Beech Hill House
Beech Hill House B&B
Witherslack
Grange-over-Sands
Cumbria LA11 6RH

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Freddie

Freddie arrived on Saturday 17th April 2010
Went to his new home on Monday 10th May 2010
Freddie was returned to us through no fault of his own on Thursday 24th June 2010
Two weeks before going to his new forever home he started to limp that on
Friday 20th August 2010 was diagnosed with invasive cancer. On the 21st August 2010
we adopted him and sadly Freddie passed away on Saturday 16th October 2010.


Freddie's arrival and a brief history
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Freddie - Fawn Greyound
Freddie is a super gentleman who was born on the 5th June 1999 so is 11 years old. Freddie lived with an elderly lady and her cat for 6 years until she became too ill to look after him. He then went to live with another elderly lady who sadly fell a couple of months after adopting him and because of her carer arrangements Freddie has come back to us. He is a super guy, full of character and is house trained, neutered, inoculated and microchipped. He weighs 30.8k, walks nicely on the lead, travels well in the car and is fine with children and other breeds of dogs. Because of what has happened to him over the past few months we are looking for a very special home for a very special gentleman. A home where he will be loved and cherished always.
Freddie's Diary
During the spring we received a phone call from a lady whose elderly mother had just had a stroke, was in hospital and would soon be going into a care home. As a result they were looking for somewhere who would take Freddie, her loyal companion of 6 years and find him a new home because no relatives or friends could take him. As they lived the other end of the country from us we suggested a number of Greyhound Rescue Centres and other options to try who could help find him somewhere.
7th April 2010
We received another call today letting us know there had been no success in finding a home for Freddie who was currently staying with a neighbour. No one or no where would take him because of his age, which they believed was between 8 and 9 years. The rescue kennels would take him, but his elderly owner didn't want him going into kennels having been in a home for such a long time. On the 1st May the neighbour's baby was due and because they only had a small flat they couldn't keep him after the baby was born no matter how much they wanted to.
Having received an email about Freddie we agreed that if they couldn't find anywhere for him, then as a last resort we would take him on condition they brought him here, and asked if they could supply all the paperwork relating to him so we knew more about him, which they agreed.
Around this time we had a family looking for a cat friendly greyhound, having just lost their collie to old age. With Freddie living in a home environment for so long we emailed asking for more details about Freddie and was he cat friendly? Yes, he was.
14th April 2010
Upon receiving Freddie's earmark the English Stud said they related to a 10 year old white and fawn dog. This was not Freddie, but we were assured by his owner's daughter the earmark was correct and they could find no paperwork about him other than his inoculation card and they couldn't see anything on there. Having come across this before we left it and awaited Freddie's arrival so we could check his earmarks ourselves.
17th April 2010
Freddie arrived this afternoon along with all his belongings - beds, coats, food, treats, grooming tools and more. It had been a long journey travelling in the car and after the people who brought him left he looked a bit lost and bewildered until we introduced him to our greyhounds. There was a sparkle in his eye when he saw them all and wanted to go and say hello, then a walk around the garden and into the house. Shortly after he arrived we fed him and took them all for a walk, then we all settled down for the night.
18th April 2010
There was a bit of movement in the night and we are not sure whether it was Freddie or one of the others, but in the morning he was in a different bed to the one he was in when the lights went out. Around 6.30am he went in the garden with the others then back to his bed while we did breakfast for the bed & breakfast guests. Not a sound came from him during this time and when all was cleared away he was out in the garden again then back inside for his food. He seemed very nervous and would only eat a little before wandering off to have a look around so I sat on the kitchen step and held his bowl and he ate most of it before going outside again.
A family called around 11.30am with a view to adopting Freddie. Just before they arrived we discovered his date of birth on the inoculation card that came with him last night and it puts him older than we had been told while plans were being made to bring him here. We were shocked and rather hurt at discovering this because being a much older dog meant he lost his chance of a new home. The family were quite happy to adopt him at 8 or 9 years of age but felt that nearly 11 was too old. However, they took him for the day to see how they felt, but his presence in their house reminded them too much of the dog they lost at the beginning of the year and Freddie being there was too painful for them so he came back to us this evening. He happily walked through the door, said hello to all the others then lay on his bed that came back with him and ate the Dentastix we gave him. The rest of the night, what little there was, he lay asleep on one of the beds in the living room and looked happy and relaxed. Around 10.30pm he came running through the kitchen with the others and out to the garden to do his last toilet of the day then back to his bed. He is a lot more relaxed tonight than he was last night and this morning and seems happy and settled to be back amongst our greyhounds.
10th May 2010
This afternoon we took Freddie to the vet for a check up and his annual inoculations, which were due this month. Freddie weighed in at 30.8k.
After the vet we came home, packed all his belongings and drove him to his new home, which is with an elderly lady who recently lost her Boxer dog and who lives local to us, so no doubt we shall be seeing him from time to time.
In his new home, which is a bungalow with a nice secure garden we set up his beds (one in the living room, one in the bedroom), gave him a roasted marrow bone, which he thought was wonderful and he chewed it while we did the paperwork and had a chat. Just before I left I took him round the garden on the lead where he did his toilet and then back inside to his bone again.

