resident, Richie, has been reserved so hopefully he will soon feature in the 'homed' posts too!

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk





Thank you for your donations and kindness!

Thank you to Diane and her family, Paul and Lynda. We are so grateful for a new trolley after our wheelbarrow decided to retire itself and fall apart!  So very generous of them. 
Thank you, Leshantha, Una and Jake for such a kind thought in treating the staff and lovely words. Happy birthday to Una!
Thank you to Anett who is so generous bringing supplies. We really appreciate her kindness.






Welcoming new greyhound arrivals, Billie and Pye!

We took in Pye and Billie today, two beautiful girls. They are both affectionate, confident and friendly and will be assessed further as we get to know them. Pye (black) is the sister of Hocus who we homed relatively recently. So we hope both will be falling on their paws in loving homes soon!
Pye - greyhound looking for a home

Billie - looking for a new home 
















Thank you for your generosity!

Thank you so much, Laila and Susan for your amazon gifts. So so kind of you and so appreciated. Thank you also to Brenda; Sally with Reuben and friend, Catherine; and the brother of Diane with Beauty for all their generosity and support sending parcels too. We are so lucky to have so much support. Thank you again.













Whittingham is committed to all our rehomed dogs for LIFE!

At Whittingham, we always want you to remember that we are here for our rehomed dogs
throughout their lives. We always home check, always give out information and try to match appropriately. We are so lucky that most of our dogs settle really well and we are here to give guidance by phone or email after dogs go home. However, whilst we hope every home will be a forever home, we appreciate circumstances change or some people need to reach out at any stage of the dog's life and sometimes dogs need to be returned for a whole variety of reasons. We are here to support all our adopters and will always take dogs back when required. We know many of our friends in other rehoming centres emphasise this for their adopted dogs too, but we have received some pleas for help recently from people who have adopted dogs elsewhere. So please remember, if you adopt a Whittingham dog, you will always have our support, receive our newsletters and be part of the Whittingham family for life!

So if you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Please nominate Whittingham if you purchase from this site!  We would be very grateful!

"At Paleo Ridge, we have teamed up with local rescue organisations to ensure dogs in need have a chance of feeding a healthy diet ๐Ÿถ
We have a brand new charity product set up on our website called 'Donate Raw to Paws in Need' ๐Ÿพ This product is the equivalent of 1kg of 80:10:10. For every one of these products purchased, we will double at no extra cost! For example, if you purchase 2kg, we send the charity 4kg!" 

Lovely greyhound, Rex comes to Whittingham and goes home quickly!

Rex came into us last week after his previous owner reached out to us to take him in. He didn't originally come from us but we were able to take him as we had the perfect home for him in mind. Our volunteers, Jo and Phil took him to the new home yesterday where he is already settling with Janet and Derek. We are so pleased we could help this older boy find his special place. Thanks to his adopters and to Jo and Phil. Be happy, Rex.








Greyhound reunions in North London and thanks to Broadway Pet Stores

Thank you to Nigel, Sue and Tim who continue to collect for us at Broadway Pet Stores, Muswell Hill. We collected donated food today and then had a walk at Alexandra Palace where we bumped into the monthly greyhound walk and gatecrashed!  Whittingham was very well represented at the walk with Masha, Rosy, Savana, Lulu, Buddy, Jess and then Yogi, Sylvie and Oaky joining in (apologies if i have missed someone)! Sylvie was reunited with her sister, Jess. Thanks to Jess' adopter for the lovely photo. We love bumping into our ex
residents!

Will and Harriet assess Zippy and Sonny

Thank you so much to Will and Harriet for taking Zippy and Sonny out for testing and behavioural assessment/training today. Will has two Whittingham greyhounds and is also a behaviourist so is able to assess and work with the dogs too!  Both Zippy and Sonny did really well!  So hopefully we can find them both loving homes as soon as possible. 

To adopt a Whittingham dog, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk






Thank you for the Amazon parcels and bedding!

Wow, people are so generous. Thank you so so much to Gaelle, Will, Susan, Laura, Katie, Anuradha and Julie ...and anyone else whose parcels arrived anonymously.  We can't thank you enough for being so supportive.  The whole Whittingham extended family keeps the Kennels going.
Thank you so much, Lorraine for gathering so much bedding. And to Claire (with Finn) for the initial contact. It really helps keeps the dogs comfortable. Thank you!  We accept any towels or duvets or linen (except anything containing feathers).


Burgess Pet food - please nominate Whittingham!


Thank you to Karen for alerting us to this. If you'd like to take 10 seconds and vote for Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity , we would be so grateful!
Thank you

Patsy doing well at home

Many of you will remember one of our longest stays, Patsy. Here he is doing well at home and showing why the longer stays need to be given a chance. If they are reactive to other breeds or nervous, they will overcome this with patience and love. As long as it is the right home, they all need a chance!
(Patsy is also the dog in our cover photo on facebook)!

To adopt a Whittingham greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Greyhounds, Ricky and Sam, find loving homes; Ricky with three children

Richard (was Ricky) went home on Saturday and shows how well greyhounds can do with families. He lives with three children and has fallen on his paws with all their love and attention.  We home to any family set-up, but always stress the importance of letting the greyhound have a quiet corner and being left alone when eating and asleep. Greyhounds generally love people so make a great addition to most homes!

Sam went home today so we wish him luck too as he settles into life beyond kennels.
To offer a greyhound a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
 
There are so many greyhounds who need a loving home.


Mocha shows how a confident friend can help settle the nerves 

What a beautiful photo of Mocha (fawn) and her new friend at home. Having a confident dog with a nervous dog often helps the nervous dog cope with the transition to home life.  We can't thank Mocha's adopters enough for their patience and kindness with her.

A huge thank you, too, to everyone who continues to support us through the amazon wishlist and in every way. And to Will (with Josh and Josie) for his generosity and offers of help.
If you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website at www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk




Amazon wishlist

Many people like to support us via our Amazon wishlist and ask us for the link. So we have created a new one. 
This is the link to our current list: https://amzn.eu/cvQh7aL
Thanks to everyone who supports us in this way. We really REALLY appreciate it. 
Thank you Emma, Robie, Will, Sue, Gaelle and everyone who has already donated!


