27th August 2010
Stuart collected Katie
and Husky this morning and arrived home with them both around 8.30am. We introduced them to the other greyhounds and showed them around the garden on the lead before bringing them both into the house.
A little while later Julia arrived and took him back to her home as she was going to foster him.
Lunch time a family called to see Katie
and called in to see Husky in his new foster home on their way home. They introduced themselves to him, took him for a walk and decided they wanted to adopt him.
28th August 2010
This afternoon the family who met Husky yesterday called in and once all the adoption paperwork was complete they took him home with them.
Husky had been in rescue kennels a while before coming to us to foster and with only having him a day we never really got chance to get to know him. However, he is a lovely dog and we wish him a long and happy life in his new home.
2nd September 2010
We heard this evening that Husky has been re-named Merlin. Over the weekend he'd been for a walk around Furness Abbey, which is a local walk to him and the following day they found him covered in ticks. His new owner's said they'd counted 50 on him so their de-ticking tool has been busy. As we are unsure of worming and flea programes of the dogs before they come to us we have a policy of starting them afresh. The Frontline, which we gave them when he was adopted was placed on him when they discovered the ticks and is now beginning to work because they don't seem to be sticking to him any longer.
3rd September 2010
Merlin called in today to visit and have his stitches removed. He was neutered just before he came to us by the kennels who had him so he called in so we could remove them for him.
While they were here Stuart arrived with four new dogs, one of which was Dizzie
. Merlin's owner's fell for Dizzie
and took her home with them with a view to adopting her.
9th September 2010
Unfortunately, Merlin found Dizzie
a little too excitable and being uncertain of the laminate flooring in the house he became even more unsure so it was thought best Merlin be given a chance to get used to the flooring and settle in before getting a companion for him do Dizzie
came back to us and you can read her story on her diary page.
26th January 2011
This morning Lucy came here, had her remaining stitches removed and once all the adoption paperwork was completed off she went to her new home. Lucy is going to live with Merlin where we hope the two of them will have a long and happy life together.
23rd May 2012
Today we received an email from Merlin's owners:
We had some bad news today about Merlin.
He had developed a limp 2 weeks ago, he hadn't fallen, or had anything in his paw etc. So we took him to the vets last Thursday. They gave us some metacam and said that it may be just a sprain and we were to go back this coming Friday. On Monday this week he had come to greet Julie from work. And must have misfooted himself and let out a big cry, from then he couldn't put any weight on his foot. we took him straight down to the vets again where he was booked in for an x-ray this morning. The vets rung Julie to say that he had bone cancer in his front leg just above his knee. They told us that there may be a possibility to amputate his leg. But he has got some arthritis in his back legs which would have only caused more pain.
Unfortunately we had to make the decision to stop his suffering. The vets still had him under aesthetic from his x-ray. So they let him go while he was still asleep. The vet let us know that we had made the right decision.
I've never seen a dog smile but Merlin had a canny knack of making you feel happy because he ALWAYS seemed to have a smile on his face. He would come over and just lay his head on your lap for a cuddle. When we first got him he had no idea what a toy was for, how to play, how to come when his name was called. Over the time we had him. He has been an absolute gentleman, all the kids in the street called him the tiger dog and came over to see him and give him a pet, every time we took him out, he loved the attention and lapped it up smiling all the time. If you remember we didn't want a brindle and we wanted a bitch not a dog. But what a mistake that would have been to miss out on such a gentleman of a dog. I've attached a few photos for you to have a look at, these were all taken over the last 3 months.
I hope you understand the decision that we had to make, it has broke all our hearts. The vets showed us the x-rays and you could see where the bone was disintegrating due to the cancer. What a horrible disease it is. "