Normally, when we leave a dog we ask the new owners to take him or her in the garden and we slip out so when the dog comes back in we are gone so they don't try to follow us, however, I couldn't do this on this occasion and Freddie wanted to leave with me, but his new owner put her arms around him and took him back inside. Seeing Freddie want to leave with me had quite an affect on me and I worried all night, hoping he was okay. Freddie is quite a character and we shall miss him because in many ways he reminded us of our Bobby. We wish him a happy and healthy life in his new home.
11th May 2010
I phoned this morning and left a message on the answer phone so when I received a call back this afternoon I was very grateful because I so wanted to know he was okay.
Freddie was okay last night, went for a walk around the garden with his lead on, slept in his bed in the bedroom and out again in the garden this morning. He didn't eat much food this morning, which we anticipated because of going to yet another home and nerves. We found he did the same with us for the first two or three days until he settled, then his appetite came back, so much so he used to eat his own dinner then eat any Indi had left in her bowl. I suggested they not leave his food down all day to go stale, attract flies, encourage 'grazing' and to become fussy, but to cover it with a plate and put it in the fridge until his next meal time, then top it up and give it him, whereby he will probably eat the lot - we do it with ours all the time if they are fussy eaters when they arrive - they soon grow out of it!.
The neighbour across the road, who used to walk Freddie's new owner's previous dog took Freddie for a walk with his new owner's next door neighbour and her Cairn Terrier this afternoon. Both dogs got on fine, Freddie walked lovely on the lead and enjoyed his walk to the park where he went for a short run with the Cairn Terrier then back on his lead to walk home. They said for the first time being out he was very good and they think him so lovely.
12th May 2010
I phoned this afternoon and spoke with Freddie's new owner who says Freddie is settling in, seems quite relaxed laying in the sunshine in his bed in the living room, is eating his food, been pottering around the garden and has been to the park for another walk. All seems to be going fine and they are very pleased with him.
5th June 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDDIE - 11 TODAY
24th June 2010
A couple of days ago Freddie's new owner fell in the garden and was taken to hospital. Freddie was on his own in her house because no one was available to look after him so a neighbour phoned to ask if we could have him back for a few days until his owner came home again. As Freddie has been through rather a lot these past few months we said yes because he know us here and will soon settle into our routine again. When he arrived just after lunch, complete with food, bed, bowls and coats it looked as if he was moving back in for good. He was quite anxious to begin with and looked a little on the thin side. Although it wasn't his feeding time we gave him some food, which often helps a dog to settle and within a couple of hours he was back to being the Freddie we knew so well.
25th June 2010
Last night Freddie had me up about five times in the night and I couldn't make out why. Perhaps he was missing his owner or perhaps it was settling into his night time routine with a number of other dogs again . I'd let him outside a couple of occassions thinking he might want to go to the toilet, but after that he just seemed unsettled. In the end in order that I could get some sleep I showed him the water spray and after a couple of warnings he settled again. He used to wake us a couple of times most nights when we had him before, which we put down to his age and I am wondering how his elderly owner had managed if he'd done that with her. Surely he hadn't, so why was he doing it here.
When Freddie arrived here yesterday because he looked rather on the thin side we are going to give him three meals a day for the next few days to put a little meat back on him.
26th June 2010
I've spent most of today pondering over why Freddie wasn't settled last night, what he was like when we had him before and what I could do to ensure I got a proper night's sleep. During the evening an idea suddenly occurred to me so I picked up his big padded bed, which we'd always kept in the living room and placed it on the floor in our bedroom by my side of the bed. After all the dogs had been out last thing and came in to settle for the night I had to turf Indi from Freddie's bed so he could get in. He curled up into a ball, gave a big sigh and settled immediately.
27th June 2010
Last night we never heard a sound from Freddie all night and his anxiety the first night was because he wanted to sleep next to our bed. Therefore, his big padded bed has found a new home by the side of my bed. After further thought I concluded the pacing about around four or five oclock in the morning when we had him the first time wasn't to go out to do his toilet as we first thought, but because he'd gone to bed in his bed in the living room and wanted to come into our bedroom, but wouldn't walk past Indi who can be a bit grumpy with dogs wandering about in the night and who often slept on one of the beds near the door.
Freddie has been enjoying his three meals a day and I've tried to vary the content to give him encouragement to eat more, to the disgust of the other greyhounds as they didn't get anything and already Freddie's looking better. Has settled back in and is doing fine.
6th July 2010
Found Freddie asleep today with Judy asleep next to him and one of her feet draped over his back as if she was giving him a cuddle. What a lovely sight!
15th July 2010
This afternoon Stuart did a photography session for a lady who brought her greyhound and two whippets. When they left and before dismantling the lights and back drop he took some photographs of Freddie and the other greyhounds.
19th July 2010
We received a phone call from Freddie's owner this morning asking if we could bring him back. She sounded so excited at the prospect of his return and around lunch time I dropped him off.
20th July 2010
We received a phone call this morning at 9.45am from the carer who is now living with Freddie's owner since she's been out of hospital. The one who gave me such negative vibes when I took him back yesterday saying things were not working out and could we take him back. Poor Freddie, he didn't deserve this, so at lunch time I called and upon the request of the carer I collected him to the dismay of his owner. Back home the other greyhounds gave him a lovely greeting and within minutes he was back in his bed as if he'd never been away. In the evening we walked up to the local pub for a bite to eat and Freddie joined us, laying on the floor with the others while we ate and enjoying the little piece of pate I'd put on a piece of bread for him.
21st July 2010
Freddie has settled in as if he's never been away, and to be honest I'm glad he's now back with us - the next home we find him will definately be his forever home.
When Freddie came back yesterday all our dogs gave him a lovely welcome and it was obvious he was pleased to be 'home'. Solo, bless him nuzzled up to him and followed him everywhere, walking side by side with him in the garden and sleeping a few feet away from where ever Freddie lay.