Jeff, Missie and Ricky find homes!

We have had a little flurry of homing this week with Missie, Ricky and Jeff finding homes. We always hope they settle well but are always available to offer advice or tips, both during the settling phase and ongoing.

Here is Jeff who has been an absolute star and we are so thrilled he is doing so well.

Thank you to all their adopters.
We still, of course, have a full kennel and massive waiting list of greyhounds who need to come to us. So if you'd like to enjoy welcoming a greyhound into your home, we would love to hear from you!
To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website at www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk



Greyhound, Mary looking for a home

Mary has been with us a little while now and is a lovely girl. She is a little strong on the lead but this would soon improve with regular walks. She shares happily and just needs a chance.


If you would like to adopt Mary or any other Whittingham greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website at www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk






Pablo settling at home

We were delighted to see the photos of Pablo settling in at home. Pablo featured on our recent video which highlighted our work. It's great to see him at home!

Watch the video at:







Past, present and future

It is already two years today since the sad death of our founder, Johanna.
As many of our followers already know, with the support of our fantastic trustees, adopters, volunteers and supporters we have secured the future for Whittingham by creating its own charity and continuing to care for the dogs and rehome as many greyhounds as possible to loving homes. It was extremely stressful at times, both with the pressure of dogs needing a space combined with the work required to form the charity, but our priority was always the greyhounds in our care. Seeing the dogs into loving homes is the best part of our work. We will never compromise on the welfare of the dogs.
We can't thank everyone enough for your encouragement and support so let's build on this in 2023 for the sake of all the current residents and all those dogs who need Whittingham!

So ... if you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

There is a greyhound here that needs YOU! 

Greyhound, Mocha, settling in

We have had a busy weekend with several lucky dogs being reserved.  Thanks to all our visitors and volunteers today for all the walking!


Pablo found a home yesterday so we are keeping everything crossed that he settles well.  He is a confident chap so we hope he will find life beyond kennels to be an exciting adventure. Thank you to his adopters.

Mocha went home during the week and her adopters have been so understanding because she is exceptionally nervous and panicky. With their help and the help of their other greyhound, we know she will do well in time.  She is very lucky indeed. 

We still always have greyhounds looking for homes with tons more waiting for a space, so if you would like to help a lucky dog fall on their paws in a loving home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Whittingham Kennels - a Petplan Nominee!

Thank you so much to whoever put our name forward to be nominated for a Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Award. We are so proud to have been nominated. Petplan will now choose their finalists for each category but we are just delighted to have been put forward by our amazing supporters. Thank you so much again. Staff, volunteers, adopters and supporters are all Team Whittingham!
#PetplanACANNominee










Greyhound, Jarvis and spaniel friend

We had to share this beautiful photo of Jarvis (was Fozzie) resting on his spaniel friend (and his favourite toy) that we received this morning.

Greyhounds and other breeds can happily live together. You just have to find the right match!

To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com







Event update and raffle winners 




Winning raffle numbers: green 593 (Adrian), green 704 (JB), yellow 320 (Barney), green 900 (AF), yellow 354 (Sarah W), green 839 (SK), green 693 (TT), green 904 (AJ). Please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com if this is you! Thanks!







Massive thanks to everyone who came to support our event 

Wow, what an amazing turnout for our event today. Thank you SO SO much to everyone for your phenomenal support and for joining us. It has blown us away (almost literally at the start)!
So many people to thank!  
Sim and Theresa were outstanding with their beautiful cooking. They virtually sold out of everything and everyone was complimenting them on their food. They were both so generous and donated all the proceeds as well as all their time and all the ingredients. Again, breathtakingly generous.
They were ably assisted by Pam with her fantastic paintings. And Doug who threw himself into the chilli orders so helpfully.  Thank you both. 
Natalie was accosted to do the raffle and was an absolute star, selling out almost a whole book and wonderfully assisted by Alex and Heidi who also went round selling tickets so willingly.   Thank you so much.
Faith and John were on the tombola and despite being in the worst of the wind tunnel, did so well with all the prizes.
Val was on the stall selling many different items as well. Thank you to them.
Doreen, Tim and Martin were absolute stalwarts in the kitchen, with mulled wine and mince pies in constant process. And also assisting with the chilli and rice too. Thank you so so much.
Jo, Phil, Stephen and our regular volunteers were wonderful with all the walking and help setting up too.
One dog (Girl) was reserved and will really be falling on her paws.  Her adopter estimates their current dog (Boris) has over 100 toys!!! So Girl will be very spoilt!  There was also potential interest in Sam... and then a very nice family reserved Pablo.
We can't thank everyone enough for your kindness, support... and for all the donations of food, bedding, treats, disinfectant and other items for raffle etc.  We are so lucky to have such amazing supporters.
The final total and outstanding raffle winners will be put up when we have counted and sorted everything! 
See you at Easter! XX

Mocha met some cats

A huge thank you to Jane who let us cat test again tonight. One of the cats was extremely fiesty so Jane literally spilled blood for the cause whilst moving the cat into view. 

On the plus side, Mocha seemed unreactive so we will keep everything crossed that the same applies at home. Mocha is extremely nervous (and didn't race for that reason) but we are sure she will come out of her shell once settled at home. We are hoping to take her to her potential home next week. Thank you to her potential adopters too! And thank you again, Jane.

Thank you for the donations and thank you to Erssie

Thank you so much to the Walton family for the tins and everyone who donates.

And a huge thank you to Erssie whose knitting patterns did phenomenally well in December raising over £200. Absolutely amazing.

Thank you so much.







Paddy shows how nervous dogs should not be overlooked

Paddy went home at the end of last year and really fell on his paws. He lives with two other dogs and is doing so well. He was slightly nervous when he came to us but quickly came out of his shell. Please don't overlook the nervous dogs. They often make the most loyal and affectionate dogs once they trust you.

