Hi, We have been fostering Reece (we now call him Jake) and are just going through the adoption bit. We had been looking for a year, came and met Jake and loved him straight away. We already have a saluki cross called Bella and they get on brilliantly. It's great to watch them hooning round the garden together, then curling up in the same basket! The support and advice from Lisa and Liz was great over the first few weeks. Jake has been such a total star he's settled right in
OMG Just look at him now ;D ;D That pic has brought tears to my eyes, who would have believed what state he arrived at Gap in, he looks amazing ;D ;D So pleased this lad has finally got a home of his own with a gorgeous pal too ;D
Last Edit: May 6, 2010 14:55:03 GMT -5 by andywillow
We adopted Dylan on 17th Sept 2005 (how time flies!!) It was probably a bit of a mad thing to do as we had 4 young children -all under 8 years old, 4 cats, 2 rabbits and 2 rats - yet Lisa still managed to find us the perfect dog ;D
At the time Dylan was fostered by the other Lisa, but it was Dawn that brought him over to us. I was told he was 'probably' about 20 months old and that he was 'fully grown' (he was fairly big already) - but he carried on growing.....and growing. I've never measured him but he is very large so it may be that he is mixed with a deerhound or something. I needed help with training as he was my first dog and i immediately received help from Andrea - to whom i am eternally grateful. Dylan is excellent off lead, brilliant recall, no bother with small furries (my cats bully him and he is scared of my bossy hens) and loves children. Nowadays (he's probably about 7) his muzzle is greying, his tummy is balder and his breath is getting smellier - but he still has moments of pure lurcher lunacy. I can't ever imagine being without him and i can't ever imagine getting a dog from anyone other than GG - their support really is second to none. I still feel that I have that support even though we have had our dog for a long time. Im sure i'll be back again one day in the future
If so this section is here for you to add your dog's story, how they came to Gap and how you found them. Was the adoption smooth, what problems did you have when you got your new dog home etc. This enables people considering offering one of our dogs a home to read from you, yourselves what they can expect from us as a rescue.
We have recently adopted a Gap dog. I thought I'd add how the process went for us, so we can help inform new comers.
My husband and I decided we wanted a Greyhound. We felt this breed would fit our lifestyle. We went to another Greyhound rescue first to test my husbands allergies. We walked 6 black boys - we'd got our heart set on a black boy because we'd heard they were hardest to rehome - and as we were walking outside we couldn't really tell.
A little while later in mid-May 2010, I found Greyhound Gap by accident while looking for Greyhound forums. I decided to bite the bullet and call her. We'd seen a black boy we liked called Kelvin, most things about him seemed to fit our needs, but we were aware that Lisa didn't just give you any dog you fancied, she'd match who suited each other best.
We had a detailed phone conversation with Lisa, and she offered us the chance to 'foster-with-a-view-to-keep' a black boy who'd recently come in to kennels. Then, if Dave was allergic, we'd gave a detailed report on his personality to help the family who took him, and if he did work out, we could keep him.
About a week later, we had Nicky come and do a home check (we'd also had 3 Greyhounds round earlier in the week to test Dave's reactions, he'd only had minor ones so we went ahead), which thankfully we passed. She wasn't checking how rich we were, or how big our house was, purely that the house and garden were safe, and we knew the basics on dog care.
On Sat May 29th, we went up to Stoke to meet Axel. We hadn't been offered Kelvin as he was already settled in foster, so we didn't want to mess him around if it didn't work out, plus, Lisa said Axel would fit in well with us. We saw Axel come out from the kennels with Lisa and he was gorgeous! We took him for a walk with all the other hounds and he was lovely straight off. After, Lisa let us borrow the muzzle and fishtail he was wearing, if we adopted him, we'd simply add it to the donation. We put Axel in the car and off we went.
It didn't take long for Axel to settle, he whined a little the first night and he was 100% clean in the house. The only accident he's had since was when he drank a LOT of water quickly and we didn't quite open the door in time. He settled with Dave and me straight away, showing no fear. We didn't actually realise he was nervous of men until a friend came round. We're currently working on this, and his general slight nerves of strangers, he's improving and getting more used to other dogs too. The dog walker he has every day has a staffie girl, and they are great friends
The adoption was finalised in June and all went smoothly. I recommend Greyhound Gap to anyone looking for a pointy dog, you won't be disappointed. Lisa called every day at first to see how Axel was settling and the aftercare really is amazing. We are so thankful for all the hard work from the team, they bring amazing dogs into peoples lives.
I adopted Luna in July (with husband John) She is now a beautiful 8 month old pup, very active and intelligent, very Saluki. She lives with Jukel and Saffy, collie/greyhound (mostly) lurchers aged 13 and 8, in a small Herefordshire village, near the Welsh borders. She settled in well, treating Saffy as her mum and cuddling up to her. Luna is now bigger than Jukel and Saffy, about 24 ins, and very graceful even when muddy! - lots of long country walks here and a soggy garden after the snow. I will attempt to post a photo of Luna when I've learned how! Thank you Lisa and all and especially Carol, Luna's foster Mum, for your hard work and dedication.