Last night I realised I need to put certain dogs in certain beds last thing at night to avoid any wandering around in the night unhappy about not being able to get in the bed they want. I have to make sure Indi is in Freddie's green bed in our room, Freddie has to be in his red bed by the side of my bed and Solo has to be on the brown padded bed next to Freddie's. If these three are in these beds then I get a good night sleep, if they are not I am woken in the night and have to re-arrange them all so they are in those beds before they settle again.
12th August 2010
Freddie's front right leg near the knee is slightly swollen causing him to limp a little. He's a monkey, because he forgets he's 11 years old and charges around the garden with the others like a 2 year old. We think he may have hurt it during one of these sessions. To help him we gave him some Metacam.
16th August 2010
As Freddie's knee joint looked a little more swollen we took him to the vet this evening where he weighed in at 32.5k, which is 2k heavier than when he first arrived. He's looking really well for having the extra weight on him.
When Freddie started limping a few days ago we gave him Metacam each morning to reduce any pain and swelling, however, the limp didn't seem to get any better and this morning the area looked more swollen. On occassion he won't weight bear on it so we thought it best the vet have a look at it. The vet examined the area and said the joint felt soft and swollen and a little warm. Although Freddie didn't yelp during the examination it caused him to shake somewhat so what the vet was doing was causing him discomfort. Because the Metacam hadn't had any effect the vet gave us two other kinds of pain killer along with two types of antibiotics with instructions to bring him back in if it didn't get better and they would do an x-ray to determine what the problem was.
17th August 2010
The four tablets wrapped in a bit of kipper skin went down a treat - Freddie ate it in one and it never even touched the sides!
18th August 2010
Another piece of kipper skin with his tablets went down well and Freddie's eyes lit up when he saw what was coming. He's been okay today, but with his limp we are watching the others don't bump into him as they dash past because it's making him a little unsteady.
This evening last thing when we called them to go in the garden Freddie struggled to stand up from his bed and stumbled a little before he gained his balance. It may have been he had a foot caught in the duvet or something but as he walked from the bedroom into the kitchen he didn't want to put any weight on his foot so struggled to walk to the door to do his toilet outside. We will keep an eye on him and if we don't like the look of things we will contact the vet again tomorrow.
19th August 2010
Freddie's limp seemed no better this morning so I phoned the vet and had a long chat with one I get on really well with and trust 100%. In view of what has been happening over the past few days and the fact the medication doesn't seem to be working as it should be, she asked if we could bring him in for an x-ray and arrangements were made to take him in tomorrow morning.
20th August 2010
Stuart took Freddie to the vets this morning for his x-ray and the rest of the dogs went off to their beds without a sound, which is most unusual for them. Around about 11am the vet phoned to say they'd done the x-ray, but it was difficult to tell whether it was cancer or a nasty infection of the bone so they asked if they could take a biopsy, which would confirm it one way or another. The x-ray showed the bone as being rather 'pitted' or 'moth eaten', which indicated it to be a bone tumour, but that didn't explain the warm swelling slightly above the wrist joint. They were going to cut the front of his wrist to get the sample, which would be sent away for examination and would be back early next week.
A short time later the vet phoned to say it was bad news. The swelling above the wrist was a cancerous tumour filled with blood and 'gunge' - there was no need to do the biopsy so they had cleaned it up and put a couple of stitches in, with a pressure bandage over the top to stop it bleeding. Freddie was coming round from the anaesthetic and could I call in for him around 3.30pm when the vet would show me the x-ray and have a talk.
When Stuart arrived back from doing the shopping and a couple of other chores he walked into the house to nothing. Not one of the dogs came to welcome him, not one got out their bed. It was because he left this morning with Freddie and came back without him. Stuart said he can't remember a day he's not received a welcome home and their disapproval of him coming back without Freddie was obvious!
When I went to collect Freddie the vet showed me the x-ray and explained what she saw saying the tumour being the type it was, wasn't just there and had more than likely started somewhere else in his body but it was this point it decided to show itself. Because of this, amputation was not something to be considered and really there was nothing more we could do other than to help him through it and try and relieve his pain as much as we could. That we were to allow him to do what dogs like to do even if it is only a walk along the drive and back so he can sniff what has been going on. He will have good days and bad days and when he is ready to go he will tell us.
He was still sluggish from the anaesthetic but managed to jump into the back of the car - think he wanted out of the vets! He was glad to get home, have a drink and take to his bed - what a welcome he got from the others who were really pleased he was home. Once home I had time to 'mull' things over and realised the talk from the vet was all so final and the more I thought about what she said, and what she didn't say I began to realise she was meaning days instead of weeks.
I wept buckets the rest of the day - the tears just would not stop other than to halt for a short time every now and again so I could put on a brave face and a smile while I gave our Freddie a kiss and a cuddle. He is such a brave boy, wanted some tea with the others and pottered outside to do his toilet, then back inside to his bed to rest. I fear the unknown and just hope I am strong enough for when he needs me. I found the strength for my lovely Bobby so I hope I will have the same for our Freddie.
21st August 2010
Last night Freddie slept well, but showed no inclination to rise from his bed this morning so we left him as long as we could before the guests came down for breakfast then we took him out. Solo is so protective of him and needs to escort him into the garden - he's done this ever since Freddie arrived back with us on the 24th June 2010.
Freddie enjoyed his breakfast, went in the garden then came back to his bed for his morning nap - a normal day! A couple who are going to adopt a greyhound called to say hello to ours and meet us - they were given a lovely welcome, which included Freddie who had just finished eating some bread and milk - a little treat! This evening he ate his tea, which included his pain killer tablets wrapped in a bit of chicken, then after Stuart had walked 3 of the dogs, I walked 2 then came back and took Freddie out on his own. Solo was not happy about Freddie going out on his own and apparently stood by the gate the entire time I was gone. Freddie enjoyed his walk going down towards the underpass then back again past the house towards the pub. We stood on the grass a while then started to walk back home, but he wanted to go in the pub. He loves his visits to the pub and that was where he wanted to go, but not tonight, tomorrow we will take him in with Solo for a treat. As we walked back down the drive there was Solo standing at the gate waiting for us. As Freddie entered the garden Solo gave him a little kiss as a greeting and walked off with him into the garden. Back in the house he settled to his bed and ate his Dentastix then after his last trip to the garden I popped his house coat on him and he settled to his bed, with Solo in the bed next to him!
