As many of you will know, we have been saving up for a long time so that we could refurbish our old, dilapidated paddocks.
For those who have never visited, paddocks take up most of our yard space and are the first thing you see when you come in to the kennel. They are fenced-off, outdoor areas where we let the dogs out for some fresh air and exercise.
Because they were very old, the concrete slabs which made up the floor had worn very smooth -- so smooth that the dogs weren't able to play without slipping over! Together with the uneven ground and an old, neglected tree stump, this made our yard pretty hazardous for hounds and humans alike.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we hit our fundraising target and got the builders in immediately!
It was a stressful fortnight while work was carried out, but we are all delighted with the result. The new surface is lovely and even, and no longer acts like a skating rink when it rains. Best of all, the dogs are finally able to have a proper game outside. We love watching them playing together and having fun.
We'd like to say a huge thank you to all of our supporters, including the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, Support Adoption for Pets and our local Co-op, without whom this would never have been possible. This has already made such a positive impact on our dogs' quality of life and will continue to do so for years to come. Just look how happy Kenny is on the left there!