We got our first greyhound in October 2009 from RGT Midlands. Her name was Megan, a nervous fawn girl. She was a delight, as nervous as she was she was lovely with us and our family. When we had to have her put to sleep we couldn’t manage without another greyhound, and now we have three!
Our all black pack consists of Rogue, who we also adopted from RGT Midlands in June 2013, the first we got after Megan. She’s a sweetheart and as independent as she likes to think she is, she loves people. She always comes to sit with us when we’re eating breakfast and always sleeps at the foot of the bed every night. She’s also the smallest one of the pack, against our other two.
We adopted Jubilee (Billie) in May 2014, (originally known at Jill), a total people dog. She adores fuss, cuddles and having her chin rubbed. She also seems to think that she is a lap dog, unaware of her size she likes to lay on people and climb on you when you don’t rub her ears enough. She also has the appetite of a labrador!
On New Year’s Day 2016 we made the trip over to RGT Midlands to help walk some of the hounds. On one of the walks we came upon the topic of fostering, and that we had been considering adding to our little pack. This was when Curtis was brought to our attention. Nervous like our first hound Megan, he had been in a home before which unfortunately hadn’t worked out and he had seemed to come away with a fear of loud noises and being outside in general. After discussing his situation with Judith, we decided to give fostering a try to see if we could help Curtis out and give him a home, otherwise he seemed destined to a life in the kennels due to being an older dog with issues.
The first couple of weeks were difficult, mainly with toilet training as he was reluctant to go outside. He would rush back inside at any opportunity whereas our girls knew the deal and would stay outside until they had done what they needed to do. We briefly considered bringing him back to RGT but he is such a loving, happy dog we felt he deserved a home and time to settle in at his own pace.
He’s still not perfect on the toilet front but he is clearly so happy to be here and gets so excited when we come home and even when we wake up in the morning! It’s like he’s just so grateful to wake up with his family every day. He’s much more confident now, knows how the sofa and stairs work and has even found his voice (mainly used to let us know that he’s excited to see we have come home from work!)
Fostering might not be for everyone, especially with older dogs as you might not get as much time with them as you like, or have to give them back if someone wants to adopt them. However if you maybe already have a dog or two, letting them have a companion and giving a dog a chance for a home who may struggle otherwise is really great for both the dogs and the rescue centre, and you know that you have done something really special to help out. We would advise anyone considering fostering or thinking about it to speak to RGT Nottinghamshire and East Midlands to see whether it’s something that you can do.