We have a couple of dogs who are currently looking for homes who just need to get to know you first before they wag to greet you! They really want to be in a loving home like Paddy!
If you can adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk




Thank you Greyhound Walks

Thank you so much, Jan and Rob and Greyhound Walks who are always so wonderfully kind and generous to so many greyhound rehoming centres. Amazing!











Thank you Diane... and welcome greyhounds, Moccha and Sandra

Thank you so much to our wonderful volunteer, Diane who has sent more goodies from amazon. She is always so generous. And the dogs love to see her as she sits with them and gives each dog lots of affection.  Combine this with dog treats and they'll only want to see Diane!
We also took in Sandra and Moccha today. Sandra is very friendly and Moccha is very nervous. Here is Sandra! Both will be further assessed as they settle in.



Buddy settling in at home

Buddy went home this week after promoting both Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity and himself at Pets at Home's Santa Paws event. He was great in store and has settled fantastically well at home with his new family. Thank you to them. And for the feedback from his ambassador role. It helped him fall on his paws!








Our open day is very soon!

Do come and join us next Sunday 15th 11am-2pm! Stalls, delicious food, raffle etc...and meet the dogs and other greyhound enthusiasts! We look forward to seeing you!

















Thank you to all our amazon givers and everyone who donates

Thank you, Carrie Ann, for the treats sent via amazon. And again to everyone who donates, sends treats or goodies or supports us in any way.  We can't tell you how much we appreciate it.











Our greyhounds need YOU!

When you adopt from Whittingham, we always insist that if the homing does not work for any reason, the dog MUST be returned to us. Of course, it is useful to know how the dog has behaved in the home and around other breeds, for example. Sometimes, dogs are returned with a reputation that means we have to be careful about the next home. But quite often these reputations dissolve into nothing when the dog is placed again. This is why we feel it is so important not to overlook the returns. Sometimes they just simply need a home away from previous circumstances.


Hamish was returned, but went home this week and is being an absolute superstar so far. It just shows that adopting a return can sometimes be the easiest way. They are generally house-trained, used to life away from kennels, understand the home environment, have been around other breeds and are just generally more adapted. It is like a head start!

Obviously, we hope every home will be a forever home and we do our best to inform people about the particular dog, greyhounds in general and how to settle the dog in. We are also always there to assist and often spend many hours reassuring new adopters or helping initial settling issues. Some dogs walk in and settle immediately as if they have always lived there. And some need a few days (or longer) to adjust. But ultimately, if the home doesn't work out and the dog is back with us, we don't want potential adopters to be put off. The dog might just need YOU!

If you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk 

Sam and Blake - new greyhound arrivals

Two more new arrivals, Sam (pictured) and Blake. They are settling in and Sam went down to the town today for assessment. He was good on the lead and found to be good with other dogs with the usual careful introductions. He looks prehistoric but is only 5yrs old! Blake is a little nervous until he gets to know you but we are sure he will come out of his shell quickly.  Both would love a loving home!  If you can offer a home to Sam or Blake...or any other Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity hound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website at www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
 
There are so SO many dogs needing spaces at the moment.  Every rehoming and rescue centre is full to bursting with further requests every day. We have over 80 dogs waiting to come in. That said, while we are so grateful to our wondeful adopters, we still regard it as a privilege to have a Whittingham dog and we will not compromise on homes. Every dog has a home check

Adopt a greyhound in 2023! 

Let's make 2023 the year for all our current residents to end up in loving homes.  The photo shows Cassie and Bear at home! There are more photos on our facebook page showing some ex-Whittingham adopted hounds enjoying home life.  This is what we would love for them all! 
To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk




New arrivals, Sunny and Missie

Please meet Sunny and Missie, the first of our new arrivals.  Sunny is pictured.  Missie is on our website! Both are friendly and confident. Sunny LOVES his food! Both will be further assessed as we get to know them.  More newbies later in the week! 
To adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
 for more information.



Thank you to Yusin

A massive thank you to Yusin with Shadow who has sent a tesco delivery today. So very kind. And the delivery driver's mum has just adopted two greyhounds as well! She now has our card too and was such a nice lady who is hoping to adopt one day as well! Perfect! Thanks so much again, Yusin and family.







A massive thank you to Christine, Michelle and Claire

A massive thank you (with bells on) to Christine, Michelle and Claire who have been raising money for Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity  through the Facebook auction sites.  They have raised a whopping £700.33 and we can't thank them enough. It takes such a lot of work and daily effort to keep on top of all the bids and they have been amazing.  
The money will complete our two new kennels to enable us to take more greyhounds in.  Please give them a huge round of applause and continue to support the groups as they raise money for many animal rescue causes. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

2022 in review!

Well, it's been a year of ups and downs with so many dogs needing to come in! Our wonderful adopters, supporters and volunteers have helped Whittingham so much and enabled us to continue to take in and rehome these deserving dogs.  The cost of living crisis, people returning to work and the simple saturation of dogs in homes in the months during the worst of the pandemic meant that every rehoming and rescue centre was inundated with dogs needing spaces and fewer homes available. So whilst our total is lower than last year's bumper number, we are still proud to have homed 72 Greyhounds this year (with 3 others reserved and going home after the new year fireworks). Every dog has a home check (unless we know you, of course!) and we take dogs from the waiting list in order (not according to colour or temperament) so we always try to make sure we match people to the right dog.  The dogs stay with us until the right home comes along.
We can't thank our supporters and adopters enough for all your kindness and help and look forward to homing more dogs in 2023!
Thanks everyone! 
If you would like to adopt a greyhound like Freddie or Ross (pictured), please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

Greyhound, Max would love a loving a home! 

Max is not the right colour for this damp and mucky weather!!  He says he would rather be in a loving home.  Max is an extremely affectionate dog who gets on with other greyhounds but would need to be muzzled around other breeds. Could you give Max or another Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity hound a loving home? Email us at wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk





New arrivals!

