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Below is one of the 82 dogs we fostered for Dumfriesshire & Cumbria
Greyhound Rescue between July 2004 and the 5th December 2009.
On the 9th December 2009 we became the SOUTH LAKES branch
of the Retired Greyhound Trust for whom we are now foster
ing.

Squire
Arrived with us on Friday 8th April 2005
Went to his new home on Friday 29th April 2005
Squire's arrival and a brief history
Squire
RACING NAME:
EARMARK:
DATE OF BIRTH:
COLOUR:
WEIGHT:

MICROCHIP:
PROPER  SQUIRE
XT - XHD
22/09/2000
BLACK
34 kg








Squire is a black male Greyhound who retired from racing due to a back right leg injury. He was born on the 22nd September 2000, weighs 75 lbs (34k) and is good with other dogs but not yet assessed with cats. At some stage he has broken one of his ribs and although it doesn't bother him you can feel it when you stroke him down his side. He is quite timid and shy with strangers, but loyal and friendly to those he knows. Squire, we are told, is frightened of children's bicycles so we will need to assess this. He also guards his territory in
that he barks to alert his owner whenever strangers approach the kennels but backs away from them as they come nearer. Although he hasn't yet lived in a house, he is always clean in his kennel.

Went to his new home on Friday 29th April 2005

Squire's Diary
9th April 2005
When Squire arrived yesterday afternoon we walked him round the garden so he knew where to do his toilet then brought him into the house and gave him a bath, which he took in his stride. He has an old broken rib injury on his right side similar to Sandy's but not quite as bad. After his dinner and a walk he lay on the sheepskin rug in the corner of the living room and settled for the evening.
Although we don't think he's been upstairs, they weren't a problem for him. He was quite anxious when it was time to go to bed and he kept wandering about, so much so, we used the water spray, which he didn't like and finally settled to his bed on the landing with the others.
Squire is quite a timid Greyhound and shy's away from new and unfamiliar noises. He will also shy away if he thinks he's going to be told off - even if we are calling him for his dinner. He eats well and apart from a couple of attempts to start in the house his house training is going well. He's shown no interest in wanting to climb on the settee and is quite content with the sheepskin rug in the corner of the living room.
This afternoon we introduced him to everyone in the pub, which he found a bit strange. He wouldn't lie down and just stood and watched what was going on. He flinched as the balls on the pool table were being hit but not overly so and he showed no interest in the pub dog nor a terrier that walked in.
10th April 2005
Last night he settled into his bed no problem and stayed there all night. We had the conservatory door open all day today because it was so nice and the dogs wandered in and out at will. Squire spent most of the time on the sheepskin rug in the living room but occasionally wandered out in the garden to do his toilet then wandered back in again. Each time he reached the open conservatory door he halted as if not sure he was allowed to go into the garden on his own but with a little coaxing he came out, had a wander round then went back in again.
12th April 2005
Squire still is still very timid towards us but is slowly coming out of his shell and is beginning to enjoy us stroking and cuddling him. Over the past couple of days we have been encouraging him to lay in the beds on the landing or visit us in the office whilst we are working, however, if he can, he will go downstairs to the sheepskin rug in the living room. He still jumps at most noises - the toast popping up, fridge door closing, the printer in the office working, the washing machine starting up, doors banging and even the pub kitchen extractor

