What Makes A Rescue Tick?

Hollie – Kennel Manager Extraordinaire

Hollie is one busy lady – this superhero wears gumboots- and if she isn’t running around after the greyhounds, she’s busy cuddling them! She can usually be found with a hose in one hand, her phone in the other, and a dog (or goat!) by her side….


What is your role in GR?

I’ve been with GR for 5 years as Kennel manager/mum and an assortment of hundreds of other jobs.


How much time do you spend on your role? Weekly/Daily?

Too much! Every morning weekdays, and often afternoons as well. Plus I’m on call.


What does a typical shift/day involve for you?

Getting up early to let all the dogs in the hospital out to toilet and check on them, then all the dogs in our top kennel area. Then I go through, disinfect and hose everything, clean out torn bedding, put new bedding in, pooper scoop the yards, feed them, and then take dogs to the vets for desexing. By the time 11am rolls around I’ll have already taken a dozen phone calls as well, dropped my kids to school, and then check on the volunteers who do the bottom kennels. If a volunteer calls at the last minute unavailable I often have to do all the hounds down the bottom as well, morning and/or afternoon. I do meet and greets, pick up dogs coming in, do surrenders, collect dog food, giving advice to adoptive families who call, collect donations, and help at events.


What is the thing you like best about your role?

Being the first contact for dogs arriving to rescue, the bonding the time in the van (chucking them chicken nuggets). Meeting new dogs and seeing dogs that have been here a while finally find their perfect family.


What frustrates you about your role?

There’s always too much to do and not enough people during the week to help at kennels. Ausilia’s neverending emails, and being hounded by our paperwork nazi Kate. I would rather pick up 34 greyhounds poo all day than touch paperwork.


Anything else to add?

There’s so much going on behind the scenes that people have no idea about, I couldn’t do it without my A Team (you know who you are). I hate paperwork and getting emails, but I love my job because I love the dogs. If I could adopt them all I would, but I can’t so I live with all instead.

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Cosmo is a wonderfully loving greyhound and is always pleased to see us when we come home but is more than happy with his own company. He will always accept some cuddles and fuss but rarely comes looking for it. He is very well house trained and has never tried to get on the sofa or bed. He also passed the ‘greenhound’ test with flying colours.

He’s great on the lead but also loves being off-leash and happily trots alongside. Cosmo is not keen on long walks, so a short walk to the park with the occasional zoomie and he’s done for the day. He is gets on fine with other dogs, is actually scared of cats and not very keen on small children either!

He has recently learnt to swim and loves playing in the water at the local doggie beach and makes lots of friends, wherever he goes.

Cosmo is only 6 but would love a nice quiet, chilled out house with plenty of company.

Cosmo is:

* 6 years old

* desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated

* microchipped


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Sponsor of the Month – February

Greg & Jeannine Barrett

Birthdays: Greg – 9th Oct Jeannine -19th April

1.When and how did you first start donating to GR?

We started donating to GR shortly after we adopted Jack 4 years ago because we wanted to give back to the rescue who saved our Jack.

2.Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?

Yes we have Jack our rescued greyhound who turns 8 in March.

 3.How does it make you feel to sponsor?

Being a sponsor makes us feel good knowing we are helping the hounds at the shelter.

4.Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?

GR help greyhounds in need and having adopted Jack from GR they are close to our hearts.

5.When your friends or family find out that you sponsor a hound what do they say or ask?

They ask us what GR do with our sponsor money and they know how much we love Jack so they are happy to hear we sponsor.

6.What would you tell someone who is thinking about  or sponsoring?

We would tell them that adopting or fostering a greyhound is a wonderful way to help hounds who need a home but if you can’t then sponsoring a hound is another greyt way to help them.

7.What do you do when you aren’t working?

We spend a lot of quality time with Jack.

8.What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

We are sci-fi nuts

9.If you could use three words only to describe greyhounds, what would they be?

Lazy, Goofy and Loving

10. And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why!

 Dino – he’s tall dark and handsome and we are currently one of his sponsors.

