Posted 3 months ago
Eight ex-racing greyhounds and three bull-breed crosses are looking for a place to call home, and a family to give them all the love they deserve.
Some of the rescued pooches arrived at Warrington-based Cheshire Dogs Home as strays, whilst others went from one kennel to another after retiring from the race track.
Xena, found as a stray, is one of the dogs hoping to win over someone's heart and gain a second chance at life. The American Bulldog cross has a condition with her joints which will require long-term medication.
American Bulldog cross Xena is looking for a very special forever family.
The eight-year-old dog arrived in rescue as a stray, but no-one came forward for her, so is hoping to find her second chance at life with a new family.
The sweet girl is known to melt hearts everywhere she goes with her puppy dog eyes and ‘award-winning smile’, but the pooch suffers with Osteoarthritis and will need her new owners to be aware that she will need long-term pain relief.
The rescue said: “Xena may need to take some days easier than others, anyone interested in offering her the home she deserves will be able to discuss her medical needs with our veterinary team.
"She does not let this affect her though and is an incredibly happy and often playful girl who wants nothing more than a home where she will be loved to the fullest.
“We do not know if she has ever lived with children however she has a very sweet nature so could potentially live with older children who will understand her medical requirements.
“Out and about, she generally walks nicely on the lead but can be quite strong if she sees something interesting, she is sociable with other dogs and has loved making new friends here at the home.”
Here are 10 other dogs looking for a family at Cheshire Dogs Home:
Skyler is a staffy cross with giant ‘bat ears’ that look like she could fly away!
The happy, bouncy girl is six-years and nine-months-old, and is looking for an experienced home where she can make people laugh.
Cheshire Dogs Home said: “She is absolutely full of character and would suit a home where she can be the house clown, her style of play involves slapping with her front paws and bouncing around with her toys.”
Skyler is hoping to find an adult only home with no other pets, where she can go on exciting walks and adventures.
The rescue added: “Generally, she has a lot to say and can be very vocal when she is excited or wanting attention. She will be needing a home where noise is not an issue.
“Out on walks, she can be quite difficult to handle, generally, without any distractions she walks quite nicely, happy to explore the world with her nose however around distractions such as squirrels, birds or other dogs she can be very strong and difficult to calm down. She is in need of continued training in this area and would not be suited to a first time owner.
“We know not every home has what Skyler needs but whoever is willing to give her the time she needs will have an amazing friend and wonderful memories ahead in return.”
Nellie is one of many retired greyhounds looking for a home at Cheshire Dogs Home, but unlike most, she has previously lived in a home.
Most ex-racers head straight to rescue, but Nellie was able to find a family where she lived with children. However, through no fault of her own, she had to return to the shelter in search of a new family.
Nellie is three-years and eight-months-old, described as a ‘comical’ character by her handlers. They said: “Nellie is looking for a home where she can be involved in everything and loved the way she should be.
"When not lapping up the attention Nell is happy to snooze away her time on the sofa, legs stretched out doing her best super-dog impression.
“She is a very playful girl who delights in showing off her zoomie abilities, catching treats with impressive accuracy and playing with her toys, preferably an unstuffed teddy.”
The former racing dog is looking for a home with children over the age of five, and is happy to be left home alone for up to four hours once she’s settled.
A spokesperson added: “Out and about she is very fond of other sighthounds and bigger dogs, although still not sure what to make of smaller dogs, despite having more real world experience than other ex-racers, she would still not be suited to living with smaller dogs or cats due to her previous training.
“She is a clever girl who has learnt lots of different requests from people, including kiss, leave it and bed, she is incredibly interested in food and easily persuaded to learn new things in return for a tasty snack (some of her favourites being custard creams, frozen bananas and prawn crackers).
“Nellie is a very special girl, who brings so much light and life into any home, we hope that we will be overwhelmed with applications for her and she can meet her new family very soon.”
Three-year-old Gomez is an affectionate ex-racer - but he suffers from sleep startle, which means he could snap should he be woken up from a snooze.
Cheshire Dogs Home said: "Gomez is looking for an understanding, adult only home due to the fact that he is known to suffer sleep startle and can be unaware of his surroundings. This is very common in retired racing greyhounds as for most of their life they have been accustomed to life without being disturbed whilst sleeping.
"This can be something they grow out of as they get used to life in a home however there is always the possibility that it will not. With dogs such as Gomez people in the home will need to be used to alerting the dog of their presence and waking them by calling them, not simply petting them whilst they sleep which can sometimes be hard to avoid (especially if they are sleeping in a particularly cute way, such as Gomez likes to do with his cuddle caterpillar).
"We really hope that this will not put anyone off offering Gomez the home he deserves, when he is awake he is the life of the party and sure to bring much joy to any home."
