Thursday, 27 September 2012

Fur Friend Friday - Stanley Blog

For today's fur friend I want to introduce another great black greyhound like myself - Stanley

Stanley Floyd Butcher
I’s a greyhound
I's black wivs a white chest, 3 white toes on each paw and a white tip on me tail (and sum grey hairs wot I don’t talk about).
How old are you?
I's 4 and half

Do you have any nick names?
Stanpanpooley, Stanley Panley, Stanners, Mummy’s hansum best black boy, Numpty
Where did you come from?
I’s from Ireland originally, ended up stray sumwhere up North, rescued by GALA transferred to GRWE!
Where do you live now?
Who do you live with?
Me Mum Amanda, Me Dad Geoff, Me hooman sister Emily and Ruby and Rufus the cats

Are you on any social networks?
I’s on Twitter @stanley_floyd and Facebook – Stanley Floyd . I luffs Twitter
Where did you race?
I’s got me ears tatooed but have no history on registered tracks, so Imite have run on flapping tracks, but I can’t remember.
What was your racing name?
I didn’t have one. No-one knows me real name, the GRWE called me Floyd, but I didn’t answer to that so I got a new name wiv me new home.
Were you a good racer?
I don’t know.

When did I first meet you?
We’s talked lots on Twitter, but we actually met at the 2012 GGG in Nottingham.

Favourite walk?
Harlestone Firs wot duz be a luffly forest wiv hundreds of Swizzles
Favourite place to visit?
Anywhere wivs me luffly gurlfrend @Holly_Bobbins
What is your Daily kibble?
Burgess Supa Dog for Greyhounds and Lurchers wiv sum raw mince (rabbit duz be me favrut).
What is your favourite treat?
Me Kong stuffed wivs cheese and peanut butter.

What do you dislike?
I duzn’t like dry biskit treats coz they just fall out of me mouf. I also duzn’t like bein moved when I’s comfie on the bed.
Which would you prefer rabbit? Squirrel? or cat?
Favourite toy?
Me blue Oktapuss
Any other comments
I luff’s to spin and I haz me own blog on me friends petshop website.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Fur friend Friday - Cat blog

I've been on holiday in Wales where the phone and Internet signal is nearly nil.
An apology to Star from my last fur friend I forgot to ask her what her racing name was. The answer is Sourcey Lonestar

This weeks fur friend is a twitter friend and fellow blogger it's Cat

Name Cat Greyhound
Breed Greyhound
Colour white with black splodges (like a cow)
How old are you? 11
Do you have any nick names? Catty, Moo, Yaya, Munchkin
Where did you come from? Ireland originally. Raced there for a bit then came over to England, did racing in Swindon for a few years, had some puppies before getting adopted straight from my trainer.

Where do you now live? Dawlish Devon
Who do you live with? My hooman girl and my hooman boy
Are you on any social networks? facebook (@cat greyhound) and twitter (@eddieandcat)
Where did you race? . Swindon (England) and Enniscorthy (Ireland)

What was your racing name? Whitfort Hannah (Ireland) Travelling Cat (Swindon)
Were you a good racer?
I think so 😀 but I only raced 12 times. I was used for breeding coz I have a strong chase instinct and come from a "good" breedline.
When did I first met you? On twitter and then in the fur at GGG 2012

Favourite walk? oooh too many to choose. I like Goodrington beach coz I can do zoomies and theres always lots other dogs to meet
Favourite place to visit? Everywhere. I love to explore all over and write about them on my blog

What is your Daily kibble? it changes but greyhound maintenance type kibbles with some tinned meat on top.
What is your favourite treat? . pedigree joint care chews

What do you dislike? when my daily routine changes and anything that goes bang
Which would you prefer rabbit? Squirrel? or cat? ooooh... can I have them all?
Favourite toy? I dont play with toys.
Any other comments

I have a blog (mentioned above) please have a read and I have written a book about my adventures. :)

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Puppy awareness week blog

Time to tell you about what is special about this week. 8th-14th September is National puppy awareness week !

Why do I need to talk to you about puppies we all know they are cute and lovely bundles of energy. Unfortunately it's not about them but to insure you buy a puppy from a registered kennel club breeder. As well as trying to stop puppy farms.

Please watch this video that will show you more but some of the scenes that dogs raised in puppy farms live in. You may find some scenes disturbing.

Hey I sound like a television programme! But it's serious.

After watching the video the first thing I then did was download a twibbon for my twitter account you can do yours by

In a recent study for the Kennel Club it found 20% of puppy owners bought their pet on the internet, a pet shop or a newspaper ad, all outlets used to sell farmed puppies, instead of direct from the breeder or a rescue home.

It revealed 30% had not seen their puppy with its mother, rising to 37% of those who bought their puppy from a newspaper ad, online or a pet shop, while 31% did not see their puppy in its breeding environment, rising to 40% of those buying from newspaper ads, pet shops and online.

"Puppy farmers and scam artists cash in on this. I urge potential puppy buyers to steer well clear of any breeder or outlet that does not assess your suitability as a dog owner and doesn't give you every opportunity to vet their suitability as a breeder."

I personally know of someone that bought a border collie from a service station. The following day developed a lot of pain a cough and a rash. £400 vets bill but 2 days later had to be out to sleep.

In closing

Stop and spot the signs of an irresponsible breeder
Tell the relevant authorities if you suspect a puppy farmer
Opt for a Kennel Club Assured Breeder or rescue dog
Please, spread the word.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Fur friend Saturday - Star blog

Today I renamed my blog to Saturday fur friend as I wanted to introduce the hound I share my forever home with Star.

Name. Star
Breed. Greyhound
Colour. White with 4 black spots.
How old are you? . 4 years old
Do you have any nicknames ? . Twinkle or Crazy Bitch (as I run around like a mad thing.) or Meerkat - when I'm in the boot of the car so you can have the back seat I sit up and lean forward onto the seat like a Meerkat!
Where did you come from?. Monmore retired greyhound trust (Wolverhampton)
Where do you now live? Birmingham
Who do you live with now? . Mike, Emma and you, but we are cousins as we have the same grandad - Larkhill Jo
Are you on any social networks?. Yes twitter @MissStarhound

This photo was the day I came home with you.

Where did you race?. Monmore (Wolverhampton)
Were you a good racer?. 41 races won 11
When did I first meet you? when you came to get a hound pal to share you home with. You walked in the paddock with me and a little black bitch. You made the right decision and chose me. November 2011

Favourite walk? . Waseley hills as I get excited and pull Dad up the hill
Favourite place to visit? . Chatsworth house and gardens. Lots of lovely smell and loads of visitors make a lot of fuss over cute me!

What is your Daily kibble?. Good questions it's a bit varied. I used to be on Red mills Greyhound food. Then I got moved onto pedigree vital protection and pedigree complete tinned. Did that for 2 weeks don't really like it so now some greyhound, pedogree dry and raw pet mince
What is your favourite treat?. Raw bones nom nom !
What do you dislike? . Being told to calm down and to get down when I jump up the hoomans. Listening in dog training classes.

Which would you prefer rabbit? Squirrel? or cat? . Only retiring last October 2011 I will chase anything. Cat on a daily basis but when visited hooman friends in Kent their pet bunnies looked very nice!
Favourite toy?. Squeaky dog toy with a squeaker and a bell in it.

Interesting fact . I'm famous as I Star in a book - walking with Boomer Staffordshire book !