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Roy
(was called Gerry)


Roy arrived on Wednesday 22nd September 2011
Went to his new home on Sunday 11th March 2012.


Roy's arrival and a brief history
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Black Greyhound
Roy, who was origionally called Jenny, then Gerry is a handsome black ex-racing greyhound who was born in September 2007. He weighs 34.5k, has a gorgeous nature and is a very loveable and playful lad. He loves laying on his back on the settee, going for walks he's super on the lead and travels well in a car. He is house trained, neutered, inoculated and microchipped.
Roy's one 'down-side' is his obsession for searching the kitchen work surfaces for food - even the smallest scrap on a plate or spoon. He is so crafty he won't do it while we are around, but turn our back for one second and he's in there. In a previous life he would have made the perfect pickpocket or shoplifter and we wouldn't be at all surprised if he wasn't 'the Artful Dodger' from Oliver Twist! However, we are working with him so he will be able to live amongst food rather than having to steal all in sight.

Roy, although okay with other breeds of dogs when they are ten feet away is still wary of loose dogs running around his feet, but then many dogs don't like this and in time and with more socialisation this may improve.


Roy's Diary
22nd September 2011
This afternoon Stuart met Gerry's owner and transferred him into the Retired Greyhound Trust. He travelled well in the car on the way home and once home met our greyhounds in the garden. Having done his toilet in the garden we brought him indoors to settle him and he will stay with us until after his neutering operation, then go to Julia's to be fostered.
23rd September 2011
This morning Gerry attended the vet for his first inoculation and to be neutered.  He weighed in at 34.5k.  All went well and because he was neutered fairly early in the day he was starving when he got home so had his tea as normal with the others.  No way was he going to settle with a light snack, no, he wanted a full meal or he was going to whine all night.
24th September 2011
Gerry seems better today following his neutering yesterday - he walks lovely on the lead, but is still a little nervous at times and the others including Solo, Sandy and Coaly have been telling him off.
25th September 2011
Gerry much more settled last night – slept by my side of the bed.  In the middle of the night he crawled up as close as he could to the bed and got himself stuck – had to pull him out.
Coaly and the others are not as grumbly with him now and his initial nervousness has disappeared.
Bit of a thief – stole a bone Stuart had put out of reach on the mantelpiece.  He just put his feet on the brickwork and he was tall enough to reach them.  First time we’ve had a dog do that!
Beginning to understand what the jingle of collars coming from the cupboard means and comes with the others now to have his put on.  Walks lovely on the lead and tonight we took him in the pub.  Walked in and settled as if he’d been doing it all his life!  He was so laid back and chilled out he lay on the carpet and when Stuart stood to go to the bar he just lay there and never moved.  Think he’s the first to have done that first visit to the pub.
26th September 2011
Gerry slept superb last night, being more settled he never slept by the side of my bed but in the crate in the living room with the door open.  We never heard a sound from him until the alarm went off in the morning and he went out in the garden to do his toilet with the others.
He’s getting to know our routine and sleeps in the living room with the others while we do the b & b guest’s breakfasts.  Apart from the first day when he had a couple of accidents in the house he’s been perfect, going in the garden with the others and when the door has been shut standing in front of it waiting for us to let him out. He’s come out of his shell today, is much happier around the others and they are not as grumpy with him.  He’s started to get excited and wants to play around the time we put the collars on to go for a walk, and once past the first minute or so of excitement he calms down and walks nicely on the lead.
