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Daybreaks Diary!

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Updated: Thursday 16 Jun

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by shanishoo

Monday 04 Jul 13:52



What a fantastic amount of money raised, sorry we couldn't be there, hopefully next year, well done one and all xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 03 Jul 22:23



What fantastic news! :)) It was brilliant to see so many people and their beautiful Greyhounds at the Birthday Party today. Xxx I was helping with the sausage bobbing....many of the dogs were not interested in getting water up their noses, but we did have a champion! Little Rosie who was homed earlier this year didn't care at all about the water...the sausages disappeared in seconds! :))) Well done. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 03 Jul 21:20



An absolutely amazing amount raised, you are all amazing. Thank you. X

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by jetlucy

Sunday 03 Jul 19:39



Wow what a fabulous amount! Well done all! Me and my 2 legged girls were all set to come and then ended up with vertigo in bed so couldn't drive, but gutted as I had promised mia she could come and see all the dogs so she was disappointed...I think you're just going to have to hold another one soon so we can come along lol xxx

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by LM

Sunday 03 Jul 17:43



Wow! What an amazing amount raised. I knew from the number of people who visited that it would be a good sum but I wouldn't have guessed it would be nearly £2000. That's amazing. The generosity of the Daybreaks family is incredible. Even the shower at lunchtime didn't spoil the proceedings.

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by Shanesmum

Sunday 03 Jul 17:18



A huge thankyou to everyone who came along today to our 16th Birthday Bash, it was amazingly busy and it was great to see so many old friends, both 2 & 4 legs.

Thanks to our stall holders for being there and for your kind donations, and a special thanks to Vet Lorna - fortuitous she was there as there was a tail injury to deal with!

We raised the amazing sum of £1301.62 on site today, and adding this to the raffle ticket sales over the past weeks and donations from folk unable to come along today, our birthday celebrations have raised the awesome amount of £1888.62 - thank you just doesn't seem enough.

We are so grateful for your support - it means we can continue looking after the beautiful Greys in our care and find them the loving homes they deserve.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 01 Jul 22:42



Happy Birthday Daybreaks! Xxx :))) Can't believe it's been sixteen years...Xxx

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by shanishoo

Friday 01 Jul 19:29



Wow, 3,000 homes in 16 years, I really think you and all the fabulous staff and volunteers deserve a huge pat on the back Ruth....well done to you all, you are all superstars xxxxxxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 01 Jul 16:42



Another very quiet Friday at Daybreaks, and with plenty of help from work placement students, I was able to make a start with preparations for Sunday's 16th Birthday party.

Jo took lovely new girl Tilly off to the Vet to be neutered this morning. Tilly is a stunning looking dog, almost pure white with just a couple of small brindle patches on her head and back, and an amazing Roman nose which gives her a very different look.

Following walks, our work placements got to work grooming and cleaning the teeth of every resident. The boys & girls appreciate the extra attention, plus regular teeth cleaning is very important for oral hygiene and grooming not only improves coat quality but gives a great opportunity to check the hounds body for any lumps, bumps, cuts or grazes.

The weekend is here again, and its a rather special one as we celebrate our birthday and hold our 16th Birthday Bash in the sand run on Sunday. The event starts at 11am, there are lots of stalls for you to browse, sossidge bobbing and doggy dip for your hounds to enjoy, mini pampers, small animal Vet Lorna Clark will be on hand to talk about her book and answer your general questions about hound health, and our Grand Raffle will be drawn at 2.00pm - tickets are still available from the kennels or you can get yours on the day. Parking is at Birmingham Exiles Rugby Club - the weather forecast is still looking good so keep fingers crossed, and hope to see lots of you in the sand run to help us celebrate.

I shall be partaking of a glass or two later, as usual, and as usual - stay safe! Cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 30 Jun 23:09



We had a visit from the Pet Blood Bank today. There were several Pet dogs donating including Belle who gave her fifth donation and received a badge and smart Red lead. :) Two of the Trust dogs also became blood donors, Cristina and our new lad Con. The staff said Con was very calm until afterwards when he was given a treat of some cheese. They said he was extremely impressed and excited to receive it! I guess he might not have tasted it before. :))) Xxx
If you are interested in your dog becoming a donor for the Pet Blood Bank please give us a call and we can pass their details on to you. Xxx

Ruth took Socki off to the vets to be neutered this morning and she has gone home with Ruth tonight. Xxxx

Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Thursday 30 Jun 22:42



A busy day today with Socki off for her Spey and the blood bank in which brought extra visitors to the kennels.

Tomorrow,16 years ago on 1st July 2006, with excitement and trepidation, I opened the doors of Daybreaks - my only mission was to help more greyhounds like my first - Tara (racing name Daybreaks Beauty)
During this time, over 3,000 homes have been found - we’ve had many highs as well as many lows but I hope Daybreaks continues to be able to help many more gentle souls in the future. Thank you so much to everyone who has adopted, supported and continues to support…. This post is not a pat on the back for me but a thank you to Daybreaks supporters and for the greyhounds lucky enough to come through our doors and many more to come ???? xx

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by shanishoo

Thursday 30 Jun 15:46



So sorry to hear that Spirit has gone to Rainbow Bridge, RIP sweetheart xxxxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 29 Jun 22:04



Thanks to everyone for their help today. It was a quite day for visitors. All dogs that could had morning walks and sand run fun this afternoon.

We had a new arrival this morning, the lovely Con, he came in with the pet name of Contact, thankfully his trainer didn't mind me changing his name. Xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 29 Jun 13:10



I had the terribly sad news that Steph, Will and Stacey had to say goodbye to Spirit this morning, thinking of them at this very difficult time. Taken far too soon.
He is no longer by their sides but will be forever in their hearts. Run fast and pain free special boy :((( Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 28 Jun 23:45



Our lovely Socki was reserved today. :)) She had a very handsome Greyhound lad come to meet her. He was also introduced to Zavi who was very excited to meet him! Zavi was very happy but was a litttle too exuberant for the lad and he chose Socki to be his new friend. I am sure Zavi will soon find his forever home too. Xxx

When Cristina went out on her morning walk she found something very interesting...fox poo! She managed to plaster her muzzle, collar and tracker with it! Yuk....Yvonne and I gave her a good wash down when she got back to the kennels. :)) Xxx

Norman took Tilly for a visit to the park. :)) She really enjoyed herself. She is such a lovely girl. Xxx

Many thanks to Shirley and Richard for collecting some donations from Pets at Home this morning and to everyone who helped out today. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 26 Jun 21:29



It was a busy day today. After feeding and cleaning we had two viewings and a new arrival.

New arrival Tilly arrived early afternoon, she is a very striking white girl with a couple of brindle patches and a wonderful roman nose.

The second viewing resulted in the gorgeous Max being reserved, he will be going home with Bertie (was Joe) and little terrier Spike. He was such a good boy.

Liz took Tommy on an outing to Brueton Park (or so she said), he had a good wander around Solihull and visited several shops and had a trip in a lift!!! Thanks to Liz for taking him to see the big wide world. X

Handsome Roman who had been out on foster was signed up officially this afternoon, he is a very lucky boy, he has got himself a lovely family.

Thanks as always to everyone for their help today, although the diary didn't look so busy it certainly was!

It's now officially wine o'clock time, take care everyone and don't forget our 16th birthday party next Sunday, 11am to 2.30pm. Come along and help us celebrate.

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by Shanesmum

Friday 24 Jun 17:01



It was nice to be a bit cooler today, and the rain that threatened throughout the day failed to materialise, so the boys and girls enjoyed both morning and afternoon walks.

Jo took Del Boy off to be neutered first thing this morning, he was a bit wobbly on his return this afternoon and didn’t fancy his supper bless him. Sure he will feel better in the morning, especially as he is off to his new home tomorrow - the perfect place to recuperate after his op.

Dougie and Socki are a great double act, and will trap you in the run with them by standing one each side of you and then crossing their necks across you forming an immovable Greyhound barrier!!!!

New boy Tommy is a very handsome big lad and is settling well. Zavi is still finding kennel life stressful, he is not a happy boy until someone is with him bless him.

All doggies had a groom and their teeth cleaned during the day, and we tidied away some more bags of kindly donated bedding and towels.

Well, the weekend is here again and it looks a busy one - so join me in raising a glass to wish for forever homes for our lovely boys and girls.

Have a great weekend one and all, and whatever you’re up to stay safe and enjoy. Cheers!

Angie xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 22 Jun 16:17



Another very warm one today. The inmates managed morning walks and this afternoon the paddling pools came out again. Dougie again had fun splashing water all over Socki.

Thanks to everyone for their help today, we also have some work experience students from school helping out. They all said they are really enjoying their time with us.

We had a new arrival today, the lovely Tommy, he seemed a little shy to start with but got better as the day went on, he too enjoyed cooling off time in the paddling pools.

My little Peanut spent much of the day under the desk, only venturing out if anyone went anywhere near the office, one thing she will not miss out on is a cuddle and a fuss!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 21 Jun 23:13



It was a very warm today. It was too hot to take the residents out this afternoon, so we got the paddling pools out and they all had chance to have a play in the water. :) Some were more keen than others! Of course Dougie had a great time and splashed around like a puppy. :)) He loved fishing the toys out of the water...Xxx

Norman took Natalie for a trip to the park this morning, she had a lovley time. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today!! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 18 Jun 23:01



What a contrast in the weather! After a very hot and sunny day yesterday...it was cool and very wet today!

Thanks so much to our walkers this morning for going out and getting wet. Xxx It was worse this afternoon. The dogs spent some time in the runs and enjoyed the company of our great Duke of Edinburgh students. Xxx

Bee had some visitors this afternoon...and found herself reserved.:)) Erik and his family visited the kennels today. He brought his good naughty boys with him, including Timmy who is Bee and latest new arrival Natalie's Brother! :)

Sad to see Robin returned today. :(( Sometimes things just don't work out. Xxx Many thanks to Annette and her family for the very kind offer of a foster home. Xxx

Hoping the weather will be dryer tomorrow as we have Sharon visiting the kennels to carry out some photoshoots. :)) There are a couple of slots still available if you are interested. Just call the kennels to book.
Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 17 Jun 15:50



Two words describe today - hot, and hot!!!

Unsurprisingly it was extremely quiet, and even too hot for the boys and girls to spend time out in the feeding runs. The shape of the kennels makes the runs a sun trap and it was just so very hot, the doggies came out for wees then took refuge on the cool tile floors of their kennels.

Typical of the British weather the forecast for the weekend is awful - but at least we will be cooler!

Don’t forget raffle tickets for the 16th Birthday Grand draw are on sale, as are tickets for the amazing garden chair - give us a call to take part and be in with a chance for some great prizes, whilst helping our lovely boys and girls.

Another weekend is upon us so join me in raising a glass of chilled white wine to our current residents and foster doggies and wish for their forever homes to come along very soon.

Stay safe & cool - cheers!

Angie xx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Friday 17 Jun 11:45



What a very busy day - we had two new arrivals and sadly one returnee. The phone was bonkers and it was very hot.
Our daybreaks video diary is ready to view on YouTube if you search for Daybreaks Greyhound Trust Diary. Please subscribe to us if you can.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 15 Jun 20:28



Thanks to Denise for opening up and getting on with the cleaning and feeding as usual. We only had a few dogs to walk as we had a couple of doggie non walker's today, thanks to the Wednesday walkers for taking the dogs out, making coffee (which sadly did go cold) and sending toasted fruit loaf my way!!

We had a new arrival this morning, the lovely Zavi, I think he and Dougie will have a competition to see who is the best at stealing!! He very carefully tried to remove the donation trolley cover, I managed to stop him before he succeeded.

As we were very few on volunteers this afternoon Denise, Nabeela and myself took the dogs that could walk on lead around the sand run, I took Zavi, I think his sat nav was broken as he was all over the place. He is very affectionate and am sure after a few days he will settle down, after all it is a completely new environment for him.

Tomorrow we have another new arrival, I will look forward to seeing her on Friday. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 11 Jun 11:09



If you need to contact the kennels today please call 07587 133 553
We are having problems with our land line today. So sorry for any inconvenience. Kate :(( Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 10 Jun 15:38



What a glorious day it's been today - has Summer come at last???

We were joined today by a group from Brewin Dolphin doing a volunteering day. We set them to work walking, grooming, teeth cleaning and feeding - in at the deep end, but the best way to learn all about Greyhounds and how the kennels runs. They said they have had a fabulous day and one or two of them have fallen under the spell of our residents!

Having so much help on hand meant I spent most of the day up to my eyes in duvets out in the bedding store!!! Along with the van load of bedding that had been unloaded yesterday, we had another huge donation this morning, so all the bags have been sorted, covers put on duvets, and blankets & towels put away - phew! Many thanks for all the very kind donations. x

Lunchtime saw the lovely Josh off to his new home, wishing him and his new family many happy times ahead.

Our 16th Birthday Bash is only 3 weeks away - there will be lots going on and the Grand Raffle will be drawn during the afternoon so give us a call to get your tickets - I've got my eye on the 4th Prize Doggy Hamper!!

The residents are now having their dinner, then will settle down whilst we do the end of day tasks and close the kennels for the night.

The diary is looking busy again for the weekend, so it's the usual glass raising later with a wish for new homes for our boys & girls. Let's hope the weather stays good - and whatever you are up to as ever, stay safe and enjoy.

Cheers!

Angie xx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Friday 10 Jun 06:24



Yesterday, as usual, was a very busy day! I took Mollie to the vets for her Spey. She was homed several months ago but had come into season so it was now her time. I took Josh too for his booster vaccination and he was such a good boy.

I then popped to visit Susie who went out on trial the day before and she is doing well.

Back at the kennels Richard had been busy with our list of maintenance requests, and Declan, CJ and Josh unpacked a van load of bedding that Denise had kindly brought in. Once this had been done I could get to my treatment room and redressed Dougies foot… it is healing nicely and Sammy’s leg as he had been licking where he had the cannula inserted following his castrate. That also is healing well.
Although I post videos on Facebook many of our followers are not able to view so here is the link to our Daybreaks video diary on YouTube x

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-A1Z2dbMI

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 08 Jun 21:44



Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. I am very pleased to say Annie one of my college placement students asked if she could continue at the Kennels as a volunteer. I was delighted to say yes, she was so very quiet and reserved when she started and has gained so much confidence that the change is amazing.

We saw the arrival of Socki today, she is lovely, her trainer said she is not keen on travelling in the car, she was understandably a little unsettled by her new environment but hopefully will settle soon.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 05 Jun 20:57



What a horrible day it was, despite the weather the inmates that could go on a walk had both morning and afternoon walks. Thanks so very much to my intrepid volunteers.
Dougie and Georgie are sadly on no walks at the moment, each enjoyed spending time in the feeding runs with toys. Dougie managed to dead a toy and looked so very pleased with himself!!!
Thanks to everyone for their help today, it is always very appreciated.

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by Shanesmum

Friday 03 Jun 15:59



Happy Jubilee Bank Holiday everyone - and what a busy old day it was too!!!

Our crew of walking wounded outnumbered the "fit" doggies, so only 4 could actually go out on a walk! We did enjoy the lovely sunshine on both walks, and it was actually quite warm by the afternoon.

The morning saw Chloe reserved - well done pretty girl. Then it was Sammy's turn to be viewed and reserved - yay! And Buddy had a visit from his new owner who is so excited to take him home next weekend.

Well the weekend is here again, whatever you are doing over this special celebration weekend enjoy and as ever stay safe.
I am in need of a very large glass of wine later after such a busy day, and I will raise it to toast all our boys & girls and wish for forever homes.

On a personal note - our little Miss Minnie is settling in really well and we are so enjoying having a hound in our lives again after such a long time. Thanks for everyone's best wishes.xx

Cheers! Angie xx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Thursday 02 Jun 09:43



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Why not log on and give it a go if you need any advice!
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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 01 Jun 21:19



Many congratulations Ruth and Andy! What a fantastic amount raised for our beautiful Greyhounds! Lots of love. Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Wednesday 01 Jun 14:36



Thank you so much to everyone who supported and sponsored me for my 100 mile bike ride for Daybreaks.

Every mile I completed was equivalent to 32 homes found for greyhounds since Daybreaks opened in July 2006.

With my Facebook birthday fundraiser, sponsorship via the kennels, a very generous donation from ARC and the JustGiving page I have so far raised £1.516.

This is a phenomenal amount and I’m truly grateful xxx
If you would still like to sponsor me, you can do this by making a donation by card payment over the phone, by cheque (made payable to Daybreaks Trust) to 10 Coventry Road B26 3QS or log on to my fundraising page at JustGiving.com/DaybreaksRuth x

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 29 May 21:45



Last weekend I visited our good friends Sylvia, Phil and their gorgeous Greyhounds Ella and Rio. Xxx
Every few months they donate lots of food and treats for our Greyhounds waiting for their forever homes and also treats for us! They also give us lots of items we use everyday at the kennels for cleaning etc. We are so grateful to them for their kindness and generosity. Xxx
Best of all Phil cooks a wonderful breakfast for every current resident, including sausage, hash browns, scrambled egg, ham, black pudding and a couple of gravy bones! :)) They love them. :)) Xxx
Thank you to everyone who supports Daybreaks in so many different ways. Xxx

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by jetlucy

Friday 27 May 21:23



Happy 60th for yesterday Kate! Hope you had a lovely day xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 27 May 16:01



What an absolutely glorious day!

Jo was on the Vet run this morning with Dougie, who was off to be neutered. Unfortunately he hurt his paw playing in the sand run yesterday so it was quite fortuitous it was his turn at the Vets today! It turns out the poor boy had broken a toe and had to have part of it amputated, and damaged a nail on his back foot which has had to be removed. He has just come back to the kennels sporting 2 huge bandages - but it hasn't dampened his spirits or his appetite and his tail is still wagging! Sending him a huge cuddle tonight.

It was a very quiet day for visitors so we could get caught up with health checks, groomings, and weighings, and get 2 lines of washing dried outside in the fabulous sunshine.

After their walks, the residents took it in turns to relax in the feeding runs in the sunshine, enjoying lots of fuss and cuddles.

Sad to see Josh come back from foster this afternoon, but unfortunately he was just not happy around the other dogs in the household and they were becoming unsettled around him - such a shame, but it has to be right for everyone concerned.

The weekend is upon us again - and its a busy one!! The Jubilee Afternoon Tea is tomorrow, Ruth is taking part in the floorshow then is heading off to London to take part in the Ride London 100 cycle challenge - it's all go!!!

I shall raise a glass or 2 of chilled white wine later to toast all our boys and girls, and hope for forever homes for them soon. x

Whatever you are up to this weekend, as ever stay safe and enjoy. Look forward to seeing some of you at the Afternoon Tea.

Cheers!! Angie xx

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by shanishoo

Friday 27 May 14:16



Happy 60th birthday Kate, hope you had a wonderful day, I will be joining the 60 club myself in July lol xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 26 May 23:32



Thank you so much to everyone for making my Birthday a really Happy Day! I couldn't understand how so many people knew it was my Birthday until I heard Ruth had mentioned it on Facebook. :)) Thank you for all the wonderful cards, flowers, presents and good wishes! I was really quite overwhelmed! Xxx Thank you to Ruth for making my day so special! Lots of love to you all. :)) Xxx
Yes, there were Egg custards tonight! :)) Xxx

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by honey'smom

Thursday 26 May 20:12



Happy Birthday Kate and welcome to the Club! Egg custards tonight? Lots of Love Sue & Tom xx

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by Nifty'sMom&Dad

Thursday 26 May 19:44



Happy 60th birthday Kate. Hope you have had a lovely day. Sorry we didn't get to see you today.
Nifty sends special love to his favourite Aunty Kate. Cilla & Flo send kisses

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Thursday 26 May 18:54



Wishing Lady Victoria (Kate) a very happy 60th birthday today. There were so many visitors to see her, just goes to show how much the Daybreaks family take everyone into their hearts. Happy, happy birthday Kate. Much love from Jo and the furry four. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 25 May 22:20



The weather couldn't quite make its mind up today. All dogs that could go on walks had morning and this afternoon some had sand run fun and the others had walks along the lane. Big thanks to Stacey who popped in briefly and volunteered to take a dog on a walk.

It was fairly quiet for visitors, a couple of sand run bookings, a food collection and a nail clipping.

Well, the tickets for the Jubilee Afternoon Tea have sold out, I see a fantastic afternoon taking place, not only are the refreshments being laid on, but there will also be a short floor show. It's been a while since the Daybreaks crew put on a show. Looking forward to seeing it.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 22 May 22:52



A lovely warm day, it makes everyone feel so much better.

We were a little short of volunteers this morning as there was a Daybreaks Trustee meeting. All inmates were fed, Kennels cleaned a d settled before some members of the team went to the meeting. As were short of help we had a conveyor line in place...all dogs firstly had their teeth cleaned before moving on to the grooming area!!!!

This afternoon we faired better and with more help all dogs that could have a walk did in the lovely sunshine.

Many thanks to Liz for taking Buddy to the park, to Netty70 for taking Josh out on foster and to Lucy's foster family for officially adopting her today. We also saw gorgeous Marina reserved, her family have a small dog and she was the one who seemed to get on with the little dog, they have had greyhounds before and I feel that Mabel little dog chose Marina.

The Beagle party took over the sand run for an hour this morning, they are a regular Sunday morning booking now, it is surreal seeing them all running around, I'm sure there are not hundreds but when you see them on the cameras it's just a blur.

Angie popped in before the meeting and spent some time with Minnie, I took Cooper and Peanut with me today, Cooper and Minnie are full brother and sister but Minnie was not impressed to begin with, she mellowed as the day went on!! Siblings eh?

Thanks to everyone for their help today, as always very much appreciated.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 21 May 23:27



It was a quiet day for a Saturday today. Angie and Michael did a great job as usual, cleaning and feeding all the dogs before the rest of us arrived. :)) Thanks to all of our young Duke of Edinburgh volunteers for taking everyone out for a walk except for lovely Georgie who is resting after hurting her leg. She is still a very happy, tail wagging girl! :)) Xxx Thanks to Jess for her help too. Xxx

We had visits from recently homed Toby, Alex and Florence. Great to see them all. :))

This afternoon it was even quieter but I had plenty of "Help" from my own Skip and Lyra. When I was cleaning the runs Skip came out of the kitchen and promptly did a wee in the run I had just cleaned. :)) They were both a big help when I was trying to put a cover on a duvet...I had put it on the floor ready for the cover when I had a phone call. When I came back they were both stretched out on the duvet! They could have put the cover on first! :))) Bless them, they did make me laugh! Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 20 May 15:22



Another very quiet day, with only a couple of sand run visits and a kind donation of duvets and bedding.

After a grey start, and the rain not making up its mind if it wanted to fall or not, it turned into a beautiful afternoon so as well as enjoying 2 walks the boys & girls spent some time lounging in the feeding runs enjoying the sun and playing with toys.

Dougie had us in stitches, he was in the run containing the 3 toy boxes and very diligently took each toy out, had a quick play, left it on the floor and kept going back until the boxes were emptied and the run floor was carpeted with toys!! This boy does enjoy a play bless him. Cristina also loves toys, but is very good at "dedding" them unfortunately and a few have been consigned to the dustbin tonight!!

Yesterdays newcomers Buddy & Marina are still getting used to their surroundings. Buddy is doing ok, but Marina is sadly quite stressed and has a habit of "paddling" in her water bowl with her front paws, throwing all the water over herself and the floor - then lying down in the resulting puddle! She has a good appetite though, and so we hope that in a few days she will be used to her new home and routine and start to relax.

I am over the moon that our Jubilee Afternoon Tea next Saturday has sold out. We have had our final rehearsal for the floorshow which is looking great, so we're all systems go for a lovely afternoon. Thanks everyone who has bought tickets - hope you have a good time.

Well the weekend is here again, and its a fairly busy diary so I will finish with my usual wish for forever homes for our residents, and raise a glass or 2 of chilled white wine a bit later to toast this.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, as ever stay safe and enjoy.

Cheers!!

Angie xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 13 May 16:00



It was back to being a quiet Friday today, so plenty of opportunity to sort and tidy the bedding store and get ahead with some health checks & weighings.

Our boys and girls had 2 lovely walks in the sunshine - all except for post op girlies Chloe & Cristina and little Georgie who hurt her leg so is on "bed rest"!! They all spent some time on the raised beds in the feeding runs watching the world go by - and their companions go out through the gate on walks, something Cristina wasn't happy about!!

At lunchtime we had a call from Morrisons Supermarket advising us that they had a donation of food for us which had been collected in store - so Jo raced off to collect. Many thanks to Morrisons and their customers.

Well the weekend is here again, I really cant believe where the time is going. It is a quieter diary for a change, but that doesn't always mean things wont change so I will raise a glass or two later in the hope that we have a red sign or 2 by Monday. We have some lovely doggies in residence, all so deserving of their own forever sofas. xx

Whatever you are up to this weekend as always, stay safe and enjoy. Cheers!!

Angie xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 11 May 22:45



What a miserable start to the day, and then the Wednesday walkers went home. :))). Only joking, thanks for your help this morning and for the coffee and fruit loaf, oh, and the replacement clock!!

It was very quiet for visitors, we did have a visit from a lovely lady and her daughter with a donation of a dog bed, blanket and a bag of sardines. Thanks so very much.

We were short on volunteers this afternoon so the dogs that could go in the sand run went in with Chris and Annie. Chloe and Cristina are both post OP following their speys this week so spent some time in the outdoor runs with raised beds.

Andy greyhound came to visit, he had started to limp on one of his front paws, on checking it looks like he has a corn so he is booked in with Auntie Ruth for her to check. He also has a new name, he is now Shadow.

Limited tickets are still available for the Jubilee afternoon tea event, if you would like a ticket please give the Kennels a call, there is also the option of the luxury upgrade which includes a glass of prosecco!!

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by DaybreaksRuth

Monday 09 May 21:37



Whhhooaaa! I’ve just sat down! Such a busy day. When I opened up this morning I found a very stressed Josh who had chewed his way out of the ‘back kitchen lounge’. He has been sleeping there as he was so stressed in a kennel.

Then Chloe was off to the vets for her Spey. Back to the kennels and we took the chickens to the end of the run for a day of grass pecking!

Next, a clip and a corn removal. I then had a college visit from the student coordinator, another nail clip then gorgeous nervous Max was returned. He has been constantly toileting in the house since his adoption despite trying everything but he clearly wasn’t happy- but was to be be back! A homing has to be right for both dog and family and the owner did the right thing returning him. In turn Barney found himself off to a new home and so far, reports are that he has settled nicely yay.

The phone was pretty much non stop, we had several donations of bedding and my inbox of emails decreased a small amount but more importantly all the residents have had a good day!

Rosie fetched Chloe from the vets and she came home with me tonight. After setting her in and feeding with Tiggy Momma and Tony, I was off to rehearsals for the short show we are performing at the jubilee afternoon tea.

I am as always very grateful to all our volunteers who help make the place ‘tick’.

Most of you will know Bob who owns Daybreaks. He celebrated his 95th birthday last week and also had an emergency admission to hospital. He is back home now and on the mend. I am grateful to everyone who has rallied around to help during this stressful time. Wine time now!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 08 May 18:29



It was a very overcast start to the day, but by this afternoon we had glorious sunshine. Thanks to everyone for their help today, dogs that could go on a walk had morning and afternoon walks. Thanks to Liz for taking the gorgeous Dougie to the park. He was very interested in the other dogs so really needs socialising with other breeds.

We had no viewings, but had several visitors to collect food and use the sand run.

Many thanks for the very generous donations, our donation trolley is full of all sorts of goodies.

Our cats and chickens have asked me to send an appeal out for newspapers, they are running out and I think they are fed up with reading the same thing day after day!!

The inmates were all tucked up and relaxed when we left. If you are interested in any of our fantastic hounds and would like more information or would like to pay us a visit please call the Kennels.

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by helenanddave

Friday 06 May 21:02



See you Wednesday - will think up dome new torture for you!! Xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 06 May 19:02



I would like to respond to the Wednesday walkers....clocks don't leap off walls (Peanut hasn't been the same since)!!! Plastic strips by the block door don't fall off on their own free will and your efforts to tip me over the edge are working!!! I have formally requested that my working Wednesday is changed for a more normal less strange day. See you all on Wednesday. Lol xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 06 May 17:01



That was a busy old Friday!!

Ruth had a full house for teeth & corns, she was on her knees most of the morning!!! We had some fabulous donations of bedding & towels, many thanks indeed - it is amazing just how much we go through now we have a full kennels again. And Lorna had pamper customers, so the day just flew past.

Our boys & girls spent time in the outside feeding runs this morning, having playtime with interactive toys and then chilling in the lovely sunshine. They had a lovely walk this afternoon and are now happily tucked up in bed.

Well incredibly another weekend is here - and the diary is busy again. I shall raise my usual glass (or 2) later to toast our residents and hope that forever homes will soon be theirs.

The weather forecast looks amazing so whatever you're up to, stay safe & cool, and enjoy. Cheers!!

Angie xx

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by helenanddave

Friday 06 May 15:23



Ummm - on behalf of the Wednesday walkers I would just like to point out that the office clock literally leapt off the wall as I was getting the trackers down (it nearly concussed poor Peanuts who was underneath!) Also, the plastic covering bit fell off the wall while we were in the kennels leading up, therefore we accept no responsibility for this! Can I just add how much we agree about Annie who works really hard and puts up with all the madness that occurs on Wednesdays!! Xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 04 May 22:19



Firstly, I would like to welcome Denise back to the Kennels after being unwell with the dreaded covid, she finally had 2 negative results over the past few days. The chucks were pleased to see her as were we!!

Thanks too to the Wednesday walkers for taking all the dogs out this morning, providing coffee, toasted fruit loaf, wrecking the office clock, knocking a piece of plastic covering off in the bottom kennel block and.....I could go on. I will be requesting a change in my working day, not sure how long I can cope with them before they tip me over the edge (might be too late already) !!!!!!

We were very short on help this afternoon, but thanks to Chris and Annie the dogs all had afternoon walks. Poor Josh was on no walks as he was limping, it looks like he has something in his pad, Ruth is going to dig around tomorrow to see if he has got something in there. He spent the day in the feeding run with a raised bed and toys. He had not been eating well since his return on Monday, but this afternoon he wolfed his dinner down.

I would just like to say our lovely Wednesday college work placement student Annie has really come out of her shell. She was very shy and seemed a little unsure of what was expected of her....well she has blossomed and gets on with the daily tasks, only asking when she arrives what we want her to do, after that she uses her initiative and gets on with whatever needs to be done. I really felt that she should have recognition for her hard work.

It was very quiet for visitors today just a couple of sand run bookings although the phone was fairly busy.

Hoping that the next few days will result in more red and green signs.

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 02 May 23:19



It was typical Bank Holiday weather today! Dull and overcast but there was nothing dull about our lovely dogs! :))

They all enjoyed their morning walks and it warmed up enough for them to have some time outside in the runs before more walks this afternoon. :))

A lovely couple who met Georgie yesterday came back to see her again today and Reserved her! So happy for this super little girl. :)

We had a visit from Handsome Tom and his Mum Sue...he wasn't too impressed about having his nails clipped! Gorgeous Bolt came to see us too. Many thanks to Hillary for all the donations. Xxx

Very sadly Josh came back to the kennels this afternoon. We will do our best to find him another home. His owner was very upset to have to teturn him. Xxx

We are so grateful to Jayne for coming in and giving the memorial garden a makeover. It looks great and a fitting tranquil and beautiful space to sit and remember. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today and spending your May Day with us. :)) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 01 May 22:06



We were a bit depleted for help today, so many thanks to everyone who came in and helped. The inmates all had morning and afternoon walks. It was fairly quiet for visitors apart from some sand run bookings including the now regular Sunday morning Beagle party!

Our favourite boy Mikey came in for a health check and looked fantastic, he then had some fun in the sand run. He is doing really well.

Andy who is out on foster also came in, he too is doing really well and has started to enjoy his food more, so he will be having some extra food now he has settled. Thanks to his foster family for taking such good care of him...hmm it's very difficult to give a foster dog back, who knows what may happen?

Well, as always stay safe and well everyone.

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 30 Apr 10:17



My Gold Star Clean Kennel award goes to all the boys and girls this morning - well done for making cleaning nice and easy today.

Glad to report that Cristina’s tail is absolutely fine, just have to make sure she doesn’t bash it on anything else!

The sun is shining and it’s going to be another lovely day - let’s hope it’s a lucky day for one of our beautiful hounds. Xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 29 Apr 15:26



It turned into a lovely sunny day after a chilly start - and yes, I got the washing dry outside!!!

We welcomed our students back after the Easter break so lots of bodies to take our boys & girls out for a walk both this morning and afternoon, as well as completing health checks, grooming and putting away the donations of towels and bedding received.

Not surprisingly the sand run was popular today, and we had a lovely visit from ex-resident Caddy who enjoyed a very short run in the sand run then came into the office for a lie down & a snooze on the bed!!

Our 3 newbies are all so lovely, Dougie has an overshot jaw and he looks sooo cute, but he's not eating very well at the minute though. I made salmon & green bean fishcakes yesterday & brought them in for all the residents breakfasts - but Dougie wasn't tempted by them sadly. The rest of the residents polished them off and licked the bowls clean!!! A seal of approval I think!

Doggies supper time is approaching now, then it's coats back on and time for bed. Despite the lovely day, the forecast is for a chilly night so we will tuck them up warmly with a heater on.

Yet another weekend is here, and another busy diary, so let's keep fingers crossed for a red sign or 2 by Monday morning. I shall certainly be raising a glass or two later on to toast this!

Whatever you're up to this weekend, stay safe and enjoy. Cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 28 Apr 23:41



Lots going on today!:) With a nearly full kennels it was busy first thing this morning...Declan was in charge of feeding, Vonnie and Stacey cleaning kennels and me Cats and Chickens. :))

We had lots of help with walks both this morning and this afternoon. :) Thanks so much everyone! Wouldn't say it was a warm spring day! It was rather dull and chilly, so fleecy coats on all the residents. (Again!) Xxx

Shirley and Richard went to Collect donations from Pets At Home in Stratford, thanks so much! Xxx Many thanks to Declan and Alan who went on a Warehouse run. Xxx. Meanwhile Lucy was busy taking photos of our latest arrivals. :)) Xxx

The Pet Blood Bank were here too in their Mobile Unit and we had several Pet dogs visit to offer their help including Belle and Spirit. Xxx Cath brought foster lad Joe in to donate, he is looking a very handsome and happy lad. :)) We only had one Trust dog available to give blood today, beautiful Georgie. The team said she was a perfect blood donor! :) The Pet Blood Bank will be back again at the kennels in a couple of months time. Please give us a call if you are interested in helping this very worthy cause and we will give you their contact details...one donation of blood can help save the lives of up to four other dogs in need. Xxx

Handsome Padfoot came in for his eight week check up. He looks wonderful! Xxx

This afternoon a lovley family came to visit Misty. Very sadly they recently lost their beautiful Jenna and their poor lad Sid was feeling very lonely. They were homed together several years ago and he is missing his friend. Xxx He left the kennels with a very pretty young lady. Hoping she will help fill the huge space Jenna left behind. Xxxxx

Finally....Happy Birthday to Richard! There were lots of cakes and chocolates consumed to help him celebrate!! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 27 Apr 16:29



Another busy day! Thanks to everyone for their help today and to Dave who had a day off work and came to the kennels. Thanks Dave for fitting the new hose that was very kindly donated, we now have one that works properly!

We had three lovely new arrivals, Barney, Dougie and Cristina. They all had their health checks and baths and all enjoyed their dinner. All dogs are now all tucked up in their beds.

It has been a little on the chilly side today but at least it was dry and bright.

As always, take care everyone.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 24 Apr 21:01



A very busy day. Sadly our lovely Denise is not very well and so was not in today. Hoping she feels better soon.

Thanks to everyone for their help today.
Lorna also had a couple of Pampers booked.

We had the Sharron Alexandra photo shoot today, it was very busy. Can't wait to see my little Peanuts photos. Peanut made sure she was kept busy by being cute and making friends with all the visitors! There are two more sessions in the diary, one in June and another in September, raffle tickets will be available on both occasions, the prize being your dogs photo will be in next year's Daybreaks calendar, so if you book a slot on either of the following sessions you can enter the raffle. It has to be worth having a go or two.

All dogs had morning and afternoon walks. Gorgeous Chloe was reserved and is going out on trial next Sunday.

River was a happy waggy boy despite finding himself back in Kennels. I have a feeling his stay may be a very short one (fingers crossed)!!

Many thanks to Liz for taking Sammy for an outing today, he had a glowing report on his return.

Well, as always stay safe and well. X

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by Shanesmum

Friday 22 Apr 16:59



After a very grey, dull start it turned into a glorious day, and yes - I got lines of washing dry!!

We were very thin on the ground for volunteers, just Chris and I for walking this morning, so it was sand run playtime this afternoon.

Little Lucy is still so very nervous bless her, she went out on the walk but wasn't very happy, even when walking next to her companion Misty. She heads straight for her kennel whenever she has been taken out and snuggles up into the corner. Hopefully as time goes by she will realise she is safe and all is well, and she will start to gain some confidence.

It was quite a busy day. So lovely to see our special boy Alex going off to his foster home first thing this morning, then the lovely Liberty bagged herself a forever home with a very handsome fur brother this afternoon, and lots of donations of towels & bedding to sort and put away.

Well, the weekend is here again - I'm sure someone is taking a day out of the week while I'm not looking!!!! It is a white wine kind of evening so I shall raise a glass or 2 later to toast our newcomers and hope Lucy starts to settle soon, Sammy who is currently outnumbered by a bevvy of lovely ladies, and all the doggies in foster care hoping for forever homes soon.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay safe and enjoy. Cheers!!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 21 Apr 22:37



This morning several of us went to the funeral of one of our volunteers, Carol Prince. Carol volunteered at the kennels for many years walking the dogs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. She homed many Greyhounds throughout her life, Maisie was her last sweet little girl who sadly passed away a couple of years ago. For the last few months Carol visited the kennels frequently and although she was no longer able to go for walks she would sit with them, especially those who were nervous and needed some extra love and attention. Carol was a lovely lady and we will miss her. She is now reunited with all her Greyhounds at Rainbow Bridge, together forever. :)) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 20 Apr 20:23



Another quite day for volunteers, just Ruth and myself to begin with. Thanks to the depleted Wednesday walkers for their help today, hoping we are up to full strength next week!

It was lovely to see Alex looking much brighter and eating today. Dog Andy was also much happier and comfortable too. Just a warning.....if you come to use the sand run you may well go home with a foster dog. Thanks to Steph and Will for taking Andy out on foster today.

Thanks too to Chris and Nebeela for taking the inmates in the sand run this afternoon, thankfully after last week it was very uneventful!!!

As always stay safe and well.

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 18 Apr 21:36



Wonderful news to hear Alex has been offered a foster home! Thank you so much to Florence's lovely Mum and Dad. Xxx

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by shanishoo

Monday 18 Apr 19:23



Fingers crossed that Alex keeps improving and he bags himself a home xxxxxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Monday 18 Apr 15:57



It has been such a fabulous day with the sun shining and the lovely Vonnie and Mollie were in this Bank Holiday morning to help me. We let all the dogs out muzzled so they could roam and interact and then we had Amy and her fella (oops can't remember his name!) come to help with walking along with volunteer Dave, whilst Laura and Eloise arrived and took the dogs in turn into the sand run whilst we did some grooming. We had one unfortunately split her web space :-((((

I saw Rocky out on trial… after a struggle getting him in the car!

Alex has had a great day pottering around and eating well in between sleeping under the desk and so far so good - he has not been sick today and is so happy! The owners of Florence came up for her to have her nails cut.... and after seeing Alex, they kindly offered a foster (hoping to be permanent if all goes well) home for Alex which I am absolutely over the moon about!
Louisa and Myra came this afternoon to help so I have been well supported by volunteers.
We have an automatic winding hose and sadly the mechanisim has broken - so if anyone has a spare or would like to donate one (wishful thinking!) I would be incredibly grateful!
Happy Bank Holiday Monday everyone.... it's been a lovely day x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 17 Apr 21:02



Well, usually on a Sunday I have the most amazing group of volunteers. Everyone decided to take today off!!

It was just myself and Dave Maisie Moo for cleaning and feeding, shortly followed by Rob and Megan who comes in for morning walks as part of her D of E course and finally Alison. Many thanks to them all for their help and hard work.

It was very quiet for visitors, we had Early Shirley to use the sand run and then we had the Beagle party who are now a regular Sunday morning booking, there are loads of them!!!!

Well as always stay safe and well. Xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 15 Apr 15:35



Happy Good Friday everyone!! It has been a glorious day weather wise - but so, so quiet for visitors (and volunteers!!).

As it was quiet, and we have fewer dogs at the moment, it was "open house" this morning as we muzzled them all up and let them wander about the kennels. A trifle chaotic to start as they all wanted to sniff the same place at the same time!! but they soon settled and had a lovely time chilling in the sunshine, waiting their turn to be groomed. It was such a great experience for them, socializing with each other and exploring, and just enjoying some off lead pottering about.

Our handsome Rocky found himself reserved this morning - yay! Well done big fella. x

Liberty's paw doesn't seem to be bothering her at all and she happily joined in the kennel wander this morning. We did however leave her behind when we took the others on a short stroll down the lane this afternoon - just in case.

New arrival from yesterday Sammy is still a little unsure of things, but is a very friendly boy and I am sure he will settle in soon.

Well, it's supper time now, and then the boys and girls will be tucked up for the night as yet another weekend approaches!

It is a definite white wine kind of evening I think, and I shall raise a glass or two later to the lovely Alex, who is sadly still struggling with his health, and wish for a speedy recovery for him - and wish for forever sofas for all the lovely Daybreaks boys & girls.

Have a great Easter weekend, stay safe - and enjoy. Cheers!!

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 14 Apr 23:08



What a very busy day! :)

It got off to a great start when I received a call from the lovely family who had taken Winner on trial saying they wanted to complete her adoption. :)) What a lucky girl! Xxx

We had several viewings, our lovely Liberty was reserved and Snowey found his forever home! :)) Xxx

Early this afternoon we had a new arrival, the very handsome Sammy! Xxx Thanks so much to Shirley and Lucy for giving him a bath and checking all his details. Xxx

Alan and Declan went off to the warehouse for us. Xxx Thank you. :))

In between we had cleaning, feeding and walking. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. :) Xxx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 13 Apr 18:07



The weather couldn't make up its mind today, torrential rain, sunshine, drizzle, more torrential rain then sunshine!

Thanks to the Wednesday walkers for taking the dogs out this morning. This afternoon after Denise left there was Chris and myself, so it was to be sand run fun. Liberty had her turn and Chris called me to say Liberty's paw was bleeding. She had a tiny puncture wound on one pad. Not too bad, surely! Every time her paw was lifted the blood spurted out, literally. We managed to finally get a tight dressing on to try and stem the bleeding, it still came through. Fivelands at Yardley had no one to see her, so off we went to Moseley, they were great, as soon as I pulled up the vet and nurse were straight out to see us. They took the dressing off and thankfully as it was tightly padded the bleeding had stopped. Even they were amazed by amount of blood and the fact she didn't seem to be in any discomfort. Liberty was such a good girl, they took her to clean and check the pad. A new dressing later and she was good to go back to the Kennels. She quite happily ate her dinner and went to bed!

Many thanks to Chris for feeding the dogs and cleaning down the feeding runs. As I got back to the Kennels she was just erasing any evidence of the incident.

Well after that I have a bottle of wine which seriously needs my attention!!!!

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 09 Apr 12:53



All the boys and girls get my Gold Star clean kennel award today! On opening up this morning we were greeted by 2 blocks of happy hounds and clean kennels.

Unusually we have lots of lovely girls waiting for their forever homes, leaving Rocky and Snowey feeling a bit outnumbered!!

Have a great weekend everyone and hope to see some of you tomorrow at the Hounds Easter Parade. Xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 08 Apr 17:10



It felt like I'd woken up in another country this morning with today's beautiful Spring weather - what a contrast to the last couple of days! The boys & girls spent the day without coats and enjoyed two walks in some gorgeous sunshine, it makes such a difference.

