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Publisher: Lynda Eden

Issue Number: 8

Date: Winter 2008

Kennels between Norwich and Aylsham

A Note From The Editor‌ On the 11th October Yarmouth Greyhound Homefinders moved home. The sun shone brightly and the move went extremely well thanks to our willing band of helpers. The dogs were soon settled in to their new kennels and they all looked extremely happy!

Martin and Derek working hard!!!

Off for a walk before being shown their new kennel.

Thank you so much to all of the people involved in the move. You made it possible for everything to go so smoothly.

Greyhound coats and dog food are available for sale at the kennels. Please phone David for more details. 0845 458 3797

The story of moving day

Apologies for not including your photos and stories in this issue due to lack of space. These will all be included in the next Spring edition

Co-ordinator’s bit Where did the summer go, did we have one? All I seem to remember is getting very wet at most of the events we attended including our walk at Dip Farm, Lowestoft. Well done to all who turned up and braved the shower. I’m sure we’ll pick a dry, sunny day for our walks one day!! We counted 39 dogs at the walk and as always it was great to see them again, and the owners too, of course! It was particularly good to see two of the dogs that spent a long time at our kennels before finding their dream homes. Harvey looked really well and very happy with his new pal Archie. Also Sid, a credit to his owner who has had to have loads of patience with him. The main news is, of course, our move to new kennels at Hainford, which is also dealt with elsewhere in this issue. The kind offer from Mr and Mrs Brooks to rent the kennels was a great help in what has been a difficult time. The move went very well with lots of help from volunteers all of whom worked very hard. With new, and better, facilities, two people, Derek Harman and Joanne Armiger on site daily to care for the dogs, the usual volunteers to walk the dogs and our already successful homing by appointment service, we are definitely looking forward to a bright future. Do try and get to the Open Day on December 7th and you will see for yourself how good things are at the moment.

I would like to give a mention to Recruitment Direct, a company in the centre of Norwich. They have generously made us their “charity for a year” and are raising money in a variety of ways. We have appeared in their newsletter, which is sent to hundreds of companies. Their kindness is much appreciated. For any recruitment needs or issues they can be reached on 01603 626622. Maureen and I had a lovely holiday in Wyoming and South Dakota in September the highlight of which was getting close to a huge herd of Buffalo out on the plains having visited the fantastic Buffalo Bill museum in Cody. We also played with some wild prairie dogs in Custer State Park and watched Brown Bear cubs frolicking in the trees. Magic! I hope you all had a good summer and holiday, if you managed to get away, and didn’t get too wet. Give your dog a cuddle for me. David

Due to Crystal’s sad death we now have a few older greyhounds to home. They have been with Crystal for some time and have never been in a home. Leo and Meaty are both 10 and both black and white,Veterinary Assistance is available to anyone who homes an older dog and it would be nice to see them enjoy a bit of homely comfort for their last few years. If you know anyone who might like an older dog please let them know about ours. We are happy to report that the other older dogs of Crystals, Shamoyn, Martha and Girlie have lovely new homes and Tiger is reserved.

Yarmouth Greyhound Homefinders would like to wish you and your dogs a very Merry Christmas.

Yarmouth Greyhound Homefinders OPEN DAY and GREYHOUND GET TOGETHER At OUR NEW KENNELS SUNDAY DECEMBER 7th Come and have a look at our new kennels anytime between 11am and 3pm Bring your dog for a walk and/or walk one of ours (Good walking shoes/boots/wellingtons required) also • Coffee and biscuits • Various stalls • Dog food and coats for sale • RGT Christmas Cards • Microchipping available for £10 per dog • And, hopefully, if ready, the all new YGH 2009 Calendar

Nash Grove Kennels, 51 Cromer Road, Hainford, Norwich, NR10 3AU We have ordered good weather so we hope you will be able to come along.

Rosie has become a new sponsor dog. Along with Shelley you now have a choice of who to sponsor! Rosie is a very pretty white and fawn girl. She loves to play and has settled really well in to her new home at the kennels. Shelley remains a sponsor dog at the kennels. It makes a great gift either, for yourself or a fellow dog lover and at only £12 a year is fantastic value.You will receive a certificate, a photograph and four editions of the newsletter. Please send a cheque for £12 (minimum donation) payable to Yarmouth Greyhound Homefinders to: Mrs. Lynda Eden, 20, Bernard Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9AW. Please state either Rosie or Shelley

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On behalf of Yarmouth Greyhound Homefinders I’d like to say congratulations to Michele and Stuart who got married earlier this year. Michele is a volunteer dog walker and is a great help with the production of this newsletter.

