Forever Hounds Trust is making an urgent appeal to find a home for ‘Whollie dog’ Reginald, who is currently in their care in Hitchin.
The handsome five-year-old Lurcher, Reginald, has been nick-named a ‘Whollie’ by staff at Forever Hounds Trust because of his designer breeding – he is a Whippet and Collie cross.
Emily Burns-Sweeney, Director of Homing for the charity says: “Here at Forever Hounds Trust we have long understood the appeal of the ‘designer breed’ of dogs, because for the last 20 years we have been homing the oldest and greatest versions of them – the Lurcher! Lurchers are sighthounds crossed with another breed of dog, and they make wonderful pets.
“Reginald’s a beautiful ‘Whollie’. He has spurts of Collie energy, he is bright, engaged, fun and compelling. He adores learning from his human companions and delights in using his brain. But, in a flash he transforms into a Whippet and is endearing, cuddly and affectionate.”
Reginald is a fairly small dog, at only around 23” tall, which means that his new owner will not need to have a large house or car. He would like a home with some outdoor space, and he is very attached to humans, so needs to be somewhere he won’t be left on his own for long periods of time. He walks very well on the lead and already knows a few basic commands.
Emily adds: “This little dog does not belong in kennels. He is a pet-in-waiting and ready to find a home he can call his own. He is desperate for his own people, and will make a fantastic companion for someone. You would pay hundreds of pounds for a designer pup, and we ask only for a donation and your promise of unwavering love and commitment to our wonderful Whollie!”
Forever Hounds Trust are keen to find homes for Reginald and the other Greyhounds and Lurchers in their care. The organisation believes there has been a reduction in the number of people able to offer homes to rescued dogs as a result of a national change in circumstances. “The economic and housing situation in the UK is now having an effect on dogs like Reginald” says Jan Lake, Trustee of Forever Hounds Trust. “More people are in privately rented accommodation, and often pets are not allowed. We have seen a significant drop in the number of people rehoming dogs in the last few years, with half as many dogs finding new homes this year when compared to 2012.”
If you can help by offering Reginald or another dog a home, please get in touch with Forever Hounds Trust on 03000 111 100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.