Dedicated to the memory of hounds we have loved and had the honour of sharing our lives with. Please let us know if you would like a photo of your dog on this page.
Chasing Gold (aka Billy) 01/09/2007 – 28/07/2020
Billy left us late last night a few weeks shy of his 13th birthday.
He was an amazing boy, never bothered by the many fosters that passed through our home. His quiet authoritative nature earned him respect from other hounds. An easy going gentleman who tolerated young kids, hens, cats and many other dogs during his time with us.
Run free sweet boy. RIP
Ardal (April 2009- July 2020)
Our much loved lurcher was put to sleep after a short illness. Ardal was an engaging character always looking for mischief and rarely obedient in his youth. He did improve slightly as he aged but always suffered from selective deafness. He was very generous, sharing his home with many foster dogs and would tell them off if they disturbed his slumbers. We were privileged to have him in our lives for 8 years.
Jan and Dave, Winsford
Champ (Abbeyville Champ)
We are devastated to have lost Champy shortly after his 9th birthday, only 6 years after adopting him. He brought so much love to the family and will be greatly missed. Despite his short illness, he continued to wag his tail and was a perfect gentleman right to the end.
Ann, Dave, Kayleigh and Jack, Macclesfield
Buttercup (Kew Melody) 11/3/13-8/4/20
Buttercup gave us so much and asked for so little in return. She was a ray of sunshine but a totally free spirit with a naughty sense of humour. In 2019 she qualified as a therapy dog and brought such happiness and laughter to people whose lives were not full of fun. She battled cancer so bravely and was so graceful and lovely to the end. We miss her every day.
Di and Andrew, Congleton
Della (Derrane on Air) 04/03/2009 – 28/05/2020
A diva who knew what to do to get her own way. Rain or shine, Della always wanted to go out for a walk and try new places. Her relationship with Puzzle, our other Erin Hounds’ greyhound was just like an old married couple. They missed each other when either wasn’t there but ‘tolerated’ each other when together. Della was a bit bossy with Puzzle and as he’s a bit of a wuss, he let her boss him around.
She always seemed to be in the wars, which started when we first adopted her as she had a plaster cast on from fracturing her right hock. If it wasn’t a sore pad, it was knocking her dew claw so it only seems right that she left us with a plaster cast, this time for her right front leg where she unfortunately succumbed to osteosarcoma. We are still in shock to have lost her so quickly but her quality of life quickly deteriorated. Della dog – we are so sorry that we couldn’t fix you this time and that you have been robbed of more time for us to love you and give you fun times in your garden.
Our Della, Dee Dee, D Dog, Dell Dell and more, run free and keep chasing the squidgers to your heart’s content xx
Jo and Andy (Stoke)
Orla (Clydal Danae)
Orla was the sweetest, cuddliest, goofiest dog we’ve ever known. She stole our hearts from the second she looked at us with her big eyes, wearing her “I need a home” coat at the Erin Hounds’ meet and greet. We adopted her straight away and from the day that she arrived at our house it has been a privilege to see her hilarious and sweet personality emerge.
Her favourite place was of course on the sofa on her back with her back legs spread wide, tongue hanging out and front legs pointing up to the sky. She loved to lay outside in the sun until she was so hot that she had to go into the kitchen and sleep on the tiles, just to go out and sunbathe again 10 minutes later. She excelled at catching cherry tomatoes which she strangely considered an amazing treat.
Orla loved cafes and would stubbornly stop outside her favourites, forcing us to go inside so she could get pats from everyone within. Throughout lockdown she continued to do this and was not impressed that they were closed!
We only had 2.5 years with her due to lymphoma but she’s brought us and everyone she meets so much joy during that time. She was so confident and loved attention, prancing up to anyone we passed on walks, looking at them straight in the eyes in order to get a cuddle.
We love and miss her so much and are so grateful to have had her in our lives.
Elena and Dan
In memory of Hanna, formerly Halla (Pepsi Dasher) 10th Nov 2010 - 11th May 2020
Getting Hanna was a huge delight with her little quirks and sense of humour; stretching on her bed finishing with a bark to let me know she was awake, running into the room and performing a flying slide on the floor almost like a rugby tackle and staying on her bed while I ate, knowing she would get her reward at the end of my meal.
I live on a complex for older residents and more residents knew Hanna’s name than mine. My immediate neighbour called her ‘baby’ and absolutely adored her. It was almost as if she was ‘our’ dog on the complex. It’s true that owning a dog reduces stress and gives you a reason for being. When Hanna became ill, I thought and hoped it was nothing serious but sadly that was not the case. Fly free and enjoy chasing squirrels.