We will be taking in some new arrivals soon. Our waiting list for dogs needing a space with us is ever growing but we can only go as fast as we can.  We will not compromise on homes just to move the list on.  But watch this space for some new faces and updates as we get to know them.  If you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
 to see the current residents!

Event rescheduled: Sunday 15th January 2023: 11am-2pm 

We are delighted to say that our event has been rescheduled for Sunday 15th January - 11am-2pm at the Kennels.  It will be a post- Christmas and New Year celebration with stalls and treats.  Come and meet the greyhounds and other like-minded greyhound people and enjoy the chilli and rice; and vegan delights stalls as well as other refreshments and other stalls.  We will look forward to seeing you there!  Let's pray for a sunny day this time!


Greyhound,Tweedy, finds a wonderful home 

In one of our last homings of the year, Tweedy has gone to the incredible Diane who had a space for Tweedy among her pack after losing her beloved Sharon. We can't thank her enough and what an incredible home she is. How lucky is Tweedy! Her new friend and resident greyhound, Teddy, swiped her new toy octopus!












Greyhounds, Mary and Sonny...

Mary and Sonny think they have the most appropriate names to wish everyone....







Thank you to Diane for the snoods to keep the hounds warm

Thank you so much, Diane.  Amazing. X
















Thank you Ellie and Kevin

Thank you so much Kevin and Ellie for all the collections. So so kind of them.














Greyhound at the Cathedral

We are delighted to see Daphne (was Snowy) representing Whittingham and her fellow greyhounds with her adopter at St Albans Cathedral!  ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
















Thank you to our adoptors and donors 

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity recently either by bank transfer of via our gofundme page.  Many people choose to support a charity instead of buying gifts and we are so grateful for your support.
Here is Fame enjoying home life after going home last week.  He was quite nervous so we are so proud of him for doing well.  Thank you to his new family for giving him a lovely home.  Cassie and May (now Rosie) also went home last week and we are keeping everything crossed that they settle.  Thank you to their adopters too for giving them a chance.
If you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com  
(Please note home checks apply).



Whittingham's new video!

Whittingham has a promotional video... thanks to our wonderful adopter, Elliot, who put it together and filmed everything; and to our fantastic adopter Sam, who agreed to front the video for us.  Sam is a Dog Coach and also worked extensively in theatre so was the perfect voice! We hope you enjoy it!  Keep your eyes peeled at the end to see if your dog features! We had so many to choose from!  See it on  facebook! or on youtube: Whittingham's Promotional Video

Thank you to Pets at Home and our amazing volunteers, Sarah and her sister

Thank you to everyone who is supporting the Santa Paws appeal at Pets at Home. We are partnered with the Pets at Home Loughton branch and fulfilling our required hours in store, primarily thanks to Sarah (with Rory) who has been absolutely amazing.  We have been a bit stuck this week with being off sick and struggling with snow to get people to the Kennels but we are so grateful for all your support.  The event runs until 24th December so please support the event if visiting in store.

Greyhounds, Ron and Molly reunited

While we wait for the weather to warm up, here is the heartwarming photo of Molly who found her home with Ron. Ron's adopters had been considering a second greyhound and when they heard that Ron's sister had come in for rehoming, their mind was made up! Ron and Molly had been together until Ron had come in for homing so we were delighted that the two dogs could be reunited. Thanks so much to their wonderful adopters for giving both dogs such a special home.







Whittingham's amazing volunteers!

Wow, we have some incredibly committed volunteers! Sim, Linda, Stephen and Tim walked in across the fields from the other side of the forest so that the dogs didn't miss out on their walks. Amazing!!





Rory the Greyhound promotes Whittingham at Pets at Home

Our Pets at Home representations for their Santa Paws continued over the weekend with Tracey doing a stint with Buddy (who sported a trendy new festive coat) and Sarah continuing her amazing support by attending again with Rory. Pets at Home Loughton 
Thanks so much everyone. Stay safe and let's hope the snow clears by Sunday for our event!








The real deal!

Hampton Court Palace has some very impressive greyhounds but come to us to adopt the real thing!  If you would like to adopt a greyhound, email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk






We have heat!

Let there be heat!

The dogs are all wrapped up warmly in their pyjamas, but what they don't realise is that tonight they will get some heat!  A huge thank you to Michelle for the heaters which were installed today and will keep our dogs (and us!) so much warmer this winter. We have yearned for this for years and hope to be able to feel our fingers and toes this year!  







Thanks to Emma, Lucy and Arnie for looking after Jet

A huge thank you to Emma for taking Jet in temporarily (for us and for his adopter who is hoping to take Jet back soon) and getting him out of kennels for now. She's an absolute star.  (Jet is muzzled until totally sure he is OK with the resident dogs but so far so good).  Thanks so much, Emma.

Whittingham Christmas event cancelled - Our event on Sunday has sadly been cancelled to be rescheduled at a later date, perhaps for new year. We had hoped the lane would clear but even if temperatures increase, it is unlikely to be safe and we don't want to risk it.
So sorry everyone. We hope to see you in the new year.






Whittingham resident, greyhound Charlie, is looking for a warm and loving home! 

Charlie is not too keen on going out in the cold. He would prefer a loving home, of course. He is confident and happy but will need a few further introductions to other breeds. If you can offer Charlie or any other greyhound a home, visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
  or email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com






Celebrations for Cassie - and Buddy showing his best side too at Pets at Home!

We are delighted to say that Cassie was reserved today. She is a very lucky girl and we are over the moon!

In other news, Buddy spent the day at Pets at Home with the amazing Sarah and her sister. And he was absolutely brilliant and so well behaved!
Thank you so much again to everyone for all their help today.





Adopt a walking blanket

Adopted greyhound, Sylvie, at home under blankets
If you find that your greyhound is waking in the night at this time of year, it may be because they are feeling cold. Putting a blanket over them or have them wear a soft coat can help settle them. (Of course, some use the blanket more successfully than others!!!)! ๐Ÿ˜
If your home is missing a walking blanket, you can add one to your life by adopting a greyhound! Email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com










Thank you for our amazon gifts

Thank you to Adam, Laurel and everyone who has donated through amazon. It is always really appreciated.
















