Ipswich: Former racing Greyhound, Star, preparing for a life of fuss and affection...at a care home in Ipswich

Former racing Greyhound Star gets a new home at Prince of Wales Care Home, Ipswich
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Former racing Greyhound Star gets a new home at Prince of Wales Care Home, Ipswich Mary Binks, Ada Stokes, Ron Spencer, Suzanne Brindley and Norman Sandon from the care home with Kevin and Sally Baalham from Greyhound Homer

After years spent out on the track being cheered on by thousands of people, a former racing greyhound is today preparing for a retirement filled with fuss and affection – at a care home in Ipswich.

Star, an eight-year-old greyhound, officially became part of Prince of Wales House care home yesterday where she has already been able to help residents and families at the centre.

Officials at the home chose the canine after visiting her at the Greyhound Homer rehoming centre – and it is a decision people at the home have certainly not regretted.

Suzanne Brindley, manager of the Partnership in Care home, said she has helped families and residents in a number of ways.

She added: “Residential homes are complicated places but with the right dog, which she is, it’s wonderful, it really is.

“With end of life care she has been really quite amazing.

“She moved in with a family and stayed in the room for nearly three days and they found it marvellously calming. It gave them a diversion and they were just blown away really. She really helped them through a distressing period.”

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After her days as a racing greyhound came to an end, Star became a brood bitch and she has since had two litters.

Officials at Greyhound Homer, just outside Ipswich, admitted they were unaware of a care home taking on a former greyhound before, but they are delighted with how it has gone so far.

Kevin Baalham, from Greyhound Homer, said: “The residential home got in touch with us about a greyhound – it was totally new to us, but it is fantastic, it has worked really well.

“We needed to make sure that it was going to work

“We have had nothing but a positive reaction from staff and the residents –they all love it. It’s perfect.”

Ms Brindley added: “She’s calm, she’s very relaxed and she is very intuitive – she can pick up when someone doesn’t want her around.

“It’s so therapeutic as well.”