Yvonne and Jos, Macclesfield
In April 2013 I lost my beautiful furbaby Monty and swore I couldn’t go through it again so no more dogs. A couple of weeks later, fate intervened and while shopping for a gift, there they were, lots of greyhounds in need of love. By the time I left I had arranged a home check and after a few weeks we were invited along by Erin Hounds to meet a black female greyhound called Laura.
We arrived with our Staffie Cookie, half an hour of walking up & down to socialise them & we were all happy. We were going to come back for her but Laura, who we had already decided we were going to call Branna (‘Beauty the colour of a raven’), had her own idea as to how things were going to play out. She jumped into the back of our car & refused to budge, she was our baby now & no way was she getting left behind.
And so began a new adventure for all of us. She took all new experiences in her stride & loved meeting new people & new dogs & trying new foods! Ice cream on the beach, barbecue bits & Christmas treats. She proved to be the biggest cuddle monster, a goofy, funny girlie who loved everyone & everyone loved her. She was my baby, my shadow & my bed buddy, run free my beautiful baby girl.
Eddie (Derrane Eagle: 13/9/11-6/5/20)
Eddie was the dog who none of the other dogs wanted to play with. Never deterred he would bound up to his friends, completely unaware of his large size. They, definitely aware, would stand motionless or back away until he lost interest, which could often take a while. Most excited when outside he would run the length of the garden or tend to his hole in which he would then spend hours sunbathing.
On walks, he always wanted to lead at the front, but corns on all of his feet made walking painful so he inevitably ended up at the back. He really loved a good long walk on soft ground and would always try to pull you in the direction of his favourite spots. He also loved to go in the car, any car, you couldn’t open a boot without him trying to jump in it.
At the Erin Hounds meet ups he was in his element, greeting every other dog there like they were long lost friends. A little more wary of people, he wasn’t an “in your face” dog, but his endearing habit of resting his head on your knee and his air blowing horse impressions will be much missed.Stoic to the end, you left us too soon Eddie the Eagle. We hope you’ve at last found your wings!
Daphne (Tromora Dot 1/5/09- 6/08/19)
Daphne was possibly the most animated greyhound we’ve known. Her more pointy than usual nose could often be found nudging you, particularly when she wanted a walk. She’d also gladly poke it into any harness going, even if hers was already on her body. Her walk itself wasn’t elegant, more stiff, and you could tell it was her especially from the back. But when she ran, she became a beautiful black bullet.
Each evening at 8pm on the dot, she would have a mad five minutes (at least). Bouncing about like Tigger, we never knew why. Eventually, she’d calm down and take up the entire sofa, not caring who was already sat there!
Daphne LOVED chocolate. She once stole and ate an entire bar of the really good dark stuff. It didn’t harm her thankfully, chocolate isn’t generally a safe snack for a dog, but once she’d had that first taste there was no stopping her so we had to hide all chocolate when she got this taste for it! Dottie by name and dottie by nature, the evenings have been very quiet and a decent amount more comfortable since she left us.
In loving memory of Cadbury who was only with her family for a short time but was a happy playful girl who was very much loved. She leaves her brother Galaxy and her human family.
Cassie (April 2008 – October 2019) formerly Lady Nana.
She joined our family in April 2010.It has taken a while to sit down and write this, such was the sorrow of her passing as she was never a pet, she was a loyal companion and truly my best friend. She never once left my side.She was full of character and loved by anyone lucky enough to spend time with her. Her ashes were scattered with my mother (who adored her and always wanted to steal her away), no doubt they are causing havoc on the other side. I just wanted to thank Erin Hounds for the decade of loving memories we were able share with her.
The Anderson family
Gypsy (was Amy)
My sweet little girl gained her wings to eternal freedom and hopefully happiness this morning. I dread to think about her previous life as in the 5 years she was with me she never really lost her “shutdowness” She never relaxed enough to learn to play in any way at all. She flinched as you went to stroke her and jumped at any unexpected touch and cowered at sudden arm movements. This never got better. However, she did trust me enough eventually to come to me for a kiss and cuddle and was happy to make herself comfortable on the sofa or my bed. I am grateful that I have been able to make her last 5 years as happy and content as any little princess could wish for. Fly high my little girlie xxx
In memory of Dylan (was Roman) from Amanda in Betley:
We have had to say goodbye today ( 19/12/19), to this most wonderful affectionate, funny, beach loving, sofa hugging, roast beef eating, tummy tickle of a friend. He enhanced our lives and will leave a saluki shaped hole forever.
