19/7/2012 Heartwarming news from Romford Greyhound Rehoming – Minstrel finally has his very own home!
Barwise Minstrel (or just Minstrel to his friends) was born on 20th November 2002. He is a greyhound; beautiful, gentle and graceful, and if he could have chosen his life’s path he would probably be part of someone’s family now, sharing walks and cuddles or stretched out on the sofa dreaming his greyhound dreams. Unfortunately, like tens of thousands of other greyhounds, he was bred for the racing industry. He started racing in 2004 and three years and 117 races later, he retired. Now he spends every day in a kennel, no loving family to make him feel special, no comfy sofa to lie on, just a bleak future ahead of him.
Minstrel is in the care of Romford Greyhound Rehoming in Essex and they say he is always overlooked because of his age. In all his time in rescue he has had one home offer, but was sadly returned a month later through no fault of his own. In the photo below he looks quite happy, smiling his big smile, but that was taken in Nov 2009 when he first appeard on our website. The photo below it is a recent one, don’t you think he looks a little greyer and quite sad? Maybe he’s resigned himself to the fact that there is no other life outside kennels
Minstrel in Nov 2009
Minstrel mixes well with other greyhounds and is generally okay with other breeds but, like many greyhounds who have spent their lives in kennels, he may not be used to meeting a wide range of dogs in all shapes and sizes! He’ll therefore need gentle introductions when out on walks and a little bit of care around small dogs. Minstrel is looking for a home without cats.
Although Minstrel has spent so long in kennels, he will be eager to please his new owner and should adjust to home life very quickly. Most greyhounds are clean in their kennels and it doesn’t take long to house train them.
Minstrel is a friendly boy and loves people and he should be fine living with children aged 10 years and over. He would quite happily fit into a family environment and would enjoy having a little bit of love and attention and some gentle cuddles. He could be left home alone for reasonable periods of time so should be okay with part-time workers.
Although greyhounds are certainly more popular as pets these days, a lot of people still believe they need huge amounts of exercise. This isn’t true, greyhounds are real couch potatoes (and I speak from experience having shared my life with four so far) and are happy with a couple of twenty minute walks every day, followed by many hours snoozing on the sofa. They are very undemanding dogs, usually good on the lead and often used to travelling in the car.
Maybe you’re looking for another greyhound? or would like to try one as a pet for the first time? If so, please consider Minstrel and put that lovely smile back on his face.
To find out more about him, please contact Romford Greyhound Rehoming as follows;
Tel: 01708 640895
Please tell them you saw Minstrel featured on the Oldies Club website
This entry replaces Minstrel’s original entry dated 5 November 2009.Tags: Active Oldie, Calmer and Quieter, Good with kids, Good with other dogs, Large and Lovely, Sighthound, South East