‘Scooby Doo’ and ‘Buggerlugs’
Ever since they were just pups, greyhounds ‘Scooby Doo’ and ‘Buggerlugs’ have stuck together like glue. "They’re the best of friends," says John Morton, head of the Midlands branch of national charity, The Retired Greyhound Trust, "and when they retired from racing, we knew we had to find them a family that would adopt both of them."
The Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) is a national charity dedicated to finding homes for ex-racing greyhounds. The Midlands branch is one of 60 RGT branches in operation across the UK.
It is unusual for families to want to adopt two dogs at once, but Dave and Jane Mee, who live in Derby, made the decision to adopt two and started trawling through rehoming charity websites on the internet.
"We didn’t have a specific breed of dog in mind – our priority was simply to give two needy dogs a home. However we were very sure we wanted friendly, affectionate dogs that aren’t too demanding, and we have found those qualities in our new greyhounds," explains Jane.
Fondly nicknamed ‘Scooby’ and ‘Bugsy’, the brothers were featured on the Midlands RGT’s website, and Jane and Dave took themselves off to the kennels to meet the dogs. "It was love at first sight," says Jane, "and we have witnessed with delight how well the dogs have settled in to our home. There isn’t a day that goes by that they don’t make us laugh!
"Scooby, who is dark brindle in colour, is definitely the more manly of the two, whereas Bugsy is very feminine. His colouring doesn’t help - he is fawn and white, and very pretty! They both have lovely personalities and are very affectionate," says Jane.
Greyhounds are, by nature, calm and affectionate dogs. Far from the frantic appearance they give when running around a racetrack, in retirement they require no more than two short walks a day and will spend a great deal of time curled up in a comfy place, fast asleep.
"They certainly make wonderful pets," says Jane, "and I think more and more people are realising this nowadays and taking them into their homes."
To find out more about greyhounds as pets, contact John Morton at the Midlands branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust on 01636 822032. Or log on to www.rgtmidlands.co.uk. You can also contact the charity’s national office on 0870 444 0673,
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