This evening we adopted Freddie so he can rest in peace when the time comes knowing he'd found his forever home. He found it on the 17th April, it was just that no one realised this was his forever home - other than perhaps Freddie and his guardian angel. He is so like our Bob, it's heartbreaking.
22nd August 2010
Freddie was more himself today, with the anaesthetic out of his system he waited with the others for his breakfast and wandered, with his limp, around the garden on an off during the day. The bandage over his wrist where they cut to do the biopsy is still on his leg despite the vet thinking it may fall off. He licks it occasionally, but can't get to the wound, which is the way I like it.
While I took Tasha to her new home this afternoon Stuart stayed home with the rest because we didn't want to put Freddie in the car with others so soon after his trip to the vet . When I got back I fed them and Stuart took Sandy and Blue for a walk leaving me at home with the others. When he got back I took Indi and Solo for a walk, then after I took them back I took Freddie for a short walk, really he was making the decisions about where and how far to go and on the way back past the pub he pulled to go inside. 'Not tonight Freddie' so we came home. He loved his walk, but Solo was stressed while we were out so tomorrow when we walk Freddie we shall also walk Solo to keep him company. A Dentastix each for them then off to bed!
23rd August 2010
I had a long chat with the vet on the phone this morning and took Freddie in to see her this afternoon so she could examine his leg, check the bandage and offer advice to me on how things may progress. When she took the bandage off it was healing nicely and I was amazed at how well it looked because I expected it not to have healed at all and to look a mess. However, the vet said it was what was happening under the skin that was causing the problem. The vet said to leave the bandage off now, but I asked for another to be put on and to give me a couple for spares. The last thing I want is for him to lick it and disturb the stitches or open the wound because that could be the beginning of the end for him. I didn't want that because in himself he was still happy and not ready to go yet.
This evening after he'd had his tea all the dogs except Freddie went for a walk then we took Solo and Freddie into the pub. Freddie so loves going there, laying on the floor and having everyone coming over to fuss him. With having his leg in bandage everyone made a fuss of him, but we said he'd had a small operation and left it at that so as not to upset anyone. After his trip to the pub he happily walked home, did his toilet in the garden then came in and house coat on he went to his bed by the side of mine - with Solo going in the one next to him!
24th August 2010
Freddie didn't really want his breakfast, but it may have been too boring for him so I gave him some bread and warm milk instead, which he enjoyed. No harm having a little treat every now and again. While I did some book work in the kitchen this afternoon he lay on a dog bed close by and slept until he heard Stuart returning from doing the shopping. Despite his limp he went running out to meet him and even tried jumping up to the gate to greet him as he came walking down the drive.
Freddie has been licking his bandage a bit this afternoon, but he is still happy and been in the garden to enjoy the sunshine. While he was out on one occassion he suddenly decided to run flat out up the garden to the top of the bank, closely followed by Solo and Blue. My heart dropped when I saw him running in case he hurt himself, but then I realised how lovely he looked running, it's what dogs do and is a good thing. It made me smile to think of him running and enjoying the garden. Back inside he ate his tea then lay on the bed in the kitchen until it was time for his evening walk.
We walked all along the back road this evening with Indi and Solo to keep him company and he enjoyed his walk. To see him running in the garden or out for his walk you wouldn't think there was anything wrong with him because he was striding out with the others as is his normal way. His leg goes stiff and he limps after he's been laying down for any length of time, but as he moves more it seems to ease.
25th August 2010
Freddie has been very happy today, wandering around the garden, sleeping in his bed and we've been feeding him little tidbits as treats. He's still eating well and this evening he enjoyed his walk along the back road with Indi and Solo.
26th August 2010
Freddie still seems well in himself and happily runs with the others to greet the bed and breakfast guests as they come and go, but stands a little way back from the others standing by the gate so he doesn't get knocked or stood on. He went to the vet this afternoon but this time it was to acompany Indi in the car who was going for her annual check-up and inoculations. Freddie loves his trips in the car so we took him for the ride and he happily sat in the back while we were in the vets.
Freddie's limp seems to bother him more when he stands after laying down, almost as if it becomes stiff. Once up and walking around the garden he seems better and when we go for our evening walks down the back road we hardly notice there is anything wrong with him.
The vet asked how he was and I mentioned we thought his wrist was slightly more swollen, which the vet anticipated. She suggested we left the bandage on him while it was still in place and took the stitches out after 14 days instead of 10. We had another chat about him and the appropriate time we should 'let him go'. A sad conversation, but oh so necessary to ensure he doesn't suffer and we don't become selfish!
29th August 2010
The bandage on Freddies leg fell off today so a quick examination of how it was healing. It looked good but a bit lumpy, then I put another bandage on it. I want a bandage on it for a couple of reasons really - one is to stop him licking or chewing it and the other is to warn other people he isn't well. They don't know what is wrong just that he has a poorly leg and will do their best to keep from knocking it in any way.
30th August 2010
Freddie loves going in the pub so after his walk along the back road, which we did tonight with Stuart and the rest of the greyhounds we called in the pub for a quick drink and to relax after a very busy Bank Holiday weekend.
1st September 2010
This afternoon we received a phone call from our vet asking how Freddie was, which was really nice and comforting. She was pleased to hear his wrist had healed and suggested we take his stitches out in a couple of days time. From what she was saying they didn't think his wrist was going to heal and this was going to be his end because it would ulcerate, so I think she was pleasantly surprised that when we changed the bandage a couple of days ago it looked so well and to hear that although he was still limping he was happy in himself and eating well.
This evening we did a home check so we took Freddie with us because he likes to know where we are and will bark in the house if he thinks wev'e gone out so we always take him with us. He enjoyed his trip in the car and when we got home we walked him up the pub to meet a friend and have a drink. I put my fleecy top on the floor in the pub and he lay down on it all the time we were there watching what was going on around him.
