The Russet Greyhound Sanctuary on Stray Park Road in Camborne (click here for a map) are holding an Easter Celebration this Saturday (2nd April) where you can meet the dogs and enjoy a Doggie Easter Egg hunt, Easter Refreshments, Bric-a-Brac Stall, Tombola and a Raffle. From 10am until 4pm.
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/RUSSETGREYHOUNDSANCTUARY/
If you can’t make the event tomorrow The Retired Greyhound Trust Cornwall holds a greyhound walk on the third Sunday of each month at various sites across the county. On Sunday 17th April at 2pm, they set off from Trelissick Woods. cornwall.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk
Here Geoff Pearce, of the Retired Greyhound Trust Cornwall, and owner of greyhounds Ruby, six, and Kim, four, explains why these retired racers make such great companions.
Why do greyhounds make great pets?
A lot of people think they need vast amounts of walking but the recommended exercise is two 20 minute walks a day. They don’t need large quantities of food because they can sleep 20 hours a day if you leave them alone – they’ll put cats to shame! Sure, when they run, they run explosively fast but it’s like a switch and the switch is generally off. They’re incredibly lazy, laid back dogs and they’ll happily commandeer the sofa and lie back with their feet in the air, fast asleep. Most people don’t consider a greyhound but retired racers are usually only four years old and have most of their lives ahead of them.
When did you get your first greyhound?
Many years ago my eldest daughter, then 14, had a weekend job at some boarding kennels where we used to live upcountry. Unknown to us a greyhound had been found under a hedge bottom, thought to be dead but when the police went to investigate, it turned out it was still alive. It had some veterinary treatment at the kennels. We didn’t know but my daughter was caring for it every weekend. Of course, a few months later she broached the subject and asked if she could have a dog. We didn’t think to ask the breed but we agreed and she brought it home and it turned out to be a greyhound! I’d never seen one in my life for real and we were a bit wary because he had his ears back. In most breeds of dogs that is the threatening posture, but with greyhounds that is the way their ears are set, they tend to be flat against the head – it’s all to do with aerodynamics. And that was it, we were hooked – we went from having one to three to five!
Tell us about the Retired Greyhound Trust.
The trust was originally registered as a national charity in 1975. We are the Cornish branch – one of 72 in the country – and we are all volunteers. We look for homes for greyhounds, attending events throughout the summer with our dogs, including one or two from the sanctuary which we have just outside Camborne and in between we do quite a lot of fundraising. The greyhounds come from trainers upcountry and back in Cornwall, they are fully vaccinated and assessed to determine what sort of personality and character traits they have to help match them with the right home. Usually they are in the sanctuary for two to four weeks as we often have a waiting list of potential adopters but we always welcome more.