All our new arrivals are absolutely lovely, and starting to settle in now. Snowey is still a bit unsure about eating breakfast, but does tuck into his supper - maybe he's just not a morning person!!

This afternoon saw our lovely River off to his new home, wishing him and his family many happy times ahead. We shall all miss his handsome face and "paw of more".

Preparations for the Hounds Easter Parade on Sunday are well under way, and fortunately the weather forecast is looking much better than it was. As well as the Parade, there's also a Doggy Dip & Sossidge Bobbing, Lorna offering mini pampers, and an Easter Egg hunt for the human children. Lots happening - so hope to see you there for a fun day. Parking is at the Birmingham Exiles Rugby Club as usual.

I shall raise a glass or two later to toast all our boys & girls, and all those out in foster homes too, and hope for forever homes to come their way soon.

Stay safe one & all - cheers!!
Angie xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 06 Apr 20:44



Another busy day, thanks to everyone for their help today. The weather was decidedly undecided! Thankfully it brightened up later on.

I met Snowy a new arrival from earlier in the week, he is still unsure of the new surroundings and is not eating too well. Hopefully this will change in the next couple of days when more settled.

Our two new arrivals today are also lovely, thanks to Annie for bathing them and doing their arrival checks.

Raffle tickets for the hounds Easter parade are on sale, you can pop in to the Kennels or pay by card over the phone.

The inmates were all tucked up with their fleece coats and heating on.

As always, stay safe and well everyone. X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 03 Apr 19:20



It was a mad, mad crazy day today, but it was the day most of us had been waiting for....(drum roll) Mikey was officially adopted, he looked absolutely fantastic and went home with a new fleecy coat. He got lots of attention and cuddles. Well done Mikey, at last you are officially in your home.

Next was lovely little Molly's turn, off she trotted through the gate to start her new life, good luck sweetie.

Bill was next, such a lovely boy who had been on foster, so well done to his family for becoming members of the failed foster family.

It was still quite chilly, but all dogs that could, had morning and afternoon walks. Thanks to everyone for their help today, I really appreciate it, especially as I was busy with the homings and the viewing for Molly and nail cutting. Thanks to Angie who did a dogs nails whilst I was dealing with other matters.

As always stay safe and well everyone, hope to see as many of you as possible at the hounds Easter parade next Sunday. X

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by jetlucy

Saturday 02 Apr 19:56



Couldn't agree more Jo! They are definetly a breed that gets under your skin and never known such a beautiful kind breed.
I just wish we could have a lifetime with our special ones but as I always say, that still wouldn't be long enough xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Saturday 02 Apr 15:06



It's been a terribly sad few weeks hearing heartbreaking news about so many of our very special hounds that have crossed the Rainbow bridge. How many of us have said 'that's it, no more'? But, when we are ready we go and do it all over again!

We never replace a hound, we merely open our homes and our hearts to another deserving hound. We do this despite the fact we know we will have to at some point have to say goodbye to them too and see them over the bridge. Someone once said 'it's better to have loved and lost than never loved at all'.

We give them the best home and retirement, our unconditional love as they do to us, a nice bed/sofa and plenty of lovely food and treats.

I firmly believe that once this breed gets under your skin it is implanted for life.

Please, despite how painful it can feel at the moment, do not discount homing another regal greyhound, they will reward you with so much love and gratitude. Jo x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 01 Apr 16:12



Another Daybreaks day is drawing to a close, and it's been a busy one! The weather has alternated between lovely sunshine (and I got a line of washing dry!) and snow showers - crazy!!

Poor Alex was back at the Vet again, fingers crossed he starts to feel better soon.

The new arrivals from yesterday are settling well - and are very lovely! Little Georgie had her bath this morning - and wasn't impressed, think she was glad she missed it yesterday! It was little Miss Clocky's birthday today, she enjoyed her birthday treats. x

This afternoon saw the arrival of the very handsome Rocky - a stunning big black boy with the most gorgeous grey face. Hope he has a good night and starts to settle in with us. x

The sand run was very popular again today, and we had visitors for nail clippings & food.

It's started to get really chilly now so the boys & girls are all tucked up in fleecy coats with the heater on.

Another weekend is upon us and yet again it looks like it will be a busy one. I shall raise my glass later to toast all our boys & girls and hope for some red or green signs by Monday.

Have a good weekend one and all, stay safe - and stay warm!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 31 Mar 23:43



What a very chilly day!!

We had three gorgeous new arrivals today, Georgie, Clocky and Toby. We had the heater on in the treatment room so they were nice and warm to have their health checks and baths. Georgie missed out on her bath as she had recently been flea treated by her trainer. We will catch up with her in the next few days! Thanks so much to Lucy and Lauren for carrying out the health checks for them all and thanks so much to Lucy for the fabulous arrival photos!! Xxx

Alan and Declan went on a warehouse run, thanks so much. They travelled back in a snow storm! Xxx

Thanks you to everyone for your help today. Xxx

We have nearly a full house again....please give us a call if you would like to meet any of our boys and girls. :)) Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Thursday 31 Mar 16:03



ROADSHOWS/AWARENESS EVENTS

As life starts to return to something approaching "normal", we are keen to get our Roadshows and Awareness events up and running again, and are now recruiting members for the Roadshow Teams.

Do you love to talk about your Hound? Are you keen to promote Greyhounds as pets and share your experiences with the public? If so, and you are in a position to commit some time at various weekends and various locations throughout the year, then please get in touch - we would love to hear from you.

We are initially just gathering names to gauge numbers and areas - owning a hound is not a requirement, although hounds with a solid temperament are most welcome & will act as great ambassadors for both Daybreaks and the Greyhound breed.

These events have proved very succesful in the past, not only for raising awareness but also for finding homes for our boys & girls as well as raising the vital funds we need to continue our work.

So please - give the kennels a call on 0121 782 7702 or give me a shout (or text) on 07963 988883 for further information, or to sign up - and let's get back out there and start spreading the message again - Greyhounds make great pets, and Daybreaks is a great place to home one from.

Angie xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 30 Mar 20:26



Thanks to everyone for their help today.

I took Alex to the vets this morning, he has been sick in his kennel for a few days. Thankfully the vet couldn't find anything specific wrong with him, she thought he may have a bit of a gastrointestinal bug but could also be caused by some stress. He was given an anti sickness jab and some probiotic pills to help with the lining of his stomach. He has shown no signs of being unwell apart from the sickness and not wanting to eat the biscuits in his food. He enjoyed the tray meat he had today, we left the Burns out and he was quite happy!

We are expecting some new arrivals in the next couple of days, so watch this space!

As always stay safe and well. X

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by DaybreaksRuth

Wednesday 30 Mar 07:30



We only have a handful of dogs in as we are waiting for new arrivals . However, it has still been ’nuts’ with phone calls and things to do over the last couple of days.

Jude who helps with admin on a Monday is a godsend helping with the office side of the kennels - Kate was off and it was so busy we only had one cuppa all day!

Yesterday was a bit calmer - Jean took the calls and sorted paperwork whilst kate took the gorgeous tiny Molly to Fivelands for her spey.

I rehomed the pretty Paaaauuuuline (said in a Arthur from Eastenders accent) and I’m sure her owner feels she was ‘rescued’ from Daybreaks and has not surprisingly given a new name… Djinnie.

Sadly Timmy was returned. He was homed with his sister Bea recently. Bea continuously growls at him and he was getting increasingly stressed and would cry a lot. It was a tough decision but his owner brought him back . After a while in the office he settled (stopped trying to chew the office doorframe) and became friends with Alex who spends the day having TLC in the office. I called Erik and asked if he could foster Timmy as I didn’t want him stressing in kennels.

I fetched Molly later that afternoon and took her home. She has been a perfect little house guest bless her however she will go back to Daybreaks today as I’m currently have a full house with Tiggy Momma Tony Snip Hope and Rigsby…. It’s like an assault course at home!

Thanks always go to Vonnie and all the volunteers who help I absolutely couldn’t do it without you all xxxx.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 27 Mar 22:30



The weather has turned chilly again, despite that we had a good day. Handsome hounds Joe and Joey both went out to their respective foster homes, so happy for them both.

There were several sand run bookings, including a beagle party which is going to be a regular Sunday booking!

We also had a viewing, fingers crossed that one of the two gorgeous hounds viewed may find their forever home. The family are coming back tomorrow with the younger family members to see which would be the best suited to their family.

Our two new arrivals from Friday seem to be settling well.

Many thanks to everyone for their help today, it is really very much appreciated.

There was also a great deal of interest in my little girl Peanut! She 'mugs' everyone for love and fuss, she is such a friendly tiny little girl. Joey's foster family wanted to take her home!!

All inmates were coated, tucked up in bed and had the heaters on in the kennel block, they all looked very comfortable and contented when I checked before leaving.

As always, stay safe and well. X

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 27 Mar 00:09



It was a very busy day today...

This morning Alfie was officially adopted. :)) He bounced in with his lovely new family, had a race around the sand run and then went off to carry on enjoying his new life. :)) Such a very happy and joyful lad. Xxx

Little Rosie went home with her great new Dad! Wishing them lots of great times together. :)) Xxx

We had lots of visitors to use the sand run and appointments for a pamper with Lorna. Tina was also here this afternoon with clients for her Reiki treatment. :) Xxx

We had a viewing too and a visit from a lovely couple who are hopefully going to Foster out special boy Joey. Xxx

In between there were walks and health checks for our residents. Many thanks to Noah for giving Rosie a health check and a groom before she went home. Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 25 Mar 15:45



It's been another beautiful day today - lots of lovely sunshine and our boys & girls (and volunteers too) have enjoyed walks without coats, and some basking in the sunshine too!

Alex was as bright as a button today following his neutering yesterday. He quite enjoyed lounging in the feeding run whilst the others went out on their walks.

This morning saw the arrival of 2 lovely new girls into the Daybreaks family, Brooke & Molly. Brooke is a gorgeous dark brindle, so dark in fact that you have to be up close to see her lovely markings. Both are understandably a bit bewildered by the change in their circumstances, but it didn't stop Brooke tucking into her supper. Molly was less enthusiastic and really didn't want any food, let's hope she feels more like it in the morning. Hopefully they will both have a good night and start to settle in soon. x

This afternoon saw our fabulous River reserved - yay! He will be off to his new home in a couple of weeks after his owner gets back from her holiday.

We had plenty of volunteers today so all health checks were completed, and lots of tidying up was undertaken. I also got 2 lines of washing dry!

Well another weekend is upon us, time is just racing by - it's crazy. The diary looks full again, so it's raise a glass and fingers crossed that we see some red or green signs by Monday morning. Whatever you're up to this weekend, stay safe and enjoy - and let's hope this lovely weather holds.

Cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 24 Mar 23:19



I took Alex off to the vets this morning to be neutered. He was a little stressed when he arrived at the vets but I left him in the care of their lovely staff Debbie and Izzy. I collected him this afternoon and he enjoyed his dinner when he got back to the kennels. :)) Hoping he will have a good nights sleep. Xxx

It was good to see Alan and Belle today. We all knew and understood how he was feeling after saying goodbye to his beloved Paddy yesterday.
Xxx

We had lots of help to walk the dogs today, thanks so much to everyone. It was great to see them all go out and enjoy the sunshine. :)) Xxx

Lucy came to see us today! Xxx As you can see from the fab new photos of a lot of the dogs, she brought her camera with her! Thanks so much Lucy. :)) Xxx

We also had a visit from our good friends Tash and John. They very kindly dropped off some items for our upcoming Easter raffle. It was lovely to see them. Xxx

I'm very grateful to everyone for looking after the kennels whilst I did the vet runs today! :)) Xxx

We have two new arrivals due tomorrow...two little girls. :)) Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 22 Mar 22:10



What a beautiful spring day! So good to be able to take the fleecy coats off the dogs and see them enjoy going for their walks in the warm sunshine. Good for us too...it's been a long winter. Xxx

Many thanks to Norman for taking our wonderful Alex to the park. He had a lovely time and had a long nap on the bed under the desk in the office on his return. :)).

We had a brilliant delivery of food, treats and toys this morning from a lovely person who won a competition at Crufts and donated the prize to Daybreaks! Thank you so much. Xxx

We also had a lovely delivery of fish and a donation of treats. We are so grateful for the wonderful support we receive. You can be sure our residents appreciate everything they receive. They all enjoyed a nasher stick to go to bed with tonight. Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Monday 21 Mar 06:53



Jo also had a trip to Birmingham Dogs Home on Sunday to pick up Roman who had escaped from his owners home. His owner is sadly very poorly at the moment so I collected him yesterday afternoon from the kennels and later he went to a foster home.

It was a beautiful day for my day off especially after the madness of Saturday and wonderful weather helped my current training for the London Landmarks 100 mile ride in May - during this I had to keep stopping to answer calls regarding Roman so next time I’m taking my ear pods!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 20 Mar 20:30



Yet another busy day!

Sand run bookings, nail clippings, dropping off of very generous donations, oh and a beagles party in the sand run this morning. This was the second week of what looks like a regular Sunday booking. I have no idea how many there are, but it's A LOT!!!!

Sadly River was unreserved today, please don't let his age put you off, he is a lovely boy.

It was so busy that I started the very handsome Chase's homing this morning and finally completed it at around 4 o'clock this afternoon. He is now the official brother to Maisie Moo. Well done Chase, you will be so very loved and spoiled. Thanks to our fantastic volunteer Dave for giving him a loving home after fostering him since January.

Thanks to everyone for their help today, thanks also to Liz for taking Joe out to the park and also to Kitty's parents Ned and Jackie for taking Joey for an outing this afternoon.

Well, another week is upon us, let's hope for more red and green signs. We have so many deserving dogs looking for their forever homes (they are all deserving I know), but it can be unsettling for the returnees.

Stay safe and well everyone. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 19 Mar 23:41



What a crazy day today, lots of ups and downs....

This morning Roxy, Dee and Denver all came in for their post Homing health checks. All of them are really doing great in their new homes and settling well. Thanks you so much to their new families for giving them wonderful loving homes Xxx

Pretty little Robin came into the kennels and within a few hours found herself Reserved! A fabulous family travelled a good two hours with their own three beautiful dogs to meet her. They brought cocktail sausages for all of our residents...they loved them. :)) Xxx

Padfoot Paddy came in to be officially adopted! He was such a patient boy while we were completing his paperwork. :) Lovely Homing photo too. Xxx

Sahara now Marli was signed up too! Brilliant to see she has been reunited with her litter Brother. :)) Xxx

Rosie found herself reserved. She is a super little girl. Xxx

This afternoon Bill was returned. :(( So very sad for this lovely, happy lad. Hoping he will soon find a new home. He has gone home with Ruth tonight. Xxx

In between all of these comings and goings we had visitors for the sand run and donations of bedding. Lorna had a couple of pampers too! Xxx

Ruth and I are so grateful to everyone for Their help today. Thanks to Angie and Michael for cleaning and feeding all of our residents early this morning before anyone else arrived! Xxx thanks to Jess for doing nail clipping and feeding everyone this afternoon. Many thanks to all of our walkers too! You are all Fab!! :)) Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 19 Mar 18:09



It was gold stars all round this morning for lovely clean kennels from all our residents.

Johnny was as bright as a button after his neutering yesterday, and tucked into his breakfast.

It was a great day by the looks of things - Paddy & Sahara all signed up, and both with lovely new names. And 2 lovely red signs for the lovely Rosie and returnee Robin - great news.

So sad to see the beautiful Bill returned - it has been a difficult past couple of weeks, but Daybreaks is here for these gorgeous hounds and we will take good care of them until we can find them forever sofas again.
xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 18 Mar 15:40



After almost needing a lantern to guide me through the fog this morning, it turned into an absolutely beautiful Spring day - we all enjoyed the feel of the sun on our faces.

Jo was off on the Vet run first thing, this time it was Johnny's turn. He had a waggy tail on his return, and apparently everyone at the Vets had fallen in love with him (quite right too). River, who was neutered yesterday, was as bright as a button today and we enjoyed lots of snuggles as, being post op, he can't go out for walks.

I had to smile at Joe this morning, I was obviously taking too long to clean the kennels while the dogs were out having breakfast, so he pulled the dog bed down that was hanging over the bars of the feeding run, and promptly sat himself down on it!!!

It was a fairly quiet day for visitors, just a few sand run bookings, so we could get health checks and grooming done, as well as 2 lovely walks in the sunshine.

I actually managed to hang the washing out on the line - and get it dry too!!

The residents spent another day without coats on, nice for their skin to have a breather and a break from being covered, but as they finish their supper it's coats back on ready to snuggle up in heated kennels as its forecast a chilly night.

The weekend is on us again,and the diary looks packed for both days, so lets hope for some red or green signs by Monday morning - I shall raise my glass (or two) later.

Whatever you're up to over the weekend, stay safe & enjoy - and let's hope this lovely weather lasts.

Cheers!!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 17 Mar 23:33



It was a much better day today. It was nice to be able to take the dogs coats off for a while. Sure they all enjoyed the sunshine. :))

Sue very kindly took River to the vets to be neutered and have a dental this morning. He was very lively when Richard brought him back to the kennels. Such a very happy lad. :)) Xxx

Timmy and Bee came in for a visit this morning. It was lovely to see them and their owner. Xxx Timmy loved everyone he met and decided to sit on Richard's feet so he couldn't get out of the office! Xxx

Many thanks to Shirley and Richard for collecting a donation of food and treats from Pets at Home for our boys and girls. Xxx

Capri, now called Sophie was officially adopted this afternoon! She is such a polite young lady and sat in the office very patiently whilst her paperwork was completed. :)) Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today! :)) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 16 Mar 20:32



I logged into the website to do my Daybreaks Diary post and saw Daybreaks Ruth had already posted. I don't know if she mentioned how cold, wet damp and miserable it was, but it was flipping cold, wet, damp and miserable.

Congratulations to Pauline for her reservation today, something good to brighten the day. Xx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Wednesday 16 Mar 15:16



Eeewwwww - what an absolutely miserable afternoon we have had weather wise but despite feeling damp and cold, we saw the gorgeous Pauuuuuuuline reserved. She is off on trial on Monday and most of you will be pleased to know she has got a planned name change!
Thank you to our Wednesday walkers who also helped line up the dogs for me to weigh and nail clip all in turn.
Alex spent time pottering about again and I drenched his skin with the aloe vera solution in a bit to help his bald bits. Still no results on the skip scrape......

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 13 Mar 22:04



I agree with rubytwoshoes the Greyhound who took part in the Final of Crufts tonight is absolutely stunning! What a fabulous opportunity to show people what a beautiful breed of dog they are. :)) The Flat Coated Retriever who won Best in Show was gorgeous too!! :)) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 13 Mar 17:14



Despite there not being much in the diary today it seemed really busy! Thanks to our lovely volunteers all dogs had morning walks, this afternoon it was sand run fun, they thoroughly enjoyed it as did our volunteers!

It stayed dry thankfully, although it was quite chilly, fleeces on, heating on and the inmates are all tucked up and curled up on their beds.

Fingers crossed for some red and green signs this week, we are full to bursting!

As always stay safe, warm and well.

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by jetlucy

Saturday 12 Mar 19:34



Totally agree Lucy and you're right, you are their whole world...in our case, jet was literally my whole world too and it's not the same place it was without him, such a huge part missing. We only got 7 years together, prayed so hard we'd get more. As I have said before I desperately need one of these boys or girls in my life again but as you have rightfully said below, our circumstances aren't quite right at the moment but as soon as they are I would be honoured if we were allowed to give another one their forever home. Goodness help them though with the mad House we live in! Xxx

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by rubytwoshoes

Saturday 12 Mar 14:19



Fabulous hounds at Crufts today. What a stunning greyhound was the best in group winner and what a pretty little whippet as runner up.

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by shanishoo

Saturday 12 Mar 14:03



I totally agree Lucy&Ellie, well said xxxxx

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by Lucy&Ellie

Friday 11 Mar 22:21



So sad to see so many returnees recently. I totally sympathise and understand that sometimes circumstances really change and it's so sad for all involved, but please if thinking about adopting remember that you owe it to your new family member to accommodate all of their needs, that they are not a fad, or a temporary family member. If you are not in the right position to adopt, just wait it out, remember they need stable environments, and a whole lot of love, so if you can not see yourself having the time for them a couple of years down the line, just wait until you know you DO have the consistent time for them for what could be 10+ years they're in your life.
Again, I totally understand sometimes unfortunate circumstances do dictate the return of these beautiful dogs, but they are not a decision to be taken lightly, and when you adopt one of them, you become their whole world, even if they're only one part of yours.

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by Shanesmum

Friday 11 Mar 16:30



The sad week continued at Daybreaks with the return of Alex first thing this morning. Let's hope that all our returnees, who are understandably a bit stressed and bemused, will soon settle - but even better will find themselves back out on their own sofas again very soon.xx

Jo was on the Vet run this morning - Alfie's turn today. He was still a bit wobbly on his return this afternoon and wasn't interested in his supper, hope he feels a bit brighter tomorrow. He will soon be off to his new home. x

With an overflowing kennels, and a depleted Team, it was a very busy day, but all the residents had walks or playtime in the sand run. The weather deteriorated this afternoon, but fortunately everyone was back from the afternoon walk before the downpour started.

There were lots of healthchecks, weighings and groomings to do, and we had several kind donations of towels and bedding.

The diary is busy again this weekend, so keep everything crossed for our boys & girls - we need to see some red or green signs.

I shall raise my glass later in the hope that forever homes are just around the corner for our lovely hounds. Whatever you are up to this weekend, as ever, stay safe - and dry!! Cheers!!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 10 Mar 23:52



Rosie was returned to the kennels first thing this morning. It was very sad for all concerned. She is a very sweet girl and I am sure she will soon find another home. Xxx

Many thanks to Alan and Declan for going to the warehouse for us this afternoon. Xxx

Shirley gave the treatment room a good clean and and Richard worked on the rotten wood in the front door. :))

Rosie came in this afternoon and completed homing packs for all the dogs. :) Xxx

Thanks to everyone for all their help today. Xxx

It has been a hard week with Alfie, Winny and Rosie coming back to the kennels. If you are interested in offering any of our beautiful boys and girls a home please give us a call and come and meet them. :)) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 09 Mar 21:40



This morning started out bright and sunny, it almost seemed tropical (ok not quite but you can hope)!! This afternoon was a different story, we felt like we went back to the ice age.

Many thanks to the Wednesday walkers and our volunteers. The dogs all had morning walks, as we were short of people this afternoon the inmates that could go had fun in the sand run. The ones that couldn't had a lovely groom in the feeding runs.

I left tonight with the dogs all tucked up with their heating on and their fleecey coats on.

As always stay safe, warm and well.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 06 Mar 21:11



Thanks to everyone for their help today. Despite there not being a lot in the diary it turned into a mad crazy day! We had visitors for food, sand run and general visits.

We saw the lovely Bella now Betty formally adopted, she was such a good girl in the office whilst her paperwork was completed.

It got very cold this afternoon, all the dogs had their under bed heating on as well as the wall heaters and their fleecy coats on. I was glad to get home and try to get warm, even now my feet are still cold!!

As always, stay safe, well and warm.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 05 Mar 23:42



It was a busy day...we had lots of visitors with their beautiful Greyhounds to say Hello to! :)) Xx

So happy to see Paddy reserved today. A super boy! Xxx

We had a bit of a technical hitch this afternoon when the hinge on the top of the main kennel door came off! Unfortunately the wood of the door frame is going rotten and the hinge just fell out! :(( I'm so grateful to Richard who came over and fixed it! Thank you! Xxx At one point I thought I would have to sleep in front of the door for the night as I couldn't get it to close! :)))

Sad to see Alfie back at the kennels, do hope he will soon find another home. Xxx

Many thanks to Sam who came in and took some of the dogs off for some lovely canine massage. It really helped Alfie to relax, poor lad was very stressed when he first arrived.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. Xxx Thanks so much to Jess for taking my Skip and Lyra for a walk. :) They had a long wait for their dinner tonight! Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 04 Mar 15:48



It's been a while since we've had every kennel full - so today was a busy old day, but so lovely to have lots of beautiful doggies to look after.

Jo was on the Vet run this morning as it was Rocky's turn to be neutered. Hopefully he will be off to his new home very soon now.

I met our 3 latest arrivals - and have fallen under the spell of the adorable River! All 3 have settled well and are good out on their walks, and of course the pretty Sahara has found herself reserved already.

All doggies enjoyed morning & afternoon walks in some lovely springlike weather - post op Minnie was not impressed at being left behind bless her!!

We caught up with weighing & health checks, and then all our residents had a lovely groom and teeth clean in readiness for the weekend's viewings - fingers crossed.

As I am typing this, the students are feeding the boys & girls, then we will tuck them up for the night with heaters on, as despite the lovely day, it soon starts to get chilly when the sun goes in. On that note, we are running very low on tinned meat for our boys & girls, especially as there are now so many of them, so if you can spare a tin or two we would be eternally grateful. xx

It's another busy weekend ahead again, and lets hope that we see a red or green sign or two by Monday morning. I shall raise my usual glass later and keep everything crossed.

Have a great weekend one and all- and as usual, stay safe and enjoy. Cheers!

Angie xx

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by Rob

Friday 04 Mar 01:12



Great to visit the kennels on Tuesday to carry out some video recording. Started off with recording an intro for future videos.

2 test intros created:

1 - https://youtu.be/n57z20IZnc0

2 - https://youtu.be/l7hu2VljGLY

Likes and comments on these videos are welcomed. It will help me improve and make videos better for Daybreaks.

It's in the early days for videos on YouTube so they are on my personal channel. More videos to come though :)

As always... great work by the staff!!

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 03 Mar 23:48



A full kennels this morning, which kept Yvonne and CJ busy cleaning and Declan feeding. I was supposed to be in charge of cats and chickens but kept getting sidetracked by other things :)) Got there in the end! :))) Xxx

Beautiful Sahara has been reserved and so has our very handsome Buick. Xxx

We had some new volunteers join us today. We are always grateful for the extra help. Xxx

Richard and I had the pleasure of giving pampers to Tiggie and his sister Lola this morning. Tiggie has been in his new home for a few weeks and is doing really well. It's clear to see he is very happy and adores his Greyhound sister Lola. They looked and smelt lovely after their baths. :))

Thanks so much to all our walkers and to everyone for all their help today. :))) Very much appreciated. Xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 02 Mar 17:04



A cold and miserable day today, despite this all the dogs that could go for a walk managed both morning and afternoon walks.

Thanks to the Wednesday walkers and our volunteers for all of their help today.

I met our three new arrivals from yesterday today, they are all lovely. Like all our residents they all need their forever homes with comfy sofas to lounge on.

Ruth brought Minnie back to the kennels this morning, she had stayed with Ruth yesterday after her neutering operation, she is the full litter sister to my Cooper (may explain why she is a little crazy)!!!

Sadly Joe is no longer reserved.

All the inmates are tucked up in bed with their heating on, just remains for me to go home and do the same!!!

As always, stay safe and warm everyone.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 27 Feb 21:06



It was greyt to be back today, it was still quite chilly but nice and sunny. All dogs had morning and afternoon walks thanks to our lovely volunteers.

It was busy for visitors, nail cutting, sand run and food collections. Many thanks to Lisa B and husband Luca for doing a warehouse run for us this morning, we had literally run out of Burns and the next run wasn't scheduled until Thursday.

Capri found herself reserved and has gone out to see how she is in the home and with her family. Fingers crossed that everything goes well.

Fred was not settling well in the Kennels so has gone to stay with Ruth for a while.

Minnie is gorgeous but is a bit of an excitable girl, she is the full litter sister of my Cooper and also Denver! Despite her trainer trying to convince me I can't. She needs some more socialisation, she did apparently walk very nicely today.

All the residents were tucked up with their fleece and heating on.

Stay safe and well everyone.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 26 Feb 23:18



Another cold day but at least the sun came out. :)) We had a few problems with the till this morning....it was cold too! I thought Ruth was warming up the microwaveable slippers for herself, but no, they were to keep the till warm along with a nice red scarf. :))) However, it was just what it needed and it worked fine for the rest of the day! :)) Xxx

Great to see Woody officially adopted. He is doing great in his new home. :)) Wishing him lots of happy times with his new family. Xxx

We had a beautiful little girl arrive today, Capri! What a lovely girl. :)
Very happy and affectionate. Xxx

Thanks so much to our walkers this morning and this afternoon. Many thanks to everyone who helped to bath our new arrival and helped with serving the dogs dinners. :) Xx

We had lots of visitors for nail clipping and food collecting. Thanks to everyone for the extra bedding and fish it's very much appreciated. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 25 Feb 17:10



One word describes today - craazzyy!!!

The Team was a bit depleted by illness and half term, so I had the pleasure of going on the morning walks. It felt almost like spring as we walked down the lane in lovely sunshine, with the birds singing and snowdrops and buds showing everywhere. Elizabeth & Carol came in this afternoon to take another "boys outing" to the park!! Those that didn't get to go had some time in the sand run.

This morning saw the arrival of the lovely Fred & Minnie. On arrival, Fred's Trainer told us that he didn't have a pet name, so as Erik & his family were visiting at the time, we asked his daughter to name him - and she chose the name Fred.

We had a visit from Timmy & Bee for their post adoption health check & sand run session - it was lovely to see them. And there were plenty of visitors throughout the day for the sand run, pampers, and dropping off donations of towels and bedding. This morning also saw the beautiful Missy reserved.

In between all this activity, and answering the phone, Ruth finally completed the mammoth task of sorting and cataloguing the trackers.

Well yet another weekend approaches - where is the time going?? The diary looks busy again, so lets hope that we see a red sign or two come Monday morning - I shall raise my glass later in this hope.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, as ever keep yourselves safe & enjoy. Cheers!!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 24 Feb 22:49



Rocky was reserved early this morning...he hadn't even had time to unpack his bags! He is a very sweet lad. Xxx

The sun actually came out for the morning walks although it was very chilly! We had frequent hail showers this afternoon so decided to pop muzzles on all of our residents and let them out of their kennels to have a wander round. :)) Thye loved it! Johnny hooked up with Rocky and followed him around, sure he would like company when he goes off to his new home. Paddy was a little overwhelmed by all the running around and sat on one of the beds in the run. Think he would also be happier with a friend when he goes home. Joe loved the freedom and had a few runs around the kennels with a smile on his face! Buick was able to have his cone off for a while which he enjoyed. Xxx

Thanks so much to Shirley and Richard for all their help today....Wishing Shirley a very Happy Birthday. She had Frieda as her Birthday present last year. We tried to convince her she should have Buick this year! :))

Two more new arrivals tomorrow! :)) Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 22 Feb 22:19



Thankfully we managed to get through the stormy last few days without experiencing any damage at the kennels. :)) We have had some drain trouble which caused flooding at the bottom of the kennel block. Fortunately all sorted now. Xxx My own dogs quite enjoyed going for walks in the wind. Skip got spring fever and wanted to run and bark and Cracker got very excited when all the leaves came flying past him! :))

Ruth took Missy to the vets for her neutering operation this morning and collected her again this afternoon. She has been staying with Ruth and Andy for the last few days as she was quite unsettled at the kennels. She is a lovely little girl. Xxx

Unfortunately our morning walkers got very wet but the sun came out for the afternoon walk. :)) Norman took Paddy for a short walk to the park, he was a very good boy. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Xxx

We are expecting a new arrival tomorrow and more later in the week. :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 19 Feb 22:41



It wasn't a very nice morning...very cold and wet! Roxy's new Dad arrived to take her home in torrential rain. She was such a good girl waiting patiently while we completed the paper work and I'm sure she will live up to her new name and bring some early summer warmth and sunshine to her new home. :)))

Thanks so much to our intrepid volunteers this morning who got soaked going for a walk! Thankfully the sun made an appearance and everyone enjoyed the afternoon walks in the dry. :))

We had two new arrivals this afternoon, Pretty Missy and handsome Paddy. Xxx

Thanks so much to Jez and Sam who helped me to bath and carry out health checks on our new arrivals and also fed all of the residents this afternoon.

Hoping Spring is just around the corner!! :))))

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Friday 18 Feb 20:52



Loving having the vital statistics on the dogs, gives them even more of a personality and when the time is right for us, hopefully we'll see the cat and child friendly ones easily! Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 18 Feb 15:02



Crikey me - what a wet & wild day!! Not surprisingly it's been very quiet for visitors, I can't say I blame anyone not venturing out today unless they absolutely had to!!

During a lull in the storm we did manage both lots of walks, although the lane was flooded. Being so quiet meant that we could spend a lot of time with the doggies, grooming as well as getting some useful vital statistics about them all on record.

The dreadful weather postponed the appearance of our 2 new arrivals - all being well they will be with us tomorrow.

It's fast approaching feeding time now, then the boys & girls will be tucked up warm and snuggly for the night. Another weekend is here, and the diary is busy again so fingers crossed for some lovely red or green signs.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay warm and safe.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 17 Feb 22:40



Ruth took Roxy off to the vets for her neutering operation first thing this morning. Such a quiet little girl, she will be going home at the weekend. Ruth also collected her this afternoon and took her home with her again. Hoping she is feeling ok. Xxx

Little Sophie, now called Florence went home. :)) Wishng her a very happy new life with her lovely new family. Xxx

I will join rubytwoshoes in wishing Bertie, Bess, Jess, Joey and Tess a very Happy Birthday! Hope they have all had a super day. Xxx :))

This afternoon Ruth took Momma, Tiggy and Tony to School! They visited a Primary School where they met all the children there. Erik also went along with his two naughty boys Barney and Caesar. Xxx

We have a new boy and girl due to arrive in the morning...sure there will both be beautiful! Xxx

Having just seen the weather forecast for tomorrow and the prospect of very high winds, do hope everyone stays safe and well. Xxx

Xxx

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by rubytwoshoes

Thursday 17 Feb 19:44



Happy Birthday to the famous five Bertie Bess Jess Joey and Tess. Big birthday cuddles to you all. Xxxxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Thursday 17 Feb 11:30



It was a great day yesterday - I saw Dee who had been stopping at mine, go off to her new home. We had Enzo come to visit and we did some socialisation with all our residents. I had a visit from the Greyhound Board of Great Britain who was quite impressed with Daybreaks and then I saw Denver off to his new home.
I took Dave home who is fostering Chase at the moment and I took Roxy home as she is quite timid and tends to lay on the floor a lot. She had a very settled night at our house and this morning I took her to the vets for her spey.
Jo was not well so wasn't in and hope she feels better soon.
Ruth x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 15 Feb 23:09



The weather was grotty today! Cold and very wet!

First thing this morning Richard and I took Buick to the Vets for his Neutering operation. Joey also had an appointment with the vet. Sadly he has a few health issues at present and went for Blood and urine tests. Our friend Cath collected him from the Vets this afternoon and is kindly going to Foster him for us for a while. Many thanks to Declan who was given the job of obtaining Joey's urine sample! Xxx

Buick's op went well and Richard picked him up this afternoon. Buick loves his food and he had a good appetite when he got back this afternoon. He certainly enjoyed his dinner. :))

Despite the rain this morning all the dogs went out for a short walk. The volunteers had to abandon the walk along Old Damson Lane as it was flooded! It was much brighter this afternoon and the sun made a brief appearance. :))

Thank you so much to everyone for all your help today. :)) Xx

We left everyone tucked up in their kennels tonight with heaters on and a Dentastix. :))

We have nearly used up our supply of Sardines and Pilchards for our boys and girls...so if you are popping into the kennels and can spare a tin or two, we would be very grateful. :)) Thanks so much. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 14 Feb 22:20



It was a better day today and didn't rain too much. :) Everyone enjoyed morning and afternoon walks. Xxx

It was great to have our lovely volunteer Yvonne back after being on holiday last week. :)) We did tell her she will have to ask the Residents permission if she wants anymore time off! :)))

It was brilliant to see Polly and Roxy were reserved yesterday. :)) Hoping our gorgeous boys Joey, Buick and Johnny and our lovely Bella will soon find their forever homes too. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out at the kennels today. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 13 Feb 16:30



What a horrible, miserable cold and wet day it was. Thankfully it was made brighter by the reservations of Polly and Roxy. Holly came back to the kennels due to a family illness but was going back out of the kennels within a short time of arrival on a foster basis to see if she gets on with the other greyhounds in the family.

We have several homings booked for this week, so again it will be very busy.

It was very hectic this morning, people queuing for viewings and sand run. Lorna was kept very busy with pamper sessions and nail clipping. This afternoon was a little quieter but still busy.

Many thanks to everyone for their help today, this morning everyone got wet and cold on the walks. This afternoon neither the dogs or volunteers wanted to venture out in the rain again, so the dogs all had time out in the feeding runs. They are all warm dry and have full tummies and are all tucked up for the night.

As always, stay safe and well everyone.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 12 Feb 22:45



It was a busy start to the day. Pops started his journey to France...he had his bags packed and went off with lots of new gear to wear. :)) It was really lovely to see him before he left. Lots of love to him. Xxx

Sophie's new family came to see her again, she happily went off for a nice long walk with them and her new doggy sister. They get on great together. She will be hopefully going home next week. :)) Xxx

We had a lovely visit from ex Daybreaks residents Ringo and Lady. They looked great! Brilliant to see them and their family. Xxx

We also saw recently homed Timmy and his sister Bea. They arrived in style in their very own black cab! They both looked very happy and are settling well into their new home. Their Dad said Bea is definitely in charge. Xxx

Ruth had to leave early this afternoon to go to a meeting. I am so grateful to Shirley, Richard, Paul and Brooke for their help with feeding the dogs and tidying up. :)) Thank you. Xxx Many thanks to all our walkers and to Angie and Michael for opening up and feeding everyone this morning! It would not be possible to run the kennels without the help of all our hardworking volunteers...Xxx :))

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by Shanesmum

Friday 11 Feb 16:05



Jo was on the Vet run this morning as it was Denver's turn for his neutering op. He was a bright lad when she picked him up this afternoon and happily polished off his supper!

It was a steady day, with visitors for the sand run and kind donations of towels and bedding - many thanks, with a full kennels they are very much appreciated.

The new arrivals from yesterday are both lovely. Johnny is a very handsome lad who is friendly, but is understandably a little unsure of things. Little Roxy bless her is a very nervy girl, she spent most of the day lying on the floor of her kennel, despite having 2 comfy beds to choose from, but happily when she went back in after her supper she jumped up on the big bed. We have made her a snuggle nest with a big "V" pillow to try to make her feel a bit more secure. I am sure that give a few days she will start to relax and realize that she is in a safe place.

We got health checks and grooming done, and the boys & girls enjoyed 2 walks in some lovely sunshine. Having said that, it is starting to go chilly now so it's heaters on in the blocks as we tuck the boys & girls up for the night.

Well the weekend is here again - and the diary shows it to be another busy one. I shall raise a glass or 2 later to welcome our new arrivals and hope they settle soon, and hope for some red or green signs to appear by Monday morning.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, as always, stay safe & enjoy. Cheers!!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 10 Feb 22:40



First thing this moring Ruth took beautiful little Dee for her neutering operation. She also picked her up this afternoon and took her home. Dee has been staying with Ruth and Andy since she arrived at Daybreaks and will soon be going to her new home. Xxx

We had two lovely new arrivals today; Roxy and Johnny :)) Many thanks to Shirley and CJ for bathing them and carrying out their health checks. They are both delightful. :))

Alan and Declan had a trip to the warehouse. Xx

Erik paid us a visit with his two good naughty boys Caesar and Barney :))
Caesar is looking great and is a very happy boy. :))

Many thanks to everyone for your help today, we are so grateful. :)) Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Thursday 10 Feb 14:15



Dear volunteers! If you are free Saturday afternoon to help, we would be very grateful! I have got to leave early for a meeting which would mean Kate would be on her own for afternoon walks/ feeding etc..... if you are available, please give us a call to let us know. Thank you so much!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 08 Feb 23:08



It was a busy day today...this morning saw our lovely little Sophie reserved. :)) She is a real bundle of fun and such a happy girl. Xxx

Norman took Buick for a trip to the park. He had a great time. :)) Hope his forever home soon comes along. Xxx

This afternoon Bella was reserved. :)) She is joining a big family of dogs, cats and another Greyhound! Xxx It's brilliant to see so many of our wonderful Greyhounds reserved and homed recently. We have two more new arrivals due in this week. Xxx

Richard and Declan were kept busy with lots of jobs around the kennels....thanks so much. Xxx

Thank you to everyone for all your help today. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 06 Feb 16:28



The day began with a message from Denise who had opened up the kennels only to find the bottom kennel block was flooding!! The drainage company had been out yesterday and thought the problem had been resolved, sadly not! So, out they came again today, fingers crossed the problem has been resolved.

Many thanks to everyone for their help today, the dogs all had morning and afternoon walks.

It again started to get very chilly this afternoon so all dogs have their fleecy coats on and the kennel heaters are on so they are all lovely and warm.

The sand run was busy this afternoon.

Denver who found himself reserved yesterday went out for a couple of hours to his new 'home', he was an absolute star and asked to go out to toilet when he needed to and also played with his new greyhound sister.

As always, stay safe and well all.

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by Shanesmum

Friday 04 Feb 15:55



After a very wet, windy and grey start, it turned into quite a pleasant day with some lovely winter sunshine - and our boys & girls enjoyed 2 walks. Our post-ops Polly & Joe were really not best pleased at being left out though!!!

Ruth was in this morning and had a busy time with paperwork, teeth & corns. She is recovering, but just needs to take it slowly - so after an intense morning, we sent her home this afternoon to have a nap!!

It was a fairly quiet day, so the doggies got some extra attention and grooming, which they enjoyed.

The highlight of the day was the homing of pretty Penny - wishing her and her new family many happy times ahead.

It's starting to get cooler now as the sun goes down, so the students are tucking up the boys & girls in their snuggly fleeces and it's wall heaters on in the blocks as a cold night is forecast. Roll on Spring!

Well another weekend is upon us, and the diary looks busy again so I will raise a glass or two later and hope for some red or green signs by Monday morning.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay safe and enjoy. Cheers!!

Angie x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 02 Feb 16:38



Thanks to everyone for their help today, we were a little thin on the ground this afternoon so it was sand run fun for the hounds.

We had two handsome new arrivals, Buick a lovely black dog and Denver a very handsome white and blue fawn boy (not much fawn, a little at the top of his tail and one ear and a little around one eye and yes I am biased as he is the full litter brother to my Cooper)!!

Thanks for the kind donations of bedding and towels and to Rob one of our volunteers for a generous donation of much needed sardines. If you are able to spare a couple of tins of food we are always looking for sardines either in tomato or oil, tuna (not in brine) and pilchards, as well as tinned, tray or meat pouches.

If you are interested in any of our gorgeous residents please give the kennels a call and make an appointment to come and view.

It's great to see we can start to hold events again, all proceeds go to the care of the residents, we have the Hounds Easter parade, the Platinum Jubilee afternoon tea and our 16th Birthday party and hopefully more throughout the year.

Take care all.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 30 Jan 16:10



Yet another busy day today...

We had several visitors for nail clipping, teeth scraping, food collections and bedding drop offs.

Ruth was in for a time before having to go off on an errand.

There were several viewings booked, these resulted in Penny going out on foster, Joe being reserved and shy boy Max getting a forever home!!

The sand run was as busy and as popular as ever.

Many thanks to everyone for their help today, it is really appreciated especially when it was so very busy.

It's getting cold again, so all the residents are tucked up with the heating on and their fleecy coats on.

So all in all another successful day at Daybreaks.

Take care all.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 29 Jan 22:36



It was a very busy day at Daybreaks today....