2nd September 2010
Freddie didn't want to get up from his bed this morning and was a bit wobbly to begin with, but after a few steps he seemed better. Seemed okay during the day and at one stage he came running in the house out of breath leading us to believe he'd been running round the garden. He's eating his meals well and taking his pain relief tablet with his food each tea time, however, tonight when we walked down the back road with Indi he only wanted to go as far as the layby then turned to come home. Indi was loitering a little and I noticed that each time we stood and waited for her he was standing with his foot off the ground. Back home he lay in the bed in the living room and when it was time to go in the garden last thing he didn't want to go at first. Back inside again we put his house coat on as we do each night and when he went to get in his bed in our room next to my side of the bed he stumbled so I had to help him settle so he was comfy. When comfy I lay down next to him a while to cuddle and talk with him as I often do these days at every oportunity that I can.
3rd September 2010
When the new foster dogs arrived yesterday Freddie was one of the first in the queue to say hello to them. Once introduced he was back inside to his bed out of the way of the hussle and bussle. To ensure he got the peace the gate went up at the end of the kitchen to separate them.
4th September 2010
Our greyhounds are very good with Freddie and are very careful as they walk past him laying on one of thebeds in the living room and ignore him when in his bed in our bedroom. However, we have to watch if he's up and moving around that they don't get too excited and knock into him, knocking him off balance - exactly the same as we did for our Bobby when he was in the same predicement. The two new nervous foster dogs we have to careful with making sure they don't walk all over him. Consequently, we put up the gate in the kitchen and Freddie was in the living room while the two new ones were the other side while they settled. We kept it this way when we went to bed to ensure neither of the new greyhounds walked on him during the night.
This morning we took Freddie's bandage off under the supervision of Solo who is very protective and concerned for him! Today is the day the vet asked us to take out his stitches. The lump seems a little larger and more lumpy, but it was difficult to tell. Solo had a good sniff and inspection of both the bandage and Freddie's wrist then watched while we were doing what we were doing. On one occasion when Freddie was showing some discomfort Solo actually walked between Stuart and Freddie to stop Stuart doing what he was doing, a gentle talk to Solo and a reappraisal of Freddie's situation resolved the matter. Freddie only had three stitches in his wrist, two came out easily, but the third one seems to have overlapped itself somehow and Freddie found it too uncomfortable to pull out, hence Solo's intervention. Consequently, Stuart, having cut the stitch, trimmed it and removed as much as he could. In view of Freddie's demise we thought it wouldn't cause harm to leave the last little bit there and this we will confirm the next time we speak with the vet.
5th September 2010
This evening when we took Freddie for his walk his leg seemed quite stiff so he only made it as far as the pub. Stuart walked on with the others to give them their proper walk, but Freddie and I went in the pub, so he could lay on the carpet and rest. Oh, how he loves all the attention he gets from the people in the pub. I thought perhaps this was a 'down day' but Stuart said that while he sat in the garden reading his book this afternoon he saw Freddie come running from the house into and around the garden like a two year old! Perhaps he did a little too much this afternoon. Anyway, he managed his walk home then came in and went to his bed.
6th September 2010
This morning Freddie wouldn't get out of his bed to do his toilet first thing as he always does so Stuart and I thought that perhaps today was going to be the day we would have to say goodbye to him. However, two hours later after we'd finished serving the guests their breakfast and cleared away he happily got from his bed and went into the garden. Freddie had decided he wanted a 'lie in' this morning! Ate his breakfast then back to bed till the afternoon as he always does. He enjoyed his dinner then a short walk along the road. It wasn't too far tonight because I was a bit late leaving and it was going dark, but it was a walk all the same and long enough for Freddie under the circumstances.
7th September 2010
This morning when the time came to give them all their breakfast Freddie wasn't interested in getting up off his bed so I put his feeding bowl down in front of him and he ate the lot still laying down. Having finished it he stood up and walked into the garden to do his toilet before coming back inside again. Freddie still barks when our guests come in the front door, but today, like yesterday he only ventured as far as the kitchen and barked from there instead of going into the conservatory as he usually does.
Tonight's walk was the shortest Freddie has wanted to do. He was eager to go for his walk and he and Solo happily walked up the drive together and along the road just past Stuart's car. I tried to encourage him to walk along the grass verge thinking it would be easier for him than the road, but he didn't want to so I gave him a loose lead to see where he wanted to go. He crossed the road, did his toilet then turned and walked back to the house. We must have only been out 15 minutes, but Freddie was okay about that and happily got back in his bed on his return.
8th September 2010
This morning Freddie got up with the others and went to the garden to do his toilet. He doesn't seem to be putting the weight on his foot sometimes today and is walking on three legs. He's still barks to greet the guests but today it's been from his bed. I missed taking him for a walk this evening because about the time Stuart arrived back with the others from their walk I received a phone call about Dizzie and it was dark by the time I was ready to go out. As all the dogs had settled for the night by that time and Freddie was content in his bed I decided to give his walk a miss tonight.
It is so difficult. We know the decision time is near, but because he greets us with a wagging tail, cuddles in to us when we go to cuddle him, wants to join in with the others and looks happy in himself we feel it isn't quite that time yet - if only it wasn't his leg. I think we are in a very grey area at the moment with regards his future - I don't want him to go too soon, but on the other hand I don't want to be selfish by holding onto him if he is suffering too much. Oh dear!
9th September 2010
Although Freddie is happy in himself his leg is causing him problems. He won't put it on the ground and when he does it's the back of his foot resting on the ground not the pads. His wrist seems a little more swollen and when I touch the bottom half of his foot it 'swings' without resistence, almost as if it's broken, but we know it isn't. I had a long chat about it with the vet this afternoon who thinks his time is near. However, Stuart said not yet, so the vet is changing his pain killers to some stronger ones and Stuart went for them this tea time so he could start them tonight.