Squire
Enjoying the freedom of the garden
12th April 2005


Relaxing on the sheepskin rug
Relaxing on the sheepskin rug
12th April 2005


Squire
and again . . . . .
fan as we walk past it, but its early days yet. He's beginning to know the morning and evening feed routine and is sitting quietly with the others in the kitchen waiting for his dinner, which when he gets he eats gently and doesn't bolt down. He knows which cupboard in the kitchen contains his food and although he's never had a pig's ear before and took the first one warily he now stands waiting with the others at the door waiting for his, which he usually takes to the sheepskin rug in the living room in peace to chew it. He wanders freely around the garden now and shows no interest in the sheep and lambs in the field next to our garden, which is only separated by a wire fence. We met a couple of cyclists on our walk yesterday and when the bikes became close he got a bit twitchy on his lead until they passed so it may be he's wary of all bikes not just children's.
If Squire thinks he's going for a walk he becomes very bouncy and with him being quite a strong dog he takes some holding to remove his house collar and put his leather one on. However, once you have the lead on him he stands still waiting patiently to go out - the art seems to be to not to get him too excited and to get his lead on him before you get your coat on.
Squire guards his territory and by that we mean the house and the car. If he is in the car and he sees someone walk past it he will bark until they have gone past. If he sees someone walking along the pavement outside the house he will bark at them until they are out of sight. We work from home and if anyone comes to visit he barks at them. He's not aggressive towards them because he's stands a distance from them barking and if the visitor walks towards him he starts to back away. If we are quiet in the house then move to another room and he does't see us do it he starts barking as he thinks someone strange is in the house, however, if we talk to him he realises it's us and he stops.
14th April 2005
We've taken Squire into the local pub two or three times and each time he just stands very still and watches warily what's going on, however, we are asking people to actively come and say hello and stroke him to get him used to strangers being around and touching him so in time it should reduce his wariness towards them. A comment was made on how his coat was beginning to shine more, which was nice. Squire travels well in the car and last night we went to meeting at Gretna Green. When we arrived we fed all the dogs as the journey coincided with their meal time then took them for a walk before the meeting. Squire ate his dinner in the back of the car with Indi whilst Bobby and Jill ate theirs on the car park. Squire never bothered about being fed in an unusual environment and after they finished we took them for a walk, which was shorter than ususal because the place was inundated with rabbits. The others three became quite alert when they saw the rabbits but Squire acted rather indifferent, which we thought strange so it may be he wasn't bothered with them or may be was nervous of his new environment and being on a lead. They all stayed in the car during the meeting but came into the room afterwards and they did us proud by sitting quietly on the floor - even Squire sat down but was rather jumpy when people started to clap and he needed our reassurance to quieten him again.
He's really settling in with the other dogs and is quite happy to be in his bed with the others sleeping almost on top of him - he's also started sleeping on his back next to them, which is lovely to see.
16th April 2005
We did a 'cat test' on Squire this morning and from his reaction he could live in a home with a cat. He showed no interest in it at first and we were not sure he'd even seen it so we took the cat off the top of settee and her owner sat on the settee with her so she was eye level with Squire. Squire looked and the cat then turned and walked away from it. We introduced Squire to the cat a few times and he didn't seem bothered at all. At one stage the cat jumped off her owner's lap onto the back of the settee and Squire looked with interest so we sprayed him with cold water and told him to 'leave' - he turned away from the cat but before doing so he looked at me with disgust for spraying him with water!
Over the past couple of days we've been getting down on the floor with Squire to encourage him to play with us and this afternoon we succeeded because he started bending down towards Stuart and nuzzling in to him. He's still a bit of a thief if he thinks he can get away with it - this evening I poured some Maltesers in a dish, went to put the packet away and turned round to find he had the dish in his teeth and starting to carry it to his bed. Needless to say when he saw me spot him he dropped the dish and ran out of the room leaving Maltesers all over the kitchen floor.
17th April 2005
After having Squire for just over a week he is really beginning to settle down and he's much brighter in the eyes. This morning we found him playing with a toy in the living room. Strangers came over to him in the pub at lunchtime and he let them stroke him without tightening his stomach or backing away from them. He is much quieter when it comes to going for a walk because each day we've gone through a routine of quietly and calmly getting everyone ready for their walk and now Squire will stand patiently under the coat hooks waiting for you to put his lead on to take him out. However, if he gets excited about going out he can be quite a handful to calm down in order to get his lead on. He still barks if anyone strange enters the house and last night Stuart went out in the rain to get wood for the fire wearing his cap - Squire didn't recognise him, even when Stuart spoke and he wouldn't stop barking until Stuart took his cap off!
19th April 2005
This morning Squire went to the vet to be neutered and have his first inoculation. He was so nervous waiting to go in that his whole body shook with fear and was extremely timid of the vet. The vet gave us some painkillers for him as they thought him rather a 'wimp' so he may need them tomorrow. He seemed fine when he got home and soon settled on the sheepskin rug for the evening to recover.
22nd April 2005