Beautiful Jess went off to her new home this morning :) She has a new little Whippet Brother. Xxx

At lunch time Bertie came in for a pamper and to be officially adopted. He was so excited to see everyone and super happy! Thanks so much to Shirley and Noah for giving him his pamper. He actually seemed to enjoy having a bath. :))

This afternoon Bee and Timmy went off to their new home together. :)) They looked so smart in their new coats. Xxx

Wishing Jess, Bertie, Bee, Timmy and their families lots of great times together. Xxx

We also had a gorgeous new arrival. Dee is a very petite, pretty girl. :)) Thanks so much to Richard and Bob for collecting her from the track for us. Xxx

The sand run was fully booked and there were nail clippings too. We had a surprise visit from former Daybreaks resident Brodie....who was Willis during his time with us. He looked fabulous and has gained so much confidence living with his lovley family in Scotland. Xxx

We also saw Noa (Julie) and Alice who were homed recently. They too look great and are very happy and much loved in their new homes. Xxx

I am so grateful to everyone for their help today. Thanks to Angie for all her help this moring and to Richard and Shirley for feeding all the dogs this afternoon. Richard also fed our cats, Socks and Tyke...think they were quite impressed to have someone new to clean out their cat litters...Socks offered her assistance by sitting in the tray! Xxx

Many apologies if you visited the kennels today and had to wait to be seen. Thanks so much for your patience. Xxx

It's another busy day tomorrow with more viewings. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 28 Jan 16:00



In contrast to last Friday, it's been a very quiet day today. The boys & girls had 2 lovely walks, and health checks were brought up to date. As it was so quiet, we took the opportunity to do some cleaning and tidying jobs around the kennels.

The lovely Polly is as bright as a button today following her spey yesterday. She wasn't too happy about being left behind at walk time though bless her.

I met our other 2 newbies, the very sweet Penny and handsome Max. Penny is a very cute girl and has started to settle well already. Max though is quite nervous, and is a bit reluctant to exit his kennel bless him. This morning he didn't want to eat his breakfast and kept backing away from his bowl whenever there was movement outside the run. I moved him up to the kitchen run, away from the activity, and he soon tucked in and cleaned his bowl. This afternoon at dinner time we tried him in the main run again and after an initial nervous moment, he happily tucked in and had another clean bowl. Give him a few days and I'm sure he will start to settle and find his confidence. He gets my cuddle tonight. X

A message for the Mikey fan club - Jo spoke to his new Mum this afternoon and she is happy to report that he is doing brilliantly so far.

It's started to go a bit chilly now that the sun has gone, so the boys & girls are tucked up for the night.

Well, the weekend is upon us again already and the diary is very busy, with tomorrow being fully booked! Let's hope that we see some red or green signs by Monday morning.

I shall be raising my usual glass or two later to welcome our newcomers, and wish for forever homes for our boys & girls. Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay safe.

Cheers! Angie x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 23 Jan 16:26



It's started to get cold again, so all dogs are tucked up nice and warm in their kennels.

Thanks to everyone for their help today, we were a couple of people fewer than usual but all dogs had both morning and afternoon walks. Special thanks to Liz_Beth for taking Mikey out to the park to meet his family so they could see what a good boy he was on the lead and around other dogs. I had a call from them to say how lovely he had been and that they are really looking forward to collecting him on Tuesday, everything crossed for him. There have been offers from both Liz_Beth and Katerina's family to take him on walks as they would like to stay in contact with him.

Chase had a viewing which has resulted in him having a nice red reserved sign. Sadly, Joe's viewing has been postponed, but should hopefully be re-booked in the next couple of days.

As always stay safe and well.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 22 Jan 22:03



It was a quiet morning so we took advantage of the extra time and had fun with the dogs. We got the games out and they all had a go at finding the treats! Of course Mikey was the best and the fastest! Little Timmy got bored after a few minutes, he preferred lots of cuddles and Jess wanted to chew the plastic bones! :)) Joe, Sophie and Bee seemed to enjoy trying to get the treats. Xxx Thanks to Patrik, Noah and Ami for joining in with them. :))

This afternoon Mikey went out with Katerina and her family. As usual he had a lovely time. Thanks so much. Xxx

It's great to see so many RESERVED signs for our lovely boys and girls. Xxx Joe and Chase have people coming to meet them tomorrow. Xxx
We will be having more dogs coming in over the next few days. :))

If your Greyhound is looking fir a new image....we have new fleeces and Winter coats for them to try on! :)) Xx

Many thanks to Sam for helping me feed the dogs this afternoon, I am very grateful! :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 21 Jan 21:27



As Angie said it was a crazy day. The gentleman who reserved Timmy went home and had a good think and decided that he would also like to reserve Timmy's litter sister Beeswing! He has been unsettled at the Kennels so hopefully with having his sister with him he will be settled in the home.

What can I say, Mr Mikey is a very lucky boy, he worked his magic today. The lovely couple went home to have a serious talk, they are experienced greyhound owners and have homed from us previously, it didn't take long for them to call and reserve this lovely boy. Mikey just couldn't help giving the gentleman lots of kisses. There will be many a tear shed when he goes home, tears of joy for him.

Many thanks to Angie and Chris for closing the Kennels up so Dave and I could leave a bit earlier to collect Chase from the vets after his neutering, he was very bright when we collected him, he is currently staying with Dave and Maisie Moo. If you would like to view him please contact the Kennels and we can arrange for him to be available to see.

Take care everyone, after the crazy, exciting day today I feel it's wine time!!!

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by Shanesmum

Friday 21 Jan 16:03



What a day!!!!

It was Chase's turn for neutering today - and when Jo got back from dropping him at Fivelands - it just went crazy!!

There were 2 viewings in the diary - both of which resulted in fabulous red signs. Our lovely Mikey was the first lucky boy to have a reserved sign go up outside his kennel, closely followed by brother and sister Timmy and Beeswing, who are off to a forever home together - yay!

The sand run was busy as ever, Lorna had pampers and we had some kind donations dropped off, so Daybreaks was a real hive of activity! It has gone quiet now, the boys & girls are tucked up snuggly in bed and home time is approaching.

We have had a delivery of Blizzard coats and fleeces, there's plenty in stock now to keep your Greys warm and toasty in this horrid cold weather. Roll on Spring I say!

Well another weekend is here, I really cant believe how fast the days are flying by. I shall be breaking out the Prosecco later I think, to celebrate a fabulous day at Daybreaks.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay safe & warm. Cheers!

Angie xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 19 Jan 16:22



Another fairly quiet day for visitors but not for the phone!!

Thanks to everyone for their help, the dogs all had morning walks and sand run fun this afternoon. We had donations of bedding and food which is very much appreciated. The sand run was a little quieter today but we did have a few bookings.

It started to get quite chilly this afternoon, so the residents are all tucked up with their under bed heating and radiators on.

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 17 Jan 21:50



A quiet day for visitors so after morning walks we were able to get some much needed jobs done. Yvonne and Myra sorted all the recently donated bedding and Jude got to work sorting the back treatment room. Thanks so much everyone. Xxx

All of our current residents at Daybreaks are beautiful! It you are interested in meeting any of them, please give us a call on 0121 782 7702. why not start the new year with a new friend, it will change your life and their! :)) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 16 Jan 16:15



Another cold day today. Thanks to everyone for their help today, all dogs managed morning and afternoon walks. Timmy and Beeswing both had individual play time in the sand run.

We had visitors for the sand run, it is still as popular as ever.

Just going to tuck the dogs up and put their heaters on and then I'm heading home.

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by Shanesmum

Friday 14 Jan 15:58



It's been another cold day today, even the sunshine this morning didn't help, and it feels really damp & chilly now. As the students have started afternoon feeding I have taken the opportunity to have a sit down and update on a busy day.

I brought in chicken for the residents breakfasts today as it was a special day - Mr Mikey's birthday (well, nearly!!!) After morning walks were done, we gave Mikey an early birthday party in the feeding run. He is a real favourite with our Friday students, and they had brought him a present, treats for him and his pals, and Liberty had done a fabulous drawing of him which is now hanging outside his kennel.

Mid morning then saw the arrival of 2 more new Daybreakers - brother and sister Timmy and Beeswing. They are so young, not yet 2, and were understandably a bit bemused at finding themselves somewhere new with strange sights & sounds - here's hoping they have a good first night and start to settle in soon. x

I met the lovely Sophie - I had to untangle her from her coat this morning as she had managed to get her front leg through the neck!! She thought this was a great fun game, and was not very cooperative!!! x Bella is doing well after her spey - she is so sweet and is desperate to play, but a few more days post-op recovery yet sweetheart! x

The sand run was very popular again, and Lorna was kept busy with pampers.

The boys & girls will be tucked up shortly with the underbed heating on, and we will put the wall heaters on before we leave to keep everyone warm & snug.

Incredibly it's the weekend again - where does the time go?? The diary looks fairly busy again so fingers crossed for some red signs by Monday. I shall raise a glass later to toast our boys & girls - may forever homes soon be theirs.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay warm and safe.

Cheers! Angie xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 09 Jan 16:32



A cold and busy day today. Thanks to everyone for their help, especially Carol and Gloria who completely blitzed the treatment room, they did a fantastic job.
It was lovely to have our Duke of Edinburgh students back.
Big thanks to Liz for taking Mikey out for a few hours, he even visited Mountain Warehouse and went in the lift!! He is such a lovely boy, we really wish someone would offer him his forever home.
Joey went out on foster this morning to give him a break from the kennels, he has the company of another greyhound to show him the home life ropes.
Jess was reserved this afternoon, she is going out for the weekend next week and will hopefully be signed up if all goes well.
There were lots of bookings for the sand run despite it being so cold, at least it was drier than yesterday.
The inmates are all tucked up and warm, so I will be heading home shortly to see my four and cook them a celebratory dinner as it is Max's (Gummers 6th gotcha day).
Take care and stay well.

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 08 Jan 16:04



We opened up a bit earlier this morning to make sure Mikey had had his breakfast, and washed his face and paws in readiness for his big adventure with Aunty Ruth at training class! Apparently he was a very good boy, and picked things up quickly. We did think this would be the case, and that he would benefit from having his mind occupied. Well done Mikey.x

Beautiful Cassie had somehow managed to wriggle herself around during the night and was wearing her fleece coat like a skirt round her bum!! She is such a sweetheart, and very patiently let me untangle her! New boy Brandy had also suffered a wardrobe malfunction - as he had managed to completely disrobe himself of both his fleece coat and neck warmer!!

All our lovely boys & girls have such individual personalities - there will be just the right home for each of them out there somewhere, keeping fingers crossed it happens soon.
xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 07 Jan 17:11



Not much I can add to Ruth's post - that was indeed a crazy, busy day, but I must confess to having enjoyed myself - it's great to have inmates back in residence. The reports from our festive fosterers are nothing but positive , and have given great insight into the characters of the boys & girls - so lets hope that we can get them out into forever homes soonest.

Between Chase, yesterday's new boy Joey & todays two lovelies - the students seem to have have spent the day in the bath!!!

I sorted all the very generous donations of food & treats that we have received over the festive period into date order, and have rearranged the dog kitchen to accommodate everything so it's used in order.

It was another cold day, but at least we didn't get any white stuff thank goodness!! The boys & girls have been left this evening all tucked up in their fleeces, with underbed heating and wall heaters on in the blocks - I think I may move in!!

The diary looks busy again tomorrow, with viewings booked so keep everything crossed. I shall raise a glass or two later on to wish for a red or green sign by Monday.

Have a good weekend, stay warm & stay safe. Cheers! Angie xx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Friday 07 Jan 13:48



What a busy and fabulous day we are having! Wednesday was also very busy so apologies for no update and yesterday we had the blood bank in.

We had Pod (small dog, big attitude) come up with Cath, one of our volunteers and we did a morning of socialisation training. All of our current inmates - Mikey, Jess, Cassie, Joe and Joey were absolutely brilliant. Jo and Dave went out to collect Chase, a boy that was homed direct from a trainer but sadly his owner had passed away.
Chase is unfortunately very keen with smaller breeds (he did live with a greyhound and was great) and with him having lived in a home we are quite anxious to find him a new home asap. He lived with another greyhound and is just a very happy boy.

We then had two gorgeous new arrivals - Brandy and Bella. Their trainer told us they love being with each other so tonight they are going to be kenneled together so their 'house move' is not so stressful and we will work on separating them over the next few days.

I am sure Angie will give her side of the story in her update later! Looking forward to taking Mikey to training tomorrow!

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by Rob

Wednesday 05 Jan 14:21



Great to donate items from my partner, myself and my work place (CBS Arena, Coventry) hope everything is useful. Can't wait to start helping out even more in the coming weeks!! Be glad to see some dogs soon as they were all with wonderful foster carers. Well done to the team and fosters.

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by Shanesmum

Tuesday 04 Jan 16:55



A warm welcome back to Daybreaks to the boys & girls that have spent Christmas out in a foster home - huge thanks to our Festive Fosterers. x It has been great to read all the lovely posts.

They have all received glowing reports - and the information received will be invaluable to us as we seek forever homes for them all. As great as Daybreaks kennels are, you can't beat time out in the real world and a real home. xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 03 Jan 22:02



We were back at the kennels this morning to welcome back Jess, Mikey and Joe. We had great reports for them all from their foster families. We are so grateful to everyone for giving them a chance to have a few days away from kennel life. All the extra information we have about them will help us find the right homes for them. Xxx

Thank you so much to Yvonne, Myra and Rosie for all their help today. Even though we only had three dogs at the kennels, we had lots of visitors! :)) Jess popped in to bring in donations of bedding and ended up trimming nails! :)) Including my little Lyra...she is not happy when I do them!!
Thanks Jess. :)) Xxx

Hoping 2022 will be a good year for all Greyhounds looking for their forever homes! Especially our lovely lad Mikey!! Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Sunday 02 Jan 21:44



Welcome to a a new year at Daybreaks and we are starting the year off with the best news ever…. Mikey, our longest stayer, has finally been offered a forever home and he is off to start his new life on Tuesday!

Little Mollie came with me and she enjoyed pottering around the kennels. She is such a little treasure.

I would like to say a big thank you to all those who have fostered over Christmas - to open your home to a hound is a truly wonderful gift.

Today I was joined by Denise, Dave and Lynne and we we had a busy day clearing away the Christmas decorations and attacking paperwork. Even with no dogs on site, we are kept busy.

We are looking forward to the foster dogs coming back and all the new arrivals and we will keep you posted x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 31 Dec 15:46



Michael & I would like to wish all our Daybreaks friends & supporters a very Happy New Year.

Here's hoping that as we move forward into 2022, the Covid situation improves allowing us to get our fundraising activities back on track. We have tentatively arranged a couple of events already (watch this space) - and will keeping an eye on things, ready to leap into action if we can!

Thankyou so much for your support during what has been another difficult year - we are so very grateful. We are looking forward to welcoming our foster boys & girls back next week (though hopefully not all of them!!!), and welcoming some new arrivals off the ever growing waiting list.

I shall of course be raising a glass or two later on to welcome 2022, and wish for a successful new year for Daybreaks - onward & upward we go.

Stay safe one & all - Cheers!!

Angie xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Thursday 30 Dec 11:12



Despite it being Christmas and all the current inmates out to foster, I have been kept busy - especially on the phone!

Christmas Day and Boxing Day I came in to sort the chickens and I'm back again today and got to see Bea and her owners who have been having a few problems with her so I checked her over and gave some advice.

On Monday, we had Molly dropped off at our house - she had been in a home 3 years - homed direct by a trainer and her owners felt she needed a new home. She is an absolute poppet!

On Tuesday I went over to see Flower and made her adoption official - she is now called Maddie and they did message me the following day to ask if I could tear up the adoption papers as she had been up on their window sill and broken ornaments and torn two blinds down (eek!).

Wednesday I was booked to go and see Nico but this has been arranged for the New Year so instead we took Mollie on a trip to my Aunties and she met the cat! As I was driving, Andy was 'secretary' for the calls that day!

I have been checking in constantly on all our foster dogs and they are all doing well and are starting to arrive back on Monday.

Between myself, Denise, Kate and Jo we have been coming in daily to sort our resident hens and say hello to Bob. The sand run has been in constant use still which i great.

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and I look forward to a New Year starting with lots of exciting things planned for the kennels. I am extremely grateful to everyone who has sent donations - I have written to everyone to thank but there have been quite a few anonymous ones so I would like to say thank you - I am truly grateful for your support.

Best wishes to everyone from myself and Andy and Tiggy Momma and Tony xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 24 Dec 16:27



It was so eerie to walk through the gate this morning to a quiet and empty kennels - it didn't seem right somehow!

I was soon joined by Bertie, who was dropped back to us following his overnight post-op stay. Bertie enjoyed pottering around the kennels during the morning whilst we got ready for the Grand Raffle Draw, and started on the mammoth sort out & tidy up!

Ruth went "live" on Facebook at 10.00am to draw the raffle - congratulations to the winners, especially 1st prize winner Jacqui who has so generously donated back half of her winnings to the kennels, and massive thanks to everyone who took part, we have raised an amazing amount for Daybreaks - your continued support is just incredible and we are so very grateful. x

Following the draw, the lovely Bertie went out on trial - fingers crossed for him that all goes well and he settles into his new home.

We then had a visit from Rob who brought in an amazing donation of treats, toys and blankets that had been collected by his work colleagues - together with some signed Coventry Wasps Rugby kit for us to fundraise with. We send huge thanks to Rob, his colleagues and Coventry Wasps players for their kindness.

It was a chilly, damp day and once our final visitors had gone we decided that as there were no more appointments in the diary, and it was very quiet indeed, that we would sneak the afternoon off and close up at 2.00pm!!

We are so grateful to all our foster parents for looking after our boys & girls over the festive period, enabling us all to have a proper break and a chance to blitz the kennels and get neat & tidy - ready to come back with a vengeance in 2022!!

Although the kennels is "closed", someone will be on site for a few hours each day to provide food collection or sand run bookings - but this is strictly by appointment as it will depend who is covering each day and what times they are available so please do phone & book your slot if you need food or fancy some post Christmas exercise in the sand run! Of course, we will be at the end of the phone for support or advice if needed - please don't hesitate to call.

Well, I will raise my glass today to all our friends and supporters and wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and hope that 2022 will be a better year for us all. Have yourselves a great Christmas, and above all - stay safe.
Look forward to seeing you all next year as Daybreaks Trust moves onwards and upwards into the future. Thankyou so much for your support during the past year.

Angie xxx

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by shanishoo

Wednesday 22 Dec 17:45



I'm another cry baby xxxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Wednesday 22 Dec 06:35



I’m not sure what happened to Monday and Tuesday but it has been absolutely hectic at Daybreaks! I am sure you can see from all the reserved, rehomed and foster signs, the incredible amount of work going on.
Last night I collected Poppy from the vets following spey and brought her home with me. Her new owners came over to visit her and she has had a very settled night.
We had great fun with Enzo, Lisa B’s dog so we could socialise our current inmates, along with a Jack Russell and Will found himself reserved because of this!
Please keep everything crossed for Mikey… he has a second viewing today! I will keep you posted x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 21 Dec 22:03



That's so lovely Angie, made me cry too! :) Xxx

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 21 Dec 21:45



Love that poem xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Tuesday 21 Dec 18:40



That is beautiful Angie, and thank you so much for making my eye borls leak (several times as I kept going back and reading it)!!

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by Shanesmum

Tuesday 21 Dec 16:56



How fabulous to see all the lovely red & green signs appearing for our boys and girls. Our residents have a special Christmas message for you:-

As stars began to twinkle in the dark and moonlit sky
We snuggled down to go to sleep, at least we had to try
We all were so excited and so sleep was far away
We strained our ears to listen for the sound of Santa's sleigh

We haven't wished for toys or treats or a nice big juicy bone
We've wished for something special - our own forever home
We crossed our paws and hoped Santa had known just what to do
To find our caring Mums & Dads - some people just like you

We love our time at Daybreaks, it's safe and warm and fun
But we'll be just so much happier when our new life has begun
We won't be any trouble once we know our way around
With time and love we'll soon become a very happy hound

We're waiting now for morning when the doors will open wide
And we'll look out of our kennels to see whose there outside
We've been good boys & girls and so we hope our wish comes true
Will you be waiting by our kennel to take us home with you?

xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 19 Dec 20:02



It started off as a chilly day and progressed into a bitterly cold day!

Thanks to everyone for their help today, all dogs had morning and afternoon walks, massive thanks to Liz for taking Mikey out for a three hour walk, he still wasn't worn out!

Lovely Boss man had a viewing and was introduced to his soon to be brother, this came in the shape of Bear, a Saint Bernard, they were great together, for those who want to cuddle Boss before he goes home you will need to do this before 11.00 am on Wednesday.

Thanks to those that came in with donations, it is very much appreciated. We left tonight with the residents tucked up with cosy fleeces and their heating on, I'm still trying to get warm.

Stay safe and well everyone. X

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by Caro

Sunday 19 Dec 19:44



I too am upset to read this I know how committed you are and all your team. I was so grateful for the advice and help recently even driving over an hour and a half to do a home visit.

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by DaybreaksRuth

Saturday 18 Dec 09:41



I am sorry to add this post. We spend an awful amount of time with viewings, matching people to the dogs, a lengthy homing process and offer support and advice. We say that we are available 24/7 to support those that need it.

When I hear that someone feels that they have been unable to receive help this makes me extremely upset as we are always at the end of the phone.

We care very much about every dog that is adopted from Daybreaks and do our best and that is all we can do.

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by Shanesmum

Friday 17 Dec 17:06



Oh my goodness, what an absolutely crazy day that was!!

Ruth was tied up with viewings & phone calls about viewings and a new arrival - whilst I found myself tied to the desk ploughing through the paperwork!!

Both morning and afternoon walks were managed for the boys & girls, amidst all the comings & goings that kept us flat out all day.

This morning the lovely Poppy was reserved, well done beautiful. Then the fabulous Bertie arrived on site - he is the brother of Tess, Jess & Bess and bounced through the gate with a welcoming smile! He is a big lad, but such a friendly happy soul.

This afternoon the beautiful Ellie found herself reserved, so happy for her as she is finding kennel life a bit difficult so we are delighted she will be off to her new home very soon.

Huge thanks to the many visitors who called in with lovely festive treats for both humans & doggies, donations of bedding and food, Lorna was kept busy with pampers and, as ever, the sand run was very popular.

Well the weekend is here again, and looking at the diary it is going to be a very busy one - with so many viewings booked that we may well run out of dogs!!!! I shall keep everything crossed that there are some red or green signs come Monday morning.

After such a full on day it's definitely time for a relax and a nice glass or two of red wine later on to toast our residents, and all our foster doggies, and wish for forever homes to come their way.

Whatever you are doing this weekend, please stay safe. Cheers!

Angie xx

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by sirenmelody

Friday 17 Dec 15:00



A Tribute to Alan Porthouse

As an unknown soldier killed by an exploding mine near Londonderry in 1989 so gracefully wrote when he left the following poem behind in an envelope for his family and friends:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Thank you Alan for giving my grandson a good home for the years that you could. Thank you for the lovely conversations we had during this very hard time. I am just so sorry that we didn't get the chance to have one last get together. Thank you to Emma the Warden who informed me of the details of what happened. Go in peace my friend.

Seana, Teddy and Fergal xxx

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by sirenmelody

Friday 17 Dec 14:50



RIP 'Daddy' Alan

I have had to wait for Granny to stop crying and help me write this post. I couldn't understand why the Postman returned my Christmas present this week which I could smell through the box so I knew it was from me. The postman couldn't help it but he just blurted out that the recipient was deceased and that made Granny burst into tears. I snuggled up to Granny with my little squeals as seeing her upset makes me upset. She then gently tried to explain in the language that I don't really understand that my lovely adopted Dad had gone to heaven and hopefully was going to meet my biological Daddy. I feel very sad because although I love Granny and my brothers I miss living with my adopted Dad. He was very kind and loving and we had a few wonderful years going everywhere together before he became beset with health issues.

I love you Daddy and I know that I am not your only boy but I was your last boy and we shared special times. Thank you so much for being in my life and for continuing to send me pocket money this year. You were a very kind and gentle Daddy and I am so sad that I now won't be able to see you in February next year. I will always love you and I will do my best to be a good boy for Granny. Until we hopefully get the chance to reunite one day I hope you will be at peace.

Your loving dog son Blue (Eoghan Melody)
xxxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 14 Dec 22:53



Gorgeous Poppy arrived today. :)) What a very pretty girl. Shirley would have taken her home....but she already has four beautiful Greyhounds! Xxx

Cath who is fostering Pops visited us today after dropping Pops off at the vets for his neutering op. She brought along her fabulous small dog Pod. We tested Will, Stan Boss and Poppy with her. They all did really well. :)) Cath picked Pops up after his op, we are so grateful for her help today. Xxx

It was lovely to see Linda, Paul, Peggy and finally meet Lulu. :)) She is the smallest Greyhound I have ever met and so very cute! Xxx

Ruth was busy in the office...with the help of Jean, think they were beginning to win the battle! Calendars are still selling well, thank you. We still have Christmas cards available too. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for all your help today. Xxx

We have another new arrival tomorrow! Another young lady! :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 13 Dec 22:43



After a very busy weekend there were only three dogs left in the kennels this morning! Stan, Will and Boss. They all enjoyed the extra attention. :)) We have three new arrivals due in this week starting with a young lady called Another Delight tomorrow. :))

Ruth and Jude were very busy trying to catch up with paperwork, calendar and Christmas card orders. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us purchasing a Calendar, I think we have now sold out of slimline ones.

We had visits from three gorgeous lads for nail clipping. Timmy, Ice and Dasher. Dasher arrived wearing a beautiful Christmas bow, looking extremely handsome! :)) Xxx

We also had a visit from Erik, Barney and Caesar. Caesar is still looking great and is very happy with his best mate Barney. Thinking of Erik's young Daughter, Sophia who is missing their beautiful Greyhound Charlotte who passed away recently. Xxx

Lee, Mollie, Liam and myself took down the Gazebos in the sand run. It did take us a while....but we got there in the end! :))

Yvonne and Myra did a lot of much needed cleaning and sorting of donated bedding. Thanks so much to everyone for your hard work.

Xxx

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by RosieP

Monday 13 Dec 16:31



Anyone who’s looking to adopt one of the greys, please don’t forget the ones who are out on foster. It’s often because they’re not happy in kennels and need to have people or dogs around them but they also need their forever sofas. Thank you on their behalf :) xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 12 Dec 20:11



Yet another crazy day. Many thanks to my lovely Sunday volunteers, I barely got to see them today!!!

We had lots of sand run bookings, please call us and give us some notice as when you would like to book in as it is becoming very popular and busy.

We had a viewing booked for this morning, it was originally mentioned that Sammy was of interest, but the lovely couple came in with an open mind. They viewed Sammy, Stan and Will, they decided on little Sammy, so off she went home this afternoon. X

Bess went home this morning, wishing her and her family all the very best, her new mom works for one of the trainers so has had Grey's before and is very experienced.

We had donations of bedding, tinned dog food, dog treats and hooman treats too, thanks so very much, so very kind.

Quiver came back from her overnight stay, she was less than happy, however, Deb who had been fostering Billy took her out on foster as Billy has gone out to hopefully his new home :)))

Stan finally had his arrival bath and health check today, he was too nervous on Friday, he was really good. He seems to have found his feet as at feeding time he grumbled at the other dogs!! He is such a lovely boy. I'm sure his stay will be a short one.

We left tonight with the remaining residents wrapped up in their fleecey coats and heating on.

Stay safe, well and warm all. X

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by DaybreaksRuth

Saturday 11 Dec 17:37



Wow what a crazy but great day! Kate and I have been run off our feet and are about to drop! It is very cold and the 'kids' have their under bed heating on, their PJ's on and the radiators at Hotel Daybreaks! We are going home in a short while to defrost ourselves! Thank you to our volunteers otherwise we would have been here 'til midnight :-()

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by Shanesmum

Friday 10 Dec 15:53



The Friday Team was a bit depleted toady due to illness, fortunately it was a very quiet day so we were still able to give the boys & girls morning and afternoon walks. Sending get well wishes to all the poorly crew, hoping they will soon be on the mend.

This morning saw the arrival of Stan. He is such a handsome boy but is extremely nervous at the minute, quite understandable as he finds himself in a new and strange environment where nothing is familiar to him. As he was quite stressed we weren't able to get him in the bath, but we hope that after a good nights sleep he will start to settle in and gain some confidence bless him.

As I am typing this in the office I can see the monitor for the cameras in the kennel blocks and everyone has settled down nicely - especially the gorgeous Sammy who is upside down on her bed with her legs in the air!!

Well the weekend is here again, and the diary looks busy, so keep fingers crossed for some red or green signs by Monday. I shall be raising a glass or 2 later to toast our lovely boys & girls as usual - may the forever homes they deserve be theirs very soon.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay safe & keep warm.

Cheers!! Angie x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 08 Dec 19:37



Another cold day, thanks to our Wednesday walkers for coming in this morning and to the rest of the volunteers for doing afternoon walks.

It was fairly quiet for visitors so not much to report on that!

Lovely Swift, now Hazel went home, good luck to her and her family.

Denise had cleaned most of the kennels before I arrived, she insists on coming in at an ungodly hour!! She was also on chicken house duty, she had a bit of a panic when Bobby chicken escaped, thankfully she didn't get to far.

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 06 Dec 22:31



Hi Sirenmelody, I have forwarded your message to Jetlucy. I thought it was a message really meant especially for Lucy. Hope that's ok. Xxxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 06 Dec 22:20



Another cold and wet day but thanks to our volunteers and students the dogs were able to take their morning and afternoon walks. :))

Beautiful Sam went home this afternoon. He looked incredibly handsome in his new fleecy coat, I'm sure his new Greyhound sister would have been very impressed when he arrived home. :)) It was lovely to meet Sam's new family, they were so excited about taking him home. Xxx

We had a new student join us today, a warm welcome to Liam. :))

Swift had a visit from her soon to be Dad this afternoon. Not long until she goes home.xx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 04 Dec 23:30



We were very lucky with the weather today, not too cold and dry until around 6pm when the rain came down! Thanks to our volunteers all of our residents enjoyed morning and afternoon walks. :))

Many thanks to Katarina and her family for taking Quivers out this afternoon and giving her a break from the kennels. She had a lovely time. Xxx

Richard popped in with food and toys donated to us by Pets at Home. :). We are so grateful to them for their support. Thank you. Xxx

It was wonderful to see ex Daybreaks resident Leo and his family. He came in to use the sand run. He looks absolutely fantastic! :))

Handsome lad Jag came in for nail clipping. He arrived just as Bee was going out for a walk and it was love at first sight. She was absolutely smitten with him! :)) Think he was quite overwhelmed with all the attention from a pretty young lady! Xxx

Julie, now called Noa went off to her new home. She met her two new human brothers and loved them! Wishing them all lots of happy times togheter. Xxx

Thanks so much to Jan and Jez for doing all the feeding this afternoon. :)) Jez very kindly stayed to help me with Bee's poorly tail. Xxx

It's still raining, I do hope it's dry for our Christmas party tomorrow! Looking forward to hopefully seeing lots of ex Daybreaks residents come to visit Santa and give him their Christmas wish list! I'm wishing for forever homes all of our current residents. :)) Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 03 Dec 20:59



The Festive Fundraising online auction closed tonight at 8pm - and has raised the fabulous sum of £593. Thank you so much to everyone who took part - your support is much appreciated. xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 03 Dec 15:49



With a full kennels it's been a busy old day today - but thanks to the Friday Team feeding is well under way so I have grabbed the opportunity for coffee and a go on the computer!!

It was a dull day, but stayed dry so all the residents enjoyed both morning and afternoon walks.

I met all our lovely newbies - they are all gorgeous!

I have never seen a tail quite like little Beatrice's (Bee's)!! It twirls round like a helicopter and literally never stops moving!! As Kate has already said this has led to a major case of happy tail!! It was like CSI Miami in her kennel earlier - blood spattered all up and across the walls in amazing patterns!! Ruth took her to the Vet this morning for a vaccination, and he had a look at her tail - advising us to bathe it for a minimum of 5 minutes to prevent infection. The challenge was of course, how to keep it still for that long!! The solution was a large plastic syringe with a taped up bottom, and Bee's tail fitting beautifully into the fluid down the tube before it was taped on to the tail. Of course, she had to be cuddled for the full 5 minutes to prevent the syringe flying across the feeding run!! Let's hope this does the trick for her.

Preparations for Santa's visit on Sunday continued, and we hope to see lots of friends,both 2 & 4 legged, in the sand run to start off the festive season.

More kind donations of bedding were received, and the sand run proved popular again. It is a great facility and is fully booked up for tomorrow!

Tickets for our Grand Christmas Draw are on sale, the first prize is £500 cash very generously donated by Fivelands Vets, with the draw taking place on Christmas Eve. If you can't get into the kennels, we can take payment by phone and get the tickets in the post to you.

Another weekend approaches, and its a busy one! I will raise a glass or two later toast our lovely new additions, our gorgeous existing residents, and make a wish for lots of red or green signs outside their kennels.

Have a great weekend one and all - stay safe and warm, and hopefully see some of you on Sunday.

Cheers! Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 02 Dec 23:06



We had a full kennels today, lots of lovely girls and boys looking for their forever homes. :)) When Sammy arrived she had to go in the back kitchen kennel, until we had a spare space for her. A very cute little lass who loves cuddles. Xxx

Mikey went back out with his foster family this afternoon. He was so very happy to see them! Xxx

Richard was one of Santa's little helpers today and put the carpet down in the summer house ready for Santa on Sunday. He also built a step and made handrails. I'm sure he will be on the "nice" list this Christmas. We are so grateful for everything he does for us.

Many thanks to Alan and Declan for going to the warehouse today, Xxx. Thanks also to everyone who helped out today. :))

Many thanks to Sarah and Steve for bringing in three big bags of Mistletoe! It will be on sale at the kennels at the Christmas party on Sunday. :))

We have an extra resident at the kennels, a lovley Robin spends a lot of time around the kennels, he went into the Christmas shop today, obviously looking for presents for his family! :))

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by DaybreaksRuth

Thursday 02 Dec 17:49



Yesterday was a whirlwind day! Our storage unit had developed a leak and unfortunately 90% of the donated items we had been given to raise money had become damp and mouldy! Absolutely gutting…. So we had to order a skip to clear it out :-(
We had a little stray brought in…. She is adorable. She was bathed and settled into a kennel which meant we had a full house! Later on the evening I was out collecting some donated carpet for Santa’s grotto! I blitzed the office so apologies to Kate if she couldn’t find anything today!!! X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 30 Nov 22:17



The weather today was a big improvement on yesterday's snow and ice!

First thing this morning I took Sam off to the vets for his neutering op. I think he knew as he wasn't keen on going into the vets! He was great in the car, just sat down and enjoyed the ride. I picked him up later on this afternoon. He was bright and bouncy and enjoyed his dinner. :))

Everyone enjoyed both morning and afternoon walks. Xxx Many thanks to Norman for taking young Will to the park. Tiggy came in today, but wasn't that bothered about meeting her brother! :) Xxx

Ruth was busy sorting things out for our Christmas Party on Sunday, Santa's grotto will soon be ready for him! Xxx

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Monday 29 Nov 21:51



Thanks shanishoo, I have his paw print on a necklace that I don't take off, sleep with his collar and ashes next to me on bedside table. I talk to him all the time and have constantly got a Robin following me and I'm convinced its him.
So sorry about your jack too. Like I said, I guess I am lucky I had jet till 10, but still feel cheated. These animals aren't just animals, they're children and think only us animal lovers understand!

Kate...Mia said if ever you want to open a creche at the kennels, her name is first on the list to come...if not she'll have to wait till she's old enough to volunteer! Xxx

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by shanishoo

Monday 29 Nov 07:32



Jetlucy my heart breaks for you, I totally understand that you have found it difficult to talk about Jet, it's still so raw, we lost our beautiful boy Jack to a stroke over 4 years ago, he was only 8, and I still cry every day for him, no it doesn't get easier you just learn how to live with it, it broke my heart when we lost Jack so I know your heart is broken too. When I feel sad I make myself just think of how utterly stunning he was and how he made me laugh and all his quirky ways, I'm sure you have so many fabulous memories of your beautiful boy to remember, he will always be by your side looking out for you. Keeping you in my thoughts xxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 28 Nov 22:49



Lucy, it was really lovely to see you and your beautiful daughter Mia yesterday. Mia has grown up so quickly and she did love all the dogs! :))
I'm sure When the time is right Jet will lead you to the right wonderful Greyhound to join your family. They will never replace Jet but you will fall in love with them for who they are. Xxx

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by jetlucy

Sunday 28 Nov 21:05



Thank you for your kind words shanishoo. Yes, we lost my beautiful boy 1st July, he was only given 6 months back in September as was diagnosed with heart failure totally out of the blue, but we managed to keep him going for 9 months when he decided on his morning walk that he couldn't carry on anymore and sadly collapsed in my arms and had a heart attack. The only saving grace was that I didn't have to make a decision in the end or him go to the vets which he was petrified about. Its the most heartbreaking thing and I still cry about him everyday. People keep saying It'll get easier but it's just not. He was literally the most kind, special boy and really didn't deserve to be taken so young (he had just made 10 but I still thought he would have years). I haven't been able to write anything on his page yet as feel like that's admitting he's not here.

We had a black lab puppy shortly after as we were due to see him before we lost jet and don't get me wrong he's lovely and brilliant with mia the 2 year old feral child, which was the only reason we went for a puppy as, like I said and Kate witnessed yesterday, she is still so young but adores animals but doesn't understand she's rough yet, but my heart totally lies with greyhounds and I just need jet to send me the right one.

I will never ever get another jet but hopefully I will get another in the future xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 28 Nov 19:37



We arrived at the kennels this morning, Denise had already fed the hounds and cleaned the kennels, unfortunately the hose was froze, so cleaning the feeding runs was done with buckets of water!

The chicken house had leaked so Denise cleaned it out and gave the girls nice clean dry bedding.

What was a fairly quiet day in the diary proved to be anything but. The two dogs that were due in last Friday arrived, they are gorgeous, Boss a lovely black lad and Julie a pretty fawn girl. It was far too cold to bath them so they had their welcome health checks done and got tucked up with nice warm fleeces in their kennels.

A late viewing resulted in Bess being reserved. Swift had a further viewing to introduce her to the families children and other dogs, all went very well :))

Millie who has been on long term foster was signed up officially today by our lovely volunteer Gloria. X

Morning walks were done but this afternoon walks due to the weather were abandoned, however, when there was a lull in the snow flurries the inmates had a little time in the sand run.

Despite the weather the sand run was very popular today.

Many thanks for the bedding donations.

Thanks to our intrepid volunteers for all their help today, it was ffffreezing, we all felt it despite trying to keep busy.

I think it may now be breakfast time, although I may forego that for a couple of medicinal glasses of wine!!!

Stay safe, well and warm, looking at the weather forecast over the next couple of days it looks like it may be almost tropical at 12 degrees!!

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by shanishoo

Sunday 28 Nov 14:03



Jetlucy, I had no idea that you had lost your beautiful special boy Jet, I am so very sorry, I know from your posts how much you absolutely adored and loved him, just heartbroken for you and your family. Rip beautiful sweet Jet xxxx

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by jetlucy

Sunday 28 Nov 12:00



We had a lovely hour with Kate and the dogs yesterday (sorry for holding you up Kate!) It was the first time I've been since loosing my beautiful boy but wanted to bring the dogs some Christmas treats and get our calendar. It was very emotional going without jet but also lovely memories of a place that gave jet and I the chance to meet and have an amazing life with each other for a few years, just wish we could have had more, but as I always say, a life time with him wouldn't have been long enough.

Mia had a fabulous time with the dogs but demonstrated to Kate how confident she is with dogs but doesn't realise yet that not all dogs appreciate been pulled, poked and messed with as much as she likes too, so needs to be a very special, understanding dog to put up with our family but I hope when jet feels the time is right he will send the next one to daybreaks for us as I have such a void in my life that will never be filled but can hopefully help xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 27 Nov 22:46



I also arrived at the kennels in the middle of a blizzard this morning! My ever faithful little Skip insisted on coming with me, wrapped up in two coats and his snood! Bless him. Xxx

So grateful to Angie and Michael for feeding and cleaning the boys and girls. :) Xxx

Thanks to everyone for their help today, we were able to go out for both walks. Little Quivers wasn't too keen to go out this morning but was fine once she got going. :)) This afternoon she was more than happy to join the others for a stroll. Xxx

It was great to see Jetlucy this morning. She and Mia popped in to see us and brought some lovely treats for the dogs. Mia gave everyone a doggie donut. :) Xx

Joe went off to his new home, had a wee up the chair in the office just before he left! Sure he wanted to leave us a reminder of him! :)) Bless him. Wishing him a very happy new life. Xxx

A lovley family came to visit the dogs and are hoping to adopt one of our boys or girls in the near future. Xxx

A big thank you to Jez our Saturday student for all his help today. It was just us two left this afternoon. Xxx

Left everyone snug in their kennels tonight. :)) Skip and I were very happy to see all the snow had gone by going home time!

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 27 Nov 15:06



What a wild, stormy night it was last night - and with that in mind we headed out to the kennels a bit earlier this morning, and the closer we got, the harder the snow came down!!

It was a swirling blizzard on arrival (I kid you not) but fortunately all doggies were absolutely fine, snug & cosy in their centrally heated kennels! The only casualties of the storm were a Christmas tree which had been blown over scattering baubles everywhere, and the canopy that stood over the donation cart - it had taken off but somehow managed to land covering the front of the cart and sheltering it from the worst of the snow & wind!

Gold stars for all the residents as every single kennel was lovely and clean - making my job very easy, thankyou boys & girls.

Well, its stopped snowing now but it's still blowing & absolutely freezing - and its not Winter yet!!

Stay warm & safe everyone

Angie xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 26 Nov 16:09



We were all geared up for a busy day today - which didn't materialize, so another early post from me as the kennels winds down for the day.

It was blooming wet & blooming cold today - we did manage to sandwich the walks between the monsoon downpours, but crikey it did come down at times - there were rivers running and we had to barricade the bottom block doors to keep it out!!!

The lovely Quivers arrived this morning - what a friendly, lively little girl she is. Hope she has a good first night and settles in soon. Our other new arrivals have been postponed for a couple of days.

Unsurprisingly it was very quiet for visitors today, so we managed to get all the recent bedding donations sorted and put away.

Well, another weekend is upon us - and lets hope the weather forecast is wrong!!! The boys & girls are all tucked up tonight with their fleece coats, underbed heating and heaters on in the blocks - I think I may stay here as it is very cosy!!

A drop of medicinal brandy may be on the cards later!! - raised to toast all our beautiful boys & girls, hoping all those out on foster are being good and benefiting from their time out in a home, and hoping for forever homes for everyone soon.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay warm and enjoy. Cheers!
Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 26 Nov 14:05



Rosie and Paul, you are so lovley! I'm sure Rigsby, Hope and Snip would never want to leave you, no matter how many others you took home! :)) Hope Jess had a good night. Xxx

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by RosieP

Thursday 25 Nov 22:13



So….I went to the kennels on Monday afternoon to put together some homing packs and as I walked in, Woody had just been returned and was looking very sad. So I brought him home to foster until he finds a new forever home. Then this afternoon I went back to the kennels to finish off the homing packs, and Jess had come back in from her foster home and was really unsettled……so I brought her home too. Hopefully she’ll have a new longer term foster home on Saturday until she gets her forever home but I’m getting worried about going in to the kennels next week to do the homing packs for the 3 new dogs who are coming in tomorrow in case I keep bringing more dogs home! I’m sure Ruth would be happy for me to do that but our 3 greys might leave home and go somewhere quieter :)) Of course I’d have them all if I could…….

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 24 Nov 20:46



Thanks to everyone for their help today.

Apart from lots of bedding donations it was fairly quiet for visitors. Bella attacked the honesty box and had a good tidy up. Denise tackled the thankless task of sweeping up, no sooner are you finished it's time to start again!

It became quite chilly this afternoon, the residents were tucked up with their fleeces on and the heaters on in the kennel blocks.

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by DaybreaksRuth

Tuesday 23 Nov 15:52



What a fabulous day! A gorgeous new arrival - Mandy - she is just so gorgeous! Sam was reserved and is going out to his new home at the beginning of December following his neutering and (trumpet roll)...... FINALLY...... our favourite boy Mikey has gone out to foster.... he sat in the back of the car as if to say - this is what I have been waiting for and it was worth the wait! He has been at Daybreaks since the beginning of July bless him.
It is extremely cold but the 'kids' have their underbed heating on and I have got several layers on! Video diary will appear on our Daybreaks Chat Facebook page later x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 21 Nov 16:28



Thanks to everyone for their help today, it seemed to get colder as the day went on! Gloria and Carol set to work on the summer house in readiness for Santa's visit on Sunday 5th December. I am sure they were exaggerating when the said they chased two tarantulas back down a hole and out in the sand run!!

