A Place for Us Greyhounds
Oakleigh was rescued off of the streets of Lubbock. The group assumed immediate care for her including the evaluation of an injured leg. The fracture was inoperable and did not need surgical care. She has earned her retirement after living in harsh conditions as a hunter. Oakleigh moved to the Texas Hill Country and the grant funded her medical care.
CC had an abscessed tooth that required antibiotics and extraction. She was rescued as a stray in Lubbock. CC was adopted by a very nice family that live in Abilene, TX.
For Immediate Release. Lubbock, Texas. "A Place for Us Greyhound Rescue" is grateful for the grant awarded by the Community Foundation of West Texas in the amount of $2,500. The grant's focus is on animal welfare and the rescue group spent the monies on four "special needs" Greyhounds. All four of the dogs were bred to hunt and had spent their pre-rescued lives as Lurchers. Bailey Rose, CC, Sage, and Oakleigh all benefited directly from this grant which helped fund their medical care. Once again, a huge thanks on behalf of all of us--the rescue group, the Lurchers, their families, and everyone involved in their rescue and care. Community Foundation of West Texas
The setting is a farmhouse near Kress, Texas. Over coffee, a husband and wife are having a conversation. He says, “Honey, I don’t think we’re going to be able to catch her and I know you’re getting more anxious and worried..well I am, too. It’s winter and anything could happen.” His wife’s expression is downcast and sad; he knows her so well. She said, “I found the name of a Greyhound rescue located in Lubbock. Do you think they’d help us?”
Fast forward three days… “I hope this works,” she says. “You won’t believe how big the crate is that they sent to us...oh, sweet little scared puppy..maybe, just maybe.” The husband smiles knowingly as he sets up the crate. He says, “I hope this works—I really do.”
Thus begins “The Story of Bailey Rose” which serves as a prime example of how people can work together toward a happy ending. When sighthounds are bred to hunt, they live in a pack and are taken out to rural areas to chase rabbits and coyotes. When the hunt ends—if the dog doesn’t return to the truck with the rest of the pack—they are usually left behind to fend for themselves. This explains why Bailey Rose was all alone and on her own. Thankfully, she had enough survival skills to go to the family’s farmhouse. She had never been socialized—that is why she would not let them capture her. She ate the food they left out and stayed by their home in the shelter they had provided, and she would run out to greet them when they returned home. This is the heartbreaking reality of the Lurchers in West Texas. The family’s children named her and without their help and concern, Bailey Rose would not have survived.
The rehabilitation phase started as soon as she arrived at the rescue kennel. She was leash-trained, and her attitude became more trusting. Believing that her socialization was the greatest challenge—the rescue group was shocked to learn she had developed a life-threatening illness that caused dangerously low blood platelets—immune-mediated thrombocytopenia. Once again, the rescue group rallied and took her to numerous doctor’s appointments, monitored her health, and provided her life-saving medications.
Bailey Rose was adopted on September 9, 2019 and lives in Lubbock with a caring, patient, and loving young man. She sensed his love for her and trusted him immediately. The family in Kress remained vigilant and watchful about her progress via Facebook and the group’s webpage. Without the financial stability provided by the grant from Community Foundation of West Texas, this would not have been possible.
The story of bailey Rose
The grant paid for Sage's medical care including removal of her left eye. Her injury occurred before she was rescued and likely happened when she was hunting.