28th September 2011
This morning Julia called round and collected Gerry now that he was recovering from his neutering operation. She later emailed to say he has made friends with her three dogs with no growls or anything. He is also quickly learning the word 'leave' when he gets excited about seeing the guinea pigs!
4th October 2011
We received an email from Julia, who is fostering Gerry letting us know that somehow yesterday, he managed to steal two whole loaves of bread, one of which was in the bread bin on the work surface with lid on the top. He also ate a pack of butter, so he wasn't in the good books!! Before Gerry arrived he was called Jenny because of his racing name. As we didn't think this appropriate, and it was said he knew his name, we changed it to Gerry, however, when he was with us he didn't seem to understand it. We put it down to him coming from kennels, settling in nerves and getting used to hearing it with a different voice, and he would soon pick it up.
Julia and her family have been calling him Gerry, but he will not respond, nor will he respond to Jenny. Julia mentioned today that since she's had him he's been quite difficult to deal with because he won't respond to his name. A couple of days ago in frustration she shouted 'Oy' at him and he responded. Since then the have been testing him and because he responds every time to 'Oy' they changed it to Roy - and he responds to that as well. As a result we decided to change his name to Roy.
9th october 2011
We received an email this morning from Julia letting us know that Roy, as he is now called is getting on okay. She is still walking him in his muzzle on as is normal with a new foster dog in order to assess how he is with other breeds of dogs. Roy seems alright with the larger dogs, and gets on fine with Julia's two lurchers and labrador, but if the smaller ones come inside his personal space he doesn't like it. He doesn't growl or make a fuss but Julia gets the impression he may nip if he didn't have his muzzle on as he doesn't like them running round his legs. As a result, Julia is allowing him to meet the smaller ones , but only at the distance he is comfortable with so he can watch them without them bothering him. Then he is fine. In doing this it gives him chance to watch them without feeling they are a threat. In time he will allow the distance he will allow them to come will become shorter.
Roy still prowls the kitchen looking for anything that may have been left out, but now he knows his name it is easier to communicate with him and tell him off. They have given him his Sunday best name of Royston. He is definately responding more to them now they can call him and he knows who he is.
Julia has however, now re-organised her kitchen and moved everything into cupboards or on to higher shelves until this need he has to jump up and get what ever is available disappears. If she didn't he would become as fat as a pig and they would starve - what a character!
12th October 2011
Julia took Roy for his second inoculation today, and because they had to wait a while he became quite anxious. When it was time to go in he was very good and never flinched. He then slept in the car while she went round the supermarket - she thinks he has quite enjoyed his morning out! Arriving home he devoured a raw hide cigar chew, which he loves.
24th October 2011
Because Julia was having a few problems with Roy in her kitchen we said we would have him while she went away for a few days with her daughter in their mobile home over the half-
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Black greyhound
27th September 2011