Joe found himself reserved, he is such a lovely boy.

Delli (Lily) who had been out on foster since her return was officially signed up today, welcome to her Mom, Dad and fur sister Luna for becoming the newest members of the 'failed foster family'. She has a new name...Artemis.

Little Jess has gone out on foster today, she seems much brighter and not as lopsided as she was the other day.

Thanks too for the donations of bedding.

The inmates are all tucked up nice and warm, the forecast predicts that colder weather is set to come in the next few days. On that note, I am heading home to warm up.

As always stay safe and well.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 20 Nov 22:24



It started off as a quiet day today which gradually got busier as time went on. :))

Ruth and Alan had a quick trip to the warehouse. We have plenty of bags of Burns in stock now. :)

Thanks so much to all our morning and afternoon walkers. Everyone enjoyed the unusually warm weather for November.

Ruth had brought Jess in with her. She is still a little wobbly but she was able to go for a couple of shorter walks which she enjoyed. She spent the day in the office. A very affectionate girl, who loves to cuddle up with you. Hoping she will make a full recovery. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone who brought in donations of bedding and towels. Xxx Jo popped in with donations of bedding she had collected. Xxx

We had several visitors to use the sand run and also for nail clipping. Xxx

Ruth had corns to look at. Lovely Gracie came in wearing her little boots. She suffers from nasty corns, like my Lyra. Gracie's owner and I both agreed if someone could discover a cure for corns they would be a millionaire over night! :)) Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 19 Nov 15:53



What a quiet day today - and thanks to the Friday Team things are winding down for the day here, so I have taken the opportunity to grab the computer again.

The day got off to a great start as the lovely Jim went off to his new home - wishing him and his new family many happy times ahead.

I met new girl Swift - what a lovely girl she is,she seems quite happy and certainly enjoyed her food! I brought in some sweet potato & green bean mash to give to the doggies - I am pleased to say it was something of a hit! Our lovely Mikey especially enjoyed something with a little bit of a different flavour and texture - we didn't really need to wash his bowl it had been licked so clean!!

Morning & afternoon walks were done, along with health checks and a bit of "spring" cleaning and bedding sorting.

Plans for Santa's visit on 5th December are well under way. We hope lots of you can make it to this outdoor event and bring your hounds along to visit Santa. The Grand Christmas Raffle draw which was going to be made then, has now been extended until Christmas Eve giving plenty of time to get your tickets for some lovely prizes.

Dont forget the online auction starts tomorrow - pop over to the Facebook page to take a look. Most items have been added, but I have a few more to go on this evening when I get home.

Yet another weekend is almost upon us - it will be Christmas before you know it!! Tonight's toast is to the beautiful Jess, wishing her a speedy recovery, and all our residents, hoping forever homes will soon be theirs.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay safe & enjoy. Cheers! Angie x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 17 Nov 20:36



It started off with us short of two of our regular volunteers, but we gained an extra Wednesday walker, I would like to welcome Ian back who previously volunteered at the kennels.
Sadly Ruth had an urgent vet run this morning, little Jess was in the run after breakfast and was holding her head to one side, she was also a little wobbly. We suspected that she had had a stroke, the vets seem to think that was the case. She was undergoing tests and Ruth was taking her home for observation. Everything crossed for this little girl.

Buddy was signed up today by a lovely couple that Ruth knows from the days when she volunteered at Monmore!! He is a lucky boy and massive thanks to Caroline who had fostered him after his previous owner sadly passed away. Mentioning Caroline, she came in to drop Buddy off for his homing and was convinced to take Flower on foster for a few days for further evaluation. Thanks very much Caroline. Xx

There is a new arrival tomorrow, she was due to arrive on Friday but had a call to say she is arriving tomorrow, keep an eye on the website.

Many thanks to everyone for their help today, as ever very much appreciated.

It's looking very festive at the kennels with the multinn Christmas trees up and the festive honesty box set up!

On a final note, the Simon Stevens Daybreaks Fundraiser is doing well, let's push this and 'put it out there', share far and wide, there have even been donations fro the USA! You can follow the link on Facebook and donations can also be made directly at the kennels or by phone. Simons wish was to secure the future of the kennels, he was such a lovely, selfless man who always thought of others first (although I secretly think he sometimes questioned Ruth's logic on some of her schemes, he had the rolling eyes down to perfection)!

As always stay safe and well, take care all. Xx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Tuesday 16 Nov 12:06



Does anyone live in the Wednesbury/West Bromwich area? We have had an offer of a donation of tinned food but sadly the lady doesn't drive and would need to meet somewhere in that area.

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by DaybreaksRuth

Monday 15 Nov 18:16



It was good to be back today after my trip to A&E last Tuesday! I attacked more paperwork with the help of Jude whilst Kate, Yvonne and Molly our work experience student cleaned and fed. We also had the the help of Rosie, David, Wayne, Lee, Louisa and Myra so we set to work to make Daybreaks Christmassy!! Sue took Little Jess went off for her Spey at Fivelands this morning and she is now fast asleep at ours…. She is truly beautiful x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 14 Nov 20:14



A greyt start to the day! My Gummers (Max) sadly has a nasal tumour and is on various medications including steroids which make him drink more and obviously wee more. So just before 5 o'clock he decided to have a wee but on my bed!! So bedding changed and duvet put in washing machine we got back into bed, within a few minutes my husband decided to be violently sick. Poor Asbo Arry and his dog bed bore the brunt of this. Cleaned Asbo down, another load of washing on and all before reaching the kennels.

The day didn't improve much, we had a little stray dog come in, she was chipped, but sadly we were unable to contact her registered owner. Messages were left on their mobile message service to call (no other info was given just our phone number). This afternoon I took her to Birmingham Dogs Home. She was such a little sweetie and very well behaved. Good luck to her.

On the plus side, Joey foun himself reserved, yay!

Massive thanks to everyone for their help today, we were shorter on numbers than usual and big thanks to Denise for letting me leave a little earlier and cover the kennels to go and carry on with the mayhem and cleaning up at home from this morning.

Thanks too to Liz Beth for taking Flower to the park, she was an absolute star and her only reaction was to a squirrel, well done little girl. X

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 13 Nov 11:12



It was a bit like "Emergency Ward 10" at Daybreaks this morning (yes, I do remember it, I am that old, lol!!).

Joe had managed to knock the scab off the cut on his leg, so we cleaned it and administered some soothing Aloe gel to the area.

Then it was Mikey's turn - we undid the bandage and are happy to report all looks pretty good! Fortunately the nail is not damaged or loose, and the toe itself looks fine. We'll just keep an eye though to make sure. He was very happy to be rid of the bandage!

All other doggies were fine, Bess had a good night and enjoyed her breakfast - and the gorgeous Flower was just so happy to see us that her whole back end wags in excitement!

xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 12 Nov 16:08



An early post from me today as thanks to the great Friday team, we are just settling the boys & girls down for the night following a fairly quiet day so I grabbed the opportunity to get on the computer.

Morning & afternoon walks were done in the dry, and it was quite mild too.

We caught up with the health checks, and sorted the food and bedding donations. Mid morning saw the arrival of the lovely Bess, the litter sister to Jess. Another sweet black girl, she seems quite a happy soul. Wishing her a good first night and hope she settles quickly into Daybreaks. x

Mikey is now sporting a very fetching green bandage which has given him a very funny walk!!! Bless him, he went into the sand run this afternoon to have a play and a blast to get rid of some of his pent up energy - and promptly managed to pull his nail!! We've bathed & bandaged it, and I'll have a look in the morning.

Doesn't it get dark early these days, and I'm not too thrilled about dark mornings either!! On that note we had a call from a gentleman who told us his Greys are bringing him early morning presents back into the kitchen when he lets them out in the morning - hedgehogs!! They are not damaged, and no one is hurt, they are just presented as if to say "look what we found!!" - but it might be worth checking your garden before you let your hounds out in the dark.

Well, yet another weekend is fast approaching. The diary looks fairly quiet - but you never know. I shall be raising a glass or two later in a welcome toast to Bess, and wish for forever homes for returnee Flower, long stayer Mikey and all the other beautiful residents who have been waiting patiently.

Whatever you're up to this weekend, as ever stay safe. Cheers!
Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 11 Nov 23:29



Lots going on today! :)

The Pet Blood Bank team arrived bright and early with Mikey being their first donor. :))Followed by Joe, Pops and Jim...well done boys! :)) We also had some pet dog volunteers. Alan's Belle and Shirley and Richard's Drew and Frieda. :)) Xxx Sadly my lovely Cracker was too nervous to donate but he still received a toy and a bag of Gravy bones! For which he was very pleased! :)
It really is such a good thing to do, if you are interested in your dog becoming a donor, why not sign them up with the Blood Bank for their next session which will be 6th January 2022. Please contact them direct on 01509 232 222 for more information. :))

Gorgeous little Alice went home today! She is such an incredibly sweet girl. Her new family are lovely. Thank you for your patience as it took a while to do the paperwork. :) Wishing you all lots of fun times together. Xxx

We also had a new arrival. The very handsome Sam. He is a fabulous young blue boy. Many thanks to Richard and Declan for bathing him and carrying out his health check. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for all your help today. I'm very grateful! Xxx

I got some funny looks from Skip and Cracker tonight...had put them in the car ready to go home and then taken some rubbish over to the bin, unfortunately I managed to drop my torch in the bin! Had to get the ladders climb in the bin to retrieve my torch then climb out again! :))))

Xxx

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by Thethirdronnie

Wednesday 10 Nov 20:49



Hoping that Ruth gets the treatment she needs to get back on her feet quickly and that Jo recovers swiftly from her fall. Xxxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 10 Nov 20:25



Firstly, I would like to send Ruth healing hugs and thoughts as she has been unwell again recently. It's about time her health issues were sorted once and for all. She has suffered for far to long. I know how frustrated she gets when she can't come to the kennels. Thinking of her. X

Thanks to our Wednesday walkers, Denise, Bella, Chris and our college placement Annie for all their help today, much appreciated (especially as I had a nasty fall yesterday leaving me battered and bruised and sore)! Denise and Bella cleaned and sorted the chicken house. I was very bemused when I saw Denise walking past the office with a chicken under her arm, swiftly followed by two more. They were put in the treatment room whilst their house was cleaned. I didn't realise how much came out of their rears until today. Huge thanks to Bella for disposing of the evidence of them being there, you would never know!!!

A quiet day for visitors, we did have bedding donations, thanks for those.

Sadly, Flower was returned this afternoon, she has been struggling with association with other breeds. Her owners were, very understably upset at bringing her back, we will work with her to help with her anxiety.

Well, as ever stay safe and well all.

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 10 Nov 00:06



Ruth took Jess off to the vets this morning for her neutering operation. However a short while later we received a call from the vets to say unfortunately the vet had been taken ill and had to cancel all his operations for today. I went to collect her and when I arrived she was happily wandering around the vets waiting room enjoying herself and loving all the fuss and attention from the staff. :)) Xxx

Tiff went off to her new home. :)) So very happy for her, she is a gorgeous, happy girl. :))

Norman took Joe to the park, he had a lovely time. :)) He has a viewing tomorrow...keeping everything crossed for him. He is a really good boy and so affectionate. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for all your help today. :)) I was able to join in with the afternoon walk and have the pleasure of taking Joe and Pops for a stroll. They both walk beautifully. Xxx

Sadly Ruth isn't too well at the moment, she was taken ill this afternoon and has found herself having to spend a night in hospital. Sending her lots of love and hoping she will soon be feeling better. Xxxx

Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Monday 08 Nov 05:57



Apologies for not posting an update yesterday but it was such a busy day!
To start the day I homed the gorgeous Nico, then had three poorly paws in succession to look at. Whilst I was doing this, Denise set to work blitzing the kitchen run and gutters! We unloaded the van with all the things from the Christmas Fayre I’d had a stall at the day before and then we set to work on rearranging the kennels…. So sorry Kate you won’t recognise the place when you arrive this morning! Tina was doing reiki sessions for humans and the four legged so if you are interested in booking please give us a call.
I took Buddy in with me and he enjoyed all the attention.
I then had a viewing for him at our house at 6pm with friends I’d volunteered with back in 2004… it was lovely to catch up and Buddy found himself reserved yay!
Thank you everyone who helped especially Sarah with the drill!!! Another fabulous day x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 05 Nov 17:04



It was a proper wintry start this morning - frost everywhere!! Can't say I am too happy about that at all!!

Thanks to the Friday Team for their hard work during what turned into a busy day. Morning & afternoon walks were done, worked around health checks, teeth cleaning, bedding sorting, a homing as well as arrival & admission procedures for our 2 new black beauties.

Tiff went off to the Vets this morning for a check up following her dental earlier in the week - and came back to kennels to find herself reserved! Great news for this little sweetheart.

Our 2 newbies Pops & Jess are both lovely. Understandably a little bemused at finding themselves in a strange place with strange people, so lets hope they have a good first night and start to settle soon. x

It was lovely to see Tina off to her new home this afternoon, wishing her & her new family many happy times ahead. x

We had a kind donation of a very large George Barclay dog bed - it would happily accommodate a large Grey (or 2 smaller ones!!) so if you are in need of a large bed please give the kennels a call.

A quick message to the attendees of last Sunday's Halloween Howl - many of you left without taking your candles with you. I know by the end of the ceremony we were all cold & damp and just made a dash for the exit!! but your candles are safe at the kennels for you to collect the next time you pop in - just ask.

Very sadly we have a returnee to the kennels tomorrow due to his owner being taken very ill - Buddy who is 12 and has been out in a home for 6 years. Let's hope we can get this elder gent back out into a home as quickly as possible.

Well, the weekend is here again. I shall be raising my glass later to all Daybreaks residents, the kennels is bursting at the seams again, and wishing for forever homes for them all soon. Whatever you are up to this weekend stay safe & warm, and hope your hounds don't get too distressed by the fireworks that I am sure will plague us all over the next few days.

Cheers!! Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 04 Nov 23:15



There was a real Autumnal feel in the air today but it stayed dry! Thanks so much to everyone who helped make sure all of our residents got morning and afternoon walks. :). Mikey was very lucky and got to go out for a few hours to the park! As usual he was such a good boy and had a lovely time. :) Xxx

Tiff came back to the kennels after being fostered for a few days after her neutering operation on Monday. She received a glowing report from the lovely family who fostered her. Xxx

Alan and James went to the warehouse for us...thank you so much! The van behaved itself and thankfully it started fine when it was time to come back to the kennels. :)))

Shirley, Richard and Denise were kept busy doing a little craft work for Ruth. :)) There is a Christmas Fete in her local village on Saturday. She and Andy will be there with a stall to help raise money for Daybreaks. Xxx Ruth wasn't too well today, hoping she will feel better for Saturday and be able to enjoy the event. Xxx

We have two new arrivals tomorrow a boy and a girl...:)))

Thinking of Simon and Lynne and their three beautiful Greyhounds tonight. Such a lovely family. Sending them lots of love. Xxx

Kate Xxx

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by jetlucy

Wednesday 03 Nov 21:05



Oh gosh poor Simon and Lynne. I have only met a few times at daybreaks events but always been so lovely to me. Thoughts and prayers are with you xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 03 Nov 20:22



What a fantastic day today. Crazy busy. Thanks to our Wednesday walkers, Denise, Bella, Chris and Annie for all the I help today.

Firstly, Wanda now Molly was homed, this was followed by Star. Little Tina was reserved, such a busy day.

Denise and Bella cleaned the chicken house, I looked at the monitor with the camera views only to see chickens in the top kitchen run waiting patiently to return to their nice clean home!

Ruth was in and had lots of Christmas stuff out in the back kitchen! She did leave a little early to take Simon and Lynn's Skip and Sam to visit Simon who is sadly very poorly. For those who don't know Si is now in Marie Curie hospice in Solihull. He has been tremendous supporter of Daybreaks together with Lynne. There is a just giving page set up that he asked Ruth to do, he wants to help secure the future of the kennels which are currently rented. If you can please donate via the link on Facebook, we understand not everyone can donate, if you can't please share this information. This would be true legacy that Simon is so passionate about. Thank you x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 02 Nov 22:42



IIt was little Star's turn to be neutered today. She travelled very well in the car and was a very good girl at the vets. The nurses loved her. :))
I was able to pick her up quite early and she was happy to eat her dinner. Bless her. All being well she should be going home tomorrow. Xxx

The weather was chilly but nice and sunny today so everyone got a walk this morning. Sadly, this afternoon we didn't have any walkers so Charlie our work experience student took each of our residents into the sandrun for a stroll. Thanks Charlie. Xx

We have started to put the heaters on at night in the kennels and all the dogs have a fleecy coat on. :) Dont forget we do have some really nice fleeces for sale if you need something to Keep your Greyhound nice and warm. Xxx

We got the Christmas Trees out of the shed this afternoon! They don't have any decorations on yet but sure it won't be long! :)))

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 01 Nov 22:42



I was disappointed to miss the Halloween Howl and the memorial service last night. Sadly I had a grotty cold (thankfully not Covid!) and didn't feel too good. I was able to see most of Emily's lovely service on Jude's phone this morning. Xxx

Tiff had her neutering operation today. So very grateful to Sue for taking her for us. I was due to pick her up this afternoon but had a bit of a panic when I discovered I had a flat tyre! Yvonne had a trendy pump and we managed to get some air into the tyre. :) Got my car to the garage this afternoon and sat muching a packet of Seana's excellent homemade cookies from the Halloween event while they put a new tyre on. :))

Picked our gorgeous Tiff up, she was still a little wobbly and wasn't keen on having anything to eat. :(( She has been fostered for a few days while she gets over her operation. We are so grateful to Hannah and Stuart. Xxx

Thank you so much to Vonnie, Myra, Lee, Molly and Louisa for looking after the kennels this afternoon. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Monday 01 Nov 13:04



The Halloween Howl raised the brilliant sum of £393.41 - a big thankyou again to everyone who came along, and stayed despite the monsoon!!

Angie xx

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by Shanesmum

Sunday 31 Oct 22:29



Huge thanks to everyone who attended the Halloween Howl this evening. We had a lovely evening, despite a torrential downpour which forced us to quickly put up more gazebos to shelter under!!

A big thank you also to Revd Emily Spencer who led a moving candle lighting ceremony.

Congratulations to Nifty, Cilla & Flo - your clever hoomans made a great guess and the Bucket O Bones will be heading your way!!

I will update tomorrow on the amount we raised, but wanted to say thank you for your support.

Angie xx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Sunday 31 Oct 15:49



The weather this morning was horrible! However what a fabulous day so far - Wanda and Nico reserved and Bullet off to his new home! We are currently setting up for our tonights event and hoping the rain stays away!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 30 Oct 23:15



What a start to today....torrential rain, lots of flooded roads. Only my sturdy Skip came with me to the kennels. :))

Thanks so much to Angie and Michael for cleaning and feeding everyone this morning. The were both quite wet when I arrived. Xxx

Just when we thought morning walks would have to be cancelled, the sun came out and stayed out! So grateful to Heather, Jez and Amie for walking all the boys and girls. Xx

I met Alice today, what a super little girl. :)) A lovely family came in to look at the dogs and they fell head over heels for her. Xxx

We had several visitors for nail clipping and to use the sand run, fortunately it dried out quite quickly. Xx

Deb who has been fostering lovely Lily brought her in to meet a family who were interested in offering her a home. She met their other Greyhound and touch wood they were great together! Keeping everything crossed they will be good friends! Xxx

Afternoon walks soon came round thanks to Gillian, Jan and Jez for making sure everyone got a walk. :))

Congratulations to Chris for winning the jar of sweets! :))

Wonderful to see Alice and Lily reserved today. We have more viewings tomorrow, hoping more of our residents will find their forever homes soon.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 30 Oct 17:49



Congratulations to Chris McArdle - the winner of the "Trick or Sweets" competition. You can claim your prize at your convenience.

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by Shanesmum

Friday 29 Oct 16:57



What a whirlwind of a day that was!!

Daybreaks is bursting at the seams with doggies now following the arrival of the lovely Alice & handsome Nico. To make space for the newbies we moved Mikey up to the kitchen kennel and run. Well, he was in his element lying on the bed outside watching the world go by. The kennel itself is behind the staff kitchen and has a stable door, so we opened the top half and had periodic visits from Mikey during the day whenever he heard someone in the kitchen. I wish I could say that at no point did he receive any treats or cheese - but you know that of course he did!! I took a couple of cute photos of him & will get Michael to put them on Facebook later.

I tried all the residents on slices of apple this morning - suffice to say it was not a huge success!! The only hounds to really enjoy a crunchy treat were Bullet and Tina - everyone else turned their noses up and gave me the look that said "what is this you are giving me?!?!?!"

We had a visit from a lady bringing in a huge shopping bag full of tins of tuna in spring water - thankyou. She had just intended to drop off her kind donation, but ended up having a look round - then going in to a couple of kennels to sit with the dogs, then fell completely under the Greyhound spell and she has signed up as a volunteer!!

With health checks, new arrivals, 11 dogs to walk & feed and more preparations for Sunday's event, the day absolutely flew past and it was soon time to tuck the boys & girls up in bed. Hope that Nico & Alice have a good first night, they had found things a bit bewildering but seemed quite settled when we left.

Well the weekend is here again. Tickets for the Halloween Howl are still available, but we would appreciate it if we could know final numbers by tomorrow lunchtime so we can go shopping for supplies!! Keep fingers crossed that the forecast is correct and the rain has stopped by 6pm as promised!!

I shall certainly raise a glass or two of wine later after such a busy day to our new arrivals and our current residents, wishing forever homes for them very soon. Hope to see many of you on Sunday evening.

As ever, stay safe & well - cheers! Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 28 Oct 23:30



A busy day today...

Lily was returned this morning. Such a very happy bouncy girl. She was understandably quite stressed to find herself back at the kennels. She has very kindly been fostered by the family who are fostering Billy too. Bless them! Best of all she has a viewing on Saturday. :)))

Thanks to our lovely walkers the boys and girls all enjoyed morning and afternoon strolls on what was a pleasant Autumn day.

New arrival Wanda is gorgeous and has settled well into her new environment. Xxx

Richard, Declan, Alan and James were kept busy putting up the Gazebos ready for the Halloween Howl and Memorial event on Sunday evening. Please come along if you are able for the memorial service and light a candle for a much loved and missed family member. I know many of us have lost those who are dear to us in recent months. Xxx

Many thanks to everyone for all your help today...I would especially like to thank my lovely Cracker for finding a squeaky toy just before we went home and running around the kennels with it waking everyone up and disturbing the peace! :)))) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 27 Oct 19:55



A dry day thankfully which meant all dogs had morning and afternoon walks. Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers, Denise, Dave, Chris and Gill.

We had a very pretty new arrival, Wanda, she seemed a little unsure of her new surroundings and was quite timid to begin with. She was really good when having her bath and welcome health check and really enjoyed her dinner.

Sadly, due to her owners I'll health we have Lilly coming back tomorrow, please, if you would like to come and view any of the dogs give the kennels a call.

We have tickets still available for the Halloween Howl on Sunday, they are £5.00 each, you wi?l receive a tea light in a holder as well as a jacket potato (various fillings will of course be available)!! There will calendars and merchandise for sale, so give us a call and book your tickets over the phone or pop in.

As always stay safe and well. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 24 Oct 21:45



What a great day for Mac, Lady, Mikey R and Star! :)) Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Sunday 24 Oct 16:11



What a day!!!! I arranged for all the greys currently out on foster (Mac, Billy, Mikey R and Lady) to come to Daybreaks as we had a couple of viewings booked for today.

Mac was the first to be chosen and went off on trial- if all goes well this week he has bagged himself a home with a greyhound sister Tess and cousins Rosie and Jim who many of you will remember!

Mikey R was next to be chosen and went off to his new home with greyhound sisters Daisy and Kara!

As Billy's foster family have commitments next week, Billy went off with the family who had been fostering Mac. He is such a gorgeous but timid fella and we hope he finds his forever home soon.

Star was viewed and reserved and is off to her new home a week on Wednesday after she has been neutered.

Lady was signed up by her foster family (dare we say this was no surprise!!!!)

We have a viewing for Bullet on Wednesday and the offer of two foster homes from Thursday onwards.

It has been a great day....... helped with lots of fabulous volunteers, coffee and biscuits!!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 23 Oct 22:58



Ruth's corn clinic was open today....the Greyhounds are always so good. Sure they must know she is trying to help them! Xxx

We had several visitors this morning. Thanks to Diane, Patric and Ammie for giving everyone a walk. :) It was a lot quieter this afternoon. Mikey went on his trip to Earlswood Lakes. Jan and Gill walked everyone else. :) I did manage to help and go for one walk. I had the pleasure of taking handsome lad Joe. :)) Gorgeous boy. Xxx

Thanks so much to Jan for helping me with feeding this afternoon. :)

We do have a couple of viewings tomorrow. So keep your fingers crossed we may see someone reserved. Xxx

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by jetlucy

Saturday 23 Oct 12:33



Ah sorry to hear about ginger chicken, but I love the fact that like us you take your chickens to the vet when it's their time. People look at us gone out when we say we take our chickens to the vets! Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 22 Oct 17:14



A busier day today, and dry & sunny too so the boys & girls enjoyed morning and afternoon walks.

We had a kind donation of food and treats from a lady that had sadly just lost her dog. Amongst them was an open packet of doggy cheese straws which we decided to try all the residents with - to say they were a hit would be an understatement!!! Lots of lip smacking and pleading looks for seconds bless them, a real treat indeed.

The afternoon saw the gorgeous Blossom off to her new home, she has 2 lovely fur brothers to keep her company. Wishing everyone many happy times ahead. x

Between baths, nail clipping and sorting the various bags of donations received, the afternoon sped past and it was soon time to tuck the boys & girls in for the night.

The Halloween raffle, "Trick or Sweets" and "Bucket O Bones" competitions are now up and running in the office - have a go or two next time you visit. The raffle is being drawn and competition results announced at the Halloween Howl next weekend - and tickets for this are still available - just give the kennels a call.

The 2022 Calendars are selling like hot cakes!! As we are having a few problems with the online shop, please give us a call and we can take payment over the phone and post out to you.

Well the weekend is here again, and my glass of red wine will be raised later to our lovely residents - wishing you all your forever homes so very soon.

Whatever you are up to this weekend stay safe & well, and enjoy.

Cheers!! Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 21 Oct 23:19



We lost one of our chickens today. :(( I heard she wasn't very good yesterday and today when we came in she was really very poorly. Lucy and I took her to our vet and we let her go. God Bless little Ginger. Xxx

Mikey was at the vets today too for his vaccination booster. What a good boy he was. He is absolutely no trouble in the car at all. Jumps in and sits straight down. You don't even know he is there. :)
Lucy took him in to see our vet. Again he was very well behaved and got a treat for being such a good boy. As he had missed his morning walk we took him for a short walk around by the vets. The sun was out and he enjoyed the change of scenery. :) We both agreed that the family who offers him his forever home will have a wonderful friend and companion. Xxx

Alan and Declan had a trip to the warehouse....all was going well until the van decided not to start when they were ready to come back! They thought they would have to wait to be rescued by the Green Flag people but Alan managed to get it going by wiggling a few wires!! Thankfully they arrived back safe and sound. :))

The roof was looked at this afternoon, they did a little patching up but basically we need a new one!!! :(((

A big thank you to everyone for all your hard work today. Thanks to Alan and James for the supply of donuts! :)) We needed them! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 20 Oct 19:42



Thanks to everyone for their help today. The dogs had soggy morning walks, the heavens opened shortly after with torrential rain, thunder and lightening. The dogs certainly didn't appreciate it, thankfully this afternoon the sun came out and dry walks were achieved. As the lane was flooded it was a trip along the Coventry Road.

Thanks to everyone who came in with bedding donations.

Poor Joe's kennel roof was leaking again, we have a lovely man coming in tomorrow to do a repair until the whole roof can be replaced. Thanks so much to the company for coming in to try and sort the problem. There have been several temporary repairs done, but sadly with the torrential rain it doesn't seem to keep it dry.

Ruth was in and is still in a great deal of discomfort, hopefully after a GP call they can try to get her sorted. They said to rest....obviously they don't know Ruth!!!

As always, stay safe and well all. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 19 Oct 23:34



It was a quite day for visitors but we had several volunteers so the dogs were not short of attention. :)) Rosie and Charlie cleaned everyone's teeth, some of them were not so keen:))

We also managed both morning and afternoon walks without getting wet. :)) I helped out with the walks this afternoon and had the pleasure of taking first Tiff and then Blossom. As it's aquirrel season there were lots of the furry friends around! Blossoms ears stood up as high as they possibly could! Shirley was walking Star...have to say they made a lovley looking couple! Xxx

I cleaned the cupboard in the dogs kitchen, sadly it's got rather damp and the shelf had warped! Richard and Declan very kindly made a new one! Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for all your help help today. :))) Xxx

Xxx

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 19 Oct 21:35



Wow how kind of Phil and lucky are all of the boys and girls. Loved watching the video, hounds are all so beautiful xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Tuesday 19 Oct 20:30



Here is a Facebook link showing our Daybreaks residents enjoying the breakfast Phil kindly sent for them all.
Thank you so much Phil…. The ‘growlers’ loved it!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/15539565263/permalink/10158107410190264/

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 18 Oct 22:24



A very damp and dreary day....however seeing our gorgeous little Blossom reserved certainly brightened the afternoon up! :))) Xxx

Yesterday I visited the home of Rio and Ella. Their lovley Mum and Dad, Phil and Sylvia had very kindly collected lots of boxes goodies for the kennels and I went to pick them up. Phil had been up since 7am cooking breakfasts and dinners for all of our boys and and girls, or "Growlers" as Phil likes to call them! :) They loved them! We were all quite jealous of the omlete, hash browns, toast etc for Breakfast and the Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, chicken etc they had for dinner! :))) Thank you so much to Phil and Sylvia fo all the time and effort! Xxx
We are so lucky to have so many wonderful supporters for the Greyhounds in our care.

Despite the rain our residents had morning and afternoon walks, thanks so much to our hardy volunteers! :))

It was good to see Ruth back today. Although still not feeling brilliant she was able to sort a lot of paperwork with help from Jude and remove corns from Amy's boys Bocko and Prince. :)))

Sadly It's that time of year when we all have to get our coats out again! If you could do with a new one for your four legged friend we received a new supply of Winter Blizzard coats this morning. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 17 Oct 19:47



A miserable damp start to the day, thankfully it did brighten up. Thanks to the lovely volunteers who came in and helped today. All dogs had morning and afternoon walks, apart from Mikey the Younger who went out with Liz for a few hours, she thought she had tired him out, she was very much mistaken! He got back in his kennel and decided it was play time. He had a glowing report from Liz, he has become a firm favourite with many of the volunteers, there must be a loving home out there somewhere for him. He is such a cheeky happy lad and in the right home he will be a fantastic companion. He has waited so patiently and for such long time :((

It was quiet for visitors today, just a food collection and a couple of bedding drop offs, thanks for the bedding, it is always welcome.

Well, it's nice to see we are now able to start organizing events, Halloween Howl on 31st October and Santa Paws can now make a return on 5th December after taking a year off!! It feels like we are now able to return to some sort normality. Tickets for both events are available at the kennels or you can order and pay over ghe phone.

As always, please stay safe and well everyone. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 16 Oct 23:04



Another pleasant day with lots of sunshine. :))It was quiet at the kennels for volunteers. So grateful to Diane and our young volunteers for their help with the walking. I went on a couple of walks too. :) I took Blossom who was a very happy girl :) I also took new lad Jo out. What a lovley boy! Xxx

Thanks to Gill, Jan and Jez for taking everyone out for their afternoon walks. :)

I saw next year's calendars today, lots of lovely photos of happy hounds! We have the large A3 size at £12 each and the slimline for £7 each. They will make lovely Christmas presents! :))

I usually take all the dogs out for one more wee before bedtime and then treat them to a biscuit when they go back into their kennel. Mikey and Bullet now go back to their respective kennel on their own....jump on their beds and wait for their biscuit. :)) It's great to see but also kind of sad that they have been with us so long they look at it their kennel as home. Really hope it won't be long before they and all our other residents are jumping on beds of their own in their forever homes.

Please take a look at our current Daybreaks guests on the website...they are all beautiful and waiting patiently for someone special to come along and take them home. Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 15 Oct 17:12



It was a lovely Autumn day today with plenty of sunshine. Very quiet for visitors so we could catch up with health checks, teeth cleaning & of course the boys & girls enjoyed a lovely morning walk.

In contrast this afternoon was slightly nuts!!! Our 3 new arrivals all turned up at the same time, so there was a major flurry of activity to get them all admitted. Arrival checks & health check done, photo taken, bathed, kennel allocated and all accompanying paperwork completed & scanned - x3!!! Three black beauties Jim, Star & Joe - welcome to Daybreaks. Here's hoping they have a good first night and settle into the family soon.

As everyone was busy with the new arrivals, I took the other residents out into the sand run in turn for some playtime in the sun. Poor Joey & Tina, who are still on restricted exercise, had to make do with a walk around the run perimeter bless them.

It was lovely to see Ruth today, she is still not feeling great but is trying to do a bit at a time - we were on her case making sure she didn't overdo it!

Many thanks to Tina, Lorna & Trooper who took the lovely Bullet for a day out. They went to the brain injury charity Headway in Rubery and apparently Bullet was an absolute star! Tina will post an update on his page later. He really enjoyed his day out - and was definitely ready for his supper on his return! x

Don't forget tickets for the Halloween Howl are available from the kennels, if you cant pop in to collect we will happily post them out & take payment over the phone. Our lovely Daybreaks calendars & Christmas Cards (sorry to mention that word!!) will be on sale during the evening.

Well another weekend is here, and another Friday night raising of a wine glass to toast our new arrivals, our lovely existing residents and our foster doggies - may your forever home soon be with you.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, as always, stay safe! Cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 12 Oct 22:21



It was a quiet day for visitors today so we were able to catch up on a few jobs. Yvonne was busy sorting donated bedding while Richard made lots of noise fixing the roof again. :)) It doesn't help that we get more heavy, torrential rain than we used to. :( Thanks Richard. Xxx He and Declan also helped Bob out with some things he needed doing. Xxx

It was good to see Ruth back today. :)) Although not feeling great, she and Jean did a good job of sorting out the trackers. Xxx

Norman and Blossom had a nice trip to park this morning. Blossom is a real bundle of fun and so very affectionate. Thanks so much for taking her Norman. Xxx

The other dogs enjoyed their morning and afternoon walks. Xxx

We are expecting another three new arrivals this week. :)

We are hoping new homes will soon come along for our current Daybreaks Greyhounds....every single dog is a special boy or girl just wanting someone to love and somewhere to call their home. Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 11 Oct 22:22



We had some extra help today, Jo and Colin from HSBC joined us on a voluntary day from their place of work. Our residents enjoyed the extra fuss and attention. :)) We were very grateful for the extra help. :)
Mikey took them into the sand run and was very happy to show them how fast he can run! Xxx

Many thanks to everyone for your help today. Xxx

Our current residents are absolutely adorable! If you would like to meet any of them please give us a call to arrange a visit to the kennels! Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 09 Oct 23:49



It was a busy day for visitors today. It was good to see some old friends. Lovley big Moe came in with his Mum Carol for a pamper with Jess. :)) Gorgeous Nifty, Cilla and Flo came to see us too. :))

Marge was officially adopted! Well done to Michelle and her family for failing as Foster Parents....again! :)) Xxx Wishing you all lots of happy times together. Xxx

Later this afternoon Paddy and Daphne came to use the sand run and have a manicure! :). Thanks so much to their family for the great donation of tinned food. Xx Lovely Athos was due to have his nails trimmed too but just as he arrived the bird scarer from the airport went off and he was too scared to come into the kennels. :(( It was very loud and all the kennel dogs were upset by it too. :(

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. We had plenty of walkers so the dogs enjoyed morning and afternoon walks. Our new arrivals are all very excited about going out on walks! :)) Many thanks to our student Jez for all his help, it was just the two of us left this afternoon. :))

Sending lots of get well wishes to Ruth tonight, hoping she will soon be feeling better. Xxx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 08 Oct 15:57



Our Friday team was a bit depleted today due to illness and holidays, but fortunately as we are a bit low on residents at the moment, everything ran smoothly. Thank you to Dave and our students Adam, Libby & Amelia for all your hard work today.

The sand run was very popular today as although the promised sunshine didn't appear, it was quite warm.

Newbies Tina & Joey are so very sweet - Joey is a big handsome fella, and Tina is a little bundle of energy. You wouldn't think that both are on restricted exercise as they recover from broken bones someone - needs to tell them!!

Lunchtime saw the arrival of the lovely Blossom. She is a sweet girl but a bit bewildered at the moment as she finds herself in a strange place with strange people!! Here's hoping she has a good first night and starts to settle in soon. x

As I am typing this, the boys & girls are settling down for the evening and we are well on the way to closing the kennels for the night.

Well the weekend is here again, time really is flying by it's crazy. I shall be raising a glass or two a little later on to toast our new arrivals, our current boys & girls and send best wishes to all our doggies currently out in foster homes and hope that forever homes may soon be theirs. I would also like to take the opportunity to send lots of healing thoughts to Ruth who is sadly feeling poorly again - get better soon, we miss you. xx

Whatever you are up to this weekend enjoy and as always, stay safe. Cheers!! Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 07 Oct 23:58



It was lovely to meet our two new arrivals Tina and Joey this morning. :)) We have another young lady arriving tomorrow. Xxx

Lucy had a couple of pampers today. Great to see Danny again, he smelt so good after his bath! Xxx

It was a warm day and everyone enjoyed their walks. Mikey had a great time racing around the sand run. :))

Many thanks to our visitors today who brought in donations of bedding, food and treats. It was good to see Janet and Roger, long time Daybreaks supporters who are soon off to live by the seaside! Xx We are very grateful for everything we are given! Xxx. We did a blanket swap today with Cramar Cat Rescue :)) They gave us blankets that were a too big for their cat beds and we gave them the blankets that were too small for our Greyhounds beds! Thanks to Yvonne for organising it for us. Xxx

I am very grateful to everyone for assisting with cutting my Skip's nails today! He really isn't a happy boy where his feet are concerned and wriggles all over the place! It was a team effort! Declan and James picked him up, I stopped him from waving his feet around, CJ talked to him and Lucy cut his nails!! :))))) Bless him! It's the least stressful way to trim his nails and is all over within a couple of minutes. Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 05 Oct 23:44



A very breezy day! Very Autumnal. :)

Tiff was due to go for her neutering operation this morning but it was cancelled. I don't think Tiff was too upset as she got to have her breakfast and go for walks!

Alan and Declan went to the warehouse today. Thank you both! We now have bags of Burns available if anyone neeeds food :)

Thanks so much to Norman for taking Bullet out to the park this morning. Bullet had a great time. :)

Richard and Shirley brought their four lovley dogs in with them today....they are having some work done at home and didn't want to leave the boys alone with the workman in case they decided to "help" him! :))

Lovley little Holly was officially signed up today. She is such a very pretty little girl. She was very interested in everything going on around her. She was very happy to meet the other dogs and before going home had a race around the sand run. :) Xxx

We have several new dogs arriving over the next few days. Looking forward to meeting them all.

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Yvonne as usual didn't stop...we were considering shutting her in a kennel for a sit down and a cup of tea! :) We are so grateful for everyone's constant support. Xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 03 Oct 20:40



What a crazy manic day it turned out to be, I thought my head was going to explode! Thanks to everyone for their help today, I really appreciate it. We had one homing booked for Joy, now Nala, good luck little girl.

There was a viewing for Paddy, now Tristram, his family have homed from us before and very sadly lost their lovely boy a few weeks ago and their two girly greys wanted a brother for company.

Billy was bright and playful this morning, he does get nervous if there are lots of people around. A massive thanks to his lovely foster family (who have fostered several nervous hounds before and helped them become more confident) for taking him home this afternoon, he was a little reluctant to go but will have three 'friends' to show him the ropes. It was one of their dogs birthdays today, happy birthday Rigsby, and they had all had sausages, there was some saved for Billy, I'm sure he won't find them too scary!

Lorna had several pampers today, its great to see the dogs looking and smelling so beautiful when they emerge from the bathroom, some like it more than others.

All the residents, or what was left of them had morning and afternoon walks, the weather stayed dry for the most part.

Massive thanks to Liz for taking Mikey the Younger out for a big adventure, he went to Brueton park, the nature reserve and shopping, although Liz didn't come back with a new coat, it seems Mikey couldn't decide which one she should choose (I think he just wants to go shopping again)! It's always fantastic to hear how they get on and how much their confidence improves over a couple of trips out.

The Halloween Howl tickets are now available to buy at the kennels and online. If you have a problem with online ordering please give the kennels a call and we will happily take payment over the phone. It promises to be a greyt second event for the kennels. Please come along if you can, it is all in aid of the hounds.

Well, as always, take care and stay safe. X

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by Shanesmum

Friday 01 Oct 17:02



It was extremely quiet today, only a couple of visitors for the sand run. This meant that yet again, more tasks from the "jobs to do when you're quiet" list were tackled - the list is definitely getting shorter!!

The boys & girls were able to have both morning & afternoon walks, although I am sure they would have preferred to go without this morning! The only torrential downpour we had all day occurred when they were all out down the lane - and it was a procession of very wet and bedraggled doggies & humans that made their way back to Daybreaks!! I think the doggies enjoyed all the extra attention as they were dried off though bless them - and then it was hot drinks all round for the humans!

Bullet was fine today after his neutering op yesterday, and he and Paddy watched with sad eyes as the group set out on their walks!

Bless Billy, this morning when I opened up he was bouncy & happily came out with me to have a wee and his breakfast. Unfortunately during the day he became very reluctant to leave his kennel and so missed out on the morning walk, but we managed to coax him out for the afternoon one. It seems he gets worried by large groups of people being around, and seeks refuge in the safety of his familiar kennel. Let's hope over the coming days we can work with him and get him to relax and start to learn to trust. He has my cuddle tonight. x

Tickets for the Halloween Howl on 31st October are now on sale. Our last remembrance evening was more than 2 years ago, so it will be so nice to be able to catch up with friends old & new as we share memories and light candles to remember our hounds that have gone to Rainbow Bridge. If you cant join us on the evening itself, we will happily light a candle at the ceremony on your behalf. Tickets are £5 which includes your candle & a jacket potato, or if you are not attending, candles only are £2.50 Just give the kennels a call on 0121 782 7702.

Another weekend, and it's October already!! As the sun has now come out I shall have a glass of wine later as I toast our Greys - may forever homes soon be theirs. Whatever you are doing this weekend, as always enjoy & stay safe.

Cheers!! Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 30 Sep 22:19



Another neutering operation today, this time it was Bullet's turn. Ruth dropped him off and James picked him up in our newly repaired van! :))
He was very happy, lively and hungry when he got back. :)) Xxx

Richard and Declan spent the morning repairing loose slabs!,They like to make a noise! :))

Ruth has been busy sorting all the trackers this week. Some of them unfortunately do not work properly anymore. :( It's been a very time consuming job.

Many thanks to everyone for your help today. The weather wasn't too bad for walks. :) Alan brought chocolate donuts in today! Thank you. Xxx

The temperature has definitely taken a dip this week, the fleecy coats are back out again...my Skip, Lyra and Cracker are wearing their fleeces at night now too. :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 29 Sep 19:18



Miserable, sunny, miserable and sunny again summed up today. Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers and all our lovely volunteers. Helen and Dave managed to drag themselves back after their holiday, lol x

Paddy was absolutely fine after his neuter yesterday, he was not happy about not going on a walk and quite vocally mad his displeasure known!

Ruth was in first thing despite feeling awful (and sounding equally as bad) and sorted out the issues with the kennel trackers. Thankfully as the day progressed she started to sound much better, if not feeling better. She had a patient for corn removal too, always uplift her I think.