In loving memory of Lola (Parkside Hawk 15/06/09- 27/11/19)
She was a lovely dog and fitted into our family so well. She had some funny, quirky habits and loved going on holiday with us, although she never really grew out of her travel sickness (luckily never actually sick!!). It was so lovely for us to see her running off the lead in our remote holiday destinations in Scotland.
Thanks for all the work your team does to find these lovely dogs new homes. We are so glad that we shared so many happy years with Lola. ( Rowena, Knutsford)
Chloe 2008 -2019
Chloe came into our lives by chance when her first adopted family (our friends) emigrated to New Zealand and we were looking for a dog. We could not have been luckier. Chloe was a perfect girl who brought us so much joy every day. So gentle and loving. She travelled with us, loved her runs on the beach, chilling in a sunny spot and even happy to share it with our chickens. She developed cancer but with treatment managed to enjoy life for longer than expected. We miss her in our lives but have so many happy memories and will love her for ever. Thank you Erin Hounds for all your good work.
Elaine and family
Prim (Westmead Prima) 2.10.2006 – 4.11.2019
My best friend and companion, Prim was the most fabulous, wonderful dog.
She had no interest in other dogs, large or small; because she was so attached to me she had no desire to run off, so it was a joy to walk her off the lead for most of the time.
She was funny, a bit cheeky sometimes but she never put a paw wrong and everybody loved her.
Such an easy going girl, nothing phased her. She loved everybody and all who knew her will miss her enormously.
It is with the heaviest of hearts to let you know that we all decided to let our beautiful Libby go just after 2pm on Saturday 9th November. We knew it was coming as she had been poorly with a nasty soft tissue sarcoma on her face, however, I can honestly say that it was the most difficult thing that we ever had to do. She had been around Sandbach Park that very morning, and the week prior she enjoyed walks around Brereton Country Park, Shakerley Mere and Queens Park in Crewe. A fighter until the very end. She was the most gentle, loyal, loving and courageous dog. We were all with her at the end. We have been missing her so much and will continue to miss her terribly. She was a wonderful dog, and we thank Erin Hounds so very much for bringing us together.
Darling Bay 20/5/10-3/10/19 (Fuerty Flash) died tragically on the cusp of a new life. Never without a waggy tail and so pretty-you will not be forgotten.
The saddest of days. Our beloved rescue dog Ivy (was Sepi) has passed away. Taken ill very suddenly. I am broken hearted. For 7 months we loved her & showed her how good life can be. She was the gentlest of souls. Blessed to have had her in our lives. Kirsty, near Leek
January 2019An angel from the Emerald Isle
Alas, you only stayed a while
You left our hearts, with an empty hole
Sweet, lovely Boo, a gentle soulThis beautiful girl stole everyone’s heart who met her. Only had 18 months here with us, taken to rainbow bridge way too soon, we all miss her so much especially Sully her loyal companion xxx
Buddy (Mumbai Budda) 2010-2019, our darling boy taken too soon, was our first greyhound who stole our hearts. We’ll remember with love your toothy grin, amazing ear positions, your vocalisations, your zoomies in the back garden, your bouncy walk and your fun and charming spirit. Everyone you met fell for you. You brought so much joy to our lives and you’ll never be forgotten. (Fiona and Brian)
Bonnie (Hollywell First) – 2007-2018. Gone too soon. A very very lovable character who learnt to play and have real fun with her soulmate Brandy (lurcher). Bonnie developed a very aggressive tumour and was put to sleep two weeks after Brandy died suddenly. Devastated. Julie and Mike
Thank you Moss, our beautiful lurcher for 6 happy years and although you are no longer with us, you will always be a part of our family. (Kevin, St. Helens)
Cara (Uluru Girl), 2005 – 2017.Cara was our wonderful Irish Girl. She retired from racing aged 3 and we found her soon after at a local sanctuary. We’d never even thought of having a greyhound before but her beautiful eyes and personality won our hearts straight away and we never looked back. She has been a much loved member of our family for the last 10 years and a mentor for Dixon, our young Erin Hounds lurcher! Had we not fallen for her, we wouldn’t have realised what amazing pets and friends, sighthounds make nor would we have appreciated how many of them are abandoned and need a new home. Cara sadly passed away in November 2017, and is much missed. She wasn’t an Erin Hound, but our thanks to Erin Hounds for letting us remember her here and for finding her such a good companion in Dixon.