14th September 2010
Freddie was a bit sluggish getting from his bed this morning when he went in the garden first thing, then settled to his bed again until it was time for his breakfast, which he ate again laying down. Once finished, and back in again from the garden he settled on the duvet in the kitchen we put in the corner, where for some reason they all like to lie. I like him laying there because it means the others can't run over the top of him and he gets a change of environment in the sunshine. We had a little cuddle and a chat while I looked at his wrist. He still has his bandage on so I didn't disturb that but his joint seems quite swollen now.
15th September 2010
This morning Freddie didn't want his normal breakfast, just eating a little meat from the top so I did him a dish of bread and milk, which he enjoyed.
16th September 2010

Last night Freddie was unsettled during the night and I could hear him moving around his bed making himself more comfortable and licking his wrist, all of which is unusual for him. Using my torch, so as not to disturb the others I kept an eye on him to ensure he didn't need my help and to see he wasn't in pain.
In the morning he went out with the others and happily returned to his bed while we did the b&b guests their breakfast. After everything was cleared away we let him in the garden and gave him some breakfast. He's becoming more 'picky' with his food, but will often eat a little more if we put some milk on it.
During the day while I was in the kitchen he lay on the duvet in the corner and slept and when I did the guest bedrooms he went to his bed in the living room where Stuart was working.
If the doorbell rings he's up there joining the others to see who it is - runs with the others but on three legs! He is struggling to stand for any length of time, but will come for a cuddle and to say hello. We have numerous cuddles together him and I on the floor during the day and he loves these moments.
This evening he slept in the kitchen most of the time and his wrist looks quite swollen. Although he still has his bandage on there is a line going down his wrist, which is quite shiny where he's been licking it and I think it may break open, but I hope not. I think Freddie's 'time' is close and we are very sad that it should end this way for him. The only thing that keeps me going at the present is the knowledge that had he gone into kennels when his previous owner went into the nursing home instead of coming to us back in the spring, then he would have more than likely have been put to sleep as soon as the cancer was diagnosed - and he wasn't ready then. Also, his last few months would have been back in the kennel environment where his life began, which is not the way it should be. Instead he was here with us enjoying our routine, being part of our family, with the company of the other greyhounds, the garden to explore and relax in, his walks, the pub to visit and all the friends he made there along with his drives in the car - all of which he throughly enjoyed.
17th September 2010
Last night Freddie had a much better night and this morning he was up with the others and out in the garden before returning to one of the dog beds to rest again while we did the guests their breakfast.
Freddie only has two pain relief tablets left so Stuart collected some more from the vet this morning. This time she had included another type of tablet to give him as well to help him.
I was out most of the afternoon for my MRI scan on my ankle followed by a little 'theraputic' shopping and when I returned I was met at the gate by Freddie and the others, all very pleased to see me back. Freddie was hopping about with delight, wagging his tail and nuzzling in to me for a cuddle, which was lovely to see. Earlier Stuart said all the greyhounds, including Freddie had run to the top of the garden to say hello to the guests and their two dogs on the balcony of room 1, and having said hello to them he came back into the house and to his bed again until I arrived home.
18th September 2010
I awoke in the night to hear some of the other dogs wandering around, Freddie whimpering and his teeth chattering. We opened the bedroom window as normal before we went to bed and either we had opened it a little wider than normal or else it had gone colder. When I touched Freddie I realised he was cold, so I covered him with a blanket and sat on the floor so he could rest his head on my lap and I stayed with him for about fifteen minutes while he warmed up. Solo was asleep on the bed next to Freddie as usual and Blue had come to sleep on the other bed close to him, which was a first - it 's surprising how the other dogs react to one who is ill! Freddie has been wearing his own house coat during the night to keep him warm, but I recently stopped putting it on him because I thought it was causing him discomfort around his chest. I'd been using a blanket instead and he'd moved during the night and it had come off. When he was warm enough I went back to bed and he settled for the rest of the night.
In the morning I searched out Sandy's house coat, which has a different design around the chest and neck, is larger and quite thick so we are going to put this on Freddie to help keep him warm.
19th September 2010
Freddie had a good night last night and this morning was up and out in the garden with the others. When all the guest's breakfast things had been cleared away he took up his new spot of the past few days - the duvet in the corner of the kitchen near the oven and lay there till we got his breakfast and for a few hours after so he can see the comings and goings as we go about our work. The past few days Freddie's been eating his food laying down because he struggles standing any length of time on three legs and he's decided the duvet is the perfect place. He's quite happy eating his food this way and once he's eaten what he wants of his normal food with meat we give him his 'desert' of a mug of warm milk poured over a slice of bread, which he loves.
Just after lunch Stuart thought Freddie was telling us he'd had enough by whimpering and coming into the living room and laying down panting. However, I took the house coat from him in case he was too warm and suggested he may have been whimpering because I was upstairs doing the guest rooms and Freddie thought he was on his own, only realising Stuart was there when he was in the living room. Coat off and reassurance we were in the house he happily lay on one of the beds and went to sleep as was all the other dogs doing. If it wasn't for his leg you wouldn't think there was anything wrong with him - he looks a little sad at times and sleeps alot, but then most greyhounds are good at that! He loves us giving him cuddles and rests his head against mine and snuggles into me when I'm on the floor with him. He still chatters his teeth when he's enjoying having his head and neck rubbed, but we have to watch the others don't knock him over as they are dashing around.
28th September 2010
This morning Freddie was up and outside with the others with no coaxing. A three legged run around the garden to do what he wanted then back inside to his bed while we did the guests their breakfast. After breakfast around the time we were getting ready to let them all out Freddie and Dizzie decided to have a play. Dizzie is only two years old so it was a bit scary to watch them charging around, so we had to gently slow things down to stop him from being knocked over. It's amazing how one moment we think 'is this it?' and the next he's so full of life and happiness. Watching the cancerous growth become larger on his wrist, which is now beginning to make his foot swell is torment especially as the rest of him is perfect.
1st October 2010
Freddie still seems fine in himself and is quite settled on the dog bed we put in the corner of the kitchen for him where he is out of the way of the others but he can see what is going on. He's still eating well, being given loads of treats such as pieces of chicken and lamb etc and loves a cup of milk on top of his food, which we change from day to day to give him a bit of variety. He's holding his bladder longer now so he doesn't need to go outside as often and when he does we clear the way for him so he can go at a run into the garden where he empties his bladder properly before running to another part of the garden to empty his bowels. We keep an eye out for him in the garden in case he gets into difficulty, but he seems to know his limitations and we try to make sure he doesn't have to wait outside the door before being let in so as to reduce the length of time he's standing on three legs.
He still comes to greet any new greyhound coming to visit us and will stand on the mat by the kitchen door and bark at the guests as he's done since his arrival here before hopping backwards into the kitchen and going back to his bed.
The past few days he's on occassion seemed quite unsettled while we are doing the guest breakfasts making it difficult to do our work. As a result, we've had to break our rule and bring him in the kitchen where he lays quite happily on a dog bed near the safety gate at the end and watches us - he just wants to be near us, bless him!