Hope everyone is staying safe and well, take care.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 28 Sep 23:42



It was Paddy's turn to be neutered today. He was a very good boy in the car and sat down after a couple of minutes. :) When I went to collect him this afternoon I took Lady for a check up too. Xx Paddy had taken quite a liking to his vet and was doing his best Greyhound lean! :) If only the vet didn't have several cats!! Xxx

We managed to get the morning walks done before the rain arrived. This afternoon was rather wet but Declan and Charlie took the dogs out into the sandrun for a break from their kennels, x

As usual Richard and Declan were kept busy with fixing things! I'm sure Richard will be pleased to hear the guttering stood up to the torrential downpour we had shortly before Ruth and I went home. :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 26 Sep 21:14



What a lovely autumnal day, lots of sunshine and got really quite warm. We were missing Dave and Maisie Moo today, but still had lots of lovely volunteers. The dogs that could go on walks had both morning and afternoon walks.

Thanks to everyone for their help today, Denise for opening up and to Bella who helped Denise clean the chicken house!

Billy is becoming more confident and has actually started to play a little. Mikey the younger still loves his little outside enclosure, as does Gill!!!

It was fairly quiet for visitors today, but a late viewing resulted in Joy being reserved. She must have known as with a little tweek to her feeding guide and the satisfaction of her reservation she finished all of her dinner!

Thanks to Kitty who helped with cleaning first thing and then gave all the dog's a lovely groom. Lois also came in and walked the dogs this morning and helped sort blankets and towels with Kitty for our stores. Carol and Alison sorted food and washing, thanks both.

As always stay safe and well all, hopefully we can soon start to organize some more events, watch this space!

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by Shanesmum

Friday 24 Sep 17:16



It was a hive of activity at Daybreaks today!!

Our lovely students got stuck in again, and after the routine doggy related activities were done, set to clearing cobwebs, cleaning windows & cleaning walls - not the most glamorous of tasks, but so important to keep the kennels environment clean and safe for everyone.

I met our new arrivals Paddy, Tiff & Joy - all such lovely, friendly doggies.

Despite his poorly paw, Mikey R was very bright today and has taken all his medication like a good boy. The swelling has reduced already, but we have to watch him like a hawk as he will insist on licking!! Sadly we have left him with a muzzle on this evening as there will be no one to watch him overnight. Hope the meds do their job quickly and he is soon back to normal.

Billy was also very bright after his neutering yesterday. Bless him, you can see him trying so hard to be brave and interact with you, but something just keeps holding him back! However, great progress was made today as he actually let our student Adam clean his teeth. Up until today he has been very reluctant to let anyone touch his mouth & back away if you try. Well done Billy - you are getting there, and we will take it at your own pace. x

Pretty little Joy had a session in the magnotherapy box today, and what a good girl she was. She is recovering from a broken bone in her foot, and was limping a little and favouring the paw so we decided to give her a course of magnotherapy to aid the recovery process.

Lunchtime saw the arrival of Bullet to join the Daybreaks family. What a big, strong, handsome lad he is. He was quite strong on the lead to start with on the afternoon walk, but did settle after a while. Not surprising really as everyone and everything around him is new & strange. Hope he settles in quickly.

I cant believe it's the weekend again already! As it has been such a lovely sunny day today, it's white wine on the menu shortly. I will raise my glass to welcome all our new boys & girls and wish for forever homes for all our residents very soon.

Whatever you're up to this weekend, stay safe & well and enjoy.
Cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 23 Sep 22:24



When we arrived this morning poor Mikey R had a very swollen front leg. :( Our vet was great and as we had Billy booked in for his neutering op this morning managed to see Mikey too. He has an infection and has antibiotics. Hoping he will soon be feeling better.

Billy's neutering op went well and I was able to pick him up quite early and he was home for dinner time. :)) He was very nervous having to go into the vets but he was such a good boy while he was there. Xxx

Our beautiful little Annie went off to her new home today. :)) Have everything crossed for her. Xxx

We also had another new arrival, gorgeous Joy. So cute and such a petite girl. Xxx

Thanks to everyone for their help today. Alan and Declan had a trip to the warehouse....we are very grateful to Bob for letting us use his van Our poor little vehicle decided it wasn't going to start today!

Many thanks to everyone who helped out today. So grateful to Richard for helping me take Mikey R and Billy to the vet this morning.

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Thursday 23 Sep 15:28



Well, I should think so too!!! I think it will take more than coffee making to make up for your lack of commitment!! Seriously, hope you are having a lovely time (will deal with you on Wednesday) lol. Xxx

Thanks for your kind words about Mike Stewart Lawrence, such a lovely genuine man, who, on his first visit to Daybreaks to use the sand run was adamant that he wanted to support us by holding a gig, sadly Covid hit and it was put on the back burner. He was so very passionate about helping us. So very sad that his dream did not come to fruition.

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by helenanddave

Thursday 23 Sep 14:59



Due to the complaints about our lack of appearance for Wednesday morning walks, we have decided we will drag ourselves away from sunny Cyprus at the weekend and be back in time for next week. I will make the coffees to make up for our misconduct.!! On a more serious note, we were saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Mike Stewart Lawrence. Thinking of his family and hoping his dog, Jodie is OK. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 22 Sep 21:48



Very sad to hear Mike Stewart Lawrence has passed away. A really nice person. Thinking of his family and friends. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 22 Sep 21:14



A relatively quiet day for visitors today. Many thanks to everyone who came in to help with the dogs, those that could had morning and afternoon walks. Mikey the Older was very bright after his neutering and dental yesterday, despite being 20 teeth lighter he still enjoyed his breakfast and dinner today.

Two of our Wednesday walkers had the audacity to go on holiday, they didn't even ask permission, what a cheek, their card is marked and they have been noted as absent, they will be dealt with upon their return!!

We had two lovely new arrivals, Paddy, a lovely young black dog and Tiff a slightly older brindle girl. Thanks to our lovely college work experience student Annie for helping with health checking, bathing and learning how we add the dogs to the website. She also walked her namesake who is due to go home tomorrow.

We have two new arrivals due over the next couple of days, both boys.

It was great to see Lynne and Simon with their doggie family, I think Skip, Sam and Naddie needed to expel some much needed energy in the sand run, hopefully it worked!!

It's with great sadness I have to post that Mike Stewart Lawrence who's band were doing a fundraiser for the kennels and was a regular sand run user on a Wednesday and Sunday missed his appointment last Wednesday. I was about to call him to make sure everything was ok. Before I could I had a call from his dear friend and backing singer asking if we had seen him. Very sadly, when access to him home was gained , it was found that he had very sadly passed away. He was in his favourite chair and looked so very peaceful. Such a gent and a wonderful character. He will be sadly missed. It's ironic that his fundraiser should have been on 11th September and was postponed. Thinking of his family, friends and his dog Jodie.

Sorry to end on such a sad note, makes it all the more important to stay safe and look after each other. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 21 Sep 23:38



I took Mikey off to the vets first thing this morning for his neutering and dental. His operation took some time as he had to have quite a few teeth removed. He wasn't ready to come back until 5pm. I got stuck in traffic going to collect him and we didn't get back to the kennels until after 6pm....poor Mikey was very hungry! He really enjoyed his dinner!
Hoping he will feel better tomorrow.

We had visits from some old friends who we haven't seen for a while, Margaret who lost her lovely Stefie a few months ago, popped in and instantly fell in love with Billy :) Thanks so much for taking him for a walk. Xx

We also saw Coco and his family. He had come to use the sand run and his Mum bought him some new cuddly toys to take home. He looked absolutely gorgeous and is settling very well in his new home. :))

It was good to see Matthew one of our long time volunteers in today. :))

Great to see Helen, Andy and gorgeous Chunky Charlie. :)) Now officially a member of their family. :)) Xxx

Declan and James gave the van a really good clean inside and out! Thanks so much! :)))

Yvonne was in bright and early cleaning and collecting the poo up! :) Richard and Shirley were in too, but had to leave early as accident prone Murphy has and hurt his eye and had an appointment with the vet. Poor lad. Xx

Two new arrivals due to tomorrow followed by one on Thursday and one more on Friday. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 20 Sep 21:40



What a lovely, sunny day! Hard to believe it is September. :))

We had another new student and a new volunteer start today. Welcome to Mollie and Josh. :)

After being away on holiday last week I was hoping our gorgeous couple Lady and Mikey might have found their forever home together....maybe this week! Xxx

We are expecting some new arrivals later this week. :)) Jacko, (Horgans Magic) who has been on our website as coming soon will not be coming to Daybreaks. He has found his forever home with his owners. Wishing him a very happy new life. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 19 Sep 18:35



A much quieter day in contrast to the manic goings on of yesterday!

A massive thanks to everyone for their help today, we had a new Duke of Edinburgh volunteer today...Lois. She really got into the Daybreaks swing of things, she did walks, helped with a health check and generally got stuck in :))

Thanks too to Ricky and Jess who took Mikey the Younger out for the day. I think they must have taken a different dog with them, although wary of some men, he totally fell for Ricky (mutual feelings me thinks)! He met lots of dogs of all shapes, sizes and nature. He was totally amazing. He also experienced being around crowds of people and again was fantastic. He had such a glowing report, it must be his turn for a forever home soon.

As it was quieter for visitors it meant that some jobs that have sadly fallen behind with being sorted were done. The drainage channels in the kennel blocks were thoroughly scrubbed, hosed and disinfected. Dave and I sorted the dog coats in the shop and updated the stock on the till, we have some lovely fleeces in stock, I could have spent a fortune (probably still could) but decided to be sensible (how boring) and check what I have at home first. I still think Good Boy Flloyd would look rather fetching in the pink llama fleece, he is often mistaken for a girl as he is very small for a boy!!

Thanks to Steve and Sue for collecting donations from Pets at Home in Stratford, it was lovely to see them...it's been a while.

Hoping everyone is staying safe and well. Take care.

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by DaybreaksRuth

Saturday 18 Sep 16:45



What a whirlwind of a day!!! I saw Holly off out on trial this morning, Reggie and Ronnie had their nails cut and corns sorted, Razzle was next for a big corn to be dug out. I saw Katie and Mo for nail clipping along with Cal. Poor Poppy came up for nails and corns too. We sent Mac out to foster, we sorted out loads of donations that were brought in and the sand run was busy as usual.

We spent time with Billy who is coming out of his shell and cleaned the teeth and groomed all of the inmates.

Thank you to the fabulous volunteers who helped walk today and also to keep me sane! I couldn't do it without you all x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 17 Sep 17:19



There was a definite touch of Autumn in the air today as it was very misty first thing, but it turned into a beautiful day with some lovely sunshine. Our boys & girls enjoyed both morning and afternoon walks.

Our Friday Team doubled in size as we welcomed 3 new students from Solihull College. All on Animal Welfare & Management courses, they will be doing their work placements with us until next Summer. There is so much for them to learn, it must be quite daunting, but they threw themselves in with enthusiasm and were surprised at just exactly what it does entail to keep the kennels running on a daily basis - it's not just about walking the dogs!!! We hope they enjoy their time at Daybreaks and learn lots.

It was a very quiet day for visitors so with the students able to pick up the walking, I was able to stay on site and finally tackle rearranging the dog kitchen - apologies to Ruth, Kate & Jo if they can't find anything now!!!

Amazingly the weekend is here again - the diary is incredibly busy tomorrow, it looks like Ruth is going to spend the day on her knees tackling corns!!

"Young" Mikey is doing very well with his training for bolting his food. When we put his bowl down we make him "wait" until he has calmed down before he can go and eat. It didn't take him long to pick this idea up, and although you can see he is absolutely bursting to get to his food, he will calm down & wait to be released. Bless him, he is such a lovely boy and would love to find the right home soon.

I shall be raising a nice glass of white wine later to toast all our boys & girls - may forever sofas soon be theirs. Our "Mr & Mrs" "Old" Mikey & Lady are still hoping for that special someone to offer them a home together, and nervous boy Billy would like a home with a companion to give him confidence. Although having said that he is coming along really well now, it really is just a matter of time and patience for him.

Well, whatever you are up to this weekend please stay safe.

Cheers! Angie xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 15 Sep 18:31



Thanks as always for everyone's help today. It was lovely to welcome Paul back to the Wednesday walkers team, its been a long time since we last saw him. We were also happy to welcome Annabel to Daybreaks, she is one of our placement students from Solihull College, really hope she enjoys her time with us and learns lots to help to develop her career working with animals.

The weather was kind once again so the inmates (all apart from Lady who is post op) enjoyed two nice walks.

It was a quiet day for visitors, just food collections and bedding donations.

I had an update this morning about Libby, she is settling really well, so very happy for her and her family.

Nervous boy Billy is gaining in confidence every day, there were several of us who throughout the day went and sat in his kennel with him. I even got a kiss!!

A belated thanks to everyone who came to Tiggys Greyt Get Together on Sunday, what a fantastic amount you all raised for us to look after the kennel dogs....Amazing.

As always, stay safe and well. Hopefully we can get some more events booked and see lots more of you soon.

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 12 Sep 21:19



So pleased to hear all went well today. :))) Xxx

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by jetlucy

Sunday 12 Sep 20:27



Ah what a great amount raised, how wonderful! Hope you all had a lovely day xxx

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by shanishoo

Sunday 12 Sep 18:47



What a fantastic amount of money raised, we so wanted to be there but unfortunately we couldn't make it, hope everybody had a greyt time, hopefully we will be there next time xxxxxx

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by Shanesmum

Sunday 12 Sep 17:18



What an amazing day!! Tiggy sends huge licks & woofs to everyone who came along to support her Greyt Get Together in the sand run today. The weather was brilliant, and it was so good to see so many old friends & hounds after such a long time.

Thankyou to all who helped out today. The sossidge bobbing was a great hit with some very clever techniques being employed by some hounds to obtain their sossidge!!

Thanks to the stall holders who came along to support us, and thankyou for your donations towards the day. Those, together with your incredible generosity, meant we raised the fantastic sum of £765.97 for our Daybreaks hounds - THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Angie xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 10 Sep 17:13



Daybreaks is bursting at the seams!! It's a long time since we have had quite so many hounds in our kennels, but they are all such beautiful doggies - and we have red signs already - yay!

It was an early start for Jo as she took Lady off to the Vet's to be speyed. Her partner Mikey was not a happy boy without his little lady at his side all day bless him. She was very wobbly indeed when Jo picked her up this afternoon, and just wanted to lie down. Mikey was so happy to see her, but a little exuberant for her delicate state! We have popped them in the big kitchen kennel & run overnight just while Lady recovers from the anaesthetic so they have a bit more room to manoeuvre!! Hope she feels better tomorrow. xx

We managed morning walks in relays!, but the boys & girls spent some time in the runs this afternoons.

Beautiful Annie may have been disappointed yesterday to find her red sign removed - but it's back again today - yay!! Well done pretty girl. x

Preparations for Sundays Greyt Get Together are well under way, we have done what we can today but the sand run is so very popular & we must now wait until Sunday morning to finish off. Really hope it stays dry and that we can welcome lots of you and your hounds to have a look at the stalls, let your doggies have a go at sossidge bobbing, a snuffle in the doggy lucky dip or maybe have a mini pamper - all to raise funds for Daybreaks.

Well my usual Friday glass of wine is waiting in the wings - here's wishing for a greyt weekend & hopefully some red or green signs by Monday.

Whatever you're up to - stay safe and enjoy. Hope to see some of you on Sunday. Cheers!! Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 09 Sep 23:17



To follow the very hot weather earlier this week we had a monsoon today! Pleased to say we didn't get any thunderstorms to frighten the dogs although they were all a little apprehensive when the rain was hammering on the kennels roof. Luckily it was after the morning walks so no one was caught in the rain. :)

Richard and Declan put two Gazebos up in the sand run ready for the open day on Sunday. They also repaired the guttering on the bottom kennel block after the rain. Bless them! :) Xxx

We had a new student start today....it's been a very long time since we had any students at the kennels. Many thanks to Shirley for looking after her for the day. Xx We have several more joining us over the next few weeks.

It was great to see Mac reserved already! A very happy and friendly boy. :) Xxx

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

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 08 Sep 19:49



Thanks as always to everyone for their help today. It was a busy day and very hot. The inmates had morning walks but this afternoon was far too hot, although the lane was shady the hounds would have still had to walk on a stretch of pavement to get there. We didn't want any burnt paws. So...it was a nice stroll around the shaded area of the sand run, they didn't seem to mind!

We had three new arrivals, first to touch down was Mac, a very handsome white and black boy. Such a happy little chap.

Next we had pretty Holly, white and blue, very lively and a very happy girl. She arrived with the equally handsome Billy, he is very nervous at the moment, his trainer tells us that once he knows you he is fine. In fact by the time we had finished feeding you could see he was more relaxed. As it was so very warm they all had their arrival baths in the feeding runs! Thanks Dave.

Thanks too for the donations of bedding.

We had a viewing late afternoon, the lovely couple are coming back on Saturday, they have narrowed the choice down to two dogs at the moment and are going to weigh up the pro's and con's of which dog will be the best fit for them (if either are). They even bought a new martingale collar in anticipation!!

It looks like the weather is on the turn over the next couple of days, so much more bearable for the hounds and the hoomans! Thankfully it looks as if Sunday will be dry and not too warm for everyone.

Ok, I will probably put this message out over the next few days until Tiggys Greyt Get Together:

PLEASE BRING YOUR PENNIES AND PLEASE BRING YOUR POUNDS
BE REASSURED IT'S ALL FOR THE HOUNDS!!

Take care all, hopefully see lots of you on Sunday. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 07 Sep 23:27



It was good to see our friends from the Pet Blood Bank today. It has been a long time! Tess, "Younger" Mikey and "older" Mikey became donors. They all had a great time and loved all the extra attention they were given! They came away with Blood Donor packs to take with them when they go to their new homes. I understand older Mikey made sure everyone had clean hands before he donated! :))

Well done to the pet dogs who came along to donate today. :) We are hoping the Pet Blood Bank will be able to start to visit us more regularly now the Covid restrictions have been lifted. If you are interested in your dog becoming a donor please give them a call them on 01509 232 222 for more information.

It was a very hot day again but we managed to keep the dogs quite cool in the kennels with lots of fans. :)

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. :) Thanks to Alan and Declan for doing a warehouse run for us. Alan also brought chocolate donuts with him! :))

Three new arrivals are due in tomorrow! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 06 Sep 23:04



Summer returned today! Phew very warm!!

Libby went off to the vets first thing this moring. Thanks so much to Sue for taking her. I picked her up this evening. She was a little tired but managed to eat her dinner when she got back. :) Hopefully she will feel a lot better tomorrow.

Coco went off to his new home :) What a lovely lad he is! Happy with a very waggy tail. Do hope all goes well for him and his new family. Xxx

Many thanks to Yvonne, Myra, Dave, Louisa and Lee for all their help today. All the dogs enjoyed moring walks. As it was a little hot this afternoon most of the dogs went in the sand run for a short time.They enjoyed some time off lead doing their own thing. :)) Xxx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 05 Sep 18:48



Thanks to everyone for their help today. Lorna had pampers booked, some of her clients were less impressed than others. Lots of nail cutting for me...yay!! It was lovely to see so many ex-residents looking happy.

I had a lovely update on Padmae (Porsche) this morning. She is being an absolute star, no trying to steal food, relaxed and clean in the house. Her family sat down to enjoy a takeaway yesterday and she went off to her bed and lay down, no begging at all.

Thanks to everyone who came in with donations of bedding and treats, as always very welcome.

Chunk had been cat tested over a few days, initially it looked promising that he may have been cat friendly, sadly as the testing progressed we found out he was not!! However, he has been reserved and all being well if everything goes well he has found a home with Peg, Saddle and Roy! Who can forget the spinning twins, they are still the same!!!

Mikey the Younger spent thd day in his special run, he really enjoyed it and did not once try to get out.

We are really looking forwards to next Sunday's open day and hope to see as many of you as possible. This is an outdoor event so plenty of outside space for all.

As always stay safe and well. X

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by DaybreaksRuth

Sunday 05 Sep 07:15



What a very busy day! First thing I put together a small run which had been donated and the gorgeous Mikey sat in there most of the day seeming very contented. Albeit low in height everyone thought he’d leap out but I had quiet words with him asking him to prove them all wrong! He is visibly nervous of certain men. In his kennel when closing up I sat on the edge of his bed and when Andy came to say hello to him initially he was very wary but with reassurance he started to relax.

The gorgeous Archie was signed up and we bathed him and his greyhound sister Angel.

Along with a visit from Caesar, Barney and greyhound sister Charlotte and family, Tina was busy doing Reiki sessions. I did lots of nail cutting and redressed the gorgeous Lady’s foot after digging out some grit yesterday. The phone was totally nuts all day!

We had lots of volunteers and visitors and Kate and I left at almost 8pm absolutely shattered
Great day though x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 03 Sep 16:56



I'd like to start by saying a massive thankyou to Ruth, Jo, Chris & Dave & all my friends at Daybreaks for my fabulous 60th birthday surprises today. I feel very spoilt and it's lovely to be a part of such a great "family". However I think I am still in denial of the fact that I have actually reached 60, it just doesn't seem right!!

Anyway, we did actually get lots of work done today! The lovely Porsche went off to her forever home first thing this morning, wishing her and her new family many happy times ahead.

The residents enjoyed morning & afternoon walks, and in fact the sun shone on us this afternoon! I had the pleasure of walking the gorgeous Chunk, and what an easy boy he is to walk. He is so affectionate & loving, and gives the best kisses, but absolutely hates being cooped up in his kennel bless him. Fingers crossed he soon finds his forever home.

Ruth was kept busy with lots of teeth and nail customers today, and whilst she was on her knees she had a look at Lady's paw as she had been limping. Lady was such a good patient while Ruth was digging around, and she eventually managed to extract a big piece of grit from the pad. Lady is now sporting a very fetching yellow bandage, but is a lot more comfortable bless her.

Well its the weekend again, and looking at the diary its going to be a busy one! Let's keep everything crossed for some red or better still green signs by Monday morning.

I shall be raising a glass or two of Prosecco later to toast the boys & girls and wish for forever homes for them all soon. Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay safe - cheers!! Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 02 Sep 23:12



A busy day today. :)

Coco has been reserved already! He has only just unpacked his bags! :)) So happy for him. He is a really lovely lad. Xxx

Ruth found herself carrying out two unexpected pampers this afternoon. Two gorgeous, friendly Greyhounds...she also discovered the lad had corns, so they were dealt with too. :)

Jean who is helping us out on Thursday mornings in the office bravely volunteered to sort out the big cupboard where all the homing paperwork for every Greyhound homed from Daybreaks since opening in 2006 is stored! We did contemplate disposing of some of the very early
folders...but it just didn't seem right. :) Xxx

Many thanks to all our walkers and volunteers today. I'm very grateful to Lee for helping with health checks and feeding this afternoon. :)

It's been a long time since we welcomed the Pet Blood Bank to Daybreaks. I understand for their visit next week they will be coming in their mobile unit. All visitors will be by appointment only and donations will be taken under strict Covid safety regulations. :) My late Fletch was a donor and gained his five donation badge, Skip gave twice but then decided it wasn't for him. As everyone else has said it is a great thing to do. Several years ago, our Twiggy had to have a big operation and there was a donation of blood ready for her in case she needed it. Thankfully all went well and it wasn't used for her. However we were asked if we wouldn't mind it being donated to help a poorly dog in a rescue, which we were more happy to say yes. You can be sure every donation is used wisely. Xxx

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by LM

Thursday 02 Sep 17:11



We've booked Nadie in to donate blood on Tuesday. Skip can't because of the health issues he's had. Sam got retired after donating once. He was fine the first time but didn't want to after that so he was retired. Hopefully Nadie will be ok. Definitely worth trying so if you're thinking about it give it a go.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Thursday 02 Sep 13:19



I have just booked Cooper in to make his first donation. This is such a wonderful cause, we never know if or when one of our beloved hounds may need to benefit from this. Each successful donation can save up to 4 dogs lives.....amazing.

Sadly Cooper is the only one of my current hounds that can donate. Good Boy Flloyd is waiting for his vaccination and a dental so cannot. Gummers (Max) now 11 retired from donating at age 9. Sarah Scare Bear and Willow were also doners, Willow donated 16 or 17 times potentially helping up to 68 dogs!!! Sarah was not far behind, so between all 4 they have probably helped save in excess of 150 dogs!
Please, if you are unsure of doing this give Pet Blood Bank a call, they will explain the process, they also ask questions about your hounds health and temperament to see if they feel it's right for your dog to do. It doesn't suit all dogs, but it is really worth considering. The PBB team are so lovely and constantly reassure the hounds donating should they need it. There is also a full health check carried out before each donation by a qualified vet, we have had one dog that I know of who they discovered had a major health issue that nobody was aware of. Due to this the dog received further tests and medication and is still around and enjoying life to the full!!

Each dog donating will also receive some dog food after their donation and a doggy bag with treats and a toy in it. Please, seriously consider it. Jo x

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by DaybreaksRuth

Thursday 02 Sep 11:34



The Pet Blood Bank have contacted us to do an emergency session next Tuesday 7th September 2021.
If you think your greyhound would be suitable the criteria required is;
25kg+
Over 1 year old but under 8 years
Not travelled abroad
Not been vaccinated in the last 2 weeks
Not on ongoing meds, or liable to seizures
Good temperament
If you are interested the session will start at 10.30
Please phone 01509 232222 to book an appointment here at Daybreaks Kennels

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 01 Sep 21:37



Well, it was Denises birthday today, she kept that quiet. Happy Birthday Denise. X

Many thanks to everyone for their help today. It was quite a busy day, after feeding and cleaning Ruth had interviewees come in looking for placements for the new college year for their animal welfare courses at Solihull College.

Thanks to Liz_Beth, not only did she take young Mikey to the park this morning but also took Chunk to his second visit to the park in as many days. Both behaved very well.

Tess met her soon to be new sister, a beautiful older girl called Freckles, it all went very well so Tess will be going home next week after the family holiday.

Little Annie was also reserved and has gone out to sample life in a new home, best of luck to her.

We had a very handsome new arrival today....Coco (Da Last Coconut). He is lovely and very affectionate, he does still have his coconuts which are difficult not to notice!! Once they have gone he certainly will be much lighter on the scales!!!

Ruth had corns and nails to do, she very kindly did Gummers (my Max's nails) I now remember why I don't tackle them myself!

We have more viewings booked and some homings over the next few days, so it's looking good for the inmates, fingers crossed for some more red and green signs.

As always, stay safe and well all. Jo x

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 31 Aug 23:15



Can't believe it is the 1st September tomorrow! This year has gone so quickly...it was really quite chilly at the kennels today and this evening all our residents have fleecy coats on. Xxxx If you need something to keep your Greyhound warm and cosy this winter we do have some lovely fleeces in stock. I treated Lyra to a new one recently depicting the Milky Way, goes great with her stary coat. :)))

Ruth is back from her holiday and has been busy organising repairs to the sand run, arranging interviews for pospective students as well as many other things that need doing. We are very grateful for the help we now have in the office from lots of lovely volunteers. Xxx

Thanks so much to Norman and Lynne for taking Chunky to the park this morning. He had a great time and was such a good boy. :))

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today taking our residents out for walks. Alan and Declan did a warehouse run and Yvonne did her usual Wonder Woman impression with cleaning this morning. :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 29 Aug 16:52



A busy day again today, thanks to everyone for their help.

Chino now Percy went off home, wishing him and his family very happy times together.

Porsche was reserved today, so very pleased for her.

Next it was little Tess's turn to be reserved, she was really good with the grandson and had a lovely play with him, she was so very gentle.

Sadly Mikey was returned, sometimes things just don't work out, it has to be right for everyone, including the four legged ones.

I met the lovely Chunk this morning, bless him he is a little unsettled in the kennels at the moment, hopefully he will soon settle and realise that Daybreaks is a nice place to be whilst waiting for a forever home.

As always stay safe and well, we will hopefully see as many of you as possible at our open day on Sunday 12 September. x

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 28 Aug 23:09



We had another new arrival this afternoon, the adorable Chunky! A young happy lad. :)). Many thanks to Partic and Terrika for looking after him on his arrival at the kennels. He enjoyed a nice bath. :))

A lovely family came to meet Porsche. We tested her again with the cats. She was very good. :)) Xxx

We had several visitors for nail clipping including the very handsome
Ash and Dasher. :)

Thanks so much to everyone who popped in with donations for us. We are very grateful. Xxx

Great to see Tania and Mark, Nifty, Cilla, and Flo's Mum an Dad. Is so nice to hear what their three have been up to. :)) xx

Unusually we have more girls than boys in the kennels waiting for their forever homes! If you are interested in meeting any of our residents, please give us a call on 0121 782 7702.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 27 Aug 16:59



Another very quiet day for visitors - but thanks to the fabulous Friday Team our boys & girls had 2 lovely long walks, and we got stuck in to some major sorting and tidying leaving the back area and bedding store neat & tidy, toys sorted & washed, carpets swept and Dave tackled the driveway and car park again. Phew!

Mid morning saw the arrival of the beautiful little Tess. Such a happy, bouncy girl she was playing with a toy in the run whilst her arrival paperwork was being sorted. She was such a good girl in the bath, and really enjoyed being out on a walk, exploring all the new and exciting things around her. At only 2 and a half she is just like a big puppy, and when Bella went to sit in the kennel with her, she ambushed Bella and was jumping all over her, racing round & round and generally having a mad moment!! I think it's what we call "character"!!

The returnees Annie & Porsche have settled back into kennel life, and though it is sad things haven't worked out for them this time, I am sure the right home will be out there for them both as they are such lovely girls.

Well it's the weekend again! I shall raise a glass of red wine later to toast our lovely boys & girls and hope for a few more red signs outside the kennels very soon.

Whatever you are doing this weekend, stay safe - cheers! Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 26 Aug 23:37



Molly went off to her new home today. :)) She came into the office to choose new coats! She was such a happy little soul and was interested in everything around her....sure she will have been very excited to explore her new home. :)) Do hope all goes well. It's been a pleasure to have her at the kennels Xxx

Sadly things didn't turn out well for Annie this time. She is a smashing little girl, I'm sure her forever home will soon come along. Xxx

Lucy was busy with pampers today. It was great to see Val and her beautiful girl Luna again. :)) Lucy's other client was a nervous little girl who took some persuading to come into the kennels. Xx Bless her. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone who donated bedding today and to all our walkers, it was a nice day and just right for walking. :)) Thank you to everyone for all your help today. Xxx

Thanks to Richard and Declan for all their help with much needed repairs around the kennels. We are so grateful. Xxx

The Daybreaks residents would like me to send a big Thank you and lots of love to Dolly's Mum who brought in a freshly cooked chicken for them this week. It gave them three lovely chicken dinners each. Libby is especially grateful as she had not been eating very well and it gave her a real boost. :)) Xxx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 25 Aug 21:34



Thanks today to Denise, Dave, Chris and the Wednesday walkers.

Sadly Porsche was returned today, she is great with kids, cats and other dogs. She already had a viewing booked.

The inmates had morning and afternoon walks apart from Molly and Chino who are both post op after their neuterings.

Thanks for the donations of bedding.

The chickens got their house back today, the floor had dried enough for them to move back home! They did however spend the day outside basking in the little Sun we had.

As always stay safe and well everyone. X

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 23 Aug 22:17



Another very busy day which saw our handsome Mikey go home and our equally handsome Chino reserved! :) Xxx

Thank you so much to everyone for their help today. It was lovely to see Tia who did some work experience for us earlier in the year. She will soon be going off to University to study Animal Physiotherapy and we wish her well. Xxx

Thanks so much to Elizabeth for taking Mikey for a trip to,the park this morning. He came back still smiling but a little worn out!

We had several visitors to use the sand run and to collect items from Tiggy's Facebook sale. :))

Our chicken family is currently residing in one of the kennels as their own home has had to have a new floor. They seem very happy and were having a "chat" with Yvonne and I this morning, :)) They should be able to go home in a day or two. Xxx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 23 Aug 10:39



Firstly, apologies for the late posting of the Daybreaks Diary for yesterday. I got home and my tablet was flat,once it had enough charge I was flat!!

A massive thanks to everyone who came in to help yesterday. After cleaning, feeding and morning walks, sleeves were rolled up and many of the tasks we cannot normally get done were tackled. Windows cleaned, courtyard swept, hosed and scrubbed, the white exterior cladding walls of the kennel blocks were brushed down, bleached and scrubbed.

Huge thanks to Steve and Sarah who came in to re-concrete the chicken house floor and also managed to patch up parts of the kennels outside area that were in desperate need of attention. Thank you both so very much.

There were a few booking for the sand run in the morning. As there were no bookings for the afternoon the kennel dogs that could have a run had a blast running around and enjoying themselves.

Highlight of the day was the homing of beautiful Roxie, she was currently out longest stayer. She was very excited to be going home as was her new owner! I have spoken with her owner this morning and she has had a very settled night, been on a walk and met some new people and has been a good girl, wishing them happy times ahead.

We are really looking forwards to being able to host our first open day since Covid struck, Tiggy's Greyt Get Together is being held in the sand run on Sunday 12 September between 10am - 2pm. Please come along if you can, light refreshments and doggie activities will be going on.

As always, stay safe and well everyone. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 21 Aug 23:33



Despite the miserable weather we had several visitors to meet the dogs and find out more about homing a Greyhound. :)) All very positive!
I am very grateful to Tarrika and Patric for all their help in showing people around and being very informative about our Daybreaks residents. Xxx They also fed everyone this afternoon! :))

Thanks to our Saturday walkers for braving the rain...Thanks Alan for taking Chino out for a walk after Belles training session. :))

It was also very busy on the telephone, I'm really sorry if you called and had trouble getting through to us. :((

Thanks so much to everyone who brought in donations of bedding and items for us to pop on Tiggy's fundraising page. So very kind of you. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 20 Aug 16:53



In contrast to last Friday, today was much quieter and calmer.

This morning saw the arrival of 2 more black beauties, the very handsome Chino and pretty little Libby. They were both great for their arrival checks, and enjoyed joining the afternoon walk down the lane. Hope they have a good first night and start to settle into retired life soon. x

Roxie is having some daily magnotherapy to help the healing of her injured tendon. She has got the whole process sorted now bless her - trot into the box & settle down for the session, on exit from the box, trot out for a wee and a biscuit!! This girlie is adorable, so full of fun and mischief and so very affectionate, we just cant believe that she is our longest stayer with very little interest shown in her. Fingers crossed it will soon be her time. xx

It was sad we had to postpone the Mike Stewart-Lawrence concert, but plans for Tiggy's Greyt Get Together are well under way. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Daybreaks after such a long time. Your hounds are most welcome too and there will be Sosidge Bobbing and a Doggy Dip for them to have a go at, as well as light refreshment and a tombola for the hoomans. The Get Together is in the sand run on Sunday 12th September from 10.00am to 2.00pm, with parking at the Birmingham Exiles Rugby Club - it will be lovely to see old friends both 2 & 4 legged again.

Well the weekend is here again, I shall raise a nice glass of chilled white wine later to welcome our newbies, toast our residents and hope they find forever sofas very soon. x

Enjoy your weekend one & all, stay safe. Cheers! Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 16 Aug 22:45



A great day which saw our very handsome Mikey reserved this afternoon! :) Xxx

We had another family who came to find out more about adopting a Greyhound. Xxx

Molly went off to the vets with James first thing this morning for her neutering operation. Ruth picked her up this afternoon and has taken her home for the night. :)) Xxx

Thanks so much to Yvonne and Myra for sorting out the bedding that was very kindly donated over weekend. Xxx Many thanks to Gloria too for feeding our residents this afternoon. :))

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 15 Aug 23:41



Today can only be described as sheer madness!!!! I would like to thank Denise, Dave, Kitty, Carol and Alison for the I help today.

We had a viewing at 10am, Molly was a firm favourite, they took her on the morning walk and made a lovely donation to be allowed to take her out, but the family had two other dogs to view elsewhere. Sadly for Molly another grey took their dogs fancy so they have taken the other dog on trial. They were so apologetic and thanked us so much for our time and will recommend others to us. Sad for Molly but has to be right for everyone concerned. After all it is another grey going to a loving home albeit not from us.

Well, Warrior (Steve) and Harry have both gone on trial to their respective families with existing dogs. So very happy for both of them, good luck kids, hope all goes well and you get your forever homes!

It was lovely to see so many ex Daybreaks hounds today, always great to have a catch up and a cuddle (with the dogs that is, don't think the owners would object if we tried to hug them, lockdown is easing)!

Well the message as always is stay safe and well all. Xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 13 Aug 17:01



Well that was a crazy, busy day!

For the first time in about 18 months we welcomed 2 volunteers from HSBC doing their corporate volunteer hours. They happily threw themselves into every aspect of kennel duties, and were soon under the spell of our gorgeous residents!

This morning saw our beautiful little Annie reserved, fingers crossed everything works out for her.

We had lots of visitors during the day to drop off bedding, have teeth & corns attended to and use the sand run.

Morning & afternoon walks were done in some lovely sunshine. I had the pleasure of walking Molly, she is a sweetheart. She retired due to a tendon injury and after her walk she seemed to be favouring her leg a little, so we popped her in the magnotherapy box for a session. It took a biscuit to tempt her in!! but she soon settled and lay nicely for her session.

Our 2 newbies were quite late arriving as they had been stuck in traffic on the M6! Two gorgeous black beauties but we are going to have some confusion - the big, black boy is called Mikey!!! Mikey & Lady came over from Ireland together 5 years ago and have been together ever since, they are a lovely couple who look to each other all the time. They were both good for their arrival checks and bath, although Lady was a little perturbed when it was Mikey's turn to go into the treatment room and she was on her own in the run bless her. They both tucked into their supper, and are sharing a kennel in the bottom block. Hope they have a good night and settle into a well deserved retirement. x

Well I cant believe it but it's the weekend again - think the week is definitely getting shorter!! There are a couple of viewings booked so keep fingers crossed, and I shall be raising my glass of white wine later in the hope that we see a red sign by Monday morning.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay safe. Cheers! Angie xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 11 Aug 22:36



Thanks to Denise, Dave, Pravie and Deb for their help this morning. Ruth was in first thing and then went out to look at something interesting that may be of benefit the kennels! This afternoon we also had Chris and Liz come in. We really appreciate everyone's help and hard work, it is very much appreciated.

The very handsome Totsi went home today, lots of best wishes to him and his dad.

We have two new arrivals due on Friday, plus it looks like good news for another of our residents that went out to see how he was in the home, everything crossed for him!

Ruth was still busy with a mountain of paperwork when Dave and I left tonight, do hope she wasn't there too late.

Again, hoping you all stay safe and well? X

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 09 Aug 22:16



What a very busy day!...Apologies to anyone who called and had trouble getting through to us. The phoene was constantly ringing. Xx

We had several visitors for nails and corns. So nice to see Maggie and her lovely Angel and George. Poor George was not impressed about having his corn removed! Andy had popped in to see Ruth and ended up holding onto George while he had his corn worked on! :))

We also had a visit from a lovely family lookig for a friend for their older Greyhound. Xx

Steve brought donations in from Pets at Home. So kind of him to collect them for us. :))

Thanks so much to all our volunteers today. Yvonne as usual did everything this morning. :)) Xxx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 08 Aug 19:48



After a very damp start to the day the sun came out and it was quite warm. Thanks to everyone for their help today, we had two lovely new ladies come in to volunteer (well one was a previous volunteer from around six years ago)! They both said they really enjoyed the day. Our Duke of Edinburgh student Kitty came in, armed herself with grooming tools and gave the dogs a lovely brush.

It was fairly quiet for visitors, Monty popped in with his family to use the sand run, get some treats and tickets for the hoomans for our concert hosted by Mike Stewart Lawrence on 11 September. Tickets are available from the kennels at £7 each, it will be a really good night and all proceeds are being donated to the kennels.

It was great to have Lynne back again today, Simon came to pick her up and whilst he is still quite poorly he looked a little better.

Well, I will finish with the usual wish that everyone stays safe and well. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 07 Aug 23:10



A quiet day for visitors for a Saturday. It gave Patric and Terrika time this morning to not only groom all the dogs but clean their teeth too! :))

I met our new arrival from yesterday, Warrior, what a lovely lad. He was a little shy at first but soon enjoyed cuddles. He is white and black but has lots of black spots too! So cute. Xxx

I have been "helped" write this entry by Lyra who is lying next to me on the sofa...she keeps stretching her legs over the screen, so that I can't see what I am writing. Trying to get her interested in the Coverage of the Olympic Marathon but hasn't even opened her eyes!! :))

Thanks to everyone who came in to help today. The weather was a little mixed but not too bad . All the dogs enjoyed their walks. :))

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Saturday 07 Aug 20:59



Thank you Traciesheart. It was a pleasure if not a little scary! Beautiful little Purdy is an Italian Greyhound so she has much thinner legs than the monsters I normally deal with and I was seriously worried that I may hurt her. She was really not happy with having her nails done, her mom held her up in her harness and gave her a treat when I managed to cut them, she was still a little wriggley girl. Once done she readily accepted treats from me. Such a little sweetie. X

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by traciesheart

Saturday 07 Aug 15:14



I brought my little Purdy in to have her nails trimmed yesterday. I was so pleased they managed to get all of them done as I can only do one nail every few days. Purdy is such a drama queen and you would think she thought you were trying to cut her legs off. So again I'm very pleased and a big thank you to Jo who did an amazing job with her xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 06 Aug 17:08



What a funny old day - we did morning walks in a steady downpour wearing raincoats, and afternoon walks in glorious sunshine and short sleeves!!

This morning saw the arrival of the very handsome Warrior. Quite a wary boy, he behaved well for his arrival checks and bath, and really tucked into his lunch. Although he was quite scared of an approach on arrival, by the time it was time to get him out of his kennel for a walk he had started to relax already and he really enjoyed his walk, trotting along quite happily surveying his surroundings. Sure he will settle in no time. x

Bono is still post op so couldn't join us on the walks, so spent another day outside in the feeding run watching the world go by.

Now the magnotherapy box is fixed, little Annie had a session in there today to help with the healing of her broken wrist. She had to be tempted in with a treat - but once in she soon settled down.

This afternoon saw the gorgeous Kevin go off to his new home - best of luck to this absolutely lovely boy, be happy all. x

Between walks, a new arrival, health checks, weighings, visitors, a homing, cats & chickens the day flew by!!

The weekend is here again, a quiet diary but that doesn't always signify........

Don't forget tickets are on sale for the Mike Stewart-Lawrence concert at the Dovehouse Theatre on 11th September, give the kennels a call to book yours.

Well, as the sun came out and warmed things up I think it is a white wine kind of evening, so I will raise a glass later to our boys & girls - may forever homes be theirs very soon, and here's hoping all our recently homed boys & girls are settling in well.

Have a safe weekend one & all - cheers!! Angie x

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by DaybreaksRuth

Thursday 05 Aug 16:36



What an absolutely crazy busy day! The best bit was seeing the gorgeous Bono reserved.
Steve fixed our magnotherapy box and it arrived back today and I had Declan and Steve grouting the tiles in the kennel block. It has been non stop on the phone and with visitors - I seriously do not know what I would do without all the amazing volunteers who give up their time to help at the kennels. Thank you so much you lovely people! xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 04 Aug 18:46



Thanks to everyone for their help today. The weather was lovely so all dogs apart from Bono who is post op after his neutering yesterday had two walks along the shady lane. Liz took Mikey to the park, sounds like he had a fantastic time with all the new smells, sights and sounds and was a good boy.

Bono spent much of the day in the outdoor feeding runs where he 'mugged' everyone he could for kisses and cuddles. Liz had several washes from him!

We had a lovely new arrival, his paws barely touched the Daybreaks ground before he was viewed and reserved. Well done Burgers, if all goes well he will have a lovely greyhound sister for company! Cooper accompanied me to work today as he had the same trainer as Burgers. One of the first things his trainer asked was 'how's the big lad'? I think he was pleased to know I had brought him with me today and spent some time in the office with him. Cooper seemed happy to see him and certainly enjoyed the attention.

