Sketch, orginally called Doodles, was being kept outside in all weathers, and the winter of 2013 had all weathers; it was bitterly cold at times and had plenty of snow. It is amazing that Sketch survived. Like Lilly he was almost certainly a Christmas present for the kids that they got bored with. I have to wonder what message the kids get when a living creature can just be mal treated like Sketch was and then just disposed of (albeit to a rescue); will they learn responsibility and committment? Hardly.
I had contacted Kerry at Birmingham Greyhound Protection a few days earlier in repsonse to a Facebook message saying two greyhounds were in dire need of emergency foster. They got sorted, but this little lurcher lad needed a foster home, would I take him? He was bought down and fitted in really well and so he came to Beast Barracks.
Everything went really well and a home was found for him. The family came to see him, liked him, passed the homecheck and all seemed well. But then I got a call asking me to collect him now or he goes to the vet. I was suppoed to be on my to Crufts to help out on the Blue Cross stand, but no, it couldn't wait; he had commandered the kitchen and wouldn't let anyone in there. So dash to collect him expecting a slavering hound with foam flecked muzzle trashing the kitchen. What I found was a happy waggy Sketch in the lounge. He came with me as clearly something had gone on and was no longer wanted and rather than push him from pillar to post I decided he could stay. And guess what; apart from being a lurcher puppy with all that that entails, he's fabulous. I have needed to be firm with him; he obviously had no socialisation or training at his first home, but he is a sharp lad and learns fast, if a little to eager to please.
Sketch and Lilly are good friends and when not asleep are usually to be found with one or other of them attached to the other's throat or leg or chasing each other round the garden.