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J K Rowling adopts rescue Greyhound


THE OWNER of a greyhound rescue centre was left literally spellbound after Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, offered to rehome one of their dogs and handed over a cheque for £1000.

JK RowlingCelia Fernie said she had no idea at first that the woman who arrived with her family to view the abandoned greyhounds was the Harry Potter creator. And she questioned the woman - who introduced herself by her married name of Mrs Jo Murray - on whether she could provide a loving home for a dog.

Celia agreed to allow ‘Mrs Murray’ and her family to have the dog only after going through the usual homecheck questions – including asking her to provide photographic evidence that her home had a large garden - with a wall at least six feet high. Mrs Murray – or rather JKR - assured her she would be able to lavish the dog with constant love and attention because she ‘worked from home’.

Celia, 61, runs Greyhound Rescue Fife in Kinghorn, with her retired lecturer husband, Jimmy,70. Rowling arrived at the centre with her husband, Edinburgh GP Neil, her three young children and the family's pet dog –a Jack Russell named Butch.

But she was left stunned when the author - who is believed to be worth £545million - wrote a cheque for £1000 and signed it JK Rowling.

Celia said: ‘When I looked at the amount written on the cheque, I couldn't believe it. Then I spotted her name and realised who it was. I just said, 'Oh, I didn't recognise you.' She just smiled politely. When I recovered, I asked her if she would send a couple of pictures of her and Sapphire for our website. She said she would, and a few days later, three pictures arrived of Sapphire at her new home.’

Celia said they seemed to fall in love with Sapphire after the dog made friends with Butch and the family.

The centre owner added: ‘She had a lovely way with Sapphire - they all did. Even before I knew who she was, I was sure she would be a much loved and spoiled dog.’

Greyhound Rescue Fife, who rely on donations and volunteers, have rehomed more than 100 greyhounds since they were set up in 2005.

Website: http://www.greyhoundrescuefife.com/index.htm