Well the weather looks like its on the turn over the next few days. Stay safe and well all. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 03 Aug 22:39



Another vet trip for James, this time to take Bono for his neutering op. All went well and James was able to pick him up quite early this afternoon. Like Charlie he really enjoyed his dinner when he came back too! :))

Charlie had a very busy day...Norman took him for a short trip to the park this morning. He was a very good boy. Xxx. When he returned there was a lovely couple waiting to meet him. :)) They decided to take him home for a break from the kennels. We are so grateful, fingers crossed he will love his change of scene! Xxx

It was a "puppy" day today! First an incredibly pretty young Galgo came in for Ruth to take a look at her lumps and bumps on her ears! Then another beautiful pup arrived for Lucy to clip his nails! :)) Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone who came in to help today, so very kind. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 02 Aug 23:28



It was Charlie's turn to be neutered today....James very kindly took him to the vets for us. I picked him up this afternoon, he was very bright and wide awake! He really enjoyed his dinner on his return to the kennels. :))

Bono had a lovely time out in the park with Liz. He has been quite unsettled since his arrival and it was good for him to have a break from the kennels.

We had a visit from Bocko and Prince this afternoon. Arthur also popped in. They all looked great. It's always so good to see previous Daybreaks residents. :))

Thanks so much to Yvonne, Myra and Hunter for all their help today.
Rosie came in this afternoon to sort paperwork for us. :)) It was a very wet end to the day with a torrential rain storm just before we went home. :( Thanks to Richard and Declan for patching up the roof for us. All seemed nice and dry!!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 01 Aug 21:23



A bit of a miserable start to the day but it soon brightened up and was really quite warm. Thanks to everyone for their help today, it was lovely to have Lynne back, and was great to see Simon at the end of the day. Many thanks to Lynne and Denise who turned into the best couple of scrubbers I have ever seen!!! (I must explain that they gave the courtyard around the feeding runs a good clean). Denise was back on chicken house duty again this morning, they do love when she gives them a treat of a few broken biscuits.

Lovely little Millie (the young one) was signed up today, she is such a happy little girl.

Ruth had appointments for nails, teeth scraping, corn removal and spot popping, ooh she does like a good spot or two!!!

Another new week upon us, here's hoping for some more red and green signs this week. As always stay safe and well all. X

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by Shanesmum

Friday 30 Jul 17:01



It was an early start for Ruth today as she was on the Vet run with the handsome Totsi. As well as being neutered the poor boy had 17 teeth out, no wonder he didn't look a happy chappy on his return to kennels this afternoon bless him. Hope he feels better tomorrow. x

We managed to dodge most of the showers & monsoons and give the boys & girls morning and afternoon walks. Although nice to be cooler, a little less wet would be appreciated!! (We are never satisfied are we??!!)

Sadly Charlie is no longer reserved, but he had a lovely playdate in the sand run with regular visitor Hollie to cheer him up. After careful introductions, Hollie & Charlie had a whale of a time playing together, apparently Charlie loves tennis balls!

Lunchtime saw the arrival of the gorgeous Bono - what an affectionate, happy chappy he is. He was very "helpy" whilst we were trying to scan his microchip and check his ear tattoos - and was happily dispensing kisses all round and whacking everybody with his tail! On the afternoon walk he pulled initially - understandable as everything & everybody was completely new to him, but he soon settled and walked very nicely.

Ruth spent a lot of the day on her knees tending to teeth & poorly paws, and there were a couple of health checks done too.

Unfortunately our washing machine finally gave up the ghost - with a wet load still inside it!! It looked a bit like the mother ship landing with all the lights flashing! We managed to finally get it switched off and got the soggy washing out - but if anyone knows of a machine going spare please let us know, we are a bit desperate now!

Well another weekend is here, bringing August with it - can't believe where the time is going! A few more appointments in the diary this weekend so fingers crossed.

It's a red wine kind of day today, so will raise my glass later to all our lovely boys & girls - may their forever sofas be just around the corner. Whatever you're up to this weekend stay safe - cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 27 Jul 22:54



Well, we had a few of the forecasted thundery heavy showers today! Sadly we had several places in the kennels that sprung a leak!! :(

On a sunny note Topsy went off to her new home. She has strict instructions to not be too bossy! :))) She is a smashing little bundle of fun. Wishing her a very happy new life with lots of love and cuddles always. Xxx

Charlie found himself reserved! So happy for him. He also loves lots of cuddles! Xxx

Many thanks to Declan for unloading the pallet of food from Burns that was delivered yesterday! Xx

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

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 26 Jul 23:02



It was a hot day again today. Thanks so much to Yvonne, Gloria and Myra for taking the dogs out for their walks. They were fine with their wet coats on and just went for a short walk in the shady lane near by.

We had lots of bedding donated to us today. :)) We are very grateful. Xx

Nifty, Cilla and Flo came to visit us this morning. What lovely dogs they all are! It great to hear what they have been up to :)) Xxx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 25 Jul 18:54



The forecast rain held off, so all dogs had morning and afternoon walks. Thanks to Denise and Dave for all their help today.

We started the day with the homing of Spike, now Basil, wishing him and his family all the best.

We had two viewings booked, the first family looked at Charlie and Annie. They could not decide between the two, so very sensibly have gone to have a long hard think to see which if either is the right fit for them.

The second viewing was to come and see Topsy, well it was love at first sight, they took her on the afternoon walk and immediately reserved her. I know there will be a lot of very happy people when they see this news! She is a sweetheart.

We had sand run bookings today, thankfully the temperatures were no way near as hot as they had been.

So, in closing, stay safe and well all. X

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by traciesheart

Sunday 25 Jul 14:30



Had a fantastic time in the sand run today. Purdy and Zeus brought an old staffy friend who had a great time. Also met Totsi he is lovely and I obviously went in for a cuddle with my favourite Topsy. Oh I do hope she finds a forever home soon she is such a darling ????

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 24 Jul 23:30



It was a lot cooler today. :))

It was a quiet day for visitors and the sand run was quiet too.

Thanks so much to Angie and Michael for coming in first thing to clean kennels and feed the dogs. :)) It was just Patric and myself this morning. We managed to get one walk done before he had to go home. I took the other four residents for a stroll around the sand run. Which they enjoyed. Many thanks to Patric for his help, all the dogs got a groom and teeth cleaned. :)

It was lovely to see Athos for a nail trim this morning. He was not very keen to have them done! :) xx

Many thanks to Gill who came in this afternoon. All the residents got a second walk. A lovely couple who had brought in some beddding were more than happy to go for a walk! :)

Gorgeous Jag came in for nail clipping too. It was lovely to hear how well he is doing. We had a surprise viist from Casey. Jeremy brought him for his nails to be trimmed too. We found the best position for Casey to have his nails to be done was high in the air! Xx

Topsy was outside in the kitchen run for most of the day. She really didn't want to go back into her kennel and took a lot of persuading and special treats for her to move. She is a very sweet girl. Do hope she will soon find her forever home.

There is a viewing booked for tomorrow....hoping one of our lovely boys and girls might find themselves a home.

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 24 Jul 22:20



My post about yesterday seems to have disappeared - is it someone's way of telling me I say too much!!!!

Must confess I can't remember everything I said but in summary Friday at Daybreaks was:-

Quiet and nice to be cooler,for the doggies & us.
Fun to watch the residents tackle their frozen sardine treats in their own individual ways.
Able to get some cleaning done as being cooler meant we had more energy AND
Lovely to meet our newbies.

I enjoyed my glass of wine too! Stay safe one & all.
Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 22 Jul 23:14



Hot again! Ruth found a portable aircon unit to put in the kennel block, it worked a treat! :))

We managed to take the dogs out for a short walk this morning. Wet coats on they were kept nice and cool. I'm sure they enjoyed being able to get out of the kennels for a break. Xxx

I met our latest two arrivals Annie and Totsi, both gorgeous!

Many thanks to Alan and Declan for going to the warehouse today. It was hot work! Xxx

Thanks so much for everyone's help today. We really appreciate you putting up with the very hot conditions and coming to see our lovely dogs. :))

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 21 Jul 19:32



A cooler start to the day, as the cloud was so low it was overcast so we grabbed the opportunity to get the hounds out for a much needed walk. They arrived back as the Sun was beginning to push through the cloud. Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers, to Denise, Chris and Dave for all their help today. Dave gave the car park a good tidy up.

Little Miss Topsy Turvy had a trip to the vet's for her annual booster, she was such a good girl.

There were two new arrivals, very pretty Annie and handsome boy Totsi (this will get confusing with a Topsy and a Totsi in the kennels). Their trainer told me there were tears at home before he brought them in, unfortunately he couldn't keep them himself as he has others at home. They are both lovely and enjoyed playing with a ball and the paddling pools in the outdoor feeding runs.

This afternoon was just too hot for the dogs to go out (and us!!), so it was playtime, wetting down time and fuss time.

Tickets are on sale for our first social event in over 18 months, tickets are £7 each, there is a bar for pre show and interval drinks. The monies raised will be going to help fund Caesar's treatment. Just call the kennels to book your tickets.

Try and stay safe, well and cool. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 20 Jul 22:45



Another extremely hot day, so sadly walks were not possible for the dogs. They did come out into the runs frequently during the day and this afternoon they all had a short stroll in the shady part of the drive and sand run. Xxx

It was great to see Billy go home today. :) He really is a super lad and he has a super new family. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Xxx

Great information on keeping our dogs cool from Ruth. It's been a real challenge at home as Skip and Lyra will insist on coming upstairs even though I keep telling them it's cooler downstairs! Skip has his own tip about how to stay cool....find a fan and lie down right in front of it! :))

Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Tuesday 20 Jul 10:18



Information from the Yumove Website - tips for keeping your dog cool....

1. Provide a safe, shady den
Move their bed and bedding to a shady spot, and swap warm blankets for an old towel. If they sleep in a crate, spread damp bath towels over the top to create a cool, damp, shady den. If they’ve taken to lying on the bathroom or kitchen floor, let them – tiles can be a great way to cool down.

2. Chill their bed
There are some fantastic ‘cool beds’ and ‘cool mats’ available for dogs. We particularly like gel cool beds – these absorb the heat from your dog’s body, and need no batteries, refrigeration or time in the freezer… ideal for camping and days out. A homemade alternative is a damp towel in a shady spot – or popping your picnic ice packs underneath their usual blanket.

3. DIY doggie air-con
Got a fan? Got a freezer? Make DIY aircon. Freeze a large container of water – we use ice cream tubs – then set up the fan so that it blows over the ice and sends cool air towards your dog’s bed. To ensure that your dog doesn’t knock the fan, pop it on a high surface and angle downwards to keep everyone safe.

4. Change your dog-walking schedule
If you normally go for walkies with your dog at lunchtime and early afternoon, swap your schedule for an early morning walk and a late evening stroll to avoid the midday heat. If you can’t change your routine time-wise, think about where you’re walking. Swap open fields for cool woodland walks, or better still opt for beaches or lakeside walks so your dog can dive in for a cooling paddle or swim.
Your pup will thank you for walkies in cool woodland walks

5. Protect your dog's paw
Do you have an urban pooch? If so, don’t forget that pavements can get seriously hot! Before heading out, touch-test the pavement with your own hand or foot. If its too hot for your hand, or you wouldn’t want to walk on it barefoot, don’t ask your dog to do the same. If you must be out and about on hot pavements, consider some protective boots and a cool coat as detailed below.

6. Get a cool coat
If you must be out and about in hot weather, consider a cooling coat. Just wet the coat, then pop it on your dog – the cool dampness creates heat exchange with your dog’s body, so they effectively ‘sweat’ like a person. There are many different brands available, but we like these.

7. Visit the groomers
If your dog is a breed or mix that can be clipped, get regular trims in summertime. Many double coated breeds shouldn’t be clipped or trimmed – but will find relief in a thorough grooming to get any insulating dead hair out.

8. Cool them down with water
Not all dogs love water, but most will appreciate its cooling effects and setting up a paddling pool in your garden will encourage your pup to paddle or wallow on days hot for your dog. For those who aren’t so keen, a wet flannel (or quick hose down!) on the belly, chest and legs will help them cool down without resorting to a full shower or bath. It goes without saying that you should always provide lots of cool drinking water for your pet. On especially hot days, consider popping an ice-cube in their water bowl to keep it chilled.

9. Put the toys away
Not all dogs are as sensible as they should be on hot days, so if it’s warm, consider popping their toys away for the day so they don’t accidentally over-exercise and end up with heatstroke. The same advice goes for games like fetch and playing with their canine friends. If you have more than one playful dog, consider separating them on the hottest days.

10. Make doggie ice lollies – the ‘pupsicle’
We love to make doggie ice lollies! There are some more elaborate recipes here, but you can also freeze their regular food. We use old plastic takeaway boxes; layer wet food on the bottom, sprinkle over with kibble, add water and the lid, then pop in the freezer. For extra cold treats (without the extra calories) freeze their favourite toys in an old ice cream tubs – they’ll have fun and stay cool whilst freeing their toys from the ice!

How do dogs regulate their body temperature?
Lots of people think that dogs can’t sweat, but this isn’t the case. Our canine (and feline) friends have sweat glands in their noses and paw pads. Have you ever noticed your pet leaving damp pawprints on hot days? This is why! As the areas with glands are so small, dogs mainly keep themselves cool by panting. However, this isn’t the most effective mechanism to regulate your dogs’ body temperature, so it’s important that we keep an eye on our dogs and help to keep them cool on hot days. Taking the above tips into mind during the summer months will keep tails wagging and most importantly, can help to alleviate the threat of canine heat stroke.

Heatstroke can kill or cause irreparable damage to internal organs, so it’s vital that you take it seriously and do all you can to prevent it. Here is our go-to list of signs which can warn you that your dog might be overheating.

How can I tell if my dog is too hot?
It depends whether we’re talking about a dog who is uncomfortably hot or suffering from heat stroke. It’s important to know the difference – and how to help in both cases.

Signs of a dog who’s too hot

Signs of heatstroke

Panting

Blue, bright red or dark red tongue and gums

Dribbling

High body temperature (104°F or 40°C or more)

Lethargic or restless

Wobbliness, weakness or staggering

Grumpy, grumbly or out of sorts

Seizures

Off their food

Collapsing or unconsciousness

Drinking lots of cool water

Blood in poos or urine

One way to really know if your dog is too hot (or not) is to use a thermometer and check. However, few of us feel confident taking our pets’ internal temperatures and here at Lintbells we believe that prevention is always the best approach. Keep our 10 top tips in mind in the summer months to avoid any risk to your pooch, and if you are worried about heat stroke, act fast and contact your nearest veterinary care centre.

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by DaybreaksRuth

Tuesday 20 Jul 10:14



Great tips for helping your dog keep safe and cool.... click the following link:

https://yumove.co.uk/blogs/health-guides/10-tips-to-cool-down-your-dog?utm_campaign=AllDog_blog_Heatwave_200721%20%28R6MFak%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Active%20Subscribers&_kx=zCAKMiqSYaDf5mbm5fcGCGNXyLGSZ-1YvGRrc4qHmgE%3D.KDH5Jd

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 19 Jul 23:13



We had a sad start to the day with the discovery that one of our chickens had passed away during the night. :(( She was an ex-battery hen and has enjoyed a happy life for the last twelve months being free to do as she pleased and laying eggs when she wanted. Denise has brought them all sorts of different sorts of food to sample and made sure they have everything they need. Rest in peace little lady. Xxx

It was another incredibly hot day today. We decided as yesterday it was too hot to take the dogs out for walks. They all came out and spent time in the runs and enjoyed treats.

New lad Charlie arrived early afternoon. He is a very handsome and happy lad. He enjoyed his lunch...his trainer told us he likes to get his meals on time and will tell you when they are due! We popped him into the top red kennel so he will be on the first sitting for his breakfast and dinner! :)) Xxx

It was a quiet day for visitors but there is always something to be done at the kennels. I am so grateful to Yvonne, Gloria and Myra for all their help,and hard work. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 18 Jul 18:23



It was so very hot today and by 9.30 we decided walks would be abandoned, even if we used cool coats the heat was too much for not only the dogs but for us humans to bear. So, out came the paddling pools, sheets were laid out in the feeding runs and soaked with water so it was much cooler for the inmates. They all had regular 'wet downs' to help keep them cool. We left tonight with the fans on, blinds down and windows open the the kennel blocks.

Thanks to Denise and Dave for their help today. Dave helped clean the back area of the kennels and Ruth's treatment room with Ruth. It looks fab. Denise was on chicken house duty!

Twirl, now Willow was signed up officially today , such a petite pretty girl and has a very handsome brother Alfie who was not exactly impressed with having a pamper session. Lorna had several bookings, its a bit like Marmite, some love it some hate it!!! I have to say they all felt very soft and smelled lovely.

Tina had several Reiki sessions booked for today, both for two legged and four legged clients, she was very kindly raising funds for Caesars treatment. Thanks so very much to Tina for doing this, I think next time I will give it a try, it was very interesting to watch and even came with some very interesting sound effects (sorry Tina)!!!

It's going to be very hot over the next few days, so, please take care when walking your hounds, early morning and late evening are the best time to venture out (I know most of you will know this, but feel it still needs to be said). Remember, if you place the back of your hand on the pavement and it is hot this could burn your dogs paws. Please don't leave your hound in the car for even the shortest period of time, heat can be fatal in just a few minutes.

Another week is upon us, we are due to have some new arrivals, so watch this space. Fingers crossed that the homings will begin to be more frequent.

So, as ever, stay safe, stay well and keep yourselves and your beloved hounds cool. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 17 Jul 22:46



It was a great day today. :)) By midday not only Phoenix but Leo too were on the way to their new homes! I have everything crossed for them both that all will work out for them this time! Xxx

It was sad Millie's foster home didn't work out. Her Foster Mum was very upset. We are so grateful to all the family for giving her a try. She is a super little girl. She must be feeling very unsettled at the moment. :( Xxx

It was good to see Barney, he didn't seem too concerned about his injured tail. He was such a good boy. We told Erik that as he has broken Barney the least he could do was adopt him! :) I'm sure he would but he has his own lovely girl Charlotte and is also taking care of Caesar for us. Barney is a happy friendly boy who would brighten up anyone's day! Xxx

It was incredulity hot today. The dogs all did so well coping with the heat. They all went out for a moring walks. This afternoon Dave filled the paddling pools up again. As last night all the fans are on in the kennels to try and keep our boys and girls cool.

Due to the forecast for more very hot weather, the photoshoot that was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed. Sharon will let us have a new date as soon as possible.

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. It was a manic morning! Xxx

My two are currently lying stretched out in the lounge by the fan. :)) Xxx I did have the Fench doors open up until a few minutes ago when the "bitey" things started to come in! :)) Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 16 Jul 16:59



What a scorcher! The boys & girls managed a short potter down the shady lane early this morning, when there was also a lovely breeze, but by lunchtime it was far too hot to venture out so we filled all the paddling pools and rotated the doggies in turn for a cool down and a relax by the pool!

I popped cotton sheets on all the beds as I made them this morning in an attempt to give the doggies a cooler surface to sleep on, although Billy seems to prefer the floor anyway.

Not much else happened today as it was just too hot!! The washing dried in double quick time, and there was only 1 health check for the handsome Mr Mikey. He is such a lovely boy, and when it was his turn out by the pool, after Chris had poured cool water gently over him, he decided he had to return the favour and proceeded to cover her in licks!!

We have left the residents with the fans on in both blocks tonight.

The weekend is here again, and it is a busy one by the looks of the diary! Lots of appointments for viewings, and the photoshoot and Reiki sessions on Sunday so lots going on. The forecast is for more hot, hot weather so take care everyone and keep yourselves and your hounds cool.

It's chilled white wine time later, as I raise my glass and keep my fingers crossed for some red signs by Monday. As always, stay distanced and stay safe - cheers!

Angie x

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by DaybreaksRuth

Friday 16 Jul 07:51



The day started early and sadly with me collecting Millie and Harry from their home as their distraught owner had to return them due to personal reasons.

With a car full of their belongings I then picked up Dave and his greyhound Maisie who wasn’t impressed at two others being in the car so we had ‘grumbles’ all the way to the kennels!

Superstar volunteer Yvonne was ready and waiting to get started and we fed and cleaned the inmates!

One of the trainers kindly brought along two very gorgeous greyhounds... one fawn (Lord) and one black (Burgers) so we could’cat test’ and both passed with flying colours!

The couple who came to view were absolutely lovely and despite the interruptions, they placed a reservation on the gorgeous Phoenix- yay!

Little Millie the returnee was viewed and went straight out to foster while Lucy did a pamper session and then took some gorgeous photos of those needing homes.

We had some donations brought in which I will list on Tiggys fundraising page on Facebook. Search for Tiggys fundraising page if you haven’t already.... there are some great items for sale and the Honesty Box charity shop is back open at Daybreaks too.

After digging out a corn for limping visitor Felix I went with Alan to fill up the van with fuel ready for the trip to south London for Caesars first treatment.

Caesar who has a mast cell tumour on his tongue was due to go on Monday but unfortunately his appointment was canceled last minute. I’m absolutely overwhelmed at the generosity and support of everyone to raise the money to fund his treatment at around £4,000.

A very loud scream was heard from the car park and next thing we had poor Barney who had come with Erik to collect the van brought in with blood pouring from his tail.... it had got in the way of the car door as it was shut!!! I splinted his tail and he was taken off to the vets while I got Lee to clean up the blood!!! It was an unfortunate accident and I remember doing this to Foxy!

Barney is back to the vets today and will probably lose his tail as it was badly broken when I splinted it.

Fat Harry brought in Harry for nails to be trimmed and he wasn’t impressed with me but he had a nice ostrich bone for a treat bought for him.

I dropped Dave off who had agreed to foster Harry until he finds a home and as he and Maisie had spent the day in the office together she was quite happy to travel with him in the car!

The weekend is packed with viewings, homings, a photo shoot and dog and human Reiki sessions.... proceeds of which are going to Caesars treatment fund so if you would like to book as there are a few places left please call the kennels.

Ruth x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 14 Jul 19:10



A very quiet day for visitors today. A couple of sand run bookings and food collection. Many thanks to everyone for their help today. The residents all had morning walks, this afternoon was too hot even with cool coats, so out came the paddling pools. They all enjoyed the opportunity to dip their paws in, were groomed and wet down!

It's been very quiet for viewings and homings recently, but today the phone was busy with several viewings booked for the next few days. Fingers crossed that some of our lovely boys and girls will get red or green signs.

Barney and Marge are still out on foster, please don't be put off by 'foster', both of these dogs are up for homing. If you are interested in one of them and would like more information please call the kennels. If you would like to view either of them we can arrange for them to either be brought into kennels or for a meeting in a mutually convenient location.

There are still spaces available for the photoshoot on Sunday and also for Tina's reiki sessions also on Sunday. Tina is raising funds to help with Caesar's ongoing treatment. Go on give it a go, you will feel greyt afterwards, relaxed and rejuvenated and you will be helping raise funds to give a gorgeous boy a well deserved chance of a long life ahead. Bookings via the kennels on 0121 782 7702.

As always stay safe and well all, hopefully we are nearly near the end of this. X

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by LadyVictoria

Wednesday 14 Jul 00:01



A much better day today. :))

Previous Daybreaks resident Bea and her family came to use the sand run. it was lovely to see them and Bea looked great and so happy. :) We do love to hear how the Daybreaks Dogs are getting on in their new homes. Xxx

Thank you so much to those who dropped in donations of bedding and came in to say hello to our residents.

We had a lovely Greyhound ornament donated to us to sell in our next Auction. Thank you. Xxx

We had great fun this afternoon getting some of the dogs to model coats and pyjamas that have been donated. They will also soon be available to purchase. Roxie looks especially glamorous in a blue sheep print outfit! :)) Skip modelled something similar, but with flowers on! :)) Thanks so much to Lucy for taking the fabulous photos. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help, everyone enjoyed their walks today. :) All meals were gratefully consumed and treats devoured! :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 12 Jul 23:40



With one thing and another it was a difficult day at the kennels today. I am so grateful for all the help and support from Yvonne, Gloria and Myra. Xxx

I know it was disappointing for the England football team last night but if you are interested we do still have some lovely England car stickers with three Greyhounds instead of three lions on, and it is the World Cup next year! :))

Hoping some of our girls and boys will soon find their forever homes. Sadly our waiting list is beginning to get longer. :((

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 11 Jul 18:10



A crazily busy day, thanks to Denise, Dave and Alison for their help today and also to Liz who took the very handsome Billy for an outing to the park, he was an absolute star and has a glowing report, he was also very tired upon his return. He met varying different breeds and was fantastic. All dogs got morning walks, this afternoon the had some 'chill out' time in the outside runs.

It was nail cutting in abundance, this is my favourite part of my job!!!!

The sand run was fully booked up today, please remember to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Time to pour a nice glass of wine or two, if you are watching the match enjoy. Someone said to one of my sons that in our house, it will, either way be a win, win situation (Anglo and Italian roots in the family)!

Take care, stay safe and well, hopefully normality is just around the corner :)))

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by Shanesmum

Friday 09 Jul 16:35



It was a very quiet day today. Dave & I gave our residents a lovely walk this morning. New boys Mikey & Billy were both on "full alert" with ears pricked as they took in their new surroundings. As you would expect of a youngster, Mikey was very keen to be off exploring and sticking his head into everything!! He trots along rather than walks, and does like to weave in front of you - all the better to check out both sides of the road!!

Billy is still quite a stressed boy bless him, but he seemed to enjoy his walk and walked nicely.

With so few doggies and customers, we were able to get health checks & teeth cleaning done, and Dave gave the office a lovely spring clean.

It was sand run playtime this afternoon, except for poor Roxie who although nearly able to have full walks following her spey, can't go off lead in the run due to her recovering injury. She is desperate to have a run & play bless her, but made do with dedding a toy she found as we were walking the perimeter of the sand run!

Leo had great fun running and playing with the toys, I took a video of him and will get Michael to upload it to the Facebook page. Topsy also had a good play and a run - as did both new boys, although there was no mistaking when Billy had had enough - he ran up to the exit gate and stood staring at it!!

The only down side of today was the very sad return of the lovely Phoenix to Daybreaks. HIs Mum stressed it was in no way due to any fault of his, just sadly things were not working within the family and it was felt it was better all round if he came back. We have popped him back in the kitchen kennel with ex kennel mate Topsy - she was very excited to see him again and they are happily settled together for the night. Here's hoping we can find another home for him soon.

Incredibly the weekend is here again - don't know where the time is going to. The diary looks quite busy so keep fingers crossed that we see some red signs by Monday. Whatever you are up to, as always, stay distanced, stay safe - I will be raising a glass of chilled white wine later to Daybreaks boys & girls and wishing forever homes for them all.
Cheers! Angie xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 07 Jul 21:33



Wednesday was upon us, thanks to the Wednesday walkers this morning and to Denise and Dave. Chris has had the cheek to book this week off, well I never!!!

I met Mikey our new arrival from yesterday, wow he is so handsome. We had New arrival Billy today, he was a little unsure of his new surroundings, but by the time we left the kennels he seemed to be settled.

Thanks to ever one for the donations of bedding.

Lovely Leo and Super Sanka are still waiting for their forever homes, they really are super lads and have both experienced a home environment, please don't overlook these boys, you will not be disappointed.

Just a reminder, we have tickets on sale for our first post covid event, Mike Stewart Lawrence and his band are very kindly putting on a 'gig' to raise funds for the kennel. As previously mentioned Mike has toured America and has had several tracks reach the American charts. Tickets are £7.00 and available from the kennels, the venue is The Dovehouse Theatre and there is a bar, woohoo. If you would like tickets they are available from the kennels or you can book over the phone and pay by card.

As always stay safe and well, not long now until some of the c ovid restrictions are lifted. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 05 Jul 22:52



A great day....Phoenix went home! :))

It was a relatively quiet day at the kennels. It gave our volunteers more time to spend with our residents. They all enjoyed two good walks, grooming and teeth cleaning. :)) All of our current boys and girls are lovely and would be a fantastic addition to someone's family. Xxx
Topsy finds herself on her own again after saying goodbye to her kennel mates...first Spike and now Phoenix. She is a gorgeous girl. I'm sure it won't be long before she finds her forever home. Xxx
Roxie's character is beginning to emerge now she is starting to settle. She has a super little twinkle in her eye and has a little dash around the feeding runs! Xxx

Ruth came in for a couple of hours even though it was her day off....she had some urgent paperwork to complete. It was fun watching Tony playing with all the toys. There is a knitted Greyhound who is now twice as long as he should be! :))

Many thanks to Yvonne, Gloria, Myra and Dave for all their help today, and thanks to Shirley for all her hard work tidying the sand run. So grateful to you all. Xxx

We have two new arrivals due in this week. :)) Looking forward to meeting them. :)

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 05 Jul 21:13



After the wonderful news that Phoenix was homed, it must surely be the turn of Lovely Leo and Super Sanka next. These boys are fantastic and really deserve to find their forever homes. Please, please give the kennels a call and find out more about these boys if you are interested. Thank you. X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 04 Jul 18:18



Again the promised rain did not appear (apart from a couple of showers) until after we left the kennels.

Thanks to Denise, Dave and Alison for their help today and to Liz_Beth for taking Phoenix for an outing to the park.

Ruth was kept busy with sorting the Honest Box, nail clipping, corn clinic, teeth scraping and crusty paw pad trimming!!

We had visitors to use the sand run, but sadly no viewings today :((

Lorna had lots of pamper sessions to do today, all victims..oops sorry clients looked and smelled lovely afterwards. Not too sure they have the same enthusiasm or appreciation for a pamper as we do!!

Another week upon us, so in the immortal words of Angie, stay safe, well and distanced, now me thinks it's wine o'clock!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 03 Jul 23:22



The forecast for today was for a very rainy day but as usual they got it wrong! It was dry for most of the day and warm. :) The dogs enjoyed their walks and so did our walkers. Xxx

It was a quiet day for visitors, Ruth took advantage of the extra time and showed two of our younger volunteers how to teach the dogs some recall. Topsy and Phoenix especially loved the extra attention. Hope it won't be long before they both find their forever homes. Keep your fingers crossed for Phoenix...he has a viewing on Monday. :)) Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone who bought an item on the Birthday Auction and called to pay! Xxx

A big thank you to Ruth for sorting out a corn on Skips paw. He has never had one before and he hates having his feet touched. :)) Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 02 Jul 16:54



Jo was on the Vet run this morning, taking sweet little Roxie to be neutered. She is recuperating overnight tonight with Ruth & her gang.

It was a quiet day, which was fortunate as I had to disappear for a portion of it to collect my car which had spent a couple of days in the garage being repaired. I reluctantly returned their awesome courtesy car and, an arm and a leg later, was back at the kennels in time for afternoon walks.

The weather was good today, we had a lovely long walk this morning with our few residents, and a lovely amble down the shady lane this afternoon before the sun got too strong & hot.

There was time for completing health checks, tidying, mopping - and sitting with a glass of pop to recover afterwards!!

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thankyou to everyone who took part in the Daybreaks 15th Birthday Bonanza online auction - we raised the amazing sum of £494. Our boys & girls send woofs & licks to you all too. Michael has contacted all the winners, and the items will be available for collection from the kennels from tomorrow morning - please just give us a call to book your appointment slot.

As we still seem on course for the further relaxation of Covid restrictions later this month, plans for the Mike Stewart-Lawrence fundraising concert are now in full swing. Mike & his dog are regular sand run users, and he volunteered the services of his band to help raise vital funds for the kennels. Tickets are now available from the kennels, and check out the Event for more information.

The weekend is here once again, and although the diary is fairly empty again, you just never know ....

It is a definite chilled white wine sort of evening, so I will raise my glass firstly to our 3 black beauties Leo, Sanka & Phoenix who have been waiting for such a long time for their forever homes, then to Caesar that his test results will provide some positive news, and finally to all our friends and supporters - thankyou for being there.

I will finish with my usual cry - stay distanced & stay safe - cheers one and all!

Angie xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 01 Jul 23:50



Ruth and Erik had a very early start this morning to take Caesar for his
appointment at North Downs Specialist Referrals. They got back around 3.30pm, all very tired and in Caesars case very hungry too as he wasn't allowed to have any breakfast. :(( He had a much needed snack when he got back. Tests have been carried out and the results should be ready for tomorrow. Fingers crosssed for Caesar. I'm Sure Erik and Ruth will update us. Thanks so much to everyone who has donated to Caesar's Just Giving appeal to fund his visit to the referral clinic. Xxx

Erik left his other "Good Naughty Boy" Barney at the kennels along with perfect Miss Charlotte. :) Barney decided to frighten us all by being sick and threw up a plastic bag!! Not sure where or when he consumed the bag but thankfully was absolutely fine afterwards. I did send Erik a photo of the offending bag, but he didn't recognise it!! Xxx

Daybreaks is celebrating its 15th Birthday today! No party allowed again this year...maybe next! Thanks so very much to everyone for the support over the years...I can't believe it was fifteen years ago we visited Daybreaks shortly after they opened and took home our first beautiful Greyhound Twiggy. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. So very grateful. Xxx

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by mary/john

Thursday 01 Jul 06:36



Happy birthday daybreak's have a lovely day ????????????

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 30 Jun 21:10



Thanks to Denise, Dave, Chris and the Wednesday walkers for their help today. Ruth was on a mission today to collect donations. Fingers crossed for Caesar who she is taking with Erik for his consultation, hoping this gorgeous boy can benefit from the treatment if suitable. Xx

All dogs got morning and afternoon walks, health checks were done for those who needed them. Sadly Sanka is no longer reserved. He, Leo and Phoenix have waited so long and patiently for a forever home, please don't overlook these boys, they are all lovely. Please give the kennels a call if you are interested in offering any of the a loving home.

As always, stay safe and well......please remember all visits are by appointment only. Call the kennels if you want to view, collect food or for any other reason.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 29 Jun 22:27



The weather was rather dreary today but the sun shone for beautiful Delli! A lovely family came to meet her and it was love at first sight. :))
She has a great new name Lily! Wishing her a very happy new life. Xxx

Lucy was kept busy with three pampers including the very handsome Aiden. Such a fabulous lad, so nice to see him and his owner Ted again. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone who came to walk the dogs today. We were able to take them out for morning and afternoon walks. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out at the kennels today.

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 27 Jun 19:26



I had a message from our Dave this morning saying he was feeling under the weather so he and Maisie Moo would not be in. Hoping he is feeling better soon.

That left myself, Denise and Alison in today. Thanks to Denise for opening up and for cleaning out the chicken house! Also to Alison for taking the dogs into the sand run this morning. This afternoon the residents all had time out in the outdoor runs.

We had a lovely new arrival, Roxie, she can be a little timid, but seemed absolutely fine and settled in to her kennel well.

We had visitors for the sand run and also drop offs of bedding, thank you.

Well it's 19.25, think I may have my breakfast, then lunch, forget dinner!!! Better idea, maybe a glass of wine or two (just to keep me going)!!!

As always, stay safe and well. X

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 26 Jun 10:29



After last night's horrible thunderstorm & monsoon, we arrived at the kennels a little earlier this morning to check out the leaking roof and get to the doggies in case they were stressed.

Well - it must have been a localised Eeyore cloud over our house - because there was no problem with the roof, and all doggies were absolutely fine with lovely clean kennels!

Gold stars all round for the boys & girls today - yay. xx
xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 25 Jun 16:48



A quiet day today - and fortunately the promised rain held off so the residents enjoyed both morning and afternoon walks.

I must say I enjoy walking Spike. He is a real gentle giant, he walks alongside you at whatever pace you set and stands nicely to be leaded up. He & his kennel mate Topsy remind me so much of an old married couple - Spike does like to snuggle up to Topsy on the same bed (even though they have 3 in the run to choose from), most of the time she will allow him to do this, but just occasionally will have a big grumble at him to remind him whose boss - and he ends up sitting on the floor!! Having said that though, Topsy will also happily stand for ages with her chin resting across Spike's back - that's little girlie Greyhounds for you!!

It was pretty Delli's birthday today, and we had a little party for her with treats for all the residents. We sang Happy Birthday to her - she wasn't impressed!!!

With very few visitors we were able to get teeth cleaning and grooming done, as well as more sorting & tidying.

The Daybreaks 15th Birthday Bonanza Auction is in full swing, and we have added some more great items today, so pop on over to Facebook and have a look at the new additions. The auction finishes next Thursday 1st July.

Well the weekend is here again, unfortunately not much in the diary again but you never know.....

I shall raise my glass of wine later to toast all the lovely boys & girls in kennels - may forever sofas be just around the corner.

Stay distanced & stay safe one and all - cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 24 Jun 23:12



It was another busy day at the kennels. :)

Poor Caesar had managed to get something in his paw so Erik brought him in for Ruth to have a look at. Barney came too and was most concerned about his friend. Xxx Erik calls them his 2 good naughty boys! :))

There were also several visitors with corns! It was great to see fabulous ex-Daybreaks resident Jonty. :)) He is now eleven years old. He was very "vocal" during his stay all those years ago! :)) I understand from his owner he still is!! Xxx

We also had a couple of viewings which were very positive. Xxx

It was a cooler day so we were able to take the dogs for morning and afternoon walks. I had the pleasure of taking Topsy and Millie for a walk together. They were very good, even when we saw a squirrel!

Many thanks to Alan and Declan for going to the warehouse for us. I know they got stuck on the M6! Good thing Alan had brought chocolate donuts to cheer him and Declan up on their return. :))

Thank you to all those who popped in with donations of food and bedding. Xxx

All of the current residents are beautiful, loving and gorgeous....please contact us if you would like to meet any of them. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. So nice to see Shirley and Richard.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 23 Jun 15:56



An earlier than normal diary post today....

Thanks as always to our Wednesday Walkers, Denise and Chris for their help today and to Dave who gave the treatment room a good clean. I had a few days off so it was nice to be back in the kennels surroundings and see the residents. Yes, Shanesmum, things have moved around but the place looks great.

A very big thank you also, to Tony and Steve from Devils Own Motorcycle Club, Warwickshire for their very generous donation of food which was collected by the club, we were one of several lucky recipients of their fundraising event. They will also have a cash donation for us once all monies have been collected. They told us that hopefully this is going to be an annual event. Unfortunately, the photo that was taken did not come out, so we are going to try and contact them and get them to send a copy of the picture they took so once they do we will be able to share that with you!!!!

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 22 Jun 22:34



It was a busy day today! :))

Nicky came to meet Joe and take him home to introduce him to Jato. Fingers crossed she likes him, but what's not to like he is tall, dark and very handsome! Not to mention his dazzling personality! Xxx

We had several visitors to collect food and drop off bedding, thank you so much. Xxx

Alan brought gorgeous Paddy for a pamper with Lucy. Despite being a little wobbly he seemed to enjoy all the extra attention. Xxx

We had a lovely family come along to get to know the Greyhounds better....Xxx

This afternoon, Ian, Deborah and Sam accompanied by Monty popped in to officially adopt him. Xxxx What a super little lad. I agree with Ian that Barney and Russ have sent him especially for them. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Many thanks to Norman for taking little Millie to the park. :) Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 21 Jun 22:35



Brilliant to see Joe Reserved today. He is such a lovely lad. :))

Bocko and Prince came in to use the sand run this morning. They both looked great! Two very handsome boys!

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. All had their teeth cleaned and a groom. We were able to go on morning and afternoon walks. I had the pleasure of taking Joe for a stroll. :))

The new office arrangement is good....but if anyone can tell me where the Worming Tablets are I would be very grateful!! :)) Xx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 19 Jun 23:51



It was a really good day today....Jack's new family arrived bright and early. :) They had a long journey ahead of them. I'm sure Jack will love his new home. Xxx

We had lots of visitors for nail clipping and Ruth's corn clinic. :))

We are all so happy when Sanka was reserved this afternoon. :) His new Dad is lovely! Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. The dogs got morning and afternoon walks and it didn't rain!

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 18 Jun 17:12



Well, what a grotty day that was!! We managed walks this morning in the drizzle and light rain - but by the afternoon the downpour was relentless, and walks were abandoned!

Instead we caught up on health checks, teeth cleaning, grooming - and a tidy & reorganisation of the office (sorry Kate & Jo - you may never find anything again!!!!). The lovely Leo gets my Gold Star for standing so beautifully and cooperating so well when having his teeth cleaned - he does enjoy the extra attention, and his teeth are looking good!

I met the gorgeous new arrivals. Delli is an absolute delight - she "bounces" at you for fuss and cuddles, was quite keen on her lead at the start of the walk, well everything is still so new and strange to her, but she soon calmed although was a bit spooked by the noisy lorries. When Chris sat with her in her kennel this afternoon, she snuggled right up and put her head in Chris's lap - aah. Can see this little lady being snapped up very soon.

In contrast Millie is a lot quieter and a little wary, but a sweetheart nevertheless who walked nicely on her lead.

Not surprisingly it was a very quiet day for visitors, but this did give Ruth a chance to catch up on some of the dreaded paperwork, and some general sorting and tidying to be done.

Don't forget the Daybreaks 15th Birthday Bonanza Online Auction started today. Lots of great items for 2 & 4 legs alike, all to raise funds for the fabulous boys & girls in our care. Pop on over to the Daybreaks Trust Chat Group Facebook page, click on the Events tab, and have a browse and a bid!

The diary looks very quiet for the weekend again - but you never know. It won't be a glass of chilled white wine I raise later - may have to be a drop of the hard stuff to keep out the cold!! Whatever it is though, the wishes are for forever homes for our amazing Greys, and big thanks to our volunteers for all their help.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay dry, stay distanced, stay safe - and take care. Cheers!

Angie x

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 17 Jun 22:59



We had two gorgeous new arrivals today. Delli and Millie. :)
They are very friendly, happy girls and both enjoyed an outdoor bath!

It was quite a lot cooler today, much nicer for walking. Our residents enjoyed moring and afternoon walks. Except for little Topsy Who is still on limited exercise after her neutering operation. She did enjoy a couple of strolls around the sand run with Declan.

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today....special thanks to Diane for the homemade lemon cake! :)) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 13 Jun 21:16



What a day!!! Easily summed up in three words, MANIC, HOT, SURPRISING!!

We were due one viewing, one homing, sand run users and dropping off of donations and bedding.

Homing done, well done Chase now Monty, viewing turned into a homing. Well done Flower she has now apparently has a new name, Clemmy, her family were torn between two names and were going to let me know what they chose.

We were asked to take a greyhound in from her owners as they felt she was being too over excited with their little dog. A foster appeal was going to go out, but as Chases foster mom was leaving after dropping him off for his homing she made the mistake of saying "if you have another one to foster let me know"!!! She went home with Marge!! Thanks so very much Michelle.

Please remember if you are interested in any of our foster dogs please let us know and we can arrange for them to be brought into kennels or at a convenient location for a viewing.

Handsome Jack has a viewing tomorrow....yay...fingers crossed as the lovely lady coming to see him was pipped at the post in reserving him by a few minutes when he was previously reserved.

Thanks to Dave, Denise, Alison and Liz Beth for their help today, just sorry to be in the office for most of the day, but well worth the end results. It was a very quick "hello, thanks and goodbye" to Liz Beth this morning after she came in for walks. This afternoon was far too hot for walking, so grooming, teeth cleaning and paddling pools came out.

It's going to be very hot over the next few days, so please make sure if walking your hounds it is done early morning or later in the evening when it's a bit cooler.

As always stay safe and well everyone. X

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by Shanesmum

Friday 11 Jun 17:01



Well, it couldn't make up its mind if it wanted to be a warm, sunny day today or not - in the end it decided not, meaning the boys & girls could have morning and afternoon walks - and the banana & blueberry frozen smoothies I had made stayed in the freezer!! If the forecast is to be believed they will be needed over the weekend! The salmon & green bean fishcakes I made for breakfast went down a treat - except for little Twirl who didn't eat very much as she is still a bit bewildered with her new situation bless her. She is a friendly soul, who stands beautifully to be leaded up and walks nicely - hoping she soon settles in. x

Spike & Topsy are very settled together in the kitchen kennel and run, they came running up to the bars to greet me when I opened up this morning with tails happily wagging - so lovely to see. Topsy was not vocal at all during the day - except to give Spike little warning growl when he tried to join her on her bed!! Suitably chastened, he went back to his own bed, lay on his back with his legs in the air and let the breeze blow round!! He is a lovely big lad who walks beautifully on his lead, and enjoys the company of a friend.

Poor Phoenix was not a happy soul in his cone - bless him he found it so hard to manoeuvre through doors! As he couldn't go out on walks, he spent the day in the outside feeding run watching the world go by.

