Yearly Archives: 2013

Lenny, oh Lenny

Lenny has been with SAFAR for a few weeks now, and is still looking for a home. He’s settled a lot and is turning out to be a really lovely dog. He’s can be noisy, but on the whole he’s a patient dog with a kind of innate calmness that I think will only increase […]

Lenny and Marcus playing chasey.

Layla loves the water.

Layla’s story

Layla isn’t strictly speaking a SAFAR dog, but her situation got desperate and we did what rescue groups keep doing, and squeezed her in. It’s made life difficult, but I think most rescue groups understand the equation which has death on one side and making things difficult on the other, and will opt to make […]

Four Weeks of Lenny & Selma

A month on for Lenny and Selma! Time goes by so fast and you think they must have been here for a lot longer. Lenny, Selma and Wilbur all came from the same pound and all came down with kennel cough, which is why their quarantine period has been extended. Usually its two weeks to […]

Lenny and Selma wrestle and Wilbur looks on.

Lenny's "blue steel".

Day Thirteen is brought to you by Lenny

It’s hard not to like Lenny, he’s such a big, silly, playful, noisy, clumsy boy. He reminds me of a sixteen year old boy, all big feet, selective hearing and endless good nature. Lenny has no manners and doesn’t pay much attention, but he’s willing to try if you can get him to listen. In […]

Wilbur Legs Eleven

I’ve always had a soft spot for whippets, so taking Wilbur into care wasn’t a difficult decision, and now he’s in care it’s going to be hard to send him on his way. Rescuers spend a lot of time saying, “I really don’t know why this dog ended up in the pound”, as they contemplate […]

Wilbur by a nose


Selma Day 10

Selma is such a doll. She’s a big girl, and a bit goofy, but soft as butter. She’s playful and happy with other dogs, large and small and safe with cats. She had a bit of a bark at my horses, but that was mostly through surprise than any desire to chase them.  Off leash […]

A Week of Lenny

It’s taken me a little while to start to understand Lenny. Typical of young, undesexed, male dogs and of dogs who have belonged to men, it took him several days to acknowledge my existence – clearly he knew I was on the other end of the leash, just as clearly he didn’t care that much. […]




Wilbur, oh Wilbur, what a little gem you turned out to be! Wilbur came to us as a whippet puppy. Well, he’s certainly a whippet, but he’s not really a puppy anymore. I think he’s about six months old – my vet thinks he’s about 12 months old. He’s basically fully grown, but the growth […]


Selma is a doll. She’s pretty typical of the hairy hounds that are fairly common in country pounds – in the UK they’d be called lurchers, in Australia they’re often called Staghounds. Their breeding is mostly a mystery, but there’s usually something like deerhound or wolfhound lurking in the distant past, with a bit of […]




The first thing you need to know about Lenny is that he drew the short straw when it came to breeding. He’s a big, plain, brindle staffy cross of some kind. Big, brindle, staffy crosses are a dime a dozen in pounds around Australia.  Their chances of getting rescue are slender because they are hard […]