Sarah and Cassie at Santa Paws, Pets at Home, Loughton 

What a good girl Cassie was again today. Great with all sorts of other dogs and shoppers too. What a star! And a massive thanks again to Sarah. Fantastic. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘














Sarah and Cassie supporting Whittingham at Pets at Home via its Santa Paws Event 

A huge thank you to Sarah, who is down at Pets at Home, Loughton today with Cassie, promoting us and the dogs and doing our hours for the Santa Paws fundraising event. She's an absolute star!

Homing is slow but let's celebrate greyhounds in homes!

Roman - recently adopted greyhound
Homing is still slow with an ever increasing waiting list of dogs needing to come to us...but as we haven't celebrated the positive for a while, here are some of our ex-residents showing that greyhounds make a great addition to any home and are really easy dogs to look after. Like any animal, there may be a settling phase, but they are extremely adjustable, very affectionate and don't need much exercise. So, perfect for anyone!  If you can adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
More photos on our facebook page: Whittingham Kennels, Retired Greyhounds Charity


New greyhound Molly, arrives for homing

New girl, Molly, arrived today. Homing is still sadly slow so she has been waiting a while to join us. She is extremely affectionate and will be further assessed.  She would really like to fall on her paws in a special home!  If you can offer Molly, or any of her Whittingham friends a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com






Christmas knitting patterns for Whittingham Kennels 

Our amazing adopter, and talented knitting pattern designed, Erssie, has created Christmas knitting patterns.  Here is what she says: "Finally finished writing up my knitting pattern for the Yule Mini Stockings Advent Calendar. It's available to download from https://www.ravelry.com/designers/erssie 
100% of proceeds from the sale of the knitting pattern will be going to Whittingham Retired Greyhound Charity. https://www.facebook.com/whittinghamkennels/ Whittingham Retired Greyhound Charity." 
THANK YOU SO MUCH, ERSSIE!  





Thank you Jane and cats for helping us find loving homes for greyhounds!

A huge thank you to Jane for letting us 'borrow' her cats for cat testing some of the greyhounds.  We REALLY appreciate it as it helps us get more dogs into loving homes.  Some greyhounds can live with cats but we always ask you to be REALLY careful and use muzzle and lead during introductions.  
In other news, Cassie is still up for adoption so please keep enquiries coming if you would like to offer her (or any of the other greyhounds at Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity  loving home).  Email: wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 
Thank you.

Christmas Event advertised by greyhound, Archie

Come and join us on our Christmas open day on Sunday 18th December: at the kennels from 11am until 2pm. There will be stalls, festive refreshments and the chance to meet other greyhound enthusiasts as well as all the resident greyhounds!  We hope to see you then! Archie is already in the Christmas mood! (Thanks for the photo, Francesca)!





Zippy shows the footballers how it is done!

Zippy is limbering up for the greyhound world Cup. He fancies his chances although when he turned his back on the ball, one wonders about  his strategy!  
Zippy would love a home! If you would like to adopt Zippy or any other greyhound from Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity , please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk










1 year of the new charity - but really we have been here for MANY years!

1 year of Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity



We have officially been an indepentent charity for 1 year today! There have been many challenges along the way, but also some wonderful adopters and supporters. We can't thank them enough for their support.

For anyone who doesn't know our story, here is why we are commemorating one year, despite having existed for much longer!

The Kennels was founded by Johanna Beumer over 20 years ago after she spent many years homing greyhounds. As part of the Greyhound Trust, the Kennels continued in this way until Johanna's death in January 2020. Many of the staff have worked and volunteered at the kennels for many years and Johanna had spoken to several staff members about the continuation of the Kennels and what she wanted to happen. But when her will was read, the wording did not allow for her spoken wishes to be carried out. It transpired the kennels had been left in a charitable trust with the staff as trustees and no ongoing funds. For a long time, we couldn't access the Kennels' own bank account, which contained only limited funds. Despite several accountants and lawyers reading and re-reading the will, including the solicitor who had written it, we were advised that we would need to seek expert charity lawyers' advice.
They advised that there is a distinction between the ownership of the property and the activities that take place at the property. Nothing could be legally put through the property as nobody owned the property. It would have to be registered as a charity in its own right. However, the named trustees could not be both staff and trustees as there is an issue surrounding paying trustees, especially if they are all staff members or family members. So we set about creating the charity. John, Jackie and Tim joined me as trustees and I had to ask permission to keep my job. The other staff became managers and their jobs were then more secure, funding aside! The staff do a lot on an unpaid basis but we also dropped pay, people were exceptionally generous; and this all enabled Whittingham to stay afloat. Care for the dogs was always put first with bedding, food and vet bills as the priority. It was our busiest time as the pandemic caused a surge in enquiries for rehoming dogs. We couldn't expect others to homecheck and we were not going to let dogs go out without homechecks so we drove everywhere whenever a loving home was offered and a dog reserved. We were so lucky to have so many find loving homes.
We were granted charity status in November 2021 and could then start to transfer everything into the charity's own name, including the property, payroll, bills, etc. We had ongoing issues with the phone being cut off (due to it all being in Johanna's name), the reopening of several essential services in the charity name after becoming independent, the wait for access to the bank account (and opening another), and not to mention the constant pressure of dogs needing homes.
But we got to the end and are still continuing to do what we wanted to do in the first place (home greyhounds)! Doing all this meant we could carry on doing what we always did!
It's been a struggle; and at times a case of two steps forward and ten steps back; but we are set up to always exist as a place for rehoming ex-racing retired greyhounds and other sighthounds.

The need is greater than ever with the number of home offers declining across the country as people face the cost of living, return to work or simply a saturation of the numbers of dogs in homes. Our waiting list of dogs needing a space is ever-growing and we are going as fast as we can. Despite the long list of dogs needing help, we are committed to every dog that comes into our care and will not home to 'just anyone' without proper checks and information.