It was a very quiet day, so a great chance to catch up with some teeth cleaning, grooming and tidying.

Well another weekend is here - and we have some viewings booked so keep fingers crossed. I shall raise my glass of wine this evening to toast our lovely boys & girls - may forever sofas come there way soon. xx

Whatever you're up to this weekend stay safe, stay distanced - and keep yourselves and your hounds cool.

Cheers! Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 10 Jun 22:44



We had another new arrival today. Gorgeous little Twirly! So very cute. Xxx

Phoenix has managed to get something in a front paw. Ruth tried to remove it but couldn't quite reach it. He is now wearing a nice pink bandage while we see if the drawing cream will help get it out. Poor Phoenix wouldn't leave the dressing alone so is now having to wear a cone... :(( Xxx

Topsy gave Yvonne a scare this moring while she was cleaning the kennels. Topsy managed to get her nose stuck in between the bars of her kennel and was screaming so loud Ruth heard her from the sand run! We all came running in but we'll done to Yvonne for freeingTopsy's poor little nose! No harm done. Xxx

As both Topsy and Spike are finding kennel life rather difficult at the moment we paired them up together and they are sharing the top kitchen run and kennel. They both seem much happier. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 09 Jun 19:52



It started today with Denise opening up the kennels, she was greeted with an explosion in New boy Spikes kennel. Bless him, I think he was unsettled and sadly had a very messy kennel and also managed to lie in what he had done. So, he had his second bath in two days, thankfully for him it was only from the waist down! He seemed snore settled this afternoon?

Thanks to Wednesday walkers the dogs managed morning walks along the lane. This afternoon was too hot to take them out, so the paddling pools were filled, they had a lovely cool down (not sure Spike appreciated another water related activity)! The others all seemed to enjoy the experience and came out a few times to cool down.

Thanks to Denise, Dave, Chris and the Wednesday walkers for their help today and to Alan who did the warehouse run and took Dave.

Just a reminder, (and I know that most of you will know) that when it is hot your hounds will need to go out earlier or much later in the evening, they can easily burn their pads and also suffer with dehydration, keep them cool. X

As always, stay safe and well all. X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 06 Jun 19:29



Well, not much of the forecast rain showed itself today. For a change all the kennel dogs apart from Joe who had a broken hock and Topsy had off lead fun in the sand run this morning. Topsy had a morning walk along the lane. More fun in the run this afternoon, they really enjoyed themselves.

Many thanks to Lynne, her mom and son Robert for taking Leo to the park today. It sounds like he had a fab time.

Ruth was busy with teeth scraping, nails and Poppys crusty pads!!

We saw gorgeous Bruiser signed up, I think it was a bit of a shock for his foster mom who had been working hard to persuade her husband to fail and give him his forever home. Whilst she was buying a new collar Shorn asked me to sort the homing paperwork!!

A lovely family came in to view the dogs, they have two elderly cats, so want a cat friendly dog, sadly none available at the moment. The have very kindly offered to volunteer with us. If anyone is interested in volunteering please give the kennels a call we do have days where we could do with extra help.

Thanks too for the donations of bedding and car boot items.

Lorna had bookings for pampers, if you would like to treat your hound to one of these please give us a call, we have different people who can do these on different days, we can pass on their contact details.

As always stay safe and well. Now I think it's wine o'clock!!!

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 05 Jun 13:18



I have awarded all our lovely residents a Gold Star today for having lovely clean kennels! When Michael & I opened up this morning, we were greeted by some very happy doggies and some very clean kennels.

We love our Saturday mornings - we open up early not only to get a head start on the day as Saturdays are always busy, but also to allow Michael to spend some time with the doggies before it's time to open to the public. Whilst things are getting easier, and we have had both our vaccinations, he still has to be careful about mixing, so our "private" mornings are ideal!!

Daybreaks currently has a kennel full of absolute beauties - all so deserving of their forever homes. Let's hope that we see some more red signs outside those kennels soon.

Have a great weekend one and all, enjoy the weather but stay safe too - and keep those hounds cool!

Angie x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 04 Jun 17:12



The promised sunshine and warm temperature took a long time to arrive today - which meant the residents could enjoy morning & afternoon walks down the shady lane.

It was a very busy day indeed - Ruth spent most of the day on her knees attending to a variety of corns, problem nails & teeth! The sand run was popular again, Lorna had pampers and we had some very kind donations of bedding to sort and find space for!

There was much coming & going through the kennels today!! Firstly Barney came to spend a couple of days with us - he is such a lovely, friendly boy who would very much like to find his forever family soon. His foster Dad says he is doing so very well, but just needs the stability of a permanent home to relax in and continue his training.

Then Chase, who came back from his foster home during the week, found himself out on foster again. He has a poorly paw, and really needs to be in a different environment from a kennel to be able to benefit from the treatment. Big thanks to his foster Mum.

Finally Alley left the building! He has started his new life with a new name - Dexter, wishing everyone many happy times ahead.

Well, the weekend is here again. Unfortunately there are no viewings booked, but I will raise my glass of chilled white wine in the hope that things change & another of our beautiful doggies find themselves with a red sign by Monday.

Stay distanced & stay safe one and all - cheers!

Angie xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Monday 31 May 20:52



Well, Monday is not my usual working day. Not too much in the diary....just more nails!!!

Thanks so much to Yvonne, Dave, Tia, Gloria and Gill for all their help today and to Jess and her mom for taking Alley to the park, he has a possible viewing tomorrow, fingers crossed.

There will be a further update on today's events, that will hopefully be posted tomorrow.

Hoping Kate's Fletch is feeling better soon, not quite the 'day off' she was looking forward to.

As always stay safe and well everyone. X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 30 May 21:00



A beautiful day today, our residents all had morning and afternoon walks in the sunshine. Thanks to Denise, Dave, Alison and Tia for all there help today. It was strangely quiet for visitors, I suppose people are making the most of being able to get away. In saying that we managed to stay fairly busy.

Sadly no viewings, sadly lots of nail cuttings!!!

I am covering for Kate tomorrow so she can have a bank holiday Monday off, I hope she has a lovely day. X Tomorrow's diary....more nail cutting!!

As always stay safe and well all. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 29 May 23:29



After a very cloudy start, the sun came out this afternoon and it was a proper Spring day!

Thanks so much to Diane, Patrick and Gloria, Jan and Gill for taking the dogs on nice long walks throughout the day. Xxx

Hagar went off to his new home. He also has a new name...Miles :) The children chose it for him. I understand it the name of the new Spider Man. :)) He went home with a complete new wardrobe. He looked so very handsome in his blue raincoat and fleece. :)) wishing him lots of happy times with his family. Xxx

Thanks so much to the people who brought in donations of bedding and to Julie and Adrian for collecting donations for us from Pets At Home. Xxx

Alan and Christine popped in with more duck eggs for us sell for a donation. All proceeds go to helping look after our Daybreaks residents. :)) Thank you both very much. Xxx

We had a visit from Cora and her Dad. Her leg is doing well and hopefully will be good enough to have an operation to remove the metal plate sometime next month. She is such a very happy little girl, loves everyone! She tried to clean Topsy's ears for her but Topsy wasn't very impressed! Xxx

Sadly no viewings today. Things have slowed down considerably the last couple of weeks. Hoping when people are back to their normal routines we will have more interest in our beautiful Greyhounds. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Thank you Gloria sand Jan for feeding the boys and girls. :)) Very much appreciated! Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 28 May 16:55



In complete contrast to last Friday, today was very quiet with only a few visitors for the sand run.

Jo was on the Vet run this morning with my lovely Phoenix. I must say he was not impressed at watching all his kennel mates enjoy their breakfast whilst he couldn't partake!! He was as bright as a button on his return this afternoon and tucked in to his dinner with great gusto bless him.

The weather was beautiful all morning, allowing the residents to shed their coats and enjoy a lovely walk in some warm sunshine - and 2 loads of washing to dry. This afternoon was not so good, it clouded over and actually dared to sprinkle us with rain on the walk!

Alley and Joe were due their health checks today, and both were excellent - standing patiently and quietly to be weighed, have ears and teeth cleaned and a body check and groom. Joe is recovering from a broken hock so is on restricted exercise, but he does enjoy his short walks and is such a good boy on the lead.

It was sad to see Leo & Sanka back at the kennels. When they are used to a home environment, being back in the kennel routine is quite hard for them to adjust to. They are both such lovely lads and we are really hoping that they will be back out in forever homes soon.

Well it's Bank Holiday weekend and the weather forecast is looking good. Whatever you end up doing, stay safe & well and enjoy. My glass of wine will be raised later to our kennel full of beauties - wishing for their forever homes to come along soon.

Cheers!

Angie xx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 21 May 17:21



One word describes today - ABSOLUTELYCRAZY!!!

It started quietly, and the residents had a nice morning walk in some light drizzle. I walked new boy Joe, what a lovely boy he is. He stood so calmly waiting to be leaded up and walked nicely by my side, and only just raised his head at the squiggle that dared show itself down the lane!!
Alley couldn't join us following his neutering op yesterday, but I don't think he was too sad about not getting wet!

He was bright & happy this morning when I opened up - sadly poor Bruiser was not a happy boy and was very stressed. Once out of the kennel and in company though he was like a different dog.

This morning also saw the arrival of another new handsome black boy Chase, and the sad return of Leo from his trial. The kennels were full to bursting - especially as we have a kennel out of action due to a leaking roof - so Ruth put out an appeal for emergency foster homes. This was when things went up 2 or 3 gears and a whirlwind ensued!!!

The stunning Vulcan found himself his forever home, Leo went straight back out to a new foster home, Chase (who fortunately hadn't unpacked his case) also went out on foster. Then it was Bruiser's turn to go out on foster, so happy that he wont have to spend another night in a kennel bless him.

Massive thanks to everyone who responded - we are so grateful, as are the doggies who are now in a home environment for a while.

I did a health check for my boy Phoenix, he is a model subject and just stands so patiently whilst being checked over and groomed. He does love a snuggle too, and looks right into your eyes - a stunner. x

Amid all the activity and the torrential rain that had set in by lunchtime, there were no afternoon walks for the residents - just cuddles and a wee break!

It was a busy, busy day and it is definitely almost time for wine!! The weekend is here again, and let's hope that some more of our residents find themselves their forever homes. My glass is raised to everyone who worked so hard today - a great team. x

Stay safe & well all, and try to stay dry!! Cheers!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 21 May 00:10



Yvonne had her work cut out for her today when we saw Vulcans kennel on our arrival. He had a little accident during the night and had managed to walk in it and then jump back on his bed! As usual she did a marvellous job and it was soon sparkly clean again. :))

Poor Bruiser had been rather stressed during the night and had managed to pull some of the plastic covering from the ceiling of his kennel. :(
It must be so scary for some of the dogs coming to a new kennels, not knowing anyone or understanding what's happening to them. Hopefully he will soon feel more settled. Xxx

Another new arrival today, little Topsy! She is a very happy girl. After Lucy and I bathed her she ran madly around the treatment room and loved being wrapped in the towels! :))

We had a visit from Klaire, Florence, Sam and Russ. Due to the lock down they haven't been able to meet up for such a long time. It was obvious how happy Florence and Russ were to see each other and they had a lovely time in the sand run. :) Xxx

We also saw another old friend Lorraine with Norah. (with an H) Al and Sonny. Fingers crossed everything will go according to plan and by the end of June we will be able to see more of our Daybreaks Friends. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 19 May 19:50



I met yesterday's new arrivals this morning, they are gorgeous as were our two new arrivals today, the handsome boys Vulcan and Bruiser! Don't be put off by their names, Vulcan loves to jump up and put his paws on your shoulders and give you a hug!! Bruiser is recovering from a broken hock :((

Thanks to our Wednesday walkers as always and to Denise and Chris for all their help.

It was Auntie Ruth's birthday today, she had a corn to deal with and Asbo Arrys poorly paw! She knows how to celebrate a birthday :)))

There were also several sand run bookings, give the kennels a call if you would like to book a slot, it's not just for greyhounds, any breeds can come along and you will be the only booking in your allocated time slot.

Well, I am looking forwards to meeting Auntie Klaire, Florence and Russ Bouquet tomorrow with my motley crew for some fun in the run (I wonder if Arry will forget he has a 'poorly paw')? It will be Coopers first experience of the run, so hoping all goes well.

As always, stay safe and well everyone. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 18 May 23:49



It was a very strange day....one minute briggt sunshine and the next torrential rain and thunder!?

We had two new arrivals this moring, Alley and Joe. They are both very handsome and happy boys. :))

When we finally got out for afternoon walks they both enjoyed meeting their fellow Daybreaks residents and walked beautifully on the lead. Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today.

Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Monday 17 May 09:28



The weekend has been so busy with the Saturday Training Club in the sand run, the photoshoot held in the afternoon and lots of visitors for nail clipping and corns. Sadly I was called out in the afternoon to help Tina one of our volunteers with her greyhound Neve. We took her to Fivelands where she gained her angel wings.

My grateful thanks go to Jess our 'Mini Manager' who covered the afternoon and for all the volunteers who helped.

Sunday we had a new Animal Care student introduction and Tia will be joining our team for a week at the beginning of June.

We saw Parker off to his new home..... and unexpectedly they took Leo on trial as well. A wonderful sensible couple who have experience with hounds. They happily jumped into the back of the car and the updates we have received are that they are doing well but Leo is definitely the boss!

We had a late viewing for Hagar who had passed his cat test and he was reserved and is off to a new home on Saturday. Dave rearranged the cat lounge whilst I sorted out the donations we had received of items for our honesty box and bedding.
Shelby also went off to a new foster home with a view to a permanent home. Thank you to Michelle for taking her to Rugby for us.

We have lots of new arrivals booked and we are looking forward to meeting them all.

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by Shanesmum

Friday 14 May 17:33



It was Hagar's turn at the Vets for his neutering operation today. He was a bit uncomfortable on his return this afternoon - sending him a cuddle and hope he feels better in the morning.

It was a day of comings & goings today. Little Miss Flower bounced in through the gate this morning - a sweetheart who is full of life and beans! She is understandably a little bit stressed as she finds herself in a completely new and strange environment, but this didn't stop her enjoying her lunch and dinner - and she was very good out on the afternoon walk, discovering all the new sights & sounds in her new world.

Lovely Trudie went home this afternoon, she has a gorgeous fursister to share her life with, and a lovely new name too. Wishing everyone many happy time ahead.

Leo's period of fostering has finished and he came back to Daybreaks this morning. He was understandably a bit bewildered at finding himself in the kennels, but is such a fuss pot and really enjoyed his afternoon walk and his supper!

I had the pleasure of walking the lovely Phoenix - ooh he is so sweet. A little keen on the lead to start with - he does like to weave a bit and check out absolutely everything around him, and got a little excited when he saw some dogs running off lead in the field, but this is only to be expected as he has only been with us for 3 days and he is only just starting to learn about life outside of racing.

We are a bit thin on the ground for residents now, and hopefully will be even thinner after the weekends viewing appointments!! However, this does mean we can welcome some more hounds into Daybreaks over the coming weeks.

Well the weekend is here again. Sharron Alexandra is doing her by appointment photoshoot tomorrow so keep fingers crossed for some dry weather. We have viewings booked both days, so please keep those fingers tightly crossed that our foster kids, or our remaining residents, find themselves a new home by Monday morning.

I shall of course be raising a glass or two of wine later - I like to think that this helps our boys & girls find their homes - so I feel obliged to carry on doing this for their sakes, lol!!!!!

Stay distanced & stay safe one and all - cheers!!

Angie xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Friday 14 May 08:29



Catch up with our Daybreaks video diary on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/690945663/posts/10159064437380664/

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 13 May 23:28



It was Parker"s turn to go off with Ruth for his neutering operation today. He was such a good boy and came back this afternoon with his tail still wagging. :)) Xxx

Jake went off to his new home this afternoon. Such a lovely lad. He really doesn't care for being in a kennel, I'm sure he will love being in his new home. Xxx

Many thanks to Alan and Declan for going to the warehouse today. :)

Another showery day, thanks to all our walkers for coming in and getting wet....again!

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 12 May 21:56



A very different day today, much quieter than Sunday when you didn't get a minutes break in the busyness, but still felt quite busy.

It was lovely to get updates on the recently homed hound, all are doing amazingly well.

It was great to see Caesar today, Erik came in with him and Charlotte to collect some food, he is doing well (apart from a little altercation with Barney this morning).

Thanks as always to Denise, Dave and the Wednesday walkers for their help today.

Our new arrival from yesterday is the gorgeous Phoenix, he is such an affectionate lad.

Hoping you are all staying safe and well. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 11 May 23:57



Jake went off with Ruth first thing this morning for his neutering operation. He bounced back into the kennels later this afternoon! He seemed a little uncomfortable, but still managed to eat his dinner. He will be going home on Thursday. :))

Phoenix arrived mid morning. What a very sweet lad he is. Thanks to Lucy for the great photos of him.

Ruth and Dave made two trips to the tip! :) it's looking a lot tidier around the kennels now. :))

George had a visit from a lovely family who had travelled all the way from Cornwall to meet him. They brought their little dog with them and although a little wary of George, he was marvellous with her. Needless to say they all fell in love with George and he has gone home with them. :). Xxx

We had visits from some old friends to use the sand run, so lovely to see Lisa and her beautiful Shandy. :) Xxx

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

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 09 May 20:22



Just a reminder, we have three foster dogs that are still available for adoption, they are Leo, Shelby and Barney. Erik had been working with Barney and feels now is the right time to have his forever home. He has worked so very hard with him and will be happy along with Daybreaks to offer continued help and support if necessary. Thanks. X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 09 May 19:38



We started the day with a viewing, Joe who recently lost his girlfriend Lottie came in to meet Penny and Shelby. It was a close call, Penny (now Jenny won by a nose). So off she went to her new home.

Next.....Little Chloe was the next to leave the building, she has two new hairy doggie friends to play with.

Next......Lisa (now Narla), I would like to say she had a viewing, but as soon as the family saw her they were sold.

Good luck to all our newly homed hounds. X

Gorgeous George was very sadly returned, his family are totally devastated, but unfortunately his owner had developed an allergy to him and had this confirmed with tests. If anyone is interested in George, please call the kennels and we will get his previous owners to contact you, they are more than happy to speak to you. He has so much to give, amazing with children of all ages, good with other breeds and clean in the house. What more could you ask for?

I am now shattered, I feel like I've been hit by a bus (some of you may wish I had been)!! What a whirlwind of a day. Thanks to Dave, Denise, Liz and Alison for their help today.

Stay safe and well everyone, its now officially wine o'clock!!!

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by traciesheart

Sunday 09 May 12:32



Purdy the Italian greyhound and her big brother Zeus had a fantastic time in the sand run yesterday and they both enjoyed meeting the beautiful Lisa.I hope they all enjoyed their rabbits ears. Tracie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 08 May 23:51



A very soggy start to the day! :)) Thanks so much to Angie and Michael for their early start cleaning the kennels and feeding all the residents. The rain did ease off enough for our walkers to be able to take the dogs out for morning and afternoon walks. :)

It was a very busy day! :)) Samson eventually went off to his new home! He was so comfy snuggled up to his new Dad and literally sitting on his knee that he didn't want to leave the office. :))) Xxx

We had a new arrival Hagar! What a great lad he is, very happy and so good looking! :))

After coming back to the Daybreaks yesterday little Chloe was understandably quite stressed in her kennel. She came out and sat in the kitchen run to watch all that was going on and went out for a walk with the other dogs. After contacting a lady who we knew was looking for an older Greyhound, we were overjoyed when she and her Greyhound Rascal came to meet Chloe and wanted to offer her a home. :)) So happy for her. Xxx

It was great to see Hollie and her folks and Andy with Gracie and Eddie...thank you for your patience as I was a little behind with the appointments by this time! :) Xxx

Finally there was a meeting for Lisa with a tiny Italian Greyhound and her big brother a gorgeous brindle Bull Mastiff...quite a combination! The little girl was in charge! :)) They both liked Lisa and she was great with them! Xxx

I am so grateful to everyone for their help today, bless you. :) Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 07 May 16:52



It was so good to see the sunshine today, and the lovely day meant morning & afternoon walks for the residents and 2 lines of washing dried!

Lisa was very happy to be able to go out on a short walk now, as we build her stamina and muscle tone following her broken hock. She is an absolute delight, so cheeky and affectionate. She spent the day in the outside feeding runs today, happily watching the comings & goings at the kennels and I found her upside down on the bed this afternoon, legs in the air, smiling away. Let's hope she is next for a red sign.

Whilst most of our current residents are reserved, please don't forget about our boys and girls out in foster care. Most are still in need of forever homes, and their foster carers will be more than happy to bring them in for viewing or provide more information about how they doing in a home environment. On this note, the delightful Barney will be in kennels on Sunday. He is receiving glowing reports from his foster Dad and is ready for his forever home now - let's hope it's his lucky day on Sunday.

Great news - providing the easing of Covid restrictions stays on course, we have arranged our first fundraising event since January 2020!! We are so grateful to Mike Stewart-Lawrence and his band who are staging a fundraising concert at the Dovehouse Theatre on Saturday 11th September with all proceeds going to Daybreaks Trust. Stay tuned for further information - but wont it be great to be able to socialise again??

Well, as is usual for a Friday the wine bottle will be opened later - and I will toast a busy weekend ahead with homings, viewings and new arrivals booked.

As ever, stay distanced, stay safe one and all - cheers!

Angie xx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Wednesday 05 May 19:29



Oh my! What a day! I was not in last week so today I had a very busy day booked in the diary - three corn bookings, nails to trim, mountains of paperwork and the phone did not stop! I am unfortunately getting lots of calls about separation anxiety and today a 7 year old girl (homed direct from a trainer who had been in a home for 3 years) was brought in for rehoming - it is heartbreaking.

I am very thankful for the offers of help with her and she has gone out to a foster home this afternoon.

I am sorry for all the missed calls - I have tried to return all that I can. Running Daybreaks can be extremely busy, stressful and emotional sometimes - however the fabulous team I have with Kate, Jo and all the volunteers along with all the support I have, allows me to keep helping all the dogs that come to Daybreaks.

We are now welcoming back our volunteers but we are still only having a limited number on site so please let us know if you would like to pop back to help. For all visitors we are still operating an appointment system and I am pleased to say we have plenty of new arrivals, viewings and homings booked!

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by DaybreaksRuth

Wednesday 05 May 10:16



I am desperate need of a foster or permanent home for a little girl who is coming in this afternoon - she is 6 years old. She was adopted directly from a trainer approximately 3 years ago.
Please call me on 0121 782 7702 if you think you can help. Ruth

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 04 May 23:14



A little dryer today! :))

George and his Dad came back for a visit this morning. Lucy gave George a bath, don't think he was a big fan of the hairdryer! He did look super handsome afterwards. :) He had a good first night and this morning he went on the school run. :) Today a visit to his Dad's place of work was planned. :)) Xxx

Penny had a trip to the park with Norman. She had a great time and was a very good girl. Xx

I managed to go out for a walk this afternoon and had the pleasure of taking Parker. What a super boy he is!

Lucy took new photos of some of the dogs, aided by our lovely volunteer Jan. :))

Thank you so much to the people who brought donations of bedding and also stamps for our recycling scheme. :)

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 03 May 22:32



Well, what a glorious Bank Holiday Monday! Very wet and very cold! :))

However, lots of "sunshine" at the kennels with beautiful little Trudie reserved and gorgeous George going home. :)) Xxx

The sand run was very busy again, it was great to see ex Daybreaks residents Jasper and Hawk. :))

Many thanks to Yvonne and Myra for taking all the residents out for walks this morning. They both got very wet! As it was still raining this afternoon the dogs had extra fuss and grooming. Even they didn't seem too bothered about not going for a walk. Xxx

Hoping it will be a little dryer tomorrow!

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Monday 03 May 15:43



Well it may be a hideous day weather wise - but what a fabulous day anyway. Lovely little Trudie reserved - yay.

It's been a great Bank Holiday weekend - Reserved, the 2 lovely girls returned last week and long stayer Samson, and 2 of the newcomers not getting a chance to unpack their suitcases before getting a red sign. If that isn't an excuse for a celebration drop of something I don't know what is, lol!!!!

Onward & upwards at Daybreaks - love it.

Stay safe & well one and all. xxx

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by jetlucy

Sunday 02 May 21:59



So pleased for samson and also shows that actually, no matter what you look for, the right dog picks you! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 02 May 19:55



All in all a fantastic day, extremely busy first thing, in fact it was manic for want of a better word! Finally ate at around 6.30 this evening!!

Little Chloe had a viewing with a family with two small fluffy dogs, she was greyt with them and consequently found herself reserved, so very pleased for her.

Lorna had several pampers and there were lots of sand run bookings.

The highlight of the day was another viewing, the gentleman has two greyhounds a boy and a girl and had sadly recently lost a lurcher just two weeks short of her 18th birthday. He wanted a girl and looked at Trudie, Penny and Lisa. He had been told that two males together was not a good idea. However, handsome Samson came out and all three got on really well to the point that his male dog rested his head on Samson who showed no reaction whatsoever. We went and had a chat in the office whilst Alison kept a careful eye on them. Fantastic news, he was reserved and will have a fantastic home. I am so very happy for him, just goes to show you can have an idea of what type of hound you want and end up with quite the opposite!

Thanks so much to Dave, Denise and Alison for their help today, all dogs had morning and afternoon walks.

As always stay safe and well. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 01 May 23:42



Another busy day....

Beautiful Parker arrived this morning and was reserved this afternoon! :)
He has a lovely family waiting to take him home. Xxx

We also had viewings for the girls, but not quite right this time. However we have more viewings tomorrow. :))

Our fabulous Alex went off to his new home this afternoon. We will miss him but so happy he has been given the chance of a wonderful home. He jumped up into the car and was ready to start his new life with his super new family. Xxx

We had several visitors for food including handsome Stanley and recently homed Yoda! He looked fab. :) Xxx

Our morning walkers spotted a little wood mouse near the top of the lane, obviously in distress. when Jess arrived, as she is now a vet nurse we sent her to investigate. Sadly he was quite poorly so Jess took him to the veterinary surgery where she works and he was pts . (:

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Wishing everyone a very Happy bank holiday...can't believe it's May already!

Xxx

Xxx

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by shanishoo

Saturday 01 May 07:49



Ha ha Jetlucy I am exactly th same, our boy Douggie doesn't suffer separation anxiety at all but I certainly do, the longest he is ever left is 2 1/2 hours on a Wednesday morning when I volunteer at our local PDSA shop, but I can't stop thinking about him and I rush back home, I walk through the door and he doesn't even get up and greet me, I know that's a great result but I can't help but feel a bit sad sometimes lol, little tinker xxxxxx

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by jetlucy

Friday 30 Apr 21:31



Wish I'd have watched the news, would have loved to see you all. Jet has always suffered with separation anxiety but as years have gone on he's so much better now and will happily be left...however I've now realised its actually me that has the separation anxiety from him! 90% of the time he's with me anyway and even more so through lock down and working from home but realised the other day, when I leave him now I'm so anxious to get back and give him more of a welcome when I return than he does me! Wonder if there's any training that can be done for humans lol?! Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 30 Apr 16:57



It was a whirlwind of a day today, the time just raced past!

Morning walks took place in the sunshine, with our eyes firmly on the building black clouds!

The handsome George arrived mid morning, what a lovely lad he is. Stood beautifully for his arrival checks, and enjoyed his bath and his lunch.

Our second newbie Penny arrived early afternoon, and what a lovely little girl she is. A little more wary of the bath, she was still a good girl & patiently had all her checks.

We dodged the showers for the afternoon walk, and Penny seemed happy to be out exploring her new surroundings. We weren't joined by George - as he was being viewed, and reserved!! On our return to kennels, we learned that Penny is booked for a viewing tomorrow! We definitely need that turnstile fitted at the main gate!

Returnee girlies Trudie & Chloe were both struggling a little with being back in kennels, so they were paired up in one of our bigger kennels - and are both much happier now. They obviously thrive and gain confidence in the company of another doggy companion - and the good news is that both have viewings booked for tomorrow, so fingers crossed. Goodness me - what a Bank Holiday weekend it's turning out to be!

Well, as is usual I will be raising a glass or two of wine later to toast a busy but successful Daybreaks day, and send good wishes for tomorrow's viewings.

Cheers one and all - as ever, stay distanced, stay safe and have a good Bank Holiday.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 29 Apr 23:35



I thought I should ask our residents for their autographs this morning after seeing them on BBC Midlands today yesterday! :)) Xxx
Separation Anxiety is not a nice thing for any dog to suffer....it's not their fault and we need to give them lots of time and patience.

Great to see Jake reserved this afternoon. :))

Alex was meant to have his neutering operation today but it was cancelled after the Vet's had an emergency to deal with. Alex was already on his way with James. I'm sure he wasn't too concerned about the cancellation and was more than happy to come back for his breakfast! Xxx

Thanks to Alan and Declan for going on a trip to the warehouse for us. At last they were able to get bowl stands and Kongs! :))

Thanks so much to Lucy for the new photos of some of the dogs. Xxx

We have two new arrivals due in tomorrow, a girl and a boy. Sure they will be lovely! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 28 Apr 19:45



Well, what an exciting day, BBC Midlands Today came to film and do a segment on dogs being returned due to separation anxiety, so hair and make up done (that was just Dave, sorry Dave!!) We prepared for their arrival. They were lovely and I managed to stay out of the way as I took Champ for a dressing change at the vets! Watching Midlands Today tonight I still managed to make it onto the program, albeit about 3 seconds of my back and bum (not a pretty sight even on a good day well at least the got my 'good side')!!!

Thanks too to Ian who came in with Sam and gave his input and stressed that there is help when you need or want it. We pride ourselves on being able to give help, support, advice and tips to help owners and their greys.

Thanks so very much to the Wednesday walkers who spent quite a significant portion walking the dogs whilst being filmed and to Dave and Denise who managed to stay out of the way of the camera man and to Chris for her help this afternoon.

Ruth did a fantastic job with her interview, I think we have a couple of greyhound converts in the BBC crew.

The rest of the day was a bit of an anti climax so a bit boring after the excitement of this morning!!!

So on that note, stay safe and well. Xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 25 Apr 18:57



Although there was not much in the diary it turned out to be a busy day.
We had two homings, Elle who went home with a loveley greyhound sister and Friend (now Cooper) who has three brothers for company (homing photo to follow)! Jenny was also reserved, yay.

Caesar has got a fantastic foster home, he will be very much loved and well taken care of in whatever time he is granted. Thanks so very much to Erik and family for taking him 'home' x

Thanks to Denise, Dave, Liz and Alison for their help today. Nick (Ruby Rebels dad) came and did some gardening, he cut back much of the foliage that was creeping over the drive, looks so much better, thanks Nick.

The sand run was very popular again today, remember, book well in advance.

The usual sign off with stay safe and well everyone. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 24 Apr 23:02



A day of mixed emotions today....it was great to see Shane go home and little Elle reserved but very sad to see Jenny and Trudie returned. Xxx

It is a difficult time for many people. Sometimes decisions are made that seem a good idea and the right thing to do but then turn out not as expected. Hoping Jenny and Trudie will soon find new homes. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. So grateful to Kate and Jan for feeding all the residents this afternoon. Xxx Kate Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 23 Apr 16:56



Another glorious sunny day - and 2 walks without coats for our residents (and us!!). We all appreciated feeling the sun on our backs.

I met yesterdays new arrivals, handsome Jake and the very cute Lisa. Jake is a very striking, tall, leggy boy who looks like he is wearing a pair of long white socks on his front legs!! He strides out on his walks, but is just interested in his new surroundings and excited to see what's about. Sadly for Lisa she is recovering from a broken hock so her exercise is restricted at the moment. She is a lovely bundle of fun, and I can imagine when she is fully recovered she will be a live wire indeed! As she was a bit vocal in her kennel, she spent the day reclining on a raised bed in the feeding run watching the world go by. x

Mid morning saw the arrival of Daybreaks latest family members, pretty little Elle and the impossibly gorgeous Friend. Both earned gold stars for standing so beautifully for their arrival checks and behaving very well in the bath. They enjoyed the afternoon walk, both curious about their surroundings and getting a bit spooked by the big lorries whooshing past, but otherwise walking nicely. Friend is the absolute spitting image of my late Shane, even down to his size and beautiful eyes. I can't see him having time to unpack his suitcase somehow!!

Just a reminder that we are running an appointment system at the kennels, so please give us a call to book your visit - whatever it may be for.

Well, the weekend is here again, and lets hope this amazing weather holds out. We have viewings booked, so keep fingers crossed for a few more red or green signs by Monday morning. I shall be raising my usual glass of chilled white wine later to toast our boys & girls, we have some beautiful Greys in kennels at the minute.

As always, stay distanced, stay safe - cheers!!

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 22 Apr 23:14



A very busy day. :)

I took Shane off to the vets first thing for his neutering operation. He was perfect in the car, jumped straight in and settled down straight away. Many thanks to James for picking him up this afternoon. He was quite perky when he got back and was able to eat his dinner. The staff at the vets tnought he was lovely! :)) Xxx

Lovely Josh found himself a home and has been reserved. So very happy for him! He adores his new Mum already and was very disappointed when she had to go home. :))

We also had two new arrivals this morning, Lisa and Jake. Both very happy characters! Xx

Lucy had a customer for a pamper, very pretty girl called Wispa. She loved all the attention she got from volunteers and visitors. :))

Thanks so much for everyone's help today. Shirley and Richard popped in to see us. They brought their girls, Millie and Frieda with them. Skip thought it was great to have two pretty girls to share the kitchen kennel with. He wasn't much of a gentleman...he got the high bed and the girls had to make do with the cushions on the floor!!! Xxx

Two more new arrivals tomorrow! :))
Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 21 Apr 20:30



An overcast start to the day, thankfully this afternoon was brighter. Thanks to our Wednesday walkers for their help this morning and to Dave, Denise and Chris too (thanks for lunch Dave, it was lovely).

Champ had a checkup with the vets after his neutering op on Monday, all looked well. He also had a dressing changed on his poorly leg, a follow-up appointment on Friday. He was such a good boy and I got to help the vet!!! He was so happy this afternoon and even started to get braver and a little bit cheeky!

Thanks for all the donations of bedding and towels.

So as always, stay safe and well everyone. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 20 Apr 23:01



It was a lovely spring day! The dogs enjoyed their walks, it was great for them to not have to wear coats. :))

Thanks so much to Norman for taking Shane to the park. He had a great time. :))

Lucy took new photos of some of our residents, some were more cooperative than others! Xx

Many thanks to Declan who spent the afternoon tidying up the area around the car park. Xxx

We have had a delivery of new fleeces. :) It has been quite difficult to purchase any during the last twelve months. They are plain in several different colours. We have sizes 28" and 30" with the smaller 26" still on order. They are £28. Please give us a call if you would like anymore details. Xxx

Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Monday 19 Apr 11:25



Well - not a good start to the morning! Alex went off with Sue to the vets to be neutered but his temperature was a bit high, so back he came and off when Champ who had almost had his bowl of food put in front of him!!!
We turned the kitchen run from our 'Covid sign in' area back to an outdoor run and currently Caesar is sunbathing along with Tigger and Tony.
Yvonne, Dave and Moira are in and have just gone out on a walk and it is time for grooming and enjoying this beautiful weather!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 18 Apr 20:24



An early start for Ruth today, we were completely out of Burns so she went to the warehouse with Lisa B. There were sand run bookings, nail cutting and a viewing.

The viewing resulted in handsome boy Alex being reserved, so very happy for him.

Ruth was absolutely shattered after her early start to take Ritchie to Wales yesterday, the early start this morning, so we let her go home a little earlier today!!!

Beautiful Belle came back from foster this morning, thanks so much for looking after her, she had been reserved and I am so very happy to say I did her homing this afternoon, she has everything set up in her new home for her arrival. Good luck beautiful girl. X

Thanks so very much to Dave and Denise for all of their help today, as always very much appreciated.

We have viewings booked for later in the week, fingers crossed for some more red or green signs.

As always, stay safe and well everyone. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 17 Apr 23:52



We had a busy day today...

Ruth and Andy took Ritchie off to his new home in Wales. :) Have seen some photos of him with his new friend Fizz tonight. Wishing them both lots of fun times together. Xxx

Our wonderful Sanka went off to his new home this morning. His new furry sister Zoe was waiting at home for him. :) Wishing him a very happy new life. :) Xxx

I met new arrivals Josh and Shane, both great lads. It was brilliant to see Shane reserved. He is a very handsome big lad, all 37kg of him! Xxx

Later this afternoon little Cassy's family came in to take her home. She was a little nervous to leave the kennels. It's been a big upheaval for her over the last couple of weeks. Leaving her racing kennels to come to Daybreaks and then going off to a new home. She has a lovely family to take care of her, sure it won't take her long to settle into her new life. :) Xxx

The Saturday morning Training classes started in the sand run again today. If you are interested in joining please give Julie a call on 07747 754 759 :)

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. Thanks Jess for feeding dogs, cats etc and doing everything this afternoon! :)))

Xxxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 16 Apr 17:39



Another lovely Spring day meant 2 walks for our residents in some beautiful sunshine.

This morning saw the arrival of 2 very handsome boys - Shane & Josh. Both stood beautifully for their arrival checks and were very well behaved in the bath - they also tucked in with great gusto to their meals!!

Ruth was kept busy attending to doggies poorly paws, and the sand run was in almost constant use again.

What a difference a week has made to Cassy and Champ. Little Cassy is so much more confident and happy, she does love to be out and definitely loves her food. She is off to her forever home tomorrow, her new family have got themselves a little cutie.

Although Champ is still wary and initially backs away from you when you enter his kennel, he will now be handled without a slip lead, and his tail wags like mad when you speak to him - he does so want to be friends but is just a bit reticent still. He had a viewing today, so keep everything crossed for him.

Ritchie was not happy at being back in kennels bless him, so he spent the day in the office with Tiggy, Tony, Momma & Caesar - it was a bit crowded to say the least, but he was so much more settled and at ease having some canine company. Again, fingers crossed that there will be some good news for him very soon.

Well another weekend is here, there are viewings booked and some of those red signs are due to turn green so a busy couple of days in prospect.

Don't forget the online Easter Pet show closes at midday tomorrow, head on over to the Facebook page to check it out and submit your entries - there are lots of lovely rosettes to be won whilst raising vital funds to help Daybreaks boys & girls.

Shall raise a nice glass of wine later to welcome our new boys, wish luck to those being viewed and those going home over the weekend, and to all the volunteers who are helping us to look after the Daybreaks residents. Stay distanced, stay safe & take care one and all.

Cheers! Angie xx

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by jetlucy

Wednesday 14 Apr 22:17



Was lovely popping over to the kennels today, even though jet doesn't agree as was grumbling about having his teeth, nails and ears done! I think I drive him dotty constantly fussing over him...I know it does my husband...all he ever says is maybe if I had 2 more legs and grew a tail id get as much love and fuss...yes more than likely! Apologies for all the scurff on his fur when I took his fleece off, he looked a right unkept scruffy monkey, believe me he's not, he's worshipped and adored, just need to wash that fleece I think lol! Thank you for his pedicure Ruth! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 14 Apr 20:01



What a gorgeous sunny day, this was unfortunately tinged with the sadness of hearing that Brodie (Mr Magoo) had crossed Rainbow bridge after only six short but juch loved weeks in his home, so terribly sad.

Thanks to the Wednesday walkers for their help this morning and to Dave, Denise and Chris for their help too. The car park looks remarkably different this evening, much tidier, Dave had a major clean up, when he starts there's no stopping him!!!

Fingers crossed for Samson, he has a follow-up viewing tomorrow. Champ is very slowly starting to gain a little more in confidence, he so desperately wants to be your friend but can't just make the brave decision to follow up, he is gehthere albeit slowly.

As always, stay safe and well. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 13 Apr 23:04



James took Sanka off to the vets first thing this morning for his neutering operation and collected him again this afternoon. So grateful for his help. :) Sanka was a good boy and all being well will be off to his new home in just a few days. :)) Xx

Norman took Alex to the park for a change of scene. He throughly enjoyed himself and had a good snooze afterwards! :) Xx

Lucy's lovely Ellie "helped" Yvonne and Declan sort the donated bedding. She lay on their nicely folded pile of blankets! She did look very comfy! Xxx

Lucy had two pamper customers who looked and smelt beautiful afterwards. :) Xxx

This afternoon Samson and Belle both had visitors. Belle has been reserved again...fingers crossed for her this time. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 11 Apr 19:28



What is going on??? All four seasons in one day today, we were all confused!

Thanks to Dave and Denise for all their hard work today, and thanks to Lucyg and her mom for coming in this afternoon to do walks.

Beautiful Jenny was officially adopted, she came in to finalize her paperwork with sister Trudie (was also Jenny) and use the sand run. They look so very happy as did their dad and hoosister.

Thanks for the donation of pilchards and books.

Lorna had bookings for Pampers, it looks like they are going to be very popular and it was great to see some of our homed hounds looking so good.

Samson had a viewing this afternoon, fingers crossed for him, the family just need to bring another family member to meet him to see if he is the right dog for them.

Massive thanks to Liz_Beth for her updates on Ritchie and for all the hard work she and her husband have done with him, it's really starting to pay off. I have some pictures she has sent me so I will forward them on to the relevant people to add to our social media sites.

As always, stay safe and well. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 10 Apr 21:56



It was a busy day which saw our lovely Belle and Cassy reserved. So happy for them both. Xxx

Thanks so much to our lovely walkers Di, Patrick and Kate today, it was very cold again and despite the forecast saying it would be dry, the first walk this morning turned out to be very wet! Don't think the dogs were very impressed! Xx Thanks so much to everyone who helped out today. Xxx

Happy Birthday to Jack! His Birthday present is a new home! He is going to be neutered on Monday and all being well will be going home on Tuesday. :))

It's great to see our girls finding homes but we do still have our lads waiting for their chance to show just how special they are too! Please give us a call if you think you could be their new forever family! :))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 09 Apr 16:58



It was a cold and grey day today, fortunately the promised rain held off so our boys & girls could have 2 good walks.

A busy old day saw 2 beautiful new arrivals, pretty little Cassy and big handsome Champ. At the moment they are both very nervous of their new surroundings, although that didn't stop Miss Cassy gobbling down both her lunch and dinner! We couldn't persuade Champ to eat sadly, and his poorly hock meant he couldn't join the afternoon walks, but hopefully he will soon start to relax as he gets used to his new environment.

As Cassy was so nervous we weren't sure if she would join us on the walk, but she was such a good girl and seemed to enjoy exploring her new surroundings. She was definitely much happier in the company of the other Greys, they were setting her a good example. Let's hope that both she and Champ will start to settle over the next few days as they get used to their new lives at Daybreaks.

Big boys Alex & Samson were VERY excited with the squirrel action on the afternoon walk!!! I am sure the squirrels do it on purpose though - they scamper to the end of the branch and then sit and look down at the dogs, teasing them!! Lovely Jack couldn't quite understand what all the fuss was about bless him.

Little cutie Minnie only arrived yesterday, but has gone out on trial today to see how she gets on with her potential Greyhound sisters - fingers crossed.

Well the weekend is upon us again, time still flies by, and we have a viewing booked for tomorrow so keep fingers crossed that we have another red sign by Monday.

The online Easter Pet Show is in full swing, so head over to the Facebook page to submit your entries.

As is usual for a Friday I shall be raising a glass of wine later to all our boys & girls, both in kennels and out on foster, with a wish that forever homes come their way soon.

As ever, stay distanced, stay safe everyone - we are getting there.

Angie xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 08 Apr 23:37



We had a beautiful new arrival this morning, her name is Minnie and she is such a very sweet little girl. Xxx We were expecting another young lady but she is now hopefully arriving tomorrow along with a lad who we are told is white with one black patch over his eye! Sounds very handsome! :) Xxx

We had lots of volunteers today so the dogs were able to have some nice long walks. :)

Many thanks to Simon and his family who came along to tidy up the area at the far end of the sand run. At least it was a little warmer this morning! :))

Lucy brought in a super pilchard cake today to celebrate her pretty Ellie's 9th Birthday tomorrow. She shared it with the Trust dogs and my Skippy as it's his Birthday tomorrow too! He will be 10 :) We also want to wish Norman one of our long serving volunteers a very Happy Birthday for tomorrow!! A very popular day for Birthdays!!

