Built for speed – and a gentle pet

Volunteers Caoline Paing (left) and Sue Broadbent were introducing Don and William to Spalding shoppers. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG260512-05MD
Volunteers Caoline Paing (left) and Sue Broadbent were introducing Don and William to Spalding shoppers. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG260512-05MD

IF THE greyhounds in Spalding Market Place on Saturday looked as though they were chilling out in the heat, that’s exactly what they were doing.

It had nothing to do with the weather, but the fact that retired greyhounds are one of the laziest dogs imaginable, which was the message volunteers with Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust were trying to get across to shoppers.

There were a number of dogs and volunteers in the Market Place collecting money towards the cost of looking after greyhounds in kennels between Spalding and Boston, and people contributed just over £250 to the fund.

However, more importantly, trust volunteers were educating people about what great pets these dogs make.

Kevin Stow, who started the trust in 1998 with his wife Mandy, explained they take in retired greyhounds from their owners and find good homes for them as pets.

He said: “We have been successful and re-homed 1,036 dogs since we started. We will hopefully find more homes as people find out what great pets they make. They are one of the laziest dogs you can imagine. One person has come back to us already because they are interested in having a greyhound. I’d like to thank the people of Spalding for their generosity.”

To find out more, contact Kevin on 07941 131025.