Black greyhound
In our garden
27th September 2011

Black greyhound
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Black greyhound
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Black greyhound
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Black greyhound
8th January 2012

term holidays. A mobile home is no place for a dog who insists on scouting the kitchen!
2nd November 2011

Roy has been very good until this morning when at 9.15am Stuart found him carrying some cooking trays that had been stacked by the kitchen sink into the conservatory ready to lick clean.  We are going to record when he does these sort of things to see if it coincides with him being hungry!

10th January 2012
In the past couple of weeks we've noticed a huge change in Roy. He's still the first to remind us it's time for breakfast or tea by constantly doing little whimpering sounds to remind us to hurry up, but now he's actually coming to us for cuddles. He's worked out what the nudge to the elbow does when I'm at my desk doing work - it means stop and give me a cuddle. When he comes in from the garden he comes looking for a cuddle with the others. He's discovered that having his chin and neck rubbed is lovely, and he seems more part of the 'team' rather than doing his own thing all the time. Yes, we still need eyes in the back of our head in the kitchen, but he's not as bad as he was, and he's turning into a really super companion.
6th February 2012
We've been working hard with Roy to stop him jumping about all over the place and knocking into the others while he's waiting for his food. Today was the first time he didn't jump about when he saw his food, but stood and 'hopped' a little until he was given it. Perhaps the 'penny is dropping' that he has to wait from the moment his dish is picked up from the table until he's allowed to eat it.
7th February 2012
Well would you believe it, but Roy for the first time walked to the conservatory and waited for his food. Having then eaten his fill he actually left a little food in the bottom of his dish - thought we would never see the day!
10th February 2012
He's done it again, my back was turned and he walked off with the butter dish. Thankfully, the lid stayed on and removed from
him - he was not amused. Not at having it taken off him, but being caught without so much a taste!
22nd February 2012
Well this beggars belief. I put some carrier bags on the kitchen floor containing tins of dog food. Safe I thought till I got other things from the car then I would put them all in the cupboard. Not so! When I came back in Roy was eating meat from the inside of a can. In the short time I was out the house he'd taken a tin from the carrier bag, pulled the lid off using the ring pull and had eaten half the contents. I removed the can from him and found the ring pull in his bed. He looked disappointed that he'd not eaten enough and after my recovering from the shock of what he'd done I was relieved that he hadn't cut himself. Roy - only you could had done something like that!
23rd February 2012
We took Roy in the pub this evening with Sandy and Indi. He was fine until our food arrived then he became very unsettled so we put him in the car until we'd finished.
4th March 2012
Despite Roy being a super lad he is just so strong willed when it comes to food. We've decided his name should be 'Stealth' because he arrives, takes what he wants, and leaves without you even knowing until you look for the item that has disappeared. Tonight he took a whole clove of garlic, from where we are not quite sure. It could have been from the container in the fridge or during the few seconds the container was on the work surface while Stuart was taking something else out. Anyway, all Stuart managed to salvage was three cloves! He's now asleep in the living room where Stuart says it smells like chemical warfare!
10th March 2012
We had a visit this afternoon from a couple whose greyhound passed away last week and they wanted to look at the dogs. Roy seemed to 'click' with them instantly and he seemed to be the favourite. We went over his stealing issues, what he'd done and what we were doing about it because we needed them to realise the dog laying on the floor looking as if 'butter wouldn't melt in his mouth' was nicknamed Stealth. Although we discussed all the dogs in foster homes and waiting to come in, in some detail, they were still swayed towards Roy. As a result, we asked if they could go home and have a chat about things, have time to reflect on all the dogs to ensure they were getting the right one for them. This they did.
11th March 2012
This lunch time the couple who called in yesterday afternoon phoned to say it was Roy they definately wanted and took on board all we had said about his stealing. As Roy was ready to go, the couple had had a home check done for their previous greyhound and we felt comfortable with them we asked when would they like him. "yesterday" they replied, so this afternoon Roy's new owners arrived to take him home with them. He was really pleased to see them again, and once all the paperwork was complete and he'd been fitted out with a nice red walking out coat off he went for a short walk before climbing into their motor home and on his way to his new home. Roy was a super lad and we are sure this home is just perfect for him. He will be sorely missed here with him being such a character and with us having him so long, however, we are here to foster so we wish him a long and happy life in his new home.
13th March 2012
This evening we spoke with Roy's new owners to see how he was settling in. They say he's fine, not made any attempt to steal any food - yet! He's met some other breeds of dogs while on his walks and was okay with them. Roy was quite used to being left in our house albeit with another dog so yesterday they left him for a couple of hours while they had to go out and returned to find he'd taken a couple of their coats of the hooks and had been asleep on them - bless him! He's been managing the stairs and sleeps at the end of the bed on his bed at night time. He loves laying on the settee having a cuddle and when one of him owners arrives home from work he is there to greet him and follows him around like a shadow!
18th March 2012
Heard this afternoon that Roy is still settling in well. He has 3 beds in the house to choose from, the stairs are no longer a problem, there's not been one accident in the house and he's been for a day out in the motor home to see how he finds it - good place to sleep and enjoy the view!
He's still following his owners around, but that is insecurity and will disappear once he gets to know them more and understands their routine.
Oh ..... and he's found the bag of coffee at the back of the coffee machine and spread it over the kitchen floor - coffee machine plus new bag of coffee now moved to a different place. The wine glass in the kitchen wasn't quite as lucky and they still haven't found the beer mat............. sounds to me like Roy is beginning to come out of his shell and is starting to look for their weak spots as he did ours!!!!!

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