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On Any Given Sunday . Walking Greyhounds


Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare ( http://www.hershamhounds.org.uk)  also often known as Hersham hounds have their kennels unsurprisingly in Hersham. Sunday is a popular day to walk these gorgeous happy dogs, and as they are rescue hounds mostly retired from greyhound racing, they need socialising.

FullSizeRenderThe local walks are excellent for getting a little exercise and a one hour walk will give you in Fitbit terms around 5-6000 steps. you can expect a few interesting meetings between greyhounds and other breeds, some are not bothered whereas some see other breeds as the devil. The occasional cat strolls out and sits in the road just watching ( and irritating ) the hounds.

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Turners Lane in Hersham

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The weather cannot promise to be good . So wellington boots or the equivalent are useful items year round. Anyone can walk the greyhounds though do need to register, which can be done on the day, with suitable proof of identity and address, so best to do your homework and contact the trust before hand to determine exactly what is needed.

Burhill Kennels, Turners Lane, Hersham, Surrey. KT12 4AW. Tel: 01932 224 918

Opening Times are from 11am to 2pm each day

 

It is also worth mentioning as described on the website that they never will destroy a well greyhound.

The Sanctuary – a home for life
Not all greyhounds are so lucky so we do step in and help those less fortunate greyhounds who are at risk, as and when we are able. We operate a ‘no destruction’ policy, which means that no greyhound will be put to sleep except on health grounds when there is no other option. For those greyhounds with long term medical or behavioural issues we have a sanctuary – their home for as long as they need it.

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The weather is not always idyllic

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I would encourage anyone to try this rewarding way to spend an hour or so, on any day in fact.

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Walking Rescue Greyhounds in Hersham. Great exercise and Great thing to do


On sunday mornings a great way to get some exercise and be helpful is to take a trip down to Turners Lane in Hersham where Hersham Hounds/Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare have their greyhound kennels. The kennels are home to maybe 100 greyhounds at any one time.

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Humphrey. A gorgeous greyhound who loves everyone

 

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Home for the Greyhounds

Many walkers walk anything from a single pair of greyhounds to as many as eight. A thoroughly recommended way to get anything from 4-8,000 steps in Fitbit terms.

 

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Turners Lane Hersham

 

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Muddy Fields

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The walk by itself is pleasant down the lanes. The field nearby show evidence still of the excess amount of rain of the last month and some of the fields are pure mud. One feels sympathy for the horses stabled there. The area is also home to many parakeets that take southeast England as their home, with their noisy chattering quite obvious, and flying around in small flocks of maybe 4-10 birds.

 

In the past the life of a greyhound at the end of its racing life, 4-5 years was not terribly optimistic but rescue groups such as WGW/Hersham Hounds work hard to ensure socialisation of the hounds and training for re-homing. Many dogs are rehomed though some are scarred and have idiosyncrasies that make it more complex.
If you do decide to come down and walk the greyhounds do remember to bring personal and address identification as this is needed to “sign-on”.

Greyhound Rescue Centre. Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare.


http://www.hershamhounds.org.uk

This rescue centre is actually in Hersham not Wimbledon but derives its name from the Wimbledon Dog Track not too far away. Rescue is maybe the wrong word. These greyhounds finish their racing life maybe aged 5 years and are mostly less than ideally or maybe not at all socialised. This centre works with them to train them and then home them. Each day anyone can go along and walk a greyhound. contrary to popular opinion then need quite short often gentle walks of maybe 20-30 minutes only and are kind docile dogs. the centre is an independent charity.

Whereas some dogs can be homed relatively quickly for others it may never be possible or take 3-4 years.

Burhill Kennels, Turners Lane, Hersham, Surrey. KT12 4AW. Tel: 01932 224 918

Opening Times are from 11am to 2pm each dayBaby IMG_1896

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