A retired racing greyhound called Dexter is enjoying life in the slow lane after being adopted by care home residents in North Wales. The pampered pooch even has his very own care plan in place, logging his favourite activities (sleeping!), treats and food preferences, bedtime routine and walk times.
Five-year-old Dexter is now part of the family at the Woodside Grange Care Home in Rhos-on-Sea where he brightens the mood of everybody he’s around, especially those with dementia.
It’s a happy ending for their four-legged friend who was saved from a life of misery by Shropshire-based charity Hector’s Greyhound Rescue.
Dexter’s already proved a dab hand at care home life, giving the residents a gentle nudge when it’s time to go to bed and escorting them to their rooms – in return for the odd biscuit.
Woodside Grange now wants to encourage other care homes in Wales to consider adopting their own greyhound thanks to the positive impact it has had on mental wellbeing.
Praising their approach, Mario Kreft MBE, the Chair of Care Forum Wales, said: “Dexter has made a wonderful addition to Woodside Grange and has improved the lives of all those who come into contact with him.
“I’m sure many other care homes would reap the rewards of a full-time four-legged resident and I wish Hector’s Greyhound Rescue the very best of luck with their search for homes.”
Woodside’s owner Michelle Snook said: “From day one the rescue worked with us to ensure that a dog compatible with the challenges of a busy home was chosen. Dexter came with his foster mum for some day visits before joining us permanently.
“He has been a joy; he enhances the day for the residents, staff and visitors. He greets everyone with a wagging tail and makes us all feel special and loved.”
Helen Wilkes, the charity’s North Wales ambassador, added:
“Greyhounds make perfect companions as they are very laid back, quiet and somewhat lazy dogs!”