Because there is life beyond the track

Hound of the Month – Faith

Hound of the Month – Faith

Faith is the longest stayer at Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare as a homeless hound. Please consider taking Faith for walks to get to know her and see if she will fit into your family. She deserves her forever sofa.

LAURA FEWELL TOOK FAITH, JETTA AND BERYL ALONG TO URREY SIGHTHOUND WALKING GROUP WALK AT RANMORE COMMON

Faith in particular is so ready to go home, it’s very hard to see her still in kennels. She’s a lovely girl and has come a long way since I worked at WGW over last summer. The longer she’s there, the harder it typically becomes to rehome – she’s a black girl and age is going against her.
Faith had a great time on the SSWG walk today. She is a bundle of energy, who refuses to grow old gracefully, is very sociable and loves being out with her greyhound friends. She’s extremely nosy and is always desperate to get to the front of the pack to make sure she isn’t missing out on anything!! She had a good old sniff around in the pub after the walk, before wolfing down the treats that were being handed out. She’s also pretty good at letting you know when she needs to step outside for a pee.

Faith is an independent character and not a lap dog. She’s very like Rena in that sense and people think she’s aloof. Dogs like this love their people as much as the ones that are all over you – they just show it in subtler ways. When Rena comes over and puts her head on my lap, she’s consciously decided to do that and it makes my heart pop. She didn’t do it from day 1 at all, I just felt like I liked her “whatever” attitude and wanted to give her a chance where many people would not. But many of you now know Rena – and so many came to “know” her before you even met her thanks to Facebook. The character you see on here didn’t really show through in the kennels. It came out after she came home because I saw her little diamond dusted bored-looking face and opted for that over one of the younger, more striking dogs.

If you’re looking to welcome one of WGW’s hounds into your home, please do ask to meet Faith and see if you feel a connection there. She’s a beautiful girl and whilst she still needs some work with other breeds, she is definitely not as reactive as she was five years ago when she arrived at the kennels. Christine Cameron among others has been giving a lot of time to helping socialise her with trips to Painshill, SSWG outings like today (and in such awful weather!!) and lots of affection and attention in the kennel yard.

Faith is a fun filled little character who has been patiently waiting for a special person to come along and share their life with her. One thing’s for sure, life will never be dull with Faith in it. She will blossom when someone sees what a gem she is and takes her home. I know I’m not alone in hoping that is soon.

FAITH WENT TO WEST END GREEN WITH ONE OF OUR REGULAR VOLUNTEERS ON NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017. THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID ABOUT FAITH:

‘This morning’s best performance goes to………………FAITH!

The car park at West End was full of dogs and her only reaction was to stand and look at them all!

Later on, she and a Ridgeback had a stare-off at 20 paces (he broke first) but that was it. A poodle running around on the green caused a kangaroo-type lunge (just to prove it really was Faith) although nothing like she’d do in the old days. The big test was 3 Shih-tzu types on a narrow path. They virtually ran under her to get past and apart from some heavy breathing (which may have been me) she just stood there!

You’d never guess from her behaviour around the kennels but she’s quite anxious about the outside world and its frightening aliens, a.k.a. other breeds. It’s very rewarding to see her gaining confidence and beginning to work out how to deal with it all. Lovely girl!’

FAITH WENT TO PAINSHILL PARK WITH CLÍONA B. ON NOVEMBER 5TH 2017. THIS IS WHAT CLÍ SAID ABOUT FAITH:

‘Faith is a lively girl who is popular with staff and walkers alike. She is a good traveller and bounded up the steps at Painshill. She loved receiving attention and cuddles from a lady we met at the gate and Faith patiently waited while we chatted.

On our walk we saw two small fluffies in the distance and Faith was eager to get closer, so she will need more socializing until she doesn’t pull as much when she meets other breeds. Despite being 7.5 years old and having spent the last 4 years at WGW she is really quirky and doesn’t act her age.

She has been at overlooked for quite a while and has a large fan club of volunteers who would be delighted for her to go to a home.’