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Healthy Hound Corner – Bloat

*****All information in this article is intended as a guide only. Please see your vet for any medical concern/s with your hound*****

Like all large deep chested dogs, greyhounds are susceptible to bloat. This condition is fatal if not treated quickly enough. Bloating can occur  without warning and many owners may mistake it for indigestion. Gastric torsion will often result in a bloated belly (the ladies may look pregnant!) and you may even see the stomach twisting and turning. However, you can’t be sure that it will be that noticeable. Once the stomach starts to twist and turn it can torsion, which can be fatal. It cuts off the circulation in the stomach and blood gets pushed into the main organs while the stomach dies. Nobody wants that!!

No one really knows what causes bloat but there have been some behaviours that are exhibited by some dogs that experience bloat. Nervous or high-strung dogs can be susceptible to bloat and there is an indication that stress plays a part in the disease. Dogs that are fed dried dog food in large quantities also may experience bloat more than others. Whether this is due to some food allergy or sensitivity is not known.

Dogs that gulp a large amount of water, and gulp their meals may also can experience bloat more than others.  Gulping food from the floor rather than an elevated dish can also contribute .It might be due to the additional air that is taken in with the food that causes bloat or some other unknown factor. Popping your houndie’s food and water bowls on top of a crate is an easy option, although if you are DIY minded something more stylish like the below made with an old chair and bowl prevents the bowl moving around.

In general, a natural food diet seems to be beneficial for dogs that experience bloat. Avoid cheap kibble with high cereal content and stick with something that is more nutritious and chewy that takes longer to eat. For example offal, chicken frames, and other and raw meaty bones (also good for teeth!) It is highly recommended greyhounds be fed twice daily instead of one meal to help prevent bloat, as they are less likely to gulp their food if fed more often.

Exercise may also contribute to bloat if done just prior to eating or directly after eating. Try to exercise you dog in between meals and not close to meal times.  No vigorous exercise should be undertaken one to two hours before and after meals. Your houndie is best in the horizontal position after a meal as demonstrated here…



Above all, if you have any question whether your houndie has bloat take them immediately to your vet. Do not attempt to relieve your dog’s distress if you are not someone who knows how to do this without hurting the hound. Any big changes in your dog’s diet should also be discussed with your vet, especially if you are converting to home made meals, to ensure proper nutrition.

We hope you have a healthy happy houndie!



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Volunteer of the Month

Our volunteers are the very backbone of what we do at GR. Without them, we could not possibly save and rehome as many greyhounds as we do. While every single one of our volunteers is important no matter how much they do whether hands on with the dogs or behind the scenes, every month we are introducing just one of them to you and acknowledging their amazing efforts. These volunteers have demonstrated exceptional passion, commitment, reliability, and co-operation to make GR what it is, and we thank them tremendously.

Sarah Thomas – February Volunteer of the Month

Birthday: 14th June

1.When and how did you first get involved with GR?

After learning about the plight of greyhounds in Australia and finding some spare time from work I got in touch with Peter to enquire about how I could help in GR. I first started volunteering for GR in October 2013 and I’ve been doing the Tuesday morning shift at the kennels ever since.

2.Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?

I have 2 whippets, Indie and Zephyr and a greyhound Reg who was a spectacular foster fail! We adopted him 2 years ago from GR.

3.What do you find most challenging about GR?

The hardest part about looking after our kennel kids is seeing the sometimes terrible situations these dogs come from. And then after you spend so much time with them week after week, you start to see their true personalities shine through. The transformation is amazing and its wonderful to be part of a team of people so dedicated to helping these dogs. You really get so attached to them and the longer they’re in kennels the harder it is to say goodbye to them when they find their forever home, but its of course a happy farewell.

4.Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?

GR relies purely on donations and the amount of time, energy and resources that go into saving these dogs is incredible. The no kill policy was also really important to me.

5.When your friends or family find out that you volunteer what do they say or ask?

They mostly ask about what greyhounds are really like, so I get to dispel lots of myths about them and tell people how lovely they are to be around.

6.What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering

Do it! You meet some amazing people, as part of this team you make a huge difference to the dogs and its great knowing you’re a part of giving them a wonderful new life.

