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17-06-2021, 11:31 AM
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Adopting a retired greyhound

Since we lost our last dog, Daisy a cocker spaniel, to kidney failure in January 2020 the house has seemed really empty. We didn't think we could have another dog because my husband is now infirm and uses a wheelchair and we thought that it would be difficult to manage a dog whilst going out with the wheelchair. Also, a small dog might trip my husband up because he is so unsteady on his feet.

However, we are adopting a retired greyhound and I pick her up on Sunday! I researched the breed carefully after I saw an elderly lady in an electric wheelchair with a greyhound walking on a lead next to her. We looked on the Greyhound Trust site and then visited one of their kennels and met a lovely greyhound who had been in a domestic situation with a lady who used a wheelchair! We walked this greyhound next to our wheelchair and it worked perfectly.

To cut a long story short - I shall be collecting Annie, our new family member on Sunday. She is 6 years old and is beautiful! I feel excited and nervous at the same time ...
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17-06-2021, 11:35 AM
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How wonderful Margaret! How exciting this will be - and for you to get one who is used to wheelchairs too. Greyhounds are beautiful dogs, I'm sure you will all be so happy together!
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17-06-2021, 11:54 AM
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You are a total legend. Anybody who gives a dog a loving home is as good as it gets.
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17-06-2021, 12:49 PM
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Just have to supercharge the wheelchair to exercise the dog
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17-06-2021, 01:17 PM
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Thatís wonderful news Margaret and Annie will be lovely company for you both.

Well done for adopting her...
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17-06-2021, 01:29 PM
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Margaret, that sounds like it was meant to be, to me.
You saw a dog with someone in a wheelchair, and then you found one needing a home who happened to have been with a wheelchair user - it was meant to be. She must have been waiting just for you.

So pleased for you, and best of luck for Sunday. A reputable rescue will give you lots of help and support too.

Hope it all works out beautifully for you all, including Annie.
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17-06-2021, 01:38 PM
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Thank you all for your kind comments.
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17-06-2021, 01:40 PM
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I've nothing to say about greyhounds, but I am planning to retire soon, and I don't really know what I'm going to do with myself when I do. I saw the thread title and it gave me an idea, but I need to think about it for a bit before I say what it is.
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17-06-2021, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Mups ->
Margaret, that sounds like it was meant to be, to me.
You saw a dog with someone in a wheelchair, and then you found one needing a home who happened to have been with a wheelchair user - it was meant to be. She must have been waiting just for you.

So pleased for you, and best of luck for Sunday. A reputable rescue will give you lots of help and support too.

Hope it all works out beautifully for you all, including Annie.
Yes Mups, that is what I thought too! We had a home visit yesterday and the lady brought her greyhound with her to inspect the garden - everything went smoothly. The Greyhound Trust have given us plenty of advice and we have been invited to join a 'Greyhound Playgroup' near to where we live where owners walk together with their dogs and then have a safe field in which they can let their dogs off the lead to run for a while. Followed by tea and cake for the owners
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17-06-2021, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by MargaretF ->
Yes Mups, that is what I thought too! We had a home visit yesterday and the lady brought her greyhound with her to inspect the garden - everything went smoothly. The Greyhound Trust have given us plenty of advice and we have been invited to join a 'Greyhound Playgroup' near to where we live where owners walk together with their dogs and then have a safe field in which they can let their dogs off the lead to run for a while. Followed by tea and cake for the owners


Once she settles in, I bet you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner, she'll be grand company.

I look forward to your first photos.
 
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