Dee (Automic Dancer) April 2006 – February 2017. Dee (affectionately known as Chudley) lived life to the full, both in foster care (where she was for two and a half years!) and in her fantastic forever home. She stole hearts with her upbeat manner, amusing playtime antics and penchant for squeaky toys. This girl’s journey just goes to show that those who overlook “just another black greyhound” might miss out on their best friend ever. Helping others find a home will be a fitting tribute and ensure Dee’s cheeky smile will find life again in other hounds’ faces.
Lily (Unique Ace) AKA Lilyspotamus September 2004 – October 2016. Lily was a great role model/ guide/ nemesis for many of the Erin foster dogs. Beautiful, sometimes stubborn, often mischievous, but so lovable and with the ability to always make us smile and laugh. There’s a huge Lily-shaped-hole in our lives and we’ll never forget you big girl. Andy, Helen and Boss xxx
Our little sausage Josie (Pat’s Flight) left for the sky in October 2015 just short of her 14th birthday. Our gentle girl touched the hearts of everyone who met her, giving a good rattle and a nudge with her snout. Thank you Erin Hounds for bringing us over 4 years of joy, she left the world a happy dog.
Beautiful girl Bansha Beauty adopted from Erin in February 2013. Left for the Bridge 11.06.15, aged 11 years and one month. We loved her and lost her too soon. Missing her every day. Thank you for bringing us together Erin x
Jude (Judicial Academy) 2008- 2015
He was used, abused and thrown away like rubbish but for six months became our treasure and we loved him to pieces.
He loved to have his 4 sisters and brothers flopping about all limbs together when sleeping and his favourite space was firmly sandwiched between us on the sofa. He moved cushions all over the house and learned to make a bed from throws and fluffy cushions. He learned to play, had holidays on the beach, enjoyed special teas, adored having his ears and neck stroked, mastered roaching (I think he knew this all along), learned to love squirty cream (I know, bad mummy!) and became carefree for the first time in his life…. then he died.Please, please don’t let his death be in vain and thank you, Erin Hounds,for the most special of gifts.. Jude. His loving family Marcia, John, Charley, Flynn, Holly and Mini
Although not an Erin Hounds’ hound Ziggy (Ziggys Lass) shared her home with many Erin foster dogs and helped them on their way to their new lives. Ziggy was beautiful, cheeky, sometimes a bit of a lovable diva and never failed to raise a smile. An outstanding ambassador for promoting what wonderful pets greyhounds make and is much missed by her mum Barbara and all who were lucky enough to know her.
The late, great Bree (Miss Brettley) who we dearly miss. She was our first Erin hound and was the perfect introduction to retired Greyhounds for our family, for that we are eternally grateful to all at Erin Hounds. Thank you.
Millie. 2002 -2015.She was the most gentle of dogs with the heart of a lion and it was our privilege to have custody of her for her last years after her owner, Syd died. We have so many happy memories of her and she is so sadly missed but will never be forgotten.
Tabasco was picked up as a stray in Ballina, County Mayo. He was a striking looking young lurcher who loved people and had a penchant for Custard Creams. Unbelievably in June 2014, on the very day he was offered a fantastic home, tragedy struck when he came down with a rare and catastrophic blood disorder from which he did not recover. Even in his final hours, he managed to raise a wag and this loving boy will be very sadly missed by all those who met him. Erin Hounds’ annual Great British Greyhound Walk will mark his memory.
Pearl (Walkabout Fergie) was surrendered to a mixed breed rescue in Ireland having been used for breeding greyhounds, then lurchers. She herself was surrendered shortly after two of her sons had been surrendered, one of which was Gunner McCormack, also homed by Erin Hounds. Beautiful brindle Pearl was fantastically lucky to get a wonderful home in her middle age, with Brenda in Co Leitrim, Ireland until going to sleep, along with her aged companion of the previous few years, Darcy the lurcher, in June 2014.
Layna (Cavan’s Golden Girl). Layna was one of 6 greyhounds, including one of her sons, surrendered from appalling conditions, when she was 9 years old. In shocking health, with many ailments, Layna found a Samaritan in Ireland and spent 14 months of freedom, comfort and love at home with Emma from Galway SPCA, an organisation Erin Hounds work closely with, before her battle with Cushing’s disease became too much and she went to sleep in June 2014.
Suzi (Benny Boy) came out of Dundalk Dog Pound in Ireland in July 2008. With a deformed back leg from an untreated injury, Suzi’s mobility was compromised. Despite being the kindest, gentlest and most beautiful of ladies, who would have made any home a happier place, she stayed with Victoria in Ireland, where she could run and play on an all grass environment. Shortly after her tenth birthday, following a very short illness, Suzi joined her friends at the Rainbow Bridge, in June 2014.
