Because there is life beyond the track



‘Website Woof’ presents Sass. Sass was born in December 2012.

We hope you enjoy reading the volunteers’ descriptions of their walks with the hounds. If you would like to find out more about Sass please visit our kennels and talk with a member of staff.

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

Sass was such a worry pot when he first arrived but he has now relaxed and is getting to enjoy all that life has to offer. He’s very affectionate and responsive to one to one attention but finds other breeds a bit too exciting.

Sass went on foster with Nina M. in November 2017. This is what she said about Sass:

‘What can I say? I finally understand why I’m so smitten by this boy. He is a perfect gent. He settled in really quickly and is clean in the house (he had no accidents). He was very quick to work out how to show me he wanted to go outside.

Stairs are no problem (although his highness preferred the lift), the car is no issue and wooden floors are perfectly fine, although when he got a bit too excited about walking he skidded along the floor and landed in his own water bowl. He doesn’t beg for food, no counter surfing, no stealing and no chewing. He waits patiently for his meals (preferably on the sofa) and comes when his name is called.

Out and about he is fine with joggers, cyclist, cars, buses, running and screaming children – not upset or worried at all. Squirrels are his nemesis and he will pull strongly to get to one – even if the squirrel is in the branches of a tree!!
He still needs work with other breeds – he is more comfortable with large breeds and is making progress with calm smaller dogs (on or off-lead). The problems are off-lead running dogs or small yappy/barking dogs that run straight at him as he becomes defensive, but calms down pretty quickly once the situation is over.

He needs a strong handler and someone who will invest time in him but I promise it will be extremely worthwhile as he is the most loving, gentle little cuddle bug you could possibly imagine.’

Sass went to Painshill Park with Nina M. numerous times in October 2017. This is what she said about him:

‘Sass is incredibly affectionate and loves to receive attention and fuss from people. He needs to learn some manners with other dogs, though he has shown a lot of improvement on recent visits to the park. He is a quick learner as on his first trip in the car he needed to be invited in, but the second time he leapt in and settled down quickly.

Sass is very tolerant of his greyhound girls, but he is wary of male dogs and dogs he doesn’t know. Sass needs ongoing attention and it would be ideal if he could learn a few tricks to help him bond with you and further build his confidence. He adjusts and learns quickly and with some consistency you would be rewarded with a cracking companion.

Sass is still getting to know other breeds and needs to do this at his own pace. He still likes to keep his distance from large dogs. Small dogs are very exciting to him, though I can see some improvement on recent visits. Squirrels and birds get his attention as his chase instinct kicks in. Ideally he would need to be an only pet or live with a greyhound girl.’