It was a joy to meet Kally and hear her story, all whilst having fun on an early morning photo shoot in the secure dog park, Paws for Pleasure.
- Born in late 2015 in Ireland.
- First race Aug 2017 - finishing 2nd.
- Last ran race June 2018 - finishing 6th.
- In those 10 months she raced a further 42 times.
- Won 8 times.
- Came 2nd 7 times.
Nothing is known of her between June 2018 and Jan 2019.
She was in the care of the Greyhound Trust for 10 months.
Rehomed in October 2019 by first time dog owners, who took Kally’s care and wellbeing very seriously indeed.
Kally's owner tells us more about their experience of rehoming a Greyhound...
“Considering she had never been in a house, seen stairs, carpets or slippery floors, glass doors, never smelt a kitchen. She did really well. She seemed to trust me pretty quickly so I had to make extra sure I didn’t let her down”
"The biggest reward for us with Kally is seeing her so happy."
“Knowing that we’re giving her a safe and happy retirement where she feels relaxed and comfortable and doesn’t want for anything”
"So many things she does makes me smile – lying on her back with her paws in the air (roaching), her tongue hanging out the side of her mouth. Or her morning greeting when I open the sitting room door and she comes bouncing over! So happy & cute ready for a tummy rub and a walk."
“We try to give her new experiences, she’s always interested and takes most new things in her stride. We were warned that as a sighthound, she’d never go off the lead, but after lots of careful practice & training, seeing her running along the beach brought tears to our eyes…and yes, she did come back.”
"One thing I didn't know until we had her was just how much love there is out there for greyhounds! Almost everywhere we go, we'll get approached by other owners/interested people of all ages. She gets lots of admiring glances, smiles and comments. It's amazing."
I picked Paws for Pleasure as our shoot location because I knew it was secure so both Kally and her owner could relax. It has areas of both long and short grass, ideal for sighthounds to give them interest and space to be themselves. We started on a lead but this doesn't pose a problem with a bit of Photoshop trickery.
Once we had all got to know each other well it was time to let Kally off the lead and let her start to play and explore. With me armed with plenty of treats and lots of time getting down to Kally's level it was an awesome shoot.
I always carry (not just my camera).
- I always have a Dicky Bag (branded of course), for poop so no one has to carry swinging plastic bags of poop.
- A lot of treats carried in my branded treat bag from Dicky Bags - see next week's blog for more on that.
- A spare lead.
- A squeaker out of a dog toy.
- Waterproof trousers for all that time spent on my knees in the grass!
- Water and a collapsible bowl.