So if you can offer a greyhound a loving home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk 

Quad falls on her feet with Tony and Carol

Quad went home yesterday with Tony and Carol.  They are long term adopters and friends of Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity.  When they lost their beloved, Suzie, they were able to offer Quad a home.  Quad had suffered a fractured leg whilst racing so we waited for her to gain strength following it being pinned before she came to us.  A huge thank you to Tony and Carol for giving her a home; and for their donations of items too.  We always think the best tribute to a loved greyhound is to offer another needy dog a warm and loving home. 
If anyone would like to offer a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 
We are full at the moment and have an extremely long waiting list of dogs needing a space with us. If you can adopt a greyhound, please email or visit our website: wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com


Cassie needs a new home

Cassie has sadly been returned. No negative comments please - let's just try to find her another home quickly.
She is house trained, used to the home environment, can do stairs, happily shares with other greyhounds and is a loving girl. She was at home for 10 months so we would really love her to be back in the warm again and out of kennels quickly. She will need a dental before she goes home which we will arrange ASAP.





Santa Paws

Pets at Home launches its Santa Paws appeal soon and we are very thankful to be included as a partnered charity with the Loughton branch. If anyone would like to visit the store with your greyhound during the fundraiser, please get in touch via email or speak to Tracey on instagram. Thank you.





A lucky day for Luna the greyhound - with thanks to Jim and Avril

Luna fell on her paws on Sunday with our volunteers, Jim and Avril.  They had sadly lost their beloved Ruby, but knew they could offer a home to another lucky greyhound - a lovely tribute to Ruby.  Luna is a VERY lucky girl and a huge thanks to Jim and Avril for adopting her.
In Avril's words, they 'are the lucky ones to have her' so if you would like to welcome a greyhound into your home too, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com or visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
 where you can see all the available dogs. 
(Home checks apply).
(She has a bare tummy where she was recently spayed).




A foggy day!

We are still here!  At the end of the fog! 













Two different characters thriving at home

Winnie - rehomed
Two different characters and both showing how neither should be overlooked: 
Fran and Winnie found their homes this week with two lovely sets of adopters.  Fran was nervous, Winnie was confident. Both show that once in a home, they can thrive. Fran is finding her confidence and her playful colours are already showing after just one week at home; and Winnie is loving the adventures of life beyond kennels.

Fran (now Poppy) rehomed with Fred


Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity always has a kennel load of dogs waiting for a loving home.  Give the nervous ones a chance or experience adventures with the confident type. Whatever your preference, come and see us to adopt a greyhound by visiting our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk
 or email: wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com



Thank you to Keith, Duncan, Deborah from 'GreatHounds'; and the Buckingham family

Greyhound, Booboo
A huge thank you to Keith and Duncan for collecting the donations of coats that were so kindly donated by Deborah Horn of "GreatHounds" and for all the photography and donations that Keith continues to do at Harlow for us.  Booboo (Black and white) is one of their many
adopted hounds.  
Winnie and Sasha went home this week. Thank you to both adopters and to the Buckingham family for giving Sasha a chance after she was returned aged 7yrs and they lost their beloved Alfie. 
There is always a kennel full of greyhounds to adopt, so please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com if you are able to adopt a greyhound and we will match the right dog to your home setup.

Greyhound, Poppy (was Sasha)








We will remember them...

On Armistice Day (today) and Remembrance Sunday, we remember the human victims of war with the red poppy; and also the animal victims of war with the purple poppy (or alternatively, the Nowzad Poppy, which is sold every year).   We all know the terrible cost of war to those directly fighting, but also to the civilian population, both human and animal.  This year, of course, we remember the situation in Ukraine as well as many other war torn countries.  
Animals are not just the unfortunate victims of war, but can also be directly employed by humans to carry out duties.  The Animals in War Memorial in Park Lane is an ongoing tribute to the sacrifices inflicted upon animals by man-made conflict.  Horses, dogs and pigeons are most commonly recognised in war, but many other animals from goats to glow worms are used as mascots and in other functions.  
We will remember them.
(If anyone would like to know more about Animals in War, there is a booklet available from the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (https://www.aswa.org.uk/product/animals-in-war/https://www.aswa.org.uk/product/animals-in-war/
) or a book, "Animals in War" by Jilly Cooper).

Thank you to our wonderful supporters

Thank you so much to our super volunteer, Diane for providing us with a replacement cooker. It means we are gradually moving the bungalow out of the stone age! So so generous of her to organise it too.
Thank you to everyone donating via the amazon wishlist too. We really appreciate it. The wishlist is on our Instagram page (or the comment section of an earlier post). Thanks so much for all your support.









Feline it for other charities

A huge thank you to Pets at Home, Loughton for all their collections for us. Sometimes, there is 'cat stuff' amongst the dog donations but last night it was all given to Natalie who does amazing work with cats in both the UK and in sending provisions to Greece/Portugal for strays and charities there.  Nothing goes to waste, but Oaky felt she had to inspect it first (in the top right hand corner)!






It was a wet day...

What a glorious day to work outside!!  'Soaking' and 'wet' seem the most fitting words!  Thank you to Doreen and Val for helping clean and feed!
And a huge thanks to Diane for the cleaning stuff received last night. Thanks so much.













Amazon thank you wishes

A huge thank you to Ingrid and Russ, to Laurel and Jon, and to the sender of the tins via amazon today. Thanks so much.  Tracey has put our wishlist on Instagram.  Thanks so much for your support.
Thank you to the kind sender of the eye ointment for Smasher. He is ok but his eyes need treatment twice a day and this was added to the wishlist.  Thank you!

Auction on Facebook for Whittingham's Greyhounds

From 1st November, the auctions on two facebook groups will be raising money for Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity :
Glitz n Glam for Rescues group is 20 % of each sale apart from the book album which is 10%. 
Destash group is 10% of each item.
Do join the groups and get bidding!  A huge thank you to Christine, Michelle and Claire for coordinating and helping raise money for the greyhounds in our care.

Thank you to Broadway Pet Stores, Muswell Hill

A big thank you to Nigel, Sue and Tim from Broadway Pet Stores, Muswell Hill, who continue to collect for us. We really appreciate it.     