Sorry it's taken so long to get here, but life has got very lively since Perry(grin) arrived, insinuated himself, and took over! I digress- the application speaks for itself, but the phone calls from Lisa. She's a good interrogator so tell it as it Really is. Your circumstances that is, then there shouldn't be any nasty surprises. Our conversations (2) lasted about 3 hours in total. Very interesting and quite far reaching. Just when I thought I'd really blown it, the cruncher. Have you thought about a black boy? No prizes for PC here. Slightly hesitant yees. Good. We'll get your home check sorted then. That was done in quick time by the renown Andywillow, followed by "The wait". You don't get the result till later, (it allows the checker to escape). Next a meeting in the park- us+Kizzie+Sue+Perry. By the end of the walk they were behaving like an ol' married couple. This was obviously fed back to Lisa and we were "invited" to the Gap show, where we were given Perry to toddle around with for the day. After the heaven's opened and we'd retreated to the car and dried off- no snapping, just a bit of confusion all round as P not used to cars. Suited up and back into the fray. Sue later tackled Lisa who was not keen on letting P go until "they're on holiday. They can settle him in", carried the discussion. He travelled brilliantly- in fact we had to check he was still breathing a few times. After inspecting the soon to be racetrack garden, collapsed on a dog bed and slept. A week of phone calls from Lisa- no problems. In fact the problem then was sorting out insurance for an oldie, as he's 8 not 4 to 6 years old. It's been a fair honeymoon period. About a month ago he decided he was "sorted". I came home to be greeted by a toy whizzing past my head, when I turned P was doing a fantastic playbow, then proceeded to bounce off the walls. A good 20 min later Kizzie got over the shock and tentatively joined in. We haven't looked back. The main problem has been for us+Kizzie getting used to the live wire that is Perry. Life is now a project in progress.
For what you get Gap don't "charge" anywhere near enough!! Many thanks to the whole team who worked to bring us together. Another Lisa/ Sue triumph. Cath, Chris, Kizzie and last but not least, Perry.
dazza180: I'm from my forum greyhound talk and I'm new on here
Oct 10, 2016 15:06:32 GMT -5
jdodds: I'm new here and trying to learn all I can about adoption/fostering a greyhound
Oct 17, 2016 10:08:19 GMT -5
meggymoo: hi can anyone give advice as my grey is really really scared of the fire works.she doesnt like loud things anyway so turning the tv up doesnt help.she is literally shaking in her shoes ...please help
Nov 3, 2016 15:24:08 GMT -5
mellyb123: hello im a brand new greyhound owner. i am more anxious then my dog.. any tips plz xxx
Feb 11, 2017 8:48:28 GMT -5
missfleur2003: Hello. I am new to this site and noticed that the posts for available dogs seem to be quite old. Some seem to be years old. Are the dogs shown still available.
Feb 27, 2017 13:43:46 GMT -5
littledinkk: Brand new Greyhound owner here too. Ditto what mellyb123 said! xx
Mar 6, 2017 8:09:31 GMT -5
peggy: Also a brand new greyhound owner, I love her already. It's hard to believe she is 4 years old, I have to keep reminding myself she was in a kennel and not a home. She is a beaut, but goes skits around food, I suppose it was the excieting time of day x
Apr 20, 2017 14:26:04 GMT -5
dasherman: Hi, can anyone offer any suggestions as to why when it is sunny, my adopted ex racer is terrified to leave the house to eat or drink or anything for that matter? Seems to be obsessed by the sky?
May 7, 2017 9:03:45 GMT -5
rusty1968: Hi has Magnum finally gone to a great home the details are old but he is lovely
Mar 10, 2018 6:03:17 GMT -5
curlyk: Yes he has been rehomed. I saw a while back. Not been updated on the site I think...
May 16, 2018 13:29:01 GMT -5
kiri07: I have been concerned with my 7 year old greyhound losing hair on her thighs, but it looks like it is a normal thing. She's losing a little in a few other places too. I saw someone say something about vetzyme condition tablets? I also heard organic oat
Aug 14, 2018 14:31:19 GMT -5
kiri07: can help grow their hair back as well. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Aug 14, 2018 14:31:49 GMT -5
steeveet: Hi there, just had our home inspection by a lovely lady with her Greyhound Arthur, who I could have happily snaffled as he was sweet and at home with our girl Belle. Does anyone here know how we now get to meet any of the dogs who need a home?
Oct 26, 2018 9:46:28 GMT -5
rachelb003: Hi Steeveet. LIsa has your homecheck and will be in touch ASAP to arrange for you to come to the kennels and meet the dogs. Thanks
Oct 27, 2018 8:16:27 GMT -5
steeveet: Thanks Rachel003, soo excited to meet a lovely new hound
Oct 29, 2018 5:32:16 GMT -5
greylover68: Can I shout out advice re fireworks! Rock Rose which is a Bach’s Flower Remedy works fantastically! My great big big is petrified but a few drops of Rock Rose and he’s calm within minutes. It is for fear so would help with other things too.
Dec 5, 2018 14:05:42 GMT -5
angelahill: Hi I am interested in one of your dogs. Please call 07906330697 if there is anyone available to talk to. We have been home check by another charity.
Mar 18, 2019 14:02:01 GMT -5
cccbottle: Hi, am interested in Miss Lyra....how do we go about coming to visit her with our 9 yr old male Denis. please contact us on this board. left this on 8/4/19
Apr 8, 2019 9:01:19 GMT -5