Lucy did give me some cake to take home for Fletcher and Lyra but sneaky Barney found it and ate it! :)) He didn't even try to cover his tracks, just left the paper shredded on the kitchen floor!:)))) Xx

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 07 Apr 19:26



Winter had well and truly returned. It was so very cold, so special thanks to our Wednesday walkers, Denise, Dave and Chris for braving the elements.

We saw Beaut now Rosie off to her new home with very handsome brother Barney, very quickly followed by Woodys homing. Best of luck to both families, not that I think they need it!!

We have two new arrivals tomorrow and another on Friday, watch this space for photos and updates.

As always stay safe and well everyone. X

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 06 Apr 23:12



It was a very weird day today, one minute the sun was shining and the next it was snowing! Thanks so much to our great volunteers who ventured out into the wild weather to walk our boys! :))

I met lovely little Jenny today who is currently out on trial with the equally lovely Trudie! They are doing fine together and their Dad adores them both. :))

Many thanks to Alan and Declan for going to the warehouse this morning. We now have a good supply of Burns! :))

Thanks also to the lovely lady who dropped off some bedding for us and to the genetlman who brought in the sardines. :))

Alan brought Duck eggs in with him and we gave one to each of the boys. They loved them! :) Yvonne made up Kongs for everyone tonight, they do look forward to them. :)) They are great to use if you have to leave your dog on their own for a while. Xxx

We have three new arrivals later this week....:)) BUT we still have two beautiful boys waiting for their forever homes. Samson and Alex are still waiting patiently for that someone special to come along. :) Xxx

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by sirenmelody

Tuesday 06 Apr 12:39



RIP Sarah 'scarebear'

I was gutted to receive Jo's call on Good Friday with the very sad news that her lovely girl had lost her battle. It never gets any easier and with such a short period of time after losing Willow I know she is devastated.

When Sarah came to the end of the road and the sun had set for her, she wanted no rites in a gloom filled vetinary room, why cry for a soul set free? Miss her a little, but not too long and not with your head bowed low for hold it high and remember the love you once shared for that will always be. Miss her but let her go for hers is a journey that must be taken alone. It is all a part of a bigger plan, a step on the road home but first she must go to Rainbow Bridge where she will be healed and feel happy and free to play amongst the fields filled with lots of colour and nice smelling flowers, where she will rejoin lost friends who also wait patiently and one day in the years to come her ears will stand up, her nose will twitch and when she sees you have arrived you will be able to all go on the last stage of the journey to eternal peace.

Sending love and prayers from all of us at this sad time
Seana, Teddy, Fergal & Eoghan xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 05 Apr 22:41



It was brilliant to see Jack and Sanka reserved today. :) Jack will have a beautiful Greyhound sister and Sanka an adorable Rottweiler sister. :))

It was a sunny but chilly day, thanks so much to everyone who came in to help. The lads got nice long walks and lots of grooming! Xxx

Rosie popped in with Barney, he is doing so well! Xxx

Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Sunday 04 Apr 18:34



Wow what a great day! Rosie, Jim, Cora and Colt were all officially adopted. Ritchie has gone out to foster with Elizabeth - he is such a clever boy who just needs more than kennel life!
Congratulations to Nesta who won the fabulous dog hamper and Sarah who won the chocolate hamper! We have raised over £600 as a result of the two raffles.
I spent time sorting our honesty box donations.... thanks to Jo, Dave and Denise for all their help today. We had fun!

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by DaybreaksRuth

Sunday 04 Apr 09:01



Morning everyone! Happy Easter! We are drawing our Easter raffles at 2pm today live on Facebook! The dog hamper is worth over £150 and the chocolate hamper is just amazing!!!! If you would like to buy a last minute ticket please call the kennels and you can buy over the phone by card. Just a £1 each and all the proceeds obviously help us continue the work we do at Daybreaks xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 03 Apr 23:02



We saw Ruth and Andy briefly this morning before they took Caesar to his foster home. we are so grateful to his new family for offering him a home. Do hope his previous foster family are all doing ok especially their lad who was injured. Xxx

Wonderful to see Locky go off to his new home too. I had forgotten what a tall boy he is! All is going well with his injured paw, as long as he leaves the dressing alone! :)) Erik's young daughter amused herself by pretending their own Greyhound, Charlotte was a Sheep Dog and walked her around the kennels "training her" :)) Xxx

The sand run was fully booked again. It was good to see the sun come out for everyone. Xxx

Gorgeous Alfie came in for nail clipping, it was great to see him! What a different dog he is now from the nervous boy who was terrified of everything when he first arrived at the kennels. Now his tail wags and he is happy to come and greet you. It just shows what time and patience can do. Xxx

Many thanks to everyone for your help today today. Brilliant to see Angie and Michael again! We had a new recruit too, another Kate :) Thanks for all your help. :))

Hope the Easter Bunny brings new homes to all of our boys and girls, especially thinking of our longer stayers, Samson, Sanka, Alex and recently back from trial Ritchie. Xxx

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by Aries

Friday 02 Apr 21:14



Hope the dogs (and cats) enjoyed their turkey dinner, thank you for the teeth scrape and nail trim, love from Dollys mom & dad x

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 02 Apr 20:36



Great to see Angie back at the kennels, so very sorry I was not there today, I've missed you so much! X

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 02 Apr 19:33



Welcome back Angie! We have missed you very much! :))) Xxx

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by LM

Friday 02 Apr 18:59



Thanks for mentioning the pet show, Angie. We're super excited. Head on over to the Daybreaks online pet show page on Facebook for all the details. Lynne and Simon x

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by Shanesmum

Friday 02 Apr 17:42



It's Good Friday - and it was a good Friday at Daybreaks!!

My first day back at the kennels for 5 months started off slowly - but then turned into an absolute whirlwind!! The sand run was almost fully booked, all appointments were booked - and it was great to be back amongst the doggies!

Ruth had plenty of customers for nail clipping and teeth cleaning & scraping during the day. After the initial dull, cloudy start the sun broke through and it was a really lovely Spring day. Chris & I enjoyed our walks with the residents down the quiet lane, and I finally got to meet the doggies I have admired in photos.

Samson and Alex are indeed strong boys who find their walks very exciting! Ritchie walks by your side beautifully, and Sanka did very well today after a reluctant start! Once you get him going he does enjoy sniffing and walking, and a tennis ball is sufficient encouragement if he stops!! Jack is a lovely lad, and walks well.

Beautiful Pitch went off to her new home at lunchtime, wishing her lots of happy times ahead. Just as she was leaving, new arrival Jenny came through the gate. Such a gorgeous, calm girl, she was a very good girl whilst I gave her a bath and a check over - but she was hardly dry from her bath when she was reserved and went out on trial with a lovely Greyhound sister.

Buddy's new Mum & Dad were scheduled to visit him this afternoon and, after taking him for a walk, decided they couldn't wait any longer and took him home with them today!! He is a stunner and we wish them many happy times ahead.

Rosie popped in this afternoon with birthday foster boy Barney - he really is a lovely boy and she says he is very clever and quick to learn. Apparently it's sausages for his tea tonight!

The lovely weather meant washing was done and dried on the line, and doggies could have a break from wearing coats again.

The best news of all though was that Caesar has found himself a foster home with a lovely family who will care for him for as long as is needed. We thank them so much for this offer.

Don't forget the online Easter Pet Show starts tomorrow - get posting your photos! And the Easter raffle will be drawn on Sunday at 2pm - Ruth will be doing a live cast on Facebook, so there's still time to get your tickets!

Well that was a bit of an epic post - you can tell I am excited about being back! I am now officially shattered though, so will be enjoying a nice glass of G&T later in celebration of a good day. Happy Easter everyone - stay distanced, stay safe and take care.

Angie xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 01 Apr 23:16



I guess Spring and Summer are over, it was back to Autumn again today!
After no coats and no underbed heating for the last couple of days, our residents went to bed with coats and underbed heating back on! :)

We had a new arrival today, handsome Jack! He was a little stressed this afternoon. He has lived at his racing kennels since he was a puppy and must be feeling very disorientated at the moment. xxx

We have another new arrival expected tomorrow. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for their help today. My supervisor, Skip didn't come with me today...I really missed him! Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 31 Mar 20:56



Another fantastic day, two new arrivals who both went out to their prospective homes, absolutely fantastic, hoping all goes well for both of them.

Thanks to our Wednesday walkers for coming in to do morning walks, this afternoon I actually managed to go on a walk as Ruth covered the kennels!

We still have some gorgeous hounds waiting for their forever homes or even foster homes. If you can help and have homed from us before and would like to foster please give us a call.

If you would like to come in to view a dog or drop off anything please call and we can give you an appointment.

Stay safe and well everyone.x

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by DaybreaksRuth

Tuesday 30 Mar 15:24



MICROCHIP INFORMATION

Following on to the announcement from Petlog that their new system had 'lost some data', we have been totally inundated with enquiries. We wish to assure you this has been rectified.

Angie who has agreed to help me out to go through all the microchips and double check their registrations but you can understand this will be a lengthy process so if you have emailed or left a message, we will be in touch shortly.

To add to this, the process of MicroDog ID chip registrations is extremely complicated and again, we are working with the Greyhound Board of Great Britain and MicroDog ID to ensure all chips are registered to their owners. Again this is not something that owners can access on line.

This is the announcement from Petlog that I received by email:

Information for your customers
We have asked Petlog customers to create a new online self-serve account, and customers who had not previously set up an online account, to create one. However, you may have some customers, such as those whose details – including their name, email address, or title – have changed since their pets’ details were first placed on the Petlog database, who may find their registered pet details aren’t yet displaying on their updated online account, when they login.

We understand this might be concerning some customers but we can give our reassurance that all pets are still safely on our Petlog microchip database and in the event of a pet going missing, reunification won’t be affected. However, because their details may have changed and because Petlog has a duty to protect customers’ security data, we are asking customers who can’t see their pets’ details to fill in the ‘can’t see my pet’ form, within their new online account. Our team will then review the security information and match up the pets to the online self-serve account, so customers can manage their details going forward.

Our 24/7 reunification line continues to run as normal and even without a customer creating an online self-serve account, the database is searchable online or through our 24/7 lost and found line across the authorised network, for reunification purposes.

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 29 Mar 21:59



What a lovely Spring day! So nice for our boys and girls to be able to have their coats off. :)) Everyone enjoyed going for walks today. Even Sanka had a stroll around the sand run and walked a short way up the lane with Myra. Xxx

Thanks to everyone for your help today. Shirley will be so pleased to hear the bedding has been sorted! :))

We had visits from some old friends today. Luna came for nail trimming, still the sophisticated, pretty young lady who likes to get her own way. Her Mum adores her. :)) We also saw Leo now an older gentleman aged 13 he is a little wobbly but such a good boy having his corns looked at by Ruth. Xxx

Looking forward to another warm day tomorrow! :)

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 28 Mar 20:12



Wow, what a day. I picked Dave and Maisie Moo up this morning, we arrived at the kennels and Denise had cleaned three kennels already. She and Dave finished the rest, sadly Dave didn't feel 100% and went home, hoping he feels better soon.

Liz_Beth came in to do walks, we also had the lovely Ben who's mom adopted Della recently come in and help and as already mentioned Denise. Thanks so much to Liz for taking Ritchie out for a long walk.

Lots of sand run bookings, bedding donations and a viewing. It was quite a close call, Samson was first to be seen and then Lauren, she was the chosen one and made a greyt impression on her new dad (he just so happens to know Trudies dad who recommend he came to see us).

Raffle tickets are still available, there is the fab doggy hamper and the chocolate hamper too. £1.00 a ticket and the drawer will take place on Easter Sunday. You can pay over the phone if you would like.

Thanks to Julie and Adrian who collected a donation from Pets at Home and to Lisa B for collecting it from the kennels.

Well I'm back at home and I feel it is now wine and recline time. Take care all.xx

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 27 Mar 22:23



A very busy day today!

Lots of visitors for nail clipping and the sand run. It's always so good to see past Daybreaks residents looking healthy and happy! :))

A lady brought her beautiful lad Joseph to find himself a friend...he and his Mum chose Pitch. :) She and Joseph make a lovely couple. :)

Buddy was also a very lucky lad and has found himself a great home with a lovely couple. :) He was excellent at "selling himself" especially laying on his back, legs in the air looking very relaxed. :) He is a smashing boy. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone who dropped by with donations of bedding and to the gentleman who brought in lots of tins of sardines. So very kind of you. :)))

We tucked up the boys and girls with a Kong at bedtime. Ruth had also made up a "licky mat" for one of our more stressed boys. We left it by the door to the kennels only to find When we came to collect it that Tiggy had road tested it! :)) It was funny and she looked very pleased with herself. :)) Xxx

My lovely Lyra and Skip were a little late having a play in the sand run and got straight into the car to go home afterwards...I now have a very sandy and soggy ball on a rope in the back. She always likes to bring out the toy she has been playing with. Sure it will have dried out by tomorrow!:)) Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 26 Mar 22:31



Sending lots of love to Shirley, get well soon...we miss you!! :) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 26 Mar 20:45



Thanks to Dave and Chris for all their help today, it was just the three of us. All dogs had morning and afternoon walks. I think that they were both kna...oops, shattered by the end of the day!!

We saw Woody go out on foster, he had been a little withdrawn since he came back, not so when he met is potential new doggy family, he really livened up and was really responsive to them.

All of our residents who are waiting for their forever homes are absolutely gorgeous, please, if you think you could offer one of them their forever home give the kennels a call, make an appointment to come in and view and who knows you may find your ideal companion!

Fantastic to hear Shirley is starting to feel better and hopefully she and Richard will be back soon.

We are short of volunteers on some days, so hopefully with lockdown beginning to ease we can welcome more of our lovely helpers back. As always, stay safe and well. X

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by cellosmum

Friday 26 Mar 18:49



Thank you very much to all at Daybreaks for the flowers I received today, they are lovely. Really cheered me up.
Hope to be back soon, even if not for too long.
Love Shirley. xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 24 Mar 19:27



There was not much in the diary today, but despite that it was non stop! We had a new arrival, gorgeous little Pitch, a reservation, beautiful girl Jenny (she reminds me of my Sarah Scare Bear when she was young, a long time ago now)!

Denise was on chicken chuck duty, the feathered fiends.....sorry feathered beauties had their chicken house thoroughly cleaned out and spent the day in crates in the garden for some fresh air.

Thanks too to the Wednesday walkers for coming in this morning and also to Dave and Chris for all of their help.

Thanks for the donation of bedding and to everyone who came and used the sand run.

Hopefully soon we will be able to welcome more of our lovely volunteers back, so as always stay safe and well.

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by DaybreaksRuth

Sunday 21 Mar 18:12



An absolutely non stop crazy day today. The sand run was solidly booked, as were our visitor appointments! I have come home and crashed.... I am absolutely worn out! Sadly no reservations or homings but two gorgeous new arrivals.

Sadly Woody is coming back on Tuesday and Ritchie back from trial on Saturday so we have a full house and still low on volunteers because of our COVID restrictions.

I had my COVID vaccination yesterday and really hoping things will get back to normal!

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 20 Mar 23:59



A busy day, especially in the sand run. :))

Great to see Caesar go out on foster, do hope all goes well for him. He absolutely loved the family who have taken him. He has a Greyhound friend for company too. Xxx

Thanks to everyone who donated beddding and towels and gifts, all very much appreciated. Xxx

Don't forget our super Easter raffle, everone wants to get hold of the giant caterpillar! I know my little Lyra would love it! :)) Xxx

All the residents had a lovely Kong stuffed with treats at bedtime again tonight. They do look forward to them and I'm sure they help the dogs to settle for the evening. :)

Thanks so much to Patric, Jayne and Jess for all your help today. :))

Another busy day tomorrow, including two more new arrivals! Xxx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 15 Mar 23:07



All the Daybreaks residents were treated to a cooked Breakfast this morning. :) Yesterday I visited good friends of Daybreaks, Phil, Sylvia and their lovely Greyhounds Rio and Ella. Phil had been sponsored by his work colleagues to cook breakfast for all of the dogs. :) They were fabulous, two hash browns, sausage, scrambled eggs, ham, toast and a couple of gravy bones. :) The dogs absolutely loved them! Xxx We are so grateful to Phil and Sylvia, not only for the breakfasts but for all the other supplies they so kindly donated. Thank you so much for all your support. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 14 Mar 20:38



I would firstly like to thank Denise for coming in today. She likes to get in early, so when Dave and I arrived at 'normal' time the kennels were cleaned, dogs fed and cats sorted! She did have some help, so thanks to her helpers for coming in!

Liz_Beth came in for morning walks, thanks so very much to her for coming in. She normally loves to take a dog to the park, but with Lynne and Simon being out of action at the moment Liz's help is very much appreciated with our normal walking routine.

Bobby had a viewing this morning, thanks so very much to Helen and Amy his foster family for bringing him in, I know they were very tempted to keep him, but he has found a super home with a sister/friend who had very recently lost her greyhound companion. They got on really well, so consequently they decided to give him his forever home. So very happy for him.

Barney is still a little unsettled in kennels, so he spent a big part of the day in the feeding run on a bed with lots of blankets. He was so happy. There was interested in fostering him, unfortunately one of the families existing greys was not so keen, they were very disappointed, but things have to be right for all concerned.

Lots of sand run bookings, a bedding donation and lovely to see Ruby Rebel who came in for food (accompanied by his owners of course)!

We also had a new arrival, Lauren a beautiful blue girl. Thanks to Dave and Lynne (who popped in briefly with Simon to use the sand run) for bathing her and doing her health check.

If you haven't seen it already there is a fabulous raffle prize of a luxury dog hamper up for grabs. There is a VERY BIG Caterpillar toy, loads of toys and lovely doggie treats and fab luxury dog food. Lots of people who came in bought tickets and there was lots of interest over the phone. If you would like tickets please give us a call, we can take payment over the phone and give you your ticket numbers. There will also be a hamper for the humans amongst us which will be posted very soon (that too looks greyt)!

Hopefully and fingers crossed we may soon be able to get back to normal....whatever that will be.

Here's hoping for a good week ahead this week. Take care all. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 13 Mar 23:20



It was a busy day with lots of visitors for the sand run and clients for nail clipping and corns. :))

It was such a shame Locky and the his prospective family's Labradoodle didn't hit it off, she was a very lovely girl. Xx They are undeterred and are still hoping to find the right Greyhound to join their family. Xxx

Late this afternoon lovely Nidge found himself reserved! :)) Xxx

Thanks to Jayne for putting together the fabulous Easter doggy raffle prize! :)) The giant fluffy caterpillar is amazing! I know Ruth took photos for our Facebook page.... :))

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Despite the rain, wind and hailstones the residents had both morning and afternoon walks. :) I had the pleasure of taking new lad Barney, he walks very nicely on the lead. :)

Another new arrival due tomorrow! Xx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Friday 12 Mar 21:13



Two more newbies and a reservation - another great day at Daybreaks. It was indeed lovely to talk to Jo and Ruth today, and I have managed to land myself some admin work I can do from home to help out, so I am happy about that as I am really missing the kennels.

Keeping everything crossed for my return soon, I will definitely feel like the new girl after all this time!! I have now had my first vaccination so things are moving forward.

Stay safe everyone - we are getting there!

Angie xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 12 Mar 20:36



It was fairly busy today. Locky found himself reserved, he just needs to get on with the families existing dog a labradoodle, they are meeting tomorrow. If all goes to plan he will meet the children, they have had experience with a greyhound and other large dogs....so, fingers crossed.

Our two new arrivals are gorgeous, I know they all are. Sanka has such soulful eyes and Barney is very handsome too, he already has a viewing tomorrow!

Ruth was in and managed to tackle a load of paperwork. Thanks to Dave and Chris again for all of their help today.

It was lovely to speak to Angie today, hopefully she will be back at the beginning of April, so on a Friday you will have Angies fantastic posts to read, instead of my boring ones!!!

As always, stay safe and well. X

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 10 Mar 21:16



Can someone please tell spring it was supposed to have sprung by now!! It felt so cold again.

Thanks as always to our Wednesday walkers, together with Denise and Dave there was just one morning walk albeit wet. This afternoon Chris arrived and there were two walks done, at least it was a little dryer. Thanks to you all for coming in every week, I really do appreciate it. I managedto have a little office time to catch up with some paperwork.

The sand run is still proving popular, so please if you want to book please do so well in advance.

Cannot wait until we can welcome more of our lovely volunteers back to the kennels. Until then as always stay safe and well. Xx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Tuesday 09 Mar 08:26



Good job Jet and well done to the little girl for overcoming her fear of dogs, especially as Jet is a large boy. Just goes to show. X

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by shanishoo

Tuesday 09 Mar 08:09



Aw Jetlucy, what a wonderful story, Jet is such a sweet, gentle soul, bless him xxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 08 Mar 23:28



An early start for Ruth this morning. She picked Dizzy up from his home to drop him off at the vets for his neutering op. :) Later on this afternoon she collected him from the vets and took him back to his lovely Mum. :)) Xxx

We had several visitors for nail clipping including the very gorgeous Bocko and Prince! So lovely to see them. They both looked great. Their owner said how well they get on together and how much Prince has helped Bocko to be more relaxed. :)) We also saw the very handsome Loki (Eagle) His confidence has grown so much since we last saw him. :)) Xxx

Yvonne and I took the dogs in the sand run for either a stroll for those recovering from injuries or a run around for Nidge, Belle and Samson. :)

It was almost Spring like today....Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 08 Mar 23:06



Well done to Jet for being a great ambassador for Greyhounds today! :))
They are very special dogs aren't they! :))) Xxx

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by jetlucy

Monday 08 Mar 20:20



Was so wonderful this afternoon, jet, mia and I were at the park and 2 little girls came over, one who we know as jet is friends with her dog so we were chatting but her friend is petrified of dogs. Anyway the girl we know asked if she could hold jet and was fussing him. Her friend clearly very frightened watching on...within 5 mins the frightened one had his lead and they were running up and down, she was in love! I was so pleased as jet, the gentle giant was an absolute star and so wonderful with her, he gave her the confidence she needed and she was so happy with him all her fears disappeared! Proper flying through flag for the greyhounds! Love my boy so much xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 07 Mar 20:40



It was a busy day today, despite there not being too much in the diary. Just myself and Dave until the afternoon.

Two homings, Sarah now Mayah who has two very handsome boys for brothers in Morgan and Grayson. Sam was the second to be signed up, he went home with a fab colour coordinated wardrobe!!!

Lots of visitors for the sand run, food and of course Lornas papers.

A lovely affectionate New arrival, Beaut, she is so very cute, I think her stay with us will be a short one!

That yellow thing in the sky decided to come out, it was lovely to see it again even if it was still quite chilly.

Thanks to Liz_Beth for coming in this afternoon, she took Alex to the park, he was very lively and more than interested in the other dogs. She then stayed to do afternoon walks with Dave with the remaining inmates.

Stay safe and well as always everyone. X

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 06 Mar 22:33



When I arrived this morning Denise was already busy cleaning and feeding the dogs. :)) I'm so grateful for her help today. Xxx

Locky had again managed to wag his dressing off his tail although part of it was still attached to his leg! Ruth had popped in and redressed it, but yes, it came off again! Denise and Patric put yet another one on. The problem is he doesn't just wag his tail, it spins round and round like a helicopter at a very fast speed!!! Xxx

We had lots of visitors for nail clipping and to use the sand run. So lovely to see lots of wonderful previous Daybreaks residents. Xxx

Thanks so much to everyone who dropped off bedding and thanks so much to everyone for your help today.

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 05 Mar 22:39



A busy and cold day today. Thanks for the donations of bedding and we had another Pets at Home donation, thanks to Julie and Adrian for dropping it off.

Sadly Bobby was returned, I am sure it won't be long before his forever home comes along, he is still a baby and a very handsome brindle boy.

Locky managed to wag his tail dressing off....again! Ruth redressed it and again it started to begin to wag off, he is such a happy boy. Next time I saw him he had had his tail rebandaged and taped to his leg!!! It at least stopped him from being able to wag it in a furious fashion, it seems stoo far to have worked. He is still able to walk properly, it just means his tail is limited in movement, he is really not bothered by this and hopefully this will give his tail time to heal. He really needs a forever or foster home where he has the room to wag his tail without causing himself any damage. Sadly he is not cat friendly.

Nidge has gone out to a foster home, a welcome break for him from the kennels.

Adele had a viewing this morning and by this afternoon she had 'left the building' and gone home complete with a new name, Della. Good luck to her and her lovely family.

Thanks very much to Liz_Beth (who was celebrating a very special birthday) for taking new boy Samson to the park, and for bringing in some very delicious cakes. Happy birthday to you! Xx

Ruth and Lisa B had a trip to the tip, Ruth, please remember you are going to drop stuff off, not bring stuff back!!! Really....she came back with a light up Christmas dog decoration, the man at the tip should really not encourage her (not that she needs any encouragement).

Thanks as always to Dave and Chris for everything today, you are both fantastic and your hard work is really appreciated. X

I am sure I have probably forgotten something, I feel so tired tonight! So, as always, I will finish with hoping you all stay safe and well. X

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 04 Mar 23:40



Samson arrived at the kennels this morning. He enjoyed a snack but not so much his bath! He is a happy boy and settled very quickly in his kennel...he was on his back, legs in the air when I walked past later in the afternoon. :))

Thanks so much to Lucy for the great photos of Samson and the updated ones of some of the other residents. They really show what fabulous looking dogs they are. Xxx

It was nice of Jess to take Alex out to the park. He was a little lively with other dogs but it was his first trip out. :)) He throughly enjoyed himself and slept for the rest of the afternoon. Xx

Poor Locky managed to "wag" the dressing off his tail again when he came out for his dinner. I did my best to put another one on! What he really needs is a home with space to wag his beautiful tail. He is just too happy! :)))

Thank you to everyone for your help today, especially our lovely Yvonne. Xx

Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 03 Mar 21:40



Kate was right, it felt like winter had returned today, it was so cold!

As always thanks to our Wednesday walkers and to Denise, Dave and Chris. I somehow managed to lock Denise in the chicken house, a completely innocent accident, honest. She wouldn't let it go (wish I left her in there, lol). Nice to see Jill who delivered lots of items for us.

I got to meet lovely new girl Adele, she is so very sweet. Big lad Locky had managed to decorat his kennel overnight, he has had a case of 'happy tail' and managed to get his dressing off. Don't let that put you off, it is because he is such a happy boy he cannot stop wagging his tail. In a larger area he would be just fine (speaking from previous experience).

Ruth had nail cuttings and teeth scrapings. Visitors for the sand run and highlight of the day Yoda went home, good luck mate xxx

Got home, started doing dinner when I received a call from our fire alarm company, there was an alert from the kennels, thankfully not an alert involving a fire. I headed straight back out to find there had been a power cut affecting the area resulting in a fault notification. The inmates were all still tucked up warm and happy and seemed to be oblivious to my late visit!!! Technology is wonderful, its so good to know that we have a system that let's us know of any problem, the safety of our dogs is paramount.

As always, stay safe and well everyone and we hope to be able to see you soon.

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 02 Mar 22:38



Beautiful Adele arrived at the kennels this morning, she is a really lovely girl. :)) Thanks to Lucy for taking the great photos of her. Xx

It was a little warmer today and the dogs enjoyed their walks this morning. We met a genetlman from the Building site up the lane and he was very taken by our handsome Locky :)) Sadly he already has two dogs. Locky absolutely loved all the extra attention and would have been very happy to go home with him! :))

Many thanks to Lucy and Yvonne for all their help today and to Jan for popping in to do some walks this afternoon. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 01 Mar 22:51



Can't believe it was spring yesterday and back to winter today! :)

Despite the chill outside it was nice and cosy in the kennels. :)) All of our doggies were happy to see us and enjoyed their breakfast. Yvonne got to work making beds, so grateful for all her help. Xxx

Bobby's lovely family arrived to take him home. He is a very sweet boy, wishing him a very happy new life. Xx

Ruth let Belle and Nidge out to have a run around the kennels, it was fun to watch them investigating everything, although Skip wasn't so keen on all the activity and retreated to the kitchen kennel. :))

It was great to see Ash and his family this afternoon, he needed his nails clipping. :) Great to see Lorraine and her dogs too, also nail clipping needed...Xxx

Just checked the cameras in the kennels, all of our residents look very comfy! :))

Looking forward to welcoming a new arrival tomorrow. :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Sunday 28 Feb 00:00



A very busy day which saw Mr Magoo and Elsie go home and Ritchie reserved!! :)

There were several corn clinic and nail clipping appointments for Ruth and we had another delivery of donated food from Pets at Home. We are so grateful to Sue and Steve for collecting it for us. Xxx

The sand run was fully booked and is the same for tomorrow. It's lovely to see all the different breeds of dogs who come along to use it. :))

Ritchie had an explore around the kennels again and managed to find the load of bread I had bought for Bob! He came racing out of the kitchen with it looking very pleased with himself! :)) He was a good boy though surrendered it to me mostly unharmed! Xxx

Angie, we miss you! Looking forward to when you are able to come back! We had a visit from a couple of old friends too, who are also hoping to be able to start volunteering again soon. Fingers crossed. Xx

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Saturday 27 Feb 17:37



Oh Jo, I am really missing my Fridays & Saturdays at Daybreaks. However, Michael has had his first vaccination now and I am optimistic that things may be getting better - as long as we all carry on being responsible and safe.

With luck I am hoping to be back at the beginning of April - not that far away now when you think how fast the time is flying by!!

xxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Friday 26 Feb 21:50



So very sad to hear one of the chucks has passed away. Such lovely little creatures. I have grown very fond of them. Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 26 Feb 21:23



A chilly frosty start this morning, thankfully the sun came out and it was a lovely bright day, it always makes me feel better when it is bright and sunny.

Unfortunately Chris was unable to come in today, really hoping she feels better soon. It was just myself and Dave as we thought, we then had a very pleasant and welcome arrival in Nav (who homed Lucy a while ago) who kindly came in to help. Thanks so very much, at least this time we had more dogs for him to help with.

Feeding and cleaning done, cats fed, watered and litter trays sorted, just the chickens to feed. With their salad, veg and fruit prepared off I went off to feed them before our morning viewing. I am so very sad to say that when I went into the coup one of the girls had at some point overnight sadly crossed the rainbow bridge :(((((

The viewing went well this morning and new boy Bobby found himself reserved. Hawk went home, good luck mate. We had sand run bookings including Nav and Jamie's little girl Lucy, she looks so well and is so very sweet, food collections and a call to make an appointment to come in over the weekend for a viewing.

Locky is such a very happy boy, so happy infact he had a case of 'happy tail' (yes, it is a medical term), he had wagged his tail so much and so hard he split the end! He had a dressing put on, we cleaned his kennel walls and the bars in the feeding run! Just before we left he managed to undress his dressing, so I had to do it again. Hopefully this one will stay on!!

Again, thanks to Dave and Nav for their help today. We really miss Angie on a Friday (and Saturday morning), hopefully she will be back soon, so on that note I am now going to wine and recline!!!

So, stay safe and well one and all. Xx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 25 Feb 23:01



It was a very busy day! :))

We had three new arrivals, Alex and Belle were brought in this morning. Richard and Bob collected Bobby for us this afternoon. Thanks so much to Shirley and Louise for bathing them all. :))

Ruth and Alan had a trip to the warehouse and Richard a trip to the tip! (He gets all the glamorous jobs!!)

Lucy and Jess were busy taking photos of Belle, Alex and Bobby, taking advantage of the sunshine. :))

In between all the activity we had Ruth's delicious homemade cake! It was Shirley's Birthday yesterday. Xx

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 25 Feb 22:43



Tony and Skip showed just how special Greyhounds are when they accompanied the funeral procession yesterday. They were walked by members of the family and took their role in the proceedings calmly and reverently. As Ruth said earlier it was an emotional sight. Thinking of the gentleman who has passed way and his family. Xxx

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by jetlucy

Thursday 25 Feb 19:54



What a wonderful thing to have done xxx

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by Shanesmum

Thursday 25 Feb 17:16



Ruth and Kate, what a lovely gesture and how much it must have meant for the bereaved family to have Greyhounds as a part of their farewell. xx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Thursday 25 Feb 10:17



Yesterday Kate and I took Skip and Tony to be part of a funeral procession as requested by the bereaved family. Tony and Skip looked so elegant walking in front of the horse drawn funeral carriage that it was quite emotional.

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Wednesday 24 Feb 20:39



We met new arrivals Elsie and Locky this morning, both lovely. Elsie had a viewing and was reserved. Locky is such a happy friendly lad who just wants to give kisses and play!

Thanks to our Wednesday walkers and also to Denise and Dave as always. All dogs had morning walks. This afternoon Chris arrived so all dogs apart from Ritchie had a walk. I took him into the sand run, bless him, he just walked by my side or just behind me. He really craves human company, he needs a home where he will have that company for most of the time. Please, please if you could offer him a forever home or a temporary foster home he and we would be most grateful. He really is not happy with kennel life, once someone sits with him he is a happy relaxed boy, it's really heartbreaking to see him so unhappy :((((

We have two new arrivals due to come in tomorrow, can't wait to meet them on Friday.

Well, as always please stay safe and well. X

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by jetlucy

Tuesday 23 Feb 22:21



Jet said he's willing to volunteer to teach these hounds how to be cat friendly as life is cool with cats...they're his best buddies! Oh and Rachel the chicken who he willingly let's take a treat bone out of his mouth...sure sometimes he doesn't realise he's a dog! Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 22 Feb 22:53



Very sorry but none of our current residents are cat friendly....we will keep details of everyone who has expressed an interest in homing a Greyhound who is cat friendly and contact you if one becomes available. Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 22 Feb 22:36



It was a quiet day for visitors at the kennels today which was a relief really as there was just Yvonne and myself this morning. :)) We were joined by Helen at lunchtime. :))

It was great to be able to spend extra time with our current residents. We decided to not to go for a walk as Yvonne has only just had the plaster cast removed from her writst and Helen has a bad back!! Instead we took the dogs in the sand run either for a stroll around or a run. Ritchie and Hawk were especially happy to be able to have a play. :)) All the dogs had a nice groom and it was even warm enough to leave their fleeces off for a while. :)

Ritchie kept us on our toes when we let him out to investigate the kennels! He loved it, it did him good to be out and about. He seemed much calmer after he had his dinner and settled well in his kennel. :))

Rosie came in later this afternoon to sort out homing packs for our two new arrivals due in tomorrow and two more coming in later this week. Xx

We gave all the doggies a Kong stuffed with treats when we left this evening. :))

Thanks so much to everyone for your help today. Xxx
Xxx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Monday 22 Feb 06:46



If you are a member of our Facebook group you will see the photos and videos....

On Saturday I did some socialisation training with Coffee and his new owners. I showed them techniques of how to introduce to other breeds - he was fantastic at responding.

Yesterday after heading home from the kennels I bandaged a poorly leg on Stella the greyhound who had degloved a section of her front leg!

It was then off to Willows to collect Keeley who has been in all weekend. She was extremely bright and had been very well looked after by Tom the vet. We are waiting for biopsy results to decide the next stage of treatment. Thank goodness for Petplan!

Momma, Tiggy and Tony had been left quite a bit yesterday and I’m so pleased Tony didn’t stress... we kept a check on his movements on the camera and he liked looking out of the window bless him!

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 21 Feb 20:07



A bit warmer today, Ruth was busy with corn removals and nail clipping. That included my Arry with his corn, turns out he has an infection in his toe (in addition to his corn) and a fractured nail! Sarah Scare Bear had her nails cut, she will not let me anywhere near her, thanks Ruth for sorting both of them.

The sand run was completely booked today and is increasingly being booked well in advance.

Liz_Beth took Ritchie to the park, he had already just had a walk but was up for an outing, thanks to her for taking him, he was very quiet when he returned for dinner!!! He really needs a foster home or even better a forever home, if you can help please give the kennels a call.

Hawk had a visit from his family, he will be going home at the end of the week.

Little Sarah has gone to spend some time with her new brothers. She will have a fantastic home with them and her mom and dad.

I have some exciting news, well for me it is, I am now fully mobile again with a new car, well not new, new but a replacement for my previous one, it's great!!!

As always, please stay safe and well, hopefully the current restrictions may be eased soon and we can welcome more of our lovely volunteers back. We have been working with far fewer volunteers with our own little 'bubbles' since lockdown, so it will be fantastic when we can open the doors to them. We will of course be following the government guidelines as necessary.

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by LadyVictoria

Saturday 20 Feb 23:21



Chip went home today! :)) He looked very handsome in his new red winter coat. Wishing him a very happy new life with his lovely family. Xx

Little Sarah met her soon to be Greyhound brothers today they all got on well together. Xx

The sand run was very busy again. It was rather wet in there today but that didn't stop everyone from enjoying themselves. :))

A belated Happy Birthday to Dave for Thursday! Hope you had a good day. Xxx

Thanks so much to Shirley, Richard, Jayne, Jo and Patric for your help today! :)) Jayne brought some beautiful spring flowers to plant in our memorial garden, it looks lovely. :) Xxxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Friday 19 Feb 19:08



Wow, we had two viewings today resulting in two reservations, Hawk and Chip were the lucky boys.

Thanks to Dave (whose birthday was also yesterday), Chris and Liz for their help today, you are all fab. Ruth was in this morning, she went home this afternoon as she has been in all week, no doubt she didn't take it easy and have a well deserved rest (well we are talking about Ruth)!!!

The remaining boys are all so very lovely. Ritchie is struggling at the moment, he is a bit stressed and as Ruth said he really would benefit in going into a foster home. He spent some time in the back kitchen with Dave's Maisie Moo and was great, they both later came into the office, he was so well behaved and completely relaxed. Please if you could offer to foster him we (and he) would be so very grateful.

The sand run is proving to be increasing in popularity and is getting fully booked most days. If you would like to come along and use the run please book well in advance to avoid disappointment!

Just a reminder, if you need to visit the kennels please call in advance for an appointment, this will keep both yourselves and us safe.

As always, stay safe and well. I really can't wait to see our volunteers who have not been able to come in, hopefully they will be able to come in soon. Angie, I will partake in a glass of wine or two on your behalf, hope to see you soon (you write a much better Friday diary than I do)! X

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by DaybreaksRuth

Friday 19 Feb 09:04



It was a great day yesterday with celebrating all the Birthdays!

I took Ritchie into the sand run as he seems a bit stressed - he really would benefit from going into foster so if someone could offer this, we would be really grateful. As he needs some socialisation with other breeds, we need an experienced greyhound owner for him. He is quite petite for a boy so easier to handle than some of the bigger fellas!

The very handsome Peaky is still coming home with me since his return at the weekend. He is such a gentle big loving boy and is becoming best friends with his stripy partner in crime - Miss Tiggy!

We have two viewings booked for today so keep your fingers crossed for all our beautiful residents xxxx

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by shanishoo

Friday 19 Feb 07:43



Fab new photos of all the new Daybreaks residents xxxxxx

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by LadyVictoria

Thursday 18 Feb 22:53



It was great to see our new arrivals in the light today! :)) They are all gorgeous :))

Little Sky had a viewing first thing this morning and found herself a lovely forever home with a very handsome Greyhound Brother. :)) Xxx

Sarah has also found her forever home...she just needs to meet her two prospective Greyhound Brothers at the weekend. I'm sure they will love her! :)) Xxx

Lots of Birthdays to celebrate today, Momma, Mr Magoo and our great volunteer Declan. :)) Xxx

It was a sunny afternoon which meant Lucy has been able to take some beautiful photos of our residents! She was assisted by Shirley and Richard. :))

Many thanks to Liz for taking Richie for a trip to the park this afternoon. I know they both enjoyed being out in the sunshine. :) Xx

Thanks to everyone for their help today....Alan brought in chocolate donuts! He hasn't been able to get any since the first lockdown last year!!!

Hoping all of our boys will soon find their forever homes! Please give us a call at the kennels on 0121 782 7702 if you want to come and meet them! :))

Xxx

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by Shanesmum

Thursday 18 Feb 08:33



Welcome to the new arrivals, what a beautiful group of boys and girls they look, and also what a great adventure to go on - a trip to the hairdresser (something I could do with now!!). They must have made quite a sight queueing up for their turn! Fingers crossed for them all to find their forever homes soon.

Sending my love to Ruth, Kate, Jo and all the volunteers who are taking care of these hounds - hoping to be back with you soon. Xx

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by DaybreaksRuth

Wednesday 17 Feb 16:22



What a whirlwind of a day! A call first thing this morning as unfortunately Cora had managed to tear her dressing off her leg so I headed off to collect her from her foster home and get her to the vets in Moseley. She unfortunately has been admitted and hopefully being operated on tomorrow.

On the way back to the kennels I stopped off at Pets at Home as we had a very generous lifelines voucher of over £2,000 to spend so I purchased 4 new crates and two pet gates. We loan these out to foster homes so they are vital to our work and the ones I purchased many years ago are becoming very battered! I also bought some toys and treats for the current inmates.

On arrival back at the kennels I was told that the water had been turned off due to a burst pipe at the B&B and therefore only two dogs had been bathed. Therefore next on the agenda was a trip to the Groom Room at Pets at Home, again using our voucher and treated the other 6 to a bath and pamper session! Elizabeth helped with the transport - thank you!
Back at the kennels and I saw the lovely Rosie and Jim who are out on foster. I removed Rosie's staples and new collars were purchased.... hmmmm that usually is a good sign!!!!!!
Poor Richie is a bit stressed so he has had some calming tablets but he would certainly benefit from a foster home. He was so very good today seeing other breeds .
The newbies are absolutely gorgeous and I will add some new photos in the comfort of my own home! Peaky is coming home with me still - ooooh I am so tempted - heart says go on but head says NO!!!!
:-)

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by LadyVictoria

Tuesday 16 Feb 23:59



Our eight new boys and girls arrived this evening around 5pm. :)) They had started their journey from Ireland at the weekend. A lovely gentleman delivered them to us. It was lovely to meet each one as they came off the van. They all had a stroll around the sand run to stretch their legs and have a much needed wee! :)

As it was getting quite late they all had dinner and were allocated a nice warm kennel. Xxx Lots of bathings to be carried out tomorrow! All paperwork was sorted and they were tucked up for the night. Ruth took a lovely video of them all before we left. Xxx

Thanks so much to Shirley, Richard, Lucy and Jayne for all their help today. Xxx Have just checked the cameras and they all seem settled. Bless :))

Xxx

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by LadyVictoria

Monday 15 Feb 22:40



At last it was warmer today! Yippee! :)) Peaky, Dizzy and Ice spent some time out In the small runs and enjoyed the sunshine. Our cats, Socks and Tyke also enjoyed the sun and sat in their outside run. Come on Spring!! :)))))

Brilliant to see Dizzy and Ice go home today. Wishing them both very happy lives with their new families. Xxx

No doggies in the kennels tonight! After Dizzy and Ice went off to their respective new homes there was only Peaky left, so he went home with Ruth! :))

Our new arrivals are not expected to be with us until late tomorrow afternoon. We are all really looking forward to meeting them! :)) Xxx

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by Stevie,Sarah,Willow&Max'smom

Sunday 14 Feb 21:48



They said it would be warmer today.....they lied!

The sand run was booked out all day, if you would like to come and use it please give us a call to book. It is proving to be very popular indeed.

Gorgeous little Bea went off to her new home, thanks so much to Liz_Beth for fostering her after her return, I think she had got a little bit of an attachment to her, but is very happy she has a new home.

New boy Sam didn't waste any time, he went out on foster.

Ice had a visit from his new owner this afternoon, he is going home tomorrow, lucky boy. Dizzy is also leaving the building tomorrow!

Sadly Peaky was returned today, I felt so very upset for his family, they were so very distraught having to bring him back. If you think you could offer Peaky a home please give the kennels a call, it is felt he may be suited to a home with older children.

Thanks to Dave for coming in today, a much welcomed return after a few days rest. There were only the two of us, so was very much appreciated. Thanks too to Liz_Beth for doing afternoon walks.

Our new residents should arrive on Tuesday, so watch this space, they all sound lovely.

Ok, as always stay safe and well, take care. Jo X