Fostering and re-homing greyhounds in the South Lake District, Cumbria
Buster arrived on Tuesday 1st October 2013.
Went to his new home on Saturday 13th April 2014
Buster's arrival and a brief history
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Buster is a handsome ex-racing greyhound who was born on the 11th September 2009 and weighs 32.6k. He is now house trained, neutered, microchipped and inoculated.
Buster has a lovely nature and is a very happy dog who loves his toys and tennis balls, walks nicely on the lead, travels well in a car and we have been told he is okay with other dogs while out walking because he tends to ignore them. This however, we will monitor as we get to know him more.
Went to his new home on Saturday 13th April 2014.
|* The branch kennel at the bottom
of our garden is where Buster
the other resident(s) will
be for the first day or so until he
gets to know the other greyhounds.
our garden and
paddock, and once he gets to know
the other dogs he will be allowed in
the house during the day and all
the dogs will then take it
in turn to
sleep in the house at night, so
they become use to sleeping in
both the kennel and the house.
1st October 2013
This afternoon Buster arrived. He's a fine looking dog, a bit overweight and we bathed him. He wasn't too sure of that, but he will feel better for it.
2nd October 2013
This afternoon we wormed Buster and put some Frontline on him.
3rd October 2013
This morning Buster went to the vet to be neutered and receive his first inoculation. The vet said he was healthy and he weighed in at 32.4k. All went well and Stuart went for Buster late afternoon and brought him home.
17th October 2013
This afternoon Buster visited the vets to have his neutering stitches removed and his second inoculation.
20th October 2013
This afternoon Buster left our kennel and went of with Wendy who will be fostering him for a few days. He walked lovely on the lead beside her as she took him to her car and later this evening we received a text saying
Buster & Blue are getting on well. They've both had a good walk, supper and are asleep in front of the stove. Wendy says Buster is really nice and everyone loves him.
22nd October 2013
This morning Buster visited the vets to have his stitches removed and his second inoculation.
24th October 2013
Due to family circumstances Wendy brought both Buster and Blue back here this morning and Buster quickly settled back down to life in the kennel again with the others.
30th December 2013
Since being back with us Buster has been living in the kennel with some others because of the number of greyhounds currently living in the house, and re-homings being slow with Christmas on the way. The weather has been quite bad recently and so Buster has been in the kennel during the day quite a lot otherwise he just stands in the garden in the rain looking in the window asking to come in. To stop him getting wet and cold, which he does if i leave him out there, I've been keeping him in the kennel with the others, but he hates it, and has recently started chewing the kennel door frame unless I muzzle him. Soiling in the passageway has also started - as a protest!
This morning the weather was again very bad and because Buster has been looking so sad the last few days I brought him and Kate in the house. I put all the other greyhounds behind the gate at the end of the kitchen and Buster and Kate stayed in the kitchen so they could get to meet all the others and they get used to them being in the house. They loved it, and before long were fast asleep on the dog bed in front of the kitchen fire. After they had their tea, they did their toilet then it was back in the kennel for the night. Buster was NOT keen on that idea and was quite stubborn about going back in there.
31st December 2013
Nigel arrived again today to walk some of the dogs, and on one of the trips he took Kate and Buster out together. While out walking they saw a dog in the distance and Buster barked at it. He is such a happy dog that he wants to play with everything he sees, problem is, he approaches everything like a 'bull in a china shop' which will land him in trouble if the dog he approaches doesn't want to play and has a snap, which may cause Buster to join in also. This we don't want to happen so we are going to try and teach him to approach other dogs in a more calm manner, which with Buster may be easier said than done.
1st January 2014
Buster and Kate came in the house again today, but have still not mingled with the others because we kept them separated by the gate at the end of the kitchen so they could get to know each other, and I could continue with my work.
2nd January 2014
Nigel and Hazel visited again today to walk the dogs, and on one of their trips out they took Buster and Maisie together. Both walked nicely on the lead and walked well together.
20th January 2014
This morning Buster was wormed and given Frontline.
25th February 2014
This afternoon Nigel came to walk the dogs, one of which was Buster who he said was a pleasure to walk. During the walk he became quite excited when he saw some workmen who he wanted to go and say hello to.
27th February 2014
This afternoon Nigel came to walk the dogs, one of which was Buster who really looks forward to him coming, gets very excited and tries to head for the front door, which is the one he goes through with Nigel when they go walking.
13th March 2014
This afternoon Buster decided his bed in the living room just wasn't good enough so he dragged one of the others from our bedroom and placed it on top. Laying there looking very smug I also noticed he'd taken one of my slippers from the wardrobe and that was with him also.
13th April 2014
This morning Buster went off to his new home where we hope he has a long and happy life with his new family. Because of the way he can be outside sometimes when he sees other dogs we loaned his new owners the martingale collar he was wearing until they could purchase one. This is because it is more secure than the leather one because it can be pulled tight so he can't pull his head out.
21st April 2014
We heard today that Buster is settling in well with his new family who are well suited and 'over the moon' with him. He loves his tuna and sardines for dinner and is good in the car.
Recently he managed to climb the stairs for the first time, but got stuck at the top and couldn't get down without some help. He's not tried since, but he may do once he's plucked up the courage again.
2nd May 2014
We received our martingale collar back this morning with a note saying Buster had settled in nicely. He is so affectionate and they have all fallen for him. He is getting better on the lead when he sees other dogs etc and they are going to continue with the training the best they can.
15th July 2014
We received a postcard today from Buster and his new family who are on holiday in Scarborough. He says he's really settled into his forever home, but he can be a bit naughty at times. He says he's pinched food from the table if given the chance and if he finds any bags or shoes on the floor he takes them to his bed.
He says he's loving his holiday and there is a big field where he can run safely without his lead on, which he says is great!
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* The branch kennel
In our garden
14th October 2013
. . . and again.
14th October 2013
5th January 2014
22nd February 2014.