As with most ex-racing greyhounds, Gomez has a high prey drive and can be strong on the lead, so wouldn’t be able to live with cats or small animals.
The rescue added: “He is sociable with larger dogs however dogs with high prey drive can sometimes mistake a small running dog in the park for the lure they have been trained to chase, he is trained to wear a muzzle on walks and we strongly advise that this is continued in his new home.
“He would love a secure garden where he can run about and play safely. However generally, greyhounds are a very lazy breed, being nicknamed the 40mph couch potato!”
Tiny Tim is nicknamed such due to being, well, quite the opposite - weighing in at 36kg!
The six-year-old crossbreed has no idea of his size, so believes himself to be a lapdog with a permanently reserved spot on the sofa.
He arrived at Cheshire Dogs Home as a stray but was never claimed, so is now ready to find a new, forever home - without any children.
The charity said: “Before he is ready to settle down for a cuddle Tim likes to go for his walks and explore the world. He would like an active home where he can go for exciting walks, but he can be very strong on the lead if he sees something interesting so would benefit from further training in this area. Whilst he learns not to pull he will need someone who is physically able to walk him.
“In his new home he will be needing further socialisation around other dogs to help him learn how to behave. Unfortunately he is not a fan of other dogs so is looking for a home as the only dog, with people who can provide continued socialisation and training in this area.”
Like many former racers, four-year-old Trixie is looking for a home where she can come out of her shell and enjoy a fuss.
Much like Gomez, Trixie has a high prey drive, so would not be able to live with smaller animals and would need to wear a muzzle on walks.
Cheshire Dogs Home said: “Although greyhounds are very accustomed to living in kennels, they generally adapt well and love nothing better than a comfy place to stretch out and snooze the day away, greyhounds do well with two or three shorter walks a day.
“Greyhounds are built for speed, not stamina, and use up their energy in short bursts, this leaves lots of time for napping, cuddling and playing.
“Generally, the breed are quizzical, sometimes shy, very sensitive, and surprisingly gentle. They possess superior intelligence and can exhibit a quiet but surprising independence.”
Handsome Axle is also a retired racer, and would require a similar home to that of Trixie and Gomez.
He is three-years-old, and is hoping that someone out there will be able to offer him a space on their sofa.
Cheshire Dogs Home said: “Because of their early training, retired greyhounds have never been without the company of other greyhounds and have never had the opportunity to really be a puppy.
“They may need to act out some puppy behaviour, like chewing, which they typically quickly outgrow. They are eager to please and can be trained with patience, consistency and positive reinforcement. They are used to walking on the lead and will learn to heel quickly.
“Most greyhounds do not know how to sit, climb stairs, or play games only because they have not yet learned. With time they can learn all of these things. Likewise, they have not been exposed to general household items, hoovers, tv’s and suchlike, they generally adapt quickly but will need time to adjust to these new experiences.”
Cheeky Tucker is a five-year-old greyhound who only recently discovered the world outside of the racing track.
His handlers say he is keen to be a part of everything and enjoys being the centre of attention, having lots of fusses and fun.
A spokesperson for the rescue said: “He can be quite strong on the lead when he is excited and is known to be quite full on, his enthusiasm shines through in everything he does.
“Due to his previous training Tucker does have a very high prey drive, so he would not be able to live with any cats or small animals but his owners would also need to be aware that his prey drive may extend to small dogs.”
Check out that smile! Ross is nearly three years old, and is ready to see what the big wide world has in store for him after racing.
He is an excitable lad who likes to show off his cheesy grin, which gets some hilarious looks from other dog walkers.
He is looking for a home where owners will be aware of his high prey drive and would be happy to continue walking him on a muzzle.
Ross would prefer a couple of short walks a day, as well as a secure garden for doing zoomies before a snooze on the sofa.
Cody, aged five, is in the same boat as the other ex-racers, with a high prey drive and the desire for a pawfect retirement home with owners who understand greyhounds.
Cheshire Dogs Home said: “Cody is a sensitive boy who has recently retired from racing and is starting to discover what the big wide world has to offer.
"He would like a calm home where he can grow in confidence, he can be a little unsure initially but is a very sweet and happy boy once he gets to know you.”
Three-year-old ex-racer, Jack, is a little nervous about the world beyond racing, so is hoping to find a home where he can learn to be more confident.
Cheshire Dogs Home said: “Sweet Jack is looking for someone to help him learn that the world isn’t so scary, he can be very worried by new people and situations so will be needing a patient and calm home where he can relax and come out of his shell.
“Once he gets to know you he is very sweet and likes a cuddle, here at the home he frequently rests his head upon the shoulders of those he trusts.”
You can find out more about the dogs looking for forever families at Cheshire Dogs Home here.
If you are interested in adopting a dog from Cheshire Dogs Home or would like more information, contact 0300 102 1212 or email reception at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.