‘Website Woof’ presents Paddy; Paddy was born in 2008.

We hope you enjoy reading the volunteers descriptions of the time they spent with the hounds. If you would like a detailed assessment of Paddy please visit Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare where the manager, Carol, and staff can advise you on his temperament, nature, health and diet.

The kennels are open daily for hound walking from 11am until 2pm and are located at Burhill Kennels, Turners Lane, Hersham, KT12 4AW. Tel: 01932 224918

Paddy went to Painshill Park with Mandie on October 10th 2017. This is what she said about him:

“Paddy is a wonderful confident boy who makes the most of everything. He just loves a break from the kennels and at Painshill Park and he was very good at getting in and out of the car. Nothing seemed to phase this friendly, happy boy.

He was strong on the lead as he was excited to be out somewhere new and bounded up the steps. Alert and interested in everything that was going on he did need a strong hand as he becomes fixated and stares at other dogs but did not bark or show aggression.

Enthusiastic Paddy has a lot of love to give and would benefit from more socialisation.”

Laura has also had Paddy stay over on a homestay on many occasions. Here are her observations.

“Lovely Paddy, born in 2008, is long-overdue a sofa of his own.

Darling Paddy stayed with me and Rena for a long weekend to see how he behaves in a home environment and I must say that this boy has been as good as gold. It’s absolutely criminal that he’s been in kennels for so long.

How long? Now, let me fill you in. Gorgeous black and white Paddy came to Hersham five years ago as a boisterous 4-year old. Back then, he was a real handful – he was extremely reactive (even with other greyhounds) and very strong.

Over the years, he has mellowed big time. He is fine with other greyhounds now. He’s a bit ‘interested’ in other breeds but he doesn’t ‘go for’ them – he plants himself firmly in place and stands staring at them with a bit of an excited tremble going on but no worse than your average greyhound. Bear in mind I have Rena in the other hand. He really isn’t a bad, reactive boy and it’s such a shame that the stories of how naughty he was as a youngster still overshadow him today.

Here’s just some of the great things I learnt about Paddy over those 3 days and 2 nights.

1. this boy is super affectionate – he loves to be near you, he likes to lean on you, he wants to nuzzle you and have you play with his ears. This morning, I made the mistake of leaving my bed to visit the bathroom. I returned to find Paddy in my bed. I squeezed in with him and had a lovely cuddle.

2. A seasonal observation but he’s not bothered by fireworks in the slightest.

3. He paced and panted a bit the first time we got home but that’s to be expected and he settled much more quickly than some other hounds I have fostered. He ate all his dinner, so wasn’t that stressed clearly.

4. He can do stairs – up and down – without any issues whatsoever.

5. I left the pair of them for a few short trips out – first time to the corner shop, second time I went and did my supermarket shop. I spied on them over dog cam. Rena barely notices when I am there, nevermind when I am not. Paddy paced a little bit and then settled in the hall or on the lounge carpet. No nasty surprises when I got home – wees, poos or destroyed stuff. Suggests separation anxiety is unlikely to be a big issue if you put the right training in.

6. He travels well in the car. The first trip, there was some panting. By the time I dropped him back at the kennels this afternoon, he had taken to dozing in the back. When awake, he likes to look out the back window at the car behind.

7. He sleeps through the night without bother. The first night, I had him in my room on a duvet on the floor. He woke about 7.30am, which is the time that the kennel staff arrive to start shift. Last night, we were all chilling in the lounge and when i went up to bed, both Paddy and Rena ignored me. At some point, her maj joined me but Paddy opted to sleep in the lounge all night. He came bounding up the stairs at what was 7.30am for his body clock but 6.30am for me thanks to the end of BST.

8. Over the three days, we walked around Painshill Park, at Blackheath and today we were at Horsell with the SSWG. On all three walks, he was as good as gold. Bit of looking at other breeds but no more, no lunging, no barking. He is strong but not any stronger than half the other boys I have walked – and he helped me up hills 😉 He loves a good walk!

This boy is now 9 years old and, while he’s not a scary reactive dog anymore, he’s still being overlooked – now because of his age. He’s got a real spark in him and is young at heart but he’s heading into his later years and shouldn’t be in a kennel (as lovely as the WGW staff, volunteers and other hounds are.)

So, please, if you are looking for a soppy boy who really does deserve a second chance, do come to WGW and meet Paddy. Take him for a walk, give him some cuddles and a sausage or two. Let’s make this Christmas special for this boy and find him a family.”