RGT Chief Executive visits Dunrunnin Rehoming Kennels

img_3720-1024x768It was an exciting day for the Dunrunnin hounds and volunteers today, as we were visited by the new Chief Executive of the Retired Greyhound Trust – Lisa Morris-Tomkins, who amazed us all by managing to visit our branch in the very first week of her new role! After being shown around our kennels and meeting all of our resident hounds, we spent time discussing Lisa’s ideas on how to build on the RGT’s amazing success over the past forty years, during which period this terrific charity has found loving homes for a staggering 70,000 Greyhounds! If you would like to be part of the RGT’s furture rehoming success stories, why not consider giving a loving home to one of our residents profiled on our “Meet Our Hounds” page, or maybe you’d like to join our workforce of volunteers profiled on our “Meet Our Volunteers” page. Either way we’d love you to become part of the community of Dunrunnin Friends and Families!

 

 

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Merry Christmas to all from the Dunrunnin greyhounds

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We really can’t believe its that time of year again! It’s our second Christmas here at the Brands Hatch Branch of the RGT and we’ve had such an amazing year! We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge heartfelt thank you to every single family, volunteer and supporter that has crossed our threshold this year! We really can’t put into words what a difference your support and kindness has made to the everyday lives of the beautiful hounds that we’ve been lucky enough to help this year. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year, and look forward to working with you all in 2015!

… and for those of you that still haven’t quite finished (or started!) your Christmas shopping yet, why not buy a loved one, one of the RGT’s fabulous 2015 Greyhound Calendars?! Pop into our branch or visit our “Greyhound Giftshop” for this and other Greyhound Goodies!

 

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Happy Halloween!

photo-3-330x381Happy Halloween to all of our DunRunnin Greyhound Friends, Families & Supporters! When we stumbled across this gorgeous little pair in all their fancy-dress finery, we couldn’t resist sharing!

How many little Greyhound Ghosties will be out ‘Trick or Treating’ tonight I wonder?! 🙂

If you have any cute Greyhound pics to share, why not send them in to us at: info@dunrunnin.org

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Happy 1st Birthday Dunrunnin!

img_2223-768x1024Hip Hip Hooray!!! Today we celebrated our very first Birthday at DunRunnin Rehoming Kennels, Brands Hatch! It’s been an absolutely amazing first year, and we couldn’t be more thrilled by how things are going. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of Karen and her team of volunteers, we managed to find forever homes for thirty gorgeous greyhounds, and look forward to doubling those numbers next year! If you would like to be part of our rehoming success story over the next 12 months, why not consider giving a loving home to one of our residents profiled on our “Meet Our Hounds” page, or maybe you’d like to join our workforce of volunteers profiled on our “Meet Our Volunteers” page. Either way we’d love you to become part of the community of DunRunnin Friends and Families!

Uuuh ermmm! Do I smell Birthday Cake? Our hounds at Dunrunnin certainly did! 😉

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Dunrunnin royals attend annual Blackheath Dog Show

img_2168-1024x768Our very own Dunrunnin Royals, Prince Caspian and his kennel mate Peggy’s Princess, were mixing it up with the hoi palloi of Blackheath this afternoon, as they were guests of honour at Blackheath’s Annual Dog Show! Our Royal couple were impeccably behaved and made Dunrunnin proud by demonstrating just how calm and kind-natured this amazing breed is! A fab afternoon was had by all and Caspian and Princess’s favorite part of the day was helping Jo to judge the Obedience Competition (Caspian and Princess were particularly keen on ‘tidying-up’ the leftover sausages, after the prize giving had taken place!) Princess also enjoyed helping to run our ‘Greyhound Giftshop’ as she got to meet lots of friendly supporters whenever they came over to view our Greyhound Goodies! Caspian was less enthusiastic, and later had a snooze under DunRunnin’s stall, while Princess carried on with her ‘meet & greets’!

We’re always looking for volunteers to get involved in fundraising events, to help us improve the kennel facilities at DunRunnin Kennels, so if you’re interested, why not get in touch?

 

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Dunrunnin greyhounds visit the Kent County Show

3a1aThis week the DunRunnin Volunteers ventured into deepest darkest Kent, accompanied by several of our RGT hounds, to visit the annual Kent County Show! For those that haven’t visited the show before, it’s a really great family day out, and well worth a visit. The three day event brings together the very best of Kent with an abundance of animals, exhibitions, food, fun and excitement! We’re pleased to report that our hounds behaved impeccably, and enjoyed the fuss and admiration they received as they strolled around the Show Ground, wearing their green and red RGT jackets!

