Because there is life beyond the track



‘Website Woof’ presents Spirit.

We hope you enjoy reading the volunteers’ descriptions of their walks with the hounds. If you would like to find out more about Spirit 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.


Beautiful Spirit is looking for a family to share his enormous heart with. He’s such a darling that there’s no chance he’ll be waiting long so, if you’re looking for a new family member please consider Spirit.
Three-year-old Spirit has joined our pack for weekends for the last few months to sample the high-life of the adopted retired greyhound and I can say without a doubt that, now he’s got a taste for it, he knows how he would like to spend the rest of his life. I’ll give you a hint: it involves sofas, snuggles and, if you’re very lucky, you!

Lots of greyhounds love a cuddle but Spirit lives for cuddles. He’ll walk up to you, whatever you’re doing, and lay his big, silly head on your shoulder. He’s a quiet, plodding boy who just adores close contact – he’s going to be a remarkable companion dog and, while he could do with a hound friend to help him with his nerves, it’s his human friends that he loves the best. He’s easy going; he’ll take whatever you have to offer and his sweet nature will pay you back tenfold.

Spirit mastered the stairs in our first floor flat like a pro, with absolutely no fuss (something both my girls found incredibly tricky at first). He likes to lounge against a wall and in snug little corners and just watch the world go by or to roach blissfully. He loves his food and everyone else’s food too (a little training needed here, we’re working on it for you).

This boy is housetrained and likes his routine. He is quite scared of the big outside world at the moment and needs someone to help build up his confidence and make him feel safe when scary cars and noisy things are nearby. But he’s very trusting and will follow your lead. When he is overwhelmed he will freeze and want to go home but he’ll definitely improve as he gets used to his new surroundings. We’ve already seen huge improvement; in our cul-de-sac and on familiar routes nearby he is starting to feel more comfortable already and recently started wagging his tail outdoors, something that he would never have done when we first met him. He’s looking for someone willing to take things at his plodding pace and build him up slowly, being understanding of his limits.

He’ll need a slow introduction to being left alone and would prefer a family with lots of time for him and maybe a girlfriend to keep him company, he really loves the ladies!

So far, he’s shown no interest in fluffies and other breeds. With two reactive greyhounds, we’re not in a position to do much in the way of close-quarters introductions to other dogs as we certainly don’t want him learn bad habits from our little hooligans. But he’s showing all the signs that this won’t be a problem for him. He has met Tatters the Westie a few times (a neighbours dog who’s on my girls very short list of approved dogs lol). He is shy but shows no real interest; Tatters was relieved to find a calm greyhound after years of fending off my ladies’ exuberance!

He’s also been identified by the kennels as a good candidate for cat testing. Once he’s had his test we’ll be able to say for sure whether he can live with a feline friend. Fingers crossed! He certainly doesn’t seem to understand why Winnie and Hope go nutty about the cats in our neighbourhood.