‘This little dog does not belong in kennels’ – home sought for ‘whollie’ lurcher dog in care in Hitchin

Reginald, the 'whollie' dog being cared for in Hitchin who needs a new home.

Reginald, the 'whollie' dog being cared for in Hitchin who needs a new home. - Credit: Archant

A charity which rescues greyhounds and other dogs has today made an urgent appeal to find a home for a ‘designer breed’ dog in their care in Hitchin.

Reginald, a handsome five-year-old ‘lurcher’ – the offspring of a sight dog and another breed – is a cross between a whippet and a collie.

He has thus been dubbed a ‘whollie’ by staff at Greyhound Rescue West of England, which has been looking after him since October. “Reginald’s a beautiful whollie,” said Emily Burns-Sweeney, GRWE’s director of homing.

“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.

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“Lurchers make wonderful pets.”

At 23 inches tall, Reginald is a fairly small dog, so his new owner would not need a large house or a car. He would like some outdoor space and he enjoys human company, so he needs somewhere he wouldn’t be left on his own for long periods.

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He walks well on the lead and already knows some basic commands.

Emily added: “This little dog does not belong in kennels. You would pay hundreds of pounds for a designer pup like this. We ask only for a donation and your promise of unwavering love and commitment to our wonderful whollie.”

Jan Lake, a GRWE trustee, added that the number of people able to offer homes to rescue dogs has gone down in recent years.

“The economic and housing situation means that more people are in privately rented accommodation, where often pets are not allowed,” she said.

“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 compared to 2012.”

GRWE was founded in the West Country, but operates across the country.

If you can help by offering Reginald or another dog a home, contact GRWE on 07000 785 092 or email enquiries@grwe.com.

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