A fab day was had by all, and we look forward to returning to the show next year 🙂

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Our tea hut transformation is taking place!

image2-768x1024We’re thrilled to report that our tea hut transformation is really taking shape, and it won’t be long before we’re able to invite you all around for a nice cuppa! Since opening in September 2013, our main focus has been on improving the state of repair and condition of our kennels for the benefit of our beloved Greyhound Residents 🙂 This is of course how things should be, but it has meant that our poor old volunteers have been stuck with a damp old garden shed in which to congregate, which is fine in the summer months, but very cold, wet and windy in the winter! However, those days of sitting shivering in a smelly old shed, after long wet doggy walks, will soon be behind us – hurrah!

We’ve been extremely lucky to receive some funding from the RGT organised “Fall for Hounds”, a sponsored parachute jump which took place at Sibson Airfield near Peterborough, on 16 June 2014. Everyone who participated jumped from a light aircraft 13,000 feet high – that’s 2 miles and a 50 second free fall! As a result of the brave efforts of these RGT supporters, we’ve been able to demolish our garden shed, and refurbish an existing outbuilding to create a new Welcome Center (or Tea Hut, as we fondly call it) and a new office for Karen to keep all of that paper work in! As you can see, the result is a very warm and welcoming area, which our hounds are already taking over!

Now that the works are nearly finished, why not pop in to see us for a cuppa?!

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Howdens help kit out our greyhound kitchen!

b-1024x768a-1024x768Since opening in September 2013, we’ve been prioritising works to improve the state of repair and condition of our premises, in ways that can best improve the dailylives of our resident Greyhounds. Our first priority was to carryout all necessary repairs to our kennels and paddocks, and now that those basic works have been done, we’ve turned our attention to our Greyhound Kitchen and Greyhound Medical Room. As you can imagine, funds for works of this nature are extremely limited, but thanks to the support and generosity of the Swanley branch of Howdens Joinery, who have very kindly donated a set of kitchen units, workstops and sinks, we have been able to replace our old rickety garden tables(!) to create a much safer and user-friendly area in which to prepare meals at feeding times.

As the before picture shows, preparing meals for 40 plus hounds, using three rickety old garden tables was not ideal! Thanks to Howdens we now have full length runs of quality worktops, which is making dinner time and washing up so much easier for Karen and her volunteers!

 

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Gorgeous Copper has his 15 minutes of fame!

img_0495-1024x768The extremely dashing Dunrunnin Brindle, know to close friends as Copper-Bopper! made his modelling debut this week, as a photographic model for a forthcoming television advert. Copper was chauffeur driven by his minders (Karen and Jo, in the DunRunnin Wagon) to a top secret location (the London Soccer Dome) where he posed for photos (some of the time!!) and generally had a great day out!

Copper did so well and amazed his minders, and the media crew, by how confident he was in this very strange environment! Every now and again, he’d get a bit bored with the costume changes and treat himself to a quick gallop around the two football pitches with Karen, Jo and Sam (from the RGT’s head office) in hot pursuit! As you can imagine, Copper Bopper thought this was the best game ever! 🙂

Now safely back at DunRunnin, Copper is charging by the gravy bone for paw-prints, and has requested white lillies in his kennel, and a gold star and nameplate on his kennel door – the cheeky monkey!

If you think you could offer a forever home to this super star, why not review his profile on our “Meet Our Hounds” page and get in touch?

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Merry Christmas from our hounds at Dunrunnin!

57356a839766fc04a97ece866c06ba05We can’t believe that Christmas is upon us already! It really feels as though the Brands Hatch Branch has only been open for a few days! Our wonderful Greyhounds have all settled in really well, and would like to say a huge thank you to all of the support we’ve had since opening our doors on 1st September 2013. We wish all of our friends and supporters a wonderful Christmas and a very happy 2014, and we look forward to hearing from all of those wonderful forever homes over the next 12 months!

This little monkey’s been caught im-paw-sonating one of Santa’s reindeer, in the hope of getting his mits on some of Santa’s mince pies! 😉

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