16th October 2010
Stuart has been away all week doing client work and drove from London during the night to arrive home at 7.00am this morning to be met by Freddie in the kitchen (I was just starting to prepare the guests breakfasts so the others were behind the gate leading into the lounge as usual at this time of day and Freddie was on his bed in the kitchen in front of the gate). The welcome Freddie gave Stuart was astounding, jumping about on three legs and jumping up to greet him, so much so Stuart bent down so he didn't hurt himself and could greet Stuart standing still only to find Freddie licking his face. What a greeting, it is one Stuart will never forget. After the guest's breakfasts were finished Stuart went shopping because I hadn't been able to leave the house all week because of Freddie.
When Stuart returned from shopping Freddie gave him another greeting then wandered off to his favourite bed in the corner of the kitchen that he'd made his own the past few weeks, a place where the others wouldn't disturb him but he could see all that was going on and feel he was part of the action. When Stuart came in with the second lot of shopping he found Freddie licking his leg. Upon laying down on his bed the cancerous growth had split open and was bleeding quite badly and we knew the time had come to say our goodbyes to Freddie. All the other dogs were quietly put behind the gate and we bandaged Freddie's leg to stop him from licking it then phoned the vet to come and help Freddie on his way. The vet took about an hour to arrive and in that time I sat with Freddie and talked. The whole atmosphere was calm, not a sound came from the other dogs and Freddie sat there enjoying our company either being stroked or laying his head on our lap. Stuart finished putting the shopping away and to Freddie's delight was handed some pieces of black pudding, which he thought was wonderful.
All was calm when the vet arrived and Freddie still sitting (as lions and greyhounds do!) quietly passed away in our arms. Before the vet took him away to be cremated we let the other dogs come and see him one by one. They didn't pay much attention to Freddie at first, wanting to say hello to the vet so the vet went to his car to prepare it for Freddie and so we could be on our with him for the last time. Then, as each dog came back in from the garden Stuart uncovered Freddie's head and each one quietly walked over to him, had a look and a sniff before wandering off into the living room and to their beds. As the vet drove off with Freddie's body in the back of the car we walked back in the house, which now seemed so hollow and empty and quiet so we could reflect on the day, say a little prayer for Freddie and shed some tears.
It will be a long wait until a week on Wednesday when his ashes are returned to us, and when they are, we want to bury them next to our lovely Penny and Bobby. Place a flagstone on the top that will have a bush in a planter standing on top so as to remind us of our lovely Freddie, who was a true gentleman to the end. We shall sorely miss him but the photograph below we are going to have enlarged and put in a frame to hang in the house so our lovely boy will remain in our thoughts forever.
Click images for a larger view