Squire didn't need his painkillers and is recovering well from his operation. Apart from a couple of times during the first day he made no attempt to lick his stitches. He loves going out for walks and has started sitting on one of the settees in the living room. He's now house trained and knows that if he's let out, he has to 'do'. A couple of times this week when he's been on the settee with Stuart he's growled at him, both occassions he's been asleep or dozing and we think either Stuart moved and it woke him feeling sore or Stuart touched him when he was asleep and he woke with a start. Each time we told him off and hope its because of his stitches - this is something we will watch. Squire is quite a nervous dog and we have noticed that if you walk in a room where he is asleep he often wakes with a start and jumps up looking rather scared, so to overcome this, we talk to him a lot and as we walk into a room where he is asleep we say hello as we enter so he is aware of our presence. We also talk to him if he's on the settee and we want to stroke him - again so he knows its us before we touch him. This we feel will disappear in time as he gets more used to us and comes to realise we are not going to harm him. Jill was told off last night for taking something from the kitchen work surface and Squire upon hearing the reprimand scarpered into the other room - he certainly didn't like hearing us raise our voice and disappeared out of sight until it was all over. He's beginning to learn that after tea there are plates to lick and he loves coming for cuddles and will often brush against your legs to remind you he's there and to stroke him.
23rd April 2005
We all went to the Greyhound Awareness Day in Carlisle City Centre this afternoon. We parked in a nearby multi-storey car park where we luckily found a slot on the first floor. Squire was very nervous as we got them all out the car and put him on a double lead with Bobby. In order to get down to where the event was being held we had to walk them down two sets of stairs. The first set Squire handled very well - they were shiny tiles but the area was enclosed. The second set next to the elavator had glass sides and he could see everybody walking about at the bottom, whether it was the stairs, elavator or the people we don't know but he was extremely nervous of going down these so having tied Indi and Jill at the bottom I was about to go back to the top to give Stuart a hand when he and Bobby decided to risk it. Neither Bobby nor Squire liked those stairs and were glad to be at the bottom. To say Squire is so timid of strangers he handled the crowds well but when we arrived at the event he stood, probably thought about the situation and shook for a while. We acted indifferent to his behaviour and our dogs said hello to all the others and Squire, seeing no one else was afraid soon calmed down. He was very wary of the first two or three strangers who came over to say hello but after a while he took them all in his stride and although quite quiet never shook again - until the band started, which caused him to quake, but then ALL the dogs moved further to one side when it started up. A stroke on the head and down his side soon comforted him and after a short while even that didn't bother him. A couple and their 10 year old daughter came to the event specifically to see Squire, walked him round the square, with our watchful eye incase anything 'spooked' him. They spent quite a while with him and decided they would like to adopt him. As they had passed the DGR home check arrangements were made for Squire to go to his new home after his stitches are removed.
25th April 2005
This evening we did a home check for a couple wanting to adopt a Greyhound. We took in Indi at first so they could see how big one was and if the they felt comfortable with the size in their house, but she was too keen on their two cats so we took Squire in instead. Squire didn't even want to look at them and when one came and sat in the living room doorway he never moved. When we came to leave, the cat was sitting on the front door step and Squire refused to walk past it. As the cat was also standing its ground Stuart stood in between the cat and Squire in order to get him out the house!
26th April 2005
Last night Squire was up on the settee cuddling next to Stuart and again he growled so we did a few experiments to find out why. In the end we concluded that Squire was nervous of Stuart's left arm, which was across the back of the settee and his hand was casually touching Squire. As Squire couldn't see where this hand was coming from it made him nervous and his growl was a warning to Stuart to protect him. Squire, we think couldn't work out that although Stuart was sitting to his right it was also his arm on his left that was touching him. We told him off if he growled and showed him the water squirty bottle but then we also showed him that the 'wandering' hand belonged to Stuart and after a while he came to accept it. We don't think Squire has had close contact such as this and although he now loves cuddling up to Stuart on the settee he is still very wary, but then he can't tell us what has happened to him in the past and only two weeks ago he was living in a kennel! Incidentally, we reached our conclusion about him growling because if you are facing him, whether standing up or sitting on the floor you can stroke and cuddle him with no problem and, because you are facing him he can see all the hands touching him are yours. With Squire at the moment you must talk to him a lot and do things facing him so he knows it's you. If you do anything that he can't see it makes him nervous and will cause him to jump, back away and as we have seen on the settee to growl. When we got George he was far worse than Squire and it took him a couple of months of tender loving care and consideration before he became fully relaxed in our company. Squire, we feel is just like George and will get there - he just needs time and TLC.
29th April 2005
Today was the first of our photo shoots for our new calendar and Squire joined us at Biggar Park in Lanarkshire where he had his photograph taken with Britney-Lee. He did really well to say he is so shy with strangers and we managed to get some good photographs of him including one we are using as a supporting picture for October. When the photo shoot finished we drove towards Dumfries and dropped Squire off at his new home just north of the town where he will be living in the countryside with a family who also have a cat and another dog to keep him company. It was quite sad leaving him behind but we are sure he will enjoy living in that lovely part of the world and we wish him a long and happy life with his new family.
20th November 2005
Today was the annual Dumfriesshire Greyhound Rescue Fun Greyhound Show/Christmas Fayre at the Loreburn Hall in Dumfries. We put up a stall selling the 'Long Legged Beauties' 2006 calendar and Becky Speed (July) and Britney-Lee (October) joined us to meet the press and sign calendars. We were so delighted to see Squire walking towards our stall to say hello with his owners and Bobby and Indi gave him a lovely warm welcome. He looked really well but was a little nervous at everything going on around him. He won third prize in the competition for 'dog being shown by a child' and his proud owner came over to show us his brand new rosette. It was so lovely to see him again along with six of our other foster dogs and seeing the seven of them together with Bobby and Indi brought a lump to my throat and really made our day.


Sadly, since the last entry we have lost contact with Squire (Proper Squire) and his owners. If anyone knows anything about Squire please let us know so we may update his page.


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(If you have any information about any of them please let us know so we can update their pages
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