Lexi (Sexi Lexi) joined one of Erin Hounds’ founder’s own pack of hounds, having suffered a small stroke at about 18 months old, which saw the end of any future racing career. Lexi went on to be a true ambassador for her breed in Ireland, demonstrating fantastic serenity and graciousness when out on public occasions, no matter how busy or stressful the environment was. Sadly, Lexi died suddenly shortly before reaching her third birthday in June 2014.
Sadly Lyra died while waiting for her forever home but we are eternally grateful to her fosterer for showing this poor girl, saved from the streets, love and care for the first time in her life.
Freya (Bogside Sally)
This special girl was taken far too young and leaves her devastated owners behind.
Rudi (Ambis Seamie)
Rudi had had a rough time before arriving with us, but has known joy and love with a wonderful family for the last year. Gone much too soon.Missed so much by all that knew him, but especially by Henni and family.
Perdy (Button Moon)
Perdy had a truly profound and life changing effect on her family, causing a change in career and introducing them to the world of greyhounds. She was a wonderful matriarchal figure for many of Erins foster hounds. One of the sweetest and kindest of girls, with a stubborn streak a mile wide, she will be much missed by Simon, Alex and all those that knew her.
Luke, aka Lu-la (Blackburn Lukey)
Luke despite his idiosyncrasies, or maybe because of them, was owned by Victoria, one of our driving forces, and lived the rural idyll in Ireland.”The cantankerous old cuss has gone off to torment others. Much loved and will be dearly missed” … by Victoria, Rob and all those that knew him.
Murphy Murphy the Irish Wolfhound found a wonderful new life with a very dedicated couple who gave him the most special time in his twilight years. Sadly neither he nor they got as long with him as was deserved by both parties.
Matty (Coolready Road)
Could a dog have been cherished and adored more than Matty? His loss at a far too young age, so unfair. Matty followed Pharaoh and Harry, into a wonderful warm home, each personality and character further strengthening the belief of the ‘special-ness’ of this wonderful breed to his devoted humans.
Flite (Go Harvey Go)
Flite had a rough start but once homed she loved to play with family’s cats, hamsters, and her party trick was walking around the living room with pet rat hitching a ride on Flite’s back. Flite was much loved by Susan and Mark and family.
Ollie Tragically Ollie suffered untreatable injuries whilst playing, leaving devastated owners behind. The Erin Team will always be indebted to them for opening their hearts to this lovely black beauty and allowing him the chance of a happy life. Ollie died a treasured pet.
Holly Known to her family as Hollycopter, she touched the hearts of everyone she met, and had a very special family in the Hiltons, who adored her and miss her greatly.
There is a new bright star in the sky…
Connor (Ex-racing Greyhound)
Connor’s Irish racing life finished at 2 1/2 when he broke a leg, but thankfully the vet involved convinced his owner not to have him put down, he then found his way to Nicki and Gary and had 9 very happy years with them. He is missed dreadfully by Nicki, Gary, Tes (his greyhound companion) and three Siamese cats; and everyone else who’s life he touched.
Duffy (Lisduff Tears)
Let down for so many years by the human race and a rotten industry, finally finding comfort and love in her last 6 months. This just was not long enough for us try and make some amends for her past. A devastated owner is left behind.Duffy will never be forgotten by any of us she touched.
Jester (White Nose Star)
Although not originally an Erin Hound, Jester was a brilliant “older brother” to many foster Erin hounds that shared his home. He taught his humans so much about hounds and was a wonderful ambassador for his breed.He will be missed by all those that knew him, but most by Alex and Simon.
Elan (Ballymarket El)You were with us for just a short time but we will never forget you. RIP gentle boy. Jane and Patrick.
DJ (Derreen Des)
RIP DJ, the kindest and gentlest of boys.DJ had many friends at Erin Hounds and his owners would like to thank all those who have sent kind words and thoughts on his passing. Special thanks to Patrick and Jane for their care.
Desperately missed by Liz and Sean.
Monty (Coolbane Grand)
Way back in 2001 Monty was in foster care with Victoria who went on to found Erin Hounds. “The Brigadier”, as he was affectionately known, had not a bad bone in his body and inspired his adopter to become an active volunteer and fosterer for Erin Hounds.
Lurcher Tom holds a very special place in our hearts, he has been missing for several years and despite our best efforts. The dog’s homed since Tom’s time owe him so much as Tom was very much instrumental in the creation of Erin Hounds, long hours spent searching strengthened the connection between the core Erin team.