Fawn greyhound
A photo of Freddie taken by his
original owner's daughter on
the 4th April 2010 so we could
see what he looked like prior
to him coming here.

Fawn greyhound
and another.

Fawn greyhound
and another.

Fawn greyhound
In our garden shortly
after he arrived here
17th April 2010

Fawn greyhound
. . and again

Fawn greyhound
and again.

Fawn greyhound
Freddie in his bed
22nd April 2010

Fawn greyhound
... and again ...

Fawn Greyound
and again.

Fawn Greyound
The photo shoot on the
15th July 2010

Fawn Greyound
... and again ....

Fawn Greyound
... and again ....
Fawn Greyound
... and again ....

Fawn Greyound
... and again ....

Fawn Greyound
... and again ....

Fawn Greyound
relaxing on his bed
23rd August 2010

Fawn Greyound
With his bandage
23rd August 2010

Fawn Greyound
.. and again....

Fawn Greyound
.. and again.

Fawn Greyound
Going for a walk
round the garden
29th August 2010

Fawn Greyound
surveying the area
29th August 2010

Fawn Greyound
Just finished
'watering the tree'
29th August 2010

Fawn Greyound
and heading back
inside the house
29th August 2010

Fawn Greyound
Taking a stroll in the garden
3rd September 2010

Fawn Greyound
3rd September 2010

Fawn Greyound
3rd September 2010

Fawn Greyound
3rd September 2010

Fawn Greyound
Freddie exploring our new 'run',
now named 'the paddock'
9th September 2010

Fawn Greyound
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Fawn Greyound
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Fawn Greyound
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Fawn Greyound
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Fawn Greyound
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Fawn Greyound
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Fawn Greyound
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Fawn Greyound
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Fawn Greyound
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Fawn Greyound
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Fawn Greyound
Taking a nap with Solo
who was often found sleeping
close to Freddie and who kept a
watchful eye on him.
18th September 2010

Fawn Greyound
Relaxing in our living room
19th September 2010

Fawn Greyound
. . . and again . . .

Fawn Greyound
. . . and again . . .

Fawn Greyound
. . . and again.

Fawn Greyound
. . . and this time with Solo
who was often found sleeping
close to Freddie and who kept a
watchful eye on him.
19th September 2010

Fawn Greyound
19th September 2010

Fawn Greyound
19th September 2010

Fawn Greyound
Freddie's leg
26th September 2010

Fawn and Blue Greyounds
Freddie relaxing in the
living room with Blue
26th September 2010
In loving memory of Freddie.
Our true gentleman with a heart of gold
who everyone will miss including all
visitors whom he greeted with a bark.
Your guardian angel steered you our way
and it was an honour to have known you.
You will be in our hearts forever
so rest in peace my lovely
brave, brave boy.
Fawn Greyound
 

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