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In Memory- Dennis The Greyhound Dennis, born in June 1995 and died in April 2008. A wonderful ambassador to the greyhound breed, he managed to retire twice, once from racing and then from helping to raise awareness to greyhounds as pets. On his first retirement he began to meet and greet at Yarmouth stadium and collected many thousands of pounds for Yarmouth Greyhound Homefinders. Well known for his love of the stadiums sausages, he knew his way to the diner and the snack bar! He also loved the stadiums executive lounge with its excellent buffet!! Known as Elusive Fellow in his racing days he won a hat trick trophy for three wins in a row. In his retirement days he was awarded the “Owners and Trainers” dog jacket and trophy for his work in promoting greyhounds as pets. His family, his friends and his fan club sadly miss him. The clever, the unique, the wonderful Dennis Lesley.

Recently Homed Greyhounds Harvey and friends

Many thanks to Jennie for her continued fundraising, Lynda. I’ve been doing some fundraising again this year for the greyhounds. I had a plant stall outside my house one weekend early in the year and, once again, I had a stall at the village fete. In total I raised £117.50 for Yarmouth Greyhound Homefinders. Jennie Fewell.

Rowan (Forest Dawn)

Jennie with her stall, and Jake, her greyhound.


Tombola Tales From Yarmouth Stadium The fundraising tombola at Yarmouth Stadium has been an outstanding success. We sell tickets at 3 for £1 and the record stood at 5 wins out of 6 tickets until Easter 2008 when it was broken by 6 wins out of 6 tickets! The glamorous assistants include, in alphabetical order: Andrea (the bubbly blonde bombshell) who has two retired greyhounds, Perry and Sebby, two jobs and one new husband. She always finds time to help Homefinders by either selling tickets, meeting and greeting and collecting in the foyer at the stadium. In fact she’s here, there and everywhere! Andrea and her greyhounds have collected £1000’s for the Yarmouth Greyhound Homefinders. Brenda, (Determined is her middle name) Brenda can sell ice to the Eskimos. She sells tickets like no other and loves a challenge. A group of goodlooking males don’t stand a chance of not buying tickets “There is nowhere to hide”! She has worked very hard at fundraising for Homefinders, both at the stadium and at supermarkets. Christine, (Mrs Capable and Organised) loves to run the tombola stall, helped by her daughter Amanda and their black and white greyhound Flash. Flash by name and flash by nature! Dawn, her husband Terry and their daughter Milly, the new kids on the block! They have taken to the tombola like ducks to water. They run the stall like clockwork, helped by their very pretty 9 year old black greyhound Bonnie. Judith, and her daughter Tasha are the new glamour girls! They are excellent ticket sellers. Long may they continue to help as ticket sales rocket when they are on duty! Kathy, (The expert) holds the title of most tickets sold in an evening. She loves the job, what a shame she has a full time day job! Kathy has helped out at short notice so many times and has raised a lot of money for Homefinders.

Russell, has three retired greyhounds. He has a full time day job but also helps on the tombola stall, collects in the foyer and sells tickets around the stadium. He also goes to the kennels to walk and groom the greyhounds. He also home checks and will collect and deliver greyhounds to their new homes. Have I missed out anything? Sue, (The Charmer) sells tickets like there’s no tomorrow! Sue has raised a lot of money to help greyhounds have a good life after racing. She recently gave a good home to Gracie, a retired greyhound. Tony, (The chauffeur, the porter, the gofor!) always on the move and trying to keep one step ahead! And, finally, me, Lesley, always one step behind them all, cracking the whip! Also a big thank you to Chris who has often stepped in at a moments notice to help out. Without the fundraising at Yarmouth stadium it would be a real struggle to make ends meet and so, I would like to say a giant THANK YOU to the stadium’s owners, management and staff. Without your help the charity would not be able to help so many greyhounds in need. Lesley.

By Stephen Franklin


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