Meet Philly

[Update: Our beautiful, brave girl sadly passed away on 29 August 2019.]

My wife, Kim, and I have a greyhound, the lovely Philly.

Philly is a rescue dog who made her home with us in 2015, following her retirement from track racing. Born in Ireland in 2011, she raced at Belle Vue and won 25 percent of her races – mind you, she only had 11!

We adopted her following our marriage. When her kennel gate opened on 22 August 2015, Philly ran to me in an excited frenzy and put her paws on my shoulders, and needless to say, we took her home that very same day.

In 2019 she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of cancer, in her knee, and needed emergency surgery to remove her right hind leg. She dealt with this and four months of chemotherapy like a real trooper, and we are both incredibly grateful and very proud to say that she not only survived the episode, but is thriving with just three legs, as fit and lively as ever. She has since had lots of happy playing and sleeping – usual for a greyhound – and has eaten plenty of chicken.

In the first half of 2019 alone Philly won a dog show, took part in parades and chased a lot of squirrels (all whilst on a lead, so no harm came to the squirrel!). She now hops like a kangaroo on walks, and we hope she’ll be with us for a long time yet.

Check out a few photos of our gorgeous Philly!


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