Two new greyhounds on the block!

Introducing our new boy and girl, Buddy and Luna. Buddy thinks Luna is taking up too much of the bed!! Luna disagrees and said she is absolutely fine, thank you.
They will be assessed and then look for a home.
If you can offer a greyhound a loving home, please visit our website www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk or email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com




Freddie loves his bed!

Our evening paddocking is coming to an end and will stop when the clocks go back. Freddie will be delighted as he had to be coaxed up tonight and wanted to stay in bed for an early night!
Freddie is looking for a home, along with his other kennel friends who are all on our website: www.wkretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

If you can offer a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com



Dogs everywhere!

We have had a bit of a week with dogs everywhere, more needing space every day and a return who needed to come in urgently. We have already committed to taking 4 new dogs at the weekend so are really juggling for space. Jeff (pictured) doesn't understand why he is still waiting for a home...and Sasha is hoping she can fall on her paws quickly after coming back to us.  She will be having a dental and vaccinations before she can go home (but we haven't told her that yet). 
If you can offer a loving home to a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com 
Home checks and usual processes apply.






Greyhound Betty has fallen on her paws and found a loving home

Betty went home on Sunday and we are delighted that she is settling so well. Well done, Betty!
We have a few new arrivals coming this weekend which will inch our waiting list forward.  There are sooooooo many dogs who need a space so please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com if you would like to adopt a greyhound (or a second, third, fourth....greyhound!!). (Home checks apply).











All our resident greyhounds walked by our dedicated volunteers

A huge thank you to our incredible Wednesday volunteers: Linda, Sim, Diane and Tim. All the resident kennel dogs were walked and had a lovely day! (The kennel dogs wear muzzles generally due to the other breeds around us...but these two are owned and can go muzzle free)!  












Greyhound, Lulu, homed and other greyhounds waiting

Lulu went home on Friday and is doing well - learning to interact with her two smaller companions and settling into home routine.  Thanks so much to her adopters.
Whilst homing is still very slow and enquiries are minimal, we still want to celebate greyhounds in loving homes... and show that those waiting could be just as successful in a home environment if given the chance.  So please keep spreading the word and help us find homes for some of our boys... and enable us to take some of the dogs in who are waiting on our ever-expanding waiting list.  We have so many boys and girls waiting to come in - we just need space to bring them in so they can end up on your sofa!  
If you can adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com
(Home checks and homing procedures apply).


The Changing of the Beds  




Today is bed clean out day.  With a fresh paper  delivery, it is time to change the beds completely.  

Rhino is enjoying a comfy bed and we are knackered!!


















Greyhound Groups

If you'd like to join a local greyhound group, there are many who walk monthly, including this group in Enfield, Sighthound Sundays at various locations, Greyhound Walks at various locations and the group at Alexandra Palace. It is a great way to meet other greyhound enthusiasts and give your dog some greyhound company too! Our thanks to the Enfield group for including us amongst their charities at their last walk. Thanks so much.













Greyhounds and Kings

Did you know?  Greyhounds are a major feature of the carvings and imagery in Kings College Chapel, Cambridge.  They are pictured with dragons throughout the building in heraldic symbol. The greyhound was the emblem of several powerful Tudor families and was a symbol of celebrity and loyalty. Edmund Tudor, First Earl of Richmond and father of Henry VII, was granted a white greyhound as a heraldic supporter by his half-brother Henry VI. The greyhound was a "heraldic expression of the dynastic right of the Tudors to the English throne,” says Peter Jones, the librarian at King’s College. 


The modern greyhound still embodies loyalty and devotion, although we can't necessarily promise a claim to the throne if you adopt a greyhound.  But you will gain a loyal and loving friend. 

We are sure you will agree that the photo of the living descendants shows their ability to face dragons is still very much at the forefront of their activities.
If you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com



Congratulations and thank you to our supporters, Dan and Helena

A huge congratulations to Dan and Helena (with greyhound, Millie) on their marriage...with massive thanks to them both, and to their mum/mother-in-law, Lesley (with Jazzy), for asking their guests to donate to Whittingham Kennels in place of wedding gifts. It is so appreciated and so phenomenally generous. Thank you so much and many congratulations.






St Francis of Assisi's Feast Day encountering grazing greyhounds

Today is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals. So we remember the value of every living creature, including all our greyhounds.  
(It's a shame Epping Forest don't know its species though)!
If you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com










Stairs are no obstacle!

Sausage went home this week and the video proves how adaptable greyhounds can be to all kinds of homes!  He has to negotiate two sets of stairs but is already now going up and down for fun!  What a star!  (We had tested him beforehand on the steps outside the Kennels but it is not a foolproof test so adopters have to be preapared to work with them if stairs are an obstacle).  Thanks to his adopters for giving him a loving home.  What a lucky boy!
Homing is still painfully slow with enquiries for homes almost at zero.  Our waiting list is forever growing with dogs waiting to come in to us.  Almost every rehoming centre is struggling and we are no different with homes desperately needed for so many dogs.  So please keep spreading the word so we can home our current residents and take in some more needy hounds.  
(That said, we will not home our greyhounds to 'just anyone'.  Every home is checked and we will refuse homes who are not suitable for our greyhounds).

Digging

Congratulations on the hole! A very professional job and he's enjoying the fruits of his labour!  ๐Ÿคฆ‍♀️












Whittingham's Walk!

Thank you to everyone who came to our walk today. It was so lovely to see so many of you and we really appreciate all the support.  Thank you to everyone who brought donations of food and disinfectant etc too.  It was great to see our ex-residents again and be joined by other greyhound lovers too. All the current kennel residents went on the walk as well, which was great!  Martin, who is a keen walker, was able to lead the way to beautiful views...whilst we prepared refreshments back at base for the return.  Thank you to Tilly and Faith for selling raffle tickets...and to Sandra for her brilliant mugs which also raised some funds.  It is always wonderful to see dogs we have known and who are now thriving at home.  We can't mention everyone here, but we do have to say how wonderful it was to see Patsy mingling with all the other greyhounds. Patsy was our longest stay for such a long time and has really fallen on his paws. It was quite
breathtaking to see him doing so well with all the other dogs. 
Lily and Patsy
Thank you to everyone for coming, supporting, walking, donating and including all the kennel dogs too.  See you next time!