7.What do you do when you aren’t volunteering or working?

I love to go running, and I love planning the next travel adventure.

8. What might someone be surprised to learn about you

I love watching french films

9. If you could use three words only to describe greyhounds, what would they be?

Gentle, affectionate and forgiving

10. And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why!

Loki is my favourite kennel kid! He really is such a smoocher, he loves to play and go for a run but he’s equally as happy having a cuddle with me too.

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Hi I’m Squid, and I LOOOOOOVE water! I’ll be as happy as a (Squid in a) clam if you have a paddle pool for me. I would make a great family pet, I get on with kiddies and other dogs, I’m playful and very affectionate. I like company, and don’t like being on my own much. At just two years old I’m still a baby with a long life ahead of me and a world to explore. I’m such a handsome boy to boot I just know you want to take me home!

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Spencer (homed)

Hi I’m Spencer and I’m a very playful boy looking for an active family with room to stretch my legs. I would most likely not suit an apartment, but if you have a yard and like to go out on walks then I’m your man. I walk well on the lead, and if you have any tiny humans they are ok by me.  I prefer the lady dogs rather than the gents as I am a  bit of a dude – I have a great appetite and I’m happy to scoff any unwanted chicken nuggets you send my way…I am a bit of a teddy bear hoarder and I’m looking forward to having a family that showers me with lots of toys to add to my collection. I will definitely make you look better having me by my side as I’m so good looking, so get in touch with the volunteers to see if I would suit you! info@greyhoundrescue.com.au

  • DOB:28.09.13
  • Located in: Sydney
  • Desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost: $350
  • Cats: Not tested
  • Other Dogs: Good
  • Children: Kids over 8


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I’m Elton (after Elton John you know) I can be a bit shy at first meeting new people, so don’t go breaking my heart and overlook me! I am gently playful and give the best cuddles around. I believe that everything worth doing takes time (napping, eating, making friends) life wasn’t meant to be rushed.  I don’t like being bossed about so will appreciate a home with other dogs that are calm. With my cute overbite, I may look a little funny but it just adds to my character. Kids are OK by me, as long as they aren’t too noisy or I may get a bit scared.

If you’re ready to feel the love tonight get in touch with the volunteers and we can have a date! info@greyhoundrescue.com.au

  • DOB:30.11.12
  • Located in: Sydney
  • Desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost: $350
  • Cats: Not tested
  • Other Dogs: Good
  • Children: Good

Elton is kindly sponsored by Andrea and Fred; Jennifer; Jillian; Peter and Michelle; and Rose.

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Hi I’m Harvey, and I’m a nice bloke! I’m great with kids, I’m other dog friendly, happy to entertain myself (I would be ok in a unit) but happy to be social too! I keep a pretty clean kennel, and  affectionate to boot. I’m the sort of fella you would take home to meet your parents! In fact, why don’t you? I would suit a variety of homes so what are you waiting for? Get in touch with the vollies and see if we are a perfect match! info@greyhoundrescue.com.au

  • DOB: 5.12.13
  • Located in: Sydney
  • Desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost: $350
  • Cats: Not tested
  • Other Dogs: Good
  • Children: Good
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Caesar (homed)

Hi, I’m Caesar and I’m looking for an empire to call my own. It doesn’t have to be a  palace, a few couches perhaps for me to recline on and somewhere to dine, and a good yard for me to run around in. I’m a lean, clean, roaching machine that needs a bit of room to keep myself in tip-top shape, so a unit is not the place for me. I’m very playful and have no problem with kiddos although over 5’s would be best as I am quite impressive in size. I can be OK with other dogs, but like my namesake, I like to be top dog. The volunteers think I’m a bit of a boofhead (how rude!) but I just like to have lots of fun.

Now if you think you have room for me contact the volunteers info@greyhoundrescue.com.au to see if we are a match!

  • DOB: 09/09/2014
  • Located in: Sydney
  • Desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost: $350
  • Cats: Not tested
  • Other Dogs: Tolerant of other dogs
  • Children: Good – best with over 5’s
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