Because there is life beyond the track

Wendy Woo

Wendy Woo

‘Website Woof’ presents Wendy Woo.

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


Wendy came to my house for two nights in April 2018. She was a little wary of me on the short walk and needed a little encouragement before getting in the car, but she did settle on the duvet for the journey. Once home, she paced around until she had her bearings and then was more than happy to lie on her bed and stay there, not interested in climbing onto any furniture. She wasn’t a bit nervous of her surroundings, panting for only a short while, remaining at her own distance and not seeking any interaction just yet. On her second day she relaxed a lot more and was happy to have her ears rubbed, so I think she will be one of those hounds who will take things at her own pace.

Walking at Marble Hill was like a trip to Disneyland for Wendy, she was giddy with so many new and exciting things to sniff. With so many distractions she pulled a bit and struggled to walk straight, but was easy enough to contain and surprisingly well behaved around other dogs. An off lead lurcher wanted to play with Wendy who responded with excitement but was neither scared nor aggressive. Small off-lead dogs attracted her interest especially when they were running, but she was easily led on and she soon forgot about them. She would need more socialisation but is a quick learner and very confident and the fact that she showed more interest than aggression shows she just needs to get used to life outside of kennels. She passed a cat without any fuss but squirrels had her lovely big ears standing to attention and pulling hard. Mostly she is just interested and wags her tail at anything she likes the look of.

Wendy loves her treats and takes them from you gently. Her bowls of food are eaten eventually, she was not in a rush to bolt her food down, revisiting several times over the course of a few hours. There were one or two minor toilet mishaps but as this was at the bottom of some steps she had navigated all on her own it wasn’t a big deal. This suggests she won’t have problems with stairs soon.

All in all Wendy is an easy hound, fun to walk and relaxed in the house. She is not a cuddler but I think this is probably more about her taking her own time. She is independent and confident and would easily make a transition to home living.