Some old friends and Merlin finds a home

We were delighted to be visited by several ex Whittingham hounds today. It is always lovely to see our former residents doing well.  Tina (now Honey) popped in and thanks to her adopter for all her care for her. Tali (was Gabby) came with her family and looks wonderful.  And Megan also visited with her family and also looks perfect. Megan will also have a new hound family member when Polly joins the family in October.  Blue, Bear and Rosie also came by today and look great.

Meanwhile, Merlin (pictured) is settling in at home after a few unsettled nights. But he's now getting there and thanks to their adopters for their patience and to Helen (with Smokey) who has been offering them further wisdom and fellow experience.  Some settle immediately and others take a week or two to get into the rhythm, but they get there with patience and kindness.
If you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com




The death of Queen Elizabeth II

Sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. A long life but there is always an inescapable sadness in death. RIP















Rhino and Polly - new arrivals waiting to charge into your heart


Rhino and Polly are our newest arrivals and are settling in well. We hope there is interest already in Polly so Rhino also needs a chance. He should be fine around other breeds but can be strong if something spooks him. Otherwise, he is loving, friendly and has unusual speckling. 
If you could let Rhino charge into your heart, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com




Thanks to Pooch's Dog Treats

Thank you so much to Pooch's Dog Treats (www.poochs.co.uk) and those who nominated us.  Whittingham was drawn this morning to receive a large box of treats.  The greyhounds will look forward to this very much (and the staff are very jealous!)!  
Thank you so much to Pooch's and those who put us forward! ๐Ÿ™‚

Whittingham Kennels' committed team!

Our dedicated volunteers do an amazing job walking all the dogs. Linda, Sim (and Diane who is normally with them!) are two (three!) of our weekday volunteers and are so committed. We are so grateful for their help and support.  The dogs love them and are always raring to go! Thank you to everyone who helps keep Whittingham going!











Home one greyhound, help two!

Homing is still very slow but we saw Hocus and Archie into their homes this week. Both families have had greyhounds before so we wish them luck as they settle in. Merlin went home last week too and is getting used to home life.
It's always lovely to have updates on our ex-Whittingham residents.
There are SO SO many dogs that need to come to us, with the list building every day. So we hope the photos of dogs settled in their homes shows that every home should have a greyhound!
This week, we have taken in Rhino and Polly... with two more boys coming in on Friday. Homing one greyhound creates a space for another so as we always say, home one greyhound, help two!
If you would like to offer a home to a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com
Home checks apply.

Thank you to Whittingham's Sunday volunteers 

A huge thank you to our amazing squad of sunday volunteers, Doug,  Doreen, Jo and Phil.  All the dogs have been walked (as is the case every sunday). Sunday is our official volunteer day when all the dogs are walked.  Our other weekday volunteers will feature when they get accosted for a photo! Thanks so much to them all. We couldn't do it without them and they are very much part of team Whittingham!




Whittingham is here for you and your greyhounds!

When you adopt from Whittingham Kennels, we always drum in that we are there for back up for the whole of the dog's life; at the start and throughout.  Sometimes circumstances change and we always want you to know that you can turn to us if you need to. The same applies if you know of any of our dogs who need support. Please don't hesitate to let us know.  The dogs' welfare comes first. 
If you would like to adopt a greyhound, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Suri finds a home, but let's home the other greyhounds too!

Whilst homing is still painfully slow, we did see Suri off home this week and she is settling well (with a few things to work on!).  Thanks to Rachel for adopting her, her friend Louise for

recommending us (who also adopted from us) and her friend, Terence for helping Suri home!  

Here she is at home, (and you can see other photos of Whittingham greyhounds doing well at home on our facebook page).  It's so nice for us to see them settling into life away from kennels. 

If you can offer a greyhound a home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Happy St. Guinefort's Day - the Greyhound Saint

Happy St Guinefort's Day....
St Guinefort, the greyhound Saint, is the only dog to be venerated as a Saint in his own right.   And he wasn’t just any breed - he was a Greyhound who lived in Lyon, France in the Thirteenth Century!

When his master, a Knight, went out, Guinefort was left alone to guard an infant.  Whilst Guinefort was overseeing the baby, a snake entered the room and approached the sleeping child.  Guinefort fended off the snake and killed it, inadvertently smearing the snake’s blood around his own mouth in the process.  When the Knight returned, he found the dog covered in blood and mistakenly thought Guinefort had killed the baby.  This meant that Guinefort was mercilessly killed himself, only for the baby to be discovered alive with the remains of the snake alongside.  The family realised that Guinefort  had suffered a great injustice and buried the dog in a well in commemoration.
The dog's bravery and heroic actions were heralded by the local people, who declared the dog a Saint after miracles were reported at the well.  His story became legendary, the area became a shrine and babies were brought to the burial place to be healed. 
His feast day is today, the 22nd August so let's celebrate the canine saint by giving our own greyhounds an extra hug and promoting greyhounds as loving family dogs. So many greyhounds need a loving home. They may even be related to Guinefort, himself!
If you can offer a greyhound a loving home, please email wkretiredgreyhounds@gmail.com

Let's hear it for the nervous greyhounds!

Sometimes people understandably overlook the nervous greyhounds as they don't come up to the door of their kennel or sell themselves.  But if you are prepared to give them a chance (and have the right circumstances to be able to do so), the nervous greyhounds are often ultra-loyal and trusting once they gain their confidence.  They just need help to come out of their shells.  It is also really rewarding.

Judy and Fame (now Jago) were both nervous when they came to us.  But they have settled so well at home.  Thank you to Liz (with Judy) and Jo and Phil (with Jago) who helped them adjust to home life and find loving homes.  Here is Judy tak